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  1. Wednesday, May 19

    by , May 19th, 2010 at 02:25 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    700 various

    4 x 25 long evil pullouts w/2 quick strokes

    4 x 25 no breather free

    100 EZ

    Total: 1000

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    Commentary:

    I'm becoming a vacuous airhead. I missed my ART appt thinking it was at 1:30 instead of 1:00. Oh well, more time to pack and try on my suit.

    I've heard the Georgia Tech pool conditions are arctic. So I'm bringing my parka and ugg boots. My USMS fleece jacket has mysteriously disappeared.

    I'm all checked in for my flight, which I hope is on time.

    For those staying near the pool, here is the tech trolly route/schedule:

    http://www.parking.gatech.edu/info/1...lley_route.php

    I will miss my wolfpack member, Jimby. But his twin photo shopped my lovely new profile pic just in time for Nats. For recent blog readers, the pic reflects the outcome of an inane "which superhero are you?" quiz I took years ago (thanks to Stud). The quiz result for me was "The Flash -- fast, athletic and flirtatious." Hence, the use of FAF in my blog title. The AFAP, of course, stands for my penchant for going as fast as possible in workouts. Ande suggested the blog title The FAF AFAP Digest, which I have always used.

    Good luck to everyone at Nats!!!


    Events for Nationals:

    Friday:

    50 breast, 12:15 pm
    100 fly, 2:50 pm
    200 mixed free relay, 3:50 pm
    (leading off w/a split request)

    Saturday:

    200 mixed medley relay, 10:05 am
    50 fly, 11:55 am
    50 back, 3:55 pm

    Sunday:

    100 IM, 11:10 am
    100 back, 1:50 pm


    Real Time results link:

    http://www.usms.org/comp/scnats10/realtime/

    Updated May 19th, 2010 at 04:12 PM by The Fortress

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  2. All Systems Go, Tuesday, May 18

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 05:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    700 various

    3 x (25 EZ speed fly + 25 EZ)

    50 EZ

    2 x (25 fast + 75 EZ)

    3 x (backstroke start + 35 EZ)

    100 EZ

    Total: 1350

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Commentary:

    I swam in an old B70 today. Honestly, I didn't feel that much different than yesterday. Perhaps a little floatier. Fly still feels strong, always an indicator for me (like Patrick). My backstroke starts were solid. I must stick with 13 SDKs; with a good start, 14 puts me past the 15 meter mark in a B70.

    I had a light massage where I was told I "wasn't tight." Well, duh, I haven't done a thing lately.

    Otherwise, all systems go:

    taper bitchies -- check, although flashpoint isn't as low as other tapers

    taper munchies -- check, no chips in the house thankfully

    taper hypochondriasis -- check, worried about twinges here, there and everywhere

    taper jitters -- check, today is the high point so far

    taper type A -- check, packing (initial pile of stuff below), printing addresses, USMS card, reservations, split request form, worried that my 4th speed suit is too big , checking toenail polish ...


    Patrick's entry from today sums up how I feel: I've done everything I reasonably can to get ready and I'm feeling optimistic and psyched about my events. In fact, this is the most psyched I can ever remember being for a 100 fly as a master. Let's race!

    Updated May 18th, 2010 at 05:23 PM by The Fortress

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  3. Mon May 17 Tue May 18

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 04:20 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon may 17

    in Scottsdale at westin
    swam in spa pool
    25 yds

    AM did around 800 easy

    PM did around 800 easy


    Tue May 18
    in AZ

    AM did 800 easy
    legs feeling better
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  4. Monday, May 17

    by , May 17th, 2010 at 07:02 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    500 swim
    300 fly drills

    2 x (3 x 25 easy speed + 25 EZ)
    2 shooter, 2 breast, 2 fly

    50 EZ

    2 x (25 fast + 50 EZ)
    1 flutter kick, 1 free

    100 EZ

    Total: 1400

    Hottub

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    Commentary:

    Felt pretty good today. Had good DPS. Felt tired when I tried to go fast, but that seems to be how it is when I taper. Fly has felt good the last couple days, always a good sign.

    I need to start packing soon. I am an absolutely awful packer, always forgetting something and overpacking. I know Ande has a list of what to bring to a meet somewhere on his tips ... I won't be forgetting extra contacts. And I'll take my speed suits on the plane. Still need to try on my tech suit ...

    I did order 2 pairs of Skins recovery/travel tights for Mr. Fort and me. If you're interested, they run quite large and they seem to be in short supply everywhere. I'm an extra small. Hopefully, I'll get mine in time to hop my plane.

    My flight arrives at 12:55. I'm really hoping there's no delay so that Barb and I can cab over to the pool in time for the 30 minute warm up. Anyone know how long registration is open on Thursday? I'd like to get our relays registered. Anyone that is staying at Ga Tech Conf Center know how far the trolley is from the hotel?

    Getting very psyched, have great dinner plans. But where is the real party on Sunday?

    Updated May 17th, 2010 at 08:19 PM by The Fortress

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  5. Sunday, May 16

    by , May 16th, 2010 at 06:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    500 various
    300 fly drills

    Other sets:

    2 x (25 EZ speed breast + 25 EZ)

    3 x (25 EZ speed fly + 25 EZ)

    1 x (25 fast flutter kick + 50 EZ)

    1 x (25 fast free + 50 EZ)

    50 EZ

    1 x (25 AFAP free + 25 EZ)

    100 EZ

    Total: 1400

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Just had a pretty easy swim today. I was somewhat tired after getting up early, the driving & traveling and the marathon race anxiety. Mr. Fort did great though! He needed a 3:35:59 to qualify for Boston. He finished in 3:32+. He was over 1:00 under a 3:30 pace, but really blew up after mile 21. This is so common it seems like the human body isn't meant to go any more! He was really happy and relieved since he's only been running regularly since March after all his rehab. His former PT had said he might have to give up running for cycling. But the extreme angle isometric holds he's been doing have really worked! I was freaking out at the mile 9 stop when he ran by well after the scheduled time, but then I learned they started the race 5-6 minutes late. Whew!

    Now to get some sleep tomorrow and start packing for Atlanta!

    Below is Mr. Fort shuffling to the finish with his amazing training partner who paced him.

    Updated May 16th, 2010 at 07:37 PM by The Fortress

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  6. Turned the Corner, May 14

    by , May 14th, 2010 at 08:46 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    ART, 30 minutes:

    Mostly just worked on the kinks in my neck and loosened everything up. My shoulders are feeling pretty good, despite slacking on my RC exercises. I will try and sneak some in over the weekend though.


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    500 various
    300 fly drills

    Main Sets:

    6 x (25 shooter easy speed on back, no fins + 25 EZ)
    took about 18 kicks on the shooters, not bad for me

    3 x through:

    1 x 50 double shooter on back
    1 x 50 russian breast drill
    1 x 50, done as 25 easy speed fly @ 100 pace + 25 EZ
    1 x 50, done as 25 AFAP free + 25 EZ
    1 x 50 EZ

    2 x starts off side with breast pullout to 14 meters or so

    100 EZ

    Total: 2000

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Commentary:

    Finally! I think I turned the corner on this feeling like s*** thing. I didn't feel great in the water, but I definitely felt stronger and felt the promise of easy speed. Way better than the rest of the week! This put me in a great mood leaving the pool. I think I will take a page out of Geekity's book and wear my FS Pro in the pool all next week. Maybe my B70 for one day.

    Mr. Fort says he's feeling better after seeing his trainer. And Fort Son's boat made the semi final at the Stotesbury Regatta in Philly. So all is good. We leave tomorrow morning after my kid's soccer game for York PA. Although I'm not sure we'll have the soccer game after 2 hail storms today. WTH?! In May?

    I've heard that Arlette Godges is not coming to Nats. Bummed, as I was looking forward to meeting her and racing her. But that does leave me the #1 seed in the 100 fly. I need to alter my usual 100 fly thoughts from "just get through this race without a huge piano" to "kill it without fear." I need to channel my age group love for this event.

    More on Deep Tissue:

    Got a PM from a friend saying it can take up to a week to recover from a deep tissue massage since you're breaking down muscle fiber. I definitely felt better today (although perhaps predominantly from a good night's sleep), but not fully recovered at all. My neck at least feels much better.

    More on Detox:

    I mulled over the Ultra Clear detox some more. http://www.metagenics.com/products/a...r-Medical-Food. I noticed that it does not have the warning box that comes on most supplements -- "This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA." This likely means that there is, in fact, clinical testing for UltraClear and the other Metagenics products that I use. Whether this clinical testing meets the rigorous standard of Jazz and Q is another issue ... I also found out that Metagenics is the only supplement brand sold in the Mayo Clinic pharmacy in MN. It cannot be bought on line; it is only available through medical practitioners such as chiros and docs. If you see it on line, I'm told it is likely a Chinese knock off.

    I asked my chiro about my reaction to coconut oil today. He agreed that it's likely a fat malabsorption issue, and that this issue is common among people with a gluten intolerance. So I am eliminating it from my smoothies forever.


    No need to fear yoga!

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...rss=rss_health
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  7. Thursday, May 13

    by , May 13th, 2010 at 09:18 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Main Sets:

    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = backstroke
    evens = evil drill

    10 x 50 @ 1:15
    odds = 25 front scull + 25 underwater free recovery
    evens = chest press fly

    4 x 25 smooth no breather free

    100 EZ

    Total: 2000

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Commentary:

    Based on how sore/sluggish I was last night, I decided a complete recovery day was in order. So I didn't do CAS with Speedo.

    I still haven't recovered from the deep tissue massage, especially my upper back and shoulders. Chatted with Mr. Fort's trainer -- he really thinks you need 3+ days. So I'm hoping to feel better tomorrow or Saturday. To make matters worse though, I had a terrible night's sleep. My youngest woke me up at 5:00 am and I couldn't fall back asleep. So, as sometimes happens when I toss and turn, I woke up with a wrenched neck and left trap. That problem usually takes 48 hours or so to resolve. I do have an appt with my chiro tomorrow afternoon. I just hope if he works on it, he won't make it even more sore and bump the healing time out to next week ... I have been slathering my neck with arnica and taking advil.

    Mr. Fort is showing some classic taper paranoia symptoms. I told him a cranial-rectal lobotomy was in order! (This little nugget of wisdom was imparted to me last summer, and I try to follow it now during taper time.) Despite feeling blah and sore myself, I'm not overly worried. I think all will be well by next week. And I'm used to not feeling like a racehorse pre-meet. I would like to get some more sleep ...

    I looked back through my last week 3 taper workouts (Dec. 6-10) and I swam 2100-1700 (w/B70)-rest day-1450-travel day with some AFAP work early in the week. I thought I had actually done somewhat less yardage, and was contemplating less this week. Hmm ... Maybe a little speed tomorrow (my Dec. 6 workout with modifications), and then long warm ups for a few days. And I may take an extra day of rest on Tuesday as I did last time.


    Coconut Oil:

    I've been trying a new brand of coconut oil in my smoothies the last couple days. Doesn't matter. That stuff just does not agree with me. With my luck, I probably have a fat malabsorption issue.

    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/ma...ticlekey=52214

    http://www.newyorkbuyersclub.org/res...D_BLOATING.pdf


    Detox:

    Elise left this link on my FB wall, and I think I show symptoms of needing a detox! http://www.active.com/nutrition/Arti...tm_medium=feed. Of course, I had already planned one post Nats. Julie apparently wants to join in the fun. My doc recommended the 10 day Ultra Clear plan: http://www.pureprescriptions.com/pro...ProductsID=508. There is a 20 day plan as well, but I'm not sure I'm hard core enough to attempt that one.

    Deep Tissue massage:

    I've been a little paranoid that I overdid it with the deep tissue, but I think the timing was right. I just take longer to recovery apparently.

    http://www.active.com/Page22572.aspx

    I found this article I ran across kinda funny: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?sec...rticle-7439558. I think since Mr. Fort is less than 2 years older than me, I'm safe.

    Updated May 13th, 2010 at 10:02 PM by The Fortress

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  8. No Taper Bitchies Yet, May 12

    by , May 12th, 2010 at 03:52 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Main Sets:

    6 x 100 @ 2:00
    odds = IM drill
    evens = IM swim

    #6 = broken 100 IM with 15-20 seconds rest at the 25 and 75 (had to do the Roddin turn at the 50).

    100 EZ

    8 x 50 @ 1:15
    done as 25 scull + 25 no breather free w/overkick

    50 EZ

    2 x through:

    4 x 50s
    odds = 25 shooter + 25 EZ @ 1:15
    evens = 25 AFAP + 25 EZ (2 free, 2 breast) @ 1:30
    50 easy speed russian breast drill (33s)
    100 EZ

    5 dives off side

    50 EZ

    Total: 2600

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    Commentary:


    Because the forum was down this am, I couldn't check my blog to get my "9 days out" workout. I made one up, and was slightly slightly worried I did too much. But, having written it down, it looks fine for now.

    The taper bitchies haven't really kicked in yet ... Tomorrow is my last workout with some real sprints + long rest, then I'm shifting into warm up mode. (What should we do Speedo?) If I don't have the TBs by the weekend, I will wonder what's up. I certainly seem to have the taper munchies ... I'm guessing I still feel crappy and somewhat sore from my deep tissue massage. (It does seem to take me a longer time than usual to recover from these.) 4 days of feeling crappy and counting ... Whoops, just yelled, perhaps a TB moment.

    I really haven't been stretching too much the last couple weeks. So I've decided just to stick with The Stick and the foam roller and the body work.

    Still mulling over whether to get a bullet blender for Nats. I have stocked up on "plastic" easily digestible food: espresso and jet blackberry gu, cliff shot bloks with caffeine, packets of puresport and "amazing meal," etc. I need more gluten free Protein Fusion bars.

    Mr. Fort had an interesting conversation with a nutritional expert from UMPC recommended by his trainer. One of the tips she gave him for his marathon was: 5 days before (I think that's the number), he should get an extra serving each meal and drink 8 bottles of water with electrolytes. (He's usually a bit of a camel.) She thought this would make the muscles super hydrated and "fed" so that he wouldn't have to worry about food as much during the race. I wonder if this has any applicability to a multi-day meet? Or perhaps to a distance event the first day?

    I have once again successfully bribed Mini Fort to try on my Jaked for me. I get very wigged out over trying on that particular suit. It takes FOREVER the first time. I wish I hadn't put a tiny tear in my old one just in case.

    Musings over Nationals Events:

    Obviously, I'd like to do some PBs. I'm not sure I can get there in the 50 free, where I dropped a lot of time and surprised myself last year, but we'll see ...

    50 breast: Hoping for good breakouts and hand speed. I think head position is a long term project; I've really only been training breast for 6-8 months and I still have a lot of work to do if I decide not to retire from the evilstroke. I'm glad this is the first event, as I care about it the least and I sometimes need an event to get out the "cobwebs." (In this regard, I recall that my first event at Austin Nats was very fast and my first event at Indy Nats was rather iffy.)

    100 fly: I'm prepared to HTFU and die like a true sprinter on the last length. I'm glad this event is day 1, so I don't have to fret over it. I will throw in a few singles. Even though Jimby thinks I don't train 100s, this is, in fact, one of my highest seeded events at Nats. :-P

    50 back: I think I know how to swim this. Will try to stick with 13 SDKs the first 25. The competition in this event in my age group is insane. There are 4 of us that have gone 28.0 or faster.

    50 fly: I plan only to breathe once on the first 50 about 7 yards from the flags. I would ideally like to go 26.99, as I went 27.0 last year. The fastest time in the country is 26.8. This will be another super close event.

    100 IM: I realized today that I only swim this event at taper meets. Not sure why ... Is this a dislike-of-breaststroke hangover or an unconscious rebellion against IMs because I swam them every single meet as an age grouper? Or perhaps the 100 IM is always the first event I cut if a meet order doesn't suit me? In any event, if plan to: do the Roddin turn (why not?) if I hit the wall with my left hand, do my evil allotted dolphin kick during the pull down rather than pre-kicking to avoid undue oxygen debt, breathe 3 times out of the freestyle turn and then put my head down the last 15 yards.

    100 back: I'm going to swim this event just like I did at NE Champs: lots of SDKs. The key thing is that I must go faster than 1:02.8 to continue chicking Geek in our cyber gridge. The things that keep us motivated ...

    50 free leadoff: Remember to keep head down and still and kick kick kick!


    CZ Recap:

    Here's a youtube vid about CZ featuring GMUP coaches Cheryl and Peter Ward: [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz_CghLfRe4"]YouTube- USMS Colonies Zone SCY Masters Swimming Championship[/nomedia]

    I think I caught a tiny glimpse of my 100 fly and who could miss SwimStud?


    To Stretch Or Not:

    http://myfitnessdepot.com/indoor/to-...ot-to-stretch/

    Updated May 12th, 2010 at 08:26 PM by The Fortress

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  9. Wed May 12th 2010

    by , May 12th, 2010 at 01:35 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed May 12th 2010

    Nats in 1 wk & 2 days or 9 days

    Leave for AZ tomorrow


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    LCM main pool
    Whitney coached
    6:30 - 8:00
    swam in the Nats Taper Lane with
    Todd, Marcio, Nate, Ed, Kristyn, Mary, Heather Henry & Gretch

    wore B70 legs

    Warm UP LCM

    3 x 500 SNAKES
    round 1 200 fr 50 k
    round 2 200 IM 50 k
    round 3 200 fr 50 scull

    MAIN SET

    4 x 50 fr done broken 200 style
    20 seconds after each 50
    went 29 32 30 30

    did 4 x 75

    2010 MEETS:

    2010 Short Course National Championships
    Thu May 20 - Sun 23, 2010
    time to get fast, strong, skinny, & rested
    Days Till Nats
    FRI 050 BR 100 FL
    SAT 200 IM 050 BK
    SUN 100 IM 050 FR


    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4
    Austin, TX


    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas
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  10. Tuesday, May 11

    by , May 11th, 2010 at 03:46 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Main Sets:

    6 x 100 @ 2:00
    2 backstroke kick, 2 russian breast drill, 2 single arm fly

    30 x 25 @ :20 RI, done as:

    1-10
    odds = shooter on back
    evens = long evil pullout

    11-20
    odds = EZ speed fly
    evens = EZ

    21-30
    odds = shooter on belly
    evens = good evil pullout/breakout, 2 quick strokes after breakout

    Wanted to do 10 more, but didn't have the time. 40 x 25 with some hypoxic work is one of my fav taper sets.

    50 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP breast w/MF
    went 28, fastest to date

    100 EZ

    Total: 2250

    Deep Tissue Massage, 75 min:

    Went right here from the pool. Holy crap, I got beat up. I feel sore and exhausted at the moment. Must go get another green tea ...
    She really worked over my neck, shoulders, traps, scapular area. My lats were the most painful area. Ouch!

    Benefits:

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/94...issue-massage/

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Understandin...ssage-Benefits

    The latter suggests an epsom salt bath will aid release of toxins. I've never tried that ...


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    Commentary:

    I felt absolutely ghastly today until the end of the short workout. I wanted to crawl out during warm up. Even my backstroke felt alien. I'm sure tomorrow I'll feel sloggish as well b/c of the deep tissue. But I will keep ignoring this feeling. I think more hypoxic work is in order tomorrow. I should probably pony up and do some broken 100s as well.

    Saw this on FB. I might try some of these for fun during the otherwise deadly dull taper workouts. http://ht.ly/1JA3V

    I saw Wolfy mentioned on Patrick's blog that it's probably time to quit dedicated stretching. Really? It tires the muscles just to stretch?

    FYI, for any Lost addicts, this is a great page on FB: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...3331633&ref=ts

    Updated May 11th, 2010 at 04:38 PM by The Fortress

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  11. Tue May 11th 2010

    by , May 11th, 2010 at 11:32 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue May 11th 2010

    Nats in 1 wk & 3 days or 10 days

    this morning after practice I threw my kick board toward the kick board bin from probably 25 yards away & it bounced on the deck then went IN!


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    LCM main pool & SCY Div Well
    Whitney coached
    6:30 - 8:00
    swam in the Nats Taper Lane with
    Mike, Marcio, Nate, Ed, Kristyn, Mary, Kendal, & Gretch

    wore B70 legs

    Warm UP LCM

    not really sure what warm up was but I did around 600

    switched from LCM main pool to SCY div well

    MAIN SET

    8 x 100 on 2:00
    odds 50 at 200 pace 50 easy
    evens DPS

    8 x 100 on 1:45
    odds: fast break outs with 2 fast strokes off each wall
    evens: easy DPS

    50 bk FAST flip start
    went 26.2


    2010 MEETS:

    2010 Short Course National Championships
    Thu May 20 - Sun 23, 2010
    time to get fast, strong, skinny, & rested
    Days Till Nats
    FRI 050 BR 100 FL
    SAT 200 IM 050 BK
    SUN 100 IM 050 FR


    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4
    Austin, TX


    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas
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  12. Deadly Dull, May 10

    by , May 10th, 2010 at 08:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Taper workouts are just ungodly deadly dull ... I recycled another of my own pre-NE Champs taper workouts.

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Main Sets:

    4 x (4 x 50 @ 1:00)
    drill, kick, swim, hypoxic
    4 of each stroke

    50 EZ

    50 fly AFAP w/fins, 1 breathe on first 25 (went 25 ish)

    50 EZ

    6 x 100 kick @ 2:00

    odds = flutter kick w/board, 3rd 25 fast @ 80%
    evens = backstroke kick, 1st & 3rd 25 = shooters

    50 EZ

    6 x 50 @ whatevah
    odds = 25 fast breast pull + 25 EZ
    evens = 25 AFAP free + 25 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 2700

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Commentary:

    I continue to feel like utter crap in the water. My hips feel like they are scraping the bottom ... Some of this, as FlyQueen noted, is natural for this stage of the taper. Some may have been self inflicted yesterday -- no more gardening drylands!

    11 days until Nats
    6 days until Mr. Fort's marathon

    I've decided I'm not going to journey up to the Stotesbury Cup this weekend in Philly. I'd love to go, but traveling muliti-days for both that and then the marathon is just not a good idea. I need to be stuck at home, bored out of my mind, sleeping excess amounts, sitting on my ass, and getting fat. I have my priorities clear.

    New suits:

    Everyone knows that Speedo and B70 have new kneeskins out. But I've also seen a few other suits/kneeskin options:

    Rocket Science:

    http://rssportspost.blogspot.com/201...g-session.html

    Jaked:

    http://www.jakedstore.it/eng/prodott...odotto=2147-45

    Q Swimwear:

    http://www.swimnetwork.com/News/Swim...ue-Santos.aspx


    Where to eat in Atlanta:

    I need to start lining up some dinner plans and restaurants. Q & LW have come up with some interesting restaurants where I might not get sick:

    Ecco
    Woodfire Grill
    Legal Sea Foods
    Krog Bar
    Floataway Cafe
    Wisteria
    Thumbs Up Diner
    Eno by Zaza
    Gordon Biersch
    5 Seasons Brewery
    Urban Pl8
    Figo Pasta
    Rosa Mexicano
    Copper Blue


    For Jazz to chew on:

    http://www.humankinetics.com/excerpt...-masters-years

    New Toy?

    This doesn't look new to me ... is it good to swim with wide fingers?

    https://www.darkfingloves.com/

    For Chris: Body Shaving:

    http://ht.ly/1IYRU

    Updated May 10th, 2010 at 11:21 PM by The Fortress

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  13. Weekend, May 8-9

    by , May 10th, 2010 at 11:13 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Saturday:


    I took Saturday off from exercise. Basically spent the rest of the day running around. I was disappointed that, after driving all the way out to the Occoquan, my son's race (Viriginia State Champs) was cancelled midway through due to high winds. One of the best rowers on his boat had pulled a muscle in his back, so it was likely all for the best. But, still, the race was re-scheduled to the weekend I'll be at Nationals. He leaves on Thursday for the Stotesbury Cup in Philly. They still haven't gotten a new boat from Vespoli, but did manage to borrow a decent one from another high school that is not rowing a lightweight 8.


    Sunday:

    I enjoyed all the sucking up on Mother's Day. Hope all the other mothers out there had a great day too! I didn't get out of bed until 10:00 am. Had a lobster dinner later and went to Ironman 2.

    Gardening, 3.5 hours

    Probably not really on the taper plan. But I wanted to plant a cutting garden and we had to spend time replacing landscaping damaged by all the snow. So I braved the pollen and hope to have fresh flowers in the house all summer. I do have a deep tissue massage scheduled for tomorrow, so hopefully that will remedy any "work" I gave the legs. Lately, I've been thinking it takes me almost a 5 days+ to really recover from a deep tissue massage. I read somewhere recently that it could be as much as 2 weeks.


    Swim/Solo/SCY:

    GMU practices were cancelled due to a swim meet, so I headed to Spring Hill Rec, which I knew would be crowded. And it was. Fortunately, I had only planned a mellow workout to loosen up after all the gardening.

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Main Sets:

    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = fly drill
    evens = evil drill

    50 EZ

    8 x 50 kick @ 1:00
    odds = dolphin
    evens = evil

    50 EZ

    For evil kick, I did a drill I saw the age groupers doing the other day. You take a breast pull and dolphin kick and dive down and take 3 evil kicks under water and repeat.

    200 chest press fly

    100 EZ

    Total: 2000

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Commentary:

    Felt like crap in the water. Lately, I've been feeling worse when I take a day off. Or, perhaps, it was all the gardening. I anticipate starting to get really antsy this week with less intensity and more "fitness maintenance" in the water. Next week: the Wally Dicks drastic taper.

    Articles:

    ABCs of Mental Training:

    http://usaswimming.org/USASWeb/Deskt...ainbow&Lang=en

    5 fixable nutrition mistakes:

    http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com...ion%20Mistakes

    Updated May 10th, 2010 at 11:29 AM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  14. Mon May 10th 2010

    by , May 10th, 2010 at 10:41 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon May 10th 2010

    Nats in 1 wk & 4 days or 11 days

    Lifted weights today


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    LCM main pool & SCY Div Well
    Whitney coached
    6:30 - 8:00
    swam in the Nats Taper Lane with Mike, Marcio, Todd, Nate, Ed, Kristyn, & Gretch,

    wore B70 jammer

    Warm UP LCM

    150 fr
    50 k went 41

    150 fr
    50 k went 36

    150 fr
    50 k went 33

    150 fr
    50 k went 31

    switched from lcm main pool to SCY div well

    MAIN SET

    25 fl fast
    went 10.5

    25 fl easy

    assigned 400 aerobic
    did 4 x 50 easy

    50 bk fast
    went 23.9

    50 easy

    assigned 400 aerobic
    did 4 x 50 easy

    75 k FAST
    went 40.8

    75 easy

    SWITCHED POOLS from SCY div well to LCM Main Pool

    assigned 400 aerobic
    did 4 x 50 easy

    10 x 50 on 1:10
    1) 25 k fast 25 easy
    2) 4 strokes fast
    3) 3 breaths

    #10 EASY

    Hoped to do kick set with UT women but had to get to work

    2010 MEETS:

    2010 Short Course National Championships
    Thu May 20 - Sun 23, 2010
    time to get fast, strong, skinny, & rested
    Days Till Nats
    FRI 050 BR 100 FL
    SAT 200 IM 050 BK
    SUN 100 IM 050 FR


    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4
    Austin, TX


    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  15. Sat May 08th 2010 Lifetime best 100 LCM K

    by , May 8th, 2010 at 07:22 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sat May 08th 2010

    Nats in 1 wk & 6 days or 13 days


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    LCM main pool
    Whitney coached
    noon to 1:15
    swam with Tyler, Todd, Brad, Larry, Max, Beth, Mary, Doug, ned Nate, Patrick Eveo & Jon
    dove in 7:45

    wore B70 jammer

    Warm UP LCM
    100

    MAIN SET SCY

    12 x 100 on 2:30
    4 rounds of
    1) 100 k went 1:22, 1:22, then I heard her say the kicks are easy so I backed off on the 3rd & 4th round
    2) 100 easy
    3) 100 strong went 1:03, 1:01, 1:00, 1:00

    assigned 800
    did 8 x 50 easy

    assigned 12 x 100 on 2:20
    did:
    100 k went 1:20
    100 easy
    100 skip

    100 k went 1:16
    100 easy
    skipped 6 - 11 to rest for a fast 100 k

    put on B70 leg skin

    100 k FAST for time from a dive
    did 12 SDKs on first 50 &
    0 on 2nd 50, also brushed a swimmer in my lane on my first 50,
    she swam down the middle of the lane
    went 1:10
    This was my lifetime best 100 LCM K


    100 easy


    2010 MEETS:

    2010 Short Course National Championships
    Thu May 20 - Sun 23, 2010
    time to get fast, strong, skinny, & rested
    Days Till Nats
    FRI 050 BR 100 FL
    SAT 200 IM 050 BK
    SUN 100 IM 050 FR


    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4
    Austin, TX


    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  16. Double FAST Fri May 07th 2010

    by , May 7th, 2010 at 09:51 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    DOUBLE Fri May 07th 2010

    Nats in 2 wks or 14 days


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    LCM main pool
    Tyler coached
    noon to 1:15
    swam with Todd, Larry, Max, Brent, doug & ned

    wore B70 jammer

    Warm UP LCM
    500
    400
    300



    MAIN SET SCY

    assigned 2 rounds of:
    50 FAST
    200 easy
    100 FAST
    200 easy
    200 fast
    200 easy

    DID:
    50 fast fl went 27
    200 easy
    skipped 100 fast
    200 easy
    100 k fast went 1:13
    200 easy

    50 fast fl went 27 ish
    200 easy
    skipped 100 fast
    200 easy
    100 k fast went 1:12 ish
    50 easy

    2010 MEETS:

    2010 Short Course National Championships
    Thu May 20 - Sun 23, 2010
    Nats are in 2 weeks & 1 days or 15 DAYS
    time to get fast, strong, skinny, & rested
    Days Till Nats
    FRI 050 BR 100 FL
    SAT 200 IM 050 BK
    SUN 100 IM 050 FR


    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4
    Austin, TX


    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  17. Friday, May 7

    by , May 7th, 2010 at 05:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    800 various

    Hypoxic Set:

    4 x through:

    8 x 25 UW shooter w/MF @ :30
    (2 belly, 2 right side, 2 left side, 2 back)
    :30 seconds rest

    50 EZ

    Short Axis Sets:

    6 x start from side w/breast pullouts
    -- got to 14-14.5 meter mark
    -- did 3 grab and 3 track reaching for the water
    -- had pretty clean entries
    -- the grab starts were surprisingly solid feeling, but I'm sure it's quite different doing a grab off a block

    50 EZ

    1 x 100 breast pull @ 2:15, done as 25 fast + 10 seconds rest + 75 EZ pull
    2 x 50 @ 1:15, done as 25 EZ speed fly w/fast turn + 25 EZ
    1 x 100 breast pull @ 2:15, same as above
    2 x 50 @ 1:15, same as above
    1 x 100 breast pull @ 2:15, same as above

    50 EZ

    Long Axis Sets:

    1 x 100 backstroke kick @ 2:00, done as 75 EZ + 25 fast shooter
    2 x 50 @ 1:00, done as 25 easy free + 25 front scull
    1 x 100 back kick @ 2:00, same as above
    2 x 50 @ 1:00, same as above
    1 x 100 back kick @ 2:00, same as above

    50 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)

    100 EZ

    Total: 3150

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Commentary:

    Today, I just worked on all the little details/things I needed to work on (one of the advantages of training mostly solo). To my surprise, I felt really good in the water today despite yesterday's hard set. I had some easy speed and good DPS & DPK. My last 2 25s free were the fastest and cleanest they've felt in awhile. Better than pre or during Zones. 2 hours later, though, I'm feeling a bit pooped. I'm really looking forward to a day off tomorrow -- at least from swimming.

    I almost broke down and went to hot yoga today b/c a stretch sounded so good. But FlyQueen scolded me, and told me to stick to what Geek calls the "Fortress Land Based Avoidance Theory Lifestyle" for tapers. So I dutifully did.

    Strongest Girl in the World?

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADUxozD4Jzs"]YouTube- Varya Akulova Documentary - Strongest Girl in the World (part 1)[/nomedia]

    Updated May 7th, 2010 at 05:30 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  18. Fri May 07th 2010

    by , May 7th, 2010 at 11:14 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Fri May 07th 2010

    Nats in 2 wks or 14 days

    Thinking about doubling today

    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    LCM warm up & SCY div well main set
    WHITNEY coached
    6:30 - 8:00 dove in 6:33ish
    swam with jon, tyler, mike, & nate

    wore B70 jammer

    Warm UP LCM
    500 done 200 fr 50 k
    400
    300
    200 k
    100 IM

    switch to well

    MAIN SET SCY

    assigned 2 rounds of:
    50 FAST
    200 easy
    100 FAST
    200 easy
    200 fast
    200 easy

    DID:
    50 fast bk went 23.9
    200 easy
    100 fast bk went 55
    200 easy
    skipped 200 FAST
    200 easy
    50 fast bk went 24 ish
    200 easy
    skipped 100 fast
    200 easy
    100 fr easy speed went 58
    50 easy

    2010 MEETS:

    2010 Short Course National Championships
    Thu May 20 - Sun 23, 2010
    Nats are in 2 weeks & 1 days or 15 DAYS
    time to get fast, strong, skinny, & rested
    Days Till Nats
    FRI 050 BR 100 FL
    SAT 200 IM 050 BK
    SUN 100 IM 050 FR


    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4
    Austin, TX


    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas

    Updated May 7th, 2010 at 09:47 PM by ande

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  19. Speed Work w/Speedo & Hulk, Thursday, May 6

    by , May 6th, 2010 at 03:32 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim @ SpringHill w/Speedo & Hulk:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Transition Set:

    5 x 50 @ 1:00
    2 x 25 build @ :45
    2 x 50 @ 1:00

    Speed/Quasi Lactate Set:

    6 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 50 EZ) @ 3:00

    1 = evil, high 29-30
    2 = evil, 29
    3 = SDK double shooter, 22+
    4 = SDK shooter, 23.5
    5 = fly, 25
    6 = flutter kick w/board, 26

    Ok, it was NOT a good idea to do 2 hypoxic AFAP SDK shooters in the middle of a speed speed set. I couldn't recover well after # 3 and #4 and I was slower than I should have been on the last 2 50s. I had to kick the last one b/c I needed more air. However, the first 3 were very fast, the fastest I've been in evil w/fins. The focus on no pause on the insweep + shooting hands forward seems to be working.

    300 EZ

    Paul and Pete did some "easy" no breather 25s while I was warming down. Paul thinks these "relax" him. I didn't even attempt them; I just needed some easy swimming and to catch my breath and recover. I'm a "softie."

    Total: 2000

    10 minutes hottub


    ART, 30 minutes

    My doc worked over my shoulders, scapular area, traps and neck. My neck was a bit messed up from sleeping.

    He told me to cut out the coconut oil I was using or buy an organic brand. If it's not organic, it's possible that there area additives I'm allergic to in it. Or, sometimes, , coconut oil can go rancid if it's on the shelf too long. So I'm going to cut this brand out of my smoothies and see if that helps my stomach before I cut the whey.

    Speaking of whey, he told me that the editor of Men's Health, Jim's fav magazine, uses Ultra Meal as his source of protein. He apparently was a subject in an initial study of Ultra Meal conducted in MN and lost a lot of weight and built a lot of lean muscle using this product.

    He also urged me to take a full 2 weeks off from all rigorous exercise when I'm on vacation to let the body heal. Yoga permissible. This would be interesting. Can't think of the last time that happened ...

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Commentary:

    Speedo was very speedy today! And Wolf Girl has been in the pool 6 days in a row! And I feel like I've got some decent speed work in this week.

    My stomach was a bit upset again today. I think the culprit may be the coconut oil. Think I will eliminate it from my smoothies and see. Or possibly it's the whey, which I've reintroduced ...


    This guy's super human powers are amazing:

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNvJy0zoXOY"]YouTube- Damien Walters 2010[/nomedia].

    Pre-swim warm up movements:

    http://www.active.com/swimming/Artic...tm_medium=feed

    Yoga for Travelers:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/06/bu...?ref=nutrition

    Updated May 7th, 2010 at 10:34 AM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  20. Thu May 06th 2010

    by , May 6th, 2010 at 12:48 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu May 06th 2010

    Nats in 2 wks & 1 day or 15 days

    Lifted today

    Upcoming Travel

    Thu May 13 - Sun 16: Grand Canyon, AZ

    Sun May 16 - Wed 19: Scottsdale, AZ

    Thu May 20 - Mon 24: Atlanta


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    SCY main pool
    WHITNEY coached
    6:30 - 8:00 dove in 6:33ish
    swam with jon, todd, mike, & nate

    wore B70 jammer

    Warm UP
    4 rounds of 150 fr 25 scull 25 ft first scull

    MAIN SET

    assigned: 20 x 100 on 1:40
    odds: 500 pace evens easy
    DID: 20 x 50 on 1:40
    odds 200 pace evens easy
    held 26's

    50 easy

    assigned 10 x 50 on 1:00
    odds fast break outs
    evens fast finishes
    did: not very many of them

    50 easy

    2010 MEETS:

    2010 Short Course National Championships
    Thu May 20 - Sun 23, 2010
    Nats are in 2 weeks & 1 days or 15 DAYS
    time to get fast, strong, skinny, & rested
    Days Till Nats
    FRI 050 BR 100 FL
    SAT 200 IM 050 BK
    SUN 100 IM 050 FR


    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4
    Austin, TX


    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas