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  1. Monday, July 27

    by , July 27th, 2009 at 08:26 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    750 variety swim, kick, drill

    Transition set:

    6 x 75
    25 UW shooter on back + 25 feet first scull + 25 easy speed fly

    50 EZ

    Speed work:

    3 x (100 broken backstrokes w/ fins, 15 second rest at 50, + 200 EZ)

    Went 26/29 (kid interruption on second 50), 26/27-28, 26/27

    50 EZ

    2 x (AFAP 50 w/fins + 100 EZ)
    went 25 on fly, 22-23 on dolphin kick shooter

    50 EZ

    5 x (25 AFAP + 50 EZ)
    3 fast free, 2 fast flutter kick shooter

    125 C/D

    Total: 3050


    Didn't feel the greatest. Kinda tired afterward from the sprinting. I may need to shift into super loafing mode. I've sort of lost track of how close Nats is ... I barely know what day it is lately ... thought it was Tuesday most of the day ...

    I can't wait to swim in my pool without all the loud nasty interfering children --- why, they're enough to make a person want to have a vasectomy! One kid just walked off with my fins today.

    Did get a second good night sleep in a row. Was very busy today and have some running around to do tomorrow wrt All Stars. That meet is a zoo. I'm just hoping I can at least watch my kid. I hate it when grown adults insist on saving seats for 24 hours and won't budge to let others watch their kids race. I can forsee the need to be f'in beech ...

    The food front is pretty much the same. I've just been eating a bit more pasta and some sandwiches instead of salads for lunch. I've tried switching my glass of chard to the dinner/happy hour. That just makes me tired all evening ...

    Mini Mono and I are going to get pedicures and massages together tomorrow. I've been babying her more than usual.

    Updated July 27th, 2009 at 09:15 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts
  2. Sunday, July 26

    by , July 26th, 2009 at 05:55 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    600 swim, kick
    200 fly drills

    Main sets:

    16 x 25 4 point shooters

    50 EZ

    20 x 25
    evens easy speed-fast fly
    odds easy

    50 EZ

    3 x (50 AFAP w/fins+ 200 EZ)

    2 50 backs = 25ish
    1 50 dolphin kick on back = 22-23

    5 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)

    C/D 125

    Total: 3100

    Need to do some stretching and RC work tonight.


    Took a rest day on Saturday. Had a good day at Divisionals and now only one week left of summer swim!

    Didn't go to Mason today (and who knew Speedo would show?!). Didn't want to swim with the super fast intervals. I may go on Tuesday and swim in a slower lane just to get some LC work in. Or else I'll swim at the 12-2 lunch hour session. The pool closes for the rest of August on Aug 3.

    And, more importantly, I slept for a solid 8 hours last night for the first time in about 2 years. Uh, life is different with uninterrupted sleep. I just hope it continues.
    Swim Workouts
  3. Friday, July 24

    by , July 24th, 2009 at 07:00 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    standing lat pulldown, 75 x 3 x 10 fast
    prone scapular scrunches w/5 lb weights, 3 x 25
    external and internal rotators, 10 x 3 x 15, each arm
    seated straight arm dips, 2 x 25
    elevated crunches, 2 x 25
    dead bug on bosu, 2 x 15
    (going to do some arm extensions tonight)


    Warm up

    700 variety swim, kick, drill

    Aerobic sets:

    10 x 25 shooters on back

    20 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = flutter kick w/board
    evens = backstroke, smooth & working on breakouts

    50 EZ

    Speed set:

    8 x (4 x 25), no interval
    #1 = easy speed fly
    #2 = EZ
    #3 = AFAP free
    #4 = EZ

    200 C/D

    Total: 3000


    Ran into my PV buddy, NuthinBut50s, who was working out in the adjacent lane. He does his speed work very differently from me. He doesn't do any recovery swimming when doing his fast 25s. He just blasts away on a 1:15 or so interval, to get a 1:4 or 1:5 swim to rest ratio. In contrast, I always use a 1:3 or 1:4 or more ratio of sprint swimming to recovery swimming. It seems to hard to me to do AFAP 25s without some easy swimming in between ... But it was interesting that we interpreted the prescribed ratios so differently.

    Tomorrow is a scheduled rest day for me, which is good as we have the Divisional Championships and Team Dinner taking up the bulk of the day. No driving -- we're hosting the meet at our pool.
  4. Thursday, July 23

    by , July 23rd, 2009 at 09:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Squeezed in a short workout between very long trips out to MD. Circumstances were not ideal: backstroke flags down, only 4 lap lanes, huge teenage boys crashing off the diving board and dousing 2-3 lap lanes with tremendous splashing and I forgot my fins. Going to try to go at 4:00 pm tomorrow and hopefully try to avoid some of that.


    Warm up:

    700 variety swim, kick, drill

    Main sets:

    20 x 25 UW shooters
    odds belly, evens on back

    50 EZ

    2 x (5 x 50)
    #1-3 cruise free
    #4 fast kick
    #5 EZ

    50 EZ

    10 x 75 (25 AFAP + 25 EZ + 25 scull)
    AFAPs = 2 free, 2 back, 2 fast flutter kick shooters, 2 fast doggie paddle, 2 free)

    150 C/D

    Total: 2700


    I think in the future I may have to find a LCM meet other than Nats to taper for. An early August meet is just not the greatest timing for me given that late June and July are my busiest time of the year. I didn't even sit down until 11:30 pm last night and had to get up at 5:30 am. Couldn't really sleep much. My post-Nats project is to attempt to get that under better control.

    My Mini Mono Fort swam her very last JO final tonight. (She's skipping the 200 events.) She was way off her time, but gutted out a good finish, and I was proud of her.

    Updated July 24th, 2009 at 10:12 AM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts
  5. Weights + Relays, Wednesday, July 22

    by , July 22nd, 2009 at 04:36 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Only time for weights today ... I hope I can swim tomorrow between drives out to Laurel MD. The balancing act has been a little shaky the last couple days!

    explosive lifting:

    bench press, 50 x 3 x 8
    standing lat pulldown, 90 x 3 x 10
    total ab machine, 90 x 2 x 15
    alternating hammers, 12.5 x 30
    fast bands

    elevated crunches, 2 x 25
    external and internal rotators, 10 x 3 x 15, each arm
    3 position arm extensions, 3 x 2 x 15
    straight arm seated dips, 3 x 25
    prone scapular scrunches, 3 x 25



    Briefly scanned the preliminary Relay TT results. Our small team squeezed out quite a few from Zones. Don't care if I'm a bad ass braggy triathlete, I'm psyched about it! Go GMUP!

    #1 Women's 35+ 400 medley relay
    #2 Women's 25+ 200 medley relay (with 3 over 40s and one uber evilstroker)
    #3 Mixed 25+ 200 medley relay
    #9 Mixed 35+ 200 free relay

    Women's 45-49 results are at

    Mary Beth Windrath is trying to retrieve my times in the 100 backstroke. Since the Auburn results were in fact submitted on a timely basis, I am cautiously hopeful that my 100 back split request will be retrieved and count. Remains to be seen. The times from the Cary NC meet appear not to have been submitted at all despite the language of the entry form. If they don't submit the times, they vanish into the Cream Puff Times Dust Bin.

    I've really been too busy to look at the TT list caerfully. However, I did notice that I was ranked higher in the 100 fly than the 50 fly ... Does this mean I'm not an absolute drop dead sprinter? lol

    And 50 breast -- #11! hahaha

    Updated July 22nd, 2009 at 10:35 PM by The Fortress

    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  6. Tuesday, July 21

    by , July 21st, 2009 at 10:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Did three round trip drives to Mason today, as Mini Fort decided to attend a LC practice before JOs and I wanted to get a LC practice in as well. At least the traffic wasn't as bad as usual!


    500 swim
    500 (50 kick/50 drill)
    3 x 50 build
    1 x 50 scull

    (I missed 300 of this chatting and arriving a tad late.)

    3 x (4 x 100) @ 1:50
    #1 = 25 fly/50 free/25 fly
    #2 = 25 back/50 free/25 back
    #3 = 25 breast/50 free/25 breast

    I worked #1 & #2 and cruised the breast-free ones.

    50 EZ

    6 x 50 kick @ 1:15
    25 kick w/board + 25 kick on back holding board above head with 2 heads (extremely hard)

    50 EZ

    9 x 100 freestyle:
    (I did them all backstroke.)

    4 @ 1:40 (skipped one, cramp)
    3 @ 1:35 (cruised)
    2 @ 1:30 (skipped one and went fast on the last one with fins. went around 1:10 even having to swim around someone. pretty fast for me on backstroke at the end of practice.)
    150 EZ

    Total: 3300 meters (team = 3900)


    Random thoughts:

    I'm feeling pretty strong in the water at the moment. Wonder if it's the explosive lifting or something else? (More carbs? lol)

    Still need more sleep.

    Still need to check my taper workouts from last February. I've been operating on pure intuition lately.

    I've been just crazy busy lately. I think next week after Divisionals and JOs, life will calm down somewhat. Or at least I hope so.

    Going to lift tomorrow.

    My teammate wants to know why Jimby is wimping out and not swimming the 800 free against him at Indy.

    Really happy Fort Son, my homework minimalist, got a 5 on his AP history exam.
    Swim Workouts
  7. Monday, July 20

    by , July 20th, 2009 at 05:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    30-35 minutes of ART working on scapular area and calves. Had to do it before swimming, though I prefer it the other way around.


    Warm up:

    700 variety swim, kick, drill

    Hypoxic kick set:

    10 x 50 backstroke kick @ 1:00
    10 SDKs off each wall

    50 EZ

    Main set with speed work:

    2 x through:

    1 x 100 single arm fly drill @ 2:00
    1 x 100 backstroke @ 2:00
    50 EZ
    50 back AFAP
    50 EZ
    50 flutter kick AFAP w/board
    50 EZ
    5 x (25 easy speed fly + 25 EZ)
    50 EZ
    1 x (25 AFAP free + 25 EZ+ 25 AFAP flutter kick shooter + 25 EZ)

    200 C/D

    Total: 3100

    Off to the last Monday night summer league meet of the season. Hoping it doesn't rain!
    Swim Workouts , ART
  8. Sat & Sun, July 19-20

    by , July 19th, 2009 at 09:46 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Feeling a bit jinxed about meets. On Saturday, Mr. Fort left to take the girls to the summer league meet an hour or so from our house for warm up. (I was supposed to follow with my Mom later, as they were both swimming in the second half of the meet.) Unfortunately, he left with both sets of car keys. So I missed both their meet and my own meet. I couldn't get there in time for warm up and positive check in. I was a bit bummed, as I was looking forward to the 100 back. No matter, I'll just see how it goes in Indy.

    Did 30 minutes on the indoor cycle and 15-20 minutes of Rc exercises



    explosive lifting:
    HS bench press, 50 x 3 x 10
    HS hi row, 90 x 3 x 10
    tricep press, 45 x 3 x 10
    total ab machine, 90 x 3 x 15

    external and internal rotators, 10 x 3 x 15, each arm
    seated straight arm dips, 60 x 2 x 25
    elevated crunches w/12.5 lb weights, 2 x 25
    windshield wipers, 2 x 20
    iron monkey, 1 x 25
    back extensions, 2 x 25



    700 warm up

    8 x (4 x 50) @ :55-1:00
    #1 = backstroke kick
    #2 = backstroke
    #3 = flutter kick w/board
    #4 = fly or br drill

    #1 & #2 = 10/8 SDK (like Chris, I'm a fan of hypoxic work during taper)
    50 EZ

    20 x 25 w/fins
    odds = alternate AFAP free, AFAP flutter kick shooter
    evens = EZ

    150 C/D

    Total: 3000


    Funny note: My son asked for the Hopper Deck for his birthday. Seems like the coach at his rowing camp is a fan of Cross Fit.
  9. Breathing is Good! Friday, July 17

    by , July 17th, 2009 at 09:48 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Survived the 100 fly LC today at Jr. Champs! Whew!

    I used the recommended 2 up, 1 down breathing pattern for almost the entire race. Out of force of habit, I had a couple of every others. I think this helped a ton; I felt stronger throughout the race with no disruption of rhythm! I still crashed and burned with 10 yards to go and almost couldn't recover the arms the last couple strokes, but it wasn't nearly as bad as last year. I went 2 seconds faster today unrested than I did last year when I was fully tapered (same suit, same pool). The time board showed 1:12.2, but the time was reported as 1:12.5. Splits were 33.6 and 38.8. Not great, but still vastly better than last year when I split 33/41.

    Race highlights:

    Had to swim in the final heat in lane 1 due to a couple scratches, which I hate. But I didn't catch any wake.
    Took 11 dophin kicks on the start out to exactly the 14.9 meter mark. Freaked out the poor kid.
    Took a coffee break on the the turn for big air intentionally.
    Floated at least a foot very slowly into the final wall. But I just couldn't bring myself to take another stroke.
    Mini's coaches said I looked very "strong." Mini said my stroke looked "good." (This is more feedback than usual. lol)
    Definitely going to use this breathing pattern again, and will likely try it in SCY. This may actually enable me to kick further in SCY ...

    I'm hoping I can make it out to swim my 100 back tomorrow. I spent about 2 and 1/2 hours in the car today going back and forth to the meet. Out A meet tomorrow AM is in Mt. Vernon, so it will be a bit of a rush unless I go straight to U of Md.

    Prelim TT:

    I saw the prelim TT came out. Unfortunately, I also see that both of the 100 backs I swam during the SCY season -- at the September Shootout in Cary NC and at the Auburn Invitational in Alabama were NOT on the list. I'm ticked about this. Both meet entry forms said the times would be submitted, I had received written confirmation from the meet director that my split request form & time were sent to the TT recorder, and the then DZ TT recorder sent me an email (which I believe I reported on my blog) confirming that she would submit the time. Yet both times are AWOL. I have sent emails to Ed Saltzman (DZ TT Recorder) and Mary Beth Windrath), but I doubt there is much that can be done. If not, I won't be attending meets in the Dixie Zone again. I know Cream Puff has had difficulty getting her USA times submitted as well. I'm just not a fan of incompetence. So while I'm very happy with my 100 fly time from today, this was kind of a downer. But I guess I know what I swam.

    Updated July 18th, 2009 at 02:53 PM by The Fortress

    USA-S Swim Meets / Events
  10. Thursday, July 16

    by , July 16th, 2009 at 03:20 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    1000 easy
    1000 errands (still time to sprinkle flax seeds on the salad though )

    Mom is arriving tonight. Mr. Fort is still out of town. Just found out that Mini Mono Fort is swimming at Sr. Champs tomorrow (after avoiding LC all summer). Yikes, it will be a busy weekend! Sr. and Jr. Champs tomorrow and our last summer league A meet and Junior Champs on Saturday. I'm only swimming the 100 back on Saturday, as I wasn't entirely sure I'd get there from the summer league meet in time for the 50 free (and I technically have Sr. Champs cuts in that).

    Tech suits will be in full force, as an article in today's Washington Post noted: Mini Fort also said there were tons of B70s & LZRs at the All Star Relays yesterday, which is a bit of a departure from what I recall several years ago.

    Got a piece of advice from Coach Chris for the 100 fly: breathe 2 up, 1 down the 3rd 25. I have no goals for this event other than to not DQ and to not replicate last years 8 second split differential. But since I don't train for this event, it's always an adventure.

    Glad I'm swimming at U of Md this weekend. GMU is closed for an underwater hockey tournament and I don't fancy braving the public pools again this weekend. My wrist is still sore, but much better.

    Updated July 16th, 2009 at 04:49 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts
  11. Wednesday, July 15

    by , July 15th, 2009 at 10:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    AM Weights/Drylands:

    Quickie weight session while my youngest was swimming.

    bench press, 50 x 3 x 10
    seated narrow grip row, 60 or 70 x 2 x 10
    alternating hammers, 15 x 2 x 30
    total ab machine, 80 x 2 x 15
    crunches w/med ball, 2 x 25
    windshield wipers, 2 x 20
    seated straight arm dips, 45 x 2 x 25
    external and internal rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm
    prone scapular scrunches, 2 x 25

    10 minutes of stretching

    The explosive lifting at much lighter weights seemed easy. I'm done with leg weights, as Q suggests. Think I'll lift a couple times, lightly, next week. I've never tapered weights before. I also haven't lifted weights the week before a meet in about a year. Nor have I only rested one day. I guess I'll see how that works out this weekend ...

    PM Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    750 variety swim, kick, drill

    Aerobic Set:

    8 x 100 @ 1:50
    odds backstroke kick
    evens backstroke

    Speed work:

    3 x (50 AFAP backstroke + 200 EZ)

    5 x (25 easy speed fly + 25 EZ)

    50 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)

    100 C/D

    Total: 2950


    Went for an ART session right after swimming. As usual, I had an irritated left dorsal scapular nerve. My doc decorated me in pink, blue and black kinesio tape and sent me off to the movies that way. Took my little one to Harry Potter. Now she's a bit scared and having trouble falling asleep -- bad mommy! Still wants me to keep reading Books 6 & 7 though, of course.

    Updated July 15th, 2009 at 10:14 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts , ART
  12. Tuesday, July 14

    by , July 14th, 2009 at 05:39 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Got an massage this morning. I wasn't as dreadfully tight or sore as usual. I was told my tightest muscle was the pectine. I've cut back the intensity somewhat the last week, so this wasn't too surprising. I guess I'm effectively on a more gradual 3 week taper plan at his point ... (Checked my blog. I did 5 swims this last week, but 3 were lesser yardage. Lifted 3x, but with fewer exercises and less weight. Did a couple short spins.)

    Back to intermittent speed and some lifting tomorrow and then an easy day on Thursday before I try to swim the hardest event I ever attempt (this will be attempt #3) on Friday.

    Went for a swim (er, kick) this afternoon. Nothing too taxing after a massage:


    Warm up:

    700 variety swim, kick, drill

    Main sets:

    3 x (4 x 50)
    kick/drill/swim @ 1:00, scull

    10 x 25 UW shooter w/MF on back @ 30
    50 scull
    10 x 25 UW shooter w/MF on left side @ :35
    50 scull
    10 x 25 UW shooter w/MF on right side @ :35
    50 scull
    10 x 25 UW shooter w/MF on belly @ :30

    50 EZ

    4 x (3 x 50)
    1 & 2 = flutter kick w/baord @ 1:00
    3 = single arm fly drill

    100 EZ

    10 minutes hot tub

    Total: 3250


    Very quiet night on the home front. Mr. Fort is travelling, Mini is at the swim team dinner for all star relays and Fort Son is at away rowing camp. So I am taking the little one out to get pasta!

    I also just realized that I still have my Rocket Science Sprinter suit, which I haven't tried on. This suit it supposed to be 2010 compliant. But who knows what FINA will do in 2010? I'm going to email the company about that issue, since they apparently produced them in reliance on the gradual reduction in neoprene type material that FINA had been contemplating.

    Updated July 14th, 2009 at 08:15 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts
  13. Monday, July 13

    by , July 13th, 2009 at 06:27 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Blogging from my new iPhone as I sit through yet another swim meet. This meet features the 8 & Under 50 fly ... Definitely good for a few DQs.

    Anyway, just made it to the gym today. Didn't do many weights as my wrist is still sore and swollen. Just taped it up.

    HS hi row, 90 x 1 x 10, 100 x 2 x 10 (fast)
    overhead tricep press, 20 x 2 x 12
    goblet squat, 40 x 2 x 10
    incline crunches with med ball, 2 x 25
    decline crunches, 2 x 25
    windshield wipers, 3 x 15
    total ab machine, 80 x 1 x 10, 90 x 2 x 10 (fast, this felt ridiculously light)
    straight leg pull down & raise on double cable machine, 1 x 25
    external and internal rotators, 10 x 3 x 15, left arm only
    prone scapular scrunches, 2 x 25
    3 position arm extensions, 3 x 2 x 15
    arm chops on yoga ball, 3 x 2 x 15

    10 minutes of stretching.

    I've decided to go back to eating more traditional carbs. It occured to me that my healthy substitution diet, while super healthy, might be contributing to my fatigue. Don't want to take any chances on more fatigue the next three weeks.

    Went to my doc today And complained about my ongoing sleep issues. Trying something different.

    Getting a massage tomorrow, which will probably mean a more mellow swim later.

    Updated July 14th, 2009 at 05:40 PM by The Fortress

    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  14. Sunday, July 12

    by , July 12th, 2009 at 06:57 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    700 variety warm up

    Main sets:

    Kick mountain (w/fins):

    1 x 50 dolphin kick on back @ :45
    1 x 100 dolphin kick w/board @ 1:30
    1 x 150 dolphin kick on back @ 2:00
    1 x 200 dolphin kick w/board @ 3:00
    1 x 300 dolphin kick on back (don't know interval, collision, see below)
    1 x 200 dolphin kick w/board @ 3:00
    1 x 150 dolphin kick on back @ 2:00
    1 x 100 dolphin kick w/board @ 1:30
    1 x 50 dolphin kick on back @ :45

    50 EZ

    4 x (4 x 50), done as:

    #1 = 50 drill (2 single arm fly, 2 br w/dolphin kick) @ 1:00
    #2 = cruise free @ 1:30
    #3 = AFAP backstroke w/fins (25ish)
    #4 = easy

    100 scull
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 shooter w/fins (odds belly, evens back)(moderately fast)
    50 EZ
    10 x 25 (odds easy speed fly, evens EZ DAB)
    50 EZ
    10 x 25 shooter (odds fast shooter no fins, evens EZ)
    50 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 3650


    Had a nasty collision during the kick mountain. Big kid from a lifeguard class popped up in my lane as I was kicking on my back. Hurt my wrist. Got home and it's very sore and swollen. I am sooo sick of this happening. The weird thing is that whoever just pops into my lane (apparently without looking) acts as if it's my fault when there's a crash. WTH?! If I'm driving down the road, I can't just space out and drift in some other lane. I'm worried I won't be able to lift much this week ... Going to give it ice baths. It keeps swelling more as time goes on.

    I skipped my team practice so I could sleep in. I feel a little peppier today. I've also decided I'm done with hard aerobic work. I think I've done a fair amount this summer for a wimpy sprinter and I'm only swimming one 100 and the rest 50s at Nats (even my relays will be 50s). So I'll carry on with some mellow aerobic work and speed work for awhile, then cut back intensity during week one of taper and yardage during week two.

    And, so sadly, there will be no 6th event at Nats, so I will not be swimming evilstroke. Haven't looked at the timeline yet, but it appears I may be able to show up at the pool around 3:00 in the afternoon that day!

    Checked the psych sheets for Jr. Champs this weekend. I'm seeded 10th in the 100 fly and 5th in the 100 back right next to a couple of Mini-Fort's friends again. I seeded myself .5 slower than my best times as I won't be tapered.

    Updated July 12th, 2009 at 08:55 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts
  15. Saturday, July 11

    by , July 11th, 2009 at 06:57 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Had 2 snappy workouts today. My weights session was interrupted by seeing an old friend. Had to catch up on life and her marathon training. My swim was cut short by a "hygiene accident" at my gym pool, forcing me to drive to another pool. My 3 kids have never closed down a pool; it's so frustrating when this happens. Anyhoo, here's what I got in in "less is more" fashion (which is probably good, as I'm still dragging some).


    tricep press, 50 x 3 x 10
    seated narrow grip row, 80 x 3 x 10
    leg press, 210 x 3 x 10
    deadlift, 80 x 2 x 10
    (trying to do these in explosive fashion)
    bent over rear delt fly w/12.5 DBs, 12.5 x 3 x 10
    elevated crunches on bench w/10 lb weight held by feet, 2 x 25
    external and internal rotators, 10 x 3 x 15, each arm
    "chops" w/stomach on bosu w/3 lb weights, 3 x 2 x 25
    seated straight arm dips for RC, 2 x 25
    3 position arm extensions, 2 x 15


    600 variety warm up

    6 x 75 (50 back w/ 10 & 8 SDKs + 25 feet first scull)

    6 x 50 single arm fly @ 1:00

    6 x 50 breast @ 1:00
    (My daughter told me I need to squeeze my elbows together at the end of the pull. Never really focused on that. Duh. Had more DPS.)

    50 EZ

    6 x 25 shooters (3 dolphin, 3 flutter)

    50 EZ

    6 x (25 AFAP free or back + 25 EZ + 25 easy speed fly + 25 EZ)

    100 EZ

    Total: 2600



    Breakfast: 2 slices of Ezekial bread w/peanut butter
    Lunch: Salad w/romaine, chicken, flax seeds, tomato, avocado, currants, peppers, blueberries
    Snack: StrawnanaBerry smoothie
    Snack: G2 & balance bar after weights, endurox after swim
    Dinner: Lobster, steak, corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes, french bread, key lime pie


    It's less than 4 weeks out from Nats. I'm not exactly feeling as beastly as planned (tired, naggy shoulder). Haven't quite decided on when to quit weights. I notice Q said 3 weeks out on Elise's blog. I'm worried, though, that that much time off my worsen the shoulder situation. So I may taper weights during week 3 and then drop weights (but not RC) for 2 weeks.

    Updated July 11th, 2009 at 10:19 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  16. Friday, July 10

    by , July 10th, 2009 at 08:08 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    As I anticipated, I only had time for a short am swim this morning:


    Warm up:

    700 variety swim, kick, drill


    10 x 25 shooters @ :35

    8 x 100 backstroke kick w/fins (no time to dally!) @ 1:30

    50 EZ

    8 x (25 AFAP free + 25 EZ + 25 scull)

    100 EZ

    Total: 2500

    Off to do some RC exercises!


    Breakfast: oatmeal w/apple, cinnamon & brown sugar
    Post workout snack: endura, cliff bar (which apparently had oatmeal and soy in eat -- didn't taste very good!)
    Lunch: cheese & chicken burrito; smoothie w/berries, papaya etc
    Snack: peach
    Dinner: Salmon, veggies sauteed in olive oil

    Updated July 10th, 2009 at 08:21 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts
  17. What a b*tch, Thursday, July 9

    by , July 9th, 2009 at 10:27 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Could barely act like a "wanna-bee" triathlete today! I actually had to do some lawyering. I try to do as little of that as possible these days because I have my priorities straight, but I find I can't escape it entirely. And the whole evening was shot to hell as well. Fluck! (I checked the rules and it appears this is permitted.) All I could manage to do today was 30 minutes of spinning and eat some good food. And, despite all this good food, I still feel fatigued. Getting up early this week apparently did not agree with me, and I am going to neglect my children and remedy this situation next week. Hopefully, this won't get me in trouble with Smith By Marriage. My arms are also pretty sore. Could this be from the explosive lifting even though the weight was less?

    I did manage to buy myself a SR birthday present today though instead of the usual replacement designer sunglasses.


    Breakfast: 2 slices of Ezekial bread w/peanut butter, blueberries
    Lunch: cheese and mushroom quesadilla
    Snack: smoothie of the day, this time with blackberries, blueberries and strawberries
    Snacks: plum, honey dew melon, apple
    Dinner: gazpacho, saffron coucous with red pepper and tomato

    I brought fruit to the meet with me this time, so I wasn't forced to down another hamburger. I foisted some off on my wee child who swam to a PB in the 25 free, proving that she is not completely a one stroke wonder. Up for tomorrow: Family Day at soccer camp (Is this really necessary?!) and Swim Team Movie Day: "Ice age, Dawn of the Dinosaurs."

    I did make 2 purchases at Whole Foods today: traumeel and coconut water. I have not imbibed it yet, but I am hoping for a reaction somewhat less strong than Jimby's. In general, I'm not a huge fan of coconut. I guess it could become a smoothie ingredient.
    Moving on to the chard now.

    Updated July 9th, 2009 at 11:44 PM by The Fortress

  18. Assorted BS, Wednesday, July 8

    by , July 8th, 2009 at 10:11 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    HS hi row, 140 x 3 x 10
    rear delt fly, 55 x 3 x 10
    HS bench press, 20 x 1 x 8, 60 x 2 x 8
    tricep press, 45 x 3 x 10
    box jumps w/hands on bench, 1 x 1:00
    dead bugs on bosu, 2 x 25
    back extensions w/10 lb weight, 2 x 25
    windshield wipers w/10 lb DBs, 3 x 10
    incline crunches w/10 lb weight, 2 x 25
    seated straight arm dips for RC, 60 x 2 x 25
    prone scapular scrunches, 2 x 25
    internal & external rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm


    Very short workout at the summer league pool before heading off the Divisional Relays.

    Warm up

    700 variety swim, kick, drill


    6 x 50 @ 1:15
    3 fly-back, 3 breast-free

    (Side note: My backstroke has felt appalling lately. I blame it on too much freestyle, the root of all evil. My coach did the mock shock thing when I walked in for the third consecutive Tuesday freestyle night. I had to reassure her that, no, I would not be going postal with some of my teammates on Sunday.)

    10 x 25 shooters
    odds, belly
    evens, backstroke (how on earth do the kids do backstroke in these 4 foot deep pools?!)

    10 x 25 easy speed fly

    50 EZ

    5 x (25 AFAP free + 25 EZ)

    100 EZ

    Total: 1850 meters


    Assorted Ramblings:

    My shoulder is bothering me some again. I'm reasonably sure it's the damn planks I did yesterday. Smith will be relieved to know that I'm eliminating the wretched things from my dryland regimen, even though they're great for the core. I looked around for the ab roller today, but couldn't find it. I think that's a pretty good substitute exercise, and will switch to that regularly in the fall.

    Cut my weights by 30% today and did more explosive lifting. It occurred to me that I perhaps should have switched to explosive lifting right after Zones instead of recommencing regular strength training ... Next periodization cycle I'd like to start this sooner. (2 weeks doesn't seem like enough time?) I also think it would be better to incorporate more plyos throughout the season. (I couldn't really do that earlier this season since my hip was bothering me for awhile.) Don't think I'll have another taper meet until December, so I may formulate a plan (as opposed to just winging it) for the late-Aug-Nov time period. I'd also like to go back to a couple short runs per week in August after Nats.

    And, on the issue of swimming making me fat, which I joked about on the forums, I found this article in a quick search today. It reflects my experience. I look quite different than I did 4 years ago. YMMV

    I picked a tick off my littlest kid tonight after the swim meet out in the boonies. Really annoyed and hoping it wasn't one of the lyme disease carrying kind. I may live in a traffic infested area, but at least I don't live in a tick infested area. On an up note, Mini Fort looked slightly perkier for the first time in a long time and I think both of her 13-14 relays may sneak into All Star relays. We'll know tomorrow after all Divisions report times. Team Fastskin was, as expected, clad in tech suits. I told Mini that her team could raid our tech suit collection and suit up for the All Star meet if they make it. The kids were very enthusiastic about the idea. Haha. There needs to be a little fun for the mono kid. And I have yet to meet many age groupers who are purists. :P (Though most won't be seen in a tech suit at a non-champs meet.)

    For Geek: I saw a moment today when my 8 year old appeared to have "the hate" in her. I smiled at that.

    I'm not sure if I'll get in a workout tomorrow ... Might only get a chance to hop on the indoor cycle. Tomorrow night, my usual practice time, there is yet another summer league meet, boy vs. girl meet, points scored by swimming a PB. (It's good for the little kids I guess to get more racing practice.) This meet also features the Gutter Guppy Relays where parents are put into teams for the swimmers' "amusement." We do one legit relay, but then a bunch of made up crap. As I dimly recall in my advancing senility, last year, I had to push a beach ball with my nose and do reverse doggy paddle with a kick board on my ass. This year, I'm told, some relay will involve toy soldiers. Our social chair is a real peach.

    Our theme for our last Saturday home meet is caveman. We have a theme for every A meet. Not sure I have appropriate gear for this one ...


    Food log for Bob:

    Breakfast: omelet w/cheese, tomato & mushroom, strawberries
    G2 at gym
    Lunch: salad w/romaine, avocado, grilled chicken, currants, flax seeds and other stuff I forget
    Snack: smoothie w/mango, banana, strawberry, flax seed oil, L-glutamine and whey protein (no bee pollen for this "wanna-bee")
    Dinner: hamburger w/lettuce, tomato & onion. (I fear I may grow to hate hamburgers after all these summer league meets. On the upside, I seem to never have to cook dinner in the summer. I gave Fort Son cash for the next two nights and told him to knock himself out in my absence by inviting his friends over for pizza and swimming.)
    Snack: slice of quiche, blueberries

    I am contemplating doing a modified version of Patrick's detox after Nats. Don't really want to attempt one before.

    Updated July 8th, 2009 at 11:37 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  19. Tuesday, July 7

    by , July 7th, 2009 at 11:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    30 minutes of very relaxed un-triathlete-like spinning on my indoor cycle followed by some RC exercises.


    Warm up:

    3 x 200 (swim, kick, swim)
    200 IM drill
    3 x 300 swim

    (I think this was it. I was late and missed the first 600 or so.)

    6 x vertical kicking. Hands at shoulders for 20 seconds, arms in streamline for 10 seconds, squat jump off bottom of pool. 3 free, 3 fly

    Main sets:

    4 x (4 x 50) w/fins:

    #1 backstroke kick @ 1:10
    #2 dolphin kick @ 1:10
    #3 freestyle w/overkick @ 1:00
    #4 back or fly @ 1:00

    (These are so much harder in LCM than SCY!)

    100 EZ

    12 x 100 @ 1:30

    1-8 swim
    9-12 pull optional
    #10 = 89%
    #11 = 90%
    #12 = 100%

    I kicked the last 4. Went around 1:15-16 on the swims and 1:17s on the kicks. The kicks were vastly easier. The swims made me breathe harder.

    200 C/D

    Total (for me): 3200 meters



    There was some discussion about cramping today. Two of my teammates who dislike bananas are drinking coconut water every day. It is apparently a super potassium drink superior to bananas. FWIW.

    I'm still feeling fatigued, but am thinking my sore throat might be due to my recent ingestion of bee pollen. I have given some by a runner friend who swears by it to throw in smoothies or recovery drinks. I took a quick look at bee pollen on line today. Found an interesting website, and found this on bee pollen:

    Since I suffer from ragweed allergies, I think this may be the cause of my sore throat, not mono! lol


    Not sure when to stop weights/drylands again. I'm thinking of switching to lighter explosive weights until 2 weeks out.



    Breakfast: 2 slices of Ezekial bread w/peanut butter, blueberries
    Snack: G2
    Post spin Lunch: smoothie w/mango, peach, blackberries, vanilla yogurt, flax seed oil, L-Glutamine, bee pollen & whey protein, can't remember what else I ate ...
    Snack: banana, balance bar before practice -- no time for a real dinner
    Post swim food: G2 & balance bar in car, grilled cheese & tomato sandwich at home. 2 glasses of chard. Snacked on potato chips late at night.

    Updated July 8th, 2009 at 09:47 AM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Spinning
  20. Monday, July 6

    by , July 6th, 2009 at 09:56 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    bench press, 50 x 1 x 3, 70 x 1 x 3, 90 x 3 x 8
    standing lat pull down, 140 x 2 x 10
    goblet squat w/50 pound weight, 2 x 15
    bicycles on bosu, 2 x 50
    planks, 3 x 1:00
    internal and external rotators, 10 x 3 x 15, each arm
    prone scapular scrunches w/elevated feet, 2 x 25
    arm extensions, 3 x 3 x 15
    windshield wipers, 2 x 10

    10 minutes stretching


    Couldn't get to the pool today. Still draggin' and have a sore throat. Really hoping it's not you know what, but it has crept into my mind. Hoping to go to my LC practice tomorrow night.

    Noticed that Jazz Hands was doing fast butterfly pulls with bands today. This is from Ande's tip, [ame=""]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums - View Single Post - Ande's Swimming Tips: Swimming Faster Faster[/ame]. I think I should incorporate these. It seems like a slightly different version of the Cavic fly drill. Jazz does them fast, so they are more of an explosive weight exercise.



    Breakfast: 2 slices of Ezekial bread toast w/peanut butter, blueberries
    Post weight snack: Smoothie w/banana, tuscan melon, blueberries, vanilla yogurt, L-Glutamine, bee pollen, flax seed oil and whey protein
    Late Lunch: 2 slices of quiche, raspberries
    Snack: apple
    Dinner: gyros at yet another summer league meet


    Got an email from the meet director of Junior Champs that I was entered in the meet. A whopping 2 events, but that's all I feel like swimming 2 weeks before Nats. Got this link via email today from USA Swimming re: RC:

    Updated July 6th, 2009 at 10:26 PM by The Fortress

    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts