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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Strength & Swim

    Deadlift 135#x6. 1st set. 145#x3. 2nd set
    single arm row 45#x10. 1st and 2nd set
    Bridge drag (sandbag) 20#x20. 1st and 2nd set
    kneeling rollout 10x. 1st and 2nd set
    assisted pull up x8. 1st set, 5 2nd set
    waiter carry30#x20 yrds 1st and 2nd set
    back Sqt 80#x6 1st and 2nd set
    overhead press 60#x4 1st and 2nd set

    500 w/u
    8x75's kick w/o board,4 and 8 MAX efforts
    6x 100's pull, bilateral breathing,tight turns,power off wall
    12x50's drill/swim 25's work all strokes free,back,breast,fly
    6x50's free hard effort
    300 cool
  10. Swim workout

    500 w/u
    8x75's kick w/o board#4,8 MAX effort
    600 pull, long hard strokes, bilateral breathing
    12x50's drill swimx25 working all strokes,free,back,breast,fly
    6x50's free hard effort fast
    300 easy
    total 2900scy
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  11. Great swim w/o.. Thx coach

    400 w/u
    5 100 pull buoy, bilateral breathing, huge pull, long arms
    100 easy backstroke
    10 50's - 25 overkick free- 25 breaststroke, underwater dolphin starts
    100 easy free
    10 25's single arm fly
    10 25's breaststroke
    10 25's backstroke, streamline dolphin back starts
    200 cool

    total 2550
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  12. Yardage in!!

    I'm so happy! I just entered my yardage on my FLOG and yesterday I killed myself trying to get some good distance to total out the week. It's a short swim week for me as I have family staying over this weekend from San Antonio and have to "host"🙃 meaning short swim week for me.

    friday swim
    1250 w/u
    10 50's mix kick
    6 25's single arm fly
    6 100 pull bout bilateral breathing
    6 25's breaststroke
    1250 mod fast pace free
    total 3900😅🏊🏼💦🏊🏼💦
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  13. Workout 01/07/17: morning

    by , January 7th, 2017 at 01:15 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull

    4 x 100 on :15sr (even pace) - used snorkel
    1 x 50 kick
    4 x 75 on :10sr (fast last 25) - used snorkel
    1 x 50 kick
    4 x 50 on :10sr (pull)
    2 x 50 skull/swim
    4 x 25 on :05sr (fast)
    2 x 50 perfect stroke
    100 for time - went :58 from the block
    4 x 50 burst/cruise

    100 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2200 yds/60 min]
    Getting into some pacing work with the team. Matt, Eric, Tim, Greg, Meg, Rebecca, and I pushed through this nice little workout. I haven't been in the water much lately, but I have been hitting the gym with my son to keep cardio up and work on some upper body.
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  14. AWYY January 2017 Workouts 1/9/17- 2/1/17

    by , January 5th, 2017 at 06:43 PM (AWYY Masters)
    As always our actual weekly workouts may deviate from the plan below based on actual in the water progress and the need to modify focus for meets and group and individual goals

    Monday 1/9/17 ~2600yds POWS –Pool Open Water Swim (each lap ~ 70yds)

    DO NOT touch the wall or bottom (except for dolphin diving) for the entire workout. If you need to rest: tread water, or use your recovery stroke, e.g. backstroke, breast, side, etc.

    For this workout the lane lines are removed and buoys placed in the pool. Swimmers swim continuous counter-clockwise laps

    The rest interval (RI) between sets is the time it takes for you to take your goggles completely off/on while treading water in the deep end.

    Feet 1st deep water entry, surface and tread

    Warm Up
    1 lap; Swim under water to shallow, dolphin dive to bottom, push off bottom, surface and repeat until you can no longer touch the bottom.

    Drills Bilateral/Weak Side Breathing/Breath Control
    5 laps alternate B2- left /and B3 (or B3/ B4 left) , RI= goggles on/off
    5 laps alternate B2- right / and B3 (or B3/ B4 right) , RI= goggles on/off

    Main Set/ Drills
    10 laps Blind with Sighting. Focus on sighting for all laps. Swim blind (with your eyes closed). Lift your head with eyes just above the surface. Open your eyes and take a quick snapshot of your sighting target, without interrupting your stroke rhythm. Separate the sighting stroke from the breathing stroke. Sight and then collapse into your stroke.

    4 laps alternate FAST! / EZ, RI= goggles on/off
    3 laps alternate FAST! Free-blind / backstroke, RI= goggles on/off
    3 laps alternate FAST! Free blind / breaststroke, RI= goggles on/off

    Optional – Group Swim
    2 laps drafting; Follow the swimmer in front as close as possible without touching them, or follow them just to one side of their hip sight off of their bubbles. Switch lead swimmer on 2nd lap

    2 laps group sprint: everyone gets side by side and sprints while staying next to each other in tight formation. On the second lap, start again but switch the other swimmers with inner swimmers.

    Cool Down
    2 laps choice EZ

    Wednesday 1/11/17 2600yd IM-Sprint

    Warm Up

    100 Choice

    4 x 100 (done as: kick / swim by 25); #1= flutter kick / free, #2=br kick/ breast, #3= back kick/ back, # 4= dolphin kick/ fly

    Main Set / Drills
    4 x 100 Reverse IM, 0:15RIn (free-breast-back-fly)
    1 x 100 (fly one-arm drill / fly by 25)
    3 x 200 IM, 0:15RI
    1 x 100 (back “L” drill / back by 25)
    2 x 300 IM, 0:15RI
    1 x 100 (breast 2 kick per one-pull drill / breast by 25)

    Cool Down
    200 Choice

    Monday 1/16/17 2450yds IM-Endurance

    Warm Up

    200 Choice

    1 x 400 IM kick (100 dolphin kick, 100 flutter kick on back, 100 breast stroke kick, 100 flutter kick on stomach)
    4 x 150 (done as 50 drill / 50 swim/ 50 drill)
    1= Catch Up Drill / free/ Catch Up Drill
    2= Chin Surf / fly / Chin Surf
    3= Elbow Snap/ breast/ Elbow Snap
    4= Shoulder Roll/ back/ Shoulder Roll

    Main Set / Drill
    10 x 25 fly, 0:30RI focus on timing and good form
    1 x 100 Free pull
    1 x 250 Back, focus on good form and turns
    1 x 100 Free pull
    1 x 250 Breast, focus on good form and turns
    1 x 100 Free pull

    Cool Down
    200 Choice

    Wednesday 1/18/17 2700yd Sprint-Free

    Warm Up

    3 x 100 Reverse IM, 0:15RI (free-breast-back-fly)

    4 x 50 (done as 25 sprint kick / 25 free EZ), 0:10RI

    Main Set
    12 x 25 sprint, 0:30RI
    3 x 100 (25 FAST! / 75 EZ), 0:10RI
    6 x 50 Descend 1-3, 4-6, 0:15RI
    3 x 100 (50 FAST! / 50 EZ), 0:10RI
    3 x 100 Sprint, 0:15RI
    1 x 200 Negative Split
    1 x 200 Build

    Cool Down
    300 non-free


    Monday 1/23/17 2700yd Mid Dist IM/Free

    Warm Up
    200 Choice

    1 x 400 IM Kick

    Main Set
    1 x 200 IM
    1 x 200 Free, good effort
    1 x 100 One Arm (50 left / 50 right), 1=fly, 2=back, 3= breast, 4=free

    Cool Down

    100 Choice


    Wednesday 1/25/17 > 3100yds Grab Bag

    This workout is an eclectic mix of drills and sets to add some spice and variety to our typical workouts.

    Warm Up

    1 x 200 (B3/B5 by 50, i.e. Breathe every 3 strokes, and then every 5 strokes for each 50)


    8 x 25 Blind. The goal here is to identify which way you tend to veer, left or right, and to make adjustments to balance out your stroke for straighter swimming (this can be invaluable in open water). EZ swim down the center lane with your eyes closed. Count how many strokes you can take before touching the lane line. Continue to the wall with eyes closed making small adjustments to your stroke mechanics to keep you going straight. If you can do one length straight down the middle of the lane, then reinforce this (to establish consistency) on the remaining lengths.

    2 x 25 Scull with Pull Buoy

    2 x 25 Backwards Swim. Swim feet first down the lane. There may be some trial and error here to figure out how to put it in reverse in the pool.

    2 x 25 Shark Fin Drill. Swim freestyle. During the recovery phase of the stroke, slide your thumb up along your side to your arm pit. Pause with your thumb in your arm pit and then continue the stroke to the entry.

    2 x 25 Tombstone Kick. Flutter kick while holding the kickboard vertically with at least 2/3 of it underwater to maximize resistance.

    2 x 25 Free with Pull Buoy at Ankles.

    2 x 25 Water Polo (dribble/ shoot). Dribble ball to shallow end and back. Dribble by swimming freestyle heads up maintaining control of the ball without touching it (keep it between your arms). At the deep end take one shot into the goal.

    2 x 25 Backstroke Goggle Balance. Lay your goggles on your forehead (no strap) and swim backstroke focusing on maintain stationary head control

    2 x 25 Breaststroke Tennis Ball Drill. Tuck the tennis ball under your chin and hold it in place while swimming breaststroke

    2 x 25 Fly with Underwater Recovery. Focus on the push phase of the fly stroke by swimming butterfly but ending a strong push phase by keeping your hands in the water and sneaking them back to the front. The end of the push should coincide with a strong kick, as your head comes out of the water

    2 x 25 Paddle Head. Place the paddle at the top of your head and swim freestyle. The goal is to not lose the paddle by lifting your head, and keeping enough pressure on it to hold it in place.

    2 x 100. Swim freestyle with a 360 summersault mid-pool and flip turns at each wall

    4 x 25yd IM. Put all four competitive strokes into each 25yd length of the pool. This may mean that you’ll only be taking 2-3 arm strokes for each stroke (fly, back, breast, free)

    Main Set
    12 x 25 Free, 0:20RI. Swim EZ to middle of pool then sprint the last half of the pool, taking your last breath before the flags (i.e. flags to wall = no-breath zone)

    Predict your finishing time for each set and each round of the following. The Rest Interval changes with each of the 3 rounds as follows:
    1st Round = 10 Pop-Ups (in water push ups on edge of deck),
    2nd Round = 10 seconds of Vertical kicking –hands at sides,
    3rd Round = 10 seconds of Vertical Kicking –Hands out of water
    1 x 100 Free, RI
    1 x 100 breast, RI
    1 x 100 back, RI
    4 x 25 fly, 0:30 rest

    1 x 300 Choice, good effort

    Cool Down
    (Number of Strangers in the Water) x 100 Choice. Unless you just want more laps this is your chance to get to know others in the pool.

    Monday 1/30/17 2800yd Free-End

    Warm Up/ Drills

    2 x 100 (50 pull /50 kick), 0:15RI

    Main Set
    4 x 200 Descend, 0:15RI
    3 x 300 Build, 0:15RI
    2 x 400 Steady, 0:15RI

    Cool Down
    100 non-free

    Wednesday 2/1/17 2600yd Free-Endr

    Warm Up

    1 x 200 (increase breathing pattern by on per 50, e.g. B2L/B3/B4L/B5)


    4 x 100 (done as 50 drill/ 50 free)
    1= flutter kick, 2= finger tip drag, 3= thumb scrape, 4 = fist drill

    Main Set
    1 x 100 good effort, 0:15RI
    1 x 200 good effort, 00:15RI
    1 x 300 good effort5, 0:15RI

    Cool Down

    1 x 200 non-free
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  15. Great power phase & Swim

    Power phase
    Snatch 25# fast 2 sets
    Swing KB 35# fast 2 set
    Lunge jmp fast 2 sets
    Spd Skiers fast 2 sets
    Slam MB 16# fast 2sets
    Tuck jmp fast 2 sets
    Asst pull ups slow 2 sets
    push ups 12 slow 2 sets
    Goblet sqts 30# slow 2 sets

    rest 30 min

    Swim scy
    350 mod pace warm up, tight turns, dolphin off wall
    10 50's kick sets
    6 25's fly single arm alternate
    6 100 pull bouy, catch up, pull drill
    6 25's breaststroke
    6 150's bi lateral breathing, pull, tight turns, dolphin off wall

    pretty much a jelly fish now, need rest for tomorrow is another swim day. Also getting ready for the Gulf Masters Swimming Challange!! Got to work on getting those yards in!!
  16. Long swim

    500 easy, catch up, pull, tight turns, working on dolphin off wall
    10 50's mix kick sets, free,back,breast,dolphin,otter
    300 mod fast pace, bouy, alternate breathing sides
    10 50's mix kick sets
    10 25's breaststroke
    10 25's fly, one arm alternate
    10 25's otter
    900 easy, catch up, pull, tight turns, dolphin off wall.

    great swim!!
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  17. Power phase & swim

    Snatch 25# fast
    Swing kb 35# fast
    Lunge jump fast
    Spd skiers 10x fast
    Slam 16# med ball fast
    Tuck jump fast
    Asst pull up 12x slow
    Push ups 12 slow
    Goblet sqt 30# slow

    450 catch up pull, tight turns, dolphin off wall
    20 50's mix kick set free, back,breast,dolphin, otter
    12 25's caterpillar
    6 100's catch up, pull, alternate side breathing
    6 25's breaststroke
    6 25's otter.

    My swim coach is out of town for the holidays, I really feel I need a change of pase, this workout is becoming effortless unless I shorten the times, but then again I feel the technique may begin to weaken.

    Also wish I had someone to do these swim workouts with!!
  18. Workout 12/20/16: evening

    by , December 20th, 2016 at 09:24 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull

    12 x 75 on :10sr [held 1:15]
    - swim kick pull
    - focus on 4 fast ones of each
    - used snorkel for 1-6

    [200 easy as others finished]

    12 x 50 on 1:00 pull
    - 3 each [breathe every 3/only to right/only left/every 5]
    - used snorkel

    12 x 25 on :40
    - odds fast, evens ez

    100 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2600 yds/60 min]

    Kind of a Twelve Days of Christmas theme, or at least my best attempt Good swim with Tim, Jim, Carol, and Rebecca.
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  19. Strength and swim

    Deadlift 135, 2nd crtct 145#
    Swing KB 35# 20x 2 circuits fast
    Asst pull ups 10x 2 crcts
    spd skiers 6x 2 crcts fast
    Bridge drag 20# 20x 2 crcts
    kneeling side throw 16# 2 crcts fast
    Back Sqt 80# 2crcts
    Sqt jump fast
    OH press 60# 2 crcts
    Push Prs 30# fast

    450 warm up
    10 50's mix kick,free, back, breast, dolphin,otter
    6 25's caterpillar
    6 100's catch up, pull, tight turns, power off wall
    6 25's breaststroke
    6 25's otter
    350 easy cool
  20. Workout 12/07/16: morning

    by , December 17th, 2016 at 12:05 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Today the age-group team hosted a swim-a-thon that trickled over into our Masters slot, so we had an invitation to join in on the two hour swim. With a snowstorm just settling in , I opted to hop in for 100 laps, which took a tad over 46 minutes. Now off to pick up the college freshman from the train station and enjoy a nice dinner and a show (a live version of A Charlie Brown Christmas) at the Palace Theater in Albany.
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