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The Labours of SwimStud

Ah just my workouts and meets etc...
The odd random thought and I hope nugget of information from a non top ten/elite yukster, which might be useful to other regular guys in speedos!

  1. The swim before Christmas 12/21/11

    by , December 21st, 2011 at 01:46 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    'Twas the swim before Christmas and all through the pool,
    I was just splashing and thrashing like a fool.
    My snorkel was left in my mesh bag with care,
    In hopes that my intervals would let me get air.

    My fulcrums were nestled in the bag, like a bed,
    I was going to use them, but just swam instead.
    On my head was no kerchief, nor a rubber swim cap,
    So my thinning crown was visible on each bloody lap.

    I swam a six hundred just slow with no splatter,
    Alternating free and back, a quite simple matter
    Then I kicked 50’s 10 times like a flash,
    Tore off my goggles, and tried not to splash.

    The water had churned furiously, swirling like snow,
    So I swam 100 easy, with my eyes down below.
    When what to my wondering eyes should appear?
    But an aerobics group pulling noodles along like reindeer.

    With a aerobics instructor so lively and quick,
    It reminded me of that Christmas Poem, the one about St. Nick.
    More rapid than coursers the noodlers came,
    And I cursed under my bubbles, and muttered some names.

    Now I went to 200’s which taunt like a vixen,
    Building by 50’s, phew! Donner and Blitzen!
    On the top of the clock, pushing hard off the wall,
    Now SDK, SDK, SDK all!

    As the yards racked up quickly, the time seemed to fly,
    Tight turns, long arms, rotate, and don’t breathe to the sky!
    So round to the clock top the second hand flew,
    But I had done 6 swims and I felt I was through.

    And then in a twinkling, Anna Lee Matysek (nee Roof),
    Entered my thoughts saying “Swim Breaststroke you goof!”
    So I started with breast kick as my body came around,
    And moved to pull only, fast hands, onward bound.

    Dressed just in a jammer, and wet head to foot,
    I worked it out hard from the effort I put!
    Then I kicked twice for each pull I made back,
    And thought that by Greensboro I will lead the pack!

    This made my eyes twinkle, I began to feel Merry,
    So I capped it with fast 50’s, and grew red like a cherry!
    My droll little mouth, was drawn up like a bow,
    As I glanced out the window and wished for some snow.

    So onto a kick set with fins, and gritted teeth,
    Free/fly by 50’s, no sign of relief.
    I kicked hard and undulated using my belly,
    Unless I quit beer and cookies it’ll still shake like jelly!

    I’m not chubby and plump, like THAT jolly old elf,
    But a diet come January may help better myself!
    So a wink of my eye, and a nod of my head,
    I got through the kicking, yeah, nothing to dread.

    So I spoke not a word and kept on with my work,
    I cooled down with 4 fiftys—didn’t stop like a jerk.
    Then reaching the wall, breathing in through my nose,
    I put my hands on the deck and pushed upwards, I rose!

    I sprang to my crocs, and let out a faint whistle,
    Guzzled a Muscle Milk, and wiped off my bristle.
    And I called to the life guard as I walked out of sight,
    “Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!”


    Updated December 21st, 2011 at 04:25 PM by SwimStud

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  2. 12/19/11

    by , December 19th, 2011 at 01:14 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Swiped from Sue Welker via AquaFeisty

    600 FR/BK by 100

    4 times-with fins
    4 x 25 BR Drill :30 Odds fly K & lunge, evens flutter K fast hands
    1 x 50 FLY :100

    100 EZ

    6 times
    100 Broken FR 2:30 broken at the 50 for :10

    400 P
    200 K
    100 Swim EZ

    Knee hurt so I quit at 150 on K and did a 150 EZ swim

    2600 in ~60 mins
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  3. Horrendous Chumpionship Meet

    by , December 11th, 2011 at 09:54 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Should I have shaved?
    At least I can blame the hair for some truly bad swims.

    The 200 BR was probably the best of the meet. I was 1.5 sec slower than last year...could this be the net result of body hair? Who knows for sure but I'll go with yes, although my splits suggest I took a nap on the 3rd 50. I normally get at least 1 good swim...but I didn't even get close to last year...on anything. Everything was 2 seconds off...I'm chalking it up to a confluence of small details...at least I had good time with my friends and I was a true Stud and swam all 5 relays including the 800 at the end to take one for the team...

    ...eyes down for Greensboro...
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  4. 12/2/11

    by , December 2nd, 2011 at 11:32 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Warm Up
    600 FR/ BK by 50
    5 x 100 K 3:00
    100 EZ

    Main
    4 x 100 FR P/50 Swim 2:25
    12 x 25 FR FR sprint from block 1:00
    4 x 50 P/100 Swim 2:25
    10 x 50 FR :45

    Cool
    500 Fink Kick no board, FR/FL by 50s
    300 EZ
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  5. 11/30/11

    by , November 30th, 2011 at 11:32 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Warm Up
    600 FR/BK by 100
    20 x 25 K :45 every 4th fast
    100 EZ

    Free

    4 x 150 FR Stick, Fulcrum, Swim
    5 x 100 FR 1:40
    1st 25 fast
    4th 25 fast
    1st 25 fast
    4th 25 fast
    1st & 4th 25 fast.
    100 EZ

    Breast
    2 x 50 BR Kick 1:15
    2 x 50 BR Pull 1:15
    2 x 50 2K 1P 1:15
    5 x 100 BR 2:00
    1st 25 fast
    4th 25 fast
    1st 25 fast
    4th 25 fast
    1st & 4th 25 fast.

    Cool

    500 Fin Kick no board FR/FL by 50.
    200 EZ
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  6. 11/28/11

    by , November 28th, 2011 at 11:31 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    600 FR/BK by 50
    10 x 50 K 1:30
    100 EZ
    4 x 150 Stick, Fulcrum, Swim
    4 x 50 FR 3:00 from push best was about :32...sharing lane.
    100 EZ

    5 times through
    100 IM
    100 FR
    both on 150

    1x 200 IM

    500 Fin kick no board

    200 EZ
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  7. 4 K quick 11/21/11

    by , November 21st, 2011 at 12:18 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well had an appointment at 9 so picked my "fast yardage" workout.

    Warm
    300 Swim
    20 x 25 K :30 with fins every 4th hard.

    Main
    Pyramid or whatever it's called
    100-500-100 1:40 base wearing snorkel.

    Cool
    500 Fin Kick on back FR/FLY by 50
    200 EZ
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  8. Short Axis Struggle Day 11/18/11

    by , November 18th, 2011 at 10:57 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Warm Up
    600 FR/BK by 50
    5 x 100 K 3:30

    Main
    2 x 50 BR K
    2 x 50 BR Hip Thrust Drill
    2 x 50 BR Pull
    2 x 50 BR 2K 1P
    2 x 50 BR
    Then 4 times through:
    50 FLY K
    50 FR
    50 FLY
    50 FR
    Then 4 times through:
    100 IM 1:50
    100 FR 1:50

    Cool
    500 Fin Kick FR/FL by 50 on back no board
    200 EZ
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  9. Wednesday 11/16/11

    by , November 16th, 2011 at 11:39 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Warm Up
    600 FR
    10 x 50K 1:30 Alt FR/BR
    100 EZ

    Main
    4 x 150 FR as Stick Catch-up, fist, Swim 2:15
    Love this set-- do it nice and easy for feel and feedback, which I really feel the connection with the water and my rotation on the swim after the two drills.

    15 x 100 FR as follows by 25 3 times through set 1:45.
    F, M, M, M
    M, F, M, M
    M, M, F, M
    M, M, M, F
    F, F, F, F

    Cool

    500 Fin Kick FR/BK by 50
    200 EZ
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  10. Too tired to Sprint 11/7/11

    by , November 7th, 2011 at 11:32 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Logging trees in the backyard and general post storm clean up took it's toll

    Warm Up
    600 FR/BK by 100
    10 x 50 K (used fins for time saving)
    100 EZ

    Main
    5 x 50 Drill/50 Swim
    5 x 100 FR fast 3:00 first two circa 1:10/ last 3 circa 1:14 ~ bleh!
    100 EZ
    8 x 50 from mid pool 2 turns 1:00
    100 EZ
    8 x 50 FR Fast/50 V EZ 3:00 nothing < :34

    Cool
    500 Fin Kick FR/FL by 50
    300 EZ

    Can't really sprint on those intervals and I was beaten up from the yard work. That said, it was good from a pain tolerance/reminder POV~especially as I haven't really swam that hard in a while...
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  11. Friday 11/4/11

    by , November 4th, 2011 at 02:24 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Warm Up
    600 FR/BK by 50
    5 x 100 K 3:00
    100 EZ

    Main

    4 x 50 BR Kick 1:15
    4 x 50 BR Drill 1:15
    4 x 100 Pull 2:30
    1 x 200 Pull no interval...
    100 EZ FR
    6 x 200 BR 4:30 Work walls hard and easy between.

    Kick
    500 Fin Kick Fr/FL by 50

    Cool
    200 EZ
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  12. Wednesday Nov 2nd 2011

    by , November 2nd, 2011 at 12:03 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Warm up
    600 FR
    10 x 50 K 1:30
    100 EZ

    Main
    4 x 150 Drill, Drill, Swim by 50 (Stick and Fulcrum)
    10 x 100 FR 1:35 1&2 1:25ish rest 1:30
    4 x 100 FR 2:00 overkick

    Cool
    500 Fin Kick FR/FL by 50
    300 EZ
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  13. IM Friday 10/28/11

    by , October 28th, 2011 at 12:05 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Warm Up
    600 FR
    20 x 25:45 each 4th sprint
    100 EZ

    Main
    2 x 600 IM K,DR, Swim by 50 15:00

    8 x 100 1:50 odds IM, evens FR EZ

    Cool
    500 Fin Kick FR/FLY by 50
    6 x 50 FR EZ
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  14. Drilly Wednesday 10/26/11

    by , October 26th, 2011 at 11:58 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Warm Up
    600 FR/BK by 50
    5 x 100 K 3:00
    100 EZ

    Main
    4 times through
    100 Stick Catch up
    100 Fulcrums
    100 Free Fast
    all on 5:00/5:30 on one of them

    4 times through
    50 Back Skate
    50 Back 3 and glide
    100 Back
    all on 5:00

    Cool
    500 Fin Kick FR/FLY by 50
    6 x 50 EZ

    Updated October 26th, 2011 at 02:37 PM by SwimStud

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  15. Post 10k Monday 10/25/11

    by , October 25th, 2011 at 08:00 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Ran a hilly 10K Saturday an evenly split :47.10 (23:28). Oddly felt like I couldn't do anything on Monday but decided to do a recovery set 6 times through. Went FR/BK/BR/FL (1 arm fly mostly) and tacked on an easy 400 to get to 4000.

    200K
    200P
    200S
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  16. Friday 10/21/11

    by , October 21st, 2011 at 11:54 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    One of those "Ugh I don't wanna do this..." mornings today. However I dragged myself to the pool and as often happens I had a great workout.

    Warm Up

    600 FR/BK by 100
    10 x 50 K 1:30
    100 EZ

    Drills

    4 times trough
    150 3:15 50/Stickcatch-up/50 Fulcrum/50 3 and glide
    Main
    6 x 200 FR 3:20
    as :
    200 Mod
    150 Mod/50 Fast
    100 Mod/100 Fast
    50 Mod/150 Fast
    200 Fast
    200 EZ
    These Freestyles felt really smooth after those drills and the speed came easy.

    Demi-Sprint Set

    4 x 50 FR 2:00 3 with drag shorts :34-35 1 without :32ish
    I was fairly happy with these at he end of the workout did them all 1 breath except #2

    Fin Kick
    500 FR/FL by 50

    Cool

    300 EZ
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  17. Mostly Tim's Workout 19/10/11

    by , October 19th, 2011 at 11:05 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    I browsed the blogs and looked at Tim's workout. It seemed a good one so I basically did that today. I also celebrate 21years with my wife today...I'm not sure how hard she is "celebrating" haha

    Warm Up
    600 FR

    Main
    Twice through. FR then BR
    4 x 50 :45 /1:00
    4 x 50 K 1:30/ 1:15
    4 x 25 DR :45 / Scull :45

    4 x 300 Pull 4:30 with snorkel and fins to float feet
    4 x 200 IM 4:00 Drill/Swim by 25

    Kick
    300 Fin Kick FR/FL by 50

    Cool
    300 EZ
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  18. Blah from Run... 10/17/11

    by , October 17th, 2011 at 04:50 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well after the 5K run yesterday I woke with tired legs so I wasn't surprised that my workout was not fantastic...that said I ground it out as best I could. I have another 5 or 10k this weekend so I'll be light on running this week. I lifted today but reduced my leg workout to just squats with dumbells.

    Warm Up
    600 FR
    10 x 50 Kick 1:30 alternated FR and BR to give legs a break.
    100 EZ

    Main 1
    10 x 100 FR 1:30 Why I opted for this today I don't know but the last 4 got hard and I think I was 4 secs late on 7...but I hung in there to not give up any more time over the rest.

    Main 2
    4 x 250 200 FR 3:30 50 IMO 1:00 the 50 was supposed to be fast

    Kick
    500 Fin Kick FR/FL by 50

    Cool
    300 EZ
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  19. 5K Run

    by , October 16th, 2011 at 01:19 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Ran a 5 K to support a community project this morning. I went round in 21:28 for 4th overall.
    1st was 18:xx
    2nd was 21:04
    3rd was 21:24
    me was 21:28.

    The 1st place guy was my age but a serious runner. 2nd was a Highschooler, 3rd was a 26 year old...I feel fairly happy with myself. Admittedly this wasn't a huge field but there was enough of us. Great to see a lot of folks there but my heroes were the 70something year old man, another pretty heavy guy that got round in about 40 mins and the dad who pushed his 3 kids around the not flat course in a tri-cart thingy in about 38 minutes...


    ...of course I had a muslce milk at the end.
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  20. Equipment Day 10/14/11

    by , October 14th, 2011 at 11:21 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    I got to the pool a little late and had to do more fin kicking to speed things up a bit. I had a lot of equipment sets today and I used every piece of kit in the bag for fun.

    Warm Up
    600 FR/BK by 50
    5 x 100 Fin kick 1:45
    100 EZ

    Main-Fly
    4 x 50 K with snorkel
    4 x 50 1 arm fly with snorkel
    4 x 50 fly with snorkel
    2 x 50 fly no gear

    Main-Free
    4 x 150 3:15 as 50 Stick, 50 fulcrums, 50 swim
    4 x 150 2:00 fins, paddles and freestyle snorkel got in 1:55ish on these.

    Kick
    500 Fin Kick FR/FL by 50

    Cool
    300 EZ

    Updated October 14th, 2011 at 11:43 AM by SwimStud

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