|Bayshore Drive Beach|
Last night I had a swim workout on the schedule, so I headed down to the Bayshore Drive Beach in Belmont Shore. The Beach runs along a portion of Alamitos Bay, which is a small bay primarily used as a port for pleasure craft. Belmont Shore is not only a straight-up awesome section of Long Beach, it's also a great place to open water to swim when you are alone because it's calm and there's always plenty of kayakers and windsurfers around. There also happens to be a buoy line which conveniently is exactly a 1/4 mile long.
My original plan was to swim the buoy line 6 times or 3 round trips. I did the first round trip and then half of the second. But then my mind started wandering and I decided to go exploring. So I kept on swimming past the buoys and towards a small marina. Since there were no more markers in the water to use for navigation, I just sighted off the mast of the biggest sailboat in the marina. When I got to the boat, I turned around and swam back. The side trip ended up being about 4/10th's of a mile. Once back to the buoy line, I hit the lap button on my watch again and timed the final 440 yards of the day.
My times were as follows (in order):
Here's the bad news. Obviously, I'm slow. And I'm a little concerned that my splits degraded as much as the did from interval to interval. I only swam 1.4 miles in total, and slowing down that much during the course of the swim suggests a lack of swimming fitness. This is an issue that needs to be addressed by the Santa Cruz 70.3 for sure.
Here's the good news. At Solana Beach, I'll only have to do a 1/4 mile once and I will be doing it fresh, so I think it's fair to use a combination of my first two splits as a baseline. This means I have to cut just over 20 seconds off of my 100 pace. This is very good to know - I now have a quantifiable goal.
So now I just have to figure out how to shave the time off. My sense is that this will be less of a stroke turnover thing and more of a body position thing. That said, I'm not going to assume it's that simple so I'll keep up the intervals at the pool in attempt to pick up some speed. And I'll definitely keep sets with paddles and a pull buoy in my workouts for strength conditioning. It also makes sense to get someone to take a video of me swimming so I can do some analysis. Maybe I'll post it on the blog so some of you genius swimmers out there can give me a few pointers.
Metrosexual Triathlete - Tip Of The Week post. Look at those lines around my eyes - I swear they are usually not there. My goggles must be reeking absolute havoc on my skin. I'll need to look into this.