Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fly Like an Eagle

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2012
Time: 5:50 a.m.
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Shot Course Yards
123 days to Olympic Trials

3x(3x100 on 1:40)
1. 75 swim/25 kick
2. back swim
3. reverse IM

9x100 free on 1:20
(averaged 1:07)

9x50 on 1:00
odd: four wall pushups at 25
even: Dive from both ends

8x25 breast on :45
odd: 15-meter breakout
even: double pullouts

200 breast kick, no board

8x25 no breath on :30
odd: fly
even: free

16x25 fly on :30

200 easy (with stretching)

Total: 3,400 yards (75 minutes)

Whew! That was a lot of butterfly today! But the key to making all those 25s was to find a comfortable rhythm and not overdo it on the first few 25s. As much as I wanted to, I did not race Alan Carter in the lane next to me. I wanted to make all 16 without breaking stroke. If I had held a faster pace, I would have broken down by number 10. I was happy to make them all, especially since my shoulders and lower back were sore from yesterday's workout with JR.

The water was about a degree cooler, so I was able to do those 100s free on 1:20. If it was the same temperature as yesterday, I might not have done all nine of them.

Today my strokes felt very good, especially my breaststroke. I felt like I was grabbing more water, and getting a faster recovery, which is one of the key elements I'm working on before sectionals.

And now, it's off to my monthly bodyworking session! I will need lots of total body work today. Between dryland and swimming, my body has been put through the ringer since I got back from Italy three weeks ago.

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