They hired a new coach, who apparently gave up a "normal" job to be a full time swim coach and is straight out of college. He's been in town literally 7 days. He showed up to watch Monday's practice while the usual coach lead the workout. I felt this was a bit of a test, as the last part of the main set was a ladder of IM (ie all 4 strokes). We (the swimmers) were being tested (on the sly) on 1) who could swim all 4 strokes and 2) who was a whiner. I think I passed both tests.
Wednesday was Scott's first workout. It went like this:
- Warm up: 4x250 swim/kick/pull/swim
- 10x50 golf (I was one of the few people who knew what this was - go me!)
- 5x100 build 75% to 85% by 50
- 6x50 golf
- 3x100 build 85% to 95% by 50
Then he suggested that we do a ONE MILE SWIM for time and we all laughed. That would have put our yardage at 4,000+ m. And most of us had to be at work at 8 AM and doing a mile would have kept us in the water until a bit after 7 AM. Still, I expect to see that one mile appear sometime in the very near future.
Today he was late and I know we were all wondering if he was going to be like our prior no-show coach. Turns out his alarm didn't go off and he showed up after we all did a 500 warmup. Today's workout was a bit of a doozy. But I liked it. A lot.
- 10 x 100 on 2:00 (remember, this is a meter pool). 1-5 build 75% to 85% by 50, 6-10 build 85% to 95% by 50
- 8 x 50 descend 1-8 on 1:05
- 6 x 50 95% - rest consisted of enough time to touch the wall and turn around. yay?
- and the "surprise": 4x50s all out on 2:00 to build lactic acid tolerance.
After that, people still wanted more and he was doling out tempo 500's. I heard that and decided to do a 400 cool down and call it a day.
He did promise to up our distance to 3,200 m, which would consist of 30x100. I told him that he and my tri coach would get along well. (Michelle agreed with me).
Overall I'm a bit scared but I am excited. He's a true swimmer and he's giving us collegiate level workouts. The two that I've seen have required that you stay present and focused on your swimming, which I like. I enjoy swimming smart and learning things. I feel like that's been missing lately, as I've just been swimming to get distance and workouts done.
We'll see what this does to my overall speed - who knows, IMBoulder could be done on a 1:10. That'd be pretty sweet.