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  1. Wed Apr 13

    by , April 14th, 2016 at 10:16 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks in streamline on bosu, 2 x 100
    explosive fly pulls, 35/30 x 2 x 10
    explosive boxing punches, 2 x 30
    single leg squat on edge of high box, 2 x 10 each leg
    standing broad jumps, 5
    altitude drop + standing broad jump, 5
    med ball slams, 10
    knee tuck jumps, 5
    explosive leg extensions, 105/9- x 3 x 15
    extreme angle iso squat, 5:00
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    bicep curl negatives, 20 x 3 x 8

    15 minutes of foam rolling & stretching



    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 various
    12 x 25 various @ :35
    4 x 50 various while they were doing 6 x 50 @ :55

    Mains sets:

    3 rounds:
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    1 x 50 fast stroke @ 100 pace @ :45
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:35
    4 x 25 power kicks @ :40 (I did shooters here on 2 rounds)
    1 x 50 fast stroke @ 100 pace @ :45
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:35
    4 x 25 fast kick @ :40 (By round, I did 1 fast, then 2 fast, then 4 fast)
    1 x 50 EZ

    R1 = 50s were fly-back, R2 = 50s were breast, R3 = 50s were flutter kick

    I skipped the 4th round of that set and grabbed an empty lane in the deep end.

    100 EZ

    10 x 25 breast @ 100 pace @ :45
    250 EZ

    Total: 3150



    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    I took it pretty easy in the gym yesterday, doing mostly plyometrics. I was still a little lackluster at practice. I also had a shoulder twinge after doing fly on the first round of the main set, so switched to a lot of breaststroke and kicking. It freaked me out a little bc I haven't had that happen in a practice for a long time. I will def make an appt with my chiro. I feel somewhat better today. Luckily, I have a sixth month appt with my allergist tomorrow. I want to have him take a look at my ears, which still hurt. My lungs feel ok this am, but the cold water last night didn't really agree with them. It's not easy to do UW work with intermittent broncho spasms ...
  2. Sat April 9

    by , April 9th, 2016 at 05:24 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)


    Drylands:


    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    hip thrusters, 45 x 3 x 10
    yoga ball rotations on double cable machine, 25 x 2 x 10 each side
    HS hi row, 180 x 4 x 5
    leg press, 280 x 3 x 5
    DB bench row, 45 x 4 x 6 each arm
    extreme angle squat on high boxes w/plate, 45 x 3 x 8
    resisted standing broad jumps, 35 x 3 x 5
    squat jumps w/10 lb DBs, 2 x 5
    med ball slams, 2 x 5



    Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    5 x 30 burst to 15 m + cruise back from the blocks
    100 EZ

    3 x 30 burst @ 100 pace from the blocks
    50 EZ

    5 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00-3:30
    100 EZ

    2 x w/fins
    1 x 50 fly-back @ 100 pace @ 1:00
    1 x 50 breast-free @ 100 pace @ 1:00
    2 x 25 fast flutter kick w/board @ :30
    150 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 2500


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    I took yesterday off, and felt pretty miserable. But I woke up feeling like half a human today. It was snowing here in the am, and I hope that kills off some of the pollen. I haven't felt well for 3 weeks now and it is really really getting old.

    I only did 45 minutes of weights instead of 60. I'd like to get in three more dryland sessions before nationals, but I may keep them shorter and taper the weights some. I still hit a wall during the 100 pace stuff on the swim. I decided to pack it in and save some for tomorrow. I hope trying to push through the workouts this last week was the right call.
  3. Wed Apr 6

    by , April 7th, 2016 at 10:32 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    natalie coughlin stability exercise, 1 x 10 each leg
    single leg stand on flat side of bosu in streamline w/pair of 8 lb DBs, 1:00 each leg
    hip thrusters, 35 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 95 x 2 x 5, 100 x 2 x 3 (max)
    push press, 60 x 4 x 6
    HS hi row, 170 x 4 x 5
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 30
    resisted standing broad jumps, 30 x 2 x 5
    squat jumps w/10 lb DBs, 2 x 5
    altitude drops w/10 lb DBs, 2 x 5
    freestyle boxing punches, 2 x 20
    hip adductors, 150 x 4 x 8


    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    500 various
    10 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ

    They did: 2 x (8 x 25 @ :30) of something or other
    I did: 2 x (4 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00 + 50 EZ)

    Main sets:

    They did 6 rounds of:
    8 x 25 @ :30 (2 fly, 2 breast, 2 back)
    2 x 100 @ 1:40 (IM or stroke)
    1 x 50 EZ

    I did 5 rounds of: (2 rounds fly w/fins, 2 rounds breast, 1 round dolphin kick)
    8 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40
    1 x 100 EZ

    I did 2 x 25 of the 6th round, but was cramping so I stopped and did 200 EZ

    Total: 2850



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    I felt really rough when I woke up yesterday. I dragged myself to the gym around 1:00 pm, and felt much better afterward. So much better that I decided to go to Pitt for practice. The club kids are on break so we had a lot more lanes than usual. I shared a lane in the deep end with Lindsay and modified around her. I was glad that we were doing 25s though, and I needed some 100 pace work. Still, after a hard gym session, I started to really strain on the third round. Breast @ :40 is not easy.

    I'm sore from weights today, but I think this is the strongest I've been in years.

    I didn't feel too badly this am, just some fatigue and chest congestion. And I'm starting to lose my voice. It definitely seems to be allergies that have plagued me. And the weather here is crazy -- one day 70, the next day 30.

    I am very jealous of Fort21. The Aussie Olympic Trials are in Adelaide and she is attending for a few days before her spring break trip.

    Updated April 7th, 2016 at 10:48 AM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  4. Sunday April 3

    by , April 4th, 2016 at 10:53 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)


    Drylands:


    rehab ex
    single leg stand on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    lateral raise, 70 x 4 x 4
    good mornings, 90 x 4 x 5
    explosive butterfly pull on double cable machine, 40 x 3 x 5
    kneeling ab crunch, 160-170 x 4 x 8
    explosive freestyle stroke boxing punches, 3 x 30
    seated row negatives, 80 x 1 x 8
    back squats, 120 x 4 x 4
    altitude drops, 5
    standing broad jumps, 5



    Swim/SCY Solo @ BP

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    3 x 15 AFAP UW wall breaststroke kicks
    50 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP breast w/fins + 125 EZ)
    -- 11 low

    4 x 25 SDK to 15 m w/drag sox
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 overkick free w/drag sox
    100 EZ

    10 x 50 free w/paddles @ 1:15
    -- did Lochte turns
    200 EZ

    Total: 2400


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    Back to the grind after my meet. I was too tired to do much in the pool. Hoping that I feel up to a USRPT type set today at Sewy.

    Results form the OSU meet: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/5f749c...sults_2016.pdf

    There were only 99 people there as opposed to 130 last year, probably why it ran so fast.

    Btw, my blog comments are enabled. If you could not comment, it means that you were probably not logged into the site -- according to our esteemed web master.

    Updated April 4th, 2016 at 10:59 AM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  5. Mon-Tues March 21-22

    by , March 22nd, 2016 at 04:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Monday:

    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu in streamline, 2 x 100
    single leg stand in streamline on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    HS hi row, 170 x 4 x 5
    extreme angle goblet squats w/DB, 35 x 3 x 10
    good mornings, 95 x 4 x 5 (max)
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 15
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 25
    lateral raise, 65 x 4 x 5
    squat jumps w/10 lb DBs, 2 x 5
    altitude drops, 5
    altitude drops + standing broad jumps, 5
    standing broad jumps, 5

    Swim/SCY/Solo: 1500 EZ




    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    3 rounds: (1 round free, 1 round breast, 1 round back kick)
    8 x 50
    odds = 100 pace @ 1:00
    evens = EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 100 EZ

    150 EZ

    8 x 25 no breath free w/paddles @ :45
    150 EZ

    Total: 2800



    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Still under the weather/little energy. Not sitting on the couch all day, but it's a far cry from the huge energy I've had the last three months. Not sure whether it's a bug or allergies or both. Both ears and my throat hurt. I did get a pretty good gym session in yesterday, especially with the max on my favorite SDK exercise (good mornings). Hope tomorrow that I'll have a better day in the pool.

    Updated March 22nd, 2016 at 05:49 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  6. Thur March 17

    by , March 17th, 2016 at 08:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu in streamline, 2 x 100
    single leg stand in streamline on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    natalie couglin exercise, 2 x 10 each leg w/8 lb DBs
    https://www.facebook.com/officialnat...3967249559787/
    HS hi row, 160 x 4 x 5
    lateral raise machine, 60 x 4 x 6
    good mornings, 90 x 4 x 5 (think this a max)
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    resisted standing broad jumps, 32.5 x 2 x 5
    altitude drops, 5
    hip thrusters w/p,late, 35 x 3 x 15
    russian twists w/plate on incline, 25 x 3 x 25


    Massage, 60 min


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    I rallied to get myself to the gym today despite being tired. Just wanted to have the massage after the gym work not vice versa. Planning on going to Pitt tomorrow, and taking a day off on Saturday.
  7. Mon March 14

    by , March 14th, 2016 at 09:14 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    ab wheel roll outs w/knees on bosu, 2 x 15
    single leg stand on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    extreme angle iso squat w/10 lb DB, 5:00
    HS hi row, 150 x 4 x 6
    squat jumps w/10 lb DBs, 2 x 5
    knee tuck jumps, 5
    altitude drops, 2 x 5
    resisted standing broad jumps, 30 x 2 x 5
    hip abductors, 130 x 4 x 5
    hip adductors, 130 x 3 x 8
    explosive leg press, 175 x 3 x 15
    lateral raise machine, 50 x 3 x 6, 60 x 1 x 5
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 5


    30 minutes of stretching & foam rolling (as a zillion years ago former gymnast, I can still do the splits)


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Hit the gym today and decided to stretch rather than do my usual easy 1000 in the pool.

    I realized today (reminded by Mr. Fort) that we have dinner & concert plans with another family Saturday night. Depending on how late we are out etc., that may make it difficult to get to the Lebo meet on Sunday. I'll play it by ear.
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  8. Friday March 11

    by , March 12th, 2016 at 12:53 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    streamline crunches, 2 x 50
    streamline crunches on yoga ball with feet on wall, 2 x 20
    lateral raises, 50 x 4 x 6
    seated row, 60 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 80 x 4 x 5
    back squats, 100 x 4 x 4
    kneeling ab crunches, 140 x 1 x 15
    hip thrusters, 35 x 3 x 15
    glute isolator, 60 x 3 x 6 each leg
    hip abductor, 120 x 4 x 6
    explosive leg extensions, 10 5 x 3 x 15
    knee tuck jumps, 5


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    I also went to the chiro yesterday. The elbow is still very gradually improving. It's difficult to do drylands with an elbow issue though. I'd like to do the hard core work on my TRX, but don't dare to yet.

    I entered a few meets:

    1. Mt Lebo Meet, March 20
    -- This meet is at Lil Fort's high school and just minutes from my house. Plus, I'd hate to not support a local USMS meet. I will use it purely as a sprint workout. Entered:

    200 free (for 50 split request) -- I will have to assess whether I can really do a flip turn in the 4 feet deep shallow end during warm up
    50 breast
    50 fly
    100 breast

    2. Huntington Meet @ OSU, April 2
    -- I'll probably rest a couple days for this meet

    50 back
    50 breast
    100 IM
    50 fly

    3. Canadian Nationals, May 20-23

    50 Butterfly - 0:29.39
    100 Breaststroke - 1:22.50
    100 Medley - 1:10.66
    50 Freestyle - 0:27.81
    50 Breaststroke - 0:36.97
    100 Backstroke - 1:10.08
    100 Butterfly - 1:12.50

    -- I entered the 100 fly as a seventh event, but doubt I'll stick around until Monday to do it. Plus, it's super hard. There is no good place to swim 50 free. It's back to back with the 100 IM. But I don't want to do a split request swim at 9:00 am either. Too damn early.
  9. WR Vids, Tues March 8

    by , March 9th, 2016 at 10:20 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks in streamline on bosu, 2 x 100
    russian twists on incline w/plate, 10 x 3 x 25
    captains chair leg raises, 3 x 15
    bulgarians in streamline, 2 x 10 each leg
    good mornings, 75 x 4 x 5
    seated rows, 60 x 3 x 15
    hip thrusters w/plate, 25 x 3 x 15
    single leg stand in streamline on flat side of bosu
    lateral raises, 40 x 4 x 8
    explosive leg extensions, 90 x 3 x 15
    standing broad jumps, 5
    extreme angle iso squat, 5:00


    1000 EZ in the pool



    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Went back to the gym after three weeks out, and am predictably sore today. My chiro suggested that I could try some seated rows at a light weight avoiding a full arm extension. That didn't seem to bother my elbow too much.

    If anyone is interested, here is Swim Outlet's 2016 tech suit review: http://www.swimoutlet.com/blog/top-t...angloff-review. I wouldn't mind trying the Arena Carbon Ultra at some point, but it is so expensive -- just like the newest Speedos. I raced in regular Arena Carbon Pro last weekend that I purchased on sale for $290, almost half the price of the newer model. I do agree with the Jaked review. My Jaked fits like a dream, though I still think the Carbon Pro has more compression.

    I noticed our RAM mixed 200 free relay (160-199) was #3 in the world last year. Pretty good since we were almost at an aggregate age of 200.

    Here is the video of my 50 fly. I see two mistakes: my legs appear to be separated a tiny bit on the start and I did not need that second breath on the second length. It seemed to slow me down. And I have seen my turnover faster on other vids. Next time, I will take a 2-3 strokes before breathing on the second length so that I hopefully I will only need one breath. I think I could also get a couple tenths more from a block with a fin. From Jim's commentary, you would think I was swimming the worst race of my life ... haha

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5MN...ure=youtu.be&a

    Here is the video of my 50 back. I can definitely see the glide into the turn, though with another stroke I would have jammed it. I could have taken one more kick on the second 25 and had a smoother breakout. Always things to improve. But I do think that was one of my best starts ever.

    Updated March 9th, 2016 at 11:49 AM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  10. Monday, Feb 15

    by , February 15th, 2016 at 02:52 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    russian twists on incline w/plate, 25
    captains chair leg raises, 3 x 15
    explosive leg extensions, 105/90 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 75 x 3 x 5
    extreme angle iso squat, 3:00
    lateral raises, 40 x 4 x 5
    hip abductor, 120 x 3 x 5
    hip adductor, 120 x 3 x 8
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 5
    standing broad jumps, 5


    Swim/SCY/Solo: 1600 EZ


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    This was my last dryland workout before the Albatross meet, and I decreased the weight somewhat. I'd have liked to do more core work, but I am avoiding planks. I am going on the offensive with my elbow. I have a chiro/ART appt on Wed and an appt with an elbow specialist on Thursday. Elbows are notoriously slow to heal. I highly doubt that I would get a cortisone shot. But I will likely do PRP to jump start the healing if that seems like the best option. At least my bicep tendon seems fine now!
  11. Friday Feb 12

    by , February 13th, 2016 at 10:21 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    streamline crunches, 2 x 50
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 15
    extreme angle squats on high boxes w/plate, 35 x 4 x 8
    leg press, 225 x 4 x 6
    glute isolator, 60 x 3 x 6 each leg
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 3 x 10
    star jumps, 5
    knee tuck jumps, 5
    squat jumps w/DBs, 5
    single leg stand on flat side of bosu in streamline, 1:00 each leg

    20 minutes stretching/yoga



    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 (did 350)
    4 x 50 kick @ 1:10
    6 x 50 paddles & buoy @ :50
    -- I did 6 x 25 w/paddles @ :50 : odds = scull, evens = no breath free
    50 EZ

    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    5 x 100 @ 1:30
    -- No, did 6 x 25 breast @ 100 pace + 100 EZ

    6 x 50 done as: 25 w/8 SDK + 25 build to sprint @ 1:00
    -- No, did 6 x 25: odds = shooter (no fins), even = EZ
    50 EZ

    5 x 100 AFAP @ 8:00, leaving 1:00 apart
    -- I did 5 x (50 AFAP + 150 EZ)
    1 = Fly w/fins, 22 high
    2 = double shooter w/fins, 20 high
    3 = breast w/fins, 26 flat
    4 = fly w/fins, 23
    5 = breast (no fins), 36

    Total: 2450


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    As usual, I was pretty beat last night. I only did 1/2-1/4 of the assigned yardage. I didn't want to do too much before the last test set. I used to do 5 x 50 AFAP very frequently, but haven't done that set in ages and ages. The first three felt pretty good, but the last two felt rough. My quads were burning.

    Bill was saying that the pool would probably be set up long course continuously from March through June. That news did not make me particularly happy. Lanes will be super crowded with Team Pitt club, Team Pitt masters, rec swim and the divers clamoring for space.
  12. Tuesday Feb 9

    by , February 9th, 2016 at 04:59 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu in streamline, 100
    plank fast flutter kicks, 3 x 50: hands on flat side of bosu, feet on anchored
    yoga ball, I had a 1 second pause after a group of 10 (it requires some
    balance)
    single leg squat jumps w/back foot on small box, 3 x 10/5/5/ each side
    single leg squat on edge of high box, 3 x 10 each leg
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 5
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    seated row negatives, 70 x 3 x 8 (kept elbows partially bent)
    altitude drops from high box right into standing broad jump, 12 (posted a
    video of this on FB)
    bunny hops over bench, 25
    single arm pullover + fast flutter kick, 20 x 3 x 20


    Swim: 1000 EZ


    Massage: 60 min


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Wish I had booked a longer massage. I had him work on my arms more than usual, thinking that that might help my elbow. But the hammies and calves took a hit. I should probably do some foam rolling. My quads were screaming sore.
  13. Friday Feb 5

    by , February 6th, 2016 at 02:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    TRX pike ups, 2 x 10
    TRX pendulum swings, 2 x 25
    power wheel roll outs, 15
    kneeling ab crunches, 1230 x 3 x 15
    single leg stand on flat side of bosu in streamline position, 1:00 each leg
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 5
    seated row negatives (lowered weight), 70 x 3 x 8
    zercher squats, 75 x 4 x 5
    resisted standing broad jumps, 30 x 3 x 5
    elevated side bridge w/hip abduction, 2 x 10 each side
    bunny hops, 2 x 25



    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    I was stuck in traffic and chatted on deck for awhile, so missed the first 400.

    Did 600 various (while they were doing a couple pre-sets)
    5 x 50 shooters w/fins w/open turns @ 1:20
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    7 x 100 @ 2:10
    -- I did 7 x 50: 25 AFAP + 25 EZ, #4 was all easy
    -- did fly w/fins on the AFAPs, first one was 9 high, the rest were 10 lows
    100 EZ

    4 rounds: (IM order)
    8 x 25 @ :40, odds = fast, evens = 15m SDK or double pullouts on breast
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:40
    -- I was tired during these, so my "fast" = 100 pace. I didnt do the double pullouts on breast: I just went fast/EZ. The last 8 x 2 5 free, I just did them 0-1 breath.
    100 EZ

    Total: 2450



    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    I felt pretty tired in the water last night. Friday masters practice, which is my 6th day in a row of working out and comes after weights, is sometimes tough to get through. Especially this week where I did (for me) a ton of race pace work.

    I dug out my TheraBand Flexbar and did some elbow work. I could also feel a bit of tennis elbow on both sides as I was doing this. I'll have to be diligent about doing the rehab for awhile. I'm pretty sure this was caused by deadlifting. I guess I could do more grip strengthening exercises. But since my dodgy elbows (which are double jointed) appear to be extremely susceptible to injury, I bought some LPG hooks and straps for deadlifting.

    A friend recommended this piece of core equipment: http://www.pilates.com/BBAPP/V/store/motr/index.html
  14. Tues-Wed Feb 2-3

    by , February 3rd, 2016 at 03:19 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Tuesday: Drylands


    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 3 x 10
    plate glute bridges w/shoulders on bosu and arms in streamline, 70 x 3 x 15
    back squats, 105 x 4 x 6
    russian twists on incline bench w/plate, 25 x 3 x 25
    rear delt flys, 75 x 3 x 8
    squat jumps w/DBs, 20 x 2 x 5
    standing broad jumps, 5
    knee tuck jumps, 5
    altitude drop into squat jump, 5
    toe taps, 25


    Wed: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 burst + cruise @ :45
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    I did a modified USRPT type set similar to the one that I did Monday, only did IM order w/fins instead of fly

    16 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40
    :40 rest
    8 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40
    :40 rest
    8 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40
    :40 rest
    4 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40
    :40 rest
    4 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40

    250 EZ

    10 x 25 AFAP/hold best average breast @ 1:00
    250 EZ

    4 x 25 dolphin kick @ 100 pace @ :40
    -- decided I was too tired to do any more race pace work
    100 EZ

    8 x 25 no breath free @ :35
    100 EZ

    Total: 3050


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    I didn't have time to get to a real pool today (trip to the airport interrupting things). So I had to make do at LA Fitness. I didn't have a lot of feedback on times. There is only one old analog pace clock and it is partially obscured by the glare from fluorescent lights.

    I finally looked at the order of events for nationals. The sprint free & back events are all back to back, not ideal at all. If I decide to swim all 3 days, I will probably opt for: Fri: 100 IM, 50 back, Sat: 50 breast, 50 free, Sun: 50 fly, 100 breast. I never thought the day would come when I would consider swimming the 100 breast at nationals ...

    My right elbow (medial) is still bothering me, and today the inside of my left knee started complaining. I guess I will try slamming ibuprofen for 48 hours. And probably cut out some drylands. I love altitude drops, but they are tough on the knees.

    Updated February 3rd, 2016 at 08:24 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  15. Friday double, Jan 29

    by , January 30th, 2016 at 12:42 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    pike ups on yoga ball, 10
    plank with feet on yoga ball, single leg lifts, 3 x 10 (harder than you think!)
    eccentric fall backs in streamline w/plate w/butt on bosu, 10 x 3 x 10
    single leg stand on flat side of bosu in streamline, 1:00 each leg
    plate glute bridge with shoulders on bosu and arms in streamline, 50 x 2 x 15, 70 x 2 x 15
    face pulls, 60 x 3 x 15
    single arm supine pullover on bench w/15 lb DBs and fast flutter kick, 30 x 3 x 15
    extreme angle step up on high bench w/bar, 40 x 3 x 10
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 5
    med ball slams, 10
    toe taps, 25
    altitude drops, 5

    15 minutes of yoga


    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    400 choice (did 350)

    8 x 50 free w/paddles & buoy, breath every 5
    -- did 4 w/paddles, did 2 kick and 2 scull
    50 EZ

    5 x 50 double shooters w/fins w/open turns @ 1:30
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    I was really tired during this workout, so everything that was assigned "sprint" I did @ 100 pace.

    5 x 100 free @ 1:30
    -- no, did 10 x 25 back @ 100 pace (mostly 15s)
    1 x 50 EZ
    1 x 50 kick sprint
    1 x 100 EZ

    5 x 100 free @ 1:30
    -- no, did 8 x 25 free @ 100 pace (mostly 14s)
    1 x 50 EZ
    1 x 50 swim sprint
    1 x 100 EZ

    4 rounds of: (I used fins)
    1 x 50 kick sprint @ 1:00 (did backstroke kick, 25s)
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 50 swim sprint (did breast and went 28s)
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00

    100 EZ

    Total: 2900


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    I am always pretty tried by Friday, which is typically my 6th day in a row of working out. I had no AFAP in me, so did all 100 pace work on the sprints. It still added up to a fair amount of race pace work. We had a team social after practice, which was very fun.
  16. Mon-Tues Jan 25-26

    by , January 26th, 2016 at 04:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Monday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy:

    Warm up:


    550 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25, UW for 20 y @ :30
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    10 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    200 EZ

    33 x 25 @ :40 done as 3 rounds of:
    4 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace
    1 x 25 flutter kick @ 100 pace
    4 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace
    1 x 25 flutter kick @ 100 pace
    1 x 25 EZ

    175 EZ

    10 x 25 breast @ 100 pace @ :40
    200 EZ

    Total: 3200



    Tuesday: Drylands:

    rehab ex
    flutter kicks on bous in streamline, 100
    power wheel roll outs w/knees on bosu, 2 x 15
    single leg squats on edge of high box, 3 x 10 each leg
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 5
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    seated row negatives, 80 x 4 x 8
    bicep curl negatives, 24 x 3 x 8
    extreme angle squats w/plate on high boxes, 45 x 4 x 8
    standing on bosu, touch knee to nose, 2 x 10
    push press, 50 x 3 x 5
    resisted standing broad jumps, 30 x 3 x 5
    altitude drops, 5


    30 minutes stretching + yoga


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    Nothing much to report really. Just getting back into it after a few days rest/stomach virus. Off to do some yoga before I have to go pick up Lil Fort.

    Updated January 26th, 2016 at 10:09 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  17. Sun Jan 24

    by , January 25th, 2016 at 10:01 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    The meet was a no go, unfortunately. I had been feeling queasy for a couple days and was sick with a stomach thing Friday night. So was poor Lil Fort who had also been feeling poorly. Why does it always happen in the middle of the night? So I was really in no shape to drive to Buffalo on Saturday. Besides, even with an SUV, I couldn't get up and out of our driveway until late on Saturday bc of the snow. So it was a waste of a few days of rest ...

    On Sunday, I went to the gym and yoga. I tried going to Bethel Park to swim, but the pool was closed.


    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15-25
    face pulls, 50 x 4 x 15
    deadlift, arm ups, 85 x 4 x 5
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 3 x 10
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    bicep curl negatives, 20 x 3 x 10
    hip abductors, 130 x 4 x 5
    hip thrusters w/plate, 35 x 2 x 15
    DB rows, 40 x 3 x 5 each side
    single leg stand in streamline position on flat side of bosu -- I ripped this off from a Jessica Hardy post on FB. It took a bit to get used to it -- it's not easy -- but I worked up to a couple rounds of 1:00 on each leg.


    Vinyasa Flow, 75 minutes

    I hadn't been to a yoga class in ages, but it seemed fairly easy. I didn't even have trouble on the standing twisting poses. So I guess I've been doing enough yoga/stretching on my own.



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    I'm going to head to Sewy today. I'm bummed about missing the meet. I would have liked to get some racing in before Albatross. There is a meet on Feb 13, but Mr. Fort is out of town that weekend so that's a no go for me.
  18. Fri Jan 15

    by , January 16th, 2016 at 10:25 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    side bridge with elevated feet and hip abduction, 10 each side
    altitude drops, 2 x 5
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 5
    explosive butterfly pulls on double cable machine, 40 x 3 x 5
    squat jumps 2w/DBs, 20 x 2 x 5
    twisting med ball slams, 10
    eccentric bicep curls w/10 lb DBs, 3 x 10
    zercher squats, 75 x 4 x 5
    back extensions w/25 lb plate, 10

    30 minutes of stretching + yoga



    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    450 (did 350)
    300 kick, no did 100 scull + 100 single arm fly drills

    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ
    6 x 50 free w/paddles @ :45
    -- kept fins on for this bc of the interval

    Main sets:

    The main set was 3 rounds of:
    8 x 50 free (with some stroke count and descend combo) @ :55
    1 x 25 1 breath @ :30
    1 x 25 sprint @ :30
    1 x 25 1 breath @ :30
    1 x 25 sprint @ :30

    As usual, I was feeling non-compliant about that set ... I went at the back of the lane, kept out of my lane mates way and did something like:

    8 x 25 backstroke @ 100 pace (on weird intervals)
    1 x 25 1 breath free
    1 x 25 sprint breast
    1 x 25 1 breath free
    1 x 25 EZ
    8 x 25 breaststroke @ 100 pace
    3 x 50 EZ
    2 x (broken fast 50 w/fins (:10 rest) + 2 x 50 EZ)
    -- breast 24, kick 21
    1 x 25 1 breath free
    1 x 25 sprint kick
    1 x 25 1 breath free
    1 x 25 sprint kick
    100 EZ

    -- then we did some turns from mid-pool
    -- then there was 8 x burst/fast 25s from the blocks
    -- it is a pet peeve of mine that coaches leave AFAP work for the end of practice when you're tired ... sprinting should be done fresh IMO
    -- so I didn't do any of these, too beat. plus, I'm just plain scared to dive into 5 feet of water -- too shallow

    100 EZ

    Total: 2500


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    I am really looking forward to a day off! Lil Fort does not have a track meet today, so I'm going to kick off the weekend with brunch with friends.
  19. Tues Jan 12

    by , January 12th, 2016 at 06:20 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    good mornings, 75 x 4 x 5
    kneeling ab crunches, 150 x 1 x 8, 160 x 3 x 8 (the weight on this machine seems wrong to me ...)
    single leg squat on high box, 3 x 6 each leg
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    deadlift, 80-85 x 4 x 6
    altitude drops, 5
    altitude drops + squat jump, 5
    star jumps, 5
    resisted standing broad jumps, 30 x 3 x 5
    face pulls, 60 x 4 x 12
    hip abductor, 130 x 4 x 4
    hip thrusters, 35 x 3 x 10


    3 miles on treadmill

    20 minutes of foam rolling & stretching


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    Hit the gym today. I meant to do an easy 1000 afterward, but forgot to bring my swim stuff. I laid off most upper body exercises to give my bicep tendon a break. I think that I overdid the TRX planking exercises - too many in one session perhaps. Something to remember for the future.
  20. Friday Double, Jan 9

    by , January 9th, 2016 at 10:25 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    TRX pendulum crunch, 15
    TRX pendulums, 2 x 25
    TRX ab ripper (to do this you move forward and backward from a straight arm plank to a forearm plank), 3 x 15 -- difficult!
    TRX 3 way: knee in + legs out in a V + legs back together and right into pike, 3 x 10 -- difficult!
    TRX standing roll outs, 10
    TRX bicep curl, 3 x 10
    rope slams, 3 x 10
    alternating rope slams, 2 x 25
    kettle ball swings, 2 x 25
    extreme angle iso squat w/DB, 5:00
    elevated side bridge with hip abduction, 2 x 10 each side


    10 minutes of stretching



    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    400 (did 350)
    10 x 50 kick @ 1:10 accelerate off walls
    -- I did 5 x 50 burst SDK + cruise w/fins, 3 breast kick and 2 EZ
    4 x 100 w/paddles & buoy with 7/3/5/7 breathing pattern @ 1:40
    -- No, I did 4 x 50 DPS free w/paddles
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    6 x 25 power kick @ :45
    50 EZ

    7 x 100 w/paddles and fins done as: 25 using paddles as kickboard, 25 6 kick switch, 25 double recovery, 25 catch up free
    -- I did odds as assigned, evens = 25 fast kick (10s) + 75 EZ kick
    1 x 100 EZ

    3 rounds:
    4 x 50 @ 1:10 done as: 25 overkick free + 25 sprint free, :5-7 second break at the 25
    1 x 100 EZ

    I did: R1 = fly w/fins, 1-2 @ 100 pace, 3 EZ, 4 @ 100 pace
    R2 = 2 free w/paddles, then got out to use my inhaler
    R3 = breast, 1-2 @ 100 pace, 3 EZ, 4 @ 100 pace

    6 x 25 burst to 15m then cruise @ :50
    -- I did 6 x 25 breast dolphin @ 100 pace (16s)
    -- bursting at the end of a long practice seem rather futile to me
    200 EZ

    Total: 3250



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    I was pretty bushed after that effort and had a big night's sleep. I had planned today as an off today bc Lil Fort has a track meet in Youngstown. My body definitely needs a day off.

    Saw this article on core training on Swimming World: http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com...core-strength/. That's where I got the idea for the elevated side bridge with hip abduction. I thought this looked pretty easy, but it was not. I also like the eccentric bosu exercise.
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