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  1. 28.39 and 28.28 for the pile!

    by , July 30th, 2011 at 11:38 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Drumroll please!

    28.39 prelims
    28.28 finals

    Well, at least I did my season best in finals! Whew! I was next to the heat winner and thought I really did bad until I looked up. Respectable time. Nothing great. At least I looked good on internet TV!

    A bit of a spruce goose dive, the right arm swing is a function of the "collapsing" of my left stroke underwater and other general collapsing problems when I am tired. But I can tell it was so much better than prelims. Which just goes to show an extra 4 hours rest was critical - I never swim better in finals (as a masters swimmer, I pride myself on excellent prelim swims), usually 2-3 tenths worse.

    It's at the 1:34 mark, right after the women's 1500 and I am in the first (D) final heat, lane 6, silver cap and goggles in finals.

    I was very tired. Usually I can win to the 25, and then hang on. Today, I could barely get to count 6 (12 strokes) before I was gutting it out.

    Why am I so tired?
    Why am I still collapsing?
    Why am I so bloated?
    Why am I asking so many rhetorical questions?

    Strategy for next week: If I felt this tired, even after taking it easy in the water, then when in doubt, rest more! So for this week, i'm only going to swim twice and go really easy. Then just show up next Sunday for the meet!

    In other news, see me & the girls on Kennywood youtube!

    [nomedia=""]‪Kennywood Park Roller Coasters‬‏ - YouTube[/nomedia]
  2. Workout from 7/30/11 - when math goes wrong

    Today I was swimming on my own as usual but tried to do a provided workout. I totally messed it up. I wanted to change the 10x50 to a 12x50, and wound up doing 24x50. I thought it was taking an awfully long time, but I attributed that to the fact that I was doing drill. It wasn't until later in the workout that I realized I'd actually done twice as much as I was supposed to. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

    Workout (as it was written): 2900 yards

    200 Swim
    200 Kick
    200 Pull

    10x50 drill/swim - odd free, even stroke

    2 x200 dolphin kick on back

    10x100 - odd free, even stroke

    200 kick w/ board and fins

    4x50 warm down

    Workout (as I did it): 3200 yards

    200 Swim
    200 Kick
    200 Pull

    24x50 Drill/ Swim
    odd free
    even stroke

    2x200 dolphin kick on back with fins

    odd free
    even stroke

    200 kick w/ board and fins

    4x50 warm down
  3. Solo @ FSU

    by , July 30th, 2011 at 09:35 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    Love swimming @ FSU - geothermal cooling - water temp is 79-80 even in August! Makes swimming on my own so much easier. I'll probably go back over there tomorrow for an easy 2000 on my own too. Did quite a bit today, can't get too tapered, or I won't swim my 400 well on Saturday.

    300 back/free
    10 x 50; 5 on :60, 5 on :50
    4 x 400 stroke/free, drill-swim by 25's IM order - the freestyle one was DPS with the Tempo Trainer
    4 x 100 kick on 2:30, no toys
    100 easy
    8 x 100 on 1:40, holding under 1:30 for all, used pull bouy and paddles on last 4
    100 easy
    16 x 50, alt free & stroke by groups of 4 on :50 & 1:10
    800 steady state w/Tempo Trainer
    100 easy

    Total: 5500 LCM

    Really hate how 200 measly meters of fly makes my rotator cuff & tricep hurt on the right arm. Poo - how am I ever going to get better at it, when even a little bit of it hurts me?
  4. Saturday Workout

    by , July 30th, 2011 at 09:19 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Worked on dives today. Getting better at surfacing and getting going quicker.


    400 Free
    400 IM Kick down/Drill back
    200 Free
    4 x 100 Pull

    7 x 50 From dive - sprint 25/25 easy

    (1750m total)
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  5. Workout from 7/28/11

    Here's a 3200 yard workout I did the other night. I came up with it while I was still doing the warm-up, but I liked it.

    200 Swim
    200 Kick
    200 Pull

    300 IM

    12 x50 descending

    6x100 descending

    3x200 descending

    300 IM kick

    200 Easy
  6. Saturday

    by , July 30th, 2011 at 05:55 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I ended up swimming at the MOnon Center with a couple good swimming buddies. I'm not sure if there was a written workout or not, I got there late and started where the other two were and added 1K at the end.

    **3 X (2 x 50 @ 1:00 and 100 @ 2:00 Kick)
    **3 X (2 X 50 @ :50--100 @ 2:00--2 X 50 @ :55--100 @ 1:45--2 X 50 @ 1:00) 1st Free, 2nd Pull, 3rd IMO with the 100's IM
    **8 X 75 Free @ 1:10 interval
    **4 X 75 Kick @ 1:30 no fins
    **500 Freestyle Swim
    **50-100-150-200 Free w/ :10 rest inbetween fairly hard

    4,000 scy

    We are building custom shutters for the house today. I found the shutters I wanted on a house in another neighborhood not so far from here. I guess the builder assembled them per the home-owners design so we can't really go anywhere to purchase them. I will be sure to post a pic of our handicraft when the project is complete. I hope they look good, it's lots of work!
    Tomorrow I plan to drive up to Chi-town and visit my son. Hopefully I'll get up early enough to get a little jog in before I go!!
  7. Saturday On My Own

    by , July 30th, 2011 at 04:26 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    With no lake swim set up for this morning, I elected to swim early on my own instead of waiting for the 10am team practice. What I decided during the night was to re-swim the 30-minute swim we did on Tuesday, as I wasn't really happy with my result. Of course, that's easier decided in a nice, warm bed than in the crisp, not-really-cool water of the YMCA. So, while I had planned to do a warm-up, kick set, then start the 30-minute swim, what I did was actually a bit different. Here's what my workout ended up being:

    400 Warm-Up
    10 x 50 Kick on 1:00
    5 x 50 Drill/Swim Fly on 1:00 (w/ fins)
    5 x 50 Drill/Swim Back on 1:00 (w/ fins)
    1 x 100 Easy Kick
    4 x 50 Drill/Swim Free on 1:00
    3 x 100 Fist Drill/Free by 50 on 2:00
    1 x 2000 Free - did in 30:00.07 (on my watch timer)
    500 Cool-Down
    Total Yards - 4500

    I did many more drill/swims than I had originally intended while talking myself into the long swim. What I ended up deciding was that instead of doing a "30-minute swim", I would swim a straight 2000 yards and see how long it took. I picked 2000 yards because that's what I was hoping to swim (SCY) in 30 minutes. When we did the swim last Tuesday, my 30-minute distance ended up being 1725 LCM. That I hit the wall and turned off my timer at 30:00.07 for my 2000 yards made me pretty happy today. The other thing I noticed is that I had enough energy at the very end (knowing it was the very end) to actually speed up my last 50 - and especially my last 25 into the wall. Happy with that too.

    The other thing that was really obvious is just how many more flip turns are required in SCY than LCM. It seems stupid to say it, but I was not ready for the walls to be there. Guess I've gotten used to doing the LCM set-up. Huh....

    Just received a text that an open water group is swimming tomorrow morning. Sundays are typically my total day off, yet I will admit that I'm tempted to go. Probably won't go.... just not totally sure.

    I was also completely excited to see that the Miami Redfin Masters fall meet is finally up! The pool at Miami University is totally awesome and that meet last year was a great meet for me. I was hoping the date wouldn't conflict with the GRIN Fall Classic - and it DOESN'T!

    Today is definitely a good day!

    Hope yours is going great too. Enjoy your swims!
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  8. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -08/09/11

    by , July 30th, 2011 at 10:12 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 100 2:00 1:45
    1 X 150 2:45 2:45
    1 X 250 4:45 -
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick -

    12 X 50 swim/choice 1:10
    odd; easy even: fast

    8 X 50 kick 1:20
    25 moderate/25 fast

    1 X 400 7:00 6:00
    1 X 200 4:00 3:20
    3 X 100 2:00 -
    Round 1 IM-interval left
    Round 2 free-interval right

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  9. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -08/08/11

    by , July 30th, 2011 at 10:09 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    4 X 50 1:00 1:00
    2 X 100 2:00 1:45
    1 X 200 3:45 -
    Two rounds. Round 1 interval left, 2 right.

    4 X 100 kick 2:30
    6 X 50 kick 1:15
    50's: 25 fast/25 easy
    1 X 100 easy swim

    1 X 200 50 stroke/50 free 4:00
    4 X 50-1 of each- 1:15
    Three rounds. Short break between rounds.

    12 X 50 1:15 choice
    odd: easy
    even: fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  10. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -08/05/11

    by , July 30th, 2011 at 10:05 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    6 X 100 free 2:00
    3 X 100 kick 2:30
    1 X 100 free 2:00
    4 X 100 IM 2:15
    6 X 50 kick 1:15

    8 X 50 1:10
    2 of each stroke

    4 X 250 IM 5:00
    Rotate 100 of each in IM order through 4 swims.

    2 X 50 free-moderate- 1:00
    1 X 100 free-build- 2:00
    1 X 200 free-fast- 4:00
    Two rounds.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  11. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -08/04/11

    by , July 30th, 2011 at 10:02 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 2:00
    1 X 400 7:00
    3 X 100 1:45
    1 X 300 -

    4 X 100 IM 2:00
    6 X 50 kick 1:15
    3 X 100 IM 2:00
    4 X 50 kick 1:15

    1 X 300 5:00 4:45 4:30
    1 X 200 3:20 3:10 3:00
    1 X 100 1:40 1:35 -
    Three rounds, round 1 intervals left, 2 middle, 3 right.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  12. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -08/03/11

    by , July 30th, 2011 at 09:59 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    8 X 50 1:00
    4 X 100 1:45
    6 X 50 kick 1:15
    3 X 100 kick 2:30

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

    1 X 400 6:40
    4 X 100 1:40
    1 X 300 4:40
    3 X 100 1:30

    1 X 100 IM 2:00
    2 X 50 stroke 1:15
    1 X 100 easy free 2:15
    Two rounds

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  13. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -08/02/11

    by , July 30th, 2011 at 09:57 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    I'll be away at Nationals but will go ahead and post my workouts for next week and into the following week. Thanks.

    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 free 2:00
    4 X 50 kick 1:15
    4 X 100 IM 2:00
    4 X 100 kick 2:30

    4 X 50 1:15
    1 x 100 easy free 2:30
    Three rounds.
    50's: Round 1: fly, 2 back, 3 breast.

    8 X 200 free 3:00 or 3:30
    Pull or swim
    Descend in pairs

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  14. July 29, 2011 - Aquasol Friday

    by , July 29th, 2011 at 11:34 PM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Aquasol No Coach

    Warm 2x100FR, 200IM drill, 150 k

    3x100FR on 1:30 (1:18)
    4x50K w/fins FR on 1:00 (500/1050)
    8x75 FR Pull on 1:15 (:55-:58) (600/1650)
    3x200 IM on 3:40 (3:00) (600/2250)
    10x25 fly on :45 (first 2 were :12, then slowed to :18) (250/2450)
    5x100 K Monofin Frt/side/bk/side no board (500/2950)
    250 cool

    I don't remember where this one came from, I wanted to get an older workout, but work got in the way. I haven't done 200IM's in awhile, so it was painful after the pull set. Im getting more fluid with the monofin, and its been awesome for the fly and BK UW.
  15. Shopaholic!

    by , July 29th, 2011 at 08:12 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I left the nest early to head down to the Lululemon store opening! I wasn't disappointed and spent more $$$$ than I care to mention!
    Today was an easy, stretchy swim. I may drive down to Louisville in the morning for a LCM meet. The meet was scheduled to be at Lakeside, the outside quarry pool. Due to the heatwave we're having here the water is over 90 degrees so they've moved the meet to the Ralph Wright University of Louisville Natatorium. I love that pool! I'd really like to do a 1500 in there. If I'd known they were doing this I would have taken it a little easier this week. Right now I'm thinking if I wake up and feel motivated I just may drive down for 1 day of the meet. Time will tell.

    **600 Warm-up Swi
    **200 Pull / 200 Kick / 200 Swim / 200 IM
    **10 X 50 rotating freestyle drill @ 1:00
    **200 freestyle moderate
    **75 / 50 / 25 of each stroke w/ :10 rest between
    **4 X 75 Free @ 1:20 interval
    **100 Butterfly stretchy


    I jumped in the home pool and cleaned the side-walls while enjoying a Two-Hearted Ale!
    1 week of summer vacay remaining!
  16. SArasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -08/01/11

    by , July 29th, 2011 at 08:07 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    Taper/Rest Workout

    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 2:00
    4 X 50 1:00
    3 X 100 2:00
    4 X 50 1:00

    4 X 50 kick 1:20
    1 X 100 easy swim

    10 X 50 1:20 choice
    1-2: moderate
    3-4: build
    4-5: 25 fast/25 easy
    7-10: warm down

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  17. Friday, July 29

    by , July 29th, 2011 at 04:50 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    600 various
    5 x 50
    3 single arm fly/1 25 fly + 25 EZ/1 scull
    4 x 25 shooters
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 no breather free
    50 EZ
    2 x 30s -- backstroke start + fast SDK to 15 + cruise
    25 EZ
    2 x 30s -- start from side + fast dolphin kick to 15 + cruise back (13 kicks to 15 m)
    25 EZ
    2 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    1 free (11 low), 1 back shooter (9 high-10)
    75 EZ

    Total: 1570 or so

    hot tub, 10 minutes

    Stretching, 20-25 minutes



    I thought about swimming LCM today, but we're having another heat wave, and I didn't feel like getting roasted. Still felt pretty blah, no easy speed or jitters yet. 5 more days and then it's showtime ...

    Because I haven't really focused on long course since 2009 and have swum virtually none this summer, I really have no idea what to expect or what time goals to set. I've swum well in my last two taper meets in December and March and in practice, so I have no reason to think I won't swim well again. I'm just slightly nervous about the lack of walls. I would be very happy to swim 30.6 in 50 fly and 32.7 in 50 back (about .6 faster than I swam last summer with less training). I'd be even more thrilled to swim decently in my other events. I have hope, and I'm not afraid to use it!

    I was also wondering whether any of the other fast Japanese backstrokers have aged up?

    The heat wave here continues for our summer league Divisional Champs tomorrow ...

    Updated July 29th, 2011 at 08:17 PM by The Fortress

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  18. Double FAST FRI Jul 29th 2011 SCY

    by , July 29th, 2011 at 03:54 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Double FAST FRI Jul 29th 2011 SCY

    out of town this Sat - Tue, back Wed

    Subscribe to Ande's Swimming Blog

    Tyler Coached
    UT, main pool SCY
    Noon to 1:15 dove in 12:08
    wore blue camo training jammer
    swam with: Beside Bess, Andrew, & Bob

    15 min choice
    6 x 50 on 50
    16 x 50 on 45

    Main SET: SCY

    16 x 50 fr on 1:30
    odds easy
    evens fast held 24's & 1 25

    assigned 800
    did 300ish

    8 x 100 fr on 2:30
    odds fast
    evens easy
    went 58, 57, 57, 52
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  19. Week 4 of the Return

    by , July 29th, 2011 at 01:51 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    No swimming, but getting a few workouts in this week. I think once school starts back up again, there will be normal pool hours and it will be much easier to get in. My goal is to get on a regular schedule with swimming by August 15. Afterall, Auburn will be just six months away.

    Sunday, July 17
    Moderate ride of 13 miles. Averaged 17.1 mph.

    Tuesday, July 19
    Pushed it a little to average 18.4 for a 14 mile ride. Got off my bike after the ride and walked into a creek near my house. The creek actually originates on my property from a spring. It felt wonderful!

    Thursday, July 21
    Unbelievable heat and humdity. Just kept it to 10 miles. Also took a 1,25 mile walk after dinner.

    I am finishing up a course in early American history. One semester crammed into 3.5 weeks. Have really enjoyed it even though it has been lots of work. If you haven't read it, Sratch of a Pen by Calloway explains how 1763 was a pivotal year in American history. Didn't realize it until I read the book.
  20. July 28th - More fun in the sun

    by , July 29th, 2011 at 01:32 PM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Warm - 2x200FR, 200P, 200 K

    2x500 (7:35) (1000/1600)
    5x200 P on 3:00 (2:35-2:40)(1000/2600)
    10x100 IM/BK on 2:00/2:15 (1000/3600)
    3x100 K w/fins evens FR/odds BK fly 3900
    2x50 cool

    My coach is in Southern California on a family emergency, our Senior's coach is reluctant to give us whiners a workout, besides we have a weak Masters group, most are there for fitness laps, so I usually keep several workouts in my bag, just in case. I've been using the FLOG to get old er workouts my coach had me do, and this is one of them.
    Both my 100 IM and 100 BK are coming in at 1:35, cruising, no real hard effort. This is an improvement for my BK, as 1:45-1:50 were typical times in the past. My kick is stronger so I let my kick dominate and I time my arms to the kick.
    My knees still hurt during breaststroke, I'm still developing the inner tendons after learning the correct way to kick.
    I still don't take the 500 seriously, I seem to have the attitude that I just need to finish it, so couch has had me do more of them for endurance and stamina. I find after I do a couple, it make's the rest of the workout easier to manage.
    Next Meet:
    Davis Aquatic Masters
    2011 End-of-Summer Splash LCM @ UC Davis