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  1. Back to some serious fun

    by , April 17th, 2017 at 10:28 PM (After a long rest)
    Over the past few months I have gradually made progress following my elbow surgery. I registered for worlds about a month ago and last week created a training plan for Budapest. I am not in the shape I want to be going into training for worlds but I have plenty of time and it could be worse. We started training long course about a week ago and it feels so good to be back in real course. I was able to do 15x100s LCM free on 1:20 on Saturday and despite not feeling that great I was pleased I could hold 1:15s throughout. Today's workout was also pretty tough and I am holding up well despite my pinching shoulder.

    Pool setup LCM

    Warm up
    400 free
    8x50 catch-up on :55

    main sets
    8x300 pull with paddles on 4mins trying to hold 1:15 pace
    100 easy
    12x50 kick on 1min
    12x50 back on 1min at 80% effort

    warm down

    We had 7 people in each lane today and I had some difficulty over taking on a few of the 300s today but held 3:38-3:45s. Last summer I was able to do 3:30s on 3:45 interval so I am not back to that kind of speed yet but despite being tired it felt good to swim hard. Half the lane put fins on the 50s kick and for the first time in a long while I was 5th in the lane. I held 50-52s in the kick. The last back set Tom wanted long strong swimming and I held 38-39s. I was pretty tired by the end of practice today and did not realize how much we swum.

    I am swimming less race pace at ve at the moment and instead trying to improve my general conditioning and strength training. My weekly total is back to about 20k and I am lifting 3 days each week. My plan for Budapest really gets going in May.
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  2. Workout 4/11/17: evening

    by , April 11th, 2017 at 09:47 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    300 swim/100 kick/4 x 50 pull/2 x 25 fast/100 easy

    Sweedish 1:01 (jbs's 50 set - started at :10, I barely made :28 and missed 29)

    300 as 50 kick, 50 pull (with snorkel - I did 400)

    3 x 50 even pace on 1:00

    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2400 yds/60 min]

    Good swim with Greg, Jim, and Carol. Trying to get into the water more but my work schedule seems to be getting in the way. I was able to get the motorcycle out yesterday and enjoyed the beautiful weather here in VT with my wife:

    (notice the USMS sticker on the windshield ?)
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  3. Workout 04/08/17: morning

    by , April 8th, 2017 at 10:30 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I've been out of the water for the past week due to work but I was able to get into today with the team.

    200 free/100/kick/200 pull
    4 x 25 Burst and Cruise

    4 x 75 on 1:45 (kick/swim/pull)
    2 x 150 on 3:00 - build by 50 [did 200's]
    1 x 300 pull - focus on technique
    6 x 50 on 1:00 - descend in pairs
    12 x 25 on :30 - odds ez/evens fast - took 30sec after first 6

    2 x 50 relays as team
    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2500 yds/65 min]

    We had a good group with Tim, Matt, Libby, Kevin, Mary, and Greg. My lower back has been tight so it was nice to get into the water and stretch out a bit. Out of the pool I am working to reduce clutter in the house, and getting ready for some heat arriving here in New England over the next few days.
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  4. Signs of life finally

    by , April 3rd, 2017 at 09:07 AM (After a long rest)
    I have been back in the water for a few months now. The elbow is completely pain free, however the opposite shoulder is now giving me problems; the challenges of age I guess. I have been lifting for about 3 weeks and again despite not being anywhere near where I was before the surgery I am making steady progress. Overall I am very happy with my progress and hope to be competitive at worlds in Budapest. I will likely alter my normal event program a little and focus more on the 200s and shorter distances.

    Despite some discomfort with the left shoulder I am finally getting back in shape and despite being no where near where I was aerobically, I am back in some semblance of shape.

    Today we did a tough tough mix of kicking, over kicking and back.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catch-up on :50

    main sets
    10x100 free with paddles and snorkel on 1:15
    100 easy
    4x(100 kick on 1:45, 50 Free with overkick on :50, 50 back on :40)
    100 easy
    3x(50 kick on :50, 100 Free with overkick on 1:20, 50 back on :40)
    100 easy
    3x(25 streamline kick on :30, 75 Free with overkick on 1min, 100 back on 1:20)

    warm down
    200 easy

    on the 10x100s I was holding 1:05s. On the kick, overkick, stroke sets I was really focusing on over kicking and was getting :10-:15 rest on all the swims. The overkick sets are always tough and I did notice I have a slight issue with my right leg not kicking as strong as the left. Tom said he thinks it's a slight bend in the right leg that gets worse when I am tired.

    I am am having fun again and I am looking forward to gradually increasi intensity in the pool and weight in weight room over the summer. It's great to be back.
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  5. Workout 03/18/17: morning

    by , March 18th, 2017 at 02:20 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    My son has been home for the week for spring break, which has been a nice treat. Practice was canceled on Tuesday due to the Blizzard of 2017, but I was able to get in about 6 hours of drylands with snow removal! Here is picture looking out my front door on Tuesday, we ended up getting about 6 more inches for a total of 19 for the storm. (Good thing he was home to help with shoveling!)

    Swam this morning with the team, including Eric, Matt, Libby, Rebecca, Mary, and Kevin.

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull
    4 x 50 quarters strong

    2 x
    50 dps on 1
    25 fast into 25 easy into
    50 kick into 50 pull

    6 x 50 from blocks - burst and cruise
    50 easy
    8 x 50 ... 25 fast then 25 ez
    3 x 50 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2000 yds/60 min]
    Good workout, and it looks like many are planning to swim next Saturday at our meet here in town. Not sure what I'll be swimming, but my older brother and twin sister plan to come in for their annual meet and relays with me...we just need to find a fourth person to join us.
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  6. Workout 03/11/17: morning

    by , March 11th, 2017 at 12:42 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Continued our transition to some speed work as well as race-specific preparation. Our 6th Annual Monumental Masters Mini Meet will take place in two weeks, Saturday, March 25th. I serve as meet director and we welcome swimmers from western New England, upstate NY, and even NJ to the southwestern corner of Vermont for a fun day of competition. If you are in the area stop by, as we have arts, restaurants, and history to explore after the meet is over!

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull

    4 x
    - 50 DPS on 1:00
    - 150 Pull on 2:45

    2 x
    - 50 DPS
    - 75 DPS and 25 Fast

    50 ez

    4 x 25 burst and cruise - race start instructions and practice
    1 x 50 ez
    4 x 25 burst and cruise - working on relay starts
    100 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2100 yds/65 min]

    Updated March 12th, 2017 at 10:22 PM by rxleakem

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  7. Workout 03/04/17: morning

    by , March 4th, 2017 at 05:37 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    In with the team this morning.

    200 free/100 kick/200 pull
    4 x 100 pull on 2:10 (used blue paddles and snorkel)
    4 x 75 k/s/p on 2:45 (just kicked snorkel and AK)

    Fort speed set that I like to use...
    1 x 25 Fast ... 1 x 50 ez
    1 x 50 Fast ... 2 x 50 ez
    1 x 75 Fast ... 3 x 50 ez
    1 x 100 Fast ... 4 x 50 ez

    I worked with team on turns/streamline as they did 5x50 free
    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2150 yds/60 min]
    Good turnout with Eric, Noah, Melissa, Libby, Rebecca, Mary, and Kevin. Trying to remind the body that fast-twitch muscles exist. Also worked on pacing with the 100.
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  8. Few Swims

    by , March 2nd, 2017 at 03:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Friday, 2/24: Swim/SCY @ Sewy

    600 various
    10 x 25 power kicks
    50 EZ
    7 x 50 various
    5 x (8 x 25) @ :55, :50, :45, :40, :35
    I did
    R1 = fast
    R2 = 100 pace
    R3 = 100 pace
    R4 = odds shooter
    R5= odds shooter
    100 EZ

    Total: 2350

    Tuesday 2/28

    around 2000 @ LA Fitness
    can't remember what I did, nothing strenuous, a few 100 pace 25s

    Wed 3/1: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    250 various (got in a bit late)
    8 x 50 kick (they were doing something else)
    8 x 50 kick
    50 EZ
    12 x 25 kick @ :45, pretty fast
    3 x 50 EZ (they were doing 100 IMs)
    12 x 25 kick @ :50, pretty fast
    3 x 50 EZ
    -- got out a bit early

    Total: 2000


    So, I've been getting in the pool once in awhile. I have to say that I am very unmotivated. It's dull as dirt to just kick with your arms at your side. And without a meet to plan for ... eh. I have been on the treadmill quite a bit. Unfortunately, I also strained my thoracic area somewhat. Not sure how. Probably just doing a lot of casual pulling and and hauling with my arm (groceries, car doors, chopping). I have to actively think about my 10 lb limit. In other news, my insurance company denied coverage for my angioplasty. I must say, I didn't see that one coming. My dr submitted an appeal without me even asking. He said it was the first time he'd ever had a denial of coverage for this procedure. If they deny coverage again, I will be appealing and suing. Really outrageous. Any least my next appointment is in just 3 weeks. Fingers crossed for the all clear. Though I know that if I am cleared, I will have to proceed very slowly and cautiously.

    Updated March 2nd, 2017 at 03:53 PM by The Fortress

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  9. Workout 02/28/17: evening

    by , February 28th, 2017 at 09:29 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    2 x [150 swim/50 kick/100 pull]
    6 x 50 on 1:00 even pace

    3 x
    - 25 easy/25 build/50 DPS
    - 25 FAST/75 DPS
    - 75 ez/25 FAST

    8 x 25 on :40 (odds easy, evens fast)

    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2200 yds/50 min]

    Good swim tonight, my first time with the team is quite a while. Eric, Tim and Carol were there as well as newish swimmers Noah and Devin. I have scheduled our local mini meet for the last Saturday in March here in southwestern VT, so the plan is to transition to some quality efforts and fast swimming.
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  10. Feb 16-19

    by , February 19th, 2017 at 05:06 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I've been doing 7-10 miles on the treadmill daily. I went to the pool on Saturday (no treadmill) and did the following short workout:

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    400 various kicking
    20 x 25 power kick to 15m+ with arms at side
    -- 10 belly, 10 back
    100 EZ
    10 x 25 single arm breast
    100 EZ
    6 x (25 fast kick + 50 EZ)
    50 EZ
    10 x 25 dolphin kick on belly w/snorkel @ 100ish pace
    100 EZ

    Total: 2200


    Another boring workout. But on the upside it's warm and sunny here this weekend and my son is home for a visit!
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  11. 02/18/17: One Hour Swim

    by , February 18th, 2017 at 05:43 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    My training has really been lackluster this season, but I wanted to help team New England Masters go for another year of OHS National Champs. My daughter came home on a surprise visit and was game to time my swim.

    Finished at 4025 yds, so about a 1:29ish pace. My 500 splits were:
    6:54.22, 13:44.09, 21:11.54, 28:33.10, 37:14.04, 44:39.14, 52:47.96

    Happy to contribute. 6 other swimmers from our workout group also participated. It's a fun challenge to bring to the team every year.
  12. Wed Feb 15

    by , February 16th, 2017 at 10:08 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 various
    8 x 50 kick w/fins @ :55 (I did 6)
    50 EZ
    5 x 100 IM @ 1:45
    -- I did 5 x (25 shooter + 25 EZ), then 50 EZ

    Main sets:

    16 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :45
    -- did these flutter kick w/fins & snorkel
    4 x 50 something or other
    -- I did 3 x 50 EZ

    16 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :50
    -- did 8 x dolphin kick on belly w/snorkel & 8 x dolphin kick on back 15m UW
    4 x 50 something or other
    -- I did 3 x 50

    10 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :50
    -- the team was doing 24 of these, but I just did 10 and hopped out early
    50 EZ

    Total: 2450


    I ventured to Pitt last night and it was great to see everyone. It's definitely easier to do really boring kick sets with a team. There is one disadvantage of the power breather snorkel though -- you cannot chat with your lane mates! I also would have liked more "air" between the 25 efforts. I am now off to the treadmill. Between TV and podcasts, it's not too hard to get in quite a few miles.
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  13. Water, Feb. 11-14

    by , February 14th, 2017 at 01:39 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    3 miles on treadmill

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP:
    600 various kick
    20 x 25 power kick w/arms at side
    100 EZ
    10 x (25 fast kick + 25 EZ kick)
    400 various

    Total: 2000


    I went to watch the masters meet at Lebo HS. It was fun to see some swim friends. They even have fins on the blocks there now. And the water temperature is warmer. So I might have to venture there again.

    11 miles on treadmill in 2 segments


    30 minutes of core/yoga/rehab ex

    7 miles on treadmill


    40 minutes of drylands

    Swim/SCY @ LA Fitness
    500 various
    6 x (25 fast + 75 EZ)
    300 EZ
    Total: 1400

    4 miles on treadmill


    Well, I've dipped my toe back in the water. Refreshing! But it is SO boring to do nothing but kick with your arms at your side. I did invest in the Arena power breather snorkel, since I'm not supposed to be turning my neck much. I like it better than the previous ones I've owned. I'll probably try to get in the water a few times a week. I can't see boring the crap out of myself on a daily basis! Oddly, it was more tiring swimming just 2000 yards than doing 10 miles on the treadmill ...

    Updated February 14th, 2017 at 01:46 PM by The Fortress

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  14. Working on the Fly

    10x50's kickset, free,back,breast,fly,otter
    100 easy
    8x25's breaststroke,strong kick,high hips
    8x25's fly,long strokes,strong streamline just below surface
    100 easy
    8x25'sFly,strong arms,strong dolphin,strong streamline
    8x100's pull,strong pull,legs up,press chest,long strokes,tight turns,strong dolphin off wall
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  15. Working the strokes

    We COOGs had a great time at the Woodlands meet!
    I was in 5 events, 50 free, 50 breaststroke,3 relay's
    oh!!! So much fun! Our coaches were so happy and proud!

    today's swim
    300 w/u
    10x50's kick set drill, breast,fly
    8x100's pull, work the arms,bilateral breathing,power turns off wall dolphin
    4x25's breaststroke
    4x25's fly
    4x25's breaststroke
    4x25's fly
    4x25's breaststroke
    4x25's fly
    200 cool
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  16. Workout 01/31/17: evening

    by , January 31st, 2017 at 09:40 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull
    4 x 25 burst and cruise

    3 x 100 on 2:00 even pace (did back, 1:15)
    6 x 50 on 1:00 pull
    300 (build each 100)
    4 x 75 on 1:50 (kick-swim-pull)
    2 x 150 on 3:00 (descend)

    200 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2300 yds/55 min]
    Good workout tonight with Matt, Carol, Tim, Greg, and Jim.
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  17. Workout 01/28/16: morning

    by , January 28th, 2017 at 06:37 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    2 x [150 swim, 50 kick, 100 pull]

    4 x 25 kick
    4 x 50 pull on 1:00
    4 x 75 (fast 3rd 25) on 1:40
    4 x 100 even pace on 2:00
    4 x 75 (kick-swim-pull) on 1:50
    4 x 50 descend on 1:00
    4 x 25 FAST on :30
    4 x 50 active recovery
    [Masters/Rec/2400 yds/60 min]
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  18. Swim workout Tuesday

    400 W/u
    6 100's pull, long strong arms,bilateral breathing, tight turns,dolphin off wall
    4x25's dolphin
    4x25'single arm fly
    100 east free
    4x25's fly100 easy
    8x75's kick w/o board
    300 easy

    trying so hard to get my fly smooth! Incredibly tough.
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  19. Saturday swim

    what a great weekend! No rain!! And was able to put in some good swim time Saturday afternoon!!

    500 easy free
    8 75's kick w/o board, 4&8 max effort
    6 100 pull, tight turns,dolphin off wall
    12 50's swim drill all strokes,free,back,breast,fly
    6 50's free hard
    500 easy
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  20. Back to kicking again and again and again!

    by , January 23rd, 2017 at 12:34 PM (After a long rest)
    I have been back in the pool kicking for about 3 weeks now. At first I could not streamline but each day it has got better and better. My aerobic side is ok but I struggle getting my heart rate high enough by just kicking despite going as hard as I can. We did this little set last week:

    400 kick
    6x50 kick on 1min
    8x(100 kick on 1:40, 50 kick on 1min)
    10x50 streamline back kick with fins on :35
    16x25 kick on :30 alternating flutter and IMO no free
    10x50 with fins on :35
    200 easy float

    and this today

    400 kick
    6x50 kick on ::55
    5x100 kick on 1:45
    4x100 kick on 1:40
    3x100 kick on 1:35
    2x100 kick on 1:30
    1x100 kick on 1:25
    100 easy
    8x100 kick on 2mins best average
    100 easy
    8x25 underwater with fins on :30
    100 easy

    At first the kicking was fun since I had not swum in a while but now my legs are tired all the time and I get bored doing all the kicking. Tom has done a great job mixing up workouts to accommodate me but I so desperately want to swim. I have a doctors appointment on 9th Feb and I am hopeful that I will be able to gradually start swimming after that.

    At this point I have almost a complete range of motion and according to the physical therapist I am about 4 weeks ahead of schedule. The sight of the operation looks pretty gnarly but the scar is going to be pretty skinny by the looks of things.
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