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  1. Thursday, Oct. 13th, 2011 4:45am

    by , October 13th, 2011 at 11:11 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Whoa...I'm wiped out from yesterday's double workout. At least that's my last one of the week. Have Friday's morning practice, and then travel to Oregon in the afternoon for:

    Saturday: Linfield College Alumni Meet - McMinnville, OR
    Sunday: SCM Masters Meet @ Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, OR

    Thursday am workout:

    200 Free
    100 Kick
    300 Free Pull
    100 Kick
    200 Free
    400 IM Drill

    I just swam through the following set with my buddy at a moderate pace. Didn't feel like moving today. Got about :15-:20 rest on each:

    2 x 150 IM @ 2:30 (75 Fly, 50 Back, 25 Breast)
    3 x 100 Free @ 1:30
    2 x 150 IM @ 2:30 (50 Fly, 75 Back, 25 Breast)
    3 x 100 Free @ 1:30
    2 x 150 IM @ 2:30 (25 FLy, 50 Back, 75 Breast)
    3 x 100 Free @ 1:30

    3100 Yards
  2. 10.13.11 Thursday workout - solo

    by , October 13th, 2011 at 08:53 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam solo. Even had an open lane next to me through the whole workout. Kind of lonely. Didn't check the pool temp but it felt a tad warmer... maybe 85. No drag suit.

    Not sure what to think of the 800. Kept ahead of the 1:15 pace and started getting faster. Probably had another 400 yards in me at that pace. Kind of hoping for some 2:25s though.


    400 Warm up

    6 x 50 fr - :45

    800 Free timed - Open turns every 200 (2:30, 2:30, 2:28, 2:26)
    50 Easy

    4 times through:
    * 200 Kick - 4:00
    * 6 x 50 - :50 (Odds stroke, evens pull, #5 hard)
    50 Easy

    2 times through:
    * 75 fl/bk/br - 1:10
    * 75 bk/br/fr - 1:10
    * 75 br/fr/fl - 1:10
    * 75 fr/fl/bk - 1:10

    200 Cool down

    (4400 total)
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  3. Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 2011 5:30PM (DOUBLE)

    by , October 12th, 2011 at 11:04 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Solo at the Y

    200 Free
    100 Kick
    200 Free Pull

    20 x 25 SDK w/ Speedo Biofuse training fins
    Odds underwater on stomach w/ 1 breath in middle @ :30
    Evens on back w/ 8 underwater kicks then kick on surface @ :35

    100 EZ Free to get the feeling back in my legs/feet. The use of the weighted fins makes your feet feel "weird" afterward.

    16 x 100 Free
    4 @ 1:30
    4 @ 1:25
    4 @ 1:20
    4 @ 1:15
    I was able to stay right at 1:06s all the way through this set. I was going to do 4 @ 1:10, but right at the start of the 1:15 interval I got bombarded by 2 others in my lane, and 3 others in the next lane over. They were "warming up" for their adult lessons class that was getting started @ 6:30. One of the downsides to lap swimming at the YMCA...and it can happen at any time.

    100 EZ

    16 x 75 Free Pull @ 1:00
    (held :50-:52s)

    20 x 25 Flutter Kick w/ board @ :30
    This was basically a cool down, just kicking and trying not to cramp up. Actually made it.

    100 EZ

    4600 Yards + 3400 Yards from the a.m. = 8000 Yards for the day
  4. August 21 - October 11, 2011

    by , October 12th, 2011 at 03:50 PM (Canuck Countdown)
    Wow! I was surprised when I took a look at my blog and realized I hadn't written in nearly 2 months!

    August 21 - August 30
    Swam 5 more outdoor workouts totalling 16,200 meters (averaging 3240 meters). August 30 was our last workout of the summer season, as the outdoor pools in Edmonton were scheduled to be closed that day.

    September 1 - 9
    No training, as our indoor home - the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre - was closed for maintenance.

    September 10 -September 18
    September 10 marked the beginning of our new season. As the Kinsmen was still closed for maintenance, we swam at Peter Hemingway and Terwillegar pools for this time period. I swam a total of six workouts during this time (19000 meters, averaging 3167 meters per workout).

    We added a new coach to our roster for this season. Here's the introductions that I wrote for each of our coaches:

    New to the club is Mathew Mossey. Matt has previous experience in the swimming community, having been a competitive swimmer for over ten years. After removing himself from the water, he made an easy transition to the deck and has been active in coaching for the past ten years. He has coached with the Saskatoon Goldfins Swim Club, Edmonton Huma Swim Club, University of Alberta Swim Camps, Edmonton Keyano Swim Club, and Fort Saskatchewan Piranhas Swim Club. He recalls winning two Provincial Championships with the Edmonton Huma Swim Club as one of his most enjoyable and challenging experiences. Matt will be responsible for the "Sharks" practices on Tu/Th/Sa/Su.

    Glen Playfair is returning for another season. In recent years, Glen has been University of Alberta's Head Coach for cross country and track and field (distance), as well as the Head Coach of the Edmonton Thunder Track and Field Club. He was Athletics Canada's Head Coach for the NACAC Cross Country Championships in Trinidad & Tobago (2010) and for the 38th IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Poland (2010). He was also the Team Coach for the 37th IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Jordan (2009) and recieved the Alberta Coaches Recognition Award (2008). He has also been heavily involved in the International Triathlon Union and has coached triathlete stars such as Paul Tichelaar and Paula Findlay. Glen will be responsible for our noon hour practices (M/W/F), as well as the "Turtles" practices on Tu/Th/Su.

    Jim Phelan is also returning for another season. No stranger to the Edmonton swimming community, Jim's career in the sport has been based entirely out of this city. The first eleven years were spent growing up and swimming for the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club until 2005. After graduating high school, Jim was proud to be a member of the University of Alberta Golden Bears Varsity Swim Team from 2005 until 2010. Highlights included three trips to the CIS National Championship from 2008-2010. More recently, Jim was head coach of the Edmonton Huma Swim Club in 2011. He was also the head facility coach at Scona pool for Olympian Swim Club in 2010-2011, and assistant coach for the Edmonton Masters Swim Club in 2010-2011. Jim was also the head coach of the Derrick Devil Rays from 2008-2010. He has been involved with the U of A Summer Swim Camps and served as the ASSA "All Star" Coach at Age Group Provincials this past July. Philosophically, Jim believes in a proper technical basis in all skills and strokes to be continually emphasized to promote balanced swimmer development over time. This technical emphasis must then be reinforced with power swimming to achieve success. Academically, Jim is pursuing graduate studies in American History at the University of Alberta. Jim will be our backup coach, filling in for Glen on Saturdays and other times as needed.

    September 19 - October 10

    Back at the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre. Swam a total of 10 workouts (35800 meters, averaging of 3580 meters per workout).

    Notable sets during this time:

    4 x 50 free descend @ 1:00 (:37, :35, :34, :33 = 2:19)
    200 free fast @ 4:00 = 2:22
    4 x 50 free descend @ 1:00 (:35, :34, :33, :33 = 2:15)
    200 free fast @ 4:00 = 2:18

    (with fins)
    4 x 50 free EZ @ 1:00
    1 x 100 pace @ 1:30 = 1:11
    4 x 50 free EZ @ 1:00
    2 x 100 pace @ 1:30 = 1:10, 1:10
    4 x 50 free EZ @ 1:00
    3 x 100 pace @ 1:30 = 1:09, 1:09, 1:09
    6 x 50 free EZ @ 1:30
    4 x 100 pace @ 1:30 = 1:09, 1:09, 1:09, 1:09

    October 11

    242 days until Day 1 of the FINA World Masters Championships

    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    WWU Pool (SCM)

    2 x
    (100 swim,
    100 kick,
    100 drill,
    100 swim)

    4 x (3 x 75 @ 1:45 as 75 kick, 75 drill, 75 swim); sets of 75s in reverse IM order

    3 x 100 Fly as (75 drill/25 swim) @ 1:45 with fins
    3 x 100 Back as (75 drill/25 swim) @ 1:45 with fins
    3 x 100 Breast as (75 drill/25 swim) @ 2:15 NO fins
    3 x 100 Free as (75 drill/25 swim) @ 2:00 NO fins

    4 x (8 x 25 as 6 drill, 2 fast) @ :40, IM order

    100 EZ

    Total Distance = 3800 Meters

    Day after Canadian Thankgiving!

    Was tired and sore from the weekend because we drove out to our cabin in Saskatchewan on Saturday after workout (4300 meters) and spent the next two days doing chores to get the place ready for winter: chop wood, haul out the boat and winterize it, take out the docks and boat lift, winterize the water system (clean out the water softener, blow out the water lines), etc. But we also had time for a nice Thanksgiving dinner, complete with turkey, stuffing, cranberries, ham, mashed potatoes, turnips, ... yum, yum!

    Updated October 14th, 2011 at 04:03 PM by lewba

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  5. Wed Oct 12th, 2011 SCY

    by , October 12th, 2011 at 11:59 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Oct 12th, 2011 SCY

    I'll be in NYC this Thu - Mon
    hope to swim a few times

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    UT Swim Center: main pool
    7:30 - 9:00 dove in 1st!
    wore Jammer
    swam with Ned beside Larry Jim & Pat Evoe
    Whitney Coached

    3 rounds of (150 fr 100 stroke done 50k 50sw)
    50 fr

    Main SET: scy

    8 x 25 on :30
    2 each stroke, 1) 70%, 2) 85%

    400 fr 70% went 4:53
    1:00 break

    8 x 50 on 1:00
    2 each stroke, 1) 70%, 2) 85%

    400 fr 80% went 4:35
    1:00 break

    8 x 75 on 1:30
    2 each stroke, 1) 70%, 2) 85%

    400 fr 90% went 4:24
    1:00 break

    8 x 100 on 2:00
    2 each stroke, 1) 70%, 2) 85%

    400 fr 100% went 4:10
    1:00 break

    500 done 25 underwater, 25 fast, 50 easy k

    Upcoming Meets

    Sat Nov 12 - Sun 13, 2011
    2011 WMST November SCM Classic

    Sat Dec 3rd & Sun Dec 4th
    2011 South Central SCM Regional Invitational
    San Antonio, TX
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  6. Tues & Wed October 11-12, 2011 5:00am

    by , October 12th, 2011 at 11:59 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Tuesday a.m. workout:
    I skipped yesterday. Probably shouldn't have, but I did. I'm glad I got in for the morning workout today. It really sucks to roll out of bed at 4:20, but I like every other aspect of the morning workouts KNelson
    I did the same as Kirk yesterday...nothing in the pool. I had planned on going...just turned off the alarm clock and didn't get out of bed. Maybe that's means I need a break.
    I did however go out for a 1 hour run around the soccer field for the last time of the season refereeing my daughter's last game. They won 4-1. My t-shirt was soaked in sweat beneath my sweatshirt, so I'd say I got a workout running around...but I still HATE RUNNING!!


    Wednesday a.m. workout:

    200 Free
    200 Kick w/ board
    200 IM Drill
    200 Free Pull

    Still a little sore and feeling like "monday" from my lack of swimming/running yesterday. Not sure what I would do, so I took a little tidbit from the age group workout that was left on the board.

    1 x 600 (200 Free, 200 IM, 200 Free) @ 8:00
    My first 200 was a 2:15, and the last one was a 2:20. Total was a 7:30, so I guess that's an easy 2:55 in the middle. It felt like I took it easy.

    2 x 300 (100 Free, 100 IM, 100 Free @ 4:00
    Went 3:40 & 3:38 on these. Felt good with this distance.

    1 x 800 Free Pull cruise
    Was 6:00 @ 500 when I looked at the clock, so holding 1:12s. Finished at 9:35.

    1 x 100 Kick w/ board

    4 x 100 Free @ 1:30
    Went 1:06/1:05/1:03/1:00

    100 EZ
    3400 Yards

    Planning on adding on to this yardage later tonight...gotta catch GDanner!

    Updated October 12th, 2011 at 11:05 PM by jaadams1

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  7. ALL OUT 100s!

    by , October 12th, 2011 at 11:07 AM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    Today was a typical Wednesday sprint day. Instead of focusing on 50's, however, we bumped up to 100's. I must say, I pleasantly surprised myself in two ways:

    1. I didn't throw up in the pool!
    2. I did a 1:10, 1:11, and 3 1:12s from a push!

    Here's what we did:
    400 Warm-Up
    1 x 400 Kick on 8:00
    6 x 50 Kick Faster on 1:00
    5 sets:
    - 4 x 50 Free on 1:00
    - 1:00 rest
    - 1 x 100 Free ALL OUT on 3:00 (did 1:10, 1:11, 1:12, 1:12, 1:12)
    (added 50 EZ after first three rounds)
    250 Cool-Down
    Total Yards - 3000

    Shout out to the HSE boys and girls cross country teams! Both earned a birth in the Indiana Regional Meet coming up on Saturday by finishing 2nd each in yesterday's Sectionals meet! WAY TO GO!

    I'm debating a bike ride this afternoon, since it's supposed to get a lot cooler and rain the rest of the week. Not sure how my legs will handle it, but unless something wacky comes up this afternoon, I probably will.

    Enjoy your afternoon and your swims!
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  8. 10.12.11 Wednesday workout

    by , October 12th, 2011 at 09:30 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Kent in between Roger and Phil (Left) and Dave and Dave (Right). Phil is visiting again from California. Power hour format. No drag suit. Pool temp holding @ 84. Infant swim classes are starting soon so pool temp will be rising.


    600 Warm up

    6 Times through:
    * 75 Free/25 stroke - 1:20 (I did fl/bk/br x 2 on stroke)
    * 100 Kick - 1:40
    1:00 Break
    6 Times through:
    * 100 fr - 1:10 (1:07s)
    * 100 Kick - 1:50
    50 Easy

    Kent did fly on the 1:10s. Made it interesting every time we passed each other. Sometimes I got a breath... sometimes I didn't.

    1000 - 15:00 (I did 14:00)
    * 200 Pull/100 Kick x 3
    * 100 Fly
    75 Easy

    Some lanes opened up and we spread out for this set. We were shooting for 14 minutes which I hit exactly.

    1000 Fr relay - 10:00 (From Dive)
    * 2 per team, adjust lanes so that all relays make 10:00

    Relays are always fun and I have a hard time slacking off when a relay victory is on the line. Started with Roger and ended up with Dave B as we adjusted to balance out the lane speeds. Came in at 9:58. Other lanes were 10:03 and 10:04.

    125 Cool down

    (4750 Total)
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  9. More Speed Work, Tuesday, Oct. 11

    by , October 11th, 2011 at 06:36 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up/Transition:

    600 various

    20 x 25 shooters w/MF
    4 x back/belly/360/back/belly

    3 x (3 x 50 w/paddles) @ 1:00
    1 = free
    2 = backstroke kick
    3 = torque drill (@1:15)

    50 EZ

    Speed Sets:

    3 x (5 x 50 w/fins) @ 1:30
    -- set nicked from Rich Abrahams
    -- 100 EZ after each round

    1-5 = free: 6/7/8/9/10 fast strokes
    6-10 = dolphin kick on back: 8/9/10/11/12 fast kicks
    11-15 = back: 6/7/8/9/10 fast strokes

    8 x 25
    odds = fast hands breast drill w/buoy
    evens = EZ

    150 EZ

    Total: 3000


    Quad help up pretty well during the speed work. Only felt it on the push offs. I wanted to get to yoga today, but couldn't. So tomorrow I'm aiming for weights + yoga. I should be plenty tired for my swim with Speedo on Thursday.

    I'm going to encourage my girls to shame me into stretching tonight.

    Had a nice long chat with Fort Son last night. Seems to be doing great. Loves two of his classes (not Spanish). He finished 2nd overall of the 47 freshman rowers in the 5K erg + 5K run fitness test. He will be watching the Republican Presidential Debate, which is at Dartmouth tonight (though he's not a Republican).

    I'm still pouting that the Princeton Chase regatta is the same day as the Sprint Classic. I thought about skipping the meet, but there really isn't another one I could get in easily before NE Champs. I don't want to go months without competing again like I did last summer (no meets between mid April and Nationals in early August). Will have to decide if I want to head up to Dartmouth for the Green Monster on Nov. 5 ... but that conflicts with Lil Fort sports.

    Updated October 11th, 2011 at 08:34 PM by The Fortress

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  10. Tue Oct 11th, 2011 SCY

    by , October 11th, 2011 at 03:39 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue Oct 11th, 2011 SCY

    I'll be in NYC this Thu - Mon
    hope to swim a few times

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    Mon Oct 10: swam didn't blog
    skipped 5:00 am and had a nooner instead
    main set:
    5 x 150 on 2:00 75% right into
    5 x 150 on 0:35
    30 sec to 1:00 break
    then 4, 3, 2, 1

    UT Swim Center: main pool
    6:30 - 8:00 dove in 6:33ish
    wore Jammer
    swam with Paul & Ned
    beside Larry Jim James Chris, & Tyler
    Whitney Coached

    swim till 6:50, did around 1200

    Main SET: scy

    4 rounds: 1 each stroke of
    025 fast on 1:00
    050 fast on 2:00
    075 fast on 3:00
    100 fast on 2:00 then
    8 minute swim mod did 500 to 600 each time

    100 easy

    25 fl fast
    whitney timed
    roll start
    went 10.4

    50 easy

    Upcoming Meets

    Sat Nov 12 - Sun 13, 2011
    2011 WMST November SCM Classic

    Sat Dec 3rd & Sun Dec 4th
    2011 South Central SCM Regional Invitational
    San Antonio, TX

    Updated October 11th, 2011 at 03:56 PM by ande

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  11. Distance Day

    by , October 11th, 2011 at 03:16 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    Well, after my 20 mile bike ride yesterday, I wasn't exactly sure how my legs were going to hold up for today's distance day. After a very short time in the water, I knew. Not really well.... Shocker, eh?

    Here's what we did today:
    350 Warm-Up
    2 sets:
    - 6 x 50 Free on 1:15 (find good, strong pace)
    - 3 x 100 Free on 1:45 (hold pace)
    - 1 x 300 Free on 5:00 (hold pace)
    - 3 x 100 Free on 1:35 (hold pace)
    - 6 x 50 Free on :50 (hold pace)
    400 Cool-Down
    Total Yards - 3700

    In case you're thinking that those numbers don't add up, you're right. They don't. I did the 1st round 3 x 100 Free on 1:35 as 1 100 & 2 75's. I was just not feeling it in the water. And, of course, the harder I pushed to be "fast", the slower my times were even with the extra effort expended.

    In the 2nd round, I held on as written until the 300. Then, I kicked the 300 and wore fins (still swimming free) for the last 100s and 50s rounds. Ugh... what a day. Still, I am better off for having been there this morning.

    The bike ride (the SHORT bike ride) I was thinking about doing this afternoon will be done another day. It's pretty windy out right now and it's Sectionals Day for the high school cross country teams in Indiana. GOOD LUCK, HSE! My daughter is running Varsity as a freshman and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they go all the way to the State Meet.

    I'm off to the Sectionals course shortly. Enjoy your swims today!
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  12. Workout 10/11/11

    by , October 11th, 2011 at 09:36 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    600 w/u (200 FR/BK/IM drill)

    4 x 100 kick on 2:00

    1 x 500 pull with buoy
    - (25 dps/25 fast, 50 dps/50 fast, ...)

    4 x 100 IM continuous
    - cycle IMO (1st=Fly, 2nd= back, ...)
    - Drill/Kick/Drill/Swim

    4 x 50 Free on 1:00
    - descend 1-4

    2 x 50 Skull/ underwater dolphin kick on back by 25

    200 junk w/d

    (2400 yds total)

    My arms felt tight today after not swimming for four days. I try to get in the water after a max of three days off, but the holiday yesterday pushed it to four. I swam this morning, so there was no room to do a set workout and I had to base some of the times on traffic in the water. I might try to go early tomorrow before work, but plan to get back into the water on Fri solo and Sat am with the Masters team.

    Oh, I also picked up the wine making kit. The carboy holds 6 gallons, and I probably have the 80 pounds of excess grapes needed, so I will embark on making 30 bottles of wine this week. Wow, I was looking to try a few bottles ...

    Updated October 11th, 2011 at 09:39 AM by rxleakem (Total yards)

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  13. 10.11.11 Tuesday workout

    by , October 11th, 2011 at 09:25 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam next to Dave and Dave in my own lane. No drag suit. Temp 84ish and slowly rising.


    500 Warm up

    3 times through:
    * 4 x 75 - 1:00
    * 200 Pull - 2:30 (2:28, 2:25, 2:20)
    * 6 x 25 - :40 Easy/Hard - fl, bk, br

    Always seems to hurt following hard pull with fly. This got easier as it went on.

    2 Times through:
    * 100 Easy
    * 1000 up/down Pull/Kick - 15:00
    * Open turns every 100. If ahead of 1:30 pace, substitute 25 pull for 25 kick. If behind or at 100 kick, substitute 25 kick for 25 pull.

    I love long kick sets. Saturated both 1000's (0, 25, 50, 75, 100, 75, 100, 75, 100, 75 Kick). Made the first on 15:00 and the second on 14:50.

    100 Cool down

    (4750 total)
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  14. Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 5:00am & 5:15pm (doubled)

    by , October 10th, 2011 at 10:16 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Morning workout:

    300 Free
    3 x 100 Kick flutter kick w/ training fins (5-7 SDKs off walls) @ :10 rest
    200 IM
    4 x 50 Free @ :10 rest working on 3 SDKs off walls

    This dolphining is going to be hard to do, but I'm going to start getting used to it. I noticed most of the age groupers are doing it pretty consisitently in the swims at the meet...especially the one who creamed me off the last turn of the 100 Free. I used to do it back in the day, I've just gone away from it since restarting Masters a few years ago. I'm not going to turn into a monofin wearing sprinter though, just going to work on my SDKs to be consistent for a couple off each wall.

    8 x 25 Free @ :30 (3 SDKs)
    100 flutter kick on back w/ training fins @ 2:00 5-6 SDKs
    4 x 50 Free @ :55 (2-3 SDKs)
    100 flutter kick on back w/ training fins @ 2:00 5-6 SDKs
    2 x 100 Free @ 1:35 (2-3 SDKs)
    100 Flutter kick on back w/ training fins @ 2:00 5-6 SDKs
    1 x 200 Free Fast with 2-3 SDKs) went 2:12 - pretty decent

    At this point I got pulled to be the demonstrator for butterfly technique for the other masters swimmer who were doing the normal drill work at this time. Did two 50s Fly to show the timing of the stroke with the 2 kicks. Most of the swimmers were pausing with their hand out front and doing both kicks there, rather than one kick as the pull comes past the hips, then they would return to the front and pause their stroke again. After showing them that my stroke basically has no pause out front, many of them were "cured" of their butterfly ailment.

    Back to swimming:
    I had 5 minutes left, and the group in lane 6 was going to start their set of 300s.

    I did it as 3 x 100 @ 1:10 (went 1:03/1:06/1:05)
    100 EZ

    Looking serious into starting the 30x100s set soon. Maybe.

    2600 Yards in the a.m.


    Afternoon Swim:

    200 Free
    300 Free Pull
    10 x 50 Free @ :45 (held :32-:35)

    Got this idea (somewhat) from QBrain):
    5 x 200 Free Pull @ 2:20
    (went 2:09, 2:48**, 2:15, 2:15, 2:14)
    ** I overcounted (OOPS) on the 2nd one and did a 250 Free @ 3:00
    150 EZ
    4 x 200 IM @ 3:00 (went 2:44, 2:44, 2:41, 2:39)
    3 x 200 Free @ 2:30 (went 2:20, 2:24, 2:2)
    I was just shot at this point. Time to shut it down. I was planning on a 2x200, 1x200 at the end...oh well.

    100 EZ
    3700 Yards in 60 minutes

    Updated October 12th, 2011 at 11:05 PM by jaadams1

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  15. Monday, Sept. 12

    by , October 10th, 2011 at 08:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    600 various
    6 x 50 fly drills w/fins
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins

    Power & Speed Sets:

    10 x 25 breast w/paddles
    -- I like the idea, especially on the pull. The recovery is kinda weird.

    50 EZ

    20 x 25 torque drill w/paddles
    -- same thing Speedo was doing today at the same time in another pool
    -- @ :55 in (also around 7:00, they're doing roughly the same thing with a med ball)

    50 EZ

    10 x 25 burst 15 + cruise @ 1:00
    -- fast doggy paddle
    -- arms burning

    50 EZ

    10 x 25 w/fins burst 15 + cruise @ 1:00
    -- dolphin kick on back using mainly hips & back

    100 EZ

    Total: 2600


    Forgot my equipment bag today or else I would've finished up with some parachutes. Managed to borrow fins & paddles from equipment room. Did not get out of bed until 9:46 today.

    Quad feels somewhat better today after wrapping and icing.

    Updated October 10th, 2011 at 08:31 PM by The Fortress

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  16. Meet Results and Monday's Swim

    by , October 10th, 2011 at 11:27 AM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    When I last checked in, I was getting ready for the first SCM meet of my season (which - depending on how my daughter's cross country team does in their run to state - may be my last SCM of the season).

    To be really honest, I was really disappointed with how I was swimming. In retrospect, that is silly, but I just can't shake it. I think part of the problem is that I didn't "feel" fast in the water and the other part is that I wanted to drop time from my very best ever converted SCY times (when I was fully tapered); that just didn't happen. I will say, however, that in all four events, I did drop time from the SCM season last year. Every race result was higher than my fully tapered time, but lower than my next best time. Does that make sense? I guess my expectations of myself were just a tad too high and I need to learn not to compare tapered results to non-tapered (didn't even take an easy swim day or a day off prior to the meet) results.

    I was still in my funk when I hit the pool this morning and this workout nearly broke me. In the end, it was more about not quitting then being fast today as I have never been so close to crying at a practice than I was today. Here's what we did:

    350 Warm-Up
    2 x 300 as 4 x 75 IM (no free) on 5:30 - wore fins
    1 x 350 Kick on 6:00
    12 x 25 Kick on :40 - NO fins (did them all on :25-:28 - YAY!)
    8 sets:
    - 1 x 100 Free on 1:45 (held 1:22s)
    - 2 x 50 Free Faster on 1:00 (not faster - doing :38-:40s)
    300 Cool-Down
    Total Yards - 3500

    Of course, in my insanity...

    Today is Columbus Day. The kids are still at school; my husband is still at work. My company lists today as a company-mandated holiday. So... I am entertaining myself until school is out. What do I decide to do with my free time? Yep... 20.5 mile bike ride on my husband's old mountain bike with the front tire that likes to maintain its state of flatness. It wasn't a fast ride.... it took 105 minutes, but I did learn a lot about needing actual biking shorts, how nice a real road bike will be, and how gloves are a good thing as it was chilly and I forgot how much "wind" is generated from biking on a calm morning.

    The first Aquabike is in May - 1500 meter swim and a 26.2 mile ride. Still do-able, but I have a much better understanding of what it will take to get there after today.

    Tomorrow in the pool is distance day... should be interesting.

    Enjoy your swims today!
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  17. Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 Ellensburg (USAS) Meet Results

    by , October 9th, 2011 at 09:02 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    This was a nice meet to get to...only an hour and 20 minutes or so of a drive. Very short compared to what I'm used to. Got in my usual McDonald's breakfast as I left Wenatchee, using my Monopoly winning tickets to get free food for breakfast.

    8:30am warmup, 9:30am meet start
    Got in for warmup with the Wenatchee club team, I'll probably end up joining up with them on a modified workout plan ("2 a week") that they have setup one of these days. The coach said I could go Tues, Thurs, and sneak in a Saturday as well.

    500 Free
    8 x 50 "Easy Speed 50s" @ 1:10 (we had probably 15 or so in the lane)
    2 Dive 25s (1 Fly, 1 Back)

    In between each of my events I was able to get between 3-400 of cooldown, which helped a lot. The pool is a 10 lane pool, but they were only using 6 of the lanes, leaving 2 open on the far side of the pool for basically "public swim". The amount of little kids in there doing random swimming, underwater flips, bubble rings from the deep end, sharks and minnows, etc. made it interesting.

    All of my events were swum in the 13 & Over classification, but I was scored/placed 15 & Over.

    400 IM - 4:39.49 3rd place (1st and 2nd were 4:32s)
    4 seconds slower than Masters best when I was tapered last April at PNA Champs. 2nd fastest time as a Master.
    Fly (59.3) Easy speed, bad turns
    Back (1:17.5) Blah
    Breast (1:20.1) No stretching out, hips low, no kick
    Free (1:02.5) (32.4/30.1) This last 100 shows that my freestyle training is there, and I should be great in my freestyle events to come at future meets. I was catching the leaders on the final 50 as well.

    200 Back - 2:15.90 4th Place - Masters best time by (0.04 seconds) It still counts!
    I just remember trying to kick like mad and spin my arms on the last 100. I still hate backstroke, but need to work on it for my IMs.

    100 Free leadoff split on 400 Free Relay - 52.05 - Master's best time by 0.04 seconds! (24.7/27.3)
    Who says a middle D guy can't sprint! I was thrilled by this! I haven't been below a 53.4 for a year and a half.
    Relay??? - you all are asking. Well, the Wenatchee club team had the relay signed up but 2 of the older boys didn't show up. The relay was set up as 11&Over, so the coach had a 17, 13, and 11 year old boys, and added me to the relay as the 4th member. I'm not registered with their club so it was an exhibition relay, done just so the other kids could still swim a relay.
    The cool thing was that the 11 year old was so thrilled to swim with fast "big guys" that he dropped 7 seconds on his 100 Free. Nice.

    100 Fly - 57.57 3rd Place (1st thru 3rd were basically a tie, I just missed out)
    This was a great time for me, basically tying my best non shaved and tapered time.
    11.7 / 14.9 / 15.6 / 15.5
    I remember on the last length putting my head down rather than breathing 2 up 1 down, and I think had 3 total breaths on the final length with my last 3 to the wall head down sprinting. My turns sucked though, I didn't "hit" the wall great on my stroke, had to kick in to most of the walls.

    200 Breast - 2:32.20 1st Place (no fast 15 & Overs were in the race, just one 13 year old that schooled me)
    32.6 / 39.9 / 41.2 / 38.5
    My pullouts (mainly the pulldown) were the savior of my race. My knee is sore enough that I can't put enough emphasis into my kick like I used to, so I have to rely on my upper body to do the work.
    (Note to KNelson: add up the first two splits of this race)

    100 Free - 52.42 2nd Place
    11.6 / 13.3 / 13.7 / 13.7
    Just a little slower all around compared to my relay lead off split a few hours earlier. I was out feeling great and had the lead by a shoulder at the 50, the kid pulled even at the 75, and passed me on the road home. I really wanted to catch him but was hurting bad. He went a 52.0 so I wasn't too far behind.

    Very good meet overall, left me feeling all warm and fuzzy all over...or maybe that's the lactice acid buildup from the lack of cool down after the final race***. I had about 4000 yards of swimming today counting all the races, warmups, cool downs. Got some nifty awards too! See the picture attached.

    *** After the last event of a meet, the cool down is moved to the Monday morning workout, and called "warmup".
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  18. Sunday Double, Oct. 9

    by , October 9th, 2011 at 08:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    RC exercises
    TRX Y pull, 2 x 20
    TRX chest press, 2 x 20
    TRX tricep extension, 2 x 20
    TRX moving plank, 2 x 20
    TRX single arm row, 2 x 15 each arm
    power wheel rollouts, 2 x 15

    -- Much to what I anticipate is Jazzy's dismay, I bought a power training rope similar to the one in the Coughlin video. Fooled around with it today, and really liked it. Seems good for explosiveness/strengthening for the arms and shoulders.

    double waves:
    2 x 15, 2 x 25
    alternating waves:
    2 x 25, 4 x 50, 1 x 75

    15 minutes stretching

    (team practice was cancelled)

    -- Ventured to Oak Marr for a swim. Usually, it's just packed on weekends at the public pools. But with the bulkhead removed, there were more lanes than usual. I was joined mid-way by an Aussie "endurance" swimmer with a USMS cap.

    Warm up:

    600 various
    9 x 50 fly drills
    3 x caterpillar, chest press, single arm

    Main Sets:

    4 x 50 fly @ 1:00
    4 x 100 IM @ 1:45
    8 x 25 free w/paddles, 1 breath @ :30
    1:00 rest

    4 x 50 back w/turtles @ 1:00
    4 x 100 IM @ 1:45
    8 x 25 free w/paddles, 1 breath @ :30
    1:00 rest

    4 x 50 breast drill @ 1:00
    4 x 100 IM @ 1:45
    8 x 25 free w/paddles, 1 breath @ :30

    100 EZ

    Total: 3550


    Whew, tired after that! My quad is still bothering me. I stuck with upper body work for drylands, but could still feel it in the pool. I don't think I've done a workout with no kicking in ... well, maybe never. I've been icing when I've been home (not much). Just put some sensi-wrap around it.

    I am really in terrible aerobic condition. I blame it on no long course + becoming even more extreme about doing only anaerobic/race pace work in practice.

    No school tomorrow. Get to sleep in.
  19. Sat Oct 7th, 2011 SCY

    by , October 8th, 2011 at 01:55 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sat Oct 7th, 2011 SCY

    I'll be in NYC next Thu - Mon.

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    UT Swim Center: main pool
    7:30 - 9:00 dove in 7:40ish
    wore Jammer
    swam with Larry Jim & Paul
    beside Korey & Nate
    Whitney Coached

    Assigned: 25 50 75 100 125 150 175 200
    200 175 150 125 100 75 50 25
    Did part of up & all of down

    Main SET: scy

    2 x 200 fr 75% on 2:50
    went 2:20s

    400 faster Than the add up of the 2 2s
    Went out strong
    then smacked my hand hard around 250
    It went numb so I skipped a 50
    Jim went 4:11

    100 easy

    2 x 400 fr 75% on 5:20

    800 faster Than the add up of the 2 4s
    Went out strong felt good
    Miscounted, stopped at 700 on 7:29

    100 easy

    Assigned: 5 x 200 with fins & paddles
    Did: 3 rounds of 100 easy speed 50 skip 50 3 breaths a length

    Got out at 8:50 to do something fast
    Then didn't

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  20. Week of 10/2/2011 - 10/8/2011

    by , October 8th, 2011 at 01:53 PM (An Uber Clydesdale Swimmer's Journey)
    Monday, October 3, 2011
    2900 SCY
    I liked today's work out up until I read the sets of 500s.... I'm not a distance swimmer. I tend to either go out too fast or too slow, and either way my times end up reflecting that I didn't plan right. The 50s were great though; they allow you to get your heart rate up and pumping.
    400 free, easy
    4 x 50 IM order
    6 x 25 "15 meter" drill

    Main Set
    4 x 25 "15 meter" drill
    5 x 50 fast
    5 x 50 faster
    2 x 500 rest... pull, swim
    5 x 50 build up sprints 0:30 rest
    5 x 50 build up sprints 0:30 rest stroke
    3 x 50 easy recovery

    Cool down
    200 free, easy
    Wednesday, October 5, 2011
    3350 SCY
    Wow it's cold tonight!!! This afternoon as I drove to my college class, it poured rain. I mean a lot! I could barely see 25 feet in front of my truck. It was crazy! Of course, I still made it to swimming tonight in spite of the strong urge to go home after class to escape the rain. By the time practice rolled around, the rain had let up and there was only an occasional breeze. Apparently most of the swimmers were scared away, as there were only two other swimmers (both Masters swimmers) in the pool with me: Danielle and Ed. I was able to get in the whole workout, but the worst part was getting out. It was a cold dash from the pool to my bag, and from there to the locker room.
    400 free, easy
    1 x 200 IM
    6 x 50 "15 meter" drill

    Main Set
    400 swim
    300 pull
    200 kick
    100 drill
    9 x 100 swim w/0:15 sec rest (1 easy, 1 STRONG, repeat)
    5 easy
    8 x 50 w/0:20 rest (free/non-free by 25)

    Cool down
    100 free, easy

    I know that regular readers of my blog will be thinking "What happened to Friday's workout?!". I didn't swim Friday night because my boss had a birthday at his house. I wanted to go, and since I was going to be taking care of my Dad and step-mom's dogs that weekend, I was hoping to get a work-out in on Saturday. I did some looking around in the Redlands and Yucaipa area, and the only place I could find that listed public lap swim was the University of Redlands. I called the number to verify and the recording said the pool was only open to students, staff, and alumni, and that it was going to be closed this weekend for the men's water polo game. Darn it!

    Updated October 24th, 2011 at 02:37 PM by tuna

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