Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dream a Little Dream

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Time: 5:50 a.m.
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Long Course Meters 5 days to Olympic Trials

1600 warmup

2x50 breast fast from push on 2:00
(32.6, 34.2)

100 easy

2x50 back fast from push on 2:00
(30.0, 30.8)

300 easy

25 breast from dive (13.4)

75 easy

25 breast from dive (13.2)

175 easy

Total: 2,500 meters (75 minutes)

My legs feel like lead today. It's part of the taper process, but that doesn't mean I have to like it! It's not great trying to sprint when your legs feel so heavy in the water, but I'm extremely excited about the way I performed today in spite of that. I haven't gone under 33 in a 50 breast since college, and though the drop-off on the second 50 was a little too extreme, I'm chalking it up to tired legs. They couldn't sustain my speed on that second 50, a point that was reiterated on my 50s backstroke.

Another thing that affected me a little bit was the chilly water. I estimate it was 76 degrees in there this morning. That's a little too cold. I could feel my muscles getting stiff during rest intervals. I'm rarely one to complain about chilly water, but for once Phoenix Swim Club had the aerators on a little too much last night! In the end, it's not a huge problem, but it does get uncomfortable when you're standing at the wall waiting for the next set.

I'll probably start complaining that the aerators need to be turned up in late July, when the monsoons roll through and the humidity makes cooling the pool more difficult.

Gonna take a nice nap today, but not as long as the two-hour nap I took yesterday! I didn't set an alarm for my nap, which was a good thing, but it made going to sleep last night a little rough.

Had some weird dreams last night, too. What I mostly remember is escaping a bunch of grenades being thrown at me, and my cat running toward me a few days later as we were cleaning up the rubble.

You gotta love taper dreams!

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