So USMS Nationals is next week now :o I guess I should probably think about tapering huh? Seeing as I train in all kinds of different places with people not necessarily doing the same types of events as me it’s tough to get into that taper rhythm. Today’s workout was good, but probably the wrong thing for what I’m doing next week. My other problem is immediately after tapering down for a handful of sprint events I go into a ton of long distance open water stuff. I have some very diametrically opposed swims on the agenda. I think I’m going to keep at my usual ocean swim schedule, but scale down my pool swims. Today I did the full workout at Santa Maria, but Thursday I might scale it back. We’ll see what I really end up doing. Anyways, here’s today’s workout:
Repeat x 2
3 x 50 kick @1:00
2 x 75 swim @ 1:15 (was supposed to be pull by my buoy blew away!)
8 x 50
3000 yards total
While in the water I spent a lot of time really focusing on my stroke. Where my hands were going, where my elbows were, etc. I’m going to have to watch that Fran Crippen DVD a few more times to absorb as much of it as I can.
In other swimming news… Jeff Commings, a USMS World Record Holder and Writer for Swimming World Magazine, just released a new book! It’s called ‘Odd Man Out – True Stories of a Gay Black Swimmer.’
Here’s a little snippet from the press release he sent me this morning:
“Jeff Commings was the first African-American to win a gold medal in swimming at the Olympic Festival and was the first African-American swimmer to compete at the Pan-American Games, but he went through his swimming career feeling like he was just like everyone else – except when it came to his sexuality. Commings spent all of his teenage years and most of his 20s afraid to live openly as a gay man. Though he was a member of several USA Swimming national teams and competed in two Olympic Trials, his fear of rejection from those he loved and respected severely affected his life socially and athletically.”
I’m excited for Jeff and can’t wait to have a copy of his book in hand to read. I ordered a copy today, it’s $20 plus shipping. Go here if you want to order your own copy!