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Time traveling 100s

Updated: Feb 25, 2022

5 November 2021

I had been dragging lately in my workouts, then got waylaid over the last week by a massive pain in my neck that seemed to radiate through my lower back and right shoulder. I was at the point where I couldn't really turn my neck and swimming anything other than backstroke was painful ... because I also had pulled something in my hamstring/groin area which made breaststroke not possible.

I was feeling like a mid-50 year old man and not liking it,

After a number of days of lighter effort and just backstroke, I finally felt good enough Friday morning to attempt my "Dave Salo Pulse Plot" test set of 8 x 100s (see a detailed writeup here) and compared my performance to just about one year ago and almost exactly 10 years ago:

The general direction of increasing fitness is for the line to move to the right and down (e.g., get faster with a lower aggregate heart rate). The key learnings are these:

  1. I'm better than I was a year ago, but not quite my 44 year old self

  2. I need to get a life ... what kind of dork tracks this stuff for over a decade?


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