Like a Fish
I’ve been changing up my swim up bit the past couple of weeks. Rather than focusing on speed so much, I have been focusing on form and technique. Instead of just logging the yards, I have been actually thinking about what I am doing; reach, roll, pull, push, recover, repeat. Immediately, I realized that I had not fully been reaching forward on my water entry. At the same time, I noticed I wasn’t completely finishing my stroke and pulling my hand out of the water at my waist instead of my thigh.
Along this same line, I found a new blog (here) that posts daily swim workouts. Each day, a new workout is posted with up to 3 different distances available. I think these workouts are not only going to add some variety to my workouts but also introduce some new drills into my repertoire. Today, I did two new drills for the first time. The first was no walls/turn at the T. Just as it sounds, they involve doing your swim without pushing off the walls and turning around at the T mark on the bottom of the pool. I was anything but graceful on my turnarounds, but it really makes for a tougher workout without a mini break every 25 yards. The second new drill is called the Tarzan Drill and simply involves keeping your head above the water for 25 yards to strengthen neck muscles and prepare for sighting in the open water.
Taper officially started this week. That is if you can call a 40+ mile week a taper week. I had my final tune-up run last weekend. It was supposed to be a 10k race with 11 miles total. Because of a lack of available 10k races, I hit the treadmill for a hard workout. I looked up my McMillian 10k time for a 3:03 marathon – 39:00. After a warmup, I cranked up the treadmill to a 6:15 pace and held on for the next 6.2 miles. It sucked, but I finished up in just under 39 minutes and then did my cool down. I’m starting to get excited!
I may or may not have multiple alarms setup for today at 1:00PM EST when these babies go on sale.