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  1. 5|6|16 LCM

    1700 easy drills and fr with fins and (most times with) snorkel

    50 bk / 50 br easy sans fins

    50 fr NB, easy sprint NO fins (33)

    20 x 13m fr AFAP on 0:30

    10 x ~18m fast on 1:00 with fins fl odds / fr evens, 18 easy

    300 flutter kick warmdown (7:20)

    I am flabbergasted about swimming a NB 50 LCM without fins! I believe I could've added a turn too, without drowning. What has helped my hypoxic endurance is just the simple old-school holding of breath at random times on dryland (except while driving). This does change everything about my strategy for next month's meet. Not sure if I can endure 50 LCM while adrenaline surged and 100%. But at least I know one breath would be plenty

    Have not really taken a day off swimming in about 3 weeks, and as long as my body holds up I don't plan to take off. Did swim only 500 I think tuesday though.

    Talked to one of the Palmetto coaches at the pool today and congratulated him on his team's performance last weekend - 2nd. Such a vast team they are in members.

    Plenty of work to do in yard this weekend, no drylands planned. Tonight I shall have a conclusion on our car.

    Updated May 7th, 2016 at 02:38 PM by __steve__

  2. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 05/09/2016

    by , May 6th, 2016 at 01:11 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 2:00
    2 X 250 4:15

    10 X 100
    odd: free 2:00
    even: stroke 2:15

    8 X 50 kick 1:20

    1 X 400 6:40
    4 X 100 1:40
    1 X 300 5:00
    3 X 100 1:35
    1 X 200 3:20
    2 X 100 1:30

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  3. Week 188 - Friday

    by , May 6th, 2016 at 10:00 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a massage last night! I was not sore before I went but it was a very painful 90 minutes. I seem to get knots in my back and shoulders pretty easily and actually was sore here during nationals. My masseuse worked my right side very hard. I know I will benefit from this as I have done previously but there were several times last night where I had tears in my eyes. I hydrated a lot after the massage and expected to be up and down to the bathroom all night. This did not prove to be the case and I woke just as the alarm was due to go off feeling sore but more rested than I have been all week. Today's both my kids came to the pool with me. My son lifted while my daughter and I swam, with my daughter and I an adjacent lanes for most of the workout.

    Warm up
    700 done as 7x 50 free, 25 back, 25 fly
    8x50 streamline kick on :50

    main sets
    6x200 free with snorkel descend 1-3,4-6 on 3:15
    2x4x50 IMO drill/swim by 25 on 1min
    3x3x100 free with snorkel #1 on 1:20, #2 on 1:10, #3 on 1min

    warm down
    200 free

    i felt good today. The 200s were on an easy interval and I was going 2:09,2:04,1:59,2:09,2:04 and 1:54. The last one Tom told the kids that if they beat me they could get out. I was not having any of that and threw down a much faster 200(the next fastest boy was 2:03). On the 100s I felt awesome and was holding 1:03s on the easier intervals and the. :57/:58s on the 1min interval. Again I felt really good. I hope this is an indicator that all my breathing challenges are well and true lily behind me. After practice we had our normal team breakfast and both my kids joined us. Fun, fun, fun!!!
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  4. Week 188 - Thursday

    by , May 5th, 2016 at 11:38 PM (After a long rest)
    I was once again tired when I woke up this morning but gradually I am catching up on my sleep from monday. I added one extra round of abs today. Next week I will add the power roller back into the mix. Today I did one exercise per round with the medicine ball.

    15 minutes on stationary bike

    2x(shoulder band exercises)
    4x(5x:45 second ab exercises with :15 second transition) and 1min between rounds.

    swim LCM

    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50
    400 easy

    I swam very easy today!
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  5. Tues-Thur May 3-5

    by , May 5th, 2016 at 08:14 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Don't remember exactly what I did anymore but the main sets were:

    8 rounds:
    4 x 25 IM order @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30-2:00

    10 x 25 AFAP futter kck @ 1:00

    Total: 3100

    Wed: off

    Thursday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull

    Main sets:

    8 x 50 burst + cruise
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :25 rest
    -- done as 4 x 5 x 25 M order
    200 EZ

    20 x 25 breast @ 100 pace @ :25 rest
    200 EZ

    20 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :25 rest
    -- done as 4 x 5 x 25 IM order
    200 EZ

    Total: 3300


    I was bummed that the pace clock at LA Fitness was broken again. I just counted to 25 myself between 25s on the 100 pace stuff. I used fins during the 100 pace stuff today. My left shoulder is bothering me. I sleep on my left side and have very fitful sleep as of late. Still coughing and ears hurt too. Hopefully, this will all subside.

    Updated May 5th, 2016 at 08:25 PM by The Fortress

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  6. 5|5|16 LCM

    About 1000 M easy fr, bk, and drills with fins, with snorkel most of the time

    3 x 100 well rested with fins
    • 50 easy sprint NB (29's) / 50 easy kick on back

    2 x 50 fr without fins easy sprint, taking one breath

    4 x 50 fr with fins
    • 18 M AFAP from a shooter / 32 M easy

    Slept on couch last night. Didn't rest well. My neck hurts. But I had a very pleasant swim today.


    Weights - every muscle group worked at about 85%


    It's not the fuel pump. I hooked up a 9VDC battery to the pump and it worked. I believe it may be the alternator. First, it has 240,000 miles. Second, engine actually runs when jumped from another car but as soon as the cables are disconnected, it dies.

    About the car, Thursday morning, 1 hour before I left for Nationals it died while my wife was driving. I had to pick her up and push the car up a small hill in a parking lot for a tow truck. I was so worried about my legs. I can't say if it had an impact or not, but I did exert 100% force pushing it. I am thankful however, it happened while I was still home. Will be looking for a reasonable replacement car this summer.

    Miss them already
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    Updated May 5th, 2016 at 11:01 PM by __steve__

  7. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 05/06/2016

    by , May 5th, 2016 at 01:33 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 1:50
    1 X 200 3:30
    3 X 100 1:45
    1 X 300 5:00
    3 X 100 1:40
    1 X 400 negative split

    4 X 150 kick 3:30
    last 50 fast

    12 x 50 1:15
    odd: easy even: fast

    8 X 150 2:30
    Build to 100/last 50 fast
    #8 is warm down

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  8. Wed 5-4-16

    Some light weights, abs and stretching this morning before heading out to make Uncle Sam some money. It's been months since I've been in the gym so I took it pretty easy

    2 x 200 choice
    4 x 50 kick @ 1:10

    4 rounds of
    2 x 50 kick @ 1:10 fast
    4 x 25 fly slide drill with fins @ 1:00
    150 free cruise @ ??
    **I'm not sure why it is called fly slide. It is a 25 divided into thirds. Fly (push off and swim ~ 3 strokes), kick, free swim all AFAP

    600 done as
    50 stroke, 100 free breathe 1/5 (went BR)

    4 rounds of
    100 IM sprint @ 1:50
    100 free EZ @ 2:00

    100 w/d and I needed to go pick up our oldest daughter


    I swam well but felt like a rock. My little gym session may have had something to do with that. I hope to sneak in a solo swim tomorrow morning to continue my breaststroke work.
  9. Week 188 - Wednesday

    by , May 4th, 2016 at 10:05 PM (After a long rest)
    I had another solid night of sleep last night but I was really tired when I woke up. Sort of back to the routine I have been in for a while.

    Try as I might I don't have any speed right now in the pool. I guess it's ok since I am in between seasons. Normally after a taper I feel awesome in the pool and fly with lots of easy speed. This taper and season in general have been different!

    I got my heart rate up today but did not give my all today on the pace work.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50

    main sets
    8x75 Rotating IMs on 1:10
    16x25 free AFAP on :30
    200 easy
    4x4x50 free at 500 pace rd1 on 1min, rd2 on :55, rd3 :50, rd4 on :45
    6x150 kick on 2:30 done as 100 flutter, 50 breast

    warm down
    200 easy

    i was holding :13s on the 25s and :28/:29s on the :50s.
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  10. Fish Oil and Exercise in Older Women

    Fish Oil and Exercise in Older Women

    A recent study published on PLOSOne found that fish oil has many beneficial effects for older women who exercise. This small study recruited 24 females between 65 and 67 years old who were in good health. Half were given 3 g worth of fish oil supplements (2 g EPA and 1 g DHA)per day, while the other half were given the same amount in organic olive oil. A side note here is that olive oil has many benefits for the cardiovascular system, so it may not always be the best placebo. Extensive measurements were taken preceding the experimental phase, as well as at the conclusion. The experimental phase was 12 weeks, during which the women ate and exercised as usual. The group who supplemented with fish oil showed a significant increase in resting metabolic rate (14%), energy expenditure during exercise (10%), a 19% increase in the rate of fat oxidation during rest and a 27% increase during exercise. Fish oil consumption lowered triglyceride levels by 29% and increased lean mass by 4% and functional capacity by 7%. No changes were noted in the olive oil group.

    The study is available here in full text.
  11. 5|4|16 LCM

    Greenville LCM meet next month - approaching fast. My 50 fr will be 2nd event of the day on June 18 early afternoon. Also considering the 100 fr, 50 bk, 50 br, 50 fl, and not sure if we will have enough attendants for relays. Pushing the legs now, they are the first to go in LC, so I can taper them properly.

    500 warmup with fins and snorkel

    - 100 kick on 3:00 as 50 flutter fast / 50 frog easy
    • 49 on first flutter, slower after

    - 50 flutter kick on 2:00
    • easy kick first then build each to all-out last 18 M (60's + - 2)
    • noticed kicking from hip more pronounced gave me 2 extra seconds to rest

    1 x 50 fly with fins and snorkel relaxed, loose and flat (34)

    I don't keep tabs on my distance, but that was about 1200 LCM - plenty for me

    Drylands: stretching and yoga poses for about 90 min

    Nationals was such an experience. Was also the greatest learning curve I've had at a meet. I watched how the stars accomplish races. I took it all in. Everyone seems to have their own process, but when they are on the block, they are confident and ready.

    Did an interesting plyometric exercise yesterday: hop forward ten times each leg X 10 while holding arms forward (classic Frankenstein arms). Worked those muscles not worked often

    Need to fix one of our cars. I believe it could be a fuel pump. Hope I can swap it without dropping the tank.

    Updated May 4th, 2016 at 10:23 PM by __steve__

  12. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 05/05/2016

    by , May 4th, 2016 at 12:50 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    6 X 100 1:50
    4 X 150 2:40

    1 X 100 kick 2:30
    8 X 50 kick 1:20
    1 X 100 swim

    4 X 50 strong 1:20
    1 X 100 @ 100% 3:00
    Three rounds--choice

    6 X 200 pull 3:20
    Negative split all 6

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  13. Greensboro Recap

    Once again, we had a great time in Greensboro. I absolutely love that facility and being within a three hour drive from my house is a major plus. My training has been quite sporadic the last few years so I was curious to see what I could do.

    Thursday- Arrived around 3 and made it through the check in process quickly. Jumped in the pool and got in about 1000 yards. Mixed in a few starts and tried out the backstroke "wedge". I liked them but you need to be a little coordinated to use them.

    Friday- My only event was the mixed FR and went a 27.16 which I was very happy about. My fastest 50 fr is a 27.52 back in 2012. Since then I have been stuck in the mid 28's. Successful start to my meet.

    Sat- 200 IM seed time 2:39.66, went 2:36.22 (-3.34)
    Very pleased and the fastest I have been in awhile. The clear difference in this race was me having a much better front half. It took me forever to get my heart rate back down.

    Mixed MR, Swam backstroke and opted not to use the wedge. I slipped to the left off the start and tried my best to recover. Went 34.46. Not a good swim at all and I felt like I let my team down. They still talk to me though.

    Sun- 400 IM seed time 5:44.72, went 5:44.37 (-.40) Happy but was expecting more. I shouldn't complain because it is still faster than I have been in some time. The goal was to relax through the fly and then build each hundred. Once again my front have was great and I had an average back half. I hit the wall at the 200 mark and told myself "You're half way done". After my breaststroke breakout I realized my legs were shot. I then told myself "You're ONLY half way done" OUCH!!

    200 Back seed time 2:37.27, went 2:37.27 (-.16) Well, I was really pumped for this one but I think I was just tired. Even with a slow start and no legs the first 150 went really well and then my mind, body and soul suffered through the last 50. No complaints.

    Overall, I had a nice meet and a even better time with my teammates. I was able to see some old friends and meet some new ones. Bravo to everyone that took part in putting this thing together. This is by far one my favorite meet venue that I have been to. Time to train for the next one. Hopefully I can make it back to the USA Masters Games in July.
  14. Week 188 - Tuesday

    by , May 3rd, 2016 at 03:17 PM (After a long rest)
    So when it rains it pours. I went to bed as soon as I got home from my workout last night and slept solid the entire night. When I woke up I noticed that the hallway light was on. I crept around the bedroom like I normally do to get ready and as I went out the door I caught myself thinking that DeAnna was very quiet. As I left the bedroom I realized she was not in bed and was instead in the living room. When I got to the living room she had a bucket and mop in hand. Apparently our refrigerator/freezer decided to dump water into the kitchen last night. Unfortunately this had been going on a while and the water had run into several other rooms and ruined carpet. DeAnna said she had everything in hand and we could talk after I swam. She assured me I needed to go and swim. I guess I must have looked pretty wound up. When I returned from practice I saw that apparently the refrigerator must have been slowly leaking for a while because we had mood behind the unit and several of the base boards in adjoining rooms had warped. We pulled out all the attending carpets and base boards and started crying things out with our dehumidifier. I don't know the extent of the damage but it's probably not going to be cheap.

    Anyhow, today's workout was tough and a hard welcome back to drylands.

    15 minutes on stationary bike
    2x(shoulder band exercises)
    3x(5x:45 second ab exercises with :15 second transition) and 1mjn between rounds


    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50
    8x50 kick
    300 easy

    i still felt hideous in the water and my stomach hurt from abs.

    When I got back to the house DeAnna had a plan for taking care of the water and some thoughts about insurance vs out of pocket. Either way this will be taken care of ASAP since we don't want mold. Just one other thing to deal with I guess.
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  15. Week 188 - Monday

    by , May 3rd, 2016 at 03:04 PM (After a long rest)
    So everything was going great on my return from Nationals and then I arrived in Atlanta on my lay over to discover that most of the flights out of Atlanta had been delayed by bad weather. My flight ended up being delayed about 2.5 hrs and I ended up not landing until just before 2am Monday morning. To make matters worse there was no empty gate for the plane in Dallas which delayed us even further. How can they not have an open gate at 2am. Come on,it's not that f**king complicated. Needless to say I was tired yesterday and decided to swim in the evening after I had finished coaching my kids group.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50

    main sets
    5x200 with snorkel on 2:30
    8x50 kick on 1min
    4x100 IM on 1:30

    warm down
    300 easy

    i felt absolutely hideous in the water and could not wait for this workout to be done.
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  16. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 05/04/2016

    by , May 3rd, 2016 at 01:11 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 2:00 1:45
    2 X 200 3:30 3:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    5 X 100 kick 2:30
    Second 50: build to fast

    5 x 100 choice 2:30
    First 50: long and strong
    Second 50: build to fast

    1 X 200 IM 4:00
    1 X 100 stroke(no free) 2:30
    Four rounds

    WARM DOWN: 4 x 50 easy

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  17. Recovery day

    400 mix up
    2 x 125 (75 free/25stroke/25drill)
    200 social kick
    8 x 25 @ 60 went IMO
    -odds EZ, evens strong

    4 x 75 @ 1:20 cruise
    50 easy
    3 x 100 @ 1:35 a little stronger
    100 easy
    2 x 150 @ 2:15 a little stronger
    100 double arm backstroke

    300 with snorkel and bouy + hot tub


    Just what my body needed. I need to blog my splits and thoughts from Greensboro. Maybe later on today.
  18. Workout 05/02/16: evening

    by , May 2nd, 2016 at 09:13 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I enjoyed checking in on results and catching the video from Nationals this weekend - congrats to all of the forumites that swam and especially my teammate Matt, who despite being under the weather was able to swim his events yesterday. It was neat seeing our team cap on the national stage!

    Yesterday after a busy day at work I went to the nursing home, where we have finished looking at the miracles that Jesus preformed and now have turned our attention to the Ten Commandments. Should be a good study.

    Today I was off due to a meeting my boss needs to attend tomorrow at the main office, so I was able to get in for a swim after supper.

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    100 FR with FF
    100 kick/200 pull/200 with AP (all snorkel)
    4 x 50 as 25 DPS, 25 IMO Fast
    100 BK with FF
    100 kick
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1700 yds/30 min)
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  19. Disqualifications and Protests

    by , May 2nd, 2016 at 08:48 PM (Rules Committee Blog)
    A natural outcome of competition is that sometimes coaches and swimmers may disagree with decisions of officials. What provisions are in place to appeal or protest a disqualification or other decisions?

    Can I protest my disqualification?
    By rule, protests of judgements made by stroke, turn, and relay take-off judges may only be considered by the referee and those decisions are final (102.14.3). The rationale for this rule is that it is not very practical to overturn a call made on deck by the officials. Our system relies on human observation on deck by officials with review and approval by chief judges (for larger meets) and deck referees. This process is designed to ensure that swimmers are afforded the benefit of the doubt and lead officials can confirm that a good observation has been made by an official in the proper jurisdiction and we have a rule basis for the infraction. It would be impossible to second-guess these judgements after the fact.

    Protests concerning interpretations of the rules in part one shall be submitted in writing to the Rules Committee Chair within 10 days. (102.14.4) This is not a question about the observation, but rather asks if we got the rule correct. Before considering this route, make sure to get an explanation from the officials at the meet, preferably in writing. Most officials are glad to offer an explanation of the decision and the rule basis. If you have received an explanation, reviewed the rules (the rule book is available online), and still feel that there was an incorrect interpretation of the rules, consider asking a coach, club representative, or an LMSC representative for help in submitting a protest. A little homework will make for a more productive discussion!

    Any other protest arising from the competition itself shall be made within 30 minutes after the race in which the alleged infraction took place. If the protest is not resolved, the protester shall at that time file a written protest with the chair of the LMSC or the chair's representative having jurisdiction over the event. (102.14.4)

    My friend has a video on his or her cell phone. Can I send that to someone for review?

    Unfortunately, we do not look at video replays of races. We do get asked this question often, but understand that we cannot be assured that any video would at the same perspective of the officials on deck. What might look clear to someone standing at another position on deck or in the stands may look completely different to an official in the proper jurisdiction. Referees take great care to define positions and jurisdictions to ensure that each official has the correct viewpoint for specific infractions. This process necessarily relies on human observation and judgement.

    The rules do have a provision for video replay, but this provision was only recently inserted following advances within FINA and USA Swimming. Our sport has only recently begun to implement video review for elite meets, such as the Olympics, World Championships, and USA Swimming Senior Nationals. These video systems require underwater and on-deck cameras at several different angles and perspectives in order to be complete and to provide appropriate procedures for review. To date, we have not approved any such use in USMS. Technology may perhaps move us in that direction someday, but most likely we would only use official video cameras operated and reviewed by meet officials, not videos provided by swimmers, coaches, or spectators.

    It is understandable that, as athletes, we might disappointed in decisions by officials and outcomes from competitive events. We rely on experienced and dedicated officials who are committed to a fair and equitable application of rules. They are trained to spot legitimate infractions and scrutinize potential calls for compliance with the rules. Many calls are overturned by referees because there was a question about the observation, jurisdiction, or rules basis without swimmers ever knowing about it.

    If you have a question about a disqualification, the best advice is to ask the officials for an explanation, be informed about the rules, and work with your club or LMSC representatives if you still have questions. Our goal is to make completion fair, equitable, and enjoyable for everyone who participates.
  20. 5|2|16 SCM and meet

    Fun is over, back to work. Was a great experience at Nationals. My team was very supportive and awesome, and many of us had personal and age group bests

    All of my frees had terrible turns to varying degrees. One even had a locked knee push-off using just the calves LOL. I blame that on the locations I choose to train. I also navigate solely on the bottom markings, perhaps I should've peaked forward. I noted the turn markings at GAC were about 5'10 from the wall.

    Other than freestyle turn issues, I managed a PB in 50 Br and 50 Fl. And as a bonus, little old me was placed on a relay team of studs to anchor us a 6th place finish in the 25+ Medley Relay! I got my first medal

    I also drank wine again just a few times.

    Men 50-54 50
    Yard Freestyle Finals 25.47

    Men 50-54 50
    Yard Freestyle from Split Requests NT

    Men 50-54
    100 Yard Freestyle Finals 57.90

    27.48 58.79 (31.31)

    Men 50-54 50
    Yard Breaststroke Finals 35.66


    Men 50-54 50
    Yard Butterfly Finals 31.41

    Men 50-54 100
    Yard Individual Medley Finals 1:20.00

    Men 25+ 200
    Yard Medley Relay

    6 GSMS
    'A' M25+ GSMS 1:43.00
    1:38.75 10.00
    1) Costa, Leonardo (M38) 2) Silva, Fabio M (M38)
    3) Fachin, Andre A (M26) 4) Dalpiaz, Steve R (M50)
    24.11 (24.11) 40.28 (16.17) 1:13.86 (33.58) 1:38.75 (24.89)

    Mixed 45+ 200
    Yard Freestyle Relay

    29 GSMS 'A' X45+ GSMS 2:25.00
    1) Dalpiaz, Steve R (M50) 2) Chappell, Melinda E (F55)
    3) Hilton, Patti K (F63) 4) Alderson, Pat (M64)
    25.67(25.67) 59.11(33.44) 1:32.54(33.43) 1:58.11(25.57)

    Also did a fly in a 3rd relay, swam a 29.64. But I looked 24 yrs older

    Coach suggested I should work on my fly. I've been improving this stroke each consecutive meet with just the event as the only time I actually swam it. I plan to proceed with caution however, using fins, moderation, extra rest, and one length at a time.


    500 warmup with fins and snorkel

    7 x 50 on 2:00 as 25 AFAP / 25 easy fr with fins

    • AFAP's: Fr, Fl, Bk, FK, back FK, UWDK, back UWDK

    8 x 13m on 1:00 AFAP kick on 1:00 as belly or back FK

    30 seconds 6 mph (run) / 3 min 2 mph (walk)
    30 seconds 7 mph / 3 min 2 mph
    30 seconds 8 mph / 3 min 2 mph
    30 seconds 9 mph / 3 min 2 mph
    30 seconds 10 mph / 3 min 2 mph
    30 seconds 11 mph

    Hack squats machine heavy - 5 reps
    Pushups on blocks with added band resistance - 10 reps
    Negative pullups - 5 reps
    Dips / knee lifts
    Leg presses
    Leg curls
    explosive leg extensions
    Standing calf raises
    side plank shoulder raises with DB
    pushup position on DBs alt rows
    negative leg raises
    negative adductors

    The pushup position while holding DBs and raising one to shoulder I found, is an excellent core exercise. I used the #15's and alternated L and R each set for 4 sets of 5 reps each arm . It was actually more difficult keeping both feet on the ground.

    Updated May 3rd, 2016 at 09:51 AM by __steve__