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  1. Ugh! Monday Dec. 3

    by , December 3rd, 2012 at 06:12 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Came down with a nasty stomach/GI virus in the middle of the night. Feel like complete crap and didn't even attempt to go to the pool today. I just hope I feel better by the end of the week. I won't do a travel meet when sick. Bad timing with this and my calf strain.

    Today's the deadline for NE Champs and the swimmer count is at 460. My SCM times all withstood the SPMS meet. It's bizarre though. All results are listed except for the 200 free relay. http://www.swimphone.com/mobile/meet....cfm?smid=4157. Wanted to see how our relay team stacked up ...
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  2. Thursday, Nov. 8

    by , November 8th, 2012 at 04:07 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up/Transition:

    600 various
    4 x 50 caterpillar fly drill @ 1:10
    10 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ
    8 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    Picked and modified a set from Workout #4 on the HIT forum: [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?p=277433#post277433"]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]

    2 x (11 x progressive 50 w/fins) @ 1:30
    1-2 = burst + cruise
    3 = 25 AFAP + 25 EZ
    4 = EZ
    5 = 100 pace
    6-7 = EZ
    8 = AFAP
    9-11 = EZ

    R1 = swim (25 free: 10 high, 50 back: 24 high, 50 fly: 23 mid
    R2 = kick (25 shooter = 9, 50 dolphin kick w/board = 26 low, 50 double shooter = 21 low

    6 x 40 w/bungee cord & fins @ 2:00
    -- swim until taut and then strong strokes/kicks for :30 and zip back
    -- 2 breast, 2 back, 2 back kick
    50 EZ

    4 x 40 w/bungee cord & fins @ 1:15
    -- SDK UW on back until cord is taut and then 12 fast kicks UW & zip back

    100 EZ

    Total: 3050


    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I need to get myself entered in our Nov. 18 SCM meet. https://www.clubassistant.com/club/m...1481&smid=4182. I think I will only swim the 100 fly and 100 breast. Pete and I were discussing possible relays yesterday, but we need another GMUP male. Teen Fort has been tasked with trying to persuade Bob Hansen or Brad Gandee tonight. I was perfectly happy with a mixed 200 free and 200 medley. She wants to do the 400 medley at the end of the meet as well. No way do I want to swim the 100 fly as my 5th event that day!


    LCM TT rankings are out:
    http://www.usms.org/comp/tt/toptenlist.php

    With my two #3 rankings in the 50 and 100 evil, I fear freestyle may be my worst stroke. heehee

    Updated November 8th, 2012 at 08:05 PM by The Fortress

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  3. Sat & Sun, Nov. 3-4

    by , November 4th, 2012 at 07:24 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Saturday:

    Drylands:

    RC ex, 10 min
    explosive leg press, 190 x 3 x 10
    long arm crunches, 3 x 50
    captains chair leg raises, 2 x 20
    back extensions w/ 25 lb plate, 2 x 15
    flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    lower back machine, 130 x 3 x 15

    Bike, 45 min


    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++


    Sunday:

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

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

    Main Sets:

    3 x (5 x 50 w/fins, broken :10 @ 25) @ 1:30
    1 = fly @ 100 pace
    2 = back @ 100 pace
    3 = breast @ 100 pace
    4 = free @ 100 pace
    5 = EZ
    -- I was not warmed up enough on the first round.

    100 EZ

    5 x (25 AFAP shooter w/fins + 75 EZ

    IG: 10 x 50 free w/paddles @ :50
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 w/parachute @ 1:00
    -- 4 free w/paddles, 6 breast, 2 dolphin kick w/board

    100 EZ

    Total: 3400


    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


    Feeling much better now!

    I couldn't bear another kickboard workout yesterday, so I went to the gym. I actually forgot that I had done drylands the day before, so inadvertently did two sessions in a row. There didn't seem to be any adverse effects. I am still wondering how TG does drylands 7 days in a row though!

    Ventured to the pool today for my first real workout in, like, 2 weeks. Ew. I felt pretty awful in the water and out of shape. And it was also terribly crowded, as expected. I was lucky to have half a lane the whole time. I admit to abruptly taking off and ignoring a noodler who wanted to join the lane.

    Rushed from the pool to the river to watch Teen Fort row in the Head of the Occoquan. This was an open race where anyone could compete. Teen Fort was rowing in a mixed double scull with Fort Son's best friend, who was home from college on fall break. Neither of them had been on the water much
    since the summer, but they gamely manned up for a 5K and finished 4th. Pretty good, since they were definitely the only lightweight scullers. I'm proud of Teen Fort. This fall she's done her first open water race, her first masters meet and her first sculling race/5K.

    Interesting article in the NYT about two sisters (10, 12) who compete in marathons, triathlons and have $5500 bikes. The consensus seems to be that there is no consensus about whether the heavy training is bad or good. Interestingly, many of the fastest runners in the country about that age seem to be from Texas.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/sp...anted=all&_r=0

    And best wishes to Chowmi for a speedy recovery from gall bladder surgery!!!

    Updated November 4th, 2012 at 07:45 PM by The Fortress

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  4. MRI, Wed., Oct. 24

    by , October 24th, 2012 at 06:25 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I did nada today. Worked on house reno things.

    I did get my written MRI results back. I have mild tendinosis in a couple spots, which is consistent with tennis elbow. But the real problem, and likely what has been causing my pain, is completely different. I have avulsion tears in two places: the lateral collateral ligament is partially torn from the humerus and there is avulsion (separation from the bone) of the common extensor tendon. Avulsion tears are really the opposite of tennis elbow -- your tendons are so strong that they break off the bone.

    Jim sent me the snippet below on avulsion tears. I'm going to assume optimistically that mine are not large enough to be surgical. I have a consulting appt tomorrow with my PRP doc. I'm not even sure if this type of problem is treatable with PRP; I hope so. (I'm also not sure whether my nitro patches have done anything ... And this certainly explains why acupuncture was an epic fail.)

    So it's very clear that (1) tennis elbow may be the least of my problem and only partially indicated; (2) good thing I didn't just go in for expensive PRP without an MRI -- it might not have helped and now I know the exact places and types of injury; (3) good thing I got an MRI -- I did not have garden variety tennis elbow as Jim thought. So far, my doctoring beats Jim's. MRI completely vindicated.

    How the hell long does this take to heal?! I waited 8 months after the initial problem and promptly exacerbated it when I returned to lifting. Moral of the story: be very very careful increasing weight when deadlifting.


    Psych sheet for Sprint Classic:
    http://www.swimphone.com/mobile/meet....cfm?smid=4129

    Abstract

    It is still controversial whether fresh avulsion fractures of the medial or lateral epicondyle of the humerus in adults should be treated conservatively or surgically. We monitored 12 patients to consider treatment selection. The patients were examined for site and size of bone fragment, degree of displacement, dislocation of the elbow joint, method of treatment, and bone union and elbow stability. The treatment results were scored according to the Elbow Assessment Score System, and the scores ranged from 86 to 100 points. The scores did not differ significantly among any of the patients, whether treated conservatively or surgically. Although surgery produces good results, conservative treatment can be selected for patients in whom the maximum diameter of bone fragment is 13 mm or less or the displacement of the bone fragment is 9 mm or less. (J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2000;9:59-64.)

    Updated October 24th, 2012 at 10:20 PM by The Fortress

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  5. Sunday, June 17

    by , June 17th, 2012 at 09:36 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Gym:

    RC exercises, 25 min

    -- Skipped these for 2 days and my shoulder could feel it. Grr.

    Stretching/Yoga, 35 min


    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That was it. That was absolutely all I could squeeze in this action packed weekend. Don't feel rested though, the opposite actually from lack of sleep. The weekend was all about Lil Fort (track champs and soccer tournament) and Mr. Fort (father's day). Lil Fort ran 2 PRs, grabbed a gold medal in the 3000 and qualified for Nationals in late July. She has a lot of endurance for someone who doesn't really train. I guess that's the way it should be at her age.

    No rest for the weary. Our 6 week summer league season starts in earnest tomorrow with our first meet. However, it will be a quieter week around the house with Teen Fort shipped off to rowing camp in Boston.
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  6. Sat., June 9

    by , June 9th, 2012 at 04:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    4:00 VK (flutter, breast & dolphin)

    Speed/Power Sets:

    -- Didn't use fins on any of this. The right side of my foot was bothering me.

    5 x (:30 VK + :30 rest)
    -- held 10 lb dive brick
    -- 3 dolphin, 1 breast, 1 flutter (hardest)
    -- this wasn't easy!
    100 EZ

    4 x 50 torque drills w/agility paddles @ 1:30
    50 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP backstroke from a push
    -- 29 low, 16 & 17 SDK per 25
    -- didn't want to go from blocks b/c I was worried about cramping
    100 EZ

    10 x 50 burst to 15 m + cruise @ 1:15
    -- 5 dolphin kick w/board, 5 fast hand drills
    masters minute

    10 x 25 burst to 15 m + cruise @ 1:00
    -- did dolphin kick on back, 15-16 SDK
    -- heart rate was elevated the whole time b/c I was UW 15 meters each time
    100 EZ

    8 x 25 torque drill w/agility paddles & parachute @ 1:10
    -- first time I've tried this with a parachute, kinda liked it as a drill for explosiveness and power for fly

    8 x 25 breast pull w/parachute & paddles @ 1:00

    100 EZ

    Total: 2650 + VK


    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I was thrilled that the pool wasn't crowded today! Usually weekends are a disaster, but perhaps the summer weather has everyone outdoors. I enjoyed the workout too. Well, perhaps not the VK with the dive brick.

    I'm pretty booked tomorrow so that will be my off day. Hope to get in a stretch though. Off to do RC exercises now.
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  7. Friday, June 8

    by , June 8th, 2012 at 03:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM w/ Julie & Susan:

    Made it out to Rockville for a LCM swim. Because it's been sunny & 70 here, the water was an inviting 78 degrees. So nice!

    Warm up:

    600 various

    5 x 100
    -- 25 UW on the first length
    -- some drilling and 200ish pace work

    Speed Sets:

    -- Even distance swimmer Julie did some AFAP efforts here!

    8 x 50 @ ample rest to chat with Susan
    1-4 = burst to approx 20 m + cruise
    5 = back @ 100 pace
    6 = EZ
    7 = back @ 100 pace
    8 = EZ

    100 EZ

    1 x AFAP 100 back w/fins
    -- went 1:04
    -- Julie said I was "all over the place," which I was and which is why competing outside is silly for backstrokers.
    -- I'm also veering off to the left somewhat, I think, because of my injured/weaker left shoulder. I noticed this on my 50 (er, 52 yard) back vid from Nats

    150 EZ

    1 x AFAP 50 fly w/fins
    -- went 27
    -- two timers both got :27

    100 EZ

    Total: 2000


    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I really wanted to do another AFAP 50, but I had to run off to an event at Lil Fort's school. Still, I was pleased with those two timed efforts. The 100 back felt really solid. I didn't feel like I was dying and didn't loaf the first 50. I want to do a couple more of these next week since I'll be swimming the 100 back at Nats (as a split in the 200). Current WR/NR is 1:13.55. That could be tough. Susan estimates 5 seconds from SCM to LCM. And the tech suit ban seems to effect me much more in LCM than short course.

    I would like to get in a swim this weekend. Hope the lanes won't be overwhelmed with noodlers and lap swimmers.

    I'm getting very excited about all the swimming coming up -- Worlds, OTs, Masters Nats, Olympics.

    Updated June 8th, 2012 at 05:51 PM by The Fortress

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  8. Monday, May 21

    by , May 21st, 2012 at 03:10 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    8 x 25 shooters
    8 x 50 fly drills @ :15 RI
    odds = caterpillar
    evens = single arm
    50 EZ

    Speed/Ultra Short Distance Sets:

    1 x 75 fast fly w/fins @ 95%
    -- 38 mid
    225 EZ

    1 x 75 fast back w/fins @ 95%
    -- 37 flat
    225 EZ

    10 x 25
    12.5 burst dolphin kick w/board, cruise to wall, :20 RI
    no masters minute

    10 x 25
    15 m burst dolphin kick w/board, cruise to wall, :25 rest
    100 EZ

    10 x 25
    15 m burst, cruise to wall, :30 rest
    odds = back shooter
    evens = fast hands breast
    100 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP back w/fins
    -- 23 low
    -- tired
    200 EZ

    Total: 3050

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The body is predictably sore from the weekend's mega yoga and drylands. I was pretty tired by the third set of ultra short distance reps. My heart rate was elevated during all 30. I'd now like to wrap my body from head to toe in compression garments.

    I did hear from someone running the Cleveland meet who assured me they would submit times to USMS, take split requests, etc. I'm still not sure which meet to attend. It's possible the Cleveland meet may be so small that it only runs a couple hours each day. All things considered, getting sufficient rest is the most important factor if I'm going to bother to taper & travel. So feeling indecisive still, but leaning toward Omaha.
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  9. Friday, April 13

    by , April 13th, 2012 at 05:47 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    1000 EZ
    More hot tubing than swimming

    Feed Jimby

    Stretching and rehab on GMU pool deck with SwimmieAvsFan

    Big hugs with Chowmi!!!!

    Preparing to count for crazy distance swimmers.

    Mega chatting
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  10. Sat., March 3

    by , March 3rd, 2012 at 04:32 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    60 minutes of stretching and RC/scapular exercises.

    Gull (who is recovering rhomboid tendonitis) gave me these rhomboid stretches: http://www.ndortho.com/Pt_Advisor-WE...oid_Strain.pdf. The middle of the back can be a hard spot to stretch. I especially like the doorway stretch.

    Suit(s) Report:

    Tried on my Arena X-Glide. Like it very much. It's similar to the LZR Elite. Slightly different material. I wish the top half were slightly smaller. Not sure if I should keep it or not ... My LZR Elite seems to fit better on top, though it is not as compressing in the legs (probably all stretched out). Edit: I'm going to send back the Arena suit for the next size down. In my (expert haha ) view, it should have taken longer to get on even with Glide. Thanks to Teen Fort (who will only wear B70), I have also gotten my hands on a used FS3. I managed to wedge my body into it without undue trouble. So I may give that suit a whirl tomorrow and see it it is deserving of the recent bad press. Tt is certainly more compressing in the legs than the LZR Elite and has a very different feel.

    Still planning on 50 breast/50 fly/50 back tomorrow.

    Updated March 3rd, 2012 at 05:15 PM by The Fortress

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  11. Sunday, Feb. 26

    by , February 26th, 2012 at 05:49 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Rehab exercises, 40 minutes

    Stretching/Foam Roller, 40 minutes

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    After feeling pretty rough last Friday, I resolved to take the weekend off. The lack of a recovery week since Dec., combined with a lot of HIT workouts, probably caused some accumulated fatigue. I was also worried I might be coming down with a cold, but after marathon sleep last night, feel better.

    I did sign myself up for the Warrenton meet next Sunday.

    And I'm very proud of my Lil Fort who took a minute off her PR and ran a 21:40 5K today. She seems like a natural runner.

    Fort Son's coach told him to take 7-10 days off rowing/lifting to try to speed his mono recovery. He's hoping to feel better by his training trip over spring break.
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  12. Monday, Feb. 20

    by , February 20th, 2012 at 05:08 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :35
    8 x 25 free w/paddles, no breath @ :35
    5 x 50 double torque drill w/paddles @ 1:15
    50 EZ

    Speed Sets:

    8 x 25 burst to 15 m + cruise @ 1:00
    -- 4 speed drills, 4 dolphin
    50 EZ

    Then I did a modified version of a speed set from workout #4 in the HIT forum: [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=20228"]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]

    4 x (5 x 50 w/fins) @ 1:30
    -- 100 EZ between each round

    1-5: free
    5/7/9 strokes fast, fast 25 (10), fast 25 (10)
    6-10: dolphin kick on back
    8/10/12 kicks fast, fast 25 (9 flat), fast 25 (8 high)
    11-15: breast
    4/5/6 strokes fast, fast 25 (13 high), fast 25 (13 high)
    16-20: dolphin kick on belly
    10/12/14 kicks fast, fast 25 (9 high), fast 25 (9 high)

    8 x 25 w/parachute @ 1:15
    1-4: free w/paddles & chute
    5-8: flutter kick w/board & chute -- these were ridiculously hard
    100 EZ

    Total: 3250


    Stretching & Rehab Exercises, 45 minutes


    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Couldn't get to yoga today with it being a school holiday, but did get this speed workout in. It's very quiet in the house with Teen Fort in Boston today. Despite the fact that it's sunny and 50 there, highly unusual for Feb., she thinks it's "cold and ugly." She likely just knows that I love Boston, so has decided to take the opposite view. On a happier note, Mr. Fort has completely dropped the notion of an early April vacation. His training partner over dinner agreed with me that it was unworkable and unfair. Heehee.
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  13. Sunday, Feb. 5

    by , February 5th, 2012 at 08:53 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    I took yesterday off as usual. But I did do 40 minutes of RC, elbow and scapular exercises, with an emphasis on the scapular area. Fun ... NOT!

    Today I hit the gym and did:

    Another 30 minutes of RC, elbow, scapular exercises
    Total ab machine, 130 x 4 x 15
    Explosive leg press, 270 x 4 x 10
    Leg extensions, 120 x 4 x 6
    Resisted lunges, 60 x 2 x 15 left/right, 15 front
    Leg abductors, 130 x 3 x 8
    Captains chair, 2 x 25
    Altitude drops, 10
    Knee tuck jumps, 10
    Lateral bunny hops over bench, 20

    Bike, 15 minutes
    Stretching, 15-20 minutes

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Didn't swim this weekend, which is fine. The pools were mostly closed anyway for a USAS meet and HS Regionals. The latter was fun to watch with almost every event won in an AAA time at finals. Sophomore star Janet Hu went a 53.7 100 back and 49.5 100 free. Sick fast.

    The only disappointing part of the meet was that the free anchor of Teen Fort's medley relay loafed to save herself for the next event. I was shocked and really pissed off; I've not seen anything that flagrant at a champs meet where team points matter. Two other girls were also in the next event, one in an earlier heat, and they swam fast. Her mother apparently told her to loaf. Wtf. I was also ticked because Teen Fort took some time off rowing and gave up going to the Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints to be with her team and swim at this meet. Her good deed was rewarded in part with an outright selfish and ethically dubious act. At least the coaches were displeased and are going to take some action. Personally, I think they should pull the brat out of the event she loafed the relay for. But I doubt that will happen.

    Go Patriots!
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  14. Thursday, Nov. 7

    by , November 17th, 2011 at 07:24 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I did an even shorter workout than Speedo today. 0 yardage. My day was booked solid and I am still not 100%. So I figured a rest day wouldn't hurt, and might set up a good speed workout tomorrow.

    In other news, I've been asking around and doing some research to see if there are any personal trainers/strength coaches I might trust in the area. I've been pretty happy (and lucky) having Q and Jazz giving me many pointers over the years and learning OMO. But I'm still curious. The best person in my immediate area seems to be a guy named Justin Case who owns Underground Athlete. http://www.undergroundathlete.com/. I may try a couple sessions after Xmas to see what I think.

    I'm also not that thrilled with my current massage therapist. I might try a new place soon that caters to endurance athletes: http://www.transitionsmassage.com/. Take note Speedo, this is very close to you. Will call tomorrow to see if I can book an appt the day after the LC meet.

    I was also offered (and accepted) a position as one of the USMS on line coaches. (Scott Bay of BluFrog suggested it.) They are broadening the types of workout focus next year. My theme is "high intensity." Any good suggestions for a title for my sub-forum?

    Oh, I can't get my USMS blue seventy code to work. Anyone else have any luck?

    Updated November 17th, 2011 at 08:48 PM by The Fortress

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  15. Speed Bump, Oct. 24

    by , October 24th, 2011 at 12:30 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    The path to swim meets is never easy ...

    Started feeling sick on Friday night (fever, chills, stuffy, queasy) and was up most of the night. Was at The Couch the rest of the weekend. With Mr. Fort gone on Saturday, it was somewhat tortuous getting through all the kid things. I am at least somewhat ambulatory today, though still really not well at all. I may attempt a short slow swim in the pool just to keep feel, and then back to the couch. I used to fight these things more, but I found complete rest helps me recover more quickly. Not the best timing with the meet this weekend. But hopefully, I will only miss a few practices and at least feel better by the weekend. Just hope I can at least get a few fast 25s in before then.

    Had my interview with Swimming World for the Lane Leader column today. Hope I wasn't too addled. Lane Leader is a semi-regular column featuring masters swimmers. It should come out in the December issue.

    Updated October 24th, 2011 at 12:57 PM by The Fortress

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  16. Thursday, Oct. 20

    by , October 20th, 2011 at 04:19 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    RC exercises, 20-25 minutes

    Stretching/Yoga, 20-25 minutes

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    Last night, I started feeling some pain in the front of my right shoulder again. Same place as last August. Grr, bad timing. Icing! I decided to take a rest day and save the sprinting for later.

    Also have a bit of a sore neck from erging, but that will improve with rest. Rich Abrahams told me that one of his favorite erg workouts is 10 x 500 with 1:00 rest. His best 500 time is 1:38, which is very fast.

    Speaking of rowing, Mr. Fort is leaving tomorrow for the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. Fort Son is taking the bus down with other frosh rowers to watch his team. (Freshman don't row in this event.) Mr. Fort has some nagging intercostal pain. It's always something in masters ...

    In other news, Swimming World Magazine sent an email to my team trying to locate me for a Lane Leader article in the mag. Cool.

    If you're on FB, here's some exercises that Brooke Bennett is doing with her strength coach:
    http://www.facebook.com/video/video....50415341123383
    http://www.facebook.com/video/video....50415360538383
    http://www.facebook.com/video/video....50415421483383

    Updated October 20th, 2011 at 07:35 PM by The Fortress

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  17. Friday, June 17

    by , June 17th, 2011 at 08:08 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    TRX rows, 25
    TRX face pulls, 20
    TRX sprinter starts, 20
    TRX chest press, 2 x 15
    TRX fly, 2 x 15
    TRX moving plank, 2 x 15
    Knee tuck jumps, 10
    Overhead med ball slams, 2 x 15

    Bike, 20 minutes

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    Commentary:

    Squeezed this little workout in in an extremely hectic day. Made it to Fort Sons graduation -- not too many tears. And my flight to London is on time. Hope the connection to Barclona is too. We're cutting it very tight, which is slightly nerve wracking.

    Hoping the wifi works on this trip!

    Ciao.
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  18. Retry, Swim w/my Ilk, Tuesday, June 7

    by , June 7th, 2011 at 09:00 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM @ Rockville:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    10 x 50
    odds = 25 drill + 25 swim
    evens = 25 kick + 25 swim

    Main Sets:
    -- used fins

    10 x 50 back kick
    odds = fast SDK to 25 + 25 easy kick
    evens = easy SDK to 25 + 25 fast kick

    4 x through tempo swim:
    2 x 50 back
    1 x 100 back

    100 EZ

    2 x (fast 50 fly + easy 50)
    1 x (50 fly @ 100 pace & 100 breathing + 50 EZ

    Total: 2800 m

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

    Commentary:

    Journeyed to MD again today. This time to the outdoor LCM pool in Rockville MD (only 25 minutes). Met up with Julie Roddin and Susan Williams. Julie brought me Luna bars. Julie swam with Susan and I during warm up, and then wisely ditched us for her Bay buddies who seem like they can swim forever. I swam the main sets with Susan who, as many may know, has mad skillz at back and SDK. Wow, pretty cool swimming with someone my own kind and my own speed! Susan loves the alpha fins. I keep forgetting that I own these and should probably try them for swimming (not kicking). There was no pace clock. Susan and I took a fair bit of rest on the main sets. I suck at long course, so I'm feeling pretty tired after that.

    I pulled my blog a couple days ago after all the nastiness and moral superiority (gah) on the sandbag thread. I personally don't care whether swimmers manipulate their seed times for any reason. And I do love our fiesty forum with a lot of debate & trash talking. But I don't need to be called an immoral cheater by the likes of Stillwater, et al. And having spoken to more women on FB, they feel the same way I do about mixed gender meets. What a shocker! Friends persuaded me to take my blog (always bereft of that crap) off invisible. Hopefully, everyone can stick to making fun of my workouts or my fins or my height or whatever else you can think of!
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  19. Thursday, May 12

    by , May 12th, 2011 at 11:06 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    RC work
    standing barbell shoulder press, 50 x 5 x 5
    -- Never done this before. They got easier as I went along. Can this be an alternative to bench pressing in the "push" category?
    seated row negatives, 80 x 3 x 8
    deadlift singles, 145 x 6
    tricep press, 50 x 2 x 8
    back extensions, 25 x 1 x 15
    --- Hamstrings were sore from bikram and this exercise bothered them.
    chin ups, 3 x 4
    -- Well, I can tell I haven't done these in half a century.
    box jumps, 10
    altitude drops, 10
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 10

    20 minutes foam roller, yoga & stretching


    Swim/LCM @ GMU:

    Warm up:

    200 S-K-D-K-D

    Main Sets:

    2 x 100 free
    50 tricep finish drill + 50 overkick free

    4 x 200 kick w/fins @ 4:00
    50 flutter kick w/board
    50 fast dolphin kick on back
    50 backstroke kick
    50 flutter kick w/board
    -- Went 2:36, 2:34, 2:32, 2:32, not bad for LC.

    100 EZ

    9 x 100 @ 2:00
    3 x 100 25 fast fly + 75 easy free
    3 x 100 25 fast back + 75 easy free
    3 x 100 25 fast breast + 75 easy free
    -- On the 75 free, I did a 25 back kick after the sprint so I could catch my breath and then a 50 free.
    --- Speedo and I agreed that "easy free" doesn't seem so easy in LC.

    50 fast stroke from a dive
    -- I went fly with fins from a push. The coach must have given me a serious roll start b/c I saw 28 on the clock. I did, however, cheat and stay under for about 20 meters after the push.

    50 EZ

    6 x 100 pull @ 1:35, 2nd & 5th ones fast
    -- I did them all mod speed, 3 pull & 3 kick -- was all tuckered out.

    50 EZ (instead of 200)

    Total: 3700 m

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    Commentary:

    Enjoyed the workout. Didn't feel as much like I was swimming in open water during the warm up and felt pretty strong until the last 6 x 100 set.

    The Charmer was extra charming tonight. He is a "purist" and believes in the "integrity of the set" (even though he won't use equipment when it's assigned). His "times" are about "what is on the GMU record board," his brother is going to beat Kirk Nelson in some OW swim with salmon in the name, and he is hoping to swim his college times (really?) and loves to talk about them. At some point, fortunately, I had the opportunity to fill him in a tad on Speedo's speed and defend our one team breaststroker. Despite swimming in the same lane, he hasn't even asked what my name is. Sheesh!

    Updated May 13th, 2011 at 11:20 AM by The Fortress

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  20. Tuesday, April 19

    by , April 19th, 2011 at 08:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Had a fabulous weekend in Boston! The city was packed with runners and the atmosphere was great. All the first timers, including Mr. Fort, couldn't believe the level of crowd support. There were crowds cheering every inch of the way. It was also a beautiful day for running and spectating (unlike today).

    Mr. Fort was hoping to go a 3:30, but ended up at 3:40. I thought 3:30 was optimistic given that he'd hardy run in 3 weeks. But he was on pace until the Newton Hills. Oddly, he had no hamstring issues -- it was his quads that betrayed him after the long downhills. His training partner completely blew up on mile 18. In fact, I didn't hear very many people that were happy with their times. Still, he was happy to finish, and very happy that he and Lil Fort got to run the 5K on Sunday. He has to now re-evaluate whether he wants to run another marathon to get a BQ for next year (maybe Lehigh in Sept.) or continue to focus on biking as he did most of last year.

    As I predicted, I didn't swim for 3 days. I estimate that I got about 10 miles of walking in though, so that was probably good for the legs. I sat in the whirlpool for a long time on Sunday, but only did about 10 laps in the hotel pool -- too crowded. Unfortunately, I got very little sleep and am now extremely tired. I can't sleep in hotels at all.

    I'm also having some second thoughts about Canadian Nationals. May-June is going to be a very busy time (regattas, soccer, trip to Dartmouth, summer swim starting, mom visiting, graduation), not a good time for a trip. And I just realized today, doh, that the meet is the same weekend as the Stotesbury Regatta in Philly where both my kids will be rowing. http://www.boathouserow.org/rega11/scr11.html. On the the other hand, if I don't go, I likely will not have a masters meet until late August. The other option is to re-join USAS and do either the local VA or MD LC State Champs the end of May or beginning of June. I'll have to mull it over. Maybe after a couple days sleep, I'll be dying to go.

    I received my Speedo silicone low profile nose clips in the mail. They are absolute crap too -- way too big. I need to return those and the TYR clips. My regular Speedo competition nose clip is sold out almost everywhere, but I finally found a site that had them in stock and ordered 8.

    Updated April 19th, 2011 at 09:35 PM by The Fortress

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