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  1. It's Tuesday... and that means Distance Day!

    by , November 15th, 2011 at 12:18 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    I wasn't really sure what to expect when I got to the pool this morning. My calves have been smarting ever since the 6K Postal swim on Saturday and my shoulders after yesterday's swim were pretty tight. Still.... a bad day in the pool is better than a good day dry. And, off I went. Here's what I did:

    350 Warm-Up
    8 x 100 Free on 1:30 (made them all; did 1:22-1:25s)
    4 x 200 as 50 Free / 25 Back / 75 Free / 25 Back / 25 Free on 3:45
    2 x 450 Free on 7:30
    1 x 800 Pull on 12:00
    400 Cool-Down
    Total Yards - 4050

    I was actually pretty happy with today's workout. My calves were very tight and I was really glad to get to the 800 Pull and give my legs a break. Other than that, I opted to do Free w/ a little back instead of full IMs on the 200s and 400s, but added distance to the 400 (went 450s) and made all the intervals. I was really excited to make the 8x100 on 1:30s set. That was a great way to get the workout started.

    There is a meet in Louisville this weekend that a few of my teammates are doing. I was planning to swim in it, but I'm just not sure how my legs will hold up. When I try to kick hard in practice (both yesterday and today), my calves start twinging like mad. Guess we'll see how the sprints go in tomorrow's practice before actually signing up - or letting people know I won't be going. Since the online entry deadline isn't until Friday, I figure waiting one more day won't hurt.

    That's it for now... enjoy your swims!
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  2. Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 5:00pm

    by , November 14th, 2011 at 10:53 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    No rest for the shaved & tapered here...gotta get back in the pool and get the yardage back on my body. Another meet with the USA kids next weekend is coming.

    100 Free
    100 Kick w/ board
    200 Free
    100 Kick w/ board
    300 Free
    100 Kick w/ board
    400 IM Drill
    100 Kick w/ board
    500 Free Pull
    100 Kick w/ board

    10 x 150 Free @ 2:00 (held 1:45-1:50s) nothing too special, just getting yardage.

    200 Breast Kick w/ board (felt the cramps in my calves coming prior to this)

    500 Free Pull (went 5:55)

    100 EZ
    4300 Yards in 70 minutes

    This whole practice just felt sluggish. Pretty much how you normally feel after a post-taper meet performance. But I have to pack on the yards again. More meets a comin'!!!
  3. Workout 11/14/11

    by , November 14th, 2011 at 09:14 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    200 FR/ 200 BK w/u
    2 x (3 x 50) kick on :55 (flutter with board, back without, then dolphin)
    300 Swim (descend by 100)

    3 x through:
    - 50 Drill on :60
    - 50 DPS on :60
    - 50 FAST on :60
    - 50 Pull on :60
    - 3 x100 on 1:40 (descend 1>3)

    Long various 400 w/d
    (2900, 50 minutes)
    Feeling good after the meet yesterday (I had a really fun time, and happy to be back in a yard pool). Spent part of the day reading through forums and trying to figure out how to make the best for the BU meet in a month or so. My focus is going to be the 200 back, so I am taking James' advice (since he loves this event, hopefully beat his time in the process) and will be trying to get some more endurance stuff in the next couple of weeks. Also, Ande and Fort (among others) laud the "swim fast in practice" approach, so I am going to get faster in practice (a lesson that I learned from the meet - I need to push it more).

    I modified a workout from mojo on her thread and saw where maybe a 300 theme (q-brain's post) might be good enough to help my 200, so went with that. I was going to use paddles on the full 300 and repeat it after the main set, but forgot my paddles and I just swam the one. I was also going to go 4 times through the main set, but I was late getting to the pool and the Aqua Zumba folks were piling in 15 minutes early. I decided I did not want to torpedo anyone tonight and got out before the lane lines did.

    I did FR/FR/Bk on the main set, and recorded the following:
    - 28, :10/:09/:05
    - 28, :11/:09/:05
    - 34, :24/:19/:16
    (happy to go fast on the 50's, and for this first time in a long time descend all the 100's). I might be cheating a little, I went from crappy sdks to really working them on the 3rd time around.

    I had some drylands this afternoon raking leaves for about an hour before it started to rain (and a few hours before my swim tonight). I have the week off so I hope to hit the pool everyday, a rarity. It'll be warm tomorrow so I'll try to finish up some things "before winter comes," then as the week gets colder focus inside at transferring the wine (finally done fermenting), three more batches of jelly, and "organizing" the computer room. Might even paint my daughter's room, which has been 1/2 done for a few weeks since the rush to complete college applications derailed decorating her room.
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  4. Monday Nov 14, 2011 SCY

    by , November 14th, 2011 at 06:02 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Monday Nov 14, 2011 SCY

    weighed 221 after practice

    [ame=""]My Old Swim blog[/ame] just pass 300,000 views. it's been inactive since Sep 2008. Weird.

    Sat Nov 12
    trained at swim center, 5:30 - 7:00 early

    Sun Nov 13
    lifted weights at SMAC
    I'm sore"]DAYS TILL

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    went to bed late last night like past midnight and decided that 5:00 am practice was way too early, so I turned off my 4:10 alarm and decided to wake up whenever I did, which was 5:10 so I left to catch the last 30 min of practice

    Whitney Coached
    UT Swim Center: diving well
    5:00 to 6:30 dove in 6:05ish
    wore Jammer
    trained with Ed Beth & ??? Smiley
    beside Mike, Nate, Keith, todd & Tyler

    WARM UP missed it

    Main SET: scy

    75 DAY
    3 x 75 on 60
    75 easy

    200 easy

    2 rounds of
    3 x 75 on 55
    75 easy

    200 easy

    25 FR fast went 10.2 (slow)

    did bands push ups and pull ups after practice

    Decided to double today
    Came back at noon for more

    Whitney Coached
    UT Swim Center: main pool
    noon to 1:15 dove in at 12:10
    wore Jammer
    trained with NEd
    beside Bob Korey & Robert Killeen

    assigned 4, 3, 2, 1
    did easy 50's

    Main SET: scy
    75 DAY

    assigned 4 rounds of (3 x 75 on 50,
    75 easy)
    round 1 all free made it
    round 2 75 fr, 50 easy, 75 skip, 25 fly fast, 50 fr easy
    round 3 75 fr, 50 easy, 75 skip, 25 bk fast, 50 easy
    round 4 75 fr, 50 easy, 75 skip,
    25 br fast went 13.8 (dove)
    whitney said I looked lopsided
    put on a cap did another
    25 br went 13.1

    assigned 200 easy
    did 100 easy

    assigned 3 rounds of same
    did 25 br right into 50 fr, 50 easy, 75 skip, 25 SDK fast, 50 easy

    200 easy

    assigned 2 rounds of same
    did 1 round 75, 50, 25 fast
    round 2 skipped

    did a SFF session on a swimmers back stroke
    watched him swim
    tested his 25 18.4
    let him rest
    gave him a few instructions
    then he went 17.0, he swam faster faster and still has a lot of stuff he could correct
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  5. Monday, Nov. 14

    by , November 14th, 2011 at 03:14 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    600 various

    8 x 50
    odds = caterpillar drill @ 1:15
    evens = single arm fly @ 1:00

    8 x 25 shooters w/fins
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    12 x 25 burst @ 1:00
    -- At this point, it became clear to me that I wouldn't be sprinting today, so defaulted to easy aerobic work.
    50 EZ

    5 x:
    100 IM smooth @ 2:00
    50 kick, 25 fast + 25 EZ @ 1:00

    20 x 50 kick w/fins @ :45
    odds = dolphin kick
    evens = flutter kick
    -- held 29-32

    100 EZ

    8 x 25 breast kick

    Total: 3600

    Stretching/Yoga, 30 minutes


    Feeling much better cold wise. But I was fairly sore and tired today from Saturday drylands; may have overdone it a bit. So I shifted the speed workout until tomorrow. Also did not get as much sleep as usual this weekend with Lil Fort having an early soccer game Sat. and an early race on Sun. I was very proud of her; she ran 22:42 on a hilly 5K course with Mr. Fort. She was a little taken aback when a couple HS cross county runners (whom she beat) came up and asked her where she was going to high school.

    I am also slightly worried about my elbows. They've been sore since I bumped the weights up on the deadlift (I find it amusing that my auto correct always wants to type this as deadliest) and hi row. I've never had a single issue with my elbows before, so I'm not sure what to make out of it. I may have to ratchet down the upper body weights somewhat for awhile and stop doing torque drills with paddles.

    And just for kicks and inspired by Speedo, I went on to see what it had to say about caloric intake. After putting in my info and stating I worked out 2 hours 6x week, it said I should be eating 1300 calories per day to lose 1 pound per week. I would freakin' starve on that!

    And just to annoy Jazz, an article from NYT on athletes and aging: I found nothing stupid about it.

    Updated November 14th, 2011 at 03:30 PM by The Fortress

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  6. The 6K Postal (and Today's Workout)

    by , November 14th, 2011 at 11:30 AM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    So... Saturday came and (much to my surprise) my husband declined to sleep in - and instead came to the pool with me to be my counter for the 6K Postal attempt..... I DID IT!

    The first 4500 actually felt pretty good. After the first 3000, I started stopping for :05-:10 each 600 to take in a bit of water. I was actually managing to hold a 1:20-1:25 100s pace up until that point. That's when I started to feel twinges in my calves with each push off the wall. I stopped flip turning at that point and did open turns and tried to maximize my glide. That worked for a few hundred yards. That's when my calves both started to seize.... . Realizing I had stopped kicking and was actually swimming while flexing my feet (not the best streamlined position ever invented ), my husband got up from his chair and simply stood over the end of my lane and encouraged me to swim through the cramping. Good thing we had been doing pull sets in practice (albeit with a buoy) because my arms only were what got me through the next 750 or so. By the last 250, my calves had stopped seizing and I was able to finish with a slow kick. Total time for my 6K - drum roll please - 1:32:05!!!!! I was absolutely thrilled! My goals going into the 6K attempt were to: 1) finish and 2) be under 1:45:00. Woo-hoo!

    Then, I took Sunday off and got back in the water this morning. Yikes... my calves are still sore and threatened to cramp up multiple times during today's workout. As such, I didn't push too hard, but was able to do the entire workout without cutting distance or resorting to my pull buoy. Here's what we did:

    450 Warm-Up
    1 x 500 Free on 8:00
    5 x 100 Free on 1:40, 1>5
    4 sets:
    - 1 x 50 Drill on 1:10 (fist, catch-up, finger tip, fist)
    - 1 x 50 "Perfect" Free on 1:00
    - 1 x 50 Fast Free on 1:00
    6 x 50 Kick on :50
    1 x 500 Free on 8:00
    5 x 100 Free on 1:50, 1>5
    300 Cool-Down
    Total Yards - 3650

    All in all, it felt like a good workout, but a partial recovery swim too. Nice!

    Tomorrow is distance day, so we'll see how recovered my calves are by then. I'll let you know.

    Enjoy your swims today!
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  7. 11.14.11 Workout

    by , November 14th, 2011 at 08:55 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Kent, Roger and Jeffrey next to Dave, Dave and Teresa. Pool nice and cool today ~82. Wore Aquablade jammer.

    I seem to be keeping up where I left off Saturday. I'm definitely going faster. I started at the back of our lane and struggled with the chop. Near the end of the 100s, a lane opened up next to us and Kent & Jeffrey moved over. Roger let me lead and I did much better in the smooth water. My times weren't any different... just took more effort to cut though the rough water.


    400 Warm up

    2 Times through:
    * 100 IM - 1:30
    * 100 Back - 1:25
    * 100 Fr - 1:20
    * 100 Fr - 1:15
    * 1:00 Break

    2 Times through:
    * 100 IM - 1:25
    * 100 Fr - 1:20
    * 100 Fr - 1:15 (1:07-1:10)
    * 100 Fr - 1:10 (1:05-1:07)
    * 1:00 Break

    50 Easy

    2 Times through:
    * 100 IM - 1:25
    * 100 Fr - 1:20
    * 100 Fr - 1:15 (1:07-1:10)
    * 100 Fr - 1:10 (1:05-1:07)
    * 1:00 Break

    100 Easy

    12 x 100 Up/Down Kick
    1-6 - 1:30 (:10 rest) 0, 25, 50, 75, 50, 75 kick
    7-12 - 1:20 (:00 rest) 50, 25, 0, 25, 50, 75 kick

    500 Fly cool down
    We weren't sure if Roger was serious when he announced this. Turns out he was. It really wasn't that bad though. Took lots of long stretched out strokes and before I knew it, 500 yards was done.

    (4650 Total)
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  8. Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 Whidbey Island SCM Meet Recap

    by , November 14th, 2011 at 01:27 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Wow...what a tiring day!! Why I'm not going to bed right now, I don't know...
    Got to bed Saturday night late after cleaning up from the Manny Pacquiao/Juan Marquez boxing PPV fight party we hosted. Asleep around 11pm or so.
    Then at 1:00am: my son comes into the room crying with an ear infection. That was great timing of course!! Got back after getting everything done at the hospital and back asleep at 3:00am...then at 4:30am...BEEP BEEEP f'n BEEEP!!
    Time to get up and pack my bag for the meet. Outta the house by 5:00am, stopped at 7-11 for the hot chocolate wake up juice, and I'm off!
    Arrived at the pool about 8:45 for the 9:00am warmups. Did about 10 minutes of warmup, then hit the showers for my full shave down.
    Now I just had to wait over 2 hours until Heat 5 of the 1500s to get started with my day...and a hell of a day it was!! (Took a 1 hour "power nap" in the corner during heats 1 and 2.)

    All SCM:
    1500 Free - 17:51.26 Best time EVER (by default) - new LMSC record.
    1:11.2 (4:37.01) split req. - season best time
    1:12.3 (9:26.12) split req. - season best time (new LMSC record)
    1:14.2 - took an active Q-Break here...let David Kays go by me - I really needed a break here - I'm more of a 500/1000 swimmer, not a miler!
    1:13.1 - continuation of the break, and getting after Mr. Kays again (now in chase mode by about 2 bodylengths)

    This last 100 was called "the rundown". I was 2.5 seconds back from the leader with 100 to go, and 2.0 seconds back with a 50 to go. Our final times were 17:51.09 vs. 17:51.26. David Kays said he looked my direction about 10 meters to go, and I was no where to be found, then at the finish there I was!!! Deep down in my heart I wanted to do that comeback like I did, but wasn't really sure if I could actually do it. David is usually really strong on the finishing 100s of races.

    200 IM - 2:36.04
    I did this as an active cool down after the I didn't want to wear myself out for my 400 IM coming up next.

    400 IM - 5:03.64 - best time by 5 seconds! New LMSC record
    1:21.2 - I really need to get my backstroke time cut down a little.

    I missed the NW Zone record in this event by 4 seconds, and it hurt like hell at the end of the race. I gave it a good effort though. At least I beat Rick Colella by about 1 second (who set 4 world records in the 60-64 group today)...also is a former Olympian. YIPPIE!!! I beat an Olympian (I don't care if he's twice my age, he's still hella fast!!)

    200 Fly - 2:24.07 - best time, new LMSC record
    38.0 (1:11.1)
    34.7 (1:12.9)

    I was totally exhausted stepping onto the blocks for this race, and almost stumbled at the top. I told That Guy that he could have this race. I dove in and just swam easy legal fly, controlling my breathing. Then coming off the last 50, That Guy went for it, and I was feeling pretty good at this point, so I went for it too!! We both ended up getting best times, and I almost caught him. This is also the first time I've nearly even split a 200 Fly also...and I didn't like doing it that way - it felt like the wimpy way out of the race.

    400 Free - 5:23.99 - Did a 200 Free split request on this one.
    1:00.76 (32.3)
    1:34.18 (33.4)
    2:07.25 (33.1) - this 200 was a new LMSC record and best time
    I'd done 3 other 200 Frees this year, and was 2:08.2, 2:08.3, and 2:08.5. I really wanted to get under that 2:08 barrier, and I did...then I had to actually do a 200 Cooldown to complete the race so the split request would count.
    (I normally don't cool down much at all between races like most people do)

    Today's stats:
    5 new best times
    1 new season best time
    5 LMSC records
    Completed the Brute Squad events also - need to fill out the postal form now.
    ~4500 SCM swum for the day
    Driving to/from and/or at meet: 16 hours of today (5:00am - 9:15pm)

    Bed time!

    Updated November 14th, 2011 at 09:22 AM by jaadams1 (Added Results File for Entire Meet)

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  9. 11.12.11 Saturday morning workout

    by , November 12th, 2011 at 04:57 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave, George, Bob, Billy (came in late), and a couple others. Each had our own lane. Pool temp ~83. More uniform today... no hot spots.

    Seems that I've made somewhat of a breakthrough. A month ago, the 200s on 3:00 would have been 2:25s. Now, I can comfortably go 2:15. I can tell a difference in the way I'm grabbing the water. Fly is better and I'm getting back to where I was for Nationals for breaststroke. Backstroke still stinks... working on it.

    After the swim, I refereed (assistant) a U19 soccer match. Swim went longer than expected so I didn't have a chance to grab breakfast. Kind of a bad idea. made it through that and got home in time for a quick 15 min meal before running a practice for my U14 team. After that, I hit a wall and crashed on the couch. Will be good when soccer is over.


    200 Free/200 Kick/200 IM Warm up

    200 Breast - 3:30 (2:56)
    200 Kick w/ fins
    200 Back - 3:30
    200 Kick w/ fins
    200 Fly - 3:30

    8 x 50 Pull - 1:00 (:29 - :32)
    7 x 200
    * Odds Free - 3:00 (2:15-2:17)
    * Evens Fr down/Reverse IM back - 3:30
    8 x 25 Pull - :35 No breath

    50 Easy

    3 Times Through (Stroke = Fly, Back, Breast)
    * 4 x 25 Stroke - :30
    * 100 Fr - 1:30 (1:05-1:07)
    * 4 x 50 IM Order - 1:00
    * 200 Fr - 3:00 (2:15-2:17)

    200 Cool down

    (5650 Total)
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  10. Workout 11/12/11

    by , November 12th, 2011 at 11:25 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    With Masters at Rec (scy)

    400 RIM w/u

    3 x 50 kick on 1 min

    4 x 50 FR (last 1/4 AFAP, shift it through til the first)

    200 stroke work with team

    50 easy and out
    (1000, 20 min)

    Decided to jump in for a quick swim this morning, and helped with some stroke work drills with the team. Still feeling a bit crummy, and not feeling like I am able to hold air well at all.

    Off for the Riverton meet in a few. Have fun with all the meets this weekend, folks.
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  11. Friday, Nov. 11

    by , November 11th, 2011 at 05:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    TRX squat jumps, 3 x 10
    TRX lateral barrier hops, 3 x 10
    TRX standing roll outs, 2 x 20
    med ball slams, 2 x 10
    ropes, alternating arms, 2 x 50
    ropes, double arm, 2 x 25


    Warm up:

    600 various

    8 x 25 shooters

    8 x 50 @ 1:00 w/paddles
    odds = free
    evens = back kick

    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    16 x 25 bursts @ 1:00
    various: back spin drill, breast pull, fast doggy paddle pull, free, dolphin kick

    100 EZ

    4 x 25 no breather free @ :30
    1 x 50 fly w/fins fast (24) @ 1:30
    4 x 25 flutter kick w/board @ :30
    4 x 50 breast w/fins descend (39, 35, 32, 29 high)
    100 EZ

    4 x 25 shooter @ :30
    1 x 50 fly w/fins fast (high 23)
    4 x 25 flutter kick w/board @ :30
    4 x 50 dolphin kick w/board & fins descend (33, 30, 28, 26)
    100 EZ

    100 EZ

    4 x 50 torque drill w/paddles @ 1:30

    100 EZ

    Total: 3250


    Feeling better today on day 6 of nasty cold. Was a bit worried during warm up that I shouldn't have done the drylands, but it was fine. Glad to get some speed work in. Really glad Mr. Fort is coming home late tonight; he's been in AZ all week.

    Free food fixes:

    Swim Science interview with Jeff Commings:

    Updated November 11th, 2011 at 07:49 PM by The Fortress

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  12. Workout 11/11/11

    by , November 11th, 2011 at 02:35 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Before I start - Happy Veteran's Day to all those out in the water that served our country. Thank you.

    Solo at Rec (scy):

    200 FR/200 bk W/U

    5 x 200 on 3:15
    - First four: 50 Kick on :55, 50 build on :55, 100 Pull with buoy
    - Last one: 200 FR for time (2:16)

    50 EZ

    400 IM (25 drill, 25 swim, repeat, for each stroke)

    3 x (3 x 50's FR) on :60
    - 1st - sprint last 12.5
    - 2nd - sprint third 12.5
    - 3rd - sprint second 12.5 and past flags after turn

    50 EZ

    250 w/d various swim/drills

    (2600, 45 min)
    I went with my wife and son to the the Veteran's parade in town this morning - complete with the local National Guard and some Humvees, heros from the the Vet's Home, fire/rescue trucks, and my daughter twirling the baton as the high school band marched down the street.

    Hit the Rec at lunch time, and only had two others swimming in the lane with me. With the extra extra time at work this week, and early swimming, I fell pretty crummy. I was able to sleep in this am, which was very refreshing, but I still am tired.

    On the first set I did free/bk/fly/bk, and the 200 Free time was good given how I am feeling. I used the IM set as a filler, and then went fast on the 1/4 sprints with the last 50 set.

    Heading to Portland this weekend. If my daughter works tomorrow, we will leave in the afternoon. If not, I might hop in for a quick swim with the Masters group on the morning and just head up on my own for a short weekend trip.
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  13. Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 5:00am Meet Prep and Other Meet Info

    by , November 11th, 2011 at 01:54 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Got in this morning and knew I wasn't going to do much. After the past 5-6 weeks of doing almost daily doubles, and this week dropping to singles after Tuesday, then 4400 Wed, 2500 Thurs, it was only right to do about 1500 today, so that's what I did. Nothing intense just a little splash around.

    I'm ready for the SCM Masters meet on Sunday. Crazy events, but that's crazy James for you:

    1500 Free, 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Fly, 400 Free

    Should be good. I've got a couple races each with Kirk (1500 and 400 IM) and That Guy (200 Fly and 400 Free)
    I'll show up to the pool looking like Wookiee, and hopefully will leave with less hair than a baby's butt. I've got to be checked in for the 1500 by 9:30am, but won't swim till the 5th heat around 12:00 or so.
    The 400IM will be an "all in" race for me, going for the 30-34 NW Zone record (there I announced it). If I miss it, so be it, but if you never put your goals out there, what good are they???


    Additional Meet Info for the Turkey Trot Invitational (USA-S)
    Nov. 18th-20th in Cheney, WA at Eastern Washington Univ. pool

    Psych Sheet:

    I'm only swimming on Sunday, so if you care to check it out, I'm in events 114 (200 Fly), 126 (200 Back), and 134 (200 Free). I seeded myself with my best times I've acheived in masters, and have a good shot at bettering them.

    3rd in the 200 Fly
    15th in the 200 Back
    8th in the 200 Free

    It's a 6 lane pool, so that means I'll have clean water and no wall lanes for all races (not that it matters).

    Should be some good races.

    Updated November 11th, 2011 at 03:00 PM by jaadams1

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  14. FAST Friday Oct 28th, 2011 SCY meet is 21 days away

    by , November 11th, 2011 at 01:13 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    FAST Friday Nov 11, 2011 SCY

    [ame=""]My Old Swim blog[/ame] is about to pass 300,000 views and it's been inactive since Sep 2008

    Tue Nov 8
    body surfed Typhoon Lagoon

    Wed Nov 9
    Traveled did not train

    Thu Nov 10 (did a double, did not blog)
    Main Set
    16 x (100 fast for time 100 easy) on 3:30
    felt slow
    weighed 227 after morning work out, 224 after noon, noon times were faster
    felt chubby and slow

    Upcoming Meet

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

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    Whitney Coached
    UT Swim Center: diving well and main pool
    6:30 - 8:00 dove in 6:36
    wore FS 1 legs & B70 Jammer
    trained with Mike and Brandon
    beside Larry, Jim, Korey, Keith, Chris, todd & Tyler

    WARM UP started in diving well
    swim till 6:50
    did 50's on 40 & 45
    went over 1000

    Main SET: scy

    5 x (100 fast in heats / 400 easy )
    1) fr 56
    2) fr 53
    3) fr 57 (cruised it)
    moved to main pool with blocks
    4) fr 51
    5) bk 56 (old school stand up start)

    50 SDK dive
    went 26
    jammed turn & surfaced about half way back

    several folks swam fast
    Chris 100 fr 48 from a push
    Mike V 100 fr 48 , 100 fl 53 dive off blocks
    Tyler & Korey 100 fr 50 point

    Updated November 11th, 2011 at 03:41 PM by ande

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  15. A Freestyle Kind of Day....

    by , November 11th, 2011 at 10:30 AM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    not that it was supposed to be a freestyle kind of day. The workout was mainly written as Free/IM combo's, but other than the first set of drill/swim IM order swims, I didn't have IM (especially fly) in me today. Life has been crazy the last few days and I think the stress of it all caught up with me today. I felt like lead and had trouble moving.... But, I entered the pool this morning feeling stressed and tight. I left the pool feeling a bit more relieved, but much looser. Of course, then I got home.... and that's another story entirely.

    Here's what I did today:
    350 Warm-Up
    2 sets:
    - 1 x 100 Fly drill / Back / Free drill / Free on 2:00
    - 1 x 100 Fly / Back drill / Free / Free drill on 2:00
    6 x 225 Free on 4:00
    2 x 100 Kick (moderate) on 2:00
    4 x 25 Kick (fast) on :30
    2 x 100 Kick (moderate, but faster than last 100s) on 1:50
    4 x 125 Free on 2:10
    300 Cool-Down
    Total Yards - 3400

    All in all, I'm glad I went to the pool this morning because I left feeling tired, but physically better than when I got there. Not sure what feeling beat down does to my 6K Postal attempt tomorrow. I'd still like to try and am hoping to talk my husband into counting for me, so it can be official. If he doesn't, I may try it anyway and use the chrono function on my watch to get my splits. Of course, it wouldn't be official (and thus not submitted for my Postal Swim) without a "real" counter and all.... but it's more about seeing if I can do it. Hopefully, a calmer day and a great night's sleep will leave me in a good place tomorrow morning.

    Enjoy your swims today!
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  16. 11.11.11 - Friday workout at the NAT

    by , November 11th, 2011 at 08:55 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Mary Lou, Bob, Dan, Dave, Dave, Allison and Mary. No swim team practice so we could all spread out in our own lanes. Pool temp was patchy. The Nat has currents of water due to the way the jets are aligned. Some spots are 85 and others are 82.

    Dave and I beat each other up today. After the three 200s, we pretty much locked in on a 1:10 pace or better for 100 free regardless of interval. He tended to hold 1:05 and I was at 1:07. Neither of us would accept backing off. Good practice. I pushed myself harder than I have in a while. Little sore now but it was worth it.


    500 Warm up

    200 Kick w/ fins
    200 IM Drill
    200 Kick w/ fins

    3 x 200 - 3:00 (Went 2:20-2:25)
    2 x 100 Kick w/ fins
    4 x 50 IM Order - 1:00
    2 x 100 Kick w/ fins
    6 x 100 (Evens free - 1:30 (1:10s), Odds IM 1:45 (1:20s))

    3 times through - Stroke in IM order
    * 50 Stroke - 1:00
    * 100 Free - 1:30 (1:05-1:07)
    * 200 Pull - 3:00 (2:20s)
    * 100 Free - 1:30 (1:05-1:07)
    * 50 Stroke - 1:00
    * :30 rest

    100 Cool down

    (4500 Total)
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  17. Thursday, Nov. 10

    by , November 10th, 2011 at 04:12 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    ART, 30 minutes

    Wasn't as psyched as usual about going to ART as I'm still not feeling well. But the timing with heavy weights yesterday was good. He worked on the muscles around my elbows and my back, which was a bit sore from the squats/deadlifts. He used something called an arthur stem along my spine: [nomedia=""]Arthur stem adjustment - YouTube[/nomedia]. We also talked a bit about LED light therapy for athletes, which is very cutting edge.

    -- tired, wore fins

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Main Sets:

    15 x 50 @ :50
    1-5 = free w/paddles
    6-10 = flutter kick w/board
    11-15 = free w/paddles
    50 EZ

    15 x 50
    1-5 = fly/back @ 1:00
    6-10 = dolphin kick w/board @ :50
    11-15 = breast/free @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    15 x 50 @ 1:00
    1-5 = single arm fly
    6-10 = 25 shooter + 25 EZ
    11-15 = single arm fly
    50 EZ

    Mini Speed Set:

    10 x burst 25s @ 1:00
    6 swim, 4 flutter kick w/board

    100 EZ

    Total: 3350


    Not really any better. Doubling up on mucinex, Metagenics cold & flu and echinacea tea. Feeling somewhat better after the swim though. I wanted to do That Guy's IM pyramid set today but IMs seemed too exhausting. Hopefully, I can do some real speed work tomorrow. Need more

    I wore my 2XU compression tights last night for a couple hours. Very different and tighter than the Skins. My legs felt pretty good today as a result despite all the squats & deadlifts.

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  18. Woo-Hoo! I Did Today's Workout!

    by , November 10th, 2011 at 12:00 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    So, I realize that I've gotten much better at doing workouts as they are written without going to my fins or cutting distance as a matter of routine anymore. That's a good thing. But... there are still days when I actually get through a workout as written (typically with much cajoling from my coach) and am really proud of myself. Today was one of those days!

    Here's what we did:
    400 Warm-Up
    2 x 50 Free on 1:00
    2 x 50 Kick on 1:00
    2 x 50 Pull on 1:00
    2 x 50 Free on 1:00
    8 x 100 Free on 2:00, maintain best average (held 1:19-1:20s)
    1:00 rest
    6 x 100 Free on 1:50, hold best average (held 1:19-1:20s)
    1:00 rest
    4 x 100 Free on 1:40, hold best average (held 1:20-1:22s)
    1:00 rest
    3 x 100 Free on 1:30, hold best average (held 1:22-1:24s)
    1:00 rest
    2 x 100 Free on 1:20, hold best average (did 1:19, 1:24)
    150 Cool-Down
    Total Yards - 3250

    The only change I made to this workout was a shortened cool-down because I had to get back to the house to make sure my kids were up and ready for the bus. I wish the second of the 2 x 100 on 1:20 had been under 1:20, but I was really happy to have made the first one. Had there been another 100 after that second one.... well, I probably would have cut the 100s to 75s. As it was, I was looking for my fins when we got to the 1:20s round, which my coach had "conveniently" moved out of arm's reach. Huh.... I must say, though, that having a coach on deck who believes I'm capable of more than I give myself credit for (while really annoying sometimes) is such a blessing - and I've seen incredible strides in the last few months. Thanks, Coach B. I really appreciate you on deck!

    Enjoy your swims today!
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  19. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 5:00am

    by , November 10th, 2011 at 10:53 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I'm pretty sore after yesterday's adventure in plumbing project, Part 1. It was an all day long adventure, with my father and I putting in almost 12 hours.

    400 Free
    400 Free Pull
    200 IM Drill
    200 Kick

    Main Set:
    did this fairly easy (at least the intervals), I was sharing with another girl, she was a distance swimmer on club team with me years ago, but isn't quite up to my kind of speed. I was okay with swimming easy today though, plus I should be relaxing a little anyway for my taper/shave this Sunday.

    3 x 175 Free @ 2:40
    3 x 125 Free @ 2:00 (1:28-:29s)
    3 x 75 Free @ 1:15 (:52s)
    3 x 25 Free @ :25

    100 EZ

    2500 Yards
  20. 11.10.11 - fogged out.

    by , November 10th, 2011 at 08:32 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave and Dave. Pool temp ~84. Wore Aquablade jammer.

    A cold front passed through last night and the pools HVAC system went down. With no HVAC to keep up internal air pressure, cool air seeped through all the cracks turning the warm pool into a giant fog machine. Eventually, the lifeguards could no longer see more than 15 yards and they closed the pool .

    Occasionally I have really good days. 100s on 1:15 are effortless. Today, 100s on 1:12 were effortless and with a little extra, I was making 1:05 to 1:07. Felt like I could do it all day (although I doubt I really could). Dave B usually cruises at the 1:10 speed. He is a far better swimmer than I am. But some days, he is a little off and I'm on and I can stay ahead of him. Today was one of those days. But it wasn't meant to last. The fog rolled in and cut my day of triumph short. Maybe I'll still have it tomorrow. For now, I call "foul"!


    500 Warm up

    2 Times through
    * 2 Times through
    ** 100 - 1:30
    ** 100 - 1:25
    ** 100 - 1:20
    ** 100 - 1:15
    * 1:00 Break

    (2100 Total)
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