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Potomac Valley Meet Schedule:
My team, GMUP:
700 variety warm up
5 x 200 on 3:00
(free, back, free, back, free)
10 x 100 kick with monofin, alternate medium speed and a little bit faster speed (around 1:05s)
5 x (4 x 25) on :40 or so
#1 easy speed fly with MF
#3 AFAP shooter with MF
I rarely do any full stroke fly with a MF. Decided to try some 25s that way. It may help keep my feet down some so that I'm not kicking as much air. So then I tried:
3 x 50 easy speed fly with MF, followed by 50 EZ after each (went 25s). Definitely can't get the feet out as much and feel flatter in the water. I may get a bigger MF meant for swimming. Mine is the finis shooter MF meant for kicking.
50 AFAP with MF on back (:23 with a bad turn)
Still feel pretty speedy in the water despite running and spinning.
Walked out of the pool into the locker room and absolutely smashed my left shoulder into a thermostat. Damn, it hurt. Then I went home and smashed it again while putting up tree light.
Updated December 11th, 2008 at 04:36 PM by The Fortress
Just went for a quicky 3 mile run today. Then spent the rest of the day xmas shopping -- and I hate shopping in malls -- and being rather agitated over a swimming issue. Hope it goes away. Going to swim tomorrow for sure.
Updated December 11th, 2008 at 08:24 AM by The Fortress
60 minute spin class.
(Definitely didn't work too hard. Just got some cardio in.)
20-25 minutes of RC and core work
Recovery swim in the hot 25 meter gym pool:
700 warm up
10 x 100 on 1:50, alternate back and backstroke kick, pretty slo mo
400 IM drill
Total: 2100 meters
Still tired and sore. It seems, just in the last couple years, that it take me longer to recover from meets. I've been very tired after both the Sprint Classic and this meet even though I only swam one day. If the last meet is any indication, I'll probably feel better by Thursday or so. Sheesh!
Updated December 9th, 2008 at 10:02 PM by The Fortress
Out of taper hell!
Although I feel like a mac truck ran over me ... Always do after meets. I have no idea how some people swim multiple meets in a month or even two weekends in a row. I need recovery time! Plus, I seem to be following Patrick Brundage's "remixed" regimen of wine and more junk food. lol
Went on a 5 mile trail run even though it is freezing cold here. Since I hadn't run in 2 weeks, it felt great and I was really happy to be outside!
With respect to Zones, my coach emailed me and told me to grow out my fingernails for the Albatross meet. Had a laugh and thought of Ande. Last time I had fingernails, I put a huge rip in a new Pro at the NE Champs and was stuck wearing a very old Pro and FS I. So not too inclined to do that again! I know the B70s are more durable. But, still, I know a fast chick who shredded her B70 at LC Zones with fingernails.
SwimStud youtubed my 50 fly time trial from on deck. Here it is, horrific start and all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_Wb_-kSFPs
Updated December 9th, 2008 at 08:26 AM by The Fortress
Went better than I thought it would! Drove up Saturday afternoon. Arrived at Rutgers around 5:00. Just in time to see Michael Ross' 200 free and Chris Stevenson's 200 back. Seriously sick fast swims! Also got to see some fast 200 backs from forumites SwimmieAvsFan and Julie Oplinger. Met Patrick Brundage -- super guy and he had a fabulous meet. Met Tom Patterson too, and he was burning up the water with a zillion events and PBs as well.
Had dinner and beers with the PV/VA/CONN gang. Tried to sleep. Hit the pool on Sunday -- nice facility! Love to go there again. I definitely preferred it to BU where I swam NE SCM Champs last year. Got up early because the timeline didn't show a warm up after the 400 IM, and then they had a 30 minute one ... Hmmm ... At least it gave me an opportunity to hop in the competition pool and do some freestyle turns on the bulkhead where the T was pretty far away.
Still felt like crap. Tired and groggy. This is maybe the worst I've felt before a meet. I had tried to ignore this feeling all week pretty successfully (after being told several times that when you feel like crap you nonetheless swim fast), but was in a major paranoid mood this morning. Thankfully, I got over it and, as Jim Thornton said, I don't have to swim in the Infirmary Olympics.
Event #1, 50 free, 28.56
(previous best was 28.7 from last Dec.; swam a 29.2 last March)
Felt awful, probably hadn't sprinted enough in warm up. This was definitely a "getting the cobwebs out" swim. Got a calf cramp on the turn and couldn't kick as much. Just didn't have my super duper sprint groove. But I'm glad 50 free was first since I didn't care about that as much as my other two events. And I'll definitely take the time!! Just think I coulda gone a couple tenths faster if it wasn't an AM swim and wasn't my first event. However, I must admit that, after this event, I was thinking that I would never rest/taper again. lol. Still felt like crap and was thinking I over-rested. I was wrong.
Event #2, 100 fly, No Swim! lol
Only had about 20 minutes after the 50 free, which I had already sandbagged. In my then state of mind, there was no way I was stepping up on the blocks for 4 lengths of fly with such short rest. Arranged for a 50 fly time time trial after the relays instead. Had about an hour to rest before my next event.
Event #3, 100 IM, 1:11.8
My previous best in a Pro was a 1:15.2 -- so this was a huge improvement. I was super happy. Think it was a much faster swim than Austin, where I swam a 1:06.8 in SCY. Splits were impeccable as usual -- 32.5 (and this was easy speed only) and 39.3. Hahaha. Glided into the turn big time from breast to free. Chris S. said I need to get a real back to breast turn as well. I've only done the flip once, and it wasn't a huge success, so haven't worked on it at all in a year. Maybe something for the to do list. This is definitely my best 100 IM ever, so might be worth focusing on. I didn't stay under water SDK-ing nearly as long as I did in Austin, so I probably had more oxygen.
Event #4, 50 fly time trial, 29.99, Missed tieing the WR by .01
World record (KPN) was 29.98. The last time I swam the 50 fly in SCM was in June with a B70 and I went 30.7. And I was really happy with that time, as it was an improvement on the 31.3 I swam last December. Thought I had no real shot at the record, but wanted to see if I could improve on my prior time some. Wow, I was shocked to get so close. Especially since I didn't have much rest after the 100 IM. So I was thrilled! Swim Stud video'd the race -- plenty of power and speed and absolutely sucky starts and turns. Poor breakout and a bit of glide into the turn. Wolf Girl would have been cluck clucking. (Yes, I see on FB he already said my start "blew".) No matter! My fly and back seem to really be rockin' lately. Now if this time doesn't give fins a good name, I can't think what else will!!
(Edit: Since my fly time converts to a 26+, I think that is a lifetime best. First ever as a master!)
And now, of course, I wish I had had a crack at improving my 50 (31.7) and 100 (1:11.7) backstroke times from IGLA. But a girl/mommy can't have everything. Unfortunately, I heard that FINA is still not recognizing IGLA results. I feel sorry for the WR setters at that meet. I'm also bummed about my 50 back because the time I swam currently would be #3 on the FINA All Time Top Ten list, and it may not make it there.
Had lunch with the gang and drove straight to GMU to watch my kid swim in the finals at the Dolan meet. Avoided excess mommy guilt! Really happy with my 100 IM and 50 fly.
A friend asked me what I thought accounted for my improvements in fly over the last year. I'm not completely sure, BUT, I have been swimming 5x a week most of the year instead of 4x a week (although low yardage to be sure), have been kicking more the last year and have been lifting somewhat more the last year. I'm sure I have lots of improvement to do in the latter category still.
Updated December 9th, 2008 at 03:07 PM by The Fortress
800 warm up
4 x 25 easy speed fly, 25 EZ after each
Hit the hottub for 10 minutes and took a long hot shower to try to ease the muscle tightness across my back and shoulders. It's probably from all the tossing and turning, and probably why my fly feels like crap. No matter, I'm in a fabulous mood and refuse to dwell on it.
Also tried the Speedo Aqua V cap today. My goggles would barely stay on with it, it's so slippery. It also gave me an insta-headache. I'll have to bring excedrin to the meet if I use that thing ...
Spent the morning at the Tom Dolan meet. Only one masters swimmer there, but he schooled the young studs. Wally Dicks broke the national records in the Mens 45-49 50 and 100 breast, in 27.3 and 58.94. The 27.3 was his 50 split in the open 100. That's bookin'! We'll see how fast he is tonight. Edit: He swam a 58.55 tonight. Woot!
And, happily, my clutzy evilstroker swam well, making champ finals in her beloved evilstroke. It's seriously hard to believe she's my daughter with the state of my own evilstroke.
Driving to NJ tomorrow. Looked at the timeline. The 50 back isn't even until 4:00 and the 50 fly is at 5:30 .... I could easily have made it down in time to warm up and swim. Kinda disappointed about that. But I'll just hit the pool and cheer for friends before hitting the Harvest Moon Brewery where someone will be celebrating a birthday.
Updated December 5th, 2008 at 09:49 PM by The Fortress
700 warm up
5 x 50 fly drill
8 x 25 smooth free with overkick
3 x AFAP free, 50 EZ after each
Had a fabulous chat with my very first masters coach today. (He is a NOVA coach out in Cali now.) I totally credit him for getting me back in the pool and teaching me how to swim again (or at least for the 4 months before he moved). He's the best, a real technician! We talked about the 100 fly for awhile. He said, if he were still coaching me, he wouldn't have me do anything longer than 25s with an occasional fast 50 or 100. He said "train free" or do a lot of free-fly stuff. But otherwise nothing but quality or very fast 25s. That's pretty much what Paul and Ande said on the "training for the 100 fly" thread, as I recall. Since my shoulders don't like long fly sets, I think I pretty much have to embrace this strategy.
He also reminded me that, when I first started masters, I said "I'm just too old to swim the 100 fly." lol. I had forgotten about that, although it did take me awhile to overcome my 100 fly fear. He also told me that I am a 50 freestyler and that I should focus on that event. He "knows me better than me," he says. Hmmm .... I guess coaches can sometimes see things you can't see yourself?
On another note, my Zones entries were straightened out and I now officially an evil 50 free sandbagger. However, I noticed that I am not the only sandbagger in that event, as Fall W. is seeded at :55.
Also, I haven't been sleeping well the past few nights. Really tossing and turning. This is another evil result of evil resting. No sound sleep. At least I slept well last week!
700 variety warm up
10 x 50 on 1:05, alternate backstroke kick and backstroke, moderate pace
8 x 25, alternate easy speed fly and easy
4 x 25 AFAP free, 50 easy after each 25
Resting is very odd. I absolutely hate resting and miss all my cross training, especially running on sunny days like today. But when I cut back and do nothing but some sprinting and recovery swimming in the pool, I seem to get really lazy and can't wait to get out of the water from even my short little swim ... Seems like a complete waste of time. I was even daydreaming about a nap today. Need to get back to regular training. Or I'll be an even bigger tank than Puff is becoming!
A friend commented that she couldn't believe I was resting this week for 3 events. I thought that was plenty of events for one day! Although I do really wish I was swimming both days of the meet this weekend.
Fly still feels like crap. Not sure why.
Think I need to do more overkicking freestyle drills. I'm a pretty fast flutter kicker, but don't think I'm getting anywhere near max kick when I'm sprinting free. And Hulk has told me this too.
Still haven't heard from the Zones meet director via email. Will check the psych sheets again.
Updated December 3rd, 2008 at 04:12 PM by The Fortress
Ack. Not having a good day. Was woken up this morning by the sound and cries of my daughter falling down a flight of stairs and landing on her elbow. Had to take her to the ER. No break, but the elbow is seriously swollen and painful. As she is swimming in the Dolan meet this weekend, and already has sore knees, she is really bummed out.
My meet entries are still screwed up for Zones. I've emailed the meet director twice and haven't received a reply, so I think the odds are good that I will not be getting a 50 fly split at this point. Seem to be having trouble with meet entries. My entries for the NC Shootout were screwed up as well (although I fixed it the morning of the meet). And, although it was a masters-USA combo meet, the times don't seem to count. Apparently, they forgot to properly ID the masters swimmers, and may not clean up their paperwork. Kinda bummed, as I swam PBs in backstroke there.
Went to the pool briefly after taking my daughter to school. Resting this week, so I didn't do much. And I wasn't too worried about how I felt in the water, that's for sure.
700 variety swim & kick
10 x 50 on 1:10, alternate kick and drill, 2 of each stroke
8 x 25, medium pace, 2 of each stroke
2 x 50 with fins @ 90%, 150 EZ after each one
(1 back, 1 fly, went 27.5ish, trying not to hit lane mate)
3 x 25 AFAP freestyle, 50 EZ after each
Updated December 2nd, 2008 at 02:29 PM by The Fortress
Drove 7 hours yesterday. Not my favorite thing in the world to do ... Didn't hit the pool obviously.
Today, SCY, solo:
200 IM drill
2 x 100 fly drill
Stopped to chat with a fellow masters swimmer in my age group who swam at the Sprint Classic. He wanted tips on SDKs and how better to train than doing 10 x 100 on 1:30. And, well, I had a few tips. lol
4 x 25 build free
10 x 25, alternate fast UW shooter with finz and EZ DAB
10 x 25, alternate easy speed fly and easy
(fly felt like utter crap compared to last week. dunno why. refusing to dwell on it.)
50 back AFAP with finz, 26ish
50 back AFAP with finz, 26ish
3 x 50, 25 AFAP free with finz with race pace turn, cruise the rest
some more race pace freetsyle turns
My entries for SCM Zones are not correct. The meet director confirmed my email asking to switch events and times, but that is not reflected on the psych sheets. Sent another email. We'll see if there's time to fix it. Looks like a lot of yard times weren't converted to meters either.
20-25 minutes of RC/stretching
100 fly drills
8 x 75 kick, 20 RI
EZ, fast, EZ by 25
4 x (4 x 50) on 1:10
4 of each stroke, reverse IM order
EZ, build, fast, EZ
wore fins on fast ones, went 26, 35, 27.5ish, 28ish
50 breast AFAP from push (just for fun),
(PB is 41.5 from last year when I cramped and flutter kicked part of the way. My BR kick is just awful. No propulsion from it whatsoever.)
4 x 25 free AFAP with fins, 50 EZ after each 25, no interval
Total: 2400 meters
Updated November 29th, 2008 at 01:26 PM by The Fortress
Took yesterday off. Resisted going running. Then successfully resisted going to the turkey burner spin class this morning. Miss cross training ...
Went to the gym ...
20-25 minutes of RC and stretching.
Swim, SCM, solo:
200 IM drill
4 x 100 fly drill
(2 x left arm, right arm by length,
2 x 2 left arm 2 right arm, 1 full stroke)
6 x (3 x 25)
easy speed fly, UW shooter, EZ
Then I did Jonathan's set from the "Fun & Fast" thread, minus one fast 50 because my daughter couldn't stand watching me swim anymore. lol. But I reversed the amount of recovery swimming to increase as I went along. I was swimming against a bare wall with no gutters, so my times seemed slightly slower than yesterday.
50 fast with finz: back, 28ish
50 fast with finz: free, 26ish
(horrible side winding turn, need to practice race pace freestyle turns next week)
50 fast with finz: backstroke kick, 27.5ish
50 fast with finz: backstroke, 28-29 ish, scrapped along the bottom for awhile after the turn cuz the pool was so shallow
100 dolphin dive
Total: 2650 meters
Trying to shift into taper mode a bit. Taper is frustrating for me. I dislike tapering because I feel exercise deprived. I also really have no clue what I'm doing and am still experimenting. I've tried Ande's 2 week taper plan before, but I've felt over tapered from it. (At 6'4", he probably needs more tapering than a 5'4" girl with less aerobic base.) So I'm trying to reduce yardage a bit, eliminate any hard aerobic work and carry on with speed work. I'll start really loafing the middle of next week or so.
Heading off to visit Jim Thornton and visit my favorite boutique in Sewickly.
Updated December 2nd, 2008 at 02:38 PM by The Fortress
Drove to Pittsburgh last night in the snow. Wish I had been heading south ...
Swam at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. Three lane 3 foot deep pool. But it was SCM, and had backstroke flags, a pace clock and I had the pool to myself. So I was a happy camper. Definitely beats the Y!
Before swimming, I did an hour of very light weights and core work. Then hit the pool. I modified one of Chris' taper workouts. I saw he did the same one today in its more studly form. LOL
750 variety swim, kick, drill
4 x (4 x 50) @ 1:15
1-3 descend to fast, 4 easy
Did 2 sets fly and two sets back
Wore finz on the fast ones
Went 28 and 27.5 is on back and the same on fly. Couldn't SDK too deep because the pool was so shallow.
20 x 25 kick
Odds fast, evens easy
(5 fast UW shooters on stomach, 5 fast backstroke)
50 AFAP back, 27ish
Total: 2100 meters
Day off tomorrow. Sorely tempted by the 90 minute "turkey burner" spin class with the Tour de France on the big screen on Friday, but trying to resist. Thought I was going to to enjoy a week or so of rest, but, no, not feeling the love.
Updated November 28th, 2008 at 07:07 PM by The Fortress
Only had time for a very quick workout. Teaching a couple art history classes today (yes, not my normal gig). Then heading up to Pittsburgh to visit relatives and hopefully see Wild Jim Thornton up at the the Northern Compound. lol
800 variety warm up
5 x 100 back on 1:50, descend
20 x 25, alternate AFAP free and EZ DAB
Felt like utter crap! lol Still really sleep deprived and not used to swimming in the am at all. Going to have to try to hit the pool in the am all next week. Should be able to catch up on sleep over the next 5 days.
Adapted one of DV-Onefish's workouts today. Just cruised the 4 x 100 sets. Felt sluggish today. Hopefully that will go away soon. I'm reluctantly cutting out all cross training, except for some light weights to hold the shoulder together, until after Zones.
700 variety warm up
4 x 100 free on 1:40
1 x 50 fast with finz on 1:00
(swam back, 27ish)
4 x 100 back kick on 2:00
2 x 50 fast with finz on 1:00
(swam back, 27-28ish)
4 x 100 backstroke on 1:50
3 x 50 fast with finz on 1:30
(swam fly, 27ish)
4 x 100 recovery free on 1:40
4 x 50 fast (about 95%, didn't have an AFAP gear today) with finz on 3:00 with a 50 EZ after each
(swam back, went 27ish)
Updated November 24th, 2008 at 09:42 PM by The Fortress
My team pool was closed this weekend for a swim meet. Pretty bummed about that because I didn't get a chance to practice starts and might not before Zones ... Hmmm ... Even worse, I had a whacking bad case of hormonally induced insomnia last night. Was sorta sleep walking through my day. My son finally dragged me off to the gym. Swam in the 85 degree SCM pool. But didn't feel quite as bad as I feared.
800 variety warm up of swim, kick and drills
8 x 100 on 2:00
alternate backstroke and backstroke kick
Did a short set I hadn't done in awhile but really like (and could tell the pool was 25 meters!)
10 x 25 hypoxic shooters
10 x 25 fast fly with finz
10 x 25 hypoxic shooters
50 fly AFAP with finz from a push, 27ish. Felt this was pretty fast given the 85 degree temp.
300 warm down with some fun dolphin diving
Total: 2950 meters
That pool must have loads of chlorine in it. My face is still bright red. I need to take Jonathan's advice and put some glycerin soap in my swim bag.
Checked my email. Got confirmation from the meet director of the Zones meet. He has switched me from the 50 breast to the 100 fly so I can get a 50 fly split. I am absolutely sandbagging my 50 free time. Yes, I am very evil. But, happily, neither the meet director or I have any problems with it.
Updated November 23rd, 2008 at 08:23 PM by The Fortress
No swimming today.
75 minutes at the gym doing weights and core work. Felt pretty strong. Did the lat pull down for the first time in ages. Very light weight though.
Hopped on the treadmill for a 4 mile run. (Julie will come along and call me a hypocrite now unless she's already left for MI. lol But I'm not a real runner anymore.) The treadmill is really really boring though ...
For the record, I will NOT be doing the Tahoe swim those fools are chatting about on the forum.
25-30 minutes of core work and a few weights
700 variety swim
5 x 100 one arm fly drill @ 1:45
10 x 50 kick @ 1:00
odds fast backstroke kick, evens easy
10 x 25 @ :40
odds AFAP fly, evens easy
10 x 25 @ :40
odds AFAP backstroke, evens easy
10 x 25 @ 40
odds AFAP free, evens easy
(Had some cramping issues. Forgot to drink water this am. OD'd on coffee.)
50 fly AFAP with finz, 26 (cramped)
Feeling good today!
60 minute spin class
40 minutes of core, RC and stretching
Lunch break ...
Swim, SCY, solo:
800 swim, kick and drilling
3 x (4 x 100) on 1:45, IM Transition
4 x 200 kick on 3:45
alternate 50 fast/50 easy
#1 dolphin kick on back
#2 dolphin kick with board
#3 backstroke kick
#4 flutter kick with board
(legs a bit tired from spinning)
6 x 50 AFAP on 3:00 with finz, 50 EZ after each one
#1 50 back, 26
#2 50 back, 26.5
#3 50 fly, 25.5
#4 50 fly, 25.5
#5 50 back, NT
(As I was speeding into the wall to finish, I crashed right into a senior noodler. The noodler was obviously having a senior moment and decided to go across several lanes to get to the ladder. This is a huge pet peeve of mine -- can't they look and see someone is traveling fast right at them?! I don't want to hurt them, obviously, but I don't want to get hurt either! Sheesh.
#6 50 back, 26.5
(These times are all guesses. It's very hard to time yourself. When I've had a coach yelling out times at GMU, I usually am a bit faster.)
Other random thoughts:
Felt much better today. Think I was suffering from allergies before. My dog allergy, which is severe, is becoming almost a disability. Last time I was staying in a house with dogs for almost a week (family funeral stuff), I was sick for almost 3 weeks after. Ugh! I'm worried I'm going to encounter dogs over Thanksgiving ... Everyone in my family has dogs ... However, this problem may be a good excuse for me to avoid going to FLA to visit my in laws in Feb. I may send Mr. Fort with the kids and go to Auburn instead. That's what I'm plotting at the moment anyway ...
A friend emailed me the other day saying I was only .7 off the WR in the 50 fly SCM. Didn't know that. Really wish I had a chance to swim it again this year, as my 50 fly has been rockin' lately. Last time I swam it on 3 days rest, I went 30.7. I had lifted and run days before that meet. It'd be nice to see what I could do with a taper, but it ain't happening. It's really frustrating that there aren't more SCM meets on the east coast. In any event, I expect this record to be smashed at Long Beach in December.
My shoulder is still nagging me some. I think I'm going to shut down all 100 fly training for awhile and stick with 25s and 50s. Not that I've done any since my last 10 x 75 that started the problem ... lol
Updated November 19th, 2008 at 04:09 PM by The Fortress
Not feeling so hot today. Low energy, didn't run like I was hoping to. Dragged myself to the pool.
700 swim & kick
10 x 25 UW fly spin drill with MF
6 x 100 dolphin kick on back with MF @ 1:45
(just cruised, holding 1:08-1:10)
(realized I was not putting my head back as far as I should be)
8 x 50 dolphin kick with board, fast @ 1:00
(held around :28s)
8 x 25 UW shooter with MF AFAP
(Got through this set, but was interrupted a lot. Had to explain what masters swimming was to someone. Had to explain the use of fins and MF to someone else. Had to explain to a mother who wanted her blind daughter to swim in my lane that a MF was a lethal weapon. No idea why she wanted her to swim in my lane as there were others available ... Had to say hi to the "Jazz Hands" of my pool -- he look just like Brian and trains like him too. lol.)
5 x 150 @ 2:15 with fins
100 kick, 50 back @ 200 pace
200 IM drill