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My team, GMUP:
800 warm up
4 x 25 easy speed fly, 25 EZ after each
Hit the hottub for 10 minutes and took a long hot shower to try to ease the muscle tightness across my back and shoulders. It's probably from all the tossing and turning, and probably why my fly feels like crap. No matter, I'm in a fabulous mood and refuse to dwell on it.
Also tried the Speedo Aqua V cap today. My goggles would barely stay on with it, it's so slippery. It also gave me an insta-headache. I'll have to bring excedrin to the meet if I use that thing ...
Spent the morning at the Tom Dolan meet. Only one masters swimmer there, but he schooled the young studs. Wally Dicks broke the national records in the Mens 45-49 50 and 100 breast, in 27.3 and 58.94. The 27.3 was his 50 split in the open 100. That's bookin'! We'll see how fast he is tonight. Edit: He swam a 58.55 tonight. Woot!
And, happily, my clutzy evilstroker swam well, making champ finals in her beloved evilstroke. It's seriously hard to believe she's my daughter with the state of my own evilstroke.
Driving to NJ tomorrow. Looked at the timeline. The 50 back isn't even until 4:00 and the 50 fly is at 5:30 .... I could easily have made it down in time to warm up and swim. Kinda disappointed about that. But I'll just hit the pool and cheer for friends before hitting the Harvest Moon Brewery where someone will be celebrating a birthday.
Updated December 5th, 2008 at 09:49 PM by The Fortress
700 warm up
5 x 50 fly drill
8 x 25 smooth free with overkick
3 x AFAP free, 50 EZ after each
Had a fabulous chat with my very first masters coach today. (He is a NOVA coach out in Cali now.) I totally credit him for getting me back in the pool and teaching me how to swim again (or at least for the 4 months before he moved). He's the best, a real technician! We talked about the 100 fly for awhile. He said, if he were still coaching me, he wouldn't have me do anything longer than 25s with an occasional fast 50 or 100. He said "train free" or do a lot of free-fly stuff. But otherwise nothing but quality or very fast 25s. That's pretty much what Paul and Ande said on the "training for the 100 fly" thread, as I recall. Since my shoulders don't like long fly sets, I think I pretty much have to embrace this strategy.
He also reminded me that, when I first started masters, I said "I'm just too old to swim the 100 fly." lol. I had forgotten about that, although it did take me awhile to overcome my 100 fly fear. He also told me that I am a 50 freestyler and that I should focus on that event. He "knows me better than me," he says. Hmmm .... I guess coaches can sometimes see things you can't see yourself?
On another note, my Zones entries were straightened out and I now officially an evil 50 free sandbagger. However, I noticed that I am not the only sandbagger in that event, as Fall W. is seeded at :55.
Also, I haven't been sleeping well the past few nights. Really tossing and turning. This is another evil result of evil resting. No sound sleep. At least I slept well last week!
700 variety warm up
10 x 50 on 1:05, alternate backstroke kick and backstroke, moderate pace
8 x 25, alternate easy speed fly and easy
4 x 25 AFAP free, 50 easy after each 25
Resting is very odd. I absolutely hate resting and miss all my cross training, especially running on sunny days like today. But when I cut back and do nothing but some sprinting and recovery swimming in the pool, I seem to get really lazy and can't wait to get out of the water from even my short little swim ... Seems like a complete waste of time. I was even daydreaming about a nap today. Need to get back to regular training. Or I'll be an even bigger tank than Puff is becoming!
A friend commented that she couldn't believe I was resting this week for 3 events. I thought that was plenty of events for one day! Although I do really wish I was swimming both days of the meet this weekend.
Fly still feels like crap. Not sure why.
Think I need to do more overkicking freestyle drills. I'm a pretty fast flutter kicker, but don't think I'm getting anywhere near max kick when I'm sprinting free. And Hulk has told me this too.
Still haven't heard from the Zones meet director via email. Will check the psych sheets again.
Updated December 3rd, 2008 at 04:12 PM by The Fortress
Ack. Not having a good day. Was woken up this morning by the sound and cries of my daughter falling down a flight of stairs and landing on her elbow. Had to take her to the ER. No break, but the elbow is seriously swollen and painful. As she is swimming in the Dolan meet this weekend, and already has sore knees, she is really bummed out.
My meet entries are still screwed up for Zones. I've emailed the meet director twice and haven't received a reply, so I think the odds are good that I will not be getting a 50 fly split at this point. Seem to be having trouble with meet entries. My entries for the NC Shootout were screwed up as well (although I fixed it the morning of the meet). And, although it was a masters-USA combo meet, the times don't seem to count. Apparently, they forgot to properly ID the masters swimmers, and may not clean up their paperwork. Kinda bummed, as I swam PBs in backstroke there.
Went to the pool briefly after taking my daughter to school. Resting this week, so I didn't do much. And I wasn't too worried about how I felt in the water, that's for sure.
700 variety swim & kick
10 x 50 on 1:10, alternate kick and drill, 2 of each stroke
8 x 25, medium pace, 2 of each stroke
2 x 50 with fins @ 90%, 150 EZ after each one
(1 back, 1 fly, went 27.5ish, trying not to hit lane mate)
3 x 25 AFAP freestyle, 50 EZ after each
Updated December 2nd, 2008 at 02:29 PM by The Fortress
Drove 7 hours yesterday. Not my favorite thing in the world to do ... Didn't hit the pool obviously.
Today, SCY, solo:
200 IM drill
2 x 100 fly drill
Stopped to chat with a fellow masters swimmer in my age group who swam at the Sprint Classic. He wanted tips on SDKs and how better to train than doing 10 x 100 on 1:30. And, well, I had a few tips. lol
4 x 25 build free
10 x 25, alternate fast UW shooter with finz and EZ DAB
10 x 25, alternate easy speed fly and easy
(fly felt like utter crap compared to last week. dunno why. refusing to dwell on it.)
50 back AFAP with finz, 26ish
50 back AFAP with finz, 26ish
3 x 50, 25 AFAP free with finz with race pace turn, cruise the rest
some more race pace freetsyle turns
My entries for SCM Zones are not correct. The meet director confirmed my email asking to switch events and times, but that is not reflected on the psych sheets. Sent another email. We'll see if there's time to fix it. Looks like a lot of yard times weren't converted to meters either.
20-25 minutes of RC/stretching
100 fly drills
8 x 75 kick, 20 RI
EZ, fast, EZ by 25
4 x (4 x 50) on 1:10
4 of each stroke, reverse IM order
EZ, build, fast, EZ
wore fins on fast ones, went 26, 35, 27.5ish, 28ish
50 breast AFAP from push (just for fun),
(PB is 41.5 from last year when I cramped and flutter kicked part of the way. My BR kick is just awful. No propulsion from it whatsoever.)
4 x 25 free AFAP with fins, 50 EZ after each 25, no interval
Total: 2400 meters
Updated November 29th, 2008 at 01:26 PM by The Fortress
Took yesterday off. Resisted going running. Then successfully resisted going to the turkey burner spin class this morning. Miss cross training ...
Went to the gym ...
20-25 minutes of RC and stretching.
Swim, SCM, solo:
200 IM drill
4 x 100 fly drill
(2 x left arm, right arm by length,
2 x 2 left arm 2 right arm, 1 full stroke)
6 x (3 x 25)
easy speed fly, UW shooter, EZ
Then I did Jonathan's set from the "Fun & Fast" thread, minus one fast 50 because my daughter couldn't stand watching me swim anymore. lol. But I reversed the amount of recovery swimming to increase as I went along. I was swimming against a bare wall with no gutters, so my times seemed slightly slower than yesterday.
50 fast with finz: back, 28ish
50 fast with finz: free, 26ish
(horrible side winding turn, need to practice race pace freestyle turns next week)
50 fast with finz: backstroke kick, 27.5ish
50 fast with finz: backstroke, 28-29 ish, scrapped along the bottom for awhile after the turn cuz the pool was so shallow
100 dolphin dive
Total: 2650 meters
Trying to shift into taper mode a bit. Taper is frustrating for me. I dislike tapering because I feel exercise deprived. I also really have no clue what I'm doing and am still experimenting. I've tried Ande's 2 week taper plan before, but I've felt over tapered from it. (At 6'4", he probably needs more tapering than a 5'4" girl with less aerobic base.) So I'm trying to reduce yardage a bit, eliminate any hard aerobic work and carry on with speed work. I'll start really loafing the middle of next week or so.
Heading off to visit Jim Thornton and visit my favorite boutique in Sewickly.
Updated December 2nd, 2008 at 02:38 PM by The Fortress
Drove to Pittsburgh last night in the snow. Wish I had been heading south ...
Swam at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. Three lane 3 foot deep pool. But it was SCM, and had backstroke flags, a pace clock and I had the pool to myself. So I was a happy camper. Definitely beats the Y!
Before swimming, I did an hour of very light weights and core work. Then hit the pool. I modified one of Chris' taper workouts. I saw he did the same one today in its more studly form. LOL
750 variety swim, kick, drill
4 x (4 x 50) @ 1:15
1-3 descend to fast, 4 easy
Did 2 sets fly and two sets back
Wore finz on the fast ones
Went 28 and 27.5 is on back and the same on fly. Couldn't SDK too deep because the pool was so shallow.
20 x 25 kick
Odds fast, evens easy
(5 fast UW shooters on stomach, 5 fast backstroke)
50 AFAP back, 27ish
Total: 2100 meters
Day off tomorrow. Sorely tempted by the 90 minute "turkey burner" spin class with the Tour de France on the big screen on Friday, but trying to resist. Thought I was going to to enjoy a week or so of rest, but, no, not feeling the love.
Updated November 28th, 2008 at 07:07 PM by The Fortress
Only had time for a very quick workout. Teaching a couple art history classes today (yes, not my normal gig). Then heading up to Pittsburgh to visit relatives and hopefully see Wild Jim Thornton up at the the Northern Compound. lol
800 variety warm up
5 x 100 back on 1:50, descend
20 x 25, alternate AFAP free and EZ DAB
Felt like utter crap! lol Still really sleep deprived and not used to swimming in the am at all. Going to have to try to hit the pool in the am all next week. Should be able to catch up on sleep over the next 5 days.
Adapted one of DV-Onefish's workouts today. Just cruised the 4 x 100 sets. Felt sluggish today. Hopefully that will go away soon. I'm reluctantly cutting out all cross training, except for some light weights to hold the shoulder together, until after Zones.
700 variety warm up
4 x 100 free on 1:40
1 x 50 fast with finz on 1:00
(swam back, 27ish)
4 x 100 back kick on 2:00
2 x 50 fast with finz on 1:00
(swam back, 27-28ish)
4 x 100 backstroke on 1:50
3 x 50 fast with finz on 1:30
(swam fly, 27ish)
4 x 100 recovery free on 1:40
4 x 50 fast (about 95%, didn't have an AFAP gear today) with finz on 3:00 with a 50 EZ after each
(swam back, went 27ish)
Updated November 24th, 2008 at 09:42 PM by The Fortress
My team pool was closed this weekend for a swim meet. Pretty bummed about that because I didn't get a chance to practice starts and might not before Zones ... Hmmm ... Even worse, I had a whacking bad case of hormonally induced insomnia last night. Was sorta sleep walking through my day. My son finally dragged me off to the gym. Swam in the 85 degree SCM pool. But didn't feel quite as bad as I feared.
800 variety warm up of swim, kick and drills
8 x 100 on 2:00
alternate backstroke and backstroke kick
Did a short set I hadn't done in awhile but really like (and could tell the pool was 25 meters!)
10 x 25 hypoxic shooters
10 x 25 fast fly with finz
10 x 25 hypoxic shooters
50 fly AFAP with finz from a push, 27ish. Felt this was pretty fast given the 85 degree temp.
300 warm down with some fun dolphin diving
Total: 2950 meters
That pool must have loads of chlorine in it. My face is still bright red. I need to take Jonathan's advice and put some glycerin soap in my swim bag.
Checked my email. Got confirmation from the meet director of the Zones meet. He has switched me from the 50 breast to the 100 fly so I can get a 50 fly split. I am absolutely sandbagging my 50 free time. Yes, I am very evil. But, happily, neither the meet director or I have any problems with it.
Updated November 23rd, 2008 at 08:23 PM by The Fortress
No swimming today.
75 minutes at the gym doing weights and core work. Felt pretty strong. Did the lat pull down for the first time in ages. Very light weight though.
Hopped on the treadmill for a 4 mile run. (Julie will come along and call me a hypocrite now unless she's already left for MI. lol But I'm not a real runner anymore.) The treadmill is really really boring though ...
For the record, I will NOT be doing the Tahoe swim those fools are chatting about on the forum.
25-30 minutes of core work and a few weights
700 variety swim
5 x 100 one arm fly drill @ 1:45
10 x 50 kick @ 1:00
odds fast backstroke kick, evens easy
10 x 25 @ :40
odds AFAP fly, evens easy
10 x 25 @ :40
odds AFAP backstroke, evens easy
10 x 25 @ 40
odds AFAP free, evens easy
(Had some cramping issues. Forgot to drink water this am. OD'd on coffee.)
50 fly AFAP with finz, 26 (cramped)
Feeling good today!
60 minute spin class
40 minutes of core, RC and stretching
Lunch break ...
Swim, SCY, solo:
800 swim, kick and drilling
3 x (4 x 100) on 1:45, IM Transition
4 x 200 kick on 3:45
alternate 50 fast/50 easy
#1 dolphin kick on back
#2 dolphin kick with board
#3 backstroke kick
#4 flutter kick with board
(legs a bit tired from spinning)
6 x 50 AFAP on 3:00 with finz, 50 EZ after each one
#1 50 back, 26
#2 50 back, 26.5
#3 50 fly, 25.5
#4 50 fly, 25.5
#5 50 back, NT
(As I was speeding into the wall to finish, I crashed right into a senior noodler. The noodler was obviously having a senior moment and decided to go across several lanes to get to the ladder. This is a huge pet peeve of mine -- can't they look and see someone is traveling fast right at them?! I don't want to hurt them, obviously, but I don't want to get hurt either! Sheesh.
#6 50 back, 26.5
(These times are all guesses. It's very hard to time yourself. When I've had a coach yelling out times at GMU, I usually am a bit faster.)
Other random thoughts:
Felt much better today. Think I was suffering from allergies before. My dog allergy, which is severe, is becoming almost a disability. Last time I was staying in a house with dogs for almost a week (family funeral stuff), I was sick for almost 3 weeks after. Ugh! I'm worried I'm going to encounter dogs over Thanksgiving ... Everyone in my family has dogs ... However, this problem may be a good excuse for me to avoid going to FLA to visit my in laws in Feb. I may send Mr. Fort with the kids and go to Auburn instead. That's what I'm plotting at the moment anyway ...
A friend emailed me the other day saying I was only .7 off the WR in the 50 fly SCM. Didn't know that. Really wish I had a chance to swim it again this year, as my 50 fly has been rockin' lately. Last time I swam it on 3 days rest, I went 30.7. I had lifted and run days before that meet. It'd be nice to see what I could do with a taper, but it ain't happening. It's really frustrating that there aren't more SCM meets on the east coast. In any event, I expect this record to be smashed at Long Beach in December.
My shoulder is still nagging me some. I think I'm going to shut down all 100 fly training for awhile and stick with 25s and 50s. Not that I've done any since my last 10 x 75 that started the problem ... lol
Updated November 19th, 2008 at 04:09 PM by The Fortress
Not feeling so hot today. Low energy, didn't run like I was hoping to. Dragged myself to the pool.
700 swim & kick
10 x 25 UW fly spin drill with MF
6 x 100 dolphin kick on back with MF @ 1:45
(just cruised, holding 1:08-1:10)
(realized I was not putting my head back as far as I should be)
8 x 50 dolphin kick with board, fast @ 1:00
(held around :28s)
8 x 25 UW shooter with MF AFAP
(Got through this set, but was interrupted a lot. Had to explain what masters swimming was to someone. Had to explain the use of fins and MF to someone else. Had to explain to a mother who wanted her blind daughter to swim in my lane that a MF was a lethal weapon. No idea why she wanted her to swim in my lane as there were others available ... Had to say hi to the "Jazz Hands" of my pool -- he look just like Brian and trains like him too. lol.)
5 x 150 @ 2:15 with fins
100 kick, 50 back @ 200 pace
200 IM drill
Woke up with a sore throat. Ande told me "not to get one," so I said OK and am denying its existence. It could be allergies, as there were dogs in my house for a day or so. That never agrees with me.
Had my littlest one home from school with a cold. No swimming today. Hopped on the bike at home for half and hour. Really really hoping she's better and I can get to the pool tomorrow. I feel the need for a mermaid workout.
Updated November 17th, 2008 at 09:12 PM by The Fortress
Swam with my team. Workout posted on the board. It was a grinder workout. My lane adapted the workout and took more rest. (Teammates were tired from 20 x 200 LC yesterday. Ack) After two days out of the water, I felt pretty good. Just a little sore from the weights yesterday.
1000 OYO (I did 700)
8 x 150 with fins on 2:20,
100 kick, 50 fast
(My lane switched the interval from 2:00 to 2:20. I did backstroke kick and backstroke.)
Assigned set was:
30 x 50 on 40/45,
7 fast free, 3 easy stroke.
My lane decided this was garbage yardage, so we did a IM/stroke set instead, which I sorely needed:
10 x 150 on 2:30,
100 IM, 50 stroke
16 x 25
2 fast, 2 easy on :30 with fins
Chatted with teammates in hottub. Discusses super relays and B70s -- not politics!
Took the day off yesterday after the grueling Thursday practice & weights. I usually take Saturday off, but needed a break on Friday. Looking back, I think I've been training harder the last 6 months or so ... feel more broken down more frequently. I'm actually looking forward to resting a bit for Zones.
Went to the gym for 90 minutes with my son this morning. He's done with cross country and is starting winter training for the crew season. So he's been lifting. It's nice to have a workout buddy on the weekend. Did weights, core work and RC work. Expect to be sore later, as it was an unusually long session.
Going on a 5 mile run right now. It's warm and not raining!
Edit: Only got in a 3 mile run. Got drenched!
Updated November 15th, 2008 at 04:40 PM by The Fortress
AM -- 60 minutes at the gym, weights and core work
PM -- swim with my team:
Ack. I drove off to go to stroke night, but got make up freestyle night instead. I knew something was up when I walked in and saw the look on my coach's face. (She knows I'm not a freestyle junkie.) To make matters worse, there were very few people there 2 per lane) and no chicks. So I swam with the fast boys and put on my fins to keep up with the intervals on the main set. Paul Smith would scold me for this, but since he doesn't read the blogs, I'll miss the lecture ... unless someone else is up to it. At least I used no fins yesterday. So, here goes,
4 x 25 UW dolphin kick on :40
4 x 25 UW flutter kick on :40
(did about 3/4 length UW)
200 pull (I swam)
4 x 25 UW breaststroke pull outs on :40
(I did dolphin kick instead)
200 IM drill (I didn't get to this)
This was a very difficult warm up. I'm not used to power kicking during warm up. I don't usually start in earnest until I've put in 700-800 yards or more. Not sure I liked this approach too much. I was sore from weights and could have used a little more standard warm up to loosen up.
16 x 100 (a disguised broken 1650, I think):
4 x 100 free on 1:15
4 x 75 free/25 free drill on 1:30
4 x 100 free pull on 1:15
4 x 75 free/25 IM order on 1:20
I did this:
4 x 100 free on 1:15 (Geez! )
4 x 100 back on 1:30 (easy by comparison )
4 x 100 backstroke kick on 1:15
(held 1:06-7, ouch! )
4 x 100 back on 1:20 (skipped a 50 on #3 )
200 easy, 50 kick/50 drill
200 broken timed swim with 10 seconds rest at each 50
100 or 200 broken timed swim with 10 seconds rest at each 50 from the blocks
Everyone was pretty exhausted and starting to get calf cramps, a common phenomenon among the fast oldsters on my team.
I did the first 200 backstroke with finz from a push and went 2:06, even splitting it. Cramped immediately on the push off and swam through it.
Then, a comedy of errors ensued. Everyone tried to do a 100 from the blocks and everyone cramped and had to pull up. Really painful. Eased out cramps and tried again. Suggested to my coach that perhaps sometimes we should sprint after warm up and then do the aerobic sets to avoid the cramping problems from built up lactic acid.
Since I had no desire whatsoever at that point to "sprint," I just did another broken 200 backstroke with finz. Went 2:01, splitting 29, 31, 31, 30. So the good news is that I'm all ready for a 200 backstroke! Actually felt pretty strong.
Did 150 C/D
I'm probably going to go to my team practice on Sunday as I usually do, but then skip team practices until after Zones and do speed work on my own. There are just not enough sprinters on my team! I was way too tired and crampy to practice starts tonight, so I MUST do that on Sunday.
Absolutely dead now ...
Updated November 14th, 2008 at 09:53 AM by The Fortress
Only had time for a quick workout today. Logged on to the forum, checked the blogs, and decided to steal Quicksilver's workout from earlier today (without the aerobic set -- no time). Thanks Quick!
700 of various swim, kick and drill
20 x 50 kick on 1:10
odds, flutter kick with board
evens, backstroke kick working underwaters (10 SDK off push and 8 SDK off turn)
7 x 100 backstroke on 2:00 done as:
75 easy, 25 fast
50 easy, 50 fast
25 easy, 75 fast
50 fast, 50 easy
25 fast, 75 easy