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  1. Workout 10/27/12:

    by , October 27th, 2012 at 09:24 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 Fr/200 Bk/300 kick-swim by 100 with snorkel

    Read pwb's post (and JBS's, too) so I tried the [ame=""]Thorpe Test Set[/ame] from Tall Paul:
    Middle "D" & Sprint groups
    "Thorpe Test set" (done every 4-6 weeks)
    - 16 x 50's @ :50 every 4th @ 200 race pace
    - 12 x 50's @ 1:00 every 3rd @ 200 race pace
    - 8 x 50's @ 1:10 every other @ 200 race pace
    - 4 x 50's @ 1:20 all @ 200 race pace
    -- stroke/IM option is to swim all the recovery swims free and only the "fast" swims stroke.
    I did a mixture of FR pull with buoy and Bk for the non-fast stuff, and logged the following for the FR (goal time = 1:54, or 28.50)
    1. 30.97, 29.43, 29.62, 28.69 = 1:58.71
    2. 28.38, 28.13, 27.37, 28.56 = 1:52.44
    3. 28.50, 28.50, 27.68, 29.00 = 1:53.68
    4. 29.82, 28.12, 28.69, 27.75 = 1:54.38

    200 float with snorkel and out
    (Solo/Rec/2900 yds/60 min)

    I have to admit that this workout kicked my backside pretty good, and it felt good. I read in Tall Paul's workout thread where That Guy gave it a go, and had stuck in my mind that after the second round the easy:fast swim ratio was less than positive, Knowing that I would have to squeeze this set in (Sat pm is dead at the pool), I did a less than normal workout and it showed during the first round. The last two wounds found me with a heart rate that would not slow down, causing my times to rise as well. That near Lactate kicker on the fourth round is a devious touch

    Overall, I am happy with those times. I will add it to the Test Set Tracking page on the blog and revisit it in about a month or so. Had a great start to the day coaching the local Masters team and playing with the pace clock as mentioned in the June coaches newsletter. After we finished up, I walked downtown with my wife to check out Fallapalooza (the town shuts down Main Street and brings in vendors and hosts treating for the kids) - good times. After my swim this evening we grabbed takeout from the local chippie and I sill soon be heading for
    Tags: thorpe
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  2. Sat, Oct. 27, 2012 8:00-10:00am

    by , October 27th, 2012 at 02:57 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    This morning was rough...really rough. I awoke at 4:00am to get to work extra early to get a few things fixed on the line before my bosses cleanup group was going to do their annual cleaning of the room. This is a super-cleaning though, blowing out all the dust and debris from everywhere - the rafters, walls, machinery, everything. It's an all day dirty dirty job, and I didn't want to be in there inhaling that stuff in the air. It's pretty nasty, that's why I got in and out early.
    Made it out with plenty of time before swimming, so I headed over to McD's for a nice sit down meal - Big Breakfast w/ Hot Cakes and an extra Hash Brown. This is the breakfast of champions, especially a 1/2 hour prior to a swim practice.


    300 Free
    300 Flutter Kick w/ board
    400 Free Pull (was a 300, but I did a 100 extra since the others were still finishing)

    8 x 25 V-Sit Scull @ 1:15

    Main Set (4 Lane Circuit Rotation):

    Lane 6

    8 x 100 Stroke @ 2:00 shoot for 180 HR
    • did Fly, went 1:05/1:06/1:07/1:07/1:07/1:08/1:10/1:07
    • not sure about my HR, but it was up there. I was struggling around #6...

    Lane 5

    12 x 25 Bucket Pulling w/ buoy and paddles @ 1:30
    • standard issue 5 gallon Home Depot bucket with about ten 1/4" holes drilled in the bottom
    • went roughly :20-:22 on each one
    • 100% pure strength set - but I got bored with the rest interval
    • These were fun, and I could've done them all day long, if not for the boredom interval.

    Lane 4
    12 x 100 SDK w/ fins @ 1:30 (ranged from 1:20-1:33ish)

    Lane 3

    16 x 50 Free @ 1:00 Odds EZ DPS, Evens Fast w/ overkicking
    • couldn't really get many of the fast one faster than :31 here...I was just beat

    Whole Group together (including the younger kids from lanes 1&2)

    4 x 25 AFAP Free @ 1:00 Rock 'n Roll Time
    went fast (roughly :12s)

    200 EZ and out

    4600 Yards and now to

    I'm dead tired...I'm sure the very limited sleep last night didn't allow my muscles to fully recover enough before adding more punishment today. I was given a choice which of the 4 circuit sets I wanted to start with of the 4 above. I'm glad I started with the stroke set, because that would've been hell at the end, but on the other hand, by doing it first I was wiped out for the remainder of the day too.
  3. Saturday 10/27/12

    Saturday 10/27

    AM only SCY

    600 swim
    400 IM k/sw/dr/sw

    16x50 @ 1:00 IM order by sets of 4
    2 drill
    2 build

    3x100 @ 1:15 D1-3
    4x50 @ 1:00 V.S.

    400 @ 5:00 IM FAST
    200 @ 3:00 EZ
    Results: 4:49, 4:48, 4:48, 4:45

    8x50 @ 1:00 odd: side kick, even: drill

    100 EZ

    Total: 5700
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  4. Fri, Oct. 26, 2012 7:00-8:30pm

    by , October 27th, 2012 at 01:45 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Tonight was a very light practice, both in terms of yardage, and attendance by the kids. Not sure where everyone was, but that's fine, more lane space for those of us who came.

    800 Free DPS (ended up building after the 500)

    16 x 25 Kick w/ board (no fins) @ :45 (4 each stroke)

    16 x 25 Pull w/ paddles @ :45 (4 of each stroke) Odds EZ, Evens Fast

    Main Set:

    6 x 200 IM @ 5:30!! - GO FOR IT - FAST
    went 2:25, 2:25, 2:26, 2:25, 2:28 , finished 2:22.
    I did a 50 EZ between each one
    This was tiring, and I wasn't exactly ready to go fast today.

    100 EZ

    4 x 50 AFAP @ 1:30
    #1-2 Stroke Choice - did Fly (:30/:29)
    #3-4 Free (:28/:26)

    200 EZ

    3600 Yards

    We all got out early to go over to a local frozen yogurt place that was "taken over" by the swim team to operate from 4-10pm today with the proceeds and tips going to the swim team as a fundraiser. A bit high priced, but it was good.
  5. Workout 10/26/12:

    by , October 26th, 2012 at 11:30 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 Fr/200 BK/200 IM drill

    10 x 100 with snorkel
    - odds DPS FR on 1:20
    - evens kick on 1:50

    5 x 200 on 3:00
    - 1-4: first 50 hard IMO
    - 5 = 200 IM drill

    50 ez

    10 x 50 Fr done as:
    1-4: Quarters Strong on :50 with snorkel
    5: AFAP with snorkel (28.4) on :60
    6-9: Quarters Strong on :50 (w/o)
    10: AFAP (26.8) on :60

    50 ez
    4 x 25 FAST IMO on :30
    50 ez
    4 x 25 FAST on :30
    - odds: back with start
    - evens: DPS FR

    250 loosen and out with snorkel
    (Solo/Rec/3700 yds/70 min)

    Another good swim today with a mix of volume transitioning into higher intensity. Alternating swim and kick with the first pre-set is getting easier, and I will try to drop the kick time down next week. Using the snorkel does seem to allow for better leg positioning with the kick, which I can translate into my fast swims. I like that. I tried to descend those swims, and went 1:10,:08:08,:07,:06).

    I was going to repeat my little IM set from a few weeks ago, but the lane got crowded and I skipped the fast 200 IM on #5. I was pretty fried by that one, anyway. On the Quarters Strong, I wanted to see what difference the fast 50 would show with and without the snorkel. About two seconds, which I attribute mostly to lackluster turns with the snorkel (since it flops about a bit). That last 50 is a great practice time for me, especially at the end of that set. Then I tired to bust out some fast stroke stuff before warmdown.

    I have full weekend ahead. I am coaching the local group tomorrow morning and plan to swim myself at some point. Our town has lots of events, including high school fall sports playoff games, Fallapalooza downtown tomorrow (shouldn't snow this year), and Sunday I will be helping at the Wicked Creepy Cyclocross race (registration in the morning, then I will be dressed as a pumpkin during the costumed ride at noon. I was going to enter an actual race, but they all last at least 30 minutes and I'm not that keen on breaking my neck (yet).

    Have a great weekend, and be prepared for Frankenstorm all my east coast friends.
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  6. Friday, October 25, 2012

    by , October 26th, 2012 at 07:05 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY @FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 79, pool at 78, 100% water clarity.
    Cloudy dark gray possible rainy skies with humidity at 70%

    Focus - Stroke Technique

    *Warm up*
    1x400 FR Drills

    *Set 1*
    1x2000 FR
    Swam 5 rounds of:
    • 200 EZ legs, smooth pull
    • 200 moderate 4k, stronger pull

    *Set 2*
    200 BR Kick with Snorkel
    200 BR 50 K/bk, 50 Swim

    *Set 3*
    4x500 FR on 1min rest or HR=>11/6
    Swam each as:
    • 400 EZ legs, strong pull
    • 100 steady 4-6k, firm controlled pull

    *Set 4*
    1x1000 FR w/paddles
    Swam 5 rounds of:
    • 150 EZ legs, strong pull
    • 50 steady 4-6k, firm controlled pull

    Warm down: 100 EZ

    • Today is the best day of this week because my wife returns from two week business trip to Shanghai, China - we get to pick her up at RSW airport tonight. Hurray!
    • Before getting in the water, I had planned to do some basic early season intervals: 400 cruise on 5min, 4x50s on :45 @33-34 pace, 2x100 on 1:30 @ 1:07-08 pace, 1x200 on 3:00 @ 2:16-18 pace, perhaps 3-4 rounds continuous.
    • During the warmup - I felt like trash. The week of swim workouts along with wk #1 of weights & core work at night had taken more of a toll than expected. I will have to work up to it again, like I did last spring. Really - what was I thinking...
    • Set 1: A basic cruise doing the best form and technique possible in a tired state. My coach said it would be good for me, so I did it.
    • Set 2: A break from Freestyle
    • Set 3: A broken version of Set 1, but to make sure there was sufficient recovery for maximum stroke focus.
    • Set 4: This was actually fun. I like swimming with paddles (medium size, just slightly larger than hands) because it helps my feel of the water, reinforces stroke technique, and it is always good to swim faster, even with a little help.
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  7. Friday, Oct. 26

    by , October 26th, 2012 at 04:18 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    600 various
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    5 x 50 fly drills @ something
    4 x 25 burst + cruise
    200 social kick
    50 EZ

    Total: 1400


    Met up with Pete for a pre-meet swim. I didn't feel as good as yesterday. I need to be less lazy and do some stretching. The trash talking has already started in my house. And according to the psycho sheet, I have some good races at the meet. I am going to decide which event to scratch (100 breast or 50 back) after I swim the 50 free. 3 events before the Battle of the Drop Dead Sprinters is all I can manage. And I need to print out a split request form. Teen Fort asked me if you were allowed to scratch events in masters. I smiled and told her I do that practically every meet!

    Exercise protects against brain shrinkage:

    Updated October 26th, 2012 at 06:42 PM by The Fortress

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  8. 10.26.12 - Friday workout

    by , October 26th, 2012 at 02:07 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Roger, Dave, Dave, Dave, Chris, Meredith and Danny. Not much distance today but some good quality sets near race pace. My GTD stats are going to take a hit from low yardage today and the Nat being closed tomorrow. I'll have to catch up next week I guess.


    600 Warm up

    Challenge set
    6 x 50 - :50
    2:00 Break
    200 Free broken by 50s w/ :15s rest in between 50s
    Made 1:59. No missed turns this time but I was fading on the last 50. Splits were :30, :29, :29, :31.
    50 Easy

    5 x 200 - 2:30, convert free to pull
    100 Easy
    Made all but the second (150 free, 50 Pull) on 2:20 or faster. On the second one, the 50 pull wasn't worth having to stop and put my paddles on. Made the last on 2:10.

    10 x 100 - 1:30
    * Odds IM (1:15-1:20, most around 1:16)
    * Evens free (1:07-1:09, last one 1:05)
    25 Easy

    Started with 3 three team relays. We did a 3 x 200 relay broken into 50s. Made 6:00. I don't know what my splits were but I'm pretty sure I was around :26 to :27. After that, we did 2 four team relays (Keith had to leave). This one was more complicated. We started with 200 kick broken into 50s. The catch was that we had to tag off by handing our board to the next person in the relay. Continued directly into 200 pull. Same thing with some really awkward buoy transfers. Then we each did 200 backstroke. That was followed by each of us doing 3 rounds of our strongest (kick, pull, free or back). Each team member had to pick one... no duplicating what someone else was doing. I took the kick leg. Ended up racing against a teenage fly kicker. My breaststroke kick is pretty strong but this was no contest. I mostly saw fly wake.

    225 Cool down

    (4000 Total)
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  9. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -10/29/20122

    by , October 26th, 2012 at 10:52 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    We will be hosting our annual SCM met in two weeks. Our yardage will drop along with bringing in some meet preparation.

    WARM UP:
    2 X 150 2:30 2:15
    4 X 100 1:40 1:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick + 100 swim

    4 X 25 build to fast :40
    1 X 50 @ 100% 1:20
    1 X 100 easy 2:00
    Four rounds, choice.

    8 X 50 kick 1:10
    1 X 100 swim

    8 X 25
    odd: build to race finish
    even: blocks, sprint 25
    1 X 100 easy

    10 X 50 free
    5 on :40
    5 on :35

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  10. Thurs, Oct. 25, 2012 7:00-9:00 Test Set Thursday

    by , October 26th, 2012 at 01:51 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Gotta love these days (or not).

    The anxiety building up inside wondering in which way the coach is going to kill us today. We always have 2 test sets, a swim one, and a kick one. They are paired up to always be the same, but some are swim set first, then kick set, others the opposite. IM, Free, Stroke sets are all out there.

    It's really up to the rotation the coach has set up, and because we have quite a few sets to choose from, it's anyone's guess as to what we're in for...


    600 (25 Breast, 25 Breast kick w/ hands at sides, 25 Free, 25 V-Sit scull)

    6 x 100 Kick w/ fins @ 2:00 Desc. 1-3, 4-6.
    --did SDK on back
    went 1:21/1:15/1:05, then 1:20, 1:13, 1:04

    12 x 50 Pull w/ paddles @ 1:15 - Odds Breast, Evens Free

    8 x 50 @ 1:00
    IMOrder, 2 each stroke (1 EZ, 1 Fast)
    Fly - :30, Back - :34, Breast - :37, Free - :27 (totals 2:08ish 200 IM)

    Main Sets: (Test Set #1)

    10 x 100 Free @ 1:30 best average
    • avg. 1:03.5 w/ a 25 HR/10 sec.
    • fastest was 1:01, mostly 1:03s/1:04s
    • this was a bit slower than my last time...oh well, I'm tired, and Jared wasn't there to push me (or to draft off)
    200 EZ

    (Test Set #2)

    10 x 100 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 2:00
    • avg. 1:33s w/ a 22 HR/10 sec. (my HR won't get too high with kick alone)
    • Fastest - 1:31, Slowest 1:36
    • I dropped an 8 sec. avg. from the last time I did this
    • I felt really good with these, but got tired on #7, 8, 9, 10
    200 EZ

    6 x 25 All Out Choice stroke @ 1:00 (did Fly)
    • during the previous 200 cooldown a couple 12 year old girls thought it would be cute to hide my fins at the deep end of the pool. I noticed them after the 1st 25, and just put them on for the 2nd 25 to get them back to the start end. I ended up doing an :11 25 fly from push with only 3 strokes of fly
    Coach said "do a couple 100...wait, naaa, do one fifty".
    Did he say 1 x 50, or 150???
    My ears heard 1 x 50, and got started before anyone could question him.
    He smiled when I got out after 1 x 50, and said to me "I see what you did there."
    Masters swimming is all about being smart about your options.

    4800 Yards
  11. Thursday, October 25 2012

    by , October 25th, 2012 at 07:09 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@Fort Myers Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 84, pool at 80, 100% water clarity.
    Cloudy skies with humidity at 68%

    Focus - Stroke Technique, Endurance Base

    1x400 Free

    *Set 1*
    1x1600 IM done as
    • 2(4x200 IMO 50 drill/50 swim)

    *Set 2*
    1x2000 K/fins done as
    • 400 Fly: 4(75 dk/back, 25 swim fast)
    • 400 BK: 4(75 k, 25 swim fast)
    • 400 BR: 4 (75 dk/back, 25 br pull w/dk)
    • 800 FR: 4 (100 kick/board, 100 Swim strong)

    *Set 3*
    1x1000 FR Swim/paddles, broken with :30 rest, done as
    • 2x300 - desc effort by 100
    • 2x200 - 50 cruise, 50 fast

    Warm down: 100 EZ

    • Tired/sore from weights the night before.
    • Set 1 - Was going to do 400s straight, the changed it after doing the first 100.
    • Set 2 - More challenging due to leg fatigue from air squats and leg extensions from the previous day.
    • Set 3 - First 300 was awkward, second 300 better, but sloppy - 200s were almost in a groove
    • Warm down - great~!
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  12. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -10/26/20122

    by , October 25th, 2012 at 05:39 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    2 X 200 3:00 3:00
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    10 X 50 kick 5 on 1:10 5 on 1:00
    1 X 100 swim

    18 X 50 1:05
    Every third is fast, all choice
    1 X 100 easy

    8 X 150 2:30
    Swim or pull.
    Swim 100 cruise/50 fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  13. Thursday, Oct. 25

    by , October 25th, 2012 at 05:00 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    600 various
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    4 x 50 fly drill @ 1:10
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 burst dolphin + cruise
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 burst fast hands + cruise
    100 EZ
    4 x 25 odds up tempo free evens EZ
    100 EZ

    Total: 1600


    Just an easy pre-meet swim today.

    Heat sheets for the Sprint Classic are up. Awkward -- I'm right next to Teen Fort in 25 breast.

    Had a consulting appt with my PRP doc today. Because of the complicted MRI diagnosis, he wants me to see his elbow specialist to rule out surgery for the tears. This really does not thrill me, but I have an appt Nov. 1. I'm going to continue to hope that it is not surgical since I am still swimming and there is not great weakness. The tears and tendinosis can be treated by PRP, probably need 3 rounds. In retrospect, I am cross with myself that I did not get an MRI last November. I've wasted a lot of time and money on a misdiagnosis. And I likely caused more damage by returning to lifting too early, thinking it was just tennis elbow. If I'm ever injured again, I'm going to err on the side of getting an MRI right away.

    On another note, I'm not sure I should restart weights after Sundays meet. With upcoming meets on Nov. 18 and Dec 7-8, it might not make any sense. I can't decide whether to do a little core work and jumping or lay off entirely.

    Updated October 25th, 2012 at 10:10 PM by The Fortress

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  14. Thursday 10/25/12

    Thursday 10/25

    PM only SCY

    Pilfered from the HVT forums, the following presentation has been edited for time and formatted to fit your screen.

    400 swim 100 FR/200 IM k/dr/100 FR
    4x100 @ 1:15 D1-4
    4x100 @ 1:50 IM kick D1-4
    6x50 @ :50 #1,6 EZ FR, #2-5 IM order build to fast

    12x50 @ :45 D1-3, 4 EZ

    2x75 @ 1:10 DPS
    100 @ 1:10 FAST @ 1000 pace (59.2, 58.7, 59.7)
    2x75 @ 1:20 25 dr/25 kick/25 dr
    100 @ 1:20 FAST @ 400 IM pace (1:04.8, 1:07.9, 1:09.7 --> one each stroke)
    :30 rest

    4x100 @ 1:30 pull w/ buoy + strapless paddles + snorkel (focusing on body position and roll + catch)

    Total: 4000
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  15. 10/25/12 Lunch time swim

    Had a great lunchtime swim.


    200 s
    200 k
    200 p
    6x75 sprints

    main set



    First lunchtime swim while the highschool ear is in session. Ironically, the pool was not crowded, people were nice, and the kids were no wheres to be seen.
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  16. Thu Oct 25th, 2012

    by , October 25th, 2012 at 11:44 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu Oct 25th, 2012

    36 days my SCM meet

    Whitney coached
    SCY UT Swim Center main pool
    6:30 8:00 dove in 6:35
    Swam with Todd, Jim Jason & Chris
    Beside Marcio, Paul, Tyler, Larry & ??

    Warm up
    assigned 1000
    did 600 ish

    Main Set

    5 x 200 fr on 4:00 best ave
    went 2:09, 2:07, 2:04, 2:03, 2:01

    100 easy on 3:00

    10 x 100 fr on 2:00 best ave
    went 58's, 9's & 60's

    100 easy on 3:00

    assigned: 20 x 50 on 1:00
    did: 1 - 10 odds k evens fr
    11 - 20 swam one skipped one

    100 easy

    doesn't seem like much but it was a tough work out

    Next Meets:

    Sat Dec 1, 2012 - Sun Dec 2nd

    2012 South Central SCM Reg Championships

    2013 South Central SCY Zone Championships
    Fri Apr 5 - Sun Apr 7 (Tentative)
    UT Austin, TX
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  17. 10.25.12 - Thursday workout

    by , October 25th, 2012 at 10:15 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave, Dave and Ray.


    600 Warm-up

    5 x 300 - 4:30
    * 1-3 Free (3:50, 3:40, 3:35)
    * 4, 5 Pull (3:25, 3:13)
    100 Easy

    4 x 150 - 2:30 IM Order/Kick/Free
    4 x 150 - 2:30 Fly/Back/50 Kick/Breast/Free
    100 Easy

    12 x 75 - 1:15 Sliding IM
    50 Easy

    4 x 50 - :55 Free/IM Order
    4 x 50 - :55 IM Order
    4 x 50 - :55 Kick

    200 Cool down

    (5250 Total)
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  18. Wed. Oct. 24, 2012 7:00-9:00pm

    by , October 25th, 2012 at 01:50 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Back to the grindstone again, and it was tiring. After taking it fairly easy for the last half of the past week, plus the 2 day meet over the weekend, I was pretty well spent. No practice Monday, and a pretty easy swim yesterday, didn't really get me completely "ready" for go time today, but I made it.


    400 Swim (25 Free EZ, 25 V-Sit Scull, 25 Breast EZ, 25 Back kick)

    8 x 25 V-Sit Scull @ 1:00

    10 x 100 Kick w/ fins @ 1:25 did SDK on back - went 1:16-1:17s

    Main Set:

    8 x 300 as:
    • 200 IM w/ last 50 Free FAST @ 3:15 Desc. 1-4, 5-8
    • 2 x 50 Free FAST @ 1:00
    • 1:00 rest after round #4
    Desc'd from 2:40-2:31s but couldn't really get moving. The 50s weren't too hot either, going :30/:31s, with a rare :29 here and there200 EZ

    5 x 300 Free Pull @ 4:30 just cruise them, body roll, breathe @ 3
    went consistent 3:45s

    6 x 50 Choice Stroke AFAP @ 1:30 (did all Fly)
    I felt good here on these at the end of practice, and was surprised how fast I was able to go.

    200 EZ

    6200 Yards
  19. Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    by , October 24th, 2012 at 07:05 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY @FGCU Aquatic Center.
    Air temp of 82, pool at 78, 100% water clarity.
    Cloudy skies with humidity at 65%

    Focus - Stroke Technique

    *Warm up*
    1x400 FR Drills

    *Set 1*
    2x1000 on 15min
    do each one as
    • 500 EZ legs, smooth pull
    • 300 moderate 4k, stronger pull
    • 200 steady 4-6K, firm controlled pull

    *Set 2*
    2x500 on 1min rest, do as
    • 250 EZ legs, smooth pull
    • 250 steady 4-6k, stronger pull

    *Set 3*
    3x400 on 1min rest, do as
    • 200 EZ legs, strong pull
    • 200 steady 4-6k, firm controlled pull

    *Set 4*
    4x300 on 1min rest, do as
    • 200 EZ legs, strong pull
    • 100 strong 4-6k, firm controlled pull

    *Set 5*
    5x200 on :30 rest, do as
    • 100 EZ legs, strong pull
    • 100 strong 4-6k, firm controlled pull

    Warm down: 100 EZ

    • The coach looked at my FR stroke last week, and once again, the truth about one's stroke flaws stings a bit, and corrective progress gradually evolves unevenly over weeks of practice. Last April/May I swam reasonably well because I finally got in pretty good swimming shape and became relatively stronger with consistent weight training (not surprising as I did not do any strength activity other than pushups the last 12 years).
    • The endurance and strength I enjoyed at that time also appeared to moderately mask my more obvious stroke flaws. What is most apparent at this point, is how quickly I can LOSE hard earned endurance and strength in eight weeks!
    • The three biggest errors in my FR are; 1) head goes out of alignment on left side breathing (my favored side), 2) breathing too late on left side, and 3) the right hand drifts out laterally past line of shoulder before the catch.
    • With Coach patiently providing visual/verbal feedback (I am nearly deaf in the water), I was able to calm my head position minimizing breathing motion and looking more downward to the lane line. By cropping my arm/shoulder recovery closer to my head in front of ears, I was able to keep the extension of the hands and arms more linear directly into the catch. So for now Coach approves of my progress.
    • So having said all that, in the workout today, the focus starting each swim was to cruise just a bit faster than warmup but implement the desired stroke technique and then complete the swim with a slightly stronger pull but same form, with the support of a solid streamlined flutter kick.
    • It was harder to do than expected; after completing many of those 500s to 200s my HR was typically about 27/29 for 10, or 15-16 for 6. Last March/April after Coach challenged me weekly with several lactate level fast swimming sets LC where my HR was up as high as 19-21 for 6 (some of those swims were really painful), by the end of April I was able to swim almost an hour of straight and broken swims where my HR would average about 15-17 for 6. The effort was not that much easier, but I just got used to it.
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  20. Wednesday 10/24/12

    Wednesday 10/24

    AM only SCY + new dryland routine

    500 swim 4/6/2 turns
    2x250 pull w/ buoy + strapless paddles + snorkel

    50 RD1/4 :50, RD2 :55, RD3 :45
    100 RD1/4 :1:40, RD2 1:50, RD3 1:30
    150 RD 1/4 2:30, RD2 2:45, RD3 2:15
    200 RD 1/4 3:20, RD2 3:40, RD3 3:00

    RD1/4 kick w/ board on the 50/100/150 and EZ swim on the 200
    RD2 swim IM add on by 50, descend distances down to FAST (200 IM was 2:19)
    RD3 swim FR, descend distances down to FAST (200 FR was 2:03)

    100 EZ

    Total: 3100

    I then headed over to a gym to do a new dryland workout called D1. It is rather Crossfit-esque. Today was "County Fair" day, where there were roughly 20 exercises to do, :20 on, :10 off.
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