>> I do 2500 yds 3 times/wk, alternating free/***/back every 50 yds.
>> For some time, in February or so, I was able to do the second set of 600 yds
>> in about 12:50, which I know is not really fast but was sort of a personal
>> But in the last month or two my speed has fallen off dramatically without
>> apparent cause.
>You might also be just hitting a platau (sp.?). In this case it might
>be wise to vary your cross training a bit. If you do one exercise too
>long your muscles become resilient to additional work and therefore you
>have to hit them from new angles.
*This* is exactly what my best guess is. I don't "train" (per se),
but *do* swim for health and fitness. I find that whenever I do the
*same* same thing (same routines with food choices, sleeping patterns,
swim drills, etc.), not only does the water begin to feel like
molasses, but so does my brain!
I've learned through trial and error that variety (for lack of a
better cliche) *is* the spice of life that keeps my body and mind
moving forward and focused on the path I want for it.
Enough research and anecdotal evidence shows that plateaus occur
because of lack of new stimulation... when my weight plateaus, I eat
*more* for a few days to let my body know I am not in the middle of a
famine and then it chills and releases the chemicals to allow the
weight loss to continue (and actually try never to eat the same amount
. When I'm not progressing in my swimming, I do a great deal of aqua
aerobic work instead... cross-country skiing, jumping jacks, jogging,
etc. ... and then when I re-focus on laps, I find the new inspiration
(and progress) I needed.
aka gardenia <who also varies the pools she swims in and, upon
reflection, *does* suppose she trains!>
(savage siren of the magic waters)
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bubbles ascend, reminding me to breathe