Wednesday, May 2, 2012

2012 Nationals, by the numbers

0    Medals won

6    Time difference, in seconds, between the first and second 100 of the 200 free

14  Highest place finish

15  Lowest place finish

16  Drop, in seconds, in the 500 free after tapering and shaving

34  Pace per 50 in the 500

35  Pace per 50 in the 1000

So Nationals was a bit of a disappointment in the sense that I did not swim as fast as I had hoped, failing to break 11:40 in the 1000 and 5:40 in the 500.  But in reality I swam about as fast I had expected given the way I had been training over the past six months. I was without question faster last summer at long course Zones.  The interruptions in training during the winter months took their toll.  On the other hand I was encouraged by the very nice drop I achieved in the 500 with a taper and a shave (5:58.19 at Senior Games, 5:42.43 in Greensboro one month later).  And my 1000 was only two seconds slower than Zones last year (11:44.15) and the year before (11:44.38). 

My goal for 2013 is to place in the top ten in my new age group in all three courses; I plan to focus on the 1650 and the 1500 as well as the 800.  I have decided to attack the walls on my turns and to stop breathing on the first stroke.  I will also be leaving on the 0 instead of on the 8 during practice.  My performance in the 200 free indicates that I need to swim more lactate sets, probably once every two weeks.  Finally, I need to stay healthy, and I need to stay focused.  Indy is 371 days away.

I slept in on Monday but swam yesterday and today.  This morning I was joined by Steve and Anthony.  James coached.

800 swim
8 x 100 @ 1:45, 50 kick/50 swim
4 x 200 pull @ 2:45, descending from 2:27 to 2:23
2 x 400 pull, no paddles, @ 6:00, averaged 5:04
8 x 100 @ 1:30, 1-4 as 50 strong/50 moderate, 5-8 as 50 moderate/50 strong, averaged 1:11-1:12
100 easy

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