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Medium vs Fast

Yesterday was a defining day. Okay, not really, but I did graduate to the fast lane at Tri-Club.


Before I get into the meat of the post, a little background may be required.

I started in the slow lane back in April, swimming 2400-2600m workouts in an hour. It took about 3 weeks to have the instructor bump me into the medium lane. Hallelujah. So the middle lane is where I continued until I broke my collar bone. Right before then, I was leading the lane averaging about 1:40/100m, pretty fast, but not fast enough to keep up with the fast lane. After healing time and rehab on my shoulder, I joined the middle lane again and worked my way up to the front of the pack again. This time I was averaging 1:35/100m and working hard to drive that down to sub 1:30/100m.

So standing on the pool deck yesterday morning, adjusting my goggles before diving into the water, the coach says “Steve, lane 3”. Really? I am not sure if I can keep up with these guys, but as one of our family’s motto go, I will try anything once.

So I jumped in. Head first as normal.

About half way through our workout, my mind began to wander, as it usually does. That is why I can’t swim more than 400m without loosing my lap count. The fast is not like the medium lane. Not for the obvious reason, like swimming faster, but for several small, almost un-noticable until you are there kind of reasons. This is what I expereinced.

Each swimmer swims a little different, and having the ability to watch the form of a good swimmer can only help me. Most of the fast lane is comprised of efficeint swimmers with pretty good form on their strokes and flip turns. I am hoping that with a couple of weeks, I can learn a thing or two.

There was not much joking around, let alone talking between sets; these guys are serious. In this particular workout, we had the opportunity to chit chat, swimming 8x(4x100m) alternating swim/drill. We would hit the wall, look at the clock, take a couple quick breaths, and push off for the next set. In the medium lane, we would always have a quick jab or 30 second conversation about our kids.

I am a fan of swim etiquette, see my past post, and these guys are as well. Depending on the drill, if one swimmer was a bit faster than the one infront, they had no problem asking to go ahead. I actually asked to go ahead on our ‘locomotion’ drill, then had to move back once the drill was over.

So hopefully I can keep up in the fast lane, and continue to build efficency and speed. Hey, I am a firm believer that you need to train with people who are faster than you if you want to be faster; and I want to be faster.

Question: Anyone else graduate? What are your thoughts on the differences?


2 responses

  1. Congrats on moving up! I think the dynamic can be different on different teams, but it is important not to take yourself too seriously. I don’t think I ever would have made it to the level I achieved in the pool without really enjoying my team dynamic. I was lucky to swim with excellent friends and role models who pushed me to be better and made me want to make every practice. Sure, there is a time to be serious and a time to play around but when I look back at my swim career, it is the people and experience that I remember above the time on the clock (though I loved that part too).

    January 15, 2013 at 11:16 am

    • Thanks for the comment and the reminder. I think it is all too easy to get lost in the results and forget about enjoying a workout.

      January 15, 2013 at 7:14 pm

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