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  1. Hopeful!

    by , April 18th, 2012 at 10:19 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Well, I was quite shocked that I was not sore on Tuesday after the extensive weight workout that I did. I'm not going to get too excited about it though because the last thing that needs to happen is for me to be overconfident on my weights. Too easy to get hurt! I guess I didn't get sore because I am so well-rested after my two year taper.

    In any case, hit the weight room again today and did the following workout:

    5 minute warm-up on gauntlet

    Bench press: bar x 10, 70 x 6, 90 x 4, 100 x 2

    Lat hi row: 90 x 10, 100 x 6, 110 x 4, 120 x 2

    Hammer curls: 2 sets of 12 x 10

    Squats: Bar x 20

    3 sets of leg lifts in Captain's Chair

    I am somewhat hopeful that I will not have lost too much in the pool. I haven't totally been out of the pool, having done some workouts over the last couple of years. I just haven't done a meet in two years. Meet shape is quite another story. Guess I'll have to enter some this fall to see if I have any hope of getting back to a competitive level.
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  2. April 18, 2012

    by , April 18th, 2012 at 04:35 PM (Canuck Countdown)
    53 days until Day 1 of the FINA World Masters Championships

    Tuesday, April 17
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    EWU Pool (25m)

    Recovery Workout!

    3 x (150 swim, 100 pull, 50 kick)

    4 x 150 kick @ 3:00 alt. 150 flutter and 150 IM (no flutter)

    24 x 25 @ :40 (4 drill + 2 swim, IM - i.e., 6 fly, 6 back, etc.)

    24 x 50, alt. 3 drill and 3 pull

    20 x 25 @ :40, IM order, every 5th one FAST!

    50 EZ

    Total Distance = 3850 meters (SCM)

    April 14-15
    Alberta Masters Provincials
    Edmonton
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre Comp Pool (25m)

    Day 1
    100 IM 1:07.
    100 Back 1:10.
    200 IM 2:29.
    100 Fly 1:06.

    Total Distance (including warmups and cooldowns) = 3000 meters (SCM)

    Day 2
    200 Back 2:33.
    50 Fly 29.5
    100 Breast 1:16.
    1500 Free 18:31.

    Total Distance (including warmups and cooldowns) = 3800 meters (SCM)

    For the most part, I'm happy with these swims. Most of these are my "off" events, but I just wanted to see how fast I could go with them.

    The 100 Back is a bit slower than I wanted (1:08-1:09), but I was taking 3 strokes into the wall (after seeing the flags) and that left me very close and scrunched up! I only took 2 strokes in the 200 backstroke, and that was much better.

    The 100 Fly is not nearly fast enough yet, but it was probably less than 10 minutes after the 200 IM. I'll swim it again at Nationals.

    I was told I looked too tight and too short in the 50 Fly - what else is new? I get choppy in 50s!

    I gave up mentally in the 1500 and then cursed myself for doing so when I saw the final time, because I know that I could have pushed just slightly more to go under 18:30; and probably just a bit more to go under 18:20.
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  3. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -04/19/12

    by , April 18th, 2012 at 03:57 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 1:45
    4 X 50 kick 1;15
    4 X 150-50 free/50 stroke/50 free 2:45
    4 X 100 kick 2:15

    1 X 300 free-negative split- 4:30
    3 X 100 IM 1:45
    3 X 100 free 1:30
    1 X 300 IM -
    Two rounds. Short break between rounds.

    10 X 50 1:00
    odd: easy
    even: fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4700Y
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  4. Midweek update

    by , April 18th, 2012 at 03:40 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Recap!

    Monday - off

    Tuesday - P90X 2nd "module", week #5, day 1: Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps

    This was really hard. I was still very tired from the meet but I did it anyway. By the end, I had this really, really weird and pronounced shaking in my arms! And since I am very double jointed, it was like a cross between the possessed body of Evil Dead and the Exorcist head turning, except it was my elbow joint.

    Ab ribber. I can sort of bicycle backwards, with extreme concentration, but only a few times and then it turns into the brake pedal motion again. But I think I am getting it!

    Wed - SWIM!
    I went to a real workout! About time, i've been paying my monthly membership!!

    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center
    Jim Montgomery on deck

    Warm up
    200 swim
    200 pull

    another 200 pull

    8 x 50 on 50
    descend 1 -4

    12 x 25's on :35
    odd: kick 1/2 UW
    even: fast
    Fins and mix kick stroke

    200 easy with breath control

    8 x 50 on :45

    200 kick

    14 x 25's on :35
    1 fast, 1 easy
    2 fast ,1 easy
    3 fast, 1 easy
    4 fast, 1 easy
    I built an IM

    300 easy pull

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

    I did most of the workout except lopped off a bit on the easy stuff and warm up. It was ok. Nothin' special.

    Next up: PlyoX tonight and maybe more real workouts the rest of this week. Very non-specific stuff for the next bit here.
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  5. Wednesday 4/18/12

    Wednesday 4/18

    AM/PM (started at 11:00 AM, finished at 12:15 PM) only SCY

    600 (200 FR/100 BR kick)
    5x100 @ 2:00 SKIDS (skull/kick/drill/swim by 25)

    6x100
    3 @ 1:15 D1-3
    3 @ 1:10 hold low red HR (1:00s, 25/10)

    12x50
    2 @ 1:00 FR kick
    2 @ :50 pull w/ buoy (focus on stroke count)
    2 @ :40 4/6/2 turns and D1-2 by effort AND stroke count

    12x25 @ :30 w/ fins (4 FL, 4 BR, 4 FR)
    #1 - shooter
    #2 - 12.5 shooter, fast break out, 12.5 cruise
    #3 - 12.5 strong under H2O kick, fast break out, 12.5 fast swim
    #4 - EZ

    12x25 @ :30 V.S. (4 FR, 4 BR, 4 FL)

    100 EZ

    Total: 3000

    Updated April 18th, 2012 at 06:28 PM by Calvin S

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  6. Working the IMs

    It was another crowded morning at Riverbank, and today my usual lane was full of yet a different set of crazy-fast swimmers. My usual RB buddies were all there, plus 4 more of my Iceland-bound TNYA teammates looking to get in some LCM training, as well as other assorted regulars and local swimmers I knew. It was chaotic but fun. Hereís what I did:

    900 lcm warmup

    300 FR pace
    100 IM fast
    100 easy

    300 FR pace
    200 IM fast
    100 easy

    300 FR pace
    300 IM fast
    100 easy

    300 FR pace
    400 IM fast
    100 easy

    5 x 200, odds FR w/ paddles, evens FR/BK by 50s, working on maintaining fast turnover on BK

    400 warmdown + play
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  7. Wednesday, 4/18/12

    by , April 18th, 2012 at 12:43 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY with swim buddy

    Recovery/distance day

    Warm up
    3 x 300 build
    - did free on 1st one
    - kicked #2, half with board and snorkel, half on back in streamline
    - pulled #3

    Main Set
    3 x 500/30 sr: continuous swim, free on smooth, back on strong 25's
    - 125 smooth/25 strong
    - 100 smooth/25 strong
    - 75 smooth/25 strong
    - 50 smooth/25 strong
    - 25 smooth/25 strong


    Pull Set
    400/10 sr, did free w/paddles & buoy
    300/10 sr, did back w/buoy only
    200/10 sr, did free w/paddles & buoy
    100/10 sr, did back w/buoy only

    Total: 3400 yards
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  8. 04.18.12 - Wednesday workout

    by , April 18th, 2012 at 11:06 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave and Dave. Pool temp ~84.

    SCY

    400 Warm up

    5 Times through:
    * 300 Pull - 3:30 (3:20 - 3:25)
    * 50 Easy - 1:30
    * 100 IM Kick - 2:00
    * 50 Easy - 1:30
    * 100 Stroke - 1:30 (Shoot for 1:10 - Br - 1:20, Bk - 1:25, 3 x IM - 1:15, 1:13, 1:13)
    * 100 IM Kick - 2:00
    * 50 Easy - 2:00

    100 Cool down

    (4250 Total)
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  9. Taper Wk 2

    by , April 18th, 2012 at 10:38 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well, I'm finally feeling recovered from the weekend at zones and reflecting on my accomplishments so far this season. I took one of Fort's (AKA EvilSprintDiva) workouts and pared off a chunk of yards to suit my plan.

    Warm up:

    400 choice
    4 x 25 shooters @ :20 RI
    4 x 25 no breath free @ :20 RI
    4 x 25 scull

    Speed Sets:

    4 x (4 x 25) @ 1:00/1:10
    1st 25 = burst + cruise
    2nd 25 = burst + cruise
    3rd 25 = EZ
    4th 25 = EZ speed @ 80%
    50 EZ between each round
    #2 was BR

    100 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    -- focus on perfect breakout and nailing the finish
    #2 Was BR


    100 EZ

    Total: 1800
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  10. instructions where 35-40 minute EZ swim

    by , April 18th, 2012 at 07:28 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Well if you know me I did more than that.

    500 Free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@2:30 fly w/zoomers as 25 rt arm/25 lt arm/25 kick/25 swim but with a kickout to the 15m mark
    6x50 from block good breakout then EZ half fly half free my first 2 felt horrid but once my back was no longer poping in and out I did great
    200 free EZ w/snorkle

    Total 2000 yards in 50 minutes
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  11. Workout 04/17/12: first OW of year

    by , April 18th, 2012 at 12:12 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    The hotel pool was closed on Monday, so I had my first chance to swim during this trip when we got to the Mediterranean. I'll estimate 0.75 miles in 20 minutes in the chilly, clear water. Might be my only swim until we get home.

    Updated April 23rd, 2012 at 03:37 PM by rxleakem

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  12. Tuesday, April 17, 2012 5:00am & 5:30pm

    by , April 17th, 2012 at 11:11 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    A.M. Workout

    Started off with my same normal running dive 1/2way down the pool, only this time I tweeked something in my lower left side of my back. OUCHY! I was okay for about 25-30 minutes, but the pain started building and had to leave around 45 minutes in to the workout.

    5 x 100 Free @ 1:30
    300 Free Pull

    Main Set (with a group of 4 others in 1 lane - all previous swim teamers so we did well together)
    3 x 200 Free (I did IMs) @ 3:00 (went 2:32/2:34/2:34)
    5 x 100 Free @ 1:30 (1:05s)
    3 x 200 Free (I did Pull) @ 2:45 (went 2:15/2:13/2:11)
    5 x 100 Free @ 1:20 (went to the back of the lane and swam these easy)
    My back was killing me here, so I got out.
    The set continued with:
    3 x 200 Free @ 2:30
    5 x 100 Free @ 1:15

    I was at 3000 yards when I left, but could've been over 4000 in the hour had I been able to stick with it. Oh well... next time. I like swimming Tues/Thurs with these guys, 'cause we can all rock and roll the workouts!

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    3000 Yards and a couple doses of Tylenol throughout the workday.

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    P.M. Workout:

    I was feeling much better in the afternoon, and after working on disassembling my wife's car that she slightly wrecked yesterday, I had to go take a dip in the pool.

    Warmup:

    5 x 100 Free @ 1:30 (1:08s)
    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:25 (1:05s)
    5 x 100 @ 1:20 All stroke parts are FAST
    • #1 75 Free/25 Fly (1:05)
    • #2 75 Free/25 Back
    • #3 75 Free/25 Breast
    • #4 75 Free/25 Free
    • #5 100 IM (went 1:13)
    I've seen the next set done by Chris Stevenson and others, and thought I'd give it a try today:

    Dropdown Interval Set - goal is to swim as much distance on each interval as possible, before descending the yardage by a 25
    I started @ 1:40 interval, and descended by :05 each rep down to a final :15 interval.

    Did this Free PULL
    1:40 - 125 Yards
    1:35 - 125 Yards
    1:30 - 125 Yards
    1:25 - 125 Yards
    1:20 - 125 Yards (made it, touch and go)
    1:15 - 100 Yards
    1:10 - 100 Yards
    1:05 - 75 Yards (wussed out here, probably could've made 100, but...)
    1:00 - 75 Yards
    :55 - 75 Yards
    :50 - 75 Yards (:48)
    :45 - 50 Yards
    :40 - 50 Yards
    :35 - 50 Yards
    :30 - 50 Yards (touch and go)
    :25 - 25 Yards
    :20 - 25 Yards
    :15 - 25 Yards
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    The set totaled 1400 Yards as I did it, and was quite entertaining as well. Definitely have to do this set solo, and just keep track of the hand on the clock.

    100 Kick EZ
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    3000 Yards


    6000 Yards for the day

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    Gonna start taking it slightly easy again, got to swim another meet (USAS) on Sunday. I got the timeline emailed to me, and it looks like I'll be spread out pretty good waiting for all the age groups to cycle through each event.

    My event order: 400 IM, (90 min.), 200 Back, (120 min.), 200 Breast, (60-70 min.) 200 Fly, (70 min.) 200 Free
  13. Here I go again.

    by , April 17th, 2012 at 11:09 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    While swimming my first length of warm-up tonight and discovered we'd switched from scy to scm. My turns were strange during this workout, especially backstroke since they'd forgotten to move the flags.
    Upon completing tonight's 3K swim I noticed I felt 100% better mentally after my swim. Thank God for swimming.
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  14. Tuesday, 4/17/12

    by , April 17th, 2012 at 02:02 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, with swim buddy

    Swam all free on today's workout
    Warm up
    400 choice
    4 x 50/50 ds - 40->38
    4 x 50/1:00 Strong - 37-38
    4 x 25/:45 burst then cruise

    Main Set
    Start with interval that gives no more than 10 sec rest
    12-18 x 100 strong, swim until canít make interval
    - started with a 1:21 so set interval at 1:30, Stayed under 1:25 until around 5 or 6, then they were around 1:27-28 until #12 or so #15 was 1:30 so I stopped there.

    Pull/Recovery
    300-200-100
    - buoy only, went 300/5:00, 200/3:15, 100/1:45

    Total: 3000 yards

    My legs really felt the bike rides from the last 3 days. Last night I went about 21 mi with a friend and rode it pretty hard, averaging about 18 mph. With what I did last weekend, I've done about 80 miles on the bike in the last 3 days.
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  15. Lotsa free

    I swam at Riverbank this morning with Rondi, John, and Andrew. It was crowded--we shared a lane for most of the session with three Columbia swimmers and their coach, but the four of us all eventually ended up in the adjacent lane. The Columbia guys were polite swimmers, but they were also quite speedy!

    I somehow arrived at the pool without goggles today, but Rondi was kind enough to lend me a pair--reason #647 why itís nice to swim with friends. Hereís what I ended up doing:

    900 lcm warmup (400s, 200k, 200p, 100d/s)

    5 x 400 FR @ 7:30ish [was pleased with my speed on theseóheld 6:10s +/- :05.]

    5 x 200 FR, odds pull with paddles, evens swim

    3 x 100 FR/BK, maintaining 60spm on both strokes [thatís pushing the turnover a bit on my BK]

    300 warmdown + play

    I felt good in the water after a rest day yesterday and happy to be swimming. Enjoyed a nice stretch afterwards on the playground.

    Updated April 17th, 2012 at 12:57 PM by swimsuit addict

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  16. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -04/18/12

    by , April 17th, 2012 at 11:54 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    3 X 250 4:00
    3 X 100 1:30
    5 X 50 :50

    1 X 400 free 6:00
    4 X 100 free 1:30
    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    2 X 100 kick 2:15
    1 X 50 easy swim 1:15
    1 X 300 IM 5:15
    3 X 100-stroke or IM- 2:00

    9 X 100 free 1:45
    Descend 1-3/4-6/7-9
    #3-6-9 should be fast

    1 X 500 pull

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4750Y
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  17. 04.17.12 - Tuesday workout

    by , April 17th, 2012 at 09:35 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Roger, Howard and 2 x Dave. Pool temp 84. I think I'm finally getting over this cold/sinus infection. Was able to recover much better today. Still not quite 100% but I was able to do things I haven't for the last week or so.

    SCY

    500 Warm up

    125 Free - 2:00
    125 Free - 1:55
    2 x (200 IM + 50 Fly) - 4:00
    125 Free - 1:50
    125 Free - 1:45
    50 Easy

    2 x (50 Back + 75 Free) - 2:00
    2 x (200 IM + 50 Kick) - 4:00
    50 Easy

    2 x (50 Breast + 75 Free) - 2:00
    2 x (50 Fly + 150 Free + 50 Fly) - 4:00
    50 Easy

    3 Times through
    * 3 x 100 - 1:20
    * 1:00 Break
    First 2 rounds I did 25 stroke/75 free. Last round the challenge was to do as little free as possible and still make it. I did 2 x (50 Br + 50 Fr) on 1:17 and 1:18 and 75 Br + 25 Fr on 1:18. Probably should have gone for it and tried to do 100 br at the end.

    8 x 25 - :40 IM Order easy/hard
    Breaststroke was working well today. Hard br was on :16.5. Fr was around 14 which is pretty quick for me.

    200 Cool down

    (4450 Total)
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  18. How not to taper: a true story

    by , April 17th, 2012 at 09:13 AM (Life in the (not so) fast lane)
    Last weekend I did the Great Lakes meet at Bowling Green as a taper meet. As a team we had been doing a 3-week taper. In my case, I did a couple of the things one probably shouldn't do to get the most out of it:
    • I took a little over 2 weeks off of swimming immediately prior to the start of tapering. I had to travel out of the country during that time and didn't have access to a pool while I was gone.
    • Because of the above, I increased my yardage and, to a lesser extent, the intensity of my solo workouts just because I felt pathologically out of swimming shape.
    • I'm also training to run a marathon at the beginning of May, and my long runs have gotten up to between 15 and 20 miles over the last few weeks.
    In addition, I went all winter without getting sick, but I somehow chose the week of this particular meet to come down with a chest cold.

    So now that my excuses are out of the way , here's how I did:

    I started with the 400IM. This was only the second time in my life I've swum it for time. Last time my splits were:

    1 43.71 43.71
    2 1:37.01 53.30
    3 3:44.83 2:07.82
    4 3:44.83 0.00
    5 4:38.44 53.61
    6 5:34.54 56.10
    7 6:18.61 44.07
    8 6:59.58 40.97

    Excruciatingly slow, but hey I did it.

    This time, my splits were:

    1 :43.21 43:21
    2 1:37.36 54:15
    3 2:36.13 58:77 (okay, this one was all recovery )
    4 3:31.34 55.21
    5 4:23.24 51.90
    6 5:15.65 52.41
    7 5:57.85 42.20
    8 6:37.60 39.75

    I took it out really easy, tried to hang in here, and improve on my splits, which I did. It's much better than last time, so I'm happy with this swim. Clearly, there is some low-hanging fruit as far as further improvement goes. That second 50 fly is rough for me, and my backstroke just plain sucks out loud. But I can safely say that I no longer dread this event and will undoubtedly train specfically for it and do it more often.

    My other events were 50/100 FR and 50 BR. My times in those were average for me, and given that the entire meet was done in less than 2 hours, I have no complaints.
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  19. Starting to rest

    200 w/bouy
    200 kick/swim

    4 x 250 IM order
    -100 swim/100 kick
    -50 ez backstroke

    10 x 50 drill/swim
    -went IM order and then BR on the last two

    10 x 12.5 sprint with strong finish

    4 x 50 all out from blocks @ 4:00

    200 w/d

    2425

    Big drop in yardage and intensity from last week. We were suppose to a longer warm down along with some turn work. Backstroke and all of my turns are feeling very fast right now. I am going to need a fast backstroke for my upcoming IMs. I haven't gone off the blocks in a long time and was surprised at how fast I was able to go. I am getting pumped for the trip to Greensboro The bigger challenge is making sure work will be on autopilot while I am gone for a couple of days. Will the madness ever stop?
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  20. still feel like )*#% but not bad in the end

    by , April 17th, 2012 at 07:32 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Still having issues with speed right now and left shoulder, lower back issues abound.

    My daughter was complaining about getting old at 21 and I just had to laugh.

    500 free every 4th lap kick on back
    6x25@:45 shooters i could get out to 1/2 pool now but then I pop up when I don't have fins
    6x25@:45 no breathers i only made the first one
    4x25@1:00 scull

    4x(4x25)@1:00
    1st 25 burst + cruise free
    2nd 25 burst + cruise fly
    3rd 25 EZ
    4th 25 EZ speed i could actually do the last 2 as no breathers but then I may have been going more like AFAP than EZ speed since I went 18 and 17 on those
    50 EZ between rounds

    300 free w/snorkle EZ

    2x50 from block sprint to wall then EZ back
    100 EZ

    Total 2000 yards

    I guess I would have to say this was a good workout today.
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