I ended my taper ten days ago, and the hair is growing back. But I am still holding a 1:10 pace in practice. How much of this can be attributed to what I thought was a minor stroke correction (keeping my fingers together) is not clear to me. But I don't believe that the mental aspect can be ignored; I approach each repeat (whether it be a 100, a 200, or a 400) convinced that I will be able to hold this pace.
Yesterday morning I swam at Life Time in the indoor 25 meter pool (maintained at 80 degrees) because I was sitting for the board exam in Nuclear Cardiology in downtown Austin at 8:00. Main set was 6 x 200 @ 3:20. My goal was to keep them all faster than 2:40. I went 2:38, 2:37, 2:36, 2:35, 2:35, 3:34.
Swam at Nitro this morning with David and Tom, next to Steve and James on one side and Kirk and Jean on the other. Stephen coached.
6 x 100 kick/drill @ 1:45; I swam these instead because I really think I need about 1000 yards to fully warm up
6 x 200 @ 2:45, descended from 2:19 to 2:16!
4 x 400 mixed free/IM @ 6:00--
#1 300 free/100 IM, went 3:30 on the 300 free, finished in 4:56
#2 200 IM/200 free, didn't catch my time for the 200 free
#3 100 IM/300 free, went 3:32 on the 300 free, finished in 4:52
#4 200 free/200 IM, went 2:20 on the 200 free