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  1. Manic Sunday, Nov. 15

    by , November 15th, 2009 at 09:24 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    AM: Swim @ GMU w/team:

    Warm up:

    500 swim
    200 kick
    500 pull (descend by 100s -- I did these backstroke, no paddles)
    200 IM drill

    (I missed about 200 of this)

    Vertical Kicking:

    20 squat jumps off bottom of pool

    med ball toss w/partner, 4 x :30

    vertical kicking, 8 x 20 second hands at side, 10 seconds in streamline, 20 seconds rest

    Main sets:

    2 x through:

    4 x 75 IM switch @ 1:15
    4 x 50 stroke descend @ 1:00
    4 x 25 kick, alternate fast/EZ @ :30

    On the 50s, I did backstroke w/fins on the first set and descended to 25. On the second set, I did backstroke kick and descended to 24. On the kicks, I cruised the first 3 and did a fast shooter on the 4th one. Went a mid 9 on my last one.

    6 x 100 @ 1:45
    50 stroke, 50 dolphin kick on back
    I used fins to go faster than aerobic pace and get more rest on these. (Went between :58-1:00 on these.)

    100 EZ

    Total: 3550 + VK/squat jumps

    10 minutes hottub

    PM Drylands:

    RC Work, 20 minutes

    P90X Ab Ripper, 15 minutes

    Here are the exercises done:

    11 exercises--25 reps of each exercise in this order:
    In and Outs (picture being in boat pose and moving your legs in and out)
    Bicycle-Same as in and outs but with a bicyle movement
    Bicycle in reverse
    Crunchy Frog- In and outs with your hands out at your sides bringing them in and wrapping your legs close to your chest
    Fifer Scissors-lying on your back one leg hovering over the floor, one up and a 90degree angle both feet flexed and changing them scissor style
    Hip Rock and Raise-sort of reverse crunches
    Pulse-ups/Heels to Heaven-Reverse crunches with straight legs
    V-up roll ups-Similar to a teaser
    Obliques-side lying lifting legs and shoulder up at same time, kind of an oblique crunch
    Leg climbs-lying on back one leg bent, one leg extended rolling up to top
    Mason twist-Oblique twists done VERY quickly with legs raised up off the floor

    Overall, it's a pretty tough 15 minutes. It's intended to be done 3x a week back to back with another P90X workout. I definitely didn't think the pace was slow. If you had your hands in the air on the first few exercises, it made them much tougher. I didn't need to do the "climb" in the leg climb -- too easy. The last exercise was a killer. I couldn't do it as fast as they demonstrated. Might take some practice.

    P90X Plyo DVD, 60 minutes:

    This was my second time through this DVD. It didn't seem quite as tough as the first time. But I had to stop it halfway through to pick up a kid, so maybe that's why. The knee tuck jumps are still the hardest.

    PM Swim/Solo/SCM:

    I had to take Mini Fort to the gym to swim tonight since she'd miss yet another week of swimming with the oinky-itis. (High school tryouts are tomorrow.) Since I was there, I hopped in and did some hypoxic work with Fortina and Dolphina (Geek's name for my MF).

    Warm up:

    500 EZ

    Hypoxic Work:

    16 x 25 shooters w/MF @ :15-20 RI
    8 on belly
    8 on back

    I was going slightly faster on my belly if I bent my knees a little more.

    10 x 50 double shooters @ 1:15
    1 breath at turn only
    5 belly, 5 back

    I considered this, for me, to be intermediate rest in a SCM pool.

    100 EZ (As I was announcing to Mini-Fort that I was only doing a 100 easy, she said "Well, maybe that's why you're sore the next day, you don't warm down." Had to chuckle after the anti-warm down thread.)

    Total: 1500 meters

    Grand total: 5050 yards/meters, 2000 kicking



    I had no problem getting out of bed to go to my am team practice this time. But I felt rather sloggy through most of it. It occurred to me later that I probably hadn't really recovered from my deep tissue massage from Friday. It usually takes me a few days to recover from those.

    I was chatting with my coach briefly about weights. She is in the process of screening resumes for a strength/conditioning coach for the GMU swim teams. She's particularly interested in those with experience in functional strength training and plyometrics training.

    It was kind of a lazy day on the home front (though I still have one sick kid), so I slipped in a lot of dryland work between hauling the other 2 here and there.

    Oh, and tonight is night one of swearing off chard and pinot for 30 days. We'll see how that goes ... the weekday/weekend plan is also possible. I am also hoping to stay away from my worst enemy, the potato chip.

    I think it is an understatement to say that my legs will be sore tomorrow ...

    Updated November 16th, 2009 at 08:50 AM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  2. Sunday Nov 15th, 2009

    by , November 15th, 2009 at 06:43 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sunday Nov 15th, 2009

    following Berlin World Cup?
    several records fell today

    WEIGHTS at world gym san marcos
    lat press 6 x 40 6 x 45 6 x 50 5 x 55 4 x 60
    lat pull 6 x 167 5 x 207 4 x 217 2 x 225
    bench press 6 x 135 5 x 185 4 x 205 1 x 215
    leg press 6 x 180 6 x 270 6 x 360 5 x 450


    FOUR OR MORE SDKs off EVERY wall

    8:30 - 10:00
    ?? coached
    dove in on time
    swam with jane schweppe & bruce
    next to john rightmeyer
    rolling wood pool

    WORE briefs

    went around 2,500
    did a lot of SDK


    Saturday, November 21 & Sunday 22, 2009
    University of the Incarnate Word (SCM) Masters Meet

    5 Days till San Antonio

    December 4th - 6th, 2009
    2009 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships at
    Long Beach

    18 Days till Long Beach
  3. Humid, Humid Running

    by , November 15th, 2009 at 06:06 PM (My Passion)
    Got up at 6:30 to run with buddies. Hubby got up at 4:30 - he got up before his alarm and I heard the shower running. His Garmin 405 was not working right and he told me, so I told him to take my 305. I fell back asleep until my alarm went off. (I did not watch him run since the SA course is not spectator friendly. He was also only running half since his sciatic nerve has been acting up).

    I got the meeting place just before 7 am. Kelly got there shortly after. Ernie and Kathy pulled up shortly after that. We started talking and got off to a slow start. The humidity was stifling. We mostly talked about how glad we were that we did not sign up for the marathon this year . In fact, this was the first year that hubby ran without me and I did not feel bad about not running. I was actually happy for the runners and happy for me too!

    I decided to turn around at 2.5 miles, since my asthma was really bad as the air was so wet and I could not breathe easily - it was about 65 degrees, but with 90% humidity it does not matter, it just feels hot!!!! I told then to go on and I'd meet them at the end, but Kathy turned around with me and we had a good, hot, humid run back.

    Kelly and Ernie only went another half mile or so, and since Kathy and I were running slowly, the caught up right after we started cooling down.

    We made plans for our next get together, probably the week after Thanksgiving since I have a meet next weekend.

    Now to complete my meet application...... Oh yeah - Hubby completed the 1/2 marathon in 1:37 and was able to get his Garmen to work afterall. He was pretty happy considering the conditions. The humidity was awful and a lot of runners were not running the race that they were hoping
  4. No time to post yesterday - so added it with todays

    by , November 15th, 2009 at 05:37 PM (My Passion)
    Saturdays I drop in and swim with the Masters of South Texas. They have awesome coaches and some of my friends swim with them regularly. The weekday times do not work so well for me, so I swim with the on Saturdays.

    Got to the pool just before 6:00 am. Kara was to my left and I shared a lane with Scott. I started in a lane by myself, but the faster swimmers were at the other end, so I moved to be with them.

    Did a 150 easy warmup. Felt stiff and air was thick Ė we have high humidity today.

    The assigned set was:
    6 X 100 free decending
    5 X 100 free pull
    4 X 100 IM
    3 X 100 choice
    2 X 100 free
    1 X 100 kick

    We did the 6 X 100 on 1:45 and I had to use my inhaler after 3, so I missed 50 out of the 4th set and caught the next 50 and swam a little easier.

    The Free pull was good. This is one of my favorite things to do. Used paddles and a pull buoy. Did an extra 100 after some coaching to keep my hand more rigid and wrist slightly pointed down Ė 50 with paddles and 50 without. I have been adjusting my stroke lately. I have been swimming free with reaching my arms out far before the enter the water, so they enter flat. Then I have been pulling with a straight arm. The past 2 weeks, I have been practicing putting my arm in closer to my head at an angle and then bending my elbow right away. My weekday coach had me doing my stroke that way. The M.O.S.T coach coached me to swim free this way, and when I look at videos, this is the way to do it.

    The 100 IMs felt good, but I can tell my fly is still week. I kept my form, but was exhausted, back which is my worst stroke, felt pretty good, then breast and free are gravy.

    After that, the coach wanted to time my 200 breast. I have never swam it in competition and am planning on it at the meet next weekend.

    Scott was still swimming his 1 X 100 choice (back) and we were splitting the lane, so I was a little concerned that he would stray over the line, or that I would kick him in passing, but neither happened. Also, my practice suit is stretchy, so every time I pushed off, it would move over on my left chest. Not sure how far over, but I was not about to take chances, so after streamline, I would very quickly pull it back over X 8, then get back in streamline. My pullouts are long and the coach told me to hold them as long as possible as that is the key on a 200.

    I started and kept it comfortable, holding the pullout. I tried not to go too high on my turns. After the first 100, the whole practice, 10 swimmers, were cheering me at each turn, that encouragement always helps . I started speeding up a little on the last 100 and sprinted all out the last 50. It felt pretty good. Not near as bad as I thought it could have Ė probably means I was not pushing hard enough. Being a sprinter, I am trying to learn patience when I swim over a 100. My time was 3:21:6. The meet on this weekend is a meter pool, so I will still try to beat the time. My splits were descending, so that part of my strategy was good. I just need to do the same thing this weekend.

    I was very glad for this opportunity. I feel more prepared for this weekend now. I have decided to sign up for the 400 free, which I have never swam at a meet before, 50 free and 50 breast Ė these will be Saturday. On Sunday, I will swim the 200 breast, the 100 free and the 50 fly. I am starting to talk myself out of the 50 fly, but I may wait until later in the week to decide.

    After workout, some of use went for coffee and a bite to eat. Then I went home, to the marathon expo with hubby and to Austin. Busy day Ė did not get home till 10 and then had to get ready for 7 am run (hubby to get up at 4:40 for marathon)

    Updated November 15th, 2009 at 05:46 PM by swim4me (correct formatting)

    Swim Workouts
  5. Meet preview: 50 BK and 50 FR

    My first swim in next Saturdayís meet will be in the 200 SCM Medley Relay (Iíll swim backstroke). Here are my goals and keys.

    50 SCM Back:

    Masters/lifetime best: 33.80 (2001)
    40-44 best: 34.45 (2006)
    Most recent time: 38.02 (2008)
    My best-ever age-graded rating for this event is 90.9; I would need to swim a 34.06 equal that.

    I want to hit a really good start in this, with fast dolphins and a good breakout. Iíve been working on my BK start this season. I would like to go under 35.

    Push with hands on start and get to streamline quickly; smooth breakout; strong kick, quick turnover; pick up tempo from flag to turn; strong kick and count strokes on way home. Sometimes I try to be too smooth and pretty on my sprint backstrokeóI need to think about power and not worry about it feeling a bit violent.

    Push, kick, churn, flags

    Things I need to focus on this week
    Iíll swim at a SCM pool once more before the meet to check my turn timing with the flags at 5M. I also want to double check the blocks at Baruch (the meet venue) so I know what to expect on meet day.

    The very next event is the 50 SCM Free.

    Masters/lifetime best: 28.70 (2001)
    40-44 best (and most recent time): 29.92 (6/2008)
    My best-ever age-graded rating for this event is 91.0; I would need to swim a 29.37 to equal that.

    I would like to swim under :30 this season; getting that extra .09 to beat my 40-44 best would be even better.

    Smooth breakout after dive; fast turnover; quick and easy turn w/great streamline; keep head down and turnover up on 2nd 25. I love this race and am looking forward to swimming it. I need to not overthink things as Iím waiting behind the blocksójust go!

    Mantras: Head down; GOGOGO

    What I need to focus on this week: doing flip turns without lifting my head up to look at wall before I turn; smooth breakouts after starts and turns; balance some sprint work with getting my arm completely well

    This past week I had the opportunity to sign up for videotaping and analysis clinic with swimmetrics. Hurray! Iím overdue for a videotaping sessionómy last one was several years ago. The bad news is that the only opportunity to do it will be on the same day as this upcoming meet. Thatís not ideal (the taping seems to involve several sprint 25s of each stroke, which is way more sprinting than I generally do during meet warmups), but I decided to go ahead and do it anyway. Now I have a 15-minute videotaping session scheduled for 11 am, the meet has warmups at 2 pm and starts at 3. It will be an interesting day full of swimming, at 2 different pools. I am imagining that doing the videotaping plus the meet might feel like swimming two or three events in a single day at a big meet like nationals, where each event involves a separate trip to the pool and its own warmup and warmdown.

    Updated November 15th, 2009 at 04:19 PM by swimsuit addict

  6. Birthday Swim

    by , November 15th, 2009 at 09:33 AM (My non-workout blog and random thoughts)
    Wow! I made it to 55 today. Although I have avoided posting my workouts, my set this afternoon will be 55 x 50 on 55 seconds.

    Boring? Most likely.

    Symbolic? Yeah baby!

    I'm going to Tempe next weekend to Ron Johnson Memorial.

    I've got the need for speed! And I'm dedicating my 50 back to Ron.

    He was a great human being and made a huge difference in the lives of so many swimmers. In a very real sense, he lives on in each swimmer who had a chance to be coached by him.

    Rock on at 55!
  7. Saturday

    by , November 14th, 2009 at 11:25 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I did a quick workout at Fisher's High School with 6 other Nasti's.
    *200 Free stretch out
    *200 Drill Free (100 6 kick and roll/100 Catch up drill)
    *2 X 100 Back (build to fast last 25)
    *4 X 200 free on 3:30 steady till last 50 burst
    *8 X 100 on 2:00 (75 Free-10 sec rest and sprint last 25 stroke)
    *4 X 50 IM order (25 stroke/25 free)
    *8 X 25 Breath Control on :40--I think everyone did underwaters except me. I sprinted and took limited breaths.
    * easy 100 free and out!
    2,700 yds.

    I just got back from a party celebrating "Indy Runner's" 30th Anniversary. Nice party but mostly young folks. I recognized and talked to 5 or 6 people from my running era.
    They put a neat slide show together from the 80's. I saw myself a couple of times.
    Modern day runners are very different from their older counter-parts. Much lower key and participation orientated as opposed to the hard core preformance we tried to achieve. A 30 yr. old who is trying to qualify for Boston by (3:40 or faster) freaked out when I told her I had to go under 3:10 the 1st time I qualified and did it.
    They have significantly watered down Boston qualifications in the last 15 years. I think they want their numbers over 10,000 or something. I personally feel anyone who is much slower than 4 hours in a marathon should concentrate on getting faster in shorter distances and save the marathoning for the stronger days that will follow.
    Races that last over 4 hours are extremely difficult to man with volunteers. It's also difficult (and costly) to shut streets down for hours at a time.
    While I think it's somewhat courageous for folks who don't train properly to try a marathon I think in the long term it will ruin, and maybe bannish the sport from exsistance.
    Okay................back to swimming.
  8. 3000 POSTAL

    I tweaked my back a bit on thursday while carrying a couple of 500lb granite slabs up a short stair run with a tight landing. My lead install man has left to pursue a career as a recording engineer (that bastard!) and has left us short in that dept. Even with all the wheels and levers available to us, sometimes things just have to be man-handled and I (reluctantly) am just the man to do it. Maybe Jazz and Fort would care to add granite hauling to their lifting routines??? (call me guys!)
    .......but I digress.....
    So I needed some work and scheduled an acupuncture session at noon. I don't know how many needles were poked in my upper back, but there were many and I could feel my muscles twitching throughout the 30 minute session.... Katie had some Astor Piazzolla cd playing; I love tango music.

    I took a long hot shower and a little nap before masters.

    The pool was really cloudy tonight and only 2 of us showed up to swim. Coach Dan agreed to keep time.

    I felt ok after a warm-up that consisted of a 500, 3x 100, and 4x 50 trying to find that easy sustainable pace, and was ready to go.

    Dan asked what the plan was and I responded with a shrug and "1:12's would be 36 minutes" we agreed that if I fell off this pace he would do something to alert me, (I don't know what he would do that could make me swim faster, but anyway... it was a plan)
    We have a very nice digital clock that is easily visible to left breathers. I am a dominant left breather and can easily keep track of my pace, so Dan was really only useful to record my splits.... sorry Dan.

    GO... and I feel good at 14 SPL..... 1st 100 @1:03... too fast... settle down... 2:12 @ 200yds, thats better... only 15 more of those. 5:39 @ 500yds ... not bad, I suffered through a "fast" 500 at the end of practice last night and only managed a 5:43 (1/6th of the way home... hold steady) 11:25 @ the 1000 mark, one third down, 2/3rds to go... 80 lengths... 66% ... at least I don't have Hey Jude stuck in my head (damn! now I do!.. naaa naaa naaa na n' na naaa etc ad infinitum). 1650 - 18:57 (a personal best!) 15SPL now. 2000 - 23:02 na n' na naaa.
    I go to 16SPL, keeping it light 'till the end.
    3000 @ 34:40.9

    I'm thinking about the 6000 for tomorrow......
  9. A normal Saturday with the kids

    by , November 14th, 2009 at 08:04 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Today I swam with Sandra, McKaylin and Juan. We added alittle challenge today.

    5x100@1:45 Free
    20 reps on stretch cords
    20x25 Fly Drills
    20 reps on stretch cords
    20x25 Back Drills
    20 reps on stretch cords
    20x25 Free Drills
    a batch of ants took over our area so we had to skip the last set since Sandra and I both got bitten. Yes this was inside.
    20x25 Breast Drills
    5x100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy

    Total 2000 yards

    Updated November 15th, 2009 at 09:28 PM by Donna

  10. and the winner is . . .

    Over the years Iíve amassed a something of a collection of meet suits, so today I held auditions to see which would be my meet suit for next Saturdayís meet. Here are the contenders:

    The Magic Suit: Ah, my B70. Itís fast, and itís by far the latest and greatest I own in technical swimwear. It even makes butterfly feel easy. By all rights this one should win hands down, but Iím not so sure it will. For starters, itís really a pain to get on. (The donning gloves pictured below help.)

    Once on, itís, well, not pretty. This isnít a problem just with B70s, but with most of the latest generation of tech suits. We were headed in the right direction with the introduction of pink and turquoise suits (and even the LZRs that the 2008 US Olympic team wore, hideous though they were, were a nod towards the need to create something better than a vast expanse of black rubber). But FINA has stopped the evolution of full-body suit aesthetics right in its tracks. Iím sure that, given a few more years, swimming would have caught up with some other sports where athletes wear variations of unitards, like downhill skiing

    or figure skating :

    In addition to the tech-suit ugliness factor, I donít love wearing my B70 outside of the water. Itís hot, it makes me fidgety, and thereís always that nagging worry that a seam will come undone at an inopportune moment, a la Ricky Berens. In short, I tend to fret when Iím wearing this suit, and fretful is the opposite of how I want to feel at meets. Thatís why my B70 is feeling some stiff competition this season from

    The Amazing Technicolor Dream Suit:

    This Japanese Asics suit combines a bit of everythingóbright floral patterns over the breasts, black and grey pinstripes in much of the body, brilliant purple panels on the waist, all highlighted by neon pink straps and stitching. Given that I donít attend awards shows involving red carpets, where else will I get to wear a garment with all that? I used this suit in a couple of meets last spring and swam well in it. It does dip a little lower in the back than I like, and could be a bit tighter in the chest, but overall I feel comfortable and happy wearing it.

    Tyr Aquapel knee suit:

    I picked up a couple of these at a steep discount during the summer. Iíve not yet used one in a meet, but I did wear one in August at the Lake Placid 2-mile cable swim and found it very comfortable. The navy-with-orange-piping version matches my team swim cap perfectly. The suit is tight enough to get some compression advantage out of it, though not as much as with the B70 or my fastskin. The band at the bottom of the leg doesnít seem too constricting. When I try this suit on I like the way it looksóI feel tall and streamlined in it, like the Chrysler building.

    The Old Standbys: I have a Japanese Speedo knee suit that is black with orange and yellow flames along the sides. It has been a good and faithful meet suit, but has gotten pretty stretched out and should probably be retired. I also have an original Fastskin full-body suit that is in fairly good shape. I like wearing it, but dislike squeezing into it.

    So, what to wear? Iíve never swum a SCM meet in my B70, and itís probably now or never for that. However, the goals Iím most focused on this season involve bettering my own times that Iíve swum in my current age group, so maybe itís better to stick to a knee suit or the Fastskin, and compare apples to apples. Also, the process as well as the results is important for me at meets, so how happy and comfortable I will feel wearing my suit, both between events and while swimming in it, matters.

    Taking all this into account, here are the winners:

    Second runner-up: B70
    First runner-up: Asics purple kneesuit
    Meet suit: Tyr Aquapel kneesuit

    (Iím also awarding Miss Congeniality to my beloved Speedo flames suit.)
  11. Saturday Nov 14th, 2009

    by , November 14th, 2009 at 01:56 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Saturday Nov 14th, 2009

    following Berlin World Cup?


    FOUR OR MORE SDKs off EVERY wall

    7:30 - 9:00
    whitney coached
    dove in on time
    swam with jon, tyler, & max
    next to paul, sharon, & Desiree Ficker who placed 10th overall in the NYC marathon 2:39:30
    dick nichols pool

    WORE B70 legs

    Warm Up
    did around 500


    20 x 50 on 1:15
    5 rounds of
    1) kick fast for time dive
    2) EASY
    3) swim fast for time dive
    4) EASY
    k / sw
    1) 28, missed swim to put on B70 legs
    2) 25, 25
    3) 28, 25
    4) 27, 25
    5) 24.5, (swam easy 75, did 50 fr fast from blocks went 22.2)

    assigned: 1000 fr pull
    did: some of it maybe 400

    think there was another set here
    don't remember

    assigned: 7 x 100
    3 on fast int, 1 easy, 3 on fast int
    did: 25 easy 50 rest, 25 SDK fast

    50 EASY


    Saturday, November 21 & Sunday 22, 2009
    University of the Incarnate Word (SCM) Masters Meet

    6 Days till San Antonio

    December 4th - 6th, 2009
    2009 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships at
    Long Beach

    19 Days till Long Beach
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  12. Thursday/Friday

    by , November 13th, 2009 at 10:48 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    Thursday night I bagged swimming. I decided to go Friday instead and do a longer workout on my own.
    So I went home, had a glass of chard, relaxed, did light house cleaning, and made some home cut crisp fresh french fries in deep fried oil! Wow, I love these decadent greasy treats.
    The only exercise I got was running around all day at work (that's alot really!).

    Friday I reported to LA Fitness directly after work. I did the following modified Mo Chambers workout:
    *200 free stretch it out (rest 20 sec)
    *200 free good tempo (rest 30 sec)
    *5 X 150 (50 4 kick and roll drill, 75 moderate swim, 25 sprint) rest 20 seconds between each.
    *4 X (300--200--100)
    300's all freestyle pace building-rest "30
    200's-1st one swim 150 free/kick 50
    2nd one swim 100 free/kick 100
    3rd one swim 50/kick 150
    4th one Kick 200
    100's-1st one free, last 3 backstroke hard.

    3,500 scy--I liked this workout. I will do more from this file!

    This week-end and Tuesday we will be swimming at Fisher's HS pool due to swim meets at Noblesville. I love this pool so I really don't care. It's a new (4 yrs) beautiful indoor 50 meter long, 10 lanes wide with a moveable bulkhead. The bottom is sort of rag painted deep turquoise; it reminds me of swimming in the sea!
  13. Yeah Friday

    by , November 13th, 2009 at 07:50 PM (My Passion)
    5 am practice this morning. Swaim with Karen. There was a fast guy I had never seen before next to me in the other lane. Another guy I had never seen before, who was walking with the coach and carrying a cooler, came up to me and told me about this drink he wanted me to try, I cannot remember the name, The coach was telling him about my athletic adventures, so I guess that is why he picked me. The drink is suppossed to be a super-oxygenated water, I asked him some questions, to see why he was asking me to try it, and he said he sold it, but that was about it. I cannot remember the name of the drink, and it made me nauseous , so I stopped drinking it and went back to my water. The guy left before I could tell him it did not work. (it was suppossed to enhance performance)

    800 free warm-up
    8X100 free on 2:00 (a little too much rest, but since the dring made me nauseous and my asthma was kicking in, I took it)
    1X200 free
    10X25 hypoxic (1:5, 1-:9, 1:7) on :40 (good rest with my asthma)
    1X400 free
    2X100 with pull buoy - right arm/left arm pull alternate every 25 yds
    150 slow kick with board

    Practice tomorrow at 6 am - get to sleep in on Saturdays . Then to marathon expo and then Austin to see duaghter and attend baby shower (not for daughter ). We will get home late and then have to get up real early for hubby's marthon - he's only running half this year cause his sciatic nerve has really been hurting him - but he still runs . I point out the I have never been injured while swimming, but he just does not get it.
    With all that going on and my mom's big dog to babysit, busy, busy weekend.

    Updated November 13th, 2009 at 08:03 PM by swim4me

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  14. Getting it all in!

    by , November 13th, 2009 at 07:24 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    My computer went down Wednesday, so haven't been able to blog much. Right now, I'm using my husband's computer at work until I get a new computer, so I may be sporadic for the next week.

    On Wednesday afternoon, I did weights as follows:

    Bench press: bar x 5, 2 sets of 75 x 15
    Lat pulldown: 90 x 5, 120 x 10, 130 x 8, 140 x 6
    Triceps pulldown: 2 sets of 40 x 15
    Alt. hammer curls: 2 sets of 15 x 15
    Push-ups with bosu ball: 1 set of 15
    Bicycles: 1 set of 100

    Thursday morning, I woke up at 4:00 a.m. and could not go back to sleep. Decided to get up and go to the 5:15 spin class. Great class! Pretty tough intervals. The class lasted for 45 minutes. Followed the class up with a 1 mile run on treadmill at 8:32

    Today, hit the pool and did the following workout:

    200 warm-up

    Broken 400 I.M. - 10 seconds rest at each 25

    8 x 200 choice on 3:30 - did dolphin kick with no fins on first 4 and did free on second 4.

    6 x (35 underwater, 65 easy) with fins - 1 minute rest

    10 x 25 on :30 - did mostly free (After doing #1 and #3 fly, I realized that I was dead from all the working out this week.)

    300 pull

    3350 yards

    Updated November 13th, 2009 at 08:00 PM by elise526

  15. Friday, Nov. 13

    by , November 13th, 2009 at 05:02 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    AM: Hot Yoga

    Made it through another Africa hot class. I think Insel keeps the temperature higher than the other instructors. I was melting by the end. But I was a rock star on the standing boat pose finally. (That's my fav standing pose.) Afterward, I was slightly nauseous, probably just dehydrated.

    More info on hot yoga:

    PM Massage:

    Got a deep tissue massage this afternoon. I was really pummeled and feel dead at the moment. I'd love to hibernate in front of a fire on this cold rainy day. Maybe later tonight. The massage therapist noted that it's a great idea to do hot yoga before a massage b/c it makes you very pliable.

    I'm still planning on taking tomorrow off and sleeping in.
  16. FAST FRI Nov 13th, 2009 DOUBLE

    by , November 13th, 2009 at 03:14 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    FAST FRI Nov 13th, 2009 DOUBLE


    FOUR OR MORE SDKs off EVERY wall

    NOON - 1:15
    TYLER coached
    dove in on time
    swam with David VD,
    TSC main pool

    WORE new B70 with rip

    Warm Up
    go 900


    25 belly SDK
    roll start off blocks
    Tyler timed
    went 10.2

    100 easy

    100 fr fast
    racing start off blocks (from coaches go)
    Tyler timed
    went 50.1

    out in 23 low & died
    had little left

    200 easy

    rested 25 minutes

    200 fr fast
    Tyler timed
    cruised first 125 worked 75
    out in 54
    went 1:51.5

    200 easy

    25 SDK fast
    Tyler timed
    roll start
    dove in rolled over & kicked on back
    went 9.5
    that is my lifetime best 25 SDK


    Saturday, November 21 & Sunday 22, 2009
    University of the Incarnate Word (SCM) Masters Meet

    7 Days till San Antonio

    December 4th - 6th, 2009
    2009 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships at
    Long Beach

    20 Days till Long Beach
    Swim Workouts
  17. Very easy swim today

    by , November 13th, 2009 at 12:22 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)

    Very light workout today. Just enough to get warm and loose.

    SCY, Solo

    Swim 300 free & back
    Kick 200 on back alt dolphin/flutter by 50
    Drill 6 x 50 drill, 2 each fly-back-free

    4 x 50 back build on 1:15... build to fast
    (these were around 37-38)

    200 easy

    4 x 25 fast choice from blocks, walk back
    (1 & 3 back, around :16, 2 fly :14, 4 free 13)

    swim down 600 easy free and back

    Total: 1900 yards
  18. FAST FRI Nov 13th, 2009 22.9 50 fl

    by , November 13th, 2009 at 12:10 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    FAST FRI Nov 13th, 2009


    FOUR OR MORE SDKs off EVERY wall

    5:30 - 6:30
    Whitney coached
    dove in on time
    swam with mike, todd, tyler, doug jon & larry
    TSC main pool & diving well

    WORE new B70 with rip

    Warm Up
    go 900


    50 FL fast off blocks
    from coaches go
    mike V timed
    went 22.9

    100 easy

    100 fr fast off blocks
    from coaches go
    whitney timed
    went 49

    got smoked by mike varozza who swam 2 lanes over from me, he went 45 for a 100 free, wearing his new B70, I gave up some, when I saw how far ahead of me he was at the 25

    200 easy

    200 fast
    dove in
    right eye goggle flooded
    just cruised it
    whitney timed
    went 1:56

    400 easy

    thinking about coming back for noon practice to do some more fast swims
    maybe take another crack at the 100 & 200


    Saturday, November 21 & Sunday 22, 2009
    University of the Incarnate Word (SCM) Masters Meet

    7 Days till San Antonio

    December 4th - 6th, 2009
    2009 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships at
    Long Beach

    20 Days till Long Beach
    Swim Workouts
  19. High FLYing fun!

    by , November 13th, 2009 at 08:05 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Anyone up for some high flying fun? The more I do this the easier it seems to get. At least that is the goal.

    10x100@2:00 Free long and loose
    500 Free kick w/fins
    500 Fly w/fins for time 8:56
    500 Fly kick w/fins varying the position side, back, front
    2x400@7:00 Free w/paddles & bouy

    Total 3300 meters
  20. My Lonely Blog

    by , November 12th, 2009 at 10:31 PM (Chicken's Nuggets)
    [ame=""]YouTube- Mel's Blog: Lonely (HBO)[/ame]