Friday, October 17, 2008

Is Swimming Overrated?

The last time I swam 2000 meters or more was on Friday, August 15. It was at the Greenbelt Aquatic Center. I remember pushing it pretty hard that night and I swam 4 x 500 meter sets, with some drills. Total swim time was 40 minutes.

Today? 2000 meters in *42* minutes. I did 2 x 1000 meters and felt fine. I swam in the outdoor pool at the YMCA. The air was cool and it felt very refreshing. I was not gassed at all when I finished and I feel very spry in anticipation of my lunch time tempo run scheduled for today.

This begs the question... is swimming overrated? I mean... I had two months off of swimming. I have done (2) 1500 meter sessions since coming back. I ran over 17 miles Wednesday, rode a bike 30 miles yesterday and was able rip off a 2000 meter swim in essentially the same training time as when I was in peak training shape back in August.


The Lazy Triathlete said...

I will tell you--my swimming suffers like hell if I don't swim regularly (2x a week). You may be pleased with better form than I do.

Paul said...

I've had similar experiences this season. I've found that when I'm in good physical condition, even without focusing on swimming, my swim times are strong. I attribute that to having good stroke fundamentals, ie consider myself to be a good swimmer. (top 20%) When I'm not in good physical condition, my swim suffers. So, is it overrated? I think it depends on your stroke and fitness level. From what I've read of your blog, I'd say your a good swimmer and probably don't need to focus on it as much as others might.


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