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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
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
RC exercises, 20-25 minutes
Stretching/Yoga, 20-25 minutes
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:
Updated October 20th, 2011 at 07:35 PM by The Fortress
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
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!
Swim/LCM @ Rockville:
10 x 50
odds = 25 drill + 25 swim
evens = 25 kick + 25 swim
-- 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
2 x (fast 50 fly + easy 50)
1 x (50 fly @ 100 pace & 100 breathing + 50 EZ
Total: 2800 m
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!
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:
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.
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.
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
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
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
50 free split, 25.9:
Was a bit sluggish in warm up, as I had been all week. Felt like I was spinning my wheels a bit on this race. At first I was disappointed with my time. However, upon reflection, it's not too bad for several reasons. First, the starter held us forever and I got off the blocks extremely slowly for me. I think this likely cost me a couple tenths. Second, I swam a 25.7 last year in a kneeskin with a good start and I felt more rested then. I also swam a 26.2 in Richmond in a B70 on short rest. Since I have worked so little on free lately, don't think I can expect much more. I really need to do some fast 50 frees before Canadian Nats.
50 back split on relay, 28.2
I was held a REALLY long time on the start and got off slowly. Coach said I was perilously close to the 15 meter mark. Both breakouts were not super smooth and my legs felt tired. Jim video'd the race and my turnover slowed down the last 7-8 yards. At first when I touched, I thought my time was 28.8, and was not very happy. Later I saw it was 28.2, and that's pretty good on short rest with the technical issues. I was tired after this race (as I had been all week) and considered scratching the 100 back. I felt like I had no easy speed and therefore knew it would be exceedingly painful. But I decided that would be silly.
100 back, 1:03.5
Decided to use the same strategy I used at the Albatross meet, but I was tired from the start. My splits were pretty even: 30.7 and 32.7. But
my legs were toast and the quads were screaming afterward. The last time I swam the 100 back, in a Jaked at Nats, I went 1:01.9 fully tapered and as the only event I swam that day. So this is probably about right on short rest and as the third event of the day.
Two other thoughts. First, I realize the I have never swum the 100 back in yards untapered. No wonder -- it's painful when the legs aren't rested. Second, not sure I agree with
Quick and Speedo about not dying as much on a 100 back. When you spend so much time underwater, I think the oxygen debt and energy cost is greater.
100 fly on 400 medley relay, 1:04
Before the relay, I had some concerns about
making it through this race with shot legs. I was not able to kick as far as usual and had one of my worst pianos ever in the last 10 yards. Honestly, I thought I had gone a 1:08. So I was surprised to see a 1:04. My recollection is that I've swum a 1:04 every year I've done this relay
at the end of the day.
50 free lead off on 200 free relay:
Had only 3-4 minutes rest after the 100 fly. didn't even bother to think about kicking. Got off the blocks faster on this one, but had
nothing. 26.9. Same time I went last year on this relay with the same lack of rest.
Whew, survived. . I missed my B70 yesterday -- I think that suit helped when the going gets tough and the legs are dead! I felt less rested for this meet than I did the Warrenton meet. Not sure why. It could be that I trained harder the week before I took a few easy days? Every event felt harder. It is interesting though that my last two relay times were the same as prior years with B70s. If anything, I tend to think that my training is even less suited now to swimming 5 events in a day.
After the meet, I hurried home to go to the airport with the fam. Because of the weather, we were delayed 3.5 hours and didn't get to our hotel until midnight. I only had about 3 hours sleep. Felt bad for Lil Fort, but she was still game to get up very early for her 5K with Mr. Fort. And she ran great. She chopped off major time, ending in around 26:40 and descended every mile. And she had a huge smile on her face whenever I saw her on the course! Mr. Fort said his hamstring didn't bother him, so that was good. We are back from lunch and expo shopping. Dinner with friends later.
Hope everyone swam well today! I saw Speedo put in a very nice 200 free after all that pressure.
Updated April 17th, 2011 at 03:54 PM by The Fortress
Swim/SCY w/Speedo @ OakMarr:
200 fly drills
10 x 25 back shooters
12 x 75 backstroke kick @ 1:30
3rd 25 fast
2nd 25 fast
1st 25 fast
-- "Fast" for me was about 100 pace
-- This is a great set but was more troublesome than usual for me: got a cramp, kept losing my nose clip and generally did not have enough rest to stay under. I did 8 w/o fins and then 4 w/fins to get more rest.
6 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 50 EZ) @ 3:00
-- 2 free (11 lows), 2 belly shooters (high 10, 11), 1 breast (14), 1 back shooter (11 low)
4 x 25 bursts
-- Pete left and, to my surprise, Lil Fort's coach from last year hopped in my lane. (He's coaching an age group session in the afternoon at Oak Marr now.) This caused a delay of workout b/c he's a fly-back-SDK-er and we had to chat. He also asked about my parachute. I gave him the masters pitch, but he is obsessed with triathlon at the moment.
20 x 25
odds = power shooter w/parachute & fins
(5 belly, 5 back)
evens = EZ kick on back for air
Total: 3350/1900 kick
Glad I could get this workout in with Speedo before he starts really slacking off next week. I think he is slightly addled about 12 x 75 kick, no fins @ 1:30 being a "taper" set though. Edit: whoops, he isn't tapering yet.
I'm working on my entry for Canadian Nationals. In light of the order of events and that fact that I'm not staying to swim on Monday, I'm entering: 200 IM (50 fly split), 100 fly, 50 fly, 100 breast, 100 free (50 split), 100 back & 100 IM. Pretty good OOE for me with the magic of split requests, except for the 100 IM being last. Canada does not actually have split request forms to pre-submit. The officials fill out an event card before the race and treat it as a separate event. I've never swum the 100 breast in SCM before; I'm going to add 12+ seconds to my B70 yard time.
I'm planning on a few days of recovery starting on Monday so I won't swim like a dead fish the following Saturday at Zones. I'm entered in: 100 free (50 split), 200 mixed medley relay (back leg & split), 50 breast, 100 back, women's 400 medley relay (fly leg), and women's 200 free relay. Think I may scratch the 50 breast as this is already an obscene number of events for me. But that's fine with the two relays at the end. This will be my last day of swimming in the 45-49 age group.
Jimslie finally entered Zones and will be arriving next Friday. He also announced recently that he wasn't sure if 3 week tapers really helped. His idea of a taper is "not to abuse yourself the week before." Not sure about mid-D types, but this does not work for sprinters. Or at least the way I train.
Am going to use the foam roller later. Think I will lay off the legs tomorrow. I'm more tired after that then I was from yesterday's 2 workouts.
Updated April 5th, 2011 at 09:37 PM by The Fortress
Got up early and sent Lil Fort off to Girls on the Run at 7:30 and then headed right to the gym.
bench press, 120 x 2 x 15
deadlift, 200 x 2 x 10
back squats, 280 x 2 x 10
bicep curls, 100 x 2 x 8
leg press, 450 x 2 x 8
-- bagged core work for today and hit the pool for a longish recovery type swim.
10 x 50 shooters @ :55
8 x 300 cruise free, no fins @ 15 RI
10 x 50 fly @ 1:00
100 free for time: :57
Wow, it's amazing how much of the day is left when one works out in the morning. Have to do this more often!
As I get older, stretching and staying flexible have seemed to increase in importance. Stretching can speed recovery, help remove lactic acid build up and help the muscles generate force. I believe stretching also helps keep me more injury free and prevents tightness from negatively impacting performance. When I stretch on my own, I combine yoga poses and stretches that focus principally on stretching the back, chest, hips and legs. I rarely stretch the shoulders, so as to prevent further loosening of my loosey goosey shoulder tendons. I do these after exercising and hold the stretches for 30 seconds. I'm also a fan of the P90X stretching DVD. Here are my top 20 stretches:
Half Moon Pose:
Standing Separate Leg Pose:
Standing Head to Knee Forward Bend:
Stand and bend over grabbing heels underneath. Then touch forehead to shins keeping legs straight and knees locked.
Wind Removing Pose:
Fixed Firm Pose:
Sit on the ground with your legs crossed. Lift your right leg and cross it over the left, which should remain bent. Hug the right leg to your chest and twist the trunk of your body to look over your right shoulder. Change legs and repeat (i.e. looking over your left shoulder).
Begin on all fours, hands directly under your shoulders and knees directly under your hips.
Inhale as you drop tummy towards the floor and look up over your head. Exhale as you bring your tummy back up, rounding your back as you tuck your chin in and tuck your tailbone in.
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-67HQ5xetzk"]Cat Stretch - YouTube[/nomedia]
Sit on floor with knees bent and feet on the floor. Place arms under knees grabbing the opposite elbow. Pull back with your back. This is a good stretch for the mid back.
Knee Drops or Hip/trunk Twists:
Bring the knees up and bend them to 90 degrees, shins parallel to the floor and arms out to the sides. Contract the abs and rotate the torso to lower the legs to the right, bringing them down to the floor. Bring the knees back to center and lower to the left side.
While lying face up on the mat, grab the right leg (straight) with the left hand. Slowly twist the leg to the left straight to the floor while keeping both shoulders on the ground. Great stretch for the glutes and back.
Lie on your back and place a piece of exercise tubing (or just use your hands) around the bottom of one of your feet. Pull the tubing and raise your leg at the same time until a comfortable stretch is felt. You can also pull the leg to the floor (left leg to the left side and right leg to the right side) to open up the hips.
Lying on your back, cross your legs just as you might while sitting in a chair. Grasping the "under" leg with both hands, pull the knee toward your chest until you feel the stretch in your buttocks and hips.
External Hip Rotation Stretch:
Sit down with knees bent. Rest one ankle on the opposite thigh. Lean forward pushing with hands.
Sit up on the floor with legs spread. Reach forward with hands, trying to put chest on the floor. You can also bend to the right and to the left in this position to stretch the oblique muscles.
Kenpo Quad Stretch:
Lay on your stomach. Grab your left heel with your left hand and stretch. Do the other side. You can also do this laying on your side. To make it harder and also stretch the glutes a la P90X, tuck one knee under and then reach back for the heel. Try to place your hands on the floor in front of you.
Gastroc (back of the calf) Stretch:
Lean against a wall or other stationary object, both palms against the object. The leg you want to stretch is back, several feet from the wall, your heel firmly positioned on the floor. Your other leg is flexed about halfway between your back leg and the wall. Start with your back straight and gradually lunge forward until you feel the stretch in your calf. Keep your back foot straight and angled 90 degrees from the wall.
Seated, put the soles of your feet together. With your elbows on the inside of your knees, gradually lean forward with a straight back and gently press your knees toward the ground.
Get on all fours. Place hands on floor with fingers pointing back to your knees. Gently pull back, stretching forearms.
Updated January 7th, 2012 at 12:29 PM by The Fortress
12 x 25 shooters
belly, left, right, back
8 x 50 back, no fins @ :55
12 x 50 @ 1:00
odds = evil
evens = single arm fly
8 x 75 w/fins, done as
25 EZ speed fly + 25 shooter + 25 EZ
Glad I had an aerobic workout planned for today. I was pretty sore from re-commencing drylands and tired from getting up early. Felt like I was riding really low in the water. Hope I have a little more pep tomorrow to do some speed work. Was planning on doing some yoga today, but just didn't have the time or inclination. I've informed Lil Fort that it is her job to get me to do my RC exercises tonight!
It's going to be a busy weekend. Mini Fort has HS District swimming championships Friday and Saturday night, Fort Son has the Mid-Atlantic Sprints for rowing, and Mr. Fort has a half marathon this weekend (just using it as a training run though). In light of her lack of club training, Mini has very happily switched from the 200 IM to the 100 fly (sticking with the 100 breast) -- much less torture.
I am still eagerly awaiting my Finis Foil monofin.
Our dearest Jimslie has successfully had his retina reattached via laser, and, if all goes well, will be back in the water next week.
Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes:
Got a second wind and decided to go to the 8:00 pm bikram yoga class after dinner (hope I'm not too full!). As Dean of Students in my family, I've determined the children are adequately prepared for mid terms! The class was quite crowded. Hoping to sleep well between that and the magnesium injection. The bod always feels better after a good stretch!
Updated January 25th, 2011 at 11:22 PM by The Fortress
Today, I ventured with trepidation for more PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections on my big toe area. http://www.treatingpain.com/diagnosi...h-plasma.html; http://www.treatingpain.com/medlibra...lasma-prp.html. This is a lingering chronic injury that began several years ago when I dropped the Finis Shooter monofin (made of fiberglass) on my big toe, slicing it open, copious amounts of blood all over the pool deck. While x-rays showed no fracture at the time, an MRI last year showed that I have tendon damage & degradation and some arthritis in that area. I may also have an osteophyte (bone spur) arising to protect the injured area.
Because PRP worked reasonable well on my shoulder a few years ago -- I went from chronic awful pain from tendonitis to only occasional pain when I overdo it -- I decided to try it on my foot. My doctor himself has had the same procedure and, after several years has only intermittent pain in his foot. My first PRP session was a bust. I had the "forever bronchitis" right afterward and was forced to go on a short cycle of prednisone, which negated the PRP. I felt some slight improvement after the second session, which I deem my "first" session. Today, then, was then my second treatment.
This time, and because he was focusing on the osteophyte, my doc anesthetized me somewhat. I had also put a lidocaine patch on my foot for several hours beforehand. PRP on the foot is absolutely excruciating, much worse than the shoulder. So, I was extremely grateful for this. I had about 15 injections around the problem area while clenching my teeth and trying to think of happier things. The pain medication is now wearing off and I can really feel it. Probably won't do much tomorrow.
He was worried that these problems could be causing plantar fasciitis in my foot. But I have not experienced that problem thus far. I am supposed to work on mid foot and toe mobility until my next treatment. My doc has had runner patients with the same issue. In their case, with all the running, PRP postpones surgery for many years, but they ultimately have to have it and endure a 6 month recovery. I am hoping PR will spare me this. Or at least put it off for a very long time since I don't run anymore. () However, I wonder if my mega kicking takes a similar toll? I wouldn't think so since it's not weight bearing, but who knows?
Anyway, here are a couple interesting links I found:
Other than that, my day was perfectly fine! Going for a monster night's sleep since Mr. Fort and Lil Fort are on their annual Daddy-Daughter ski trip with his best friend and his daughters.
Updated January 15th, 2011 at 10:02 AM by The Fortress
Hanging up my suit ... through the weekend.
I must have overdid it Thursday because I woke up worse instead of better (as I expected) on Friday. After skipping a workout and officiating a Friday night swim meet, I feel just as crappy today. So I'm ditching all thought of working out this weekend. I'm not even sure I could get to a pool without an hour commute each way in any event. The roads here in urban suburbia are absolute gridlock with the weekend holiday shopping traffic. It's frightening.
Poor Mini Fort is the latest target of the nasty family cold and, unfortunately, has another swim meet tonight. I've asked for a substitute official for me. Still hoping I don't succumb to another long round of bronchitis. Or I will be very very crabby and grinch like. Ho ho ho. Off to wrap presents and sip green tea.
Couldn't make it to swim with Speedo today because of Lil Fort's Thanksgiving festivities at school. And the Rec Center pools are closed early now for HS swim. So no workout choice except to head to the gym.
windshield wipers, 25
power wheel roll outs, 25
power wheel plank knee ins, 15
back extensions w/plate, 25
reverse decine crunches, 2 x 15
P90X X Press Squat, 40 x 1 x 10
squat jumps w/45 lb bar, 2 x 10
HS single leg extension negatives, 25 x 2 x 8, each leg (ouch!)
standing lat pulldown, explosive, 100 x 2 x 10
Ellipse, 20 minutes:
Yoga/Stretching, 25 minutes
I would rather have done Speedo's workout today and drylands tomorrow, but the best laid plans ... I even tried to go to bikram yoga today, but the road was closed and I couldn't have made it on time going another way. And they don't permit late entries. I think I've seen someone sneak in a couple minutes late only once or twice.
Mini finished her HS tryouts today. Despite not swimming much since last April (except sprinty stuff here and there), she swam the same times in the 100 breast/100 fly/100 IM that she swam in meets last year. Hmm ... I guess she's stronger from going to the gym? I may have helped create a monster. Though she has made noises about going back to her USAS team. I think she's deciding between that and crew in the spring. (Still doing club volleyball, but as a "practice" only player so she can do other sports).
And I likely will have company in Boston in December. Fort Son and his GF want to check out schools in Boston. Fort Son is more interested in light of an email he got from the Harvard crew coach and he has a safety school on his list in Boston. But his heart is really elsewhere. I am hoping some miracle occurs and he gets in ED, and I can move on from this stressful process ... I must have miracles on the mind after helping poor Mini Fort decipher original sources from the time of the Crusades last night at 10:00 pm. The joys of parenting ...
Updated November 18th, 2010 at 08:39 PM by The Fortress
P90X Kenpo, 45 minutes
I like the Kenpo workout because of its focus on balance and explosive movements. Can't say I was "drenched with sweat" afterward though. Skipped the warm down.
I meant to hop on my indoor bike for awhile today, because I really think I need more aerobic exercise, but life happened. This time, I was watching what I thought might be Fort Son's last HS race out at Burke Lake, when I got a call from the trainer that Mini Fort was injured again and needed an x-ray. So I dropped Lil Fort at swim practice and made another ER visit. X-ray negative, but volleyball season over. I must say, although I am not the sentimental type at all, I was a bit sad watching Fort Son race ... (His team did advance to regionals though, so he still has one more 5K.) He also sent off his early decision application today. He's all growed up.
I am still holding out for a dull, mundane day where I am completely healthy and have my real voice.
A crazy lactate loving friend did and suggested this set today:
4x 150 swim on 2:40 at 75%, into
4x 100 swim on 1:50 at 85% into
4x 50 swim on 1:00 at 90%
Updated October 27th, 2010 at 10:01 PM by The Fortress
No news is not good news is the blogging world, generally. I'm still struggling with bronchitis and asthma. Thought I was substantially better today. Then I left my house without my inhaler (stacked on the counter with other medication) and had an asthma problem. My chest and lungs are burning. Still, I feel like the illness has abated. So if I can just stop coughing, I will try to hit the pool tomorrow, though my kids are out of school. At this point, I doubt I'll swim the Sprint Classic on Oct. 24. I've been out of the water too long (10 days now) and don't feel like swimming completely unprepared or with creaky lungs. It will probably just be better to ramp it up slowly and aim for December. This has not been my year.
I also feel bad for my Savageman relay mate who was attempting to PR in the Chicago marathon today. He was on pace for a sub 3:00 marathon, but got shooting cramps in the hamstrings at the 25K mark and had to go to the medical tent.
All is not easy in the world of sport. But, as masters, there are always plenty more chances.
I did spend most of Saturday glued to the computer watching Kona, which was awesome and inspiring.
What would you do?
You are at a quad cross country race with 4 rival schools. The race is almost over. One of your teammates (who finished 2nd) took a wrong turn and ended up running extra distance. (Many witnesses to this fact.) Nonetheless, after the race, a runner from a rival team comes racing toward your team tent shouting obscenities, accusing your teammate of cheating & cutting the course. They refuse to leave, "want answers," are in your face and keep up the stream of obscenities. You step up to defend your teammate. Do you:
a) return the obscenities
b) calmly explain that he is incorrect
c) punch him
d) call for your coach (who's at the finish line waiting for the last of the runners to finish)
e) tell him to back off and roughly push him away when he won't leave
f) laugh at the idiot
g) ignore the jerk and walk away
h) some other Jimslie Thornton-esque response
Pic = Warm up. Guy on the left accused of cheating, guy in the middle who went on the defense, guy on the right who ultimately won the race.
Oh, no swim today. Still too sick and hacking. But feel that tomorrow might be the day after a week out of the pool.
Art of the Deck Change:
Updated October 7th, 2010 at 08:10 PM by The Fortress
Out of the water today and will be tomorrow as well. Got a huge night sleep though, and hoping for another.
Interesting preview of Kona in this month's edition. And an extensive article on overhauling nutrition, making some of these points (some of which are obvious and we've discussed before):
1. Eat more, weight less. Eat right after training or you'll be hungry later.
2. Eat enough calories to avoid a negative energy state. If you don't eat enough, you'll teach your body to store fat, not burn it.
3. To promote recovery, eat a healthy meal right after exercising, not beer and burgers. Doh.
4. Avoid caffeine, which leads to stress, poor sleep, digestive problems, depression and interferes with the body's ability to tone up and burn fat.
5. Don't switch from dairy to sodas. Sodas can deplete the mineral content of your bones and inflame the appetite.
6. Don't just drink water to hydrate. Have something with electrolytes.
7. Don't diet before a big race as it could compromise your immune system.
8. Ginger helps to reduce post workout muscle soreness.
"Profile of a Sprinter," excerpts:
"Sprinters personify the saying, work smarter, not harder. Every lap in the pool is preceded by "why" and followed by a "why more?"
Salo states that "sprinters are simply different from swimming's mainstream." They are "just as committed to excellence" and "always focused on competition" whereas the D swimmers like the training process more. Sprinters "value speed" and don't talk about "aerobic base."
Others say "sprinters won't practice from a menu" ... but "the need for variety doesn't correlate with a lack of focus." They are "intensely curious about what techniques and drills will enhance speed."
Sewickley friends competing:
Updated October 7th, 2010 at 11:22 AM by The Fortress
Rest apparently didn't help. I dragged myself to the pool this morning after making African masks with 4th graders and did this measley bit o yardage:
12 x 50 @ 1:00
reverse IM order, drill fly
10 x 50 backstroke kick @ 1:00
Went in for an evaluation and PRP with Dr. Wagner. MRI shows arthritis, tenosynovitis and degradation of the tendons. Only two options are surgery and PRP. I opted for PRP. Unlike with my shoulder, however, they don't numb the foot when doing the procedure, which involves multiple injections right into the tendons and joint. It was excruciatingly painful. I'm supposed to be hobble free by Thursday. Another round of injections in 4 weeks. Now that's something to look forward to! Of course, this is all necessary if I ever want to wear high heels again. Interestingly, he had seen a tri, a swimmer and a runner before me.
As I was still feeling awful, I dragged myself to Immediate Care. Diagnosis: bronchitis. Real shocker there. Starting antibiotics.
Today, I was trying to stay in the water as Jimslie suggested. I'm just not sure how much this helps. I certainly didn't feel better afterward. I think this week is going to be a write off training wise. Kinda frustrating. I was just getting back in a nice groove.
Updated October 5th, 2010 at 09:04 PM by The Fortress