this morning was a slightly rescheduled swim: pool closed tomorrow. The plan was a constant 30-35 min swim, nice and simple. When I got there the only lane that had one person was one of the fast lanes. I’m a rubbish judge of speed so I just got in, not knowing how fast the guy was, but expecting him to be faster than me.
After a length I realised I was catching and was on his feet in no time. I passed on the next length fully realising I had just laid down the gauntlet.
I was on a long steady, so simply carried on. Someone else got in, traffic and so on and I found myself with a 1/4 length lead over the guy.
I carried on for a wee while then realised he was starting to catch me again. I upped the pace. So did he. The second half of my pre breakfast swim ended up being a pace / TT swim. I stayed in front of him but by the time my distance was done he was only a body length behind me. I remarked that we should share the lane more often, he had pushed me to up the pace and sustain it.
Even when you think you’re tired you will always have a wee bit more. Use whatever motivators are available to you at the time. Mine was the guy on my tail, but it could easily have been a split pace target or anything else.
Who you think that’s all you have, you will always have one more gear. I know that from enough sprint finishes!