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  1. 02.09.12 - Thursday workout

    by , February 9th, 2012 at 08:53 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Roger, Dave and Dave. Pool temp ~85. No drag suit.

    SCY

    400 Warm up

    4 x 50 - 1:00 No breath on 1st 25/br back
    Rest

    8 x 25 Kick - :40 (Fly x 2, Fr x 4, Br x 2)
    Rest

    8 x 25 Swim - :40 (Fly x 2, Br x 4, Fr x 2)
    Rest

    125 easy

    Broken 200 Br from blocks (2:36)

    125 Cool down

    (1450 Total)
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  2. Wed.-Thursday, Feb. 8-9

    by , February 9th, 2012 at 03:13 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    PM Drylands:

    RC/elbow/scapular exercises
    power squats, warm up, 280 x 5 x 6
    explosive leg press, 270 x 4 x 10
    leg abductors, 130 x 3 x 10
    good mornings, 75 x 1 x 8, interrupted, some dude stole my bar and spot
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 2 x 20
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 25
    power wheel pike ups, 2 x 15
    altitude drops, 10
    knee tuck jumps, 10
    captains chair leg raises, 25

    5-10 minutes on foam roller


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Just did an easy workout today. Speedo, who has been on a swimming sabbatical, made an appearance.

    600 various
    8 x 50 fly drills @ :10-:15 RI
    20 x 25 shooters w/fins
    50 EZ
    10 x 50 back-breast w/fins @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Total: 2100

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Though there was a 4 hour break between the end of my swim and my drylands yesterday, I still felt like crap at the gym when I started. Once I got going it wasn't so bad, but jumping was a non starter after the fast kicks. I'll do some plyos tomorrow. I may go to yoga tonight or just stretch at home.

    Exercise induces excitement:
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0208132709.htm

    8 strength training mistakes to avoid:
    http://saycoperformance.com/blog/unc...akes-to-avoid/
    -- I must admit I always shake my head at people standing on bosus with dumbbells.
  3. Wed.-Thursay, Feb. 8-9

    by , February 9th, 2012 at 03:13 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    PM Drylands:

    RC/elbow/scapular exercises
    power squats, warm up, 280 x 5 x 6
    explosive leg press, 270 x 3 x 10
    leg abductors, 130 x 3 x 10
    good mornings, 75 x 1 x 8, interrupted, some dude stole my bar and spot
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 2 x 20
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 25
    power wheel pike ups, 2 x 15
    altitude drops, 10
    knee tuck jumps, 10
    captains chair leg raises, 25


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Just did an easy workout today. Speedo, who has been on a swimming sabbatical, made an appearance.

    600 various
    8 x 50 fly drills @ :10-:15 RI
    20 x 25 shooters w/fins
    50 EZ
    10 x 50 back-breast w/fins @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Total: 2100

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Though there was a 4 hour break between the end of my swim and my drylands yesterday, I still felt like crap at the gym when I started. Once I got going it wasn't so bad, but jumping was a non starter after the fast kicks. I'll do some plyos tomorrow. I may go to yoga tonight or just stretch at home.

    Exercise induces excitement:
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0208132709.htm

    8 strength training mistakes to avoid:
    http://saycoperformance.com/blog/unc...akes-to-avoid/
    -- I must admit I always shake my head at people standing on bosus with dumbbells.
  4. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -02/10/12

    by , February 9th, 2012 at 12:22 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:20 3:00 2:50
    2 X 100 1:40 1:30 1:25
    4 X 50 1:00 :45 :45
    Three rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 middle,3 right.

    12 X 50 choice 1:10
    #3-6-9-12 are fast

    1 X 50 kick 1:00
    1 X 100 kick 2:00
    Four times through

    1 X 50
    1 X 100
    1 X 150
    1 X 200
    1 X 50
    1 X 100
    1 x 150
    1 X 50
    1 X 100
    1 X 50
    Two rounds freestyle, 2000 yards total.
    Intervals as follows, round 1 left, 2 right:
    50's: :45 :40
    100's: 1:30 1:20
    150's: 2:15 2:00
    200's: 3:00 2:40

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    5200Y
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  5. Playing bench coach

    Both yesterday and today the moon woke me up early—it was so bright and shines into the window as it is setting. So I had a leisurely breakfast on the balcony and a pre-swim stretch before heading over to the pool. It was a great way to start the morning.

    The Panama City Beach aquatic center was hopping when we arrived, but here that means there was almost a swimmer per lane. We snagged the last open one, and I did the following:

    1000 lcm warmup (400s, 200k, 200p, 200s)

    16 x 50 Kick @ 1:20
    Odds = moderate pace
    Evens = 25 fast / 25 easy
    [I did the rounds FR – BK – BR – FL, twice through]

    200 IM drill

    Stroke sub pyramid
    100 – 200 – 300 – 400 – 300 – 200 – 100
    The 100 is IM, then on each successive swim you sub in FR for one of the non-free strokes (swimmer's choice), until the 400 is all FR. On the way down you sub the strokes back in again, in the same order they were subbed out, so the last 100 is a proper IM again. (That way the NF strokes get almost equal playing time.)
    [So my pyramid looked like this:
    100 IM
    50 FL / 50 FR / 50 BR / 50 FR
    150 FR / 75 BR / 75 FR
    400 FR
    75 FR / 75 BK / 150 FR
    50 FL / 50 BK / 100 FR
    100 IM
    I did these on a :15/:20/:25/:30/:25/:20/:15 rest interval]
    Then 400 IM as the set’s grand finale!

    700 FR playing with tempo trainer and varying stroke rate

    800 SKPS warmdown + play

    It was grey and cold when we got out—temps were in the 40s this morning—but the sun is out now and it’s warming up nicely. Hope to get in a gulf swim this afternoon!
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  6. Wed Feb 8th, 2012, SCY

    by , February 9th, 2012 at 12:13 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Feb 8th, 2012, SCY

    didn't swim Tue but bought liquid bandage and used it to cover my cut when I swam on Wednesday, worked great

    I feel a little out of shape

    Visited with my doc yesterday and he said my wound looks fine and the pathologist said the bump was not a cyst or a fatty tumor but an Atypical fibrous histiocytoma. He said they are rare & poorly documented, they rarely spread but have a tendancy to return to original location if all isn't removed. Right now my Doc's on the fence as to advising me to
    1) keep monitoring it or
    2) have surgery again and remove more tissue to decrease the likelihood of reoccurance.
    He said if I had the next surgery I wouldn't be able to swim for a couple weeks. He said Atypical fibrous histiocytomas have some characteristics of normal cells and some of abnormal. So we'll see.

    My lower back a bit hurts

    Helped my wife Beth with her EBAY store
    http://stores.ebay.com/Ooh-La-La-Love
    She's got a lot more items to list.

    Bess Coached
    SCY UT Swim Center: main pool north end
    noon - 1:15 dove in FIRST
    wore Speedo endurance jammer
    trained with Chris McKee, Ned & Traci Van Matre, 24
    beside Larry, Jon & Mark

    Warm Up
    3 x 300

    Main Set

    6 x 150 on 2:00 done 50 fr, 50 fl, 50 fr
    did 1 arm fly drill on fly
    6 x 50 fl k on :40
    1:00 break

    4 x 150 on 2:00 done 50 fr, 50 bk, 50 fr
    4 x 50 bk k on :45
    1:00 break

    2 x 150 on 2:00 done 50 fr, 50 br, 50 fr
    2 x 50 br k on :50
    1:00 break

    then got out early



    2012 Meets (I'm considering)

    Mar. 30 & 31, 2012
    South Central Zones, SCY
    South Lake, TX
    Days Till

    Jul. 5 - 8, 2012
    2012 USMS LCM Nationals
    Qwest Center, Omaha, NE
    Order of Events


    Aug 11 & 12, 2012
    South Central LCM Zones
    Palo Alto Pool
    San Antonio, TX

    Updated February 9th, 2012 at 02:50 PM by ande

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  7. Sometimes Military Medical Sucks

    by , February 9th, 2012 at 10:55 AM (Nobody Special)
    * I thought I had an MRI scheduled for tomorrow but upon calling them today to confirm it I found out it was moved to next Thursday. WTH?

    * I'm not mad about them changing the date - but what does irk me is that it will be a month since being seen by the doc that I get the MRI done. It will be two months before getting into physical therepy.

    * Being active duty CG I use a Navy Clinic on board a Marine Corps base for medical - one of the guys who works for me switched from this same clinic to a civilian PCM. He also has shoulders issues - went to his PCM who had him on an MRI machine in less than a week.

    * Granted - I liked my Navy doc quite well but she PCS'd out of her job the day after she saw me so whenever I go back I have to deal with a whole new doctor. These Navy docs are usually young and inexperienced so when I get one I really like I try my best to stick with them.

    * I'm basically getting back to swimming in the blind with this shoulder issue because of all the lag time involved on the MRI and therapy. The problem is that I'm going insane and getting fat because I'm barely working out. Unfortunately I have a job that requires that I'm sane and thin - which is why I'm taking a chance on starting swimming back up.

    *I basically have to wait till I get MRI results back before I can bump up the intensity in the pool - which sucks.

    * When this shoulder thing is done I may switch to a civilian PCM...
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  8. Wednesday, 02/08/12

    by , February 9th, 2012 at 10:51 AM (Chowmi's Blog)
    A solid day.
    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center
    Mid-distance day, yuck
    Jim Montgomery coached

    300 warm up

    6 x 75's on 1:30
    kick/drill/swim

    Main set:
    4 x100 pull on 1:30
    3 x 200's on 3:00 swim

    3 x 100 pull on 1:30
    2 x 200's on 3:00 swim

    2 x 100 pull on 1:30
    1 x 200

    Emphasis on fast 200's; recovery on the 100's.

    ====was there any doubt?====> NO NO NO

    4 x 100 kick with Speedo B&O fins;
    2 x 50 per 200; kick on sides w/o fins

    one just get through it set; actually this was easy since I was at the end of the lane;

    last set led and went
    2 x 1:20's smooth
    2:26 strong 1:12 ish/ 1:14

    8 x 25 on :30
    easy odd
    fast even
    I kicked on tummy with TYR burner fins.

    The End

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    It was much harder to customize today because the lanes were so crowded. I kicked the first set but then decided to challenge and actually do a strong 200 just to see if I could!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Today - Off.
    Friday - hopefully Golden Corral. May or may not swim, but I am pretty sure I can make the noon workout. I hope Steve Barnicoat is coaching and will do a sprinty workout.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    This not having a meet for awhile is quite fun! Billy G. had great feedback and support for my More Kicking. I am going to continue doing much more kick and it makes the practices go by so fast when you only swim for part of it.
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  9. Workout 2/9/12 am: I'm tired of taking it slow

    by , February 9th, 2012 at 09:22 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    But I did this morning ...

    w/u
    200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill
    200 Kick (flutter with board)
    200 FR

    (solo/rec/1000 yards/15 minutes)
    -----------------

    Not a lot of time this morning, but instead of going back to bed I jumped in for a quick splash. Guess I should have gone to sleep last night instead of looking up what Chuck Norris uses as moisturizer.

    After this lethargic attempt at a swim, I will make time to hop in this evening for a right and proper thumping this evening. Off for some
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  10. A quick one today

    by , February 9th, 2012 at 07:29 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Did as directed to a point. Felt good on fly but my free felt off. Still have one knot to workout in my back which with a tennis ball I should be able to finish getting it out.

    500 free EZ. Once again I found myself doing 5 SDKs off each wall
    8x25@:45 shooters w/zoomers
    2x(50@90% effort + 300 kick w/zoomers steady pace) #1 50 fly in :43 #2 50 free in :35
    8x50 from dive. Odds fly 15m AFAP +35 free EZ. Evens free 35m AFAP +15m EZ free work the turn

    Total 1800 yards
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  11. February 8, 2011

    Warm-up (1400)
    1 x 600: 300 free pull, 200 IM kick/drill by 25s, 100 free scull-single arm by 25s

    3 x 50 @ :55 (:34 - :36)
    50 easy
    3 x 50 @ :50 (:34 - :36)
    50 easy
    3 x 45 @ :45 (:35 - :36)
    50 easy
    3 x 45 @ :40 (:36 - 37)
    50 easy

    Kicking (600 set / 2000 total)
    12 x 50 kick w/fins @ 1:10, 25 underwater/25 easy
    - odd underwater SDK on front and sides (by 50)
    - even underwater flutter on front

    Main Set (1800 set / 3800 total)
    12 x
    • 100 @ 1:20 (target 1:16, actual 1:13 - 1:16)
    • 50 @ 1:20


    Wrap-up (200 set / 4000 total)
    200 easy

    * 4000 total *

    ************************************************** **********

    This is pwb's [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=20146"]Workout #2 - Blast Pace 100s[/ame]from High Volume Workouts Week #6. My only change was to move the kicking set up before the swim set to help postpone the leg cramps.

    Fantastic workout! The 100s were supposed to be at my target 1000 pace, but I have never done a 1000 and don't have any idea what my target should be so I picked 1:16 out of the air.

    Updated February 9th, 2012 at 12:31 AM by eric.carlson

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  12. a far road...

    by , February 8th, 2012 at 11:20 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    "He came a far road, was weary, found peace,
    and set all his labours on a tablet of stone"
    --The Epic of Gilgamesh

    Like Gilgamesh, I feel like I had to experience "all things" today, "discover what was hidden." And here I am, again, at the tablet of stone, blogging away about it. The workout today had its ups and downs, started off very slowly. I felt very sore and stiff still from earlier workouts in the week, but just when I thought I didn't have anything left I found a rhythm and some speed I didn't know I had.

    Here was today's workout:

    Warm-up:
    50 free
    25 kick w/ board
    50 kick drill (12+1)
    25 kick w/ board
    50 kick drill (6+1)
    25 kick w/ board
    50 kick drill (6+3)
    [300 total]

    Main set (3000):
    4 x 200 (moderate)*
    *each moderate paced 200 followed by 50 easy recovery [1000 in about 17:40]
    10 x100 (alternated easy 100s w/ moderate; no rest) [1000 in about 19:00]
    2 minutes rest
    10 x 100 (alternated moderate 100s w/ easy) [1000 in about 17:30]

    Cool-down:
    200 breast in about 4:00

    Total = 3500 SCY/65 minutes

    The moderate 100s in the last 1000 of the main set were actually pretty fast. Another swimmer I hadn't seen in a few weeks, Pete, shared the lane with me for the last half of the workout... he was wearing fins. So, I was motivated to not let him pass me too many times. I stayed with him on the first 100 (which probably came in around 1:25) and on each moderate 100 after that I would stay with him, let him speed ahead when I was on my easy, cruising 100s (and they WERE cruising, not like earlier in the week).

    So Gilgamesh needed Enkidu, a companion, to complete his humanity--such is the power of friendship, as we learn from the epic poem. I needed an Enkidu to complete this workout, to find a hidden reserve I didn't know I had, to break out of the rut I had swum myself into.
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  13. Wednesday, February 8, 2012 5:00pm

    by , February 8th, 2012 at 10:31 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Continuing on with the next short chapter of the "WW JA TG D"? as referenced here:
    http://www.usms.org/forums/blog.php?b=20428

    Warmup:

    3 x 100 Free @ 1:30
    2 x 100 Kick w/ board @ 2:00

    Main: Killer Pull Set
    12 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:10 (started off 1:04, held primarily 1:07s, with a few 1:06s)

    DEAD TIRED here...had I not stopped, I'm sure I could've held on till at least 20 of them, possibly even 30.

    100 EZ

    4 x 150 Free stretch out "recovery" @ 2:00 (1:50ish)
    I was shot, and just sort of slugging through the water

    16 x 25 Kick w/ board @ :30 just trying to get the legs going, crampy feeling

    Was going to go for a timed 400 IM, but stopped after the 100 Fly with nearly cramped legs.

    Stretched for a while, then the guy I usually "swim with" in the evening lap swims wanted to challenge me to a race of sorts.

    Race was a 100 Breaststroke for all bragging rights. The only rule is that he got to have a lead to the 15 meter mark on the laneline.
    He left on the :60 just so we could time it. I watched for him to get to the 15 Meter line, and glanced at the clock as I went underwater (I left on the :13).
    Streamline...pulldown...glide...race, race, race, repeat. I was slowly reeling him in, but not that quickly. It all came down to the final length where he was probably 4-5 yards ahead of me at this point. My pulldown closed most of the distance, and then we were both racing for the finish. It was so close, but I think I was just able to outstroke him on the final stroke. We hit the wall at the :31 on the clock. So he went a 1:31, and I went a (1:31 - :13)... 1:18. Not bad from a push at the end of a practice. The other guy mentioned that this was his fastest ever time for a 100 as well. Nice going!

    100 EZ and out

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    3100 Yards
  14. So excited for the meet! 02/08/12

    by , February 8th, 2012 at 08:19 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    So excited for the meet this weekend - this is waaay better than being nervous like I was before Nationals. Felt really good this morning, kinda like I was floating on top of the water.

    500 back/free
    5 x 100 pull on 1:30 (doing 1:22/23 steadily)
    400 kick
    6 x 100 stroke/free on 1:40 (my fly was way out of rhythm today)
    100 easy
    3 x 300 free - pull no paddles, swim, fins
    200 easy
    500 various
    Total: 3500 LCM
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  15. Workout 2/8/12: evening

    by , February 8th, 2012 at 08:15 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u:
    400 RIM drill
    8 x 50 kick on :60
    - swam the breast

    Swam over to the HIT lane and did the following from [ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=259921&postcount=1"]Workout #1[/ame] with some alterations:
    Speed Sets:

    5 x 100 + 50 EZ @ 3:00
    1 = 25 fast, build down to 50% + 50 EZ
    2 = 35 fast, build down to 50% + 50 EZ
    3 = 50 fast, build down to 50% + 50 EZ
    4 = 100 @ 90% + 50 EZ
    5 = 100 IM for time + 50 EZ

    5 x 50 @ 1:00
    1 = smooth DPS
    2 = burst + cruise
    3 = 25 fast, 25 EZ
    4 = EZ
    5 = 50 fast @ 90%
    100 EZ

    5 x 25 @ 1:00
    1 = smooth DPS
    2 = 6 strokes fast
    3 = 10 strokes fast
    4 = EZ
    5 = AFAP
    75 EZ

    5 x 25 @ :45
    AFAP drag race from mid-pool w/race finish and cruise back
    Then I finished the night with:
    1 x Noah's Ark with paddles
    200 ez
    (solo/Rec/2950 yards/55 min)
    (total for day = 5000)
    ------------------------

    Well, I did it - my first official "two-a-day" as a Master. It was quiet tonight in the pool, and I felt like some good speed stuff would be good for me at this time, and Fort's workout here looked good.

    I went 1:02 on the fast 100, then went 1:09.00 on the IM. On the fast 50 I went 27.00, and on the fast 25 I went 12.94.

    I am ready for some supper then off to bed. Might even shoot for two swims tomorrow, depending on how the day unfolds.

    In other news, I am going to scratch the Valentine's meet in two weeks since my daughter's Chambers choir group is hosting a dinner/cabaret the same night. Obviously more important than going to a meet. I will pick up the two events I'll miss later in the spring (even though I will need swim the 400 IM as the front half of a 500 Free - the time won't be official, but I'll still get it in).

    Updated February 8th, 2012 at 08:48 PM by rxleakem

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  16. Monday 2/6/12

    by , February 8th, 2012 at 08:11 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    Ugh, got up at 4:30 this AM to go with a friend to the airport. By the time practice started at 5:30, I was already looking for my bed! Tired the whole day. Water was kinda warm this morning.

    500 back/free
    500 locomotive pull
    5 x 100 on 1:40 "suboptimal"
    500 locomotive kick
    100 easy
    2 x 300 breast/free by 50's
    6 x 50 - sprint first half on 1:00
    200 easy/drill
    500 pull w/snorkle
    500 various
    Total: 4200
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  17. 1600 yds - better than nothing

    by , February 8th, 2012 at 06:22 PM (Nobody Special)
    * Hootie Hooooo - back in the pool today for an extremely low impact workout. My last swimming workout was exactly 4 weeks ago from today. I was able to swim 1600 yds but with little impact on the shoulder - all the power was from the legs as I was wearing fins. Put my arms through the motions but did not pull through the water. Here is the workout:

    100 warm up
    6 X 50 free (1:15 interval)
    8 X 50 kick (1 min int)
    8 X 50 rotating back/free (1 min int)
    6 x 50 free (1 min int)
    100 warm down

    * Shoulder feels no worse today and still feels like it is on the upswing.

    * Taking tomm off from swimming and will be back in the pool on Friday morning - I haven't stopped running yet and don't plan too...
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  18. One Man's Garbage...

    by , February 8th, 2012 at 05:34 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    ...yards are another man's source of high-quality exhaustion.

    I am curious if my readers out there in water worlds throughout the dripping universe have any opinions on this topic.


    What, exactly, constitutes "garbage yards" from your perspective, assuming, that is, you believe these actually exist.


    Some, I suspect, subscribe to an opposite point of view, i.e.,
    any yard is a good yard, especially when traversed under one's own power without assistive technology like this, this, and this:



    Taking SDKs to a whole new level!




    Bladefish! The choice of eunuchs and guys who really don't want to share a lane!




    After his excellent work in
    Dr. Strangelove, Slim Pickens was almost cast for the part of Chief Brody in Jaws.

    There are several reasons why I am asking about these so-called garbage yards.


    First, I am pretty sure that if these do indeed exist, they are pretty much
    all I swim these days.

    Second, if I
    am a chronic garbage man these days, and I suspect I am, does such an approach confer any benefit whatsoever to swimming performance other, that is, than to maybe allow one to get a tiny bit better at swimming garbage yards? Are there any competitions for these?

    Third, why do these garbage yards hurt so much? In yesteryear, swimming these same distances at these same speeds were the stuff of child's play! I could plod along, lap after desultory lap, contenting myself to try to coax one of my brain's hemispheres into sleeping, dolphin-style, then switch to the other: a form of swim-napping, if you will.


    But now, I am too tired by the not-terribly-difficult swimming sets I have designed for myself on off days, and my coach Bill designs for us all on actual swimming practice days, to even consider napping while trying to finish them.


    What has happened to me?


    Has anything remotely like this happened to you?


    Two theories, maybe three:


    1. Something is profoundly wrong with me. I've suddenly gotten old, for instance, the decrepitude I have felt stalking me for decades has at last caught up and thrown me off balance, like one of those high speed chases between a lion (decrepitude) and a sick baby wildebeest (me: decrepitude's prey)--just a slight paw brush by the lion is enough to knock me off balance, and then I am surrounded by red faced felines licking their chops as the light on the savannah goes black...


    If not age, it could be something else, like a sickness of some sort, me being no stranger to any of these:


    illness

    noun

    the
    state of feeling sick or of having a disease

    disease

    noun

    an
    illness that affects people or animals, especially one that is caused by an infection

    sickness

    noun

    a
    condition in which you have an illness

    infection

    noun

    a
    disease or other medical condition that is caused by bacteria or by a virus or a parasite

    disorder

    noun

    an
    illness or medical condition

    complaint

    noun

    an
    illness or other medical problem

    condition

    noun

    an
    illness or health problem that lasts a long time and affects the way you live

    ailment

    noun

    an
    illness, usually not a serious one

    epidemic

    noun

    a
    situation in which a disease spreads very quickly and infects many people

    contagion

    noun

    a
    disease that can be spread from one person to another through touch or through the air



    2. I am simply tired out by training reasonably hard at a time when assorted other demands on my physiology, like tax preparation and deadline obligations, are also sucking the life out of me. Could I, in fact, be overtraining?


    Last year in mid-January, I suffered a detached retina, which forced me out of the water for two weeks.




    When I got the go ahead to swim again, I did my best to catch up on my Go the Distance goal in February:





    To diehards, this 50 miles might seem paltry, but it's actually a rather significant amount for me.


    That spring, I did my best times in the 500 and 1000 in years, though the swims (as regularly readers might recall) did not count for Top 10 consideration because the meet wasn't recognized.


    I did these times without a body suit, too, which in some regards made them seem all the better to me since the cheatin' suits always did provide my blubberous flapping body a bit of a lift.


    Flash forward to this season. No detached retinas in January, so this is what I swam in the same time period where I managed only 19 miles last year:




    Over 22 miles more, in other words, which
    should technically put me into better shape than I was in at the same time period last year.

    So far this February, I have been swimming every day and hope to continue doing so throughout the entire month of February, perchance to exceed last year's total. Here is the data so far:




    I have missed a total of 7 days in 2012 so far and averaged just a wee bit over 1.5 swimming miles per day.


    A few other bits of data.


    I got fat. 185 this year vs. 179 last year at the same time.

    Also, my Amish Mudhole swimming times are a bit slower at this time this year comparable to what I did last year.


    Consider the 2011 vs 2012 mid season times:



    • 50 free 25.15 then vs. 25.65 now
    • 100 free 55.27 then vs. 55.09 now
    • 200 free 1:59.81 then vs. 2:01.60 now
    • 500 free 5:33.84 then vs. 5:42.21 now
    • 1650 free 20:03.90 then vs. ?


    Well, it is time for practice, so I must be signing off to go put in my daily garbage yards.


    I am signed up for the 1650 at the end of the month.


    Then there is the Albatross meet in March, and I will see how this year's times compare to last year's. This will be the first time I can swim in the next age group up, so I am hoping to do good.


    Then there are the various championships coming up in the later spring.


    I don't know if swimming as much as I have been will prove helpful or not.


    Maybe it was the enforced two weeks off because of the retina last year that was the real reason for good times them?


    Time will tell. But meanwhile, if you have any thoughts on my situation here, please feel free to give me the benefit of them!
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  19. Wed., Feb. 8

    by , February 8th, 2012 at 04:59 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    5 x 50 single arm fly @ 1:00
    5 x 50 free w/paddles @ :50
    50 EZ

    Speed Sets:

    8 x 25 burst to 15 m + cruise @ 1:00
    4 kick, 4 speedplay
    75 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP back from the blocks, 29 low
    75 EZ
    -- deliberately did this early in the workout, glad I did

    I modified the first speed set from workout #1 on the HIT forum: [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=20148"]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]. I think I like this version better, and I suspect it may harder. Though the build downs in the original version aren't easy either.

    2 x (5 x 100 + X yards EZ):
    1 = 25 fast, 75 EZ @ 2:00
    2 = 35 fast, 65 EZ @ 2:00
    3 = 50 fast, 100 EZ @ 4:00
    4 = 100 fast @ 90% + 200 EZ @ 6:00
    5 = AFAP broken 100, :15 @ each 25 + 200 EZ @ 6:00

    round 1 = free with paddles & fins
    -- 10 on 25, 24 flat on 50, 54 flat on 100
    -- No paddles on the broken 100. I did two 25s on the broken 100 (10 low, 11 flat) and was interrupted by a noodler, who had been very chatty throughout the workout. I tried to be polite since he was asking about masters swimming and the website. But then he said "I had to urge my ex not to abort my son and god spoke to me and told me to write a book about it ..." and I totally tuned out. Bizarro.

    round 2 = backstroke kick w/fins
    -- 9 on 25, 21 flat on 50, 52 high on 100
    -- did the broken 100 as :15, :15 :30 breaks, went 9, 10 flat, 10 high, 9. had to have more oxygen on the last 25
    -- legs were just burning afterward

    Total: 3450

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I think that's a good practice 50 back time for me. Might have taken one extra kick on the first 25.

    I was supposed to do weights this morning, but didn't have time. I may go tonight when Lil Fort is at practice. But I hate doing weights after swimming. Still, I'll probably go as I have an ENT appt tomorrow am. (I am celebrating an entire year with no sinus infections!) I don't feel as much in need of a recovery week without the upper body weights, so I will likely wait until the end of February for an easy week before the Warrenton meet.
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  20. Happy sunrise workout

    This morning I had a great sunrise swim at the PCB aquatic center. John and I arrived a little after 6 this morning and shared a lane for a bit before an adjacent one opened up. I then ended up having a lane of my own for the rest of the workout—and that was a good thing, as I used every bit of during my backstroke today. Usually I swim pretty straight, even in an oudoor pool, but today I think I would visited all the lanes during the backstroke bits if those pesky lanelines hadn’t been in my way.

    Here’s what I did:

    1000 lcm warmup (400s, 200k, 200p, 200d/s) [During the pull I did an open turn and saw a little bird out of the corner of my eye hopping around on the pool deck. I stopped and hung on the wall and talked to it a bit—it was investigating all the dark spots on the concrete to see if they were specks of food. It hopped towards me and stopped about a foot away and looked at me expectantly, as if I might be a source of birdseed, which made me wish I had some to offer.]

    5 x 200 FR > BK pacman

    5 x 200 IM kick > FR swim pacman

    400/300/200/100 FR, increase pace with each swim [I did this with local swim buddy Bill—we started at about 1:40 pace and finished the last 100 on 1:27, synchro swimming for much of the set, which was fun--we paced each other nicely.]

    Extended warmdown: 400 SKPS + 700 FR/BK in 11213141 pattern + 50 skull

    Today was one of those gorgeous sunny mornings when I simply didn’t want to get out of the pool. I also felt better in the water today than I have in quite a while—it took me about 2k to loosen up, but after that I was swimming without any pain for most of the workout.

    Then late this morning I swam out to the second sandbar with John to look for sand dollars, which he wanted to give to one of our regular training partners. We didn’t find any, but had fun swimming out so far—it was amazing to be surrounded by the brilliant blue water of the Gulf. About an hour later a pod of dolphins swam slowly by, right out near where we had been! Very cool.
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