More Than 4000 Meters of Starting at a Black Line

Journal by Jeff Commings, Swimming World associate producer

PHOENIX, Arizona, August 22. SWIMMING World associate producer Jeff Commings, who will be the second oldest man to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials next summer, is journaling his daily training regimen on his personal blog. We are reprinting those articles here:

Date: Monday, August 22, 2011
Workout time: 5:45 a.m.
Short Course Meters
308 days to Olympic Trials

400 warm up: 200 free/100 back/50 breast/50 free

32×25 on :25, breathing three times on odd repeats

800 on 12:00 negative split

8×100 on 1:30 (averaged 1:10)

2 minute break

2×400 on 6:30 (#1 was done 200 back/200 free, #2 skipped first 200 for stretching)

16×50 on :45 (averaged :36)

100 warm down

Workout total: 4500 meters

I don't usually swim on Mondays, since the workouts are distance-oriented, but since I had not swum since Friday, I did not want to go three days out of the pool.

This is the first workout of this blog, but not the first workout since I made my Trials cut. I took time off the week of July 12, then went to the gym a couple of times the week of July 19, doing 20-25 minutes on the elliptical trainer to work on my cardiovascular system. The week of July 26, I was covering the world championships for Swimming World, so I was up at 2 a.m. for eight days. I swam a couple of times during that week, but not very fast. The following week, I was in Palo Alto, Calif., covering the USA Swimming nationals. I swam four times that week, no more than 3000 yards/meters per workout.

The week of Aug. 8 was my first official week back in the pool. Workouts were tough, in the sense that I was trying to find my feel for the water again.

Today's workout was the first in which I felt like my normal self. I'm glad things are physically feeling better. Even better, the water was a chilly 79 degrees!

Reprinted from Jeff's personal blog at

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