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  1. Wed-Fri, March 21-23

    by , March 24th, 2018 at 11:08 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I was pretty down and out from this cold I've had on Monday and Tuesday. One day I did 1000 easy. That was it.


    Wed: Swim/SCY @ Sewy

    Swam with the Sewy team because Pitt practice was cancelled due to weather. I can't remember the workout exactly. I know I warmed up and did some bursts. The team was doing a set. But I did 10 x 25 AFAP + 75 EZ with a couple extra 50 EZs thrown in.


    Thursday:

    Drylands: flutter kicks in streamline on bosu, streamline stands on flat side of bosu, warrior on bosu, seated rows, good mornings, hip thrusters, explosive leg extensions, standing broad jumps, goblet squats, med ball slams, knee tuck jumps, seated straight arm dips

    Did 3-4 miles on treadmill


    Friday: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 various
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    Fooled around with the Colorado backstroke ledges while the team was doing something else. I don't like these ledges; they're hard to get in place and keep them there. The ones they're using at NCAAs are so much better.

    Main sets:

    6 x 100 of something
    -- I did 6 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:30

    8 x 25 fly @ 100 pace @ :45
    100 EZ

    Team was doing sprint 12 & 16 25s but the interval was too hard for me. So I did 5 x (5 x 25 AFAP + 75 EZ)

    20 x 25 @ :30
    -- I did them odds = back kick @ 100 pace, evens = EZ
    100 EZ


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    Finally feeling better after struggling for a few days. May just go easy today and crank it up on Sunday. Really looking forward to going to NC for a few days for Lil Fort's spring break. All this snow doesn't feel like spring ...
  2. Wed-Sun, March 14-18

    by , March 18th, 2018 at 09:59 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Wed: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Can't remember what I did anymore. I know there were bursts, AFAP 25s and some 100 pace 50s.


    Thursday: off


    Friday: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 various
    5 x 50 DPS free w/paddles @ 1:45 (they were doing 100s)
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45

    Main sets:

    This main set was good for me, gave me plenty of rest to do 8 x 25 AFAP + 75 EZ and a fast 50. Sat on the wall like a good sprinter.

    2 rounds:
    1 x 150 fast @ 6:00
    1 x 100 fast @ 6:00
    1 x 75 fast @ 6:00
    1 x 60 fast @ 6:00

    100 EZ


    Saturday:

    I woke up with a cold on Friday, so didn't feel that great. I did hit the gym for an hour and did: RC ex, explosive leg extensions, extreme angle squat w/15 lb DB @ 5:00, meds ball slams, good mornings, seated row, cable twist w/yoga ball, seated straight arm dips, single leg stand on flat side of bosu, hip abductors, leg press

    Because I didn't feel that well, I didn't swim in our local meet. But I went to spectate and had a blast watching and cheering for everyone.



    Sunday: Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ

    Mains sets:

    5 rounds:
    1 x 50 @ 100 pace @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00

    100 EZ

    5 rounds:
    1 x 50 @ 100 pace @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00

    100 EZ


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    Between having a cold and being sore from weights, I didn't even attempt any AFAP work today. Hopefully, I will be able to work hard this week.
  3. Sun-Tues, March 11-13

    by , March 13th, 2018 at 07:00 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Sunday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP


    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    8 x 25 burst + cruise, mostly from the blocks
    100 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) from the blocks

    4 x (broken AFAP 50, :10-:15 rest, + 150 EZ)
    -- 2 swim, 2 shooters

    Total: 2250



    Monday:

    Drylands: 50-55 min

    single leg deadlifts, good mornings, tricep press, hip thrusters, resisted standing broad jumps, altitude drops, med ball slams, extreme angle step ups w/bar, push press, explosive leg extensions

    3 miles on treadmill



    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters

    Main sets:

    2 rounds w/fins
    20 x 25 IM order @ :45 @ 100 pace
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 back kick @ :40 @ 100 pace
    100 EZ

    Total: 2450

    5 miles on the treadmill



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    I defaulted to 100 pace today because I was tired from the weekend's sprint workouts and weights yesterday. I'm still somewhat ambivalent about my "comeback" ... it's frustrating to feel physically limited and I know it's going to take awhile to be swimming/racing fit again. But I nonetheless purchased a new tech suit today to use this spring as there are only old ones in my closet. Though I like Arenas, I wasn't moved to pay $550 for the newest model. So I opted for the new A3 VICI suit. And, unlike, Arenas, it comes in black!

    Updated March 14th, 2018 at 11:22 AM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  4. Wed-Sat, March 7-10

    by , March 10th, 2018 at 10:04 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Wednesday: Swim/SCY @ Pitt


    Warm up:

    400 (did 350)
    200 drill (did 150)
    8 x 25 shooters @ :40

    Main sets:

    4 rounds (I did 3 and modified)
    4 x 125 @ 2:10 (did 25 burst SDK + cruise + 50 EZ)
    8 x 25 @ :30, did odds = 100 pace, evens = EZ
    1 x 50 EZ
    1 x 50 fast (did 25 AFAP + 25 EZ)
    1 x 50 EZ

    Total: 2650


    Thursday:

    40 minutes at the gym doing: deadlifts, good mornings, seated row, hip thrusters, hip adductors, explosive leg extensions, extreme angle squat, etc.


    Friday:

    8 miles on treadmill in 2 outings while Fort Daughter was sleeping in & napping


    Saturday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:

    600 various
    4 x 25 shooters @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    8 x 30 burst to 15 m, cruise back, 6 of them off the blocks
    100 EZ

    8 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3-4:00
    -- my easy is just DAB or easy kicking
    50 EZ

    4 x 25 w/chute
    200 EZ

    Total: 2250


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    Kept my workouts pretty short this week with my daughter home. Still I felt pretty sluggish today. Planning on heading back to BP tomorrow for another sprint practice. I did enter our Y Champs on April 7-8 at Spire. There is a masters meet here in Mt Lebanon next weekend. I might drop in and deck enter a couple events just out of sheer convenience.
  5. Mon-Tues, March 5-6

    by , March 7th, 2018 at 11:41 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Monday:

    35-40 minutes of lifting at the gym. Then did the following solo swim @ Pitt:
    500 various
    5 x 50 burst SDK + cruise
    8 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3-4:00
    100 EZ


    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo (but an overlap with Jim) @ Sewy

    550 various
    8 x 50 @ :50, odds = free w/paddles, evens = kick
    20 x 25 @ 100 pace IM order @ :45
    100 EZ
    20 x 25 @ 100 pace, backstroke kick @ :40
    200 EZ
    12 x 25 @ 100 pace, IM order
    100 EZ

    Total: 2650


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    Just getting in some short workouts with my daughter visiting for spring break. Will likely head to Pitt tonight. Not exactly sure what my next meet will be, but I am thinking of signing up for the Y Champs at the Spire Institute. Everyone says it's a fabulous pool.
  6. Fri-Sun, Nov. 3-5

    by , November 5th, 2017 at 06:29 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Friday: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    450 various
    200 of drills and sculling
    8 x 25 shooters @ :40
    8 x 25 burst + cruise @ :45
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    3 rounds:
    1 x 50 sprint @ 2:00
    1 x 100 EZ @ 3:00
    1 x 50 sprint @ 2:00
    1 x 100 EZ @ 3:00
    1 x 25 sprint @ 1:00
    1 x 75 EZ @ 3:00

    150 EZ

    Total: 2450

    This was basically the same workout that I did at Sewy last Friday. The 3rd round, I did the 50s at 100 pace (getting tired). But I did rip off a :23 in one of my fly with fins 50 AFAP efforts. And for the 25 fast kicks, I did shooters (no fins) and went 12 highs. I was happy with those times.



    Saturday:

    Drylands (sticking with just core and plyos)

    RC exercises
    good mornings
    single leg stand on bosu in streamline, 1:00 each leg
    warrior 3 pose on bosu, :30 each leg
    streamline crunches
    flutter kicks on back on bosu, 100
    med ball slams
    alternating rope slams, 3 x 30
    standing broad jumps, 5
    resisted (25 lb) standing broad jumps, 5
    altitude drops, 5
    extreme angle iso squat, 5:00
    hip thrusters
    russian twists w/plate, 25 x 2 x 25

    5 miles on treadmill

    1300 EZ in the pool

    It all seems so easy when you're at the gym. This am I woke up with a really sore upper back/shoulders from the explosive slamming ...




    Sunday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 caterpillar fly drill
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    6 x 30 burst off the blocks to 15m, cruise back
    100 EZ

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

    16 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = free w/Lochte turn
    evens = EZ kick
    100 EZ

    Total: 3100


    I was sore today but managed to get in some starts and drop dead sprints. My times were solid. I still feel like my turnover could use some improvement. But I've only been back in the pool two months and just re-started my AFAP sprinting. NEVERTHELESS, wait for it, I signed up for a meet! Maybe a bit too much chutzpah, but hey it's masters. So I will take my crappy arms and give it a whirl with expectations in check and seed times adjusted accordingly. Just some 50s to start ... I feel like I have a free pass for life with respect to dying at the end of races now. Lil Fort gave me an A+ for post adversity bravery.

    Updated November 5th, 2017 at 06:34 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  7. Tues-Wed Oct. 17-18

    by , October 19th, 2017 at 01:12 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Tuesday:

    Did 5-6 miles on the treadmill and went to the gym. Did some of the following:

    RC exercises
    straight arm dips
    seated rows
    med ball slams (10)
    hip thrusters
    extreme angle squat, 5:00
    single leg stand in streamline on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    flutter kicks ion back in streamline on bosu, 100
    leg extensions
    decline straight leg raises
    good mornings



    Wed: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    550 various
    8 x 25 kick @ :40
    8 x 50 drill + swim, IM order @ 1:10
    -- I did them swim + kick

    Main sets:

    6 x 100 IM @ 1:55
    -- I did these alt back kick & free
    8 x 50, IM order, 25 fast (100 pace) + 25 EZ @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    6 x 100 IM or stroke @ 1:55
    -- I did the alt back kick & free
    8 x 50, IM order, 25 fast (100 pace)+ 25 EZ @ 1:10
    50 EZ

    1 x 50 sprint @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 100 IM or stroke sprint @ 2:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 50 sprint @ 1:00
    1 x 150 EZ

    Total: 3750


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    Whew, I could feel the drylands at practice the next day ... I can't say the gym is inspiring me too much these days, hence the sparse attendance. I may just do core work and plyos this year.

    As usual, by the time we got to the sprints the last 20 minutes of practice, I was a bit blasted from all the aerobic work. And there wasn't enough recovery time/swimming do go AFAP. I did 3 x 50 breast @ 100 pace (29s) and one 100 back kick where I tried some (:59). I was afterward.
  8. Tues-Wed Oct. 17-18

    by , October 19th, 2017 at 01:12 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Tuesday:

    Did 5-6 miles on the treadmill and went to the gym. Did some of the following:

    RC exercises
    straight arm dips
    seated rows
    med ball slams (10)
    hip thrusters
    extreme angle squat, 5:00
    single leg stand in streamline on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    flutter kicks ion back in streamline on bosu, 100
    leg extensions
    decline straight leg raises
    good mornings



    Wed: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    550 various
    8 x 25 kick @ :40
    8 x 50 drill + swim, IM order @ 1:10
    -- I did them swim + kick

    Main sets:

    6 x 100 IM @ 1:55
    -- I did these alt back kick & free
    8 x 50, IM order, 25 fast (100 pace) + 25 EZ @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    6 x 100 IM or stroke @ 1:55
    -- I did the alt back kick & free
    8 x 50, IM order, 25 fast (100 pace)+ 25 EZ @ 1:10
    50 EZ

    1 x 50 sprint @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 100 IM or stroke sprint @ 2:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 50 sprint @ 1:00
    1 x 150 EZ

    Total: 3750


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    Whew, I could feel the drylands at practice the next day ... I can't say the gym is inspiring me too much these days, hence the sparse attendance. I may just do core work and plyos this year.

    As usual, by the time we got to the sprints the last 20 minutes of practice, I was a bit blasted from all the aerobic work. And there wasn't enough recovery time/swimming do go AFAP. I did 3 x 50 breast @ 100 pace (29s) and one 100 back kick where I tried some (:59). I was afterward.
  9. Fri-Sat, Sept 15-16

    by , September 17th, 2017 at 02:48 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)


    Friday 9/15

    Drylands:

    Went to the gym for the first time in many months. Just did some rehab, core work and light weights. Despite only doing good mornings with the 45 lb bar, I could feel it in my back and hamstrings the next day.

    Treadmill, 7.5 miles

    mostly walking fast with a killer incline



    Saturday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Bethel Park:

    Warm up:


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

    Main sets:

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

    3 x (25 AFAP kick w/board + 75 EZ) @ 3:00

    10 x 25 @ :40
    odds = breast dolphin @ 100 pace
    evens = EZ back
    50 EZ

    5 x 50 DPS free-back @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    20 x 25 @ :40
    1-10 = dolphin kick w/snorkel & arms at side
    11-20 = dolphin power kick w/arms at side
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 no breath free @ whatever (no swimming lungs)
    200 EZ

    Total: 2950


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    Made it to Bethel Park, one of my fave places to swim, yesterday. Still easing back in, but more of a Fort-like workout. My 25 AFAP kicks were maybe a second off my former blasto times. I didn't think that was too bad considering the absence of speed in my life. Back on the treadmill today. I don't think I'll swim on back to back days for awhile to not overdue. Trying not to be compulsive!
  10. Water, Feb. 11-14

    by , February 14th, 2017 at 02:39 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Saturday:

    3 miles on treadmill

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP:
    600 various kick
    20 x 25 power kick w/arms at side
    100 EZ
    10 x (25 fast kick + 25 EZ kick)
    400 various

    Total: 2000



    Sunday:

    I went to watch the masters meet at Lebo HS. It was fun to see some swim friends. They even have fins on the blocks there now. And the water temperature is warmer. So I might have to venture there again.

    11 miles on treadmill in 2 segments



    Monday:

    30 minutes of core/yoga/rehab ex

    7 miles on treadmill



    Tuesday:

    40 minutes of drylands

    Swim/SCY @ LA Fitness
    500 various
    6 x (25 fast + 75 EZ)
    300 EZ
    Total: 1400

    4 miles on treadmill



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    Well, I've dipped my toe back in the water. Refreshing! But it is SO boring to do nothing but kick with your arms at your side. I did invest in the Arena power breather snorkel, since I'm not supposed to be turning my neck much. I like it better than the previous ones I've owned. I'll probably try to get in the water a few times a week. I can't see boring the crap out of myself on a daily basis! Oddly, it was more tiring swimming just 2000 yards than doing 10 miles on the treadmill ...

    Updated February 14th, 2017 at 02:46 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  11. Thurs-Fri Oct. 13-14

    by , October 15th, 2016 at 12:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Thursday: Drylands

    rehab ex
    captains chair leg raises, 2 x 20
    hip thrusters, 45 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 85 x 3 x 5
    kneeling cable crunches ? x 3 x 10
    explosive leg extensions, 05 x 3 x 15
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    rear delt flys, 80 x 3 x 8
    russian twists on incline bench, 2-3 x 3 x 25
    glute isolator, 50 x 3 x 5 each leg
    hip abductor 110 x 3 x 5

    1000 EZ in the pool after



    Friday: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    400 kick, no I did 8 x 25 shooters + 3 x 50 single arm fly
    10 x 25 kick w/fins @ :30 (did about 5 bursts)
    50 EZ

    Main set:

    This was the bear of a main set assigned. I modified somewhat and used fins. I'm a bit terrified of someone kicking my toe and fins really cushion the toe on the walls. I don't remember the intervals exactly, but Bill was chastising people for not taking enough rest on the EZ swims.

    3 rounds:
    1 x 100 fast (I did 75 IM, fly-back-breast fast @ 100 pace)
    1 x 100 EZ (did 125 EZ)
    1 x 75 fast (did IM, fly-back-breast)
    1 x 75 EZ
    1 x 50 fast @ around 95% (did fly-back)
    1 x 50 EZ
    1 x 25 fast (breast)
    1 x 125 EZ

    250 EZ

    Total:


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    At first I looked at that main set and thought there was no way I could do it, even with fins. I thought about doing the second round hypoxic. But I gave it a try. There was no way to go AFAP on everything. Holding the 75s at 100 pace was challenging enough. I was trying to hold :44s, the first one was a bit faster. Went 24-25 on the 50s and 11-12s on the 25 breasts. I was feeling pretty beat last night after that.

    Today is Homecoming for Lil Fort. The after party is at our house, so I need to get to the grocery and do a few things today.
  12. Fri-Sun Oct. 7-9

    by , October 9th, 2016 at 10:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)


    Friday:


    Drylands, 30 min: rehab ex, power wheel roll outs, supine flutter kicks on bosu, reverse flys, kettle balls swings, single leg streamline stand on flat side of bosu, TRX single leg squats


    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    450 various
    assigned 400 kick, I did 100 scull + 100 fly drills + 150 evil kick
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    12 rounds:
    1 x 25 AFAP kick @ :45
    1 x 25 AFAP swim @ :45 (same kick and stroke)
    1 x 75 EZ @ 1:30
    -- I knew this set was going to be a b*tch for me. I modified and still felt nauseous at the end
    R1-4 (with my lane) w/fins = 25 dolphin kick (10s) + 25 no breath fly (10s) + 75 EZ
    R5-6 = all EZ
    R7-8 = 25 back kick (15s) + 25 back kick (15s), UW 15 m + 25 EZ
    R9-10 = 25 fast flutter kick (16 high-17) + 25 fast free (13s, had to take 2-3 breaths) + 25 EZ
    R11-12 = all EZ

    -- I was dead after that set. Looking back, I see that I did 16 all out 25s on much less rest than usual. After the first 4 rounds, I turned the 75 EZ into a 25 EZ. The 1:30 interval was just too hard. I may try this set again another time, but I would do the 75s on much more rest. Doing the fast kick first kind of makes you think about kicking more on the swim sprint. The last set was 3 x 100 AFAP. No way, I was toast. So I did:

    3 x (50 @ 100 pace + 100 EZ)
    100 EZ at end

    Total: 2700



    Saturday:

    Drylands (since such a short session on Friday)

    rehab ex
    russian twists on incline, 25 x 3 x 25
    altitude drops, 5
    resisted standing broad jumps, 30 x 2 x 5
    med ball slams, 3 x 5
    good mornings, 80 x 3 x 5
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 25
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    dragon flags (ouch), 5

    Swim/SCY/Solo: 1500 EZ




    Sunday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ

    Main set: fave IM set w/fins

    16 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    :45 rest
    12 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    :45 rest
    8 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    :45 rest
    4 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    300 EZ

    Total: 2050



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    I just did a short workout today. In my typical klutzy fashion, I smashed my foot into the bed post in the middle of the night. Yes, I do believe I broke another toe. Can't put any weight on it. I iced it in the middle of the night and off and on all day. But I couldn't push off the wall at all today. Toes seem to heal relatively fast, so I'm hoping I'll be able to go off the blocks at the sprint classic. But the planned block work that I had today was scotched. And any future plyos. Glad I got some in on Saturday! I'm a tad put out bc I've had two broken toes and bicep tendonitis in 2.5 months ... I could use a break. If this was not my age up year, I would take a mental health break for awhile and go travel. A return trip to Paris beckons.
  13. Fri-Sun, Sept 30-Oct 2

    by , October 2nd, 2016 at 09:48 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)


    Friday: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    500 various (I was late and only got in 350, horrendous traffic)
    8 x 50 kick, no fins @ 1:05
    -- I used this set as more warm up and did some swim, drills, kick, UWs
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    12 x 25 IM order @ :45
    -- supposed to be build to fast, but I do not do builds. so did them @ 100 pace
    50 EZ

    6 x (50 AFAP kick + 50 EZ) @ 3:00
    -- this was billed as a "perfect set for me"
    -- haha, I actually require much more rest for all out 50s
    I did:
    1 = 50 fast back kick from a push (31) + 50 EZ, 2 = 25 AFAP shooter (12 high) + 25 EZ, 3 = same, 4 = EZ, 5 = 50 fast back kick from a push (32), 6 = 25 AFAP shooter + 75 EZ)

    1 x 100 EZ

    16 x 25 sprint @ 1:15
    -- haha, this is not enuf rest for me either
    -- I did: 4 x 25 fast breast dolphin (14s), 1 x 25 EZ, 4 x 25 fast back kick (14-15s), 1 x 25 EZ, 4 x 25 fast breast dolphin (14s), 2 x 25 EZ
    200 EZ

    Total: 2550



    Saturday: Drylands & Swim

    rehab ex
    single leg stand in streamline on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    hip thruster, 35 x 3 x 15
    barbell floor wiper, 30 x 3 x 15
    extreme angle squat on stacked steps w/DB, 50 x 4 x 8
    dragon flags, 10 -- omg, the hardest core exercise, I had to rest a bit after each rep
    renegade rows w/15 lb DBs, 3 x 15
    captains chair leg raises, 3 x 125
    good mornings, 80 x 3 x 5
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 20
    bicep curl negatrives w/15 lb DBs, 2 x 10
    knee tuck jumps, 5

    1500 EZ in pool after



    Sunday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    8 x 30m off the blocks, AFAP to 15 m then cruise back
    -- I decided that even in my 50 breast, I should glide more before taking a dolphin kick. One of them, I was at the 15m line.
    200 EZ

    8 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 75 EZ) @ 3:00-3:30
    -- 3 fly, 4 free, 3 breast
    -- not quite ready for fast backstroke yet ...
    100 EZ

    3 x 25 off blocks w/chute
    -- 15 fast SDKs to about 12.5y , cruise back
    50 EZ

    4 x 25 w/chute @ 1:10
    100 EZ

    Total: 2575


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    I really enjoyed my swim at Bethel Park today. It's such a nice contrast to Sewy with 2/3 of the pool being really deep and digital clocks everywhere. But the best is that the lifeguards let you go off the blocks. So I worked on a lot of short speed today. Back to 100 pace work tomorrow, I think.

    Drylands have become somewhat frustrating to me. My shoulders and elbows are just too fragile to do any heavy upper body work these days. My elbows don't even like the TRX core work that I like to do ... The trials and tribulations of being a geezer jock.

    I wish the Sprint Classic were in 2 weeks. I'm getting a little antsy for a meet ...

    Can anyone tell me how to add a custom block to the right side of my blog?
  14. Tues-Thurs, Sept 27-29

    by , September 30th, 2016 at 12:25 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Tuesday: Drylands & Swim

    rehab ex
    bulgarian split squats w/bar, 20 x 2 x 10 each leg
    bicep curl negatrives, 20 x 3 x 10
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    rear delt fly, 75 x 3 x 8
    resisted standing broad jumps, 2 x 5
    explosive leg extensions, 95 x 3 x 15
    altitude drops w/DBs, 2 x 5
    good mornings, 85 x 4x 5
    knee tic jumps, 2 x 5
    kneeling ab crunches, 80 x 2 x 15
    tricep press (?)

    1700 EZ in pool


    Wed:

    off, traveling, did a few miles on the treadmill at home


    Thursday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warmup:

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    8 x 50 burst + cruise various @ 1:15
    100 EZ

    6 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    100 EZ

    6 rounds:
    75 @ 100 pace (2 x IM, breast, free)
    125 EZ

    Total: 3250


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    It's very aggravating to swim at Sewy right now. In general, the pace clocks are never quite synced. Now one of them is broken. So I didn't look at any of my times. My shoulder is a bit sore after yesterday's effort. I keep forgetting to ice it ... And, continuing in my klutz like ways, I sliced my finger open the other day while making dinner. I couldn't decide if it was stitch worthy or not, but opted just to tape it. But it hurts some. Off to do rehab exercises for the millionth time ...
  15. Mon Sept 26

    by , September 27th, 2016 at 10:18 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Saturday:

    Did 30 minutes of drylands and core work


    Sunday:

    off, wasn't feeling well


    Monday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

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

    Main sets:

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

    3 rounds:
    8 x 25, 2 x IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    1 x 50 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 2750



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


    I've been a bit under the weather the last couple days. So have Mr. Fort and Lil Fort. Shoulder still a bit twingey, but better. I could really use a massage and that might help it. Haven't had one in many months. Massage Envy was annoying the hell out of me, but it did have the virtue of convenience.
  16. Tues-Wed Sept 20-21

    by , September 21st, 2016 at 06:46 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Tuesday: Swim/SCy/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    10 x 25 burst SDK to 15m + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    5 x (25 AFAP free w/fins + 75 EZ) @ 3:30
    100 EZ

    4 x (50 AFAP + 150 EZ)
    100 EZ

    4 x 50 w/slow mo Lochte turn
    100 EZ

    Total: 3000



    Wed: Drylands:

    rehab ex
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 5
    face pulls, 50 x 3 x 15
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    altitude drops, 2 x 5
    explosive leg extensions, 90 x 3 x 15
    rear delt fly, 60 x 3 x 8
    resisted standing long jumps, 30 x 2 x 5
    donkey kicks, 10
    single leg stand in streamline on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    TRX single leg squats, 2 x 10 each leg
    squat jumps w/DBs, 2 x 5
    reverse bicep curl, 20 x 3 x 10
    streamline crunches on yoga ball with feet on wall, 2 x 15

    5 miles on treadmill


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


    My shoulder seems to be slowly getting better, so I did a little fast freestyle the other day. I wanted to go to Pitt tonight but Mr. Fort is out of town and Lil Fort is not feeling very well.

    With the Rowdy meet out of the picture, I guess the Sprint Classic on Oct. 30 will be my first meet. I'm thinking of doing the 50 fly, 100 back or IM and 50 back. I will do a SCM meet in November somewhere, and I have NE Champs with my team in December. I am hoping to get in a SCM 100 IM and 50 free in November. 100 IM, an event in which I would like to post a good time, falls at the end of the day at NE Champs. And I need to try a race pace Lochte turn in the 50 free before NE Champs. I haven't done one since last May. I want to get it right for our mixed 200 free relay -- which is my first event there and one in which we are hoping for a fast time.
  17. Sat-Sun Sept 17-18

    by , September 18th, 2016 at 07:50 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Saturday: Drylands


    Did some of the following for about 50-60 minutes: TRX single leg squats, power wheel roll outs with knees on bosu, single leg stand in streamline on flat side of bosu (1:00 each leg), yoga airplane on bosu (:30 each leg), bicep curl negatives, reverse flys, kettle ball swings, TRX back and forths with forearms on bosu, planks, streamline crunches, rehab ex

    3 miles on treadmill



    Sunday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warmup:

    600 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    5 x 15m AFAP SDK off the blocks, cruise back
    -- 3 forward, 2 back
    50 EZ

    20 x 25 backstroke kick @ 100 pace, UW 15 m @ :45
    -- 16-16 highs
    -- extra :45 rest after #10
    200 EZ

    20 x 25 breast w/fins (no pullouts) @ 100 pace @ :45
    -- 13s
    250 EZ

    6 x 25 kick w/chute & fins
    -- 2 flutter, 2 back, 2 dolphin on back
    100 EZ

    Total: 2950



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


    Just the usual stuff ...

    Until we had a scary incident in my neighborhood this weekend. I live on an idyllic little cul de sac in a safe suburban neighborhood. But on Saturday there was an attempt to lure a child into a car right in front of my house. (I was in the back yard at the time.) The child ran away and the police were called. Anyone reading this that is from Pittsburgh, should call police with the license plate on any full size white SUV with a white spare on the back, balding middle age man. So creepy!

    And as if that weren't frightening enough, Lil Fort now has her permit and I had to drive with her today. It's really hard not to continually flinch.
  18. Tues Sept 13

    by , September 14th, 2016 at 02:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands @ LA Fitness

    rehab ex
    rear delt fly, 60 x 3 x 8
    explosive leg extensions, 90 x 3 x 15
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    single leg stand in streamline on bosu, 1:00 each side
    captains chair leg raises, 3 x 15
    altitude drops, 5
    resisted standing broad jumps, 30 x 2 x 6
    squat jumps w/DBs, 2 x 5
    russian twists on incline, 25 x 3 x 25
    good mornings, 75 x 4 x 5


    1400 EZ swim in pool after


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


    Well, after doing my favorite IM set on Sunday, my shoulder did not feel great. I took Monday off and went to the gym Tuesday. I'm about to head out to the cryo sauna to see if that will help. Probably more kicking at Pitt tonight.
  19. Sat-Sun Sept 10-11

    by , September 12th, 2016 at 12:57 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Sat: Drylands


    Did drylands at home, including: rehab ex, power wheel roll outs, bulgarian split squats in streamline, extreme angle iso squat, supine flutter kicks on bosu, TRX back and forth, TRX windmills, TRX pike ups, donkey kicks, reverse flys, kettle ball swings, saxon side bends

    Then did 3.5 miles on the treadmill


    Sun: Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    5 x 30m AFAP SDK to 5m & cruise back off the blocks
    100 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP breast off the blocks + 75 EZ)

    Favorite IM set w/fins: (did backstroke kick instead of swim to save shoulder)
    16 x 25 IM order @ :40-:45
    50 EZ @ 1:0
    12 x 25 IM order @ :45
    50 EZ @ 1:00
    8 x 25 IM order @ :45
    50 EZ @ 1:00
    4 x 25 IM order @ :45
    200 EZ

    Total: 2750


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


    Did a little more swimming yesterday, albeit mostly with fins. Backstroke seems to be the worse for the poor bicep tendon. I will prolly go to the gym today, tho I really can't do much upper body work right now (a comment I've made frequently during my masters career).
  20. Wed-Thurs Sept 7-8

    by , September 8th, 2016 at 04:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Wednesday:


    45 minutes of dryland & rehab ex, then


    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    450 various
    8 x 50, supposed to be all back-free @ :55
    -- I alternated 2 back-free, then 2 kick
    8 x 50 w/fins, UW 12.5+ each length @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Main set:

    The team was doing 2 rounds of a long set. I wanted to do only the second round, so I moved into a split lap lane to do:

    20 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    -- did single arm fly on the fly bits
    250 EZ

    kick set w/fins (team was swimming backstroke)
    1 x 200, work UWs @ 3:45
    1 x 100, UW 12.5+ each length @ 2:00
    4 x 50, UW 12.5+ each length @ 1:00
    50 EZ
    12 x 25 burst dolphin kick to 15m + cruise @ :50
    150 EZ

    Total: 3000



    Thursday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ
    8 x 25 breast kick w/buoy @ :45
    50 EZ
    10 x 25, SDK @ 100 pace to 15m then cruise @ :45
    100 EZ
    10 x 50
    odds = double shooter w/fins @ 1:00
    evens = EZ @ 1:30
    300 EZ

    Total: 2250


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


    Today I was pretty bushed from last night. I find it hard to swim in the evening and then be recovered sufficiently the next day at noon. So I took it pretty easy today so that I can do some sprinting at Pitt tomorrow.

    My shoulder is feeling somewhat better. For once, I started resting it at the first sign of pain.

    I am being a little indecisive about my meet schedule moving forward. I had thought about going to the Rowdy meet, but I'm not positive my shoulder will be 100%. I will definitely do the Sprint Classic on Oct. 30 and I am thinking of doing this meet in lieu of NE Champs on Nov. 19-20. http://www.usms.org/comp/event.php?M...0161119SCMNACS. That would allow me to train through December and perhaps taper a bit for the Auburn meet in February. I am not planning on going to Riverside. My allergies & asthma have been debilitating the last 3 years in late April, so I don't want to plan a taper meet for that month this year. Plus, it's a not so great pool, outside, and very far away. I could always go to Zones if all is well. I was hoping to see some Ohio meets on the USMS calendar, but there aren't any listed yet.
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