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  1. Detour

    by , November 30th, 2017 at 06:50 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Last time I checked in, my comeback training was proceeding fairly encouragingly all things considered. I've since been detoured with a nasty lingering virus that causes nausea and vertigo. I blame it squarely on Jim T who had it first. (As revenge, I refused to read his article on age graded rankings. ) With the exception of a couple 1000 easies, I was knocked out of the pool for 10 days. At the outset of the detour, I went to a local Y meet on Nov. 19 and remembered why I don't like Y meets. First, I was dead tired from the preceding Friday practice. Then, the pool temp was like 86 degrees, the hottest pool I've swum in in years. I brought two old Speedo tech suits circa 2010. I guess they don't age well in closets. One ripped right away when I put in on. The other sprung two holes. Into the garbage ... My first event was 25 back. The blocks were so low that I couldn't pull up high enough to do my usual archy start. Then, the timer failed to get my time. That's a first. Coach Bill video'd and timed it at 13.25, which I think was a tad generous. Next up, I slipped on the blocks for the 50 breast and fell in the water with my hands about a half a foot apart. I couldn't really be bothered to try much after that auspicious beginning, so was close to a personal worst. I seem to recall that I fell off these same blocks 4 years ago in the 100 breast at this meet. I just don't really want to use blocks where you can't push off with your back foot. I was feeling really nauseous at that point, so left. As a result of this detour, I scratched the SCM meet I had planned on swimming in on Dec 2. I wanted a 50 back time, but oh well. Just the idea of a long drive makes me nauseous. I am a bit cross about it, but will instead go see Handel's Messiah on Saturday night with friends.

    I finally crawled back to Pitt last night and did a half hearted workout and left early.


    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 various
    8 x 50 of something or other
    8 x 50 IM order swim-kick. I did these all back kick with fins, UW 15 m @ 1:00

    Main sets:

    4 rounds:

    4 x 25 @ :30, odds fast (I tried to do them all 100 pace, but :30 is rough)
    1 x 50 fast @ 1:00 (I cruised this)
    4 x 25 @ :30 (tried 100 pace)
    1 x 50 fast (cruised it) @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00

    4 rounds (I only did 2 and did cruiser backstroke kick on everything but the 25s)
    1 x 100 @ 1:45
    1 x 75 @ 1:20
    1 x 50 @ 1:10
    1 x 25 fast (did these fly at 100 pace)
    1 x 50 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 3300


    Hopefully, I can get back on track pretty soon. Though I'll be out of the water for a week at the end of December with our xmas vacation in Costa Rica ... Maybe some spring meets are in my future.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  2. Fri, Nov. 17

    by , November 18th, 2017 at 02:19 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 various
    8 x 50 w/paddles @ :55
    8 x 50 kick @ 1:05
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    16 x 25 @ :30, odds = fast kick
    Huh ... hard pass. Just didn't get how this could actually be done on that interval and didn't want to do a 400 kick. Instead, I did 12 x 25 odds fast back kick (15 m UW) @ :40-:45 trying to stay out of the way of my lane mates who were barely making the interval. Went 15s on backstroke kick.
    1:00 rest
    1 x 50 fast kick @ 1:00
    -- went :32 backstroke kick from a push. happy with that
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00 (not enuf recovery for me ... legs full of lactic acid)

    16 x 25 swim @ :30, odds = fast
    Huh, well this time I put on fins to make the interval. Did the odds @ 100 pace, IM order. Tiring ... but times were good.
    1:00 rest
    1 x 50 fast sprint @ 1:00
    -- I was too tired to do this without more recovery. Did a 25 fast fly (:10) & cruised a 25
    1 x 50 EZ @ 23:00

    16 x 25 kick @ :45, odds = fast
    -- did 10 of these, going :15s on back kick, cruised the last 6 x 25s to rest, getting gassed
    1:00 rest
    1 x 50 fast kick (did a 25 fast shooter with fins, 10 flat, + 25 EZ) @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00

    16 x 25 swim @ :45, odds = fast
    -- I did 14 @ 100 pace, IM order, cruised free on #8 & 12
    1:00 rest
    1 x 50 fast swim (did a 25 fast of something or other + 25 EZ)
    200 EZ

    Total: 3300


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Ouch, that workout, despite being mostly 25s, was deceptively hard. Despite skipping some bits, I did a ton of fast 25s kicking and swimming and 25s @ 100 pace along with the one all out 50. My legs feel like rocks today. I'm going to do an EZ swim at BP and beg Mr. Fort for a massage. I may take an epsom salt bath as well ...

    Whew, that was a whiney blog post! I think I'm going to need to do more regular body work if I keep training this hard. I got a massage from Mr. Fort and it was exceedingly painful.

    Updated November 18th, 2017 at 07:28 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  3. Mon-Wed, Nov. 13-15

    by , November 16th, 2017 at 12:27 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Monday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy


    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 caterpillar fly drill
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x (broken 75s @ 100 pace @ :10 rest each 25 + 75 EZ)
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    200 EZ

    16 x 50 various @ :20 rest
    100 EZ

    Total: 3150


    After a lot of traveling and four days in Quebec and out of the pool, I felt like absolute crap on Monday. Like I was swimming thru mud. The warm pool temps didn't help either.



    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 caterpillar fly drill
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    5 x 50 burst + cruise
    50 EZ

    9 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 2:30-3:00
    100 EZ

    16 x 50 odds = cruise free, events = cruise back
    50 EZ

    Total: 3000



    Wednesday: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Some core and RC work in the afternoon with a few miles on the treadmill. Then went to Pitt and did:

    Warm up:

    450 various
    8 x 50 IM order drill @ 1:05
    8 x 25 shooters @ :40

    Main sets:

    3 rounds:

    6 x 50 @ 1:00, odds = 35 m fast @ 1:00
    -- I did #1 and #4 fast @ 100 pace and cruised the rest
    1:00 rest
    1 x 200 IM or stroke fast @ 3:30
    -- NO! The first round I did a 100 IM fast and cruised a 100. The next two rounds I did 50 AFAP + 150 EZ
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30
    4 x 25, odds = AFAP @ :30, evens = EZ
    1:00 rest
    1 x 100 fast stroke or IM (skipped all of these and did a 100 EZ instead. just could not do this after the prior fast stuff.)
    1 x 100 EZ @ 3:00

    50 EZ

    Total: 3650


    Ah, the cool water at Pitt was such a relief after 2 days of hot water. Despite skipping the 100s at the end of the rounds, I felt like I got in plenty of sprint work. Did a :22 backstroke kick with fins on the last round. I'm feeling a bit beat up after 3 days in a row of race pace work. Will just go on the treadmill today and maybe do some stretching.

    Updated November 16th, 2017 at 12:33 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  4. Mon-Thur, Nov. 6-9

    by , November 9th, 2017 at 11:41 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Monday: Swim/SXCY @ LA Fitness


    I felt like hell. Just did 2200 all easy


    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Stiff felt sore and tired from the hard weekends over the weekend. So I stuck with 100 pace work.

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 caterpillar fly drill
    50 EZ
    1 x 50 burst + cruise

    20 x 25 IM order @ :40 @ 100 pace
    200 EZ

    20 x 25 breast @ :40 @ 100 pace
    200 EZ

    20 x 25 dolphin kick @ :40 @ 100 pace
    200 EZ

    Total: 3000




    Wednesday: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm Up:

    400 various
    8 x 50 drilly kicky things @ 1:10
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    8 x 50 IM order, build @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    4 x 25 fly w/fins fast @ :45 (10, 10, 10, 11)
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 100 fly or IM fast (skipped it, dead from the fast flys) @ 2:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00

    8 x 50 IM order build @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    4 x 25 fast back w/fins @ :45 (kicked it, did all 10s)
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 100 fast back or IM @ 2:00 (cruised a 50) @ 2:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00

    8 x 50 IM order build @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    4 x 25 fast breast w/fins @ :45 (12, 13, 12, 13)
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 100 EZ (cruised it)
    1 x 100 EZ

    Total: 3200


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    I wasn't sure what to do with the three rounds of 8 x 50 IM ... I didn't want to just cruise all of them but the interval was kinda tough for stroke work. I used fins and did # 1, 3 and 6 @ 100 pace each round and cruised the others. After the four fast 25s, I was dead and in no shape to do the fast 100s assigned. Drop dead sprinters need rest! Anyway, between the 9 x 50 @ 100 pace and the 12 x 25 fast, I felt like I got a plenty hard workout.

    I am heading to Canada today for a wedding, so will be out of the water for a few days.


    Add on:

    Thursday

    6 miles on the treadmill
    1000 EZ

    Updated November 9th, 2017 at 03:34 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  5. Fri-Sun, Nov. 3-5

    by , November 5th, 2017 at 06:29 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Friday: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    450 various
    200 of drills and sculling
    8 x 25 shooters @ :40
    8 x 25 burst + cruise @ :45
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    3 rounds:
    1 x 50 sprint @ 2:00
    1 x 100 EZ @ 3:00
    1 x 50 sprint @ 2:00
    1 x 100 EZ @ 3:00
    1 x 25 sprint @ 1:00
    1 x 75 EZ @ 3:00

    150 EZ

    Total: 2450

    This was basically the same workout that I did at Sewy last Friday. The 3rd round, I did the 50s at 100 pace (getting tired). But I did rip off a :23 in one of my fly with fins 50 AFAP efforts. And for the 25 fast kicks, I did shooters (no fins) and went 12 highs. I was happy with those times.



    Saturday:

    Drylands (sticking with just core and plyos)

    RC exercises
    good mornings
    single leg stand on bosu in streamline, 1:00 each leg
    warrior 3 pose on bosu, :30 each leg
    streamline crunches
    flutter kicks on back on bosu, 100
    med ball slams
    alternating rope slams, 3 x 30
    standing broad jumps, 5
    resisted (25 lb) standing broad jumps, 5
    altitude drops, 5
    extreme angle iso squat, 5:00
    hip thrusters
    russian twists w/plate, 25 x 2 x 25

    5 miles on treadmill

    1300 EZ in the pool

    It all seems so easy when you're at the gym. This am I woke up with a really sore upper back/shoulders from the explosive slamming ...




    Sunday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 caterpillar fly drill
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    6 x 30 burst off the blocks to 15m, cruise back
    100 EZ

    8 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3-3:30
    100 EZ

    16 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = free w/Lochte turn
    evens = EZ kick
    100 EZ

    Total: 3100


    I was sore today but managed to get in some starts and drop dead sprints. My times were solid. I still feel like my turnover could use some improvement. But I've only been back in the pool two months and just re-started my AFAP sprinting. NEVERTHELESS, wait for it, I signed up for a meet! Maybe a bit too much chutzpah, but hey it's masters. So I will take my crappy arms and give it a whirl with expectations in check and seed times adjusted accordingly. Just some 50s to start ... I feel like I have a free pass for life with respect to dying at the end of races now. Lil Fort gave me an A+ for post adversity bravery.

    Updated November 5th, 2017 at 06:34 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  6. Blog Catch Up, Oct 27-Nov 1

    by , November 2nd, 2017 at 12:48 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Friday: Swim/SCY @ Sewickley

    Swam with Jim and Bill and did a very sprinterly workout.

    Warm up:

    300 various
    8 x 50 various @ :50
    8 x 25 shooters @ :40
    50 EZ
    8 x 25 bursts @ :45

    Main sets:

    2 rounds:
    1 x 50 sprint @ 2:00
    1 x 100 EZ @ 3:00
    1 x 50 sprint @ 2:00
    1 x 100 EZ @ 3:00
    1 x 25 sprint @ 1:00
    1 x 75 EZ @ 3:00

    8 x 25 @ 1:00, odds sprint
    -- I was tired from my first all out 50s, so did these all at 100 pace
    150 EZ

    Total: 2300



    Saturday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    100 caterpillar fly drill
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    8 x 30 from the blocks, fast to 15m cruise back
    100 EZ

    5 rounds:
    8 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :45
    100 EZ

    5 x 50 cruise free
    50 EZ

    Total: 2500



    Sunday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    This was my 3rd consecutive day swimming -- a first in my comeback. I did one race pace set then went to garbage yards

    500 various
    100 scull
    100 caterpillar fly drill
    50 EZ
    20 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    16 x 50 various @ :20 rest
    200 EZ

    Total: 2250


    Monday: on treadmill


    Tuesday: on treadmill



    Wed: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    450 various
    4 x 100 IM drill @ 1:55
    4 x 100 kick w/fins, SDK off walls @ 1:50
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    6 rounds (2 fly, 2 back, 2 free)
    4 x 25: shooter, 12.5 SDK, build, sprint
    -- I ended up doing these 12.5 SDK, 12.5 SDL, all EZ, AFAP
    -- I can't do shooters after an all out effort. Not sure anyone could -- there was a lot of griping about this.

    150 EZ while team was doing another 8 x 25 set

    16 x 50 IM order, sprint in and out of walls @ 1:00
    -- I did these 25 @ 100 pace stroke + 25 EZ back kick
    100 EZ

    16 x 25, odds = EZ, evens = sprint @ :45
    -- My arms were really tired, so I did the sprints backstroke kick with fins
    -- I was able to hold 10-11s, which is pretty good for me on the 1:30 instead of the usual 3:00 that I do all out efforts on
    150 EZ

    Total: 3500


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    I've gotten in some good training lately. I've managed to do some AFAP 50s, which I had been avoiding. Last night was a ton of sprinting and I was beat after. Having Melissa in the next lane to race on the fast stuff really pushed me.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  7. Wed-Thur Oct. 25-26

    by , October 27th, 2017 at 01:39 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Wed: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    500 various
    6 x 50 kick @ 1:05, 15m + UW SDK
    8 x 25 swim or drill @ :35

    Main sets:

    2 rounds:
    4 x 100 IM or stroke, last one fast @ 1:45
    (R1 I did 50 double shooters, last one fast, R2 I did 50 cruise free)
    1 x 100 EZ
    4 x 75 IM or stroke, build @ 1:25 (did odds fast)
    1 x 100 EZ
    4 x 50 hold best average @ 1:10 (did odds fast)
    1 x 100 EZ
    4 x 25 sprint @ :45
    1 x 100 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 3500


    Thursday:

    7 miles on treadmill
    2200 EZ in pool
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  8. Fri-Mon, Oct 20-23

    by , October 23rd, 2017 at 04:34 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Friday: Swim/SCY @ Sewy

    There was no Pitt practice bc of a meet, so I headed to Sewy. But it was hot, late (7:30 pm start) and there was a hard lactate production set assigned (ew!). So I felt like I phoned this one in ... Just did some 100 pace work here and there and tried hard on the 25s.

    8 x 50 @ :50
    8 x 25 kick @ :30, 15m+ UW
    50 EZ
    ?? something else assigned here ...
    3 rounds:
    1 x 100 fast
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 75 fast
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 50 fast
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 25 fast
    1 x 100 EZ


    Saturday:

    6 mile hike with Mr. Fort


    Sunday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    8 x 30 burst SDK from blocks, cruise back
    100 EZ

    8 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    -- times all good except fly a tick slow again
    100 EZ

    4 x 25 @ 100 pace
    -- decided I was too tired to do any race pace work, so did a garbage yards vascularization set

    16 x 50 @ :20 rest
    odds = free, evens = back
    100 EZ

    Total: 3100



    Monday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    100 caterpillar fly drill
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    20 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    200 EZ

    20 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 back kick @ 100 pace @ :40
    100 EZ

    8 x 50 cruise, alt free & back
    150 EZ

    Total: 2950


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Got quite a bit of swimming in the last few days. But, man, does sprinting make me tired. My body is definitely not used to it yet. Still, I seem to be making some progress.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  9. Tues-Wed Oct. 17-18

    by , October 19th, 2017 at 01:12 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Tuesday:

    Did 5-6 miles on the treadmill and went to the gym. Did some of the following:

    RC exercises
    straight arm dips
    seated rows
    med ball slams (10)
    hip thrusters
    extreme angle squat, 5:00
    single leg stand in streamline on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    flutter kicks ion back in streamline on bosu, 100
    leg extensions
    decline straight leg raises
    good mornings



    Wed: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    550 various
    8 x 25 kick @ :40
    8 x 50 drill + swim, IM order @ 1:10
    -- I did them swim + kick

    Main sets:

    6 x 100 IM @ 1:55
    -- I did these alt back kick & free
    8 x 50, IM order, 25 fast (100 pace) + 25 EZ @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    6 x 100 IM or stroke @ 1:55
    -- I did the alt back kick & free
    8 x 50, IM order, 25 fast (100 pace)+ 25 EZ @ 1:10
    50 EZ

    1 x 50 sprint @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 100 IM or stroke sprint @ 2:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 50 sprint @ 1:00
    1 x 150 EZ

    Total: 3750


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Whew, I could feel the drylands at practice the next day ... I can't say the gym is inspiring me too much these days, hence the sparse attendance. I may just do core work and plyos this year.

    As usual, by the time we got to the sprints the last 20 minutes of practice, I was a bit blasted from all the aerobic work. And there wasn't enough recovery time/swimming do go AFAP. I did 3 x 50 breast @ 100 pace (29s) and one 100 back kick where I tried some (:59). I was afterward.
  10. Tues-Wed Oct. 17-18

    by , October 19th, 2017 at 01:12 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Tuesday:

    Did 5-6 miles on the treadmill and went to the gym. Did some of the following:

    RC exercises
    straight arm dips
    seated rows
    med ball slams (10)
    hip thrusters
    extreme angle squat, 5:00
    single leg stand in streamline on flat side of bosu, 1:00 each leg
    flutter kicks ion back in streamline on bosu, 100
    leg extensions
    decline straight leg raises
    good mornings



    Wed: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    550 various
    8 x 25 kick @ :40
    8 x 50 drill + swim, IM order @ 1:10
    -- I did them swim + kick

    Main sets:

    6 x 100 IM @ 1:55
    -- I did these alt back kick & free
    8 x 50, IM order, 25 fast (100 pace) + 25 EZ @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    6 x 100 IM or stroke @ 1:55
    -- I did the alt back kick & free
    8 x 50, IM order, 25 fast (100 pace)+ 25 EZ @ 1:10
    50 EZ

    1 x 50 sprint @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 100 IM or stroke sprint @ 2:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 50 sprint @ 1:00
    1 x 150 EZ

    Total: 3750


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Whew, I could feel the drylands at practice the next day ... I can't say the gym is inspiring me too much these days, hence the sparse attendance. I may just do core work and plyos this year.

    As usual, by the time we got to the sprints the last 20 minutes of practice, I was a bit blasted from all the aerobic work. And there wasn't enough recovery time/swimming do go AFAP. I did 3 x 50 breast @ 100 pace (29s) and one 100 back kick where I tried some (:59). I was afterward.
  11. Sun-Mon Oct. 15-16

    by , October 16th, 2017 at 05:06 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Sunday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    8 x 30 burst to 15m, cruise back from the blocks
    100 EZ

    8 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    50 EZ

    10 x 50 cruise free @ :20 rest
    200 EZ

    Total: 2750



    Monday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    3200 cruise


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Well, I made another attempt at AFAP 25s. My times were about the same as pre-surgery with the exception of fly being a tick slower. Fly feels the hardest right now. Between last Friday's workout, these 25s and doing some starts, I almost feel like a real swimmer again! Today, I just cruised. I was tired from Sunday's effort and I'm told garbage yards promotes vascularization.
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    Swim Workouts
  12. Fri-Sat, Oct. 13-14

    by , October 15th, 2017 at 12:11 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Friday: Swim/SCY @ Pitt


    I did 7 miles on the treadmill during the day. Was worried I'd be tired at practice, but the legs held up.

    Warm up:

    500 various
    50 scull

    4 x 200 with some weird breathing pattern
    -- I alternated free and kick
    -- a 200 seemed really long on the arms

    6 x 50, work SDK @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 rounds:
    4 x 25 @ :45, extra :30
    -- there was a pattern, but I did them all Im order @ 100 pace
    50 EZ

    4 rounds:

    8 x 25 sprint @ :50
    100 EZ
    -- I did them with fins: back (12s), fly (12s), breast (13s), and back kick (11s) @ 100 pace
    -- I was surprised I could make 8 x 25 fly, but the interval was generous
    -- I was also pretty shocked that I could hold 11s on the back kick after all that 100 pace work

    1 x 50 @ 100 pace
    1 x 50 EZ
    1 x 50 fast
    1 x 150 EZ

    -- No, I was beat so just cruised 300 more all EZ

    Total: 3800


    Saturday:

    10 mile hike in Frick park


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    I was really beat after Friday's practice, even though it was mostly 25s. When you do 48 of them @ 100 pace, that's tiring. I'm going to head to BP later today.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  13. Wed, Oct. 11

    by , October 13th, 2017 at 11:57 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    I had to leave practice early to drive to Baltimore, so arrived early and did this before the official workout started:

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    10 x 25 shooters @ :40
    50 EZ

    while they were doing 400 various, I did:
    5 x 50 burst + cruise
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    16 x 25 @ :40
    -- they were doing some pattern, but I did them 100 pace IM order with an easy one in the middle
    -- my times seemed pretty fast, probably because we got to swim in the deep end bc the club kids weren't there

    I really needed a 100 EZ here, but we went into:

    1 x 300 IM, break :10 @ 75s
    1 x 200 IM, break :5 @ 50s
    1 x 100 IM
    50 EZ

    -- Way tooo much arm work for me, so I did them all up tempo backstroke kick.

    2 rounds:
    4 x 50 fly and back w/fins, hold best average @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00

    The first round was a disaster for me, I cramped on a couple efforts and only got out one fast 50. The second round, backstroke, was cramp free. I only did 3 of them but went 27, 27, 26. A best average set is a bit much for me after only 5 weeks of swimming ...

    200 EZ

    Total: 2800


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    I left to drive to Baltimore. The news wasn't quite as terrible as I feared. My left subclavian vein did re-close to some degree (which I could tell) after the venoplasty. (Apparently, there is a recoil effect.) But Dr. Lum estimates that it is 50% open. It was 70% closed before. The axillary vein on the right side is a dead loss, completely occluded. But the subclavian has opened a tiny bit more and I have a good collateral. The fact that I have a good collateral means that the problem has been brewing for years. I have to be on blood thinners until Thanksgiving (6 months post surgery). I will be happy to get off them! And swimming should not cause any further damage because the ribs, scalenes and pec minors are gone, decompressing the area and leaving more room for collaterals.
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  14. Oct 7-10

    by , October 11th, 2017 at 12:16 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Saturday:


    10+ mile hike


    Sunday:

    1500 EZ at Bethel Park. Wanted to do a sprint workout, but was too tired and so abandoned the effort


    Monday:

    off


    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo


    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    2 x (4 x 25 burst cruise + 50 EZ)
    50 EZ

    Main sets:
    2 rounds:
    20 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :40
    200 EZ

    10 x 50 cruise, alt free & kick @ :20 rest
    150 EZ

    Total: 3000


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    Driving up to Hopkins later today for a bilateral ultrasound. I'm estimating a 95% chance that my left side mid-subclavian vein has re-closed. I may stop in at Pitt on the way for a bit.
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  15. Thur-Fri, Oct 5-6

    by , October 7th, 2017 at 11:39 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Thursday:


    Did 2600 almost all easy in the pool and was on the treadmill.


    Friday: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 various
    6 x 50, did them 15m UW each length @ 1:00
    8 x 25 @ :45, did some burst SDKs
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    8 x 25 sprint @ 1:00 (did 100 pace)
    50 EZ

    4 rounds:
    1 x 50 kick AFAP @ 1:30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30
    -- I couldn't do this set even 100% healthy and in shape ... not enough rest
    -- so I did the kicks 100ish pace
    -- 3 = 35s (back kick), 1 w/fins = 24

    8 x 25 sprint @ :50 (did 100 pace)
    50 EZ

    2 x (50 AFAP kick + 50 EZ @ 1:30
    -- cruised all 4 50s, really needed a break

    8 x 25 sprint @ :40 (did 5 @ 100 pace and cruised 3, getting tired)
    50 EZ

    2 x (50 AFAP kick + 50 EZ) @ 1:30
    -- did 1 fast flutter kick with fins (26) and cruised the last 3

    4 x 25 sprint @ :30
    -- did this as a broken IM @ 100 pace
    50 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP kick - no, was toast
    100 EZ

    Total: 2700


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    Well, that was a beat down of a sprint conditioning workout ... at least for me! That middle set of 4 rounds of fast kicking really zapped me. But I think 35s are decent times for a 50 kick right now. I swam the 8 x 25 set right after pretty well, but then I was dead the rest of the workout and muddled through. Still, on the whole, my 100 pace times were the fastest they've been since I got back in the pool. Coach Bill said he thinks I'm improving every workout.
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  16. Wed Oct 4

    by , October 5th, 2017 at 10:30 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    400 choice
    4 x 100 IM drill @ 2:10
    6 x 50 kick swim @ 1:05
    -- I did them all kick, UW 15m each length
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    3 rounds:
    1 x 25 @ :30 drill
    1 x 50 @ 1:00 drill, swim
    1 x 75 @ 1:30 drill, swim, sprint
    1 x 100 @ 2:00 drill, swim, fast, sprint
    1 x 75 @ 1:30 sprint, easy
    1 x 50 sprint, easy
    1 x 25 sprint
    1 x 100 EZ (I did 2 of these as 50s)

    I didn't really follow this pattern. I did a mix of 100 pace fly, back and breast, 25s and 50s, some hypoxic work and easy kicking

    8 x 100 IM @ 2:00, descend last 4
    YUCK!
    -- I did the first 4 cruise free. I did a couple fast 50 back kicks on the last 4, cramped on another, cruised another
    100 EZ

    8 x 25
    odds = free no breath, evens = sprint
    -- I did all breast @ 100 pace
    200 EZ

    Total: 3650


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    The all out 25s swim that I did on Sunday did not seem to agree. So I hit the treadmill for a couple days. And I just did 100 pace stuff last night. But I did a fair amount of it, so was pretty bushed afterward. We an an Olympic semi-finalist from 2016 swimming with us last night in the fast lane. She had a beautiful backstroke.
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  17. Fri-Sun, Sept 29-Oct. 1

    by , October 1st, 2017 at 07:07 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)


    Friday


    I went to the Sewy practice, which was a shortened version of what I did at Pitt on Thursday. I did some 100 pace work, but then shifted to cruise/hypoxic mode. Pizza after.


    Saturday

    long walk with the dog (Mr. Fort out of town), then on the treadmill


    Sunday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:

    500 various
    8 x 25 shooters @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    5 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:15
    50 EZ

    4 x 30 m starts from the blocks, SDK @ 100 pace to 15m + cruise back
    -- 2 back, 2 forward
    50 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP swim + 75 EZ)
    -- 3 free, 1 back
    50 EZ

    10 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :45
    100 EZ

    10 x 50 cruise free @ 1:00
    200 EZ

    Total: 2750


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    Well, not surprisingly, the starts and all out 25s felt tres bizarre. Clunky even. But, on free, I dropped a half second just thru repetition. The last of my starts was decent. Big rust. But since I have nothing planned, I can work on scrubbing off the rust. Actually, on Friday, a Sewy friend asked if I had a meet planned. I immediately said no. But I feel like my "comeback" might not take as long as I previously thought. In just a month of only very quasi-regular workouts, I don't feel too bad. So I may keep Indy in the spring in the back of my mind. But only at the back ... Even a 50 sounds very long right now.
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  18. Thursday, Sept 28

    by , September 29th, 2017 at 11:17 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    400 various
    8 x 25 back kick @ :40
    50 EZ
    8 x 25 of something ... @ :40
    -- I did odds = fly @ 100 pace, evens = EZ
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    12 x 50 IM order with good breakouts @ 1:00
    I did: 3 x (4 x 50)
    -- 25 fly @ 100 pace + 25 EZ back
    -- burst SDK + cruise
    -- back, 12.5 UW each length
    50 EZ

    6 rounds:
    2 x 50, odds = fast @ 1:15 (I did them @ 100 pace), evens = EZ
    -- I missed one fast 50 while looking for a nose clip that fell off my suit
    4 x 25, odds = EZ, evens = fast @ :30 (did a few AFAP, most 100 pace)
    100 EZ

    100 EZ

    8 x 25 breast @ 100 pace (13s)
    -- I hung around to do these with a lane mate who was doing fly
    -- was surprised that I could do this actually
    50 EZ

    Total: 3650


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    My 100 pace seems a bit smoother and faster. One my 50 backstroke kicks was a 23 high. I didn't feel as exhausted after this workout, which is a good sign. I've done a few all out 25 kick and 25 breast efforts. But in general I'm a bit leery of going AFAP on free or back with my rapid fire turnover. Still easing into it ... Although I'm sure some of it is mental. It takes some mental effort to go truly all out and my brain is rusty.
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  19. Mon-Tues, Sept 25-26

    by , September 27th, 2017 at 01:07 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Monday:


    was on the treadmill and did 2000 EZ at LA Fitness


    Tuesday: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 various

    16 x 25 back kick @ :40
    -- just cruised these ...

    Main sets:

    16 x 25 @ :40
    -- can't remember exactly what was assigned, def some backstroke
    -- I did the first 10 x 25 odds = fly (! first time) evens = EZ and some shooters and power kicks on the rest

    5 x 100 back @ 1:50
    -- I did odds back, evens back kick < 1:10

    8 x 50 @ 1:00 (did 9 inadvertently)
    -- I did 25 fast back @ 100 pace with fins (13s) + 25 EZ
    50 EZ

    6 x 100 back @ 1:40
    -- I did 6 x 50, odds = free @ 100ish pace with Lochte turns, evens = EZ
    50 EZ

    8 x 25 @ 1:00 @ :40, odds = sprint back
    -- I did 3 of the 4 fast ones (breast), but then cramped
    -- I was really too tired to sprint well at this point
    100 EZ

    1 x 100 fast (no, cruised it)
    1 x 100 EZ

    Total: 3300


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    Another night at Pitt, this time with a more doable workout. I tried fly for the first time in 11 months and it only felt slightly weird. Backstroke felt smoother. I'm hoping I can use my little paddles soon. I read the other day that Ray Looz (Lily King's coach) assigns a lot of breaststroke with fins and paddles.
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  20. Sunday Sept 24

    by , September 25th, 2017 at 12:43 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    On Friday and Saturday, I did some drylands and was on the treadmill. Sunday, I went to Bethel Park and did the following:


    Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:


    500 various
    10 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    -- I was surprised this interval was pretty easy to make
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    5 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    -- 3 breast (12s), 2 kicks (10s)
    50 EZ

    20 x 25 back w/fins @ 100 pace, UW 15 m @ :45
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 breast w/fins @ 100 pace @ :45
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 no breath free w/fins @ :45
    -- wanted to do this race pace, but was too tired
    200 EZ

    Total: 3000


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    I can go long distances on the treadmill with no problem, but put me in the pool and I'm plastered afterward ... My 25s were slower than usual, but not ridiculously slow at all. Of course, I was doing then on a slower interval than usual. Baby steps.

    In other random news,

    1. My allergies have been killing me this Aug/Sept. I didn't start feeling better until I started taking plant sterols. Usually I'm worse in the spring, but this late summer/fall has been challenging. I think it's the mold.
    2. We are going away for xmas and new years this year (Costa Rica). I've wanted to for years as the winters are long here, and we can't really go any other time with Lil Fort.

    3. I've decided to re-learn conversational French. Not doing to do it traditionally. I'm going to use Duolingo, podcasts and youtube.

    4. Swimming makes me so hungry ...

    Updated September 25th, 2017 at 01:44 PM by The Fortress

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