Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Getting rested and ready, part next.

Today was my biggest practice, in terms of yardage and intensity, until after Nationals.

I took a rest day on Monday, and I did a "prep" practice yesterday (getting the rust out). But today was also my first "race rehearsal" day, which meant that I did rehearsals for both of my target events. Here is how it worked:

500 general warm-up
1000 prep: 20x50, doing the following 4 times:
* 25 drill/25 swim
* 50 build
* 25 fast/25 easy
* 2 x 50 easy
1800 race rehearsal
* 150 BR
* 350 easy
* 150 BR
* 350 easy
* 75 BR
* 325 easy
* 75 BR
* 325 easy

There were no intervals for any of this. I was aiming for a 2:00-2:05 on the 150s, and a :54-:56 on the 75s. I did not make those times. For the first 150, I swam 2:07, but I was able to realize that in trying to pick up the pace over the course of the 150, I was throwing myself off. So the second time I swam, I focused on maintaining my rhythm, which meant that I swam 9 strokes per every length, instead of starting to mess up on the last 50. The time was slower, though: 2:09. I can attribute some of that to having already swum the previous 150, which I was definitely feeling in my legs. And the pace I swam still sets me up for a best time, just not as fast as my coach-friend believes I can swim.

On the 75s, I swam 1:01 both times--again, slow. But I am hopeful that a certain amount of that was a result of having already swum the 2 x 150s, because my rhythm felt really good, my legs felt strong, and I felt as though I was getting a good pull every time.

At the meet, I will swim:
FRIDAY: 50 FL + 200 BR
SATURDAY: 50 FR + 100 BR
so on neither day will I need to do as much racing as I did today. That means that on future "rehearsal" practices (and I think I will try to swim 3 more), I will only swim 2 fast swims per day.

Meanwhile, please send all your super good wishes my way as I try to improve on those rehearsal times.

6 comments:

Joe said...

> The Secrets of Isis

Cool name! Is this a permanent name change?

Isis said...

That is a secret of Isis that cannot be revealed!

Joe said...

Okay, the link on my sidebar now says "The Secrets of Isis (the blog formerly known as Fury)" (a la that Prince guy from a few years ago).

I LOVE the new name!

Isis said...

Thanks! And I like the new sidebar entry. I wish I had thought of turning myself into a symbol!

--the blogger formerly known as furious

Joe said...

So with this name change, I guess your blog can no longer remain gender neutral? Clearly, Isis is a woman!

Isis said...

Watch your tongue: Isis is a GODDESS.