Race Schedule and Results

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

So maybe I'm not as horrible as I thought...

I always think of myself as a horrible swimmer. I know how to swim and feel that I'm good at it, but just slow as molasses. :) You can see my post below about doing the dead man's float and just having arm spasms. I'm just slow... that's all there is to it! :) We've been working really hard in the pool this year and have been swimming for about 3 weeks, 3 times a week consistently. We've been doing more structured workouts from the book "Swim Workouts In A Binder For Triathletes". At the beginning of our swim training I did a 100 test where I swam 3x300's with a :30 rest, averaged my 300 time and then figured out my 100 time (sounds a lot more confusing than it really is!)

My first test looked like this:
1st 300 - 6:22:05
2nd 300 - 6:20:29
3rd 300 - 6:26:15
Average - 6:22:56
100 Test time - 2:07:39

They have a chart in the book of average times to help you figure out your 100 versus your 300. Yeah, I'm so slow that I wasn't even on the chart! That's pretty pathetic. My goal this year was to just make the chart.

Yesterday when I tested, these were my results:
1st 300 - 5:59:04
2nd 300 - 5:58:23
3rd 300 - 5:53:30
Average - 5:56:59
100 Test time - 1:59:00

And guess what ... I'M ON THE CHART!!! And I was so happy with my improvement in 3 weeks that by the time our first tri rolls around, I'm hoping to not get beat by the girl walking in the shallow water directly parallel with me as I'm swimming. Uh huh... that actually happened last year. Hey, it's baby steps!!! :)


Kristen said...

A step is a step. Congrats on making it onto the charts!!! Bella, watch out, here comes Colleen, the Iron Diva!!!

Anonymous said...

Way to go. For Dad and I, swimming is staying alive in the water (as Dad always says), but sadly that's true. So, with that said, I'm very proud of you for making the charts. Love ya.