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  1. NE Champs, Day 1, Dec. 11

    by , December 11th, 2010 at 09:40 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Day 1 went exceedingly well, better than I expected. I even managed to swim all 4 of my events today -- practically an ironman feat for me. . I'm now fairly flattened as a result.


    100 fly, 1:10.26

    So glad this was the first event of the day! My last pre-B70 time was a 1:12ish (I recall). Last year, in B70, I went a 1:09.8. I expected to go a 1:12-1:13 here, given the general 2 second time differential per 100 free SCY. Was shocked and thrilled with my 1:10.2, only .4 off my best. I tried to SDK a lot. Mollie said that, by 25s, I went 12-13 meters, 10 meters, 10 meters, 8 meters. I popped up a little early on the last length after a longish turn. Just needed some air. But otherwise my breakouts were solid and smooth. Had the usual last 10 meter piano, but at least didn't go vertical. This is my hardest event, and I don't really train for it in any conventional way, so I was pleased. Kicking saves me in this event. I think this time puts me 3rd in the overall rankings behind two new 45 year olds, if I recall the SPMA results correctly.


    50 back, 31.14 (split on 200 back)
    (final 200 time, a blazing 3:20 )

    If I wasn't typing on my iPhone I'd put in a bliss smiley here. Edit: My previous time from the Albatross meet was a 32.5, but I was hoping to go a bit faster based on the 28.1 I swam at the Sprint Classic on Oct. 24 after the bronchitis taper. Honestly, my secret goal, was to swim faster than 31.6, but anything can go wrong in a 50 and, as I previously said, I would have been pleased with anything under 32.

    I executed reasonably well, but not perfectly. My hands were crossed (first time ever) on the start, which was slightly disconcerting. 14 SDKs on the start and 15 on the turn. There was a stroke & turn judge right at the 15 meter mark, so didn't take any chances on that front on the start. I was a bit too far from the wall on the turn and glided into the finish -- probably due to the 5 meter flags. No matter, I was very thrilled to stop, gasp for air, squint at the scoreboard and see the 31.14. Stud also had my split writ large on a piece of paper as I headed to the warm down pool -- very sweet. I had informed the referee (who stood over my finish) and both the women swimming next to me that I was doing a split, so that they were well aware and didn't have any angst. I did legally finish the race in a stellar time of 3:20, causing only a very minor delay of the meet. Did the second 50 double arm backstroke.

    This is the same time I swam last year at this meet in a Jaked or B70 and should put me in the AA spot, unless there are other times I'm unaware of. This would be my first AA in the 50 back in SCM. I've ended up second on several occasions. So I'm ditching this age group on a high note!

    I could happily have stopped swimming for the day at this juncture. I was happy and tired. (Veni, vici, vidi, in a manner of speaking.) But the day was long and I had plenty of rest so carried on.


    50 breast, 38.9

    Pretty happy with this time, especially since I was trying to be very conservative on the pre-kick and pulldown. Over a second slower than last year, but, like Allen Stark, I think swimming evil in a Jaked is like a different stroke entirely. This is still my second fastest time in SCM (out of only 3-4 swims, I think) and a much better effort than the 41.8 I turned in in LCM. Currently, this puts me in the number 3 spot. (Which rather confirms my thought that the speed suits make the mosy difference in evil.

    SwimStud had an amazing 50 breast today, dropping two full seconds+ from last year! I wish I had video'd this, as he had awesome forward momentum, but it was right after my swim and I was gasping. I got his 100 breast the next day though.


    50 free, 28.77

    I was going to scratch this event. I really was. I haven't swum 4 events at a taper meet in eons. But decided it might be easier to do at the end of the day today than late tomorrow afternoon as a split in the 100 free. Happy with the time. It's .5 faster than I went at the Albatross meet, but still .5 off my B70 PB (which I did as the very first swim at BU last year). I had a quite sub par turn -- it was dark outside (5:00 pm or so) and that made it harder to pick up the wall without the light streaming through the windows. Still, I'll take it flaws and all!

    Overall, I was extremely happy with the day. I'm worried I'll be bushed tomorrow. But hopefully a decent night's sleep will help. Tomorrow, I have the 100 back, 50 fly and 50 back. I'm scratching the 100 free. Depending on how I feel, I might not swim the 50 back again, as it would be my 7th event. I'm very very glad I put in a split request to get a time before the end of the meet! I hate it when 50 back is the last event when my legs are dead.

    Updated December 13th, 2010 at 03:03 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Masters Swim Meets / Events
  2. Friday, Dec.10

    by , December 10th, 2010 at 01:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Didn't have time to get to the pool. Spent 30 minutes stretching in front of a soap opera. Hadn't seen one of those since law school.

    Actually remembered to shave my legs today. That will no doubt make me .001 faster in the 50 fly.

    My legs are still tired, so I'm vaguely worried that I didn't rest them enough. Other than that, and a few bumps and bruises, I'm ready to go!

    Leaving shortly for Boston. Also remembered to put my skins compression tights on for the flight -- never done that before. It couldn't be colder in Boston than it is here ...

    Final psych sheet by age groups:

    http://www.greatbaymasters.org/10PsychByGroup.pdf

    Updated December 10th, 2010 at 01:56 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Yoga
  3. Thursday, Dec. 9

    by , December 9th, 2010 at 05:52 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    500 various

    2 x (15 bursts (free, dolphin kick) + 35 EZ)

    2 x (25 easy speed fly + 25 EZ)

    4 x 25 shooters

    100 back

    100 free

    Total: 1000

    15 minutes hottub


    Yoga/Stretching, 2 x 15 minutes

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    Commentary:

    Felt pretty good today. Good DPS. Left shoulder is nagging a bit, but I think it's from tossing and turning while sleeping. Though I must admit I've shirked my RC exercises again. I'll probably just ice it tonight.

    Quick posted this vid re: Nick Thoman on backstroke SDK on Speedo's blog and I just wanted to share it here as well:

    Love that SDKs are for the "not so tall" and flexible." My height, or lack thereof, is usually such a disadvantage in this sport.

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afpN9fOGu9s"]YouTube - Underwater Backstroke Kick with David Marsh and Nick Thoman[/nomedia].


    Need to finish packing. Hate packing, very tedious.

    And very proud of my Mini Fort. At her volleyball banquet, she won Hardest Worker. She's currently playing lumbaro and outside hitter on her club team. Outside hitter -- despite her diminutive height. She has the highest vertical jump on her team. Shall we say sprinter?

    I'm going to miss not seeing the Tom Dolan meet this year for the first time in years ... Not sure how many masters swimmers are there, but I know Wally Dicks tapered for it.

    Updated December 9th, 2010 at 10:45 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  4. Wed., Dec. 8

    by , December 8th, 2010 at 05:16 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    650 various

    Sets:

    14 x 50
    odds = 25 EZ speed fly or shooter
    evens = EZ

    50 EZ

    2 x (15 burst dolphin + 35 EZ)

    1 x 25 fast free + 75 EZ

    1 x 25 fast breast + 25 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 1750

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

    Commentary:

    Whoa, really got carried away with all that yardage today. Still didn't feel easy speed, but felt lighter in the water. I definitely have a case of the taper hypers -- got massive errands done today. Got more sleep, but have been waking up at 6:00 am (high schoolers are stirring at this time) and having trouble falling back asleep. This happens sometimes during taper, I guess. Trying desperately not to catch Lil Fort's cold ...

    Big next couple weeks ...

    3 days to NE Champs
    7 days until Fort Son gets probable early decision ding
    12 days until Mini Fort gets her drivers license
    not enough days to get xmas stuff done ...

    Started stocking up/packing for Boston: gus, chews, energy drinks, electrolytes & efuel, extra nose clips, new pair of goggles, 3 tech suits, gluten free bagels ... My 2 Speedo kneeskins have seen a fair number of meets between Mini and me -- 4-5 for her and 3 for me. This means they're likely both pretty stretched out. Still, we plan on using these and my B70 kneeskin (one meet) as long as possible. I'm hoping they can last through NE Champs, high school champs meets, and the Albatross meet. I also have a Q suit that Roque kindly sent me, but it was awfully tight on top for me last time I tried it. May try it again and/or see how Mini likes the fit.

    Has anyone used Endurance Excel? I bought it today by accident; thought I was picking up endurolytes.

    Updated December 8th, 2010 at 08:47 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  5. Tuesday, Dec. 7

    by , December 7th, 2010 at 05:00 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/ Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Sets:

    10 x 25 shooters

    50 EZ

    8 x 50 w/fins
    #1 = 15 meter burst dolphin kick on back + EZ
    #2 = 15 meter burst dolphin kick on belly + EZ
    #3 = 25 fast backstroke kick + 25 EZ
    #4 = 25 EZ speed fly + 25 EZ
    #5 = 25 fast free + 25 EZ
    #6 = 50 EZ
    #7 = 50 working on breast pullouts
    # 8 = EZ

    Total: 1400

    Stretching, 30 minutes

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    Commentary:

    No easy speed yet, but I think it's coming. Although it might not be until the weekend! Not too twitchy-b*tchy yet. I think the meet last weekend may have caused a delayed onset. Got more sleep last night, but woke up to the lovely sound of shattered ceramic. Our kitten likes to jump inside everything, even things she can't get out of.

    Now I'm off to finish putting 3000 white lights on my tree.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  6. Monday, Dec. 6

    by , December 6th, 2010 at 06:19 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    700 various

    10 x 25 shooters

    100 dolphin dive

    Total: 1050

    10-15 minutes hottub

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    Commentary:

    Took another recovery day post meet. Plan on meet warm ups Tues-Fri. I had the blah feeling in the water that often hits after 1 week of tapering. But I may have just been tired. I had some food poisoning or a stomach thing last night and my youngest woke up with a nightmare that her kitty died. Hoping I can actually sleep tonight. There is also a sick hubby and sick kid in the house. It seems to be a challenge staying healthy for December meets ...

    NE Champs Analysis:

    I'm entered in:
    100 fly (11:11 am)
    200 back (50 split)(1:22 pm)
    50 breast (3:01 pm)
    50 free (3:57 pm)

    100 back (11:15 am)
    50 fly (12:23 pm)
    50 back (1:43 pm)
    100 (likely 50 split, if I bother)(2:40 pm)

    The 100 back and 50 fly are really too close for my taste. It takes me forever to recover from 100s. And I still wish the 100 IM had been better placed ... My plan for the 100 fly and 100 back is to dolphin kick hard off the start and every wall and easy speed above water. I'd like to swim 50 meters of the back underwater. Not sure I can do that in fly. Have to remember to breathe more in the 100 fly to sustain the hard kicking. Not really sure what to expect timewise.

    In my 50s, I'd like to go under 29 in the 50 free, under 31 in the 50 fly and under 32 in the 50 back. I converted my 50 back time from the Sprint Classic (28.1) using the GBM converter and got a 32.0. http://www.greatbaymasters.org/convert.html. 4 seconds seems rather a lot going from short course yards to short course meters, doesn't it?

    Here's my 50 back from NE Champs last year. I need to see, if I can, how many strokes and kicks I took. [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28RQ7mbtjBo"]YouTube - Fort SCM 50 back[/nomedia].

    In 50 fly, the current event rankings look slower compared to last year. Aside from wunderkind SVDL, no one's really come close to breaking 30 without the speed suits in my age group (and that happened in both SCM and LCM in 2008-09). I'm starting to think that perhaps the suits make more of a difference in the short axis strokes than the long axis strokes. (For me, as I've said before, the biggest hit is in breaststroke.)

    By way of comparison, my times in a full body racerback Pro from this meet (from TT database) in 2007 are:

    2007 Short Course Meters

    Place Event Name Age Club LMSC Time
    4 W45-49 50 Free Leslie Livingston 46 GMUP Potomac Valley 28.75
    4 W45-49 50 Back Leslie Livingston 46 GMUP Potomac Valley 33.24
    5 W45-49 100 Back Leslie Livingston 46 GMUP Potomac Valley 1:13.91
    5 W45-49 50 Fly Leslie Livingston 46 GMUP Potomac Valley 31.37
    7 W45-49 100 Fly Leslie Livingston 46 GMUP Potomac Valley 1:13.18


    I have good mojo in Boston. I've always swum well at this meet (and never been DQ'd!). Hopefully it can continue. I'd like to end 2010 on a good note. And, then, I look forward to AARP-ing up at my first meet in 2011.

    Updated December 6th, 2010 at 10:58 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  7. Sunday, Dec. 5

    by , December 5th, 2010 at 06:02 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    Just did a 30-35 minute slow continuous swim at my gym pool. I thought about doing some backstroke turns in meters, but I can tell the flags aren't set up right.

    10 minutes in the whirlpool


    Commentary:

    My legs were tired from yesterday, and left calf feels slightly re-strained. I pulled out my compression tights to wear around today. No more backstroke starts this week.

    Busy busy day of xmas decorating. I broke down and agreed to a real tree again, but only if we get an air purifier for the room. I don't want a repeat of last year.

    NE Champs:

    psych sheets:
    http://www.greatbaymasters.org/10Psych.pdf

    timeline:
    http://www.greatbaymasters.org/10Session.pdf

    Looking forward to seeing the results of the SPMA meet. Bummed to see Allen Stark was deeked in the 100 evil.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  8. Last Minute Meet, Sat., Dec. 4

    by , December 4th, 2010 at 02:27 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Last Minute SCM Meet:

    It's an odd feeling waking up late (8:15) and cruising into a meet mid way. I missed seeing some fast early swims, including Speedo's blazing 200 back (2:17). But I'm glad I got some start practice in before next weekend.

    50 fly split on the 100, 30.7 (?)

    Not sure about the official split. I'll have to wait for the results as the timing board was not in operation. Neill Williams very kindly timed my swim and gave me the following comments with which Speedo concurred: too shallow on start, poor breakout b/c of kicking on surface, great turn, good SDKs off turn (took 10, I think), bad finish, glided in big time, good speed, good stroke. I agree with all these points. I took 2 breaths on the second length, the second one really to sight the wall. I knew I was either going to have to glide or short stroke it. In my head, I wasn't too disturbed by this, as I considered this a practice swim. Hopefully, I can fix this at Boston. And I'm sticking with 2 breaths there as well.

    Since I didn't really feel any of that elusive "easy speed" in practice or warm up, I was pleased with this approximate time. And, well, I hadn't even shaved. hahaha. I went a 31.5 at the Albatross meet in March so this time is better and can be knocked down a bit more (I hope) with another week's rest.

    Swimming the second 50 was a bit of a chore. But I coffee breaked on the walls and Muppet waved to me at the 75.

    Edit: My official split was 31.1, not surprising since hand timing is generally faster. I knew I took a major glide at the end (and was even wondering if I should bother to finish the 100), but I'm still glad I did and it was still faster than my previous time. I sometimes find it disconcerting to do split requests because thoughts of what to do after the finish always creep into my head.


    25 free in the 200

    I felt like I had a much better start -- the correct depth and 4-5 SDKs before I started churning. Did a fast turn, hit the wall well, and then just cruised the rest of the 50 and hopped out. (I had told the referee in advance to DQ me.)


    Commentary:

    I'm still kinda tired from that little bit of sprinting, and I'm glad I didn't swim any other events.

    There was much fast swimming at the meet by all the usual PV suspects. I think Speedo PR'd all his events. I videotaped his 200 free. I'm not sure about the quality because I had just swum and wasn't holding the camera very still. The Little Devil chimed in on audio that Speedo got chicked on the last 50. By a very fast chick!

    Link to Results: http://www.pvmasters.org/results/pv1210.htm.

    I'm wondering if the SPMA meet has live results like last year?

    Results are out for the NW Zones meet too: https://www.clubassistant.com/c/EBB7...%20results.pdf. Very fast times from Ellen Reynolds.

    Interview with Dara: http://www.freep.com/article/2010112...an-Dara-Torres

    NE Champs:

    psych sheets:
    http://www.greatbaymasters.org/10Psych.pdf

    timeline:
    http://www.greatbaymasters.org/10Session.pdf -- my kind of meet: first event not until after 11:00 am and plenty of rest.

    Updated December 4th, 2010 at 09:07 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Masters Swim Meets / Events
  9. Friday, Dec. 3

    by , December 3rd, 2010 at 04:41 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    Just hopped in for a meet warm up. I felt warmed up after about 20 minutes, which is surprising for me. I usually take awhile to loosen up, so I did a bit more anyway. Just did slow swimming, some one arm fly, 1 x build to fast free, 1 x fast back kick, and 2 x dolphin kick bursts. Sat in whirlpool afterward.

    The women's locker room at my gym has been renovated. Sadly, though, they've done away with the steam room.

    Felt better in the water today. Looking forward to the meet tomorrow. Of course, I'm not doing much so there's no pressure.

    Good luck to everyone swimming this weekend at the various meets around the country!
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  10. Thursday, Dec. 2

    by , December 2nd, 2010 at 05:37 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    600 various

    6 x 50 fly drills @ 1:00

    6 x (25 EZ speed fly + 25 EZ)

    8 x (25 shooter + 25 EZ)
    odds = back
    evens = belly

    50 EZ

    Total: 1650

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

    Commentary:

    Just did a slow easy swim focusing on technique. No easy speed for me yet though.

    About to head off to a banquet to open the high school swim season. Tomorrow night is the first meet. Good thing I checked the volunteer schedule, as I'm officiating. Pretty much a no brainer at these meets. Mini has expressed interest in re-joining a USAS team. We're mulling over what might be the right team/group fit for her. Not sure if will work with volleyball in the mix ... Some coaches are strict about the # of practices.

    Psych sheets for the Last Minute Meet are out. There's almost 100 swimmers, and the usual fast suspects are there. I think it will be fun just to attend, spectate and do my wee sprints!

    Nationals is on NBC at 3:00 on Saturday Dec. 11!

    Livestream at: http://www.swimnetwork.com/

    Updated December 4th, 2010 at 08:00 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  11. Wed., Dec. 1

    by , December 1st, 2010 at 08:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Main Sets:

    4 x (4 x 50)
    4 single arm fly @ 1:00
    4 backstroke @ 1:00
    4 breaststroke @ 1:15
    4 free @ 1:00

    5 x 100 backstroke kick, no fins, shooters on the 1st and 3rd 25 @ 2:00

    50 EZ

    3 x 50
    backstroke start & fast kick to 15 meters, then cruise

    50 EZ

    3 x (25 free + 50 EZ)

    25 EZ

    2 x (fast 50 breast + 100 EZ)

    50 EZ

    Total: 2750


    Yoga:

    Took Mini to the gym since, as a sophomore, she's not allowed to do weights with her high school team b/c she "is still growing." Hmm ... she's been the same height since 6th grade. Just as I have been until yoga grew me an inch. Anyway, I did 40 minutes of stretching while she pumped iron. And I'm feeling quite virtuous about it.


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    Commentary:

    Felt sluggish as expected. Plan to shift into high taper mode tomorrow with a short slow recovery swim and a meet warm up on Friday. After the Last Minute Meet on Saturday, I'll just do a recovery swim on Sunday and then a meet warm up type swim the rest of the week until I leave on Friday.

    I received an email from the primary contact at GBM confirming that the correction to my name had been made (despite the fact that the athlete entry list has not been updated). Whew. Still seems odd that there was no meet director listed on the meet info. You would think that would be a requirement.

    Updated December 1st, 2010 at 08:30 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  12. Tuesday, Nov. 30

    by , November 30th, 2010 at 08:59 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim @ Oak Marr:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Main Sets:

    32 x 50, done as:
    (did them all @ 1:00-1:15, depending on my level of interest and level of chatting with Pete)

    8 x 50
    odds = single arm fly
    evens = breast

    8 x 50
    odds = double shooter
    evens = front scull + burst doggy paddle

    8 x 50
    25 overkick free + 25 EZ

    8 x 50
    odds = russian breast drill
    evens = breast w/thumbs up recovery drill

    (I believe I have the same stroke flaw that Allen Stark mentioned on the Breaststroke Lane thread about going too deep when lunging forward. Hence the KPN thumbs up breast drill. Breaststroke is the most awful confounding stroke ... I'm not sure why I bother without a coach sometimes, except that it seems to agree with my shoulders.)

    100 EZ

    4 x (25 burst/cruise + 25 EZ)

    50 EZ

    Total: 2550

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    Commentary:

    I was trying to focus on technique today, but I felt adrift. Once the word "taper" enters my brain, I become lazy and don't want to do anything in the water. Even sprints. I guess the benefit of this ennui is that I am truly resting. But I may also fall asleep in the water. And I felt like crap today and was cramping in my left calf and feet like crazy. Because I've been cramping since last week, I went back to my massage therapist this afternoon and had her work on my legs for 30 minutes. This will likely cause more sluggishness in the water tomorrow, but I will ignore it. I don't really care how I feel this week, and will endeavor (possibly unsuccessfully) not to micro-analyze it next week either.

    And I am now shifting into annoyance over my entry for the NE Champs. I haven't received a response to either of my emails. There is no other contact info on the meet forms. I sent an email tonight to the primary contact for Great Bay Masters. Anyone else have any ideas as to how to get my name changed on the athlete/entry list? I don't really want to swim as Leslie Linngston!

    I heard that there were only 519 entries at Long Beach this year after cracking 1000 last year. That's quite a drop for the meet that has been touted as the unofficial national scm champs ...

    My daughter gets her driver's license in 21 days ... However, I have to admit, it may really make my life easier, especially with her doing 2 sports at the moment.

    Updated December 1st, 2010 at 10:38 AM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  13. Monday, Nov. 29

    by , November 29th, 2010 at 05:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Main Sets:

    40 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40ish

    1-10= back
    11-20 = belly
    21-30 = right side/left side
    31-40 = twirling

    10 x 50 @ 1:05
    odds = free with overkick
    evens = breast

    50 EZ

    Total: 2250

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

    Commentary:

    Just hopped in for some aerobic/hypoxic work today after a 6+ hour drive home yesterday. I find driving to be extremely tiring. I'm wondering whether I should even have done weights on Saturday ... No more from here on out. Shifting into taper mode.

    I entered the Last Minute meet at almost the last minute. 100 fly (really 50) and 200 free (really 25 w/turn). I'm going to tell the referee in advance that I'm getting out on the 200. Last time I swam an event oddly (50 shooter instead of 100 free), the referee was extremely puzzled. I did succeed in finding my most stretched out suit with a partial hole to wear. I have an old TYR kneeskin that I guess I could use as well.

    I still haven't seen the correction made to my name in the athlete entries for the NE Champs. Sent another email. I hate when they don't even list the meet director in the meet info or give other contact info.

    I still need to dig up my split request forms too. I know I have the link on my blog. I just don't find the blog search function very helpful.

    Apart from those minor details, I'm actually feeling pretty psyched for NE Champs. I don't have any specific goals other than to not do personal worsts and swim faster than I did at the Albatross meet. I would be happy if my 100 back & 100 fly were within 2-3 seconds of my times from last year.


    Other SCM Meets:

    Psych sheet for SPMA: http://www.lbgrunions.org/psychsheets.html

    Results for NY/NJ Duel in the Pool:
    http://aquafitmasters.com/Events/112...uelResults.pdf

    Ron Johnson results:
    Link in Patrick's blog: http://www.usms.org/forums/blog.php?b=12525

    I know there were recent meets in FLA, UCLA and DAM as well.

    This weekend: South Central Regional Champs, Last Minute Meet, and SPMA Meet.

    Don't know about other age groups, but attendance in mine still looks somewhat down with some key players possibly MIA in SCM.

    Updated November 29th, 2010 at 08:47 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  14. Sat., Nov. 27

    by , November 28th, 2010 at 11:01 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Headed off to Sewickley again, though Jim and I were both rather tired after Friday night's effort.

    Drylands:

    Jim was naultilusing away, building brute strength. I herd the word "failure" mumbled several times. I stayed in the nautilus room with him instead of the free weight room. I just lifted lightly (tapering weights) and did 2 sets of 10 on the following Nautilus machines, some fast and some negatives for about 30 minutes.

    bench press
    pullover
    bicep press
    leg press
    glute machine
    lower back
    mid grip row

    Torso twists on yoga ball, 25
    windhsield wipers, 25
    long arm crunches, 25
    reverse scoops w/plate, 15


    Yoga/Stretching, 25-30 minutes:

    Felt pretty stretchy despite being lazy in this department over the holidays. And there was a convenient wall to crawl down into back bends.

    Whirlpool w/Jim for 10 minutes.

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    25 minute slow continuous swim. Would have done 30, but they kicked me out of the pool. Closing time.

    Commentary:

    I'm taking today off to make the long tortuous drive home to DC in mega traffic. Taking the back way to hopefully alleviate some of that. I'm fairly pleased that I got 3 good workouts in. Last year during this week, I also took 2 days off. Planning on a hypoxic/aerobic workout with perhaps a few wee sprints tomorrow.

    Still haven't heard anything about the correction to my entry from the NE folks. If I haven't heard by Monday, I'll have to send another email.

    Updated November 29th, 2010 at 12:47 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts , Yoga
  15. Swim 2 @ Sewickley, Friday, Nov. 27

    by , November 27th, 2010 at 02:14 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    After a rigorous day of online shopping, pie eating and gin rummy, I ventured to Sewickley for a swim and dinner. Saw Mermaid, who I hadn't seen in a long while. Coach Bill provided a great workout as follows:

    Warm up:

    650 OMO (got there early with Jim)
    400, I alternated swims, pulls and kicks

    2 x (6 x 100) @ 2:00
    #1 = EZ
    #2 = last 25 fast
    #3 = last 50 fast
    #4 = last 75 fast
    #5 = EZ
    #6 = 100 fast
    2:00 rest between sets or so, I did a 25 EZ

    On round one, I did the fast bits fly. My 100 was around 1:02-3. Had to do some single arm fly to avoid crashing Jim. On round two, I did dolphin kick with a board on the first 5. The fast 100 I did backstroke kick, went a high 54. Crashed a bit on the bottom on the first 25.

    I think there was something easy here, can't remember ...

    2 x (4 x 50) @ 1:00
    #1 = EZ
    #2 = fast last 25
    #3 = EZ
    #4 = fast
    2:00 rest between rounds, I did a 25 EZ

    First round was fly, second round was back kick. The fast 50s didn't seem terribly fast.

    200 EZ

    Total: 2900

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    Commentary:

    This workout was likely just what I needed, and will probably be my last hard workout before NE Champs in 2 weeks. Jim and Bill and I were discussing the difference between a lactate threshold set and a lactate production set. Rich A. mentioned that he does one of each on alternating weeks. This felt like a "lactate production" set to me. (Not a true sprint set because there wasn't enough rest and not a LT set b/c I wasn't in pain the entire time.)

    Had a lovely dinner at Jim's new Cafe with many of the Sewickley masters after practice.

    As usual, not one drop of sunshine in Pittsburgh ...

    Updated November 27th, 2010 at 03:03 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  16. Swim @ Sewickley, Wed., Nov. 24

    by , November 24th, 2010 at 09:34 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Sewickley:

    After a 5+ hour drive, I made it to the one hour Sewickley Masters practice coached by Bill White. Shared a lane with Jim, who did some real sprinting tonight.

    Warm up:

    400 EZ OMO
    400, 50 swim/50 kick @ 6:00
    300 kick w/some shooters @ 5:30

    Main sets:

    6 x 100 @ 1:40
    (Jim went very fast free; I swam leisurely backstroke.)

    12 x 50 @ :50
    This was a swim set, but I did it 25 shooter + 25 back kick instead. Only hit the bottom twice.

    8 x 50 @ 1:10
    This was supposed to be a 25 build + 25 EZ. I did it 15 meter burst dolphin kick (no fins) on my back + rest EZ. Admittedly not done with quite the same ferocity as my ATP-CP set with Speedo yesterday.

    4 x 50 fast @ 1:30
    I alternated fast-EZ. Wasn't up to 4 fast 50s. Went fly (25, ugh, cramped) and breast (31ish).

    200 EZ

    Total: 3100

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    Commentary:

    I felt extremely sluggish in the water after yesterday's deep tissue massage and today's long drive. But I was so glad to get in the water and get some aerobic/hypoxic work in. Will take tomorrow off and then back to Sewickley on Friday. I may even do some drylands with Jimslie b/c he has re-commenced lifting. Shocking.
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    Swim Workouts
  17. Swim w/Speedo, Tuesday, Nov. 23

    by , November 23rd, 2010 at 09:32 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Oak Marr:

    Warm up:

    900 various

    Main Sets:

    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    various -- kick, swim, bursts, builds

    ATP-CP Sprint Set:*

    10 x 25 @ 1:00
    burst to the 15 meter mark
    did them all free

    200 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    free w/fins = 11
    back shooter w/fins = 10
    2 x back w/start = 14s

    10 x 50 aerobic @ 1:00
    odds = swim
    evens = kick

    100 EZ

    Total: 2900

    *ATP-CP = the primary system for production of fast powerful movements:

    http://www.brianmac.co.uk/energy.htm
    [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_systems[/ame]

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    Commentary:

    Loved the ATP-CP set! No lactic acid build up and plenty of rest to generate explosive movements on 1:00 interval. Agree with Speedo -- this set is a keeper. Plus, it's a good prelude to other sprint sets. I likewise agree we could easily have done a fast 50 at the end. But I've done so many fast 50s lately, I was happy to do the aerobic recovery set. And I'm glad we did that instead of the usual 200 EZ.

    I missed the gym today. Probably won't get there until Friday. Even then, I think I'll just hit the upper body. Perhaps a few box jumps. But I think my legs need to start resting now.

    Got a massage after the workout. Niiice! Had her pound away at my scapular area (which yoga doesn't seem to get all that well) and the legs. Calves were very sore. I'll probably feel poorly and sluggish at the Sewickley Masters practice tomorrow night. So I hope Coach Bill is just planning an aerobic workout.

    Mini has done very well in her club volleyball tryouts this week. She is now a committed gym rat, as she feels like her serve/hits are much more powerful now that she's resumed drylands. I resist the urge to say "I told you so ..."

    I need to sort through the family kneeskin collection. I need to find the stretched out Speedo kneeskin with a hole to wear at the Last Minute meet.

    One another note, my chiro used my recent blood labs, especially the adrenal readings, as a test case at a recent functional medicine/nutrition for athletes conference. Have an appt scheduled to get further input.

    Updated November 23rd, 2010 at 10:13 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  18. Tuesday, Nov. 22

    by , November 22nd, 2010 at 07:21 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Brikram Yoga, 90 minutes

    This seemed much easier than some previous sessions. Very wiped out after these classes. Thought about hopping on the bike for 30 minutes, but decided no.


    Commentary:

    1. Got a gold star in yoga today and told to go to the advanced classes. I think they are at bizarro times, so I will likely pass.

    2. Checked the athlete listing for NE Champs, and nearly freaked out. http://www.greatbaymasters.org/10scmchamp.php. I wasn't listed under Patriot Masters like I was last year. But I found my entry under GMUP. Whew. Unfortunately, they misspelled my last name, and I sent an email to correct that. I will, in fact, be carting Fort Son & GF up to Boston with me.

    3. The athlete line up for this meet looks very typical NE Champs and very not typical CZ Champs. Which is fine.

    4. Going to enter the 100 fly and 200 free at the Last Minute Meet. This will essentially be my last speed workout before NR Champs and I'll get a little block time. I'll do a 50 fly split in the 100 and a fast 25 with a fast turn in the 200 free. (I might just get out at the 50 depending on how I feel and who is mocking me. I don't care about DQs.) Times will be sandbagged accordingly. I'm going to pass on the Little Devil's helpful suggestion of entering the 400 IM because that is way too much evil to bear in these scanty suit conditions we live in now. I now have to go look for my split request forms ... My only "goal" for this meet is to swim faster than my 50 fly from the Albatross meet.

    5. Rich posted this "sprint on short rest" set for me on the DF:

    "Try 10 X 25 on 1:00 with 15 Y/M all out breakouts and then cruise the rest of the way. It only relies on the CP-ATP energy system which is quickly replenished and even I have enough recovery time to be very explosive on all efforts."

    Will try to give that a go from a dive off the side of the pool soon. Perhaps tomorrow if Speedo must tend to sick little Speedo and we can't do broken 100s.

    6. Renewed my USMS membership today.

    7. I think I need to start The Resting Of The Legs soon. Maybe after tomorrow.

    8. After seeing Harry Potter over the weekend with Lil Fort and some soccer friends, I now have the perfect comeback line for Mini Fort: "I'm not your house elf."

    9. Fun Swim Links:

    http://tv.swimmingworldmagazine.com/.../6919#comments

    http://www.swimnetwork.com/news/swim...n-goggles.aspx

    http://www.swimnetwork.com/news/swim...-swimming.aspx

    http://www.swimnetwork.com/news/swim...-argument.aspx

    http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com...n-Invitational

    Updated November 23rd, 2010 at 11:13 AM by The Fortress

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    Yoga
  19. Sunday, Nov. 21

    by , November 21st, 2010 at 09:55 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    windshield wipers, 25
    flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    tricep press negatives, 50 x 2 x 10
    bench press singles, 110 x 2 x 1, 120 x 8 x 1
    seated row, 120 x 3 x 6
    nautilus lower back, 140 x 2 x 10
    box jumps, 2 x 10
    (getting more efficient at these)
    squat jumps w/45 lb bar, 2 x 10
    squat swings w/25 lb plate, 2 x 15
    RC work


    Yoga/Stretching, 25-30 minutes:


    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Main Sets:

    8 x 50 dolphin kick w/board, no fins @ 1:00
    These hurt way more than they should have. I went right from the pool to the gym, so was probably tired from the plyos.

    50 dolphin dive

    8 x 50 free w/paddles @ :50

    50 dolphin dive

    16 x 50 @ 1:00
    1-4 = 25 fly drill + 25 free
    5-8 = 25 free + 25 back shooter
    9-12 = 25 EZ speed fly + 25 EZ
    13-16 = 50 breast, descend to fast

    50 dolphin dive

    Total: 2350 meters

    steamroom, 10 minutes

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    Commentary:

    After early rising and 6 soccer games, I was completely unmotivated to go the gym this afternoon. Fortunately, Mr. Fort kicked me out. I felt like I had a solid dryland session, but had to restrict the pool session to recovery/aerobic work (though I felt strong in the water). I was just too tired to ramp it up in relatively hot water.

    Tentative plan for the week. I'll see if I can actually get er done.

    Mon: Bikram yoga
    Tues: gym + speed workout + massage
    Wed: swim with Sewickley Masters
    Thurs: stretch at home
    Fri: swim with Sewickley Masters
    Saturday: drylands (no legs except a few plyos) + drive home
    Sun: speed workout

    I am going to enter the Last Minute Meet. But just the 100 fly for a 50 split and to practice breakouts. Can I do anything while hanging on the wall gasping for breath before I begin the second 50? I should know this, I realize, but never had occasion to focus on the wall rule for fly. I know in backstroke you can practically pirouette without a DQ. May have to drag out my rule book.

    Attached is a pic of Lil Fort's U10 all star team. They played great and with a lot of heart. Lil Fort even wants to play indoor soccer this year.

    Updated November 22nd, 2010 at 09:29 AM by The Fortress

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  20. Fast Friday, Nov. 19

    by , November 19th, 2010 at 05:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I ripped off and remixed Chris' fast fly workout from this AM. Loved it!

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    3 x (4 x 25)
    broad jump off side + eggbeater kick to wall
    backstroke start w/burst to 15 (14 kicks)
    EZ
    overkick free

    50 EZ

    Speed Work:
    (All fly, except fly kick, done with fins)
    (Times are imprecise, I couldn't see the pace clock all that well.)

    75 fast fly (41ish)
    75 EZ

    25 fast fly kick, diving from edge (21 kicks)
    75 EZ

    50 fast fly (23 mid)
    100 EZ

    50 fast fly (24 high)
    100 EZ

    25 fast fly kick, diving from edge
    75 EZ

    75 fast fly (41ish)
    125 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    1 each stroke

    200 EZ

    Total: 2500

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    Commentary:

    My fly felt pretty good today. And it was good to do more swimming than kicking, as the legs were tired (though there were many SDKs on the fast flys).

    Still pondering Last Minute Meet. Inclined to sign up for the 100 fly and do a 50 fly split, so I can cruise in late.

    Last 7 days: 5 swims/3 drylands this week/not enough yoga. I really should stretch tonight.

    Next 7 days: Workout schedule is going to be complicated by this weekend's soccer tournament and travel to Pittsburgh.
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    Swim Workouts