Thursday, April 26, 2012

Relax (Don't Do It)

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Time: 5:50 a.m.
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Long Course Meters
60 days to Olympic Trials

Interval starts at 2:10 and drops five seconds per repeat, down to 1:15 -- just make intervals

800 -- 50 kick/50 swim/50 pull

8x50 on 1:15
Odd: 25 scull/25 swim
Even: 25 swim/25 scull

4x200 on 3:15 aerobic
100 back/100 free, breathing every three (avg. 2:43)

100 easy

Total: 3,300 meters (75 minutes)

I really needed today to be an actual recovery day, and I'm glad it pretty much turned out that way ... for the most part. The first set was only difficult for the last three, just going fast enough to get enough rest to see the clock and know when to leave again. The next 1200 was very relaxing, and gave me the opportunity to work on my stroke technique, which I need to do every day but is always a necessity on recovery day, just to "check in" to see where my body is.

As for the last set, I wasn't really sure how fast I could go and keep the set aerobic, which for me is a heart rate under 170. My backstroke felt good, but my freestyle felt weird, especially since I was breathing on both sides. It's always good to swim that way, in order to keep your body balanced, but I felt my body continually going out of alignment at my hips. Instead of rotating from side to side, as if on a roasting spit, I was wiggling from side to side.

This afternoon, I started to feel real soreness in my legs from yesterday's dryland workout, especially in my groin and IT bands. It's from the squats and jumps I did, and it probably will have an adverse effect on tomorrow's kicking workout, but I will go in tomorrow with positive thoughts!

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