Tuesday 25 January 2011

Binge Swimmer 1 Excel Spreadsheet 0 .....with 468,300 metres to go.

Woohoo! no sooner had I posed the question and accepted the challenge as to whether or not I could outsmart my swim log, I enter tonight's session and it wimps out of the fight and tells me that my target for the year is sensible! So I reckon that's 1:0 to me, although I predict that there will be some twists and turns in this tussle before the 31st December.

We had a new guy join our squad tonight, a Polish Geordie no less, seriously out of condition but clearly a nifty swimmer, he plonked himself in the slow lane and cruised up and down well in control and sporting a mean looking tattoo of the star of the 1974 Peter Benchley novel. Anyway, somewhat predictably I immediately nicknamed him Bart the Shark and I spent the last set of 100's trying to beat him (unsuccessfully I may add) 

Awesome Emma, turned up for the first time since she completed the set of 16 25's fly the other Thursday, having been struck down with a mystery illness immediately after that session, proof positive (as if you needed it) that swimming butterfly can seriously damage your health.

Turning to tonight's work out I was beginning to try and ramp up the sessions a little as we've had almost a month to try and re acclimatise ourselves to swimming again, still trying to keep each piece of work  interesting by changing strokes or focusing on a different aspect or a certain pace.

12 x 75 @ 5s RI 50 free, 25 back or brst
6 x 100 breast @ 2.15
9 x 200 odd ones free @ 3.45s sharp/steady pace
even's  IM order 200 fly*, 200 back, 200 breast steady/long stroke @ 4mins
4 x 50's brst @ 75 secs hard but not eyeballs out
4 x 100 pull with paddles @ 1.50
4 x 100 drill @ 2 mins
4 x 100 free @ 1.55, 1.50 1,45,
4 x 25's free @ 45s**
200 Swim down

Total 5000

* I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to swimming fly so I drilled this bit.
** for consistency's sake I should have swum this breast but by then I was caught up in the futile quest to beat Bart the Shark
Although I'm still swimming really really slowly, this evening I was beginning to get my feel for the water again and my swimming felt a litttle sharper 


  1. That's looking like some serious metre-age. Good work. My spreadsheet is also now saying my target is reasonable. I have set 500,000 . What is yours?

  2. Hi Swimjunkie
    I've set mine to 500,000 and it's telling me that I'm sensible (that's a first).