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Monday, July 15, 2013

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LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center
Air temp 76, Water temp 78
Partly sunny, humidity at 73%

Warm Up SCY
400 FR as 50CU/50Swim
4x300 FR on 1:00, 300 as 100K/50RA-50LA/100CU w/snorkel
300 BR as 6(25K/25Swim) w/snorkel

*Set 1*
4x100 FR on :30 rest as 50CU/50 Strong SPL-26/27
2x50 BK on 1:00 *40
4x100 FR on :30 rest w/agility paddles-buoy-tube, *1:16-1:12
2x50 BK on 1:00 *39
8x100 FR on :30 rest as 50CU/50 Strong SPL-22 w/fins
2x50 BK on 1:00 *38
4x100 FR on 1:00 rest desc 1-4, *1:12-1:07
---100 BR Kick

*Set 2*
5(5x50 on 1:00, 2:00 rest)
Rounds 1-3-5 FR as 25CU/25Build w/fins-snorkel
Rounds 2-4 Fly w/fins
---200 BK

*Set 3*
4x200 FR on 1:00 rest as 4(20 meters fast/80 smooth)
---100 BK

*Set 4*
4x50s FR as #1-3 timed off blocks, #2-4 EZ swim
*28.02, 28.97

Warm Down
2x100 FR SPL 26
1x100 BK

As the workout progressed towards the end to Set 2 I was still moving along well, however I could sense my kicking power and hand feel for the water beginning to fade. Set 3 was fun, but I was quite tired at the end (more warm-down was needed in retrospect), and getting on the blocks for Set 4 I could feel my joints aching.

The first fast 50 I was too long underwater before the breakout, and then as I tried to build the last 25 my stroke felt ragged and less than powerful. At that point I should have just mentally prepared for the second fast 50 as a strong, long, and smooth effort no matter what the time. Instead I tried to power my way to a faster time resulting in a unnatural tempo, and so it felt worse than awful. I can be such a mental case with lack of self-confidence, even though I know that I always swim more relaxed and effectively with a 85-90% smooth controlled effort compared to max effort from the start.

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  1. __steve__'s Avatar
    Man, I totally understand the mind games in front of the blocks. I have to practice being on the block as much as I can - keeps my nerves controlled as if it's just another training day.

    However, I would be very pleased to skim across a long course pool twice in 28 seconds after a workout.