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I went to yoga and did a lot of landscaping over the weekend. Unfortunately, while planting on an incline, I slipped and smashed the little finger of the right hand into a stone wall. It's broken and dislocated. The doc said that I couldn't swim at all if it hurt and I needed to tape it up before swimming. I will give that a go tomorrow. Good grief, it's been a relentlessly trying year, which started with an RC tear. I really hope next year is better ...
I vaguely remembered what a hassle it was to get to Auburn. But I got a nice dose of it this weekend. On the way down Friday, I left my house at 2:15 and got to my hotel at almost midnight with plane delays/problems. So didn't get to sleep until the wee hours.
Started the day by looking at the heat sheets and seeing that, although I was the fastest woman in my events, I was in lane 8 for all of them. A bit disappointing and, I think, unfair. Especially for all guy heats of the 50 fly where there is significant turbulence. Anyhoo, here's how it went:
100 IM, 1:04.9
Pretty solid time. I just wanted to get under 1:05. I didn't have a very good start bc the starter had us relax twice. My splits were almost identical to the 1:04 that I swam at Zones last year. I just felt like I had nothing left on the free leg.
100 breast, scratch
I was beat after the IM and didn't have enough rest before this event. I realized that I should have sandbagged the IM and I would have had another half hour rest. There was already an outrageous amount of male sandbagging going on, so I would have fit right in. Poor meet management by me ... I haven't sandbagged in so long, I apparently have forgotten how! Note to self to relearn this skill. In any event, I knew I could swim this event at zones anyway.
50 fly, 26.3
This is a good in season time for me, especially not having raced in 10 months. I had a great start and a poor second breakout. My stroke still feels off. But still, very solid time. I think I remember going a 26.4 at my last Sprint Classic before dropping time at zones last season.
50 back, 27.7
A very solid time, though technically messy. The starter held us a long time and I felt like I didn't have the cleanest start. I jammed the turn a bit and was too deep on the second length, causing a sub par breakout. Still, I feel like anytime I'm under 28, it's a very good swim.
50 breast, 34.5
Disaster. I was wearing a new pair of Arena goggles and they broke apart on the dive. These googles fit like a dream, but they snap together at the eyepiece and thus are a bit risky I guess. Anyway, I couldn't see much during the race and lost a contact. So the resulting time was quite slow and I won't race in those goggles again. I was disappointed to end the meet on a bad note.
I thought I had plenty of time to catch my flight, leaving immediately after the 50 breast. But I forget that there was a time change between AL and Columbus GA, so I just missed my flight. It's a very small airport, and I could easily have run to the gate and made it. But there was no one there to issue me a boarding pass. The airport was deserted. I finally found a security guard who advised me to take a shuttle to Atlanta. So I took a taxi to the shuttle service and made their 4:15 shuttle by 5 minutes. I got home around 10. I dunno, that was a lot of traveling for just a few events. But as a lazy sprinter, I don't swim many events anyway. With the exception of breast, I threw down a few solid times even from the dreaded end lanes.
I did get to re-meet bloggers Ellen and Celeste. That was a treat!
Updated February 9th, 2015 at 02:47 PM by The Fortress
Swam at Sewickley with Fort Son. Did around 2200 with some bursts and 100 pace 25s.
Sunday: Y meet at Sewickley
25 back: 12.9
I flat backed the start a little -- couldn't do my usual start bc the pool was too shallow. This is the same time I went last year in the event.
50 breast: 34.6
Pretty slow. I had a terrible start on this one which definitely cost me some tents. After doing a couple great starts in warm up, on this one I went in with my hands about 6 inches apart. Not a good way to start a race.
25 fly: 12.4
I went a 12.3 last year at a Y meet, so this is pretty consistent. However, the 6 strokes of fly that I took felt ghastly. I haven't done any sprint fly since the first part of August. I felt like I had no pop and could barely turn over my arms. I probably should be doing some more stretching and yoga and not take my flexibility for granted.
At least I'm back racing after an 8 month hiatus. I guess it's not surprising that, having done little actual swimming during that time, the swimming portions of my race feel really off.
The meet was quite fun though. My Sewy buddies were there of course, and Jim swam a nice 200 fly. 4 of my Pitt swimmers were there too, all swimming very well.
Updated December 8th, 2014 at 12:28 PM by The Fortress
RC/bicep rehab ex
russian twists on incline w/plate, 25 x 3 x 25
saxon side bends w/DB, 15 x 3 x 15
-- I think I did these wrong. I had my feet together and I they are supposed to be shoulder width apart.
leaning camels w/plate, 25 x 3 x 25
flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 100
push up crunches w/med ball overhead on yoga ball, 3 x 15
hip abductors, 100 x 4 x 6
leg curls, 70 x 4 x 6
good mornings, 85 x 3 x 6
standing ab crunches, 80 x 3 x 15
Just did a little recoveryish workout before I coached at Pitt:
4 x (25 shooter + 25 EZ w/fins)
10 X 25 1 breath free w/fins @ :30
30 x 25, SDK to 15 meters then cruise @ :45
-- took a break part way through to get water
Made it to the gym yesterday. I tried to avoid doing any quad exercises to give the strain a break. It feels better after some painful foam rolling. So I did a lot more core work than usual. I am sore from the saxon side bends. That is one difficult and humbling exercise. Off for a shortish swim soon and then my appointment with Dr. Bradley.
Updated September 9th, 2014 at 10:26 AM by The Fortress
Swim/SCY @ Sewickley Y
Swam with Jim, Mark/Water Rat and John today. Jim has decided that kicking is his "new frontier," and so we had a kick centric workout.
40 x 25 kick done as:
5 x (4 x 25 kick, IM order) @ :40
4 x (5 x 25 kick, 1 round of each stroke) @ :45
-- pick up the tempo
-- I was kicking next to Mark on this set. He made me feel like I was going backward on breaststroke kick! The fly and back kicks were all done 15 m UW. This is a pretty decent way to do a 1000 yard kick set.
2 x (4 x 75 + 50 EZ)
R1 = up tempo kick w/fins @ 200 pace
R2 = 25 fast dolphin kick + 50 EZ
6 x 50, done as 25 AFAP dolphin kick w/fins + 25 EZ @ 1:10
It was worth the drive to swim with my Sewy buddies, though the Sewy pool is just stinky for UWs. Off to the gym in a bit.
Updated September 8th, 2014 at 12:19 PM by The Fortress
Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt
3 x 50 scull w/paddles
4 x 25 shooters w/fins
4 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
50 @ 100 pace @ 1:00
50 EZ @ 1:30
8 x 75 done as
odds = 3 x 25 AFAP kick w/fins @ :30
evens = EZ
6 x 25 w/parachute & fins & paddles
I went to the pool with no workout in mind and feeling slothful and disengaged. With no meet in sight, I am apt to take up another sport! Still, I feel like I got some solid work in. Took a break from USRPT. I like it, but just can't do it every day. Plus, I still like HIT, though it is a more difficult way to train for 100s.
Swim/SCY @ Pitt
I swam with two of my masters swimmers and it was so nice to have some company.
4 x 25 scull
4 x (25 shooter + 25 EZ with fins)
4 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:10
4 x 50, 25 fast + 25 EZ @ 1:10
4 x 200 kick
-- 2 without fins @ 3:30
-- 2 with fins @ 3:00
4 x 200 @ 3:30
-- after 3 hours of hard work in the garden, my shoulders didn't want to do 200s
-- I did 150 backstroke w/paddles and tried to hold a fasting oace
10 x 25 breast @ 100 pace at :40
Since my long course season is a bust with the meet cancellation, I just went along with the 200s. . I also took the next two days off to hang out with my family and continue the landscape/reclaiming the backyard project. I'll go to the pool tomorrow. But it's very hard for me to be motivated without a meet ...
What is wrong with the blogs? When I was on my computer, I couldn't do any editing or formatting. Typed thus in my iPad.
The cold I started getting turned very ugly and seems to have devolved into bronchitis. I've been out of the water for 5 days and don't think I'll be able to train with some intensity for awhile. Given this, I'm about 95% sure I'm scratching Canadian Nationals. I won't really have had a good period of training after resting for my last two meets. I had been hoping for about 4 1/2 weeks of solid training. Without that, I just won't be in shape to do 100s at a multi day meet and it doesn't seem worth the time and expense. Disappointing. I may try to reboot and do 50s at a long course meet in Buffalo on June 7 instead.
4 x 50 fly drills
8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
8 x 25 burst + cruise
30 x 25 breast w/fins @ :40
-- made them all
-- some were faster than my 100 fin pace, so probably need to drop the interval
20 x 25 backstroke kick w/fins @ :35
-- missed #6, skipped #7, made the rest
4 x 50
-- tried to go 100 pace, but cramped on every one and had to cruise
4-5 starts off the blocks working on gliding
1 x 50 breast @ 100 pace
Didn't feel great when I got in, but it went ok. Off to dinner with friends. Shoulder still really sore.
Updated March 23rd, 2014 at 05:33 PM by The Fortress
Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt
100 fly drills
6 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
4 x 30 burst + cruise from the blocks
4 x 25 burst + cruise from a push
30 x 25 free w/paddles
odds = @ 100 pace @ :30
evens = EZ @ :45
2 x (broken 100 AFAP w/fins + 200 EZ)
breast (51), back kick (45)
Stretching & foam rolling, 30 min
Kinda tuckered out from that. Will start resting tomorrow.
FINA rankings are out. I only got in a few events/meets in SCM and LCM due to the move and missing some meets, etc. I was most pleased with my 50 free LCM -- my first #1 FINA ranking in that event ever! And my best time since the rubber suits. A little bizarre that my SCM ranking was lower, but that was a bad swim.
50 fly SCM (29.2): #1
50 back SCM (30.6): #1
50 breast SCM (37.0) #6
50 free SCM (28.4): #4
50 fly LCM (30.2): #1
50 back LCM (32.4): #1
50 free LCM (28.6): #1
Updated March 9th, 2014 at 07:18 PM by The Fortress
Did 1650 EZ at Pitt. Very sore from the deep tissue.
Headed to NYC with friends this weekend. Hitting a couple shows and touring about. Will be fun!
I ventured out to the Greensburg Y in Greensburg PA for my first ever Y league meet. Four of my Sewickley teammates were there (see below) and I met lots of other Y meet swimmers. Great fun had by all. And what a food and drink spread! Here's how it went:
25 back, 12.38
I was lucky I got to swim this event. My entry went missing. I was scheduled to swim in heat 7 (the slowest heat) with a NT. But I was in heat 1 of the very next event. My teammate Ben Mayhew graciously switched spots with me so that I could swim in heat 1 (they swim fastest to slowest here), which is where I had seeded myself anyway. I had a little gridge going with Coach Bill. (Jim video'd) But I handily beat all the boys in this race! I went a 13.0 in the Sprint Classic, so this time was really flying. I had to triple check to make sure it was correct. Perfect breakout and perfect finish (see photo below). I thought I might be past the 15, but I took the same number of strokes as usual. 5+ minutes rest until ...
100 breast #1, slip & fall; 100 breast #2, 1:15.2
I knew the plastic blocks were slippery from warm up, but I took a really ignoble spill here. I pushed off, slipped and landed sideways curled up in the water. That has never happened to me before! So I will now be forever wary of plastic blocks. I decided to put my shammy towel on the blocks for the rest of my races. I had been in heat 1, but they slipped me into heat 4 -- a benefit of Y meets that probably wouldn't happen at a USMS meet. Had to swim by myself though. I was still discombobulated from the spill (hip hurt) and can't say I gave it 100%. But given that I did not rest at all for this meet, this is a very solid time for me. I went a 1:15.0 on a few days rest last year. Even though I wasn't really pushing it, my legs were hurting the last length. Pic below shows my head needs to be further down. I wish this time counted for USMS, but c'est la vie.
50 breast, 34.0
Didn't have much rest after the 100 breast, but gave it a go. I was doing fine, but then really tightened up the last 10 yards and had a major glide into the finish. As a non-breaststroker, I never really know when to glide vs. short stroke. This is much slower than I went at the Sprint Classic (33.1) , but that's how it goes. Technical errors and the pool was obviously much worse too. Few heats of rest and then ...
25 fly, 12.3
This was decent, though .3 slower than the Sprint Classic (where I had a perfect race). Had a bad breakout again -- too deep and it was slow. Wish I could fix this. Finished second. But prevailed in my gridge race against my other teammate John (who is really a 200 flyer).
All in all a fun experience and what sprinter couldn't help but be psyched by the 25s! I wish there had been a place to warm down; hit the showers instead. I did set 4 Y records. I may swim in the Y meet at the Sewickley Y on Dec. 1. Tuckered out now! I need to conjure up some ideas for the HIT forum.
Updated November 17th, 2013 at 06:10 PM by The Fortress
4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
4 x 25 shoooters w/fins 2 ;45
4 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:30
2 x (25 AFAP free w/fins + 75 EZ)
With track JOs this weekend, I did not have time to get to Mason. Just got in a short swim at Spring Hill Rec. Sadly, the water temp has gone from 83 to 85-86. Ugh. If I were doing my usual 90 minute workouts, I would complain. Felt sloggish in the water. I'm sure it's from stating to taper + very poor sleep in the last week. Hopefully, I can correct the sleep deficit in the coming days. Lil Fort finished with a 1st (3000 m run) and 2nd (1500 m run) at JOs; I was super proud of her. Tomorrow night kicks off our summer swim season and I will be on deck officiating. No rest for the weary!
Only 156 swimmers signed up for Zones thus far. Not too many. I guess no one likes long course.
20 minutes of RC/scap ex
20 minutes of stretching/foam rolling
8 x 50 /agility paddles
Odds= front scull @ 1:10
evens = free
8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
Just loosened up today. Getting back on the HIT taper schedule tomorrow.
6 x (25 front scull + 25 free) w/agility paddles @ 1:05
5 x hypoxic 50 @ 1:15
-- 20 yards UE each 25 with open turn, on belly
5 x 25 in & outs, backstroke turn @ 100 pace
3 x 100 smooth backstroke w/agililty paddles @ 2:00
-- UW 12.5 each 25
3 x (8 x 25 shooters w/MF @ :35 + 50 EZ)
-- 8 back, 8 belly, 8 right side
Recovery workout today after two hard days. I'm going to my last 3500+ workout tomorrow, and then settle in for 2 weeks of taper workouts.
I've attached a pic from my 50 fly (far right) and two from my 100 fly. Glad to see my hands were entering at the correct place during my 100 fly, and I liked my SDKs off the turn.
Updated April 25th, 2013 at 04:10 PM by The Fortress
RC/scap ex, 20 min
Foam rolling & stretching, 30 min
Easy day. My legs are still sore to the touch. The stretch felt good. I have an appt with my dic tomorrow to check out my knee. It isn't much better and I'd like his input.
Zones line up, lots of backstroke start practice:
10:00 am: 100 free
11:10 am: mixed 200 Medley: Leslie, Ali, Ben, Stu
1:40 pm: 50 fly
2:25: womens 200 free relay: Leslie, Ali, Cheryl, Kira
Sunday: I can send Jimby, Stud and Teen Fort off early and cruise in a bit late.
11:35: mixed 400 medley relay: Leslie, Ali, Stu, Chris
1:25: 100 fly
1:40: womens 200 medley relay: Leslie, Ali, Kira, Melanie (I will not be feeling very peppy for this relay right after 100 fly. I wish there were breaks before the relays)
Updated April 17th, 2013 at 10:18 PM by The Fortress
8 days and no progress. Still sick, must be some flu variant (though I did have a shot). I did get in 1500 on Saturday. Doesn't seem really worth it. Unfortunately, this is probably going to effect my next meet. I had planned on a good mid-season taper at the SCM Albatross meet, which is one of my fave meets of the year. At this point, I think I can only do a recovery week prior, particularly since I'm on vacation March 23-30 and likely won't swim as much as usual.
I am now an expert on antique lighting from the 1920s and have caught up on all my DVR'd shows. I am staggering off to take Lil Fort to her indoor soccer game.
I've gotten the crud going around. I feel like I swallowed razor blades and got hit by a mac truck. I've taken to the couch, but to no avail thus far. This is my 3rd day out of the water. In the past, I would have tried to push through and get in an easy swim. But I don't think it's worth it. At least this was supposed to be a recovery week. I do have to haul myself up to go to the HS State Champs later tonight. Back to the couch ...
Drove to the pool to try to get in an easy swim before prelims of the HS Regional Champs. But I got a call that I had forgotten to leave my dome cap for Teen Fort, so I had to bring it back home. No swim. It was well worth it though as Teen Fort had an awesome meet. She dropped almost 2 more seconds in 100 evil, clocking in at 1:07 to make her State and Sectional cuts. This is a kid who hasn't swum USS in 3 years and only has a few months of masters coaching under her belt. Happily, our master coach, Cheryl Ward, was there watching her own kid, so got to see Teen Fort race. Teen Fort was very touched to get a slew of congratulatory emails from the team. I told her that masters swimmers are the best!
I did get in a massage today. I asked for it not to be too deep, but I feel pretty beat up today.
Drove to SpringHill Rec and it was closed for a swim meet. Grr ... I did not have time to make it to the gym pool. Have to feed Teen Fort and stand in line to get into Regional finals. Oak Marr has a strict capacity limit with a cop there to enforce it. Last year, there were parents would couldn't see their kids swim. Not ideal to be out of the water 2 days before a meet, but it's just a fun meet so no big deal.
Updated February 2nd, 2013 at 02:52 PM by The Fortress
I've been out of the water the last two days. Eye problem, either allergy or an infection of some sort. Hopefully, I'll at least be able to kick with a board tomorrow. I did get a massage yesterday and that was nice.
I entered the Md Series Jan. 20 meet in Annapolis this weekend. I didn't love the order of events, but decided to work on my belly SDKs/free SDKs and do 100 free/100 fly/50 free. I don't think I've swum 100 free in SCY since 2009. But sometimes it's nice to swim off events, especially at an in season meet. I was leery of swimming backstroke since I'm not sure if there will be electronic timing. And we were limited to 3 events.
Updated January 14th, 2013 at 05:59 PM by The Fortress