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  1. Struggling Still...kind of

    by , March 16th, 2011 at 01:18 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    So today's practice was just a weird for me personally. Here's what we did:

    400 Warm-Up
    2 x 200 Swim Choice on 4:00 (I swam free - kind of easy)
    4 x 50 Kick on 1:05
    4 x 50 Drill/Swim on 1:00 (did these as free)
    6 x 25 Free hard/ez; ez/hard on :30 (had no umph - all ended up being ez )
    6 x 75 Free ALL OUT on 4:30 - back to this in a minute
    6 x 75 Free Recovery (done w/i 4:30 interval)
    1 x 200 Kick Cool-Down
    1 x 300 Drill/Swim by 50 (did fist drill) Cool-Down
    4x practicing block starts
    Total Yards - 2800

    This was another practice where I just didn't have any get-up-and-go, and what I really wanted to do was get-up-and-went (away from the pool, that is). It was a struggle from minute one to feel like I had any grip in the water at all - or could even manage to swim the sets as written. While I was doing the 200s free (relatively easy free at that), my training partner was doing breaststroke and the other guy I train with did fly for the first 200. Needless to say, I was kind of disappointed with my effort - because I didn't feel like I had anything to give.

    During the kicks and drill/swim sets, I made the intervals without problem, but wasn't going extra fast or pushing at all. It was the 6x25s though that really got me! I actually did try to do these as hard/ez, ez/hard, but the speed just wouldn't come and the angrier I got at myself, the slower I felt in the water. Plus, I knew the ALL OUTs were next.

    Now, I should say here that last Wednesday we didn't have a coach show up and swam as a group on our own. Knowing the ALL OUTs were on today's agenda, I was kind of hoping for a "no coach" day. However, the coach was on deck and, when telling us the ALL OUT set, I immediately said I didn't have any ALL OUT in me. He just looked at me funny - and I recanted and told him I'd just try my best. I should also say here that I tend to be a people pleaser and the idea that I would let my coach down by not being fast started to eat at me.

    The guy swimming in the next lane was starting at the same time as my regular lane buddy - I was starting :05 behind. As I swam the first 75, I realized that I could make up those five seconds and beat the guy in the next lane. Time? :53. Not totally bad, but it still didn't feel good. The next 3 75's were all about :52-:53. That's when the coach told me I was going to swim a :50 on my last two. Not feeling it in me, I suggested an "ez" 75, then a :50. He just looked at me and told me not to quit. My next time? :51. So close... and the last 75 was not a :50 either (:51 again), but I hung in there - albeit begrudgingly!

    Of course, being me, I am now realizing that if I could have brought the next 25 home in :20, my 100 time (from a push) would have been 1:11 or so. That would have been awesome for me (best ever race pace from the blocks is 1:07.99) and I sit here now thinking I should be proud of my 75s this morning.

    For whatever reason, I just am not feeling comfortable in the water and my confidence (especially going into the state meet next weekend) is pretty low. Here's hoping to find some speed - and some belief - over the next week.

    As for you, hang in there if you need to.... and happy swimming!
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  2. MATT Wednesday Workout

    by , March 16th, 2011 at 10:01 AM (Pete's swim blog)

    400 Warm up

    25 Kick - :40 / 75 pull - 1:10
    125 Free - 1:50
    100 Fly - 2:00
    25 Kick - :40 / 75 pull - 1:10
    125 Free - 1:45
    200 Fly - 4:00
    25 Kick - :40 / 75 pull - 1:10
    125 Free - 1:40
    250 Fly - 5:00
    25 Kick - :40 / 75 pull - 1:10
    125 Free - 1:35
    350 Fly - 7:00
    25 Kick - :40 / 75 pull - 1:10
    125 Free - 1:30
    450 Fly - 9:00
    25 Easy Kick

    25 Kick - :40 / 75 pull - 1:10
    125 Free - 1:50
    100 Fly - 2:00
    25 Kick - :40 / 75 pull - 1:10
    125 Free - 1:45
    200 Fly - 4:00
    25 Kick - :40 / 75 pull - 1:10
    125 Free - 1:40
    250 Fly - 5:00
    25 Easy Kick

    100 Fly Timed (1:25)

    150 Cool Down

    (4400 Total)

    Fly isn't as bad as it looks. Just recovery time before the next 125. First 25-50 yards after the faster 125s hurt really bad though. Workout originally called for 25 back/100 free for the 125s. We dropped the back stroke so that we could make the interval. For the timed 100 Fly, I felt great through 50 yards and then the pain kicked in.
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  3. Feeling fairly fast these days

    by , March 16th, 2011 at 08:30 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Don't know if it was the 3 days of no swimming or the compex unit helping, but I am recovering better.

    5x200@3:30 Free
    5x100@1:45 Fly kick w/fins on back
    5x100@1:30 Free kick w/fins & board
    10x50@1:00 Fly w/fins as 25 skull drill/25 fast
    5x100@1:30 Free w/paddles, bouy & tempo trainer held 1:20's
    3x100@1:40 Free easy
    200 Free long and loose distance per stroke

    Total 3500 yards
  4. Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Double 6:15pm @ YMCA

    by , March 16th, 2011 at 12:45 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I was bored tonight at home, so I figured I'd be productive and go to the pool for a little bonus workout! It was a nice surprise to dip my foot in the pool and feel cooler water than normal too! I turned to the head guard and asked her if it was cooler than normal. She smiled and said "Yes, 83...Sshhhh...don't tell anyone " I guess their "normal" is 84-85, so I wasn't complaining.
    Good workout tonight, I could definitely tell it was a second swim of the day, haven't done one of these in a while. The second half of the workout I even got to split my lane with a Noodler who traded in her noodle for a pair of fins, which didn't seem to do much for that matter. Like everyone says here, it's HOW you use them, not that you're using them.

    Gonna throw in an Ab Ripper X workout just for fun before bed too.

    Fort - take note of this: I went for a more kick intensive workout than I normally would do, and made some good work of it too. (All my kicks were with a board).

    200 Free
    100 Kick
    200 Free
    100 Kick
    200 IM

    10 x 75 (25 Kick w/ board, 50 Free)
    2 @ 1:15, 2 @ 1:10, 2 @ 1:05, 2 @ 1:00, &
    2 @ :55 (these were tough ones, touch and go, but I made them)
    50 EZ

    2 Times Thru:
    150 IM no free (relaxed) @ 2:30
    100 Free @ 1:30

    20 x 25
    Odds SDK on back @ :45 (my stomach was lovin' me)
    Evens Sprint Fly @ :30

    8 x 100 Free @ 1:20 (held 1:09s, 1:10s)

    100 Kick EZ
    3500 Yards + 3100 Yards from this morning = 6600 Yards for the day
  5. Tuesday

    by , March 15th, 2011 at 09:19 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    How I managed to get to the pool late today when I had plenty of time, I don't know. Traffic, perhaps. There were only three of us there today, but the sun was lovely. Water a bit warmer than I like, but I suppose they are continuing to heat the pool for the noodlers.

    300 choice
    6 x 125 with stroke mixed in on 2:00
    Twice thru:
    3 x 50 on :40
    50 kick & 50 EZ on a minute each
    5 x 200 - start at 3:00, then 2:50, 2:40, 2:50, 3:00
    500 pull no paddles (as usual)

    I am very excited about the Atlanta meet - can't wait to see how many people from the Forum are there that I might meet!!
  6. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -03/16/11

    by , March 15th, 2011 at 06:24 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    2 X 150 2:30 2:15
    2 X 250 4:10 3:45
    4 X 50 :50 :45
    Twice through. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    1 X 50 easy swim 1:00
    1 X 50 fast swim 1:15
    Three times through.

    1 X 100 easy swim

    12 X 25 sprint :45


    1 X 200 IM 3:30
    1 X 100 IM 1:45
    4 X 50 stroke
    Three times. 50's: round 1 fly, 2 back, 3 breast.


    3 X 500 free 6:40

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  7. Tuesday, March 15

    by , March 15th, 2011 at 06:21 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    650 various

    10 x 25
    odds = shooter
    evens = drill

    1 x 25 fast backstroke kick
    1 x 50 EZ
    1 x 15 burst fly + cruise
    1 x 50 EZ
    1 x 25 fast free
    1 x 50 EZ
    1 x 15 back spin drill + cruise
    1 x 50 EZ
    1 x 25 fast backstroke, no SDK
    1 x 50 EZ

    125 EZ

    Total: 1375

    Stretching, 30 minutes



    I wish the meet were tomorrow. I'm tired of resting. Full on taper bitchies here.

    Psycho sheet:

    I'm ever so happy Jimslie is coming, and that he has even decided to blog again!

    Forget carbs!

    Updated March 15th, 2011 at 10:12 PM by The Fortress

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  8. Albatross

    by , March 15th, 2011 at 04:31 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)

    At length did cross an Albatross,
    Thorough the fog it came;
    As it had been a Christian soul,
    We hailed it in God's name.

    It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
    And round and round it flew.
    The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
    The helmsman steered us through!

    And a good south wind sprung up behind;
    The Albatross did follow,
    And every day, for food or play,
    Came to the mariner's hollo!

    In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
    It perched for vespers nine;
    Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
    Glimmered the white moonshine."

    `God save thee, ancient Mariner,
    From the fiends that plague thee thus! -
    Why look'st thou so?' -"With my crossbow
    I shot the Albatross."

    --from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

    Sometime late on Friday, after I have interviewed an ophthalmologic researcher at the National Eye Institute about trends in retinal detachment in healthy men who may or may not play paintball, take drugs to build muscle and other drugs to conceal the first drugs, compete in mixed martial arts competitions, platform dive and/or bungee jump regularly, or blow their noses too violently, after all this, and responding to the Fortress's beseeching Facebook hollo's, I shall make the drive from Pittsburgh to the Vienna Compound for grilled protein, Maine Moon Cattery, reunion with several dear wee girls, a sheathe of papers on overutilization rates by clinical somaticisers (may opt to leave these at home; will gauge Leslie's mood first with regards to her receptivity to self-improvement catalyzed by me), possibly a new HTC 4G Thunderbolt Verizon phone, and the hopes of a nation on my shoulders, and--if I can cajole my lovely bride into supplying me with some--a cache of scones and sticky toffee muffins to give to Facebook fans of the Old Economy Cafe.

    I shall not bring a cross bow.

    I may bring some bird seed for any or all fair weather albatrosses blown off their natural peregrinations by Japanese earthquakes and what have you.

    It almost failed to occur, this bid of mine to come back from retinal detachment, financial depression, and a recent severe case of incapacitating sniffles.

    Last Thursday, I awoke at 3 a.m., my nostrils spilling twin cataracts of Niagara-like mucous falls.

    Last Friday, I spent the entire day daubing my nasal passages with deeply absorbent tissues, and still these were not enough to stem the flow!

    Why can they not make nostril tampons for men who get colds this severe? Why is this natural market niche not being exploited? Best healthcare system in the world? Sadly laughable joke for those of us who cannot find a simple nostril tampon or maxi pad when we so desperately need them.

    On Saturday, I had not the energy to leave the couch for more than an occasional cheesecake refrigerator run.

    On Sunday, I forced myself to go to the Y where I swam an open turn 1650 in about 33 minutes--and almost could not finish, so deeply lethargic and hypoglycemic and dizzy I was in my cold!

    Yesterday, I forced myself to go to practice. I said to myself, "Jim, if by some miracle you can complete all these 100s tonight on the correct interval, then you must sign up for the Albatross meet, hosted by the Ancient Mariners! If nothing else, you owe it to show your appreciation to swimmer-poet Jeffrey Lil' Devil Roddin, who you talked into marriage, and whose appreciation for you knows no bounds!"

    But I was certain I would not make this grueling set:

    10 x 100 on 1:25 warm up
    20 x 100 on 1:20
    8 x 100 on 1:15
    4 x 50 on :40.

    But practice was so crowded last night that a swirling motion of bodies--no doubt abetted by the Coriolis forces so familiar to toilet flushers here in the Northern Hemisphere--allowed me to drag and draft along like a cork in the wake of my betters!

    I made the whole practice.

    I came home and, with 17 minutes to spare before the deadline, I signed up for the 50, 100, and 200 SCM freestyles.

    Paul Trevisan (60 and thus no threat to this Fina 59 year old!) and Leslie (now Fina 50) are both going after world records.

    I am going after the Albatross meet record for the 200 SCM freestyle in the 55-59 age group.

    Equally worthy goals, I must say! And I do not have to race Leslie in any head-to-head events, so for now, at least, my .001 second advantage over her in our last competition of note (the 50 SCY butterfly) still stands with me, the underexercised, still shining in the Glorious Winners Circle!

    Leslie has promised to grill a fine feast for me on Friday night.

    My only request:

    Do not serve up the kindly Albatross! My stomach is still much too delicate to digest it.
  9. Tue Mar 15th, 2011

    by , March 15th, 2011 at 01:39 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue Mar 15th, 2011

    weights at world gym

    shifted to the SPEED PHASE
    now working on getting stronger and faster for Zones and Nats.
    I don't really think of this as tapering.
    I'll do some gentle aerobic training to maintain conditioning and some longer fast swims.

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    Whitney Coached
    UT, SCY main pool, center course (blocks)
    6:30 to 8:00 dove in around 6:33ish
    trained with marcio and tyler
    beside Larry Jim Mike Yoch and jon
    wore Yingfa Jammer

    200 k went 2:19

    Main SET:
    4 x 225 on 2:40
    4 x 200 on 2:20

    50 bk fast in heats
    went 26

    4 x 125 on 2:00
    4 x 100 on 1:40

    50 easy

    50 fr fast from block
    went 22.7

    4 x 75 easy on 1:20
    4 x 50 easy on 1:00

    100 fast
    go start
    whitney timed
    went 50.8

    50 easy

    Next meets are:

    Fri Apr 1 - Sun 3, 2011
    2011 South Central Zone SCY Championships
    Josh Davis Natatorium, San Antonio, TX
    Days Till
    Fri 1650 fr, 400 IM
    Sat 500 fr, 200 bk, 100 fr, 200 br
    Sun 1000 fr, 50 fr, 200 IM, 50 fl

    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Order of Events
    Days till

    Updated March 21st, 2011 at 11:15 AM by ande

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  10. Distance Day...Again

    by , March 15th, 2011 at 01:19 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    Inevitably, Tuesday always comes around. Ugh! Tuesdays are, of course, distance days. And, since I have a very hard time holding a 1:30 pace over large distances (read as anything over 200), these days tend to be quite a struggle for me. So... for today's distance extravaganza, I downgraded the workout from 500s to 450s - those I could make and have :30 or so to catch my breath. Anyway, here's what I did (note this is the "I" part - my training partner swam my 450s as 500s and did all freestyle):

    350 Warm-Up (which seems kind of silly when you look at the rest of the workout )
    1 x 450 Free on 7:30
    1 x 450 Kick on 7:30
    1 x 450 Pull on 7:30
    2 x 450 IM on 7:30 (did w/ fins as 100 IM plus extra 50 kick)
    5 x 100 Free on 1:30 (did 1:25, 1:24, 1:27, 1:25, 1:22)
    1 x 450 Kick on 7:30
    1 x 450 Pull on 7:30
    Total Yards - 4000

    Notes about today:

    1. I felt off from the warm-up. I didn't feel sick, just beat. I suppose that may be from having 8 people visiting my house all weekend and an oven that decided it would be the perfect weekend to die. Maybe.... anyway, I was just tired.

    2. Proud of myself for keeping the 5 x 100 on 1:30 set. These are still a challenge for me (note the very short rest between repeats) and I am always happy when I can keep the interval.

    3. In the end, I was proud of myself for completing today's workout - even as altered as I swam it. To be really honest, I just wanted to quit after the first 450 free. Would've given just about anything to climb out of the pool and sit in the hot tub. But, my training partner just looked at his watch, asked if I was ready, and took off on the next round. What choice did I have but to follow?

    Seriously, sometimes I don't know how people who train alone do it. There are so many days when I've wanted to quit, but see my teammates continuing on, so I just do too. If I were on my own on those days... I just don't know.

    Thanks to my teammates and my training partners - and my coaches - for keeping me going - one arm stroke at a time....
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  11. Tuesday, March 15, 2011 5:00am

    by , March 15th, 2011 at 11:13 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I just sent in my USA-S registration so I can get my butt kicked by the age grouper kids this spring and summer in the LCM meets in the area. Happy times there. At least I'll be showing a few of them how to swim the 200 LCM Fly!

    Oh yeah, the pool was extra hot today...muscles just went blah after diving in. The people liked it a lot today.

    300 Free
    300 IM Drill
    300 Free Pull

    4 x 200 @ 2:55
    #1-2 175 Free, 25 Fly
    #3-4 75 Free, 25 Fly, 75 Free, 25 Fly

    4 x 100 @ 1:30
    #1 75 Free, 25 Back
    #2 50 Free, 50 Back
    #3 25 Free, 75 Back
    #4 100 Back

    4 x 50 Breast @ :50

    6 x 75 @ 1:10
    25 Fast Kick w/ board, 50 Free

    6 x 50 Free
    1 @ each int. :55, :50, :45, :40, :35, :30

    50 EZ
    3100 Yards

    Felt good by the end, despite the warm water temperature.
  12. MATT Tuesday Workout

    by , March 15th, 2011 at 09:41 AM (Pete's swim blog)

    400 Warm up

    4 x 100 IM - 1:40
    400 Free - 6:00
    2 x 200 IM - 3:10
    400 Free - 5:45
    100 Easy

    400 Free - 5:30
    400 IM - 6:30
    400 Free - 5:15
    100 Easy

    400 Free Timed (5:05)

    200 Cool Down

    (4000 total)

    Would have been solo today but my son has been getting up and swimming with me. He has made huge progress in the last couple weeks. I'm mostly impressed that a 13 yr old will get up at 4:45 in the morning to exercise on his own.

    Still struggling to break 5:00 on the 400 w/ a drag suit on. Thought I might have had it today but came up a bit short again.
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  13. Good Backstroke work

    by , March 15th, 2011 at 08:30 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Today I did manage a good workout with lots of effort.

    600 Free
    400 IM as drill fly, pull back, kick breast, swim free
    5x100@1:45 Back w/paddles & bouy
    500 Free kick w/fins 25easy/25mod/25fast
    5x100@1:30 Back w/fins as 50kick/50swim held 1:20's
    7x100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy & tempo trainer held 1:21's
    300 Free EASY

    Total 3500 yards
  14. Monday, March 14

    by , March 14th, 2011 at 07:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Main Sets:

    10 x 25 shooters
    odds = back
    evens = belly

    50 EZ

    6 x 50
    4 x backstroke start + power kick to 15 + cruise (was about a yard short of usual distance)
    2 x backstroke spin drill + cruise

    50 EZ

    4 x 50
    25 AFAP + 25 EZ
    2 x free
    1 x back kick
    1 x fly

    100 EZ

    Total: 1550



    Felt completely blah today. I'm chalking this up to the usual taper blahs plus not doing any speed work over the weekend. Really ready to stop tapering. The last week is always torture.
    I'm starting to feel a little twitchy-b*tchy from all the rest. I got a huge amount of sleep last night (for me), but woke up with a sore neck and shoulder. Glad I have an ART tune up
    appointment scheduled for Thursday.

    Got confirmation from Jeff that he entered me in the 200 back for the Albatross SCM meet as well. So my line up for my first meet as a 50 year old is:

    50 back
    100 back
    200 back (maybe)
    50 fly
    200 medley rela
    The "couples relay" would be fun, but it's right before the 200 back & 50 fly.

    Looks like there's 194 swimmers. And, happily, I've been able to persuade Jimslie to attend!

    I also signed up for Colonies Zones today. My Saturday only line up for my last meet as a 49 year old is:

    100 free (for 50 split)
    mixed 200 medley relay
    50 breast
    100 back
    women's 400 medley relay (fly leg)
    women's 200 free relay

    The only individual event on Saturday that I'm really interested in is the 100 back. I don't recall that I've ever swam the 100 back at Zones before. It's always back to back with the 50 fly, and I usually opt for fly. But since I just logged a 27.2 at Warrenton, I'm going to focus on the 100 back. I wasn't sure what time to enter as I will only rest a few days for this meet. But I went ahead and put in a 1:02.8, which is less than a second off my 1:01.9 Atlanta PR. Hope that's not too ambitious. I may scratch the 50 breast; I'll play it by ear.

    Updated March 15th, 2011 at 12:00 AM by The Fortress

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  15. Mon Mar 14th, 2011

    by , March 14th, 2011 at 07:12 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Mar 14th, 2011

    lifted weights at world gym yesterday but did not swim

    I've shifted to the SPEED PHASE
    I'm now working on getting stronger and faster for Zones and Nats. I don't really think of this as tapering. I'll do gentle aerobic training to maintain conditioning and some longer fast swims.

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    Whitney Coached
    UT, SCY main pool, center course (blocks)
    Noon to 1:15, dove in on around 12:05
    trained with ritchie and Neal Randall
    beside Larry & Jim
    wore Yingfa Jammer

    assigned 800
    did around 500

    Main SET:
    4 x 025 on 0:17.5 right into
    4 x 050 on 0:35.0 right into
    4 x 075 on 0:52.5 right into
    4 x 100 on 1:10.0 right into
    4 x 125 on 1:27.5 right into
    4 x 150 on 1:45.0 right into
    4 x 175 on 2:02.5 right into
    4 x 200 on 2:20.0
    take one break some where of your choosing.

    4 x 025 on 0:17.5 right into
    4 x 050 on 0:35.0 right into
    4 x 075 on 0:52.5 right into
    on the 4 x 100's on 1:10.0
    100, 50, 50 100 fast from a dive easy speed
    went 55 or 6

    on the 4 x 125's on 1:27.5
    i did 75's easy

    on the 4 x 150 on 1:45.0
    i did
    1) 100,
    2) 50 easy 50 skip 50 easy,
    3) 50 easy
    4) 150 strong think I went 1;23 or 4

    on the 4 x 175 on 2:02.5
    did 4 x 125 easy

    on the 4 x 200 on 2:20.0
    did 150, 100, 50,
    then I got out and rested
    thought about doing a fast 200 but decided not to

    whitney timed all of these

    25 fr fast
    went 9.9

    50 easy

    25 fr fast
    go start
    went 9.8

    50 easy

    25 fr fast
    go start
    went 9.7

    50 easy
    then put 2 BIG blue NCAA dots in place on the bottom of the pool

    25 SDK fast
    roll start
    went 9.8

    Next meets are:

    Fri Apr 1 - Sun 3, 2011
    2011 South Central Zone SCY Championships
    Josh Davis Natatorium, San Antonio, TX
    Days Till
    Fri 1650 fr, 400 IM
    Sat 500 fr, 200 bk, 100 fr, 200 br
    Sun 1000 fr, 50 fr, 200 IM, 50 fl

    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Order of Events
    Days till
  16. Post-meet recovery workout

    Today I swam up at Riverbank State Park with a swim buddy. I just wanted a nice easy recovery day after Sundayís meet, so hereís what I did:

    1200 lcm warmup

    2 x (500 FR, :10 rest, 400 IM/FR by 50, :20 rest)

    Kick pyramid: 50/100/150/200/150/100/50 @ :05 rest

    Pull pyramid: 50/100/150/200/150/100/50 @ :10 rest

    300 warmdown + play

    The pool was hopping today, but we had only one other swimmer join us, and him only for a short time. I did see an old friend and teammate in the next lane over who is back swimming after some shoulder problems, and chatted with him a bit. Also, one of the regulars up there stopped me mid-set in order to tell me that heís now able to do a 1:12 100 FR from a push-off when wearing fins and paddles. He then offered his services as a pacer/rabbit if I ever wanted to do some sprints, which I think is his roundabout way of saying he wants to race me? I told him I might take him up on that, and I actually might, if I can convince him to sprint near the beginning or middle of workouts. Iím usually too fried to sprint properly if I wait until the end of my workouts at Riverbank.

    After workout I had to go to my dermatologistís office to have a small basal cell carcinoma removed. When I had spoken to the nurse about the procedure on the phone, she told me I wouldnít be able to get in the pool for a week or so after. However, when I asked the doctor how long I should wait to resume swimming, ďan hourĒ was his answer. Hooray! I was worried about having to take time off, but now I donít have to. Plus, removing the little patch hardly hurt. Iím such a wimp about medical stuff, so now Iím very relieved itís done.

    Tonight will be my first ballet class of the year, and tomorrow my first rowing class. Sore legs here I come!
  17. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -03/15/11

    by , March 14th, 2011 at 04:28 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 1:40 1:30
    1 X 200 3:20 3:00
    Three times through. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 4:15
    1 X 100 swim 2:00
    8 X 25 sprint kick :45
    1 X 100 swim -

    4 X {3 X 50 1:15
    #1: easy
    #2: build
    #3: fast

    75 easy swim
    1 X 100 @100% from the blocks
    1 X 100 easy
    1 X 50 @ 100% from the blocks
    1 X 75 easy

    1 X 300 4:00
    1 X 200 2:40
    1 X 100*fast* 2:00
    Three times through.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  18. Monday stretch out - 3/14/11

    by , March 14th, 2011 at 02:25 PM (Dan's hobby/obsession)
    I took Sunday off and my shoulders were feeling a little tight when I woke up this morning. A pull set pyramid sounded like just the thing to get things stretched out

    Warm up:
    500 swim (every 4th length backstroke)
    3x(4x50 @ 1:00) IM order
    1 - kick
    2 - drill
    3 - swim

    Pull Set:
    100, 200, 300, 400, 400, 300, 200, 100 pull w/ #4 strokemakers paddles
    1:20/100 up, 1:15/100 down

    Kick Set:
    10x50 kick @ 1:00

    4x150 swim @ 2:00 try to hold 1:45 (missed #4)

    200 cool down


    Less than 4 weeks to PNA champs, my last meet of the season, so I've only got a couple of weeks to put in some quality work to get those times down.
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  19. Golf Anyone?

    by , March 14th, 2011 at 01:31 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    Monday's are always interesting little workouts. We don't tend to do distance days or sprinting days on Mondays. Usually, Mondays are an easing-back-into-the-swim-of-things kind of workout. Here's what we did today:

    400 Warm-Up
    6 x 50 Catch-up drill/free on 1:00
    4 x 25 Free from blocks on 1:00
    4 x 25 Easy free back to blocks
    8 x 50 Free on 1:05; 1>4, 5>8
    8 x 50 Free on 1:05, count strokes
    8 x 50 Free on 1:05, 1>4, 5>8
    8 x 50 Free on 1:05, count strokes
    8 x 50 Free GOLF on 1:05, descend score 1>8
    350 Cool-Down
    Total Yards - 3250

    If you've never played golf while swimming, you take your 50 time and add it to your stroke count to get your "score". The idea is to lower your score, i.e. you get faster swims with fewer strokes thereby increasing your distance per stroke without sacrificing speed. My first score was 79 (:42 plus 37 strokes). I went out slightly slow on purpose (descending over 8 50's is not usually my strong suit). For the most part, I was swimming the 50's in :38-:40 with 32-35 strokes per 50. Over the 8 50's, I was able to lower it to 69. However, on that 69, I gave up a bit on # of strokes in favor of speed. But, again, I was trying to pull too hard and by the end of the 2nd count your strokes round, my side was aching again. So....

    I guess spring is really in the air - after all, the golfers are out.

    Happy swimming!
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  20. Monday, 3/14/11

    by , March 14th, 2011 at 12:39 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, solo

    Warm up (950)
    300 Swim free and back
    200 IM kick 200 IM drills
    5 x 50/1:30 15 Fast Breakouts - 20 smooth - 15 Fast Finishes

    did odds free, evens back

    Sprints: (600)
    12 x 50/1:00
    25 smooth - 25 Fast Finishes
    25 Fast Breakouts - 25 smooth
    * Mix in some fly, back, free
    - these weren't very sprinty. did 1-4 fly (on 1:30), 5-8 back (on 1:15), 9-12 free (on 1:00)

    Backstroke (500)
    200/3:30 Negative split

    - swam 3:15
    150/2:45 Speedplay by 50's

    - swam 2:30
    100/2:00 Negative split

    - swam 1:35
    50/1:00 build to FAST FINISH
    - not very fast - 42Ī

    Warm down
    200 easy

    Total: 2250 yards