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  1. Saturday May 15, 2010

    300 free
    200 IM Drill
    300 various drills
    4x 50 kick/build
    50 @ 200 goal pace
    2 x 25 @ 100 goal pace with an ez 25 after

    4 x 12.5 fast breakout 37.5 ez

    150 c/d

    Total: 1500 yards

    Need to work on the timing of my breakout still. I think I need maybe two extra flutter kicks before trying to start swimming. Sometimes it's pretty on, sometimes it's a tad early.

    Other than that my swims are starting to feel good. I plan on another massage this week, and a swim Monday and Wednesday. Probably take Tuesday off. IF I decide to swim on Tuesday I'll do an 800 ez or less.

    Ready to test my training and taper ...
  2. Tuesday and Wednesday May 11th and 12th

    Tuesday - a much needed and much enjoyed massage. Told her to just loosen me up. Felt great - muscles are still totally fatigued and sore.

    scy solo (again ... )

    1000 warm-up:
    300 swim
    200 IM drill
    200 fly drill
    50 free drill
    4 x 50 kick/swim
    2 x 25 12.5 fast/12.5 ez

    1x100 broken at the 50 for :15 and 75 for :10 I totally messed this up. I did free and went nuts on my kick the first 50 and tried to hold it. I only gave myself :10 at the 50 but was late so I did another :10 at the 25 but was off both times because I was forgetting what I was supposed to do.

    Did 4 x 100 on the 1:40 as my c/d

    Did some ez swims in there, too and ended up with 1600.

    EEK! It's almost go time. Still feeling sluggish and sore. Feeling both tired and energized. I'm definitely NOT sleeping enough ... I need to get some more sleep.

    Next week I'm going to pay better attention to hydrating, too.
  3. Monday May 10, 2010

    Talked a lot with my VERY trusted taper coach ... he said to only swim twice this week, I talked him into a third time - which is supposed to be a sprint free warm-up swim only -

    Warm-up (also discussed he also relented and let me do my typical 1,000)

    300 swim
    200 IM drill
    300 drill (200 fly, 100 free)
    4 x 50 kick/swim

    2 x 25 build

    1 x 100 free broken at the 50 for :10 and 75 for :10
    1:02 from a push with a late start

    1 x 50 fly broken at 25 for :15

    1 x 25 free fast no breath - :13.6

    5 x 100 free on 1:40 swim them slower than 1:25

    Did some ez swims inbetween the sprints and got 1,800 in - it's almost go time. I'm definitely feeling that fatigued muscle feeling so according to my calculations I am right on track.

    We also talked a LOT about my 100 free and how to take it out more aggressively. I ALWAYS try to do that but I haven't done that well since 08. I'm thinking of changing my strategy a wee bit. I think I need to focus on killing my legs the first 50 and forget about the 2nd 50 (until I get there).

    Coach promises my training will carry my legs through the last 25 (I think the training and my beloved B70 will) - fingers crossed!
  4. Weekend (May 7, 8 and 9, 2010)

    Friday Night:
    Swam SCY solo

    300 free
    200 IM drill
    300 drill free and fly
    4 x 50 kick/build (fl, bk, fr, fr)
    4 x 50 (25 fast, 25 ez)

    6 x (50 FAP, 50 ez on 4:00)
    fl, fr, fr, fl, bk, fr
    (fr and back with fins fly without)

    6 x 25 from the middle
    (fl, fl/bk, bk, bk/br, br/fr, fr)

    150 c/d

    Still not finding my real sprint speed with the arms - the legs and stroke feel good, arms included. It just feels sluggish. My kick feels really strong - no clue at all if I'll swim well or not next week!

    Spent an hour or so planting flowers for my mom. Started pouring rain right as I put the last one in.

    Ran around the backyards with my cousins' dogs and threw the ball - not for too long.

    Neither Saturday or Sunday's activities were taper friendly but I'm not worried. Back to the pool tonight for a COACHED workout, YEAH!! (Been two weeks since I had one of those)
  5. May 5, 2010

    Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    Swam solo (again)

    Meet warm-up
    300 ish free (basically swim till it feels good and the jitters are reduced not more than a 500)
    200 IM drill
    300 more drill (mostly fly, some free)
    4 x 50 kick (one bk, one fl, two free)
    4 x 25 fast/25 ez (simulating starts)
    100 ez

    2 x200 free on 3:10 - bumping up the intervals a bit to get more rest. I was going to do 3 but my team jumped in and I was running out of lane space. PLUS I swam a lot faster than I wanted to (nice problem to have)
    100 moderate
    100 ez

    100 fast broken at the 50 for :10
    Not even talking about the crappiness that this was blech. Still don't have the sprint speed -

    100 ez - then started chatting and after 10 minutes decided I was better off getting out instead of trying to get warm again before sprinting more.

    Going back tomorrow ...

    Stressed about the whole Walnut Creek situation. Kerry O'Brien () is just about the best masters coach out there - INCREDIBLE guy and coach. This program and his job MUST be saved.

    I'm trying to go gluten free as I've been experiencing a lot of issues lately. Many similar to Fort's. Since bread is my favorite food, followed by spaghetti, garlic bread and chocolate chip cookies I do NOT look forward to this. HOWEVER, I'd like a normal life so ... giving it a whirl for the next few weeks to see if I see improvements. Going to detox at some point, too. Oh, won't that be fun.
  6. Tuesday May 4, 2010

    Okay got back in the water ... never thought I would say this but thank goodness for indoor pools.

    Typical 1000 w/u
    300ish free
    200 IM drill
    300 drill of free and fly
    4 x 50 kick/build by 25

    6 x 100 on 1:35 mod free - nice and relaxed. My free and turns felt really good on these.

    1 x 100 broken at the 50 for :10 did free
    blech - never got going fast

    2 x 50 broken at the 25 for :05 - did #1 fly and #2 back blech never got going fast

    4 x 25 from the middle fast working on IM transitions and turns - again blech never got going fast.

    I am hoping/praying/pleeding to the swim Gods that my turn comes back to me in the next 2 weeks ... otherwise ...
  7. Seriously?!?!


    So I swam Friday night solo because I knew I wouldn't get in Saturday and knew it was possible that I wouldn't get in on Sunday. I wanted to get up early and go on Sunday but I felt sick as heck Saturday night and decided I needed the sleep - rest of the day was packed so there was no chance of the pool happening.

    Took a half day yesterday to get stuff done, rest and try to tinker with food to figure out just why my poor stomach hates me ... no luck, got sicker as the day went on and spent the workout time in bed. (fortunately with clean sheets and about 10 loads of laundry done in a now clean room)

    Nonetheless - allergies are flairing up like crazy, stomach is killing me (mostly just painful) ... not what I need to be in 2.5 weeks out.

    Oh well, today is a new day ... swimming solo after work (in theory) .... Just needed to
  8. Friday April 30, 2010

    Goodbye April!

    1000 w/u (see below)

    5 x 100 on 1:35 - moderate added to the interval to get more rest (normally would go 1:25)

    4x(3x50 on :55) 1:00 rest between rounds
    felt awful
    did round 3 back

    200 ez

    4 x 25 from the middle to work IM transitions

    200 ez

    blech - stroke felt bad. Taking today off. Back at it tomorrow - ignoring the cold I'm coming down with.