Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I Got Rhythm

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Time: 5:50 a.m.
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Long Course Meters
13 days to Olympic Trials

300 IM (25 kick/25 drill/25 swim)

8x50 breast on 1:10
odd: pullout and 3 strokes for entire 50
even: swim, descend to :38

6x100 back on 2:00
odd: 50 drill/50 swim
even: 25 fast/25 easy

20x25 fly on :35 breathe every other

4x100 on 1:45
25 fast/75 easy, 1 of each stroke

4x100 on 2:00
75 easy/25 fast, 1 of each stroke

100 easy

Total: 2,700 meters (75 minutes)

I was surprised by the small amount we swam today. I know I am about to start taper, but no one else is! (The ones going to nationals will probably start taper the week of Trials.) This was a much smaller workout than usual, though I'm not complaining! I was feeling quite sore from yesterday's weight workout, especially in my lats. Fast swimming wasn't easy, though marginally easier than yesterday. I should be back on track tomorrow, when my body returns to a normal rhythm.

I started getting nervous about Trials today. I started picturing the ready room area, and walking out on the deck right before the 100 breast race. I was watching some of the races online from this past weekend's Swimvitational, and it started to bring butterflies to my stomach. As long as I don't start freaking out, those butterflies will still work to my advantage. I'm not nervous about swimming at Trials.

I am nervous, however, about Masters nationals. It will be a tough meet for me. I am happy to have some good competition in the 50 and 100 back, but I'm sad I won't get to race Steve West in the 100 breast. After all of our virtual racing this past year (which will likely include a virtual race at Trials), we still won't get the opportunity to race together, since he's in a different Masters age group. At nationals, they put everyone in with their age groups, though I learned today that the 200s will be seeded by time, not by age. That means I'll get to race the 200 IM against the fastest people at the meet, regardless of their age. I'm very excited about that!

Off to teach a swimming lesson, then going home to sleep. I was thisclose to a nap at work.

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