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  1. Workout 09/06/15: OW

    by , September 6th, 2015 at 11:04 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Searsburg Reservoir:

    This was my first time swimming in here, and the last group swim of the summer. I drove over with Matt and met Greg at the parking area. This is a smaller body of water, the second reservoir of the Deerfield River that pools up for electricity generation. I have a track of the swim noted here:

    On the northeast side of the bowl we found the river spilling in, and to the southeast a white building, where water flows over a spillway and on to another reservoir. Water on the surface was great, around 74įf, but just two or three feet below our catch yielded cold water, about ten degrees cooler. Notice that one lonely tree has fallen victim to fall foliage, the only one thus far that I have seen.

    Here is a picture looking east from the parking area:
    Swim Workouts , Open Water
  2. Blah! 9/5/15

    by , September 6th, 2015 at 04:18 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    Swam a paltry 3000 - water was warm, and no buddies. Plus, my back hurt. Why? Because I'm a lazy butt and spent too much time lolly gagging in bed this morning! When will I ever learn?
  3. Week 153 - Saturday

    by , September 5th, 2015 at 12:52 PM (After a long rest)
    I was really tired last night and went to bed right after dinner. I usually don't remember my dreams but last night I woke up in a cold sweat around 1am thinking I had just finished the 12th 100 in the 16x100 set I was dreaming I was doing. It was very vivid and I was soaking wet and tired. I changed and went back to bed and woke up as my alarm was about to go off.

    We we had a very low turnout today but a lot of my training group were there.

    Warm up
    800 reverse IM twitch
    10x50 catchup with 10 kicks per arm stroke

    main set
    16x100 at 500 race pace on 2mins
    200 easy
    1x100 with fins faster than target 100 goal time

    warm down
    200 easy

    i started out awesome today holding 56/57s until #13 at which time I went 57 high and then on 14 and 15 I slipped to 58 before finishing with another 57. Strictly I should have stopped at the first :58 but decided to just keep going since I was so close to the finish. I felt great until the last 4 and it hit me pretty hard when I started to slip. I will get through this set next time.

    On the 100 from a push with fins I used my new fins which definitely have a different feel to my old ones and will take a while to get used to. I went for the 100 and felt like I died hard but ended going 46.8 which is a great time even without the 16x100s before it.

    I booked my hotel for the NE SCM Meet formerly in Boston and now in Worcester on 11-13 Dec. I am going to sit down with Tom and work on taper dates but I am leaning towards doing a 1 week drop taper for the Woodlands meet on 7-8 November and then going back up in yardage followed by a full taper for Worcester. I worked on a spreadsheet of meets and events and will be very deliberate about the events I am going to swim this fall. I really want to swim a lot of fast events so will do 3 masters meets with emphasis on different events on each. I will likely do some overlap in my favorite events. Goal setting and planning is fun and definitely gets the juices flowing.
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  4. Week 153 - Friday

    by , September 4th, 2015 at 10:34 PM (After a long rest)
    Another crazy busy day and I hope I can recall the whole workout.

    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    12x50 kick on 1min
    8x100 free build with 10 seconds straight into holding onto the wall and kicking with no breath all on 1:40
    5x100 breast arms with flutter kick on 1:40
    8x75 kick with fins done as odds under,over,under and evens over,under,over on 1:20

    Warm down
    100 easy

    My legs were like jello today. I worked the 8x100s hard and was able to hold :58s with a nice build per 25. The kick in particular at the end was rough. The 5x100s breast and flutter kick was hard. I found the combo of kick and breast pull hard. Somehow The combo threw my rhythm off. I was coming in on 1:20ish. The underwater set with fins was good and I felt strong. I bought new fins yesterday and I felt a significant difference compared to my old fins. These are much stiffer. I was holding :50s on the 75s. I was doing this set on my back.
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  5. Thur-Fri, Sept 3-4

    by , September 4th, 2015 at 05:23 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Heated Vinyasa Yoga, 75 min

    After resigning from Team Pitt, I really wasn't in the mood to do much all day. I thought yoga might make me feel better, but it didn't.


    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull

    Main sets:

    6 rounds:
    4 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :10 rest
    1 x 100 EZ

    extra 100 EZ while I was floating around trying to decide what to do next ... settled on an aerobic set

    10 x 75 w/fins @ 200 pace @ 1:15
    odds = fly-back-breast
    evens = dolphin kick on back or backstroke kick
    150 EZ

    10 x 50 burst dolphin kick + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Total: 3400


    Had another long commute to Sewy today. All the construction in Pitt creates a mess on the roads. I'm still very down. If I want to keep swimming, I'm going to have to drastically change my life and my family's routine. There is just nowhere to swim during the day except Sewy. Right now, there's nowhere to swim at night either, as none of the high school pools' evening swimming programs have started. And I feel bad for my swimmers; they are bummed about me leaving. I just hope they find a decent coach.
    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  6. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 09/07/2015

    by , September 4th, 2015 at 02:35 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    Today is Labor Day and our practice will be for 60 minutes only.

    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    1 X 250 4:00 -
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 400 kick

    1 X 100 2:00
    4 X 50--3 strong/1 easy-- 1:15
    8 X 25 sprint :40 #8 on 1:20
    Two rounds/choice.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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  7. First Practice w/ new Masters team...

    by , September 4th, 2015 at 10:25 AM (Alex's swim journal)
    ...well, new for me. It was fun, only two other guys and the coach today. Nice to swim with someone else for a change, and we seemed all to be swimming in the same time ranges. Here's what we did:

    300 fr EZ (coach calls this DPS, I'm not really awake at this point so it's EZ)
    200 fly drill
    300 br (negative split--I was happy just to finish this!)
    200 bk hard (this felt pretty strong)

    Set 1:
    8 x 25 fly on :40
    8 x 25 bk on :40
    12 x 75 fr on 1:15 (these were consistently at 1:02)

    Set 2:
    Straight 1000, swum as:
    400 fr (negative split--probably went 2:59, 2:58)
    300 pull (negative split, I swam harder in the back half, but didn't catch the times)
    200 kick (negative split... uh...)
    100 fr

    Last set (this also served as my cool-down, since I had to get out a little early to get my youngest off to school):
    5 x 75 IM (no free) on 1:40
    25 EZ fr and out... (set was actually supposed to be 8 x 75 IM on 1:40, but coach said this last set we could leave whenever we needed to)

    3700 SCY

    Coach said my stroke looks good and he was happy with the workout we did, so yay! Seems like a good group, I liked the variety in the workout (left to my own devices I default to all free maybe a little back).
  8. 9|3|15 SCY and drylands

    by , September 3rd, 2015 at 10:36 PM (Blog)
    500 kick on back, arms back, with fins

    50 kick on back, arms back

    2 x 25 fr hypoxic on 1:00

    2 x 25 fr hypoxic on 2:00

    12 x 50 fr on 3:00, broken on 0:30 as 25 hypoxic - 50 pace / 25 - 200 pace
    • 15's down to 13's on the fasts

    2 x 50 flutter kick on 2:00, broken @ 25 on 0:30

    4 x 0:10 violent vertical dolphin kicking on 0:30

    10 x 0:30 sprint on 1:00
    0.5 mi easy running
    leg presses
    back extensions
    leg lifts
    butt exercises
    standing calf raises

    Getting over the last moments of the crud I picked up. Yesterday was the worst.

    Joel filmed our 1st place relay (2 wks ago) - it was the Mixed 18+ 200 freestyle relay. We were well over 150 yrs combined - LOL. Anyhow, I was the leadoff but there unfortunately wasn't any timing pads. So I clipped the video in GoPro, frame by frame, to begin video on the frame just prior to the start horn, and stopped when our second leg swimmer left the block. It turned out to be exactly 25.0.

    My head seemed to be up, my turn was crooked and my breakout from it was unstreamlined as I tried to straighten back

    Not an official time, but just an indicator a sub 25 this winter can easily happen. Nerves were the reason I didn't swim one under 25 on the 50 fr, though I think I was physically able to. I think I did a 25.53, I went way too deep.

    Did you know the start horn's sound travels at 340 m / s? So it takes about 0.08 seconds longer for the swimmer on the far lane from the horn to hear it. Unless multiple horns are used.

    Updated September 4th, 2015 at 10:51 AM by __steve__

  9. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 09/04/2015

    by , September 3rd, 2015 at 01:31 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 1:40
    1 X 300 4:30
    4 X 100 1:30
    1 X 400 neg split

    1 X 100 kick 2:15
    8 X 50 kick 1:00

    1 X 100 2:00
    1 X 75 1:20
    1 X 50 1:00
    5 X 25 --sprint-- :40 #5 on 1:20
    Three rounds. Round 1 fly, 2 back, 3 breast

    6 x 250 pull 3:45
    150 cruise/100 fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  10. Tues-Wed, Sept 1-2

    by , September 3rd, 2015 at 12:08 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    3 rounds:
    10 x 25, UW 15-18 m, then cruise @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ
    extra 100 EZ at end

    Main sets:

    20 x 25 fly w/fins @ 100 pace @ :45
    200 EZ

    20 x 25 breast w/fins @ 100 pace @ ;40
    250 EZ

    1 x 100 backstroke kick pretty fast
    1 x 100 EZ

    Total: 3250

    Wednesday: Drylands, 60 min

    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    deadlifts, 85 x 4 x 5
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 5
    explosive fly pulls on cable machine, 20 x 4 x 5
    seated row negatives, 90 x 4 x 5
    twists w/plate on incline bench, 25 x 3 x 25
    explosive leg extensions, 120 x 4 x 5
    kneeling ab crunches, 160 x 4 x 7-8
    DB row, 40 x 4 x 5 each side
    overhead squat, 45 x 1 x 8


    I dragged myself to Sewy to swim on Tuesday, and was rewarded with an hour drive on the way home ... Yesterday, I only had time to do drylands as Lil Fort had an XC race downtown near Pitt. I am sending in my letter of resignation to Team Pitt today. Sad day.

    Not sure if I'll do anything today. I haven't been sleeping well and am very tired and not up to much. I dislike change, and am now faced with re-inventing my swimming life. Again.

    Updated September 3rd, 2015 at 12:43 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  11. Week 153 - Thursday

    by , September 3rd, 2015 at 09:41 AM (After a long rest)
    This week has flown by. Last night was my night off coaching and spent the evening helping with my sons pre AP algebra homework and my daughters social studies and math homework. My son is on ADD medicine and struggles as it wears off towards the end of the day. His ability to concentrate is noticeably challenging and he can get emotional. Yesterday we had a meltdown but I am proud of him because he caught himself and asked for 10 minutes to collect himself and then he worked with me on his algebra. I am still able to help but I think I am going to arrange a once a week session with a tutor who does this stiuff everyday. I suspect as this ramps up I will have to do a lot of figuring out which I am willing to do, but with upcoming travel this may not be a practical solution. We have a friend who is a Phd mathematician who provides tutoring and is a great communicator so I think she will help my son. My daughter is a lot like me and is quite impatient. Mix in her mothers perfection and attention to detail and she is quite demanding and challenging to work with. Oh well, at least I can help my kids and most important they still want my help. I am a lucky man despite the challenges that go along with this.

    Today was was a dry land day and I was pooped this morning. I had a restless night of sleep and woke quite tired.

    5x(vasa swim trainer done as 1:30 on the machine, :30 rest)
    2xshoulder bands and light weights focused on rotator cuff on left shoulder joint.
    5x(flutter kick with arms extended(like back kick), oblique v sits, leg lift, one leg knee to nose planks, 90/45/15 leg lifts done as :45 seconds of exercise, :15 seconds rest). And 1min rest between rounds

    My plan to use some medicine balls will still have to wait a while, as my back is still quite stiff, although much better than Tuesday.

    Swimming LCM
    400 free with snorkel
    12x25 open,close, easy, fast on :40 with fins
    300 easy

    We had no lanes today due to water polo last night and the open, close, easy, fast was quite choppy. In the end we had fun with the chop with us moving closer together so that we were all swimming in each other's wake. One of my training partners swam these fly and he in particular was surfing in the wake; he laughed continuously and we had fun with it.
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  12. Workout 09/02/15: OW

    by , September 2nd, 2015 at 10:32 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Summer doldrums, especially with the Rec closed. Last weekend Lena and I took a quick overnight to Connecticut for some beach therapy (I only did a ten minute swim) and then we stayed overnight with my Aunt and Uncle. Bonus...fresh CT peaches!

    Went for a dip at Paran tonight solo, 3/4 of a mile as the sun set.
    Swim Workouts , Open Water
  13. Shoots & Ladders 09/02/15

    by , September 2nd, 2015 at 02:09 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    So startled to realize it is September!
    Decided to up my ante to 5000 per day until I get my parents settled, on every day that I am allowed to swim. My birthday swim on the 16th was 5600, so I'm going with that "theme" I suppose.
    600 w/up
    Up & Down the ladder by 25's - (25/50/75/100/100/75/50/25 repeat) Pull on mod interval (Shoot, thought I could go faster than I'm going today!)
    8 x 50 kick
    6 x 150, alt IM twitch & free on 2:30 & 2:15
    2 x 100 pull no bouy (while I think up the 2nd half of workout, lol)
    Shoot - everyone else got out of the pool, including the kids, and now being inundated by the sidestrokers & noodlers - which pushed me into a ladder lane, making it ever so easy to flip ON the dumb ladder. (Shoot! that hurt!)
    600 steady state
    3 x 200 pull
    6 x 100 IM
    100 easy
    Total: 5000
    Water was COLD today.
  14. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 09/03/2015

    by , September 2nd, 2015 at 02:00 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    Good to be back home!

    WARM UP:
    1 X 250 4:00 3:45
    2 X 100 1:40 1:30
    4 X 50 descend 1:00 :50
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    1 X 100 kick 2:15
    1 X 100 swim 2:00
    Two rounds

    1 x 200 free 3:00
    4 X 50 strong 1:10 #4 on 1:30
    Three rounds. 50's are choice.

    4 X 300 pull 4:00

    WARM DOWN: 4 x 50 easy

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  15. Week 153 - Wednesday

    by , September 2nd, 2015 at 09:24 AM (After a long rest)
    I coached last night and was a little late getting home so ate late but managed to get to bed before 9pm. I slept pretty well but woke before my alarm. The coaching is going well and the 11/12 year olds are great. I am having a lot of fun! We worked the kids pretty hard yesterday and one of the little girls who seemed to struggle got out at the end with a smile from ear to ear and said she had fun; it made my day.

    Todays practice ice was low yardage and high intensity.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    8x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    6x100 IM on 1:25
    100 easy
    16x(50 at race pace straight into streamline vertical dolphin kick until the clock read 1:30 followed by :30 seconds rest)

    Warm down
    300 easy

    I think allergens are high today because I was a little winded at the end of warmup. We had a lot of people at practice today which was good but it did seem more challenging for Tom so I did extra while we waited for him. The IMs I held 1:08-1:10s and tried swimming them smooth. My fly felt a little off today. I believe I swim fly best when I am already warmed up and I was not feeling this today. Times were fine, but the fly seemed harder than usual. The race pace set was interesting. On one hand more rest than usual but the vertical dolphin kick was hard especially when Tom was standing over us(no getting away with lazy kick ). I was able to hold :25/:26 on the 50s and felt pretty good considering.
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  16. Week 153 - Tuesday

    by , September 2nd, 2015 at 09:16 AM (After a long rest)
    Another really busy day yesterday so I am playing catchup.

    5x(vasa swim trainer done as 1:30 on the machine, :30 rest)
    2xshoulder bands and light weights focused on rotator cuff on left shoulder joint.
    5x(flutter kick with arms extended(like back kick), oblique v sits, leg lift, one leg knee to nose planks, 90/45/15 leg lifts done as :45 seconds of exercise, :15 seconds rest). And 1min rest between rounds

    My plan to use some medicine balls will have to wait a while, I woke up with a really stiff back and did not want to overdo it today. As the abs went on my back felt looser and looser which was what I hoped would happen. I think I slept wrong.

    Swimming LCM
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50
    8x50 kick on 1min
    8x25 open,close, easy, fast on :40 with fins
    200 easy

    i felt good on the kicks today and was able to hold :38/:39s throughout. My fins ripped even more and this is the week I get new fins for sure.
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  17. I did the 5k postal ....

    with Aquatics T2 members. I think the lanes were all full some sharing a lane so, about 10 people? Two people did the 10k.

    I had my husband agree to do my splits, which was his first time with the watch. He did a good job.

    I canít find my split sheet ugh, but my time was 1:49.5 something. My last race and training was around 2010. The good news is that the last 100 meters leg of the race my split was a few second faster than my very first 100 meter lap. I still had umph!!!! I tend to like short course, but swimming in the Gulf has made me consider other length races.

    Today I was on the water, not in the water. We put the mast up on out Rocket 22 boat. It is a very touchy sailboat boat. We are still getting to know it. Today was just a motor- 8 miles from the boat ramp to the cove where we will keep the boat.Looking forward to sailing and racing her!
  18. 9|1|15 SCY today, drylands yesterday

    by , September 1st, 2015 at 05:10 PM (Blog)
    1200 worth of drills
    3 x 500 worth of drills

    Didn't exert myself physically in the pool today. One drill accomplished today I feel will be very beneficial is the one arm free, fisted drill, breathing bilaterally every 2nd (one arm) stroke keeping one goggle lens under water.

    Yesterday I had a sore throat. Today I have a sore throat with mild flu symptoms. I feel somewhat lethargic. On a good note my physical injuries all seem to be fading.

    Ran to gym at my lunch hour, from parking lot at work (0.6 mi in just over 4 min)

    4 x Dips / Pullups superset
    • Dips - 8 reps with added bands resistance
    • Pullups - 5 reps done as 12 second negative resistance reps (mild hop up to top of rep then slowly extend down)

    RC and shoulder joint exercises

    Ran back to work place (0.6 mi in 4.5 min)

    Updated September 1st, 2015 at 09:34 PM by __steve__

  19. Sh*tty Day, Monday, Aug. 31

    by , September 1st, 2015 at 12:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

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

    8 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00-3:30
    -- extra 50 EZ after #4
    200 EZ at end

    8 x 50
    odds = free w/Lochte turn @ 1:00
    evens = EZ @ 1:30

    10 x 25 dolphin kick w/board & fins, hold best average
    100 EZ

    Total: 3000


    I got pretty devastating news yesterday after I swam at Pitt, probably for the last time. Pursuant to their new security policies, I no longer have access to Pitt during rec swim hours. I think it is really overly bureaucratic rule mongering. I had warned them that this would likely cause me to quit coaching as access was a condition of my job. But they don't really care about masters. So I have nowhere decent to swim. There are no public pools in Pittsburgh. I only have access to Sewy Y, which is 3 feet deep in one end and 40 minutes away. Oh, and LA Fitness, 22 yards and 3 feet. I can't train indefinitely in pools like that. Hard for freestylers to understand, I know, but my training is SDK-based. Right now, my options are:

    1. Quit masters swimming bc I live in Pittsburgh, land of sh*tty pools. This is a serious option. Swimming has been pretty difficult for me since moving here, and I'm tired of banging my head against a wall all the time.
    2. Quit coaching and go to the Pitt practices, tho those workouts are not designed for sprinters to say the least. And the lanes are very crowded.
    3. Keep coaching and try to swim at 7 pm when workout is done (if I'm not thrown out due to new policy). However, this option is particularly awful for me bc I would not see Lil Fort 3x a week as she has XC after school. And it is not fair to her.
    4. Muddle through for the next few months and try to take a class at Pitt or CMU next semester. I don't even really know if part time adult students even have access to the pool. This doesn't appeal to me either, and I couldn't do that and coach and train.

    I guess I'll think about it for a couple days. Right now, I am very upset. I live in a major city and can't find even one lane that is 6-7 feet deep. Who would have thought?!

    Updated September 2nd, 2015 at 11:51 AM by The Fortress

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  20. 9-1-15 stretch out swim

    Had just enough time to loosen up a little before work. Hoping to get in a quick jog this evening.

    1000 swim
    --500 slow pace, 500 gentle build
    200 kick
    200 back at about 85-90%
    200 easy swim

    1600 scy

    Nothing exciting here