No Excuses But A Starting Point.
Yesterday I was highly negative on my swimming as my times were not what I wanted them to be. But after a day of thinking about the swims I have a new outlook. A positive outlook.
Looking back at my best swim times they were all swum in one of the now banned tech suits. Yesterday my first swim which was the 1,000 freestyle was swum in a very old pre-tech suit speedo brief. The suit was so old and worn out it was a bit scandalous when wet. It was tossed out after my 1,000 swim. My two other swims were swum in a everyday workout Splish swim suit. Not a racing suit by any means. Now I'm a huge fan of the swim tech suits and really think in Masters Swimming they should be allowed. We old folks need something to keep our fat in place!
Tapering and shaving down has yet another factor in my times. I didn't shave down for this meet at all and my taper wasn't much since my yardage before hand wasn't much. I didn't swim at all in September after my move to the east coast and since then have been hit or miss. Some of my previous times were when I was training a full throttle for months and then was tapered and shaved down. That is also a big big factor.
Also my training. Yes, I am swimming. Yes, my strokes are getting cleaned up and stronger. But my yardage and interval training needs to ramp up. Yesterday I swam the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly but before yesterday hadn't swam them in maybe 8 months if not longer. So the fact I was able to get in the water and swim them is amazing. As for the 1,000 I also haven't swam more then a 600 in practice.
I need to start weight training which I haven't done since August. I've lost some of my muscle mass which has turned into let's say small pockets of fat. I have less muscle and weigh more now. Bad eating and alcohol consumption all have been a factor. I'm not saying I won't indulge in alcohol but will be more sensible from time to time.
To sum it up yesterday wasn't a bad day it was a starting point. I know were I am in my training and can make changes. A good nights sleep really helped me put it all in perspective. Yeah, my times weren't great but that is okay. We all have bad days, days to learn from. Just as long as we get up, dust ourselves off and make changes.