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  1. Thursday, April 14

    by , April 14th, 2011 at 06:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    800 various

    6 x 50 shooters

    50 EZ

    2 x 50 w/burst

    1 x fast 25 back kick + 25 EZ

    2 x 50 w/burst

    100 EZ

    Total: 1350



    I wish I felt jittery like Speedo (though I never do on a few days rest). I woke up this am after some "free running sleep" (see below) and still felt like death. No idea why; I'm not sick. I did feel better this afternoon after swimming. Or maybe it was the shopping spree. :-)

    Article on sleep from Q:

    There are some interesting myth busters in there. And apparently there is no such thing as early birds and night owls.

    Is meat good for you?
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  2. Ego boosts and humbling workouts

    by , April 14th, 2011 at 05:36 PM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    Swam at the YMCA today, adapted from a Tall Paul workout & my coach's favorite warm-up set:

    200 swim
    10 x 50 1&2 swim, 3-6 IMO, 7&8 build, 9&10 choice
    4x50 kick
    100 EZ

    5x200 @ 3:00, rest

    100 kick, rest
    4x50 @ :45
    50 recovery

    5x100 @ 1:30, rest

    100 kick, rest
    4x50 @ :45
    50 recovery

    6x75 @ 1:15, rest

    100 kick, rest
    4x25 @ :30
    50 recovery

    6x50, 1-3 @ :45, 4-6 @ 1:00, rest

    100 kick, rest
    4x25 @ :20
    50 recovery

    200 warm down

    4650 total

    The pool was warm, and it hurt. But I made all those intervals, except for the few times that I stopped to re-coup, including between the 3rd & 4th 200 & 100. Also, I was little miss speedy compared to the others, unlike on Monday. It took me a while to get going because I'm sore from all these things I haven't blogged about because I've been too busy doing them:

    Saturday - 5,000 meters at New Windsor Y. I made faster intervals than I planned (50 back on 1:00) to avoid having to listen to the political conversation happening among the other swimmers.
    Sunday - Relay Carnival (50 dog paddle, 50 feet first, 100 all-out (swam a 1:10!), 50 all-out, etc.) Had little opportunity for warm-up / warm-down
    Monday evening - 3,000 yards with the Westchester Masters on a meet & greet workout. The middle of the set was 4x400 build, which was me just hanging on for dear life and only managing one 400 where I didn't get lapped. Humbling was the word of the night.
    Tuesday morning - spent 40 minutes at the gym, running, doing push-ups, some jumping, and bagel eating.
    Tuesday night - Vinyasa Yoga.
    Wednesday - just putting my hands over my head was workout enough.

    COMMUTE READING - I very much enjoyed this article in Men's Journal: I'm so bored at the gym and I can't remember how do to anything complex, this article got me thinking I might experiment with some old-school lifting, but in a very small way to start. If anyone has suggestions about what's working for them, I'd be happy to hear it, because I'm not sure if there's something I need to alter as a just-getting-into-shape woman.

    Also, I'm reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. There's some really cool stories about ultra-runners, and I'm hoping to get to the part where I learn some tips on running injury-free or at least in a way where it doesn't suck so much. There are so many fabulous trails in my area that I would like to explore, and running would let me get to more of them, faster.
  3. First Day of Y Nationals

    by , April 14th, 2011 at 05:00 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    My allergies are still in bloom but not as bad as in Savannah. Did the double header today 1650 and 1000 Free. Did a season best in both 22:06.46 and 13:15.59. I forgot how it hurts to do these 2 back to back.

    On the results it shows 9th in both events but I am having the officials check the results because I believe I saw a time of 13:09 for Leslie Scott who won her heat and she should have been 9th not me.

    Forgot to mension between warm ups, warm downs and racing a total of 4650 yards today and 2000 yards yesterday.

    Updated April 14th, 2011 at 06:10 PM by Donna

  4. Taper Day 14 for Y Nationals

    by , April 14th, 2011 at 04:19 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    Headed to the pool this morning as usual for an easy, loose swim before heading to the airport. Here's what I did:

    450 Warm-Up
    12 x 50 Free on 1:00 (did rotating fast swims- 1st 20 fast, 2nd 20 fast to hit the turn, 3rd finish fast)
    8 x 50 Drill/Swim Stroke (2 of each stroke)
    250 Kick/Swim by 50 Cool-Down
    Total Yards - 1700

    As I write this, I am in Ft. Lauderdale after a very uneventful flight and a highly adventurous (if not completely frightening) cab ride to the hotel. Does the phrase "Hang on for dear life" ring a bell? But... all told there are about 60 Indy SwimFit swimmers here, so it will be great fun - and about 15 of them were on my flight. That was fun too! Now I'm off to check out the beach, stock my room fridge with water, fruit, and soda, and then find a nice little place to dine with some of my teammates.

    On tap for tomorrow are the 50 Fly and the 200 Free, as well as any relays I am on. Now that I'm here, I'm more excited than nervous. Hope that keeps up into tomorrow's swims.

    Talk to you soon...
  5. Minestrone workout*

    I had a good workout with Team New York today at John Jay College. My goals were to see friends and get in some varied aerobic work, and I succeeded on both counts. Here’s what I did:

    600 scy warmup (400s, 200k)

    12 x 100 FR, done as 2 x (1 @ 1:25, 2 @ 1:20, 2 @ 1:25, 1 @ 1:15)

    600 IM (100 IM K + 200 IM drill + 300 IM swim), no interval

    2 x 300 FR @ 4:15
    4 x 150 ST @ 2:30 [I did these BK, and took a stretching break on the 3rd one]
    8 x 50 Kick @ 2 x (60, 55, 50, 45) [Had to hustle to make those 45s!]

    500 warmdown: 300 pull + 200 easy/play

    I enjoyed this and felt good after.

    *Minestrone = lots of stuff that's good for you jumbled together into a tasty whole
  6. Th Apr 14th, 2011

    by , April 14th, 2011 at 12:40 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu Apr 14th, 2011

    15 days til Nats

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    Whitney Coached
    UT, scy main pool
    5:15 - 6:30 dove in 5:20ish
    trained with Todd
    beside marcio & Tyler
    wore worn out FS PRO Jammer which I threw away after practice

    went around 800

    Main SET:

    ASSIGNED: 4 rounds of
    25 stroke fast
    25 easy
    Rest 30
    50 stroke fast
    50 easy
    Rest 30
    100 done 75 k, rest a bit, 25 underwater
    100 easy
    Rest 30
    500 done various ways

    4 rounds and only changed up the 500's
    did 5 or 6 or 7 x 50 fr with 4, 5 or 6 SDKs off each wall

    100 easy

    25 fast
    whitney timed
    roll off side
    went 10.1

    Next meet:

    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Days till
    Fri Apr 29, 2011 400 IM 6th Event, 50 FL
    Sat Apr 30, 2011 100 IM, 50 Br
    Sun May 1, 2011 500 Fr, 200 IM
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  7. Thursday, 4/14/11

    by , April 14th, 2011 at 12:25 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, solo
    15 days to go!

    Warm up
    400 Mixer
    - alternated 100 free/100 back
    4 x 50/1:00 build
    - did 2 free, 2 back
    200 IM Drill/Kick
    4 x 75/cso
    25 Scull - 25 Fists - 25 Swim

    Turns Set
    8 x 25 midpool, rest as needed
    did 3 free turns, 3 back turns and 2 fly turns

    Main Set
    10 x 50/1:30 as 50 build - 12.5 SPRINT - 12.5 coast (work the build into full sprint at turn)
    - did 2 free, 2 back, 1 fly, repeat

    Mini Set
    4 x 25/2:00 Fast from Blocks
    - did #1 fly - under 15, #2 free - about 13.5, #3 & 4 back - around 15

    Kick Set
    4 x 100/15 SR Swim with Strong Kick
    - no fins, long underwaters, times around 1:52

    Warm down
    300 smooth

    Total: 2600 yards
  8. Wed Apr 13th, 2011

    by , April 14th, 2011 at 12:19 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Apr 13th, 2011

    16 days til Nats

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    wife had surgery today, missed morning practice to take her to the hospital & wait
    Her parents were there too, things went fine Beth told me to GO to noon practice

    Bess Coached
    UT, scy diving well
    noon to 1:15 dove in 12:10ish
    trained with Sierra and ??
    beside Larry, Jim & James
    wore FS pro Jammer

    did easy 50's

    Main SET:

    ASSIGNED: 12 x 150 on 2:15

    DID: 12 x ( 2 x 50)
    swam smooth, did 4 or more SDKs off each wall

    10 x 25
    odds easy
    evens easy speed fast from a push

    50 easy


    lifted at world gym in the afternoon,
    getting stronger

    F 04/15 L6
    S 04/16
    S 04/17 L5 no swim

    M 04/18
    T 04/19 L4 last leg weight work out
    W 04/20
    T 04/21 L3
    F 04/22 Good Friday
    S 04/23 L2
    S 04/24 EASTER OFF

    M 04/25
    T 04/26 L1
    W 04/27
    T 04/28 Travel

    F 04/29 Meet
    S 04/30 Meet
    S 05/01 Meet

    Next meet:

    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Days till
    Fri Apr 29, 2011 400 IM 6th Event, 50 FL
    Sat Apr 30, 2011 100 IM, 50 Br
    Sun May 1, 2011 500 Fr, 200 IM
  9. Thursday, April 14, 2011 5:00am

    by , April 14th, 2011 at 11:10 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    200 Free
    300 Free Pull
    200 IM Drill
    200 Kick

    Swam with 2 others:
    8 x 50s @ 1:00
    2 Fly/Back
    2 Back/Breast
    2 Breast/Free
    2 Free/Fly

    200 IM @ :30 rest
    2 x 100 Fly @ :20 rest
    200 IM @ :30 rest
    2 x 100 Back @ :20 rest
    200 IM @ :30 rest
    2 x 100 Breast @ :20 rest

    2500 Yards

    I didn't really put that much effort into the last set, just swam through it. The other two guys aren't that big into killing themselves in the pool anyway, so this was just an easy day.
    I can feel that my body really needs to rest. 2 weeks away for Nationals! Now that the heat sheets have been out for all to see, it's gotten me that much more excited.

    200 Fly, 100 Back , and 200 Free
    500 Free, 100 Fly, and 200 IM

    The 200 Fly and 500 Free are my only events that are going to have a chance of being TT worthy events at Nationals...and just by the meet layout, they happen to be first events on both days, which makes me happy.
  10. Bilateral breathing cont...

    Bilateral breathing shouldn't be that hard but it is for a forty year old that doesn't swim that way. I have no problem doing it when the intervals are not extremely tough for me or when I am warming up. I need to make it a habit.

    I think coach wrote this workout with me in mind. It was designed so we could get a good bit of distance in while concentrating on our breathing pattern.

    300 Choice (snorkel and bouy)

    10 x 25 kick
    odds. fly on belly
    evens. fly on back

    Broken 2500 w/10 @ each break breathe 1/3
    This was like the Davis Mile only longer.
    Increase effort as distance decreases.

    400 pull cruise

    10 x 25 @ 30
    odd. fly
    even. breast

    500 for time breathe 1/3

    200 w/d


    I actually loved this workout because I could really concentrate on what I suppose to do and not worry about a interval.

    I moved over one lane and let the "real" distance swimmers go ahead and do what they do best. They worst thing thing about the Davis Mile type swims is when your mind wanders off for a bit and you lose track of where you are.
  11. Wednesday at Pace

    by , April 13th, 2011 at 07:04 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Visited Pace Academy this morning. Really nice pool and people. Thanks for inviting me Heidi!


    400 Warm Up
    400 Kick
    10 x 50 - :50 (I did IM/Free everyone else did pull)

    8 x 75 - 1:10 (I think it was about a 1:10)
    Odds: Easy/Hard/Easy
    Evens: Hard/Easy/Hard

    50 Easy

    20 x 25 Back Stroke Drill - Not much detail... I'm really bad at back stroke drills but it does motivate me to SDK a lot more.

    16 x 25 Breast Stroke Drill

    200 Cool down

    (3050 Total)
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  12. Wed., April 13

    by , April 13th, 2011 at 06:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCM @ Gym:

    700 various

    20 x 25 shooters w/fins
    10 back, 10 belly

    50 EZ

    8 X 50
    15 burst + cruise

    100 EZ

    Total: 1750 meters


    Didn't think I would get in a swim today. I left late this am for a swim/errands/appt. However, when I arrived at the pool, I realized I had forgotten my suit. I was bailed out by Mini Fort who was home this afternoon because the crew trainer told her to rest her shin splints. (She got them from rowing in the bow seat.) So she watched Lil Fort and her friend while I got in a quick swim at the gym.

    Unfortunately, I felt pretty dreadful. Just tired and lethargic. Last time I took a recovery week (before the Warrenton meet), I felt energized. Hoping that feeling will materialize in the next couple days. I also took the opportunity to try out my new nose clips. Since my fav (speedo competition clip) is no longer available on, I purchased the speedo silicone clip and the TYR clip. The silicone clip was fine. The TYR clip was a disaster -- way too big. This clip must be made for aged noodlers with extra big honkers. I just ordered this one to try next because I like the low profile feature:

    Heat sheets for Zones are up: I have no lane assignments to complain about.

    Top 10 Foods for Athletes:
    (can't say I'm overly fond of a few of these ...)

    Updated April 13th, 2011 at 06:44 PM by The Fortress

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  13. Wednesday, 4/13/11

    by , April 13th, 2011 at 04:39 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    Warm up
    400 Mixer
    - 200 free/200 back
    6 x 50/55 ds 3
    - 1-3 free, 4-6 back
    3 x 100/10sr
    25 scull - 25 kick - 25 drill - 25 swim
    - with snorkel

    Swim Set (450)
    18 x 25/30 Every 3rd FAST Alt Free, Back, Fly on fast swims
    - did fly on 3 & 12, back on 6 & 15, free on 9 & 18, not sure of times.
    - free and back on all others

    Kick Set (600)
    12 x 50/1:00
    May use fins - No board - Strong Streamlines
    - did dolphin kick to midpool on start and turn, flutter on back for remainder of each length. alternated back and belly on uw dolphin. times were all around 40

    Swim Set #2 (350)
    4 x 12.4/30
    2 x 25/2:00 from blocks
    - #1 fly, under 15. #2 back, just over 15.
    1 x 50/2:00 from blocks
    - free, just under 30
    1 x 200 smooth

    Warm down (400)
    4 x 100/2:00 25 ez - 25 kick - 25 drill - 25 ez

    Total: 2800 yards
  14. Tuesday Night Starts Practice

    by , April 13th, 2011 at 04:35 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Was feeling like I needed to spend some time working on starts, especially back starts. I generally don't have time during morning practice to focus on starts because of limited time. So I went to the pool after work just to focus on starts.

    Short warm up
    swim 200 free
    swim 100 back
    swim 50 breast/50free
    kick 200

    Backstroke starts:
    Not sure of actual count as I wasn't keeping track but as a guess;
    about 2 or 3 as glide only after entry, focusing on getting a tight streamline
    3 or 4 kick to breakout
    3 or 4 as 3-4 strokes after breakout
    and 2 for a full 25.
    Fly starts:
    2 off blocks for full 25, hard kickout then easy speed to wall

    200 easy swim for cool

    ±1000 yards
  15. 4/13 -- Mostly kicking

    by , April 13th, 2011 at 03:08 PM (Dan's hobby/obsession)
    After the swim meet I took it easy for a couple days. Monday was 3,700yds - main set was a 1,500yd pull set. Tuesday was 3,600 with the MYM team that included a nice 1,800yd mid distance set.

    Today I was on my own and decided to start more focused workouts. Today was kick-targeted.

    Warm up:
    500 swim - every 4th length backstroke

    Kick set 1:
    500 dolphin kick w/fins, alt. back/side by 50's - strong effort

    300 pull w/ tube*, no paddles
    (* - I was at the hardware store yesterday and saw a wheelbarrow inner tube and since my son and another triathlete I know have trouble getting their legs up, I decided to go "oldschool" and pick up an inner tube. Of course, I needed to try it out to make sure it was going to work the way I remembered it working for me back in the early '80's)

    Kick set 2:
    4x(100kick @ 1:45 AFAP, 25kick @ :45)
    I was surprised when I hit the first one at 1:33. I followed it up with a 1:30, 1:31 and 1:30(fly) - not bad since I've been a lazy kicker this season.

    300 pull w/ tube, no paddles

    Kick set 3:
    5x(75kick @ 1:20 AFAP, 25 kick @ :40)
    I held 1:01 to 1:03's

    300 pull w/ tube, no paddles

    Kick set 4:
    6x(50kick @ 1:00 AFAP, 25 kick @ :30)


    100 br pull

    Cool down:
    8x25 @ :30 IM order
    200 cool down

    I was pleasantly surprised by this workout. I usually hate kicking, but the combination of sprints and easy kicking kept it interesting. Of course, going faster than I expected to helped a bit, too.

    I was doing OK, but then I headed out for a run with a friend. I was expecting an easy road run but ended up with a trail run with quite a few climbs. Tired legs left me pretty winded after 5 miles!
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  16. Taper Day 13 for Y Nationals

    by , April 13th, 2011 at 12:14 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    Can't believe that I fly to Florida tomorrow morning. Seems like there is so much to do before then - and remembering not to wear a swimsuit I want to pack to the pool in the morning.

    Today's workout was actually pretty decent - I felt better throughout my warm-up and most of our practice focused on having smooth, good technique instead of AFAP sprints. Whew! That helped my confidence a bit. Here's what we did:

    400 Warm-Up
    1 x 300 Kick on 6:00, progressive faster 25s
    4 x 50 All Drill on 1:05 (did alternating one arm fly)
    1 x 200 Free on 4:00, smooth technique
    3 x 100 Free on 1:40, smooth 500 pace
    1 x 200 Free on 4:00, smooth technique
    4 x 25 FAST from a dive on 1:00 (more below)
    3 x 25 Extra lengths to get back to block
    200 Cool-Down
    Total Yards - 1975

    The good, smooth technique 200s felt really good. Not focused on outright speed, but more of ease through the water and distance per stroke. Relaxed the whole way and felt decent.

    For the 100s at a 500 pace, I just swam the 100s with a stronger pull, but not pushing by any means. They were all between 1:23-1:25.

    The Fast Sprint from a dive were not as fast as I would have liked, but I didn't push as hard as I have been. On the positive side, my form off the blocks looked good - coach agreed - and I managed to do a :15 25 Fly. Happy with that! All three of my starts (I did one 25 from a push) felt good with no goggle-slippage issues.

    Now, just to finish up the work day, finish the laundry, pack, take my daughter climbing (while I watch) tonight, and then off to bed. While I'm not the best flier in the world, I just keep thinking 85 degrees... 85 degrees. And, since there is an outside chance of flurries during the overnight Saturday hours (), I'm really happy to be thinking .... 85 degrees!

    To anyone going to Y Nationals, travel safely and I'll see you there. To everyone else, thank you for supporting me through my first taper. I'll keep you posted on how it goes!

    Friday - 50 Fly, 200 Free
    Saturday - 50 Free, 100 Fly
    Sunday - 50 Back, 100 Free, 100 IM

    Stay tuned....
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  17. 4/13/11

    by , April 13th, 2011 at 11:57 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Good swim today:

    Warm Up
    1 x 600 FR
    4 x 50 Fly 1:30
    10 x 50 K 1:30
    1 x 100 EZ

    6 x 200 3:15 FR build by 50 each time start and end with 200 EZ/Moderate
    10 x BR 1:10 K/P/S x 2 #10 swim fast.
    1 x 100 EZ

    500 Fin Kick FR/FLY by 25s. #2 & 4 100s done no board & on back

    200 Swim
  18. 2˝ minutes of sprinting!

    It was cold, windy, and drizzly as I walked from the subway to Riverbank this morning. It had rained all yesterday, and last night as well, and I had to step carefully to avoid the earthworms squirming on the pavement. At least the flowering trees are starting to be fully in bloom now—I guess they’re more cued by day length than by warmth, since we’ve had precious little of the latter.

    Today was my weekly sprint workout. I did the following on my own—no workout buddies this morning:

    1000 lcm warmup (400s, 200 IM k, 200p, 200 IM d/s)

    8 x 150 @ :15 rest:
    Odds = k/d/s, IM order, moderate pace
    Evens = FR / ST (IMO) / FR, with FR easy/moderate and ST a slow build to very fast (to prepare for the following sprint set)

    12-second sprints
    24 x 50 @ 1:00:
    Odds = :12 sprint + rest of 50 easy free or back
    Evens = 6 stroke cycles of perfect stroke at slowest pace where that’s possible + rest of length easy free or back
    [I used my tempo trainer set at :12 on these. I noted how far I got on the first one of each stroke, then tried to get past that spot on the subsequent sprints. I did first 4 sprints FR, the next 5 BR (I switched to :15 sec sprints / 1:15 intervals for the last 2 of these), and the final 3 BK. I took an extra minute at each stroke change, and ended up swimming this set in 3 different lanes, moving wherever there would be adequate room in front of me and behind me at each send-off.]

    6 x 200 FR @ 3:15, odds pull, evens swim
    [The pulling helped me establish a 2-2-3 breathing pattern that I maintained on the swims. These were all at moderate pace—just some nice easy swimming to stretch out and relax after the sprinty stuff. These felt good and I wished I could stay and do more, but lap swim was drawing to a close. I sometimes miss the 3-hour lcm sessions my Florida pool had!]

    300 warmdown + play

    Last Saturday at Asphalt Green workout I asked Coach Craig what aspects of sprinting I should focus on while doing mostly distance training in order to be able to switch back to meet swimming relatively quickly once OW season ends. He suggested that I focus on tempo during my limited sprint sets—hand speed and foot speed can get dulled by lots of long slowish swimming, and takes a while to build back up. So during my short sprints today I tried to focus on establishing good turnover right from the breakout, rather than building it gradually (which there really isn’t much time to do in 12 seconds). In addition to trying to increase the distance I went each time, I also counted my strokes, and tried to increase them by 1 from the initial count. On both FR and BR I was able to do more strokes and go further as I went on—BK was a little more difficult to judge the distance, and the stroke count had more to do with how far underwater I went (I need to standardize this) rather than the turnover once I surfaced.

    Question for any blog readers: Does anyone have suggestions on what I can do to stay cool in a too warm pool? Temps at Riverbank have been on the hot side lately. Today was even too much for most of the other lap swimmers—folks who usually think the warmer the better were actually moved to complain. I have been wearing a lycra cap, which helps some (it lets the 85-degree water through to my scalp, which is at least cooler than body heat trapped under latex).I’m also planning to chill my sports drink next time I swim there, and maybe put some ice cubes in it as well. Does anyone have any other things to suggest that have helped keep you comfortable and happy and energetic when the pool temp is too warm?
  19. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 5:15am

    by , April 13th, 2011 at 10:06 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    200 Free
    300 Pull
    200 IM K/Swim by 25s

    4 x 150 Free @ 2:00 (1:41/:42/:41/:39)
    1 min. rest
    4 x 100 Free @ 1:20 (1:04/:06/:05/:03)
    1 min. rest
    4 x 50 Free @ :40 (:30/:32/:32/:31)

    600 Free Pull
    2500 Yards
    No taper yet...still have to maintain my meager yardage...If I taper too much, I won't even have to come to the pool!!!
  20. Day 6 - arms tired!

    by , April 13th, 2011 at 08:19 AM (Workout Swimmer)
    500 back/free
    500 pull (locomotive) w/paddles!
    400 on 6:00
    300 on 4:30
    2 x 200 on 3:10
    3 x 100 on 1:40
    100 EZ
    6 x 100 kick on 2:15
    100 EZ
    10 x 100 on 1:40 (1 EZ, 1 hard, 1 EZ, 2 hard, 1 EZ, 3 hard, 1 EZ)

    Total: 4200 LCM

    Did pretty good until about the 6 x 100 kicks - I even led the lane on the 500 pull & probably should have gone 2nd or 3rd on the main set just before the kicks. Then somewhere in the middle of the kicks, I realized my shoulders were really kinda tired, and it was all downhill from there. The last 10 100's I was sorely tempted to get out at about #5 (in theory because I needed to get ready for work, right?) but Terry was right at the end of the lane yelling encouragement & for some reason I stuck with it. I think I'm glad I did. . .