Sunday, May 13, 2012

We Do What We Can

Date: Sunday, May 13, 2012
Time: 11:25 a.m.
Location: Tucson, AZ
Long Course Meters/Short Course Meters
43 days to Olympic Trials

Long Course Meters:
300 warmup

1-5 free with snorkel on 1:45 (avg. 1:22)
6-10 50 back/50 breast on 1:55 (avg. 1:28)

4x75 :30 rest
15 fast/20 easy/30 fast/10 easy

Short Course Meters:

Starts for 10 minutes

Two rounds:
4x50 on Power Tower on 1:30
3x100 aerobic on 1:40
Round 1: 25 fast/25 easy
Round 2: 25 easy/25 fast 

2x50 on Power Tower on 2:00 all fast
3x100 aerobic on 1:40

4x50 on 1:00 -- 25 scull/25 swim easy

Total: About 3,300 meters (80 minutes)

I usually write my Sunday workout two or three hours in advance, but today, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, mostly because my motivation for training today was pretty low. All I wanted to do was sleep for the entire day. The past six days had been very stressful, and I just wanted to relax at home, not put my body through rigorous exercise.

But I did it anyway, and the main Power Tower set wasn't devised until about five minutes before I did it. I originally was going to do some short-burst sprints in the long course pool, but I knew I needed to work on my swimming strength, and the Power Tower was a great way to do it. Unfortunately, the Power Towers were only set up in the diving well, which was about 82 degrees today. Not optimal at high noon, when the temperature was in the mid-90s. I didn't do too bad, and was happy with the way the set went.

I knew I needed to work on my starts, not because I wasn't happy with how they were on Friday, but because the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center has the fins on the back of the blocks, similar to what will be used at the Olympic Trials. So, I got some good work done on those. I still need to adjust my start, since the fins put my body at a slightly different angle on the blocks. But I do feel like I get a little more power and am able to hold that into my pullout.

For a workout that I wasn't too thrilled with doing in the first place, it turned out to be one of my best.

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