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  1. Wednesday 10/2/13

    Wednesday 10/2

    PM only SCY

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

    8x25 @ :40 V.S.
    100 EZ

    Did about 8-10 "drag races" after warm up (15M ---> wall sprints) some swim FR, some swim STRK, some swim w/ fins.

    2x200 @ 2:30 1st 50 STRONG
    3x150 @ 1:50 2nd 50 STRONG
    4x100 @ 1:20 AE

    250 EZ

    Total: 3000

    My shoulder was really sore from yesterday's I.M. and so I cut the workout short. I had meant to ice last night but then I forgot and paid the price at practice today.
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  2. Running late today, had to get some gas

    by , October 3rd, 2013 at 07:42 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    On Thursdays I don't worry about being late. The pool is empty. Just an easy one today. Have been focused on weight loss lately and so I don't have much energy when I don't eat as much.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x50@1:00 breast pull w/zoomers went 55, 54, 54, 54, 53, 52, 52, 50, 48, 46
    300 breast kick left knee started hurting around 100 so I adjusted my kick slightly to accomodate
    200 breast scull drill w/snorkle
    500 free w/strapless paddles alternate breathing
    4x25@:45 breast went 28, 27, 25, 25
    100 free easy

    Total 2700 yards
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  3. 10|1|13

    45 min of SCM

    7 x 25 on 1:00 fast WF

    7 X 50 on 2:00 12.5 fast/37.5 easy WF

    500 easy WFS

    Though I really wanted to attend, and have been training for, the RG Classic, I can't make it due to reasons beyond my control.
  4. Tues/Wed. Oct. 1-2, 2013 at the Y

    by , October 2nd, 2013 at 04:37 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Tuesday 9:00-10:00


    800 Free

    Kick Set w/ LONG fins
    2 Rounds of:
    200 SDK on back @ 3:00
    150 SDK on back @ 2:30
    100 SDK on back @ 1:30
    50 SDK on back @ :30 (went :28 & :28)

    much easier this time. Shows the difference of speed and power with the long fins over the short fins. I still like the foot speed I can acheive with the short fins though.

    100 EZ

    4 Rounds (1 round each stroke IMOrder)
    75 @ 1:10 Fly/Free I was ~:50 here, Back ~:55, Breast 1:03
    50 @ :50
    3 x 25 @ :30
    :30 rest between rounds

    3 x 200 Free Pull @ 2:30

    100 EZ

    3400 Yards


    Tuesday afternoon for work ended up going wayyyyyy late into the morning of Wednesday, as I worked from 2:30pm till 3:00am this morning. Good for the paycheck, and the beauty sleep. I didn't wake up till 11:00am when my wife called from work on her lunchbreak. Well, at least she got me up in time so I could still get my "morning workout".

    Wednesday 11:30am-12:45pm


    repetition is sometimes better than long and continuous...
    200 Free
    100 Flutter Kick w/ board
    200 Free
    100 Flutter Kick w/ board
    200 Free
    100 Flutter Kick w/ board
    200 Free
    100 Flutter Kick w/ board

    4 x 125 Free Pull @ 1:45
    3 x 125 Free Pull @ 1:40
    2 x 125 Free Pull @ 1:35
    1 x 125 Free Pull @ 1:30 (went 1:26)
    50 EZ
    My Y lap swim bud was there again with me, and he was racing/pacing me on these 125s. He'd wait for me to come by, and basically would sprint a 50 alongside me. It did make me pick it up to stay with him or ahead of him, but he was gassed after that 50 every time.

    5 x 100 @ 1:50 (50 Fly Fast, 50 Free EZ)
    That was enough of shoulders were beat

    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00

    3500 yards
  5. Workout 10/02/13: noon

    by , October 2nd, 2013 at 01:20 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Well, OW swim was scrubbed.
    Oh well, I really appreciate that Greg was up to paddling for me, even though he didn't have to

    So, I went to the Rec and did:
    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill/4 x 50 burst and cruise on 1:00

    4 x 200 on 2:40 pull with snorkel and agility paddles
    4 x 100 on 1:50 (odds = kick, evens = back)
    4 x 200 on 3:00 (1st 50 stroke, IMO by rep)

    200 float and out
    (Solo/Rec/300 yds/60 min)

    Made the first round of 200's, then started to feel less than wonderful and decided to get out even though I had an extra 15 minutes to play with.

    Looks like the tentative date for New England SCM champs at BU is 12/13-15, and I have to work. Will try to swap a weekend, but that will not be easy so close to Christmas.
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  6. Wed Oct 2nd, 2013 SCY

    by , October 2nd, 2013 at 01:08 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Oct 2nd, 2013 SCY

    Man I am a sucky blogger
    I've been swimming pretty consistently, 5 to 6x per week
    Was in Orlando Fri Sep 20 - Thu Sep 26
    Fri - Mon was vacation, Tue - Thu was a work conference at the Ritz
    During this time I only swam 3x, twice at typhoon lagoon and 1 time at the Ritz
    I did a pretty good job lifting. These conferences provide a lot of yummy food and snacks. I I gainged weight and am working it off.

    After getting back I swam with Longhorn:
    Fri, Sat, Mon, & Tue (double yesterday)
    Lifted Saturday and Tuesday

    Whitney Coached,
    6:00 - 7:30 dove in around 6:10
    swam with Todd and Paul
    Beside Tyler, Jim, Gull, & Larry

    Warm up
    assigned 1200
    Did: around 600

    Main Set

    4 rounds (one each stroke) of
    200 swim
    rest 15 sec
    150 pull
    rest 15 - 20 sec
    100 kick
    rest 15 to 20 sec
    50 fast

    assigned 8 x 125 done 25 fr 100 IM fast on a different stroke on each repeat
    did the set but skipped a 50 in each repeat to rest up and go really fast on the fast

    did 10 x 25 in the last 10 min of practice
    25 easy on 1:00 25 fast SDK on :20

    Next Meets:
    considering one, 2 or a few SCM meets in Nov & Dec

    Sat Nov 9 - 10, 2013
    WMST 2013 November Classic
    Shenandoah, TX 77385

    Might do another one in late Nov / early Dec, haven't decided yet.
  7. Week 53 - Wednesday

    by , October 2nd, 2013 at 09:28 AM (After a long rest)
    Both my kids have a stomach bug that's been going around so I went and lifted on my own yesterday. I put a lot more effort into legs yesterday a d I felt it big time this morning. In fact as I write my hamstrings and thighs are still shaking.

    I did 10,8,6 reps per machine by circuit.

    3x(bench press, seated row hands inside, seated row hands outside, leg extension, leg press, leg curls per leg, inclined bench, military press)

    Todays workout also focused on legs which made for a fun workout. My legs are definitely shot.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45
    10x50 free on 40

    main set
    8x100 kick best average on 2mins
    100 easy
    4x200 IM on 2.40 aerobic
    100 easy
    10x100 free with over kick and no breathing inside yellow marker. On 1.30

    Total 4000scy

    i held 1.20-1.22 on the best average kicks. This was good but felt really bad. My legs burned the whole way. The IMs I was getting about 10 seconds rest. The 100s I focused on kicking and walls.
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  8. Ah my own lane on a crowded day

    by , October 2nd, 2013 at 07:46 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I love not sharing. Selfish me. Felt relatively strong and managed a good one today.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x100@1:30 free w/strapless paddles & bouy held 1:22's comfortably
    500 kick w/snorkle odd 100's free, even 100's fly scull drill
    10x50@1:00 free held :43's long and loose use legs don't drag them
    8x50 from dive 15m sprints then easy free
    100 EZ

    Total 3500 yards
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  9. 3K workout at the Y

    by , October 2nd, 2013 at 01:44 AM (Alex's swim journal)
    Today I got in a quick swim at the YMCA on the way into work and did some drills to work on the cross-over issue; then a set of fly, even some breast and back work. Here's what I did:

    Warm-up (1000):
    100 six-kick and switch (50 fr/50 bk)
    3 x thru:
    --200 pull w/ buoy (focus on wider hand entry)
    --100 six-kick and switch drill (as above)

    MS (1000/2000):
    4 x 50 fly on 1:00 (:48, :50, :51, :53)
    100 back recovery
    4 x 50 fly on 1:00 (:50, :51, :51, :53)
    100 back recovery
    4 x 50 fly on 1:00 (:51, :52, :53, :54)
    100 pull recovery
    100 six-kick and switch

    MS2-CD (1300/3300):
    500 breast (around 10:30)
    100 six-kick and switch
    200 back (3:40)
    100 pull
    200 back (4:00)
    100 pull
    100 six-kick and switch

    These workouts are taking a little longer (this one was probably 75 minutes instead of the usual hour for 3K), because of all the drill involved, but I'm pretty sure this is going to help me bring my times down a lot more in the long run. Not happy about the fly times, but one thing I noticed already is that when I'm doing fly I tend to bring my hands in too close... this is not good in fly and the fact that I was doing it was probably also affecting my tendency to cross-over on free and back. It's as if my shoulders and arms are looking for streamline on every stroke (as in breast). Lot's to work on!
  10. Workout 10/01/13: evening

    by , October 1st, 2013 at 10:15 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Dropped the "new" old van off at the mechanic - it's a 2001Honda Odyssey (yes, I finally juked the old gray van) with 107k miles and overdue for a timing belt/water pump change. I biked from the shop to the college and did some more tiling, taking a break for Tuesday Chapel (a great thing to take in during the day). One bathroom is now 75% complete, the other ~55%; both floors of the college are still using one bathroom in the teacher's lounge. After school let out, I watched another of exchange student 1's soccer games (oh, Preston's team lost yesterday, although he played great). Biked home, totaling 2.6 miles.

    After supper I made it to Masters with GregJS, doing:
    - 200 Swim/200 Kick/200 Pull
    - 4 x 50 Burst and Cruise on 1:00

    3 x
    - 2 x 75 on :15 SR (kick/swim/pull) (did these on 1:15)
    - 100 AFAP into
    - 150 choice loosen

    10 x 50 on :15SR (did these on :55)
    - 25 drill/25 swim
    - odds = free, evens = non-free

    ( I squeaked in 200 extra for the night)
    (Masters/Rec/2700 yds/55 min)

    If I get the van back tomorrow, Greg is going to paddle for an OW swim I would like to do. If I don't get the van by 11am, I'll have to call it off. You'll have to wait until tomorrow's post to find out ...

    Updated October 1st, 2013 at 11:08 PM by rxleakem

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  11. Not quite as good today

    by , October 1st, 2013 at 09:27 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    A so so workout today. Tomorrow have to share again. Yuck.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@2:00 back w/paddles & buoy held 1:35's
    500 back kick w/zoomers odd100's streamline, evens arms perpendicular
    5x100@1:45 free w/snorkle
    200 free EZ
    6x50 sprint 15m rest easy from block
    100 free EZ

    Total 3100 yards
  12. Tuesday 10/1/13

    Tuesday 10/1

    PM only SCY

    400 swim
    4x75 @ 1:20 drill/kick/under H2O kick by 25 w/ fins
    3x100 @ 1:15 swim w/ paddles

    4x75 @ 2:00 kick w/ board trying to beat best 100 time (57.8, 59.0, 58.4, 1:00.1 --> I did RD1 FR kick, RD2 BR kick but no times for RD2)
    4x25 @ :45 FAST FL kick under H2O
    100 EZ

    200 @ 2:40 breathe every 4 pull w/ buoy
    300 @ 3:45 I.M.
    2x200 @ 2:30 I.M.
    3x100 @ 1:15 I.M.
    200 @ 2:40 breathe every 4 pull w/ buoy
    300 @ 3:45 I.M.
    200 @ 2:30 I.M.

    200 EZ

    Total: 5100
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  13. Tuesday, October 1, 2013

    by , October 1st, 2013 at 06:39 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 78 Water temp 80
    Sunny & partly cloudy, humidity at 72%

    Warm Up
    200 RIMO
    12x25 Kick IMO on :40, 4/stroke
    500 MF as 4(75 K/bk, 25 SDK)
    4x25 FR on :30

    *Set 1*
    2(3x50 FR on 1:15, 100 BK) target pace is 2nd-50 of 100 FR :27
    *27-27-27, 27-26-26
    ---200 BK
    4(3x100 on 2:00, 100 BK) 50/1 @85%, 50/2 @95% w/open turn on :35
    *33-29, 32-28, 31-29
    *32-28, 32-28, 31-29
    *31-28, 31-28, 30-29
    *30-28, 32-29, 31-27
    ---200 BK
    ---200 BR

    *Set 2*
    6x25 FR on :45, BC-0,
    ---100 BK
    4x50 FR on 2:00, Dive 25/1 as SPL<10 @75%, 25/2 as 95% SPL<13
    ---BR K/bk

    *Set 3*
    5x200 IM on HR rest, each 50 as 25 smooth/25 strong

    *Set 4*
    16x25 on :45 from dive, 4/stroke IMO
    ---100 EZ
    8x25 on 1:00 from dive, 2/stroke IMO
    *Fly)12s, BK)14s, BR)16s, FR)11s

    Warm Down
    200 FR 2(50CU/50DPS)
    100 IM EZ

    My legs already felt tired in the warm up, but then Set 1 did me in for almost the remainder of the workout. Set 2 was a struggle as I was getting lost after the dive trying to find my stroke and feel for the water. Set 3 was really more of a recovery set. I changed Set 4 to 25s so I could practice dives, as I think I just need to do them frequently enough to learn how swim as efficiently from the dive as from the wall push off.

    Every month I reset the trip odometer in my 2010 Honda CR-V to record the monthly miles, and also reset the average MPG. Last month was one of my better months with 28.5 mpg. I am going see if I can beat that in October.

    Updated October 1st, 2013 at 08:28 PM by fdtotten

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  14. Week 53 - Tuesday

    by , October 1st, 2013 at 08:16 AM (After a long rest)
    I woke feeling the affects of yesterday's long work out. I was tired and sluggish at today's workout but luckily it was a recovery with no intensity.

    Warm up
    12x75 swim,drill,kick on 1.10

    Main set
    3x(2x100 on 1.10 pull, 2x100 on 1.45 kick, 2x100 on 1.20 IM)
    200 easy
    10x50 on 35

    Warm down
    5x100 swim,drill by 25 on 1.30

    Total 3900scy

    This was all swum pretty easy. I still felt crappy however.

    Updated October 1st, 2013 at 08:22 AM by StewartACarroll

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  15. My first organized swim practice...

    by , September 30th, 2013 at 11:45 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    So, at the suggestion of one of my YMCA swim mates, Scott, I went over to Carthage College across town and joined an actual organized swim practice. They're trying to get a masters swim program started there for the first time in a few years if I understand it correctly. They have a beautiful swim facility, tons of lanes when set up as SCY.

    Jackie coached us tonight, took a look at my stroke during warm-up and diagnosed my left arm crossover pretty quickly, and said I had a tendency to cross over with the other arm a bit too. She had me do a bunch of body position drills front and back in the warm-up until straightening out my arms didn't seem so awkward. Even so I swam some of the sets as drill too... six kick and turn body position drill (front and back) and even the dreaded tarzan-drill; this is how desperate the situation has gotten apparently with persistent cross-over. In any event, by the end of the practice I was swimming back stroke without crossing over and coach said it looked great. Front crawl is going to take some time, just because I've got so many more yards in on that stroke and breaking the habit is going to be a little tougher.

    Anyway, here's what we did, well, what I did... the team had a 1000-yard warm-up and I only did 600 to focus on drill, so I did 3600 of the 4000-yard workout:

    WU (700):
    3 x 100 (fr/bk/fr)
    100 IM
    200 in additional drills

    MS1 (1700/2300):
    --4 x 50 stroke drill (did back six-kick and turn)
    --10 x 50 fr on :45 (held :40, but she had me going on 1:00 every third or fourth rep)
    --5 x 100 on 1:40 (the first couple she had me do as drill, then I held 1:27-1:30)
    --500 timed (came in 7:55, which is closer to this summer's 3-5K pace, but faster than 500s I was swimming this time last year)

    MS2 (600/2900):
    --4 x 50 fr on :45 (:39-:43)
    --2 x 100 fr on 1:40 (1:30ish)
    --1 x 200 (3:07... this did not feel good)

    MS3-CD (700/3600):
    --4 x 50 stroke drill (did 2 back and 2 tarzan)
    --2 x 100 stroke (did bk and came in a little under 1:45)
    --300 EZ
  16. Monday 9/30/13

    Monday 9/30

    PM only SCY

    300 swim
    8x50 @ 1:00 25 drill/25 swim
    4x75 @ 1:20 25 kick/25 swim/25 under H2O kick w/ fins

    8x25 @ :40 V.S.
    100 EZ

    4x (I.M.O. by round)
    100 @ 2:00 25 FAST/75 AE
    100 @ 2:00 50 FAST/50 AE
    100 @ 2:00 75 FAST/25 AE
    100 @ 2:00 FAST (59.8, 1:08.0, 1:07.4, 56.2)

    200 EZ

    20x100 @ 1:10 swim w/ paddles + fins + snorkel focus on technique
    200 EZ

    Total: 6300
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  17. 9|30|13

    by , September 30th, 2013 at 09:01 PM (Blog)
    20 x 25 fr on 1:00, one breath to the right for each
    • first couple were comfortable to get my feel, the remaining were 16's

    5 x 50 fr (broken down to 25's) on 2:00 as 2/3 length sprint, easy the rest of the way
    • coasted in the 1st 25's on 17-18's

    Have not been in the water in over 72 hours. Had 30 minutes today so I tried to make it tough and productive, with speed. Didn't end up as fast twichy as planned due to the time constraint governed interval, but my efforts were solid.
  18. Monday, September 30, 2013

    by , September 30th, 2013 at 08:28 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 85 Water temp 78
    Sunny, cloudy, humidity at 75%

    After meetings all morning and then a dental appt., by early afternoon stopped at FGCU and did 3K as;

    Warm up
    200 RIMO
    200 IM as 25K/25DR

    20x50 Kick on 1:00, 5x each stroke
    ---100 Bk SPL-8/9
    40x25 on
    :30, 10 each stroke
    ---100 IM EZ DPS
    10x100 FR pull w/AP on 1:30, steady
    desc 1-10 *1:12-1:05

    Did 2K Sunday as 1K kicking, 1K FR
    dr-swim w/snorkel-paddles-fins. Tomorrow I will return to the early morning sessions.
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  19. Monday, September 30, 2013 9:00-10:00am

    by , September 30th, 2013 at 02:44 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Quite a crowd today at the pool. It was a dreary rainy day outside all morning, and I guess it made tons of people come to the pool. I had to park way out along the street today... and actually walk for my warmup. They were apparently doing Tai Chi on the pool deck this morning, which brought another 20 or so people and their vehicles to the eastside pool today. I guess doing it in the humidity helps you sweat more?


    200 Free
    100 Kick w/ board
    200 Free
    100 Kick w/ board

    400 IM (first 50 of FLy was drill, otherwise all pretty good effort)

    6 x 150 Free Pull @ 2:00
    first 4 were okay, the last 2 I starting feeling yesterday's workout in my arms

    Kick Set w/ short fins:
    • 200 SDK on back @ 3:00
    • 150 SDK on back @ 2:30
    • 100 SDK on back @ 1:30
    • 50 SDK on back @ :30 (I think I was under :31 this time, but not a full :30 yet)


    100 EZ

    16 x 25 @ :30 (Odds Fly Fast, Evens EZ Free)

    100 Kick/Float w/ board and out

    3000 Yards
  20. Workout 09/30/13: noon

    by , September 30th, 2013 at 01:09 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I was dragging yesterday and this morning, even going back to bed after dropping the kids off at school. Went for a walk with my wife to do some errands downtown, then I hopped in for a swim.

    200 Fr/200 IM drill/200 Bk

    Kick Swim Pull w/ snorkel (board, agility paddles, buoy)
    050 100 200
    100 150 300
    050 100 200

    50 EZ and out
    (Solo/Rec/1900 yds/30 min)

    Kinda figured I'd feel like crud in the water, too. I was going to repeat the main set with the shorter distances, but given my energy level and the hot water streaming in through the jets, I called it a day. Off to see my son's football game later this afternoon.

    Updated January 5th, 2014 at 04:48 PM by rxleakem

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