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Recovery days? We'll see...

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by , February 15th, 2013 at 06:36 PM (605 Views)
After pushing pretty hard Monday through Wednesday, I've taken it down a notch the last couple of days (4950 SCY/130 minutes over two days). Lots of kick work, just a little bit of sprint. Yesterday was basically a warm-up followed by a long breaststroke set:

400 EZ free on 7:30
4 x 100 free on 1:50 (1:29-1:31)
4 x 50 free on 1:00 (:39-:42)
2 x 100 back on 2:30 (1:48, 1:54)
700 in breast work (alt. 50 breast kick w/ board and 50 breast)
100 back
200 breast (around 3:50)
200 EZ free
25 swim
25 off the blocks,forward start

Today, I met Scotty for the 25s... I always swim these faster with him in the lane next to me. He killed me on fly and breast, I owned him in back, and we dueled the heck out of the frees (tying almost every one). Here's what the day looked like:

400 EZ warm-up 7:00
50 free, crisp (:42)
2:00 rest
8 x 25 fly on :45 (:22-:26)
1:00 rest
200 fly/back (first two legs of 400 IM; 3:42)
8 x 25 back on :45 (:19-:24; mostly :19-:21)
200 back/breast (2nd two legs of 400 IM; 3:50*)
8 x 25 breast on :45 (:24-:27)
200 breast (3:55)
8 x 25 free on :45 (:15-:17)
break--master's "minute"
2 x 50 fly
5 x 50 dolphins hard underwater; free cruise after surface
2 x 50 back, dolphins hard, cruise after surface
200 EZ free

*100 back on this 200 was about 1:42; so the breast was 2:08--yuck!

My breast and fly appear to be getting slower rather than faster, WT#? Focusing so much on kick, maybe the front end is falling apart. Don't know, but I'm frustrated. I'm just going to try to relax, not think too much and swim hard tomorrow when I do my 400 IMs... see if I'm not making some kind of progress. Less than half of my yardage was freestyle Thurs-Fri, which means my freestyle should be pretty fresh tomorrow. But who knows anymore?

On another note... Backstroke is getting better quickly. I noticed in my meet results from last weekend that my 50 split for the 100 Back was faster than my 50 back in the January meet. Faster only by a few tenths of a second, but given the pathetic flop of my start (see my entry on 2/10) I'm pretty happy with this result! My 50 Back time has taken a real turn for the better in the last month... hoping my 200 back will do the same for the next meet!

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  1. joel schmaltz's Avatar
    I really like the workout you did today and will need to give it a try. I think everyone goes through periods when certain strokes don't feel very good. I wouldn't read too much into it. Congrats on your improved backstroke!
  2. mcnair's Avatar
    Thanks, the 25s have really helped me gain speed and hold technique. I have to say, 25s aren't my favorite thing to do (I like the longer stuff), but I'm doing it because I know its "good for me."