Whilst working with Julian in London I'd tried a few time to break 8:00minutes for a 400m set with the pullbuoy and whilst I'd come close a year ago I hadn't made clear gains on this over the previous year.
For the last month I've barely used the pullbuoy and have been focusing on the catch phase and have increased my pace remarkably for both single lengths and up to 1000m. Last night I thought I should be able to break the 8:00minute barrier now and today's swim seemed the perfect opportunity.
After a 200m warm-up I set to the trial trying to focus on the catch and hoping the pace would follow. It was great to rest my legs. Anyway, at the end I could see from my watch that I'd done a great time:
There was some loss of pace towards the end of the set including one length below target pace with some excellent times in the middle the outcome was secure.
After this set really I'd done enough, my arms were tired and working without the pullbuoy felt laborious, but after such a great success the final few lengths weren't psychologically important.