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  1. Saturday, June 1, 2013 Apple Capital Day 2 Results

    by , June 2nd, 2013 at 01:32 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    After yesterday's rough time with life in general, I managed to wake up this morning feeling great, in fact better than I've been all week long, so I headed in to work like always at 5:00am to get a little more $$$$ in the pocket. Got 8 hours done, and still had about 3 hours at home to take the kids to the school to play, and just relax for a while.

    Headed to the pool about 4:00ish to grab a cheeseburger with grilled onions from the concession stand. They're 100% worth it, and don't sit in your stomach, or at least not mine. They had a 30 minute-ish warmup period at the mid-point of the afternoon session (you know how USA-S has to do the "4 hour rule"). I got in about 800 of easy free, some fly drill, and a little speedy stuff, but not much more than 25 up tempo stuff. I already knew I'd be better at this point than Friday's 400 IM. My body was 100% different feeling.

    200 Fly - 2:30.25 (same as last season)
    31.9 / 36.1
    39.7 / 42.0
    Yeah the back half hurt a little bit, and I was really feeling stiff around the 150 or a little before. As I pushed off the final wall I could feel that twinge just prior to getting a cramp coming on in my calves. Uh oh. I just slugged through the final 50, trying not to use too much effort on the legs, or risk rescue by the lifeguards. Made it home right about the same time I had last season, so that's a plus.

    200 Breast - 3:02.92 (about the same as last season)
    42.3 / 47.8
    47.5 / 45.4
    I told John that I was going to take it out easy, and build the effort and turnover on each 50. I did start easy for sure, and stayed neck and neck with a girl next to me (they swam all the 15 and over events co-ed mixed), until the final 50 when I really went for it with my turnover and lunging forward. My legs just played along, but I powered home well. This is a pretty decent time for me.

    The sun was well down at this point, and it had been cooling for the past couple hours, plus the wind was picking up a bit like it always does around here at night. Basically pretty cold no matter who you are. I stayed in my clothes up till about 15 seconds before the whistle to get up on the blocks.
    400 Free - 4:48.40 (3 seconds slower than last season)
    1:08.xx / 1:14.mid / 1:14.mid / 1:11.low
    I was sandwiched between a college girl and another boy in the final heat, and they both got out about a bodylength or more ahead of me within the first 100. I was just eating their wakes for the middle 200, and began to pull up on them both from about the 250 point to the 350 mark. I gave it my all to catch them, but to no avail. Kids...


    Tomorrow morning I'll be timing the meet for about 3 hours in the morning with my daughter, and then will get back later in the afternoon again for 4 more races. These ones should be least I'm waiting for the 100 Fly in which I'm seeded 3rd in. I need some hardware!!!
  2. 85 degrees at the Y today

    by , June 1st, 2013 at 08:12 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Managed a good workout today dispute the hot temps. Focused on stroke work today

    1000 free as 200 SPSKS
    Next sets were with monofin
    8x25@:45 fly scull drill
    8x25@:45 1 arm fly alt rt/lt
    200 fly kick on back
    8x25@:45 fly fast
    8x25@:45 chest press
    Remove monofin here
    8x25@:45 torque drill
    200 fly no equipment for time went 3:26 pleased with this since my best recent time in good temps in competition was 3:11

    200 breast kick
    8x25@:45 breast pull w/zoomers
    8x25@:45 breast scull w/ snorkel
    8x25@:45 accordion drill w/snorkel
    200 front & reverse scull
    200 breast for time went 3:40

    200 back kick w/zoomers
    200 free kick w/zoomers

    5x100@1:45 as 50 free/50 back w/paddles held 1:30's
    300 kick free w/zoomers
    200 free easy

    Total 5000 yards

    Updated June 1st, 2013 at 09:23 PM by Donna

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  3. Saturday 6/1/13

    Saturday 6/1

    AM only LCM (plus torrential rain and thunder (but no lightning) the whole practice)

    300 @ :15 rest swim w/ fins + snorkel
    4x50 @ :10 rest 25 kick/25 drill
    3x100 @ 1:40 Descend by 25s

    8x25 @ :10 rest V.S.
    100 EZ

    6x50 @ 2:15 FAST (29.5, 30.0, 30.0, 29.7, 31.0, 30.5)
    9x100 AE
    6 @ 1:20
    3 @ 1:15
    100 EZ
    4x75 (+ 25 EZ) @ 3:00 FAST (45.9, 47.8, 49.0, 48.8)
    6x100 @ 1:20 AE
    100 EZ
    2x100 @ 1:00 rest (basically a broken 200) I.M. (1:15/1:14 for a 2:29)

    200 EZ

    Total: 5500

    Updated June 4th, 2013 at 01:01 PM by Calvin S

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  4. Week 35 - Saturday

    by , June 1st, 2013 at 10:42 AM (After a long rest)
    My daughter has a two day swim meet this weekend so I was only able to do the 7-8am swim this morning and will have to find some time this week to make up the weights and dry land portion. I felt ok this morning and the extra couple hours of sleep to the rest of the week certainly helped.

    warm up
    8x150 on 2.15 swum 50 free, 50 back, 50 free
    100 easy while others finished
    10x50 kick on 1min
    10x50 wide arm catchup on 50
    100 easy

    Main set
    15x100 swum 5,4,3,2,1 starting at 1.30 and descending to 1.10

    5 mins of video and stroke analysis

    Total 4000meters

    i really liked the catchup with the hands separated as opposed to the hands coming together. This enabled me to concentrate on a nice 6 beat kick and still keep my free ryhthm. The descending 100 set is one of my coaches favorite sets and we did this frequently when swimming short course, but this was the first long course. I did not feel too good at 1.25 pace but kept pushing and made all the 100s the last one I held 1.08. One of the guys in the next land helped by stopping every other 100 and going for it on the ones he swum, which gave me someone to chase(at least on the first 50). I enjoyed the video work and need to work on head position and higher elbows.
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  5. 06.01.13 - Saturday workout

    by , June 1st, 2013 at 09:41 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave and Tess next to Tucker, Bob and Bob. Tucker got about a 600m head start on me. I eventually caught up by keeping my speed up and using shorter rest intervals. About the time I caught up, he left but Bob and Bob had joined him and Dave and Tess were getting in synch with what I was doing. The problem with pushing hard to catch up is that you get worn out. Tess led the lane which helps out but she is a good bit faster than me and was pushing a tough interval. I hung in as long as I could and switched to pull when I couldn't keep up.


    200 Free
    200 Bk/Br
    200 Free

    200 Kick w/ Fins
    200 Pull
    4 x 100 - 1:30
    200 Kick w/ Fins
    200 Pull
    4 x 100 Free down/IM Order back - 1:45

    8 x 50 IM Order - 1:00
    4 x 100 Free - 1:30
    200 Pull

    4 x 50 IM Order - 1:00
    100 Free - 1:30
    4 x 50 IM Order - 1:00
    200 Free - 3:00
    4 x 50 IM Order - 1:00
    300 Pull - 4:30

    300 IM, No Free
    4 x 50 Free - 1:00
    200 IM
    2 x 100 - 1:45
    100 IM
    200 Cool down

    (5600m Total)
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  6. Friday 5/31/13

    Friday 5/31

    "Thursday practice do-over"

    PM only SCY

    800 (300 swim/100 kick)
    600 (200 pull w/ buoy + strapless paddles/100 kick)
    400 (100 drill/100 kick)
    200 I.M. drill/swim

    8x25 @ :10 rest w/ fins "Bubble Drill"
    1-4 focusing on down kick for FL (kicking on back)
    5-8 focuins on up kick (kicking on stomach)

    8x50 @ :45 D1-4, 5-8

    100 EZ

    4x200 @ 2:30 2nd and 4th 50 STRONG
    3x150 @ 2:00 middle 50 STRONG
    2x100 @ 1:10 1st 75 STRONG
    (100 EZ between rounds)

    8x25 @ :30 w/ fins + snorkel
    odd: HP drill (Human Paddle drill)
    even: B&A drill (Bow and Arrow drill)

    200 EZ

    Total: 6100
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  7. Friday, May 31, 2013

    by , May 31st, 2013 at 07:51 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 74, Water temp 78
    Cloudy, humidity at 79%

    Warm Up
    400 FR as 50CU/25RA/25LA/50 SPL-28
    200 FR as 2(50 Smooth, 50 Fast)

    *Set 1*
    2(4x50 FR on 1:10)
    * 35-34-34-33
    * 34-34-34-33
    ---200 BK/FR by 100

    *Set 2*
    4x400 FR on 2:00 Rest
    from dive, as 50 steady/50 strong

    *Set 3*
    8x50s FR on 1:10, odd @40, even >35
    1)39 2)33
    3)40 4)32
    5)41 6)32
    7)40 8)31

    Warm Down
    400 FR Smooth

    Did not feel that great in Set 1, and then just swam for technique in Set 2, but in Set 3 I had fun swimming fast on the even 50s.
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  8. Friday, May 31, 2013 Apple Capital Day 1 Results

    by , May 31st, 2013 at 06:56 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I've been sick since Wednesday night, running a fever, and just overall feeling like BLAH. This morning I woke up and didn't have a fever anymore, and was feeling pretty good so I decided to give it a shot. It's only the "easy" events this afternoon anyway, right??


    500 Free
    400 IM Drill
    300 IM Kick (no Free)
    2 x Dive 50s (I just cruised them)

    1300 LCMeters

    I was feeling pretty iffy during the initial 500 of the warmup, but figured it was mainly from the after-effects of the past couple days. 1 1/2 hours later was my first race, the 400 IM

    400 IM - 5:37.UGH
    I was about 15-20 seconds away from where I should have been at, and possible could've been better than that at 100% health.
    Splits - I don't recall them all, but:
    I felt OK the first 50, but I just didn't have the normal UMPH that I usually do in the fly. It was just downhill from there. At least I wasn't rescued by the lifeguards.

    1500 Free - Scratched
    It was a decision that was for the best by me and all the coaches. I'd just hate to get stuck in an almost 20 minute race and feel like I couldn't finish it.

    On the good side...I will be able to watch Kirk on Jeopardy tonight!! You'd better win dangit!!!!

    When I got home from the meet, I took my temperature, and I was back up to 100.7 again. Not good...back on the meds and hydration again. I may have to scrap this weekend altogether. I believe that was my first scratched/missed event as a masters swimmer/renewed age grouper.
  9. Friday, May 31

    by , May 31st, 2013 at 03:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    600 various
    2 x 50 single arm fly
    2 x 50 scull w/agility paddles
    6 x 50 DPS free w/agility paddles
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    8 x 30 burst + cruise
    -- did the first two off the blocks and promptly got yelled at by lifeguard, and so ended my block work
    100 EZ

    1 x 50 DPS fly
    150 EZ

    5 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 200 EZ)
    1 = fly, 27 flat
    2 = fly, 27 flat
    3 = backstroke @ 90-95%, trying to work on deeper catch, 29 high
    4 = dolphin kick w/board, 28 high
    5 = breast, 31

    6 x 50 DPS backstroke w/agility paddles @ 1:15
    50 EZ

    Total: 3300


    Made it to Mason today amidst life chaos. Was feeling a bit end-of-the-week tired, but laid down some fast 50s. My fly feels better than last summer. I swam 26 out of 31 days in May and got in 8 long course workouts in the less than 3 weeks since nationals. Only 3 weeks until Zones!
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  10. Week 35 - Friday

    by , May 31st, 2013 at 12:23 PM (After a long rest)
    I was tired this morning but still had a good workout.

    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 50

    Main set
    10x100 swum 25 streamline kick, 25 free with overkick, 25 streamline kick, 25 free with overkick on 1.40
    4x200 on 2.30
    100 easy
    3x(2x50 free on 40, 25 under water on 40, 75 fly on 1.30) with fins
    100 easy
    2x100 from the blocks fast on 3 mins

    Total 3500meters

    I held 2.15s on the 200's and felt strong. Two of my team mates threw on fins and after the first one decided to do a 2x100 relay. I felt good on these but was even more tired when I was done. The 2x100s from the block were tough and I held 1.03s on both. I felt good on the first 50 but half way back on the second on both I tired pretty bad. My daughter has a meet tomorrow so tomorrow mornings workout will be just a swim so I should then have some time to recover before long course again on monday.
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  11. 05.31.13 - Friday workout

    by , May 31st, 2013 at 11:20 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave and Dave. Both are back and all is well again with the team. Dave brought with him 88 laminated 5k workouts. Our previous ones were lost probably to an end of year swim team box purge. So, we started back at #1 today:


    600 Warm up

    4 x 100 - 1:30
    4 x 100 - 1:25
    4 x 100 - 1:20
    4 x 100 - 1:15
    50 Easy
    Made these fairly easily and felt like I was warmed up just right for the next set:

    1650 Timed (20:53) Open turns on 300s, negative split
    3:48, 3:47, 3:46, 3:48, 3:50 - not quite a negative split. Apparently, I wasn't feeling as great as I had thought. Not sure if I'm just tired or if this is a stroke problem. I wasn't feeling that great yesterday either.
    50 Easy

    4 x 100 - 1:30 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th 25 kick fly
    4 x 100 IM (2:00, 2:00, 1:50, 1:40)
    4 x 100 - 1:30 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th 25 kick free
    50 Easy

    100 Timed free - 1:03 We don't do these a lot. Speed felt good. I need to kick more.

    200 Cool down

    (5100 Total)
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  12. Thursday 5/30/13

    Thursday 5/30

    "Waste of a Practice"

    PM only SCY

    300 @ :15 rest w/ under H2O turns
    8x25 @ :10 rest 25 human paddle drill/25 "stir the pot" drill w/ snorkel
    4x50 @ 1:00 kick

    **Made it through the 8x25 on round 3 before a HUGE storm came through and cancelled the rest of practice...Disappointed because the main set looked really good, but the silver lining is I wont miss the set, as we plan to just do it Friday afternoon instead!

    Total: 1900
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  13. Wednesday 5/29/13

    Wednesday 5/29

    AM only LCM

    400 swim
    6x100 @ 1:40 25 under H2O kick/25 FL/50 FR w/ fins

    400 @ :20 rest (5:21)
    300 @ :15 rest (3:54)
    100 @ :00 rest (1:11)

    300 @ :15 rest (3:58)
    300 @ :15 rest (3:55)
    200 @ :00 rest (2:26)

    ^^ basically 2x800 broken

    100 EZ

    Total: 2700
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  14. Long Course today and I just had to do an easy one

    by , May 31st, 2013 at 07:28 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    My muscle aches have caught up with me, I needed a recovery day so I just made it up as I went along.

    1000 free as 200 SPSKS
    400 IM as 50 drill/50 swim of each stroke
    200 breast kick
    5x100@1:45 free w/paddles holding 1:35's
    300 breast kick
    400 free EZ
    4x50 free w/zoomers dolphin kick to 20 meters

    total 3000 meters
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  15. Week 35 - Thursday

    by , May 30th, 2013 at 10:12 PM (After a long rest)
    I had planned on a 75 minute swim but parking was awful at the pool tonight. The aquatic center is next to the Rockwall Football Stadium and they had a game going on and all the parking at the aquatic center was taken. I finally found a spot just before 7pm leaving me just under an hour to do my workout. Despite the rushed workout I felt ok tonight.

    Warm up
    1000 swim with snorkel
    10x50 kick on 50
    10x50 alternating catchup and finger drag drill on 45

    Main set
    10x100 free on 1.20
    100 easy
    500 swim with over kick with snorkel

    Warm down
    400 easy with a mix of back, free and double arm backstroke

    Total 4000 yds

    My main set of 100 felt like I built the intensity but i was holding 1min-1.01 throughout. I worked my turns as best as I could and worked on six beat kicking. My streamline on my turns is finally starting to feel natural and I am actually pulling with my right arm and breathing left after the turn. I caught myself before nationals breaking my streamline to breath off the walls. It's probably fractions of seconds difference, but over a 1000 or a 1650 it's significant.

    Our long course meet showed up on the USMS calendar today:

    There are so few masters meets in Texas so I hope we get a good turn out. Those unfamiliar with Rockwall, we are just east of Dallas off I30. We have a terrific new facility and the meet should be lots of fun.

    Updated May 30th, 2013 at 10:25 PM by StewartACarroll

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  16. Thursday, May 30, 2013

    by , May 30th, 2013 at 08:48 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 72, Water temp 78
    Partly cloudy, humidity at 68%

    Warm Up
    200 FR as 50CU/25RA/25LA/50 SPL-28
    200 FR as 2(50 Smooth, 50 Fast)

    *Set 1*
    2000 Fr as 4(100 Steady, 200 Strong, 100 Fast)
    ---200 BK/FR by 100
    ---10 min talking

    *Set 2*
    16x50 FR on :50 @800 target pace :40
    *1...14)39-38, 15&16) 36-36

    Warm Down
    400 FR Smooth

    For the first time in months swimming a straight 2000 felt good again. In Set 2, the 50s pace felt steady up to #6 and from there required increasing effort to stay on the pace. My friend Jose was swimming at 36/50 pace, so I pushed the last two 50s to give him a race. My freestyle is in a fragile state and if I swim fast or really strong too soon, my stroke becomes less efficient.

    In the Pan Pacific Championship Men's 800 Meter (Event #2), Wednesday June 5, I am in heat 14, lane 3 with a 10:58.5, and Jose is in heat 17, lane 4 with 9:49.5.
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  17. Workout 05/30/13: evening

    by , May 30th, 2013 at 06:57 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/200 Bk

    With snorkel. Swim w/ Agility Paddles. Pull w/ buoy.
    050 - 100 - 150
    100 - 150 - 200
    150 - 200 - 250
    100 - 150 - 200

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2400 yds/45 min)

    Took a nap after the morning swim, and did some errands this afternoon. I was supposed to meet a friend after dinner tonight, but that was postponed so I decided to get in an extra swim in during this shortened week. Lots of company tonight, but the lane thinned out after 30 minutes or so.
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  18. Thursday, May 30

    by , May 30th, 2013 at 03:53 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up/Transition:

    600 various
    4 x 50 scull w/agility paddles @ 1:10
    50 EZ
    5 x 50 free w/agility paddles @ 150ish pace @ :50
    50 EZ
    crossover turns
    -- I think these will take a long time to master. Moreover, if I'm under 15 m on fly and back in my 100 IM, it may be better to go for big air on the turn anyway.
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    4 x 30
    --dive off side and work on free breakouts, @ 100 pace
    50 EZ

    12 x 25 burst SDK + cruise w/fins @ 1:00
    -- 4 back, 4 belly, 4 flip turn style
    150 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    -- 2 free, 2 back shooters from the block (11+)
    50 EZ

    1 x broken 100 backstroke kick w/fins (46, eh, not great)
    -- break :10 @ each 25
    250 EZ

    6 x 25 backstroke, slow arms + fast feet @ :45
    50 EZ
    6 x 25 free, slow arms + fast high feet @ :45
    50 EZ

    10 x 25 AFAP flutter kick w/fins & board @ 1:00
    -- held 11 high-12 flat
    -- I meant this to be a mini lactate set, but I didn't really feel the burn on these, perhaps bc of the unrestricted breathing.
    200 EZ

    Total: 3570


    I had intended to go to Mason today for long course. But I am just too busy right now with the girls' end of the school year activities and sports. This weekend is prom, prom pictures at our house, track qualifier meet, a soccer pool party at our house and a soccer game on Sunday. Whew. I will get to Mason tomorrow though!
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  19. 05.30.13 - Thursday workout

    by , May 30th, 2013 at 10:14 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Sam and Roger. There were no Daves at the pool. Speed was not there today. I struggled through all of this even though I made most of the intervals.


    600 Warm up

    5 x 200 Free: Odds - 2:40, evens - 2:30

    5 x (100 IM/100 Free) - 2:45
    100 easy

    4 Rounds of:
    * 25 Best kick/75 worst stroke - 1:30
    * 25 #2 kick/75 #3 stroke - 1:30
    * 25 #3 kick/75 #2 stroke - 1:30
    * 25 Worst kick/75 best stroke - 1:30
    * :30 Rest (Mostly catch-up time for me... I was lagging about :10s back)

    12 x 50 Pull - :45, 2 easy/2 hard

    50 Pull w/ Starfleet Paddles. Roger brought these and let me try them out. They certainly aren't the same as the trash can lids I strap on to my hands for normal pull sets but they give some extra pull. Probably more like sprint paddles. They make strange eddies that wash past your legs after the paddle exits.

    100 Cool down

    (5050 Total)
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  20. Workout 05/30/13: morning

    by , May 30th, 2013 at 09:51 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/200 IM drill

    1 x 1000 with snorkel, done as:
    - Noah's Ark Pull with buoy into
    - Noah's Ark with Agility Paddles

    Two times thru:
    - 4 x 125 on 2:00(25 k/75 strong stroke/25 pull w/ buoy)
    - 1 x 100 Dolphin Dives in Deep

    10 x 50 on :45
    - With Agility Paddles: 2 Fr, 1 Bk (perfect stroke, aerobic)

    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/3200 yds/55 min)

    Tue and Thurs starts with Adult Swim at the Rec from 8-9am, but I am finding that it almost never opens on time. Oh well. Steve was there this morning, along with the dude he "encountered" last week, so I went to the middle lane where we split the whole time. Nice mix of distance transitioning into shorter stuff with stroke work.
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