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  1. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jaadams1
    This looks like a good option for me, though it may be a bit much on the IM for me currently. I've been mainly doing all freestyle lately, but I could switch it up a bit today. I may have to try this and see how far I get, provided I have the lane space with the
    Looks like you did a good job on it! I may have to keep posting my stroke workouts here!
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Iwannafly
    I say that if Jim can swim fast with that belly, he should grow it - perhaps it would make him faster? :-)

    Fort, this workout looks possible for me, especially with fins. The only pair of fins I have are long-ish (not those little zoomers). While I am not very adept at either backstroke or fly, I can swim them with ease while wearing fins. My point is that I should be able to swim significantly faster with my fins than I could an all-out 100. Can you tell me what my goal should be while doing the 50s with fins?
    Long fins good! If you are adept with the fins (can stay UW etc), I think your fin time for an AFAP 50 should be approx 5-6 seconds faster than your non-fin AFAP time.
  3. jaadams1's Avatar
    This looks like a good option for me, though it may be a bit much on the IM for me currently. I've been mainly doing all freestyle lately, but I could switch it up a bit today. I may have to try this and see how far I get, provided I have the lane space with the
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by fdtotten
    Terrific "A Lane" workout with excellent organization, flexibility, and options that allows an array of adult masters swimmers with various stroke preferences to personalize the stroke and drill sets. I would think that any Masters 'swammer' or the advanced late starter would have enjoyed this workout.

    Many times over I have learned that there is nothing like swimming to get in shape for swimming! Of course dryland, PT, and various cross training activities are useful, but there is no substitute for water. I have also done spinning sessions, which are a great workout, particularly if one is an active Cyclist.

    As you get established in your daily activities and eventually find the best ways to do your dryland and swim sessions towards consistency, you will rebuild and redevelop yourself as the awesome fast swimmer that you are, and even more so!
    Thanks Frank. Your posts are always so thoughtful. Right now, getting my daughter settled is the most important thing on my mind. She's pretty miserable so far. Training seems relatively unimportant in comparison. But I hope to get in decent sprint shape by Dec. We will see!
  5. fdtotten's Avatar
    Terrific "A Lane" workout with excellent organization, flexibility, and options that allows an array of adult masters swimmers with various stroke preferences to personalize the stroke and drill sets. I would think that any Masters 'swammer' or the advanced late starter would have enjoyed this workout.

    Many times over I have learned that there is nothing like swimming to get in shape for swimming! Of course dryland, PT, and various cross training activities are useful, but there is no substitute for water. I have also done spinning sessions, which are a great workout, particularly if one is an active Cyclist.

    As you get established in your daily activities and eventually find the best ways to do your dryland and swim sessions towards consistency, you will rebuild and redevelop yourself as the awesome fast swimmer that you are, and even more so!
  6. The Fortress's Avatar
    Thanks guys! I got some curious looks about what SDK and AFAP were, but it seemed to go down fairly well. Definitely could be adapted for a pure animal workout.
  7. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    I like the workout It's got a nice mix of speed and distance. I may borrow this one for one of the public swim sessions I periodically have to do. If you reduced the interval on the 100s it would look a little bit like an animal lane work out.
  8. pwb's Avatar
    You are a very versatile coach, I'll have you know. That looks like a great stroke workout even if the yardage is a little high for my weakened state these days. I'm bookmarking it as I have to gte back to IM training after I do my OW race in La Jolla this weekend.
  9. Iwannafly's Avatar
    I say that if Jim can swim fast with that belly, he should grow it - perhaps it would make him faster? :-)

    Fort, this workout looks possible for me, especially with fins. The only pair of fins I have are long-ish (not those little zoomers). While I am not very adept at either backstroke or fly, I can swim them with ease while wearing fins. My point is that I should be able to swim significantly faster with my fins than I could an all-out 100. Can you tell me what my goal should be while doing the 50s with fins?
  10. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by thewookiee
    Saw some facebook photos of Jim. I think you need to have him get into a dryland routine. If he gets a bit of lipo, he might be able to handle the 85-89 age group right now.
    I think he and Bill were purposefully sticking out their tummies. And the point was they beat those younger buff guys in the 2 x 5K race. However, I have said some drylands might be in order!
  11. thewookiee's Avatar
    Saw some facebook photos of Jim. I think you need to have him get into a dryland routine. If he gets a bit of lipo, he might be able to handle the 85-89 age group right now.
  12. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tjrpatt
    Just like on the east side of PA. Some college here won't open to the public either. And the pools are barely used. They should let you buy a membership to the facilities.
    Yeah, my public pools with the pooping kids look pretty sweet right now.
  13. tjrpatt's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Yeah, I'll either coach (waiting on an interview still with the owner) or swim at the masters practices at night and try to do my own thing. It's frustrating it's not open to the public at all, unlike GMU.
    Just like on the east side of PA. Some college here won't open to the public either. And the pools are barely used. They should let you buy a membership to the facilities.
  14. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    Fort, soon you will learn that folks from the South Hills NEVER EVER EVER go to the North HIlls and vice versa. It just isn't done. And GPS does not work here at all. there are way too many byzantine routes from which to choose that navigation systems get overwhelmed.
    The construction here is apocolyptic. It takes me waaaaayy too long to do my normal commute and I rarely have a stretch of road where I don't see orange cones.
    Do you work downtown?

    I was trying to go to the Stickley liquidation sale in the North Hills. My GPS has always worked great before, but it kept failing when my designated route had a closed tunnel and couldn't reroute me. I've warned Mr. Fort I'm not driving there alone again for awhile. Even the highways are twisty and byzantine and there is no time to mull over which way or which direction to go. At least I know how to get to Sewickley now -- as long as nothing is closed.
  15. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tjrpatt
    You spirits should be lifted a little more once you swim at the Pitt pool a few times. The two times I competed in that pool, I swam like crap but it seems like a great pool to train in. I am still baffled why Philly doesn't have a facility like the Pitt pool.
    Yeah, I'll either coach (waiting on an interview still with the owner) or swim at the masters practices at night and try to do my own thing. It's frustrating it's not open to the public at all, unlike GMU.
  16. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by fdtotten
    Moving to another state is a major transition for a family. Perhaps you feel a loss of mojo, but sustaining any kind of swimming and fitness during this time is a win. I am confident that you will eventually figure out ways to successfully have the lifestyle you desire in your new location.

    When we moved to Fort Myers, SWF several years ago, it was not until about halfway through the school year that we began feel more adjusted to the area. It just takes time. Getting the house setup and learning the local roads was just a matter of persistence and acclimation, but it was only after getting the school circumstances stabilized for each child, that my wife and I felt we could move ahead with some of our own activities.

    As for the GT program for our kids, I opted out of that when we lived in GA, because I felt the way it was implemented was a distraction. Also, we would homeschool our kids in the summers and supplemented some of the academics during the school year. But when we came to Lee County-FL, although the school system was intimidatingly bureaucratic, my daughter's elementary school grouped students in to classes according to academic performance inclusive of the GT program activities, which worked out great, and son was accepted in his high school's IB program, so for both kids the school system offered much more than what they had in Evans-GA.
    The Fairfax County school system, where we were, was one of the best in the country. I find it a little disappointing that the middle schools here have no established GT program with the exception of giving designated kids harder assignments. But that's fine, she'll adjust. The high school is quite excellent and offers the full panoply of courses. What kind of home schooling do you do in the summer?

    A move is a major thing, more than I bargained for. I am definitely mourning my old life with the friends, team, pools, familiar infrastructure, etc. I'm sure it will be better in a few months. When I look at my flog, I see I've been active even if much of the exercise was spinning. It's not a disaster, but I feel a far cry from my previous level of swimming fitness in the spring. And drylands are pretty much kaput at this stage. Our gym is downtown and going there will be a real hassle.
    Updated August 30th, 2013 at 11:05 AM by The Fortress
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    agree. Is your yard big enough for a real pool?
    Yeah, but it would be kind of an eyesore. And I don't think it would really solve the problem.
  18. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    So sorry for your and Lil Fort's ennui. If it makes you feel any better, I have an awesome sense of direction and got lost every time I went to Pittsburgh when my sister lived there (pre-GPS days).

    I still think Mr. Fort owes you a 25 SCM 8'-10' depth indoor lap pool in your backyard. Isn't he a believer in the "Happy Wife=Happy Life" formula?
    I don't think a pool in the backyard would make me happy. I dislike swimming outdoors. I'm still in shock that there's not a single pool with a single lane greater than 4 feet deep open to the public in the entire city ...
  19. Water Rat's Avatar
    Fort, soon you will learn that folks from the South Hills NEVER EVER EVER go to the North HIlls and vice versa. It just isn't done. And GPS does not work here at all. there are way too many byzantine routes from which to choose that navigation systems get overwhelmed.
    The construction here is apocolyptic. It takes me waaaaayy too long to do my normal commute and I rarely have a stretch of road where I don't see orange cones.
  20. tjrpatt's Avatar
    You spirits should be lifted a little more once you swim at the Pitt pool a few times. The two times I competed in that pool, I swam like crap but it seems like a great pool to train in. I am still baffled why Philly doesn't have a facility like the Pitt pool.