I hauled my unrefreshed, allergy addled, geriatric feeling (Jimslie) body to the pool for a lunchtime swim with Speedo. We did the following:
Swim/SCY @ Oak Marr:
8 x 25 shooters w/fins
Pete and I did a portion of a kick workout we did frequently last year. I thought it was 5 x 200 kick, but it was 6. I took a nature break and did an easy 100 during #6, as I wasn't expecting it. My times were faster than I expected.
5 x 200 backstroke kick, no fins @ 3:30
I cruised #1, and immediately cramped. (I fear my allergy meds are causing dehydration.)
Then I went: 2:56, 2:53, 2:52, 2:51.
I looked back at a couple of my previous sets. I usually cruise #1-2 and then go.
On 2/4, I went 2:56, 2:53, 2:56, 2:51
On 12/28, I went 2:59, 2:56, 2:55, 2:53
So today's set was a slight improvement over last time. I didn't kill the SDKs. I took 8+ on the first 25 and then 6 (usually) thereafter.
20 x 50 Petra Paddle Drill Set @ :45
Extra :15 between sets of 5 to switch paddles
I left my fins on to float my shoulders, which are still sore, but didn't kick much.
1-5 w/strokemaker paddles (I don't use Pete's he man version)
6-10 reverse paddle drill
11-20 swim (I joined Pete in ditching the paddles)
The last 5 I tried to pick up the pace and went high 30s, breathing every stroke.
It was great to swim with Pete again today and we mulled over a number of topics such as:
1. If fins increase your leg strength and endurance, do paddles increase you shoulder strength and endurance? And is that why Petra (Mason sprint coach) is obsessed with them?
2. What nickname is Geek going to come up with to ride Pete about Gaga?
3. Why do Mrs. Speedo and I so get irked when our children or spouses eat something before dinner or fail to eat the delicious food we make them?
4. How much dryland work is sufficient? Pete is considering cutting back to 2x per week. I am thinking my sessions are too long and that I can't recover quickly enough. I perused my last 80 minute session and see that I started off with 3 x 75 med ball slams and 75 push ups before I even hit the weight room ...
5. Life would be infinitely improved if we could have a daily massage.
6. Pete needs to keep taking his 100 back out fast to keep putting up stellar times. I need to do this as well (I did it, finally, in Atlanta) and not die the last 15 yards.
7. Pete and I agreed that "that perfect blend of caring and not caring" (from Andre Agassi's autobiography) produces the best meet prep and results.
8. Petra really likes to train her sprinters with hypoxic freestyle. Pete likes oxygen. And, despite my love of underwater dolphin work, I insist on breathing every stroke in freestyle, except during a race or timed swim. I just don't buy those 3-5-7 breathing sets, so refuse to do them.
Tomorrow, I am going to haul myself out to Mason to swim in a cool pool and do some aerobic set. Trying to decide whether to swim in regular suit, B70 or wetsuit. I saw a couple tris using full sleeve wetsuits today at Oak Marr. No idea how they do that when the pool is 84 degrees ...
400 reverse IM kick
200 IM drill
8 x 75 IM switch @ 1:15
#4 & #8 FAST
3 x 300 w/fins @ :30 RI
done 100 stroke, 100 kick, 100 kick
minimum of 6 SDK each length
Normally, I'm happy to see a set like this. But yesterday, not so much, as I had done plenty of SDK work in the days before. And 6 SDK with fins did not prove that easy. I did them 100 back + 200 backstroke kick.
6 x 75 @ 1:50
odds = 25 UW dolphin + 25 Nemo drill + 25 fast fly
evens = 25 UW flutter + 25 tricep drill + 25 fast free
Plenty of rest on these so that the 25s could be very fast.
8 x 50 kick @ 1:05
25 AFAP dolphin kick + 25 EZ
Everyone did these on different intervals. Barb and I decided to do them on 1:05 together.
Loved this more speed and stroke oriented workout after Saturday's aerobic emphasis. I was worried I'd feel gassed, but I hung in there decently. That said, I am really really glad I'm having a day of rest today. Definitely need it. Then back to the gym on Tuesday.
I went to my first Saturday team practice in, well, maybe ever. Saturday is typically D day (though now our practices are 1.5 instead of 2 hours) and they used to be early. Instead, I happily cruised in at 10:15 after dropping Mini off at volleyball practice. I feel like I'm getting some endurance back. Just some, but some is better than none as my date with 1.2 miles looms. I have reminded my tri relay mates that I am not in the same shape I was last year.
2 x through
100 IM drill
This may also be the first ever time I've done the assigned warm up.
3 x through:
2 x 250 pull @ 3:30
2 x 150 K/S/K w/fins @ 2:30
(I did them all kick and had a ton of rest, but I didn't mind because I wanted to descend the 50s well.)
3 x 50 stroke descend @ 1:00
(I left my fins on for these)
On the sets of 50s, I went back (:29, :27, :25), breast (:36, :33, :31) and back (:30, :28, :25 high)
Extra set: 8 x 100 backstroke kick w/fins @ 1:30
Since that only took us about 65 minutes, I did an extra set. Same set as yesterday, 8 x 100 backstroke kick. But this time I did it with fins @ 1:30 with 8/7/7/6 SDKs (which is probably fairly equivalent to the 10 SDKs I took yesterday). I cramped a bit, but was really happy I kicked reasonably fast and long after all that aerobic work.
Went: 1:03, 1:03, 1:03, 1:03, 1:02, 1:02, 1:01, 1:00.
Total: 4950/1900 kicking
15 minutes in hottub
15 minutes of stretching
I felt so much better today when I woke up than yesterday. I felt like I was dragging myself through yesterday's workout. Plus, it was so nice to swim in a deep cool pool. I always swim faster at Mason, it seems, than at our Rec Center pools where the temp hovers at 83-84.
Mr. Fort got out his bike after I got home, and he's been gone for almost 4 hours ... And since he did the Reston Century ride, he seems to be on their email list. He recommended I do this tomorrow: http://www.restontriathlon.org/tri/. But unlike Geek, I just can't rise at the jimmy jack crack of dawn.
I'm tentatively planning on going to my team practice tomorrow instead. Sunday is typically my favorite day as it's stroke and sprint oriented. I could use that after today.
This week's totals:
swim, 5x, 18,350 yards
I have full on fall allergy symptoms and I'm hoping it's due to ragweed and such and not my new kitty (with whom I'm unreasonably besotted).
Updated September 4th, 2010 at 09:01 PM by The Fortress
8 x 50 fly drills @ 1:00
6 x 150 free w/paddles @ 2:20
Hypoxic Kick Set:
8 x 100 backstroke kick, no fins @ 2:15
SDKs = 10, 10, 10, 10 per 25
(I really should have done 12 on the first 25. I don't think it would have made any difference, except perhaps causing me to go faster.)
I knew it would be a tough set, as I cramped on the first one and then on #4 and #6. Took a few seconds extra rest on those. It wasn't a matter of dehydration; my legs were just fatigued from yesterday's double and the P90X plyos.
I went 1:26, 1:24, 1:22, 1:22, 1:23, 1:22, 1:21-22, 1:20-21.
I hadn't done a longer rep, longer hypoxic set in awhile, and this was tough, even kicking moderately after surfacing after the SDKs. On the last 3, I only managed 9 SDKs on the final 25. Still, I was happy I got this in, per Chris' suggestion. As he noted on his blog, this is much harder than stringing together 25 shooters.
I was very very tired today (didn't sleep well either) and considered taking the day off. In retrospect, perhaps I should have and worked out both Sat & Sun. But I generally prefer to take a day off on the weekend to have more family time. So I "ate my veggies" today, as Speedo puts it and got this workout in. My only focus today was the kick set.
Improving 100 fly/back pianos:
Chris gave me some good tips for improving my 100 fly and back, particularly, the last 25, on his blog. They are:
1. Do more lactate tolerance work -- reproduce the spike of lactate that occurs in a real race. Example: 3-5 100s AFAP 1x per week with plenty of rest. (Not sure I am willing to suffer enough to do this set 2x a week.)
2. Do longer reps on kick sets and fast kicks beyond 50s.
3. Do 75s and 100s hypoxic kick/shooters.
4. Do broken 100s. Last year, Speedo and I did a Rich Abrahams set that I liked quite a bit, and I hope to do this one more often. I know it was broken at the 50 and 75, but I will have to look up the amount of rest he used. Chris suggests 10 seconds at either the 50 or 75.
5. Do more 50s at 95% pace to reproduce the first controlled 50 of a 100 race.
On another note, I have been abysmal about workout and post-workout nutrition of late. I've just been drinking water at practice because gatorade and vitamin water don't agree with me. I ordered some Gu Brew (blueberry pomegranate flavor), which I like, and also decided to try e-fuel, a product from Crank. http://www.cranksports.com/. I'm told that e-fuel is much less sweet than Gatorade. Inevitably, gatorade gives me heartburn and an upset tummy and part of the reason is the sweetness, I think. Mr. Fort uses this product for his cycling. I also ordered some Proasis for post workout, which I've used before. http://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/st...oductId=677439. Lately, the thought of eating food immediately after getting out of the pool has not been appealing.
Lastly, my other Speedo endurance suit, in Mason colors, has also expired. So I ordered two new endurance suits on line, one Nike and one Speedo. Both all black. I'm much more boring than Swimsuit Addict. But a friend did send me a link to some great grab bag deals on some suits at Toad Hollow: http://www.toadhollowathletics.com/phpsupercart/
And, WSJ review of a book on perfecting sports performance:
Updated September 3rd, 2010 at 10:14 PM by The Fortress
Yoga Ball Warm Up:
torso twister on yoga ball, 2 x 25
med ball rotation on yoga ball, 2 x 25
(on back, rotate med ball to the left, back up, to the right, repeat)
iron monkey aka crunch-pass-leg drop, 1 x 25
oblique yoga ball crunch, 1 x 25
P90X Plyos, 50 minutes:
Yikes, I hadn't done this routine since Jan. 10, which I can confirm thanks to the wonders of the blog sub-categories. It was, er, rather challenging, especially given that I was still sore today.
The routine goes:
(4 exercises: 30s|30s|30s|1min) x 2
(4 exercises: 30s|30s|30s|1min) x 2
(4 exercises: 30s|30s|30s|1min) x 2
(4 exercises: 30s|30s|30s|1min) x 2
(4 exercises: 30s|30s|30s|1min) x 2
The exercises are:
1) Jump squat, run stance squat, airborne heisman (lateral leaping), swing kick
2) Squat reach jump, run stance squat with direction switch, double airborne heisman, circle run
3) Jump knee tuck. jumping lunge, leapfrog squat, twist combo
4) Rock star hop, gap jump, squat jack, military march
5) Run squat with 180 jump, lateral leapfrog, monster truck tire, hot foot
JimRude hates the Mary Katherine jumping lunges. But I have the most trouble with the "run stance squat with direction switch." Brutal. Needless to say, I did not "pick up the pace" on anything. Well, I tried, valiantly, on the knee tuck jumps. I skipped the "bonus" sports round, as it seems irrelevant.
200 IM drill
4 x 50 @ 1:00
odds = kick, drill
evens = build
12 x 25 w/fins @ :40
3 x fast UW, 1x EZ
I went 10s on my back and 11s on my belly on the fast shooters. These seemed really hard tonight, despite only having to do 9 fast ones.
Main Set, Aerobic:
8 x through:
75, done as 25 drill + 50 swim (IM order, 2 of each stroke) @ 1:20
25 dolphin kick @ :30
100 free @ 1:30
I felt pretty rough at the beginning of this set, but was pleasantly surprised that I was able to go faster as it progressed. I cruised the 75s and 25s and tried to work the 100 frees.
6 x 25 @ :30
odds = fast
evens = easy
I didn't feel up to swimming, so did these flutter kick w/fins & board. Went high 11s.
There was an optional 2 x 300 pull. But I was beat and didn't feel like it would add anything, so I skipped it.
This was our first team workout of the 2010-11 season. Our team had no masters practices in August. So Cheryl was trying to start us off a bit easy. I feel like I've been working very hard since Zones, and can now say that every muscle in my body hurts. Today was my 4th dryland workout of the week if I count the P90X yoga/stretch day + bike day. Not sure what I should do tomorrow ... I may attempt to get myself to hot yoga, since I plan to attend team practices this weekend. I have already informed Mr. Fort that if he doesn't want me to drown in Deep Creek Lake, he will have to bike and run around my schedule.
On the child front, my high schoolers have received their class schedules and there is shockingly little complaint. Fort Son, my scholastic minimalist, has 4 AP classes, so may be forced to study more. Mini spent the day in Ocean City playing beach volleyball with her team (thereby reducing my daily driving burden substantially). Lil Fort has her 4th grade open house tomorrow. She is happy to have the teacher she wanted and her best friend in her class. I am contemplating what I will be forced to sign up for ... After 15+ years of volunteering at numerous schools, I would really like to bury my head in the sand. Where's the emoticon for that? hehe
Updated September 2nd, 2010 at 11:18 PM by The Fortress
pull ups, 3 x 4
I did these in my garage. I'm a complete and utter weakling after not doing any pull ups or chin ups for many months.
push ups, 1 x 25
power wheel roll outs, 2 x 25
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPw1MORcD7c"]YouTube- Steve Maxwell Power Wheel Roll-Outs[/nomedia]
(these really work the forearms as well as the core)
power wheel pike ups, 2 x 10
(holding the pike up as they mention here would be absolute torture!)
power wheel knee tucks or jackknifes, 2 x 15
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl1C3ROI4zs"]YouTube- Power Wheel Pt.2[/nomedia].
power wheel hamstring curls, 2 x 15
Summary: power wheel = device of torture!
P90X Kenpo, 60 minutes:
This is a fun martial arts type workout with 10 minutes of stretching at the beginning and 45 minutes of cardio. This is my second time doing this DVD and I like the balancing/speed elements of it.
Although I was slightly apprehensive after the vigorous drylands, I stuck with my plan of doing a modified Tall Paul workout focusing on fast kicking. I didn't give out until the very end.
8 x 75 @ 1:20 w/fins
25 stroke + 25 easy free + 25 underwater dolphin kick
I did the 25 strokes in IM order.
I did 4 belly & 4 back UW shooters.
It was surprisingly hard to do the last 25 underwater despite coffee breaking the second turn.
16 x 25 kick, no fins @ :35
3 moderate + 1 fast
I did them flutter kick w/board
50 fast evil w/fins (:31)
8 x 50 kick, no fins @ 1:30
I did them backstroke kick, 14 + 12 SDK per 25, and went 33 high on all of them. (Might have left half a second early on a couple.) I took 1 stroke at the turn and did a one stroke backstroke finish (though I don't think the latter helped my times any). I was really happy with these times, faster than I would have expected after the drylands.
50 fast evil w/fins (high 31-32)
2 x 100 kick w/fins @ 2:00
These were supposed to be 4 x 100 fast @ 3:00 in Paul's workout. But my legs were gassed and cramping. So I did one fast with fins (:58) and one easy. I didn't feel like too much of a quitter though.
Exercise looked rather bleak at the start of the day. I spent the morning and early afternoon driving to and fro and filling out school forms. I was planning on a swim in the afternoon, but my babysitter, Mini Fort, got called in to work 3 hours early and my son was at cross country practice. Mini is "making bank" this summer. So I was stuck at home for hours with two 10 year olds. At first, I was a bit growly about this situation. But I got out the instrument of torture and started on drylands. Epic fail on pull ups. But then I was always better at chin ups anyway ... Then I fired up the fast moving Kenpo DVD. At around 5:00, I headed to the pool, a bit worried that it would be packed. Happily, it was not and I had my own lane for all but the transition set. My arms were pretty dead from drylands yesterday, so a fast kicking workout was probably ideal. But I was gassed by the end. Can't believe it was only 2850. I feel like it was double that. It probably didn't help to only have about 30 minutes between the Kenpo and the swim, but that was the only way I was swimming.
Tomorrow is booked solid too ... Ideally, I'd like to get in a recovery/technique swim and some yoga. Perhaps I can finally train with Speedo on Thursday?
WSJ Article on Exercise Equipment including TRX:
5 nose clips (speedo competition)
Finis Z2 zoomer fins (for fast 25s), http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/3568.htm
FAST paddles (for sprinting), http://www.tropicalpenguin.com/FAST_...im_Paddle.html
Jonathan Franzen's new novel, Freedom
Updated August 31st, 2010 at 11:37 PM by The Fortress
It is a beautiful day here. Nonetheless, I drove to an indoor pool to do an endurance workout. I swiped this one from Geekity.
Main Set w/fins:
1 x 600 free @ 8:30 (went 7:26)
6 x 50 kick @ 1:00, did flutter w/board (held 30s)
1 x 500 free @ 7:00 (went 5:57)
5 x 50 kick @ 1:00, backstroke kick (31s)
1 x 400 free @ 6:00 (I recall that I went 4:26, but that seems awfully fast, although this was definitely my best effort of the set. Maybe it was 4:36?)
4 x 50 kick @ 1:00, went flutter kick w/board (held 31s)
1 x 300 free @ 5:00 (went 3:24) -- cramped and the wheels starting falling off
3 x 50 kick @ 1:00 (cruised)
1 x 200 free @ 3:00 (went 2:12)
2 x 50 kick @ 1:00 (cruised)
1 x 100 @ 2:00 (went 1:00)
1 x 50 kick (cruised)
Gawd, I forgot how hard it is to swim at a decent clip for more than 100 yards. Geek was right that this set has a compounding effect, and I was utterly gassed by the end. Actually, I had trouble starting at the 300 free. I thought I would pick up the kicks as they went. No way, I just cruised the last 6. I had contemplated doing drylands today, but I think I'll save that for tomorrow. (If I do any, I'll update my blog later.) The modifications that I made to Geek's set were that I did it all free (no backstroke) and I used fins throughout. I was attempting to get in a manageable rhythm so I wasn't just swimming in slow mo and to hold a 4 beat kick. I feel like I somewhat accomplished this. I may do a couple more of these type workouts before Savageman on Sept. 19. But, geez, what a loooong main set.
I was worried about losing count on these. So instead of counting lengths like a sprinter, I counted by 100s. Isn't that how you D folks do it?
First week back: 5 x swim, 2 x drylands and 1x yoga. Still want to shift into more drylands, but I can't do this right out of the box. I took one rest day -- yesterday -- because I was tired and beat up from the drylands on Friday. I typically use Saturday as my rest day anyway. Onward!
Updated August 29th, 2010 at 05:09 PM by The Fortress
broomstick twists, 1 x 25
RC work (internal & external rotators, seated straight arm dips, scapular scrunches, arm circles)
flutter kicks on back on bosu, 2 x 50
dead bugs on bosu, 2 x 25
long arm crunches, 2 x 50
twisting pole vaulters w/45 lb pole, 2 x 25
med ball slams, 2 x 10
Ryan Lochte, bench/bent over row/reverse scoop w/ 35 lb plate, 2 x 10+10+10
standing lat pulldown, 120 x 3 x 15
overhead squats w/broomstick,* 2 x 15
hanging knee ins,** 2 x 15
back extensions w/25 lb plate, 2 x 15
hip hinges w/10 lb DBs, 1 x 15 each leg
* I decided to re-commence this exercise using a broomstick instead of the 45 lb bar to make sure my form was good.
** My un-callused hands are no longer used to hanging! And I forgot my weight lifting gloves.
This looked like kind of an interesting exercise -- stability ball twister -- that was posted on the DF: [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYhTHh0IgRI"]YouTube- Dryland Exercises for Swimmers[/nomedia]
Later in the day, and despite hating to swim outside, I trudged over to our neighborhood pool club and did the following:
20 x 50 free w/paddles @ 1:00 or so
(no pace clock, took some extra seconds for paddle changes)
1-5 regular paddles
6-10 reverse paddle drill
11-15 regular paddles + hypoxic
16-20 reverse paddle drill + hypoxic
I wasn't sure what Speedo meant by hypoxic when describing this set, so I interpreted it to be 2 breaths per length. I'm not used to doing restricted breathing in freestyle, so it wasn't all that easy. I used my small green Strokemaster paddles for the regular swim. I used the larger red Catalyst paddles that I found around the house for the reverse paddle drill. The felt somewhat like I imagine the fulcrum paddles would feel like -- forcing more EVF than normal. I had better DPS with this method.
Speedo posted this link on my blog yesterday, and I'm thinking of getting some of these paddles: http://www.tropicalpenguin.com/FAST_...im_Paddle.html
20 x 25 w/fins @ :40
odds = dolphin kick on belly
evens = flutter kick on belly
50 dolphin dive
Total: 2100 meters
I wasn't too tired after the drylands, but I feel pretty bushed now after the swim. Still, I feel like I got in a good day of working out. My shoulders are tired, but not sore. I'm hoping to go to bikram yoga tomorrow and do swim + drylands on Sunday. Feeling fierce and motivated again.
Updated August 27th, 2010 at 10:50 PM by The Fortress
I swiped Patrick's Whoop Ass Wednesday workout today. I had somewhat sore legs (especially hammies, probably from yoga) going in, so was slightly worried. But there is no time to start conquering "fear of the effect of dryland soreness on swim practice performance" like the present. So I stuck to the plan and did this workout:
10 x 50 @ :55
odds = stroke
evens = kick
6 x 75 free w/paddles @ 1:00
1 x 100 flutter kick fast w/fins & board @ 2:00 (went 1:01)
4 x 25 UW shooters @ :35
6 x 75 fly w/fins @ 2:00*
2 x 100 flutter kick w/fins & board, 1 moderate and one fast @ 2:00 (went 1:00 on the fast one, could hardly feel my legs the last 25)
6 x 25 UW shooters @ :35
* In Patrick's workout, he did these "best effort" @ 1:20. I thought this would make a good fly set, but increased the interval to 2:00 to make sure I could hold good form. I started off a little tentative, but ended up descending the set to a pretty fast pace (for me). Went: 49, 47, 47, 46, 44, 43, 42. I used a lot of SDKs on these so my arms wouldn't go into rigormortis. I was very lucky to have the lane to myself during this set.
1 x 50 AFAP @ 1:00 (did 50 back w/fins and went a high 24)
1 x 100 flutter kick w/fins & board @ 75% effort (went 1:08)
8 x 25 UW shooters @ :35
I'm feeling pretty beat right now after that workout. I hope that tomorrow I'll feel better than Patrick did today! I plan to hit the gym tomorrow again and hopefully get in a recovery type swim. I may do the 20 x 50 paddle set that Speedo discussed on his blog along with Patrick's 20 x 25 hypoxic set alternating dolphin and flutter kick. At least that is the tentative plan ... Now, I must dash off to the second volleyball scrimmage of the year. I'm not sure I'm ready for all the school sports to shift into high gear.
Updated August 26th, 2010 at 05:30 PM by The Fortress
I was feeling tired, bored and listless this am, so slamming med balls seemed like a good idea. I did 2 x 25 and then realized I was too tired for rigorous drylands. For me, they require sleep. It takes awhile for me to get out of a bad sleep cycle and into a good one. Planning to head to the gym tomorrow and start down the long road to fitness and strength. Need to get fierce.
I'm considering really emphasizing drylands and reducing pool time this fall. I haven't decided yet, but I'm considering 3-4 x drylands and 1-2 x yoga per week, if I can realistically fit that in. With 4 x swim. The mix of drylands is not yet determined. I may combine some of my pre-Indy strength routine with TRX. Wrt weight lifting, I'm not sure if I should follow my usual ADD pattern and do many different exercises or whether I should focus on a few and then direct my ADD bent to core exercises. Mulling it over ...
8 x 100 @ 1:45
odds = free w/paddles
evens= kick w/paddles as kickboard
Kick Set, Test Set:
Inspired by Chris, I have decided I need to do/track more test sets this next year. Not sure what they should consist of, but I'd like to have 3-4 sets. Any suggestions? Inspired by Geek, I decided my first one of the year would be 10 x 50 kick. However, I gave it a sprint endurance spin and did them, without fins, on the 1:15. I think this is the correct interval for a sprint endurance type set, but would happily hear other ideas. 1:00 wouldn't work as well b/c of the hypoxic element.
10 x 50 backstroke kick, no fins @ 1:15
Though I'd like to keep this as a test set, I didn't kill it today. Of course, it's hard to kill 10 of them ... I'd call today's effort a "good effort" set.
Times: 39, 39, 38, 38, 38, 37, 37, 36, 37, 36
1st 25 = 12 SDK, 2nd 25 = 9-10 DK
4 x through:
50 russian breast drill @ 1:00
50 roll backstroke drill @ 1:00
50 kick, done as 25 fast dolphin w/board (went 11-12s) + 25 EZ
I was reasonably pleased to get this workout in given that I have felt somewhat unmotivated and directionless lately. It's still almost 2 weeks until school starts, and I am having trouble savoring the rest of summer instead of wishing it away.
Aside from dead lifts, squats and back extensions, can anyone suggest other specific drylands for strengthening the hip extensors and back extensors? Perhaps TRX, core, overhead squats, and yoga would hit the back extensors sufficiently? (I feel like I never made any real progress in my overhead squats, which are very hard.)
Found this on a quick google:
This looks like a good exercise as well. The turkish get up: http://www.sportsinjurybulletin.com/...stability.html
Article on Phelps: http://ht.ly/2tUI4
Updated August 24th, 2010 at 07:53 PM by The Fortress
20 x 50 @ :50 w/fins
odds = back kick
evens = back
100 IM/Stroke @ 1:45
100 kick w/fins pretty fast @ 1:30
50 fly drill
12 x 25 shooters
I am rather exhausted and out of sorts from a week of very poor sleep. (Maybe from Jimsley/Stud/Michelina deprivation too. ) I contemplated snoozing on the couch this afternoon, but thought better of that and drove to OakMarr. I felt much better in the water and after swimming, though I am yawning again now.
Mr. Fort informed me that Savageman is Sept. 19. I had thought it was the week after. Had I known that, I would have approached last week differently. And regardless of that, I likely shouldn't have done so many taper workouts last week. If I had a do over, I would have done more pace & speed work Sat-Wed and just rested a couple days for the meet. Live and learn.
I still have the blahs a bit too, probably from fatigue. But I think I need to get my meets/goals in order so I can put a little fire into my training. Jimsley brought up the idea of swimming in the SCM meet in Indy at the end of October. I may consider doing this meet, which is the week after the Sprint Classic (Oct. 24). I also read that the fastest woman in the world in the 50 fly in my age group is dead lifting 255, showing the importance of hip extensors and back extensors in fly. I had better get my dryland ass in gear! I'm a weakling by comparison.
Are there any more meets in the LCM season? I'm hoping not as, according to the event rankings, my 50s are all hanging in there for TT. I'm rather surprised about my slip and fall 50 evil. I guess no one wants to swim LC evilstroke.
Updated August 24th, 2010 at 11:52 AM by The Fortress
8 x 50 fly drills
8 x 25 shooters
3 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 50 EZ)
The weekend cannot come soon enough! I can't stand this week's dull taper workouts. I just want to get back to regular training. In retrospect, I wonder if I should have just returned to fairly normal training this week ... I felt like I had more speed when I was doing the Mason workouts or even at the beach. Still feel extremely sloggish and tired in the water now.
I may have to stop reading blogs as I am having some workout envy. Even Speedo's workout sounded appealing.
I really enjoyed watching the Pan Pacs last night. It was interesting to see some of the different fly strokes. Cielo has the odd high elbows. And Kukla had a high recovery, almost windmill like, fly. Not many masters have a high recovery fly (Chris and I come to mind). Although I've tried to get away from this somewhat in SCY, Kukla certainly had some amazing momentum using this approach, so it seems fairly suited for a LCM sprint. And the winning Aussie backstroker had a nose clip! I would appreciate it very much if those attending Zones would remind me to wear mine before the 50 back on Sunday.
On Phelps' failure to qualify for the 400 IM final:
Updated August 19th, 2010 at 06:00 PM by The Fortress
3 x (4 x 25)
25s = long breast pullout, shooter, fly drill, glide drill
3 x (4 x 25)
25s = easy speed fly, easy, fast breast, easy
1 x 50 back kick @ 80% w/fins (26)
I felt awful in the water today. No speed at all, and my fly felt anemic. Likely just the taper blahs and post-massage blahs (though I didn't have a deep tissue). 3 days to recover and hope some speed comes back. Or, I could be shamed in my duel with the Stud ...
I was thinking today that I'm so glad I don't have to even think about a turn at Zones this weekend.
Despite the fact that I'm a wimpy sprinter, I did register our geezer relay for the Beach 2 Battleship Iron Tri today. I'm praying for a strong current. I think I need to recruit another relay member for the crazed distance geeks on my team. I don't plan on training for this at all really. I might do some quasi "base building" in September. But my focus will be a SCM meet in Dec. Next year, when I'm 50 (can't come soon enough), I may not engage in this diversion. Thank goodness wetsuits are de rigueur!
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Updated August 18th, 2010 at 08:10 PM by The Fortress
6 x 50 @ 1:00
odds = fly drill
evens = breast drill
6 x 25 shooters
3 x (25 AFAP + 50 EZ)
Had a massage for the first time since Nats. I was told I was very "tight" and that my neck was a "mess." About what I expected since I haven't done much yoga or stretching all summer. That's OK, I needed a mental break this summer from the constant need to be super flexy.
I felt a little better in the water today. Just a few more taper workouts to get through. I'm now officially psyched for Zones since the preliminary psych sheets have come out:
The way things stand at the moment, I'm quite pleased with my seeds and heats. I have some friends and competitors in all my heats. And it appears that Stud and I will go mano-a-womano in the 50 free. Excellent! (Jimby is in the next faster heat because he has a Speedo LZR jammer. )
We're celebrating the second of my 3 children's August birthdays tomorrow. Lil Fort ages up to 10. I told her she's still my "kitten."
Article on stress:
My take home lesson wrt swimming: If I get deeked yet again breast, I will have a good laugh this time. (For the record, I am still going to pre-kick. I've been practicing non-undulation on the pulldown.)
Updated August 17th, 2010 at 08:11 PM by The Fortress
I accomplished everything that was supposed to happen today. Car taken to be fixed, no one smashed into me in my rental car again, no kid pooped in the pool, and we got the newest addition to our family, a 15 week old Maine Coon kitten. Now I just have to wait for the house to cool down. I was about to move out.
8 x 50 @ 1:00
odds = back kick
evens = russian breast drill
8 x 25 shooters
odds = back evens = belly
Mini Speed Set:
5 x (25 AFAP + 50 EZ)
Felt like absolute crap in the water today, worst in weeks. Don't know if it's the effects of my mini taper or whether the heat is just making me tired. I tossed and turned a lot last night despite two fans going. I am SO looking forward to a frosty night.
And this is an odd stray thought. I've been noticing the last few weeks that sometimes my fingers and hands feel tired. Could that be from the paddle use?
I also noticed at the dreadful movie I went to the other night that James Franco looks like Rob Butcher ...
Lastly, whew, Fort Son, despite not running since last fall, made the cc team today, #2 on varsity.
One more lastly, here is a destination triathlon:
Attached are some pics of the new addition. (I'm having some trouble uploading; will try again later.) FB link: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...0&id=797920051.
Updated August 16th, 2010 at 10:41 PM by The Fortress
Swim/SCY/Solo @ OakMarr:
10 x 25 shooters
5 x 50, 25 easy speed fly + 25 EZ
4 x (25 burst or AFAP + 50 EZ)
After a very long drive, I came home last night to no AC. It wasn't a problem with the thermostat, so it must be my unit. Grrr ... I have to survive until Monday before I call. Thankfully, it is in the high 80s instead of 100 degrees here. Still, I can't sleep at all unless it's quite frosty and thus am quite tired today. i may sleep in the guest cottage where the AC works.
Mini Fort and I are going to the movies to cool off tonight. And I'm quite proud of Mini. She had to return home from the beach a few days early to attend volleyball tryouts. She did great, and she had the highest fitness score of anyone on the teams (push ups, curl ups, vertical jump, mile run, shuttle run, etc).
Was mulling over Jimby's suit/gender thread and his dire prognostications about psychological despair over non tech suit times ... I've never wasted a nanosecond of time or brain space worrying about my lifetime bests or age groups times vis-a-vis my masters times. (Indeed, I can't remember some of my times.) So, I am brashly and tentatively concluding -- I may be proved wrong -- that I will not be bothered by the slow down caused by the tech suit ban. I'm just going to chuck my B70 times and start over. Or use my prior times in full body Pros as a basis of comparison, if I even need a basis of comparison.
No psych sheet yet for Zones. I think the PV meet director may have more pressing things to attend to!
Updated August 14th, 2010 at 05:50 PM by The Fortress
5 x 100 free w/paddles @ 1:45
15 x 50, done as:
5 x 50 breast @ 1:15
5 x (25 shooter + 25 EZ)
5 x (25 EZ speedy fly w/fins + 25 EZ)
Speed Work w/fins:
1 x 50 AFAP
4 x (25 AFAP + 50 EZ)
I'm a little bored out of my mind workout wise. And I always find taper type workouts dull. I can't really tell how I feel in the water. I'm more tired than usual at my Y swims, but I think that's likely due to sitting on the beach for a couple hours beforehand. And my arms/shoulders are somewhat more tired than normal (usually it's my legs that are dead). I suppose that's from ocean swimming and the periodic use of paddles. At least the upper body rests up faster than the legs (at least for me). Tomorrow, I'm going to take a rest day as I drive home. Next week, a massage and more snoozy floaty taper workouts. I'm looking forward to Zones and getting back to more interesting training. Poor Jimby is worried I'm going to smoke him in the 50 free at Zones due to lack of a belly cover. Methinks he forgot that he swam perfectly fast at Zones in his Speedo LZR jammer ...
I managed to leave the beach without any burning! Or being caught in rip tides. I read that lifeguards rescued 214 people on one of the red flag days.
That's it. I'm beyond tired of applying sunscreen. I think 10 days at the beach is enough for me. 1 week is slightly too short to achieve max relaxation; 2 weeks is slightly too long. Unless you're somewhere else perhaps. I spent most of the day reading my book and floating over waves or on an inner tube.
Anyhoo, as I had done a couple speed workouts in a row, I opted for a "recovery" ocean swim today. I swam from the Johnny Mercer pier to the other end of the island and walked back. No idea how far that was. It seemed like quite a bit, and I got bored. I'm naturally happier in the pool. Mr. Fort made some noises about me converting to OW swimming in my old age. I brushed this off, and believe he was thinking quite selfishly in suggesting this. hehe
I hope I wake up and actually get psyched when I get home for Zones. A certain ennui has set in with so much vacationing and inadequate training & training goals. I am a bit jealous of those in PR; it sounds like a fabulous time. And the PV contingent is acquitting themselves very well.
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Updated August 18th, 2010 at 06:51 PM by The Fortress
Swim/SCY/Solo @ Y:
8 x 100 @ 2:00, aerobic mode
2 each of 100 free w/paddles, 100 russian breast drill, 100 back, 100 kick
10 x 50 @ 1:15, working on hand speed
odds = 25 power breast pull w/buoy + 25 EZ
evens = 15 backstroke spin drill + 35 easy
6 x 50 breast kick, cruise
odds = 1 pull, 3 kicks UW
evens = kick on back
3 x through w/fins:
1 x 25 AFAP free
1 x 50 EZ
1 x 25 easy speed fly
1 x 50 EZ
Mini Hypoxic Set:
8 x 25 shooters w/fins
Same routine as yesterday. I was on the beach for a couple hours, ate lunch and headed to the Y for a little speed work. I timed it to arrive after the Tri Group, and ended up having a lane of my own. No noodler incidents. Then headed back to the beach. I finished reading Dead End Gene Pool, which you must read if you think your family is dysfunctional. Started reading Open, Andre Agassi's autobiography. Planning on watching A Single Man tonight. Life feels very lazy. I will be quite quite spoiled when I get back to the inexorable routine of food gathering and preparing and chauffeuring. Fortunately, summer doesn't end until after Labor Day in DC, which, btw, is a good place to be away from right now.
Here's a P90X article on nutrition that I saw on FB:
My son turns 18 tomorrow. I can hardly believe it ...
Another beautiful beach day. I had no desire to make the trek to the Y today, so I braved the ocean. Probably not so wise. It was a yellow flag day and very choppy. Plus, I was swimming against the current somewhat. I felt like I was going nowhere. I swam about halfway to the far pier in almost the same time it took to go the whole way last week. No idea how OW swimmers do this all the time ... I'll head back to the Y tomorrow for some sprints.
Mr. Fort had much better luck. He rode part of the B2B course, going 68 miles and averaging 22.3 mph. He's anxious to see how fast he'll be with zipps.
Heading home on Friday. I'll be beached out by then. I've managed to weasel out of a small family reunion that weekend involving travel and young children. I need to get back to my own pool, dammit! And I need to start plotting some good 3-4 day escapes for the rest of the year. I also need to start formulating a training plan like Patricks. Not sure what my meet agenda will be (although I will plan on the Sprint Classic).