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Took a week for the kick in the pants to kick in

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by , July 30th, 2016 at 07:48 PM (98 Views)
After last Sunday's racing and the supposed kick in the a** I needed to get back to training, it has taken me almost the whole week to actually get back to training:

Monday, 25th - Had a nice 3,100 LCM workout with Burlingame Masters. I was late due to a conference call and lazy due to me being all tuckered out from the day before.

Tuesday, 26th - I had great expectations that I'd hit the AM workout with Burlingame and then do an evening double to nab a new pool. A late night working on Monday prevented the morning workout, but I did manage to log about 2K yards equivalent that evening in the 100 foot long Coffman Pool (#246) ...

... only afterwards did one of my Bay area friends tell me that this pool was right next to a notorious and dangerous housing project. I experienced no problems.

Wednesday, 27th - My even grander plans to add the Hayward Plunge ( got shattered thanks to a much-needed, but last-minute-scheduled early morning client meeting. I got nothing done athletically that day, but I did finally fly home

Thursday, 28th - Work kicked my ass. It's been doing that a lot lately. I swam a total of 500 SCM.

Friday, 29th - I looked to inspiration from the aquatic rodent ( and even did the main set, but was appalled at not getting under about 1:13 on my FAST effort 100s SCM freestyle.

Which brings us to today, Saturday the 30th, when I finally did a workout that, if not really worth writing about time-wise, can at least be memorialized as a benchmark for how far I've fallen:

Warmup sets (1,500)
  • 1 x 400: IM, kick-drill by 25s
  • 4 x 100: on 1:30, free descend w/snorkel & paddles (1:25 -> 1:17+)
  • 4 x 100: on 2:00, kick dolphin-flutter by 25s, supposed to be descend but I just stayed stuck around 1:40
  • 6 x 50: on 1:00, #1 and #6 cruise, #2 to #4 supposed to be fast, but we'll just call them effortful going fly, back, free, fly

Main set (2,000 set / 3,500 total)
4 rounds of:
  • 6 x 25: on 0:30, w/monofin going
    • #1 to #4 as 10-12 AFAP SDKs off the wall then easy; on back on odds; belly on evens
    • #5 - easy
    • #6 - AFAP underwater on belly, no breath

  • 0:30 rest
  • 4 x 25: on 1:15 per pair, odds fast from the blocks, evens easy
    • Odd rounds fast efforts fly, even round fast efforts back

  • 1 x 50: easy on 1:30
  • 1 x 200: FAST free from blocks on 3:30
    • #1 straight, 2:24
    • #2 broken at 100 for 0:10, 2:20
    • #3 broken at 100 and 150 for 0:10, 2:18
    • #4 broken at 50s for 0:10, 2:15

Cool-down (150 / 3,650 total)
  • 3 x 50: active recovery w/snorkel on 0:45, 0:50

TOTAL: 3,650 SCM

  • Based upon today's performance, my 400 free long course from last weekend seems like a super-human result!
  • While I'm still not on top of the avalanche that is work, I am now committed to start really training again with the understanding that getting back into better physical condition is going to help me be more productive during my professional time.

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