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IM ladder... now my breast sucks again.

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by , May 28th, 2013 at 05:21 PM (1504 Views)
Well, after only about 175 yards of breast that felt really good on Sunday... for the first time ever... I was disappointed not to be able to get into the Y yesterday to follow up and try to recapture the feel. Alas, the Y was closed on Memorial Day--as it should be. No open water venues available (drizzly and highs around 50, yuck). So I bought my first new pair of running shoes in over two years and *gasp* I went for a two mile run... my hamstrings now feel like they want to snap; it took a while to loosen back up this morning in the pool.

Today's workout was all about seeing if I could find that rhythm with my breast stroke again... it was there, fleetingly for a few moments in the warm-up, but in the context of an actual IM... well, let's just say I have a lot more work to do.

Here was my torment fest for today, 5000 SCY:

Warm-up (1400):
200 EZ fr
200 pull
4 x 50 single arm fly (each length: 3-4 sdks/3r/3l/1-3 whole stroke)
200 bk pull
200 br kick w/ board
200 br pull
2 x 100 br

IM Abyss with bounce (3000)*:
800 IM
600 IM
400 IM
200 IM
4 x 100 IM
200 IM
400 IM

Cool-down (600):
200 pull
200 fr
4 x 50 EZ (1-arm fly, bk pull [focus on hip/shoulder rotation], fr, fr)

*Rests between steps of this ladder varied from :15 to 1:30 (I gave myself a little more recovery after 800 and 600 IMs, rest after the 200s and 100s was closer to :15-:30). Times were slow, I was just trying to survive the set, though my first 400 IM was around 7:15, not bad considering the abuse I've been heaping on the body in the last week or so.

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  1. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    That's one heck of a work out Alex. I agree with James comments yesterday about a resemblance to TGs workouts. Are you That Guy in disguise? Seriously nice job.
  2. mcnair's Avatar
    Well, I was pretty much in just-survive mode for most of it after the 800... I'd love to do a TG workout and feel strong all the way through. The times need to come down, but I guess that takes time.