Coach Mike Pestorious and his swimmers of the Somerset Valley YMCA decided to take on the daunting task of completing a 2000 IM– that’s right, a 500 of each stroke.
In coach Pestorious’ words, “Coach Booj and I thought a good Saturday morning main set would be the 2000 IM. 500 meters of LEGAL fly, back, breast and free. We didn’t want to ask the kids to do anything that we wouldn’t do, so we took on the challenge during our normal Friday morning swim. We call our M/W/F morning swims “swim lab” because that is where we work on drills and sets to give the kids during workouts. As you can imagine, our intervals are slower and the sets are shorter than what our SVY Gold 2 group finishes, but we at least test the concepts.
The kids LOVED the challenge and all of them finished it — most of them legally (Matt S, Mark R). The ones who missed it wanted us to give them a lane on Sunday to complete it. Too bad Sunday was a broken 500 set. They can try the IM challenge later. Our top finisher, Nate, completed the 2000 meters in just under 30 minutes.
BTW, coach Booj and I swam a 600 free instead of a 500 free because we are not so good at counting.”
Check it out below!