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Of Swimming Bondage

bondage:

  • dictionary.com: the state of being bound by or subjected to some external power or control

Though I swore at 22 I would hang my suit up forever, I am compelled to swim, to relish in the pain/pleasure continuum across workouts and meets, to be forever & happily enslaved by this odd sport.

In my 50s now, I've created this blog to keep me motivated, chart my progress and, possibly, offer some insight to others.

  1. No breast IM work

    by , March 14th, 2018 at 11:03 AM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    I've had a migrating groin pull recently that seems to get better in one leg, then jump to the other leg. It's fine if I do the 'Race Club / Rebecca Soni' drill where I kick breaststroke with a Finis band just above my knees (to promote a narrow whip kick), but a tad more twingy than I'd like when swimming/kicking breaststroke without the band. I've been intentionally doing very little breaststroke for now and today was no different:

    Warmup sets (1,250 set)
    • 1 x 400: IM, kick-drill by 25s
    • 4 x 75: on 1:05, descend free w/snorkel, 0:55-0:51-0:48-0:45
    • 6 x 50: on 0:55, dolphin-flutter by 25s on back, descend in 3s
    • 4 x 50: on 0:50, free, aim for 0:30s and was 0:30, 0:29+, 0:30, 0:28+
    • 1 x 50: easy breast kick w/snorkel and Finis band


    Main set (1,850 set / 3,100 total)

    Straight through on intervals
    • 12 x 25: on 0:35, 4x through fly, back, free aiming to hold 0:14+, 0:15+, 0:14, which I largely did
    • 1 x 50: on 2:00, easy breast kick w/snorkel and Finis band
    • 6 x 50: on 1:00, 2 times through fly, back, free, was 0:31, 0:30+ on fly; 0:32, 0:31+ on back; 0:30, 0:29 on free
    • 1 x 50: on 2:00, easy breast kick w/snorkel and Finis band
    • 4 x 75: on 1:15, descend to fast, fly-back-free, from 0:55 to 0:46
    • 1 x 50: on 2:00, easy breast kick w/snorkel and Finis band
    • 2 x 150: on 2:30, cruise #1, fast #2, fly-back-free by 50s, was 1:38 on the fast one
    • 1 x 50: on 2:00, easy breast kick w/snorkel and Finis band
    • 3 rounds of 100-50 on 2:30 per combined 150
      • 100 is stroke fast, was 1:09 (ugh) on fly, 1:06 on back (decent) and 1:21 on breast (not horrible)
      • 50 was easy free


    Cooled-down with another 150

    TOTAL: 3,250 SCY

    Comments:
    • I was really able to push myself hard this morning; my strokes felt pretty good (long and strong) and I was gassed at the end of this.
    • On Tuesday, my focus was on dryland - shoulder PT exercises and core work; I'll repeat that dryland focus on Thursday and try to get in a swim on Friday. I'm off for a short 3 night / 4-ish day camping trip with #3 daughter, but will be staying close enough to civilization that I should be able to swim on Friday.