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  1. Thur April 14

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

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

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

    Total: 2450


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


    I just did a recovery/hypoxic workout today after yesterday's double. My energy is up and coughing is down. But I have really honked off my left shoulder. Hurts exactly where Water Rat's does, not an uncommon place for me. It hurt to pull with my left arm. Because of a cancellation, I was (luckily) able to get an appt with my chiro at noon tomorrow. I'm icing now with my active wrap and I'll do some scapular strengthening later. I plan to to kick most of the workout tomorrow night. I don't need another injury! I suspect it was yesterday's plyos that caused the reaction.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  2. Wed Apr 13

    by , April 14th, 2016 at 10:16 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks in streamline on bosu, 2 x 100
    explosive fly pulls, 35/30 x 2 x 10
    explosive boxing punches, 2 x 30
    single leg squat on edge of high box, 2 x 10 each leg
    standing broad jumps, 5
    altitude drop + standing broad jump, 5
    med ball slams, 10
    knee tuck jumps, 5
    explosive leg extensions, 105/9- x 3 x 15
    extreme angle iso squat, 5:00
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    bicep curl negatives, 20 x 3 x 8

    15 minutes of foam rolling & stretching



    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 various
    12 x 25 various @ :35
    4 x 50 various while they were doing 6 x 50 @ :55

    Mains sets:

    3 rounds:
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    1 x 50 fast stroke @ 100 pace @ :45
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:35
    4 x 25 power kicks @ :40 (I did shooters here on 2 rounds)
    1 x 50 fast stroke @ 100 pace @ :45
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:35
    4 x 25 fast kick @ :40 (By round, I did 1 fast, then 2 fast, then 4 fast)
    1 x 50 EZ

    R1 = 50s were fly-back, R2 = 50s were breast, R3 = 50s were flutter kick

    I skipped the 4th round of that set and grabbed an empty lane in the deep end.

    100 EZ

    10 x 25 breast @ 100 pace @ :45
    250 EZ

    Total: 3150



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


    I took it pretty easy in the gym yesterday, doing mostly plyometrics. I was still a little lackluster at practice. I also had a shoulder twinge after doing fly on the first round of the main set, so switched to a lot of breaststroke and kicking. It freaked me out a little bc I haven't had that happen in a practice for a long time. I will def make an appt with my chiro. I feel somewhat better today. Luckily, I have a sixth month appt with my allergist tomorrow. I want to have him take a look at my ears, which still hurt. My lungs feel ok this am, but the cold water last night didn't really agree with them. It's not easy to do UW work with intermittent broncho spasms ...
  3. Tues Apr 12

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

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

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

    Main sets:

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

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

    Total: 3350


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


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

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

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

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    Swim Workouts
  4. Sun Apr 10

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

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:


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

    Main sets:

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

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

    Total: 2950


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


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

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

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    Swim Workouts
  5. Sat April 9

    by , April 9th, 2016 at 05:24 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)


    Drylands:


    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    hip thrusters, 45 x 3 x 10
    yoga ball rotations on double cable machine, 25 x 2 x 10 each side
    HS hi row, 180 x 4 x 5
    leg press, 280 x 3 x 5
    DB bench row, 45 x 4 x 6 each arm
    extreme angle squat on high boxes w/plate, 45 x 3 x 8
    resisted standing broad jumps, 35 x 3 x 5
    squat jumps w/10 lb DBs, 2 x 5
    med ball slams, 2 x 5



    Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    5 x 30 burst to 15 m + cruise back from the blocks
    100 EZ

    3 x 30 burst @ 100 pace from the blocks
    50 EZ

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

    2 x w/fins
    1 x 50 fly-back @ 100 pace @ 1:00
    1 x 50 breast-free @ 100 pace @ 1:00
    2 x 25 fast flutter kick w/board @ :30
    150 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 2500


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


    I took yesterday off, and felt pretty miserable. But I woke up feeling like half a human today. It was snowing here in the am, and I hope that kills off some of the pollen. I haven't felt well for 3 weeks now and it is really really getting old.

    I only did 45 minutes of weights instead of 60. I'd like to get in three more dryland sessions before nationals, but I may keep them shorter and taper the weights some. I still hit a wall during the 100 pace stuff on the swim. I decided to pack it in and save some for tomorrow. I hope trying to push through the workouts this last week was the right call.
  6. Thur April 7

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

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

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

    100 EZ

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

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

    Total: 3050


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


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

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

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

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  7. Wed Apr 6

    by , April 7th, 2016 at 10:32 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    natalie coughlin stability exercise, 1 x 10 each leg
    single leg stand on flat side of bosu in streamline w/pair of 8 lb DBs, 1:00 each leg
    hip thrusters, 35 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 95 x 2 x 5, 100 x 2 x 3 (max)
    push press, 60 x 4 x 6
    HS hi row, 170 x 4 x 5
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 30
    resisted standing broad jumps, 30 x 2 x 5
    squat jumps w/10 lb DBs, 2 x 5
    altitude drops w/10 lb DBs, 2 x 5
    freestyle boxing punches, 2 x 20
    hip adductors, 150 x 4 x 8


    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    500 various
    10 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ

    They did: 2 x (8 x 25 @ :30) of something or other
    I did: 2 x (4 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00 + 50 EZ)

    Main sets:

    They did 6 rounds of:
    8 x 25 @ :30 (2 fly, 2 breast, 2 back)
    2 x 100 @ 1:40 (IM or stroke)
    1 x 50 EZ

    I did 5 rounds of: (2 rounds fly w/fins, 2 rounds breast, 1 round dolphin kick)
    8 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40
    1 x 100 EZ

    I did 2 x 25 of the 6th round, but was cramping so I stopped and did 200 EZ

    Total: 2850



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


    I felt really rough when I woke up yesterday. I dragged myself to the gym around 1:00 pm, and felt much better afterward. So much better that I decided to go to Pitt for practice. The club kids are on break so we had a lot more lanes than usual. I shared a lane in the deep end with Lindsay and modified around her. I was glad that we were doing 25s though, and I needed some 100 pace work. Still, after a hard gym session, I started to really strain on the third round. Breast @ :40 is not easy.

    I'm sore from weights today, but I think this is the strongest I've been in years.

    I didn't feel too badly this am, just some fatigue and chest congestion. And I'm starting to lose my voice. It definitely seems to be allergies that have plagued me. And the weather here is crazy -- one day 70, the next day 30.

    I am very jealous of Fort21. The Aussie Olympic Trials are in Adelaide and she is attending for a few days before her spring break trip.

    Updated April 7th, 2016 at 10:48 AM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  8. Tues Apr 5

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


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


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

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

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

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

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

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

    extra 100 EZ

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

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

    Total: 3150

    30 minutes of foam rolling/stretching/yoga


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


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

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

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

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

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  10. Sunday April 3

    by , April 4th, 2016 at 10:53 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)


    Drylands:


    rehab ex
    single leg stand on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    lateral raise, 70 x 4 x 4
    good mornings, 90 x 4 x 5
    explosive butterfly pull on double cable machine, 40 x 3 x 5
    kneeling ab crunch, 160-170 x 4 x 8
    explosive freestyle stroke boxing punches, 3 x 30
    seated row negatives, 80 x 1 x 8
    back squats, 120 x 4 x 4
    altitude drops, 5
    standing broad jumps, 5



    Swim/SCY Solo @ BP

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    3 x 15 AFAP UW wall breaststroke kicks
    50 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP breast w/fins + 125 EZ)
    -- 11 low

    4 x 25 SDK to 15 m w/drag sox
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 overkick free w/drag sox
    100 EZ

    10 x 50 free w/paddles @ 1:15
    -- did Lochte turns
    200 EZ

    Total: 2400


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


    Back to the grind after my meet. I was too tired to do much in the pool. Hoping that I feel up to a USRPT type set today at Sewy.

    Results form the OSU meet: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/5f749c...sults_2016.pdf

    There were only 99 people there as opposed to 130 last year, probably why it ran so fast.

    Btw, my blog comments are enabled. If you could not comment, it means that you were probably not logged into the site -- according to our esteemed web master.

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

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    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  11. Ohio State Meet, Sat Apr 2

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


    50 back, 27.43

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


    50 breast, 32.84

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


    100 IM, no swim

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


    50 fly, 26.06

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



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


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

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

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  12. Wed-Thur March 30-31

    by , March 31st, 2016 at 04:26 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Wed: 1600 EZ @ LA Fitness

    Thurs: 1500 with a couple bursts and fast 25s @ LA Fitness



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


    After taking it easy for a couple days, I do feel a bit better. Still tired though, and not sleeping very soundly. I plan to wake up tomorrow and see how I feel. If I feel pretty good, I'll get in an easy swim and drive to Columbus in the late afternoon. If I feel subpar, I'll just get in a hard workout. Here is the psych sheet: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/5f749c...ysch_sheet.pdf. No end lanes in a mixed gender meet -- a real rarity! I'm right next to the meet director in the 50 back, so will be sure to thank him for the meet.

    I can't believe how fast psych sheets for nationals came out! I think this is the most competitive my age group has ever been.

    Updated March 31st, 2016 at 08:57 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  13. Tuesday March 29

    by , March 30th, 2016 at 11:02 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Sewy with Bill & Jim

    600 various
    100 scull
    2 x 25 shooters
    3 x (50 double shooter w/fins + 50 EZ)
    6 x 25 power kicks @ :45
    50 EZ
    5-6 x (4 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :45 + 50 EZ) -- Jim & Bill were doing short rest 50s while I did this.
    150 REZ

    Total: 2150


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


    I decided it was better to just back off for a couple days to see if that might help me feel better. Sometimes continuing to push just makes it worse. And it's not like I'm going to get that out of shape for a sprinter. So I did a very easy workout yesterday with no AFAP work. I feel somewhat better today, just still lethargic. Doing the same today. I haven't stretched in ages, so will try to do some of that as well. Hopefully, I'll feel recovered by Friday for my meet. If not, I'll enter one day of Zones. I'd just prefer to swim this weekend and then train hard for three weeks before nationals.

    Updated March 30th, 2016 at 11:09 AM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  14. Sat-Mon March 27-29

    by , March 28th, 2016 at 06:41 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Sat:


    2000 EZ at LA Fitness. I was too sore and tired after Friday's workouts to do anything more.


    Sun:

    off


    Monday:

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


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

    Mains sets:

    8 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:00-1:30
    100 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP breast + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    100 EZ

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

    2 rounds:
    10 x 25
    odds = 100 pace @ :30
    evens = EZ @ :45
    50 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 3000


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


    I am on day 9 of this malaise and really not feeling any better after not doing much this weekend. My dr was definitely wrong that I would rebound in a couple days. It took all the willpower I could muster to do that super easy workout today. I'm sure Stewart has been in the same place. And now I don't know whether I will be well enough to swim at the OSU meet on Saturday. I wish I had a crystal ball. I don't know whether I should back off for a couple days assuming that I will swim on Saturday. Or if I should just keep muddling along and swim at a meet the following weekend. I could enter Zones or there is a chance I could swim at the Y Champs at Spire. I'd really like to get a meet in before nationals. it looks like the meet roster is almost at 1700 -- pretty popular nationals! My age group is stacked.
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    Swim Workouts
  15. Friday March 25

    by , March 25th, 2016 at 05:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    elbow & shoulder rehab ex
    captains chair leg raises, 2 x 20
    single leg stand in streamline on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    altitude drops, 2 x 5
    resisted standing long jumps, 35 x 2 x 5
    med ball slams, 10
    HS hi row, 175 x 4 x 5
    explosive leg press, 120 x 3 x 15
    single leg squats on edge of high box, 2 x 10 each leg
    hip abductors, 130 x 4 x 5
    leg press, 255/275 x 4 x 5
    Kneeling ab crunches, 140/150/160/170 x 1 x 8


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    600 various
    100 scull
    50 EZ
    8 x 25 burst + cruise
    150 EZ
    6 x 50 DPS free w/paddles
    50 EZ
    8 x 25 w/parachute
    100 EZ

    Total: 1750


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


    Feeling a little better today. Got in a solid gym session and short swim afterwards. I'm definitely stronger after an extended period of consistent lifting. The 275 on leg press didn't even seem that hard. I'm trying to figure out when to stop lifting before USMS nationals with Canadian Nationals just 3 weeks after ... It seems like I would really start losing strength at 4 weeks off ... Off to ice the elbows.

    I am super excited that I persuaded Jim and Bill to go to nationals. Bill is going to join RAM as well. With Water Rat, there will actually be a Pittsburgh presence! And a fun carpool down!

    Updated March 25th, 2016 at 06:32 PM by The Fortress

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  16. Thursday March 24

    by , March 24th, 2016 at 04:59 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Sewy

    warm up

    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters @ :45
    100 EZ

    main sets:

    4 rounds:
    4 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    1x 100 EZ

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

    did a set with Jim, used fins
    5 x
    75 kick @ 1:15
    1 x 25 AFAP @ :45

    100 EZ

    3 x
    4 x 25 IM order @ :40 @ 100 pace
    1x 50 EZ

    150 EZ

    Total: 2900



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


    I took yesterday off, felt wretched. Rallied a bit today, but still low energy. Did not feel up to a USRPT set. I will have very few swimming options the next few days. The pools are all closed for spring break etc. On the upside, my elbows are feeling better. Not 100% but getting there.

    I'm looking forward to watching NCAAs. Big shocker in the 500 free with Smith not making finals. I hope he's just sick and not a head case like some commenters think.
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  17. Mon-Tues March 21-22

    by , March 22nd, 2016 at 04:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Monday:

    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu in streamline, 2 x 100
    single leg stand in streamline on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    HS hi row, 170 x 4 x 5
    extreme angle goblet squats w/DB, 35 x 3 x 10
    good mornings, 95 x 4 x 5 (max)
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 15
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 25
    lateral raise, 65 x 4 x 5
    squat jumps w/10 lb DBs, 2 x 5
    altitude drops, 5
    altitude drops + standing broad jumps, 5
    standing broad jumps, 5

    Swim/SCY/Solo: 1500 EZ




    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    3 rounds: (1 round free, 1 round breast, 1 round back kick)
    8 x 50
    odds = 100 pace @ 1:00
    evens = EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 100 EZ

    150 EZ

    8 x 25 no breath free w/paddles @ :45
    150 EZ

    Total: 2800



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    Still under the weather/little energy. Not sitting on the couch all day, but it's a far cry from the huge energy I've had the last three months. Not sure whether it's a bug or allergies or both. Both ears and my throat hurt. I did get a pretty good gym session in yesterday, especially with the max on my favorite SDK exercise (good mornings). Hope tomorrow that I'll have a better day in the pool.

    Updated March 22nd, 2016 at 05:49 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  18. Sun March 20

    by , March 21st, 2016 at 11:46 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Bethel Park

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    3 x
    15 AFAP breaststroke wall kicks + 50 EZ

    50 EZ

    8 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    -- some from the blocks, some from a push w/fins
    200 EZ

    5 x 50 DPS free w/paddles
    100 EZ

    Total: 2400


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    I have not sleep very well the last few days. And Saturday night I started to have trouble breathing, which was then worse on Sunday. It's probably just allergies -- we had a lot of pollen last week. And so begins the battle to stay healthy in the springtime ... Feel a bit out of it today. Glad it's a gym day.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  19. Friday March 18

    by , March 18th, 2016 at 09:04 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)


    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    400 various

    Then there was a 700/400/400/300/300/200 assigned next. NO!!! I modified and went to the diving well for some of that ...

    4 x (during the 700)
    2 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ

    Main sets:

    6 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:00 or so (during a 400)
    50 EZ

    8 x 50
    odds = 100 pace w/fins (one of these was more like a 35 since I ran into traffic), did 3 of them breast @ 27-28 which is pretty fast for my 100 pace
    evens = EZ

    went to diving well ... did 50 EZ
    4 x 30 starts off the blocks to 15m then cruise back
    1 x 25 AFAP back shooter
    125 EZ

    back to regular lane ...
    50 EZ

    7 rounds:
    1 x 25 shooter @ :40
    1 x 25 EZ @ :40
    1 x 25 power kick @ :40
    1 x 25 AFAP @ :40
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:20 (skipped a couple of these)

    -- I skipped round 5 for some extra rest, but did the 50 EZ. Used fins on round 7.

    100 EZ

    Total: 2925


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    I was a little surprised to see a distance-y practice on "sprint" night. But I managed to work around it for the most part. I'm glad I did a few starts in the diving well with the fin blocks, though I find it disconcerting to not have lane lines. I'm a tad worried that the fin might call for one less kick on my starts ... though I did the usual number at NE Champs. I don't do starts enough to feel like I have any real consistency. But I do love the fin bc I feel like I get a lot of bang for the buck with my leg strength. Looking forward to a day off tomorrow!

    Also did shoulder & elbow rehab exercises, stretching, icing etc.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  20. Thur March 17

    by , March 17th, 2016 at 08:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu in streamline, 2 x 100
    single leg stand in streamline on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    natalie couglin exercise, 2 x 10 each leg w/8 lb DBs
    https://www.facebook.com/officialnat...3967249559787/
    HS hi row, 160 x 4 x 5
    lateral raise machine, 60 x 4 x 6
    good mornings, 90 x 4 x 5 (think this a max)
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    resisted standing broad jumps, 32.5 x 2 x 5
    altitude drops, 5
    hip thrusters w/p,late, 35 x 3 x 15
    russian twists w/plate on incline, 25 x 3 x 25


    Massage, 60 min


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    I rallied to get myself to the gym today despite being tired. Just wanted to have the massage after the gym work not vice versa. Planning on going to Pitt tomorrow, and taking a day off on Saturday.
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