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  1. This is taking too long to go away

    by , March 11th, 2015 at 08:21 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    This head cold needs to leave!

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x100@1:45 free w/paddles & bouy holding 1:26
    200 free kick w/zoomers on back
    broken 500 IM 1-2-3-4-1-2-3-1-2-1 where 1=fl 2=bk 3=br 4=fr
    300 free kick w/zoomers

    Total 3000 yards
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  2. Workout 03/10/15: evening

    by , March 10th, 2015 at 11:12 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Had a delightful day off which started with Chapel and the opportunity to play the kit. It is school spirit week in advance of spring break next week, so I took part in Tacky Tourist Tuesday (that's me with the glasses) ...

    (The funny thing is that I generally wear a fanny pack on trips, so I look almost like (my) normal self)

    Took a nap this afternoon and watched some old westerns on tv (Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Rifle Man) before making supper for the family then heading to the the pool ...

    3 x 100 fr :20sr (used snorkel)
    2x (50 kick into 100 pull)
    (did an extra 100 here)
    4 x 25 b/c

    - 2 x 50 back on :20 sr
    - 1 x 50 kick on :20 sr
    - 5 x 50 even pace on 1:00
    - 200 pull (used snorkel)
    - 30 second bursts of Vertical Kick until everyone finished.

    2 x 25 on :40 FAST (planned for more, but ran short on time)
    150 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2200 yds/60 min)
    Full house for our team with Tim, Rachel, Melissa, Carol, Greg, and Luiza. We've been working on strokes so I helped with pointers on back. Nothing too hard in the practice, but a nice mix with the challenge of even pace 50's with a fair amount of rest.

    Updated March 11th, 2015 at 09:27 PM by rxleakem

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  3. Tuesday, March 10

    by , March 10th, 2015 at 04:44 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    550 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ ;45
    100 EZ
    2 x 25 burst, fast doggy paddle, then cruise
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    2 x (25 AFAP free w/fins from push + 75 EZ)
    50 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP free off the blocks + 125 EZ)
    -- 10 highs rolling on :59

    1 x 50 AFAP free w/fins from push
    -- 22 flat, this is fast for me
    200 EZ
    1 x 50 fly w/fins from push
    -- 23 low
    200 EZ

    5 x 50 free w/paddles
    50 EZ

    2 x (4 x 25 fly w/fins @ :10 rest + 100 EZ)

    w/bungee cords
    8 x swim to resistance + X strong strokes w/paddles (counting these as a 50)
    150 EZ

    Total: 3350


    I was still sore from weights, but managed to do some AFAP work today. I wish this sinus infection would depart my body. I am still having some sinus and tooth pain. Sinus infections are very hard to kick; I read they can last up to 4 weeks. And I have been using the disgusting neti pot!

    Planning to do some rehab exercises and yoga next.
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  4. SArasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 workout- 3-11-15

    by , March 10th, 2015 at 01:37 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 250 4:00 3:45
    1 X 150 2:30 2:15
    4 X 50 descend 1:00 :50
    Two rounds. round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 400 kick + 100 swim

    1 X 300 IM 5:15
    1 X 300 free 4:30
    1 X 200 IM 3:30
    1 X 200 free 3:00
    1 X 100 IM 1:45
    1 X 100 free -

    17 X 100 pull
    5 on 1:30
    5 on 1:20
    5 on 1:15
    2 on 2:00--swim down

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  5. Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    by , March 10th, 2015 at 12:53 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    Swam solo today - slept in yesterday thanks to excessive fatigue from time change - it was a conscious decision - alarm went off - I slapped it, got up, took my thyroid, and decided to crawl back into bed. Some days it's just not worth it.
    So anyway today, solo, as I said. Weather is lovely here - balmy 63 degrees, water temp around 80, but it's still hard for me to push myself when I'm solo.

    600 warm up: 100 free, 25 back/25 breast x 4
    8 x 75 done as: 25 shooter/25 kick/25 stroke in IM order on easy interval
    2 x 300 pull
    4 x 150 pull
    6 x 100
    12 x 50 kick
    2 x 150 breast/free
    Pathetically slow pace (~1:20) but I was in the water swimming, and not in the bed sleeping.
  6. Week 128 - Tuesday

    by , March 10th, 2015 at 09:02 AM (After a long rest)
    Luckily I emailed the Indy coach last night and found out there is a meet at IUPUI so swam at the Northside High school pool with the Indy masters. The high school pool was a fantastic facility. Not the scale of Indy but a very impressive 50m pool setup as scy. The facility looked brand new and I would love to race there sometime. Today was then jest time in a long time I have had no discomfort in my shoulder which was terrific. I had uneventful travel getting to Indy which always helps and a good night of sleep at the Staybridge suites. I had not stayed in a stay ridge before and rooms are huge, the breakfast was good, and the price is cheap(even by Indy standards). The hotel is right next to the Lucas Oil Stadium where the colts play, which I did not realize was so huge. The staybridge is 8 floors and is dwarfed by the stadium.

    400 free with snorkel

    Main sets
    3x500 descend 1-3 starting at 7:30 and dropping 15 seconds per 500
    4x4x75 free starting at 1:10 and descending by 5 seconds per round down to :55
    100 easy
    3x100 broken 100s at 25,50,25 with 5 seconds at 25 and 10 after 50.

    Warm down
    300 easy

    I swam easy on the first 500 and was surprised to come in on 5:38. I picked up the second 500 and went 5:27 and then picked up the last and went 5:20. It was nice to swim these pain free. The water was a little warm but other than that I felt good. On the descending 75s I held 45s until the last round where I went 42s. Again I felt great. The 3x100s I was a little tired but did them, free, IM, back going 52, 59, 58 on add up times. I was really pleased with today's workout and fingers crossed can stay pain free for a while!!
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  7. YUCK sinus drainage

    by , March 10th, 2015 at 08:32 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Took me a half hour just to cough up all the gunk that went down my throat and rid myself of the nasal drainage.

    As usual I totally cleared up at the pool and actually felt fairly good.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    2x200@3:00 free w/paddles & bouy held 2:51's
    100 back EZ
    5x100@1:45 as 50 free/50 back w/paddles & bouy held 1:31's
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    500 free EZ

    Total 3000 yards
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  8. 3|9|15 LCM

    200 fr with snorkel

    300 drill/back with fins

    8 x 50 fr with fins on 2:00
    • odds - breathed right, evens - left, every 4 breaths

    512 fr with fins and snorkel at 12.8m area

    6 x 25.6 dive from side fr on 2:00, hypoxic
    • 2 x relay start, start on one (left) foot, start on one (right) foot

    4 x 25.6 dive from side fr with fins on 2:00, hypoxic, were too sloppy

    4 x 25.6 dive from side fr on 1:00, hypoxic, fast out / ez back

    2 x 50 kick on 1:00 (0:50, 1:03)

    50 combat stroke

    50 easy kick / 50 breast kick


    1 x 30 reps of DB bench with 45's - still sore everywhere so that's it.


    run: 15 x 90 m sprint on 0:40

    did weights but forgot specifics


    about 15 min of weights

    Sore from running and weights, slow to recover.

    I had reserves last weekend. I work Sundays (nights) for my civilian job so when reserves was over I did my shift - that is 18.5 hours working straight on Sunday. What made it worse was the lacking sleep the last 3 days, furthermore, the 1 hour advance in daylight time. Need get back into my 9 hour sleep routine tonight

    Can't afford to retire from res yet, but I can't wait
  9. Monday, March 9

    by , March 9th, 2015 at 03:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 chest press fly

    Main sets:

    4 x (100 w/fins, SDK 15m each length with open turns, + 50 EZ)
    100 EZ

    2 x
    3 x (fast free turn + 50 EZ)
    -- think I'm going to use 10 SDKs off the turn in my 50 free (7 right side, 3 belly)
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 breast w/fins @ 100 pace @ :40
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 overkick free @ :40
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 w/fins @ :30
    -- alternate 4 on back, 4 on right side
    -- SDK to 15 m
    -- #11 easy
    100 EZ

    Total: 3400


    I was tired and sore today from yesterday's double. As a result, I didn't do much fast stuff. But I did work on some race related items. Hopefully, I'll feel a little better tomorrow.

    Looking over the nationals entries, it appears there are very few people from the east coast signed up. I guess the fact that San Antonio is somewhat difficult to get to and that it's outside suppress attendance. I am glad that I'm going just for fun. I don't even really plan to "taper" given my recent schedule. Rather, I'm going to just rest some for my 3 meets this spring.

    I signed up for Zones. I'll swim:

    Sat: 50 breast, 100 back, 50 fly
    Sun: 100 breast, 50 free

    I may scratch 50 fly if I don't feel like I have enough rest. 100 back usually kills me, and there's not much time in between. I won't have much rest between 100 breast and 50 free either. I sure hope some more folks sign up for 400 IM.

    Updated March 9th, 2015 at 05:18 PM by The Fortress

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  10. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 workout--3/10/2015

    by , March 9th, 2015 at 12:25 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:20. 3:00
    5 X 100 1:40. 1:30
    3 X 100 kick 2:30. 2:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    8 X 100 2:00. #4 on 3:00
    All up tempo, 80/85%

    3 X 50 easy 1:10
    1 X 100 fast 2:00
    3 X 50 easy 1:10
    1 X 50 fast
    3 X 50 easy 1:10
    1X 50 fast --
    1 X 50 easy

    1 X 400 6:00
    1 X 300 4:30
    1 X 200 3:00
    1 X 100. --

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  11. Week 128 - Monday

    by , March 9th, 2015 at 09:42 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a nice relaxing weekend and had a good night of sleep last night. I got up early and headed to the pool at least 15 minutes early this morning. This was not intentional I just seemed to be ahead of schedule from the get go. When I got to the pool most of the lanes had no lane lines due to a water polo tournament on Saturday so I took the extra time and moved and pulled lane lines into place. I had the pool setup when everyone arrived.

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

    main sets
    6x(200 free with snorkel on 2:20, 100 back on 1:30, 100 kick on 1:45)
    10x25 with fins underwater on :40

    warm down
    10x50 free easy on 1min

    the one thing I forgot to put back was the backstroke flags and by the time I got to the main set it would have taken too long so I swam the main set with no flags. It's amazing how consistent my stroke count is because after a couple I simply went off count with my back turns. On the 200s with snorkel I held 2:05-2:08s descending by round. On the back I was holding 1:08s and on the kick I was holding 1:25s. I did not exactly feel comfortable but it was a comfortably uncomfortable sort of day. I went pretty smooth today and tried to ease off my shoulder which despite some discomfort did not really hurt this morning.

    I am off to Indy this afternoon for a couple days with work and hope to swim at IUPUI and the Indy Masters on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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  12. Still feeling like crap but was able to breath better

    by , March 9th, 2015 at 08:20 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Missed my Saturday workout cause I just didn't get enough sleep.

    Chlorine works miracles. I was so congested and once I get in and start swimming I can breath, no congestion at all. Still had the nagging cough and the pressure behind my cheek bones on every flip turn but over all I felt ok in the pool room. Now at work I am stuffed up again and coughing up a storm.

    When will this be over?

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@1:45 free w/paddles & bouy was surprised I went 1:27, 1:27, 1:25, 1:25, 1:24
    500 free kick w/zoomers to give my head a break from the turns
    5x100@1:45 free went 1:35, 1:34, 1:32, 1:31, 1:40(EZ)

    Total 2500 yards
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  13. Workout 03/08/15: afternoon

    by , March 8th, 2015 at 10:14 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 Free/200 Back/200 IM drill
    600 as (2 x through: 50 kick, 100 pull, 150 with AP)
    5 x 100 free on 1:20 with snorkel
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1800 yds/30 min)

    So, in addition to a headache on Thursday I was pretty wiped out on Friday after the double cell blood donation ... for the near future I plan to stick with the regular whole cell donations. A busy weekend at work and loss of the hour of sleep has me still feeling crummy. Planning to join Johnson and school's bowling club tomorrow afternoon.
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  14. Sunday, March 8

    by , March 8th, 2015 at 08:37 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands, 60 min

    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    flutter kicks on bosu, supine, 2 x 100
    russian twist on incline bench w/plate, 25 x 3 x 25
    push press, 50 x 4 x 8
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 6
    rear delt flys, 65 x 4 x 8
    seated row negatives, 90 x 1 x 6 (couldn't get back on machine to do other reps)
    explosive leg press, 105 x 3 x 25
    combo skull crusher + straight leg raise, 40 x 3 x 12
    extreme angle squats on high boxes, 50 x 4 x 6

    Vinyasa Yoga, 75 min

    I know yoga teachers think Shavasana is important at the end of the session, but I just hate it. I want to bolt out and get on with my day.


    This is the first day since getting back from Paris that I've felt almost normal. Not all the way out of the woods, but getting closer.

    Interesting article on 50+ athletes in Outside magazine. It seems to be especially important to eat more protein, do HIT and sleep more. campaign=facebookpost

    Updated March 8th, 2015 at 08:44 PM by The Fortress

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  15. Week 127 - Saturday

    by , March 7th, 2015 at 04:22 PM (After a long rest)
    I iced my shoulder last night and took some anti inflamatories and this morning my shoulder felt a lot better. I was worried yesterday I would not be able to swim but instead I definitely have some muscular discomfort but I am able to swim. It hurts on the back of my left shoulder just above my arm pit. When I swim its a pinch sort of feel on free when I start my catch. I swam hard but controlled today and forced myself to ease off from my normal intensity today and instead tried keeping my stroke long.

    Warm up
    6x200 free with a snorkel on 3mins

    main sets
    8x50 back on 1min
    16x100 on 2mins at 500 race pace

    warm down
    200 easy

    On the back transition set I had next to no pain from my shoulder and was comfortable holding 32s. On the 16x100s I held 57/58s and held back a little but worked on DPS and stroke turns and streamlines.

    After er my swim I went to Yoga and worked on stretching out. This seemed to help.
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  16. Week 127 - Friday

    by , March 6th, 2015 at 07:00 PM (After a long rest)
    We had snow in Dallas yesterday and as such the pool was closed. My kids enjoyed there 24hrs of snow though so despite me not swimming at least the Carroll kids were happy.

    I had a really good night of sleep last night and woke looking forward to swimming as I often do after a day out of the water. Tom is at TAGS with the kids this weekend so he send out workouts which I generally hate since I get to see the workout before I show up at the pool. Today was 25s at 100 race pace which I generally find hard to do.

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

    Main sets
    4x(2x50 kick on 1 min, 2x50 fast on :40)
    100 easy
    16x25 on :40 at 100 race pace to my feet
    100 easy
    3x400 descend 1-3 and build by 100 on 6mins

    Warm down
    10x50 alternating back/free by 25 and free/back by 25 on 1min

    I felt pretty good on the warm up and the first part of the main set, holding 39s on the 50s kick and 28s on 50s free. On the 16x25s I was going 12/13 to my feet and felt ok but right at the end I felt a pop in my left shoulder. I was sort of a grinding feeling and a little pop, so I swam an easy 100 and then went very easy on the 400s. It was a weird sharp sort of feeling and then it felt like it was normal again. I have a little swelling but luckily it does not really hurt out of the pool as I write this and I think I will be fine. It reminds me to listen to my body, but its hard when pushing myself continually is in my DNA.
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  17. 3|6|15 LCM

    200 warmup

    25 x 50 on 1:00 with fins and snorkel
    • odds: fast breakout and 2 strokes / drill the remaining length
    • evens: 25 fly / 25 drill

    100 drill

    4 x 50 kick on 1:30
    • 18.6 m AFAP flutter kick / 31.4 m breaststroke kick
  18. Friday, March 6

    by , March 6th, 2015 at 03:36 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    100 chest press fly

    4 x
    4 x 25 w/fins SDK to 15m @ :5 rest + 50 EZ
    -- two belly, 2 back
    extra 50 EZ at end

    Main Sets:

    4 x (25 AFAP free from the blocks + 75 EZ)
    -- did these on 4:30-5:00 instead of my usual 3:00
    100 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP breast + 75 EZ) @ 3:30
    -- 2 off the blocks, 2 from a push
    100 EZ

    6 x 25 breast drills
    50 EZ

    1 x 25 AFAP back
    -- cramped on start, decided I'd done enough starts
    50 EZ

    2 x (4 x 25 fly w/fins @ 100 pace @ :30 + 100 EZ)

    Total: 3050


    I didn't sleep well last night, so woke up tired and still with this persistent headache. I was also sore from weights, but didn't end up feeling too bad on the main sets. My 25 frees off the blocks were fast for me. I was going 10 high rolling on the :59. I'm decelerating in the transition from dolphin kick to flutter kick; need to work on that. I also really need to do some of this block work with a tech suit. Maybe on Monday. Pitt is on spring break now. Fortunately, though, the pool is open M-Th next week, so I'm not shut out for the entire 10 days.
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  19. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 03/09/2015

    by , March 6th, 2015 at 12:39 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:15 3:00
    4 X 75 1:15 1:10
    4 X 50 1:00 :50
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 500 kick + 100 swim

    1 X 100 IM 1:45
    1 X 75 1:30
    1 X 50 1:15
    Four rounds.
    75's&50's: Round 1 fly, 2 back, 3 breast, 4 choice/no free

    1 X 200 2:30
    1 X 150 2:30
    Four rounds, pull
    Work the 200's recover on the 150's

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  20. Felt like crap this morning, hard to breath again

    by , March 6th, 2015 at 08:35 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Just alot more drainage to combat last night. Pushed the 400 and the 2 200's but then my lungs forced me to slow down considerably.

    200 free

    4x25 free
    2x50 #1 free #2 back

    400 free w/paddles & bouy
    2x200 free w/paddles & bouy
    300 free
    2x150 free
    200 free
    2x100 free
    12x25 free
    100 free kick w/zoomers

    Total 3000 meters
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