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  1. Trainer Session

    by , March 30th, 2010 at 07:55 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Was fabulous! And so great for the ego ... Now I feel weak, completely unfit and inflexible. Sheesh!

    First, he (Ron DeAngelo) put me through a battery of functional movement tests and put me on the True Flex machine. My hips, shoulders and legs are relatively flexible. My lower to middle back not so much. I don't think going to yoga 1x a week is going to help. I have to do it more often or stretch more.

    Then we did some balance testing. I'm not much good at that either -- despite thinking I was improving through yoga. He assigned a 6 position single leg squat exercise to help fix this issue. I was pretty good at some of the more yoga like positions he had me try. In addition to the one legged squats for balance, he is a fan of the one legged squat hold and the bulgarian squat (one legged squat, down on a 4 count, hold for a 2 count, then back up quickly -- with weights)

    Because I was interested in improving core strength and explosive strength for swimming, he recommended that I incorporate 6 holds, which are aka "isometric holds at extreme angles." They are:

    Holds:

    1. squat hold: Just get down in a very deep squat and hold, really tightening the glute and hamstring muscles. The idea is to work up from 1:00 to 5:00 on all these exercises. 3:00 is "the minimum." Happily, I could do this one for 3 mintues without too much problem. (I think he was somewhat surprised.) When you can advance to 5 minutes than you add weights. He has a sprinter girl client (100 dash specialist) who holds a 100 lb bar for 5:00 in the squat position.

    2. pull up hold: you hang from the pull up bar. but instead of hanging straight down, you put your shoulders down and squeeze your shoulder blades together. You can rest your toes on something if you need too.

    3. push up hold: get 2 boxes or steps about 5 inches off the ground. place your hands on the boxes and lower your body, contracting your back and core. Then you add weight on top of your back once you can do this for 5 minutes.

    4. bicep hold: this can be done on a yoga ball with your arms fairly straight, tightening and pressing your triceps against the ball while holding the DBs out.

    5. lunge hold: hold into a deep lunge squeezing hammies and glutes, place hands in a runner type position, squeeze and hold against sides. This is apparnetly the hardest of the holds. I only did it for a minute as we were trying to get through the exercises, but I can see that ... Nothing adorable or darling about this exercise.

    6. good morning darling hold: standing up, hands up by your ears, bend at the waist contracting ab muscles until your looking under between your legs. hold the contraction.

    No wonder Mr. Fort was complaining that this guy was so tough!

    TRX Suspension Training:

    He says this is "fabulous" for swimming. I tried some suspended planks (you can do them straight arm or on your forearms). Much harder than on the ground. Then I tried the plank moving forward and backward suspended -- very hard. Then I tried some side planks, even harder! Once you can do these you can do the side planks with the other arm scooping under. The upper body exercises you can do with TRX also seem pretty good. There are many TRX videos on youtube. Here's one that shows tons of exercises. I think it looks pretty fun. [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxzQjbJLLJk&gclid=CKWIrsmx46ACFQ5qswodEFZY Cw"]YouTube- Why TRX Suspension Training?[/ame]

    I also did the core stabilization exercise with him watching. This is the one where you are in a straight arm plank position with two DBs under your chest and you row them one at a time to your chest. I was moving somewhat on these, which is a big no no. To keep your body absolutely still while doing these you need to really squeeze you abs, back and glutes.

    I told him I had been doing box jumps and he encouraged me to continue those. But he also wanted me to do "altitude drops" where you jump down from the box, land in a perfect squat and hold. He had 2, 4 & 6 feet boxes from which to do altitude jumps. Yikes. Like the other exercises, you can add weights to these when you become expert.

    I described some of the other core exercises I was doing, which he said were "fine" (very glowing, no? lol). But the above exercises are superior for core and explosive strength. The holds can be done as an add on or in lieu of your strength training, but preferably both. He definitely seemed to think I should keep doing upper body work to keep the shoulders healthy and strong as well. Of course, he's a big fan of pull ups and chins ups.

    He is a fan of overhead squats as well. I did some for him. He said I was shifting slightly to the right, which typically means you're shifting away from pain. Could have been my very sore left knee I was favoring. I also occasionally get a little twinge in my left lower back.

    I got home and wanted to do some more of these exercises, but my left kneecap is absolutely killing me and causing me to limp somewhat when I walk. I hope it's better soon. I started icing.

    Hoping to hit the gym and swim with Jimi tomorrow.

    Breakfast!:

    http://www.usatriathlon.org/pages/9083

    Chocolate:

    http://ow.ly/1sDdd

    Updated March 31st, 2010 at 12:24 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  2. Swim @ Sewickley, March

    by , March 30th, 2010 at 11:01 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim SCY @ Sewickley Masters:

    Coached by Bill White

    I goofed and thought practice started at 6:00 instead of 6:30. So I arrived early, which was a good thing, as I got an actual warm up. They only have 1 hour of alloted practice time so really hit the ground running in their practices.

    Warm up:

    500 various

    3 x (3 x 50) evil drills @ 1:00-1:10
    #1 = drill with alternating PLD breast and regular breast
    #2 = breast pull with pull buoy
    #3 = breast kick, no board

    6 x 25 shooters, no fins

    Main Set:

    A Jimicentric set .... I did all back or backstroke kick w/fins as noted below.

    6 x 100 @ 1:30
    1:00 rest
    6 x 50 kick @ 1:00
    1:00 rest
    6 x 100 pull @ 1:30
    1:00 rest
    6 x 100 @ 1:20
    right into 1 x 50 kick fast
    1:00 rest
    5 x 100 @ 1:15
    right into 1 x 50 kick fast
    2:00 rest
    4 x 100 @ 1:10
    (I did 4 x 50 breast fast)
    right into 1 x 50 kick fast

    I did the 6 x 100s mostly 3 back swim + 3 back kick. Big Noodler has a theory that her age group program is so successfully b/c of the plethora of kick-swim sets they do. I intuitively think the reverse makes more sense -- to do swim-kicks. I held mostly around 1:10 with a couple faster ones thrown in there. Bill was puzzled that my backstroke kicks were as fast as my swims. lol Since I hadn't read the set beforehand, I thought that there were 6 of all the hundreds. So I decided to bail on what I thought were 6 x 100 @ 1:10. This seemed like a trick to get me to an actual 5-600 free. Had I known there were only 4, I probably could have made them with maybe a couple seconds rest.

    100 EZ

    Total: 4250

    10 minutes in the best steamroom ever

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

    Commentary:

    Pretty fun workout -- and one which I would never do on my own. I led the lane since I was "cheating" with fins, and Bill and Jim shamelessly drafted off me.

    My 9 year old was there and took some pictures and videos with her flip. She got one of Jim looking like a drowned selkie. I am typing on an ancient computer, and am not sure how to download them. This may have to await my return to NOVA. Jim attempted to give an interview about why he stands with his hands on his moobs. This confused her. lol

    I'm hoping to swim with Sewickley Masters again on Wed IF they'll let me in the darn Y. There is apparently a policy that says that you can only go to a Y 3x a year as a guest without buying a membership. This seems odd. I've bought weekly memberships elsewhere.

    In other news:

    1. I glutened myself yesterday by having black bean soup at Panera (forgetting that there was probably flour in the soup).

    2. I experimented for a week with putting coconut oil in my smoothies. Alas, I don't think it agrees with me judging from the sound effects. So Quick may be right about coconut. I'm off it this week and I'll see if it makes a difference.

    3. Klutz factor: I feel asleep last night reading on the couch after watching The Blind Side with Mr. Fort (a well written book -- The Reliable Wife.) When I woke up to head to bed, I tripped on a blanket and fell forward smacking both knees on hardwood floor. They are sore and bruised today.

    4. I am joining Speedo, Geek, Patrick, Q in going on the wagon until Nats. (Though I doubt Q is abstaining during his trip?) Yesterday was day 1. No idea if it will mkae any difference. I don't work out early, so that won't matter. I have other friends who swear it helps them lose weight, though I recall Patrick didn't see that effect. But then he is scrawny like Geekity.

    5. Today, at 2:00, I'm meeting with pro trainer Ron DeAngelo. I've only met with a trainer once during my entire masters career and always feel like I'm winging it. So I'm hoping this will be beneficial and I can learn some TRX.

    Ron DeAngelo's Biography:

    Ron DeAngelo, director of sports performance training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center(UPMC) Center for Sports Medicine, is nationally known for training many notable sports stars, including several National Football League (NFL) All-Pro players and National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Stars, as well as tennis and golf professionals.DeAngelo has worked in the sports medicine field for more than 20 years as a certified athletic trainer. He is an American College of Sports Medicine-certified health/fitness instructor, and has certification as a strength and conditioning specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, where he also is the chairman of the basketball special interest group. DeAngelo is certified as a performance enhancement specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is a club coach with the United States Weightlifting Federation.


    6. There is a possibility that we may join one of Mr. Fort's business colleagues on a trip to Northern Europe (I've travelled many places, but not there.) It's totally up in the air right now. But if we go, we'll leave June 23 for 2 weeks. That would definitely blow my LC season. But I wasn't that psyched about it anyway after the recent suit fiascos.

    Now it's off to brunch at Pamelas, to meet with the trainer and then see How To Train My Pet Dragon.

    Updated March 30th, 2010 at 11:15 AM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  3. Sunday, March 28

    by , March 28th, 2010 at 08:52 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    Did a quick core workout at the rec cehte before I swam.

    straight leg raises in captains chair, 2 x 20
    good morning darlings balancing on yoga ball, 2 x 25
    power wheel roll outs, 3 x 25
    power wheel pike ups, 1 x 15
    straight arm plank w/legs on yoga ball, 2 x 1:00
    wall squat against yoga ball w/med ball on thighs, 2 x 1:00
    tricep push ups on med ball, 1 x 10
    external and internal rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Didnt go to my team practice today because there was a meet and they were swimming in the diving well. Did a drill/recovery workout on my own.

    Warm up;

    700 various

    Main set:

    36 x 50, done as:

    6 x 50 @ 1:00
    breaststroke pull with buoy

    6 x 50 @ 1:15
    25 glide drill, 25 scull

    6 x 50 @ 1:00
    25 easy speed fly, 25 easy

    6 x 50 @ 1:15
    25 fast doggy paddle drill/underwater free recovery drill, 25 easy

    6 x 50 @ 1:00
    Russian breast drill

    6 x 50 @ 1:15
    25 UW shooter, 25 dolphin kick on side with hands at side

    50 EZ

    Vertical kicking:

    3 x 1:00
    alternate 30 second evil and 30 seconds fast eggbeater. The latter felt very hard.

    50 EZ

    Total: 2600

    -----------------------------------------

    Commentary:

    I am heading to Pittsburgh for a few
    days. Jimi informed me that there would be an effulgently brutal workout tomorrow (translation: short rest free), so I decided to take it easy today.

    I did send in my entries for the Sunfish Masters meet on April 10 at the Freedom Center. I entered the 50 fly, 200 breast (for a 100 split), 50 breast and 50 free. The last two events are very close together, so I'll probably only do one of them. I view this meet as start practice. I was bummed I couldn't go to my team practice to do some starts today. Next weekend ... Maybe I can actually go off the blocks at Jimis
    pool.

    Wow, I just realized I swam 6x this week! Plus 3 drylands and 1 yoga. And I didn't skip my rest day!

    Sorry for any typos ... Blogging from iPhone.
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  4. Sat., March 27

    by , March 27th, 2010 at 07:14 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    10 x 25 UW shooters w/MF
    last 2 fast

    50 EZ

    Speed Work:

    8 x (25 AFAP + 50 EZ) @ 2:30 (or so, didn't keep track)
    2 of each stroke

    50 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP w/MF, went :20
    had a leaky goggle and went crooked a bit

    100 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP evil w/MF, went 27.5 ish

    100 EZ

    Total: 1850

    Hot Yoga, 90 minutes:

    I decided to go to yoga right after swimming to stretch out some of my muscle soreness. And I feel great now. However, I apparently have to find a time besides Sat. at 4:00 pm to go b/c the same jerk was teaching the class today. I find him, and his voice, incredibly annoying. He just raked a newcomer over the coals.

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

    Commentary:

    The speed work felt a little better today. I kept the yardage down and just sprinted b/c I was due for such a workout and I am hoping to go to my team practice tomorrow. Edit: Crap!!! My team practice is in the diving well b/c there's a meet tomorrow. Doesn't do me a damn bit of good in terms of working on starts. I will probably sleep in and do my own workout to avoid the hassle of swimming amidst noise and a swim meet.

    Goggle question: Do people like dark or clear goggles best? I have trouble seeing with some of my dark speedo goggles in poorly lit pools.

    I spent the late morning/early afternoon at the Polar Bear Regatta. The weather was actually fairly ideal -- sunny and about 50. FortSon's lightweight 8 hadn't been having a good week of practice. But they did well today, winning the lightweight race, beating last year's state champs and were only beaten by 1 heavy weight boat. Happiness!

    Mr. Fort went on a pretty fast 18 mile run today and is probably on the couch for the night. He seems to have succeeded -- finally -- in rehabbing his hammie and hip substantially. He is planning a marathon in May. He's in pretty amazing shape from all his running, cycling, lifting and core work at the moment.

    Recap of day 1 of NCAAs:

    http://www.swimnetwork.com/News/Swim...y-1-Recap.aspx

    Kettleball Training:

    http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/03...round.html#tvg

    Suspension Push Up Variations:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcAhcNK7o-Q"]YouTube- Suspension Push Ups Variations Push and Curl[/ame]

    Updated March 27th, 2010 at 10:26 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  5. Friday, March 26

    by , March 26th, 2010 at 06:02 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I threw in the white towel today. Between attending Sectionals, driving 4+ hours and then being caught in a wicked traffic jam, I'm taking today off instead of tomorrow. I may throw in the P90X stretch DVD in a few minutes. I'm pretty sore from my new exercises from yesterday.

    Speedo Sectionals was an expensive meet for me. Mini stayed at a hotel last night with her friend. She frantically texted and called me this morning while I was running around saying she forgot her back up FSII tank and that the the nascent hole in her LZR Elite kneeskin had become a real one. The tank was centuries old, and I couldn't find it. So I sped to the pool, parked illegally, and ran in to buy her a new suit 30 minutes before she was scheduled to swim.

    Rant Warning: I effen hate the new suits and the new suit rules. They are crap. They stretch out immediately and are prone to ripping because they're so fragile. Mini's first suit lasted 2-3 meets (only 6-7 events) before tearing and stretching out over 3 inches. (It was huge compared to my, now stolen, B70.) Even the guy who sold it to me said they stretch out immediately. Ugh. 2 LZR Elites + 1 stolen B70 represents $1050 + taxes and mailing fees. Oh joy. Maybe now the purists will realize rubber suits were, in fact, more economical. I still have an ancient B70. Oh, and I got a parking ticket. Rant off.

    Suit composition at the meet for women: 98% in the LZR Elite, 1% in B70 Nero TX and 1% in tanks (mostly evilstrokers). I expected to see more B70s. Why aren't the USS kids wearing the B70?! I thought they were selling like hotcakes ...

    Tomorrow is FortSon's first regatta of the season. Then, I will be forced to brave the county rec center pool, which is always packed on weekends.

    Good luck to those of you at NE Champs! I already heard Stud PB'd his 50 free.

    Article:

    Train your age:

    http://running.competitor.com/2010/0...-your-age_9141.

    Seems like this could easily apply to swimming as well.

    Diet/Nutrition:

    http://www.active.com/fitness/Articl...tm_medium=feed

    http://ow.ly/1qPaY

    Supplements (athlete blog):

    http://www.elasticsteel.net/ProductD...ntsDescription

    It was the norovirus!

    http://collegeswimming.com/news/2010...its-norovirus/

    Updated March 26th, 2010 at 08:07 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Uncategorized
  6. Gym + Swim, March 25

    by , March 25th, 2010 at 04:32 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    broomstick twists, 1 x 25
    squat swings w/25 lb plate, 2 x 15
    cable twist with yoga ball, 50 x 2 x 15, each side
    alternating twisting lunges w/15 lb DB, 2 x 15
    one legged squats, 25 x 1 x 15, each leg
    box jumps (18" box), 2 x 10
    dead bugs on bosu, 2 x 25

    Then I did some new core exercises that I hadn't tried before:

    New Core:

    1. straight arm plank w/feet on yoga ball, 2 x 1:00 (this would be harder if you also put your hands on a med ball)

    2. plank row w/20 lb DBs (described this core stabilization exercise yesterday), 2 x 25

    3. wall squat against yoga ball w/10 lb med ball on thighs, 2 x 1:00 (definitely harder this way!)

    4. balancing plank: put feet on bosu and hands on 10 lb med ball, balance, move right foot to right side 5 x and left foot to left side 5 x. Do not stick ass in air; keep body straight. I did 4 x 10. This is a difficult core exercise; I had to practice a little before I could do it half decently. Fell over a couple times. lol

    5. med ball push ups, 2 x 10
    I did the tricep push up on the med ball and moved side to side. Really hard for me; I guess I'm not that used to push ups. I'd like to try this plyometric push up sometime: [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x23VTqeYVc"]YouTube- STX How To Plyometric push up with medicine ball for explosive power[/ame].

    6. standing chop w/bar: for this exercise, I grabbed the 45 lb bar and put one end of it in the bottom corner between 2 walls. I grasped the other end of the bar with 2 hands above my head -- almost like you were planting a pole vault pole. Then, holding the bar, I chopped downward to the left below the knee, came back up to vertical and chopped downward to the right. 2 x 25. I liked this one!

    RC work:

    internal and external rotators, 10 x 2 x 5, each arm
    med ball on wall, 2 x 25
    prone scapular scrunches, 5 x 2 x 25
    seated straight arm dips, 60 x 2 x 25


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Drove straight to the pool eating a banana and energy bar and did:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    8 x 50
    25 shooter, no fins + 25 scull

    Main set:

    This set (may have gotten a version from J. Miller) alternates pace 50s with fast 25s. I did the 4 x 50s as 1 x 50 EZ + 3 x 50 russian breast drill, no pullouts @ 200 pace (went 33-34s). This was a pretty hard set.

    4 x 50 @ 1:00
    :30 extra rest
    1 x 25 fast @ :30 (free)
    4 x 50 @ 1:00
    :30 extra rest
    2 x 25 fast @ :30 (free)
    4 x 50 @ 1:00
    :30 extra rest
    3 x 25 fast @ :30 (flutter kick w/board)
    4 x 50 @ 1:00
    :30 extra rest
    4 x 25 fast @ :30 (IM)
    4 x 50 @ 1:00
    :30 extra rest
    5 x 25 fast (flutter kick w/board)

    100 EZ

    Vertical Kicking:

    5 x 1:00
    odds = evils
    evens = dolphin, hands at side

    50 EZ

    Total: 2825 + VK

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

    Commentary:

    I'm pretty sore from drylands, which is making my swimming workouts difficult. But it's my first week back to hard training, so this is probably to be expected. I may actually put some biofreeze on my upper back and shoulders.

    Need to stop being lazy and enter some meets. I have this habit of waiting until the last minute.

    I mentioned on the "Cross Training with Running" thread that I may learn to row this summer for some aerobic cross training. I've never tried it before, so I think I'd need Mr. Fort or FortSon to teach me good technique.

    Mini Fort is swimming breast & fly in the South Eastern Sectionals tomorrow. (Happily, her team got the second prelim shift. ) I think this could be her last USS meet.

    Article:

    Arginine Supplement Good: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0323192329.htm

    Updated March 25th, 2010 at 09:57 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  7. Wed., March 24

    by , March 24th, 2010 at 04:18 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Hypoxic Set:

    4 x (5 x 25 UW shooters) w/MF @ :30

    #1 = belly
    #2 = back
    #3 = right side
    #4 = right side
    #5 = twirling

    50 EZ

    Drill Set:

    I really meant this to be an easy speed swim set, but I had NO easy speed today. My body was in slow mo after it's pummeling at the gym yesterday. So I abandoned what I had planned and did the following in an attempt (perhaps in vain) to avoid garbage yards.

    2 x through:

    3 x 50 IM order, working turns, @ :50
    2 x 50 evil kick @ 1:00
    1 x 50 scull

    MF Aerobic Kick-Swim Set:

    Stole and modified a Patrick set from a couple days ago. I mistakenly added an extra round of 100s -- lol.

    100 kicks @ 1:15/ 50 evil cruise @ 1:00 (no pullouts, worked on head position and lunge)
    extra :15 seconds rest after the 100s

    (I really should have done the 100s on a 1:10 interval, but I was too tuckered out.)

    1 x 100 @ 1:15
    2 x 50 @ 1:00
    2 x 100 @ 1:15
    3 x 50 @ 1:00
    3 x 100 @ 1:15 (w/board)
    4 x 50 @ 1:00
    4 x 100 @ 1:15
    4 x 50 @ 1:00
    3 x 100 @ 1:15 (w/board)
    3 x 50 @ 1:00
    2 x 100 @ 1:15
    2 x 50 @ 1:00
    1 x 100 @ 1:15

    100 EZ

    Total: 4450

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

    Commentary:

    Whoa! IN HTFU-ing yesteday, I did a number on my "itty bitty" "all girl" body. Was very sore, especially the upper body. It's so hard to do a quality swim in that condition. In any event, I toughed out this workout. Hopefully, it will have contributed incrementally to some aerobic improvement. I got a little carried away with the last set, which I didn't realize was 2500.

    Going to use the stick on the legs tonight. This is genius -- SwimmieAvsFan/Mollie brings the stick to meets. I will definitely do this at my next meet and give the calfs a "massage" between events. Feel like a bit of a bonehead that this did not previously occur to me.

    Trying to decide if I should do the April 10 meet. I dislike swimming completely beat up, and don't want to rest. It's also the same morning as a fun run my 9 year is doing. But I guess she could just have some daddy time ...

    USMS Mag:

    I haven't received my copy of Swimmer yet, but I see Jimi is in full on whine mode about his negative press from our "Both Sides of the Lane Line" articles. One day, he'll come over to the dark side. Being an "old man" doesn't seem very compelling.

    Core Stabilization Exercise:

    Mr. Fort gave me a new exercise from his trainer. Take 2 dumbbells, get in push up position, except have the DBs touching under your chest. Get in straight arm plank position. Then do a "row" to the chest with one DB. Repeat with the other one. While doing this, do not shift or transfer weight, but instead use your core. Sounds hard to me.


    WSJ Article on why core work works:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000..._RecentColumns


    TRX:

    I am (finally, in my typically uncoached and untrained state) going to see a trainer next week to get some further tips on core training and get trained on the TRX system. Mr. Fort was doing "suspended" planks last week with his feet in the TRX straps. He says it's harder, and that the trainer emphasized the benefits of TRX for swimming.

    TRX: http://www.fitnessanywhere.com/?_kk=...Fdlw5QodyB-UzQ

    Pre-workout formulas:

    http://ow.ly/1quCl

    Spring allergies hard to treat:

    http://ow.ly/1qpWH

    Supplements don't help bone density:

    http://doctor.ndtv.com/storypage/ndt...nís_bones.html

    Updated March 24th, 2010 at 09:28 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  8. Vids + Sun-Tues., March 23

    by , March 23rd, 2010 at 04:23 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Sunday:

    Hot Yoga, 90 minutes:

    Felt like a good stretch out after the meet.

    We had an exceedingly bossy instructor though. I don't mind being corrected on positions, etc. But I don't like being scolded if I move or whatnot. I am just not a still and soulful person. So at one point I told him that I view yoga purely as cross training and am not a perfectionist yogini or bikram addict. Shouldn't have picked on me after I had my suit stolen! (Which I am still sour about.)

    I got a horrible ab cramp during one of the postures. I'm sure it was due to dehydration from the coffee & wine during and post meet. They are sooo painful.


    Monday:

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Only had an hour to swim, so did some easy aerobic work and played with MF Dolphina.

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Main Sets:

    12 x 50 w/MF @ 1:00
    odds = evil
    evens = double shooter

    50 EZ

    CS Kick Mountain:

    dolphin kick w/board & MF

    1 x 50 @ :45
    1 x 100 @ 1:30
    1 x 150 @ 2:15
    1 x 200 @ 3:00
    1 x 300 @ 4:30
    1 x 200 @ 3:00
    1 x 150 @ 2:15
    1 x 100 @ 1:30
    1 x 50 @ :45

    50 EZ

    5 x 50 @ :50
    done as 25 easy speed fly + free

    My breakouts were so awful, I stopped doing these to avoid becoming the Kara Goucher of fly breakouts. Sheesh.

    5 minutes of vertical kicking,
    alternate evil and dolphin

    50 EZ

    Total: 3000 + VK

    Drylands:

    5 x 15 stacked feet push ups


    Tuesday:

    Drylands:

    med ball slams, 12-13 minutes
    single arm lat pulldown, 60 x 2 x 10, each arm
    narrow grip seated row, 90 x 2 x 10
    goblet squat, 65 x 2 x 15
    total ab machine, 110 x 1 x 20, 130 x 1 x 25
    wall squats, 2 x 1:00
    handstand, 2 x :45
    back extensions, 25 x 2 x 15
    hanging straight arm leg raises, 1 x 15
    squats w/med ball toss in the air (10 lb med ball), 2 x 15
    Icarian incline lever row, 80 2 x 10
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 20
    external and internal rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm
    seated straight arm dips, 1 x 25

    Tabata jump rope
    (8 rounds of 40 seconds hard + 20 seconds rest)

    Yikes, this was super hard! I didn't do it in true tabata style. I was at more like a 8-90% pace and kept catching the rope in my feet. Hadn't jump roped in awhile.

    Saw someone getting trained on TRX today. Looked kind of cool.


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Modified a couple Geek sets today. Except after mega drylands, I didn't seem to have a super "fast" gear. When my shoulders and hammies are sore, breast with a dolphin kick is the easiest thing to do.

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Main Set #1

    3 x through:

    3 x 50 drill @ :50
    2 x 50 drill @ 1:00
    1 x 25 EZ
    1 x 25 fast

    #1 = russian breast drill, breast pull
    #2 = single arm fly, chest press fly
    #3 = russian breast drill, breast pull

    100 EZ

    Main Set #2: Aerobic Kick

    20 x 50 kick w/fins, done as

    1-5 backstroke kick @ :45
    6-10 backstroke kick @ :40
    11-15 dolphin kick w/board @ :45
    16-20 flutter kick w/board @ :40

    100 EZ

    Main Set #3:

    4 x through

    1 x 100 evil @ 2:00
    75 cruise + 25 fast
    1 x 50 EZ
    1 x 50 double shooter w/fins

    50 EZ

    Total: 3550

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

    Commentary:

    Trying to HTFU and get back on track.

    I'm very annoyed I can't seem to post my blog entry from yesterday. It had my workouts for 2 days, a B70 suit analysis and youtube videos of a couple of my races. I have no idea why I can't post it; I've tried 3 computers. Edit: I seemed to be able to edit it in piecemeal. Sorry for the super long blog entry!

    B70 Knee Skin vs. B70

    I was mulling over the time differentials between my in season times for 50 fly/back with a textile kneeskin vs. full "rubber" nero comp bodysuit. (I don't have an in season nero comp time in the 50 free.)

    50 fly:

    nero comp = 30.7
    knee skin = 31.5

    50 back:

    nero comp = 31.7
    kneeskin = 32.5

    The in season swims with the nero comp were done after I had started lifting, so it's a pretty fair comparison. So the difference was .8. I made more miscues on both these races, especially fly, than my other comparable ones (see video below for fly). Also, my nero comp swims were done in a faster pool (U of Md).

    I've always theorized that the bodysuits gave you about .5 for 50 yards. So it would be slightly more, maybe .6 for SCM. Adjusting for miscues and slower pool conditions, I think I was pretty close to this. If you don't make any "adjustments," I'm still .8 off in a slightly slower pool in meters.

    I would like to note that I did not say even one whiney word about the lack of a tech suit at the meet. But one of my male teammates was cursing up a storm!

    Videos:

    My 9 year old used her flip to videotape my 50 fly and 50 free, which she came to watch.

    50 fly:

    You can definitely see the two major warts on the breakout and turn in my 50 fly. I had a great reaction time on the start despite being held a long time (wish I could always do that!), but my entry was way too shallow. So with my usual # of dolphin kicks, I was on the surface way too quickly. My dolphin kicking looked less effective than usual as well; my teammate Barb noticed this as well. Don't know if I wasn't kicking hard enough or whether my belly SDKs are simply worse without the nero comp. (I didn't feel this way on back particularly, although I could add an extra kick without the nero comp.) I think I lost quite a bit of time on the breakout and turn. But what can you do when you have a goggle leak? Help Wolfy!

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd4h91x5uWY"]YouTube- 50 fly Albatross[/ame]

    I was right next to Pete "Nuthin But 50s" Reider. We tied in both fly and back. lol

    50 free:

    Decent race. I did look slightly tired the second length, my turnover was definitely slower than I've seen it in the past, and I breathed more than normal. I didn't have much rest after fly, so could probably have used more recovery time. My former now not so secret 6 foot nemesis is in the lane right next to me. I got her in fly; she got me in free. We chatted a long time at this meet -- found out we both have 17 year old sons that row crew and are looking at some of the same colleges.

    Oh, another detail told me by another teammate and caught on video: I lifted my head up right away after the entry. No idea why. Mental error.

    You can get a brief glimpse of the "Fastest Woman in the Water," Mollie Grover, a few lanes over. Her turnover was much faster than mine. This underscores the need to do lots of fast 25s ...

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Fortress.../0/LztZScU2UFg

    Article:

    Article on Vitamin D: http://www.eatmoveimprove.com/2009/1...-at-vitamin-d/

    Updated March 23rd, 2010 at 07:25 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Yoga , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  9. Mixed SCM Meet, March 20

    by , March 21st, 2010 at 11:25 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I had a great night's sleep and felt the best I have in a long time in the morning. Felt good in warm up and won the battle of the new non tech suit (almost gave up, but prevailed after 25 minutes or so). It was fairly comical -- there were signs posted everywhere saying "Remember, No Tech Suits!"

    Unfortunately, I had probably my worst pool experience breathing wise ever. After warm up, I was hacking up a storm and wheezing the whole meet. I moved outside mid way through the meet, and this seemed to help some. I was SO glad I was only doing 50s in light of this. I think because of this, though, I was not really tuned in mentally and had some execution issues.

    50 back, 32.5

    I was pretty happy with this time. It was a solid swim. I was fussing with my cap at the beginning of the race though and spaced out on the start. The starter was holding everyone a LONG time. I had a bad reaction and got off slowly, which is uncharacteristic. I then just mindlessly started counting kicks -- as if I was doing a shooter in practice. I got to 14 and thought, holy crap, took another kick and hurried to the surface. Wolfy said I was right on the 15 meter mark and had a good breakout. Mollie said definitely one less kick. My cap was also slowly coming off the second length, which felt weird. In sum, I thought it was a pretty good time considering I had been sick the last 2 weeks and was not wearing a tech suit.

    50 fly, 31.4:

    My stroke felt good. Too bad noting else worked! lol. I dove in and my right goggle lens leaked. I took too many dolphin kicks, was kicking at the surface and had an awful breakout. Speedo saw it in all its glory. Because of my goggles, I couldn't pick up the wall. I think this was perhaps the worst fly turn I've ever done; I kicked in two yards instead of taking another stroke. My teammate said I easily lost .5 on the turn. Had a good second length. If I had had even a mediocre breakout and turn, I think I would have been 30+. So the time isn't too bad considering.

    50 free, 29.2:

    I was feeling the effects of the breathing problems at this point. Had a lackluster swim, took 3-4 breaths instead of my customary 2, and felt like I was flailing and dying at the end. Barb said I looked "tired" on the 2nd length.

    200 Mixed Free Relay, 1:55:

    Swam with William, Barb and Speedo. I led off and completely missed my turn. Ouch! Speedo had a great leg on this relay.


    Saw a lot of great racing at the meet. The 100 IM was fun to watch. Chris needs to get a lesson on the Roddin turn from Mr. Roddin himself. Jeff just smoked everyone on that transition turn. He and Speedo had a great race in the 50 free as well. Speedo needs to realize that he's a sprinter not a distance geek despite all his short rest training!

    Funny meet tidbit. I was in the same heat for 50 back and 50 fly as my friend with the forum moniker Nuthin But 50s. After much trash talk, we did the exact same time in both events. lol

    Went to the Social afterward, which was much fun and gossip filled. I ate a lot of salad and fruit and looked longingly at the pasta.

    The only real downer of the meet was that I got home and found my B70 had been stolen. I remember showering with Barb and struggling out of it and putting it on top of my swim bag. Big mistake in retrospect. I then went off to dry my hair etc. Then there was a huge influx of swimmers and swim moms into the locker room. I packed up thinking I was throwing my towels etc on top of my suit. Got home, no suit. I haven't had a suit stolen before. Really a bummer as I only got to wear it once and was counting on using it for the LC season. I feel like I've spent enough money on suits for awhile. Not inclined to replace it right now.

    Commentary:

    It was a fun meet -- as always! My only criticism is that the starter sucked. We were held a very long time on the blocks. I think I made a mistake by warming up in the diving well (which I love there) and not in the competition pool. I think I would have had better turns if I had done that.

    Summary: Not bad considering, and there's not much one can do about a goggle problem. I think my ability to improve in the sprints, at this point, is severely limited by my inability to do starts at practice. I may just have to start doing 25s diving from the side of the pool. Even if I went to Mason during the week, the pool with blocks is always closed during the 12-2 lap swim. Im going to beg Wolfy for a private coaching session if he can fit it in.

    I find myself wishing that, like Chris, I didn't have a meet until Nationals. After the last month, I'd like to just buckle down and train without interruption. I'm worried Zones will really interfere with this, and cause me to be wiped out the week after. So I'm unsure how to approach Zones and how many events to swim. I can't really skip the meet as my team is hosting! And it is a good opportunity to get block work/speed work. Not sure how to proceed ...

    I actually don't feel too sore today. My throat and chest are a bit ravaged from all the hacking. I'm hoping to go to hot yoga later for a "detox."

    Oh, and just for Geek. I have found my version of the "flaxative." Flax seeds don't phase me, but liquid magnesium does. But at least I avoided the dread calf cramps this meet.

    Updated March 21st, 2010 at 03:16 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Masters Swim Meets / Events
  10. Friday, March 9

    by , March 19th, 2010 at 04:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I just did a meet-ish warm up as well:

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    400 swim
    200 kick
    200 fly drills

    Main Sets:

    4 x (4 x 25)
    #1 = easy speed fly
    #2 = EZ
    #3 = shooter on back
    #4 = EZ

    50 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)

    Total: 1550

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

    Still feeling plagued by allergies, but whatevah. Mr. Fort, who is now home, said, "You better ratchet down your expectations." I laughed because I don't really have any for this meet. Which, in reality, is kind of a bummer because I have always enjoyed this meet and swum pretty well. I will still enjoy the meet! But I have no idea how my 50s will stack up timewise. And that is complicated by the suit change.

    Speaking of which, HOLY CRAP!!!!!! I opened the box with my B70 Nero TX in it, and it looks like it was made for my 9 year old. No jokes. I showed it to Mini, who laughed. It looks demonstrably smaller than her/our Speedo Elite suit. When I held them side by side, there seemed a few inches difference in length. (So perhaps Big Noodler is right and the suits stretch out ASAP and are no good after a couple meets?) I am going to bribe Mini to try it on for me the first time, at least that's my plan. It looks like it would take multiple tries for me ... The straps look stretchier than the Pro and, like the new Speedo, there are no seams.

    Edit: OK, Mini got the TX on in 5 minutes. I have no idea how she does that ... It seems to fit/look pretty much like the Speedo. It looks smaller in the chest area (good for me) and the legs are almost transparent, so I think the fabric is slightly different there than on the Speedo. Alright, my turn to try it now shortly. It will take longer b/c I have a bigger ass from all those squats. Lovely. I'm sure Julie's "2 words" will aptly describe the result.

    And yay! Glad the meet doesn't start till 3! Sleepin' in.

    Oh, I asked my doc about ExFuse7, which I noted yesterday some athletes were using as recovery tonics. He said:

    "Basically it is a good drink, but experts say it may not be any better then
    antioxidants in foods like blueberries and blackberries/ pinapple and other high
    antioxidants. Antioxidants by these industries are measured by Orick value
    (spelling? ) which works well in the petri dish but no one has shown this
    relationship to be true in the human cell or body. None of these products are
    100% organic or standardized fully."

    Updated March 19th, 2010 at 05:42 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  11. Thursday, March 18

    by , March 18th, 2010 at 06:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Slow:

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    200 kick
    200 fly drills

    Hypoxic Set:

    10 x 50 double shooters w/MF @ 1:00

    50 EZ

    Speed Work:

    4 x 25
    odds = fast evil w/ MF
    evens = EZ

    100 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP evil w/MF
    went high 29

    100 EZ

    4 x 25
    odds = AFAP free w/fins
    evens = EZ

    100 EZ

    1 x 50 dolphin kick w/board & MF
    went 23
    tons of calf cramps, ouch
    forgot to take magnesium (Sports Legs) before working out

    100 EZ

    Total: 2050


    ART, 30 minutes

    My doc commented that I was tight. Not surprising since I've been too tired and lazy to stretch. hehe And there was some soreness in the "fly-back" muscles. I think this is just due to the fact that I spend about 75% of my swimming in a streamline position.

    He did say it was good that I laid low and didn't overdo it this week. I only hope I can overdo it next week! I'm penciling in a bikram class for the day after Albatross.

    We discussed supplements again briefly in light of the "snake oil" articles from the Post. He hadn't read them, but did say that the problem with the supplements used in those studies to test disease prevention is that they are of OTC not medicinal grade strength. I wish there was more research done on the benefits or lack thereof of supplements for athletic performance. But, gee, I guess disease is more important.

    Here's an article I saw about nutrition (as opposed to supplementation) for athletes: http://www.active.com/running/Articl...tm_medium=feed

    I read some of the comments on this article. It seems runners are using the following for post workout recovery: Advocare, https://www.advocare.com/10015953/St...lavor=B&size=P, exFuse 7 PROformance, http://www.extractfuzion.com/shop/vi...=1&productid=4, and Body Fortress Advanced Whey Protein, http://www.substancereviews.com/supp...r-ratings.html. Looks like a couple of these have creatine in them. I didn't realize Advocare products had that ingredient ...

    Jimi is pitching a story to Men's Health on PRP. http://www.treatingpain.com/diagnosi...ch-plasma.html; http://www.terumo-cvs.com/optimizing...elet_gel.shtml. As far as I know, I'm the only masters swimmer that has attempted that for shoulder repair. But, sadly, since I am a chick, men's health doesn't care about my experience ... lol. So Jimi may try to experiment on himself!

    Article on Caffeine: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/...ee-ladies-only

    Article on late night snacking: http://www.examiner.com/x-10302-Phil...-healthy-foods

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


    Commentary:

    I am bored to death with feeling sickish, tired and doing dreadfully dull workouts. I'm mostly recovered, but now feeling allergy symptoms in the ENTs. I'm reverting to an Ande-ism and have resolved to just "act as if" I'm perfectly healthy and ignore all symptoms of any Jimi type malaise. So there.

    I'm not looking forward to trying on my kneeskin, which I hope does, in fact, arrive tomorrow. Julie Mulie already tried hers on and was traumatized by the experience. I expect to be as well. I've always said that kneeskins were NOT the way to go!

    Updated March 18th, 2010 at 10:59 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , ART
  12. Wed., March 17

    by , March 17th, 2010 at 04:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    200 kick
    200 fly drills

    Hypoxic Set:

    20 x 25 shooters w/MF
    1-10 on back
    11-20 twirling

    50 EZ

    Speed Work:

    1 x 50 AFAP back w/fins
    went 24
    blew past the 15 meter mark on the first 25 though

    150 EZ

    1 x 50 evil @ 90% (working on long streamlines)
    went 32

    100 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)

    some freestyle turns at race pace

    100 EZ

    Total: 1975

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

    Commentary:

    Still gradually improving health wise. Geez, does it have to take so long?! Still having some nasty sinus pain too, so heading back to the neti pot. I don't like to use my pool as a gigantic neti pot like Jimi.

    I'm slightly gruntled by my training in March. I feel like I've gotten somewhat off track. I'm trying to placate myself by noting, as Speedo and Chris have, that sometimes the body needs a break. Still, I'm ready to get back to regular training. I think I'll add back some aerobic work for a few weeks, but still focus on speed and strength in both the pool and gym. It's hard to believe it's only 2 months until Nats!

    WRT drylands, I saw a mention of a "snatch balance" exercise on the Cross Fit facebook site. I asked for and they sent me a video. [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrYjUy1BiI4"]YouTube- CrossFit Snatch[/ame] Looks like it's worth trying, a nice variation of a couple exercises.

    And great news wrt to my B70 customer service issue. After sending a third email, I got an email from the Pres of US Ops asking me to give him a call and I spoke to him last night. He apologized for the confusion/delay in my order, and mailed me both a new nero comp and a nero TX kneeskin. I am thrilled! I will get to try out the new B70 kneeskin at my meet this weekend. I asked Mini Fort about her Speedo and, as mentioned on the forums, she did say it stretched out very quickly.

    The rest of the day is super super busy. I have 4 kids practices to chauffeur around too, as Mini has added travel volleyball to the schedule. I will try to stretch tonight. I simply haven't had the energy for it on other nights. I have an ART appointment tomorrow, so I guess the timing for that is good given my delinquency.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  13. Tuesday, Mar. 16

    by , March 16th, 2010 at 03:10 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    200 kick
    150 fly drills

    Main Sets:

    20 x 25 shooters w/Dolphina & Fortina @ 15-10 RI
    odds = on back
    evens = on belly

    1 x 50 AFAP double shooter on back w/D&F
    went 20

    100 EZ

    6 x 75 @ whatevah
    odds = 25 AFAP flutter kick w/board + 50 EZ
    evens = 25 AFAP free + 50 EZ

    100 EZ

    4 x 50 @ whatevah
    odds = 25 fast russian breast drill + 25 EZ
    evens = 25 long evil pullout + 25 EZ

    150 EZ

    Total: 1900

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

    Commentary:

    Feel about the same. Super tired, but at least headache is gone. I was happy to go a 20 in my fast 50. Though I guess maybe Dolphina is super powered no matter one's physical condition.

    I looked up my 50 times swum at the Albatross meet in a Pro bodysuit. They are:

    50 free: 29.2
    50 fly: 31.4
    50 back: 33.8

    I'm aiming for around those times. 50 free is probably the most suspect b/c, for some reason, when I'm sick, freestyle feels like the first stroke to go. I lose any smoothness and start bouncing. Plus, there's not much time between the 50 fly and 50 free.

    Here's the psych sheet: http://www.pvmasters.org/albatross/psych10.htm

    I'm about to sign up for the Sunfish meet at he Freedom Center. Going to swim the 50 fly, 100 evil (as part of a 200 again) and either the 50 breast or 50 free, whichever I fancy to swim that day. I am going to try the 50 fly as a no breather (well, except for the turn). I won't rest for this meet; I'll essentially use it as a lactate workout and to practice starts & turns.

    I'm getting excited about rowing season starting. FortSon's first race is March 27 and he's the stroke for the lightweight 8. Only one more swim meet left, Sectionals, then the USA-S winter swim season is in the books. Thank god for that.

    Articles:

    Who drinks: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/boos...g-alcohol.html

    Exercise addiction: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/l...ow/5219642.cms

    Rest intervals at the gym: http://www.independent.ie/health/die...e-2091691.html

    DST Sucks: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/toda...ur-health.html; http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/boos...ts-sleep-.html

    Running sucks: http://www.mbodystrength.com/rucohowbrare.html

    Anti-supplement: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...031502067.html

    Glucosamine/chondroitin don't work: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...031502115.html

    Updated March 16th, 2010 at 07:59 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  14. Monday, Mar. 15

    by , March 15th, 2010 at 09:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Slightly better today! Still excessively tired and headache-y, but otherwise improving.

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    750 various

    Main sets:

    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    done as 25 back shooter + 25 EZ

    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    done as 25 EZ speed fly + 25 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)

    50 EZ

    Total: 1950

    Commentary:

    I didn't feel terrible in the water. I actually feel worse out of the water. I feel like I'm carrying around a 30 lb weight and lacking some cognitive function. But I think the fatigue and headaches are characteristic of that piggy flu thing I didn't get vaccinated for. Poor FortSon is getting sick. But he's already had piggy flu once. I hope he can't get it again, but I think I've read that that's possible.

    I'm scratching the 100 fly this weekend. I will send Jeff an email to that effect, as I don't see the psych sheets up yet. I just can't swim that event after having the flu. I'm still not remotely fully recovered. I hope I get a chance to swim it in SCM at some point this year. It's usually just a once a year event for me, as SCM meets are so few and far between here.

    I can't wait to be fully recovered and go back to serious exercising. I feel fat and flabby and out of shape. Blech. I miss my drylands!

    I was also forced to run around a lot today, and I hope that doesn't cause any relapse effect. You don't get to stop being mommy when you're sick.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  15. Sunday, Mar. 14

    by , March 14th, 2010 at 06:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    No change, except for my head cold feels better. I think I have some version of the flu, since I still have a fever and funk. I couldn't get up for even a small swim today. As I understand it, the flu usually hits you like a ton of bricks, very fast. That's basically what happened to me. I was swimming fast one day and very sick the next.

    I know this is a typical paranoia when you're sick, but I feel like I am totally out of shape and have lost all conditioning after some relative rest and then getting sick ... We'll see. My daughter, who is in a funk herself, says I shouldn't swim next weekend because I'll be disappointed swimming after the flu and in an inferior suit. She must have been talking to Jimi! If I'm over this, I'll probably still go and swim my 50s just for fun. I'm not so sure about the theory of "sick + rest + subsequent PBs" as it applies to masters though.

    On an odd note, one of Mini's friends at Senior Champs was DQ'd for "unsportsmanlike conduct." I asked Mini about it. Turns out, her friend was DQ'd for wearing an FS II kneeskin that she didn't know wasn't on the approved list. Of course, the FS II is actually slower than the Pro/Pro-Elite that most are wearing, so it makes no sense ... And, grr, my kid snagged her (our) kneeskin on something during warm up and there is a hole in the first layer of material. Wow, got a LOT of use out of that suit, which was almost as expensive as a real cheatin' B70 ... And I had been planning on wearing it next weekend.

    No matter what, I'm going to drag myself to the pool tomorrow. Going to attempt to do some RC exercises for 5 minutes now.
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    Uncategorized
  16. Sat., March 13

    by , March 13th, 2010 at 02:48 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    1300-1400 EZ

    hot tub
    dry sauna
    hot shower
    repeat


    Commentary:

    1. I reviewed Elise's criteria for whether one should exercise or not: http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/03/10...out/index.html. I probably should have stayed home. But I haven't lurched into bronchitis quite yet, so I did a very easy swim. I often feel less congested after swims and do now. But I feel very weak and tired. Saturday around noon is an absolutely horrible time to go the Rec Center -- children, noodlers, different classes. The noise level is astounding. It made me realize how peaceful and quiet it is when I swim in the early afternoon during the week.

    2. Another diet book emphasizing plants -- http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/

    3. FortSon took his SATs for the first time today. Really hope he did well; his practice test results were good, but he said it was long and hard.

    4. One of Mr. Fort's colleagues is gluten intolerant. She has terrible problems with dry eyes, which her doc says is another sign of a gluten problem. Just another thing to blame on gluten!

    5. I was perusing Rowing News this am. There was an article on what to eat an hour to before exercise. One option was a protein smoothie -- with whey/hemp protein, flax seeds, coconut water and fresh and frozen fruit.

    5. Back to the couch ... I watched The September Issue yesterday, which was interesting. I have A Serious Man, the Coen brothers film, to watch today. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...100803113.html.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  17. Still on the Couch, Friday, March 12

    by , March 12th, 2010 at 04:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Still a couch potato. Still neti potting. Still not swimming. My face hurts, which I hope is not a precursor to a sinus infection. This was not the kind of "rest" I had anticipated before my meet next weekend ... and I hate not being able to exercise. The meet is still a week+ away. But I definitely won't swim sick -- not worth it unless it's a taper meet. Glad I signed up for a lot of 50s!

    Here's an article about body fat analysis that I thought might interest Q and Tim:

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bod...lyzers/AN01789

    And an interesting article on dieting myths:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar...ng-health.html

    I thought Gull's article on circadian rhythms and athletic performance was good too.

    http://www.the-aps.org/press/journal/07/8.htm

    I didn't think my night owl tendencies were all in my head!

    And for recovery after runs:

    http://www.active.com/running/Articl...tm_medium=feed

    Updated March 12th, 2010 at 05:32 PM by The Fortress

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    Uncategorized
  18. Immobile, Thursday, March 11

    by , March 11th, 2010 at 05:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Commentary Only:

    Well, this cold hit me like a ton of bricks and I am practically immobile. I am a couch potato; all thoughts of exercise have vanished. I think this is the kind of cold that will take some time to recover from. I just hope I can get out of bed to go to my kid's meet tomorrow am.

    The good news is that, despite some people's public gloating over my suit problem, I have ordered a new suit. And -- thanks to the fabulous Eney Jones -- I have a new back up B70 in my size, a leftover from her high school team. So I will be well clad at my champ meets and covered in the event of a blow out, no thanks to B70 customer service though.

    1. Here's a variation of burpees, called "warrior burpees" that looked interesting:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMsSqEWndWo"]YouTube- Body Weight Culture.com-Warrior Burpees Workout rosstraining[/ame]


    2. I also ran across this article on papaya, which I love:

    http://www.myfoxaustin.com/dpps/news...100309_6475829


    3. Cutting Edge gear: Check out this cool 2010 tri gear from 2XU:

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1258446196

    4. Eat your veggies!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rip-es..._b_170910.html


    5. Sprint Advice: I also have to record Michelle Chow's absolutely excellent sprint advice here so that I can re-read it. Thanks Michelle, you rock!

    Remember EVERY race starts with a dive. Or a backstroke start. Not just the 50 free. You knock 1/5 second off your start and breakout, that is 1/2 second of any event. Welcome to 59.50!!!

    You have one fast turn in a 50. But you have THREE in a 100. Even more reason to work on your turns!!!

    How to do it? Try these!

    Do 6 x, 8x, or even 10x if you can handle the body jarring - dive/breakout/FOUR fast strokes. Emphasis is on gettting the right angle of entry, streamline position, and up and into your race pace immediately, then shut it off. I find that doing 25's or even 12 1/2's sometimes inhibits me from getting that real blast-off feeling. It may not be practical to always do dives, but if you only do fast stuff from the wall.....you aren't starting from the wall in a race! NOT the same angle!!

    It sounds like your problem isn't so much getting the arms going, but if you have bad starts and splatting-turns, you are essentially doing 3 races from a dead start each time (at the official start, again when you break out, and once more after your turn). If you are "flailing" as you say, it may be because you haven't "set up" your initial momentum, so you have no choice but to start flailing to get your speed.

    Turn work: break it down completely. Start at the wall, get under the water in the EXACT streamline position (feet on the wall) you would PUSH OFF the wall on a flip turn. Take a big breath, now! Get under the water, and start from a DEAD start, and PUSH off, kick, break out, and take FOUR strokes. Same theory. You will feel EVERY inefficiency from a dead start.
    3. Reverse it, and practice going into the wall. Do it with stopping with your feet at the wall, or do the turn pushing off on your back. I like to focus on staying in alignment and not getting lazing and slapping my legs every which way and what the heck are my arms doing?

    Start with both hands on the wall. Kick freestlye, really hard, no breathing! Then have someone randomly yell, GO! and then you do an open turn as fast as you possibly can, kick off the wall, and take 4 fast strokes. It works best kicking freestyle, turning and going fly or breast.

    Dive, dive, dive. Again, it's part of every race! I usually take a day and do all those special things by myself. If you do 1 dive a day, that's hundreds a year. It will make a huge difference.

    Underwaters. I am a huge fan of these. I usually do 25's underwater right after my basic warmup (400 or 500). Usually 4 x 25 on 45 or 1 minute (SCM). I use that time to do a "body scan", and think about my joints loosening up, and to relax from my hectic schedule, and open up my lungs.

    Mental toughness! Do you know your breathing pattern for your 50 and 100's? You should. Do you execute them, without fail? In a race, do you know exactly where you are? These are things you can train your mind. It requires no physical effort! I like that!

    Think of it this way: You have to find the right 10 hits to put on your greatest hits album. You have to pick and chose the best (or lowest hanging fruit) 10 things to do that will maximize your performance in your chosen events, and you cannot have a profound weakness in any one area. Doing things you are already good at isn't going to make you better - but doing the things you really hate and are not good at will improve your performance! (And while I am on my soapbox - if you are doing "drills" on the same interval as you swim, then you either aren't doing them right or you are doing drills you are already good at, so pick something else! And don't swim on my feet! Grr!)

    Think about it this way: start & breakout & 4 strokes? 15 meters. In & out of 3 turns? 3 x 10 meters = 30 meters. The finish? 5 meters. That's 50 meters, or HALF of your race!!! I would classify these as more in the "mental" category - simply because it is a LAPSE of attention here that will impact your peformance. The middle swimming bits - you almost never hear people say - "I forgot to swim fast in the middle!" or "I really blew the middle swimming bits but I did hit my start, turns, and wow, did you see that finish?"

    Updated March 11th, 2010 at 05:30 PM by The Fortress

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  19. Wed., March 10

    by , March 10th, 2010 at 09:18 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Woke up with a head cold today. Seems to be going around according to forum comments. And it serves me right. I've been bragging all winter about how, while I was surrounded by sick kids, I've been perfectly healthy. Jimi would say this is superstitious, but I somehow think it is linked to the precipitous rise in temperature from 30s to 66 the last couple days. I did slog off to the gym and do a paltry dryland workout.

    Drylands:

    windshield wipers, 1 x 25
    elevated hip raise/pulse ups, 1 x 15
    elevated push ups, 2 x 15
    Icarian incline lever pull, 80 x 2 x 10
    dead bugs on bosu, 1 x 25
    hip hinges w/12.5 DBs, 1 x 15, each leg
    squats throwing med ball, 2 x 15
    hanging straight leg raise, 1 x 15

    prone scapular scrunches, 1 x 25
    internal and external rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm
    seated straight arm dips, 60 x 2 x 25


    Commentary:

    I was really looking forward to a long steam after this. But, to my chagrin, the steam room was broken. I intended to go home and do P90X Stretch this evening. But after all the to and fro-ing with the kids, I'm too beat. I'm going to lay on the couch and watch vapid DVR'd TV instead. I'm hoping a good night's sleep will prevent it from worsening. Otherwise, I'll likely do a recovery swim tomorrow or take a day off.

    I still haven't heard from B70, so will call Megan tomorrow. Jim C. was making fun of me by saying they didn't have any kids' suits left. lol. I'm going to order another tech suit tonight as a precaution.


    Meets:

    I'm kind of excited! There had been another meet added to the PV masters schedule at the Freedom Center on April 10. http://www.vaswim.org/meets/2010/SUN...ril%202010.pdf. And warm up is not until 10:00 am. I plan on only 2-3 events: 100 breast, 50 back, 50 free. I would've liked to try my no breather 50 fly, but that's right after the 100 breast, so that will have to wait for Zones. This is a fairly fast pool only 40 minutes away, so it's a much better option for me than the Warrenton meet this weekend.


    FINA:

    Because I am a viciously competitive sort, , I did check to see whether some of my times made the FINA Top Ten. I improved over last year and had my first FINA TT in 100 fly.

    SCM:

    2nd, 50 back, 31.1
    3rd, 100 back, 1:09.8
    3rd, 50 fly, 29.6
    9th, 100 fly, 1:09.8
    8th, 50 free, 28.20
    8th, 100 IM, 1:11.5

    LCM:

    1st, 50 back, 31.99
    8th, 100 back, 1:14.6 (kinda shocked to see this here as it was my double calf cramps swim at Nats)
    3rd, 50 fly, 29.7
    6th, 50 free, 28.5

    The event I improved the most in was my SCM 100 back. Looking forward to checking up on some of my friends.


    Blender:

    Oh, and my trusty smoothie blender finally imploded this am. (Mr. Fort and I were just chatting about how it was likely going to be history soon.) I was covered in a blackberry based smoothie -- blech! I think I'm going to buy one of those Vita-Mix blenders.
  20. Swim + Woohoo!, Tuesday, March 9

    by , March 9th, 2010 at 09:44 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    5 x 100 single arm fly @ 1:45

    Main Sets:

    10 x 50 double shooters on back w/MF @ 1:00
    1-8 cruise
    9 =AFAP (went 20 or 20.5)
    10 =EZ

    50 EZ

    10 x 50 @ 1:00, done 25 fly w/fins + 25 EZ
    1-8 = easy speed fly
    9 =AFAP (went 24ish)*
    10 = EZ

    * I did this 50 fly a no breather except for a breath at the turn. I think I'll swim it this way at Zones. Don't think I can do it in meters, but seems doable in SCY.

    50 EZ

    6 x (25 breast + 25 EZ)
    working on long pullouts
    3 w/fins (got to about 17-18 meter mark)
    3 w/o fins (got to 13-14 meter mark)

    6 x (25 AFAP + 25 EZ)
    AFAPs = 3 fast free, 1 evil, 1 doggy paddle drill, 1 flutter kick

    100 EZ

    Total: 3050

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


    Commentary:

    Didn't get to the gym today, but plan to go tomorrow for a short workout. That will be my last gym session before the Albatross meet on March 20, where I'm signed up to swim the 100 fly, 50 back, 50 fly and 50 free and a 200 mixed relay. https://www.clubassistant.com/club/m...1409&smid=1992. I'm glad Jeff Roddin has the foresight to keep the 100 fly first; otherwise, the likelihood of me scratching increases dramatically. If anyone hears me mumble about this before the race, feel free to escort me to the blocks!

    I had a good night's sleep last night and felt much better today, especially in the water. Two CVDB workouts in a row felt great! However, I'm a total delinquent on stretching and RC the last few days.

    Hard Sets:

    Wanted to share a couple things from other forumites. In case you didn't read Jim Corbeau's blog, he has some great ideas for "back half" sets:

    (a) 50 FR swim on :40 @ 75%, 50 BR swim on :40 @ 85%, 25 BR swim @ 100%, rest 1:00-1:30. 6-8 of these.
    (b) 50 BR swim @ 80% w/ 10 sec rest, 75 BR swim @ 100%, rest 1:00-1:30. 4-6 of these.
    (c) 50 BR swim @ 80% w/ 20 sec rest, 25 BR swim @ 90% w/ 10 sec rest, 50 BR swim @ 100%, rest 1:00-1:30. 4-6 of these.

    (B is the worst by far in terms of pain.)

    Plus this from his old college coach, who now works only with the Cal BRstrokers:

    http://swimcoachdirect.blogspot.com/...-thinking.html.

    I also quizzed the famous RA about his fav lactate set, which is broken 100s consisting of: 50 @ 1:00, 25 @ :30, 25 kick @ :30.

    He told me he does them at a 10:00 send off, with a 200 EZ between each one and usually does 4-6. They must be done all out to the point of nausea. Well of course! lol

    So I see this set in my future soon. Possibly on Thursday if Speedo is feeling like lactate work or on Friday.


    FINA:

    Kirk Nelson clued me in on the forum that FINA tabulations for SCM and LCM are in. http://www.fina.org/database/main/tabulations.php.

    I haven't looked up all my times yet, but I did check on the 50 back LCM I swam at Indy. Very psyched that it held up, even if rankings are meaningless! This is my first time ever with a #1 FINA ranking, so I am pretty darn happy. This will definitely help me get over my gluten induced funk.


    [45-49]50m Backstroke Women Long Course
    Rank Full Name Country Time
    1 LIVINGSTON Leslie USA 31.99
    2 HIRAISHI Shizuko JPN 32.08
    3 PIPES-NEILSEN Karlyn USA 32.79
    4 SEICK Karin GER 33.37
    5 WARD Lisa USA 33.97
    6 JENKINS Valerie USA 34.18
    7 ERMISCH Sybille GER 34.27
    8 ALWINE EDER Maria ITA 34.33
    9 SCHRIGER Joan USA 34.38
    10 HIGURASHI Masami JPN 34.53

    Edit: Checked quickly: The only pattern I can discern is that I'm better in 50s in LCM (no turns) and 100s in SCM (not as far). lol


    Supplements:

    Here's an article dissing them: http://www.consumerreports.org/healt...strike-out.htm


    USMS Staff:

    Here's our USMS staff! Geek, notice the framed cap collection.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkJxBm-jsLc&feature=player_embedded"]YouTube- Meet our USMS Staff[/ame]

    Updated March 10th, 2010 at 12:23 PM by The Fortress

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