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  1. Week 99 - Monday

    by , August 18th, 2014 at 03:01 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a pretty restless night of sleep last night. My wife was up most of the night with allergies and unfortunately she woke me up. Normally I sleep like a log but last night was just not meant to be a good night of sleep.

    Despite being tired this morning this did not affect my swim. I still dont have a feel for the water but put more effort into todays workout than Saturday. I think its going to take me a couple of weeks to get back into the swing of things. Also my shoulders ached today which is not a good thing. I ended up icing my left shoulder after practice since it hurt the most. I probably should have done both but ran out of time; still on vacation pacing at this point.

    Warm up
    400 Free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main Set
    4x(300 pull with paddles and snorkel on 3:30, 200 free with snorkel on 2:30, 100 free on 1:15)
    8x50 kick on 1min

    Warm down
    200 easy

    Total 3700scy

    I held 1:05-1:07 pace throughout the main set which definitely got the heart rate up this morning. My hope is to go about 4k tomorrow and then stick to that this week. Next week when Tom is back we will no doubt start building back up on intensity.
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  2. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-08/19/2013

    by , August 18th, 2014 at 01:17 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    2 X 150 2:30 2:15
    1 X 200 3:15 --
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    8 X 50 kick 1:10
    1 x 100 swim

    1 x 200 IM 3:30
    1 X 75 1:15
    1 X 50 1:30
    Four rounds.
    Round 1: 75--fl-ba-br 50--fly
    Round 2: 75--ba-br-fr 50--back
    Round 3: 75--br-fr-fl 50--breast
    Round 4: 75--fr-fl-ba 50--free

    1 X 600 swim or pull

    WARM DOWN: 4 x 50 easy

    4400Y
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  3. Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 15-17

    by , August 18th, 2014 at 10:41 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Thursday: Swim/LCM @ North Park

    I did what Water Rat refers to an as overnight double. After swimming with Sewy last night I ventured out to North Park the next morning. I was enticed by the prospect of swimming with two of my Pitt swimmers rather than going solo. I also decided to have a mega kick day to give my shoulder a real rest. Did the following:

    500 various
    5 x 100 @ 2:00
    -- I did 25 UW SDK + 75 either free or back kick
    1 x 50 EZ
    1 x 500 negative split
    -- I kicked, such a freaking long way
    1 x 50 EZ
    5 x 100, descend to fast @ :15 rest
    -- did backstroke kick
    1 x 50 EZ
    10 x 50 @ :20 rest
    odds = fast dolphin kick
    evens = EZ kick
    1 x 50 EZ
    2 x (3 x 100)
    1 = 25 fast + 25 EZ + 25 fast + 25 EZ
    2 = same
    3 = EZ
    100 EZ

    Total: 3400 m



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    Friday: Swim /SCY @ Oak Marr

    I was in NoVa on Friday night and was able to get together with our long lost Speedo. He is recovering from a nasty mountain bike accident and has been in the water a little. We warmed up, did a social kick and then I did some more easy swimming with some non fin shooters. Total: 2000, all easy recovery stuff


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    Sunday ocean swim:

    I took Saturday off to drive to the beach. I plan on having an easy week here. But I did jog down to the pier and did the pier to pier swim. It's 1.4 miles, but I got tossed around so much that it was prolly more like 2 miles. I may make it down to the Y at some point. OW swimming is just too dull for me!
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  4. Week 98 - Saturday

    by , August 16th, 2014 at 09:38 AM (After a long rest)
    My family and I arrived home from Canada yesterday. After the week at worlds in Montreal we headed north on a train to Quebec City and had a great relaxing week seeing the sights of this wonderful old city. It really was fun being a tourist for a week. The closest I came to a swim workout was hanging out in the pool at the hotel with my daughter and father.

    This is morning I swam an easy 3k workout and felt hideous. I hurt in places I have never hurt before and had no feel at all for the water. It always amazes me how long it takes to get in shape and how quickly you loose it.

    Todays workout

    warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    main set
    5x100 pull with paddles on 1:30
    4x100 with snorkel on 1:30
    3x100 easy build by 25 on 1:30
    2x100 drill on 1:30
    1x100 kick on 1:30
    10x50 stroke free by 25 on :50

    warm down
    300 easy

    total 3000scy

    Despite feeling hideous today it was great getting back in the pool and I am so looking forward to getting back to training. I have a few ideas for some short term goals and hope to swim a few different events this fall along with my normal free events. I am likely to swim 3 SCM meets and a couple of kids meets this fall.

    My team mates from worlds are already talking about future meets and a number of my team mates brought up the world masters games in New Zealand in 2017.

    http://www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz

    I am also seriously considering the European Masters championship in London in 2016. It will be one of the first major swimming meets at the London Olympic pool since it was reconfigured after the 2012 Olympics.

    All good old stuff to continue to ponder and work through over the next few weeks.
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  5. Workout 08/15/14: evening

    by , August 15th, 2014 at 10:32 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Went for a run last night after work and was greeted by rain about 5 minutes in. At least my sneaks are clean now

    Spent the day at home working on some small projects and spending time with the family. Made it to the pool before dinner tonight and joined the masses as the Rec is closed tomorrow due to Bennington Battle Day this weekend.

    150 Fr/150 Bk/200 IM drill/200 mix
    3 x (100 kick into 200 Pull)
    4 x 50 on traffic (25 easy free into 25 fast IMO)
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2000 yds/40 min)
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    Off for the weekend, with some fun outings planned.
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  6. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-08/18/2013

    by , August 15th, 2014 at 03:16 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    Last day of LC
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 2:00 1:45
    2 X 150 2:45 2:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    4 X 200 4:20
    100 kick/100 swim

    1 X 100 strong--85/90%
    1 x 100 easy
    1 X 100 @ 100%
    1 X 100 easy
    Choice--all on 2:30

    6 X 250 pull 4:15
    Build last 100 to fast on all swims

    WARM DOWN: 4 x 50 easy

    4300M
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  7. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-08/15/2013

    by , August 14th, 2014 at 01:56 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 2:00 1:45
    4 X 50 1:00 :50
    Three rounds. Round 1 left, rounds 2&3 right.

    1 X 200 kick 5:00
    6 X 50 kick--build-- 1:15

    12 X 50 choice 1:15
    odd: easy
    even: fast

    8 X 150 2:30
    1&2: moderate
    3&4: middle 50 fast
    5&6: last 50 fast
    7&8: fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4000M
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  8. Wed. Aug. 13

    by , August 13th, 2014 at 09:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Sewy Masters

    I did a little on my own before the official hour practice started:
    500 various
    10 x 25 fly w/fins @ 100 pace @ :40
    150 EZ
    4 x (25 scull + 25 free w/paddles)

    Then did:

    8 x 50, 1st 25 stroke @ :50
    1 x 50 EZ

    6 x 25 @ :45, 1/1 length SDK
    1 x 50 EZ

    6 x 25 @ :45 1/2 SDK
    1x 50 EZ

    3 x (6 x 50), #6 always fast @ 1:00
    R1 = kick
    R2 = stroke
    R3 = stroke, but that I did dolphin kick w/fins
    1 x 50 EZ

    3 x (6 x 25) @ :35, #6 always fast
    R1 = kick
    R2 = stroke, did fly w/fins @ 100 pace
    R3 = stroke, but I did dolphin kick w/fins @ 100 pace
    1 x 50 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP
    -- dismal effort here for me
    1 x 100 EZ

    Total: 3350


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    I was pretty tired again tonight. I've been going at it hard for almost 6 weeks and I need a recovery week. I plan on resting hard at the beach next week! I could use some R&R. My right shoulder was bothering me on fly tonight, which it hadn't previously, so that could use some R&R too. Looking forward to seeing how friends do at nationals!

    Updated August 18th, 2014 at 10:31 AM by The Fortress

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  9. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-08/14/2013

    by , August 13th, 2014 at 11:12 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 2:00 1:45
    1 X 200 3:30 --
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right

    2 x ( 4 X 50 1:15--choice
    #1: moderate
    #2: build
    #3: moderate
    34: fast

    2 x 100 kick 2:30
    1 X 100 swim 2:00
    6 x 50 kick--fast-- 1:20

    5 x 200 IM 4:00

    10 x 100 2:00
    odd: easy
    even: strong
    #9/10: swim down

    4200M
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  10. Workout 08/12/14: evening

    by , August 12th, 2014 at 10:01 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Well, it's been almost a week since my last swim. I have gotten in 2 two miles runs in the meantime. I have been able to set up some OW swims for the team in the area for the end of the month with the pool being closed for maintenance. Got in tonight for Masters, with inspiration from a Kiefer workout:

    200 Free/200 Back/100 kick/200 pull
    4 x 50 Fr even split on :50

    2 x 225 on 3:30 (100 DPS, 100 Build, :05 rest, 25 sprint)
    4 x 50 on :55 (decrease stroke count 1->4) 29,27,25,24
    2 x 200 on 3:15 (did IM)
    100 easy kick
    2 x 125 on 1:55 (50 DPS, 50 build, :05 rest, 25 sprint)
    8 x 50 on :50 (alt pull and kick by 50)

    100 skull
    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/3000 yds/65 min)
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    Small turn out tonight as many of our swimmers have had or are about to enter into tri competitions. I am looking forward to some more folks joining us for some lake swims.
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  11. Mon & Tues, Aug 11-12

    by , August 12th, 2014 at 04:53 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Monday: Swim/SCY @ Sewickley Masters

    Warmup:


    600 various
    2 x 50 scull
    4 x 25 burst + cruise
    50 EZ

    Man Sets:

    1 x 400
    -- I did this kick w/fins. Geez, it's along way!
    1 x 50 EZ

    8 x 50 @ :50
    1 x 50 EZ

    2 x 200 @ 2:45
    -- I did these up tempo kick w/fins
    1 x 50 EZ

    6 x 50 @ :50
    -- I tried to do this as odds fast breast, but had no fast gear at all
    1 x 50 EZ

    3 x 100 @ 1:25
    -- I did this up tempo kick w/fins
    1 x 50 EZ

    8 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :45
    -- did these fly w/fins
    100 EZ

    Total: 3150


    Mostly an aerobic workout. My right shoulder was hurting on breaststroke turns.


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    Tuesday:

    Drylands:


    RC/scap ex
    cable twist w/yoga ball, 30 x 3 x 8 each side
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 8
    HS hi row, 150 x 1 x 6, 155 x 3 x 6
    kneeling ab crunches, 160 x 4 x 8
    standing calf, 115 x 3 x 8
    back squats, 70 x 1 x 6, 80 x 3 x 6
    face pulls, 60 x 4 x 25

    Swim @ North Park

    This was a disaster. I got in 1100 meters and the lifeguards heard thunder. It was still pretty clear, so I was bummed. Had to head home. Geez, it's hard to get in a workout in the summer ... I can't wait until Pitt reopens Aug. 25! I was planning on swimming at Sewickley tomorrow night. I may go to adult swim in the am too if there is any threat of thunder.


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    I ended up canceling my trip to Tucson. Had airplane disasters. My brother is there now, so I am going to re-attempt another trip in September. This time, I think I'm fly straight to Phoenix and drive.
  12. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-08/13/2013

    by , August 12th, 2014 at 01:31 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    4 x 150 2:45
    6 X 100 1:45

    5 X 100 kick 2:30
    Build 2nd 50 to fast

    3 X (3 X 100 2:15
    Choice. Alternate build-fast-easy

    1 X 100 moderate 2:00
    1 X 200 negative split 3:30
    Five times through.
    Descend 200's 1-5

    WARM DOWN: 4 x 50 easy

    4300M
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  13. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-08/12/2013

    by , August 11th, 2014 at 12:39 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    2 X 200 3:30
    4 X 100 1:50
    Two rounds

    2 X 100 kick 2:30
    4 X 50 kick-descend- 1:15
    2 X 100 kick 2:30
    1 x 100 swim

    16 X 50 1:10
    1-4: fly
    5-8: back
    9-12: breast
    13-16: 1 of each

    6 x 150 pull 2:30
    1-3: last 50 fast
    4-6: last 100 fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 x 50 easy

    4200M
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  14. Sat., Aug 9

    by , August 10th, 2014 at 01:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/LCM & SCY @ Lebo

    600 various

    10 x (25 fast kick + 25 EZ)
    100 EZ

    6 x 50 DPS free w/paddles @ :20 RI

    6 x (50 fast dolphin kick on back + 50 EZ) @ 2:00

    16 x 50
    odds = breast @ 100 pace @ 1:00
    evens = EZ @ 1:30

    10 x 25 kick on back w/breaststroke fins
    50 EZ

    Total: 3200


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    Swam with Teen Fort at the Lebo pool. We had a blissful hour of adult only swim in long course, then they switched it over to SCY.

    Taking today off as I'm flying to Tucson. Dreading the long journey. But I have packed a few good books!
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  15. Friday, Aug 8

    by , August 9th, 2014 at 10:17 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drylands:

    RC/scap ex
    HS hi row, 150 x 4 x 6
    good mornings, 80 x 4 x 8
    kneeling ab crunch, 160 x 4 x 8
    knee tucks with feet on yoga ball, 3 x 10
    hip abductor, 110 x 4 x 6
    standing broad jumps, 10
    various ab stuff w/Teen Fort

    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    I swam a bit before coaching. Was pretty tired. My dryland sessions have been closer together than usual and I can feel it. I really want to get on a Wed & Sat schedule this fall. I did about 1500, mostly easy.


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    I'm in need of a recovery week and it looks like I'm going to get one. My stepfather, a wonderful man, died yesterday and I need to book out to Tucson to be with my mom for a few days. I'm not really sure if I'll have a chance to swim while I'm out there. But it appears like the Oro Valley Aquatic Center is nearby.

    Going to try the adult only swim at the Lebo pool today. Hope it is turd free!
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  16. Thursday, Aug. 7

    by , August 8th, 2014 at 10:56 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    A rare treat today! I got to swim with two friends -- Jim and Jennifer at North Park. They're re tapering for nationals, so we did some long rest pace work at the beginning.

    Swim/LCM @ North Park

    600 various

    4 x 100 @ 200 pace @ chat interval
    100 EZ

    4 x 50 @ 100 pace @ chat interval
    -- I did free, 25 m UW SDK
    100 EZ

    4 x 50 @ 100 pace @ chat interval
    -- 3 fly, 1 EZ
    150 EZ

    -- Jim and Jennifer left and then I did:

    12 x (25 fast kick + 25 EZ)
    100 EZ

    10 x 50 smooth free w/paddles
    100 EZ

    Total: 3250 m


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    It was a beautiful day yesterday to swim outdoors -- no rain, no thunder and no kid turds. Headed to the gym in a bit with Teen Fort.
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  17. Taper week 2 really feeling yucky in the water

    by , August 7th, 2014 at 07:23 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    The official sluggard is here. I just could not move today. I did manage 1 really good fly sprint and my breast stroke felt better but free and back were just lazy.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    4x50@1:00 back went 50, 51, 51, 52
    4x50@1:15 breast went 57, 59, 57, 57
    500 free w/snorkle
    4x50 from block first two 15m sprints the EZ free the second 2 25y sprints/25 EZ free alt fly/free for the sprint part
    100 free EZ

    Total 2200 yards
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  18. Workout 08/06/14: OW

    by , August 6th, 2014 at 09:30 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Met up with Brent for a drive to NY's Queechy Lake with our Berkshire buddies. The day was warm but nice, and only Jonathan and Shawn (I think that was his name) made it. This is a favorite lake as the weeds are minimal, generally low traffic on the water and water is clear. Tonight did not disappoint even for our small group. The water was not too cold but just plain refreshing. We swam a large rectangle around the lake as usually and ended up with 1.15 miles in just under 40 minutes. While driving back to Brent's work to drop him off we ran into GregJS on his way to the theater - a quick and fun meeting!

    Tags: berkshires
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  19. Wed., Aug 6

    by , August 6th, 2014 at 08:54 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/LCM/Solo @ North Park

    Warm up:


    500 various
    4 x (25 scull + 25 free)
    4 x (25 shooter + 25 EZ)

    Main Sets:

    8 x (50 fly w/fins @ 100ish pace + 50 EZ)
    50 EZ

    30 x 50 kick w/fins @:15 RI
    -- held a steady state with heart rate always elevated
    -- cycles dolphin/flutter/back kick
    -- this is my version of swimswam's recommended high volume kick set
    100 EZ

    5 x (50 breast @ 100ish pace + 50 EZ)

    10 x 50 free w/paddles @ :20 RI
    200 EZ

    Total: 4550


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    I first drove to the Lebo pool in the am for adult only swim (it's set up long course then too). But the pool was still closed because of the pooping kid; chemicals weren't right. I was bummed bc the forecast was for rain/thunder. But I sucked it up and drove to North Park. I got in the entire workout before it started raining. Was starting to cramp near the end. I may meet Jimby there tomorrow.

    Now time to watch Nationals on Universal Sports!
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  20. week 2 day 3 of taper still doing unintentional descend sets

    by , August 6th, 2014 at 07:46 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Once again I didn't intend to get faster in my set just maintain. But there is something about swimming smooth and strong.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x100@2:00 free w/bouy went 1:31, 1:28, 1:27, 1:26, 1:26, 1:25, 1:25, 1:24, 1:24, 1:22 I couldn't help myself
    200 breast kick to work on my left knee
    200 free kick
    200 free EZ
    2x50 from block 15m free sprint

    Total 2700 yards
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