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Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team

Just keeping it real . . . .

  1. Monday January 13, 2014

    by , January 14th, 2014 at 01:21 PM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    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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  2. Friday, Jan 10, 2014

    by , January 12th, 2014 at 10:44 PM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    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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  3. Monday, 01/06/14

    by , January 6th, 2014 at 09:32 PM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    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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  4. Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team (01/04/14)

    by , January 5th, 2014 at 11:50 AM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    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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  5. 12/24/13

    by , December 24th, 2013 at 10:55 PM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    Spent a lot of time vacillating on whether or not to go to the pool w/the team this AM, or to go do weights & then go do a leisurely swim on my own. Original plan was to swim at lunch with my old buddies, but the city nixed that idea by making the pool only available during ATAC practice time (7:30-10:00am). Ended up going to practice for the first 90 minutes then over to the gym - was so bloomin' tired (2nd day of LCM in ~ 4 months) I had to skip a couple of stations - my right shoulder has been achy for months, and I didn't want to make things worse. Thought I would feel worse in the water today than I did - a tribute to my "amazing" base, I suppose (hahaha!)

    600 back/free
    3 x 200 Pull - 30 sec rest btwn each
    6 x 100 stroke/free @ 2:00 (niiice!)
    6 x 100 K @ 2:15
    100 easy
    300 pull @ 5:00 (got :40 rest)
    100 quality kick @ 2:15
    3 x 100 back/free @ 1:45
    100 quality kick @ 2:15
    2 x 50 "fly" @ 1:00
    2:00 rest
    300 pull @ 5:00 (got :40 rest)
    100 quality kick @ 2:15
    3 x 100 back/free @ 1:45
    100 quality kick @ 2:15
    2 x 50 "fly" @ 1:00
    200 easy
    Total: 4400 LCM (for me - kids had another 45 min worth of torture awaiting them)

    Then home to bake bake bake - got three pies done, two kinds of sweet potatoes & the Christmas Eve Lasagne all done, all by myself, not to mention various errands & tasks around the house & last minute gift wrapping. I'm pooped. There's no rest for the weary, I'm afraid - just because tomorrows Christmas doesn't mean I'll get a break - if mom doesn't do it, it won't get done.
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  6. Monday, 12/23/13

    by , December 24th, 2013 at 10:41 PM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    Lots of body aches today, especially from the waist down, for some reason
    first day back at LCM, and I suspect I will pay for this tomorrow - and every day for the next 2 weeks while I get used to it again!

    800 back/free
    700 Pull, speed play by 100s, breathing every 3 or 5
    600 reverse IM, drill/swim/drill
    500 Pull, speed play by 50s

    400 reverse IM
    300 pull, speed play by 50s
    200 reverse IM
    100 choice

    100 EZ
    8 x 200 @ 3:00 & 3:10 for last 4
    100EZ
    10 x 100 @ 1:40 & then a warm down
    My arm is still sore from painting the porch on Saturday & I have to put the final coat of paint on today before the cold front comes in.... Joy.
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  7. Dec 19, 2013

    by , December 20th, 2013 at 09:48 PM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    Tired tired, achy shoulders, blame it on the weights, and workouts have been a challenge.

    Biorhythms theoretically maxing out in physical & emotional, and I do feel pretty happy, but I've been pushing myself in so many areas, that it's hard to tell if I'm on the up physically or not! The fact that I can do weights 3 x a week, and pull off 5000 SCY on a regular basis, and even did 6200 on Wed, must say something. (That I'm an idiot, most likely)

    This morning was tough, and I'm trying to work hard enough on the main sets that's I'm nearly sick.

    500 back/free
    300-200-100 pull w/10 sec rest btwn ea distance
    250 kick
    9 x 100 @ 1:20; 6 beat kick on last 50 of the last 3 100's
    100 EZ
    9 x 100 @ 1:20; 6 beat kick on last 50 of 3, 6, 9, descend 1-3, 4-6, 7-9
    200 EZ
    4 x 125 pull @ 1:50
    3 x 300 breast/free
    250 kick
    150 EZ
    Total: 5200

    Gonna take tomorrow off from the pool, got weights, then painting my porch, and lots of wrapping of packages in pretty paper - so that will be workout enough.
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  8. Monday, Nov 25, 2013

    by , November 26th, 2013 at 03:59 PM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    OMG - hard workout & I must say, good effort by me!!

    500 back/free
    4 x 300 P on 4:00 (fastest was just a 3:40ish - still warming up)
    4 x 100 K on 2:00
    10 x 50 non-free on :50
    100 easy

    Four times through:
    100 @ 1:20 (held 11's & 12's - woo hoo, go me!)
    2 x 50 breast on :50
    4 x 25 (drill, 2 x 4-cycle, sprint) on :30

    200 easy
    2 x 300 drill/swim by 50's; breast
    300 free (working turns)
    300 free cooldown

    95% of the way done with my GTD. Too bad I had to lower my goal (or re-set my priorities?) One day I'm gonna make that 1,000,000 meters!
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  9. Thurs, Nov 21, 2013

    by , November 21st, 2013 at 10:09 AM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    Only weights today. Going to have a late night at the CAPN meeting, so decided to wake up a bit later, 0600, instead of 0445 - but of course, I woke when my son got home from work around 1:30, then again at 3:30, again at 4:35, and then finally at 5:50. Geez. Can't sleep even when I schedule it!!
    Anyway, 45 mins of various weights - happy to have my chest press becoming easier at my current 60lbs, goal is 70lbs, then I hope to maintain this until I'm old and gray(er). Also rear delt is much easier - currently at 65lbs, plan on getting that one up to at least 70, if not 85lbs, and then maintaining.
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  10. Wed, Nov 20, 2013

    by , November 20th, 2013 at 08:25 AM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    Missed the first 150 of warm up

    400 back/free
    400 pull
    200 breast kick
    10 x 50 stroke/free (breast/free) on :50
    100 easy
    2 x 400 w/:20 rest between each of these & the following
    2 x 300
    2 x 200
    2 x 100
    That was a HARD set! My triceps were almost burning
    100 easy
    150 to make up for the 150 I missed in warm-up
    300 kick
    400 breast - OMG I was breathing hard after this
    100 cool down

    Total: 4600 SCY

    I've decided the best thing about weights is the two weeks you take off when you taper. The rest of the time you're just always tired.
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  11. Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013

    by , November 19th, 2013 at 01:09 PM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    Boy, the year is slipping away! Can't believe it's already mid November, with the holidays approaching. Been super busy at work, plus in the doldrums last week - one of my oldest kids friends from HS killed himself - with a new baby and young wife - he had been suffering from depression for quite a while, and apparently had a tumor on the pituitary, but it is just so sad and senseless. Did my swimming, but my heart just wasn't in it - my son, who was his friend, has what I thought was even MORE serious depression, so this hits home rather hard. Eric vehemently states he has no plans to hurt himself, but I'm sure his friend said the same thing. Life can be so hard, sometimes.

    Anyway, sort of back in the swing of things this morning, went back to the gym & then to the pool, swam solo. Air temp dropped 25 degrees from yesterday's balmy, but humid 71 (at 5:30am) so it was a bit chilly on the pool deck!

    1000-800-600-400-200

    1000 - 100 free, 25 back/25 breast
    800 - 2 x 400 pull
    600 - 4 x 150; 50 free, 50 kick, 50 free (wore zoomers)
    400 - straight swim
    200 breast/free by 50's

    Total: 3000
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  12. Monday, Nov 11, 2013

    by , November 11th, 2013 at 09:55 AM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    Spent too much time talking on the wall after ATAC got out


    800 back/free
    400-300-200-100 Pull DeMont Set on 1:20 base - did really well on first 700, then my speed backed off, despite the fact that I was working harder - this 'splains things on my 400m at the Rowdy Gaines meet.
    100 easy
    6 x 100 K on 2:00
    100 easy
    12 x 50 @ :45
    4 x 4-cycle speed play @ :30
    200 easy
    2 x 300 Pull w/snorkel (no paddles)
    2 x 300 Pull w/paddles
    300 breast/free cooldown

    ps: down 3lbs - woo hoo!
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  13. Friday - Nov 1, 2013

    by , November 1st, 2013 at 09:08 AM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    Arms so achy from weights today. They were achy yesterday too - can hardly wait to get started on my mortering tomorrow (jk)



    500 back/free

    3 x 200 P on 2:45

    4 x 100 K on 2:00

    4 x 100 stroke free on 1:40

    100 easy

    16 x 50 @ :50 descend in groups of 4 - wore paddles on last 8 - it's amazing how much faster I go, and how much more I can feel myself pulling with those on (and no pullbuoy)

    100 easy

    4 x 4cycles on :30

    200 breast

    300 Pull

    300 breast

    300 kick

    300 breast/free

    Total: 4300
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  14. Fun Friday, Oct 25, 2013

    by , October 25th, 2013 at 06:31 PM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    I mean fun in a sarcastic kind of way. Typical 12 x 100 on 1:20 for the main set. The fun part for me was that I'm playing hooky from work to work w/bricks instead! I was supposed to do some masonry work last weekend, but it was dreary and rainy. I want to just get the dumb thing done so I can move on to my next project!

    500 back/free
    500 locomotive pull
    8 x 50 kick @ 1:00, desc 1-4 & 5-8
    100 over under
    12 x 100 @ 1:20, rest a minute before #12
    200 easy
    20 x 25 kick @ :30, down easy, back sprint
    200 easy
    300 pull: steady state w/agility paddles
    300 swim w/zoomers working the walls
    100 easy
    Total:4300 scy

    Water is too $&#* hot! I don't care if it IS below 50 outside!
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  15. Wed, Oct 23, 2013

    by , October 23rd, 2013 at 08:42 AM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    Tired this morning (not sleepy, physically) - I think it's from caloric restriction, I'm serious about taking these 10lbs off - have got myself some protein bars and "Raspberry Ketones" to assist me in my quest. Until I get used to caloric restriction, guess this is how it's going to be. Plus I bumped up one of my weights yesterday. Trying to figure out how much is the right amount to bench press to equal a push up - push ups really hurt my wrists, and I have no plans on repeating my carpal tunnel surgery EVER, so I have to find alternative exercises when something makes my wrists feel weak.

    Air temp down below 60 this am, and they turned the heater on in the pool, so it was a little warm. Theoretically it was only 2 degrees warmer - needs to go back down one degree at least.

    500 back/free
    500 Pull locomotive style
    300 kick
    8 x 25 4-cycle speed play @ :30
    100 easy/bathroom-water break - which I skipped to due equipment issues
    6 x 200 @ 2:50 progressive, fastest was 2:23 (#4)
    100 easy
    6 x 50 kick on 1:00
    200 easy
    2 x 300 Pull "steady state"
    5 x 100 breast @ ~2:00 or 2:15
    200 easy
    Total: 4700
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  16. Mon, Oct 21, 2013

    by , October 21st, 2013 at 09:14 AM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    Still achy from weights on Saturday - did a little kickboxing too & my legs are sore.

    600 back/free
    2 x 300 P with 30 sec rest between each
    300 K, 25 fast/25 mod
    100 easy
    8 x 150; 100 free, 25 back/25 breast on 2:20
    100 easy
    8 x 25 (D, 4-cycle, S) @ :30
    200 easy
    4 x 150 IM twitch on 2:15 w/zoomers
    200 easy
    Total: 4200

    Just could not get up and sprint today, even with zoomers on
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  17. Friday, Oct 18th

    by , October 20th, 2013 at 08:37 PM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    Yesterday: weights & then 45 min in the pool to loosen up - around 2500yds
    Today, actually got there early enough to do arm swings before warm up.

    400 back/free
    400 P
    200 breaststroke kick
    100 easy
    Three times through:
    200 @ 2:40
    150 @ 2:00
    100 @ 1:20
    50 hard
    1min rest; first time swim, second pull, last time w/zoomers
    100 easy
    16 x 50 @ 1:00; 4 free; 4 kick; 4 stroke; 4 kick
    200 easy
    500 Pull w/snorkel
    500 breast free
    Total:4700

    Trying to figure out how to WORK every swim like a race, so that I'm increasing the time I spend at race pace - which is why on the main set I used paddles & then zoomers on sets 2 & 3 - gave myself enough rest that I could then go the second distance hard as well. I wasn't as happy with my swim as I would have liked - the young lady in my lane should have been two or three lanes over - she is plenty fast - but is new to our team & doesn't know the others, so swims with the old ladies I guess because she knows we'll be nice to her - some of the kids are so darn cliquish - it's a shame. She'll probably earn their friendship as she earns their respect by beating them in the meet. Anyway - couldn't keep up with her, but at least she didn't lap me!!
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  18. Wed, Oct 16, 2013

    by , October 16th, 2013 at 09:45 PM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    Not feeling myself today - had a wierd dream & the swimming was ok, but I didn't go 100%. THAT's why I'm not improving. I need to do the workout exactly as coach calls it - only I need more rest between swims. Part of the problem of being the slowest person on the team (almost)

    500 back/free
    4 x 150 Pull on 2:00
    10 x 50 @ :45
    100 easy
    6 x 300 @ 4:00; last 2 were pull **

    200 easy
    8 x 25's
    200 easy
    4 x 150 breast/free/breast
    100 easy
    Total: 4000

    **here is what I'm talking about - yes, I can go 300 on 4:00. BUT, in order to properly descend them 1-3 & 4-6, I need more than the 15-20 rest I get between each.
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  19. Monday, Oct 14, 2013 (including meet report)

    by , October 16th, 2013 at 09:26 PM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    Tired from the meet - didn't warm down in the pool after my swim like I should have, and was sorta tight this morning.

    500 back/free
    4 x 200 - 150 free, 50 breast
    100 easy
    5 x 100 K on 2:00
    100 easy
    6 x 200 P
    12 x 25; drill, 2 x 4-cycle, sprint
    200 easy
    2 x 250 pull w/snorkel
    100 easy
    Total: 4300

    Swam fairly well at Rowdy Gaines meet:
    Saturday I added time in the 100 IM, 200 Fr & 400 Fr, did well on the 50 (previous NT, but was pleased that I actually KICKED the WHOLE 50!!! And REALLY kicked!) and dropped 3 secs on my 100 Breast. Won my age group in the 200 & 400 despite crappy time/performance.
    Sunday had 3 out of 3 best (recent best) times on the 200 Breast, 50 Fly & 100 Free - kicked about 75% of the 100 free & went about as fast as I did 20 years ago, which is amazing, for me. Came back feeling like tweaking my workouts, but not quite sure how to go about it, as I am constrained by what the coach calls (interval wise - the sets are certainly do-able & would be beneficial if I swam them correctly - but I am barely able to make the intervals, thus I can't swim them correctly - I just flip & go!)
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  20. Friday, Oct 4, 2013

    by , October 4th, 2013 at 11:07 AM (Grandma Got Run Over By A Swim Team)
    Not feeling it today - felt like I shoulda perhaps stayed in bed - just had no "get up and go" in me - not that I was hurting or achy or felt depressed - just not real motivated, I guess.

    So I got there early, but the stupid lifeguards got up in the stand early, so it looked like I was late! Great - not a good way to start off - missed the first 2-300 of warmup.

    400 back/free
    4 x 150 P on 2:05
    300 kick
    10 x 50 @ :45
    500 swim
    400 pull no paddles
    300 pull w/paddles
    200 kick
    100 breast/free by 25's
    100 easy
    2 x 250 Pull w/ snorkel no paddles
    2 x 250 Pull w/paddles no snorkel
    2 x 250 Swim w/fins working the turns only
    250 breast/free
    100 easy
    Total:5250
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