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  1. Monday, Oct 6, 2014

    by , October 6th, 2014 at 10:36 AM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    Getting ready for the Rowdy Gaines meet this weekend - I think I shall do a "drop taper," meaning that I will do normal today, and drop about 3-500yards/day until the meet.
    So grateful to say that I felt much less achy in the water today than I did last Thursday & Friday. My biorhythms must have been off, lol!
    600 back/free
    300 kick
    300 pull
    4 x 150; 50 kick, 50 stroke, 50 free
    4 x 150 IM twitch
    200 easy
    10 x 50 pull @ :45
    200 easy
    4 x 50 kick
    200 pull
    100 breast
    4 x 50 kick
    200 pull w/fins
    100 breast
    100 easy
    Total ~4400SCY

    **Events for the meet: 100, 200, 400m free; 100, 200 breast, 100 IM & hopefully various relays
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  2. YUCK I hate getting older

    by , October 6th, 2014 at 08:37 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I was hoping to avoid a few things that have started happening. Hot flashes YUCK, stay away. Thought I was getting sick then realized what it was and oh well....

    As for my shoulder issues I think I worked them out well so far but I will have to be diligent this week with the Rowdy Gaines Classic and a trip to Universal and Disney.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x100@1:45 free w/paddles & bouy went 1:26, 1:26, 1:25, 1:25, 1:25, 1:21, 1:21, 1:20, 1:20, 1:21 1-5 was alternate breathing 6-10 were breathing on the right only
    500 free kick w/zoomers every 3rd lap FAST
    5x100@1:45 free w/snorkle maintain 6 beat kick

    Total 3000 yards
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  3. 10|3|14 SCM & 10|5|14 SCM

    10|3|14
    1000 flutter kick with board and fins

    20 x 25 flutter kick on 0:50



    10|5|14
    30 x 25 free with fins on 0:40
    • 15m burst / 10 easy
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  4. USAS North Texas Division 2 Level 3 Meet

    by , October 5th, 2014 at 06:47 PM (After a long rest)
    First it's weird now how these meets are named. They used to be so and so meet but now they have this division level business. Anyhow today I had a USAS meet at my home pool in Rockwall. My daughter swam both days in the afternoon and I decided to just do the one session this morning where I signed up for the 200 back and the 500 free. I did not realize how fast the meet would run and it seemed like I had no rest after the 200 back before the 500 free. In reality I probably had an hour, but it did not feel like it. Despite being very stiff and sore from yesterday I had a great meet and I was very pleased with how I swam.

    200 back - 2:02.39 splits 28.73, 31.17, 31.61, 30.88.
    500 free - 5:01.26 splits 27.0, 30.4, 30.7, 30.5, 30.6, 30.4, 30.4, 30.3, 30.5, 30.1

    The 200 back was 4 seconds faster than I swam last season and to the best of my knowledge is a life time best(I never swam this in college). I have yet to swim this event rested and shaved.

    I had optimistically hoped to go under 5mins on the 500 but alas I was just off. What was most exciting about both swims was the consistancy in my splits. This is a great time for this early in the season and I will take a lot of confidence from this swim going forward.

    My my daughter had an awesome day too, with big drops in her 200 back(8 seconds) and her 500 free(42 seconds). She dropped time on every event today which was exciting to see.

    Updated October 5th, 2014 at 07:06 PM by StewartACarroll

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  5. Sat 10/4/14

    400 swim
    4 x 100 IM drill
    4 x 50 kick @ 60 descend

    4 rounds of
    4 x 100 @ 1:30 (just hold 500 pace)
    4 x 50 @ 60
    -25 sprint kick/25 swim
    rest 60 between rounds

    8 x 25 @ 30
    -breath 3,2,1,0 per 25

    100 floating around and practicing bubble rings

    3700
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  6. Workout 10/04/14: morning

    by , October 4th, 2014 at 04:25 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Well, I found some gumption during the middle part of my staycation and worked for two days at the college library, helping out a mission team from Dothan, AL, rip heating ductwork out of the attic. Although it was messy and I picked up some good cuts, it was a good time. Yesterday I headed out on a long planned motorcycle ride to the town named after my own in the next state over, and the weather was beautiful. I was musing that this time of year, you don't worry much about cars on the side of the road being in trouble, but you look to see where the occupants might be taking some pictures! Here are a couple from yesterday ...





    Great turnout at Masters this morning:

    200 swim/200 kick/200 pull
    8 x 50 on 1:15 (videotaping each swimmer, I did one)
    6 x 75 on 1:45 (did 100's)
    4 x 50 kick
    12 x 25 on :45 (odd = choice, evens = Fast
    200 pull (I did 300)
    4 x 50 active recovery and out
    (Masters/Rec/2250 yds/75 min)
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    We had a full house with eight swimmers, including Greg, Brent, Melissa, Meg, Rachel, Rebekah, and Kevin. I plan to upload the video to youtube and send out some thoughts to each person individually.

    I went to men's breakfast with my son before practice, and was able to take this picture on the way home:

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  7. Week 105 - Saturday

    by , October 4th, 2014 at 02:13 PM (After a long rest)
    My son had a friend over and my daughter had a hoedown at school. As the family activities went on around me I sat down for what I planned was 5minutes and the next thing I knew my wife woke me in the chair around 7pm and packed me off to bed. Even by my standards this was early. As I look back over the past month on my flog I have been tired and I think the stress of work, allergies and some tough workouts has been playing havoc on me. It was great getting a good nights sleep that lasted almost 10 hours.

    Today we we did a race pace set which will become a staple over the next few months. Today we did a fixed number of 100s but the plan is to do a 100 set on Saturdays until failure.

    Warm up
    16x50 drill swim with snorkel on 1min

    Main sets
    10x50 with snorkel on :35
    100 easy
    8x100 free on 2mins at 500 race pace
    200 active recovery
    6x100 on 2mins, odds 1 second faster than 500 pace, evens kick fast

    Warm down
    100 easy

    i felt really good during the warmup for a change. The 10x50s I started out feeling good but at #4 these started to become uncomfortable. I ended up holding :30s on these and finally around #8 they started to feel better again. The 8x100s my goal time was :58s and I went :58,:58,:57,:57,:57,:57,:57,:57. These were by no means easy but I felt consistent and strong throughout. On the next set I held :56s on the swims and 1:25s on the kick.

    After swimming I lifted pretty lightly doing the normal 3 rounds but went 80% on all rounds focusing on my upper body; inclined bench, bench, military press, seated row hands inside, seated row hands outside, lat pull down hands inside, lat pull down hands outside, lower back extensions. i deliberately went light today due to swimming a meet tomorrow. I am swimming the 200 back and 500 free at a usas meet. My daughter is swimming two days in the afternoons, whereas I am swimming just the one session tomorrow morning.

    After lifting, I did my yoga class which absolutely crushed me physically today. I really have an appreciation for yoga and have really enjoyed the core and stretching associated with it....but it's the base class and it's kicking my butt. Heaven knows how bad I will feel when I go up to the next level. Maybe I will just stick with this level and concentrate on core and flexibility.
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  8. Week 105 - Friday

    by , October 3rd, 2014 at 06:58 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a good night sleep and felt pretty good today. Today's workout was springy and pace oriented.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    main sets
    20x50 kick on 1min best average
    20x25 with 10 squats at the start end and 10 dips and 10 push ups at the opposite end on 1min
    4x(2x25 AFAP stroke on :40, 50 kick with the last 12.5 AFAP on 1min) IM order(no breast with fly instead for me)

    warm down
    100 easy

    i held :37-38 throughout the kick set. The 25s were interesting and I hurt in places I did not know I could hurt, like my knee cap. The 4 rounds at the end I held 13-14 on the fly and back and 12s on the free. Today I felt good.
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  9. Thursday-Friday, Oct. 2-3

    by , October 3rd, 2014 at 04:40 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Thursday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    8 x 25 burst SDK + cruise w/fins @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    8 x 25 burst SDK + cruise, no fins @ 1:00
    150 Z

    5 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    back shooter from a start (11 high-12 flat)
    backstroke from a start (13 flat)
    breast = 12
    2 x dolphin kick w/board (10 flats)
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 breast w/fins @ 100 pace @ :45
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 dolphin kick w/board & fins @ 100 pace @ :40 (12 flats)
    200 EZ

    5 x 25 fast kick w/chute + 25 EZ @ 1:30
    100 EZ

    Total: 3450

    -- I think this is what I did on Thursday. Having a senior moment about exactly what I did ...


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    Friday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    100 chest press fly
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    10 x 25 burst SDK or kick + cruise @ 1:00
    200 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    50 EZ

    2 x
    4 x 100 backstroke kick w/fins descend to fast (:56-57) @ 1:45
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00
    8 x 25 dolphin kick w/board & fins @ 100 pace @ :40
    1 x 150 EZ

    Total: 3300


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    I'm still a tad under the weather, but tried to get in a couple decent workouts before my sister arrives for a visit tomorrow. I probably shouldn't have done that AFAP 25 back. It honked off my shoulder. And I've been so busy that I haven't done my rehab exercises the last couple days. Off to do them now before heading out to coach!

    Btw, I've decided the traffic in Pittsburgh is no better than NoVa. Between the tunnel traffic, bridge traffic, detours, exit closures, lane closures, I'm stuck in traffic all the time. Part of the problem is that Pitt is just not that convenient.
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  10. Thankfully today was short course

    by , October 3rd, 2014 at 09:01 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I didn't have to swim with Masters today. My neck and shoulder on the right side are causing me issues. I have 1 week now to get it all under control.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x200@3:00 free w/paddles & bouy descend went 2:53, 2:53, 2:50, 2:44, 2:40
    12x25@:45 fly w/zoomers
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    200 free EZ

    Total 3000 yards
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  11. Week 105 - Thursday

    by , October 2nd, 2014 at 07:06 PM (After a long rest)
    I was tired again when I woke this morning and realized when I woke up I went to bed intending to take my allergy pill but left it sitting on my bedside table. I was congested when I woke up but took the pill and seemed ok by the time I got to the pool. I lifted hard again last night. We are still doing our 3 rounds with 10,8,6 reps per machine at 80%, max, fail by round. Since I hurt my thigh and then my groin I have been primarily focusing on my upper body and my abs. Last night I did 15 minutes of Abs, which once again hurt pretty bad followed by 45 minutes of back and chest exercises.

    Warm up
    20x25 surf drill on :30

    Main Sets
    16x50 free on :40 with snorkel and cardio cap
    10x50 finger tip drag drill on 1min
    6x100 back on 3 mins AFAP
    6x100 kick on 2mins

    Warm down
    100 easy

    This one looks easy but it really was not. The 50ís I held 30s and as such was uncomfortably uncomfortable as opposed to comfortably uncomfortable. On the back 100ís I started out at 1:02 and dropped to 1:00 on the last two. On this type of set I always seem to start out ok after the first swim but by the end of the second 100 I am always hurting. Today was no exception. The 100s kick I went pretty easy and held right around 1:30s. I was pleased with the 100s back today.
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  12. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 10/03/2014

    by , October 2nd, 2014 at 04:30 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 1:40 1:30
    1 X 250 4:00 --
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    10 X 50 choice 1:00
    odd: moderate even: fast

    2 X 150 kick 3:15
    1 X 100 swim

    1 X 200 IM 3:30
    1 X 100 IM 1:45
    3 X 50 1:05
    Four rounds.
    50's: round 1:fly 2:back 3:breast
    Round 4 50's are free, they are your swim down.

    4000Y
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  13. Catch up

    by , October 2nd, 2014 at 12:11 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I did two 45 minute swims while I was in in AZ. I didn't have the time or mental energy to do more, and I was chalking it up to recovery. Oddly, the pool where my mother lives is 31 meters ... I got home very late Sunday night. I went to the gym on Monday, then starting feeling like I had a bad cold the next day. I did a mini workout on Tuesday and took yesterday off. I had a huge sleep last night and feel a bit better. I'm not in the mood for a nasty cold right now!


    Monday: Drylands:

    RC/scap/bicep ex
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 6
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 4 x 15
    seated row, 70 x 4 x 8
    kneeling ab crunches, 140 x 4 x 12
    overhead squat, 45 x 1 x 8
    hip abductor, 10 x 4 x 8
    seated straight arm dip, 75 x 3 x 25
    -- think I did something else, but can't remember ...


    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    8 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    150 EZ

    1 x 25 fly @ 100 pace + 75 EZ
    -- no, not ready for fly

    10 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    -- times were all pretty fast
    -- I did a couple AFAP back kicks from the blocks: 1 terrible start and 1 decent one. It felt foreign after not doing a start for months.

    100 EZ

    Total: 2350


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    I'm not feeling quite as under the weather today, so hoping I can get a decent workout in. I had my third set of PRP jabs yesterday and my shoulders are still sore.
  14. Thursday, Oct 2, 2014

    by , October 2nd, 2014 at 12:11 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    I've been just exhausted the past couple of days, and didn't swim or do weights on Tuesday or Wednesday. Went in this morning, skipping weights as I rest a bit for the Rowdy Gaines meet, and swam ~4200 solo:

    1000 warm up
    3 x 300 + 100 easy
    5 x 200
    500 steady state
    4 x 150 breast free
    100 easy

    Hopefully I'll have a quality workout tomorrow with Marci and Grady. Saturday will be between conference sessions, so I'll be swimming solo again, joy.
    **It's amazing how easy it is for me to forget to write in this blog now-a-days. Don't know if this is a reflection of my busy life, or joy or depression? Whatever, lol.
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  15. Another easy day of rest

    by , October 2nd, 2014 at 08:20 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Since tomorrow I will be in with Master, with the fast lane again I need to be fully recovered. Today was an easy one with a lot of drill.



    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    200 fly scull drill
    200 torque drill
    200 1 arm fly alt 25rt/25lt w/zoomers
    200 6 kicks then come up for a stroke w/zoomers
    200 dolphin kick on back w/zoomers I call this "make like a dolphin" for the kids
    100 dolphin w/board & zoomers under water
    400 free kick w/zoomers
    200 free EZ

    Total 2700 yards
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  16. Week 105 - Wednesday

    by , October 1st, 2014 at 11:03 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a great nights sleep but still felt very tired when I woke up today. Coach asked how I did yesterday and when I told him he decided today was going to be a recovery day for me. I was so tempted to say I was ok and just swim through whatever he gave me but I am glad I spoke up.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    main sets
    12x50 build kick by 25 on :50
    20x25 surf drill on :30
    4x(3x50 on :40, 3x25 on :40)
    12x50 kick with find underwater on 1min

    warm down
    200 easy

    total 3500scy

    nothing to document time wise today.

    After practice I met with Tom and we worked on goals for the year and discussed training, diet, weights, taper, etc. It was a really good conversation and we are going to try some new things for this next training cycle. We discussed doing a rest and shave for the SPMS meet in Commerce in December along with a couple of USAS and USMS meets before this meet. We also discussed doing more race based training with standard sets each week. We are also going to make Tuesday and Thursday mornings for lifting and doing low yardage stretch and recovery swimming after weights. I am very excited to see how the high intensity race based approach will work. Tom expressed his concerns about maintaining my aerobic base and we agreed I would do one workout each week focusing on this.

    i think my biggest challenge is going to be me; breaking habits that are ingrained in me like forgetting about yardage and tracking reps until failure instead. We are starting our new approach next week.
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  17. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 10/02/2014

    by , October 1st, 2014 at 04:18 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    4 X 75 1:15
    4 X 100 1:30
    1 X 300 --

    2 X 100 kick 2:10
    8 X 50 kick 1:05
    1 X 100 swim

    4 X (4 X 50 1:05
    Descend 1-4 within each round. Choice.

    4 X 200 3:00
    6 X 100 1:30
    200's: negative split
    100's: descend 1-3/4-6

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4100Y
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  18. SCM meet report!

    by , October 1st, 2014 at 04:17 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    WOW! It's been a really, really long time since I blogged. Too busy on flyertalk and other interesting websites instead.

    This year the annual pool closure at Baylor was 3 weeks - yours truly decided to give up after about 10 days and just embrace bad eating habits, little exercise, hardly any pool time. I am truly at my max PSI pushing 150 lbs! It was funny being 5 lbs over, but that was 10 lbs ago and now it's not so funny anymore! I think my metabolic Dorian Gray has finally given up.

    Here's how I did at the meet. BTW, I wasn't swimming very fast going into in, but I didn't want to miss out on some real racing! In order of racing,
    50 breast 38.38
    50 back 33.02
    50 free 28.49
    50 fly 31.03
    400 IM 5:56.44

    Those should all be respectable SCM top tens. I really starting dying at the 50 fly, which was my 4th. I was really slowing down right after the turn. The 400 IM was pretty tough, because I was still winded from the 50 fly. That's no way to start a 400 IM! So I just backed way off, and then decided that no, I didn't feel like going any faster and just hoped it was fast enough to break 6:00.

    Next up: the Ron John, 11/15-16! I am going to work around these events to get as many top tens as possible. I need 5 more, assuming the 5 above make it, to get to 200 career top tens at the end of the SCM season, yeah! Quantity seems a good strategy now as I just can't get serious enough for long enough to go for any exceptional times.

    Question: What do you think is a reasonable 200 IM SCM time? I can go 1:16 strong 100IM in workout, 1:12 last year in racing, and 2:50-2:55 200 IM in practice, and you see my 400 IM time above. I am thinking 2:40 low if I am also swimming a full lineup of events. That seems a tough event - not open enough for me to pull my 400 IM stunts, but long enough I can't rely on my sprinterness like in a 100 IM.

    My thoughts on Phelps: What a knuckeheaded, knitwit, knumbskull knincompoop. 2nd DUI? Probably more like he got so lucky all those other times he didn't get caught a second time until now. Geez, how could you not know better?!!! Who's he partying with?What's it going to take? He probably still won't wake up until he kills someone. Darned either way as far as the Worlds team - if he's on, that's awkward. If he's off, how does that affect the team as well?
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  19. Shoulder getting better

    by , October 1st, 2014 at 08:26 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Sat with the Compex unit on for about an hour and that has helped. Will do it again today.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@1:45 free w/snorkle held 1:30's
    5x100@1:30 free held 1:27's
    4x50@1 free w/snorkle & zoomers
    4x50@1 free kick w/snorkle & zoomers
    2x50@1 free w/snorkle & zoomers
    500 free kick w/zoomers fast
    200 free EZ

    Total 3200 yards
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  20. Workout 09/30/14: evening

    by , September 30th, 2014 at 10:27 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Went for a two mile run yesterday (which was about 1/3 trails) while the boys watched a soccer game. Staycation so far has been very unproductive, which might not be a bad thing. I will try to help out with some construction projects at the college's library tomorrow, then planning for a long (and overdue) motorcycle ride Thursday.

    Tonight Greg, Carol, and (newcomer) Rachel joined me for a Kiefer inspired workout:
    200 Swim/100 kick/200 Pull (I did an extra 200)
    8 x 25 drill

    2 x
    - 25 kick :10sr
    - 50 choice :10 sr (bk)
    - 75 drill :10
    - 100 hard (went 1:06, :07 by round)

    100 kick

    2 x 200 on :10 (I did 250)
    2 x 50 on :20
    [first round = perfect stroke, second round broken halfway for :10]

    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2200 yds/65 min)
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    Updated October 1st, 2014 at 12:42 AM by rxleakem

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