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  1. Finally got a good distance workout in

    by , November 4th, 2013 at 08:31 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Today I attempted to do another 1650 swim this time with no issues. Felt good and was on pace the whole time.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    1650 Free for time w/strapless paddels & bouy in 23:08
    350 free easy w/snorkle
    200 free kick w/zoomers
    8x100@1:45 free easy

    Total 4000 yards
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  2. Vandalized, Sat. Nov. 30

    by , November 30th, 2013 at 05:44 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Had a rotten day yesterday. I went to coach a masters practice Friday am between 9:30-11:00. When I came back out, my car had been vandalized, brick thrown through window, other damage and my backpack stolen. Neither my purse or wallet was in the car; no idea why someone would vandalize a car in broad daylight for just a backpack. And I was parked right behind the pool, not in one of the really creepy city neighborhoods. Unfortunately, I'm out over $1000. In my backpack was: a spare Speedo LZR Elite tech suit (from my last meet), Tom Ford sunglasses, a new pair of Speedo LZR Elite goggles worth $75 that USMS had given me to product test, new arena cobra racing goggles, 3-4 pairs of speedo speed sockets, caps including my Aqua V racing cap, nose clips, my new fins and $100+ of toiletries. Probably several thousand dollars of damage to the car. Really really sucky. At least my training suit and shammy towel were on the drying rack at home. I guess I'm going to have to pay for parking from here on out, which will really add up on a daily basis ... Jerks!!!

    As a result of that fiasco, I didn't get to swim yesterday and had taken Thanksgiving off. I made it to Sewickley today. I had a single pair of goggles at home. Kind of a desultory swim. I was still grumpy and there was a huge kids party taking up most of the pool.

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    4 x 50 scull
    4 x 50 caterpillar fly drill
    4 x 25 shooter + 25 EZ
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    8 x 25 burst + cruise
    100 EZ

    3 x (50 @ 100 pace + 100 EZ)

    3 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)

    4 x 50 DPS free
    100 EZ

    Total: 2600


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I'm signed up for the Sewickley Y meet tomorrow. I'm not really in the mood for racing. But I'll go to the meet just to get in the water since Pitt is still closed. I will probably scratch the 50 fly unless I can get into an earlier heat. I'm in lane 1 with three ladders sticking out in an all male final heat.

    Updated November 30th, 2013 at 06:10 PM by The Fortress

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  3. Week 62 - Monday morning training camp workout #1

    by , December 2nd, 2013 at 10:12 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a very easy day yesterday. Initially i hung out in the garden raking leaves with my daughter, she is at a great age and still wants to hang out with Dad. Later in the day I helped my son with his homework. It still amazes me how he leaves everything to the last minute; a week off from school and we are starting homework at 5pm the night before he goes back to school. His homework was to apply for a scholarship; he is in middle school so it's definately starting early, but I think a great idea. My kids are both like me, my daughter is the swimmer and my son is the nerd. My son loves math and science and ended up finding a competition sponsored by Raytheon and had a few ideas for how math affects his life:

    http://www.raytheon.com/responsibili...rtn_158801.pdf
    He initially wanted to show how math is used in being a couch potato, he even drew pictures and formulas, but ended up outlining how math is used in video games.

    I had a good nights sleep but woke with a stiff neck again. Going back to my FLOG in April when I did my pre Nationals training camp I had the same problem and suspect its from Fridays kicking with the kick board. I have the heating pad on it as I write and will heat and ice until it feels better. We did more kick today but I tried focusing on not lifting my head too high. I tried using my snorkel but my feet and butt are too high and I don't get any power in my kick.

    Today's workout

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45

    Main sets
    4x500 pull with paddles descend on 6.30
    200 easy
    10x100 kick swum on 2mins, swum 4 holding 1.30, 3 holding 1.25,2 holding 1.20,1 AFAP.
    100 easy
    10x50 free on 1 min, swum 4 holding 40, 3 holding 35, 2 holding 30, 1 holding 25

    Warm down
    200 easy breathing every 5

    Total 4700scy

    We don't normally swim the 500s with much rest so the descend is usually pretty minimal. My coach wanted a big descend and I went 5.30,5.20,5.10,5.00. I did not feel great at the beginning but got into a nice rhythm and by the end was feeling pretty strong. My pull continues to improve which is great sign. The kick was tough getting going and on the 1.30s I felt quite tired. I held 1.28s on these, then as I dropped I felt better, going 1.22s on the 1.25, 1.19s on the 1.20 and 1.20 on the last one. I was beat after #9 and the last 50 i felt like i was swimming in molasses. My kick has improved but it still sucks and if I can improve this one area I think I will have a great year in 2014. The 50s I comfortably held 30s and on the last three went 28,27,24.

    I am heading back to the pool for a second workout at 11.30 and will do weights and the vasa bench for an hour then do a meet warmup followed by a quality set and a warm down. I will then be back at the pool for my third workout at 4.30pm to train with the senior racer group for a two hour workout. I like the idea of the lower yardage morning workout and a quality set workout at lunch time. The curve ball will be the evening workout, because the kids do some hellacious workouts. I am always up for a challenge but need to listen to my body throughout the week so I don't overdo it and get an injury. I am excited about the week ahead!

    Updated December 2nd, 2013 at 10:26 AM by StewartACarroll

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  4. Monday, Dec. 9

    by , December 9th, 2013 at 03:41 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Sewickley

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 50 fly drills
    4 x 25 shooter + 25 EZ
    5 x 25 up tempo free + 25 EZ
    100 EZ

    Total: 1550


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Had a very fun whirlwind weekend in NYC. Walked around a ton, which was bad for the resting of the legs. Lil Fort loves NY; she can't wait to go back. 4 more days of rest. Not really sure what to expect out of the meet. It has been a somewhat trying fall of training. I'm really hoping to get in some weights again this winter.
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  5. Saturday, December 14, 2013 12:15-1:00pm

    by , December 14th, 2013 at 05:40 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Short and sweet, that was about all the time I had. I'll be lucky to swim at all in the next upcoming week, as I have to work all 7 days more than likely.

    500 Free warmup
    5 x 100 SDK w/ short fins @ 1:30 (held under 1:20s)
    10 x 100 Free @ 1:20
    10 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:20
    (3000/3000)

    It was good enough for maintenance swimming. It was tough, but that was about all I had time for.

    I signed up for our home meet on January 12th, swimming the 400 IM, 200 Free (as Fly), 200 Fly, 50 Fly, 500 Free. Should be fun times...especially if I'm not in the greatest of shape.
  6. FAST Fri Dec 27th, 2013 SCY

    by , December 27th, 2013 at 02:00 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    FAST Fri Dec 27th, 2013 SCY

    Lifted this morning,
    my weight lifting has been pretty spotty lately
    I need to be consistent and get stronger

    Whitney Coached
    7:00 to 8:30
    swam with Tyler Jim & Jim
    Beside max david alley & Michael Yoch

    Warm up
    went around 1000


    Main Set

    400 Kick for time
    went 5:12, an improvement from 5:19

    300 easy

    200 IM fast for time
    went 2:07

    200 easy

    100 IM fast
    went 58

    100 easy

    50 BR
    went 29

    50 easy

    50 BK
    went 27

    50 easy

    50 Br
    went 30

    50 easy

    50 BR
    went 30


    Next Meets:
    not sure
    probably zones
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  7. Warm day at the y

    by , December 28th, 2013 at 03:43 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Getting ready for the annual swim. Today was a test run and I not yet ready.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    20x100@1:45 free 1-10 w/paddles & bouy 11-20 swim
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    300 free drill w/snorkle
    4x50 odds back evens free

    Total 4000 yards
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  8. Week 66 - Monday

    by , December 30th, 2013 at 12:42 PM (After a long rest)
    I went to bed really early last night and as a result woke up really early this morning. Instead of just laying there I had a nice leisurely read of the uk newspapers prior to practice. Sometimes(usually Saturdays) I will make a coffee before practice but decided against this and instead had a power bar while I read. I still got to the pool earlier than usual so used the extra time to stretch on the mats before everyone arrived and it felt good.

    Warm up
    400 with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45

    Main set
    10x100 kick on 1.45
    10x300 pull on 4mins
    12x50 on power rack with 60lbs on 1min

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total 5400scy

    The additional rest on the 10x300 compared to normal meant I had an awesome set today. Amazing what difference additional rest makes to a set like this. My instructions were to use the first two to get going then to hold 3.10s and then fly on the last two. I went 3.05,3.05,3.01,3.02,3.02,3.02,3.04,3.03,2.57,2.55. Needless to say I was unable to follow instructions today but I was very pleased with this set. I started to feel tight on #6 and after picking it up on #9 and #10 felt much better. Strange how that happens sometimes. The power rack was much lighter than last week and I felt strong. I will swim everyday this week but should have good amounts of recovery and less yardage over the week as my taper progresses. I can't wait to swim fast!
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  9. Monday 12/30/13

    Monday 12/30

    "Sometimes I feel like I just live at the pool"
    - For instance, today, I had 8-10 practice, coached my high school team from 10-11:15, left the pool at 11:30 or a little after, then returned at 1:30 for a 2-4 practice followed by coaching the college team from 4-6! The 2 hour turnaround time was a bit rough.

    AM and PM LCM

    AM swim:

    600 swim
    4x150 @ 2:30 k/dr/sw w/ fins
    4x200 @ 2:40 AE pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel (2:32, 2:33, 2:31, 2:29)

    3x
    4x75 @ 1:30 FL/BK/BR by 25
    4x150 @ 2:20
    RD1: FL/BK/BR by 50
    RD2: FR
    RD3: alternating FL/BK/BR and FR

    2x
    4x100 @ 1:20 smooth D1-4 (both RDs: 1:15, 1:13, 1:10, 1:07)
    100 @ 1:00 rest FAST FR kick w/ board (didn't get times on these)

    300 EZ

    Total: 6000

    PM swim:

    2x
    400 swim w/ paddles + fins + snorkel
    8x50 @ 1:00 dr/sw by 25
    4x75 @ 1:45 side-kick FR Desc by 25

    6x300 @ 4:00 pull D1-3, 4-6 w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel (3:47, 3:38, 3:27, 3:45, 3:37, 3:22)

    100 @ 1:30 rest FAST FR kick w/ board (1:36)
    6x50 @ 1:30 FAST swim w/ fins (FL/BK/BR by 50)
    200 @ 1:30 rest FAST FR kick w/ board (3:26)
    4x75 @ 2:00 FAST swim w/ fins
    #1 - 50 FL/25 BK
    #2 - 25 BK/50 BR
    #3 - 50 BR/25 FR
    #4 - 25 FL/50 BK
    300 @ 1:30 rest FAST FR kick w/ board (5:22)
    2x100 @ 2:30 FAST swim w/ fins
    #1 - FL/BK (1:05)
    #2 - BR/FR (1:07)

    200 EZ

    Total: 5600
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  10. Started P90X3!!!

    by , January 2nd, 2014 at 04:11 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Long time no blog post!

    I got the flu right after the Christmas relay meet, started feeling bad on Saturday December 14th. I still don't feel 100%, but I can do modified workouts and manage my rest so I don't overdo it on my comeback.

    I started P90X3 and it's awesome! I must say, 30 minutes is really just right. There's no need to do more or longer which I think is just diminishing return at around the 45 minute mark. The hard part is doing any of these programs AND swimming at the same time.

    I've been workout out on my own because of the flu and then doing P90X3. I'd rather keep up the speed over yardage or reps, so here's a few of my main sets:

    New Years Eve:
    4 x 100's on 5 minutes, with TYR Burners, SCM
    1st straight 1:12
    2nd 50/10/50 1:08
    3rd 50/10/25/5/25 1:04
    4th 4 x 25, 5 secs 1:02

    Day after New Years (Today):
    4 x 50's from a dive, no interval, but around 3-4 mins.
    broken 25/5/25
    fly 32
    back 35
    breast 40
    free 28

    I was quite spent after those sets, but glad I did not waste my time with 200's and 100's of no real speed. That would have been garbage yardage for me. I just want to try to keep up my speed since I have no energy to spare, and i'm pretty tired with 2000 to 2500 total SCM.

    If I don't feel much better, i'll probably strictly adhere to 4 x 50's, the 100 IM, and 100/200 backstroke. Anything else just feels so terribly difficult. I've already swum a 100 fly this season, so I don't feel the pressure to have to swim it again if I don't feel up to it.

    I am also so woefully heavy - a whopping 143 lbs now - so I need to really watch the junk food for awhile, or at least moderate it to get back under 140. With P90X3, swimming consistently, and a bit of self-control, surely that is good for an "easy" first 5 lbs?
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  11. Saturday 1/4/13

    Saturday 1/4

    "REMINDER: Add pwb to my Christmas card list!"
    - So I took pwb's advice and looked up St. Edward's School to swim at their pool. Low and behold, they are located only a mile and change from my condo and their practice times work almost perfectly with the college team's schedule. Practice started at 10, but I didn't arrive back at the condos until 10:45. Managed to dive in at 11, warm up on my own and then join the club team on their main set.

    AM only SCM (!)

    600 (200 swim/100 kick going 25 on back/25 R side/25 L side/25 surf kick)

    2x
    4x50 @ :50 DPS
    4x50 @ :50 FAST kick
    200 @ 3:00 build by 50
    200 @ 3:00 60/40 (60% FAST/40 % AE)
    6x25 @ :35 AE FR no breath
    100 @ 1:40 PINK
    100 @ 2:00 DIVE FAST
    RD1: FR - 59.3
    RD2: I.M. - 1:07.4

    400 EZ

    Total: 3300
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  12. Monday, 01/06/14

    by , January 6th, 2014 at 10:32 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    LCM - outside. Got to the pool at 5:20, air temp of 61. Left the pool venue ~7:30, air temp of 42. By the time I left for home at 6:00, temp was 37 and dropping. Just grateful I don't live in Minnesota!

    900 various waiting for team to start
    600 back/free
    600 pull
    400 reverse IM
    400 kick
    3 x 400 @ 5:30 (nice interval for a change!)
    200 easy
    5 x 100 @ 2:00, odds easy, evens "fast" - fast is relative, at the end of workout, I've found.
    Total 4800 LCM
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  13. So sluggish today time to wean myself off the Mucinex DM

    by , January 9th, 2014 at 08:49 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Just could not get moving this morning. Times were horrible. With a meet this weekend I have to get off the meds so that I can swim decent.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    8x25@:05RI torque drill
    5x100@1:30 free w/strapless paddles & bouy went 1:29, 1:28, 1:27,1:26,1:26 yuck
    5x100@:10RI back kick w/zoomers odds streamline kick evens alternate arms perpendicular and fashion model kick by 25
    300 free every 4th lap back
    200 free EZ

    Total 2700 yards
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  14. Long day, but short swim...

    by , January 10th, 2014 at 12:32 AM (Alex's swim journal)
    I was pretty beat today by the time I got into the pool. Only did 2000 yards and a lot of it was drill. Not even my 18-minute, 4000-meter row and long stretch before hand could loosen me up enough to be very productive today. The hard 50s yesterday finally took it all out of me.

    YTD totals:
    Swimming = 14 miles
    Rowing = 19 K
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  15. Lackluster

    by , January 11th, 2014 at 06:21 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Yesterday I got in for a throw down challenge workout that Scotty texted me, but just didn't have the energy at the end of the day... I was swimming slower than I have swum in a couple of years; just not recovering as quickly from the hard workouts this week. Here was the set:

    6 x 500 on 10:00
    swum as...
    500 EZ warm-up
    500 back
    500 free
    500 breast
    500 free
    500 fly*

    *I was so worn out by this time that I decided to break up the fly into 5 x 100 on 2:00. Ran into Scotty today and he said when he did the workout (the one he proposed!) he felt too tired so left out fly altogether... I win. (Though his 500 times were a lot better on the rest). My EZ free warm-up actually felt quite hard even though it was slower than my usual warm-up pace. My third freestyle 500 was basically just a slow recovery swim. I was sore and ached all over.

    Today I did 20 minutes (4K) on the rowing machine and 20 minutes of stretching on the mat to try to loosen up... even the rowing feels hard now. I got into the pool and did 1700 in drill after that. Not very impressive. hopefully i'll be a little better recovered for tomorrow's 80 x 25 on :45 workout with the gang.

    YTD totals:
    Swimming = 16.75 miles
    Rowing = 23K

    Updated January 12th, 2014 at 02:05 PM by mcnair

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  16. Monday, January 13, 2014 6:30-7:15am

    by , January 13th, 2014 at 12:17 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Wow, the day after a meet swim isn't all it's cracked up to be!! I felt good for about 50 yards, and after that it just...
    I don't think the 6 degree temperature increase from the one pool to the other is very good either. I really enjoyed the 78 I swam in yesterday. 84 is just way too relaxing to lap swim in!

    Cooldown from yesterday's meet practice:

    500 Free
    (500/500)

    8 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00
    6 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ :55
    4 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ :50 (last 3 were touch and go)
    2 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ :45 (I just kicked another 100 at this point)
    (1000/1500)

    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:20 (1:15-16s)
    (500/500)

    500 Free

    -------------------------
    2500 Yards
  17. Monday, Jan. 13

    by , January 13th, 2014 at 05:35 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    3 x 50 scull
    6 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

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

    4 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    -- 2 free, 2 fly, all 10s

    100 EZ

    20 x 25 w/fins
    -- I did 6 free @ 100 pace @ :35 and then decided I was too tired/sore to finish the set and switched to breast @ 100 pace @ :40 on #7. Missed #10 and made the rest.
    225 EZ

    Total: 2450


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    Not a great day in the water. I was too sore from weights. I'm definitely taking this week off for some recovery. I know many never take time off from weights, but it has worked well for me in the past. I'm considering doing less when I go to the gym as well. It's really taking a toll on my pool workouts. Haven't done too much AFAP work.

    Does anybody think warm up is fatiguing and amounts to garbage yards?
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  18. Workout 01/14/14: evening

    by , January 14th, 2014 at 11:04 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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  19. Another Saturday at the Y

    by , January 18th, 2014 at 03:18 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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  20. IM work at the Y

    by , January 25th, 2014 at 01:45 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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