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Alex's swim journal

It's a journey: musings on art, literature, life... and occasional notes on training.

  1. Slippery roads, falling down ladders...

    by , January 27th, 2013 at 06:56 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Managed to get into the Y right before another winter storm hit. Roads became very slippery, but the temps are mild so it changed over from snow to rain within a couple of hours. By the time I was on the road again it was an asphalt flavored slushy.

    I didn't want to do anything too difficult today, since yesterday was a 7200-yard day. I thought 2000, maybe 2500... but in the car on the way over I realized I wasn't sore at all from yesterday; the mind started churning... "if I do an EZ to moderate 1000 free as a warm-up and add 500 IM to the ladder I did last Sunday (400, 300, 200, 100 IMs) I'll be at 2500 already and a cool-down could get me to 3000 pretty quickly." And that's what I did, 3000 SCY in +/- 60 minutes. The intervals on the IM ladder were aggressive (for me), but the pool was cool and I think my endurance on these other strokes is getting a lot better (even as the speed doesn't seem to be going anywhere). Here's how I did:

    1000 free, EZ to Moderate on 18:00 (16:45)
    500 IM on 10:00 (9:25-ish)*
    400 IM on 08:00 (mid 7:30s)
    300 IM on 06:00 (5:40-ish)
    200 IM on 04:00 (3:30)**
    100 IM on 02:00 (1:45)
    :30 rest
    200 fr, EZ on 4:00 (3:25)
    4 x 50 fr on :50 (:43-:44)
    100 fr, slide-n-glide (came in around 1:40, averaging 12-14 strokes per length)

    *First time I've ever done 500 IM, first time I've ever swum 125 fly all at once.
    **On this 200 IM I was really hustling and finished within 1-2 seconds of my fastest 200 IM ever; I think I was doing more or less a 3:20 pace (:50 per leg) until I got to the breast where I lost a lot of time... got to figure that out... but I made some of it back on the free section (which was about :45, not blazing by any means).

    I rinsed off quickly, washed out my suit and goggles, dried off and put my gym clothes on... got in about 30 minutes of conditioning in the weight room. I skipped most of the "dynamic warm-up" because I figured I was already pretty warm, but I spent a good amount of time on the injury prevention exercises, before moving on to core and foundational strength exercises, all of which I'm still going very light on until I get the hang of this again. This was my first conditioning session since last Sunday... I'd like to say that's because I had the cold this week, but honestly I would really much rather just swim, so I probably leaned on that a bit much as my excuse. I'm paying for it now! I do have high hopes that this conditioning, if it does nothing else, will help me to stave off injuries and soreness a little more.