Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Stepping in the right direction

Reaching goals feels good, even if they are small and only a part of bigger ones.

When planning the training, I wrote down a progress in STA and DYN for every week that I hoped I would reach. And so far, it's going well. With two times past 5 min in static last thursdag and 6x75 and 2x100m during last week, I'm even a little a head the first plan. Especially the static was a big surprise, as it's been a long while since I've felt like I could do anything there. So this ment a big jumpt for the motivation and I'll just try not to get too eager...

Already I feel that my body is getting back in shape, and I've started to do more spesific training, preparing my body and mind for diving a bit longer. I do for instance 3x200m monofin kicking on the surface, but with small rubber fins and swimming on the back, which is training the back and stomack muscles. To train the legs, I often do sets of 50m dyn (8-16 times) with a limited break between.

Today I'll be training static again together with Sanne and Stig, and I'll see if I can make those 5 min again. On Wednesday it will be some DYN dives and swimming, Thursday another static session and on Sunday I'm planning a max dive. Wish me luck!

Sunday, 3 February 2008

Preparing for the indoor German Championship

Now I'm getting started with the training for real again. I just checked my calender and it seems that Christmas, travelling and being sick has kept me away from my beloved monofin for 6 weeks! I can't remember when that happened last time...

To prepare for the upcoming competition in Berlin, I set up a 3 weeks program to get as quickly as possible back in shape. It consists of swimming (increasing the distance of each session up to 3000m), static (working up some confidence and relaxation) and dynamic (building up the distance towards 125m on trainings) 4-5 days a week. I will post more on this later.

Today I was in the water, swimming 2000m and doing some 50m dives. I realized one point where my flexibility was a lot worse than normal, my ankle! I guess I'll have to invest some time into stretching as well. Other than that, it felt wonderful to be underwater again and I'm already looking forward to training tomorrow :)