"Central Section Region VIII Championships Day #2"
There was no day #1 for me (only the 1000 was contested last night). Today was the 100 BR and the 800 FR relay for me.
100 BR - 59.85 (27.95/31.90) - I have been trying to break the 1:00 barrier in the 100 BR since I was 16. It wasn't even a good race from a technique standpoint. I was THRILLED with the time, but disappointed with the swim. I guess I have built up this moment so much that I was expecting to break a minute AND have a perfect swim. I spun my wheels and moved my head WAY too much. On a side note, after years of watching swimmers go out 27.xx or even 26.xx and still not breaking 1:00, I used to say if you spotted me ANY time under 28.00 for the first 50, I would find a way to be under the mark. My problem was never taking the race out fast enough. It's hard to put into words how relieved I am this "white whale" is dead and in my rear view mirror.
200 FR - 1:49.98 (25.06/27.33/28.59/29.00) - So I was lead-off man on the B 800 FR relay. However, due to some confusion on my part (and the officials), our heat started a little quicker than we expected (READ: NO warm-up and WORSE, NO ONE behind the blocks). Woops, so we missed the relay. Luckily the meet directors were nice enough to let us take a mulligan. Anyways, I wanted to lead off to get an official time and try to crack the 1:50 barrier flat start (I have done it several times on relays). I was definitely NOT warmed up enough for the race, but was glad I got under 1:50. Not bad considering 200 FR is one of my weakest events!
Total: ~ 5000ish
Our coach is at the Texas Age Group meet this weekend. He emailed today's workout and I was so so tempted to edit it but I did not. It was a long workout.
400 free with snorkel
6x50 catchup on 45
3x(5x100 with snorkel on 1.10, 500 pull on 6mins)
12x25 stroke on 30
12x50 drill swim on 50
I held 1.04s on the 100s with the snorkel and 5.10s on the 500s pull. These felt good. I mixed up the 25s stroke and even did a couple of butterfly.
I haven't done a strictly freestyle workout in a long time, and I only had a short time before I needed to get ready for work this morning, so I did a warm-up, hammered out a quick set of 100s and then a quick cool-down:
2000 SCY/40 minutes
400 EZ on 8:00 (100 free, 100 bk, 100 bk pull, 100 free)
4 x 100 fr on 2:00 (desc 1:28 to 1:21)
4 x 50 fr on 1:00 (:38-:40)
4 x 25 fr on :30 (:18-:19)
6 x 100 fr on 1:40 (1:25, 1:27, 1:26, 1:27, 1:26, 1:26)
300 EZ (100 bk pull, 100 bk, 100 fr)
I'm a long way way from being able to do the 20 x 100 on 1:40 set that I was doing last year before the 1650 at state, but my pace is also about 3-4 secs faster than it was then too. If I can keep adding 100s to the set, I could be at my goal pace for this set and the 1650 (1:25/100) in about 5 weeks... the problem is, of course, that our state meet is three weeks from this weekend.
I don't know... if I add two reps to the set and do the set twice/week, that puts me at 1600 in race pace work after 2.5 weeks; five more workouts... hmm. Maybe I'll do the set MWF next week and see how I feel when I'm swimming 12 x 100 on 1:40 next Friday before I decide to scratch the 1650 altogether this season. I'm swimming my fly, bk, IM workouts on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, so maybe it will work.
Am I crazy?
Have reserve weekend (starting tomorrow), will definitely cancel tomorrows swim because we plan on grilling steaks after I get back from day 1. Not sure about Sunday, but I decided to swim today and for Saturday at one setting.
3.5 K of easy free, but with 6 beat, using snorkel and taking several breif breaks
Tomorrow (I did):
1100m flutter kick with board and snorkel
24 -25 min
5.3Km total (hungry now)
Updated March 7th, 2014 at 09:27 PM by __steve__
This is my fifth day back in the city. Itís been too cold to blog.
This morning I swam at Riverbank with Rondi and Hannah, with a couple of other ow swimmers rounding out the lane. Hereís what I did:
1000 lcm warmup (400s, 200k, 200p, 200d/s)
8 x (100 FR @ 1:30, 50 easy @ 1:00) [made them allówoohoo!]
6 x 300, done as 2 x (1 pull, 1 IM/FR by 50s, 1 IM kick)
Magic 1000 warmdown + play, alternating FR/BK
That was it!
Itís been great being back in the city and seeing my swim friends again! Thatís even been worth putting up with this crazy cold weather. I still wish I didnít have to swim with a roof over my headóbut summer will be here eventually!
FAST FRIDAY Mar 7th 2014 SCY
6:00 to 7:30 dove in at 6:05
swam with Mike, Jim, & Max beside Ned, JUlie, & Alley cat
diving well and main pool
swim 15 min easy went 6 or 700
4 rounds of:
20 x 25 on 35
100 fast on 3:00
50 fast kick on 1:00
100 easy on 3:00
did 25's 1 round fly, next round back, next round br, last round fly
went IMs on 100s went 1:02, 1, 1:00
last 100 kicked it and went 1:02
Mar 28 - 30, 2014
2014 SCY South Central Zone Championships
May 1 - 4, 2014
2014 Nationwide U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship
The George Haines International Swim Center
Santa Clara, California
Aug 13 - 17, 2014
2014 Marriott U.S. Masters Swimming Summer National Championship
University of Maryland Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium
College Park, Maryland
It was a beautiful long course day and I scared one guy into not joining me in the lane. Even after the guard told him there was one lap lane he would not share. His loss.
500 Free kick w/zoomers
5x200@4:30 fly w/zoomers as 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim went 4:00, 3:55, 3:50, 3:45, 3:34
500 free w/snorkle
500 free kick w/zoomers
Total 3000 meters