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  1. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/14/12

    by , May 11th, 2012 at 06:23 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 1:40
    1 X 200 3:20
    4 X 100 1:30
    1 X 300 negative split

    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    8 X 50 kick 1:00
    1 X 100 swim

    1 x 100 IM or stroke 2:00
    4 X 50 stroke 1:05
    Four rounds, choice stroke.
    Short break after 2 rounds.


    6 X 200 pull 3:15
    1-3: moderate pace
    4-7: descend

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4600 Y/M
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  2. Friday, May 11 2012

    by , May 11th, 2012 at 06:15 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    Today swam SCY at Fort Myers Aquatic Center. LCM at the FGCU Aquatics Center was not available due to a swim meet. Coach Chuck was down in Naples at the GG pool with the rest of the group.

    Did not do any dryland training yesterday, but I felt like I did during those first several hours after waking up.

    *Set 1*
    Swim FR 1 hour 15 minutes: working on freestyle stroke technique building effort by 300s to maintain aerobic base for 5K OW swims.

    The constant SCY flip turns were disruptive for the first 30 min. Sure enough, after about 3,000 + yards I totally lost count - so just kept going for another 3,000+ completing a continuous swim of 1hr, 15min consisting of 300 builds after an initial 1000 cruise.

    Now aware of my lazy left side breathing against the right arm/should pull from years of casual lap swimming, the possibility of late breath and/or turning head out of linear alignment nagged at me.

    1. Trying to turn my face downward faster after the breath distracted my sense of rhythm, stroke flow, and I could not do it consistently.
    2. After a while I began focusing on the EVF as a timing element to start the head downward naturally with the stroke pull after the breath. That seemed to have some potential.
    3. Eventually I evolved towards extending my shoulders near my head/ears throughout the stroke cycle.

    Swimming with the shoulders around my head/ears appears to me to have helped the most to keep my rhythm flow intact, continue linear head alignment during breathing, and also facilitate the EVF extension and high elbow front catch of each arm stroke. There was no forced shoulder/elbow lifting or straining to do this, more like a natural extension my freestyle stroke. We shall see what Coach Chuck thinks about it on Monday.
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  3. Gym + Swim, Friday, May 11

    by , May 11th, 2012 at 05:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    RC exercises, 10 min
    resisted lunges w/belt on cable machine (ripped off from Coughlin), 45 x 1 x 15 each leg, 55 x 1 x 15 each leg
    resisted track start jumps, 45 x 1 x 10
    overhead squats, 45 x 1 x 8, 50 x 1 x 8, 55 x 1 x 8
    push press, 50 x 3 x 8
    reverse barbell preacher curl, 30 x 3 x 8
    altitude drops, 3 x 5
    med ball slams in racquetball court, 5 x 8, various


    Warm up:

    550 various
    4 x 50 fly drills
    6 x 25 shooters w/MF

    Main Sets:

    1 x 100 dolphin kick w/MF, fast @ 90ish%
    -- went :47
    100 EZ

    1 x 50 fly AFAP
    -- went :23 low
    -- whew, still have speed despite farting around for a couple weeks post Nats
    150 EZ

    30 x 50 burst to 15 m + cruise @ 1:00
    -- this is the Allen Stark set
    -- sort of a variant on the ultra short distance training, but with both active and passive recovery
    -- heart rate elevated the whole time
    -- didn't take any masters minutes

    1-10 = dolphin kick on back w/MF
    11-20 = fast hands breast w/fins
    21-40 = dolphin kick w/board & MF
    100 EZ

    Total: 2900


    Shook off my alleged wimpiness from yesterday! I was able to get in both drylands and a swim after persuading Mr. Fort that we should leave on Saturday not Friday for the Eastern Sprints (college rowing championships) outside Boston. I'm unfortunately going to miss Teen Fort's state championships here. But her boat is undefeated and should win. And, besides, I'll be traveling to Philly next weekend to watch her race in the Stotesbury Regatta. I feel like I've been traveling my ass off lately. And not to exotic locales like Q.

    Still treading cautiously in the gym. My shoulder/scapula/neck feel somewhat better after the second round of PRP. But I am still somewhat nervous about the upper body weights wrt elbows & shoulder and will ramp those up very slowly.
  4. Workout 05/11/12:

    by , May 11th, 2012 at 02:59 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 FR/100 BK/100 fly drill

    Go two times through:
    2 x 100 Kick on 2:00
    1 x 200 FR pull with buoy on 3:00
    2 x 50 FR build on :45

    12 x 75 on 1:05
    - 8 FR, 2 BK, 2 IM drill

    Go two times through:
    Noah's Ark on 7:00
    - 1st = Paddles (6:12), 2nd = pull Buoy (6:26)
    4 x 50 on :45
    - odd length = FR DPS
    - even length = RIMO FAST

    150 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/3650 yds/65 min)

    Felt nice to be back in the water. You might recall I was planning to skip my Friday swim before work last week, and I did. I attempted to work for an hour before calling my boss and telling him I needed to go home sick. In 6 years with the company, this is my second time using a sick day (mostly because it causes a headache to cover, and I can usually make it through the day when I'm ill). A Mountain Dew kept me motivated until he could come in at noon and finish out the day. From there? Stomach issues, no solid foods until Tuesday night, and just feeling crummy. Needless to say no swimming or lifting up until today's dip. What can you do? I watched all of the Harry Potter movies. :wizard:

    Good effort today, and I tried to just mix up some longer stuff with some fast efforts sprinkled in. I did not push the first half of the swim too much, but went for the Ark's as best I could. I'll get in a 30 minute swim next week, and build on that weekly as I look towards OW swims.

    In 8 weeks is the Kingdom Swim. My expectations for the swim are changing a bit due to my inability to be consistent with training for the past month, and some gaps forthcoming. I am sure that evmo and knicholas will lap me, and I just hope to stay somewhere behind Swimsuit Addict and try to eat any leftovers that she tosses overboard. Is a sub-5 hour swim doable given current circumstances? Perhaps, if I can nail down the feeding aspect. If not, I will be content to finish the challenge and check out a part of my home state that I have never seen before. I rented a log cabin about 20 minutes from the beach, so at least we'll be able to have a relaxing weekend with our buddies (and my Yaker) from Maine.

    I might try to sneak back to the Rec tonight (either lift of swim, maybe a little of both). Tomorrow I will be attending the USMS coaches training in Great Barrington, MA, and will be able to swim again on Monday. Looks like a great weekend weatherwise in my neck of the woods, and I'll be able to make the trip tomorrow on my motorcycle.

    Updated May 11th, 2012 at 04:38 PM by rxleakem

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  5. Friday 5/11/12

    by , May 11th, 2012 at 02:40 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Body still adapting to the weights and running again...hope to be over the aches next week.

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    200 kick
    200 IM drill

    Main Sets:

    5 x 50 free w/paddles @ 1:00/1:10/1:20
    25 up tempo + 25 smooth DPS
    50 EZ

    8 x 50 dolphin kick w/MOFO @ 1:10
    burst/shooter 25 + cruise
    100 EZ, complete recovery

    1 x 100 AFAP free or stroke choice
    did br
    200 EZ

    6 x 100 choice, fins optional
    1 = smooth DPS @ 2:00/2:15
    2 = negative split @ 2:00/2:15
    3 = fast @ 90% broken @ 50 for :10 @ 3:00
    Posted a 1:04 missed the 50 split.
    4 = EZ @ 3:00
    5 = AFAP broken @ 50 for :15 @ 3:00
    I posted a :25 and a :30...ok I had fins on but thinking I should be better than :59 from a dive. Thoughts?
    6 = EZ

    8 x 50 flutter w/board & fins @ 1:00
    burst 25 + cruise

    200 EZ

  6. Fast Fri May 11, 2012

    by , May 11th, 2012 at 11:51 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Fast Fri May 11, 2012

    We had a very nice 25th anniversary.
    Thanks to all you kind folks who sent congrats here & on FB. Went to dinner at Pecan Street Cafe with her & my parents & 2 friends then
    spent the night at the 4 Seasons

    Thu doubled
    didn't blog
    main set was
    4 x 150 on 1:45 right into
    4 x 100 on 1:10 right into
    4 x 050 on 0:35

    Whitney Coached LCM & scy
    6:30 - 8:00 dove in on time
    swam with Ed, Mary Nate & Colin
    beside Brad, Traci, Tyler, Todd, Mike, Jim, Amy, Korey & Brandon

    Warm Up (LCM)
    1000 stop at 6:48

    Main Set (LCM)

    100 FR strong
    went 1:06
    100 easy
    100 K fast dove, did SDK & fly kick on my side
    went 1:17
    100 easy

    Moved to diving well at 7:00 (scy)
    got in the only lane that had a block

    10 x 100 fr best ave on 2:00
    got an extra 1:00 break at #5
    dove em all
    held 56's & 7's

    500 easy

    8 x 100 K best ave on 2:30
    dove em all
    held 66's & 7's, went 62 on last one

    500 easy

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    2012 Meets & Events

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

    Sat Aug 11 & 12, 2012
    South Central LCM Zones
    Palo Alto Pool
    San Antonio, TX
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  7. Doing better - 05/11/2012

    by , May 11th, 2012 at 11:14 AM (Workout Swimmer)
    Well, I'm finally able to keep up with ATAC again - for the warm up anyway!

    600 back/free
    4 x 200 P (no paddles)
    400 kick
    100 easy
    20 x 50 on 1:00 (Drill, Build, Sprint repeat) #7,8,9 & # 16,17,18 were breast - the rest free)
    200 mixed
    2 x 500 - first one was P w/paddles - just going thru the motions, not really pushing it, 2nd one was with zoomers & was sort of a build, but only up to about 85-90%
    100 various for cooldown.

    Total: 4200 LCM
  8. 05.11.12 - Friday workout

    by , May 11th, 2012 at 10:59 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Kent, Dave and Dave. Water temp still significantly cooler.


    500 Warm up

    2 x 100 FR Kick - 1:45
    2 x 100 Fl/Fr Kick - 1:45
    2 x 100 Br/Fr Kick - 1:45
    2 x 100 Bk kick - 1:45
    Struggled with this a lot. Probably just not warmed up yet.
    4 x 50 Br - :50 Descend
    6 x 100 - 1:15 (25 Stroke/75 Free)
    100 Easy

    10 x 100 Pull - 1:20 (Descended these from 1:10 down to 1:04)
    4 x 100 Kick - 1:45
    100 Pull - 1:20
    25 Fly/75 Free Pull - 1:20
    25 Bk/75 Free Pull - 1:20
    25 Br/75 Free Pull - 1:20
    100 Pull - 1:20
    2 x 100 Kick - 1:40

    200 Cool down

    (4500 Total)
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  9. a nice friday despite DOMS settingin

    by , May 11th, 2012 at 10:36 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I could tell my weighlifting from Wednesday was catching up to me. Ouch. Took a while to get the back loose.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers up tempo
    6x50@1:00 free w/fins as 25 shooter +25 cruise
    6x50@1:30 free w/snorkle as 15m fast kick/20m swim fast kick/15m fast kick
    3x200@4:00 fly w/fins as 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim went 3:37, 3:30, 3:18 finally lossened up on last one
    4x50@1:00 torque drill w/paddles
    2x50 from block good breakout

    Total 2500 meters

    Updated May 11th, 2012 at 05:52 PM by Donna

  10. It WAS a Happy FLOG Time...No More

    by , May 11th, 2012 at 10:15 AM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    But... that's not a bad thing. I decided since I not only reached my target pace for 250 miles this year, but was starting to get ahead of pace that I should continue to challenge myself on this road of recovery by upping my GTD goal by 25 miles. That being said, I'm once again not having a happy FLOG, but I get to see how I am slowly gaining on the new goal - and when I catch and pass that, I will probably up it again. I am just needing to remember to swim smart and when my shoulder starts hurting (not getting tired, but hurting) that I need to stop and kick the rest of practice. I'm learning.... and my kick is getting much better without fins. It's almost a win-win situation.... minus the injury, of course.

    Here's what I did today:

    300 Warm-Up
    8 x 50 Drill on 1:05 (odd: one arm fly, even: free catch-up) - no fins
    6 Sets (odd: one arm fly, even: free) - no fins
    - 1 x 50 on 1:10
    - 4 x 25 on :40
    5 x 100 Kick on 2:00 (did as 50 back dolphin, 50 back flutter) - w/ fins
    1 x 100 Free on 2:10
    1 x 450 Kick w/o fins (while everyone else finished final free set)
    200 Cool-Down
    Total Meters - 2850

    All in all, today's practice was quick-paced and fun. I only wish that I had been able to do full fly instead of one arm. That flat shoulder rotation is just not coming back quickly.

    I also think my freestyle may come back quicker if I can spend my time in the water focusing on the details of my stroke instead of worrying about when to breathe. Therefore, I'm toying with the idea of getting a snorkel. Any thoughts, suggestions?

    Enjoy your weekend and happy laps to you!
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  11. Wednesday & Thursday, May 9-10, 2012

    by , May 10th, 2012 at 10:07 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Wednesday P.M. at the Y lap lanes:

    5 x 100 Free @ 1:30
    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:20
    500 IM Drill

    1500 Yards

    Just wasn't feeling it yesterday, so got out and actually watched my daughter swim.


    Thursday A.M.

    200 Free
    300 Free Pull
    500 IM Drill

    10 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:43-:45s)

    300 swim back and forth

    1800 Yards

    Still not feeling it, but at least I'm resting my sore muscles. Arms have taken a beating for a while. I'll plan to hit it hard again on Friday, and then we'll rest next week for Canadian Nationals.

    Speaking of which...where are the psych sheet postings online for this meet? It's a week away, and still nothing. I mainly want visual confirmation that I'm in the meet. I do have my online receipt, but sometimes that's not good enough.

    That're good at finding "hard to find stuff" on the internet. Where are the psych sheets for 2012 Canadian Nats? (other than the direct link off
  12. Thursday - May 10, 2012

    by , May 10th, 2012 at 05:58 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    *Warm Up*
    1000 FR Desc by 300s, +100 75% smooth 6K, 2min rest
    1000 Swim as 100FR/100BK, build each 100

    *Set 1*
    5x200 BR on 1:00 min rest

    1. K with snorkel
    2. K/S by 50 with snorkel
    3. K/S by 50 with snorkel
    4. Swim Ė build by 50
    5. Swim Ė build by 100

    100 EZ

    *Set 2*

    5x200 FLY on 1:00 min rest

    1. 2(K25, RA25, LA25, S25) build swim
    2. 2(K25, RA25, LA25, S25) build swim
    3. By stroke count: 4(3RA, 3LA, 6S per 50)
    4. By stroke count: 4(3RA, 3LA, 6S per 50)
    5. Swim Ė build by 50

    100 EZ

    *Set 3*

    4x500 FR on 1:00 min rest

    1. EVF focus with paddles, breath every 3rd
    2. Desc by 100 60%-80% effort, breath every 4 alt 50
    3. EVF focus with paddles, breath every 3rd
    4. Desc by 100 70%-90% effort, breath every 4 alt 50

    200 EZ

    Arms and shoulders continue to feel moderately sore and weak from circuit training last night and I experienced some toe cramping during last set (stopped to egg beater and push off pool bottom several times).

    Just trying to stay in touch with backstroke for now, will do more BK specific sets after a few more weeks.

    The BR kick was solid and coach worked with me to extend the body position with more lower back follow up upon kick closure.

    Fly was steady and linear: working on kick timing with forward arm extension. For some reason it feels slightly easier to get a EVF position set up with fly than free.

    During my warm-up and also the last free set I was sensing awkward stroke rhythm connected to my breathing. My theory is that gradually becoming stronger and fitter as a swimmer is making me more aware of the more subtle stroke flaws. Coach identified late and delayed breathing more specifically on my left side. I tried to apply his corrections and looked really stupid for a while. Then later I was able to get closer to correcting the issue by focusing on the timing of my breathing with my stroke pull and less so on the recovery. Hopefully I can integrate this adjustment forward from this point.

    Updated May 15th, 2012 at 09:54 PM by fdtotten (to catagorize)

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  13. Dead from Deadlifting, Thursday, May 10

    by , May 10th, 2012 at 04:42 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    RC exercises, 20 min

    Stretching/Yoga, 25 min



    600 various

    8 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ

    6 x 25 burst + cruise
    50 EZ

    1 x 100 AFAP back w/fins
    -- went :51
    -- better than I expected

    400 IG

    1 x 100 AFAP fly w/fins
    -- :54
    -- ugh, slow, had to swim through calf cramp

    300 IG

    1 x 50 AFAP breast
    -- 28 mid

    200 IG

    Total: 2200


    I woke up and everything hurt from Tuesday's drylands. Deadlifts seem to suck the life out of me. Maybe it's also accumulated fatigue from re-starting drylands. It made me less than enthusiastic to swim, and I was tired in the water. I had forgotten how rotten that feels ... Perhaps I should have saved this Speedo type workout for Friday instead and gone to yoga.

    I still have no plan for this season. Very unusual for me not to have a plan wrt either swimming, drylands or meets. Hopefully, after some more cogitating, my brain will spit out something soon.
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  14. Grumble grumble

    by , May 10th, 2012 at 04:27 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    So today I went the farthest I've gone since surgery - a whopping 4200 yards. I'm much slower than I would like to be at this stage, but it is what it is. Someone told me it took them 4 months to recovery from what I've had done, so I guess I'm looking at all summer, sigh.

    16 x 75 (4 ea SKPSt)
    6 x 100
    50 EZ
    Pyramid by 25's up to 125, repeat it & come back down on :25 base per 25
    4 x 50 over unders
    4 x 300 various
    Total 4200 SCY
  15. Thursday May 10

    AM swim at home with Susan

    Did pwb's [ame=""]Workout #4 = Reborn Monster[/ame] from this week's High Volume Workouts with a few minor variations. My butterfly is getting better but it still sucks so I definitely can't swim without frequently resorting to one-armed fly, so I changed the 7 x 50 stroke to a combination of drill and swim.

    Warmup (1000)
    1 x 200 swim
    1 x 200 IM kick
    3 x 200 @ 3:10, descend free

    Main Set (3000 / 4000)
    4 x
    • 4 x 100 free, hold 1:18
      • round 1 @ 1:40
      • round 2 @ 1:35
      • round 3 @ 1:30
      • round 4 @ 1:25

    • 7 x 50 IM order stroke by round
      • #1 - #2 @ 1:20, drill
      • #3 - #4 @ 1:10, 25 drill + 25 swim
      • #5 - #6 @ 1:00, swim
      • #7 easy

    Wrap up (500 / 4500)
    5 x 100: active recovery pull with buoy, @ 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10

    ** 4,500 **
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  16. Wednesday May 9

    AM swim

    Santa Clara Swim Club Masters - SCY
    Steve coaching

    300 warmup

    3 x
    * 1 x 150 @ 2:20
    * 3 x 25 @ :30, drill, drill, swim - IMO by round

    8 x 25 @ :40, calculate swim-golf score. Went 28-29, much worse than I got with paddles and a buoy last week

    10 x 100,
    * odd) @ 1:45 relaxed free
    * even) @ 1:55 IM

    8 x 25 @ :40, calculate swim-golf score. Went 28-29.

    200 easy

    * 2800 *


    PM Weights

    Body weight (159 lb.) - 20 lb., 10 sets of 3
    Woot, I made the set with only 20 lb. of assistance (I had to use 60 lb. my first week)!

    Shoulder Press
    on the Technogym shoulder press machine
    10 sets of 3 @ 40 lb.
    10 sets of 3 @ 50 lb.
    8 sets of 3 @ 50 lb.

    Standing face pulls
    35 lb., 5 sets of 8
    40 lb., 4 sets of 8

    Seated face pulls
    50 lb., 4 sets of 8

    Calf raises
    Ran out of time before I could get on the Smith machine so I did these on the Technogym seated leg press machine, with only the balls of my feet on the foot platform.
    4 sets of 3 @ 200 lb.
    3 sets of 3 @ 220 lb.
    2 sets of 3 @ 240 lb.
  17. Grateful for the rest

    I have a head cold and just feel out of it. Decided to go to practice anyways to see what I could struggle through. Thankfully there weren't any tight intervals with this one.

    800 mix up
    12 x 50 @ 1:15 breast
    **1-4 25 drill/ 25 kick
    **5-6 swim
    **7-10 quick arms with flutter kick
    **11-12 swim

    8 x 150 @ 3:00 all fast, plenty of rest
    **odds 100 fr build/ 50 breast sprint
    **evens 100 IM/ 50 choice

    4 x 50 fly @ coaches whistle
    **1-2 3 down/ 2 up
    **4-5 2 down/ 2 up
    I typically breathe almost every stroke so this was good for me even if it was just 50's.

    500 kick with fins for time

    200 w/d


    I am glad I that I went and thought I held my own considering I don't feel that well.
    Grateful for the rest!
  18. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/11/12

    by , May 10th, 2012 at 12:33 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:20 3:00
    2 X 100 1:40 1:30
    4 X 50 :50 :45
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick
    1 X 100 swim

    6 X {3 X 50 1:05
    Choice. Alternate build-fast-easy

    4 x 100 kick 2:15
    Last 25 fast
    1 X 100 swim


    4 X {3 X 100 2:15
    Choice. Alternate build-fast-easy

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4300 Y/M
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  19. Next stop: Iceland!

    Yesterday I did an easy 3000 at Riverbank, and today I attended TNYA workout. Crowded conditions gave me an excuse to sneak over to the slow lane, which was unoccupied when I arrived despite 4-6 swimmers everywhere else. I was joined there by friends Janet and LisaLisa, and we did the following workout together, doing different things on the same intervals so that everyone got to do something challenging.

    My upper arms are still plenty sore from the AZ lakes adventure, so I did a lot of kicking,. I also used the soreness I felt when swimming freestyle to figure out how I could tweak my stroke to use those overworked deltoid muscles less. Rotate more? (yes). Make the recovery more about momentum, less about effort? (yes, and turning over at a higher clip helps me do that). Consider bending my elbows more? (only when combined with more rotation). Tighten my core to use my lats more? (double yep.) It was nice to have the space to experiment around a bitóI hope the soreness will be fleeting, so I need to make use of it while it lasts.

    Brad coached, my lanemates and I edited, and hereís what I ended up doing:

    500 scy warmup

    3 x 200 FR swim/kick halfsies @ 3:30
    2 x 100 FR/BK halfsies @ 1:40
    2 x 50 FR/BK halfsies @ :50
    100 easy

    2 x 200 kick @ 3:50
    2 x 125 alt. BR/kick by 25s @ 3:00
    2 x 75 BR/kick/BR @ 1:45
    100 easy
    [The 125s and 75s were supposed to be hard efforts, but I decided Iím not ready for that quite yetóapart from the soreness Iím still systematically fatigued.]

    1 x 200 IM kick
    4 x 125 IM with rolling extra 25 (alternated kicking and swimming by 25)

    300 FR alternating kicking and pulling with kickboard

    100 warmdown

    I felt tired throughout this workout until the last 20 minutes or so, when I started to loosen up and find some good energy. I had thought about getting out early, but was glad I stayed inóthe whole effort was worth it for those last few minutes of feeling smooth and fluid in the water.

    As far as recovering from last weekendís swims, Iím mostly just trying to get plenty of sleep, stretch a lot, and listen to my body when working out to avoid pushing it harder than it wants to go. Taking days completely off seems to leave me feeling tighter and sorer and more lethargic than ever, so I try to at least get to the pool and move around some. Iíve been craving protein ever since I got back, so Iíve been eating plenty of it. Sometimes itís hard to know how much to push and how much to coddle your body when recovering from hard efforts, and Iím trying to find some balance between the two.

    And my next swimming adventure is quickly approaching: IGLA in Iceland! My last attempt at doing a big pool meet in the midst of open-water swims (LCM nats at Auburn last summer) was somewhat disastrous. Iím hoping this one will go better, but Iím mostly just looking forward to traveling to a cool place, supporting my teammates, and having fun with friends. I leave on the Tuesday after Memorial Day, and my first events are three weeks from today. I signed up for the 200/400 IM, 100/200 BK, and 400 FR. I decided not to do any sprints other than the 1BK because it was just too hard to fit in the necessary training/recovery for those and keep up the yardage I need for my OW events. Iíll probably also swim relaysóIíll just do my best with the sprinting thereóplus thereís a 250m OW swim in the North Atlantic! Water temps in the high-40s are predicted. Should be a fun time!
  20. 05.10.12 - Thursday workout

    by , May 10th, 2012 at 10:47 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave, Dave, Roger and Kent. Had a "make it up as you go day". Water temp noticably cooler today. Didn't get a reading but it felt 82ish.


    450 Warm up

    Dave B's Set
    10 x 100 - 1:30 Odds IM, Evens Free
    I went ahead and did them all IM. Started around 1:26 to 1:27 and dropped to 1:23 as I warmed up. Finished on 1:18.
    50 Easy

    Kent's set
    20 x 50 Pull - :45 (Descend 5 50s 4 times)
    50 Easy

    My set
    Despite Howard's warnings, we threw caution to the wind and modified my pace line to work like the Germans do it. Roger and Dave M went in one lane and Kent, Dave B and I went in the other. We did 1000 yards straight with the last person in line moving to the front every 100 yards. In our lane, that meant you had to pass two people when it was your turn to go to the front. To help with that, the other swimmers in the lane swam 25 backstroke while the last swimmer made the pass. Then everyone went back to drafting. Worked pretty well. I think we averaged a 1:17 pace for the 1000 yards. Passing was an adventure. There's a lot of pressure to get moving so that you don't create a traffic jam at the wall. Fun set and harder than my way of doing it.

    Dave M's set
    6 Times through:
    * 50 Kick - 1:00
    * 100 Stroke - 1:40
    I did Fly/Bk/Br x 2. 1:23 on the last breaststroke.

    200 Cool down

    (4650 Total)
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