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  1. Swim w/Speedo, Thursday, Oct. 21

    by , October 21st, 2010 at 05:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim w/Speedo at Oak Marr:

    Warm up:

    750 various

    12 x 25 @ :35
    mix of shooters & swims
    every 4th one with a power 15 meter kick

    3 x 20/15/10 seconds of fast vertical dolphin kick w/hands at ears
    (only counted first one, 54)
    50 EZ after each

    Speed Set:

    5 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)

    100 EZ

    Total: 1800

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    Commentary:

    I didn't feel too sharp today, not nearly as good as Tuesday. I'm assuming it's likely because I took yesterday off or spent too much time being honked off. Speedo looked sharp and had great turnover.

    I finally found a link for the NE SCM Champs in December:

    http://www.swimnem.org/entryforms/bu2010entry.pdf.

    Not thrilled with the order of events. (I haven't complained in awhile, so I am due. ) The 100 fly and 100 IM are very close on Saturday and the 100 back and 50 fly are very close on Sunday. I don't recover that quickly from 100s. But it is a big meet, so perhaps it would be all right. I'm still hoping we have the Last Chance meet again here in DC.
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  2. Swim w/Speedo, Thursday, Oct. 21

    by , October 21st, 2010 at 05:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim w/Speedo at Oak Marr:

    Warm up:

    750 various

    12 x 25 @ :35
    mix of shooters & swims
    every 4th one with a power 15 meter kick

    3 x 20/15/10 seconds of fast vertical dolphin kick w/hands at ears
    (only counted first one, 54)
    50 EZ after each

    Speed Set:

    5 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)

    100 EZ

    Total: 1800

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    Commentary:

    I didn't feel too sharp today, not nearly as good as Tuesday. I'm assuming it's likely because I took yesterday off or spent too much time being honked off. Wrenched my neck on the second 25. Speedo looked sharp and had great turnover.

    I finally found a link for the NE SCM Champs in December:

    http://www.swimnem.org/entryforms/bu2010entry.pdf.

    Not thrilled with the order of events. (I haven't complained in awhile, so I am due. ) The 100 fly and 100 IM are very close on Saturday and the 100 back and 50 fly are very close on Sunday (just the women's 200 free in between). I don't recover that quickly from 100s. But it is a big meet, so perhaps it would be all right. I'm still hoping we have the Last Chance meet again here in DC.

    Here's a fun set a friend sent me:

    Always a 50 free in the end. Start with a 25kick/50free, go to 50kick/50 free, to 75 kick/50free, you get the picture. I went up to a 200 kick/50free and did one in fly/free. Interval started on 1:30 and went up by 15 each time....starts mellow, gets super fast!(actually adjusted it to going up 20at125/150,175 and 200kick), 2600 total.

    Updated October 21st, 2010 at 06:24 PM by The Fortress

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  3. Swim, Tuesday, Oct. 19

    by , October 19th, 2010 at 10:25 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    8 x 25 free w/over kick

    Transition:

    8 x 100 @ 1:45
    odds = free w/paddles
    evens = backstroke kick, last 25 fast

    10 squat jumps off bottom

    Speed Set:

    6 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    2 free, 2 fly, 2 breast

    100 EZ

    Total: 2400

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    Commentary:

    Swam at Spring Hill Rec today, which is finally open again after being closed for a couple months. The advantage over Oak Marr is that the lanes are less crowded and the water is cooler. Disadvantage: no digital clock and only one working pace clock right now. For this reason, I didn't bother with 50s; would have been too hard to see my times.

    My left shoulder is slightly twingey. But, happily, I have an ART appt. tomorrow.

    Cough is somewhat better today. But, unhappily, swimming seems to precipitate coughing.

    I think our B2B relay dilemma is resolved. We have a 50 year old swimmer who just got back from KONA. I'm sure she'll be MUCH faster than me at a 2.4 mile distance. And now I can just concentrate on my 25s and 50s. (I know Mike Heather rolled his eyes at that statement. )
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  4. Swim, Sunday, Oct. 17

    by , October 17th, 2010 at 05:20 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY w/Mini @ Oak Marr:

    After 3 months out of the pool, Mini Fort has decided it might be time to get back in a bit for the upcoming high school season. We did different things, but swam a couple sets together.

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Mini helped me with evil; I helped her with SDKs. She needs more hip and lower back strength to really hammer these, I think.

    Transition:

    10 x 25 shooters, no fins
    5 on back, 5 on belly

    10 x 25 free w/over kick, no fins

    10 x (25 EZ speed fly w/fins + 25EZ)

    1 x 20 second dolphin kicking AFAP w/hands near ears. Mini beat me by 2 (went 60).

    50 EZ

    Speed Work:

    8 x (25 AFAP w/fins (except back) + 25 EZ + much rest)
    2 of each stroke
    did backstroke starts on backstroke

    100 EZ

    1 x 50 SDK AFAP (went :22 high)

    150 EZ

    Total: 2500

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    Commentary:

    Still coughing and somewhat tired, making slow slow slow progress. Certainly not going anywhere in terms of aerobic conditioning this last week, but at least I've managed some speed play and speed work. And I've been in the water 6x (16,500 yards), so at least my feel is somewhat intact.

    Here's the psych sheet for the Sprint Classic. Coach said she'd enter me in the 50 free as well. http://www.patriotmasters.org/Sprint...c2010Psych.htm.

    I may do a practice in the next couple days where I warm up and do my meet events -- 3 x 50s and 4 x 25s AFAP -- as my workout.
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  5. Saturday, Oct. 16

    by , October 16th, 2010 at 05:08 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/Solo/SCY @ Oak Marr:

    Warm up:

    650 various

    Transition/Speed Play:

    3 x (25 free w/over kick + 25 free w/over kick + 25 fast breast pull + 25 EZ)

    50 EZ

    3 x (25 free w/over kick + 25 free w/over kick + 25 fast underwater free recovery drill w/fast hands + 25 EZ)

    50 EZ

    3 x (25 free w/over kick + 25 free 2/over kick + 25 back w/backstroke start + 25 EZ)
    Went 13, 14, 15 SDKs on the starts. 15 is legal with a tank, so probably 14 is the safest at a meet.

    50 EZ

    3 x (25 EZ free + 25 fast free + 25 EZ free) w/fins

    100 EZ

    Speed Sets:

    2 x (50 back AFAP + 150 EZ)

    I wanted to do them both from a backstroke start, but on the first one I was sharing a lane so had to push off. So I did one with fins (:23) and one from a start (:29). Very pleased with the 29; that's the fastest I've gone in practice, though I typically do my speed work with fins.
    I'm trying to pull up on my start without pulling my head in.

    4 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    free, breast, back kick, dolphin kick

    100 EZ

    Total: 3000

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    Commentary:

    Bronchitis is still lingering. I had tentative plans to hit the gym with Jazzy tomorrow, but I am still just coughing too much. I may try to do some light dryland work before the Sprint Classic next weekend and just keep doing speed work.
    The psych sheets are out. Since I'm not going to Indy, I'm going to try to add the 50 free.

    Going to L'Auberge Chez Francois tonight with friends, http://www.laubergechezfrancois.com/, and hoping not to get glutened.

    Oh, this is rather funny. My whole life I've measured at 5 ft, 4 1/2 inches in height. Yesterday, at the doctors, I measured 5 ft, 5 1/2 inches. I'm a giant! I'm assuming it's the yoga. I've heard of people gaining an inch from yoga with its spine lengthening elements.

    Updated October 17th, 2010 at 12:08 PM by The Fortress

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  6. Swim, Oct. 14

    by , October 14th, 2010 at 06:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/Solo/SCY:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Transition/Technique Work:

    12 x 25 free w/dorkel (no fins) emphasizing kick

    I foresee a long transition period if I ever want to use this device. I'm not adept with it at all, and it precipitated some coughing fits. Here are some tips on how to use the dorkel: http://www.goswim.tv/entries/5611/fi...s-snorkel.html. I think it would be quite helpful to me in freestyle. Breathing is really somewhat incidental for the 50 free. And I feel like it really does help you concentrate on form and kicking.

    8 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = Estonian breast drill
    evens = breast pull w/buoy, done as 25 fast + 25 easy

    5 x (4 x 25 w/fins)
    25 twirling shooter + 25 twirling shooter + 25 EZ + 25 EZ speed fly

    (My fly didn't feel quite as foreign today)

    50 EZ

    RA CNS Stimulation Set (from Swimmer mag):

    3 x (5 x 50 (no fins) + 50 EZ)

    1st 5 = freestyle
    6-7-8-9-10 fast strokes and then cruise the rest

    2nd 5 = dolphin kick on belly
    8-9-10-11-12 fast kicks and then cruise the rest free

    3rd 5 = freestyle
    6-7-8-9-10 fast strokes and then cruise the rest

    150 EZ

    Total: 2750

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    Commentary:

    I am beyond frustrated with the lingering effects of bronchitis. Cough is just not under control, and keeping me up at night. It really takes a long time for me to kick this stuff; it just LINGERS.

    I've decided that PRP to the foot is harder to recover from than PRP to the shoulder. I could always swim fairly well a couple days after, but my foot is still sore. Guess it's cuz I'm always walking with the darn thing ...

    I'm off to senior night for cross country. Kinda bummed my senior isn't racing tonight. But they aren't "racing" in this quad meet anyway -- just doing some pace work to get ready for a big invitational on Saturday. Edit: Chatted with the AD a bit after the race. He said, despite having to automatically impose a 2 race suspension, that FortSon was a "rock star," "stood up," acted "honorably" and that he would tell him "well done" at graduation.

    My vids from the 50 back/50 fly combo at the Sprint Classic last year are here: http://forums.usms.org/blog.php?b=6079. I entered slower times this year in view of the bronchitis, lack of speed suit and being generally less ready. I had these same factors at play at the Albatross meet and I was about 1.5 seconds off my PRs in the two 50s there. Haven't seen a psych sheet yet. I'm curious about attendance.

    I'm still going to try to train hard and well the next couple months even though I'm feeling less motivated. I want to be ready to go when I AARP up.

    Updated October 14th, 2010 at 11:26 PM by The Fortress

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  7. Baby Steps, Oct. 13

    by , October 13th, 2010 at 05:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/Solo/SCY:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Main Set:

    I used the structure of Chris' main set today. But I knew right away after getting in the water that I was not going to go fast. (As much as I'd like to swim faster faster and get better faster, it seems like I'm going to need a full 2 weeks).

    1 x 200 free w/paddles @ 3:00
    2 x 100 fly kick w/fins @ 2:00, last 25 UW
    4 x 50 360 fly drills @ 1:00
    (A swimmer asked me if I was doing these for strength or flexibility; I said neither.)

    1 x 200 free w/paddles @ 3:00
    2 x 100 back kick w/fins @ 2:00, 1 & 3rd 25s UW
    4 x 50 back w/fins @ 200 pace @ 1:00 (went 30-31, not really 200 pace)

    1 x 200 free w/paddles @ 3:00
    2 x 100 breast pull @ whatever
    4 x 50 breast @ 1:00
    odds = fast w/fins (30, 31)
    evens = EZ

    1 x 200 free w/paddles
    2 x 100 flutter kick w/board @ 2:00
    4 x 50 free, no interval, done as 25 AFAP + 25 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 3100

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    Commentary:

    Still coughing a lot and feeling sub par. But marginally better than yesterday. Trying to get good sleep. At least I could attempt to swim fast a wee bit today, though most of the workout was technique based. Since I am swimming so slow, this would probably be a good time to get out the dread dorkel.

    Got yelled at by a lap swimmer today because I didn't see him when I was doing one of the 200 frees. Well, no, I don't generally tend to look up on deck. Couldn't he just have stuck a hand or kick board in the water rather than yelling at me?

    Had a nice chat with one of the Machine coaches, who also coaches their masters group. He and a quite a few of his swimmers are competing in the Sprint Classic next Saturday. He was definitely trying to shame me into swimming. And I will, so long as I feel well. (I won't expect anything too great based on my Albatross meet results last March coming after the flu.) Unfortunately, Coach Cheryl says tech suits are out for the unofficial 25s because they "are being judged by officials." Not sure I follow that logic, but that's fine.

    Now I need to get back to the gym ...

    I have a rare slow night of driving kids around.

    Updated October 13th, 2010 at 09:09 PM by The Fortress

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  8. Swim, Oct. 12

    by , October 12th, 2010 at 09:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/Solo/SCY @ Oak Marr:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    5 x 100 free w/paddles & fins @ 1:30

    Main Set:

    8 x 25
    odds = EZ speed fly w/fins
    (I hesitate even to label this "fly" as it felt foreign and horrible)
    evens = UW shooter w/fins
    coughing fit

    100 russian breast drill

    8 x 25
    odds = back
    evens = back kick
    coughing fit

    100 russian breast drill

    8 x 25
    odds = breast pull
    evens = flutter kick shooter

    100 chest press fly

    8 x 25
    all free w/overkick

    100 chest press fly

    8 x 25 flutter kick w/board @ :30

    100 EZ

    Total: 2600

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    Commentary:

    Made it back to the pool again. Did not do anything even remotely fast. I feel better, maybe 60%. I guess it's better to do this than stay out of the pool. More exhausting than swimming was the post swimming: pick Mini up from HS, go to grocery, drop Mini back at HS for game, go home to feed other kids dinner, go back to HS to watch volleyball game, come home and do dishes and pack lunches and read Fort Son's college application essay. Seriously, I need a wife.

    This latest bout of illness made me realize how much illness or injuries can ruin a season or a year. Last year, I was healthy most of the year. This year, I've had three major epidsodes where I've been out of the water for long periods of time. I just hope next year is back to healthy.

    I still doubt I'll swim the Sprint Classic. But I was wondering whether the "unofficial" 25s can be swum in "unofficial" suits, i.e., tech suits. Logically, I would think they could be since they don't count. I was thinking maybe I should force myself to do the 25s just to get some start work in. Maybe I'll feel more positive about this next week.

    Saw this on FB on the P90X page:

    http://www.beachbody.com/product/p90...49.do#article1

    It's rather depressing to think that most lean meats and fish are bad for us. I have read elsewhere that they are just loaded with chemicals though.

    As for the gluten advice, since I am not allergic to gluten and am allergic to pomegranates, I decided to give gluten another try. No, I cannot tolerate the stuff at all. So I will just carry on avoiding gluten and lactose.

    Updated October 12th, 2010 at 09:11 PM by The Fortress

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  9. Swim, Monday, Oct. 11

    by , October 11th, 2010 at 09:52 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Back in the water for a very slow short swim:

    Swim/Solo/SCY @ OakMarr

    Warm up:

    600 various
    10 x 25 shooters w/fins

    Main sets:

    Solo Social Mini Mountain Kick:

    all dolphin kick w/board @ :15-20 RI
    1 x 50
    1 x 100
    1 x 150
    1 x 200
    5 x 1:00 vertical kick (breast, dolphin, flutter, dolphin, breast)
    1 x 200
    1 x 150
    1 x 100
    1 x 50

    10 x 50 @ 1:0
    odds = free
    evens = back

    6 x 25 breast
    alternating dolphin and whip kick

    50 EZ

    Total: 2550

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    Commentary:

    Well, it's a start. My throat and lungs are still burning. Cough is slightly better. It's very non-productive, so it needs to just stop soon. Getting healthy feels like a fairly interminable process.

    Just to cheer myself up, I checked the LCM rankings and my 4 x 50 from Zones are still in the top ten. I think this reflects a lack of participation in long course this summer. I'll be curious to see if that continues this short course season. Apparently, according to the convention votes, most people don't like the suits. If so, they should be lining up to swim now.

    Also, on a whim, I checked the all time FINA rankings and was surprised to find this: Some of these will no doubt change with all the fast chicks entering my age group.

    FINA WORLD MASTERS TOP 10 - SHORT COURSE METERS - ALL TIME (1986-2009)

    50 SCM BACK:

    30.58 K.PIPES-NEILSEN USA 2007
    31.14 LESLIE LIVINGSTON USA 2009
    31.45 BARBARA OPITZ GER 2006
    32.02 SHIZUKO HIRAISHI JPN 2009
    32.51 LAURIE DITOMMASO USA 2009
    32.54 VIBEKE SWANSON USA 2006
    32.59 K.ANDRUS-HUGHES USA 2006
    32.61 SUSANNA ROSEN SWE 2009
    32.65 L VAN PELT-DILLER USA 2003
    32.67 LAURA VAL USA 1999

    100 SCM BACK:

    1:04.46 K.PIPES-NEILSEN FRA 2009
    1:07.21 ELLEN REYNOLDS USA 2009
    1:09.20 VIBEKE SWANSON USA 2006
    1:09.27 VERA CAPKOVA BEL 2006
    1:09.58 LESLIE LIVINGSTON USA 2009
    1:09.68 KARIN SEICK GER 2007
    1:09.90 L.PELT-DILLER USA 2006
    1:10.17 LISA WARD USA 2009
    1:10.33 LISA DIXON-WELLS CAN 2006
    1:10.40 SUSANNA ROSEN SWE 2009

    50 SCM FLY:

    29.10 HAYLEY BETTINSON GBR 2009
    29.21 LAURIE DITOMMASO USA 2008
    29.40 K.PIPES-NEILSEN FRA 2009
    29.69 LESLIE LIVINGSTON USA 2009
    29.71 SHIZUKO HIRAISHI JPN 2009
    29.97 USCHI DUMIG GER 2005
    30.02 KARIN SEICK GER 2006
    30.18 LISA DAHL USA 2006
    30.24 TRACI GRANGER USA 2007
    30.37 ARLENE DELMAGE USA 2008


    FINA WORLD MASTERS TOP 10 - LONG COURSE METERS - ALL TIME (1986-2009)

    50 LCM BACK:

    31.71 VALERIE JENKINS USA 2008
    31.85 SUSAN WALSH USA 2007
    31.99 LESLIE LIVINGSTON USA 2009
    32.08 SHIZUKO HIRAISHI JPN 2009
    32.10 K.PIPES-NEILSEN USA 2007
    32.65 VERA CAPKOVA BEL 2006
    32.93 LAURA VAL USA 1997
    33.18 KARIN SEICK GER 2006
    33.34 K.ANDRUS-HUGHES USA 2006
    33.40 CATHY SHEEHAN CAN 2005

    50 LCM FLY:

    29.37 LAURIE DITOMMASO USA 2009
    29.52 K.PIPES-NEILSEN USA 2008
    29.57 LISA DAHL USA 2009
    29.74 LESLIE LIVINGSTON USA 2009
    29.84 SUSAN WALSH USA 2007
    29.89 SHIZUKO HIRAISHI JPN 2009
    30.01 LISA WARD USA 2009
    30.04 ARLENE DELMAGE USA 2008
    30.30 ANGELA ZINGLER GER 2001
    30.40 ROBIN PARISI USA 2002
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  10. Saturday, Oct. 2

    by , October 2nd, 2010 at 08:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Car, 3.0 hours
    Cross Country Invitational, 45 minutes
    Soccer game, 1.0
    Emergency Shoe Shopping for Homecoming, 1.0
    Cleaning like a fiend to make house presentable for homecoming pictures, 3.0
    Swim, 30 minutes slow swim
    Steam, 10 minutes
    Homecoming Prep & Pics, 1.5
    (Mini and Fort Son w/date below)
    Driving to Chipolte for takeout now ...

    I was not exactly athletic today. I was shocked I even made it to the gym ...

    I'm going with Q's explanation of RA's explanation for my slow swim:

    "Re my easy swims: this was a result of some testing done in a flume last Dec. conducted by the director of the Exercise and Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Colorado Hospital. I’ve been known to espouse the dictum re masters swimming too fast when they swim slow and too slow when they swim fast….Well, let me tell you that perceived effort can be misleading. During my warm-up swim for the test (4 minutes easy) my HR was 138 and my blood lactate was 2.95. I thought I was going easy, but I wasn’t. I should have been around 125 for HR and under 2.0 for lactate. Also, the tests showed that my lactate clearance times were not fast enough to enable effective intense training sessions. I had to improve my lower level capacity to build to lactate transporter enzymes. This in itself would not improve my racing, but it would enable my training at higher intensities, which would translate to better anaerobic endurance. My “prescription” was to swim at a Z2 level (for me HR of 120-128) 1 or 2 times a week. To quote my report “it is important to be patient at that intensity until lactate oxidation improves.”

    I am pretty sure my lactate clearance is even worse than RA's ... Perhaps one day I'll get tested.

    My team practices were cancelled this weekend, which stinks because that's where I usually get my hard aerobic practice. Not sure if I'm going to be jazzed up enough to do that on my own tomorrow. If so, it will likely be a kick mountain. Any other suggestions? I"m thinking about LT sets for next week. I think Gary Hall Sr. kick workout may fit the bill.

    Now, I can wait up for my 2 children to get home from Homecoming. At least I get to sleep in!

    Updated October 2nd, 2010 at 10:17 PM by The Fortress

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  11. 16 Minutes of Pain, Thursday, Sept. 30

    by , September 30th, 2010 at 04:51 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    SCY w/Speedo @ Oak Marr:

    Warm up:

    700 variety

    6 x 25 shooters w/fins

    Transition:

    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = swim
    evens = kick w/speed bursts

    10 squat jumps off bottom of pool

    LT Death Set:

    8 x 100 @ 2:00, best average.

    Did backstroke kick w/fins
    (Shoulders sore from weights, so thought I'd kick. And I haven't done a super hard kick set in awhile.)

    Went: 58, 57, 57, 57, 58, 58, 59, 58

    These were rough and painful right from the get go. Being somewhat breathing impaired, I couldn't stay under as much as I wanted. So my SDK count per 25 was 10-12, 7, 6, 4-5. The last 25 sucked on each 100 and I kept expecting Pete to track me down like he often does. I suppose, though, that it's relatively harder to keep the SDK count high when you're doing the 100s @ 2:00. There was not a lot of chit chatting on the wall between 100s. Thankfully, we made up for that in the hot tub later.

    250 EZ or so

    Total: 2400

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    Commentary:

    As Pete said, this set is dastardly. After 4, I was ready to get out. That's when it helps to have a training partner! I feel pretty blasted. I know I should do a yoga-stretch for 30 minutes. If I somehow manage to accomplish this feat -- for it seems like a feat at the moment -- I will update my blog.

    84 degree pool temps are way too hot for this set. It would be better tolerated at Mason, I think.

    Have an appt. to get my foot jabbed on Oct. 5. http://www.treatingpain.com/diagnosi...ch-plasma.html.

    Updated September 30th, 2010 at 07:14 PM by The Fortress

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  12. Wed., Sept. 29

    by , September 29th, 2010 at 04:48 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    Warm up:

    broomstick twists, 25
    windshield wipers, 25
    squat to wall ball w/10 lb ball, 15
    (http://media.crossfit.com/cf-video/C...t_Wallball.wmv)
    dead bugs on bosu, 25
    streamline hold on bosu, 1:00
    plyo jacks, 10

    Strength Work:

    bench press w/barbell, 70 x 1 x 10, 80 x 2 x 8
    chin ups, 3 x 6
    bulgarian one legged split squat, 25 x 1 x 10, each leg with plate over head, 30 x 1 x 10, each leg with DBs
    reverse scoops, 30 x 1 x 10, 40 x 1 x 10
    (40 lbs caused me to feel a twinge in the mid scapular area)
    power wheel pike ups, 2 x 10

    Filler = RC exercises


    Quick Solo Swim, SCM @ Gym:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Main Sets:

    4 x 100 flutter kick w/board @ 2:00
    1 & 4th length kinda fast

    4 x (4 x 25)
    fly drill, fly drill, EZ speed fly, EZ

    4 x 100 dolphin w/fins @ 2:00
    1 & 4th lengths UW

    3 x (4 x 25)
    1-4 = breast alternating dolphin and whip kick
    5-8 = breast with flutter kick
    9-12 = breast alternating dolphin and whip kick

    50 EZ

    Total: 2150 meters


    Yoga:

    30 minutes

    (Haven't done this yet, but I plan to.)

    I totally sucked and didn't do this, as I got involved with life.

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    Commentary:

    I was a little foggy this am, but feel like I got a decent dryland workout in.

    Not doing so well on the diagnosis front.

    JimRude is coming up with some nasty LT sets for me. Perhaps one tomorrow with Speedo.


    Contador gets Jessica Hardy Suspension:

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...s182957D99.DTL


    http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog...e-4-hour-body/

    Rich Roll, ultra geek, loves this guy.

    Updated September 30th, 2010 at 11:22 AM by The Fortress

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  13. More Speed Work, Tuesday, Sept. 28

    by , September 28th, 2010 at 09:10 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Headed over to Oak Marr around 1:30. Couldn't get there in time to swim with Speedo due to foot MRI. Though I do enjoy his kick set. Did the following:

    Warm up:

    800 various

    Transition:

    8 x 50 double shooters w/MF @ 1:00

    10 x squat jumps off bottom of pool (7 feet deep)

    8 x 25
    odds = build to fast flutter kick shooter or underwater free recovery
    evens = EZ

    4 x 25
    odds = fast flutter kick w/board
    evens = EZ

    50 EZ

    Speed Set/RA Broken 100s w/fins:

    4 x 100 @ 8:00 broken as:
    1 x 50 @ 1:00
    1 x 25 @ :30
    1 x 25 kick @ :30

    150 EZ after each

    Went fly (24, 11 high, 12); back (24 low, 12, 12), breast (30-31, 14, 12), IM (25, 12, 12)

    Last time I did this set with Speedo @ 9:00 and went:

    Odds back and evens evil w/fins
    #1 went 25, 12, 12 (sluggish start)
    #2 went 30, 15, 15
    #3 went 24, high 11, 12
    #4 went 29, 14, 14

    200 EZ

    Total: 2700

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

    Commentary:

    I felt horrible in the water today. Not sure why. Could be lack of solid sleep, combined with allergies. I was sleeping relatively well for awhile, and I seem to have fallen off the wagon again. I got a PM from our resident Dr. Jaegermeister saying, after reading my thoughts in Swimmer, that I was on the right track to help correct this issue somewhat. So I will carry on.

    The water also felt like a bath after swimming at Mason a couple times in a row. Definitely felt more than 84 to me today. A young guy hopped in my lane to swim while I was getting out and went on and on about how cold it was. I just rolled my eyes. It's people like that (and the noodlers) that keep the Rec Center pools at uncomfortable temps for anything but lap swimming and noodling.

    Spoke to a Machine coach for a bit at the end of practice. Wondering why I was practicing solo, slight recruiting nod. He will be at the Sprint Classic coaching some Machine masters swimmers. Sometimes I wonder if masters joining USA teams will result in more USA growth than more masters team growth. USA teams often have more options for swimmers, case in point Speedo.

    My fly still feels kinda bouncy. I think I need to do some easy speed fly to fix this issue.


    Odd Allergy:

    My food allergy doc also called today to tell me that I am, in fact, allergic to pomegranates. What a weird freakin' allergy! And, unfortunately, I have been poisoning myself as I usually add pomegranate juice to my smoothies and sometimes sprinkle the arials on my salad. My darn Gu Brew is even pomegranate flavored. At least this is an easier problem to correct than avoiding gluten and dairy. I hope I will feel better through avoidance; it's bad enough with fall allergies. Several friends agree that this fall is worse than ever.

    Hmm .. I just googled pomegranate allergy at Jimslie's urging. I have zillions of symptoms of this "rare allergy:"

    Runny nose
    Watery eyes
    Sore eyes
    Itchy eyes
    Red eyes
    Cough
    Hives/Rashes
    Asthma
    Hoarseness
    Throat swelling
    Sneezing
    Wheezing
    Sinus pain
    Breathing problems

    Lovely! But perhaps this explains why my eyes are in their current state of malfunction.


    Terminology:

    I'm wondering about our use of the terms "speed work," "race pace'" and "lactate tolerance." Q and I were discussing it in Patrick's blog. I had thought that race pace work could be done either way -- as speed work with mega rest or as a lactate tolerance set w/less rest so you were still (and more painfully so) battling the lactate and building power endurance. I was thinking of "race pace" as perceived effort for X distance. Is there a more specific usage of these terms?

    Updated September 29th, 2010 at 12:01 AM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts , Test Sets
  14. Sunday, Sept. 26

    by , September 26th, 2010 at 10:00 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    dead bugs on bosu, 25
    windshield wipers, 25
    body rows, 15
    russian twists on incline bench w/30 lb DB, 25
    overhead squats, 45 x 1 x 15, 55 x 1 x 10, 65 x 1 x 10, 75 x 1 x 7
    box jumps, 10
    altitude drops, 10
    med ball floor slams, 10
    back extensions w/25 lb plate, 2 x 20
    hanging straight leg raise, feet all the way up to bar, 10
    (Last time I tried this, my quads protested, but not this time.)
    hanging reverse knee tucks, 10
    (Hands hurt from lack of gloves. Alternatively, I have piss poor grip strength.)

    RC exercises


    Yoga:

    30-35 minutes of yoga and stretching. Someone who had been lifting simultaneously with me and started stretching said I had a "awesome and enviable combo of strength and flexibility." Yes, that's what I'm going for!

    Then I got grilled on how to get that way. lol

    I've been using a yoga block on my seated single and double leg hamstring stretches. This seems to help me get a better stretch in the lat/rhomboid area.


    Swim/SCM/Solo @ gym:

    30 minute slow continuous swim, including kicking and drilling

    Hot tub & steam room

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

    Commentary:

    I was somewhat, not terribly sore, when I headed to the gym today. But I am busy tomorrow, so Monday works out better for a rest day.

    I was surprised that the overhead squats felt pretty good. I had never done them with anything more than the 45 lb bar before today, so getting up to 75 was a major improvement.

    I think I'm doing a decent job of cutting back on drylands somewhat and shortening the length of the workout.

    In any event, considering the rough start to the week, I think I got some good workouts in.

    Updated September 26th, 2010 at 10:08 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts , Yoga
  15. Complete Opposite, Saturday, Sept. 25

    by , September 25th, 2010 at 09:19 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    AM Swim/SCY/Team @ GMU:

    I did the main set with Petra Martin. Not too many people there today.

    Warm up:

    3 x through:

    100 swim
    100 kick
    100 pull (I did 50 scull, forgot paddles)
    100 drill

    Main Set:

    2 x through:

    300 free @ 4:00 (perfect technique, kick out past flags "as you should on every turn every day")
    (I did 300 kicks w/fins. Went 3:34 on both.)
    4 x 75 @ 1:10, done as 50 free + 25 choice, descend
    4 x 100 kick @ 1:50 (Went backstroke, held 1:26-27. Didn't stay under much, allergies bothering me breathing wise.)
    4 x 25 shooters @ :40
    4 x 100 IM @ 1:40 (I used fins.)
    #1 = fast fly
    #2 = fast back
    #3 = fast breast
    #4 = fast free
    (I floated through the non-fast 75.)
    1:00 extra rest

    200 EZ

    Total: 4250

    After practice I rushed home to pick up Mini-Fort and go meet Ryan Lochte. He very dutifully was signing a million autographs and taking photos. I managed to say "great job at PanPacs." Mini Fort, perhaps for the first time in her extrovert life, was speechless. hahaha. Unfortunately, my camera decided to malfunction, or I had it on a wrong setting. But some pics below. He chuckled at my masters swimming cap.


    PM Drylands:

    broomstick twists, 25
    windshield wipers, 2 x 15
    long arm crunches, 2 x 25
    reverse scoop, 25 x 1 x 10, 30 x 1 x 10, 35 x 1 x 10, 40 x 1 x 6
    streamline on back on bosu, 1 x 1:00
    skull crushers, 60 x 2 x 8
    Icarian chest supported T bar rows, 75 x 2 x 8
    knee tuck jumps, 10
    rock star jumps, 10
    hanging reverse knee tucks, 2 x 15
    single leg press, 150 x 2 x 10, each leg


    RC Work, 5-10 min

    Yoga & Stretching, 20 minutes


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

    Commentary:

    After swim practice, my coach said, "so is that the exact opposite of what you usually do?" And I said, "why yes." lol So that's my endurance workout for the week.

    I must say that I really prefer doing drylands before swimming rather than after. Though I had 5 hours or so off in between swimming and drylands, I could still the effects of swim practice. Or maybe it was the effects of sitting in 97 degree heat at Lil Fort's soccer game (on astro turf no less). She said it was the worst game of her life.

    On some of the weights I'm doing (like the dead lift), I think I may be limited in increasing weight by hand strength. How does one increase hand strength to fix this problem?
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  16. Speed Work, Friday, Sept. 24

    by , September 24th, 2010 at 07:18 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ GMU:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Transition/Speed Play:

    Ripped off a bit of this from Speedo's blog.

    8 x 25 glide drill

    10 air squats off pool bottom at 9'5" depth:

    1-5 = streamline, got to top hip level
    6-10 = streamline + 2-3 dolphin kicks, got to bottom hip level

    3 x 20 seconds AFAP vertical dolphin kick + 50 EZ (Got this idea from Geekity.)

    Went 54, 54, 53 dolphin kicks. As Geek would say, these hurt like mother scritchers. I could have used an easy 100 between instead of a 50 to get my heart rate down. The thought did occur to me that this could easily be adapted as a tabata set. It was great speed work also.

    4 x 25
    odds = standing broad jump into pool w/med ball and eggbeater kick to wall holding med ball out of water (I HATE eggbeaters.)
    evens = standing broad jump, turn over on back and kick holding med ball up with 1 hand
    (A masters swimmer swimming next to me remarked that this looked really hard. Yep.)

    100 EZ

    Speed Sets:

    5 x 50 AFAP + 100 EZ

    #1 = SDK, high 22
    #2 = back, high 23
    #3 = free, high 23
    #4 = SDK, mid 22
    #5 = back, 24 (tired)

    (I did the first two on 3:00 and the last three on 3:30.)

    Last year at the time, I went:

    50 SDK on back, :23
    50 back, high :24
    50 free, :25 (missed turn)
    50 SDK, :23
    50 back, :25 (tired)

    50 EZ

    5 x (25 AFAP kick w/board & fins + 25 EZ) @ 30

    Got kicked out of comp pool and went to hot rec pool. It felt dreadful after the cool water in the comp pool

    200 EZ

    Total: 2300 + VK

    Yoga:

    30 minutes of stretching and yoga while watching DVR'd shows.


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

    Commentary:

    I loved this workout! The squats, jumps and VK at the beginning were fun and useful. And I think they were a good warm up for the fast 50s b/c they got my sprinter neurons firing and heart rate up.

    I was surprised to see that my times were slightly faster than last year. I am chocking this up to the better accuracy of the digital clocks over the pace clocks I used last year and the much cooler water at Mason.

    I'm now pretty tired from this.

    Looking ahead to next week, I'd like to do 2 fast days with more of a lactate tolerance element. I may do the Rich Abraham broken 100 set one day. Speedo want to join? I also liked this set that Ande did today.

    3 rounds of 3 x 50 + 100 easy , done:

    #1 @ 90% on 1:15
    #2 @ 95% on 1:30
    #3 @ 100% on 2:00

    At least I think this is what Ande did; there may have been a typo in his blog b/c he said it was 4 x 50. Since I'm not Ande, I may adjust the intervals slightly.

    Going to my team practice tomorrow am, which will be aerobic in nature and then to:

    http://www.sportfairusa.com/

    Updated September 25th, 2010 at 10:41 AM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  17. Tuesday, Sept. 22

    by , September 22nd, 2010 at 09:46 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    8 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = swim
    evens = kick

    Speed Set:

    10 x (25 AFAP + 25 EZ), no interval

    3 free, 3 breast, 3 UW kick, 1 fly fast

    100 EZ

    Total: 1700

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

    Commentary:

    I only had time for a very quick swim today; the rest of the day was booked solid. (And I still have red, not Gaga, hair.) So, it seemed like the perfect time to pop in a 10 x 25 fast. I wish I had felt fast, but at least it's a start. I'm ready to get back to basics -- strength & speed! But, unlike Patrick, I plan to use actual weights.

    I glanced at a few workouts from last year in late Sept. In particular, I was looking to see what I went on my fast 50s with fins for Q. I found this set from Sept. 29:

    5 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 100 EZ)

    Went:

    50 SDK on back, :23
    50 back, high :24
    50 free, :25 (missed turn)
    50 SDK, :23
    50 back, :25 (tired)

    I highly doubt I could do that right now. But I plan to do this set on Friday along with some other speed work and maybe some high intensity vertical kicking. I feel the need to do more than 31 kicks in 10 seconds, or I will have to concede defeat to Geek and send him a cap.

    To get myself out of my demi-funk, I am entering some meets. I am going to do an abbreviated line up at the Sprint Classic and go to Indy with Jimslie the following weekend. I will be staying at the famous Bobinator's house and Chicken of the Sea, FlyQueen, Bzaks and others may attend as well. If Bill White doesn't come with Jimslie and me, I will plan something evil for my next Sewickley Masters workout over Thanksgiving.

    Sprint Classic Events, Oct. 24:

    50 back
    50 fly
    25 back
    25 breast
    25 fly
    25 free

    GRIN Fall Classic at Indy, SCM, Oct. 30-31:

    Saturday:

    100 fly
    50 free
    50 fly

    Sunday:

    100 back
    50 breast (as split request in the 100)
    100 IM

    The weather sucks! It was 90 and humid today. It thundered as I was heading to watch FortSon's cross country race. It was delayed, causing me to miss the race because I had to take Lil Fort and friend to swim practice. Grrr ... He said he had a good race, but died in the heat. We fair skinned folk do not like exercising in heat.

    I haven't received my Swimmer magazine yet, and I am just dying to read "Swimming Through Menopause."

    I am getting some crap for being mental about the cold water and opting not to do the B2B race. I can only hope that certain people know that if I die, our relay will get DQ'd.

    And, finally ... drumroll ... Ryan Lochte will be at a local swim shop on Saturday from 11-2. Mini is urging a trip there after my swim practice.

    Updated September 22nd, 2010 at 10:51 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  18. Tuesday, Sept. 21

    by , September 21st, 2010 at 05:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Main Sets:

    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = stroke drill
    (1 arm fly or russian breast)
    evens = kick

    30 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :30, done as:

    10 x 25
    odds = back
    evens = belly

    10 x 25
    flutter kick shooter

    10 x 25
    twirling shooter

    1:00 rest between sets of 10

    10 x 50
    odds = stroke drill
    evens = kick

    100 EZ

    Total: 2550

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

    Commentary:

    I had considered doing some speed work today, but I am not recovered from the events of the weekend. Why does it take so long to recover from races/travel? I need to get back on track, but am oddly demotivated. Thankfully, it is only Sept. 21. Still a month to the Sprint Classic. I'm going to take a look at some of my CVDB workouts from last fall to get ideas for sprint workouts. Or, I could just read Patrick's blog.

    I did speak at length to my ENT doctor today. He confirmed that cold air & cold water can be an asthma trigger, especially if combined with fall allergies. He re-prescribed Asthmanax and rescue inhalers to use as needed. He thought the B2B swim would be "risky." It's possible that taking the meds prior to swimming could stave off/prevent an attack or breathing problems. Or it might not, given the length of the swim and the cold temps. He advised pre-testing, i.e., taking the meds and having at a long cold swim. This doesn't really seem feasible for me. I'm just not comfortable doing this race right now. So I'm going to be a wimp and bail and beg beg beg for a replacement!

    Here are a few more pics from the tri, one of Mr. Fort's Jamis bike cake, and a shot of Mr. Fort and me where we do not look post race bedraggled. You can sort of see how steep the Westernport Wall is in the devil pictures.

    I am scheduled for a long visit with my hair stylist tomorrow. Maintaining red hair is difficult. I love it, but I am slightly frustrated with the major fading problem. Considering another color at year end. Thoughts?

    Updated September 21st, 2010 at 05:52 PM by The Fortress

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  19. Savageman 2010, September 20

    by , September 20th, 2010 at 03:55 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Savageman Narrative:


    Setting the Scene:

    Ensconced in bucolic Deep Creek Lake woods, the Vienna Geezer Jocks began their second assault on the Savagemen coed HIM relay race. Last year, we finished 5th behind some stellar teams. This year, we finished first in 5:10, much to our shock. This was completely due to the huge improvements of Mr. Fort on the bike and our good friend, Chris McKee (and speedy Boston marathoner), on the run portion.

    We had a lovely day Saturday settling into our cottage, picking up our packets, warming up on our race sites. The only glitch that day was that one of the sensors on Mr. Fort's bike seemed to be malfunctioning. Fortunately, they had scads of bike gear at the inspection site and he was able to replace the battery. We enjoyed our cottage, hot tubbed, sat on the deck overlooking the river, went to dinner, etc. I apparently ate something that didn't agree because I had immediate bloating and rash symptoms. Ugh. I suspect it was ingestion of lactose, as the risotto I had seemed too creamy and I had a couple bites of cheese. I took lactase enzymes to no avail.


    Fireworks:

    Later, I settled down with my book (in retrospect, a horribly written thing) to attempt sleep. Just as I was getting drowsy, around, 11:45, our neighbors started setting off fireworks and screaming. And it didn't stop. Being an incredibly light sleeper, this did not sit well with me. In fact, as my blog readers would expect, it did not sit well with me at all. When it did not desist, I went out side and, making no attempt to be nice or patient, told them to shut the f*ck up because it was nearly midnight and we had a race. After several rounds of fireworks and my rather loud voice, there was blissful dead silence and I recommenced the effort to fall asleep.


    "Swim":

    The next morning all went as planned. Mr. Fort woke me up around 6:15, I got up around 6:30, we caffeinated, ate and went off to the race site. I did do a very short warm up swim to, as Jimslie would say, "open the capillaries." So far, all was well. I went off in wave two. The first 1/3 of the race went better than last year. I didn't sprint too much at the start, but began at a controlled yet good clip. I had placed myself next to some of the other relays girls and was with or ahead of them. Then, about halfway through, quite suddenly, I began having trouble breathing. I was gasping on every breath, my chest started tightening and my arms felt like lead. At first, I thought I had overdone it at the start like last year. I quickly realized that this was not the case and that I was having asthma problems. I was panicked and dismayed. I haven't really had any wheezing problems except for last March at the Albatross meet and last May when I was sick after Nats. I had even stopped using Asthmanex.

    What to do when this happens in an OW race? I was at least smart enough to flop on my back, float a bit and slow my pace way down before bringing on a full attack. (Full attack = no way can you carry on.) I considered waving to the kayakers and getting out. I did some slow backstroke, tried to get my breathing under control. Tons of people went past me at this juncture. I felt slightly better and decided to muddle on slowly and cautiously. I gave up all notions of having a fast-ish swim. At first, I felt slightly guilty about this. But this feeling quickly disappeared as my only thought became survival and finishing. I did a combination of very slow backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle to finish the race. I'm quite sure I set the course record for most distance covered in a non freestyle manner. But I just couldn't breathe very well when swimming free, so I had to flop on my back numerous times. Not to be a martyr, but every stroke felt like agony. I'm assuming this was due to lack of oxygen to the muscles.

    The worst part of the Savageman swim is the long uphill run to the transition area. Last year, I blasted out of the swim and ran up the hill with a super fast transition time. This year, it was, well frankly, embarrassing. I staggered over the time pad and up the hill. Thank god there was a railing part of the way because I used it. The trail and steps seemed endless. I had several people ask if I was OK, and I just choked out the word "asthma" several times. I made it to the transition area, but was so out of it I couldn't remember where Mr. Fort's bike was. Later, my relay mates told me that they knew something was dreadfully wrong. They began waving frantically and finally I saw them and continued staggering forward to have our runner remove the timing chip.

    Finishing this race was, hands down, the hardest thing I have ever done in sport.

    Mr. Fort took off on the bike. I was the 8th relay swimmer to come in. We had planned to drive to the Westernport Wall. Unfortunately, because I was in distress, we couldn't get there in time to see Mr. Fort and we might have missed him anyway because he was much faster this year. Our runner, Chris, literally had to half carry me to the car. I still couldn't get my breathing under control. And, again reflecting my stupidity and hubris, I had left my rescue inhaler in my purse instead of at the transition area or in my parka. After getting in the car, I pulled down my wetsuit and we started off. I drank my electrolyte filled water.

    This was apparently the wrong move. I immediately became ill and vomited in the car. We pulled over and I continued with the same. I had to have help removing my wetsuit because my body seemed incapable of movement. I'm not sure why this happened. I suppose it was because my body was in complete distress and I filled it with liquids which it wasn't ready for?

    Bike:

    Anyway, after these travails, the day improved dramatically. Mr. Fort passed all but one other relay team on the bike leg. He absolutely destroyed it, finishing in 3:01. Last year, he went 3:24 after only 2-3 months of cycling. Since the pros were in the 2:40s on this super hilly course, I think this is pretty damn impressive. he said he was about 2 mph faster on average than last year. He said he had no problem making it over the Westernport Wall, but that it was more difficult than last year because there were so many bikers making the attempt at the same time. It's easiest to go straight up with no one around you. We did see a spectacular 4 bike collision later when we were at the wall later. Mr. Fort did say that Killer Miller almost killed him.

    The only problem was that his speed caught us a bit by surprise. Chris wasn't ready in the transition area when Scott biked in way ahead of when he was expected. He had to sprint back to our spot and then, inexplicably, forgot momentarily how to untie the chip. lol. This gave him a huge shot of adrenlin and he literally bolted out of the transition area.


    Run:

    Chris took off with only one relay team ahead of him on the run and picked him off before the 3 mile mark. He just carried it home in a 1:36, which was the second fastest relay time. He had run 1:28 in a training half marathon race the week before. He rested somewhat for this race, but was astounded, once again, by the unrelenting hills.


    Post race:

    There was much joy among us that we had won, despite my initial F up on the swim. We were also faster than last year's winning team. When the results came up, I saw that my swim time was 31:09. Quite horrible, yet I was surprised to see that it was only 1:25 slower than last year. I theorize that this means I had a better front half of the race than last year. Having no sense of pace whatsoever, and knowing I had done a lot of non-freestyle, I had expected to be 35+ or worse. In any event, I had done a serviceable enough job to put the guys in a position to win. And they were beyond thrilled.

    We hung out, ate lunch, and attended the award ceremony. Some pics are below.

    As I recall, we were also the only true masters relay. Every other team had at least one young ringer. We were beaten by one male relay team (with a kid throwing down a 1:21 on the run), but they were all in their 20s. Our collective age was 141 (51/49/41).


    Other competitors:

    I wish I could have watched the swim! John Kenney, a pro, was the first one out of the water in 20:54. He was a former Cornell cross country runner and swimmer, who is now getting seriously into triathlon. In college, he was a national champion in the OW 25K. I'm told he appeared to be sighting almost every 4th stroke. Two other pros threw down some 21s.

    There were numerous competitors about to go to Kona in 3 weeks. Billy Graves from the UK won the men's division, setting a course record on the bike. On the women's side, there was a stud woman from Colorado (Deidre something, I had heard of her) who set course records on the bike and run. She had never biked the course before and said it was "like watching a scary movie and wondering what would jump out at you next."


    Post Race Thoughts:

    My post race thoughts are this:

    1. I am definitely married to a very studly biker if this is what he does after only 1+ years on the bike on a very technical hilly course.

    2. I did not manage my allergies & asthma for this race wisely. My fall allergies were really bothering me, which I know can occasionally trigger wheezing. I saw my ENT doctor on Friday, but didn't have time to fill my scrip for Singulair before leaving. I didn't use my inhaler pre-race and left it in the car. This was all unbelievably stupid in retrospect. I was just coasting on the fact that I'd been symptom free for awhile.

    3. I think it was also a bit of perfect storm that triggered the breathing problems -- I had some sort of food allergy/intolerance the night before (which inflames the airways), I hadn't take the proper medication and the water was very cold. I noticed some difficulty breathing last year, but nothing like what happened this time. The swimmers in the water were guesstimating that the water temp was 68. Air temp was 53. I'm used to swimming in 83-84 degree water most of the time except at Mason where it is 80. My feet did freeze during the race. I tried to kick more on the back half, but my feet were just frozen and leaden. I will definitely need swim booties if I ever venture into OW again.

    4. And, speaking of OW, I now have immense trepidation about B2B. I have barely any business swimming in a 1.2 mile race. What if this happened in a 2.4 race? If anyone is interested in racing with two uber studs, please let me know! Jimslie? Geekity? Others?

    5. Training for 50/100s is not compatible with "racing" a 1.2 mile swim. Perhaps it's compatible with cruising a 1.2 mile swim. This seems analogous to having a 5K specialist run a marathon. If we do this next year, and plans are already in the works with the enthusiasm of the two real endurance studs running high, I might just cruise the whole thing and not alter my training regimen. A few minutes one way or the other doesn't seem to make much difference as the swim is fairly inconsequential in this race. Really, I could make that up just by booking up the hill at transition. It took me almost 2 1/2 minutes to crawl and stagger up that hill this year.

    6. I'm not sure it was the greatest thing that Lil Fort was at the finish of the swim leg trying to cheer me on with her best friend. She was completely freaked out by what happened to me. I'm just hopeful she can take away from it that I didn't quit and soldiered on. She told me I was "super brave."

    7. This was the most unpleasant swim experience of my life. It makes my safe pool seem very compelling!

    8. This is a great very festival like event in a beautiful setting.

    9. 2009 was a charmed year for me. 2010 seems jinxed!

    10. Vibrams -- they were everywhere!

    Updated September 20th, 2010 at 09:54 PM by The Fortress

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  20. Thursday, Sept. 16

    by , September 16th, 2010 at 10:21 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Main Set:
    (another quite modified Tall Paul set)

    6 x 100 free @ 1:40
    4 x 50 kick, done as 50 UW shooters w/fins @ 1:00
    2 x 50 drill @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    6 x 100 free @ 1:30
    4 x 50 backstroke kick @ 1:00
    4 x 50 breast drill @ 1:05
    50 EZ

    3 x 100 back w/fins @ 1:20
    (I intended to do 6 of these, but completely bonked and cramped, and so desisted.)
    4 x 50 backstroke kick @ 1:00
    6 x 50 fly & free drills @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 3400

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

    Commentary:

    Just cruised through this workout today, but am still feeling surprisingly tired. I think it's because I sleep like a beached seal on coke.

    Any advice on workouts to do the couple days before an OW swim? Was wondering if maybe I should attempt another wetsuit swim tomorrow ...

    I glanced through my workouts from this time last September and it appears that I was indeed in better shape back then, as I suspected. I also found this race report: http://forums.usms.org/blog.php?u=46...gcategoryid=53.

    I was perusing Bicycle magazine today and found a blurb on a sample Lance Armstrong endurance and conditioning circuit. The exercises included:

    back extension & hold
    walk out plank & hold
    bulgarian split squat with weights
    (I've done this one, very tortuous, but have used DBs instead of an overhead weight.)
    one foot hamstring curls on stability ball
    med ball squat & push press
    med ball slam

    And, speaking of cycling, Lil Fort and I are in the process of making a bike cake for Mr. Fort's birthday tomorrow. It's a bit of a PITA; I hope it every so vaguely resembles his Jamis. I was mildly depressed by the fact that our combined birthdays total 100 years. lol


    Sprint Classic:

    If anyone is interested in attending the Sprint Classic at GMU (and, more importantly competing in "The Battle of the Drop Dead Sprinters"), the entry form is at:

    http://www.patriotmasters.org/GMUP.S...2010.Entry.pdf.

    Estimated timeline:

    http://www.patriotmasters.org/SPRINT...d.timeline.pdf

    I still haven't pulled the trigger on the Indy meet yet. My tentative plan is to swim very few events at the Sprint Classic and then go to Indy the next weekend. Mr. Fort has a two week trial in October, so he will be AWOL during the Sprint Classic. I try to swim something different there every year. The order of events is always the same, which is not exactly to my liking. I suggested to Tim T. that we have unofficial 100 relays one year along with the unofficial 25s.

    Updated September 17th, 2010 at 12:14 AM by The Fortress

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