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Personal blog by Fruitarian Lena
Happy about my first time swimming 1500 meters in under 41 minutes! Today I got to swim very late because of traffic and waiting in a post office (no Sunshine for my new sundress), but I was faster than yesterday by 1 minute: 1.5K in around 40:42 minutes vs 41:59. Not so tempted to switch from breaststroke to freestyle anymore.
After yesterday's 45 minutes swim in the cold and seaweedy Pacific ocean, in a restrictive wet suit, today's flat blue water surface seemed unreal.
I made 2 swimmer's miles (132 x 25 yards) or 3000 m in over 86 minutes. The day before yesterday I made only one, but in 42 minutes, the fastest by now.
This sunny afternoon was peaceful - wish you many of these.
Suddenly, my time on one swimmer's mile (66 short laps/lengths of this open air pool) has improved by 3 minutes! After making that 6 km swim I went back to 1.5 km a day to the same time as before: around 45 minutes, and today it was under 42!
Additionally, for the first time I made a couple of lengths (25 yards) in 34 seconds, my best time before was 36. Additionally, I had several 35-s in a row.
No idea why. I did not sleep well for two last nights because of the troubles in my private life, and the last night I slept on a rather soft surface, not on my usual double yoga mat, and my back was aching.
On the other hand, my style gets better, effortlessly (still breaststroke).
I did not want to stop swimming, and wanted to check whether I could double my usual these days distance. I did not care much about the style and speed, I just wanted to move forward in water, because nothing better waited for me outside on this emotionally excruciating day.
264 length (25 yards), 6 km total, in almost 3:07 (187 minutes). Six kilometers should constitute 4 swimmer's miles. First 200 I made in 2:20, first 5 km - in 2:35 (155 minutes).
Today in the pool I repeated yesterday, made 132 of 25 yards (3K or 3 km) in 1:29 (89 minutes vs 91 last time), then swam till 148 (3.7K). Started with most lengths in 36 seconds, in 50s went down to 38-39, by the end I was already over 40.
Yesterday I read more tips for better Breaststroke, and today I tried a few things:
Today I doubled my distance in the pool and made unplanned 3000 m (3K) - 132 short lengths of 25 yards in over 1,5 hours. It is relatively slow, but very enjoyable. For the comparison, Olympic 2012 men made the half of it in around 15 minutes in freestyle, so I am about 3 times slower than those guys. One pro-club-swimmer girl from Oregon in my age, 39, made 3000m in under 50 minutes in a lake, and I needed additional 40 minutes! For some reason these long distance times for females were difficult to find on the net.
Breaststroke, my predominant style of choice, is the slowest of the main four anyway, I can use it well because my legs are much stronger then my arms: "70-80% of the propulsion in breaststroke comes from the legs", or less, according to other sources.
The main goals for me are just:
This September I swam more in a pool then in the ocean! Having a month-ticket to a nice neighboring pool makes it easier, and there was too much seaweed along the coast this year after the first hot weeks of Fall.
In the pool I used to make around 60 short lengths (25 yards) first, but then my friend pro-swimmer suggested I should do 66 (one mile, or 1650 yards, or 1.5 kilometres), and I switch to a swimmer's mile a day. I turn like I do in open waters, barely touching the walls and it takes me the whole 45 minutes of non-stop breaststroke to finish :) You may laugh about it, but for somebody whose main sport in youth was piano I am doing pretty nicely.
If people are good only because they fear punishment, then we are a sorry lot indeed.