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Just a short recovery swim today. Ande told me he's not too sore after meets, but I always feel pretty for a couple days. Hoping to get in a good workout tomorrow, although my kids are out of school for the Inauguration, which could prove problematic.
SCM at the hot gym pool:
700 warm up
8 x 100 back on 2:00
20 minutes in the hottub
Paul Wolf and I were chatting about 200 IMs. We decided it would be much better if you could swim the strokes in any order you wanted. I would definitely opt for fly-breast-free-back, if that were an option.
Updated February 10th, 2009 at 10:29 AM by The Fortress
Ventured back to the pool today to swim another 200. The vlogger guessed it -- 200 IM. Naturally, I fully intended and would have preferred to swim it with my B70. Indeed, I brought my 23+ swims B70 to the pool for this very purpose!
But as fans of Vlad the Vlogger, that evil disseminator of private text messages, already know, I busted a huge hole in the suit. A friend, scyfreestyler, said: "I told you to kick ass, not show ass." Fortunately, for everyone involved, I did NOT pull a Laura Smith, as my wardrobe malfunction occurred in the privacy of the locker room. Right on the heels of having set a PR by shimmying into it in 2 minutes flat ... Perhaps that was a sign ... Spurned, I reached into my bag and, lo and behold, I left the Hineck Pro I wore for yesterday's 200 back on the drying rack ... So I was forced to borrow a dry suit from my daughter: bright pink floral Splish suit.
Thusly attired, and with 30 years of rust, I rather cautiously approached the blocks for the event. I was spurred on by the sure knowledge that my daughter would never let me live it down if I didn't swim (and would be thrilled to be so much faster than me) and that Stevenson (or others) would haul out the "ninny" word. So I gamely gave it a whirl and finished in a 2:26.35.
I must confess I completely bonked on the last 50. No gas left at all. I was also coffee breaking on the turns. Don't know what my splits were as I was swimming in a different pool than my daughter. (Her coaches sometimes get my splits.) Still, I was happy with the time, and suspect I would have gone roughly 2 seconds faster if properly clad.
Woke up today and despite a lot of stretching and fluids my calves were still sore from the cramping yesterday. They cramped again right on the start. I think this reduced my enjoyment of the race. I felt like I was SDK-ing like a wee baby. lol Stud says I need to try tonic water.
I also wish I could say I liked this event like Hulk, but, truly, I did not. That was the most pain I've felt as a masters swimmer since the piano fell on my long course 100 fly this summer. Ack. This event might have been a little ambitious for me, and is definitely not for drop dead sprinters. The 200 back seemed comparatively easier. But, still, I'm glad I broke out of my comfort zone this weekend and tried two new events.
I took 3 strokes from the flags before flipping on backstroke today. Was very close to the wall. I guess now that I have a ripped B70, I can haul the thing with me to the pool and practice turns in it. (Tank underneath of course.)
Didn't swim the 100 back today. My seed time hadn't been changed in the system. Wouldn't have gotten enough rest. Reminder never to even think of doing back to back events.
I really didn't enjoy swimming without a tech suit and have no intention whatsoever of repeating this incident!!!!!! I guess I know not to push B70's 25 swims promise without a back up suit.
Broke out of my drop dead sprinter mold today!
Swam the 200 back for the first time in 30 years. (Never swam it as a freshman in college because we had a designated backstroker.) I'm glad I did it too, even though it's a decidedly different kind of pain than sprinting -- an insidious creeping all over kind of pain. Couldn't do it on a regular basis though.
I was secretly hoping to go around 2:26, as that was the cut off for Top Ten last year. Went a 2:22.36 ... very happy with the time. The swim, however, was, er, an adventure. Calves cramped slightly on the start. But mainly I had a hard time negotiating all the turns. Ideally, I need to take 2 and 1/2 strokes from the flags in before flipping. If I take 2, I glide in; if I take 3, I jam the wall. Decided to take 2 today and glided in big time to most of my turns. My streamlines off the wall weren't so great either. Didn't want to SDK much, but overcompensated and broke out too early. Obviously, my inexperience showed. These things never really discourage me, though, they just make me realize I could go faster if I fixed the problems.
Despite how blastedly tired I felt when the race ended and now, I'm not completely dissuaded from trying it again. (This thought does not apply to the 200 fly, which I still will not try under any known circumstances.)
Don't know what my splits were as the results aren't posted yet.
Still trying to decide whether to swim the 100 backstroke right before my secret event tomorrow or just the secret event. Probably just the latter unless I wake up loads of energy. I love cruising into USS meets and only doing an event or two with no pressure for practice.
I did end up signing up for the 200 backstroke at Auburn, though not the open 100 as it's right before the 50 fly. So I have to decide whether to swim it for a 100 split or just swim it. It would be my last event of the meet. And, by the way, I can't imagine swimming any event within a couple hours of a 200. Those are hard to recover from.
Had an easy day today, so as not to be immediately fatigued for my meet.
700 variety swim, kick, drill
Short Aerobic Set:
5 x 100 backstoke @ 1:45
extra 30 seconds rest or so
5 x 100 backstroke @ 1:35
Practiced some backstroke starts. Did a couple with the arms going straight back. This definitely makes me go deeper. I know this is usually a good thing, but I'm not so sure it is for me.
1 x 50 backstroke AFAP from a push with fins (26)
The meet director graciously agreed to change my seed time in the 100 back, so that I could swim both events on Sunday with a reasonable amount of rest. (Where's the sandbag icon?) When I signed up for this event, I had planned on taking the 100 back out fast for a change and seeing what I had left. My last couple SCY 100 backs, I've been out in a mid to high 31. It has been suggested that this can be improved upon. So I'm hoping I don't chicken out on this plan. Haven't swum the event since September.
Updated January 15th, 2009 at 03:51 PM by The Fortress
Drove to the pool, got in my suit and POWER OUTAGE. pool closed. Argh! Hopped in car and drove to hot shallow SCM gym pool. Had to cut my warm up short and forego my mermaid set for lack of time. Adapted one of Tall Paul's recent sets.
700 variety swim, kick, drill
Modified Tall Paul set:
8 x 100 @ 2:10
4 back, 4 backstroke kick
descend 1-4 & 5-8 to fast
4 x 75 IM @ 20-30 RI, descend pace
(stopped doing these as there is no pace clock on one end and it irritated me)
put on fins
8 x 50 @ 1:00
4 backstroke, 4 backstroke kick
descend 1-4 & 5-8 to AFAP (went :28s on # 4,8)
8 x 25 fly (no interval), alternate fast/EZ
Total: 2650 meters
Thinking of taking my FS Pro out of the mothballs for my two events this weekend. I've only worn it at Austin.
Think I'm going to scratch the 100 back on Sunday because there's not enough rest before my secret event. 30 minutes is just not enough for me. Although Wolfy just PM'd me noting that, because all events are positive check in and deck seeded, I might be able to enter a slower time, i.e., you know what. Horrors!
Updated January 14th, 2009 at 05:43 PM by The Fortress
Spent 35-40 minutes with my ART/chiro doc. He worked over my neck and shoulders (delts, lats, teres and infraspinatus). I need to get some more specific exercises for my pesky infraspinatus muscle. Really should re-watch my Buchberger video to remember all the different exercises and add some to the RC regimen.
I asked him why neck issues always seem to surface upon getting out of bed in the morning (at least for me). (See, Ande, I'm always ASKING. ) He said that typically the neck issues are related to something you did during the day, and that the neck muscles tighten over night. No idea what I did during the day to cause the neck issue -- I think it occurred after a day off. But it could also be due to restless sleeping.
200 fly drills
8 x 25 fly spin drill w/MF
4 x 75 free @ 1:15
(with fins except breast)
(The 25 frees always make me the most tired. Wonder why? Less time under water?)
16 x 25 breast, alternate 25 AFAP, 25 EZ
16 x 25 back, alternate 25 AFAP, 25 EZ
16 x 25 free, alternate 25 AFAP, 25 EZ
8 x 25 fly, alternate 25 AFAP, 25 EZ
8 x 25 fly, alternate easy speed fly/EZ
Speed feels a bit off. Probably because I haven't been doing as much AFAP work. After my meet, going to shift into more speed work.
My fly technique is better when I'm going easy speed. I think I am more apt to go into bouncy Stevenson fly mode when I sprint.
Going to take the next couple days fairly easy (around 2500 maybe) and not lift, as my meet is this weekend, not next weekend as I thought. Duh. Good thing Mini-Fort reminded me. Timing not the greatest (again -- I'm cursed. ).
Received an belated xmas present from my Mommy today:
Trying it out tonight on my often cranky left shoulder. Looks awesome.
Also, had a complete brain fart today. Thought my meet was the weekend after next. No, it's this weekend. I wish I hadn't increased weights today, as I'm already sore. Might take it a bit easy the next couple days so I'm not for my meet. I already have new event jitters as it is! lol
Just saw I was in lane 8 for two of my three events -- my very fav thing in the world. lol At least it's a decent pool.
Updated January 12th, 2009 at 10:06 PM by The Fortress
35 minutes of weights. Increased the weights on a few exercises.
Swim, solo, SCM:
700 variety swim, kick, drill
Still not feeling 100%, so I did Stud's set again at a fairly mellow pace.
8 x 25 fly
4 x 50 back
2 x 100 breast
1 x 200 free
I modified it this way:
Rounds #1, 3:
8 x 25 easy speed fly @ :40
(worked on staying flat and not lifting head up as much to breath)
4 x 50 back @ :55
2 x 100 breast @ 2:00
(worked on taking the dolphin kick at the beginning of the pulldown instead of in the middle consistent with the new rule. I get farther, but it takes more oxygen.)
1 x 200 backstroke kick @ 4:15, negative spilt
Round #2, all kick, except I swam the breaststroke portion
8 x 25 fast dolphin kick w/ board @ 30
4 x 50 backstroke kick @ 1:00
2 x 100 breast @ 2:00
1 x 200 backstroke kick, negative split
100 dolphin dive
Total: 3200 meters
Sat in the steam room for awhile.
1. I'm going to try to take Michael/qbrain's advise this week and break my weight/core routine into 5 smaller workouts. This will involve getting to the gym more often. This is somewhat hard for me because the gym pool (which I swam in today as I was short of time) is way too hot. Can't sprint in it. So I have to spend time traveling to another pool. Not sure how this will work out. Can't get through all my weights that quickly. I could just up with 3 shorter sessions of weights. But I'm going to give it a spin and see how the week goes.
2. My neck is killing me! I've wrenched it the last two nights sleeping. I'm often a restless sleeper, so I do this occasionally. Didn't swim any freestyle except in warm up today because it hurt to turn my head to the right. Calling my chiro shortly.
3. Planning a couple sprint & mermaid workouts this week. I can feel that I didn't swim much last week. Would like to be in the water more this week.
Took a "sick day" on Saturday and felt better today. Good thing too, because Mr. Fort decamped to Pittsburgh to watch the Steelers this morning and I was booked solid with kid stuff the whole day. Headed to the gym to swim after coaching the summer league kids tonight -- but the pool closed early at 7:45 pm. Boo!
Went home and hopped on my indoor cycle for an hour while watching the Golden Globes. (Really want to go see Doubt and The Reader.) Did a little bit of biking with the toes pointed down a la Jonathan Miller too. Then did 30 minutes of RC exercises and stretching. So I still got in a decent workout.
Paul Smith sent me this backstroke drill. Looks fun, wish I could try it myself. If you can, you should!
Woke up with cough and congestion threatening my ro-bust health. I'm blaming either Hulk or Thornton for this ... Decided on a yoga swimming/recovery type workout. Probably needed it anyway.
800 variety swim, kick, drill
(this is a Stud created set that I last did on Oct. 1)
2 x (200 kick, 200 swim, 2 x 100, 4 x 50, 8 x 25)
(intended to do 3 rounds, decided not to)
200 dolphin kick on back w/MF @ 3:00
200 smooth backstroke @ 3:10
2 x 100 IM @ 1:45
4 x 50 roll backstroke drill @ 1:00
8 x 25 UW shooter w/MF
200 dolphin kick on back w/MF @ 3:00
200 backstroke smooth @ 3:10
2 x 100 breast drill w/MF @ 1:45
4 x 50 dolphin kick w/ board @ 1:00
8 x 25 fly drills (2 x each fly spin drill, one arm fly, caterpillar and chest press fly)
Updated January 9th, 2009 at 04:42 PM by The Fortress
Dragged myself back to the gym today. Spent 75-80 minutes doing weights, core and RC. Didn't do as many sit-ups on the incline bench, as my intercostal muscles are still sore. (No idea what those were until Stud explained. lol) Added in some russian twists to keep up with Dr. Jaegermeister. Didn't increase weight today except for hammers. Made sure to do the external rotation exercises -- Coach Vlog would be proud. And deadlifts -- Coach Smith would be proud.
Stretched for 5 minutes.
Hopped on the Octane Fitness Ellipse machine for 20 minutes. Put it on the glute kicker setting. That got my heart rate up fast!
Stretched for another 5 minutes.
Like Chris, Mr. Fort reminded me last night that I should adapt to the weights relatively soon. I have added a couple additional pulling exercises, so maybe that made my back more sore than usual. I have to confess I'm still not "lifting heavy" like Ande or Jazz. And I only rarely do lat pull downs out of shoulder paranoia. But the pushing and pulling exercises (among others) that I do on the double cable free motion machine seem to be helping. I feel quite a bit stronger than I was in Austin.
I miss running. Haven't gone as much in the last couple weeks because I've been swimming more and the weather has been impossibly cold, rainy and gloomy. I always crave sunshine.
Booked hotel and flight for Auburn.
Confirmed entries for Jan. Open. Plan to swim 2 events on Sunday as well.
Updated January 8th, 2009 at 04:31 PM by The Fortress
The main set was stolen from Chris the "Uber Machine" Stevenson again. Except I cheated and did the first fast set at only medium to medium fast pace. Still, it hurt. Though I'm not quite as traumatized as that last 20 x 100 set.
#1 Medium to Medium Fast Pace
Didn't pay attention to my times on these really, as I still felt like I was warming up.
50 easy, 3:30 interval for the entire 200
100 backstroke kick
50 easy, 3:15 interval for the entire 150
50 easy, 3:30 interval for entire 200
100 backstroke kick
50 easy, 3:15 interval for entire 150
Didn't pay attention to the intervals as much. Just gave myself adequate recovery time, not a ton. My shoulder was twingy after the first set, so I used fins, which I like for speedwork anyway. (Sorry, Ande, we're different that way. )
100 back fast (:59)
50 backstroke kick fast (26.5ish) (really more SDK-ing than backstroke kick)
100 IM fast (1:01)
50 flutter kick w/ board fast (27)
Had about 30 sec rest after the easy swim. Had to do a 75 instead of a 25 easy after the fast 25s to see the pace clock for the start of the next fast swim. Couldn't see my times on the 25s.
50 fly fast (27)
25 dolphin kick fast
50 back fast (27)
25 flutter kick fast
Mellow Aerobic Set:
16 x 50 @ :50
alternate backstroke and backstroke kick
went 33 on all of them
Still feeling broken down from weights. They just make practice much less enjoyable. I think I had that same thought when I started lifting heavier after Austin. Feeling it again. I do think that weights are the biggest reason for my improvement since Austin. I just wish I didn't dislike them so much. Getting a bit weary of them and would like to take a couple months off. Just need to decide when the timing would be right. Could do it after Zones, but that might effect Indy times. Or I could wait until after Indy. Not sure. Just sure I need a break.
Still having trouble recovering. I've been tired all week since my hell week. Could be just the lack of sleep, as I'm getting up early again to get the kids to school and having trouble going to sleep earlier. Had a Luna Shake today after practice. (Thanks Julie!) Maybe that will help. I've had problem with this before, and started a thread many months ago called "Recovery Please." I'm also tempted to try LBJ's suggestion of Devil's Claw. Anyone use that?
As I mentioned on the "It is Here" thread, my appeal was denied as expected. The ground was Rule 102.13.1, which precludes a change in the order of events. They did not address my Rule 202.2 argument at all. Little disappointing, since that was the basis of my appeal. But that's what happens sometimes. In any event, I've definitely moved on. I'm happy enough that the IGLA times count for FINA purposes. And, as a couple encouraging forumites (including Skip have mentioned), if I hadn't swum the time trial, I wouldn't have known what I was capable of since the 29.99 was a surprise. Gives me some added confidence that my training etc. is on track.
Made it to the pool today. Still a bit tired and sore.
700 variety swim/kick/drill
3 x 100 single arm fly @ 1:45
Stole a pace 50s set from Chris, except with more human intervals.
20 x 50 backstroke:
(Tried to go 2 seconds faster on each set of 50s. Definitely gasping for breath at the end.)
4 x 50 @ :50
1 x 50 easy @ 1:30
4 x 50 on :55
1 x 50 easy @ 1:30
4 x 50 @ 1:00
1 x 50 easy @ 1:30
4 x 50 @ 1:10
1 x 50 easy on 1:30
6 x 200 kick @ 3:00 w/MF
(held a pretty casual 1:10-1:12 pace per 100)
10 x 25 UW fly spin drill,
5 spinning every 2 kicks, 5 spinning every 4 kicks
Thought on "hypoxic" work: Was discussing SDKs with Jim Thornton and lamenting my seemingly diminished lung capacity of late. The "heyday" of my SDKs seems to have been about 1 and 1/2 years ago or so. At least that's my perception. (Judging from a couple videos, I was a little SDK happy at Austin I guess, but I'm not sure it made me faster.) He suggested that, with the amount of anaerobic work I do, the oxygen receptor nerves/muscles (can't remember exactly -- maybe he'll elaborate) aren't triggered enough. In other words, speed work is contra-indicated if you want to be an SDK ninja. Don't know, but I have done a lot more speed work in the last 1 1/2 years. More likely, the problem is that I dislike doing the hard core CO2 tolerance sets that Chris does. Used to like them more, not sure what happened. They just are harder now.
Updated January 6th, 2009 at 03:46 PM by The Fortress
Too damn tired to do a thing today!! My upper back is still sore from weights on Saturday and was shocked back to reality with an early wake up ... I'm always a tad gloomy after a holiday/vacation. Getting a deep tissue massage tomorrow -- that should help!
But I did get my USA Swimming card in the mail today. So I'm set for the Jan. Open.
Also am sending in my entries for Auburn:
(Will scratch either the 50 free or 100 back. Probably the 100 back as there's only one event between that and the 50 fly.)
(Will do either the 50 breast or 200 IM. There's nothing I'm really dying to swim after the 50 back and the 100 free is right after and thus not an option. Guess I could also do a split request in my 200 IM.)
Updated January 5th, 2009 at 01:41 PM by The Fortress
Managed to drag myself out of bed in time for team practice. Felt a little tired from the weights/swim from yesterday afternoon. I think it's preferable to have a whole 24 hours in between workouts. Still, got in a decent swim with a little speedwork despite the fatigue and revelry of last night.
800 of swim, kick & drills.
Skipped a 600 or so of pulling while chit chatting.
10 tuck jumps off blocks
12 x 50 kick @ 1:00
2 choice, 1 fast free
10 pike jumps off blocks (this was rather amusing to watch, lol, helps to be an ex gymnast/diver)
12 x 75 @ 1:15
25 fast fly, 50 DPS free
25 fast back, 50 DPS free
25 fast breast, 50 DPS free
(I did the DPS 50s all backstroke)
300 social kick. Must swim in a different lane with someone you don't know that well. I met a new 25 year old on the team who's an evilstroker/IMer and plans to compete in meets.
15 x 25 with fins @ 40
4 UW switching lanes, 1 swim
(this had some real crashing potential!)
Did some starts off the blocks
Mr. Fort ran his first 10 mile race in many many years on Saturday. He loved the Garmin Forerunner. Kept him on pace and beeped at him every mile. Since he's only been training for a month or so, he did very well, holding about a 6:55 pace despite some hilly parts.
Updated January 4th, 2009 at 01:15 PM by The Fortress
75 minutes at gym doing weights, core, RC and some stretching.
Hopped in the hot SCM pool for a very short workout:
600 swim, kick, builds
10 x (25 AFAP + 25 easy), no interval
(Didn't feel so great. Might not have been warmed up enough and the water was way too hot. No matter, needed to do some sprinting. And that was all I had time for anyway!)
500 dolphin kick on back with MF
Total: 1750 meters
Hit the steam room and neti pot after. This is a bubble pool and, like Wolfy, I always feel congested after swimming in it.
Hoping to go to my team practice if I can get myself out of bed. I've been up outrageously late lately ... Probably will be again tonight as I'm going to a Twelfth Night party.
Drove home from Pittsburgh this afternoon. Went to the gym pool to loosen up and ended up doing a workout. Relatively easy one, nothing like the sheer torture set from a couple days ago.
5 x (3 x 100)
#1 kick: backstroke kick or dolphin kick on back @ 2:00
#2 drill: fly or breast drill @ 2:00
#3 swim: backstroke @ 1:45
10 x 50 backstroke, drop down
2 50s @ 1:05
2 50s @ 1:00
2 50s @ :55
2 50s @ :50
2 50s @ :45
5 x 100 IM kick on 2:00
1st 25 = UW dolphin kick on belly
10 x (25 easy speed fly + 25 easy), no interval
just worked on DPS and staying flat
Total: 3600 meters
Swam today with Sewickley Masters and Coach Wild Jim Thornton. He even made it through an entire practice with only one or two inappropriate remarks! We did a nice recovery practice, which was just what I needed. And, for the record, Jim habitually leaves early. Can't remember what swimming stereotype this is. My shoulder was sore, so I swam with fins.
OYO for 10 minutes
(did around 600 or so)
4 x through:
1 x 100 @ 1:40
2 x 50 @ :50
10 x 100 @ 2:00
#1 medium pace
#2 bit faster, 5 second break at the 50
#3 faster, 5 second break at the 50 and 75
Goal was to come in at the same time on all of them. Did 5 IM and 5 backstroke
10 x 50 @1:00
25 build to a sprint finish, finish hard so that you don't lose a .001 second. Hahaha
My shoulder was sore so I swam a few few and then kicked the rest.
8 x 50 @ 1:05: The Calming Set from his vlog:
25 swim, no breather, chanting "peace"
25 very easy, chanting "calm"
Then we all sat in the co-ed steam room. Very posh for a Y!
HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL!!
Updated January 2nd, 2009 at 10:04 PM by The Fortress
As expected, I was sore from the 3 hours of swimming and weights yesterday afternoon. Still, I tried to persevere through the last hard workout of my own "hell" week. Picked a set of Chris Stevenson's. It was sheer torture, I'm dead, and my legs were burning during the whole workout. No idea how he does sets like this on a regular basis ...
700 variety swim/kick/drill
10 x 25 fly spin drill w/MF
1-5: 2 kicks on each side (tummy, left, back, right)
6-10: 4 kicks on each side
4 x 75 free @ 1:30
(just to get heart rate up a bit)
20 x 100 @ 2:00
5 x (4 x 100)
#1 fast kick
#3 fast swim
#4 easy swim
IM order, followed by IM
did all the fast ones with fins
100 fly kick (w/board & MF): 58
100 fly swim: 1:01
100 back kick 1:02
100 back swim: 1:01.5ish
100 flutter kick (w/board) 1:02 (didn't bother with a 100 BR kick)
100 breast swim: 1:14
100 flutter kick (w/board) 1:05
(absolutely dead, legs burning, having a crying for mommy moment)
100 free swim: 57
(cruised the first 50 a bit too much, but I was traumatized)
100 fly kick (on back w/ MF) (cramped, but kicked through it): 58
100 IM swim: 1:01.5
No sense doing anymore after that set. Just sat in the hottub and vegged. Thanks to all the bloggers from whom I shamelessly stole workouts all week! You're all the best.
Driving to Pittsburgh tonight to see fam and friends for New Years. Missing my team swim in the New Year practice, but I'm too tired to do it anyway! Hope to swim with Jim Thornton at the Sewickley Y. Planning an easy recovery swim and a day off on New Years.
Updated December 30th, 2008 at 10:01 PM by The Fortress
With my kids away, I've been catching up on sleep and it is fabulous! I've been getting 8-9 hours the last few nights. Makes a huge difference. Didn't even feel too bad this am after yesterday's workout (which I confess is the most yardage I've ever done as a master, lol). So I headed back to the pool and gym for more torture. Borrowed a couple sets from Ande again today.
700 variety swim/kick/drill
5 x 100 single arm fly drill @ 1:45
6 x 150 @ 2:30
25 fly, 50 back, 75 breast
6 x 100 under/overs @ 2:00 with fins
fast under/easy over (went around 1:14s or so)
20 x 50 speed "variables" @ 1:00 (50 EZ after 10)
#1-10 dolphin kick with board
done like this:
1,6) 12.5 FAST 37.5 easy
2,7) 25.0 FAST 25.0 easy
3,8) 37.5 FAST 12.5 easy
4,9) 50.0 FAST 00.0 easy
5,10) 50.00 easy 00.0 fast
3 x (4 x 25 AFAP + 25 easy)
no interval, max rest
3 fly/3 breast/3 free
Ate an energy bar and headed to the gym. Did weights/RC/core for an hour. Little bit of a twinge in my left lower back. Same place I strained it doing power yoga early in the summer. Didn't do any deadlifts, sit ups on the incline bench or twisty things. Looking forward to sleeping in again!
I'm also having a bout of meet schizophrenia. Can't decide which meets to swim in or rest for. None seem quite right, and all have order of events issues (naturally). I'm still leaning toward going to Auburn and resting for it, although it will coincide with the hated AF. (Sorry, Quick. ). I could rest for Zones, but I really hate the order of events and will be swimming relays. I'm also cross about the Albatross Meet, our ONLY local SCM meet, because, as reported by Hulk, it is the same weekend as age group JOs, which my kid will be swimming in. Rob has also tempted me with a SCM meet in Flushing NY in early May in a fast pool. So I may rest a week for Zones and then keep resting for that meet. We'll see. I'm not usually so wretchedly undecided about meets. Just going to send in my entry form for Auburn if I can only figure out what events to swim ...
I did send in my USA Swimming registration for 2009. Intend to swim the 200 back at the Jan. Open -- my first ever as a master. Also toying with the idea of swimming in the Sunbelt Champs in Charlotte, NC the end of January. May have a free weekend, but it's a 7 hour drive. Might just do a couple more events in the Jan. Open instead.
Updated December 29th, 2008 at 08:34 PM by The Fortress