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  1. Wed., Oct. 5

    by , October 5th, 2011 at 08:02 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    10 x 25 shooters on back w/MF

    Main Sets:

    3 x (3 x 50)
    1 = free w/paddles
    2 = torque drill w/paddles
    3 = burst free + cruise

    5 x 30s
    dive from side + dolphin kick @ 100 pace to 15 & cruise back
    (11 kicks)

    5 x (100 broken fly w/fins + 50 EZ)
    -- broken at 25 for :10
    -- just cruised

    8 x 50 backstroke w/fins @ :45

    50 EZ

    8 x 25 w/paddles and parachute

    50 EZ

    Total: 2900

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    Had nuthin today, and I knew it right away. I guess I'm still tired from that lactate set and yesterday's workouts. Had planned on a speed workout, but bagged it. Also have some slight strain in my left quad that prevented me from kicking fast. This is about as close as I get to "phone-ing it in." But I tried to do a few useful things. In retrospect, I should just have gone to yoga today. I considered it tonight, but decided a second workout may not be too bright. I'm planning on both yoga and my team practice tomorrow.

    Updated October 6th, 2011 at 04:15 PM by The Fortress

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  2. Tuesday, Oct. 4

    by , October 4th, 2011 at 08:24 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    RC exercises
    HS hi row, 110 x 3 x 20
    leg extension, 80 x 5 x 10
    assisted dips (20 lb assist), 15, 13, 14, 12
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 3 x 15
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 10
    altitude drops, 2 x 10

    stretching & foam roller, 20 minutes

    -- Think I did something else, but can't remember ... Making good progress on the 20 rep hi rows -- up 20 pounds since I re-started drylands. And doing more dips. I'm generally so much stronger at pulling than pushing that these were hard for me at first. Shoulders are tired tonight.


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Just did a recovery swim after yesterday's brutal set. Quads still burning from that. Planning a speed workout for tomorrow.

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Sets:

    20 x 50 drills
    5 of each stroke:
    chest press fly
    backstroke with turtles
    russian breast
    free w/paddles

    7-8 starts from side working on clean entries

    4 x 150 w/paddles
    50 scull + 50 back kick + 50 free

    50 EZ

    Total: 2250

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    So after NHS induction last night, Teen Fort was whisked away and asked to another Homecoming dance. (She went with a friend to her own school's homecoming and guy #2 has been in hot pursuit for awhile.) See pic below. What I'm wondering is (1) why kids now seem to have such elaborate rituals for asking people to dances (candles?), and (2) isn't it per se unreasonable for me to have to go homecoming dress shopping again?

    And I'm mulling over my entries for the Sprint Classic: https://www.clubassistant.com/club/m...1463&smid=3308. My main goal this meet is to break the NR in the 50 back, which is 28.7. I'm inclined to swim the 50 back and 50 fly and the 4 25s (same line up as last year). This year The Battle of the True Drop Dead Sprinters is going to be scored by aggregate time. I had been planning on the 100 back a couple months ago instead of the 50 fly, but don't feel I'm ready to bust out a great one yet without more training and a real taper. But I may sign up for the 100 back in case I need a do-over in the 50 back or if I feel great and want to give it a whirl.

    Updated October 4th, 2011 at 08:37 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
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  3. LT Death Set, Monday, Oct. 3

    by , October 3rd, 2011 at 04:41 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    9 x 50 fly drills (3x caterpillar, chest press, single arm)
    8 x 25 shooters
    5 x 50 torque drills
    4 x burst 25s dolphin kick
    100 EZ

    LT Death Set:

    8 x 100 fast: 4 @ 2:15, 4 @ 2:30
    -- did backstroke kick with fins
    -- went: 55 high, 57 high, 58, 58, 58, 58, 57 high, 55 high*

    * Got a couple minutes extra rest before the last one b/c of , so went much faster.

    -- I decided to bump up the interval slightly so I could simulate the length underwater of a 100 back. Generally, the SDK count per 25 was 12-10-9/10-8/10. I can't stay under as long on a 2:00 interval.
    -- The interval was largely irrelevant anyway as my legs were burning after the second one, quads being somewhat sore after yesterday's sprints in the yard. After 4 of them, I used only my hips/lower back on the underwater portion and saved the legs for the above water kicking.
    -- Definitely started off too fast. But it seems wrong to hold back too much on this kind of set.
    -- It was horribly painful.

    By comparison, this is what I did a year ago with Pete:

    8 x 100 @ 2:00, best average
    Went: 58, 57, 57, 57, 58, 58, 59, 58
    SDK count per 25 was 10-12, 7, 6, 4-5.

    -- I'm sure swimming that set with Pete helped push me more than doing it solo. Started off more sensibly on that set as well. But with a bit more rest, I was under longer today.

    300 EZ

    Total: 2800

    sit in hottub

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



    I really need to stretch after that effort. Or at least hit the foam roller. Not too much time tonight as I must feed hungry people and rush off to Teen Fort's NHS induction.

    Updated October 4th, 2011 at 08:29 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  4. Frustration, Friday, Sept. 30

    by , September 30th, 2011 at 06:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Mason:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    6 x 50 single arm fly
    6 x 25 shooters
    4 x burst 25s
    50 easy

    Main Sets:

    16-17 x 30-50
    -- dive from blocks
    -- work on 50 & 100 kick count to 15 +breakouts

    100 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP back shooter w/fins + 50 EZ)
    -- went 9s
    -- can't really go much faster than this as I have to decelerate not to smash into the wall

    2 more starts
    -- 5 minute fight with lifeguard who insists masters can't use the blocks during a designated masters swim

    8 x 25 easy speed fly w/fins

    -- ran out of time

    Total: 2350


    Massage, 75 minutes

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

    I was running very late today and didn't make it to the pool on time to do any sort of real workout. So I mostly worked on starts. I continued using the Race Club style start. I started off very well and then had consistency problems, always ending up at different depths, etc. On one, for example, I got great distance off the blocks, but was too deep and 12 kicks put me at about 17 meters. Sigh. A few I completely botched by not getting my hands together in time and twisting in the water. If I did that in a race, I'd have to bail. The block I was using was very loose, and that probably didn't help any.

    I'm not sure if it's worth the effort to keep with this start? But my other starts have always been great reaction time + very mediocre entry and distance off block. In contrast, in a couple starts today, I just nailed it and got much more distance off the blocks -- so much so that it might effect my kick count. So I am inclined to persist.

    However, the other problem is that one of the lifeguards asserted that her boss said we couldn't do starts off the blocks on Fridays. There are no cones on the blocks or anything. I guess they watched me do a sh*tload of them before unleashing that bomb?! If they stick to this policy, I won't have much opportunity to do any starts. The whole start thing is just beyond frustrating for me as it's the #1 thing I need to fix to go faster. For years, I've just been faking instead of nailing starts and in some instances, it's cost me major time or a win (like my 50 free at Nationals this summer).

    Can you tell I am frustrated? One day I may just have to pack myself off to The Race Club. Right now, I just feel like I can't fix this without a coach. The odd thing is that I never remember having any trouble with starts as an age grouper.

    I am also extremely frustrated that the regatta I wanted to attend this fall to watch Fort Son (Princeton Chase) is the same day as the Sprint Classic -- Oct. 30. I'm not sure any others are driveable.

    In other news, I gave my new fins a spin. Wow, they are much stiffer than my old ones that finally gave out. Hard to do flip turns when they're that stiff. I also tried fin socks the other day with my MF. Dislike -- I did not feel at one with my MF even though it stayed on better.

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    Drylands --

    Saw this Natalie Coughlin vid with excerpts on drylands she uses in training: http://sports.yahoo.com/elite-athlet...n?vid=26748272. Jazz would hate it. The ropes especially intrigued me, and are an upper body plyo that I could do in the racquetball courts. No surprise that it's all about power!

    Updated October 1st, 2011 at 10:41 AM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  5. Wed., Sept. 28

    by , September 28th, 2011 at 07:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    6 x 50 fly drills
    6 x 25 shooters
    4 x 25 scull
    4 x 25 burst + cruise

    Main Sets:

    6 x broken 100s + 150 EZ @ 5:00
    -- @ 100 race pace
    -- broken at 25s for :15

    1-3 backstroke, no fins
    -- went 1:05s on all three
    -- 16, 16, 16, 17 on the 25s
    -- 14, 13, 13, 12 kicks off walls

    4-6 fly w/fins
    -- went :56 (too cautious), 52, high 51
    -- splits: #4, all 14s; #5, all 13s, #6 12, 13, 13, 13
    -- fly felt strong and smooth after weeks of feeling like crap

    -- definitely gasping for breath at the end of all 6, but the backstroke 100s felt harder.

    4 x 25 free w/parachute & paddles

    100 EZ

    Total: 2950


    Bikram, 90 minutes

    A very unusual occurrence -- Lil Fort got a ride both ways to swim practice with the 2 families we carpool with. So I am heading off to the 8:00 pm bikram class in 20 minutes.

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    I slept terribly last night (thunderstorms and other issues) and my legs were somewhat tired from yesterday's kicking. So I did not have high hopes for this workout. Nonetheless, I was fairly pleased with the broken 100s and liked the set. Next time, I may bump the rest down @ the 25s down to :10.
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    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  6. Tuesday, Sept. 27

    by , September 27th, 2011 at 06:55 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    5 x 50 single arm

    Hypoxic/MF Sets:

    25 x 20 shooters w/MF
    5 each -- back/belly/left side/right side/360 twirling

    8 x 50 breast w/MF @ 1:15
    -- long pullouts

    3 x 100 shooters w/MF @ 2:30
    -- only breathe between flags and wall with quick flip
    -- hard!

    6 x 50 shooters w/MF @ 1:30
    -- 1 quick breath at turn

    100 EZ

    20 x 25 1 breath free w/paddles @ 15 RI

    100 EZ

    Total: 3150

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

    Was sore from yesterday's weights, so did a hypoxic/kick/recovery type workout today. I am hoping I will have the willpower to stretch later. I'm normally fairly disciplined, but I hate stretching even though I know it's good for me. I"m better with the foam roller and the stick. Planning to nick a chowmi set tomorrow.

    Here's a couple interesting articles from Swimming Science:

    resisted swimming: http://www.swimmingscience.net/2011/...-swimming.html. For me, it's worth it to increase force output because I already have a high stroke rate.

    ankle flexibility: http://www.swimmingscience.net/2011/...g-part-ii.html

    efficacy of PRP: http://sportsmedresearch.blogspot.co...-injuries.html

    Many other articles, some about drylands, on their FB site.

    Updated September 27th, 2011 at 08:55 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  7. Sept. 25-26

    by , September 26th, 2011 at 04:16 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Sunday:

    Bikram, 90 minutes

    In case someone missed PWB's comment ... Here is a vid explaining why Texas women use bikram in their training: http://www.texassports.com/allaccess/?media=265349

    Swim: 30 minutes slow


    Monday:

    Drylands:

    RC exercises
    HS hi row, 110 x 3 x 20
    skull crushers, 40 x 3 x 15
    assisted dips (20 lb assist), 1 x 10, 2 x 8
    Cavic horizontal fly raise, 3 x 30
    abductor machine, 120 x 3 x 10
    explosive leg press, 270 x 2 x 10, 290 x 1 x 10
    lower back machine, 120 x 2 x 15
    box jumps, 10
    knee tuck jumps 2 x 10
    standing jumps from track start position, 10
    med ball slams, 5 minutes


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    6 x 50 single arm fly
    6 x 25 shooters

    Speed Sets:

    4 x 50 done as:
    -- standing broad jump from side of pool to bottom, squat jump off bottom dolphin kicking hard, fast eggbeater kick to mid-pool and then cruise to wall. when hit the wall, 10 second AFAP flutter kick, then right into backstroke start and fast dolphin kicks to 15 m, then cruise in.
    -- very hard

    100 EZ

    Pyramid 50 frees @ 2:00
    AFAP breakout & 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 9, 7, 5, 3 fast strokes + cruise

    100 EZ

    8 x 25 w/fins & parachute
    -- burst dolphin kick to 15 m and cruise

    100 EZ

    Total: 2300

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

    Feeling pretty tired after today's effort, which was just about power and top speed. Forgot to bring something to munch on in car between workouts. Felt it some in the pool.

    Had a trying weekend. Teenage daughters are a huge pita.
  8. Block Bliss, Friday, Sept. 23

    by , September 23rd, 2011 at 04:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Mason:

    -- The blocks were in at Mason, , so I threw out my planned workout and did fast race pace swims off the blocks. I was so anxious that I had to force myself to warm up first!

    Warm up:

    600 various
    4 x 50 single arm fly
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins
    4 x 50 burst 15 + cruise (2 free, 2 dolphin)
    50 EZ

    Speed Work:

    6 x 25 fly off the blocks @ 100 pace + 25 cruise back
    -- working on # kicks to the 15 & breakouts
    -- 11-12 kicks is safest for 100 pace depending on depth of start
    -- took my time on these

    100 EZ

    2 x 25 AFAP backstroke from blocks
    -- high 13, 14
    -- cramped on 2nd one
    -- 25 EZ after each and float around
    -- not as fond of backstroke starts in practice b/c my feet are in a different position than at meets (toes above gutter so I don't slip)

    100 EZ

    2 x 50 fast from blocks + 200 EZ
    -- did fly-back
    -- went mid-high 29 on first one @ 100 IM pace
    -- second one Coach Cheryl (who was working out in the next lane) joined me. I went low 29 and she went high 29. Though she rarely competes, she is very speedy.

    3 x 50 off blocks
    -- breaststroke start + cruise back
    -- legs tired, so decided to stop starts

    50 EZ

    8 x 25 free w/paddles & parachute
    -- Coach Cheryl also tried the parachute and like it b/c it forced her to sprint to avoid sinking.

    100 EZ

    Total: 2850

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

    No, I did not use fins from the block! Though I have seen USAS teams do this. I was pretty happy with my efforts. As I recall, I took my last 100 IM out in 28.7, so this was a good practice time with a regular suit. I may drag out my B70 and use that off the blocks next week. From now on, everything on Friday is off the blocks + mega rest. So psyched!

    I did all my starts today "race club style," i.e., like the one adopted successfully by Water Rat at Auburn. To my surprise, despite the slingshot, I was getting through the hole very well until the end. I'm just not sure if the arms swooping from the side thing makes me slower off the blocks. Will try my usual start next week to compare.

    I'm liking my schedule the last two weeks:
    M = speed + weights
    T = aerobic + hypoxic
    W = lactate
    Th = weights
    F = speed
    -- The only flaw was not getting yoga in so far.
    I want to get one team practice and one bikram session in this weekend.

    My only slight peeve of the day was that after getting an amazing unprecedented night's sleep on Wed., I slept not a wink last night. Just tossed and turned. No idea what happened there.
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    Swim Workouts
  9. Wed. Sept. 21

    by , September 21st, 2011 at 04:48 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    6 x 50 fly drills
    10 x 25 shooters w/MF, exaggerating up and down motion
    5 x 60 -- dive from side, 12 dolphin kicks @ 100 pace to 15 + fly breakout, cruise back

    Lactate Set:

    4 x 75 best average @ 1:30
    -- did dolphin kick on back w/MF
    -- 13 quick kicks per length, then on top of water
    -- went 39, 39, 38, 39
    -- really hard on 1:30. the lack of O2 and hard effort is a beastly combo
    150 EZ

    3 x 75 best average @ 1:45
    -- IM: fy/back/breast w/fins
    -- went 50, 48, high 47-48
    -- kicked harder on last 2
    150 EZ

    2 x 75 best average @ 1:30
    -- did flutter kick w/board for the sole purpose of being able to breathe
    -- went 44-45, 46-47
    150 EZ

    1 x 75 best average
    -- did fly, went :43
    -- had cramp in right calf
    150 EZ

    Total: 2800

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

    Ouch. Lactate sets are hard to do on your own too. Maybe all of swimming is hard to do OYO unless it's a quickie sprint workout. Stole this set from Jeff Comming's blog. Not swimming tomorrow after 3 really solid workouts in a row. Meeting up with Jazzy for weights at noon.

    Trying to stay calm ... trying to stay calm. Had the only hair disaster of my life. Went in for zapping of gray + cut as a golden blonde. Came out an entirely different dark color. The only conclusion we could reach was that the bottle was defective or mislabeled. Really not a happy camper at the moment. Going in for some damage control tonight while Lil Fort is at swim practice. Argh!!!
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    Swim Workouts
  10. Tuesday, Sept. 20

    by , September 20th, 2011 at 06:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    6 x 50 fly drills
    8 x 25 shooters w/MF

    My Version of a 100 Fly Set:

    15 x 100, done as:

    5 x 100 broken shooters w/MF
    -- all UW
    -- broken 10 seconds at each 25
    -- 3 @ 2:30, 2 @ 3:00
    -- not easy

    200 EZ

    5 x (100 broken fly w/fins + 100 EZ)
    -- only 6 SDK off walls
    -- broken 10 seconds each 25
    -- easy speed fly a bit slower than 100 pace
    -- no interval, that wasn't the point
    -- baby steps

    200 EZ

    5 x 100 free w/paddles @ 1:30

    200 EZ

    Total: 3700


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

    Was tired after yesterday's double, but not flattened. Felt good enough to get in some yards geared toward my 100 fly. Considered going to bikram late tonight, but I think I might be "overdoing," so just stretched instead.

    I was very lucky to dodge a lanemate today since I swam during lunch hour. I think the MF discouraged some. One women had the gall to try to ask me about it on one of my precious 10 second breaks. Do they not see I am breathing hard and looking at the clock? I completely ignored her, really had no other choice.

    It has been so long since I last did a real aerobic set (I usually get them in LCM over the summer), that I'm wondering if I have lost my ability to do one ... Though my heart rate was up on everything today. :-)

    Updated September 20th, 2011 at 09:09 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  11. Phoenix, Sept. 19

    by , September 19th, 2011 at 07:43 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    RC exercises
    HS hi row, 110 x 3 x 20 (+10)
    push press, 40 x 2 x 15
    explosive leg press, 250 x 2 x 10 (+20)
    squat jumps w/45 bar, 15*
    altitude drops from highest box (42 inch), 2 x 10
    EA step ups w/20 lb DBs, 10
    EA iso squat w/20 lb DB, 5:00
    EA bicep hold w/8 lb DBs, 1:30 (couldn't find 5 lb DBs)
    EA push up hold, 1:30 (+ 30 sec)
    med balls slams, 5:00 or so
    -- 15 floor slams, 15 overhead slams, 15 rotational twist slams, 15 reverse overhead throws, something else

    * This is the squat machine I attempted to do squat jumps on (and have previously): http://keiser.com/products/air300/squat.html. Today, I was kicked off by a trainer b/c it is a "trainer only" machine. Incredible BS.

    ** I saw on Jeff Commings blog that he recently did 4 x 20 box jumps. Holy crap!



    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    800 various

    10 x 25 back shooters

    Sprint Sets:

    6 x (4 x 25)
    1st 25 = burst 15 + cruise
    2nd 25 = burst 15 +cruise
    3rd 25 = easy
    4th 25 = fast 25
    50 easy between each round

    Rounds: fly, back, breast, free, dolphin kick on stomach, dolphin kick on back
    -- on fly, just did easy speed
    -- on back, I did back spin drill on the bursts
    -- on breast, no pull outs
    -- on free, just free, felt fast

    200 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP back from blocks + 25 EZ)
    -- I should have followed chowmi's rule of nailing the finish and then looking at the clock. Times probably would have been a half second slower.
    -- Went 14 (15 kicks), 13 high (17 kicks), 13 high (17 kicks), 13 high (16 kicks)
    -- Pretty sure I went past the 15 m mark with the 17 kicks. 15-16 is usually my max for a high cycle kick start. I was just deeper than usual on the start, possibly because I put my toes over the gutter so as not to slip and was thus pulling up higher.

    100 EZ

    8 x 25 free parachute & paddles
    -- parachute fully closed

    100 EZ

    Total: 2750

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

    I rose from the couch today and managed a hard double. Go me. My arms are very tired tonight. And, honestly, I think it's mostly from the parachute. That thing is beastly.

    I experimented with a new nose clip today. Almost every available nose clip comes off my nose. But these laxto clips stay on fairly well: http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/1833.htm. They come in S-M-L, and a S was perfect. Very glad b/c the Best Nose Clip In The World has been discontinued. I have also, after years of being a fin cheater, worn out my fins. Should get a new pair tomorrow. My fave kind are the Water Gear fins, which are quite stiff: http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/29710.htm. I'm not a fan of most other floppy fins, at least for dolphin kick.

    Updated September 19th, 2011 at 08:06 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  12. Sept. 15-16

    by , September 16th, 2011 at 06:46 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Thursday:

    Bikram, 90 minutes:

    This was the first class since re-starting post-taper that I haven't felt like flying out of the room to grab more water or air. A comparatively easy class. My back seemed tighter than usual, but was probably from the lactate dolphin kick set.


    Friday:

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Mason

    Warm up:

    700 various

    10 x 25 shooters on back with fins

    8 x 50 burst 15 + cruise
    (2 free, 2 back, 4 dolphin)

    Speed Sets:

    4 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 150 EZ)
    -- Didn't look at clock for intervals. Hit the hottub after the first two b/c I felt tight, then got back in.

    #1 fly, 25
    #2 fly, 25
    #3 fly-back, low 26 (bad turn)
    #4 breast, 31

    -- Fly felt dreadful again -- very choppy and forced. But at least the flys were faster than I went last week.

    4 x (25 AFAP + 75 cruise)
    -- Did SDK on back from a push, no fins
    -- Went 13s, pretty good. I noticed Ande went 11.2 from a dive. Maybe I'll try that sometime.

    100 EZ

    Total: 2650

    15 minutes of tubbing

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

    There are still no blocks up at Mason.

    Still do not feel speedy. Well, my kick feels speedy but nothing else. Dolphin kick, the fifth stroke, has apparently become my best stroke. My fly feels particularly foreign. Hopefully, it will come around with more fast pace and easy speed work. (I haven't felt mentally or physically up to longer fly distances yet.) And I've only been at the speed work for a couple weeks. I resisted the urge to do parachute work.

    I am also trying to resist the urge to make Fort Son feel guilty. One of my masters swimmer friends (and former secret nemesis) has a son rowing crew at another college. He skypes several times a week and texts her every day. I have yet to hear how orientation is going or whether he likes his roommate. No, wait, I did get one text asking if he could use his credit card for something. (rolls eyes)
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    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  13. Wed., Sept. 14

    by , September 14th, 2011 at 06:47 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    6 x 50 single arm drill @ 1:00

    4 x 50 burst dolphin kick on belly + cruise @ 1:00

    4 x 30
    backstroke start + burst dolphin kick to 15 + cruise back

    100 EZ

    Lactate Sets:

    Lactate MF Kick:
    12 x 50 best average/start fast @ 1:30 done as:

    4 x 50 double shooter w/MF
    -- high 21, 22, 22, 23
    -- air deprivation got to me on #4; it's hard to stay UW on lactate stuff
    -- I was holding back a teeny bit on the first one so was surprised to see 21 on the clock.
    1:00 rest
    4 x 50 dolphin kick w/MF & board
    -- held 26 high
    -- the MF seems somewhat slower on top of the water than long blade fins. huh.
    1:00 rest
    4 x 50 dolphin kick on back on surface w/MF (only 5 kicks UW)
    -- held mid 26s

    200 EZ

    10 x 25 w/fins @ 1:00 best average
    odds = free
    evens = backstroke kick on back
    --held 12s

    200 EZ

    Total: 2800

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

    Did not feel quite so hammered after a recovery day and good night's sleep. So I decided to go ahead with the dreaded lactate work, but focused on legs as shoulders were still fatigued. I did decide to lay off the weights until next Monday. Just doing yoga tomorrow -- no extra plyos, parachutes, TRX, or handstands in the yard.

    This reminds me of something one of the bikram instructors says every class: "This will be the hardest 90 minutes of your young life." No. Hard, true, but not like a nasty lactate set. Another thing I've been told that strikes me as odd is that Bikram C. wanted everyone to look to the right or left during the asanas on the floor poses "otherwise everyone would fall in love." I'm thinking -- who would fall in love with a sweat drenched tired yogi? We are not exactly looking fetching during class.

    Oh, I hate it when noodlers try to chat when one is gasping for breath between repeats on a lactate set! I don't want to take that time to educate them about what a monofin is and why I'm using it.

    Here's an article Jazz posted in comments a few days back: http://www.t-nation.com/strength-training-topics/1403

    Updated September 14th, 2011 at 08:13 PM by The Fortress

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  14. I'm No Dara, Tuesday, Sept. 13

    by , September 13th, 2011 at 09:51 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    600 various

    9 x 50
    3 x single arm fly/single arm back/SSR drill

    3 x (10 x 25 back shooters w/MF @ :30)

    200 EZ

    5 x 100 IM drill @ 2:00

    100 EZ

    Total: 2600


    Stretching & Foam Roller, 30 minutes

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    I must be getting old. I can't even do two days in a row of drylands without feeling hammered. I was very sore today and so just did the scheduled recovery workout. I'm not sure whether to work through it or take a recovery week wrt weights right now, but I'm inclined to do the latter. And I'll probably shift my lactate workout from tomorrow until Friday depending on how I feel tomorrow.

    Seems like I frequently get overzealous wrt drylands. Will I ever learn? I expect to be sore, but it's not particularly smart to do them back to back. Is it impossible for a master's body to adjust to that?

    I'm also pretty sure the high rep lower weight upper body exercises are harder for me than the low rep higher weight ones I was doing last season. Shoulders feel more fatigued.

    On other news, Fort Son seems happy and starts freshman week orientation tomorrow. He's probably ready for the year to start since he's been on campus since his freshman trip ended Sept 8. My girls have started their fall sports. My skinny sprouting Lil Fort is doing cross country for the first time, and reports loving to run in the woods. She was also all smiles after her first swim team workout yesterday. Mini Fort is swimming and erging this fall to prep for high school swimming and winter crew training.

    Here's another swimming dryland that Q and Jazz can mull over: http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com...st-Progression

    Updated September 13th, 2011 at 11:28 PM by The Fortress

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  15. Monday, Sept. 12

    by , September 12th, 2011 at 05:07 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    RC exercises
    assisted dips, 20 assist 1 x 8, 30 assist 2 x 12
    Cavic horizontal cable raise, 20 x 3 x 25
    (I took 26 strokes in my last 100 fly)
    HS hi row, 90 x 3 x 20
    "Leaper machine" -- don't know what this new machine at my gym is called. It's a squat machine, but with a flat surface to stand on and you can set the weight in 1 lb increments. I arbitrarily set it at 50 and did 2 x 15 squat jumps. Hard, but v cool way to do plyos. Was just trying it out today as I did plyos yesterday.
    extreme angle iso squat w/15 DB, 5:00
    extreme angle left lunge, 3:00*
    extreme angle push up hold, 1:00
    extreme angle bicep hold w/5 lb DBs, 3:00

    * I am eliminating the extreme angle iso lunges. They are too tortuous and I dislike them. I'd rather substitute the extreme angle step ups with DBs, which I've done on many occasions and serve the same purpose of building eccentric strength.


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    800 various

    10 x 25 shooter on back

    Speed Sets:

    4 x 50 backstroke spin drill + cruise

    50 EZ

    3 x (5 x 50 @ 1:30)
    1st set: free, 6/7/8/9/10 strokes fast + cruise
    2nd set: dolphin kick on stomach, 9/10/11/12/13 kicks fast + cruise
    3rd set: free, 6/7/8/9/10 strokes fast + cruise

    50 EZ

    8 x (25 fast + 25 EZ) @ 1:30
    odds = fast hands breast
    evens = fast doggy paddle

    warmed down in hot tub for 10 min

    Total: 2500

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    Commentary:

    Miscalculated. I should have left the drylands for Tuesday. I was really tired in the pool after a double yesterday and drylands today. Almost abandoned the workout and did a recovery swim, but was worried I might feel worst tomorrow. It actually felt a bit better as I went along. The 3 x (5 x 50) set is a favorite of Rich A.

    I'm struggling to get into a routine, and I need one now that summer is over. And I would prefer one where the drylands wouldn't kill my speed in the pool. Looking at my flog, I did 4 dryland workouts and a couple days of parachute work in 8 days. Not consistent with my plan of doing 2 x weights + 1 core. I guess I've been happy to get back to the gym after that month of only swimming? And I feel like I might need a recovery week soon. If I take it next week, then I could hit it hard for 4 weeks and take a week off before the Sprint Classic.

    Tentative plan for the week:

    Monday: weights/speed
    Tuesday: slow recovery swim/yoga
    Wed: lactate set/stretch
    Thursday: weights/plyos (can't go to my team practice b/c of Back to School night)
    Friday: speed/yoga
    Saturday: off
    Sunday: team practice

    Speedo -- want to meet on Friday?

    Updated September 12th, 2011 at 07:19 PM by The Fortress

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  16. MF Love, Friday, Sept. 9

    by , September 9th, 2011 at 05:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Mason:

    Warm up:

    700 various
    6 x 50 single arm drill

    Hypoxic Sets:

    10 x 25 back shooters w/MF @ :40
    10 x 25 belly shooters w/MF @ :40
    -- 8 kicks per length w/MF
    50 EZ
    10 x 50 double shooters w/MF @ 1:15
    50 EZ

    Recovery:

    8 x 50 w/paddles @ 1:00
    odds = free
    evens = flutter kick w/paddles as board

    Power Set:

    8 x 25 back shooter w/MF & parachute
    -- 13 kicks instead of the usual 8
    50 EZ
    8 x 25 free w/paddles & parachute @ 1:15
    -- went 18-19s
    50 EZ
    -- pool closed
    -- warm down in hot tub.

    Total: 3000

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    I wanted to do some easy speed hypoxic work today. I did very little hypoxic work during the long course season. Need to ramp it up again for short course underwaters, especially on my recovery days.

    The parachute work is just killer. I probably should save the parachute for the end of a speed day rather than a recovery day. I've gotten in 5 swims this week + 2 drylands thus far, and I'm pretty beat. Glad I have a massage tomorrow. I'm taking tomorrow off and may just do yoga on Sunday.

    Mr. Fort is running in the Lehigh Marathon on Sunday to attempt to get his BQ. Unlike his recent two marathons, his training had been pretty solid and injury free. His training partner is running the last 20 miles with him to get a solid long run in before he competes in the Chicago Marathon. He definitely has some taper bitchies.

    The sun finally shone here today after many days of pouring rain!

    Updated September 9th, 2011 at 09:26 PM by The Fortress

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  17. Escaped the Floods, Sept. 8

    by , September 8th, 2011 at 11:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands -- Core Work

    power wheel roll outs, 3 x 25
    power wheel pike ups, 2 x 10
    cable twists w/yoga ball, 50 x 2 x 15 each side
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 2 x 15
    Cavic fly pull on FM machine, 20 x 2 x 25*
    (I took 26 strokes in my last 100 fly)

    20 minutes of foam rolling & stretching

    *I first mentioned this in my blog here: http://forums.usms.org/blog.php?b=1172. Jazz and Q made fun of it, and I didn't persist as I was focused on gaining strength at that time anyway. I've decided, however, that I am going to add this to my upper body dryland routine. I don't do that much swim specific strength training outside of the pool. So I don't think it would hurt to add this, and it might be beneficial for my "dying arms" problem in the 100 fly. Jeff Commings does something similar in concept for his breaststroke kick. And this seems similar to the VASA machine, no?


    Swim/SCY @ Mason:

    Wasn't sure if I was up to the PM practice, but decided to brave it since I only did a short dryland workout. It took me 75 minutes to get there after today's torrential downpour and flooding. I missed almost the entire warm up, which made the first couple sets difficult for me.

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    400 reverse IM something or other
    -- I only did 200.

    Main Sets:

    Vertical Kicking:
    flutter kick, 5 x 20 seconds continuous -- arms at shoulders, arms in streamline, arms at shoulders, arms in streamline, arms at shoulders
    dolphin kick, 3 x 20 seconds continuous -- same as above, but only 3 reps

    8 x 25 w/fins @ :40
    odds = UW fast (I was not ready to go fast.)
    evens = easy
    50 EZ

    8 x 50 free pull @ :45
    #4 and #8 fast
    -- I did #4 & #8 fast backstroke kick (didn't look for times).
    50 EZ

    8 x 75 @ 1:30
    2 x (3 x best stroke + 1 x worst stroke)
    -- did smooth backstroke & breast
    -- feeling gassed already
    50 EZ

    8 x 100 kick, no fins
    2 x (2 x stroke kick @ 2:00 + 2 x flutter kick @ 1:50)
    -- I did 6 backstroke. The last 2 I added fins and did a fast 50 backstroke kick. (26, 25)
    50 EZ

    8 x 75 free
    #1 = 1st 25 fast
    #2 = 2nd 25 fast
    #3 = 3rd 25 fast
    #4 = fast for D people and slow for sprinters
    50 EZ
    -- I used fins and did 6 as 25 easy free + 25 fast back kick + 25 easy free. Skipped the last 2, tired.
    50 EZ

    8 x 25 w/fins @ :40
    odds = UW fast (11, 11, high 10, high 10)
    evens = EZ

    200 EZ (did 100)

    Total: Team 4000/Me 3200 + VK

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    Commentary:

    This was hard for me. My heart has been racing some the last 2 days from the thyroid meds finally kicking in (should wear off when I'm used to the increase), but that means I'm breathing hard even when I'm swimming slow. Still, I got a solid aerobic workout in, which I haven't for some time. "Aerobic" for me, that is; probably a "quality" workout for many others. I'm not used to having actual intervals and that many sets! And I was happy to get in a few fast 25/50s kicks.

    William and Brad were there and I hadn't seem that at practice in ages. William is visiting from CA. He "congratulated" me on my WRs -- the product of my "annoying ass f*ck fins." I miss his banter! I shared a lane with Claire, who just graduated from Mason and is fast, except hates to kick. There weren't too many people there (1-2 per lane) because of the flooding and road closures. There is no school tomorrow here. And, sadly, 2 people died in Vienna when they were swept away in a creek right down the road from me. I don't live far off the main drag, so was lucky to escape road closures.

    Oh, and I heard from Fort Son today. He told me his freshman trip (hiking) was "amazing" and an "awesome experience." Since he never uses such exuberant words, I think it went well. He also reported learning the Alma Mater song, the title and words of which are different than when I went to Dartmouth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Ma...uth_College%29

    Easy day tomorrow and a massage booked for Saturday!

    Updated September 9th, 2011 at 04:34 PM by The Fortress

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  18. No Speed, Sept. 7

    by , September 7th, 2011 at 08:13 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    6 x 50 single arm drill

    20 x 25 shooters w/MF
    4 x front/left/right/back/twirling

    5 x broad jump into pool and squat jump off bottom

    Main Sets:

    1 x (100 fast + 100 EZ)
    2 x (50 fast + 100 EZ)
    4 x (25 fast + 25 EZ @ 1:30)

    100 = dolphin kick on back w/MF, :50
    50s = fly w/fins, went :26s
    25s = flutter kick with fins & board, :12s

    100 EZ

    10 x 25 free w/paddles and parachutes @ 1:15-1:30, went 18-19s

    100 EZ

    Total: 2550


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    That is truly the worst speed set I've done in ages. Definitely a product of little to no speed work in 6 weeks and of being hypo. I died big time on the fast 100 kick and I usually do 24s on fast 50 flys. Fly seems the most effected for me at the moment; I felt like I was doing some ghastly other stroke. (This is consistent with Nationals where I was 2 & 5+ seconds off my best times in the 50 & 100 fly.) I may temporarily bag doing fly. Don't want to reinforce poor form. I hope the tide turns soon, as I have no desire to compete feeling like crap. But it can take weeks for thyroid medication to fully take effect and months for your body to fully recover. Grr. And I clearly need to do much more speed work. Last year, I swam at a meet in the end of August and therefore did speed work and sprinting through most of August. This year, I lollygagged with Nationals so early.

    I took Chris' suggestion and used paddles with my parachute today. That is taxing! I'm more tired from that than the fast stuff.

    My brother sent me some chia seeds in the mail (along with some other items I very cleverly left at his house). He encouraged me to add them to my smoothies: http://www.living-foods.com/articles/chia.html.

    Updated September 7th, 2011 at 10:18 PM by The Fortress

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  19. Monofin Monday, Sept. 5

    by , September 5th, 2011 at 07:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    5 x 100 backstroke w/turtles @ 2:00
    12 x 25 shooters w/monofin
    4 back/4 belly/4 twirling

    Speed Sets:

    4 x 25 w/monofin
    -- 12.5 burst + 12.5 easy
    50 EZ

    6 x (50 AFAP + 50 EZ) @ 3:00
    -- did dolphin kick on back with monofin
    -- went 21 high-22 low
    -- would have done more recovery, but it's hard to swim slowly with an MF on
    -- horrible flip turns on the first few, but then got my kick count down
    -- my monofin fell off once when pushing off and once on a flip turn. so I gingerly pushed off all the walls and was paranoid about losing it.
    -- hadn't used the MF in awhile and it is definitely hard on the ankles (though great for making them flexy)

    Warm Down:

    4 x 150 w/paddles
    50 scull + 50 kick + 50 free
    50 EZ

    Total: 2750

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    My favorite Finis Shooter monofin, http://www.swimoutlet.com/ProductDet...oductCode=2181, has been missing for many months. I've tried using my Finis Trainer 2 monofin, http://www.swimoutlet.com/ProductDet...oductCode=2183, but I don't like that one nearly as much and it's better for long course. I tried the Finis Foil monofin, but that is a monofin imposter! I hated it and promptly returned it -- it's worse than using two fairly stiff fins, very floppy. So I had no choice but to re-order my fave. Hadn't used it in so long that it felt somewhat strange. It's the same size I had before, but seems bigger now. I'd like to start using it more frequently for the short course season this year. Much more fun to do shooters with the MF than fins! Plus, it's easier to work the kick both ways with an MF.

    I was pleased I managed to do a decent sprint set. I didn't have much enthusiasm going in, and the pool was pretty crowded. I warned my lane mate to stay on his side or else risk injury.

    First day of school for my girls tomorrow! But still in mourning for Fort Son.
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  20. Sunday, Sept. 4

    by , September 4th, 2011 at 07:08 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    6 x 50 single arm drill @ 1:00
    10 x shooter on back

    Main Sets:

    10 x 50 w/fins @ 1:15
    15 burst dolphin kick + cruise kick
    50 EZ
    10 x 50 w/paddles @ 1:15
    odds = front scull
    evens = torque drill
    50 EZ
    10 x 50 w/kickboard & fins @ 1:15
    dolphin kick 12.5 down to bottom of pool + sprint flutter kick to wall + 50 cruise
    50 EZ

    Total: 2800

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    Just a short workout after a long weekend. Taking Fort Son to college was much harder than I envisioned. He is in good hands, and I don't wish for any alternative. But I feel like the family unit is irrevocably altered. His room is strangely neat, but very empty.
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