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  1. Halloween at the beach

    This weekend I had two beautiful swims out at Brighton Beach with CIBBOWS.

    On Saturday I went out to do a qualifier swim for a possible MIMS 2-person relay for next year. I was a little nervous about this, since Iím not sure I had ever in my life done any sort of exercise for 2.5 hours straight. (Probably not even walking.) But the swim in fact went fine, and was even fun. I had lots of waves to play in, and kind people frequently brought me hot chocolate and cookies, so the time went by quickly, and I found that I really enjoyed swimming out in the sunshine for that long.

    Today I went out again for a short dip. I only swam about 1000 yards, then floated on my back for awhile and stared up at the sky. It is such a trippy feeling to be immersed in cold water and yet feel warm inside. It was a beautiful if windy day, and there was a surprisingly large group out for a Halloween swim. We threw the football around afterwards to warm up.

    My only disappointment this weekend was that the Halloween mask I brought today wouldnít stay on in the wind. I had planned to swim as Jimmy Carter's aquatic attack rabbit[ame=""] (Jimmy Carterís aquatic attack rabbit[/ame]), but the weather just didnít cooperate.

    Just one more week until the CIBBOWS Veteranís Day race.

    Happy Halloween everyone! Watch out for bunny rabbits!
  2. Saturday, 10/30/10

    by , October 31st, 2010 at 12:51 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    I was a bit tired and sore this morning. And the water was even colder (74) than yesterday. Took a long time to warm up.

    Warm up
    With Fins
    200 Swim, 200 IM Kick, 200 Back Kick
    No Fins
    3 x 100 Free/1:40 Build
    (Went 1:20 on these)
    3 x 150/3:00: 50 Drill/50 Strong Build Swim/ 50 Very Strong Kick
    (Did 1 each: free, back, fly)

    12 x 25/:40: odds Fly, evens back - Very Strong
    (Was going around 19-20 on both)
    1 x 200/3:30 smooth

    12 x 25/:40: odds Back, evens Free - Even Stronger
    (Under 20 on back around 17 on free)
    1 x 200/3:30 smooth

    12 x 25/:40: all Free - Faster
    (Around 15-16)
    1 x 200/3:30 smooth

    (There was more in the planned workout but I was cold and almost out of time so stopped here)

    Total: 3150 yards
  3. Saturday, Oct. 31

    by , October 31st, 2010 at 12:30 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes:

    90 minute sweatathon. Spinal strengthening series = very good for swimming. I always feel great afterward.

    I strained a muscle on the right side of my right quad during the class and it's sore this am. Given that and the fact that I've worked out 7 days straight, I decided to take today off. Plenty of pumpkin carving to do anyway!

    Updated October 31st, 2010 at 03:33 PM by The Fortress

  4. Lots of kids today

    by , October 30th, 2010 at 07:51 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Our small Saturday group grew from 3-4 to 8. I did get my 8-9 workout in.

    5x200@3:30 Free
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 fast
    10x50@1:00 Fly w/fins as 25 skull drill/25 swim fast
    held about :45 for these
    300 Breast kick w/brfins
    200 Free swim

    Total 2000 yards
  5. Saturday Oct 30th 2010

    by , October 30th, 2010 at 05:28 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Saturday Oct 30th 2010

    air was 45 degrees
    water felt around 82 3 or 4

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    whitney Coached
    Dick Nichols
    7-8:30 am dove in 7:15ish
    with tyler amy & kevin
    beside paul, james bonney, james, brad bailey
    WORE yingfa Jammer

    missed warm up


    5 x 100 strong on 2:00 (harsh warm up)
    went 1:05, 2, 1, 1, & 1

    1:00 break

    500 fr strong
    went 5:21

    50 easy

    4 x 100 strong on 2:00
    went ave 1:02's

    1:00 break

    400 fr strong
    went 4:19 but took a 7 sec break at 200, came in on 2:03 left on 2:10

    50 easy

    3 x 100 strong on 2:00
    went ave 1:01's

    1:00 break

    300 fr strong
    went 3:12

    50 easy

    2 x 100 strong on 2:00
    went ave 1:01's

    1:00 break

    200 fr strong
    went 2:00

    50 easy

    100 mod on 2:00
    went ave 1:02

    1:00 break

    100 fr strong
    went 54

    50 easy
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  6. Done with USAS meets

    by , October 30th, 2010 at 12:17 AM (Random Nonsense)
    50 free: 24.54

    No missed turn, no bad start, just slow.

    I am not happy with that time and am not planning on swimming Saturday or Sunday.
  7. Friday, Oct. 1

    by , October 29th, 2010 at 09:47 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    700 various


    3 x (4 x 25)
    free w/dolphin kick
    breast build to fast
    free w/dolphin kick
    underwater free recovery drill, fast for 15 m

    12 x 25 shooters w/fins
    odds = belly
    evens = back
    every 4th one fast

    50 EZ

    1 x 50 breast, fast w/fins, 29-30

    50 EZ

    Aerobic Kick Mountain:

    dolphin kick w/fins and board
    wanted to work on my fly kick & work the core
    also wanted to use my MF, but can't find it.

    1 x 50 @ :45
    1 x 100 @ 1:30
    1 x 150 @ 2:15
    1 x 200 @ 3:00
    1 x 300 @ 4:30
    1 x 200 @ 3:00
    1 x 150 @ 2:15
    1 x 100 @ 1:30
    1 x 50 @ :45

    100 EZ

    Total: 2850 (1800 kicking)

    Drylands, 45 minutes:

    broomstick twists, 25
    flutter kicks in streamline on back on bosu, 2 x 50
    reverse scoops, 25 x 2 x 15
    reverse crunch w/yoga ball, 25
    long arm crunches, 50
    torso twists w/25 lb plate, 25
    russian twists on incline bench, 25 x 2 x 25
    seated narrow grip row, 90 x 1 x 5, 100 x 2 x 8
    hip/leg adductor, 100 x 1 x 8, 110 x 2 x 8
    extreme angle isometric squat hold, 5:00
    (this was not that hard despite my dryland layoff, need to add weight)
    streamline hold on back on bosu, 2 x 1:00
    RC Exercises

    20 minutes of stretching and yoga



    Something is twitchy in my right deltoid/supraspinatus area. Not sure how I did that. As a result, I opted for lots of kicking today and didn't do too much involving the shoulder or pushing exercises at the gym. I feel, unlike in previous seasons, I have -- finally -- gotten better about regularly stretching and doing yoga.

    Had been hoping to go to my team practice tomorrow, but it interferes with Lil Fort's last regular season soccer game (although there's another few weeks of All Stars in store). So I'll probably try to get there on Sunday.

    Looking forward to sleeping in this long weekend and the fall time change!

    Had a disgustingly healthy last couple days of eating.

    Updated October 29th, 2010 at 10:00 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Yoga , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  8. Friday, 10/29/10

    by , October 29th, 2010 at 05:45 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    The pool temp was down to 76. Woohoo!!!
    For a change I wasn't dying from the heat!

    Warm Ė up
    300 Swim back and free
    200 IM Kick (all on my back, no board)
    4 x 50/:50 desc (did free, went 40->35)
    4 x 75/2:00 Drowned Salamandors
    25 UW/25 normal swim/25 no breath free
    (I don't like these. Can't go that long without breathing. Soooo after the 1st one, I swam these as 12.5 underwater, 50 swim, 12.5 no breathe. all free)

    Main Set 1
    12 x 150 back
    3 x 150/2:30 (went 2:13-2:15)
    3 x 150/2:40 (went 2:13-2:14)
    3 x 150/2:50 (went 2:11-2:13)
    3 x 150/3:00 (went 2:10-2:10-2:07)
    (these were the times I saw on the clock. Actual time is probably 1-2 sec faster since it takes about that to touch, roll over and focus on the clock.)

    Main Set 2
    12 x 25/40 Swim with FAST Kick
    (did 1-4 fly, 5-8 back, 9-12 free)

    Warm down
    100 easy free & back

    Total: 3300 yards
  9. and IMs for dessert

    This morning I swam up at Riverbank. Hereís how it went:

    1000 wu

    1 x 400 FR

    2 x 300 stroke sandwiches (100 FR / 100 ST 50k50s / 100 FR) + 1 x 400 IM

    2 x 200 kick sandwiches (50 FR / 100 K / 50 FR) + 1 x 300 IM

    600 warmdown

    There was a moment during the 300 sandwiches when the whole New Jersey shore and the river suddenly turned golden from the reflection of the sunrise. It was beautiful.

    It is really getting to be high leaf season here. The trees in both parks are turning nicely, and I even saw people lined up to photograph a gorgeous red-leafed tree in the southeast corner of Central Park today. This was either the first or second day of ice-skating in Central Parkóthey were putting down the ice when I passed by on Wednesday, and today there were skaters. Autumnís a great season!
  10. 10/29 Practice

    by , October 29th, 2010 at 02:15 PM (Random Nonsense)
    Meet Info: 50 free tonight, 100 free tomorrow, 200 free Sunday.

    Did a trial meet warm up yesterday, the geezer 1500 including 2 fast 25s and 2 breakouts. I was comfortable in the water by 900 yards, did the fast stuff spread over 400 yards then 200 ez. This seems like a good plan for tonight.

    Was going to do about the same fast stuff today, but someone wanted to race a 25 after I had already done 2 off the blocks. Who am I to deny them?

    Warm up
    - 300 free
    - 300 back
    - 300 kick with fins ez
    - 300 back
    - 300 free
    - 3x25 AFAP off the blocks, 75 easy
    Cool down
    - 300 ez

    Tonight only one end of the pool will run, the other end of the pool will be free for warm up/cool down. The pool was built by the same company who built my team pool and I have been training in the same configuration as will be used for the meet, so a lot of things will be going right for the 50 tonight. Saturday and Sunday there will be two lanes for warm up/cool down for 16 lanes of competition. Should be a total cluster trying to get into that.

    Goals: 23 high, 52 high and 1:58 high.
  11. 10/29/10

    by , October 29th, 2010 at 01:22 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Warm Up
    600 Fr
    4 x 50 kick
    100 FR 1:42
    200 FR 3:24
    300 FR 5:06

    3 times thru:
    200 Pull FR,BK,FR,BR x 2
    200 Kick IMO
    4 x 50 IMO 1:00

    10 x 50 K 1:00 desc 1-3 x 3 #10 hard tombstone from flags.

    Cool Down
    300 EZ
  12. FAST Friday Oct 29th 2010

    by , October 29th, 2010 at 11:13 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    FAST Friday Oct 29th 2010

    got this email yesterday from Whitney:
    Due to a High School meet on Friday
    there will NOT be Friday noon workout.
    There is still a workout offered
    Friday morning 5:15-6:30 am.
    Saturday practice is at
    Dick Nichols 7-8:30 am

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    whitney Coached
    5:15 - 6:30 dove in 5:22ish
    UT Swim Center div well
    with max & nate
    beside marcio chris tyler todd, doug kevin & mike
    WORE Speedo PRO Jammer

    went around 500


    4 x 50 FAST on 2:00
    one each stroke IM order
    went 25 26 32 24

    1000 easy

    4 x 100 FAST on 3:00
    one each stroke IM Order
    went 58 58 1:10 54

    500 easy

    200 IM fast for time
    went 2:05

    split it 27 33 36 29

    100 easy
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  13. BLAH-ggles

    by , October 29th, 2010 at 10:58 AM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    This is what I swam today:

    100 IM
    100 IM
    100 IM

    9x50 choice on 1:00
    4x75 kick choice

    100 skull
    4x125 pull
    350 free
    400 free

    The first 2,500 yards of it was HELL. A few weeks ago I bought this pair of prescription goggles. I used to have the TYR femme petite ones, but they stopped making them in prescription. So I bought the regular, not femme petite ones. Huge mistake. They were leak central. And not just a little bit. Like flying off my tiny little head on every single flip turn. And I'm struggling as it is to keep up with my lane, there's no time to stop and adujust in the middle of a 200, or I'm going to get foot-suit-haired.

    You see up there in the workout where it says "350?" Well, that was supposed to be a 500. In the middle I got out, threw my stupid goggles in my bag and pulled out ye-old-backup Sweedes.

    And OMG, what a difference. Sure, I couldn't see my hand in front of me, but those babies stayed put, and there I was keeping up with the lane again. I could work on head position without having to fear that I would create a goggle necklace. But I can't see crap, because I stopped wearing contacts.

    And, I've got a meet on Sunday upstate. I'm not really taking this one too seriously, it's the first meet of the season, so I'm just using it to check in with where I'm at, and do some races like the 100 fly and 100 back that I hate, so I can say I did them and go back to free. I'll also be doing the 500 and the 100 free, the latter being my favorite after the 200 free.

    But yeah, I'll be racing in Sweedes, if I can find someone to guide me to the starting block.
  14. Ouch my aching back would not cooperate

    by , October 29th, 2010 at 09:37 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    No matter what I did my back was horrid today. It is alittle better now but still not great.

    500 Free
    500 Free broken 50, 100, 150, 200@:10R
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 FAST
    5x200@4:00 Fly w/fins as 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim fast was really sluggish to start but got much faster toward the end, went 3:40, 3:37, 3:29, 3:27, 3:24 I even choked on the last 50 fly got a mouth full of water and had to stop for a moment
    10x50@1:00 Free w/paddles & bouy
    200 Free easy

    Total 3200 meters
  15. Swim w/Jazz, Thursday, Oct. 28

    by , October 28th, 2010 at 09:35 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim w/Jazz @ OakMarr:

    Work got in the way of Speedo joining us today, but Jazz showed up to test the water after a few months away from the pool. Didn't seem to hurt him; he's fast as ever.

    Warm up:

    400 various
    (Normally I would do a little more, but Jazz was ready to go after 200.)

    3 x (4 x 25 w/fins) @ :40
    backstroke kick
    free w/dolphin kick
    dolphin kick

    Main Sets:

    Pyramid CNS Stimulation 50s:

    7 x 50 free @ 1:10
    3-6-9-12-9-6-3 fast strokes and cruise the rest

    25 EZ

    Jazz went a 50 free AFAP for time, 23 mid to high. I watched the clock, wasn't in the mood for an all out 50 myself.

    50 EZ

    At this point, Jazz departed as he was all tuckered out.

    8 x 150 @ 2:30 or so, done as 100 reverse IM order (smooth) + 50 fast backstroke kick

    75 EZ

    Stopped and chatted after #4 with a teammate who has been out for several months with shoulder issues and is easing back in. It was great to see him back in the water. Hoping he can rejoin Mason soon.

    Total: 2400 + mega chatting

    Yoga, 30 minutes:

    30 minutes of yoga and stretching outside in the backyard sunshine. Lovely!



    I'm still unsure of how to direct my training for the next month or so. I need to decide whether I'm going to Boston in 6 weeks or not. I'm still froggy voiced, and don't feel like I can go at it full bore. I will be able to sleep in the next few days as the kids are off school Mon & Tues. Perhaps that will help kill off the remnants of this nasty bronchitis bug.

    If I am going, I don't think there's much point in doing any aerobic work for 4 weeks, aside from a recovery set here or there. I should probably just focus on speed and lactate work. The idea of getting healthy (assuming my immune system isn't permanently AWOL) and having to rest again for a meet is fairly unappealing as well. Part of me wants to go and see friends and have fun; part of me doesn't want to waste travel "chips" when I'm not in the best shape. Decisions, decisions ...

    Updated October 28th, 2010 at 09:59 PM by The Fortress

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  16. Theme and variation

    This morning I swam with TNYA at John Jay College pool. Hereís how it went:

    300 scy warmup

    8 x 75: odds FR @ 1:20, evens ST k/d/s @ 1:30

    2x thru
    200 FR @ 2:50
    2 x 100 IM @ 1:40
    3 x 50 BK @ :50
    4 x 25 K @ :30

    2x thru
    200 IM @ 3:20
    2 x 100 FR @ 1:25
    3 x 50 some hypoxic thing @ 1:15 [I just did bilateral breathing]
    4 x 25 sprint @ 1:00 [one of my lanemates surprised me by splitting the lane and racing me on these after I refused to agree to shorter rest]

    300 warmdown

    We ended up with 6 in my lane, but it was a fun and lively group who worked well together so I didnít mind at all. I couldnít go to post-workout breakfast afterwards, but felt like I got in plenty of socializing during practice anyway.
  17. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout: 11/01/10

    by , October 28th, 2010 at 06:09 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    Two weeks out from the SCM meet.

    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:00
    5 X 100 1:30
    8 X 50 :50
    Descend the 50's 1-4/5-8

    4 X 200 free 3:15
    Fins optional

    6 X 50 kick 1:15
    1 X 100 easy swim

    8 X 25
    odd: build to race finish
    even: Blocks-sprint 20 yards

    1500 swimmers only:
    14 X 50 1:00
    odd: perfect stroke/easy
    even: race pace

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00
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  18. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout: 10/29/10

    by , October 28th, 2010 at 06:04 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    2 X 200 3:15
    4 X 150 2:15
    2 X 100 1:30
    2 X 50 faster :50

    9 X 100 freestyle 1:45
    Descend in sets of 3. Descend only to 80%

    6 X 50 kick 1:15

    8 X 100 2:00
    odd: stroke @ 85/90%
    even: easy free

    6 X 50 1:15
    Swim @ 85/90%

    Easy 75
    1 X 50 from the blocks
    Easy 75

    WARM DOWN: 3 X 50 easy 1:00

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  19. Thursday, 10/28/10

    by , October 28th, 2010 at 05:17 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    No swim today. Pool closed for maintenance.

    Updated October 29th, 2010 at 12:38 PM by poolraat

  20. Thu Oct 28th 2010

    by , October 28th, 2010 at 11:47 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu Oct 28th 2010

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    wrote a new [ame=""]SFF tip[/ame]

    whitney Coached
    6:30 to 8:00 dove in 7:37ish
    UT Swim Center div well & main pool
    with tenielle & Kevin
    beside chris tyler todd, doug ned, paul & jon

    3 x 300


    5 x 200 fr on 4:00 strong best ave
    went 2:09, 2:06, 2:06, 2:08, 2:05

    assigned 400 easy
    did 100

    5 x 100 k on 2:30
    went 1:10, 1:09, 1:10, 1:09, 1:07

    400 easy

    5 x 50 k on 1:30
    went 32, 31, 31, 31 29

    50 easy
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