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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The 4400

No, not that USA show about alien abductions. Instead, it is the number of yards I did today in my 20-yard pool - 110 laps or 220 lengths. Thankfully, it was broken into sets and not just one, long straight swim.

I wasn't feeling the swimming love today. It started with the 4:30 AM wake-up call. Then, I couldn't park at my gym's garage, because they only offer 2 hours of free parking and I knew I'd never make the swim and get ready in that time. So, I parked in my work garage which is luckily only a 5-minute walk from the gym. It may have been dark, but there were no hoodlums out and the weather was balmy.

I started swimming at 6 AM and just felt off for the first 3000 yards. Yes, you read that right - 3000 yards. But, then something magical happened, all of a sudden I was feeling the swimming groove and I finished the last 1400 yards at a faster pace per 100 than the previous 3000 yards. Including the rest breaks, the whole thing took me about 1:45. Not fast by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm feeling good for getting it done.

4400 today - who knows what's on tap tomorrow? This is a year for setting new distance milestones. Game on!

9 Comments:

Blogger Jen H said...

Sounds to me like you are tearing it up!! Way to go!!

In contrast, I was pleased this morning that I ran (loosely using that term) 2.5 miles 3 minutes faster than last time ... only took me 27 minutes today! LOL :D

Keep up the great work, Jen

2:46 PM

 
Blogger DaisyDuc said...

Jeez that is a lot of laps! Despite my best efforts I find myself second guessing my lap counts from time to time (even when I try to break it up) and I am no where near those numbers. Major props to you and that long swim!

3:41 PM

 
Blogger Duane said...

That is a whole lot of turns! Whew!

11:16 PM

 
Blogger Mallie said...

Awesome. Think how many folks would have easily given up if they felt "off" for even a couple hundred yards. You weren't feeling it for around 2/3 of your workout and you stuck it out like a champ. WOO HOO!

8:28 AM

 
Blogger GP said...

Swimming is so funny like that: it can take your entire workout to hit your stride. But if you never quite find that rhythm... well, it just stinks.

Nevertheless, 4400 is some impressive yardage, and pushing through the first 3000 show some real muscle (mental and physical).

And since I've been out of town and out of blog for a while, I wanted to give you a high five for an awesome 10-miler! Those were some crappy conditions we endured (were the wind and the rain really necessary?), but I guess some races can't be perfect.

Any other local races this summer? I see that you're under the 80-day mark for your Ironman! You go, girl!

8:28 AM

 
Blogger JenC said...

Thanks everyone!

8:30 AM

 
Blogger Papa Louie said...

Wow! that's great swimming. I hope to one day hit that magical moment after swimming 3000 yards.

10:32 AM

 
Blogger Charlie said...

That is a big swim. Way to go.
I have to start upping my yardage soon.
I always look to your BT swims as a cue.

9:48 PM

 
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