It was all about stroke technique today. It wasn’t really about speed until the main set with one sprint. Alas, after the awesome swim yesterday then cycling with my husband that evening, I found myself fatigued. No speed, no desire to be fast, and my motivation somewhere in the sheets of my bed where I wanted to be . . . sleeping. But I was in the pool swimming. I’m not complaining. That’s just how it is some days.

I did three different stroke drills just to see which one would induce more speed. (Hahaha!) No speed. No technique (I tried). Or maybe it was just no “get up and go” today. My free drills were: 10 side kicks/stroke, right arm down/left arm back, and head up free. My back drills were: 3 second pause when your arm is perpendicular to your body in each stroke, pretend you have claw hands and try to catch the water from the very top of the pull, and head up back/arms spinning as fast as you can for 5 strokes off the wall.

As I said, I don’t know how helpful today was for me as I just kind of put in the time. (shrug) But I swam.

50-minute swim workout, stroke technique Thursday

500 warmup (~7:30 min)

Warmup set 2x (600 yds, 12 min)
6 x 50 on 1:00
1, 3, 5—stroke drill
2, 4, 6—swim focusing on technique
R1: free
R2: stroke of choice (backstroke for me)

Main set (1300 yds, 23:30 min)
Set 1 — 2x (800 yds, 14 min)
100 on 1:40/1:50
4 x 50 on :50/:55
100 sprint on 1:40/1:50
R1: free
R2: stroke of choice (backstroke for me)

Set 2 — 2x (400 yds, 7:30 min)
50 on :50/:55
4 x 25 on :30
50 on :50/:55
R1: free
R2: stroke of choice (backstroke for me)

Set 3 (100 yds, 2 min)
4 x 25 sprint on :30

200 warm down

Total yards: 2600

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