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  1. Week 113 - Friday

    by , November 28th, 2014 at 03:27 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a great nights sleep and felt much less sore and stiff today. I got a rare opportunity to swim with Mr Steve Unruh who visits Rockwall from time to time to visit family. It's always fun swimming next to Steve and its a great feeling swimming stroke for stroke with someone. Despite our obvious differences(I am 6'5 and he is not, he is hairy and I am not&#128515 we are highly competitive but are good friends. Today was a longish taper workout with a mix of fast short stuff and longer aerobic stuff.

    Warm up
    8x100 free on 1:30 with snorkel

    main sets
    12x50 kick on 1min
    6x100 back on 1:45 getting heart rate up
    12x25 at 100 pace on 1min
    3x500 free with paddles ascend 1-3 on 6:30

    warm down
    200 double arm back

    i felt much better on the warmup today. I don't know if it was swimming next to Steve or I just felt better but we were holding 1:05-1:06s on the warmup and I felt good. On the kick I was holding 40s and again felt great. The transition 100s I did back and descended 1-5 from 1:07-1:03 and then went easy on number 6. On the fast 25s I was holding 11 high/12 lows and felt good. On the 500s I did the first one on 5:25 and backed off about 15 seconds per 500. I felt good and I am excited about next weeks meet.

    Tomorrow we have 500 race pace day and Tom said we are only doing 8x100s this week so it should be a good day. Following tomorrow's practice I really drop yardage and float most of the week with a few fast 25s and 50s but nothing else fast until the meet on Friday. I still have to figure what I am doing on Thursday before I head to LA in terms of work and swimming but it will figure itself out. I have no idea what sort of times to expect swimming SCM and in some ways it's nice knowing what I swum last season unrested and unshaven as my targets.
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  2. Week 113 - Thursday

    by , November 27th, 2014 at 11:00 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a long massage last night and am I sore this morning. I was really knotted up on my back, shoulders and Lats and this morning I was really sore. I had arranged to do a stretch out swim at our pool this morning with a couple of my team mates and my daughter. We swam an easy 2k and by the end I felt really good. It's was especially fun having my daughter swim with me and she is now able to go on our send offs.

    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50
    4x100 kick with fine on 1:20
    6x100 free on 1:30
    300 easy(back, double arm back, free by 100)

    after er the swim my daughter decided she wanted to off the diving boards and we then hung out in the hot tub. Good simple fun! I have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Now I am off to try to persuade my son to go and watch Interstellar with me; I suspect we will end up at dumb and dumber too basked on his comments last night!
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  3. Week 113 - Wednesday

    by , November 26th, 2014 at 07:25 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a pretty restless night of sleep. I have been congested but my wife has a full blown cold; which I think I may have inadvertently passed along. She says itís a cold, but I am pretty sure mine was a virus, due to the fever. Either way itís my fault so I canít complain about the restless sleep.

    The restless sleep did not affect my swimming although I am still kind of achy and sore in the pool. Despite this I am swimming fast and I am very optimistic I am going to have a great meet at SPMS next weekend.

    Todays workout was the taper version of our race pace 200 day. We have reduced the number of repeats and increased the send off time and today was swum at a faster than 200 pace 50s(I wish I could hold 4 like today).

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50

    Main sets
    12x50 kick on :50
    3x100 IM on 1:40 getting heart rate up and stretching out the arms
    8x50 on 1:15 at 200 race pace finishing with a turn
    200 easy
    5x200 with snorkel and cardio cap on 3mins swum as active recovery

    Warm down
    100 double arm backstroke

    On the first kick 50 I went 40 and then held 42s on the rest. Despite feeling pretty awful I felt better than yesterday's kick set. The IMs I held 1:09s. Tom said he was giving us more time on the race pace set and wanted me going faster than my 200 pace. I started the set with a 24 and then held 25s for the next 4, 26s on number 6 and 7 and finished with another 25 on the last 50. The rest of the workout was swum aerobically. Despite having a really good race pace set I still felt hideous. Tonight I am off for a massage which I hope helps over the next week or so.
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  4. Week 113 - Tuesday

    by , November 25th, 2014 at 03:01 PM (After a long rest)
    I had an early start at work this morning so headed to the pool a little earlier than usual. One of my team mates joined me in an early short workout today. I was surprisingly stiff and sore in my lats, tris and shoulders today.

    500 free with snorkel
    8x50 catchup on 1min
    4x100 kick on 2mins
    500 pull with paddles
    12x50 drill swim
    200 easy

    I went pretty easy the entire practice today and only picked up my pace on the 500 pull with paddles where I went 5:25. Everything else was simply done at an easy pace intended to stretch out.
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  5. Week 113 - Monday

    by , November 24th, 2014 at 09:28 PM (After a long rest)
    My taper hit like a ton of bricks this morning; my body was stiff, sore and generally not great. Reading past tapers I have experienced similar feelings two weeks out so fingers crossed I am on course for the SPMS meet on 5-7 Dec.

    i tried being positive despite the crumby feeling in the pool today, which was easier said than done.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    10x50 free on :40
    8x100 best average kick on 2mins
    100 easy
    5x300 free on 4mins, 1 and 2 were done breathing 5,7 by 25, 3 I let rip, 4,5 were swum easy with long strokes.

    Warm down
    12x50 drill swim on :50

    I felt pretty bad on the 50s on :40 but held 30s. Despite trying hard on the kick my legs were sore today and I struggle to hold a 1:22 average. The slower 300s I was holding 3:20s. On number 3 I went 2:57, which based on how bad I felt I was pleased with. The drills I focused on high elbows and turns. I plan on swimming a little longer tomorrow but easy. Fingers crossed I can loosen up. Roll on next week.
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  6. Week 112 - Saturday

    by , November 22nd, 2014 at 02:20 PM (After a long rest)
    I am still congested but it seems to have at least loosened up a little. Today's workout was a shorter version of our now normal race pace Saturday workout. I swam a little faster today than last week but still hurt as much despite doing less reps in the race pace work.

    Warm up
    8x100 free with snorkel on 1:30

    Main sets
    12x50 drill, build free on 1min
    12x100 on 2mins at 500 race pace
    12x50 kick on :55

    Warm down
    500 easy

    I felt pretty strong during the warm up and quickly got into a nice rhythm today. On the drill build I alternated catchup and finger tip drill. On the race pace set it took me two to really hit my stride going 58s and then I slotted nicely into a good rhythm and went 56/57s until the end. Like last week the last 4 are really hard and in particular the last 2 I had to really battle to keep the 56/57 pace. The kick I used as active recovery holding 43-45s. I did an extended warm down today by doing 200 in the main pool and then moving to the baby pool for an additional 300.

    Since we we are within two weeks of our taper meet I am no longer doing swim bench or abs so hung out talking to the coaches for a few minutes before heading to yoga.

    Todays yoga focused on legs and I found it quite challenging. It still amazes me how hard I have to work to hold the poses I am being asked to do. I have been told a couple of times not to compete(which for me is hard to do) and instead slow things down and focus on the position. I am trying and I have come a long long way but it's still hard; maybe that's the idea. I can hold most of the poses for the desired time now which is a big improvement over where I was when I started.

    We are off to see the hunger games movie this afternoon. I hope it's a good movie. I enjoyed the prior two! Should be a nice relaxing weekend.
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  7. Week 112 - Friday

    by , November 21st, 2014 at 09:42 AM (After a long rest)
    Our coach is visiting family in Illinois this weekend so iwas sent today's and tomorrow's practice and was asked to answer any questions people may have. Today was pretty straight forward and overall uneventful.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    8x50 drill swim IM order on 1 min

    main sets
    6x100 IM on 1:45
    16x25 free AFAP on :30
    3x200 perfect stroke with snorkel
    200 free AFAP on 5mins from a dive
    4x25 free AFAP on :40
    100 free AFAP from a dive

    warm down
    200 easy

    i felt a little less congested today after taking another Alka Seltzer last night. I always sleep well after taking the alka seltzer nighttime but have a residual achy feeling the following day. Despite this I felt pretty good in the water and this feeling held throughout practice today. I swam fast but smooth through the IMs holding 1:06-1:08s. The fast 25s to my feet I felt good until the last two when I had to dig deep to hold my :13s. On the AFAP 200 I was hoping to go 1:55-1:56 and surprised myself with a 1:53. I was hurting on the last 50 but my stroke did not fall apart and despite my legs really hurting I felt strong. The fast 25s I was again holding 13s but this time without a flip turn. The last fast 100 I had no expectation and again surprised myself going :51 high. I was really pleased with my AFAP efforts. As I write this I still feel pretty congested but if I swim like I did today everyday I dont care. Two more weeks to rest and get ready for SPMS. Speaking of which there are now over 350 entries which is awesome. I just hope they don't drop the 6th event which I put as my 200 back which in hindsight was a poor selection; I should have made the 50 back my 6th event but alas that decision can't be undone. We have our 500 race pace set tomorrow(fun fun fun) and then we are on the slide down to the meet as the taper really kicks in.

    Updated November 21st, 2014 at 09:57 AM by StewartACarroll

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  8. Week 112 - Thursday

    by , November 20th, 2014 at 09:48 PM (After a long rest)
    I felt very congested last night so took an alka seltzer nighttime before I went to bed. I slept awesome but woke with a sore throat and I have been feeling congested all day. This morning was a light taper dryland workout with an easy 2k swim.

    10 minutes on vasa swim trainer, done as 2mins hard, 30 seconds easy
    5 minutes of abs done as flutter, planks, leg extension, crunches, flutter

    Swim

    4x100 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45
    4x100 kick on 1:45
    8x75 free on 1min
    300 easy

    I plan on taking another Alka seltzer in a few minutes and fingers crossed I will feel better on the morning. Tom headed to Illinois today so I have tomorrow and Saturdays workouts. Tomorrows workout has a fair amount of fast swimming so I need to feel better.
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  9. Week 112 - Wednesday

    by , November 19th, 2014 at 09:10 PM (After a long rest)
    I was a little sore and stiff when I woke last night and suspect I slept pretty heavy. i arrived at the pool a little earlier than usual and was able to get a little extra warmup in which actually helped with the stiffness. Today was an early taper workout but i would never describe it as such. It was tough!

    warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45
    300 easy

    main sets
    8x100 kick on 2mins best average
    100 easy
    3x200 IM on 3:30
    12x50 on 1:15 swum at 200 race pace(26/27)

    warm down
    400 easy

    i struggled a little on the 100s kick and with the exception being the first 100 where I went 1:18 I held 1:20s throughout. The 200 IMs we were told to keep our heart rate up and I went 2:27,2:25,2:22 by round. I was pretty beat after these and was not looking forward to the race pace set. Tom reduced the number of these we did(normally we do 16) and gave us more time(we usually go on :50). I held mainly 26s with 27s on the last 3. This workout felt a lot further than the yardage we swam.
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  10. Week 112 - Tuesday

    by , November 18th, 2014 at 09:35 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a good night of sleep and felt good this morning.

    10 minutes on vasa swim trainer, done as 2mins hard, 30 seconds easy
    5 minutes of abs done as flutter, planks, leg extension, crunches, flutter

    Swim

    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45
    5x100 kick on 1:45
    6x100 free on 1:30
    300 easy


    I used this as an easy recovery swim and I felt good.
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  11. Week 112 - Monday

    by , November 17th, 2014 at 06:44 PM (After a long rest)
    I spent most of this weekend at the pool watching my daughter swim. Like me she has been fighting a virus for a couple weeks but like me is on the mend, however this weekend she struggled. As the meet went in she got better but still only looked her normal self on a few events. So to my surprise she texted our coach this morning and asked if she could swim this morning with me. So this mor into my daughter joined us for masters practice; she did awesome.

    Today was was our first day of taper for SPMS, and as is usual with first day of taper is hard to tell its anything to do with our taper.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catch up on :45
    12x50 kick on :50

    main sets
    10x200 on 3 mins descend 1-4,5-8 to 500 race pace and 9 and 10 also at 500 race pace.
    12x50 drill swim back on 1min
    10x50 free on :35

    warm down
    200 easy

    i felt good on the warmup and felt really good on the 200s. On the descends I went 2:07,2:04,2:01,1:58 on round1 and then 2:05,2:03,2:00,1:57 on round 2 and then 1:57,1:57 on number 9 and 10. My daughter held about 2:40s which I was very proud of her(she is 11). On the back set of focused on my catch. The 10x50 set the guy next to me was flying holding 29-30s and me being me I tried hanging. On number 10 I realized he had fine on and I did not. I guess he had heard my daughters instructions vs our instructions. Oh well it meant I had a great set of 50s on a short interval.
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  12. Week 111 - Saturday

    by , November 15th, 2014 at 02:26 PM (After a long rest)
    As I write this I am at my daughters swim meet and for some reason the Internet connection at the pool sucks today(probably all the people here). Anyhow this is the second time I have written this!


    I had a very long week and by the time I got home last night with Indian take out I was wiped. My wife and I ate dinner and then I headed to bed around 7pm. I had a great night of sleep but woke with a strange feeling on my neck. As I soon realized we had an infestation of ants in our bedroom and sleeping on the side closest to the wall the ants had got into the bedroom, we're all over the carpet and had moved up the bed and onto my side. Luckily I was wearing a long sleeve shirt and the room was cold, because unlike prior infestations where we had sugar ants, these were fire ants and they were not happy when I started moving. After the drama of getting my shirt off, spraying them and clearing up I was wide awake and ready to head to the pool for less drama. I know what I will be doing when I get back to the house tonight after my daughters meet. I will be spraying around the house for bugs.


    This is our last full week before we taper for the SPMS meet in December so this is our last shot at the 16x100 set swum at 500 race pace. It was very much my idea to include race pace into my workouts and this set has become the set I have nightmares about. Physically it totally sucks but I think mentally it's even harder, knowing that on Saturday it's our set. I think about this set all week. Despite this I know it's good for me and I have done well working it really hard. Today Tom decided that instead of doing it on 1:45 we were going to do it on 2mins which when he said it I thought whoopee, however this made a huge difference.


    Warm up
    500 free with snorkel
    400 IM kick swim drill swim
    8x50 build on :50
    6x50 kick on 1min


    Main Set
    16x100 at 500 race pace on 2mins


    Warm down
    200 easy

    I felt better in the warmup today compared to how I have felt for the past week and going into the 16x100s felt strong. The first 3x100 I felt smooth and focused on long strokes and quick tight turns, which for me is a real challenge(I am too darn tall). I then got into a groove and held 57s until the last 4, where I slipped to 58s which I then held til the end. Despite the last 6 hurting really bad it felt great finishing this set with no failures. Obviously it would have been better to do it on the time we have been doing for the past couple of months(1:45) but I will take it.


    Due to the meet at the pool today some of the senior age groupers were working with there fitness coach and as such we were unable to use the weights(just too many kids already in the room, it was not practical), so I spoke with my coach and then headed to yoga. There is a USAS meet in our home pool the weekend after SPMS and Tom asked me if I felt like holding my taper and swimming 4 or 5 events at the meet. I said I would but need to look at the event lineup before locking it in. Despite me saying I would not swim the mile or the 1000 this SCM season I may do it at this meet since Tom thought it was the last event at the meet, so at that point there is no downside, other than the obvious pain associated with swimming this tapered.


    Yoga was tougher than usual today. I think I have a weakness in the right upper leg strength, because I was like jello as we focused on legs today. I can honestly say I have never shaken so much doing leg exercises. I will pay attention to this and try to strengthen my right upper leg(RT band). From time to time I get a bad lower back and I often wondered if the issue was related to my legs.
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  13. Week 111 - Friday

    by , November 14th, 2014 at 09:50 AM (After a long rest)
    I arrived home at around 10pm last night, ate a late(light) dinner and went to bed. I was tired when I woke up this morning and the cold weather did not make getting out of bed and out of the house any easier. It was cold 30F / -1C. It was in the 60s when I left Charlotte last night. Today's workout was a great mix of stuff and I really enjoyed practice today. It took me a while to warm up but luckily we did a longer than normal warmup which I think was what I needed.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45
    6x100 kick on 1:40
    12x50 drill build on 1min

    main sets
    12x25 with blue parachute AFAP on :45
    200 IM with parachute from a dive
    100 free AFAP from a dive on 4mins
    2x50 free AFAP from a dive on 3mins
    2x25 #1 free #2 fly from a dive on 2mins

    warm down
    200 easy

    i felt heavy and sluggish on the first 400 during warmup but started toc,Olsen up. The kick set was faster than normal and helped to get my heart rate up. I was holding 1:25-1:27s. On the drill build 50s I felt good and was comfortably holding 30-31s. Everyone was initially given a yellow parachute except me and Jeremy Shephard who were the lucky recipients of a blue parachute. I was able to go 15-16s on the 25s and tried no breathing but towards the end I was unable to hold the breathing and was breathing once. The 200IM was really hard especially the turns where I missed the wall on back and free. This was still fun because some of the guys with the yellow parachutes were hauling so keeping up with them was a real challenge. On the fast stuff I had no expectations. Tom spread us all out and everyone swam the fast stuff together. I shocked myself going 50 from Toms start and Tom shouting out my time. I have not been that quick in quite a while. On the 50s I again shocked myself going very comfortable 23s. The 25s I went 10 on the free and 12 on the fly(I seem to have one speed on fly at the moment and it's not fast). It felt like I did about 3 strokes on the fly after I surfaced and those three felt very slow. Overall a good workout.

    We we have the last set of 500 race pace 16x100s tomorrow before I start tapering for the SPMS meet. We are going to try a shorter taper for this meet and will try to hold the taper an extra week for a USAS kids meet in our home pool the second week of December. It will be good to swim fast and race again.
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  14. Week 111 - Thursday

    by , November 13th, 2014 at 07:11 PM (After a long rest)
    Patrick had suggested I swim with swimMAC and in particular attend an Aquageek(Bill Davis) workout. Until late yesterday I was afraid my work schedule was going to conspire against me being able to swim this morning. A breakfast meeting got moved to an office meeting later this morning and as such I was able to make the 5:30-6:45 workout. I texted Bill last night and he was very amenable to me swimming with his group this morning. In some ways the pool reminded me of Nitros pool in Austin. swimMAC had a large group but they had all the 25yd lanes in a 50m pool available and as far as I could tell every lane was full with 2-3 masters swimmers. The faster lanes had less swimmers per lane and for some reason I had a lane to myself which I felt a little guilty about for a full 30 seconds. 😀. The workout was much different to the workouts I have been doing lately with more changes and stroke work. That said it was great fun.

    Warm up(10 minute open warmup)
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    4x50 swim on 1min
    4x50 kick on 1min
    3x75 swim on 1:20
    3x75 kick on 1:20
    2x100 IM on 1:40
    1x100 free on 1:40

    4x(
    4x25 IMO by round on :35
    3x50 free descend to fast on 1mi
    2x100 #1 IMO #2 free on 1:40
    1x200 odd rounds IM, even rounds free fast on 4mins)

    Warm down
    200 easy

    I finally started to feel decent this morning, although a little more tired than usual. I suspect the slower send off times contributed to me feeling decent and coming off illness this helped. The first group of swims in the main set were primarily swum as a transition set getting the heart rate up a little with the 4 round set being the main effort set. I felt pretty smooth on this main effort set this morning. I was able to swim a relatively fast smooth set of 25s per round. I was able to descend the 3x50s by round and went from 29,28,27 on round 1 to 27,26,25 on round 4. On the 100s IM order I went 1:03, 1:03, 1:16, 1min, and the 200 IMs I was 2:24 and 2:26. The 200s free I went 2mins on round 1 and 2:03 with my snorkel and cardio cap on round 4.

    I had a great business trip this week and really enjoyed the opportunities to swim and meet new people. I would highly recommend the swimMAC masters program; they are a fast and friendly group(Thanks Bill).

    Updated November 13th, 2014 at 07:16 PM by StewartACarroll

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  15. Week 111 - Wednesday

    by , November 12th, 2014 at 09:18 PM (After a long rest)
    I am in North Carolina this week and had a 6am flight from Dallas to Charlotte yesterday morning. We hit the ground and had meetings all day and as a result was unable to swim. This morning I swam at UNC Raleigh Northwest campus rec center. I still feel pretty sick but it think my fever broke late yesterday and fingers crossed I am on the mend.

    Warm up
    800 revers IM twitch

    main sets
    3x200 on 3mins with snorkel working turns
    16x50 on :50 @200 race pace
    12x50 kick on 1min

    warm down
    200 easy

    i felt pretty hideous today and struggled holding 28s. I got into a rhythm but felt very weak. At least I was well enough to swim. I am in Charlotte tomorrow and will be swimming with SwimMAC. Fingers crossed I will be feeling better tomorrow.
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  16. Week 111 - Monday

    by , November 10th, 2014 at 07:03 PM (After a long rest)
    I think I am sick. On Saturday I slept all day after I got back from swimming. I just feel very achy and generally not myself. Despite feeling a little better yesterday I am not feeling my normal self and my joints just ache. Today I felt ok out of the pool but in the pool everything was hard work and my times were off significantly.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    6x100 on 1:20
    15x100 swum as 5,4,3,2,1 descending by round from 1:20 down to 1min
    100 easy
    12x50 kick on 1min

    Warm down
    4x200 breathing every 5 on 3mins

    I held 1:05 on the 6 transition 100s, and felt better than the warmup where I just hurt. On the 5,4,3,2,1 I felt hideous, holding 1:01-1:02s during the 5,4, and the first 2 of the 3 on 1:10, then felt violently sick and quickly exited the pool before throwing up in the mens locker room. I thought I was going to pass out, but after a few minutes this passed and I headed back to the pool, but totally backed off the rest of the workout. I am traveling to Charlotte this week with work and hopefully I start to feel better.
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  17. Week 110 - Saturday

    by , November 8th, 2014 at 02:19 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a good nights sleep last night but felt awful when I woke. I was incredibly hot and achy all over. I was in two minds not to swim but decided it would likely help me. Unfortunately today's workout was tough and I had my worst workout in a long time. As I writer his I am feeling sick and suspect I am running a fever.

    Warm up
    100 free on 1:30
    6x200 on 3 mins alternating build and drill swim by 200.

    Main sets
    10x50 on :40
    16x100 free on 1:45 at 500 race pace. If you miss one skip a 100. 3 failures ends the set

    warm down
    300 easy

    today I really struggled to get on pace. My first 100 was a 58(typically I have been starting on :56) but pushed and got on pace in #2 and held :57 through #8. I missed #9 so sat out #10 and then got back on for #11 missed #12 and then hit :57 on the last 4. I felt awful and this set took a lot out of me.

    Due ue to feeling so bad I skipped weights but went to yoga to continue working on my stretching. We used a blanket today to do a lot of sliding. The challenge was pulling back to hold yourself in position without slipping. We also did a lot of core work. Yoga was really tough.

    I plan on taking it very easy this weekend and seeing if I can get some sleep. Fingers crossed I will feel better on Monday. I am traveling to Charlotte with work Tuesday through Thursday so I need to find a training group this weekend. Ideas are appreciated. I will check out local places on this website but any recommendations would be great.
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  18. Week 110 - Thursday

    by , November 7th, 2014 at 05:49 PM (After a long rest)
    I am in a ranch for a company offsite meeting between Athens and Palestine Texas; deep in the middle of east Texas. For those not from Texas, east Texas is wooded and hilly with a fair amount of lakes and streams. Not the tumble weed and Cowboys most people seem to think when they think of Texas. It truelly is beautiful. The challenge is swimming here.

    I found a look at the Cain Center in Athens which is about a 45minute drive from where we are staying. Needless to say it was a very early start this morning and I was most definitely not feeling it today.

    warm up
    8*100 free with 15 seconds rest

    Main sets
    16*50 drill build on 1:00.
    16*25 on 40 hold 100 pace to feet.
    100 easy
    12*50 on 1:00 kick recovery.
    8*25 open close on :40

    Warm down
    200 easy

    I thought I was swimming incredibly slow but found out the poll is a 25m pool so my times were actually pretty good. I held 13-14s to my feet on the 16 race pace 25s. Back to the retreat I go.

    After the day of meetings we had a little group physical activity. Two of our guys decided to challenge each other and later everyone else to a running race. Some of my team decided to accept the challenge and a group did a sprint while others decided to do a more mid distance run. Me being me I could not pass up the opportunity to race a group made up of 20 something's and entered the mid distance race. I knew I woukd most likely be the slowest from the start but the further race went the better my chance. As we were started my prediction came true and after about 100 yds I was at least 10 feet back. Over the next 100 yards I started closing and the last 100 yards started passing everyone. As the finish got closer I was closing on the lead rabble rouser and challenger and I ended up passing him with about 10 yards left. I did not brag instead leaving this to everyone else to rag on the 24year old. I got several pats on the back while Mario my challenger was asked all evening how it felt being beaten by a man 20 years his senior. Oh it felt good. The only problem with running is use muscles I am not used to using like my calves and my knees always swell a little. Oh well this one will last a long time in my company and the muscle aches and pains was worth it.
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  19. Week 110 - Wednesday

    by , November 5th, 2014 at 08:13 PM (After a long rest)
    I again slept well last night and woke ahead of alarm this morning. Despite the good night of sleep I was very sore from weights.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45
    100 easy

    main sets
    10x75 all swum as 25 kick, 50 free
    1x75 on 1:05
    2x75 on 1min
    3x75 on :55
    4x75 on :50
    100 easy
    16x50 on :50 swum at 200 race pace to your feet. Skip 1 if you miss your target time
    100 easy
    6x100 breastroke kick on 2mins
    3x200 free on 3mins perfect stroke working on under water off the wall for 4 black lines on bottom of the pool

    warm down
    100 easy

    i felt pretty awful on the transition set; just tired. On the race pace set I ended up failing on 13 which was one more than last week, but this was one tough day and I had to fight almost out of the gate to get on pace. This set was really tough. The rest of the workout was swum as active recovery. The under water work off the turns was good and I surprised myself with how far I went.

    I am at a company offsite meeting the rest of the week so will be swimming in Athens, TX tomorrow. Athens is a very small town in east Texas.
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  20. Week 110 - Tuesday

    by , November 4th, 2014 at 09:48 PM (After a long rest)
    I had another good night of sleep. Once again I worked the weights hard this morning followed by a 2100 yard loosen up swim.

    10 minutes on vasa swim trainer, done as 2mins hard, 30 seconds easy
    5 minutes of abs done as flutter, planks, leg extension, crunches, flutter
    3x(bench, leg extension, lunges, dips, bicep curls, pull ups) with 10,8,6 reps per round increasing weight by round starting at last weeks ending weight(this was incredibly hard today).

    Swim

    10x100 on 1:30 free with snorkel
    12x50 catchup on :45
    4x100 kick on 1:45
    100 easy
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