Count down to USA Nationals (14 days)

In 14 days will be the start of USA Swimming Nationals in Palo Alto, California on the beautiful campus of Stanford University.  At nationals on this day will consist of an easy warm up in the am and a quick clip to get a different feel for the evening session. At night I will be swimming the 400 free relay with a relaxed effort but precise execution of some specifics for my 100 free race later in the week. It’s a great way to get into the meet with a 400 free relay!

In practice today we worked on some aerobic efforts to keep the heart rate up and flush out sectionals. We then did a few starts and turns to work on our lines off the block and wall and finished off with a few good finishes. Today was the perfect David Marsh taper practice with good training mentally and physically but not overly taxing efforts!

I can’t tell you how stoked I am about Nationals this year!  The count down has begun to a great meet in peak performance shape!!


About Nick Brunelli

I am a World Champion, Former American Record Holder & still full time swimmer. I am a full time employee of Merck & co., a devoted husband and proud owner of a rescued Greyhound!

Posted on July 19, 2011, in Events, Swim Training, Winning Mentality and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hey Nick what was the session? How much aerobic yardage do you normally do during taper?

    • well… I have not counted yards in over 2 years now so I can’t give you that exact number since a lot of the things are not measured by distance but by effort. efforts were in the heart rate range of 120-140 bpm. We did a bunch of 50s with a hold line push off to as far as we could go (10-15 meters) come up take 3 or 4 good breaths and then swim the remaining part of the 50 no breath. about 30 seconds rest and swim back 3 or 4th best stroke. we repeated that for 12x50s that was our main set. We had a longer warm up on our own and some 100s at a exactly 1:23. we rested for 17 seconds and repeated 4 times. After the main set we did some technique would on starts, turns and finished. That really sums up the practice.

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