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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.
  2. Testing 3,3,3

    by , March 12th, 2018 at 10:48 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    I slept great last night - out like a light at 10pm and easily up at 5:30am - and was in the water at the JCC a little after 6am for my 3 x 300 Test Set:

    Warmup sets (1,800 set)

    • 1 x 400: IM, kick-drill by 25
    • 4 x 100: on 1:20, free descend swim w/snorkel (1:15, 1:14, 1:11, 1:10)
      • really was feeling the 3,700 yard workout from last night

    • 4 x 100: on 1:45, dolphin-flutter kick by 25s, descend; odds w/board, evens on back
    • 12 x 25: on 0:30, odds easy, evens fast fly-back-free
    • 6 x 50: #1 and #6, cruise w/snorkel, #2 to #5 on 0:50, aiming to hold 0:30s



    3 x 300 Test Set (900 set / 2,700 total)
    3 x 300: on 4:00, aim to hold the fastest pace consistently both within 100s and across the 300s


    • 12-13-13 - 3:25, 3:23, 3:20, 3:14 (went 4 for some reason)
    • 02-27-14 - 3:16, 3:12, 3:10+
    • 05-21-14 - 3:14+, 3:10, 3:06
    • 01-04-16 - 3:16, 3:15, 3:14
    • 01-20-16 - 3:11+, 3:09, 3:06
    • 02-03-16 - 3:09, 3:09, 3:11
    • 11-20-16 - 3:09, 3:10+, 3:09
    • 12-03-16 - 3:08+, 3:09, 3:08++
    • 11-05-17 - 3:31, 3:35, 3:44
    • 12-01-17 - 3:24, 3;21+, 3:17
    • 01-09-18 - 3:13+, 3:15, 3:12+
    • 03-12-18 - 3:22, 3:18, 3:15


    Cool-down (300 set / 3,000 total)

    • 6 x 50: 2 each on 0:40, 0:45, 0:50


    TOTAL: 3,000 SCY

    Comments:
    • All things considered with the last month of training, this was better than anticipated. It took me a LONG time to get warmed up and my stroke was a bit choppier than I'd like, but I pushed hard and it felt good to do that.
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  3. Lucky 7 to Indy

    by , March 11th, 2018 at 09:28 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    After some great progress building back into my training over December and January, I hit some snags over the month of February.

    On January 28th, I went down to Tucson and competed in the annual Polar Bear meet. I was actually quite happy with most of my swims - 50 fly (26.43), 50 back (29.18), 400 IM (4:32.17) and 500 free (5:12.76). The only time that was a tad disappointing was the 500, but I took it out too slow and negative split it (2:38/2:34+).

    As solid as I felt during the meet, I woke up on the Monday after and could barely move - my lower back was in major pain, wracked with spasms. I barely swam the week of January 29th, mustering only 5,000 yards, but then felt better and had two good weeks (Feb 5th and 12th weeks), culminating in the Matt & Annie Grevers Meet in Mesa where I swam, in about 3 hours total, all of the IMs (1:00.8, 2:12.3, 4:34.3) and the 50 breast (31.9).

    As if on cue - do a good meet, have some pain - I then suffered through two plus weeks of my head full of gunk, with much of it concentrated in my sinuses to the point where going any amount under water was painful. I managed 7,500 yards during the week of Feb 19th (as the stuff was starting), 4K during the week of Feb 26th and really only started to feel like my old self again this weekend, notching up a little less than 10K for the week.

    We are 9 weeks away from Indianapolis Nationals, which means I have to somehow put in 7 weeks of consistent training so that I can do some semblance of a taper. I am 100% committed to being in Indy and put my entries in this weekend:
    • Friday
      • 400 IM
      • 100 fly

    • Saturday
      • 100 free (6th event)
      • 200 fly

    • Sunday
      • 50 fly
      • 200 IM


    I figure with the above line-up, I can put some focus around my training, and swim many of my favorite events. I am really hoping that, by skipping the 500 on Sunday morning and keeping a lighter schedule, I can swim a decent 200 IM, something I haven't done at Nationals in a long time.

    I'm ready to train and aiming to blog along with it. All roads lead to Indy!