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  1. Sun Jan 10

    by , January 11th, 2016 at 11:48 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Bethel Park

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    10 x 25 back @ 100 pace @ :45 (15 high-16 flat)
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 breast @ 100 pace @ :45 (mostly 17 highs, probably a little faster than 100 pace)
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 breast w/fins @ 100 pace @ :40 (13s)
    200 EZ

    10 x 25, SDK to 15m @ 100 pace then cruise @ :30
    200 EZ

    Total: 2500


    rehab/stretch/foam roll, 30 min


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


    I was pretty bushed yesterday and avoided any killer sets. It's definitely a pattern with me -- 4 weeks of hard training and I need a recovery week. I also think I need to do more body work. I still haven't been to an ART specialist since moving here, though I may have just found one fairly near me. Off to Sewy shortly.

    Updated January 11th, 2016 at 11:54 AM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  2. Friday Double, Jan 9

    by , January 9th, 2016 at 11:25 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    TRX pendulum crunch, 15
    TRX pendulums, 2 x 25
    TRX ab ripper (to do this you move forward and backward from a straight arm plank to a forearm plank), 3 x 15 -- difficult!
    TRX 3 way: knee in + legs out in a V + legs back together and right into pike, 3 x 10 -- difficult!
    TRX standing roll outs, 10
    TRX bicep curl, 3 x 10
    rope slams, 3 x 10
    alternating rope slams, 2 x 25
    kettle ball swings, 2 x 25
    extreme angle iso squat w/DB, 5:00
    elevated side bridge with hip abduction, 2 x 10 each side


    10 minutes of stretching



    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    400 (did 350)
    10 x 50 kick @ 1:10 accelerate off walls
    -- I did 5 x 50 burst SDK + cruise w/fins, 3 breast kick and 2 EZ
    4 x 100 w/paddles & buoy with 7/3/5/7 breathing pattern @ 1:40
    -- No, I did 4 x 50 DPS free w/paddles
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    6 x 25 power kick @ :45
    50 EZ

    7 x 100 w/paddles and fins done as: 25 using paddles as kickboard, 25 6 kick switch, 25 double recovery, 25 catch up free
    -- I did odds as assigned, evens = 25 fast kick (10s) + 75 EZ kick
    1 x 100 EZ

    3 rounds:
    4 x 50 @ 1:10 done as: 25 overkick free + 25 sprint free, :5-7 second break at the 25
    1 x 100 EZ

    I did: R1 = fly w/fins, 1-2 @ 100 pace, 3 EZ, 4 @ 100 pace
    R2 = 2 free w/paddles, then got out to use my inhaler
    R3 = breast, 1-2 @ 100 pace, 3 EZ, 4 @ 100 pace

    6 x 25 burst to 15m then cruise @ :50
    -- I did 6 x 25 breast dolphin @ 100 pace (16s)
    -- bursting at the end of a long practice seem rather futile to me
    200 EZ

    Total: 3250



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


    I was pretty bushed after that effort and had a big night's sleep. I had planned today as an off today bc Lil Fort has a track meet in Youngstown. My body definitely needs a day off.

    Saw this article on core training on Swimming World: http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com...core-strength/. That's where I got the idea for the elevated side bridge with hip abduction. I thought this looked pretty easy, but it was not. I also like the eccentric bosu exercise.
  3. Thur Jan 8

    by , January 7th, 2016 at 07:52 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

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

    5 rounds:
    4 x 25 power kick + cruise @ :5 rest
    1 x 50 EZ

    100 EZ

    6 rounds:
    1 x 50 double shooters w/fins
    1 x 50 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 2550


    rehab ex: 20 min
    foam rolling & stretching: 30 minutes


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


    I was glad that I opted for a recovery workout today. I felt really tired in the water after last night's practice. I find it somewhat harder to swim the next day if I swam the night before as opposed to noon the day before. As usual, the hypoxic work was much easier in the warmer water. I still got a couple calf cramps along the way. I read recently that cramping is really a result of nerve over-stimulation, not all the other long suspected causes.

    I signed up for the 1/24 Buffalo meet and booked a hotel. Since it was a flat entry fee, I signed up for 5 events, planning to scratch 1-2 depending on how fast the meet runs.

    I finally got around to stretching today. I should not take my flexibility for granted.
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    Swim Workouts
  4. Wed Jan 7

    by , January 7th, 2016 at 11:06 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    450 (did 300)
    4 x 100 kick @ 2:10 (2 back, 2 breast)
    -- this is too much kicking for me for warm up ... and perhaps unnecessarily tiring
    50 EZ

    3 x (4 x 25 @ :30) w/various breathing patterns
    -- I did 2 x (4 x 25 @ :30, 1 breath free w/paddles)

    Main sets:

    4 x 50 w/fins @ 1:15
    -- done as 25 shooter + :5 rest + 25 power kick
    50 EZ

    assigned:
    2 rounds:
    1 x 200, 8 SDKs per length @ 3:30
    1 x 200, 8 SDKs per length @ 3:45, break :5 @ 50s
    1 x 200, 8 SDKs per length @ 4:00, break :5 @ 25s
    1 x 100 fast @ 90%
    1 x 100 EZ

    You might think that I would like that set. No. I see no need to do 200s and 8 SDKs per length on a 200 is way too much in practice or in a race. So I did the set thusly:

    R1:
    1 x 50 breast @ 100 pace (37) + 1 x 50 EZ @ 3:30
    1 x 50 breast @ 100 pace (38) + 1 x 50 EZ @ 3:45
    1 x 50 breast @ 100 pace (37) + 1 x 50 EZ @ 4:00
    1 x 100 breast w/fins fast @ 90% (1:05)
    1 x 100 EZ
    R2:
    1 x 50 dolphin kick w/board & fins @ 100 pace (26) + 1 x 50 EZ @ 3:30
    1 x 50 dolphin kick w/board & fins @ 100 pace (26) + 1 x 50 EZ @ 3:45
    1 x 50 dolphin kick w/board & fins @ 100 pace (26) + 1 x 50 EZ @ 4:00
    1 x 100 smooth free
    1 x 100 EZ

    2 x (6 x 25 AFAP kick) @ :50 + 100 EZ
    I pushed off doing backstroke kick on the first one and immediately cramped, so skipped the first two and switched to breast dolphin and did:

    4 x 25 AFAP breast dolphin @ :50 (15s)
    1 x 100 EZ
    4 x 25 AFAP breast dolphin @ 1:00 (14, 15 lows)
    1 x 100 EZ
    2 x 25 AFAP flutter kick w/fins @ 1:00 (10s)
    1 x 100 EZ

    Total: 3000


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


    I was really tired after this effort. Being tired seems to be a constant theme in my blog as of late. Looking back, I've done many hard swim (and lifting) workouts and virtually no recovery swims since NE Champs -- though I have taken some days off. I probably need a massage. I had planned to lift today, but I think I'll do a recovery/hypoxic type swim instead.

    It is ridiculous how much faster my breaststroke is when I use a dolphin kick ... Timing is better too.
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    Swim Workouts
  5. Tues Jan 5

    by , January 5th, 2016 at 05:37 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


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

    Main sets:

    5 rounds:
    6 x 25 fly w/fins @ 100 pace @ :30
    150 EZ

    10 x 25 breast, hold best average @ 1:00
    300 EZ

    Total: 2950


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



    Ouch, was quite sore from weights today. But managed to get through the "fly training." I'll definitely be due for a week off weights before the Buffalo meet. I am thinking about signing up for 100 breast, 100 IM, 50 breast and 50 back based on the order of events: https://www.clubassistant.com/club/m...2258&smid=6970. (Always reserving the right to scratch if the meet is running too fast. ) I wish the 50 back wasn't last as so often seems to happen at meets ... Though perhaps I should do some fly as I haven't raced fly since the Sprint Classic?

    There is also a meet at Miami University of Ohio on Feb 13, which I excluded from my list. Great pool, but it's awfully close to the Albatross meet.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  6. Mon Jan 4

    by , January 4th, 2016 at 04:49 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drylands:


    rehab ex
    ab wheel roll outs w/knees on bosu, 3 x 15
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    single leg squats on high box, 3 x 6 each leg
    zercher squats, 75 x 4 x 6
    HS hi row, 140 x 4 x 5
    supine backstroke pull on cable machine on yoga ball (legs straight, feet together), 25 x 2 x 8 each arm
    pull up negatives, 2 x 5
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 1 x 10 (forgot to do other reps)
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15

    Swim: 1200 EZ


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


    I'm already sore from that! Getting back to drylands after NE Champs has been taxing, especially trying to add a short core session into the routine. I also need to get back to foam rolling and stretching. Didn't even think about that over the holidays.

    I've been looking at the meet calendar trying to decide what meets to swim in the next 6+ months. The best options seem to be:

    Jan 24: SCY @ University of Buffalo
    Feb. 13: SCY @ Miami U of Ohio
    Mar 5: SCM Albatross Meet @ Bethesda
    Apr 2: SCY Huntington Meet @ Ohio St U
    Apr 9-10: SCY Zones @ Mason
    Apr 28-May 1: SCY Nationals @ Greensboro
    May 20- 23: Canadian nationals (I would only go if it is SCM)
    July 9-10: LCM Terrapin Cup @ U of Md (very early start)
    July 21-25: SCM, USA Masters Games @ Greensboro (assuming it is USMS sanctioned)
    July 30-31: LCM, South Central Zones @ Texas A&M

    I obviously can't go to all of these. I can't say that I'm all that excited about SCY zones and nationals since I'll be 54.9. It probably only makes sense to go to one of them. If I went to Zones, there would be plenty of time to re-boot and re-taper for Canadian Nationals. But some of the Pitt folks are actually talking about going to USMS nationals, which might change my thinking ... Though only 3 weeks between USMS Nationals and Canadian nationals is a very short turnaround. Probably inadvisable ... Any thoughts? For now, I'm just going to focus on the first two meets on my list. I really think I should head up to Buffalo bc I don't want to wait until March to race.

    Updated January 5th, 2016 at 06:33 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  7. Fri-Sat Jan 1-2

    by , January 2nd, 2016 at 07:23 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Friday: Drylands: mini core

    Saxon side bends, 10 x 2 x 15
    power wheel standing roll outs, 8
    TRX forward & backs with forearms on bosu, 2 x 25
    TRX pendulums, 2 x 25
    TRX saw pikes, 2 x 15
    supine flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    supine bench press w/DBs on bosu with straight raised legs, 20 x 2 x 15

    3 miles on treadmill



    Saturday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


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

    Main sets:

    4 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00, 50 EZ

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

    fast broken 100 IM, :15 rest @ 50
    150 EZ

    broken 100 fly w/fins, :10 rest per 25
    -- this was awful, couldn't really do the last 25
    100 EZ

    2 x
    10 x 25 fly w/fins @ 100 pace @ :45
    50 EZ

    100 EZ

    10 x 25 flutter kick, hold best average @ 1:00
    200 EZ

    Total: 3350



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


    Whew, I'm tired from that effort. I am definitely not in fly shape. If I can't do a broken 100 with fins (though I was tired), it's tough to see how I could do it that well in a meet even in SCY. I can't seem to stay UW in a 100 as long as I used to ... I think I'd have to work on breathing every stroke, which I'm not sure is the best fit with my stroke. Something to mull over.
  8. Thursdayi Dec 31

    by , January 1st, 2016 at 11:41 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Sewy

    Warm up:


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

    Main sets:

    4 x 25 burst + cruise, 50 EZ
    4 x 25 stroke rate drills, 50 EZ

    8 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00-3:30
    -- the pool was packed and I was splitting a lane so I opted for
    -- 2 breast, 6 flutter kick (no fins)
    -- I couldn't see my times bc the clocks were not synched
    -- my flutter kick is much worse than my dolphin kick, so probably should work on it more
    100 EZ

    Jim & Bill arrived at this point, so I swam one set with them and then went back to sprinty things.

    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    -- I did 2 x (4 x 50 DPS w/paddles + 1 x 50 EZ)

    6 x 25 power kick w/drag sox (Bill tried some with me)
    6 x 25 shooters w/drag sox & fins
    150 EZ

    8 x 25 w/paddles, fins & parachute
    150 EZ

    Total: 3400


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


    It was a mob scene at the pool yesterday. There were only three lanes for lap swim with 50+ kids in the other three lanes -- my worst nightmare. But I managed to split a lane or share with Jim & Bill for the most part. I'm pretty tired from that effort so will pass on the pool mob scene today.

    I failed at staying up until midnight last night, despite a gaggle of loud girls at our house for a sleepover. Mr. Fort and I re-watched the two latest Star Trek movies to continue our debate over which series is better -- Star Wars or Star Trek.

    Updated January 1st, 2016 at 04:45 PM by The Fortress

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  9. Wed Dec 30

    by , December 31st, 2015 at 11:49 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    russian twists on incline bench w/plate, 25 x 3 x 25
    seated row negatives, 80 x 3 x 8
    seated straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 25
    deadlift, 85 x 4 x 5
    kneeling ab crunches, 140 x 3 x 15
    extreme angle isometric squat, 4:00
    rear delt flys, 80 x 3 x 8
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 3 x 10
    hip abdcutors, 120 x 4 x 5


    Swim/SCY @ Sewy Masters

    8 x 50 various @ :45
    8 x 25 power kick @ :40
    50 EZ
    ?
    16 x 50 with some IM pattern @ 1:05
    -- I did this kick with fins; interval was too hard otherwise.
    -- odds = 100ish pace, evens = EZ
    -- even with fins, I could have used more rest on the EZ ones to really hit 100 pace
    1 x 100 EZ
    4 x (4 x 50, AFAP first 25, IM order by round) @ 1:20
    -- too hard for me again
    -- I decided to do 32 x 25 @ IM order @ 100 pace w/fins @ :40
    -- I cruised # 10 and #21
    1 x 150 EZ

    Total: 2500


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


    I enjoy swimming with Sewy masters, but they try to cram a lot in an hour. The intervals are usually way too difficult for me. Still, I came away with some hard kicking and I really worked the 32 x 25 set. Today, I'm going to do short speed on max rest. I don't feel as sore as usual from weights, probably bc Mr. Fort gave me a half hour massage yesterday.
  10. Mon Dec 29

    by , December 28th, 2015 at 07:24 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    500 (did 400)
    8 x 50 kick w/fins @ 1:10
    -- some easy, some 25-35m shooters, some burst + cruise
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x 100 free w/paddles with some breathing pattern @ 1:45
    -- I did 4 x 50 free w/paddles @ 1:45
    odds = free @ 200 pace
    evens = free @ 100 pace
    50 EZ

    6 x 50 power kick + cruise w/fins @ 1:00
    -- I did 4, interval was too hard, and then a 50 EZ

    5 x 100 free with some breathing pattern @ 1:40
    -- No, I did 6 x 50 @ 1:40
    odds = fly with fins @ 100 pace (28s, maybe a tad fast for 100 pace)
    evens = EZ
    50 EZ

    5 x 100, 8 SDK off each wall then build each 50 @ 1:40
    -- I couldn't even do this in short course, much less long course ...
    -- I did 6 x 50 @ 1:40
    odds = breast w/fins (33s)
    evens = EZ
    50 EZ

    6 x 150 done as: :30 AFAP kick, cruise to wall and then 100 EZ @ 4:30
    -- I only did a 50 EZ
    -- This was the same set that I did yesterday ... ouch
    -- Did backstroke kick, got about 8 meters or so from the wall

    4 x 50 SDK as far as possible w/fins @ 1:30
    -- No, I was toast and skipped this set
    200 EZ

    Total: 2850 m


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


    The intervals were way too hard for me today -- distance day -- but it seemed to work well to chop most distances in half. I still feel like it was a hard workout with 8 x 50s @ 100 pace (collectively) and 6 x :30 AFAP kick. I'll probably have to do some sort of recovery workout tomorrow.
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    Swim Workouts
  11. Dec 24-27

    by , December 27th, 2015 at 04:24 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Thursday Drylands:


    I wasn't really ready to go to the gym after having done drylands son Tuesday, but Fort Son wanted to go ... so off I went.

    rehab ex
    flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 100
    pike ups with feet on yoga ball, 2 x 10
    explosive fly pulls on double cable machine, 35 x 3 x 5
    explosive leg extensions, 90 x 3 x 15
    hip abductors, 120 x 4 x 5
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 3 x 10
    combo skull crusher + straight leg raise, 45 x 3 x 12
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15

    1000 EZ in the pool afterward


    Friday: off


    Saturday:

    5 mile walk-run on treadmill

    mini core workout at home:
    flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    TRX pendulum, 2 x 25
    TRX saw pikes, 2 x 15
    TRX forward & backs w/forearms on bosu, 2 x 15
    single leg deadlift w/10 lb DBs, 20 x 2 x 10 each leg


    Sunday: Swim/SCY @ Sewy w/ Bill & Jim

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45 (while they did 8 x 50 free)
    4 x 25 burst + cruise @ :45
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    They did 10 x 50 @ 500 pace @ :50
    I did 20 x 25 breast @ 100 pace
    150 EZ

    Then we did Jim's new set:
    6 x AFAP kick for :30 + 50 EZ @ 4:30
    -- I did these dolphin kick w/fins & board. Was getting to about the 60 yard mark on each :30 effort
    100 EZ

    Total: 2400


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


    I felt rather awful in the pool today -- maybe a combination of xmas hangover and a lot of drylands. Jim is obsessed with this new set -- 6 x :30 AFAP kick @ 4:30 based on a recent Swedish study. The set is designed to increase endurance, despite the ample rest. The theory goes something like: the free radicals from all out efforts create calcium leaking in the cell channels, which in turn prompts oxygenating mitochondria growth. I had to poke a little fun at him bc I've been doing a variation of that set (5 x 50 AFAP @ 5:00 for years), and have told him that anaerobic work produces aerobic conditioning effects. But this is the first time he's ever done such a set with me. We were theorizing that there might be some benefit from just pulling such a set too.

    My workout options are pretty limited for the next week plus with the high school pools closed, so I may have to go to Sewy quite a bit. There is a Pitt practice tomorrow at 3:00 that I can get to. Hopefully, there will be come later in the week as well. (I refuse to go to the 8:00 am practice.)

    Updated December 27th, 2015 at 10:24 PM by The Fortress

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  12. Wed Dec 23

    by , December 24th, 2015 at 10:49 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    500 (did 400)
    8 x 50 kick @ 1:15
    -- I did 4 regular backstroke, 4 burst+ cruise
    -- long course kicking is so tedious
    6 x 50 w/fins @ 1:20
    -- SDK as afar as you can and then cruise
    1 x 100 EZ

    Main sets:

    16 x 50 (4 fly, 4 back, 4 breast, 4 free w/some instructions) @ 1:20
    -- Did the first 12 as odds = 100 pace, evens = EZ, which wasn't that easy on this interval
    -- the last 4 I did free w/paddles @ 200 pace
    1 x 100 EZ

    3 x 200 IM or stroke @ 3:45
    No! I did 3 x 100 backstroke kick w/fins
    1 = I tried to do 100 fast, but had a terrible calf cramp on the turn so cruised second 50
    2 = all EZ
    3 = another try at 100 fast. got another calf cramp on the turn, but in a rare instance of non diva like behavior, I tried to finish. Limped in at 1:08
    1 x 150 EZ

    4 x 25 AFAP + 25 EZ @ 2:00
    -- did flutter kick w/board & fins
    -- was worried that if I took the fins off, the cramps would get worse, which has happened
    -- went 12s on the 25s (there's a rope right at the halfway mark)
    1 x 200 EZ

    Total: 2950 m


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


    Long course is just too ... long. Something felt off with the air/water last night. One of my dr lane mates said his lungs felt odd too. My "SDK as far as possible" were not very impressive. In general, though, I think I need to do more hypoxic work going forward.

    My son is dragging me to the gym this am. But I'm feeling pretty beat at the moment ...

    Happy holidays everyone!
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    Swim Workouts
  13. Tues Dec 22

    by , December 23rd, 2015 at 11:45 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands @ LA Fitness

    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 80 x 3 x 25
    ab wheel roll outs with knees on bosu, 3 x 15
    saxon side bends, 15 x 3 x 10
    captains chair straight leg raises, 3 x 20
    seated row negatives, 70 x 3 x 8
    overhead squats, 45 x 3 x 8
    good mornings, 80 x 4 x 6
    glute isolator, 60 x 3 x 5 each leg
    hip abductor, 120 x 3 x 6
    rear delt fly, 75 x 3 x 8


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


    Didn't have time to swim afterward. I'm a little too preoccupied with the holidays and having my kids home. Will go to Pitt tonight, where I anticipate more long course kicking.
  14. Mon Dec 21

    by , December 22nd, 2015 at 11:32 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 (did 300)
    8 x 50 kick w/fins @ 1:15
    -- done as 25-35 m shooter + cruise
    1 x 300 free, breath every 5th.
    -- no, I did this up tempo backstroke kick w/fins
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x 50 power kick + cruise @ 1:00 (this interval is way too hard for me)
    6 x 100 free @ 1:40
    -- hahaha, I did 6 x 50:
    odds = 100 pace (2 breast, 1 fly), evens = EZ
    100 EZ
    3 x 100 with some complicated instructions. I used fins and did them 25 shooter + 25 back @ 100 pace + :10 rest + 50 EZ
    1 x 100 EZ
    5 x 100 free @ 1:50
    -- hold same average as 6 x 100 set
    -- I used this as a bit of a lactate tolerance set. Decided to try to hold them all under 1:15 doing backstroke kick w/fins. Went 1:13/1:14/1:14/1:14/1:12.
    1 x 100 EZ
    4 x 50 with some kick pattern
    -- I was sick of kicking so did odds = breast @ 100 pace, even = EZ
    4 x 50 overkick free (I threw on paddles) @ 1:30
    1 x 100 EZ

    Total: 3150 m


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


    I walked in and the pool was set up long course. After a longish taper and a week of relative goofing off, this was not what I wanted to see ... not one little bit. (insert scared emoticon) But since it was distance night (which I do not participate in), I knew that I would likely be kicking a sizable portion of the workout anyway. Bill had to revise the planned workout, and thankfully the distances were short. Can't wait until Wednesday ... Off to the gym with Fort 21 today.

    I did see a video of my 50 back WR on FB. It looked pretty well executed except for one thing: I am not flicking my toes/feet up on my start. I have a nice arch, but no toe flick. Something to work on ...

    Updated December 22nd, 2015 at 11:39 AM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  15. Fri Dec 18

    by , December 18th, 2015 at 05:13 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    ab wheel roll outs with knees on bosu (harder that way), 3 x 15
    180 twists w/25 lb plate with back on yoga ball, 25 x 3 x 10
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 3 x 10
    face pulls, 50 x 3 x 15
    extreme angle squat w/plate on high boxes, 35 x 3 x 8
    deadlifts, 65 x 3 x 6
    altitude drops, 5

    The I did a couple exercises that I saw in the recent Swimming World, supposedly good for backstroke. They definitely add an instability factor.

    yoga ball supine cable backstroke pull (legs straight, feet together), 20 x 3 x 10 each arm
    single arm supine pullover on bench w/flutter kick, 15 lb DBs x 1 x 15, 10 lb DBs x 2 x 25


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    Still kept it pretty light, though I do expect to be sore from trying some different exercises. Didn't have time to swim afterward. Way too busy. And Fort Son is arriving (with girlfriend) in a couple hours!
  16. Thursday Dec 17

    by , December 17th, 2015 at 06:21 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


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

    Main sets:

    8 x
    1 x 50 double shooter w/fins
    1 x 50 EZ

    100 EZ

    8 x 25 w/drag sox, SDK to 15 m then cruise
    100 EZ

    4 x 25 free w/drag sox & paddles
    50 EZ

    4 x 50 DPS free w/paddles @ 1:00
    300 EZ

    Total: 2750


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    I was tired from last night, so took it pretty easy today with some hypoxic work. Well, it was easy until I put on the drag sox. It seemed to take forever to kick to 15m ... No idea how swimdoc does these on :45. The pace clocks were turned off on one end, so I went on the "wait until your heart rate comes down" interval. I think these will take some getting used to. I probably should have followed the 8 x 25 w/drag sox with 8 x 25 regular power kick. Next time.

    I was reminded today how much easier it is for me to do hypoxic work in warmer water. At NE Champs, day two had a 40% scratch rate. I wonder how much of that was due to dislike of the 76 degree temps?
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  17. Wed Dec 16

    by , December 17th, 2015 at 01:05 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    400 various (did 300)
    6 x 50 kick, fins optional @ 1:10
    -- use fins and did backstroke kick, 15m+ UW each length
    8 x 25 power kick @ :45
    50 EZ

    Mains sets:

    4 x 25 fly drill @ :30
    4 x 25 back drill @ :30
    4 x 25 breast drill @ :30
    4 x 25 free drill @ :30

    8 rounds, 2 x IM order
    2 x 25 @ :30, first one sprint
    2 x 50 @ 1:00, first one sprint
    2 x 25 @ :30, first one sprint
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30

    -- I interpreted sprint to = 100 pace. I only did 2 of the 50s @ 100 pace. The rest were all 25 @ 100 pace + 25 EZ. One was breaststroke. I decided to do it with a dolphin kick, 36 high from a push. Could never have done that time with a whip kick.

    -- I did 3 of the rounds kick w/fins

    150 EZ

    Total: 3400


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    It was nice to see all my Pitt friends after not being there for awhile. I was glad that the workout wasn't too difficult bc I was still tired from the meet. I glided through most of it with the exception of quite a few 25s @ 100 pace. (Actually, it was 24+, more than quite a few.) Still, it may have been too much too soon. I may just do hypoxic work today.

    Updated December 17th, 2015 at 06:22 PM by The Fortress

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  18. Mon-Tues Dec 14-15

    by , December 16th, 2015 at 12:16 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Monday:

    2100 EZ @ LA Fitness


    Tuesday:

    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks in streamline on bosu, 100
    standing ab wheel roll outs, 8
    russian twists on incline bench, 25 x x 15
    bulgarians in a streamline position, 3 x 10 each leg
    face pulls, 50 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 65 x 3 x 6
    extreme angle squat, 4:00
    hip abductors, 110 x 3 x 5
    hip thrusters w/plate, 25 x 3 x 10

    1800 EZ afterward


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    Despite sleeping a lot the last couple nights, I still feel pretty tired. Tired but wired. I guess that's par for the course for a multi-day meet. I did get back to the gym for a very light ease back in kind of workout. Inspired by swimdoc, going forward, I may try to add some dedicated TRX core work on off days from the gym. But not today. Still too bushed. Though I will head out to Pitt tonight. I am anxious to get back to real training. I feel like I gained ten pounds from my couch sojourn!

    I was bummed to wake up to a crashed over xmas tree with tons of smashed ornaments. Argh! Must have been the damn cat.

    But the good news is that, thanks to Stewart's emails, the meet directors did find our time from the mixed 200 free relay and added it to the results.

    Updated December 16th, 2015 at 01:26 PM by The Fortress

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  19. NE Champs/Zones Dec 12-13

    by , December 14th, 2015 at 01:04 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I had a super fun weekend at Zones. My RAM teammates are a great bunch of people and very welcoming. And it was fun to hang out with my fellow blogger Stewart. A couple of my PV friends were there as well. My flight was on time and I got to the pool in plenty of time for warm up on Friday before the 1500s. The pool was pretty nice, but the water was shockingly cold. It felt like 76-77 degrees too me. Pitt is usually 80. I'm sensitive to cold water (asthma) and immediately got a calf cramp when I jumped in. I wasn't the only one who felt this way. Lots of people thought it was too cold, and others scratched events bc they felt like they were swimming slowly due to the water temperature. I felt like the water temp affected my first event, and then I grew more used to it. I had a good day on Saturday and a great day on Sunday.


    Saturday:

    100 back, 1:11.7 (34.8/36.8)

    This was my roughest event of the meet. I didn't have a great start (too shallow). This was partly due to the fact that the blocks were on the bulkhead and they didn't make the swimmers exit the pool before starting the next race. Uh, this is fine for forward starts but sucks majorly for backstroke starts. But mostly my lungs felt slammed and I couldn't stay underwater nearly as long as usual. I only took 6 kicks off the final wall, which is awful. I took it out very relaxed, but felt dead/off by the end of the second length. When I finished the race, I could not get any air and it took forever for my heart rate to come down. At first, I thought the race was the product of the lingering effects of mono. But I think the cold water/asthma were factors here as well.

    My modest goal was to get under 1:12 (WR in next age group is 1:12.2) and I was hoping to go 1:10. Modest goal accomplished and I feel like I could definitely go 1:10 in better conditions. In any event, I didn't let the somewhat slow time bother me one bit! Swimming that race had two huge benefits: I got the monkey off my back by swimming it and it is the #1 time in the nation this year.


    50 breast, 36.91

    Back to 50s, whew. I felt like this race was well executed. Got off the blocks fast and had a very good turn. The women next to me went a :35. But Stewart said that I went into the turn a half body length behind and came out a half body length ahead. My time was only a few hundredths off my masters PR, so I was very happy with it. Especially so since I went a dreadful 39.2 at the Albatross meet last March.


    200 mixed medley relay, 36.3 breast split

    Coach Stewart added up our ages and we were at 199, 1 year short. I had expected to swim the fly leg, but Scott Heber had a major bruise on his knee and wanted to minimize his breaststroke swimming. So I swam the breast leg. Heehee, a lifetime first for me! I had a really safe start and split a 36.3. Was really thrilled with that.



    Sunday:

    100 IM, 1:10.6, PR

    I was a little nervous going into this race after the 100 back, and I hadn't swum this race in 3 years either. I was worried that I had seeded myself too fast and just wanted to get under 1:15 (which was the #1 time going in). But the race went well. I was rather shocked to see the time. My previous best was a 1:11.9. Comparing splits from prior efforts, all the improvement came in the second 50. Steph said that my turnover in breaststroke was slow, but I was worried about dying on free. Laura Val's record in the next age group is 1:12.9, so I am in good shape heading into next year. I think all the IM order 25s that I've been doing really paid off. Was very stoked after this! This is the first time in my masters career that my 100 IM has ever been faster than my 100 back, so I was definitely underachieving on the latter this meet.


    50 free, 27.73, PR, .06 off WR

    I wasn't anticipating having much rest before this race. The meet was zipping by on Sunday with lots of scratches. Fortunately, the meet directors realized the meet was running too fast and added an unscheduled break. This was huge for me; it gave me time to recover and mentally prepare. I was pretty stunned by my time. Having gone a 28.7 a month ago, the world record wasn't even on my radar. I executed most things pretty well, including my Lochte turn. I was swimming next to Mollie and she said the turn freaked her out a bit. I guess it could be weird swimming free and watching someone dolphin kicking on their back. It was the first time in 50 free where I was underwater longer off the wall than the start. I made two small execution errors. I was a tiny bit shallow on the dive and took one less dolphin kick than I had anticipated. I also took 2 breaths on the second length. At the time, I felt like I needed it ... But that was where I lost the .06. But that did not take the edge off my happiness at setting my second PR of the day. I really had thought that I had gotten to the age where PRs were out of the question. I have to believe all that time on the couch from being sick with mono really helped rest my legs.

    Oh, and the Lochte turn is here to stay for me. I don't always do it perfectly, but it is faster and I will get even more used to it over time.


    50 back, 30.27 PR/WR

    This was my last individual swim in the 50-54 age group in meters, and I went out with a bang. I was pretty tired after 50 free. I really didn't expect to go this fast on my third event of the day. So I was super shocked and super happy to see this time. I originally set my 30.58 WR five years ago when I was 50 and haven't been within a half second of it the last couple years, going a 31.0 last March. But I think my UWs have improved a tad as of late, and I killed them on this race taking the entire 15m on each length. I also decided to take an extra stroke at the finish after having a very very long glide at the Albatross meet. I banged my left hand on the finish and have a nice bruise now, but it was so worth it. Weeeee!

    Note: I just realized that my very first and very last swims in the 50-54 age group were WRs in the 50 back. What are the odds of that?


    200 mixed free relay, 1:45.1, 27.6 split

    I teamed up with Stewart, Scott Heber and Stephanie Stone for this relay. We were all tired; it was the very end of the meet. My legs felt especially dead after 3 events and so much SDKing. I went second, had a safe start and split a 27.6. I felt and had expected to be a lot slower. I was a little deep on my Lochte turn this time. Stewart had a great split too. Then he stepped up and did an 800 free relay right after ... I hit the shower and just enough time to get to Boston to catch my plane. I noticed our relay was not listed in the swimphone results. There was definitely some confusion on the scoreboard about which team was where. So hopefully that will get corrected.



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    After feeling like I've been struggling mentally and physically for two years, this was an extremely gratifying meet for me with 3 PRs and a WR. I feel like I'm back on track and will have a lot more confidence heading into next year. Unless some unanticipated time pops into the database, I will be #1 in 100 back, 100 breast, 100 IM, 50 back, 50 fly and 50 free. 2nd in 50 breast bc a real breaststroker just broke the NR at the San Diego meet. Pretty darn happy with that result, and tickled that the #1s are in all four strokes.

    Looking ahead, I think I will focus on the Albatross meet in mid March and Canadian Nationals at the end of May (assuming that is SCM). Stewart mentioned that there is an indoor long course Zones meet at Texas A&M at the end of July. That would really be perfect for me. I don't plan on going to Oregon. We could team up for some very fast relays. Maybe Water Rat will even join us this time. Hint hint.

    I didn't get to sleep until after 2:00 am and am just dead from the traveling/racing. I didn't warm down after the relay, so may take myself off to LA Fitness for an easy swim. I'm usually dead for a couple days after a multi day taper meet and this one is no different. But it's nice to have a smile on my face while being exhausted.

    Results: http://www.swimphone.com/mobile/meet....cfm?smid=6955

    Updated December 14th, 2015 at 06:51 PM by The Fortress

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  20. Wed-Thur Dec 9-10

    by , December 10th, 2015 at 03:49 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Wednesday: 1100 easy

    Thursday: 850 with a couple bursts and 100 pace 25s


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    Feeling more energetic, but still have a sore throat. I think that may drag on for awhile. But it will not deter me from going to the meet. So while I may not be 100%, I feel sprightly enough to give it a whirl and have fun.

    I felt kind of sluggish in the water the last couple days, probably due to the massage on Tuesday. Mostly packed and ready to hop on the plane tomorrow. I'm really hoping my flight is on time and that I get to the pool for the 4:00 pm warm up. I'd like to reacquaint myself with the 5 meter backstroke flags. And then get to watch Stewart kill his 800. I'm definitely feeling a little twitchy from all the rest ...

    I did read that they will add a 15 minute break mid-way through the meet. That will be helpful. I wish more meet hosts would do that.

    Updated December 10th, 2015 at 07:20 PM by The Fortress

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