I took a few days off from training after a vigorous 12 day jaunt across the country and back.
Lately, some foods don’t taste as good as they used too. Spinach bores the sh!t out of me these days. Omelettes in the future may not contain Spinach.
Cheese, lately, has been lacking ‘oomph’. Quite weird. I don’t roll with yoghurt or milk, so now that cheese is flotsam & jetsam’d, maybe I will cut some fatness out of the alpha-2 receptors in my chesticle region. . .
Most important: my side stroke is coming along nicely. This movement allows me to swim efficiently, however, it is not at the highest quality. That is to say, i am moving with tension in my neck and have yet to find a way to easily involve rotation at the torso.
I define a quality movement as one which is screened for GO! and STOP! signals, and can be trained without effort. It is that which yields favorable feedback and is absent of visible Elements of Effort
Elements of Effort
GETS TENSE OR TIGHT
LOSES RELATIVE TEMPO
COMFORTABLE RESPIRATION IS NO LONGER MANAGEABLE
Select a movement, make changes to it if there are sensations which signal pain or effort, and stop your set before your body displays the Elements of Effort
This applies to my training and a specific movement, the side-stroke, in the following way.
I have a rickety shoulder, and some funky pelvic injuries, a screaming knee, and a ghost of a fracture in my 2nd foot digit that has kept me off the tennis court since May 2015. Swimming and hiking are now the most adaptable situations for me.
When I set out to complete laps, I medley across the 25m pool a few times and if there are no signals (pain, breathing) I continue on with the best stroke available.
When i’m lapping, if there are any EOEs (BODY GETS TENSE OR TIGHT/LOSES RELATIVE TEMPO/LOSES ALIGNMENT
/COMFORTABLE RESPIRATION IS NO LONGER MANAGEABLE) I change my stroke until the end of the lap, and rest.
Yes, I rest. I have no confidence in the type of training that wears it’s user out on principle. I do, however, believe in measured doses of ‘ass whoopins’ applied to trainees as a controlled measure of distress.
During rest period I will check my heart rate, stretch, move, float, etc. and wait until my HR is under 80 before I set out again.
Why? Stay tuned.