Over the weekend I was in sole stewardship of our 2 children, so there was no opportunity for my weekly ‘long swim’. Instead, I got in the pool at 6 AM this morning for a 5 mile swim before work. Nothing particularly spectacular, 2 hours 16 all in, including rests after every mile.
Then I looked at the split stats and nearly fell off my chair:
1: 24:48, 2: 26:02, 3: 26:41, 4: 26:41, 5: 26:52
24:48? What’s that all about? That 1:33 per 100 m pace for goodness sake. While nothing spectacular in the grand scheme of things (that’s slow for countless swimmers around the world), it’s superspeedy for me!
I looked back through my split times over the last 10 months, and couldn’t find a mile split as fast as that. Infact, I couldn’t find a kilometre split as fast as that pace – the fastest I could find was 1:34 per 100 m.
So what happened there then? I think the key was that there were a few other swimmers in the lane at 6, all of whom were slightly slower than me. So I always had someone within a length or so to chase after. But strangely enough, it didn’t feel very fast at all. Maybe I was getting some drafting effect from all of those people as I came up behind them each time?
Still, I will take each small success where I find it…….