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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Sunday and Monday, March 2-3, 2014

    by , March 3rd, 2014 at 03:21 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Sunday:

    I was able to cram in a quick workout between the hours of waking up (12:00noon), doing a few house duties, (swim), and getting to work again. At least it was only an 8 hour day, and it felt great after doing three 12 hour shifts in a row the last 3 days!!

    My quickie swim (about 40 minutes):

    1000 Free
    20 x 50 SDK w/ short fins @ :45 (between :38-:40s)
    400 Free EZ

    ----------------------------
    2400 Yards

    =============================

    Monday:

    Even with having a short workday last night, I was still overly exhausted, and slept in till almost 10:00am. Got my swim thing going, but not very much, just enough to stretch me out a bit.

    3 x 200 Free w/ ~:20-:30 rest
    8 x 50 SDK w/ short fins @ :45 (:40s)
    300 Free EZ

    --------------------------------
    1300 Yards

    Let's see if Tom can keep up with that kind of yardage!!
  4. Monday all day long

    Rough day at work again and couldn't wait to get out of there to hit the pool for a bit. Starting to feel good in the water again.

    500 mix up
    4 x 100 @ 1:30 descend
    4 x 50 kick @ 1:15 just to loosen up the legs

    2 times through
    250 strong @ 4:00
    6 x 100 w/bouy @ 1:30 descend 1->3, 4->6
    4 x 50 @ 55 hold 200 pace

    Drill set
    8 x 100 IM @ 2:00
    -Rotate 25 drill through each 100
    -Perfect form and work turns

    200 w/d

    4200

    My focus lately has been to maintain a six beat kick. I lose some speed but feel that the pay off will be worth it. I guess I should kick more in practice. That's a nasty four letter word.....kick.
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  5. Week 75 - Monday

    by , March 3rd, 2014 at 10:02 PM (After a long rest)
    So a very strange end to last week; on Saturday we had an 80F day and I even considered going for a swim in my outdoor pool and then yesterday we had an ice storm with temperatures in the 20F. We received an email from the school district last night saying that school was cancelled and as such the pool which is owned by the school district was closed. I had a long day at work and without my swim felt out of sorts, but mid afternoon I got a message from my wife saying the pool was open. I was very excited to grab a swim and stopped by the pool after grabbing a quick dinner. I was unable to get a complete workout in but managed to get just over 4k in my one hour swim.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45

    Main set
    10x300 pull on 3.30

    Warm down
    500 easy

    Total 4200scy

    I was tired during tonight's swim but it felt good in a funny way. Todays swim was pretty uneventful and I held 3.05s on the 300s.

    Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 10:07 PM by StewartACarroll

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  6. Monday, March 3, 2014

    by , March 3rd, 2014 at 10:17 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FMAC
    73 Air, 83 Water
    Sunny skies with humidity at 64%

    Warm up
    400 REV IM
    16X25 MF on HR, front/back UW SDK

    *Set 1*
    10x75 FR Hypoxic as 1/3/1 with effort as 85%/90%/95% on HR rest
    ---100 BK
    3(3x50 FR on 1:00, 1:00 rest) desc 1-3 *32s-29s
    ---100 BR
    12x25 FR on :50 99% w/fins *11s-10s
    ---100 BK
    4(6x25 FR on :40, 1:00 rest) Hypoxic-0 85% HR rest *13s
    ---400 IM Kick

    *Set 2*
    6x125 IM with Fly last length 85% HR rest
    ---50 FR
    6x75 Fly/Bk/Br 95%/85%/95% - 85%/95%/85% HR rest
    ---50 FR
    8x25 IM order Hypoxic-1/0 HR rest
    ---50 FR
    1x100 IM timed *1:10
    ---400 FR with snorkel-paddles-buoy-tube

    *Set 3*
    5(4x25 FR on 1:00) Hypoxic-1 90%+ *12s
    ---50 BK
    4(2x50 FR on :40, 1:00) *32s-30s
    ---50BK
    4(8x25 FR on :30, :30) *14s-13s
    ---50 BK
    2x50 Free 99% HR rest *27/27
    ---50 BK
    16x25 MF, HR rest, UW SDK front & back

    Warm Down
    200 IM EZ
    100 IM EZ

    Comments:
    Goggles were fogging, and the water was warm. Hard workout left my arms tired, even without doing any of the hard swimming with paddles.
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  7. A hard time breathing today in practice

    by , March 6th, 2014 at 07:31 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I felt like I did went I first started swimming having to get used to the water pressure on my chest. I hope I am not coming down with something but then again my daughter has been sick and probably shared it with me. I'll get over it.

    500 free
    500 Free kick w/zoomers
    10x50@1:05 breast pull w/zoomers
    200 accordian drill w/snorkle & br fins
    200 breast kick
    200 breast for time went 3:41
    200 free EZ
    200 fly for time went 3:32 at least I am staying consistant
    200 free EZ

    Total 2700 yards
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  8. Thursday 3/6/14

    Thursday 3/6

    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
    200 EZ

    Total: 1600

    PM swim:

    300 swim every 4th 25 scull
    300 pull w/ buoy + snorkel
    200 swim every 3rd 25 scull
    200 kick w/ board
    100 swim every 2nd 25 scull
    100 I.M. drill

    8x50 @ 1:00 odd: k/dr, even: dr/sw (alternated BR/FR)
    4x100 @ 1:20 AE
    4x25 @ :40 V.S.

    2x
    25 BR dive fast (13.7, 13.3)
    25 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 2300

    This morning was just a wake up swim before I hit the road for Jenks, OK for Region VIII Sectionals. Got in around 2:00 and checked into the hotel. Then I did a pseudo-meet warm-up at the pool. Now it's off to shave.
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  9. Distance day

    by , March 8th, 2014 at 04:44 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    WU (1000):

    400 EZ fr on 7:00
    4 x 100 IM on 2:00 (desc. 1:47-1:37)
    4 x 50 fr on 1:00 (:37-:40)
    1:00 rest

    MS (2000)

    --200 BK on 4:00 (3:24)
    --8 x 100 fr on 1:45 (1:29-1:30)
    Masters' minute
    --200 Fly on 4:00 (3:21)
    --8 x 100 fr on 1:45 (started at 1:33 after the 200 fly, then mostly 1:31-1:32, until the last couple of reps in 1:28-1:29)

    CD (200):

    200 EZ BK

    TOTAL: 3200 SCY/64 minutes

    Tomorrow: the weekly 80 x 25 sprint fest!
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  10. Its coming back

    Between my work beat downs and being busy with our children's activities, I am finally getting back I shape. This workout had some generous intervals but I swam well for me. Finally!

    200 w/buoy and snorkel
    200 IM drill/swim by 25
    Add fins for the following set
    2 times through (round 1 bk, round 2 free)
    4 x 25 fast kick @ 35
    50 swim @ 60
    4 x 25 fast kick @ 30
    2 x 50 swim @ 60
    4 x 25 fast kick @ 25
    3 x 50 swim @ 60

    50 ez

    4 x through choice (went IM order by round)
    50 drill @ 1:15
    50 build to sprint @ 1:15
    3 x 25 sprint @ 45

    50 ez

    7 x 200 @ 3:00
    #1 neg split by 5
    #2 neg split by 7
    #3 neg split by 10
    4-6 descend
    #7 all out for time

    100 float

    3900
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  11. April is Adult Learn-To-Swim Month!! What Will You Do?

    We at our Masters club (the Columbia Masters in Howard County, MD) are very excited that the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation has declared April Adult Learn-To-Swim month. We think that many adults would like to learn how to swim, but maybe haven't had an opportunity to do so... Until now. We are using this nationwide campaign as the impetus to develop programs we can use to get interested adults in the pool. And, we hope to expand the opportunities to swim that we already offer. The ability to bring this life (and lifesaving) skill to an adult population is exciting and something we are eager to do.

    Has your club offered adult learn-to-swim lessons? Is it a Swimming Saves Lives Foundation partner? If so, what types of programs have you offered. What types of programming is the most popular with your population/in your area?

    I would love to hear from you about your Adult Learn-to-Swim successes! Thanks! ~Angie AngieKozBlogs
  12. A quiet St. Patty's day at the pool

    by , March 17th, 2014 at 07:50 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    We had about half the normal crowd there today. Most will be going to the parade.

    With that said I did another of my 200 Fly's at the end of practice in 3:29.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x100@1:30 free w/strapless paddles & bouy went 1:22, 1:22, 1:22, 1:22, 1:22, 1:21, 1:21, 1:22, 1:21, 1:21
    500 free kick w/zoomers moderate pace
    200 fly for time from push 3:29
    100 back
    100 breast
    100 free
    5x100@1:45 free w/snorkle maintain 6 beat kick

    Total 3500 yards
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  13. Monday, March 17

    by , March 17th, 2014 at 09:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drylands:

    RC/scap
    cable twist w/yoga ball, 25 x 2 x 15 each side
    seated row negatives, 80 x 4 x 8
    kneeling ab crunch, 110 x 3 x 20
    explosive leg extensions, 90 x 1 x 25, 105 x 2 x 15
    explosive leg press, 175 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 75 x 1 x 8, 80 x 3 x 8
    tricep press, 70 x 3 x 8
    standing broad jumps, 8
    knee tuck jumps, 8


    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    1000 EZ or so


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    I felt like a truck hit me this am. I don't think it's that much from the meet. It's the travel, poor sleep, and merriment with friends at the meet social and after on Saturday. I hope I can get a solid 8-9 hours tonight. It took a fair amount of will power to get myself to the gym. I will likely only do one more easy session until after Zones. I am still planning on attending the Columbus meet the week before to swim a couple events (100 breast, 100 back). I don't like swimming 100 back untapered and am typically quite a bit slower. But I won't get it in otherwise.

    I'm a little freaked out that my left shoulder is very sore. It felt a bit twingey at the meet, especially the lower part. Now the whole shoulder is sore. I'm icing and I did get a massage appt for tomorrow. Hopefully, that will help. I haven't had any shoulder issues for ages and don't want any now!

    Here are the unofficial results from Albatross: http://www.ancientmariners.org/albatross/results14.htm
  14. A tough fly day for me

    by , March 18th, 2014 at 07:21 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I really needed this to help me boost my confidence.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers

    8x25@:45 fly 15m kickouts w/zoomers
    8x25@:45 fly scull drill w/snorkle & zoomers
    200 1 arm fly alt laps rt/lt

    10x50@1:00 fly went 51,52,53,53,52,51,51,51,51,50

    200 1 arm fly alt laps rt/lt
    200 free kick w/zoomers

    200 fly for time 3:28

    300 free EZ

    Total 3000 yards
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  15. Monday 3/17/14

    Monday 3/17

    AM only SCY

    "I'm back in the saddle again..."

    2x
    300 swim every 3rd 25 scull w/ snorkel
    4x75 @ 1:20 k/dr/under H2O kick w/ fins
    4x100 @ 1:15 AE pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel

    Total: 2000

    Just a short dip in the pool today because I could only fit 45 minutes of swimming into my day. Not sure how I will proceed with my new training plan (mainly because I am not sure what that plan is yet). Right now I will just maintain my feel for the water, slowly adding more yardage.
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  16. Week 78 - Monday

    by , March 24th, 2014 at 09:28 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a good nights sleep but rather weird. I dreamt I overslept and woke up around 1am in a panic. Then I woke up again 10minutes after the alarm normally goes off and discovered I had not set the alarm. My subconscious must have been telling me I had not set the alarm. Luckily the 10 mins did not make a difference and I made it to the pool on time. We are resting this week with the hope of swimming fast at our southern zone meet next weekend. I will be chasing some fast zone records in the longer events and both Ross Davis and Steve Unruh will make the shorter 500 and 200 very fast. I can't wait. With the base work we have been doing I hope to swim a strong 1650 on Friday and a 1000 on Sunday. Today was a good workout and I felt really strong throughout.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45

    Main sets
    10x200 pull with paddles descend 1-5 and 6-10 on 3mins
    400 easy recovery swimming
    6x100 kick on 2mins descend 1-3 and 4-6

    Warm down
    200 easy

    Total 3900scy

    On the 200s Tom asked me to do a big descend starting out around 2.30 and on #5 be at about 2min pace and on round 2 be about 5 seconds faster throughout. I tried keeping my stroke long and came in on 2.10 on the first 200. From there I descended and went 2.07,2.05,2.01,1.58. On the second round I was about 5 seconds quicker throughout going 2.05,2.03,1.59,1.56,1.52. I felt awesome on the second round and honestly felt like I had more on the last one. I tried going slower at the beginning but with paddles it's almost like I have to shorten my stroke to go the times he was after. I had a guy in my lane who was wearing paddles and fins and I was using him as a rabbit on the last couple in each round. I think the final 200 is the fastest 200 I have pulled in practice. I am also not used to so much rest which I think helped make this set much easier than normal. The kick set I descended and went 1.27,1.23,1.18,1.25,1.21,1.17 and felt good again. We will be dropping the yardage tomorrow and throughout the week. I won't be shaving but this drop taller feels good already and I am hopeful I will have some fast races at the weekend.
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  17. Monday, March 24

    by , March 24th, 2014 at 04:54 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 50 fly drills

    Main Sets:

    8 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    150 EZ

    1 x AFAP 50 breast from the blocks + 150 EZ
    -- 34 high-35 flat

    5 x 25 AFAP kick + 50 EZ @ 2:00
    75 EZ

    1 x 25 AFAP swim + 75 EZ

    12 x 25 shooter w/fins to 20y @ :40
    150 EZ

    Total: 2450

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    Nothing special to report. Shoulder is still bothering me. Bad timing. Still need to get signed up for Zones. If it's not better by then, it will affect what events I swim.
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  18. Monday 3/24/14

    Monday 3/24

    PM only SCY

    2x
    400 swim (under H2O turns at far end of pool, open turns at the near end)
    4x75 @ 1:20 kick/drill/under H2O kick w/ fins
    3x100 @ 1:20 smooth D1-3

    10x200
    4 @ 2:30 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    4 @ 2:20 swim w/ paddles
    2 @ 2:20 strong N.S. (1:08/1:04, 1:10/1:03)

    100 EZ

    6x25 @ 1:00 FAST BK w/ fins

    250 EZ

    Total: 4500
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  19. Taper day 4... Pace Out!

    by , March 27th, 2014 at 07:27 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Was late today, had to put gas in the tank to get there.

    Today was a pace day and a little bit of sprint! What a combo. No 200 Fly today or tomorrow.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x50@:55 free w/snorkle & bouy holding 43's
    10x50@:50 free holding 41's
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    6x50 from block 15m sprint rest EZ alt free/fly
    200 free EZ

    Total 3000 yards
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  20. Monday, March 31

    by , March 31st, 2014 at 03:55 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 fly drills
    4 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:30
    50 EZ
    10 x 25
    odds = 100 pace @ :30
    evens = EZ @ :45
    100 EZ
    2 x (25 AFAP + 125 EZ)
    6 x 50 DPS free and back
    50 EZ

    Total: 2050


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    Another taper workout. Will just be floating the rest of the week. I had a massage today and that helped work out some of the kinks from the weekend's meet. My shoulder feels a tad better.

    Final Zones line up:

    Sat:
    50 back, leading off mixed 200 medley relay
    50 fly
    50 free, leading off womens 200 free relay

    Sun:
    100 IM
    50 free, leading off mixed 200 free relay
    100 fly
    50 fly in womens 200 medley relay

    Kind of glad that my first day is all 50s so I'll still have some firepower left for Sunday. I'd like to swim a decent 100 IM.

    If anyone is interested, here are the results from the Dixie Zones: http://triangleaquatics.org/Events/E...nt=Mar29-30-14. A tad bummed that Sue Walsh broke my 50 free NR by .07. Oh well, not terrible to get trumped by an Olympian.

    Updated March 31st, 2014 at 04:40 PM by The Fortress

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