AQUAview: Brendan Hansen
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Monday Morning Taper Swim

After taking Sunday off as my recovery day it was back in the pool this morning.  With my first coached workout since Thursday night.  Friday and Saturday I did a very quick lap swim doing around 2,000 yards for each workout on my own.  Today's workout was a taper swim.  I know taper swims are good for me but i just can't get use to them.  I've conditioned myself so well in goofing off for the first 30 minutes of workout so know when tapering my body just can't get going.  Plus those Tuesday nights that I swim after doing weights in the morning are usually when I feel my best and then the swimming the next morning on Wednesday I feel warmed up and ready.

At least the 1,500 is on the first day so it is like a warm up for the rest of the meet.  Plus i do planning on getting one more workout in before I leave. 

Warmed up a mixed 400.  Then the taper lane did a 100 distance per stroke.  After that we did a series of broken 200's.  Four rounds of 50 kick / 50 swim / 50 drill / 50 swim / 100 swim.  Taking 5 seconds between each 50.  The first two rounds i did free.  The third round backstroke and the fourth round butterfly.

Then we did a 400 easy pace working on technique.  I was going to try to pace the 400 out but the other two swimmers in my lane were slower so as I caught up to them I had to slow up to the next wall to pass them.  So each 100 was at a different pace. 

First four were sprinting the first 1/3 of the 50.
Second four were sprinting the middle 1/3 of the 50.
Third four were sprinting the last 1/3 of the 50.
Last four were sprinting the whole 50.
In each round i did 3 freestyle and 1 fly.

Then we did a 25 easy before doing some starts.  I think I did 3 starts.

And that was it.  I biked home.  Showered then biked to get a haircut, dropping off Netflix dvd's at the post office and to the bank to get quarters for laundry.  Done with my day all at 9:30am.


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