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  1. Friday, May 31

    by , May 31st, 2013 at 04:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    2 x 50 single arm fly
    2 x 50 scull w/agility paddles
    6 x 50 DPS free w/agility paddles
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    8 x 30 burst + cruise
    -- did the first two off the blocks and promptly got yelled at by lifeguard, and so ended my block work
    100 EZ

    1 x 50 DPS fly
    150 EZ

    5 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 200 EZ)
    1 = fly, 27 flat
    2 = fly, 27 flat
    3 = backstroke @ 90-95%, trying to work on deeper catch, 29 high
    4 = dolphin kick w/board, 28 high
    5 = breast, 31

    6 x 50 DPS backstroke w/agility paddles @ 1:15
    50 EZ

    Total: 3300


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

    Made it to Mason today amidst life chaos. Was feeling a bit end-of-the-week tired, but laid down some fast 50s. My fly feels better than last summer. I swam 26 out of 31 days in May and got in 8 long course workouts in the less than 3 weeks since nationals. Only 3 weeks until Zones!
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  2. Thursday, May 30

    by , May 30th, 2013 at 04:53 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up/Transition:

    600 various
    4 x 50 scull w/agility paddles @ 1:10
    50 EZ
    5 x 50 free w/agility paddles @ 150ish pace @ :50
    50 EZ
    crossover turns
    -- I think these will take a long time to master. Moreover, if I'm under 15 m on fly and back in my 100 IM, it may be better to go for big air on the turn anyway.
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    4 x 30
    --dive off side and work on free breakouts, @ 100 pace
    50 EZ

    12 x 25 burst SDK + cruise w/fins @ 1:00
    -- 4 back, 4 belly, 4 flip turn style
    150 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    -- 2 free, 2 back shooters from the block (11+)
    50 EZ

    1 x broken 100 backstroke kick w/fins (46, eh, not great)
    -- break :10 @ each 25
    250 EZ

    6 x 25 backstroke, slow arms + fast feet @ :45
    50 EZ
    6 x 25 free, slow arms + fast high feet @ :45
    50 EZ

    10 x 25 AFAP flutter kick w/fins & board @ 1:00
    -- held 11 high-12 flat
    -- I meant this to be a mini lactate set, but I didn't really feel the burn on these, perhaps bc of the unrestricted breathing.
    200 EZ

    Total: 3570


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

    I had intended to go to Mason today for long course. But I am just too busy right now with the girls' end of the school year activities and sports. This weekend is prom, prom pictures at our house, track qualifier meet, a soccer pool party at our house and a soccer game on Sunday. Whew. I will get to Mason tomorrow though!
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  3. Wed., May 29

    by , May 29th, 2013 at 07:54 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    600 various
    4 x 50 scull w/agility paddles @ :15 RI
    50 EZ
    3 x (8 x 25 shooters w/MF @ :40 + 50 EZ)
    -- 8 back, 8 belly, 8 right side
    10 x 50
    odds = caterpillar fly drill @ 1:15
    evens = single arm fly @ 1:00
    50 EZ
    10 x 50 @ 1:00 w/fins & agility paddles
    odds = free
    evens = back
    100 EZ

    Total: 2750


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

    Just got in a recovery/technique workout today to re-boot for long course again tomorrow.

    Very very busy weekend ahead, kicked off with prom. Fortunately, prom drama has passed. That was exhausting.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  4. Tuesday, May 28

    by , May 28th, 2013 at 04:40 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM/Solo:

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    6 x 50 DPS free w/agility paddles & fins @ 200 pace @ 1:00 (34-35)
    50 EZ
    2 x 50 torque drill w/agility paddles @ :20 RI
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    5 x 30 burst dolphin kick cruise
    50 EZ
    masters minutes

    1 x 50 fly from the blocks (no objection by lifeguard!)
    -- clock was completely to the side, waited for 59, rolled back and went, so prolly left at 59.5 or so
    -- 30
    -- this is a great practice time for me, even if it really was 31 low
    150 EZ

    1 x 50 back from blocks, on the top, 34
    -- my rapid fire turnover works great in SCY where I only take 9-10 strokes per length, but I feel like I'm spinning in long course
    -- need to find a stroke that is fast but has more DPS (like I have in fly & free), don't think this will happen before my meet though
    200 EZ

    3 x 30
    -- practicing SDKs from a dive off the blocks
    -- 12 SDKs puts me 1/2 yard short of the 15 m mark, so that is prolly the right count for a kneeskin swim
    50 EZ

    10 x 50 kick w/fins
    odds = @ 100 pace (30-31) @ 1:00
    evens = EZ @ 1:30
    100 EZ

    1 x broken 100 evil w/fins
    -- 10 second break @ 50
    -- 1:08 (33 high, 34 high)
    200 EZ

    4 x 50 w/parachute @ 2:00
    -- free/back/breast/back kick
    200 EZ

    Total: 3200 m


    GYM: 30 minutes of RC/scap ex and foam rolling


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

    Made it out to Mason again and had a solid workout. I was most pleased with my 50 fly from the blocks. I've been yelled at for using the blocks before, but today the lifeguard didn't make a peep. Tomorrow, a recovery workout. I'm not going to do more than 2 long course workouts in a row again!

    Updated May 28th, 2013 at 08:44 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  5. Mem Day LCM, May 27

    by , May 27th, 2013 at 05:36 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM/Solo:

    Warmup:

    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 50 DPS free @ 1:00-1:10
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    2 x through kick w/fins @ 1:15
    15 AFAP + 35 EZ
    25 AFAP + 25 EZ
    35 AFAP + 15 EZ
    50 EZ
    50 AFAP (flutter = 29, dolphin = 29)
    2 x 50 EZ

    50 EZ

    2 x through swim w/fins @ 1:30
    15 AFAP + 35 EZ
    25 AFAP + 25 EZ
    35 AFAP + 15 EZ
    50 EZ
    extra 1:00
    50 AFAP
    2 x 50 EZ

    R1= fly (50 = 27 low)
    R2 = evil (50 = 31)

    50 EZ

    8 x 50
    odds = smooth DPS back @ 1:00
    evens = backstroke kick

    50 EZ

    Total: 3000


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

    Woke up this am and learned that our appraisal was exactly the asking price! So all contingencies are removed and our full price house K is fully ratified. What a relief! I think the whole process would have been less stressful if we hadn't started off with the psycho buyers and 4 structural engineers and a lowball appraisal. They spooked us. Very happy to have it wrapped up. But now I'm going to start missing my house.

    Made it to Mason today and it was deserted. Got in a solid speed workout. I may assign the main sets to my HIT folks.

    Happy holiday everyone!
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  6. Friday, May 24

    by , May 25th, 2013 at 01:35 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    600 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins
    50 EZ

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

    1x 50 AFAP fly w/fins, 23
    200 EZ

    1 x broken AFAP 50 free w/fins, 21
    200 EZ

    5 x 30
    --dive off side w/chute & fins, SDK to 15 m, cruise back
    50 EZ

    10 x 50 @ 1:30
    -- 25 w/chute & fins, some w/paddles + 25 EZ
    -- 2 back, 2 breast, 2 kick, 3 free, 1 fly
    100 EZ

    Total: 2550


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

    Just got in a short workout before hopping a plane to Memphis. The pool was packed, as it tends to be in the am. I only had a lane to myself for the one 50 fly. I know I did something else in warm up, but can't remember what. Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  7. Thursday, May 23

    by , May 23rd, 2013 at 05:37 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM/Solo:

    Warm up: (1200)

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x (30 shooter + 20 EZ kick) w/fins @ 1:15
    6 x 50 smooth DPS free w/agility paddles @ 1:00
    2 x 50 torque drill w/agility paddles
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    5 x 30 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:15
    50 EZ
    5 x 30 burst + cruise @ 1:15
    100 EZ

    1 x 50 fly w/fins @ 100 pace (28 high-29 flat)
    150 EZ
    2 x (50 AFAP fly w/fins + 150 EZ)
    -- 26 high (went past 15), 27
    -- tried to do with only 3 breaths
    1 x 50 AFAP breast w/fins + 150 EZ (31)

    4 x 25 scull + 25 free w/agility paddles
    50 EZ

    Total: 2800


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

    I tried to proceed a little more cautiously in long course today. One day last week I did 7 fast 50s. That's too much for me first week in. Only time for a a quick SCY workout tomorrow and then I'm out of town for 2 days, which will be 2 off days.

    I am ever so slightly disturbed that I am ranked higher this year in 100 breast than 100 fly ... despite PRing in fly. (KP and Jill Hernandez laid down fast 100s flys this year.) I guess no one likes breaststroke. :-)
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  8. Wed., May 22

    by , May 22nd, 2013 at 05:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands Lite:

    RC/scap ex, 20 min (did 15 min last night too)
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 2 x 15
    flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    captains chair leg raises, 25
    knee tuck jumps, 10
    resisted track start jumps, 35 x 1 x 10
    explosive leg press, 150 x 1 x 15
    med ball slams w/15 lb ball, 10
    foam rolling/stretching, 20 min


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

    Did drylands lite today -- just some core work and explosive stuff. I had intended to get to the pool, but ran out of time. Tomorrow, back to long course!
  9. Speedo Sighting, Tuesday, May 21

    by , May 21st, 2013 at 04:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I met up with Speedo at Oak Marr today for a swim. He arrived sporting a dinged up shoulder from failure to yield to a tree in his last bike race. Ouch. He is gearing up for mountain bike nationals in July. But he promises he misses swimming!

    Swim/SCY @ OakMarr:

    10 min hottub
    600 various
    200 scull w/agility paddles
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40

    Main Sets:

    12 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    -- 8 dolphin, 4 fast hands
    100 EZ

    -- After a couple bursts himself, Speedo went a 24 in a 50 free from a push. Fast for being so rusty. Good thing he didn't go 23 or certain people (e.g., Water Rat) would be gnashing their teeth.

    8 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    -- odds = free, 10s
    -- evens = back shooter, 9s
    50 EZ

    8 x 50 w/agility paddles @ 1:00
    odds = DPS free
    evens = DPS back
    100 EZ

    Total: 2700


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

    I am still tired from "too much too soon." Thanks, long course, just another reason to hate you. So I dialed it back and worked on "platinum" speed today. I had my parachute out, but resisted the urge to use it. Perhaps tomorrow. I'm going to bag most drylands until after Zones. I think it's too much to add back in both drylands and long course.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  10. Monday, May 20

    by , May 20th, 2013 at 05:42 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    600 various
    4 x 50 scull w/agility paddles @ 1:15
    50 EZ
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ
    4 x 540 caterpillar fly drill @ 1:10
    8 x 50
    odds = DPS free
    evens = kick
    100 EZ

    Total: 1800


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

    I woke up after finally getting a good night's sleep ... and was exhausted. Dunno, I guess the combo of re-starting weights and long course simultaneously does not agree with my body. Or maybe I shouldn't have done 4 long course workouts in a row. So I just did an EZ swim today. I can't get to Mason tomorrow bc of an eye appt, so I guess it will be SCY again. I hope I wake up with more energy.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  11. Sunday, May 19

    by , May 19th, 2013 at 07:56 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM/Solo:

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull w/agility paddles
    6 x 50 DPS free w/agility paddles @ 1:00
    6 x 50 kick w/board & fins @ 1:00
    100 EZ
    4 x 25 shooter + 25 EZ @ 1:15
    4 x 50 single arm fly
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    8 x 100 w/fins @ 2:00, held 1:14-1:17 -- look, aerobic set!
    odds = smooth backstroke
    evens = backstroke kick
    100 EZ
    50 evil kick on back (felt a twang in the groin area. this happened last time I kicked on my back, so the experiment to try to improve the evil kick is ended)
    50 EZ

    4 x (50 fly @ 100 pace + 50 EZ)
    -- breathed every other stroke
    -- 29-30s
    -- I forgot to count my strokes, but it is way way way more than the 13 strokes I took in my 50 fly in Indy
    100 WZ

    Total: 2950


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

    I woke up (way too early for a soccer game) yesterday and felt like I was hit by a mac truck. I may have jumped back in too quickly after nationals. But I really felt like it was the weights + long course. I was useless all day. Managed to go Star Trek in the evening.

    Today, it was packed at Mason with age groupers and life guard classes. The cold water at Mason does not really agree with my lungs and I can't stay UW as long. I would prefer the temp around 81-82. I'm so used to 84 that it feels really cold when I sit on the walls as we sprinters must.

    I am feeling a bit overwhelmed looking at my schedule for the next couple months -- some travel, grad party, prom, track meets, soccer tournaments, Lil Fort going away/birthday big bash, summer league swim & meets, a mommy visit, my meet, Lil Fort's nationals (assuming she qualifies). Yikes. Plus, I think I will start getting sad about leaving my house. We finished a bit of negotiation about the home inspection. Thankfully, these buyers didn't expect a state of the art modern foundation. They still haven't gotten an appraiser in and, if they don't have a written appraisal in our hands in 7 days, they will have waived that contingency.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  12. Friday, May 17

    by , May 17th, 2013 at 04:49 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM/Solo:

    Warm up:

    400 various
    100 scull w/agility paddles
    6 x 50 DPS free w/agility paddles @ 1:10
    50 EZ
    4 x 50 w/fins, 30+ shooter + 20- EZ kick @ 1:15
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    5 x 30 burst + cruise, dolphin kick @ 1:00
    50 EZ
    5 x 30 burst + cruise, fast hands drills @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    4 x 50 w/fins + 150 EZ
    1 = fly, 90%, 28 mid
    2 = fly, AFAP, 27 flat
    3 = back, AFAP, 29 flat
    4 = breast, AFAP, 31

    2 x
    4 x 50 kick @ 150ish pace @ 1:15
    -- 4 w/board & fins, 4 backstroke kick w/fins
    -- held mostly 32s, couple 33s
    100 EZ

    50 EZ

    Total: 3000


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

    I could really feel the power wheel rollouts and twisting exercises from yesterday! The kick set was also very ouchy. The length felt endless. I discovered one good thing about long course today -- I don't mind long course breaststroke bc I can see where I'm going. I realize this means my head isn't down, but still. I detest long course backstroke. My only focus event for Zones will be 50 fly. My other events are just filler.

    It was lovely. The pool was practically empty; what a great place to practice. The only negative is the drive.

    Taking the day off tomorrow. After Lil Fort's soccer game, I'm heading to the the PV Masters spring picnic.

    I signed up for LCM Zones, just entered my recent best times. Hoping for a big rest between 100 back and 50 free. At least women swim before men, so that will help. Speaking of best times, whoa!, there was a TON of sandbagging at nationals.

    Event
    Number
    Gender Distance Stroke Time Date
    3 Female 100 LCM Back 1:15.90 06/22/2013
    7 Female 50 LCM Free 0:29.29 06/22/2013
    13 Female 50 LCM Back 0:32.43 06/22/2013
    41 Female 50 LCM Breast 0:39.15 06/23/2013
    47 Female 50 LCM Fly 0:30.47 06/23/2013
    49 Female 100 LCM Breast 1:29.10 06/23/2013

    Updated May 17th, 2013 at 06:09 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  13. Thursday, May 16

    by , May 16th, 2013 at 04:42 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    RC/scap ex, 15 min
    russian twist on incline w/25 lb plate, 2 x 25
    leg abductors, 100 x 3 x 8
    overhead squats, 45 x 2 x 8
    good mornings, 55-65 x 3 x 8
    alternating hammers w/15 lb DBs, 2 x 25
    cable twist w/yoga ball, 40 x 2 x 12 each side
    low row negatives, 70 x 2 x 8
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
    knee tucks jumps, 10
    med ball slams, 10
    foam rolling, 5:00


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

    Hit the gym today because I needed a break from the pool, as I'd been in 10 consecutive days. I kept it low volume and low weight since I haven't been to the gym in 4 1/2 weeks. Will go to Mason again tomorrow.

    Other thoughts from Nats:

    1. I hated the stair situation at Indy. Why did we have to walk a mile to sit in the grandstand? Should be a shortcut to get up and down.
    2. Why were there no announcers until a little bit on day 3? I really enjoyed that in Greensboro and missed it in Indy.
    3. My breakouts are a problem. I'm hoping I can go off the blocks at Mason without the lifeguards yelling.
    4. My flutter kick looked better in the 50 free than other swims. Going to carry on with some slow arms/fast feet 25s and 50s.
    5. Rich Abrahams examined my knees and pronounced them hyperextended. Apparently, this is good for kicking. A nice match for my double jointed elbows, loosey goosey shoulders and floppy ankles.
    6. My open turns are kinda slow. I'm not spinning around very fast. I wonder if that's because I'm doing so many turns in practice with fins?
    7. If I'm going to carry on with my chard habit and get that sponsorship, I need to stop my late night snacking. Shouldn't be doing both!
    8. There is not a single long course meet in the PV MD area this summer. Hopefully, this means Zones will be well attended. I was just trying to find a meet to pop in for a 100 back. Oh well.

    Updated May 16th, 2013 at 05:22 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  14. More LCM, Wed., May 15

    by , May 15th, 2013 at 05:06 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM/Solo @ Mason

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull w/agility paddles
    4 x 50 w/fins @ 1:15
    -- 30 shooter + 20 EZ back kick
    4 x 50 breast drills
    -- kick w/buoy, carla drill, kick on back, 1 pull + 2 kick
    -- kicking w/a buoy is worthless -- my heels are constantly breaking the surface
    5 attempted crossover turns
    -- very awkward
    -- i think i managed a couple correctly
    -- but i worry that i won't get much distance off the walls unless i'm doing them super fast
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    3 x (50 w/fins @ 100 pace + 100 EZ) @ 3-4:00
    1 = breast, 33
    2 = back, 31
    3 = free, 29

    4 x (50 w/fins @ 95% + 150 EZ) @ 5:00
    -- wasn't sure I could blast away 100% in a LCM pool
    1 = flutter kick w/board & fins, 27 (felt like a looong way)
    2 = breast, 31
    3 = fly, 27
    4 = backstroke kick (UW 35m), 25

    recovery/technique set:
    12 x 50 @ 1:15 w/agility paddles & fins
    odds = 25 front scull + 25 DPS free
    evens = DPS backstroke
    50 EZ DAB

    Total: 3000 m


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

    Whoa, I was really tired after yesterday's first LCM workout. I tried to get a super night's sleep, but was foiled first by Teen Fort waking me up, then Lil Fort waking me up, and then the phone continuously ringing. Hopefully, I can snooze well tonight. I'm still tired from Nats and making up for sleep deprivation there. Still, I feel like I got in a very solid workout today. I worked on a narrower breast pull and my turnover did feel faster.

    I was looking at the LCM Zones lineup. I have no idea how big the meet will be; usually CZ isn't very long. The Saturday lineup begins with 100 back, 200 breast, 50 free ... If I swim 100 back, will I have time to recover for the 50s? Can't decide. I may sign up for 100 and see what the timeline is like.

    Meet videos:
    50 back: http://coverage.takeitlive.tv/Other/...2876&k=kGh6K5v
    50 fly: http://coverage.takeitlive.tv/Other/...6764&k=6NgJ2Tq

    Updated May 15th, 2013 at 06:39 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  15. Long Course, Tuesday, May 14

    by , May 14th, 2013 at 04:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM/Solo:

    600 various
    4 x 50 scull w/agility paddles @ 1:10
    8 x 50 DPS free w/agility paddles @ 1:10
    50 EZ
    12 x 50 kick w/fins @ 200 pace @ 1:00
    -- 6 free (35-36)
    -- 6 back (36-37, cramping issues)
    50 EZ
    6 x 50 single arm fly @ 1:10
    50 EZ
    8 x 50 DPS back w/agility paddles & fins @ 1:10
    50 EZ
    2 x (25 scull + :30 RI + 25 smooth fly + 25 EZ flutter kick)
    -- tried fly w/agility paddles, still very awkward (32)
    -- fly w/o paddles, cruise (30)
    100 EZ

    Total: 3100 m


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

    Since Coach Cheryl (who I shared a lane with) said the pool would be LCM right after nationals, I wasted no time in going! It felt long, but not horrifically long. Still did a mostly recovery workout with nothing fast. Hopefully, I will be ready tomorrow for at least some 100 pace work.

    Tips for improving breast collected from nats thread. Maybe I can work on these on a recovery/technique day.

    1. evil kick on back, knees not breaking surface
    2. eggbeater kick
    3. evil kick w/buoy right above knees
    4. breast pull w/flutter kick for turnover
    5. breast alternate fly pull and evil pull (sounds awkward)
    6. hip thrust -- no idea what this is about
    7. narrower pull

    Way way more importantly, Patrick insists I need to learn the back to breast crossover turn. I look at videos of these and get dizzy and confused. Does someone have a 5 step to do list for this turn? This is definitely something I can see trying to learn.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  16. Monday, May 13

    by , May 14th, 2013 at 11:23 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    600 various
    5 x 50 front scull w/agility paddles -- Wook, I like this for DPS too
    50 EZ flutter kick
    10 x 50 w/fins & agility paddles @ 1:00
    odds = DPS free
    evens = DPS back
    50 EZ flutter kick
    4 x 50 caterpillar fly drill @ 1:10
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :490
    50 EZ flutter kick
    100 smooth free

    Total: 2000


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

    Made it to the rec center for a post nationals recovery swim. I don't feel quite as horrible as I usually do after a multi day meet, though I am certainly tired. I'm going to jump right back into training though, with LCM Zones so close. I am heading to Mason shortly because they have switched to LCM. I have 4 weeks to train before doing a 2 week taper. I can't decide if I should go back to the gym or not ... I may not. I'm going to be really really busy the next month with Teen Fort graduating, Lil Fort's going away party, spring racing season, soccer tournaments, etc. Last night was Lil Fort's last USAS practice. Kinda sad, but she can't keep doing 3 sports and swimming is the one to go with the move. She's a good little fly/free swimmer, but she is a vastly better runner and wants to focus more on that.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  17. Indy, Day 3

    by , May 13th, 2013 at 12:31 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Yesterday was the third day of a great meet for me. Nationals have been somewhat difficult for me as of late (labral tear, elbow tear, insomnia, power outages, etc.) But this meet I was healthy, uninjured and got at least a semblance of shut eye. And it really paid off with 6 PRs, 3 NRs and near misses on 2 other NRs.

    Day 3:

    I felt pretty good during warm up, just some leg fatigue. By day three, when you're UW 15 meters for all your races, leg fatigue is inevitable.


    100 back, 1:01.30, PR, Missed NR by .01:

    I'm not gonna lie. I looked up at the time and was a little heartbroken. I would rather have swum a 1:01.5. My splits were good -- 29.3 & 31.9. But I didn't have the leg power on the second 50, especially the last 25, and that cost me. My turns were a little glidey (2 strokes before flipping) and my entry on my start could have been cleaner. I let myself be disappointed during my warm down and then shrugged it off. The time was still a PR and I have been the beneficiary of a .01 swing on other occasions. Plus, it will still be the AA time this year since Karlyn swam a 1:01.7 earlier this year. I knew swimming this on day 3 wouldn't be ideal, so I will have to figure out when and where to swim it rested. Certainly keeps me hungry! And I am encouraged since I still feel like my 100 training wasn't ideal this season.

    Here's a vid that Stud took with a nice "dammit" at the end:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXsOI...ature=youtu.be



    50 free, 24.67, PR/NR

    I used to dislike the 50 free. But since it occurred to me that I could try SDK-ing on the start, I like it more and may start swimming it more often. I had a tad slow reaction time compared to my other swims. I took 11 kicks on the start and from the vid it looks like that took me to about 13 meters. Then, I took 9 rather than my usual 5-6 on the turn. My breakouts didn't look great (lack of access to blocks). My flutter kick/leg drive looked really solid until right at the end. I was thrilled with the time! I knew 1980 Olympian Sue Walsh had swum a 24.7 last month, so knew I had to improve on my Zones time of 24.86. Really happy with this for the final event of a 3 day meet. Ellen and Stud took vids. I think that is Teen Fort screaming at the end.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiKcA...ature=youtu.be

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...type=2&theater


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    Best event: 50 fly
    Most Frustrating event: 100 back

    Here's a couple other vids from the meet:

    50 back:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW0X0F4sgMo

    50 fly vid:
    https://www.facebook.com/leslie.livi...40?ref=tn_tnmn
    -- shows a total of 13 strokes and a glidey turn

    100 IM vid:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7jNS...ature=youtu.be
    -- no SDK on breast to free turn
    -- did not need that breath inside the flags


    Battle Plan:

    I'm going to reboot for LCM Zones in late June. I'll be moving in late July, so July and August I will likely not be as laser focused on swimming. And I have to find a place to train in Pitt. As for next SCY season, I will not go to Santa Clara -- shallow outdoor pool. I may focus on the Harvard SCY meet and Colonies Zones SCY instead. Onward!

    Teen Fort did not have a great meet. She didn't taper enough. But she ended with a great race in the 200 breast, taking the win in the final 5 yards. She hadn't swam that race since age 14. Funny, that her best race was the 200 breast and mine was the 50 fly! She did enjoy the experience and meeting lots of masters. I think she will talk up masters swimming in college next year and she may swim at LCM Nats at U of Md next summer.

    Updated May 13th, 2013 at 06:30 PM by The Fortress

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  18. Indy, Day 2

    by , May 11th, 2013 at 11:12 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Had a fantastic time at the form/stalker dinner last night, meeting lots of new folk. One of them (same age) actually has a son the same year same college as Fort Son. Small world. Had a semi decent nights sleep for a traveling insomniac. The only am emergency was that Teen Fort lost a contact in the am and hadn't brought any replacements. Ack. I've learned the hard way to pack extras after swimming a one eyed day at Zones one year. In any event, I had a great day two and am so excited I fear I wont fall asleep.

    50 fly, 25.70, NR/PR

    I really thought that I would not swim faster than Zones where I had perfect walls. In fact, I had a wager on it. But I decided to use my nose clip for the first time in fly and took an extra kick on the second length. That and a little more rest allowed me to shave off .2. I did have a slight glide at the turn. The ever witty Ellen took a vid (thx!) and I counted 13 strokes. I didn't quite take the whole 30 meters UW, but was fairly close. Comparing vids, I can see my DPS has improved in fly since Greensboro; it felt long and powerful. Very happy about that swim.


    100 IM, 1:02.3, PR

    I hadn't swum the 100 IM in SCY in 2 years and never at nationals, so was a tad nervous. But very caffeinated! I missed the NR by .2 and it was all in my breast to free turn. I glided in and then, brain fart, didn't SDK off the wall. Maybe my legs where telling my brain they were done. I wanted at least a body length lead at the 50, and went out n 27.7 (12 + 12 SDK). Fast, but it didn't feel excessive. Did not have a particularly speedy evil leg, and lost some ground there to a real evilstroker. But my free leg was fairly solid and I pulled away a bit at the end. So psyched about the time! A PR by 2 seconds.


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    Really hoping for some sleep tonight. Tomorrow 100 back and 50 free. It could be the first nationals ever where I don't scratch an event. . The speedy Water Rat beat me to it!

    Updated May 11th, 2013 at 11:46 PM by The Fortress

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  19. Indy, Day 1

    by , May 10th, 2013 at 06:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Yes it is! It is sprinters day 1!

    50 back, 27.04, NR

    Great first event for me. My first event at Nats isn't always my best, so I was glad to see this time. Execution was good except I was too close to the wall on my turn. It didn't effect me materially, but might have made the .05 difference in getting under 27. Still extremely pleased. This event is clearly my baby with a 4.5 winning margin. I felt like I had a fast reaction time. But that doesn't seem to be listed in the results. I did really jam my finger on the finish, which required ice and 4 ibuprofen.


    50 evil, 32.80, PR, 2nd

    Really pleased with the time, but my execution was iffy. I dove in and took my bloody time taking my dolphin kick. And I had to short stroke both walls. I pulled ahead on the UW off the wall, but Kim Crouch tracked me down, out touching me by .02. I've never beaten her in yards. My turnover looked slow on the vid too (in complete contrast to my other strokes). Breaststroke is the most aggravating, unsightly, frustrating, bizarre stroke. And hence I am completely happy with my fake evil time!


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    Day 1 is in the books and went very well. Teen Fort won her 50 evil so we are mommy daughter national champs. Now off to forum dinner!
  20. Wed., May 8

    by , May 8th, 2013 at 07:23 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    800 EZ

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    Our new Arena Mark 2 suits arrived today. Relief! And no acid green or white! Just a nice dark gray. Teen Fort and I went to get pedicures and are all set to go. Just hope the flight goes smoothly. I sort of feel like Water Rat -- ready or not here I come. I've definitely had much less rest than I did before NE Champs bc I've been so busy.

    Good luck everyone!

    Updated May 8th, 2013 at 11:04 PM by The Fortress

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