Ahhhhh... back to the good ol' schedule again. I like my 5:00ams. I know a lot of you probably think I'm crazy, but I can get the most bang for my buck that way (too much family life stuff in the afternoon). I usually always have the "fast lane" to myself until about 10-15 minutes before 6, so that gives me a good 45 minutes or so to "git 'r dun"
I felt a bit sluggish in the water today, though I was still able to maintain a good tempo, and wasn't too out of breath. Decent considering I only swam twice last week for a grand total of 7000 yards.
2 more weeks until the SCM Desert Distance Slaughterhouse with PWB in Mesa, AZ. Going to be fun!
300 Free Pull
4 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00
3 rounds of: (no rest between rounds)
1 x 200 Free @ 3:00 (held 2:35ish, more of an ez stretch out)
1 x 200 IM FAST @ 3:00 (went - by rounds: 2:29, 2:28, 2:25)
Pull mountain: (speed up tempo on decline side of the mountain)
50 Free Pull @ :40
100 Free Pull @ 1:20
150 Free Pull @ 2:00
200 Free Pull @ 2:30
150 Free Pull @ 1:50
100 Free Pull @ 1:15
50 Free Pull @ :35
4 x 50 Free @ :45
8 x 25 Free/Fly @ :25
3500 Yards and Feeling Good.
I once heard a comedienne do a bit about how her husband complained that he had "right", meaning that everything on the right hurt - and that she knew how to fix it, but that it involved a baseball bat & would give him "left". Well, lately, I have "left" - my left elbow & knee are killing me lately - and I either broke one of the toes on my (left) foot, or seriously jammed it - it's a lovely shade of purple & does not like breast- stroke any more than my left knee does at the moment - nor does it like fins. So, I have left. I suppose it's better than having right & left, but still.
This is the worst thing about being a "grown up" - something always seems to hurt. Suppose it beats the alternative.
Warm-up: 500 back/free; 500 pull locomotive
9 x 100 - 25 fly, 75 free on 1:30
500 kick locomotive (no toys)
8 x 25 - drill, 4-cycle speed play & sprint on :30
200 stretch out
2000 steady state ( 2 x 800 - first one swim, second one pull, then 400 breast/free)
Total: 5000 SCY
*Commentary - we were supposed to do the 2000 steady state & keep our HR at 140-150 - and check it every 500 or so - don't know if it was due to my elbows or what, but the couple of times I checked it, it was a grand total of 100 - maybe 110. Guess that means holding 1:18/hundred is not a very challenging pace. (lol).
Water still cool. No drag suit. Dave and Roger wore theirs so I had a rare day of coming in first on most sets. Straight through today... no breaks. Wasn't too bad though... plenty of free to stay ahead of the clock.
600 Warm up
6 x 100 - 1:20 (1:10s)
6 x 100 - 1:40 (50 Pull/50 Kick)
6 x 100 - 1:20 (1:10s)
6 x 100 - 1:40 (50 Fly/ 50 Breast)
6 x 100 - 1:20 (1:11s-1:12s)
6 x 100 - 1:40 (Br Kick 1:33-1:35)
100 - 1:40
100 - 1:30
100 - 1:20
100 - 1:10 (1:05)
200 Cool down
I probably could have warmed down better after the meet, but I had things to do. Wieghtlifting yesterday could also be a factor in why I felt tight.
10x100@1:40 Free holding 1:30's
6x50@1:10 Free w/snorkle 25 kick/25 swim
500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 fast
400@6:00 Free w/paddles & bouy
300@4:30 Free w/paddles & bouy
200@3:00 Free w/paddles & bouy
100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy
4x50@1:30 from dive 20 yard sprints 30 yards easy
100 Free EASY
Total 3100 yards
Was stuck at home mid-afternoon, so played around with my TRX:
TRX squat jumps, 3 x 15
TRX standing roll outs (moving plank) 3 x 15
TRX knee ins, 3 x 10
TRX lateral barrier jumps (2 legs) 3 x 15
TRX sprinter starts, 2 x 20
TRX tricep extension, 3 x 15*
TRX Y deltoid fly, 3 x 15
* In general, I haven't found that many TRX exercises that are great for the upper body
(though I am still very novice). But I liked this one a lot and it really "worked" the core too.
Bikram, 90 minutes:
The class was surprisingly not very crowded. Hence, the heat was more bearable. Though I had really had enough by the last few postures. I would be oh so much happier if it were 75 minutes instead of 90. Balance was pretty sucky today.
Enjoyed my TRX workout. Still need to do some more googling and experimenting to find which exercises I like best.
The happy news of the day is that Mr. Fort easily got his BQ at the Lehigh Marathon. They had re-routed the course due to flooding and he said it was harder than Boston. Last year to qualify he ran a 3:32 on a flat course and then bonked in Boston and went 3:40. Today, with some injury free hard training, he ran a 3:27:54, 7+ minutes below the BQ for his age group (50-55) of 3:35. There is a new registration system for Boston that favors the fastest runners. The prognosticators apparently believe that running 3 minutes below the BQ will be sufficient to secure entry. So Mr. Fort should be safe. His Garmin went on the blink, so he was fortunate to have his training partner to pace him for 20 miles. He ran a 7:30 final mile, which was his fastest mile. Wow. But then he ended up in the medical tent on an IV. He's fine now and happy about the results. The marathon is on Monday April 16, about 10 days before Nationals start next year. Same weekend as Zones again, darn it.
Updated September 12th, 2011 at 12:13 AM by The Fortress
The days are getting shorter, and the water is getting cooler. OW swimmers look upon this predictable change with mixed emotions.... the 2011 season is ending, but it is also an opportunity to prepare for 2012. There will be a short "optimal" window to get those long qualifying swims knocked off.... one less thing to have to squeeze into the early spring.
Some CIBBOWS swimmers will go for weekend swims all winter long, braving water temperatures into the low 30's. Yes the swims will be brief; measured in minutes, not hours, and warming time will exceed swim time by a large margin. Others, will fade from the OW for the comfort of a familiar pool. I will be primarily a member of the latter group, but my respect and admiration belong to the former. I would join them more often if only I lived closer to NYC.
It would be great to see a larger group commit to year round OW swimming in Brooklyn... even in rubber. I donned a wetsuit a couple of days ago... one that I have owned for a while but had never worn. What was the inspiration to suddenly don rubber? I was supporting some friends on a swim in Lake Memphremagog. I was aboard a pontoon boat, it was quite windy and getting cold... the temp dropped to the low 40's. Right out of the gate, a couple of waves soaked all the extra clothing I brought with me... by 2 AM, I was freezing, and the wetsuit seemed like the best option to keep me warm. It did, but additionally, it kept my arms and legs quite compressed, adding spring to my steps. I also noticed that the suit had textured forearms, no doubt to give a swimmer added purchase to every catch. All in all I would have to say it is a great design, promising added buoyancy, warmth, compression, a low coefficient of friction, and increased grip in the forearms. No one dares to claim that such equipment doesn't offer a huge advantage to its wearer, but there are many who expect wetsuited swims to carry the same weight as those done in traditional swim attire, sorry, they don't. So... how does this wetsuit swim? I don't know... I never got in the water.
The charge of "elitism" isn't quite accurate, its just calling it what it is... which is different than a swim done traditionally. In his essay http://www.icontact-archive.com/9BwG...HympOPZ9dU?w=2 , Scott Zoring makes the case that activities done while wearing a wetsuit shouldn't be called "swimming". Though I may not agree with the terms he has chosen, I do believe that there should be a distinction between traditional and assisted or aided swimming. Once again, it has nothing to do with elitism or excluding wetsuited persons from participation, but rather just creating clear categories so that we may choose who and what to follow based on our own interests and preferences.
Other sports have very specific terminology to describe the "style" by which one participates... take rock climbing: Free Climbing, Aid Climbing, Sport Climbing: are all different techniques. Generally speaking, it would be frowned upon if someone claimed to have climbed a route "Free" unless they had followed the rules of "Free Climbing", not to mention that it would be misleading to others who attempt the route with false information.
Thats all I'm going to say about it. Please check out:
http://www.freshwaterswimmer.com/ and http://loneswimmer.com/2011/09/09/ch...suits-at-dawn/
for more on the subject.
Today was another sprint/distance day at SMU outdoor pool, LCM
Bobby Patten, sprint
Lianna McStravick, distance
400 warm up
8 x 50 25 swim/25 kick on 1:00
300 easy swim or pull
5 x 100 on 2:20
4 as 75 fast/25 easy (fly/back)
1 easy recovery;
5 x 100 on 2:30
4 as 50 fast /50 easy (fly/back)
1 easy recovery;
5 x 100 on 2:20
4 as 25 fast/75 easy (fly/back)
1 easy recovery
Bonus for me:
50 from the blocks (free)
50 swim back easy
Today I was really sore from doing my vasa in "endurance mode"; ie, trying to go 10 minutes but I stopped with 3:54 left on the watch. I did all the sprinty bits fly odds and back evens, you know it's a rough day when fly and back are easier than doing freestyle!
I also got a massage today, and walked for 25 minutes at White Rock Lake.
Then I did my vasa again; this time I only got to 3:30 before having to take a break, then did 30 strokes fly, another break, and then mustered the strength and willpower to do 3:30 free stroke for a total elapsed time of 10 minutes.
Yesterday I swam on my own:
500 warm up
200 easy kick
100 kick with shoes on the 1:00 per 25 base, attempting to keep the 25 pace up to the 100.
100 kick no shoes on the 1:00 per 25 base, attempting to kick really fast!
4 x 50 back/free continued recovery; rest 15 secs between each
lots of backstroke starts and several swims with 6-fast stroke cycles.
I didn't really want to load up on the vasa all at once, but this week I am busy and probably won't get to do any drylands, so the only option was to do them 2 days in a row.
Mesa SCM meet in 2 weeks, that will be fun! I'm not particularly working through it but i'm not really resting for it either.
Tonight for dinner - Roti Grill, just as soon as Mark gets back from picking it up! Another day of my cooking that no Agee has to suffer. I'm having Lamb vindaloo, hot, Tx size, with naan bread. Yum!!!!!
Today's Sunday paper was chocked full of good coupons! It's soup coupon season! Helen loves those Campbell's soups. She says, Hot stuff for my lunch mommy!"
Swam at Huntsville Nat. Lots of lane space for everyone today but we ended up with a decent crowd. Dave and Dave joined me from Madison and we had regulars Bob, Bob, Mary, and Billy. Brook coached. Triathletes were all off doing the Frantic Frog tri this weekend in Scottsboro.
300 Kick w/ fins
* 200 Pull
* 100 IM
I got there early and had done the 400 before anyone else so I did the Pull and IM again.
* 100 IM
* 100 Reverse IM
4 x 100 Kick
4 x 200 Free - 3:00
4 x 100 Pull - 1:30
* 100 Reverse IM - 1:45
* 200 Fr - 3:00
* 100 Kick
* 100 Reverse IM - 1:45
* 200 Fr - 3:00
* 100 Pull
No cool down - had to get to a soccer game.
No best times but for me this is the best I have done in the last few years. I actually felt fairly good too.
Totals Yards at this Pentathlon were 2100yards.
Started with the 100 Back in 1:19.26, 100 Breast in 1:32.50, 100 Fly in 1:24.68, 100 Free in 1:05.87 and 200 IM in 2:49.83.
Good meet overall. YEAH! No shoulder, elbow or knee issues!!!!
A busy week, but I was able to get in a few workouts.
Did a 2.5 run with my Jack Russell terrier on the trail in the park. Ran at about a 10 minute per mile pace. It cracks me up that my little dog gets so excited about going for a run on the leash. She makes running more fun.
Got to the pool late, so had just 30 minutes to get in a quick workout. Here is what I did:
4 x 150 free (100 pull with buoy and paddles, 50 kick) on 2:45
6 x 50 free - easy 25/sprint 25 on :55
4 x 25 fly with fins AFAP on :45
Ran a 5k with my Jack Russell. Her first 5k! We held an 8:54 per mile pace. Not too bad for a little dog that just weighs 12.9 pounds.
Went to the Y after the race and got in a quick swim workout as follows:
Warm-up: 200 S, 200 K, 200 Pull
4 x 100 dolphin kick with no fins on 2:00 - hold under 1:35
4 x 100 back pull on 1:30
6 x 50 fly on 1:15 - 3 rt, 3 lt, 3 full
4 x 25 fly with fins on :45
Not leaning up too well. I just love sweets too much and am finding it hard to give them up. Truly a vice for me. I only have one alcoholic drink a month, but I usually have one sweet a day. Unfortunately, the sweet is not just a small cookie. It usually is a piece of pie, a blizzard, or a candy bar. I have not right to whine about not dropping the pounds until I give that stuff up. Don't know if I can do it!
I was looking forward to swimming the Governor’s Island 2-mile race today, but it got cancelled late last night due to too much sediment in the water. We had received an email notice yesterday morning about the water quality—bacteria counts were ok, but the recent heavy rains upstate had sent a plume of clay and sediment down the Hudson and into the NYC harbor where the race was taking place. I had walked by the Hudson yesterday to see for myself, and it indeed looked distinctively brownish red, and opaque—branches that were floating in the water were simply invisible wherever they went under the surface. I think the organizers figured that if debris wasn’t visible, it would be too risky to run the swim, especially with swimmers jumping into the water off boats for the start.
So my swim plans for today changed. Instead of doing the race, I decided instead to go out to Brighton for a swim with CIBBOWS. I was lucky today to be joined by aztimm, who was in town for the Governors Island race. We met up at the Coney Island subway stop and walked down to the usual meeting place in Brighton Beach. There we found other swimmers, four of whom were just getting ready to get in the water for a swim. We all set out together eastwards, towards the white building. The water was a little murkier than usual, with some small (nonstinging) jellies floating around towards the surface. The water was nice and calm, with just enough gentle rolls to remind you that it wasn’t a pool. The temperature has dropped a bit in the past couple of weeks—today it was around 68-70, or at least that was the consensus.
Once we all reached the white building we regrouped and discussed where to go next. The white building usually marks one end of the 5k loop, and we generally turn around once we reach it and head towards the pier. But someone said the water by the pier looked muddy, and my friend Cara wanted to continue on in the direction we were headed, towards Manhattan Beach. We decided to do that, and swam on until we reached the jetty that marks the beginning of it.
After a little chatting, we all decided to head back to our starting place. The current was with us on the way back, so that part went quick and easy. Soon Tim and I were back at the imaginary chair (it’s gone now that the lifeguard season is over) that marked our starting point. We waited for the others, then spent about 15 minutes working on our beach synchro routine. Much fun!
We then got out and picnicked on the beach, then I lazed around while the others got back in for a little more swimming. It was a nice calm day on the beach—this is the first weekend that the beach is closed for the season, so the lifeguards and crowds that had been out all summer were gone. It was a fun relaxing day to spend the day, and I’m glad I went out. Plus I finally got to meet aztimm!
As for the cancellation, I've been pretty lucky this summer with my OW swims--I had 8 in a row that were held as scheduled, with decent-to-great weather and conditions for them all. One out of nine isn't a bad ratio for something as dependent on weather and water conditions as OW swimming.
Tomorrow I’m signed up for a 10K race out at Coney Island. I had originally planned to really race the (cancelled) 2-miler today, then just swim the 10k comfortably as a chance to practice swimming with a kayak and doing feeds for my upcoming Ederle swim. Even though I ended up not racing today, I might still stick with that plan for the 10k tomorrow—it’s a long enough distance that I will feel happy if I’m able to finish it while feeling comfortable and happy.
Made my first goal of my return to swimming: I reached the first milestone (50 miles) of Go The Distance.
3000 SCY - This evening I once again did the most yardage in one night (well, since getting back into the swim habit). We did a workout I found on Twitter from swimoutlet.com. I did extend a few of the sets in order to get more yardage. I am now 5100 yds from that 50 mile mark on GTD.
2800 SCY - This workout was supposed to take place on Wednesday, but a malfunctioning chlorination system closed the pool just as I was getting in. I just delayed the work out one day to get my yards in. Tonight's sprints really worked my lungs, but I was satisfied with my times and effort. One more workout of at least 2300 yds and I've made it to my first USMS goal: the 50mile mark on GTD.
2400 SCY - What a night! This was the night I would make my 50 mile GTD mark. Our team is steadily growing,and even with two of our regulars gone, we were occupying three lanes with at least three people per lane. As I was going into my set that would push me in the 50 mile mark, my teammates gathered around and cheered for me as I swam the final 100. It was great to have them cheering me on! On the last lap, I gave a nod to our couch and mid-lap I changed from breaststroke and finished with butterfly. It put a great smile on his face! The pool was closing in 5 minutes by that time, as I did a 100 cool down which places me at 50.06 miles!
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So I did it! 50 miles on the GTD feels great! Along the way I've felt the side effects of feeling healthier, losing weight, and having a great time with my great team. The next goal is to do 100 miles before the end of the year. I did a few calculations and I think I can do another 50 miles in less than 3 months at the pace I've been swimming the last couple of months.
This was a 6.2 miler and I ran it in 48:28 which worked out to a 7:48 pace. About the same as last year which I think is ok as I don''t feel quite as fit this year.
Today was awesome. We spent an hour watching stroke drills, then did about a 2000 "warmup", and then worked on stroke for 45 minutes. Not what I expected, but better than another 8000 yard day! I also expected him to have us do some of the drills we watched on the video, but we just critiqued each others strokes. Could have been done better, but I'm not the coach, just the "coached".
Bummer! Had to get out of morning practice early because of Cl levels! Luckily I went back at lunch.
3 x thru: 150 pull, 100 back/breast, 50 fly
50 kick (we were to do 20 but they pulled us out)
Total this AM: 2500 SCY
Lunchtime w/lunch bunch
Then we each called a 500 yd "set" by lanes:
5 x 100; 2 @ 1:30, 2 @ 1:25, last one on 1:20
5 x 100, odds IM, evens 50 kick/50 swim all on 1:45
500 locomotive pull
3 x 150 on 2:00 then 50 easy
10 x 50 kick on :55
600: 100 free, 25 back/25 breast x 4
Total for lunchtime: 3500 SCY
Total for the day 6000
It was kinda interesting - hadn't swum w/the lunch bunch in so long - I forgot how things work. No one likes to do anything long, everyone wants to warmup with 50's or 75's or something silly - I fell into the routine of ATAC quite easily because I am a mid-distance person, I guess. It seems kinda weird to call a 500 a "set" - specially when I've gotten used to sets lasting 1500-2000. But it was nice to see my old friends. Of course they are all triathalon crazy & not interested in swim meets at all.
Swim/SCY/Solo @ Mason:
6 x 50 single arm drill
10 x 25 back shooters w/MF @ :40
10 x 25 belly shooters w/MF @ :40
-- 8 kicks per length w/MF
10 x 50 double shooters w/MF @ 1:15
8 x 50 w/paddles @ 1:00
odds = free
evens = flutter kick w/paddles as board
8 x 25 back shooter w/MF & parachute
-- 13 kicks instead of the usual 8
8 x 25 free w/paddles & parachute @ 1:15
-- went 18-19s
-- pool closed
-- warm down in hot tub.
I wanted to do some easy speed hypoxic work today. I did very little hypoxic work during the long course season. Need to ramp it up again for short course underwaters, especially on my recovery days.
The parachute work is just killer. I probably should save the parachute for the end of a speed day rather than a recovery day. I've gotten in 5 swims this week + 2 drylands thus far, and I'm pretty beat. Glad I have a massage tomorrow. I'm taking tomorrow off and may just do yoga on Sunday.
Mr. Fort is running in the Lehigh Marathon on Sunday to attempt to get his BQ. Unlike his recent two marathons, his training had been pretty solid and injury free. His training partner is running the last 20 miles with him to get a solid long run in before he competes in the Chicago Marathon. He definitely has some taper bitchies.
The sun finally shone here today after many days of pouring rain!
Updated September 9th, 2011 at 10:26 PM by The Fortress
Well summer should be about LCM swimming, OW, fun meets and chilling. For me it was a struggle to get swim practices in, 4 stitches in my finger (fight with a power planer), neck injury that was affecting my swimming and lifting, a back spasm...oh and a hurricane.
Finally got back in last week and got in 2 this week. Today was the most interesting workout. I' have done too much long slow swimming blocks of 300 and 400 and such...not enough speed work at all. So I've made some vows to do a few different things. Here is today's workout.
600 FR EZ
20 x 25 K :45 3 cruise 1 hard
200 EZ Pull
6 x 50 Kick no board 1:15
6 x 50 Drill
6 x 50 Pull (fast hands)
6 x 50 Swim desc 1, 2,3 twice 1:15 did :100, :50, :45. It would seem slow on face value but after all the pre work my body was taxed. I WAS encouraged by the 5 sec desc each rep though.
SDK/ Power Set
8 x 25 1:00 SDK Burst off walls on back fast, rol and ez free to wall
10 x 12ft squat streamline push offs...willl add SDK next time.
500 Fin Kick
200 EZ FR
Well a lot of kicking for 1 day ...and of course tomorrow I run a 10k...so I may regret this just a little...
Good swim today. Felt really good on the backstroke set!
Warm up (700)
2 x 100 1:35
- these were around 1:22
4 x 50 free: 1/1:00, 1/55, 1/50, 1/45
- these were just under 40
4 x 25/30 strong back
Main Set (800)
6 x 100 free/1:30
- was around 1:20-22 on these
200 easy as 50 ea s/k/d/s
2 x 50/1:10 moderate
- flutter w/ board, went 55, 57
2 x 100/2:00 25 kick/50 swim w/overkick/25 kick
- flutter w/board, went ±1:40 for both
Back Set (900)
2 x 200 back neg split
#1 strong, back #2 faster
150 ez after each
- #1: 3:05, #2: 2:52
4 x 50/1:00 back at 200 race pace
Do turn at finish on 1-3, touch on 4
- did turn, 2 dolphin kicks and breakout around the flags on 1-3, times at breakout were around 42-43
- time for #4 was just under 39
200 easy free & back
Total: 2900 yards
200 swim - 200 kick - 200 - drill - 200 pull
- alternated back and free on each 200
3 x 100/1:40 build - freestyle
- went 1:29-1:30-1:28
4 x 50 Pace with easy 25 between - backstroke
- got times on 1 & 3 were 46
200 fins drill/swim
dive 2 x 25's fast with easy 75 between
focusing on breakout
- dove from deck, did fly on 1st 25, free on 2nd
Warm down (200)
50 swim - 50 kick - 50 drill - 50 swim
Total: 1900 meters