Week 51 - Saturday
by, September 21st, 2013 at 11:13 AM (1524 Views)
I felt good today, but once again it was a tough workout, both speed and endurance; we have another 2x 3 week cycles of endurance work so this is going to be the norm for a while.
8x100 free on 1.20 with snorkel
10x50 free on 40
8x100 kick on 2mins best average
5x250 pull on 2.45
10x50 on 50 swum 12.5 streamline kick, 12.5 swim, 12.5 streamline kick, 12.5 swim
I went 1.15 on the first 100 kick, then 1.19 and at this point I knew this set was going to suck. I managed to do 1.21s on the next 4. On number 7 I tweaked my neck on the first turn and eased off. On the last one I wore my snorkel and dropped the kick board and went 1.21. Overall I was pleased with my times holding mainly 1.21s, but this really hurt. I continue to work on leg strength and this really needs to improve if I am going to achieve my goals. The 250s were tough and despite being pull I had a lot lactic acid pumping through my system so these just continued to hurt. I was getting about 10seconds rest but felt pretty bad as this set went on.
I met with my coach yesterday and we worked on a meet schedule upto my next shave meet, which we decided would be the great west classic at our pool on 17th Jan. I have never done a taper over Christmas before but with the goal of hitting top form for worlds this seemed to make a lot of sense. I will try to do a camp style week(2 swims and 1 dry land per day) in November to ramp up my base before we start to focus on quality. I will be swimming 3 USAS meets this fall before the taper meet. We also discussed ramping back up after the meet in January. I won't be doing Spring Nationals instead focusing on Worlds in August and trying to get back into long course as early as possible. I will definately be doing 800,400 and 200 at worlds but have not decided on the shorter free events or the back. I suspect I will do the frees but will compete this fall and spring in some back events to see how that goes. I am really enjoying setting some goals and approaching the next year. I want to enjoy the journey which has been the biggest change in my swimming experience this go around.