My workout was completed in 48 laps, which is 96 lengths of the pool. Thirty-six laps is a mile, so you can do the math on the remainder of the workout. I'm not going to pretend to know the mileage and I'm too tired to Google it. Let me preface this post by saying that I felt a little off during the whole workout. The best way I can describe how I felt would be "off balance and boxy." It was like my body was confused in the water...
The workout was tough, as it always is. I am still working on my endurance which I have mastered in the run and bike, but struggle with the swim. Humans were not meant to live in the water, which I suppose is why most people struggle with swimming, even on a non-competitive level.
One of the drills tonight was where the coach put two lane lines about 18 inches apart and we had to swim in between the lanes. The idea was to work on "body roll" which trains your body to be more streamlined in the water. I was able to make it about half way down before I started bumping the lines like a pinball out of control. When attempting backstroke, I did my best to not get my head caught in the lane line and therefore drowning myself. This is definitely a place where I need some work.
Later in the workout, I swam a set using my awesome fins and half way down the pool my calves cramped simultaneously. I stopped, threw the fins off, and doggy paddled to the end of the pool. I couldn't even stand up and all I could think was, "The coach is going to think I'm weak and a quitter." This is the mentality I have since being a gymnast. It's the one thing I can't let go of.
The rest of the workout went well and it's one of my favorite workouts that we have done. I'm working on a slightly different stroke technique which works more of my shoulder and back rather than my triceps. Since I was using bigger muscles, I found that I tired quicker. I finished my workout at 8:45pm and was more than ready to call it a day.
Day two is officially in the books.
Distance: 48 laps (2400 yards)
Time: 1:37:15 (includes total time in pool)
Today's mantra: Even slow progress, is still PROGRESS.