"Airplane Shoes," Thursday, March 26
by, March 26th, 2009 at 04:27 PM (2298 Views)
Walked into the pool with my MF today. The MF seems to be a kid magnet.
Had the following conversation with a few kids:
Kid: Are those "airplane shoes"? What are you doing with airplane shoes?
Me: No, they're shoes you use in the water.
Kid: Why would someone wear shoes in the water?
Me: Well, these shoes have a fin attached to help you swim faster and more like a dolphin.
Kid: You want to be a dolphin? I thought you were a human.
Me: People swim faster when they swim like dolphins.
Me: Dolphins move efficiently through the water. It's good to swim butterfly that way.
Kid: I thought you wanted to be a dolphin, not a butterfly.
Me: OK, gotta go swim with my airplane shoes now.
700 variety warm up
10 x 50 backstroke w/nose clip @ 1:00
12/10 SDks per 25
(Was using the basic Speedo nose clip. Felt like it was going to fall off all the time. I like the silicon ones better.)
10 x 50 @ 1:00
1st 25: fly @ 100 pace
2nd 25: easy
5 x (50 AFAP dolphin kick on back w/MF + 50 EZ) @ 2:30
Went: 23, 22, 22.5, 22, 22.5-23
Seems a bit faster with the nose clip, as I can stay under slightly longer. Have to slow down a touch and stop a couple inches before the wall at the finish. I'm traveling so fast, I'm worried I'll jam my fingers on the wall otherwise.
8 x (25 AFAP + 25 easy)
odds: 4 AFAP free, 4 AFAP backstroke kick (alternated them)
Had planned to do a 500 fartlek dolphin kick, but ran out of time. May do that tomorrow.
1. Are lat pulldowns duplicative of pull ups? Do you need to do both?
2. Does it really matter whether you're using a wide or narrow grip on pull ups and chin ups? I guess the wide grip works the lats more?
3. The rack pulls Jazz was doing the other day are very similar to deadlifts. Do they hit the upper back more? Is it a good thing to do both exercises or alternate them?
I'm pretty sore and tired from the weights and swim workouts. Really really glad I didn't opt to swim the 50 free at Sectionals this weekend. I'll be content to watch evilstroke.