I finally felt normal today. Actually I felt pretty good. Almost all the soreness is gone now. Still a tiny bit hanging around, but that's o.k. I want to feel my best next week.
The kids' coach told me she was doing a really short and easy workout today, so decided I'd stay and do it. This is her last day coaching, so she also threw a noodler relay in there. It was hilarious and lots of fun!
12 x 50 free on :45 - do six without fins, and six with fins
16 x 25 kick on :30 - did fly kick
10 x 50 on 1:30 - with fins - odds are 25 underwater/25 sprint, evens are 25 sprint/25 underwater - did free on odds and back on evens
50 - ride the noodle and swim as fast as you can
100 noodler relay - I had to pick up one swimmer at each wall so that there were four of us kicking with a noodle on the last 25
8 x 75 drill/kick/swim on 1:45 - alternated 75 fly, 75 back
Practiced turns and starts
35 all-out free, 15 yards easy
Feel like I had a good week of taper training. Only 8,000 yards this week. Next week, it will just be warm-up time. I'm figuring 5,000 yards at most before Friday.
ART, 30 minutes:
Mostly just worked on the kinks in my neck and loosened everything up. My shoulders are feeling pretty good, despite slacking on my RC exercises. I will try and sneak some in over the weekend though.
300 fly drills
6 x (25 shooter easy speed on back, no fins + 25 EZ)
took about 18 kicks on the shooters, not bad for me
3 x through:
1 x 50 double shooter on back
1 x 50 russian breast drill
1 x 50, done as 25 easy speed fly @ 100 pace + 25 EZ
1 x 50, done as 25 AFAP free + 25 EZ
1 x 50 EZ
2 x starts off side with breast pullout to 14 meters or so
Finally! I think I turned the corner on this feeling like s*** thing. I didn't feel great in the water, but I definitely felt stronger and felt the promise of easy speed. Way better than the rest of the week! This put me in a great mood leaving the pool. I think I will take a page out of Geekity's book and wear my FS Pro in the pool all next week. Maybe my B70 for one day.
Mr. Fort says he's feeling better after seeing his trainer. And Fort Son's boat made the semi final at the Stotesbury Regatta in Philly. So all is good. We leave tomorrow morning after my kid's soccer game for York PA. Although I'm not sure we'll have the soccer game after 2 hail storms today. WTH?! In May?
I've heard that Arlette Godges is not coming to Nats. Bummed, as I was looking forward to meeting her and racing her. But that does leave me the #1 seed in the 100 fly. I need to alter my usual 100 fly thoughts from "just get through this race without a huge piano" to "kill it without fear." I need to channel my age group love for this event.
More on Deep Tissue:
Got a PM from a friend saying it can take up to a week to recover from a deep tissue massage since you're breaking down muscle fiber. I definitely felt better today (although perhaps predominantly from a good night's sleep), but not fully recovered at all. My neck at least feels much better.
More on Detox:
I mulled over the Ultra Clear detox some more. http://www.metagenics.com/products/a...r-Medical-Food. I noticed that it does not have the warning box that comes on most supplements -- "This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA." This likely means that there is, in fact, clinical testing for UltraClear and the other Metagenics products that I use. Whether this clinical testing meets the rigorous standard of Jazz and Q is another issue ... I also found out that Metagenics is the only supplement brand sold in the Mayo Clinic pharmacy in MN. It cannot be bought on line; it is only available through medical practitioners such as chiros and docs. If you see it on line, I'm told it is likely a Chinese knock off.
I asked my chiro about my reaction to coconut oil today. He agreed that it's likely a fat malabsorption issue, and that this issue is common among people with a gluten intolerance. So I am eliminating it from my smoothies forever.
No need to fear yoga!
I went to noon AGUA workout today and just did some easy swimming. I’m still feeling a little lightheaded from Wednesday, but things are definitely getting better.
The workout involved various different pacing and effort levels, but I ended up swimming it all easy except for some fast turns and breakouts and an occasional 3-5 stroke cycles at race speed. I worked on some technique keys (BR head position, BK elbow bend, FR head position) that I hope to do well in my races in Atlanta.
Here’s the workout I did:
6 x 150 @ :20 rest
5 x 100 @ 2:20 [I moved down a couple of lanes for this set and the next, since the fast lane had 7 swimmers and I was just taking it easy.]
12 x 50 choice: 3 @ 1:10, 3 @ 1:05, 3 @ 1:00, 3 @ 55
2 backstroke starts [Coach Craig’s tip: head further back when in start position]
I felt good in the water by the middle of the workout, and enjoyed just taking it easy. I was glad to get in a bit of work on my BK starts, but only did 2 because starting on the bulkhead really chews up the skin on my toes. Maybe I’ll ask if they can put in a touchpad Monday morning to do some more BK start work—I think the pool has some (I don’t think they’re the high touchpads like will be in Atlanta—but any surface would be better than the bulkhead).
I’ve been a bit of a slacker about writing down my goals and keys for each race in Atlanta. That’s partly because I really am not sure what to expect. I decided to attend this meet somewhat late in the season, and my reasons—I thought it would be fun to go to a major meet with a big team, I could combine it with a trip to Alabama to see my mom, and I wanted a distraction from other goings-on this spring—didn’t really have that much to do with achieving individual swim goals. My overarching aim at the meet is to enjoy a fun few days of swimming, and to feel like I’ve gotten the best that my body could do out of each swim.
But I do also like to have numbers to shoot for, and I was feeling at a bit of a loss there. It’s been years since I’ve tapered for a scy meet, so I don’t have a set of recent yards tapered times to aim for. Most of my best yards times are from my early 30s, and many of them seem so far out of reach as to seem daunting. But yesterday I remembered the swim rating calculator. I decided to comb through my old times, determine my best swim rating in each of the events I’m doing, and see what sort of time it would take to beat that rating at my current age (44). It turns out that those times yield a nice set of challenging yet achievable goal times. Hurray for swim ratings!
So here’s the pertinent info for my first day of swimming at nats (Friday):
Masters/Lifetime PR: 5:13.51 (1999) (1:12.9, 1:22.8, 1:26.1, 1:11.7) (84.4 swim rating)
40-44 PR: 5:20.62 (4/2006) (1:17.8, 1:20.2, 1:31.6, 1:10.9) (SR=85.3)
2010 best: 5:33.43 (January) (1:17.3, 1:24.6, 1:36.4, 1:15.1) (SR=84.1)
Time needed to beat best swim rating: 5:28.47=85.4
Other goals: a well-paced race
Keys: relaxed FL, establish rhythm on BK, head down on BR, exuberant FR, accelerate into walls on all strokes.
Masters/lifetime PR: 34.08 (2000) (87.1 swim rating)
40-44 PR: 34.83 (3/2006) (SR=87.0)
2010 best: 35.52 (3/21) (SR=86.8)
Time needed to beat best swim rating: 35.38
Other goals: <35?, good turn
Keys: build into fast turnover on first few strokes; head down; coherent, powerful turn
Masters/lifetime PR (and coolest-ever splits): 2:26.52 (2002) (35.10, 37.14, 37.14, 37.14) (SR=83.4)
Best swim rating: 2:31.30 in 2009 (SR=84.7)
40-44 PR: 2:30.07 (2007) (SR=84.2)
2010 best: NT
Time needed to beat best swim rating: 2:32.34
Goals: <2:30, a well-paced swim
Keys: still head; think rotation on 1st 3 strokes off each wall, then push turnover; accelerate into walls
Taper/rest workout. Breakfast to follow.
8 X 100 1:45
6 X 50 1:00
Descend 50's 1-3/4-6
1 X 500
Broken :15 at 250. Fins optional.
18 X 50 1:10
6 X 25
odd: build to race finish
even: blocks, sprint 20
Optional: Block swim for time.
WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00
Simple 300 today
1200 Warm up
kick swim pull by 200
50 for time from block
6 x 25 1:00 from block
10 x 100 1:45
7 x 50 EZ
200 back 1 week from today
200 swim alt. 100 free/100 back
200 kick on side w/nice SDK
200 IM drill
200 pull choice
4x50 build on 1:10: odds free, evens back
(went 35-36 on free, 39-40 on back)
swim 8 x 25 on 1:00: odds back, evens free;
#1-2 with fast breakouts
#3-4 with fast finishes
#5-6 build to ~85%
(these went well and felt pretty good)
100 easy choice
pull 2 x 100 back on 2:15: #2 faster than #1; #2 should be at ~90%: work on turns and good pushoffs
(I didn't use the paddles or buoy on these. just swam without kicking except for the walls. Went 1:20 on #1, 1:15 on #2.)
100 easy choice
2 x 25 choice off the blocks FAST
did 1 back and 1 free. time to the feet on free was around 13.5, swam easy 75 after #1, easy 25 after #2)
swim down 300 easy
Total: 2050 yards
So....super tight this am after last night's HQ workout. Slept on a new mattress too, so that may have contributed?? The wo this am wasn't exactly personalized so I think tomorrow I should get in myself somewhere and just do my own thing. Sometimes taper workouts cannot be done as a group. I did more FR than I wanted. Good to have company though today.
550 Mix FR/BA/BR and Kick
P 6x75 on 1:10 cruise think catch and good stroke
rest 10-15 minutes chatting
2x100 (25 kick, 25 drill) 20 sec rest
8x25 build up, build down, easy, speedy
#4-8 IM cruise with transition turns
rest 5-10 chatting
6 mid pool sprints with turns at no gutter walls (anticipating this at Atlanta)
#1 FL-BA#2 BA-BR#3 BR-BR#4 BR-BR#5 FR
Tomorrow, long meet warm up with good BR drills and 50 FR build to tempo.
Underwater kicking IM.
This stinks. I was told I would have a block set up long course today and once again no block.
Got stuck driving the old non air conditioned car today. Husband has mine in Atlanta, he is doing an episode of Drop Ded Diva. Oh well maybe I can lose water weight this afternoon.
500 free kick s/fins
500 Free pull w/bouy
500 Back drills w/fins
4x100@2:00 Free sprint from 15 meter mark to mid pool for each lap
100 Free Easy
Total 3000 meters
200 FR/BR/BA mix
3 x 50 FR(25 drill, 25 swim)
3 x 50 SPEC (25 drill, 25 swim)
3 x 50 Kick flips
6 x 25 on :25 (work breakouts)
4 x 50 Stroke or IM on 2:00 (did 3 BR 33, 34, 33, 33, 1FL)-sloppy fly
4 x 50 Free on 2:00 (27, 28, 27, 27)-felt lots of leg fatigue in top front of quads.
2x 2 x 25 on 45 R:30 betw sets (str & fr)
3 x 50 BR kick on 1:15
50 Drill on 1:15
50 Build on 1:15
2 x 25 strong on 45
Total = 2800yds
I'm still in the midst of a funk. I'm trying to ignore it and forge on. My ribs have a weird feeling; a buddy suggested I visit the chiropractor.
Last night I did 2,900 solo of drills and short stroke work. It was good to NOT be doing freestyle!
Tonight was NASTI'S workout:
**500m Freestyle warm-up
**400m freestyle on 7:00 interval
**4 X 75 Free on 1:35
**4 X 50 on 1:00 Freestyle
**4 X 25 Free on :30
Rest 1 minute
**400m freestyle on 7:00
**4 X 75 IM roll on 1:45
**4 X 50 Freestyle on :55
**4 X 25 Backstroke on :40
Rest 1 minute
**400 m freestyle on 7:00
**4 X 75 alt backstroke and freestyle on 1:40
**4 X 50 on :50 freestyle
**4 X 25 gutbusters on 1:00 (I just did freestyle drills)
I followed a link on FB about de-toxing. Maybe that's what I need to do. Anyone out there have any expertise on this subject? I've never done it.
10 x 50 @ 1:00
odds = backstroke
evens = evil drill
10 x 50 @ 1:15
odds = 25 front scull + 25 underwater free recovery
evens = chest press fly
4 x 25 smooth no breather free
Based on how sore/sluggish I was last night, I decided a complete recovery day was in order. So I didn't do CAS with Speedo.
I still haven't recovered from the deep tissue massage, especially my upper back and shoulders. Chatted with Mr. Fort's trainer -- he really thinks you need 3+ days. So I'm hoping to feel better tomorrow or Saturday. To make matters worse though, I had a terrible night's sleep. My youngest woke me up at 5:00 am and I couldn't fall back asleep. So, as sometimes happens when I toss and turn, I woke up with a wrenched neck and left trap. That problem usually takes 48 hours or so to resolve. I do have an appt with my chiro tomorrow afternoon. I just hope if he works on it, he won't make it even more sore and bump the healing time out to next week ... I have been slathering my neck with arnica and taking advil.
Mr. Fort is showing some classic taper paranoia symptoms. I told him a cranial-rectal lobotomy was in order! (This little nugget of wisdom was imparted to me last summer, and I try to follow it now during taper time.) Despite feeling blah and sore myself, I'm not overly worried. I think all will be well by next week. And I'm used to not feeling like a racehorse pre-meet. I would like to get some more sleep ...
I looked back through my last week 3 taper workouts (Dec. 6-10) and I swam 2100-1700 (w/B70)-rest day-1450-travel day with some AFAP work early in the week. I thought I had actually done somewhat less yardage, and was contemplating less this week. Hmm ... Maybe a little speed tomorrow (my Dec. 6 workout with modifications), and then long warm ups for a few days. And I may take an extra day of rest on Tuesday as I did last time.
I've been trying a new brand of coconut oil in my smoothies the last couple days. Doesn't matter. That stuff just does not agree with me. With my luck, I probably have a fat malabsorption issue.
Elise left this link on my FB wall, and I think I show symptoms of needing a detox! http://www.active.com/nutrition/Arti...tm_medium=feed. Of course, I had already planned one post Nats. Julie apparently wants to join in the fun. My doc recommended the 10 day Ultra Clear plan: http://www.pureprescriptions.com/pro...ProductsID=508. There is a 20 day plan as well, but I'm not sure I'm hard core enough to attempt that one.
Deep Tissue massage:
I've been a little paranoid that I overdid it with the deep tissue, but I think the timing was right. I just take longer to recovery apparently.
I found this article I ran across kinda funny: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?sec...rticle-7439558. I think since Mr. Fort is less than 2 years older than me, I'm safe.
Updated May 13th, 2010 at 10:02 PM by The Fortress
300 swim alt. 75 free/75 back
300 kick choice
300 pull alt. 50 free/50 back
Swim 3x50 choice on 1:10: build to about 85%
(did back - 37, free - 33, fly - 38)
Swim 1 broken 150 back as:
50 pace, 15 seconds rest (went 36)
2 x 25 on 40 FAST (was 17-18 on both)
50 at goal 200 speed with best possible walls (went 39)
100 easy choice
Swim 4 x 50 free on 1:30:
#1 at 85% (went 33)
#2 as 2 x 25 FAST with 10 seconds rest in between (went 15±)
#3 with fast turns and breakouts, and the rest smooth (went 35)
#4 FAST with good walls (went 32)
Swim 4 x 25 off blocks choice: to a foot touch
(#1-2 back - feet to the wall around 16; 3-4 free, feet to the wall around 13.5)
300 swim down
Total: 2050 yards
Today I felt positively horrible in the water - sluggish and tight. My body literally felt twice its age. Makes no sense at all as I took yesterday off completely. Usually I feel like dynamite the day after a rest day. This was the first day completely off in 9 days, so maybe that accounted for it. Maybe this is how one is supposed to feel when tapering. I've heard if you don't feel good that this is a good sign. I hope so. If I feel like this a week from now, I'll be adding lots of time!
Had entertained thoughts about doing a broken 200 back today. Decided to punt before I got to the pool. I really can't get a realistic idea of how fast I will go based on this swim. I am so very different in a race than I am in practice. Somehow the adrenalin seems to make a huge difference for me and masks the pain.
Anyway, did a slightly modified version of one of Swimsuit Addict's recents workouts. Really enjoyed it even though I physically did not feel great today.
Warm-up: 200 easy
5 x 100 free on 1:40 - descended
6 x 75 kick on 1:45 - done as 2 sets of 75 dolphin, 75 back kick, 75 free kick
8 x 25 on :30 done as 2 sets of the following: 12.5 easy/12.5 hard, 12.5 hard/12.5 easy, 25 easy, 25 hard - did free on the set
10 x 50 on 1:30 - did first 6 back and last 4 free - did 200 pace on back swims (34 to 36), and 500 pace on free (32 to 35). A little off on the first 50 free as I blasted the last 50 back a little faster than 200 pace - 32 to 33.
4 x 25 fly AFAP on 1:00 - did first two with fins and second 2 without
Not sure what I will do tomorrow. Am tempted to do AFAP 25s for time to work speed. This will be my last workout of AFAP swims. After tomorrow, I'll just be doing warm-up like swims.
The SC portion of the workout will serve as our taper/rest . Those not attending Nationals will continue on in the LC pool.
3 X 100 1:40
3 X 200 3:20
4 X 50 faster 1:00
1 X 600
Broken :10 at each 200.
6 X 50 kick 1:10
4 X 50 1:15
descend 1-4 ... #4 @ 100%
6 X 25
odd: build to race finish
even: blocks, sprint 20
1 X 75 easy
1 X 50 blocks @ 100%
1 X 75 easy
Nationals swimmers: warm down
1 X 400 6:40 6:20
1 X 300 5:00 4:45
1 X 200 3:20 3:10
1 X 100 1:40 -
Twice through. Round 1 intervals left, round 2 right.
WARM DOWN: 4X 50 easy 1:00
Tuesday - a much needed and much enjoyed massage. Told her to just loosen me up. Felt great - muscles are still totally fatigued and sore.
scy solo (again ... )
200 IM drill
200 fly drill
50 free drill
4 x 50 kick/swim
2 x 25 12.5 fast/12.5 ez
1x100 broken at the 50 for :15 and 75 for :10 I totally messed this up. I did free and went nuts on my kick the first 50 and tried to hold it. I only gave myself :10 at the 50 but was late so I did another :10 at the 25 but was off both times because I was forgetting what I was supposed to do.
Did 4 x 100 on the 1:40 as my c/d
Did some ez swims in there, too and ended up with 1600.
EEK! It's almost go time. Still feeling sluggish and sore. Feeling both tired and energized. I'm definitely NOT sleeping enough ... I need to get some more sleep.
Next week I'm going to pay better attention to hydrating, too.
Starting to feel better and stronger, but I should not feel like this till next week.
10x100@2:00 Free long and loose
10x50@1:00 Free kick w/fins Desc 1-3,4-6,7-9
2x[4x25@1:00 Fly w/fins
....[200 Fly kick w/fins on back
8x50@1:00 Fly drill w/fins 25rt arm/25lt arm
200@:30R Free pull
Total 3000 meters
As per CS&PF rules:
All swimmers taking part in a solo swim must supply proof/ratification of a 6 hour swim in water 61°F / 16°C or less or proof of completion in a recognised event for a period considered by the CS&PF to be an acceptable alternative within the previous 30 months.
In truth, I have a few months to satisfy this requirement, but I would like to check this one off early (and often). It is possible that the water temps for MIMS on June 12th will qualify, it is also possible that Catalina (July 20) will qualify, but there are no guarantees. Last year, the boat I was on for MIMS took readings from 57 degrees at the Battery to 66 degrees in the Hudson near mid-town.
Willie, Rondi and I swam in the Hudson last saturday, and we took a reading of 60 degrees at the finish (near Chelsea) which was a few degrees warmer than where we started south of Beacon.
This week has brought some pretty cold weather for this time of year... (yes, the tomato plants are in the house) so I don't expect the water to be any warmer this weekend. It might even be a few degrees colder.
I think we are going to have a half dozen swimmers and half as many kayakers hitting the Hudson this saturday morn. Most will do a 4 mile swim from this great pier at Long Dock Road in Beacon to this slight beach just north of Chelsea. My plans are to continue north another 11 miles and land somewhere between the railroad bridge in Poughkeepsie and Marist College in Hyde Park. I'm not sure that I will have swimming company the whole way, so we may have to fined another exit point in between. I have to go scout out landing spots where we could easily exit the river by foot and drive close enough to load up the kayaks without to much of a hike. I'm sure that I will be completely useless by then and will need lots of hot bevies to return to my normal happy self. I will shoot for a 20 minute feed interval, and will have a couple of thermoses and dry clothes packed in the yaks as well.
We will need to have some support crew on standby to retrieve swimmers where they exit. It will be important to have a dry bag with clothing and a cell phone for each swimmer past the 4 mile point....... it takes a village!
This morning I went to the early AGUA scy masters workout. Here’s how it went:
200 scy warmup
5 x 100 @ 1:40
6 x 75 kick FL/BK/BR @ 1:45
8 x 25 @ :30, done as 2 x (12.5 easy / 12.5 fast, 12.5 F /12.5 ez, 25 ez, 25 sprint) [did 4 FR, 4 BK]
10 x 50 @ 1:30ish (coach’s sendoff), done at goal 200 pace, [I did 5 FR @ 500 pace, 5 BK @ 200 pace]
400 warmdown + play [for those of us going to nationals—everyone else did something complicated involving a 200 using the average times from the 50s above]
I enjoyed this, and got to check off most of the tapery things I was looking to do today (some sprint FR to work on turnover, fast BK turns, a bit of pacework).
Then came the part of the day that I had been dreading—I had an appointment to donate blood. I’m having surgery a couple of weeks after nationals to resolve some longstanding health problems, and my surgeon has recommended that I bank a couple of units ahead of time. Because of various constraints, I needed to schedule one appointment this week.
I was nervous because the last time I gave blood, when I was in grad school, I fainted afterwards, and it literally took hours for my blood pressure to stabilize enough for me to leave the donation trailer. But today’s experience went better—no fainting! And now I’m feeling pretty good, and very relieved at having no more surgery-related things to deal with until after nationals are over—now I can just relax and taper and swim and enjoy.
For the next few days I plan to take it pretty easy in the water and stop if I feel too tired, but that’s probably what I’d be doing during my taper anyway. Tomorrow I have a massage scheduled, and I’m definitely looking forward to that. Lying on a table getting kneaded definitely beats lying on a recliner getting blood drained out of you!
Did 3000 yards today
I used fins to kick and left them on for the pull. the 2nd 200 Swim I did as 4 x 50 EZ.
100FR from blocks. Went 1:02 a 29 and a 33, end lane, no wall line, swim team going at same time...YMCA pool, I was fairly happy with that. With taper I'll probably have enough in the tank for the 2nd 50 to get IT done.
4 x 50 EZ
10 x 100 FR 1:45
6 x 50 EZ
No weights. Had my muscle milk...and if you haven't seen it.. my butt is now starring on USMS you tube channel!
6 x 100 @ 2:00
odds = IM drill
evens = IM swim
#6 = broken 100 IM with 15-20 seconds rest at the 25 and 75 (had to do the Roddin turn at the 50).
8 x 50 @ 1:15
done as 25 scull + 25 no breather free w/overkick
2 x through:
4 x 50s
odds = 25 shooter + 25 EZ @ 1:15
evens = 25 AFAP + 25 EZ (2 free, 2 breast) @ 1:30
50 easy speed russian breast drill (33s)
5 dives off side
Because the forum was down this am, I couldn't check my blog to get my "9 days out" workout. I made one up, and was slightly slightly worried I did too much. But, having written it down, it looks fine for now.
The taper bitchies haven't really kicked in yet ... Tomorrow is my last workout with some real sprints + long rest, then I'm shifting into warm up mode. (What should we do Speedo?) If I don't have the TBs by the weekend, I will wonder what's up. I certainly seem to have the taper munchies ... I'm guessing I still feel crappy and somewhat sore from my deep tissue massage. (It does seem to take me a longer time than usual to recover from these.) 4 days of feeling crappy and counting ... Whoops, just yelled, perhaps a TB moment.
I really haven't been stretching too much the last couple weeks. So I've decided just to stick with The Stick and the foam roller and the body work.
Still mulling over whether to get a bullet blender for Nats. I have stocked up on "plastic" easily digestible food: espresso and jet blackberry gu, cliff shot bloks with caffeine, packets of puresport and "amazing meal," etc. I need more gluten free Protein Fusion bars.
Mr. Fort had an interesting conversation with a nutritional expert from UMPC recommended by his trainer. One of the tips she gave him for his marathon was: 5 days before (I think that's the number), he should get an extra serving each meal and drink 8 bottles of water with electrolytes. (He's usually a bit of a camel.) She thought this would make the muscles super hydrated and "fed" so that he wouldn't have to worry about food as much during the race. I wonder if this has any applicability to a multi-day meet? Or perhaps to a distance event the first day?
I have once again successfully bribed Mini Fort to try on my Jaked for me. I get very wigged out over trying on that particular suit. It takes FOREVER the first time. I wish I hadn't put a tiny tear in my old one just in case.
Musings over Nationals Events:
Obviously, I'd like to do some PBs. I'm not sure I can get there in the 50 free, where I dropped a lot of time and surprised myself last year, but we'll see ...
50 breast: Hoping for good breakouts and hand speed. I think head position is a long term project; I've really only been training breast for 6-8 months and I still have a lot of work to do if I decide not to retire from the evilstroke. I'm glad this is the first event, as I care about it the least and I sometimes need an event to get out the "cobwebs." (In this regard, I recall that my first event at Austin Nats was very fast and my first event at Indy Nats was rather iffy.)
100 fly: I'm prepared to HTFU and die like a true sprinter on the last length. I'm glad this event is day 1, so I don't have to fret over it. I will throw in a few singles. Even though Jimby thinks I don't train 100s, this is, in fact, one of my highest seeded events at Nats. :-P
50 back: I think I know how to swim this. Will try to stick with 13 SDKs the first 25. The competition in this event in my age group is insane. There are 4 of us that have gone 28.0 or faster.
50 fly: I plan only to breathe once on the first 50 about 7 yards from the flags. I would ideally like to go 26.99, as I went 27.0 last year. The fastest time in the country is 26.8. This will be another super close event.
100 IM: I realized today that I only swim this event at taper meets. Not sure why ... Is this a dislike-of-breaststroke hangover or an unconscious rebellion against IMs because I swam them every single meet as an age grouper? Or perhaps the 100 IM is always the first event I cut if a meet order doesn't suit me? In any event, if plan to: do the Roddin turn (why not?) if I hit the wall with my left hand, do my evil allotted dolphin kick during the pull down rather than pre-kicking to avoid undue oxygen debt, breathe 3 times out of the freestyle turn and then put my head down the last 15 yards.
100 back: I'm going to swim this event just like I did at NE Champs: lots of SDKs. The key thing is that I must go faster than 1:02.8 to continue chicking Geek in our cyber gridge. The things that keep us motivated ...
50 free leadoff: Remember to keep head down and still and kick kick kick!
Here's a youtube vid about CZ featuring GMUP coaches Cheryl and Peter Ward: [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz_CghLfRe4"]YouTube- USMS Colonies Zone SCY Masters Swimming Championship[/nomedia]
I think I caught a tiny glimpse of my 100 fly and who could miss SwimStud?
To Stretch Or Not:
Updated May 12th, 2010 at 08:26 PM by The Fortress