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  1. Sprint Day - Team Relays

    by , December 23rd, 2011 at 09:58 AM (Random Nonsense)
    Today's workout was about 100 minutes for me but very little yardage.

    Team practice SCY

    Warm up
    - 350 free
    - 200 kick with fins
    - 400 free
    - 200 IM
    Main Set relays
    - longest possible swim was a 100 free which I did
    - mostly 25s and 50s
    - mostly fun relays
    - no times
    - really great feeling 100 free, probably 55 diving from the side
    - really great 50 free, beat Josh
    - really great 45 free (see humor 2)
    - probably only 500 yards of swimming
    Cool down
    - 200 easy


    Morning Humor:
    - Me: Josh, you lead, your fly is much faster than mine.
    - Josh: Only because I use two arms
    - Josh goes
    - Me: Just because he said that, I am doing drill.

    Morning Humor 2:
    - relays were threatened with having kick boards thrown at them for cheating.
    - Last relay of the day was a 4x50 free that I was anchoring and we were dead last by quite a bit. I had an aggressive relay start (incoming swimmer was only 2M from the wall when I left) and I was having a great no breath swim from a side dive start, catching at least 2 over relays. At about 7 yards out my left hand hydroplanes about a yard and I stop not knowing wtf is going on. There are now all the kick boards in my lane, probably about 10. Obviously my coach is not an expert kick board thrower if I ran into a floater before he hit me.

    Tomorrow's LT set: Based on input from my pseudo sprint coach, I think I will be doing 6x100 on 6 minutes broken 15s at the 50 and 75. This doesn't sound like very much fun, so it is probably good for me.
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  2. A quick workout at the Y

    by , December 23rd, 2011 at 07:11 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Since I had to swim at the Y today my drive was going to be longer than usual to work so I only swam for RT minutes.

    I do have to say the water temperature was great about 81.

    10x100@1:45 free
    500 free kick w/fins every 3rd lap fly
    5x100@1:45 fly w/fins as 25 rt arm/25 lt arm/25 kick/25 swim

    Total 2000 yards
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  3. Another for vinyl fans...

    by , December 23rd, 2011 at 12:21 AM (Alex's swim journal)
    "It was all right"--Lou Reed

    Today's workout was good; another 3000 yards. My buddy Scotty was there and I got in a set of 100s on 2:00 with him... he pushed me pretty good, before our workouts diverged.

    500 free warm-up (9:00)
    5 x 100 on 2:00 (1:24-1:27)
    500 free (9:00)
    5 x 100 on 2:00 (1:30-1:33)
    500 free

    I did 50 breast and 50 back between 500 segments again for recovery.

    OK, so for the Lou Reed and Velvet Underground fans out there here's another youtube video I found surfing the net, "Rock and Roll" from 1970's "Loaded" album... playing on a real turntable.

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2duFNff_ArY"]The Velvet Underground - Rock and Roll - YouTube[/nomedia]

    I wonder if there is a way to get that vinyl sound--you know, the popping and scratchy noises--on digital tracks more often. Didn't realize I missed that; brings back some cool memories, doesn't it?
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  4. Thursday, Dec. 22

    by , December 22nd, 2011 at 10:14 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    RC and ankle exercises, 15 minutes

    Bike, 40 minutes

    Stretching, 25 minutes


    Swim/SCY @ Mason:

    Warm up & Transition:

    400 swim
    400 kick
    400 pull

    -- I did around 900 of various strokes, kick and drills. I like to swim slowly in warm up.

    4 x 100 build any stroke @ 1:40
    -- I swam smooth 100 IMs

    16 x 25 @ :40
    3 shooters, 1 EZ

    Main Set:

    12 x 150
    3 x 150 various free drills
    3 x 150 free
    3 x 150 various stroke drills
    3 x 150 stroke

    -- No. Instead, I did:
    3 x 150 flutter kick w/board & fins @ 2:45
    3 x 150 backstroke kick w/fins @ 2:30
    3 x 150 flutter kick w/fins @ 2:30
    3 x 150 IM (fly/back/breast) @ 3:00
    -- I snuck in a couple easy 50s between set 2 and 3.

    100 EZ

    Total: 3700

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The workout on the board wasn't exactly what I was expecting on a Thursday night. I decided to convert it to an endurance kick workout, which I haven't done in a long time. I was sharing a lane with Brad who was doing all freestyle, so it worked out fine. Fairly sparse attendance. But it was nice to see some of my teammates. I'm putting my compression pants on after bashing up my legs today.

    I scanned the first 10 pages of my blog last night for workout ideas. Uh, I was training very differently in 2009 -- a much higher % of aerobic work. (Perhaps that why I survived several 200s that year.) And I tended to work all energy systems in a workout whereas now my workouts are much more focused around X purpose. It was also interesting to re-read my journey into the weight room. I'm definitely stronger now.

    Rich Abrahams posted the attached pic on my FB wall. That girl has legs!

    Updated December 22nd, 2011 at 10:30 PM by The Fortress

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  5. End Week 3 of 6

    by , December 22nd, 2011 at 06:23 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Well, this is the last swim workout I will do and the 2nd main sprint set of the week.

    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center

    500 warm up

    12 x 50 on 1:00
    3 rounds of 4
    50 kick on back
    50 pull
    50 kick with board
    50 swim

    8x 75 on 1:45
    2 sets of 4

    First set:
    25 sprint/smooth
    25 sprint/smooth
    3 sec rest
    25 sprint kick with board

    100 easy

    Second set:
    s/a/a with TYR Burner Fins

    100 easy

    4 x 25 sprint from a dive
    12.5 fast to full 25 fast

    easy swim, various, about 400+
    (team started, so I swam easy)

    300 swim steady
    75 free/75 back
    50 free/50 back
    25 free/25 back

    The End

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I was very glad to see I had the stamina and sprinting capacity to do this set today. I went faster overall than I did last week when I did this similar set, so it was good to see what you can do with a bit more focus and effort! Since I knew I wouldn't be swimming again this week, I did a long easy swim at the end. It took me 1 and 1/2 hours to do it all!

    One more weight/dryland day and that is it. Most likely tomorrow night since Saturday is just too jam packed with activity.
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  6. Sunrise workout

    I had a nice solo swim this morning at my Florida pool. The kids’ team was working there—they were in 5 of 8 lanes when I arrived, with 3 lap swimmers in the other 3 lanes. The sweetheart of a guy who coaches the team offered to consolidate the kids so that I could have my very own lane too—I assured him that splitting a long course lane with another lap swimmer really wasn’t a hardship, and that I could even (horrors) circle swim if need be. He seemed surprised. Lap swimmers here are spoiled!

    Here’s what I did:

    1000 lcm warmup (400s, 200k, 200p, 200s)

    100 FR @ 1:45
    200 FR @ 3:30
    300 FR @ 5:15
    400 FR @ 7:00
    300 FR @ 5:15
    200 FR @ 3:30
    100 FR @ 1:45
    [Goal of set was to go faster on the way down than on the way up the pyramid—I did, going 2-5 seconds under 1:30 pace for the 4/3/2/1 (The first 3 swims were all around 1:35 pace.)]

    100 easy

    6 x 200 @ :15 rest: odds IM kick, evens FR pull or IM swim

    200 warmdown
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  7. SArasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -12/23/11

    by , December 22nd, 2011 at 02:28 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    The 5:30 group is having their on deck Christmas party this morning. We will swim for an hour only

    LCM
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:45 3:30
    3 X 100 2:00 1:45
    1 X 100 kick 2:30 -
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    4 X {7 X 50
    1 round of each, IM order. Fins optional.
    Breast interval is 1:15, all others 1:00

    WARM DOWN: 1 X 100 easy

    2700M
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  8. Winter solstice w/ Randy Quaid, Lou Reed, Warhol

    by , December 22nd, 2011 at 12:37 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    After my swim yesterday I watched National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation" with the family; I now have the image of cousin Eddy in flippers and tank-top bouncing on the diving board with a beer in hand every time I think about going back to the pool (Hawaiian Christmas music in the background... man is that tune catchy!).

    My winter solstice workout was pretty good (for this time of year):

    500 free (about 8:30)*
    10 x 50 on 1:00 (:38-:44)*
    500 free (8:40)*
    10 x 50 on 1:00 (:42-:46)*
    500 free (9:00)*

    *Each 500 segment followed by 50 back and 50 breast

    Total = 3000 SCY

    Finished 5 and a half hours before the official solstice. Times were slow, but crisp enough for me to keep it moving. I've swum more than 325 miles since the last winter solstice (that's like here to Cleveland). Quite a journey; goal for next year = 417 miles (2000-yards/day).

    P.S. This guy was on the cover of a Velvet Underground album! Check it out: [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEnsb6-CmKw&feature=related"]Velvet Underground - I'm waiting for the man (1966 acetate) - YouTube[/nomedia]
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  9. 12.22.11 - Thursday workout/mini double

    by , December 22nd, 2011 at 09:10 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Roger, Dave and Dave. Pool temp warmer today . Probably around 84-85. It was tough with the heat. Took my kids swimming last night. They have been wanting to go for a while. Since I was there I warmed up a little and did a timed 200. Swam a personal best 2:10 (Meet time earlier in the year was 2:11). When I got home last night I ended up working an additional 3 hours and went to bed very late. Morning workout was pretty nasty especially with the extra workout and lack of sleep. Made pretty much everything but I was dragging through it.

    12.21.11 - Mini double
    SCY

    50 Warm up
    2 x 50 25 SDK on back/25 Easy
    300 Ferry kid drills - mostly swimming br with a small child on my back. This is an excellent way to practice how NOT to swim breaststroke... but the kids seem to enjoy it.
    4 x 50 - :45
    1 x 200 Timed (2:10)
    50 Cool down

    (900 Total)

    12.22.11 - Morning workout
    SCY

    400 Warm up

    3 x 100 - 1:25
    2 x 100 - 1:20
    1 x 100 - 1:15
    3 x 100 - 1:20
    2 x 100 - 1:15 (Second one optional - I did both)
    1 x 100 - 1:10
    50 Easy

    3 x 100 - 1:20
    2 x 100 - 1:15
    1 x 100 - 1:10
    3 x 100 - 1:15
    2 x 100 - 1:10 (Second one optional - took second one off)
    1 x 100 - 1:05 (made it! - 1:04)
    50 Easy
    This one hurt pretty bad. I was :02 behind on the first 1:10. Got back :01 on the 3 1:15s but lost :01 on the second 1:10. Taking off the third 1:10 made a huge difference. I was very sore but I was able to swim smooth and fast.

    As with many of Roger's workouts, hard stuff is followed by a good dose of fly. It stinks when you have to do it but mentally I'm a lot tougher because of it.

    3 x 100 Fly - 1:40
    2 x 100 Free - 1:35
    1 x 100 Free - 1:30
    3 x 100 Free - 1:35 (Optional IM - I did easy IM)
    2 x 100 Fly - 1:30 (ouch! Made the first, 1:32 on the second)
    1 x 100 Free - 1:25

    200 Cool down

    (4300 Total - I did 4200)

    Updated December 22nd, 2011 at 09:33 AM by pmccoy (It's not Friday yet)

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  10. A quick one

    by , December 22nd, 2011 at 08:06 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Last swim at the CCAC till next tuesday.

    500 free w/6 beatb kick
    700 free kick w/fins
    300 fly kick drills w/fins
    3x200@3:30 free w/paddles & bouy
    8x50@:10R free w/snorkle 15m kick/20m swim/15m kick

    Total 2500 meters
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  11. Dec 21, 2011 (longest night of the year)

    by , December 21st, 2011 at 09:15 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    Was disappointed that it was SCY this morning, as I thought we were going long course today. They tell me it will be LCM tomorrow morning, and every morning during the Christmas Break, and then LCM on MWF & Sat am's, SCY on T&Th. Fewer than average # of people there this morning.

    500 back/free
    5 x 200 pull on 2:40
    10 x 50 kick on 1:00
    12 x 100 on 1:20 (held around 1:15's throughout, much to my disapointment)
    10 x 50 kick on 1:00
    5 x 300, pull no paddles on #1, breast/free by 50's on #2 & 5, pull w/paddles on #3, back/free by 50 on #4
    100 easy
    Total: 5200 SCY

    I wonder how doing 100's on the 1:20 in the morning correlates to how well I would do them at lunch. I think I'm a bit slower at 5:30am. I was moderately pleased with my effort this morning, I did consistently keep a 1:15 or better without toys, and without feeling like I was dying. Remember: GOAL 10 x 100 on 1:20 holding under 1:10 on each before SC Nat's
    I am very excited with how well I am swimming this week, and so grateful my elbows are not complaining either yesterday nor today. Tomorrow I don't work, so I plan on going the entire 2 hour practice with the kids (6-8am), and possibly going back at lunch time to catch some rays, depending on my Christmas preparations. I believe I am done with the shopping, 99% done with the wrapping, so I feel like I can kick back and relax and make cookies or something festive. Only problem is, I don't want cookies in the house, because I will eat them!! (ALL)
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  12. Pink Clouds at Sunset

    Today I enjoyed a short swim at the end of a long and busy travel day. I got to visit one of my all-time favorite pools, the Panama City Beach Aquatic Center. I was hoping to run into some swim buddies when I headed over there this afternoon, and as soon as I pulled into the parking lot I saw a couple of familiar faces heading to the pool. I hadn’t seen Paul or Wil since last winter, so I took a few minutes to catch up before we headed in for a swim. Here’s what I did:

    700 scy warmup

    Then I did the beginning of a workout with 3 Paul, David, and John:

    3 x 200 @ 3:30, desc. [I did fr/bk halfsies, 2:59, 2:50, 2:39]

    3 x 150 @ 2:30, desc. [I did fr/bk/fr sandwiches, 2:15, 2:06, 2:00]

    100 warmdown [There was more to the workout, but I was tired and wanted to get some food before I collapsed. I was glad I got in a swim, though, especially since some subtle pink clouds poked out of the drizzly sky during the sunset. I love swimming outdoors!]

    This swim puts me over 700 miles for the year. That seems like a lot.

    And before I sign off, a little holiday gift to everyone who is traveling and perhaps working out in unfamiliar pools—I really like this poem by Alison Luterman, about dealing with less-than-ideal lap swim conditions:

    Because Even the Word Obstacle is an Obstacle
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  13. Wednesday, December 21, 2011 5:30am 500 Miles!!

    by , December 21st, 2011 at 07:18 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I finally made it. Originally when I started the year I had set the bar at 300 miles, not knowing how much I was really going to be able to swim in the year (most of my summer months are iffy as to whether or not I can swim because of work and kids).
    After a moderate amount of swimming in the summer, I found I was easily going to surpass the 300 mark, so I bumped it to 400 miles. Well, after more and more swimming this was too easy of a goal so I made it 500, which actually quite a challenge. I wasn't really sure if I would make it or not this year. Well, today was the day!!
    My Go The Distance 2011 Progress
    500.02 miles swum (=880,030 yards, =804,699 meters). View my progress | Go The Distance 2011 results.
    Most recent milestone achievement: 500 miles on 12/21.
    249.98 miles (= 439,970 yards, = 402,309 meters) to next milestone (750 miles milestone).
    My Go The Distance 2011 goal: 500.00 mi. Progress towards goal:

    Congratulations! You have achieved your goal for Go The Distance 2011
    My goal pace: 486.30 miles required as of today to reach my goal by the end of the event
    My actual current pace: 500.02 miles as of today
    My workout this morning was mainly a celebration of the 500 mile barrier. I knew prior to this morning I needed a mere 1070 yards to surpass the mark, so...

    Warmup:
    200 Free
    100 Kick w/ board
    200 Free Pull
    200 Fly 1 arm drill EZ
    100 Kick w/ board
    150 Free Pull

    25 EZ to get to the end with the blocks.

    100 Fly Sprint from the blocks (on teammate's sendoff from the clock)
    Went a :58 which I'm actually quite proud of for the swim...not exactly the ideal racing conditions, nor did I shave and taper or put on a full body suit for the event.

    25 EZ cooldown and out

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    1100 Yards
  14. Wed., Dec. 21

    by , December 21st, 2011 at 04:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    8 x 50 fly drills

    Main Sets:

    20 x 50 kick w/MF @ 1:00
    odds = double shooter
    evens = dolphin kick w/board
    50 EZ

    Stole Chris' set from this am (or some of it, used fins):

    3 x 50 single arm fly @ 1:00
    2 x 100 free @ 1:30
    3 x 50 back @ 1:00
    2 x 100 free @ 1:25
    3 x 50 breast @ 1:00
    2 x 100 free @ 1:20
    3 x 50 flutter kick w/board @ 1:00
    2 x 100 free @ 1:15
    3 x 50 back @ 1:00
    -- worked the 100s, cruised the 50s
    -- HS kids came in at this point. They are not normally there on Wednesdays, so I was puzzled. This prevented me from getting in a quasi "hard aerobic" workout -- for me.

    100 EZ

    Total: 3700

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    I was somewhat tired in the pool from the last 3 days of cycling and drylands. I plan to swim with my team tomorrow night for a nice change of pace.

    I am done shopping!
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  15. mid week 3 of 6

    by , December 21st, 2011 at 04:24 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Ok, so besides doing double duty watching my saved DVR programs and playing my new handheld Sudoku (with 1000 games!), I have managed to clean 1/3 of the house. The really nice thing about the cordless Dyson is when the charge runs out, you are done for the day!

    So, since Sunday's Day 'o 50 frees, here's the week so far:

    Monday 12/19:
    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center

    Main set was
    3 sets of 8 x 25's
    Set 1: 4 %'s 4 variables
    Set 2: s/a/a kick with TYR Burner fins
    Set 3: IM order drill/sprint

    Tuesday, 12/20 OFF

    Wednesday, 12/21
    Weights @ Baylor
    1100 easy swim

    +++++++++++++++++++++++
    Crystal Ball says:

    Thursday 12/22
    75's variable speed set
    This is what I am now gearing up for, and then expect to take the next several days off from hard sprinting. Probably not until next Monday.

    Friday 12/23
    Weights
    easy swim


    Saturday, 12/24
    Vasa and drylands at home

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    The two main sprint sets of the week are
    1. Monday's 25's. Really getting super jaw-dropping What Was That? speed. I was so exhausted from the effort that it was one of those rare days that I could not do another 50 easy at all at the end. I literally just got out I was completely spent.

    2. Variable speed 75's. Emphasis is on speed transition and getting up to speed of (1) above being as tired as I will be at the 35 meter mark. I need to build in a few days between (1) and (2) and then build in days after (2) before the next sprint day.

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    I went to lunch with Bobby and mainly discussed supplements for me. Since I do not take anything, where to start? What do I take? What brands, there are so many on the market! And on top of that, what is really a sustainable supplement program?

    Bobby's answer for me:
    1. First, stuff for overall health and wellness of any 43 year old woman;
    2. Second, sport specific stuff that is realistic for me to do consistantly

    In order,
    1. Multivitamin
    2. I have no idea what this is. Bobby explained it, and it sounded absolutely brilliant, like the word of god, but I could not for the life of me repeat what he said or articulate anything or even make something up that sounded right. Well, here it is: "COQ10 with Mitochonrial support". Now that that is crystal clear, let's move on to #3.
    3. "Branched chain amino acids". Ditto as with #2, the only thing I do remember is something about Dara and everyone getting on the bandwagon with this. I don't see why I shouldn't join them!

    The others, but I lost steam when ordering online and so i'll start with these three and maybe become a supplement addict later:

    4 through 7
    Vitamin D
    Viatmin B
    Vitamin C - any brand without sugar fillers.
    Omega 3

    The great thing is all of the three are in pill form. I just can't do powers or drinks. I decided I did not want to put in any effort at this time (maybe later!) to research. I told Bobby, you tell me exactly what to buy and a 1-2-3 check off list of when to take them.

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    I see my mini trampoline in the garage. I think it's a deluxe mini because it seems bigger than I was expecting. I'm really excited to try it out!
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  16. The swim before Christmas 12/21/11

    by , December 21st, 2011 at 12:46 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    'Twas the swim before Christmas and all through the pool,
    I was just splashing and thrashing like a fool.
    My snorkel was left in my mesh bag with care,
    In hopes that my intervals would let me get air.

    My fulcrums were nestled in the bag, like a bed,
    I was going to use them, but just swam instead.
    On my head was no kerchief, nor a rubber swim cap,
    So my thinning crown was visible on each bloody lap.

    I swam a six hundred just slow with no splatter,
    Alternating free and back, a quite simple matter
    Then I kicked 50’s 10 times like a flash,
    Tore off my goggles, and tried not to splash.

    The water had churned furiously, swirling like snow,
    So I swam 100 easy, with my eyes down below.
    When what to my wondering eyes should appear?
    But an aerobics group pulling noodles along like reindeer.

    With a aerobics instructor so lively and quick,
    It reminded me of that Christmas Poem, the one about St. Nick.
    More rapid than coursers the noodlers came,
    And I cursed under my bubbles, and muttered some names.

    Now I went to 200’s which taunt like a vixen,
    Building by 50’s, phew! Donner and Blitzen!
    On the top of the clock, pushing hard off the wall,
    Now SDK, SDK, SDK all!

    As the yards racked up quickly, the time seemed to fly,
    Tight turns, long arms, rotate, and don’t breathe to the sky!
    So round to the clock top the second hand flew,
    But I had done 6 swims and I felt I was through.

    And then in a twinkling, Anna Lee Matysek (nee Roof),
    Entered my thoughts saying “Swim Breaststroke you goof!”
    So I started with breast kick as my body came around,
    And moved to pull only, fast hands, onward bound.

    Dressed just in a jammer, and wet head to foot,
    I worked it out hard from the effort I put!
    Then I kicked twice for each pull I made back,
    And thought that by Greensboro I will lead the pack!

    This made my eyes twinkle, I began to feel Merry,
    So I capped it with fast 50’s, and grew red like a cherry!
    My droll little mouth, was drawn up like a bow,
    As I glanced out the window and wished for some snow.

    So onto a kick set with fins, and gritted teeth,
    Free/fly by 50’s, no sign of relief.
    I kicked hard and undulated using my belly,
    Unless I quit beer and cookies it’ll still shake like jelly!

    I’m not chubby and plump, like THAT jolly old elf,
    But a diet come January may help better myself!
    So a wink of my eye, and a nod of my head,
    I got through the kicking, yeah, nothing to dread.

    So I spoke not a word and kept on with my work,
    I cooled down with 4 fiftys—didn’t stop like a jerk.
    Then reaching the wall, breathing in through my nose,
    I put my hands on the deck and pushed upwards, I rose!

    I sprang to my crocs, and let out a faint whistle,
    Guzzled a Muscle Milk, and wiped off my bristle.
    And I called to the life guard as I walked out of sight,
    “Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!”


    Updated December 21st, 2011 at 03:25 PM by SwimStud

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  17. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -12/22/11

    by , December 21st, 2011 at 11:53 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    1 X 300 5:15 5:00
    2 X 150 2:45 2:30
    2 X 100 2:00 1:40
    1 X 100 kick 2:30 -
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    6 X 200 IM 3:45

    SCY

    1 X 100 easy swim

    3 X 100 free 1:30
    4 X 25 sprint kick :45
    Three rounds. Descend 100's 1-3.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4500 Y/M
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  18. 12 Days of Christmas (not swimaddict's nightmarish version)

    by , December 21st, 2011 at 10:31 AM (Random Nonsense)
    Let's start with some excuses, whining and any thing else Geek finds inappropriate for a swim blog. Monday morning after my LT set, I felt like I woke up in a suit of armor, invincible and not very mobile. Oh, and my suit was still wet, so I skipped swimming. I am not even sure I had an excuse for Tuesday, just pure laziness.

    Morning humor: Josh telling me why he missed Monday not knowing I wasn't there either.

    Ok, today's workout was a decent aerobic workout, but I wouldn't put it in Hard Aerobic or Easy Aerobic.

    Team Practice SCY
    - 1x50
    - 2x50 kick w/fins
    - 3x50 drill swim
    - 4x50 as 200 (2:17)
    - 5x50 kick w/fins
    - 6x50 free on 40 descend 1-3
    - 7x50 as 350 kick w/ fins
    - 8x25 on 30 25 free/25back
    - 9x50 on 40 descend 1-3
    - 10x25 w/fins (didn't work these like I should have)
    - 11x50 on :45 held 31-32 (supposed to be BC which Josh did and tried to keep up )
    - 12x25 ez

    We didn't stop except for equipment change and the few sets with intervals. Very touch and go.

    Saturday will be the next LT day. I am open to suggestions, but 10x50s might make a repeat. Sprint day tomorrow, Aerobic day Thursday which leaves me missing my easy aerobic day. I have not bought into the easy aerobic idea yet, so I am not too tore up about missing it.

    Some sprint ideas. I really like the 12.5s fast, 12.5s easy on long rest and will probably do that frequently first thing after warm up. Other things that I think are sprint appropriate and plan to work on sprint days are break outs and fast turns. My streamline is good, but my timing of my kick and initiation of my first stroke needs work. For fast turns, dive turns probably wouldn't go over well at lifetime, but the shallow pool should allow me to push off the bottom for added speed into the turn. Are fins sprint train toys? Luckily I only have another week or so until the forums should have some regular sprint workouts being posted that I can steal
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  19. 12.21.11 - Distance stuff

    by , December 21st, 2011 at 08:52 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave and Dave. Pool pretty much empty so we had it to ourselves. Kind of strange. I suppose everyone is travelling. Planned to take it easy today but the lure of going a little bit faster got to me at the end. Had a solid 500 timed (5:57) at the end of practice. Since my best meet time is 5:54, I'm going to have a lot of fun crushing that in February. Probably would have gone a lot faster but I was very tired and my flip turns were getting sloppy. My 400s were all consistently in the 5:00 range. Never done that before.

    SCY

    500 Warm up

    400 Free - 6:00 (4:55)
    5 Times through
    * 50 Fly - :45
    * 50 Kick - 1:00
    * 50 Back - :50
    * 50 Kick - 1:00
    * 50 Breast - :55
    50 Easy

    400 Free - 5:40 (5:05)
    400 Free - 5:20 (5:00)
    400 Free - 5:00 (4:55)
    100 Easy
    500 Free timed (5:57)

    200 Cool down

    (4200 Total)
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  20. My legs are going to hurt later

    by , December 21st, 2011 at 07:36 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I am just waiting for the pain to start.

    1000 free broken w/6 beat kick
    10x100@:10R back kick w/fins alt by 100 streamline kick/arms perpendicular/fashion model
    5x100@2:00 back w/paddles maintain a strong kick
    500 free w/snorkle maintain 6 beat kick

    Total 3000 meters
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