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  1. Taper swim and taper thoughts

    I went to the early AGUA workout. Here’s how it went:

    1000 lcm warmup (400 swim, 200 kick, 200 pull, 200 IM dr/swim by 25), done during regular warmup and while others were doing 500 kick with fins

    10 x 50 working udk, backstroke breakouts, and backstroke turns [done during set of 5 x 100 K @ 2:15. I find that when I try to do more UDKs, my breakout ends up being more abrupt. I’m trying to find that middle ground between longer underwaters and smooth breakouts.]

    3 x block dive (1 FL, 1 BR to 40m, 1 FR to 35m) [done during a set that involved 400s—I moved up to a more “clumpy” lane for this so that I would have plenty of room to dive without worrying about incoming swimmers, since my regular lane had speeds all over the map this morning and spread out quickly. Dives felt good, and it felt fun to go fast. I actually wanted to do full 50 sprints but figured I would save that for the weekend.]

    300 warmdown

    Stretch

    Things I do consistently during taper that are both helpful and pleasurable, and that I really should incorporate all season long:
    1. Get to the pool early to enjoy the first part of warmup, when the pool is empty and calm.
    2. Stretch thoroughly after each workout.
    3. Eat a little something with protein and carbs right after each workout (I like Luna bars or vanilla low-fat milk pints for their portability).
    4. Use a few turns during warmup to really exaggerate my streamline off the wall, and think about hitting that tight position during the rest of workout.
    5. Practice starts.