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I swim on a small team (Madison Titans) with 4 regulars and a couple others that can't make the morning workout. On Saturdays and occasional weekdays, I drop by HSA in Huntsville for a swim in the big pool.

  1. MATT "Make it up as you go" Friday Workout

    by , April 1st, 2011 at 12:14 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    "Make it up as you go" may be contrary to some items in this thread: [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=18522"]Are Most Masters Teams Training Wrong? - U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame] but it's Friday and we decided to swim without any singular purpose today. Each of us just suggests our favorite set and that's what we end up doing. Our fly happy team mate started us with 10 x 50 fly. I was tempted to return the favor and throw in 10 x 50 Breast but my knee is hurting. Revenge will have to wait another week.

    400 Warm up

    6 x 50 Free - :45

    Slight break to discuss next set and groan about all the fly suggested.

    10 x 50 Fly - 1:00
    50 Easy

    I picked an IM set. Usually when I make a set up, it doesn't quite work out right. This one didn't seem too bad though.

    8 x 25 - :30 IM order
    4 x 50 - 1:00 IM order
    2 x 200 IM - 3:15
    1:30 Rest
    400 IM Timed (5:54) - I was a basket case on the 100 Fly. Looked more like a controlled drowning.
    50 Easy

    Another break to drag a set out of Dave.

    12 x 75 - 1:15
    Kick/Free/Free - Mix in stroke if it isn't challenging enough.

    200 cool down.

    (3600 Total)
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  2. MATT Thursday Workout

    by , March 31st, 2011 at 10:18 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    SCY

    400 Warm up

    3 times through
    * 4x75 - 1:00
    * 1x200 - 2:30
    * 6x25 - :40 easy/hard 2 fly, 2 bk, 2 br
    100 Easy

    Finishing the 200 on a 1:15 pace and turning around to do fly was no treat but the 25s were a good recovery for the next round.

    1000 - 15:00
    Open turns every 100 yds. If ahead of the 1:30 pace, substitute 25 kick for 25 free. If behind, substitute 25 free for 25 kick.
    100 Easy

    4x50 - :50 IM down/free back
    4x50 - 1:10 IM Kick down/free back
    4x50 - :50 IM down/free back
    4x50 - 1:10 IM Kick down/free back
    4x50 - :50 IM down/free back

    100 Cool down

    (4650 Total)
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  3. MATT Wednesday Workout

    by , March 30th, 2011 at 09:14 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Lots of fly today. Eventually I'll get it and these sets won't be so difficult.

    SCY

    600 Warm up

    4 x 100 - 1:25 1st 25 Fly
    4 x 100 - 1:30 1st 50 Fly
    4 x 100 - 1:35 1st 75 Fly
    4 x 100 Fly - 1:40
    50 Easy
    I did 0 Fly, 25 Fly, 50 Fly, 100 Fly w/ fins

    4 x 75 - 1:00
    4 x 75 - 1:05 1st 25 Fly
    4 x 75 - 1:10 1st 50 Fly
    4 x 75 Fly - 1:15
    I did 0 Fly, 0 Fly, 25 Fly, 50 Fly

    4 x 75 Kick - 1:15
    4 x 75 Kick - 1:15 1st 25 Fly
    4 x 75 Kick - 1:20 1st 50 Fly
    4 x 75 Fly - 1:25
    I stuck with this one until my knee started giving out (breast stroke kick). Took a couple 50s off but finished strong with 4x75 fly. Had a good bit of rest on each one also.

    200 Cool Down

    (4850 Total)
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  4. MATT Tuesday Workout

    by , March 29th, 2011 at 10:07 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Intersting workout today. Should be adaptable to any level by adjusting the times... which were a bit beyond my level for today.

    SCY

    400 Warm up

    8 times through
    *100 Kick - base interval
    *100 IM - base interval - :20
    *100 Free - base interval - :40
    *25 stroke - :40
    *50 Free - :40
    *25 stroke - :40

    Base intervals:
    #1, #5, #6 - 2:00
    #2, #7 - 1:55
    #3, #8 - 1:50
    #4 - 1:45

    We took a recovery break after #3, #4 and #7.

    200 Cool down

    (3800 Total)
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  5. MATT Monday Workout

    by , March 28th, 2011 at 08:48 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    SCY

    400 Warm up

    400 free - 6:00
    300 (3 x 50 Kick/50 free) - 5:15
    200 (100 IM/100 Free) - 3:15
    100 Fly - 1:30
    100 Free - 1:30
    200 (100 IM/100 Free) - 3:15
    300 (3 x 50 Kick/50 free) - 5:15
    1:00 Rest
    400 IM Timed (6:01)
    50 Easy

    20 x 50
    * 1-4 IM Down/Free back - :45
    * 5-8 Kick Down/Free back - 1:00
    * 9-12 IM Down/Free back - :45
    * 13-16 Kick Down/Free back - 1:00
    * 17-20 IM Down/Free back - :45

    10 x 25 Breath Control - :40
    * 1-2 SDK Half way/Fly one breath
    * 3-4 Breast Stroke pull outs no breath
    * 5-6 Free no breath
    * 7-8 Fly no breath
    * 9-10 Breast stroke pull outs not breath

    100 Cool Down

    (3800 Total)
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  6. 5K Breast Stroke Drill

    by , March 27th, 2011 at 06:45 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Missed a couple days this week. Thursday, my wife had her gall bladder removed. That went well and I'm very fortunate to have been able to swim Friday morning. Saturday morning, severe storms rolled through and lasted all day - pool closed . I had a couple hours to spare today so I got the idea that maybe I could throw together some things I liked from the Breaststroke Lane ([ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=16584"]The Breastroke Lane - U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]). First off, 5K is a bit much for breaststroke and now I've got a touch of tendonitis. Maybe someone could use pieces of this for another workout. Thanks to all who posted tips and drills to the breast stroke lane. I used a lot of it in the workout. Here it is:

    Warm Up
    1 x 400 Coice
    1 x 100 3x-6x SDK/Breast

    Drill
    6 x 50 1:00
    #1-2 Alternate kick (Kick right, kick left, kick both)
    #2-3 2 pull/1 kick
    #4-5 2 Kick/1 pull

    Main Set
    6 x 200 Breast 3:30 1200
    #1 Convert 4 pull/1 kick to 1 pull/4 kicks
    #2-3 Breast
    #4 Double Pull-outs (This was really hard on the last couple 25s - can see why Allen hates it)
    #5-6 Breast
    50 Easy

    Kick Set
    10 x 100 2:00 Odds - BR Kick
    Evens - BR Kick on back
    Tendonitis kicked in about 200 yards into this. I ended up mixing a lot of backstroke and fly kick in to relieve the pain in my knee.
    100 Easy

    Fin Set
    12 x 50 1:00 600
    Odds flutter kick w/ fins; evens fly kick w/fins
    #1-6 down underwater pulldowns, back br pull
    #7-12 down underwater breaststroke, back br pull
    50 Easy

    Up/Downs
    5 x 100 BR 1:45 (:05)
    More than :05 rest, decrease stroke count by 1 on each 25
    Less than :05 rest, increase stroke count by 1 on each 25
    5 x 100 BR 1:45
    Start with easy to make stroke count. Decrease one stroke each 100. I started with 8 and went down to 4. I learned a LOT from this set. Dropping to 5 strokes didn't really impact my speed even though it felt very slow. My problem was mostly getting enough O2.

    Cool Down
    1 x 200 Choice

    (5000 total)
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  7. MATT Friday Workout

    by , March 25th, 2011 at 09:30 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    SCY

    400 Warm up

    16 x 100 - 1:15 (1:15 rest every 4 100s)
    50 Easy

    3 times through
    * 100 Stroke - 1:40
    * 50 Kick/50 Free - 1:30
    * 100 IM - 1:40

    7 x 125 - 1:45 (evens optional IM)
    25 easy

    200 Cool down

    (4050 total)

    This was a mix of our "favorite sets". I struggled badly through the 16 100s. Pool heat really got to me today but I haven't been feeling 100% for a while.
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  8. MATT Wednesday Workout

    by , March 23rd, 2011 at 09:01 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    400 Warm up

    4 times through
    *12x25 - :40 Easy/Hard Stroke/Kick
    *1 x 350 IM - 6:30 (Do as a 400 IM; #1 drop 50 Free, #2 drop 50 fly, #3 drop 50 back, #4 400 IM)

    200 Cool Down

    (3250 Total)
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  9. MATT Tuesday Workout

    by , March 22nd, 2011 at 08:49 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    SCY

    400 Warm Up
    200 Free

    4 x 100 - 1:30 (#1 free, #2-#4 1st 25 fly)
    16 x 100
    * #1-#8 - 1:30 (:05) Up/Down Fly, start with 100 Fly
    * #9-#16 - 1:40 (:05) Up/Down Fly
    50 Easy

    1 x 300 - 4:30 (1st 75 Fly)
    1 x 300 - 4:15 (1st 50 Fly)
    1 x 300 - 4:00 (1st 25 Fly)
    1:00 Rest
    1 x 300 - 3:45
    50 Easy

    5 times through
    * 100 Hard - 1:20
    * 50 Easy - :50

    100 Cool down

    (4750 total)

    More fly today. Struggled through the whole workout. Just couldn't get going. I did descend the 100s at the end of practice and managed a 1:10 at the end. I may be off for a couple days... could probably use some rest anyway.
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  10. MATT Monday Workout

    by , March 21st, 2011 at 08:52 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    SCY

    400 Warm up

    6x50 - :45
    50 Easy

    800 Free - 10:00 (Open Turns every 200, 1:15 pace)
    50 Easy

    4 times through
    * 200 Kick - 5:00
    * 6x50 - 1:00 (Odds Stroke, even pull, #5 hard)

    200 Cool down

    (3800 Total)

    Played a pickup game of soccer yesterday and was fairly tired this morning. 800 on a 1:15 pace was not appealing. But Roger came back from spring break so I got a draft for the first 500 yards until I lost contact. Finished the remaining 300 yards fairly strong. Ended up at 9:54.
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  11. Saturday Morning Workout

    by , March 19th, 2011 at 09:30 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    LCM

    Warm up:
    * 200 IM Easy
    * 200 Kick down, drill back
    * 200 IM Easy
    * 100 Free

    100 Kick
    2 x 50 Free
    100 Kick
    2 x 100 Stroke down/ Free back
    100 Kick
    200 IM
    200 Free

    200 Pull
    200 IM
    200 Free
    200 Pull
    2 x 100 Stroke down/Free back
    200 Pull
    2 x 50 free

    4 x 100 Free
    4 x 100 Stroke down/free back (IM order)
    4 x 50 IM order
    4 x 50 Free

    6 x 50 free - breathing pattern: 5, 7, 9, 7, 5, 3

    200 Cool down

    (4700m total)

    Struggled a lot today. Mostly just fatigued. Hopefully will feel better Monday.
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  12. MATT Friday Workout

    by , March 18th, 2011 at 08:47 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    SCY

    400 Warm up

    5 x 300 - 4:30 Descend (4:10, 4:05, 3:55, 3:50, 3:45)
    150 Easy

    6 Times Through
    50 Free - :50
    25 Fly - :20 (No breath)
    50 Free - :50
    50 Easy

    3 Times Through
    25 K free/25 Free - 1:00
    25 Free - :20 (No breath)
    25 K free/25 Free - 1:00
    25 Free/25 K fly - 1:00
    25 Fly - :20 (No breath)
    25 Free/25 K fly - 1:00
    50 Easy

    400 Timed Free (4:59)
    100 Cool Down

    (4150 Total)

    I've been close to the 5:00 mark (w/ a drag suit) on the 400 free for a while and finally beat it today. Last 100 started feeling queazy. I was either going to make it or pass out. Kind of suprised I did make it because the no breathers left me physically drained. Fun workout!
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  13. MATT Thursday Workout

    by , March 17th, 2011 at 08:20 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    SCY

    400 Warm up

    1 x 100 - 1:30 (1st 25 fly)
    3 x 100 - 1:20
    2 x 100 - 1:30 (1st 25/50 fly)
    3 x 100 - 1:20
    2 x 100 - 1:30 (1st 25/50/75 fly)
    3 x 100 - 1:20
    2 x 100 - 1:30 (1st 25/50/75/100 fly)
    50 Easy

    4 x 75 - 1:20 Fly/Back/Breast
    10 x 75 - 1:15 (1st 25 hard kick)
    200 Cool Down

    (3600 Total)
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  14. MATT Wednesday Workout

    by , March 16th, 2011 at 09:01 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    SCY

    400 Warm up

    25 Kick - :40 / 75 pull - 1:10
    125 Free - 1:50
    100 Fly - 2:00
    25 Kick - :40 / 75 pull - 1:10
    125 Free - 1:45
    200 Fly - 4:00
    25 Kick - :40 / 75 pull - 1:10
    125 Free - 1:40
    250 Fly - 5:00
    25 Kick - :40 / 75 pull - 1:10
    125 Free - 1:35
    350 Fly - 7:00
    25 Kick - :40 / 75 pull - 1:10
    125 Free - 1:30
    450 Fly - 9:00
    25 Easy Kick

    25 Kick - :40 / 75 pull - 1:10
    125 Free - 1:50
    100 Fly - 2:00
    25 Kick - :40 / 75 pull - 1:10
    125 Free - 1:45
    200 Fly - 4:00
    25 Kick - :40 / 75 pull - 1:10
    125 Free - 1:40
    250 Fly - 5:00
    25 Easy Kick

    100 Fly Timed (1:25)

    150 Cool Down

    (4400 Total)

    Fly isn't as bad as it looks. Just recovery time before the next 125. First 25-50 yards after the faster 125s hurt really bad though. Workout originally called for 25 back/100 free for the 125s. We dropped the back stroke so that we could make the interval. For the timed 100 Fly, I felt great through 50 yards and then the pain kicked in.
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  15. MATT Tuesday Workout

    by , March 15th, 2011 at 08:41 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    SCY

    400 Warm up

    4 x 100 IM - 1:40
    400 Free - 6:00
    2 x 200 IM - 3:10
    400 Free - 5:45
    100 Easy

    400 Free - 5:30
    400 IM - 6:30
    400 Free - 5:15
    100 Easy

    400 Free Timed (5:05)

    200 Cool Down

    (4000 total)

    Would have been solo today but my son has been getting up and swimming with me. He has made huge progress in the last couple weeks. I'm mostly impressed that a 13 yr old will get up at 4:45 in the morning to exercise on his own.

    Still struggling to break 5:00 on the 400 w/ a drag suit on. Thought I might have had it today but came up a bit short again.
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  16. MATT Monday Workout

    by , March 14th, 2011 at 08:55 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    SCY

    400 Warm up

    3 times through
    * 2 x 50 Free - :50
    * 2 x 50 Kick - 1:10
    5 x 50 Breast - 1:00 Descend
    50 Easy

    10 x 100 Up/down Kick - 1:40 (:10)
    5 x 50 Back - 1:00 Descend
    3 times through
    * 2 x 50 Free - :40
    * 2 x 50 Kick - 1:10
    5 x 50 Free - 1:00 Descend
    50 Easy

    6 x 100 Up/Down Kick - 1:40 (:05)
    5 x 50 Fly - 1:00 Descend

    200 Back cool down

    (4500 Total)
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  17. Saturday Morning 5K

    by , March 12th, 2011 at 09:37 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    LCM

    Pool was set up Long Course today... it's been a while. I'm not really partial to Long Course but it is nice to do something a little different every once in a while.

    400 Warm up

    300 Down Kick/Back Drill
    300 Pull

    200 Free
    4 x 100 Down Free back worst stroke
    200 Pull
    4 x 50 IM Order

    200 Free
    4 x 100 Down Free back best stroke
    200 Pull
    4 x 50 IM Order

    300 Kick
    6 x 50 Free - 1:00
    300 Pull
    6 x 50 Free - 1:00

    4 x 150 - 50 stroke/50 free/50 stroke

    200 cool down

    (5000m Total)

    It hurts now and I've got a ton of yardwork to do today... and a car that needs some repair. Should be fun!
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  18. MATT Friday Workout

    by , March 11th, 2011 at 09:07 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    SCY

    400 Warm up

    4 x 100 - 1:30
    4 x 100 - 1:40 (1st 25 Kick/4th 25 kick/1st 50 kick/2nd 50 kick)
    4 x 75 - 1:10 convert free to fly
    100 Easy

    4 x 100 - 1:25
    4 x 100 - 1:40 (1st 25 Kick/4th 25 kick/1st 50 kick/2nd 50 kick)
    4 x 75 - 1:10 convert free to back
    50 Easy

    4 x 100 - 1:20
    4 x 100 - 1:40 (1st 25 Kick/4th 25 kick/1st 50 kick/2nd 50 kick)
    4 x 75 - 1:10 convert free to breast
    100 Easy

    4 x 100 - 1:15

    300 Cool Down

    (4650 Total)

    Missed the second and third 100s on 1:15 by a second or two. Dug deep and made the last one on 1:15. Struggled a bit converting the 75s to fly. 50 fly/25 free was no problem but somewhere in there, I just ran out of gas.
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  19. MATT Thursday Workout

    by , March 10th, 2011 at 08:59 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    SCY

    400 Warm up
    200 Free

    200 IM - 3:15 / 200 IM Kick - 3:45
    200 IM - 3:10 / 200 IM Kick - 3:40
    200 IM - 3:05 / 200 IM Kick - 3:35
    200 IM - 3:00 / 200 IM Kick - 3:30
    100 Easy

    200 IM - 2:55 / 200 IM Kick - 3:25
    200 IM - 2:50 / 200 IM Kick - 3:20
    200 IM - 2:45 / 200 IM Kick - 3:15
    200 IM - 2:40 / 200 IM Kick - 3:10
    100 Easy

    200 IM Timed (2:40)

    100 Cool Down

    (4300 Total)

    Made 5 200 IM's before I had to start substituting stroke for free. That's the deepest I've gone into this set with a drag suit. 200 Timed felt good.
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  20. Wednesday Workout - Rained out this morning

    by , March 9th, 2011 at 03:15 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    SCY

    400 Warm up

    400 Free - 6:00
    400 Free - 5:45
    400 Free - 5:30
    400 Free - 5:15

    50 Easy

    4 Times through
    *1 x 75 Free - 1:10
    *1 x 75 25 Stroke/50 Free - 1:10
    *1 x 75 50 Stroke/25 Free - 1:10
    *1 x 75 25 Stroke/50 Free - 1:10

    100 Cool down

    (3350 Total)

    It rained yesterday. Then it rained last night. And pretty much all morning. Waded through a small lake to get to my car. Checked the weather maps for lightning before I headed to the pool. All the lightning was south of me so I figure the pool would be open. Wrong... apparently there was lightning somewhere. Given the large amounts of rain on radar (and possiblility that one rumble of thunder would set us back another 30 mintues), we decided to come back at lunch. I like doing more distance be we made the most out of what we had today. Kept all the 400's between 5:05 and 5:10. Really wanted to make 5:00 on the last one but came up a bit short. Dave ended up helping me a lot with fly. He gave me a lot of things to work on and it was nice to be coached a little. Hopefully it will translate to some improvement in the near future.
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