Yesterday I visited the new gym I am looking at – as a guest/visitor – and swam ~30 min of laps. The basic workout I did was this:
4 x [4 x 50 freestyle + 1 x 50 backstrone/kick drill + 1 x 50 breaststroke]
1200 m total (48 laps)
I didn’t go hard, and I didn’t go fast: I’m not out of shape overall, but I’m out of practice as a swimmer. I still remember a lot of my mechanics: how to do good freestyle, how to rotate your body during backstroke, the usual. But my breathing is ridiculously out of whack (which makes sense… you don’t have to hold your breath and breathe in periodicity when you’re running) and that makes me tire early (although after catching my breath on each 50 I always had the energy to do another 50 – I just had to catch my breath first).
I’m surprisingly sore today. I realize that with any new workout, you’re going to be exhausted easily, but my upper body feels like I’ve done something new and unusual with it (which I guess I have).
I really think this is a great solution for the time being. Tuesday is a rest day, and then Wednesday I’ll do a 4.5 mi run. Thursday I’d like to swim again, if I can.