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  1. Surprise! Friday May 15

    by , May 15th, 2015 at 03:59 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:


    600 various
    100 scull
    5 x 50 free w/paddles @ :50
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    4 x 25 burst + cruise @ :45
    50 EZ

    14 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 2:30
    -- 7 swim, 7 kick
    -- some with fins and some w/o
    50 EZ

    5 x
    1 x 50 smooth free or back w/paddles @ 1:00
    1 x 50 kick @ 100 pace
    50 EZ at end of 5 rounds

    Total: 3150 x .944


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

    I had a dr appt this am, so only had time to get to the 23.6 yard pool. I wasn't terribly motivated so decided to do some blasto 25s, which I hadn't done in awhile anyway.

    Now for the surprise. Pitt is re-opening on Monday! I can hardly believe it; we had all been gearing up for the worst. I haven't heard what the exact problem was, but it might be as innocuous as a water leak. That definitely makes me and all my masters swimmers happy.

    I am planning to lead drylands tonight for 30 minutes before practice, so will get some core work in. I plan to use Stewart's 90/45/15 leg lifts!
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  2. May 12-14

    by , May 14th, 2015 at 02:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Tuesday:

    Did massive amounts of landscaping and gardening again.


    Wednesday: Drylands

    rehab ex
    core exercises, 15-20 min
    explosive leg extension, 105 x 3 x 15
    overhead tricep press + eccentric fall back, 60 x 3 x 12
    good mornings, 65 x 3 x 12
    deadlift, 65 x 3 x 8
    seated row, 80 x 3 x 8
    rear delt flys, 65 x 4 x 8
    calf raises, 75 x 3 x 8


    Thursday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ small Pitt pool

    Warmup:


    550 various
    100 scull
    10 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    odds = right side
    evens = back
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

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

    3 rounds:
    4 x 25 stroke @ 100 pace @ :30 (fly, back, breast by rounds)
    4 x 50 free, descend @ 1:00
    1 x 50 fast flutter kick @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30

    150 EZ

    3 rounds w/fins:
    10 x 25 SDK to 15m + cruise @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00
    100 EZ at end

    8-10 x 25 no breath free @ :40
    100 EZ

    Total: 3700


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

    I tossed and turned all night last night. I woke up tired and with a very sore neck. I didn't have much energy in the pool. I did an aerobic set that I had assigned my team last night and then shifted to hypoxic work. I notice that, for me, underwater work is easier in a warm pool. I guess the cold water doesn't agree with my lungs. I can SDK on my side and on my back from the deep end. But belly SDKs don't work in there.

    The small pool at Pitt is pretty much like Sewy: rather ancient, 6 lanes, warm, 3 feet in the shallow end with an abrupt drop to deep at the 15 meter mark. The only advantage is that it does have digital clocks. The latest update on the competition pool is that the engineers are going to assess whether they can patch the ceiling or have to replace it. They brought in a lift to do that, but it didn't reach the center part of the ceiling. So they need to bring in a bigger lift onto the outside balcony, remove some windows to get inside and then build a ramp to the center ceiling. I think it's fairly inevitable that they will find other problems. I know the college coach is already looking for other pools. Good luck -- there aren't any in Pittsburgh. I'm fairly resigned to swimming in crappy pools all summer, given that I'll be gone for 2 1/2 weeks. Once school is out, the Mt. Lebanon long course pool (very shallow) is open for adult swim from 11-12. So I will probably try to go there and sometimes to North Park, though North Park is about a 40 minute drive. I don't see anything on the Mt. Lebanon site that indicates whether the new high school public is open to the public this summer .... I will call. It still pains me that the public has extremely limited access to the pool that they paid for via taxes ...
  3. Monday, May 11

    by , May 11th, 2015 at 04:54 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:


    600 various
    100 scull
    5 x 50 fee w/paddles @ :50
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    20 x 50 w/fins @ :50 done as:
    25 fly @ 100 pace + 25 EZ
    50 EZ

    10 x 100 flutter kick w/fins @ 1:30
    -- goal to be 1:05 or under
    -- went 1:00-1:02, second 5 were faster than first 5
    150 EZ

    8 x 25 w/chute & paddles
    100 EZ

    Total: 3500 x .944 (3304)


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

    With Pitt closed for repairs, I just went to LA Fitness. No official word on how long it will be closed. I heard via hearsay that it might be 2 weeks. It is really difficult to coach with 25-30 people in 3 lanes ... and my slowest swimmers do not have very good lane etiquette. (I was so ticked off at a repeat offender last week that I almost kicked him out of the pool!) I wish the outdoor pools were open now ... it's certainly hot enough.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  4. Sky Falling 2

    by , May 11th, 2015 at 10:19 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    As Water Rat mentioned in his blog, the Pitt competition pool is now closed. A chunk of the ceiling fell in the pool on Friday. Pitt is assessing the situation today. Best case scenario is that they declare the pool safe (unlikely). Worst case scenario is the the pool is closed for the summer (also unlikely). The small shallow 6 lane rec pool is open. I am dreading coaching almost 30 swimmers in 3 lanes (the age group team has the other 3). This is a frustrating situation, obviously. I am glad I am not planning on any long course meets this summer. So, I took the entire weekend off and, with Mr. Fort, went on a landscaping blitz. I think 10 hours of that = a dryland session. I was pretty beat at the end of both days. Plus, it was unseasonably hot all weekend. I did have a great mothers day. Got to watch Lil Fort dominate her soccer game and had a lovely dinner with some Veuve Cliquot champagne. I am going to head to LA Fitness later to do something.
    Categories
    Yoga
  5. Thursday, May 7

    by , May 7th, 2015 at 02:35 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warmup:

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

    Main sets:

    6 x 25 stroke rate drills @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 @ :40
    -- SDK to 15 @ 100 pace (12), then cruise
    150 EZ

    10 x 25 backstroke @ 100 pace @ :45
    -- 15 highs
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 backstroke @ 100 pace @ :45
    -- 15 highs
    -- I missed on #3 and tried to bear down and focus more
    200 EZ

    8 x 50 smooth free w/paddles @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Total: 3050


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


    I was pretty tired today, and the quads were sore. I looked back at my flog and this was the 7th day in a row of workouts, some doubles. My body always seems to start protesting at this juncture. I'm going to try to push through tomorrow and take Sat off. Given that, I didn't do much race pace work today. And the backstrokes seemed unnecessarily hard, and I've gone slightly faster before. I think I really need to do more hypoxic work heading into next short course season. I haven't done much the last month at all. I'm hoping the pool will be set up long course tomorrow.

    If I had been smarter, I would have signed up for Canadian Nationals. Mid-May is a great time for a meet, and 3 weeks after our nationals allows for a re-boot and re-taper. Next year I will keep this in mind.

    Updated May 7th, 2015 at 04:01 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  6. Wed. May 6

    by , May 7th, 2015 at 09:39 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 100
    straight arm dips, 80 x 3 x 25
    face pulls, 60 x 3 x 25
    overhead squats, 45 x 3 x 8
    glute isolator, 50 x 4 x 6 each leg
    cable rotations, 25 x 1 x 10 -- I stopped bc these were bothering my bicep tendon
    good mornings, 65 x 3 x 12
    planks on foam roller, 3 x :30, 2 x :45
    rear delt fly, 65 x 3 x 8
    kneeling ab crunches, 120 x 3 x 20


    Swim/SCY/Solo

    2000 EZ x .944


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

    I seem to have a new body part that is sore -- my inner left knee. I suppose it may be due to the meager jogging I was doing ... I guess I'll have to google about exercises for the knee. Aging up in masters = always some new ache or pain. I wish I had bionic joints.
  7. Tuesday, May 5

    by , May 5th, 2015 at 08:33 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:

    4 x 25 torque drill w/paddles
    50 EZ

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

    4 rounds w/fins
    4 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :30
    R1 = fly, R2 = back, R3 = breast, R4 = free
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00
    2 x 25 shooters @ :30 (those made sure my HR was up the entire set)
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00

    250 EZ

    2 rounds:
    1 x 100 backstroke kick @ 200 pace @ 1:45
    4 x 50 free w/paddles @ 200 pace @ 1:00
    2 x 25 flutter kick @ 100 pace @ :30
    1 x 100 EZ

    Total: 3600



    Vinyasa Flow, 60 Min



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


    It was nice to get back to Pitt. The water was so cold compared to LA Fitness. It's set up short course except sometimes on Friday. But there are no blocks to use now bc they're all at the long course end.


    Later, since Mr. Fort is in trial all week, I took Lil Fort to yoga with me at 6:30 pm. It was her first class. We went to the Basics class, which is shorter and much easier than the regular class. Still, I got some stretching in, and worked up a sweat. It might have been the hottest vinyasa flow class I've ever attended. Lil Fort is such a mixture of Mr. Fort and me. Loose stretchy shoulders and really tight hamstrings and ankles. Hopefully, she'll want to go back.

    I'm also going on a little diet. I'd like to lose a few pounds. I'm going to take a page out of Stewart's book and cut out all sweets. I'll also try to avoid most bread and pasta.

    Updated May 5th, 2015 at 09:15 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  8. Monday, May 4

    by , May 4th, 2015 at 03:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:


    600 various
    100 scull
    5 x 50 free w/paddles @ :50
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    30 x 50 w/fins @ 1:00
    -- done as 25 fly @ 100 pace + 25 EZ
    100 EZ

    2 x
    4 x 50 hold best average @ 1:00
    -- did this 1 kick, 1 swim. The kick hurt after the double drylands yesterday.
    100 EZ
    extra 100 EZ at end

    5 x
    50 free w/paddles @ 200 pace @ 1:00
    50 free w/paddles @ 100 pace @ 1:00
    50 EZ @ 1:00

    150 EZ

    Total: 4200 x Karl's multiplier of .944 = 3,964.8


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

    I didn't have time to get to Pitt today. I had a dermatologist appt, just for a baseline skin cancer screening. I didn't think I had any terribly suspicious spots. But with fair skin/fair hair/blue eye and lots of time in the sun/lifeguarding slathered with baby oil in my youth, I thought it was prudent to go. And now I know I'm all clear. After the appt, I just went to LA Fitness. Next time I do that 30 x 50 set, I think I need to cut back the interval. Looking forward to Pitt tomorrow!
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  9. Sat-Sun, May 2-3

    by , May 3rd, 2015 at 08:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Saturday:

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:


    600 various
    100 scull
    5 x 50 smooth free w/paddles
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    16 x 50 @ 1:00
    -- Note: I am just referring to 50s as a 50, not 47.2 yards. I'll whack some yardage off when I flog it. Way too hard to figure out what my sets actually were in a 23.6 yard long pool ...
    odds = 100 pace
    evens = EZ
    100 EZ

    3 x (10 x 25 @ w/fins 100 pace) + 100 EZ
    -- dolphin kick, flutter kick, breast

    4 x 25 @ 100 pace
    -- I was going to do another set, but one of my swimmers showed up, so I stopped to chat.
    50 EZ

    8 x 25 w/chute, paddles & fins @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    5 x 50 free w/paddles @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Total: 3450

    Then, I went home and did a 3 mile walk jog on the treadmill.


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


    Sunday:

    Drylands:


    rehab ex
    deadlifts, 65 x 4 x 8
    seated row, 70 x 4 x 12
    tricep press, 70 x 4 x 12
    bulgarians in a streamline, 2 x 10 each leg
    eccentric fall backs, 50 x 3 x 12
    straight arm dips, 80 x 3 x 25
    hib adductors, 100 x 43 x 8
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
    planks, 5 x :30


    Vinyasa Flow, 75 minutes

    Thankfully, this session didn't have an interminable amount of lunges. Today's nugget: something about chakras and the belly being the source of self esteem. Huh.


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


    Today, I managed to get two workouts in sandwiched around Lil Fort's soccer game. It was pretty exciting -- she scored the only goal and game winning goal with about :20 left in the game. I'm not sure weights and yoga are the best combo; swimming and yoga might be better. I feel pretty beat from all the drylands.
  10. 23.6 Yards?? Thur-Fri, April 30-May 1

    by , May 1st, 2015 at 03:20 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Thursday:


    I had a million things to do yesterday with friends coming into town. I contented myself with 45 minutes of yoga, stretching and RC exercises.


    Friday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:


    600 various
    100 scull

    Main sets:

    2 x (25 AFAP + 50 EZ)

    30 x 50 w/fins @ 1:00
    done as 25 fast fly @ 100 pace + 25 EZ
    150 EZ

    4 x (50 AFAP kick w/fins + 100 EZ) @ 4:00
    -- 23 flats
    150 EZ

    8 x 50 smooth free @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Total: 3700

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

    My times on the kicks were a little fast. And it seemed like I was hitting the wall a little early on the 25 flys. On a hunch, I asked the lifeguard if the pool was in fact 25 yards. Turns out, it is 23.6 yards. Who builds a pool that length?! Crazy.

    I've enjoyed not driving around so much the last week. But I am still looking forward to Pitt re-opening on Monday. I don't want to forget how to SDK!
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  11. Tues-Wed, April 28-29

    by , April 29th, 2015 at 02:59 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Tuesday:

    Went for a 6.5 mile jog/walk. Just didn't feel like spending a huge amount of time in the car driving to a pool.

    Wednesday @ LA Fitness

    Drylands:


    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    straight bar pulldown with squat, 70 x 3 x 15
    skull crusher straight leg raise combo, 30 x 3 x 15
    kneeling ab crunches, 120 x 3 x 25
    glute isolator, 50 x 3 x 6 each leg
    rear delt flys, 65 x 3 x 12
    landmine rainbows, 45 x 2 x 20
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    eccentric fallback w/overhead cable, 40 x 3 x 12
    -- I saw this one on swimming world, supposed to be good for dolphin kick. But it's somewhat difficult.
    -- http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com...-kick-muscles/


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    I only had about 45 minutes before the pool closed, so just did the following. My upper body was pretty sore from the drylands, so I didn't do any sprint swimming.

    800 various
    20 x 50 w/fins @ 1:00
    odds = flutter kick @ 100 pace (26-27)
    evens = EZ
    200 EZ

    Total: 2000


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

    With Pitt closed, I haven't been doing as much swimming. I may drive to Sewy tomorrow, or I may just go to yoga.
  12. Monday, April 27

    by , April 27th, 2015 at 02:47 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 fly drills
    5 x 50 free w/paddles
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    2 x 25 burst SDK + cruise
    50 EZ
    -- I stopped doing these. The pool is just too shallow.

    5 x (25 AFAP various + 75 EZ) w/fins @ 2:30

    long kick set:
    5 rounds:
    5 x 50 kick @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30

    R 1, 3, 5 = flutter kick w/board
    R 2, 4 = backstroke kick, no SDK

    100 EZ

    10 x 25 breast @ 100 pace
    200 EZ

    Total: 3800


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

    I had planned to go to Sewickly with Pitt closed. But I was stuck forever in a different detour, and just headed back to LA Fitness. I decided to do a long kick set (1500) given the pool. I hadn't done a set like that without fins for ages; I usually find flutter kick to be too tedious. I got some cramps in the backstroke kicks (but oddly not the flutter kicks). I'm probably dehydrated again from antihistamines. I took a double dose last night to calm down the hives. I think the hives were likely from handling plants/pollen bc they calmed down after I took a shower.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  13. Fri-Sun, April 24-26

    by , April 26th, 2015 at 07:21 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Friday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Huge relief! Mr. Fort's tests this week were negative for cancer. Now he just has to see a hematologist about his abnormal white blood cell count. Apparently, marathon training can drastically change your blood work.

    I just went to LA Fitness for an aerobic swim later.

    600 various
    100 scull
    10 x 50 free w/paddles @ :50
    50 EZ
    15 x 100 flutter kick w/fins @ 1:30
    -- held 1:05-8, got faster as I went
    -- didn't do dolphin kick bc that was bothering my lower back
    100 EZ
    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = stroke
    evens = kick
    100 EZ

    Total: 3450


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


    Sunday Drylands:

    -- I wanted to get to the gym on Sat, but was stuck at the house as Lil Fort (who's now taller than me, so the Lil descriptor may be way off) had friends over most of the afternoon and night. I did some landscaping today, which is a workout in and of itself. But I'm being very careful this year, as I suspect all the landscaping I did last year contributed to or caused the RC tear.

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu, 3 x 100
    planks
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    face pulls, 60 x 3 x 215
    rear delt flys, 65 x 4 x 12
    leg press, 180 x 4 x 15
    cable rotations, 25 x 2 x 15 each side
    hip abductors, 110 x 4 x 8
    overhead squats, 45 x 2 x 8
    yoga ball pull ins, 3 x 10
    kneeling ab crunches, 120 x 2 x 25



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

    I'm a little sad I missed out on all the fun at nationals, but it was for a good cause. I tried to watch as much of the livestream as I could and caught many of my friends' and teammates' races. Congratulations on all the fast racing!!!

    Unfortunately, as I sit here I appear to be suffering another allergic reaction. I have hives on my arms, legs, back and belly. I had thought that maybe I had a red dye allergy last time. But today I haven't eaten anything at all unusual. My seasonal allergies have really whomped me. Maybe it could be related to that? This is really damn annoying. I am really hoping that I don't have to head off to the ER again for more shots ...

    Updated April 26th, 2015 at 07:31 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  14. Wed., April 22

    by , April 22nd, 2015 at 03:42 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warmup:

    500 various
    100 scull
    10 x 25 shooters w/MF
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    10 x 25 burst SDK + cruise
    100 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    50 EZ
    -- didn't feel like doing any more AFAP work

    5 rounds w/fins
    1 x 50 fly-back @ 100 pace (26s, 27 on last round) @ 1:00
    1 x 50 breast-free @ 100 pace (29s) @ 1:00
    4 x 25 flutter kick @ 100 pace @ :30
    1 x 100 EZ @ 3:00

    5 x 50 smooth free w/paddles @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Total: 3400


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

    My burst SDKs felt a bit discombobulated today. But I realized I hadn't done them in 10 days. The main set looks easy, but wasn't with 1000 yards of race pace work. I am not jealous of everyone resting for nationals. Resting is not for sissies and apparently is difficult for masters swimmers.

    Updated April 23rd, 2015 at 10:42 AM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  15. Tuesday, April 21

    by , April 22nd, 2015 at 10:37 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drylands


    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    streamline crunches, 2 x 50
    planks, 4 x :30 hold
    glute isolator, 50 x 4 x 5 each leg
    cable rotations, 20 x 3 x 15 each side
    hip adductor, 90 x 43 x 12
    multi hip machine, 60 x 4 x 8 each leg
    rear delt flys, 75 x 4 x 12
    wide grip lat pull downs, 75 x 3 x 8
    leg extensions, 120 x 4 x 8


    Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    800 various
    10 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ @ 2:00-2:30)
    200 EZ


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

    I felt a glimmer of my normal self yesterday. I finally had a little more energy. Didn't sleep that well last night though. Exercise seems to have nothing to do with how well I sleep, contrary to what I've heard others say.
  16. April 18-20

    by , April 20th, 2015 at 03:13 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Saturday Drylands:

    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    seated row, 70 x 4 x 12
    hamstring curls, 80 x 4 x 12
    rear delt flys, 60 x 4 x 12
    leg extensions, 130 x 4 x 8
    HS hi row, 110 x 3 x 15
    kneeling ab crunches, 120 x 3 x 25
    hip abductors, 110 x 4 x 6
    combo skull crusher + straight leg raise, 30 x 3 x 15
    landmine rainbows, 45 x 3 x 15
    streamline crunches, 2 x 50

    Sunday:

    I attempted to swim. I drove to Pitt and the big pool was completely closed and the rec pool was mobbed. I knew Sewy would only have a couple lanes open at that time and didn't feel like driving even more. So I went home. It's going to be difficult to get to Sewy while Pitt is closed. The parkway exits are closed for construction and it's a really long drive. Trying to swim in Pittsburgh is just one big


    Monday:

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    600 various
    100 scull
    100 drills
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    3 rounds w/fins:
    10 x 25, UW 15 m @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00

    100 EZ

    3 rounds:
    1 x 100 free w/paddles @ 1:30
    4 x 25 semi fast flutter kick @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ

    4 rounds:
    3 x 50 free, back, breast w/paddles
    1 x 50 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 3550


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

    I took it pretty easy at the gym. As much as I liked the Rocket yoga, it seems to have re-tweeked my lower back. So I laid off any good mornings, deadlifts or leg presses. I also seem to have gotten Lil Fort's cold from last week. I am a wreck this spring. lol. I took it pretty easy in the pool today.

    Mr. Fort had a great marathon. He was hoping to get under 3:40 and ran 3:37, which is good for a hilly course. He was also freezing from the rain; he has no body fat. So he wore his arm warmers and gloves the entire time. That time should be a BQ for next year. He's never gotten a BQ at Boston before.

    Updated April 20th, 2015 at 04:32 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  17. Thursday-Friday, April 16-17

    by , April 17th, 2015 at 03:07 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Thursday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Did 3200 with aerobic and easy swimming


    Friday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    I was a little disappointed that it wasn't long course, as it often is on Fridays ...

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 fly drill
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    60 x 25 @ :30
    odds = fly w/fins @ 100 pace (all 12s)
    evens = EZ
    200 EZ at end

    Tried to do a fast 100 pace 50 kick. The body did not cooperate

    7 x 50 free w/paddles @ 200 pace @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    4 x 100 EZ backstroke kick
    50 EZ

    Total: 3400


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

    I finally got myself back to the pool after a few days off. I'm still pretty tired and not sleeping well. I was pretty insomniac-ish with the hives and medication, and my body doesn't seem to want to go back to normal. I'm looking forward to a lazy weekend with Mr. Fort and Lil Fort in Boston. The weather does not look great for the marathon --- rain and high winds.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  18. Wed., April 15

    by , April 15th, 2015 at 02:05 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I took a full two days off on Monday and Tuesday and did NOTHING. This is highly unusual for me. Can't remember the last time that happened ... But I haven't had a single hive today and am feeling a little better. Still working on catching up on some sleep.

    Today, I went to what I thought would be a heated vinyasa flow class. Instead, the instructor treated us to an Ashtanga Rocket class. I liked it so much better -- lots of handstands, forearm handstands, headstands, splits, etc. Here's a description: http://hollywoodpoweryoga.com/blog/2...is-rocket-yoga

    I've decided not to go to nationals. I'm not feeling amped to fly 2000 miles to compete right now. And Mr. Fort is having a procedure late next week after Boston. He had some bad blood work, which we hope is due to his marathon training. So I want to be here for that, and that's much more important. I will enjoy following along and seeing how my RAM teammates fare. I feel a little bad about the empty lanes in my heats since it's too late to scratch ... I wish there were more SCY meets in late May; I'd consider popping in to one. I might try to get a long course meet in before going on vacation on June 26. But, as chowmi says, long course is a big commitment.
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  19. Zones, Day 2

    by , April 12th, 2015 at 08:31 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I had resolved to just enjoy watching my friends race today. And I did! My Pitt swimmers swam very well, two of them having all PRs at Zones. My PV buddies had some great swims. It was so much fun hanging out with chowmi as well. And I learned that her brother has come to a couple of my practices! (She is from Pittsburgh.) She was quite speedy today and the master of good execution (and casual napping). We lament that we cannot be training partners!

    50 free, 25.5

    I decided just to swim 50 free, and I didn't have much punch for that. Given the situation, my modest goal was to go under :26. I went 25.5. Start and turn were fairly good, though I didn't take as many SDKs off the turn as I had planned. But I felt like I was staggering to the wall after that -- tired and no legs. Chowmi said there was lots of room for improvement and that is certainly true. Like Jazz, she encouraged me to focus on freestyle more. If I can go 25.5 feeling like crap on 5 days rest, I think I should be able to go under :25 again with a full taper. Right now that time is #1, but it might get bumped down a notch at nationals. I'm glad that I have times from Auburn in a few of my best events as a back up. But no taper times for me this year.

    Musings:

    But the bottom line is that I am feeling mentally and physically out of it. Between the allergic reaction, poor sleep, travel, mega antihistamines and continued hives, I'm beat. And that doesn't even account for the cumulative effect of the preceding sinus infection, ear infection and back issue. I feel like I've been doing battle for 2 months and I want out! Right now, I feel that I should cancel nationals and just rest up for a few days to allow the hives to fully abate. It's disappointing, but not the end of the world. I think all masters have to expect to have unscheduled difficulties befall them at the wrong time. That's just how it works out sometimes. And it certainly makes you appreciate the moments when all things coalesce marvelously. I will continue to mull ... but it seems unlikely that I can summon up the requisite enthusiasm for a long meet in a distant locale. And as of this am, my legs are still covered in hives. I am doing nothing today! I think once your body has an allergic reaction, it is then primed to be bothered by other allergens. With spring here, those are out in full force.

    I'm also wondering in the future about planning two major travel meets less than two weeks apart. This is probably not ideal for me. Focusing on one is probably the way to go. I miss living in PV where I could roll out of bed and go to a meet!

    I must confess to a little retail therapy yesterday after the meet. The shopping in Pittsburgh is not exactly the best. So I made a concerted effort to help the economy!


    Zone results are here:
    http://www.patriotmasters.org/Coloni...ults/index.htm

    Updated April 13th, 2015 at 01:27 PM by The Fortress

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  20. Bad Timing, Zones

    by , April 11th, 2015 at 07:47 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I was still hiving whilst driving down to Zones yesterday. And I wasn't feeling great from a week of interrupted sleep from the hives and medicine. But I felt like I had to travel to Zones bc three of my swimmers were competing there. I'm so proud of them. They all had PRs today and one is likely to get her first top ten. So that was thrilling for me.

    My events didn't go so well. My 50 breast was 34.0. Half a second faster than last time and a Zones record, but .9 slower than last year. My 100 back was a non-starter. I cramped on the start. I muddled through the first 50 not kicking very hard, but my calf really seized up on the second turn and I aborted the race. Even with half ass kicks, I was still out in a fairly effortless 30.5. I didn't swim the 50 fly, which was right after. Didn't want to risk another cramp. I am disappointed about not being able to get a 100 back time this year ...

    Right now, though, I feel covered in hives again and so am loaded up in Benadryl. I'm not sure it was wise to try to compete after such a severe allergic reaction. I'm obviously not over it. At first I thought to myself that it was stupid to have rested a few days for Zones with nationals coming up. But I likely couldn't have trained hard anyway without compromising the situation further. The doctor said rest, rest, rest. Adding to the stress was some bad news about Mr Forts recent blood tests. He needs to see a urologist and hematologist. And he is supposed to run Boston next weekend.

    I thought about just driving home. But I'm here and my swimmers are here. Right now, I just plan to swim 50 free tomorrow. Maybe 100 fly. But honestly my heart is just not in it. At this juncture, I'm thinking of pulling the plug on nationals. I don't want to get all the way there and not feel amped to compete. And I don't right now; I'm a little deflated. It's been a hard couple months, and I feel worn down. As I told Water Rat once, and it resonated with him, I'm not a wind up monkey that can perform on cue. I'll see how I feel tomorrow and think about it for a couple days. It's not the end of the world, just a lot of bad timing.

    Updated April 11th, 2015 at 09:27 PM by The Fortress

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