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  1. Thu Jan 16th, 2014 LCM

    by , January 16th, 2014 at 10:45 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu Jan 16th, 2014 LCM

    Pool is set up for the 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Austin that takes place Fri Jan. 17 - Sun Jan 19th.

    Lifted yesterday Tue


    Whitney Coached
    6:30 to 8:00 dove in at 6:38
    swam with AlleyCat, Jim, Chris, Paul, Ned & Jeff
    Beside Larry & Gull


    Warm up
    assigned: 10 min swim
    did: 2 & went 150

    Main Set

    everything was on a 1:25 base NO breaks
    3 x 800 on 11:20 desc right into
    3 x 400 on 5:40 desc right into
    3 x 200 on 2:50 desc right into
    3 x 100 on 1:25
    started out 4th behind jim, chris & alley cat
    think I went
    around 10:20 for my 3rd 800,
    5:04 on the 3rd 400,
    2:30 on 3rd 200 &
    1:08 on last 100
    swam them free and backstroke

    200 warm down


    Next Meet:
    not sure
    probably zones, maybe Nats
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  2. A Breaststroke day that went well

    by , January 16th, 2014 at 07:30 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Yes today was that evil stroke breaststroke and my knees held up ok.

    warm up
    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers

    main set
    10x50@1:00 breast pull w/zoomers held 52
    10x50@1:10 breast kick w/br fins held 59
    200 free EZ
    8x25@:05 breast accordian drill w/snorkle
    4x50@1:00 breast held 51

    warm down
    400 free w/snrokle maintain 6 beat kick

    total 3000 yards
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  3. Wednesday 1/15/14

    Wednesday 1/15

    AM and PM SCY

    AM swim:

    300 swim
    300 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    200 swim
    200 kick w/ board
    100 swim
    100 I.M. drill

    5x100 @ 1:20 AE
    8x25 @ :40 V.S.
    100 EZ

    2x
    4x50 @ :50 200 PACE
    4x25 @ :30 100 PACE
    100 EZ
    RD1: FL - 28.6, 29.0, 29.0, 29.1/13.1, 14.0, 13.4, 13.6
    RD2: FR - 27.7, 27.1, 26.7, 27.0/12.6, 13.1, 12.9, 13.4

    4x
    4x :10 push-up
    25 @ :15 rest FAST w/ running start to feet
    25 @ :40 rest FAST

    100 EZ

    4x12.5 @ 1:00 FAST w/ power tower (heavy)
    1:00 V.K.
    25 under H2O FL kick
    1:00 V.K.
    25 under H2O FL kick

    100 EZ

    Total: 3300

    PM swim:

    2x
    400 swim every 4th 25 scull
    8x25 @ :10 rest drill/under H2O kick w/ fins
    4x75 @ 1:10 D1-4 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel

    8x25 @ :40 V.S.
    100 EZ

    2x
    4x150
    1 @ 1:45 AE MAKE
    1 @ 2:05 STRONG
    1 @ 2:25 FAST (1:29, 1:29)
    1 @ 2:45 FASTER (1:26, 1:25)

    3x
    4x100
    1 @ 1:05 AE MAKE
    1 @ 1:15 SMOOTH
    1 @ 1:25 STRONG
    1 @ 1:35 FAST (:57, :56, :56)

    4x
    4x50
    1 @ :40 AE MAKE
    1 @ :50 STRONG
    1 @ 1:00 FAST (28.0, 27.5, 27.5, 27.4)
    1 @ 1:05 FASTER (26.9, 25.8, 25.9, 25.9)

    400 AE swim w/ fins
    600 float

    Total: 6300
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  4. WeeK 68 - Wednesday

    by , January 15th, 2014 at 08:55 PM (After a long rest)
    I woke up feeling good again this morning and this was my kind of taper workout today. Low yardage with a little intensity; I felt great throughout.

    500 free with snorkel
    10x50 catchup on 1min
    7x100 kick with fins
    500 swim with snorkel
    4x25 open close easy fast on 40
    8x50 drill swim on 1 min

    Total 2700scy

    I descended 1-3 and 4-7 on the kick with fins and dropped from 1.05 to 55s on both descends. My turns felt strong today and On the fast 25s I was able to get my turns over quickly which bodes well for my shorter events this weekend. Being such a tall guy sometimes its hard getting over on my turns in a tight turn.

    Another really cool thing today was being the last swimmer in the pool and the first out. I almost felt like a sprinter!!

    Tomorrow I will go for a meet warm around noon and then I will shave down. I am going to shave my head which will probably freak some of the kids out who know me on our club team, but it sort of adds to the fun of my taper meet. I have done this for all my taper meets since I was a Freshman in college and it's now part of the taper experience for me. When I did this for Spring Nationals I got some very strange looks when I got back to the office; when you combine the look with my dramatic weight loss last year I am sure people thought I had the big C. Thank goodness I am just a crazy old swimmer!
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  5. Wed., Jan. 15

    by , January 15th, 2014 at 03:59 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    600 various
    3 x 50 scull w/paddles
    6 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    8 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    -- I felt so sore and tired that I almost got out of the water at this point. But I soldiered on, and am glad I did.

    5 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 150 EZ) @ 5:00
    1 = breast, 26 high
    Say what?! I was shocked to see this time on the clock. I've only been in the 27s a few times. Had to do another to see if it was a fluke … not!
    2 = breast, 26 high
    3 = fly, 23
    4 = dolphin kick w/board, 24 high
    5 = backstroke kick, 15+ UW, 23

    100 EZ

    5 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    2 x breast, 12s
    free, 10
    shooter, 9
    flutter kick w/board, 10 high

    150 EZ

    Total: 3000


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    Today, I was sore and sluggish from the massage, which was great btw. I've been dragging the last few days. I looked back at my training from last week and I realized I failed to take a pure recovery day while doing a lot of speed, USRPT type training and weights. I don't agree with Rushall that USRPT can be done every day without fatigue. Not correct. Masters sprinters are just a different category, at least ones my age. And it makes sense that high race pace volume, even at 25 distances, could wear you down.
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  6. Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-01/16/2013

    by , January 15th, 2014 at 01:50 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCM
    WARM UP:
    6 X 100 1:50 1:40
    1 X 200 kick 5:00 -
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    12 X 50 1:10
    Choice. Odd: easy even: fast

    1 X 150 cruise 2:30
    1 X 100 fast 2:30
    Four rounds, choice

    4 X 250 4:15
    swim or pull
    #1/2: last 50 fast
    #3/4: last 100 fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 x 50 easy

    4400M
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  7. Wednesday, January 15, 2014 6:50-8:00am

    by , January 15th, 2014 at 12:08 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Another morning of being a little ambitious and getting to the pool in the morning early. On these days if I want to swim before working on the house with my dad, I have to get done before 8:00am. That's when the water aerobics class takes over the whole pool! At my Y, you either swim before 8am, or after 9am. Never arrive at 5:30am...those people are crazy psychos with "lane ownership" problems. I got in one of "their" lanes one day, and she just about had a fit! hehehe


    Warmup:

    1000 Free
    (1000/1000)
    The first 500 of this was really slow and all my muscles hurt...probably from not resting enough overnight...after that though, I began building to a strong pace by the end of it.

    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00
    (500/1500)

    4 Rounds:
    • 150 Free Pull @ 1:55
    • 125 Free Pull @ 1:35
    • 100 Free Sprint (no toys) @ 2:00 (went 1:06/1:05/1:05/1:04 by rounds)

    The trick to this is swimming the 125 fast enough that you have time to get the paddles and buoy off before the sendoff. If you're lucky you have enough time for another breath before leaving!

    100 EZ Back
    (1500/3000)

    36 x 25 Flutter Kick w/ board @ :30 (held them under :25s)
    (900/3900)

    100 Free

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    4000 Yards, and timed it perfect with the 8:00 onslaught of water aerobic junkies!


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    I almost was going to sign up for the short course meter meet in Anacortes this Sunday, but I'm going to have to work...and it'll be overtime as well, so that'll be approximately 20 hours OT on this week's paycheck. Not bad. If I was off, I'd be over to the west side for a little SCM chlorine action though. Good luck to KNelson and That Guy though!!
  8. Distance and leg work, what a combo

    by , January 15th, 2014 at 07:54 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    After my swims this weekend I know I need my legs and the area that was burning during my 200 fly was my thighs. There are some that say I don't kick, well if I didn't my thighs would not have hurt, right?

    Today was a freestyle distance day but I did work those thighs with a strong kick set.

    Warm up
    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers

    Main Set
    10x100@1:30 free w/paddles & bouy went 1:23, 1:23, 1:23, 1:22, 1:22, 1:21, 1:22, 1:20, 1:20, 1:20
    10x50@1:00 streamline kick on back w/zoomers held 46's these hurt my thighs good, burn baby burn

    Warm Down
    100 free w/snorkle
    100 scull drill w/snorkle
    100 catch drill at hips w/snorkle
    100 breast kick
    100 free kick
    100 breast kick
    400 free alternate 100 breath on right/100 breath on left

    Total 3500 yards
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  9. Q: What can I do to encourage 100% membership in my program?

    by , January 15th, 2014 at 12:00 AM (Questions from Coaches)
    Q: What can I do to encourage 100% of the swimmers in my program to become USMS members?

    A: Many programs across the country require all swimmers in their programs to be registered with U.S. Masters Swimming. Most programs allow swimmers a trial period of up to 30 consecutive days. During the trial period, coaches should explain the benefits of being a registered member of USMS and explain how a swimmer can join online.

    Another option is to provide an introductory monthly fee equal to or greater than the registration fee for USMS membership and-with their permission-register the new members yourself. Make membership in USMS a benefit for your swimmers. This could be a useful tool in attracting new members and retaining existing ones. Once new members begins to see and receive the benefits of being part of a national organization, they'll be more engaged and likely to continue their participation with your program and the sport of swimming.

    Updated July 9th, 2014 at 04:36 PM by Bill Brenner

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  10. Tuesday 1/14/14

    Tuesday 1/14

    PM only SCY

    2x
    300 swim w/ under H2O turns
    4x75 @ 1:20 k/dr/under H2O kick w/ fins
    4x100 @ 1:15 AE

    2x
    4x under H2O returns
    8x25 @ :30 drill 2 each stroke I.M.O.
    8x50 @ 1:00 from middle of pool, 2 each stroke I.M.O.

    3x100 @ 1:10 AE breathe 4-6 by 50
    300 @ 3:45 STRONG I.M. (3:31)
    2x200 @ 2:20 AE breathe every 4
    2x200 @ 2:40 STRONG I.M. (2:20, 2:19)
    300 @ 3:45 AE breathe every 4
    3x100 @ 1:20 STRONG I.M. (1:06, 1:06, 1:04)

    500 EZ

    Total: 5700
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  11. Week 68 - Tuesday

    by , January 14th, 2014 at 10:09 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a lay in this morning and decided to swim this evening. This was another great taper workout, low yardage, mixed with some high intensity. It took me a while to get warmed up but felt back to normal on the main set. Luckily no repeat of my dizziness from yesterday. I still feel a little tight chested but nothing like yesterday.


    Warm up
    1000 free with snorkel


    Main set
    4x200 descend 1-4 down to about 90% effort on 3 mins
    8x50 kick on 1 min
    12x25 open close easy fast on 40
    2x50 kick AFAP on 2 mins


    Warm down
    200 easy


    Total 2800scy


    I started very smooth on the first 200 and was pleasantly surprised with a 2.06. I then descended and went 2.03, 2.00 and the finished with a 1.56. I felt strong throughout. Very happy with this set. My stroke felt strong on the 25s and I worked my turns. The 2x50s kick I went 34 and 33 and once again felt strong.


    I have one more day at work this week. I am taking Thursday and Friday off work. On Thursday I will sleep in, grab a mid day swim and then shave and get ready for Friday. Friday I swim the 100 and 500, Saturday I swim the 200 and then Sunday I swim the 50 and the 1000. An all free meet for me this weekend. Tom asked if I wanted to swim the 100 and 200 back but I decided to give them a miss this meet. This will also be my first heats and finals meet and I hope I swim fast enough to have the opportunity to swim finals.
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  12. Workout 01/14/14: evening

    by , January 14th, 2014 at 10:04 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Earlier this afternoon I helped with the high school kids. Spent the first 2/3 of practice with the boys, a group with only a few returning swimmers and many new to the sport. We worked primarily on stroke technique due to their makeup. I got in and helped from the wather for both backstroke and fly. Then I worked with the girls on turns. It is interesting - last year some very strong swimmers graduated, and the current group of fast girls think they are better than the others, even wearing different suits at meets. They need to work on swimming faster (by paying attention to instruction) and helping to mentor the younger kids. Anyways, I logged about 500 yards.

    Tonight at Masters I took the main set from Calvin's blog yesterday and modified it ever slightly (we can't all swim at light speed ) and we did:

    200 swim/100 Kick/100 Pull/4 x 25 b/c warmup

    2 x 150 on 2:30 fast middle 50 (I did 200/150 - 2:19/1:49)
    4 x 25 on :30
    3 x 100 on 1:40 PULL (I did 4 x on 1:20 with AP)
    4 x 50 on :60 (kicked, held :45))
    2 x 150 on 2:30 fast middle 50 (I did 200/150 - 2:16/1:46)
    4 x 25 on :30
    3 x 100 on 1:40 PULL (I did 4 x on 1:20 with AP - held 1:10)

    200 lossen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2600 yds/55 min)
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    We also added in some extra rest in the form of Master's minutes, which gave me the gusto to crank a little harder than I might have otherwise. Planning on the One Hour Swim this weekend with the team.

    Oh, and I have scheduled the 3rd Annual Monumental Masters Mini Meet for the last Saturday in April (the 26th, I believe), so get your racing suits ready for some fun in southwestern VT!
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  13. Monday January 13, 2014

    by , January 14th, 2014 at 01:21 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    Feeling "perky" this morning. New Goal for the Year: Maximize my effort for the ENTIRE main set. Was able to do this today (5x300)

    600 back/free

    12 x 50 @ 1:00; 3 free, 3 stroke
    300 kick
    100 easy
    5 x 300 @ 4:30 pull, first two w/out paddles
    200 easy
    5 x 200, odds free, evens back/free
    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    100 easy
    Total: 5000 LCM
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  14. Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-01/15/2013

    by , January 14th, 2014 at 12:29 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCM
    WARM UP:
    2 X 150 2:45 2:30
    3 X 100 1:50 1:40
    3 X 100 kick 2:30 2:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 75 1:45
    1 X 50 1:15
    4 X 25 fast :45 #4 on 1:30
    Four rounds. Round 1 fly, 2 back, 3 breast, 4 free

    15 X 100 pull
    5 on 1:40
    5 on 1:30
    5 on 1:20

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4400M
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  15. Just Not Feeling it

    You know those days when you are tired or sore from the previous day's workout and you get to the pool, and you just aren't feeling it? Well, it seems that a lot of that was going around at our 10:00 AM Masters workout yesterday. I was headed for the pool deck, when I passed my lane mate, Roberta. She looked at me and said, "I'm not feeling it today. And, I just saw Judy (another lane mate) and she isn't feeling it either, so it's up to you. Translation: I am leading the lane today. Perfect. I said, "But, wait! I'm not feeling it either!" Well, I did my workout with as much effort as I could muster. And, we took turns leading the lane. It wasn't a banner workout. However, it was a workout. We did a fly drill set with fins that felt extra tiring. After that, we did a long-ish main set involving sprinting various distances and 200 yard easy/recoverys in between. After practice, several of us were chatting about how exhausted we were to start off the week. So, it wasn't just our lane, we all had a case of the “not feeling its.” This then led to a short discussion on the toll doing certain fitness regimens can take on our now older bodies and about cross training. Yep. We are all getting older. I was mentioning how I need to lift weights two times a week, even if I'd rather be swimming. And, something along the lines of, “Swimming makes me happy.” And, one of my swimmer friends, who swims a lane or two away from me, said something like, “Oh, yes. I know. You look happy when you're swimming.” This comment took me by surprise, especially today when I wasn't feeling particularly happy or accomplished in the water. But, the thing is, even on a bad swimming day, I'm usually happy after, if not during. This made me remember that back in November, I had started a list of how swimming makes me feel at any given moment. Here is my list (in no particular order): Swimming Makes Me Feel…
    Strong
    Graceful
    Competent
    Happy
    Tired
    Relaxed
    Accomplished
    Cool
    Fast
    Slow
    Exhausted
    Mentally free…of earthly issues, concerns, people, places, appointments, etc.
    Meditative
    Successful
    Owned by/a slave to the clock
    Filled with joy
    Energized
    Stress free
    Hungry
    So good afterwards, I want to spend as much time as possible doing it.
    I hope to keep adding to this list as I think of new ways swimming makes me feel. It is almost a my “Benefits of Swimming List.” I'm sure other swimmers (and runners, skaters, skiers, walkers, and etc.) would have similar lists. For example, I don't know any swimmers who would say that swimming doesn't make them hungry. Swimmers are usually always hungry. At least they are after they swim. So, even though I started out “not feeling it,” I was feeling pretty happy and accomplished after practice. And, I'm grateful to my swimmer friends for reminding me why I swim. Happy Swimming to all of you! AngieKozBlogs
  16. 1|13|13 LCM

    by , January 14th, 2014 at 11:08 AM (Blog)
    WARMUP
    500 free - fins paddles, and snorkel
    • 8:00

    100 back - fins
    • 1:35


    KICK
    4 x 50 FK on 2:00
    • 0:58, 0:59, 1:03, 1:05


    DRILL
    10 x 26 free hypoxic on 1:00 (@ 40' section of the pool for good place to practice turns)
    • 18's


    100 drill with fins
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  17. Fly away fun today

    by , January 14th, 2014 at 07:37 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    It was raining, I was 10 minutes late cause I had to get gas but I still managed to bang out 3000 in 65 minutes. I love Tuesday's and Thursday's when the pool is empty. Why can't every day be like that?

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    200 fly scull drill w/zoomers & snorkle
    200 torque drill w/paddles & snorkle
    5x200@4:00 Fly as 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim w/monofin went 3:09, 3:04, 2:56, 2:44, 2:37
    300 free kick w/zoomers
    300 free EZ

    Total 3000 yards
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  18. Monday 1/13/14

    Monday 1/13

    PM only SCY

    2x
    400 swim (dive every 100)
    8x25 @ :30 swim w/ grab paddles 0 breaths
    8x75 @ 1:00 D1-4, 5-8

    4x200 @ 2:20 1st 50 STRONG
    5x150 @ 1:50 2nd 50 STRONG
    6x100 @ 1:05 AE

    2x150 @ 2:10 pull w/ buoy + paddles breathe 4-6 by 50
    4x25 @ :30 under H2O kick w/ fins
    3x100 @ 1:15 pull w/ buoy + paddles breathe 4-3-2-1 times by 25
    4x50 @ 1:00 FAST kick w/ fins 25 DIVE under H2O/25 on back
    2x150 @ 2:10 pull w/ buoy + paddles breathe 4-6 by 50
    4x25 @ :30 under H2O kick w/ fins
    3x100 @ 1:15 pull w/ buoy + paddles breathe 4-3-2-1 times by 25

    300 EZ

    Total: 6450
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  19. Workout 01/13/14: evening

    by , January 13th, 2014 at 09:39 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    It was nice to get in the pool after a long weekend at work (first of the year and insurances do not go together)

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill
    4 x 50 b/c ~ :60
    200 with AP - perfect technique
    400 Shark Swim
    4 x 100 on :10sr (last 25 = IMO fast)
    200 shark swim to cool down
    (Solo/Rec/2000 yds/40 min)
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    Watched the boys at their basketball game this afternoon when I got out of work. They were down by two at the half, but eneded up losing by 12. The coach took all the bigs out in the last quarter and the small guys just tossed attempts for 3-pointers (all 8 did not go in).

    I watched the high school swim meet a bit before I swam. They didn't have a HS team when I was that age, just the town age group club. I think more kids would have stayed with swimming if the team aspect was present back then. I'm planning to double tomorrow, and drop by the HS team to help the (struggling) boys squad with technique and the whole team with turns.
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  20. Week 68 - Monday

    by , January 13th, 2014 at 08:28 PM (After a long rest)
    Yesterday was a glorious weather day in Dallas with temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s, but very windy. Mountain Cedar which is a big allergen here was also very high and my eyes were itchy and my chest was tight by the end of the day. This morning I felt ok when I got up but when I arrived at the pool I noticed the smell of chlorine in the air and during my warmup felt my chest again and during my first fast swim felt like I was breathing through a straw.


    Warm up
    400 swim with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45
    10x50 drill swim by 25 on 1min


    Main set
    200 easy
    1 broken 200 swum as 50,100,50 with 5 rest between 50 and 100 and 10 between 100 and 50
    300 easy
    1 broken 100 swum as 25,50,25 with 5 seconds between 25 and 50 and 5 seconds rest between 50 and 25
    300 easy
    1 broken 100 broken each 25 with 5 seconds
    300 easy
    50 AFAP from the blocks


    Warm down
    250 easy


    Total 3000scy


    On the broken 200 I had a big scare and went very dizzy withshortness of breath and had to pull up midway. A similar thing happened last year and it was just as scary today as it was then. I am not used to asking my body to do something and not being able to at least give it a go. Despite still being tight chested I rested for a few minutes and then had another go with the rest of the main set. I managed to make all the shorter rest swims without the dizziness but still had a tough time breathing. On the first broken 100 I went 49.9, the second I went 48.6 and the final 50 I went 22.8(which is my fastest training 50 to date). I spoke with my doctor late morning and she renewed my allergy meds and I am going to see her tomorrow. She thinks it's my allergies compounded by the crappy air at the pool, so fingers crossed no lasting affects and I have time to recover before the weekend meet. I plan on sleeping in tomorrow morning.
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