by, May 22nd, 2012 at 02:03 PM (736 Views)
This morning I swam with TNYA at John Jay pool. For some reason—maybe the rainy dreary morning—practice was not quite as crowded as usual. I settled into the middle lane, where we had 5. Sean coached, and here’s what I did:
900 scy warmup (300 swim, 300 kick, 300 pull, every 3rd length non-free)
6 x 50 kick @ 1:05 [held 50s, various strokes]
6 x 50 drill @ :55
4 x 100 IM @ 1:50, rotate 25 fast through strokes
300 pull with paddles
20 x 50, done as 4 x (2 easy, 3 fast) @ 1:00 [I did these as 2 easy, 3 desc. to sprint, with sets 1 & 4 FR, set 2 BK, set 3 BR/FR]
3 x start from block with breakout
2 x relay start from block with breakout
I was glad to get a bit of start work in—felt happy with my relay starts, and the regular ones were probably good enough for the mid-distance events I’m swimming. I’d like to practice a few backstroke starts, but this pool is pretty useless for those—the walls are too slippery, and I didn’t want to get my one towel soaked using it for traction. Sometimes I wish I had gecko feet.
I also picked up my team shirt for the Iceland meet this morning—I think Todd’s design is quite fetching:
Thanks to my teammate ETB for getting these made in women’s sizes!
The big lettering says “Team New York Aquatics: Swimming Diving Water Polo” in Icelandic. The small lettering? Well, it reportedly reads “Say hello, buy me a drink or show me your volcano and let's see what happens...” The team memo assured us this would help encourage interaction with locals.
I felt good in the water today—much more fluid than I have been. For the first time in a while I could feel my body getting excited about the prospect of doing some fast pool swimming. It’s a nice feeling!