Thursday, June 14, 2012

Neutron Dance

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Time: 5:50 a.m.
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Long Course Meters
11 days to Olympic Trials

7x100 on descending intervals
2:10 to 1:40

5x75 on descending intervals
1:35 to 1:15 (extra 25 on No. 5)

8x150 on 3:00 with snorkel
50 breast kick/50 free swim/50 free pull

8x50 on 1:10
odd: 15 fast/25 easy/10 fast
even: 25 left arm/25 right arm free or back

35 breast fast (10m fast into wall/25 fast)
(25s: 16.7, 16.5)

100 easy

Total: 2,900 meters (75 minutes)

Taper started this morning! I would do a dance, but I have to save my energy.

I really took advantage of the main set of 150s, swimming with a low heart rate (144) the entire time. The set was supposed to be done pretty fast on all eight, but that was for people who don't have a big race coming up in a little more than a week!

I was feeling OK today, and could feel some speed in my muscles today, but not fully developed. The 25 fast at the end was a very good idea. I wish we had been doing that set earlier in the season, to gauge progress. Mark said he thought I should be in the 15-second range on the 25 at Trials. I'm not entirely sure if that's possible, even with a shave and wearing a good suit. But I will work toward that goal! Today's times were pretty good to me. If you factor in that Mark started the watch at the time I touched the wall for the turn, I was on pace for a 50-meter swim in the mid-34 range. I'm happy with that.

Tomorrow will be another fairly easy day, at least that's the plan. I wasn't planning on those 25s today, but when Mark suggested it, I knew it would be a good test. So far, I'm on track, but taper is so crazy. Tomorrow I might feel like a million bucks. Who knows what I'll feel like the next day?

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