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  1. Wednesday, January 25, 2012 5:00am & 5:00pm

    by , January 25th, 2012 at 11:11 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    A.M. Workout

    200 Free
    100 Kick w/ board
    200 Free Pull
    200 Free
    100 Kick w/ board
    200 Free Pull

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    1000 Yards

    This morning was just rough. I couldn't hardly even get into the pool, and once I did I was so stiff I could hardly move. I'm sure doing the double of 2 PWB workouts yesterday played a big part on how I felt. I just got out early and drove to work on the 1/2"+ of ice on the roads from the freezing rain the night before. It was bad enough that the schools were actually cancelled for the day. Very rare for around here. If it was Seattle, we'd be closed for a week over one episode like this!!

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    P.M. Workout:

    At lap swim while my daughter was in her hour long class in the next lanes over.

    Warmup:
    5 x 100 Free @ :10 rest
    6 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00
    200 IM Drill

    8 x 75 Free Pull @ 1:00 (:51-52s)
    :30 rest
    8 x 50 Free Pull @ :40 (:31-:33s)
    :30 rest
    8 x 25 Free @ :20 (:16-:17s)

    Had to start circle swimming at this point, and just made something work with the other two guys in the lap lane.

    1 x 250 (50 Free/25 Fly/50 Free/25 Fly/100 Free)

    5 x 150 Free Pull @ approx. 2:15 (other guys were doing 100s)

    100 EZ and out
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    3300 Yards
  2. Back on track...

    by , January 25th, 2012 at 10:31 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Had less time today than I thought I would, but I still managed to get in 3000 yards in an hour. Felt good, too. As much as I hated missing a day in the water yesterday, it probably helped out a lot... no shoulder pain or stiffness at all now.

    Here's the workout:

    10 x 50 on 1:00 (these were all in :40-:43)
    10 x 100 on 2:00 (1:26-1:30)
    5 x 200 on 4:00 (3:04, 3:03, 3:06, 3:04, 2:57)
    5 x 100 on 2:00 (relaxed, 1:36-1:40)

    Tomorrow I'll put in a little more yardage, but with easier paces (for me) and no rest. I like the continuous swims!
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  3. Harvard Meet - March 2012

    by , January 25th, 2012 at 05:56 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I signed up today for the New England scy Champs at Harvard in March. I entered best masters times for all events (the website suggested these during the registration process, kinda neat), except for the 200 breast. Yes, the 2br - I decided to enter it for the first time ever and just ballparked a time.

    Friday, March 16, 8:00am warmup, 9:00am start
    #10 Men 50 Freestyle Time: :24.37
    #12 Men 200 Backstroke Time: 02:11.88
    #14 Men 100 Individual Medley Entry Time: 01:03.18

    Saturday, March 17, 8:00am warmup, 9:00am start
    #24 Men 50 Butterfly Entry Time: :26.84
    #26 Men 200 Breaststroke Entry Time: 02:55.14
    #32 Men 200 Freestyle Entry Time: 01:57.19
    #34 Men 100 Backstroke Entry Time: :59.45

    Sunday, March 18, 8:00am warmup, 9:00am start
    #42 Men 200 Individual Medley Entry Time: 02:22.47
    #44 Men 50 Backstroke Entry Time: :27.76
    #52 Men 100 Freestyle Entry Time: :52.60

    Last year I swam 6 events, and this year I decided to bump it up to 10. We'll see how the training progresses through the end of winter and see if some time drops are realized in the middle of March!

    I will be mailing in entries for the Valentines and Pace/Maker's mini-meets tomorrow. With these meets, I will replace the 100 and 200 Free with Fly to complete all events for the scy season

    Now, off for a swim ...

    Updated January 26th, 2012 at 11:23 PM by rxleakem

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    Masters Swim Meets / Events , Planning
  4. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -01/26/12

    by , January 25th, 2012 at 05:48 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    1 X 400 6:00
    2 X 150 2:30
    1 X 200 3:15
    4 X 75 1:15
    1 X 100 1:30
    4 X 50 :45

    1 X 200 kick + 100 swim

    1 X 25 :30
    1 X 50 1:00
    1 X 75 1:30
    1 X 100 2:00
    Four rounds, all choice.
    Round 1: 100 is fast
    Round 2: 75 is fast
    Round 3: 50 is fast
    Round 4: 25 is fast

    1 X 200 free 3:00
    4 X 50-KICK/FAST- 1:15
    Four rounds. Descend 200's 1-4

    1 X 400
    swim 50 easy free/50 fast stroke

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    5000Y
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  5. Wed., Jan. 25

    by , January 25th, 2012 at 05:04 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    RC and ankle exercises
    leg extensions, 110 x 4 x 8
    explosive leg press, 250 x 4 x 10
    good mornings, 65 x 3 x 12
    resisted side lunges w/belt, 55 x 4 x 15
    captains chair weighted high knee raises w/10 lb weight, 10 x 3 x 15 -- try that aztimm!
    lateral bunny hops over bench, 3 x 15
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 10
    flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 10
    russian twists on incline, 25 x 1 x 25

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    Going to the gym is slightly depressing these days. I have to think about my elbows the entire time. My right one doesn't even like picking up a plate. I have half a mind to bag the gym entirely the rest of this season and just do yoga/core ... But it would be a better and clearer comparative "test" if I had not done any leg work in January.

    I had thought about doing a bike tabata, but was not feeling ferocious enough. You have to be mentally ready to do those correctly.

    Got an email from Speedo today saying that "due to demand" the FS3 suits will not begin shipping until Feb. 20. I just want mine before March as I really need a new suit.

    Updated January 25th, 2012 at 05:22 PM by The Fortress

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    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  6. FAST FRI Wed Jan 25th, 2012, SCY

    by , January 25th, 2012 at 04:43 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    FAST FRI Wed Jan 25th, 2012, SCY

    For years [ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showthread.php?t=4298"]Ande's Swimming Blog[/ame] with 310,821 views was the most viewed forum on the USMS Forums General Swimming-Related Discussions even though I hadn't posted anything to it since Sep 2008 but now [ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=254975&postcount=1715"]Ande's Swimming Tips: Swimming Faster Faster[/ame] with 310,902 views passed it.

    I'm thinking about doing the hour swim postal this Sunday, but lately my lower back hurts so I'm not sure, we'll see

    next Wed I get the bump removed from my right forearm i might be out a couple days

    Whitney Coached
    SCY UT Swim Center: main pool
    noon - 1:15 dove in at 12:12
    wore Speedo endurance jammer
    trained with Korey & Mark
    Beside Larry, Tyler, Jim max, ned bob, dale & paul

    Warm Up
    went 200

    main set

    20 x 50 on 1:10
    4 fl fr fast
    1 easy
    then 4 bk fr, 1 e, 4 br fr, 1 e, 4 fr, 1 e

    500 easy

    20 x 50 k on 1:10
    4 rounds of 4 fast 1 e
    did SDK & fl k on my side no board no fins


    2012 Meets (I'm considering)


    March 30, 2012
    South Central Zones, SCY
    South Lake, TX


    July 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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  7. January 25, 2012

    Warm-up (600)
    200 swim
    200 kick
    200 pull

    Kick/Swim with fins (800 set/ 1400 total)
    Based on a set in SwimStud's Speedy Monday workout.
    4 x (4 x 50) @ 1:00
    1. fast 50 SDK on back
    2. 25 underwater SDK + 25 SDK back
    3. 25 SDK back + 25 underwater SDK
    4. fast free, focus on SDK on turns


    Pull with buoy (2200 set/ 3600 total)
    Borrowed from gtpy03's January 23rd workout. The interval is my BASE - :05 (unlike the original ;-))
    400 free on 5:40
    300 free on 4:15
    200 free on 2:50
    100 free on 1:25
    50 easy

    300 free on 4:15
    200 free on 2:50
    100 free on 1:25
    50 easy

    200 free on 2:50
    100 free on 1:25
    50 easy

    100 free on 1:25
    50 easy

    Drills (500 set/4100 total)
    5 x 100 @ 2:00 25 left arm, 25 right arm, 25 scull + flutter kick, 25 swim

    Wrap-up (400 set / 4500 total)
    12 x 25 @ :30 no breather
    100 easy

    * 4500 total *
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  8. Wednesday, 1/25/12

    by , January 25th, 2012 at 12:35 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    I had a good swim this morning even with the hard double yesterday. I will definitely need recovery tomorrow.


    Warm up (800)
    400 swim
    8 x 50/:10 sr
    Odds = free w/paddles
    evens = kick using paddles as kickboard
    - also with snorkel

    Set #1 (400)
    4 x 25/45 evens= sprint odds = build
    - did free on these, fast ones around 15, build ones around 17
    8 x 12.5/30 sprint opposite wall = w/turn other wall = w/fast finish
    - did this set backstroke
    8 x 10 fast kick against wall straight into tight flip turn and fast streamline kick 10y underwater
    - alternated fast SDK on belly and on back.
    - this was a hard set! Needed a lot of recovery after each
    100 easy free

    Set #2 (1200)
    Lactate Set w/fins: - held :48-50 on all but the last one. It was :46
    4 x 75 best average ("BA") @ 1:45
    150 EZ
    3 x 75 BA @ 2:00
    150 EZ
    2 x 75 BA @ 1:45
    150 EZ
    1 x 75 AFAP

    Warm down
    2 x 100 ez swim, kick

    Total: 2600 yards
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  9. Did I fumble the season?

    by , January 25th, 2012 at 12:32 PM (Random Nonsense)
    Last serious practice was the 9th.

    Team Practice SCY - Aerobic
    Warm up - 1300 various stuff
    Main Set
    - 400 free
    - 5x150 on 2:00
    - 400 pull
    - 5x150 on 2:00
    Cool down - 200 ez

    Josh's 100 pace was about 5 seconds faster than mine today. My stroke felt sloppy and weak.

    In Friday's blog I mentioned that I thought I was getting a sinus infection. Whatever it was went from "I think" to "full blown" in about 8 hours. Luckily, it came on fast and hard and left pretty quickly as well. Monday I could have probably made it to practice and done just as well as I did today, it is just really hard to wake up at 4am from a cold medicine induced deep sleep. That, and I am lazy.

    Sixteen days out of the water is a big step backwards. I feel like I need to add back a big dose of aerobic before getting back to the sprint and LT work. If I am going to take another Asia trip next January, I am seriously considering training for Long Beach SCM next year instead.

    I will be attending the Intensive Training Camp in Walnut Creek unless my application is denied for some reason.
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  10. Aha! 01/25/12

    by , January 25th, 2012 at 12:26 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    I knew it all along - that my elbow's weren't hurting because of "golfers elbow" or arthritis. Well, maybe a little bit of arthritis. And maybe a little bit of tendonitis, because of all the exercises I did to try and reduce the pain. BUT, today I went to the Neurologist & got an EMG - from a man who swam for FSU, and still has an annual award for academic achievement handed out in his name at Vanderbilt! So, I guess he knows what he's doing. Anyway, he says that I have cubital tunnel syndrome - not to be confused with carpal tunnel syndrome. It is much less common, but, and here's the bad part, can only be corrected with surgery. Which I have been suspecting for quite some time, but have been afraid to say out loud. So now, the next step, obviously, will be an appointment with a neurosurgeon.
    Amazingly enough, today (and the last few days) have been on the better side, as far as elbow pain goes. I forgot to wear my compression sleeves in the water this morning (I remembered, of course, and soon as I dove in and took my first stroke, but oh well)

    500 back/free
    500 pull (Locomotive)
    6 x 100 swim on 1:30
    3 x 100 kick on 2:15
    100 easy
    3 x 300 breast/free by 50's on 5:00
    4 x 4 cycle speed play on :30
    100 easy
    400 kick
    300 cool down
    Total: 3700 LCM

    I have the next 3 days off, so I don't know what I'm going to do with myself. I've already cleaned up the kitchen & half bath (and the housekeeper is coming on Saturday). I might do some scrapbooking - but it seems a shame to stay indoors, when it's 75 degrees outside, or warmer. And in January. Is is great to live in Florida, or what?
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  11. Kickarobics

    by , January 25th, 2012 at 12:03 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Warm Up
    500 choice

    3 x
    25 bicycles (on deck)
    10 V ups w/pull buoy
    5:00 VK (mix flutter & dolphin)
    25 V sit scull (works forearms!)/25 EZ

    50 EZ
    8 x 25 build @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    20 x 50 free w/paddles @ 1:00
    1-6 = 3 50s with paddle on right hand breathing left, 3 50s with paddle on left hand breathing right
    7-10 = fulcrum paddles
    11-15 = regular paddles
    16-20 = DPS free paddles + hypoxic -- 2 breaths per length
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 tempo kick, no fins @ :45
    100 EZ
    10 x 25 tempo kick, no fins @ :40
    50 EZ
    5 x 25 tempo kick, no fins @ :35
    25 EZ

    200 EZ

    Total: 3300 + 15:00 VK

    It only took four years but I finally had a kick breakthrough. I really started to focus on the up kick, it really connected and I had no problem making the intervals...
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  12. Toying with IMs

    I had a nice solo swim at Riverbank this morning:

    1000 lcm warmup (400s, 200 RIM k, 200p, 200d/s RIM order)

    4 x 150 (50 kick + 50 drill + 50 swim build), reverse IM order, focusing on 1 technique key for each stroke during the drill and swim

    7 x 400, featuring pieces of IM
    400 FR pull
    400 (200 FR pull + 100 BR + 100 FR swim)
    400 (100 FR pull + 100 BK + 200 FR swim)
    400 (100 FL + 300 FR swim)
    400 (100 FR pull + 100 BK + 100 BR + 100 FR swim)
    400 (100 FL + 100 BK + 200 FR swim)
    400 IM
    [I want to revisit this set on a day when I can really work the stroke portions—today the pattern mostly functioned as a way to break up a long aerobic swim.]

    100 warmdown + play
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  13. 01.25.12 - Wednesday workout

    by , January 25th, 2012 at 10:28 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Roger, Dave and Dave. Pool was low this morning so they were dumping cold water in to fill it up . Felt good near the returns... 70-75 degree water mixing with 84 degree water. The middle was much warmer so we had to deal with hot/cold cycling until we got it all mixed up. By the end of practice, the heat was on full blast again . Wore Nike jammer w/ a drag suit. Took drag suit off after the first set.

    500 Warm up

    8 x 200 up/down kick - 3:30 (:10) Swam IM when not kicking. Went 0, 50, 100, 150, 200, 150, 200, 150 br kick.
    1:00 Break
    200 Timed br kick (2:58 - no drag suit)
    100 Easy

    8 x 200 up/down fly/mirror pull - 3:00 (:10) Ended up something like this:
    * 200 free
    * 50 fly/100 free/50 pull
    * 100 fly/100 pull
    * 50 fly/100 free/50 pull
    * 100 fly/100 pull
    * 50 fly/100 free/50 pull
    * 100 fly/100 pull
    * 50 fly/100 free/50 pull
    1:00 Break
    200 Timed pull (2:08)
    100 Easy
    200 Timed pull - Faster than last one (2:05)
    50 Easy

    16 x 25 - :40 down no breather/ back easy stroke
    25 Easy
    50 Fly hard from dive (:33)

    125 cool down

    (5150 total)
    Tags: 050, 200, fly, pull, timed
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  14. my sprints felt better today

    by , January 25th, 2012 at 08:51 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Maybe this change is starting to work. Once I get moving I am finding sprinting easier to do. I guess I will need to change my warmups at meets too.

    600 free
    8x25 DPK shooter w/ fins @:40
    3x(3x50)@1:15 1=1 arm drill 2=kick 3=swim. All swims and drills were fly held :44's on the fly

    4x50@1:30 torque drill w/paddles
    4x25@1:00 burst and cruise ( had trouble bursting)
    50 EZ

    2 times thru #1 free #2 kick w/fins felt really good on the fast ones.
    25@1:30 AFAP
    25@1:00 EZ
    50@2:00 AFAP
    50@1:30 EZ
    75@2:30 50@90% + 25EZ
    25 EZ to other end
    3x50@1:00 EZ
    1:00 rest

    200 EZ

    Total 2650 yards
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  15. Another day, another dollar, another mile

    by , January 25th, 2012 at 02:24 AM (Alex's swim journal)
    Yesterday (Monday) I swam an easy mile (1750 SCY)... pretty stiff at the beginning, probably because I didn't have enough time to cool-down after my postal swim on Sunday... I had to beat feet for the showers and get to my son's basketball tournament game. Toward the end of my mile on Monday I was loosening up and feeling better. Finished in just over 31 minutes, but then had to rush to get back to work.

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbTOC3m2qXE&feature=related"]Del Reeves Another Day, Another Dollar - YouTube[/nomedia]

    It's been pretty busy the last few days with meetings and administrative deadlines on top of the normal teaching duties... lots of bad news about the budget; only surprise at this point is that it can still be getting worse. Today I even <gasp> missed my swim... sigh; only the second day this month.

    Planning to make up for it with a monster swim tomorrow... swim out some of the stress.
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  16. 2nd workout for Tuesday

    by , January 25th, 2012 at 12:24 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Tuesday evening, 1/24/12

    SCY with swim buddy

    Warm up (700)
    300 choice - mostly free with a little bit of back
    2 x (4 x 50) @ 1:15
    1=50 kick w/board
    2=25 shooter + 25 kick
    3= 25 fist drill + 25 free
    4= free, work turns

    Set #1 (350)
    4 x 50---dive off side, power kick to 15yds, fast breakout, then cruise
    - I did 2 on belly with dolphin kick and 2 with flutter kick. I think my flutter kick is stronger. It seemed easier and faster to get to 15y. Wish I could have someone time these to see.
    4 x 25 burst + cruise/1:00
    - did 2 free, 1 back, and 1 fly
    50 EZ

    Set #2 (1100)
    20 x 50 free with paddles, fins optional @1:00 - didn't use fins
    1 - 6 = 3 x 50's with paddle on right hand breathing left, 3 x 50 with paddles on left hand breathing right
    - around 38-40 on these
    7 - 10 = reverse paddle drill - used PT paddles on these, times were around 45
    11-15 regular paddles - 37-38 on these
    16-20= DPS free paddles + hypoxic ---no more than 3 breaths per length - breathe every 5 worked out to 3 breaths per length, times were under 40
    100 EZ

    Set #3 (500)
    20 x 25 tempo kick, no fins/40
    - times were 28-30, did 1-10 flutter on belly with snorkel, no board. 11-20 was on back alternating dolphin and flutter.

    100 Easy

    2750 yards

    Total for today with both workouts = 5550 yards
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  17. Tuesday, January 24, 2012 5:00am & 5:30pm

    by , January 25th, 2012 at 12:10 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    A.M. Workout - Did the "Gotta Do Some IM" workout from PWB's listings, minus the warmup since I'm on a time crunch in the mornings.

    BASE = 1:15

    I did:
    4 x 100s Free w/up @ 1:30 interval

    4 x 50s EZ @ :50

    2 x 200s IM desc @ 3:10 interval BASE +20 (2:35/2:32)

    4 x 50s EZ @ :50


    1 x 400 IM FAST @ 6:00 interval BASE +15
    • 1:06
    • 2:26 (1:20ish)
    • 3:54 (1:28ish)
    • 4:57 (1:03ish)
    • These times were all from eyeballing the pace clock on the turns, so they may not be exact. As you can tell, my Fly and Free are my strong suits.
    4 x 50s EZ @ :50

    2 x 200s IM desc @ 3:10 interval BASE +20 (2:40/2:38)

    4 x 50s EZ @ :50

    4 x 100s IM desc @ 1:40 interval BASE +25 (1:18/1:20/1:18/1:15)

    200 Kick w/ board

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    3000 Yards

    Good workout, I was happy with the 400 IM fast in the middle of it. I was a little tired on the downhill side of the set, could still be residual soreness from the meet on Sunday.

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    P.M. Workout

    What's better than 1 PWB workout in a day?? Well, 2 of course!!

    I did half of his "Monster Weekender" workout tonight...weekend on a Tuesday? Close enough for me!

    1 x 500 Free @ 7:00
    1 x 400 IM @ 6:30 (50 Kick/50 Drill) barely made this interval
    1 x 300 Free Pull @ 4:30
    1 x 200 IM @ 3:15 (all Drill)
    1 x 100 Free

    This 1500 of warmup seemed to drag on forever, at least for me. But in most cases, I can be warmed up within 4-500 yards or so. Most days I don't have the luxary to lounge around in the pool with warmups, but today was different.
    took a couple minutes here

    1 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:15 (1:03)
    1 x 200 Free Pull @ 2:30 (2:16)
    1 x 300 Free Pull @ 3:45 (3:28)
    1 x 400 Free Pull @ 5:00 (4:42) Ouchy!
    Not going to do the 1 x 500... Yeah, I'm a wuss!! I'm just not used to lots of long stuff, and I was feeling more pain than I wanted to at this point.
    Did:
    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:15 (1:05-1:07s)

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    This is where I started to ignore coach PWB, and did my own stuff.

    5 x 100 Kick w/ board @ 2:00
    switched randomly between flutter kick and breaststroke kick depending on the feeling of cramps attacking me!
    4 x 75 Kick w/ board @ 1:30 (1:12s)
    4 x 50 Kick w/ board @ :55 (:50s)

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    4000 Yards

    7000 Yards for the Day

  18. Tuesday, Jan. 24

    by , January 24th, 2012 at 07:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    8 x 50 fly drills
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    5 x broken 100 back @ 2:30
    -- broken :10 @ 25
    -- smooth, trying to stay under and have clean breakouts
    50 EZ

    3 x broken 100 fly w/fins @ 2:30
    -- broken :10
    -- focus on breakouts
    -- didn't feel like I was holding good form, so stopped at 3
    50 EZ

    5 x 150 w/fins @ 2:45
    -- broken 100 free + 50 flutter kick w/board
    -- broken :5 @ 25
    -- 1 breath per 25
    50 EZ

    Total: 2950

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    Immediately felt the cumulative fatigue from doing 3 hard workouts last W-F-M and other workouts. So opted for an easy recovery/hypoxic workout today. I think on Thursday I will opt for an easier speed work focusing on ultra short distances and skip 50s.

    I re-tweeked my right elbow doing mundane tasks and playing with Lil Fort last night. Can't seem to make any forward progress in healing.

    Interesting article on sprinting:
    http://coachsci.sdsu.edu/swim/bullets/ultra28.htm

    Interesting article on warm ups:
    http://sweatscience.com/the-ideal-warm-up-for-swimmers/

    Updated January 24th, 2012 at 07:25 PM by The Fortress

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  19. Beached

    by , January 24th, 2012 at 07:05 PM (Nobody Special)
    * Went to see Doctor today - Xrays taken - MRI ordered. Ultram for pain prescribed.

    * Doc thinks shoulder is at issue and not back.

    * Severe pain now in right upper arm and elbow.

    * No swimming right now - doc's orders - at least not until tests come back.

    * Given the green light to keep running an easy mile per day - and to keep it light and easy.
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  20. Calm morning swim

    I had a very pleasant swim today up at Riverbank. It was a mellow morning there, and Rondi and I had our own lane for much of the session. Here’s what I did:

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

    Sandwich Platter
    100 (50 FL / 50 BK)
    200 (50 FR + 100 K + 50 FR)
    300 (100 FR + 50 BK / 50 BR + 100 FR)
    400 (150 FR + 100 K + 150 FR)
    500 (150 FR + 200 IM + 150 FR)
    400 (100 FR + 200 K + 100 FR)
    300 (100 FR + 50 FL / 50 BK + 100 FR)
    200 (0 FR + 200 K + 0 FR)
    100 (50 BK / 50 BR)
    [This set was loosely inspired by one of pwb’s pyramid workouts that alternated IM and free, but I changed it up (ie watered it down) considerably.]

    200 easy

    4 x 150 k/d/s, IM order

    300 warmdown + play

    After workout I went by for a session with my chiro/ART guy. He worked out a knot in my upper back that had been plaguing me for the last week and a half, and worked on my intercostals (rib muscles) some as well. The latter was pretty painful—certainly not as bad as the muscle spasms I was having there before Christmas, but still pretty excruciating. But if it ends up helping then I’m all for it!

    I have applied for Stage Two of the 8 Bridges swim this summer. It felt like a leap of faith to sign up for a marathon swim right now, given the last couple of months—but I know that by June there’s every chance I’ll be back in good swimming form and the last few months of illness and injury will be a distant memory. I worried that signing up would make me more nervous and impatient about getting back in shape, but so far it’s had the opposite effect. Looking out at the Hudson from the Riverbank pool, and recalling how fun and amazing the 8Bridges swims were was last year, has made me calmer and more hopeful about my recovery, and genuinely hopeful that more good times lie ahead. I was definitely enjoying that this morning while I swam along!
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