Everyone else is writing about their 5K Turkey trots so I had to weigh in with my Thanksgiving Day workout. I went swimming. The swim workouts on Holidays are always packed. We had 5 in our lane and there were 7 in the lane next to us. I thought about suggesting one person move over but I decided they could count and figure that out for themselves.
We started with 6×25 3 times. The first 6 on the 35, second 6 on the 30 and third 6 on the 25. Then we did what was truly a group effort set. We had to swim/kick/pull 400 yds (our choice) followed by a 200. This was repeated 3 times but we had to descend the 200 every time and that had to be our total lane time, from when the first person left until the last person came in.
This is unique in that usually when you do a descending set it is all about you and you alone. If someone in the lane is not into descending then that is his or her prerogative as long as they don’t get in the way. To make all swimmers bust a move is different. Different in a good way.
I can’t really do it. I’m pretty sure I have low lung capacity so as the workout goes on I become increasingly unable to speed up. I tried like hell, though, and I don’t think I was the limiting factor. There was a woman behind me and I wasn’t exactly in her way. We collectively descended 6 seconds from the first 200 to the 2nd but came in even on the third.
I was going to go for a run after swimming but was beset with Thanksgiving sloth. Then we went to see Happy Feet (cute with liberal political overtones) and then had dinner with the kid’s Dad’s parents and 2 of his sisters. It was a great day.