I wanted to get a base time for a 800 meters swim (.5 mile). I clocked it at 12:26 minutes. I continued for another 800 meters to finish my workout. This is also my 1st mile swim in over 18 years. I felt strong and in good shape for the swim.
I am real pleased with this time for only returning to swimming less than three weeks ago. I was off yesterday and decided to make it a good tri work out day at the Y. I swim in a 25 meter pool so for me I do 16 laps to get 800 meters. I do not push off the wall when I do my turns but only to get my body in the horizontal position then I kick hard.
My question, is 800 meters in 12:26 minutes good time? Is this at all competitive time for my age group of male 45 yrs old? If not, is it something to work off of?
After the swim I got on to the bike for 1:20 hr for some intervals training at 145-178 HR. Then for a quick transition to a 2.5 mile run. It was a good workout.
Thanks for any input.