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Me no likey sprint...

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by , January 20th, 2014 at 10:14 PM (226 Views)
Well, we're gearing up for next weekend's "all 50s" meet. Scotty and I are going to Evanston, IL for their masters meet (I need to sign up here in the next day or so).

This last week has been a little tough for me, missed a couple of days. One was a planned rest day (last Tuesday--after 13 days straight in the pool). Another missed day was just a case of poor planning... I ran out of time and then at the end of the day decided to go to the neighborhood pub with my wife instead of to the YMCA. I figured, what the heck... long week, we had an hour and a half to kill while we waited for our youngest to get out of basketball practice, and I could make up the yardage on Saturday. Then Saturday rolled around and b/c I hadn't gone in on Friday I didn't see the notice that the YMCA pool would be closed for most of the day for an age-group meet. Dang. "OK, no problem... I can still get in a good 1.5-2 hours before they close on Saturday afternoon, and still have time to get my son to his 6PM b-ball game." As I headed out the door my wife asked if I would be back in time to get him to his 5:15 game in Racine... 5:15? I thought it was 6... oh man. By the time I helped the lifeguards clean up from the meet a little and could get into the pool I only had about 15 minutes to actually swim before I needed to hit the showers and head back out into the snow-slowed traffic. 800 yards, feeling really creaky.

So I was headed into yesterday's 80 x 25 on :45 on a pretty low yardage week. At the end of the main sets we time-trialed some 50s to get a better idea about where our seed times should be. My 50 fly was about :39, the back, :37-:38, breast was around :45 and free was :31. Scotty is going to kill me in breast and fly. I just don't have any speed with the short axis stuff. I'll take him by about a second in the back, and our freestyle is going to be really close... so the most I can hope for in the 50s face-off is a draw... and, no, please don't add up the cumulative time over the four events!

Today I did an interesting set with 75s. Here was the workout:

Warm-up (1000):
400 EZ (100 fr, 100 pull, 100 bk pull, 100 bk) on 9:00--this felt bad
4 x 100 IM on 2:00--these were slow, really slow
4 x 50 pull/fr on 1:00--yuck.
1:00 rest--pondering whether I should even continue at this point...

Main Set (2200):
6 x 75 fly on 2:00 (1:10-1:12--goal 200 pace)
100 recovery
6 x 75 bk on 2:00 (1:13-1:14--goal 500 pace? these were terrible!)
100 recovery
6 x 75 br on 2:00 (1:23-1:25--actually faster than expected)
100 recovery
6 x 75 fr on 1:40 (1:00-1:02--probably a reflection of my 200 pace right now)
100 recovery

Cool-down (300):
6 x 50 fr/pull on :55

3500 SCY/70-75 minutes

TOTALS YTD:
Swimming: 28+ miles
Rowing: 30.5 K

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  1. BrendaL's Avatar
    Good luck on your upcoming meet!
  2. mcnair's Avatar
    Thanks! We'll see how it goes and I'll make sure to report back here.