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  1. Dryland + Allen Stark Set, Wed., Oct. 28

    by , October 28th, 2009 at 05:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    AM Dryland:

    Did mostly plyos and core today as my back was sore from yesterday's lifting efforts.

    Weights/Plyos:

    lying triceps extension w/30 lb BB, 30 x 3 x 15
    standing full twist w/35 lb plate, 3 x 25
    squat presses w/15 lb DBs, 3 x 15
    lunges w/25 lb DBs, 3 x 15
    chin ups, 2 x 10
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 10
    rock star jumps, 2 x 10
    squat jacks w/med ball on step, 3 x 15
    swing kicks, 2 x 25
    double airborne heisman, 2 x 1:00*

    Core:

    crunches on yoga ball, 2 x 25
    hanging straight leg raises, 2 x 15
    prone jack knife on yoga ball, 1 x 15
    (don't like this one)
    crunch + hold legs and head in streamline above ground for 5 seconds, 2 x 10
    dead bugs on bosu, 2 x 25
    romanian crunches, 3 x 25**

    * DAH = http://video.google.com/videosearch?...8&sa=N&tab=wv#

    **We don't have the correct bench or device to do these the easy way. So I sat across a bench, put 2 25s lb plates on my feet and did them. Tried to get my head as low to the ground as it would go. These are a good core exercise, but I don't recommend them for anyone with a sketchy lower back. Here's a video of someone doing them this way: http://www.sixpackabsexercises.com/b...es-on-video/42. He's obviously a male weenie since he can't lean back very far.


    PM Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    750 variety swim, kick drill

    Ugh, at this point, I felt like I needed another recovery workout. So I tried an aerobic kick set to attempt to shake the torpor off.

    Aerobic Kick:

    10 x 100 backstroke kick w/fins @ 1:30
    8 SDKs each 25

    50 EZ

    Allen Stark Speed Set:

    Allen has mentioned doing fast 50s @ 1:00 to failure on the forum. I asked him about it and he said:

    The Swimming Fastest book gave several options for lactic acid tolerance sets and that one seemed doable. (I do them as BR pull dolphin kick with fins so my body doesn't get too confused about bad form. The fins also decrease shoulder strain.) The idea is to build up the lactic acid buffer systems so that you don't slow down at the end of a 50 and especially a 100.

    So I decided to do 10 attempting to hold a perceived 100 race pace effort. I went slightly slower than a real 100 pace, as I was so tired from the drylands and swimming in shallower water than normal. Ideally, I'd like to do this set a second faster. And, when I asked Allen later, he said he usually does 6-8 -- not 10 --and is tired the next day.

    10 x 50 back w/fins @ 1:00
    went 27.5ish on all of them

    100 EZ

    Recovery set:

    8 x 50 back/breast @ 1:00

    50 EZ

    Speed Set:

    3 x (3 x 25 AFAP + 25 EZ) on interval whatevah

    #1 = fast UW flutter kick shooter
    #2 = fast flutter kick in streamline
    #3 = fast free

    100 EZ

    Total: 3400

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    Commentary:

    Feeling rather dead after the last two days. Only doing one workout tomorrow with Speedo and I hope I survive it! Then, drylands and hot yoga on Friday. Or at least that's the plan. There is a 4 day weekend coming off with the first quarter of school ending. I hate these!

    Power Wheel:

    I ordered a power wheel today. Not the ab roller, but the power wheel. So I have another toy to take to the gym. Toys Are Me.

    http://www.performbetter.com/detail....861_A_rnd_E_23

    Updated October 28th, 2009 at 08:33 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts , Test Sets
  2. Drylands + Streamlining, Tues., Oct. 27

    by , October 27th, 2009 at 05:39 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    Weights:

    leg extensions, 100 x 5 x 5
    leg press, 350 x 1 x 10, 370 x 1 x 10
    (can't remember if I did a 3rd set of these or not ...)
    bench press, 100 x 1 x 10, 110 x 1 x 10
    rack chins, 4 x 15
    lying bicep curl on cable machine, 80 x 3 x 10
    overhead squats w/bar, 2 x 10
    (almost lost my balance trying to squat deeper on the second set)
    HS hi row, 180 x 3 x 8

    Core:

    bicycles, 2 x 50
    long arm crunches, 2 x 50
    decline reverse crunches, 2 x 25

    Plyos:

    lunge + lunge + broad jump, 1 x 10
    box jumps (over box), 5 x 10
    football plyos (5 small jumps in running position, then leap and twirl 180 degrees), 3 x 5

    RC:

    external and internal rotators, 10 x 3 x 15, each arm
    prone scapular scrunches, 2 x 25

    It took me awhile to warm up in the gym today, but then I got in a groove. I was mesmerized for awhile by a tall guy doing seemingly effortless box jumps over a stack of boxes that looked about 3 feet high. Didn't feel quite up to doing a 5 x 5 workout right after a meet, so did a mish mash of reps.


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Drove 15 minutes to another pool b/c the gym pool was closed. Fortunately, my son with the bum ankle was home to watch my youngest, as this made me late. Did a recovery/hypoxic/streamlining workout. I used fins b/c I was feeling super lazy and they are fabulous for practicing streamlining.

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    200 kick
    300 fly drills

    Hypoxic Kicking:

    8 x 100 backstroke kick w/fins @ 2:00
    9 SDKs off each wall, which took me to about the 15 meter mark each length (a little past on the first 25)
    cruised these, went 1:03-1:06

    50 EZ

    4 x 150 backstroke kick @ 2:30
    9 SDKs off each wall

    50 EZ

    10 x 50 @ 1:15
    25 UW shooter on belly + 25 feet first scull

    50 EZ

    5 x 50 UW shooter on belly @ 1:15
    1 breath at turn

    50 EZ

    sat in hottub

    Total: 3250

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    Still a little tired from the meet, but not as crushed as I sometimes am. Probably b/c it was a 1 day meet. Definitely wasn't ready for any AFAP work though. In fact, this was almost an LSD workout! I got a PM from a forumite doing some research on the value of LSD workouts, so I hope to hear his views soon.

    HITS Training?

    Does anyone know anything about HITS training? Is this just for bodybuilders?

    [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_intensity_training[/ame]



    Another Possible SCM Meet:

    The Sprint Classic meet director said there is some plan in the works to have a SCM meet in Dec. at Wilson High School. That's the very nice pool where they held the Fall Ball. Don't know if it will come to fruition, but it could be the same weekend as NE Champs. I wish there was some more advance notice ... I also wish, as Neill was pointing out elsewhere, that PV had more than one SCM meet per year ...


    PX90 Plyos:

    Out of curiosity, I bid on the PX90 plyo video on ebay. Here is a review of that particular vid:

    P90X: PLYOMETRICS X

    Tony Horton
    This is the workout that made me love P90X. I should explain up front that I did not buy the whole system---the push-up heavy strength work did not interest me, so I split an order with a fellow VFer and got cardio, core synergistics and all the cardio ones. Kenpo X was too choreographed, Core Synergistics was not my thing, and I was about to give up whehn I gave Plyo X a try.

    What a great workout! I wore a heart rate monitor and was at maximum the entire time. It is such a great structure for a routine: you do each exercise for just 30 seconds except every fourth one, which is a minute. generally I can't stand high impact, but at 30 seconds at a time, even I could manage this.

    The exercises are grouped into rounds, and each round gets repeated once. The breakdown is as follows:

    1) Jump squat, run stance squat, airborne heisman (lateral leaping), swing kick

    2) Squat reach jump, run stance squat with direction switch, double airborne heisman, circle run

    3) Jump knee tuck. jumping lunge, leapfrog squat, twist combo

    4) Rock star hop, gap jump, squat jack, military march

    5) Run squat with 180 jump, lateral leapfrog, monster truck tire, hot foot

    6) Bonus round: pitch & catch, jump shot, football move (60 seconds each)

    Some of my favourite moves were the run stance squat (squat low and pump your arms like you are running hard), the swing kick (swing your leg over a chair, I have seen this move in some of Wendilee's workouts), the moves where you jump to switch directions, the gap jump (imagine you are jumping over a large gap) and the sports moves in the bonus round.

    Updated October 28th, 2009 at 07:54 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  3. Friday, Oct. 23

    by , October 23rd, 2009 at 07:58 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    RC Work:

    Felt I had been shirking my RC work somewhat again, so I got a session in. My left lat/trap/terres are just a tad twingey.

    external and internal rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm
    prone scapular scrunches, 2 x 25
    seated straight arm dips, 60 x 2 x 25
    scapular stretches, 2 x 5
    3 point arm extensions, 3 x 2 x 15, each way
    scapular wall slides, 2 x 25

    20 minutes of stretching --- woohoo!


    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    I went to the hot gym pool b/c I wanted to sit in the steam room. Alas, it wasn't working.

    Warm up:

    800 variety swim, kick, drill

    Stroke Work:

    10 x 25 UW 4 point shooters (2 kicks on belly, right side, back, left side, etc.)

    To amuse myself, I tried to stay exactly on the lane line as I twirled around. I like this drill, and hadn't done it in awhile.

    10 x 25
    odds = easy speed fly
    evens = easy DAB

    50 EZ

    2 x (37.5 AFAP free w/fins, no breath + 112.5 cruise)

    I tried these to see if I could fairly comfortably go 1 & 1/2 lengths with no breath. It was fairly easy. Of course, I was wearing fins. But then the pool was shallow SCM as well. I guess I'm inclined to try taking a breath in the 50 free halfway through the second length at the meet. Unless I forget, always possible. lol

    No warm down: sat in hot tub for 15 minutes or so

    Total: 1550 meters

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    Commentary:

    I feel fairly good and semi-rested. I took a morning nap today after getting the kids off to school and can sleep in tomorrow since soccer is a PM event. Yipee! My body is reverting to teenager ways in my old age. I used to never be able to sleep in, but now I love it.

    My neck feels better. I used an alternating ice & wet heat treatment last night and that helped. I will repeat tonight.

    Unlike Speedo, I don't really have specific goal times for this meet. I would just like to swim fast and have error-free races. And, since this could be my last SCY tech suit clad meet, I'd like to post some solid times. If I can go around my seed times or a bit faster, I'd be pleased. Last year at this meet, I swam 100 fly (1:04), 50 fly (27.5) and 50 free (25.5). I remember being somewhat surprised by the 50 times last year, but then it was also my first yards meet in a B70.
  4. Thursday, Oct. 22

    by , October 22nd, 2009 at 05:14 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    200 kick
    250 fly drills

    6 x 25 SDK shooters on back

    50 EZ

    Speed work:

    1 x 50 AFAP SDK on back w/fins (went 27ish)

    150 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP evil + 75 EZ)

    no warm down, sat in hottub instead.

    Total: 1550 meters

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

    Commentary:

    Unfortunately, I fell asleep on the couch last night. Woke up at 3:45 am with a creaky neck and sore left trap. Had trouble sleeping afterward b/c of the neck pain. I do this neck wrenching thing periodically ... Can't turn my neck much at the moment and my chiro is booked. I hope the pain & wrenching subside by Sunday. Any tips?

    Because of the lack of sleep and neck pain, the swim didn't feel so great. My legs still feel tired. One day, as part of turning myself into a research lab, I'm going to do the Mike Heather taper and just stay in bed for a week. Of course, this may occur after my children are grown. lol

    Sprint Classic:

    The psych sheets are up:

    http://www.patriotmasters.org/2009_s...sych_sheet.htm

    Really looking forward to the meet, which is always fast and fun. My former secret nemesis is swimming, but with some very slow seed times for her. I also detect some other sandbagging. I'm seeded first in the 50 fly/back/free. Because Petra Martin wants a day off from the pool from coaching, I have a chance to defend my Drop Dead Sprinter title from the last 2 years. But I appear to have some worthy adversaries, including my coach, some young Reston chicks, Lisa Rapuano, etc. My lazy coach, claiming lack of fitness, is only swimming the 25s. I scolded her for this.

    I'm looking forward to the 50 back! All my best lady buddies are in my heat -- Julie-Mulie, Mollie-Jolie, Barb and Alison. Jules is very worried about swimming with us, but I tried to remind her that she did excellently at Savagman with no swim training!

    As Speedo mentioned, there will definitely be some very exciting men's events, especially the 50 free, 50 back and 100 IM. It will be fun to watch Speedo and Clay race in the 200 free as well. Since Jimby is plagued with his lesion named Pincha, he is not competing. But in his place, he has sent Mark Cox from the Sewickley Masters. And he is rather speedy -- he may give Neill a race in the 50 evil!

    Assuming my neck is ready, the rest of me is ready for my evilstroke gridges with Stud and Hulk.

    Hopefully, we can all grab lunch after at our usual RH&B or somewhere else.


    Today's Ramble:

    1. Is it possible to get over an instinctive hatred of an event? I can't stand the 100 free ...

    2. Is it possible that I have what Jimby refers to as "monofin arthritis"? My big toe knuckle has had chronic tendonitis since dropping the monofin on it and I'm worried it's morphed to arthritis. I notice it especially after running. I think I need new running shoe inserts ...

    3. Will Geek respond to my counter-offer with another preposterous negotiating ploy?

    4. I feel less flexible this week without yoga.

    5. Here are Jazzy's thoughts on 50 free breathing:

    "If you're going 24-25ish, two breaths sounds about right, and three might even be better. That's about how long it takes me to do 50m, and I wouldn't try that on a single breath. But, everybody is different. I think you want to be feeling fresh at the end of a 50. Extreme fatigue probably means you didn't breathe enough. Or you are way out of shape. With that guideline, you can figure it out with trial and error. But honestly it seems more of a 2 vs. 3 thing for you than 1 vs. 2.

    I'm still undecided on breathing early versus late. Q tipped me off that C02 buildup may be the main problem, in which case late is better. Another advantage to late is that your first breath is always going to last longest. But, I still think there might be something to breathing early to prevent fatigue late. If pressed, I would say a single breath goes midway through the last 25."

    6. I have perused the NE Champs results from last year. I don't think I will have to "game" much to avoid an outside lane in most events. (Patrick will be happy.) But I have no idea what time to enter for the 50 evil. I've only swum it once 2 years ago. I see I still have NE records in the 50/100 back from 2 years ago. Hopefully, I'll go faster this year! I seem to recall that I swam that 100 back on about 10 minutes rest. I almost scratched it, but Stud urged me to swim and I thanked him for it.

    Updated October 22nd, 2009 at 07:57 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  5. Wednesday, Oct. 21

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 05:18 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands Lite:

    long arm crunches, 1 x 50
    good morning darlings, 1 x 50
    straight leg lift + hip lift on bench, 2 x 15
    broomstick twists, 1 x 25

    med ball start plyo, 1 x 10
    (For Patrick -- use 2 6 lb med balls. place fingers under ball in front. bend knees and get into position as if doing a start. then explosively push back with arms and hands and throw balls 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. The balls flew in the air and bounced right before the wall.)

    HS hi row, 90 x 3 x 10 fast
    bench press, 60 x 3 x 10 fast
    alternating hammers, 15 x 2 x 20 fast

    external rotators, 10 x 2 x 15 each arm


    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    Swam in my hot shallow gym pool. Thankfully, it wasn't quite as hot as usual b/c it had just been filled.

    Warm up:

    750 variety

    Speed Work:

    4 x (4 x 25)
    #1 = easy speed fly
    #2 = EZ
    #3 = AFAP (2 free, 2 evil)
    #4 = EZ

    50 EZ

    2 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 150 EZ)
    #1 = backstroke (mid 27ish)
    #2 = evil (33ish)
    (had never done a timed evil with fins before. but if it's good enough for Allen Stark, it's good enough for me.

    4 x 25 SDK shooter on back, cruised them

    1 x 100 front scull

    50 EZ

    Total: 1850 meters

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    Rambling Thoughts:

    Like Geek, I had a lot of thoughts rambling through my head today whilst swimming:

    1. How long can a person who likes aerobic work stay on the CDVB plan without going crazy?

    2. Should I stick to my weights/plyo+sprint+hot yoga plan through NE Champs? Or wimp out and go back to my tried and true weights+heavy on the sprint swimming + cardio?

    3. It may have been really dunce like to adopt this plan in the fall when the running weather is at it's best. It was gorgeous here today, and I was inside.

    4. Plyo anecdote: Mini Fort (who has only been swimming 1-2 x week max) says her legs feel stronger, she's actually been kicking and her practice times aren't too bad. (She didn't kick much for the last 2 years b/c of bad knees/tendonitis.) She attributes this to volleyball. I was thinking about this and, as an outside hitter, she does a fair amount of jumping, which = plyo. She also mentioned that one of her friends dropped her 100 evil time from 1:10 to 1:05 last year while playing club volleyball 2x a week instead of doing excessive swimming. Food for thought.

    5. Mini Fort was checking out my biceps last night and said I was more "jacked" than some boys on the freshman football team. So, good news, this means I can now beat up high school kids. Awhile ago, I asked on my blog how much/often I could lift without becoming too buff. Jazz said "find out." I may have reached my limit, it seems.

    6. I'm pondering whether to swim the 50 back at the Nov. Open the weekend of Nov. 7-8. The meet is in the afternoon and features 50s for all us 13 & Over folks.

    7. Still pondering the 30 day abstinence period for alcohol. If Geek does it, I'll be shamed into doing it. But I think he's still pondering too.

    8. I need to look at last year's results from the NE SCM meet to figure out my seed times. I usually do this in an effort to stay out of lanes 1 & 8, and this often backfires. I seem to end up in those lanes in champ meets where women swim separately b/c the speedy 25 year olds grab the middle lanes. But I will nonetheless undertake what is apparently a largely futile effort. Or, I can pull a Stud and just seed myself faster than my actual times. :-P

    9. I stepped on the scale today for the first time since my checkup in July. (No scale in the house.) I've gained couple pounds. Don't know whether this is due to the sleep med combo I'm on (both known to have weight gain as a side effect) or to being stronger/more muscle. Or it could just be random variation -- e.g., weighing in the am vs. pm. I may have to go on a diet like Bobinator. Of course, cutting alcohol would probably do the trick. But, despite this, I have made progress in the ass department, and I think Q could bounce a quarter off it.

    10. No #10. I feel no need to have a round number of thoughts.

    11. Forgot one. I am thinking of ignoring Maglischio and only taking 1 breath in the 50 free on Sunday. I guess the best place would be after the flags off the turn?

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    Thrive Longer, Lift Weights:

    Here's an article from the Washington Post that supports the fact that weight lifting is an affirmatively good thing.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...01.html?sub=AR

    I should have focused more on this issue while writing my little point-counterpoint with Jimby!

    Updated October 21st, 2009 at 06:22 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  6. Going to Boston, Tues. Oct. 20

    by , October 20th, 2009 at 05:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Did some hypoxic work on my 5 day rest plan:

    Warm up:

    750 variety swim, kick, drill

    Hypoxic Kick Work:

    6 x 100 back w/fins @ 2:00, 10 kicks each 25
    (since I came up a couple yards before the flags, this was almost like 4 consecutive shooters)

    100 EZ

    Speed work:

    4 x 50 dolphin kick w/fins
    50 = 25 cruiser hypoxic kick + 25 AFAP shooter

    100 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP + 25 EZ)

    150 EZ

    Total: 2050


    Massage:

    Got a deep tissue massage today. Was totally mashed and feel rather beat up and tired. Probably take 2 days to recover. lol


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    Commentary:

    A 5 day "rest" is approximately what I did before the Albatross meet in March. I looked back and saw that I was doing around 2000+ with only fast 25s, a few fast 50s, hypoxic work and easy speed fly. So hopefully, I won't have leaden legs by Sunday.

    SCM Meet:

    Booked flight to Boston today. Weighed the pros and cons overnight. Chose Boston b/c: 50 back isn't the first event, better order of events, I can swim the 100 back, longer meet so more rest, 10:00 am start, the MIA Stud may go, and it's slightly cheaper. This is my third travel meet of the year, which is rather unusual for me (Auburn, Indy, Boston), but I really wanted to swim SCM. I think I'll be passing on a major SCY travel meet next year as a result to avoid undue marital discord. Plus, I may go somewhere fun and cool on Spring Break instead of planning life around spring meets! I may have to be creative in finding a SCY meet to taper for in the spring. There's always Zones, of course, and I definitely will swim that meet. But it could arrive shortly after not swimming for a week if I go away for spring break.

    Plan on swimming the following line up at NE Champs, reserving the right to scratch of course.


    Saturday:

    100 IM
    50 evil
    50 back
    50 free

    Sunday:

    50 fly
    100 back
    100 free
    (If I do 100 free, I may go for another 50 free split if my Saturday effort isn't the best.)

    This is the exact same line up I swam at the NE Champs in 2007. I see they left 200 fly until almost the last event of the meet, but that still does not tempt me!

    Jimby and I chatted about meets earlier today. He opined that it was perhaps merely "superstitious" that I would want actual rest between events to clear lactate and such. This is clearly mid-D speak!

    Food:

    Since I stopped blogging my food, I think I've gotten sloppier about eating. I still eat very healthy, but I think I've been eating more than I need to and too many slices of pie. I also had a conversation with She Puff the other day that caused me to wonder about calories from liquids. She mentioned she was dehydrated from the hot yoga. I suggested coconut water and she asked me how many calories it was. I didn't know. But I checked and it's 70. Between that, endurox, G2, and the smoothies I was addicted to all summer (and the chard), I may be swilling down too many drinkable calories. Have to ponder that.

    I also may consider a 30 day ban on alcohol ala Q and Patrick before NE Champs. But this is rather extreme. lol

    Updated October 20th, 2009 at 06:20 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Planning
  7. 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

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    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

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  8. 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.
  9. 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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  10. 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

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    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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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  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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

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    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
  18. 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

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    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
  19. 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.

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    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
  20. 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

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    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