Though my training plan is not yet solidified (I need to do a little more research and work), I know I’ll need a base phase to prepare my body; up till now workouts have been not totally infrequent, but not regular enough for real training. I need to get up to 6 days a week of workouts. The weekend was a little tough on my knees, so I opted for a swim on Monday which is in keeping with what I had planned for that Monday (and most Mondays going forward).
I didn’t feel like following a prescribed program or doing much drill work, so here’s how it turned out.
- Warm-up: 300m
- 1st Drill: 2x 100m with a pull-buoy. I held the pull-buoy between my shins on the first set, since I believe it’s there to teach me to use my core to stay level in the water, and carrying it higher simply makes it do the work for me. It was a little hard (like holding a plank for 2 minutes) so I brought it closer to my knees on the second set.
- 2nd Drill: 2x150m with hand-paddle gloves. I was testing out my shoulders here since a little impingement issue flared up last week. I honestly meant to do 2x100m, and accidentally kept going on the first set, so why not do 2x150m?
- Main set: a pyramid with increasing intensity:
- 100m in 2:07
- 100m in 1:59
- 100m in 1:52
- 100m in 1:57
- 100m in 2:17
- Cool down: 100m breast-stroke and 100m back-crawl.