Jan 07


I arrived at the pool today at my normal time for my 11:30 swim.  A few of the regulars and I jumped right in and began swimming.  As I swam, I noticed a few wanders along the pool deck.  Newbies.  Resolutioners.  Unsure of what the next step should be, they walked back and forth in their baggy suits that no doubt still had the scent of sand from their last trip to the beach.  A few would hesitantly approach a lane and timidly stand at the edge hoping someone would stop so that could ask if they could share a lane.  The bolder ones would dangle their feet over the edge of the pool hoping to get the attention of a fellow swimmer.  And still others took a seat in the bleachers and simply waited for a lane to open.

After the swim, a couple guys in the locker room were talking about all the additional people at the pool lately.  They were all wondering how long the resolutioners – the people swimming because they made improving their health a New Year’s resolution – would last.  It reminded me of Shawshank Redemption.  You may remember the scene.  The one where the new prisoners are arriving.  Morgan Freeman’s character, Red, and the other prisoners are taking bets on which new prisoner will be the first to break down.  Now, no one was placing actual bets, but most everyone agreed that it would be back to normal by February.

Don’t get me wrong.  I hold no ill will towards the newbies.  I’d love to see them all keep up swimming – the more the merrier (unless it turns into this or this).  And I am sure I was the same way when I started to swim 2 years ago.  But still, I find it amusing to watch.

Any ways, I had a great 2500 yard swim today.  My workout was:

6 x 75 warm up
1 x 400 pull
1 x 300
1 x 200 pull
1 x 100
1 x 300 kick
1 x 300
6 x 75 (50 free, 25 back) cool down

After my swim, I did a 6 mile speed workout.  I started off with a mile and a half warm up followed by 5 x 800 with 400 active recovery and then a warm down to round it out.  My 800 intervals came in at 3:31, 3:25, 3:24, 3:23, and 3:12 and overall I had a 7:47 pace for the entire run.  After the last interval, I had a coughing fit that almost made me puke.  As disgusting as it may sound, it felt great. 

"A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more."

-Steve Prefontaine

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  1. Rob

    When I’m in the pool I can barely remember how many lengths I’ve done, as opposed to remembering complex swim work-outs. How do you keep track on what you’re supposed to be doing as opposed what you’re actually doing? Write it on the back of your hand? 🙂

  2. Maria

    Bhahaha, love the comparison of the resolutioners! I have the same problem at my gym too. It’s a national phenomenon.

  3. Krista@CommitmentisLiberating

    Great post! I always feel conflicted about the “Resolutioners” too. On one hand, you want others to live healthy and active lifestyles, but sometimes it can be frustrating too. They take up a lot more space/equipment/water, don’t know gym/pool etiquette, etc. I guess we just all need to remember that we were new once too 🙂

  4. Jon

    Fortunately I can stay mostly “resolutioner” free. They won’t run outside in the cold. They won’t bike outside in the cold. And I go to a pool on such a weird schedule that there is no way they would show up on a lunch hour.

    But I remember exactly 2 years ago showing up to the pool in baggy swim trunks….I was “that guy.”

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