Last night we had our unofficial water polo practice. I say unofficial because we tag along with a woman's water polo team and share the pool. We started off with a quick warm up of a 200 then it was on to water polo drills. We started off passing the ball to each other in a group. Our coach then worked with myself and the other newbie on a few drills we learned last week the corkscrew shot and the other one whose name I don’t remember. Then since we had 5 guys show up we formed a circle tossing the ball around keeping it dry than adding a second ball. Then we practiced more shooting leading up to animal style defense drill. Animal style is just like it sounds like basically you have one guy on offense who gets the ball tossed to him and the defensive guy can do anything to block the shot. And when I say anything I mean anything. The first guy who was on defense against me was bigger than me and just pushed me underwater and held me under. The second guy just kept kicking me and the third guy tried to pull me under again. Fortunately the other guy passed on trying to kill me. We each got a turn to kill each other but the other newbie got off easy and didn’t had to be on offensive. Lucky him. Oh and while on offensive if defense gets the ball you have to do a 50 fly. I had to do one 50 fly. Ugh! After that we caught up with the woman's team and worked on passing and shooting drills. For the last 25 minutes we scrimmaged. I had to sit out the last 5 minutes as my legs started to cramp up.
This morning I woke up and made it to the gym even though I was tired from swimming in the morning and then water polo at night. I jumped on the treadmill and warmed up running 1.67 miles according to the iPod Nike +. I’m slowly working back up to my 3 miles per run. Hopefully by the time the temps warm up enough to run outside I’ll be back up to 3 miles. After my run I went on to my usual routine of lifting. Pretty boring as usual.
As for swimming I received an e-mail newsletter from another team yesterday that talks about training and how many swim workouts one person should do per week. The newsletter stated:
Three times a week is great for health and fitness, but not if you want to be reaching your highest percentage. You will improve steadily faster with more swimming.
So that means that just going to 3 swim practices is not enough so I’m going to revamp my workout routines. I’m going to continue swimming Wednesday morning and Water Polo Wednesday evening, then swimming Friday morning but on Sunday I’m going to do doubles with Water Polo in the morning and swim in the afternoon. The difference will be that on Monday I’m going to sleep in and go to the Monday evening workout. This will make sure I make the Sunday afternoon workout adding one swim workout per week.
Well that is it for now.