Decided to change up today and work some mid-distance. It's probably too soon, but I wondered if some of the speed work might carry over to mid-distance. Verdict - maybe. My back is getting stronger. Maybe my free.
I did longer intervals, but tried to swim harder. Also used paddles more today to try and build up strength. T
he comments about me having done the aerobic work are true. In the 500's and 200's, it's not my breathing that is labored, it's my arms that won't pull any faster. Maybe it's part mental or maybe it's just training my arms to go faster.
2x500 Free on 8:00 (6:50, 6:52)
200 Back (3:00)
2x500 Free w/paddles on 8:00 (6:37, 6:37)
200 Back w/paddles (2:49)
2x200 Back w/paddles on 4:00 (2:46, 2:43 -that was my race speed)
4x100 Back w/paddles on 1:30 (1:20 slipping to 1:23)
100 Free - 1:22
100 Back - 1:25
Combined some endurance with some speed work today - and never put my paddles on. Fel pretty good about my pace/speed today. Took a little longer rest between sets adn held my speed pretty good through the whole workout.
More people were at the pool today. So, I jumped in a lane with Keith and joined his 200 sets. Later, I joined Peter and Dave at the end of their sprint workout. Swam almost all free - working on increasing my pace.
3x200 Free on 3:00 (swimming with Keith, but still warming up)
5x200 Free on 3:00 (2:40; 2:40; 2:40; 2:42; 2:42)
10x100 on 1:45 (1:15; :15; :15; :18; :19; :17; :19; :19; :19; :17)
4 times thru - hard
3x25 with 10 sec. rest
1x75 then 1 minute rest (swam <2:20's - 1:50 swim time for 150 or ~ 1:13/100)
6 times thru
100 Free on 1:20
50 Back on :50 (my 4th 100 slipped to 1:21 so I skipped the 4th 50 and then finished out - never have done 100's on 1:20 interval, so geeting 4 in was good)
Started working on speed more - didn't swim over a 100 today. Can't say it was a sprint workout, but I did work on swimming harder. Says something about my training that it is hard to actually sprint.
The people swimming in the morning has dropped off the last couple of weeks. Ray, Peter, Dave, and Dave were there today. Swam on my own until I did the 25's with Peter and Dave.
Worked on swimming harder and using a little longer intervals. Also tried to kick a little while I was swimming - imagine that - and worked more on breathing every other stroke.
5x100 on 1:30
5x100 Back on 1:40
4x25 Free on :30
4x50 Free on :50
4x75 Free on 1:05
4x100 Free on 1:45 (1:12; 1:13; 1:13; 1:14)
6x50 Kick on 1:00
4x25 Back on :30
4x50 Back on :50
4x75 Back on 1:15
4x100 Back w/paddles on 1:45 (1:17; 1:19; 1:18; 1:19)
10x50 Kick on 1:00
4 times thru 4x25 - 2 on :30/2 on :40 (Fly/Breast, Back/Breast, Free/Breast, Fly/Breast)
100 Free - 1:15
100 Free - 1:14
100 Back w/paddles - 1:17
My wife is volunteering at an Emmaus Walk this weekend. So, I had to be home to make sure te girls got to school on Friday. I could have gotten up and made it to the pool for an hour workout - but, what I'll call my better senses kicked in and said stay home and rest. So I did. Part of that mindset change from "I gotta swim and stay on pace for 600 miles" to "So what about the mileage - swim less, swim better, and rest"
Now the rest didn't exactly translate into feeling better this morning. I made it to the Natto swim with Dave and Peter, but my arms and shoulders felt real sore for some reason. I did my own sets and worked through a pretty good 4350 yard workout.
Brook was back at the pool this morning - it was good to see him still recovering from being hit by a car while on his bike. Won't be back on a bike for a while but he is up hobbling around
5x100 Free on 1:35 (1:20's)
5x100 Back on 1:40 (1:28's)
5x100 Kick on 2:00
5x200 Free on 3:00
2x200 Back on 4:00
4x50 Dolphin kick on 1:00
5x100 Free w/paddles on 1:30 (1:15's)
5x100 Back w/paddles on 1:35 (1:23's)
5x50 Free w/paddles on :45 - Breathe every 4th stroke
Took the day off on Tuesday. Just wanted to stay in bed. Also trying to change my mindset from - "I have to swim! I've got to get my yardage in!" to "It's ok to rest. Yardage is not the key - it's quality!" So, I stayed in bed and tried not to fell too guilty.
Got a good workout in today; but, my arms just felt dead. So, from then on, Iu used paddles for the most part. Swam with Ray thru the first 300 set. Then moved over and swam with Peter, Dave, and Dave.
2x100 Free on 1:30
4x300 Free on 4:30 (3:53; 3:53; 3:52; 3:52)
5x100 Kick on 2:00
2x100 Free on 1:30
3x300 with paddles
1st on 4:30 - 200 Back/100 Free
2nd on 4:15 - 150 Back/150 Free
3rd on 4:00 -100 Back/100 Free/100 Back
300 Free w/paddles
5 times thru Free w/paddles
100 on 1:20
50 on :50 (I skipped one 50 - never swam a 1:20 interval before)
3x100 Back w/paddles on 1:35
4x50 Free on :50
4x50 Back o :55
Made it to the pool this morning even though it was a holiday - just to get a workout in and stretch out some. Still sort of tired from the weekend, but new Peter, Dave, and Dave would be there. Peter won his age group. Roger won his age group followed by Dave and Dave. Fortunately, I have a another three years before Roger and Dave move up to my age group!
Only did 4300 yards but started working on swimming faster and on kicking.
5 x 100 Free on 1:45 (1:15's) - not bad for warming up
5 x 100 Back on 1:50 (1:25's)
5 x 100 Kick on 2:00 (1:45's)
5 x 100 Free w/paddles on 1:30 (1:13 - 1:15)
5 x 100 Back w/paddles on 1:35 (1:20's - 1:25)
Peter joined me and we did
5 x 100 Kick on 1:50 (1:40's)
4 x 50 Back/Free easy
6 x 150 w/ paddles on 2:15
Back - 1:55
Free - 1:50
3 x Back/Free/Back - 2:00
Back - 2:00
While I more or less held steady, Peter started slower and speeded each one up. I need to work on the speeding up part!
Sort of a mixed bag. Here's times compared with last year- this year first, last year second
50 Free - 29.5; 29.44 - But my goggles came off on my dive and hung around my upper lip, so between the distraction, drag, and not being able to see the wall for my turn clearly, I figure I did ok
100 Free - 1:02.62; 1:02.88 a little improvement
200 Free - 2:22.07; 2:19.12 my last 50 was a 35.62 compared to 36.19 (2nd) and 37.15 (3rd) - I cruised to much in the middle
500 Free - 6:25.37; 6:23.57 again I cruised too much in the middle - my last 100 was 1:14.6; but I went 1:18.5; 1:20.2; and 1:20.1 in the middle - I lost concentration
1650 Free - 21:47.79; 22:08.46 - Ok 21 seconds better
50 Back - 33.83; 34.77 - Ok almost a second faster
100 Back - 1:12.51; 1:14.29 - Another good improvement - 1.8 seconds
200 Back - 2:42.09; 2:41.29 - .8 seconds slower; thought I was going to cruise it much like last year, but I just didn't have it; couldn't breathe and even did 3 open turns so I could get air; don't know what was wrong - except for the looming 200 IM in 17 minutes
50 Fly - 36.87 - first time ever - last event on Saturday and I just tried to stay long and smooth
200 IM 2:53.89 - first time ever - Last event of meet; once again jus wanted to stay long and smooth and ruin myself on the fly; then I had no sprint left in me
Sort of seems like I did an awful lot of work the past year for very little improvement. I did have some pretty significant distractions last year and leading up to the meet, but still. I think a lot of it was mental doing some new things and not enough work on sprinting. Focusing on yardage meant I worked more on pacing. So, I don't know how to sprint the 50's and 100's or hold on to the 200's and 500. Just my thoughts.
Now I'm thinking I should forget about doing 5000+ yard workouts and getting to 600 miles this year. Instead, I should cut back to 4000 - 4500 yards and work on speed. Slow the interval, increase the pace and gradually work both back down. Also, I need to work in a true sprint workout week, and maybe have one distance workout a week. The other thing to work on is kickinng and breathing (more strokes per breath).
Think I should also find some more meets to swim in for practice and feedback.
Swam 1250 yards yesterday. Got down to Auburn at a decent time last night and got a fairly good rest. Just biding time now until 10:00 check-in and the 1650 around 11:15 - 11:30. Just a mental game right now - got to trust my training and just swim! Thanks for the support and comments!!!
Been a little slow posting Wednsday's workout. Last night was busy - went to Ash Wednesday service, etc., etc. Tonight is less busy even though it's Valentine's.Had another taper workout, then a rest day today, and a short swim tomorrow, before heading down to Auburn tomorrow afternoon. So, now just don't psyche myself out.Wasn't feeling all that strong, but I think my speed was ok.4x100 2 - Free on 1:35; 2 - Back on 1:404x100 on 1:30 Held 1:15's16x25 - 2 Swim/2 Kick IM order on :4025 Breast50 Back Sprint w/start (I need to work on my back starts) - :37.5 (just ok, the 2nd 25 was better than the 1st)50 Free Relay Start - :29 (getting there)Starts200 IM - 3:05 (I wasn't trying all that hard - so I was pleased with this)3x50 Back/Free/Breast1875 Yards65 minutes
Continued our taper today. More fly and back today and more work on speed.
500 Free Warm Up
200 Back (2:54) Just trying to pull hard and be steady.
50 Alt Free/Back
25 Fly Sprint
8x50 Alt Swim Kick - Last one sprint kick
50 Back Sprint
25 Free Start sprint 15 yards
Broken 100 IM w/5 secs rest /25 (1:30 - :15= 1:15 - good for me)
100 Free hard - 1:13
50 Back Hard - :38
50 Fly - :43
5 more days to our meet. Worked on starts and speed today. A lot of rest and not much yardage. I have to be careful about not being psyched out about the 200 IM. So I swam a 200 IM followed by a 200 Back - I was trying to go steady at about 85% effort, so the 3:12 IM and 2:55 Back was faster than I expected. My goal is to be steady and finish in the IM - it's my first time to swim fly and breast in a meet so - just finish and set a base time.
Looking forward to the "taper surge" to start in the next day or two.
4x25 Sprint 1st 12.5 yards
200 IM (3:12)
200 Back (2:55)
3x100 Free/IM/Back (1:23)
16x25 2 Swim/2 Kick IM order
10 Back Starts
It feels odd - standing around in the pool so much and not trying to get some distance. But, I'm sticking with it. Thanks for the advice and support.
Only did 2200 yards today in 65 minutes. I did work on speed some - not quite full sprint but getting close as I tried to maintain form and breathing. Was fairly pleased with the speed and I still felt tired after the workout.
500 Free Warm Up (7:05)
4x100 Hard on 2:00 (1:12; 1:12; 1:11; 1:11)
4x50 IM Order on 1:30
8x25 IM Order on :45
200 IM (3:10) - This is the race that will psyche me out - it's at the end of the meet right after the 100 Free and 200 Back. I've never swum IM and I just want to survive.
Broken 100 Back - 10 secs rest every 25 - 1:42 less :30= 1:12 (2 secs faster than my race last year)
Broken 200 Free - 10 secs rest every 50 - 2:54 less :30 = 2:24 (5 secs off my race last year)
4x50 Free/Back Easy
Slept in an extra 10 minutes today and went to the pool truly thinking about cutting back for a taper. Swam with Roger, Peter, Dave, Dave, and Danny. They only did about 2200 yards. I hung around and did 3000 - mostly 100's at about 80%. Started focusing more on turns - particularly the flat handed wall turns for fly and breast (we have an edge that is easy to grad at water level - Auburn doesn't).
I was concerned about losing conditioning by not swimming enough over the next week. But, Roger told I have done the work - now it's about rest and letting my muscles build. He said that my body would probably feel bad for a couple of days - maybe to Monday or Tuesday - but then my "strength" and feeling would take off. He has the experience, so I trust him. Probably will only do 2000 to 2500 the next couple of days and cut back more next week. Focus will be on speed, stroke work, and turns.
5x100 Free on 1:30
5x100 Back on 1:45
7x50 on :45
4x50 Back on :50
16x25 2 swim/2 kick - Free, Back, Breast, Free
50 Fly (felt a shoulder strain so I quit fly for the day)
100 Free - Didn't really watch intervals on all the 100's - just focused on turns and having a good stroke)
I don't know if I started a taper today or not. I was in the pool about the same amount of time but did about 700 - 1000 yards less than normal. I took more rest and some longer intervals - but I swam harder and was just as tired.
The main group was Peter, Dave, Dave, Danny, and Meredith - they swam seemed to be doing a lot of 25's and 50's. I had a lane to myself and did a hodge podge. But I did work on my pace and did some more stroke work.
Ladder 50 to 200 and 200 to 50 by 50 - :45 per 50, 1 minute rest at top
3x200 Back on 4:00 (3:00; 2:55; 2:54)
200 Back w/paddles (2:48)
200 Free w/paddles (2:35)
5x50 Free w/paddles on 1:00
5x50 Free w/paddles on 1:00
Roger's wife, Pam, made some blueberry muffins and brought them to the pool this morning. They were great - Thank you, Pam.
Swam with Keith today and Ray joined us about 1/2 through. Then I finished on my own. Did a ladder, which I don't particularly like, but which I think is a good speed/endurance set. Did a little IM work. I was also happy with my back stroke - was doing <1:25 100's with no paddles. So, my biggest improvement lately has been backstroke.
3x100 on 1:30
Ladder 50 up to 300/300 down to 50 - 50 increments/:45 per 50 (did an extra 100 on 2nd 300 - my mind was elswhere)
5x100 Back on 1:45 (<1:25's)
4x100 25 stroke/75 free (Fly/Back/Breast/Fly) on 1:45
4x75 sliding IM on 1:30
4x75 sliding IM on 1:30
2x200 Back w/paddles on 3:15 (2:50's)
200 Free w/paddles (2:45)
4x50 Back w/paddles on :45
Peter, Dave, Dave, Roger, Meredith, and Andrei made up the big group. I shared a lane with Keith and gor a pretty good workout in. Had some more speed today and endurance was better but the 500's did take a lot out of me. Was pretty pleased with my backstroke. After tomorrow we will start a 12 day taper, what ever that is, leading up to the Auburn meet.
3x500 Free on 7:30 (6:45; 6:45; 6:50)
5x100 on 1:30 (1:17, :20, :20, :22, :22 - couldn't hold it at 1:20)
10x50 Back on 1:00 (:42+/-; 1 - :40, 2 - :45)
200 IM (3:20 - just wanted to finish)
3x200 Back w/ paddles on 3:00 (2:50; 2:50; 2:55)
4X200 w/Paddles on 4:30 (Free - 2:42; Back - 2:49; Free - 2:40; Back - 2:47)
There is a swim meet at the Huntsville Nat today so we had to be out of the pool by 7am. Still, I got a nice workout in. My arms still feel weary - I could go just so fast. It's not that I got winded and couldn't go, my arms (particularly my upper arm into my shoulders) just wouldn't pull harder/faster.
Dave, Dave, and Peter were there along with Hsv's Carol, George, Bob, Carmen, etc. But I had a lane to myself and did my own thing.
3 x 200 Free on 3:00
3 x 500 Free on 7:30 (7:00, 7:03; 7:05)
3 x 200 Free on 3:00
12 x 100 Back w/paddles on 1:30 (30 second extra rest between 6 & 7)
6 x 100 Free w/paddles on 1:30
After Tuesday the main group starts tapering for Auburn - of course they can taper a while before they get down to me - speed wise, not distance. It was a small group today - Peter, Dave, Dave, and Roger were there and I swam with Keith.
This was a tough weekand I still felt some weariness. But Friday ended on a good note and a one big area of stress was lifted. I spent a lot of this week just saying - "Lord, my trust is in You."
Some of my speed and endurance was back and I felt pretty good about the workout. I held pace fairly well; but, I couldn't speed up - my arms just going go faster.
2 x 200 Free on 3:00
5 x 300 Free on 4:30 ( 4:05; :08; :07; :07; :02)
5 x200 on 3:00 (2:40; :40; :42; :46; 47 - just couldn't hold 2:40)
5 x 100 Free on 1:30 (1:18; :19; :21; :21; :21)
5 x 100 Back on 1:45 (kept below 1:30 - no paddles!)
500 Back w/paddles (7:13)
500 Free w/paddles (7:08)
4 x 100 IM (1:35 descended down to 1:30)