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  1. Wed 5-4-16

    Some light weights, abs and stretching this morning before heading out to make Uncle Sam some money. It's been months since I've been in the gym so I took it pretty easy

    2 x 200 choice
    4 x 50 kick @ 1:10

    4 rounds of
    2 x 50 kick @ 1:10 fast
    4 x 25 fly slide drill with fins @ 1:00
    150 free cruise @ ??
    **I'm not sure why it is called fly slide. It is a 25 divided into thirds. Fly (push off and swim ~ 3 strokes), kick, free swim all AFAP

    600 done as
    50 stroke, 100 free breathe 1/5 (went BR)

    4 rounds of
    100 IM sprint @ 1:50
    100 free EZ @ 2:00

    100 w/d and I needed to go pick up our oldest daughter

    3500

    I swam well but felt like a rock. My little gym session may have had something to do with that. I hope to sneak in a solo swim tomorrow morning to continue my breaststroke work.
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  2. Greensboro Recap

    Once again, we had a great time in Greensboro. I absolutely love that facility and being within a three hour drive from my house is a major plus. My training has been quite sporadic the last few years so I was curious to see what I could do.

    Thursday- Arrived around 3 and made it through the check in process quickly. Jumped in the pool and got in about 1000 yards. Mixed in a few starts and tried out the backstroke "wedge". I liked them but you need to be a little coordinated to use them.

    Friday- My only event was the mixed FR and went a 27.16 which I was very happy about. My fastest 50 fr is a 27.52 back in 2012. Since then I have been stuck in the mid 28's. Successful start to my meet.

    Sat- 200 IM seed time 2:39.66, went 2:36.22 (-3.34)
    Very pleased and the fastest I have been in awhile. The clear difference in this race was me having a much better front half. It took me forever to get my heart rate back down.

    Mixed MR, Swam backstroke and opted not to use the wedge. I slipped to the left off the start and tried my best to recover. Went 34.46. Not a good swim at all and I felt like I let my team down. They still talk to me though.

    Sun- 400 IM seed time 5:44.72, went 5:44.37 (-.40) Happy but was expecting more. I shouldn't complain because it is still faster than I have been in some time. The goal was to relax through the fly and then build each hundred. Once again my front have was great and I had an average back half. I hit the wall at the 200 mark and told myself "You're half way done". After my breaststroke breakout I realized my legs were shot. I then told myself "You're ONLY half way done" OUCH!!

    200 Back seed time 2:37.27, went 2:37.27 (-.16) Well, I was really pumped for this one but I think I was just tired. Even with a slow start and no legs the first 150 went really well and then my mind, body and soul suffered through the last 50. No complaints.

    Overall, I had a nice meet and a even better time with my teammates. I was able to see some old friends and meet some new ones. Bravo to everyone that took part in putting this thing together. This is by far one my favorite meet venue that I have been to. Time to train for the next one. Hopefully I can make it back to the USA Masters Games in July.
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  3. Recovery day

    400 mix up
    2 x 125 (75 free/25stroke/25drill)
    200 social kick
    8 x 25 @ 60 went IMO
    -odds EZ, evens strong

    4 x 75 @ 1:20 cruise
    50 easy
    3 x 100 @ 1:35 a little stronger
    100 easy
    2 x 150 @ 2:15 a little stronger
    100 double arm backstroke

    300 with snorkel and bouy + hot tub

    2500

    Just what my body needed. I need to blog my splits and thoughts from Greensboro. Maybe later on today.
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  4. Monday 4-18-16

    200 choice (used bouy and snorkel)
    4 x 100 r/15ish IM order 50 kick/50 swim
    4 x 50 descend @ 60

    6 x 75 @ 1:40 (DPS/build/sprint by 25)
    -went BK on odds and BR on evens
    300 IM (25 kick/50 swim) r/30
    200 IM (25 kick/25 swim) faster r/30
    100 IM sprint swim
    100 ez swim
    300 pull breathe 3/5/7 by 25 just stay long
    8 x 75 @ 1:30
    -odds choice hold 100 pace, went BK
    -evens free cruise
    6 x 25 sprint @ 60
    100 ez and hot tub

    3100

    Felt pretty good tonight and I think I can attribute that to a less stressful day at work. With my pool work being relatively sporadic I have nothing to taper from for Greensboro. I not sure what to expect other than having a good time and a small break from work.
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  5. Playing around with the team

    200 with bouy
    4 x 100 @ 1:50 reverse IM
    4 x 50 @ 1:10 IM order kick/swim

    4 x 75 @ 1:30 fly kick on side/bk/front by 25
    4 x 75 @ 1:30 fly kick on side/bk/ fly drill
    6 x 25 @ 40 fly drill

    3 x 150 @ 2:30 descend stroke count by 50
    3 x 100 @ 1:40 hold lowest stroke count from above with tempo trainer
    3 x 50 @ 55 continue with low stroke count

    200 choice @ 3:10 went back
    3 x 100 choice build @ 1:50 went fly/bk/br
    8 x 25 @ 30 sprint choice
    100 cruise

    3250 of light stuff

    The short free set was at about 80 % and the interval was rather generous but I was only able to get down to 14 SPL. On the 100s with the tempo trainer I was able to hold 13 SPL and hold a slightly faster pace. I am only 5'9" and have short arms. Wrong sport right I may have stumbled across a stroke rate that is more efficient and might help out with my lack luster 500's I've had the past few years.

    Now I want to get back in the pool and play with some longer sets and tighter intervals using that stroke rate. I realize that my small "sample set" is exactly that but it's a start.
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  6. Monday 4-4-16

    500 (200 swim/50 kick repeat)
    500 (150 w/bouy, 150 w/paddles, 200 w/both)
    400 (100 IM kick, 100 IM drill, 200 IM swim)

    4 rounds of
    250 pull @ 3:45
    3 x 50 @ 45 descend
    2 x 50 kick @ 1:05 sprint

    300 cruise swim while the fast lane knocked out a 5th round

    9 x 50 @ 1:15 IM switch
    -descend to sprint in groups of 3
    -work transitions

    150 EZ

    4300

    This was a nice way to finish out a typical Monday. Lots of swimmers tonight. I felt pretty good and was consistent throughout the evening. Credit to a good nights sleep and somewhat less stressful day at work.
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  7. Thursday 3/31/16

    300 w/buoy and snorkel
    200 kick
    4 x 50 drill/swim @ 60 IMO
    2 x 50 free build @ 60

    12 x 75 @ 1:20 descend in groups of 4
    - 4 free/breast/free
    - 4 back/free/back
    - 4 fly/back/breast
    100 EZ

    4 broken 200's choice @ 5:00 fast rest 10 at each break
    1- 100/50/50
    2- 75/75/25/25
    3- 75/50/50/25
    4- 75/50/25/25/25
    100 EZ
    Went back on all four but should have gone IM

    4 x 75 @ 1:20 kick only from flags into walls
    4 x 75 @ 1:20 at least 4 SDK of walls
    4 x 50 @ 60 free build
    4 x 50 @ 60 ascend

    3700
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  8. Monday 3-14-16

    300 swim
    4 x (3 x 50) @ 55
    -drill
    -build
    -focus on breakout
    -focus on finish
    6 x 50 kick w/fins @ 55 (25 sprint/25 EZ)
    -went 2 fly, 2 free, 2 back
    16 x 25 r/10 4 of each stroke
    -focus on breakout
    -focus on finish
    -EZ free
    -sprint

    Main set, pacing and keeping heart rate at 150
    4 x 100 @ 1:35
    3 x 200 @ 3:10
    2 x 300 @ 4:45
    200 pull cruise + masters minute
    400 for time
    100 float around and out

    3900

    The goal was not to worry as much about our times but hold a constant heart rate. I was able to hold the same pace on the 100's and 200's but wasn't as successful during the 300's. I blame it all on being a Monday.
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  9. Sat 2/27/16

    4 x 50 @ 55
    300 mix up (I did bouy and snorkel)
    3 x 100 kick @ 2:30 descend
    4 x 100 pull @ 1:50 first 25 is scull
    9 x 50 @ 50
    -1-3 work breakouts
    -4-6 work walls
    -7-9 work finishes

    4 x (50 @ 55, 100 @ 1:40, 50 @ 60) hold 200 pace
    4 x 50 @ 60 cruise

    500 pull every 4th length 2 breaths only
    6 x 25 @ 30
    -odds build up, evens build down

    100 w/d
    3400

    I felt descent this morning after an exhausting week at work. Round 4 of the 200 pacing hurt a bit even with the generous intervals. My should is still bothering me from last weekends events.
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  10. Short solo swim

    Quick solo swim before work. The goal was to hold my stroke together during my "test set" stolen from Karl S.

    400 swim
    4 x 100 IM drill
    4 x 50 free @ 60 build

    4IM test set
    25 fly r 5
    50 fly r 10
    50 fly/bk r 5
    50 bk r 10
    50 bk/br r 5
    50 br r 10
    50 br/free r 5
    50 free r 10
    25 free
    Total time - 60 = broken time

    200 cruise
    6 x 50 bk/br @ 60
    100 cruise

    2000

    When I have limited pool time, I TRY to find something on my list of needs improvement to work on.
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  11. Back to the lab, again

    My first swim after our SCY state meet this past weekend. My focus for today was lengthening my freestyle stroke. Luckily for me it was a short free based workout.

    200 free
    6 x 50
    -odds stroke drill @ 60
    -evens free swim
    200 free breathe 1/3

    Descending swims and intervals

    3 x 200 kick w/fins @ 3:00, 2:50, 2:40
    100 swim @ 3:00 recovery
    4 x 150 swim @ 2:20, 2:15, 2:10, 2:05
    100 swim @ 3:00 recovery
    4 x 100 swim @ 1:40, 1:35, 1:30, 1:25
    100 swim @ 3:00 recovery
    4 x 50 swim @ 55, 50, 45, 40
    100 swim@ 3:00 recovery
    100 sprint
    50 EZ

    6 x 50
    -odds Dolphin kick on back @ 60
    -evens back swim @ 50

    150 w/d

    3500

    It felt good to get back in the pool and stretch out a bit. The meet was pretty much a training weekend. Nothing to taper from and just swam in a couple of practice briefs. I had a couple descent swims and the rest were about what I expected. Back to the lab!
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  12. Thursday 2-4-16

    400 swim
    100 IM drill
    100 free drill
    200 pull
    8 x 50 @ 1:15 25 sprint/25 easy
    --went IM order
    12 x 25 stroke @ 40
    --odds build/evens sprint

    4 x (3 x 100 build + 200 pull cruise)
    --100's on 1:40 200's on 3:30

    3 x 100 sprint @ 1:35,1:30,1:25
    --My shoulders were getting toasty

    200 (25 double arm bk/25 back)

    4000

    Not a bad workout and was pleased with most of my swims. I probably won't get to swim this weekend due to our girls activities.
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  13. Monday 2-1-16

    Weights and some light stretching before work.
    We had a rather large group of swimmers tonight.

    400 w/bouy
    200 choice (went back/free by 25)
    6 x 50 kick
    -evens free sprint @ 1:00
    -odds cruise breast @ 1:15

    The last 25 of each 100 was stroke choice
    5 x 100 @ 1:50 , went fly
    100 cruise backstroke @ 2:30
    4 x 100 @ 1:45 , went back
    100 cruise breaststroke @ 2:30
    3 x 100 @ 1:40 , went breast
    100 cruise backstroke @ 2:30
    2 x 100 @ 1:35 , went back
    100 cruise breaststroke @ 2:30
    100 (50 BR/50 FR)
    200 EZ done as 50 BK/50 BR

    8 x 50 free @ 60
    -odds EZ , evens sprint

    long cool down
    400 (free,bk,br,free by 100)

    3800

    I did well tonight and tried not to pay attention to the young guns in the lane next to me that were absolutely flying. I should do some more stretching but have some paperwork to handle before bed.
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  14. 1/30/16

    Short swim Sat with the team.

    400 with buoy
    4 x 50 kick @ 1:15
    200 IM drill/swim
    8 x 50 @ 60 breath control drills (coaches call)

    Descend to fast set
    4 x 25 @ 25
    3 x 50 @ 55
    3 x 75 @ 1:15
    50 cruise @ 60
    3 x 100 @ 1:35
    50 cruise @ 60
    3 x 75 @ 1:10
    3 x 50 @ 45
    8 x 25 @ 20 (these hurt me)

    100 easy

    2 x 200 Tennessee turns @ 3:30
    400 breathe 3/5/7/5 by 25

    100 w/d

    3650

    Our SCY state meet is coming up. Our family schedule hasn't allowed me to race in months. I have been past this meet and have been focusing on Greensboro.
    State meet line up
    Fri-1650 (just a "stretch out swim")
    Sat-500/2BK/100BR/2IM
    Sun-4IM/50FL/2BR/50BR/200

    After the 4IM on Sun , the rest of the meet is off events for me.
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  15. A little stroke work

    300 with snorkel
    3 x 400 @ 7:00 descend done as
    -25 back kick
    -50 back build
    -25 free EZ
    3 x 100 @ 1:50 (50 fly/50 back)
    4 x 300 @ 6:00 descend done as
    -same as above except breaststroke
    3 x 100 @ 1:50 (50 back/50 breast)
    3 x 200 free @ 3:00 descend
    100 w/d

    4000

    Football time
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  16. 1/6/16

    Short jog and some yoga last night.
    P90 shoulders and arms this morning before work.

    We had a good showing at practice tonight and I felt pretty good through the following.

    2 x (50 kick/100 swim)
    Put on fins for
    3 x 100 kick @ 1:30
    4 x 25 swim @ 30
    -odds DPS
    -evens sprint
    2 x 75 kick on back @ 1:20 (8 SDK of walls)

    4 x 50 @ 60
    -12.5 sprint/37.5 ez
    -add 12.5 sprint to the next three
    200 free sprint @ 4:00
    200 back sprint @'4:00
    50 ez

    6 x 50 @ 55 (drill/swim)
    4 x 75 @ 1:15 stroke build
    4 x 100 @ 1:40 stroke portion is fast
    -25 stroke/75 free
    -50 stroke/50 free
    -75 stroke/25 free
    -100 stroke

    6 x 50 @ 55 drill/swim
    -odds free, evens stroke
    4 x 75 @ 1:15 build
    -free/stroke/free by 25
    4 x 100 @ 1:40 free portion is fast
    -25 free/75 stroke
    -50 free/50 stroke
    -75 free/25 stroke
    100 free

    200 w/d

    3700
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  17. Monday 1/4/16

    Short swim on a chilly night for SC. I was happy to get out early to finish moving all of my wife's plants into the garage and shed.

    400 choice (did 300 w/snorkel and buoy, 100 back/breast)

    3 rounds of
    150 build
    75 build
    50 (80%,85%,90% by round)
    25 no breather
    50 same as above
    25 no breather
    50 same as above
    25 easy
    2 x 100 pull

    10 x 50 various pacing swims

    50 float and out of there

    I did manage to do P90 core before work which felt pretty good.

    We have a "prediction mile" on tap for Sat which will test my pace work I have been working on. No clocks or watches, you predict your time and the closest swimmer wins. You don't have to go fast, just hold your pace. I am not a miler nor do I ever want to train for it but I am looking forward to this.
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  18. 12-16-15

    250 w/snorkel and buoy

    4 x's through
    3 x 50 @ 50 descend
    2 x 100 @ 1:30 build
    200 @ 3:00 descend by round

    50 easy

    3 x's through
    100 @ 1:45 w/fins
    --first 35 sprint cruise the rest
    4 x 25 sprint with fins and paddles @ 30,35,40,45
    100 @ 1:45 w/fins
    --last 35 sprint cruise the rest

    100

    3500
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  19. 12-14-15

    400 swim
    200 IM kick
    400 IM (k/s/d/s)

    8 x 25 SDK @ 40
    6 x 50 breast w/dolphin kick @ 1:15
    4 x 100 IM @ 1:45
    2 x 200 @ 3:20 second faster than first
    4 x 100 IM @ 1:40
    6 x 50 scull @ 1:15
    8 x 25 double pullout breaststroke @ 40

    From the middle of the pool working turns
    8 x 25 free @ 30
    6 x 50 choice on @ 60
    4 x 25 stroke @ 30 did back to breast

    100 w/d

    3900 SCY
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  20. 12-12-15

    Freestyle pace work was the theme this morning. A few micro sets with me holding 500 pace and my stroke together throughout.

    300 w/snorkel and bouy
    4 x 100 (k,s,d,s) IM order

    2 x (5 x 50) @ 60,55,50,45,40
    5 x 100 decend 3 @ 1:40, 2 @ 1:35
    50 easy
    2 x 200 @ 3:00 build and #2 faster than the first
    50 easy
    500 build to 100%
    100 cruise

    2 x (4 x 50) round 1 free @ 60 round 2 stroke (went BR) @ 1:15
    --descend to sprint

    200 w/d and hot tub

    Now it's time for chores, running children around and hopefully the Duel in the Pool at 2. If I don't catch it today, I will be forced to suffer through the truncated version on NBC. Last nights races were fun to watch although I missed the mens 400 and final two relays
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