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  1. 5|15|16 SCM

    reserve weekend over!

    500 easy / drill

    10 x 75 on~1:30 as 25 flutter kick, 50 fr easy

    6 x 25 fr on 1:00 with fins, fast (12's)

    500 easy / drill

    June is LCM meet
    Several weeks after is: A R U B A
    • I love this tiny island.
  2. Sat-Sun, May 14-15

    by , May 15th, 2016 at 04:58 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Sat: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    1500 EZ

    Sun: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Bill and Jim were there too. But I was doing a taper workout, so did my own thing.

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ
    4 x 50 burst + cruise
    50 EZ
    3 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    50 EZ
    16 x 25
    odds = 100 pace
    evens = EZ
    200 EZ

    Total: 2050


    Felt a bit sloggy in the water today. Ears don't hurt as much, though still blocked. I've also had a twinge in my right lower back. No idea how I did that. I have a massage booked for tomorrow. Hopefully, that will help.
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  3. Week 189 - Saturday

    by , May 15th, 2016 at 09:55 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a good night of sleep but woke up really tired. I think it's been about a month since I took a day off from the pool so it sort of makes sense and I need a day off to just think about something other than swimming for 24 hrs. I plan on taking tomorrow off, although DeAnna has a day of chores planned so I am not sure if I will get much of a physical break or not We have a metal fence in our wooded section of our yard that needs to be finished. Yesterday we went and picked up more metal fence panels and I need to do the toughest part of the fence which goes up and down over a small hill. This equates to lots of cutting and extra posts. No complaints despite what I write, my dad helped me put up the vast majority of the fencing over Christmas and I have been procrastinating on the rest.

    Outside of being a little tired, life is good.

    Yesterday the the pool was setup LCM and luckily Tom wanted to do something other than the 16x100s. He got no complaints from me other than the alternate set was also hard, but not as hard as our normal set.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min

    main set
    4x(200 free with paddles and snorkel on 3mins, 100 IMO by round on 2mins, 100 back on 2mins) all fast
    200 easy
    8x50 with fins done as 25 underwater with 4 strokes after breakout, then shut it down on 1min
    8x50 on 1min done as add time and stroke count and see who has the lowest score(me) with looser buying breakfast(Jeremy)

    warm up
    200 easy

    After practice I coached the seniors as usual and then grabbed food before picking up the fence panels. My daughter was sick yesterday and we also ended up taking her to the doctor. She has a chest infection and is on a z pack.
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  4. 5|13|16 LCM & 5|14|16 SCM

    100 ez

    4 x 100 kick on 3:00 as 50 flutter / 50 frog

    2 x 100 kick on 3:00 as one leg flutter

    3 x 50 fr (supposed to be hypoxic) on good rest


    For some reason I did not have any hypoxic endurance. Had knocked out 50 nb's earlier this week with no problem, but this particular day I couldn't accomplish over 35m. Probably due to lack of sleep in combination with water temp.

    300 of Dave Marsh fly sculling drills with snorkel

    3 x the following (UWDK, fr, fl, UWFK NB with fins / br and bk without fins):

    • 6 x 25 on 1:00 as UWDK, free, fly, UWFK, breast, back

    6 x 25 on 1:00 free fast with board-fins (12's)

    Easy drills

    Did drylands both days
  5. Friday May 14

    by , May 13th, 2016 at 07:42 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/LCM @ Pitt

    400 various
    4 x 25 shooter + 25 EZ
    50 EZ
    6 x 30 breaststroke pullouts, cruise back
    3 x 50 @ 100 pace w/fins + 150 EZ
    -- 2 x fly = 28 high, 1 x breast 32
    8 x 50 DPS @ 1:10-1:15
    odds = back
    evens = free
    3 x 30 breaststroke pullouts, cruise back
    50 EZ

    Total: 2100 m


    I was fortunate that there were very few lap swimmers at Pitt tonight. I had my own lane to do my taper workout. I felt pretty decent on the 100 pace 50s, given things.

    The psych sheets for Canadian Nationals are out:


    I scratched the 50 fly on Friday at CN. Lil Fort qualified into WIPIAL finals in the 2 mile yesterday and it conflicts with a Friday swim. Not a big deal. There will be other chances. I am entered in the 100 fly on Monday. I could either do a split request or swim the 100. I am leaning toward swimming the 100, depending on how I feel and how the meet is going. I haven't swum the 100 fly in meters since 2012 though and it's on the early side for me. Coach Bill says I should try it. I also had him watch my breaststroke pullouts and he pronounced them all perfectly fine. Really working on not having incidental undulation from the whiplash effect of a strong pulldown.

    Like USMS nationals, the 50s and 100s are seeded by 5 year age groups at CN. There are not too many women in my age group. I will be largely swimming against the clock.

    Updated May 14th, 2016 at 11:01 AM by The Fortress

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  6. Week 189 - Friday

    by , May 13th, 2016 at 04:03 PM (After a long rest)
    I had yet another great night of sleep waking up 2 minutes before my alarm was due to go off. If only I could get sleeping down to about 5 seconds before the alarm is due to go off so I maximize sleep. I guess I have some more practice to do!! DeAnna said I snored last night but it felt like a good night of sleep.

    The original plan was that both my son and daughter would be going to the pool with me this morning. My daughter got up great where as my son decided he was not getting up, despite me trying to get him up! I guess his video gaming last weekend finally caught up with him. I still love him but I was definitely frustrated!

    Todays workout was tougher than it should have been.

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

    Main Sets
    4x(200 back on 3mins fast, 2x25 underwater on :40)
    8x50 breaststroke arms with flutter kick on :50
    8x100 free on 1:30 done as 2x(surf drill, build throughout the 100, overkick, fast)
    2x50 no breath 50's free with fins in under 25 seconds on 1min

    Warm down
    200 easy

    I made myself a personal goal of going faster than my 12 year old daughters 2:16 time from TAGS on her 200 back(how about that for being competitive - or a bad father I don't know which). I held 2:16,2:15, 2:14, 2:09 on the backs and was coming up a little short on the no breath. I could have made the underwaters but decided instead to focus on trying to do streamline kick the whole way rather than just doing breaststroke pull to make it. On the fast 100s I was :56,:55 and I made the no breath 50s with fins.

    After practice I had the opportunity to take my daughter out fo breakfast with the masters team which was a lot of fun. I also got a reluctant thumbs up from Tom about doing a LCM meet in Rockwall this summer. He feels like there is always drama with masters meets, and last year spent weeks on paperwork related to split requests and records. My solution this year was to have one of our team mates who is often a meet director at USAS meets be our meet director for the meet. I still need to find dates that work for the team and the pool but at least its looking like we will have a meet again.
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  7. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 05/16/2016

    by , May 13th, 2016 at 12:08 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    12 X 100
    4 on 2:00
    4 on 1:45
    4 on 1:40

    2 X 100 kick 2:30
    6 X 50 kick 1:20
    50's: 25 fast/25 moderate

    4 X 50 swim 1:00
    --Prepare for next set--

    3 x 200 broken @ race pace 7:00
    Choice--Broken :10 @ 100

    4 X 300 pull 5:00

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  8. Diversity in your Masters club

    by , May 13th, 2016 at 11:02 AM (Questions from Coaches)
    Q: I have a swimmer who has expressed interest in coming on board my Masters squad; she is 18 years old and still in high school. I am not sure how I feel about having a high school–aged swimmer on my squad. While she meets the age requirement, she is in high school. This is an adult team; we talk about adult themes and such that might not be appropriate for a high school student. In addition, I’m not sure how my crew would feel. Your thoughts?

    A: First, as the leader of your program, ask yourself: “What is the mission of my program? What values do I want my program to represent?” Do you have these written and published on your website or program communications? Once you’ve established these objectives, it will be much easier to determine the direction of your program and make decisions regarding membership.

    If you need to establish new objectives, ask the group for their thoughts. Getting buy-in and support from your members is important. Sharing ownership strengthens programs. However, at the conclusion of these discussions, I’m a firm believer that if you’re the definitive leader of the program, the final decision rests with you. If, after your final decision, some of your members have concerns, address the issues.

    U.S. Masters Swimming strives to be an all-inclusive organization, encouraging adults of any age, gender, and ability level to swim. If you choose to add young swimmers to your program composed of mature swimmers, then ask them to act, well, mature. Find somewhere else, other than the pool, for the adult-themed conversations. Your task will be to make sure that everyone, including the new swimmer, is comfortable.

    Mentoring young swimmers has always been a passion of mine because I feed off the energy and excitement a new and different (young) swimmer brings to the program. Diversity should be embraced and viewed as a positive attribute of every Masters program.
    Good luck!

    Updated May 13th, 2016 at 01:35 PM by Bill Brenner

  9. 5|12|16 SCY

    Outside pool, water still in upper 70's

    500 Warmup with fins and snorkel

    10 x 50 on 1:00 with fins and snorkel
    • done as 25 fly / 25 easy free

    14 x 25 free on 0:50, hypoxic

    8 x 13m on 0:30 AFAP flutter kick

    Cold water made it difficult to breathe through snorkel during fly. Felt like I was about to inhale it. MP snorkel also seems to take extra effort to clear and breathe.


    treadmill - 3:15 @ 9mph

    weights: legs, abs, neck, stretching

    Right knee a little sore, maybe from kicking
  10. Week 189 - Thursday

    by , May 12th, 2016 at 09:49 PM (After a long rest)
    I had yet another great night of sleep and woke up feeling ok. Today was an early start again for dry lands so I tend to be on auto pilot from when I get up to when I leave the house.

    15 minutes on stationary bike
    2x(shoulder band exercises)
    5x(5x:45 second ab exercises with :15 second transition) and 1min between rounds. I did two exercises with the power roller and one exercise with the medicine ball per round today.
    10xBench Press
    10xSeated Row
    10xLat Pulldown

    swim LCM

    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min
    6x150 done as 50 swim, 50 streamline kick, 50 free on 2:30 with snorkel
    8x50 free on 1min with fins done as open, close, easy, fast
    200 easy

    i felt good in the gym but pretty tired in the water.
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  11. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 05/13/2016

    by , May 12th, 2016 at 01:00 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    2 X 200 3:45 3:30
    4 X 100 2:00 1:45
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right

    1 X 200 kick 5:00
    8 X 50 kick 1:20
    50's: 2-4-6-8 are fast

    150--free/stroke/free 3:15
    1 X 100 stroke 2:15
    1 X 50 stroke 1:30
    Three rounds, stroke is choice

    2 X 100 1:45
    2 X 50 fast 1:15
    Three rounds--swim or pull

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  12. Wed-Thur May 11-2

    by , May 12th, 2016 at 12:19 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Wednesday: Swim/SCY/Solo

    600 various
    100 scull
    5 x 50 single arm fly
    50 EZ
    4 x (3 x 50)
    1 = DPS free, 2= DP back, 3 = kick
    100 EZ

    Tota: 1700


    Just went all easy yesterday. Finally broke down and went back to my dr this morning given my persistent ear and throat pain. No ear infection, no ear wax. Instead, I have a sinus infection, possible right tonsil infection and a blocked ear valve. I'm starting antibiotics (I usually avoid them, but I'm getting desperate.) If that doesn't clear up the ear pain, I may need a tube in my ear. Never heard of adult ear tubes ... I'm sure this contributed to my somewhat lackluster performance at nationals. And I'm supposed to be competing in another 8 days ... Spring sucks. Onward and forward.

    I'm off for a short swim and then am going to the WIPIAL (regional) qualifiers for track where Lil Fort is running the 2 mile. She's had a sore throat too, poor thing.


    Thursday: Swim/SCY/Solo

    600 various
    100 scull
    5 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:30
    50 EZ
    20 x 25
    odds = 100 pace @ :30
    evens = EZ @ :45
    200 EZ
    1 x 25 AFAP + 75 EZ
    4 x 50 DPS free
    50 EZ

    Total: 2100

    Updated May 12th, 2016 at 02:51 PM by The Fortress

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  13. Week 189 - Wednesday

    by , May 11th, 2016 at 10:00 PM (After a long rest)
    I slept great last night and even woke up before the alarm went off. This morning my daughter joined me and swam with our masters group since she had an after school rehearsal for band associated with an upcoming competition. Obviously this was fun in it self. To make matters even better two of our college swimmers at Texas A&M are back in town and they swam with masters this morning also. The advantage of swimming with these guys is I upped my game today. Today was a lot of fun!

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

    warm up
    12x25 done as 3x(open, close, easy, fast)
    16x50 free on :55 at 200 race pace
    12x100 free with snorkel breathing,3,5,7,9 on 1:30
    8x75 kick on 1:10

    warm down
    200 easy

    I had one of my best set of 16x50s today and just got into a groove and held a really fast and consistent pace. I was out in :24 high and then held :25/:26 the whole set. I was tired by the end but could have gone done more than 16 at this pace. I swam the 12x100s as an active recovery type set trying to do the breathing pattern.

    Unfortunately i had to hurry out the door in order to make a very early meeting that went all day today. The rest of my work week should be a lot less stressful. At least the meeting went well today.
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  14. 5|11|16 LCM

    Did not sleep well last night. Any noises while I start to crash and I wake up. After 3 or for times and I become wide awake. Had maybe 3 hours total.


    300 warmup with fins and snorkel

    7 x 50 on 1:00 1 arm free with fins and snorkel 23 - 20 r

    50 easy on 1:00

    11 x 50 on 1:00 1 arm free with fins and snorkel 25 - 20 r

    20 dives from the side, 3 were with a running start

    Drylands yesterday:

    3:10 on treadmill @ 9mph
    30 plyometric drops into starting position then jump into streamline
    5 x 18 - 20m of pushing 125 lbs (45 plate with a 80 kettlebell) over gym carpeted floor
    A few other things
  15. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 05/12/2016

    by , May 11th, 2016 at 12:08 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:45 3:30
    1 X 100 2:00 1:45
    2 X 50 1:00 1:00
    Three rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2-3 right.

    3 X 100 kick 2:30
    4 X 50 kick 1:20
    1 X 50 easy swim

    3 X 50 strong 1:20
    1 X 50 easy 1:40
    Three rounds--choice

    1 X 300 5:00
    3 X 100 1:40
    6 X 50 :50
    Two rounds--pull

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  16. Week 189 - Tuesday

    by , May 10th, 2016 at 09:38 PM (After a long rest)
    I slept great last night but was back to being sore this morning; particularly my right elbow. Today was an early start and I was at the gym at 4:20am for 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

    one of my team mates brought his go pro and we spent about 30 minutes recording each of our strokes underwater. I will try to paste my underwater and turn later this week. I did not notice anything too bad although I had a lot of bubbles on my right hand as my hand entered and went into the catch phase of the stroke. My elbow seemed ok which I assumed was dropping and was the cause of my periodic elbow discomfort, however it did not look too bad. I think I may try to capture my stroke head on next time we do this to see if I see anything from that angle.

    This is week is a crazy work week and I will have to hustle tomorrow after practice to an early starting meeting that will go most of the day. Ugghhh!!!!

    Updated May 10th, 2016 at 09:43 PM by StewartACarroll

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  17. Tues May 10

    by , May 10th, 2016 at 04:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x (4 x 25) @ 1:00 or so
    1 = burst, 2= burst, 3 = EZ, 4 = 100 pace
    150 EZ

    4 x
    4 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :10 rest (broken 100s)
    200 EZ
    -- 1 IM, 1 breast, 1 back, 1 dolphin kick

    Total: 2600


    I woke up with a very sore throat today. Lil Fort and her friends have had sore throats and strep throat. I would just like to be healthy for Canadian Nationals! The psych sheets are supposed to come out on Friday. Hopefully, there will be a timeline too.

    Because one of my new tech suits tore apart in the seam, I had to buy a new one. (I did send an email asking for it to be replaced since I had only worn it once.) I decided to try the A3 Performance Legend. It got rave reviews in an article I read and, best part, it comes in black! My biggest beef with the Arena suits is that they don't have a black one. This suit doesn't seem like it has quite the same compression in the legs. I have to go wedge myself into it after picking Lil Fort up from track. We all know how fun that is ...

    Edit: I managed, after much struggle, to wedge myself into the suit. The legs aren't quite as compressive as the Arena but seem better than Speedos. There is the same internal taping/seams as other high quality tech suits. I really like the fit. But, ladies, I think this suit runs small. You may have to size up.

    Updated May 10th, 2016 at 06:07 PM by The Fortress

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  18. Stolen from pwb

    After watching my races from Greensboro and going over my splits I now have quite the list of "needs improving". I stole Patrick's recovery workout and figured I could concentrate on the little things while swimming solo before work.

    400 IM k/dr by 50
    3 x 100 w/snorkel @ 1:40 descend
    6 x 50 @ 60
    -odds easy free
    -evens I went 25 back/25 breast to work the turn

    20 x 50 @60 for swims and drill ,1:15 for the kick
    -5 for each stroke
    1. kick
    2. drill
    3. swim cruise
    4. kick
    5. swim 80%

    100 cruise and of to work

    Thanks Patrick
  19. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 05/11/2016

    by , May 10th, 2016 at 12:46 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 2:00
    1 X 200 3:30
    3 X 100 1:45
    1 X 300 negative split

    1 X 200 kick 5:00
    6 X 50 kick 1:20
    1 X 50 swim

    1 x 100 IM or stroke 2:15
    4 x 50 stroke(choice) 1:15 #4 on 1:45
    Three rounds

    6 x 200 pull 3:15
    #1-3: establish good pace
    #4-6: descend to fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  20. Monday 5-9-16

    300 (every 4th length stroke choice)
    100 IM kick
    200 IM drill/swim by 25
    8 x 75 (k/d/s 2 of each stroke)

    8 x 25 @ ?? swim with paddle on forehead working on head position
    8 x 50 @ 60
    --allowed breathes per 25 2/2,1/2,1/1,0/1 repeat

    4 x 150 @ 2:15
    --0dds no breathing between flags in and out of turns
    --Evens sprint from flags in with fast turns
    4 x 125 @ 2:10 sprint the 50
    --50fl,25bk,25br,25fr then rotate the 50 for the next three

    300 w/d


    Working a little head position and breath control tonight. Felt like a rock today and can't figure out why. Just one of those nights I guess.