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  1. Thursday-Friday, Oct. 2-3

    by , October 3rd, 2014 at 04:40 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Thursday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


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

    Main Sets:

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

    8 x 25 burst SDK + cruise, no fins @ 1:00
    150 Z

    5 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    back shooter from a start (11 high-12 flat)
    backstroke from a start (13 flat)
    breast = 12
    2 x dolphin kick w/board (10 flats)
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 breast w/fins @ 100 pace @ :45
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 dolphin kick w/board & fins @ 100 pace @ :40 (12 flats)
    200 EZ

    5 x 25 fast kick w/chute + 25 EZ @ 1:30
    100 EZ

    Total: 3450

    -- I think this is what I did on Thursday. Having a senior moment about exactly what I did ...


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    Friday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    100 chest press fly
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    10 x 25 burst SDK or kick + cruise @ 1:00
    200 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    50 EZ

    2 x
    4 x 100 backstroke kick w/fins descend to fast (:56-57) @ 1:45
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00
    8 x 25 dolphin kick w/board & fins @ 100 pace @ :40
    1 x 150 EZ

    Total: 3300


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

    I'm still a tad under the weather, but tried to get in a couple decent workouts before my sister arrives for a visit tomorrow. I probably shouldn't have done that AFAP 25 back. It honked off my shoulder. And I've been so busy that I haven't done my rehab exercises the last couple days. Off to do them now before heading out to coach!

    Btw, I've decided the traffic in Pittsburgh is no better than NoVa. Between the tunnel traffic, bridge traffic, detours, exit closures, lane closures, I'm stuck in traffic all the time. Part of the problem is that Pitt is just not that convenient.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  2. Catch up

    by , October 2nd, 2014 at 12:11 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I did two 45 minute swims while I was in in AZ. I didn't have the time or mental energy to do more, and I was chalking it up to recovery. Oddly, the pool where my mother lives is 31 meters ... I got home very late Sunday night. I went to the gym on Monday, then starting feeling like I had a bad cold the next day. I did a mini workout on Tuesday and took yesterday off. I had a huge sleep last night and feel a bit better. I'm not in the mood for a nasty cold right now!


    Monday: Drylands:

    RC/scap/bicep ex
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 6
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 4 x 15
    seated row, 70 x 4 x 8
    kneeling ab crunches, 140 x 4 x 12
    overhead squat, 45 x 1 x 8
    hip abductor, 10 x 4 x 8
    seated straight arm dip, 75 x 3 x 25
    -- think I did something else, but can't remember ...


    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


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

    Main Sets:

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

    1 x 25 fly @ 100 pace + 75 EZ
    -- no, not ready for fly

    10 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    -- times were all pretty fast
    -- I did a couple AFAP back kicks from the blocks: 1 terrible start and 1 decent one. It felt foreign after not doing a start for months.

    100 EZ

    Total: 2350


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

    I'm not feeling quite as under the weather today, so hoping I can get a decent workout in. I had my third set of PRP jabs yesterday and my shoulders are still sore.
  3. Tues-Wed, Sept 23-24

    by , September 25th, 2014 at 11:58 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Tuesday: Drylands


    Was in the gym for an hour. Did some more light upper body work. When I do the tummy press test for sub scap tears, it doesn't hurt quite a much. So I assume it's healing some.


    Wednesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    100 chest press fly
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    8 x 25 burst kick + cruise @ 1:00
    150 EZ

    20 x 25 backstroke w/fins @ 100 pace @ :45
    --12s
    -- 10 kicks, 3 strokes
    200 EZ

    2 x 25 breast @ 100 pace
    -- just didn't have it so stopped
    50 EZ

    8 x 100 backstroke kick, cruise, with fins @ 1:40
    - cruised 1:07-1:12s
    100 EZ

    Total: 2950


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


    I've been sleeping like crap the last ten days, usually up to 2:00 am. Have't had a bad spell like this in a long time. Now I know how Stewart feels! It started to really affect me today in the pool. So I just backed off. Today, I'm off to AZ. I expect to only get one swim in while I'm there, but I'm due for some recovery.
  4. Monday, Sept 22

    by , September 22nd, 2014 at 05:11 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    500 various
    3 x 50 scull w/paddles
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

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

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

    10 x 25 back w/fins @ 100 pace @ :40
    -- 12 lows
    -- 10 kicks and 4 strokes, so not too much arm use
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 flutter kick @ 100 pace @ :45
    -- 17s
    200 EZ

    16 x 50
    odds = swim or kick @ 100 pace @ 1:00
    evens = EZ @ 2:00

    dolphin or flutter kick w/board = 25s
    back kick = 24s
    breast = 28s

    200 EZ

    Total: 3650


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

    Just another day at the office ... with perhaps a tiny bit more swimming. I've been dragging a bit lately due to not sleeping the greatest the last week. Might be due for a few days of recovery as well. I head to AZ for my stepfather's memorial service on Thursday. So I'll probably have two days off just to travel back and forth. My next PRP jab is Sept 30.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  5. Fri-Sat, Sept 19-20

    by , September 20th, 2014 at 07:04 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Friday Drylands:


    RC/scap/bicep ex
    cable twist w/yoga ball, 25 x 3 x 15 each side
    DB row, 15 x 3 x 15 each side
    leg extensions, 135 x 4 x 8
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 6
    kneeling ab cruch, 130 x 3 x 15
    seated row, 60 x 4 x 8
    back squat, 70 x 4 x 5
    saxon side bends, 12 x 3 x 15

    -- I felt up to doing some very light upper body weights.


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    Saturday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up


    500 various
    4 x 50 single arm fly w/fins
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    10 x 25 burst SDK to 15 m + cruise @ 1:00-
    150 EZ

    10 x 25 SFK @ 100 pace to 15m + cruise @ :45
    150 EZ

    5 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 150 EZ) @ 5:00
    breast = 26
    dolphin kick w/board = 23 high
    flutter kick w/board = 23 high
    breast = 26 high
    flutter kick w/board = 24 flat

    100 EZ

    5 x 100 cruise backstroke kick w/fins @ 1:45
    50 EZ

    Total: 3400


    I did one of my favorite HIT sets today. Hadn't done it in a long time. And I've never broken 24 in a 50 kick, so was happy with that! Now time for a nice evening.
  6. Wed-Thur, Sept 17-18

    by , September 18th, 2014 at 07:37 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Wednesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


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

    Main sets:

    Tried to do a 100 of fast stuff. It wasn't happening, so shifted to recovery mode. 50 EZ

    3 rounds w/fins:
    4 x 100 cruise backstroke kick @ 1:30
    4 x 25 chest press fly @:10 rest
    4 x 25 1 breath free @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00

    Total: 3000


    My quads were just burning when I hopped in. I think kick isolation HIT work takes a real toll on the legs. And I haven't really been doing pure recovery workouts regularly.


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


    Thursday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x 25 burst SDK + cruise
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 breast w/fins @ 100 pace @ :40
    -- 14s
    250 EZ

    4 x (broken 100 AFAP kick w/fins + 250 EZ)
    -- 25s on :30
    R1 = dolphin kick w/board (:42)
    R2 = flutter kick w/board (41 high)
    R3 = breast (:51)
    R4 = backstroke kick (41)

    Total: 3200


    I was stuck in a shallower lane today as there were a bunch of college swimmers doing workouts in the deep end. So I didn't do much underwater work. Need to do all my rehab exercise tonight. I've missed a couple days being busy. And this is not the time to shirk!
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    Swim Workouts
  7. Sunday-Tuesday, Sept. 14-16

    by , September 16th, 2014 at 04:35 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Catching up on blogging ...

    Sunday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

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

    Main Sets:

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

    6 x (25 AFAP + 25 EZ) @ 2:30
    -- 3 backstroke kick (13 high-14 flat)
    -- 3 back shooters (13 flats)
    100 EZ

    8 x 50 dolphin kick w/board & fins
    odds = fast @ 1:00 (25s)
    evens = EZ @ 1:30
    100 EZ

    5 x 200 backstroke kick w/fins, cruiser pace
    100 EZ

    Total: 3100

    -- I was feeling somewhat under the weather for this workout, and didn't do too much. My allergies are pretty bad in September with all the ragweed and crap.


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


    Monday Drylands:

    Spent an hour in the gym. Forgot to bring my iPhone to write the exercises down in.

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    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

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

    Main sets:

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

    4 x (25 AFAP kick w/fins + 75 EZ) @ 2:30
    100 EZ

    4 x (10 x 25 @ 100 pace + 150 EZ)
    R1 = backstroke kick @ :45 (16 flats)
    R2 = backstroke kick @ :45 (16 flats)
    R3 = breast w/fins @ :40 (14s) yay! didn't hurt my shoulders
    R4 = dolphin kick w/fins @ :40 (11s)

    8 x 75 backstroke kick w/fins @200 pace @1:15
    100 EZ

    Total: 4000


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

    Had another set of PRP injections this morning before swimming. They don't feel as sore as last time. Poor Rushall would be horrified at how I bastardized USRPT today!

    Off to Lil Forts cross country race. She is undefeated this season so far. And, good news, Mr. Fort got into Boston. Because he ages up this year, he had a 10:00 cushion, which is pretty huge.
  8. Friday, Sept 12

    by , September 12th, 2014 at 05:10 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


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

    Main Sets:

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

    10 x 25 fast backstroke kick, hold best average @ 1:00
    -- was aiming for 14 mid. Did six of those, three at 14 low and the last one at 14 flat
    250 EZ

    10 x 25 fast flutter kick, hold best average @ 1:00
    -- aiming for 16 mids. did mostly those, a few 16 lows, and the last one was a 15
    -- pretty good for me, I'm not a great flutter kicker
    250 EZ

    10 x 25 fast dolphin kick w/fins & board @ 1:00, hold best average
    -- I wanted to eek under 11. half were 10 highs, the rest 10 mids
    300 EZ

    6 x 150 kick w/fins (cruise pace) @ 2:30
    odds = back
    evens = flutter w/board
    100 EZ

    Total: 3650


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

    It's been about one month of mostly kicking. Even when I was at the beach, I was doing a lot of kicking in the ocean. I miss full stroke swimming!
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    Swim Workouts
  9. Wed., Sept 10

    by , September 10th, 2014 at 04:27 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    400 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins 2 :40
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    16 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
    200 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP back kick from a push + 25 EZ) @ 2:30
    -- 13 high-14 flat
    200 EZ

    3 x (50 AFAP kick w/fins + 150 EZ) @ 5:00
    1 & 3 = dolphin w/board (24 flat, 24 mid)
    2 = flutter(24 mid)

    7 x 100 kick @ 2:00
    -- did the first 2 up tempo dolphin kick on back w/fins, but didn't have any sprint left, took off fins
    -- did the last 5 backstroke kick 1:26 or faster. only stayed under the first length on that interval
    200 EZ

    Total: 3100


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

    Yikes, my shoulders were super sore today from the injections. They feel a bit better now after moving them around a bit. Cringing at the thought of next week's jabs. Looking forward, I hope I will be sufficiently healed to swim a couple events at the Sprint Classic at the end of October. I haven't missed that meet since I started masters swimming. I'm thinking 50 breast and 50 back would put the least stress on the front of my shoulders. We'll see ...
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    Swim Workouts
  10. Good News, Tuesday Sept. 9

    by , September 9th, 2014 at 04:39 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


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

    Main Sets:

    10 x 25 SDK on back @ 100 pace to 15m, then cruise @ :45
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 flutter kick @ 100 pace @ :45
    -- was going 17 highs
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 SDK on belly @ 100 pace to 15, then cruise @ :45
    100 EZ

    16 x 50 kick w/fins
    odds = dolphin kick w/board @ 100 pace (26 flats)
    evens = EZ
    150 EZ

    3 x with fins:
    4 x 25, UW for 20 yards @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30

    extra 50 EZ

    Total: 2900


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


    Was feeling a bit tired today; didn't sleep well last night. So I didn't kill it today. However, I was pretty happy with that 16 x 50 dolphin kick set. It felt relatively easy to hold 26 flats on the 50s @ 100 pace. In past seasons, I would have been 27s. I'm in the odd position of being forced to work on the best part of my race instead of the worst part ...

    But some good news. Dr. Bradley said, as I suspected, that my tear was not large enough to warrant surgery. Whew. We decided to go forward with PRP. While he was at it, I had him inject my left bicep tendon as well. That spontaneously started feeling strained recently, and it's likely as degraded as the right bicep tendon. It was an odd procedure where he injected the needle through the back of the shoulder so the platelets would drip down the bicep tendon. Ouch, it really f*ing hurt!

    Really sore from those Saxon side bends. This suggests I need to do them more often; those particular core muscles it targets must be neglected.

    Updated September 9th, 2014 at 07:39 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  11. Monday, Sept 8

    by , September 9th, 2014 at 10:44 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    RC/bicep rehab ex
    russian twists on incline w/plate, 25 x 3 x 25
    saxon side bends w/DB, 15 x 3 x 15
    -- I think I did these wrong. I had my feet together and I they are supposed to be shoulder width apart.
    leaning camels w/plate, 25 x 3 x 25
    flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 100
    push up crunches w/med ball overhead on yoga ball, 3 x 15
    hip abductors, 100 x 4 x 6
    leg curls, 70 x 4 x 6
    good mornings, 85 x 3 x 6
    standing ab crunches, 80 x 3 x 15


    Swim/SCY/Solo

    Just did a little recoveryish workout before I coached at Pitt:

    600 various
    4 x (25 shooter + 25 EZ w/fins)
    10 X 25 1 breath free w/fins @ :30
    50 EZ
    30 x 25, SDK to 15 meters then cruise @ :45
    -- took a break part way through to get water
    100 EZ

    Total: 1950


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

    Made it to the gym yesterday. I tried to avoid doing any quad exercises to give the strain a break. It feels better after some painful foam rolling. So I did a lot more core work than usual. I am sore from the saxon side bends. That is one difficult and humbling exercise. Off for a shortish swim soon and then my appointment with Dr. Bradley.

    Updated September 9th, 2014 at 11:26 AM by The Fortress

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    Uncategorized
  12. Sunday, Sept 7

    by , September 8th, 2014 at 11:40 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Sewickley Y

    Swam with Jim, Mark/Water Rat and John today. Jim has decided that kicking is his "new frontier," and so we had a kick centric workout.

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Main sets:

    40 x 25 kick done as:
    5 x (4 x 25 kick, IM order) @ :40
    1:30 rest
    4 x (5 x 25 kick, 1 round of each stroke) @ :45
    -- pick up the tempo
    100 EZ

    -- I was kicking next to Mark on this set. He made me feel like I was going backward on breaststroke kick! The fly and back kicks were all done 15 m UW. This is a pretty decent way to do a 1000 yard kick set.

    2 x (4 x 75 + 50 EZ)
    R1 = up tempo kick w/fins @ 200 pace
    R2 = 25 fast dolphin kick + 50 EZ
    100 EZ

    6 x 50, done as 25 AFAP dolphin kick w/fins + 25 EZ @ 1:10
    100 EZ

    Total: 2900


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

    It was worth the drive to swim with my Sewy buddies, though the Sewy pool is just stinky for UWs. Off to the gym in a bit.

    Updated September 8th, 2014 at 01:19 PM by The Fortress

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  13. Sat. Sept 6

    by , September 7th, 2014 at 10:59 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    400 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    20 x 25 @ :45
    -- SDK on back @ 100 pace to 15 m then cruise in
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 @ :45
    -- SDK on belly @ 100 pace to 15 m then cruise in
    -- I had planned on doing 20 of these, but got incredibly bored. Such is the lot of a sprinter trying to do USRPT ...
    150 EZ

    20 x 50 kick @ :20 rest
    -- moderate pace
    -- 4 flutter w/board, 4 back, 4 flutter w/board, 4 back, 4 flutter w/board
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 1 breath free w/fins @ :30
    10 EZ

    Total: 3300


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    I took it kind of easy today. I decided to avoid all out kicking with my sore left quad muscle. I must have strained it doing those bulgarians in a streamline position ... I also did the high volume kick set without fins to give my knees a break. I wish I had brought my snorkel for the flutter kicks. I'm heading out to Sewy today to do a kick workout with Jim, Mark and John. Hope the pool isn't too crowded.
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    Swim Workouts
  14. Bad News, Friday, Sept 5

    by , September 6th, 2014 at 12:13 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Received not the greatest news at the doctor's today. I not only have tendonitis (which I knew), but also a rotator cuff tear and extreme degradation of the bicep tendon. It's a partial tear of the subscapularis, which is a rare rotator cuff tear (usually it's the infraspinatus or the supraspinatus). I have an appt on Tuesday with a surgeon/PRP expert, Dr. Bradley. I am hopeful that it is not surgical bc it's only a partial tear. I also have the name of the Pittsburgh Pirates doctor who is a shoulder expert. So I may get a second opinion. It just doesn't seem bad enough to warrant surgery to me. We'll see ... I also seem to have strained my left quad muscle, so I am going to skip the gym this weekend and head to the pool.

    Discouraged by this news, I went on a 30 minute run instead of heading to the pool. Man, was it hot!

    Here's an interesting article questioning Rushall's stance on drylands:
    http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com...land-training/

    Updated September 6th, 2014 at 12:48 PM by The Fortress

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    Running
  15. Wed Double, Sept 3

    by , September 3rd, 2014 at 11:05 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    RC/scap/bicep ex
    streamline crunches, 2 x 50
    russian twists on incline, 25 x 3 x 25
    kneeling ab crunches, 130 x 1 x 15 (I felt like this was pulling on my shoulder a bit so didn't do any more reps)
    explosive leg press 175 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 85 x 3 x6
    bulgarians in streamline position, 3 x 10 each leg
    hip abductor, 100 x 4 x6
    leg curls, 60 x 4 x 8
    standing broad jumps, 10
    knee tuck jumps, 10


    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

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

    Main Sets:

    20 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
    -- 5 right side, 5 belly, 5 back, 5 belly
    200 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP backstroke kick (SDK to 15 m) + 25 EZ) @ 2:30
    -- went 13 high-14 flats
    200 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP backstroke kick
    -- went :30
    200 EZ

    3 x (3 x 100) kick w/fins @ 1:45
    1-2 = 75 dolphin kick on back + :5 rest + 25 fast
    3 = all EZ
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 free w/fins, 1 breath @ :30
    100 EZ

    Total: 3500


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

    I was pretty pleased with my AFAP backstroke efforts today. Not sure I'll have any time to work out tomorrow, too many things to do including an MRI and working on getting all my security clearances again. Thanks Sandusky for causing me to waste my time on this stuff every year. I don't even work with kids!
  16. Tuesday, Sept 2

    by , September 2nd, 2014 at 05:07 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

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

    Main sets:

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

    4 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    50 EZ

    25 fly + 25 EZ
    -- tried fly, but it still didn't agree with the shoulder

    10 x 25 backstroke @ 100 pace @ :45
    -- held 15s with 12 SDKs
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 backstroke @ 100 pace @ :45
    -- held 15s with 11-12 SDKs
    300 EZ

    20 x 25 dolpin kick w/fins & board @ 100 pace @ :35
    -- held 12 flat or faster
    300 EZ

    Total: 3450


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

    Had a day off yesterday with the pool closed. Did my rehab exercises, some stretching and went on a hike with the fam. Today's workout was pretty standard for me these days. I was psyched that I could do backstroke without any pain.

    Teen Fort is now back at college. Lil Fort had her first day of school today, which was happily uneventful. Fort Son has a week or so before he heads back to Dartmouth for his senior year. Off to get Lil Fort from XC and then deposit her at soccer shortly. Back to the grind ...
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  17. Sat Double, Aug. 30

    by , August 30th, 2014 at 05:16 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drylands:


    RC/scap/bicep ex
    leg curls, 60 x 4 x 10
    russian twist on incline w/plate, 25 x 4 x 25
    kneeling ab crunch, 130 x 3 x 15
    back squat, 70 x 4 x 6
    good mornings, 85 x 3 x 6
    hip abductor, 10 x 3 x6
    butt machine, 50 x 3 x 6 each leg
    captains chair leg raises, 3 x 15


    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


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

    Main sets:

    20 x 25 @ :45
    -- SDK on back @ 100 pace to 15m (12 kicks) , then cruise
    200 EZ

    20 x 25 @ :45
    -- SDK on belly @ 100 pace to 15m (11 kicks), then cruise
    250 EZ

    Total: 2250


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    Got in a double today, though the swim was mostly recovery. I'm hoping to get in a decent workout tomorrow bc Pitt is closed on Monday. As long as I'm stuck kicking for awhile, I was thinking I should really work on my flutter kick. It's pretty pathetic compared to my dolphin kick ...
  18. Friday, Aug. 29

    by , August 29th, 2014 at 09:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    10 x 25 burst belly SDK + cruise @ :45
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 dolphin kick to 15 m on belly @ 100 pace, cruise in @:45
    200 EZ

    -- At this point, I began to get sick of dolphin kicking. And started fretting about what overuse issues might arise from an excess of it ...

    8 x 200 kick w/fins @ 3:00-3:15
    -- done as 175 moderate + :5 rest + 25 fast
    -- I felt a little shin splinty on the first couple after putting on the fins, but after that it was fine.
    odds = flutter kick w/board
    evens = backstroke kick
    150 EZ

    20 x 25 dolphin kick w/board & fins @ 100 pace :40
    -- held 12 flat or faster
    -- gave myself an extra :5 since this was at the end of practice, but probably shouldn't have ... it didn't seem very difficult
    100 EZ

    Total: 4150


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    My shoulder already feels a tad better on the kicking only/ibuprofen regimen. I saw the doc today. I definitely have tendonitis, but the weakness in the shoulder made them think that possibly the RC was involved. I have an MRI next Thursday. I really don't think it's a tear, but who knows.

    I assigned a 30 x 25 @ 100 pace USRPT set tonight to my team. I was slightly worried about their reaction, but they all seemed to enjoy it.

    Updated August 30th, 2014 at 05:06 PM by The Fortress

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  19. Wed & Thur., Aug 27-28

    by , August 28th, 2014 at 04:10 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Wed Drylands:

    RC/Scap
    russian twists w/plate on incline, 25 x 3 x 25
    flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 100
    streamline crunches, 2 x 50
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 8
    hip abductors, 100 x 4 x 6
    hip adductors, 100 x 4 x 8
    icarian butt machine, 50 x 3 x 6 each leg
    explosive leg press, 175 x 3 x 15
    knee tuck jumps, 10

    -- stayed away from all upper body exercises


    Thursday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

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

    5 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    50 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP dolphin kick w/fins & board
    -- went 24 flat or low, saw 23 as I was almost to that wall
    -- this is really fast for me, my prior best time was a 25 flat
    -- I can only theorize that the kick speed is due to the high volume kicking I did long course
    150 EZ

    1 x broken AFAP 100 dolphin kick w/board
    -- 10 seconds rest each 25
    -- 44-45
    200 EZ

    20 x 25 backstroke kick w/fins @ 100 pace @ :40
    -- held 12 flats or faster
    -- did 10-11 SDKs
    300 EZ

    8 x 75 kick w/fins @ 1:30
    -- fast parts done as dolphin kick on back with kick board pointed at ceiling
    odds = fast/EZ/fast
    evens = EZ/fast/EZ
    150 EZ

    Total: 3600


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    Water Rat thinks he did a lot of kicking last night. I did virtually the entire workout kicking. I need to try to remember to hit the foam roller more often with all this leg work. I should probably investigate ART folk her in Pitt too. If I had intervened earlier with something like that, maybe I could have avoided the strain worsening.
  20. Tuesday, Aug. 26

    by , August 26th, 2014 at 04:36 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    400 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    8 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ :45
    100 EZ

    5 x (25 AFAP dolphin kick w/board & fins + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    100 EZ

    30 x 25 dolphin kick w/board & fins @ 100 pace @ :35
    -- aimed for 12 flat or faster and made them all. Maybe about half of them at 11 high
    300 EZ

    6 x 50 kick, no fins
    done as 25 shooter + 25 backstroke kick
    50 EZ

    8 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = fast dolphin kick on back w/fins
    evens = EZ
    200 EZ

    Total: 3550


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    Lot of kicking today, and probably will have to do the same for awhile. I was actually pretty pleased with the USRPT kick set. Before this summer, I doubt I could have made 30 x 25 dolphin kick @ 100 pace @ :35 -- way too much quad burn. But I seem to have build up some kick endurance with all the long course kicking. If only there were shooter or kicking races!
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