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  1. Wed., June 6

    by , June 6th, 2012 at 09:06 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various
    6 x 50 caterpillar fly drills @ 1:10
    -- lots of chatting with Speedo

    Main Sets:

    25 x 50 @ :55
    5 single arm fly
    5 back w/turtles
    -- break to chat with Wally Dicks
    5 breast dolphin
    -- break to hottub with Speedo who did warm up x 2 to rest for his tri today
    10 free w/agility paddles

    16 x 25 DPK shooters w/fins
    -- 8 back, 8 belly
    50 EZ
    -- back to hottub

    Total: 2700


    RC/Stretching/Yoga, 60 min


    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Just a recovery workout and lots of stretching. Lots of masters at Oak Marr today. Speedo was paddling around, Wally was breaststroking around, and Brad Gandee was floating around before heading out to Worlds tomorrow.

    Article on masters training for OTs:
    http://reachforthewall.com/2012/06/0...EORuE.facebook

    Who amongst us can do an ankle push up?
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  2. Tuesday, June 5

    by , June 5th, 2012 at 05:54 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    6 x 50 caterpillar fly drill @ 1:10
    8 x 25 DPS shooters w/fins @ :40
    4 x 50 swim w/Finis agility paddles
    -- At first I was worried they'd be too big for my hands. But they seemed fine and I could even do breaststroke with them.
    1 x 50 moderate dolphin kick w/board and NO fins counting kicks
    -- Voted on Jimby's silly poll
    -- He apparently thought he was insulting me by calling me a diva. Huh.
    50 EZ

    Speed Sets:

    -- used fins the whole time

    I did a modified version of workout #1 from the HIT forum, [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?p=268012#post268012"]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]. I wish I had written down the intervals before leaving home b/c I didn't give myself enough rest!

    10 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    -- 4 dolphin kick, 6 fast hands drills
    100 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP @ 1:30
    -- fly, 23 low
    2 x 50 easy kick @ 1:00
    2 x 50 DPS backstroke @ 1:00
    masters minute

    2 x 50 fast dolphin kick w/fins & board @ 100 pace @ 1:30
    -- went 25 high and 26 low
    2 x 50 easy kick @ 1:00
    2 x 50 backstroke drill @ 1:00
    2+ masters minutes

    3 x 50 breast @ 1:30
    1 = 80-85% (29 high-30 flat)
    2 = 90% (28 high-29 flat)
    3 = AFAP (27 high-28 flat)
    2 x 50 easy kick @ 1:00
    2 x 50 backstroke drill @ 1:00
    2+ masters minutes

    4 x 50 w/fins @ 1:30
    odds = AFAP
    -- tried to do a 50 back from the blocks but cramped and couldn't swim through it.
    -- too late in the practice to attempt off the block work, I guess
    -- tried again pushing off with fins, 23 low 50 back both times
    evens = EZ
    2 x 50 easy kick
    2 x 50 DPS swim

    8 x 25 w/parachute & agility paddles @ 1:00
    odds = breast pull
    evens = free
    100 EZ

    Total: 3350


    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    First, since Speedo is still squating on my blog, I feel compelled to announce that it is his birthday! Hopefully, after his xterra tri this weekend, he will regale us with an entry on his new blog, Pre-Season 5: Embracing Bikes and Bombshells. Maybe there will even be non-google image pics.

    Second, I am thrilled that the 6th event in Omaha may be history in light of the high attendance. And congrats to Patrick for proffering the closest guess. Hopefully, the D folk won't nash their teeth at this deprivation. I was planning on scratching mine anyway consistent with my divanity.

    Third, I was pretty happy with my times today since I still felt tired and groggy.

    Fourth, I am meeting up with the birthday boy tomorrow. And he better go sub 12:00 on his timed 1000 or all his distance training will be for naught.

    Updated June 5th, 2012 at 06:00 PM by The Fortress

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  3. Monday, June 4

    by , June 4th, 2012 at 06:49 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    5 x 50 caterpillar fly drill @ 1:10
    8 x 25 shooters on back w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ

    Speed Sets:

    10 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    6 kick, 4 fast hands drills
    100 EZ

    10 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    1 = flutter kick w/fins & board, 11 low
    2 = breast w/fins, 13 mid
    3-4 = back from the blocks w/15 SDKs, rolling start, 13 lows
    5 = free, 11 flat
    6 = breast w/fins, 13
    7-8 = back shooter w/fins, 9s
    -- OK, not super fast. The backstrokes were good though.
    100 EZ

    6 x 25 breast pull w/parachute @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    6 x 25 back shooter w/fins & parachute
    3 @ 1:00, 3 @ 1:10
    100 EZ

    Total: 3000


    Rehab exercises, foam rolling, stretching, 40 minutes

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I took the entire weekend off as recovery. I was very busy anyway with Lil Fort's JOs, Teen Fort's prom prep & festivities, soccer party, and Fort Son getting home from college. Lil Fort was very speedy, winning both the 1500 and 3000 in big PRs. (And prompting Jimby to say I should try the 400 IM again. Not!) Next up for her is the PV Association meet in two weeks, which is a qualifier for Youth Nationals. Same weekend as the All Star soccer tournament ... I may be taking that weekend off as well, I fear. But since Missy Franklin gets every weekend off in the summer according to the WSJ, I can too!

    Unfortunately, after all the recovery, I was rudely woken up early by Teen Fort who forgot her English project at home. Since I went to bed late, I was tired all day and didn't feel great in the water. I need my sleep these days.

    I will likely journey out to Rockville tomorrow if the weather is good. I think I need to do an AFAP 100 back long course. Just can't wait. (Why don't we have a sarcasm emoticon?) Whoops, no can't. Forgot I had an appt at 12:30 ...

    Updated June 4th, 2012 at 09:33 PM by The Fortress

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  4. Friday, June 10

    by , June 1st, 2012 at 07:16 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM @ Rockville:

    Swam with Julie and Susan. Jeff joined us for awhile at the end and seemed to do almost an all fly workout.

    Warm up:

    400 various
    -- I went so slow that Julie lapped me and did 500.

    5 x (50 drill + 50 kick)

    Speed Sets:
    -- all on mega rest intervals

    8 x 50
    -- burst to 20 m + cruise

    2 x 50 EZ

    -- Julie and Susan did some 200s and I started on sprint 50s.

    2 x (50 back @ 100 pace + 50 EZ)

    1 x (50 AFAP breast + 50 EZ)
    -- did get a bit lost in the middle and probably negative split it

    2 x 50 EZ

    2 x (50 AFAP fly + 50 EZ)
    -- Susan timed me on the first one and had me at approx 27. But I may have been a tad slower as she was at the other end of the pool and I glided in.
    -- both of these felt really solid though
    -- I need 3 breaths for 50 meters.
    50 EZ

    -- I was just getting ready for an AFAP 50 back when the lifeguard had everyone get out b/c of thunder. We all agreed there was none, at least yet, but he was insistent.

    Total: 2050


    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I felt dreadful when I first hopped in. But by the time I got around to the 50s, I felt much better. Sat in the hot tub with Susan for awhile afterward and then dashed off for a massage. I knew I was tight b/c I had slacked off on stretching this week and apparently forgot that I owned a foam roller. Tomorrow is my off day, which is good as I'll likely be at an all day track & field meet for Lil Fort that is a qualifier for regional JOs. She's running the 1500 and 3000 -- not a sprinter like her mommy.

    Updated June 4th, 2012 at 09:32 PM by The Fortress

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  5. Thursday, May 31

    by , May 31st, 2012 at 05:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    600 various

    5 x 50 caterpillar fly drill @ :15 RI
    5 x 50 chest press fly drill @ :15 RI
    5 x 50 single arm fly @ 1:00

    ... hot tub break with Speedo ... who did a 1000 for time ... he was much faster than last week ... I'm suspicious he skipped a 50 due to boredom whilst swimming ... 12:11

    6 x (5 x 25 shooters w/MF) @ :40ish
    5 back
    5 belly
    5 left side
    5 right side
    5 twirling
    5 back

    10 x 50 back w/turtles, no SDK @ 1:00

    100 EZ

    Total: 2700


    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Did a full on slow mo recovery workout today. I needed it. I realized after reading Water Rat's blog that I haven't been to ART in 5+ weeks. Definitely means my shoulder is feeling somewhat better b/c I was going weekly for a long time. My third PRP session is next Thursday. There has been some improvement since session two. Though I'm still not doing any freestyle sprinting or using paddles.

    Updated May 31st, 2012 at 06:01 PM by The Fortress

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  6. Wed., May 30

    by , May 30th, 2012 at 07:10 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    RC/scapula exercises, 20 min
    good mornings, 65 x 1 x 8, 75 x 3 x 8
    extreme angle step ups w/BB, 50 x 3 x 8
    seated narrow grip row, 100 x 1 x 6, 110 x 1 x 6, 120 x 1 x 6
    bicep curl, 40 x 3 x 8
    overhead squat, 55 x 1 x 8, 60 x 1 x 8
    altitude drops, 10
    knee tuck jumps, 10
    resisted track start jumps, 10

    -- Wanted to do a few more sets of things, but ran out of time and had to dash off to the pool.


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    6 x 25 shooter
    5 x 50 caterpillar fly drill @ 1:10
    5 x 50 torque drill w/paddles @ :20 RI
    -- first time I've used paddles in months
    50 EZ

    Speed Work:

    1 x 50 AFAP fly w/fins
    -- 23 mid
    -- felt tired, and perhaps should have done some bursts first to make sure I was entirely warmed up
    150 EZ

    Kick Ultras w/fins:
    3 x (8 x 25) @ :45
    -- AFAP for 20 yards, cruise in, rest approx :30

    1-8 = dolphin kick w/board
    50 EZ
    9-16 = shooter w/MF
    100 EZ
    17-24 = backstroke kick, no SDK
    150 EZ

    8 x 25 breast pull w/parachute
    100 EZ

    Total: 2700

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


    Still feeling tired. I realized that, normally, this would have been a recovery week for me. I probably should have knocked off weights last Saturday for a week. Whenever I skip a recovery week, it catches up to me. I had thought I might not need/take one with Omaha looming, but apparently not so. And I'm done with upper body weights until after Nats. I've been feeling the "weight" of them in my speed sessions and really want to crank some quality AFAP work in the pool. May just do plyos from now until 3 weeks out. It doesn't seem like it was all for naught, as in just 4+ weeks, I've gotten stronger or possibly regained strength I had lost.

    I may see Speedo-Tri tomorrow. He will probably be doing another 1000 for time (ugh!) and I'll be doing a recovery workout so I can attempt some AFAP 50s outdoors on Friday.
  7. Tuesday, May 29

    by , May 29th, 2012 at 04:05 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM @ Rockville Swim Center:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    4 x 50 single arm fly
    3 x 100 backstroke

    Speed Work:

    4 x 50 burst dolphin kick + cruise

    4 x (25 fast breast + 25 EZ)

    2 x (50 up tempo back kick + 50 EZ)

    3 x (50 easy speed fly + 50 EZ)

    4 x (25 fast breast + 25 EZ)

    4 x 50 burst dolphin kick + cruise

    100 EZ

    Total: 2500

    RC exercises & Stretching, 30 min


    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I felt like crap in the water today. Don't know if it was due to too much Memorial Day celebrating, the scorching heat over the weekend or Saturday's intense drylands. Maybe a combo of them all. I've also only had one day off in 2 weeks, so maybe that is catching up to me. Given that, I made no attempts at anything AFAP. Even my bursts were more like 90%. Everything was done on the mega rest interval, dodging around the slow lap swimmers in my lane.

    I ran into Josh & Nick from Curl Burke. See http://reachforthewall.com/2012/05/2...aI-Ho.facebook. They were at the start of a 2 week taper for a final attempt to qualify for Trials. Rather than the standard taper of gradually decreasing yards and intensity, they are doing a drop taper where they don't take "even one fast stroke" until their meet. I don't usually do much more than bursts the last 10 days or so of my taper, but that is even more extreme. It will be interesting to see how they fare. We did agree that most masters don't rest enough.

    I ordered this today: http://www.2xu.com/product/455/Swim-...on-Top/279/285. Lately, my upper body has been feeling much more bashed up than the legs.

    Updated May 29th, 2012 at 09:33 PM by The Fortress

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  8. Sunday, May 27

    by , May 27th, 2012 at 07:27 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    550 various

    10 x 50 fly drills
    odds = caterpillar
    evens = single arm

    5 x (25 EZ speed fly + 25 EZ)

    5 x 50 breast

    5 x 50 back

    50 EZ

    Total: 1850

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Just did an easy recovery swim at the summer league pool. It confirmed I could never actually work out in 4 feet deep water.

    Fort Son has announced he wants to do some swimming this summer and needs a new suit. Do you guys have any recommendations? All I know is that he is not supposed to wear jammers anymore.
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  9. Glorious Swim, Friday, May 25

    by , May 25th, 2012 at 04:39 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM @ Rockville Swim Center:

    Swam the first 50 minutes with Julie, Susan, Sue and Eileen. The last 50 minutes with Susan. There were no pace clocks, so swims were on the "mega chat interval." Julie remarked on FB that we took 10 minutes between two sets. That seemed normal to me. Had a blast with the ladies on a gorgeous day in an outdoor pool with refreshingly cool water!



    Warm up:

    7 x 100
    50 drill + 25 kick + 25 swim
    -- mixed up free, back and breast

    Main Sets:

    8 x 100 w/fins
    odds = up tempo backstroke
    evens = up tempo backstroke kick

    ... can't remember if we did something else here ...

    6 x 50
    odds = drill
    evens = fast fly @ 100 pace

    4 x 50 breast pull w/parachute
    -- these are a tad harder than the 25s I was doing yesterday
    50 EZ

    Total: 2050


    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Long course didn't feel nearly as bad as I had feared. My legs definitely have more endurance than my arms, hardly surprising. But even the 50 flys felt quite manageable. We are going to try to meet on Tuesdays and Fridays weather permitting. I wouldn't like to race outside, but practicing outside was quite excellent. So worth the drive.

    Now, as to the the poster who reported a remark I made in my Wed blog entry ... really? It was meant to be a funny remark with a smilie included. If you don't agree with or like something I write, feel free to leave a public comment on my blog. Or, alternatively, you don't have to read my blog if you are easily offended. But the level of private policing of even innocuous sarcastic comments has gotten tiresome. I'd like to have some levity, trash talking or even heated arguments about training, on my blog.
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  10. Thursday, May 24

    by , May 24th, 2012 at 05:31 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    10 x 25 shooters @ :40
    6 x 50 fly drills @ 1:10
    50 EZ

    Speed Sets:

    10 x 25 burst to 15 m + cruise @ 1:00
    -- flutter kick w/board & fins
    50 EZ

    8 x 25 burst to 15 m + cruise @ 1:00
    -- fast hands breast
    50 EZ

    6 x 25 burst to 15 m + cruise @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    4 x 25 burst to 25 m + cruise @ 1:00
    -- fast hands doggy paddle
    125 EZ

    1 x 50 back from blocks
    -- rolling start on 59.5
    -- high 28-29.0
    -- was deep on start, went slightly past 15 m on first length
    175 EZ

    2 x (broken 75 + 125 EZ)
    -- broken for :10 @ 25s
    -- did these with only a couple SDKs, felt utterly strange taking a billion strokes when I'm usually under 15 m.
    1 = fly, high 36
    2 = IM, 40
    -- I felt beat on the second one. Had planned on doing more 75s, but didn't feel any real AFAP left in the tank.

    10 x 25 breast pull w/parachute @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Total: 3150

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Tomorrow I'm going to swim outside at the long course pool in Rockville MD. Better look for my mirrored goggles!

    Chris mentioned in his blog that Worlds would be a "double taper" for him. I hadn't focused on this wrt Omaha. But it is likely a double taper for me as well. I've never had 2 taper meets this close together, so I'm not sure how my body will react to it. Though resting some for the Albatross meet in March didn't seem to hurt Greensboro. Of course, long course is a confounding factor for me, and I'm now a better short course swimmer with the underwaters.

    I don't really have any expectations for Omaha. I guess I'd like to swim faster in the 50 fly and 50 back than I did last year. Otherwise, nada.

    Last year's long course 50s from Auburn
    32.5 50 back
    31.5 50 fly

    This year's SCY from Greensboro for comparison:
    27.2 50 back
    26.3 50 fly

    Supposed conversions from SCY to LCM
    (using great bay Masters converter):*
    31.4 50 back
    29.53 50 fly

    *I doubt these conversions are accurate for me because LCM deprives me of my kick weapon and forces me to resort to "arm swimming." I would bet that I take about the same # of strokes in my 100 SCY back and fly races as I do in 50 fly and back in LCM.

    Wait, where did Jazzy's blog go?



    Btw, I got this Brookstone massager for mother's day and it's awesome! http://www.brookstone.com/ineed-neck...ager-with-heat

    Interesting conjecture about whether kicking increases arm strength:
    http://www.swimmingscience.net/2012/...ntent=FaceBook

    Updated May 25th, 2012 at 11:38 AM by The Fortress

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  11. Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    by , May 22nd, 2012 at 04:46 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    -- Shared a lane with Speedo, who was doing a "D practice," much of the time.

    Warm up:

    300 various
    10 min hottub with Speedo
    300 various
    12 x 25 shooters
    -- 6 back, 6 belly
    5 x 50 fly drill
    50 EZ

    Speed/Power Sets:

    8 x 25 burst + cruise
    100 EZ

    1 x 100 AFAP back w/fins
    -- 51
    -- legs were toast on last 25
    400 EZ

    -- whilst I was doing the bursts and fast 100, Speedo Mr. Race Simulation cruised a 1000 for time to prep for his tri, 12:55

    1 x 75 fly w/fins
    -- 38
    275 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP breast w/fins
    -- 28 mid
    -- Speedo had just crawled out of the hottub, again, and said I was 13+ at the 25
    200 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP fly w/fins
    -- 23 mid
    200 EZ

    8 x 25 breast pull w/parachute @ 1:00
    -- I was thinking that this is good for the top of my fly pull as well
    100 EZ

    8 x 25 w/parachute @ 1:00
    odds = backstroke kick on surface
    evens = free
    100 EZ

    Total: 3450 (just killing Patrick on the gtd )


    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    1. Found a $197 direct flight to Omaha leaving on Thursday at 1:50 pm out of National. Going to sign up for Omaha later today. Friday: 50 free/100 back, Saturday: 50 back, Sunday: 50 breast & 50 fly. May possibly do a 50 split in my 100 back; I'll decide closer to the meet. Probably should just do the whole super long damn thing. Kicking <30% of the race is daunting.

    2. I think drylands & 90 minute intense yoga are too much in addition to swimming. Everything was tired today. I may wait on the intense yoga classes until after nationals.

    3. Not sure when to quit drylands. I'm contemplating following the Q model and stopping them at the end of May so I can really bring it during practice for a couple weeks pre-taper. Not sure. Thoughts?

    4. I probably need to do some timed efforts with virtually no SDK. That will feel awkward. Long course sucks.

    5. Will stretch and do rehab during American Idol tonight, which I always watch with Lil Fort. Thank god my least fave screamer got booted last week.

    Updated May 22nd, 2012 at 04:52 PM by The Fortress

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  12. Solid, Friday, May 18

    by , May 18th, 2012 at 04:42 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY, mostly with Speedo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    8 x 25 shooters
    6 x 25 burst + cruise
    50 EZ

    Speed Sets:

    6 x 50 AFAP @ whatever

    1 = double shooter w/MF
    -- 19 low
    -- Speedo filmed this for That Guy. But my computer refuses to download the invalid image. wth. I think Speedo will have to use his own phone when filming!
    -- I then watched Speedo lay down a 23 mid 50 free from a push after not swimming this week. Clearly, training in the pool is optional for him.
    200 EZ

    Edit: The MF vid downloaded on a second try. Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvNrL...ature=youtu.be
    I also have a vid of Pete's 23 50 free:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuvxx...ature=youtu.be


    2 = fly w/fins, 23 low to mid
    -- Speedo popped a 50 fly and went a 27 low. Another new event?
    175 EZ

    15 minute chat break w/Speedo and then he retired to hot tub, buoyed by his training is optional swim.

    25 EZ

    3 = breast, 28 mid
    -- meh, not getting any pop on the evil right now
    150 EZ

    4 = fly, 22.9-23.0 ()
    150 EZ

    5 = dolphin kick w/MF and board
    -- fin flew off my feet when turning
    -- must need superglue
    150 EZ

    6 = double shooter w/MF, 19 mid
    150 EZ

    10 x 50 w/parachute @ 1:30
    1-5 = 25 breast pull + 25 EZ back kick
    6-10 = 25 back shooter + 25 EZ back kick
    -- really wanted to do free w/paddles, but didn't want to chance it yet with the shoulder
    -- shoulder pain is the one thing that makes me uncharacteristically risk averse
    100 EZ

    Total: 2900

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Vastly better effort than yesterday! I hope that helps the doldrums pass. Stud and I were discussing earlier how HIT training can be mentally challenging and leave you wanting a break.

    Now for the interesting bits.

    1. I am training with a soon to be triathlete. Yes, Speedo needs a new project for the summer so is entering an xterra tri in June. I feel I can announce this on my blog since he is a blogger has been.

    2. Like Speedo, I am feeling in need of a summer project. I am uninspired by long course right now and it is ill-suited to my kick dominant swimming. But I feel the need to do something other than swim this summer and should have plenty of time to do so with my one meet in just 5 weeks. (Still no word on details for Ohio meet.) But what? Sadly, my now ridiculously floppy ankles don't take kindly to running. And after 3 major ankle sprains during my swimming years ...

    3. Speedo and I were entertained today (usually we're annoyed) by an 89 year old noodler. Typically, she scolds Speedo for splashing her cataract implants. But today she regaled us with her snacking habits which, if she didn't follow, she'd be "farked." Speedo agreed that she'd be "farked" and we were both impressed by an 89 year old lady cursing like a truck driver. Something to aspire to! Speedo and I also agreed we'd be "farked" if we attempted to race long course right now.

    4. I may go to yoga at 6:00 pm. Wondering if it will feel dreadful after months off ...

    Updated May 18th, 2012 at 11:18 PM by The Fortress

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  13. Blah, Thursday, May 17

    by , May 17th, 2012 at 05:44 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    4 x 50 fly drills
    10 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    8 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    (or maybe only 6?)
    50 EZ

    10 x 50 @ 1:30
    odds = double shooter w/MF @ 100+ pace
    -- went high 20s or 21 flats
    evens = easy dolphin kick w/board

    10 x 50
    odds = breast @ 200 pace @ 1:30
    evens = DPS free @ 1:00

    -- decided to bag it during this set

    100 EZ

    Total: 2450


    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Got woken up early by jackhammers in the neighborhood. Stuck in a massive traffic jam on the way to the pool due to a lane closure. Blah. I was just uninspired, and got out of the pool early. Hopefully, I'll be ready to rock 'n roll tomorrow. This is first "phone it in" workout I recall doing in months. I'm not driving up to Philly tonight; I need a travel break. I could also use a break from Teen Fort.

    Updated May 18th, 2012 at 04:48 PM by The Fortress

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  14. Tuesday, May 15

    by , May 15th, 2012 at 05:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    5 x 50 caterpillar fly drill @ 1:10

    12 x 25 shooters w/MF @ :35-40
    -- 6 back, 6 belly

    Speed Sets:

    1 x 50 AFAP double shooter w/MF
    -- 19
    100 EZ

    8 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    3 breast: 13 high, 13 low, 13 low
    3 back: 11 flat, 10 high, 10 high
    2 free: 10 highs

    no break

    8 x (25 AFAP shooter w/MF + :10 break + 25 EZ) @ 2:00
    -- high 8s & 9 flats

    200 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP fly
    -- 23 mid
    -- cramped

    200 EZ

    Total: 2950


    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


    Had another fantastic weekend in New England. After a lackluster dual meet season, Fort Son's frosh light boat (see pics below) made the grand final at the Eastern Sprints. Definitely peaked at the right time, beating some teams that previously had beaten them. All the races were thrilling to watch with Harvard taking the overall title. But all this travel is exhausting, and I never sleep well when I travel. I may skip the Stotesbury Regatta in Philly next weekend and instead go to Nationals the following weekend (Teen Fort's boat qualified this weekend). I need a travel break! And I have Lil Fort's sports events to attend anyway.

    I arrived home too late yesterday to hit the pool, which resulted in 3 days off. No big deal, I guess, but I've only gotten in 8 swims since Greensboro. I felt a bit odd/awkward doing a sprint workout today, but was determined to get back on track. I'm still lacking any enthusiasm for long course. I'm either going to attend the Spire long course meet on June 30-July 1 (fantastic new pool), http://www.lelmsc.org/, or Omaha. That leaves me only 4 weeks to train before tapering. I really won't be able to get in any long course conditioning as my team's weekday practices conflict with Lil Fort's track practices and that and school aren't over until mid June. So I'm just going to focus on speed, speed, speed and the four long course 50s. I'm waiting for the entry form to come out for the Spire meet before deciding. Assuming it comes out shortly ...

    Updated May 15th, 2012 at 05:11 PM by The Fortress

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  15. Gym + Swim, Friday, May 11

    by , May 11th, 2012 at 05:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    RC exercises, 10 min
    resisted lunges w/belt on cable machine (ripped off from Coughlin), 45 x 1 x 15 each leg, 55 x 1 x 15 each leg
    resisted track start jumps, 45 x 1 x 10
    overhead squats, 45 x 1 x 8, 50 x 1 x 8, 55 x 1 x 8
    push press, 50 x 3 x 8
    reverse barbell preacher curl, 30 x 3 x 8
    altitude drops, 3 x 5
    med ball slams in racquetball court, 5 x 8, various


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    550 various
    4 x 50 fly drills
    6 x 25 shooters w/MF

    Main Sets:

    1 x 100 dolphin kick w/MF, fast @ 90ish%
    -- went :47
    100 EZ

    1 x 50 fly AFAP
    -- went :23 low
    -- whew, still have speed despite farting around for a couple weeks post Nats
    150 EZ

    30 x 50 burst to 15 m + cruise @ 1:00
    -- this is the Allen Stark set
    -- sort of a variant on the ultra short distance training, but with both active and passive recovery
    -- heart rate elevated the whole time
    -- didn't take any masters minutes

    1-10 = dolphin kick on back w/MF
    11-20 = fast hands breast w/fins
    21-40 = dolphin kick w/board & MF
    100 EZ

    Total: 2900


    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Shook off my alleged wimpiness from yesterday! I was able to get in both drylands and a swim after persuading Mr. Fort that we should leave on Saturday not Friday for the Eastern Sprints (college rowing championships) outside Boston. I'm unfortunately going to miss Teen Fort's state championships here. But her boat is undefeated and should win. And, besides, I'll be traveling to Philly next weekend to watch her race in the Stotesbury Regatta. I feel like I've been traveling my ass off lately. And not to exotic locales like Q.

    Still treading cautiously in the gym. My shoulder/scapula/neck feel somewhat better after the second round of PRP. But I am still somewhat nervous about the upper body weights wrt elbows & shoulder and will ramp those up very slowly.
  16. Dead from Deadlifting, Thursday, May 10

    by , May 10th, 2012 at 04:42 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Gym:

    RC exercises, 20 min

    Stretching/Yoga, 25 min


    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    600 various

    8 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ

    6 x 25 burst + cruise
    50 EZ

    1 x 100 AFAP back w/fins
    -- went :51
    -- better than I expected

    400 IG

    1 x 100 AFAP fly w/fins
    -- :54
    -- ugh, slow, had to swim through calf cramp

    300 IG

    1 x 50 AFAP breast
    -- 28 mid

    200 IG

    Total: 2200


    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I woke up and everything hurt from Tuesday's drylands. Deadlifts seem to suck the life out of me. Maybe it's also accumulated fatigue from re-starting drylands. It made me less than enthusiastic to swim, and I was tired in the water. I had forgotten how rotten that feels ... Perhaps I should have saved this Speedo type workout for Friday instead and gone to yoga.

    I still have no plan for this season. Very unusual for me not to have a plan wrt either swimming, drylands or meets. Hopefully, after some more cogitating, my brain will spit out something soon.
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    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  17. Technical Difficulties, Wed., May 9

    by , May 9th, 2012 at 04:37 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    4 x 50 fly drills
    6 x 25 shooters w/MF
    75 EZ

    Main Sets:

    MF Report:

    I made TWO attempts at the 225 MF today, both foiled. The first was ruined by the fin falling off my right foot about 85 yards in. See Speedo's vid of that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InbX1...ature=youtu.be. However, as the clock shows, I was out in 22 high being very conservative with the UWs. I should have stopped at the wall and adjusted the fin in retrospect. My second attempt, the iPhone apparently went to sleep and Pete couldn't get it back on video from picture mode. He tried to stop me, but I thought he was trying to slow me down for James' sake. I was almost 140 in when I realized the video wasn't running. At that point, my legs were dead, especially with yesterday's deadlift fiesta, so I wasn't making another attempt.

    In full disclosure, I cruised a 2:06 last week, which Speedo can confirm. So I knew I would likely be faster today, especially starting with a 22 high. My splits last week were 52/1:00/14. Jimby had made reference to me having done a :52 in a 100 MF before. I'm not sure where he got that ... might have been from a couple years ago even. But I've laid down quite a few 19s in my AFAP 50s lately (did James know this?), so I'm sure I'm much faster now. I may try once again, but right now my 2:06 beats James' very fine 2:10. Power of the MF! I must say doing a 225 MF for time just kills a sprint workout. Couldn't do much after.

    Anyway, the workout:

    1 x 80 MF for time, fin fell off
    120 EZ

    1 x 140 for time, Pete finally got my attention and stopped me
    60 EZ
    hottub, 10 min

    100 EZ

    10 x 50 single arm fly @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    8 x 25 burst + cruise
    50 EZ

    2 x 50 w/stretch cordz, hold for :30
    -- These blasted me. After weeks of tapering, I'm not in the best condition.
    125 EZ

    Total: 2550

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Enough of this farting around with D work, time to get back to sprinting!

    Will try to stretch and do RC work later.

    My lack of motivation for LCM continues ... I leave Saturday am for another weekend away, this time outside Boston for the Eastern Sprints. So I probably won't swim over the weekend. Two weeks of kind of sketchy training.

    Updated May 9th, 2012 at 05:36 PM by The Fortress

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  18. Tuesday, May 8

    by , May 8th, 2012 at 04:50 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    RC exercises, 10-15 min

    Deadlift:
    warm ups
    95 x 1 x 1 5
    115 x 1 x 5
    125 x 2 x 5
    135 x 5 x 4

    altitude drops, 4 x 5

    power wheel roll outs, 3 x 25


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    600 various
    12 x 25 shooters w/MF
    5 x 50 fly drill
    5 x 50 breast drill
    100 EZ

    Total: 1500

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


    I channeled Jazz Feet today at the gym. I even limited myself to a single ab exercise! My neck and shoulder were too swollen and sore from the PRP yesterday to do any upper body work anyway. I just did a recovery swim afterward. Couldn't do much in the pool either

    Since James was so kind as to post his video, I timed it with my iPhone. 2:10 is a super impressive practice time from a push. Kudos to James. Hopefully, my body will be ready to go tomorrow. Here's what Jimby had to say about James' time:

    "That's going to be hard to beat. You need to swim 14.444 secs per 25, or just under 29 per 50, to stay up at this pace for 225 yards. I know you have swum 52 sec 100s with your monofin, and the "formula" for the 200 is to take you 100 time, double it, and add 8 seconds in you're a great middle distance swimmer. This would mean that theoretically you should be able to monofin your way to a 1:42 200. One more length at this pace would be 14 seconds, for an overall 225 time of 1:56. A comfortable smashing of James. However, we also suspect you are not a great middle distance swimmer, plus the formula above applies to people who can breathe. How fast are you kicking backstroke on the surface, breathing as you go? Do NOT swim this in the Pete von "Locked up" Loewe fashion! I think you'd be better off doing the first 7 lengths as a moderate warm up, then try for a fast last 100! And if, god forbid, you do happen to lose "on paper," I will help you use the Finnish formula in a way that will convince virtually ANY reasonable minded person that you did, in fact, win by a lot."

    Updated May 8th, 2012 at 05:30 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  19. 10/30, Sunday, May 6

    by , May 7th, 2012 at 11:59 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Dartmouth:

    Only had about 55 minutes to swim. So I tried some ultra short distance training, and it packed a punch.

    Warm up:

    600 various
    12 x 25 shooters w/fins
    4 x 50 fly drills

    Main Set:

    Did all reps with an approx 10/30 second work to rest ratio:

    16 x 25 breast dolphin, no pullout
    -- sprinted to about the 20 yard line and cruised in, rested on the wall until 30 seconds elapsed
    -- started losing DPS the last 4-5
    100 EZ

    8 x 25 dolphin kick w/board & fins
    -- heart rate went up and stayed up right from the start on this set
    50 EZ

    8 x 25 dolphin kick on back w/fins
    -- heart rate still up
    -- only stayed under 4-5 quick kicks and then kicked on back on the surface
    50 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 2200

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Assuming I sprinted to the 20 yard line most efforts, that's still 640 yards of AFAP work in 55 minutes. It was somewhat mentally difficult to keep blasting away on short rest. And the times on my AFAP efforts were likely slower than when I'm doing 25s @ 3:00. This type of training is definitely most easily adapted to kicking where you can breath freely.

    Off to PRP soon. Ouch.

    I can't feel Saturday's weights.

    Updated May 7th, 2012 at 01:16 PM by The Fortress

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  20. MF Gridge Prep, Thursday, May 3

    by , May 3rd, 2012 at 05:33 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Partly with Speedo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    10 x 25 shooters
    8 x 50 fly drills

    Main MF (Monofin) Sets:

    -- all dolphin kick on back

    2 x 25 shooters
    1 x 50 up tempo w/ MF

    1 x 225 cruise for time,
    Went: mystery time
    I will note that this time was 14 seconds faster than Speedo, who put an MF for the first time and cruised a 225 as well.
    75 EZ
    hot tub w/Speedo

    1 x 200 cruise
    Went: stopped at 150
    cramp and legs were going wtf
    maybe the hot tub wasn't the smartest idea
    100 EZ

    1 x 150 cruise
    100 EZ

    1 x 100 cruise
    (hmm, this was the same time as the first 100 of my 225, reflecting my weeny sprinter endurance)
    100 EZ

    1 x 50 up tempo
    100 EZ

    4 x 50 @ 200 pace @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    4 x 50 breast @ 1:05
    50 EZ

    Total: 3100/2200 kick


    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I'm still crashing and hungover from the event. Though this is fairly normal for me after a big travel meet. I'm wondering if I should have done 3 x 1500 this week. Felt dreadful in the water today, like I was sinking. Still decided to persevere and give the legs a workout. I think they were in shock both from the kicking and hypoxic element. Plus, they were a bit sore from my first drylands yesterday in a month. Still, I feel confident about the upcoming gridge. 8 kicks the first 25 and 7 kicks thereafter.

    I will be dry tomorrow. I'm heading up to Dartmouth tomorrow for parents weekend. Can't wait to see Fort Son; it's been a long time.


    Ultra Short Distance Training:

    Wanted to post a couple articles on ultra short distance training that Kevinj posted on my blog. (Might have posted the first one before, can't recall.) Next short course season I will likely shift into even more ultra short distance training and race simulation and bag lactate sets.

    http://www.fcnm.org/kubrt4.pdf

    http://coachsci.sdsu.edu/swim/bullets/energy39.pdf

    Check out this quote:

    High-effort-level event-specific training can be performed using very short work bursts and brief
    rests. Not only is the total volume of relevant work increased, but so is the volume of specific high intensity
    work-quality maintained. Neuromuscular patterning of a competition-specific nature can be
    enhanced. Research in this area puts to rest the claim that traditional swimming training, which
    produces high levels of fatigue with high levels of lactate and glycogen depletion, is a "good"
    training experience. Such training reduces the volume and quality of potentially beneficial training
    that could be performed, and therefore, should be viewed as detrimental to possible adaptation,
    certainly when compared to what can be achieved with ultra-short training.

    Updated May 3rd, 2012 at 05:55 PM by The Fortress

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