|Gordon took this photo of me during my 1 Hour postal swim this morning.|
First of all, the Northwest pool is really nice. There were only a handful of other swimmers in the pool while we were there and lots of open lanes. If there weren't other pools closer to my house, I would probably start swimming there.
I swam first while Gords kept track of my time and splits. I did 200 yards of easy free and back before starting the swim. I knew that I was going to start out fast. You kind of can't help it when you are excited to get going. After about 1,000 yards, I settled into a pretty consistent pace of around 0:43 per 50.
Here are some graphs of my 50 and 100 splits:
My goal was to just make it to 4,000 yards. I haven't been training nearly as hard as I was last year when I finished the 1 hour swim with 4,425 yards. I ended up beating my goal with 4,155 yards, which was an average of about 1:27 per 100. Not bad considering I have been having a hard time even holding a 1:30 pace at my recent workouts.
Gords was next and was shooting for 4,500 yards. He did a quick warm-up before starting his swim. His splits were MUCH faster than mine. It didn't look like he was even pushing it because his stroke was so smooth. He ended up a little short of his goal with a distance of 4,425. Nice!
I had a lot of fun this morning and am looking forward to the other USMS postal events. We will have to do a better job of organizing our SLOW members to participate.