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  1. Workout 01/14/14: evening

    by , January 14th, 2014 at 10:04 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Earlier this afternoon I helped with the high school kids. Spent the first 2/3 of practice with the boys, a group with only a few returning swimmers and many new to the sport. We worked primarily on stroke technique due to their makeup. I got in and helped from the wather for both backstroke and fly. Then I worked with the girls on turns. It is interesting - last year some very strong swimmers graduated, and the current group of fast girls think they are better than the others, even wearing different suits at meets. They need to work on swimming faster (by paying attention to instruction) and helping to mentor the younger kids. Anyways, I logged about 500 yards.

    Tonight at Masters I took the main set from Calvin's blog yesterday and modified it ever slightly (we can't all swim at light speed ) and we did:

    200 swim/100 Kick/100 Pull/4 x 25 b/c warmup

    2 x 150 on 2:30 fast middle 50 (I did 200/150 - 2:19/1:49)
    4 x 25 on :30
    3 x 100 on 1:40 PULL (I did 4 x on 1:20 with AP)
    4 x 50 on :60 (kicked, held :45))
    2 x 150 on 2:30 fast middle 50 (I did 200/150 - 2:16/1:46)
    4 x 25 on :30
    3 x 100 on 1:40 PULL (I did 4 x on 1:20 with AP - held 1:10)

    200 lossen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2600 yds/55 min)
    --------------------------------
    We also added in some extra rest in the form of Master's minutes, which gave me the gusto to crank a little harder than I might have otherwise. Planning on the One Hour Swim this weekend with the team.

    Oh, and I have scheduled the 3rd Annual Monumental Masters Mini Meet for the last Saturday in April (the 26th, I believe), so get your racing suits ready for some fun in southwestern VT!
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  2. Another Saturday at the Y

    by , January 18th, 2014 at 02:18 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Yes it was on the hot side but I was able to push fairly well despite the 84 degree temps. This is also the only pool open on Monday so I'll be there.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers

    10x100@1:45 free every 3rd IM went 1:30, 1:30, 1:38, 1:30, 1:29, 1:37, 1:26, 1:25, 1:34, 1:22
    500 breast kick w/br fins

    8x25@:05 torque drill
    8x25@:05 scull drill
    8x25@:45 burst fly & cruise free
    200 fly kick on back w/zoomers
    8x25@:45 fly

    200 kick
    300 free EZ

    Total 4000 yards
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  3. IM work at the Y

    by , January 25th, 2014 at 12:45 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    The guard said the temp was 81 but I would say it was more like 83. Still it was a good day.

    8x50@:55 free
    100 free for time 1:20 not good but it was early
    8x50@:50 free
    100 fly w/zoomers for time 1:28
    8x50@:45 free w/zoomers
    500 fly w/zoomers broken @:20 RI
    100 back for time 1:31
    500 back broken @:20 RI
    100 breast for time 1:48
    5x100@2:15 breast pull w/paddles & zoomers
    300 free kick w/zoomers
    4x100@1:30 free w/paddles & bouy held 1:20
    200 free EZ

    Total 4000 yards
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  4. 50s Face-Off Meet...

    by , January 26th, 2014 at 10:40 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Scotty and I made the trek down to Evanston, Illinois bright and early this morning for our "50s Face-off." Normally about a 45-minute drive, it was closer to an hour on mostly unplowed, snowy roads. At least the blowing snow held off until this evening, so travel conditions weren't too bad.

    Great venue for a meet (Swim-Swam rated it #8 in its "top-ten must visit sites for a swim meet"). There's a picture of it at the bottom of the Evanston Master's home page:

    http://www.evanstonmasters.com

    Scotty won the face off... darn it! I almost swam him to a draw, but on our final event, swimming right next to each other, I mis-timed my back finish and lost just enough momentum that he slid in and out touched me... if I had taken one more stroke I would have had it! Here were the times:

    50 Breast = :44.94 (seed :47)
    50 Fly = :38.08 (seed :40--first time breaking the 40-second barrier!)
    50 Free = :29.70 (seed :30.95--first time breaking the 30-second barrier!)*
    50 Back = :39.84 (seed :38)

    *I beat Scotty by .14 in the freestyle, which had him sweating because he didn't think he would take me in the backstroke... I usually beat him by a second or two in a 50, but like I said I goofed the finish and apparently didn't have any room for error... if only I had warmed up a little better before that event, or if only I had taken that extra stroke, or if only if I'd had more yardage in this winter so far and hadn't been fading as badly toward the end of my meets lately, or if only I'd had a few swigs of gatorade before the final heat... so many "if only-s"! Now I have to live with the shame... forever, Scotty assures me, because he will never swim a backstroke event again in his entire life.

    We did have a blast though, lots of good swimming. And... despite the fact that Scotty and I were the only two men to show up from WMAC (Wisconsin Masters Aquatic Club), we still scored enough points between the two of us to rank 11th out of 22 teams. Cue banana:
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  5. 1|27|14

    by , January 27th, 2014 at 09:22 PM (Blog)
    1500 WARMUP F

    50 fly F

    4*25 on 1:00 FK
    • 21, 20, 19, 19


    3*12.5 on 1:00 free, DFS fast
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  6. 1|28|14 SCMmmmmmed (GLOB)

    by , January 28th, 2014 at 06:17 PM (Blog)
    WARMUP
    500 free F

    DRILL

    250 drill that popov did (DPD)
    250 DPD F

    KICK

    4*25 FK on 2:00 S
    • 19, 19, 19, 18


    DRILL

    30*15.5 TD on 0:20 fast
    30*15.5 TD on 0:20 form

    SPRINT
    20*12.5 on 1:00 fast free/12.5 easy kick on back
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  7. V x D, and other fun stuff

    We had a sprinkling of snow overnight, so I enjoyed walking through some crunchy untrampled whiteness on my way to Riverbank this morning. You gotta get up early in this town to do that! I shared a lane with Rondi and a rotating cast of one or two other swimmers. Hereís what I did:

    1200 lcm warmup

    5 x 500, FR with traveling 2 x 50 back:

    • 50 BK / 400 FR / 50 BK
    • 50 FR / 50 BK / 300 FR / 50 BK / 50 FR
    • 100 FR / 50 BK / 200 FR / 50 BK / 100 FR
    • 150 FR / 50 BK / 100 FR / 50 BK / 150 FR
    • 200 FR / 100 BK / 200 FR


    300 pull

    6 x 100 K/S, kicks moderate, swims fastish, odds flutter/FR, evens dolphin/BK

    500 warmdown + play

    I felt good in the water today, and powerful on my freestyle. Iím finally get back into good enough shape that I feel like I can control my pacing on longer pieces, adding some surges when I want to, rather than just trudging through them.

    Fun fact of the day: The Super Bowl and I are the same age! (At least in yards). I canít believe itís taken me XLVIII years to realize this.

    Updated January 29th, 2014 at 11:19 AM by swimsuit addict

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  8. Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

    In honor of Super Bowl XLVIII, I'm doing a set of 48x50s today. 48x100s would be a better workout, but my legs are a little torched from doing lunges yesterday, and I don't really want to wear myself out and fall asleep in the middle of the game this afternoon. Maybe next year I'll think about doing 49x100s.
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  9. Week 71 - Monday

    by , February 3rd, 2014 at 08:23 AM (After a long rest)
    Had a very restless night of sleep last night. My parents go home to the UK today and for what ever reason I could not stop thinking about how quick there 7 week visit went and the next time I see them it will be right before worlds. Today's workout was long and mostly aerobic swimming.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45

    Main set
    8x500 pull on 6 mins working turns, swum as odds pressing first 250 and evens pressing the second 250.
    300 kick

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total 5100 scy

    I held between 5.10 and 5.15 on the 500s pull and felt strong throughout.

    Updated February 3rd, 2014 at 01:53 PM by StewartACarroll

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  10. Monday, February 3, 2014 5:30-6:30am

    by , February 3rd, 2014 at 10:54 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    WAYYYYYYY TOOOOO EARLY this morning. My body (or at least my eyes) were open at 5:15, so I decided to get going to the pool. It was very uncrowded at this hour, which is rare from what the regulars tell me. Normally it has 3 to a lane for the 1st hour which is typically why I avoid the 1st hour of lap swim at the Y. This morning though it was all singles in the lanes, with only 2 having to double up. After a bit everyone doubled, but that was it before people started getting out.


    I just went for long slow and fairly easy this morning. My shoulder wasn't liking me, and I definitely wasn't really awake either. I could tell afterward as I was nearly falling asleep in the warm water of the shower.

    500 Free warmup
    (500/500)

    500 Flutter Kick w/ board
    (500/1000)

    500 Free again
    (500/1500)

    500 SDK w/ short fins on back
    (500/2000)

    500 Free Pull
    (500/2500)

    12 x 50 Free swim w/ short fins on (to put less stress on my shoulder) @ 1:05, swimming about 1:00s per 75
    (900/3400)

    100 EZ

    ---------------------------
    3500 Yards


    Today just felt like being a lap swimmer at the pool...just took it easy with long slow stuff.
  11. An old workout, tough especially in 84 degree h2o

    by , February 8th, 2014 at 11:12 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    It was hot at the Y today but I managed to go 5000 today.

    3x100@1:40 free
    5x50@1:05 fly
    3x100@1:40 free w/paddles and board
    3x100@1:30 free w/paddles
    5x50@1:05 fly
    5x50@1:05 back
    3x100@2:00 free kick w/zoomers
    3x100@1:40 free w/paddles and board
    3x100@1:30 free w/paddles and 6 beat kick
    5x50@1:05 fly
    5x50@1:05 back
    5x50@1:05 breast
    3x100@2:00 free kick w/zoomers
    3x100@1:40 free w/paddles and board
    3x100@1:30 free w/paddles and 6 beat kick
    3x100@1:45 free EZ
    500 free kick w/zoomers

    Total 5000 yards
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  12. Monday, February 10, 2014

    by , February 10th, 2014 at 09:40 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@Fort Myers Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 76, pool at 81
    Partly sunny skies with humidity at 63%

    Resuming my USMS Blog
    This update brings mixed news. The good news is that I have been very busy with my professional contract work at UCF. The not so good news is that due to an injury accident during the last week of December, cold weather pool closures, and work travel to Orlando, the last seven weeks have been challenging.

    I was playing with my daughter when we fell on the tile floor of our house where I landed on my left shoulder, elbow and forearm (but she was OK having landed on me). The aching in the left shoulder rotator-cuff area has subsided along with the tenderness just behind my left elbow. I restarted gentle weights and bands, two weeks ago, along with medium size paddle work in the water. This previous week was my first full week going between 3-4K each day.

    The Lee County Senior Games meet is my next event, which I will enter this coming week. At this time, I am not planning to attend the Y meet in Sarasota.

    The FGCU pool closure significantly impacted my swim training more than expected, as the FMAC cold weather policy is ridiculous, requiring a minimum a 70 degree high forecast to open. The FGCU Aquatic Center has become a worst possible case scenario with little expectations to be open again until late 2014. You would think that they would have obtained professional consultations before draining a 50 Meter pool and a 10-lane 25 yard pool in a flood zone area next to 20 acres of land similar to Everglade conditions. Needless to say, two pools that were working fine, are now empty (since early December) with serious issues. While I do not know the inside details, and no information has been provided so far, I find it difficult to understand it came to this circumstance.

    Now I am slowly training my way back to "square one" or "first base" perhaps.

    Warm up
    400 FR as 2(50K/50RALA/50CU/50DPS

    *Set 1*
    5x50 FR on :50, as 25RALA/25CU *38-36
    :30 rest
    5x50 FR on :50, as 25RALA/25CU *36-34
    :30 rest
    5x50 FR on :50, as 25CU/25SPL-11 w/snorkel *35-34
    :30 rest
    5x50 FR on :50, as 25CU/25SPL-12 w/snorkel *34-32
    ---200 BK DPS

    *Set 2*
    4(5x50 FR on :50, :30 rest)
    rds#1-2) *35-34 w/M-agility paddles-snorkel-tube-buoy
    rds#3-4) *33-32 w/L-agility paddles-tube-buoy
    ---200 BR Kick

    *Set 3*
    6(4x50 FR on :50, :20 rest) w/fins, 1)kick on side, 2)25RA/25LA, 3)50 CU, 4)50 DPS
    1)*34-30-29-27
    2)*33-29-28-26
    3)*33-30-29-26
    4)*34-39-28-26
    5)*33-30-28-26
    6)*32-30-28-25
    ---200 D/kick on back

    *Set 4*
    4(5x25 FR on :40) 1)kick w/bd, 2)RA, 3)LA, 4)CU, 5)SPL-11/12
    1)*18-15-15-15-13
    2)*17-14-14-14-12
    3)*17-14-14-14-12
    4)*17-14-14-14-12

    Warm down
    10x50 FR on :50, SPL-10/11 *33-36 w/snorkel
    200 IM EZ

    Comments:
    After feeling awful for two weeks, I am now beginning to feel like I can swim again. Eventually I hope to blend in some quality sets, base sets, and some IM sets.
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  13. Monday 2/10/14

    Monday 2/10

    AM and PM SCY

    AM swim:

    400 swim
    300 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    200 kick w/ board
    100 I.M. drill

    4x100 @ 1:15 AE

    "I.M. Test Set"
    5x50 @ :50 FL (30.2-30.9)
    6x75 @ 1:20 BK (52.8-53.9)
    5x50 @ :50 BR (34.2-35.1)
    6x75 @ 1:20 FR (41.9-43.9)
    All of the above BEST AVG (except kind of sort of the FL, which was "smooth")

    2x
    4x75 @ 1:20 swim, last 25 under H2O kick w/ fins
    4x25 @ :10 rest scull
    200 EZ

    Total: 4000

    PM swim:

    300 swim
    300 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    200 swim
    200 kick w/ board
    100 swim
    100 I.M. drill

    8x75 @ 1:15 D1-4, 5-8
    8x25 @ :40 V.S.

    5x under H2O returns (12.5 yards out)

    2x
    400 @ 4:40 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    4x100 @ 1:05 AE MAKE
    300 @ 3:30 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    4x75 @ :50 AE MAKE
    200 @ 2:20 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    4x50 @ :30 AE MAKE (READ: sprint and hang on for dear life)

    2x
    4x50 @ 2:00 add-on FAST by 12.5 w/ fins

    300 EZ

    Total: 6300

    Updated February 11th, 2014 at 08:34 AM by Calvin S

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  14. Feb. 10-11

    by , February 11th, 2014 at 06:04 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Monday: Drylands @ LA Fitness

    RC ex
    face pulls, 60 x 4 x 15
    rear delt fly, 75 x 3 x 8
    kneeling ab crunch, 110 x 3 x 15
    explosive leg press, 175 x 3 x 15
    fast alternating arm press on double cable machine, 40 x 3 x 30
    extreme angle goblet squats on stacked steps, 50 x 4 x 8
    DB pulls to waist from plank position, 40 x 3 x 20
    squat jumps w/bar, 45 x 2 x 8
    good mornings, warm ups, 80 x 4 x 8

    Stretching/yoga, 30 minutes

    -- As I was stretching, I was watching the Olympics. And, once again, I was puzzled as to how curling can be an olympic sport when there is no athleticism whatsoever involved ..



    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    -- I cut this really short since I was running late.

    500 various
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    4 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    4 x 100 power kick from the blocks with open turns @ 3:00
    -- 2 back and 2 belly
    100 EZ

    40 x 25 w/fins @ :30
    odds = fly @ 100 pace
    evens = EZ backstroke kick
    100 EZ

    5 x 75 strong dolphin kick w/board & fins @ 1:30
    --- legs were really burning on these from yesterday's weights
    125 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP + 25 EZ) @ 3:00
    -- started to get a calf cramp and so stopped
    100 EZ

    Total: 3150


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    A few observations:

    1. My fly and free have felt awful since re-starting drylands. And it's been almost 2 years since I've done much upper body stuff bc of my elbow.
    2. Perhaps bc of #1, I've done hardly any freestyle in practice. I was doing a lot of it in the fall and it felt great then.
    3. Still frustrated with my lungs. The 100 power kicks seem really hard, which means I should do them more often. I'm worried my negativity about this will spill over into my 100 races. I don't feel like the same swimmer that threw down a 1:08 in the 100 back SCM a couple years ago.
    4. But happily, I will be flying to CA on Friday to see Teen Fort and for some much needed sunshine. I suspect I'll just take a few days off since I will have Lil Fort with me.
  15. Swiming at the Y again

    by , February 15th, 2014 at 03:32 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Not too bad today only 84 and I was able to tolerate it ok. The only bad thing was that the hot tub was not hot, it was only 98 which was not refreshing after my swim.

    My fly felt strong, but my freestyle was week.

    2 times thru
    200@3:30 free
    2x100@1:30 free w/strapless paddles
    4x50@:50 free w/strapless paddles

    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x50@1:00 free 1/2 pull 1/2 kick
    10x50@:55 fly w/monofin held :40's
    8x25@:45 free kick #3 & 6 FAST
    20x25@:45 fly odds drill evens build
    8x25@:45 fly kick #3 & 6 FAST
    8x50@1:00 free every 3rd on :45
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@1:45 free w/snorkel
    50 breast kick

    Total 5050 yards
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  16. A quick 1 hour workout at the Y in 84 degree water

    by , February 17th, 2014 at 07:48 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Since I have a longer ride to work from Hinesville, that means a shorter swim time to make it to work on time. My main pool was closed so the Y was the only pool open today. My guard today was one of the swimmers I coach in the evenings, Dylan.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@1:45 back w/strapless paddles & bouy held 1:40's
    10x25@:45 fly
    250 breast kick
    8x100@1:30 free w/strapless paddles & bouy held 1:23's
    200 free EZ

    Total 3000 yards
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  17. Week 73 - Monday

    by , February 17th, 2014 at 08:41 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a great nights sleep and woke feeling rested. My key card To the pool did not work for some reason today so we had to wait for Tom to arrive(usually a few of us get an extra 10-15 minutes before Tom arrives on deck), but alas not today. Today's workout was a little different for a Monday and I was again very tired at the end of practice.


    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45


    Main sets
    10x50 on 33(swum as a transition from warmup to main) with instructions to get our heart rates up.
    4x(500 on 7 min (swum as 200 pull, 100 kick, 200 pull), 100 free on 2mins AFAP)


    Warm down
    8x50 on 1min swum as double arm back, free by 25


    Total 4000scy


    I held 30-31s on the transition 50s. These were tougher than last week today and suspect they were earlier in the workout(I will have to check this). The 500s I swam high tempo aerobic holding 1.01s on the pull and 1.30 on the kick. I was getting about 1minute or so of rest due to the time taken to transition from pull to kick and back again. On the fast 100s I went 53,54,54 and 53. I felt strong and did not tie up until the very end of the last 100 but they hurt.

    We have done a lot more high intensity swimming this last week and I feel good generally. Obviously I am tired but I think this mix will really help the back half of my mid distance races.
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  18. Monday, February 17, 2014 9:10-10:00am

    by , February 17th, 2014 at 02:57 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Warmup:

    100 Free
    3 or so minutes of massaging/popping something back into place in my shoulder. It felt awkward as I was swimming. I'm definitely older than I was yesterday!
    400 Free
    (500/500)

    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (ranged :45-:49s)
    (500/1000)

    8 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:20 (ranged 1:08-1:10s)
    (800/1800)

    200 Free
    (200/2000)

    15 x 25 SDK w/ short fins on back @ :30
    10 kicks underwater which took me to about the 15M mark
    1 x 25 Fly Fast w/ short fins (to maintain my butterfly status in the lap lanes)
    (400/2400)

    100 EZ
    ----------------------
    2500 Yards
  19. Workout 12/20/14: evening

    by , February 20th, 2014 at 08:32 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Well, we survived the adventure! The two miles up a mountain to the cabin were, well, long. And steep. But we worked through some issues (I ended up pulling two sleds with cooking stuff and other people's personal items) and arrived to a cold cabin. But lots of firewood, so I had the shanty blazing hot in no time. We laughed at some of the misteps (which were king-sized due to the snowshoes), ate some warm food and played Apples to Apples before S'Mores and bed. I plan to blog about this elsewhere, and will post a link in a future post because I am sure you are all wondering why I'd plan for this in the winter after a 20+" snowstorm!

    I was going to skip the pool tonight, but had time and went for a quick swim before Bible class at the college:

    200 FR/200 BK/200 IM Drill
    400 Shark Swim
    4 x 50 Quarter's Strong FR
    4 x 50 Burst and Cruise IMO
    150 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1550 yds/30 min)
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    I was bushed after getting home and unloading gear. I jumped right into the hot tub, then finished some reading so decided to get in a quick swim. GregJS was there, fighting the the swim team kids in the fast lane - I stayed in the medium lane and went with traffic.
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  20. 2|21|14 easy stuff

    by , February 21st, 2014 at 10:17 PM (Blog)
    about 1700 of easy swimming

    Just watched the women's slalom, Mikaela Shifferin (or something close to that) from USA just took a gold. It was the last run. What an intense competitor, she went out real fast and at midcourse was over a second faster than the leader from Austria when both ski's popped up in the air due to her speed. She somehow managed to recover with enough to win by several tenths.

    Meet tomorrow morning. Slept in last night so I won't be stressed out tonight thinking about it. Better get to bed now though to be up early enough to drive 2 hours and be ready for the block lanes at 8:45
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