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  1. Fri Apr 22

    by , April 22nd, 2016 at 04:53 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ
    4 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:30
    100 EZ
    3 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    100 EZ
    4 x 50 DPS breast + free
    150 EZ

    Total: 1900


    No hacking today in the warm Sewy pool. I actually felt pretty good in the water, tho I didn't really do much. My ears are a bit better after following Dr. Thornton's advice to spend 20 minutes irrigating them with an ear syringe and warm soapy water. Will need to repeat that soon bc my left ear especially is still clogged and painful. Shoulder feels fine today. Off to a track meet soon. Lil Fort is running the 4 x 800 relay and the 2 mile at a big invitation for 9th and 10th graders.

    I will probably go all easy tomorrow and then do some starts and bursts on Sunday at BP. I must say that being preoccupied with one's health sort of eliminates the usual taper woes/nerves.
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  2. Week 186 - Friday

    by , April 22nd, 2016 at 04:52 PM (After a long rest)
    I got to bed a little earlier than yesterday and was able to get to sleep pretty quickly. Our event yesterday was our annual company round table and we had about 100 customers attend. It's a great event and I always enjoy meeting with our customers and yesterday was no exception. That said its always tiring and again yesterday was no exception.

    Today I swam with GAJA at the Winchester Academy but unlike yesterday the kids were not swimming. I felt a little physically tired but after the warmup i felt fine.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min
    100 easy back

    Main sets
    3x200 done as swim/kick by 25 with fins on 2:45
    5x100 free with snorkel on 1:30 done as 75 smooth, 25 fast
    4x100 with fins on 1:30 done as 25 underwater, 25 back kick, 25 finger tip drag drill, 25 back
    5x100 free with snorkel on 1:30 done as 50 smooth, 50 fast
    5x50 kick on 1min

    Warm down
    200 easy

    I felt good holding mainly 1:01s on the 75 smooth, 25 fast and then :59s on the 50 smooth, 50 fast. Everything else I went easy.
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  3. 4|21|16 SCM

    500 easy
    10 x 15-20 fr on 1:00 easy sprint
    12 x 15 on fr 0:40 easier sprint

    30 min of stretching

    Left shin is completely well, and my left adductor/lower abdomen problem is not bothering me as of yesterday. Looked back at my blogs to pinpoint that the adductor/lower abdomen injury had plagued me since last May!

    Right arm hurts though, from hand to shoulder. At the back of the shoulder a muscle keeps twitching itself, but the arm feels better when it does - now that's weird.

    90F water provided fastest average pace in 100m event over 79F and 68F. Whereas submaxial swims showed less of a change except HR.
    I bet 50s would show even a greater proportional temp/speed relationship

    Updated April 23rd, 2016 at 03:18 PM by __steve__

  4. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/22/2016

    by , April 21st, 2016 at 04:43 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 2:00 1:45
    2 X 150 2:45 2:30
    2 X 200 3:30 3:20
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 100 kick 2:30
    8 X 50 kick 1:20
    50's: 25 fast/25 moderate

    1 X 100 moderate 2:15
    1 X 50 fast 1:15
    1 X 50 easy 1:15
    1 X 50 fast 1:15
    1 X 50 easy 1:45
    Four rounds--choice

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  5. Wed Apr 20

    by , April 21st, 2016 at 12:14 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    400 various
    8 x 25 shooters @ :40
    4 rounds:
    4 x 50 various @ 1:20 (They were kicking these. I just did a mix of swim, kick, drill)
    1 x 50 EZ
    extra 100 EZ at end

    Total: 2100


    I swam with the team at Pitt last night, but went all easy. Unfortunately, I was really hacking away. The cold water makes my asthma flare, and the asthma is already irritated by my allergies. I really hope the water in Greensboro is not icy cold. Next year, I will have to find a SCY taper meet that is not in April.

    I got a deep tissue massage yesterday as well, which I was apparently in "dire need of." I seem to have a similar shoulder/neck issue to Water Rat. I feel a bit like a sledgehammer hit my upper back today as a result. And I didn't sleep much last night. I was on the phone into the wee hours with Fort21 in Australia and then had a restless night. She is having surgery to get her tonsils out there after repeated strep infections. Getting the necessary insurance approvals has been a huge hassle. I'm feeling so out of out that I may just take a day off. Or do another easy swim.
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  6. Week 186 - Thursday

    by , April 21st, 2016 at 08:23 AM (After a long rest)
    I ended up going to bed later than I wanted last night and unfortunately had a restless night of sleep. I swam with GAJA again this morning at the Winchester academy. I tried holding back today but two high school kids were in the lane next to me and it was so hard holding back. However, I managed to resist the urge to race!

    warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min

    main sets
    2x4x25 IM order on :30
    100 kick on 1:45
    2x4x50 IM order on :50
    200 IM order kick on 3:30
    2x4x75 IM order on 1:15
    300 done as kick,drill,swim on 6mins
    4x100 fly/free by 25 on 1:30
    100 pull easy
    4x100 back on 1:30

    warm down
    100 easy

    i felt like my free was all over the place today but my strokes felt good especially my back. I am looking forward to swimming back next week.
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  7. 4|20|16 SCM

    7 x (3 x 25 fr on 0:20) on 3:00
    • each first 25 was dive-from-side and nb

    8 x 12.5 fr (D-F-S) / 12.5 br on 1:00

    Did a lot of stretching and RC last night
  8. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/21/2016

    by , April 20th, 2016 at 01:03 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 2:00 1:45
    2 X 200 3:30 3:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 5:00
    6 X 50 kick 1:20

    1 X 100 easy 2:00
    1 X 50 @ 100% 1:30
    Four rounds--choice

    6 X 200 pull 3:20
    Negative split all 6

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  9. Week 186 - Wednesday

    by , April 20th, 2016 at 09:08 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a good night of sleep and woke just before my alarm went off. Weird how it seems that no matter the time zone my body knows when to wake up for swimming. Today I swam with GAJA at the Winchester academy.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min
    200 easy back

    main sets
    300 kick
    4x25 free with snorkel descend 1-4 on :30
    100 easy
    4x50 free with snorkel descend 1-4 on :50
    100 moderate
    4x75 free with snorkel descend 1-4 on 1:10
    100 fast
    200 easy
    4x25 free with snorkel descend 1-4 on :30
    200 easy
    4x50 free with snorkel descend 1-4 on :50
    200 moderate
    4x75 free with snorkel descend 1-4 on 1:10
    200 fast

    warm down
    200 easy

    this looks like a lot of fast swimming but other than the fast 100 and the fast 200 I went long and smooth in the aerobic heart rate range. On the 100 fast I went moderately fast :55 and the 200 I put paddles on and again went moderately fast 1:58. I felt a little choppy in the water today and a little achy from travel yesterday.

    I really like training with this masters group. They have a modern facility with nice wide lanes and we only had 3 or 4 per lane which although is 2 to 3 more than I am used to it was not too bad at all. I will be back tomorrow and will hold it to around 3k tomorrow. I can't believe tomorrow is a week out from my 1000. Scary how quick the past couple of weeks has gone.

    Updated April 20th, 2016 at 09:21 AM by StewartACarroll

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  10. Workout 04/19/16: evening

    by , April 19th, 2016 at 10:15 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I've been taking a little time away from the pool over the past week for a little rest. It's been nice to get some work done around the house and also spending time with the family. Today we took a drive about a hour south of town to the Five Guys in Pittsfield and then did a little shopping. Nice to get out and enjoy some time and good conversation together.

    My wife and I had a massage earlier today, so I just did the warmup of tonight's masters practice with a lot of

    200 free/100 kick/200 pull/100 im drill
    4 x 50 pull on 1:10
    4 x 50 burst and cruise: from blocks, swimming under lane [streamline]
    100 easy and out
    [Rec/Masters/1100yds/30 min]
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  11. 4|19|16 SCM

    Warmup with an easy nb sprint from a side dive

    30 x 25 nb fr on 1:00
    • modest, but quick sprint every 2 ea
    • closed fists with fins every other 2 ea

    7 x 25 fr on 0:40, very easy and slow

    Shin did improve other day, but still the same today and can't kick hard yet. Daily activities irritate it. Also seems warmer and slightly enlarged compared to the other. It's like I'm made of glass or something.

    Maybe a good thing - will have fresh legs in 10 days
  12. Tues Apr 19

    by , April 19th, 2016 at 05:30 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    10 x 50 burst to 15m then cruise @ 1:30
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 w/fins @ 100 pace @ :45
    -- 4 fly + 4 back + 4 breast + 4 free + 4 flutter kick
    250 EZ

    6 x 75 @ 1:30 done as:
    25 shooter + :10 rest + 25 @ 100 pace + 25 EZ
    100 EZ

    3 rounds
    4 x 25 free w/paddles 1 breath @ :30
    50 EZ @1:30
    50 EZ at the end of the set

    Total: 3300

    30 minutes of foam rolling & stretching


    This was the first day in awhile where I felt like I had good energy. I wish I could have kept going! But I had to remind myself not to overdo. With nationals 10 days away, I'm going to start cutting back tomorrow. I had a 90 minute deep tissue massage scheduled at Massage Envy -- I like to get them 10 days out from a big meet. I got there and it was cancelled with no notice (no call, no email). This is that third time this has happened to me at this location. I was really furious. I await an email from the manager, but I may just cancel my membership. The only reason I have the membership is that it is the one thing in my swimming life that is convenient as it's only 5 minutes away ... I scheduled a massage at the Rivers Club tomorrow, but that means I'll have to go all easy tomorrow night at Pitt. Grr!

    Updated April 19th, 2016 at 07:05 PM by The Fortress

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  13. Week 186 - Tuesday

    by , April 19th, 2016 at 05:15 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a restless night with work randomly popping into my head. I was tired this morning but felt ok in the water. The pool was setup scy

    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min
    8x75 kick with fine on 1:30 fast
    6x50 finger drag drill on 1min
    3x(4x25 free on :35 done as open, close, easy, fast)
    200 free easy

    I went very easy today. The only up tempo parts were the kick and fast sections on the 25s. I felt ok in the water.

    This afternoon I fly to Atlanta where I hope to swim with my friends at the Winchester academy. They are a great group.
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  14. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/20/2016

    by , April 19th, 2016 at 01:03 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 2:00 1:45
    1 X 200 3:30 ---
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    4 x 100 kick 2:30

    12 X 50 1:15
    odd: easy even: build to fast

    1 X 100 moderate 2:15
    4 X 50 descend to fast 1:15 #4 on 1:30
    Four rounds--choice

    8 X 100 pull
    6 on 1:40
    2 warm down 2:20

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  15. Monday 4-18-16

    200 choice (used bouy and snorkel)
    4 x 100 r/15ish IM order 50 kick/50 swim
    4 x 50 descend @ 60

    6 x 75 @ 1:40 (DPS/build/sprint by 25)
    -went BK on odds and BR on evens
    300 IM (25 kick/50 swim) r/30
    200 IM (25 kick/25 swim) faster r/30
    100 IM sprint swim
    100 ez swim
    300 pull breathe 3/5/7 by 25 just stay long
    8 x 75 @ 1:30
    -odds choice hold 100 pace, went BK
    -evens free cruise
    6 x 25 sprint @ 60
    100 ez and hot tub


    Felt pretty good tonight and I think I can attribute that to a less stressful day at work. With my pool work being relatively sporadic I have nothing to taper from for Greensboro. I not sure what to expect other than having a good time and a small break from work.
  16. Mon Apr 18

    by , April 18th, 2016 at 05:08 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 15
    single leg stand on bosu in streamline, 1:00 each leg
    explosive leg extensions, 75 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 65 x 3 x 5
    hip abductors, 90 x 3 x 8
    hip thrusters, 25 x 3 x 10
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 5
    standing broad jumps, 2 x 5
    altitude drops, 5
    seated row negatives, 60 x 3 x 8

    1000 EZ in the pool afterward


    This was my last dryland session until after Canadian Nationals. I kept the weight pretty light and stayed away from any upper body plyos. I went to my chiro afterward to have him work on my shoulder. He thinks it's mostly muscular, but could be verging on low grade tendonitis. I don't feel the dull ache that I did last week, so I'm hopeful I just strained something. It's a bit of a relief to be done with drylands for awhile -- it's the place I'm mostly likely to injure myself!

    I'm feeling much better (still coughing tho) so am thinking nationals is a go barring some relapse. I'd really like to attend this year because I probably won't go next year (in Ca, outdoors).

    Off to do some stretching and ice.

    Updated April 18th, 2016 at 10:06 PM by The Fortress

  17. 4|18|16 flipped out

    300m easy kick

    100m broken, easy fr sprint

    4 x 50 on ?:?? as 12.5 flutter/12.5 br/ 12.5 fr/12.5 UWDK

    20 x 15.3m TD on 0:30
    • flipped UW to develop rollspeed

    40 x 5m on 0:15 UW push and flip (arms back)

    50m of forward flips

    50 ez fr sprint with fins/snorkel

    Illness has fizzled out, just mild chest crud remains, plan to get rid of that outside tonight. Left front shin also improving.

    Re-insulated attic this weekend with 12 bags of non-fiberglass stuff. Yoga allowed me to accomplish this task effectively and without injury.

    Hack squats
    Pushups (hands/feet on blocks) with elastic resistance (about 55 at top)
    Negative pull-ups
    lower back
    back of legs

    Updated April 18th, 2016 at 11:22 PM by __steve__

  18. Week 186 - Monday

    by , April 18th, 2016 at 10:05 AM (After a long rest)
    I took a nap yesterday and went to bed early. I slept great and woke feeling good. Yesterday morning I had a massage and my shoulders and lower back were a little stiff when I dove in. I felt good in warmup and this feeling continued nearly the whole workout today. This was our last long(er) aerobic workout before nationals and I swam great practice. Today was LCM.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min

    mains sets
    5x400 pull on 6min negative split and holding high tempo
    6x100 kick on 2mins
    6x50 free on 1min done as 25 blast, 25 easy

    warm down
    200 easy

    i know these are crazy fast and I am almost embarrassed writing down my times today based on how crappy I have felt the past few weeks. I held 4:40-4:42 the whole way on the 400s. Out in 2:20s on all of them. I did one on 4:42 when I got into lane traffic. I was very pleased with not only the times but how I felt. The kick was not so great but I held 1:50s throughout. I felt a little tired on the blast 25s but overall swam fast again. I plan on really backing off the rest of the week with lower yardage and lower intensity. i leave for Atlanta tomorrow and will be there until Friday.
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  19. Y Nationals

    by , April 17th, 2016 at 11:18 PM (Senior Sprinting)
    This meet in Sarasota gets a good turnout, maybe 500 swimmers. It skews older than USMS Natls. It's relatively relaxed, but with decent competition in the older age groups. Outdoors, two ten lane courses across the pool. One course 9-10 feet deep, one 6-7 feet. Older shallow blocks.

    My meet was notable for entering seed times of 23.00 in the 50 free and 26.00 in the 50 fly and going exactly those times, to the .00. Unfortunately I usually try to seed a bit slow. Managed a 22.90 on the front end of the 100 free, and had a 24.88 fly relay split. But mostly a lackluster meet for me.

    Will continue to "taper" this week for the Arkansas State Masters meet on Saturday.
  20. Outdoor pools finaly open

    Its been months since last post,
    nevertheless still going strong with Chris Ritter strength training. DL's like 165#, back sqts 95# and over head press55# amongst other crazy looking faces exercise with strenuous pushes and pulls. What a difference in my swimming the w/o's have made. In the mid of my swim workouts at about after 2000m (variety sets) its as if my body is a speed boat on top the water!! amazing.. I'm sure its all in my head!! and for me that's ok.. I just love to swim!!

    Here in Houston the weather is great and the outdoor pools (not all) have finally opened up!! Totally could use some sun!!

    I've been teaching adults to swim (I'm ALTS Inst.) and am loving every moment of it. Feels great to help people achieve their goals learning to swim and feeling more confident in the pool!!