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  1. Week 99 - Tuesday

    by , August 19th, 2014 at 09:16 AM (After a long rest)
    I went to bed early last night and had a good nights sleep until 3am at which time I woke up and could not go back to sleep. I felt good when I woke up. Today's workout was good but I have a little discomfort in my left shoulder. This is the same pain and discomfort I have had for a few months and managed with ice. I guess I am probably at the point in the season I should get it checked out.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    8x50 drill on :50

    Main sets
    4x100 free with snorkel on 1:30
    3x100 pull with bouy and paddles on 1:25
    2x100 build by 25 on 1:20
    1x100 free on 1:15
    2x100 build by 25 on 1:20
    3x100 pull with bouy and paddles on 1:25
    4x100 free with snorkel on 1:30
    3x100 pull with bouy and paddles on 1:25
    2x100build by 25 on 1:20
    1x100 free on 1:15
    8x50 kick on 1min

    Warm down
    100 easy


    Total 3700scy

    i was holding 1:05 pace throughout the 100s main set. Despite the discomfort in my left shoulder I am starting to get the feel for the water again. I iced my shoulder after practice today.
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  2. Week 99 - Monday

    by , August 18th, 2014 at 03:01 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a pretty restless night of sleep last night. My wife was up most of the night with allergies and unfortunately she woke me up. Normally I sleep like a log but last night was just not meant to be a good night of sleep.

    Despite being tired this morning this did not affect my swim. I still dont have a feel for the water but put more effort into todays workout than Saturday. I think its going to take me a couple of weeks to get back into the swing of things. Also my shoulders ached today which is not a good thing. I ended up icing my left shoulder after practice since it hurt the most. I probably should have done both but ran out of time; still on vacation pacing at this point.

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

    Main Set
    4x(300 pull with paddles and snorkel on 3:30, 200 free with snorkel on 2:30, 100 free on 1:15)
    8x50 kick on 1min

    Warm down
    200 easy

    Total 3700scy

    I held 1:05-1:07 pace throughout the main set which definitely got the heart rate up this morning. My hope is to go about 4k tomorrow and then stick to that this week. Next week when Tom is back we will no doubt start building back up on intensity.
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  3. Week 98 - Saturday

    by , August 16th, 2014 at 09:38 AM (After a long rest)
    My family and I arrived home from Canada yesterday. After the week at worlds in Montreal we headed north on a train to Quebec City and had a great relaxing week seeing the sights of this wonderful old city. It really was fun being a tourist for a week. The closest I came to a swim workout was hanging out in the pool at the hotel with my daughter and father.

    This is morning I swam an easy 3k workout and felt hideous. I hurt in places I have never hurt before and had no feel at all for the water. It always amazes me how long it takes to get in shape and how quickly you loose it.

    Todays workout

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

    main set
    5x100 pull with paddles on 1:30
    4x100 with snorkel on 1:30
    3x100 easy build by 25 on 1:30
    2x100 drill on 1:30
    1x100 kick on 1:30
    10x50 stroke free by 25 on :50

    warm down
    300 easy

    total 3000scy

    Despite feeling hideous today it was great getting back in the pool and I am so looking forward to getting back to training. I have a few ideas for some short term goals and hope to swim a few different events this fall along with my normal free events. I am likely to swim 3 SCM meets and a couple of kids meets this fall.

    My team mates from worlds are already talking about future meets and a number of my team mates brought up the world masters games in New Zealand in 2017.

    http://www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz

    I am also seriously considering the European Masters championship in London in 2016. It will be one of the first major swimming meets at the London Olympic pool since it was reconfigured after the 2012 Olympics.

    All good old stuff to continue to ponder and work through over the next few weeks.
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  4. Week 96 - Friday

    by , August 1st, 2014 at 10:39 AM (After a long rest)
    We had a team dinner last night which was a lot of fun. Swimmers plus immediate families. We had a nice Italian dinner with lots of laughing and joking. As a team we are going to have a lot of fun.

    This is morning we again swum scy, it sort of sucks getting so much lcm in and then the week before the meet we switch back to scy but it is what it is. This morning I did a meet warmup and then I worked on 3x100s to my feet at 1000yard/800m pace.

    400 free
    6x50 catchup on :50
    8x50 kick on 1:10
    4x50 build on 1min
    3x100 at 1000/800 pace with 20 seconds rest
    200 easy
    4 relay starts(2 medley and 2 free)

    total 1800scy

    On the build 50s I was a very easy 30. On the 3x100s I was 58,59,59 which are great splits but they were not as easy as I would have liked. I can't have it all my way I guess. There was a great energy this morning with everyone excited about next week.

    I am heading to the airport this morning around 11am and will grab lunch at the airport before we fly up to Montreal. My self and one of my team mates Bill are the first of our team to arrive with others arriving throughout the week. We are going to try to grab a team dinner next Thursday before people start heading home which again should be a lot of fun. It's hard to believe worlds start on sunday.
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  5. Week 96 - Thursday

    by , July 31st, 2014 at 02:51 PM (After a long rest)
    I managed to juggle my customer meeting and getting to bed at a reasonable hour last night. I managed to just go and grab a drink with the customer(he had alcohol and I did not so I am not sure if mine qualifies as a drink). When I got home I ate dinner with the family and then packed for worlds. Its getting real. I then texted one of my team mates who was getting waxed last night; he is a hairy guy and it took over 2 hours. Worlds got even more real after this text conversation.

    I woke up throughout the night due to storms in Dallas but still had a good nights sleep.

    Tom had us down to do 2800scy today and I ended up cutting it back due to being stiff and slightly sore(dont know why). So todays workout was as follows:

    Warm up
    1000 swim with snorkel

    Main sets
    6x50 kick on 1:10
    4x100 swum as drill, build, easy free, build on 2mins
    300 swim easy with snorkel
    4x25 with cords

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total 2200scy

    I was a little sore and stiff in my upper body today during the warmup but felt better as the workout went on. I actually felt pretty easy and fast on the 4x100s and without much effort was holding 1min pace which is pretty darn good for me when the 100's included 50 easy. The cord work at the end was fun and nothing beats doing a 25 scy in under 8 seconds!!!
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  6. Week 96 - Wednesday

    by , July 30th, 2014 at 04:28 PM (After a long rest)
    I set an all time early to bed record last night by falling asleep on the couch at 6pm and being in bed at 6:30pm. I slept the entire night and felt much better this morning. Work is quite stressful at the moment and not what I really wanted before Worlds, but it is what it is at this point. I am suppossed to go to dinner with a customer tonight but have decided I will go for a soft drink and then bail(luckily two other guys I work with will be there to hold the fort).
    Todays workout was pretty straight forward and I backed off on the intensity as instructed by Tom on the kick set. The pool was still setup scy.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45

    Main sets
    6x50 finger tip drill/swim by 25 on 1min
    12x50 kick descend 1-4,5-8,9-12 on 1:15
    4x200 swim with snorkel on 3:15mins at 80% effort
    12x25 odds from a dive with 5 strokes, and evens easy from a push on 1min

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total 2800scy

    I descended the kick as instructed but probably on dropped to 80% effort. The 200s I felt pretty good but just concentrated on long strokes and descended the set from 2:15 to 2:10 at about 80% effort. The dives I felt good and cruised with my 5 strokes.
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  7. Week 96 - Tuesday

    by , July 29th, 2014 at 01:42 PM (After a long rest)
    I did not feel as good in the water today as yesterday. Not bad by any stretch but a little heavier in my legs. I dont think it helped that the pool was setup for scy either. I have not swum scy for quite a while(I recall one workout during our training week and I dont recall the last one prior to that). Today felt like 9 strokes and then I had to turn and after a while I felt dizzy. I had forgotten just how hard continually doing turns is. Its sort of funny really because when I first went back to LCM I found it hard too, so I am guessing they are both hard but in different ways.

    We dropped yardage again today but did a broken 200 and two broken 100s from a dive. I worked these as hard as I could and had speed but just not that extra pickup I was hoping for. I still have 5 days before the 800 so I have time. More rest this week and next week will be fun.

    Warm up
    500 free with snorkel

    Main sets
    10x50 on :35
    1x200 broken at 50,75,50,25 with 10 seconds after the 50s and 15 seconds after the 75
    150 easy
    6x50 finger tip drill on 1min
    2x100 broken at 25,50,25 with 5 seconds after the 25 and 10 seconds after the 50
    100 easy
    6x100 kick descend 1-3 and 4-6 with 3 and 6 no harder than 90% on 2mins

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total 2650scy

    I was holding 30s on the transition set today. On the broken 200 I was 1:50, but went out a little quick on the first 50(25 to my feet). On the broken 100s I was 49s but felt a little heavy. Tom said to see how I felt on the 100s and to do 1,2,or 3 based on how I felt. On the second 100 in particular my legs felt heavy so I did not do a third broken 100. The kicks I went 1:30,1:25,1:18 or round 1 and 1:30,1:24,1:20 on round 2.
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  8. Week 96 - Monday

    by , July 28th, 2014 at 08:33 AM (After a long rest)
    I slept heavy last night and despite waking twice I felt pretty good when I woke for practice. I got a text from my coach that he made it back forms TAGS at 1am and would not be on deck this morning. Instead he texted me the workout which was mainly easy aerobic sets.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup drill on 1min

    main sets
    6x100 kick on 2:20 descend 1-3,4-6
    4x200 descend 1-4 on 3mins
    8x50 drill swim by 25 on 1:10
    8x25 open,close,easy,fast on :45

    warm down
    100 double arm back

    Total 2800LCM

    The kick felt pretty strong and was going 1:45,1:40,1:35 on the descends. The first 2x200s I pulled(no paddles) and the last two I swam. I was 2:37,2:33,2:28,2:24 on these and felt ok(strong but not easy). The open,close and fast I upped the temp a little holding 15 on the fast and 16-17s on the open and close 25s. Less than one week to go now. I swim around 4:30pm next Sunday in the third fastest heat of the 800(based on entry times). This is late for me but by the looks of things this will be my latest swim. Can't wait.
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  9. Week 95 - Sunday

    by , July 27th, 2014 at 08:43 PM (After a long rest)
    After getting back from Austin I arranged to meet two of my teammates at the pool and we swam an easy 1000. I hate being dry during the last two weeks of my taper nd I felt great in the pool. I was not even too stiff from the drive.

    400 with snorkel
    6x50 alternating catchup and finger tip drill on 1min
    2x50 build on 1:30
    200 perfect stroke

    Total 1000LCM

    On the build I felt great and went a very easy pair of 29s.
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  10. Week 95 - Saturday

    by , July 26th, 2014 at 09:22 AM (After a long rest)
    I had another late night last night but yesterday was a good day. My daughter signed up for a 200IM time trial and she did great and her relay swam at night and she got to experience finals at a big meet. She swam great and really enjoyed the whole experience.

    This is morning came too quickly but I got up and got going and started to feel much better on the drive north from Austin to Cedar a Park to swim with Nitro one last time. I had my best practice this week! I don't want to read too much into today because my taper so far has been ups and downs but it was nice to have a strong workout a week out. My easy speed is starting to surface.

    Warm up
    4x150 with 10 secs between 150s, 2 swum with snorkel, 1 kick, 1 back
    200 pull

    Main sets
    8x75 kick alternating fast,easy,fast by 25 and easy,fast,easy with 15 secs rest
    8x50 swum as a broken 400 at 400 pace with 20-30 rest(we did them on 1:15)
    100 easy
    8x50 on 1min swum as 2x(3 finger tip drill, 1 back)

    Warm down
    400 free with snorkel

    Total 2800LCM

    The kick set I felt pretty strong. On the broken 400 I felt amazingly good and actually descended the entire 400. The coach Greg had a watch and I started out at 31.8 and consistently dropped .3 of a second per 50 while feeling really relaxed and strong. At number 6 I went under 30 and kept dropping finishing with a 29 flat with an add up of 4:08. Obviously you don't get 20-30 seconds rest in a 400 but it was nice to swim strong, easy and fast. My heart rate was 150 at the end which is also a great sign. The rest of the workout I swam easy and focused on long strokes.

    Tomorrow I am debating how to get water time. Austin before my daughter swims or Dallas after we get home. I like to stay wet the last two weeks of my taper but tomorrow maybe a challenge with my daughter swimming. I am sure it will all workout just fine.

    Tomorrow is 1 week to the 800. With such a range of distances in my program I always stress out about the 800 and the 50. My mid events are usually strong but the outliers are unpredictable. I am feeling good about where I am at right now however and unlike my previous taper I have had a lot of rest so far and still have a week to rest even more.

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    just read this funny little piece on swimswam about tapering. In the case of us masters swimmers replace the word parent with spouse and it fits so well.

    http://swimswam.com/parents-survival-guide-dealing-taper/

    My wife chuckled at "the Hulk" in particular.

    Updated July 26th, 2014 at 10:01 AM by StewartACarroll

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  11. Week 95 - Thursday

    by , July 24th, 2014 at 12:54 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a hectic day yesterday including a two hour delay leaving Dallas on Southwest to Austin. I had meetings in San Antonio so rented a car and rushed down to San Antonio for the afternoon. My wife and daughter drove down later in the day and we met up for dinner in Austin.

    This is morning I swam with Nitro. It was a fun time swimming with and Mr Unruh and the gang at Nitro. This was a good taper workout with lots of rest and only a little bit of up tempo swimming.

    Warm up
    300 free with snorkel
    300 back
    200 kick
    100 swim

    Main sets
    2x(4x100 swum as
    #1 75 easy 25 fast
    #2 50 easy 50 fast
    #3 25 easy 75 fast
    #4 100 fast

    16x50 on 1:15
    swum as 4x(50 easy, 50 build, 50 easy, 50 fast) alternating rounds of free and back

    Warm down
    700 perfect stroke

    We treated the 100s more like build than fast and got down to 1:05 on the fast one. I swam these all with a snorkel and felt good. The 50s I was going 32-33 on the fast back and 27-28s on the fast free. It was hard seeing the clock today so I maybe off a second on some of these.
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  12. Week 95 - Wednesday

    by , July 23rd, 2014 at 09:05 AM (After a long rest)
    I had to travel to Montgomery Alabama with work yesterday and it was a long day. I got to the house around 9pm and after eating and cooling off I did not get to bed until 10pm which is late for me. In fact I don't recall the last time I was still awake at 10pm. It's rare. Anyhow, I had a good nights sleep and felt much better this morning than yesterday morning. Fingers crossed I will have a good week. I am heading to Austin and San Antonio for work today and tomorrow and then to cheer my daughter and her teammates at TAGS on Friday through Sunday. I plan on swimming with Mr Unruh at Nitro but I am under strict orders from my coach on total meters to swim and the amount of intensity. Mr Unruh and I tend to enjoy racing each other and if we are not careful limbs could be floating in the pool at the end of practice; I can't wait.

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

    Main sets
    8x100 on 1:40 swum as 50 back, 50 free
    3x(200 build by 50 on 3 mins, 4x50 on 1min swum as 2x(12.5 fast, 12.5 easy))

    Warm down
    400 easy

    Total 3100LCM

    nothing really to document other than the build 200s where I descended and went 2:24,2:22,2:20. I was on average 4 seconds quicker on the second 100 than the first. I felt long and strong on these.
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  13. Week 95 - Tuesday

    by , July 22nd, 2014 at 09:34 AM (After a long rest)
    I had another good nights sleep but woke up pretty tired and achy for some reason. This feeling followed me into the pool today and I did not have my mojo today. I guess it's officially taper blues time! Fingers crossed this will all be behind me by the end of the week and I will be ready for worlds.

    Warm up
    600 free with snorkel

    Main sets
    4x(2x50 on :35, 100 kick on 2:15, 200 free on 3:15)
    8x 100 free on 1:30 swum as 25 fast, 25 easy, 25 build, 25 over kick

    Warm down
    5 x100 IM on 1:40

    Total 3500LCM

    I was holding 31-32 on the fast 50s and then going easy on the 100 kick and the 200 swim which I did with a snorkel. I just felt achy and fairly sluggish throughout today. Like I said this usually passes so fingers crossed this is the start of good things in a couple weeks. 12 days to go.
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  14. Week 95 - Monday

    by , July 21st, 2014 at 10:28 AM (After a long rest)
    I had an awesome weekend. I spent time with both my kids, my wife and my parents. Saturday the weather was overcast but since we were watching my daughter at her meet it did not matter. Yesterday the weather was awesome; sunny and blue sky. We ended up grilling out last night and it was great fun. I ended up having a nap both days and stilld to get a full night of sleep both Saturday and Sunday night. I woke up just before my alarm went off and felt pretty good.
    Todays workout was fairly easy with mostly low to moderate intensity and medium yardage. We will be dropping yardage from here out; yeah!!!!

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

    Main sets
    10x100 free with snorkel perfect stroke on 1:30
    12x50 finger tip drill on 1 min
    8x25 Open, Close, Easy, Fast on :40
    3x300 pull on 4mins descend 1-4
    8x50 kick on 1min

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total 4000LCM

    I was feeling good on the 100s and was holding 1:15s throughout
    On the Open, Close, Easy, Fast we do 12.5 fast 12.5 easy on the open 25s, 12.5 easy and 12.5 fast on the close. These are fun and I felt good.The 300s pull I went 3:30, 3:28, 3:25. I felt a little stiff on these. The kick I was holding 45-48s.
    13 days to go.
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  15. Week 94 - Saturday

    by , July 19th, 2014 at 11:58 AM (After a long rest)
    I had yet another great nights sleep. 3 in a row is rare for me! Today's workout was race based and was a lot of fast fun. When Tom told me meet warmup I did not know what to expect. My brain went through a list of really painful things we could be doing and when I heard the main set my heart initially sunk. It was very hard don't get me wrong but as usual not nearly as hard as my brain was telling me it would be; isn't that usually the way.

    Warm up
    800 free with snorkel
    8x50 build on 1min
    8x25 open, close, easy, fast by 25 on :40

    Main set
    5x100 with fins from the blocks on 5mins AFAP
    with a 100 easy after the 100.

    Warm down
    300 easy

    total 2900LCM

    i felt good on the build 50s going 33-35. In particular my stroke felt long today. I seemed to be able to catch and feel the water much more than usual. On the 100s I did not know what to expect and to my surprise I went 51,51 on the first two 100s. On number 3 I was flying and had a great 50, only for my right fin to come off on the turn. On the last two I went 51, 50. My legs were hurting and obviously my lungs too but I really felt good and on top of the water and did not feel like I died at all. I was really pleased with this set.

    After swim workout we did we did our last dryland abs workout before worlds, consisting of 10minutes split into two rounds of crunches, leg lift, planks, v sits and one arm one leg planks. We did 45 seconds on and 15 seconds off. These burned pretty good today. We are now officially in full taper. This was the first workout under 3k and we are done with weights(2 weeks ago) and abs and drylands. 15 days til the 800m free.

    Now I am off to watch my daughter try to get her last BB or faster time in the 10and under age group with the 100 fly. This was one of her goals for the year and she has everything else so fingers crossed she will get her fly time.

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    I just got got back from my daughters meet and she dropped 20 seconds on her 100yd fly. She went from having a B time in the 10 and unders to just missing her AA time. She is very happy.

    Updated July 19th, 2014 at 01:57 PM by StewartACarroll

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  16. Week 94 - Friday

    by , July 18th, 2014 at 12:46 PM (After a long rest)
    My parents arrived from the UK yesterday for a 6 week stay,including our 2 week trip to Canada for worlds followed by a short vacation to Quebec City.They were jet lagged so after catching up and having dinner they went to bedpretty early and I took the opportunity to get another early nightíssleep. Surprisingly I slept through thenight and woke up about 5 minutes before my alarm was due to go off. I feltpretty good today and I am getting stronger and faster as the rest kicksin. I definitely feel good relative tohow I usually feel at this phase of the taper.

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

    Main sets
    12x50 drill build by 25 on 1min
    4x(broken 100 on 3mins, 2x50 kick on 1min, 1min rest
    #1 and #3broken at 25,50,25
    #2 and #4broken at 50,50
    With 5 seconds after 25s and 10seconds after 50)
    8x100 on 1:30 perfect easy swim
    2x200 kick on 3mins with fins
    50 AFAP from a dive

    Warm down
    200 easy

    Total 3550LCM

    Broken 100s long course are always hard. #1 and #3 were especially hard due to thechallenge with hitting the mid point of the pool, spotting the clock, startingwith no push, etc. Despite thesechallenges I had a good set, and was about 1:02 on #1 and #3 and was 1min on #2and #4 which I think are fairer reflections of a 100. I felt strong throughout. The 8x100s I swameasy and came in on 1:18-1:20. The 50from the blocks we raced and it was a lot of fun. We are going to have a reallyquick mens relay at worlds with 4 of us under 27ís and 2 of us likely to be around25(or faster I hope). I had a great start and break out and was ahead of thegroup and held good form the entire 50. The only thing I think I would have done different in a race was to holdmy breath, instead of breathing 3-4 times. I looked up and saw a 26high which I was very surprised and pleasedwith. 17 days to go!
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  17. Week 94 - Thursday

    by , July 17th, 2014 at 05:06 PM (After a long rest)
    I fell asleep on the couch at 7.30 last night and ended up going to bed around 8pm. I ended up sleeping all night and even felt tired when I woke up. I felt pretty good in the pool today(probably all the rest).

    Warm up
    800 free with snorkel

    Main sets
    4x(200 free on 2:30, 2x100 kick on 2mins, 2x50 AFAP on 1:30)

    Warm down
    8x100 drill swim by 25 on 1:45

    Total 3600LCM

    I unintentionally descended the 200s by round going 2:24,2:22,2:20,2:17. Pic focused on relaxing and keeping my stroke long. On the kick piece I was slower on the first of the two 100s but held 1:45-1:47s. The 50s AFAP I held 30s until the last round when I went 29s. I felt good today. 17 more days.
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  18. Week 94 - Wednesday

    by , July 16th, 2014 at 02:38 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a much better nights sleep last night and felt good in the water today. I still feel tired generally but feel good where I am relative to the taper.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup

    Main sets
    4x(2x100 on 1:20, 2x50 back on 1min)
    6x100 kick on 2:15
    12x50 with tempo trainer set to 16 seconds with the goal of holding 32 with one beep of rest

    Warm down
    5x100 free on 1:40

    Total 3600LCM

    The 100s on 1:20 were harder than they should have been. The kick I held 1:45s and felt pretty easy. The pace set was hard work. I held the tempo but it was a lot of hard work. The last two I picked up and finished with 30s on these. 18days to go.
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  19. Week 94 - Tuesday

    by , July 15th, 2014 at 02:00 PM (After a long rest)
    I had another restless nights sleep last night and woke up pretty tired. I did some abs work after work last night which made me pretty tired and went to sleep very quickly but work up around 1.30am. I was hot and tossed and turned the rest of the night. I did not feel very good during the warmup this morning but finally got going on the first part of the main set. We did broken 400's which is a beating at the best of times but today I felt pretty strong despite my times being slower than I hoped for.

    Warm up
    6x200 with snorkel on 3mins

    Main set
    3x(2x50 free on :40, 1x100 kick on 2mins, 1x100IM on 2mins)
    2x400 on 10mins broken as
    #1 200,200
    #2 100,200,100
    with 20 seconds after any 200 and 10 seconds after any 100.

    Warm down
    4x200 on 3 mins with snorkel

    Total 3700LCM

    On the broken 400 by 200 I was 4:40 with even splits on each 200 which I was very happy with at this phase of the taper(day2) We still have 19 days so plenty of time to get some more speed, but my pacing was very good and I felt strong the whole way. The second 400 I did not feel as strong but my splits were still consistent and I went 4:38 add up. These are the best 400's I think I have done in practice so I cant argue with that.

    Updated July 15th, 2014 at 07:52 PM by StewartACarroll

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  20. Week 94 - Monday

    by , July 14th, 2014 at 01:51 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a rough nights sleep last night, I had a lot on my mind and was very hot all night. My daughter just missed a couple of individual TAGS times yesterday and she exited the 100 back in tears(which only lasted a few minutes), but my heart went out to her. We have always focused on personal best times and I was so proud of her when she came out of the pool and gave me a hug and said that she was pleased with her swim(you could tell she was upset with the start) because it was a best time. I almost teared up when she said that. I also learnt a lesson yesterday about what I must have put my own mother through as a child(sorry Mum). For the first time yesterday I realised that it hurts the parent and not just the child when your child does not get what they have worked so hard for. I have done my best to not coach and not put any pressure on her and have tried keeping the big picture of swimming for life at the forefront of all our conversations but you do second guess yourself and I kept asking if I was part of the reason she missed her time. I have no intention of mentioning her missing her goal but rather to continue setting goals and encouraging her toward her goals with the #1 part being to have fun. You can probably tell I am very proud of her.

    I was awake as the alarm crept toward 4.30am and just got up without the alarm going off. Todays workout felt surprisingly good and smooth. I did not feel very fast but I did feel strong and my times were pretty consistent today.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 50

    Main sets

    4x(300 smooth on 4mins with paddles, 4x50 build on 1min)
    6x(100 kick with fins on 1.45, 2x50 kick with fins on 1min)

    Warm down
    6x100 on 1.30 with snorkel perfect swim

    Total 4500LCM

    I was holding 3:30-3:33 on the 300's with paddles and then built each 50 to 33-34 on the 50's. The kick was interesting and I held 1:15 on the easy 100 and then 30-31's on the fast 50's with fins. I felt good today.


    20 more days til worlds!


    Psych sheets were released today for worlds (there's a link on the usms forums) and I am ranked 3rd in the 800, 6th in the 200 and 2nd in the 400. I am also swimming the the 50 free(this will be interesting to see if I have enough speed to place top 10) and the 100 free. There are some very strange entry times in many different age groups. My event rankings seem to line up with what I know of the domestic and international competition. Looks like there are some really fast guys in my age(I suspect all ages). I am looking forward to some really fast racing.
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