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  1. Sat-Tues, May 23-26

    by , May 26th, 2015 at 09:23 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Went to a 60 minute heated Vinyasa Flow class. Got there early and did some bikram poses while waiting. Did about 15 minutes of core work later.


    Off, hanging out with my daughter. I did try to go to Lebo while she was sleeping one morning. But I left without my mirrored goggles, kick board or sunscreen. Fail.


    The pool was closed memorial day, naturally. So I went to a 90 minute power yoga holiday class. It was the only one offered that day and was pretty crowded. I always feel the heat more when that happens. This one was longer than usual and fairly tough.

    Tuesday Double:

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    550 w/paddles
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    3 x
    4 x 50 free w/paddles, descend 1-4 to about 100 pace @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30
    100 EZ @ end of set
    -- It is harder to descend to 100 pace rather than just popping one off and then going easy ...

    3 x
    4 x 50 kick w/fins, descend 1-4 to about 100 pace @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    150 EZ at end of set

    10 x 25 w/fins, 15 m UW @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00

    4 x
    1 x 100 back w/paddles @ 2:00
    1 x 50 kick @ 1:00
    50 EZ at end of set

    Total: 3950

    Power Yoga, 60 minutes

    I prefer the power yoga studio to the vinyasa flow studio, but this instructor really had the heat cranked up. After he turned the heat off at the beginning, I saw an hour later that it was still at 95. It felt more like a bikram class to me in terms of battling the heat. I finally called it a day at 60 minutes and skipped the last 15. I know that violates yoga etiquette, but I didn't care. I was near the back of the room anyway.


    My finger is still quite painful. Someone gave me a firm handshake at our Memorial Day Pitt practice and it was excruciating. No more handshakes for me. I still can't pull without paddles; but it's only been 10 days. I need to write a workout for myself with creative sets before I head to Pitt or I will end up boring myself to death. Today's double was actually pretty hard. I only had about 3 hours between the session. Today's yoga, besides the heat, was one of the harder classes I've been too. But I was rocking warrior 3! I plan on hitting the gym tomorrow.
    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  2. Thursday, May 22

    by , May 21st, 2015 at 05:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    rehab ex
    planks, 4 x 1:00
    streamline crunches, 2 x 40
    90/45/15 leg lifts, 15
    standing twists, 25 x 3 x 25
    good mornings, 65 x 3 x 12
    seated row, 70 x 3 x 12 (had to go down in weight here)
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    rear delt flys, 65 x 3-4 x 8
    combo skull crusher and straight leg lift on bench, 30 x 3 x 15
    glute isolator, 50 x 3 x 6 each leg
    hip abductor, 100 x 3 x 8

    Yoga, 30 minutes


    Got in some drylands. I wanted to go to an actual hot yoga class, but was too busy. So did some yoga on my own. Teen Fort will be here this weekend, and I am very excited to see her!
  3. Sky Falling 2

    by , May 11th, 2015 at 10:19 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    As Water Rat mentioned in his blog, the Pitt competition pool is now closed. A chunk of the ceiling fell in the pool on Friday. Pitt is assessing the situation today. Best case scenario is that they declare the pool safe (unlikely). Worst case scenario is the the pool is closed for the summer (also unlikely). The small shallow 6 lane rec pool is open. I am dreading coaching almost 30 swimmers in 3 lanes (the age group team has the other 3). This is a frustrating situation, obviously. I am glad I am not planning on any long course meets this summer. So, I took the entire weekend off and, with Mr. Fort, went on a landscaping blitz. I think 10 hours of that = a dryland session. I was pretty beat at the end of both days. Plus, it was unseasonably hot all weekend. I did have a great mothers day. Got to watch Lil Fort dominate her soccer game and had a lovely dinner with some Veuve Cliquot champagne. I am going to head to LA Fitness later to do something.
  4. Tuesday, May 5

    by , May 5th, 2015 at 08:33 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x 25 torque drill w/paddles
    50 EZ

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

    4 rounds w/fins
    4 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :30
    R1 = fly, R2 = back, R3 = breast, R4 = free
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00
    2 x 25 shooters @ :30 (those made sure my HR was up the entire set)
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00

    250 EZ

    2 rounds:
    1 x 100 backstroke kick @ 200 pace @ 1:45
    4 x 50 free w/paddles @ 200 pace @ 1:00
    2 x 25 flutter kick @ 100 pace @ :30
    1 x 100 EZ

    Total: 3600

    Vinyasa Flow, 60 Min


    It was nice to get back to Pitt. The water was so cold compared to LA Fitness. It's set up short course except sometimes on Friday. But there are no blocks to use now bc they're all at the long course end.

    Later, since Mr. Fort is in trial all week, I took Lil Fort to yoga with me at 6:30 pm. It was her first class. We went to the Basics class, which is shorter and much easier than the regular class. Still, I got some stretching in, and worked up a sweat. It might have been the hottest vinyasa flow class I've ever attended. Lil Fort is such a mixture of Mr. Fort and me. Loose stretchy shoulders and really tight hamstrings and ankles. Hopefully, she'll want to go back.

    I'm also going on a little diet. I'd like to lose a few pounds. I'm going to take a page out of Stewart's book and cut out all sweets. I'll also try to avoid most bread and pasta.

    Updated May 5th, 2015 at 09:15 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  5. Sat-Sun, May 2-3

    by , May 3rd, 2015 at 08:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)


    Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    5 x 50 smooth free w/paddles
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    16 x 50 @ 1:00
    -- Note: I am just referring to 50s as a 50, not 47.2 yards. I'll whack some yardage off when I flog it. Way too hard to figure out what my sets actually were in a 23.6 yard long pool ...
    odds = 100 pace
    evens = EZ
    100 EZ

    3 x (10 x 25 @ w/fins 100 pace) + 100 EZ
    -- dolphin kick, flutter kick, breast

    4 x 25 @ 100 pace
    -- I was going to do another set, but one of my swimmers showed up, so I stopped to chat.
    50 EZ

    8 x 25 w/chute, paddles & fins @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    5 x 50 free w/paddles @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Total: 3450

    Then, I went home and did a 3 mile walk jog on the treadmill.




    rehab ex
    deadlifts, 65 x 4 x 8
    seated row, 70 x 4 x 12
    tricep press, 70 x 4 x 12
    bulgarians in a streamline, 2 x 10 each leg
    eccentric fall backs, 50 x 3 x 12
    straight arm dips, 80 x 3 x 25
    hib adductors, 100 x 43 x 8
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
    planks, 5 x :30

    Vinyasa Flow, 75 minutes

    Thankfully, this session didn't have an interminable amount of lunges. Today's nugget: something about chakras and the belly being the source of self esteem. Huh.


    Today, I managed to get two workouts in sandwiched around Lil Fort's soccer game. It was pretty exciting -- she scored the only goal and game winning goal with about :20 left in the game. I'm not sure weights and yoga are the best combo; swimming and yoga might be better. I feel pretty beat from all the drylands.
  6. Wed., April 15

    by , April 15th, 2015 at 02:05 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I took a full two days off on Monday and Tuesday and did NOTHING. This is highly unusual for me. Can't remember the last time that happened ... But I haven't had a single hive today and am feeling a little better. Still working on catching up on some sleep.

    Today, I went to what I thought would be a heated vinyasa flow class. Instead, the instructor treated us to an Ashtanga Rocket class. I liked it so much better -- lots of handstands, forearm handstands, headstands, splits, etc. Here's a description:

    I've decided not to go to nationals. I'm not feeling amped to fly 2000 miles to compete right now. And Mr. Fort is having a procedure late next week after Boston. He had some bad blood work, which we hope is due to his marathon training. So I want to be here for that, and that's much more important. I will enjoy following along and seeing how my RAM teammates fare. I feel a little bad about the empty lanes in my heats since it's too late to scratch ... I wish there were more SCY meets in late May; I'd consider popping in to one. I might try to get a long course meet in before going on vacation on June 26. But, as chowmi says, long course is a big commitment.
  7. Friday, March 13

    by , March 14th, 2015 at 10:17 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Power Vinyasa Yoga, 75 min

    I ventured out to a different yoga studio yesterday, also only 10 minutes from my house. But the practice was pretty much the same as the heated Vinyasa Flow I have been going to occasionally. I liked the teacher better though -- less touchy feely. I declined to do the hi to low pushups though (shoulder fear). My main beef with vinyasa is that the practice does not appear to include any chest opening exercises.

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    2450 EZ


    I was pretty tired on Thursday, but felt energetic the next morning after a good night's sleep. So I decided to double with yoga and a recovery swim. Sewy was doing a sprint workout, but I just cruised everything. Jimby has a dose of sinusitis as well. Spring can't get here soon enough! I'm taking today off, as usual.
    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  8. Sunday, March 8

    by , March 8th, 2015 at 07:37 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands, 60 min

    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    flutter kicks on bosu, supine, 2 x 100
    russian twist on incline bench w/plate, 25 x 3 x 25
    push press, 50 x 4 x 8
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 6
    rear delt flys, 65 x 4 x 8
    seated row negatives, 90 x 1 x 6 (couldn't get back on machine to do other reps)
    explosive leg press, 105 x 3 x 25
    combo skull crusher + straight leg raise, 40 x 3 x 12
    extreme angle squats on high boxes, 50 x 4 x 6

    Vinyasa Yoga, 75 min

    I know yoga teachers think Shavasana is important at the end of the session, but I just hate it. I want to bolt out and get on with my day.


    This is the first day since getting back from Paris that I've felt almost normal. Not all the way out of the woods, but getting closer.

    Interesting article on 50+ athletes in Outside magazine. It seems to be especially important to eat more protein, do HIT and sleep more. campaign=facebookpost

    Updated March 8th, 2015 at 07:44 PM by The Fortress

    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts , Yoga
  9. Sun-Mon, Jan 26-27

    by , January 26th, 2015 at 02:57 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Went to a 75 minute vinyasa flow class. I can still do back bends fairly easily, but ouch they hurt my wrists so I don't hold them for longer than 10 seconds. I'm definitely leery about doing the straight arm side plank with the leg in the air. Can do it, and did it for a few seconds, but I think it's likely bad for the shoulders. And mine were a little sore today ...

    Monday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    usual 900

    Main sets:

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

    4 x (5 x 50 @ w/fins 1:30 + 150-200 EZ)
    1 = 15 AFAP + 35 EZ
    2 = 25 AFAP + 25 EZ
    3 = 35 AFAP + 15 EZ
    4 = EZ
    5 = AFAP

    -- 2 x breast, 1 x fly, 1 x dolphin kick
    -- pretty darn tired by the end

    6 x 50 DPS free w/paddles
    100 EZ

    bungee cordz work: (call it 200)
    -- breast & free & back w/paddles
    -- some streamline jumps off the wall with the cord tight
    100 EZ

    Total: 3650


    My shoulder are a little fatigued and sore, so I may wait to do my rehab exercises until tomorrow.

    Article on the lack of strong scientific proof for USRPT. Not as cool as Jazz's epic post, but interesting. I noticed that in another article Mullen wrote questioning Rushall's dryland stance, Rushall kind of went after Mullen in his comment:
    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  10. Mon-Tues, Jan. 19-20

    by , January 20th, 2015 at 04:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Spent almost an hour doing my rehab exercises and stretching/yoga. I did so much stretching that I was a bit sore today!

    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 torque drill w/paddles
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    100 EZ
    3 x 100 done as: 25 chest press fly + 25 single arm fly + 25 fly + 25 EZ
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

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

    10 x 30
    -- did 10 starts off the blocks, working on kick count and breakouts. did SDK at both 100 pace and AFAP. did a 50 EZ after each couple starts
    100 EZ

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

    4 x 50 AFAP backstroke kick w/fins @ 1:30
    -- went 23s
    -- ouch that hurt, quads were burning
    200 EZ

    5 x 50 slow DPS free w/paddles @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Total: 3350

    Stretching & rehab ex, 30 min


    I was googling to see what the specs were on the University of West Virginia pool where the Y meet is this weekend. I had been hopeful that it might be a decent pool. But it is only 4 feet deep in the start end. I can't do a decent back or fly start in the depth. Last time I tried, even though I modified my start, I crashed on the bottom. So that meet is out for me. I'm just not a fan of the Y league. I would really like to find a meet to swim in before the Albatross meet or it will have been almost a year since I have competed. I will have to travel to throw off the racing rust. I am considering the Auburn meet. It works well bc it's the weekend before I leave for Paris. I would probably swim 100 IM, 100 breast and 50 fly on Saturday and 50 back and 50 breast on Sunday.

    World's most expensive recovery system. I saw Natalie Coughlin was using it.

    Updated January 20th, 2015 at 06:26 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  11. Wed., Oct. 10

    by , October 10th, 2012 at 04:19 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    rehab ex, 15 min
    standing wrist/forearm curls on machine (Teen Fort showed me these), 30-40 x 3-4 x 15
    forearm/tricep exercise attaching rope to machine (basically an overhead tricep press moving the hands/wrists to the sides at the end), 40 x 3 x 25
    good mornings, warm up, 80 x 4 x 8
    rear delt flys, 55 x 3 x 25
    explosive leg press, 190 x 3 x 10
    ravers , 30 x 3 x 25
    russian twists w/25 lb plate, 3 x 35
    captains chair leg raise, 2 x 25
    power wheel pike ups, 2 x 15
    long arm crunches, 2 x 100
    bunny hops over bench, 2 x 25
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 10
    altitude drops, 10

    30 minutes stretching, foam roller and yoga


    Just hit the gym today. No time to get a recovery swim in at the pool. Wed is a busy carpool day cuz Lil Fort has both soccer and swimming. Ciao!
  12. Sunday, Oct. 7

    by , October 7th, 2012 at 05:18 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    rehab ex, 15 min
    leg abductor, 120 x 4 x 8
    super pullover, 120 x 3 x 15
    lower back machine, 110 x 1 x 35, 120 x 2 x 15
    pec fly, 85 x 3 x 12
    standing power wheel roll outs, 2 x 10
    -- My intercostal muscles still are slightly sore from doing these last Wed. Aside from being a fantastic core exercise, this exercise must be good for freestyle.
    russian twists w/25 lb plate, 2 x 25
    knee tuck jumps, 10
    resisted track start jumps, 40 x 1 x 15
    altitude drops, 10

    Treadmill, 3 miles

    Stretching/Yoga/Foam Roller, 30 min


    No idea what prompted me to hop on the treadmill today, but this is dangerous behavior. I had to wrench myself off. Running is bad for swimming ... running is bad for swimming ... running is bad for swimming. It's amazing how, since I basically retired from running, my body has been completely transformed from skinny runner to buff swimmer. My skinny Lil Fort is taking up the mantel though, having done a 7 mile run with Mr. Fort this am. She also scored the winning soccer goal and swam 3 PRs at her swim meet this weekend. Sadly, though, swimming has been relegated to her third favorite sport, and this will be her last year in USA-S. I'm satisfied that all 3 of my kids are good swimmers though, and amply qualified to grow up and be triathletes who don't drown.

    Back to the pool tomorrow!
  13. Friday, Sept. 28

    by , September 28th, 2012 at 06:10 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    30 minutes of rehab ex
    30 minutes of stretching/yoga

    Didn't feel like hitting the pool. Wrapped up in home renovation projects. Who knew picking out lighting was so time consuming and expensive.



    Warm up:

    600 various
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ
    4 x 50 free @ 1:00, descend to 100 pace
    50 EZ
    3 x 50 torque drill w/paddles @ 1:15
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    8 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    2 x through:
    25 AFAP + 75 EZ
    50 @ 100 pace, broken for :5 @ :25 + 150 EZ
    50 AFAP, broken for :10 @ 25 + 150 EZ
    50 AFAP + 200 EZ
    100 AFASP, broken @ each 25 for :5 + 300 EZ

    Round 1: backstroke SDK/kick from the block, no fins except for 100
    11 high-12 flat (shooter)
    29 flat (16 SDK off each wall)
    26 high-27 flat (double shooter)
    27 high-28 flat (double shooter)
    Did the 100 dolphin kick w/board & fins so I could breath, went :52 high (quads on fire)

    Round 2: fly w/fins, except 100 was breast
    10 high-11 flat
    23 flat
    21 high
    23 mid
    100 breast = :58

    Total: 3850


    Pretty tired after that effort, with quite a bit of speed work.

    I will likely just take tomorrow off as usual. Lil Fort has a 5K and soccer. Though there seems to be a stomach bug going around.
    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  14. Wed., Sept. 19

    by , September 19th, 2012 at 06:29 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    500 various
    8 x 25 DPK shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ
    8 x 25 no breather free @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    8 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Did another set from Workout #1 of Week 37:]

    With fins:
    4 x 25 fast fly (13 SDK) @ :30 (11s)
    100 EZ @
    4 x 25 fast back (13 SDK) @ :30 (11s)
    100 EZ
    4 x fast 25 breast @ :30 (high 13-14 low)
    100 EZ
    4 x fast free @ :30 (12 flats, getting tired)
    100 EZ

    I was not feeling the HIT today, so switched to an aerobic kick set:

    4 x through w/fins:
    -- R1 flutter kick, R 2-3 backstorke kick, R4 dolphin kick w/board
    50 EZ @ :45
    25 fast + 25 EZ @ 1:00
    50 EZ @ :45
    50 @ 200 pace @ 1:00
    50 EZ @ 1:00
    :30 extra rest

    100 EZ

    Total: 3200

    Acupuncture, 40 min

    Rehab ex, 15 min


    Still dragging somewhat. I'm going to start blaming it on allergies.

    Drag Suits for Sprint Training -- no good
    (This is consistent with my belief that, if anything, we should be doing more training in tech suits. I've never understood the reason to add drag in the form of a suit.)

    Finis Agility paddles:
    [nomedia=""]Finis Agility Paddles - YouTube[/nomedia]
    I really like mine, but haven't been using any paddles with my elbow issues. I may order the size small now that they are producing them in two sizes.

    New Jessica Hardy vid trailer:

    Benefits of beet root juice:
    (I'm told it tastes like dirt.)

    Updated September 20th, 2012 at 03:05 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  15. Masters Practice w/Teen Fort, Tuesday, Sept. 4

    by , September 4th, 2012 at 11:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    rehab exercises, 25-30 min
    leg abductor, 120 x 4 x 8
    adductors, 100 x 4 x 8
    good mornings, 70 x 4 x 8
    explosive leg press, 190 x 4 x 10
    wide grip lat pulldown, 40 x 2 x 25
    total ab machine, 110 x 3 x 20
    captains chair leg raises, 3 x 20
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 25
    knee tuck jumps, 10
    altitude drops, 10

    Yoga/Stretching, 30 min

    Acupuncture, 40 min

    Swim/SCY @ GMU w/ Teen Fort

    Warm up:

    We were a few minutes late. 1300 something was assigned. I did about 800. Shared a lane with Teen Fort and Barb.

    Main Sets:

    8 x 100 kick w/fins
    1-4, first 25 = shooter @ 1:50 (held 1:01-02)
    5-8, first 25 = dolphin kick on back @ 1:40 (held 1:00s)
    50 EZ

    12 x 75 IM @ 1:15
    -- I used fins
    1-4 = no fly
    5-8 = no back
    9-12 = no breast
    100 EZ

    15 squat jumps off bottom of pool in deep end

    3 x relays, each person does AFAP 25
    1 = fly kick UW
    2 = free
    3 = breast pullouts UW
    50 EZ

    500 pull
    -->> no! I'm not even using paddles bc of elbows
    8 x 50 kick w/fins & board @ :55-1:00
    odds = EZ
    evens = 25 fast flutter kick (11s) + 25 EZ
    100 EZ

    Total: 3300


    Whew, busy day.

    1. Teen Fort is trying masters practices in conjunction with sculling this Fall. It was beyond strange doing a masters practice in the same lane as my daughter. She is used to swimming at most 1-2 x per week 1500 yd solo workouts. But she liked Cheryl's (always very good) workout and will try to make some Patriot Masters practices this fall. I may try to tag along on some Sunday mornings.

    2. Teen Fort expressed interest in attending the Rowdy Gaines meet in Orlando in mid-October (eyeing TTs in evilstroke & IM). I need to check the exact dates. I hope it's 2 weeks before the Sprint Classic. Could be a go. But I'd still want to attend NE Champs in Dec. as a SCM taper meet. I may need spousal clearance for 2 fall travel meets.

    3. The gym is more boring without being able to use your arms. In fact, it's hard to do much of anything without using the elbows. My prickly right elbow feels ever so slightly better after my 4th acupuncture session today. What a tedious slow healing injury.

    4. Met with my thyroid doc today. I'm squarely in the mid-range. However, my RBC magnesium is really low again. Had to get an injection. I'm supposed to double my dose and take it am and pm now. I was already at 700 mg. I guess my body doesn't like to absorb magnesium.

    5. I actually did an aerobic workout. Ta-da! 2 back to back sets is a lot for me. I felt pretty fried after the IM set ... was not enthusiastic about the squat jumps. Back to speed!

    6. Fort Son is driving to college tomorrow am.
  16. Sat., Aug. 25

    by , August 25th, 2012 at 10:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Rehab exercises, 20 min
    Power wheel roll outs, 3 x 15
    Captains chair leg raises, 3 x 20
    Explosive leg press, 190 x 4 x 10
    Leg abductor, 120 x 4 x 8
    Adductors, 90 x 4 x 8
    Good mornings, 65 x 4 x 8
    Squats, 200 x 4 x 8
    Wide grip at pulldowns, 50 x 3 x 25
    TRX squat jumps, 10
    Altitude drops, 10

    Heated Vinyassa,, 90 min

    Went to Down Dog in Herndon instead of bikram. Heat much more tolerable. But I'm not sure all the locking out of the elbows agreed. Which reminds me I need to ice ....


    Teen Fort announced today that she wants to swim for fun in the Sprint Classic at Mason in late October. So I will probably go ahead and sign her up for masters since she'll be 18 soon. I think I'll avoid evil stroke events at that meet. :-). My first actual recruit!
  17. Wed. & Thur., Aug. 22-23

    by , August 23rd, 2012 at 04:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drove to pool and it was closed for two weeks. Did not have enough time to drive to Oak Marr to swim before dr. appt. After doing some research on elbows and coritsone and acupuncture, I decided to forego another cortisone shot (I can deal with the short term pain) and try acupuncture instead. Here is a sample summary on acupuncture for tennis elbow:

    A consensus statement from the National Institutes of Health states that study results are promising enough to consider acupuncture as an appropriate option for the treatment of lateral epicondylitis.24 However, conflicting evidence exists, and recommendations for or against this therapy cannot be made. Two systematic reviews and one meta-analysis found that acupuncture leads to short-term (three days to two months) pain reduction.15,20,25 Two additional systematic reviews acknowledge that acupuncture might provide short-term benefit, but they conclude that there is insufficient evidence on the use of acupuncture for the treatment of lateral epicondylitis.7,26

    The doc prescribed the nitro patches again and I will use those for at least 12 weeks. The theory is that they dialate the blood vessels allowing blood to get to the injured tendon more easily and increase fibroblastic activity. Bracing for a few days of headaches, which will hopefully be short-lived as they were last time.

    Went to bikram yoga at 6:00 pm. One of the most packed classes I've ever been in. I thought August was a huge vacation month here? Saw a fellow swimmer from Reston Masters. Unfortunately, I had one of the heat nazi instructors. Between that and the crowds, the last 20 minutes were excruciating. I wish the shorter Vinyassa classes were at better times for me.



    Warm up:

    600 various
    10 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    4 x 50 caterpillar fly drill @ 1:10

    Main Sets:

    16 x 50 rotating IMs @ :50-1:00
    50 EZ

    20 x 50 kick @ 1:00
    -- I slightly modified a kick set from Workout #3 from my HIT forum: [ame=""]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]

    4 x (5 x 50 kick) w/fins @ 1:00
    1 = fast @ 100 pace
    2 = EZ
    3 = 25 UW + 25 EZ
    4 = 25 AFAP + 25 EZ
    5 = EZ

    Round 1 & 2, SDK on back = 22 double shooter, 9 AFAP 25
    Round 3 = dolphin kick w/board, 26 high, 11
    Round 4 = flutter kick w/board, 26 high, 11

    6 x 25 w/parachute @ 1:00

    100 EZ

    Total: 3150

    Acupuncture, 40 min


    I was pretty beat in the water after bikram last night. Still, I felt like I got a decent kick set in. Tomorrow, I'm meeting up with MB Speedo. I'm glad he hasn't decided to change sports completely ... at least yet.

    I missed the entry deadline for the MD Senior Olympics on Sept. 9 while I was on vaca, and don't feel inclined to pay a $60 late registration fee. Jimby is coming down Sept. 8 to swim in a MD Swim Series LCM meet in Baltimore at a decent pool. It's outside, but perhaps I'll accompany him and do a couple 50s for a sprint workout. It just starts very very early ...

    Looking forward to my girls going back to school after Labor Day. I find it hard to focus on workouts during the summer.
    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  18. Wed., July 18

    by , July 18th, 2012 at 04:36 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    600 various
    10 x 25 back shooters w/fins


    4 x through:

    50 free w/paddles @ 1:00
    100 IM @ 1:45
    50 EZ flutter kick w/board @ 1:00
    100 backstroke kick @ 1:45

    50 EZ

    Strength Set:

    20 x 25 w/parachute, done as:

    8 x 25 w/agility paddles @ 1:00
    odds = breast pull
    evens = free
    4 x 25 torque drill w/agility paddles
    4 x 25 flutter kick w/board
    4 x 25 breast pull

    100 EZ

    Total: 2700

    Stretch/Yoga/RC, 30 minutes


    I thought about going to Down Dog tonight, but my hamstrings are sore from yesterday's workouts. Decided not to overload them. Hopefully, the weather will be decent for my LCM swim with Susan tomorrow!

    World record in 50 free set -- BiFin Champs

    I wish they had these competitions in the US.

    Updated July 18th, 2012 at 08:36 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  19. Tuesday, July 3

    by , July 3rd, 2012 at 04:14 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Next to Speedo:

    450 various
    8 x 25 shooters
    4 x 50 fly drills
    4 x 50 burst + cruise
    50 EZ
    2 x (25 up tempo + 25 EZ)
    100 back EZ

    Total: 1300

    Acupuncture, 45 min

    RC/Stretching/Foam rolling, 30 min

    Planning to do this soon.


    I am really really looking forward to sleeping in my own bed tonight. I was on a mattress on the first floor of our house last night. (My bedroom is on the third floor, which was an oven.) The house is finally cooled down now though. I don't feel very good in the water, but that's probably from being so tired. Right now I'm just trying to stay mentally positive in the face of a compromised taper. It's hell when life gets in the way of life!

    It was very nice to see Speedo today. Why, he barely looks like a swimmer anymore now that he's a multi sporter. I tried to goad him into a 100 free for time, but he was having none of it. He was talking smack about doing the 200 IM at the Hains Point meet. I tried to warn him about the the lack of fly and breast turns, but he is embracing being a show pony in a niche market.

    I've tried twice to go to the grocery store after throwing out two fridge/freezers full of food, but there were no parking spots. So I remain in the AC waiting for the rest of my family to get back home.
    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  20. Still Powerless, Monday July 2

    by , July 2nd, 2012 at 12:55 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    RC/Yoga/Foam rolling, 45 minutes

    Stepped on the pool deck for a swim and was informed that a kid had an accident in the pool and it was closed. Seriously?! I drove to our summer league pool, which fortunately had reopened. I did 1200 SCM with 4 bursts and an up tempo 25. My brain is just not on swimming right now.


    Still no power. Day 4. And there is no repair date for my area on the power co website, though there is an estimate that 85-90% will have power by Thursday. There is also the threats of thunder storms the next few days that could hamper power restoration efforts. Can't catch a break here in No Va.

    I am sitting in Whole Foods eating lunch and pondering whether to get a pedicure or go to the gym for a few hours and blow my taper. Power outages and taper don't mix well.

    I do have an ART appt later ths afternoon.
    Swim Workouts , Yoga , ART
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