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Old 07-15-2010
KatieK KatieK is offline
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Default What's your strategy for off days?

My instinct when I'm having an off day is to slow down and take it easy. But lately, I've found that I feel better if I step up the tempo a bit rather than slow it down.

Here in Arizona, the pool temperatures are in the 90s (>32c) right now. Also, I'm either swimming really early (before breakfast) or in the heat of the day (110-115f, 43-46c). That can make me feel pretty sluggish.

When I slow down, I have more time to dwell on that low-energy feeling. Speeding up the tempo feels energizing. Also, it's much harder to hit the low end of my SPL range on an off day. When I speed up, I allow myself another stroke or two, so it's easier to hit my target.

I'm curious about what has worked for others.
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Old 07-18-2010
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Rather than be focused on a pace, I will typically do some skills focused drilling and just playing with the feel of the water, or switch gears completely and focus on drills for the "other" strokes. Very satisfying to have an "off" day and turn it around to a great skills day, esp in a non-freestyle stroke.
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Old 07-18-2010
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Here where I am the heat is considerable - around 50c right now - and the pool is overcrowded.
It can throw you off and when that happens I too concentrate on drills and feeling the water without thinking about lap times or SR... and more often than not, towards the end of a session an off day morphs into a good day.
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Old 07-18-2010
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Old 07-19-2010
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