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Swim like an Orca, but faster !

Weekly recap ending Sept 10, 2010

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by , September 11th, 2010 at 01:36 PM (985 Views)
Aquasol 5:30-7:00pm

Warm 100FR, 100BK, 200IMdrill, 200K (600)
10x25K on :30(250/850)
10x25FR on :30 (250/1050)
10x50FR Scull/Swim on 1:15 (excessive rest due to sharing lane)
(500/1550)
5x200 P on 3:30 (again excessive due to sharing lane) (2:40)
(1000/2550)
2x200 BR odd lap 2 pulldowns (400/2950)
10x50 FR Pace on 1:00 (today was rough, :34-:36) (500/3450)
200 cool 3650 scy

This was the first week in a long time that I actually got to swim everyday. On Thursday I made the morning and afternoon sessions. Coach Janine has been pushing me through 200IM's and Pace work to get my 100FR time below a minute for Sept. 24 meet in Grass Valley. I kept whining this week about how the 200IM's never get any easier.
The weather has been colder making for chilly exits to the showers and on Tuesday morning it was 43.
In all don't feel as fast as I was in the late spring of 2009, I'm 10-15 lbs heavier, not in fat but more muscle mass. Although my strokes have improved I still have to work hard to focus on every move and apply myself in order to make the intervals, in other words it doesn't just come naturally. Working proper technique into developing muscle memory is very hard work for an aging man.
I feel discouraged at times to just quit and just do what other fitness freaks do, run on a treadmill and lift a few weights, but I'm determined to just keep it up. And I thank God for the blessings of having a pool to go to in a country that's rich enough to even have multitudes of swimmers in programs like Aquasol.

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  1. tjrpatt's Avatar
    I am determined to keep it up too. I couldn't imagine going back to "just treadmills and lift a few weights". Swimming like this gives me structure and the social aspect helps me to stay with it.