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Back on track + Q1 Stats

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by , April 6th, 2012 at 07:04 PM (95 Views)
This morning
Nothing like a 5am work call to ensure that you're up in time for a 5:30am workout. I made it over to Burlingame with their boisterous crew and did this in SCY, finally producing somewhat respectable workout times:

  • 1 x 500: various
  • Set #1:
    • 4 x 50: on 1:00, drill
    • 4 x 100: on 1:20, descend free
    • 4 x 50: on 1:00, stroke choice

  • Set #2: 2 rounds of
    • 1 x 300: pull on 4:00, was 3:20 on both
    • 4 x 75: on 1:30, kick
    • 4 x 100: on 1:30, descend 1-3, #4 easy
      • Still was technique-centric, but got down to 1:02s on the faster frees

  • Set #4: 10 x 100: on 2:00
    • odds FAST: IM (1:05), fly (1:01), back (1:03), breast (1:16), free (0:58)
    • evens easy

TOTAL: 4,300 SCY


  • The add-up 400 IM was 4:18, which is too slow for how this set was structured, but way better than I've been swimming earlier this week. Dream splits for race time are 0:58 - 1:03 / 1:14 / 0:58.
  • And, again, this has to be one of the most "awake" crowds of Masters swimmers around. Thanks, guys.

Q1 Stats
While I'm a bit behind my slightly ambitious goal to be a Million Yard Man in 2012, my Q1 swim training stats bear out what I had intended and what I've been feeling:

  • I am swimming more in aggregate: 10% more volume through Q1 of this year versus 2011. Note that 2011 marked a 20% increase in aggregate volume over 2010 (my previous long year).
  • I am swimming more per workout: I averaged approximately 3,963 SCY per workout in Q1'12 versus 3,284 SCY per workout in Q1'11, a 20.7% increase year over year.

Now, I know that volume alone is not a predictor of success, but, when adding in my recent test set results and the steady improvement on them over the last 3 months, I know I'm in the best swimming shape of my Masters' career. Greensboro's going to rock.

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  1. jaadams1's Avatar
    I tend to swim well when I swim a lot too. I almost do better by just shaving and not actually tapering. Every time I drop my yardage down, I don't really seem to do any better than what you call "mid season". I guess I just race when it's race time, doesn't matter where or when the race is! Speaking of which...Arizona in September happening again?