Throwback challenge set

17 October 2021


Looking back again to 2011, I found a set that my eldest daughter, Maia, had given me ahead of a business trip I had done to Long Beach. I had really hoped to finally swim in the famed Belmont Plaza Pool from 1968, but the series of repairs that eventually caused the pool to be torn down meant that I was relegated to their, then 6 lane, 25 yard outdoor pool (Pool #81):

After a standard 1,000 yard warmup, the main set was (with slightly slower intervals):


4 rounds of:

  • 1 x 400: free, on 5:10, 5:00, 4:50, 4:40 (2011 intervals were 0:10 faster)

  • 2011: 4:47, 4:38, 4:28, 4:28

  • 2021: 4:44, 4:43, 4:37, 4:38

  • 1 x 200: IM, on 3:10, 3:00, 2:50, 2:40 (2011 intervals were 0:10 faster)

  • 2011: 2:35, then mid 2:20s on the rest

  • 2021: 2:38, 2:37, 2:36, 2:38

  • 1 x 100: stroke by round IM order on 1:40 (2011 interval was 1:30)

  • 2011: 1:07, 1:08, 1:21, 1:06

  • 2021: 1:21, 1:18, 1:26, 1:09

  • 1 x 100: IM kick on back on 1:40 (2011 interval was 1:30)

  • 2011: did not note my times

  • 2021: was 1:31, 1:32, 1:32, 1:35

  • 1 x 100: on 2:00, easy

4,600 yards is a long workout, but this shows yet again that I really need some serious IM work!

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