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  1. Detour

    by , November 30th, 2017 at 06:50 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Last time I checked in, my comeback training was proceeding fairly encouragingly all things considered. I've since been detoured with a nasty lingering virus that causes nausea and vertigo. I blame it squarely on Jim T who had it first. (As revenge, I refused to read his article on age graded rankings. ) With the exception of a couple 1000 easies, I was knocked out of the pool for 10 days. At the outset of the detour, I went to a local Y meet on Nov. 19 and remembered why I don't like Y meets. First, I was dead tired from the preceding Friday practice. Then, the pool temp was like 86 degrees, the hottest pool I've swum in in years. I brought two old Speedo tech suits circa 2010. I guess they don't age well in closets. One ripped right away when I put in on. The other sprung two holes. Into the garbage ... My first event was 25 back. The blocks were so low that I couldn't pull up high enough to do my usual archy start. Then, the timer failed to get my time. That's a first. Coach Bill video'd and timed it at 13.25, which I think was a tad generous. Next up, I slipped on the blocks for the 50 breast and fell in the water with my hands about a half a foot apart. I couldn't really be bothered to try much after that auspicious beginning, so was close to a personal worst. I seem to recall that I fell off these same blocks 4 years ago in the 100 breast at this meet. I just don't really want to use blocks where you can't push off with your back foot. I was feeling really nauseous at that point, so left. As a result of this detour, I scratched the SCM meet I had planned on swimming in on Dec 2. I wanted a 50 back time, but oh well. Just the idea of a long drive makes me nauseous. I am a bit cross about it, but will instead go see Handel's Messiah on Saturday night with friends.

    I finally crawled back to Pitt last night and did a half hearted workout and left early.


    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 various
    8 x 50 of something or other
    8 x 50 IM order swim-kick. I did these all back kick with fins, UW 15 m @ 1:00

    Main sets:

    4 rounds:

    4 x 25 @ :30, odds fast (I tried to do them all 100 pace, but :30 is rough)
    1 x 50 fast @ 1:00 (I cruised this)
    4 x 25 @ :30 (tried 100 pace)
    1 x 50 fast (cruised it) @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00

    4 rounds (I only did 2 and did cruiser backstroke kick on everything but the 25s)
    1 x 100 @ 1:45
    1 x 75 @ 1:20
    1 x 50 @ 1:10
    1 x 25 fast (did these fly at 100 pace)
    1 x 50 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 3300


    Hopefully, I can get back on track pretty soon. Though I'll be out of the water for a week at the end of December with our xmas vacation in Costa Rica ... Maybe some spring meets are in my future.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  2. Fri, Nov. 17

    by , November 18th, 2017 at 02:19 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 various
    8 x 50 w/paddles @ :55
    8 x 50 kick @ 1:05
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    16 x 25 @ :30, odds = fast kick
    Huh ... hard pass. Just didn't get how this could actually be done on that interval and didn't want to do a 400 kick. Instead, I did 12 x 25 odds fast back kick (15 m UW) @ :40-:45 trying to stay out of the way of my lane mates who were barely making the interval. Went 15s on backstroke kick.
    1:00 rest
    1 x 50 fast kick @ 1:00
    -- went :32 backstroke kick from a push. happy with that
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00 (not enuf recovery for me ... legs full of lactic acid)

    16 x 25 swim @ :30, odds = fast
    Huh, well this time I put on fins to make the interval. Did the odds @ 100 pace, IM order. Tiring ... but times were good.
    1:00 rest
    1 x 50 fast sprint @ 1:00
    -- I was too tired to do this without more recovery. Did a 25 fast fly (:10) & cruised a 25
    1 x 50 EZ @ 23:00

    16 x 25 kick @ :45, odds = fast
    -- did 10 of these, going :15s on back kick, cruised the last 6 x 25s to rest, getting gassed
    1:00 rest
    1 x 50 fast kick (did a 25 fast shooter with fins, 10 flat, + 25 EZ) @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00

    16 x 25 swim @ :45, odds = fast
    -- I did 14 @ 100 pace, IM order, cruised free on #8 & 12
    1:00 rest
    1 x 50 fast swim (did a 25 fast of something or other + 25 EZ)
    200 EZ

    Total: 3300


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    Ouch, that workout, despite being mostly 25s, was deceptively hard. Despite skipping some bits, I did a ton of fast 25s kicking and swimming and 25s @ 100 pace along with the one all out 50. My legs feel like rocks today. I'm going to do an EZ swim at BP and beg Mr. Fort for a massage. I may take an epsom salt bath as well ...

    Whew, that was a whiney blog post! I think I'm going to need to do more regular body work if I keep training this hard. I got a massage from Mr. Fort and it was exceedingly painful.

    Updated November 18th, 2017 at 07:28 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  3. Mon-Wed, Nov. 13-15

    by , November 16th, 2017 at 12:27 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Monday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy


    Warm up:

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

    Main sets:

    4 x (broken 75s @ 100 pace @ :10 rest each 25 + 75 EZ)
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    200 EZ

    16 x 50 various @ :20 rest
    100 EZ

    Total: 3150


    After a lot of traveling and four days in Quebec and out of the pool, I felt like absolute crap on Monday. Like I was swimming thru mud. The warm pool temps didn't help either.



    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 caterpillar fly drill
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    5 x 50 burst + cruise
    50 EZ

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

    16 x 50 odds = cruise free, events = cruise back
    50 EZ

    Total: 3000



    Wednesday: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Some core and RC work in the afternoon with a few miles on the treadmill. Then went to Pitt and did:

    Warm up:

    450 various
    8 x 50 IM order drill @ 1:05
    8 x 25 shooters @ :40

    Main sets:

    3 rounds:

    6 x 50 @ 1:00, odds = 35 m fast @ 1:00
    -- I did #1 and #4 fast @ 100 pace and cruised the rest
    1:00 rest
    1 x 200 IM or stroke fast @ 3:30
    -- NO! The first round I did a 100 IM fast and cruised a 100. The next two rounds I did 50 AFAP + 150 EZ
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30
    4 x 25, odds = AFAP @ :30, evens = EZ
    1:00 rest
    1 x 100 fast stroke or IM (skipped all of these and did a 100 EZ instead. just could not do this after the prior fast stuff.)
    1 x 100 EZ @ 3:00

    50 EZ

    Total: 3650


    Ah, the cool water at Pitt was such a relief after 2 days of hot water. Despite skipping the 100s at the end of the rounds, I felt like I got in plenty of sprint work. Did a :22 backstroke kick with fins on the last round. I'm feeling a bit beat up after 3 days in a row of race pace work. Will just go on the treadmill today and maybe do some stretching.

    Updated November 16th, 2017 at 12:33 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  4. Mon-Thur, Nov. 6-9

    by , November 9th, 2017 at 11:41 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Monday: Swim/SXCY @ LA Fitness


    I felt like hell. Just did 2200 all easy


    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Stiff felt sore and tired from the hard weekends over the weekend. So I stuck with 100 pace work.

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 caterpillar fly drill
    50 EZ
    1 x 50 burst + cruise

    20 x 25 IM order @ :40 @ 100 pace
    200 EZ

    20 x 25 breast @ :40 @ 100 pace
    200 EZ

    20 x 25 dolphin kick @ :40 @ 100 pace
    200 EZ

    Total: 3000




    Wednesday: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm Up:

    400 various
    8 x 50 drilly kicky things @ 1:10
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    8 x 50 IM order, build @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    4 x 25 fly w/fins fast @ :45 (10, 10, 10, 11)
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 100 fly or IM fast (skipped it, dead from the fast flys) @ 2:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00

    8 x 50 IM order build @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    4 x 25 fast back w/fins @ :45 (kicked it, did all 10s)
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 100 fast back or IM @ 2:00 (cruised a 50) @ 2:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00

    8 x 50 IM order build @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    4 x 25 fast breast w/fins @ :45 (12, 13, 12, 13)
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 100 EZ (cruised it)
    1 x 100 EZ

    Total: 3200


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    I wasn't sure what to do with the three rounds of 8 x 50 IM ... I didn't want to just cruise all of them but the interval was kinda tough for stroke work. I used fins and did # 1, 3 and 6 @ 100 pace each round and cruised the others. After the four fast 25s, I was dead and in no shape to do the fast 100s assigned. Drop dead sprinters need rest! Anyway, between the 9 x 50 @ 100 pace and the 12 x 25 fast, I felt like I got a plenty hard workout.

    I am heading to Canada today for a wedding, so will be out of the water for a few days.


    Add on:

    Thursday

    6 miles on the treadmill
    1000 EZ

    Updated November 9th, 2017 at 03:34 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  5. 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
  6. Blog Catch Up, Oct 27-Nov 1

    by , November 2nd, 2017 at 12:48 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Friday: Swim/SCY @ Sewickley

    Swam with Jim and Bill and did a very sprinterly workout.

    Warm up:

    300 various
    8 x 50 various @ :50
    8 x 25 shooters @ :40
    50 EZ
    8 x 25 bursts @ :45

    Main sets:

    2 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

    8 x 25 @ 1:00, odds sprint
    -- I was tired from my first all out 50s, so did these all at 100 pace
    150 EZ

    Total: 2300



    Saturday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    100 caterpillar fly drill
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    8 x 30 from the blocks, fast to 15m cruise back
    100 EZ

    5 rounds:
    8 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :45
    100 EZ

    5 x 50 cruise free
    50 EZ

    Total: 2500



    Sunday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    This was my 3rd consecutive day swimming -- a first in my comeback. I did one race pace set then went to garbage yards

    500 various
    100 scull
    100 caterpillar fly drill
    50 EZ
    20 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    16 x 50 various @ :20 rest
    200 EZ

    Total: 2250


    Monday: on treadmill


    Tuesday: on treadmill



    Wed: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    450 various
    4 x 100 IM drill @ 1:55
    4 x 100 kick w/fins, SDK off walls @ 1:50
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    6 rounds (2 fly, 2 back, 2 free)
    4 x 25: shooter, 12.5 SDK, build, sprint
    -- I ended up doing these 12.5 SDK, 12.5 SDL, all EZ, AFAP
    -- I can't do shooters after an all out effort. Not sure anyone could -- there was a lot of griping about this.

    150 EZ while team was doing another 8 x 25 set

    16 x 50 IM order, sprint in and out of walls @ 1:00
    -- I did these 25 @ 100 pace stroke + 25 EZ back kick
    100 EZ

    16 x 25, odds = EZ, evens = sprint @ :45
    -- My arms were really tired, so I did the sprints backstroke kick with fins
    -- I was able to hold 10-11s, which is pretty good for me on the 1:30 instead of the usual 3:00 that I do all out efforts on
    150 EZ

    Total: 3500


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


    I've gotten in some good training lately. I've managed to do some AFAP 50s, which I had been avoiding. Last night was a ton of sprinting and I was beat after. Having Melissa in the next lane to race on the fast stuff really pushed me.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts