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Between season build-up begins...

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by , April 9th, 2013 at 06:04 PM (573 Views)
So in addition to the open water swimming I want to do this summer, my swim buddy Scotty has been on me about committing to the LCM state meet at the end of June. I think I'll be able to manage it and joked that I could do the 400 IM, 200 back, 200 fly, 400 free, and 1500 free on the same day... insanity! Well, all I have to do is joke about something ridiculous like that for 2 seconds before it starts to become a goal to work for... and the gears start moving... hmmm... what would I have to do to train for that? So the build-up begins; hopefully I can keep up the weights and yoga on a consistent basis too and maybe that will help me improve the fly.

Monday I was still pretty beat up from the weekend. I only did 3200 SCY in about an hour (61 minutes to be exact):

400 ez on 7:30 (7:00)
4 x 100 IM on 2:00 (1:48-1:51)
:30 sec rest
200 IM on 4:00 (3:45)
10 x 100 on 1:45 (1:33-1:38)
:30 rest
400 IM on 8:00 (7:35)
8 x 50 on :50 (:42-:48)
400 ez (6:50)

Today I had some more time, so I went for some harder IM stuff (4000 SCY):

1200 (alt 200 fr/200 pull) in 21:00
1:00 rest
5 x 100 fly on 3:00 (1:50-1:58)
200 IM (3:32)
5 x 100 bk on 2:30 (1:32-1:38)
200 IM (3:33)
4 x 100 IM on 2:30 (1:40s)
1 x 100 br (1:52)
200 IM (3:28)
600 recovery (200s= fr/pull/fr)
100 EZ (50 back, 2 x 25 underwater br)

Scotty joined me after my fly set and really helped to push me on the set of 100s BK. Times weren't that great, but I'm still building endurance at this point (last week I did a set of 4 x 100 on each stroke followed by 100 IM, so adding that extra rep and doing 200 IMs between sets is a slight ramping up of yardage: I managed 750 of fly today, my highest volume day for fly to date).

Then I just about killed myself in the weight room afterward... almost the same workout I did on Sunday (used 10 lb dumbbells for chest and reverse fly sets instead of 12, because my shoulders were toast by that point at the end of the workout). I feel kind of silly doing all this work with such light weights (while the dudes--and dudettes--around me are tossing around 40-70 lb dumbbells), but I keep reminding myself that I'm not trying to be a body-builder or power-lifter... that competitiveness comes out at weird times though!

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