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  1. Thursday, December 29th, 2011 5:00am & 6:00pm

    by , December 29th, 2011 at 10:51 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Morning workout:

    Warmup
    400 Free
    200 Kick w/ board
    400 IM Drill

    Main
    4 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00
    4 x 75 Fly @ 1:20 (:53ish)
    4 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00
    4 x 75 Fly @ 1:15 (:53-:55s)
    4 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00
    4 x 75 Fly @ 1:10 (:55s)
    4 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00
    4 x 75 FREE @ :55 (:52s) <--These were pretty tough after all the fly

    100 EZ

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    3100 Yards

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    P.M. workout:

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

    The public swim was insane tonight on the other half of the pool. During the last 200 IM of my warmup the population inside the pool increased by 20 or so people!! I saw the guards start counting heads in the pool to see if they were going to have to have 3 out of deck at a time. It was NUTS!! I'm glad I was by myself in the middle of 3 lap lanes!! Still wavy as hell!!

    4 x 125 Free @ 1:40 (1:28-1:30s)

    10 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00

    10 x 50 Free Pull @ :40 (:35s up to "make 'em")

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    2500 Yards

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    Other good news (kind of): I got invited to swim with the high school boys at their Saturday practice this weekend. They're doing the 100x100s from 8am-11am. OH BOY...I'm just thrilled!! I'll do as much as I can, but my body's really only conditioned for 3000-3500 yards at a time, and then the happens!
  2. It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood 12/29/11

    by , December 29th, 2011 at 08:34 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    Once again, my elbows got in the way. I can blame the problem today directly on my husbands stupid car - which is a stickshift & I had to drive all day yesterday & I could feel the pain early in the day. Didn't take any more prednisone, but did try some cataflam, but to no avail. My rule of thumb is to get out when the pain becomes sharp - dull achy pain is tolerable, but sharp pain indicates possible further damage, so I got out. The workout was a mess too - 1/2 of the people were doing the "50 x 100's" which is usually reserved for NY Eve, and then 3 or 4 of us were doing 8 x 300 (plus our warmup) and a couple were mixed in just doing whatever, I guess. It was rather disconcerting. The weather was beautiful, however, and you couldn't have asked for a more lovely day to be outside swimming - in December!

    400 warmup - various
    9 x 100, 3 on 1:30, 3 on 1:25, 3 on 1:20 w/easy 50 after 3 & 6
    4 x 300 - first one every 4th lap off stroke,
    2nd one 2 x 150 IM twitch
    3rd one 3 x 100 kick on 2:00
    4th one 6 x 50 on :45
    The original plan was to repeat the 300's switching the 3 x 100 to 100's on the 1:20, and doing the 50's kick on the minute.
    Total: 2600

    Took a Vicodin when I got home. Don't remember much after that - but my elbows aren't hurting.
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  3. Workout 12/29/11: Last for 2011

    by , December 29th, 2011 at 07:41 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    w/u:
    200 FR/200 Back
    500 IM
    - 125 of each stroke
    - Swim/Kick/right arm/left arm/Swim

    Main Set:
    - 2 x 200 FR Pull w/ Buoy on 2:40
    - :30 sec q-break
    - 4 x 100 Kick on 1:45 (FR w/ board, BK w/o, SDK, mix)
    - :30 sec q-break
    - 1 x 400 FR Pull with Buoy on 5:00
    - 1 x 400 IM on 6:00

    6 x 50 on :50
    - 25 drill/25 DPS
    - FR/FR/BK/BK/FR/FR

    200 easy w/d

    (3000 yd/50 min)
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    I have decided this will be my last workout for the year, as I will work through the weekend (yep, retail pharmacy gets to work New Year's Day now) and the pool is closed on the weekend. IF I was super motivated I could get in before work tomorrow, but I'm not. That's ok with me.

    I had 400's on the brain today. I pulled 2:24, 2:23 on the 200's, made all the kicks with 5-10 sr, pulled the 400 on 4:56, and then did my first ever 400 IM. I kept track of my times as I changed strokes: 1:15, 2:40, 4:30, 5:43. Obviously my breaststroke is very slow, so I will start to improve that by checking out the forums here and also asking the AG team in town for some help. (I can swim that in February at the Valentine's meet.)

    I completed my GTD entry and come up with: My Go The Distance 2011 Progress
    235.24 miles swum (=414,026 yards, =378,585 meters). Last year I swam 137 miles, so added almost 100 this year. I will have a goal of 250 miles for 2012. I pray for everyone to have a safe and enjoyable New Year, and look forward to some more fun adventures in the water!

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  4. Thursday, Dec. 29

    by , December 29th, 2011 at 06:27 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    600 various

    4 x through:

    200 kick w/fins @ 3:00
    2 x 100 free w/paddles @ 1:30
    4 x 50 stroke drill/IM order @ 1:00

    50 EZ

    Total: 3050

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    Unlike Patrick, I have not been experiencing holiday bliss in lieu of swimming. In fact, I've been wondering if the Fort Fam was on the naughty list. Teen Fort just recovered from a nasty bout of flu. On Xmas day, Mr. Fort had a 24 hour bug and my sniffles turned into a massive head cold. Two days later, Lil Fort got the 24 hour bug (why does it always come at 3:00 am?!) So I was H2O free for 5 days and watched endless episodes of Breaking Bad. I just did a cruiser workout today, as I'm still recovering. I wish I knew why I have such a crap immune system! I'm trying not to fret unduly about it, though, as I feel like I largely had a fantastic year of racing.

    Year in Review:

    I didn't swim as many meets this year, only 6 -- the least in my masters career. I scratched a couple meets due to injury or illness. Thoughts and lessons learned:

    -- Advise Mr. Fort how little I ended up competing this year so that I am, ipso facto, entitled to more meets!

    March, Warrenton SCY meet:
    -- Rested a few days and cranked out 3 very good SCY times, two just off PRs.

    March, Albatross SCM meet:
    -- The best 3 hours of swimming in my life. Afternoon meets clearly agree with me!

    April, SCY Zones (1 day):
    -- Didn't rest for this meet. Should have, as my times were meh. This year, I will rest some for Zones and just keep resting for SCY Nationals.

    August, LCM Nats (3 day)
    -- Having no meets between April & August is really not ideal.
    -- Taking a 2 week vacation in June is not conducive to fast swimming in early August.
    -- Unlike some, I need to train long course to race long course. Hopefully, I can squeeze some in next summer.
    -- This was a subpar meet for me except for the 50 back.

    October, Sprint Classic SCY
    -- Swam a fast 50 back and some fast 25s coming off a sickness taper.

    December, NE SCM Champs (2 day)
    -- A great meet for me in all 5 events.
    -- High intensity training clearly came through for me as I had no aerobic base whatsoever after events of the summer and fall.

    Best swim of the year:
    50 back SCM, 30.58

    Worst swim of the year:
    100 fly LCM
    -- retiring from this event


    Schedule for 2012:

    So far on the radar:

    March 3: Frank Clark Masters Open @ Greensboro NC

    March 17: Albatross Open @ Bethesda MD

    April 14-15: Colonies Zones @ GMU

    April 27-29: SCY Nationals @ Greensboro

    -- I'd ideally like to do something in Feb., but not sure what works.

    Updated December 29th, 2011 at 09:25 PM by The Fortress

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

    by , December 29th, 2011 at 01:40 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM DOWN:
    1 X 200 3:45 3:30
    3 X 100 2:00 1:45
    Three rounds. Round 1 intervals left, rounds 2&3 right.

    4 X 400 free 6:40
    Swim or pull.
    Descend 1-4

    SCY

    1 X 100 swim

    1 X 300 kick

    5 X {4 X 50 1:05
    Choice. Swim each round, #1 easy then descend 2-3-4 to fast.
    Round 5 is your warm down, swim them all easy.

    4500 M/Y
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  6. Near end of Week 4

    by , December 29th, 2011 at 10:36 AM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Wed, 12/28
    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center noon workout

    400 warmup

    Kicky Set:
    12 x 25 kick
    odd fast :25
    even easy :35

    Way-too-much-pull-set:
    4 x 250 pull
    ==>swam this. yes, ALL of it!!!! Mindless drivel.

    Finally, a good swim set!
    3 x 100's on 1:35 smooth
    50 easy (leader's choice send off (ie, let's regroup!)
    3 x 100's on 1:20 fast 1:12, 1:14 1:14
    a bit tough at the end

    50 easy

    12 x 25 on :40
    3 rounds of 4
    1 - underwater
    2 -easy
    3 -sprint fr/fly/fr :sub 14
    4 - easy

    50 easy

    The end!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Not only did I do the entire 4 x 250's, I didn't miscount either! While continuing to amaze myself, I don't really find much meaning in doing 250's. Used "arms at 60% effort" for that set. Perhaps if I were a 500 swimmer, and was doing "pace at back half 500 speed", or descends, or 200 plus xx pace or something like that it would be fun.

    Had some good speed at the end on the sprint 25's.

    Next up:
    One vasa day
    Got my mini trampoline and starting that as well!
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  7. 12.29.11 - Thursday workout

    by , December 29th, 2011 at 09:32 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Roger, Dave and Dave. Pool temp ~82. Wore drag suit for first half of workout.

    SCY

    500 Warm up
    200 IM Moderate pace

    4 x 200 IM/200 IM Kick
    #1: IM - 3:15, Kick - 3:45
    #2: IM - 3:10, Kick - 3:40
    #3: IM - 3:05, Kick - 3:35
    #4: IM - 3:00, Kick - 3:30
    100 Easy (Removed drag suit)

    4 x 200 IM/200 IM Kick (Switched to Br Kick)
    #1: IM - 2:55, Kick - 3:25
    #2: IM - 2:50, Kick - 3:20
    #3: IM - 2:45, Kick - 3:15
    #4: IM - 2:40, Kick - 3:10
    100 Easy (Removed drag suit)
    Did fine on the first 4. Made it through the third IM/Kick on the second 4. IM on 2:40 was just too much at that point. Almost caught up and made the interval for the kick but ended up paying a hard price for that effort later on.

    200 IM Timed (2:38.5)
    50 Easy

    12 x 50 Pull - 1:00 Easy/Hard
    Made 28s and 29s on the Hard pulls.

    150 Cool down - this is where I paid for the hard breast stroke kick earlier. For cool down, I've been doing 8 x 25 IM order down easy/back dive with a couple hard strokes. My back stroke start was atrocious. Hit the water flat on my back. Hurt a little but probably sounded a lot worse. The breast stroke start was the killer though. As soon as I left the block, both my quads seized up with my legs fully extended. My first thought was that I'm in a lot of trouble because I'm not going to be able to swim if I can't move my legs. Then I remembered that I had just done 12 x 50 pull and my legs aren't all that critical. So, I glided to the shallow end, stood up and waited for my legs to uncramp. Took a minute or so before the cramp let go. Probably the longest I've ever dealt with something like that.

    (5100 Total)
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  8. something easy....NOT

    by , December 29th, 2011 at 07:25 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I was planning an easy one today because tomorrow is the anual 100x50 swim. Oh well I pushed to hard today but hopefully I can recover for tomorrow.

    5x100@2:00 free
    500 free kick w/fins moderate
    5x200@4:00 fly w/fins 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim ended up decending these went 3:46, 3:35, 3:28, 3:18, 3:07
    8x50@2:00 free kick w/snorkle went 1:47,1:38,1:35,1:32,1:31,1:24,1:24,1:18
    100 free easy

    Total 2500 meters
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  9. 12/28/11 All Free

    I began my day with some P90 cardio and then had a very physical day at work. My body was toast before I showed up at the pool.

    10 min. choice

    4 x 300 w/20
    #1 negative split
    #2 negative split last 25 sprint
    #3 negative split last 50 sprint
    #4 negative split last 75 sprint

    11 x 50 @ mile pace + 7
    -- hold mile pace

    100 EZ

    4 x 200 w/20
    -- same pattern as 300s

    11 x 50 @ mile pace + 10
    -- hold mile pace

    100 EZ

    4 x 100 w/20
    -- same pattern as 300s

    300 w/d

    4600

    I hung in there today but that is about all I can say.
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  10. Snorkle Time! 12/28/11

    by , December 28th, 2011 at 08:52 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    Brisk outside this morning!! Toasty in the pool, however. Hardly any masters swimmers this morning, and NONE at lunch (I went & peeked!)


    800 back/free
    8 x 100 pull on 1:30 (held around 1:26's)
    400 kick
    100 "over/under" (meaning 4 strokes free & then 4 dolphin kicks underwater)
    400 reverse IM
    12 x 50 on 1:00 (8 with snorkle)
    100 over/under
    3 x 200 pull on 3:10 (came in around 2:53)
    4 x 250; 50 stroke/50 free (first 2 were breast/free, last 2 back/free)
    200 kick
    300 swim w/snorkle
    600 - 100 free 25 back/25 breast repeat x 4
    6 x 100 on 1:45 w/snorkle
    100 easy
    Total: 6400 LCM

    Interesting to see how much I have improved in the last 9 months - when I was swimming last year, keeping 100's on the 1:30 was actually rough - embarrassing to say, but true. Now, I go about a 1:26 at 70% effort - for 8 in a row. It will be interesting to see if this translates to faster times in a meet, as well.
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  11. Wednesday, December 28, 2011 5:00am

    by , December 28th, 2011 at 08:47 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    We had rain all night last night. Problem with that is that it cooled down to 32/33 this morning, and it was a bit slick out there on the roads going to practice and work. Not many in the pool this morning, just us crazy enough to skate on the ice.
    Now, it's actually warmed up a lot around here...currently it's 44 degrees at almost 6:00pm. We're supposed to be in the middle of winter here!! WTH??

    Still taking it "easy" on my shoulder with no pulling/paddles.

    Warmup:

    200 Free
    200 Kick w/ board
    200 IM Drill
    200 Kick w/ board
    200 Free

    16 x 75 @ 1:00 (every 3rd 75 was 50 Free/25 Fly)
    (went :53-:55s throughout)
    • for some reason fly doesn't hurt me, just the freestyle with paddles, and of course various forms of pushups and stuff (dang P90X).

    6 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00

    100 EZ

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    2600 Yards
  12. Workout 12/28/11

    by , December 28th, 2011 at 08:06 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy): Pool temp = 85

    w/u:
    200 FR/200 BK
    3x100 Kick on 2:00 (FR/BK/SDK)

    go two times through:
    - 4 x 100 on 1:20
    - odd = FR, even = IM (1st time)(BK 2nd)
    - 40 second q-break
    - 2 x 200 FR PULL with buoy on 2:40
    - 1 x 200 IM on 3:00
    - 40 second q-break

    100 ez

    8 x 25 on :30
    - odds FR DPS
    - evens IMO FAST

    200 various w/d
    (3200, 55 min)
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    Happy to be back in the water today. My sinuses are still pretty plugged up, but I am feeling much better and decided to use a workout based on the one from kiefer.com for tonight.

    I was able to keep the kicks in the 1:35 range, so my legs are coming back. On the main set, the warm water started to get to me quickly.
    -The first time through I averaged 1:08's on the frees and 1:18 on the IM's. I pulled 2:26, :25, and did the IM on 2:50.
    - The second time through I went 1:05 and 1:08 on the Frees, held 1:15 on the backs, pulled a 2:23 and 2:26 before a generous 2:55 on in the IM.

    After a quick loosen, I tackled the 25's. I swam all the odd frees at :15. My paired times for the IMO were: Fly (:15,:16), Back (:16,:14), Breast (:21,:22), Free (:14.5, :13.8).

    A nice variety here. I have been poking around and will be trying some of the LT sets that Q is doing (to add to the breaks I've already implemented) starting next month. I have been working some more IM/strokes into the practices to try to improve these events this year, as I take my first crack ever at 2fly and 4IM. I have completed my first "official" year of swimming since high school, and have a notion to try every event at least once (even the 2breast, which will no doubt cause me to ) because I am sooooo slow) during the upcoming year.

    Now to start the search for meets before NE champs in mid-March, and do some more leg work to hold a meet at my home pool sometime in April.
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  13. Back to circle 5!

    by , December 28th, 2011 at 06:12 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Thrashing about with the wrathful in the Stygian marsh of Inferno, circle 5...

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    That's what the first half of my swim felt like today; there was bound to be something of a letdown and I initially thought I would simply do an easy 2000 or so. I couldn't find a rhythm to save my life. I was trying to find the right stroke rate and pay attention to body roll at the same time and then the roll started falling apart (am I over-thinking it!?). All of a sudden I've forgotten how to breathe too. What the heck is going on?!

    Then, at 1500 yards, it's like a switch was flipped... rhythm is there. I'm alternating hard/easy 50s, no rest... bilateral breathing, core engaged, feeling pretty good. I took it all the way to 3000 for the day.

    Within striking distance of 340 miles for the year.

    Updated December 28th, 2011 at 10:44 PM by mcnair

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  14. Wed Dec 28, 2011, 1st LCM DOUBLE as a master

    by , December 28th, 2011 at 03:33 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Dec 28, 2011 LCM

    weighed 222 after practice,
    ate too much this Christmas

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    Kristyne Coached
    LCM UT Swim Center: main pool
    Noon - 1:15 dove in 12:12ish
    wore Speedo endurance jammer
    trained with Bob & Jim (who's been sick)
    beside James

    Warm Up

    did 2 or 300 free

    Main Set:

    came in with a plan
    skip #3 in each set, Dive #4, swim strong but not all out, & go much faster than this morning

    assigned: 4 x 100 IM on 1:45 desc
    did: 1 & 2, skipped 3,
    went 1:12 on #4

    assigned 300 fr 75%
    did 200 fr easy

    assigned: 4 x 200 IM on 3:20 desc
    did: 1 & 2, skipped 3,
    went 2:31 on #4

    assigned: 300 fr 75%
    did 200 easy


    assigned: 4 x 300 IM on 5:20 desc
    did: 1 & 2, skipped 3,
    went 3:54 on #4

    assigned: 300 fr 75%
    did: skipped it & got out
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  15. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -12/29/11

    by , December 28th, 2011 at 02:22 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    2 X 200 3:45 3:30
    2 X 150 2:45 2:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 150 2:45
    2 X 100 IM 2:00
    Four rounds.
    150's: (by 50)
    Round 1: fly/back/breast
    Round 2: back/breast/free
    Round 3: breast/free/fly
    Round 4: free/fly/back

    SCY

    1 X 100 swim

    2 X 100 kick 2:15
    8 X 25 sprint kick :45
    1 x 100 swim -

    12 X 25 :40
    Fast, no breath for 20 yards

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    3900 M/Y
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  16. Wed Dec 28, 2011 LCM

    by , December 28th, 2011 at 11:23 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Dec 28, 2011 LCM

    Sun Jan 1, 2012 practice is noon to 2:00
    think she might have something tough planned

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    Whitney Coached
    LCM UT Swim Center: main pool
    6:30 - 8:00 dove in 6:34
    wore Speedo endurance jammer
    trained with Mike, Todd, Tyler, & Kristyne

    Warm Up

    300 fr (missed 200)
    200 IM
    300 fr
    200 IM

    Main Set:

    4 x 100 IM on 1:40 desc

    400 fr 75%

    4 x 200 IM on 3:20 desc
    went 2:45ish

    400 fr 75%

    4 x 300 IM on 5:00 desc
    went 4:08

    400 fr 75%

    50 easy
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  17. 12.28.11 - Wednesday workout

    by , December 28th, 2011 at 10:05 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Roger, Dave and Dave. Pool temp 83. Wore a drag suit up to the 1000 relay. Relay was fun. I felt faster than usual but we didn't get any splits so I couldn't be sure. Goal was 9:20 so each of us had to hold 28s to make it which we barely did.

    400 Warm up

    5 x 100 - 1:30 convert free to kick
    5 x 200 - 3:10 IM
    50 Easy - 2:00
    4 x 75 br - 1:30 (1:05-1:10)
    50 Easy

    200 fr - 2:30
    150 fr/stroke/fr - 2:30
    200 fr - 2:30
    150 fr/stroke/fr - 2:30
    200 fr - 2:30
    3 x 100 stroke - 2:00
    75 Easy

    1000 relay - 9:20 (9:18.5)
    75 Easy

    8 x 25 stroke - :30 No breathing on the walls
    2 x 25 fly - :40 No breathing
    2 x 25 fr - :40 No breathing
    2 x 25 fr - :40 Torpedo pushoff w/ 3 turns before surfacing
    2 x 25 stroke - :40 At least halfway underwater

    100 Cool down

    (4400 Total)
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  18. Watch out or you will be run over by 1:10s

    by , December 28th, 2011 at 09:12 AM (Random Nonsense)
    Team Practice SCY

    Warm up
    - 400 free
    - 200 kick
    - 400 free
    - 2x100 drill (right/left/catchup/fist)
    Transition
    - 150 free 50 back
    - 150 free 50 breast
    - 150 free 50 fly
    Main Set
    - 6x150 on 1:45 (43,45,42,43,45)
    - 100 kick
    - 6x50 w/fins on 60 FAST (haha)
    -- first one fly
    -- 5x free (4x28,26)
    Cool down
    - 200 ez

    Morning Humor:
    -- Coach Dave is filming people for the next couple weeks for stroke critique.
    -- As I was leaving the pool
    - Dave: I guess we will film you Friday.
    - Me: Good, I am too tired now anyway.
    - Dave: What have you been doing?
    - Me: Swimming with Josh.
    -- laugh track
    - Dave: Ah, we will film you right after warm up Friday.

    I certainly didn't feel very recovered after yesterday's easy swim. On the second 150 I was trying to barely make the interval and cut it too close for comfort so picked up the pace. On the last 150 I was giving it all just to make the interval. We kinda slacked on the 50s until Josh took off on the last one and I could not catch him.

    I think I will ask Dave to film Josh and I at the same time. We have completely different styles and Josh swam competitively for most of his life so reviewing his video and his commentary on my video should be interesting. I also think it will be almost as fast to film two people and then review two people as it is to film one person and review one person. A lot of time is wasted getting people in the water, setting up the camera, getting out of the water, reviewing.
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  19. Goal for today was to finish 500 miles for GTD

    by , December 28th, 2011 at 07:25 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Yes, I made the 500 mile mark today.

    1000 free broken 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,1,2,1
    500 free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 sprint kick
    5x100@2:00 free w/paddles & bouy descend 1-5 went 1:39,1:38,1:37,1:34,1:31
    6x50@:15R free kick w/snorkle
    200 free last 15meters of each 50 easy fly

    Total 2500 meters
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  20. Bread of angels...

    by , December 27th, 2011 at 10:01 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    In keeping with the season of heavenly choirs, and warm light on the longest, darkest, coldest nights of the year... sure, why not more Dante?

    In Canto II of the Paradiso, our poet is soaring through the sublunar heavens and challenges his readers, "Turn back to your shores again" he tells them (in Sinclaire's translation)... you won't be able to handle this voyage; not for the ill-prepared. This journey is reserved for those accustomed to craning their necks toward heaven, for whom he has this encouragement:

    "metter potete ben per l'alto sale
    vostro navigio, servando mio solco
    dinanzi all'acqua che ritorna equale."

    Which Longfellow translated:

    "Well may you launch upon the deep salt-sea
    Your vessel, keeping still my wake before you
    Upon the water that grows smooth again."

    It is a moment like the Crispin's day speech of Shakespeare's Henry V: "we few, we happy few."

    This swim is for those few who seek the "bread of angels"--"pan delli angelli" (Par II.11); the bread that, here, always leaves us hungering for more. Will we be sated by it one day? A tantalizing question... a quest. Answers, like the destination, always just out of reach.


    ...one of Gustave Dore's heavenly illustrations for Dante's Paradiso. As Dante nears the end of his quest, ours continues on...

    3000 yards today, a simple workout:

    20 x 50 on 1:00
    20 x 100 on 2:00

    60 minutes and out... like the bread of angels for mere mortals, I'm craving more. Heart pumping, lungs with that familiar "yeah, I've been working for ya" feeling, everything else pleasantly warmed, a little tight, the good fatigue of an invigorating workout.

    I alternated easy and hard on both sets, using my faster stroke rate on the hard 50s (:38-:39) and 100s (1:22-1:26); stretching it out on the easy ones. The churning, wake-making hard reps followed by longer strokes, full breaths, and smooth water.

    Tired, but not "satollo" (sated). Dante found his answers, had his fill. We'll just keep swimming in his wake and hope we get there some day. Smooth waters for now!
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