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  1. Week 177 - Friday

    by , February 19th, 2016 at 08:39 AM (After a long rest)
    OMG I feel so much better today. I had the best night of sleep I have had in a long time last night. I was still a little sluggish in warm up but felt so much better. I think the older I get the harder to recover a late night becomes.

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

    main sets
    8x50 kick on :50
    4x(100 IM on 1:30 fast, 3x50 at 200 pace on 1min, 4x25 kick fast on :30)
    100 easy
    8x50 drill build by 25 on 1min
    12x25 no breath fly on :30

    warm down
    200 easy

    i felt pretty good on the kick and was holding :40s. On the IMs i descended going 1:09,1:08,1:07,1:06. On the 50s I went free,back,fee on the first three rounds and then all free on the last round and went :27,:29,:26,:27,:30,:26,:26,:29,:26 and then 3 on :26. I used the kick as active recovery holding :20s. I was pleased with this set despite it hurting pretty good.

    Today is is my wife's birthday! Knowing the mornings are always a rush, my kids and I gave her cards and presents last night. It was so nice to see the kids get excited about someone else's birthday. It was awesome. My kids don't know how lucky they are to have such a great Mum! She is awesome.

    Tomorrow my daughter is heading into Dallas to get fitted for her TAGS suit. She has been wearing a 22 but her coach thinks she needs to go down a few sizes so we are off to a shop downtown that helps most of the kids in the area with sizing. Should be fun! One of my daughters friends was measured and requires a 16. That is so small!
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  2. Week 177 - Thursday

    by , February 18th, 2016 at 09:12 PM (After a long rest)
    I had yet another bad night of sleep and again woke before my alarm. This morning was my early practice with dry lands and it was tough as usual. I seemed to be dragging extra well this morning as well.

    Drylands

    5x(1:30 vasa swim trainer, :30 rest)
    2x(shoulder exercises with bands)
    5x(5xabs done as :45 secs on and :15 second transition) with 1min between rounds.
    6x(1:30 vasa swim trainer, :30 rest) all out

    I used the medicine ball, the ab roller and the bench for elevated planks. I did two sets of ab wheel per round today.

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

    main sets
    2x(4x50 with snorkel on :45, 100 kick on 2mins, 100 free on 1:10, 2x50 easy)
    6x100 IM on 1:30
    10x25 fly with fins on :30
    3x(4x25 on :40 done as open, close, easy, fast)

    warm down
    200 easy

    Tomorrow is my wife's birthday! We plan breakfast with her so I will cut out the team breakfast tomorrow.

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  3. Thursday, February 18, 2016

    by , February 18th, 2016 at 01:51 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM @FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 71, pool at 80
    Sunny, 62% humidity

    Warm Up
    none

    Set 1
    3K FR Swim *40:50
    /as 10(200steady|50strong|50fast)

    Set 2
    1600 IM Swim
    /as IMO by 400 smooth & steady, BF was drill/swim

    Cool Down
    50FR +10 mins talking with swimmer friend

    Comments:
    The 50M pool was setup as LCM, an unexpected but surprise, but confirmed that 45 minutes remained before the course change over to SCY. Modified the planned 10x300FR SCY set to the 3K swim. It was a good swim and the LCM is great OWS preparation, and... I was more tired than anticipated, hence the cruise IM SCY swim.
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  4. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 02/19/2016

    by , February 18th, 2016 at 12:24 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:00 3:00
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    4 X 50 :50 :45
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 500 kick

    12 X 100 2:00--choice
    #3-6-9-12 are strong--85/90%

    3 X 50 moderate 1:00
    1 X 100 @ 100% 3:00
    Four rounds--choice

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4300Y
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  5. Wed Feb 18

    by , February 18th, 2016 at 10:47 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    500 (did 400)
    4 x 100 kick choice
    -- no, did 350 of fly drills & sculling
    3 x 100 w/fins, 6 SDKs off each wall (over halfway for me)
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x 200 IM @ 3:20
    -- no, did 4 x 100 flutter kick w/board & fins
    -- ended up descending them 1:05-1:01
    -- would've gone faster on the last two but caught up to the last person in the lane and had to slow down
    150 EZ
    4 x 50, sprint 1st 25 @ 1:15
    -- did breast w/fins (12s)
    100 EZ

    4 x 100 IM, last one fast @ 1:45
    -- did flutter kick w/board & fins @ 200 pace (1:05s)
    100 EZ
    4 x 50, sprint 1st 25 @ 1:15
    -- did dolphin kick w/board & fins (10 low to highs)
    100 EZ

    8 x 50, 2 x IM order @ :55
    -- did them all 25 shooter + 25 EZ
    100 EZ
    4 x 50, sprint 1st 25 @ 1:15
    -- did breast w/fins (12s)
    150 EZ

    Total: 3600


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    I did almost the entire workout kick with fins, except for some breaststroke sprints. It gave my elbow some rest and let me lead the lane in a very crowded night at the pool. My elbow feels a bit better after a visit to the chiro yesterday who did ART/utrasound/TENS. He also recommended acupuncture, which I had already looked into as well. I'm pretty tired today, so will just do a recovery swim at LA Fitness.
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  6. Week 177 - Wednesday

    by , February 17th, 2016 at 08:26 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a terrible night of sleep last night. Despite my son having a good doctors appointment yesterday where the neurologist at Scottish Rite Children's Hospital confirmed his concussion was mild and would not significantly impact him I can't stop feeling guilty for not protecting him. I know it does not make sense but that does not stop the feelings. I also know I had a nightmare last night but don't remember specifics.

    This is morning I felt OK in the pool but was huffing and puffing and generally tired.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50 with snorkel

    main sets
    6x100 with snorkel build by 25 on 1:30
    50 easy
    16x50 free at 200 race pace at :55
    200 easy
    6x(100 kick with board on 1:40, 50 streamline kick on back on :50, 50 free on 1min working in and out of turns)

    warm down
    200 easy

    i held :26/:27 on the race pace 50s and felt hideous. I was getting about :10 seconds rest on the 100s kick and 5 seconds rest on the 50 streamline kick.
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  7. Workout 02/17/16: evening

    by , February 17th, 2016 at 07:50 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Schools are on vacation this week, so for lunch today we stopped into the Chippie here in town, Lil' Britain, which happens to Vermont's only authentic fish and chip shop. The fish fry is always delicious as well as their homemade meat pies, but they also make a killer burger...Brian's Firehouse is my favorite with it's fried egg on top. I always make sure to grab their mushy peas as well. After an afternoon nap, I hit the pool...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    2x [first round free with snorkel, second round back]
    - 200 with AP and pull buoy as: 50 r, 50 l, 50b, 50 none
    - 50 kick, 50 Forearm Fulcrum (FF), 100 strong

    50 easy
    1 x Noah's Ark pull with snorkel (6:23)
    50 easy
    2 x [4 x 25 alt build/fast, 2 x 50 make it] on :40
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2500 yds/45 minutes)
    -------------------------------------

    Still a bit stuffed from lunch, I was happily surprised that only Matt was swimming. Worked on technique then worked in some speed. Felt good in the water tonight.
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  8. Tue-Wed Feb 16-17

    by , February 17th, 2016 at 04:07 PM (Senior Sprinting)
    Tuesday, Bridge...easy week

    Wednesday
    400 warmup
    8x25 SDK w fins, on :45
    25 SDK w fins, 13+
    25 UWK free w fins, 12+
    50=25 SDK w fins/25 fly AFAP
    50=25 UWK free w fins/25 free AFAP
    50=25 SDK/25 fly AFAP
    50=25 UWK free/25 free AFAP
    2x25 dive from the blocks, build to fast turn
  9. Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    by , February 17th, 2016 at 01:30 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY @FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 73, pool at 80
    Sunny, 67% humidity

    Warm Up
    1000 IM as 400FR/300BK/200BR/100BF

    Set 1
    1200 Kick; as 2x600
    /600 as 4(3x50 on 1:00) IMO; BR on 1:10
    /600-1 w/bd, 600-2 BF/BR/FR w/snorkel

    Set 2
    1000 Pull; as 5x200 IM on :30 rest
    /with mAP, buoy, tube; build by 50 1-4

    Set 3
    2000 FR w/fins
    /as 4x500 on :30 equipment break
    /500 as 3(50steady|50strong) 100steady|100strong
    /500s 1&3 with snorkel

    Cool Down

    300 IM as 100BF/75BK/50BR/25FR

    Comments:
    The 50M pool was under maintenance today and the scoreboard clock was also not available. Diving pool (scy 25yds by 8 lands) was crystal clear and felt like 80F. Used the old analog clock on the wall behind lifeguard chair for the set sendoffs.
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  10. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 02/18/2016

    by , February 17th, 2016 at 11:58 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:00 3:00
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    4 x 50 kick 1:15
    50's: build to fast

    1 x 100 strong 2:00
    4 X 50 strong 1:00
    1 X 50 easy 2:00
    Three rounds--choice

    7 X 200 pull
    2 on 3:00
    2 on 2:40
    2 on 2:30
    Break
    1--Best effort

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4150Y
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  11. Tuesday Feb 16

    by , February 16th, 2016 at 03:36 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up
    :

    500 various
    100 scull
    6 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x 25 burst + cruise @ :45
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 backstroke kick @ 100 pace @ :45 (16s)
    100 EZ
    10 x 25 backstroke kick @ 100 pace @ :45 (16s)
    200 EZ
    10 x 25 backstroke kick @ 100 pace @ :45 (16s)
    200 EZ
    10 x 25 dolphin kick w/board & fins @ 100 pace (mostly 12s)
    200 EZ
    10 x 25 no breath free w/fins @ :45
    100 EZ

    Total: 3100


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    Did a lot of kicking today and plan the same for tomorrow at Pitt. On the backstroke 25s, I usually took 10 SDKs and came just short of the 15 mark. had to start kicking on my side from the shallow end. The clocks weren't exactly synced, but I think I did mostly 16s with a 15 on the first one of each set. Pretty tired after that effort. Off to do my flexbar exercises ...

    Updated February 16th, 2016 at 04:29 PM by The Fortress

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  12. 2|16|16 SCY

    by , February 16th, 2016 at 03:15 PM (Blog)
    Been swimming lightly and daily. Also have been stretching and doing mild drylands to keep circulated.

    Today:
    • about 70 minutes in pool
    • drills
    • ~ 20 very easy block starts, some were slow motion, most were 25 + flips


    Wore a swim cap to get used to it.

    Lost 4 lbs (165) since I removed alcohol from diet. Not sure what mechanism caused this because I am probably more hydrated now.
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  13. Tuesday, February 16, 2016

    by , February 16th, 2016 at 03:02 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY @Fort Myers Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 70, pool at 86
    Sunny, 64% humidity

    Warm Up
    400 REV IM

    Set 1
    1200 Kick as 4x300
    /300 as 3(2x25 on :30, 50 on 1:00)
    /IMO by 300; BF, BK, BR(:40 & 1:10), FR

    Set 2
    3x600 Drill/Swim; 1)BR 2)BK 3)BF
    /600 as(2x300 DR/S)
    /300 as 2(50DR/25S, 25DR/50S)
    1)BR 300-1 w/snorkel, speedo BR fins; 300-2 w/BR fins
    2)BK w/mAgility Paddles
    3)BF 300-1 w/snorkel, mAP; 300-2 w/mAP

    Set 3 SCY
    1x1200 FR Swim
    /as 600 slow/steady, 600 moderate build to 75%

    Cool Down
    5-10 minutes talking with several swimming friends who just arrived.

    Comments:
    Circumstances and logistics led to swimming at FMAC where the pool temp was 86F! At times the heat reminded me of certain moments during the Swim Around Key West. By swimming mostly moderate I survived, and expect to be back at FGCU tomorrow.

    The FGCU Women's Swim Team will be competing at the 2016 CCSA Swimming and Diving Championships beginning Feb 17 at the University of Georgia Gabrielson Natatorium in Athens, GA. They had a great dual meet season this year with many new team records already, so looking forward to fast championship final performances with more relay and individual NCAA I B/A cuts.
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  14. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 02/17/2016

    by , February 16th, 2016 at 11:31 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    2 X 150 2:45
    1 X 200 3:30
    2 X 100 1:45
    3 X 100 kick 2:30
    Two rounds

    12 X 100--choice 2:15
    odd: moderate even: strong--85/90%

    4 X (4 X 50 1:15--choice
    Each round: 3 moderate/1 @ 100%
    Round 4 is warm down

    4000M
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  15. Week 177 - Tuesday

    by , February 16th, 2016 at 08:55 AM (After a long rest)
    I had another work dinner last night. This was not so bad since I controlled the location and time. I picked Perry's a nice steak house close to work and decided on an early dinner. In fact my boss even commented on the early seating time, but it worked for me!!

    i ended up getting to bed at a reasonable time and was really tired. I had a good night of sleep and woke five minutes ahead of my alarm this morning 3:40am. Tuesday and Thursday can get old with the dryland and swimming but somehow today it was not so bad.

    Drylands

    5x(1:30 vasa swim trainer, :30 rest)
    2x(shoulder exercises with bands)
    5x(5xabs done as :45 secs on and :15 second transition) with 1min between rounds.
    6x(1:30 vasa swim trainer, :30 rest) all out

    I used the medicine ball, the ab roller and the bench for elevated planks. I did two sets of ab wheel per round today.

    warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50

    main sets
    12x25 underwater down, backstroke back on :30
    3x(4x25 open,close,easy,fast on :40)

    warm down
    200 easy

    my son has his followup with the neurologist at Children's Hospital today so I needed to be home to put my daughter on the bus. The first doctor said this was a mild concussion and this is the followup with the main neurologist he saw last year with his other concussions. Despite this being far less sever its still scary and I worry about him.
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  16. Sun-Mon Feb 14-15

    by , February 15th, 2016 at 11:54 PM (Senior Sprinting)
    Sunday Bridge

    Monday
    400 warmup
    8x25 SDK w fins on :40
    7x25 AFAP w running dive, 75 ez in between
  17. Week 177 - Monday

    by , February 15th, 2016 at 10:41 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a hideous night of sleep. My kids did not finish swimming there champs meet until 9:15pm and by the time I got home and ate it was way late for me. I then somehow struggle sleeping and felt like I had been run over this morning.

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

    main sets
    8x50 build on :50
    3x(100 IM drill on 1:40, 150 flutter kick on 2:30, 200 IM on 3mins)
    8x50 IM order on :50
    100,200,300,200,100 free on 1:15 base
    8x50 catchup on :50

    warm down
    200 easy

    Nothing to write about this morning time wise. I made everything and survived feeling like crud this morning. Big work week this week too.
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  18. 2016 Auburn SCY Meet

    by , February 15th, 2016 at 03:55 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    It's been a while since I've written anything. Not much new other than I'm slightly more overweight and my conversion to a more core/kick driven freestyle has been very slow. In fact, I avoided freestyle events as much as possible this meet which did well for my point standings but was ultimately my undoing in the 200 IM. The meet itself was the usual top notch job by Conner and his awesome crew at Auburn. I met some new swimmers in my age group this year. Sadly, it was more towards the end of the meet and I didn't get to know them more. Met some swimmers I only see at Auburn and generally had a good time with whomever was hanging around us.

    I signed up pretty late for this meet not knowing what I would swim. Like I said, my freestyle isn't working for me and my conditioning didn't have me feeling like any long stuff. That eliminated the 1650 and 500 free. I probably should have done the 200 fly but it came right after the 100 IM. The 100 IM is the first masters swim I did several years ago. I haven't swum it since and decided this was the year I would try it again. We swim a lot of IM so I added the 200 and 400 as well. I added the breaststroke events since I tend to do ok in those. For fun I added the 200 backstroke and just to bang my head against the wall one more time I decided to swim the 200 free.

    For the first time I can remember, I wasn't hurt or sick for this meet. I stretched a lot and stayed on ibuprofen to ward off any back problems. So, overall, I felt pretty good. Here's how things went:

    100 IM (Seed 1:09.51 / Time 1:06.69 [32.66, 34.03] - 4th place)
    A positive split IM! This is about what I expected except the positive split. I struggled though a 1:12 from a dive during taper so I was glad to drop some time. I think the positive split is mostly because my fly and back are improving a lot while my breast is staying the same and my free is suffering. If my freestyle were on, I think I could easily be 1:05ish. But with swimmers in my age group going under 1:00, I'm not sure I'll compete well in 100 IM for a while.

    100 BR (Seed 1:13.63 / Time 1:11.45 [34.38, 37.07] - 1st place)
    Not my best but better than last year. Great dive and really good 50 split. Never really got too tired. I was in lane 8 and was well matched with the swimmer in lane 7. He beat me through 50 but my longer strokes made up the difference in the end.

    200 FR (Seed 2:04.61 / Time 2:09.21 [29.83, 32.24, 33.18, 33.96] - 1st place)
    This was mostly a complete disaster. The issue was simply not being prepared to swim in the competition pool. I warmed up with too much IM and didn't pay attention to any of the markings on the bottom of the pool. The setup had us swimming between two bulkheads. As you approach the turn end, there is a line across each lane for 25m markings. That mark MUST be ignored. The actual turn cue follows that one about 10 feet later. On the first 50, I noticed something was very wrong when I hit the first marking. My eyes said it is time to turn but by body said "not yet". I picked up my head to take a peek and realized my body was correct. No big deal except that I knew something was very wrong but I couldn't place my finger on it. On the next 50, my eyes won out. As I took my last pull and began to initiate my turn, I took a quick peek and noticed the wall was still a good 10 feet away. Somehow I managed another arm pull which got me near enough the wall for a turn. But now I'm in panic mode and I still haven't fully grasped why the markings are so terribly wrong. About half way back to the start end, I figured out the problem and would just take another 2 strokes after I saw the marking. That would have worked great at the turn end but my adjustment was a disaster at the start end. I'm lucky I didn't crash into the bulkhead and just ended up with a jammed turn. By the last 50, I had it all sorted out but I was tired, defeated and frustrated. That's when I remembered that this was the reason I decided to do the 1650 4 years ago. It wasn't that I thought I'd be good at the 1650... I was just wanting to learn the peculiarities of the pool before I swam anything competitive.

    400 IM (Seed 4:59.20 / Time 5:03.76 [33.28, 36.67,41.57, 39.98, 42.00, 41.01, 35.15, 34.10] 1st place)
    I was pretty happy with this swim. My main goal was to stay with my teammate Roger in lane 4 as long a possible. I ended up stretching the fly out a bit too much and being a great backstroker, he was gone by the time I got to breaststroke. I was tired and probably not in the best shape for this. But my split was pretty even and I was quicker than last year. Would love to work my way below 5:00 again someday.

    200 Breast (Seed 2:33.97 / Time 2:34.33 [35.94, 39.75, 39.49, 39.15] 1st place).
    Pretty much the same performance I've given over the last 3 years. Not sure I could split this any better. I love the first 50 of this race and hate the last 50.

    200 Back (Seed 2:38.08 / Time 2:35.93 [39.30, 39.52, 39.19, 37.92] 1st place).
    This was my slack-off race and one real shot to set a personal best (meaning beating the 2:38 slack-off time from last year). I was mostly looking to keep it relaxed, long and efficient saving my energy for the 50 br coming up. As it turned out, I didn't do too bad. And the 37.92 for the last 50 was a twinge of effort for the finish.

    50 BR (Seed 32.16 / Time 33.59 1st place).
    Roger said this was an ideal first 50 for a 200 br. He is right. I stayed underwater way too long and stretched out my strokes for the first 25 too much.

    200 IM (Seed 2:24.30 / Time 2:22.12 [29.63, 40.05, 39.71, 32.73] 3rd place).
    As it turns out, the 200 back wasn't my only realistic shot at a personal best. This was about 3/4 second faster than my best 2 years ago. It was by far the most fun swim of the meet. Before the event, I met Chris on deck who swims in my age group. Turns out he was in lane 5 next to me in lane 6. It is kind of rare that I get to swim next to someone about my speed in my age group. Chris is a great competitor and neither of us were willing to let the other win this race. My experience with 200 IM is that everyone is either a sandbagger or they go hard on the fly and cruise the rest. Either way, if I do a conservative 50 fly, I end up in wake and risk drinking water. Not today! I went out fast and decided to deal with the consequences later. Tired is better than tired and lungs full of water. I ended up putting a half second on Chris after the fly. He gained 3 seconds on the backstroke which I promptly took back on the breaststroke. With 50 to go, I had a half second lead but ran out of gas at the end. I hate losing but without Chris, I doubt I could have pushed myself that much.

    That was pretty much it. Had a great time as usual. Look forward to next year. Nationals is driving distance away this year. I'm thinking about it but still on the fence.
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  19. Monday, February 15, 2016

    by , February 15th, 2016 at 02:53 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center.
    Air temp of 64, pool at 83
    Partly sunny, 68% humidity

    Warm Up
    400 REV IM

    Set 1
    1000 FR w/paddles, bouy, tube, snorkel
    /build effort 1-3 as 2(200/200/100)
    ...equipment change
    1000 FR w/fins
    /build effort 1-4 as 2(200/100/50/50)

    Set 2
    2000 FR w/fins, paddles, snorkel
    /as 4(100steady/100strong/100steady/200strong)

    Set 3 SCY
    600 BR Kick
    2(4x50 BR, 1:00) as 25 tall/long, 25 Fast

    600 Fly Kick
    2(4x50 BF, 1:00) as 25 tall/long, 25 Fast

    Cool Down
    200 EZ choice

    Comments:
    I had one hour for LCM before 50M pool changed to SCY.
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  20. Monday, Feb 15

    by , February 15th, 2016 at 02:52 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    russian twists on incline w/plate, 25
    captains chair leg raises, 3 x 15
    explosive leg extensions, 105/90 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 75 x 3 x 5
    extreme angle iso squat, 3:00
    lateral raises, 40 x 4 x 5
    hip abductor, 120 x 3 x 5
    hip adductor, 120 x 3 x 8
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 5
    standing broad jumps, 5


    Swim/SCY/Solo: 1600 EZ


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    This was my last dryland workout before the Albatross meet, and I decreased the weight somewhat. I'd have liked to do more core work, but I am avoiding planks. I am going on the offensive with my elbow. I have a chiro/ART appt on Wed and an appt with an elbow specialist on Thursday. Elbows are notoriously slow to heal. I highly doubt that I would get a cortisone shot. But I will likely do PRP to jump start the healing if that seems like the best option. At least my bicep tendon seems fine now!