first water

The GVAC pool is not especially fast. In fact, it may be the slowest pool I’ve ever swam in. Maybe this is because it’s 3.5 deep the entire length, or because it’s cold or the lanes are narrow. Whatever, it’s slow and it sucks. And this morning’s pool session was brutal.
da numbers:

  • 2 x 100 yd free/zipperswitch
  • 10 x 100 yd @ 2:00
    • coming in between 1:30 – 1:35
  • 2 x 200 yd @ 5:00
    • coming in around 3:20
  • 300 yd dolphin kick w/ short fins
  • 100 yd apnea drill w/ short fins

This is my third consecutive day at 2000 yards.

first water

I was tired this morning, forgot my watch and almost just went home. But I went through my stretches, dunked, and worked on butterfly. Yardage was a little short today, 1200 yd, with the focus on fly and a few fast free 100s. Today produced my first lengths of real fly. No more stroke drills for me.

da numbers:

  • 2 x 100 free/zipperswitch
  • 6 x 100 free @ 2:00
    • First 3 were purposely slow, coming in around 1:35. The last 3 100s were nearer all-out, coming in about 1:27.
  • 8 x 25 fly drill
  • 4 x 25 fly
    • Fly felt surprisingly good, albeit exhausting.
  • 100 apnea drill w/ short fins

first water

After yesterday’s 200 yd times, I thought today’s 100s would be a little faster. Perhaps this is why I swam the 500 and not sprints. With 200s at 2:50, 100s should be better than 1:35. That makes my splits in the 200 faster than a straight 100. Who knows, sets aren’t races. And today’s 10 x 100 @ 2:00 was not easy. In fact, that’s about as hard as I’ve gone recently. 1,000 yd in 20 minutes is decent. Additionally, today’s routine totaled 1,800 yd, a little longer than usual. Focus on relaxing. 100s sometimes make me tighten up.

da numbers:

  • 2 x 100 free/zipperswitch
  • 10 x 100 free @ 2:00
    • coming in between 1:30 – 1:40
  • 3 x 100 free w/ dolphin kick @ 4:00
    • coming in around 2:40
  • 100 free pull w/ paddles
  • 100 dolphin kick w/ short fins
  • 100 apnea drill w/ short fins

first water

Swam some IM at GVAC this morning. IM’s are tough, man. I try to stay relaxed as I get tired, resist tightening up, which is good for my stroke but hammers my lungs. I’m just panting like a dog during sets. Gotta be good for me, I suppose.

da numbers:

  • 2 x 100m free/zipperswitch
  • 16 x 50m alternating IM strokes @ 1:30
    • tons of rest between 50’s – I’m never coming in after 1:00
    • 50m free’s had me coming in between :30 – :35
    • all strokes felt better today
  • 200m free /w paddles
  • 200m dolphin kick w/ short fins
  • 200m apnea drill w/ short fins

first water

As I’m still not over my cold, swimming this week has not been stellar. I took all last week off – no climbing, no swimming, no anything not conducive to recovery. And I can’t take it any more. My symptoms now are confined to my head and sinuses but I can’t stand not training for another week. I won’t do it. Anyways, worked on my stroke a bunch this morning. Counting strokes is harder than one would think.

da numbers:

  • 2 x 100m free/zipperswitch
  • 12 x 50m free @ 1:00
    • coming in around :40
    • This was not fast. I was trying to count strokes here and get that number reduced in an effort to stretch out my stride. As I said, counting is difficult, nearing impossible today. I was around 20 – 25 strokes per length.
  • 4 x 100m free w/ paddles @ 2:00
    • coming in around 1:40
  • 300m dolphin kick w/ short fins
  • 100m apnea drill w/ short fins

first water

today’s swimming routine:

  • 200m free/zipperswitch
  • 5 x 100m free @ 2:00
    • coming in between 1:30 – 1:35
  • 5 x 100m free/zipperswitch alternating 25m @ 2:30
  • 100m free w/ dolphin kick
  • 100m pull w/ paddles
  • 200m kick drill w/ short fins

first water

Went super easy today, lots of stroke drill stuff, working on form. I was feeling run down from training earlier this week, I think. Which is what I wanted.

da numbers:

  • 2 x 100m free
  • 10 x 100m alternating 50’s stroke drill (zipperswitch or free w/ dolphin kick) & freestyle @ 3:00
  • 4 x 50m zipperswitch w/ dolphin kick
  • 200m apnea drill w/ short fins

first water

Today was an easy pool session, IM sets mostly, and at a slow pace. This worked out because I could tell I was a little flat to begin with.

da numbers:

  • 200m free/zipperswitch/dolphin drill
  • 20 x 50m alternating IM strokes @ 1:30
  • 4 x 50m free w/ dolphin kick drill
  • 200m dynamic apnea drill w/ short fins

first water never felt so good

It’s been a while since pushing back the inside of that envelope felt good in a pool. This morning’s session was both punishing and smooth. This has got to be the first time in years I felt that groove where a smooth stroke lives, letting me autopilot through a nearly respectable set: 10 x 100m on the 2:00, coming in between 1:27 – 1:32. To start chipping those 100m interval times away, below two minutes, will be good. To get those down to 1:35 will be better.

da numbers:

  • 200m free/zipperswitch
  • 10 x 100m free @ 2:00
  • 8 x 50m zipperswitch & free w/ dolphin kick drills