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  1. Friday March 25

    by , March 25th, 2016 at 05:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    elbow & shoulder rehab ex
    captains chair leg raises, 2 x 20
    single leg stand in streamline on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    altitude drops, 2 x 5
    resisted standing long jumps, 35 x 2 x 5
    med ball slams, 10
    HS hi row, 175 x 4 x 5
    explosive leg press, 120 x 3 x 15
    single leg squats on edge of high box, 2 x 10 each leg
    hip abductors, 130 x 4 x 5
    leg press, 255/275 x 4 x 5
    Kneeling ab crunches, 140/150/160/170 x 1 x 8


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    600 various
    100 scull
    50 EZ
    8 x 25 burst + cruise
    150 EZ
    6 x 50 DPS free w/paddles
    50 EZ
    8 x 25 w/parachute
    100 EZ

    Total: 1750


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


    Feeling a little better today. Got in a solid gym session and short swim afterwards. I'm definitely stronger after an extended period of consistent lifting. The 275 on leg press didn't even seem that hard. I'm trying to figure out when to stop lifting before USMS nationals with Canadian Nationals just 3 weeks after ... It seems like I would really start losing strength at 4 weeks off ... Off to ice the elbows.

    I am super excited that I persuaded Jim and Bill to go to nationals. Bill is going to join RAM as well. With Water Rat, there will actually be a Pittsburgh presence! And a fun carpool down!

    Updated March 25th, 2016 at 06:32 PM by The Fortress

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  2. Thursday March 24

    by , March 24th, 2016 at 04:59 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Sewy

    warm up

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

    main sets:

    4 rounds:
    4 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    1x 100 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3-3:30

    did a set with Jim, used fins
    5 x
    75 kick @ 1:15
    1 x 25 AFAP @ :45

    100 EZ

    3 x
    4 x 25 IM order @ :40 @ 100 pace
    1x 50 EZ

    150 EZ

    Total: 2900



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


    I took yesterday off, felt wretched. Rallied a bit today, but still low energy. Did not feel up to a USRPT set. I will have very few swimming options the next few days. The pools are all closed for spring break etc. On the upside, my elbows are feeling better. Not 100% but getting there.

    I'm looking forward to watching NCAAs. Big shocker in the 500 free with Smith not making finals. I hope he's just sick and not a head case like some commenters think.
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  3. Mon-Tues March 21-22

    by , March 22nd, 2016 at 04:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Monday:

    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu in streamline, 2 x 100
    single leg stand in streamline on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    HS hi row, 170 x 4 x 5
    extreme angle goblet squats w/DB, 35 x 3 x 10
    good mornings, 95 x 4 x 5 (max)
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 15
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 25
    lateral raise, 65 x 4 x 5
    squat jumps w/10 lb DBs, 2 x 5
    altitude drops, 5
    altitude drops + standing broad jumps, 5
    standing broad jumps, 5

    Swim/SCY/Solo: 1500 EZ




    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    3 rounds: (1 round free, 1 round breast, 1 round back kick)
    8 x 50
    odds = 100 pace @ 1:00
    evens = EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 100 EZ

    150 EZ

    8 x 25 no breath free w/paddles @ :45
    150 EZ

    Total: 2800



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


    Still under the weather/little energy. Not sitting on the couch all day, but it's a far cry from the huge energy I've had the last three months. Not sure whether it's a bug or allergies or both. Both ears and my throat hurt. I did get a pretty good gym session in yesterday, especially with the max on my favorite SDK exercise (good mornings). Hope tomorrow that I'll have a better day in the pool.

    Updated March 22nd, 2016 at 05:49 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  4. Sun March 20

    by , March 21st, 2016 at 11:46 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Bethel Park

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    3 x
    15 AFAP breaststroke wall kicks + 50 EZ

    50 EZ

    8 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    -- some from the blocks, some from a push w/fins
    200 EZ

    5 x 50 DPS free w/paddles
    100 EZ

    Total: 2400


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


    I have not sleep very well the last few days. And Saturday night I started to have trouble breathing, which was then worse on Sunday. It's probably just allergies -- we had a lot of pollen last week. And so begins the battle to stay healthy in the springtime ... Feel a bit out of it today. Glad it's a gym day.
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    Swim Workouts
  5. Friday March 18

    by , March 18th, 2016 at 09:04 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)


    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    400 various

    Then there was a 700/400/400/300/300/200 assigned next. NO!!! I modified and went to the diving well for some of that ...

    4 x (during the 700)
    2 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ

    Main sets:

    6 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:00 or so (during a 400)
    50 EZ

    8 x 50
    odds = 100 pace w/fins (one of these was more like a 35 since I ran into traffic), did 3 of them breast @ 27-28 which is pretty fast for my 100 pace
    evens = EZ

    went to diving well ... did 50 EZ
    4 x 30 starts off the blocks to 15m then cruise back
    1 x 25 AFAP back shooter
    125 EZ

    back to regular lane ...
    50 EZ

    7 rounds:
    1 x 25 shooter @ :40
    1 x 25 EZ @ :40
    1 x 25 power kick @ :40
    1 x 25 AFAP @ :40
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:20 (skipped a couple of these)

    -- I skipped round 5 for some extra rest, but did the 50 EZ. Used fins on round 7.

    100 EZ

    Total: 2925


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


    I was a little surprised to see a distance-y practice on "sprint" night. But I managed to work around it for the most part. I'm glad I did a few starts in the diving well with the fin blocks, though I find it disconcerting to not have lane lines. I'm a tad worried that the fin might call for one less kick on my starts ... though I did the usual number at NE Champs. I don't do starts enough to feel like I have any real consistency. But I do love the fin bc I feel like I get a lot of bang for the buck with my leg strength. Looking forward to a day off tomorrow!

    Also did shoulder & elbow rehab exercises, stretching, icing etc.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  6. Thur March 17

    by , March 17th, 2016 at 08:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu in streamline, 2 x 100
    single leg stand in streamline on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    natalie couglin exercise, 2 x 10 each leg w/8 lb DBs
    https://www.facebook.com/officialnat...3967249559787/
    HS hi row, 160 x 4 x 5
    lateral raise machine, 60 x 4 x 6
    good mornings, 90 x 4 x 5 (think this a max)
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    resisted standing broad jumps, 32.5 x 2 x 5
    altitude drops, 5
    hip thrusters w/p,late, 35 x 3 x 15
    russian twists w/plate on incline, 25 x 3 x 25


    Massage, 60 min


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


    I rallied to get myself to the gym today despite being tired. Just wanted to have the massage after the gym work not vice versa. Planning on going to Pitt tomorrow, and taking a day off on Saturday.
  7. Wed March 16

    by , March 17th, 2016 at 10:24 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 various
    8 x (25 scull + 25 drill), 2 x IM order @ 1:05

    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :50
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 rounds: (IM order or stroke)

    4 x 25, 2 kick + 2 swim EZ @ :35
    :40 rest
    4 x 25 fast, 2 kick, 2 swim @ :45
    50 EZ @ 1:00*
    2 x 25 fast kick @ :50
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00*
    2 x 25 fast swim @ :50
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:20

    * except for round 4, I skipped these and gasped for breath on the wall

    R1 = back, R2 = breast. R3= back, R4 = flutter kick w/fins

    200 EZ

    Total: 2650


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


    It was a sprinter friendly practice at Pitt last night, though there were a lot of fast 25s assigned in the main set. I was pretty happy with my times (rolling on the :59): back kick (14-15), back (13-14), breast dolphin (14-15), breast kick (awful). I had planned to go to the gym today before a massage. But I'm so tired ... that was my 10th workout day in a row.

    I assume many of you saw the news on swimswam about Efimova's positive test for meldonium? https://swimswam.com/yulia-efimova-f...russian-media/.
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    Swim Workouts
  8. Tues March 15

    by , March 15th, 2016 at 04:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    6 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 200 EZ)
    -- 3 breast (26s), 1 flutter kick (23)

    5 x 50 DPS free @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Then I did one of my old HIT sets.
    burst = AFAP kick to 15m, either UW SDK or with a board
    fast = @ 100 pace

    4 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    1 x 25 fast fly @ :30
    1 x 25 EZ @ :30
    4 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    1 x 25 fast fly @ :30
    1 x 25 fast back @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30
    4 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    1 x 25 fast fly @ :30
    1 x 25 fast back @ :30
    1 x 25 fast breast @ :30
    1 x 75 EZ @ 2:00
    4 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    4 x 25 fast, IM order @ :30
    1 x 100 EZ @ 3:00
    4 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    4 x 25 fast, IM order @ :30
    200 EZ

    25 EZ down to deep end
    tied bungee cordz to blocks
    6 x swim or kick against resistance (counting them as 50s)
    125 EZ

    Total: 3700


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


    I was surprised to have good energy given that this was my 9th workout in a row. Of course, now I'm feeling whipped -- that was a lot of race pace work and bursts. I feel like I've been training really well the last few months. It probably has to do with the anti-virals knocking down my viral load, being healthy and a change in supplement regimen. I just hope I can stay healthy for the next couple months, sometimes a challenge with allergy season upon us.
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    Swim Workouts
  9. Mon March 14

    by , March 14th, 2016 at 09:14 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    ab wheel roll outs w/knees on bosu, 2 x 15
    single leg stand on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    extreme angle iso squat w/10 lb DB, 5:00
    HS hi row, 150 x 4 x 6
    squat jumps w/10 lb DBs, 2 x 5
    knee tuck jumps, 5
    altitude drops, 2 x 5
    resisted standing broad jumps, 30 x 2 x 5
    hip abductors, 130 x 4 x 5
    hip adductors, 130 x 3 x 8
    explosive leg press, 175 x 3 x 15
    lateral raise machine, 50 x 3 x 6, 60 x 1 x 5
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 5


    30 minutes of stretching & foam rolling (as a zillion years ago former gymnast, I can still do the splits)


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


    Hit the gym today and decided to stretch rather than do my usual easy 1000 in the pool.

    I realized today (reminded by Mr. Fort) that we have dinner & concert plans with another family Saturday night. Depending on how late we are out etc., that may make it difficult to get to the Lebo meet on Sunday. I'll play it by ear.
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  10. Sunday March 13

    by , March 13th, 2016 at 06:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Bethel Park

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooter @ :40
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

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

    8 x 30 burst from the blocks to 15 m + cruise back
    -- 4 AFAP & 4 @ 100 pace
    150 EZ

    modified USRPT set w/fins
    12 x 25 @ 100 pace, 3 x IM order @ :45
    25 EZ @ :45
    12 x 25 @ 100 pace, 3 x IM order @ :45
    25 EZ @ 1:00
    12 x 25 @ 100 pace, 3 x IM order @ :45
    25 EZ @ 1:15
    12 x 25 @ 100 pace, 3 x IM order @ :45
    25 EZ

    300 EZ

    Total: 3050


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


    Yikes, I am very tired from that workout. On the IM set, I was trying to do the 25 breast 1 second faster than usual and still hold my other times. I felt like my breaststroke leg was a bit slow at NE Champs (fear over dying in free). So the next time I swim 100 IM, I'd like to be more aggressive on that leg. Really bushed now, but will take myself off to stretch and do elbow stuff. Really happy with this weekend's workouts.
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    Swim Workouts
  11. Sat March 12

    by , March 12th, 2016 at 05:33 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Bethel Park

    Warm up
    :

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ
    4 x :15 AFAP VK (around 40 kicks) + :45 EZ
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    6 x 30 burst to 15 m off the blocks + cruise back
    -- 3 breast, 3 SDK
    100 EZ

    6 x 30 off the blocks to 15 m @ 100 pace + cruise back
    -- 3 breast, 3 back
    100 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP breast off the blocks + 75 EZ)
    100 EZ

    5 x (25 AFAP breast w/fins + 75 EZ)
    100 EZ

    3 x 25 off the blocks, SDK w/chute, cruise back
    100 EZ

    4 x 25 w/chute & fins @ 1:15
    -- don't dare put on paddles yet
    300 EZ

    Total: 3275

    Did the usual foam rolling, flexbar exercises, zapping and icing.


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


    Pitt practice was cancelled last night. Having only done weights yesterday plus having tapered, I felt no need for my usual day off. So I went to Bethel Park. That's become probably my favorite place to train, mostly bc I can go off the blocks.

    I got myself signed up for the OSU meet and Canadian Nationals this am. Now I have to do my USMS entries and make some hotel reservations. I think I will only enter 5 events at nationals, including all 4 50s. I don't plan on resting that much, and I find 100s to be really difficult without some resting of the legs. So I'm keeping it low key before Canadian Nationals.

    Did my nationals entries:


    Event #11 - W50-54 50 Backstroke Seed Time: 27.27
    Event #25 - W50-54 50 Breaststroke Seed Time: 33.20
    Event #29 - W50-54 50 Freestyle Seed Time: 25.18
    Event #43 - W50-54 50 Butterfly Seed Time: 26.37
    Event #47 - W50-54 100 Breaststroke Seed Time: 1:13.45

    Updated March 13th, 2016 at 09:23 AM by The Fortress

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  12. Friday March 11

    by , March 12th, 2016 at 12:53 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    streamline crunches, 2 x 50
    streamline crunches on yoga ball with feet on wall, 2 x 20
    lateral raises, 50 x 4 x 6
    seated row, 60 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 80 x 4 x 5
    back squats, 100 x 4 x 4
    kneeling ab crunches, 140 x 1 x 15
    hip thrusters, 35 x 3 x 15
    glute isolator, 60 x 3 x 6 each leg
    hip abductor, 120 x 4 x 6
    explosive leg extensions, 10 5 x 3 x 15
    knee tuck jumps, 5


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


    I also went to the chiro yesterday. The elbow is still very gradually improving. It's difficult to do drylands with an elbow issue though. I'd like to do the hard core work on my TRX, but don't dare to yet.

    I entered a few meets:

    1. Mt Lebo Meet, March 20
    -- This meet is at Lil Fort's high school and just minutes from my house. Plus, I'd hate to not support a local USMS meet. I will use it purely as a sprint workout. Entered:

    200 free (for 50 split request) -- I will have to assess whether I can really do a flip turn in the 4 feet deep shallow end during warm up
    50 breast
    50 fly
    100 breast

    2. Huntington Meet @ OSU, April 2
    -- I'll probably rest a couple days for this meet

    50 back
    50 breast
    100 IM
    50 fly

    3. Canadian Nationals, May 20-23

    50 Butterfly - 0:29.39
    100 Breaststroke - 1:22.50
    100 Medley - 1:10.66
    50 Freestyle - 0:27.81
    50 Breaststroke - 0:36.97
    100 Backstroke - 1:10.08
    100 Butterfly - 1:12.50

    -- I entered the 100 fly as a seventh event, but doubt I'll stick around until Monday to do it. Plus, it's super hard. There is no good place to swim 50 free. It's back to back with the 100 IM. But I don't want to do a split request swim at 9:00 am either. Too damn early.
  13. Thursday March 10

    by , March 11th, 2016 at 09:38 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

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

    100 EZ

    8 x (25 AFAP kick with board (dolphin or flutter) + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    50 EZ

    5 x (25 AFAP belly shooter + 75 EZ) @ 3:30-4:00
    200 EZ

    Total: 2750


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


    I was tired after yesterday's effort, so kept it to AFAP 25s -- though I did quite a few of them. I did them all kick to give my elbows a break after the last couple days. Off to another chiro appt soon.
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    Swim Workouts
  14. Wed March 9

    by , March 9th, 2016 at 07:43 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


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

    Main sets:

    10 x 25 burst SDK to 125m + cruise @ 1:00
    150 EZ

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

    modified USRPT set with fins:
    16 x 25 (4 x IM order) @ 100 pace @ :40-:45 -- switched to :45 after first 4
    :45 rest
    12 x 25 (3 x IM order) @ 100 pace @ :45
    :45 rest
    8 x 25 (2 x IM order) @ 100 pace @ :45
    :45 rest
    4 x 25 IM order @ :45

    250 EZ

    Total: 3050


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


    I went to Sewy today instead of Pitt. It was just too mobbed on Monday with only two long course lanes. And long course has no appeal right now. Was pretty bushed after the IM set.

    I'm trying to do my entries for the Huntington/OSU meet on April 2, but I'm stuck. The 50 back and 50 free are back to back and I wanted to swim both ... I could possibly do a split request in the 100 back ... I want to practice my 50 free Lochte turn in yards and I want to make sure of my stroke count in the 50 back in yards (I've seen videos with both 7 and 8 strokes before the turn.). Will definitely enter the 100 IM. I could piss people off by doing a split request in the first event, the 500 free. That would ensure my events are spaced out sufficiently, but 20 lengths seems so excessive. I couldn't even keep track.

    Updated March 9th, 2016 at 08:59 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  15. WR Vids, Tues March 8

    by , March 9th, 2016 at 10:20 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks in streamline on bosu, 2 x 100
    russian twists on incline w/plate, 10 x 3 x 25
    captains chair leg raises, 3 x 15
    bulgarians in streamline, 2 x 10 each leg
    good mornings, 75 x 4 x 5
    seated rows, 60 x 3 x 15
    hip thrusters w/plate, 25 x 3 x 15
    single leg stand in streamline on flat side of bosu
    lateral raises, 40 x 4 x 8
    explosive leg extensions, 90 x 3 x 15
    standing broad jumps, 5
    extreme angle iso squat, 5:00


    1000 EZ in the pool



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


    Went back to the gym after three weeks out, and am predictably sore today. My chiro suggested that I could try some seated rows at a light weight avoiding a full arm extension. That didn't seem to bother my elbow too much.

    If anyone is interested, here is Swim Outlet's 2016 tech suit review: http://www.swimoutlet.com/blog/top-t...angloff-review. I wouldn't mind trying the Arena Carbon Ultra at some point, but it is so expensive -- just like the newest Speedos. I raced in regular Arena Carbon Pro last weekend that I purchased on sale for $290, almost half the price of the newer model. I do agree with the Jaked review. My Jaked fits like a dream, though I still think the Carbon Pro has more compression.

    I noticed our RAM mixed 200 free relay (160-199) was #3 in the world last year. Pretty good since we were almost at an aggregate age of 200.

    Here is the video of my 50 fly. I see two mistakes: my legs appear to be separated a tiny bit on the start and I did not need that second breath on the second length. It seemed to slow me down. And I have seen my turnover faster on other vids. Next time, I will take a 2-3 strokes before breathing on the second length so that I hopefully I will only need one breath. I think I could also get a couple tenths more from a block with a fin. From Jim's commentary, you would think I was swimming the worst race of my life ... haha

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5MN...ure=youtu.be&a

    Here is the video of my 50 back. I can definitely see the glide into the turn, though with another stroke I would have jammed it. I could have taken one more kick on the second 25 and had a smoother breakout. Always things to improve. But I do think that was one of my best starts ever.

    Updated March 9th, 2016 at 11:49 AM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  16. Monday March 7

    by , March 8th, 2016 at 11:24 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/LCM @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    400 various
    100 scull
    100 fly drills

    Main sets:

    5 x 100 kick w/fins, UW35 m first 25
    100 EZ

    4 x 125
    -- done as 50 @ 100 pace + 75+ EZ
    100 EZ

    5 x 100 @ 2:05
    #1 & 4 fast backstroke kick w/fins (1:05s)
    rest EZ
    100 EZ

    4 x 100 @ 2:05
    done as 50 fast flutter kick w/fins @ 100 pace + 50 EZ
    100 EZ

    Total: 2900m


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


    I was not terribly excited to see the pool set up long course ... it will be that way all week bc it is Pitt's spring break. I felt light in the water, still feeling tapered, but long course feels hard after a taper. I went in the slower lane so that I could lead. The first two sets were 200s and I cut them back to 100s and just took lots of rest and chatted with Bill.

    There is some uncertainty about what will happen to Team Pitt with the regime change for the U of Pitt swim team (Chuck Knoles retired). https://swimswam.com/pitt-head-coach...diately-ncaas/. He is the owner of the club team and masters teams. I really hope the team is not just eliminated ... I don't really want to re-invent my swimming life again. So trying not to worry about it right now.

    We actually have a local masters meet here in Pittsburgh. It is at Mt. Lebanon High School on March 20 -- 5 minutes from my house. I am trying to decide if I should enter and use it as a sprint workout or just do my own workout that Sunday. The only thing really holding me back is the 4 foot shallow end. I can't practice actual racing turns in that depth.

    Updated March 9th, 2016 at 11:34 AM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  17. Albatross Meet Report, March 5

    by , March 7th, 2016 at 11:08 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I journeyed down on Friday night with Jim to the Albatross Meet in MD. It's always a fun meet and it was great to see all my PV buddies. I had one of my best days in the pool, setting 4 world records in the 55-59 age group. Could not be happier!

    50 back, 30.12, PR (old WR was 32.62)

    Looking at the video that Jim took, I had one of my best backstroke starts ever, getting off the blocks very fast. At this meet, the officials stand right on the 15m line; they're used to Susan and me pushing it. So I decided to take one less kick each length than I did at NE Champs to be safe. As a result, I had a bit of a glide going into the turn -- the only mistake in the race. Well, my second breakout could have been a little smoother too. I did have a solid finish with no glide. At first, I thought I went a 30.42 so was just thrilled when I saw that my official time was actually 30.12.


    100 back, 1:10.08 (old WR was 1:12.23)

    This race went much better than the one at NE Champs where I swam a 1:11.7 (almost 2 seconds slower). Mostly because I didn't feel like I had a brick on my chest from the cold water, I think. Still, I had only swum this race once since March 2012, so I took it out cautiously. Too cautiously. My splits were 34.5 and 35.5 -- basically an even split with my start. I really came roaring back on the last length. My UWs were much better than at NE Champs as well. Next time I swim this (maybe at Canadian Nationals), I think I can take it out a second faster. Still, I was very happy with the time and the record! Making progress in this event.


    50 fly, 29.39 (old WR was 31.13)

    This race was fairly well executed too. Great start, hit my walls, good UWs. I just felt like I died a bit the last 5 meters. And I felt, having done virtually no fly the last month, that my turnover was just a tick slow. (Jim says this is false, but that was my internal feeling during the race.) But I was super happy with my time, especially for my third race of the day. It was .5 faster than I went last year at this meet and is only .1 slower than my 50-54 world record. It's my second fastest time ever.

    I was pretty beat after this race. I knew I had at the most 20 minutes before my heat of 50 free would go off. Because of the tight turnaround, I've never swum 50 free at this meet. But I decided to give it a whirl ... I thought that, possibly, I might have a shot at the national record of 28.49.


    50 free, 27.81 (old WR 27.91)

    I had a tight race with two other women, one a fast 25 year old who had just outtouched me in the 50 fly. I had a great start off the blocks, but didn't do as many UWs as I wanted to on the first length. Three of us went into the turn dead even. But I had a great Lochte turn and UW and pulled slightly ahead, just holding them off going into the wall. This time, avoiding a mistake from NE Champs, I only took one breath the second length. I was super surprised and happy with my time, just getting under the world record. I'm pretty sure that I can swim faster than this if I were fresher. (It was only .04 slower than my December time where I swam it as the second event of the day.) It is a rare day indeed when I swim 4 events in one day (in under 4 hours). But I did at NE Champs on day 2 where we ended with a relay, so I thought I should try it here. I'm very glad that I decided to make the attempt! For my efforts, I won a nifty Fastest Woman in the Pool plaque at the social later that night.


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    So very pleased with the meet. Jim swam very well too, doing his best times in his age group. I had some insomnia at the hotel, but slept like a rock last night. My elbow was not too bothersome at the meet. My chiro told me to wear my compression sleeve 24/7 and that seems to have helped. Excedrin and ibuprofen helped too. Now I need to get back to training!

    I saw that the info for Canadian Nationals is up. The order of events looks pretty good, but there is no great place for me to do 50 free again ...
    http://www.mastersswimmingontario.ca...al-english.pdf

    Here are the results from the meet:
    http://www.ancientmariners.org/albat.../results16.pdf

    Updated March 7th, 2016 at 12:20 PM by The Fortress

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  18. Wed Mar 2

    by , March 2nd, 2016 at 04:00 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I did 1200 EZ at LA Fitness then went to a chiro appt. The ART alway helps immediately. I feel like my elbow hasn't improved much the last couple days. I know I'm in a rush for it to heal, but I was thinking that maybe I'm just hypersensitive to all aches and pains as a result of tapering. I always seem to analyze every nick or tweek during taper WAY more than during regular training.

    Psych sheets are out: http://www.ancientmariners.org/albatross/psychsheet.pdf

    I'm signed up for:

    Sex Distance Stroke Time
    4 Women 50 SCM Back 0:30.27
    10 Women 100 SCM Back 1:14.50
    21 Women 50 SCM Fly 0:29.89
    24 Women 50 SCM Free 0:28.20

    I've signed up for the 50 free at Albatross before, but I'm not sure I've ever swum it there. There is only about 15-20 minutes between 50 fly and 50 free, so it's tough to get it in. I'm usually too tired.


    I am going to drive up with Jim Thornton. It will be good to have some company for the long drives.

    Now I'm off to ice and pulverize some ginger and drink down a shot.

    Updated March 2nd, 2016 at 04:08 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  19. Mon-Tues Feb 29-March 1

    by , March 1st, 2016 at 02:07 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Monday:

    1550 with some 100 pace 25s


    Tuesday:

    1450 with a few bursts and AFAP 25s


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    Yesterday, I felt great in the water and was in a good mood. Today, I felt flat and tired, partly bc of not enough sleep due to an early am call from Fort21 in Australia. (Why does a whatsapp call make noise even with do not disturb on?) I also have a case of the burgeoning taper b*tchies. I wish the meet was tomorrow!

    I've also pretty much decided that acupuncture is a fail for my elbow tendonitis/tendonosis (assuming that's what it is). I've heard it works wonders for some, but I don't think it's helping much. Off to ice again.
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  20. Sunday Feb 28

    by , February 29th, 2016 at 11:17 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Bethel Park

    500 various
    50 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ
    3 x burst SDK to 15 m from the block, cruise back
    50 EZ
    3 x burst back SDK from the block to 15m, cruise back
    -- 1 AFAP, 2 @ 100 pace
    100 EZ
    12 x 25
    odds = 100 pace @ :30
    evens = EZ @ :45
    100 EZ
    4 x 25 power kick
    150 EZ

    Total: 1700



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    I was out very late with friends on Saturday night and didn't feel very sharp yesterday. 5 more days of rest. Today is the deadline for entering the Albatross meet and there are 207 swimmers signed up, so there should be plenty of rest.

    I also spent 2 hours yesterday doing elbow & shoulder exercises, icing, using my tens machine and stretching. I did some stretching on Saturday with Mr. Fort. I tried to show him a core exercise on the TRX and insta-pain. I guess it will be awhile before I am doing any upper body exercises again. The area of pain has been reduced at least, and it didn't hurt much in the water. I am having another acupuncture session today. In retrospect, I should have ceased all upper body activity the minute that I felt pain. Instead, I pretty much ignored it for a week or more, thinking it was no big deal and I likely made it worse.
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