This year I intend to swim all 5 postal events. They start with the 1-hour in January to be swam anywhere at any time before the 1st of February. Adam completed his yesterday with 3225 meters (long course). I had been feeling like crap lately in a race and a few workouts so I had suspicions I might not make it to 3000 yards. Nonetheless, the deadline for submitting my swim was looming and it had to be done.
|All my gear. So simple.|
|Only about half of what I'd consumed to fuel up Tuesday evening.|
I started off typically, quicker than a pace I could keep throughout the hour but with swimming, it's a different strategy than running, at least for me. I'm going to blast through as much yardage as I can while I can maintain good form. I got about 300-350 yards in before my pace was slower than 22 seconds/length. I attempt to maintain pretty decent form the whole way because quite simply, good form makes swimming easier, the problem is, it's not that easy to maintain for a long period and be efficient. I watched my strokes/length tank and tried to take advantage of being in a short pool because I'm pretty good at turns.
After I was done knifing through the water, I started plowing through it, I could feel fatigue setting in pretty quickly, almost right around 350 yards when I felt my self slow down, with a lot of doubt between me and at least 3000 yards, I pressed on. I had nothing better to do at the moment.
What seemed like 25 minutes into the swim, I finally felt a buzz on my left wrist. One quarter of the way done. I was still feeling lousy and at this point I had another swimmer sharing my lane. She appeared to be just doing a kicking set, and really only a bit slower than I was swimming, at least in my head. This was part depressing and part motivating. I made a mini-mission to see how many times I could lap her. I lost count but it was a fun side game that made the yards disappear until I felt the 2nd 15-minute alert. By now, I was feeling looser and in a comfortable pace, I'd figured I'd pushed through a wall and was good to go and the 3rd quarter hour ticked by in what seemed like 5 minutes and I had only 15 to go. And was pretty oblivious to how far I'd swum to that point. I did do one quick distance check at about 27 minutes and saw 1775 yards done. A bit of a surprise at my pace and I figured, pessimistically, I'd only continue to slow and 3000 was still in jeopardy.
The last bit of the swim was a mixed bag. Some laps felt awesome, almost "fast", others felt like each recovery stroke pushed me backwards when it hit the water in front of me. Feeling sloppy but still moving comfortably, the up/down feeling of the last 15-min leg expired quickly and I'd finished my first postal of 2014. 3700 yards and boom goes the dynamite!
I knew I had some metal blocks with my 3000 yd postal last year and a new nutritional challenge that I think I might have figured out for this one. I'm excited for the rest of 2014's postal series but the 10K sounds like a beast. At least I have a ton of time to prepare for that.