I ended up skipping my run on Wednesday to recover my legs, and got in the pool for a swim on Thursday. My lap times seemed pretty good; I did 10x intervals at 35 seconds per lap. Now I just need to get it down to 30 and make it aerobic…
I’ve also found that my fastest swim stroke seems to include:
- ensuring that my shoulder is completely out of the water while the corresponding arm is, to avoid drag
- thrusting my arms into the water at an angle, forward (it almost seems counter-intuitive that thrusting my arm forward would make me move forward rather than backward?). This is relevant to my previous posts on Ian Thorpe or Michael Phelps, I forget which.
- Not necessarily putting my face all the way down into the water. This does seem to give some speedup, but my head needs to get really low in order for my back to flatten out on the surface. That makes it much harder to breathe and, I think, messes up my stroke by introducing a lot of drag during breathing.
I was hoping to swim yesterday, but the pool was closed, so I did a run outdoors. My Garmin wasn’t working, but I estimate the distance as around 2.5 miles, based on the map. I ran quite fast for probably 3/4 of a mile (after I gave up on getting my Garmin to work); jogged the rest.