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  1. Sunday Jan 31

    by , January 31st, 2016 at 07:11 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Bethel Park

    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 burst SDK + cruse @ 1:00
    100 EZ
    10 x (25 AFAP (did all 4 strokes) from the blocks + 75 EZ) @ 3:00-4:00
    3 x 30: forward start SDK to 15m @ 100 pace, then cruise back
    100 EZ

    Total: 2100


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    I felt decent today after taking yesterday off. I was really happy that the lifeguards seem nonplussed by my using the blocks, so took advantage. I was getting in very cleanly, but having my usual trouble on the breakouts. Every start seems different; I wish I could practice them more regularly. Times seemed pretty good though. I would have done more, but had to get out to take Lil Fort somewhere.
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  2. Friday double, Jan 29

    by , January 30th, 2016 at 12:42 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    pike ups on yoga ball, 10
    plank with feet on yoga ball, single leg lifts, 3 x 10 (harder than you think!)
    eccentric fall backs in streamline w/plate w/butt on bosu, 10 x 3 x 10
    single leg stand on flat side of bosu in streamline, 1:00 each leg
    plate glute bridge with shoulders on bosu and arms in streamline, 50 x 2 x 15, 70 x 2 x 15
    face pulls, 60 x 3 x 15
    single arm supine pullover on bench w/15 lb DBs and fast flutter kick, 30 x 3 x 15
    extreme angle step up on high bench w/bar, 40 x 3 x 10
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 5
    med ball slams, 10
    toe taps, 25
    altitude drops, 5

    15 minutes of yoga


    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    400 choice (did 350)

    8 x 50 free w/paddles & buoy, breath every 5
    -- did 4 w/paddles, did 2 kick and 2 scull
    50 EZ

    5 x 50 double shooters w/fins w/open turns @ 1:30
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    I was really tired during this workout, so everything that was assigned "sprint" I did @ 100 pace.

    5 x 100 free @ 1:30
    -- no, did 10 x 25 back @ 100 pace (mostly 15s)
    1 x 50 EZ
    1 x 50 kick sprint
    1 x 100 EZ

    5 x 100 free @ 1:30
    -- no, did 8 x 25 free @ 100 pace (mostly 14s)
    1 x 50 EZ
    1 x 50 swim sprint
    1 x 100 EZ

    4 rounds of: (I used fins)
    1 x 50 kick sprint @ 1:00 (did backstroke kick, 25s)
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 50 swim sprint (did breast and went 28s)
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00

    100 EZ

    Total: 2900


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    I am always pretty tried by Friday, which is typically my 6th day in a row of working out. I had no AFAP in me, so did all 100 pace work on the sprints. It still added up to a fair amount of race pace work. We had a team social after practice, which was very fun.
  3. Thur Jan 28

    by , January 28th, 2016 at 05:54 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 20Y UW @ :30
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    5 x 50 w/fins done as:
    20Y UW + cruise in 5Y + :5 rest + 25 shooter
    100 EZ

    8 x 25 SDK w/drag sox @ :45-1:00
    100 EZ

    4 x 25 w/drag sox @ :45-1:00
    -- 2 free, 2 flutter kick with board
    -- The 2 flutter kick 25s were the longest, most agonizing 25s I can remember doing. I felt like I was going nowhere.
    100 EZ

    25 EZ to deep end
    5 x backstroke starts w/bungee cord
    50 EZ
    1 x backstroke start w/o bungee cord
    50 EZ
    3 x 25 w/bungee cord, paddles & fins, swim to resistance and then X# of fast strokes
    175 EZ

    Total: 2250



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    Jim was there today too, tho he was doing an entirely different workout. Still, we had time to chat. Drag sox are evil, and rather exasperating. I was watching Junya Koga do some backstroke starts on a race club link. I think I need to pull up slightly higher on mine. I hope the backstroke ledge arrives at masters meets fairly soon ... Off to do some yoga while my veal pancetta pasta sauce simmers ...
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  4. Wed Jan 7

    by , January 28th, 2016 at 10:16 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warmup/Pre-set:


    450 various (did 400)

    4 rounds w/fins, IM order
    1 x 25 shooter + 25 EZ @ 1:00
    1 x 50 power kick both ways @ 1:00
    2 x 25 drill + 25 swim @ 1:00
    1 x 100 IM @ 2:00 (I did these 25 fly @ 100 pace + 75 mod back kick)
    1 x 50 kick @ 1:00 (did a couple of these burst + cruise)

    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    assigned:
    3 rounds (200 IM + :15 rest + 50 fast stroke + 50 EZ)
    did:
    3 x (50 AFAP breast + 150 EZ)
    #1 = 36, was getting a cramp in whip kick so switched to breast dolphin
    #2-3 = 32 high (!)
    extra 50 EZ at end

    3 rounds:
    4 x 25 kick @ :40
    odds = fast
    evens = power kick
    1 x 50 EZ
    extra 50 EZ

    assigned:
    4 x 100 IM hold best average @ 2:10
    did:
    4 x (50 fast dolphin kick w/fins & board + 50 EZ)
    -- 26, 26, 26, 27
    extra 50 EZ at end

    Total: 3400


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    I actually did a fair amount of the workout last night, though I took a hard pass on the 250 IMs. I tend to do more breast when swimming with Pitt with Bill on deck. I was very shocked when I dropped that first 32 high doing breast dolphin (and its was very wavy). That was about 3.5 seconds faster than my regular breaststroke. I've read that breaststroke kickers are born, not made. I'm not sure there is all that much I can do to improve my breaststroke kick ... I suppose the breaststroke fins might stretch your ankles side-to-side much like long fins can help with flexion for dolphin and flutter kick. Something to ponder. Off to Sewy later.
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  5. Mon-Tues Jan 25-26

    by , January 26th, 2016 at 04:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Monday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy:

    Warm up:


    550 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25, UW for 20 y @ :30
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

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

    10 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    200 EZ

    33 x 25 @ :40 done as 3 rounds of:
    4 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace
    1 x 25 flutter kick @ 100 pace
    4 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace
    1 x 25 flutter kick @ 100 pace
    1 x 25 EZ

    175 EZ

    10 x 25 breast @ 100 pace @ :40
    200 EZ

    Total: 3200



    Tuesday: Drylands:

    rehab ex
    flutter kicks on bous in streamline, 100
    power wheel roll outs w/knees on bosu, 2 x 15
    single leg squats on edge of high box, 3 x 10 each leg
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 5
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    seated row negatives, 80 x 4 x 8
    bicep curl negatives, 24 x 3 x 8
    extreme angle squats w/plate on high boxes, 45 x 4 x 8
    standing on bosu, touch knee to nose, 2 x 10
    push press, 50 x 3 x 5
    resisted standing broad jumps, 30 x 3 x 5
    altitude drops, 5


    30 minutes stretching + yoga


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    Nothing much to report really. Just getting back into it after a few days rest/stomach virus. Off to do some yoga before I have to go pick up Lil Fort.

    Updated January 26th, 2016 at 10:09 PM by The Fortress

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  6. Fri Jan 22

    by , January 22nd, 2016 at 03:49 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim @ LA Fitness

    1400 with 5 25s @ 100 pace



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    I still feel pretty sluggish in the water. And I'm not feeling so hot. Hopefully, I'll feel a bit more perky on Sunday am. The meet is still on, tho Lil Fort's track meet in Edinboro is cancelled. I had been hoping to watch her tomorrow on the way to Buffalo. The heat sheets are out. Looks like I will swim the 100 breast, 50 fly and 50 back -- that's the only way to get some rest. I saw there were some swimmers from Etobicoke at the meet. This is the location of Canadian Nationals, and it's only a 5 hour drive from Pittsburgh. Sweet!
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  7. Wed-Thur Jan 19-20

    by , January 21st, 2016 at 04:43 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Wed:

    1500 EZ

    90 minute massage


    Thurs:

    1400 with some bursts


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    I felt just dreadful today after yesterday's deep tissue massage. Plus, I have a cold courtesy of Lil Fort. So it's good to just go easy for a few days.

    I thought the winter storm was largely going to miss us. But I see there's already a state of emergency issued and a winter weather advisory for Pittsburgh ... supposed to hit on Friday night. Could be just 2-3 inches or could be up to 10 inches. Mr. Fort seems to think it should be fine to drive up. If I can't travel, this will be the last time I sign up for this meet. The prior time I signed up it was cancelled.

    Updated January 21st, 2016 at 05:58 PM by The Fortress

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  8. Tue Jan 19

    by , January 19th, 2016 at 05:25 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


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

    Main sets:

    2 x (4 x 25 burst SDK + cruise + 50 EZ)
    100 EZ

    6 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ @ 3:30-4:00)
    -- extra 50 EZ after #3

    150 EZ

    Total: 2150

    30 minutes of rehab ex, foam rolling & stretching


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    Didn't do too much today. Despite a big night's sleep, I was still feeling tired. Probably will just float around for a few days. Definitely need this recovery week after the last block of training. The meet this weekend will be a small one. If they don't add in breaks and I need the rest, my best option will be to swim the 100 breast, 50 fly and 50 back. They each have multiple events between them. After this meet, I'll have a 4 week block of training and then I'll taper for the Albatross meet.
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  9. Mon Jan 18

    by , January 18th, 2016 at 05:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy


    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 50 DPS free w/paddles, 50 EZ
    10 x (25 shooter + 25 EZ)
    50 EZ
    6 x 50 single arm fly
    200 EZ

    Total: 2100


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    I took the weekend completely off bc my body was tired (except for 30 min of stretching & yoga yesterday). I had intended to get some sprint work in today, but when I arrived at Sewy it was mobbed. I shouldn't have bothered with the drive. So I just did an easy workout while circle swimming with a couple other people.
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  10. Fri Jan 15

    by , January 16th, 2016 at 10:25 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    side bridge with elevated feet and hip abduction, 10 each side
    altitude drops, 2 x 5
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 5
    explosive butterfly pulls on double cable machine, 40 x 3 x 5
    squat jumps 2w/DBs, 20 x 2 x 5
    twisting med ball slams, 10
    eccentric bicep curls w/10 lb DBs, 3 x 10
    zercher squats, 75 x 4 x 5
    back extensions w/25 lb plate, 10

    30 minutes of stretching + yoga



    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    450 (did 350)
    300 kick, no did 100 scull + 100 single arm fly drills

    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ
    6 x 50 free w/paddles @ :45
    -- kept fins on for this bc of the interval

    Main sets:

    The main set was 3 rounds of:
    8 x 50 free (with some stroke count and descend combo) @ :55
    1 x 25 1 breath @ :30
    1 x 25 sprint @ :30
    1 x 25 1 breath @ :30
    1 x 25 sprint @ :30

    As usual, I was feeling non-compliant about that set ... I went at the back of the lane, kept out of my lane mates way and did something like:

    8 x 25 backstroke @ 100 pace (on weird intervals)
    1 x 25 1 breath free
    1 x 25 sprint breast
    1 x 25 1 breath free
    1 x 25 EZ
    8 x 25 breaststroke @ 100 pace
    3 x 50 EZ
    2 x (broken fast 50 w/fins (:10 rest) + 2 x 50 EZ)
    -- breast 24, kick 21
    1 x 25 1 breath free
    1 x 25 sprint kick
    1 x 25 1 breath free
    1 x 25 sprint kick
    100 EZ

    -- then we did some turns from mid-pool
    -- then there was 8 x burst/fast 25s from the blocks
    -- it is a pet peeve of mine that coaches leave AFAP work for the end of practice when you're tired ... sprinting should be done fresh IMO
    -- so I didn't do any of these, too beat. plus, I'm just plain scared to dive into 5 feet of water -- too shallow

    100 EZ

    Total: 2500


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    I am really looking forward to a day off! Lil Fort does not have a track meet today, so I'm going to kick off the weekend with brunch with friends.
  11. Thur Jan 14

    by , January 14th, 2016 at 06:18 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    8 x 25 @ 100ish pace @ :40
    -- I wasn't really making these, so decided that I was too tired for this kind of set.
    150 EZ

    30 x 25 w/fins @ :30
    odds = fly @ 100 pace
    evens = EZ backstroke kick
    200 EZ

    8 x 25 SDK to 15m with drag sox
    -- took me 14 kicks to get there
    100 EZ

    4 x 25 w/parachute & paddles
    100 EZ

    Total: 2700


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    I was pretty tired today -- my body wants a recovery week NOW, not next week. I had a massage scheduled afterward, but when I arrived they were closed due to a power outage. I was really disappointed, and a bit pissed off. I went home and did 45+ minutes of stretching/foam rolling/lacrosse ball, etc. But that doesn't have quite the same effect ...
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  12. Wed Jan 13

    by , January 14th, 2016 at 10:48 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    350 (did 250)
    3 x 100 kick w/fins, work SDKs @ 1:45
    3 x 100 free w/paddles @ 1:45 (there was a breathing pattern, but I never do that)
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    6 x 25 power kick @ :45

    8 x 25 breast drills @ :45
    8 x 25 fly drills (did single arm working on low recovery) @ :45
    50 EZ

    4 rounds:

    assigned:
    2 x 125 IM switch @ 2:15
    2 x 25 fast power kicks @ :45
    extra :30 rest
    did (w/fins):
    2 x 75
    1 = fast fly/back/breast (:44-45) @ 2:15
    2 = cruisey backstroke kick, UW 12.5+ each length (:43-45) @ 2:15
    1 x 25 fast shooter (9 highs) @ :45
    1 x 25 EZ

    100 EZ

    16 x 25 burst + cruise @ :45 (cruised a couple in the middle)
    200 EZ

    Total: 2800


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    With the temperature drops we've had, it was really chilly on deck last night. It was also crowded and the pool felt very wavy, especially when people were swimming fly. Fortunately, it was not one of Bill's super hard workouts. Much more manageable for me. Off to Sewy in a bit.
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  13. Mon Jan 11

    by , January 11th, 2016 at 06:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    10 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    10 x 25 burst SDK to 15 m + cruise @ 1:00
    200 EZ

    10 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ @ 3:00-3:30)
    -- extra 50 EZ after #5

    200 EZ

    Total: 2650


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    I felt pretty awful when I got in, but then loosened up and did some short speed work. Scheduled a massage for Thursday. I wanted to do some parachute work too, but my right bicep tendon has been a little cranky. Didn't want to push it.

    I hope some more people enter the Buffalo meet. I thought it would garner reasonably good attendance, but barely anyone has entered yet.
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  14. Sun Jan 10

    by , January 11th, 2016 at 10:48 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Bethel Park

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    10 x 25 back @ 100 pace @ :45 (15 high-16 flat)
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 breast @ 100 pace @ :45 (mostly 17 highs, probably a little faster than 100 pace)
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 breast w/fins @ 100 pace @ :40 (13s)
    200 EZ

    10 x 25, SDK to 15m @ 100 pace then cruise @ :30
    200 EZ

    Total: 2500


    rehab/stretch/foam roll, 30 min


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    I was pretty bushed yesterday and avoided any killer sets. It's definitely a pattern with me -- 4 weeks of hard training and I need a recovery week. I also think I need to do more body work. I still haven't been to an ART specialist since moving here, though I may have just found one fairly near me. Off to Sewy shortly.

    Updated January 11th, 2016 at 10:54 AM by The Fortress

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  15. Friday Double, Jan 9

    by , January 9th, 2016 at 10:25 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    TRX pendulum crunch, 15
    TRX pendulums, 2 x 25
    TRX ab ripper (to do this you move forward and backward from a straight arm plank to a forearm plank), 3 x 15 -- difficult!
    TRX 3 way: knee in + legs out in a V + legs back together and right into pike, 3 x 10 -- difficult!
    TRX standing roll outs, 10
    TRX bicep curl, 3 x 10
    rope slams, 3 x 10
    alternating rope slams, 2 x 25
    kettle ball swings, 2 x 25
    extreme angle iso squat w/DB, 5:00
    elevated side bridge with hip abduction, 2 x 10 each side


    10 minutes of stretching



    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    400 (did 350)
    10 x 50 kick @ 1:10 accelerate off walls
    -- I did 5 x 50 burst SDK + cruise w/fins, 3 breast kick and 2 EZ
    4 x 100 w/paddles & buoy with 7/3/5/7 breathing pattern @ 1:40
    -- No, I did 4 x 50 DPS free w/paddles
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    6 x 25 power kick @ :45
    50 EZ

    7 x 100 w/paddles and fins done as: 25 using paddles as kickboard, 25 6 kick switch, 25 double recovery, 25 catch up free
    -- I did odds as assigned, evens = 25 fast kick (10s) + 75 EZ kick
    1 x 100 EZ

    3 rounds:
    4 x 50 @ 1:10 done as: 25 overkick free + 25 sprint free, :5-7 second break at the 25
    1 x 100 EZ

    I did: R1 = fly w/fins, 1-2 @ 100 pace, 3 EZ, 4 @ 100 pace
    R2 = 2 free w/paddles, then got out to use my inhaler
    R3 = breast, 1-2 @ 100 pace, 3 EZ, 4 @ 100 pace

    6 x 25 burst to 15m then cruise @ :50
    -- I did 6 x 25 breast dolphin @ 100 pace (16s)
    -- bursting at the end of a long practice seem rather futile to me
    200 EZ

    Total: 3250



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    I was pretty bushed after that effort and had a big night's sleep. I had planned today as an off today bc Lil Fort has a track meet in Youngstown. My body definitely needs a day off.

    Saw this article on core training on Swimming World: http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com...core-strength/. That's where I got the idea for the elevated side bridge with hip abduction. I thought this looked pretty easy, but it was not. I also like the eccentric bosu exercise.
  16. Thur Jan 8

    by , January 7th, 2016 at 06:52 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

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

    5 rounds:
    4 x 25 power kick + cruise @ :5 rest
    1 x 50 EZ

    100 EZ

    6 rounds:
    1 x 50 double shooters w/fins
    1 x 50 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 2550


    rehab ex: 20 min
    foam rolling & stretching: 30 minutes


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    I was glad that I opted for a recovery workout today. I felt really tired in the water after last night's practice. I find it somewhat harder to swim the next day if I swam the night before as opposed to noon the day before. As usual, the hypoxic work was much easier in the warmer water. I still got a couple calf cramps along the way. I read recently that cramping is really a result of nerve over-stimulation, not all the other long suspected causes.

    I signed up for the 1/24 Buffalo meet and booked a hotel. Since it was a flat entry fee, I signed up for 5 events, planning to scratch 1-2 depending on how fast the meet runs.

    I finally got around to stretching today. I should not take my flexibility for granted.
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  17. Wed Jan 7

    by , January 7th, 2016 at 10:06 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    450 (did 300)
    4 x 100 kick @ 2:10 (2 back, 2 breast)
    -- this is too much kicking for me for warm up ... and perhaps unnecessarily tiring
    50 EZ

    3 x (4 x 25 @ :30) w/various breathing patterns
    -- I did 2 x (4 x 25 @ :30, 1 breath free w/paddles)

    Main sets:

    4 x 50 w/fins @ 1:15
    -- done as 25 shooter + :5 rest + 25 power kick
    50 EZ

    assigned:
    2 rounds:
    1 x 200, 8 SDKs per length @ 3:30
    1 x 200, 8 SDKs per length @ 3:45, break :5 @ 50s
    1 x 200, 8 SDKs per length @ 4:00, break :5 @ 25s
    1 x 100 fast @ 90%
    1 x 100 EZ

    You might think that I would like that set. No. I see no need to do 200s and 8 SDKs per length on a 200 is way too much in practice or in a race. So I did the set thusly:

    R1:
    1 x 50 breast @ 100 pace (37) + 1 x 50 EZ @ 3:30
    1 x 50 breast @ 100 pace (38) + 1 x 50 EZ @ 3:45
    1 x 50 breast @ 100 pace (37) + 1 x 50 EZ @ 4:00
    1 x 100 breast w/fins fast @ 90% (1:05)
    1 x 100 EZ
    R2:
    1 x 50 dolphin kick w/board & fins @ 100 pace (26) + 1 x 50 EZ @ 3:30
    1 x 50 dolphin kick w/board & fins @ 100 pace (26) + 1 x 50 EZ @ 3:45
    1 x 50 dolphin kick w/board & fins @ 100 pace (26) + 1 x 50 EZ @ 4:00
    1 x 100 smooth free
    1 x 100 EZ

    2 x (6 x 25 AFAP kick) @ :50 + 100 EZ
    I pushed off doing backstroke kick on the first one and immediately cramped, so skipped the first two and switched to breast dolphin and did:

    4 x 25 AFAP breast dolphin @ :50 (15s)
    1 x 100 EZ
    4 x 25 AFAP breast dolphin @ 1:00 (14, 15 lows)
    1 x 100 EZ
    2 x 25 AFAP flutter kick w/fins @ 1:00 (10s)
    1 x 100 EZ

    Total: 3000


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    I was really tired after this effort. Being tired seems to be a constant theme in my blog as of late. Looking back, I've done many hard swim (and lifting) workouts and virtually no recovery swims since NE Champs -- though I have taken some days off. I probably need a massage. I had planned to lift today, but I think I'll do a recovery/hypoxic type swim instead.

    It is ridiculous how much faster my breaststroke is when I use a dolphin kick ... Timing is better too.
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  18. Tues Jan 5

    by , January 5th, 2016 at 04:37 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    5 rounds:
    6 x 25 fly w/fins @ 100 pace @ :30
    150 EZ

    10 x 25 breast, hold best average @ 1:00
    300 EZ

    Total: 2950


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    Ouch, was quite sore from weights today. But managed to get through the "fly training." I'll definitely be due for a week off weights before the Buffalo meet. I am thinking about signing up for 100 breast, 100 IM, 50 breast and 50 back based on the order of events: https://www.clubassistant.com/club/m...2258&smid=6970. (Always reserving the right to scratch if the meet is running too fast. ) I wish the 50 back wasn't last as so often seems to happen at meets ... Though perhaps I should do some fly as I haven't raced fly since the Sprint Classic?

    There is also a meet at Miami University of Ohio on Feb 13, which I excluded from my list. Great pool, but it's awfully close to the Albatross meet.
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  19. Mon Jan 4

    by , January 4th, 2016 at 03:49 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drylands:


    rehab ex
    ab wheel roll outs w/knees on bosu, 3 x 15
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    single leg squats on high box, 3 x 6 each leg
    zercher squats, 75 x 4 x 6
    HS hi row, 140 x 4 x 5
    supine backstroke pull on cable machine on yoga ball (legs straight, feet together), 25 x 2 x 8 each arm
    pull up negatives, 2 x 5
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 1 x 10 (forgot to do other reps)
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15

    Swim: 1200 EZ


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    I'm already sore from that! Getting back to drylands after NE Champs has been taxing, especially trying to add a short core session into the routine. I also need to get back to foam rolling and stretching. Didn't even think about that over the holidays.

    I've been looking at the meet calendar trying to decide what meets to swim in the next 6+ months. The best options seem to be:

    Jan 24: SCY @ University of Buffalo
    Feb. 13: SCY @ Miami U of Ohio
    Mar 5: SCM Albatross Meet @ Bethesda
    Apr 2: SCY Huntington Meet @ Ohio St U
    Apr 9-10: SCY Zones @ Mason
    Apr 28-May 1: SCY Nationals @ Greensboro
    May 20- 23: Canadian nationals (I would only go if it is SCM)
    July 9-10: LCM Terrapin Cup @ U of Md (very early start)
    July 21-25: SCM, USA Masters Games @ Greensboro (assuming it is USMS sanctioned)
    July 30-31: LCM, South Central Zones @ Texas A&M

    I obviously can't go to all of these. I can't say that I'm all that excited about SCY zones and nationals since I'll be 54.9. It probably only makes sense to go to one of them. If I went to Zones, there would be plenty of time to re-boot and re-taper for Canadian Nationals. But some of the Pitt folks are actually talking about going to USMS nationals, which might change my thinking ... Though only 3 weeks between USMS Nationals and Canadian nationals is a very short turnaround. Probably inadvisable ... Any thoughts? For now, I'm just going to focus on the first two meets on my list. I really think I should head up to Buffalo bc I don't want to wait until March to race.

    Updated January 5th, 2016 at 05:33 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  20. Fri-Sat Jan 1-2

    by , January 2nd, 2016 at 06:23 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Friday: Drylands: mini core

    Saxon side bends, 10 x 2 x 15
    power wheel standing roll outs, 8
    TRX forward & backs with forearms on bosu, 2 x 25
    TRX pendulums, 2 x 25
    TRX saw pikes, 2 x 15
    supine flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    supine bench press w/DBs on bosu with straight raised legs, 20 x 2 x 15

    3 miles on treadmill



    Saturday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

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

    6 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00-3:30
    100 EZ

    fast broken 100 IM, :15 rest @ 50
    150 EZ

    broken 100 fly w/fins, :10 rest per 25
    -- this was awful, couldn't really do the last 25
    100 EZ

    2 x
    10 x 25 fly w/fins @ 100 pace @ :45
    50 EZ

    100 EZ

    10 x 25 flutter kick, hold best average @ 1:00
    200 EZ

    Total: 3350



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    Whew, I'm tired from that effort. I am definitely not in fly shape. If I can't do a broken 100 with fins (though I was tired), it's tough to see how I could do it that well in a meet even in SCY. I can't seem to stay UW in a 100 as long as I used to ... I think I'd have to work on breathing every stroke, which I'm not sure is the best fit with my stroke. Something to mull over.
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