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by , November 30th, 2017 at 06:50 PM (1725 Views)
Last time I checked in, my comeback training was proceeding fairly encouragingly all things considered. I've since been detoured with a nasty lingering virus that causes nausea and vertigo. I blame it squarely on Jim T who had it first. (As revenge, I refused to read his article on age graded rankings. ) With the exception of a couple 1000 easies, I was knocked out of the pool for 10 days. At the outset of the detour, I went to a local Y meet on Nov. 19 and remembered why I don't like Y meets. First, I was dead tired from the preceding Friday practice. Then, the pool temp was like 86 degrees, the hottest pool I've swum in in years. I brought two old Speedo tech suits circa 2010. I guess they don't age well in closets. One ripped right away when I put in on. The other sprung two holes. Into the garbage ... My first event was 25 back. The blocks were so low that I couldn't pull up high enough to do my usual archy start. Then, the timer failed to get my time. That's a first. Coach Bill video'd and timed it at 13.25, which I think was a tad generous. Next up, I slipped on the blocks for the 50 breast and fell in the water with my hands about a half a foot apart. I couldn't really be bothered to try much after that auspicious beginning, so was close to a personal worst. I seem to recall that I fell off these same blocks 4 years ago in the 100 breast at this meet. I just don't really want to use blocks where you can't push off with your back foot. I was feeling really nauseous at that point, so left. As a result of this detour, I scratched the SCM meet I had planned on swimming in on Dec 2. I wanted a 50 back time, but oh well. Just the idea of a long drive makes me nauseous. I am a bit cross about it, but will instead go see Handel's Messiah on Saturday night with friends.

I finally crawled back to Pitt last night and did a half hearted workout and left early.

Swim/SCY @ Pitt

Warm up:

400 various
8 x 50 of something or other
8 x 50 IM order swim-kick. I did these all back kick with fins, UW 15 m @ 1:00

Main sets:

4 rounds:

4 x 25 @ :30, odds fast (I tried to do them all 100 pace, but :30 is rough)
1 x 50 fast @ 1:00 (I cruised this)
4 x 25 @ :30 (tried 100 pace)
1 x 50 fast (cruised it) @ 1:00
1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00

4 rounds (I only did 2 and did cruiser backstroke kick on everything but the 25s)
1 x 100 @ 1:45
1 x 75 @ 1:20
1 x 50 @ 1:10
1 x 25 fast (did these fly at 100 pace)
1 x 50 EZ

100 EZ

Total: 3300

Hopefully, I can get back on track pretty soon. Though I'll be out of the water for a week at the end of December with our xmas vacation in Costa Rica ... Maybe some spring meets are in my future.

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