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Enough With the IMs, Coach!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Our Masters coach is absolutely obsessed with IMs! For those of you who didn't catch this during the recent Olympics, IMs are Individual Medleys - Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle.

The last few weeks, both the Tuesday morning workouts and the extra workout she sends us later in the week, have been all about the IMs. I actually appreciate getting some variety from our new coach, because our old coach was all about freestyle. Which, I love freestyle, but I also like the chance to practice the other strokes.

However, every practice recently I feel like I'm dying by the end of it. And I don't even have high yardage to show for it! Butterfly and especially Breaststroke slow me waaaay down, so it really impacts the distance I can swim in an hour.

Here was our workout this morning (which I'm sure will only be interesting to other swimmers, so feel free to skip. I'm including it to emphasize the IM insanity):

200 warm up

16 100's:
1. Fly - 50 kick, 50 drill
2. Back - 50 kick, 50 drill
3. Breast - 50 kick, 50 drill
4. Free - 50 kick, 50 drill
5. Fly - 50 drill, 50 swim
6. Back - 50 drill, 50 swim
7. Breast - 50 drill, 50 swim
8. Free - 50 drill, 50 swim
9-16 - odds 100 IM, evens 100 free

10 50s with :10 rest
Odds: 50 IM (12.5 Fly, 12.5 Back, 12.5 Breast, 12.5 Free)
Evens: 50 Free

At that point I had to get out of the pool a little early to get to a work meeting, but you get the idea. It's been like this with the IMs for about 3 weeks now.

FYI, Butterfly is hard, everyone. HARD. I am in awe of the Olympics swimmers who race Butterfly. So after a 25 or 50 of that, I am beat. THEN I'm expected to swim Breast, which I am SO SLOW at. I'm not really sure why. I focus on my technique and try really hard, but I am just achingly, frustratingly slow.

Confession: when the extra weekly practice includes Breaststroke, I usually substitute Fly or Back. I can only handle being extremely frustrated once a week.

Tomorrow morning I will hit the pool with one of my old coach's workouts and I will revel in the Freestyle!
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    Gawd, that's a tough workout! I envy anyone who can do an IM of any length! My daughter swam IM and butterfly in age group and in high school. I used to love watching her. She was not the fastest kid on the team, but she was consistent, one of those "bread and butter" kids that round out a team. Having stars is great, but without those consistent, reliable swimmers to fill in your line-up and your relays, you don't win meets. She was pretty stellar at the 100, good at the 200, not bad at the 400, but the 400 was her toughest event. And she said the same thing as you - all those IMs made her freestyle events seem easy.

    Me? I wish I could learn to swim butterfly at all!
    3049 days ago
    Woubbie, that's for sure. Now those all-freestyle workouts feel decadent.

    Angel, I swam an IM in competition once. Hard!
    3050 days ago
    My daughter loved the IMs when she was swimming (she swam with an age group team from the age of 4 until she was 17). She was one of few girls on the team who would swim the 400 IM. Freestyle and breaststroke were her faves though.
    3050 days ago
    One good thing. The more challenging workout makes you appreciate the more enjoyable one, and vice versa, no?
    3050 days ago
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