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  1. Wed Nov 18

    by , November 19th, 2015 at 11:25 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 various (did 350)
    8 x 50 kick w/fins @ :50
    8 x 25 power kick @ :45
    6 x 50 w/paddles @ :50
    -- no, did 8 x 25 scull w/paddles
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    10 x
    1 x 100 IM (fins) @ 1:50
    1 x 50 fast stroke (no fins) @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:10

    No, no a 1000x times no!

    I did 5 rounds of:
    1 x 100 backstroke kick w/fins @ 200 pace @ 1:50 (avg 1:01s)
    1 x 50 fast breast w/fins @ 1:00 (28-29)
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:10

    Then I moved to the back of the line and did 1 round that was all EZ and then 4 rounds of:
    1 x 25 fast backstroke + 1 x 25 EZ @ 1:50
    1 x 25 fast backstroke + 1 x 25 EZ @ 1:00
    -- did 50 EZ a couple times otherwise sat on the wall
    -- backstrokes were all 13 high-14 flat
    -- these were approx 95%, too hard to go 100% amidst all the waves

    200 EZ

    4 x 25 fast @ :45
    -- 2 back, 2 breast
    -- too tired to do anymore
    50 EZ

    Total: 3250


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


    It was another sprinter's credo/axiom night. I can't even imagine doing 10 x 100 IMs ... My lanemates were trying to cajole/shame me into doing more than 5 rounds, but I am immune to peer pressure. And besides, I did an IM workout yesterday. Off the gym shortly, and then a massage.
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    Swim Workouts
  2. Tuesday Nov 17

    by , November 17th, 2015 at 04:51 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Sewy w/Bill

    Warm up:


    400 various
    8 x 25 power kick @ :45
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    3 rounds w/fins
    12 x 25, 3 x IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    1 x 50 EZ

    100 EZ

    6 x
    1 x 25 AFAP kick
    1 x 75 EZ
    1 x 50 scull

    Total: 2750


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


    Good grief, I was sore and tired from the double yesterday. I was reminded of what Stewart said the other day: it takes forever to rest but no time at all to become fatigued. I was very glad that Bill was there today to do the IM/100 pace set with me. It was harder than it looked! Bill (who has been giving me breaststroke tips) encouraged me do the breaststroke legs with a flutter kick instead of dolphin kick. I can see the benefit of doing that -- it helps me move forward more and avoid too much undulation. But it is more exhausting than breast with dolphin kick.

    Tonight is Lil Fort's fall sport recognition night where she will receive her first varsity letter. She says after years of being dragged to her siblings' events, she is happy to have one of her own!
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    Swim Workouts
  3. Monday Double Nov 16

    by , November 17th, 2015 at 11:15 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    power wheel roll outs, 3 x 15
    TRX pike ups, 3 x 10
    rope: power slams, 2 x 10
    rope: alternating wave, 25
    toe taps on box, 2 x 25
    lunge jumps, 10
    standing broad jumps, 2 x 5
    knee tuck jumps, 5
    explosive fly pulls, 20 x 3 x 5
    extreme angle goblet squats on stacked steps, 50 x 4 x 5
    kneeling ab crunches, 160 x 3 x 8
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    hip abductors, 130 x 3 x 5
    face pulls, 60 x 4 x 12
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15

    15 minutes of yoga & stretching


    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    450 (did 350)
    400 kick w/fins
    400 pull (no, did 5 x 50 of various drills, shooters, etc)
    8 x 25 power kick @ :40
    -- odds = back, evens = belly
    4 x 50 w/paddles & breathing pattern @ :55
    -- no, I did 3 x 50 EZ


    Main sets:

    10 x 100 free @ 1:30, long & smooth
    -- I did 10 x 50 backstroke kick w/fins going: 2 fast + 2 EZ + 2 fast + 2 EZ + 2 fast + 2 EZ + 1 fast
    -- I was going 24 mid-25 low on the 7 fast ones
    1 x 100 EZ

    8 x 100 free @ 1:40, beat time in previous set
    -- I did 8 x 50 done as 25 fast breast + 25 EZ
    -- I was holding 16s, pretty good for me from a push on this interval
    1 x 100 EZ

    4 x 100 free @ 1:50, beat time in previous set
    -- I did 4 x 50 done as 25 fast backstroke + 25 EZ
    -- went 14s
    1 x 100 EZ

    6 x 25 w/fins @ :45
    odds = power kick or shooter (no, I did them easy)
    evens = AFAP (did fly went 10s)
    1 x 100 EZ

    Total: 3000



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


    I ended up taking Sunday off. I spent the day with some friends having brunch and going on a hike, then had dinner with some other friends that night. Got back really late. Having goofed off on Sunday, I had to do a double yesterday. I was hesitant about going to Pitt on distance night. But I found out the workout in advance and realized that I could easily convert it to a sprint workout by slicing all the short rest 100s in half. I thought my times were a little faster than usual, maybe benefiting from the few days of rest. I'm going to head out to Sewickley in awhile.

    I booked my flight and signed up for NE Champs:

    5 Women 200 SCM Free 3:00.00 12/12/2015
    11 Women 100 SCM Back 1:11.50 12/12/2015
    17 Women 50 SCM Breast 0:37.30 12/12/2015
    35 Women 100 SCM IM 1:12.50 12/13/2015
    39 Women 50 SCM Free 0:28.47 12/13/2015
    45 Women 100 SCM Fly 1:40.00 12/13/2015
    47 Women 50 SCM Back 0:31.06 12/13/2015

    I'll do a 50 free split request in the 200 free. I signed up for the 50 free the next day just in case I botch a turn again. On Sunday, I'm not sure if I will do a split request in the 100 fly or do the 50 back. Can't do both; still somewhat irked that the fly and back sprints are back to back on both days. I won't have as much rest as I'd like before the 50 breast either. But it will be fun and I will enjoy doing the mixed relays with Stewart and his team.

    I also ordered the new Jaked J Rush to try it for sizing. Women's suits are difficult. Speedo suits fit me well but have poor compression in the legs. And the newer Speedo suits are extremely thin and fragile. In general, Arena suits are too big on top but provide great compression and seem to fit shorter women better. But I hated the Arena Flex and won't wear it again. Hopefully, this suit will do the trick.

    Updated November 17th, 2015 at 11:32 AM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  4. Botch/Tear/PR, Miami Redfin Meet, Nov 14

    by , November 15th, 2015 at 10:58 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I travelled to Miami University of Ohio (nice pool, see pic below) for the Miami Redfin Meet. Kind of a mixed day, but never a waste for me to get racing experience in my "comeback."


    50 free, 28.7

    Not a great time. I decided to experiment more with my Lochte turn. I thought that I would do 13-14 kicks on my back and try to spin more quickly to my belly. This idea was intellectually appealing, but impossible to execute. I couldn't spin quickly enough and I was too deep before starting to spin. So I literally had to yank myself out of the water breaking out on my side to avoid a 15m violation. Really a horrible breakout, took forever, and must have cost me .5-.7. In retrospect, I should just have done a graceful breakout, taken 17-18 kicks and blasted by the 15m mark. In any event, this is good feedback for me. I need to allow 3 kicks when moving from back to belly and can't be too deep when I start the process. I did it exactly right at the Sprint Classic and botched it here trying to push the envelope.


    100 free, N/S

    I signed up for the 100 free on a whim, hoping perhaps to just get a TT time. I had planned to do all Lochte style turns @ 100 pace to amuse myself. Unfortunately, the strap of my Speedo suit exploded when I was pulling it up over my shoulder right before my heat. I had no time to change, so missed the event. I've never had a suit malfunction like that before ... And I think that was only my 4th meet or so with the suit. Oh well, I had a spare -- very ancient -- tech suit with me and put that on. As is often the case after a bad swim, I went on to have a really good one.


    100 breast, 1:22.0

    This was a huge PR for me, besting my previous (and only) time by 2.6 seconds. I haven't competed in a 100 in any stroke since March 2014, so was a bit apprehensive. I tried to swim it like the USRPT type sets I've done in practice. Seemed to work well, though I think that I could have wrung a few more tenths out of the race. And I had some fairly glidey turns. This time would have been #2 last year and, looking ahead, is more than a second under the 55-59 NR. I made a couple changes in my stroke starting this summer, and it seems to have paid off. I think it's time to stop thinking of breaststroke as "evil." It's a strong stroke for me.


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


    After the 100 breast, I had thought about asking to jump into another event unofficially just for practice. But I decided I'd rather get home at a decent hour than wait around any further. Having only rested 3 days (and I'm not sure a 9 hour round trip to NoVa can be considered rest), I was pretty happy with the times. And it should be relatively easy to drop time in the 50 free. I think I need to start prioritizing the 50/100 breaststroke more in my meet lineups. I almost never swim them tapered.

    I'm having brunch with some friends soon, then off to the gym.
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  5. Thursday Nov 12

    by , November 12th, 2015 at 05:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Wednesday:

    I made a round trip drive to NoVa yesterday to see my thyroid dr. I know it sounds crazy, but I refuse to switch drs having found one that finally got me. So once a year, I have to make the trek. Blood work was all good, and I still have an HDL of 91, which sounds pretty snazzy except that Mr. Fort's is even higher. While there, I popped into a gym and did 30 minutes of core and 30 minutes of yoga before driving home.


    Thursday:

    1650 EZ @ LA Fitness with a few 25s @ 100 pace

    40 minutes of foam rolling/stretching/yoga


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


    Tomorrow, I'm going to do an easy 1000 and then drive to Miami University of Ohio for a small short course meters meet on Saturday. After trips to Hershey PA and NoVa, I am less than thrilled about getting in a car again ... Swimming 50 free and a couple off events that I haven't swum in 3 years, which should be interesting. (Sorry Patrick, no 200 IM. ) Very little time between events, unfortunately.

    Updated November 12th, 2015 at 07:20 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  6. Tuesday Nov 10

    by , November 10th, 2015 at 06:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 power kick @ :30
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x 50 stroke rate drills + cruise @ 1:30
    50 EZ

    4 x 25 fly w/fins @ 100 pace @ :40
    -- ack, too tired for fly
    100 EZ

    3 x
    10 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :45
    150 EZ

    20 x 25
    odds = free @ 100 pace @ :30
    -- a tad slow
    evens = EZ @ :45
    150 EZ

    6 x 50 EZ
    50 DAB

    Total: 3500


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


    I'm still feeling pretty bushed and sore. Don't know if I'm still making up for that sleepless night or I coming down with something. May just take it easy tomorrow. Off to Lil Fort's cross country banquet soon. They have a three week break until winter track starts and, interesting, their coach told them not to run at all during break. I feel like masters could probably use more mental and physical breaks like that.

    Registration for NE Champs/Zones opens today: scmchamps.blogspot.com

    Updated November 10th, 2015 at 06:14 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  7. Monday Nov 9

    by , November 9th, 2015 at 06:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


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

    Main sets:

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

    Pyramid 50 frees:
    9 x 50 free with 6/7/8/9/10/9/8/7/6 strokes fast then cruise @ 1:30-2:30
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 breast @ 100 pace @ :45 (18s)
    -- really should have kept going but didn't have the mental wherewithal today
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 free w/fins @ 100 pace @ :40
    -- starting off SDK-ing on back
    --12s
    200 EZ

    Total: 2900


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


    I slept better last night, and was able to do a solid workout at Sewickley. I came home and did 45 minutes of yoga/stretching/foam rolling. I signed up for a small SCM meet this weekend in Ohio: 50 free and a couple off events. Not 100% sure that I will go; I'll see if I feel like making the drive. In general, I still think I need to continue to bust out of my Pittsburgh doldrums by going to more meets to prep for next year.
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    Swim Workouts
  8. Sunday Nov 8

    by , November 9th, 2015 at 12:32 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Bethel Park

    Warm up:


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

    Main sets:

    2 x
    10 x 25 w/fins, 15m+ UW SDK @ :30
    50 EZ
    extra 50 EZ at end

    4 x 50 off the blocks, SDK @ 100 pace then cruise
    100 EZ

    4 x 25 free @ 100 pace @ :30
    100 EZ

    10 x 50 various EZ @ 1:10-1:15
    200 EZ

    Total: 2600


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


    I wanted to do a real sprint workout yesterday, but I was too blasted. My upper body was still sore from that dryland palooza (too many med ball slams, etc). Plus, I only got a few hours of sleep Friday night in Hershey. I'm never a great sleeper, but sleep especially badly in hotels or when my monkey mind is active. I'll give it another go today.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  9. Friday Nov 6

    by , November 6th, 2015 at 03:56 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 50 free w/paddles, gentle descend @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    2 x
    30 x 25 @ 100ish pace @ :40
    -- 1 round dolphin kick w/board, 1 round breast w/fins
    250 EZ

    8 x 25 AFAP flutter kick + 75 EZ @ 2:30
    150 EZ

    Total: 3900


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


    I was pretty sore from the gym today, so didn't even attempt fly. And can't really do back well at LA Fitness bc it's so shallow and no flags. Not sure where I got the energy do the AFAP flutter kicks at the end, but managed it. Off to Hershey momentarily.

    Updated November 6th, 2015 at 06:18 PM by The Fortress

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  10. Thursday Nov 5

    by , November 5th, 2015 at 06:25 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drylands:

    I met two of my Team Pitt buddies at the Oxford Athletic Club to give them some dryland training. I had a long list of exercises to demo for them, and we were at it for about 1:40. (We were mostly taking turns doing things.) I can't remember everything I did, but know I did the following and expect to be sore:

    ab wheel roll outs, 10
    kneeling ab crunches, mystery weight x 10
    russian twists on incline, 25 x 2 x 25
    flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 50
    plank, 1:00 & plank w/DB row, 10
    streamline crunches, 2 x 50
    hanging leg raises, 10
    hip thrusters, 25 x 1 x 10
    bulgarians in streamline, 10 each leg
    hip abductors, mystery weight x 2 x 6
    leg extensions, 110 x 1 x 15
    plyos, 5 of: knee tuck jumps, squat jumps w/DBs, star jumps
    standing broad jumps, 10
    bunny hops over bench, 10
    split jumps, 10
    med ball slams (maybe 20 of regular slams, twisting slams and reverse overhead slams in racquetball court)
    DB rows, 45 x 2 x 5 each side
    seated row & seated row negative, 70 x 1 x 5 of each
    skull crusher + leg raise w/bard, 10
    overhead squats w/bar, 2 x 5
    extreme angle gob let squats on boxes, 50 x 2 x 6
    explosive fly pulls, 5
    cable push pull, 10 each way
    push press w/bar, 2 x 5
    5 deadlifts & good mornings w/a 45 lb bar


    Then Kathy and I hopped in the pool and did a quickie workout, and I showed her my chute and bungee cordz. I think we did more chatting than swimming.


    500 various
    8 x 50 @ 1:00 (2 swim, 2 kick)
    2 x 25 w/chute
    50 EZ
    2 x 25 w/chute
    50 EZ
    1 x bungee cordz + fins+ paddles, swim out to resistance and do 10 fast breast pulls, 50 EZ
    1 x bungee cordz + fins, kick out to resistance and do :20 AFAP back kick
    100 EZ
    200 EZ

    Total: 1600 or so ...


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


    My upper body feels pretty sore right now. Hopefully, I can still manage to get in a decent workout at Sewy tomorrow before heading up to Hershey bc I won't be swimming on Saturday. Lil Fort was psyched to see our door all decorated with "Go Gillbabe" signs when she got home from XC. The States team even got customized jackets with their name on them. These kind of things mean a lot to teenage girls.

    Updated November 5th, 2015 at 07:43 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  11. Wed Nov 4

    by , November 4th, 2015 at 10:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 (did 350)
    4 x 50 kick @ 1:10, did backstroke kick
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 scull + flutter kick @ :45
    6 x 25 power kick @ :45
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    7 x 50 breast drill w/fins: 25 breast w/6 flutter kicks in streamline + 25 breast dolphin @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    7 x 50 more breast drills @ 1:10
    -- NO! I did 6 x 50 burst SDK to 15m + cruise + 1 x 50 EZ

    5 x 100 breast, hold low stroke count @ 2:15
    -- NO! I did 50 fast dolphin or flutter kick w/board & fins + :15 rest (to stay out of my lanemates' way) + 50 EZ
    -- This was really hard. Went 25/26/26/26/25 on the fast ones. I consider my 100 pace to be 27s.
    1 x 100 EZ

    4 x 50 done as 25 fast breast + 25 EZ @ 1:30 (avg 17s)
    1 x 100 EZ

    6 x 100 IM, sprint the breaststroke @ 2:20
    -- NO! Did another kick set. Did 25 fast backstroke kick w/fins + 75 EZ
    -- went 10s on the fast 25s
    -- I felt totally beat on this set.
    1 x 150 EZ

    Total: 3000


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


    It was breaststroke night (horror emoticon). I don't mind doing some breaststroke, but that was a ton of it with no kick sets (another horror emoticon for no kicking). I had to modify some sets to get in some burst SDKs and kicking. The 5 x 100 set that I did as 50 fast + 50 EZ was a killer. Really more of a best average set for me. I was pretty dead after that, though my fast 25s backstroke kick were still at my usual pace. Bill said they were going to do some fast kicking on Friday. But I won't be there, as I have to travel to Hershey PA for XC State Champs. Lungs were better tonight, but still bothering me a bit bc of the colder water. I feel pretty dead after that workout, more than I would after one of mine. I guess I am just not used to non-drop dead sprinter HIT intervals ...

    Updated November 4th, 2015 at 10:31 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  12. Monday Nov. 2

    by , November 2nd, 2015 at 05:51 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
    standing power wheel roll outs, 8
    TRX knee ins, 10
    TRX pike ups, 10
    TRX pendulum, 25

    rehab ex
    alternating DB rows (15 lb) in plank position, 4 x 10
    cable push pull, 17.5 x 3 x 10 each way
    explosive leg press, 195 x 3 x 10
    bulgarians in streamline, 2 x 10 each leg
    seated straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    altitude drops, 2 x 5
    resisted standing broad jumps, 35 x 3 x 5
    side hops over bench, 3 x 10
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 2 x 10
    seated row negatives, 9 x 3 x 8/7/6


    Swim/SCY/Solo

    1100 EZ


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


    Hit the gym today and did an easy swim after. I was pretty sore from recent training, so was glad to have a deep tissue massage scheduled for today. Could really have used a longer one ... My shoulders and upper back were pretty sore. I've been at it 9 days in a row, may have to take tomorrow off or just do some yoga.
  13. Sun Nov. 1

    by , November 1st, 2015 at 07:30 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Bethel Park

    Warm up:


    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 torque drill w/paddles
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    3 x :15 AFAP VK (dolphin, 40 kicks) + 50 EZ
    extra 100 EZ at end

    5 x dive to bottom (13 feet), squat jump off bottom with fins, AFAP dolphin in streamline, get entire torso out of water
    100 EZ

    8 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00-3:30
    -- extra 50 EZ after #6
    -- 4 breast (no fins), 2 fly + 2 free w/fins
    125 EZ to shallow end

    5 x 50 easy free w/Lochte turn, SDK @ 100 pace off wall then cruise @ 1:30
    125 EZ

    Total: 2750


    40 minutes of foam rolling, yoga, stretching


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


    I wasn't sure that I could do a third sprint workout in a row. But I opted to try. That meant driving 10 minutes to Bethel Park today instead of a long round trip to Sewy tomorrow. I kept it short. My times on the 25s were very good, but man I felt flattened afterward. I had planned to go to yoga, but decided against it. Instead, I just did some on my own and feel a little better now. Lungs feel better too. This was a very good week of training for me post meet.
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    Swim Workouts
  14. Sat, Oct. 31

    by , October 31st, 2015 at 07:53 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Bethel Park

    Warm up:


    550 various
    100 scull
    6 x 25 power kicks to 15m @ :45, alt on back and belly
    50 EZ
    6 x 25 burst or stroke rate drill @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    50 x 25 done as:
    10 rounds w/fins
    4 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace, work UWs @ :40
    1 x 25 EZ @ :40

    250 EZ

    3 x (6 x 25 @ 1:00 + 100 EZ)
    R1 = AFAP shooters w/MF (8 high-9 flat)
    R2 = AFAP dolphin kick w/board
    R3 = free or breast w/paddles & chute

    100 EZ

    Total: 3450



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


    I had planned to go to Lebo today, but got an email right as I was walking out the door saying there was no lap swim bc of a clinic. So I headed over to Bethel Park instead which has the advantage of being somewhat warmer anyway. The main set might seem easy to some, but I was breathing pretty hard the whole way. My fly was faster than usual, clocking in at 11s. I had originally intended to do 10 of the AFAP shooters with my monofin, but the lungs didn't feel like it. It's been awhile since I've used my MF. My latest one is slightly big and sometimes produces foot cramps.

    Happy Halloween everyone! I did buy candy and carve two big pumpkins this am, so as not to be the neighborhood grinch.
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    Swim Workouts
  15. Friday, Oct. 30

    by , October 31st, 2015 at 11:02 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I went to the Pitt practice last night, modified virtually everything but kept out of my lane mates way. There was no kicking assigned, so I added quite a bit.

    Warm up:

    500 (did 400)
    6 x 50 free restricted breathing patterns @ :55
    -- no, breathed every stroke, used paddles
    1 x 250 backstroke kick w/fins
    1 x 250 paddles + buoy catchup drill
    -- no, did 200 flutter kick w/board + 50 EZ DAB
    6 x 25 power kick @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    4 x 200 free @ 4:00 burst off each wall + 3-4 fast stokes
    -- NO! This seemed impossibly hard to do ... I did 4 x 200 kick w/fins done as 4 x 50 (12.5) burst + cruise. This was still a very hard set, as it was effectively 16 bursts. My legs were a bit tired at this point, having done 1300+ kicking already.
    1 x 100 EZ

    1 x 100 burst off each wall then medium fast
    -- did something else here, don't remember what ... I think 50 breast @ 100 pace + 50 EZ
    1 x 100 EZ

    5 x 100 burst off walls + 6-7 fast strokes @ 2:10
    -- no, I did these as 50 fast @ 100 pace + 50 EZ w/fins (3 swim, 2 kick) and that seemed pretty hard on that interval
    1 x 100 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP + 25 EZ) @ 1:15
    -- I did 3 of these breaststroke (16 high=17 flat), one after everyone was done with the set. Can't do AFAP on 1:15 ...
    100 EZ

    Then, as people were leaving and lanes opened up, I did 3 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ).

    Total: 3650


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    Egads that was a long warm up. I think I could have done without the 2 x 250, but at least got some kicking in. There was a lot of bursting in this workout; it seemed awfully difficult as written. My lungs felt a little better last night, but I did a lot of kicking with a board. I really am due for some hypoxic work today, but I'm not sure the cold water at Lebo will be conducive to that ...
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    Swim Workouts
  16. Thursday, Oct. 29

    by , October 30th, 2015 at 04:13 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    Did a few things at home before heading out to WIPIALS:

    TRX saw pikes, 10
    TRX knee ins, 2 x 10
    TRX pendulums, 2 x 30
    power wheel roll outs, 15
    standing power wheel roll outs, 10 (these are a bear)

    Then later at the gym:

    rehab ex
    explosive fly pulls, 20 x 4 x 4-5
    altitude drops, 2 x 5
    squats jumps w/DBs, 20 x 2 x 5
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    hip abdcutors, 130 x 4 x 5
    hip adductors, 120 x 3 x 8
    pull up negatives, 3 x 5
    split jumps, 2 x 10
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 5
    DB rows, 45 x 3 x 5
    hip thrusters w/plate, 35 x 3 x 10


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    I didn't get back from WIPIALS until after 6:30, so really had to drag myself to the gym. Lil Fort's team qualified for States in the AAA division, so they were thrilled. The wind was over 30 miles per hour out in Slippery Rock, so their times were not great. My face is red from wind burn.

    I did go to my allergist today. He says that I do not have bronchitis, but that my asthma is out of control and lung function impaired somewhat. Sigh. Apparently, Oct-Nov. are the worst months for asthma sufferers. So I need to go back on singular and take asmanex for a week. Hopefully, that will right things. I am going to go to Pitt tonight, but I may be kicking a lot with a board if I'm having trouble breathing again.

    Updated October 30th, 2015 at 09:36 PM by The Fortress

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    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  17. Wed. Oct. 28

    by , October 29th, 2015 at 10:39 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I went to Pitt for the Wed night practice. I had a rather crappy workout. I have some chest congestion again, and I was cramping and on the verge of an asthma attack for part of the workout. I couldn't seem to get enough oxygen and the cold water didn't help. Too bad bc it was backstroke night.


    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    450 (did 350)
    8 x 25 power kick @ :40
    50 EZ
    5 x 50 backstroke kick @ 1:00
    4 x 25 burst SDK + cruise w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    8 x 50 backstroke drill w/fins (1st 25 rotate shoulders, 2nd 25 double recovery) @ :55
    -- I did 15 m UW and the double recovery drill. rotation is not something I really need to work on

    8 x 50 burst SDK + 6 fast strokes w/fins then cruise @ 1:05
    -- This is where I started gasping for air. I did 5 of these as burst SDK only then cruise and then 3 smooth free w/paddles. I couldn't have done this set as assigned anyway on that interval. Note to self to just cruise every other one next time.
    50 EZ

    6 x 100 back, 6 SDKs per length, swim smooth @ 2:10
    -- This should have been an easy set for me. I did a 50 and then got out and used my inhaler and rested a bit.
    -- Then I did 4 x 100 kick w/fins & board staying under 1:10
    50 EZ

    6 x 50 fast backstroke @ 1:30
    -- No, I did these all fast flutter or dolphin kick w/fins & board so I could breath (not super fast, was going 28s)
    50 EZ

    8 x 25 IM order, work the backstroke @ :40
    -- went 15s on backstroke (100 pace)
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 AFAP backstroke kick @ 1:00
    -- 15, 15, 15, 16
    250 EZ

    Total: 3300


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    I woke up this am with even more congestion and coughing. Made an appt with my allergist; was lucky to get in tomorrow. He's an immunologist too; I'd like to get some bloodwork done to check on my immune system function. In any event, it was probably a good idea to modify the workout to add kicking. Bill doesn't seem to assign much kicking, perhaps bc he's used to coaching for only 60 minutes instead of 90.

    I'm leaving at noon for the cross country WIPIAL championship. I think Lil Fort is a bit nervous. Go Lebo!

    Updated October 29th, 2015 at 12:28 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  18. Tuesday, Oct. 27

    by , October 27th, 2015 at 04:58 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Sewy w/Bill:

    Warm up:

    400 various
    6 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ
    8 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    Did a couple sets from my HIT workouts:

    2 rounds: (fast = 100 pace)

    1 x 25 fast fly @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00
    1 x 25 fast fly + :5 rest + 25 fast back @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30
    1 x 25 fast fly + :10 rest + 25 fast back + :10 rest + 25 fast breast
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30
    1 x 100 IM, break :10 @ 25s
    1 x 100 EZ

    3 rounds kick w/fins
    R1 = dolphin, R2 = back, R3 = flutter
    3 x 50 @ 200 pace @ 1:00
    4 x 25, descend to fast @ :30
    1 x 25 EZ @ :30
    1 x 25 fast shooter
    1 x 100 EZ

    4 x 25 free w/paddles & drag sox @ :45
    12 x 25 w/drag sox & fins (4 back, 4 breast, 4 free) @ :40-45
    50 EZ

    Total: 3550


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    It was nice to have a training partner today. We're going to try to meet up on Monday or Tuesday most weeks. Bill considers himself a sprinter, but has way way more endurance than me.

    I noticed when I used the drag sox that my bicep tendons were quite sore. I think that may be due to yesterday's med ball slams; a 15 lb ball is probably too heavy for me. I got the idea of the drag sox from watching a video of the Cal grad swimmers doing sets with paddles and drag sox. I think swimming with them may put too much strain on my fragile shoulders. Using them with fins was hard but less stressful. Next time, I'll try kicking with them. I like that they didn't really change my body position in the water.

    Updated October 27th, 2015 at 05:49 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  19. Monday Oct. 26

    by , October 26th, 2015 at 06:37 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    russian twists w/plate, 25 x 3 x 25
    hip thrusters w/plate, 35 x 3 x 15
    deadlifts, 85 x 4-5 x 5
    kneeling ab crunches, 170 x 3 x 8
    HS hi row, 140 x 3 x 5
    med ball slams, 3 x 5
    knee tuck jumps, 3 x 5
    extreme angle isometric squat w/15 lb DB, 5:00

    1400 EZ swim after


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    I didn't go crazy in the gym today as I was pretty sore from yesterday's meet. I did force myself to do 30 minutes of foam rolling and yoga this afternoon. Swimswam just posted another article on why yoga is good for swimming. http://swimswam.com/7-reasons-why-sw...hould-do-yoga/
  20. Sprint Classic, Oct. 25

    by , October 26th, 2015 at 11:14 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I'm glad that I made the effort to go the Columbus Day Classic for some racing practice two weeks ago. While I still have technical improvements to make, I felt more prepared to race and my results were much better this time around. I had big drops in the 50 free and 50 breast, a very solid 50 fly and won The Battle of the Drop Dead Sprinters. And nary a scratch.


    50 fly, 26.41, 1st

    This race was well executed and I got off the blocks fast. My breakouts, often problematic, were very good. The only issue is that I finished the race with a foot to go, lol. I had to glide/kick in. But I was definitely correct not to take another stroke. I often swim the 50 fly at this meet and this is equivalent to my fastest time in October ... So I feel like this is an excellent start.


    50 free, 25.14, 3rd

    I went 25.8 two weeks ago, so this is a big drop. My glaring error in the race was that I breathed at the 2/3 mark on the first length again and felt like I had to take another breath at the flags to power the UWs. I'm like a pavlovian dog who's done it that way for so long that I'm on autopilot. I need to do some all out 25s and decide on a stroke count that will have me breathing at the flags instead. My Lochte turn was better this time around. I took 12 kicks on my back (instead of 10 before) and then 3 to spin to my belly and breakout. It felt really fast, so I think I will stick to this turn for the season. After the last couple years, I never really thought I'd get under 25 again. But this race makes me think that I can with a full taper and good execution.


    50 breast, 33.2, 1st

    I only had about 30 minutes rest before this race, but I popped out a good one. (Two weeks ago I was 34.0). Execution was about as good as it gets for me in breaststroke. I kept my stroke long this time. Unlike my other strokes, I don't have a fast turnover in breast. When I try to rush it, I seem to go slower. Super happy with this time.


    Battle of Drop Dead Sprinters, 1st

    I knew it would be a true battle with Fall W. She is the best sprinter in the 45-49 age group and the NR holder in the 100 IM. I figured I had the edge in fly and back and she had the edge in breast and free. I think I won by around .4 with a cumulative time of 51.08. I tried to get everything I could out of my starts and get off the blocks fast.


    25 fly, 11.64, 1st

    Whoa. I could not believe this time. A huge PR. I would have liked a snapshot of the 15 m mark as I took 1 more kick and 1 less stroke than usual. Perfect breakout, perfect finish, long strokes. Some of the guys were jealous of my time. This 25 probably won the Battle for me bc I had a .7 margin of victory.


    25 back, 12.96, 1st

    Very good. This might be my first time under 13 with electronic timing.


    25 breast, 14.78, 2nd

    This is a great time for me. Had a great start and was fast off the blocks.


    25 free, 11.70, 2nd

    Eh, botched this one a bit, and not my best time. I got off the blocks fast again, but had a really poor breakout and glidey finish. I find it a little amusing that my 25 fly was faster than this.


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    So overall, I am very happy with the meet. My legs didn't feel as tired as at the last meet -- probably bc I had a few days of only easy swimming with not one fast kick or stroke. Interestingly, all of the 50s are under the current 55-59 NRs. I wish I was aging up before Nationals in yards ... My shoulders are sore from all the ballistic sprinting, but I am going to try to hit the gym today.

    Results: http://www.swimphone.com/mobile/meet....cfm?smid=6957

    Updated October 26th, 2015 at 01:25 PM by The Fortress

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    Masters Swim Meets / Events
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