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  1. Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 5:00am

    by , September 23rd, 2011 at 11:05 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Final practice before heading to Mesa for the quick weekend trip. I'll be flying out of little ol' Wenatchee-town Saturday @ 11:00am, and via Seattle will arrive in PHX @ 3:30 or so. Going to hang out with a friend Saturday evening, and probably go to the Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe for some good eats and fun times. We went there after Nationals last spring. Apparently it's quite the hang out place being so close to ASU.

    Sunday (after a good McDonald's breakfast) I'll be meeting up with PWB, heading over to the Kino Aquatics Center for Day 2 of the East Valley Invite. We're still crossing our fingers for a 99 degree daytime high
    800 Free, 200 Free, 400 IM, 50 Fly, 400 Free. I'm expecting greatness on the 800 Free, and anything great after that in this non-populated meet will be just spectacular! I think the 50 Fly honestly will be the hardest event. Trying to go all out at that point will be tough. My training lately has be conditioned well enough that I should be fine for the majority of the day, but we'll see how the heat and dehydration play a role.

    I'll be flying out of PHX at 7:00pm, and again thru Seattle, returning home to Wenatchee @ about 11:30pm, just in time to (maybe) go to Masters practice for a cool down swim Monday morning @ 5:00

    I took a vacation day from work today, so was able to get in a nice 2 hour swim this morning. I just did the masters group practice, with a few modifications. Nothing too strenuous, just more yardage than my normal 1 hour:

    100 Free
    200 Kick w/ board
    300 Free Pull
    200 Kick w/ board
    100 Free

    4 x 200 (1 each stroke, IM order) @ :30 rest
    50 Kick, 100 Drill, 50 Swim

    1 x 500 (alt. 75 Free EZ, 25 Stroke (FLY) Fast)

    1 x 300 "stretch out". 2 others hopped in right at 6:00am for a warmup, so I just swam easy with them.

    10 x 100 Free @ 1:30

    I needed this set to get me going. I was feeling like up until a few of these when I got the blood pumping
    • First 4, held 1:07/:08
    • #5 went 1:06 then thought "let's see if I can descend these"
    • #6 1:05
    • #7 1:03
    • #8 1:01
    • #9 1:00
    • #10 :58
    8 x 75 Free Pull @ 1:05 (held :49/:50) felt pretty good, not too tough

    6 x 50 Kick w/ board @ :55
    cramped up on #6 on my left hamstring...hurts like hell.
    I really hate doing kick sets so late in a practice

    8 x 25 FAST @ :45 did odds Free, evens Back
    Last one was ALL OUT Free from a dive (did not shave/taper, nor did I get a time). Felt good though.

    Cool down in the showers.

    4600 Yards
  2. A long course srpint day???

    by , September 23rd, 2011 at 09:44 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I had some company today. Jackie Wilkes swam with me and we both wanted to work sprints.

    1000 Free broken 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,1,2,1
    5x100@2:00 Free 35 meters easy/30 meters fast/35 meters easy
    200 Free kick w/fins easy recovery
    5x100@2:00 Free 35 meters easy/30 meters fast/35 meters easy
    300 Free kick w/fins easy recovery
    300 Free w/snorkle
    200 Free w/snorkle as 25 kick/25 swim easy

    Total 3000 meters
  3. Friday workout

    by , September 23rd, 2011 at 08:59 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Pool temp back to 86. It is really starting to cut into my endurance. I feel pretty rotten after 3000 yards. No drag suit. Everybody put in their own 1000 yards to make up today's power hour.


    500 Warm up

    My Set
    250 fr - 3:00 (2:58)
    125 k - 3:00
    250 fr - 3:00 (2:55)
    125 k - 3:00
    250 fr - 3:00 (2:54)

    250 on 3:00 is a 1:12 pace. That's pushing it for me but I made them. Seemed like a good idea when I made it up. Dave B was a good 5 seconds ahead of me on the last 250. Thought I wasn't going to make the split but it turned out it was my fastest.

    Dave B's set
    100 IM - 1:30
    200 fr - 3:00 (I did 100 IM/100 fr)
    300 IM - 4:30
    400 fr - 6:00 (I did 200 IM/200 fr)

    Dave likes his rest. Roger did all these IM. I split the difference. All IM would have been tough for me... was pretty wiped out from the previous set.

    Roger's set
    200 k - 3:20 (3:03 br)
    50 Pull/150 k - 3:10
    100 Pull/100 k - 3:00
    150 Pull/50 k - 2:50
    200 Pull - 2:40

    Had a nice lead-off kick. Pull was a killer though. No arm strength to turn over the paddles. I think the heat finally got to me.

    50 Easy

    Dave M's set
    400 fr - 5:00
    300 fr - 4:00
    200 fr - 3:00 (Dave M and Roger did 200 fly)
    1:00 rest
    100 k - 2:00 (worst kick - fly 1:53)

    Just couldn't bring myself to do a 200 fly. Was already having trouble making 300 fr on 4:00. Kick wasn't too bad. Not too long ago, I couldn't make 2:00 on 100 fly kick.

    200 Cool down

    (4750 Total)
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  4. Thursday, Sept. 22

    by , September 22nd, 2011 at 07:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands w/Jazz:

    face pulls, mystery weight 5 x 5 x 20
    hanging straight leg raises, 2 x 15 (while Jazz was doing zillions more pulls)
    full stop DB row w/40 DBs, 3 x 15, each side
    seated straight arm lat pulldowns, 7 x 5 x 10, 8 x 1 x 10, 9 x 1 x 5 (mystery weights)
    overhead shoulder presses, 30 x 5 x 10 (arms tiring)
    lower back machine, 105 x 3 x 15
    -- different machine than I've used before. really liked this one.
    standing broad jumps, 2 x 10
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 10
    altitude drops, 10

    Stretching/Foam Roller, 20 minutes


    Had a fun lifting session with Jazz. Always nice not to lift solo. Jazz did scoff with derision at my extreme angle isometrics, refusing to believe they could be associated with explosive eccentric power because of their length.

    The most amazing and unexpected thing happened last night. I slept 8 hours straight without waking up once. To my recollection this has not occurred since I was 38. Seriously. I've read that waking up in the night is deadly for feeling rested and having good energy. This am I woke up feeling (comparatively) like I had an adrenaline injection. I felt like I could have worked out all day. Fortunately, my daughters and some semblance of caution stopped me. I have a speed and core workout on the agenda tomorrow.

    Fort Son has his first crew race this weekend. Seems to be good friends with all the lightweight rowers already, and is already "bleeding green." Mr. Fort has made a Cornell Masters boat that will be rowing at the Head of the Charles (huge regatta) in Boston in October. I'm hoping Fort Son may be there too, though I'm not sure if they take frosh rowers.

    Updated September 22nd, 2011 at 08:13 PM by The Fortress

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  5. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -09/23/11

    by , September 22nd, 2011 at 03:49 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 300 5:00
    2 X 150 2:30
    3 X 100 1:40
    1 X 200 3:00
    2 X 100 1:30
    4 X 50 descend :50

    1 X 200 kick + 100 easy swim

    10 X 50 1:10 Choice
    odd: moderate
    even: fast

    1 X 50 kick 1:15
    4 X 25 sprint kick :45
    Three rounds

    1 X 50 easy swim

    4 X 300 4:30
    4 X 200 3:00
    Descend both 1-4

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  6. Workout 9/22/11

    by , September 22nd, 2011 at 02:59 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at the Rec (SCY)

    500 w/u (200 FR, 200 BK, 100 IM drill)

    5x 400 on 6:45
    (Repeat 200 Pull (150 FR, 50 BK), 100 kick, 100 IM Drill)

    200 w/d

    Not to inventive today, nor was I too enthusiastic about swimming. Hit the pool at lunch time to get in a swim, and noticed that my left shoulder is bothering me a little bit. It might be from pulling through the weeds during last night's OW in Mass. If I am lucky, my wonderful wife will massage my shoulders tonight after a dip in the hot tub. Restarted my Advil routine to help with any inflammation.

    I am now thinking that I might try to get in half a workout on Sat am with the Master's club before heading to Rhode Island. Here is a look at the race course for this weekend ... <--- One loop = 5K, I'll be doing two loops for the 10K race. Right now there are 43 folks signed up, with 18 or so preparing for the 10K.

    Updated September 22nd, 2011 at 03:49 PM by rxleakem

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  7. Last practice before Mesa

    by , September 22nd, 2011 at 02:32 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center
    noon workout
    Billy Glasstetter coached

    500 warm up

    Main Set:
    4 x 100 50 stroke/50 free 1:45
    extra 30 sec rest
    4 x 50 25 stroke/25 free 1:00
    extra 30 sec rest
    4 x 25 IM stroke :30
    Easy 50

    (the whole set repeat twice, but I was done. Not sure what else they did past 35 minutes)

    Easy 250

    The End
    I feel really tired but not too slow. Like I just need to take a weeks' worth of naps and good nights sleep. Unfortunately no naps and only 2 nights before the swim meet. Will have to make do with the last 2 nights! Only rest will help me now.

    Saturday I will either go for it in the 100 free, or scratch completely. With the tight timeline, you have to punch that first event.

    I wasn't entered in the 200 free. But that's ok. I'd like to go for a good time in the 100 fly, which is first up on Sunday.

    Drat! I did not get upgraded. On the stupid standby list which means no upgrade. Oh well.
  8. Thursday, 9/22/11

    by , September 22nd, 2011 at 02:28 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Swim was ok this morning. I felt pretty good. Back indoors since the guards won't open the outdoor pool until the temp is above 45°. It's been colder than that most mornings until after 7:00.

    Warm up (700)
    300 swim - 200 drill - 200 kick/swim

    Pull (1100)
    12 x 50 - 6 free on :50, 6 back on :55
    - with buoy only, ave 37-38 on free, ave 42-43 on back

    Pull with snorkel and buoy only
    1 x 500 (descend by 100's)
    - not sure of time here, I think I did extra 50 because clock was at 7:30 and I know I was going faster than 1:30/100

    Swim/Kick Set (400)
    4 x ( 15yds fast underwater kick into 10 yd fast swim/25 drill/kick to 35 yds/15 yds full speed swim)
    - did this with fins, going 1:30 on 2:00 interval
    25 easy/25 scull/25 drill/25 swim

    Swim Set (400)
    4 x (25 head up free/25 build to full sprint/15 fast/35 drill)
    - no fins, was going 1:25± on 2:00 interval
    25 easy/25 scull/25 drill/25 easy

    Warm down
    150 easy swim/drill

    Total: 2950 yards
  9. Wednesday, 9/21/11

    by , September 22nd, 2011 at 02:20 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Swam later in the day so I could go outside again.

    Warm up (800)
    Swim 300 as 200 free/100 back
    3 x 100 (25 kick – 50 drill – 25 swim)
    - did 1 fly, 1 back, 1 free
    4 x 50/55 free - ds 1-3 to strong, 4 easy

    Main Set: Back and Free (700)
    Repeat following two times:
    - did all back on round 1, free on round 2
    1 x 150 free or back
    - 1st time back on 2:45, went 2:30, 2nd time free on 2:30, went 2:15
    1 x 50 easy/1:00
    2 x 50 Fast/1:00
    - back went 45's, free went 40's
    1 x 50 easy/1:00

    Set 2 (1050)
    Repeat 3 Times:
    150 free/2:30, went 2:15-2:16
    2 x 50 bk/1:00, went 45-46
    2 x 25 brst/:45
    2 x 25 fly/:45

    Wanm down
    100 easy

    Total: 2650 meters

  10. Tuesday, 9/20/11

    by , September 22nd, 2011 at 02:16 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Swam pretty good today. Was really tired last night and slept in until 8 this morning so swam at noon. Was nice to go outside and get some sun.

    Warm up (1000)
    300 swim - 200 kick
    300 drill/swim - 200 pull

    Set #1 -(700)
    4 x 100/10sr snorkel, bouy and paddles
    - with big paddles, was averaging 1:28
    2 x 150/15sr - snorkel - 50 drill - 25 swim

    Set #2 (1300)
    3 x 100 IM/2:10 Strong
    - went 1:45-1:43-1:42
    2 x 100/2:30 - 25 ez/25 kick/25 build/25 ez

    3 x 100 bk/2:10 strong
    - went 1:32-1:34-1:30
    2 x 100/2:30 - 25 ez/25 kick/25 build/25 ez

    3 x 100 Fr/2:10 STRONG!
    - went 1:24-1:23-1:22

    Warm down (100)
    100 ez free & back

    Total: 3100 meters
  11. Monday, 9/19/11

    by , September 22nd, 2011 at 02:12 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    I have been working out, I've just been a bit lax about posting this week. So I'll try to get caught up.

    Warm up
    200 swim, 200 kick, 200 pull
    6 x 50 drill 10 sr
    2 straight arm, 2 ft drag, 2 fist

    3 x 100/1:40
    3 x 100/1:35
    1 x 100/1:30

    Warm down
    500 easy free & back

    Total: 2100 yards

    Didn't feel very good today and this workout was a struggle. The main set had much more, but after I missed the interval on the 3rd round of 100's I stopped.
  12. Thu Sep 22nd, 2011 SCY

    by , September 22nd, 2011 at 12:42 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu Sep 22nd, 2011 SCY

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    Whitney Coached
    UT, main pool LCM & Dive Well scy
    6:30 to 8:00 dove in 6:37ish
    wore training jammer
    swam with Todd
    beside tyler, chris, James, Mark, Paul, Kellie, Tenneile & Larry

    assigned 500, 4, 3, 2, 1
    did some of it, maybe 1000 or so

    Main SET:

    8 x 150 fr on 2:00
    held 1:41's

    100 easy

    8 x 125 ki on 1:45
    held 1:37's

    100 easy

    2 x 50 on :35 right into
    2 x 100 on 1:10 R I
    2 x 150 on 1:45 R I
    2 x 200 on 2:20

    rest 1:00

    2 x 200 on 2:20 right into
    2 x 150 on 1:45 R I
    2 x 100 on 1:10 R I
    2 x 50 on :35

    100 easy
  13. A busy weekend ahead

    This morning I swam with Team New York Aquatics at John Jay College. Tom guest-coached today, it’s always nice to see him up on deck. Our now-regular crew of 5 lanemates were all there, and Hannah and I traded off lane-leading duties. Here’s how it went:

    450 scy warmup

    16 x 25 FL @ :40 [I missed the memo on this being fly day! For this set we combined lanes 1 and 2 and swam the odds up one lane and the evens back down the next—nice to have plenty of room. I did easy fly working on my breathing timing for 1-8, then alternated that with builds on the next 8.]

    12 x 100 FR:
    4 @ 1:35
    4 @ 1:30
    4 @ 1:25

    100 easy

    10 x 75 IM-no-free:
    Odds = kick
    Evens = swim
    [Why oh why does our pool not have a conveyer belt to bring kickboards back to the proper end of the pool on sets like this?]

    3 x 400 @ 6:00
    [I did the first one as 2 x 150fr/50bk (5:25), the second as 150fr/50 bk/100 fr/25 k/75 bk (5:45), the 3rd as warmdown.]

    This weekend I have two great events lined up. On Friday evening there is an inter-squad meet with Asphalt Green's age-group and masters teams, plus anyone else who wants to participate. The event is a fund-raiser for AG’s Swim for the Future program, which helps make the AGUA age-group team accessible to kids whose families might not otherwise be able to afford it. This “Duel in the Pool (after School)” doesn’t pit the masters vs. the kids (fortunately!); instead, both groups are divided in two and assigned to either the “Asphalt” or “Green” teams—the green vs. the black. Everyone swims 50s of each stroke, and there is a concluding relay. It’s all great fun, and I’m looking forward to the evening.

    Then on Saturday morning I’m swimming the Little Red Lighthouse 10K. It will be my first year swimming this event--last year I wanted to, but worried that the swim would be too long for me, even though it's tide-assisted. This season I've developed a little more confidence in my ability to swim long distances!

    The race this year features a new course starting in Riverdale and ending right below the Riverbank State Park pool where I often swim. It should be a beautiful swim—that stretch of the river is gorgeous, and we’ll get to swim under the George Washington Bridge (and by the Little Red Lighthouse). I’m planning on taking my time and sightseeing! I do hope the weather forecast improves before the race—right now it is not looking too promising, with thunderstorms possible that morning.
  14. Wed./Thurs. Sept. 21-22, 2011 5:00am

    by , September 22nd, 2011 at 10:00 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)

    I didn't feel like swimming this morning, but I still showed up at the pool. Could've been because of my hour of running around being the referee at my daughter's soccer game the night before. Chasing the two teams around the field was rough (especially for a non-runner). Started off with my standard warmup, and then just stood there for a while. Got in a whoppin' 2000 Yards in an hour!!! Yippie Skippy!!

    Thursday: (4:45am)

    300 Free
    200 Free Pull

    10 x 50 Free @ :45 (:38/:39s)

    8 x 75 Free Pull @ 1:00 (:55s)

    20 x 25 Free @ :20 (make 'em)

    300 Kick w/ board
    2400 Yards in 45 minutes (had to get to work early today)

    I'm taking a vacation day from work tomorrow (Friday) for preparation for the Mesa meet. Part of my preparation will be a "reverse taper" by swimming the full 2 hour practice in the morning, and possibly another at either lunch hour or in the afternoon at the YMCA. I tend to do better overall at meets when I'm in hard training periods.
  15. Making use of Fort's crutch

    by , September 22nd, 2011 at 09:56 AM (Random Nonsense)
    I really liked today's warm up. It worked in some drill and kick in small doses so it is easy to stay focused, it was long enough to get warmed up and it wasn't boring.

    Solo SCM
    Warm up
    - 4x
    -- 150 swim
    -- 50 back
    -- 50 kick w/ board
    Main Set
    - 12x50 (2 fast free, 1 moderate back) w/fins on 1:00
    -- 30x6,29x2 on frees
    - 4x125 on 2:10 (100IM + 25 swim IM order)
    -- only full fly on the first 25 swim, drill for the 100s
    -- pulled piriformis during breaststroke?
    - 6x125 on 2:00
    -- 100 swim + 25 kick w/board
    -- 2 free strong, 1 back moderate
    -- 1:18, 1:17, 1:14, 1:10
    Cool Down
    - 100 ez

    Short rest sets are really the only kind of set I understand. During the 50s with fins set, I kept wondering if I was doing the set right. Should I be hitting 27s at the end of the set, should I just be working on faster than normal turnover, or should the latter result in the former? I did pick up my turnover more on the last two than the first 6 and 30s seem like a good time to hit early in the set.

    The 4x125 IM set on 2:10 seems kinda slow (I hit the wall added about 10s to determine the interval). Not sure if I am in really bad IM shape, don't know SCM IM times well or was more tired from the 50s than I felt. IM sets are kinda grind sets to me, but they help my overall conditioning and my free benefits because I swim 100s and 200s build, so the free really gets worked. I also like breaks from free free free.

    This workout was a 5k workout that I stopped when LW started to get out. Sadly, the 6x125s were supposed to be 12x125s and they were just starting to get interesting when I saw LW get out. IIRC my best AFAP 100 time in that pool is a 1:10, so hitting 1:10 on a strong effort in what I thought was the middle of the set at the time, I am quite thrilled with. It would have been very interesting to see if I could keep up that level or if I was about to fall apart. My turnover felt faster during this set, and I credit that to the 50s with fins.

    I pulled some little tiny muscle right next to the ball joint where the femur and pelvis join. I thought I pinched a nerve, the pain was so isolated and didn't think it was a muscle pull until I was getting out of the car. It is a non-issue, it doesn't hurt except when I use it, and that has only "used it" twice in the two hours since I got out of the pool. No breaststroke, squats or deadlifts for a couple days. I used to pull a groin muscle doing breaststroke with absurd regularity when I was first getting back into masters swimming and the workouts were more IM nature.
  16. Thursday Power hour

    by , September 22nd, 2011 at 09:10 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Led lane w/ Roger. Swam next to Dave B and Dave M. No drag suit. Water temp ~85.

    First 500 was fairly effortless. Very surprised to do a 6:04. Figured I was around 6:15-6:20. Second 500 was harder but still a bit faster. Sprint stroke became very difficult after the second 500. The problem with pull/kick is my transition. On the second 100, I didn't get my right paddle on very well and it fell off. Eventually caught back up to the 1:30 pace but it took a lot of effort. Only kicked breast stroke. Arms were shot for the last set. The easy 200 was nice. By the time the last IM came around, I had recovered a little bit.

    My 5 year old son came in my office yesterday asking for a screwdriver. "What for?", I asked. "I'm taking apart my race car. I want to see how it works." I didn't think he would get very far so I handed it to him and planned to check up on him in a few minutes. About 15 minutes later I came in his room to find a completely dismantled race car. He was studying all the parts and looked almost as if he actually understood what each component did. I said, "Either put it back toghether when your are done or throw it away." 15 mintues later it was reassembled and functional. I told my wife and we have since moved all important electronic devices out of his reach.


    400 Warm up

    500 fr - 7:00 (6:04)
    6 x 50 - :50 sprint stroke (IM Order) down, easy free back
    500 fr - 6:30 (6:03)
    12 x 50 - :50 sprint stroke (IM Order) down, easy free back
    100 br - 1:30 (1:23)

    10 x 100 - 1:30 50 Pull/50 Kick

    200 IM - 3:00 Hard (2:50)
    200 Fr - 3:00 Easy
    200 IM - 3:00 Hard (2:50)
    200 Fr - 3:00 Easy
    200 IM - 3:00 Hard (2:41)

    200 Cool down

    (4600 Total)

    by , September 22nd, 2011 at 07:34 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Just a tiring day already and it has not even started yet.

    500 Free broken 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,1,2,1@:10R
    500 IM broken 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,1,2,1@:10R 1-fl 2-bk 3-br 4-fr
    500 Fly drill w/fins alt chest press/underwater recovery
    10x50 from dive 20 yard sprints alt fly/free
    free felt good, fly took longer to come around
    500 free w/snorkle as 100k/100sw/100k/100sw/50k/50sw
    Total 2500 yards
  18. Workout 9/21/11

    by , September 21st, 2011 at 11:27 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Nice day in southern Vermont, so I made the trip to the Berkshires (you know, James Taylor and Norman Rockwell, even though he did spend a lot of time in Arlington, Vermont) for an open water swim tonight. There is a group of folks that meet weekly from May through September to hit the many clean lakes in the area, and my buddy Jon from the team got me on the list.

    We swam Richmond Pond, the closest to me at just over 40 miles, so I rode my motorcycle down for the 5pm swim. Total of six swimmers and one kayak, and I swam the longer loop (just over one mile). The water was cool, but warmer than the Atlantic in July, so I felt good without the wetsuit. I used this as a primer for the race this weekend, and did ok with some of the weeds/milfoil reaching out and grabbing me.

    They will swim once more next week, but I gave to work and will miss it. Usually there is a potluck after the swim, but tonight we just munched on freshly picked apples and pretzels as the sun began setting. A great thing about OW - we saw an osprey fly around, just before a bald eagle soared overhead! Amazing - my first time seeing this majestic bird!
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  19. The Road to Getting Back in Shape

    by , September 21st, 2011 at 11:09 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    As I have anticipated, the road to getting back in shape is not a short one. The challenge is fun as long as I don't get too discouraged about how slow I must go. I make a point to tell myself that it can only get better.

    Ran 3 miles with my dog. Averaged 9:16 per mile.

    Hit the pool for a workout. The water felt very oily. Several times my pull buoy slipped out because of this.

    Warm-up: 300 swim, 200 kick, 100 pull

    Pyramid (no rest between sets)

    4 x 25 back on :30
    3 x 50 free on 1:00
    2 x 75 dolphin kick on back w/fins on 1:30
    1 x 100 free pull on 2:00
    1 x 100 free pull on 2:00
    2 x 75 dolphin kick on back w/fins on 1:30
    3 x 50 free on 1:00
    4 x 25 back on :30

    6 x 50 fly on 1:15 - alternate 3 rt/3 lt/3 full throughout 50

    100 easy

    2000 SCY

    Time to start hitting the weight room.

    Warmed up on recumbent bike for 15 minutes.

    Leg lifts in Captain's Chair - 2 sets of 25
    Back extensions - 2 sets of 25

    Bench press: bar x 10, 2 sets of 65 x 10
    Lat pulldown: 70 x 10, 2 sets of 110 x 10
    Hammer curls: 2 sets of 10 x 10

    To get a sense of pace off the treadmill, wnet out to track and did 1/2 mile warm-up and then did 6 x 800. It was hot, so I took it pretty easy and averaged about 4:10 on the 800s.

    Later, needed to take my dog out for her exercise so she doesn't pork up. Ran 2.5 miles with her. Did walk a few times because I was tired from running at the track.

    I am finding that my POTs is a somewhat of an issue right now. As I get in better shape, I suspect it will become less so. Conditioning is supposed to help keep it under control. Right now, however, it is challenging to reach that point where I am well-conditioned enough for it not to be too much a factor.

    Any upright exercise really takes a toll on me, but being consistent about it for a month or two is supposed to help the condition. The other day, running three miles at a 9:15 pace really taxed me. I was tired when I did my swim on Tuesday. The heat is not great for it either. I plan to keep plodding on, believing it will get better in a few weeks. I'm trying to be smart about it by taking it easy when I run, but making sure I am getting it in.
  20. Easy swim on my own

    by , September 21st, 2011 at 08:24 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center
    swam on my own, got a lane to myself, but was in the crappy shallow lane

    400 warm up

    200 easy kick

    8 x 25 swim easy with snorkel no interval

    8 x 25 kick with fins fly mixing sides

    8 x 25 IM easy

    8 x 25 alt free swim/back swim easy

    50 easy

    The End

    No pun intended to Fort's hair mishap, but the highlight of my day: Haircut and eyebrow wax!

    It looks exactly the same. I have not started coloring my hair just yet. satisfying when your ends are even and properly layered again (tossing my salon blowout around at you). And my eyebrows are great (see me raising them at you). However, I was all tense while getting pampered. I felt as tight and tired as when I got my root canals.

    Then I ate lunch at McDonald's, and went swimming too soon afterwards. Sitting so heavy in my tummy. I could barely kick with a kickboard as it seemed to squeeze everything up (almost tossing my cookies) or the other way (not a good thing. by the way, did you know that the average age when hemmorioids start is 30? My business school marketing professor told us that. Amazing the things you remember.).

    Less than 24 hours and I can "check in" on American Airlines. We shall see if I get lucky again and upgraded to first class!