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  1. Snow Day!

    by , January 29th, 2014 at 09:28 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    Supposedly a snow day, so no work. Hahaha, light rain, hardly even any hail, and tiny little gentle bits of it at that. Slept in for fear of driving on black ice & swam @ lunch - mostly solo, for 4500 SCY in 85 degree water. This will be the norm until March, as my usual pool is closing to replace the liner (finally!!). Only I'll be swimming in the bath tub @ my usual 5:30am.

    1000 warm-up done as 100 free/25 back/25 breast over & over
    5 x 200 pull
    9 x 100, 3 @ :30, 3 @ :24, 3 @ :20 with 50 easy after each group of 3
    400-300-200-100
    10 x 50 @:50
    100 easy

    Gotta figure out the best way to take off 10 lbs w/out feeling weak in the pool. Calorie restriction is hard not just on my brain (I feel so deprived!! And why do my cravings only come out when I decide to diet?!) but also hard on my body as I don't have the energy to workout as hard as I would like. Of course the option could be to say the heck with it, just shut up and eat my lettuce, and get over it, in 2-3 weeks maybe it would be all over?! But I always seem to have a meet around the corner. Anybody have any great ideas out there?

    Oh, and BTW, after reading some goofy forum postings dating back near three years on the pros and cons of lifting/drylands, and whether to lift before or after swimming, let it be known I am in The Fortress & Chowmi camp, definitely before - and then an easy 2000 or so to loosen up. And studies have shown the aging athlete benefits from weight training, no matter what the sport, because we lose muscle mass. So there, all you nay sayers!
    Studies have also shown that women don't drop as much time during tapers as men. No fair!

    Updated January 30th, 2014 at 02:12 PM by Celestial

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  2. Monday, January 27, 2014

    by , January 27th, 2014 at 01:46 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    No ATAC practice cuz they had a three-day meet til late last night & Coach was letting them sleep in for a change. But my buddies were there. Amazing how much less I get in in 90 min when there isn't a coach to make me stop talking, lol. Just found out recently that our LCM pool is going to close for 3 weeks for liner replacement, and we will have to swim under the bubble. At least we have a pool, but then when we get back to LCM, I won't be used to it, AGAIN. I'm just now, after 8 weeks, finally to the point where I can do a long workout and not feel like chopped liver by the end of warm up!

    600 back/free

    2 x 300 pull

    6 x 150 @ 2:30; alt free & free/breast/free

    6 x 150 @ 3:00; kick/free/kick

    6 x 150 @ 2:30 pull

    300 breast/free

    Total 4200 LCM
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  3. Fri., Jan 24, 2014

    by , January 24th, 2014 at 01:43 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    500 back/free
    10 x 50 pull @ :45
    10 x 50 kick @ 1:00
    100 easy
    16 x 50 @ :45
    100 easy
    500 swim
    5 x 50 kick @ :45
    7 x 100, alt IM & Free @ 1:15 & 1:30 (w/zoomers)
    5 x 50 kick @ :45
    5 x 100, alt IM & Free @ 1:15 & 1:30
    5 x 50 kick @ :45
    3 x 100, alt IM & Free @ 1:15 & 1:30 (w/zoomers)
    5 x 50 kick @ :45
    400 easy
    Total: 5900

    Same guy here at pool again today. Apparently their pool is closed unless its over 40F. Our usual pool does the same, only at 30F. Today it was projected to be 28F, so we had to move to Meyers, as we did on Wed. Hate swimming under the bubble, the air is so thick, the water was 86F. For real. Anyway, Chuck, or whatever his name is, sure gets me going faster than I would on my own!! I had done 2900 before he even got there, too, so I was on the tired end of the spectrum.
    Entered the meet in Clearwater. Gotta find a hotel now. Really was vacillating between it and Auburn, Auburn has a better order of events for me, but I traditionally bomb at that pool. Decided to venture out & try and new venue. Hope it makes a difference! Day one all three events are back to back. Day two, my 200 Br is immediately following the 500, and the next event is just 2 after that. I wish me luck.
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  4. Wed., Jan 22, 2014

    by , January 24th, 2014 at 01:38 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    400 back/free
    400 pull
    200 kick
    100 easy
    8 x 100 @ 1:20
    100 easy
    12 x 50 kick @ 1:00
    12 x 50 swim @ :45
    200 easy
    400 swim
    4 x 100 @ 1:15 (with zoomers)
    300 swim
    3 x 100, one @ 1:10, 2 @ 1:15 (with zoomers)
    250 swim
    2 x 100 @ 1:10 (with zoomers)
    100 easy x 2

    Total: 5250

    Can NOT believe I made those intervals. Some guy from another pool came & I had the choice of swimming the 100's on the 1:30 with a couple of friends next lane over, or doing them on the 1:15 w/him. Hmmm. Well, put on my zoomers, and not only did I make the interval, I made it well. With rest, and all that. I think I'll enter that meet now.
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  5. Monday January 13, 2014

    by , January 14th, 2014 at 01:21 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    Feeling "perky" this morning. New Goal for the Year: Maximize my effort for the ENTIRE main set. Was able to do this today (5x300)

    600 back/free

    12 x 50 @ 1:00; 3 free, 3 stroke
    300 kick
    100 easy
    5 x 300 @ 4:30 pull, first two w/out paddles
    200 easy
    5 x 200, odds free, evens back/free
    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    100 easy
    Total: 5000 LCM
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  6. Friday, Jan 10, 2014

    by , January 12th, 2014 at 10:44 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    Brazilians visiting the age group team again this week & next - sorta crowded in the pool. Also, new guy showed up - 23 yo who's been out of the water 8 months and says he's super out of shape, but looks like he's gonna be super fast once he gets back into it - we spent to much time talking and getting to know him (rather talk than swim, I guess!)

    600 back/free
    600 pull
    20 x 100 @ 1:40 - sounds like an easy interval, doesn't it? hahaha - not when you're not used to LC & you have to do TWENTY of them!! Luckily I got 15 sec rest or more on all of 'em.
    200 easy
    8 x 4-cycle speed play @ :30
    200 easy
    6 x 100 kick @ 2:15ish (hard to see the clock due to the fog & distance)
    500 pull no paddles
    300 breast/free by 50s
    Total: 5200 LCM
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  7. Monday, 01/06/14

    by , January 6th, 2014 at 09:32 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    LCM - outside. Got to the pool at 5:20, air temp of 61. Left the pool venue ~7:30, air temp of 42. By the time I left for home at 6:00, temp was 37 and dropping. Just grateful I don't live in Minnesota!

    900 various waiting for team to start
    600 back/free
    600 pull
    400 reverse IM
    400 kick
    3 x 400 @ 5:30 (nice interval for a change!)
    200 easy
    5 x 100 @ 2:00, odds easy, evens "fast" - fast is relative, at the end of workout, I've found.
    Total 4800 LCM
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  8. Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team (01/04/14)

    by , January 5th, 2014 at 11:50 AM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    So I think that's gonna be the new name of my blog, cuz that's about how I feel most of the time!! It has been busy busy busy around our house - had loads of company for the holidays, and then daughter #2, had her #2 on NY Eve - bringing my total of grandkids up to 7 now. She had a scheduled c-section & wee've been babysitting big sister & running back & forth to the hospital, etc. Went back to work on Monday, after two weeks off, and I feel like I'm being punished for taking a vacation - so much paperwork to catch up on!!

    So it's been very weird, weather wise around here - some days as hot as 75, some days as cold as 27 - scheduled to get down to 15 Tuesday morning, and workouts are held outside, unless it is below 30, and then they are canceled - unless it's a Saturday, in which case we have an alternate venue. Didn't know that until today's swim, but that's all right. Swam at 3pm SCY, and I don't think I've ever done a 5000 y workout in as short a time. Here's what we did:

    600 back/free
    500 pull, speed-play by 50's
    500 drill/swim by 50's
    300 fly/free by 50's (I did breast, as my shoulder doesn't appreciate fly right now)
    200 kick
    100 choice
    THEN:
    30 x 100 @ 1:20. Ridiculous. I did 10, rested one, then 9, changed lanes, did 8
    Was coming in around the :17 at the end there. Geez..
    200 easy. Two lanes over, there were two very young men coming in at the :00 and :01 on the last 10 of these. MOST impressive. They aren't even considered the Big Dogs around here. Times have changed.

    On the bright side - I DID do 27 of them, which I think, is pretty good. More than necessary, but Winter Madness (that's what I call it anyway) ends on Monday.Yea.
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