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  1. Workout 12/13/11

    by , December 13th, 2011 at 02:11 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    w/u: 200 FR/200 Back

    Repeat three times:
    - 300 FR Pull with buoy on 4:00
    - 200 IM on 3:00
    - 100 kick on 2:00
    - 50 DPS stroke on 1:00
    - 2 x 25 stroke on :30

    200 loosen and out
    (2700, 45 min)
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    Not too much excitement here today with the swim. Went 3:35/:38/:31 with the pulls (really worked that last one), held the IM's around 2:45, got at least 15 sr with kicks, did IMO on the 50's, and did non-free with the 25's.

    Tonight is our squad meet that I organized. I'll blog about that a little later (if anyone is in southern Vermont around 7:30 tonight, hit me up). Before that I will sneak off to see some of my daughter's choir performance.

    I had some extra vacation days that need to be used up before the end of the year, so I only have to work the weekend. Been transferring old VHS tapes to dvd as I try not to get into too much trouble around the house. Will start to organized the bills/mail/etc and maybe put a small section of gutter above the front porch (it's in the low 30's today so not horribly cold). I have to clean the pellet stove too ...
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  2. Workout 12/12/11

    by , December 12th, 2011 at 10:18 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    w/u: 200 FR/200 BK/100 Fly drill/100 BR drill

    4 x 100 on 1:40
    - DPS - FR/FR/BK/FR

    4 x 100 kick on 1:50
    - Flutter with board, back, fly, flutter with board

    5 x 200 FR Pull with buoy on 2:45

    50 ez
    8 x 50 on :50 IMO
    50 ez

    200 various warm down (had two lengths underwater sdk on back in there)

    (3100 yards, 55 minutes)
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    My arms felt tight tonight post meet from Saturday. Yesterday I had to work and didn't get in the water - bet I would feel a little better today if I had. I was not quite sure on what to do today at practice, and I was not in the mood for super long/repeater sets, so I picked a little of everything to get back to the grindstone (that taper sure was nice, though).

    I am still putting a lot of effort into improving my kick, and held the 100's around 1:35. Will start to increase the yardage on kick sets so I can stay strong for the 200's. I felt good on the pull set as I tried to work on DPS and tight streamlines. I went 2:23/25/26/28/24. Into the 50's I went, not really super fast but more to work on strokes - hit around :35 on all but the dreaded BR (just made :50).

    I had a really great time this weekend at BU. I am very excited about my swims and can build into the NE champs in March with ideas from the races that I need to improve on. It is nice to know that we have some really competitive action happening here in NE, and it was great for me to meet up with more folks from the forums and others that I have met along the way.

    As I mentioned in my last post, everyone seems happy to share wisdom and pointers to satisfy my inquiring mind, especially since this is my first official year back in the pool after 15 years off. A lot has changed, and I can't remember most of what I learned when I coached our town team for a few years after high school, so I like to think of everyone that is so passionate about the sport of swimming as my coaches. Muchas gracias!
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  3. Workout 12/09/11: Pre Meet

    by , December 9th, 2011 at 01:32 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    w/u
    200 FR/200 BK/200 IM Drill

    4 x 50 Pull with buoy on 15 SR
    - 25 DPS, 25 high rate arm strokes
    - alt free and back

    2 x (on 3:00)
    - 50 sprint from push
    - 100 ez

    100 skull/5th stroke by 25
    100 Drills

    200 keep it loose and out

    (1400, 25 min)
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    I felt really good in the water today. My goal was to get in, stretch out, and get ready for the meet tomorrow at BU. We had 2" of wet and heavy snow fall into Thursday morning, so I was careful while shoveling.

    My times for the fast 50's were 25.9 on the free and 29.1 on the back. Both felt good, and I aimed for a tad higher stroke rate than I usually swim, so I am very happy with these times.

    As for the meet, I am signed up for the 400 FR, 100 IM, 50 Free, 200 Back. All on Saturday since I need to work on Sunday for my boss. Remember that my goal for this year is to get times, as it is my first time back in the water competing in 15 years.

    The former two events are first thing in the morning. I am a little worried I may not make sign-ins for the the 400 FR at 9:15am. I'll leave the house around 6am and if I miss the 400, I won't be devastated. I'd like to go mid 4:50's. The IM is also another filler, as I wanted to feel like I was getting my money's worth with the entry fee, so I will try to better my converted time of 1;14.

    I will have a few hours to rest (maybe take a short nap), then the 50 FR and 200 BK. Looking that the event rankings for this year, I think I have a shot to knock James out of the TT and I'd like to go under 2:25. (I went 1:07 in the 1bk in Portland, so I have a shot if I split the race well - I'm going to really work the underwaters the first 100, then try to hold on for the last 100. I know that my lungs will be shot, but I'm going to give it my all)

    Early night for me, likely my daughter (who is looking at BU for school in the fall and has friends there this year) and maybe my son will join me for the trip. My wife is gearing up for the Harvard meet in the spring - haha. I am really excited meet some more of the folks on the forum tomorrow. Safe travels to all this weekend (seems like a lot of meets happening all around the country).
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  4. Workout 12/07/11

    by , December 7th, 2011 at 10:34 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    Stretch day before work this am

    200 fr/200 back

    2 x100 pull with buoy
    - 25 dps, 50 fast arm rate, 25 ez

    2 x 100 kick (fr and back)

    200 wd various

    (1000, 20 min)

    ---

    Got up early and battled the crowds to just stay wet. Shoulders still a little tight, but I had a good feel for the water.

    Updated December 7th, 2011 at 01:50 PM by rxleakem

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  5. Workout 12/06/11

    by , December 6th, 2011 at 10:23 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    Wu:
    200 fr/200 bk/200 im drill
    500 Noah's Ark pull with buoy
    50 ez

    Three times thru:
    - 50 dps :10 sr
    - 25 sprint into
    - 25 ez into
    -100 kick

    4 x 50 quarters strong free

    250 various wd

    (2200 yds/40 min)

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    Still dropping yardage and adding more fast swims for this week. May try to swim tomorrow before work, depending on how I'm feeling.

    Wore my drag suit today and felt good. Did free, back,im on the main set, trying to dodge the other five people in the lane - very busy tonight, probably due to the wet day here.

    Ate lunch at my son's school, then was able to swim before supper and Bible study tonight. I was able to get some forms filled out at my daughter's school for being a chaperone, so all in all a productive day off.
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  6. Workout 12/05/11

    by , December 5th, 2011 at 09:42 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    w/u:
    200 FR/200 BK
    6 x 100 Kick (flutter, back, sdk)

    500 Noah's Ark Pull with buoy

    2 each (one FR, one BK) of:
    - 25 fast arms (spin) + 75 ez
    - 75 DPS, 25 sprint
    - 25 ez, 25 build, 50 DPS

    200 various w/d

    (2300, 40 min)
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    Back into the water after a long weekend off. My shoulders feel a tad tight, and I wanted to get a decent workout in despite 7 people in the lane when I arrived at adult swim this am. It would have been better if the one dude doing side stroke would used the side of the lane, not the middle the whole time. Oh well ...

    I had a busy weekend. My wife sold most of our jelly stock at a Christmas Bazaar (half of the profits go to the local Christian school, the other half to the medical mission program I am involved with) on Saturday. Sunday after work I went to a local nursing home and led the worship service (first Sunday of the month), then my son and I gave a presentation at church about our trip to Nicaragua in May. See if this link to photos from my fb page works if you want to check it out.

    Have a great day ... Been fun checking out results from the weekend's swims.
    Tags: gho, nicaragua
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  7. Workout 12/01/11

    by , December 1st, 2011 at 06:46 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    w/u:
    200 FR/200 BK/100 Fly drill/100 BR drill

    3 x 200 FR Pull with buoy on 2:40

    4 x
    - 100 IM on 1:45
    - 50 Kick on :60 (fr/bk/sdk/fr)

    now for the fun ...

    - Go on the next :30
    - 10 x 50 on :50 FR DPS
    - Go on the next :60
    - 10 x 50 on :40 (1-2 FR, 3 non-free; repeat)
    - Go on the next :60
    - 10 x 50 on :45 Pull with buoy (1-4 FR, 5 BK; repeat)
    - Go on the next :30
    - 10 x 50 on :40 FR Quarters strong

    150 cool off and out

    (3950, 70 min)

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    Well I guess my thought of decreasing yardage for next week's meet this week didn't happen. I did not sleep all to well last night and took a short nap before lunch, so I wanted to get some pace work in today.

    On the 200 pull I held 2:23, so I am happy with that. I worked to come in about the same time on all three, working the streamlines off each wall. The next set was basically stroke work fillers with some kicking - didn't want to do too much after yesterday.

    I have done this multi 50's set in the past heading into a big meet, to hit target times.
    - First time through was DPS and 2-3 SDK off each wall. Held 35's.
    - Second time through I did BK/Fly/BK. Just a few short rest on strokes, held 33's on the FR
    - Third time I held 35's on all, even the Back. Bonus!
    - Last set - huff and puff with a strong kick, aiming for 32's. Quarters strong = cycle through fast 12.5 yards every four. I just kept ticking them off and looking forward to the "only two left ..."

    I was able to fix the pellet stove pipe outside today, and also reinforce my snowblower's discharge chute with some tin - ready for winter now. Off to watch "Pippin" at the high school tonight. My daughter is running the lights, sound, and the helpers. She does a great job with it. I'll be back in the pool on Monday ...

    Updated December 1st, 2011 at 09:56 PM by rxleakem

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  8. Workout 11/30/11

    by , November 30th, 2011 at 01:16 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    w/u:
    200 FR/200 BK
    500 Pull with Buoy Noah's Ark (2 by 2, DPS/Fast, 25 -> 100) - 75's did BK
    100 IM drill

    6 x 75 kick (last lap fast) on 1:25
    - FR/BK/SDK, repeat

    3 times through:
    Start at the :60
    - 100 FR (last lap fast) on 1:15
    - 100 FR (3rd lap fast) on 1:15
    - 100 FR (last lap fast) - make 1:15,
    - q-break til top, then:
    - 100 BK on 1:30
    - 100 IM on 1:30
    - 50 drill EZ

    500 Noah's Ark swim with Paddles

    100 EZ and out

    (3700 total, 70 min)
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    I had a nice swim at lunchtime today. I gave a name, "Noah's Ark," to that set that I have been doing since no one else let me know if it has a name. I figured I'd go with the 2 x 2 theme. Maybe it'l stick.

    In hindsight, I probably should have put the kicks after the main set, as my legs were tired. For the FR, I landed around 1:08 on the first set, 1:11 on the second, and 1:14 on the third. I was able to hit 1:17 for the backs, and the IM's came in just under 1:20. Fun little set.

    After that, I was not feeling great but figured I'd keep swimming and strapped on my paddles. I might not play to much more with them until after the BU meet as I tweaked my shoulders a few time (well, I was splitting the lane near the wall in lane 1 and was trying to avoid hitting said wall). Best to just leave them alone in case I should do some serious harm before the swim.

    I went into work for a couple of hours today to help out (our second tech was not there and we are at the first of the month rush). Now to figure out something for this evening. Oh, earlier today an appraiser came to the house - I am refinancing the mortgage, as I have about 21 yrs left on a 30 yr note @ 5.875%. I am locked in @ 3.685% for 15 years - will save a ton on interest (literally), and my monthly payment only goes up $48. Now I can better rationalize entry fees for my swims! haha
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  9. Workout 11/28/11

    by , November 28th, 2011 at 08:44 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    w/u:
    200 FR/200 BK
    4 x 100 Pull on 1:30 (FR/FR/BK/BK)
    1 x 100 IM drill

    Tonight I took on the "meet" practice that James Adams listed on his blog while back:
    Quote Originally Posted by jaadams1
    Main Set: Did the high school meet format, minus the relays.

    Rules: - AFAP
    - Leave on the 60 or 30 only
    - Must take between 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds rest - no more, no less between events.
    - All from a push
    - Have fun!
    Here it was:
    200 Medley Relay - n/a
    200 Free - went 2:12.00 (1:18 rest)
    200 IM - went 2:39.44 (1:18 rest)
    50 Free - went :28.31 (1:02 rest)
    Diving goes here - n/a
    100 Fly - went 1:09.75 (1:20 rest)
    100 Free - went 1:02.56 (1:27 rest)
    500 Free - went 6:09.81 (1:21 rest)
    200 Free Relay - n/a
    100 Back - went 1:09.01 (1:18 rest)
    100 Breast - went 1:30.07
    400 Free Relay - n/a



    1 x 50 EZ

    4 x 100 on 2:00
    - 25 AFAP, 75 stretch (FR/BK/Fly/FR)

    100 various w/d and out before the Aqua Zumba crowd shuffled in

    (2800, 50 minutes)
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    This was a fun little set. 1350 of AFAP stuff, with a fair amount of rest, but not enough to truely go AFAP. I gave it my best effort though.
    I agree, it is a fun set. I should have had a tad longer w/u, and I was sweating over the 500 in the middle of the thing (which I tried to keep long and strong), but I am satisfied with the times. I did not really do them AFAP, probably around 85-90%, and I was happy that I was able to get a little extra rest on the 100 Free. Thanks, James! Anyone else tried this?

    Otherwise, I am starting to look to decrease yardage a tad to taper for the NE scm meet @ BU in two weeks. I still don't know quite what to do to accomplish this, but I have been looking at some the sprinter's blogs for ideas. My main focus will be the 200 Back, but I have a 50 Free tucked in there as well, complementing the 400 FR and 100 IM (I can only swim on Saturday).

    Updated November 28th, 2011 at 09:42 PM by rxleakem

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  10. Turducken - I'm stuffed

    by , November 26th, 2011 at 12:41 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    With Master's group at the Rec (scy)

    Today was Turducken Day, courtesy of swimsuit addict for the group, and we had a total four folks (of eight) give it a shot ...

    Turducken set: A turducken is a turkey that is stuffed with a duck, which in turn has been stuffed with a chicken. Iíve never tasted one, but I feel like Iíve been reading about them as a novelty food item for at least a decade. The latest article I saw about turducken was not about food at all, but about privacy law, and ever since I read it, the word has been rolling around in my head. So I decided I would assemble stroke turduckens by stuffing a 50 of one stroke into the middle of a 100 of another stroke, then sticking the whole thing into a 200 of yet another stroke. I did four rounds of these; on the first, turkey=fly, duck=back, and chicken=breast; the strokes rotate through the IM thereafter. The set looked like this:
    4 x 350 @ :30-:40 rest interval
    1st 350=100 FL/50 BK/50 BR/50 BK/100 FL
    2nd 350=100 BK/50 BR/50 FR/50 BR/100 BK
    3rd 350=100 BR/50 FR/50 FL/50 FR/100 BR
    4th 350=100 FR/50 FL/50 BK/50 FL/100 FR
    On each round I aimed to do the middle 50 at 200 IM pace; the 50 before it as build and the 50 after it as recovery, and the turkey 100s at the front and back at basic aerobic pace.
    After we readjusted our suits, we went on to:
    7 x 100 on 2:00
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    I am thankful that this 2100 main set was done - I am used to my shoulders aching after a workout, but not this badly during it! haha The most continuous Fly I have done since HS has been 75 in a set, so this was a test. I thought that the 100's would be the worst, but the 50's on the last (two) did me in. But .... I made them all doing full stroke, so I am very happy with that. Also, my abs were sore!

    I added a 600 w/u before the fun, and since I was one up at the end of the Turduken I went back for seconds, swimming just the last rep for a total of 5 completed. I took some great advice from from SB212 on the breastroke legs:
    Quote Originally Posted by swimmerb212
    Yay! I hope you all enjoy it! Breaststroke isn't that bad, just keep your head looking down and love that glide!
    I kicked the 100's (FR, BK, DK, full breast stroke, FR, BK, DK), and came in around 1:40 each time. I can really notice a difference in my kicking stamina and speed since really incorporating it into my workouts over the last few months.

    Close that with a 250 easy warmdown and I hit 3300 yards in just over 1 hour. Not bad! Off to put up the Christmas tree and get the lights set up outside. All the while enjoying the beautiful day we are having here - over 50 degrees and sun shining! Have a great day everyone.

    Tags: turducken
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  11. Workout 11/25/11

    by , November 25th, 2011 at 07:08 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    Long warmup in the hot pool today ...
    200 FR
    200 BK
    100 Fly drill/100 FR
    100 Br/100 FR
    200 Back

    5 x 200's on :xx (trying to to run over or get run over - went when I had some open water)
    - 100 Kick
    - 100 Pull with buoy
    - Did FR/BK/sdk-IM/FR/BK

    500 with paddles (25 DPS/25 Fast, 50/50,75/75,100/100)

    200 various warmdown

    (2700 yds, 55 min)
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    I am feeling tired today, and I did not pig out too much yesterday. I got up earlier than planned and put in a 1.6 mile walk with my son, and that did little to energize me before swimming at lunch time.

    I could tell by the parking lot that it would be crowded today, and it was (6 in the water when I started, then it dwindled down to 3). I bet you all can't wait for the New Year crowds that will appear in a month or so, right? The water was very warm today - apparently the heater was not working properly earlier in the week and it was nice and cool for laps Today it was hot, hot, hot, with the heat still pumping out.


    Anyone have a short-hand way of describing the 500 - I have done it a few times and am getting too lazy to keep writing it out. Must be the turkey talking ...
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  12. Workout 11/22/11

    by , November 22nd, 2011 at 09:37 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    w/u
    200 FR/200 BK
    9 x 50 kick on :60 (fr w/ board, back w/o, sdk, ...)
    50 EZ

    5 x 200 Pull with buoy
    - 1-2 FR on 2:45 (held :30)
    - 3 BK on 3:00
    - 4-5 FR on 2:45 (:28, :26)

    6 x 75 FR on 1:15
    - shuffle fast 25 end -> beginning 1->3

    100 EZ and out
    (2450, 45 min)
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    My arms felt sore today. Over the past two weeks I have been adding pushups (3 x 10) as well as exercise bands and some abd moves to help build some strength. Yesterday I also finished the raking of leaves, so I think being sore is to be expected.

    I moved through the water well today. Lane count went from 2 ->5, then back to 3, so I really did not think I could get to hefty a workout going. Giving how I feel, this worked well for me today.

    Happy trails, or sails, or wake to you all.
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  13. Workout 11/21/11

    by , November 21st, 2011 at 10:24 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    200 FR/200 BK w/u
    500 swim (25 dps/25 fast, 50/50, 75/75, 100/100)
    - swam the 75's back

    Repeat 5 times:
    - 100 kick on 1:45 (avg'd 5 sr)
    - 100 Pull with buoy on 1:45
    - FR/BK/IM/FR/BK

    100 EZ - skull/swim by 25

    500 swim with Paddles (same as above, including BK on the 75's)

    100 IM (went 1:23)

    200 easy loosen w/d

    (2800, 50 minutes)

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    Felt a tad sluggish today, and went with some longer kick sets and a few 500's to keep moving. Focused on steady kicking and a strong pull through the water.

    I was able to keep the pull set at a good clip - 1:09's for the Free and 1:16 for the back. I really didn't go too hard on the IM at the end. I was thinking of doing an IM set, did the 100, and figured that it was time to get out. Momma said there would be days like this ...

    I went to a hockey game at Williams College on Sunday, and have been spending time converting old VHS tapes to DVD with the help of the VCR2PC device - I got mine on clearance at Staples last year after the holiday rush. Right now I am doing a bunch for my aunt, it's crazy what she was quoted for this service. I just run it when I am home so it is really easy.
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  14. Workout 11/19/11 + 200 Miles!

    by , November 19th, 2011 at 12:43 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Masters practice at Rec (scy)

    w/u: 800 various

    Back and Free stroke work with group (30 min)
    - 500 yds total

    Ladder time:
    4 x 50 on :60
    3 x 100 on 1:20
    2 x 150 on 2:30
    1 x 200 on 3:00
    2 x 150 on 2:30
    3 x 100 on 1:20
    4 x 50 on :60

    (added on another 3 x 50 on :60 as other group finished)

    200 loosen w/d
    (3450 total, 90 minutes)
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    Always nice to get in with the team. I led the stroke work again today - might be doing so on a once a month basis. Saw some new folks at practice, and they all progressed with the drills and talks we had about the strokes. I made a copy of quicksilver's excellent [ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=254199&postcount=226"]advice and picture[/ame] and shared it with the group - very helpful visual guide for proper backstroke technique.

    On the ladder I kicked the 50's, pulled FR on the 100's (avg 1:09), did IM on the 150's (50 Fly and BK, 25 BR and Fr), and did the 200 as FR. I always enjoy working with the team as it gets me moving a bit quicker than my solo swims.

    Added my workout today to my flog for the GTD totals and hit my season goal of 200 miles! Last year I logged 137 miles in my first year back in the pool, and I think that entering the longer open water swims this year pushed my totals up faster than expected. Of course, training for a 10K will do that! Time to adjust my goal (I'm thinking 230 miles will be a good test), but until then ...


    Off to help out at the craft fair at my son's school, then perhaps a hockey game at Williams College tonight - no charge, cheap eats, and you can stand right behind the ice for all the up close action.

    Updated November 19th, 2011 at 08:09 PM by rxleakem

    Tags: gtd
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  15. Riverton Results & Workout 11/18/11

    by , November 18th, 2011 at 01:48 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    My goal to practice every day this week hit a road block last night due to my mental block - I missed Adult Swim time! Mon thru Wed the pm time is 6:15-7:30, and on Thursday it is 5-6:15. I showed up at 6:10 and saw all the swim team kids in the pool and knew I made a mistake.

    Oh well, took it as a sign that a day off was in order ...
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    11/18 Solo at Rec (scy):

    w/u: 200 FR/200 BK

    2 x 500 swim with Paddles (continuous)
    - 25 DPS/25 fast, 50/50, 75/75, 100/100 FR
    - Repeat with back all all but the 75's

    TWO TIMES Thru:
    - Start on :60
    - 4 x 50 kick on :50 (flutter with board, ok back w/o, dolphin, flutter)
    - Wait until the :45
    - 4 x 100 FR Pull with buoy on 1:20 (dec 1-4)
    - Wait until the :15
    - 4 x 50 swim fast (free/bk/free/bk)

    10 Deep water Bobs

    TWO TIMES Thru:
    - 100 FR swim (50 DPS, 50 fast) on 1:10
    - 50 ez (25 skull, 25 kick on back) on 1:20
    - 50 hard FLY
    - q-break til the top

    200 ez and out
    (3600, 65 minutes)
    -------------
    Felt good today, and wanted to push some yardage. I see that James has adopted the q-break, so I figured I will too (us 200 BK guys need to stick together - haha).

    I went for the long swim to start because I haven't used my paddles in a while and figure my strength needs some work. I made the kicks on the first set with 5 seconds to spare - I have really been working at adding kicking to my workout and going faster with it. I tried to descend the Pulls and did well - 1:14 -> 1:09 both times, thinking about long strong strokes and power through the bottom of the pull. I held :32's on the free and :35's on the back.

    On the second set I was able to come in at 1:04 on both the 100s, ez feeling. The flys were 33, which is good for me.

    Off to help out at my son's school today. My daughter is on a trip to NYC (MET Museum of Art, UN, 9/11 Memorial). Tomorrow I am going to help with a stroke clinic at Master's practice, probably 30 minutes of free and back work. Should be fun.

    Attached are the results from the Riverton meet. I will have to break down the 200 FR, but it looks as crappy as it felt. I did a good job splitting the 100's, but hope to take them out a little faster in the future. Still trying to lay down more yards for the 2Bk at BU ...

    Also, you can see me in the 100m FR at the Riverton Meet here: http://youtu.be/w-RnP2rd40s - I am in lane 2 at the top of the pool. My time of 1.00 converts to a high 53 in yards, and I was 52.6 during the spring, so I am really happy with that time at this point in the year.

    Updated November 18th, 2011 at 06:50 PM by rxleakem

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  16. Workout 11/16/11

    by , November 16th, 2011 at 01:40 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill w/u

    400 FR Pull with buoy

    4 x 75 kick
    - 50 mod on :60 (~10 sr)
    - 25 fast on :30

    5 x 125 on 2:00
    - 75 on 1:15 DPS
    - 50 on :45
    - Did FR/FR/BK/BK/Fly only on last 50

    75 ez to get back to my water bottle

    3 x 100 Kick on 2:15
    - FR/BK/dolphin

    8 x 100 on 1:30
    - 75 on :60 (shuffle fast 25 from last -> first)
    - 25 fast IMO on :30

    200 loosen and out
    (3300, 60 min)

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    I was feeling a tad sore today, so decided to get some longer sets on cruise mode, with some fast stuff added in. My shoulders were yelling at me on the Fly's - I believe that to be from doing it more in practice and going on day 6 of swimming without a rest day. I am going to take advantage of the week off from work and add yards for my GTD totals and to gear up for the 200 BK at BU.

    I went to my men's Bible study for the first time in a few months - they changed the day from Monday -> Tuesday. Nice to get together with them. I probably won't meet up with them again until after the BU meet, but I will work through the study on my own. I have two devotionals that I also digest during the day, and then I listen to Through The Bible (ttb.org)with Dr. McGee every night. He goes through the Bible completely every 5 years, so I encourage anyone interested to hop on the "Bible Bus" with me.
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  17. Workout 11/15/11

    by , November 15th, 2011 at 04:50 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Happy birthday to my son, Preston, who turned 14 today.

    Solo at Rec (scy)

    w/u:
    - 400 RIM drill
    - 2 x 200 FR Pull with buoy on 2:45 (held 2:23)
    - 4 x 50 kick on :60 (fr, bk, sdk, bk)

    Main set:
    - 4 x 50 FR on :45 (34 -> 32)
    - 4 x 100 FR on 1:30 (1:08 -> :05)
    - 3 x 50 Bk on :60 (went 33 on the last one)
    - 3 x 100 Bk on 1:45 (1:19 -> :14)
    - 2 x 50 IMO on :60 (fly/bk. br/fr)
    - 2 x 100 IM on 1:45 (1:18 on both)
    - 1 x 50 FR on :45 (32)
    - 1 x 100 FR on 1:30 (1:03)

    w/d:
    - 200 IM drill/kick
    - 100 ez
    (2800, 50 min)

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    Felt strong again today. I found this workout in the spring on the forums and decided to pull it out. I worked on descending through the reps on each one, and did well at it again. The original workout called for Free on the 4x (1/2 min), then choice the rest of the way down the cliff (1:15/2 min), but I tweaked those up. I think I could have pushed the 50 BK a tad more, but enjoyed the rest at this point.

    I finished getting the garage straightened up, tightened up the gutters on the house, and have a recycling run/Goodwill run set for tomorrow. Maybe a quick motorcycle ride if it is not raining?

    Updated November 15th, 2011 at 08:06 PM by rxleakem

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  18. Workout 11/14/11

    by , November 14th, 2011 at 09:14 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    200 FR/ 200 BK w/u
    2 x (3 x 50) kick on :55 (flutter with board, back without, then dolphin)
    300 Swim (descend by 100)

    3 x through:
    - 50 Drill on :60
    - 50 DPS on :60
    - 50 FAST on :60
    - 50 Pull on :60
    - 3 x100 on 1:40 (descend 1>3)

    Long various 400 w/d
    (2900, 50 minutes)
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    Feeling good after the meet yesterday (I had a really fun time, and happy to be back in a yard pool). Spent part of the day reading through forums and trying to figure out how to make the best for the BU meet in a month or so. My focus is going to be the 200 back, so I am taking James' advice (since he loves this event, hopefully beat his time in the process) and will be trying to get some more endurance stuff in the next couple of weeks. Also, Ande and Fort (among others) laud the "swim fast in practice" approach, so I am going to get faster in practice (a lesson that I learned from the meet - I need to push it more).

    I modified a workout from mojo on her thread and saw where maybe a 300 theme (q-brain's post) might be good enough to help my 200, so went with that. I was going to use paddles on the full 300 and repeat it after the main set, but forgot my paddles and I just swam the one. I was also going to go 4 times through the main set, but I was late getting to the pool and the Aqua Zumba folks were piling in 15 minutes early. I decided I did not want to torpedo anyone tonight and got out before the lane lines did.

    I did FR/FR/Bk on the main set, and recorded the following:
    - 28, :10/:09/:05
    - 28, :11/:09/:05
    - 34, :24/:19/:16
    (happy to go fast on the 50's, and for this first time in a long time descend all the 100's). I might be cheating a little, I went from crappy sdks to really working them on the 3rd time around.

    I had some drylands this afternoon raking leaves for about an hour before it started to rain (and a few hours before my swim tonight). I have the week off so I hope to hit the pool everyday, a rarity. It'll be warm tomorrow so I'll try to finish up some things "before winter comes," then as the week gets colder focus inside at transferring the wine (finally done fermenting), three more batches of jelly, and "organizing" the computer room. Might even paint my daughter's room, which has been 1/2 done for a few weeks since the rush to complete college applications derailed decorating her room.
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  19. Workout 11/12/11

    by , November 12th, 2011 at 11:25 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    With Masters at Rec (scy)

    400 RIM w/u

    3 x 50 kick on 1 min

    4 x 50 FR (last 1/4 AFAP, shift it through til the first)

    200 stroke work with team

    50 easy and out
    (1000, 20 min)
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    Decided to jump in for a quick swim this morning, and helped with some stroke work drills with the team. Still feeling a bit crummy, and not feeling like I am able to hold air well at all.

    Off for the Riverton meet in a few. Have fun with all the meets this weekend, folks.
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  20. Workout 11/11/11

    by , November 11th, 2011 at 02:35 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Before I start - Happy Veteran's Day to all those out in the water that served our country. Thank you.

    Solo at Rec (scy):

    200 FR/200 bk W/U

    5 x 200 on 3:15
    - First four: 50 Kick on :55, 50 build on :55, 100 Pull with buoy
    - Last one: 200 FR for time (2:16)

    50 EZ

    400 IM (25 drill, 25 swim, repeat, for each stroke)

    3 x (3 x 50's FR) on :60
    - 1st - sprint last 12.5
    - 2nd - sprint third 12.5
    - 3rd - sprint second 12.5 and past flags after turn

    50 EZ

    250 w/d various swim/drills

    (2600, 45 min)
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    I went with my wife and son to the the Veteran's parade in town this morning - complete with the local National Guard and some Humvees, heros from the the Vet's Home, fire/rescue trucks, and my daughter twirling the baton as the high school band marched down the street.

    Hit the Rec at lunch time, and only had two others swimming in the lane with me. With the extra extra time at work this week, and early swimming, I fell pretty crummy. I was able to sleep in this am, which was very refreshing, but I still am tired.

    On the first set I did free/bk/fly/bk, and the 200 Free time was good given how I am feeling. I used the IM set as a filler, and then went fast on the 1/4 sprints with the last 50 set.

    Heading to Portland this weekend. If my daughter works tomorrow, we will leave in the afternoon. If not, I might hop in for a quick swim with the Masters group on the morning and just head up on my own for a short weekend trip.
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