Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mind Over Matter

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Time: 5:45 a.m.
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Short Course Yards
110 days to Olympic Trials

6x125 free with snorkel on 2:00

6x50 on 1:00
1-3 back/free
4-6 breast/free

4x(4x25 on :35)
1. breakout
2. easy
3. fast 25
4. easy

Four rounds:
75 on 1:00 (25 back/25 breast/25 free)
25 stroke fast/150 easy on 3:00

2x50 breast fast on 2:00

4x100 easy

Total: 3,250 yards (80 minutes)

Technique felt a little sloppy in the pool today. I was trying too hard to sprint, which in turn means technique gets thrown out the window as I essentially spin my wheels. Overall, I felt a little bit like I felt on Sunday, which is not unusual when you're doing a sort rest for a meet. Because I didn't feel great, I started to let my mind believe that I wasn't going to be well-prepared for the meet. I know I will be prepared, but sometimes the mind is stronger than the body!

When you taper, this feeling might last for a couple of days, but when you rest, you only really lower the intensity, not the yardage, so you're not shocking your body into recovery as much. Of course, resting any length is more of an art than a science in swimming. There is no right or wrong way to do it, because it's different for every swimmer.

Tonight was my last session with JR Rosania for three weeks. I'll be on the road for work through April, and I told him I will try to do some dryland work whenever and wherever possible. Today, I only did 30 sets of dryland exercises, a major step down from last week's 42.We agreed it was best to not overexert my muscles so close to the meet, but since I'm not on a full taper, it was fine to do something. I felt better on the dryland today than I did in the pool. A good night's sleep tonight will make it all better!

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