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  1. Which Meet? Monday, Oct. 19

    by , October 19th, 2009 at 04:29 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Did this on the Ande plan (M = 1900 + medium weights)

    AM Drylands:

    long arm crunches, 2 x 25
    bird dogs w/broomstick on back, 2 x 15
    bicycles, 2 x 50
    back extensions, 2 x 15

    prone scapular scrunches, 2 x 25
    external and internal rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm
    seated straight arm dips, 60 x 2 x 25
    scapular wall slides, 2 x 25

    bench press, 80 x 2 x 10
    HS hi row, 110 x 3 x 12
    alternating hammers, 15 x 2 x 20

    10 minutes stretching


    PM Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 variety

    Hypoxic set:

    10 x 50, done as 25 shooter (no fins) + 25 EZ
    odds = on back
    evens = on tummy

    50 EZ

    Speed work:

    2 x (50 AFAP back w/fins + 100 EZ)
    went high 24ish

    4 x (25 AFAP + 50 EZ)
    2 free, 1 evil, 1 fast doggy paddle drill
    felt slow

    100 EZ

    Total: 1950

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

    Commentary:

    After taking two days off and getting lots of sleep, I woke up today and was groggy and sleepy and lazy. WTH?! It's now late afternoon and I still feel groggy. I think I probably should have gotten in an easy recovery swim yesterday instead of taking the whole day off. I hope I wake up sometime this week ...

    Which SCM Meet?

    Here are the two meets I can attend:

    December 5-6: Colonies Zone SCM Championships at Flushing
    Meadows, NY
    http://www.metroswim.org/entryforms/...hampsEntry.pdf


    December 11-13: New England Masters LMSC SCM Championships
    in Boston, MA http://www.greatbaymasters.org/09scmchamp.php

    Originally, I was just planning on Zones in NY. But I'm so cross about the order of events and lumping together of sprints, that I am considering going to the NE meet. Pros of NE meet: slightly later start, bigger meet so more rest, women swim separately from men, slightly better order of events. Pros of NY meet: somewhat closer, pool may be faster, more folks I know will be there, then I could go to Mermaid's meet the next weekend. I'm going to compare costs next.



    Underwater work:

    Ande had alerted me to an interview with Ariana Kukors. As he noted in his SFF tips, she is a big proponent of underwater work as set forth here:

    P: "For someone who has asthma you can kick pretty darn well at the end of a 200 IM."

    A: "Lot's of training, lot's of training. During sets I work on kicking underwater all day long. I have a kick count that I do and we do a lot of underwater kick at practice. Just from the training I've taught myself how to be comfortable under there."

    P: A kick count, what do you mean by that?

    A: "I try to take at least 6 kicks, when I'm swimming warm up, when I'm swimming main sets, 6 kicks off everywall."

    A: "Underwater sets, it's all in your head, whether or not you can make it."

    Bird Dogs w/Broomstick:

    I tried this today just for a little variety. It's not that easy. Here's the Auburn youtube clip where they do this: [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E_MKU2EyCI"]YouTube - Auburn Weight Workout, Part 1 April 19, 2008 on Floswimming[/ame]

    Updated October 19th, 2009 at 05:06 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  2. More CDVB, Friday, Oct. 16

    by , October 16th, 2009 at 04:31 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    AM Gym:

    core:

    long arm crunches, 2 x 50
    bicycles, 1 x 100
    broomstick twist, 2 x 50
    (I dunno, Q, this seems pretty worthless, though it's a nice stretch.)
    hanging straight leg raises, 3 x 15
    trunk twists on incline bench w/15 lb DB, 2 x 25
    overhead squats (the "Nicole"), 1 x 10 with broomstick, 3 x 15 w/45 lb bar.
    (It took a few reps to get my balance down, but then it was fine. Good core exercise.)

    weights:

    HS hi row, 140 x 3 x 8 (fast)
    tricep press, 44 x 3 x 10 (fast)
    alternating hammers, 17.5 x 2 x 20 (fast)

    rack chins, 3 x 15
    (these are getting much easier, probably need to add weight)

    plyos:

    run stance squat jump/twist, 5 x 5*

    = do 5 small squat jumps in place + 1 explosive twisting turn and jump of 180 degrees. liked it, it's definitely a keeper

    leaping lunges switches, 2 x 10

    leap frog squats. 2 x 5*

    = 5 double leg squat leaps with wide legs)

    med ball "starts," 2 x 15

    = use 2 6 lb med balls. place fingers under ball in front. bend knees and get into position as if doing a grab start. then explosively push back with arms and hands and throw ball against back wall as hard and fast as possible. we have a 15 foot room adjacent to the weight room. I stood a couple feet or more in front of it and did this, and it seems to work. the balls flew in the air and bounced right before the wall. this is a keeper. Pete mentioned this exercise yesterday, and now I can't recall where he heard of it. Salo, Pete?

    * = plyos from the P90X plyo vid that I found on youtube

    RC:

    I suck!
    I ran out of time and only did:

    scapular wall slides, 2 x 25

    BTW, This is not the order I do all these exercises in, it's just how I blog them. I usually mix them up and superset everything.


    PM Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    200 kick
    200 fly drills

    Hypoxic/Stroke Work:

    10 x 50 @ 1:15
    odds = cruiser backstroke kick
    evens = SDK shooter w/fins, 1 breath at turn

    100 EZ

    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    25 easy speed fly + 25 EZ DAB
    breakouts were kinda crappy

    100 EZ

    Speed Work:

    3 x 75, done as:
    25 AFAP free from mid pool + 50 EZ

    125 EZ

    4 x 50, done as:
    backstroke start power kick to 15 meters and cruise the rest
    14-15 SDKs to get to 15 meter mark. Probably means 13 in a race with my B70.

    100 EZ

    1 x 50 SDK on back AFAP (23.5ish, was tired)

    200 EZ

    Total: 3000


    Rest Plan for Sprint Classic:

    Ande and I were chatting about a rest plan for the Sprint Classic. I am going with a 5 day "rest" so I can swim pretty fast without losing too much training mojo. Plus, on the CDVB plan, one doesn't have to really "rest" too much as opposed to cutting out or cutting back on the cross-training.

    Ande suggested this plan to adapt as needed:

    try this schedule,
    also in swim practice do
    perfect form, hard PUSHOFFS, FAR GLIDEs, & GREAT STREAMLINES

    STOP LEG WEIGHTS, REST YOUR LEGS

    s 10/17 2000 4 fast 25's 2 fast 50's

    s 10/18 OFF or easy 1500

    m 10/19 1900 4 fast 25's 2 fast 50's medium lift

    t 10/20 1800 4 fast 25's 1 fast 50

    w 10/21 1700 3 fast 25's 2 fast 50's light lift

    t 10/22 1600 2 fast 25's 1 fast 50

    f 10/23 1500 2 fast 25's

    s 10/24 1200 easy 1 or 2 fast 25's

    I like this plan. The only exception is that I plan to take tomorrow off (as usual) and swim on Sunday instead. I will likely go to my team workout that day, and just skip 1/3 of the workout or so, maybe do 2500. My "lift" will also include some core work. But I do plan on a full week rest for the legs. I've been working hard since the Fall Ball, so my body could probably use a light week anyway.
  3. Group Sprints @ GMU, Thursday, Oct. 15

    by , October 15th, 2009 at 05:16 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    SCY @ GMU

    As Pete noted, we had a hard core group today at GMU for our now virtually routine High Intensity Thursdays: Speedo, Jazzy, Cage Fighter and me. (Next Thursday, however, we're skipping and lounging around to prep for the Sprint Classic.) I really hope Jazzy can keep joining us, though it's a bit far from where he works.

    Warm up:

    700 variety

    8 x 50 @ 1:15
    25 UW shooter on back (no fins) + 25 EZ

    50 EZ

    Speed work:

    8 x 75 @ 3:00, done as:

    25 AFAP w/fins + 50 EZ

    I did 4 free and 4 back SDK. Went high 10s and one low 11 on free and 10s on back. I attribute the low 11 on #3 (where Speedo and I had a rare tie :-P) to chatting with Jazzy too much and not being quite ready to go at the send off. So I was not such a slacker on the next one. I think Jazzy loafed all the 25s to prep for his 1 x 50.

    100 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP free w/fins

    I did free diving from the side. This is NOT a good idea with fins. I got no real push and had a terrible start. Should have just pushed off. Went low 24. Because it was so sub-par, I swam another 100 EZ and tried another 50 AFAP.

    100 EZ

    1 x 50 back w/fins

    This time I missed the turn and almost hit my heels on the top of the wall, so just cruised the second 25.

    200 EZ

    Total: 2150

    Hottub 15 min of non-stop Q & A ...

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

    Commentary:

    Felt somewhat tired before the sprint session today, and now I feel pretty dead. The combo of weights-plyo-sprinting-hot yoga is pretty tiring. The yoga seems great for flexibility, but I think it works the legs quite a bit too -- the first 45-60 minutes are all standing poses. Speedo and I discussed the flexibility issue briefly. He says there's a portion of Salo's book on this topic, so I need to read that.

    I'm still mulling over exactly how much to rest for the Sprint Classic -- even though some clowns seem to think the CDVB plan is not amenable to a "taper." I could do a gradual 10 day taper (starting tomorrow) or a 5 or 3 day drop taper. I am only considering the 10 day because this could be my last yards meet in my magic suit. However, I would then have to repeat this rest for my Dec 6-7 Zones meet and re-start weights et al, and the prospect of two such tapers is, ugh, very unappealing. I will most likely do the 5 day taper and stop weights after tomorrow. I will be a puppet and not do a 7 day taper since Clydesdale says that's exactly the WRONG amount of time to rest, and I think he may be correct on this point.

    I was grilled in the hottub and pool by Cage Fighter. Currently, he's a sprinter doing distance workouts and needs to revise his training plan to add more race pace work and kicking. He reminds me of me a few years ago when I really didn't know WTF I was doing in the pool with solo training. We encouraged him to get on the DF and look through the blogs. I told him to look for the sprinter blogs and Ande's blog (if he's not doing 60 x 100s) and use the Ask Ande thread or start his own thread. We thought Cage Fighter would make a lovely forum name. (He had apparently tried to browse the forums/blogs, but didn't realize we all had special user names.)

    SCM Meets:

    I'm probably not going to our very first local fall SCM meet. . This apparently unduly interferes with family Thanksgiving plans. I'm in the doghouse at the moment with my meet dates interfering with RL dates. If I have to skip that meet, I'll go to Zones for two days. (And then piss my kid off by missing most of the Dolan meet, though her best event is on Friday. But since she's totally out of swimming shape from her volleyball escapades, the mommy guilt will be minimized somewhat.)

    Metro finally has the info for Zones up. As per usual, all my best events are back to back. I wonder if the rampant discrimination against fly-backers will ever end?! (Seriously, it's almost comical.) I'm very very glad I swam the 100 back and 100 fly at the Albatross Meet, as I can't do them at Zones. Still, I would've liked to get another crack at the 100 back at a champ meet. All the sprints are crammed together on day 1 and 2 as well. Here's the Order of Events:

    Saturday AM:
    (distance events in the afternoon, lucky ducks!)


    200 breast
    50 back
    100 fly
    100 free
    50 breast
    200 back
    100 IM

    Sunday AM:

    200 fly
    100 breast
    50 free
    200 IM
    100 back
    50 fly
    200 free

    Based on this line up, I'll probably swim the 50 back, 50 breast, 100 IM, 50 free and 50 fly. I wish the 50 back wasn't the first event, as I usually need an event to get the cobwebs out. But c'est la vie.

    Here's the psych sheet for the Rowdy Gaines SCM meet this weekend:

    http://www.swimorlando.com/wp-conten...ych-sheet2.pdf

    Shoulder Exercise:

    Here's a shoulder exercise that Jazz posted. Just wanted to link it here as well, as it looks helpful.

    http://www.intensemuscle.com/6997-ho...o-90-time.html

    Updated October 15th, 2009 at 09:45 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  4. Wed., Oct. 14

    by , October 14th, 2009 at 04:42 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    AM Hot Yoga:

    Made it to class #5. I seem a tad more flexible already. And I'm really glad my transverse colon is apparently getting a massage. lol. It still seems somewhat exhausting and harder to exercise afterward. I guess at some point it's supposed to shift from exhausting to refreshing ...

    I also had a bit of an internal chuckle when the instructor said that we were "flushing out scar tissue." Getting a little carried away there!

    I was wondering why Bikram studios must be carpeted and found this:

    http://staffordstreethotyoga.com/bikramyoga.htm
    http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune....-choudhur.html



    PM Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 variety swim, kick, drill

    Kicking Sets:

    5 x (50 UW cruiser shooter w/fins + 15 pullouts) @ 1:15
    1 breath at the the turn

    100 EZ

    5 x vertical kick @ 1:15
    30 seconds with hands at side, 10 seconds in streamline, squat jump off bottom (12 ft deep), 20 seconds rest

    50 EZ

    5 x (25 AFAP shooter on back w/fins + 50 EZ)

    75 EZ

    Other Speed Work:

    3 x 150, done as:

    25 EZ speed power fly + 25 EZ DAB + 25 AFAP doggy paddle + 25 EZ DAB + 50 free EZ

    100 EZ

    1 x 50 fly AFAP w/fins (25ish)

    200 EZ

    100 scull

    Total: 2350 + VK-ing + 75 pullouts

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

    My ass and hammies are a bit sore from the plyos, lunging, and squatting. Maybe I'm just imagining it, but they feel tighter/stronger with this new regimen. (And I'm sure my ass is probably getting bigger too. )

    Found this site, which has loads of plyo info:

    http://www.sport-fitness-advisor.com/plyometric.html

    Hoping to swim with both Speedo and Jazzy at noon at GMU tomorrow!

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

    My son just came home from cross country practice with an ankle sprain all taped up and iced. Could ruin the end of his cross country season for the second year in a row. Flexy ankles are so easy to sprain ... (Been there, done that.)

    Meanwhile, Mr. Fort, who has been battling a hip injury forever, just had an MRI. He may have some labral tearing around his hip socket. His doctor said PRP was a possibility. I hope he doesn't need surgery b/c he would be just impossible to live with!

    Injuries suck!!!

    Updated October 14th, 2009 at 08:18 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  5. PRs & Plyos, Sunday, Oct. 11

    by , October 11th, 2009 at 09:44 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    AM Drylands:

    Core:

    elevated trunk twists on bench w/10 lb plate, 2 x 50
    dead bugs on bosu, 3 x 25
    long arm crunches, 3 x 50
    back extensions w/25 lb plate, 2 x 15
    Hanging straight leg raise, 2 x 15

    Weights/Plyos:

    deadlift, 125 x 1 x 5, 135 x 1 x 5, 145 x 2 x 5 (tried to do another set of 5, but my hands were slipping)
    HS hi row, 190 x 1 x 5, 200 x 4 x 5
    kneeling overhead cable crunch w/knees only on bosu (gets the lower body this way), 110 x 2 x 10
    squat into overhead shoulder press w/20 lb DBs (press is fast), 3 x 10
    rack chins, 3 x 15

    multi-box jumps (used 3 boxes), 3 x 10
    squat jumps, 2 x 10

    RC:

    scapular wall slides, 2 x 25
    internal and external rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm
    3 position arm extensions, 3 x 2 x 15


    PM Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up

    700 variety

    Hypoxic Set:

    20 x 25
    odds = UW belly shooters (no fins)
    evens = EZ

    (I forced myself to do all belly shooters, as I realize I've fallen too much in love with shooters on my back.)

    50 EZ

    Speed Sets:

    18 x 50, done as 3 x through:

    4 x 50 cruise (4 free, 4 backstroke kick, 4 evil) @ 1:00-10
    30 seconds extra rest
    1 x 50 AFAP w/fins
    1 x 50 EZ DAB

    On the AFAPs, I went 50 back (:24), 50 fly (24.5ish), 50 SDK (22.5ish). I think these are my fastest AFAP 50s in practice. Fly still feels choppy and like I'm forcing the turnover.

    100 EZ

    100 scull

    3 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)

    At Wolfy's suggetsion, I did the 25s from mid-pool to practice fast turns.

    200 EZ

    Total: 2800

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

    Commentary:

    I realize I almost never do weights on Sunday AM after an off day on Saturday. Felt a little peppier in the weight room as a result. I did PRs on the HS hi row and on the deadlift. I hadn't done a deadlift in ages, so I was rather surprised. I don't know about DOMS ... after my 5 x 5 heavy lifting sessions, I'm sore almost right away!

    When I told Mr. Fort I was switching to some 5 x 5 heavy weights 2x a week, he immediately said I would get more tank like. I hope that's not true if I'm not doing that many exercises that way ...

    My 50s were practice PRs as well, as I recall. The legs felt strong. And to think I almost went for a run instead of swimming!

    There is no school tomorrow (though still kid practices). But I've persuaded Mini-Fort to babysit in the AM so that I can go to hot yoga.

    Meets:

    Oct. 25 Sprint Classic (SCY)
    Nov. 28 Thanksgiving Meet (SCM)
    Dec 6-7 SCM Zones (may just go one day)
    Dec 13 Penthlon Meet in Pittsburgh

    I wish an order of events for the middle two meets would come out ...

    And I'm amazed! Thanks to the efforts of Mermaid , there is actually going to be a real live USMS sanctioned masters meet in Pittsburgh. Usually, there's just those dinky Y meets that Bill and Jimby are so fond of attending. I may go to this meet (though I'm sure I'll be tired and meeted out), as I want to support Mermaid and we need to be up in Pittsburgh periodically anyway.

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

    Since I was up very late chasing around homecoming kids, I could barely rouse myself out of bed for the 5K/1 mile fun run at the high school. I ended up watching as Mr. Fort and lil lil Fort did the one mile run. Lil lil Fort ran a 7:34 and didn't even seem tired. So my no running until Dec. edict is still intact. I may have to treat myself to one little fall run after the Sprint Classic.

    Updated October 11th, 2009 at 10:31 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  6. More Sprints, Thursday, Oct. 8

    by , October 8th, 2009 at 04:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    SCY @ GMU w/Speedo:

    Got there a bit late -- parking is a bear at GMU during the weekday!

    Warm up:

    600 swim-kick

    Shooter Set:

    10 x 50 @ 1:15, done as
    25 UW shooter on back (no fins) + 25 easy DAB

    50 EZ

    Speed Work:

    8 x 50 on 2:00, done as:
    25 AFAP free w/fins + 25 EZ DAB
    (went high 10s, low 11s)
    50 EZ after #4

    250 EZ

    Pete left to go back to work, and I carried on doing some more speed work since I had an easy recovery workout yesterday.

    3 x (100 + 50 EZ)
    100 = 25 AFAP doggy paddle drill (forearm burn!) + 25 EZ DAB + 15 fast pullouts at wall + 15 m UW power kick on back + 35 EZ

    150 EZ

    1 x 50 SDK on back w/fins (went 23, cramped)

    150 EZ

    10 x vertical dolphin kicking @ 1:00, done as:

    20 seconds w/hands at shoulders + 10 seconds in streamline + squat jump off bottom of pool (which was 10 ft. deep) + 20 seconds treading water. Tried to concentrate on kicking efficiently both ways.

    200 EZ

    Total: 2850 + VK-ing

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

    Commentary:

    Pete and I agreed that doing the 25s @ 2:00 was probably not quite enough rest to truly go AFAP. He noted, and I agreed, that some of the 25s felt like the second 25 of a 50. Interestingly, our fastest 50 of the set of 8 was #5, after we had done a 50 EZ.

    Planning on hot yoga and a gym session tomorrow.

    GMU is closed over the weekend, so I won't have my Sunday team practice to go to. Instead, Mr. Fort and I are going to do a 1 mile fun run with our 9 year old at my son's high school on Sunday to support his cross country team. (Though he won't even be there -- he's in NY for a cross country meet.)
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    Swim Workouts
  7. Dryland + Recovery Swim, Wed., Oct. 7

    by , October 7th, 2009 at 04:11 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    The back/shoulders were feeling a *little* sore from the weights yesterday. So I decided to stick to plyos and core work.

    bicycles, 2 x 50
    dead bugs, 2 x 25
    good morning darlings, 2 x 50
    long arm crunches, 2 x 50
    crunches on yoga ball, 2 x 50
    straight leg raises in captain's chair, 3 x 15
    (these are vastly easier than when done from a hanging position)

    jump tucks, 5 x 5
    split squat jumps, 2 x 10
    (jump to right leg, jump to left leg, jump to land on both legs)
    double leg bunny jump, 2 x 10

    (I did these plyos with low rep, but max intensity.)

    hip hinges w/12.5 DBs, 2 x 10 each leg
    (I am so much better balancing on my left leg ... noticed that in yoga too.)
    single arm push on double cable FM machine, 30 x 2 x 10, each arm
    (for some reason, the weight on the double cable FM motion machine seems much "heavier" than on the other two single cable machines)
    prone scapular scrunches w/handweights, 2 x 25


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Had a recovery/drilly type swim:

    Warm up:

    800 variety swim, kick, drill

    Hypoxic set:

    20 x 50 UW SDK w/fins @ 1:05 (1 breath at turn)
    odds = back
    evens = belly

    100 scull after #10 and #20

    Fly drill set:

    8 x 75, done as:
    25 easy speed fly working on streamline and breakouts + 25 easy DAB + 25 chest press fly drill

    100 EZ

    Total: 2700

    Hot tub, 10 minutes

    As I was sitting in the hot tub, a kid had an accident in the pool and it was closed down. I went to the pool a bit earlier than usual today, so I lucked out and didn't have my workout interrupted.

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

    Sprint Classic:

    I sent in my entries for the Sprint Classic today, and am "negotiating" attendance.

    50 back, 28.7
    50 breast, 35.9*
    50 fly, 27.5
    50 free, 25.9

    All 4 25s, times about what I did last year.

    * Hulk will say I'm sandbagging, but I still don't really believe I went a 34.1 tapered last year. That swim is therefore in the fluke category until I do it again.

    My transfer of affiliation will be effective then, so I am back to swimming for GMU.

    Other plyos/plyo info:

    double leg power hop with stepback lunge twist: http://www.realjock.com/article/757/

    box jack, http://fliiby.com/file/396630/lxbvinp6on.html

    scissor lunge, http://fliiby.com/file/411979/vxl2lso4hy.html

    http://www.man-health-fitness-soluti...exercises.html

    http://books.google.com/books?id=8k-...imming&f=false

    http://www.kewego.com/video/iLyROoafMNBb.html


    Here's a good pic of a rack chin or rack pull up. I really like these. I haven't attempted to do them with a barbell though.

    Updated October 7th, 2009 at 10:45 PM by The Fortress

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  8. Monday, Oct. 5

    by , October 5th, 2009 at 10:35 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Super busy day. Only had time for the following, which I suppose is all I should be doing on the CDVB schedule.

    Swim/SCY/Solo

    Warm up:

    700 variety

    Hypoxic set:

    12 x 25, no fins:
    3 back, 3 left side, 3 right side, 3 belly

    50 EZ

    Speed sets:

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

    50 SDK on back, 23
    50 fly, 25
    50 fly, 25

    (Fly felt dreadful, all choppy and splashy, likely because I haven't swum it fast since Indy.)

    50 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)

    100 EZ

    Total: 1875

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

    I'm ticked off today. Among other things, I may not be able to attend the Sprint Classic because of pressure to attend some politically necessary event. Blech. I was hoping to celebrate my 5th year anniversary as a masters swimmer that day rather than doing something tedious. If I can't make it, I need another yards meet around the end of October or early November. Any suggestions?

    I'm hoping to hit the gym and swim tomorrow. Or maybe hot yoga again at noon after weights.

    Updated October 5th, 2009 at 11:08 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  9. Sunday, Oct. 4

    by , October 4th, 2009 at 07:47 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 variety swim, kick, drill

    Drilly stuff:

    10 x (25 UW shooter on back, no fins, + 25 EZ)

    50 EZ

    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    25 easy speed fly + 25 easy, working on breakouts

    50 EZ

    12 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 50 EZ)
    1-4 free
    5-6 dolphin kick shooter on belly
    7-8 flutter kick shooter
    9-12 free

    200 EZ

    Total: 2850

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

    Commentary:

    Whew, I was definitely tired this weekend after a more intense week of training. I was DEAD on Saturday. I slept in today and felt more rested. If I carry on with this plan, I anticipate the weekends being more about recovery.
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    Swim Workouts
  10. Blasted, Thursday, Oct. 1

    by , October 1st, 2009 at 05:53 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Lovely! Woke up this morning and everything (well, except my head, ankles and knees) was sore. I guess 5 x 5 heavy weight is rather hard ... Probably should have eased into the weights more, but I ain't got time for that patience stuff with my current plan.

    Instead of hitting the gym again today, I had a lunchtime swim with Pete at Mason. We had planned an AFAP 100 lactate set -- it's good to have company and someone to race for those. I must admit my stomach was a little queasy afterward ... Anyway, here's how it went:

    SCY @ GMU w/Speedo:

    Warm up:

    900 variety swim, kick, drill

    Shooters:

    10 x 50 @ whatever, done as:
    25 UW shooter + 25 EZ DAB
    1-6, no fins (2 back, 2 belly, 2 back)
    7-10, fast w/fins (3 back, 1 belly -- I'm almost a second faster on my back)

    50 EZ (during Pete's "nature break" )

    Lacate set:

    3 x (100 AFAP + 200 EZ) @ 6:30-7:00 (estimate)

    I did the 100s backstroke with fins, which matched up well with Pete swimming free. Gawd, these hurt.

    Went 53 low, 53 mid, 54 low.

    I had to summon some extra energy on the 4th length of the 3rd one so Pete didn't catch me. These times are significantly faster than a set of 5 x 100 back w/fins I did on May 20. In that set, I held 57-58s. I was shocked when I saw a 53 on the clock on the first one. I'm assuming I was so much faster because I had Pete pushing me and because I stayed under water longer (from what I can recall) than in May. I took at least 10 SDK on each length (my guess: 13-14, 12, 10-11, 10 per 25). Maybe GMU is slightly faster than the other pool I typically train in solo -- though I always swim in the deep end there too. Edit: checked my blog again. I lifted weights the am before my May lactate set. That could have made some difference, as I did weights yesterday before this set instead.

    200 EZ

    Total: 2550

    15 minutes in hottub

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

    Saw Mike aka the "Cage Fighter" at the pool swimming and kicking. He looks like he's lost weight from the Wardian distance workouts I always skip.

    Hoping to go to hot yoga at 10:00 am tomorrow and, after a rest, do some explosive lifting in the PM. I hope Hulk is right and that I won't be toast after the yoga. After the last 3 days of training, I could use a good tonight!

    Here's a nice little video of how I am currently swimming: Sip gatorade, quick dunk in the water, and repeat at leisure.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW_-oyAldfo&feature=player_embedded"]YouTube - Cat Under Sink[/ame]

    Updated October 1st, 2009 at 09:28 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts , Test Sets
  11. Making like CVDB, Tuesday, Sept. 29

    by , September 29th, 2009 at 04:49 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I've decided to take Ande's advice and make like Cameron Van der Burgh until taper time for SCM Zones. So I plan to hit the gym 4-5x week and hit the pool 4-5x week. Pool work will consist of: (1) warm up/recovery swims; (2) hypoxic/SDK work; and (3) speed work. I don't plan on doing any aerobic work whatsoever unless I'm swimming with my team at my usual Sunday am practice. Of course, you get some aerobic work just doing what I have planned ... Bottom line: more gym, less pool yardage. Since I only plan on 50s and a couple 100s for the rest of the year and am done with my forays into 200s and the OW, I think this experiment is worthwhile. Or at least it will be a nice test to see if it works for masters ... Since I have lost some strength from almost 2 weeks off from the gym, I wish I had a bit more than 7 weeks for the experiment, but such is life. The only aerobic work I think I'll really miss is some of my kicks sets, especially with the MF. Perhaps I'll do one on occasion, if I feel the need to relieve boredom, although this might undercut the efficacy of the experiment perhaps.

    Not sure about any other cross training in the form of running or spinning ... I might do some. Any thoughts on this? I'm also unsure how much to ease off before the Sprint Classic ... I'd like to swim some fairly fast 50s there, since it's probably my last yards meet of 2009 without a full taper.

    Drylands:

    leg extension, 90 x 3 x 10, 60 x 2 x 10 (fast)
    HS hi row, 150 x 3 x 10, 100 x 2 x 10 (fast)
    single arm standing "push" on double cable machine, 25 x 2 x 15, each arm, 30 x 1 x 15 each arm
    goblet squats, 55 x 3 x 15
    reat delt fly, 70 x 3 x 15
    leg press, 330 x 23 x 10, 250 x 2 x 10 (fast)
    rack chins (dropping ass), 3 x 15

    long arm crunches, 2 x 50
    crunches w/med ball, 2 x 25
    dead bugs, 3 x 25
    windshield wipers holding 12.5 DBs, 3 x 25
    lunge-lunge-standing broad jump, 1 x 15
    lateral box jumps for 1:00 (these are hard one the outside calf muscle -- I must never use this muscle)

    scapular wall slides, 2 x 25
    prone scapular scrunches, 2 x 25
    internal and external rotators, 10 x 3 x 15, each arm
    seated straight arm dips for RC, 60 x 2 x 25

    stretching, 15 minutes, drive to pool


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    200 kick
    200 fly drills

    Main sets:

    20 x 25, done as

    odds = UW SDK shooter (no fins, Ande )
    (3 back, 2 belly, 2 flutter)
    evens = 25 EZ

    100 EZ

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

    Went:

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

    100 EZ

    hottub

    Total: 2250

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

    Could definitely feel the weights on the swim! I usually feel it the next day, but not this time.

    I realized today that I almost never do 50 frees in practice. Wonder why? I guess I'm always defaulting to backstroke. I usually just do AFAP 25s freestyle ...

    Had a random thought whilst swimming today. Why can I take out my 100 IMs like a bat out of hell, but tend to hold back on my 100 backs and 100 frees on the first 50? Why so willing to die on one, but not the other? I guess the order of strokes in the IM dictate that ... Or maybe the pain/dying in my 100 IMs have changed my race strategy for other 100s.

    Updated September 29th, 2009 at 07:43 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  12. Recovery + Meet Planning, Sept. 28

    by , September 28th, 2009 at 10:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Did a fairly brief recovery type workout. Not quite up to cranking it all the way up today. I'd like to have a boring October; I feel like June-Sept were just crazed.

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    750 variety swim, kick, drill

    Main set:

    40 x 50s, done as

    1-10 = breaststroke kick @ 1:05
    11-20 = breaststroke pull @ 1:00
    21-30 = 25 easy speed fly + 25 easy @ 1:00
    31-40 = 25 UW shooter on back (no fins) + 25 easy @ 1:10

    150 EZ

    Total: 2900

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

    Meet Plans for 2009-10:

    2009

    I need to sort out my meet schedules for the rest of the year. Right now, I am planning on the Sprint Classic on Oct. 25 (which I wish was a week later), the Thanksgiving SCM meet at the Freedom Center (though it's not on the PV masters schedule yet ...) and a day or two at CZ SCM Zones in Flushing Meadow NY. The last two are back-to-back meets, which gives me pause. I'd like to see the order of events for these meets, so I can figure out what is doable.

    I've already swum the 100 back and 100 fly in SCM this year, so I would prefer to focus on/be able to enter without huge timing issues the 4 50s and the 100 IM in SCM. And possibly do the 100 back again. I wish there was another yards meet in 2009 where I could swim the 100 IM before the likely suit ban is imposed, but I may not get around to that as I'm swimming the 4 50s at the Sprint Classic. The Sprint Classic will be my official 5th anniversary as a competitive masters swimmer. My very first swim as a masters swimmer was the 100 IM at that meet back in 2005 in a speedo endurance tank.

    Ande has suggested that I train like Cameron VDB: http://www.casttv.com/video/2tdv76/m...-18-2009-video

    I actually haven't watched the video yet. But I understand he has little pool time (4x a week) and mega gym today. Edit: Watched it. He seemed a little vague about the water time, referring to 3-400 recovery swims and then "high speed drills."

    This might be a good course of action for the next 6 weeks until taper time. I'm kind of done with aerobic work for a bit, though I'll get some at my usual Sunday am team practice. I'm thinking that's plenty right now ...

    2010:

    My coach told me on Sunday that GMU was awarded the CZ meet again in April. Great news! This might be my taper meet for SCY, though the relays really complicate that effort. (I'm not planning a Feb. taper this year.) I'm just leery of mentioning the words "travel meet" (i.e., Atlanta) yet. It's too soon after a long Nats vaca at Indy. But I'm not planning on Puerto Rico, so it's a possibility.

    In terms of LC meets, and looking way ahead, if we don't have a LC meet in PV (or even if we do), I might opt to go to New England LC Champs in June. I guess it depends where they are ... last summer, they were at an excellent pool at Middlebury. This has the advantage of leaving July and August, which are cluttered with swim meets and vacations, free of training and taper worry. I'd probably only go to this meet if I skipped Atlanta. Have to mull the options over, and what makes the most sense for the fam.

    Jimby:

    Jimby has now been in the woods since Friday. Poolraat skart me with talk of bears. I just hope he makes it out of the woods intact on Wed or Thurs as planned.

    Suit:

    Ordered a new suit today:

    http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/11289.htm

    There were no Pros in my size and only 3 TYR suits left in my size (at least at swimoutlet). I expect companies have been flooded by USA-S orders.

    Updated September 29th, 2009 at 10:54 AM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  13. Some people suck! Friday, Sept. 25

    by , September 25th, 2009 at 05:33 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    As I was running around like a maniacal nut job today, someone bashed my car. I was in some store or another, and he/she didn't leave a note. It was on the passenger side, so I didn't even notice it until I got home. What a freaking hassle ... between that and my iphone theft and other stuff, I'm having a streak of bad luck. Argh!

    Before I knew of this mess, I went to my gym and did the following:

    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    Warm up:

    750 variety swim, kick, drill

    Other sets:

    9 x (25 UW shooter, no fins + 25 EZ)
    3 belly, 3 side, 3 back

    50 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)

    200 EZ

    Total: 1675 meters

    Sit in hottub and steam room.

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

    Commentary:

    I don't feel as tired today. My right calf is still twingey, but much better from the rest it got this week from weights/run/mega-finning.

    This is the first meet in a long time that I view as purely a training meet. I have no real expectations for my times. Just going to see where I'm at (with not much sprint work lately) and have fun. Then, Sunday, I will take the day off to attend the Roddin-Oplinger nuptials. Monday, back to the sprinting grindstone.

    SCY Top Ten:

    She Puff alerted me that TT final times were out. Here's a comparison for me of 2008 and 2009:

    2008:

    50 free, 10th, 25.99
    50 back, 5th, 29.34
    100 back, 7th, 1:04.76
    50 fly, 6th, 27.67
    100 fy, 8th, 1:04.25
    100 IM, 10th, 1:06.84

    2009:

    50 free, 4th, 24.94
    50 back, 2nd, 27.90
    100 back, 6th, 1:02.84
    200 back, 8th, 2:22.36
    50 fly, 4th, 27.06
    100 fly, 3rd, 1:01.33
    100 IM, 7th, 1:04.11

    So relatively better this year. Mary Beth Windrath, as promised, got my split request in after I sent her the documentation. No thanks to the Dixie Zone officials, Geekity!

    Updated September 25th, 2009 at 06:16 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  14. Thursday, Sept 24

    by , September 24th, 2009 at 05:29 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Like one of my very sweet blog followers, , I only had 45 minutes or so to hit the pool today. Had to take Mini-Fort in for x-rays. She may have broken her finger playing volleyball. Fortunately, she can swim with the finger just not play volleyball. lol

    Anyway, here's what I eked out:

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    750 variety swim, kick, drill

    Speed sets:

    5 x (25 UW shooter on back + 25 EZ), no fins

    50 EZ

    5 x (25 AFAP free + 25 EZ)

    50 EZ

    1 x 50 back AFAP w/fins (:24)

    200 EZ

    Total: 1600

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

    Commentary:

    Still tired.

    Sheesh! Maybe I need to make like Smith and start taking Optycon or something ... Or maybe I'm coming down with something ... Or maybe I'm just old.

    Must say I was relieved to go a :24 in my 50 AFAP back. I was slightly worried I'd see a :26 pop up as I've done relatively little sprinting lately b/c of Savageman. I didn't feel real zippy in the sprints. But I did feel fine underwater.

    Fall Ball:

    Now, on to the Fall Ball. I've checked out the heat sheets and timeline. I need to revise my line up and figure out what to do. There is only 45 minutes between the 200 back and 100 back. There is no way, no matter how much I HTFU, that I can recover from a 200 back that quickly. So I either scratch the 200 back or do a split request and swim a 50. Neill Williams suggested the latter and I may take him up on that suggestion. So that would mean: 50 back, 100 back (in Neill's heat -- WTH?!) and 100 free. As previously stated, I am unmoved to do a 200 IM and will scratch that off my list.

    There are also some unofficial relays, including a 400 fly relay. I may do one of those with some friends. I'm swimming the meet Unattached, and you can team up with whomever you want as the relays are unofficial.

    But the best part of the Fall Ball is I am car pooling with Jazz Hands for his first PV meet! Can't wait to see him again. Haven't seen him, though I've clearly been taking scads of advice, since Austin.

    Now I just have to decide what suit to wear. If there really is a chance that USMS will ban suits as of Oct. 1, I really should wear my Jaked. On the other hand, I didn't like it that much for the one 50 back I swam in it at Nats ... Still, there could have been other factors there (like being freaked out by Chris' DQ and really botching my start). I'll likely just wear my B70 and gamble that the ban, if it happens, will be effective on 1/1/10. As I've said, i'll be pissed if it isn't because the rest of the world has already been swimming SCM. We shall see ... I guess it's possible FINA could take its bloody time making an announcement.

    Updated September 24th, 2009 at 05:53 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  15. Geekity Copycat + Pics, Wed., Sept. 23

    by , September 23rd, 2009 at 10:04 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Today, I pirated Geek's solo workout. Since I've stepped into OW, begun purchasing 2XU gear and am a member of USTA, I thought I must as well go whole hog.

    I treated the practice as a recovery workout essentially. I am still worn out from the weekend. I must be the slowest recovering masters swimmer ever ... I'm always dead after a meet for a few days. In light of that, I'm just going to coast the rest of this week. Awhile ago, I had mentioned that after 4-5 weeks of hard training, my body seems to demand a break. So I think this will be the week it gets it. Timing is probably good anyway as my right calf is still sore and the Fall Ball is Saturday, just 6 days after my OW escapade. I'm definitely scratching the 200 IM. Just the sound of those words makes me want to take a nap. lol. I'll get back to hard training -- and sprint training -- next week.

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    850 variety swim, kick, drill

    Main sets:

    6 x 75 free @ 1:15

    10 x 50 backstroke kick @ 1:00

    50 EZ

    4 x 200 back w/fins @ 3:00, negative split

    50 EZ

    6 x 50 lungbusters = underwater dolphin kicking with a breath (but not a coffee break) at the turn @ 1:15
    odds = belly
    evens = back

    200 C/D

    Total: 3050

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

    I've downloaded the pics from Savageman, but haven't had a chance to look at them or edit them.

    Julie is very anxious to get her wall pic! I snapped one where she was getting up and back on the bike. She is much further than halfway up that killer hill!

    Here's a few of them, including the Western Port wall, shots of Mr. Fort and Julie heading up it, and some geezer relay shots.

    Updated September 23rd, 2009 at 10:19 PM by The Fortress

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  16. Still Cruisin', Friday, Sept. 18

    by , September 18th, 2009 at 07:06 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    800 variety swim/kick/drill

    Aerobic Work:

    6 x 200 @ 3:00/3:30 (3 free, 3 kick)

    50 EZ

    16 x 25 UW shooters
    odds = back
    even = belly

    50 EZ

    10 x 50 w/fins @ 1:00
    odds= evil pull
    evens = single arm fly

    200 EZ

    Total: 3200
    Swim = 2000
    Kick = 1200


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

    I haven't done this much freestyle in ages ... lol. My evil pull feels pretty decent now. From a push, I was only taking 3 SPL. Of course that wasn't with fast hands and was with fins ... Now I need to work on my deplorable kick. This will require the use of pull buoy, which I don't own ...

    Felt slow today, but I always feel sluggish the day after a massage. I've been mainlining coconut water and green tea today.

    The forecast for Savagemen is pretty good. it should be around 50 when the swim starts with sunny conditions. I could definitely do without the fog of the last couple years! Must remember to bring my parka and Ugg boots. Haven't started packing yet. Just hate to pack.

    We are leaving tomorrow after my daughter's soccer game and will try to get there for the 2:00 pm athlete briefing. I'm hoping I can amble through the course that afternoon. Julie and Jeff have already left and are camping for the weekend. We're in a cabin fairly near the start area.

    I have two more stupid OW questions: What are you supposed to do with that long string hanging down the back that helps you unzip your suit? Just let it drag? Does one really need body glide for a 30 or so minute swim?

    Pasta tonight!

    Updated September 18th, 2009 at 09:29 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  17. Just Cruisin', Thursday, Sept. 17

    by , September 17th, 2009 at 08:47 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    850 variety swim, kick, drill

    Aerobic work:

    3 x (4 x 50) @ 1:00
    #1-3 = UW SDK
    #4 = EZ free

    50 EZ

    5 x (3 x 100)
    #1 = free @ 1:40
    #2 = back or breast @ 1:40/1:50
    #3 = backstroke kick @ 1:50

    50 EZ

    Total: 3050

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

    Commentary:

    Barely broke a sweat today. Just cruised along.

    Got a massage today and they worked on my calf. It feels worse now though. I was running around at Fort Son's cross country meet today watching the runners and I was limping a bit. I hope I haven't pulled a "Quick" and strained it too much. I though it was just sore from the cramping in practice, but it could be the seated leg curl machine or the runs or a combo ... Oh, well, won't need it much except for the transition area for the OW swim. But I hope it's fine by the Fall Ball where I will need it! Got my "Leg Cramps" product (with quinine) in the mail today. Going to start taking it right away.

    Savageman:

    Question: Can someone tell me what is legal to wear under your wetsuit these days?

    My Savageman relay mate sent this to Mr. Fort today, which gave me a laugh:

    "Happy Birthday! How about celebrating your birthday by going on a leisurely Sunday bike ride with the following hills? Congrats on the milestone birthday!"


    Name/"Savage" CategoryAvg Grade/Max Grade:

    Toothpick, 4th Savagery,0.25 mi, 9%,16%

    Westernport, Hors Savage, 1.2 mi, 12%, 31%

    Big Savage Mtn, 1st Savagery, 2.4 mi, 6%, 21%

    Savage River State Forest, 4th Savagery, 2.8 mi, 4%, 7%

    McAndrews Hill, 2nd Savagery, 0.6 mi, 9%, 19%

    Otto Lane, 2nd Savagery, 0.6 mi, 8%, 17%

    Killer Miller, Hors Savage, 1.3 mi, 8%,
    22%

    Maynardier Ridge, 3rd Savagery, 0.25 mi, 12%,
    23%

    The percentages are the average grade and maximum grades. Ouch!

    Doing Savageman is part of his birthday present ... if anyone was wondering the reason for my OW craziness ... Although Eney Jones remarked on FB that she had read someone predicting that I would now become an OW swimmer since B70s are legal there. hahaha

    Happy Notes:

    I received my certificate for breaking a NR in the 50 back at Colonies Zones in the mail today. I still can't believe it really happened ... lol

    After months of pestering my health insurance company, I believe they are going to cave and pay my claim for the PRP treatments I received in 2008. They had previously denied the claim as, among other things, "experimental." It helped to have letters from my chiro and doc for the appeals and that WSJ article. And, seriously, it was way cheaper than surgery!

    Updated September 17th, 2009 at 10:02 PM by The Fortress

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  18. Wetsuit workout + Weights, Wed., Sept 16

    by , September 16th, 2009 at 05:19 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Weights/Dryland:

    Since I missed yesterday, I decided to get a short weight session in despite not wanting to do doubles this week. Didn't do too much. Had to restrain myself. lol

    long arm crunches, 2 x 50
    bicycles, 2 x 50
    decline reverse crunches, 3 x 25
    HS hi row, 90 x 1 x 5, 110 x 1 x 5, 130 x 1 x 10, 150 x 1 x 10, 170 x 1 x 10
    HS bench press, 50 x 1 x 5, 70 x 1 x 5, 80 x 3 x 10
    alternating hammers, 20 DBs x 2 x 30
    external and internal rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm
    prone scapular scrunches w/handweights, 2 x 25
    scapular wall slides, 2 x 25

    15 minutes of stretching. Tried to work on my right calf; I feel like I strained something there ... Keep forgetting to use the damn foam roller. I have a 30 minute massage scheduled for tomorrow to work on it.

    Saw a very buff guying doing a cool exercise today that was sort of like Chris' Bruce Lee leg raises. He was using the bar where I do hanging ab work. He did a hanging straight leg raise and then just kept going, keeping his legs straight all the way up to the bar where his hands were. Crazy. Naturally, I tried it -- couldn't do it at all. Damn weak core!

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

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Drove to the Rec Center to do a wetsuit workout with my 2XU. I know pool workouts can't really simulate OW, but I gave it a bit of a whirl with a set of 22 x 100 (The half iron is 2112, assuming one swims straight). I didn't go all out at all, but tried to build into the swims and keep a pretty good clip. The first 5 were basically extended warm up. I wore fins to de-weight the shoulder, but didn't kick at all or SDK off the turns. So I don't think they decreased my times too much. I mentally swam the 100s in groups of 5 so I wouldn't lose count as I am wont to do at virtually any distance ... I had decided to take 15 seconds of rest between the 100s, figuring I'd go around 1:10s. (This is my version of a short rest set, though I know some of you crazies do much worse.) When I went under 1:10, I just took 17-18 seconds rest.

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    200 kick

    Main set:

    22 x 100

    #1-5, went 1:10s @ :15 RI
    #6-10, went 1:08-09 @ :16-17 RI
    #11-15, went 1:07-08 @ :17-18 RI
    #16-17, went 1:07 @ :18 RI
    #18-22, went 1:05-07 @ :18-20 RI

    I didn't take any extra rest between the sets, just swam straight through. I swam the set, including the rest, in 29:30. The rest constituted about 5 minutes of the swim. Obviously wouldn't have gone quite as fast on the 100 splits without the rest (and wouldn't go as fast in OW w/o the pool walls). On the other hand, I wasn't going all out by any stretch. I didn't feel terrifically tired afterward, though I feel some arm fatigue now. It's hard for me to judge how long I can keep up a fairly fast rate without going into a nasty lactic acid phase. I think I'll try some alternating bursts of sprinting and cruising throughout the race.

    I also began overheating at about #12, so suffered some on the last 10. When I took my wetsuit off afterward, my skin was hot. The pool temp was 82; Deep Creek is expected to be 68. So I shouldn't have this problem there.

    I realize afterward that I should have done some sighting in there. Geek tells me he doesn't breathe when he sights. This seems like smart advice because then you're not lifting your head too high and disrupting your body position.

    Then I did:

    200 EZ

    3 x (100 scull, 100 goswim free drill, 100 fly drill)

    100 EZ

    Total: 3800

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

    GU:

    Has anyone used the Roctane GU gel instead of the regular GU gel? I tried one today. I can't say I noticed any real difference (besides price). But it was thinner than regular GU, which I think tends to taste like frosting. So, this seemed like a plus. And I liked the blueberry-pomegranate flavor.

    OW notes:

    1. Ande gave me the following helpful advice:

    "swim the first 200 very strong,
    then look around, who ever's near you must be pretty good, settle in behind them and draft
    when you're close to the finish line attempt to sprint past them and win

    size matters,
    find a fast large person & draft,
    the bigger the better

    180 lbs or more is ideal
    150 - 180: OK
    120 - 150: not so good
    120 or less: avoid
    100 pounders don't make much current

    Watch the field look for challengers

    Eye the course & know the currents.
    even if you're drafting, check now and then to make sure you're swimming the right direction"

    No one should want to draft off me!

    2. I've also been told it's a good idea to dolphin dive to the finish when you're hands can almost touch the bottom. Never would have thought of that.

    3. I also tried my B70 goggles today. I bought the yellow mirrored ones. They were actually cheaper than the usual Speedo goggles I use and astonishingly comfortable. I really liked them.

    Fall Ball:

    Got an email from the meet director confirming that there will be touch pads and that we can do split requests. I'm really happy about the touch pads b/c I hate doing backstroke starts without them. Plus, it's nice to get your splits when you're swimming 100s and 200s! I hope the new pool is nice.

    Updated September 16th, 2009 at 10:54 PM by The Fortress

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  19. Swiped Patrick's Workout, Monday, Sept. 14

    by , September 14th, 2009 at 09:51 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I stole and modified one of Patrick's recent workouts today:

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    700 variety warm up

    8 x 25 UW shooters @ :30

    50 EZ

    Main set:

    This was intended to be a quality IM set where the IMs were fast. Since I am ramping down the intensity some this week, I did the IMs @ about 80%. (Since I almost never do IMs this is hard to judge, however.) Oddly, the 100 IM hurt worse than the other two. The IMs were the only things I swam with fins b/c of fly. My breast pull feel better now that I've been really trying to squeeze my elbows together.

    5 x 200 free (aerobic) @ 2:50
    50 EZ
    100 IM fast (went 1:05)
    100 EZ
    50 SDK on back fast
    50 EZ

    5 x 100 back (aerobic) @ 1:30
    50 EZ
    200 IM fast (2:24)
    100 EZ
    50 flutter kick w/board fast
    50 EZ

    5 x 50 dolphin kick w/board (aerobic) @ :50
    50 EZ
    400 IM fast (4:59)
    100 EZ
    50 SDK on back fast w/fins (23 mid)

    200 EZ

    Total: 4300

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    Commentary:

    Yes, I swam a 400 IM! lol First one in forever. I can't believe I used to regularly swim this vomity event as an age grouper. I even had my college record in it for awhile. It was not at an elite swimming college obviously.

    I was a bit tired today. I think I have some accumulated fatigue from 3 weeks of hard training. Not going to do any doubles this week and ramp down the intensity some. Hoping to lift tomorrow -- I'll see how I feel after the procedure tomorrow am. Going to lay off the legs this week.

    Cool drill/plyo:

    I took my lil lil Fort to her first USS swim practice today. I was shocked she wanted to swim USS b/c she didn't like swimming much until this summer. Anyway, while her little group was stretching, I watched the seniors for a bit. They did a neat drill/dryland where they did streamline jumps on deck, plyo-jumped feet first into the pool, jump squated off the bottom of the pool, did a dolphin dive and SDK'd UW to the other end. Looked fun! I'm definitely going to do that to spice up a workout. Maybe next week.


    Savageman:

    I posted the Savageman swim to response to one of Rob's comments. [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xsmQ6YVUHc&feature=player_embedded#t=17"]YouTube - SavageMan Triathlon Half Swim Course[/ame]

    It's kind of odd ... it looks like it almost goes up on the beach halfway through. I can't imagine they're going to make us climb out of the water?

    Originally, relays were assigned to the first wave, which I though was good. They've been moved to the second wave with the 25-29 year old men. Not so thrilled about that. Here is Jimby's advice:

    "These guys are all going to be sprinting at the outset. I say: rope a dope the jerks, let them thrash away, kick each other in the head, use up all their testosterone in underwater fisticuffs, and the other standard triathletic strategies.

    Start on the outside of the pack. It is not worth getting kicked on swum over or otherwise pummeled. They will exhaust themselves quickly, then you can tortoise-and-hare the mfkr's good. ...

    So this distance is 2112 yards, assuming you swim straight, which is almost impossible to do perfectly. Imagine you were racing this distance in a pool. Would it EVER make sense to go out really fast at the beginning? Personally, I don't think so. Once you get lactate, it's hard to get rid of the stuff. Again, let the brutes battle it ..."

    Updated September 15th, 2009 at 11:36 AM by The Fortress

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  20. Team Practice, Sunday, Sept. 13

    by , September 13th, 2009 at 12:39 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swam with Mason today. I really liked the workout:

    Warm up:

    500 swim
    200 kick
    200 IM drill
    100 fly drills
    100 scull

    I skipped the pulling and did:

    6 x 50 kick w/fins @ :45

    Main sets:

    12 x 25 @ :40 w/fins
    3 fast UW + 1 EZ

    Went 10s. Slammed my hand on the first one. I have to start decelerating before the flags on these.

    6 x 75 @ 1:15
    2 of each stroke, used fins

    I didn't pay too much attention to my times on these, though I was working them fairly hard. My flys were 42s. I thought my last free was 38, but that seems pretty quick.

    100 EZ

    4 x 150 kick @ 2:45 (no fins)

    I kicked backstroke and went 2:11s or so on all of them.

    50 EZ

    4 x 150 stroke @ 2:20

    I did backstroke w/fins and went approx. 1:42, 1:43, 1:44, 1:44. I was pacing with Brad who was swimming free. He dropped me like a bad habit on the last one.

    250 EZ

    Total: 3800

    Chatted in and out of hottub.

    Heading to the tri store with Mr. Fort today to buy him some warm bike gear for the tri. Probably just do RC work later.
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