I swam 83 minutes today in the sea, starting at 8:20, at Konyaaltı by the stream. It was sunny, cool-warm, with a slight onshore breeze which kept the sea flat and calm. No swells, no waves. The sea was 25 C where I started, where the fresh, cold stream water mixes with the sea. I guess it was around 27 C out in the open. Water visability was around 4m deep. There was a slight westerly current and I swam with it on the way out, against it on the way back.
8 minute faster termpo warm up, then 250-stroke repeats, alternating sprint/cruise tempo ‘by feel’.
I was well rested from the night before, after taking 2 days off for the weekend. I felt fresh, strong, loose, and it felt right to do a brisker warm-up.
My tempo work in the pool last week, however sluggish the cold water made me feel, seems to have paid off. Last time I did this OW set I was topping out at .94 for the sprint and 1.17 for the cruise. This time I was as low as 0.90 for the sprint and settling into 1.13 for the cruise.
How? Tempo work, good rest, warmer water, salt water buoyancy all played a part I am sure.