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After a long rest

I am a former swimmer, trying to get back into competitive swimming. I have been out of the pool 20 years and put on some extra pounds. This blog primarily documents my journey back to competitive swimming. And I should say having fun along the way!!!

  1. Budapest week 6 - Thursday

    by , June 8th, 2017 at 06:48 PM (After a long rest)
    I have a lot going on at work right now and woke at 2:30am thinking work. Realized I have a trip to the bay in 2 weeks and I have not booked travel. As a result of my mind starting to run 100mph I was unable to go back to sleep. I was like a zombie when my alarm went off but did manage to get up and head to the pool. Yesterday I decided I was going to get an extra hour of sleep and skip lifting today(based on yesterday’s stellar workout). I was again really tired but actually did ok today.

    Pool Setup LCM(Finally)
    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup

    Main Sets
    2x(50 Kick on 1min, 2x50 free build on :50, 50 Kick on 1min)
    1000 Free for time
    200 easy
    6x100 streamline back kick with fins on 1:40
    10x50 build on :50 odds free evens back

    Warm down
    200 easy

    On the 1000 swim I looked up at 400,800 and 1000. I was 4:53 at 400, 9:53 at 800 and 12:23 at 1000 which was a 1:14.8 average. Not super-fast but I will most definitely take this one after yesterday’s crappy workout performance. On the kick I was holding 1:10’s. My back felt great on the 10x50’s.
    Swim Workouts
  2. Budapest week 6 - Wednesday

    by , June 8th, 2017 at 09:48 AM (After a long rest)
    Tuesday I was really tired and ended up going to bed before 7pm. I had a decent night of sleep but woke feeling even more sore and tired than when I went to bed. This tiredness carried into and throughout my workout. I knew I would hit a wall at some point but did expect it so soon after ramping up my training. This was probably the worst I have felt and performed in a couple years. My arms were heavy the whole workout. I just could not shake it! After practice I realized I did not eat dinner on Tuesday night and ate a small kind bar before practice so suspect that this contributed to the feeling.

    Pool setup scy(again)

    warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catch-up on :50

    main sets
    400 free on 5:30 breathing 3,5 by 25 at 80% effort
    400 IM negative split each 100 on 5:30
    400 free afap on 5:30
    200 easy
    4xbroken 200s on 4mins as #1 50,100,50 #2 100,50,50 #3 4x50 #4 150,50 with 5 seconds after the 50, 10 after 100, 15 after the 150
    200 easy
    10mins vertical kick as 1min vertical kick(alternating flutter kick arms out and fly kick arms out), :30 bounce off bottom and get as far out of the water as possible in streamline position
    10x50 free on 1min with 10, 9,8,7,6,5....,1 breaths per 50
    10x25 back on :30 with 10,9,8,7,....,1 stroke per 25

    warm down
    200 easy

    The 400 free afap I was 4:05 and beat. This was the highlight of the workout. The 200s I was 1:59,2:01,2:05,2:05. The rest was ok but I just had that feeling of being whooped the whole workout. One of my team mates suggested I took up something more sedentary like bridge or dominoes. He said he had never heard me complain and moan so much!
    Swim Workouts