A few no-no’s I’ve learned at swim practice.
- Never ask how many sets the coach wants, he’ll always respond with “a bunch”
- On the flip side, never ask how many sets you have left, he’ll immediately reply with “until I say to stop”
- Never drop your elbows. Otherwise you’ll end up with these.
Bolster paddles. Not fun.
My swimming form is horrendous, I’ll be the first one to admit that. I favor my right side, my arms bend too much when I enter the water, I don’t lift my elbows high enough, etc. etc. BUT That’s why I’m enjoying swim practices with my team so much, instead of doing what I always do – and not seeing any improvements – I have a coach and teammates there correcting and teaching me as I go. Sure, I may have a few choice words for them under my breath during practice, but I know that the 10th extra lap they send me on with paddles (while everyone else is enjoying the kickboard) is for the best.
Today’s practice was heavy on technique and paddle use. We returned to the long course pool (which I’m totally digging by the way) and did a great mix of hard and easy. I really miss documenting my swim workouts on the blog, so I’m going to try my best to remember them as we go. Since I’m really just told what to do when I get there (I love that part about having a coach) and our coach doesn’t give us any specific number of sets (see notes above), this is mostly just guesstimating.
- Warm-up: 300 easy
- 200 kickboard hard
- 5 x 100 w/ paddles, buoy, and ankle strap @ 10 seconds rest
- 8 x 50 @ 1:20 (bolster paddles for last 2)
- 100 w/ bolster paddles (everyone else had kickboards)
- 6 x 50 (w/ bolster paddles) 25 hard, 25 medium hard
- Cool Down: 100 easy
I really, really love the kickboard. I’ve discovered I’m a semi-decent kicker and can semi-keep up with the group with that one. Take the kickboard away – add in the paddles, buoy, and ankle strap – and I’m a floppy mess. :-p
In between all of the sets listed above, Felipe would literally swim right next to us in the water checking our technique and form. Then, between each set, he would give us pointers on what to work on for the next one. It’s a lot to take in sometimes (a lot, a lot, a lot), but the best I can do is take the advice and just try my hardest on the next lap. That’s what training is – learning and adapting until it becomes second nature.
I guess he must have gotten a little tired of my floppy wrists and dropped elbows because the bolster paddles came out during the 50s and I was instructed to leave them on the rest of the practice (booooo). I felt a little funny in them since I couldn’t bend my wrist at all, but I could feel a difference in how my arm was entering the water.
Practice. Practice. Practice.
I had some trailmix around 3:30-ish for an afternoon snack
But it didn’t hold me over at all. I arrived at practice pretty hungry and started asking around for snacks. Luckily Stephanie had some chips that held me over. Lesson learned: I must stock my swim bag with snack just in case.
Since we had to wait for the lifeguards to switch the pool to long course (it was short course when we arrived, but they switch it over at 6:00), our practice ran a little late. By the time we finished at 7:30, I was on the verge of hangry. I politely called Derek and told him there were two options for dinner: Option A: he could start prepping something while I drove the 30 minutes home or Option B: I pick up take-out on my way home. I really, really need to be more prepared with meal planning on my swim nights. I know I leave practice starving and not in the mood to cook. If I was good, I would prep something in advance, but I’m not that good.
Derek ended up selecting Option A, and asked what he could do. I gave him instructions for sweet potato fries and roasted broccoli, and said I would finish the rest when I got home.
When I walked in the door, both the sweet potatoes and broccoli were roasting away in the oven. I picked up a can of chickpeas and diced tomatoes from the pantry and combined the two with a little bbq sauce in a frying pan to finish the meal off.
Considering how I was eyeing the McDonalds on the way home, I’d say this was a pretty decent post-swim meal.
Plus, some ice cream for dessert.
I am exhausted. My shoulders feel worked and I could definitely use a comfy pillow to rest my head on.