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  1. Week 95 - Saturday

    by , July 26th, 2014 at 09:22 AM (After a long rest)
    I had another late night last night but yesterday was a good day. My daughter signed up for a 200IM time trial and she did great and her relay swam at night and she got to experience finals at a big meet. She swam great and really enjoyed the whole experience.

    This is morning came too quickly but I got up and got going and started to feel much better on the drive north from Austin to Cedar a Park to swim with Nitro one last time. I had my best practice this week! I don't want to read too much into today because my taper so far has been ups and downs but it was nice to have a strong workout a week out. My easy speed is starting to surface.

    Warm up
    4x150 with 10 secs between 150s, 2 swum with snorkel, 1 kick, 1 back
    200 pull

    Main sets
    8x75 kick alternating fast,easy,fast by 25 and easy,fast,easy with 15 secs rest
    8x50 swum as a broken 400 at 400 pace with 20-30 rest(we did them on 1:15)
    100 easy
    8x50 on 1min swum as 2x(3 finger tip drill, 1 back)

    Warm down
    400 free with snorkel

    Total 2800LCM

    The kick set I felt pretty strong. On the broken 400 I felt amazingly good and actually descended the entire 400. The coach Greg had a watch and I started out at 31.8 and consistently dropped .3 of a second per 50 while feeling really relaxed and strong. At number 6 I went under 30 and kept dropping finishing with a 29 flat with an add up of 4:08. Obviously you don't get 20-30 seconds rest in a 400 but it was nice to swim strong, easy and fast. My heart rate was 150 at the end which is also a great sign. The rest of the workout I swam easy and focused on long strokes.

    Tomorrow I am debating how to get water time. Austin before my daughter swims or Dallas after we get home. I like to stay wet the last two weeks of my taper but tomorrow maybe a challenge with my daughter swimming. I am sure it will all workout just fine.

    Tomorrow is 1 week to the 800. With such a range of distances in my program I always stress out about the 800 and the 50. My mid events are usually strong but the outliers are unpredictable. I am feeling good about where I am at right now however and unlike my previous taper I have had a lot of rest so far and still have a week to rest even more.

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    just read this funny little piece on swimswam about tapering. In the case of us masters swimmers replace the word parent with spouse and it fits so well.

    http://swimswam.com/parents-survival-guide-dealing-taper/

    My wife chuckled at "the Hulk" in particular.

    Updated July 26th, 2014 at 10:01 AM by StewartACarroll

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  2. Friday, July 25

    by , July 25th, 2014 at 04:02 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo

    Warm up:


    600 various
    100 scull
    100 fly drill
    100 back drill
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    8 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 fly w/fins @ 100 pace @ :45
    -- lots of rest, but I just wanted to get my feet wet on this set
    -- felt fairly easy
    250 EZ

    2 x (6 x 100) @ 2:00
    R 1= IM, R2 = back kick w/fins
    1 = 25 fast + 75 EZ
    2 = 50 fast + 50 EZ
    3 = 75 fast + 25 EZ
    4 = all Z
    5 = all fast
    6 = all EZ

    200 EZ

    8 x 50 DPS free w/paddles
    50 EZ

    Total: 4000


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    I have a very quiet weekend ahead with Mr. Fort and Lil Fort gone visiting relatives. I'm going to try to work out twice a day while they're away. I may go to North Park tomorrow. It's supposed to be a very nice outdoor long course pool, but it is quite a hike from my house. Hopefully, the expected thunder will hold off.
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  3. Last Long Course Distance Day before taper

    by , July 25th, 2014 at 07:54 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    One last distance workout before taper begins. Tomorrow I start back to short course workouts, YUCK!!!!

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    3x200@3:30 free w/paddles & bouy went 3:02, 2:58, 2:54
    4x100@2:00 free w/snorkle maintain 6 beat kick held 1:48's
    3x200@3:30 free w/paddles & bouy went 3:02, 3:00, 3:00
    400 free w/snorkle maintain 6 beat kick EZ

    Total 3000 meters
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  4. Thursday, July 24

    by , July 24th, 2014 at 07:02 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 fly drill
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    100 EZ
    4 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    Did a modified version of an IM workout that I gave my team last night. IM is so much harder than just doing sets of the same stroke. Yikes.

    16 x 25, 4 of each stroke @ :30
    # 4, 8, 12, 16 fast
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30
    4 x 50 back kick w/fins, UW 15 m each length @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00
    1 x 100 IM fastish
    1 x 100 EZ

    12 x 25, 3x IM order @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ
    4 x 50 dolpin kick on back w/fins, hold best average (:27s)
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00
    1 x 200 IM broken for :10 @ 50s
    1 x 100 EZ

    8 x 25, 2x IM order @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00
    4 x 25 fast kick + 25 EZ kick @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00
    1 x 200 back
    1 x 100 EZ

    extra 150 EZ

    Total: 4000


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    I need to work on fly. It felt pretty awful. I think some USRPT sets are in order. I am really glad not to be tapering right now! There is some definite taper angst going around.
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  5. Week 95 - Thursday

    by , July 24th, 2014 at 12:54 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a hectic day yesterday including a two hour delay leaving Dallas on Southwest to Austin. I had meetings in San Antonio so rented a car and rushed down to San Antonio for the afternoon. My wife and daughter drove down later in the day and we met up for dinner in Austin.

    This is morning I swam with Nitro. It was a fun time swimming with and Mr Unruh and the gang at Nitro. This was a good taper workout with lots of rest and only a little bit of up tempo swimming.

    Warm up
    300 free with snorkel
    300 back
    200 kick
    100 swim

    Main sets
    2x(4x100 swum as
    #1 75 easy 25 fast
    #2 50 easy 50 fast
    #3 25 easy 75 fast
    #4 100 fast

    16x50 on 1:15
    swum as 4x(50 easy, 50 build, 50 easy, 50 fast) alternating rounds of free and back

    Warm down
    700 perfect stroke

    We treated the 100s more like build than fast and got down to 1:05 on the fast one. I swam these all with a snorkel and felt good. The 50s I was going 32-33 on the fast back and 27-28s on the fast free. It was hard seeing the clock today so I maybe off a second on some of these.
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  6. Easy day of sorts

    by , July 24th, 2014 at 07:22 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Did some breaststroke work today along with a few sprints. My knee held up better than expected on the breast kick. Sprinting felt really good today. Shoulders are still somewhat sore from the distance work I have been doing lately.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@1:40 free w/paddles & bouy held 1:32's
    300 accordian drill w/br fins & snorkle
    4x50@1:15 breast pull w/zoomers
    4x100 from block as 25 sprint/75 easy free odds free evens fly
    100 free EZ

    Total 2500 meters
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  7. Workout 07/23/14: morning

    by , July 23rd, 2014 at 07:56 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I ran 2 miles last night after work, a hot and muggy 20 minutes. A quick swim this morning at the Rec, and it was packed. I did 1200yds in about 20 min. My oldest brother and family are visiting from Washington State, so I'll be spending a good bit of time with them over the next week. Big extended family reunion this Saturday.
    Not sure how much swimming I'll be getting in.
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  8. Tues-Wed, July 22-23

    by , July 23rd, 2014 at 03:48 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Tuesday Drylands:

    RC/scap ex
    wood chops, 27.5 x 1 x 15 each side (forgot to go back and do more)
    ab wheel roll outs, 3 x 15
    kneeling ab crunch, 130 x 3 x 12, 140 x 1 x 8
    face pulls, 70 x 3 x 25
    good mornings, 75 x 4 x 8
    explosive leg extensions, 90 x 1 x 15, 105 x 2 x 15
    supine bench press w/DBs, 40 x 4 x 8
    altitude drops, 10
    knee tuck jumps, 10


    Wednesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    600 various
    100 scull
    100 fly drills
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins 2 ;40
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    12 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    200 EZ

    8 x (25 AFAP swim + 75 EZ) @ 2:30-3:00
    100 EZ

    8 x (25 AFAP kick w/fins + 75 EZ) @ 2:30-3:00
    odds = shooters (9 lows)
    evens = dolphin kick w/board (10 highs)
    100 EZ

    2 x (5 x 50 dolphin kick on back w/fins, hold best average) + 100 EZ
    -- couple 27s, then all 28s

    extra 100 EZ

    Total: 4100


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    I did some top end platinum speed type workout today.

    Even with my long vacation this summer, I hope to be in better shape heading into the fall than last year with the move. Looking back at my flog, I see that I only swam 3 x a week last July and August and I think much of that was half *ss effort. Of course, the next few months were pretty sub par too ... Hopefully, this year in Pittsburgh will be better than the last one!

    Updated July 23rd, 2014 at 04:16 PM by The Fortress

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  9. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-07/25/2013

    by , July 23rd, 2014 at 12:42 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    I will be away on Friday so I am going to post the workout now.

    LCM
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 2:00 1:45
    4 X 50 descend 1:00 1:00
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 400 kick

    3 X 50 moderate 1:10
    1 X 100 strong--85/90% 3:00
    Four rounds, choice.

    4 X 200 3:20
    4 x 150 2:30
    Pull/Last 50 is fast on all swims

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4000M
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  10. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-07/24/2013

    by , July 23rd, 2014 at 12:28 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
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 100 kick 2:40
    6 x 50 kick 1:20

    10 x 100 2:15--choice
    #1&2: Easy
    #3-10: 50 fast and turn/50 easy

    1 X 300 IM 6:00
    1 X 300 Free 5:15
    1 X 200 IM 4:00
    1 x 200 Free 3:00
    1 X 100 IM 2:00
    1 x 100 Free --

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4000M
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  11. Week 95 - Wednesday

    by , July 23rd, 2014 at 09:05 AM (After a long rest)
    I had to travel to Montgomery Alabama with work yesterday and it was a long day. I got to the house around 9pm and after eating and cooling off I did not get to bed until 10pm which is late for me. In fact I don't recall the last time I was still awake at 10pm. It's rare. Anyhow, I had a good nights sleep and felt much better this morning than yesterday morning. Fingers crossed I will have a good week. I am heading to Austin and San Antonio for work today and tomorrow and then to cheer my daughter and her teammates at TAGS on Friday through Sunday. I plan on swimming with Mr Unruh at Nitro but I am under strict orders from my coach on total meters to swim and the amount of intensity. Mr Unruh and I tend to enjoy racing each other and if we are not careful limbs could be floating in the pool at the end of practice; I can't wait.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50

    Main sets
    8x100 on 1:40 swum as 50 back, 50 free
    3x(200 build by 50 on 3 mins, 4x50 on 1min swum as 2x(12.5 fast, 12.5 easy))

    Warm down
    400 easy

    Total 3100LCM

    nothing really to document other than the build 200s where I descended and went 2:24,2:22,2:20. I was on average 4 seconds quicker on the second 100 than the first. I felt long and strong on these.
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  12. Back to Back

    by , July 23rd, 2014 at 07:44 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Focused on Backstroke today. My kick is still week but did fairly good in my pacing for the 200. My sprints felt good at the end.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers moderate speed

    5x100@1:45 free w/paddles & bouy held 1:32's
    5x100@2 back w/paddles went 1:48, 1:49, 1:48, 1:48, 1:45
    600 back kick w/zoomers alternate by 50 streamline/fashion model/arms perpendicular/partial recovery
    4x100 from dive 25 meter sprint/75 EZ free odd sprints free even sprints fly

    Total 3000 meters
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  13. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-07/23/2013

    by , July 22nd, 2014 at 03:29 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 2:00 1:45
    1 X 200 3:30 --
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    8 x 50 kick 1:20
    #5-8: build to fast

    6 x 100 2:15
    odd: easy
    even: strong--85/90%

    10 X 50 1:15
    #3-6-9 @ 100%

    3 X 200 3:00
    5 X 100 1:30
    8 X 50 :50
    Pull. 50's: descend 1-4/5-8

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4200M
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  14. Week 95 - Tuesday

    by , July 22nd, 2014 at 09:34 AM (After a long rest)
    I had another good nights sleep but woke up pretty tired and achy for some reason. This feeling followed me into the pool today and I did not have my mojo today. I guess it's officially taper blues time! Fingers crossed this will all be behind me by the end of the week and I will be ready for worlds.

    Warm up
    600 free with snorkel

    Main sets
    4x(2x50 on :35, 100 kick on 2:15, 200 free on 3:15)
    8x 100 free on 1:30 swum as 25 fast, 25 easy, 25 build, 25 over kick

    Warm down
    5 x100 IM on 1:40

    Total 3500LCM

    I was holding 31-32 on the fast 50s and then going easy on the 100 kick and the 200 swim which I did with a snorkel. I just felt achy and fairly sluggish throughout today. Like I said this usually passes so fingers crossed this is the start of good things in a couple weeks. 12 days to go.
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  15. Change of plan

    by , July 22nd, 2014 at 07:25 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I was going to do an IM day but my back muscles were seriously tightening up while I was swimming my warmup so I changed it to a butterfly day.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x200@5 fly as 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim w/zoomers went 3:55, 3:49, 3:44, 3:33, 3:28
    500 free kick w/zoomers FAST
    500 free w/snorkle concentrate on pull while maintaining 6 beat kick

    Total 3000 meters
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  16. Monday, July 21

    by , July 21st, 2014 at 03:18 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    600 various
    100 scull
    100 fly drill
    4 x 25 breast kick
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    8 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @1:00
    100 EZ

    4 rounds w/fins of:
    1 x 50 back @ 200 pace, UW 15 m each length @ 1:00
    1 x 50 back @ 100 pace, UW 15 m each length @ 1:00
    1 x 25 AFAP dolphin kick w/board (11s) @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00
    4 x 25 shooters @ :45
    1 x 25 EZ @ :30
    1 x 100 free w/paddles @ 2:30

    I started off too fast in round one with a 26/24 on the backstrokes and then suffered through the shooters. The next round I went up to 28/26 and the last two were 27/25.

    300 EZ

    12 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = dolphin kick on back @ 100 pace
    evens = EZ

    150 EZ

    Total: 4100


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    I feel like I've bounced back more quickly than I thought from the long break. I'm almost wishing I had entered a couple of events the first two days of nationals before we head to the beach (though I still have a healthy respect for long course!) Oh well, live and learn. I'll be down there anyway to see friends and hopefully watch Teen Fort. Her shoulder is still really bothering her, but the MRI showed no tear.
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  17. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-07/22/2013

    by , July 21st, 2014 at 01:23 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 2:00
    1 X 150 2:45
    3 X 100 1:45
    1 X 250 --

    6 X 150 2:45
    Build third 50

    1 X 400 kick

    4 X 50 @ 85/90% 1:15
    4 X 50 easy 1:00
    Two rounds

    4 X 50 build 1:00
    1 X 100 @ 85/90%
    Three rounds

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4200M
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  18. Week 95 - Monday

    by , July 21st, 2014 at 10:28 AM (After a long rest)
    I had an awesome weekend. I spent time with both my kids, my wife and my parents. Saturday the weather was overcast but since we were watching my daughter at her meet it did not matter. Yesterday the weather was awesome; sunny and blue sky. We ended up grilling out last night and it was great fun. I ended up having a nap both days and stilld to get a full night of sleep both Saturday and Sunday night. I woke up just before my alarm went off and felt pretty good.
    Todays workout was fairly easy with mostly low to moderate intensity and medium yardage. We will be dropping yardage from here out; yeah!!!!

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50

    Main sets
    10x100 free with snorkel perfect stroke on 1:30
    12x50 finger tip drill on 1 min
    8x25 Open, Close, Easy, Fast on :40
    3x300 pull on 4mins descend 1-4
    8x50 kick on 1min

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total 4000LCM

    I was feeling good on the 100s and was holding 1:15s throughout
    On the Open, Close, Easy, Fast we do 12.5 fast 12.5 easy on the open 25s, 12.5 easy and 12.5 fast on the close. These are fun and I felt good.The 300s pull I went 3:30, 3:28, 3:25. I felt a little stiff on these. The kick I was holding 45-48s.
    13 days to go.
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  19. Back to normal.

    by , July 21st, 2014 at 08:01 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    States are over and I am back to the pool. A great hard workout this morning.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers

    3x300@5 free w/paddles & bouy went 4:37, 4:34, 4:30
    1 minute rest
    600 free w/paddles & bouy went 9:37
    1 minute rest
    2x3@5 free w/paddles & bouy went 4:37, 4:39

    200 free kick w/zoomers
    200 free EZ

    Total 3500 meters
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  20. Workout 07/20/14: OW

    by , July 20th, 2014 at 09:30 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    It was overcast this morning for our planned swim at Lake Paran, so my only companions in the water was this gaggle of ducks. I swam for about 20 minutes, enjoying the cloud cover blanketing the surrounding hills and the fun sparrows flying overhead. An rather large trout (which are stocked in this lake) darted right underneath me. A fun 0.45 mile stretch-out swim after yesterdays meet.

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