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  1. Getting in some sprinting

    This morning I went to the early AGUA practice. Hereís what we did (mutatis mutandis for taper):

    200 lcm warmup

    300 FR + 200 IM drill (2nd warmup)

    8 x 50, 2 of each stroke, IM order, @ :20ish rest

    5x thru:
    200 IM
    100 FR
    50 Stroke (IM order)
    50 easy FR
    [I took an on-deck stretching interlude during the first 200 IM, and thereafter did the rest of the set, substituting 200 stroke drills/easy swim with fast IM turns for the IM, and doing sprint BR or BK for the 50 stroke.]

    300 warmdown + sculling + play

    My sprint breaststroke timing was feeling good today for the first time in a whileóI felt like I was able to turn over quickly without losing water. Iím still working on getting my backstroke turnover right. After my 50 BK at the Wilton meet, Coach Craig told me that I was swimming too flat, and shouldnít sacrifice rotation for arm speed (or at least not to the extent that I was doing). My body and I still seem to be negotiating what rate of turnover still allows me to get enough body rotation when Iím sprinting.

    Yesterday afternoon I went over to the Y for a short on-my-own swim. I did

    1000 warmup

    8 x 25 FR, odds build quickly to sprint, evens easy

    400 warmdown

    I would usually do the sprint 25s to feet, but I realized one thing Iím glad about for Zones is that I will not have to do any flipturns in any of my races! (I donít count backstroke turns as flipturns). For some reason, freestyle turns are my least favorite of all the swim turns. I will get to do all the other 5 possible turns (thatís counting butterfly and breaststroke turns as the same) exactly once over the course of my 6 races.

    (Math question of the day: How many possible combinations of events would the above info hold true for?)

    10 more days til Zones!
    Tags: math, taper, turnover
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