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  1. Ouch! Thursday, Jan. 7

    by , January 7th, 2010 at 03:51 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    AM Drylands:

    push ups w/push up stand 3 x 15*
    ab roll outs w/power wheel, 3 x 15
    jump rope, 2 x 75
    prone scapular scrunches, 3 x 25
    3 position arm extensions, 3 x 3 x 15

    * The push up stand seems to make the exercise harder to me. Perhaps it's the increased range of motion. The stands are definitely easier on the wrists.

    P90X Ab Killer DVD (15 minutes):

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    Commentary:

    I knew after my first few jumps with the rope that this would be a hard day. My legs were still totally dead from my brutal double on Tuesday. The word "cramp" was never far from my mind and, indeed, that is, unhappily, what ensued ...


    Noon Swim w/Speedo @ Oak Marr:

    Warm up:

    750 variety

    6 x 25 shooters

    Transition set:

    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = swim
    evens = kick

    (I missed one of these.)

    50 EZ

    Main Set:

    Speedo and I had decided to do Geek's lactate set (w/modifications) from several days ago. He was likewise weary from a hard practice yesterday. But, there really is no sense putting off lactate work, so we gamely had at it. I certainly plan to do more of it now that I've got some aerobic work under my belt.

    1 x 200 w/fins @ 8:00

    I swam 5 1/2 lengths and quit. I got a calf cramp the instant I pushed off to begin swimming. It didn't hurt as much when I dolphin kicked, but the minute I transitioned, it tightened even worse. It was so painful, I stopped. I'm a quitter. I was out in a :57. My stroke didn't feel very good (not like last week), so I was surprised to even go out that fast. The legs felt positively leaden.

    150 EZ

    1 x 100 w/fins @ whatevah

    I did fly. Went a :59. Very unspectacular; I've gone faster. But at least it was a cramp free swim.

    150 EZ

    2 x (50 AFAP w/fins @ whatevah + 100 EZ)

    1st 50 = fly, went :24
    2nd 50 = back. went :23.5 ish even though I slipped on the wall

    These were faster than I expected and certainly better efforts than my 200 and 100. Good to know I haven't lost all my speed. Speedo's underwater SDKs and streamlining have really improved!

    2 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 25 EZ @ whatevah)
    (one free, one belly shooter)

    100 EZ

    Evil Drill set:

    5 x (3 x 50), RI = :20-25

    #1 = breast kick (trying to keep knees close)
    #2 = PLD (pull, lunge, dolphin) breast drill
    #3 = Chris' breast drill where you alternate PLD with regular breaststroke each stroke. I really liked this drill and will continue to do it.

    50 EZ

    Total: 3350

    10 minutes in hottub.

    Commentary:

    That was a nice kick in the pants and welcome back to the world of lactate pain. This would be a good set to repeat. The only problem with it from a sprinter perspective is that it's very hard to recover from that first 200. It takes a toll on the subsequent 100. I guess you could reverse the order of the set as well.

    Definitely time to increase the race pace work!

    I wish someone would come stand over me an make me stretch tonight. I really need it. I have no idea why I have a lapse of motivation in this area ...

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

    Streamlining:

    Pete and I discussed streamlining some and, in particular, 2 recent USMS tips. One is Chris Colburn's "hanging streamline drill" discussed here: https://www.usms.org/articles/articledisplay.php?a=238. Another is a tech tip drill Pete read about where you simply practice streamlining by pushing off and seeing how far you go. Keep repeating and hopefully see improvement. I'll definitely try these drills.

    F Gluten!

    I think I might have made it through my first gluten free day without accidentally glutening myself. Have been doing some reading. It also seems that muscle cramping and abdominal cramps can also be symptoms of gluten intolerance. http://www.celiac.com/articles/1106/...oms/Page1.html. In addition to my usual calf cramps, I've had some wicked abdominal cramps. Perhaps this will improve if I can successfully alter my diet.

    Updated January 7th, 2010 at 06:37 PM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts , Test Sets
  2. Thursday Jan 7th 2010 Mid Distance

    by , January 7th, 2010 at 11:10 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thursday Jan 7th 2010

    Weighed 223 after practice

    You gonna watch the GAME tonight?

    Today at 3:00 UT men & women swim auburn

    Got this message from Whitney Yesterday
    Thursday night practice has been cancelled so all can watch the awesome UT football game that starts at 7 pm.
    However, there WILL BE a noon workout offered instead. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have and for the late notice but go cheer on those HORNS!

    I had my first and I think quite graceful fall into the water this morning at practice. I have been coaching since 1996 and I have never fallen into the water until today. I hope it was a good laugh for all. I have chuckled over it numerous times today.
    I'm in Nashville Sat Jan 9th - Wed Jan 13th
    Made arrangements to train with NAC

    Austin got hit with a cold snap, was 50 this morning, it hit, now it's 34

    Thinking about doing a double today, incase the roads are bad tomorrow


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    scy
    Whiitney coached
    6:30 - 8:00
    swam with Brandon, Todd, Ned, & a guest
    beside Tyler, Max, & Amy
    arrived on time

    wore Brief

    warm up
    200 fr
    100 right side kick
    150 fr
    100 left side kick
    100 fr
    100 drill
    050 fr
    100 drill


    main set
    4 rounds of challenging interval stuff
    400 fr
    300 fr
    200 fr
    100 fr
    050 easy

    round 1) on 1:10 base
    skipped 50's from 400, 300 & 200

    round 2) on 1:10 base

    round 3) on 1:10 base

    round 4) swam with Todd & Amy
    400 on 4:20 went 4:15,
    300 on 3:30, skipped a 50 from 300 (lost count)
    200 on 2:10, made it
    100 on 1:10

    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX


    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX
    Count Down 55 Days


    April 9 -11
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    The Woodlands, TX
    Countdown


    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
    Order of Events
    COUNTDOWN
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  3. Wednesday Swimming

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 07:38 PM (My Passion)
    Got to pool just before 5 and lead a stretch. Then did:

    5 X 200 (alt free and breast every 200 - free on 3:30 and breast with 30 seconds rest)
    5 X 100 free on 1:30
    10 X 50 free on 1:00. Coach wanted 10 SDKs off of wall, I managed 8 once and 7 the rest of the time. My asthmatic condition makes it difficult to hold my breath that long with not a lot of recovery between sets.
    1 X 200 slow kick cool down

    Cold front is fixin' to blow in tomorrow early, so I covered 11 Sago Palms with sheets when I got home from work today. Right now I am worried that they will blow off despite the rocks I weighed the sheets down with. Kind of looking forward to a little cool (ok cold) weather. It kills the bugs and it is fun to wrap up in sweats.
    Friday practice will happen though they are predicting 19 degrees, however, I will probably stay under my warm covers Saturday morning when they are predicting 21 degrees - I don't have to work and like to stay under the covers once in a while.

    Happy Swimming .
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  4. DOUBLE Wednesday Jan 6th aka baby baby where did my speed go

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 03:54 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wednesday Jan 6th 2010

    weighed 224 after practice

    I'll be in Nashville Sat Jan 9th - Wed Jan 13th
    Made arrangements to train with NAC

    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    scy
    Mary coached
    Noon to 1:15
    swam with Jon, Max, Larry & James Fike
    arrived on time

    went in with the idea to do some lactate stuff today

    this morning was stations,
    pulleys,
    vertical kick,
    fast 50 fast 100,
    800 pull,
    800 IM

    but she erased the fast 50 fast 100 from the board for the noon group

    wore legskins

    warm up
    800


    main set
    assigned 800
    did 8 x 50, 12.5 fast SDK 37.5 easy

    100 fr easy speed
    went 56

    200 easy

    100 fr easy speed
    went 54

    100 k
    felt terrible died went 1:07
    legs totally petered out

    200 easy

    50 flutter k
    went 29.7

    100 easy


    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX


    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX
    Count Down


    April 9 -11
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    The Woodlands, TX
    Countdown


    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
    Order of Events
    COUNTDOWN
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  5. Wednesday Jan 6th 2010

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 11:27 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wednesday Jan 6th 2010

    Today I missed seeing Coach Whitney fall in the pool Took wife to airport, missed the 1st hr

    added count downs for 3 meets I plan to swim (below)

    recently did my online 2010 USMS Registration
    Don't have a team?
    Register with Longhorn Masters, TXLA

    Subscribe to this Blog

    I'll be in Nashville Sat Jan 9th - Wed Jan 13th
    Made arrangements to train with NAC

    weights at world gym


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    scy
    Whitney coached
    6:30 to 8:00
    swam beside todd, mike marcio and ned
    missed Nate who walked out just as I arrived
    arrived at 7:25


    warm up
    missed it
    did around 500 when I finally arrived


    main set
    today's work out was stations
    one of the stations was
    50 FAST for time
    100 FAST for time

    so I put on legskins and did

    50 fly 24.1
    whitney timed
    roll

    200 easy rest 5 minutes

    100 fr 51.2
    whitney timed
    roll

    50 easy

    thinking about coming back for more
    might do 4 or 5 fast 100's for time

    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX


    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX
    Count Down


    April 9 -11
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    The Woodlands, TX
    Countdown


    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
    Order of Events
    COUNTDOWN
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  6. Death by Tabata + Tall Paul Sets, Tues., Jan. 5

    by , January 5th, 2010 at 06:07 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    1. Warm up:

    1 x 25 broomstick twists

    3 x through:

    100 bicycles
    100 jump ropes
    alternating hammers, 15 x 3 x 15, each arm
    3 position arm extensions (15 reps each position)

    10 minutes stretching

    2. Core:

    reverse lunges w/straight arm twist w/15 lb DB, 2 x 15 (this was from my "crazy core" link -- http://www.ab-core-and-stomach-exerc...-workouts.html)
    straight leg raises in captain's chair (forgot ab slings), 2 x 25
    squat swing w/25 lb plate, 2 x 15
    russian twist on incline bench w/25 lb plate, 2 x 25
    snatch windmill, 15 x 2 x 15
    back extensions w/25 lb plate, 2 x 15
    push ups, 2 x 25
    internal & external rotators

    3. Cross Fit WOD (Workout of the Day): "Swimming Tabata Death"

    5 rounds of 5 exercises done tabata style (20 seconds @ 100% + 20 seconds rest). Rest until heart rate returns to normal between rounds. I stretched between rounds.

    1. med ball slams
    2. jump rope
    3. crunches
    4. lateral bench hops*
    5. row**

    * I substituted these for push ups. That many fast push ups is contra-indicated for my shoulders.

    ** I did this on the seated rowing machine with the weight set at 60 pounds. It was like explosive lifting.

    The original tabata protocol involves the following:

    5 minutes of warm-up
    8 intervals of 20 seconds all-out intensity exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest
    2 minutes cool-down

    http://www.tabataprotocol.com

    This would be very inadequate warm up for me. Though perhaps I should have done the WOD prior to my core work today ...

    Commentary: As Geek would say, this WOD was a mother scratcher. Every exercise was hard, but the lateral bench hops were the worst. My legs were burning. Jump roping is an absolutely fantastic tabata exercise. You don't have to worry about form degradation the way you have to with other exercises. For exercise #1, I was getting about 25 slams per 20 seconds. For exercise #3, I was doing 23-24 crunches per 20 seconds. For exercise #4, I was getting in 30-35 hops on the first 3 rounds and then went down to about 25.


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    For today's PM swim, I stole one of Tall Paul's recent workouts. It was a good one too. I modified it to do main set #1 as kick instead of swim.

    Warm up:

    600 variety

    TP Main Set #1:

    4 x through:

    1 x 200 dolphin kick w/MF & board @ 3:15 descend
    1 x 100 dolphin kick on back w/MF @ 2:00 ascend

    50 EZ

    I ended at 2:11 on the board kicks (#4 = pain) and started with :55 on the 100s (forgot Fortina).

    TP Main Set #2:

    6 x through:

    1 x 100 back w/fins @ 2:00
    1 x 50 evil w/fins @ 1:00

    I ended at :55 on the 100 backs (dead legs and a cramp) and started at :33 on the 50 evils.

    100 EZ

    Mini Speed Set:

    3 x (4 x 25 AFAP + 25 EZ)
    AFAPs = free & fast doggy paddle drill

    100 EZ

    Total: 3350

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

    Commentary:

    Nuthin to say except that I am absolutely dead and, as my daughter would say, "can't move my legs." I think I will slather them in Traumeel tonight and take some ibuprofen. Or liberally use my new Stick. http://www.performbetter.com/detail....tegoryID_E_201

    Tomorrow is definitely a recovery day. Then, on Thursday, I'll do Geek's lactate set with Speedo. I miss all the sleep I was getting over the long holiday break. Quality sleep makes such a difference!

    P.S. I am completely pissed off that licorice, my fav treat, is not gluten free.

    Running Shoes Bad?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/...ectid=10618479

    Updated January 5th, 2010 at 10:34 PM by The Fortress

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  7. Tuesday Jan 5th 2010

    by , January 5th, 2010 at 12:16 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tuesday Jan 5th 2010

    added count downs for 3 of the meets I plan to swim (below)

    recently did my online 2010 USMS Registration
    Don't have a team?
    Register with Longhorn Masters, TXLA


    Subscribe to this Blog

    I'll be in Nashville Sat jan 9th - Wed Jan 13th

    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    scy
    Whitney coached
    6:30 to 8:00
    swam with brandon, a guest & paul
    beside nate, todd, tyler, ned, marcio, amy, larry & mike

    wore briefs

    warm up
    300 fr
    100 fl k r l sw
    300 fr
    100 bk k r l sw
    300 k
    100 br k r l sw

    main set

    10 x 100 fr on 1:20
    4 aerobic 1 strong
    rest 1:00

    12 x 75 br on 1:15
    3 aerobic 1 strong
    went 55
    rest 1:00

    16 x 50 bk on :50
    3 aerobic 1 strong
    went 28's & 9's

    rest 1:00

    assigned 28 x 25 fl on 30 3 aerobic 1 strong
    did: each round
    3 easy 1 arm dril
    1 fast with 8 or more SDKs

    100 easy

    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX


    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX
    Count Down


    April 9 -11
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    The Woodlands, TX
    Countdown


    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
    Order of Events
    COUNTDOWN

    Updated January 5th, 2010 at 02:17 PM by ande

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  8. Swim, Monday, Jan. 4

    by , January 4th, 2010 at 09:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    650 variety

    Aerobic Set:

    5 x 200 FRIMs @ 3:00
    FRIMs = free IM done as free/fly+free/back+free/breast+free/free

    50 EZ

    Drill Set:

    5 x through:

    100 breast PLD w/fins @ 2:00
    50 breast pull w/pullbuoy

    I like these drills, but my L (lunge) and D (dolphin) seem awfully close together timing wise.

    50 EZ

    Kick Sets:

    Chris S.'s Mini Backstroke Kick Mountain, no fins:

    1 x 25 @ :30
    1 x 50 @ 1:00
    1 x 75 @ 1:30
    1 x 100 @ 2:00
    1 x 75 @ 1:30
    1 x 50 @ 1:00
    1 x 25 @ :30

    12 SDKs per 25 -- I should have done more SDKs, but my breathing is somewhat impaired by food and xmas tree allergies.

    Ideally, I would have liked to do 2 rounds of this set, but I didn't have sufficient time today. I had plenty of rest, which was welcome with the hypoxic work. I might bump the intervals down by :05 next time I do this set.

    Speed set:

    10 x 50 dolphin kick on back w/MF-Dolphina @ 1:00, strong effort

    Went: 25, 25, 25, 24, 24, 24, 24, 23, 23, 22.5

    200 EZ

    Total: 3600

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


    Commentary:

    Not sure if it was the crappy night's sleep on the coach last night or yesterday's somewhat intense drylands, but I was beat today and felt really crappy during warm up and the first set. Finally started to find a cruiser pace on the evil drill set. My shoulders and arms were quite sore and tired, and I didn't even think I did that much upper body work yesterday. Hmmm ...

    I can't decide what to do tomorrow: gym/swim or yoga/swim or gym/yoga. I was going to check out the Reston Bikram yoga place to compare it to Falls Church. I still feel like I need to get some yoga in b/c it's a ton of stretching, and I'm awful about doing it on my own at night.

    Meets:

    I'm thinking I may cruise in late to the Tropical Splash on Jan 31. Have to check my kid schedule. The 100 IM and 50 free are toward the end of the meet. I didn't swim those events at the Sprint Classic. And, I guess it's possible the tech suits may still be legal then if FINA uses a grace period and/or USMS hasn't issued a ruling yet on SCY. I would have loved to do the 100 back, but it's way too early in the am for me. (And, on the other hand, manual timing means slippery backstroke starts.)

    Suits:

    I was checking out the newest generation of suits. It's hard to believe the Speedo LZR Elite kneeskin is $375. It can't be that different than the regular Pro ... Here's the new B70: http://www.blueseventy.com/nerotx. If/when our current suits are banned, I'm going to stick with B70.

    Miscellaneous Questions:

    1. Anyone have any tips for teaching 10 & unders flip turns?

    2. Anyone have any backpack recommendations? I've had two TYR backpacks recently and they have both torn across the front near the zipper area. I've lost a pair of goggles and a shirt from falling out the top.

    3. Anyone else a Lactard?

    Is anyone else a lactard with a lactose allergy or lactose intolerance? If so, have you tried lactate tablets and do they help the symptoms and allow you to eat some dairy? I have surveyed some friends and done some internet research and it seems to vary depending on whether you have an allergy (don't work) or an intolerance (may work, especially wrt cheese). I'm not sure whether I have an intolerance or an allergy.

    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/ma...ticlekey=43471
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-allergy/AN01109

    My symptoms are all similar and/or overlapping with my gluten problems. (Which suck -- I was tempted to rip my daughter's tasty Whole Foods burrito out of her hands today and dreamt of bagels and bread last night while I tossed and turned.)

    4. I've been enjoying not doing heavy weights. But does anyone think it's good to cycle a period of mostly body weight/plyo/core (my current regimen) with a cycle of heavier weights, say from season to season?

    5. Random. I saw "Up in the Air" with George Clooney Saturday night, and there was a brief scene with him swimming. He had a terrible catch with his left hand, and this reduced his hotness factor somewhat. lol

    Updated January 5th, 2010 at 06:10 PM by The Fortress

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  9. Monday Practice

    by , January 4th, 2010 at 07:01 PM (My Passion)
    5 am - 37 degrees - this was the workout:

    1 X 100 free (swim, kick, pull, swim)
    1 X 100 Fly (swim, kick, pull, swim)
    1 X 100 Back (swim, kick, pull, swim)
    1 X 100 Breast (swim, kick, pull, swim)
    1 X 250 Free
    5 X 50 - Assigned Free/Back alternating every 50 - did Free/Breast alternating every 50
    5 X 100 - Assigned Free/Fly alternating every 100, did 100 free alternating with 50 fly (shoulders still sore from Saturday's Fly)
    5 X 200 Alternating free/breast every 200
    Assigned 10 X 50 alternating breast/fly, but as the time was running out, I did:
    1 X 50 free
    1 X 50 breast
    1 X 100 free cool down

    Good workout for me. Water was comfortable.
    Took my car in for repairs after last week's accident. Now I have a red PT Cruiser, the only thing is that since my garage door opener is part of my car, no door opener this week and it is suppossed to be 18 degrees by Friday. Now I know it is already that cold elsewhere, but I have lived in South Texas for 26 years and am now a wimp when it is below 20 and now I have to get out of my car to open and close the garage.

    The good news is that Runner Hubby, who finally went to a swim practice with me on Saturday and complained about how stressed his breathing was and how unbearably cold the water was (nice comfortable swimming temperature water), told me last evening, that he will probably swim with me once a week now. I am flabbergasted as I have been trying to get him to swim with me for the last four years .

    Happy Swimming!
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  10. Monday Jan 4th 2010

    by , January 4th, 2010 at 12:19 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Monday Jan 4th 2010

    swam on sunday
    took it easy and did it as a recovery work out


    recently did my online 2010 USMS Registration
    Don't have a team?
    Register with Longhorn Masters, TXLA


    Subscribe to this Blog

    I'll be in Nashville
    Sat jan 9th - Wed Jan 13th

    Weights
    lifted weights today at world gym
    maintaining strength while I increase yardage

    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    scy
    Whitney coached
    6:30 to 8:00
    swam with marcio brandon and doug
    beside nate paul todd and tyler

    wore briefs

    warm up
    2 rounds of 150 100 150 100

    main set

    10 x 25 on 20

    rest 1:00

    10 x 50 on 40

    rest 1:00

    10 x 75 on 1:00

    rest 1:00

    10 x 100 on 1:20

    rest 1:00

    10 x ___ on 2:40
    did 7 225's did 3 175's kicked 2 of the 175's
    arms hurt

    100 easy

    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX


    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX


    April 9 -11
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    The Woodlands, TX


    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
    Order of Events
  11. Stole Quick's set @ Sewickley, Sat., Jan 2

    by , January 3rd, 2010 at 10:38 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I ventured out to the Sewickley Y again to swim with Jimi, Bill White and speedster Mark Cox. This time, I wrote the workout after engaging in some thievery. Jim decided it was "Jimcentric enough," and meekly acquiesced.

    Swim SCY @ Sewickley Y:

    Warm up:

    650-700 variety

    Quicksilver/Speedo set:

    6 x 125 @ 2:00
    6 x 100 @ 1:30
    6 x 75 @ 1:14
    6 x 50 @ :45
    6 x 25 @ :30

    We took 1:00 between each round (though I'm not sure that was Quick's intent?) I was working at a pretty high aerobic level on these trying to keep up with the speedy freestylers (I did backstroke with fins.), so the mini-breaks were appreciated. The clocks didn't seem to be synchronized, so it was hard to get accurate tmes on the 75s and 125s. I believe I was going around 1:07-08 on the 100 backs and 31 or so on the 50 backs.

    50 EZ

    The assigned set was 16 x 50 kick (cruise 3, sprint 1). But Jimi balked at the undue length of the kicking ... So we modified it to:

    4 x (8 x 25), no fins
    rounds 1 & 3 @ :30
    rounds 2 and 4 @ :35
    1 minute between each round, which allowed for higher quality kicking.

    I did round 1 & 3 flutter kick with a board and rounds 2 & 4 backstroke kick w/11 SDKs. Jim started out like a bat out of hell, which I advised was not the way to begin. I think we went an 18 on the first one. He claims he beat me on one 25 (the last one). This is false.

    The next assigned set was 16 x 25 swim, cruise 3, sprint 1. But we wanted to get our coed steam in before they closed the steam room. So we took a 10 minute steam break. Then, we headed back to the pool to finish. Jimi and Bill (still in a Mexicoma) weren't thrilled with this idea, but I think Mark and I shamed them into it.

    16 x 25 @ :30, 3 cruise, 1 sprint w/fins
    I did free. It actually didn't feel too bad after a steam. I was expecting some sluggishness.

    no warm down, pool closing

    Total: 4150

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

    Commentary:

    I enjoyed the Quick/Speedo sest and my backstroke still felt pretty good. There were no backstroke flags at one end, which was a bit challenging. I finally feel like I'm starting to get into halfway decent aerobic shape again after that ungodly long taper in late Nov. to mid-Dec. I may pop in a test set of sorts next week to see where I'm at. I'm heading to the gym today.

    I have not started on my New Years Resolutions yet. Though I'm hoping to stretch at the gym. There was an interesting article in the WSJ a couple days ago on this topic. It suggested that willpower and desire were NOT the best way to accomplish a resolution, but rather a "little bit at a time" approach was more successful in the long term.

    And I suck at eating gluten free. I unintentionally glutened myself at a restaurant last night. I think this is going to take some getting used to.

    I've attached a couple of out underwater shots. (I pulled these off facebook; they may need to be re-sized. One is the Pieta mother & child shot, naturally. The other is Bill and Jimi apparently attempting to strangle me. Jimi thinks this explains the red rash around my neck (which I myself had attributed to a gluten attack).

    Updated January 3rd, 2010 at 11:34 AM by The Fortress

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  12. Swim w/Jimby & Bill, Friday, Jan. 2

    by , January 2nd, 2010 at 10:57 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swam awith two of my favorite swim buddies today, Jimby and Bill White at the Sewickley Y. We did a "Jimcentric" workout, though nothing was over 150.

    Swim SCY @ Sewickley Y:

    Warm up:

    8 x 100 on 1:30

    I'm not used to a structured warm up, and usually like to just amble along for awhile. I kicked about half of these.

    Aerobic Sets:

    repeat 3 x:

    150 free @ 2:00
    100 free @ 1:20
    50 @ :40
    EZ 50 regroup

    repeat 5 x:

    100 @ 1:30
    2 x 50 @ 45

    On the 100s, I swam IM, back, breast, free and fly. I went a 1:05 on the last 100 fly with fins (I never swim fly w/o fins). I kicked all the 50s.

    Speed Set:

    repeat 2x, all @ 2:00

    #1 = 100 medium easy speed
    #2 = 100 broken at 50 for 5 seconds, come in at same clock time as #1 or faster
    #3 = 100 broken at 50 and 75 for 5 seconds, come in at same clock time as #1 or faster
    #4 = 100 broken at 25, 50, and 75 for 5 seconds, come in at same clock time as #1 or faster

    I made all these, which are essentially descending sets. The first round I did backstroke, starting at 1:12. I finished with a broken :51 on the last one (with fins). I did the second set fly with 7 SDK per 25, except I started off with a medium paced free. I think I did a broken :57 on the last one. Had to do some single arm pulls to avoid whacking Bill (who was also doing fly) and Jimby.

    100 EZ

    Total: 3850

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

    This was a fun workout, and I was happy to swim after taking yesterday off with driving and a New Years Eve date with old friends. There was a LOT of jawing between sets. We skipped the last set to make it to the steamroom before it closed. I think we have our priorities straight.

    A couple of Sewickley masters showed up mid workout -- one with an underwater camera. So Jimby and I took some "mother & child" Pieta inspired underwater pictures. I wish I had remembered to bring my new underwater camera!

    I would've liked to stay for lunch, but the fam had plans to see all 179 minutes of Avatar. A bit like Pocahontas in space, but the forest imagery was beautiful.

    Another swim is planned for later today.
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  13. First swim in 2010

    by , January 2nd, 2010 at 10:31 AM (My Passion)
    Went to the MOST practice at 6:00 am at UTSA.

    This is what we did:

    250 warm-up
    200 kick/one-arm fly
    200 free working on 2 beat kick
    8 X 25 stroke count free
    9 X 100 decending free (first 3 on 1:40, second 3 on 1:35, last 3 on 1:30)
    100 free (waiting for others to catch up)
    10 X 25 fly on 55


    Brought runner hubby for his first masters work-out. I had told him that the pool was way too warm (he hates cold water) and that some people we knew would be there, and that hardly anyone comes to Saturday practice.

    Today, the water was cool at first but great after we warmed-up (translation, way too cold for a runner who hates cold water). He knew two of the swimmers as well as the coach, but the other two he wanted to see did not show. There were 12 people at practice today - usually there are 6 to 7. Yeah - he thinks I am a liar .

    At first he said he would not come back, but the more we talk about it, I may be able to get him to swim more(I tell him the conditioning will help his running ).

    The workout was real good for me. The 10 25's of fly was the most full stroke fly I have ever done. I was tired and my shoulders are getting a little stiff now, but I did enjoy it. I felt that was a good way to build up my fly endurance.

    Tomorrow is a running day - I will probably do 6 miles, and next swim is Monday morning.

    Happy swimming
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  14. Fri Jan 1, 2010

    by , January 1st, 2010 at 05:53 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Friday Jan 1st 2010

    recently did my online 2010 USMS Registration
    Don't have a team?
    Register with Longhorn Masters, TXLA


    Subscribe to this Blog

    I'll be in Nashville
    Sat jan 9th - Wed Jan 13th


    My 2010 Swimming Resolutions are:

    1) Lose 15 or more pounds: weighed 225 on the day I wrote these

    2) Improve my Flutter Kick

    3) Improve my 100 FREE,
    went 48.8 in 2008

    4) Get Stronger



    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    scy
    Whitney coached
    noon to 1:15
    swam with paul and doug
    beside jon, tyler & larry

    put on B70 full thinking it was going to be a fast friday work out

    the board said 100's pick a pace

    I dove in on time and did 100's on 1:15
    after 16 I decided to take off the B70 full & put on B70 legs
    skipped 2 100's then dove in behind doug and ken
    we made it
    did 2 more 100's
    to make up for the ones I missed

    so today's work out was
    16 x 100 on 1:15
    2:30 break
    56 x 100 on 1:15


    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX


    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX


    April 9 -11
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    The Woodlands, TX


    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
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  15. Thursday Dec 31st 2009

    by , December 31st, 2009 at 11:41 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thursday Dec 31st 2009

    listen to I Resolve (the New Years Resolution Song) with the one you love just before midnight tonight

    Thanks to everyone who follows my blog
    hope your 2010 is even better than 2009

    LIVESWIM.net updated and Indexed the SPMA SCM Meet

    Like the 4 x 100 Medley, I'm in lane 4 with Todd, Tyler & Mike
    Erik Hochstein (ehoch) whooped me on the 3rd turn, went in ahead, came out behind

    Weighed 221 after practice today,
    trying to lose my holiday cheer
    got more to go

    recently did my online 2010 USMS Registration
    Don't have a team?
    Register with Longhorn Masters, TXLA


    Subscribe to this Blog

    BTW I'm Going to be in Nashville TN
    Sat jan 9th - Wed Jan 13th




    My 2010 Swimming Resolutions are:

    1) Lose 15 or more pounds: weighed 225 on the day I wrote these

    2) Improve my Flutter Kick

    3) Improve my 100 FREE,
    went 48.8 in 2008

    4) Get Stronger



    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    scy
    Whitney coached
    6:30 - 8:00
    swam with mike Paul Tyler Todd Marcio
    Brad, jon, & Sierra
    main pool

    WORE briefs

    warm up
    500
    400
    300
    200 flutter kick with a board
    100


    main set

    STATIONS but I did 50's

    ASSIGNED: 4 rounds of
    8 x 50 on 1:15
    odds FAST kick or swim
    evens 4 strokes fast off each wall
    100 easy
    DID
    round 1: flutter kick
    1) flutter kick easy speed 38
    2) easy
    3) flutter kick went 34
    4) easy
    5) flutter kick went 33
    6)easy
    7) skip
    8) flutter kick went 30
    100 easy

    round 2 flutter kick
    1) flutter kick easy speed 37
    2) easy
    3) flutter kick went 35
    4) easy
    5) flutter kick went 33
    6)easy
    7) skip
    8) flutter kick went 30

    round 3 put on leg skins
    fast flutter kick with a board
    went 29

    round 4 SDK
    1) went 33
    2) easy
    3) 30
    4) easy
    5) skip
    6) skip
    7) skip
    8) 50 SDK whitney timed
    went 24.8

    100 easy


    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX


    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX


    April 9 -11
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    The Woodlands, TX


    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
    Order of Events
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  16. Last swim of the Year

    by , December 30th, 2009 at 06:37 PM (My Passion)
    Alarm went off at 4:35 after a night of deep sleeping with no waking - Nice Sleep

    Warmed up with 200 free.
    Donned fins and we all did
    5 X 100 free on 2:00
    20 X 50 alt free/breast on 1:00
    300 cool down

    I had facebooked a friend on Tuesday night that if she went to practice, we were ging to Starbucks afterward. She facebooked back that she would go to Starbucks only if I did crunches with her after practice I did not see the post, but she told me about it, so I did crunches with her and the others. I know I will be cussing her out the next few days when my abs start burning

    Starbucks was nice and I left for work at 7:15. I got most of the way to work and was on the access road, ready to merge onto I-10. The exit from I-10 came before the entrance. For God only knows why (no cars exiting and a separate lane even if they were) the car in front of me stopped dead . I hit the breaks hard and stopped as well. The car behind be did the same and swerved, but hit me anyway . Meanwhile the jerk who stopped needlessly drove off.

    No one was hurt. The girl who hit me was under 21 and handled herself very well. Car will be in shop starting tomorrow and I will have a rental.

    If only I hadn't stopped for Starbucks (or hadn't done the crunchies ). Anything that would have put me on a different time table, so I wouldn't have been behind the Stupid, Stopping Jerk .

    Happy Swimming
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  17. Wednesday Dec 30th 2009

    by , December 30th, 2009 at 11:55 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wednesday Dec 30th 2009

    Weighed 222 after practice today,
    losing some of my holiday cheer
    got more to go

    recently did my online 2010 USMS Registration
    Don't have a team?
    Register with Longhorn Masters, TXLA


    Subscribe to this Blog

    Ever check your USMS people page?
    Mine is: http://www.usms.org/people/02P06
    To see yours, copy the URL above,
    delete my usms ID 02P06 & replace it with yours, the last 5 characters of your USMS #


    My 2010 Swimming Resolutions are:

    1) Lose 15 or more pounds: weighed 225 on the day I wrote them

    2) Improve my Flutter Kick

    3) Improve my 100 FREE,
    went 48.8 in 2008

    4) Get Stronger


    WEIGHTS world gym san marcos before practice


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    scy
    Whitney coached
    6:30 - 8:00
    swam with mike amy & Marcio
    beside tyler, todd, ned, & paul
    FIRST to dive in again
    main pool

    WORE briefs

    warm up
    8 rounds of
    100 fr, 25 fl, bk, br or under water

    main set

    50 K drop down set
    start at 1:05 drop by 1 sec each round
    1:05 to :50 flutter with a board
    49 to 36 fl k on side no board


    10 x 100 on 1:30
    1) fr
    2) 75 fr 25 fl
    3) 50 fr 25 fl 25 bk
    4) 25 fr 25 fl 25 bk 25 br
    5) 100 IM

    assigned 1000
    did 10 rounds of 25 easy, REST, 25 fast
    with mike & tyler



    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX


    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX


    April 9 -11
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    The Woodlands, TX


    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
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  18. Swim w/Speedo, Tues., Dec. 29

    by , December 29th, 2009 at 07:23 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swam with Speedo at Oak Marr today. It was wonderful to have a workout partner again. We stole sets from Chris (double mountain) and Ande (40 x 25 kick). We liked both the sets and may repeat our thievin' ways. Jazz was going to join us, but missed out on all the "fun" because of a more interesting luncheon date. No doubt a brunette.

    Swim SCY @ Oak Marr:

    Warm up:

    600 variety

    3 x 100 fly drills

    Aquaman's Double Mountain:

    #1 backstroke w/fins:

    1 x 50 @ :45
    1 x 100 @ 1:30
    1 x 150 @ 2:15
    2 x 200 @ 3:00
    1 x 150 @ 2:15
    1 x 100 @ 1:30
    1 x 50 @ :45

    50 EZ

    I was still warming up at the beginning of the set, but the 200s and coming down the mountain felt great. My backstroke seemed smooth with easy rotation and speed. I was using fins (though I may try this mountain without fins soon; not sure I could make those intervals though). On the 200s, I went 2:21s. The last 100 was 1:04 or so. The last 50 was :28. I was breathing pretty hard (more than the stoic one), but going now where near max effort. It was beautiful easy speed. Love that! Hope it's there next time I hope in the pool.

    #2 stroke/IM:

    1 x 25 fly @ :30
    1 x 50 fly/back @ 1:00
    1 x 75 fly/back/evil @ 1:30
    2 x 100 IM @ 2:00
    1 x 75 fly/back/evil @ 1:30
    1 x 50 fly/back @ 1:00
    1 x 25 fly @ :30

    50 EZ

    Very fun little set! Pete did it all fly. This is a good set to sneak some fly in without it killing you.

    Ande's Endurance Kick set:

    (By some miracle, Pete and I both had this set on our radar.)

    40 x 25 kick @ :30, no fins

    1-20 = flutter w/board
    :30 break to sip water and don nose clip
    21-40 = backstroke (9-10 SDKs)

    I went about 20-21 with Pete on the first 20. On the second 20, I did a couple 18s and the rest 19s or so. Hard to see the clock when I'm doing backstroke; might have been slightly faster. Pete and I both liked this set too, though to do it all flutter kick might have been a little tedious. I'm happy with the :30 second interval; :25 wouldn't have been adequate rest.

    200 EZ

    Total: 3700

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

    Commentary:

    I mostly commented above. lol That was a solid workout, and I'm tired from it. Will be hitting the gym tomorrow am.

    I tried gluten free pasta tonight and it wasn't half bad. My kids didn't even protest. On the other hand, with respect to my scheme to become a redhead, they thought I would look "terrible" and "retarded" and "horrible" and should stay blonde (unless possibly I looked like Ashlee Simpson). So supportive.

    I am also going to try some Sugoi compression socks I got for xmas after workouts. see http://www.teamrunningfree.com/blog/...n-or-function/. I'm hoping maybe they'll help with recovery/cramping in the calves.

    Updated December 29th, 2009 at 11:17 PM by The Fortress

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  19. Tuesday Dec 29th 2009

    by , December 29th, 2009 at 11:02 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tuesday Dec 29th 2009

    Weighed 224 after practice today,
    let myself gain too much during Christmas

    did my online 2010 USMS Registration yesterday
    Don't have a team?
    Register with Longhorn Masters, TXLA

    The Men's 160 - 199 Short Course Meters Relay Records updated

    Subscribe to this Blog

    Ever check your USMS people page?
    Mine is: http://www.usms.org/people/02P06
    To see yours, copy the URL above,
    delete my usms ID 02P06 & replace it with yours, the last 5 characters of your USMS #


    My 2010 Swimming Resolutions are:

    1) Lose 15 or more pounds: weighed 225 on the day I wrote them

    2) Improve my Flutter Kick

    3) Improve my 100 FREE,
    went 48.8 in 2008

    4) Get Stronger



    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    scy
    Whitney coached
    6:30 - 8:00
    swam with amy & Marcio
    beside mike, brandon, tyler, todd, & paul
    FIRST to dive in
    warmed up in main pool

    WORE briefs

    warm up
    4 rounds of
    100 fr, 100 stroke done 25 k, ra, la, sw

    main set

    10 x 25 fl on 25
    did 5 SDKs & 1 arm stroke drill

    10 x 50 fl bk on 45

    10 x 75 fl bk br on 1:10

    10 x 100 IM on 1:30

    assigned 10 x 150 on 2:15 with fins, 100 k hard, 50 sw easy
    DID 10 x 100 flutter kick strong with a board on 2:15
    held 1:15 - 1:16
    went 1:09 on #10

    100 easy

    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX


    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX


    April 9 -11
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    The Woodlands, TX


    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
    Order of Events
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  20. Monday and first day back at work

    by , December 28th, 2009 at 05:40 PM (My Passion)
    Got up a 4:30 this morning without the prospect of a nap today. 4:30 is not so bad when I can nap later (or after practice).

    This is what we did:

    1 X 100 Free swim, kick, pull, swim
    1 X 100 Breast - swim, kick, pull, swim
    5 X 100 Free evens, Breast odds
    5 X 200 Breast pull evens, kick odds
    5 X 100 Free evens, breast odds
    150 free cool down

    Always good to be in the pool, even if I have to work later and since hardly anyone was at work, it was not bad at all

    Tomorrow is dryland in the gym - considering 45 minutes on the stairmill, but I have all night to change my mind.

    Happy Swimming
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