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  1. Sunday, January 12, 2014 Winter Inviational Meet Results

    by , January 12th, 2014 at 10:54 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    This was more of a survival type swim meet for me today. I haven't been swimming a whole lot over the past couple months with my mother in law gone, as well as my house rebuild project going on. The first "problem" is solved as my MIL is back, but the house fixup will be going for a while.

    I did minimal warmup, figuring that it wasn't going to help me that much, but too much could hinder my performance by taking away valuable energy.

    I'm getting all these splits off the computer timing tapes, which I luckily have since I'm the Top Ten/Records guy for the LMSC. They have an old cable for the timing system and it doesn't transfer the touchpad 50 splits from the timing computer to the laptop with Meet Manager, so they have to manually enter all the finish times. Doing splits would be way too much work...but I can look after the fact at my own times.

    All splits from the tape and my rough estimate subtraction math...

    400 IM - 4:52.34
    29.0 / 1:02.78
    39.1 / 39.0
    42.5 / 42.8
    34.0 / 32.3

    I knew this race was going to be tough, but I didn't expect to see 1:02 on the wall as I was going on my back. It definitely hurt, and I just held it together as best I could.

    400 Free Relay (did leadoff leg): 27.27 (55.42) - we were 2nd place on the relay
    My goggle filled with water off the dive, I just swim this relaxed, breathing every stroke. Powered off the 50 turn with about 10 SDKs and came home as best I could...that's why it was nearly even splitting for a 100.

    200 Free - 2:00.28
    28.11 / 30.7 (58.84)
    31.2 / 30.1 (1:01.3)
    Originally my intention was to swim the 200 Fly in this race, but I decided otherwise on that after the 400 IM earlier. Wise choice on my part.
    Looking back at the tape splits, I can see just how close this was.
    I was 0.02 ahead at the 50, about 0.3 ahead at the 100, 1.1 ahead at the 150, and then barely touched him out on the finish by 0.07. This young buck 23 year old always seems to be a little Sammy save-up when it comes to races like this. I had to really put my head down for the final 6-7 stroke cycles (normally I'd probably have taken 5 breaths or so during this), but it's probably what got me the win.

    200 Medley Relay - (Fly split) - went 26.4 - 1st place on the relay
    I figured I could do a 50 okay.

    200 Fly - 2:17.44
    28.96 / 33.9 (1:02.89)
    37.1 / 37.4
    I didn't feel "normal" on this race, and just held it together by backing off after the 100. I managed to keep my breathing pattern good, just backed off the intensity. Happy to have lived through another one!

    200 Free Relay - anchor leg 24.1 - we got 1st place by about 1 second.
    Came from behind throughout the relay after we gave away a 4 second deficit on the 1st leg. I dove in basically tied with the other team's final swimmer. It's fun finally have a relay team group in my workout group that I can finally race with. In the past I'd be the young gun with a bunch of AARP members.

    50 Fly - 27.09
    I got beat on this one by about 1/2 a second. I just wasn't ready to sprint on this one, but I was gaining on the 2nd length. ...just 5 more yards...

    500 Free - 5:27.41
    30.4 / 32.9
    33.5 / 34.0
    33.6 / 33.0
    32.9 / 32.7
    32.4 / 31.7
    I managed to negative split this one 2:44.4 to 2:42.9 (about 1.5 seconds!)
    I was definitely a hurting guy prior to this race...fully exhausted, and just dove in swam "EZ" at the beginning. I glanced at the clock at the 200 and it said 2:10. In my head I thought that was wayyyyy too slow, so I tried to crank it up and actually felt really good doing so. Go to the legs!! That's why I do those insane kicking sets even now in my YMCA lap lane practice!
  2. Friday, Jan 10, 2014

    by , January 12th, 2014 at 10:44 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    Brazilians visiting the age group team again this week & next - sorta crowded in the pool. Also, new guy showed up - 23 yo who's been out of the water 8 months and says he's super out of shape, but looks like he's gonna be super fast once he gets back into it - we spent to much time talking and getting to know him (rather talk than swim, I guess!)

    600 back/free
    600 pull
    20 x 100 @ 1:40 - sounds like an easy interval, doesn't it? hahaha - not when you're not used to LC & you have to do TWENTY of them!! Luckily I got 15 sec rest or more on all of 'em.
    200 easy
    8 x 4-cycle speed play @ :30
    200 easy
    6 x 100 kick @ 2:15ish (hard to see the clock due to the fog & distance)
    500 pull no paddles
    300 breast/free by 50s
    Total: 5200 LCM
  3. 4500 yards

    by , January 12th, 2014 at 09:52 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    We did the 80 x 25 workout today and I added some IM work afterward (moderate pace).

    Here's how it went down:

    WU (500):
    400 EZ on 7:00
    100 IM on 2:00

    MS1 (2500):
    20 x 25 BK on :45 (these were :19-:20 range)
    100 recovery
    20 x 25 FR on :45 (these were :15-:16, maybe a :14 in there)
    100 recovery
    2 x 50 fr off the blocks (hard, the first one we didn't get a time on b/c of a stopwatch issue; the second one I brought in at 31.13, but didn't have much in the tank... so I'm guessing that first one was faster; darn you, stopwatch!)
    20 x 25 FLY on :45 (was holding :20-:21 on these for the most part)
    100 recovery
    20 x 25 BR on :45 (working hard to hold :25)
    100 recovery

    MS2 (1500):
    1 x 400 IM on 8:00 (6:50)
    100 recovery
    2 x 200 IM on 4:00 (3:25s)
    100 recovery
    4 x 100 IM on 2:00 (these were slow and relaxed, trying to cool down)
    100 recovery/cool-down
  4. Sunday, Jan. 12

    by , January 12th, 2014 at 05:06 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drylands @ LA Fitness/Home

    RC/scap ex
    battle ropes, 6 x :15 AFAP + :30 rest
    power wheel roll outs, 3 x 15
    flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    long arm crunches, 2 x 50
    single leg deadlifts w/DBs, 20 x 2 x 12 each leg
    extreme angle iso squat, 2:00
    explosive push on double cable machine, 35 x 2 x 30
    explosive leg extension, 75 x 3 x 15
    lows row, 90 x 1 x 8, 100 x 6 -- think I shouldn't have done 100, my elbows are kinda sore from that
    overhead squats, 45 x 3 x 8
    squat jumps w/bar, 45 x 2 x 8
    calf raises, 90 x x 6
    good mornings, 70 x 3 x 8

    Stretching/Yoga, 20 min

    Swimming, 700 yards

    -- I just hopped in the pool for an easy swim. The pool is just like all the other crappy LA Fitness pools. It was also cloudy and hard to see the wall.


    Going to get in a swim tomorrow and then I have a massage booked for Tuesday. It's one of the gift certificates my team gave me and he comes highly recommended. I did read with interest in Swimmer that David Guthrie swears by frequent massage (and his P2Life supps). I'm going to try having a protein shake before bedtime to see if that has any effect. Fort Son swears by that too.
  5. Week 67 - Sunday

    by , January 12th, 2014 at 11:17 AM (After a long rest)
    My coach asked me to be at the pool at 7.30am this morning for a meet warm up, fast swim and warm down. So last night I set my alarm for 6.30am. Unlike the rest of the week I was awoken by the alarm shortly followed by my wife shouting at me; she did not realize I was swimming this morning and she was not happy. I need to do some groveling once she is up and about this morning.

    Despite this I headed to the pool this morning and did a meet warm up, followed by a fast 100 off the block followed by 4 fast 25s, using the electronic timing setup for the meet.

    Warm up
    400 swim with snorkel concentrating on being long in the pool.
    8x50 catchup on 45
    4x100 kick on 2mins holding 1.25s
    4x50 up tempo on 45s holding sub 30s

    Main set
    100 AFAP from a dive
    200 easy
    2x(2x25 the first from the block with a turn, 15 seconds rest and then another 25 from a push with a turn)

    Warm down
    400 easy

    Total 2400scy

    I felt good in the warm up and overall strong. I went 50.1 from the dive on the electronic timing system at the pool, which was about .5 seconds quicker than I went at the meet in December(still slightly slower than my meet swim in Nov). Despite not being a 100 swimmer i can swim quite quick in this event and since i dont feel easy speed yet I was pleasantly surprised and generally very happy with this effort. I think this is a good sign for next weekend. Fingers crossed with another week of rest i will hit my taper just right next weekend. The fast 25s I went 10.7 and 10.8 from the blocks and 11.7 and 11.8 from a push. These were again good times for me to my feet.
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  6. 01|11|14

    by , January 12th, 2014 at 10:48 AM (Blog)


    30 x 15.5 turn drill (hypoxic) on 0:20
    • from low 11's to 9's
    • not quite to failure by last but close
    • 1 to 1 work to rest average

    10 x 50 free WF on 1:00
    • 40ish

    5 x 50 free WF on 1:30 - maintain steady 6-beat (with no partial kicks) while permanencing to stroke rhythm
    • 30's

    2 x 25 FK well rested for times
    • 18 - 19's

    Right knee tender from (likely) a dryland activity

    Have noticed my free 6-beat had distilled down to a KICK-KICK-kick-KICK-KICK-kick that I assume attributed from a body driven style. Maybe I can improve from redeveloping the kick. All but one (Nystrand) 50fr superhero's kick solid every beat. My upper body leads the stroke and the core kinda connects it to the kick, and the kick also showed where my stroke is lacking, which is likely the cause. Had some difficulty at first, but after leading with the kick, and adjusting stroke to it did I pinpoint the cause finding my rhythm was off rotating left (driving left shoulder down).

    Updated January 12th, 2014 at 03:52 PM by __steve__