Swim Speed Workouts Week 9-3: “Time Flys”

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The Swim Speed Test Team is a group of volunteers that is reporting on their newfound swim speed earned over 16 weeks of the Swim Speed Workouts program.

Swim Speed Workouts Test Team logoTEST TEAM SUMMARY OF WORKOUT 9-3:

Catherine L. (The Number Cruncher):  I think She-Ra 9-3 is my favorite She-Ra thus far. But you might look back and say that I say that everytime!  I just love the challenging element to these workouts.  I also love the feeling of success when completed. This workout just went screaming fast in the pool.

My confidence with fly is great—I no longer worry about fly in the sets. I look forward to it and I actually enjoy something a little different.  I know I haven’t had any formal training on how to do the butterfly, I will ask the master’s coach one of these times, but i think I am feeling the water correctly and nothing hurts when i do it.  I don’t drown and I do make it to the other end of the pool with whatever I AM doing — so I am just going to keep going with it!

Rebecca B. (The Open-Water Swimmer): Wow, the ninth She-Ra workout.  I got all the way through this EXCEPT for those running portions.  Did I tell you that I am NOT a runner or a triathlete?  Well,  I completely enjoyed the swimming portion of this workout.  I took my pennies again to keep track of 12 hundreds.  In the middle of the 200 set, I took a whole minute rest and then finished the second half..  Loved the speed set and the 25s all out.  Fantastic in all areas except that running part.  I could blame the weather today, too.  I might have walked as Sheila suggested but the wind chill was down in the 20s this morning.  These workouts provide such valuable focus for me.  I try to keep one little technical point in my head as I swim.  For instance I hear Sheila telling me about the catch and how to execute the serape. Or how to use the concept of “trim” as my hand engages the water.  It’s all good.

Jennifer M. (The Coach): She-Ra is trying to kill me! Disclaimer: I did not do the run portion because I already had a specific run workout in the morning before my swim. I was pretty freaked out by the individual medleys and the amount of fly since I am not a swimmer.  That said, again I managed to complete this workout.  Seriously, I would never have been able to do this workout in the past.  Especially the 8×200 after the IM set.  It really does show that these workouts are making me stronger and I can’t wait to test my swim speed in my first race of the season in May.  I might even start going to the Stroke Day master’s workout when all is said and done.

TRY THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF SWIM SPEED WORKOUTS YOURSELF! Based on our Test Team feedback, you will be swimming noticeably faster after two weeks on the Swim Speed program. You’ll have developed a high-elbow catch and a better feel for the water. You’ll have begun to strengthen your core and your swimming fitness will be rising rapidly. Click here to learn how to try Swim Speed Workouts.