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  1. Tuesday, May 24

    by , May 24th, 2011 at 10:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    RC exercises
    flutter kicks on bosu, 3 x 50
    HS iso lateral hi row, 120 x 1 x 15, 130 x 2 x 10, 140 x 2 x 10
    alternating lunges w/bar, 2 x 15
    leg press, 310 x 2 x 15
    rear delt fly, 70 x 2 x 10
    lower back machine, 130 2 x 10


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    650 various

    Main Sets:

    16 x 50 drill @ 15 RI
    4 each stroke, IM order

    25s no fins no interval:

    8 x 25
    odds = back shooter
    evens = breast kick (take that Jim Rude!)

    8 x 25
    odds = free w/closed fist & overkick
    evens = breast kick

    8 x 25
    odds = glide drill
    evens = breast kick

    4 x 150 w/paddles
    50 free + 50 back kick + 50 scull

    Total: 2650

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

    Commentary:

    The insides of my elbows are sore from the pull ups yesterday. A new sore spot for me! Is this typical?

    After weights today, I just did a short recovery/technique swim. Was going to go to yoga, but somehow I feel I need to be in the water more for LC.

    Really liked Chris Stevenson's main set from today. I may rip of and adapt that for later this week.

    Results from Canadian Nationals:

    http://www.camonatation.org/resultat...index_us.html#

    Updated May 26th, 2011 at 04:11 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  2. Monday, May 23

    by , May 23rd, 2011 at 05:41 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    650 various

    Transition:

    8 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = swim
    evens = kick

    8 x 50 @ 1:15
    odds = IM order drills
    evens = 25 shooter + 25 EZ

    6 x burst 25s @ 1:00

    25 EZ

    Main Sets:

    4 x through, 50s @ 1:30

    50 @ 60%
    50 @ 70%
    50 @ 80%
    50 @ 90%
    100 EZ

    3 sets backstroke with only 3 SDK per length
    1 set free with paddles
    -- Wanted to try to increase speed without spinning and focus on a strong stroke. Was naturally slower than usual without the SDKs.

    50 EZ

    5 x 100 kick @ 1:45
    1st = fast first 25
    2nd = fast second 25
    3rd = fast third 25
    4th = fast fourth 25
    5th = easy

    5 x 50 kick w/fins @ 1:00
    25 fast dolphin kick + 25 easy

    125 EZ

    Total: 3700


    Drylands:

    -- Just did some stuff at home with Lil Fort hanging about.

    pull up pyramids, 1-2-3-4-3-2-1 & 1-2-3-2-1
    (I just suck at these)
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 10
    altitude drops, 2 x 10
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
    TRX sprinter starts, 20
    TRX knee ins, 15
    overhead med balls slams, 2 x 10

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

    Commentary:

    None really. Though I am glad to have now gotten some speed work in my last 3 practices.

    Study on drylands with Jazzy commentary:

    http://www.teamunify.com/cseksc/__do...TED-%20AND.pdf.

    Jimby needs to read this one, I think. One of the most interesting things about this study is the graph for sprint performance in the dryland group. There is no change in speed at 6 weeks, and then a huge drop at 12 weeks. By contrast, the resist/assist group has a gradual increase in speed. Different mechanisms? It's a shame they didn't measure hypertrophy, because that's what I would suspect in the dryland group. Every study on strength training that does include hypertrophy has some delay until anything shows up. This makes intuitive sense: muscle building is a costly physical process, and it happens slowly.

    On Salo's "butt dives":

    http://ht.ly/50ELe

    Updated May 23rd, 2011 at 10:37 PM by The Fortress

    Tags: informative
    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  3. Sunday, May 22

    by , May 22nd, 2011 at 07:27 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    700 various

    20 x 25 shooters w/fins
    10 back, 10 belly

    50 EZ

    Speed work:

    8 x burst 25s @ 1:00
    odds = dive from side and power dolphin kick
    evens = back stroke + power kick
    -- Had the crappy silicone nose clips in my bag and lost them on every start. My start feels odd lately; I'm not getting into the water cleanly.

    50 EZ

    8 x (25 fast w/fins + 25 easy) @ 3:00
    5 swim, 3 kick

    50 EZ

    3 x (75 fast kick + 75 easy) @ 4:00

    Aerobic/Recovery:

    6 x 100 @ 1:45
    odds = swim
    evens = kick

    8 x 25
    odds = breast kick
    evens = PLD

    Total: 3200

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

    Commentary:

    Had to take yesterday off, but got back in the water today. The water was fairly hot again, , which is not conducive to aerobic work. I'm going to try Oak Marr tomorrow to see if it's any better.

    Had a fabulous time in Philly at the Stotesbury Regatta with a glorious day for racing. Definitely made the right decision to go to this event instead of CNs. My kids' high school did exceedingly well and was one of the only public high schools making finals -- rowing is dominated by prep/private schools with a longstanding rowing tradition. In fact, this was the first time in the school history (only 9 years now) that a first varsity boat made grand finals at this race -- the biggest HS race in the nation. Happily, one of those boats was Fort Son's, whose lightweight 4 finished 5th and qualified for Nationals. His boat was beat by two Canadian teams, so they may fare even better at Nationals next weekend. This was exceedingly gratifying to him and our family since he and his boat mates had been stuck in a mediocre heavyweight boat half the year. Mini Fort's lightweight 4 boat did not advance past semis (very young boat), but petitioned to get into Nationals and did. Mr. Fort and I got to stay with friends whose son is also rowing on the lightweight team at Dartmouth next year, and our sons are going to try to room together. All in all a great weekend!
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  4. Friday, May 20

    by , May 20th, 2011 at 03:49 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM/Solo @ GMU:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Transition:

    8 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = swim/drill
    evens = build kick

    8 x 15-20 burst sprint + 30-35 easy @ 1:15
    4 dolphin kick, 2 free, 2 back spin drill

    50 EZ

    Speed Set:

    6 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 100 EZ) @ 4:00
    50 fly, 28
    50 fly, 28 high
    50 breast, 34
    50 free, 27 high (forgot about legs until halfway through)
    50 back, 30
    50 dolphin kick w/board, 29 (faded at end or would have been a 28)

    Warm down:

    5 x 100 @ 2:00
    various swim, kick, pull

    Total: 2850

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

    Commentary:

    Managed to sneak out around noon for a swim at GMU. Last LC swim before the pool closes. After being out of the pool for 3 days, it was probably not the best idea to do a sprint set. But I hadn't done one in ages and was determined. Not unexpectedly, my strokes felt choppy and felt like I was spinning my arms. But, then, I haven't done much speed work lately and I think I could use some DPS + gradually add speed work.

    Slightly puzzled that my dolphin kick with a board is almost as fast as fly. Maybe my isolated kick is more effective than my stroke kick?

    Leaving in a couple hours for the Stotesbury Regatta. Both Fort Son's and Mini Fort's boards advanced to the semi-finals this am. And the weather is supposed to be fabulous!
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  5. Foiled, Thursday May 19

    by , May 19th, 2011 at 09:11 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    On the way out the door to yoga this am, I got a call from Lil Fort's school that she was not feeling well. And Mr. Fort did not get home in time for me to get to my team practice. So I had to content myself with:

    Drylands:

    long arm crunches, 2 x 50
    windshield wipers, 2 x 25
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
    power wheel pike ups, 2 x 15
    plyo jumps, 4 x 10
    altitude drops, 10
    extreme angle isometric squat, 5:00
    overhead med balls slams, 2 x 15
    twisting med ball slams, 1 x 15
    handstands, 10

    Bike:

    tabata, 4 minutes, http://www.squidoo.com/tabatatraining

    Commentary:

    Kind of bummed to be out of the pool for 3 days, especially since Saturday has to be an off day (in Philly for the regatta). But, fortunately, Mr. Fort is working out of the home office tomorrow. So if Lil Fort is still not feeling well, I can hopefully get a workout in.

    Updated May 19th, 2011 at 09:21 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts , Spinning
  6. Jazzy Drylands, Wed., May 18

    by , May 18th, 2011 at 07:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands w/Jazz:

    Went to the gym with Jazz today and tried some of his favorite lifts. I don't remember the exact number of reps and weights as I was very busy chatting and didn't put the sets on my iphone. Lots of upper body work.

    front box squats
    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9l48ayARhM"]YouTube - DTS Speed and Strength - Front Box Squat with Safety Squat Bar[/nomedia]

    -- First front squat ever! Really glad I had help with the set up on this one. Wouldn't have wanted to try it solo. Didn't do anything too heavy since, as a newbie, I had to focus on balancing the bar and keeping it in position.
    45 x 1 x 10-15
    65 x 1 x 10
    75 x 1 x 10
    95 x 1 x 6

    face pulls
    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQS-tXL1CLg"]YouTube - Charles Poliquin Teaches Face Pulls[/nomedia]

    -- Love that Jazz recommended an exercise where I can do more reps.
    mystery weight x 1 x 25
    mystery weight x 1 x 15-20

    barbell push press
    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFMEucMP-48"]YouTube - Barbell push press[/nomedia]

    -- Loved this one! It's a great full body explosive exercise.
    40 x 2 x 15

    one arm dumbbell row
    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR8onsa5jFQ"]YouTube - Instructional Fitness - One-arm Dumbbell Rows[/nomedia]

    25 x 1 x 10 each arm
    35 x 2 x 10 each arm

    barbell bench press
    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JtP6ju0IMw"]YouTube - Instructional Fitness - Bench Press[/nomedia]

    -- This is much harder than benching on the HS machine!
    45 x 1 x 10
    65 x 2 x 10

    kneeling cable pullover
    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UVmceP3OkY"]YouTube - Kneeling Cable Pullover[/nomedia]

    mystery unit x 20ish
    mystery unit x 15ish

    alternating barbell lunges
    45 x 1 x 10
    -- This was bothering me (maybe sore from the squats?), so I desisted.

    external rotators, 10 x 2 x 15 each arm

    Watched Jazz do pull ups, which I know I need to start doing again.

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

    Commentary:

    Survived that session and may be going back for more! I've never had any front or back squats in my dryland regimen because I wasn't sure how to set up the front squat and having the bar on my neck/shoulders for the back squat is too uncomfortable. But I liked the front box squat. I was slightly squeamish about a free weight bench press as I hadn't really done any bench pressing on the machine in a very long time. But that wasn't so bad either.

    Did I miss any exercises, Jazz?

    It was very fun to have a workout buddy at the gym! And then I stopped at Lululemon and bought my first real yoga outfit.

    I took a rest day yesterday -- was transforming my hair from red to strawberry blonde. I'm hoping this color will resist fading better. However, my stylist didn't want me to get in the water until Thursday. Hope to swim with my team tomorrow.

    Updated May 18th, 2011 at 09:19 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  7. Monday, May 16

    by , May 16th, 2011 at 06:21 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Aerobic Sets:

    9 x 50 w/paddles:
    3 x free/kick using paddles as board/scull

    16 x 50 @ 1:00 or so
    4 of each stroke

    50 EZ

    Speed Work:

    10 x "25s" w/fins
    streamline dive down to bottom of pool, squat jump off bottom with fast dolphin kick

    10 x 25 w/parachute & fins
    odds = shooter on back
    evens = burst free

    50 EZ

    8 x 50 @ 1:30
    odds = 25 fast kick + 25 easy
    evens = 25 fast swim (IM order) + 25 easy

    100 easy

    Total: 2650

    Commentary:

    The pool water was very warm today, and this dulled my enthusiasm somewhat. I can't (or won't) do hard aerobic or longish sprints when it's that temp. Looking forward to swimming at GMU again.

    Hoping to learn about "real strength" with Jazz on Wednesday. I need to search for my weight lifting gloves.

    Updated May 16th, 2011 at 06:28 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  8. Sunday, May 15

    by , May 15th, 2011 at 05:51 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    RC exercises
    flutter kicks on bosu, 50
    power wheel roll outs, knees on bosu, 2 x 12
    standing lat pulldown, 130 x 1 x 10, 140 x 2 x 10
    explosive leg press, 270 x 3 x 10
    bulgarian single leg squats w/DBs, 40 x 2 x 10 each leg
    rear delt fly, 70 x 2 x 12
    med ball plyo slams in racquetball court, 5:00


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    15 x 50
    5 x 50 free w/paddles @ :45
    5 x 50 kick @ 1:00
    5 x 50 drill @ :15 RI

    50 EZ

    Speed Work:

    10 x burst dolphin kick 25s (no fins) @ 1:00
    5 back, 5 belly

    50 EZ

    8 x (25 AFAP kick w/fins & board + 50 easy kick + sit on board and wait)
    5 dolphin kick, 3 flutter kick
    -- I wanted to swim these free & fly, but I was sharing a narrow lane with an aqua jogger. Opted to kick instead.

    50 EZ

    Total: 2350


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

    Commentary:

    Took yesterday off. Had Lil Fort's soccer game and the VA State rowing champs. Fort Son's lightweight 4 rowed their best race of the season, but 2 of the rowers including Fort Son blacked out right after the finish line and were taken in on the launch. Overexertion and probably improper nutrition. I had to sprint a mile to get to the boathouse to check on him. They are very excited for the Stotesbury Regatta next weekend, which is the largest high school rowing event in the nation. Mr. Fort and I are leaving Friday night to catch up with friends in Philly and see the semi-finals and finals on Saturday.

    Today, I got up at the crack of dawn to watch Lil Fort's Girls on the Run Nova 5K at Mason. There were over 9,000 runners at the event. Lil Fort (running with Mr. Fort as her run buddy) was happy to crush her PB despite it being very crowded the first mile, running a 25+ I was a little bleary in my workouts today from lack of sleep. Need to catch up on sleep this week.

    Updated May 16th, 2011 at 03:34 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  9. LCM Solo, Friday, May 13

    by , May 13th, 2011 at 04:49 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM/Solo @ GMU:

    Warm up:

    500 various

    Main Sets:

    9 x 100 @ 2:00
    3 kick, 3 drill, 3 swim
    -- Still warming up, shoulders hurt from weights.

    10 x 50 shooter w/MF + cruise kick
    -- Went to 35-40 meter mark UW. Didn't want to push it further given air quality and my lung quality.

    8 x 50 drill @ :15 RI
    2 x IM order

    100 EZ

    -- Thought I was going to have to get out here. But some Mason swimmers came in to swim and the supervisor (Peter Ward wasn't there) saw my USMS cap, asked me what I was training for, and told me I could stay. So I carried on.

    10 x 50 shooters w/MF + cruise kick
    -- Same as before, went to 35-40 meter mark on back or belly

    12 x 50 w/fins @ 1:15
    2 x IM order
    -- Went high 31s on the fly 50s, just cruising and breathing every other stroke. So I probably did go 28ish last night when I was trying to sprint.

    100 EZ

    Total: 3600 m

    10-15 minutes hot tub

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

    Commentary:

    One of the most enjoyable solo workouts I've had in awhile -- probably the novelty of long course + cool water. It was a pure recovery workout and I just cruised and worked on technique. It was so very nice to do shooters in a LC pool. Have the usual panoply of kids activities tomorrow so will either take an off day or go to yoga later in the day.

    Still mulling over what to do this summer. The USAS teams' practice hours are just too obscenely early for me. I may see if I can swim a couple times a week with the Terrapin Masters.

    Updated May 13th, 2011 at 05:54 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  10. Thursday, May 12

    by , May 12th, 2011 at 11:06 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    RC work
    standing barbell shoulder press, 50 x 5 x 5
    -- Never done this before. They got easier as I went along. Can this be an alternative to bench pressing in the "push" category?
    seated row negatives, 80 x 3 x 8
    deadlift singles, 145 x 6
    tricep press, 50 x 2 x 8
    back extensions, 25 x 1 x 15
    --- Hamstrings were sore from bikram and this exercise bothered them.
    chin ups, 3 x 4
    -- Well, I can tell I haven't done these in half a century.
    box jumps, 10
    altitude drops, 10
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 10

    20 minutes foam roller, yoga & stretching


    Swim/LCM @ GMU:

    Warm up:

    200 S-K-D-K-D

    Main Sets:

    2 x 100 free
    50 tricep finish drill + 50 overkick free

    4 x 200 kick w/fins @ 4:00
    50 flutter kick w/board
    50 fast dolphin kick on back
    50 backstroke kick
    50 flutter kick w/board
    -- Went 2:36, 2:34, 2:32, 2:32, not bad for LC.

    100 EZ

    9 x 100 @ 2:00
    3 x 100 25 fast fly + 75 easy free
    3 x 100 25 fast back + 75 easy free
    3 x 100 25 fast breast + 75 easy free
    -- On the 75 free, I did a 25 back kick after the sprint so I could catch my breath and then a 50 free.
    --- Speedo and I agreed that "easy free" doesn't seem so easy in LC.

    50 fast stroke from a dive
    -- I went fly with fins from a push. The coach must have given me a serious roll start b/c I saw 28 on the clock. I did, however, cheat and stay under for about 20 meters after the push.

    50 EZ

    6 x 100 pull @ 1:35, 2nd & 5th ones fast
    -- I did them all mod speed, 3 pull & 3 kick -- was all tuckered out.

    50 EZ (instead of 200)

    Total: 3700 m

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

    Commentary:

    Enjoyed the workout. Didn't feel as much like I was swimming in open water during the warm up and felt pretty strong until the last 6 x 100 set.

    The Charmer was extra charming tonight. He is a "purist" and believes in the "integrity of the set" (even though he won't use equipment when it's assigned). His "times" are about "what is on the GMU record board," his brother is going to beat Kirk Nelson in some OW swim with salmon in the name, and he is hoping to swim his college times (really?) and loves to talk about them. At some point, fortunately, I had the opportunity to fill him in a tad on Speedo's speed and defend our one team breaststroker. Despite swimming in the same lane, he hasn't even asked what my name is. Sheesh!

    Updated May 13th, 2011 at 11:20 AM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Uncategorized
  11. Wed., May 11

    by , May 11th, 2011 at 10:13 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes

    Just went to yoga today, although 90 minutes of bikram is not exactly a vacation. I did a little googling on bikram and asthma; bikram is actually supposed to help alleviate symptoms. I had no issues today. And I rocked the standing bow, which I recall Q calls the "wounded crane."

    Plan to do a gym + long course swim tomorrow. I may go to GMU on Friday as well just to use my monofin in long course.
    Categories
    Yoga
  12. Loooong Course, Tuesday, May 10

    by , May 10th, 2011 at 11:06 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    windshield wipers, 25
    long arm crunches, 25
    flutter kick on bosu, 50
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
    power wheel push ups, 2 x 10 (way harder than regular push ups with your feet suspended on a wheel)
    power wheel pike ups, 2 x 10
    hanging straight leg raises, 15

    reverse scoops, 25 x 2 x 15
    extreme angle isometric squat w/12.5 DB, 4:00
    overhead squats, 45 x 1 x 10
    squat jumps w/bar, 45 x 1 x 10
    HS iso lateral hi row, 140 x 2 x 8
    lower back machine, 130 x 2 x 10
    bicep curl, 40 x 2 x 6

    RC exercises


    Swim/LCM @ GMU:

    Mini Fort was not feeling well today, came home early from crew and was thus available for babysitting. As Speedo said, "Fantastic." So I was able to attend our first LC practice of the year (one of only 4 due to the pool closure).

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    6 x 50 kick @ 1:00
    200 IM drill

    Main Sets:

    16 x 100
    2 x through:
    2 x 100 (25 scull, 75 build free) @ 1:40
    2 x 100 IM @ 1:50
    2 x 100 free @ 1:40
    2 x 100 kick @ 2:10

    -- Used fins for all but the last 100 kicks. Surprisingly, I didn't feel too bad on these.

    50 EZ

    3 x 25 DPS breast drill
    -- From side of pool, dive or push off, go under lane lane, taking only 1 stroke between each lane line.

    4 x 50 fly w/fins @ 1:30
    1st 50 = 25 twirling dolphin kick + 25 fly
    2nd 25 = 25 dolphin kick on back + 25 fly
    3rd 25 = strong UW kick + 3 strokes fast fly + cruise free
    4th 25 = same as #2

    50 EZ

    3 x 100
    25 AFAP + 75 easy
    -- I did 2 backs and then the last one did 50 fly + 50 easy.

    50 EZ

    600 pull breathing every 5th stroke
    -- I planned to do 6 x 100. I did one with paddles and my shoulders were killing me, so desisted and went 4 x 100 kick with fins.

    50 EZ (instead of 200)

    Total: 3775 meters

    Hot tub, 10-15 minutes, chatting with Peedo.

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

    Commentary:

    Feeling rather at the moment, especially the shoulders. There's so much more actual swimming in long course.

    The new charmer on our team that dissed Speedo's paddles last week took aim at me today. When he questioned my fin use on the fly set, I said that I never swim fly without fins. His response, "You'll have to get used to fly without fins if you ever want to swim in a meet." Followed up with, "I used to use fins too, but I got over it." Hmm ... I related this to my coach and she cracked up. On this topic, here is an article written by fin addict Karlyn Pipes-Neilson: http://www.aquaticedge.org/finAddict.htm.

    In drylands today, I realized that, after ignoring upper body exercises to focus on core/legs, I have lost some upper body strength. I was planning on doing just yoga and TRX this summer, but may re-visit this plan for two reasons. First, I won't be able to do yoga during my two week vacation in late June, but I can lift. Second, I wonder if upper body strength is relatively more important for me in long course as opposed to short course where I benefit from walls + kicking?

    Here's a recent Chloe Sutton blog on the importance of drylands (though she omits specific exercises): http://www.universalsports.com/news-...ow+i+work+pool. I did like that she "never does the exact same thing twice."

    Updated May 11th, 2011 at 06:17 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  13. Monday, May 9

    by , May 9th, 2011 at 04:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/Solo/SCY:

    Warm up:

    500 various
    200 fly drills

    Main Sets:

    15 x 50 @ 15 RI
    1-5 = free w/paddles
    6-10 = flutter kick w/board
    11=15 = stroke various

    5 x through:

    50 strapless scull with paddles
    50 (25 fast free @ 100 pace + 25 EZ)
    50 hypoxic back kick
    50 (25 fast flutter kick + 25 EZ)

    50 EZ

    12 x 25 dolphin kick with parachute & fins
    power kick to 15 m UW + cruise

    100 EZ

    Total: 2900


    Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes:

    Class was much better breathing-wise today, especially after the standing balancing series.

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

    Commentary:

    I did not have the Mothers Day of my dreams. I was woken yesterday by a call from US Air at 5:00 am canceling my 11:30 flight (too few people) and putting us on a later flight with connections. Couldn't get back to sleep. Couldn't go to the pool or gym either since it was closed until noon. Jealously watched Mr. Fort and Fort Son go on a 12 mile run. Did have a lovely brunch, but then spent most of the day in airports.

    Still not feeling any love in the pool. This is probably due to the nasty combo of allergies and sleep deprivation. I hope I can get some speed work in soon ... Right now I just feel out of shape and un-speedy. This can't really be so as I look at my flog, but that is my current state of mind. Ahelee would tell me I need to "train the mind."

    I heard today that Pete Reider aka "NuthinBut50s" was involved in a head on collision in late April. He is still in the hospital after numerous surgeries for broken bones, including his femur and ankle. Horrible news. He was right next to me in my 50 back at the Albatross meet. I hope both he and MJ heal fast.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  14. Swim at College Pool, Sat., May 7

    by , May 7th, 2011 at 08:20 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm Up:

    600 various

    8 x 50
    Odds= stroke drill
    Evens = stroke kick

    Main Sets:

    10 x 25 shooters

    5 x 100 flutter kick w/board & fins @ 2:00
    50 fast + 50 easy
    100 easy

    10 x (25 easy speed fly w/ fins + 25 easy)
    --fly felt dreadful

    2 x through w/fins (no interval):
    25 fast shooter + 25 easy
    50 fast + 50 easy
    25 fast free + 25 easy
    50 easy

    10 x 25
    odds = 25 breast pull
    evens = 25 breast kick

    5 x 50 cruise

    Total: 3350

    ----------------------------------------------------

    Commentary:

    Toured around Dartmouth yesterday and today. Fort Son met the freshman and head lightweight coaches and rode the motorboat with the coaches watching the first freshman and first varsity lightweight boats. (A talented sophomore on the varsity boat is taking aim at the WR for the 6K erg this summer.). Fort Son got his first taste of college life staying overnight and hanging out with the freshman rowers.

    Today, I ventured to my college pool, the first time I'd swum there since my freshman year. I
    even got the lane I always raced in. . The pool is very weird: it's four feet deep everywhere except for the diving area. It has a sharp slant up from the diving depth to the four foot depth and is four feet deep the entire pool length in lanes 6-8. I almost crashed into the slanted wall doing a shooter. Would not like doing a backstroke start in four foot depth now.
    This didn't bother me in college. I never swam backstroke, always fly/free/IM. No surprise that the team records were largely faster than the pool records.

    Anyway, I got a decent workout in, though I was tired from not much sleep for 2 nights (can't sleep in hotels at all). Not too much pollen in Hanover; prepared to be killed with it tomorrow. May is just not my month.

    Very fun visit. . Plan on hitting the gym late tomorrow afternoon.

    Updated May 7th, 2011 at 09:31 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  15. Thursday, May 5

    by , May 5th, 2011 at 10:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes:

    Went to the noon class. Unfortunately, my allergy-induced asthma was bothering me. It was somewhat hard to get through the standing series (and of course I hadn't been in 3 weeks). Had to sit out triangle pose to catch my breath.


    Swim/SCY @ GMU:

    My asthma doesn't usually bother me too much when I'm swimming, but it really did today. It's possible the poor air handling system at GMU made it worse than usual. The lack of oxygen seems to cause more cramps than usual too. Difficult practice for me, though it was a fun and well-designed one. I was able to sprint at least; the aerobic work was more difficult.

    Warm up:

    300 swim
    4 x 50
    25 drill + 25 swim IM order
    300 kick
    4 x 50 build

    Main Sets:

    8 x through:

    75 IM switch @ 1:30
    25 fast shooter @ 1:00
    -- I attempted two of these and desisted. Couldn't do them at all. Instead, I did fast backstroke kick on the surface.
    50 stroke, 25 fast + 25 easy
    -- I did 4 stroke and 4 free.

    100 easy: 50 choice + 50 feet first scull
    -- just did the scull to breath more.

    6 x 125 free pull @ 1:50
    -- I kick two of these with a board to get air. Skipped a 50 at some point.

    50 EZ

    6 x 75 kick w/board @ 1:30
    1 & 4: first 25 fast
    2 & 5: second 25 fast
    3 & 6: third 25 fast

    50 EZ

    6 x 25 @ :45
    -- alternate fast & easy
    -- did 2 fast frees and cramped on last one

    100 EZ

    Total: 3800

    10 minutes hottub

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    Commentary:

    Tough day of working out for me, but I wanted to do a double today. I'm leaving at the crack of dawn () to head to Dartmouth for the weekend. Plan to swim in my old pool on Saturday. Will take tomorrow off.

    Updated May 6th, 2011 at 10:41 AM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  16. Wed., May 4

    by , May 4th, 2011 at 04:21 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Aerobic/Drill/Hypoxic:

    10 x 50 free w/paddles @ :50

    15 x 50 @ :15 RI:
    4 x 50 fly drill
    50 scull
    4 x 50 back drill
    50 scull
    4 x 50 breast drill
    50 scull

    30 x 25 shooters w/monofin
    -- back/belly/twirling
    -- worked on body dolphin and DPK
    -- fewest kicks per length: 5

    50 EZ

    Speed Drills:

    10 x "25s" @ :30
    -- with fins, dive down to bottom, squat jump off bottom in streamline & dolphin kick fast until suit is out of water
    -- I was in 12 foot depth

    50 EZ

    5 x 75 w/fins
    1st 25 = dolphin kick down to bottom of pool @ 12.5 w/kick board, squat jump, and fast flutter kick to the wall
    2nd 25 = shooter on back
    -- not so easy right after the first 25
    3rd 25 = EZ DAB
    25 EZ

    18 x 25:
    6 x 25 power breast pull w/buoy
    6 x burst doggy paddle drill + cruise
    6 x burst backstroke spin drill + cruise

    100 EZ

    Total: 3900

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    Commentary:

    Didn't really use the pace clock much today. No need to really when you're doing drills. I dug out my monofin again. I hadn't used it for awhile because it hurt the top part of my right foot. It didn't bother it too much today, except toward the end of the 30 x 25 shooters.

    My shoulders and upper back are a bit sore from yesterday's med ball slamming. It seems so easy at the time, but you can pay for it later if you overdo. Think I'm going to hit the foam roller tonight. Hopefully, yoga + team practice tomorrow.

    Strapless sculling:

    -- http://ht.ly/4N1l6
    -- definitely going to give this a whirl

    Band kicking:

    -- http://ht.ly/4N1jA
    -- also interesting

    Saw a weird sight at the pool today -- someone running along the bottom of the pool in the deep end with a weight. Interesting way to do shooters.

    Updated May 4th, 2011 at 06:13 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  17. Tuesday, May 3

    by , May 3rd, 2011 at 03:55 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    med ball slams, 15-20 minutes in racquetball court
    extreme angle isometric squat, 6:00
    overhead squats, 45 x 2 x 10
    power wheel roll outs, 3 x 15
    power wheel pike ups, 2 x 10
    push ups, 2 x 15
    long arm crunches, 2 x 25
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 10
    box jumps, 10
    altitude drops, 10
    RC exercises


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    10 x 25 shooters

    Main Sets:

    5 x through:

    100 free w/paddles @ 1:30
    100 flutter kick w/board @ 1:45
    50 russian breast drill @ 1:00
    50 dolphin kick w/board @ 1:00

    -- I love swimming aerobic free with paddles. If it wasn't so hard on the shoulders, I'd use them much more frequently.

    50 EZ

    10 x 50 drills @ :15 RI

    -- Wanted to do some more, but my calves were cramping.

    50 EZ

    Total: 3050

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    Commentary:

    This is the first day in about 2 weeks where I felt I was just dragging from allergies instead of sick from allergies. And the first time I've managed a double in ages. Still feeling sprint impaired, but hopefully that too will pass. We're supposed to have a rainy May, so that should help.

    I'm also feeling slightly sorry for myself that my team won't have practices this summer b/c of the pool closure. The summer is usually a nice break from swimming solo so frequently and it's nice to get in some actual long course training. Boo hoo. I'll be faking it at Auburn. (As a result, I'm going to focus on fast 50s and just survive the 100s.) Hopefully, I can meet up with Speedo and Jazz some the next few months.

    The latest on Dara:

    http://www.news-press.com/article/20...sey=nav%7Chead

    Kicking with drag socks:

    http://www.news-press.com/article/20...sey=nav%7Chead

    WSF Response to NYT article on Title IX:

    http://www.womenssportsfoundation.or...-Title-IX.aspx

    Updated May 3rd, 2011 at 06:43 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  18. Monday, May 2

    by , May 2nd, 2011 at 03:13 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Main Sets:

    10 x 100 w/fins @ 1:30
    odds = flutter kick w/ board
    evens = free w/paddles

    Kick Mountain w/fins:
    up the mountain = dolphin kick w/board
    down the mountain = backstroke kick

    1 x 50 @ :45
    1 x 100 @ 1:30
    1 x 150 @ 2:15
    1 x 200 @ 3:00
    1 x 300 @ 4:30
    1 x 200 @ 3:00
    1 x 150 @ 2:15
    1 x 100 @ 1:30
    1 x 50 @ :45

    50 EZ

    10 x 50 @ 10-15 RI
    odds = breast pull w/buoy
    evens= fly drill

    6 x 50 scull

    50 EZ

    Total: 3800

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

    Commentary:

    Still down and out from allergies. I felt better Saturday, but after spending the day outside was worse on Sunday. Finally got to the pool today and just did an aerobic workout. My training has taken a huge hit the last 2 weeks. I'm hoping I can rebound in May. I'd love to go to yoga. But those classes are difficult when one is breathing challenged.

    Mr. Fort consulted his trainer recently about recovery (trouble recovering after Boston). His trainer recommended amino acids. In particular, he suggested the website www.infinityfitness.com. (Apparently, the amino acids from GNC and other sellers are fairly worthless b/c of excess shelf time.) They custom mix the amino acids powder based on the type, intensity, duration of your training and your body weight. They remarked that my typical training volume is "very high" and that I need to make sure to include recovery workouts. Perhaps so, but I feel like a complete slug lately.

    Hoping I can cram in some good workouts before Friday. I'm leaving to go to Dartmouth for a couple days on Friday am. Hopefully, I can swim in the pool -- that will be a blast from the past.

    Updated May 2nd, 2011 at 03:46 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts
  19. Friday, April 29

    by , April 29th, 2011 at 04:29 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    700 various

    9 x 50 fly drill @ :10 RI

    10 x 25 shooters

    10 x 25 glide drill
    -- wore my nose clip this time
    -- got to or past the 15 meter mark 8x in 7 foot depth

    50 EZ

    10 x 50 @ :10-15 RI
    odds = drill
    evens = kick

    5 x 50 breast drill
    alternate dolphin and whip kick

    150 EZ

    Total: 2600

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    Commentary:

    Still completely done in by allergies. Didn't even have the energy to do an aerobic set today; just worked on technique. My eyes are so red and sore I can't even wear my contacts. But this too shall pass ... I would love to attend SCY Nat next year in NC, but I keep wondering how I can avoid my annual spring collapse ...

    Love reading about all the fast swimming at Nationals. My untapered 27.2 in the 50 fly held up well against the onslaught. This is going to be the first year in masters where I'm ranked higher in the 50 fly than 50 back.

    Good luck to all friends and forumites the next two days!
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    Swim Workouts
  20. Thursday, April 28

    by , April 28th, 2011 at 04:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    RC exercises
    flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 50
    total ab machine, 110 x 1 x 25
    lower back machine, 120 x 2 x 15
    hip hinges on reebok core trainer w/DBs, 10 each leg
    alternating hammers, 25 x 2 x 30
    walking lunges w/DBs, 20
    back extensions, 25 x 2 x 15
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
    power wheel pike ups, 2 x 10
    box jumps, 10
    altitude drops, 10
    knee tuck jumps, 10

    -- did a few half hearted stretches


    Commentary:

    Still suffering through my annual spring malaise, and having trouble sleeping. I need to start using the neti pot right before I go to bed. I was hoping to make it to my team practice tonight, but I'm not feeling well enough. Hope to get to Mason at noon tomorrow.

    I'm enjoying following Nationals. The pool looks amazing and very fast. I see Geek dropped major time in his 1650. I was very sad, however, to read that my friend, MJ Caswell, tripped and broke part of her hip joint and is headed to surgery. Horrible to train, travel and taper and then have a fluke accident like that happen.

    Updated April 28th, 2011 at 04:56 PM by The Fortress

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    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts