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Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!


My USMS Times


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  1. Saturday, January 23, 2016 11:00am workout

    by , January 24th, 2016 at 04:46 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    As I entered the pool, the age groupers I used to swim with were just getting out of their morning workout. I talked with the coach, and he told me what they got to do for their main set:
    200, rest 1:00
    175, rest :50
    150, rest :40
    125, rest :30
    100, rest :20
    75, rest :10
    50, rest :05
    25

    The killer part was...One series through of EACH STROKE!


    Well, that gave me the idea for my swim today... (stupid James as always)

    After a short warmup, I went for the Fly round (only one worth doing IMO)
    I did have a lane to myself for this too.
    200 Fly - went 2:23, took a 1:00 rest
    175 Fly - went about 2:10, took :50 rest...hugging the laneline for support...
    150 Fly - well, more like a 50 Fly, and then give up.

    I did end up going 2500 yards for the day, though my second half was a lot of kicking in the overcrowded lap lanes

    A few good things from today...my Fly confidence is back...I've been scared to swim long fly all fall and winter, but know I need to get back into it.
    Also nice to know I could do a semi-relaxed 2:23 from a push. Now just need to get into a meet someday to put a time on the board! Hopefully I can be under 2:10.

    Knowing I can make the tough part, my next goal is to work at this set until I can complete the entire 900 yards of the descending distances. This will really help me get ready for this summer's LC Nationals, which I still wish were short course.
  2. Monday, January 18, 2016 5:30-7:15am 6K+ !!!!

    by , January 18th, 2016 at 01:09 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Managed to wake up early for the 5:30am lap swim...and found that none of my normal lap swim partners were there today. Luckily after nearly finishing my warmup, Pat showed up so I had a swim buddy...making the workout manageable.

    3x (100 Free/100 Back)
    (600 warmup)

    4 x 300 Free Pull w/ paddles @ 4:00 (Pat did 250s on same interval)
    went 3:28/3:24/3:19/3:14...feeling great too
    50 ez
    4 x 200 Free Pull w/ paddles @ 2:30 (Pat did 150s on same interval)
    went 2:10/2:13/2:13/2:12
    --had to decrease my pace interval down a bit so Pat wouldn't get too bored waiting for me...and made me work too It's good for me, but haven't done a 1:15/100 interval in a while
    50 EZ
    (2100/2700)

    12 x 100 Free Pull w paddles @ 1:30
    I just cruised these...and it almost felt like a cooldown set after the previous ones
    (1200/3900)

    It was at this point that my other regular training partner Jake showed up...about an hour late to the party. But...it gave me an excuse to train with him too. **Normally that would be the end of our swim...and even a little more yardage than normal...BUT...

    300 Free cruise "warmup" during Jake's warmup
    (300/4200)

    12 x 150 Free swim - no toys @ 2:20 (Jake was doing kick on 4th length...he also swims with zoomers on to "keep up")
    I held them around 1:45-1:49s with minimal effort...just cruising and extending the workout.
    (1800/6000)

    100 cooldown

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    6100 Yards...surprised the heck out of me...especially for only being on about 4 hours sleep after working last night til 11


    And off to refuel at McD's....and maybe a nap before work this afternoon...but I doubt the nap will happen...kids home from school today.
  3. Friday, January 15, 2016 7:00-8:00am

    by , January 15th, 2016 at 05:36 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Good morning to you all...time for my annual drop in to USMS.org

    I've been ramping my swimming back up...in hopes of being in tip top shape by the time this summer rolls around for LC Nationals in Gresham, Oregon...at the Mt Hood CC aquatic center.

    That means...my 200 Fly needs to be able to handle 2 HUNDRED LOooooonnnnggg course meters of Fly. I'll get there eventually.

    I pretty much swim on my own now, or with a few older friends in the early hours if I can wake up that early. Today was one day where I couldn't make the 5:30am swim, but got there at 7am to see them leaving. Because of a high school diving meet today, the pool was closing after 8:00am. nonetheless...I got in and made the best of my hour before lap swim ended.

    100 Free warmup

    Noticed the minutes and seconds converging on exactly 7:00am...so thought....what the hell..

    Let's do a timed 1650!

    Well, that went good for a bit...was 6:02ish at the 500, 12:15 at the 1000, and at the 1100 UGH...decided to grab my buoy and paddles to finish it out. Better than stopping altogether, right?
    Ended the 1650 with a 19:50...and I believe I counted it right, so not a bad in practice swim with no warmup on 5 hours of sleep.

    150 Floaty EZ Back cooldown

    300 Flutter Kick w board

    16 x 50s @ 1:00 (25 Free/25 Fly) held :35s at a moderate pace...did a full 50 Fly on the final one for :32

    Not bad considering I don't ever swim fly anymore in practice...need to change that.

    4 x 75 Free Pull w paddles @ 1:00 (:49/:50s)

    100 EZ and out

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    3400 Yards...and not bad for swimming solo