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Attempting Masters Class

***So, I meant to post this on Thursday when I was leaving, but had no wifi access until now. Sorry!!!

So, this week I attempted my first master’s swimming class for the nteenth time. I had talked with the aquatics director earlier in the week, and he assured me that if I got there at the pool by 6:30am, I should be fine for masters. He was still not sure what time it was. He was going back and forth between 6:15 and 6:30am. I thought that it was odd that an aquatics director did not know the schedule of the pool (4 lanes by the way) that he was basically in charge of. I got there by 6:30am, and saw some pretty buff ladies in the locker room changing out of their swimsuits and showering. I didn’t think anything of it and rushed outside to the pool.

NO ONE was there!!! Well, let me rephrase that, no one resembling anyone on a tri team was there at the pool. Instead, before me were women in their 80’s in cute little swim caps, old lady swimsuits with ruffles and coverups, and no goggles. There were two lanes completely open. Before I started cussing like a crazy person, I looked up at the boards and noticed that the schedule was still left up from the class.

Well, I’m here. I might as well get a workout in.

I had three choices up on the boards:

3000 meters with lots of speed work: It looked very difficult, and I chose to block out the actual workout out of my mind.

2100 meters: 500 warm-up, 5×100 moderate pace, 10×50 25 freestyle then 25 backstroke, 500 pull with buoy, 100 kick cooldown

1100 meters: 400 warm-up, 6×50 moderate pace, 4×50 25 freestyle then 25 backstroke, 100 pull, 100 kick cooldown

I knew that I could handle the middle option of 2100 meters for the time that I had, so I got to work. It was doable. It was great. I really think that in a month, I might be able to move up to the more advanced option.

When I got out of the pool, I went over to the lifeguard and asked if he had opened that morning, and if he had seen a group swimming here this morning. He said that they had started at 5:30am and ended at 6:30am. LOVELY!

I hope that I can get it right one of these days!!! At least I still got a workout in, and it wasn’t as impossible as I thought it was going to be. 🙂 Trying to go next week again…

So, surprise! I finally went to my first master’s class…. ALONE. 😉

Right now, Steve and I are at a cute little (Portuguese cafe totally reminds me of our trip to Madeira)eating breakfast on our way back from Oregon from the crazy relay race that I competed in this weekend. The recap coming soon!!!

P.S. Thank you for all of your nice comments on my new house!!  I’m glad you all are just as excited as I am!!

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • Tea August 1, 2010, 10:27 am

    haha! Nice master’s swim! Even harder when your by yourself, methinks

  • Erica August 1, 2010, 10:47 am

    That director needs to get a clue! Terrible that he gave you bad information. Way to go at it alone. Hope the race went well and I love breakfast out!

  • lindsay August 1, 2010, 11:32 am

    I am definitely in the “slow” lane at masters. When we lived in Hawaiii there was a beginners master class, it was perfect!! I need to actually get back into swimming, haven’t done it in months….eeeeeek!!!

  • Matt August 1, 2010, 12:17 pm

    That really sucks about your workout! I would give that director a piece of my mind 😉

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 1, 2010, 3:08 pm

    That sucks that the director got the time wrong! Oh well, at least you got a good workout in!

  • Alanna @ Blood, Sweat, and Cupcakes August 1, 2010, 5:18 pm

    props to you on getting in the pool and pushing through your own masters class!

    Can’t wait to hear about the relay race 🙂

  • Charisa August 2, 2010, 4:59 pm

    This made me laugh. Stick with it – they will figure out what time they meet eventually 🙂


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