Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Heat Is On

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2012
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Tucson, AZ
Short Course Meters
79 days to Olympic Trials

600 warmup

3x150 back on 2:20 (avg. 1:56)
50 easy on 1:00
3x100 IM on 1:40 (avg. 1:15)
100 easy
3x50 breast on 1:00 (avg. :37)
150 easy

50 easy swim on 1:10
2x100 on 2:00 (25 underwater flutter kick fast/25 easy)
100 easy swim on 2:00
2x50 on 1:10 (25 breast fast/25 easy)
100 easy swim
2x50 breast swim fast on 1:10 (33.1, 33.9)

4x75 on 1:20 -- 25 back/25 breast/25 free
1-3 aerobic
4 fast (:46)

Four starts

100 easy

Total: 2,950 meters (65 minutes)

With the water temperature at 83 degrees in the diving well at the University of Arizona's Hillenbrand Aquatic Center, there was no way to do any major sprinting set. That said, I made sure to keep my heart rate down throughout the workout, as it tends to get quite high when trying to exert myself in warm water. I swam with a slower group this morning, because I did not want to do another freestyle workout. The intervals in my group were about five seconds slower per 100, which was just fine. I probably could have done the same set with the faster group, but with the water being warm, I wanted to have a little more rest, to allow my body time to "cool off."

The best thing about today was being able to work on starts, using the facility's starting blocks that have the new fins attached to them. These are the types of starting blocks that will be used at Olympic Trials, and this is the only place I'm able to get used to them. The difference between these and regular starting blocks is that the new ones give you a better angle of trajectory, and allow you to have more power in your back foot when you push off the block. During my starts today, I got about 12 to 13 meters on my start, though I did glide a little longer than usual before starting my pull. The main thing was working on what I do in the air, and work on flexing my ankles better before entry. It's a lot to think about, but the more I work on it now, the less I will have to concentrate on it in Omaha.

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