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  1. Monday 4/21/14

    Monday 4/21

    PM only SCY

    400 swim every 4th 25 scull w/ snorkel
    4x75 @ 1:20 k/dr/under H2O kick w/ fins
    3x100 pull w/ buoy + paddles
    RD1 @ 1:15
    RD2 @ 1:10

    4x25 @ :40 FR drill w/ strapless paddles
    6x25 @ :25 FAST FR kick w/ board
    4x25 @ :40 FR drill w/ strapless paddles + snorkel
    150 @ 2:00 FAST (1:26)

    500 EZ kick w/ board + fins

    Total: 3000
  2. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:30-10:20am IM-tastic!!

    by , April 22nd, 2014 at 02:27 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Decided to venture back into the IM training was a bit scary, so I just started with 100s.

    400 Free
    3 x 100 IM @ 1:40 (about 1:20s)
    3 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:25 (1:07s)

    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (started :50s, descended to :43)

    8 x 100 IM @ Desc. Intervals:
    2 @ 1:40/2 @ 1:35/2 @ 1:30/2 @ 1:25
    I held them all around 1:18s or back and breast definitely are a bit rusty

    8 x 75 Free Pull @ 1:00 (:53s)

    100 EZ

    3000 Yards
  3. Workout 04/22/14: evening

    by , April 22nd, 2014 at 09:41 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Spectacular Chapel at the college this morning, as the head of the Southern Baptist Convention, Fred Luter, came to preach - what a great sermon from John 10.

    Masters tonight: old taper workout:

    200 swim, 150 pull,150 kick
    4 x 50 Quarter's Strong on 1:15
    100 non-free swim

    2 x
    - 25 AFAP into 75 DPS
    - 25 DPS into 25 AFAP
    - 25 EZ, 25 Build, 50 DPS (drop one stroke on last 25)

    2 x 100 (100 stroke/IM into 50 kick at 75%
    4 x 50 Active Recovery and out
    (Masters/Rec/1900 yds/55 min)

    Full pool, and Greg was going so fast on the AFAP that he lost his suit. He was like and we were all like and

    update 4/24: meet has 29 people right now, likely another 5 or so by Saturday. It's coming along ...
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  4. FAST Fri April 25th, 2014 SCY

    by , April 25th, 2014 at 10:45 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    FAST Fri April 25th, 2014 SCY

    Nats are a week away, I feel good. Been working on getting stronger faster and lighter

    Whitney Coached
    6:00 to 7:30 dove in at 6:00
    swam with Jim, Julie, & Ned
    beside Mike Todd Tyler & Alley cat
    main pool

    Warm up
    went around 900

    Main Set

    Assigned 10 x ? on 4:00
    my lane was doing 200's
    I did a few easy speed 100's, 50's and fast 25's

    Next Meet:

    May 1 - 4, 2014
    2014 Nationwide U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship
    The George Haines International Swim Center
    Santa Clara, California

    Aug 13 - 17, 2014
    2014 Marriott U.S. Masters Swimming Summer National Championship
    University of Maryland Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium
    College Park, Maryland
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  5. Back at the Y in 86 degree bath wate

    by , April 26th, 2014 at 06:52 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    It was way too hot for me today. I did wake up to a round of vertigo, but I was able to do the exercises to get the crystals back as they should be.

    I was even able to do easy flip turns today but did stay on track by doing 2000 of todays workout breaststroke.

    500 free broken 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,1,2,1
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    20x25@:45 breast pull w/zoomers
    500 breast kick w/br fins
    8x25@:45 breast scull drill w/snorkle
    8x25@:45 accordion drill w/snorkel
    8x25@:45 wipe the bowl drill
    8x25@:45 3-2-1 delay drill
    8x25@:45 breast
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    200 1 arm fly drill every 3rd lap fly
    3x100@:15RI free

    Total 4000 yards
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  6. Monday, April 28, 2014 5:30-7:00am I.M. Crazy!!

    by , April 28th, 2014 at 11:27 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    It was a crowded morning at the Y pool this morning, and I'm glad I had some others set up to do a good circle swim workout from the start. We did have some other guy get in with us for a bit, but he moved out quick enough.

    omFg, I am a hurting little boy right now!! And that's just from getting out of the pool an hour ago. In fact, I was pretty much done around 6:30am in the middle of the swim, and tried to keep going. I've already hit the Advil bottle early this morning, but probably should've done so prior to the workout! I'll try to make this Monday morning swim a habit though. I was able to swim with Jared (16yrs) and Jordan (a 14 yr. female) this morning. We did basically an IM workout, and it was a killer. This guy had to take a few extra breaks here and there, but I managed.


    200 SKIPS (Swim, Kick, IM, Pull, Swim)

    8 x 25 Fly @ :40 (SDK to center, 3 strokes, underwater SDK to wall)
    8 x 25 Free @ :30 (SDK to center, 3-4 stroke cycles, underwater SDK or flutter to wall)

    2 Rounds of:
    • 3 x 300 IM** (No Fly) @ 4:15
    • 6 x 50 Fly Fast @ 1:10

    (2400/3800) (2150/3550 my yardage)

    500 Free Pull EZ

    4300 Yards (4050 Yards for Me)

    **On the 3 x 300 IM no flys, I did the first one as is, but came in right on the sendoff, and had to skip a 50 of the back on #2. I just went ahead and did this on the remaining 300s, so did (50 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Free)

    On the Fast 50s Fly, 1st round I went :30, :31, then held :32s
    On the 2nd round I went :31, :32, :31, :32, :31, :32
    Completely dead in the arms and shoulders after this workout! Definitely way harder than doing my normal "all-free cruise around the lap lane" workouts of late.

    I did enjoy swimming with the two others, as they definitely pushed me, even if I was playing the caboose for much of the swim! Jordan was surprised that I wasn't going in the lead. I told her I'm a year older, and way more out of shape than last year.
  7. Monday, April 28

    by , April 28th, 2014 at 09:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)


    RC/scap ex, 15 min
    cable push pull, 17.5 x 4 x 15 ( )
    explosive leg extensions, 9- x 3 x 15
    good mornings 75 x 4 x 8
    flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    russian twists w/plate on incline bench, 25 x 2 x 25
    overhead squat , 45 2 x 8
    goblet squat, 60 x 3 x 8
    rear delt fly, 75 x 3 x 8

    Swim LCM @ Pitt

    I decided to try and swim with my team tonight since Pitt is closed and be a "player coach." That was a mistake, immediately got a text saying it was impermissible. I did a workout I would not normally have done. We only had two lanes tonight bc the age groupers, senior team and divers were all practicing at the same time. Very crowded.

    Warm up:

    400 choice
    4 x 50 drill-kick w/fins @ :10 rest
    4 x 25 shooter + 25 EZ w/fins @ 1:10
    4 x 50, 4 fast strokes, 4 slow strokes @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    2 x (4 x 50 kick w/fins) @ 1:10
    1 = 15 m fast
    2 = 25 m fast
    3 = 35 m fast
    4 = EZ
    100 EZ

    Hackett Set: The team was doing free. I did backstroke with fins, though I just kicked the EZ ones. I was targeting :34s on the 200 pace efforts. I mostly did those with some 33s.

    16 x 50 @ 1:00
    -- every forth one @ 200 pace
    50 EZ

    12 x 50 @ 1:10
    -- every third one @ 200 pace
    50 EZ

    8 x 50 @ 1:20
    -- every second one at 200 pace
    -- I missed 3 of these for a bathroom break
    50 EZ

    4 x 50, all @ 200 pace @ 1:30
    -- I did a :31 on the last one
    100 EZ

    Total: 3650


    I was too depressed to work out yesterday. Couldn't wrap my brain around a long drive to a crappy pool. Still feeling really down. It's unusual that there is a problem with no solution. I would never have agreed to move here if I had known. Pitt is closed very frequently. And even when it isn't, I spend 2 1/2 hours driving on M-W-F to swim and then coach, which is pretty burdensome.

    I'm pretty tired after today's efforts. It was rather a lot, especially in long course, after being sick for so long.
  8. Week 83 - Monday

    by , April 28th, 2014 at 10:02 PM (After a long rest)
    I had another early start this morning with a 6am flight to Los Angeles. Due to the early flight I could not make the team workout and get to the airport. My plan was to swim at the public lap session in Santa Monica this evening. Luckily one of my meetings got rearranged for tomorrow afternoon so I was able to head to the pool earlier than I originally planned. The pool was packed with a variety of speeds across the 6-7 people per lane in the public session which made it very difficult to do the workout Tom texted me. I was still able to do my workout but there was nothing of significance time wise today. I also felt really flat and energy less today.

    Warm up
    400 swim with snorkel
    8x50 on 45 catchup

    main sets
    12x100 on 1.10
    16x50 on 1min build to AFAP
    8x100 kick on 1.45 kicked as 25 easy, 50 fast, 25 easy
    16x25 at 200 pace on 30

    warm down
    200 easy

    Total 4000scy

    i was holding 1.03s on the 100s in traffic. The 50s I was holding 28s to my feet. The kick I was between 125-1.30 depending on traffic. The 25s I was holding 13-14s with a turn.
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  9. Friday, May 2, 2014 11:15-12:00noon

    by , May 2nd, 2014 at 04:33 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    200 Free/50 Kick
    150 Free/100 Kick
    100 Free/150 Kick
    50 Free/200 Kick

    4 x 125 Free Pull @ 1:35
    4 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:17.5 <-- see what I did there??
    4 x 75 Free Pull @ 1:00

    50 Fly fast
    50 EZ

    2300 Yards

    I would've gone more but I was already running on fumes of energy since my last meal was almost 18 hours earlier at my 6:30 lunch hour at work last night. Time for McD's!!!
  10. Saturday 5/3/14

    Saturday 5/3

    PM only Weights + LCM


    1x10/2x15 Incline leg press (180, 270, 270)
    1x10/2x15 Lat pull-down (60, 105, 105)
    3x12 Toes-to-bar
    1x10/2x15 DB Incline bench press (20, 30, 30)
    2x (3x10) "empty cans" (10, 10)
    3x15 Hip abductor (110)
    3x15 Hip adductor (110)
    1000 Assorted abs


    400 swim w/ fins + paddles + snorkel
    4x100 @ 1:30 light D1-4 (1:18, 1:18, 1:16, 1:14)
    200 EZ

    Total: 1000

    First day back in the LCM pool. Water temp was 69 degrees and I had limited time to swim AND I was prepared (mentally) to swim SCY. I will use this week to get adjusted to LCM in preparation for my first LCM meet next weekend.
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  11. Monday, May 5

    by , May 5th, 2014 at 03:14 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 fly drills
    5 x 25 shooter w/fins + 25 EZ @ 1:15
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x 25 burst + cruise
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 free @ 100 pace @ :40
    150 EZ

    10 x 25 dolphin kick w/board & fins @ 100 pace

    3 x 100 DPS free w/paddles

    8 x (25 AFAP breast w/fins+ 75 EZ) @ 2:30
    100 EZ

    Total: 3450


    My blog has been all gloom and doom lately. And, unfortunately, the forecast is still cloudy with no sunshine. I survived bronchitis and a stomach virus, but came down with another cold over the weekend. At least it feels like a cold: I guess it could be allergies. This spring is supposed to be one of the worst allergy seasons ever after a cold winter. So still congested, coughing and no energy. Geez. I was hoping to get some solid training in before the Buffalo meet on June 7, but now I feel like that meet is in jeopardy. I wasn't up to doing anything more than a bit of USRPT and some fast 25s today. Btw, I thought Bob Bowman's comments on USRPT were spot on. He said, "it's like spinach, it's good for you but you don't want it to be the only thing you eat."

    It was very nice following nationals over the weekend. Great swims by fellow bloggers. I was pleasantly surprised that my 100 IM (with botched turn) and 50 breast survived the onslaught and will be AAs along with 50 back/100 back and 50 fly. Not too bad for an off year where my only PR was the 100 breast.
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  12. Week 84 - Monday

    by , May 6th, 2014 at 02:47 PM (After a long rest)
    Yesterday was a very long work day and I never got a chance to do my flog. I was a little sore after the long weekend but loosened up nicely and by the end did not feel bad at all.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup

    Main sets
    6x100 on 1.30 with snorkel
    6x200 on 2.45 pull
    12x50 kick on 1min
    3x300 on 4.30 with snorkel
    8x50 drill swim on 1min

    Warm down
    100 double arm back easy

    Total 4500 LCM

    There was nothing time wise that was particularly special today.

    Last night I headed back to the pool and lifted. It took me a round to really get going but then I pushed the weights very hard. I did my normal 3 rounds with 10,8,6 reps per machine by round and 80%,max,fail also by round.

    3x(bench press, inclined bench press, military press, seated row hands inside, seated row hands outside, lat pull down hands inside, lat pulldown hands outside, left leg leg extension, right leg leg extension, left leg rear leg extension, right leg rear leg extension)

    10 minutes on the vasa swim trainer with the last 3 minutes all out.
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  13. Thursday, May 15

    by , May 15th, 2014 at 03:58 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 fly drills
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

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

    5 rounds:
    10 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40
    50 EZ @ 1:30

    R1&2 = fly, R3= back, R4 = breast, R5 = kick

    100 EZ

    5 x 50 DPS back with paddles

    Total: 3250


    I didn't want to kill it with a lot of AFAP work today bc I'm hoping the pool will be set up long course tomorrow. Still, I was plenty tired by the 5th round of the USRPT type set. And it probably has some value for long course 50s.

    Glad to see the Charlotte Grand Prix is on TV Friday and Sat nights!
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  14. 5|15|14 SCM - uninteresting time-budgeted quasi-recovery w/o

    WARMUP20 x 25 on 0:30 free

    • 18 - 21 strokes
    • 18 - 21 seconds

    16 x 7.5 on 0:30 breakout to stroke drill (+7.5 glide)
    • sprinty

    6 x 7.5 on 0:20 breakout to stroke drill (+7.5 glide)
    • form

    4 x 25m FK on 0:30
    • 23, 24, 27, 27

    I have quite a short stroke for being 6'1" with armspan of 6'4". Tried to lengthen it a few times during warmup but the time didn't change and I was more spent afterwards. Not sure improving my SPL would make me a better sprinter.

    Breakout drill seems to be helping

    If I can make 5 x on that kick set, it would be a sure sign of progress.


    Shoulders, triceps, abdominals

    5 vertical jumps with (4) bands (back started hurting)

    20 jumps from seated position with (4) bands resting 15 seconds between each jump

    Updated May 15th, 2014 at 10:39 PM by __steve__

  15. Interuptions during my bath at the Y

    by , May 17th, 2014 at 04:53 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    My saturday workouts are become more like stroke clinics that workouts. The water is hot. There are swimmers wanting help and information about masters so.... I help and inform.

    Today I was assisting a 36 year old returning to our sport. Of course my first conversation was about her need to stop smoking for her health especially if she wants to get back in the pool. I wish I had never started but atleast I quit 19 years ago.

    500 free
    250 free kick w/zoomers
    interupted for instruction
    250 free kick w/zoomers

    5x200@3:00 free w/paddles & bouy went 2:46, 2:44, 2:42, 2:40, 2:36 in 86 degree water
    200 free kick w/zoomers
    a breif conversation with Tom Dunlop answering training questions
    300 free kick w/zoomers
    500 free w/snorkle maintain 6 beat kick

    Total 3000 yards

    Now it is time to put my training plan together for Long Course Nationals and figure out my events.
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  16. Workout 05/16/14: morning

    by , May 16th, 2014 at 09:59 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Fr/200 IM drill
    400 Shark Swim

    200 Fr

    4 x 100 on 1:25 (75 Fr/25 Bk)
    4 x 50 (25 Fr DPS/25 IMO Fast)

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1800 yds/35 min)

    In before work.
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  17. Another hard day at the pool

    by , May 20th, 2014 at 07:36 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I think Tuesday and Thursday will be my distance free days so that I don't have to worry about running people down. Monday, Wednesday and Friday I will try to do more short sprints, stroke and drill since I will have to deal will manatees in my lane.

    I am running off some of Kris Houchens workouts from 2011 to round me out a little. The long set was supposed to be odds pull evens swim but I knew I couldn't make the interval without my paddles.

    400 free

    4 times thru
    100@2 free kick w/zoomers
    100@2 free 75 build + 25 EZ w/zoomers

    4x600@10 free #1-3 w/paddles & bouy #4 swim went 9:24, 9:24, 9:17, 10:22

    200 free kick w/zoomers
    100 free EZ
    100 back EZ

    Total 4000 meters
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  18. Recovery Day some might find crazy

    by , May 21st, 2014 at 07:53 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I needed a recovery day today so with lower back issues I choose to do FLY! And yes my fly was faster than the freestylers in my lane.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x200@5:00 fly w/zoomers as 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim
    3 free kick w/zoomers
    200 free w/snorkle
    100 back

    Total 3100 meters
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  19. Still beat up but swimming good

    by , May 23rd, 2014 at 07:32 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Got paged just before I got to the pool luckly I had gotten an early start so I was able to log in and fix the problem before the pool opened. But that always puts me on edge because I wonder if I going to get another page during workout, especially when something has crashed.

    Even with feeling beat up and doing weightlifting of which tonight is another session, I felt ok especially on the fly.

    400 free
    6x50@1:10 free kick w/zoomers
    6x50@1:00 free descend 1-3, 4-6 went 48, 48, 46, 49, 48, 47
    3x100@2:00 IM descend 1-3 went 1:58, 1:57, 1:56
    2x150@2:30 free w/paddles & bouy
    300@7 IM
    300@6 free w/paddles & bouy
    2x150@3:30 IM drop the free
    300 free EZ
    200 free kick w/zoomers

    Total 3000 meters
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  20. Back to long course and a cold pool

    by , May 27th, 2014 at 07:41 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Today I did a distance workout and just prayed no one would join me. Normally on Tuesday and Thursday the pool is empty but today the tri team was there and they expanded out more than normal. As long as I don't have to share I don't care.

    I felt like I kicked butt today or I kicked my own... This is perhaps the best workout I have done in a long time. Felt good, solid, strong and no issues with my heart racing. Back is still sore but that is something I will just have to deal with.

    Too bad I have to sleep, that is when my back muscles just tighten up. Once I am moving I seem to do better.

    400 free
    2x350@6 free w/strapless paddles & bouy negative split went 5:11, 5:08
    7x100@1:45 free w/strapless paddles & bouy at pace held 1:33's
    800 free for time w/paddles & bouy went 12:21
    7x100@1:45 free w/strapless paddles & bouy at pace held 1:33's
    400 free EZ
    300 free kick w/zoomers

    Total 4000 meters
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