So its 9/30/2010. To everyone else - just another day. To me - my last day for the next 2 months allowing dairy consumption.
So to clarify - I have NOT gone off the proverbial deep end on this. I have researched this and am responding to a challenge from another [ame="http://forums.usms.org/member.php?u=17973"]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]. This all started as an argument on this thread and I've decided I would use my own body as a testing grounds.
So here are the bounds of this diet:
When I say "non-dairy" I specifically mean "non-lactose". My whey protein has milk products in it and is an essential part of my diet. It however does not contain lactose, the common element that most people are allergic to.This will last exactly 2 months. That means I will miss all dairy contributions to my diet over Thanksgiving. I'm aware of that and am okay with it.The only exception to this rule is when someone else feeds me. I will not ask people to make exceptions in their cooking as a means to serve my needs. That being said - if the food is served family style or buffet style, I will avoid the dairy products at the table.Finally - I will post a daily status of how I feel and any relevant non-dairy things I find (such as food replacements) on this blog. I suggest you all read it and comment as I will need the encouragement to do the daily status updates.
If you have thoughts comments or suggestions - please see my first posting here.
SCY w/Speedo @ Oak Marr:
6 x 25 shooters w/fins
10 x 50 @ 1:00
odds = swim
evens = kick w/speed bursts
10 squat jumps off bottom of pool
LT Death Set:
8 x 100 @ 2:00, best average.
Did backstroke kick w/fins
(Shoulders sore from weights, so thought I'd kick. And I haven't done a super hard kick set in awhile.)
Went: 58, 57, 57, 57, 58, 58, 59, 58
These were rough and painful right from the get go. Being somewhat breathing impaired, I couldn't stay under as much as I wanted. So my SDK count per 25 was 10-12, 7, 6, 4-5. The last 25 sucked on each 100 and I kept expecting Pete to track me down like he often does. I suppose, though, that it's relatively harder to keep the SDK count high when you're doing the 100s @ 2:00. There was not a lot of chit chatting on the wall between 100s. Thankfully, we made up for that in the hot tub later.
250 EZ or so
As Pete said, this set is dastardly. After 4, I was ready to get out. That's when it helps to have a training partner! I feel pretty blasted. I know I should do a yoga-stretch for 30 minutes. If I somehow manage to accomplish this feat -- for it seems like a feat at the moment -- I will update my blog.
84 degree pool temps are way too hot for this set. It would be better tolerated at Mason, I think.
Have an appt. to get my foot jabbed on Oct. 5. http://www.treatingpain.com/diagnosi...ch-plasma.html.
Updated September 30th, 2010 at 06:14 PM by The Fortress
Yesterday, I could not resist taking a quick 5 mile spin on my bike at dusk. The weather is so beautiful right now, I can't resist getting outside. I would have done more, but I was sick on Tuesday with a fever of 100. Since I already did a swim at lunch, figured it best to go easy.
Got out at lunch today and rode 10 miles. Kept it moderate, averaging about 17 mph. With my schedule and the good weather, I'm really hoping to get out on my bike in the early afternoon for the next two months. Temps should be nice into early December.
Thu Sep 30th, 2010
Did not swim this morning
decided to sleep in instead
Tomorrow is UT Men's Orange & White Meet
Yesterday Whitney sent out the
UT masters Fall schedule:
Friday, Oct 1st 6:30 - 8 am;
12 - 1:15 pm
Sat, Oct 2nd 7 - 8:30 am
Sun, Oct 3rd 12-1:15 pm
Starting Mon, Oct 4th
Mon & Fri will be 5:15 - 6:25 am
(6:30 when diving and the women aren't in the well)
Diving is on the schedule for 6:25am
Tue / Thu 6:30 - 8am
Wed 7:30 - 9am
Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri 12 -1:15 pm
Tue / Thu 7:00-8:15 pm
Sat 7:00 - 8:30 am
( if there is a UT football game or a swim meet at UT we will use Dick Nichols at this same time)
Remember if you are not USMS registered
I WILL NOT let you swim.
Bills for the past 6 months or so should be coming out soon. I am not in charge of any of the financials for Longhorn Aquatics but I still would like to apologize for any inconvenience this large bill may have for you.
M 5:15 - 6:25 am; 12 - 1:15 pm
T 6:30 - 8 am; 7 - 8:15 pm
W 7:30 - 9 am; 12 -1:15 pm
Th 6:30 - 8 am; 7 - 8:15 pm
F 5:15 - 6:25 am; 12 - 1:15 pm
S 7 - 8:30 am
S 12 - 1:15 pm
I have decided I might be able to handle 1 day every 2 weeks to swim some breaststroke and hopefully that will help my IM's without causing the knee problems to show up again.
500 Breast kick w/fins
5x100@1:30 Free kick w/fins
5x100@2:00 Breast w/paddles & fins
5x100@1:45 Free w/bouy counting strokes and holding pace, stroke count was 17-18 and held 1:28's feeling long and loose.
Total 3000 yards
I have to figure out a way to improve my distance per stroke. Time to review the tapes on freestyle and slow down what I am doing to get more efficient.
Aquasol 5:30 - 7:10 pm El Dorado, CA
Warm 2x100FR 200IM drill
10x100 FR on 1:30
10x75 K Even FR, Odd choice on 2:00
10x50 BK D/S on 1:15 (slow interval, for slow peeps in lane)
10x75 BR K/D/S on 1:15
3800 or something...
Workouts have been going well. A new swimmer joined us on Monday that hasn't swam since being a Senior grouper 20 years ago.I can always tell the peeps who swam age groups and/or college, they may not be fast right away, but the form is there.
I missed the last meet, didn't really make it a priority, but the one coming up in about a week and a half. Its another USA B/B- meet whatever that means, and again the coaches and some parents are egging me on to be there. It feels awkward and since I'm no sub-minute swimmer it just makes it worse.
After the meet, Im changing up my workouts to get more gym in and adding P90x. Got to get raw pulling power!
As many of you know - I don't like keeping things in my life very static. Those of you who might even know me a little better know I have a lot going in this month. So I'm going to lay out my goals, my ideas and ask for your feedback. Savvy? Let's continue!
This Friday - October 1st 2010. I get my keys to my very own apartment. It will be the first time in my entire life I've truly lived on my own. I'm not going to lie, this is possibly the most exciting thing to happen to me since the day I finally left the farm and moved to college. (Don't misunderstand me, I love my family very much. It was just great to move on to somewhere new!)
So in my excitement - I've completely and totally forgotten to purchase a bed! So - my plan is (legitimately) to take the couch I have, and assuming its still in good condition after being stored in the garage wrapped in a tarp for the past year (I'm really hoping) and use that until I can find a bed that I like. This couch is comfortable.. I mean really comfortable. I used to sleep on it when it was at my parents place back in Iowa whenever I'd got back for the holidays. It was always the most amazing sleep in the universe. I could rush out and purchase a new bed RIGHT NOW, but honestly I feel like to make such a purchase would definitely be in haste and would be a waste of a chance to sleep on that amazing couch once again. Perhaps I'm just being cheap... Okay I'm probably being really cheap but I'm really okay with it!
There are more bonuses to moving though!
My new location will be within 10 biking miles of work if I take my bike safe route! (found here) The extra 20 miles of biking should be good for me until it starts to snow. I just need to buy the reflective clothing. Right now I have a black sweatshirt, black wind pants, a black stocking cap and black gloves. Something tells me I'm like a target for a car if I try to bike during any bit of a normal time of the day. The ride itself is actually a really nice ride! Most of it is on a path, and the parts that aren't are on less driven roads - which reduces my chances of getting nailed when I'm biking work at 6 in the morning! I'm hoping that this slightly addition to my activity level will actually help me kill off the couple of extra pounds that are still making little "love" handles that I hate.
Starting when I move - I'm going to move towards a 100% dairy free (excepting when other people are feeding me) diet. Now - I have no reason to believe that I'm going to have any changes in my body as I've never had any problems digesting dairy. Proof: I ate a 1.5 qt container of chocolate ice cream in a contest a couple months ago and I felt amazing the next day. That being said - I made a promise to some people so I'm going to do it. My goal is 2 months non-dairy. So that means no cheese, yogurt, or milk. Or any other products containing the lactose protein. We'll see how I do!
These are not really at all related to the move - but I wanted to talk about them.
Lately in practice my coach has really been pushing better SDK work as a means of preparation for our Sink Or Swim Classic! She's also been harping on me about my body position. This is good, it means she cares and I like that. She's making me use a snorkel so I can keep my shoulders positioned correctly in the water. So I use my snorkel for all of my kick sets, my pull sets and any 25 sprints swimming I HATE flip turning with them. I always flood up then there's a panic of being unable to breath until I get that stupid snorkel out of my mouth.... <sigh> I'll get it. Its just frustrating.
In any case, I'm excited about a lot of things. Next blog post will be about my goals for the SoS meet on the 24th! It should be a great time! I will be wearing my tuxedo speedo -> which is an even BIGGER reason you should all be coming to that meet!
broomstick twists, 25
windshield wipers, 25
squat to wall ball w/10 lb ball, 15
dead bugs on bosu, 25
streamline hold on bosu, 1:00
plyo jacks, 10
bench press w/barbell, 70 x 1 x 10, 80 x 2 x 8
chin ups, 3 x 6
bulgarian one legged split squat, 25 x 1 x 10, each leg with plate over head, 30 x 1 x 10, each leg with DBs
reverse scoops, 30 x 1 x 10, 40 x 1 x 10
(40 lbs caused me to feel a twinge in the mid scapular area)
power wheel pike ups, 2 x 10
Filler = RC exercises
Quick Solo Swim, SCM @ Gym:
4 x 100 flutter kick w/board @ 2:00
1 & 4th length kinda fast
4 x (4 x 25)
fly drill, fly drill, EZ speed fly, EZ
4 x 100 dolphin w/fins @ 2:00
1 & 4th lengths UW
3 x (4 x 25)
1-4 = breast alternating dolphin and whip kick
5-8 = breast with flutter kick
9-12 = breast alternating dolphin and whip kick
Total: 2150 meters
(Haven't done this yet, but I plan to.)
I totally sucked and didn't do this, as I got involved with life.
I was a little foggy this am, but feel like I got a decent dryland workout in.
Not doing so well on the diagnosis front.
JimRude is coming up with some nasty LT sets for me. Perhaps one tomorrow with Speedo.
Contador gets Jessica Hardy Suspension:
Rich Roll, ultra geek, loves this guy.
Updated September 30th, 2010 at 10:22 AM by The Fortress
Hard to believe that it has been almost two months since I have blogged. I can officially say that I had a very lazy summer. While I did get a few tiny swims and runs in here and there, most of my activity consisted of walking, hitting golf balls, and bowling. Even did some fishing.
I realized the Auburn meet is only 4.5 months away, so I figured it was time to get back to some focused training. Today, I went down to the Y to swim after lunch and did the following workout:
Warm-up: 200 swim, 200 kick, 200 pull with buoy
4 x 75 kick with fins on1:15 - odds are flutter kick on side, evens are dolphin on back
4 x 50 back with paddles on 1:00
4 x 25 fly with fins on :45
Total: 1300 yards
1. I've lost 5 pounds since Nationals and I have to guess that it is all muscle I have lost. No power whatsoever, but I'm hoping I'll get it back quickly.
2. Weights to start tomorrow. I like the advice Jazz gave to Fort - 3 days a week - 1 push motion, 1 pull motion, and 1 squat motion. My weight-lifting guru friend has the same philosophy. So, seems like pretty sound advice.
3. Broke my toe about 5 weeks ago. Now that it seems pretty healed up, may throw in a some two mile or three mile runs here and there.
4. My big goal for the next year is 2011 LC Nationals. I've got a swimming hole near my house is over 500 yards long and in the narrowest place, 87 yards across. Perfect for some good "long course" training next spring and summer. Of course, I imagine I will be swimming mostly 50s anyway and perhaps 100 free.
5. I toyed with the idea of doing triathlons this past summer. This is a thing of the past. I'm a power athlete and with my various medical conditions, I don't need to be going out doing hardcore endurance training. I will admit, however, that I do enjoy getting on my bike from time to time and going fast. One day this summer, I climbed a mountain on my tri bike. Not an easy task, but was glad I could still climb well.
6. Plan to ease back into things. I suspect I won't be up to 3,000 yards for another month.
200 Free with Snorkel
2 x 100 Kick IM continuous
4 x 25/30 IM Strong
With Fins: Kick/Drill/Swim (600)
8 x 75/1:30
-25 under water - Dolphin kick
-25 on surface - mid - scull with flutter kick - High elbows
-25 Swim Choice - build to fast
2 x 100 IM/2:00 Moderate pace, work on transitions (1:32-33)
2 x 100/2:00 - 25 easy - 25 kick - 25 build - 25 easy Choice
(1st free, 2nd back)
2 x 100 IM/2:00 Moderate pace (1:32-33)
2 x 100/2:00 - 25 easy - 25 kick - 25 build - 25 easy Choice
(same as above)
8 x 25/40 - 12 1/2 fast - 12 1/2 easy (strong kick out)
IM order on these
2 x 100/1:45 smooth - work turns
(8 x 25/40 - 12 1/2 easy - 12 1/2 fast (good finish)
IM order on these
2 x 100/2:00 smooth
Total: 2700 yards
6 x 200 FR 3:30 add 50 fast with each successive swim.
4 x 200FR/100 Stroke alternate Weak and Strong Stroke
8x 25 Sprint 1:00
10 x 50 Black liners
Updated September 29th, 2010 at 01:37 PM by SwimStud
Wed Sep 29 2010
Did not swim Tue Sep 28th
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Fri Oct 1st we are back in the swim center
6:00 TO 7:30 am
Austin Mabel Davis pool
swam with todd & tyler
dove in around 6:35
4 x 150 fr on 2:00
4 x 50 bk
4 x 150 fr on 2:00
4 x 50 br
4 x 150 fr on 2:00
4 x 50 br
400 done 50 k 50 with 3 breaths
I have come to the conclusion that most people don't get my jokes, and I am ok with this, because most of my jokes aren't funny.
- 400 free
- 200 kick on back no fins
- 400 back
- 2x100 drill (right, left, catch up, fist)
- 150 free on 2:00
- 50 back on 1:00
- 150 free on 2:00
- 50 back (supposed to be breast)
- 150 free on 2:00
- 50 back (supposed to be fly)
- 50 free (24.25)
- 6x150 on 2:00
- 100 kick on back no fins
- 200 ez
My fastest 50 free is a 24.20 unshaved untapered without a tech suit and a 23.96 unshaved untapered wearing legskins, so 24.25 in practice is pretty good for me.
Apparently I either need to learn to breath faster or not breath during the 50, so I might try a no breath 50 this weekend. I took one breath this morning on the 50 and my coach said I came to a stop and LW said it did slow me down.
Eye balled, I was out in 11, but that could be anything from my last stroke into the wall to me pushing off the wall, so I can't say it is too meaningful, but I like the sound of it
Well today was one of those days I really wanted to sleep in but just could not do it.
1000 Free as 200 swim/pull/swim/kick/swim
500 Free kick w/fins alt by 25 easy/25mod/25 fast
500 Back kick w/fins alt by 100 fashion model/streamline
10x100 odds Free@1:30, evens Back@1:45 w/paddles was holding 1:17's on the free and between 1:33-5 on the back
500 Free drill easy
Total 3500 yards
Headed over to Oak Marr around 1:30. Couldn't get there in time to swim with Speedo due to foot MRI. Though I do enjoy his kick set. Did the following:
8 x 50 double shooters w/MF @ 1:00
10 x squat jumps off bottom of pool (7 feet deep)
8 x 25
odds = build to fast flutter kick shooter or underwater free recovery
evens = EZ
4 x 25
odds = fast flutter kick w/board
evens = EZ
Speed Set/RA Broken 100s w/fins:
4 x 100 @ 8:00 broken as:
1 x 50 @ 1:00
1 x 25 @ :30
1 x 25 kick @ :30
150 EZ after each
Went fly (24, 11 high, 12); back (24 low, 12, 12), breast (30-31, 14, 12), IM (25, 12, 12)
Last time I did this set with Speedo @ 9:00 and went:
Odds back and evens evil w/fins
#1 went 25, 12, 12 (sluggish start)
#2 went 30, 15, 15
#3 went 24, high 11, 12
#4 went 29, 14, 14
I felt horrible in the water today. Not sure why. Could be lack of solid sleep, combined with allergies. I was sleeping relatively well for awhile, and I seem to have fallen off the wagon again. I got a PM from our resident Dr. Jaegermeister saying, after reading my thoughts in Swimmer, that I was on the right track to help correct this issue somewhat. So I will carry on.
The water also felt like a bath after swimming at Mason a couple times in a row. Definitely felt more than 84 to me today. A young guy hopped in my lane to swim while I was getting out and went on and on about how cold it was. I just rolled my eyes. It's people like that (and the noodlers) that keep the Rec Center pools at uncomfortable temps for anything but lap swimming and noodling.
Spoke to a Machine coach for a bit at the end of practice. Wondering why I was practicing solo, slight recruiting nod. He will be at the Sprint Classic coaching some Machine masters swimmers. Sometimes I wonder if masters joining USA teams will result in more USA growth than more masters team growth. USA teams often have more options for swimmers, case in point Speedo.
My fly still feels kinda bouncy. I think I need to do some easy speed fly to fix this issue.
My food allergy doc also called today to tell me that I am, in fact, allergic to pomegranates. What a weird freakin' allergy! And, unfortunately, I have been poisoning myself as I usually add pomegranate juice to my smoothies and sometimes sprinkle the arials on my salad. My darn Gu Brew is even pomegranate flavored. At least this is an easier problem to correct than avoiding gluten and dairy. I hope I will feel better through avoidance; it's bad enough with fall allergies. Several friends agree that this fall is worse than ever.
Hmm .. I just googled pomegranate allergy at Jimslie's urging. I have zillions of symptoms of this "rare allergy:"
Lovely! But perhaps this explains why my eyes are in their current state of malfunction.
I'm wondering about our use of the terms "speed work," "race pace'" and "lactate tolerance." Q and I were discussing it in Patrick's blog. I had thought that race pace work could be done either way -- as speed work with mega rest or as a lactate tolerance set w/less rest so you were still (and more painfully so) battling the lactate and building power endurance. I was thinking of "race pace" as perceived effort for X distance. Is there a more specific usage of these terms?
Updated September 28th, 2010 at 11:01 PM by The Fortress
SCM with Carrie
Warm – up
400 Swim, 200 free/200 back
4 x 100 - 25 kick – 50 drill – 25 build/15sr (did these reverse IM order)
1 Free and Back
Focus on good turns!
1 x 500 build free/20sr
1 x 400 - 200 build back, 200 build free)/20sr
1 x 300 strong free/20sr
1 x 200 strong back/20sr
1 x 100 stronger free/20sr
1 x 50 (25 EZ back – 25 Fast Free)/20sr
1 x 25 Fastest Back/80sr (good finish)
Pull or Kick (500) Use snorkel even on kick
5 x 100/20sr build
pulled on odds, kicked evens
Total: 2875 meters
I got a new culinary knife yesterday! My buddy, The Man of Action, sent it to me in the mail. It cuts tomatoes, beets, peppers, garlic and greens as easily as my fingertip.
After 20 minutes of steady bleeding, and hemming and hawing about getting myself to an emergency care place, I finally bandaged up the thing. (Hydrogel is this klutz's new best friend.)
And of course, my first thought was not "ow" or "I wonder if any part of me ended up in dinner?" but "will this mean I can't swim tomorrow? For a stupid fingertip?"
I did swim. But it was painful, at times. I tried to keep a bandage on it by rubberbanding my index finger to my middle finger, but that just cut off circulation and I think caused the bandage to come off more quickly. So I let it free, but that little piece of skin that remained hurt like hell when pushing off the wall while flipping and when I accidentally dragged the tip on the water in freestyle. So I did a lot of kicking, and not a lot of yardage. It turned into this:
500 free, broken: to search for rubber band, to try to find a better hand position, to whine a little, and then to do some random backstroke
500 kick, IM order by 100's
500 swim - work through the pain!
2x250 50 stroke, 150 free, 50 stroke, 1st one kick, 2nd one swim
Finger was relatively OK afterward, if not gross. And then in the shower I was not careful with my finger and futher injured myself on my towel while drying my hair. Butterfingers McGee, FTW!
Anybody have a good solution for dealing with such injuries while swimming? Other than making sure I always use the culinary-approved knuckle technique for cutting beet greens from now on? Because this won't be the last time for me.
Warm up (800)
200 swim - no equipment
200 swim - w fins
200 swim - w fins and paddles
Kick/Swim Set (1200)
1 x 200 Kick/4:00 smooth
1 x 200 Swim/20sr smooth
2 x 100 Kick/1:50 build
2 x 100 Swim/15sr build
4 x 50 Kick/50 strong
4 x 50 Swim/10sr smooth
SCY in Boise with Coach Kelsey
Test set today
300 (50 kick - 50 drill - 50 swim)
3 x 100/1:45 build
Free: 1 x 100/6:00
Time (50) 32.41 (50) 34.19 = 1:06.60
2 x 50/3:00
Times 1st - 50: 29.72 2nd 50- 31.1
Back: 1 x 100/6:00
Time (50) 36 (100) 1:17.32
2 x 50/3:00
Times: 1st 50 - 34.60 2nd 50 - 34.66
Fly: 1 x 50 Time: 33.47
2 x 250 (100 kick - 50 drill - 100 swim)
Total: 2200 yards
Just not moving well today. By the end of workout my right shoulder was feeling left out and decided to start causing me some issues.
600 Fly kick w/fins alt by 100 kick on side/kick on back
400 Free kick w/fins alt 50 easy/50 build
5x200@3:30 Fly w/fins as 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick on back/50 swim strong
3x100@1:40 Free w/paddles & bouy
200 Free easy
Total 3500 yards