Originally Posted by descending
To be your fastest though there needs to be a little bit of the total wreckless abandon where you just say 'I'm going to finish this set'. I even think it's beneficial to persist for even just a few hundred after you 'lose it' so you can really concentrate and feel what is amiss and focus in on it. One thing I will guarantee you if you aspire to racing at some point you will find a scenario where pushing through a tough set or workout pays off b/c you have suffered there before.
Thanks for this--I think that I have LOTS of room to gain in pushing hard in swimming like you say. I've done that in running and enjoyed HUGE successes, so I don't disagree with you at all. I am heading in that direction in my training this summer, and it'll be fun (in a weird, suffery kind of way).