I got up early to swim this morning only to find a pool full of master's swimmers (read as no lanes). So I sat in the hot tub and watched. They were doing 25s and I thought, h3ll I can do 25s. It looked like they were sprinting one way and lollygagging on the way back, something I know I can do. Then they started sprinting 25s and hanging out at the wall for a long time. Again, one of my specialties.
What I got out watching them is, "I can do that." So then I swam. And after I swam I got something else out of the effort, someone had left their set list glued to a kickboard. With a quick glance around to see if anyone was watching, I surreptitiously peeled it off and ran into the locker room. I had info!
I looked over the intervals they were doing and they all looked do-able. Except maybe the 100s I'll need to add 15 seconds to. And it fits my pace, about 2000 yards in an hour. I've never swam that long but I do about 1100 to 1200 yards in half an hour so I should be able to get to 2000 in double the time.
I'm going to give it a shot this weekend and if I can do this, I can try to get up at 6AM one morning and see how the slow lane feels.