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  1. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 03/27/2015

    by , March 26th, 2015 at 12:58 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 1:40
    4 X 50 descend 1:00
    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    8 X 50 kick-descend 1-3/4-6- 1:15
    3 X 100 1:30
    6 x 50-descend 1-3/4-6- 1:00

    16 X 25 :40 #8 on 1:20
    Choice--up tempo

    1 x 100 moderate 2:00
    1 x 50 build 1:00
    4 x 25 fast :45 #4 on 1:15
    Four rounds--choice

    6 X 200 pull 2:50
    #6 is swim down

    4300Y
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  2. Tired today

    by , March 26th, 2015 at 07:34 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Just an easy one.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x100@1:45 as 50 free/50 back w/paddles & bouy holding 1:35's
    500 free kick w/zoomers as 25 easy/25 mod/25 fast
    500 free w/snorkel moderate

    Total 3000 yards
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  3. Calling oneself an "NCAA champion"

    by , March 25th, 2015 at 09:57 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    I'd really like to know....

    Since we're all about watching NCAAs right now...

    If you swim on a college team but either don't make NCAAs or you don't score points at NCAAs, would you differentiate that when telling someone about your team? For example, would you say, "We won NCAAs" and let everyone assume you were a scoring member of the team, or would you say, "I swam with a bunch of guys who scored the points to win NCAAs", very humbly pointing out your lack of point contribution?

    I suppose I ask because there's guy who swam for a team that won NCAAs and he's always trying to lord it over us who didn't. But often he's the only one in our group who DIDN'T score any points at NCAA - individual or relay. Perhaps I should just ask him next time, how he rationalizes calling himself an NCAA champion when he's the only one in the lane who didn't score any points, and if that is awkward for him.
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  4. Week 130 - Wednesday

    by , March 25th, 2015 at 09:31 PM (After a long rest)
    I felt pretty hideous again this morning but as they say, if it does not kill you it will make you stronger. I was pretty tired from the get go today and really only swam the 16x50s hard today deciding to cruise the rest(although it still felt horrible).

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

    main sets
    8x75 kick on 1:20
    16x50 on :50 at 200 race pace
    200 easy
    400 IM done as drill build by 25 with :30 rest
    400 free negative split with :30 rest
    400 IM done as drill build by 25 with :30 rest

    warm down
    10x50 on 1min done with 12.5 scy under water dolphin kicking

    i held 26/27s on the 50s but was hurting pretty bad. I think I am adjusting to the time though since I made my goal time feeling like crap and sick. I guess that's a good thing. I guess this does not matter too much since we only have a week or so til I start tapering but the dilemma is whether to reduce the send off or increase the pace. I am leaning towards increasing my pace on the same send off.
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  5. Wed, March 25, 2015

    by , March 25th, 2015 at 07:31 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    Solo, once again. This has become a theme the past 2 weeks. But it was all good anyway.
    600 back/free
    2 x 300 pull
    3 x 200 breast/free
    6 x 100 kick @ 2:00 w/zoomers
    3 x 200 pull no paddles
    2 x 300 pull
    600 swim
    400 cool down
    total: 4600 LCM

    Updated April 2nd, 2015 at 03:21 PM by Celestial

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  6. Hey all! Long time no Blog!

    by , March 25th, 2015 at 01:27 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Just dropping in to say HI to everyone! I haven't really logged into USMS.org much over the past year with my whole house remodel thing going on. Well, phase 3 of 375 is almost done on the remodel, as I'm in the painting phase of the master bedroom, bathroom, and half the living room, along with the upstairs hallway and my MIL's room. Still lots to do.

    But I did do a good thing (to make my wife happy, yet she hardly noticed) and took a load of 1.2 TONS to the dump yesterday. Mainly sheetrock, and old plywood from the old flooring. Also a few windows, a toilet, and other misc. garbage stuff. It's a great dryland workout if anyone wants to try moving 1.2 TONS twice over a few hours time.

    Well, in swimming things, I'm still going at it, and actually on the upswing from last summer/fall. I was way out of shape then, concentrating mainly on work and my house. It showed in a couple events, like a 200 Fly in which I nearly could not complete. YES, James couldn't do a continuous 200 yard Fly! In November I did a 2:20ish stopping at the 100, 125, and 150 of the race for a 3-4 second breather turn. Gotta do what you gotta do, right?

    Well, fast forward to last month, in a SCMeter meet, where I had no problem doing a 2:27 200 SCM Fly after a 400 IM and 1500 Free on Friday night, on my way to a very good full weekend on hopeful Top Ten swims.

    This coming weekend I will be attending my LMSC SCY Champs meet in Moscow, Idaho, where the fun will continue. To start off the meet, I have the 400 IM, followed by 1650, then a while later have the 200 Fly and 200 IM. Sunday just the 500 Free and 100 Breast, but still a full weekend. I'm looking forward to the 400 IM "race to the death" against Ellen Reynolds. I'm assuming she's going for the 50-54 National record, since her entry time is just a mere second away, and she's had some previous good races with me in that race before. Not chicking me this time Ellen!

    I'm hoping to get a video of the race, and if so will FB post it. If you're not my buddy yet, you better find me! My name is common, but it's still not hard to find me with all my common swimmer friends from USMS and beyond!

    Happy swimming to all!
  7. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 03/26/2015

    by , March 25th, 2015 at 12:52 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    2 X 100 1:40
    1 X 200 3:20
    3 X 100 1:30
    1 X 300 4:30
    4 X 100 1:30

    10 X 50 kick
    5 on 1:10
    5 on 1:00

    4 X 50 1:00 1:15 #4 on 1:30
    4 X 100 2:00 2:15 #4 on 2:30
    Two rounds.
    Round 1 free/intervals left
    Round 2 stroke/intervals right
    All #4 swim @ 100%

    6 x 200 stroke or IM 3:30

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4500Y
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  8. A little sick to my stomach

    by , March 25th, 2015 at 07:43 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Not feeling that great this morning. The hard boiled eggs didn't sit well.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x100@1:40 free w/paddles & bouy holding 1:25's
    500 free kick w/zoomers every 3rd 25 FAST
    4x100@2:00 free w/snorkle OVER KICK!
    100 free EASY

    Total 3000 yards
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  9. workout 03/24/15: evening

    by , March 24th, 2015 at 11:08 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I had a nice day today, with chapel at the college this morning and a nice visit with my niece for supper.

    200 free / 200 back / 200 im drill
    8 x 125 on :20sr (25 kick, 75 build, 25 pull)
    100 kick
    4 x 50 from blocks, fast inside flags
    200 loosen
    (Masters/Rec/2100 yds/50 min)
    -----------------------------------------------

    My neck is feeling much better and it was great to meet with the team tonight. I did the 125's on 2:10 with the builds as im rotations.
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  10. Week 130 - Tuesday

    by , March 24th, 2015 at 10:17 PM (After a long rest)
    I ended up having a reaction to the antibiotic shot I got at the urgent care and have a rash on the right side of my face and even had a little more swelling this morning. I still did dry lands and a very easy swim but felt pretty hideous this morning. After practice I went to see my GP and was put on a stronger course of antibiotics.

    Dry land
    5x(vasa swim bench done as 1:30 on and :30 rest)
    3xabs(flutter with arms extended like backstroke, oblique crunches, leg extension, planks, flutter with arms extended like backstroke)

    Swim
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45
    4x100 kick on 2mins
    4x100 pull on 1:30
    200 easy
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  11. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    by , March 24th, 2015 at 03:31 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I'm back! Well, sort of. Actually just killing time hiding upstairs while the Bosch repairman fixes our refrigerator. His name's Victor. It seems it should be Bob. Bob from Bosch. But then again they also do Thermador so maybe should be Thadeus from Thermador or Gary from Gaggenau. tee hee!

    Let' see, since the last time I blogged, I did yet another 25.4 SCY free in a USA meet. Nothing special.

    Hmm.....well, I was all excited to swim a local meet, a big zone meet, and nationals, but I lost steam after getting super sick this past week, so i'm only going to do the Colonies Zone meet and then call it a season. The nice thing about having limited energy from being sick is that it makes the decisions easy. Skip the training, go with whatever you've already done. Now move directly to taper; short burst speed and simply continue resting. Now I am easing back into it, doing about 1200 this week.

    My plane ticket from DFW to IAD was $176 - I kid you not! Got MCE so paid another $40 ish. I am totally eating at Cheesecake Factory when I get there. I would go to Texas de Brazil. It's not the price, it's just a bit weird, even for me, to be eating by myself at a brazilian steakhouse.
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  12. Tuesday, March 24

    by , March 24th, 2015 at 02:46 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    650 various
    100 scull
    100 chest press fly
    4 x 25 shooters
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    10 x 50 burst SDK to 15m+ then cruise @ 1:15
    100 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP free + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    50 EZ

    6 x (50 AFAP w/fins, broken for :10, + 150 EZ) @ 6:00
    -- 2 free, 2 breast, 1 flutter kick, 1 dolphin kick

    Total: 3100


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I was still pretty tired from weights, but got some speed work in. My right ear is still really painful and I can't hear that well, so I stopped into urgent care. I do have an ear infection. I wish I had hauled myself in sooner, but I was pre-occupied with the meet and travel. In retrospect, it likely affected my meet. Right now, my ear canal is so swollen that I can't get the darn drops down my ear ...

    Updated March 24th, 2015 at 09:22 PM by The Fortress

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  13. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 03/25/2015

    by , March 24th, 2015 at 12:41 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 1:40 1:30
    1 X 150 2:30 2:15
    1 X 200 3:20 --
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left,2 right

    5 X 100 kick 2:05
    Second 50 faster

    4 X (4 X 50--Descend each round 1-4
    Rounds 1/2 free on 1:00
    Rounds 3/4 stroke on 1:10

    8 x 200 pull 3:00
    Descend 1-4/5-8

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4600Y
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  14. Monday, March 23

    by , March 24th, 2015 at 10:34 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    650 various
    100 scull
    100 torque drill w/paddles
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins2 :40
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

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

    3 x
    2 x 50 back w/fins @ 100 pace @ :15 rest (26 + 27 on all of them)
    150 EZ

    100 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP breast + 75 EZ)

    5 x 50 free w/paddles
    100 EZ

    Total: 3250


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    I was predictably sore from weights. In particular, I could feel the TRX work, which I hadn't done in ages since there is no TRX hanging in my gym. I think I will work on fast SDKs and free today. I will probably go hard this week and most of next and then crash rest for zones.

    I'm still worried about my right ear. I should probably go back to the dr and have it checked ...
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  15. Easy Fly

    by , March 24th, 2015 at 07:30 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Just an easy fly day to improve my back.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x200@4:00 fly w/zoomers as 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim
    went 3:51, 3:40. 3:35, 3:23, 3:11
    500 free kick w/zoomers every 3rd 25 FAST
    500 free easy

    Total 3000 yards
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  16. Week 130 - Monday

    by , March 23rd, 2015 at 07:32 PM (After a long rest)
    I have been feeling pretty cruddy for a couple of weeks and put it down to stress at work and stress associated with my sons concussion which I definitely have, however after the meet on Saturday I woke from a nap with an ear ache. Saturday night I slept solid but woke with the feeling like I had swallowed a broken glass. I ended up going to urgent care and found out I had a pretty bad inner ear infection. I was given a shot and put on a course of antibiotics. I woke this morning feeling SO much better. At practice I almost felt back to normal, and I now have no ear or throat pain, which is terrific because I am such a whimp when it comes to being sick. Its weird and I would be interested to hear whether other swimmers are the same way; I can put up with almost any level physical pain associated with swimming, but have almost zero tolerance for pain associated with being sick.

    Todays workout was fun and I swam pretty quick.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    10x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    4x(300 pull with paddles on 4mins (1:20 base), 200 with paddles on 2:30 (1:15 base), 100 free on 1:10)
    6x125 kick on 2mins

    Warm down
    10x50 with snorkel working on DPS on 1min

    I got to the pool early so did an extended warm up. On the main set I was cruising the 300s holding 3:05-3:07, I worked the 200s going 2:02, 2:01, 2mins, 1:58 by round and then tried holding 500 pace on the 100s going :58s throughout. Despite this being a tough set the kick sets was even harder. I was getting about 10 seconds rest on the 125's.

    Fingers crossed a good night of sleep and some more meds and I will be back to my normal self pretty soon.

    My son got his diagnosis today, and he has swelling of the brain consistent with a double concussion in a short space of time. He will heal and there will be no long term affects but he has to do half days at school for a while, no physical activity, no tests and as much sleep as he needs. I was somehow thinking I would be relieved by a diagnosis but honestly I am more scared. I am also now even more p*ssed off at the school and will be fired up when I meet with the principal. I just hope I am able to keep it together when trying to discuss this with them. I am not a very emotional person(perhaps its my British upbringing) but I have felt quite teary since my wife phoned with the diagnosis. I am guessing this is a natural reaction!
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  17. 3|23|15 SCM, weighs, and stretching

    SCM
    20 X 25 on 0:40 flutter kick
    10 X 25 on 1:00 flutter kick
    450 of drills with fins
    8 x 25 on 0:30 head-up dolphin kick freestyle with fins / snorkel
    • 17-18s
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  18. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 03/24/2015

    by , March 23rd, 2015 at 12:37 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:00
    4 X 150 2:30
    1 X 100 1:30
    4 X 150 2:15

    8 X 50 kick 1:10

    6 X 100--choice--2:15
    50 perfect stroke/25 fast/25 easy

    1 X 200 IM 3:30
    1 X 200 free 3:00
    1 X 100 IM 1:45
    1 X 100 free 1:30
    Three rounds

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4500Y
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  19. Meet + Weights

    by , March 23rd, 2015 at 10:49 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Albatross Meet:

    50 back, 31.0

    This was a half second better than last year. I felt great the whole way with good execution until the finish, which I completely misjudged. I can't remember exactly how. Meters finishes are tricky for me, as I'm usually between strokes. Anyway, I had the longest glide imaginable and should definitely have taken another stroke. Jim said it was a "terrible finish." So I might have been a half second faster with another stroke, which would have been a fantastic time. Still, 31.0 isn't too bad.

    50 breast, personal worst

    I shouldn't have swum this event. I only had 15-20 minutes rest after backstroke. My heart rate wasn't down and I had no zip. Lesson learned. I also can't seem to do breaststroke anymore. Not sure what's wrong. I had two PRs last year in breast, but it's been awful lately. I'm going to scratch the 100 breast at zones and swim something else.

    very long break until about 7:30 pm ...

    50 fly, 29.8

    Decent time, but again I had execution problems. Had a terrible second breakout and should have ascended my kicks sooner. I often have poor breakouts on the second length in very deep pools; I guess it's harder to judge where you are. I really need to work on this in practice with a tech suit on. Still, this is the fifth time I've been sub :30. I'm the only 50 year old to break that barrier; next year my friend Susan Williams will be the second.


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    Overall, not a great meet. But it was fun to see my PV friends. I really hated driving down late Friday night. I got in very late after coaching and it took a couple hours to fall asleep (2:00 am). I really don't want to repeat this pattern for zones. So if I have to cancel my masters practice because there are no subs, I will do that.

    My 50 fly and 50 back were FINA #1 last year by a good margin, and these times will likely be the same. I am very excited to age up next year for this meet. I will be aiming at the 50 back, 100 back and 50 fly world records, which are currently 32.6, 1:12.2 and 31.1 respectively.

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    Sunday Weights

    I paid an exorbitant fee to drop in at a gym before driving home and did the following:

    TRX, various exercises for 15-20 min
    DB rows, 35 x 4 x 6
    leg extensions, 125 x 4 x 6
    good mornings 85 x 4 x 5
    kneeling ab crunches, 140 x 3 x 8
    seated low rows, 75 x 4 x 8
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 3 x 10
    flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    tricep press, 50 x 3 x 8
    rehab ex

    Updated March 24th, 2015 at 02:46 PM by The Fortress

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  20. Getting my body back together

    by , March 23rd, 2015 at 07:28 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Going mostly organic for the next 4 weeks. Hoping this will help a lot of health issues.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x200@3:00 free w/paddles & bouy holding 2:50's relaxed
    5x100 free w/snorkle maintain 6 beat kick
    500 free kick w/zoomers every 3rd 50 FAST

    Total 3000 yards
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