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  1. Thursday, 2/23/12

    by , February 23rd, 2012 at 04:22 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    Warm up (500)
    500 Choice
    - swam 250 free/250 back

    Drill/Kick Set (1500)
    4 x 50 free/50 – 25 smooth/25 fast, high hand recovery
    - was around :38 on these
    8 x 75/1:50
    Odds: kick 25 board/25 tombstone/25 swim free with strong kick
    evens: 25 streamline/25 underwater/25 swim back with strong kick
    12 x 25 fast tempo:
    1-4/:20, rest 1 min;
    - around 17-18
    5-8/30, rest 1 min;
    - around 16-17
    9-12/40
    - around 15-16

    400 Swim free with fins, moderate pace
    - went 5:25

    Backstroke set (700)
    Repeat 2x
    6 x 25/:40 with cup
    - around 25 on all
    4 x 50/1:15 fast swim

    - 1st time was around 39-40
    - 2nd time was 40-41

    Cool down
    100 easy free

    Total: 2800 yards
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  2. Thursday, Feb. 23

    by , February 23rd, 2012 at 04:18 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    6 x 25 shooters
    5 x 50 single arm fly @ 1:00
    5 x 50 free w/paddles @ :50
    50 EZ

    Speed/Power Sets:

    12 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    8 speed drills, 4 dolphin
    50 EZ

    6 x 50 "accelerations" w/fins @ 1:15
    odds = 25 kick down to bottom of pool w/kickboard, jump off bottom, sprint flutter kick to wall from dead start + 25 EZ
    evens = 25 swim free to mid pool, flip turn, dive down and squat jump off bottom of pool, sprint to wall from dead start + 25 EZ
    75 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP backstroke from blocks
    -- rolling start
    -- 29 flat
    175 EZ

    8 x 25 AFAP back shooters w/MF @ 1:00
    -- was hoping to hold high 8s and I did
    150 EZ

    8 x 25 w/parachute @ 1:15
    4 = free w/paddles & fins
    4 = back shooters
    100 EZ

    Total: 2900

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

    Tired from that effort. I may do workout #5 from the HIT forum tomorrow: [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=20228"]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame].

    I am in desperate need of a tech suit. I have an ancient LZR Elite and a another pretty used one with two small holes in it. I sent back the FS3 I ordered last week. So I went ahead and pre-ordered the Arena Carbon Pro closed back kneeskin. The problem is is doesn't come out for awhile and I have the Albatross meet that I'd like to swim well at on March 17. (Haven't decided how much to rest yet ...) I may have to order another suit as a back up. Not sure if I should order another LZR Elite or the new Arena X-Glide. I haven't worn Arena suits before, so I'm not sure how they fit. Anyone have experience with them?
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  3. Thursday, 02/23/12

    by , February 23rd, 2012 at 02:58 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    SCM, Baylor Fitness center noon workout
    Billy G coached; Tues/Thurs are IM days

    Warm up:
    300 warm up
    300 kick

    Transition set:
    8 x 50 on 1:00
    25 kick/25 swim by IM order (x2)

    Main set:
    Three times through:
    2 x 100 IM on 1:45
    1 x 200 IM on 4:30

    This was really hard. A lot depends on the mix of people in your lane and how smooth you do the 100's to have enough in the tank for the 200 IMs. And there is nothing worse than hanger-ons behind you doing 1 arm touches and free or back on the breastroke. Anyway, held 2:58, 2:57, and 2:54 on the IMs which was solid for a tough "IM conditioning set". Those 1:45 100 intervals made it tough.

    12 x 50 pull on ???
    ==>No, I put on my monofin and did
    8 x 25 strong

    Easy 100 warm down

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I gave my legs a break from the kicking and fins today. It was sort of fun to do IMmy stuff, but I really think the coaches should enforce acceptable substitutes for the strokes. First, none of this one-arm-y touching at all. Second, if you "can't" do breastroke, you should not be allowed to do freestyle or backstroke! (Ditto for fly). You should have to kick on your sides or kick with your arms at your sides, or something like that. I highly suspect that if the coaches ever really did enforce it, people would very quickly find their breastroke groove.

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

    Meet this weekend! I'll probably only swim the 100 free on Saturday and all the events on Sunday. If my shoulder bothers me, i'll not dive and perhaps bring a pair of fins and just kick everything from the wall. I think I will bring my old full length suits and wear them as well.

    https://www.clubassistant.com/club/m...=991&smid=3345
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  4. Thu Feb 23th, 2012, SCY

    by , February 23rd, 2012 at 12:34 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu Feb 23th, 2012, SCY

    swam Mon, Tue, & Wed
    lower back hurts a bit

    Yesterday my doc called (the one who removed my Atypical fibrous histiocytoma) he spoke with my wife & said I should get more tissue removed. Today we set an appointment with a hand surgeon in San Antonio for next Tuesday.


    Whitney Coached
    SCY UT Swim Center: Main pool, center course
    6:30 - 8:00 dove in 6:37ish
    wore Speedo endurance jammer
    trained with Larry & Tennielle
    beside James, Brandon, Amy, Todd & Chris

    Warm Up
    500 ish

    Main Set

    3 x 100 on 1:15 right into
    3 x 100 on 1:10 right into (was hurting & couldn't make 3 on 1:05 so I moved lanes)
    3 x 100 on 1:10 right into
    100 Fast on 1:05

    100 easy

    4 x 400 desc on 5:00

    3 x 100 on 1:20 right into
    3 x 100 on 1:15 right into
    3 x 100 on 1:10 right into
    100 Fast on 1:05

    10 x 75 on 1:30
    4 k done 25 fast 50 mod
    2 fr done with 6 breaths or less
    4 k done 50 mod 25 fast
    did all the fast kicks SDK

    200 easy


    2012 Meets (I'm considering)

    Mar. 30 & 31, 2012
    South Central Zones, SCY
    South Lake, TX
    Days Till

    Jul. 5 - 8, 2012
    2012 USMS LCM Nationals
    Qwest Center, Omaha, NE
    Order of Events


    Aug 11 & 12, 2012
    South Central LCM Zones
    Palo Alto Pool
    San Antonio, TX

    Updated February 23rd, 2012 at 02:31 PM by ande

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  5. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -02/24/12

    by , February 23rd, 2012 at 12:07 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    4 X 150 2:30 2:15
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 4:10
    6 X 50 kick 1:00
    1 X 100 swim

    1 X 100 free 1:30
    1 X 100 IM 1:45
    1 X 100 stroke(no free) 2:00
    Four rounds

    1 X 300 free 4:15 4:00
    1 X 200 2:50 2:40
    1 X 100 1:25 1:20
    4 X 50 :40 :40 or :35
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    5400Y
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  6. 02.23.12 - Thursday workout

    by , February 23rd, 2012 at 08:56 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Roger, Dave and Dave. Pool temp 85. Wore my Nike jammer.

    SCY

    400 Warm up

    3 x 100 - 1:25 (Back/Fr/Fr/Fr)
    2 x 100 - 1:20
    1 x 100 - 1:15
    16 x 25 - :30 Easy free/Hard Stroke
    3 x 100 Pull - 1:25 (Back/Fr/Fr/Fr)
    2 x 100 Pull - 1:20
    1 x 100 Pull - 1:15
    16 x 25 - :30 Easy free/Hard Stroke
    Quick Break

    3 x 100 - 1:25 (1:10 to 1:12)
    2 x 100 - 1:20 (1:09s)
    1 x 100 - 1:15 (1:08)
    2 x 100 - 1:20 (1:09s)
    3 x 100 - 1:25 (1:10, 1:09, 1:06)
    16 x 25 - :30 Easy free/Hard Stroke

    200 Cool down

    (4100 Total)
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  7. swimming at Disney

    by , February 23rd, 2012 at 08:37 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    The computer pool at the Pop Century seams about. 25 yards. Based on my stroke count.

    500 free
    5x100 drills
    8x25 burst + cruise
    3x100 easy free

    Total 1500 yards
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  8. Ash Wednesday 3K

    by , February 23rd, 2012 at 12:02 AM (Alex's swim journal)
    My penance for today...

    3K (3300 SCY/ 58:30) thusly:

    3 x through
    1000 Free
    100 Breast

    On the first 1000 free I alternated 100 EZ w/ 100 moderate. On the second I did 2 x 500 (100 EZ followed by 400 moderate). On the third I did 1000 straight at a moderate pace (1:41-1:43 per 100).

    I had very little time today, so it was rushed, not the kind of thing I liked to be. But it encouraged me to push a little harder than I might otherwise have done. I'm happy with the result.

    The swim was more or less continuous; I did stop once between 2-3,000 briefly to say hi to a swimmer in the next lane, who I hadn't seen in a few days. But I finished in time to rush off to a meeting. Come to think of it, the swim was less of a penance than a reward after all!
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  9. Wednesday, February 22, 2012 5:00pm

    by , February 22nd, 2012 at 09:54 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I didn't swim this morning since I was feeling like garbage last night. Actually went to sleep around 9:00 last night, and slept till almost 6:00am. I would've kept going, but have to be at work at 6:30.

    Tonight's swim at the Y lap lanes was done with minimal rest between each set, so I ended up getting a lot done while my daughter was in her class.

    5 x 100 Free @ 1:30 w/up
    500 Free Pull (went 5:50)
    4 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00

    Main 1:


    4 rounds of:
    • 1 x 125 Free @ 1:40 (1:28-1:30s)
    • 1 x 75 IM w/ no free @ 1:10 (1:00-1:03s)
    Main 2:

    10 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:15 (held 1:06-1:08s)


    10 x 75 Free
    • 4 @ 1:00 (:53ish)
    • 3 @ :55 (:51-:52s)
    • 2 @ :50 (made 'em by about 1-2 seconds)
    • wiped out so I had to do the last one EZ to keep my head above water to breathe!
    10 x 50 Kick w/ board (ended up just doing a 500 straight kick)

    10 x 25 Free @ :20

    -------------------------
    4500 Yards in 1 hour, 8 minutes!! (Almost KNelson-ish)
  10. Wed., Feb. 22

    by , February 22nd, 2012 at 08:02 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    RC/scapular/elbow/ankle rehab
    explosive leg press, 270 x 3 x 12
    wide grip lat pulldowns, 50 x 3 x 20
    good mornings, warm up, 85 x 4 x 8
    low row negatives, 50 x 3 x 12
    overhead squats, 55 x 3 x 10
    standing broad jumps, 10*
    knee tuck jumps, 10
    TRX squat jumps, 15
    captains chair leg raises, 30
    power wheel roll outs, 25
    long arm crunches, 50
    TRX moving planks, 20

    * I have no idea what is "good" for a standing broad jump. Rich A told me he was doing 8 feet, which seems pretty far. I think I was doing approx 6 feet today or a couple inches short of that.

    Stretching/Yoga/Foam roller, 30 minutes

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

    Tried to go to yoga after the gym, but got stuck in traffic. Oh well. I haven't been as jazzed about yoga these days anyway. No idea why. Maybe I've been spending too much time doing all those $#*&%+* rehab exercises.

    I'm attaching an ancient picture from 1975 today that I ran across. James chimed right in reminding me that he hadn't been born then. Very primitive blocks and it doesn't look like anyone was wearing goggles. I'm told this was a 100 free LCM race, which seems very un-Fort like.

    Fort Son does have mono. I'm really bummed for him. Doc thinks he's had it since December training trip when he was very sick.

    Updated February 22nd, 2012 at 09:47 PM by The Fortress

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  11. Learning how to "Blast" 02/22/12

    by , February 22nd, 2012 at 04:37 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    500 back/free
    500 pull, locomotive
    300 kick (w/zoomers)
    12 x 50 on :50, 70-80-90% by 4's
    200 easy
    9 x 100 free on 1:30, descend 1-3, progressive - I did NOT do as well as I would have liked on this set - was behind Jennifer & Annie (Annie leading) & had to put on my pulling equipment for the last 4!
    100 easy
    Lots of talking - big mistake - arms got soooo tight!
    300 breast/free
    4 x 50, blast the first 20m, coast the last 30 on 15 sec rest

    Total: 3600LCM

    Kids are tapering for Senior Champs - which is perfect for me, because this means I actually am getting a more quality workout - and not just an extended warm-up for my practice time. Learning how to "blast" is a blast! The first one, I pushed off and started spinning my arms (rather ineffectually!) it was crazy ridiculous! Next one I sort of did a build for the first 2-3 strokes & blasted the rest - much more effectual for me. How do those crazy sprinters do it? Tomorrow I am going to do more of those & then some build to sprint sets. Also some butterly. I am planning to do David Salo's 8 x 100 on 4:30 evaluation set on Monday - that should be interesting!! And FUN! (Who knew sprinting could be such a blast? too bad I'm not any good at it!!)
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  12. 2000 yards

    by , February 22nd, 2012 at 02:35 PM (Nobody Special)
    100 warm up

    4x100 free (w/fins) 2 m int

    10x50 free (w/o fins) 1 m int

    10x50 back (w/fins) 1 m int

    1x100 (w/fins)
    1x100 (w/o fins)
    1x100 (w/fins)
    1x100 (w/o fins) - all on 2 m int

    100 warm down
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  13. Workout 02/22/12:

    by , February 22nd, 2012 at 02:23 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u:
    - 200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill
    - go two times through:
    -- 4 x 50 on :60
    -- 4 x 75 on :1:30
    --> first = kick, second = pull w/ buoy

    Work your way down to the sprintlands:
    - 200 FR on base/100 (2:40)
    - 2 x 150 FR on base/100 (2:00)
    - 3 x 100 FR on base (1:20)
    - 4 x 75 FR on base (:60)
    -- third's fast, last DPS
    - 6 x 50 FR on :60
    -- DPS, 6/8/10/12 FAST breakout (no breath) then cruise, DPS
    - 8 x 25 on :40 IMO
    -- (first set=perfect technique, second set = AFAP)


    - 50 EZ, 100 IM timed (1:10.23), 50 EZ
    - 2 x 100 FR with paddles on 1:15
    - 200 w/d
    (solo/Rec/3800/70 min)
    ----------------------

    First swim since Saturday, so I was feeling a little rusty. I was going to swim Sunday after church, but my wife made plans to spend the day in Albany and hit some malls. I tried to sneak in at a Y over in that area, but was told that drop-ins were not allowed. It was nice to spend the afternoon with everyone, and of course the pool was closed Monday for the holiday. Today I got to the pool earlier than normal and no one was in the fast lane, so I stuck with my plan of a longer warmup and more kicking. After the 200 at the top of the mountain, 4 people hopped in so I did my best to stay on pace and swim around people.

    I actually wanted to get some backstroke in, but with so many people swimming navigation became an issue so I continued with free until the short stuff. My idea here was to get some aerobic distance in then transition to speed play and AFAP swims with more rest. It felt good.

    My times were for the long ones were 2:22, 1:49, 1:51, then I remember holding 1:09's on the 100's. The 50's were based on a post that the Fortress made a while back and that I referenced in my LT set blog category over on the sidebar - crank 'em in the beginning then cruse it out. Did not breathe to work a bit on my lungs and came in at :34 on those ones. The stroke 25's felt really good.

    The 100 IM time was ok - I am still playing with the breaststroke so it does not feel good to swim it. Oh well. I was going to do more 100's with the paddles, but I felt cooked - water temp was a cool 84 today and I have not slept well the past few nights, so I just got in some warmdown before hopping out.

    Beautiful day here in VT - 51 degrees and hardly a cloud in the ski. Going for a walk later with my wife. Not only has our state been hurt with skiers not visiting due to low snow, but the even more lucrative business of snowmobiling is hurting big time. I have read that at least the maple syrup stands are boiling, although it is still to be seen if the lack of very cold days this early in the year will effect the total yield for the spring.
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  14. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -02/23/12

    by , February 22nd, 2012 at 01:18 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    2 X 200 3:20 3:00
    4 X 100 1:40 1:30
    2 X 100 kick 2:15 -
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    6 X 25 fast :30
    1 X 50 easy 1:00
    Three rounds, all choice.

    1 X 100 easy 2:00
    1 X 50 build to fast 1:15
    1 X 50 @ 100%
    Four rounds. All choice.

    8 X 200 free
    1-4 on 2:45
    5-8 on 2:35
    Swim or pull

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    5200Y
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  15. Fun with 400s!

    This morning I did Patrick’s workout #3 for this week, “[ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=20226"]Fun with 500s[/ame]”—only I adapted it a bit for LCM. As on Monday, I was accompanied by a double shift of local swim buddies—Mark joined me for the last part of the warmup through the 150s on the main set, and Bill wandered in as I was warming down and convinced me to swim a bit more so he would have a pace partner. If they don’t start coordinating their workout times I will be one tired and sore swimmer by the time I return to the city!

    Here’s how it went—I only changed up the warmup a little bit today:

    Extended warmup
    400 easy swim (200 FR, 50 BK, 50 FR, 50 BK, 50 BR/FR)
    200 reverse IM kick/drill by 25
    4 x 100 FR @ 2:00, gentle descend [1:45 > 1:35]
    4 x 100 K @ 2:30, desc. , alternating 25 FL / 25 BK [I did evens BR/FR and odds FL/BK]
    6 x 50: 1 FR, 4 IM order build within each, 1 FR
    4 x 25 w/ fins: 5-6-7-8 strokes AFAP off wall [or from middle of pool on evens]
    100 easy

    Main set
    4 x 100 @ 2:00, hold 1:30 or under [1:29, 1:28, 1:28, 1:27]
    200 easy pull
    3 x 150 @ 3:00, hold 2:15 or under [2:15, 2:14-high, 2:12]
    250 easy swim/pull
    2 x 200 @ 4:30, hold 3:00 or under [2:59, 3:00-high, it was frustrating to miss the pace on the last swim!]
    200 easy pull
    [My main challenge with this set was not to dread what was coming, since I was trying to hold the same pace over increasing distances. It was tough to imagine adding a length or two to the 100s, which were already pretty taxing. I managed to hold my pace until the very last swim—I could see on the mid-pool clock that it would be close, but I came in just over my goal time. I tried not to be too chagrinned about that—my greatest weakness as a mid-d swimmer is wanting to save too much to the last (I’m an excellent negative splitter), so putting in enough effort at the beginning of a set that I reach failure at the end of it is actually a good thing for me. Or at least that’s how I tried to spin it to myself!

    I then decided to reward myself for the hard effort with a couple of my favorite 700s:

    1 x 700 FR/BK, switching up strokes in a 1/1/2/1/3/1/4/1 (lengths) pattern, done at whatever-feels-good speed

    I had grabbed a kickboard and was about to embark on a similar 700 with FR and BR kick when Bill arrived. I first told him I was too tired to swim with him, but when he asked about my workout I showed it to him, and suggested the main set done backwards, with effort increasing as the intervals decreased, as a very Bill-suitable set (he likes to swim around 2000 total, and doesn’t kick or do strokes.) But after stopping and chatting with him long enough to explain all that, I felt momentarily revivied and decided that I would do at least part of the set with him. I substituted shorter kicks for his 200 pulls, but we did the 200s/150s/100s together:

    100 easy kick
    2 x 200 @ 3:30, staying under 3:20 (1:40 pace) [3:19, 3:19]
    100 easy kick
    3 x 150 @ 3:00, staying under 2:30 (1:35 pace) [2:28, 2:25]
    50 easy kick
    4 x 100 @ 2:00, staying under 1:30 [1:31, 1:30-high, 1:32, 1:32]
    [I was pretty tired by this point—couldn’t make my goal on any of the last 100s.]

    300 warmdown + play

    Yesterday afternoon I was too tired to swim in the gulf, so I just got in and floated on my back for a while. That might be today’s plan as well.
    Yesterday, I hadn’t realized there was a Mardi Gras snowbird gathering at the little restaurant that overlooks the beach here. When I looked up mid-float, I could see a couple dozen of them gathered at the top of the stairs pointing at and watching me. It made me wish I were doing something more impressive than floating—actual swimming, maybe. I hadn’t even brought my goggles with me though. I thought briefly about doing some beach synchro, but instead I just waved. Hoping for fewer spectators this afternoon!
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  16. Wed 2/22--Zombie Backstroke...WTF?

    by , February 22nd, 2012 at 11:04 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Another of Fort's...I liked this one apart from Zombie Backstroke Kick (why it has this name IDK)

    Warm up/Transition:


    500 choice
    5 x 50 free w/paddles @ :50/1:00
    6 x 25 dive from side, power dolphin kick to 15 m + cruise free to wall @ :45
    6 x 25 zombie backstroke kick -- kick on back with med ball or dive brick in one hand in air, other hand at side @:45/:50 I have determined this is not physically possible without fins unless you do not need to breathe...
    50 EZ
    8 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Back Half Lactate Set:

    6 x broken 125 @ 5-6:00
    --pick interval to allow approximately 15 seconds rest at break points

    6 x through:
    50 @ 80-85% @ :45/:50/:55
    50 @ 90% @ :45/:50/:55
    25 @ 100%
    125 EZ

    200 EZ

    Total: 3100

    I enjoyed this one...not quite hitting the speed points on the 6 x 125 but it was better than Monday's effort. Ran 4.6 and did 30 mins core yesterday. Weights and plyos today.
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  17. 02.22.12 - Wednesday workout

    by , February 22nd, 2012 at 08:41 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave, Dave and Dave. Wore my Nike jammer. Pool temp ~83.

    400 Warm up

    4 Times through
    * 25 Fly/50 Fr - 1:10
    * 50 Fly/25 Fr - 1:10
    * 75 Fly - 1:10
    100 Easy

    4 x 75 - 1:10
    4 x 75 - 1:05
    4 x 75 - 1:00
    Held :52 - :55 on the free
    4 x 75 Pull - 1:10
    4 x 75 Pull - 1:05
    4 x 75 Pull - 1:00
    Held :48 - :50 on the pull

    8 x 100 Up/Down Kick w/ fins - 1:40 (:05) Base stroke: Fly, start w/ 50 Kick/50 Fly

    200 Cool down

    (4200 Total)

    Updated February 22nd, 2012 at 08:51 AM by pmccoy

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  18. monday workout take two

    by , February 22nd, 2012 at 07:37 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Repeated monday because i really wanted to do one full round of the speed work.

    Now i will be relegated to the pool at the Pop Century for the next 5 days. Disney here I come.

    400 free
    5x50@:50 fr w/paddles
    5x50@1:00 kick w/zoomers
    6x25@:40 1 breath w/zoomers
    50 EZ
    6x25@:50 burst + cruise
    50 EZ

    Rest was with zoomers 25's are good technique
    8x25@:45 fly
    100 fast free in 1:06
    200 EZ
    6x25@:45 back
    100 fast fly broken at 50 and 75 for :15 went 1:43 which would be 1:13 removing the rest
    200 EZ
    4x25@:45 breast pull
    50 AFAP Fly went :35
    100 EZ
    2x25@:40 free
    50 AFAP Free went :31
    100 EZ

    Total 2700 yards

    Disney here I come
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  19. Tuesday, February 21, 2012 5:00am & 5:15pm

    by , February 21st, 2012 at 09:54 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    A.M. Workout

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

    5 x 100 Dolphin Kick on back w/ Speedo Biofuse fins @ 1:50 (1:13-1:17s)

    4 x 100 Free @ 1:15
    :30 rest
    4 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:15

    6 x 50 Kick w/ board @ :55
    ------------------
    2600 Yards

    =================================

    P.M. Workout

    Got the main set idea from Water Rat's workout today but I couldn't perform as well as I'd like to have.

    Warmup:
    200 Free
    100 Kick w/ board
    200 Free Pull
    200 IM Drill
    100 Kick w/ board
    200 Free Pull

    Main:
    9 x 75 IM (did Fly, Back, Breast) @ 1:15 (1:00-1:04)
    1 x 25 Free EZ
    7 x 75 IM (did Back, Breast, Free) @ 1:10 (1:03-1:07)
    started struggling with my energy here
    1 x 25 Free EZ
    5 x 75 IM (did Fly, Back, Free) @ 1:05 (just made 'em, and it wasn't fun)
    1 x 25 EZ

    50 EZ
    -------------------
    2700 Yards

    skipped the remainder of the main set as I was feeling very weak in the water. I may be coming down with something. My kids are all feeling icky too.
  20. Yesterday's milestone...

    by , February 21st, 2012 at 09:08 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    I guess it didn't occur to me until much later, but yesterday was a milestone of sorts: 50 blog entries!

    A NOTE on the HEDONISTIC EXCESSES of MARDI GRAS: Today's swim was mostly easy stuff--gearing up for a bigger day tomorrow--but with a new twist. I used fins for the first time on my kick sets. [*gasp* the horror!] The bucket next to the board/bouy bin pool-side had some short fins and I've been hearing from various corners that drilling with the fins might help build some swim-specific muscles. I don't know, we'll see how I feel tomorrow, but I thought it felt too easy. A worthy excess in honor of Mardi Gras? It was interesting, though, to feel what a truly propulsive kick might feel like!

    450 of the warm-up was with fins and the kick lengths went by much more quickly than they do without; my cool-down without the fins hammered this point home for me! Here's the workout (3200 SCY; a little more than an hour):

    Warm-up (800 yards):
    100 free EZ
    50 Side kick drill (12+1) w/ fins
    50 kick w/ board and fins
    50 side-kick drill (6+1) w/ fins
    50 kick w/ board and fins
    50 side-kick drill (6+3) w/ fins
    50 kick w/ board and fins
    50 back kick w/ fins
    100 free w/ fins
    100 pull
    150 free

    Main Set (2K continuous swim = 2200 SCY):
    2 x through
    1000 free (alternating EZ gliding 100s w/ moderate 100s)
    100 breast

    Cool-Down
    200 in kick drills, no fins (12, 6, 6+3, board)
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