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  1. 04.17.12 - Tuesday workout

    by , April 17th, 2012 at 10:35 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.


    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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  2. How not to taper: a true story

    by , April 17th, 2012 at 10:13 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.
  3. 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


    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?
  4. still feel like )*#% but not bad in the end

    by , April 17th, 2012 at 08:32 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

    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.
  5. Monday 4/16/12

    Monday 4/16

    PM only SCY (pseudo-taper)

    600 (200 swim/100 side kick)
    2 @ 1:00 25 surf kick/25 drill
    4 @ 1:00 D1-4
    2 @ 1:00 25 surf kick/25 drill

    3 @ 3:45 D1-3 (3:28, 3:19, 3:13)
    3 @ 3:30 hold low red HR (3:11, 3:12, 3:10, 27/10)
    4x50 @ :35, :40, :45, :50 active recovery

    8x25 @ :30 V.S. (4 fly, 4 breast)

    600 (200 kick, 200 drill, 200 swim, alternating 100 breast/100free)
    400 w/ buoy (100 pull/50 skull)
    5x100 @ 1:40 (IM, odd drill, even swim)
    100 EZ

    8x50 @ goal 200 pace (fly, 1:59)
    4 @ 1:15 (:28, :28, :29, :28)
    2 @ 1:00 (:28, :29)
    2 @ :50 (:29, :29)

    100 EZ

    Total: 5300
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  6. Monday, April 16, 2012 5:00am & 5:00pm

    by , April 16th, 2012 at 11:08 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    A.M. Workout

    I got lots of congratulations from my teammates at practice this morning for my performances last weekend. Facebook is good at times.


    5 x 100 Free @ 1:30
    300 Free Pull
    200 Kick w/ board

    Took about :20 rest between each of the following, with about 70-80% intensity. Just looking for some aerobic yardage today after the meet.
    • 2 x 200 Free
    • 2 x 200 Free Pull
    • 2 x 200 IM
    • 2 x 200 Free Pull
    • 2 x 200 Free
    3000 Yards


    P.M. Workout

    5 x 100 Free @ 1:30 (1:07-1:08s)

    4 x 200 (150 Free/50 IMOrder) @ 2:45
    • 1st and 4th (w/ Fly and Free) went 2:16s
    • 2nd and 3rd (w/ Back and Breast) went 2:25s
    3 x 300 Free Pull @ 3:45 (went 3:24/3:26/3:23)

    2 x 400 Free @ 5:00 (went 4:40/4:43)

    (1 x 500) as 4 x 125 Free @ 1:40 (1:25s)

    3500 Yards
    just getting some yards in on my tapered body.
    Still have to be ready for the Distance Pentathalon this coming Sunday (USAS meet)

    6500 Yards for the day
  7. April 15, 2012

    Warm-up (1000)
    200 swim
    3 X 100 free @ 1:50 DPS
    200 IM, drill by 50
    3 X 100 free @ 1:40 DPS

    Set I (400 set / 1400 total)
    8 x 50 kick @ 1:10

    Set II (1500 / 2900 total)
    5 x
    * 2 x 100 @ 2:00, perfect stroke
    * 1 x 100 @ 2:00, target race pace

    Wrap-up (400 / 3300)
    4 x 50 @ 1:15 no-breather
    200 easy

    * 3200 *


    A nice easy recovery workout for me, a taper workout for Susan who will be swimming the 1650 at Nationals. I didn't have any major cramps today, although I couldn't say why. I need to take Fort's advice and get my electrolyte levels tested.
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  8. Countdown to 2013 SCY Nationals

    by , April 16th, 2012 at 07:30 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Nope. No typo in the title. I really mean 2013. Got in good shape for 2010 SCY Nationals and thought I would take a 6 month break from any kind of consistent training. Six months turned into nearly two years. I wasn't too bad of a couch potato during this time. I bowled, hiked, rode my bike at moderate paces, and jogged with my dog. During the last two years, I have done some extensive remodeling on the house and have been working on my masters degree in history. I will be graduating in December provided I pass my oral comprehensive exams.

    In any case, when I saw that SCY Nats was going to be held in Indianapolis next year, I decided I'd better start getting back in shape. I really like the pool at Indy and miss seeing my friends. I'd like to go and make a decent showing which for me means maybe getting lucky and getting a tenth place finish.

    I'm going to try something which some might consider to be somewhat unorthodox.
    I am going to focus on weightlifting before I get back into heavy swimming. In fact, for the first few weeks back, I am going to just use my swimming as a cool-down from my weights. While I am building my strength this summer and early fall, I'll probably stick to drills, easy swimming, and maybe a few sprints at the end. Only after I have built up my strength, will I ease down on the weights and focus more on swimming. My strategy is to build strength and minimize the chance of injury. Also, I hate getting back in the pool and doing regular workouts before I have started doing weights. I always feel pathetically weak!

    I'll probably do a little bit of cross-training, but will keep it to a minimum. I'm more interested in getting strong and swimming well.

    Anyway, here is the workout I did today:

    Warm-up: 5 minutes on the gauntlet

    Bench press: bar x 10, 65 x 8, 85 x 6, 65 x 8, bar x 10

    Lat hi row: 90 x 10, 100 x 8, 110 x 6, 100 x 8, 90 x 10

    Hammer curls: 3 sets of 12 x 10

    Leg Press: 130 x 10, 150 x 8, 170 x 6, 150 x 8, 130 x 10

    Hip adduction: 110 x 10, 120 x 8, 130 x 6, 120 x 8, 110 x 10

    Hip abduction: 110 x 10, 115 x 8, 120 x 6, 115 x 8, 110 x 10

    Seated ankle-flexion machine: 3 sets of 45 x 10

    Captains chair: 3 sets of 20

    1.25 mile walk with 4 x 100 yard sprints
  9. 04.16.12 - Monday workout

    by , April 16th, 2012 at 07:27 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam during lunch at Dublin w/ Howard. We were all set this morning but the life guards never showed. Gave up about 6:15 and went home. Was glad Howard showed up later. I hate swimming solo.


    400 Warm up

    3 Times through:
    * 6 Times through:
    ** 100 Free - 1:20 (Odds pull)
    ** 25 Kick - :30
    * 50 Easy - 2:00
    * 2 x 100 Stroke - 1:30 (Did Fly/Back/Breast by iteration)
    * 50 Easy - 2:00

    200 Cool down

    (3750 Total)
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  10. 4000 more... how much is enough?

    by , April 16th, 2012 at 05:50 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Had a little bit of extra time today at lunch, so I decided to stretch my swim a bit, work on backstroke, which I don't normally do (I figure I've just got to commit to it).

    4000 SCY in 1:20.00

    1000 in kick sets (see last monday's wk-out)
    1000 alternating pull and free 100s
    1000 breast and back (100 breast / 50 back)
    5 x 100 on 1:45 (these were all around 1:33-1:35)
    500 in BASE + 5 pace (1:45/100)

    I felt really slow on my 100s at the end of the workout, tired; but the 500 at 1:45/100 pace felt pretty good... that's a pace I couldn't maintain for as long as I wanted on Saturday, though I kept it going for 6K on my way to 10K the week before. That's a confidence builder after two miles in the pool.

    I've been reading through some of the marathon swimming webs and looking at what folks are saying about "appropriate" amount of yardage per week leading up to a big open water swim. I feel like I'm on target with my long continuous swim on the weekend (though being in the pool still at this point is driving me nuts)... I need a good lake venue; Lake Michigan is out of the question right now (no wetsuit), but a lot of the smaller in-land lakes have "no swimming" ordinances except in designated swim areas (which won't open up until Memorial Day!). This is a huge drag!

    Anyway, my weekly long swim slowly increases, but my weekly total yardage swings dramatically because of my hectic schedule right now (In the last month I'm swinging between 9 and 15 miles per week). I feel like my downfall is not having a set routine during the week and so if it gets late and I decide to blow off a day it doesn't seem like a big deal... mentally I've anchored my "program" with the weekly long swim. As long as I don't miss that (I tell myself), I'm ok. But, I'm starting to feel like that's not enough. I want to do the 9-mile+ USMS-OW swim in Minnesota this July (it's a 10-mile course), but wonder if I'll be prepared.
  11. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -04/17/12

    by , April 16th, 2012 at 04:19 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    4 X 150 2:30
    4 X 100 1:30

    8 X 100 free 1:40
    Build second 50

    3 X 100 kick 2:15
    6 X 50 kick 1:10

    8 X 100 IM 1:45

    6 X 200 free 3:00
    1-3: Long and smooth
    4-6: Descend

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  12. Monday, 4/16/12

    by , April 16th, 2012 at 03:03 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    Warm up:
    500 choice - Went 100 free/100 back/100 kick/100 back/100 free
    2 x 100 kick/15sr as 25 shooter/25 streamline with fins
    4 x 50/50 build each all free
    6 x 25 3/30, 3/40 ds - all free
    (was slow and sluggish through the entire warmup.
    Prob from bike rides this past few days?)

    Main Set:
    2 x 100/2:00 strong build
    4 x 50/1:30 stronger
    4 x 25/1:00 AFAP

    Repeat with fins

    1st time through, free, went:
    - 2 x 100/2:00 - 1:17, 1:18
    - 4 x 50/1:30 stronger - went 35-36 on these
    - 4 x 25/1:00 AFAP - around 15 on these
    2nd time, back, went:
    - 2 x 100/2:00, 1:13, 1:12
    - 4 x 50/1:30 stronger - 34-35 on these
    - 4 x 25/1:00 AFAP, around 15 on these

    Dolphin kick with fins:
    12 x 25/40
    1= underwater
    2= fast streamline
    3= around the world underwater
    4 = ez streamline

    Pull Set
    400 backstroke - with buoy only

    Total: 2750 y

  13. Friday-Sunday

    by , April 16th, 2012 at 02:55 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    I did not swim Friday. Missed early lap swim and then left for Boise before the noon lap swim. Was going to go for a bike ride when I got to Boise but the weather didn't cooperate. So I guess Friday is rest and recovery day.

    Saturday I went for a 20 mile ride with my coach and then we went to the pool for a short swim workout. Here's what I did:

    300 swim free & back
    4 x 100 kick
    4 x 100 pull

    1 x 200 back/3:30
    2 x 100 back/1:50
    4 x 50 back/1:00
    1 x 200 free/3:15
    1 x 100 free/1:40

    100 easy

    Total: 2100 yards

    My legs really felt the bike ride while doing the back swims. My quads felt like they were going to cramp through the entire set.

    Sunday: 38 mile bike ride with coach.
  14. Sat Apr 14, 2012 NITRO MEET

    by , April 16th, 2012 at 12:54 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sat Apr 14, 2012 NITRO MEET

    Entered Sharkfest Austin Swim - 1.5 miles
    my first open water swim since the mile swim at boyscout camp

    Nitro Masters Open
    Entered: 4, 2 & 1 IM, 50 fr & 200 BR

    reshaved Sat morn

    had a good warm up,
    nice pool but cloudy water and dark building,
    edges had no lip to grip but the walls were grippy not slippy, no touch pads, hand timed not electronic, no splits

    Warm Up
    swam easy free & did IM drills

    Main Set

    400 IM
    best this season was 4:34
    went 4:26.4
    teammates eye balled my splits and said they were about 59 68 77 61

    had descent rest after the 4 IM, but felt fatigued

    200 IM
    went 2:04.5
    best this season was 2:03.5

    skipped 50 fr & 1 IM

    200 BR
    went 2:26
    31 37 37 39
    felt pretty worn out after 2 & 4 IM

    Tyler and I talk about which IM sequence is likely to be the fastest
    he thinks its BR FL FR BK
    I think it's FL BR FR BK

    He went 54 in the 100 IM at zones and at the nitro meet did his 100 IM BR FL FR BK
    went 53.7
    The flip turn from FR to BK really helps and is much faster, of course he got deeked, I filmed the race on his IPHONE and after the start, I thought he's really kicking out far, but he was doing a breastroke pull out.

    Swimmers should be able to select the stroke order in IMs

    did not swim sunday
    need to start lifting weights again

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    2012 Meets (I'm considering)

    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
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  15. Zones Recap & conspiracy theories.

    by , April 16th, 2012 at 12:29 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Had a blast at GMU with my buddies as usual. Special thanks to Fort for making Chez Wolfpack a den of smoothies, painkillers and vino. I really didn't get to see too many individual races as I was diligent in warming up or cooling down. I clocked some aesome relays however and a nice 100 FR showdown between James "Jimby" Thorpeton and Muppet.
    For a brief shining moment I had a new PR in the 50 BR of :31.33...after 2 corrections it was a :33.10--more on this later.

    100 FR 28.66 59.73 (31.07) a touch off of my PR at :59.39 so I was very happy. I did a controlled 100 sprint and felt comfortable with it. I think I should do well at Nats on a full taper.

    50 BR :33.1 I had a bad turn in this...or at least I thought so

    200 BR 36.90 1:19.50 (42.60) 2:01.34 (41.84) 2:42.62 (41.28) Knocked a bit of the PR I set in Boston last month...very happy. The pressure to PR is off of me for this event at Nats, which is nice as it's the final event on my itinerary.

    50 FL 31.97 um I had about 10:00 rest from the 200 BR on this I was stunned. I thought my time was 33.08 off the wall...I told the officials at the computer to check it b/c I didn't want a time that might be someone else's, and could be important for them.

    Sat night movie, advil, and wine.


    100 IM 34.15 1:10.32 (36.17) My seed time was 1:08. A pure brain fart...I've not done anything near that without a tech suit. Hell I just do the 100 IM as a fun event.

    100 BR
    33.29 1:11.83 (38.54) I was happy with this time at this meet at this point in taper. My PR is 1:11.39. I absolutley killed it in this race...hoping I can go even better at Nats. Note: 40-44 BR at Zones are phenomenal. I thought I did awesome and came DFL. 5/8 went sub 1:08 the other 3 of us all 1:11.x

    50 FR
    27.33 a bit slow, as I was hoping to break :27 and was :27.06 at NEM last month. that said, I knew I was not kicking hard enough and I tried but I could not mentally stay on top of it...I wasn't ready after the 100 BR...even with a 40 min rest...the legs weren't where they needed to be. Outside of that I feel I executed the race with near technical perfection (for me), welt a little close on the turn and that caused me to push off to the right a bit...Nats to come!

    50 BR time confusion. There were 2 reposts of results the 2nd one changing my time to a 33.1.
    So when I swam, I turned up to look at the clock and checked times.
    Lane 5 31.x
    Lane 6 33.1 (Me)

    I thought I saw a 31 but was looking at lane 5. The timer told me it's a 33. This made sense based on the board as the guy in 5 was a body and a half, maybe 2 in front. I saw nobody peripherally to the right in 7.
    Results got posted, I had a :31.33 huge PB. They took them off and corrected them and re-posted me at :31.33. I saw them take them down AGAIN and asked at the table what was happening, they said the wrong times were going up on the scoreboard something like previous heats etc.

    Net result, my 33:1 from the board stands, the guy to the left (Lane5) got a :29.x from a :31.x on the board (I do not believe he was 4 secs ahead). Also in the final results the guy to the right got a :32 meaning he had to finish ahead of me based on the final results yet I had no awareness of him in my periphery making me feel I was slightly ahead of him.

    I'm imagining it you say and I just had a bad swim; the clock never lies. Yet when I took my 100 out in a :33.28, I was being conservative. All of this makes me wonder if the timing errors were truly fixed, or perhaps there was a third timer on the Grassy Knoll. Anyhow I have another swim left this year and I will use this as motivation fodder for Nats.

    Updated April 16th, 2012 at 01:23 PM by SwimStud

  16. what happened to the pool?

    by , April 16th, 2012 at 08:25 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Long course today with 1 foot of water missing. Cold p
    ool since they were adding water. On top of that I felt horid in the water could not move. I also had to dodge 4 other swimmers. Only one was my speed.

    This is week 2 and I just have to remember that. I am telling myself the usual things I tell the kids I coach.

    Have one last massage on friday.

    500 free
    4x50@1:15 kick w/zoomers
    8x25@:45 no breathers couln't do more then 2
    100 EZ

    4x50@1:45 torque drill no paddles
    100 EZ
    8x25@1:00 burst + cruise tried on fly big mistake was cutting stroke short
    100 EZ
    4x25@:45 shooters w/zoomers did good on these
    100 EZ
    50 AFAP free w/zoomers went 35
    150 EZ
    50 AFAP free w/zoomers went 35
    150 EZ

    Total 2200 meters
  17. Colonies Zone meet report!

    by , April 16th, 2012 at 02:39 AM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Hi everyone i'm back home!!! All the flights were delayed but I got home ok.

    I haven't been here for awhile and chose not to go to the Marriott's business center to get on the internet. There were too many things to do, like watch several loops of the hotel channel, read the Marriott Binder of Services, study the room service menu (then place order!), stash toilettries in my luggage, and arrange all 6 pillows plus 3 sham covered square pillow things for bedtime! I was completely encased in a warm pillow cocoon!

    Overall, this meet is a total winner! I am completely enamoured with this meet, and as Arnold Schwarzenegger says, "I'll be back!"

    I met lots of nice people! Swimshark really took me under her fin. She gave me the finer points of where to sit - No, not there, it gets wet and you are in Wheelchair Woman's space. We only sit here for distance day. Go to diving well area. No, not on that side of the diving well, this side. Yes, you can lay out your gushy yoga mat.

    I also met Jim "The banana man" Thornton, Leslie, aka The "Impenatrable" Fortress, Jazz Hands (short for Jazz Hands, Chest, Shoulders, Biceps, and Triceps!), Sir "Speedy" Speedo (his nickname is "Pete"), plus others! Swimshark also pointed out taruky, but no, I didn't critique him in real life, either.

    I missed the gridge! It seems kind of silly for me, though. There are so many fast people at this meet, so it seems odd to gridge one person when you've got more competition than you can see in this murky green water to worry about (I think I changed it into a verb). But i'm flattered that anyone would assume i'd be going 26! Well, I didn't really miss it, I just was in the one duking it out with the 27's and not the 26's with Fort and Fall. Hey, that sounds good! Fort and Fall! Crap! I even got beat in my own age group! That sucks!!! I won my age group in all other events! It's always a function of showin' up, and for others not showin' up! But first, you gotta show up!

    Hey wait a minute!! I forgot to pick up my medals! But I didn't see anyone else getting theirs, so I guess that's why I forgot.

    Here's how I did:

    50 free (100 free split) 24.74
    50 breast 33.55
    100 back 1:03.18 (30.90 32.28)
    50 fly 27.21

    1st day commentary: I was very pleased with my swims! Overall time was not my best, but still very strong times, considering my focus is P90X and to stay in good racing shape! I executed very well; 1/1 on both free/fly breath, and the 100 back was a test of whether I had conditioning (and speed). My spread was 1.38 seconds, so I think that's pretty good!

    50 free (200 free split) 24.75
    50 back 29.37
    50 free 24.84 (zone record)
    200 back 2:24.05 (34.81, 37.23, 37.17, 34.84; 1:12.04, 1:12.01 holy crapola I negative split it!!)
    100 fly - scratch

    2nd day commentary: I did nearly the same exact time in the 50 free! Here are my master's times: 25.1 24.7 24.7 24.7 24.8! My USA times this year were 24.4 24.6 24.9 24.9!

    I felt really tired when I hit the water for the actual 50 free. By then it was my 7th event of the meet and I felt it all of a sudden! So I decided to put more effort into the 200 back and not do the 100 fly. I think I went too easy and I had a lot left at the end. I actually negative split it! I think next time I will try to press it harder at the beginning and then try and hold on. I only did dolphin kicks off the start, and went to all free UW kick after that. It really saved energy! I just made sure to still go strong and get my feet past the flags.

    I got to see my cousins and came back with about 10 hand me down dresses for my girls!!! They came to the meet and watched my 50 free and 200 back. Since they were waiting, I just hurried and left without saying goodbyes, but I felt it wasn't really goodbye, since I'LL BE BACK!!!!!

    PS. You DAMM men suck. I have to carry the weight for the whole team to our 29th place finish!
  18. 10,000 yards yesterday

    by , April 15th, 2012 at 09:27 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Today I got in and loosened up with a 27.5-minute swim (I only had half an hour in my schedule): 1500 SCY. Last Sunday I didn't get back in to loosen up after swimming 10-K on Saturday... and I think it makes a difference in recovery. I felt pretty sluggish all week. We'll see if this week's workouts are any crisper.

    Yesterday I did 10,000 yards in 3:15.00. I didn't feel all that great, but just kept churning away. I convinced myself I was just going to do 6K earlier in the day and when I got there I thought, "eh, 9K is just one more hour in the water... why not?"; I got to 9K and it seemed silly not to do an extra 100 to round it up to 10,000 yards.

    With Open Water season approaching and a couple of the USMS championships within driving distance (5K in Indiana; 10-mile in Minnesota), I'm trying to build some mental toughness on these long swims in the pool... it's not the same as open water (it's a little claustrophobic at this point), but my body and mind are getting used to being in the water for 3+ hours. And, now, 5K seems really short. So this is all good for confidence. Nonetheless, I can't wait to get into the lakes.
  19. Zones, Day 2, April 15

    by , April 15th, 2012 at 06:46 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I woke up this am still tired and with a sore shoulder. I made two immediate decisions:

    1. I was scratching my individual events today. I had already decided not to swim the 100 IM, but added the 100 breast to the scrap heap as well. Nationals is 10 days away, I'm tired and there was no need to swim two 100s today. This is especially true since my shoulder/scapula aches after yesterday's sprints.

    2. I won't swim the 50 free at Nationals. It's my 6th event anyway. I would rather stand on the 25.31 that I swam yesterday and was happy with. This is currently #1 in the event rankings and would have been AA last year. It will likely get knocked down a couple notches or so at Nationals with the very fast new 50 year olds. But that's fine. Freestyle is a very shoulder driven stroke; with my straight arm technique, there is even more torque on the shoulder. If I'm not swimming free at nationals, I can stop doing fast or AFAP 25 frees in practice and save the wear and tear. This seems like a no brainer. Happily, my 25.31 is faster than the 25.99 I swam leading off a relay at Zones last year.

    So, I restricted my swims to two relays, going about 95% in each of them.

    Mixed 200 free relay

    Led off in 25.7 -- .4 worse than yesterday. I think it was mostly in the turn. I absolutely botched it. Pushed off way too deep and veered off to the side. My legs felt a bit like tassels as well. No matter, as I have the solid 25.31 time from yesterday. And our relay scored needed points. As I said yesterday, one year I would like to swim this race well rested. It always feels like a leftover after my other focus events or done on short rest.

    Women's 200 medley relay

    I swam the fly leg and split a 26.7. I was very pleased with this considering I was tired, went about 95% and took 3 breaths. (I only took 1 in the open race yesterday.)


    I was supremely happy all day with my decisions, and got to watch a lot of other good races I just need to be smart, not greedy in these circumstances. And I did get some excellent start and turn practice with my 5 x 50s at this meet.

    I do think the acupuncture & cupping helped last week as my shoulder/scapula felt pretty good on Friday. Right now, I am dreaming of ice, which I can't use with the PRP. But I have more body work scheduled this week. More importantly, I am shifting into major resting. Nothing more than a fast 25 or burst from here on out. My body is tired from months of HIT training and I need to rest rest rest and REST. I don't think I can get enough rest! And hopefully I can log some sleep.

    I am still on a high about my 50 fly yesterday. That totally made my weekend. I can't wait to see the video. I feel like I've had such a good season. I just hope I can rest up and get mentally prepared for Nationals now. I've been feeling beat up lately and need to harness some excitement for the big show. Nursing these long term injuries seems to zap my mental energy. Maybe a case of the taper b*tchies will help.

    I'm very proud of my Lil Fort. She ran a very fast 5K in Boston today on a hilly course by herself. (Previously, she's had Mr. Fort to pace her.) As for Mr. Fort, there is a heat advisory for the Boston Marathon tomorrow with a high of 90 expected. They are advising only the "most fit" to run and granting QT deferrals to run next year. Mr. Fort's training partner is abandoning hopes of PR-ing because he always cramps in heat. Mr. Fort is going to start out on pace and just see how he feels. It really sucks to train all that time and have ungodly heat in April, almost like getting sick for a taper meet or something.

    I didn't get to say goodbye to Chowmi as I had to hang around for the very last relay. It was fantastic to meet her! And she swam really well. Her 200 back was impressive and she had a lot left the last 50.

    I did get Speedo's 50 and 100 free, Jazz's 50 free and Chowmi's 50 free and will upload those shortly.

    Updated April 15th, 2012 at 08:46 PM by The Fortress

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  20. Zones, April 14

    by , April 15th, 2012 at 10:17 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    200 mixed medley relay, 26.5:

    We won the 18+ age group even with two geezers on the back half. I split a 26.5 on the fly leg. I was surprised by the split b/c I felt crummy in warm up (legs tired) and had horrible breakouts. (Jazz, Jimby and Pete all said it looked kinda crappy.) Not sure why the fatigue. I suppose it's partly due to the horrible sleep the last 10 days. It may also be allergies. My throat is sore and it's descending into my chest. Spring is tough for me, and I am hoping there's no downward spiral.

    50 fly, PR/NR, 26.63

    I had a couple hours before this event. Plenty of time to wake up some more and get mentally focused for the race. I wanted to execute better than on the relay, and I think I did. I felt like I had a quick start and my breakouts were clean. I probably could have stayed under longer on the second length. It was a fast heat with six women under 27.3. SwimShark filmed the race, and I will post the video later. I was extremely happy with the time, and so happy to get the NR now!!! 50 fly is the last day of Nationals, and I could be tired by then.

    Women's 200 free relay, 25.31 lead off:

    I only had about 20 minutes before the race, so I was still tired from fly. My diva sprinter body needs an hour+. I led off with a 25.31. Jazz said the race looked "tired." I felt a bit sloppy and inhaled a huge amount of water on my first breath. Still, that's a pretty solid time for me. I did put in a split request, and may rest on this time for the season. Maybe one season I'll work on this event. I can't remember the last time I swam it fresh.


    Today, I'm just swimming the 100 breast and 2 relays. I don't have a 100 IM in me. I'm not mentally into this meet with Nationals looming. My shoulder felt better Friday, but is sore this am from the free/fly sprinting.

    It was great hanging out with my visiting buddies and getting to meet Chowmi. She swam well in every event yesterday!

    Updated April 15th, 2012 at 07:46 PM by The Fortress

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