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  1. Endurance Kick, Sat., Dec. 26

    by , December 26th, 2009 at 03:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 variety

    Main sets:

    5 x 200 kick w/MF & board @ 3:30
    20 pullouts after each 200

    50 EZ

    8 x 100 @ 1:30 w/fins
    50 backstroke kick/50 backstroke swim, 8 SDK per 25

    50 EZ

    5 x (5 x 50), done as:

    #1-5 = evil w/fins (emphasize long pullouts, hunching and hinging) @ 1:00
    2 minutes vertical kicking (flutter)
    #6-10 = kick w/board done: EZ/fast/EZ/fast/EZ @ 1:10
    2 minutes vertical kicking (dolphin)
    #11-15 = single arm fly @ :50
    2 minutes vertical kicking (flutter)
    #16-20 = double shooters w/fins, 1 breath at turn @ 1:00
    2 minutes vertical kicking (dolphin)
    #21-25 = evil w/fins @ 1:00
    2 minutes vertical kicking (flutter)

    100 EZ

    Total: 3950 + VK + pullouts

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

    Commentary:

    I walked into the Rec Center and saw a sign warning that the pool was only 78-80 degrees b/c of a mechanical problem. Imagine my delight; I thought it would be empty. No such luck; it was pretty packed, but with real swimmers. Still, I had half a lane or a whole lane for my workout. And the pool was more like 80 -- perfect!

    Oddly, I didn't feel that rested after a relatively easy workout on Friday and a day off on Saturday. Maybe too much Xmas excitement ...

    On another note, I am contemplating becoming a redhead for 2010. I've been blonde forever. A Facebook friend was warning that I might be a faded pinkhead or it could turn orangey. Anyone have any experience with this? I'm consulting my stylist who is a redhead triathlete. Sounds like it could be hard to maintain ...

    Xmas Gifts:

    I got 2 SR gifts for Xmas: an underwater camera recommended by Q and a parachute. Looking forward to using them. My mother also brought me some pure arnica from Mexico. This is a key ingredient in the Traumeel I occasionally use for muscle pain/inflammation/bruises.

    Updated December 26th, 2009 at 04:02 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  2. Thursday, Dec. 24

    by , December 24th, 2009 at 02:41 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Everyone else in the family worked out this am, so I happily took the midday slot.

    Drylands:

    RC Work, 15-20 minutes:

    Did: internal and external rotators, prone scapular scrunches, 3 position arm extensions, seated straight arm dips, med ball on the wall and DB shrugs (I'm adding these to my RC routine)

    Core Work:

    Just did a few exercises:

    romanian sit ups, 2 x 15
    dreya roll into jack jump, 2 x 10
    hanging in & outs, 2 x 10 (pull knees up, kick feet out straight, curl knees back and down)
    hanging core swings, 2 x 10 (swing slightly forward using core, knees up high, swing backward using core, heels up as high as possible)
    back extensions w/25 lb plate, 2 x 15
    straight leg hip lifts on bench, 2 x 15

    10-15 minutes of stretching


    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    Warm up:

    500 variety

    Main set: (from J. Miller)

    4 x 75 free @ 1:20
    1 x 25 fast, shooter on belly
    4 x 75 back @ 1:30, 9 SDK per 25
    2 x 25 fast, shooters on back
    4 x 75 evil w/fins @ 1:30*
    3 x 25 fast, dolphin kick w/snorkle
    4 x 75 single arm fly drill @ 1:30
    4 x 25 fast @ :30, flutter kick w/board & fins

    * Swimming with evil with fins and working on long pullouts is like a breath control set. I only take 3-4 breaths per length. Evil is exhausting.

    50 dolphin dive

    Total: 2050 meters

    short hottub & steam


    MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!
  3. Woohoo! Tues., Dec. 22

    by , December 22nd, 2009 at 10:30 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Core Work:

    I did the P90X plus 20 minute ab DVD today. (Well, I didn't do the hanging parts as I don't have a pull up bar in my house; I substituted other floor work.) I prefer this DVD to ab ripper. The movements use the whole trunk (not just abs) and are more complex than the other DVD. There is also an increased emphasis on balance. I can't seem to find a list of all the exercises anywhere, and can't remember all the names. There were 3 different variations for hanging ab work that I like and will try at the gym. Two of the exercises resemble the squat swing that I'm fond of.


    Then I got out my power wheel and did

    roll outs, 4 x 25
    pike ups, 2 x 15


    Swim/SCY @ Mason:

    Drove out to Mason tonight. Not terribly crowded. We had a "12 days of Xmas Workout."

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    200 kick
    4 x 25 scull
    400 pull (I did 3 x 100 dolphin kick w/board @ :20 RI)
    200 IM drill
    2 x 25 shooters

    Pre set:

    8 x 25 kick @ :30
    odds = IM order
    evens = free

    8 x 25 swim @ :25
    odds = IM order
    evens = free

    Main set: 12 Days of ...

    (I don't remember most of the intervals. It was hard enough to keep count!)

    12 lengths: 300 IM
    11 lengths: 275 free
    10 lengths: 250 kick (board, free)
    9 lengths: 225 stroke (1st & last length fast) + 1 minute rest
    8 lengths: 200 IM
    7 lengths: 175 free
    6 lengths: 150 kick (board, dolphin)
    5 lengths: 125 stroke (1st & last length fast) + 1 minute rest
    4 lengths: 100 IM
    3 lengths: 75 free
    2 lengths: 50 kick (board, dolphin)
    1 length: 25 AFAP (did shooter w/fins, went 9)

    150 EZ

    Total: 3900

    Commentary:

    The legs were still tired after yesterday's kick fest, and I started with the calf cramps on the last 4 "days." But this was a nice aerobic workout for me.


    Woohoo:

    I was very happy and relieved that the meet director found my 50 evil split in the time records. And here it is in the event rankings:

    USMS Times Reported for Women SCM 50 Breast Ages 45-49
    2009 Season (2009-01-01 through 2009-12-31)

    # Name Age Time Club Meet
    1 Livingston, Leslie C 48 37.62 GMUP New England LMSC SCM Championships



    I have to say this gives me a huge chuckle. I've never cracked the Top Ten in evilstroke before. In fact, I'm not sure if I even did 10 lengths of evil kick in the last year ...

    When converted to yards, it's a 33.4 -- .7 faster than I went tapered in yards earlier this year and 1.4 faster than I swam at the Sprint Classic in October. I swam this event at NE Champs in 2007 and went 41.5. No idea what the cause of my evilstroke success is (although I know the pre-pullout dolphin kick helps me) ... I suspect it's the suit. Q thinks it's the squats. Whatever it is, I may just retire on top if/when the suits are banned. lol

    It's also good to know that in my gridge re-match with Stud, I out-touched him by .07 after he crushed me at the Sprint Classic in this event. Of course, he had not yet donned the magic stretched out B70 at this point ... But that was the same scenario when we squared off at the SC.

    I also see that the final LCM TTs were released, and my 200 back and 100 fly from the USA meets that were omitted from the prelim list were included. So all is happy in Fortland this December.

    Updated December 23rd, 2009 at 04:55 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  4. Short Rest --Eek! Mon., Dec. 21

    by , December 21st, 2009 at 05:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Though I was feeling a bit thrashed from my fairly intense gym workout yesterday, I had planned a short rest kick set and stuck to the plan. Ouch!

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    750 variety

    10 x 25 twirling shooters w/MF

    Main sets:

    Kick set:
    16 x 100 dolphin kick w/MF, done as:

    4 x 100 @ 1:20 w/board
    50 EZ
    4 x 100 @ 1:15 w/board
    50 EZ
    4 x 1:10 @ 1:10, no board, on back (8-9 SDKs per 25)
    50 EZ
    4 x 100 @ 1:05, no board, on back (8-9 SDKs per 25) (made 3 -- :58, 1:02, 1:05, missed last one)
    50 EZ

    Drill sets:

    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = evil, long pullouts
    evens = single arm fly

    50 EZ

    10 x 50 @ 1:05
    odds = slow evil kick working on keeping knees together
    evens = evil pull w/pull buoy

    150 EZ

    Total: 4000

    10 minutes hottub

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

    Commentary:

    This kick set was, er, hard. In the last 4, the lungs were willing, but the legs were protesting. They were pretty sore from the gym and I cramped on the very last one. I'm not used to doing sets like this (well, obviously). The trick is, I think, not to start off too fast on the first one so that you can continue to make the interval?

    I'm doing more dolphin kick with a board than usual b/c I'm still hoping to improve my fly kick and fly kick endurance. The SDK is very specific, I think. On the belly for fly, and on back for back ... I'm definitely slower kicking with a board then swimming underwater. So that 2nd set on the 1:15 wasn't all that easy either.

    I'm hoping to go to my team practice tomorrow for freestyle night. Hoping there won't be any hard kick sets. lol. Might try to squeeze in the P90X plus ab DVD beforehand, if I can find time despite my long to do list.

    It's still a bit of a traffic nightmare here. I had to bribe my son to take my daughter to the mall to shop b/c I couldn't stomach the traffic anymore (wholly apart from my mall avoidance syndrome).

    Gluten Front:

    I am not faring too well on trying to eliminate wheat completely from my diet. I know there is a difference between celiac disease and a gluten allergy, but the symptoms are the same. And the remedy seems the same: complete elimination of the offending substance. I was hoping that an intolerance might mean one could just cut back, but that doesn't seem so ... And, I've eaten quite a few xmas cookies ...

    I know the elimination and re-test is probably the best way to determine this allergy. (Though I did do another test.) I just read that you need to adjust your diet for 6 weeks to completely get the wheat/lactose out of your system. I guess I'm going to have to try this whole heartedly after Xmas. It's incredibly annoying. As I told Q, gluten-free products taste like sawdust.

    Updated December 21st, 2009 at 09:58 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  5. Stole Ande's Workout, Friday, Dec. 18

    by , December 18th, 2009 at 03:54 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Stole and modified Ande's workout from the other day.

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 variety

    Main sets:

    32 x 25 fly @ :10-:15 RI
    odds = single arm fly
    evens = easy speed fly w/7 SDKs

    16 x 50 evil
    1-8 @ 1:05 w/pull buoy, focusing on fast recovery
    9-16 @ 1:00 w/MF, focusing on hunching and hinging

    8 x 100 back-dolphin kick w/MF Dolphina (can hardly call it backstroke kick these days), done as:

    1-3 hypoxic 100s @ 1:30, 9 SDKs per 25
    extra 30 seconds rest
    4 = fast @ 85-90%, went :50.
    5 = easy
    6-8 = hypoxic 100s @ 1:30, 9 SDKs per 25

    4 x 200 dolphin kick w/MF & board @ 2:45

    100 EZ

    Total: 4000
    1800 kicking

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

    Commentary:

    I was, as anticipated, a bit sore from the gym, but not unduly so. Hammies were sore from all the squats.

    In terms of swimming, I plan to work on technique, hypoxic work, kicking, and general aerobic conditioning for the next couple weeks. I don't feel much like banging out a lot of AFAP or test sets at the moment. I'm alway like that after a big taper/travel meet. Think I'm still mentally and physically tired. I often wonder whether it would just be better to do nothing for the week after a big multi-day event. I suspect it would, though I'm always anxious to get back to training. And, as Patrick, has noted, you can lose strength and conditioning very quickly at my age.

    I watched the SCY Nats on the DVR last night. Dana Vollmer has great turns and SDKs in fly.

    I spent all afternoon at a class holiday party and have a high school meet tonight. Who's going to go get the milk and toilet paper before the big storm?

    I like swimming in the afternoon so much better than the morning ...

    Gluten/Lactose Update:

    After diligently avoiding these foods for awhile, the symptoms ebbed substantially. I didn't even feel 3 months pregnant for a change! lol However, I then ate some pizza and a couple chocolate macaroons as a "test." Ugh, immediate return of full panoply of symptoms. It's so hard to avoid both of these items all the time ... And tomorrow is another xmas cookie day ...

    Tech Suits:

    Read this on the forum re: timing of FINA ruling:

    "It is anticipated that the Bureau will approve this recommendations, but often these "rule changes" have 60-day implementation period (so it could be mid-March or later) or FINA could decide to implement as soom as practical or they could wait for the end of the FINA season (31-Dec-2010).

    [FINA could surprise everyone and not apply these new swimwear rules to Masters, then the current swimwear would be allowed ].

    Once FINA make a formal decision about Masters swimwear, then USMS will react. First, to comply with FINA rules for swimwear in meters (SCM and LCM) event. Second, they will decide when or if to apply these rules to SCY, as FINA does not recognize this format.

    At convention, the house of delegate was split on what makes sense for USMS with SCY (waiting for the end of a SCY season or implementing quickly)."


    Sounds like a lot of wiggle room in there. Seems like there could be a sort grace period of sorts before the tech suits are eliminated. Personally (no surprise here), I hope that USMS decides to keep them for the remainder of the SCY season.

    Updated December 18th, 2009 at 04:26 PM by The Fortress

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  6. Wed., Dec. 16

    by , December 16th, 2009 at 04:24 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Couldn't decide whether to swim or run today. The weather decided it for me -- it was freezing and I couldn't quickly find my running gloves and hat. Stole and modified Geekity's workout from the other day. Was in aerobic mode throughout, with extensive use of fins and MF.

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 variety

    Main sets:

    2 x (3 x 150 kick) @ 2:00 w/MF-Dolphina
    #1 = dolphin kick w/board
    #2 = dolphin kick on back, 7 SDKs per 25
    #3 = double shooter on back + 50 easy kick + double shooter on back

    50 EZ

    5 x 100 evil w/MF @ 2:00
    working on long pullouts & hinging
    went 1:13-14

    6 x (5 x 50), w/fins, done as:

    # 1 free
    1-3 @ :40
    4-5 @ :35

    #2 back
    1-3 @ :50
    4-5 @ :45

    #3 free kick w/board
    1-3 @ :40
    4-5 @ :35

    #4 backstroke kick
    1-3 @ :45
    4-5 @ :40

    #5 evil
    1-3 @ :45
    4-5 @ :40

    #6 dolphin kick w/board
    1-3 @ :40
    4-5 @ :35

    50 EZ

    5 x 100 fly drills @ 2:15, done as:
    25 lead arm body dolphin + 25 single arm fly + 25 shooter + 25 EZ DAB

    50 EZ

    Total: 4250

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

    Commentary:

    I'm still tired from the meet, so I didn't do anything fast. Still, felt like a good aerobic workout with lots of kicking. The first real workout after taper is always a kick in the ass.

    SCM Comparison from 2008 to 2009:
    (same suit -- B70, except for 2008 100 fly)

    2008:

    50 free: 28.5
    50 fly: 29.99/30.7
    100 fly: 1:12.1
    50 back: 31.7
    100 back: 1:11.7
    100 IM: 1:11.8

    2009:

    50 free: 28.2
    50 fly: 29.6
    100 fly: 1:09.8
    50 back: 31.1
    100 back: 1:09.5
    100 IM: 1:11.5
    50 evil: 37.6
    (previous time from 2007 = 41.5)

    Had a really kick ass salad today for lunch: romaine, grilled chicken, flax seeds, pomegranate arils, red quinoa, avocado, yellow & red peppers, blueberries, mushrooms. Quinoa doesn't taste so bad, Q, with a nice oil & vinegar dressing.


    Possible 2010 Meets:

    March 20, 2010
    ANCM Albatross Open, SCM
    Montgomery Aquatic Center,
    Bethesda, MD

    April 23-25, 2010
    CZ Champs @ GMU
    Fairfax, VA
    Order of Events:
    http://www.patriotmasters.org/Coloni...2010.Entry.pdf (same as last year and no built in breaks for the women's side of the pool. )

    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
    Order of Events: http://www.usms.org/comp/scnats10/events.php

    I am actually, for once, not terrifically disturbed by the order of events for SCY Nats. May have to commence negotiations to go to that meet. This could be in exchange for agreeing to do a B2B relay, I think ...

    Updated December 16th, 2009 at 06:45 PM by The Fortress

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  7. Last swim before Boston, Thurs., Dec. 10

    by , December 10th, 2009 at 06:58 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    200 kick
    200 fly drills

    Other Stuff:

    8 x 25 shooters
    odds = on back
    evens = on belly

    8 x 25
    odds= easy speed fly
    evens = easy

    25 dolphin dive

    2 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)

    25 dolphin dive

    50 EZ

    Total: 1450 meters

    hottub & steam

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

    Commentary:

    Felt pretty good and loose. I'm as ready to go as I'll ever be. Just hoping to have an easy trip to Boston tomorrow. I'll miss some of the PV gang swimming at our one day local SCM meet. Good luck guys!

    Now to pack. I'm the worst packer. I always forget something important. And I just realized my iphone charger does not appear to be working. But I have packed extra Fortinas, caps, new meet goggles (the latest speed sockets, which I favor), gluten-free snacks and wheat-free rice krispies, my inhaler (for that .001 it might give me, lol, actually I need it now b/c of the xmas tree) and my tech suit collection that will be no more: new fire sale B70, very old good luck B70 with hole, new Rocket Science suit that I couldn't return which was supposed to comply with standards that disappeared and my jinxed Jaked which has a lot of wears. (I might wear the jinxed suit for my free events or 50 fly. Def not on backstroke.). I'm actually looking forward to trying my brand new suit. They're always very zingy the first meet. Oh, and better pack ambien, before I read Jimby's upcoming article on its apparent horrors, so there is some slim chance for sleep.

    It feels like centuries since I've been to the gym. lol Why Wolfy can probably lift more than me now. Not Patrick though.

    Split request form?

    Does anyone have a link for me to print out a couple? I assume they'll have them at the meets, but I'd like to have one handy. Can't recall where I pulled my last one from.

    Updated December 10th, 2009 at 09:33 PM by The Fortress

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  8. B70 Practice, Wed., Dec 9

    by , December 9th, 2009 at 02:04 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    For a change of pace and to gage SDKs I wore my very old stretched out B70 with a teensy hole to practice today. Got it on in under a minute.

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    750 variety

    Main sets:

    3 x (4 x 25, no fins)
    #1 = easy speed hypoxic shooter
    #2 = easy
    #3 = fast SDK to 15 meters, then cruise
    #4 = easy

    On #1, I was kicking 16-17 x instead of my usual 20-21 in poly tank.
    On # 3, I was 14 SDKs to the 15 meter mark from a push. I'll take 13 on my starts this weekend.

    This seems to not bode well for the transition to f'in kneeskins. Or maybe I'm just more rested than usual and therefore have a better DPK and it's not all B70 related. Geek is probably correct that I'll be bitter after I take my beloved suit off for perhaps the last time. I think I've been swimming in it longer than everyone but Ande. I've swum in it every meet I've competed in since June 2008 except for a couple USA meets.

    50 EZ

    4 x 25
    odds = easy speed fly
    evens = easy

    1 x 50 back AFAP w/fins
    Went high 22. Maybe 3/4-1 of a second faster than with poly tank.

    150 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)

    100 EZ

    Couple of dives off the side with Fortina, the nose clip. I may use Fortina in my 100 IM this weekend.

    Total: 1700

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

    Commentary:

    I need to get organized and print off all my meet info and start packing. Eney recommends that I "practice" rice crispie treat ingestion. I had thought I would just cab it around, but I may rent a car. And I seriously need to update my ipod. Any recommendations?

    I felt pretty decent in the water today. Perhaps slightly sluggish from the massage yesterday, though it wasn't a deep tissue. Shoulder and knee are still slightly, but not unduly, twitchy. I'm not going to worry much about "feel." I felt wretched before Rutgers last year and swam well. I've certainly rested more than usual. This is definitely the longest I've been away from the gym for a taper (at least since I've become a gym rat).

    Q just alerted me to the fact that my rice krispie bars from Whole Food, in fact, have gluten. Malt, an ingredient = gluten. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_there_g..._Rice_Krispies. This is not going to be easy. I'm just going to eat them anyway, whilst cutting back on other gluten products. It would seem like a tiny amount anyway ... I'll buckle down more after the meet. They're too tasty and efficient to pass up.

    Updated December 9th, 2009 at 08:15 PM by The Fortress

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  9. Meet Analysis + Swim, Monday, Dec. 7

    by , December 7th, 2009 at 10:39 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    200 kick
    100 fly drills

    Pre-set:

    8 x 25 back shooters

    10 x 25
    odds = easy speed fly
    evens = easy

    2 x (4 x 25)
    #1 = long evil pullout
    #2 = no breather free with overkick
    #3 = burst free, fast to 15, then cruise
    #4 = front scull

    50 EZ

    Bit 'O Speed:

    1 x 50 back AFAP w/fins, 23.5-24
    cramped: why?! I've been resting the damn legs.

    150 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP free w/fins + 50 EZ)

    100 EZ

    Total: 2100

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

    Commentary:

    Felt OK in the water today, though not so much on my fast 25s free. I'm done looking at the clock till the meet except for maybe one fast 50 tomorrow. As Ande would say, I've been swimming fast in practice, I'll swim fast tomorrow and the next day and I'll trust my taper.

    F'in Grrr:

    Like Speedo, I'm f'in grrr about the GMUP masters situation. I got yet another email canceling all regular Thursday-Sunday practices again for yet another USA-S meet. "Make ups" -- which cannot possibly be construed as "make ups" as they are of a drastically different nature -- are at either 4:45 or 5:30 am. No one is happy. Many are letting their membership lapse. It's idiotic; they could easily let us come during open lap swim without additional cost to the facility. They are apparently trying to gouge us by insisting we join the facility for an extra $750 per year on top of our monthly masters fee. Uh, no thanks. I understand we are going to approach management in January. I think it's a mistake; it should be dealt with immediately before it becomes a pattern and practice in management's mind. I'm really ticked off. Also haven't had a single chance to practice starts for the meet. Last went off the block at the Sprint Classic. Oh well, I don't need to tire out the legs anyway; I'll just go with JimRude's thought that practicing starts is overrated. Of course, I think, unlike me, he must have a good one.

    Meet Analysis:

    Here are my thoughts on my upcoming events. I don't really have specific time goals (except I do like PBs, who doesn't?). I'm just going to swim fast and see what appears on the timing board. I've trained to be intense and aggressive; I'll just do that in the meet. I hope I can find a cup of coffee halfway through the meet both days. Jolt gum is not an equivalent (sorry Jimby).

    100 IM, seeded 8th

    Last year at Rutgers CZ meet, I blew away my previous 100 IM time by over three seconds. This was a breakthrough swim for me. My splits were 32.50/39.30 (1:11.80) -- appalling. Evil was a challenge and I was pretty dead on free. I'd like to improve on my second 50 split this year. I think I can do this because my breaststroke pullouts are faster with the dolphin kick done first. I will breath more on the first length of fly this time as well, and try and nail a big underwater on backstroke. (I remember seeing Ande do this to good effect in Austin.) Bring it home fast on free no matter how much it hurts; I have a ton of rest before 50 back. I'd be very happy with a PB or around the same time.

    50 back, seeded 1st:

    Last year, I went a 31.7 at the IGLA meet in June 2008. It was my first meet with the B70 and after I began lifting. I hope I can improve on this time. I should be able to, if all goes well, because my SDKs are much better (especially on the second 25) with Fortina. No need to think about this event -- 13-14 SDKs each length. Try to hit the finish hard and not glide in, as I am occasionally wont to do.

    50 free, seeded 7th:

    I went a 28.5 at Zones last year, which was a PB. I seeded myself at 28.7 b/c I thought that was time from last year. I should be able to equal or better this as I went a 28.5 in LCM this summer. But you never know with a 50 free b/c of the start & turn. I'm not fond of turning on bulkheads, so sometimes go awry there. If I do, I will swim my 100 free for a 50 free split on Sunday. Plan on 2 breaths. Probably 6-7 SDKs each length. Think kick.

    50 fly, seeded 3rd:

    Last year at Rutgers, I swam a 29.99 in the infamous time trial that didn't count despite being authorized by the meet director and referee. Someone reading my blog made an official complaint about it, which ticked me off incredibly and almost caused me to stop blogging. My official PB is therefore 30.7 from June 2008. I think I'm capable of going faster than 29.99, since I went a 29.7 in LCM this summer. That swim was a huge drop for me though, and might have been my best swim at Nats. I don't think BU is as fast as Indy either. But hopefully I'll be in that range. Everything depends on how you hit the turn and finish in this race. I plan 8-9 SDKs off each wall, perhaps less. 2 breaths. I'll try not to look this time. lol

    100 back, seeded 1st:

    My PB in this event is from the Albatross Meet last March. I was racing Lisa van Pelt-Diller, and it was a fun race. My time was 1:10.94 with splits of 34.92 and 36.02. Very close together -- basically an even split given my start. At the time, I was trying to implement Jim Thornton's 100 free plan: strong fast first 50, hold or ease up slightly on the 3rd 25 and then barrel into the turn and bring it home. I did have a great last length, but probably should have taken it out faster.

    I have a habit of being too conservative on the first 50 of a 100 back. I can honestly say I've never taken it out too fast. I guess the fear of paralysis stops me. However, I have recently heard the following advice: "Take it out fast and die; it's better than taking it out slow and dying" "You can't get back that first 50." "It's a 100, why are you dogging the first 50?" So I can only conclude this is evidence of my wimpy sprinterdom. So I plan to take it out somewhat faster.

    As far as SDKs go, I'm going to take Quick's advice and think of it as a 50 swim/50 kick. I think I'll likely be gassed on the last 25, but I'd still like to swim it this way. (Last time, without Fortina, I didn't take as many SDKs, though the ones I did take won the race for me.) I'm thinking either 13-13-13-10 or 13-13-10-13. Thoughts?

    50 evil:

    Doing this as a split request on a 100 evil. My one and only SCM 50 breast was at NE Champs in 207 where I went a 41.52. Given that I went a 34.1 in yards at Zones in April, I'd like to be in the high 38 range. That might even crack TT. It all depends on my start. I have to avoid going too deep and flutter kicking to the surface. I've been working on this in practice by pulling up on the pulldown instead of straight ahead. I'd like to stay underwater as long as possible each 25, and then muscle my way though the swim. If no one scratches during positive check in, I'll be in an end lane. Yuck at BU.

    100 free:

    I seeded myself at 1:20, as I wanted to have the option of going for a 50 free split in this event. And, if I need to, I will. But I've decided that I will probably swim it as a 100 free. I haven't swum the 100 free in SCM since NE Champs in 2007, when I went a very slow 1:06.0. I recall feeling absolutely awful in that race. It was my first race of the day and was definitely a "shake the cobwebs off" swim. I recall Stud saying my arms were moving very slowly. Not desirable, as I am usually known for my fast turnover. If I do swim the 100 free, I'm going to make an effort to take it out somewhat faster than usual. (At Zones, I almost even split this event as a hard warm up.) I figure I can die like a dog on the last event of the meet. I have an end lane for this event as well, unless others don't show. Of course, it is perfectly forseeable that I will be too tired to want to die like a dog.

    Updated December 7th, 2009 at 11:56 PM by The Fortress

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  10. Sunday, Dec. 6

    by , December 6th, 2009 at 11:29 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 variety

    8 x 25 shooters

    Main set:

    4 x through:

    100 back or back kick (2 each) @ 2:00
    50 hypoxic back, breath at turn
    25 easy speed fly + 25 easy
    25 AFAP free + 25 easy

    4 x 25
    1-3 = long evil pullouts
    4 = AFAP back
    I forgot Fortina on the last back, and it was absolutely dreadful and appalling. I never want to swim back without Fortina. Can't stand the sensation of water rushing into my nose anymore. So now I'm a Fortina addict.

    50 dolphin dive

    Total: 2100 meters

    hottub + steam

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

    Commentary:

    Took, yesterday off as usual. Jeez, I think I swam 6 days last week since I was deprived of other forms of exercise. lol Better to be in the water more during taper anyway.

    My free felt pretty good today. I'm really working on keeping my head still when I sprint. I need to do an event analysis, but I'm too lazy this late at night after a busy meet filled weekend. I like CS's list of goals, though I think my own might be slightly more moderate this time around. I've been doing all PBs at my taper meets lately, and don't think this trend can continue much longer/indefinitely. (Sorry, Wolfy.)

    On an up note, Mini Fort's high school team won both their meets. I like high school meets -- it's more about racing than times and depth matters so everyone can score points. Mini rocks in the 200 IM ... if only she could even remotely do backstroke ...

    Made it through day 2 of the no lactate no gluten diet. I'm wondering about WTF I'm going to eat at the meet next weekend. I think there must be one of those potentially offensive products in virtually every consumable I would typically eat during a meet ... GU is probably bad. I may have to energy bars, GU and gatorade anyway. I was checking my Endura sports drink, which has malodextrin. I have to see whether that has some lactose product in it ... Here's a good list a friend sent me: http://www.traderjoes.com/attachments/NoGluten.pdf

    It's been fun watching the results come in from Long Beach. Such fast swimming there, it's unbelievable. Hoping all my friends did well at their meets too.

    I have been too tired/busy/lazy to do my RC exercises for 3 days ... Not a good thing. Oh well.

    Updated December 7th, 2009 at 10:07 AM by The Fortress

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  11. Friday, Dec. 4

    by , December 4th, 2009 at 06:44 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Like Chris, I was tired today after some insomnia last night. So I did the following mellow work out, which did not include any sprint work:

    Swim/SCM/Solo @ hot gym pool:

    Warm up:

    700 variety

    Aerobic Sets:

    8 x 100 @ 2:00
    odds = single arm fly
    evens = backstroke kick

    40 x 25 @ :20 RI (pace clocks weren't synchronized)

    #1-10:
    odds = shooter on back
    evens = long evil pullout

    #11-20:

    odds = easy speed fly
    evens = easy

    #21-30

    odds = shooter on back
    evens = long evil pullout

    #31-40:
    odds = front scull
    evens = no breather free with overkick

    100 dolphin dive

    Total: 2600 meters

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    Commentary:

    Felt OK, but the temperature of the pool makes it hard to get a read on "feel." So I largely ignored that issue, and concentrated on streamlining and such.

    Funny moment: There was a new middle aged lifeguard at the gym. After my work out, he approached me and warned: "I know you're a really good swimmer and all, but that underwater work is dangerous. It was all the rage years ago and varsity swimmers started passing out after practice. You better back off on that." Well, I wasn't sure what to say. I assured him that it was, once again, the "rage" and that it was just a normal part of my training. (I didn't even do that much hypoxic work today!) He clearly didn't believe me and tried again to dissuade me from doing it. lol

    I've decided, starting today, to do a 2 week no gluten, no dairy products test to see if I feel any better. As I understand it, 2 weeks is an adequate period to make a preliminary assessment. I realize it's not wise to change one's diet before a meet, but I don't feel like I have any other choice. Now, I have to figure out what I'm going to eat for carbs. And I was happy to know that hemp protein is gluten free, so at least I wasn't potentially poisoning myself with that! But what am I going to do about my chip addiction?!?!

    I'm excited to see the results come in from Long Beach, NY, Chicago, Charlotte and Atlanta. Wishing everyone fast swimming!

    I saw some very fast swimming at the Tom Dolan meet today. I was bummed for my friend Wally Dicks, who pulled a groin muscle and had to scratch his breaststroke events. He hopes to swim at the masters meet at Wilson High School next weekend. I saw Kate Zeigler swim a leisurely 200 free. And the NOVA girls are ripping it up.

    Speaking of fast, I heard KPN went for a 50 fly split in her 200 IM and swam a 29.4. I think she wants that WR back!

    I'm heading to my first high school swim meet later. Start time: 8:30 pm. Seemed kinda late. Among other things, Mini Fort is swimming the 200 IM. I think the poor kid will be doing this every meet, just like I did in high school. And she absolutely hated the knee skin she had to wear this am. Said it cut off circulation in her thighs. Something to look forward to ...

    Updated December 4th, 2009 at 08:00 PM by The Fortress

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  12. Thursday, Dec. 3

    by , December 3rd, 2009 at 05:53 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 variety

    Aerobic Set:

    4 x (4 x 50) @ 1:05
    4 of each stroke
    done: drill, kick, swim, hypoxic
    (did fly & back as double shooters)

    50 EZ

    Kick Set:

    6 x 100 kick @ 2:30, no SSLSs
    odds = CS lungbusters w/UW shooters on the 1st & 3rd 25s
    evens = flutter kick w/board, 1st & 3rd 25 fast

    100 EZ

    Speed Set:

    8 x 50 @ 1:15
    evens = 25 AFAP free w/SSLSs + 25 EZ
    odds = 25 easy speed fly + 25 EZ

    50 EZ

    I then dashed out of the pool, didn't even take a shower or warm down to get home in time to take Mini Fort to an earlier swim practice today. And when I got home I was informed her coach told her to skip practice today since she's swimming in the Dolan meet tomorrow am. She coulda texted me ...

    Total: 2300

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    Commentary:

    I'm surprisingly tired from such a short workout. Jeez. On my way to fat and out of shape, for sure.

    The taper bitchies have obviously set in. Or it could be combo of taper bitchies and AF.

    I just screamed at the computer, screamed at lazy son, developed a grievance against Mr. Fort, and cursed the fact that high school swim meets begin at 8:30 pm. 8:30 pm?!?! Mini Fort has the Dolan meet at GMU and high school meets on Friday and Saturday nights, so it will be a busy weekend. I hope there is no drama b/c she is out of swimming shape and not wearing a fancy tech suit. In fact, she's lucky I loaned her my USA-compliant TYR to swim in.

    All GMU masters practices are once again cancelled this weekend due to the meet. "Make ups" are at 4:45 and 5:30 am. I don't think this constitutes a comparable service under its contract with the masters team; nor do others.

    I had my first omelet without cheese today, and that did not sit well with me either.

    I'm sure I'll think of something else to complain about before the evening ends. (Oh yeah, I still have to do my stupid RC exercises. Blech.)

    On an up note, I am apparently sleeping better than Chaos. Though his travails sound familiar.

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    I also wanted to add a couple links that Crazyman left a couple days ago that some might find interesting re: tabata interval training

    http://www.active.com/triathlon/Arti...bata-Intervals

    http://www.beach-fitness.com/

    Updated December 3rd, 2009 at 06:06 PM by The Fortress

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  13. Z-Z-Z-Z-Z, Wed., Dec.2

    by , December 2nd, 2009 at 04:21 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 variety

    Aerobic/Hypoxic Work:

    3 x (3 x 100) @ 2:00
    drill, kick, swim doing fly, back, evil

    I attempted to kick a 100 evil on my back to work on keeping my knees close together. Pathetic! I could move faster doing a front scull with pinky fingers only ...

    20 x 25 @ :35 w/SSLSs
    4 belly
    4 let side
    4 right side
    4 back
    4 twirling

    50 EZ

    Speed Work:

    1 x 100 back, broken at 50, 15 seconds rest, with SSLSs

    1st 50 = 24.5ish
    2nd 50 = 26ish

    250 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ), trying to keep head down and very still

    6 x 25 fast evil pullouts, cruise to wall

    The purpose of this is to spend as much time as humanly possible underwater riding the glide so that I avoid the need to evil kick very much in my 50 evil. Why on earth can't we just dolphin kick instead?

    100 EZ

    Total: 2950

    Tried to go in the hottub, but it wasn't very hot.


    ART:

    Went to ART for the first time since July. Really need to go in for more maintenance here and there. He worked over my shoulder and tight calves.

    We discussed various nutritional issues. I told him I was having some digestive issues recently and had given up whey protein. He still thinks that whey is superior to hemp protein for lean muscle (though apparently hemp is better if cholesterol is an issue). But it has to be high quality isolate with no concentrate. He wonders whether my reaction to whey as well as some sore throats and hives I've had recently indicate a food allergy, possibly a gluten allergy or lactate intolerance. Sigh. So I need to get tested. Jeez, it seems like, as a adult, I'm allergic to everything on the earth practically.

    On a good note, he was thrilled with my good cholesterol reading of 71. Stunned when he heard Mr. Fort's was 79.

    He's a fan of probiotics too. He noted that many of his elite endurance athletes use a combo of probiotics and digestive enzymes.


    Triathlons for Teens?

    My son is hatching a plot with a CC friend to compete in an ironman tri next late summer/fall. Seems like a bad idea to me. His friend is the son of an ultra runner and is gung ho. It's the running I worry about. Seems like a lot of stress on the joints. He's done a sprint and international tri before when younger. I might agree to let him to a half iron. He could do the B2B with us. Any thoughts?


    Other Commentary:

    The first "I'm really getting sick of tapering" thought popped into my head today. The workouts was so dull. I can tell next week is going to be dreadful no matter how much cyber shopping I get done.
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  14. Tuesday, Dec. 1

    by , December 1st, 2009 at 04:50 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    Got a start on my .com shopping today, so didn't make it to OakMarr. Had to swim in the hot gym pool, but at least it's SCM. Did another workout from my pre-Auburn taper.

    Warm up:

    700 variety

    Main sets:

    4 x 100 single arm fly drill @ 2:00

    8 x 50 hypoxic backstroke kick, no SSLSs @ 1:15
    1st 25 = 16 SDK
    2nd 25 = 15 SDK

    25 EZ

    10 x 50 @ 1:10 w/SSLSs
    1st 25 = easy speed fly
    2nd 25 = easy

    25 EZ

    1 x 50 fly AFAP w/SSLSs
    Went 27, 2 breaths

    100 EZ

    5 x 50
    1st 25 = fast evil
    2nd 25 = easy

    100 dolphin dive

    Total: 2550 meters

    5 minutes in hottub

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    Commentary:

    Felt vaguely better in the water today. No way was the pool the advertised 84 degrees. It felt more like 86.

    Checked out the CZ psych sheets. http://www.metroswim.org/entryforms/120509ZoneHeats.pdf There are some very fast chicks there, including some fast backstrokers. I'm still glad I signed up for NE Champs though. http://www.greatbaymasters.org/09PsychByGroup.htm I'd rather not swim "mixed" in a champ meet. Plus, BU runs 10 lanes and it looks like I have avoided the dread end lane where I almost whacked my arm on the ladder 2 years ago.

    It looks like KPN is seeded faster than the WR in the 50 fly. The WR holder Lauri DiTommassi is swimming at CZ. Good racing everywhere. But the right side of the country rocks!
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  15. Monday, Nov. 30

    by , November 30th, 2009 at 04:42 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 variety

    Main sets:

    6 x 100 @ 2:00
    odds = backstroke kick
    evens = backstroke

    6 x 75 @ 1:30
    done as 25 twirling 4 point shooter + 25 EZ DAB + 25 easy speed fly

    50 EZ

    3 x (50 back w/fins AFAP + 100 EZ)
    Went: 23.5, 23.5, 24
    I think 23.5 is my fastest ever in practice. I had really tight skinny streamlines on these. It was the only thing that felt good whole practice. I did arch my back on the turn on the third one -- I blame Q.

    50 EZ

    6 x (25 AFAP + 50 EZ)
    AFAPs = 2 evil, 2 free, 2 SDK shooter

    200 EZ

    Total: 2950

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    Commentary:

    Still feel crappy in the water -- tired, sore, no feel and "heavy," like my body position is lower. I'm sure the weekend of pie, pizza, chard and driving didn't help. I'm glad I'm not swimming at Zones this weekend. Note to self: Never go on long driving trips before a taper meet.

    I got this workout from ones I did in the 2 weeks before the Auburn SCY meet earlier in the year that I tapered for. Then, my 3 x 50 backs AFAP were 26, 26, 25.5, so I'm faster now. I likely will keep using those workouts for reference, though I may rest even more than I did then.

    I made an appt with my ART doc for Wed. I haven't been in ages. I really should have gone in when my shoulder first started expressing its disapproval of my activities.

    I read today that flax seed oil is not as beneficial for cholesterol as ground flax seeds. I usually put a squirt of the oil in my recovery smoothies, but I have seeds as well. I'm still using the hemp protein instead of whey protein. The taste is most easily disguised with intense berry flavor. Today's smoothie, which I also inflicted on my little kid, contained: hemp protein, flax seeds, glutamine, walnuts, banana, frozen blackberries & strawberries, yogurt, pomegranate juice and coconut water. Nummy! Jazz says juice is like candy, but a little can't hurt that much. Jazz also has friends that think hot yoga is for "dirty hippies" ...

    I am supposed to be in three different places at the same time tonight. I think my littlest will be missing swim practice b/c my son has his National Honor Society induction tonight. I don't think parents are supposed to miss that. lol If only it was as easy to get into college as it was to get into NHS!
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  16. Afternoon w/Jimby, Sat., Nov. 28

    by , November 29th, 2009 at 12:00 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    AM Yoga:

    I did about 25-30 minutes of yoga and stretching today with my littlest one. Really worked over the back. I have some photos from this session, but I can't seem to upload them from this computer ...

    PM: Core & Swim:

    I drove to the Sewickley Y today to give Jimby tips on core exercises since he's decided I'm right. The poor man was literally in the dark without a clue! I tried to demo some of my favs and then he would attempt them (or some of them). He had his flip video camera with him, so this will no doubt end up on youtube. He was quite anxious to bounce quarters, but he seemed to think this had to be done from a prone rather than standing position? His gym was missing a couple key pieces of equipment (like a back extension bench, med balls and a bosu), but we did quite a few things including:

    hanging reverse crunches & straight leg raises
    squat X press
    squat swing w/plate
    overhead squat
    deadlift
    reverse decline crunches & knee ins
    russian twists on incline bench
    superman banana
    dead bugs
    box jumps

    I can't remember what else. I know I left out lunges, but Jim's back and legs will no doubt be grateful. Then we walked to the pool, Jimby all asweat, to do the following workout, which I stole and modified long ago from JMiller's Fun & Fast workout thread. It seemed like a good taper workout for me, and I think Jim liked having easier intervals and being able to focus on stroke technique and the like.

    Swim SCY @ Sewickley:

    Warm up:

    600 variety

    10 x 25 shooters
    (Jim did flutter kick)

    Main set:

    4 x 75 free @ 1:30
    1 x (25 AFAP free + 25 EZ)
    4 x 75 evil @ 1:30
    2 x (25 AFAP free/evil + 25 EZ)
    4 x 75 back @ 1:30
    3 x (25 AFAP back + 25 EZ)
    4 x 75 fly drill @ 1:30
    2 x (25 AFAP fly + 25 EZ)
    4 x 75 SDK on back @ 1:15
    1 x (25 AFAP free +25 EZ)

    50 EZ

    steamroom

    Total: 2850

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    Commentary:

    I felt slightly better in the water today. I just cruised all the 75s, working on streamlines and underwater work. I'm hoping I didn't do too much in the gym to fatigue the legs. I'm sure I'll be fatigued tomorrow anyway, as I went straight from the pool to drinks with one set of friends and dinner with another set of friends. Chard overdose.

    I have a really long drive ahead of me tomorrow, I know. I might try to hit the gym for a very easy swim if I get home in town. But that will completely depend on traffic.

    NE CHamps:

    The psych sheets for NE Champs are up at: http://www.greatbaymasters.org/09Psych.htm

    I should have plenty of rest. My events start at:

    Sat:

    11:29: 100 IM
    3:35: 50 back
    4:59: 50 free

    Sun:

    11:08: 50 fly
    12:45: 100 back
    2:33: 50/100 evil
    3:32: 50/100 free

    I'm a little taken back by how much time I have between the 100 IM and 50 back on Saturday. I'm not sure I've ever had that much rest between events at a meet. I'll obviously have to get in and loosen up inbetween, but I'm not exactly sure how much and when. However, the last time I sat around for 2.5 hours was before my 31.7 in the 50 back SCM last year, so maybe that bodes well. I was somewhat surprised to be seeded first in the 50/100 back. I think there must be some sandbagging going on. But at least I have a good lane. Unlike my 50 free!

    Updated November 29th, 2009 at 12:22 AM by The Fortress

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  17. Sewickley Redux

    by , November 28th, 2009 at 12:22 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Went to swim with Sewickley Masters again tonight. Got to see Mermaid this time too.

    SCY @ Sewickley Y:

    Warm up:

    700 variety + chat w/Mermaid

    8 x 50 kick @ 1:00

    Main sets:

    6 x 50 kick @ 1:30
    odds = fast
    evens = EZ
    (Jim had to check to make sure I didn't have fins on when I gave him an arse kicking on these. lol)

    8 x 50 swim @ :55
    1-6 cruise
    7 fast (went :24 back w/fins)
    8 easy

    6 x 50 swim @ :45
    1-5 cruise
    6 fast (went :24ish back w/fins)
    7 easy

    5 x 50 swim @ :35
    (what? I never do this interval. lol)
    1-3 cruise, make interval
    4 fast
    5 easy

    I crashed into Mermaid on #3 and missed the interval, so I rested for another minute and did a fast 25 + easy 25

    50 EZ

    50 fast evil w/fins (:31)

    50 EZ

    steamroom

    Total: 2500

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    Commentary:

    I saw a bunch of people running in the am today. I happened to comment that I hate seeing people running when I can't. Mr. Fort said "why can't you run?" I just rolled my eyes ...

    Still felt ploddish in the water, like I have for awhile, though my 50s were still pretty fast. Fly still feels dreadful. Could be the sugar high from yesterday, which carried on today with Xmas cookie baking and frosting. Blimp icon? And had plenty of pizza for dinner after practice with the gang too!

    Tomorrow, I'm going to meet Jim at the Y and hopefully, if it's not too crowded, swim for more than 1 hour. I need more time to get all my easy swimming and lazy intervals in.

    I will bring quarters.

    This is probably quite odd, but I like being in my own pool and in my own house when I'm tapering ...

    Updated November 28th, 2009 at 11:24 AM by The Fortress

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  18. Sewickley Swim, Wed., Nov. 25

    by , November 25th, 2009 at 09:55 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Had a nice long drive to Pittsburgh with only moments of sheer brain numbing traffic hell. Better than the usual Thanksgiving debacle getting out of metro DC. Then drove to Sewickley to swim with the Sewickley Masters, coached by speedster Bill White, with whom I shared a lane.

    SCY w/Sewickley Masters:

    Warm up:

    50 EZ (rather than my usual 700)

    12 x 50 swim @ :55, reverse IM order
    (I drilled the fly; I can't do fly w/o a proper warm up.)

    8 x 50 kick @ 1:00, IM order, no fins

    Main sets:

    8 x 50 @ 1:00, IM order
    (I did the fly, back & free as double shooters w/fins; the others were doing 1/2 of each 25 SDK.)

    8 x 50 @ 1:00, IM order
    25 DPS + 25 SDK build to sprint
    (I did the last 25 as a fast shooter)

    4 x 100 @ 2:00
    25 SDK, 50 choice EZ, 25 sprint (IM order)

    4 x 100 @ 2:00
    assigned: 75 choice, 25 sprint kick (IM order)
    did: 25 shooter on back, 50 back, 25 shooter on back fast

    50 EZ

    Total: 2700

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    Commentary:

    This was a perfect workout for me after many hours in the car. I was still tired from yesterday's fast kicking, so it was a nice maintenance workout with some hypoxic work, IM work, and a few sprints. Because they only get an hour to practice, SM have a very structured warm up, which of course I'm not used to. I like my leisurely warm ups.

    I was able to watch Jimby's SDK efforts from underwater. He has a very nice streamline, but no power coming from the core. There may be some hope. I had him to a few squats on deck, and he somewhat managed them without cantilevering his knees too far over his feet. Saturday I will show him the ropes a bit more.

    We adjourned to the coed steam room and whirlpool -- very nice for a Y -- where we discussed myriad things. Among those repeatable were the upcoming suit ban. Jimby is still quite defiant about men not getting equal coverage as women under the FINA committee proposal. He also predicts that my next new event will be the 200 fly -- done all kicking. I told Bill that this was perfectly legal according to Wolfy (as long as you don't violate the 15 meter rule). He was suspicious, but to my knowledge it is legal to kick the entire way in a streamline position. Might be a fun experiment. Much less painful than forcing the poor shoulders to do all that work!

    I plan to take tomorrow completely off. I will swim with the Sewickley Masters again on Friday and then with Jimby and BIll on Saturday. Even though this week will be a comparatively easy week without a gym visit, I'm still fairly tired. (Of course, it's only Wed.) I was fretting about possible overtraining and leg fatigue to Mr. Fort. He just scoffed since I have another 2+ weeks to rest. I guess he's likely right ...
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  19. Swim @ Oak Marr, Nov. 24

    by , November 24th, 2009 at 05:18 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Journeyed to Oak Marr today. Speedo, Jazz and Wally Dicks were there, which made working out more fun. I almost frightened Jazz off (I thought he might actually crawl out of my lane) when I mentioned I was doing the guts of a Chris Stevenson workout. He opted instead to work on narrowing his hand entry in freestyle with whopping big paddles. Speedo had a planned taper workout. And Wally was putting in a big 2200 as part of a taper for the Dolan meet on Dec 6-7.

    Here's what Chris' workout was:

    Main Set (2400+50/4450)
    12 x 100, 50 free + 50 back
    -- 1-4 on 1:25 (went 1:05s)
    -- 5-8 on 1:20 (1:04-5s)
    -- 9-12 on 1:15 (1:04s)
    8 x 25 flutter kick w/ board on 30 (16-17s)
    30 sec rest
    6 x 100, 50 free + 50 back
    -- 1-2 on 1:20 (1:02s)
    -- 3-4 on 1:15 (1:02s)
    -- 5-6 on 1:10 (1:02s)
    4 x 25 flutter kick w/ board on 30 (16s)
    30 sec rest
    3 x 100, 50 free + 50 back
    -- 1 on 1:15 (1:01)
    -- 1 on 1:10 (1:01)
    -- 1 on 1:05 (1:01)

    Here's how I modified/tortured it for sprinter/taper mode:

    Warm up:

    700 variety swim, kick, drill

    10 x 25 shooters

    Main set:

    6-7 x 100 @ 1:45
    50 free + 50 back, aerobic mode
    (I lost count on these b/c I was blabbing too much with Jazz.)

    8 x 25 flutter kick w/board (no fins)
    odds = fast @ :30 (went 16s or so)
    events = easy @ :45
    50 EZ

    6 x 100 @ 2:00 w/Fortina & Dolphina, the MF
    #1-5 descend, # 6 cruise
    Went 1:02, :57, :55, :53, high :49.
    extra 30 seconds rest before #5
    50 EZ
    Note: :49 is my fastest time for a 100 MF.

    6 x 25 flutter kick w/board (no fins)
    odds = fast (16s+) @ :30
    evens = easy @ :45

    3 x 100 backstroke w/fins, broken w/10 seconds rest at 50, no real interval
    50 EZ in between

    These didn't go so well. I cramped immediately on the first one after the MF set, and had to battle calf cramps throughout. So my times were slower than what I had hoped. I was tired, so didn't push through the pain as much as I should have. I'm a calf cramp weenie. Likely didn't have enough water in the am either.

    Went 27/26, 25/26 (?), 26/27

    100 EZ

    4 x 25 evil working on long pullouts
    (Intended to do these flutter kicks w/board as well, but not after the cramp set.)

    100 EZ

    10 minutes hottub

    Total: 3450

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    Commentary:

    Did a little more yardage than I intended. But, that's all right, as I'm still pretty far out from the Right Coast Nationals.

    Discussed tapering with Wally. He tapers 4 weeks and cuts weights for 6 weeks. I told him I was trying a 3 week taper this time instead of 2 and cutting out gym work 3 weeks out. Since my legs still feel quite tired and I've been hammering the drylands, he thought this was a good idea. As we get older, we need to "listen to our bodies more." Sigh, guess that's right. My body is still tired. I plan to cut kick volume and intensity next week and really start loafing.

    Wally and I also discussed the possible/likely loss of the tech suits in mid-Jan. Wally's non-plussed by the situation b/c he didn't like the B70, but he will miss his short john paper suit. He says he is going to enjoy seeing who suffers the most from the loss of tech suits. lol We agreed that, possibly, those swimmers who already know how to kick might not be as adversely effected, the theory being that poor kickers had the B70 float for their legs. On the other hand, the B70 was supposed to help the SDK ... And, as Jimby likes to point out, those of with "dense muscularity" might sink now ...

    I'll be swimming with the Sewickley Masters on Wed & Fri. I was a little frightened when I saw their last workout (1000-14:00, 2x500-6:30, 5x200-2:30, 8x100-1:20). But Coach Bill has promised some sprints and SDK work. tomorrow, so that sounds promising. At some point, I will take Bill and Jimby to the gym and show them what constitutes core work. They apparently, for all their accolades, are clueless.

    Updated November 24th, 2009 at 07:33 PM by The Fortress

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  20. Stole Ande's Workout, Monday, Nov. 23

    by , November 23rd, 2009 at 05:30 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    I stole and modifed the workout Ande "did" (as opposed to was "assigned") earlier today.

    Warm up:

    700 variety swim, kick, drill

    8 x 25 shooters
    odds = back
    evens = belly

    Stations/Sets:

    5 x 50 kick @ 1:00
    descend #1-4 to fast, cruise #5

    5 x 50 breast @ 1:00
    descend #1-4 to fast, cruise #5

    5 x 100 @ 2:00
    #1-4 = 75 free cruise + 5 seconds rest + 25 back AFAP
    #5 = easy

    5 x 75 drill-kick-swim @ 1:30
    #1-4
    25 dolphin kick on side
    25 hand lead body dolphin drill
    25 easy speed fly
    #5 = easy

    5 x 50 @ 1:00
    #1-4 = 25 easy backstroke kick + 25 AFAP shooter on back

    5 x 50 @ 1:00
    single arm fly drill

    100 front scull
    100 EZ
    5 minutes hottub

    Total: 3000

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    Commentary:

    After not swimming this weekend, I felt like crap in the pool, like I was swimming through mud. I also still feel tired, especially the legs.

    What does this tell me? First, I am stopping hot yoga now. The 50 minutes of standing poses + heat are probably wearing out me and my legs. Perhaps Wolfy is right that my legs are somewhat overtrained. (This means that Geek will have a slight reprieve on his naked 200 fly, since I won't be able to drag Jazz to yoga for awhile.) I need a LOT more rest to swim fast at NE Champs. And I need to be in the water more often during taper. I really need to focus on sleep. The drylands work + sprinting makes me crave sleep.

    On the whey protein issue, I realized that both Pure Sport and my balance bars also have whey protein (in isolate form). So I was probably unintentionally overdosing myself on whey.

    SwimStud told me to look at the athlete list for NE Champs and saw this listed side by side:

    Patriot Masters Swim Team-PV
    Livingston, Leslie - Female - Age: 48 - Ind/Rel: 7 / 0
    #5 Women 100 IM
    #23 Women 50 Free
    #37 Women 100 Back
    #19 Women 50 Back
    #33 Women 50 Fly
    #45 Women 100 Breast
    #49 Women 100 free

    San Diego Swim Masters-SI
    Pipes-Neilsen, Karlyn - Female - Age: 47 - Ind/Rel: 8 / 0
    #1 Women 800 Free
    #17 Women 100 Fly
    #25 Women 400 IM
    #47 Women 200 Fly
    #5 Women 100 IM
    #23 Women 50 Free
    #33 Women 50 Fly
    #49 Women 100 Free

    http://www.greatbaymasters.org/09Entry.pdf

    KPN is not swimming the 50 and 100 back, which might have been fun to go head to head. I noticed another really fast chick, who I was hoping to swim head to head with in the 50 back, absolutely sandbagged all her 50s. No big deal. I'm sure there will be plenty of competition.

    Updated November 23rd, 2009 at 08:01 PM by The Fortress

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