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  1. Mon-Tues, Apr 25-26

    by , April 26th, 2016 at 03:26 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Monday @ LA Fitness:

    1600 EZ


    Tuesday @ LA Fitness

    800 various
    2 x 50 burst + cruise
    50 EZ
    10 x 25
    odds = 100 pace @ :30
    events = EZ @ :45
    250 EZ

    Total: 1450



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


    I am beginning to feel much better. Hacking is under control now, and ears don't hurt as much. I think I am well enough to have fun! I will do an easy swim tomorrow and then, Thursday morning, embark on our road trip with my wolfpack. The last time I road tripped to Greensboro, we started out with a flat tire and a lost cat; hopefully not this time. Looking forward to seeing my non-Pittsburgh RAM teammates. I must say a 9-10 day taper is so much easier to endure than a full 3 week taper. Ready or not!

    Updated April 26th, 2016 at 04:07 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  2. Sun Apr 24

    by , April 24th, 2016 at 04:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    600 various
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ
    4 x 30 burst to 15m from the blocks, cruise back
    50 EZ
    3 x (25 AFAP from the blocks + 125 EZ)
    4 x 25 DPS breast
    100 EZ

    Total: 1600


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


    I read Karl's comment about us tapering bloggers with amusement. For once, I do not give a toss how I feel in the water. I know that, if I rest, I will swim decently fast. The only thing that I care about is how I feel out of the water. After a really solid night's sleep last night, I feel better. Sleep is truly the panacea for everything. I plan on just going easy tomorrow again. Off to do little stretching. Mr. Fort is on a planting spree outside. But I don't dare join him.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  3. Sat Apr 23

    by , April 23rd, 2016 at 04:02 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    600 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters @ :45
    50 EZ
    4 x 50 single arm fly
    50 EZ
    8 x 50 DPS
    odds = free
    evens = back
    100 EZ

    Total: 1700



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


    I went all easy today after doing some sprinting yesterday.

    I had a setback yesterday. I was outside at Lil Fort's track meet for hours and, yikes, that did not agree with me. I couldn't sleep at all last night, woke up feeling like a zombie. Allergies affect the quality of your sleep bc you can't breath well, but this was awful. I'm going to drug myself tonight and hope I feel better tomorrow. It's hard to be positive when you're sleep deprived ... I need some good karma.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  4. Fri Apr 22

    by , April 22nd, 2016 at 03:53 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)


    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ
    4 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:30
    100 EZ
    3 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    100 EZ
    4 x 50 DPS breast + free
    150 EZ

    Total: 1900



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


    No hacking today in the warm Sewy pool. I actually felt pretty good in the water, tho I didn't really do much. My ears are a bit better after following Dr. Thornton's advice to spend 20 minutes irrigating them with an ear syringe and warm soapy water. Will need to repeat that soon bc my left ear especially is still clogged and painful. Shoulder feels fine today. Off to a track meet soon. Lil Fort is running the 4 x 800 relay and the 2 mile at a big invitation for 9th and 10th graders.

    I will probably go all easy tomorrow and then do some starts and bursts on Sunday at BP. I must say that being preoccupied with one's health sort of eliminates the usual taper woes/nerves.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  5. Wed Apr 20

    by , April 21st, 2016 at 11:14 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    400 various
    8 x 25 shooters @ :40
    4 rounds:
    4 x 50 various @ 1:20 (They were kicking these. I just did a mix of swim, kick, drill)
    1 x 50 EZ
    extra 100 EZ at end

    Total: 2100


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


    I swam with the team at Pitt last night, but went all easy. Unfortunately, I was really hacking away. The cold water makes my asthma flare, and the asthma is already irritated by my allergies. I really hope the water in Greensboro is not icy cold. Next year, I will have to find a SCY taper meet that is not in April.

    I got a deep tissue massage yesterday as well, which I was apparently in "dire need of." I seem to have a similar shoulder/neck issue to Water Rat. I feel a bit like a sledgehammer hit my upper back today as a result. And I didn't sleep much last night. I was on the phone into the wee hours with Fort21 in Australia and then had a restless night. She is having surgery to get her tonsils out there after repeated strep infections. Getting the necessary insurance approvals has been a huge hassle. I'm feeling so out of out that I may just take a day off. Or do another easy swim.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  6. Tues Apr 19

    by , April 19th, 2016 at 04:30 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    10 x 50 burst to 15m then cruise @ 1:30
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 w/fins @ 100 pace @ :45
    -- 4 fly + 4 back + 4 breast + 4 free + 4 flutter kick
    250 EZ

    6 x 75 @ 1:30 done as:
    25 shooter + :10 rest + 25 @ 100 pace + 25 EZ
    100 EZ

    3 rounds
    4 x 25 free w/paddles 1 breath @ :30
    50 EZ @1:30
    50 EZ at the end of the set

    Total: 3300


    30 minutes of foam rolling & stretching


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


    This was the first day in awhile where I felt like I had good energy. I wish I could have kept going! But I had to remind myself not to overdo. With nationals 10 days away, I'm going to start cutting back tomorrow. I had a 90 minute deep tissue massage scheduled at Massage Envy -- I like to get them 10 days out from a big meet. I got there and it was cancelled with no notice (no call, no email). This is that third time this has happened to me at this location. I was really furious. I await an email from the manager, but I may just cancel my membership. The only reason I have the membership is that it is the one thing in my swimming life that is convenient as it's only 5 minutes away ... I scheduled a massage at the Rivers Club tomorrow, but that means I'll have to go all easy tomorrow night at Pitt. Grr!

    Updated April 19th, 2016 at 06:05 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  7. Mon Apr 18

    by , April 18th, 2016 at 04:08 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 15
    single leg stand on bosu in streamline, 1:00 each leg
    explosive leg extensions, 75 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 65 x 3 x 5
    hip abductors, 90 x 3 x 8
    hip thrusters, 25 x 3 x 10
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 5
    standing broad jumps, 2 x 5
    altitude drops, 5
    seated row negatives, 60 x 3 x 8


    1000 EZ in the pool afterward


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


    This was my last dryland session until after Canadian Nationals. I kept the weight pretty light and stayed away from any upper body plyos. I went to my chiro afterward to have him work on my shoulder. He thinks it's mostly muscular, but could be verging on low grade tendonitis. I don't feel the dull ache that I did last week, so I'm hopeful I just strained something. It's a bit of a relief to be done with drylands for awhile -- it's the place I'm mostly likely to injure myself!

    I'm feeling much better (still coughing tho) so am thinking nationals is a go barring some relapse. I'd really like to attend this year because I probably won't go next year (in Ca, outdoors).

    Off to do some stretching and ice.

    Updated April 18th, 2016 at 09:06 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Uncategorized
  8. Sat April 16

    by , April 16th, 2016 at 06:48 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
    50 EZ
    4 x 50 single arm fly @ 1:10
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    6 x 30 burst to 15 m then cruise back from the blocks
    -- 4 forward, 2 back
    100 EZ

    5 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) from the blocks @ 5:00
    100 EZ

    20 x 50 w/fins
    odds = @ 100 pace @ 1:00
    evens = EZ @ 1:30

    300 EZ

    Total: 3200



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


    I also did 30 minutes of stretching/yoga/foam rolling and zapped my shoulder for 20 minutes.

    This is the best I have felt in awhile, and my times were fast. I started a prednisone pack yesterday and it has made a huge difference in my allergy symptoms. Because I had raging insomnia when I took it last year at this same time, I was very hesitant to try it. But my dr said that I could take all the pills by noon if I wanted. So I grudgingly agreed. I was still coughing in the pool with exertion. But I felt better and my ears don't hurt as much. I am somewhat worried that when I stop the prednisone in a few days, all my symptoms will come back ... Please no!!! I feel like I deserve a break after the torture of the last month. And I would like to go to nationals with my teammates. As Stewart would say, "fingers crossed." I plan on my last drylands session tomorrow.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  9. Fri Apr 15

    by , April 16th, 2016 at 10:51 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    350 various
    6 x 50 w/fins various @ :50
    8 x 25 burst kick or SDK + cruise @ :40-1:00
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    8 x 25 fly @ 100 pace @ :35 (ouch)
    1 x 50 EZ
    4 x 50 fast kick @ 1:30 (I only did #3 fast)
    1 x 50 EZ
    2 x (50 AFAP + 150 EZ) (they did 4 fast 50s) @ 5:00

    8 x 25 free @ :30, odds = 100 pace
    1 x 50 EZ
    4 x 50 fast kick @ 1:30 (I only did #3 fast)
    1 x 50 EZ
    4 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00

    250 EZ

    Total: 2950


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


    I swam at Pitt last night. Pretty much followed along with the main sets, modifying here or there. Used fins on the swim portions to give my left shoulder a break. I did see my chiro yesterday and felt better afterward. He said my scap was tight, but that it was my subscap area that was really honked off. I will lay off the fly and free completely today as it still feels sore.

    I also saw my allergist. Fortunately, I do not have an ear infection, just blocked ears. I'm feeling better, but the pollen count is supposed to sky rocket the next two weeks. Oak trees are really my undoing, and I'm hoping they are done pollinating.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  10. Thur April 14

    by , April 14th, 2016 at 04:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    600 various
    100 scull
    12 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
    100 EZ
    3 x 15 AFAP UW breaststroke wall kicks + 50 EZ
    100 EZ
    10 x 75 back kick w/fins @ 1:30-1:45
    -- UW 15m+ each length
    250 EZ

    Total: 2450


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


    I just did a recovery/hypoxic workout today after yesterday's double. My energy is up and coughing is down. But I have really honked off my left shoulder. Hurts exactly where Water Rat's does, not an uncommon place for me. It hurt to pull with my left arm. Because of a cancellation, I was (luckily) able to get an appt with my chiro at noon tomorrow. I'm icing now with my active wrap and I'll do some scapular strengthening later. I plan to to kick most of the workout tomorrow night. I don't need another injury! I suspect it was yesterday's plyos that caused the reaction.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  11. 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 ...
  12. Tues Apr 12

    by , April 12th, 2016 at 03:46 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ
    4 x 50 single arm fly @ 1:10
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

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

    10 x 25 fly @ 100 pace @ :45
    50 EZ
    10 x 25 back kick @ :45
    100 EZ
    10 x 25 breast @ 100 pace @ :45
    150 EZ
    10 x 25 free @ 100 pace @ :45
    200 EZ
    10 x 25 flutter kick @ 100 pace @ :45
    250 EZ

    Total: 3350


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


    I had a deep tissue massage and a cupping session yesterday. It really helped with the soreness from weights. I should have gone to the gym today, but didn't feel like it. I'll go tomorrow before the Pitt practice. I'm still having allergy problems -- ears hurt, chest congestion, cough, sinus pain, fatigue. I had planned to start resting for nationals next Tuesday or so. If I'm not substantially better by then, I may pull the plug. I don't want to compete feeling like this. I can work out, but it's a struggle. April is not a good month for those of us with allergies and asthma. I just ordered some plant sterols to see if they help alleviate the symptoms any. I'm off to watch Lil Fort's track meet now. She's running the 2 mile -- got all of Mr. Fort's slow twitch genes.

    Assuming I do go to nats, I'm pondering whether I should use the retractable backstroke ledge. I won't be there in time to try it on Thursday and I may miss the warm up after the 500 free on Friday bc my first event is in the afternoon (50 back). So I would have to try it for the first time in a race ... Risky, but I may take the risk since I have the 27.4 as a backup.

    Updated April 12th, 2016 at 04:25 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  13. Sun Apr 10

    by , April 11th, 2016 at 10:33 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:


    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters @ :45
    100 EZ
    4 x 50 single arm fly @ 1:10
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    modified USRPT type set:
    16 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    1:00 rest
    12 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    1:00 rest
    8 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    1:00 rest
    4 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    300 EZ

    10 x 25 fast breast w/fins @ :45 (12-13)
    250 EZ

    Total: 2950


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


    I was outrageously sore from my Saturday drylands and swim double. I hadn't done DB rows in over 2 months and I could really feel it. I was tired yesterday and somewhat surprised that I could even do the IM set. I am definitely done with doubles for the foreseeable future. I am feeling somewhat better. Perhaps the 30 degree temps we've had are helping. But I am tired from training. Aside from a couple days rest before my April 2 meet, I've been going hard since Albatross. Just going to do an easy swim and get a massage today.

    Updated April 11th, 2016 at 11:03 AM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  14. 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.
  15. Thur April 7

    by , April 7th, 2016 at 04:06 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    3 rounds:
    4 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:30
    1 x 50 EZ

    100 EZ

    2 rounds:
    4 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00-3:30
    1 x 100 EZ

    5 x 50 free w/paddles, Lochte turn @ 1:30
    150 EZ

    Total: 3050


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


    After yesterday's double, I planned a short speed workout for today, and that was definitely all I had the energy for. Still dragging with a lot of chest congestion, and losing my voice. If I feel like crap tomorrow, I'll take the day off. It's been 6 days in a row anyway.

    I looked back at my blog from this time last year. Late March-early April, I was suffering from allergies, had an ear infection, had an allergic reaction and was on prednisone. I only swam 2 events at Zones, and my times were terrible. I love spring, but it really hates me. I just hope there is time for my negative reaction to spring to recede. I'm glad that I'm not entered in Zones, though this will be the first time in my masters career that I've missed it. Being sick during a taper is one thing. Being sick on meet day just sucks.

    Updated April 7th, 2016 at 10:08 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Uncategorized
  16. 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



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


    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
  17. Tues Apr 5

    by , April 5th, 2016 at 03:02 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    2200 EZ @ LA Fitness


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


    I really felt rotten yesterday, and I woke up this morning feeling no better with the added bonus of a cough. I don't know if it's a new virus or if I overdid it with the Saturday meet + Sunday double. I don't want to be alarmist, but if I don't recover soon, I may have to abort nationals. My plan was to train like a demon for the next 2.5 weeks. If I can't, I will have to put in the training before and during nationals instead. I'm much more focused on Canadian Nationals. I was just going to USMS Nationals for fun, and because I haven't been to nationals in three years. We'll see ... I actually feel somewhat better after the easy swim. It's been 17 days ... I'd just like to wake up and have my usual energy. I know just how my teammate Stewart feels!

    If anyone is interested, here are the psych sheets for Colonies Zones:
    http://www.patriotmasters.org/Coloni...ults/index.htm
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  18. Mon April 4

    by , April 4th, 2016 at 05:25 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

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

    2 rounds w/fins, fast = 100 pace
    1 x 25 fast fly @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00
    1 x 25 fast fly + :10 rest + 1 x 25 fast back
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30
    1 x 25 fast fly + 25 fast back + 25 fast breast @ :10 rest
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30
    1 x 4 x 25 fast IM order @ :10 rest
    1 x 100 EZ

    extra 100 EZ

    10 x 25 breast dolphin @ 100 pace @ :45
    -- mostly 16s
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 dolphin kick w/board @ 100 pace
    250 EZ

    Total: 3150

    30 minutes of foam rolling/stretching/yoga


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


    Well, I feel pretty plastered after that effort, and felt tired during it. In retrospect, after pushing my body to the max at a meet when I wasn't quite 100%, I should have limited myself to a recovery swim yesterday. Instead, I did that double -- anxious to ramp up my training again. I should give away my ivy league degree and put on my dunce cap! I feel a bit better after stretching some, but my shoulders and back are quite sore. Hopefully, I can sleep it off ...

    I've been wondering how to approach both USMS Nationals and Canadian Nationals. So I looked back at my blog, very handy. The last time I rested for two big meets was Zones and Nationals in 2013, both of which were great meets for me. I laid off the weights 10 days before Zones and then for the three weeks between Zones and Nationals. So I guess I'll adopt the same approach this time around wrt weights. I also see that I rested a week for Zones, bumped it up for a week after and then tapered two weeks for nationals. So I guess I have a plan!

    One thing that I also noticed looking back at my blog is that I used to do more recovery workouts than I seem to be doing these days ... so perhaps I shouldn't worry that I have to do one tomorrow. My workouts also seem to be a bit unimaginative these days -- probably from no longer writing the HIT workouts in the workout forum.

    Updated April 4th, 2016 at 05:51 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  19. 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.

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

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  20. Ohio State Meet, Sat Apr 2

    by , April 3rd, 2016 at 11:24 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Emboldened by my phoenix like rise from mono in the nick of time for NE Champs, I made the journey to Ohio State for the Huntington meet. I was perhaps overly emboldened, as well as overly obsessed with sticking to my meet plan for the month. I did not feel quite 100%. I tried to compensate for some fatigue with extra caffeine. Then I just felt tired but wired. Still, even though I felt a little off, shutting it down in the pool for the last few days really helped. I swam some very fast in season times -- no doubt due to an assist from a super fast pool. The meet went quickly and clocked in under 3 hours. My events were all swum in about 2 hours.


    50 back, 27.43

    This event just felt labored the whole way. My legs felt quite tired -- probably from my last hard drylands session. I had decided to try taking 7 strokes the first length instead of 8 (I seem caught between 7 and 8.). This resulted in a major glide into the turn and a poor push off. I feel like that cost me a few tenths. Honestly, I expected to be a good half second slower and was pleasantly surprised when I saw my time. But I felt dead afterward and had a hard time getting my heart rate down.


    50 breast, 32.84

    I had a very good start and executed fairly well except for my walls. I had to short stroke both walls. Because I don't race breaststroke all that much, I have no idea what my stroke count is or should be. I just know that, in the past, gliding into the walls has killed my momentum. This race felt like a breeze compared to the 50 back. And my time was only .04 off my tapered PR from 2013 nationals. Was stoked with this time, which was .4 faster than my time at the Sprint Classic (where I had good walls). This is only the second time I've been under :33.


    100 IM, no swim

    There were only 8-9 heats between 50 breast and 100 IM. I just couldn't do it. I felt very tired and went to lay down on my yoga mat for half a hour to reboot. In retrospect, if I had wanted to swim 100 IM, I should have skipped the 50 breast. Not a big deal, and then I had some real rest before 50 fly.


    50 fly, 26.06

    I popped back in the warm up pool to wake myself up before this race and try to get psyched. I was sitting next to a couple guys who were swimming this event and had seen my 50 back. They said, "it's on!" And, well, who can resist that kind of good natured trash talk? So I got ready to swim fast. This was my best race of the day. I felt like I flew off the blocks. I wish they had reaction times posted. My UWs were good, breakouts were good, finish was good. I just had a slight glide into the first wall after taking 5 strokes, but nothing major. Was extremely happy with the time, which was again .4 faster than my time at the Sprint Classic (a meet for which I was more rested). This race felt much better than my 50 back. I'm not sure why that first race felt so awful.



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    Very glad that I made the effort to race at the meet and happy with my times. 50s require a lot of racing to fine tune. I think these are all my best "in season" times. Of course now I'm wondering how many tenths can be attributed to the fin? Haha. I feel more tired from this meet than I was after Albatross. I hope I can shake off this fatigue soon. Off to the gym.

    Updated April 3rd, 2016 at 01:02 PM by The Fortress

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