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  1. Saturday, Feb. 5

    by , February 5th, 2011 at 08:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes:

    Ack, not my best class. I had my breakfast smoothie too close to class apparently, as I didn't feel so hot during class. I had to bolt for a water break about 2/3 of the way through, though the teacher tried to stop me. Problem is, I don't think life will end if I leave the room, so I always do if I feel I need to. It was also extra hot today; the female instructors always blast the heat more.

    Just got back from the HS Regional Champs finals. Two guys almost got into a fist fight right in front of me and Lil Fort (parents, not swimmers). What jerks! The one guy was so bad someone had to go get the police officer on duty. I hate to see such bad conduct at kids' meets.

    The best race of the night was the women's 100 fly. 1st and 2nd place were 55.56 and 55.58. Unfortunately, more bad conduct. The person finishing second (an AA heading to texas) jumped out of the pool, and didn't even congratulate the winner and went bawling to the warm down pool. I know she's not used to losing, but jeez! Take it to the locker room. Saw lots of AAA times tonight though.

    Done with my rants now.
    Categories
    Yoga
  2. Kinda Fast Friday, Feb. 4

    by , February 4th, 2011 at 09:30 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Last night was not one of my better nights. After a lovely evening with my girls, during which we dined on Chipolte because I was too lazy to cook, I had a minor case of vomit-itis. Not sure if it was due to Welsford's spewing or food contamination, but I was up hurling between 3-4:00 am. Decidedly unfun. I slept in and woke up feeling just slightly queasy. So I ingested as many electrolytes as one can and headed to GMU for a noon workout. I had planned a sprint workout and ended up modifying my intended set somewhat to accommodate my delicate stomach.

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    8 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = free
    evens = backstroke kick

    4 x 50 @ whatevah
    15 burst dolphin kick + cruise

    50 EZ

    Speed Set:

    3 x through w/fins:

    1 x 25 AFAP
    1 x 25 EZ
    1 x 50 AFAP
    1 x 50 EZ
    1 x 75 @ 90%
    1 x 75 EZ
    4 x 50 backstroke kicks @ 1:00 recovery

    Ideally, I would have added 1 x 100 fast + 1 x 100 EZ. But I didn't have enough HTFU in me today for that.

    1st round: backstroke kick
    25 = 10
    50 = 22
    75 = 39

    2nd round: fly
    25 = 11
    50 = 24
    75 = high 41-42

    3rd round: breast
    25 = 14
    50 = 30
    75 = horrible calf cramp, so went slowly after the 25

    Hypoxic Technique Set:

    4 x (5 x 25) shooters
    belly, left side, right side, back, twirling

    -- worked on streamling and DPK

    50 EZ

    Total: 3400/1650 kicking

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

    Commentary:

    I was extremely glad that I took the time to drive to GMU. The water was cool and clear, there were no noodlers or children in sight, and digital clocks abounded. Very few people were in the pool. Brilliant! The workout generally went better than I anticipated, and I was glad to get 'er done.

    I spent the night at the prelims of the girls HS Regional meet. Mini Fort was happy to get a States cut (though she's still off her club times, as one would expect). Road trip to Virginia Beach! There were some exceedingly fast times swum. A freshman and sophomore went 23.4 and 23.7 in the 50 free respectively in tanks. The same freshman went 55 in the 100 back. And it's just prelims! Finals will be fun to watch tomorrow night.

    Not sure what I will do tomorrow. Mr. Fort jut left for an event in NY. (And, unfortunately, he has a minor hamstring pull after a speed workout and will not be running for a week (though he can bike)). I may try to go to yoga if I can get one of my kids to watch Lil Fort.

    Updated February 4th, 2011 at 09:58 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  3. Thursday, Feb. 3

    by , February 3rd, 2011 at 06:08 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    Didn't have much time, so lifted for strength.

    cable twist w/yoga ball, 50 x 1 x 15, each side
    total ab machine, 130 x 2 x 15
    dead lift, 115 x 1 x 5, 135 x 2 x 5
    leg press, 390 x 2 x 10
    skull crushers, 50 x 2 x 10
    seated narrow grip row, 110 x 2 x 5
    extreme angle isometric squat w/12.5 DB, 5:00

    RC work, 10 minutes

    Ate a protein fusion bar and headed to the pool for an hour.


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Aerobic Kick Mountain w/fins:
    (1800 yards)

    1 x 50 @ :45
    1 x 100 @ 1:30
    1 x 150 @ 2:15
    1 x 200 @ 3:00
    1 x 250 @ 3:45
    1 x 300 @ 4:30
    1 x 250 @ 3:45
    1 x 200 @ 3:00
    1 x 150 @ 2:15
    1 x 100 @ 1:30
    1 x 50 @ :45

    Went up the mountain dolphin kick w/board and down the mountain backstroke kick (5 SDKs per length). I didn't get as much rest as I would have with the MF.

    50 EZ

    ATP-CP Speed Set:

    10 x 25 free @ 1:00
    15 burst + cruise

    100 EZ

    Tried to do one AFAP 50 but got a double calf cramp right away and stopped.

    100 EZ

    Total: 2950


    ART, 30 minutes

    Had my chiro work over my left shoulder, scapular area and calves. Opted for the blue KT this time.


    Commentary:

    Did a rare aerobic set today. Plan to do some speed work tomorrow.

    A friend alerted me to the fact that the Finis Foil Monofin is sized differently from Finis' other fins. I had reflexively ordered a medium, as that was what my shooter was and there was no sizing info for the Foil on their website. But, apparently, after discussions with Finis, I need a small, so will need to return the one that they mailed on Monday. (It sure took them a long time to mail it given that I ordered it quite awhile ago.) So I probably won't have it for another couple weeks at least.

    Small = 7.5-9
    Medium = 9-11

    Updated February 3rd, 2011 at 06:15 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  4. Wed., Feb. 2

    by , February 2nd, 2011 at 09:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes

    Just went to yoga today. Had one of my fav instructors in a not too crowded class.

    Yoga for sports performance:

    http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-libra...ts-performance

    http://www.bikramyoga.com/News/Suppl...ryTraining.php

    Planning on gym + swim for tomorrow. I will not be doing another lactate set though!
    Categories
    Yoga
  5. LT Misery, Tuesday, Feb. 1

    by , February 1st, 2011 at 04:08 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    800 various
    5 x 50 breast @ 1:00
    50 EZ
    5 x 50, done as 15 burst dolphin kick + cruise
    50 EZ

    Lactate Tolerance Set:

    10 x 50 backstroke kick w/fins @ 1:00
    hold best average

    Went: 24 low, 25, 25.5., 25.5, 25.5, 25.5, 26.0, 26.5, 26.0, 25.5

    500 EZ

    Total: 2400

    10 minutes hottub

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

    Commentary:

    This lactate tolerance set is from Maglischio's Swimming Faster. I hadn't done this set in over a year (Oct. 2009). Last time I did it, I held 27.5s, but I did that after a drylands workout. Today, I was obviously much faster. I guess my kicking has improved in the last year, or been aided by the addition of the nose clip. The first one felt easy and I was surprised at the time. Then the lactic acid promptly hit on #2. Thought I was going to hurl after the last one. This set -- any lactate set really -- is extremely hard to do solo. This one is especially hard for me because it combines speed + a hypoxic element because I'm underwater so much. At least this one is only 10 minutes of hell. Didn't feel like doing anything else afterward.

    Saw an interesting article in the WSJ -- "A Workout Ate My Marriage" --
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...share_facebook.

    I have to confess that Mr. Fort and I seem to see much less of each other on weekends than we used to since he went back to marathon training and century bike rides and I became a more serious swimmer. But at least we're both exercising and competing now so there's not the resentment that arises when only one spouse is exercising. When my kids were young and up early, I did used to get slightly ticked when he was gone running every single morning.

    And for parents of teenagers considering college in the future, check out: http://www.collegeconfidential.com/. I read some of threads last fall, and they scared the crap out of me!

    I may go to bikram yoga tonight. Haven't decided yet. Will edit my blog if I do.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Test Sets
  6. It's a Wrap for January, Jan. 31

    by , January 31st, 2011 at 07:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    Just did a Rich A. slow mo recovery swim with fins:

    700 various

    10 x 100 @ 1:45
    odds = backstroke
    evens = backstroke kick

    8 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = breast
    evens = free

    100 dolphin dive

    Total: 2200 meters

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

    Commentary:

    I may have gone a wee bit crazy with drylands yesterday. Oddly, I thought it was a leg dominant workout, but my shoulders and back are much more sore (despite getting a mini massage from Mr. Fort). I guess med ball slamming and handstanding is a better upper body workout that what I've been doing in the gym? Anyhoo, I thought it best just to do a Rich A. slow mo type recovery workout to help flush lactic acid. We are expecting a wintery mix tonight. I just hope this doesn't foil my plans to HTFU and get in a sprint workout tomorrow.


    Monthly FLOG Totals:

    Swimming, 20x
    31.68 miles/55,764 yards
    17,525 yards kicking (31%)
    4,525 yard race pace(8%)*

    Weights, 8x
    Cycling, 1x
    Yoga, 10x

    Total workouts = 39

    * I define race pace to be between 90-100%, which would be my 50 or 100 pace. So these are all close to all out efforts.

    This was a very solid month of training for me. I swam 4-5 times per week, which is my max, of fairly low yardage. If I swim more than that, I am not mentally sharp enough for AFAP efforts and some burnout sets in. I did many doubles (12) and took 1 day off each week. That's definitely the most yoga I've done in a month. 8x isn't too bad for drylands since I intentionally took one week off.

    One more month of hard training, and then I plan to taper in March.


    Upcoming Spring Meets/Tentative Events:

    Warrenton Meet SCY, 3/6
    (cruising in late for some speed work off the blocks)
    100 breast (50 split)
    100 IM

    Albatross Meet SCM, 3/19
    50 back
    100 back
    200 back (if needed)
    50 fly

    Colonies Zones SCY, 4/16
    100 free (50 split)
    100 back
    50 fly
    2 chick relays

    Canadian Nats SCM, 5/20-22
    possibility, still waiting for meet info
    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Planning
  7. Sunday Double, Jan. 30

    by , January 30th, 2011 at 06:10 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands, 90 minutes:

    Decided to do my most of my workout today in the very large room usually reserved for exercise classes. It was empty. I therefore eschewed the heavy weights (no machines in this room) and did a functional core & plyo based workout, which was quite fun.

    Broomstick twists, 25
    bicycles on bosu, 2 x 50
    long arm crunches, 2 x 50
    reverse crunch w/yoga ball, 2 x 25
    V ups with med ball, 2 x 15
    hip hinges w/10 lb DBs on Reebok core trainer, 10 each leg (much harder than on the floor)
    one arm pull ins with 15 lb DBs in straight arm plank position, keep body as still as possible, 2 x 25
    walking lunges w/15 lb DBs, 2 x 25

    suspended reverse plank isometric, 2 x 1:00 (one with hands in pull up grip and one with hands in chin up grip)
    extreme angle isometric squat, 5:00
    camel isometric, 1:00
    handstand isometric, 2 x 1:00

    overhead squats w/25 lb broomstick, 25
    squat jumps w/broomstick, 10
    alternating squat & squat jump w/broomstick, 20
    plow position + roll up to tuck squat jump, 2 x 10

    10 handstands
    10 walkovers

    med ball slams in racquetball court, 10:00 (floor slams, wall slams, twisting slams, start slams, single arm slams, etc.)

    RC Work, 10-15 minutes

    Ate an energy bar and headed to the pool ...


    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    Technique Day -- nothing but 25s

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Main Sets:

    8 x 25 russian breast drill with fins

    8 x 25 fly w/fins @ 100 pace @ 1:00

    8 x 25 backstroke hesitation drill

    8 x 25 free w/overkick

    8 x 25 chest press fly

    20 x 25 shooters w/MF

    -- Used the long competitor MF today. I think I have to retire this one. The blade is so long (over a foor) that it places too much stress on the injured part of my toe/foot. I compensated by working on DPS and kicking from the chest down. 9 kicks per length on back or belly; 10 kicks per length on side. Tried to do a couple of these fast, but immediately got cramps, so desisted. Still waiting impatiently for my Finis Foil MF.

    100 dolphin dive

    Total: 2200

    10 minutes hottub

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

    Commentary:

    I originally had intended to go to my team practice this am. But I didn't get home from the high school district champs until 11:00 pm, which meant I went to bed after 1:00 am. So I just got up too late. Decided to do some functional dryland training and technique work for a change. I suspect I'm going to be just as sore from this body weight workout as I usually am from heavier weights.

    Mini Fort did pretty well at her swim meet, advancing to Regionals next weekend. Fort Son did very well at the Mid-Atlantic erg championships, and qualified to compete in the CRASH Sprints in Boston on Feb. 20. http://www.crash-b.org/. Problem is he's over 18 and born after X date and so can't compete in the 18 & U junior division, where (as a high school kid) he really belongs. The Open division will have Olympians and Ivy rowers, who would squash him like a bug. Mr. Fort opted out of the half marathon race because of the snow on the course and instead did a 24 mile run with his training partner. They meant to go 20, but miscalculated the distance. Geez.

    Updated February 1st, 2011 at 07:26 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  8. Friday, Jan. 28

    by , January 28th, 2011 at 06:39 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    10 x 25 shooters, no fins, work on DPS

    10 x 25 w/fins
    5 fly no breathers, 5 free no breathers w/overkick

    50 EZ

    Speed Work:

    4 x (50 @ 90%/100 race pace + 50 EZ) @ 3:00
    back kick = 25
    fly = 26.5
    breast = 31.5
    fly = 25.5

    -- usually my kick drives my fly, but today my arms also felt pretty strong with lots of easy speed.

    100 EZ

    6 x (25 AFAP + 50 EZ)
    2 free
    2 fly kick shooter
    2 fly w/fins
    -- dove off side for first 4

    100 EZ

    8 x 25, done as 15 AFAP burst + cruise
    4 backstroke from the blocks
    4 breast

    200 EZ

    Total: 2900

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

    Commentary:

    My shoulders and upper back were pretty sore from weights yesterday, but I feel like I got in a decent speed workout despite that. I'm much more tired after than before. No idea whatsoever how Ande does double fast Fridays. There's only so much true AFAP workout I can productively do in one practice.

    I plan on taking tomorrow off and going to my team practice on Sunday.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  9. Thursday, Jan. 27

    by , January 27th, 2011 at 09:24 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands, 60 minutes:

    RC Work, 15-20 minutes

    long arm crunches, 50
    flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    reverse scoops, 25 x 2 x 15
    alternating hammers, 17.5 x 2 x 30
    Icarian chest supported pull, 105 (assuming bar was 25) x 5 x 5
    HS power squats, 270 x 2 x 5, 280 x 3 x 5
    (bumped up quite a bit on this)
    explosive leg press, 270 x 2 x 10
    tricep press negatives, 50 x 2 x 10
    med ball slams, 2 x 10


    Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes

    Only had 1.5 hours between drylands and yoga and I could definitely feel it. It was harder to get through the class than usual. Had to leave to get more water about 2/3 of the way through, but wasn't scolded. I'm definitely more flexible after going so much in January. According to my FLOG, this is my 10th class this month.


    Commentary:

    We got a snoprise last night. The weather forecasters had been predicting more rain, but we got 10 inches in some areas. Naturally, school is cancelled for the rest of the week. Since Mon & Tues are teacher work days, my kids have a 7 day weekend -- pretty sweet. As a result of this snow, I have a bit of shovel-itis, though I tried to foist most of the shoveling on Fort Son (Mr. Fort was awol). Fortunately, we did not lose power, as so many did. Unfortunately, it appears that some landscaping may be trashed. Grr ...

    I expect to wake up tomorrow and feel very sore as I did some heavy pulling and squatting. Q Brain says he's dead after doing 5 x 5 reps. Plus, with yoga, that was essentially 2.5 hours of drylands. Hopefully, it won't prevent me from getting in a decent swim tomorrow. Sleeping in should help!

    BTW, if anyone needs a competition suit, there is a very good sale at this website: www.elsmoreaquatics.com. I purchased a new Speedo for later this year since my others have had quite a bit of use. Mini Fort is stealing my B70 kneeskin (only 3 swims in it) for her upcoming HS meets.

    Updated January 27th, 2011 at 09:38 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts , Yoga
  10. Wed., Jan. 26

    by , January 26th, 2011 at 05:37 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    725 various

    8 x 50 @ 1:00
    4 free, 4 backstroke kick

    50 EZ

    4 x 25, power kick to 15 & cruise in

    50 EZ

    Speed Work:

    3 x 100 AFAP w/fins + 150 EZ @ 7:00
    --broken at 50 & 75 by 15-17 seconds
    --I prefer to leave on an even interval

    #1 = backstroke (16 seconds rest)
    50 = 24
    100 = 1:23-32 = 51

    #2 = fly (16 & 17 seconds rest)
    50 = 24
    100 = 1:22-33 = 49

    #3 = backstroke kick (15 & 17 seconds rest)
    50 = 25
    100 = 1:23-32 = 51
    -- couldn't stay under as much as I wanted on this one. lactate setting in.

    100 EZ

    1 x 50 fly AFAP (25)(tired)

    225 EZ

    Total: 2450

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

    Ouch! Those broken 100s hurt. The fly was very fast for me. Typically, my backstroke is faster in practice (faster underwaters on backstroke).

    School was cancelled today. Maybe a 1/2 inch of snow this am, but now it's coming down pretty heavily. Glad I went to yoga last night, as I definitely won't be going anywhere tonight. I'm sure school will be cancelled again tomorrow. I'm just hoping I can get to the gym at some point in the afternoon when the main roads are plowed.

    Updated February 1st, 2011 at 07:26 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Test Sets
  11. Tuesday, Jan. 25

    by , January 25th, 2011 at 05:06 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Main Sets:

    12 x 25 shooters
    belly, left, right, back

    8 x 50 back, no fins @ :55

    50 EZ

    12 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = evil
    evens = single arm fly

    50 EZ

    8 x 75 w/fins, done as
    25 EZ speed fly + 25 shooter + 25 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 2800

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

    Commentary:

    Glad I had an aerobic workout planned for today. I was pretty sore from re-commencing drylands and tired from getting up early. Felt like I was riding really low in the water. Hope I have a little more pep tomorrow to do some speed work. Was planning on doing some yoga today, but just didn't have the time or inclination. I've informed Lil Fort that it is her job to get me to do my RC exercises tonight!

    It's going to be a busy weekend. Mini Fort has HS District swimming championships Friday and Saturday night, Fort Son has the Mid-Atlantic Sprints for rowing, and Mr. Fort has a half marathon this weekend (just using it as a training run though). In light of her lack of club training, Mini has very happily switched from the 200 IM to the 100 fly (sticking with the 100 breast) -- much less torture.

    I am still eagerly awaiting my Finis Foil monofin.

    Our dearest Jimslie has successfully had his retina reattached via laser, and, if all goes well, will be back in the water next week.

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


    Edit:

    Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes:

    Got a second wind and decided to go to the 8:00 pm bikram yoga class after dinner (hope I'm not too full!). As Dean of Students in my family, I've determined the children are adequately prepared for mid terms! The class was quite crowded. Hoping to sleep well between that and the magnesium injection. The bod always feels better after a good stretch!

    Updated January 25th, 2011 at 11:22 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Uncategorized
  12. Monday, Jan. 24

    by , January 24th, 2011 at 06:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    RC work, 15-20 minutes

    back extensions, 25 x 2 x 15
    long arm crunches, 2 x 50
    flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 100
    HS power squats, 200 x 1 x 10, 220 x 1 x 10, 240 x 1 x 10
    HS iso lateral hi row, 160 x 1 x 10, 180 x 1 x 10
    skull crushers, 50 x 2 x 15
    knee tuck jumps, 10
    med balls slams, 10
    start plyo w/med ball, 10
    step ups on box w/15 DBs, 15


    Bike, 30 minutes:

    Just hopped on bike at home later in the day.


    Commentary:

    Weights were not too difficult. I didn't feel like I had lost any strength in the week off. And perhaps the rest was beneficial (rest, adapt, get stronger, blah blah). I do need to take it easy on the plyos with my foot. Shoulder is still slightly sore, which I attribute to not doing RC exercises for 3 days. My bad.

    I'm going in for a magnesium injection tomorrow am, as I had some major cramping issues at the end of last week.

    On another note, I've lost 5-6 pounds since beginning BHRT & thyroid therapy without changing my diet at all. In reality, I've been exceedingly skeptical about the "calories in calories out" mindset, as previously it appeared that my weight stayed the same no matter what I ate or how much I exercised. I now have a "hormones rule the world and you better hope nothing goes wrong" mindset. lol.

    I've also heard from my coach, who's from Canada, that the pool for Canadian Masters Nationals at the end of May, Claude Robillard, is very fast. Very tempting!
    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Spinning
  13. Sunday @ GMU, Jan. 23

    by , January 23rd, 2011 at 01:07 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ GMU:

    Warm up:

    900 OYO (did 700)

    400 IM done:
    50 kick/50 drill
    100 scull
    ? something else here, can't remember

    Main Sets:

    3 x (4 x 25 w/fins) @ :40
    1 = UW
    2 = fast
    3 = backstroke kick
    4 = backstroke kick

    Went 2 free, 1 fly on the fast ones. All 11s.

    50 EZ

    "Petra Martin Set:"
    -- I used fins. Don't remember the intervals exactly, but we had quite a bit of rest.

    3 x through:

    1 x 250
    1 x 150 backstroke (6 kicks off each wall)
    1 x 50 fast (fly/back/breast)

    For the 250s,
    #1 = fly/free (4-6 dolphin kicks off each wall)
    #2 = backstroke (6 kicks off each wall)
    #3 = breast w/2 UW pulls each length
    (Not being an evilstroker, and being lazy, I just did long streamlines on #3.)

    On the fast 50s, went fly (:25), back shooter (:23) and breast (:30)

    100 EZ (went 50)

    5 x 125 kick @ 2:20
    3rd 25 = fast free kick
    5th 25 = fast stroke kick
    -- I did them all backstroke kick
    -- just cruised the first one

    150 EZ

    Total: 3700

    15 minutes hottub

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

    Commentary:

    Wasn't sure I'd make it to practice this am as I was out late last night with friends. This never seems to bode well for getting up. However, every single person in my house made what seemed to me a tremendously loud racket thumping up and down the stairs -- Mini Fort going to volleyball tournament, Mr. Fort going on long run, Fort Son going to the gym, Lil Fort waking up early ... So I just got out of bed and headed for the coffee machine.

    I didn't feel in terribly fine form in the water. But this was a great workout. The "Petra Martin" breath control set was surprisingly hard. I'm used to doing a lot of hypoxic work, but I don't usually do 250s and 150s. Apart from the underwater kicking (which seems harder with fins if you're doing the same # of kicks b/c you're under longer), I just completely cruised the above water portions. The last kick set was rough. I had to cruise the first one and then was able to sprint at the designated times on the last 4. But I think I won the prize for slowest kicker on the non-fast portions. I am very good at slow.

    The open water swimmers were making sarcastic remarks (jokingly) about "open water Sunday." But, really, they have their distance free night on Tuesday!

    Now, I'm off to the grocery store. No matter how many times a week I go, there's never enough food in the house.

    Updated January 23rd, 2011 at 09:20 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  14. Friday, Jan. 21

    by , January 21st, 2011 at 05:26 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    650 various

    Aerobic Kick:

    8 x 50 backstroke kick w/fins @ :45

    50 EZ

    SDK+Burst Set:

    8 x 75, no fins, done as:
    1st 25 = dolphin kick UW on belly to 15 meter mark, hands in front and "surf" to wall with head up, do flip turn
    2nd 25 = dolphin kick UW to 12.5 mark, 1 breath and then sprint free to the wall
    3rd 25 = easy

    100 EZ

    Speed Work:

    Was going to do 3 x 50 fast shooters, but cramped on the first one and abandoned this effort. Did another 150 EZ. Then did this with fins:

    1 x 100 easy speed fly, broken at 50 for 10 seconds
    -- went very gingerly on this to avoid cramps
    -- 30 + 31
    50 EZ
    1 x 50 fast fly (:25)
    50 EZ
    1 x 100 breast, broken at 50 for 10 seconds
    -- went 32 + 34
    100 EZ
    1 x 50 fast breast (:30)
    150 EZ

    Total: 2650


    Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes

    Drove directly to yoga from swimming. Was slightly worried it might be too much. But it was fine. I had some abdominal cramping in the forward compression postures. But I managed to go the whole minute on both legs in standing head to knee pose.

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

    Commentary:

    Feel like I had a good Mon-Fri with a lot of speed work, yoga and core work from the yoga. I will take tomorrow off. And tomorrow is Lil Fort's first USAS meet. She's 10, but I didn't feel like rushing into it again. Officiating at Mini Fort's final regular season high school meet tonight.

    Updated January 21st, 2011 at 06:19 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  15. Swim w/Speedo & Jazz, Thursday, Jan. 20

    by , January 20th, 2011 at 05:13 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ OakMarr

    Met up with Speedo & Jazz Hands today at OakMarr. Jazz has a problem shoulder and Speedo is still nursing his lasik eyes, so we focused on kicking.

    Warm up:

    600 various or so

    Main Sets:

    9 x 50 aerobic kick w/fins @ 1:00

    Jazz & Speedo were doing a flutter-flutter-dolphin combo. I did them all hypoxic dolphin kick on back breathing only between flags and wall. Went 30-32.

    50 EZ

    5 x 50, ascending intervals (2:00-3:30, leaving lots of time to chat and sit on kickboards Ande style while waiting to go again)
    25 AFAP kick, get time, 25 EZ

    -- I did them all backstroke shooters, no fins, from a push. Went 13, 13, 13, high 12-13, high 12. Was pretty surprised by and stoked with these times.

    50 EZ

    5 x 50 @ 2:00
    burst 15 + 35 cruise
    -- I did them all backstroke from a backstroke start, power kicking to 15 meters. Started to cramp a bit.

    Jazz & Speedo left and I carried on for a bit.

    100 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP backstroke from the blocks, no fins -- or that's what I intended. I was curious to see what I'd go after the fast 25 kicks. But I got a double calf cramp on the start and had to stop at the 25. It doesn't seem to matter how many electrolytes I dump in my body ... May go back for another magnesium injection.

    50 EZ

    10 x 50 recovery @ 1:15
    odds = breast pull
    evens = front scull

    5 x 50, done as 25 EZ speed fly + 25 EZ

    50 EZ

    Total: 2650


    ART, 40 minutes:

    Went in to get my shoulders worked on again. (I will use this as an excuse to forego my RC exercises tonight.) Chatted about various things. Trying to figure out how to put some lean muscle on Fort Son. He recommended Pro Gain by Metagenics. He thinks the PRP will eventually get me back in high heels, and my foot does feel somewhat better after the second treatment. Although apparently "it's good I'm not a runner." (Sigh. Grr.)


    Commentary:

    Rather enjoying my week without drylands thus far. Even felt like I had some easy speed today. But it will be back to the grind starting Sunday.

    Updated January 20th, 2011 at 07:54 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , ART
  16. Wed., Jan. 19

    by , January 19th, 2011 at 09:31 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes

    Loved class today. The heat was less than 110. I even got over a mental issue with the locust pose and, for me, rocked it.

    Locust pose = [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCiSRVRHBSk"]YouTube - Bikram Yoga Salabhasana Locust pose[/nomedia]

    I cannot get my legs up as high as this unholy guy, but I made a big improvement today. This pose stretches your elbows (pinned under your body) like crazy. Not sure if this is good for swimming or not ... but I already have rather hypermobile elbows. I once heard SwimmieAvsfan remark that this was a characteristic of good backstrokers.


    RC Work, 15 minutes


    Commentary:

    Both my shoulder and neck feel much better, though I do have an ART appointment tomorrow. I think it was fine, beneficial even, to take a week off lifting. Should I start back at the weight I left off at or slightly lower?

    And on a very cheery note: I have a garden variety cold. I've had it for 4-5 days and it has not descended into a grand mal debilitating event. This is some kind of victory for my immune system.

    Tomorrow, I'm meeting up with Jazz and Speedo at OakMarr. Speedo is apparently going to be all about the sprints in light of his lasik sabbatical.
    Categories
    Yoga
  17. Speed Play, Tuesday, Jan. 18

    by , January 18th, 2011 at 05:47 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Speed/Hypoxic Play:

    4 x 5 squat jumps off bottom of pool:
    -- Start at wall, dolphin kick down to bottom, place feet on bottom and squat jump up in streamline position, dolphin kicking as high as you can go, repeat.
    -- I was doing this at a 12 foot depth. Seemed pretty hard to me, as I was breathing hard after 5 (or even before)
    -- for flog purposes, I will count this as 200 yards

    50 EZ

    5 x 50, done as:
    Push off wall w/kickboard, dolphin kicking down to bottom of pool. Go about 12.5 yards, then strong vertical jump off the bottom dolphin kicking the whole way, and then sprint flutter kick to the wall. Cruise the second 25.

    125 EZ

    5 x 50, done as:
    backstroke start + power kick to 15 (15 kicks) + cruise the rest DAB.

    75 EZ

    5 x 50, done as:
    flutter kick UW for 15 seconds a few feet from wall, then go right into a flip turn and 10 strong dolphin kicks, cruise the rest of the 50

    100 EZ

    5 x (VK + 50 w/fins) @ 2:00
    30 seconds strong vertical dolphin kicking with fins + right into 25 UW shooter + 25 easy backstroke kick

    100 EZ

    12 x 25, done as:
    #1-4 = 15 burst underwater free recovery + cruise @ 1:00
    #5-8 = long breaststroke pullouts @ :45
    #9-12 = 15 burst fast breast pull + cruise @ 1:00

    100 EZ

    1 x 50 UW shooter w/fins AFAP (went high 23 or so)

    100 EZ

    Total: 2900 + VK + SJs

    10 minutes hottub

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    Commentary:

    Tried a fun speed play workout today with a strong emphasis on hypoxic work and kicking. I must say, I'm fairly knackered after that effort. Not really a recovery day, therefore, but for the absence of drylands and a nice lie in.


    Book:

    Saw a blurb about a book (written by scientist Gary Taubes) that looks somewhat interesting: Why We Get Fat

    Among other things, the author contends that:

    1. We can eat all the protein and fat we like, no reason to curtail, just no carbs (bread, sugar, pasta and fruit).
    2. Fruit is fattening b/c it is fructose containing.
    3. Little evidence supports the belief that "the number of calories we expend exercising has any effect on how fat we are." (This is certainly true for me)

    And here's a review of the book that JimRude sent me:

    http://www.weightymatters.ca/2011/01...e-get-fat.html

    It appears that Dr. Taubes, after publishing a more scientific book -- Good Calories/Bad Calories -- is perhaps trying to dumb down the science for the masses. I've still never liked the "calories in calories out" theory.

    Jimslie:

    For follower's of Jimslie's blog, I am sad to report that our hero suffered a detached retina recently. The treatment appears, thankfully, to be successful, but he is banned from the computer and pool temporarily. Though he apparently has been impressively stoic throughout the ordeal, I know he would appreciate any coddling and good wishes sent his way.

    Updated January 18th, 2011 at 10:01 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  18. Monday, Jan. 7

    by , January 17th, 2011 at 09:25 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes:

    I guess some people were working today because, thankfully, it was much less crowded in class. And it was one of my easiest classes yet (or as "easy" as Bikram can be). I even put in my best effort yet on Dandayamana-Janushirasana (standing head to knee pose). Somehow this name has stuck in my head; the instructors seem to like repeating this one in particular. Personally, I vastly prefer standing bow, which supposedly: develops balance, increases the size and elasticity of the rib cage, firms the abdominal wall and upper thighs, tightens upper arms, hips and buttocks and improves the flexibility and strength of the lower spine. My least favorite pose is locust pose.

    I only recently realized that bikram yoga competitions were controversial. Apparently, some (but not Bikram Chourdhury) believe that having a "competition" for yoga undermines the concept of achieving inner peace, calm, chi or whatever the correct yogini word is. I came across this article in the Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...012402134.html. The woman pictured has been in a few of my weekend classes. I always admired her unusual combination of muscular strength and flexibility.

    Gym, 30 minutes:

    RC work & foam roller


    Swim/SCM/Solo, 35-40 minutes:

    Just did a short, slow recovery swim:

    500 various
    200 fly drill
    200 back
    200 shooters
    200 fly drill
    200 back
    100 dolphin dive

    Total: 1600 meters

    15 minutes hottub

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    Commentary:

    Day one of a quasi recovery week went as planned. Tomorrow, instead of my usual double, I'll just do a speed workout. I even resisted the urge yesterday to go to yoga after my team practice. I began reading Nora Ephron's new collection of essays "I Remember Nothing" (very breezy and witty) and fell asleep on the couch. Ironically, the next thing I knew my friends were banging on the door -- I had apparently forgotten and almost slept through our GNO. And I almost never take a nap! Fortunately, I rallied and we had a most excellent dinner.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  19. Swim @ GMU, Sunday, Jan. 16

    by , January 16th, 2011 at 02:59 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim, SCY @ GMU:

    Warm up:

    500 swim
    2 x 250 kick (one w/o board)

    -- I missed one of the 250 kicks chatting with Barb.

    Main Sets:

    4 x 125 D/S/D/S/D @ :20 RI
    1 of each stroke

    4 x 25 "roll fly"
    -- I did these as twirling shooters. In roll fly, after a twirl cycle, you do 2 full strokes of fly.

    4 x 100 done as:
    30 seconds vertical kick w/med ball + right into 15 meter sprint + cruise rest of 100

    12 x 50 aerobic @ :55
    2 fly/back
    2 back
    2 back/breast
    2 breast
    2 breast/free
    2 free

    50 EZ

    9 x 100, wore fins, done as:

    3 x 100 kick @ 1:55, last one fast (:58)
    3 x 100 swim @ 1:40, last one fast (1:00)
    -- Coach remarked that is was puzzling that my kick was faster than my swim, but that's because I stayed under longer on the kick.
    3 x 100 kick @ 1:55, last one fast (:56)
    -- I only did 50s instead of 100s on the slow ones. I was tired and needed some air. Hence, the improved time on the last one.

    200 EZ

    Total: 3400

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    As usual, a very fun and interesting Sunday practice! It's surprisingly hard to sprint right after a hard vertical kick.

    My neck, shoulder and foot are still creaky, and I'm pretty tired after the week's efforts and not sleeping great the last couple nights. (I probably should have done zero upper body work at the gym instead of some.) So I'm going to force myself to take a recovery week next week. No doubles, no drylands, and no arduous speed sets or lactate sets are on the menu. The tentative plan is:

    Monday: 30-40 minute recovery swim + yoga
    Tuesday: mini speed/technique workout
    Wednesday: yoga
    Thursday: recovery/aerobic swim
    Friday: mini speed/technique workout
    Saturday: off
    Sunday: off or yoga

    It kills me to back off when Mr. Fort and Lil Fort aren't back from skiing until Wednesday night and I have so much more free time to train, but I think my body needs it. Now, I just need to remember to do RC work when I'm not at the gym. I'm ultra lazy about doing it at home.


    Articles on the importance of rest:

    http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/tra...e-of-rest.html

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/70...rest-recovery/

    Not sure about this statement from the Livestrong article though:

    "You can use other methods of exercise such as yoga, pilates or stretching since you are not exerting the primary muscles you use in your chosen sport."

    The standing series in bikram is definitely leg intensive, which are key swimming muscles for me. Must be written by a triathlete ...


    Mini Fort is at volleyball right now. But we plan to get dinner later, light a fire and watch the Golden Globes together. The only movie I didn't get to see that I wanted to was The King's Speech.

    Updated January 16th, 2011 at 03:04 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  20. Saturday, Jan. 15

    by , January 15th, 2011 at 06:27 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes

    Went with a friend to yoga. Once again, it was packed like sardines and, partially as a result, extremely hot. Only skipped the postures that required me to get up on my toes. Not happening at this moment. Foot is still pretty stiff, but not too painful anymore.

    Team practice tomorrow am. Since I have a creaky shoulder, foot and neck, I think next week will be a recovery week with no weights or hard drylands. I've also been training hard since Dec. 22-23 or so. I might do more yoga instead for core work and flexibility (though bikram ain't exactly easy!).

    Article: Training in heat to perform in the cold: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/1...ance/?src=tptw.

    Article: The Importance of Rest: http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/tra...e-of-rest.html

    Having an exciting Saturday night babysitting teenagers.

    Updated January 16th, 2011 at 01:08 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Yoga