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04-12-2014, 06:09 PM
I did it!

Went swimming today with the intention - after a pretty rough week - to just do a few laps to just get rid of som stress.

I started with my usual 100m (4 lenghts) and it felt pretty good so I just kept going. After 500m I felt that something just clicked; I was breathing slowly and controlled and my shoulders didn't feel tense at all.

At 1000m (that's how far I've swam earlier) I felt like I could go on forever :) At 1500m I decided to go for the mile and then quit. At 1650m (66 lenghts) I was in heaven :)

Now - almost 12 hours later - I'm trying to figure out why today was such a good day. Not sure yet, but I think it might have been because I went into the pool with no expectations which made me relax.

My next goal is 2000m. I will make it!

/ Rikard

06-27-2014, 03:23 PM
Good Job...

07-13-2014, 09:22 AM
Well done, it is a terrific and satisfying acheivment.

08-14-2014, 01:01 PM
Goal achieved! Last night I swam 2000m in 36:46 minuter.
Next goal: swim for a hour.

08-14-2014, 07:28 PM
Nice. 36+ is a brisk pace for 2k!
What was your average SPL -- and how tall are you?

08-19-2014, 06:26 PM
Hi Terry :)

I'm 190 cm tall (6'3''?) and I think my SLP is around 16-17.


08-19-2014, 07:17 PM
Thanks for the info. At 190cm, you could probably aim at shaving a stroke from that count. I'm 183cm and take 15-17 strokes/25m.

36:00 for 2k is 27 sec per 25 m. I can estimate tempo by allowing 4 seconds for turn and pushoff, leaving 23 sec of stroking time.

At 17 SPL, your average tempo is 1.35 sec/stroke. If you can maintain those stroke counts at tempo of 1.34, 1.33, 1.32, etc. you will steadily improve your time. Every 1/100 sec increase in tempo will shave 13 to 14 sec from your time. I.E. At 1.3 tempo--at same stroke count--you'll swim over a minute faster.

08-20-2014, 10:42 AM
Sounds like I need a tempo trainer.

11-16-2014, 08:51 PM
I've been working on lowering my SPL and at todays practise I managed to swim several laps (25m) with a SPL of 14. This includes starting with a approx. 3 m push-off, so maybe the real SPL is higher?

/ Rikard

11-18-2014, 01:18 AM
Did you feel relaxed on those 14spl laps? That's a reasonable SPL for your height and 25m. 3m is a fairly short pushoff though. Is that the point your hands were at when you took your first stroke. Or do you estimate your feet were that far from the wall?

11-18-2014, 12:46 PM
I felt pretty relaxed with 14 SPL, not really sure. I have to practice some more to get a better feel for it.

My estimation of the length of my pushoff is probably not very good. I will try to get a training buddy film me at next practice.

/ Rikard

11-18-2014, 02:06 PM
How far from the wall are your hands when you break your pushoff streamline to begin your first stroke? You can probably estimate that without having someone film you. I'll bet it's closer to 5m.

11-19-2014, 09:08 AM
Yeah, you're probably right. Three meters sounds way to short now that I think about it...

08-09-2016, 08:55 AM
Great job.

Mark fleming
03-11-2017, 04:51 PM
happy to hear that you did it

Terry Laughlin
03-12-2017, 01:02 PM
It wasn't my first mile. In fact, it was my slowest ever. But as a 'work of art' it was my best ever in nearly 50 years. I swam my first mile (a 1650y race in a pool) at age 16. I'll turn 66 in two weeks.
It was yesterday at the New England Masters Championships at Harvard Univ. and my time was 26:47.9.
I'd ripped a bad gash in my lower left leg while at our Open Water Camp in the USVI on Jan 5. It took 16 stitches to close and 7 weeks to heal. I had only 2 weeks of practice after the long layoff prior to this race.

Even so, my swim felt just exquisite and considering that minimal practice following a long layoff, as good performance-wise as could be expected.
I felt somewhat poorly from the time I awoke until I got in the pool, but once I began swimming my warmup/tuneup felt much better. I warmed up for about 30 minutes, super-easy at first then rehearsing the way I hoped to feel for the first 60 of 66 lengths.
My goals for the race were to stay efficient, pace it well--being mindful of how much physical conditioning I'd probably lost during the 7-week layoff--feel fantastic, and stay focused.
When the race started I felt just as I had in tuneup (no surprise--that's the point of tuning my nervous system and sensory faculties). I counted my strokes every lap and consistently swam 15 SPL on odd lengths and 16 on even. This is nearly 2SPL lower than I've been able to hold during a 1650 in the last two years. I felt silky smooth the whole way. I can recall only 3 flip turns out of 65 on which my timing was a little off. I never felt the breathlessness that is common during this race.
My splits for the three 550s were 9:01-8:58-8:47, while holding my stroke count consistent.
And finally I was keenly focused for every one of the 1607 seconds the race took.
While it was my slowest 1650 ever--as a work of art, it felt like my best ever.

03-13-2017, 05:00 PM
Awesome story, Terry!

One of the lessons I've learned from Terry over the years is that when something negative happens in your life, it's easy to let yourself be overwhelmed by it, but you can also choose to turn it into an experience of experimentation and learning.