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Potomac Valley Meet Schedule:
My team, GMUP:
The back/shoulders were feeling a *little* sore from the weights yesterday. So I decided to stick to plyos and core work.
bicycles, 2 x 50
dead bugs, 2 x 25
good morning darlings, 2 x 50
long arm crunches, 2 x 50
crunches on yoga ball, 2 x 50
straight leg raises in captain's chair, 3 x 15
(these are vastly easier than when done from a hanging position)
jump tucks, 5 x 5
split squat jumps, 2 x 10
(jump to right leg, jump to left leg, jump to land on both legs)
double leg bunny jump, 2 x 10
(I did these plyos with low rep, but max intensity.)
hip hinges w/12.5 DBs, 2 x 10 each leg
(I am so much better balancing on my left leg ... noticed that in yoga too.)
single arm push on double cable FM machine, 30 x 2 x 10, each arm
(for some reason, the weight on the double cable FM motion machine seems much "heavier" than on the other two single cable machines)
prone scapular scrunches w/handweights, 2 x 25
Had a recovery/drilly type swim:
800 variety swim, kick, drill
20 x 50 UW SDK w/fins @ 1:05 (1 breath at turn)
odds = back
evens = belly
100 scull after #10 and #20
Fly drill set:
8 x 75, done as:
25 easy speed fly working on streamline and breakouts + 25 easy DAB + 25 chest press fly drill
Hot tub, 10 minutes
As I was sitting in the hot tub, a kid had an accident in the pool and it was closed down. I went to the pool a bit earlier than usual today, so I lucked out and didn't have my workout interrupted.
I sent in my entries for the Sprint Classic today, and am "negotiating" attendance.
50 back, 28.7
50 breast, 35.9*
50 fly, 27.5
50 free, 25.9
All 4 25s, times about what I did last year.
* Hulk will say I'm sandbagging, but I still don't really believe I went a 34.1 tapered last year. That swim is therefore in the fluke category until I do it again.
My transfer of affiliation will be effective then, so I am back to swimming for GMU.
Other plyos/plyo info:
double leg power hop with stepback lunge twist: http://www.realjock.com/article/757/
box jack, http://fliiby.com/file/396630/lxbvinp6on.html
scissor lunge, http://fliiby.com/file/411979/vxl2lso4hy.html
Here's a good pic of a rack chin or rack pull up. I really like these. I haven't attempted to do them with a barbell though.
Updated October 7th, 2009 at 10:45 PM by The Fortress
hanging reverse crunches, 3 x 15
long arm crunches, 2 x 50
bicycles, 2 x 50
rack chins, 3 x 15
burpees with push up and air squat, 2 x 10 (These are exhausting!)
squats on FM machine (had to play around with weight), 190 x 1 x 5, 210 x 1 x 5, 230 x 1 x 5, 250 x 1 x 5, 270 x 1 x 5
bicep curl w/BB, 50 x 5 x 5
standing lat pulldown, 150 x 5 x 5
leg extensions, 110 x 1 x 5, 120 x 3 x 5
external and internal rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm
Day #2 of the hot yoga experiment. Wow, it was much easier today and I tolerated the heat much better. I didn't have the urge to sprint out of the room after 60 minutes or the uncomfortable feeling that my face might blow up. I also went through 3 bottles of water.
I definitely like the heat for stretching. And the hot yoga poses don't unduly put pressure on the shoulders, which is nice (and unlike other forms of yoga). But I'm still rather klutzy in terms of balance. I think it takes awhile to acquires this skill.
One odd thing I noticed today is that, after weights, it is somewhat difficult to constantly be holding your arms over your head in streamline position. However, this is the one thing I can do better than the yoginis. lol
More yoga-kinis than ever today. And some dude did 2 back to back classes ...
I still wish it wasn't such a time drain.
Did a quick search about calorie burning and found these links:
Hard to believe it's comparable to jogging in terms of calories burned. Of course, jogging is not running either ...
Here are a list of the reported/supposed benefits:
Some of the benefits of Bikram Yoga:
Works every organ, gland, nerve, tendon, ligament and muscle in the whole body every Bikram Yoga session
Expands your capacity to breathe deeply and fully
Prevents injury and may prevent or improve chronic illness
Promotes better sleep, you may even need to sleep less
Fabulous body toning effects
Weight loss or gain depending on your body's needs
Improvement in posture and body awareness
Improve the healing and regenerative powers of your body
Improvement in T-cell function and your immune system
Improvement in your lymphatic system
Lengthening and strengthening of muscles
Improvement in peripheral circulation
Improvement in metabolism / digestion
Gives the body a cardiovascular workout without negative impacting forces
Nervous system is exercised
Endocrine and exocrine glands are massaged and stimulated to better function
Muscular and skeletal network are enhanced
Weight bearing exercise will help prevent osteoporosis
Improves heart and lung function
Improves back conditions of pain and misalignment
Improves flexibility of your spine in its range of motion in all directions allowing the improvement in function of your central nervous system. Better nervous system communication means a better functioning body and mind
Helps cultivate a sense of well being and a more peaceful mind
Integration of both sides of the brain to improve memory, learning, body coordination and balance
Builds mental strength and teaches you to hold your mind in a focused and meditative state
Saw this on Glenn's FB page:
I know my own head is certainly elevated some, though I recall ehoch saying there is absolutely nothing good about this type of head position.
Hoping to go to the gym and pool tomorrow, though I have a couple other obligations. We'll see how fast I can move ...
Mini Fort got her third game ball in volleyball last night. I fear her serious swimming days may be numbered ... she thinks volleyball is just "more fun." My littlest one, on the other hand, continues to be enamored with swimming. And it is fairly comical to watch her attempt to learn flip turns.
Updated October 6th, 2009 at 05:34 PM by The Fortress
Super busy day. Only had time for the following, which I suppose is all I should be doing on the CDVB schedule.
12 x 25, no fins:
3 back, 3 left side, 3 right side, 3 belly
3 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 100 EZ)
50 SDK on back, 23
50 fly, 25
50 fly, 25
(Fly felt dreadful, all choppy and splashy, likely because I haven't swum it fast since Indy.)
3 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)
I'm ticked off today. Among other things, I may not be able to attend the Sprint Classic because of pressure to attend some politically necessary event. Blech. I was hoping to celebrate my 5th year anniversary as a masters swimmer that day rather than doing something tedious. If I can't make it, I need another yards meet around the end of October or early November. Any suggestions?
I'm hoping to hit the gym and swim tomorrow. Or maybe hot yoga again at noon after weights.
Updated October 5th, 2009 at 11:08 PM by The Fortress
700 variety swim, kick, drill
10 x (25 UW shooter on back, no fins, + 25 EZ)
10 x 50 @ 1:00
25 easy speed fly + 25 easy, working on breakouts
12 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 50 EZ)
5-6 dolphin kick shooter on belly
7-8 flutter kick shooter
Whew, I was definitely tired this weekend after a more intense week of training. I was DEAD on Saturday. I slept in today and felt more rested. If I carry on with this plan, I anticipate the weekends being more about recovery.
AM: Hot Yoga:
As promised, I made it to my first hot yoga class. I think I liked it better than other yoga I've done -- you can get really flexy when you're so hot. But it was really really hot those last 30 minutes, and the 90 minute class went long. I'm fair skinned and my face was bright red. Next time, I'm bringing more water and putting ice in it. G2 was definitely not the right thing to bring to class.
In general, I'm pretty flexible, but my balance isn't the greatest compared to the real yogis. I was told it burned 1,000 calories, which seems like a lot. You definitely lose a lot of water weight; I was drenched! I can't believe some yogis do this 2x a day ...
Didn't get in as long a session in as I had hoped -- too many errands and chatting with an old friend at the gym. But I did manage this:
leg press, 270 x 3 x 10 (fast)
bench press, 70 x 1 x 8 (fast), 60 x 2 x 8 (fast)
tricep press, 45 x 3 x 10 (fast)
yates row (first time I'd ever done it, had to play around with the weight), 95 x 1 x 20, 115 x 1 x 10, 135 x 1 x 10, 145 x 1 x 8
internal and external rotators, 10 x 2 x 15 each arm
lunges w/20 lb DBs, 2 x 15
hanging reverse crunches, 3 x 15
straight leg raises lifting hips off bench, 2 x 15
dead bugs on bosu, 3 x 25 (much harder on the bosu, Pete. )
I do think the yoga took some toll on the weights. I felt more tired than usual. I guess I'm just used to lifting weights first and in the am.
I have two GFs coming over tonight (can't go out have to babysit a coed teenage group, lol). Will definitely be drinking our fav buttery chard.
Lovely! Woke up this morning and everything (well, except my head, ankles and knees) was sore. I guess 5 x 5 heavy weight is rather hard ... Probably should have eased into the weights more, but I ain't got time for that patience stuff with my current plan.
Instead of hitting the gym again today, I had a lunchtime swim with Pete at Mason. We had planned an AFAP 100 lactate set -- it's good to have company and someone to race for those. I must admit my stomach was a little queasy afterward ... Anyway, here's how it went:
SCY @ GMU w/Speedo:
900 variety swim, kick, drill
10 x 50 @ whatever, done as:
25 UW shooter + 25 EZ DAB
1-6, no fins (2 back, 2 belly, 2 back)
7-10, fast w/fins (3 back, 1 belly -- I'm almost a second faster on my back)
50 EZ (during Pete's "nature break" )
3 x (100 AFAP + 200 EZ) @ 6:30-7:00 (estimate)
I did the 100s backstroke with fins, which matched up well with Pete swimming free. Gawd, these hurt.
Went 53 low, 53 mid, 54 low.
I had to summon some extra energy on the 4th length of the 3rd one so Pete didn't catch me. These times are significantly faster than a set of 5 x 100 back w/fins I did on May 20. In that set, I held 57-58s. I was shocked when I saw a 53 on the clock on the first one. I'm assuming I was so much faster because I had Pete pushing me and because I stayed under water longer (from what I can recall) than in May. I took at least 10 SDK on each length (my guess: 13-14, 12, 10-11, 10 per 25). Maybe GMU is slightly faster than the other pool I typically train in solo -- though I always swim in the deep end there too. Edit: checked my blog again. I lifted weights the am before my May lactate set. That could have made some difference, as I did weights yesterday before this set instead.
15 minutes in hottub
Saw Mike aka the "Cage Fighter" at the pool swimming and kicking. He looks like he's lost weight from the Wardian distance workouts I always skip.
Hoping to go to hot yoga at 10:00 am tomorrow and, after a rest, do some explosive lifting in the PM. I hope Hulk is right and that I won't be toast after the yoga. After the last 3 days of training, I could use a good tonight!
Here's a nice little video of how I am currently swimming: Sip gatorade, quick dunk in the water, and repeat at leisure.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW_-oyAldfo&feature=player_embedded"]YouTube - Cat Under Sink[/ame]
Updated October 1st, 2009 at 09:28 PM by The Fortress
standing lat pulldown, 150 x 5 x 5
(some warm up sets at lower weight)
bench press, 90 x 5 x 5
(some warm up sets at lower weight)
goblet squat, 70 x 1 x 10, 75 x 2 x 10
(added 20-25 lbs, I was slacking before)
elevated crunches, 2 x 25
reverse decline crunches w/10 lb weight held by feet, 2 x 25
dead bugs 3 x 25
bicycles 3 x 50
back extensions w/10 lb plate, 2 x 25
cable twist w/yoga ball, 50 x 1 x 15, each side, 60 x 1 x 10, each side
(added 10-20 lbs weight, was previously slacking on these as well apparently)
total ab machine, 120 x 3 x 15
push ups, 2 x 15
prone scapular scrunches, w/hand weights, 2 x 25
scapular wall slides, 2 x 25
chops on yoga ball w/ hand weights, 2 x 15, thumbs up and thumbs down
internal and external rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm
I'm persisting in making like CVDB even though I don't know WTH he does in the gym. Most elite routines, with the exception of Lezak, seem like a bit of a mystery ...
Since Q pointed out that CVDB is hitting the gym 3-4 x per week, I'll probably do that instead of 4-5. I'm also going to shift to the Q-sage advise and go with the 5 x 5 heavy reps on the core strengthening exercises. Seems more consistent with the CVDB focus.
I wish I had more info on explosive lifting. I'm going to PM a forum friend to see if he can give me some additional guidance.
I meant to swim today. I was planning a cruise + a few fast 25s, but had to leave the gym for a Mini Fort "forgot to tell you I needed X" emergency. There are a ridiculous amount of those emergencies in my life ... I plan to swim with Speedo tomorrow, doing some shooters and 3 x 100 AFAP. Other than an occasional 100 like this, I'm going to stick to 25s and 50s to stay "specific" as Jazz notes is desirable. On that specificity note, however, it doesn't seem terribly "specific" to do all 4 strokes ...
I'm wondering what to do about filling the soon to be aerobic conditioning void in my life. If I eliminate spinning, running and aerobic work in the pool, I am worried I could get twitchy or suffer endorphin withdrawal. I MAY go to a Bikram yoga class on Friday to try it out. I have been abysmal about stretching since Nationals and perhaps this would help on that front. And it might be especially advisable with the emphasis on strength in the gym.
I could go here; it's pretty close to my house:
http://www.fallschurchyoga.com/schedule.shtml. I wonder if hot yoga kills you for the day or you can do something after?
Anyone have any other thoughts?
I was also mulling over upright rows, as they seem to be a good compound exercise. Found this in a quick search:
"The upright row is a controversial weight training exercise performed by holding a barbell with the overhand grip and lifting it straight up to the collarbone. This is a compound exercise that involves the trapezius, the deltoids and the biceps. The narrower the grip the more the trapezius muscles are exercised, as opposed to the deltoids. Dumbbells, an EZ Curl bar, or a cable machine can be used instead of a standard barbell.
Due to the amount of internal rotation of the humerus during this movement, many trainers and organizations (such as the ACSM and NFPT) consider this a contraindicated exercise for all trainees. Most will at least advise those with shoulder impingement issues to avoid it. Abstaining from raising the bar above the chest line will help in avoiding injury. If pain arises, stop this exercise immediately, as it may be an indicator of a pinched nerve. Substitutes include shoulder shrugs for upper trapezius development and lateral raises for lateral deltoids.
While the movement resembles the end portion of the high pull it works different muscle groups. In the upright row, the shoulders provide the force to lift the weight upwards. In the high pull, the majority of the force is generated by the lower body, with the scapulae providing the rest of the force, and the arms are raised in response to and not as the cause of the rising bar."
I would think the impingement concerns wouldn't be a real worry if the weight was low and one was doing it more as a stability exercise?
Article: cheating for over the top elites & masters?
Updated September 30th, 2009 at 10:31 PM by The Fortress
I've decided to take Ande's advice and make like Cameron Van der Burgh until taper time for SCM Zones. So I plan to hit the gym 4-5x week and hit the pool 4-5x week. Pool work will consist of: (1) warm up/recovery swims; (2) hypoxic/SDK work; and (3) speed work. I don't plan on doing any aerobic work whatsoever unless I'm swimming with my team at my usual Sunday am practice. Of course, you get some aerobic work just doing what I have planned ... Bottom line: more gym, less pool yardage. Since I only plan on 50s and a couple 100s for the rest of the year and am done with my forays into 200s and the OW, I think this experiment is worthwhile. Or at least it will be a nice test to see if it works for masters ... Since I have lost some strength from almost 2 weeks off from the gym, I wish I had a bit more than 7 weeks for the experiment, but such is life. The only aerobic work I think I'll really miss is some of my kicks sets, especially with the MF. Perhaps I'll do one on occasion, if I feel the need to relieve boredom, although this might undercut the efficacy of the experiment perhaps.
Not sure about any other cross training in the form of running or spinning ... I might do some. Any thoughts on this? I'm also unsure how much to ease off before the Sprint Classic ... I'd like to swim some fairly fast 50s there, since it's probably my last yards meet of 2009 without a full taper.
leg extension, 90 x 3 x 10, 60 x 2 x 10 (fast)
HS hi row, 150 x 3 x 10, 100 x 2 x 10 (fast)
single arm standing "push" on double cable machine, 25 x 2 x 15, each arm, 30 x 1 x 15 each arm
goblet squats, 55 x 3 x 15
reat delt fly, 70 x 3 x 15
leg press, 330 x 23 x 10, 250 x 2 x 10 (fast)
rack chins (dropping ass), 3 x 15
long arm crunches, 2 x 50
crunches w/med ball, 2 x 25
dead bugs, 3 x 25
windshield wipers holding 12.5 DBs, 3 x 25
lunge-lunge-standing broad jump, 1 x 15
lateral box jumps for 1:00 (these are hard one the outside calf muscle -- I must never use this muscle)
scapular wall slides, 2 x 25
prone scapular scrunches, 2 x 25
internal and external rotators, 10 x 3 x 15, each arm
seated straight arm dips for RC, 60 x 2 x 25
stretching, 15 minutes, drive to pool
200 fly drills
20 x 25, done as
odds = UW SDK shooter (no fins, Ande )
(3 back, 2 belly, 2 flutter)
evens = 25 EZ
5 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 100 EZ)
50 SDK on back, :23
50 back, high :24
50 free, :25 (missed turn)
50 SDK, :23
50 back, :25 (tired)
Could definitely feel the weights on the swim! I usually feel it the next day, but not this time.
I realized today that I almost never do 50 frees in practice. Wonder why? I guess I'm always defaulting to backstroke. I usually just do AFAP 25s freestyle ...
Had a random thought whilst swimming today. Why can I take out my 100 IMs like a bat out of hell, but tend to hold back on my 100 backs and 100 frees on the first 50? Why so willing to die on one, but not the other? I guess the order of strokes in the IM dictate that ... Or maybe the pain/dying in my 100 IMs have changed my race strategy for other 100s.
Updated September 29th, 2009 at 07:43 PM by The Fortress
Did a fairly brief recovery type workout. Not quite up to cranking it all the way up today. I'd like to have a boring October; I feel like June-Sept were just crazed.
750 variety swim, kick, drill
40 x 50s, done as
1-10 = breaststroke kick @ 1:05
11-20 = breaststroke pull @ 1:00
21-30 = 25 easy speed fly + 25 easy @ 1:00
31-40 = 25 UW shooter on back (no fins) + 25 easy @ 1:10
Meet Plans for 2009-10:
I need to sort out my meet schedules for the rest of the year. Right now, I am planning on the Sprint Classic on Oct. 25 (which I wish was a week later), the Thanksgiving SCM meet at the Freedom Center (though it's not on the PV masters schedule yet ...) and a day or two at CZ SCM Zones in Flushing Meadow NY. The last two are back-to-back meets, which gives me pause. I'd like to see the order of events for these meets, so I can figure out what is doable.
I've already swum the 100 back and 100 fly in SCM this year, so I would prefer to focus on/be able to enter without huge timing issues the 4 50s and the 100 IM in SCM. And possibly do the 100 back again. I wish there was another yards meet in 2009 where I could swim the 100 IM before the likely suit ban is imposed, but I may not get around to that as I'm swimming the 4 50s at the Sprint Classic. The Sprint Classic will be my official 5th anniversary as a competitive masters swimmer. My very first swim as a masters swimmer was the 100 IM at that meet back in 2005 in a speedo endurance tank.
Ande has suggested that I train like Cameron VDB: http://www.casttv.com/video/2tdv76/m...-18-2009-video
I actually haven't watched the video yet. But I understand he has little pool time (4x a week) and mega gym today. Edit: Watched it. He seemed a little vague about the water time, referring to 3-400 recovery swims and then "high speed drills."
This might be a good course of action for the next 6 weeks until taper time. I'm kind of done with aerobic work for a bit, though I'll get some at my usual Sunday am team practice. I'm thinking that's plenty right now ...
My coach told me on Sunday that GMU was awarded the CZ meet again in April. Great news! This might be my taper meet for SCY, though the relays really complicate that effort. (I'm not planning a Feb. taper this year.) I'm just leery of mentioning the words "travel meet" (i.e., Atlanta) yet. It's too soon after a long Nats vaca at Indy. But I'm not planning on Puerto Rico, so it's a possibility.
In terms of LC meets, and looking way ahead, if we don't have a LC meet in PV (or even if we do), I might opt to go to New England LC Champs in June. I guess it depends where they are ... last summer, they were at an excellent pool at Middlebury. This has the advantage of leaving July and August, which are cluttered with swim meets and vacations, free of training and taper worry. I'd probably only go to this meet if I skipped Atlanta. Have to mull the options over, and what makes the most sense for the fam.
Jimby has now been in the woods since Friday. Poolraat skart me with talk of bears. I just hope he makes it out of the woods intact on Wed or Thurs as planned.
Ordered a new suit today:
There were no Pros in my size and only 3 TYR suits left in my size (at least at swimoutlet). I expect companies have been flooded by USA-S orders.
Updated September 29th, 2009 at 10:54 AM by The Fortress
More Fall Ball:
Here's the video of Jazz and I swimming the "100 free" at the Fall Ball (with a little cameo of Jackie O. ...) Jazzy's fly looks very smooth. I was way too deep -- no wonder I had trouble seeing/reaching the touchpad at the finish ... lol. Kirk said we should be deeked for delay of meet.
I could hear Allison in the background saying "what's the point?" lol. The point was fun. I'd definitely do a 50 SDK in that setting again.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U12FIYZwwX4"]YouTube - Leslie & Brian's 100 free[/ame]
I did get my 100 back splits: 31.6/33.1, basically almost even split b/c the differential was mainly the start. No split on my 50 SDK. Just didn't hit the touchpad hard enough.
Had a blast at the PV swim wedding. It's pretty funny when the groom welcomes everyone by first asking "How many of you went to swim practice or coached a practice this morning before coming?" We got swim caps as favors and these were seen in abundance on the dance floor. Many of us plan to wear them at the Sprint Classic next month. And the very handsome and beautiful bride and groom even posed for a swim shot (see below). I'm surprised Wally didn't give Jeff a little push ...
Updated September 28th, 2009 at 04:25 PM by The Fortress
No razzle dazzle, but plenty of fun. The pool was very nice - couldn't believe it was a high school pool(s)! It was nice to see some of the PV gang (though many seemed to take a pass either because of recent tris/OW or the upcoming PV nuptials.) And it was great to see Jazz again, and he was very speedy!
My times were fairly solid, but I had some technical difficulties. Felt like I had serious SCY rust. It was probably good to attempt to work out some kinks at this meet. I was also thrown off some by a switcheroo. I could tell in warm up that the backstroke flags were set at 5 meters. But I didn't know until after the 50 back that they were switched back to 5 yards before racing started.
I did feel tired in the water. This confirms my thinking that I just cannot compete very well two weekends in a row. However, since I had no expectations of this meet and used it for training, all was fine.
I also felt kind of "weak" strength wise. I suspect this is from doing weights only once in the last 2 weeks. I've also been completely unfaithful to my RC exercises.
50 back, 28.7
Did this as a split request in the 200. Took too many strokes from the flags in and jammed the first turn a bit. Took fewer strokes from the flags in at the finish and glided about 3 yards or so. lol. Jazz and Paul estimated a .5-.6 time loss on the finish. Still, it's about what I expected to go. If I had gone a low 28 right now, that would have been very surprising.
My stroke felt choppy and I had no zip/decelerated on the breakouts.
100 back, 1:04.8
Did this at about 90-95%. Wasn't sufficiently HTFU'd to kill myself with a total all out effort. (Felt slightly less guilty when Neill admitted to taking the same approach.) Turns/finish were better than the 50 (which Hulk seems to have called a "split-splat :P), and I SDK'd a fair amount. Just no real zip and took it out somewhat leisurely. (10 lashes from Ande.) There are no splits yet; that's just how it felt.
"100 free," missed split
I didn't feel inspired to swim a real 100 free. Since Jazz was doing a 50 fly on his first 50 of the 100 free, I decided to do a 50 SDK. I opted for doing it on my belly. Kinda wish I had flipped over and done it on my back, which I think is faster.
I almost hit the bottom of the pool about halfway on the first length. lol This is hard to do as the pool was 7 feet deep at that spot ... Had to come up practically vertical at the open turn and finish to get to the walls. Apparently, I didn't hit the touchpad hard enough to get a split ... Think it was probably around 30 or so though, nothing too fast. I did a 31+ from a push a week or so ago without a B70.
The officials were pretty entertained by our 100 free heat. The referee, who I had chatted with throughout the meet after arranging my split request, laughed and wryly observed that I had gone past the 15 meter mark. I smiled and agreed he should DQ me, but he decided not to since he'd never seen anyone do a 50 SDK at a meet before.
Allison taped our "100 frees" since Jazz and I were in adjacent lanes. She said she lost track of me since I was too deep, so we can all look forward to seeing Jazz.
Not bad. My backstroke times were comparable to those I swam last September at the Shootout (there, I went 29.1 and 1:04.7) and I felt relatively more "rust" at this meet. If I had gone slower than 1:05.1, I would have had admit a defeat by the Geek, and send him more caps as penance. Fortunately, this humiliation was narrowly avoided.
Now, back to sprinting and the weight room. No more cushy aerobic sets and OW cruising!
Updated September 26th, 2009 at 09:16 PM by The Fortress
As I was running around like a maniacal nut job today, someone bashed my car. I was in some store or another, and he/she didn't leave a note. It was on the passenger side, so I didn't even notice it until I got home. What a freaking hassle ... between that and my iphone theft and other stuff, I'm having a streak of bad luck. Argh!
Before I knew of this mess, I went to my gym and did the following:
750 variety swim, kick, drill
9 x (25 UW shooter, no fins + 25 EZ)
3 belly, 3 side, 3 back
3 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)
Total: 1675 meters
Sit in hottub and steam room.
I don't feel as tired today. My right calf is still twingey, but much better from the rest it got this week from weights/run/mega-finning.
This is the first meet in a long time that I view as purely a training meet. I have no real expectations for my times. Just going to see where I'm at (with not much sprint work lately) and have fun. Then, Sunday, I will take the day off to attend the Roddin-Oplinger nuptials. Monday, back to the sprinting grindstone.
SCY Top Ten:
She Puff alerted me that TT final times were out. Here's a comparison for me of 2008 and 2009:
50 free, 10th, 25.99
50 back, 5th, 29.34
100 back, 7th, 1:04.76
50 fly, 6th, 27.67
100 fy, 8th, 1:04.25
100 IM, 10th, 1:06.84
50 free, 4th, 24.94
50 back, 2nd, 27.90
100 back, 6th, 1:02.84
200 back, 8th, 2:22.36
50 fly, 4th, 27.06
100 fly, 3rd, 1:01.33
100 IM, 7th, 1:04.11
So relatively better this year. Mary Beth Windrath, as promised, got my split request in after I sent her the documentation. No thanks to the Dixie Zone officials, Geekity!
Updated September 25th, 2009 at 06:16 PM by The Fortress
Like one of my very sweet blog followers, , I only had 45 minutes or so to hit the pool today. Had to take Mini-Fort in for x-rays. She may have broken her finger playing volleyball. Fortunately, she can swim with the finger just not play volleyball. lol
Anyway, here's what I eked out:
750 variety swim, kick, drill
5 x (25 UW shooter on back + 25 EZ), no fins
5 x (25 AFAP free + 25 EZ)
1 x 50 back AFAP w/fins (:24)
Sheesh! Maybe I need to make like Smith and start taking Optycon or something ... Or maybe I'm coming down with something ... Or maybe I'm just old.
Must say I was relieved to go a :24 in my 50 AFAP back. I was slightly worried I'd see a :26 pop up as I've done relatively little sprinting lately b/c of Savageman. I didn't feel real zippy in the sprints. But I did feel fine underwater.
Now, on to the Fall Ball. I've checked out the heat sheets and timeline. I need to revise my line up and figure out what to do. There is only 45 minutes between the 200 back and 100 back. There is no way, no matter how much I HTFU, that I can recover from a 200 back that quickly. So I either scratch the 200 back or do a split request and swim a 50. Neill Williams suggested the latter and I may take him up on that suggestion. So that would mean: 50 back, 100 back (in Neill's heat -- WTH?!) and 100 free. As previously stated, I am unmoved to do a 200 IM and will scratch that off my list.
There are also some unofficial relays, including a 400 fly relay. I may do one of those with some friends. I'm swimming the meet Unattached, and you can team up with whomever you want as the relays are unofficial.
But the best part of the Fall Ball is I am car pooling with Jazz Hands for his first PV meet! Can't wait to see him again. Haven't seen him, though I've clearly been taking scads of advice, since Austin.
Now I just have to decide what suit to wear. If there really is a chance that USMS will ban suits as of Oct. 1, I really should wear my Jaked. On the other hand, I didn't like it that much for the one 50 back I swam in it at Nats ... Still, there could have been other factors there (like being freaked out by Chris' DQ and really botching my start). I'll likely just wear my B70 and gamble that the ban, if it happens, will be effective on 1/1/10. As I've said, i'll be pissed if it isn't because the rest of the world has already been swimming SCM. We shall see ... I guess it's possible FINA could take its bloody time making an announcement.
Updated September 24th, 2009 at 05:53 PM by The Fortress
Today, I pirated Geek's solo workout. Since I've stepped into OW, begun purchasing 2XU gear and am a member of USTA, I thought I must as well go whole hog.
I treated the practice as a recovery workout essentially. I am still worn out from the weekend. I must be the slowest recovering masters swimmer ever ... I'm always dead after a meet for a few days. In light of that, I'm just going to coast the rest of this week. Awhile ago, I had mentioned that after 4-5 weeks of hard training, my body seems to demand a break. So I think this will be the week it gets it. Timing is probably good anyway as my right calf is still sore and the Fall Ball is Saturday, just 6 days after my OW escapade. I'm definitely scratching the 200 IM. Just the sound of those words makes me want to take a nap. lol. I'll get back to hard training -- and sprint training -- next week.
850 variety swim, kick, drill
6 x 75 free @ 1:15
10 x 50 backstroke kick @ 1:00
4 x 200 back w/fins @ 3:00, negative split
6 x 50 lungbusters = underwater dolphin kicking with a breath (but not a coffee break) at the turn @ 1:15
odds = belly
evens = back
I've downloaded the pics from Savageman, but haven't had a chance to look at them or edit them.
Julie is very anxious to get her wall pic! I snapped one where she was getting up and back on the bike. She is much further than halfway up that killer hill!
Here's a few of them, including the Western Port wall, shots of Mr. Fort and Julie heading up it, and some geezer relay shots.
Updated September 23rd, 2009 at 10:19 PM by The Fortress
Still feeling pretty flattened today from the race, sleep deprivation, traveling etc. Just hopped on the bike for 30 minutes and stretched a bit. Really lazy for me. Will go to the pool tomorrow afternoon. Hope most of the kinks are worked out by Saturday for the Fall Ball. This will be the first time I've swum in races on back to back weekends. I'm working on shortening my "refractory period."
So I jumped way out of my comfort zone and into Deep Creek Lake ... (where's the "take the plunge" emotion, Anna Lea?).
First off, I want to say I had a fabulous time at the event, which had a wonderful festival like atmosphere and beautiful setting. And I appreciate all the great advice everyone took the time and effort to give me! Many thanks on that score!
But what happens if you put a drop dead sprinter in the OW for the first time at age 48?*
(*I'm not sure I even qualify as a drop dead sprinter using Ande's calculations. My 200 back time is worse than 2 x my 100 back + 14 seconds ... Does that make me a drop drop dead sprinter or a drop dead dead sprinter?)
Here's the recap:
The Vienna Geezer Jocks finished 5th in the coed relay for the half iron division. Our overall time was 5:36. (We would have been 4th in the all male division. lol) We were the #1 all masters relay. All the teams that beat us had a 20 something youngster -- my running relay mate did all the internet research and observation at transition.
Note: Quicksilver accurately predicted my time!
I was the first female relay contestant out of the water with a 29:44. I was actually thrilled to go under 30 minutes, as I said I would be. But, boy, I made absolutely every rookie mistake in the book and am a stinky OW swimmer:
1. I sprinted at the start. NOT a good idea for a drop drop dead sprinter. I should have listened to Jimby and I promptly texted him with permission to say "I told you so." I went into lactic acid pain after 200 yards or so. The next 500 I was wishing I could climb out! lol I vaguely settled into a groove later. I think the race would have been more pleasant and less painful if I had built into it like I did in my 22 x 100 pool swim.
2. I didn't/couldn't draft except for the smallest portion. The fast 25-29 guys and the faster male relay swimmers were just too far ahead, and I had trouble seeing anyone else. As a result, I felt like I was slightly in no man's land. I did draft off a guy for awhile. He apparently didn't like this as he swung wide. There was another (much younger) woman who was very close to me in the swim (29:48). We actually chatted at the start. She is an OW swimmer. I should have known she was reasonably fast and tried to keep track of her when she lined up at the right front at the start. In fact, she was ahead of me the whole race until the last 200 yards. How do I know this?
3. I did quite a bit of evilstroke! 100 lashings. I couldn't see where the F I was, so occasionally I took a couple evilstrokes to check the field and look for other swimmers. (I recognized her goggles at various junctures.) In fact, she was breaststroking around the huge inflatable turtle at the first turnaround point and I was right behind her, forced to evilstroke as well. (But, Bob, it didn't make my legs feel bad at all!)
4. Trouble at the first buoy. In my attempt not to swim 20 feet away from the buoy, I was rather close on the first one. In fact, the swimmer in front of me smacked his/her head right into it. Yikes! This caused me to evilstroke for a few seconds as well as that person stopped abruptly. I seemed to be reasonably close to the other buoys without going way way off course. Though I definitely wasn't swimming straight and had to keep correctly some. I love my lane lines.
5. I didn't kick enough. I realized this after. I was so preoccupied with feeling adrift and staying on course, I forgot this basic thing. I think it would have helped me. On the other hand, I'm not used to either LD freestyle or kicking on LD freestyle, so I tend (even if the pool) to lapse into a 2 beat kick. But this meant my legs were somewhat fresh and I could hightail it up that nasty hill toward the bike transition area. I was one of the few running. The tris, very understandably, seemed to be recovering before hopping on their bikes. All except the other relay girl who came out of the water right after me. I wasn't going to let her pass me on the run!
5. mj's advice about taking a few seconds before starting the run up the hill was good. I got out of the water very slowly, and was able to start running pretty quickly. Well, jogging is more accurate.
6. I guess the thing I disliked the most was that I felt like I was swimming in the dark. The lake seemed black to me and I couldn't see anything underwater. And I'm an unskilled sighter. Upon reflection, I think I preferred swimming in the ocean at Wrightsville beach despite the waves. The ocean water is so much lighter and clearer, I didn't feel like I was in the dark.
7. The water temp and air temp were ideal. Thanks to my wetsuit, I didn't feel cold at all.
For Ande: I just wore my Title IX sport bikini under my 2XU. I didn't have time to change at transition. I just ripped off my wet suit, pulled on running shorts and hopped in the car to get to the Western Port wall in time to see Mr. Fort. We got there only a few minutes before he arrived, and I also got to see Julie try to summit it.
How my time stacked up:
I had the fastest women's relay time, as I noted. There were three female Pros who swam faster with 24:11, 26:21 and 28:06. The 24 was by Susan Williams, 2000 triathlon bronze medalist. She was amazing and I got to see her a couple times on the course. The other Olympic triathlete (from 2004) swam the course in 32:55. Julie swam the course in 31:22, though the poor thing had her googles break. (Her fiance Jeff really rocked the swim!) Note: Julie swam WAY faster that that b/c they messed up her swim/transition time, for the second year in a row. She was a 28+, which is smoking and much more consistent with her other times. She is a great distance swimmer. (And, as aside from the Western Wall where she put in max effort, she had a very good bike leg.)
One other real female swimmer in the relays (from what our intelligence gleaned) was 20 years old and a 500 freestyler in high school. She swam a 34:49 for the winning coed relay, Team Generation XYZ.
Mr. Fort did great. He's only been cycling for a few months and chose a super hard course for his first bike race. He completed the 55 mile course in 3:25. He said he gained ground on the hills and got clobbered on the descents. He knew this was coming because he didn't have the technical skills of the other riders. He also didn't have the gear. He was on a 2005 Trek with no aero bars. Everyone else in the bike rack for the relays had serious bikes, aero bars, bibs and those cone helmets. But I think he was super pleased with how he did. He summited the Western Port Wall fairly easily. He went straight up and was very glad no one was weaving in front of him. He was hurting on the Killer Miller climb.
One relay cyclist (from the winning coed team and a master) was crazy fast. He biked a 2:49 on the course. I think the winning Pro (Bjorn Anderson), who is in his prime, set the course record and biked a 2:43.
Our runner did wonderfully well. He struggled more on the hills than he anticipated (though he had run the course before). He is a much better runner on the flats. But he ran a hilly half marathon in 1:39, which was the 3rd fastest time among the relay runners. He passed several relay teams to pull us up in the standings.
He was very fortunate. About a mile into his race, he paired up with one of the ironman racers (a 46 year old Kona qualifer, who went on to finish 10th overall, I believe). They paced each other and drafted the rest of the way.
1. Watching at the Western Port Wall was amazing. There were huge crowds. Many many folks with cowbells. Despite Geek's admonition, I purchased an annoying cowbell for our girls and they whacked away at it for every biker attempting the climb. So many people just fell over as they were riding slowly up the hill. I had never seen anything like it before. And, when you're clipped in, it looks like it really hurts. There were people dressed as "devils" encouraging the bikers as they made their way up the hill.
2. Even elite Pros make mistakes -- I saw one guy fall off his bike when dismounting to transition to the run. I saw one guy fall off his trainer that he was warming up on in the transition area.
3. The hills were brutal. Truly, the triathletes there participating are a of a different breed. I was told the blogs and discussion boards had many comments saying some tris just wouldn't do Savageman because it was too hard.
4. I didn't see anyone that wasn't in a wetsuit. I did notice that there weren't that many people warming up. I guess some tris use the swim as their warm up.
5. Today I feel like someone took a hammer to my back and shoulders. lol. And my lats were burning after the race. Don't think I'll be doing a test set with Pete tomorrow. I will be cruising and trying to recover for the Fall Ball.
6. Super glad to have done it. Enjoyed our relay comraderie and the convivial atmosphere. But it was tough! My previous longest race was 2:20+, so this was a big jump to say the least.
7. Oh, and my B70 goggles were great. I didn't have any trouble with fogging or the sun.
8. I did get chaffing around the back of my neck at the hairline where I didn't put body glide. So I guess I needed it!
Updated September 21st, 2009 at 11:35 PM by The Fortress
Drove to Deep Creek this morning arriving at 1:30 just in time to pick up our packets and attend the athlete briefing. It's so beautiful here ... Temps in the upper 60s, sunshine, foliage -- should be very good race conditions tomorrow, though possibly warm for the run.
I went on a swim in the course. Swam about one mile. Here's what I found out:
1. I can't swim straight. Without frequent sighting I'll end up in the middle of the lake!
2. I need to stay much closer to the buoys or I'll be going way more than 1.2 miles.
3. It's freaking dark in a lake. I can barely see someone swimming next to me! That's very odd after the pool ...
4. I have no idea how to pace this race. Not unexpected as I'm a sprinter. But at least I'll know when I'm at the 3/4 mark because there's a buoy fir the international finish.
5. There will be no dolphin diving to the finish. There's rocks all over at the start and finish.
6. The transition will be murder. You get out of the water and there's about 1/3 mile straight uphill to the bike transition area.
7. It's more tiring to swim in OW than a pool. No surprise there!
8. Triathlete love B70 wetsuits. Saw loads of them there.
9. Julie and Jeff swam this am. Julie had major trouble with her goggles fogging. Hope that doesn't happen tomorrow am.
I'm now ensconced in a lovely little cabin overlooking the bucolic lake. The girls are making a poster for us Vienna Geezer Jocks. The names of some of the coed teams are hilarious. One of my favs is "In the name of the donut."
My biggest challenge will be getting up at the crack of dawn. I'm not nervous at all, nothing like before a big meet. I think this reflects the fact that my inner control freak is subsiding over time.
I think swimming this race, in all my ignorance, should allow me to escape mocking fir being a wimpy sprinter fir at least one week!
800 variety swim/kick/drill
6 x 200 @ 3:00/3:30 (3 free, 3 kick)
16 x 25 UW shooters
odds = back
even = belly
10 x 50 w/fins @ 1:00
odds= evil pull
evens = single arm fly
Swim = 2000
Kick = 1200
I haven't done this much freestyle in ages ... lol. My evil pull feels pretty decent now. From a push, I was only taking 3 SPL. Of course that wasn't with fast hands and was with fins ... Now I need to work on my deplorable kick. This will require the use of pull buoy, which I don't own ...
Felt slow today, but I always feel sluggish the day after a massage. I've been mainlining coconut water and green tea today.
The forecast for Savagemen is pretty good. it should be around 50 when the swim starts with sunny conditions. I could definitely do without the fog of the last couple years! Must remember to bring my parka and Ugg boots. Haven't started packing yet. Just hate to pack.
We are leaving tomorrow after my daughter's soccer game and will try to get there for the 2:00 pm athlete briefing. I'm hoping I can amble through the course that afternoon. Julie and Jeff have already left and are camping for the weekend. We're in a cabin fairly near the start area.
I have two more stupid OW questions: What are you supposed to do with that long string hanging down the back that helps you unzip your suit? Just let it drag? Does one really need body glide for a 30 or so minute swim?
Updated September 18th, 2009 at 09:29 PM by The Fortress
850 variety swim, kick, drill
3 x (4 x 50) @ 1:00
#1-3 = UW SDK
#4 = EZ free
5 x (3 x 100)
#1 = free @ 1:40
#2 = back or breast @ 1:40/1:50
#3 = backstroke kick @ 1:50
Barely broke a sweat today. Just cruised along.
Got a massage today and they worked on my calf. It feels worse now though. I was running around at Fort Son's cross country meet today watching the runners and I was limping a bit. I hope I haven't pulled a "Quick" and strained it too much. I though it was just sore from the cramping in practice, but it could be the seated leg curl machine or the runs or a combo ... Oh, well, won't need it much except for the transition area for the OW swim. But I hope it's fine by the Fall Ball where I will need it! Got my "Leg Cramps" product (with quinine) in the mail today. Going to start taking it right away.
Question: Can someone tell me what is legal to wear under your wetsuit these days?
My Savageman relay mate sent this to Mr. Fort today, which gave me a laugh:
"Happy Birthday! How about celebrating your birthday by going on a leisurely Sunday bike ride with the following hills? Congrats on the milestone birthday!"
Name/"Savage" CategoryAvg Grade/Max Grade:
Toothpick, 4th Savagery,0.25 mi, 9%,16%
Westernport, Hors Savage, 1.2 mi, 12%, 31%
Big Savage Mtn, 1st Savagery, 2.4 mi, 6%, 21%
Savage River State Forest, 4th Savagery, 2.8 mi, 4%, 7%
McAndrews Hill, 2nd Savagery, 0.6 mi, 9%, 19%
Otto Lane, 2nd Savagery, 0.6 mi, 8%, 17%
Killer Miller, Hors Savage, 1.3 mi, 8%,
Maynardier Ridge, 3rd Savagery, 0.25 mi, 12%,
The percentages are the average grade and maximum grades. Ouch!
Doing Savageman is part of his birthday present ... if anyone was wondering the reason for my OW craziness ... Although Eney Jones remarked on FB that she had read someone predicting that I would now become an OW swimmer since B70s are legal there. hahaha
I received my certificate for breaking a NR in the 50 back at Colonies Zones in the mail today. I still can't believe it really happened ... lol
After months of pestering my health insurance company, I believe they are going to cave and pay my claim for the PRP treatments I received in 2008. They had previously denied the claim as, among other things, "experimental." It helped to have letters from my chiro and doc for the appeals and that WSJ article. And, seriously, it was way cheaper than surgery!
Updated September 17th, 2009 at 10:02 PM by The Fortress
Since I missed yesterday, I decided to get a short weight session in despite not wanting to do doubles this week. Didn't do too much. Had to restrain myself. lol
long arm crunches, 2 x 50
bicycles, 2 x 50
decline reverse crunches, 3 x 25
HS hi row, 90 x 1 x 5, 110 x 1 x 5, 130 x 1 x 10, 150 x 1 x 10, 170 x 1 x 10
HS bench press, 50 x 1 x 5, 70 x 1 x 5, 80 x 3 x 10
alternating hammers, 20 DBs x 2 x 30
external and internal rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm
prone scapular scrunches w/handweights, 2 x 25
scapular wall slides, 2 x 25
15 minutes of stretching. Tried to work on my right calf; I feel like I strained something there ... Keep forgetting to use the damn foam roller. I have a 30 minute massage scheduled for tomorrow to work on it.
Saw a very buff guying doing a cool exercise today that was sort of like Chris' Bruce Lee leg raises. He was using the bar where I do hanging ab work. He did a hanging straight leg raise and then just kept going, keeping his legs straight all the way up to the bar where his hands were. Crazy. Naturally, I tried it -- couldn't do it at all. Damn weak core!
Drove to the Rec Center to do a wetsuit workout with my 2XU. I know pool workouts can't really simulate OW, but I gave it a bit of a whirl with a set of 22 x 100 (The half iron is 2112, assuming one swims straight). I didn't go all out at all, but tried to build into the swims and keep a pretty good clip. The first 5 were basically extended warm up. I wore fins to de-weight the shoulder, but didn't kick at all or SDK off the turns. So I don't think they decreased my times too much. I mentally swam the 100s in groups of 5 so I wouldn't lose count as I am wont to do at virtually any distance ... I had decided to take 15 seconds of rest between the 100s, figuring I'd go around 1:10s. (This is my version of a short rest set, though I know some of you crazies do much worse.) When I went under 1:10, I just took 17-18 seconds rest.
22 x 100
#1-5, went 1:10s @ :15 RI
#6-10, went 1:08-09 @ :16-17 RI
#11-15, went 1:07-08 @ :17-18 RI
#16-17, went 1:07 @ :18 RI
#18-22, went 1:05-07 @ :18-20 RI
I didn't take any extra rest between the sets, just swam straight through. I swam the set, including the rest, in 29:30. The rest constituted about 5 minutes of the swim. Obviously wouldn't have gone quite as fast on the 100 splits without the rest (and wouldn't go as fast in OW w/o the pool walls). On the other hand, I wasn't going all out by any stretch. I didn't feel terrifically tired afterward, though I feel some arm fatigue now. It's hard for me to judge how long I can keep up a fairly fast rate without going into a nasty lactic acid phase. I think I'll try some alternating bursts of sprinting and cruising throughout the race.
I also began overheating at about #12, so suffered some on the last 10. When I took my wetsuit off afterward, my skin was hot. The pool temp was 82; Deep Creek is expected to be 68. So I shouldn't have this problem there.
I realize afterward that I should have done some sighting in there. Geek tells me he doesn't breathe when he sights. This seems like smart advice because then you're not lifting your head too high and disrupting your body position.
Then I did:
3 x (100 scull, 100 goswim free drill, 100 fly drill)
Has anyone used the Roctane GU gel instead of the regular GU gel? I tried one today. I can't say I noticed any real difference (besides price). But it was thinner than regular GU, which I think tends to taste like frosting. So, this seemed like a plus. And I liked the blueberry-pomegranate flavor.
1. Ande gave me the following helpful advice:
"swim the first 200 very strong,
then look around, who ever's near you must be pretty good, settle in behind them and draft
when you're close to the finish line attempt to sprint past them and win
find a fast large person & draft,
the bigger the better
180 lbs or more is ideal
150 - 180: OK
120 - 150: not so good
120 or less: avoid
100 pounders don't make much current
Watch the field look for challengers
Eye the course & know the currents.
even if you're drafting, check now and then to make sure you're swimming the right direction"
No one should want to draft off me!
2. I've also been told it's a good idea to dolphin dive to the finish when you're hands can almost touch the bottom. Never would have thought of that.
3. I also tried my B70 goggles today. I bought the yellow mirrored ones. They were actually cheaper than the usual Speedo goggles I use and astonishingly comfortable. I really liked them.
Got an email from the meet director confirming that there will be touch pads and that we can do split requests. I'm really happy about the touch pads b/c I hate doing backstroke starts without them. Plus, it's nice to get your splits when you're swimming 100s and 200s! I hope the new pool is nice.
Updated September 16th, 2009 at 10:54 PM by The Fortress