The worse part was a Scratchy throat, brought back memories of how my throat feels at the head of a channel swim. With every breath, the back of my throat feels like sandpaper.
Every Monday, I will post a workout, feel free to join in.
Tube: 1000 (alternate breathing pattern per 50)
Reverse Paddles: 2 x 500 (:10 sec rest) *every 5th length Catch-up drill
5 x 50 (2 on :45, 3 on :50 - modified catch up drill)
250 (3:45) / 5 x 50/ 250 / 5 x50
Big Paddles: 4 x 250 (4:00) *
Swim: 5 x 50/ 250/ 5 x50/ 250/ 5 x 50
Paddles: 5 x 200 (3:10) *
Buoy: 10 x 100 (1:35) alternate breathing per 100
Open Water Tip:
When racing, you will probably have to swim around large, brightly colored buoys (floating balls). You don't want to be looking up all the time, BUT when you do lift your head, you need to sight the buoy and adjust your direction if you are going off course.
If you are a pretty straight swimmer (not much veering to either side) you won't have to look up as much as a swimmer who veers to a side.
Drills to practice:
1. Swim a length of the pool with your head up, look forward and try to keep your head as still as possible. This will build neck and upper body strength. Try to focus your sight on a spot in front of your lane, e.g. starting block, diving board, number on the wall etc.
2. Swim with head down and lift your head during a breath to look forward to see the focal spot in front. Once you see it, put your head down. Take a few more strokes, look up.
This drill works great in a 50 meter pool and can be practiced out in the open water.
Dream, Prepare, Succeed....