I sat in the hot tub warming up before my swim and anticipated how freezing the water would be and also how good my body would feel once I got moving. I also noticed something peculiar that had never happened before. Out of 17 people in and around the pool, I was the only female. I instantly wondered if I’d stumbled into a YMCA men’s day (which they don’t actually have), then I laughed as I thought back to my sister’s last swim on a women’s day at the JCC in New York. She was about to join a lane when a splash fight broke out over who wasn’t letting who pass properly. The fight was between two grown women and the lifeguard had to break it up!
I found myself a lane to share in the sunshine and jumped into the cold pool. I didn’t have a goal or workout in mind so I came up with one as I swam. Afterward I went back to the hot tub to stretch and my left hamstring immediately cramped up. Note to self: More potassium & lower intensity as I get back into the workouts! I choked down a chocolate cliff shot, which was the only potassium- rich “food” in my swim bag and reminded myself to re-stash some electrolyte packs and cliff bars for next time! As I write this, I am soaking up my Vitamin D and enjoying a sandwich outside the Crissy Field Cafe. Enjoy the view!
The workout: 1800 yd swim/ 1 mile, 45 minutes
300 yd warm up, mixed strokes
2 X 150 yd kicking drills, 100 yd pull, RI:10, concentrating on a neutral pilates-type spine during the pull so as not to over-arch my back
700 yd high intensity ladder, L7- as high of intensity as I could sustain
50 yd RI: 10
75 yd RI: 20
100 yd RI: 30
125 yd RI: 30
125 yd RI: 30
100 yd RI:20
75 yd RI: 10
50 yd RI: 30
200 yd cool down, mostly back stroke to open up chest