Cyclone Swimming Winter Training Daily Blog
Hello Cyclone swimming family, friends, and fans.
Today was our first full day of training in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. at Pine Crest School. After a long day of traveling on Saturday, we all got a good night’s sleep to rest up for our first day of training. We woke up to the beautiful Florida sun and the sound of the waves washing up on the beach. This morning started off with a practice from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., which consisted of distance free, backstroke, breaststroke, middle distance, and fly/free groups. We swam short course yards in the morning; the weather was in the 80s and sunny all morning. I was in the fly/free group, and we had a practice that consisted of drills, kicking, and some sprinting. Overall, every group had a great workout.
After our morning practice, we all headed back to the legendary Windjammer, where we are staying and many Cyclone swimmers have stayed in the past. We had a lot of down time to make lunch, suntan, and get some much needed rest before another work out at night. During our break today, Alex Flatness and Megan Childs found lots of neat seashells. Karyl Clarete got stung by a jelly fish, and Kristy Kunkel got very sunburnt, as usual. The sun tanning came to an end once some storms came in, but it definitely beats the weather in Ames!
Around 5:40 PM we all loaded the vans and headed back to Pine Crest for our night practice which is long course meters. We were split into backstroke, distance fly, breaststroke, and middle distance groups. It was a gorgeous night, and had another great practice. We pushed each other through another kick set and did very well. After the kick set, we split into our separate workouts. The middle distance group had two main sets; one was a pull set, and afterwards we did an exhausting freestyle set.
Our first day of training in Florida was a success! We are very fortunate that Iowa State allows us the opportunity to fly to Fort Lauderdale and train for a week. As the week goes, on it will be filled with many demanding workouts, sore muscles, and memories we will always cherish. But for now, it’s time to get some ice cream to reward ourselves, relax, and prepare for day two!