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  1. Bungee Day, Friday, Jan. 20

    by , January 20th, 2012 at 05:26 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    600 various

    15 x 50:
    1-5 single arm fly @ 1:00
    free w/paddles @ :50
    kick w/paddles and fins @ :50
    50 EZ

    Speed/Lactate Production Work:

    3 x through w/bungee & fins:
    -- Swim to 15 meter mark, pulling on lane lines a bit to get there. Let go of lane line, swim a couple yards more. Then hold :10 free, rest :15, hold :15 free, rest :15, hold :30 flutter kick, rest :30. Pull on lane line a bit more until at flags. Then let go and zip back free with speed assist. Speed assisted bungee swims are straight up fun!

    3 x 40s w/bungee
    -- pull on lane line to flags and then speed assist back
    100 EZ

    5 x (broken hypoxic 100s @ 100 race pace intensity with specific 25 target + 100 EZ) @ 6:00

    #1 broken back shooters w/MF
    -- Originally planned on :10 rest per 25, hoping to stay at 9. Way too ambitious. Hypoxic work is easy on shortish rest if you're going easy speed. Not so easy if you're doing fast repeats at race pace. I also started out too fast. Went 9 low, 9, 10, 12. Had to surface on last one. Decided to revise rest interval @ 25 to :15 for the next 4 100s.

    #2 broken back shooter w/MF
    -- 9, 9, 9, 10
    -- still really hard

    #3 broken belly shooter w/MF
    -- target 10-11s
    -- 10, 10, 11, 11

    #4-5 broken free w/1 breath w/paddles & fins
    -- target 11-12s
    -- went 11, 11, 12, 12 & 11-12, 12, 12, 11

    1 x 50 AFAP breast, :28 mid
    100 EZ

    Total: 2900 + bungee holds

    ART, 35 minutes


    I was worried my legs might be tired from yesterday's double of speed work + late night bikram. But I was pleasantly surprised to recover fairly well. The hypoxic element of the 5 x 100 made them very difficult. Really dying for more air on the last 25.

    So glad I had an ART appt today. He worked on m elbows and a minor twinge in my left shoulder. He said not to do any rehab exercises for my elbows, but rather to just let them rest outside the pool. The exercises would just add more volume to tax them. He also said no upper body weights whatsoever. At this point, I may be out 3 months from them (with the exception of some I should not have tried for a week or two). Oh well, I do feel at least like I'm training better in the pool than I was last fall.

    He also advised me to up my dosage of CoQ10, which has anti-inflammatory properties. I didn't know that. He also approved of my switch to a fish oil with a large amount of DHA. It was a bit hard on the digestion at first, but my body seems to have adjusted.

    And now I'm off to my last regular season Friday night HS swim meet!
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  2. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -01/23/12

    by , January 20th, 2012 at 04:30 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 250 4:40 4:20
    1 X 200 3:40 3:20
    1 X 150 2:40 2:20
    1 X 100 1:50 -
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    3 X 100 kick 2:15
    1 X 100 swim -

    1 X 150-50fly/50back/50breast 3:00
    4 X 50 - 1:15
    Four rounds, short break between rounds.
    50's: Round 1:fly 2:back 3:breast 4:free

    5 X 200 free 3:20
    Negative split all 5

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  3. Back into the routine!

    by , January 20th, 2012 at 04:29 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Hooray! I was able to swim with the team today. I gloat that it was a group workout practically designed for me!

    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center
    Steve Barnicoat on deck

    350 warm up

    10 x 50 on 1 min
    with Speedo Blue & Orange fins
    25 kick/25 swim

    12 x 25 from the middle
    on coaches' go
    deep end - fast/easy
    shallow end - easy/fast
    BUT - coach will mix up which way you swim each time so you never knew which way you were going to start

    6 x 100 pull on 1:30
    ==>no. I did 6 x 100 kick with Speedo B&O fins; improving to be able to do full set holding 1:18 ave pretty comfortably with moderate/strong effort

    split lane leaders
    me & Jen next to each to race
    (she goes 23.6 50 free and 24.0 50 fly SCY)

    All 25's on 35, but really with bonus rest on coache's command, thank goodness!

    1 fast
    1 easy
    2 fast
    1 easy
    3 fast
    1 easy
    4 fast
    1 easy
    5 fast
    1 easy

    50 easy

    6 x 25
    2 fast
    1 easy
    2 fast
    1 easy

    50 Warm Down

    The End


    Today was great! It is great when I get to race another fast girl who is good competiton for me. I worked on holding the water and only going as fast as I could while still holding and getting traction. I went the same speed and arguably faster as the # of fast 25's increased due to not just grinding away on the first fast 25's. Made a point to really "dig in" on the last of each of the later sets, going about 14-15 which is quite strong.


    I stayed up really late watching all the Angela Lansbury movies taped from TCM, and all my GRIMM episodes. I feel so empty now that I have no more of The Closer or Grimm episodes left to watch. I have to wait for all the Patricia Neal movies to record!

    I probably should watch the DVD I got with my new kettleball. I was laughing with another swimmer in the locker room how for xmas we just ask for things like socks, a new timex watch, a mini - tramp, and a kettleball. She got a sandbag/punching bag and an exercise video, and also her annual timex watch replacement. I should have party where everyone brings their xmas loot and we do circuit training.

    Regarding the kettleball, I literally only asked for one kettleball. Was that dumb? I suppose I should have gotten a pair. Then it took a few days for me to take it out of the box. I was swinging it around with the stupid square box. I could really hurt myself like that! Now that i'm out of DVR'd stuff, I suppose I should watch the free video it came with!
  4. January 20, 2012

    Warm-up (1000)
    200 swim
    200 kick
    4 x 100 @ 1:40 concentrate on DPS
    8 x 25 @ :45 streamline glide drill - push off in perfect streamline and glide as far as possible, easy swim to wall

    Kick Set #1 (400 set/ 1400 total)
    4 x 50 @ 1:00 dolphin kick w/fins on back
    4 x 50 @ 1:00 dolphin kick w/fins

    Main Set (2250 set/ 3650 total)
    5 set of 4 x 100 pull with buoy, breathing every 5 strokes
    • 4 x 100 @ 1:25, 50 easy
    • 4 x 100 @ 1:20, 50 easy
    • 4 x 100 @ 1:25, 50 easy
    • 4 x 100 @ 1:20, 50 easy
    • 4 x 100 @ 1:25, 50 easy

    Kick Set #2 (400 set/ 4050 total)
    8 x 50 @ 1:00 breast kick

    Wrap-up (450 set / 4500 total)
    12 x 25 @ :30 no breather
    150 easy

    * 4500 Total *

    Wednesday's workout felt really good so I decided to try 100s on 1:20 today, something I haven't done in more than 30 years. Even though each set was only four 100s I didn't quite make it: the first set I went 1:17, 1:18, 1:19, 1:21; the second set I went 1:16, 1:18, 1:20, 1:22. Oh well, much better than three months ago when I could only sometimes make 100s on 1:30.

    The second kicking set was supposed to be a duplicate of the first one but both calves cramped up immediately so I switched to breast kicking, which I can do as long as the cramps aren't in my feet.

    Updated January 20th, 2012 at 04:46 PM by eric.carlson

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  5. Welcome back SUCKER!

    by , January 20th, 2012 at 04:14 PM (Random Nonsense)
    That's how it felt anyway.

    Warm up
    - 1x400 free
    - 2x200 kick w/fins
    - 3x100 free
    Main Set
    - broken 1650 for time
    - 11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4 lengths take 10s after each
    - 3,2,1 lengths take 5s after each
    - subtract 90
    -- went 19:50
    -- Josh went 18:50
    Random Set
    - 25 under water
    - 25 ez
    Cool down
    - 200 ez

    9 days out of the water and a sinus infection is brewing.

    Singapore was awesome, but I forgot my goggles. The hotel pool was crap for swimming laps, but finding a pool in Singapore and Hong Kong was totally doable, just not worthwhile without goggles. Did come across some Speedo sweedes for $20.

    It was $450/night for a room at the Marina Bay Sands and you can only swim in the pool if staying there. I passed.
  6. Workout 1/20/12: Find a place of solitude

    by , January 20th, 2012 at 03:31 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    w/u: 200 FR/200 BK

    Go three times though (continuous):
    - 100 Kick
    - 100 IM drill
    - -- - FR/BK/SDK

    4 x 100 Pull with Buoy on 1:20
    - Focus on DPS, breathe 3/4/5/5 per 100

    1 x 500 Noahs Ark Pull with Buoy on 7:00
    - Went 6:20

    4 x 50 on :60
    - 25 DPS FR
    - :05 rest
    - 25 sprint IMO

    250 w/d and out
    (2350, 40 min)

    Quick lunch-time swim today on my day off. I wanted to get in for 1:30 min, but the recycling trip ran late and so did I.

    Not too much to report about the swimming today. I will be going to a men's breakfast at church tomorrow morning and try to make it late to the master's team workout (if not, I'll swim solo after lunchtime).

    On Sunday will be going to Salem, NH, for a scy mini-meet. Knowing that have not been able to get much sprint work in, I entered the:
    - 200 IM (goal: 2:16.72)
    - 50 FR (goal: 24.94)
    - 50 BR (goal: 38.77)
    - 50 FLY (goal: 27.86)
    - 50 BK (goal: 28.46)

    So the last time I swam 200 IM or 50 Breast I was probably 14 yo - just continuing my quest to swim every event as a master. I am slow at breast, but have been poking around in the [ame=""]"Frog Lane"[/ame] and trying to fix the timing of my kick. I'll try to get some videos up next week. Honesty, one of the high school girls just broke the 200 IM record of 2:25, so I just hope to get under that - sad, I know

    Updated January 22nd, 2012 at 10:41 PM by rxleakem

    Swim Workouts , Planning
  7. Friday, 1/20/12

    by , January 20th, 2012 at 01:30 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    Took it easy today since I will be swimming 1 Hour Postal tomorrow.

    200 Swim free
    1 x 600 IM Drills:
    150 Fly: 50 drill - 50 kick - 25 scull - 25 swim fast
    150 Back: "
    150 Breast*: "
    150 Free: "

    Set #1(350)
    1 x 50/50 smooth (40)
    2/45 strong (37, 37),
    1/50 smooth (40),
    2/45 strong (37, 38),
    1/50 smooth(45)

    Set #2 (300)
    12 x 25/30 100 IM* Order

    Set #3 Kicks (400)
    2 x the following:
    50 choice flutter on belly w/snorkel
    50 tight streamline on back
    50 around the world (12 front-12 R side - 12 back - 12 L side)
    50 under water 15 SDK underwater (12-15y) then flutter on surface

    Set #4 (600)
    2 x 300 pull with paddles, buoy and snorkel

    50 easy

    Total: 2500 yards

    * Note to Jswim - breast stroke done here.
  8. Friday, January 20, 2012 5:00am

    by , January 20th, 2012 at 12:16 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    This morning was sluggish...probably do to the fact that I couldn't get to sleep easily last night. A combo of sleeping in my own bed again, swimming a few hours prior to bedtime, and my instincts to keep waking up every 30 minutes to check on my son all night long. Plus I woke up at 4:00am to clean up the 15"+ of snow in my driveway and to unbury my cars so my wife and I can go to work today.


    2 rounds of:
    200 Free
    100 Kick w/ board
    200 Free Pull

    10 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:46-:50)

    4 x
    100 Free @ 1:30
    50 Fly Fast @ :45 (:30-32s)

    4 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:20

    100 EZ and out

    2600 Yards

    I'll probably swim again tonight, but we'll see.
  9. Fort's Kick Focus 1/20/12

    by , January 20th, 2012 at 11:47 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    So I did this workout today
    Warm up/Transition:

    300 choice
    2 x 100 @ :15 RI
    -- 25 scull, 25 drill, 25 kick, 25 swim
    4 x 50 kick @ 1:00-1:15
    4 x (3 x 25) @ :35-:45
    1 = tarzan drill (heads up free) with dolphin kick
    2 = power kick to 12.5-15 m, then cruise
    3 = burst + cruise
    50 EZ

    Power Kick Set:

    This is a very fatiguing set. Take as much rest as you need to make a very strong effort.

    4 x 50, done as: 25 barge kick w/fins & board + 25 EZ @ 1:30-1:45 I did tombstone kick as I didn't know what barge read it same idea slightly different.
    50 EZ
    4 x 50, done as: 25 kick w/fins & board, dolphin kick UW to the bottom at mid-pool, jump off bottom dolphin kicking to top and sprint flutter kick to the wall + 25 EZ @ 1:30- 1:45
    50 EZ
    4 x 50, done as: AFAP kick at wall with fins for :10, right into fast 25 shooter and then 25 EZ
    100 EZ

    Speed Set:

    3 x through:

    12.5 @ :30 from a dive, work start
    25 @ :45 work turn
    12.5 @ :30 work finish
    50 @ 1:30 build to fast turn and breakout, then cruise
    50 @ 1:30 90% effort with fins
    100 EZ

    200 EZ

    Total: 2800

    I was glad I had my compression leggings for afterward.

    Updated January 20th, 2012 at 12:23 PM by SwimStud

  10. Fri Jan 20th, 2012 Back from the Big Easy

    by , January 20th, 2012 at 11:00 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Fri Jan 20th, 2012, SCY

    Swam Fast Friday on Friday the 13th, 6:30 am, pool was set up LCM for the AGP
    but didn't blog,
    we did 3 rounds of:
    400 FR fast (desc)
    100 easy
    50 FAST
    50 easy
    left 15/20 min early to get home

    Then hurried home and we drove to New Orleans Fri Jan 13th Left Mon & got home early early Tue morning, didn't get to bed till 3:00 am so I skipped Tue 6:30 am practice & swam noon instead. I stayed up late again on Tuesday night so I missed Wed 5:00 am practice. Planned to go at noon but my dad asked me to lunch, so I had lunch with him instead, he's 77. Wed afternoon I had another Drs appointment to get the pea sized lump on my right forearm checked, he said it's hard and thinks it's a cyst so I scheduled an appoinment for Wed Feb 1st to get it removed. Might have to be out of the water for a few days after. His assistant offered an appointment on Fri Jan 27th but Larry asked me to do the hour swim on the 28th or 29th.
    Then I slept in Thu Jan 19th & swam at noon.

    TXLA Master's new schedule:
    Sat 1/21 5:30-7 am
    Sun 1/22 none meet at UT
    Mon/Fri 5:00 - 6:30 am
    Tue/Thu 6:30 - 8:00 am
    Wed/Sat - 7:30 - 9:00 am
    Sun -Thu 12:00 -1:15 pm

    Whitney Coached
    SCY UT Swim Center: main pool, north end
    Pool is set up for TXLA's New Years Classic Meet
    5:00 - 6:30 dove in 5:10ish
    wore Speedo PRO jammer
    trained with Natalie Sacco, Todd, Tyler, Larry, Max

    Warm Up
    did easy 50's

    Main Set

    100 Fast from a dive
    cruised it still warming up
    went 56

    200 easy

    8 x 100 fast on 2:30
    held 60's & 61's, went 57 on #8

    100 easy

    50 fast
    went 25

    8 x 50 fr on 1:30 from a push
    went 27's

    150 easy

    100 fast in heats
    went 52

    100 easy

    Left elbow hurts a little

    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

    Updated January 24th, 2012 at 11:47 AM by ande

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  11. 01.20.12 Friday workout

    by , January 20th, 2012 at 10:03 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Roger, Kent, Dave and Dave. Week and a half until taper. Feeling a lot more prepared for this meet than I have in the past. Wore a drag suit for about half the workout. Dropped it to keep up w/ Kent on a 1000 pull. Pool temp 84-85. Not too bad today.


    550 Warm up

    3 Times through:
    * 2 Times through:
    ** 25 Kick - :30
    ** 50 Free - 1:00 (2 breaths / 25)
    ** 75 Pull - 1:00
    ** 125 IM - 2:00 (Pick a stroke for extra 25)
    * 1:00 Break
    * 100 Stroke Hard - 2:00 (I did br on 1:19s)
    50 Easy
    I haven't been focusing too much on breaststroke so 1:19s from a push w/ a drag suit seems fairly decent. Hopefully I'll be able to go under 1:10 in the meet.

    1000 Timed Pull open turns every 200 (dropped drag suit)
    50 Easy
    Did 2:20, 2:18, 2:18, 2:15, 2:15. Something like that anyway. Finished on 11:26. Wish I could say this was all me but it had more to do with a nice draft off of Kent.

    25 Easy
    1200 Relay - way too convoluted to explain. I'm not really sure I understood what was going one. 2 lanes, 5 swimmers alternating between 50 free and 50 fly. Kent stayed in his own lane and the rest of us switched in and out. So, Kent did 600 yards total and the rest of us divided up 1800 yards 4 ways for 450 yards each. Kent's lane went 12:03. I think the other was 12:29.

    325 Relaxed fly (cool down)

    (4350 Total)
    Tags: 1000, pull, timed
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  12. LCM so I decided to do a distance day

    by , January 20th, 2012 at 09:27 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Since is still swim some distance I figured LCM=distance. My arms felt sore especially since I did some upper body weightlifting last night.

    100,200,300,400@:10 R. Free w/6 SDK's off wall
    500 free kick w/zoomers every 3rd 25 AFAP
    10x100 free w/paddles & bouy #1-4@1:45 #5-7@1:40 #8-9@1:35 #10@1:30 made them all but last one was tough
    6x50@1:20 free as 15m kick/20m swim/15m kick w/snorkle
    200 free EZ

    Total 3000 meters
  13. Thursday, January 19, 2012 6:30pm

    by , January 20th, 2012 at 12:37 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Kirk Nelson would be jealous!!!...because I got to swim today!!
    All you have to do it get out of Seattle and the pools are open everywhere!!!

    I got home about 6:00 this evening, it took a long time getting over the passes. We ended up going over Stevens Pass, which was a little longer, but it was actually the safest mountain pass considering all the horrible ice, freezing rain, and crap was further to the south.
    Luckily my brother in law had cleaned out part of my driveway, because there is about 15 inches of snow in the rest of it. I'll probably get out there in an hour or so and finish up the rest of it. Lucky for me also is that the snow on this side of the mountains is light, dry and fluffy, with almost no moisture in it, so it really isn't too bad to shovel out of the way. Problem is, I have a big driveway.

    I cleaned off one vehicle so I could make it over to the YMCA for a quick swim. I got there in time for the final 30 minutes of the evening lap swim. The pool was all to myself, other than a father/daughter who were playing in the public swim side of the pool. Here's what I rushed in:

    SPECIAL NOTE: Nothing feels better than jumping into one of your "home pools".


    200 Free
    300 Free Pull

    Main Set: Idea from PWB's Broken Mile Set

    6 x 150 Free @ 2:05 (went 1:42/1:44/1:42/1:41/1:41/1:42)
    1 x 300 Free Pull @ 3:45 (went 3:26)
    2 x 150 Free Pull @ 1:55 (went 1:37/1:38)
    1 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:15 (went 1:05)
    1 x 50 Free Swim Fast (went :30)

    Added up this 1650 is a 17:47 (I think I added that up right). My best time last year was 18:07, so doing this broken, and with some of it pull, the 17:47 is probably the correct math.

    Also, while this broken time sounds great, I'm not sure if my little time off from the pool is going to result in a 1650 time close to this on Sunday.

    50 EZ and out
    2200 Yards in 30 minutes

    Updated January 20th, 2012 at 12:50 AM by jaadams1

    Swim Workouts , Daily Practices
  14. Solo under the Bubble at Meyers - 01/19/12

    by , January 19th, 2012 at 09:58 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    Easy day today - it was 30 degrees when I left the house, so I was glad to be going to a pool w/the bubble over it. Swam solo w/some other lap people who seem to be going backwards, poor saps. Seriously, someone needs to tell this one lady that the hand leads the pull through the water, not the elbow!

    600 various stroke/free
    2 x 300 pull no paddles
    500 pyramid IM, regular on the way up, reverse on the way down, dropping the free etc.
    5 x 100 kick on 1:45 w/zoomers
    50 easy
    150 breast/free
    Pull: 2 x 25, 2 x 50, 2 x 75, 2 x 100 on 1:25 base (nice & easy, lots of rest)
    500 every 4th lap breast or back
    150 breast/free
    Total: 3500 SCY
  15. Life after AGP

    by , January 19th, 2012 at 09:17 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    This week has been so busy! Today was the first day back in the water since last Saturday's 50 free!

    So, what have I been up to this week?

    2 days, about 20 minute dryland circuits included

    heavy rope swings, med ball against the pole, squats and clean & jerks, push ups, walk/jog, and Lebert thing - reverse push ups.

    I had used them to build up to doing squats without assistance. But I did like them for doing the up-push-ups.

    Today I swam; I only had about 30 minutes:

    500 warm up

    9 x 50 on 1 min
    back kick/board kick/swim

    pull with buoy and green paddles

    kick with board, TYR burner fins

    4 x25
    easy down
    strong swim back about 16's.

    The End


    I'll try to join the group masters workout tomorrow for the socialization. I may do mostly kick and fin work.


    Next week should be more manageable. I will try to do 2 weeks of 2-sprint days and 1 moderate/easy, and up to 2 weight/dryland type days. I really like the circuit that I am doing. It makes 20 minutes go by really quick and is about right for my attention span - 30 seconds each thing at most, or 1 loop around the track.

    I may add things if I can remember the order of the circuit.

    rope thing
    med bal against pole
    squat with bar
    clean & jerk with bar
    med bal again
    1 loop around track
    yellow lebert thing up-ups.

    repeat 3 times.


    push up pyramid

    Stretch, a lot.

    The End


    Don't forget about the mini-tramp! I do use it regularly, and it's pretty much ingrained in my routine. I tramp on it every time I go to the bathroom. It's right in the closet, so if I go to the bathroom, i'll do a couple of bounces, twists, leg kicks and then step off. Seemingly no committment, but days I drink a lot of water.......


    Next up!

    02/05/12 50 free, USAS SCY meet (local)

    02/25-26/12 DAMM SCY meet and ROT mystery events

    03/04/12 - possibly USAS SCY sectionals, but undecided. I will make finals if I do reasonably well.

    03/31-04/01 Masters zone meet.

    and then the bonanza of LCM meets!


    I could swim 5 meets and be done with LCM when the girls get out of school! How awesome is that!!!! I practically won't even have to practice. Just show up each week and race.
  16. Jan. 18-19

    by , January 19th, 2012 at 06:31 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Tuesday Drylands:

    RC and ankle exercises
    explosive leg press, 270 x 3 x 10
    power squat, 250 x 4 x 8
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 3 x 15
    HS single leg extension, 30 x 2 x 8 each leg
    rear delt fly, 85 1 x 12, 70 x 1 x 12
    triceps press, 25 x 1 x 20
    captains chair, 2 x 20
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 10

    -- Was going to do good mornings. But the only place I could do it without hoisting all the weight myself was taken. Someone didn't re-rack about 300 pounds of weights. Thanks a lot.
    -- Had to dash out early to pick the fam up at the airport.

    Wednesday Solo Swim:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    3 x 100 w/paddles @ 1:50
    25 scull, 25 caterpillar drill, 50 free

    8 x 25 shooters w/fins

    Speed Work:

    6 x 25 burst @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    VK, 2 x through dolphin kick:
    1 = :15 fast, no fins, holding kick board overhead, :45 rest
    2 = :15 fast in streamline, no fins, :45 rest
    3 = :15 fast, fins, holding kick board overhead, stay at chest level, :45 rest
    4 = :15 fast in streamline, fins, stay at chest level, :45 rest
    50 EZ
    -- #2 was the hardest by far. #3 the easiest
    100 EZ

    7 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 150 EZ) @ 5-6:00
    1-3 fly, low to mid 23
    4-5 breast, mid 28
    6-7 dolphin kick w/board, 24 low
    100 EZ

    Total: 3000 + VK

    Bikram, 90 minutes:

    Made it to the 8:00 pm class. Had one of my favorite instructors, Reggie. He is a "door opener" and there is nothing like getting a waft of cool air during the second half of class. My balance on my left leg was awesome; right leg with dodgy ankle, not so much.


    I was happy with the times on the fast 50s, though I didn't feel super snappy. I noticed I was slightly breaking streamline on the second 25 of my flys by lifting my head prior to the breakout.

    I tweaked my ankle on one of the turns. And it had been improving. My right elbow is not improving at all. I thought it would improve with rest, ice and ibuprofen. Doesn't seem to be the case. How long does it take before you start losing upper body strength? Going to the gym is a somewhat frustrating activity these days.

    Updated January 20th, 2012 at 11:25 AM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  17. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -01/20/12

    by , January 19th, 2012 at 04:22 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 300 4:30
    5 X 100 1:40
    1 X 200 3:00
    5 X 100 1:30

    12 X 50 1:05
    #3-6-9-12 are fast

    1 X 50 easy 1:00
    1 x 100 @ 100% 2:00
    1 X 50 easy 3:00
    1 X 50 @ 100% -
    1 X 50 easy -

    1 X 200 kick 4:15
    10 X 50 kick 1:00
    1 X 100 swim

    8 X 150 free 2:15
    Swim: 100 moderate pace/50 fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts
  18. Thursday - Outta the hospital :)

    by , January 19th, 2012 at 03:16 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    We're outta here!! Being discharged from Seattle Children's Hospital now.
    Benjamin will still be on his meds, but that is for the best. Hopefully it will keep him seizure free like he's been for a few days.

    And I can get back home where THE POOLS ARE OPEN regardless of snow and ice on the ground.

    Gotta get ready for the meet on Sunday in Wenatchee:
    1650 Free, 200 Fly, 100 IM, 50 Fly, 500 Free
    Daily Practices
  19. 8 days out today

    by , January 19th, 2012 at 03:10 PM (Nobody Special)
    * Have had back injury steady for 8 days now. Injury is actually upper right quadrant muscle which is causing pain and numbness in right arm as well.

    *Injury cause from swimming - though I'm unsure how - guess is from overuse.

    * To doctor last Friday - prescibed course of steroid, muscle relaxer, and vicadon. I declined vicadin. Supplementing other two with motrin and naproxen.

    *Not able to swim due to severe pain which is slowly receding. Hoped to be back into pool by yesterday but pain is still bad enough to not swim.

    *Able to maintain running one easy mile a day. Back feels loose and better immediately after run but pain comes back. Pain at worst in the morning.
  20. Thursday, 1/19/12

    by , January 19th, 2012 at 01:10 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    Recovery day!

    Warm up: (1000)
    400 choice, swam as 100 free/100 back
    200 IM kick no board
    - snorkel for all but back
    8 x 50 ds 4 4/55, 4/50
    - went 40->35, 41->37

    Set #1 (1000)
    Free or Back Swim with Fins: effort smooth- 60 - 75%
    10 x 100/10 - 15sr
    85yds Free or Back - 15yds Fly
    - alternated back & free, was around 1:30 on back, 1:25 on free

    Set #2: Flutter/Dolphin kick with fins (500)
    5 x 100/10 - 15sr
    100 choice - did dolphin w/snorkel
    100 12 kicks on front - R side - Back - L siide (around the world)
    100 choice - did flutter on back
    100 Under water - did 360 spin, 4-5 kicks on back, side, front, side. took 10-15 sec rest after each 25
    100 choice - did flutter w/snorkel

    Warm down: (400)
    4 x 100/10sr swim - kick - drill - swim
    alt back & free

    Total: 2900 yards