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I swim, therefore I am

Frank D Totten

Swimming is an activity I just like to do. Participation and competition in organized events are good and so is the exercise. But most of all, moving through the water is what I like the most. After many years of steady stroke skills development I enjoy swimming more than ever.

I swim at Fort Myers Aquatic Center, FMAC, Florida Gulf Coast University, (FGCU) Aquatic Center mostly on my own with guidance from Coach Chuck Slaght. When circumstances require being close to home, I swim weekends and early AM sessions at the Catalina lsle Community HOA Pool.

  1. Thursday, February 28, 2013

    by , February 28th, 2013 at 04:41 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@Fort Myers Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 68, pool at 83, 100% water clarity.
    Cloudy sky mostly then became sunny, with humidity at 75%

    Warm up
    10 min deck dryland band/stretches
    200 FR DPS ABPT
    300 FR as 4(25 K-w/scull, 50 DPS-6) w/snorkel
    600 FR as 4(50 RA/LA, 100 DPS 5) w/snorkel-agility paddles
    20x25 FR on :30, smooth DPS-6, no SDK, breath each stroke cycle, *15s/14s

    *Set 1*
    200 BR Kick w/bd
    300 BR as 4(25K, 50 Swim) w/snorkel
    2(4x25 BR on :40, :40 rest) smooth effort, *17s

    *Set 2*
    200 BK Kick w/SDK-6
    600 BK as 4(50DA, 100 DPS-6, SDK-6) w/agility paddles
    2(4x25 BK on :30, :30 rest) smooth effort, SDK-8, *15s

    *Set 3*
    200 DK/bk
    300 Fly as 4(50RA/LA, 25 DPS-6, SDK-6)
    600 Fly as 4(50DK w/scull, 100 DPS-6) w/snorkel
    2(4x25 Fly on :30, :30 rest) smooth DPS-6, SDK-6, breath each stroke, *15s/14s

    *Set 4*
    2x500 FR with 1:00 rest
    #1 as DPS-5/6 w/snorkel-agility paddles as steady state effort
    #2 as steady smooth swim, DPS-6, ABPT

    Warm down
    200 EZ FR/BK
    10 min deck dryland band/stretches

    Comments:
    Yesterday after the workout my arms ached. I worked the band and stretches on and off up to just before sleeping. Also made my own tissue recovery supplement including l-arginine and l-glutamine, which appears to have been helpful (I have sampled similar types of commercial products that were effective, but too expensive and high margin per listed ingredients). With good sleeping, this morning my arms and shoulders were nearly recovered with no aching and soreness.

    The session today was all about feeling good in the water towards swimming as efficient as possible. Swimming the last 500 Freestyle felt great after taking off the snorkel and agility paddles with the stroke DPS, turns, and underwater streamling all coming together for an enjoyable swim with a gradual buildup to moderate effort. Even the warm water did not bother me so much as it was all EZ and moderate swimming.

    Updated February 28th, 2013 at 05:15 PM by fdtotten

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  2. Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    by , February 27th, 2013 at 05:04 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatics Center
    Air temp 68 with cloudy skies, humidity at 88%
    Diving pool at 83, 100% water clarity
    LCM pool at 78, 100% water clarity.

    Warm up (Diving pool)
    200 FR DPS
    200 FR as 25RA, 25LA, 25CU, 25 Swim DPS-6
    600 FR as 2(100 K/Scull,100 Swim DPS-6) w/snorkel
    4x25 on :30, Smooth DPS-6 Hypoxic-3, *14s

    *Set 1* (Diving pool)
    6x200 FR on 3:30, best average
    *2:16, 2:12, 2:11, 2:11, 2:10, 2:10
    ---300 BK DPS-6 Swim

    *Set 2* (LCM pool)
    6x100 FR on 2:00 w/fins; best average
    *59, 58, 58, 58, 58, 58...right into
    8x50 FR on 1:00 w/fins; best average
    *28, 27, 27, 27, 27, 27, 27, 27
    ---300 BK as 25K,25Swim

    *Set 3*
    5x200 FR on 3:30 w/snorkel, agility paddles; best average
    *2:11, 2:10, 2:09, 2:09, 2:08
    ---400 Fly as 4(25DK/bk, 50RA/LA, 25DPS-6 w/SDK-6)

    *Set 4*
    6x100 Free on 2:30 w/agility paddles, fins; best average
    *56, 56, 56, 56, 55, 55...right into
    8x50 Free on 1:15 w/agility paddles, fins; best average
    *27, 27, 26, 26, 26, 26, 26, 26
    ---400 FR Steady State w/snorkel, agility paddles, fins

    *Set 5*
    4x200 on 4:00 w/fins, agility paddles; AFAP best average
    *2:01, 2:01, 1:59, 1:58
    ---300 BR as 50K/bk, 50 Swim

    *Set 6*
    20x25 on :15 Count, Strong, Hypoxic-2
    #1-5 Fly, #6-20 FR

    *Warm Down*
    600 Swim as 100BK, 100FR
    15 min on deck dryland w/bands/stretches

    Comments:
    Today I was back to normal with regular resting wakeup HR. Started in the warm water diving pool, then was able to move over the cooler LCM pool after Set 1. I like the freedom of swimming solo, but it's always a challenge to do multiple sets of quality swimming. Just have to focus on one set at a time, swim by swim. After beating up my arms and shoulders today, the session tomorrow will be moderate technically precise swimming each stroke with some strong smooth effort 25s.

    Updated February 27th, 2013 at 05:33 PM by fdtotten

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  3. Tuesday, February 26, 2013

    by , February 26th, 2013 at 06:28 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatics Center
    Air temp of 76, pool at 78, 100% water clarity.
    Partly sunny skies, humidity at 84%

    Warm up
    300 FR DPS
    300 FR as 25RA, 25LA, 25CU, 25 Swim DPS-6
    200 FR as 50 K/Scull,50 Swim DPS-6

    *Set 1*
    4x200 FR on 2:45, desc 1-4, snorkel/agility paddles
    *2:16, 2:14, 2:12, 2:10
    ---300 BK DPS-6 Swim

    *Set 2*
    300 Fly as 4(25DK/bk, 50RA/LA, 25 Swim/SDK-6,DPS-6)
    3x200 Fly on :30 rest as 50RA/LS, 50 Swim/SDK-6,DPS-6
    2x200 Fly on :30 rest as 4(25DK/bk, 25 Swim Fast SDK-6,DPS-6)
    ---300 FR DPS-6

    *Set 3*
    300 BK as 4(25K, 50DA, 25 Swim/SDK-6,DPS-6)
    3x200 BK on :30 rest as 50RA/LA, 50 Swim/SDK-6,DPS-6
    2x200 BK on :30 rest as 4(25K/bk, 25 Swim Fast SDK-6,DPS-6)
    ---200 FR DPS-6

    *Set 4*
    200 BR Kick w/snorkel
    300 BR as 50K, 50 Swim w/snorkel
    300 BR as 4(25K/bk, 50 Swim DPS-6)
    200 BR as 4(25 K/bk, 25 Swim Strong)

    *Set 5*
    600 FR as 8(25 Smooth DPS-6, 25 Hypoxic-3, 25 Hypoxic-1)

    *Warm Down*
    300 EZ BK/FR by 25

    Comments:
    The water temp was good again and I was more at ease in the water today, but did feel some moments of unusual escalated HR with only moderate effort. Earlier this morning at wakeup my HR was 59 instead of normal 47-48, which may have also been the case Monday am too. It this continues for the remainder of the week I may go in to see the nurse practioner at our health clinic, which can be done on a walk-in basis. For the most part I felt fine considering I only swam one set with extended effort over 150 HR.

    Updated February 26th, 2013 at 06:45 PM by fdtotten

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  4. Monday, February 25, 2013

    by , February 25th, 2013 at 06:35 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatics Center
    Air temp of 76, pool at 77, 100% water clarity.
    Cloudy skies, humidity at 82%

    Warm up
    300 FR DPS
    300 FR as 25RA, 25LA, 25CU, 25 Swim DPS-6
    200 FR as 50 K/Scull,50 Swim DPS-6, snorkel
    4x50 on :45 *33-33-32-32

    *Set 1*
    3x500 on 7:00
    *5:52, 5:46, 5:44
    ---300 BK as 50DA/50 Swim
    ---200 FR DPS-6 w/snorkel

    *Set 2*
    5x100 FR-Fast on 3:00 w/fins
    *57, 56, 55, 55, 55...right into
    8x50 FR-Fast on 1:10 w/fins
    *27-27-27-26-26-26
    ---300 BK as 25DA/50 Swim
    ---300 FR DPS-6

    *Set 3*
    40 Minute EZ FR Swim

    Comments:
    The water temp was good, and I started out the session solid. Then for some reason after set 2, I began to feel strangely cold, clustophophic with nausea and dizziness that I could not shake off. Packed up everything headed to the showers. Ten minutes in the hot shower I persuaded myself to try some swimming in the warmer diving pool. Feeling better, I cruised FR for a while to the point that the water felt too warm and I wanted to stop, which was about 40 minutes. Completed only half of the quality sets for the day. What a weird workout, hopefully an abberation.
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  5. Saturday, February 23, 2013

    by , February 23rd, 2013 at 08:29 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@Catalina Isle Community HOA Pool (1 Length/12.5 yards)
    Air temp of 74, pool at 78, 100% water clarity.
    Sunny sky with humidity at 75%

    Warm Up
    250 FR DPS ABPT
    250 FR Kick, build 100-100-50
    250 FR Kick w/EVF Scull, build 100-100-50

    *Set 1*
    2(250 FR-K/bd, 250 FR/snorkel)
    Build 250 by 100-100-50

    *Set 2*
    2(250 BR-K, 250 BR)
    Build 250 by 100-100-50

    *Set 3*
    2(250 DK/bd, 300 FLY DR/S as 8(12.5/RA, 12.5/LA, 12.5/FAST)

    *Set 4*
    4(4x12.5 AFAP on :30 RI, 1:00 Rest)
    a round each of FR, BR, FLY, FR

    Warm Down
    300 FR DPS ABPT

    Comments
    Moderate recovery session, there is some arm and shoulder tenderness remaining from quality workout yesterday. Later my daughter, the little movie director, showed up with camcorder to do a video session and did the rest of the workout with me. I took video of her swimming freestyle (also her shallow water handstands), and then we went home to make breakfast for everyone.
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  6. Friday, February 22, 2013

    by , February 22nd, 2013 at 07:30 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatics Center
    Air temp of 76, pool at 78, 100% water clarity.
    Sunny skies, humidity at 62%

    Warm up
    200 FR DPS
    200 FR as 50 K/Scull,50 Swim DPS-6, snorkel
    200 FR as 25RA, 25LA, 25CU, 25 Swim DPS-6
    4x50 on :45 as strong steady, DPS-6

    *Set 1*
    6x100 FR-Strong on 2:00
    *1:06, 1:05, 1:05, 1:05, 1:05...right into
    10x50 FR-Strong on 1:00
    *30-30-31-30-30-32-30-30-29-29
    ---300 BK as 50DA/50 Swim
    ---200 FR DPS-6 w/snorkel

    *Set 2*
    6x100 FR-Fast on 2:15 w/snorkel
    *1:04, 1:04, 1:04, 1:03, 1:03, 1:03...right into
    8x50 FR-Fast on 1:10 w/fins
    *27-27-27-27-27-26-26-26
    ---300 BK as 25DA/50 Swim
    ---200 FR DPS-6

    *Set 3*
    6x100 FR-AFAP Best Average on 2:30
    *1:02, 1:01, 1:01, 1:01, 1:00, 1:00...right into
    8x50 FR-AFAP Best Average on 1:20 w/fins, agility paddles
    *26-26-25-25-24-24-24-23
    ---300 BK as 25k/SDK-8, 25SDPS-6
    ---400 BR as 25K/bk, 25DPS-6
    ---600 Fly as 8(25RA, 25LA, 25DPS-6 w/SDK-6)

    *Set 4*
    20x25 on 20 count rest
    #1-5 Fly Strong w/SDK-6, DPS-6, Hypoxic 0
    #6-20 FR Strong w/DPS-6, Hypoxic 0

    Warm down
    600 FR DPS ABPT w/snorkel

    Comments:
    Quality FR sets with 500+ yards warm down swims. Did not have much speed in Set 3-6x100s partly from having thigh cramps after Set 2. About halfway through the Set 3-8x50s FR w/fins/agility paddles I stumbled upon a way to go faster with 24s finishing with 23. Shoulders, arms and legs will need plenty of recovery activity today, evening, and during the weekend.
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  7. Thursday, February 21, 2013

    by , February 21st, 2013 at 06:27 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatics Center
    Air temp of 76, pool at 78, 100% water clarity.
    Sunny skies, humidity at 62%

    Warm up
    200 FR DPS
    4x100 FR on 1:45 as 50 K/Scull,50 Swim DPS-6, snorkel
    4x100 FR on 1:45 as 25RA, 25LA, 25CU, 25 Swim DPS-6
    4x50 on :45 as strong steady, 4SDK, Hypoxic-2 per/25

    *Set 1*
    5x150 FR on 2:10, DPS-6, desc effort each 150 by 50, snorkel, agility paddles
    *1:50, 1:45, 1:41, 1:40, 1:40, then right into...
    5x100 FR on 1:30, DPS-6, negative by 50
    *1:08, 1:07, 1:07, 1:07, 1:06
    ---300 BK as 50DA/50

    *Set 2*
    300 DK w/bd
    300 Fly as 4(25RA, 25LA, 25 Swim) w/snorkel
    300 Fly as 25 DK/bk, 25 Swim w/SDK-6, strong DPS-6
    4x50 Fly on :30 rest as 25/3K-Fly, 25 Fly w/SDK-6, strong DPS-6

    *Set 3*
    200 BK K/SDK-8
    300 BK as 50DA/50SDK-6,DPS-6
    300 BK AS 25k/SDK-8, 25SDK-6,DPS-6
    4x50 BK on :30 rest as 25SDK-8/Strong DA, 25SDK-6,Strong DPS-6

    *Set 4*
    200 BR Kick/bd
    200 BR Kick/snorkel
    400 BR as 25K, 25DPS-6, w/snorkel
    4x50 BR on :30 rest as 25 double pulldowns, 25 strong DPS-6

    *Set 5*
    16x25 on :20 rest, IMO by 4 each stroke
    85-90% quality effort with relevent DPS, SDK, and Hypoxic-1/2

    Warm down
    1000 FR DPS ABPT

    Comments:
    Moderate recovery and base aerobic session with focus on stroke form, SDK, DPS, some hypoxic. Water temp much better today!...and if the same tomorrow, there will be excellent potential for quality swimmming.

    When looking at recent videos for Fly and Breast, I saw too much over-swimming ie, undulation, head motion, forward extension resulting in feet out of the water. Made adjustments towards simplification and flatter stroke form. My lower back is flexible and I need to remember not to over lift the hips with the undulation.
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  8. Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    by , February 20th, 2013 at 05:11 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatics Center
    Air temp of 76, pool at 83, 100% water clarity.
    Sunny skies, humidity at 67%

    Warm up
    200 FR DPS
    200 BK DPS
    200 FR as 50 K/Scull,50 Swim, snorkel
    4x50 on :45 as strong steady DPS-6 (6 cycle count)

    *Set 1*
    3(4x100 FR 85% on 2:00, 1:00 rest) DPS-6
    *1:09-1:07-1:06-1:06, 1:06-1:06-1:06-1:06, 1:06-1:05-1:05-1:05
    ---300 BK as 50DA/50

    *Set 2*
    6(2x50 FR 85% on 1:00, 1:00 rest) DPS-6/6.5
    *33/32, 32/31, 31/31, 31/31, 31/31, 30/30
    ---400 FLY as 25DK/bk-25RA-25LA-25DPS Swim

    *Set 3*
    6(2x100 FR 85% on 1:45, 1:30 rest) DPS-5/6, snorkel, agility paddles
    *1:05/1:05, 1:05/1:05, 1:04/1:04, 1:03/1:03, 1:03,1:03, 1:03,1:03
    ---400 as 200FR Kick/wFins,200 DPS FR/fins

    *Set 4*
    4(4x50 FR/fins 85% on :50, 2:00 rest)
    *30-29-29-29, 29-28-28-28, 29-29-28-28, 29,28-28-28
    ---200 BR Kick, 100 BR DPS Swim

    *Set 5*
    6x100 FR 95% on 2:30, DPS-6.5/7
    *1:02, 1:01, 1:00, 1:00, 59, 59
    ---300 Fly/BK as 25DK,25BK-K,25DPS-Fly, 25DPS-BK

    *Set 5*
    4(5x25 FR 90% on :45, :30 rest) Hypoxic 1, DPS-6
    *1-15)14s, 16-20)13s, foot touch timed

    Warm down
    400 FR/BK EZ ABPT

    Comments:
    Race (not base) pace as 85% effort FR training with DPS integration. Set 5 speed work focus on efficiency. Warm water is distracting and makes me feel more tired.

    Updated February 20th, 2013 at 08:22 PM by fdtotten

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  9. Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    by , February 19th, 2013 at 06:01 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatics Center
    Air temp of 74, pool at 83, 100% water clarity.
    Sunnyy skies, humidity at 62%

    Warm up
    200 FR DPS
    200 BK DPS
    200 FR as 50 K/Scull,50 Swim, snorkel
    3x50 FR on :45 desc 1-3

    *Set 1*
    10x100 IM on 1:30
    *1:18-1:10
    ---300 BK as 50DA/50 DPS

    *Set 2*
    5x100 FR on 1:40 as 50K/Scull,50DPS - desc effort 1-5
    5x100 FR on 1:30 as 25RA,25LA,25CU,25DPS - desc effort 1-5
    ---400 FLY as 25DK/bk-25RA-25LA-25DPS Swim

    *Set 3*
    6x150s on 2:15, odd(25Fly,25BK), even(25BR,25FR)
    ---400 as 200FR Kick/wFins,200 DPS FR/fins

    *Set 4*
    6x100 on 1:40 DK/fins as 25/bk,25/front,25/side,25/bk, desc 1-3,4-6
    ---200 BR Kick, 100 BR DPS Swim

    *Set 5*
    2(4x200 on :20 rest) as time+DPS count, desc 1-4
    round 1/snorkel, agility paddles
    round 2/snorkel

    Warm down
    400 FR/BK EZ DPS ABPT

    Comments:
    IM Set, IM transition Set, Stroke drills, DPS swimming
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  10. Monday, February 18, 2013

    by , February 18th, 2013 at 06:03 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@Fort Myers Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 61, pool at 79, 100% water clarity.
    Sunny blue skies with humidity at 65%

    Warm up
    200 FR DPS ABPT
    200 FR as 50 K/wScull,50 Swim
    200 FR w/snorkel
    200 FR as k/wScull, 25 STRONG, w/snorkel,agility paddles

    *Set 1*
    10x100 FR on 1:15 w/snorkel,agility paddles
    *1:06 to 1:05

    200 BR Kick
    200 BK as 50DA/50 DPS Swim
    200 FR as DPS

    *Set 2*
    2(5x200 FR on 2:30, 1:00 rest)
    *2:20, 2:18, 2:17, 2:16, 2:16 w/snorkel
    *2:15, 2:15, 2:14, 2:13, 2:12 w/agility paddles

    200 BK DPS
    200 FLY as 25DR/25Swim

    *Set 5*
    10x25 FR Fast on :40 w/flip time
    *13 to 12

    Warm down
    400 BK/FR by 50 DPS ABPT

    Comments:
    Due to kids off school, cold weather, and other circumstances arrived pool later today with limited time. Did a basic workout, then rushed off to back to work.
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  11. Friday, February 15, 2013

    by , February 15th, 2013 at 05:49 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatics Center
    Air temp of 70, pool at 78, 100% water clarity.
    Cloudy skies with rain, humidity at 92%

    Warm up
    200 FR DPS
    200 BK DPS
    200 FR as 50 K/Scull,50 Swim, snorkel
    3x50 FR on :45 desc 1-3

    *Set 1*
    4x400 FR on 6:00, all strong (#1-2 w/snorkel)
    *4:36, 4:31, 4:27, 4:25
    ---300 BK as 50DA/50 DPS

    *Set 2*
    4x200 FR on 3:30, all strong (#1-2 w/snorkel)
    *2:09, 2:10, 2:07, 2:06
    ---400 FLY as 25DK/bk-25RA-25LA-25DPS Swim

    *Set 3*
    8x100 FR on 2:30, all strong (#5-8 w/agility paddles on 3:00)
    *1:03, 1:03, 1:02, 1:02/1:00, 1:00, 59, 58
    ---400 FR Kick/fins, snorkel

    *Set 4*
    16x50 FR on 1:30/2:00 w/fins-agility paddles
    #1-4)28, #5-8)27, #9-12)26, #13-16)25 ...on 2:00
    ---200 BR Kick, 100 BR DPS Swim

    *Set 5*
    32x25 FR on :40/1:00, timed on the flip turn touch
    #1-16)14, #17-26)13, #27-32 on 1:00)12

    Warm down
    400 FR/BK EZ DPS ABPT

    Comments:
    Coach Chuck was on deck to get splits, times and offer encouraging words/hand signals. A hard punishing workout today with steady rain most of the time. Arms/shoulders ached afterwards, but as of writing this post, they have calmed down with the various recovery processes one must do daily.

    Set 1 - On the second half of 400s #1-2 with the snorkel I was gasping for air feeling uncomfortably clustophobic. Swimming #3-4 without snorkel was better breathing and faster. #1-3 were negative split by 1 second each, and while #4 was even split at 2:12, it hurt the most.

    Set 2 - Swam 200s #1-2 with the snorkel, then did #3-4 as normal FR breathing for tighter, longer streamlining off the turns, versus swimming slower shallow flip turns and increased drag with the snorkel. The final 200 resulted in totally red zone exhaustion, clear evidence of a lot more work ahead to swim quality 400s & 200s in training.

    Set 3 - Struggled with the 100s as thighs/feet became increasingly affected by minor nagging cramps. Swimming with the agility paddles, increasing the interval, and a moderate streamlined kick helped me to complete the last four.

    Set 4 - Surprisingly slow fin kicking with the snorkel seemed to diminish the cramping. Just to be sure I started the 50s as steady swimming gradually building up through #1-12 to strong #13-16. Coach called out high 24s on the last three, but I saw 25s on the scoreboard.

    Set 5 - Started out the FR 25s as steady swimming again and built the pace. I like 25 FR/BK swims timed on the flip turn feet touch as a better indication of actual pace. The last six FR 25 times were 12.3-12.0, and coach wanted an 11.8 or so, but not today. With little or none "fast twitch" muscle fibers anywhere in my body, trying to spin the arms faster or something like that would result in flailing/thrashing and would not be sustainable off the flip turn anyway.

    Updated February 15th, 2013 at 08:14 PM by fdtotten

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  12. Thursday, February 14, 2013

    by , February 14th, 2013 at 08:03 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatics Center
    Air temp of 72, pool at 78, 100% water clarity.
    Dark cloudy skies with rain, humidity at 94%

    Happy Valentines Day!


    Warm up
    800 REV IMO by 200

    *Set 1*
    6x100 Fly on 1:40 as 50DK/Scull,50Swim, snorkel
    8x25 Fly on :40, 85% effort, #1-4/snorkel, #5-8/breath each stroke
    *not timed, ABPT

    *Set 2*
    6x100 BK on 1:40 as 50DA/Scull,50 DPS Swim
    8x25 BK on :40, 85% effort, #1-4/agility, #5-8/15 SDK
    *not timed, ABPT

    *Set 3*
    6x100 BR on 2:00 as 50K,50Swim, snorkel
    8x25 BR on :40, 85% effort, #1-4/snorkel, #5-8/Strong DPS
    *not timed, ABPT

    *Set 4*
    6x150 FR on 2:15, desc #1-3/#4-6, snorkel, agility
    *1:42-1:39-1:38/1:41-1:37-1:35
    4x100 FR on 1:30, desc #1-4, snorkel
    *1:05-1:04-1:03-1:02
    4x50 FR on :45, steady 85%
    *31-30-30-30

    Warm down
    800 FR/BK/BR/FLY, EZ DPS ABPT

    Comments:
    A solid recovery session with moderate effort. Joel and I swam most of the workout together. No drylands last night with good sleeping, lots of protein, etc., along with band PT and stretches, are facilitating good preparatory progress towards doing a strong Friday workout tomorrow.
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  13. Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    by , February 13th, 2013 at 07:53 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatics Center
    Air temp of 74, pool at 78, 100% water clarity.
    Sunny skies with humidity at 74%

    Warm up
    200 FR DPS ABPT
    200 FR as 25 K, 25 K/Scull w/snorkel
    200 FR as 25 K/Scull, 25 Swim, w/snorkel

    *Set 1*
    10x100 FR on 1:40, snorkel, desc 1-5, steady 6-10
    *1:07,1:07,1:06,1:05,1:04/1:05,1:04,1:04,1:05,1:04
    ---200 EZ BK as 25DA, 25 Swim DPS
    ---200 EZ Fly as 25Dr, 25 Swim DPS

    *Set 2*
    8x100 FR on 1:30, Snorkel, Agility paddles, desc 1-4, steady 5-8
    *1:05,1:04,1:03,1:03/1:05,1:04,1:04,1:04
    ---200 EZ BK as 25DA, 25 Swim DPS

    *Set 3*
    6x100 FR at 1:20, snorkel, fins, desc 1-3, steady 4-6
    *1:01,59,59/1:00,1:00,1:00
    ---400 EZ FLY as 4(25DK/bk, 25/RA, 25LA, 25 Swim) w/snorkel

    *Set 4*
    4x100 FR on 1:15, Snorkel, fins, agility paddles
    *58,59,58,58
    ---200 BK as 25DA, 25Swim

    2x100 FR on 1:10
    *1:01,1:02
    ---300 EZ FLY as 4(25/RA, 25LA, 25 Swim) w/snorkel

    *Set 5*
    10x50 FR on 1:00, Snorkel; *31-30-29-31-30-29-31-30-30-29
    ---EZ 50 BK
    8x50 FR on 50, Snorkel,Agility; *30-30-30-29-30-30-30-29
    ---EZ 50 BK
    6x50 FR on 45, Snorkel,Agility,Fins; *27-26-26-27-26-26
    ---EZ 50 BK
    4x50 FR on 40, Snorkel, Agility,Fins; *28-27-27-26
    ---EZ 50 BK
    2x50 FR on 35; *30-29

    Warm down
    400 FR/BK DPS ABPT

    Comments:
    After this workout my arms and entire body are officially very, very tired. There was nothing left after the last 50. Now I have to recover as best possible to swim strong again on Friday.

    All through the workout I was on the edge of just barely able to make my goal times including the 80/90 percent split pace profile. When finished with the 100s, I tried to convince myself, "you are tired, just stop, it's ok". Then I thought, "but first I will see if I can do one round of the 50s", and then one more, etc., until I eventually finished.

    Arms were lead, just focused holding that EVF with steady streamlined kicking. The snorkel helps me to consistently keep the body & head motion calm and is gradually transferring to more minimal head breathing motion when swimming strong while very tired.

    My friend Joel, visiting from CA, was swimming with me from 8x100s to 2x100s where the 10x100s and all the 50s were solo. The last 8 weeks have been my most consistent and hardest training since college swimming. After the Pan Pac 2.4 OW swim & 800 Meter in June, I am considering along with maintaining the endurance base, to train IM the rest of the summer, then maybe I take a shot at the SCM season.

    Updated February 13th, 2013 at 08:03 PM by fdtotten

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  14. Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    by , February 12th, 2013 at 05:44 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatics Center
    Air temp of 75, pool at 79, 100% water clarity.
    Sunny skies with humidity at 64%

    Warm up
    800 RIMO by 200
    200 IM as 25 Smooth, 25 strong

    *Set 1*
    200 as 25DK,25DK/scull, w/snorkel
    5x100 Fly on 1:45 as 25DK/scull, 25 Swim, w/snorkel
    5x100 Fly on 1:30 as 25RA/LA, 25 Swim, w/snorkel/agility paddles
    6x50 Fly on :50, desc 1-3,4-6; did 34-33-31,33-32-30

    300 EZ BK as 25DA, 25 Swim DPS

    *Set 2*
    5x100 BK on 1:40 as 25DA/25Swim
    10x50 BK on :50 desc 1-5,(6-10 w/agility paddles)
    35-34-34-33-33,34-33-32-32-31

    400 EZ FLY as 4(25DK/bk, 25/RA, 25LA, 25 Swim)

    *Set 3*
    200 BR Kick w/bd
    300 BR as 4(25K/50Swim) w/snorkle
    10x50 BR on 1:00, desc (1-5 w/snorkel), 6-10
    41-41-40-39-39,40-39-39-38-38

    *Set 4*
    4x500 FR on 6:00 w/snorkel, agility paddles
    5:51, 5:50, 5:49, 5:48

    *Set 5*
    4x50 FR on 1:00 rest, ABPT DPS, 1 breath per/25

    Warm down
    400 FR/BK DPS ABPT

    Comments:
    While not a recovery workout, still a moderate session with IM warmup, Stroke drills and pace swimming in Fly, BK, and BR. Even pace 2000 FR swim as 4x500. 200 yard BC set. Minor shoulder tenderness being minimized with band work and stretches. Gradually bringing back dryland weight-stack strength work 2-3 days a week after my daily core dryland sessions.
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  15. Monday, February 11, 2013

    by , February 11th, 2013 at 07:20 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@Fort Myers Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 76, pool at 79, 100% water clarity.
    Sunny blue skies with humidity at 65%

    Warm up
    200 FR DPS ABPT
    200 BK as 50/DA, 50 DPS Swim
    200 FR w/snorkel
    200 FR as k/wScull, 25 STRONG, w/snorkel,agility paddles

    *Set 1*
    6x400 on 6:00
    Negative 200 split w/open turn pushes-offs on 2:20 #1-3(snorkel), 2:15 #4-6(snorkel,agility paddles)

    1. 2:16, 2:15, 4:31
    2. 2:15, 2:13, 4:28
    3. 2:14, 2:12, 4:26
    4. 2:12, 2:11, 4:23
    5. 2:12, 2:10, 4:23
    6. 2:11, 2:09, 4:20

    300 BR Kick
    200 BK as 50DA/50 DPS Swim
    200 FR as DPS

    *Set 2*
    12x200 3:00
    Negative 100 split w/open turn push-offs on 1:15 #1-6(snorkel), 1:10 #7-12(snorkel,fins)

    1. 1:07, 1:06, 2:13
    2. 1:06, 1:05, 2:11
    3. 1:06, 1:05, 2:11
    4. 1:06, 1:05, 2:11
    5. 1:05, 1:04, 2:09
    6. 1:05, 1:03, 2:08
    7. 1:03, 1:00, 2:03
    8. 1:02, 1:00, 2:02
    9. 1:02, :59, 2:01
    10. 1:01, :58, 1:59
    11. 1:00, :58, 1:58
    12. 1:00, :57, 1:57

    100 BK DPS
    400 FR swim as 4 (50 Smooth, 50 Strong) w/Snorkel, Agility Paddles
    400 FR swim as 4(50 Smooth, 50 FAST) w/Snorkel

    *Set 5*
    2x25 FR on 1:00; 12, 12
    2x50 FR on 3:00; 26, 26

    Warm down
    400 BK/FR by 50 DPS ABPT

    Comments:
    Base pace block sets towards 5K goal pace FR swimming with a mix of snorkel, agility paddles, and fins. Recovery swims and small speed set. Arms sore and tingly afterwards for several hours, which faded away almost completely particularly with stretching 5-10 minutes throughout the afternoon. This was a hard workout to do solo, swimming with the toys help me to get through it all. At 6x200s - arms are lead...ready to quit, but putting the fins on for the last 6x200s makes it more fun to go fast and motivates me to see sub minute splits, even as the effort becomes more than swimming without the fins.
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  16. Friday, February 8, 2013

    by , February 8th, 2013 at 05:52 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatics Center
    Air temp of 74, pool at 79, 100% water clarity.
    Sunny skies with humidity at 67%

    Warm up
    200 FR DPS
    300 FR as 50k w/scull/50 Swim, w/snorkel
    200 BK as 50 DA/25 smooth, 25 Fast
    3x100 on 1:30 desc 1-3

    *Set 1*
    3000 FR TT

    1. 5:52.4
    2. 5:51.0 11:43.4
    3. 5:50.6
    4. 5:50.8 11:41.4, 23:24.8
    5. 5:47.3
    6. 5:45.5 11:32.8, 34:57.6

    300 EZ BK as 25DA, 25 Swim DPS
    300 EZ BR as 50K, 50 Swim w/snorkel
    6x50 FR on 1:00 desc 1-3,4-6

    *Set 2*
    3(3x100 on 2:00, desc 1-3) @200 pace

    1. 1:01, 1:00, :59
    2. 1:00, 59, 59
    3. 59, 59, 58

    400 EZ BK as 25K/bk, 25 Swim DPS
    400 EZ FLY as 4(25DK/bk, 25/RA, 25LA, 25 Swim) w/snorkel
    400 FR steady state w/snorkel,agility paddles

    *Set 3*
    2(3x25 on 1:00) stroke choice
    Fly; 13.2/12.7/12.6
    Free; 11.8/11.6/11.3

    Warm down
    400 FR/BK DPS ABPT
    200 EZ Fly 25DR/25Swim

    Comments:
    Set 1, the 3000 TT was an effort, it seems the whole week of swimming weighed down my arms and legs like lead, but in the last 1000 the stroke began to flow more. No matter how crappy I feel when starting a long swim, usually if I keep at it, making a diligent effort, somehow the stroke will come together. So I was very pleased to descend the 500 splits.

    Set 2 was awkward, sluggish because even after 900 yards of warm down I could still feel the effects of the 3000 TT. No matter how smooth or steady I attempted to pace the first 50, the second 50 really dropped off. The coach said I was out in 28 low to 27 mid consistently, but then my kick would fade and be gone by the last 25 because my thighs were cramping. It was supposed to be 7 rounds, but I gave up after 3 rounds.

    With my thighs trembling, I got out and sat on the block to massage my legs, drink and eat a little bit, then stretched about ten minutes. Hopped back in, played around for about 1200 yards of stroke swimming, planning to get out soon.

    Set 3 was an unexpected, but inspired moment for me. Coach Chuck was calling out times for 25 sprints in the lanes next to me, as I felt ok, just decided to give a go and took off with the next send-off. Now I felt strong and smooth doing the fly and free. Chuck was excited with the 12s in the fly, and then was running up and down the pool when I did the 11s for the free.

    FYI - I am a hard of hearing lifetime hearing aid user and water in my ears make it even worse, so I tend to be in my own world at times when swimming, which appears as if I am ignoring the coach or whoever is trying to talk to me. So Bob in the next lane tapped my shoulder saying Chuck was trying to tell me my times. Anyway, successful communication commenced once I got out, dried out my ears, and put in the hearing aids. Of course I am quite pleased with those times.
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  17. Thursday, February 7, 2013

    by , February 7th, 2013 at 05:17 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@Fort Myers Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 73, pool at 82, 100% water clarity.
    Sunny blue skies with humidity at 65%

    Warm up
    400 RIMO
    800 IM swim as 4x200 IMO, 25DR/25S

    *Set 1*
    400 DK as 50 DK/bd,50DK/bk
    4x200 Fly on :30 rest, as 4(25DK/wScull,25 Swim) w/snorkel, fins, Desc 1-4

    200 EZ DPS as 100BK/100FR

    *Set 2*
    8x50 BK Kick on 1:10, 12 SDK
    6x100 BK Swim on 1:40, as 4(25 Smooth, 25 Strong), w/Agility Paddles

    100 FR DPS

    *Set 3*
    400 BR Kick as 50w/bd, 50/bk
    300 BR as 4(25K, 50 Swim) with snorkel, desc by 75, 1-4
    4x50 BR on :20 rest, as 25/DPS, 25 build to FAST

    200 Fly as 25DK, 25 DPS Swim

    *Set 4*
    400 FR swim as 4(50 Smooth, 50 Strong) w/Snorkel, Agility Paddles
    400 FR swim as 4(50 Smooth, 50 FAST) w/Snorkel

    *Set 5*
    2x25 FR on 1:00; did 13, 12
    2x50 FR on 3:00; did 26, 26

    Warm down
    400 BK/FR by 50 DPS ABPT

    Comments:
    Mostly moderate swimming with 300 yards of speed at the end; still a bit sore/tired from yesterday workout and hot water pretty much unmotivated me; all the strokes feel stronger & better than ever...but I will need feed back from others on that; Set 5, a 12.3/25FR, and 26.6/50FR, from push-offs are my best FR times in 10 years. Slowly I am making progress.
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  18. Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    by , February 6th, 2013 at 05:27 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatics Center
    Air temp of 70, pool at 79, 100% water clarity.
    Sunny skies with humidity at 62%

    Warm up
    200 FR DPS
    300 FR as 50k w/scull/50 Swim, w/snorkel
    200 BK as 50 DA/25 smooth, 25 Fast
    3x50 on :50 desc 1-3

    *Set 1*
    10x100 FR as 2(5x100 on 1:10/1:15/1:15/1:20/1:30) desc 1-5,6-10

    • 1:08-1:07-1:06-1:06-1:05-1:06-1:06-1:05-1:04-1:04

    300 EZ BK as 25DA, 25 Swim DPS

    *Set 2*
    5x200 FR on 2:50, negative split (did open turn, leave on 1:10)

    1. 1:08, 1:07; 2:15
    2. 1:08, 1:07; 2:15
    3. 1:07, 1:06, 2:13
    4. 1:06, 1:05, 2:11
    5. 1:06, 1:04, 2:10

    300 EZ BR as 25K/bk, 25 Swim DPS

    *Set 3*
    10x100 FR on 1:40 w/fins, desc 1-5,4-6

    • 59-58-58-57-56,58-58-57-57-56

    300 EZ FLY as 4(25DK/bk, 25/RA, 25LA, 25 Swim)

    *Set 4*
    5x200 FR on 3:00, even split (just swam them) w/snorkel/agility paddles

    • 2:14, 2:12, 2:12, 2:10, 2:09

    300 EZ BK/BR as 25BK/25BR

    *Set 5*
    20x50 as 4(5x50 on 40/45/50/40, w/snorkel

    • 33-33-33-32-32*32-32-32-32-32*32-31-31-31-31*31-31-32-33-31


    Warm down
    400 FR/BK DPS ABPT

    Comments:
    Base pace work on variable intervals, needed higher interval to do free w/fins, 200 frees are improving, one FR set with agility paddles.
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  19. Tuesday, February 5, 2013

    by , February 5th, 2013 at 04:49 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatics Center
    Air temp of 65, pool at 79, 100% water clarity.
    Sunny skies with humidity at 58%

    Warm up
    1000 Swim as RIMO by 250
    3x200 IM on :30 rest as 25 DPS/25 FAST

    *Set 1*
    1000 Fly as
    5[2(25 DK w/Scull, 25 Swim),2(25 RA/LA, 25 Swim)] w/snorkel/fins
    2(2x25 on :40, 50 on 1:40) Fly FAST; 14-13-29-13-13-28

    200 EZ DPS BK

    *Set 2*
    400 BR Kick w/bd
    300 BR as 4(50 Kick on back, 25 strong DPS BR Swim)
    600 BR as 4(50K, 100 Swim DPS build by 25 1-4) w/snorkel
    2(2x25 on :40, 50 on 1:40) BR STRONG; 18-17-37-17-17-36

    200 EZ DPS FR

    *Set 3*
    1000 BK as
    5[50K, 50DA, 100 Swim as 2(25 Smooth, 25 STRONG)]
    2(2x25 on :40, 50 on 1:40) BK FAST; 14-14-31-14-14-30

    200 EZ Fly as 25/DR, 25/Swim

    *Set 4*
    1000 FR as
    5(50K w/Scull, 150 Swim, desc by 50 1-3) w/snorkel

    Warm down
    400 FR/BK DPS ABPT

    Comments:
    Shoulders tender from 20x100 with agility paddles yesterday, no paddles/dryland strength sets today, IM warmup, did sets of Fly, BK, BR swimming, drills, and a little speedwork. Did some sculling to FR descending to a 50 STRONG swimming with the snorkel, but no FR speedwork.
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  20. Monday, February 4, 2013

    by , February 4th, 2013 at 04:27 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@Fort Myers Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 63, pool at 84, 100% water clarity.
    Sunny blue skies with humidity at 65%

    Warm up
    200 FR DPS
    200 BK DPS
    200 FR Kick as 100 w/bd, 100 w/snorkel
    200 FR as 50 K/Scull, 50 Swim w/snorkel
    2(2x25 on :20, 50 on :40) 15-15-31-15-15-30

    *Set 1*
    4x400 FR Broken as
    4(4x50 on :40, RI 2x100 on 1:15) 1:00 rest btwn each

    1. 34-33-33-32-1:08-1:07
    2. 33-32-33-32-1:07-1:06
    3. 32-32-32-31-1:06-1:05
    4. 31-32-32-31-1:05-1:05

    400 EZ DPS as 100BK/100FR

    *Set 2*
    20x100 FR on 1:20 w/snorkel, agility paddles (1:00 rest before #11)

    • Did 1:08, 1:07, then all 1:06, last four were 1:05.

    300 Fly EZ as 25k/bk, 25RA,25LA, 25 Swim

    *Set 3*
    30x50 FR as 20 @:40, 1:00 rest, 10@45

    • #1-2; 34s, #2-11; 33s, #12-20; 32s
    • #21-26; 31s, #27-30; 30s

    300 BR Kick

    Warm down
    400 BK/FR by 50 DPS ABPT

    Comments:
    Hot water! Did best I could. FR base pace work; 1600 of broken 400s, 2000 of lower rest 100s (previously on 1:40/1:30, now 1:20), 1500 of lower rest 50s (previously :50/45, now :40/45). Too tired to finish with any speedwork today, will certainly do some tomorrow.

    Updated February 4th, 2013 at 05:45 PM by fdtotten

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