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  1. 5/11-5/13/18 Nationals!

    by , May 14th, 2018 at 08:50 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Very long but very fun weekend! I think, given all the circumstances (8 months back in the water after 6 years off, training on average 3 days a week for an hour a pop, with adult responsibilities instead of being in school) this was probably a top 3 meet for me performance-wise - and I score some points for St Louis Area Masters, to help us to an 8th place finish on the weekend! Indy was awesome as usual, Indy Aquatic Masters ran one heck of a meet for having nearly 2400 people competing - I don't think they were ever more than about 20 minutes behind the schedule, and Sunday we ended 15 minutes early!

    Here's my recap:

    Did my 1400 general meet warmup every morning (300 sw, 200 k, 8x50 k/dr dr/sw, 3x100 aerobic, 200 easy); then about a 400 specific warmup before each race and 200-300 warmdown after.


    200 Free - 1:47.45 (24.51/26.99/27.72/28.23) 17th place - Don't have to look too far to see the piano that landed on my back the back half! Not a great start to the meet but I hadn't really been training 200s too seriously.

    50 Breast - 27.42, 12th place - A bit frantic/spinning my wheels. A best time (at the time) though.

    Mixed 200 Free Relay - Anchor leg 21.29 split, 8th place - Very close to a best time split, mistimed the turn and breath just a bit.

    Mixed 200 Medley Relay - Leadoff 24.41 back split, 20th place - Second-best 50 back ever. Nailed the start. We had a 55 and 59 year old as our women on this relay so that's why we finished a little down.


    Didn't swim 'til about 5pm so had the morning to relax, had a good breakfast and lunch and stretched.

    100 IM - 52.95 (24.37/28.58), 9th place - Finally scored points! I was really just hoping to break 54 on the day and I 1-upped my goal. Much better back half than I expected.

    Men 200 Medley Relay - 26.11 breast split, 6th place - 1.3 seconds faster than my flat start *what*? Felt awesome from the start all the way in.


    100 Breast - 57.87 (27.16/30.71), 7th place - Went into this meet (indeed, into the yards season) with really my only goal to break a minute in the 100 breast. Well, I did that here and even went a best time in the 50 to boot! I will take this opportunity to brag that my walls and pullouts were killer... they made that race. I think it was Allen Stark on the forums gave me the advice to change the timing of my dolphin kick and it made all the difference.

    200 Free Relay - Anchor leg 20.85 split, 6th place - This was a fun relay, I think our best of the weekend from the whole club. I was .4 faster than the mixed relay and that was my first time under 21! I fixed my turn and actually didn't breathe at all the 2nd 25.

    200 Back - 1:57.23 (26.63/29.33/30.85/30.42), 6th place - I think I was just a bit out a gas for this one. I hit all my goals for the weekend so this swim was kind of a bonus and I don't think I quite got up as much for it. I will say it was probably more painful than any 1:49 200 backs I did in college! Gotta get some more longer kick sets in training I think.
  2. 5/10/18 Workout

    by , May 10th, 2018 at 10:40 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Thursday, 5/10/2018 Pool Workout

    Just meet warmup and starts and turns today!

    200 fr/100 bk/200 k
    8x50 :55 k/dr dr/b IMO
    3x100 fr aerobic 1:20 (1:00/1:01s)
    100 EZ

    4x25 IM transition turns mid-pool
    4x25 fast off blocks (25 easy between)

    100 warmdown


    Starting to feel just a bit more pop in the legs, that's a good sign!

    Ate second breakfast and shaved when I got home, getting ready to pack up and hit the road to IUPUI for a loosen up swim before the show starts tomorrow!
  3. 5/9/18 Workout

    by , May 9th, 2018 at 08:24 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Wednesday, 5/9/2018 Pool Workout

    Still somewhat sore. Legs working fairly well despite that. Unsure if taper timing will hit right.

    200 fr/100 bk/200 k
    8x50 k/dr dr/b IMO :55
    3x100 fr 1:20 aerobic (1:01)
    100 EZ

    3x50 IM transitions easy speed 1:00
    100 EZ
    3x50 IM transitions FAST 1:10
    100 EZ
    4x25 IM transition turns
    4x25 fast off blocks (25 easy between)
    200 warmdown


    Meet warmup tomorrow, drive to Indy, loosen up swim in afternoon. Hopefully quad soreness is gone by then.
  4. 5/8/18 Workout

    by , May 8th, 2018 at 08:45 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Tuesday, 5/8/2018 Pool Workout
    3 days 'til Nats

    Still sore. Felt a little better in the water though. Frantically rolling out, drinking fluids and using the TENS unit to try to get everything fresh!

    200 fr/100 bk/200 k/200 p/100 IM dr
    8x50 :55 IMO k/dr dr/b

    2x100 free aerobic 1:30 (1:02s)
    2x100 back aerobic 1:30 (1:06-1:05)
    50 EZ
    3x50 free :50 200 pace (26 lows)
    100 EZ
    2x50 back :50 200 pace (28 lows)
    100 EZ
    4x25 mid pool IM turns

    200 warmdown

  5. Weekend and 5/7/18

    by , May 7th, 2018 at 08:56 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Saturday and Sunday, 5/5-5/6/2018, CrossFit Competition

    Team competition, 2 guys/2 girls. Not going to write all the workouts down because I'm sure nobody reading cares that much but over the course of the weekend I did sprint row, assault bike and run, some fast DB thrusters BB snatch, front squat and deadlift, 30 or so toes to bar and pullups, some rope climbs, 50 burpees, 100 wall balls, 200' weighted lunges, a few pushups and a 225# snatch.

    Monday, 5/7/2018 Pool Workout

    A lot more sore than I was hoping I'd be this morning. Legs were pretty much dead weight in the water. Four days rest better be enough! Today was kind of a hybrid stretch out/taper day.

    200 fr/100 bk/200 k/200 p/100 IM dr
    8x50 k/dr dr/b 1:00 IMO

    3x100 fr 1:30 aerobic (1:03-1:04)
    3x100 fr p/pads 1:30 aerobic (1:05)

    12x25 :30 o-UDK fins (:10s), e-EZ
    4x25 :40 o-br pullouts, e-EZ

    4x25 IM transitions from middle of pool

    200 warmdown

  6. 5/4/18

    by , May 4th, 2018 at 09:23 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Friday, 5/4/2018 "May the Fourth be With You"

    Rest day today. Slept in a bit, brought some soft tissue work stuff (lacrosse ball, rolling stick, stretch band) to work with me to get some lingering knots out.

    Thought about trying to find a pool but I probably need the rest day a bit more. Gambling that 3 days out of the water between yesterday and Monday won't screw me up next week... I will be getting exercise with the CF competition but we all know that feel for the water is a different animal.

    Plan for next week:
    Mon - Standard warmup - short aerobic - shooters - starts/turns (~2500)
    Tue - Standard warmup - really short aerobic - pace - starts/turns (~2200)
    Wed - Meet warmup - IM transitions - starts/turns (~2000)
    Thur - AM Meet warmup (~1200); drive to Indy; PM loosen up - starts/turns if possible (~800)
    Friday - Game on!
  7. 5/3/18 Workout

    by , May 3rd, 2018 at 09:03 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Thursday, 5/3/2018 Pool Workout

    200 fr/100 bk/200 k/200 p/100 IM dr

    8x50 IMO 1:00 k/dr, dr/b

    3x{4x50 1:00 D1-4, 1x50 EZ} IM transitions
    50 EZ

    2x{3x50 :50 200 pace - 2 to feet, 1 to hands, 100 EZ}
    1- fr (26.3, 26.7, 26.2) 2-bk (28.5, 29.2, 28.6)

    8x25 o-breakouts off blocks, e-EZ

    200 warmdown


    Legs need more rest. Pace work was good (faster than I expected) but kick was running out of gas by the last 50 of each. Fastest 50s of IM transitions were meh, not a lot of pop, but I am finally figuring out that crossover turn I think.

    Workouts are coming out for the CF competition this weekend... looks like they are not too bad so I should have no problem recovering by Nats Friday.
  8. 5/2/18 Workout

    by , May 2nd, 2018 at 08:07 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Wednesday, 5/2/2018 CrossFit Workout

    Warmup - stretching, yoga warmup, shoulder warmup

    Skill - handstand work
    Zombie pulls, shoulder taps, pike to headstand practice

    EMOM 10
    o-5 pike pushup from box
    e-5 pullups w/ good body position

    Conditioning - EMOM 24
    o-100m run
    e-(1-11) :40 row, (13-23) :40 airbike
  9. 5/1/18

    by , May 1st, 2018 at 08:43 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Little sore from bench press and KB swings. Not too bad... hope it fades quick on taper.

    Tuesday 5/1/2018 Pool Workout

    200 fr/100 bk/200 k/200 p/100 IM dr

    32x25 :35 fast - 8 each stroke (13 low fly, 12high/13low back, 15low breast, 12low/11high free)
    100 EZ
    100 IM 95% (58high)
    100 EZ
    100 IM faster (57high/58low)
    100 EZ

    8x25 :30 fins o-UDK e-EZ

    4x50 p/pads DPS/warmdown 1:00
    4x50 bk/br (crossover turn) 1:0

  10. 4/30/18 Workout

    by , April 30th, 2018 at 08:06 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Last weight-based CF training workout before Nats. Will surely have a few during the competition this weekend but we are the scaled division so shouldn't be too bad.

    Monday, 4/30/2018 CrossFit Workout

    Warmup - airbike, stretching, med ball warmup

    Strength -
    A) Bench Press - 45/6, 95/5, 135/3, 165/3, 185/7
    B1) Bench Press - 165/8,8,8
    B2) DB Bent Row - 50/12, 60/12,12

    Conditioning - For time:
    60 KBS 53#
    50 KB Goblet Stepups 53#
    40 cal Assault bike
  11. 4/29/18 Workout

    by , April 29th, 2018 at 11:32 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Sunday, 4/29/2018 Pool Workout

    200 fr/100 bk/200 k/200 p/100 IM dr/100 scull

    3x100 3:00 1st 100 of 200 pace - 1) IM 58 mid, 2) breast 1:07 high, 3) free :54 low
    100 EZ
    2x50 1:30 95% - 1) bk/br, 2) br/fr
    100 EZ

    Speed kick set (stolen from GDanner)
    25 k fast :30
    50 EZ 1:00
    50 k fast 1:00
    50 EZ 1:00
    75 k fast 1:30
    50 EZ
    100 k fast 2:00
    50 EZ
    75 k fast 1:30
    50 EZ
    50 k fast 1:00
    50 EZ
    25 k fast 1:00
    100 EZ

    4x50 p/paddles 1:00 DPS/warmdown
    4x25 trying to learn crossover bk/br turn
    4x50 IMO k/dr 1:00 warmdown


    Really trying to learn that crossover turn... can't quite get the timing down!
  12. 4/27/18 Workout

    by , April 27th, 2018 at 08:17 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Friday, 4/27/2018 CrossFit Workout

    Warmup - stretching, band exercises, OHS warmup

    Strength - Push Press + Overhead Squat 95/3+3, 135/3+3, 155/3+3, 175/3+3, 195/3+3, 215/3+3

    //Happy with this. Was expecting to have a try at 205 maybe but felt good.

    Conditioning - AMRAP 9
    1 ring muscleup, 2 alternating DB snatch 50#
    add 1 MU and 2 DB snatch each round
    7 rounds + 1 MU

    Core - 3 rounds not for time
    5 wall walks
    30 sec ring plank

    Rest day tomorrow! Back to the pool for continuation of taper Sunday morning.
  13. 4/26/18 Workout

    by , April 26th, 2018 at 08:50 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Thursday, 4/26/2018 Pool Workout

    Start of taper! Just did intervals with the rest of the group, no problem with more rest during taper time. Also had club team in the pool again, so air quality was meh.

    200 fr/100 bk/200 k/200 p/100 IM dr

    6x75 1:30 o-IM, e-fr build
    //Tried to attempt crossover back to breast turns... not successful yet.
    5x100 k 1:45 3+4 fast
    4x125 2:30 IM, rotate 50 fast stroke

    100 EZ

    3x{4x50 1:00 D1-4, 50 EZ} bk/br/fr by rounds

    200 warmdown


    Shoulders a little fuzzy overall from handstand work and double unders yesterday. Felt better than most of the rest of the week though.
  14. 4/25/18 Workout

    by , April 25th, 2018 at 08:17 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Wednesday, 4/25/2018 CrossFit Workout

    Warmup - yoga stretches, bar/shoulder warmup

    Skill - Handstands
    1 - 6 sets of :10 on/:20 off free headstand
    2 - 2:00 nose-to-wall handstand hold
    3 - 30 wall handstand hold hand lifts
    4 - 4 set of :20 on/:10 off hollow rock

    Conditioning - AMRAP 15
    50 double unders
    70# one arm farmers carry 60m ea arm
    25 double unders
    53# one arm overhead carry 30m ea arm

    Found out normal pool will be closed for water polo tournament this weekend too. Will probably have to go to backup pool further out Sunday morning then.
  15. 4/24/18 Workout

    by , April 24th, 2018 at 08:53 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Slept better last night. Body is feeling it from the lactate set yesterday! Still got the work done and will be on to taper next time I'm in the pool.

    Tuesday, 4/24/2018 Pool Workout

    200 fr/100 bk/200 k/200 p/100 IM dr

    8x50 :50 3 cruise/1 fast
    8x75 1:20 o-IM, e-D1-4 fr
    8x100 1:35->1:20->1:35

    4x{2x50 1:00 EZ, 1x100 2:00 FAST}
    Did k-1:11, p/pads-:56, k-1:09, p/pads-:56

    200 warmdown

  16. 4/23/18 Workout

    by , April 23rd, 2018 at 08:55 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Slept horridly Saturday night and not a ton better Sunday. Feeling kinda meh after 3 days out of the water but wanted to get my lactate set in before taper starts. It went... OK. Sloppy.

    Monday, 4/23/2018 Pool Workout

    200 fr/100 bk/200 k/200 p/100 IM dr
    8x50 k/dr dr/b 1:00 IMO

    100 easy

    Lactate Set - Fast efforts off blocks, 200 easy in between
    200 bk (2:02 - took a bit to get into this, shaking off 200 pace rust)
    100 br (1:02, out 28.7 somehow)
    100 bk (:56 - About what I expected)
    50 br (28.3 - Spinning my wheels too much, need to work DPS)
    50 bk (25.7 - Sloppy, sloppy sloppy. Punt!)
    50 br (28.8 - Tried to get my stroke a bit longer, got stuck in no man's land into the wall and probably was just running out of gas by now.)

    200 warmdown


    Will do the team workout Tuesday then start tapering Thursday.

    Two weeks 'til Plex Games (CrossFit competition), three weeks 'til Nationals.

    Updated April 23rd, 2018 at 10:02 AM by JPEnge

  17. 4/21/18 Workout

    by , April 21st, 2018 at 04:33 PM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Showed up at the pool and there was a surprise high school water polo tournament. Crap. And we will probably have to share some mornings next week with the club team. Double crap. So much for the taper schedule I came up with!

    Lifted in the garage instead and then did yardwork.

    Saturday 4/21/2018 Garage Lifting

    General warmup, barbell warmup

    Snatch - 95/2x2, 115/2, 135/2, 155/1, 175/1, 185/1x5, 195/1, 205/1

    Sn PP - 135/5x2, 155/3, 175/3, 185/3, 195/3, 205/3x5
  18. 4/20/18 Workout

    by , April 20th, 2018 at 08:13 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Friday, 4/20/2018 CrossFit Workout

    Warmup - rowing, plyos, shoulder warmup

    Strength -
    A) Shoulder press - 45/8, 75/5, 85/5, 95/5, 110/10
    B1) Upright row - 80/10,10,10
    B2) Ski erg - 15 cals sprint x 3

    Conditioning -
    1-arm DB OHS 50#
    cals Assault airbike

    Good high effort today. Still a little weak on the lifting. Going to try to do a lactate set tomorrow in the pool - 1x200, 2x100, 2x50 off blocks with 200 easy between each - if 1) the pool isn't too crowded and 2) I'm not too sore. Abs are still tight from GHDs Monday and gymnastic work Wednesday.
  19. 4/19/18 Workout

    by , April 19th, 2018 at 08:46 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Thursday, 4/19/2018 Pool Workout

    200 fr/100 bk/200 k/200 p/100 IM dr

    2x{4x50 :50
    3x100 1:20
    2x150 2:00
    1x100 2:00 EZ
    1x200 fast}

    //Free first round, scattered some pull and kick second round. 2:02/2:01 free 200s.

    100 EZ
    8x25 :30 o-bk sit spin, e-EZ
    8x25 :30 o-br dolphin kick overspeed, e-EZ

    200 warmdown


    Shared pool with club team again. Not sure if it's the more people, or being on the closed end of the pool deck or what but I was having issues catching breath this time and the times we've shared the last few weeks. Not a great day performance-wise but I made it through.
  20. 4/18/18 Workout

    by , April 18th, 2018 at 08:13 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Wednesday, 4/18/2018 CrossFit Workout

    Warmup - band exercises, plyos, bar warmup

    Skill -
    Core EMOM 15
    1- :15 arch hold
    2- :15 hollow hold
    3- 2 tuck pull to invert (rings)

    Muscleup work - some transition work and a bunch of strict MUs.

    Conditioning -
    3 rounds
    400m run
    20 wall ball shots
    15 box jumps