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  1. 4400 SCY

    by , September 29th, 2013 at 06:29 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Today's workout felt a lot better... I finally loosened up at some point during the fly set. Rather than try to do sets on all the strokes hard today, Scotty and I focused on our primary strokes/events (fly and bk for me, fly and br for him); so when I swam the back set we were neck and neck because he was swimming breast. It was a pretty brutal main set though, especially after the week I've had.

    Warm-up (1000):
    5 x thru
    --100 fr
    --50 bk
    --50 br

    MS1 (1200):
    --1 x 200 fly on 4:40 (3:29)
    --100 recovery
    --2 x 100 fly on 2:20 (1:40, 1:44--yuck)
    --100 recovery
    --4 x 50 fly on 1:10 (:46, :47, :47, :47--I was ecstatic about this pace)
    --100 recovery
    --8 x 25 fly on :35 (these were all around :25... not so great, but just trying to power through at this point)
    --100 recovery

    MS2 (1200):
    --1 x 200 bk on 4:40 (3:20)
    --100 pull recovery
    --2 x 100 bk on 2:20 (1:36-1:38)
    --100 pull recovery
    --4 x 50 on 1:10 (:46-:49)
    --100 pull recovery
    --8 x 25 on :35 (all around :25 again)
    --100 recovery

    Cool-Down (1000):
    master's minute
    --100 EZ
    --500 breast, slow but working on streamline, trying to get as much distance out of each stroke (this was more relaxing than I thought it would be).
    --100 pull
    --50 fly (relaxed, 6-7 strokes per length)
    --100 pull
    --50 fly (again, very relaxed)
    --100 pull

    TOTAL: 4400 SCY/~100-110 mins

    COMMENTARY:

    The point of the 200 fly and back was not to swim all out, but to try to maintain form while swimming moderately hard... be about :10 off best time, which is exactly where I ended up. The 100s would be about the same pace... though obviously less relaxed, because the body was really feeling it... nonetheless, the rest at the 100 mark made it easier to maintain form in this 200-yard segment. I was hoping to do the 50s in goal pace and that's what I did (to my surprise, holding :47s on fly)... at least on fly, the back was a little shaky, but I could feel the fatigue setting in at that point. The 25s felt a little slow, but again, I felt like I just needed to maintain form on these.

    The recoveries and the free in the cool-down were all pull w/ buoy to give my legs a bit of a break and to help me to focus on rotation and some other things on the front end of my freestyle. The 500 breast was really just to help me stretch it out a bit on that stroke, nothing hard because I'm not going to do a 200 breast anytime soon... focusing on 200 fly and back... but I still want to put in some time on form with breast to help my 400 IM.

    All in all, I did 750 in moderate to slow breast today, 900 in decent fly, 1050 in back.
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  2. Busy week, tired body...

    by , September 29th, 2013 at 12:59 AM (Alex's swim journal)
    Haven't had a chance to check in on the blog much this week. Most of my swims have been very short with a lot of drill. My body has just felt worn out this week. I did 2000 Wednesday evening around 8PM, 1200 on Friday morning early, and 2300 today. Today's swim was at the Elmhurst, Illinois YMCA, I had my swim kit in the car and decided to stop in after finishing up with a conference at the college. I figured I wouldn't get back to Kenosha in time to get over to the Y. It felt good to swim, but I was watching the pace clock and I was really slow.

    The big workout for me toward the end of the week was a 4500-yard stroke fest on Thursday. Scotty did this one with me, so we were able to push each other, but I was a lot more tired after this one than I was after Tuesday. Tuesday's hard 50s free BTW left my lats really sore. It took me a thousand yards into Thursday's workout before I could shake off even just a little of the stiffness. Here's what I did:

    WU (1000):
    400 EZ swim pull/free
    4 x 100 IM on 2:00
    4 x 50 fr on 1:00

    MS (3200):
    3 x 100 fly on 2:20 (1:39, 1:42, 1:44)
    100 recovery
    6 x 50 fly on 1:10 (all :49s)
    100 recovery
    3 x 100 bk on 2:20 (can't remember what these times were, maybe around 1:40... not very fast)
    100 recovery
    6 x 50 bk on 1:10 (:43, then :45s, last one in :46)
    100 recovery
    3 x 100 br on 2:20 (1:45-1:55?)
    100 recovery
    6 x 50 br on 1:10 (mid :50s)
    100 recovery
    3 x 100 free on 2:00 (1:25, 1:27, 1:28)
    100 recovery
    6 x 50 fr on 1:00 (low :40s)
    100 recovery

    CD (300): 100 pull, 100 fr, 100 bk

    TOTAL: 4500 SCY/110 minutes

    Looks like my weight has finally stabilized in the mid 160s after two and a half months of eating completely vegan. I've been taking a multi-vitamin, but I picked up a multi-vitamin today with a little extra B-6 and B-12, just in case there is any deficiency there. I know that the average person can get more than enough protein from the vegan diet, but am wondering if some of my fatigue isn't due to the fact that my protein requirement might be higher than the average person. I have been trying to time my protein for maximum recovery too... so I take a plant-based protein supplement after my really hard workouts. I'm eating more tofu and almost an avocado a day--along with the normal regimen of legumes, nuts, and high-protein whole grains--to try to keep the protein intake high. And this week I scaled back a lot on the strength training. I don't know. I might have to take a protein supplement every day, instead of just after the tough workouts. I'm also burning the candle at both ends at work. Hoping I'll bounce back some tomorrow morning.
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