|The DSU pool set up for long course.|
At the pool I did a straight swim and stopped at 4,500 meters even though I had some time left on the clock and a little energy left in my body. One thing I don't need is an injury and I thought, better safe than sorry. I did the swim in 1:30:33 (2:00), not too bad for this early in the ramp up. I shuffled an easy 2.03 miles after the swim, then went home and got ready to go to Mom's. I stay with her on Wednesday nights.
Thursday presented another possibility for a double or even triple swim. I decided to scale back the running a bit and only swim twice. The first practice was at noon in the DSU pool. Once more, I did a straight swim this time of 5,100 meters in 1:41:23. I had some juice left at the end but slowed and stopped short of my goal of 1:45 because I felt a slight twinge in my left pectoral. A couple of years ago, I swam too far too early and developed a pectoral injury that caused me some serious problems. That is why I've had my foot on the brake just a little this week. I am trying to swim as much as I dare without getting to crazy and hurting myself.
After the swim, I drove to my daughter's, but the gravel road west of her house, where I was wanting to run, was still under water so I motored back to Bear Pen Park to do my running there. It started raining and turned cool and since my legs felt so dead, I only shuffled 3.26 miles. Then I went back to Andrea's to see Smu, hug our grandchildren, and take a nap.
|Coach Cagri ready to bark some orders.|
It sure is nice to go the DSU's Aquatic Center and not be tensed up over time or obsessed with getting every stroke possible. With 5,100 already in the bank, I was relaxed. I even lingered long enough to take a couple of photographs. I warmed up with 1,100 and then the practice started. The first set was 4 X 200 with paddles breathing 3, 5, 5, 3 by 50s, rest :30. Next was 8 X 50 @ 1:30 decline 1-4. On the second four I swam :51, :50, :46, :44. After that we did 4 X 100, rest :30, building by 25s. For a cool down I did an easy 400 for a total of 3,100 meters. I like to be able to review a practice at a glance, so below is the short hand account.
4 X 200 br 3, 5, 5, 3 r :30
8 X 50 @ 1:30, dec 1-4 (2nd = :51, :50, :46, :44)
4 X 100 build by 25s, r :30
total = 3,100 LCMs.
Not a bad day with a total of 8,100 meters. My straight swims this week have progressed as below:
1:11 (short course)
1:16 (short course)
1:30 (long course)
1:41 (long course)