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by , September 1st, 2015 at 05:31 PM (102 Views)
... I have not been this motivated to get in shape to race a 1500 since I was 16. I'm nowhere near ready to actually race, but as I think about my training I'm having tantalizing thoughts about maybe doing some doubles on occasion, doing some old school touch & go sets, having some fun with things like 30 x 100 best average on 1:30, etc.

Of course, it is easy to have these Walter Mitty fantasies when all you do is a 1,500 workout on Monday, e.g.,
  • 1 x 200: IM kick-drill
  • 4 x 25: on 0:35, 5-6-7-8 AFAP strokes off the wall
  • 10 x 100: 2 each free swim on 1:35, 1:30, 1:25, 1:20, 1:15
  • 4 x 50: active recovery pull on 0:40, 0:45, 0:50

... and then double that distance today with an IM centric workout (the first portion of my workout #2 from this week's IM thread):

Warmup sets (800 set)
1 x 400: 100 free swim, 200 IM k/d, 100 free drill
8 x 50: on 1:00, odds kick/drill, evens build, 2 each stroke

Main set (2,000 set / 2,800 total)
3 x 75: on 1:20, cruise this
  • #1 - fly
  • #2 - 50 fly - 25 back
  • #3 - 25 fly - 50 back

1 x 25: easy on 1:00 to get back to the blocks
1 x 100: IM fast on 1:30, was 1:13

3 x 75: on 1:20, cruise this
  • #1 - back
  • #2 - 50 back - 25 breast
  • #3 - 25 back - 50 breast

1 x 25: easy on 1:00 to get back to the blocks
1 x 200: IM fast on 3:00, was 2:38

3 x 75: on 1:20, cruise this
  • #1 - breast
  • #2 - 50 breast - 25 free
  • #3 - 25 breast - 50 free

1 x 25: easy on 1:00 to get back to the blocks
1 x 300: IM fast on 4:30, was 4:01

3 x 75: on 1:20, cruise this, all free
1 x 25: easy on 1:00 to get back to the blocks
1 x 400: IM fast, was 5:29.9999999999999999999999999999

Cool-down 4 x 50 active recovery pull on 0:40, 0:45, 0:50

Comments:
  • Tomorrow, I'll repeat my Broken Mile set!
  • I said a couple days ago (http://forums.usms.org/entry.php?368...ul-Broken-Mile) that I was going to race a lot of miles this fall. I'm thinking of adding another 1,500 if I can get to the Friday of the Pacific Masters Champs (http://www.pacificmasters.org/comp/p...t/15pacScm.pdf). I had originally thought that I'd go in and just do the 400 IM, but now I'm thinking I may as well take a PTO day and do both events. That's still a bit of a wildcard meet and I probably won't enter until just about the deadline, but I'm going to try to swing it.
  • Oh yeah, I also got in my new massive dryland routine, bumping it up to 8 reps . 2 sets of:
    • 8 pushups
    • 0:30 downward dog
    • 0:30 plank
    • 8 squats
    • 20 crunches

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  1. knelson's Avatar
    Go Patrick!
  2. __steve__'s Avatar
    8 reps are good stuff! I did 8 rep dips yesterday, but 5 reps on the pullups
  3. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    That's one seriously accurate visual stopwatch on that 4IM.

    The thought of training for the 1500 sounds hideous! I have 3 opportunities to swim a scm 1500 and I bet if I swim it, I will only do it once!!!! Enjoy the good thoughts.
  4. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    8 reps are good stuff! I did 8 rep dips yesterday, but 5 reps on the pullups
    I think the max number of pullups in a row I have ever done in my life was maybe 3! Good on ya
  5. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    That's one seriously accurate visual stopwatch on that 4IM. .
    Well, my goal was to be sub 5:30 and I have to believe that, despite seeing the analog clock very close to the 5:30 mark when I lifted my head at the touch, I was under

    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    The thought of training for the 1500 sounds hideous! I have 3 opportunities to swim a scm 1500 and I bet if I swim it, I will only do it once!!!! Enjoy the good thoughts.
    I look at your training and think that you're always trained to swim a 1500.

    My hallucinations of joy in racing the 1500 might turn out to be a bad trip once I actually race one, but, for now, I'll enjoy the high.