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  1. Thursday-Friday, April 16-17

    by , April 17th, 2015 at 03:07 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Thursday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Did 3200 with aerobic and easy swimming


    Friday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    I was a little disappointed that it wasn't long course, as it often is on Fridays ...

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 fly drill
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    60 x 25 @ :30
    odds = fly w/fins @ 100 pace (all 12s)
    evens = EZ
    200 EZ at end

    Tried to do a fast 100 pace 50 kick. The body did not cooperate

    7 x 50 free w/paddles @ 200 pace @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    4 x 100 EZ backstroke kick
    50 EZ

    Total: 3400


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    I finally got myself back to the pool after a few days off. I'm still pretty tired and not sleeping well. I was pretty insomniac-ish with the hives and medication, and my body doesn't seem to want to go back to normal. I'm looking forward to a lazy weekend with Mr. Fort and Lil Fort in Boston. The weather does not look great for the marathon --- rain and high winds.
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  2. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/20/2015

    by , April 17th, 2015 at 02:51 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    Taper workout
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:30
    4 X 150 2:45
    4 X 50 faster 1:10

    4 X 200 4:15
    100 swim/100 kick

    8 X 100 2:15
    Pull free or swim IM

    1 X 400 free or 1 X 300 IM
    Focus on great turns and streamlines

    SCY
    10 X 2odd: build to race finish
    even: blocks/25 sprint

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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  3. Week 133 - Friday

    by , April 17th, 2015 at 12:39 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a good night of sleep but was sore across my shoulders when I woke up. Perhaps it was my subconscious swimming long course in my sleep; my wife said I was swimming all night

    Today was setup long course and we did some long slow swimming with some short burst swims and starts and relay starts at the end. Today was a good workout and I am starting to feel pretty good in the water. Tom did say he wanted to do some broken swims on Monday which I am not looking forward to and suspect I may have to play the masters card!!


    Warm up
    500 free with snorkel
    400 free with snorkel
    300 free with snorkel
    200 free with snorkel
    100 free with snorkel
    all on 1:40 base holding 1:15ish pace.

    Main sets
    8x100 kick on 2:10 with odds at best average pace and evens just make.
    200 easy
    6x50 on 1:30 done as 25 easy, 25 as drag strip 25. Odds with a turn, even to a hand finish
    100 easy
    4 starts from blocks to 25
    4 relay starts to 25

    Warm down
    100 easy

    I was holding 1:35-1:37 on the best average kick and about 2mins on the just make it. On the 50s I was cruising the first 25 and felt good then kicking horizontally in place(paddling back with arms while kicking) and a 25 blast. These felt awesome(tiring, but awesome). The first 4 starts I felt twisted but on the relay starts I felt better. Overall I am still in the achy phase of my taper but feeling better in the water and my feel at pace is getting there. One more week!
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  4. Rough one and I pushed

    by , April 17th, 2015 at 07:39 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    This was a tough LCM one.

    500 free
    300 free as 50 kick/50 drill/50 swim
    200 free pull w/paddles & bouy
    100 EZ
    4x100@1:40 free w/paddles & bouy
    300 free every 3rd 25 fly
    8x50@:50 free w/paddles & bouy
    300 free every 3rd 25 back
    16x25@:25 odds free evens fly
    300 free EZ
    2x150 free

    3500 meters
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  5. Week 133 - Thursday

    by , April 16th, 2015 at 09:54 PM (After a long rest)
    I slept in again this morning and went for an shorter workout. I felt a little sluggish and heavy during the first part of the workout but loosened up and at the end felt half way decent.

    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min
    4x4x25 done as open, close, easy, fast with fins on :40
    100 easy
    50 fast from a push
    250 easy alternating easy back and easy free by 25

    on the fast 25 with fins I saw :10s and I felt like I was on top of the water. It felt good. On the fast 50 I went a :24 low from a push and despite not feeling any easy speed I was very happy with the time. I am really looking forward to our team dinner on Saturday and then some rest and sleep early next week. Hard to believe my nationals starts next Friday.

    Friday: 200 free, 100 back and men's 45+ medley relay
    Saturday: 500 free, 200 back, and men's 45+ free relay
    Sunday: 100 free, 50 back
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  6. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/17/2015

    by , April 16th, 2015 at 12:38 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    TAPER WORKOUT
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:30. 3:30
    2 X 100 1:50 1:40
    4 X 50 faster 1:10 1:00
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 5:00
    6 X 50 kick--25 fast/25 easy-- 1:20
    1 x 100 easy swim

    6 x 100 free 2:30
    #1 25 fast/75 easy
    #2 50 fast/50 easy
    #3 75 fast/25 easy
    #4 easy
    #5 100 fast
    #6 easy

    6 x 100 best stroke 3:00
    Same pattern as above

    SCY
    5 x 50 blocks
    25 sprint and turn/easy return

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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  7. Another easy day I thought

    by , April 16th, 2015 at 07:46 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Tried for an easy day because tomorrow is going to be try to keep up with the guys.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x50@:50 free w/paddles & bouy
    200 torque drill w/paddles, snorkel & bouy
    200 angel arm fly w/snorkel
    200 fly scull drill w/zoomers
    200 1 arm fly
    200 fly in 3:35
    500 free EZ

    Total 3000 yards
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  8. Workout 04/15/15: morning

    by , April 15th, 2015 at 02:47 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    My plans for a swim were dashed on Monday as I cut my left pinky finger while opening the windows in the bedroom (thus continuing my usual oddball injury in the weeks before a swim). I was able to bandage it up really well this morning for a quick dip ...

    200 free/200 back
    3 x (100 kick into 100 DPS)
    4 x 50 (25 sprint IMO into 25 easy)
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1400 yds/35 min)
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    I'll be dry tomorrow as I take the boys and some of the other exchange students to visit Howe Caverns about two hours from home. I went as a kid, and also a chaperon 15 years ago or so. Should be a fun adventure!
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  9. Week 133 - Wednesday

    by , April 15th, 2015 at 01:35 PM (After a long rest)
    I had another solid night of sleep but woke up like I had been snoring(the drool is the give away sign). I know, gross, but that was my reality!

    I once again felt much better in the water and each day I seem to be getting my strength back and with the week off work next week I am thinking I may hit my taper perfectly for Nationals. That's not what I was thinking 3-4 weeks ago or even last week, but its funny how just a little rest with no drylands or weights can make a big difference. We are finally backing off on yardage but I am looking forward to some 2k workouts between now and next Friday.

    Warm up
    4x100 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min

    Main sets
    8x100 kick on 2mins
    50 easy
    8x50 on 1:15 swum at 200 race pace
    50 easy
    2x400 IM done as easy swimming with 1 min between IM's

    Warm down
    8x50 perfect stroke on 1min

    I cruised the 100s kick and held 1:25-1:28s. On the 50s I started out at 25 and then held 26s on the rest. These were pretty high tempo and by no means easy speed however I felt strong throughout. This was the first time I have felt strong on a race pace set for about a month.

    I think Tom threw in the 2x400 IM's because he wanted some aerobic work but knew I would swim these easy as opposed to a free set where I tend to be my own worst enemy. I did fly drill and then swam easy back, breast and free.
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  10. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/16/2015

    by , April 15th, 2015 at 12:19 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    YMCA Nationals starts three weeks from today. We will begin our taper with this workout. There may be times when we are swimming some LC and some SC.

    LCM
    WARM UP:
    1 X 250 4:45 4:15
    1 X 150 2:45 2:30
    1 X 100 1:45 --
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    8 x 100 free 2:15
    Swim 1-6 @ 80/90%
    #7 @ 100%
    #8 is easy

    1 X 200 kick 5:00
    6 X 50 kick 1:20
    1 x 100 easy swim

    8 X 50 1:30
    Stroke/choice
    swim @ 80/90%
    IM'ers: 2 fly/2 back/2 breast/2 choice

    SCY
    8 X 25
    odd: build to race finish
    even: blocks/sprint 20 yards

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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  11. A Backstroke kind of day

    by , April 15th, 2015 at 10:41 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Wanted to take it easy today.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@1:45 as 50 free/50 back w/paddles
    5x100@2:00 free to back
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@2:00 free w/snorkle

    Total 3000 yards
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  12. Week 133 - Tuesday

    by , April 14th, 2015 at 06:30 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a massage last night and felt like mush when I was done. I was awesome.

    I slept well and since I have stopped my dry lands I had an extra 30 minutes of sleep today. I woke feeling good.

    Today I did an easy swim with a few get my heart rate up sets.

    4x100 free with snorkel on 1:30
    6x50 catchup on 1min
    16x25 on :40 open, close, easy, fast
    8x50 with fins done as 25 underwater on back fast, 25 back easy on 1min
    100 easy
    50 fast with fins
    100 easy

    I went :21 on the 50 with fins from a push and messed up the turn. I felt much better today and suspect with another week of rest I am going to be ready to swim fast at Nationals. A week ago I was feeling hideous and it's been like night and day.
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  13. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/15/2015

    by , April 14th, 2015 at 11:50 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 1:50
    1 X 200 3:30
    3 X 100 1:45
    1 X 300 5:00
    3 X 100 1:40
    1 X 400 negative split

    4 X 150 kick 3:30
    Last 50 fast

    12 X 50 1:15
    odd: easy even: fast--choice

    8 X 150 2:30
    Swim or pull.
    Build to 100/last 50 fast
    #8 swim is your swim down//easy

    4200M
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  14. Much better swim today

    by , April 14th, 2015 at 07:16 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Intended to swim easy today but swam much better than expected.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x100@1:30 free w/paddles & bouy went 1:26, 1:26, 1:25, 1:24, 1:23, 1:22, 1:21, 1:20, 1:19, 1:19 talk about a descending set that was unintentional
    500 free kick w/zoomers fast
    200 1 arm fly
    200 free w/snorkle
    100 back EZ

    Total 3000 yards
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  15. Week 133 - Monday

    by , April 13th, 2015 at 01:52 PM (After a long rest)
    I felt pretty rested when I woke this morning which is a good sign at this phase of the preparation for Nationals. Unfortunately this feeling did not transition into the pool. I think a lot of this is due to swimming LCM. I really like LCM but itís definitely more tiring than swimming scy and makes my back quite sore. Todayís workout was a lot of aerobic work with a couple of fast 200s thrown in for good measure and I was not feeling fast! We are swimming scy the next three days and I am looking forward to feeling better in the water.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50

    Main sets
    5x(300 pull on 4:30 descend 1-5, 100 kick fast on 2:10)
    2x200 on 5mins, broken at 50,100,50 on round1 and 50,50,50,50 on round2 with 5 seconds rest at 50 and 10 seconds at 100

    Warm down
    12x50 working DPS on 1min

    I descended from 3:40 to 3:30 on the 300s and held 1:45s on 100s kick. The times were great but was quite tired. I need to really back off on the yardage the rest of the week and focus on some quality scy swims.

    The broken 200s I went 2:15 and then 2:16. Weird how my first 200 was quicker than my second because despite not feeling fast I felt pretty strong on the second one. Since I was going off a visual time on the clock there can be a lot of variance between what I saw and what I swam.

    I jumped in the hot tub after the workout which helped with loosening up my shoulders and back which are both quite sore. I am going for a deep tissue massage tonight and hope I loosen up.
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  16. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/14/2015

    by , April 13th, 2015 at 11:43 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    6 X 100 1:50
    4 X 150 2:40
    1 X 400 --

    1 X 100 kick 2:30
    8 X 50 KICK 1:15
    1 X 100 easy swim

    4 X 5 --strong/80%-- 1:20
    1 x 100 @ 100% 3:00
    Three times/choice

    5 X 200 pull 3:20
    Negative split all 5

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4300M
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  17. Not a good one today

    by , April 13th, 2015 at 07:24 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I think the fast metabolism program I am on has definitily helped with my insomnia, blood sugar and weight, but it is killiing my swimming. I only have a few more weeks of this then hopefully I can regain some of my strength.

    1 hour swim only went 3750, started out too slow. Might need to do this on a Tuesday or Wednesday rather than after my day off. I am thankful for my Garmin watch doing all the counting for me.

    250 kick w/zoomers
    200 free EZ

    Total 4200 yards
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  18. Week 132 - Sunday

    by , April 12th, 2015 at 01:10 PM (After a long rest)
    Due to the water polo tournament at our pool yesterday we swam this morning. I again felt much better in the water. I like swimming lcm but not when I have a scy meet coming up in less than two weeks. LCM is much harder and the race pace 100s we do at the weekend are particularly hard LCM. Oh well, enough griping.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel

    Main sets
    8x50 with snorkel on :45
    8x100 free at 400 race pace on 2:15
    100 easy
    12x50 back kick with fins on :50
    12x50 swum as 25 back with start, 25 free on 1min

    Warm down
    100 easy

    I felt much better than last week in the 8x100s and held 1:05-1:06s throughout. The last 2 took a fair amount of effort but compared to last week I felt strong. Total yardage is dropping and we shoulld start feeling the taper this week. I went and sat in the hot tub at the end of practice for 5mins to stretch my arms and shoulders. It felt good.
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  19. Week 132 - Saturday

    by , April 11th, 2015 at 12:07 PM (After a long rest)
    We had friends over for curry last night and I went to bed a little later than usual, however I had a great night of sleep and due to the pool being closed for a water polo tournament had a longer than usual sleep in this morning. It felt awesome! I think I turned a corner today and felt good for the first time in about a month. I went to yoga for an awesome stretch based workout and felt strong and relaxed. We worked on triceps, shoulders, chest and lower back. I felt great and had the best yoga class yet. I am now determined to get as much rest as possible between now and nationals and be back to my best before getting on the blocks for the 200. Unlike earlier this week where I felt weak and deflated I am feeling strong and confident. I will have a good swim tomorrow and start to build some momentum as our taper kicks in. I am off to watch Arsenal play football on the tv, will cut the grass, speak to my parents and then take a nap. What a great day I have in store.

    I hope oped everyone's luck And health is improving ahead of Nationals. I know it's been a tough time for several of us. Just remember, life is good!
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  20. Week 132 - Friday

    by , April 10th, 2015 at 07:29 PM (After a long rest)
    I slept hard last night and could have done with even more sleep. That said I felt better in the pool than I have felt for a few weeks this morning. We once again swum long course and other than some 25s fast today was long and smooth aerobic swimming and it actually felt great.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50

    Main sets
    10x50 free with snorkel on :40 get your heart rate up aiming for 5 seconds rest
    16x25 open close easy fast on :40
    7x100 kick with fins on back on 1:30
    12x50 done as 25 no breathing fast, 25 easy free on 1min
    6x100 IM on 1:40

    Warm down
    200 easy

    When I just re read this it reads like a scy workout where as in reality it was lcm. I felt much stronger today. Fingers crossed I will continue to feel better and better as the taper kicks in towards the end of this week. There is a water polo meet at the pool all day tomorrow.
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