As you can image, preparing myself for a dip in the East River is necessary because I find that a “pool is too constricting for my needs.” Kramer Reference? Seinfeld? Anyone?
Today, thanks to unexpected phone calls and NYC-like traffic, I was left with only 45 of the 75 minutes needed to complete my swimming workout. This scenario generally leaves me with three options:
- Decide that the workout is lost – sulk and complain all the way home
- Get in the water. Complete the warm-up and the drill set.
- Congratulate myself for working out despite the difficulty and ignore the fact that I completely skipped the pain of the main set.
- Include drills only if time allows – at the end!
I figured Option #1 won’t work because I gave up complaining for lent (it’s not going well…). Option #2 isn’t helpful because it will help me survive my adventure around Manhattan. So, today’s workout is a result of Option #3.
Workout Focus: Time Efficient Open Water Workout
1 x 300 Freestyle/Choice Easy
1 x 300 IM Kick/Drill/Swim by 25
6 x 250 on 3:40 or Rest = :20 sec – Descend 1-2, 3-4 and 5-6.
Maintain your stroke rate as you descend and use bilateral breathing. This is 22 minutes and 30 seconds of hard work! WORK IT!
4 x 150 Pull, Rest = :20 sec. Rotation! Rotation! Rotation!
1 x 200 easy kick/swim by 25
Total: 2800 yards
Optional Drill Set: 4 x 50 on 1:00 Heads-up Free/Free Swim by 25
Keep on Swimming,