Sunday, April 13, 2008

Mallory's Training Log 4/7-4/13

4-7 4,000 yds+ 30 minutes swimming on the stretch cordz~6,000+, weights, core training
4-8 6,000 yds, weights
4-9 4,000 yds + 45 minutes swimming on the stretch cordz ~7,000+, core training
4-10 5,800 yds, weights
4-11 5,200 yds, weights
4-12 4,500 yds + catching children leaping from the diving board at swim lessons for 4 hours
4-13 Rest

My time for a broken 1650 this week was 18:29, 34 seconds faster than last time. On Friday I did a set of 4x800s, negative split and descend. I started out a little fast, and went 9:16, 9:04, 9:10, 9:08 so I didn't quite descend. I hope to do that set again this Friday and see if I can get under 9:00 on the last one. It was still a good effort though, as 9:04 is holding about 1:08s.

The stretch cordz were an addition to the training this week. Its a big rubber tube that you attatch to the blocks and then attatch the other end to your waist with a harness. Then you swim. It stretches, so you can swim all the way to the other end, but it's not something that you can maintain for long. Not only do I get to swim continuously without flip turns, but the cord makes your hips sink and puts a lot of strain on the lower back, thereby replicating some of the channel conditions I will come up against.

On May 4, I will be traveling to Memphis Tennessee to swim the mile at the Memphis Tiger's meet. As a requirement for competing in the 25K Open Water Nationals in Ft. Myers, I must swim a 1,500 M (Long course) under 19 minutes. Truthfully, I haven't swam the mile in either long couse or short course for a couple of years, so I had to do some math to figure how likely this would be. Holding 1:08s (like I did for an 800 in practice) for a 1650 would convert to a 19:04, just short. I think that I might have to do a mini taper for the meet in order to meet the goal, which is okay anyway since I will most likely be taking a break the following week for finals/graduation. Wish me luck, I'll need it.

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