Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Looking Up

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

16x50 on 1:00
1-4 25 fly/25 back
5-8 25 back/25 breast
9-12 25 breast/25 free
13-16 25 free/25 fly

10x100 on 2:00
odd: free aerobic (avg. 1:20)
even: back strong (avg. 1:15)

200 kick easy

10x50 on 1:15
1-4: 15m breakouts
 5: breast fast form push (33.2)
6-8 easy
9: breast fast from push (33.6)
10: easy

100 kick easy

4x50 on 1:30 -- 25 fast/25 easy

100 easy

Total: 2,900 meters (75 minutes)

Things definitely look like they are heading in the right direction in these final weeks of preparation. I was not expecting to go under 34 seconds on my fast 50s breast. I didn't sleep well last night, and as such, I was mentally out of it. Plus, the set of 10x100 took a little more out of me than I expected.

But sometimes we're able to surprise ourselves and do some pretty amazing things. My stroke felt very good on the 50s, and I feel like I'm getting the snap back in my stroke that I felt I had lost last week. Coley Stickels came to the pool just in time to watch my second 50 fast, and he said he thought my stroke looked great.

I was surprised we didn't break 3,000 meters today. It felt like we swam a lot today. But the easy kicking took time away from more swimming. I'm not complaining, really, but I don't want to do too may workouts totaling under 3,000 in the next few days. It's not time for me to start tapering, and though the intensity was pretty high today, I do have to keep up the quantity until at least June 15.

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