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Run + Weights:
Went on a 5 mile trail run today. Didn't feel nearly as bad as earlier in the week!
Hit the gym for a quick workout. Forgot my weight lifting gloves. I'm going to have to stick them in the car or something ...
squats on Hammer machine, 200 x 2 x 15
standing lat pulldown, 130 x 2 x 12
narrow grip seated row, 100 x 2 x 12
alternating hammers, 25 x 2 x 20
external rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, both sides
push ups, 4 x 15, 1 x 25
elevated crunches w/10 lb weight held by feet, 4 x 25
back extensions w/20 lb FB, 2 x 25
hip hinges on left leg w/2 10 lb DBs, 2 x 15
prone scapular scrunches w/3 lb hand weights for RC, 2 x 25
(I think I did something else, but I can't remember ...)
When you're doing body weight exercises like push ups or chin ups, does it make a difference in terms of strength how close together you do your sets? Should they be consecutive ideally? Can you cycle through them with other exercises? Can you do them throughtout the day and still have a strength benefit?
I'm not really loving squatting with weights/barbells on my shoulders. The Smith machine was padded, but it still bothers me when things (like barbells) rest on top of my shoulders and traps ...
Found a picture dictionary of some ab exercises. Pics are good! http://www.ab-core-and-stomach-exerc...exercises.html Really need to get around to purchasing an ab roller.
Updated May 3rd, 2009 at 11:58 AM by The Fortress
Back in the water now. Still taking it pretty easy. I think Sunday am will be my first real workout back. I seem to recall after the Auburn meet that my first post-taper workout at GMU was a killer!
700 variety warm up
6 x (2 x 25 UW shooter on back, no fins + 25 EZ)
Played around with amplitude on these. Saw Mike Ross suggested this on the forum, and I think it's a good tip. Did first 4 shooters with a large amplitude, taking 18-19 kicks. LOVE doing these slow drilly dolphin kicks and going deep. Then did 4 going medium speed with smaller amplitude, took 20-21 kicks. Then back to 4 with 18-19 kicks.
10 x 50
5 back @ 1:00 (10 SDK+ 8 SDK off walls)
5 free @ 50
Dolphin kick w/MF. Up the mountain w/board and down the mountain on back.
1 x 50 @ :45
1 x 100 @ 1:30
1 x 150 @ 2:15
1 x 200 @ 3:00
1 x 200 @ 3:00
1 x 150 @ 2:15
1 x 100 @ 1:30
1 x 50 @ :45
Historically, I've always been happy when SCY season ended, so I could focus on LC. I've always liked LC, especially for free without all those turns. But not this year ... I feel like I've finally, after many months, made a breakthrough on my backstroke SDKs. Wouldn't mind a few more short course races.
Ran in forumite NothinBut50s at the rec center. Great guy -- trains just like Jazz. He's getting back into the pool after a knee and back injury. We bemoaned not being able to use the starting blocks -- country regulation. He said the lifeguards sometimes let him use them at 9:00 pm when no one's there. Not my usual practice time anymore, though it used to be.
Just planning a short run for tomorrow, unless it rains and all the kids' activities are cancelled.
Will do some RC work now. Adding in hip hinges with dumbells on the left leg. Need to research some other balance exercises.
Updated May 1st, 2009 at 04:28 PM by The Fortress
Back to the gym today! It felt like I had been away so long (really only 2 weeks) that I couldn't remember what to do at first ... lol Lowered the amount of weight on some exercises, as I reboot the lifting.
deadlift, 90 x 2 x 12
standing lat pull down, 120 x 2 x 15
overhead tricep press w/BB, 30 x 2 x 15
bench press (Hammer), 90 x 2 x 10
bicep curl w/BB, 40 x 2 x 15
leg press, 310 x 2 x 15
cable twist w/ball, 35 x 2 x 15, each side
external rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each side
alternating hammers, 20 x 2 x 20
crunches w/med ball, 2 x 25
decline reverse crunches, 2 x 25
dead bugs on bosu, 2 x 25
jack knifes on ball, 2 x 15
stand on bosu with one leg and lower body (don't know what this is called -- one leg squat?), 2 x 10
forward lunges, 2 x 15
push ups, 1 x 15, 1 x 25
10 minutes stretching
Chatted with a serious masters runner who thought I was gumby. Runners always seem to think this, but they are often as rigid as a board! lol
I am still really fatigued. My daughter's been waking up in the middle of the night for some reason, and that probably contributes. There is no way I would want to do a meet this weekend. I think the fatigue from Zones will put a permanent kabosh on any thoughts of back to back meets. In fact, thinking ahead to next year, I wonder if swimming Zones before Nats at Atlanta (assuming I go) is really a good idea ... Right now, it doesn't seem like it. I wish our Zones meet was not 2 weeks before Nats. Definitely too close for my taste.
May hop on my bike for 20 minutes this afternoon. Going to the pool for sure tomorrow.
I realized I had lent my B70 to my kid for a couple swims the last day of JOs when she was on her 16-17 events ... So my B70 #2 probably has 20+ swims now. I'm thinking I need a back up suit for LC Nats. I guess I still have my hineck Pro, but Mini-Fort has used that too ... Need to mull this over. Need to make my hotel reservations too.
(Oh, she went 3 seconds slower in the B70 than the Pro. )
Updated April 30th, 2009 at 05:52 PM by The Fortress
Wow, I am still absolutely dead from the meet. Not recovering quickly at all. Am now glad I'm not going to the NY meet this weekend, as traveling sounds tiring ... Looking forward to a weekend with the family & watching my kids' sporting events!
Was heading to the gym, but cancelled that plan. Just did RC and some stretching today. Taking Bobinator's advice and listening to the body!
I am weary of all the tech suit haters. I believe that the suits make everyone faster, and that I have benefitted from my B70. Especially in my first set of unrested and tapered times. However, I have been wearing the B70 for a long now; I was one of the first masters to get it -- I followed Ande's recommendation immediately and spoke to Dean in Europe to discuss getting one. (This is consistent with my penchant for trying new things. No reason not to be adventurous.) I now have so many times in it, that I'm inclined to think I've seen most of the benefits from the suit and that my subsequent time drops are at least somewhat due to other factors. Even under Jimby's prior (and flawed! :P) analysis, I've dropped time since I last tapered in the B70 in February. This may be wishful thinking on my part, and some say it is, but I continue to believe that weights have helped me. How many times do you have to wear a suit before every single improvement ceases to attributed to it?! Right now, I feel like I'm comparing "apples to apples" since I always swim in a B70.
My current B70 (#2) now has 18 races in it, plus all the warm downs. I also warmed up in it on Saturday of Zones, as I didn't have time to struggle into it before my first race. BTW, I disliked warming up in it and will try to avoid doing it again.
Updated April 29th, 2009 at 03:02 PM by The Fortress
Still feeling simultaneously and
Yesterday, I swam very slowly for about 35-40 minutes with Stud and sat in a hot tub. Stud has a very fancy state-of-the-art snorkle!
Got a post meet deep tissue massage later. The therapist said my calves were a "mess." She was worried the cramping problems might indicate some vitamin deficiency or absorption issue. Dunno ... I try to be careful about potassium. I think the suspect, which I tend to blame for all post 40s negativity, is hormones. The alternative is that I am not used to swimming that many events and doing starts. All the starts might have been what did in my calves. Hamstrings are tight as well.
I was also cogitating on WTH accounts for my 50 evil at Zones. I recently swam a 50 evil in LC in a B70 that converted to about my seed time. So I was not sandbagging and the drop is somewhat inexplicable. I haven't been lunging, which is apparently good for evilstroke ... I guess it could be just overall strength improvement. Or maybe it was a well-timed fluke!
I do feel like a owe a big THANK YOU to everyone giving me advice and encouragement on my blog!!! It really helps! Special thanks to Jazz and QBrain for all the weight advice. Jimby may think the B70 is "magic," and I do love it, but I'm inclined to think weights are more magical.
Today, I hobbled out in the sunshine for a 5 mile jog (the word "run" is not really applicable & I walked an "up" on mile 4). Legs were dead, but it felt fabulous to be outside.
Uploaded pictures from the weekend. I think we have a new candidate for Speedo Man! lol. Remind me never to take a picture with Hulk again. He makes me look like a freaking midget.
Updated April 28th, 2009 at 09:37 PM by The Fortress
As expected, I was very excited and blissed out from yesterday, so didn't do that well in the sleep department. Fortunately, I slept in a wee bit because my first event, mixed 200 free relay wasn't until 11:45. But sleep wasn't the problem -- cramps! I woke up with crazy sore calve muscles. Had Mr. Fort give me a quick massage, which practically made me scream. I guess it was just the lactic acid build up from yesterday? Not used to swimming 6 events. That's what Coach Cheryl thought. I obviously need a "masher." lol. Not sure what else could have caused it ... I was eating bananas and drinking gatorade ... was warming down when I could between events (but maybe not enough with the crazy consecutive last 3 events from yesterday) ...
Anyway, that effected the days events, as I cramped on every start and wall. This phenomenon obviously makes my dolphin kick, my major weapon, less effective. I was very happy that I didn't sign up for the 100 IM first thing in the am, as that is a heavy duty lactate event for me with all the switching of strokes. Didn't swim the 100 back, as I had just swum 2 crampy 50s and was hobbling. A bit disappointed, but glad I have my 1:02 split request on file, though I think I might have gone faster. Always another time!
Despite this Day 2 issue, I had a great time at the meet, had a few good swims on Sunday, had a fantastic time watching all the fast swimming, and had fun at the post meet party. My team won the medium team championship for the first time in 5 years, so we were psyched about that.
35+ mixed 200 free relay, 1:37, 1st place
I went about 85-90%, shaking the cobwebs out. Split a 25.3. Two of my relay mates are swimming at Clovis in 2 weeks, and I wish them the best of luck!
50 fly, 27.06
Had 5 heats of rest. Only got 2 lengths of warm down. Took 9 SDKs off the start and turn. Cramped on both though, so I was kicking through pain and had to take one extra breath the second length. Stud said I visibly accelerated the last 15 yards, as the cramp subsided. Was super happy to see a 27.06 in light of this. This broke my Zone record from last year of 28.4.
25 + medley relay, 1:53, 1st place
Swam the fly leg on this relay. Had a break after my 50 fly, so felt more rested. Split 26.77 with a safe start.
Was a tad bummed I didn't sign up for the 50 free, as it would have been nice to take all 4 50s. But you can't swim everything in one meet!
Fort party was a blast. Hope everyone had a good time. I'll put up pictures soon. (Just so y'all know, we decided after John left that Wookiee looks just like Zac Ephron. )
This morning, I'm going to have a warm down swim/hot tub with Stud. I also have a massage booked, which I had anticipated as recovery before the NY meet. But I could still use it. I think my calves need some work before I can go on my post meet run tomorrow. My shoulders/traps also feel a bit like someone took a hammer to them.
Tech suit thoughts:
First, don't sit in gum in a B70!! Holy crap, not sure where I sat in it, but it smeared all across my butt (I promised SwimRobin that I would actually confess this in public, lol) -- goopy pinkish stuff. I was kinda freaked out, thinking it had ruined my B70. Fortunately, it came out with some ice cubes, but I was required to make a tech suit change.
I've told Chris this, but FYI guys, Mike Ross was much happier with B70 legs for back and fly than the full body B70. He did recommend it for ALL swimmers, but I remain content with my full body. lol And, WOW, it was fun seeing several of his swims! (He also lectured my on excess eventage, but got that it was my team zone meet.)
On the Jimby front, he is still cogitating on how to spin the B70 science experiment. He wanted full Jimby credit for his swims and I am giving it to him!! Seriously though, in his big 3 events (100 free, 200 free and 500 free), he swam very very well, but the times (all age group PBs) were what (at least I) thought he was well capable of swimming in a fast pool. I'll let him do the time reporting, but it was much less than .5 per 50 in these events. He did swim a very very nice 400 IM as well and dropped a lot of time there.
B70 vs. LZR:
A few people from GMU conducting experiments using borrowed LZRs. I had a borrowed LZR with a recordbreaker back. It had been used for 10-12 swims. I decided to wear a B70 for one of my 50 backs and the LZR for the other to compare. They were, as reported, within .1 of each other. So, for me, I'm not sure there was much difference time wise. But perhaps the LZR would have been slightly faster if it had been brand new or if I had used one with a zipper? I think so ...
I won't wear a recordbreaker back again though. I haven't worn an open recordbreaker back since my Pro pre-Austin. Yuck! I felt like I had water wooshing down my back. Very odd sensation. Might have been because I'm so used to the B70? Or because the LZR is cut very low in the back? I swam 2 relays in the suit and it was worse. In my 100 fly leg of the medley relay, I felt like I had water wooshing down the back and front. And that was a pretty mediocre swim.
What I can say is that I don't think the B70 is any more of a "floatation" suit than the LZR really. The LZR has plenty of noticeable "float" in the bottom half where all the impermeable material is. Frankly, I think having more float in the bottom and less in the top (a la Mike's comments) might be the best for me as well. But, like others, I have major concerns about the fragility and lack of durability of the LZR. I really think it's basically a one meet suit. I saw a couple swimmers with whacking big holes in their LZRs. Of course, Hulk popped a big hole in his brand new B70 and my teammate and Mike Ross had runs in the back of their B70s. At least I only had the gum problem!
Updated April 28th, 2009 at 12:33 AM by The Fortress
I survived my first day ever swimming 6 events. Yes, I am dead now, but fairly hyper as I had a nice surprise. We'll see about sleep tonight ... lol
Here's how it went, including some nose clip magic:
1. 100 free, 57.4
Felt like utter absolute crap in warm up, wasn't too jazzed about swimming this event. Did 75 easy speed + 25 fast. And that felt horrible. Still, went 57.4. I was told my turnover was slow but powerful. Had trouble off the turns and with breakouts, confirmed by wookiee. I think it's likely because I rarely do freestyle in practice. Occasionally, I feel like crap on my first event of a meet and then go on to swim better. I think that is what happened here.
I did loaf just enough to lose my Zones record by .05. Not overly concerned. Will now take another 2 year hiatus, as I'm not fond of this event. Got points for my team -- which is currently leading the medium team division!!
2. 25+ 200 mixed medley relay, did back leg, went 28.06 (had a split request in)
Led off the relay. After the 100 free, I was a tad worried about letting down my speedy relay teammates. And I decided to use my nose clip for the first time. Was very fast, 28.0, which is .5 faster than my time in Auburn. I was *told* *lectured* that I was *perhaps* a wee bit past the 15 meter mark. (It was my first real backstroke start ever with B70 + nose clip.) Just glad our relay wasn't DQ'd. I went very deep on the start. Our 25+ relay got 1st place. I think we went a 1:45 or so. Speedo had a great free leg.
(I was really happy with my time cuz it put me .1 ahead of Sue Walsh this year. In fact, I was so happy I told a teammate that I didn't care how the open 50 back went (see below), as I had a PB/Zone Record. lol)
3. 50 breast, 34.11
I had exactly 4 heats of 50s after the medley relay for rest. But I sucked it up to swim my very very fav event. It had been almost 4 years since I last swam it and went 37+. But my recent LC time in a B70 converted to 37, which is why that was my seed time. Very surprisingly, I dropped 3+ seconds. I think the dolphin kick at the top of the pullout helps me. Couldn't figure out what to do between the flags and the walls and changed my tempo at both ends. Set the Zone record in this event though. Everyone go ahead and have a good laugh now.
4. 50 back, 27.90, NR:
OK, very shocked and happy to go under 28. WTH?! I was just hoping to go 29+ at this meet. Didn't think I'd touch my Auburn time. This time I was more conservative on the start and came up at the 14.8 meter mark. As I saw Jazz noted, nose clips are not just a fashion statement!
Event 23 Women 45-49 50 Yard Backstroke
ZONE: Z 29.34 4/15/2007 Vibeke Swanson
NATL: ! 28.00 5/20/2007 K PIPES-NEILSEN
Name Age Team Seed Finals Points
1 Livingston, Les 47 GMUP 29.10 27.90! 9
My coach told me I broke the NR. Didn't even know what it was before I swam ... Shocked! I think KPN has swum faster too since the last record book publication too, but still --- I believe we both get credit for being under the existing NR.
Last year at Zones, I swam a 29.5, so this is a big drop in a 50 for one year. Definitely not all B70! In fact, Jimby just announced that he now thinks all improvement is due to monofin use and my kick workouts. Hahahaha.
5. Women's 35+ 400 medley relay
I had one heat of rest, one. This is not a good plan for sprinters. I think we need breaks between relays at this meet ... I swam the fly leg, went 1:03. Really tried to cruise the first 50. Couldn't seem to SDK at all, no legs. Died like a dog as usual the last 15 yards, but I had warned our freestyler that this would, in fact, and inevitably, occur. My team went 4:29, which is 4 seconds than we went last year in the same event where we grabbed the top spot.
6. Women's 35+ 200 free relay
One measly heat of rest. Went my all time slowest 50 free ever leading off the relay! Yay! But we won the event and got points for the team.
Dined with friends at Red Hot & Blue. Many enchanting photographs were taken, which will be downloaded at some later point. Feeling a little tuckered, but very happy.
Updated April 27th, 2009 at 04:31 PM by The Fortress
No time to swim today. Probably all right to have an off day. Instead, I:
purchased massive quantities of food;
answered numerous text messages from swimmers, lol;
drank copious amounts of water and green tea;
contemplated an ice bath;
purchased daffodils and tulips
stretched out Jimby's B70
packed swim bag (with back up suit!)
Ready for the meet and festivities! Expecting about 20 or so forumites, assorted GMUP teammates, spouses (they're very brave to tolerate all the boring swim shop talk!) and children on Sunday. Should be perfect weather, 85 degrees and sunny. Pool is open. No hottub for Team Hottub members though. Someone else will have to host that one! Thought we could celebrate Wookiee's birthday early. In lieu of a cake, he's requested kisses from all the beautiful ladies.
Not nervous yet. I just read that a friend was nauseous before her meet. Doesn't seem terribly uncommon. Does this happen to anyone else? Do we swim better the more nervous we are or not? I've found that, for me, some nerves/adrenline is definitely good ... but I seem to swim just as fast relaxed with my bad ass sprinter attitude. I seem to calm down when I've got my first event under my belt.
Updated April 24th, 2009 at 03:57 PM by The Fortress
Another snoozer, just a bit more than a meet warm up:
700 variety swim, kick, drill
6 x 25 UW shooter on back
2 x 25 build kick
2 x 25 build free
2 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)
Shoulder mostly better, headache much better, hip is bothering me some again. I think, since this has been bothering me some for a few months, that I may have the dread "muscular imbalance" problem. Once the meet's over, I'll start focusing on this issue. Mr. Fort has had a much worse version. He's been working with a trainer to fix it and is much better, so can show me exercises to do, which I understand includes running on little trampolines.
Feel OK in the water. I've never had that "racehorse" feeling before a meet. I think this is a fictional construct or experienced mostly by the 20 somethings ... For me, it's just best to ignore how I feel physically before a meet and try to get jazzed up mentally. Some swim friends are coming for dinner tomorrow, so that should start the weekend off nicely!
Made hotel reservations for the Boston Marathon next year. I'm told you must do this waaaaay in advance.
Updated April 23rd, 2009 at 05:49 PM by The Fortress
Woke up today with a headache again. (WTF?!) Decided I needed to work on cheerfulness. One of my favorite west coast gurus, Ahelee, suggested I meditate about yellow daffodils (in lieu of meditating about deers for speed). I did this for a minute or two ... that's about my tolerance for meditation, as Ahelee knows. Then I proceeded to listen to loud psych music and purchase copious amounts of beer and wine for the party on Sunday. That helped more.
After this, I went to the pool and chiro.
(This is so dull, one can barely bother typing it ...)
700 variety swim, kick, drill
10 x 25 UW shooters on back
6 x (25 easy speed fly + 25 EZ)
3 x (25 AFAP free + 75 EZ)
My chiro agreed that I had completely torqued my neck and that that was what has been causing my constant headaches. Got a neck adjustment and tune up for the shoulders. Hopefully, that will do the trick.
Met Alan Webb today. He was finishing his appt when I arrived. He's racing the mile at Drake University this weekend and hoping for perfect weather conditions.
Got my relay assignments today. I'm swimming:
25+ Mixed 200 Medley: Leslie, Petra, Mark, Pete
35+ women 400 medley: Barb, Karlin, Leslie, Cheryl
35+ women 200 free relay: Leslie, Cheryl, Barb, Melissa
35+ mixed 200 free: Pete, Brad, Leslie, Cheryl
25+ women 200 medley: Barb, Petra, Leslie, Cheryl
Very psyched to be swimming with Petra Martin, who has mad skills, but she is really dragging down our relay "age." Swimming some relays with Speedo and my favorite teammates too! I haven't swum relays in a long time, so looking forward to that. Last year, this same 400 medley relay was #1 in the nation. Not bad for a small non-superteam!
Got Jimby's suit in the mail from Sportsman BillS. I'll be sure to take many photos of Jim in it, especially after he's eaten his 5 steaks on Friday night.
Updated April 24th, 2009 at 10:22 AM by The Fortress
Standard resting workout:
700 variety warm up
8 x 50 back @ 1:00
Was trying for easy speed. Had none, these are the slowest 50s backs I've done in recent memory.
3 x (25 build free + 25 easy)
3 x (25 AFAP kick w/fins + 25 easy)
3 x (25 AFAP free w/fins + 25 easy)
1 x 50 back AFAP w/fins (25ish)
The evil is in me, and I'm not talking about evilstroke. Seems like full on taper bitchies (confirmed by Mini-Fort), compounded by headache and totally wrenched neck/left trap. Going to chiro tomorrow. Felt dreadful in the water, the worst I've felt in ages. Hope that goes away; trying to ignore it.
I'm not going to the SCM meet in NY. I called the meet director today just to get a sense of the timeline and confirm receipt of my entry before I booked a flight. My entry was apparently mysteriously lost in the mail. (I didn't make a copy of it.) I don't have a fax machine and couldn't get to one today, as I'm too busy. Entry deadline has passed. So I'm crossing this meet off my list. Hopefully, I can find another one to go to later in the year. Bad luck + taper/sick bitchies is a bad combo. Perhaps it's just better to get back to training anyway!
Hope I get my mojo back soon. I think a run is needed. Trying to resist the urge to walk right out the door this very minute ... Promise to be less whiney in future posts!
Updated April 21st, 2009 at 09:13 PM by The Fortress
750 variety swim, kick, drill
8 x 25 back shooters, no fins
3 x (25 build + 25 EZ)
2 x (50 AFAP back w/fins + 100 EZ)
(went 26 & 25ish)
2 x (25 AFAP free w/fins + 50 EZ)
2 x (25 AFAP kick w/fins + 50 EZ)
Felt like crap when I tried to sprint. Maybe I've cut back enough since the crazy training that I'm supposed to feel crappy now? Don't know ... Still feeling fatigued and headachey though. Not my usual self yet. It just doesn't feel like resting or tapering when it's not intentional. Glad the meet's not until the weekend!
Updated April 20th, 2009 at 08:21 PM by The Fortress
As I expected, couldn't get to the pool. Wasn't feeling great anyway. Did some stretching and RC exercises.
Couldn't get to my team practice today. Older two kids were running/helping with a 5K and younger one is now sick. And Mr. Fort is at his law school reunion. Haven't done a start since Auburn. Oh well, lol.
Ventured to the Rec Center, which is usually mobbed on weekends. Had a lane to myself for awhile and then there was a massive influx of triathletes and noodlers. I'm happy to share a lane with triathletes, but I don't want to do their endless freestyle circle swimming. They actually seems surprised by that, as if regular pool swimming doesn't exist ... I ended up switching lanes and sharing a lane with another fellow prepping for Zones. Had noodler trouble as well. One woman was doing a frog kick (with weights on her ankles) that was wider than my body length. She repeatedly kicked me on my side of the lane line. I finally had to stop and explain why this was not acceptable.
With two illness and two more weeks of tapering, I'm sure the taper bitchies will really be in full swing ...
700 variety swim
16 x 25 backstroke shooters @ 1:00, no fins
8 x 50 backstroke @ 1:10
10 SDKs off the walls
8 x (25 easy speed fly + 25 easy)
6 x (25 AFAP free + 50 easy)
At Patrick and Q's suggestion, I did some dynamic rather than static stretching this am. Did straight leg march, scorpion, handwalks, side bends, trunk rotations, hamstring stretch, back/ab stretch on ball and leg swings. I have to admit, it didn't feel like I was doing much of anything. Read up on it a bit:
What I haven't taken the time to research is whether static stretching is still good to do after working out? That's when I typically, but not always, do it.
Checked the psych sheet for Zones. Pretty competitive this year! I will have to get my ass in gear for a couple events or my Zone records will be erased. My former secret nemesis is swimming again this year.
I have a borrowed LZR that I might use for a swim or two. I think it's seen about 10 swims, so it could technically be "done." As for the stretching, I think it would just have stretched to my size. But I'll have to try it on. Found Chris' comment that Sue Walsh prefers the LZR interesting. I know Michelle Chow does too. In fact, from what I have gleaned from masters and USS swimmers, it seems the slimmer-sprinter types prefer the LZR. This would be consistent with my own view that the B70 "float" helps relatively more in distance events. But who knows for sure?
With respect to B70 use, Jim Clemmons tells me his suit now has 60+ swims. He's still swimming extemely fast in it too.
This was supposed to be a "maintenance" week. I was worried I wasn't doing much at all, but still got in 5 swims for almost 16,000 yards and one short weight session. The last couple workouts have been pretty light, I guess, owing to being sick.
Updated April 19th, 2009 at 07:29 PM by The Fortress
Still under the weather and an energy-less FAF, but better than yesterday!
Got a deep tissue massage. Ouch! Guess I had some cranky muscles. The tightest area is my middle back. (Lower back was fine.) How exactly does one stretch the middle back?
Just a short workout. Wanted to keep feel and not sure I can get to the pool tomorrow. Did some hypoxic work that I like to do when I'm resting or feeling sub par.
700 variety swim, kick, drill
10 x 25 back UW shooter w/MF @ :30
Then, realizing that I had just told She Puff that I had become too besotted with my MF lately and needed to do some fin-less SDK work, I grudgingly took it off.
10 x (25 back UW shooter no fins + 25 EZ) @ 1:15
3 x 150 (50 scull, 50 kick, 50 swim)
7 SDKs off each wall on kick and swim
5 x (25 belly UW shooter no fins + 25 EZ)
The UW shooters with no fins were easier than I anticipated. For the last year, I've felt faster/better on my belly shooters than my back shooters and have started avoiding back shooters because of the air bleeding. With a nose clip, I felt like this phenomenon was reversed: I felt faster and more comfortable on my back. Though I took about 21 kicks each way.
Will try to get to my team practice on Sunday if I'm feeling better to practice some starts, etc. I won't be doing 3000, though, so I may be a dirty rotten selfish rule breaking teammate that is disrupting the normal swimming protocol. I suspect a few others are tapering for Zones too though. But, since I'm one of few sprinters, I'm sure I'll do less yardage.
I'm sick again, and it's making me really dang grumpy. Could be allergies run amuck or a nasty cold I picked up traveling. Very frustrating, as I just had a severe cold two weeks ago. So forced to take a day off. Just hope I get better soon, as I have a very packed weekend. If I don't, I may question the back to back meet plan or the number of events at Zones ... For sure, I'm going to kick into rest mode swim wise and not overdo it in the pool the next few days.
Going to lay on the couch now and feel sorry for myself. April is just not my month.
Since Jazz is cranking out the yardage, I decided to steal his workout from yesterday. With modifications, of course. No paddles. Swam with fins.
700 variety warm up
10 x 25 shooters on back w/MF
8 x 25 build free @ :35
8 x 25 fast backstroke kick @ :30
8 x 25 smooth free w/overkick @ :35
8 x 100 @ 1:50
odds = easy speed free, trying to remember to kick
evens = cruiser backstroke kick
8 x 25 easy speed fly @ :45
8 x 25 fast MF shooter @ :40, alternate back & belly
8 x 25 "burst" free @ :40 (15 fast, 10 cruise)
Went to the chiro after swimming. He said I had some hot spots, had probably overdone the weights, but nothing serious. He nixed Kipping pull ups. No surprise there. He gave me a free supplement to try on a guinea pig basis. It's a 3 day regimen intended to reduce inflammation and muscle pain -- sort of like a mini non prescription steroid pack. It's called Acute Phase by Metagenics. Some of his patients have noticed immediate relief in 3 days. We'll see ... I have tried Protrypsin before, and didn't notice a dang bit of difference.
We discussed explosive lifting briefly. He recommended that, if I ever try it, to reduce the weight quite a bit. Otherwise, as people have noted, one risks joint pain. The tough thing, apparently, is finding the right amount of weight to benefit from the technique while not overloading the joint.
He did comment that I was, ahem, looking more defined. All good for the shoulders though.
Not feeling the greatest. Still not sleeping well and my allergies are bothering me. I'm coughing and wheezing a lot, and hoping it doesn't turn bronchial. Or the taper bitchies will be very bitchy. Going to start cutting intensity tomorrow. Feel like I've been doing a fair amount of speed work lately.
Quickie AM Weights:
Cut back 1/3 of the weight. Shoulder still cranky, stayed away from pull ups/chins and hanging ab exercises. Going to chiro tomorrow afternoon.
standing lat pulldown, 100 x 2 x 15
dead lift, 70 x 2 x 12
seated narrow grip row, 70 x 2 x 15
alternating hammers, 12.5 x 2 x 20
decline reverse crunch, 2 x 25
elevated crunch, 2 x 25
crunches w/med ball, 2 x 25
back extensions w/10 lb weight, 2 x 25
external rotators, 10 x 2 x 15
prone scapular scrunches, 2 x 25
seated straight arm dips, 60 x 2 x 2
(did a bunch of arm extensions last night)
Swam late today because I was taking care of really important things like beautifying my chlorine-damaged hair. The FISH were practicing. Swam in a lane right next to Kate Ziegler.
600 variety swim-kick
20 x 25 shooters on back w/MF @ :30
4 x (50 dolphin kick on back w/MF AFAP + 100 easy)
Went: 22, 21.5, 21, 21.5
My fastest to date. Before Auburn, I was going 23s. Think the time drops are due in part to use of a nose clip. I'm only above water from the flags to the wall. Was planning on doing more 50s, but someone joined my lane and I didn't want to slice and dice.
4 x (4 x 50) speed variables @ 1:00
#1: 50 back, descend to fast
#2: backstroke kick, EZ, fast, EZ, fast
#3: breaststroke, 25 fast, 25 easy by 50s
#4: 25 fast doggie paddle scull drill, 25 EZ
Pondering amount of rest for Zones/SCM Meet. Went back and looked at the yardage I did before Auburn two weeks out:
May try to replicate some of the workouts. The last time I lifted weights before Auburn was Jan. 25. Using that as a guideline, I should probably stop lifting now if I want to swim well at my SCM meet. Anyone have any different thoughts?
Of course, having Zones before the SCM meet will effect how "rested" I am for the second meet, assuming I go ... For Zones, I am entered in:
200 mixed medley relay
50 breast (gridge anyone? haven't swum this event in 4 years)
400 medley relay
200 free relay
200 free relay
Signed up for the 50 fly, 50 free and 50 back for the SCM meet. I NT'd the 50 fly because there is only 1 event between the 50 fly and 50 free. Have at me, you anti-sandbaggers, but this is my response to the social engineering meet line up.
Hosting a apres meet party Sunday after Zones: burger and beer. Last year, we had a fun party as well, some of the pics are in my photos albums. We also had a video show with vids taken by Ensignada, Stud and me. The funniest one, of course, featured Jimby standing on the blocks as everyone else took off for the 100 free. (They let him swim in another heat.)
Feeling pretty exhausted. Traveling from the east coast to the west coast doesn't agree with me. I only got 5-6 hours sleep in Tucson because I would wake up so early every day. Now, back east, I'm having trouble going to sleep. Thought I would be dead in the water today, so was surprised to swim pretty fast. Hoping for more sleep the rest of the week.
Updated April 14th, 2009 at 06:19 PM by The Fortress
700 variety swim, kick, drill
30 x 25 UW shooters w/MF @ :30
20 back, 10 belly
dolphin kick on back w/MF:
1 x 50 @ :45 (10 sdk)
1 x 100 @ 1:30 (8 sdk)
1 x 150 @ 2:15 (7 sdk)
1 x 200 @ 2:45 (6 sdk)
1 x 300 @ 4:00 (5 sdk)
1 x 200 @ 2:45 (6 sdk)
1 x 150 @ 2:15 (6 sdk)
1 x 100 @ 1:30 (8 sdk) (around 1:00)
1 x 50 fast @ :45 (no extra rest) (went 22.5-23)
5 x 100 back @ 2:00
75 cruise, 25 fast
4 x (25 AFAP free + 25 easy)
(was going to do more, but was cramping too much. sprints didn't feel great.)
Shoulder feels better after swimming. Inactivity does not agree with me. I don't like taking 2 days in a row off swimming. It seems to work better for me to take one day off swimming during the week and one day off on the weekend as part of a rest day. The whole weekend off makes me feel a bit rusty and tight. Going to ice a lot today and do RC work all week.
Anyone doing marine push ups to add explosive strength? I'm not sure what a marine push up is. Will have to google.
I noticed that Jonty said that tech suits do not afford everyone the same level of improvement.
Updated April 13th, 2009 at 11:13 PM by The Fortress
It was raining on Saturday in Tucson, and I let that dissuade me from swimming. I was pretty tired from my M-F workout craze anyway. Sunday I traveled home. Will swim later today.
Sent in my entry form for a SCM meet in Brooklyn on May 3. http://www.metroswim.org/entryforms/...cParksMeet.pdf. Still not sure whether I'm going. May conflict with family things, or I may be too tired after Zones. I'll play it by ear. This is the only meet where I've read the words "all entries are free." lol
Not sure what I did, but my cranky shoulder is really bothering me. Lack of sufficient RC work last week? Or overdoing weights? Or sitting on the airplane all day? It hasn't noticeably bothered me in awhile. Chiro check up is probably in order. I'll do a lot of kicking the next couple days. It probably will effect my weight lifting this week too. I had been planning on lifting this week, and knocking off next week before Zones.
I don't see my entries on the psych sheet for Colonies Zones yet. Hopefully, it just hasn't been processed yet and it was received. Need to think about the apres swim party soon.
Got my shipment of nose clips while I was gone. The speedo competition nose clip seems much tighter than the others. Hopefully, it will stay on better.
Updated April 13th, 2009 at 01:44 PM by The Fortress
2 mile warm up run on treadmill
decline bench press, 130 x 2 x 8
leg press, 260 x 2 x 10 (this machine seemed waaay harder than the one at my gym)
row, 100 x 2 x 10
tricep press, 55 x 2 x 8
bicep curl w/40 lb BB, 40 x 2 x 12
hanging reverse ab crunch, 2 x 15
incline crunches, 2 x 25
elevated crunches w/10 lb DB at feet, 2 x 25
ab rollers, 2 x 15
Tried the Saxon side bend again today, but decided I didn't like it. Gave my shoulders/arms a break from all the pulilng and chinning.
10 minutes stretching
700 variety warm up
20 x 50 @ 50
5 back, 5 back kick, 5 back, 5 back kick
7 SDks off each wall
(couldn't use nose clip at all -- sun screen was too slippery, used a different kind today)
5 x 100 IM @ 1:45
9 SDKs in fly, 7 SDKs in back
10 x 50 w/fins @ 1:00
25 belly shooter, 25 easy free
(Had a stray thought about loping on freestyle. Sometimes I have trouble maintaining my high turnover straight arm free when going distances beyond 50. Was wondering if a lope might be good with my new strength. Seemed fairly natural when I tried it a bit. I've never worked on a stroke change in free as a master.)
10 x 25 easy speed fly w/fins @ :30
Couldn't make it to the noon masters practice today, as I was informed I was going to the Hannah Montana Movie premiere at 12:15. Joy!
Just did an aerobic swim today. Feel like I've been doing quite a few AFAP 50s and 25s (either as 25s or within 50s or 100s). Feeling a bit tuckered out. But I enjoyed the aerobic workout, and tried to practice good technique. It was very windy today. Between that and the noodler class right next to me, I felt like I was getting bounced around a lot. Would have been a good day for more hypoxic work, but I don't have my MF with me and my allergies are killing me. I thought I was escaping from DC pollen, but there seems to be pollen and weird plants here too.
I think this is the most working out I've ever done on vacation. lol Will probably just do a swim tomorrow. Heading home on Sunday, so that will be a rest day.
My hamstrings have been a tad sore lately. At first I thought it was from the squatting, but now I think it's actually from the back extensions with the 25 pound weight ... Looking forward to a couple days away from the weight room.
Not sure how much strength one can gain in 8 weeks. But I definitely feel stronger than I was at Auburn. Arms are definitely more defined. Need to figure out a plan for the summer for LC. Not sure if I want to trying to lift 3x a week. It's so exhausting!