My USMS Page:
Potomac Valley Meet Schedule:
My team, GMUP:
For Sunday, I did have 3 secret goals and I got them all. First, I wanted to go faster in the 50 fly than last year when my time trial was thrown out. Second, I had one stretch goal of going under 1:10 in the 100 back. And, third, I wanted to do a fast 50 evil split and possibly make top ten in that event. Here's how it went:
50 fly, 29.6
This was my first head to head race against KPN. We were in lanes 5 and 6. She got me on the start and breakout. I caught up in the second length and had a great last 15 yards. Couldn't see the wall clearly and short stroked the finish. She got me by .08. Cheryl Kupan said I should have glided in and would have won. Greg Shaw said it wasn't clear. I have trouble picking up the wall when I'm not breathing and my head's down. But I was super happy with the time. Hopefully, Q won't be disappointed as he instructed me to be mid 29.
100 back, 1:09.5:
I always get nervous swimming 100 back in SCM b/c it's so much longer and painful. But I just reminded myself to go out faster and kick. I think I executed pretty well. Earlier this year, I went 1:10.9, going out in 34.9 and back in 36.0. This time, I went out in 33.5 and came back in the same time. So my entire improvement came from not dogging the first 50. I pretty much stuck to my kick pattern, except that I jammed the second turn, was way too close to the wall, and had trouble getting into kick mode. So I SDK'd 14-13-10-10 per 25. I was really happy with my time as my one stretch goal for this meet was to go under 1:10 and it's a 1.4 second improvement. Comparatively, I went 1:13.9 at the meet in 2007. The SDK work has paid off and I feel like I redeemed myself after that sub par cramp filled 100 back at LCM Nats.
50 breast, 37.6:
I submitted a split request and did the 50 evil as part of the 100 evil. I rocked my pullouts, had good breakouts and hit the pad at 37.6. I was so psyched! I was hoping for a high 38. So this was a huge surprise. A friend just pointed out that this is currently the #1 time in the nation in my age group. Shocker. lol Chris S. said I was fairly close to the 15 meter mark on my first pullout. The less evil stroking, the better! I think this roughly converts to a 33.5, so this is .6 faster than my Zone Record in the 50 evil from last April.
I may retire from evil after the suits are gone, however. I think they help me on evil relatively more than other strokes because I have such a weak breaststroke kick. I discussed this with Mike Ross and Mike Schmidt of ME masters. Mike S. improved his IMs by doing 500 yards of evil kicking in practice. Breaststroke is such an exhausting power stroke that it seems the only way to improve is doing more of it.
I am slightly worried about my split request though, as I don't see the split listed in the results. I hope this is just a printing error, as everyone saw my time on the scoreboard and I clearly hit the pads hard. I have sent an email.
50 free, 28.2:
I was very tired, but decided to give the 50 free another go, as I missed the turn on Saturday. Same result: had a lousy turn again and did the same time. I just can't pick up the bulkhead at this pool for free. Still, for my 7th swim of a two day meet, this was a good time. I didn't have any energy left for a 100 free anyway.
I was thrilled to do 6 PBs. If I could have one do over it might be 50 back. I would have loved to go 30.9. But that is really nit picking, as 31.1. is very speed and likely comparable to my 27.9 in yards and 31.99 in meters.
I may use Chris' ratings calculator later to see what my percentages are. Just have too much to do right now. And, predictably, I'm very tired from the meet. I will not be hitting the pool today. Just resting. And back to the shopping.
Updated December 14th, 2009 at 09:04 PM by The Fortress
NE Champs, Day 1:
Had an easy trip to Boston and even slept decently Friday night! Had a good Saturday, going 3 PBs:
100 IM, 1:11.5
Last year, I went a 1:11.8 at Rutgers (which was a very huge and unexpected drop). This year, I improved .3 on that. Since I only swim the 100 IM twice a year and don't swim it in practice, I'm happy with the time, though not the execution. My "plan" had been to improve on my second 50. (Last year, I was out in 32.7.) Er, I didn't really do this. This year, I was out in 31.9 and totally died on free. (Ande will say this is pathetic when he reads this.) My freestyle seems to fall apart when I'm tired. Chris S. noted that my turnover looked like I was swimming a 400 IM instead of a 100 IM ... lol. He also noted, as I have mentioned before, that my breakout on fly was a bit rocky. I'm not sure how to fix this without going off the blocks more ... I felt like this was a bit of a "getting the cobwebs out" swim, as is common for me on the first event of a meet.
To improve in this event, I need to do 3 thing according to me and Coach Ahelee: (1) work on turns; (2) swim the 100 IM more than once in SCY and SCM; and (3) swim 100 IMs in practice. One year, I'll actually focus on this event. But, hey, a PB is a PB!
50 back, 1st place, 31.1:
Last year, I went 31.7. I was seeded first here in Boston, and really hoped to win. And I did, coming in at 31.1! .6 drop -- which is a big drop in a 50. Probably due to better underwaters. I felt a little bouncy above water. Stud took a video of this race, so hopefully I'll post that soon.
50 free, 28.2
Best time! Last year, I went 28.5. However, I had difficulty on the bulkhead. I went into the turn just a touch behind the leaders and came out 2/3 of a body length behind. Completely blew the turn, too far from the wall. This is somewhat SOP for me on bulkheads. I can only think of 1 50 free in short course where I have nailed the turn on a bulkhead (Auburn where I went 24.9 in SCY). Otherwise, as Wolfy has noted, I'm a bit challenged in this area. This led me to think I may boycott short course 50 frees. Why bother with a flip turn? Long course 50 free is so much better. But, again, I am always happy with a PB and will take it!
I had a fun day at the meet. Stud attended and was burning up the water. A highlight for me was loaning him my uber stretched out B70, which he used for his 200 evil and 50 free. He had previously swum the 50 evil in his cute British flag brief and gone a PB. I video'd all 3 of his races and took pics. So hopefully I'll get those up soon. Or maybe he'll even put them on his blog. He really swam extremely well, and I'm proud of him. Couple pics attached.
I got to meet forumites Gigi and Swimmer Girl KT, who are both lovely and fast. (Thank you, Gigi, for helping me with my cap.) Re-met Greg Shaw, who is not only a fly stud, but the nicest guy ever. Mike Ross and I discussed sprinting, weight lifting, backstroke and joining Maine Masters. (He and Mike Schmidt (who is sooo nice) and Son N. seem to be recruiting. Wow, did they have a big contingent here.) I got to see Chris rip off some very fast times/WRs sans B70. And I scored some ultra swag from Rob Butcher -- two awesome dry fit USMS short sleeved collared shirts. He says more forumites must come to his meets to collect swag.
On the whole, the BU pool is fast and it's warm on the pool deck. But the bulkhead, with all those Xs before the turn, confounds me. Glad I'm not really a pure freestyler. I think I have a slight preference for the Rutgers pool where they hosted CZ in 2007 and 2008. But I didn't have any outside lanes, so that was good.
Good first day, happy with all my times. My turnover, however, felt a bit off. Stud noticed this on the 50 free too. I wonder if this was due to easing off on the sprinting too much during taper? Or maybe I have more power/less turnover from lifting? I did feel like I was getting off the blocks quickly and had power on non-free turns. If I had to do it over again, I might do more fast 12.5s and 25s the last 2 weeks. And I need to practice more race pace turns.
I went out to dinner with Stud and some friends from Maine Masters (can I say I adore and admire Cheryl Kupan for her grace and toughness?). Then slept like crap last night, tossing and turning from 3-7. Par for the course after caffeine. I swam better on day 2, but am too tired to write that up right now, having just gotten back from Boston.
Does anyone remember that I commented long ago that the compression tights and socks sold in tri/bike stores would find a use in swimming? Well, they have! KPN puts them on after meets and while traveling to reduce muscle fatigue. She had a fantastic meet BTW.
On an allergy note, I stopped at Whole Foods to get some dinner on the way to my hotel on Friday night. Not sure what I ate, either the WF salads (biryani salad/w veggies and a bean salad) or a gluten-free granola bar with soy and possible milk. But I had a huge hive attack that night. Not cool. The rice krispie bars with malt didn't bother me at all. Thank goodness! I was very hungry before my last event both days. And I was lusting after pizza when Chris ate some in front me me today. I'm also lusting after his cool Kindle ereader device!
Updated December 14th, 2009 at 10:50 AM by The Fortress
200 fly drills
8 x 25 shooters
odds = on back
evens = on belly
8 x 25
odds= easy speed fly
evens = easy
25 dolphin dive
2 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)
25 dolphin dive
Total: 1450 meters
hottub & steam
Felt pretty good and loose. I'm as ready to go as I'll ever be. Just hoping to have an easy trip to Boston tomorrow. I'll miss some of the PV gang swimming at our one day local SCM meet. Good luck guys!
Now to pack. I'm the worst packer. I always forget something important. And I just realized my iphone charger does not appear to be working. But I have packed extra Fortinas, caps, new meet goggles (the latest speed sockets, which I favor), gluten-free snacks and wheat-free rice krispies, my inhaler (for that .001 it might give me, lol, actually I need it now b/c of the xmas tree) and my tech suit collection that will be no more: new fire sale B70, very old good luck B70 with hole, new Rocket Science suit that I couldn't return which was supposed to comply with standards that disappeared and my jinxed Jaked which has a lot of wears. (I might wear the jinxed suit for my free events or 50 fly. Def not on backstroke.). I'm actually looking forward to trying my brand new suit. They're always very zingy the first meet. Oh, and better pack ambien, before I read Jimby's upcoming article on its apparent horrors, so there is some slim chance for sleep.
It feels like centuries since I've been to the gym. lol Why Wolfy can probably lift more than me now. Not Patrick though.
Split request form?
Does anyone have a link for me to print out a couple? I assume they'll have them at the meets, but I'd like to have one handy. Can't recall where I pulled my last one from.
Updated December 10th, 2009 at 09:33 PM by The Fortress
For a change of pace and to gage SDKs I wore my very old stretched out B70 with a teensy hole to practice today. Got it on in under a minute.
3 x (4 x 25, no fins)
#1 = easy speed hypoxic shooter
#2 = easy
#3 = fast SDK to 15 meters, then cruise
#4 = easy
On #1, I was kicking 16-17 x instead of my usual 20-21 in poly tank.
On # 3, I was 14 SDKs to the 15 meter mark from a push. I'll take 13 on my starts this weekend.
This seems to not bode well for the transition to f'in kneeskins. Or maybe I'm just more rested than usual and therefore have a better DPK and it's not all B70 related. Geek is probably correct that I'll be bitter after I take my beloved suit off for perhaps the last time. I think I've been swimming in it longer than everyone but Ande. I've swum in it every meet I've competed in since June 2008 except for a couple USA meets.
4 x 25
odds = easy speed fly
evens = easy
1 x 50 back AFAP w/fins
Went high 22. Maybe 3/4-1 of a second faster than with poly tank.
2 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)
Couple of dives off the side with Fortina, the nose clip. I may use Fortina in my 100 IM this weekend.
I need to get organized and print off all my meet info and start packing. Eney recommends that I "practice" rice crispie treat ingestion. I had thought I would just cab it around, but I may rent a car. And I seriously need to update my ipod. Any recommendations?
I felt pretty decent in the water today. Perhaps slightly sluggish from the massage yesterday, though it wasn't a deep tissue. Shoulder and knee are still slightly, but not unduly, twitchy. I'm not going to worry much about "feel." I felt wretched before Rutgers last year and swam well. I've certainly rested more than usual. This is definitely the longest I've been away from the gym for a taper (at least since I've become a gym rat).
Q just alerted me to the fact that my rice krispie bars from Whole Food, in fact, have gluten. Malt, an ingredient = gluten. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_there_g..._Rice_Krispies. This is not going to be easy. I'm just going to eat them anyway, whilst cutting back on other gluten products. It would seem like a tiny amount anyway ... I'll buckle down more after the meet. They're too tasty and efficient to pass up.
Updated December 9th, 2009 at 08:15 PM by The Fortress
Couldn't get to the pool today. Was stuck at home waiting for a delivery. Then had a massage at 12:30. The rest of the day was taken up with kid activities and decorating the Xmas tree (another allergen, lol). (Speedo, I had Suzie today; she was pretty good, but I think Erica is better.) I apparently have tight calves, pecs and neck. No surprise, as I haven't stretched much this week and swimmers are known for their chronically tight necks.
I did do my RC exercises. The left shoulder is slowly coming around. I do have a little twinge in my right knee that I've had for awhile. Not sure, but I am thinking it is due to some of the Bikram yoga moves (sitting Japanese style and all the locking of the knees). I can't think what else could have triggered it ... I don't think it will effect anything, just noting it.
Q, I had a gluten free bagel with peanut butter today and it wasn't that bad. I think I'll bring some along to the meet along with my rice crispie bars.
As seen in the recent thread on the DF, I am actually considering doing a 200 fly. It seems that pulling is optional. Does anyone have any ideas about the right combination of kicking and swimming that would maximize speed, save the shoulders and be easiest? I might do it at this meet: http://www.pvswim.org/0910meet/10-31-ma.htm All us "13 & Overs" get to swim in the afternoon, so that's pretty sweet for me as the pool is not close.
Results from TYR SCM meet in Chicago:
I think everyone has seen the LB and CZ results. I got bumped a couple spots in the 100 fly by speedsters AJ Block and Lisa Ward. I'm always amazed at people who can take their 100 fly out close to their 50 time and just keep going ... I can't do that at all. Of course, AJ and Lisa, are much more mid-D to D specialists.
Updated December 8th, 2009 at 11:49 PM by The Fortress
100 fly drills
8 x 25 back shooters
10 x 25
odds = easy speed fly
evens = easy
2 x (4 x 25)
#1 = long evil pullout
#2 = no breather free with overkick
#3 = burst free, fast to 15, then cruise
#4 = front scull
Bit 'O Speed:
1 x 50 back AFAP w/fins, 23.5-24
cramped: why?! I've been resting the damn legs.
4 x (25 AFAP free w/fins + 50 EZ)
Felt OK in the water today, though not so much on my fast 25s free. I'm done looking at the clock till the meet except for maybe one fast 50 tomorrow. As Ande would say, I've been swimming fast in practice, I'll swim fast tomorrow and the next day and I'll trust my taper.
Like Speedo, I'm f'in grrr about the GMUP masters situation. I got yet another email canceling all regular Thursday-Sunday practices again for yet another USA-S meet. "Make ups" -- which cannot possibly be construed as "make ups" as they are of a drastically different nature -- are at either 4:45 or 5:30 am. No one is happy. Many are letting their membership lapse. It's idiotic; they could easily let us come during open lap swim without additional cost to the facility. They are apparently trying to gouge us by insisting we join the facility for an extra $750 per year on top of our monthly masters fee. Uh, no thanks. I understand we are going to approach management in January. I think it's a mistake; it should be dealt with immediately before it becomes a pattern and practice in management's mind. I'm really ticked off. Also haven't had a single chance to practice starts for the meet. Last went off the block at the Sprint Classic. Oh well, I don't need to tire out the legs anyway; I'll just go with JimRude's thought that practicing starts is overrated. Of course, I think, unlike me, he must have a good one.
Here are my thoughts on my upcoming events. I don't really have specific time goals (except I do like PBs, who doesn't?). I'm just going to swim fast and see what appears on the timing board. I've trained to be intense and aggressive; I'll just do that in the meet. I hope I can find a cup of coffee halfway through the meet both days. Jolt gum is not an equivalent (sorry Jimby).
100 IM, seeded 8th
Last year at Rutgers CZ meet, I blew away my previous 100 IM time by over three seconds. This was a breakthrough swim for me. My splits were 32.50/39.30 (1:11.80) -- appalling. Evil was a challenge and I was pretty dead on free. I'd like to improve on my second 50 split this year. I think I can do this because my breaststroke pullouts are faster with the dolphin kick done first. I will breath more on the first length of fly this time as well, and try and nail a big underwater on backstroke. (I remember seeing Ande do this to good effect in Austin.) Bring it home fast on free no matter how much it hurts; I have a ton of rest before 50 back. I'd be very happy with a PB or around the same time.
50 back, seeded 1st:
Last year, I went a 31.7 at the IGLA meet in June 2008. It was my first meet with the B70 and after I began lifting. I hope I can improve on this time. I should be able to, if all goes well, because my SDKs are much better (especially on the second 25) with Fortina. No need to think about this event -- 13-14 SDKs each length. Try to hit the finish hard and not glide in, as I am occasionally wont to do.
50 free, seeded 7th:
I went a 28.5 at Zones last year, which was a PB. I seeded myself at 28.7 b/c I thought that was time from last year. I should be able to equal or better this as I went a 28.5 in LCM this summer. But you never know with a 50 free b/c of the start & turn. I'm not fond of turning on bulkheads, so sometimes go awry there. If I do, I will swim my 100 free for a 50 free split on Sunday. Plan on 2 breaths. Probably 6-7 SDKs each length. Think kick.
50 fly, seeded 3rd:
Last year at Rutgers, I swam a 29.99 in the infamous time trial that didn't count despite being authorized by the meet director and referee. Someone reading my blog made an official complaint about it, which ticked me off incredibly and almost caused me to stop blogging. My official PB is therefore 30.7 from June 2008. I think I'm capable of going faster than 29.99, since I went a 29.7 in LCM this summer. That swim was a huge drop for me though, and might have been my best swim at Nats. I don't think BU is as fast as Indy either. But hopefully I'll be in that range. Everything depends on how you hit the turn and finish in this race. I plan 8-9 SDKs off each wall, perhaps less. 2 breaths. I'll try not to look this time. lol
100 back, seeded 1st:
My PB in this event is from the Albatross Meet last March. I was racing Lisa van Pelt-Diller, and it was a fun race. My time was 1:10.94 with splits of 34.92 and 36.02. Very close together -- basically an even split given my start. At the time, I was trying to implement Jim Thornton's 100 free plan: strong fast first 50, hold or ease up slightly on the 3rd 25 and then barrel into the turn and bring it home. I did have a great last length, but probably should have taken it out faster.
I have a habit of being too conservative on the first 50 of a 100 back. I can honestly say I've never taken it out too fast. I guess the fear of paralysis stops me. However, I have recently heard the following advice: "Take it out fast and die; it's better than taking it out slow and dying" "You can't get back that first 50." "It's a 100, why are you dogging the first 50?" So I can only conclude this is evidence of my wimpy sprinterdom. So I plan to take it out somewhat faster.
As far as SDKs go, I'm going to take Quick's advice and think of it as a 50 swim/50 kick. I think I'll likely be gassed on the last 25, but I'd still like to swim it this way. (Last time, without Fortina, I didn't take as many SDKs, though the ones I did take won the race for me.) I'm thinking either 13-13-13-10 or 13-13-10-13. Thoughts?
Doing this as a split request on a 100 evil. My one and only SCM 50 breast was at NE Champs in 207 where I went a 41.52. Given that I went a 34.1 in yards at Zones in April, I'd like to be in the high 38 range. That might even crack TT. It all depends on my start. I have to avoid going too deep and flutter kicking to the surface. I've been working on this in practice by pulling up on the pulldown instead of straight ahead. I'd like to stay underwater as long as possible each 25, and then muscle my way though the swim. If no one scratches during positive check in, I'll be in an end lane. Yuck at BU.
I seeded myself at 1:20, as I wanted to have the option of going for a 50 free split in this event. And, if I need to, I will. But I've decided that I will probably swim it as a 100 free. I haven't swum the 100 free in SCM since NE Champs in 2007, when I went a very slow 1:06.0. I recall feeling absolutely awful in that race. It was my first race of the day and was definitely a "shake the cobwebs off" swim. I recall Stud saying my arms were moving very slowly. Not desirable, as I am usually known for my fast turnover. If I do swim the 100 free, I'm going to make an effort to take it out somewhat faster than usual. (At Zones, I almost even split this event as a hard warm up.) I figure I can die like a dog on the last event of the meet. I have an end lane for this event as well, unless others don't show. Of course, it is perfectly forseeable that I will be too tired to want to die like a dog.
Updated December 7th, 2009 at 11:56 PM by The Fortress
8 x 25 shooters
4 x through:
100 back or back kick (2 each) @ 2:00
50 hypoxic back, breath at turn
25 easy speed fly + 25 easy
25 AFAP free + 25 easy
4 x 25
1-3 = long evil pullouts
4 = AFAP back
I forgot Fortina on the last back, and it was absolutely dreadful and appalling. I never want to swim back without Fortina. Can't stand the sensation of water rushing into my nose anymore. So now I'm a Fortina addict.
50 dolphin dive
Total: 2100 meters
hottub + steam
Took, yesterday off as usual. Jeez, I think I swam 6 days last week since I was deprived of other forms of exercise. lol Better to be in the water more during taper anyway.
My free felt pretty good today. I'm really working on keeping my head still when I sprint. I need to do an event analysis, but I'm too lazy this late at night after a busy meet filled weekend. I like CS's list of goals, though I think my own might be slightly more moderate this time around. I've been doing all PBs at my taper meets lately, and don't think this trend can continue much longer/indefinitely. (Sorry, Wolfy.)
On an up note, Mini Fort's high school team won both their meets. I like high school meets -- it's more about racing than times and depth matters so everyone can score points. Mini rocks in the 200 IM ... if only she could even remotely do backstroke ...
Made it through day 2 of the no lactate no gluten diet. I'm wondering about WTF I'm going to eat at the meet next weekend. I think there must be one of those potentially offensive products in virtually every consumable I would typically eat during a meet ... GU is probably bad. I may have to energy bars, GU and gatorade anyway. I was checking my Endura sports drink, which has malodextrin. I have to see whether that has some lactose product in it ... Here's a good list a friend sent me: http://www.traderjoes.com/attachments/NoGluten.pdf
It's been fun watching the results come in from Long Beach. Such fast swimming there, it's unbelievable. Hoping all my friends did well at their meets too.
I have been too tired/busy/lazy to do my RC exercises for 3 days ... Not a good thing. Oh well.
Updated December 7th, 2009 at 10:07 AM by The Fortress
Like Chris, I was tired today after some insomnia last night. So I did the following mellow work out, which did not include any sprint work:
Swim/SCM/Solo @ hot gym pool:
8 x 100 @ 2:00
odds = single arm fly
evens = backstroke kick
40 x 25 @ :20 RI (pace clocks weren't synchronized)
odds = shooter on back
evens = long evil pullout
odds = easy speed fly
evens = easy
odds = shooter on back
evens = long evil pullout
odds = front scull
evens = no breather free with overkick
100 dolphin dive
Total: 2600 meters
Felt OK, but the temperature of the pool makes it hard to get a read on "feel." So I largely ignored that issue, and concentrated on streamlining and such.
Funny moment: There was a new middle aged lifeguard at the gym. After my work out, he approached me and warned: "I know you're a really good swimmer and all, but that underwater work is dangerous. It was all the rage years ago and varsity swimmers started passing out after practice. You better back off on that." Well, I wasn't sure what to say. I assured him that it was, once again, the "rage" and that it was just a normal part of my training. (I didn't even do that much hypoxic work today!) He clearly didn't believe me and tried again to dissuade me from doing it. lol
I've decided, starting today, to do a 2 week no gluten, no dairy products test to see if I feel any better. As I understand it, 2 weeks is an adequate period to make a preliminary assessment. I realize it's not wise to change one's diet before a meet, but I don't feel like I have any other choice. Now, I have to figure out what I'm going to eat for carbs. And I was happy to know that hemp protein is gluten free, so at least I wasn't potentially poisoning myself with that! But what am I going to do about my chip addiction?!?!
I'm excited to see the results come in from Long Beach, NY, Chicago, Charlotte and Atlanta. Wishing everyone fast swimming!
I saw some very fast swimming at the Tom Dolan meet today. I was bummed for my friend Wally Dicks, who pulled a groin muscle and had to scratch his breaststroke events. He hopes to swim at the masters meet at Wilson High School next weekend. I saw Kate Zeigler swim a leisurely 200 free. And the NOVA girls are ripping it up.
Speaking of fast, I heard KPN went for a 50 fly split in her 200 IM and swam a 29.4. I think she wants that WR back!
I'm heading to my first high school swim meet later. Start time: 8:30 pm. Seemed kinda late. Among other things, Mini Fort is swimming the 200 IM. I think the poor kid will be doing this every meet, just like I did in high school. And she absolutely hated the knee skin she had to wear this am. Said it cut off circulation in her thighs. Something to look forward to ...
Updated December 4th, 2009 at 08:00 PM by The Fortress
4 x (4 x 50) @ 1:05
4 of each stroke
done: drill, kick, swim, hypoxic
(did fly & back as double shooters)
6 x 100 kick @ 2:30, no SSLSs
odds = CS lungbusters w/UW shooters on the 1st & 3rd 25s
evens = flutter kick w/board, 1st & 3rd 25 fast
8 x 50 @ 1:15
evens = 25 AFAP free w/SSLSs + 25 EZ
odds = 25 easy speed fly + 25 EZ
I then dashed out of the pool, didn't even take a shower or warm down to get home in time to take Mini Fort to an earlier swim practice today. And when I got home I was informed her coach told her to skip practice today since she's swimming in the Dolan meet tomorrow am. She coulda texted me ...
I'm surprisingly tired from such a short workout. Jeez. On my way to fat and out of shape, for sure.
The taper bitchies have obviously set in. Or it could be combo of taper bitchies and AF.
I just screamed at the computer, screamed at lazy son, developed a grievance against Mr. Fort, and cursed the fact that high school swim meets begin at 8:30 pm. 8:30 pm?!?! Mini Fort has the Dolan meet at GMU and high school meets on Friday and Saturday nights, so it will be a busy weekend. I hope there is no drama b/c she is out of swimming shape and not wearing a fancy tech suit. In fact, she's lucky I loaned her my USA-compliant TYR to swim in.
All GMU masters practices are once again cancelled this weekend due to the meet. "Make ups" are at 4:45 and 5:30 am. I don't think this constitutes a comparable service under its contract with the masters team; nor do others.
I had my first omelet without cheese today, and that did not sit well with me either.
I'm sure I'll think of something else to complain about before the evening ends. (Oh yeah, I still have to do my stupid RC exercises. Blech.)
On an up note, I am apparently sleeping better than Chaos. Though his travails sound familiar.
I also wanted to add a couple links that Crazyman left a couple days ago that some might find interesting re: tabata interval training
Updated December 3rd, 2009 at 06:06 PM by The Fortress
3 x (3 x 100) @ 2:00
drill, kick, swim doing fly, back, evil
I attempted to kick a 100 evil on my back to work on keeping my knees close together. Pathetic! I could move faster doing a front scull with pinky fingers only ...
20 x 25 @ :35 w/SSLSs
4 let side
4 right side
1 x 100 back, broken at 50, 15 seconds rest, with SSLSs
1st 50 = 24.5ish
2nd 50 = 26ish
4 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ), trying to keep head down and very still
6 x 25 fast evil pullouts, cruise to wall
The purpose of this is to spend as much time as humanly possible underwater riding the glide so that I avoid the need to evil kick very much in my 50 evil. Why on earth can't we just dolphin kick instead?
Tried to go in the hottub, but it wasn't very hot.
Went to ART for the first time since July. Really need to go in for more maintenance here and there. He worked over my shoulder and tight calves.
We discussed various nutritional issues. I told him I was having some digestive issues recently and had given up whey protein. He still thinks that whey is superior to hemp protein for lean muscle (though apparently hemp is better if cholesterol is an issue). But it has to be high quality isolate with no concentrate. He wonders whether my reaction to whey as well as some sore throats and hives I've had recently indicate a food allergy, possibly a gluten allergy or lactate intolerance. Sigh. So I need to get tested. Jeez, it seems like, as a adult, I'm allergic to everything on the earth practically.
On a good note, he was thrilled with my good cholesterol reading of 71. Stunned when he heard Mr. Fort's was 79.
He's a fan of probiotics too. He noted that many of his elite endurance athletes use a combo of probiotics and digestive enzymes.
Triathlons for Teens?
My son is hatching a plot with a CC friend to compete in an ironman tri next late summer/fall. Seems like a bad idea to me. His friend is the son of an ultra runner and is gung ho. It's the running I worry about. Seems like a lot of stress on the joints. He's done a sprint and international tri before when younger. I might agree to let him to a half iron. He could do the B2B with us. Any thoughts?
The first "I'm really getting sick of tapering" thought popped into my head today. The workouts was so dull. I can tell next week is going to be dreadful no matter how much cyber shopping I get done.
Got a start on my .com shopping today, so didn't make it to OakMarr. Had to swim in the hot gym pool, but at least it's SCM. Did another workout from my pre-Auburn taper.
4 x 100 single arm fly drill @ 2:00
8 x 50 hypoxic backstroke kick, no SSLSs @ 1:15
1st 25 = 16 SDK
2nd 25 = 15 SDK
10 x 50 @ 1:10 w/SSLSs
1st 25 = easy speed fly
2nd 25 = easy
1 x 50 fly AFAP w/SSLSs
Went 27, 2 breaths
5 x 50
1st 25 = fast evil
2nd 25 = easy
100 dolphin dive
Total: 2550 meters
5 minutes in hottub
Felt vaguely better in the water today. No way was the pool the advertised 84 degrees. It felt more like 86.
Checked out the CZ psych sheets. http://www.metroswim.org/entryforms/120509ZoneHeats.pdf There are some very fast chicks there, including some fast backstrokers. I'm still glad I signed up for NE Champs though. http://www.greatbaymasters.org/09PsychByGroup.htm I'd rather not swim "mixed" in a champ meet. Plus, BU runs 10 lanes and it looks like I have avoided the dread end lane where I almost whacked my arm on the ladder 2 years ago.
It looks like KPN is seeded faster than the WR in the 50 fly. The WR holder Lauri DiTommassi is swimming at CZ. Good racing everywhere. But the right side of the country rocks!
6 x 100 @ 2:00
odds = backstroke kick
evens = backstroke
6 x 75 @ 1:30
done as 25 twirling 4 point shooter + 25 EZ DAB + 25 easy speed fly
3 x (50 back w/fins AFAP + 100 EZ)
Went: 23.5, 23.5, 24
I think 23.5 is my fastest ever in practice. I had really tight skinny streamlines on these. It was the only thing that felt good whole practice. I did arch my back on the turn on the third one -- I blame Q.
6 x (25 AFAP + 50 EZ)
AFAPs = 2 evil, 2 free, 2 SDK shooter
Still feel crappy in the water -- tired, sore, no feel and "heavy," like my body position is lower. I'm sure the weekend of pie, pizza, chard and driving didn't help. I'm glad I'm not swimming at Zones this weekend. Note to self: Never go on long driving trips before a taper meet.
I got this workout from ones I did in the 2 weeks before the Auburn SCY meet earlier in the year that I tapered for. Then, my 3 x 50 backs AFAP were 26, 26, 25.5, so I'm faster now. I likely will keep using those workouts for reference, though I may rest even more than I did then.
I made an appt with my ART doc for Wed. I haven't been in ages. I really should have gone in when my shoulder first started expressing its disapproval of my activities.
I read today that flax seed oil is not as beneficial for cholesterol as ground flax seeds. I usually put a squirt of the oil in my recovery smoothies, but I have seeds as well. I'm still using the hemp protein instead of whey protein. The taste is most easily disguised with intense berry flavor. Today's smoothie, which I also inflicted on my little kid, contained: hemp protein, flax seeds, glutamine, walnuts, banana, frozen blackberries & strawberries, yogurt, pomegranate juice and coconut water. Nummy! Jazz says juice is like candy, but a little can't hurt that much. Jazz also has friends that think hot yoga is for "dirty hippies" ...
I am supposed to be in three different places at the same time tonight. I think my littlest will be missing swim practice b/c my son has his National Honor Society induction tonight. I don't think parents are supposed to miss that. lol If only it was as easy to get into college as it was to get into NHS!
Did absolutely nothing today except sleep in and drive 6+ hours home. I have no idea why driving and riding in a car should be exhausting, but it is. No time for a swim tonight. Had to help my littlest do her homework that we had forgotten about. I will force myself to do my RC exercises as my shoulder is still being stubborn. Fortunately, I will not be doing any 220 lb HS hi rows anytime soon.
Anyhoo, Jim has taught me how to attach photos to my blog. A mighty accomplishment for those as techologically challenged as myself. Here are the shots my 9 year took with my iphone when we were doing yoga together on Saturday am. Looks like only 4 of the 7 are showing up in the blog. They are: splits, backbend crawling down wall, standing boat and head to shins. I attached the other ones.
I really hope I feel better in the water this week. And I really hope I don't catch my youngest's nasty cold.
Updated November 29th, 2009 at 09:52 PM by The Fortress
I did about 25-30 minutes of yoga and stretching today with my littlest one. Really worked over the back. I have some photos from this session, but I can't seem to upload them from this computer ...
PM: Core & Swim:
I drove to the Sewickley Y today to give Jimby tips on core exercises since he's decided I'm right. The poor man was literally in the dark without a clue! I tried to demo some of my favs and then he would attempt them (or some of them). He had his flip video camera with him, so this will no doubt end up on youtube. He was quite anxious to bounce quarters, but he seemed to think this had to be done from a prone rather than standing position? His gym was missing a couple key pieces of equipment (like a back extension bench, med balls and a bosu), but we did quite a few things including:
hanging reverse crunches & straight leg raises
squat X press
squat swing w/plate
reverse decline crunches & knee ins
russian twists on incline bench
I can't remember what else. I know I left out lunges, but Jim's back and legs will no doubt be grateful. Then we walked to the pool, Jimby all asweat, to do the following workout, which I stole and modified long ago from JMiller's Fun & Fast workout thread. It seemed like a good taper workout for me, and I think Jim liked having easier intervals and being able to focus on stroke technique and the like.
Swim SCY @ Sewickley:
10 x 25 shooters
(Jim did flutter kick)
4 x 75 free @ 1:30
1 x (25 AFAP free + 25 EZ)
4 x 75 evil @ 1:30
2 x (25 AFAP free/evil + 25 EZ)
4 x 75 back @ 1:30
3 x (25 AFAP back + 25 EZ)
4 x 75 fly drill @ 1:30
2 x (25 AFAP fly + 25 EZ)
4 x 75 SDK on back @ 1:15
1 x (25 AFAP free +25 EZ)
I felt slightly better in the water today. I just cruised all the 75s, working on streamlines and underwater work. I'm hoping I didn't do too much in the gym to fatigue the legs. I'm sure I'll be fatigued tomorrow anyway, as I went straight from the pool to drinks with one set of friends and dinner with another set of friends. Chard overdose.
I have a really long drive ahead of me tomorrow, I know. I might try to hit the gym for a very easy swim if I get home in town. But that will completely depend on traffic.
The psych sheets for NE Champs are up at: http://www.greatbaymasters.org/09Psych.htm
I should have plenty of rest. My events start at:
11:29: 100 IM
3:35: 50 back
4:59: 50 free
11:08: 50 fly
12:45: 100 back
2:33: 50/100 evil
3:32: 50/100 free
I'm a little taken back by how much time I have between the 100 IM and 50 back on Saturday. I'm not sure I've ever had that much rest between events at a meet. I'll obviously have to get in and loosen up inbetween, but I'm not exactly sure how much and when. However, the last time I sat around for 2.5 hours was before my 31.7 in the 50 back SCM last year, so maybe that bodes well. I was somewhat surprised to be seeded first in the 50/100 back. I think there must be some sandbagging going on. But at least I have a good lane. Unlike my 50 free!
Updated November 29th, 2009 at 12:22 AM by The Fortress
Went to swim with Sewickley Masters again tonight. Got to see Mermaid this time too.
SCY @ Sewickley Y:
700 variety + chat w/Mermaid
8 x 50 kick @ 1:00
6 x 50 kick @ 1:30
odds = fast
evens = EZ
(Jim had to check to make sure I didn't have fins on when I gave him an arse kicking on these. lol)
8 x 50 swim @ :55
7 fast (went :24 back w/fins)
6 x 50 swim @ :45
6 fast (went :24ish back w/fins)
5 x 50 swim @ :35
(what? I never do this interval. lol)
1-3 cruise, make interval
I crashed into Mermaid on #3 and missed the interval, so I rested for another minute and did a fast 25 + easy 25
50 fast evil w/fins (:31)
I saw a bunch of people running in the am today. I happened to comment that I hate seeing people running when I can't. Mr. Fort said "why can't you run?" I just rolled my eyes ...
Still felt ploddish in the water, like I have for awhile, though my 50s were still pretty fast. Fly still feels dreadful. Could be the sugar high from yesterday, which carried on today with Xmas cookie baking and frosting. Blimp icon? And had plenty of pizza for dinner after practice with the gang too!
Tomorrow, I'm going to meet Jim at the Y and hopefully, if it's not too crowded, swim for more than 1 hour. I need more time to get all my easy swimming and lazy intervals in.
I will bring quarters.
This is probably quite odd, but I like being in my own pool and in my own house when I'm tapering ...
Updated November 28th, 2009 at 11:24 AM by The Fortress
1 x 20 minutes stretching w/ Lil lil Fort
(She has a flexy back and shoulders and inflexible legs. Must have gotten that from her father.)
1 x 15-20 minutes RC exercises
0 x 1 dried out white turkey
0 x 1 mashed potatos
0 x 1 sweet potatos
0 x 1 stuffing
0 x 1 gravy
1 x 1 sauteed veggies
1 x 1 apple pie
1 x 1 chocolate pie
1 x pumpkin pie
1 x 2 chard
1 x 1 New Moon
Going to a real live diner this am for brunch (and much tastier food)! http://www.pamelasdiner.com/Menus/MtLeb.cfm The house will shortly thereafter be bursting with young childern and I will escape in due course to bucolic (as much as there is bucolic in Pittsburgh) Sewickley for swimming and pizza.
Chaos sent me this video on FB:
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaGocIrdg6E"]YouTube- Freediving - Dynamic Apnea[/ame]
It's quite lovely. I have no idea how the guy did it though. It does give me competitive monofin lust/envy. I think that one retails for $300 though.
Updated November 27th, 2009 at 10:16 AM by The Fortress
Had a nice long drive to Pittsburgh with only moments of sheer brain numbing traffic hell. Better than the usual Thanksgiving debacle getting out of metro DC. Then drove to Sewickley to swim with the Sewickley Masters, coached by speedster Bill White, with whom I shared a lane.
SCY w/Sewickley Masters:
50 EZ (rather than my usual 700)
12 x 50 swim @ :55, reverse IM order
(I drilled the fly; I can't do fly w/o a proper warm up.)
8 x 50 kick @ 1:00, IM order, no fins
8 x 50 @ 1:00, IM order
(I did the fly, back & free as double shooters w/fins; the others were doing 1/2 of each 25 SDK.)
8 x 50 @ 1:00, IM order
25 DPS + 25 SDK build to sprint
(I did the last 25 as a fast shooter)
4 x 100 @ 2:00
25 SDK, 50 choice EZ, 25 sprint (IM order)
4 x 100 @ 2:00
assigned: 75 choice, 25 sprint kick (IM order)
did: 25 shooter on back, 50 back, 25 shooter on back fast
This was a perfect workout for me after many hours in the car. I was still tired from yesterday's fast kicking, so it was a nice maintenance workout with some hypoxic work, IM work, and a few sprints. Because they only get an hour to practice, SM have a very structured warm up, which of course I'm not used to. I like my leisurely warm ups.
I was able to watch Jimby's SDK efforts from underwater. He has a very nice streamline, but no power coming from the core. There may be some hope. I had him to a few squats on deck, and he somewhat managed them without cantilevering his knees too far over his feet. Saturday I will show him the ropes a bit more.
We adjourned to the coed steam room and whirlpool -- very nice for a Y -- where we discussed myriad things. Among those repeatable were the upcoming suit ban. Jimby is still quite defiant about men not getting equal coverage as women under the FINA committee proposal. He also predicts that my next new event will be the 200 fly -- done all kicking. I told Bill that this was perfectly legal according to Wolfy (as long as you don't violate the 15 meter rule). He was suspicious, but to my knowledge it is legal to kick the entire way in a streamline position. Might be a fun experiment. Much less painful than forcing the poor shoulders to do all that work!
I plan to take tomorrow completely off. I will swim with the Sewickley Masters again on Friday and then with Jimby and BIll on Saturday. Even though this week will be a comparatively easy week without a gym visit, I'm still fairly tired. (Of course, it's only Wed.) I was fretting about possible overtraining and leg fatigue to Mr. Fort. He just scoffed since I have another 2+ weeks to rest. I guess he's likely right ...
Journeyed to Oak Marr today. Speedo, Jazz and Wally Dicks were there, which made working out more fun. I almost frightened Jazz off (I thought he might actually crawl out of my lane) when I mentioned I was doing the guts of a Chris Stevenson workout. He opted instead to work on narrowing his hand entry in freestyle with whopping big paddles. Speedo had a planned taper workout. And Wally was putting in a big 2200 as part of a taper for the Dolan meet on Dec 6-7.
Here's what Chris' workout was:
Main Set (2400+50/4450)
12 x 100, 50 free + 50 back
-- 1-4 on 1:25 (went 1:05s)
-- 5-8 on 1:20 (1:04-5s)
-- 9-12 on 1:15 (1:04s)
8 x 25 flutter kick w/ board on 30 (16-17s)
30 sec rest
6 x 100, 50 free + 50 back
-- 1-2 on 1:20 (1:02s)
-- 3-4 on 1:15 (1:02s)
-- 5-6 on 1:10 (1:02s)
4 x 25 flutter kick w/ board on 30 (16s)
30 sec rest
3 x 100, 50 free + 50 back
-- 1 on 1:15 (1:01)
-- 1 on 1:10 (1:01)
-- 1 on 1:05 (1:01)
Here's how I modified/tortured it for sprinter/taper mode:
700 variety swim, kick, drill
10 x 25 shooters
6-7 x 100 @ 1:45
50 free + 50 back, aerobic mode
(I lost count on these b/c I was blabbing too much with Jazz.)
8 x 25 flutter kick w/board (no fins)
odds = fast @ :30 (went 16s or so)
events = easy @ :45
6 x 100 @ 2:00 w/Fortina & Dolphina, the MF
#1-5 descend, # 6 cruise
Went 1:02, :57, :55, :53, high :49.
extra 30 seconds rest before #5
Note: :49 is my fastest time for a 100 MF.
6 x 25 flutter kick w/board (no fins)
odds = fast (16s+) @ :30
evens = easy @ :45
3 x 100 backstroke w/fins, broken w/10 seconds rest at 50, no real interval
50 EZ in between
These didn't go so well. I cramped immediately on the first one after the MF set, and had to battle calf cramps throughout. So my times were slower than what I had hoped. I was tired, so didn't push through the pain as much as I should have. I'm a calf cramp weenie. Likely didn't have enough water in the am either.
Went 27/26, 25/26 (?), 26/27
4 x 25 evil working on long pullouts
(Intended to do these flutter kicks w/board as well, but not after the cramp set.)
10 minutes hottub
Did a little more yardage than I intended. But, that's all right, as I'm still pretty far out from the Right Coast Nationals.
Discussed tapering with Wally. He tapers 4 weeks and cuts weights for 6 weeks. I told him I was trying a 3 week taper this time instead of 2 and cutting out gym work 3 weeks out. Since my legs still feel quite tired and I've been hammering the drylands, he thought this was a good idea. As we get older, we need to "listen to our bodies more." Sigh, guess that's right. My body is still tired. I plan to cut kick volume and intensity next week and really start loafing.
Wally and I also discussed the possible/likely loss of the tech suits in mid-Jan. Wally's non-plussed by the situation b/c he didn't like the B70, but he will miss his short john paper suit. He says he is going to enjoy seeing who suffers the most from the loss of tech suits. lol We agreed that, possibly, those swimmers who already know how to kick might not be as adversely effected, the theory being that poor kickers had the B70 float for their legs. On the other hand, the B70 was supposed to help the SDK ... And, as Jimby likes to point out, those of with "dense muscularity" might sink now ...
I'll be swimming with the Sewickley Masters on Wed & Fri. I was a little frightened when I saw their last workout (1000-14:00, 2x500-6:30, 5x200-2:30, 8x100-1:20). But Coach Bill has promised some sprints and SDK work. tomorrow, so that sounds promising. At some point, I will take Bill and Jimby to the gym and show them what constitutes core work. They apparently, for all their accolades, are clueless.
Updated November 24th, 2009 at 07:33 PM by The Fortress
I stole and modifed the workout Ande "did" (as opposed to was "assigned") earlier today.
700 variety swim, kick, drill
8 x 25 shooters
odds = back
evens = belly
5 x 50 kick @ 1:00
descend #1-4 to fast, cruise #5
5 x 50 breast @ 1:00
descend #1-4 to fast, cruise #5
5 x 100 @ 2:00
#1-4 = 75 free cruise + 5 seconds rest + 25 back AFAP
#5 = easy
5 x 75 drill-kick-swim @ 1:30
25 dolphin kick on side
25 hand lead body dolphin drill
25 easy speed fly
#5 = easy
5 x 50 @ 1:00
#1-4 = 25 easy backstroke kick + 25 AFAP shooter on back
5 x 50 @ 1:00
single arm fly drill
100 front scull
5 minutes hottub
After not swimming this weekend, I felt like crap in the pool, like I was swimming through mud. I also still feel tired, especially the legs.
What does this tell me? First, I am stopping hot yoga now. The 50 minutes of standing poses + heat are probably wearing out me and my legs. Perhaps Wolfy is right that my legs are somewhat overtrained. (This means that Geek will have a slight reprieve on his naked 200 fly, since I won't be able to drag Jazz to yoga for awhile.) I need a LOT more rest to swim fast at NE Champs. And I need to be in the water more often during taper. I really need to focus on sleep. The drylands work + sprinting makes me crave sleep.
On the whey protein issue, I realized that both Pure Sport and my balance bars also have whey protein (in isolate form). So I was probably unintentionally overdosing myself on whey.
SwimStud told me to look at the athlete list for NE Champs and saw this listed side by side:
Patriot Masters Swim Team-PV
Livingston, Leslie - Female - Age: 48 - Ind/Rel: 7 / 0
#5 Women 100 IM
#23 Women 50 Free
#37 Women 100 Back
#19 Women 50 Back
#33 Women 50 Fly
#45 Women 100 Breast
#49 Women 100 free
San Diego Swim Masters-SI
Pipes-Neilsen, Karlyn - Female - Age: 47 - Ind/Rel: 8 / 0
#1 Women 800 Free
#17 Women 100 Fly
#25 Women 400 IM
#47 Women 200 Fly
#5 Women 100 IM
#23 Women 50 Free
#33 Women 50 Fly
#49 Women 100 Free
KPN is not swimming the 50 and 100 back, which might have been fun to go head to head. I noticed another really fast chick, who I was hoping to swim head to head with in the 50 back, absolutely sandbagged all her 50s. No big deal. I'm sure there will be plenty of competition.
Updated November 23rd, 2009 at 08:01 PM by The Fortress
Decided I didn't feel like swimming today, so went to hot yoga in the afternoon instead. My muscles were sore, so I thought a stretch might feel good. The class was packed. We had a chirpy teacher who read us a poem between the standing and seated poses. Hmm ... not exactly for me. lol. Although Geek thinks yoga is a "cult," I'm still undecided on whether I really like it or not. I think it helps my overall health and flexibility; I'm not sure if it helps my swimming much if any. I'd also like it more if it was 60 instead of 90 minutes. But I'll continue to persist for awhile, as I think I've only done 11 or so classes.
Epiphany Re: Whey Protein:
I was chatting with my brother yesterday and had a sort of epiphany about whey protein, which I tend to mix into my smoothies quite often. He was having some negative side effects from using it (bloating and other blech things). The same thing has been happening to me for months, and I didn't really link it in my mind to the whey protein. But after some internet research, I think it's likely the culprit. So, I'm ditching it, even though I know there are many benefits to it. Instead, after researching soy protein and hemp protein, my bro and I decided we'd try hemp protein.
Here's some info, if you're interested:
We're going to try this brand:
The main downside, I think, is the taste. I tried some in a smoothie today after yoga, and I could never have a full serving of the stuff. Too nasty! But in a smaller dose, it was fine mixed with fruit etc. But not nearly as tasty as whey protein.
I checked the Pure Sport I've been using. That too has whey in it. But at least it has whey isolate, which is supposed to be superior to whey concentrate.
Planning on a solo swim tomorrow ... Will probably do one of the sprint workouts I've stolen and stockpiled on FB.
Updated November 23rd, 2009 at 01:37 PM by The Fortress