Hopping to some 300s in a fair land

3 October 2021


I love it when fellow swimmers point me in the right direction to a great pool. During my last trip to the greater DC area, a fellow Masters swimmer from my Arizona days, Hop Bailey, suggested I check out the Fairland Sports and Aquatics Center in West Laurel, Maryland. Man, was this ever worth the trip!

The middle section was reserved for lap swimmers and I had my own lane, a massive pace clock and ambition to check in on my Threshhold Pace . After the 1,750 standard "long" warmup, I swam the 3 x 300 test set on a 4:00 interval:

  • My best performance ever on this was back in December of 2016, when I went 3:08+, 3:09, 3:08+

  • 2016-01-04 - 3:16, 3:15, 3:14

  • 2018-11-23 - 3:25, 3:22+, 3:19+

  • 2019-08-01 - 3:34, 3:33, 3:30

  • 2019-12-02 - 3:27, 3:29, 3:25

  • 2020-02-03 - 3:18, 3:17, 3:19

  • 2020-08-02 - 3:22, 3:26, 3:25

  • 2020-09-17 - 3:24, 3:25, 3:24

  • 2021-08-29 - 3:20, 3:19+, 3:20

  • 2021-10-03 - 3:16, 3:16+, 3:16

I was very happy wth this performance, my best since moving to Canada at the start of 2019, and getting me back close to where I was 5 years ago.


On top of the great performance to cap off the week, I swam 18,400 yards for the week, a record for 2021!

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