When asked how do we get better as swimmers, most of the time you will be asked "how many times do you swim with the masters swim team?" or "have you joined a masters team"? Joining a team can sometimes be very scary especially if your not that great of swimmer. But you have to remember that all these people are here for the same reason you are- to get faster and learn how to swim!! If you think you are just too good to be true at swimming and a masters group is not what your looking for...well Im gonna tell you to just eat your pride and give it a try. You might be surprised as to how good of a workout you will get!
The Texas A&M triathlon team is back at it again, with fall practices in full effect.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are our group swims, and we have a variety of swimmers ranging from very beginner to advanced. The advance kids are even taking turns each week helping with drill tips for the newbies and helping to write up some great swim workouts. Its great to see everyone working together, cheering each other on and most importantly pushing each other through the workout. Last night the workout consisted of this:
10x100 on 1:30
4x100 HR 180 (aka Hard-5second ish rest)
100 for time
75 hard for time, 25 ez
300 Cool down
Thats a whole lot of 100s! and on 120? Wait can I catch my breath? The benefit of swimming a set like this with people faster than you, is that you have to push yourself. There is no time to stop and think about how you dont want to do the next set. You just do it and sooner then you know it, an hour is up and your out of the pool with a quality workout left behind you. If you haven't joined a team yet, just give it a try. Most masters swim teams let you pay for one session, or just come test swim with them until you decide if you like it or not. You might just surprise yourself!