Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I Want a New Drug

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Time: 5:50 a.m.
Location: Phoenix, AZ
244 days to Olympic Trials

20x25 on :30 -- 1 kick/1 drill/3 swim of each stroke

8x100 on 1:40 roving IM

Three rounds:
200 on 3:30
4x50 on 1:00
8x25 on :30
Round 1: 25s fast (did the odds as 15m breakouts, evens easy)
Round 2: 50s fast (did them as 200 IM pace, averaging 32.9)
Round 3: 200 fast (did 200 backstroke -- 2:12)

Total: 3,100 yards (65 minutes)

 I was still feeling sick today. I took a sick day form work on Monday, and slept a great deal that day. I had a slight fever and throat ache, and the fever managed to break around noon Monday, which leads me to believe I might have been swimming Sunday with a fever. That might explain why the water felt extremely warm that day.

In any case, I woke up this morning feeling better than Monday, but not 100 percent. I figured I could ease through the workout, but the final set presented some challenges. I didn't feel the energy to do anything all-out, and even though I swam the 50s at 200 IM pace, I wouldn't have gone faster if I was feel better. You can't go 4x50 all-out on 1:00. You'll fail after number two, I guarantee it. I wanted to do a 200 IM on the fast 200, but I knew it would hurt more than it usually does. I opted for backstroke, thinking that even in my present state, I could go under 2:10. I managed to see that my 100 split was 1:04, so I really fell off on the last 100. I was trying to race Alan Carter in the lane next to me, as he was doing a fast 200 IM. I knew that since I barely caught him on breaststroke, that I wasn't going under 2:10.

The rest of workout consisted of a 300 kick, and I was feeling very bad at the end of the main set, so I decided to get out and stretch in the shower. The warm water was soothing, but I really wanted to go home and go to bed.

I felt better as the day went on. Tonight I'm going to take some prescription cough medicine to help my lungs and throat. The cough medicine has codeine in it, so I'm going to feel very good when I close my eyes tonight. The plan is to swim tomorrow and play it by ear. It's sprint day, and I hope to feel good to see how everything is doing with my strokes.

1 comment:

  1. I just wanted to thank you for posting these great workouts and for sharing your experiences! I am an ex club swimmer in grad school in philly and it gets lonely swimming (not to mention I can never find workouts)...this site is helpful and inspirational! thank you again