Sunday, April 14, 2013

Personal bests

My swims at Zones did not quite meet my expectations, but I did swim Masters personal bests in jammers with a 5:40.28 in the 500, which I split well, and an 11:44.41 in the 1000, which I could have split better.  Both swims were two seconds faster than at Nationals last spring, but slower than my best tech suit times.  And yet I believe that I have the potential to swim still faster on the basis of my performance in practice (see below).  Looking ahead to lcm this summer and scm in the fall, I plan to work on my endurance for the back end of my races by swimming at Barton Springs (which has now reopened) on Sundays and doing high rep/low weight sets in the gym.  In the pool I am going to experiment with a different breathing pattern (every stroke cycle) because I suspect that my current every third breathing pattern is adversely affecting my performance in races.  I will however continue to breathe bilaterally to keep my stroke symmetric and efficient and to balance the load on my shoulders.

This morning I swam at Barton Springs with David, Katy, Lynne, and Scott.  David, Katy, and I swam 4000 meters as 2 x 400 warm up, 6 x 400 @ 6:45, 2 x 200 @ 4:00, and 2 x 200 easy.

Yesterday morning I swam at UT in the main pool with Larry, David Alley, Kristy, Jason, Katy, Chris.  The pool was set up long course.  Whitney coached.

Warm up:
400 swim, 100 fly drill/swim, 300 pull, 100 back drill/swim, 200 kick, 100 breast drill/swim
Main set:
3 x (5 x 100 free, 1 x 100 kick, 1 x 100 easy), round one on 1:30, round two on 1:25, round three on 1:20.  Held 1:18-1:20 on the first two rounds, made round three holding 1:17s--the first time I have made 5 x 100 @ 1:20 since 1978.
16 x 50, 1-4 @ :45, 5-8 @ :40, 1:00 rest, 9-12 @ :45, 13-16 @ :35 (made only one)
4 x 150 @ 2:30 (fly/free, back/free, breast/free), descended to 2:05
100 easy

4800 meters

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