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  1. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/26/2016

    by , April 25th, 2016 at 11:19 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 2:00 1:45
    3 X 150 2:45 2:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    8 X 50 kick 1:20
    8 X 50 swim/choice 1:20
    odd: easy even: fast (kicks and swims)

    1 X 300 5:00
    1 X 200 3:20
    1 X 100 1:40
    Three rounds--pull

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4300M
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  2. Sun Apr 24

    by , April 24th, 2016 at 04:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    600 various
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ
    4 x 30 burst to 15m from the blocks, cruise back
    50 EZ
    3 x (25 AFAP from the blocks + 125 EZ)
    4 x 25 DPS breast
    100 EZ

    Total: 1600


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    I read Karl's comment about us tapering bloggers with amusement. For once, I do not give a toss how I feel in the water. I know that, if I rest, I will swim decently fast. The only thing that I care about is how I feel out of the water. After a really solid night's sleep last night, I feel better. Sleep is truly the panacea for everything. I plan on just going easy tomorrow again. Off to do little stretching. Mr. Fort is on a planting spree outside. But I don't dare join him.
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  3. Sat Apr 23

    by , April 23rd, 2016 at 04:02 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    600 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters @ :45
    50 EZ
    4 x 50 single arm fly
    50 EZ
    8 x 50 DPS
    odds = free
    evens = back
    100 EZ

    Total: 1700



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    I went all easy today after doing some sprinting yesterday.

    I had a setback yesterday. I was outside at Lil Fort's track meet for hours and, yikes, that did not agree with me. I couldn't sleep at all last night, woke up feeling like a zombie. Allergies affect the quality of your sleep bc you can't breath well, but this was awful. I'm going to drug myself tonight and hope I feel better tomorrow. It's hard to be positive when you're sleep deprived ... I need some good karma.
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  4. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/25/2016

    by , April 23rd, 2016 at 10:48 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARMUP:
    15 X 100
    5 on 2:00
    5 on 1:50
    5 on 1:45

    6 X 100 free 2:15
    All 6 strong--85/90%

    4 X (8 X 50
    Round 1: kick 1:20
    Round 2: Free :50
    Round 3: Stroke--2 fly, 2 back, 2 breast, 2 choice/no free 1:15
    Round 4: 25 sprint/25 easy--choice 1:15

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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  5. Week 186 - Saturday

    by , April 23rd, 2016 at 10:01 AM (After a long rest)
    So this morning was a series of first for me. I woke up late. I somehow set my alarm for pm, not am and then overslept. Next practice started at 6:20am due to a kids meet that had warmup at 7:30 but somehow I had it in my head it was a 6:30 to 7:30 workout. Finally I embarrassingly left my underwear at the house which meant a wet drive home in my swim suite and warm ups.

    Despite being about 5 minutes late I did not miss much. Today was a shorter than anticipated workout but I was road tired from the get go. I still swum well and actually felt good in the warm up. The faster stuff at the end was fast but I felt ugly with my stroke feeling all over the place. I guess it's just where I am at, at the moment.

    Pool setup LCM

    warm up
    4x100 free with snorkel on 1:30

    main sets
    20x50 free odds swim on :50, evens finger tip drill on 1min
    6x100 free on 2mins fast

    warm down
    200 easy

    my free felt good on the 50s and I was cruising :34/:35s on the faster ones, and I felt very connected on the drills focusing on hand entry and high elbow.

    On the 6x100s I did two with speed, 2 moderate, and 2 with speed and was a fast 1:01,1:03, 1:08,1:08,1:03,1:03. I am not sure what race pace these really were since they were way too fast for 400, too slow for 100, but they were consistently fast paced so I am not complaining. The first two felt better than any of the rest and the last two in particular I felt like I was spinning. I think long course can give you that feeling.

    I am actually feeling good about my long course training right now and this all bodes well for the summer. I have always liked real course better than short course. Unfortunately all this means very little next weekend at Spring Nationals.

    I plan on really easing back this weekend and despite having some scheduling challenges between my daughters meet and the seniors meet I am coaching at, I plan on fitting in a long but less vigorous massage.
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  6. Fri Apr 22

    by , April 22nd, 2016 at 03:53 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)


    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ
    4 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:30
    100 EZ
    3 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    100 EZ
    4 x 50 DPS breast + free
    150 EZ

    Total: 1900



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    No hacking today in the warm Sewy pool. I actually felt pretty good in the water, tho I didn't really do much. My ears are a bit better after following Dr. Thornton's advice to spend 20 minutes irrigating them with an ear syringe and warm soapy water. Will need to repeat that soon bc my left ear especially is still clogged and painful. Shoulder feels fine today. Off to a track meet soon. Lil Fort is running the 4 x 800 relay and the 2 mile at a big invitation for 9th and 10th graders.

    I will probably go all easy tomorrow and then do some starts and bursts on Sunday at BP. I must say that being preoccupied with one's health sort of eliminates the usual taper woes/nerves.
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  7. Week 186 - Friday

    by , April 22nd, 2016 at 03:52 PM (After a long rest)
    I got to bed a little earlier than yesterday and was able to get to sleep pretty quickly. Our event yesterday was our annual company round table and we had about 100 customers attend. It's a great event and I always enjoy meeting with our customers and yesterday was no exception. That said its always tiring and again yesterday was no exception.

    Today I swam with GAJA at the Winchester Academy but unlike yesterday the kids were not swimming. I felt a little physically tired but after the warmup i felt fine.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min
    100 easy back

    Main sets
    3x200 done as swim/kick by 25 with fins on 2:45
    5x100 free with snorkel on 1:30 done as 75 smooth, 25 fast
    4x100 with fins on 1:30 done as 25 underwater, 25 back kick, 25 finger tip drag drill, 25 back
    5x100 free with snorkel on 1:30 done as 50 smooth, 50 fast
    5x50 kick on 1min

    Warm down
    200 easy

    I felt good holding mainly 1:01s on the 75 smooth, 25 fast and then :59s on the 50 smooth, 50 fast. Everything else I went easy.
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  8. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/22/2016

    by , April 21st, 2016 at 03:43 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 2:00 1:45
    2 X 150 2:45 2:30
    2 X 200 3:30 3:20
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 100 kick 2:30
    8 X 50 kick 1:20
    50's: 25 fast/25 moderate

    1 X 100 moderate 2:15
    1 X 50 fast 1:15
    1 X 50 easy 1:15
    1 X 50 fast 1:15
    1 X 50 easy 1:45
    Four rounds--choice

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    3900M
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  9. Wed Apr 20

    by , April 21st, 2016 at 11:14 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    400 various
    8 x 25 shooters @ :40
    4 rounds:
    4 x 50 various @ 1:20 (They were kicking these. I just did a mix of swim, kick, drill)
    1 x 50 EZ
    extra 100 EZ at end

    Total: 2100


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    I swam with the team at Pitt last night, but went all easy. Unfortunately, I was really hacking away. The cold water makes my asthma flare, and the asthma is already irritated by my allergies. I really hope the water in Greensboro is not icy cold. Next year, I will have to find a SCY taper meet that is not in April.

    I got a deep tissue massage yesterday as well, which I was apparently in "dire need of." I seem to have a similar shoulder/neck issue to Water Rat. I feel a bit like a sledgehammer hit my upper back today as a result. And I didn't sleep much last night. I was on the phone into the wee hours with Fort21 in Australia and then had a restless night. She is having surgery to get her tonsils out there after repeated strep infections. Getting the necessary insurance approvals has been a huge hassle. I'm feeling so out of out that I may just take a day off. Or do another easy swim.
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  10. Week 186 - Thursday

    by , April 21st, 2016 at 07:23 AM (After a long rest)
    I ended up going to bed later than I wanted last night and unfortunately had a restless night of sleep. I swam with GAJA again this morning at the Winchester academy. I tried holding back today but two high school kids were in the lane next to me and it was so hard holding back. However, I managed to resist the urge to race!

    warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min

    main sets
    2x4x25 IM order on :30
    100 kick on 1:45
    2x4x50 IM order on :50
    200 IM order kick on 3:30
    2x4x75 IM order on 1:15
    300 done as kick,drill,swim on 6mins
    4x100 fly/free by 25 on 1:30
    100 pull easy
    4x100 back on 1:30

    warm down
    100 easy

    i felt like my free was all over the place today but my strokes felt good especially my back. I am looking forward to swimming back next week.
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  11. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/21/2016

    by , April 20th, 2016 at 12:03 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 2:00 1:45
    2 X 200 3:30 3:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 5:00
    6 X 50 kick 1:20

    1 X 100 easy 2:00
    1 X 50 @ 100% 1:30
    Four rounds--choice

    6 X 200 pull 3:20
    Negative split all 6

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4100M
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  12. Week 186 - Wednesday

    by , April 20th, 2016 at 08:08 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a good night of sleep and woke just before my alarm went off. Weird how it seems that no matter the time zone my body knows when to wake up for swimming. Today I swam with GAJA at the Winchester academy.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min
    200 easy back

    main sets
    300 kick
    4x25 free with snorkel descend 1-4 on :30
    100 easy
    4x50 free with snorkel descend 1-4 on :50
    100 moderate
    4x75 free with snorkel descend 1-4 on 1:10
    100 fast
    200 easy
    4x25 free with snorkel descend 1-4 on :30
    200 easy
    4x50 free with snorkel descend 1-4 on :50
    200 moderate
    4x75 free with snorkel descend 1-4 on 1:10
    200 fast

    warm down
    200 easy

    this looks like a lot of fast swimming but other than the fast 100 and the fast 200 I went long and smooth in the aerobic heart rate range. On the 100 fast I went moderately fast :55 and the 200 I put paddles on and again went moderately fast 1:58. I felt a little choppy in the water today and a little achy from travel yesterday.

    I really like training with this masters group. They have a modern facility with nice wide lanes and we only had 3 or 4 per lane which although is 2 to 3 more than I am used to it was not too bad at all. I will be back tomorrow and will hold it to around 3k tomorrow. I can't believe tomorrow is a week out from my 1000. Scary how quick the past couple of weeks has gone.

    Updated April 20th, 2016 at 08:21 AM by StewartACarroll

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  13. Workout 04/19/16: evening

    by , April 19th, 2016 at 09:15 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I've been taking a little time away from the pool over the past week for a little rest. It's been nice to get some work done around the house and also spending time with the family. Today we took a drive about a hour south of town to the Five Guys in Pittsfield and then did a little shopping. Nice to get out and enjoy some time and good conversation together.

    My wife and I had a massage earlier today, so I just did the warmup of tonight's masters practice with a lot of

    200 free/100 kick/200 pull/100 im drill
    4 x 50 pull on 1:10
    4 x 50 burst and cruise: from blocks, swimming under lane [streamline]
    100 easy and out
    [Rec/Masters/1100yds/30 min]
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  14. Tues Apr 19

    by , April 19th, 2016 at 04:30 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    10 x 50 burst to 15m then cruise @ 1:30
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 w/fins @ 100 pace @ :45
    -- 4 fly + 4 back + 4 breast + 4 free + 4 flutter kick
    250 EZ

    6 x 75 @ 1:30 done as:
    25 shooter + :10 rest + 25 @ 100 pace + 25 EZ
    100 EZ

    3 rounds
    4 x 25 free w/paddles 1 breath @ :30
    50 EZ @1:30
    50 EZ at the end of the set

    Total: 3300


    30 minutes of foam rolling & stretching


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    This was the first day in awhile where I felt like I had good energy. I wish I could have kept going! But I had to remind myself not to overdo. With nationals 10 days away, I'm going to start cutting back tomorrow. I had a 90 minute deep tissue massage scheduled at Massage Envy -- I like to get them 10 days out from a big meet. I got there and it was cancelled with no notice (no call, no email). This is that third time this has happened to me at this location. I was really furious. I await an email from the manager, but I may just cancel my membership. The only reason I have the membership is that it is the one thing in my swimming life that is convenient as it's only 5 minutes away ... I scheduled a massage at the Rivers Club tomorrow, but that means I'll have to go all easy tomorrow night at Pitt. Grr!

    Updated April 19th, 2016 at 06:05 PM by The Fortress

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  15. Week 186 - Tuesday

    by , April 19th, 2016 at 04:15 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a restless night with work randomly popping into my head. I was tired this morning but felt ok in the water. The pool was setup scy

    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min
    8x75 kick with fine on 1:30 fast
    6x50 finger drag drill on 1min
    3x(4x25 free on :35 done as open, close, easy, fast)
    200 free easy

    I went very easy today. The only up tempo parts were the kick and fast sections on the 25s. I felt ok in the water.

    This afternoon I fly to Atlanta where I hope to swim with my friends at the Winchester academy. They are a great group.
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  16. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/20/2016

    by , April 19th, 2016 at 12:03 PM (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.

    4 x 100 kick 2:30

    12 X 50 1:15
    odd: easy even: build to fast

    1 X 100 moderate 2:15
    4 X 50 descend to fast 1:15 #4 on 1:30
    Four rounds--choice

    8 X 100 pull
    6 on 1:40
    2 warm down 2:20


    4200M
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  17. Week 186 - Monday

    by , April 18th, 2016 at 09:05 AM (After a long rest)
    I took a nap yesterday and went to bed early. I slept great and woke feeling good. Yesterday morning I had a massage and my shoulders and lower back were a little stiff when I dove in. I felt good in warmup and this feeling continued nearly the whole workout today. This was our last long(er) aerobic workout before nationals and I swam great practice. Today was LCM.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min

    mains sets
    5x400 pull on 6min negative split and holding high tempo
    6x100 kick on 2mins
    6x50 free on 1min done as 25 blast, 25 easy

    warm down
    200 easy

    i know these are crazy fast and I am almost embarrassed writing down my times today based on how crappy I have felt the past few weeks. I held 4:40-4:42 the whole way on the 400s. Out in 2:20s on all of them. I did one on 4:42 when I got into lane traffic. I was very pleased with not only the times but how I felt. The kick was not so great but I held 1:50s throughout. I felt a little tired on the blast 25s but overall swam fast again. I plan on really backing off the rest of the week with lower yardage and lower intensity. i leave for Atlanta tomorrow and will be there until Friday.
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  18. Sat April 16

    by , April 16th, 2016 at 06:48 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
    50 EZ
    4 x 50 single arm fly @ 1:10
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    6 x 30 burst to 15 m then cruise back from the blocks
    -- 4 forward, 2 back
    100 EZ

    5 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) from the blocks @ 5:00
    100 EZ

    20 x 50 w/fins
    odds = @ 100 pace @ 1:00
    evens = EZ @ 1:30

    300 EZ

    Total: 3200



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    I also did 30 minutes of stretching/yoga/foam rolling and zapped my shoulder for 20 minutes.

    This is the best I have felt in awhile, and my times were fast. I started a prednisone pack yesterday and it has made a huge difference in my allergy symptoms. Because I had raging insomnia when I took it last year at this same time, I was very hesitant to try it. But my dr said that I could take all the pills by noon if I wanted. So I grudgingly agreed. I was still coughing in the pool with exertion. But I felt better and my ears don't hurt as much. I am somewhat worried that when I stop the prednisone in a few days, all my symptoms will come back ... Please no!!! I feel like I deserve a break after the torture of the last month. And I would like to go to nationals with my teammates. As Stewart would say, "fingers crossed." I plan on my last drylands session tomorrow.
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  19. Week 185 - Saturday

    by , April 16th, 2016 at 05:56 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a better night of sleep but still woke up around 2am thinking work. On Saturdays we don't typically swim until 7am so I got more time in bed and despite waking up and struggling to go,back to sleep I got enough sleep. Today tne pool was setup LCM(my favorite setup)

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup

    Main sets
    6x100 Rotating IMs by 50 on 1:40
    8x100 free done as 4 at 400 pace, 2 easy, 2 pull high tempo, on 2mins
    4x100 kick on 2:15
    2x100 free with find from a push on 3mins

    Warm down
    200 easy

    I felt rough in the warm up and through the transition set today so decided that I was going to adapt the main set based on how I felt. I decided to try to be aggressive on the first 4 100s and see where I was and how I felt. I was out fast but managed to hold on. I was out in 1:03 and then went 1:04,1:04,1:04 which is much faster than I have been in a while on this set. They really hurt but I was very pleased with the times. I cruised the next two and then put paddles(no bouy) on the last 2 and was back to 1:03/1:04. The kick was active recovery and I held 1:50s.

    I was not anticipating the 2x100 with fins based on the clock and the time remaining. My daughters group was gathering on deck when we put fins on for this set and our fastest 12 yr old boy(who I know well) started talking smack I did the first one on :54. As I came in saw the kid had his fins on and Tom had challenged him to beat me and if he did he could get out of practice. This is no ordinary 12 yr old having won TAGS in multiple events many of which he won in faster times the finalists in the 13/4 age group. At this point I was whooped from practice but all the kids gathered around and started cheering for the boy. Both of us pushed off together and despite us nothing out pretty fast I deliberately held back a little on the first 50 knowing he goes out hard and I would have more on the second 50. I turned just ahead and then went for it on the second 50. I finished in :52 and he was :54. I know you should not enjoy beating up on 12 yr olds but I did enjoy this one mainly due to the smack he got from the other kids. The boy is a good kid but sometimes his mouth gets him in trouble and I was glad to put him in his place for a little while longer. Despite being tired and having a little cramp in my hamstring I was happier with today's workout.

    I know I should expect ups and downs based on my health challenges this spring but I really hope I start stringing a few days of good workouts together before Nationals or this could be a crazy meet.
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  20. Week 185 - Friday

    by , April 16th, 2016 at 05:37 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a bad night sleep waking and not being able to turn work off; their is a lot going on right now. I felt tired in the water also which did not help! Pool was scy today.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup

    Main sets
    4,3,2,1 free descend by 5(1:20 down to 1:05)
    100 ez
    4,3,2,1 kick descend by 5(1:50 down to 1:35)
    200 ez
    8x25 afap with turn on :40

    Warmup
    200 ez
    4x50 drill

    I felt sluggish the whole workout and really struggled on the free set. I held 1:03s but hurt so bad. The kick was not much better but held 1:26-1:28s the whole way. The 25s at the end felt a little better. This is not a workout I will look at with any great confidence. I felt rough nearly the whole way. Tom says feel is overrated but it sure is nice to have easy speed and I don't really have either(speed or easy) right now.
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