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  1. Week 178 - Friday

    by , February 26th, 2016 at 11:39 AM (After a long rest)
    I decided to work from the house today which will be great. I have a lot of small projects I need to complete and I have the challenge in the office of continuously being interrupted which makes doing my own work tough. I had to finish and deliver a small project before leaving the office last night so was late home. I have been procrastinating for a few days and it bit me in the butt last night but I got it done. As a result of my project I was home late but ate as soon as I got home and was in bed early. I slept really well and woke as the alarm screamed at me to get up. Despite feeling very heavy in the warmup I had a really good practice today. I never felt good but the times and my performance were good. Todays workout was not our typical Friday workout!

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

    Main Sets
    6x100 kick on 1:45
    3x(300 free on 4mins with snorkel, 200 back on 3mins, 100 IM on 1:25)
    100 easy
    16x25 afap to your feet on :30
    100 easy
    6x100 kick on 1:30

    Warm down
    200 easy

    Tom said there was going to be a lot of kicking and was sort of caught off guard a little when he said 6x100s at the beginning and then we had no kicking in the aerobic set. On the first 6x100s I was holding 1:27/1:28s and felt very easy and smooth. On the aerobic set I tried focusing on long and smooth and was 3:15, 3:13, 3:13. On the back I went 2:19, 2:17, 2:15 and on the IM's I was 1:09,1:08,1:07. Weird how I dropped since I did not intentionally try to descend. The 16x25s were rough today but held :12/:13s to my feet. Like I was caught off guard on how few 100s kick we did on the first kick set I was caught off guard again first by the fact we were kicking(we usually do drills or easy swimming at this point in the workout) and the interval which I was struggling to believe I would make. Despite this I tried going at a steady pace out of the gate and not go like a crazy man, almost building the effort. I ended up holding right at 1:25s which was terrific.

    Tomorrow we are swimming a 90 minute workout and putting the pads in the pool before doing a bunch of fast swims from a dive. I don't think I will put a fast suit on but may if I am feeling it tomorrow morning. I am excited about doing a meet warmup and swimming fast. Should be fun!

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    i finally broke down down and went to my doctor today to talk about my shortness of breath when working out and my sleep challenges. They diagnosed me with asthma(she said likely exercise induced) and my doctor thinks it's likely all caused by allergies. I am on a course of steroids to clear me up and then a prescription steroid inhaler. I am also being sent for a sleep apnea test but my doctor said my sleep issues could quite easily be allergy based also.

    Updated February 26th, 2016 at 07:51 PM by StewartACarroll

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  2. Thurs Feb 25

    by , February 26th, 2016 at 11:13 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :35
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :30
    100 EZ
    3 x (50 double shooter + 50 EZ)
    150 EZ

    Total: 1550



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    Did an easy workout at Sewy yesterday. Also did a lot of rehab and icing. Just finished more flexbar exercises and am about to head to the chiro. My elbows are very gradually getting better. I really hope that I am argely pain free by next weekend.

    Thinking of shooters, I had this recollection that I had gone a 19 in a double shooter before with my monofin. Here is the vid:

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  3. Week 178 - Thursday

    by , February 25th, 2016 at 09:37 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a good night of sleep but not enough of it.

    Drylands

    5x(1:30 vasa swim trainer, :30 rest)
    2x(shoulder exercises with bands)
    5x(5xabs done as :45 secs on and :15 second transition) with 1min between rounds.
    6x(1:30 vasa swim trainer, :30 rest) all out

    I used the medicine ball, the ab roller and the bench for elevated planks. I did two sets of ab wheel per round.


    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    i then worked with some of the masters on starts and turns. I was not feeling that great today so decided to cut it quite short. I am looking forward to some extra sleep tonight.
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  4. 2|25|16 SCM semi-aerobic blahs

    by , February 25th, 2016 at 03:21 PM (Blog)
    about 400 warmup drills with snorkel

    10 x 50 fr's on 2:00 (44 - 40's)

    5 x 50 fr's on 2:00 (40 - 36's)

    10 x 50 fr's on 3:00 (34 ... 33, 34, 35, 35, 37) pooped - not literally

    100 IM real slow (1:47) learn the turns

    15 x 25 kick on 1:00
    • UWDK - 1 stroke breakout sustaining solid FK with one arm fwd to 12.5 / 12.5 kick on bk and practice bk2br turns


    Will NQT the 50/100 fr's. Other ntl events will be the br/fl 50's, and I may take the 1IM if I can get the turns figured. For bk2br I find the reverse flip easier for some reason, esp on the shoulder. However short2long axis turns - not so good.

    I am very pleased with swimming so much free and having happy shoulders afterwards. This is really good

    Weights:

    back, chest, shoulders, legs

    ciao

    Updated February 25th, 2016 at 08:39 PM by __steve__

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  5. Thursday, February 25, 2016

    by , February 25th, 2016 at 01:53 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY @FGCU Aquatic Center
    Windy, Sunny, 62% humidity

    Warm Up
    3x400 on :30 rest RIMO

    Set 1
    1200 FR Pull
    /as 3(100 Smooth|300 Strong)
    /paddles, bouy, tube, snorkel

    Set 2
    10x300 FR on 4:00
    /Steady effort, desc as able 6-10
    *(1-5)3:43-3:40, (6-10)3:39-3:35

    Cool Down
    200 as BK/FR by 25

    Comments:
    I was pleased with Set 2, 10x300s with no equipment, but the overall effort on the 4:00 interval was more challenging than expected. My flip turns become slower when tired and it took a supreme effort to descend 300s 6-10. Still, I am hopeful I can gradually extend that kind of training effort up to a 5000 meter set.
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  6. Wednesday, February 24, 2016

    by , February 25th, 2016 at 01:27 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM @FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 68, pool at 80
    Cloudy, 65% humidity

    Warm Up
    200 FR EZ

    Set 1
    2100 FR Swim *28.23
    /as 7(200 Steady, 100 Strong)

    Set 2 SCY
    4x400 on 1:00 rest
    /IMO by 400, as 4(25DR/50S)+25DR/75S

    Set 3 SCY
    4(2x25 on :40) IMO
    /90% ez speed effort/efficient

    Cool Down
    200 as BK/FR by 25

    Comments:
    Arrived later at FGCU with only 30 min LCM remaining.
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  7. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 02/26/2016

    by , February 25th, 2016 at 11:24 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:30 3:30
    1 X 150 2:45 2:30
    3 X 100 2:00 1:45
    Two rounds. Round 1 interval left, 2 right.

    8 x 50 kick 1:20
    25 moderate/25 fast

    10 x 100 2:15--choice
    odd: easy even: strong--85/90%

    1 X 300 5:00 4:30
    1 X 200 3:20 3:00
    1 X 100 1:40 --
    Two rounds swim or pull.
    Round 1 interval left, 2 right

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4100M
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  8. Tues-Wed Feb 23-24

    by , February 25th, 2016 at 09:46 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Tues:

    Meant to do an easy swim, but was busy and didn't make it to the pool. Did get a 90 minute deep tissue massage -- one of the best ones I've had at Massage Envy. The massage therapist commented on how odd it was that my toes were naturally pointed at rest.

    Did around 30-40 minutes of rehab exercises.



    Wed: Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    300 various
    7 x (25 shooter + 25 EZ w/fins) @ 1:00ish
    3 x (50 burst + cruise) @ 1:10
    50 EZ

    Main sets: (revised everything)

    4 x 25 @ 1:00
    odds = fast shooters w/fins (9 flat), evens = EZ
    50 EZ

    3 x 50 done as: 25 fly drill + 25 breast drill @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    4 x 25 @ 1:00
    odds = AFAP breast w/fins (11 highs), evens = EZ
    100 EZ

    assigned set was 4 rounds, IM order, of the following. Normally, I would like that set, but had to modify drastically bc of resting. Just went to the back of the line
    4 x 50 @ 200 pace @ 1:00
    100 EZ @ 2:00
    4 x 25 AFAP @ :45
    1 x 100 EZ @ 2:00

    did:
    4 x 25 @ 1:00
    odds = fast shooter (no fins, 12 lows), evens = EZ
    100 EZ
    2 x 25 @ :45
    odds = AFAP flutter kick, evens = EZ
    100 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP breast dolphin
    -- 33 flat with a cramp
    150 EZ

    4 x 25 @ 1:00
    odds = AFAP backstroke kick (14s)
    evens = EZ
    150 EZ

    6 x 25, odds = no breath free
    100 EZ

    Total: 2450


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    Went to the chiro again today, then swimming later. That was the amount of yardage that I meant to do, but I think I did too much fast stuff (10 x fast 25s + 1 x fast 50). The dangers of going to a team practice during taper ... I plan on going all easy today and doing some hypoxic work. Still doing a lot of kicking to rest the elbow. I wish I knew exactly what I did to honk it off, but it was likely a combination of things.
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  9. Short solo swim

    Quick solo swim before work. The goal was to hold my stroke together during my "test set" stolen from Karl S.

    400 swim
    4 x 100 IM drill
    4 x 50 free @ 60 build

    4IM test set
    25 fly r 5
    50 fly r 10
    50 fly/bk r 5
    50 bk r 10
    50 bk/br r 5
    50 br r 10
    50 br/free r 5
    50 free r 10
    25 free
    Total time - 60 = broken time

    200 cruise
    6 x 50 bk/br @ 60
    100 cruise

    2000

    When I have limited pool time, I TRY to find something on my list of needs improvement to work on.
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  10. Week 178 - Wednesday

    by , February 24th, 2016 at 09:02 PM (After a long rest)
    i had a good night of sleep last night but was still feeling generally tired this morning. I have been feeling a little short of breath the past week or so and wonder if I am fighting something or its just allergies which are already kicking in and it's still officially winter. It's been very mild here this winter and has been in the 70s most days since Christmas. It's great other than its also been dry(other than the past couple days) and as soon as we get a gust of wind I start feeling crappy.

    Today was was our normal Wednesday sort of workout and I swam ok but I was very tired on the race pace set.

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

    main sets
    12x50 back drill/swim by 25 on 1min
    3x(4x25 on :35 done as open, close, easy, fast)
    16x50 on :50 at 200 race pace
    200 easy
    4x(2x50 drill on :50, 2x50 25 fly kick underwater, 25 streamline back kick on 1min)

    warm down
    200 easy

    nothing super special today but I was able to hold :26s on the 50s but as I said these felt terrible and I was out of breath more than usual. This weekend we are putting pads in the pool and doing some races from dives. I am excited to race from the blocks.
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  11. Back to the lab, again

    My first swim after our SCY state meet this past weekend. My focus for today was lengthening my freestyle stroke. Luckily for me it was a short free based workout.

    200 free
    6 x 50
    -odds stroke drill @ 60
    -evens free swim
    200 free breathe 1/3

    Descending swims and intervals

    3 x 200 kick w/fins @ 3:00, 2:50, 2:40
    100 swim @ 3:00 recovery
    4 x 150 swim @ 2:20, 2:15, 2:10, 2:05
    100 swim @ 3:00 recovery
    4 x 100 swim @ 1:40, 1:35, 1:30, 1:25
    100 swim @ 3:00 recovery
    4 x 50 swim @ 55, 50, 45, 40
    100 swim@ 3:00 recovery
    100 sprint
    50 EZ

    6 x 50
    -odds Dolphin kick on back @ 60
    -evens back swim @ 50

    150 w/d

    3500

    It felt good to get back in the pool and stretch out a bit. The meet was pretty much a training weekend. Nothing to taper from and just swam in a couple of practice briefs. I had a couple descent swims and the rest were about what I expected. Back to the lab!
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  12. 2|24|16 SCM

    by , February 24th, 2016 at 03:10 PM (Blog)
    Elastic tethered freestyle, build stretched distance proportionally to stroke reduction
    • 5 x 30 strokes on 1:00
    • 13 each x 20, 19, 18, ... 9 strokes (resp.) on 1:00
    • 10 x 8 strokes on 1:00

    5 x 15m DFS fr / 15 easy br

    4 x 50 fr on 3:00, 100 pace (34, 34, 32, 33)


    The elastic fr fatigues muscles like weights.

    Need to include more swims that are complete (50's). Training separate components, as I have been, will continue, but I need to more often combine them into one complete swim, instead of a swim with separate parts (not unlike this sentence), if that makes sense.

    Need to get those "on 3's" down

    My shoulder feels good. I've been doing eccentric teres minor therapy with 3lbs. Seems to pick up a little from where the RC stuff drops off. Neck is killing me though

    Updated February 24th, 2016 at 04:49 PM by __steve__

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  13. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 02/25/2016

    by , February 24th, 2016 at 12:31 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    Sorry I missed posting the last two days...

    SCY
    1 X 200 3:15 3:00
    4 X 75 1:15 1:10
    Two rounds. Round 1 interval left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 4:15
    5 X 100 kick--second 50 fast-- 2:15
    1 X 50 swim

    2 X 75 moderate 1:30
    4 x 25 sprint :40 #4 on 1:00
    Four rounds--choice

    3 X 200 3:00
    4 X 50 descend 1:00
    Two rounds--pull it

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4550Y
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  14. Workout 02/23/16: evening

    by , February 23rd, 2016 at 09:58 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Had a crummy night's sleep but was able to function well enough during the Rx Abuse Task Force meeting this morning. After getting recycling loaded into the van I did some errands with my wife and then we enjoyed a great lunch. I am in the process of reorganizing paperwork, condensing, and shredding to get rid of excess...maybe I don't need to keep my tax returns from 2001? Made it to Masters tonight...

    - 100 demonstration of streamling/sdk with the age group team as they head to end of season champs. I will spend the day with them on Thursday of next week.
    - 200 swim/100 kick/200 pull with AP and snorkel
    - 16 x 25 on :35 [4 x build, descend, easy, fast]
    - 6 x 75 on 1:10 [fast last lap, snorkel on first four FR, last two back]
    - 8 x 50 on :45 [pull]
    - 2 x 150 on 2:05 even split [did 50 fr/bk/fr, held 1:48]
    - 2 x 25 from blocks [working starts]
    - 100 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2300 yds/55 min)
    ------------------------------------

    Light turn out tonight with MG (back from Canada) doing the workout with me and Matt on his own, until we worked on starts. I will be signing up for the Harvard/New England Champs for Friday/Sat events...will miss th 200 back on Sunday but am satisfied for 3 events a day and only one night in a hotel. Should have plenty of time to relax after the meet and explore Boston a bit with the family. Right now I'm thinking of entering...
    50 free, 100 back, 50 fly on Friday (my knees will not be up for the 200 breast)
    50 back, 100 IM, 200 fly on Saturday (planning to skip the 500 so I can sleep in! might decide to swim it backstroke.)
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  15. Tues Feb 23

    by , February 23rd, 2016 at 09:20 PM (Senior Sprinting)
    Bridge, starting a speed/power sequence

    100 warmup (straight from Bridge)
    2x50 w f+p, ez down, AFAP back
    2x25 uwk w fins AFAP one free one fly
    3x25 running dive AFAP two free one fly
  16. Week 178 - Tuesday

    by , February 23rd, 2016 at 09:18 PM (After a long rest)
    I fell asleep really fast last night but woke up at 11:30pm with the feeling like I had been asleep for hours. I then went back to sleep and when I woke up for my workout I was whooped. Strange! Today was my dryland day so I started an hour earlier than usual.

    Drylands

    5x(1:30 vasa swim trainer, :30 rest)
    2x(shoulder exercises with bands)
    5x(5xabs done as :45 secs on and :15 second transition) with 1min between rounds.
    6x(1:30 vasa swim trainer, :30 rest) all out

    I used the medicine ball, the ab roller and the bench for elevated planks. I did two sets of ab wheel per round today.


    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45
    4x100 free on 1:20
    3x100 free on 1:15
    2x100 free on 1:10
    1x100 free on 1:05
    300 easy

    I felt pretty hideous in the water almost like I had asthma where I was short of breath. I hope I am not getting sick.

    This weekend Tom talked about putting the pads in the pool and doing a meet warmup followed by 2x200s, 3x100, 4x50, and 6x25s. Should be fun.
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  17. 2|23|16 SCM and drylands last night

    by , February 23rd, 2016 at 03:47 PM (Blog)
    Reviewing footage and pictures from the meet, I found 2 significant defective areas to improve. 1st (left pic), is sluggish block response. 2nd (right pic) is breakout streamline and position off the turn.

    In the first image, a 50 fr lead-off (also the goggle mishap race), I am extremely late off block. I believe this was from being too cautious during previous start practice on flimsy/slippery blocks the recent few weeks leading up to meet. In fact, a video of a following race, the 50 fr, showed the same thing validating this, I enter the water almost a body length late!

    The 2nd image depicts how my breakout bad habit (off the turn) has returned during race time. My legs are truly in an unstreamlined formation. I believe I panic off the turn, and start the undulations, then flutter kick + stroke, too early before my body is in correct form. Been working on this a lot, just not enough.

    Need to resolve these issues permanently and ingrain proper form such that they are second nature on race day.



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    SCM today

    18 x 32.5m fr / 17.5 br on 2:00
    • dive from side, easy sprint, work on breakout bad habit


    10 x 20m on 1:00 fr
    • 10m out from dig and turn, work on same problem and finish 10m out


    Did weights last night for about 70 min and went heavy on most stuff.

    After todays swim I am finally feeling everything from last weekend, yesterday, and today. Time for a break!

    Updated February 23rd, 2016 at 09:29 PM by __steve__

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  18. Feb 23, 2016

    by , February 23rd, 2016 at 01:11 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    Just got back from watching our son at his final college conference meet - best times in 3 out of 4, so happy for him! It was a great weekend, and a wonderfully run meet by the SSC officials at Orlando YMCA on I-Drive, as usual.
    Swam about 4300 LCM yesterday on my own
    Today, went over after weights at Kinetix (love that place!) and only got in 2200SCY - however that was in 30 minutes - so a total win! After all if I went 2200 every 30 min, I would do 6600 in my usual time in the pool - but we all know that doesn't happen, with intervals, resting, talking. . . . but I swam solo again, so. . .
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  19. Monday, February 22, 2016

    by , February 22nd, 2016 at 05:56 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM @FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 65, pool at 80
    Sunny, 65% humidity

    Warm Up
    100 FR EZ

    Set 1
    10x300 FR on 4:15
    /snorkel, paddles, fins
    *3:47-3:35

    Cool Down
    100 FR EZ

    Comments:
    Tight schedule with a 45 minute window to swim, and tomorrow is a planned rest day as I have work project activities all day.
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  20. Sun-Mon Feb 20-21

    by , February 22nd, 2016 at 05:12 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Sunday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Bethel Park

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    6 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x 25 burst SDK + cruise from a push @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    4 x 30 burst SDK to 15m from the blocks, cruise back
    100 EZ

    6 x 30 burst to 15m from the blocks @ 100 pace, cruise back
    (3 forward, 3 back)
    100 EZ

    4 x 25 fly @ 100 pace
    100 EZ

    3 x w/fins
    4 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :L40
    1 x 25 flutter kick @ 100 pace @ :40
    1 x 25 EZ @ :40
    200 EZ at end of 3 rounds

    10 x 25 back kick @ 100 pace @ :45
    100 EZ

    Total: 2850




    Monday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    2 x
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :30 + 50 EZ
    extra 50 EZ at end

    Main sets:

    4 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    3 x (50 @ 100 pace + 100 EZ)
    100 EZ (looking for nose clip that fell off my suit strap)

    4 x (25 AFAP x 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    100 EZ

    4 x 25 no breath free @ :40
    100 EZ

    Total: 2700


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    I've felt a little sluggish the last couple days. I think it's just because I hit the 4 weeks of hard training mark, and my body is screaming for some recovery. So it should be happy with the next couple weeks. Still working on the elbow. Had acupuncture today (and seems better) and have a chiro appt/massage and another acupuncture appt booked this week. Injury rehab is really time consuming. And now I am off to put the elbow in a bucket of ice.
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