I decided to get the swim test out of the way first thing this morning. I was not in the mood for the treadmill or the high winds outside. I needed to get a swim test done as I already have my run and bike data from the November Out Season. And I was anxious to test out my new watch. I broke down and despite not having the money for it I purchased the Garmin 910XT.
Today I had to do the following:
T-Pace Swim Test
This test will establish your “T-pace," which we will use as a reference
for future interval work.
This is also your initial swim test, to gauge your improvement across
WU: Start slow and gradually build pace/effort. 100 swim, 100 kick, 100
swim, 100 kick, 100 swim.
MS: After the warm-up, swim 1000 yards/meters at a constant pace and
good effort—as if racing.
Record your average pace per 100. This pace is
your "T-pace," will be used as a reference for future interval work.
I tested out my watch and it was amazing! It is worth every penny to have a watch monitor my swim stroke count and how far I swim. I no longer have to think about laps, but just technique. That is a game changer right there. I felt pretty good in the pool. I have to back and look at my swim times from last season to see how I compare, but I don't think I was too far off from last season despite only swimming 3-4 times since August.
When I got home I synced up my watch and my brain turned to ooze when I saw all this data recorded. I did not have time to process it all, but being the nerd I am I cannot wait to sift through it all. All the more for me to look at and analyze. I love it!
I swam the 1000 yard test in 17:05 for a T-100 test time of 1:42/100. Not the fastest by any means, but at least it is a start towards a new plan and goal to being faster this year.
Here is more info! Gotta love it!