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  1. Friday Feb 12

    by , February 13th, 2016 at 11:21 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    streamline crunches, 2 x 50
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 15
    extreme angle squats on high boxes w/plate, 35 x 4 x 8
    leg press, 225 x 4 x 6
    glute isolator, 60 x 3 x 6 each leg
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 3 x 10
    star jumps, 5
    knee tuck jumps, 5
    squat jumps w/DBs, 5
    single leg stand on flat side of bosu in streamline, 1:00 each leg

    20 minutes stretching/yoga



    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 (did 350)
    4 x 50 kick @ 1:10
    6 x 50 paddles & buoy @ :50
    -- I did 6 x 25 w/paddles @ :50 : odds = scull, evens = no breath free
    50 EZ

    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    5 x 100 @ 1:30
    -- No, did 6 x 25 breast @ 100 pace + 100 EZ

    6 x 50 done as: 25 w/8 SDK + 25 build to sprint @ 1:00
    -- No, did 6 x 25: odds = shooter (no fins), even = EZ
    50 EZ

    5 x 100 AFAP @ 8:00, leaving 1:00 apart
    -- I did 5 x (50 AFAP + 150 EZ)
    1 = Fly w/fins, 22 high
    2 = double shooter w/fins, 20 high
    3 = breast w/fins, 26 flat
    4 = fly w/fins, 23
    5 = breast (no fins), 36

    Total: 2450


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    As usual, I was pretty beat last night. I only did 1/2-1/4 of the assigned yardage. I didn't want to do too much before the last test set. I used to do 5 x 50 AFAP very frequently, but haven't done that set in ages and ages. The first three felt pretty good, but the last two felt rough. My quads were burning.

    Bill was saying that the pool would probably be set up long course continuously from March through June. That news did not make me particularly happy. Lanes will be super crowded with Team Pitt club, Team Pitt masters, rec swim and the divers clamoring for space.
  2. Tuesday Feb 9

    by , February 9th, 2016 at 05:59 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu in streamline, 100
    plank fast flutter kicks, 3 x 50: hands on flat side of bosu, feet on anchored
    yoga ball, I had a 1 second pause after a group of 10 (it requires some
    balance)
    single leg squat jumps w/back foot on small box, 3 x 10/5/5/ each side
    single leg squat on edge of high box, 3 x 10 each leg
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 5
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    seated row negatives, 70 x 3 x 8 (kept elbows partially bent)
    altitude drops from high box right into standing broad jump, 12 (posted a
    video of this on FB)
    bunny hops over bench, 25
    single arm pullover + fast flutter kick, 20 x 3 x 20


    Swim: 1000 EZ


    Massage: 60 min


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    Wish I had booked a longer massage. I had him work on my arms more than usual, thinking that that might help my elbow. But the hammies and calves took a hit. I should probably do some foam rolling. My quads were screaming sore.
  3. Friday Feb 5

    by , February 6th, 2016 at 03:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    TRX pike ups, 2 x 10
    TRX pendulum swings, 2 x 25
    power wheel roll outs, 15
    kneeling ab crunches, 1230 x 3 x 15
    single leg stand on flat side of bosu in streamline position, 1:00 each leg
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 5
    seated row negatives (lowered weight), 70 x 3 x 8
    zercher squats, 75 x 4 x 5
    resisted standing broad jumps, 30 x 3 x 5
    elevated side bridge w/hip abduction, 2 x 10 each side
    bunny hops, 2 x 25



    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    I was stuck in traffic and chatted on deck for awhile, so missed the first 400.

    Did 600 various (while they were doing a couple pre-sets)
    5 x 50 shooters w/fins w/open turns @ 1:20
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    7 x 100 @ 2:10
    -- I did 7 x 50: 25 AFAP + 25 EZ, #4 was all easy
    -- did fly w/fins on the AFAPs, first one was 9 high, the rest were 10 lows
    100 EZ

    4 rounds: (IM order)
    8 x 25 @ :40, odds = fast, evens = 15m SDK or double pullouts on breast
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:40
    -- I was tired during these, so my "fast" = 100 pace. I didnt do the double pullouts on breast: I just went fast/EZ. The last 8 x 2 5 free, I just did them 0-1 breath.
    100 EZ

    Total: 2450



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    I felt pretty tired in the water last night. Friday masters practice, which is my 6th day in a row of working out and comes after weights, is sometimes tough to get through. Especially this week where I did (for me) a ton of race pace work.

    I dug out my TheraBand Flexbar and did some elbow work. I could also feel a bit of tennis elbow on both sides as I was doing this. I'll have to be diligent about doing the rehab for awhile. I'm pretty sure this was caused by deadlifting. I guess I could do more grip strengthening exercises. But since my dodgy elbows (which are double jointed) appear to be extremely susceptible to injury, I bought some LPG hooks and straps for deadlifting.

    A friend recommended this piece of core equipment: http://www.pilates.com/BBAPP/V/store/motr/index.html
  4. Tues-Wed Feb 2-3

    by , February 3rd, 2016 at 04:19 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Tuesday: Drylands


    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 3 x 10
    plate glute bridges w/shoulders on bosu and arms in streamline, 70 x 3 x 15
    back squats, 105 x 4 x 6
    russian twists on incline bench w/plate, 25 x 3 x 25
    rear delt flys, 75 x 3 x 8
    squat jumps w/DBs, 20 x 2 x 5
    standing broad jumps, 5
    knee tuck jumps, 5
    altitude drop into squat jump, 5
    toe taps, 25


    Wed: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 burst + cruise @ :45
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    I did a modified USRPT type set similar to the one that I did Monday, only did IM order w/fins instead of fly

    16 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40
    :40 rest
    8 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40
    :40 rest
    8 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40
    :40 rest
    4 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40
    :40 rest
    4 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40

    250 EZ

    10 x 25 AFAP/hold best average breast @ 1:00
    250 EZ

    4 x 25 dolphin kick @ 100 pace @ :40
    -- decided I was too tired to do any more race pace work
    100 EZ

    8 x 25 no breath free @ :35
    100 EZ

    Total: 3050


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    I didn't have time to get to a real pool today (trip to the airport interrupting things). So I had to make do at LA Fitness. I didn't have a lot of feedback on times. There is only one old analog pace clock and it is partially obscured by the glare from fluorescent lights.

    I finally looked at the order of events for nationals. The sprint free & back events are all back to back, not ideal at all. If I decide to swim all 3 days, I will probably opt for: Fri: 100 IM, 50 back, Sat: 50 breast, 50 free, Sun: 50 fly, 100 breast. I never thought the day would come when I would consider swimming the 100 breast at nationals ...

    My right elbow (medial) is still bothering me, and today the inside of my left knee started complaining. I guess I will try slamming ibuprofen for 48 hours. And probably cut out some drylands. I love altitude drops, but they are tough on the knees.

    Updated February 3rd, 2016 at 09:24 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  5. Friday double, Jan 29

    by , January 30th, 2016 at 01:42 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    pike ups on yoga ball, 10
    plank with feet on yoga ball, single leg lifts, 3 x 10 (harder than you think!)
    eccentric fall backs in streamline w/plate w/butt on bosu, 10 x 3 x 10
    single leg stand on flat side of bosu in streamline, 1:00 each leg
    plate glute bridge with shoulders on bosu and arms in streamline, 50 x 2 x 15, 70 x 2 x 15
    face pulls, 60 x 3 x 15
    single arm supine pullover on bench w/15 lb DBs and fast flutter kick, 30 x 3 x 15
    extreme angle step up on high bench w/bar, 40 x 3 x 10
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 5
    med ball slams, 10
    toe taps, 25
    altitude drops, 5

    15 minutes of yoga


    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    400 choice (did 350)

    8 x 50 free w/paddles & buoy, breath every 5
    -- did 4 w/paddles, did 2 kick and 2 scull
    50 EZ

    5 x 50 double shooters w/fins w/open turns @ 1:30
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    I was really tired during this workout, so everything that was assigned "sprint" I did @ 100 pace.

    5 x 100 free @ 1:30
    -- no, did 10 x 25 back @ 100 pace (mostly 15s)
    1 x 50 EZ
    1 x 50 kick sprint
    1 x 100 EZ

    5 x 100 free @ 1:30
    -- no, did 8 x 25 free @ 100 pace (mostly 14s)
    1 x 50 EZ
    1 x 50 swim sprint
    1 x 100 EZ

    4 rounds of: (I used fins)
    1 x 50 kick sprint @ 1:00 (did backstroke kick, 25s)
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 50 swim sprint (did breast and went 28s)
    1 x 50 EZ @ 2:00

    100 EZ

    Total: 2900


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    I am always pretty tried by Friday, which is typically my 6th day in a row of working out. I had no AFAP in me, so did all 100 pace work on the sprints. It still added up to a fair amount of race pace work. We had a team social after practice, which was very fun.
  6. Mon-Tues Jan 25-26

    by , January 26th, 2016 at 05:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Monday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy:

    Warm up:


    550 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25, UW for 20 y @ :30
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    10 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    200 EZ

    33 x 25 @ :40 done as 3 rounds of:
    4 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace
    1 x 25 flutter kick @ 100 pace
    4 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace
    1 x 25 flutter kick @ 100 pace
    1 x 25 EZ

    175 EZ

    10 x 25 breast @ 100 pace @ :40
    200 EZ

    Total: 3200



    Tuesday: Drylands:

    rehab ex
    flutter kicks on bous in streamline, 100
    power wheel roll outs w/knees on bosu, 2 x 15
    single leg squats on edge of high box, 3 x 10 each leg
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 5
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    seated row negatives, 80 x 4 x 8
    bicep curl negatives, 24 x 3 x 8
    extreme angle squats w/plate on high boxes, 45 x 4 x 8
    standing on bosu, touch knee to nose, 2 x 10
    push press, 50 x 3 x 5
    resisted standing broad jumps, 30 x 3 x 5
    altitude drops, 5


    30 minutes stretching + yoga


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    Nothing much to report really. Just getting back into it after a few days rest/stomach virus. Off to do some yoga before I have to go pick up Lil Fort.

    Updated January 26th, 2016 at 11:09 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  7. Sun Jan 24

    by , January 25th, 2016 at 11:01 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    The meet was a no go, unfortunately. I had been feeling queasy for a couple days and was sick with a stomach thing Friday night. So was poor Lil Fort who had also been feeling poorly. Why does it always happen in the middle of the night? So I was really in no shape to drive to Buffalo on Saturday. Besides, even with an SUV, I couldn't get up and out of our driveway until late on Saturday bc of the snow. So it was a waste of a few days of rest ...

    On Sunday, I went to the gym and yoga. I tried going to Bethel Park to swim, but the pool was closed.


    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15-25
    face pulls, 50 x 4 x 15
    deadlift, arm ups, 85 x 4 x 5
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 3 x 10
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    bicep curl negatives, 20 x 3 x 10
    hip abductors, 130 x 4 x 5
    hip thrusters w/plate, 35 x 2 x 15
    DB rows, 40 x 3 x 5 each side
    single leg stand in streamline position on flat side of bosu -- I ripped this off from a Jessica Hardy post on FB. It took a bit to get used to it -- it's not easy -- but I worked up to a couple rounds of 1:00 on each leg.


    Vinyasa Flow, 75 minutes

    I hadn't been to a yoga class in ages, but it seemed fairly easy. I didn't even have trouble on the standing twisting poses. So I guess I've been doing enough yoga/stretching on my own.



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    I'm going to head to Sewy today. I'm bummed about missing the meet. I would have liked to get some racing in before Albatross. There is a meet on Feb 13, but Mr. Fort is out of town that weekend so that's a no go for me.
  8. Fri Jan 15

    by , January 16th, 2016 at 11:25 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    side bridge with elevated feet and hip abduction, 10 each side
    altitude drops, 2 x 5
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 5
    explosive butterfly pulls on double cable machine, 40 x 3 x 5
    squat jumps 2w/DBs, 20 x 2 x 5
    twisting med ball slams, 10
    eccentric bicep curls w/10 lb DBs, 3 x 10
    zercher squats, 75 x 4 x 5
    back extensions w/25 lb plate, 10

    30 minutes of stretching + yoga



    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    450 (did 350)
    300 kick, no did 100 scull + 100 single arm fly drills

    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ
    6 x 50 free w/paddles @ :45
    -- kept fins on for this bc of the interval

    Main sets:

    The main set was 3 rounds of:
    8 x 50 free (with some stroke count and descend combo) @ :55
    1 x 25 1 breath @ :30
    1 x 25 sprint @ :30
    1 x 25 1 breath @ :30
    1 x 25 sprint @ :30

    As usual, I was feeling non-compliant about that set ... I went at the back of the lane, kept out of my lane mates way and did something like:

    8 x 25 backstroke @ 100 pace (on weird intervals)
    1 x 25 1 breath free
    1 x 25 sprint breast
    1 x 25 1 breath free
    1 x 25 EZ
    8 x 25 breaststroke @ 100 pace
    3 x 50 EZ
    2 x (broken fast 50 w/fins (:10 rest) + 2 x 50 EZ)
    -- breast 24, kick 21
    1 x 25 1 breath free
    1 x 25 sprint kick
    1 x 25 1 breath free
    1 x 25 sprint kick
    100 EZ

    -- then we did some turns from mid-pool
    -- then there was 8 x burst/fast 25s from the blocks
    -- it is a pet peeve of mine that coaches leave AFAP work for the end of practice when you're tired ... sprinting should be done fresh IMO
    -- so I didn't do any of these, too beat. plus, I'm just plain scared to dive into 5 feet of water -- too shallow

    100 EZ

    Total: 2500


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    I am really looking forward to a day off! Lil Fort does not have a track meet today, so I'm going to kick off the weekend with brunch with friends.
  9. Tues Jan 12

    by , January 12th, 2016 at 07:20 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    good mornings, 75 x 4 x 5
    kneeling ab crunches, 150 x 1 x 8, 160 x 3 x 8 (the weight on this machine seems wrong to me ...)
    single leg squat on high box, 3 x 6 each leg
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    deadlift, 80-85 x 4 x 6
    altitude drops, 5
    altitude drops + squat jump, 5
    star jumps, 5
    resisted standing broad jumps, 30 x 3 x 5
    face pulls, 60 x 4 x 12
    hip abductor, 130 x 4 x 4
    hip thrusters, 35 x 3 x 10


    3 miles on treadmill

    20 minutes of foam rolling & stretching


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    Hit the gym today. I meant to do an easy 1000 afterward, but forgot to bring my swim stuff. I laid off most upper body exercises to give my bicep tendon a break. I think that I overdid the TRX planking exercises - too many in one session perhaps. Something to remember for the future.
  10. Friday Double, Jan 9

    by , January 9th, 2016 at 11:25 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    TRX pendulum crunch, 15
    TRX pendulums, 2 x 25
    TRX ab ripper (to do this you move forward and backward from a straight arm plank to a forearm plank), 3 x 15 -- difficult!
    TRX 3 way: knee in + legs out in a V + legs back together and right into pike, 3 x 10 -- difficult!
    TRX standing roll outs, 10
    TRX bicep curl, 3 x 10
    rope slams, 3 x 10
    alternating rope slams, 2 x 25
    kettle ball swings, 2 x 25
    extreme angle iso squat w/DB, 5:00
    elevated side bridge with hip abduction, 2 x 10 each side


    10 minutes of stretching



    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    400 (did 350)
    10 x 50 kick @ 1:10 accelerate off walls
    -- I did 5 x 50 burst SDK + cruise w/fins, 3 breast kick and 2 EZ
    4 x 100 w/paddles & buoy with 7/3/5/7 breathing pattern @ 1:40
    -- No, I did 4 x 50 DPS free w/paddles
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    6 x 25 power kick @ :45
    50 EZ

    7 x 100 w/paddles and fins done as: 25 using paddles as kickboard, 25 6 kick switch, 25 double recovery, 25 catch up free
    -- I did odds as assigned, evens = 25 fast kick (10s) + 75 EZ kick
    1 x 100 EZ

    3 rounds:
    4 x 50 @ 1:10 done as: 25 overkick free + 25 sprint free, :5-7 second break at the 25
    1 x 100 EZ

    I did: R1 = fly w/fins, 1-2 @ 100 pace, 3 EZ, 4 @ 100 pace
    R2 = 2 free w/paddles, then got out to use my inhaler
    R3 = breast, 1-2 @ 100 pace, 3 EZ, 4 @ 100 pace

    6 x 25 burst to 15m then cruise @ :50
    -- I did 6 x 25 breast dolphin @ 100 pace (16s)
    -- bursting at the end of a long practice seem rather futile to me
    200 EZ

    Total: 3250



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    I was pretty bushed after that effort and had a big night's sleep. I had planned today as an off today bc Lil Fort has a track meet in Youngstown. My body definitely needs a day off.

    Saw this article on core training on Swimming World: http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com...core-strength/. That's where I got the idea for the elevated side bridge with hip abduction. I thought this looked pretty easy, but it was not. I also like the eccentric bosu exercise.
  11. Week 171 - Tuesday

    by , January 5th, 2016 at 02:49 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a very good night of sleep last night and woke feeling good. I hoped to get both drylands and a swim in today but alas I was not able to make both work.

    5x(1:30 vasa swim trainer, :30 rest)
    2x(shoulder exercises with bands)
    5x(5xabs done as :45 secs on and :15 second transition) with 1min between rounds.
    6x(1:30 vasa swim trainer, :30 rest) all out
    5 mins of one leg pushes on vasa against the wall(10 pushes per leg)

    My new ab toy is tearing up my stomach pretty good and I wonder how long I will have to wait before the soreness goes away. I guess I must be doing something right because my back ache has gone already.

    I am still working on my season plan but I would like to add an extra 5k per week to my swimming program from last season. As we have put more focus on race pace work my aerobic work has decreased. In thinking about my 800m I think the reduction in aerobic work likely hurt me. Its a balance due to the wide range of events I compete in. My challenge is trying to find an extra 90 minutes or so in my week to swim, which is going to be tough.

    Assuming my work situation stays as it is right now I maybe able to do a taper meet this spring. My season plan is going to assume I am going to do a taper meet. Now the challenge is deciding between USMS Spring Nationals and Canadian Nationals. My friend from Austin ages up next year so this will be my last shot at the little Ewok for a few years, so right now I am leaning towards Greensboro.
  12. Mon Jan 4

    by , January 4th, 2016 at 04:49 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drylands:


    rehab ex
    ab wheel roll outs w/knees on bosu, 3 x 15
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    single leg squats on high box, 3 x 6 each leg
    zercher squats, 75 x 4 x 6
    HS hi row, 140 x 4 x 5
    supine backstroke pull on cable machine on yoga ball (legs straight, feet together), 25 x 2 x 8 each arm
    pull up negatives, 2 x 5
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 1 x 10 (forgot to do other reps)
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15

    Swim: 1200 EZ


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    I'm already sore from that! Getting back to drylands after NE Champs has been taxing, especially trying to add a short core session into the routine. I also need to get back to foam rolling and stretching. Didn't even think about that over the holidays.

    I've been looking at the meet calendar trying to decide what meets to swim in the next 6+ months. The best options seem to be:

    Jan 24: SCY @ University of Buffalo
    Feb. 13: SCY @ Miami U of Ohio
    Mar 5: SCM Albatross Meet @ Bethesda
    Apr 2: SCY Huntington Meet @ Ohio St U
    Apr 9-10: SCY Zones @ Mason
    Apr 28-May 1: SCY Nationals @ Greensboro
    May 20- 23: Canadian nationals (I would only go if it is SCM)
    July 9-10: LCM Terrapin Cup @ U of Md (very early start)
    July 21-25: SCM, USA Masters Games @ Greensboro (assuming it is USMS sanctioned)
    July 30-31: LCM, South Central Zones @ Texas A&M

    I obviously can't go to all of these. I can't say that I'm all that excited about SCY zones and nationals since I'll be 54.9. It probably only makes sense to go to one of them. If I went to Zones, there would be plenty of time to re-boot and re-taper for Canadian Nationals. But some of the Pitt folks are actually talking about going to USMS nationals, which might change my thinking ... Though only 3 weeks between USMS Nationals and Canadian nationals is a very short turnaround. Probably inadvisable ... Any thoughts? For now, I'm just going to focus on the first two meets on my list. I really think I should head up to Buffalo bc I don't want to wait until March to race.

    Updated January 5th, 2016 at 06:33 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  13. Fri-Sat Jan 1-2

    by , January 2nd, 2016 at 07:23 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Friday: Drylands: mini core

    Saxon side bends, 10 x 2 x 15
    power wheel standing roll outs, 8
    TRX forward & backs with forearms on bosu, 2 x 25
    TRX pendulums, 2 x 25
    TRX saw pikes, 2 x 15
    supine flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    supine bench press w/DBs on bosu with straight raised legs, 20 x 2 x 15

    3 miles on treadmill



    Saturday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00, 50 EZ

    6 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00-3:30
    100 EZ

    fast broken 100 IM, :15 rest @ 50
    150 EZ

    broken 100 fly w/fins, :10 rest per 25
    -- this was awful, couldn't really do the last 25
    100 EZ

    2 x
    10 x 25 fly w/fins @ 100 pace @ :45
    50 EZ

    100 EZ

    10 x 25 flutter kick, hold best average @ 1:00
    200 EZ

    Total: 3350



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    Whew, I'm tired from that effort. I am definitely not in fly shape. If I can't do a broken 100 with fins (though I was tired), it's tough to see how I could do it that well in a meet even in SCY. I can't seem to stay UW in a 100 as long as I used to ... I think I'd have to work on breathing every stroke, which I'm not sure is the best fit with my stroke. Something to mull over.
  14. Week 170 - Friday

    by , January 1st, 2016 at 01:27 PM (After a long rest)
    My daughter and I went for massages yesterday. It was her first real massage and I think she will be back for more! She and I are alike and according to the masseus we are both knotted in the same place; shoulder, back and neck. I suspect this is typical swimmer muscle areas. She did great and followed instructions with water and today is not too sore. I have had a small pain in my trees major for sometime and the last couple of times I have had a massage she has worked in this. Last night she went right to it and it hurt a lot but as has been the case after previous massages I feel so much better the next day. After our massages we had a nice family dinner with my wife, kids and parents and then I did my normal fall asleep on the couch as everyone watched tv. I headed to bed around 8:45pm and did not even make it to 9pm let alone midnight. I guess I saw in New Year in Greenland or there abouts!

    Today a group of us met up for a dryland workout. I choose to do an aerobic focused workout consisting of the stationary bike and the vasa trainer. I really felt good today.

    2x(30 mins at 100rpm and heart rate of 110ish, 10 mins at medium intensity on vasa trainer)

    On the stationary bike I struggled getting my heart rate up and assumed the bike heart rate monitor was off. One of my training partners offered to lend me his Mio watch that has a heart rate monitor and it confirmed that my heart rate was at 110. I checked it after the bike and again after the vasa trainer and it was pretty much the same. This seems low to me since I was sweating pretty good. One of the guys said I was just in good shape which I guess could account for it. I may start keeping a heart rate log but I know I struggle with a watch in the pool so maybe I will just do it on dryland workouts or will manually count in the pool. We shall see.

    We are off to a masters New Year's Day party which s always good fun!
  15. Week 170 - Thursday

    by , December 31st, 2015 at 06:10 PM (After a long rest)
    I had another good nights sleep. I think this was partly due to my sons choice of movie last night. We decided to do a family movie night and persuaded my son to join us by giving him the right to choose the movie. Of course, he had to choose Terminator Genisys which put me to sleep within 15 minutes. Immediately after the movie I went to bed and slept like a baby. I woke up feeling pretty good.

    Today was another dryland workout and once again I used my new power roller or as I now like to refer to it "the wheel of torture".

    5x(1:30 vasa swim trainer, :30 rest)
    2x(shoulder exercises with bands)
    5x(5xabs done as :45 secs on and :15 second transition) with 1min between rounds.
    6x(1:30 vasa swim trainer, :30 rest) all out
    5 mins on stationary bike
    5 mins on elliptical machine
    5 mins of one leg pushes on vasa against the wall(10 pushes per leg)

    i really worked the abs and vasa today and was hurting so bad it took me a good 3-4 minutes to get up after the last round of abs.
  16. Wed Dec 30

    by , December 31st, 2015 at 11:49 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    russian twists on incline bench w/plate, 25 x 3 x 25
    seated row negatives, 80 x 3 x 8
    seated straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 25
    deadlift, 85 x 4 x 5
    kneeling ab crunches, 140 x 3 x 15
    extreme angle isometric squat, 4:00
    rear delt flys, 80 x 3 x 8
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 3 x 10
    hip abdcutors, 120 x 4 x 5


    Swim/SCY @ Sewy Masters

    8 x 50 various @ :45
    8 x 25 power kick @ :40
    50 EZ
    ?
    16 x 50 with some IM pattern @ 1:05
    -- I did this kick with fins; interval was too hard otherwise.
    -- odds = 100ish pace, evens = EZ
    -- even with fins, I could have used more rest on the EZ ones to really hit 100 pace
    1 x 100 EZ
    4 x (4 x 50, AFAP first 25, IM order by round) @ 1:20
    -- too hard for me again
    -- I decided to do 32 x 25 @ IM order @ 100 pace w/fins @ :40
    -- I cruised # 10 and #21
    1 x 150 EZ

    Total: 2500


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    I enjoy swimming with Sewy masters, but they try to cram a lot in an hour. The intervals are usually way too difficult for me. Still, I came away with some hard kicking and I really worked the 32 x 25 set. Today, I'm going to do short speed on max rest. I don't feel as sore as usual from weights, probably bc Mr. Fort gave me a half hour massage yesterday.
  17. Week 170 - Tuesday

    by , December 29th, 2015 at 10:45 AM (After a long rest)
    I slept much better last night and felt good when I woke up. Today's workout was a dryland workout. My ab power roller arrived on Saturday so today was test day. No doubts about it, it brings a whole new dimension to my abs. My only concern is that it significantly increases the pressure on my lower back which right now is very sore. I think I over did it today and will grow this in my core program. Today I used it twice per round of core exercises and on round 5 I was mush!!!!

    5x(1:30 vasa swim trainer, :30 rest)
    2x(shoulder exercises with bands)
    4x(5xabs done as :45 secs on and :15 second transition) with 1min between rounds.
    6x(1:30 vasa swim trainer, :30 rest) all out
    5 mins on stationary bike
    5 mins on elliptical machine
    5 mins of one leg pushes on vasa against the wall(10 pushes per leg)

    i am tired!!!
  18. Tues Dec 22

    by , December 23rd, 2015 at 11:45 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands @ LA Fitness

    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 80 x 3 x 25
    ab wheel roll outs with knees on bosu, 3 x 15
    saxon side bends, 15 x 3 x 10
    captains chair straight leg raises, 3 x 20
    seated row negatives, 70 x 3 x 8
    overhead squats, 45 x 3 x 8
    good mornings, 80 x 4 x 6
    glute isolator, 60 x 3 x 5 each leg
    hip abductor, 120 x 3 x 6
    rear delt fly, 75 x 3 x 8


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    Didn't have time to swim afterward. I'm a little too preoccupied with the holidays and having my kids home. Will go to Pitt tonight, where I anticipate more long course kicking.
  19. Fri Dec 18

    by , December 18th, 2015 at 05:13 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    ab wheel roll outs with knees on bosu (harder that way), 3 x 15
    180 twists w/25 lb plate with back on yoga ball, 25 x 3 x 10
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 3 x 10
    face pulls, 50 x 3 x 15
    extreme angle squat w/plate on high boxes, 35 x 3 x 8
    deadlifts, 65 x 3 x 6
    altitude drops, 5

    The I did a couple exercises that I saw in the recent Swimming World, supposedly good for backstroke. They definitely add an instability factor.

    yoga ball supine cable backstroke pull (legs straight, feet together), 20 x 3 x 10 each arm
    single arm supine pullover on bench w/flutter kick, 15 lb DBs x 1 x 15, 10 lb DBs x 2 x 25


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    Still kept it pretty light, though I do expect to be sore from trying some different exercises. Didn't have time to swim afterward. Way too busy. And Fort Son is arriving (with girlfriend) in a couple hours!
  20. 12/13/15: dry

    by , December 13th, 2015 at 06:57 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    PT progressing with knee, with therapist twice a week and homework every night. Hit the gym tonight after work for

    15 min elliptical 1.3 miles
    10 min bike 2.8 miles

    Hot tub before the Pats tonight
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