SCY@Fort Myers Aquatic Center
Air temp of 72, pool at 80
Partly sunny skies with humidity at 62%
400 IM kick
400 IM as 25DR/25S w/snorkel
8x25 SDK frontside UW on 1:00 *16s-14s
4(10x50s on 1:10, 1:00 rest)
1) 25 Fly Fast - timed, open turn into 25 BK Steady, *14s-13s2) 25 BK Fast - timed, open turn into 25 BR Steady, *15s-14s3) 25 BR Fast - timed, open turn into 25 FR Steady, *18s-17s4) 25 FR Fast - timed, open turn into 25 FR Strong, *13s-12s, 50s *31-27
500 FR Pull w/agility paddles-tube-buoy-snorkel
The last three days of this week I am feeling much better than the previous four weeks. There is much less aching, better sleeping, and my stomach nausea is gone. I water fasted 12 hours last Friday, and 8 hours again this Tuesday, which seemed to help. Also I believe the MSM supplement Fort recommended is a positive contribution.
In addition, the last four days I was feeling good enough to do 10-20 minutes of light weights, core exercises, and some assisted pull ups/bar dips. I have re-discovered that before workouts and later on at home that massaging a little muscle cream (10% menthol, 15% methyl salicylate) in specific achy places tends help reduce the amount of it.
My time at work and sometimes at home these last three months has been dominated by a usability project I am doing for UCF (University of Central Florida), but it will be completed in another week. While I have not been able to get to any SCM meets as hoped for, I am registered for the USMS sanctioned Florida Senior Games State Championships being held here in Fort Myers in one of the two pools that I have a membership, the FMAC (8 lane 25yd facility 4-6 feet deep).
I will swim the 100 BK, 50 Fly, 50 FR, and 200 IM events on Sunday, 12/15, in that order. They all follow one another, so my only rest will be the women's heats, and the early men's heats, depending on how many swimmers are entered those events. I can only swim Sunday, as I am committed elsewhere on Saturday.
After this swim meet, I will attempt to rebuild my aerobic freestyle base for OW, but still with a focus on IM training and speed in each stroke. The dryland activities will be light and then building gradually after the meet, but only up to moderate levels.
Did 1650 EZ at Pitt. Very sore from the deep tissue.
Headed to NYC with friends this weekend. Hitting a couple shows and touring about. Will be fun!
This morning I enjoyed a birthday swim at Riverbank with Rondi and Hannah. We wore our fancy swim caps to celebrate my 48th, as follows:
1100 lcm warmup (400s, 200k, 200p, 200 IM d/s by 25, 100 fr)
48 x 50 @ last-person-in intervals:
multiples of 3 = breaststroke
multiples of 4 = backstroke
multiples of 7 = fly
(strokes earlier in IM trump those later in IM)
primes = kick for 1-24, drill for 25-48
9 x 100 fr/bk @ 2:00, desc. by 3s [this was a set of 12, but I made my get-out time (<1:30) on the 9th so opted to skip the last 3 and do a longer warmdown]
400 SKPS warmdown + play
That was it! I felt lucky to start out the day surrounded by water and friends and mathiness.
Pool was hot so no speed today. Did get a decent workout in hopefully I did not do too much.
500 free kick w/zoomers
4x200@4:00 fly w/zoomers as 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim went 3:31, 3:27, 3:21, 3:15
200 back kick w/zoomers
200 free w/strapless paddles & bouy
200 breast kick
400 free alt 50 drill/50 swim w/snorkle
Total 3000 yards
I enjoyed my lay-in this morning and woke around 7am with just enough time to wish my kids a great day before they headed out the door for school. My wife and I had breakfast together and I headed to the pool at 10am. The original plan was weights and dry land followed by a 3k swim with the power tower machine. About half way through the power tower work my coach came over and said the school district cancelled all after school activities and as such the pool would be closing at 3.30 today and the seniors practice was cancelled. He also said that it was likely that the pool will be closed tomorrow if as the national weather center is predicting we get freezing rain. If that happens my training camp will be cut short, which sucks, but that's just the way it is and I have no control over mother nature. My coach also suggested I hop out after the power tower and grab some cliff bars and rehydrate and then hop back in for another 4k, so we at least get a decent amount of yardage and quality for the day.
Weights was as equally tough as yesterday's workout. I tweaked something in my lower right side of my back so I eased off on the leg press. I also tried stretching between exercises. I currently have no pain and I am glad I backed off. We did our normal 3 circuits with 10,8,6 reps per circuit at 80%, max, fail.
3x(bench press, leg press, seated row hands inside, seated or hands outside, lat pull don hands inside, lat pull downs hands outside, tricep curls, bicep curls, pull ups)
The swim workout:
400 free with snorkel
12x50 on 45 breathing 3,5 by 25
8x75 kick on 1.20
12x25 with fins AFAP on 30
8x100 free on 1.25 concentrating on hand entry
10x50 power tower with 60lbs on 1min
10x50 power tower with 90lbs on 1.15
Cliff bar and water break 10mins
8x100 kick with fins on 1.20
3x(2x200 on 2.15, 300 on 3.45 with snorkel, 4x50 drill, back on 50)
The 75s kick I went 1 mins. The 25s with fins I held 10s and 11s and these felt pretty good. The 8x100s I concentrated on my hand entry and swam it with the snorkel. The power tower work was really tough, and doing these on a fast time made it even harder. It's weird but the 60lb swims we're harder than the 90lb swims. On round two I held 1min on the kick with fins. The 200s I held 1.05 pace throughout. The 300 I again focused on my hand entry. The 50s drill,back we're swum easy fast by 25 and despite being very tired I was pleased with my back which felt strong.
On one hand I am hoping we don't get the freezing rain so I can finish out the camp but on the other I am really not looking forward to racing the 500 tomorrow night based on how tired I am. Thus far I am sitting at just under 50k for the week with a lot of weight and strength work. On the balance I am hoping we don't get the rain and I can reach the end of the training camp.
Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt
4 x 50 fly drills
6 x 25 bust + cruise @ 1:0
3 x (25 AFAP from the blocked + 125 EZ)
-- rolling on :50: fly (11mid), free (10 high), breast (14)
1 x 50 free w/fins, broken for :10 (19)
6 x 25 DPS free, working on breakouts
Got a deep tissue massage yesterday and felt kinda sloggy at first in the water. But my times were fast.
Psych sheets for NE Champs are out: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-m1...T2s/edit?pli=1
I'm seeded in the top five for every event and 1st for 50 fly and back. Now I'm having second thoughts about doing 50 breast instead of 100 back. I haven't trained at all for 100 back and will be well off my NR (where I was UW for an exceedingly long time), but easier to get the AA there than in 50 breast … Otoh, my breast has been very fast lately. Decisions, decisions … I should probably stick with my original plan.
I received all my replacement swim gear today. I got a Speedo "lucky bag" in my backpack with mirrored goggles, a goggle case and a silicon cap. Sweet!
Updated December 5th, 2013 at 04:39 PM by The Fortress
AM and PM SCY
300 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
200 kick w/ board
100 I.M. drill
5x100 @ 1:15
8x25 @ :40 V.S.
32x50 @ 1:00
3 - FAST (push)
1 - EZ
- I did these as odd RDs I.M.O., even RDs R.I.M.O. (so FL, FR, BK, BR, BR, BK, FR, FL). The BK/BR was nothing special, but I was never slower than 27.5 on the FR and never slower than 28.9 on the FL.
4x150 @ :10 rest 4 breaths max on 1st 50, 6 on 2nd 50, 8 on 3rd.
RD1 @ 2:00
RD2 @ 1:50
8x50 @ 1:00 25 drill/25 under H2O kick w/ fins
10x25 @ :20 FAST kick
4x25 @ :15 rest drill
25 @ :40 FAST under H2O kick w/ fins
50 @ 1:00 FAST 25 under H2O kick/25 FAST swim w/ fins
75 @ 1:20 FAST 25 under H2O kick/50 FAST swim w/ fins
100 @ 2:00 FAST 25 under H2O kick/75 FAST swim w/ fins
8x75 @ 1:30 kick/BK/FR by 25
Today both the rec pool and lap pool were closed for 40 minutes. The chlorine levels were too high. Finally did get in a real short fast workout.
10x100@1:30 free w/paddles & bouy went 1:27, 1:27, 1:26, 1:25, 1:25, 1:23, 1:23, 1:22, 1:22, 1:22
500 free kick w/zoomers
200 free EZ w/snorkle
Total 2200 yards in 40 minutes.
Finally a chance to get in the water again! It's felt like I haven't been that wet lately, and I really enjoyed getting in the pool tonight, even though the first part was rough.
200 Kick w/ board
400 Free Pull
10 x 100 SDK on back w/ short fins @ 1:30 - kept them all under 1:20s
100 Floaty EZ Kick w/ board
Main Set - from Tom's "Chaos Set":
500 (225 Free, 50 Fly, 225 Free) @ 7:00 (went 6:10)
400 (175 Free, 50 Fly, 175 Free) @ 5:40 (went 4:53)
300 (125 Free, 50 Fly, 125 Free) @ 4:15 (went 3:35)
200 (75 Free, 50 Fly, 75 Free) @ 2:50 (went 2:25)
100 (25 Free, 50 Fly, 25 Free) @ 1:25 (went 1:10)
100 EZ Kick w/ board
100 EZ Free
12 x 25 Fly Fast @ :40
6 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 cruised ~:55s
Finally got in a real workout, rather that just a "warmup swim" like I've usually been doing. I really enjoyed the main set today, and it was nice to have the Fly in the middle to break up the long freestyle swims. <--That's an odd statement, most people would be the other way around I think.
No swimming for me the rest of the week...more than likely. They have a kids USAS meet at the pool this weekend, so no lap swimming on Saturday/Sunday when I normally could make it. Plus, I'm in the middle of a upstairs bathroom remodel with my father, and in the process we'll be renovating our downstairs bathroom as well. We have to do new sewer piping and freshwater lines for the upstairs, getting things more directly in line with the downstairs bathroom waste water lines, plus fixing up some other issues that the previous homeowners left for us. Surprise!! Yeah, thanks for that!
I felt horrible at lunch but refueled and had a couple of cups of dark coffee to perk me up. When I went back to the pool for the afternoon session I felt much better.
600 swum 4x(100 back 50 back kick)
20x50 on 50 swum 25 free 25 back
10x100 kick on 1.40
12x100 pull first 6 swum 50 free 50 back on 1.25 and last 6 free on 1.20
5x(6x25 odds smooth evens AFAP) each round descend from 35 ending on 15s, 50 easy on 1min)
150 double arm back
I held 1.30s on the kick 100s and after the best average set this morning my legs were very sore. The pull was quite easy and I held 1.10s on the free,back and 1.02s on the free. The fast 25s were fun and I held 15s on the smooth and 12s on the fast ones. The lower yardage was a nice surprise. My coach also told me he wanted me to take tomorrow morning off and sleep in. I did not complain
Updated December 4th, 2013 at 11:07 PM by StewartACarroll
We hit it very hard in the weight room at lunch and I was beat by the end.
I did the 10,8,6 rep circuits at 80%,max,and fail. Today i increased one plate on all machines.
3x(bench press,leg press,seated row hands inside, seated row hands outside, lat pull downs hands inside, lat pull downs hand outside, free weight tricep curls, bicep curls, tricep pull downs, pull ups)
15minutes straight on the Vasa trainer followed by 12 minutes(3reps) using 12.5 medicine ball, alternating over head, from chest, throw downs, and twists.
The swim was a recovery.
12x100 swim,drill,kick,swim on 1.30
4x(3x50 kick on 1min, 4x25 back on 30, 2x50 finger tip drill on 45)
300 with snorkel easy
I am heading home to get some food and then will head back for the next practice with the kids. Hopefully I will feel better tonight than I do right now.
Updated December 4th, 2013 at 05:59 PM by StewartACarroll
Last night I enjoyed swimming the evening JJC workout with TNYA. BJ and Matt were on deck, and I had 3 good lanemates for the following:
800 scy warmup, varied
16 x 25 @ 30ish, S/K/D/S IM order
2 x (75 kick with board + 25 fast kick on stomach w/o board + 25 swim) @ 2:15
2 x (50 kick with board + 25 fast kick on stomach w/o board + 25 swim) @ 1:55
2 x (25 kick with board + 25 fast kick on stomach w/o board + 25 swim) @ 1:35
8 x 25 fly drill (one-arm fly breathing forward and not rotating body)
6 x 25 fly drill (same)
4 x 150 pull w/o paddles @ 2:15, holding low stroke count [14s/25]
12 x 50 @ 1:00, done as 3 x (3 ez CH 1 sprint FL) [34/35]
I iced my shoulders for pretty long time last night and it seemed to do the trick because my shoulders felt good this morning. I woke up an hour before my alarm was set to go off and actually felt good physically and mentally. Today's workout was tough and I did great. I am glad my stiffness from yesterday morning has eased.
400 free with snorkel
6x50 catchup on 45
3x(2x100 free on 1.05, 100 back on 1.15, 100 drill on 1.35)
10x50 with paddles on 32.5
8x100 kick on 2min best average
8x100 IM on 1.30
I held 1mins on the fast 100s free and 1.10s on the back. The drill was active recovery. I felt good on the set of 50s with paddles and held 30s throughout. I got into a nice rhythm on these. The kick set was brutal but despite feeling very tired held, 1.22s through #5, #6 I went 1.23, #7 I went 1.21 and then #8 I went 1.20, so my best average was just under 1.22 which I am pretty sure is the best I have done by a long way. The IMs at the end I focused on DPS and held 1.12-1.13s.
Due to my car issue and a conflict my wife has I will be heading to the pool at noon for the lunch workout instead of 11.30. I am off to ice the shoulders again and get some food.
i just found this and thought I would share it.
It's a long way out but the European swimming championships is following the same line as worlds where they are doing the masters and senior championships back to back. I learnt this in an earlier post where i noticed non Pan Am attendees at the PanAm Masters Championship; with masters you don't have to be European to participate in the European championships so it's open to non Europeans. Also how often do you get to swim an Olympic venue. With family in London I may have to start asking for permission from my wife after worlds.
Updated December 4th, 2013 at 10:25 AM by StewartACarroll
Beginning a mini taper for the meet Saturday. Still did 3000 yards but just not as hard.
500 free w/zoomers
5x100@1:45 free w/strapless paddles & bouy descend 1-5 went 1:27, 1:25, 1:24, 1:22, 1:20
200 fly scull w/snorkle & zoomers
200 torque drill w/paddles
200 breast pull w/zoomers
500 breast kick w/br fins
400 free w/snorkle maintain 6 beat kick
Total 3000 yards
Woke up for a Masters double:
200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill/4x50 b/c on :50
4 x 100 on 1:25 (Fr, except last 25 FAST IMO)
1 x 100 Fr FAST (went 1:06)
1 x 100 loosen
4 x [100 kick on 1:50, 50 on :60 (25 FAST IMO into 25 Fr easy)]
Build a 200 IM (5th 200 = IM = 2:44)
200 loosen and out
(Solo/Rec/3200 yds/55 min)
Finished this at 9am, and finished up hanging lights on the front porch.. All set save the extension cords , which magically go missing from the tote holding the Christmas decorations. Every year. I went to Chapel at 11am, then headed back to the pool for the last 35 of adult swim (since I had to miss Masters this evening):
500 Shark Swim
4 x 125 IM on 2:00 (last 50 same stroke, rotate first stroke IMO)
1 x Noah's Ark
4 x 75 on 1:10 (50 Fr into 25 IMO FAST)
100 loosen and out
(Solo/Rec/2100 yds 35 min)
This might remotely qualify for a Stewart Training Triple dip, although at a third the volume! Will start to tranistion to more speed sets as it looks like I will make the BU scm meet next weekend for Sunday. I'm planning to swim the 200 back and 100 im, and driving over and back for the day, swimming in the morning (and visiting some forumites), then heading out on the town with the family for the afternoon.
Oh, Jinho and Preston's team won their first basketball game tonight, as did Lina's girls team. All saw playing time and make a basket. And we ate at Red Robin to cap the night!
AM only SCY
300 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
200 kick w/ board
100 I.M. drill
3x (FL, BR, FR by round)
8x50 @ :55 kick (FL on back, BR/FR w/ board)
4x25 @ :30 drill
4x75 @ 1:00 AE
5x (w/ fins)
2x50 @ :45 BK
100 @ 1:00 AE
I did not have long between the end of my lunch workout and my daughters practice but I used the time to grab some food and rehydrate before heading back to the pool. My car has been making some weird noises on the drivers side so I dropped it off at the garage last night. As a result we are down to one car. I ended up driving to the pool which meant my daughter had to wait around after her practice until I was done. I asked the coaches to keep an eye on her for me and all worked out great. She even took the opportunity to scream some instructions at me which made everyone laugh. Tonight's practice was the best I have felt yet. The warm up was a little rocky but After I got going I swam great. I plan on icing my left shoulder again since I have some discomfort as I write up this entry. It's always worse in the morning so I suspect I will feel stiff and sore if I don't ice well.
We did about 20 minutes of stretching before the workout which I am sure helped me.
600 swum as 4x(50 free, 50 fly drill, 50 fly kick)
4x(300 free with snorkel on 4mins, swum by 25 6kicks,3stroke, catchup with over kick, 6x50 back on 50, odds drill, evens descend 1-3)
20x25 alternating kick with snorkel, and 6 line kick on 40
20x25 alternating scull with kick, and 4 line kick on 40
5x(2x75 fast free on 1min, 6x50 free on 40, 2x50 drill on 50)
3 rounds of bungee battles - coach picks partners, each partner ties the end of a bungee cord to there waist and then each swimmer swims in the opposite direction and the winner is the one who gets to the lags first. I won 2 rounds and lost the last round.
I held 42s on the fast 75s and 30s on the 50s. My stroke felt good and overall I felt strong throughout this set.
Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt
100 caterpillar fly drill
2 x (4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40 + 50 EZ)
4 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
4 x 30 burst SDK + cruise back from the blocks
5 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ), a few from the blocks
1 x 50 fly w/fins, broken for :10 (20)
Started my taper. No easy speed yet. My times were fast, but my 50 fly felt kinda labored. I've decided what I'm going to swim at NE Champs. Sat will be 50 fly, 50 breast (instead of 100 back) and 50 free as a split request in the 100. I'm probably giving up an AA in the 100 back, but I don't want to swim that event close to 50 free. And I think I should bust out a 50 free on day 1 rather than waiting until after the 100 IM on day 2. Sunday I'll do 100 IM, 50 free (if I need to) and 100 fly. If I don't swim 50 free, I can swim 50 back at the end for fun.
Now that I have taper meets on the brain, I was looking ahead to SCY. I will definitely go to Colonies Zones, but it's a poor order of events for me for a taper meet. 4 of my best events are on Sunday with 100 IM and 50 back back to back. And 100 back and 50 fly are very close with the 50 fly after the 100 back on Saturday. I have to find another meet to rest for and get some times. Any ideas folks? I might consider heading to Auburn in February.
Updated December 3rd, 2013 at 05:28 PM by The Fortress
As I blogged after the swim this morning I felt pretty rough in the water and my left shoulder in particular had some stiffness. By the time I got to the pool for the lunch time session I felt much better, not brilliant but better and looser than earlier. The weights seemed to help so and despite doing a lot in the weight room I felt pretty decent in the pool.
We we did our typical weights routine with 3 circuits but did 10,6,4 reps instead of the normal 10,8,6 reps. We threw in a few additional exercises though.
3x(leg press, bench press, tricep curls, lat pull downs hands inside, lat pull downs hands outside, seated row hands inside, seated row hands outside, pull ups, free weight bicep curls)
i then did 15 minutes straight on the Vasa trainer followed by 12 minutes of various sit-up related exercises.
16x100 free with snorkel on 1.20
5x100 kick descend 1-5 on 2min
10x50 drill swim by 25 on 50
10x50 with bungee cord on 1min
400 swim with parachute, swum 10 strokes easy, 10 strokes fast
I swam the 16x100s as a nice long warmup and after about 5 held 1.07s. I felt good. The kick I went 1.30,1.27,1.25,1.23,1.21. The bungee cord work was hard and the parachute was even harder. I had the really short chute hich made kicking very hard. Home for some more food and then I am back in the pool from 4.30-7pm. This will be a long one!
Updated December 3rd, 2013 at 04:38 PM by StewartACarroll
I woke up achy this morning and had to use all my will power to make it through practice. No searing pains or anything like that just flat out tiredness this morning. Luckily it was a straight forward workout consisting of mainly aerobic sets.
4x(2x100 with snorkel on 1.15, 4x50 back on 45)
8x200 swim on 2.30
3x(4x25 fly on 30, 2x50 free on 35, 100 kick on 1.45)
200 double arm back easy
I held 2.10s on the 200s and focused on DPS. The fly,free,kick set I tried picking up my tempo and held 28-29s on the fast 50s free. I am icing my shoulders as a precaution today but won't take any ibuprofen since I don't feel like I really need it. Back to the pool at 11.30 for round two. Coach said he was going to work abs today; fun fun fun.