So I'm tapering again, which means my workouts are much more focused. My swim workouts are Paulo specials and I have to do them on my own. I had to be at work today at 1pm, so I knew I would have to cut my swim short today because the pool didn't open until 11am. Then the bastards were 10 minutes late! Not a good way to start.
Anyway, the set started with 800 choice, then 4 x 100 (50 EZ 50 fast). I did them with a 1:40 sendoff and really got the heart pumping. Then I had the set from hell.
1500, finish strong
When I see that, I need to break it up. So I decided to descend the set by 500's. I can't count past 20 anyway.
So I start the monster 1500 and soon notice that an older man in swim trunks has jumped in the next lane and is swimming just behind me. Didn't think anything of it.
200-300-400-500 (split 7:49)
The guy is swimming right on my hip
OK, time to go faster for the second 500.
Now he is matching me stroke for stroke. WTF, dude, get a life! I was really annoyed as I started the second 500. I just wanted to do my 1500 in peace now I have this jerk pacing me!
Stroke for stroke
900-1000 I pull away by a body length (split 7:45)
Time to go faster
Now the guy pulls it into high gear and slowly comes up to me again
Stroke for stroke
Now by the 3rd 500 I am starting to appreciate this guy. Please random stranger swimmer dude, push me faster! I need to descend this bastard. Help!
The last 200 he slowly pulled ahead and beat me to the wall by a body length. But I pushed my split and had 7:35. I looked back and saw him cooling down.
It must have been quite the spectacle. 2 strangers racing stroke for stroke for 22 minutes, obviously working hard.
When I got out he was at the wall and I thanked him for the pacing. I asked him if he would mind coming to my race on Saturday because I could use a nice pair of feet! He laughed and said no way. He's too old to keep up with me. Yeah right!
Anyway, I had a good time and thought I'd share. Thanks swimmer guy. You made my workout. But watch out. Next time you're mine!
PS. I will happily be reviewing the SRAM Red Grouppo in a few weeks. It needs a good tune-up at the moment.
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