It's where the magic happens... between lanes in master's swim. We only have 3 lanes: slow, medium and fast. The slow lane (where I've been for the past month as I rehabbed my shoulder) is for newbies. Avg pace is probably 2:15. The intermediate lane is a pretty big step up: I'd guess avg pace is under 1:50. And the speed demon lane is more like 1:30.
Tonight I told my swim coach that I'd held 1:55 in my swim test last week. He smiled and pointed me to the intermediate lane. (gulp.) 1:55 was not fast enough to hold off getting lapped. I definitely didn't do as much yardage; some sets I had to lop off the last 50 entirely. Once I lopped off 100. But dang it, I gave it my best shot. It felt like the swim test all over again, but a lot longer.
Ooh, this place is tough. I feel bad for the speedy ones when I feel their hands at my feet and I have to pull over at the wall to let them pass. So I push harder. I managed to hold 1:55 for the entire swim. Once I pulled out a 1:46 on a fast 100 towards the end. Just. Keep. Up.
And this is how we get faster. Good stuff.