9 x 50 w/paddles:
3 x free/kick using paddles as board/scull
16 x 50 @ 1:00 or so
4 of each stroke
10 x "25s" w/fins
streamline dive down to bottom of pool, squat jump off bottom with fast dolphin kick
10 x 25 w/parachute & fins
odds = shooter on back
evens = burst free
8 x 50 @ 1:30
odds = 25 fast kick + 25 easy
evens = 25 fast swim (IM order) + 25 easy
The pool water was very warm today, and this dulled my enthusiasm somewhat. I can't (or won't) do hard aerobic or longish sprints when it's that temp. Looking forward to swimming at GMU again.
Hoping to learn about "real strength" with Jazz on Wednesday. I need to search for my weight lifting gloves.
Updated May 16th, 2011 at 06:28 PM by The Fortress
flutter kicks on bosu, 50
power wheel roll outs, knees on bosu, 2 x 12
standing lat pulldown, 130 x 1 x 10, 140 x 2 x 10
explosive leg press, 270 x 3 x 10
bulgarian single leg squats w/DBs, 40 x 2 x 10 each leg
rear delt fly, 70 x 2 x 12
med ball plyo slams in racquetball court, 5:00
15 x 50
5 x 50 free w/paddles @ :45
5 x 50 kick @ 1:00
5 x 50 drill @ :15 RI
10 x burst dolphin kick 25s (no fins) @ 1:00
5 back, 5 belly
8 x (25 AFAP kick w/fins & board + 50 easy kick + sit on board and wait)
5 dolphin kick, 3 flutter kick
-- I wanted to swim these free & fly, but I was sharing a narrow lane with an aqua jogger. Opted to kick instead.
Took yesterday off. Had Lil Fort's soccer game and the VA State rowing champs. Fort Son's lightweight 4 rowed their best race of the season, but 2 of the rowers including Fort Son blacked out right after the finish line and were taken in on the launch. Overexertion and probably improper nutrition. I had to sprint a mile to get to the boathouse to check on him. They are very excited for the Stotesbury Regatta next weekend, which is the largest high school rowing event in the nation. Mr. Fort and I are leaving Friday night to catch up with friends in Philly and see the semi-finals and finals on Saturday.
Today, I got up at the crack of dawn to watch Lil Fort's Girls on the Run Nova 5K at Mason. There were over 9,000 runners at the event. Lil Fort (running with Mr. Fort as her run buddy) was happy to crush her PB despite it being very crowded the first mile, running a 25+ I was a little bleary in my workouts today from lack of sleep. Need to catch up on sleep this week.
Updated May 16th, 2011 at 03:34 PM by The Fortress
Swim/LCM/Solo @ GMU:
9 x 100 @ 2:00
3 kick, 3 drill, 3 swim
-- Still warming up, shoulders hurt from weights.
10 x 50 shooter w/MF + cruise kick
-- Went to 35-40 meter mark UW. Didn't want to push it further given air quality and my lung quality.
8 x 50 drill @ :15 RI
2 x IM order
-- Thought I was going to have to get out here. But some Mason swimmers came in to swim and the supervisor (Peter Ward wasn't there) saw my USMS cap, asked me what I was training for, and told me I could stay. So I carried on.
10 x 50 shooters w/MF + cruise kick
-- Same as before, went to 35-40 meter mark on back or belly
12 x 50 w/fins @ 1:15
2 x IM order
-- Went high 31s on the fly 50s, just cruising and breathing every other stroke. So I probably did go 28ish last night when I was trying to sprint.
Total: 3600 m
10-15 minutes hot tub
One of the most enjoyable solo workouts I've had in awhile -- probably the novelty of long course + cool water. It was a pure recovery workout and I just cruised and worked on technique. It was so very nice to do shooters in a LC pool. Have the usual panoply of kids activities tomorrow so will either take an off day or go to yoga later in the day.
Still mulling over what to do this summer. The USAS teams' practice hours are just too obscenely early for me. I may see if I can swim a couple times a week with the Terrapin Masters.
Updated May 13th, 2011 at 05:54 PM by The Fortress
windshield wipers, 25
long arm crunches, 25
flutter kick on bosu, 50
power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
power wheel push ups, 2 x 10 (way harder than regular push ups with your feet suspended on a wheel)
power wheel pike ups, 2 x 10
hanging straight leg raises, 15
reverse scoops, 25 x 2 x 15
extreme angle isometric squat w/12.5 DB, 4:00
overhead squats, 45 x 1 x 10
squat jumps w/bar, 45 x 1 x 10
HS iso lateral hi row, 140 x 2 x 8
lower back machine, 130 x 2 x 10
bicep curl, 40 x 2 x 6
Swim/LCM @ GMU:
Mini Fort was not feeling well today, came home early from crew and was thus available for babysitting. As Speedo said, "Fantastic." So I was able to attend our first LC practice of the year (one of only 4 due to the pool closure).
6 x 50 kick @ 1:00
200 IM drill
16 x 100
2 x through:
2 x 100 (25 scull, 75 build free) @ 1:40
2 x 100 IM @ 1:50
2 x 100 free @ 1:40
2 x 100 kick @ 2:10
-- Used fins for all but the last 100 kicks. Surprisingly, I didn't feel too bad on these.
3 x 25 DPS breast drill
-- From side of pool, dive or push off, go under lane lane, taking only 1 stroke between each lane line.
4 x 50 fly w/fins @ 1:30
1st 50 = 25 twirling dolphin kick + 25 fly
2nd 25 = 25 dolphin kick on back + 25 fly
3rd 25 = strong UW kick + 3 strokes fast fly + cruise free
4th 25 = same as #2
3 x 100
25 AFAP + 75 easy
-- I did 2 backs and then the last one did 50 fly + 50 easy.
600 pull breathing every 5th stroke
-- I planned to do 6 x 100. I did one with paddles and my shoulders were killing me, so desisted and went 4 x 100 kick with fins.
50 EZ (instead of 200)
Total: 3775 meters
Hot tub, 10-15 minutes, chatting with Peedo.
Feeling rather at the moment, especially the shoulders. There's so much more actual swimming in long course.
The new charmer on our team that dissed Speedo's paddles last week took aim at me today. When he questioned my fin use on the fly set, I said that I never swim fly without fins. His response, "You'll have to get used to fly without fins if you ever want to swim in a meet." Followed up with, "I used to use fins too, but I got over it." Hmm ... I related this to my coach and she cracked up. On this topic, here is an article written by fin addict Karlyn Pipes-Neilson: http://www.aquaticedge.org/finAddict.htm.
In drylands today, I realized that, after ignoring upper body exercises to focus on core/legs, I have lost some upper body strength. I was planning on doing just yoga and TRX this summer, but may re-visit this plan for two reasons. First, I won't be able to do yoga during my two week vacation in late June, but I can lift. Second, I wonder if upper body strength is relatively more important for me in long course as opposed to short course where I benefit from walls + kicking?
Here's a recent Chloe Sutton blog on the importance of drylands (though she omits specific exercises): http://www.universalsports.com/news-...ow+i+work+pool. I did like that she "never does the exact same thing twice."
Updated May 11th, 2011 at 06:17 PM by The Fortress
200 fly drills
15 x 50 @ 15 RI
1-5 = free w/paddles
6-10 = flutter kick w/board
11=15 = stroke various
5 x through:
50 strapless scull with paddles
50 (25 fast free @ 100 pace + 25 EZ)
50 hypoxic back kick
50 (25 fast flutter kick + 25 EZ)
12 x 25 dolphin kick with parachute & fins
power kick to 15 m UW + cruise
Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes:
Class was much better breathing-wise today, especially after the standing balancing series.
I did not have the Mothers Day of my dreams. I was woken yesterday by a call from US Air at 5:00 am canceling my 11:30 flight (too few people) and putting us on a later flight with connections. Couldn't get back to sleep. Couldn't go to the pool or gym either since it was closed until noon. Jealously watched Mr. Fort and Fort Son go on a 12 mile run. Did have a lovely brunch, but then spent most of the day in airports.
Still not feeling any love in the pool. This is probably due to the nasty combo of allergies and sleep deprivation. I hope I can get some speed work in soon ... Right now I just feel out of shape and un-speedy. This can't really be so as I look at my flog, but that is my current state of mind. Ahelee would tell me I need to "train the mind."
I heard today that Pete Reider aka "NuthinBut50s" was involved in a head on collision in late April. He is still in the hospital after numerous surgeries for broken bones, including his femur and ankle. Horrible news. He was right next to me in my 50 back at the Albatross meet. I hope both he and MJ heal fast.
8 x 50
Odds= stroke drill
Evens = stroke kick
10 x 25 shooters
5 x 100 flutter kick w/board & fins @ 2:00
50 fast + 50 easy
10 x (25 easy speed fly w/ fins + 25 easy)
--fly felt dreadful
2 x through w/fins (no interval):
25 fast shooter + 25 easy
50 fast + 50 easy
25 fast free + 25 easy
10 x 25
odds = 25 breast pull
evens = 25 breast kick
5 x 50 cruise
Toured around Dartmouth yesterday and today. Fort Son met the freshman and head lightweight coaches and rode the motorboat with the coaches watching the first freshman and first varsity lightweight boats. (A talented sophomore on the varsity boat is taking aim at the WR for the 6K erg this summer.). Fort Son got his first taste of college life staying overnight and hanging out with the freshman rowers.
Today, I ventured to my college pool, the first time I'd swum there since my freshman year. I
even got the lane I always raced in. . The pool is very weird: it's four feet deep everywhere except for the diving area. It has a sharp slant up from the diving depth to the four foot depth and is four feet deep the entire pool length in lanes 6-8. I almost crashed into the slanted wall doing a shooter. Would not like doing a backstroke start in four foot depth now.
This didn't bother me in college. I never swam backstroke, always fly/free/IM. No surprise that the team records were largely faster than the pool records.
Anyway, I got a decent workout in, though I was tired from not much sleep for 2 nights (can't sleep in hotels at all). Not too much pollen in Hanover; prepared to be killed with it tomorrow. May is just not my month.
Very fun visit. . Plan on hitting the gym late tomorrow afternoon.
Updated May 7th, 2011 at 09:31 PM by The Fortress
Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes:
Went to the noon class. Unfortunately, my allergy-induced asthma was bothering me. It was somewhat hard to get through the standing series (and of course I hadn't been in 3 weeks). Had to sit out triangle pose to catch my breath.
Swim/SCY @ GMU:
My asthma doesn't usually bother me too much when I'm swimming, but it really did today. It's possible the poor air handling system at GMU made it worse than usual. The lack of oxygen seems to cause more cramps than usual too. Difficult practice for me, though it was a fun and well-designed one. I was able to sprint at least; the aerobic work was more difficult.
4 x 50
25 drill + 25 swim IM order
4 x 50 build
8 x through:
75 IM switch @ 1:30
25 fast shooter @ 1:00
-- I attempted two of these and desisted. Couldn't do them at all. Instead, I did fast backstroke kick on the surface.
50 stroke, 25 fast + 25 easy
-- I did 4 stroke and 4 free.
100 easy: 50 choice + 50 feet first scull
-- just did the scull to breath more.
6 x 125 free pull @ 1:50
-- I kick two of these with a board to get air. Skipped a 50 at some point.
6 x 75 kick w/board @ 1:30
1 & 4: first 25 fast
2 & 5: second 25 fast
3 & 6: third 25 fast
6 x 25 @ :45
-- alternate fast & easy
-- did 2 fast frees and cramped on last one
10 minutes hottub
Tough day of working out for me, but I wanted to do a double today. I'm leaving at the crack of dawn () to head to Dartmouth for the weekend. Plan to swim in my old pool on Saturday. Will take tomorrow off.
Updated May 6th, 2011 at 10:41 AM by The Fortress
10 x 50 free w/paddles @ :50
15 x 50 @ :15 RI:
4 x 50 fly drill
4 x 50 back drill
4 x 50 breast drill
30 x 25 shooters w/monofin
-- worked on body dolphin and DPK
-- fewest kicks per length: 5
10 x "25s" @ :30
-- with fins, dive down to bottom, squat jump off bottom in streamline & dolphin kick fast until suit is out of water
-- I was in 12 foot depth
5 x 75 w/fins
1st 25 = dolphin kick down to bottom of pool @ 12.5 w/kick board, squat jump, and fast flutter kick to the wall
2nd 25 = shooter on back
-- not so easy right after the first 25
3rd 25 = EZ DAB
18 x 25:
6 x 25 power breast pull w/buoy
6 x burst doggy paddle drill + cruise
6 x burst backstroke spin drill + cruise
Didn't really use the pace clock much today. No need to really when you're doing drills. I dug out my monofin again. I hadn't used it for awhile because it hurt the top part of my right foot. It didn't bother it too much today, except toward the end of the 30 x 25 shooters.
My shoulders and upper back are a bit sore from yesterday's med ball slamming. It seems so easy at the time, but you can pay for it later if you overdo. Think I'm going to hit the foam roller tonight. Hopefully, yoga + team practice tomorrow.
-- definitely going to give this a whirl
-- also interesting
Saw a weird sight at the pool today -- someone running along the bottom of the pool in the deep end with a weight. Interesting way to do shooters.
Updated May 4th, 2011 at 06:13 PM by The Fortress
med ball slams, 15-20 minutes in racquetball court
extreme angle isometric squat, 6:00
overhead squats, 45 x 2 x 10
power wheel roll outs, 3 x 15
power wheel pike ups, 2 x 10
push ups, 2 x 15
long arm crunches, 2 x 25
knee tuck jumps, 2 x 10
box jumps, 10
altitude drops, 10
10 x 25 shooters
5 x through:
100 free w/paddles @ 1:30
100 flutter kick w/board @ 1:45
50 russian breast drill @ 1:00
50 dolphin kick w/board @ 1:00
-- I love swimming aerobic free with paddles. If it wasn't so hard on the shoulders, I'd use them much more frequently.
10 x 50 drills @ :15 RI
-- Wanted to do some more, but my calves were cramping.
This is the first day in about 2 weeks where I felt I was just dragging from allergies instead of sick from allergies. And the first time I've managed a double in ages. Still feeling sprint impaired, but hopefully that too will pass. We're supposed to have a rainy May, so that should help.
I'm also feeling slightly sorry for myself that my team won't have practices this summer b/c of the pool closure. The summer is usually a nice break from swimming solo so frequently and it's nice to get in some actual long course training. Boo hoo. I'll be faking it at Auburn. (As a result, I'm going to focus on fast 50s and just survive the 100s.) Hopefully, I can meet up with Speedo and Jazz some the next few months.
The latest on Dara:
Kicking with drag socks:
WSF Response to NYT article on Title IX:
Updated May 3rd, 2011 at 06:43 PM by The Fortress
10 x 100 w/fins @ 1:30
odds = flutter kick w/ board
evens = free w/paddles
Kick Mountain w/fins:
up the mountain = dolphin kick w/board
down the mountain = backstroke kick
1 x 50 @ :45
1 x 100 @ 1:30
1 x 150 @ 2:15
1 x 200 @ 3:00
1 x 300 @ 4:30
1 x 200 @ 3:00
1 x 150 @ 2:15
1 x 100 @ 1:30
1 x 50 @ :45
10 x 50 @ 10-15 RI
odds = breast pull w/buoy
evens= fly drill
6 x 50 scull
Still down and out from allergies. I felt better Saturday, but after spending the day outside was worse on Sunday. Finally got to the pool today and just did an aerobic workout. My training has taken a huge hit the last 2 weeks. I'm hoping I can rebound in May. I'd love to go to yoga. But those classes are difficult when one is breathing challenged.
Mr. Fort consulted his trainer recently about recovery (trouble recovering after Boston). His trainer recommended amino acids. In particular, he suggested the website www.infinityfitness.com. (Apparently, the amino acids from GNC and other sellers are fairly worthless b/c of excess shelf time.) They custom mix the amino acids powder based on the type, intensity, duration of your training and your body weight. They remarked that my typical training volume is "very high" and that I need to make sure to include recovery workouts. Perhaps so, but I feel like a complete slug lately.
Hoping I can cram in some good workouts before Friday. I'm leaving to go to Dartmouth for a couple days on Friday am. Hopefully, I can swim in the pool -- that will be a blast from the past.
Updated May 2nd, 2011 at 03:46 PM by The Fortress
9 x 50 fly drill @ :10 RI
10 x 25 shooters
10 x 25 glide drill
-- wore my nose clip this time
-- got to or past the 15 meter mark 8x in 7 foot depth
10 x 50 @ :10-15 RI
odds = drill
evens = kick
5 x 50 breast drill
alternate dolphin and whip kick
Still completely done in by allergies. Didn't even have the energy to do an aerobic set today; just worked on technique. My eyes are so red and sore I can't even wear my contacts. But this too shall pass ... I would love to attend SCY Nat next year in NC, but I keep wondering how I can avoid my annual spring collapse ...
Love reading about all the fast swimming at Nationals. My untapered 27.2 in the 50 fly held up well against the onslaught. This is going to be the first year in masters where I'm ranked higher in the 50 fly than 50 back.
Good luck to all friends and forumites the next two days!
The framework of this is from Tall Paul's "Dirty Dozen" workout:
12 x 100 w/fins @ 1:30
odds = free
evens = dolphin kick w/board
12 x 75 IM @ 15-20 RI
fly drill + back + breast
12 x 50
odds = flutter or back kick
evens = scull
12 x 25 glide drills
odds = regular push off
evens = breast pullout from dive
-- I only get slightly past the halfway point on my glide drills from a regular push off . Not sure I'd get much farther starting deeper.
-- I get to about the 21 yard mark on the breast glide drill
Still feeling crummy. Though I seem, so far, to be successfully staving off bronchitis. But having cancelled CN this am, I don't feel any pressure to do speed work. So I am just doing some cruiser aerobic work until I feel better.
I made hotel reservations for Auburn Nationals and am checking out flights. I'm staying at the Auburn University Hotel, which is within walking distance of the pool and restaurants and has a USMS discount. (Not surprisingly, Auburn is much less expensive than Montreal.) The order of events for Auburn is also pretty good for me. I plan on entering all four 50s and the 100 fly/back. The 100 fly will likely be difficult, especially with 2 weeks off in June (except for tiny pool), but I am ignoring this fact.
Good luck to everyone swimming at Nationals in Mesa! Looking forward to on line spectating.
On organic foods:
Updated April 27th, 2011 at 06:08 PM by The Fortress
9 x 50 fly drill (chest press/caterpillar/single arm)
20 x 50 shooters w/fins
back, belly, right side, left side, twirling
6 x 30 glide drills
-- No idea how Ande gets all the way across the pool. (But I've asked him. ) I don't move much once I've surfaced.
10 x 25 torque drill
8 x 25 burst dolphin kick
Did very little except sit on the couch the last 2 days. Still not feeling well and lacking any energy, but at least I don't feel like bronchitis is imminent. Really glad I'm not entered in Nationals now -- though I will enjoy following it. Championship meets in the Spring are rough for me. I recall I was quite sick after Atlanta last year. In any event, I'm glad I got in today, even if it was mostly a technique workout. I had intended this to be a hard training week, but it's probably not going to work out that way.
Got official notice that GMU will be closed from May 23 to August 16.
What you think about: [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsMw10KVVCk&"]YouTube - Marathon Thoughts[/nomedia]
slow mo marathon finish:
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV7E6Qi5ifg&NR=1"]YouTube - Boston Men 2011 Men's Winner Slow Motion - World Fastest Time[/nomedia]
Updated April 25th, 2011 at 06:45 PM by The Fortress
TRX rows, 2 x 15
TRX knee tucks, 2 x 15
TRX sprinter start, 20
TRX row-W fly-super fly, 15
power wheel roll outs, 3 x 15
knee tuck jumps, 15
twisting med ball slams, 15
overhead med ball slams, 15
snatch windmills, 10 x 2 x 10
RC exercises, 15 minutes
Stretching/Foam Roller, 15 minutes
Evening Swim/SCY @ GMU:
200 IM drill
If you want to see what was assigned, see Speedo's blog. I altered the workout substantially since I had done some speed work yesterday and had access to blocks.
2 x through:
4 x 50 dolphin kick w/board @ 1:20
2 x 25 fast to the 15 from the blocks
-- Instead, of the second set, I did 7 x "30s" = forward start + power kick to 15 @ 100 pace + cruise back. Only 2 were good. I hit one perfect start and that was 11 dolphin kicks to the 14 meter mark.
6 x 150 @ 2:10
-- Did backstroke kick w/fins. Worked the first 5 pretty hard for some aerobic work and cruised #6.
6 x 75 w/fins @ 1:15
-- 2 kick + 1 swim
-- cruised the last one (had a cramp)
5 x "30s"
-- Forward start off block + power kick to 15. Hit a couple of these well.
6 x 50 @ 1:20
-- cruised 5
-- went last one fast backstroke shooter w/fins, 23
Sat in hottub chatting with Gustavo for 10 minutes or so. He asked for ideas on how to improve his speed and I had a few.
I woke up feeling . Pretty sure this was mostly from bikram as that always kicks the sh*t out of me when I've had a layoff. I felt a little better after drylands. But I was still feeling it during the workout. So I skipped some of the assigned work to do starts -- a good use of my time. Since my legs were so sore, I went home and took a 10 minute ice bath. Sheer torture the first minute.
Pete wants to do a Tall Paul workout for Fast Friday tomorrow. It looks rather ambitious for sprinterly me, so I'll probably do about half the speed work, depending on how I feel. It will be my third workout in less than 24 hours.
Revised my entry for Canadian Nationals. I deleted the 100 breast on Saturday and the 100 back on Sunday and substituted the 50 breast on Sunday. So I'll swim 6 events instead of 7 and not have the 100 back before the 100 IM the last day. Don't really need a time in that event anyway. I tentatively plan to do the same taper I did before the Albatross meet. Though I took it much easier than usual the 3rd week out (because of the Warrenton meet) ... This suggests more rest is better.
Interesting blurb about the Boston Marathon Expo:
I didn't see the energy drink there, but did see the new foam roller.
Updated April 22nd, 2011 at 10:02 AM by The Fortress
16 x 50 @ :55-1:00
4 of each stroke, drill fly
9 x 75 back kick w/fins @ 1:15
1-3 shooter on 3rd length
4-6 shooter on 2nd length
7-9 shooter on 3rd length
10 x jumps (200)
odds = broad jump off pool + squat jump off bottom
evens = grab start off side
6 x 50
25 EZ speed fly or belly shooter w/fins @ 100 pace + 25 EZ (felt dreadful)
Did not want to attempt speed work, but forced myself.
2 x (50 fast w/fins + 100 EZ) @ 3:00
breast, :31 (not bad)
free, high 24 (bad turn)
4 x (25 fast free /fins + 25 EZ)
Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes
Didn't feel as dreadful as I usually do after a layoff. Still can't do standing head to knee for very long without a more consistent practice.
I was lacking all motivation this morning. This seems to be a common occurrence when I get thrown out of my usual routine. David Guthrie suggested I start my 5 week taper. (Yes, he really does that.) Eney Jones suggested I just go robotic for a couple days. My very first masters coach told me to "do it OR ELSE." I opted for a combo of the last two. I actually feel better after the 2 workouts.
5-6 bursts + cruise
2 fast free flip turns (hadn't done one since NE Champs)
My silicone nose clip fell off today whilst bursting, so I am worried that it is too loose for me.
ART, 30 minutes:
I initially had my ART appt set for yesterday. But, in an act of sure love, I surrendered the appointment to Mr. Fort so that he could get his hamstring worked on. This act of love was rewarded when I got a call late in the afternoon that there was a cancellation for today at 11:30. My upper and mid back were somewhat tight as usual without bikram.
A few interesting conversation notes:
1. A big pasta dinner the night before is not the way to go for serious endurance sports. You're more likely to bonk. Same concept was in Bicycling Magazine recently: http://www.bicycling.com/training-nu...-lies?page=0,0.
2. Elite runners are now experimenting with not icing their injuries -- sort of their own version of prolotherapy. The downside of this is that inflammation can cause a lot of tightening, so my ART doc does not advice it.
3. Go ahead and skip stretching -- he thinks he'll have more business.
4. Allergy meds -- he says his elite runners are taking their Claritin D at night. D at night?!
After another night of "free running sleep," I woke up refreshed and with my usual energy. Mr. Fort, in a returning act of kindness, got up early with Lil Fort to get her off to Girls on the Run while I snoozed. As the article yesterday noted, the "free running sleep" concept -- go to sleep when tired and wake up without an alarm -- does result initially in some excess sleeping. I fell asleep at the outrageously early hour of 11:30 pm and didn't awaken until 8:30 am, with a brief jolt at 6:30 when the high schoolers were noisily readying for school.
I am now off to make spaghetti & meatballs for the crew dinner and then grill steaks for Jimslie. Unfortunately, I'm going to miss a soccer game and Fort Son and Mini Fort's regatta. Fort Son and the other 3 lightweights were put in their own 4 after complaints. But since they're the team's best rowers, the coach put them in the heavyweight 4. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. There's still a bias against lightweights (not as prestigious) in the HS rowing community. I'm glad he won't have to put up with this BS at Dartmouth, which has a great lightweight team this year.
It is refreshing to feel completely calm before the meet after my last meet. Ready for lactate Saturday:
200 mixed medley (back)
400 medley relay (fly)
200 free relay
Must fill out the split request form: http://www.usms.org/admin/lmschb/gto...it_request.pdf
Updated April 15th, 2011 at 03:53 PM by The Fortress
6 x 50 shooters
2 x 50 w/burst
1 x fast 25 back kick + 25 EZ
2 x 50 w/burst
I wish I felt jittery like Speedo (though I never do on a few days rest). I woke up this am after some "free running sleep" (see below) and still felt like death. No idea why; I'm not sick. I did feel better this afternoon after swimming. Or maybe it was the shopping spree. :-)
Article on sleep from Q:
There are some interesting myth busters in there. And apparently there is no such thing as early birds and night owls.
Is meat good for you?
Swim/SCM @ Gym:
20 x 25 shooters w/fins
10 back, 10 belly
8 X 50
15 burst + cruise
Total: 1750 meters
Didn't think I would get in a swim today. I left late this am for a swim/errands/appt. However, when I arrived at the pool, I realized I had forgotten my suit. I was bailed out by Mini Fort who was home this afternoon because the crew trainer told her to rest her shin splints. (She got them from rowing in the bow seat.) So she watched Lil Fort and her friend while I got in a quick swim at the gym.
Unfortunately, I felt pretty dreadful. Just tired and lethargic. Last time I took a recovery week (before the Warrenton meet), I felt energized. Hoping that feeling will materialize in the next couple days. I also took the opportunity to try out my new nose clips. Since my fav (speedo competition clip) is no longer available on swimoutlet.com, I purchased the speedo silicone clip and the TYR clip. The silicone clip was fine. The TYR clip was a disaster -- way too big. This clip must be made for aged noodlers with extra big honkers. I just ordered this one to try next because I like the low profile feature: http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/22104.htm.
Heat sheets for Zones are up: http://www.patriotmasters.org/coloni...ults/index.htm. I have no lane assignments to complain about.
Top 10 Foods for Athletes:
(can't say I'm overly fond of a few of these ...)
Updated April 13th, 2011 at 06:44 PM by The Fortress
5 x 100 backstroke kick, no fins @ 2:15
25 kick with arms shoulder width apart + 25 kick with arms in streamline + 25 kick with arms shoulder width apart + 15 power kick UW + cruise
-- Sadly, I can no longer do shooters on my back without a nose clip. I just bleed air. After the first couple, I kicked on my side and that was better.
5 x 50 w/fins @ whatevah
15 burst dolphin kick+ cruise
2 x 50 dolphin kick on belly w/fins, broken 10 seconds at 25 (went 32s)
100 EZ after each
Got a massage after swimming today. Hope that will help me feel better in a couple days.
I got an email today notifying me that I had been named the Potomac Valley Female Masters Swimmer of the Year for 2009-10. I'm very honored. Awards are given out at 9:50 am before Zones starts on Saturday. I will have to don my tech suit speedy quick after warm up -- which won't be too difficult since I'm wearing a very old kneeskin. I'm in an early heat of the 100 free starting at 10:00 (doing a split request).
As for my events, after mulling it over, I'm going to cruise through the 50 breast just to score points for my team. I don't want to be too tired for the 100 back, which is my 4th event.
Psych sheets: http://www.patriotmasters.org/coloni...ults/index.htm
It looks like I'll have only a couple minutes rest after my 100 fly in the 400 medley relay before I lead off the 200 free relay. Brutal torture! I wish we had a short break before and between relays.
Updated April 12th, 2011 at 07:35 PM by The Fortress
20 x 25
odds = dolphin shooter on belly w/fins
evens = EZ
10 x 50 @ 1:15
odds = 25 easy speed fly +25 EZ
evens = breast
6 x 50 dolphin kick burst + cruise
odds = belly
evens = back
2 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)
3 x 50 dolphin kick burst + cruise
I had been planning to do a bit more today and then really ease off starting Wednesday. But I was feeling tired from 3 weeks of hard training and very little sleep over the weekend. So it appears I'll be resting 5 days. Probably doesn't matter too much either way.
I was somewhat aggravated to find today that I had somehow lost my last nose clip yesterday. I had to alter my workout. I just hope my new shipment of nose clips arrives in the next couple days as it is supposed to.
Swimming the 3 days after Zones looks like it ain't happening. Many places are closed on Patriots Day and my schedule is very tight. I'm going to have to content myself with the hotel pool and fitness room. I'm staying at the Marriott Copley Place, and it doesn't look horrible. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel...-copley-place/. I just wish I had a chance for a recovery swim after what is sure to feel like a lactate workout with 6 events.