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Meet, Sunday, Jan. 20

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Friday:

Popped in for 1500 with lots of bursts. Had a major calf cramp, and had some earlier in the week. Been foam rolling and stretching.

Saturday:

1 hour of RC/scapular exercises and stretching

Sunday, MD Series Meet in Annapolis:

100 free, Abort

Had a major calf cramp on the start. Opted to do 10 SDKs as dolphin kicking is easier than flutter kicking for me with a cramp. I was out pretty fast, but the calf seized up on the second turn. My right leg was basically useless, so I stopped at about 65 yards. I was in lane 8, so didn't disrupt anyone else. I was a tiny bit disappointed because this was going to be my 100 free in yards for the year.

Glad I experimented with more SDks on the start as that may be faster for me. I was a good 1/3 body length ahead of a boy next to me who went 55. One of my HIT swimmers, Melinda, said I had a great start and was out in 26 high. Hmm ... that's pretty fast for me; I was thinking 27, but maybe the start helped.

I wasn't sure what to do after this episode ... Typically, when my calf cramps this bad, I have to call it a day. I rubbed, stretched and put the whirlpool jets on it. I decided not to swim the 100 fly as I was feeling somewhat head case-ish. :-) And I didn't want to be forced to abort another 100.


50 breast, 33.1

Decided to try this event to see how things went since I had spent an hour driving to the meet. I hopped into heat 1 where there was an empty lane for an unofficial swim. Had a little cramp on the start, but was able to swim through it. Good thing my left leg does most of the pushing. I had a major glide at the end; should have taken another stroke. But this is a very fast time for me untapered. Though I just told the timer to get me on his stopwatch, so it was manual timing.

50 free, 25.1

No cramp in this race, whew. I was quick off the blocks but shallower on the start than I wanted to be, so only took 7-8 SDKs. I had wanted to try 10. Had a sub-par turn (a bit too far from the bulkhead) and the legs felt sloggy. So I was exceedingly happy with the time, swum at 7:00 pm. It's a tad bit faster than I went last year with similar rest.


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Overall, I'm glad I went to the meet despite early problems. It gave me a chance to work on some free SDK skills. The pool was decent. They didn't have pads in though, so I was glad I hadn't signed up for any backstroke events. And the blocks were teeny. I felt sorry for the taller people; even I felt slightly precarious on them.

I didn't feel super great in the water today. I think maybe I had to take too much time off from the eye infection and perhaps did too many bursts the few days before the meet. But who really knows. Back to the grindstone!

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Updated January 20th, 2013 at 09:02 PM by The Fortress

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Comments

  1. ourswimmer's Avatar
    Re the leg cramps: Have you ever tried the 20-day Slow-Mag protocol (buy a 60-tablet bottle of Slow-Mag and take one every eight hours for 20 days)? Might be worth a shot if you have not.
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ourswimmer
    Re the leg cramps: Have you ever tried the 20-day Slow-Mag protocol (buy a 60-tablet bottle of Slow-Mag and take one every eight hours for 20 days)? Might be worth a shot if you have not.
    Haven't tried that! I will google slow-mag. My body has trouble absorbing magnesium (RBC mag always low in blood tests). I do take 800 mg of magnesium glycinate at night. Maybe I need to be taking it in the am/early pm as well. Calf cramps suck. I hadn't been struck by one for awhile.
  3. __steve__'s Avatar
    25.1

    Would the cramping be your body telling you to take it easy prior to the 50?
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    25.1

    Would the cramping be your body telling you to take it easy prior to the 50?
    Ha! I think my body was just being uncooperative snd disagreeable. Happened to me once at Nationals, though I staggered to the finish there.

    But I am very happy with that time for in season.