Friday, September 11, 2009

Resounding Advice

Two things struck me this week:

1. At Masters, Coach Paul told us that the best way to practice correct swimming technique is on the recovery laps. He said that going slow is just as important as going fast in the water. It's easy to get lulled into a long set of slow, mind-numbing 500s in the pool, letting your mind wander, and forgetting if that was lap 9 or 11. On the flip side, it's easy to take off doing fast 25s pounding the water like you were going to war with it. To purify your workout, swim fast sets and slow sets. It's a better use of your time in the water.

Similarly in open water, try and alternate 21 or 30 fast strokes with 21 or 30 recovery strokes. You will start to feel faster on the slow and more efficient going fast. Makes sense?

2. Running with fast Amy was brutal today. At one point I said "I am going to die!" Her reply was simple. "Get past the die and keep going." Not as easy as it sounds. But still important. Your body will surprise you if you TRY to go past your limits. I think we all need to be reminded of that.

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