Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Spoonful of Sugar

Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Time: 5:50 a.m.
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Short Course Meters
167 days to Olympic Trials

4x(3x50 on 1:00)
1. fly/back
2. back/breast
3. breast/free

300 non-flutter kick no board

6x100 on 1:50, descend 1-3, 4-6
50 breast/50 free (1:10, 1:08)

8x25 breast on :40 double pullouts

8x75 on 1:20, descend 1-4, 5-8
25 fly/50back (:51, :52)

100 easy

3x100 back kick on 2:00
4x15 backstroke breakouts on :45
3x100 breast kick no board on 2:00
2x15 breast breakouts on :45
1x50 breast fast from push (32.2)

200 easy

Total: 3,500 meters (80 minutes)

At the gym:
Five minutes shoulder warmup
Sitting bench press (15 @ 110, 12 @ 135, 10 @ 155)
Leg extensions (15 @ 100, 12 @ 130, 10 @ 160)
Hamstring curls (15 @ 70, 12 @ 85, 10 @ 100)
3x25 breaststroke strokes with five-pound dumbbells
Ten minutes abdominals and stretching

I felt like I was pretty much over my cold this morning, and hopefully I won't have to take anymore of that horrible cold medicine. It was the generic brand from Walgreens, and though it said "cherry flavored," I didn't notice a soothing aftertaste.

My backstroke felt miserable. The set of 75s were quite tough because I couldn't get my arms moving fast. It felt like I was swimming in molasses, which is partly true because the water was a little too warm.

Breaststroke felt OK, and I was surprised by the time on the fast swim at the end. The stroke felt good but not all that powerful, which could be my body trying to return to normal. It's a good sign for this weekend, but I'm trying not to get too overexcited. I don't want to make this meet to be any bigger than it is: an in-season meet. I would very much like to get a second swim in the 100 breast, and will do my best to make that happen, but I know I will tend to let my mind get too far ahead of itself and psych myself out.

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