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  1. Wednesday, 9/28/11

    by , September 28th, 2011 at 11:42 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    I felt pretty good this morning. Swim went well. And I finally got a good night's sleep!

    Warm up (800)
    200 swim free - 200 back kick - 200 drill/swim - 200 pull/scull by 50's

    Set #1 (600)
    12 x 50/1:00 as 4x:
    50 drill
    50 steady build
    50 blast 1st 15yds
    50 blast last 15yds
    - all free, times ranged from 36-40 on these

    Set #2 (800) back swim with fins
    4 x 200/3:20
    - went 2:52-54 on these

    Set #3 (600)
    12 x 50/1:15 as 2x
    Dive 25 fast - 25 easy
    50 drill
    25 blast kick - 25 drill
    50 breath's 7 or 9
    Dive 50 fast - went 32, 31
    50 easy
    - except for the fast 50 the times on thses ranged from high 30's to mid 40's

    Warm down
    200 IM as 25 drill/25 easy swim

    Total: 3000 yards
  2. Wed 9/28

    by , September 28th, 2011 at 11:41 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Been sick with a cold so I skipped Monday as I was too congested.

    Warm up
    600 FR
    20 x 25 K :45 every 4th fast
    100 EZ
    5 x 100 Monofin K 2:00 (did 300 w/ snorkel)


    6 times through:
    50 Drill (catch up with stick)
    75 Fin Pull w/ Paddles
    Rest :10
    25 Sprint ( Fins n Paddles)
    100 EZ


    10 x Broad jumps and stream line push off from bottom (AKA "Forts")
    500 Fin Kick FR/FLY by 50

    300 EZ
  3. 50s with fins

    by , September 28th, 2011 at 10:28 AM (Random Nonsense)
    Warm Up
    - 300 swim
    - 300 kick
    - 300 swim
    - 300 back
    Main Set
    - 13x50 fast easy w/ fins on 45
    -- 27,26x6
    -- focused on fast hands
    -- still don't have the hang of this type of set
    - 150 ez
    - 4x200 on 2:40
    -- 2:20, 2:22 (stuffed a turn), 2:21, 2:17
    -- execute race strategy (ez,build,strong,fast)
    Cool down
    - 200 ez

    Retrospective (aka sleep aide): Last night I was laying in bed thinking about swimming. My junior year I swam 1:50.0x in both prelims and finals, well split in prelims, 50/59 in finals. In finals my coach wanted me to let rip, and I did Always when I think about preparing for that meet, I think of a 10x50s on 200 goal pace set I did and I remember asking the USAS coach what my goal pace was. He was quite upset that my high school coach hadn't discussed that with me since, at the time, he was coaching all the fast swimmers (USAS) from my high school and we were competing with his HS swimmers (he coached both HS and USAS).

    Last night it dawned on me that he was my USAS coach my sophomore year and the goal time for the set was 1:50. I must not have gotten much faster from my sophomore to junior years.

    Why? I started swimming competitively with the HS team during their off season (Mar-May) my 8th grade year. I couldn't do the workouts initially but by the end I could do the workouts in the slow lane. I swam summer league over the summer and it was easy, but during my freshman year I joined USAS and was put in a senior group because of my age more than my skill. It was survival swimming. Over the scy season I went from a 1:08 100 free to :56 and was still struggling at USAS. Over the summer training outside, I did an open turn and grabbed a wasp. After that, I never did another open turn during freestyle, and my workout times improved drastically. I finally had the endurance and skill to confidently complete practice.

    Then I changed teams and confidently completely practices at the new USAS team for a year. Then I changed teams and confidently completed practices for another year. Getting faster probably required more than going through the motions.

    I also think this is why I understand so little about training. My USAS training time was short, coaches varied and I just did survival training, even after survival was a near guarantee. This is why Xx100s on almost no rest makes so much sense to me, it is a pure survival set. Other than the 10x50s 200 race pace set, I don't remember training pacing until being a Master. Sprint 25s existed only in my dreams and 100s on 7:00 were a thing to be feared and survived, not something to focus on.

    Thinking about training was not something I did until I was a Master and very little seems to have accidentally rubbed off from my misspent youth.

    Last few days: I had food poisoning Thursday, puked my guts up Thursday night (I was yelling at cars driving slow in front of me on the way home from work because I didn't think I would make it), missed swimming and work Friday. Did a light swim Sunday but didn't feel normal again until yesterday evening. I do not have the superior digestion that Fort believed. I rarely experience stomach illness, then twice in a week.
  4. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 5:00am

    by , September 28th, 2011 at 10:11 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I didn't like taking yesterday off from the pool, made this feel like another Monday in the water. Plus I had another hour of running around on the soccer field being referee of my daughter U9 soccer game again last night, which is getting kinda fun, though I still dislike running.
    11 more days till my next competition. USAS meet in Ellensburg @ Central Wash. Univ. Let the swim meet season begin!! I'm going to be busy till December.


    200 Free
    200 IM Drill
    200 Free Pull


    4 x 250 Free @ 3:15 (went 3:01, 2:58, 2:55, 2:51)

    50 EZ

    6 x 150 IM (100 IM, 50 Free) @ 2:15 last two: did 1:51, 1:50
    worked on my backstroke arms faster turnover

    50 EZ

    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:15 (range 1:05-1:11)
    arm muscles are sore/tired

    8 x 75 Free @ 1:05 (:48-:50s)

    50 EZ
    3600 Yards

    Updated September 28th, 2011 at 12:53 PM by jaadams1

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  5. Wednesday workout

    by , September 28th, 2011 at 10:07 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Power hour format. Swam with Kent next to Roger, Dave and Dave. No drag suit. Pool temp @ 85.

    Swimming w/ Kent is always a challenge. He is a good bit faster than me but Roger usually gives him more challenging workouts. So, he lead off the first set doing 50 stroke on :40 and 50 kick on :50. I was doing stroke/free on :40 and 50 kick on :50. He started struggling to make the kick and we ended up pushing off a couple seconds back. Eventually, I just passed him on the kick and fought to get back on the 1:30 pace. Thought I would struggle more leading the lane but ended up keeping a good cushion on him through the first two sets. He led the third set but I caught him swimming free while he was swimming IM. The 400 free was pretty good for me. I though I was going slow becasue Kent kept pulling away from me. Paced with Dave M so I figured we were holding 1:15s. Finished on 4:43. Pretty effortless for a 1:11 pace. Last set we spread out into emptly lanes. I was pretty tired at that point and didn't swim terribly fast for the pulls.


    500 Warm up

    10 times through:
    * 50 Stroke/Free - :40
    * 50 Kick - :50

    10 times through:
    * 50 Free - :35 (:30s to :32s)
    * 50 Kick - :55

    400 Free - 5:00 (4:43)
    300 Free - 4:00 (3:40)
    200 IM - 3:00 (2:45)
    1:00 Rest
    100 Kick timed (Br - 1:25)

    50 Easy

    200 Pull - 3:00 Moderate (2:30)
    200 IM - 3:00 Easy
    200 Pull - 3:00 Faster (2:25)
    200 IM - 3:00 Easy
    200 Pull - 3:00 Faster (2:19)

    200 Cool down

    (4750 Total)
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  6. Just plain tired today

    by , September 28th, 2011 at 07:22 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    The water at the aquatic center was actually hot 82+ but at least the chemical balance was better today.

    Just could not get moving, but then I remembered I did weightlifting last night. That might just be it.

    5x200@3:30 Free with 6 beat kick
    500 Free w/fins every 3rd lap fast
    10x50@1:00 Fly w/fins as 25 skull drill/25 sprint
    5x100@1:30 w/paddles & bouy as 50 free/50back
    200 Free w/snorkle alt by 50 kick/6kicks then stroke
    300 Free easy

    Total 3000 yards
  7. Sprint modification 09/27/11

    by , September 27th, 2011 at 10:54 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Back to the pool!

    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center
    Jenn Christensen coached

    300 warm up

    Pull set (no, no and no!) and one more no
    4 x 200 around 3:00
    4 x (100 + easy 50) on above interval
    1st 100 moderate
    2nd 100 4 x 25 5 sec rest 1:11
    3rd 100 4 x 25 10 sec rest 1:06
    4th 100 4 x 25 10 sec rest 1:06

    Main set:
    12 x 100's
    4 x 100 stroke choice 1:40
    4 x 100 IM 1:45
    4 x 100 free 1:30
    ==>12 x 50's on above interval
    4 x 50 fly
    12.5 fast/37.5 easy free
    25 fast/25 easy free
    37.5 fast/12.5 easy free
    50 fast all fly 35

    4 x 50 kick with board no fins
    s/a/a 47 on last 50

    4 x 50 free
    backwards, so end with 12.5 to the wall fast

    50 easy

    Sprint set I!
    10 x 25 on 45
    12.5 underwater fast kick/easy to wall

    Sprint set II!
    8 x 25 on 40
    15 m fast, 10 easy
    sometimes I did the whole 25 fast
    every odd from a dive

    The End

    First day back from AZ meet, and no better time to start right in on The Plan!

    This was a great workout to customize to my new targeted sprint training. I must say, I am indeed not exhausted, but I really punched it on every sprinty bit. I didn't get a chance to use my swim cord, and i'm glad I didn't because I finished my last errand just in time to get in carpool line.

    The 100's were a starting point, and 1:06's are really not very good. I need to work them down to 1:00.0!! My goal is to work down to 30-32 for 50 fly's from a push, and 29-31's for 50 frees. I also should be able to get up and going sprint after sprint, all strokes from a dive with punch! I think i'm much more focused on that now.

    Next up: USA meet on 10/09. I will swim 50 free and 100 fly SCY.
  8. Tuesday, Sept. 27

    by , September 27th, 2011 at 06:55 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    600 various
    5 x 50 single arm

    Hypoxic/MF Sets:

    25 x 20 shooters w/MF
    5 each -- back/belly/left side/right side/360 twirling

    8 x 50 breast w/MF @ 1:15
    -- long pullouts

    3 x 100 shooters w/MF @ 2:30
    -- only breathe between flags and wall with quick flip
    -- hard!

    6 x 50 shooters w/MF @ 1:30
    -- 1 quick breath at turn

    100 EZ

    20 x 25 1 breath free w/paddles @ 15 RI

    100 EZ

    Total: 3150


    Was sore from yesterday's weights, so did a hypoxic/kick/recovery type workout today. I am hoping I will have the willpower to stretch later. I'm normally fairly disciplined, but I hate stretching even though I know it's good for me. I"m better with the foam roller and the stick. Planning to nick a chowmi set tomorrow.

    Here's a couple interesting articles from Swimming Science:

    resisted swimming: For me, it's worth it to increase force output because I already have a high stroke rate.

    ankle flexibility:

    efficacy of PRP:

    Many other articles, some about drylands, on their FB site.

    Updated September 27th, 2011 at 08:55 PM by The Fortress

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  9. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -09/28/11

    by , September 27th, 2011 at 05:14 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    We will go a bit shorter the rest of the week leading up to the OW swim on Saturday.

    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:00
    5 X 100 1:30
    10 X 50 :45

    1 X 200 kick 4:15
    8 X 50 kick 1:00
    1 X 100 swim

    1 X 125 stroke 2:15
    1 X 75 stroke 1:30
    2 x 50 stroke 1:00
    Two rounds.

    1 X 200 3;00
    5 X 50
    Three rounds.
    50's: Round 1 on :50, 2 on :55, 3 on 1:00
    swim the 50's: 1-4 fast #5 easy

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  10. Tuesday, 9/27/11

    by , September 27th, 2011 at 05:00 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Had a really good swim today which surprised me. I haven't been sleeping very well lately and am really tired, almost zombie like.

    Warm up
    400 swim - 200 free/200 back
    200 kick - IM order on back
    200 pull - w/buoy only, 100 free/100 back
    200 as 25 scull/25 drill

    Main Set
    2 x 100/1:45 neg split, #1 90%, #2 fast
    - went 1:22, 1:21
    4 x 50/10 SR 1 easy - 1 drill - 1 kck - 1 easy
    Extra 1 min rest

    1 x 200/3:30 neg split fast
    - went 2:51
    4 x 50's - same as above
    Extra 1 min rest

    1 x 300/5:00 descend 100's
    - went 4:21
    4 x 50's - same as above
    Extra 1 min rest

    Kick w/fins (600)
    6 x 100/2:00
    odds - dolphin w/board
    evens - on back, 10-12 underwater sdk off each wall then flutter kick on surface
    - was going 1:29-33 on all of these

    Warm down
    100 easy free & back

    Total: 3000 meters
  11. Distance Day

    by , September 27th, 2011 at 01:05 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    I am not the most patient person in the world (which my husband will tell you is a HUGE understatement ). But... I was really hoping for more during today's distance workout. However, most of the intervals were at a 1:30 per 100 pace, which I should be under. Today, however, not so much. I was completely struggling to keep a 1:30 pace going and after promising myself that I would get through the first round of 3s doing all freestyle (with NO fins or paddles), I switched to using fins to keep up. In a perfect world, the entire workout would have been done as freestyle. In my world... here's what I managed to eek out:

    450 Warm-Up
    3 x 300 Free on 5:00
    1 x 200 Free on 3:00
    2 x 175 Free on 3:00 (supposed to be 200s)
    3 x 100 Free on 1:30
    2 x 300 Kick on 5:00
    2 x 175 Back (w/ fins) on 3:00 (again written as 200s)
    2 x 100 Free (w/ fins) on 1:30
    1 x 300 Kick on 5:00
    1 x 200 Back (w/ fins) on 3:00
    1 x 100 Free (w/ fins) on 1:30
    150 Cool-Down
    Total Yards - 4100

    I realize that I'm my own worst enemy and harder on myself than anyone else ever could be, but I was just hoping to feel so much better in the water today. Alas, that was not the case.

    Here's hoping tomorrow will be a better swim day.

    Hope you enjoy your swims today!
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  12. Tue Sep 27th, 2011 SCY

    by , September 27th, 2011 at 10:49 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue Sep 27th, 2011 SCY

    did a partial double yesterday but
    didn't blog 2nd work out
    4 x 150 on 2:30 warm up
    4 x 25
    4 x 300 on 3:30
    8 x 75
    100 easy

    tomorrow morning is at 5:00 am and LCM

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    Whitney Coached
    UT, main pool scy
    6:30 to 8:00 dove in at 6:03
    wore Jammer
    swam with Mike
    beside Larry, Jim, Korey, Todd, & Shawn

    4, 3, 2, 1 warm up
    stop at 6:50

    Main SET: scy

    Drop down Set
    Start at 2:00
    Drop interval by 2 sec each time
    did 2 x 175
    150's till 1:42
    125's till 1:30
    2:00 break at 1:30
    100's kicked 5 to 1:22 then fr till 1:10
    kicked 75's till the end

    10 x 50 k on 1:00 best ave
    no board fly
    Ave 34's

    100 easy

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  13. Tuesday workout

    by , September 27th, 2011 at 08:46 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Kind of a light day today. Swam w/ Dave and Dave. Pool cooler. No drag suit. My 13 yr old son woke up early and came with me. It's been a while since he has done that. His homeschool group is going to do a swimming class and I think he wants to make sure he is the fastest. Might also have something to do with a girl in his homeschool group he texts constantly.


    500 Warm up

    4 Times through
    * 12 x 25 - :40 Easy/Hard 2 swim, 2 kick
    * 400 IM - 6:00

    100 Easy

    12 x 50 - :50 IM Order

    200 Cool down

    (4200 Total)
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  14. Venting frustrations today

    by , September 27th, 2011 at 07:32 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Once again the pool was over chlorinated and I had cotton mouth midway thru but that is better than yesterday where it started on the first lap.

    Yesterday was so stressful with my daughters car accident (she is ok but not the car). Can I go back to being a kid and let someone else take care of me for a while?

    Since I am too old I decided to beat up the water today.

    500 Free
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 fast

    main set free w/paddles & bouy
    200@3:00 Free (2:53)
    4x100@1:30 Free held 1:24's
    200@3:00 Free (2:47)
    4x100@1:25 Free held 1:20's
    200@3:00 Free (2:42)
    4x100@1:20 Free held 1:18's
    200 Free slow (3:05)

    100 Free kick streamline w/snorkle
    100 Free w/snorkle
    300 Free easy

    Total 3500 yards
  15. Week of 9/18/2011 - 9/24/2011

    by , September 26th, 2011 at 05:50 PM (An Uber Clydesdale Swimmer's Journey)
    Oh boy! This week marks the most yardage I've done in one week since I started back this year! Friday's workout placed me at 9,850 yds, just shy of 10,000 yds. If I had realized that, I probably would have done a few more yards on Wed or Fri to get there.

    Monday, 9/19/2011
    3650 SCY - I finally broke the two mile mark! We have a new assistant coach today and this was his first day writing the workout. The workout he came up with totalled 4350 yds, but I knew that I'd never be able to finish that yardage. I made it into the pool early enough, so I decided to seize the opportunity and see if I could break that two mile (~3500yds) mark. I did the sets as they came, but the intervals were just too fast for me. The assistant coach is a young man, so he's probably used to seeing workouts for in shape college swimmers, not for a group of swimmers who are looking to get into shape, let alone like an uber-clyde like myself.

    Warm-up (700 SCY)
    Repeat 2x:
    150 Free
    6 x 25 Kick
    50 scull

    Main set (2850 SCY)
    5 x 100 @ 2:10 Free
    2x100 IM
    4 x 100 @ 2:05 Free
    2x100 IM
    3 x 100 @2:00 Free
    2x100 IM
    2 x 100 @ 1:55 Free
    2x100 IM
    1 x 100 @ 1:50 Free
    300 Kick, easy w/board
    6 x 25 kick (25 fast/25 easy)
    4 x 25 free (fast) w/fins & paddles

    Cool down (100 SCY)
    100 Free, easy
    Wednesday, 9/21/2011
    3050 SCY - Today's workout was more in our ballpark for what we can get done. Nick (the new assistant coach) introduced us to a new drill that he does for college. He calls them "15 meter drills". It's pretty simple: you swim dolphin kick as far as you can to the second set of rings on the lane line (~15 meters). Once you get there, or once you break the surface, you swim free the remainder of the way in. I usually made it to about the 10 meter mark, so I would catch a breath, then dive and finish to the 15m mark doing dolphin. From there I'd sprint into the wall. I still got the breathing benefit (which he says is the point) with my modifications, otherwise I would have been swimming for most of the lap.

    Warm-up (700 SCY)
    200 Free
    100 Free pull
    200 flutter kick
    2 x 100 IM

    Main Set (2250 SCY)
    10 x 25 "15 meter" drill, 5 sec rest between
    10 x 50 free, descending interval
    3 x 200 free pull
    3 x 200 free, descending interval
    3 x 100 kick, breaststroke

    Cool down (100 SCY)
    100 Free, easy

    Friday, 9/23/2011

    3150 SCY - Nick's workout for us this night included a lot of stroke work. We ended up doing over 1000 yds of our choice (no free) and 600 yds of stroke kick (no free). I felt pretty good doing it, though I could feel the muscles in the back of my calve starting to cramp. I didn't think too much about it until the next morning. Was I ever sore!! I was hoping to get a photo of the workout, but the sheets disappeared before I could get my phone out.

    Warm up (800 SCY)
    400 Free
    2x200 IM

    Main set (2650 SCY)
    6 x 25 "15 meter" drill, 0:15-0:20 rest
    10 x 50 Free on 1:10
    6 x 100 Kick (3 must be stroke)
    6 x 50 stroke on 1:30
    6 x 100 stroke 2:45

    Cool down (200 SCY)
    200 Free, easy
    2011 Go The Distance:
    60.26 miles


    The increase in yardage this week was confirmation that I am becoming more in shape. If I had said to myself in March that I'd be doing close to 10,000 hard yds in one week, I would have thought I was crazy!! It's slowly working but I'm eager to get even faster, especially with the meet on November 6 in Mission Viejo.

    That brings up another issue that I'm struggling with: suits. As a guy my size, there really are to good options for swim suits. My current (that's a little big) are 5x swim trunk from Casual Male store. Even if I go a size smaller, I'm afraid that I'm going to have an issue with keeping the suit on when I dive in. I wish I could find a more "performance" oriented suit in my size.

    It's the whole chicken-egg conundrum. I'm probably one of only a couple people my size who are enthusiastic Masters swimmers, so there isn't enough of a market to offer. I wouldn't mind a swim parka in my size for the upcoming seasons.

    This is probably my last photo of water polo until the last game of the season. My university class starts Monday and meets the exact days that the boys water polo games are. I'm really bummed about that, as I really enjoy watching the games, cheering on the team, taking the photos, and sharing the photos with the team. I feel like it's my contribution to keep this cool sport going.

    This Thursday Yucaipa High (my work) played against Redlands High. Redlands has been quite dominant in aquatics for many years, but this day YHS came out on top. The YHS boys rallied and when the final horn blew, the final score was 19-13. It was a great game to watch as a TBird fan!

    Check out my Picasa gallery for this game if you want to see more.

    Updated September 27th, 2011 at 11:05 AM by tuna

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  16. Yay for backstroke!!!

    by , September 26th, 2011 at 05:21 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Monday, 9/26/11

    I had a restless night last night and so I didn't swim this morning. I went at noon and swam outside in the metric pool. It was a beautiful day and I swam well. Felt pretty good in spite of not getting much sleep last night.

    Warm up
    400 Choice
    - 200 free/200 back
    4 x 75/1:20 build
    - swam free, around 1:07-08
    4 x 50/1:00 15 fast/20 moderate/15fast
    - free, around 41-42

    Main Set: Backstroke
    Repeat twice:
    1 x 200 swim Back/4:00
    - was around (or just under) 3:20 both times
    4 x 50 back/1:05 desc to FAST
    - went from 50 to under 45 both times
    4 x 25/1:00 FAST
    - was under 20 on these

    Back Kick (800)
    1 x 800 continuous
    - took just under 19 min to do this.

    Warm down
    100 easy free

    Total: 2800 meters
  17. Sept. 25-26

    by , September 26th, 2011 at 04:16 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Bikram, 90 minutes

    In case someone missed PWB's comment ... Here is a vid explaining why Texas women use bikram in their training:

    Swim: 30 minutes slow



    RC exercises
    HS hi row, 110 x 3 x 20
    skull crushers, 40 x 3 x 15
    assisted dips (20 lb assist), 1 x 10, 2 x 8
    Cavic horizontal fly raise, 3 x 30
    abductor machine, 120 x 3 x 10
    explosive leg press, 270 x 2 x 10, 290 x 1 x 10
    lower back machine, 120 x 2 x 15
    box jumps, 10
    knee tuck jumps 2 x 10
    standing jumps from track start position, 10
    med ball slams, 5 minutes


    Warm up:

    600 various
    6 x 50 single arm fly
    6 x 25 shooters

    Speed Sets:

    4 x 50 done as:
    -- standing broad jump from side of pool to bottom, squat jump off bottom dolphin kicking hard, fast eggbeater kick to mid-pool and then cruise to wall. when hit the wall, 10 second AFAP flutter kick, then right into backstroke start and fast dolphin kicks to 15 m, then cruise in.
    -- very hard

    100 EZ

    Pyramid 50 frees @ 2:00
    AFAP breakout & 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 9, 7, 5, 3 fast strokes + cruise

    100 EZ

    8 x 25 w/fins & parachute
    -- burst dolphin kick to 15 m and cruise

    100 EZ

    Total: 2300


    Feeling pretty tired after today's effort, which was just about power and top speed. Forgot to bring something to munch on in car between workouts. Felt it some in the pool.

    Had a trying weekend. Teenage daughters are a huge pita.
  18. I'm older than I thought I was - 09/26/11

    by , September 26th, 2011 at 03:04 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    Had this crazy idea to go twice today - well, I felt obligated to go twice, I really didn't feel like it. I should have listened to my body, because my second workout not only was a waste of time, now I'm so exhausted the rest of my day is most likely shot.

    Morning Practice
    600 back/free
    400 reverse IM, 50 fly/back, 50 free
    16 x 50 kick on :50 (had to use zoomers)
    100 EZ
    3 x 300, 75 hard, 25 moderate on 4:15
    4 x 4 cycle speed play on :25
    9 x 100 pull on 1:20/25
    200 EZ
    Total: 5000
    Lunch Practice - got there a bit late, in the middle of a set
    2 x 100 on 1:25; 50 EZ, 3 x 100 on 1:20 50 EZ (held 1:10's)
    500, every 4th lap off stroke (breast)
    200 free followed by 50 kick; twice
    9 x 100, 2 free on 1:20, then IM on 1:40 - in theory. I wussed out & did 4 of the free, and the breast/free part on two of the IM's & got out
    Total: 2200
    Grand Total 7200

    So I've learned two valuable, if sad lessons today.

    1) I'm an old lady. Ten years ago I used to play 2-3 hours of tennis before swim practice, now I don't think that would happen. I might go swim after 2-3 hours of tennis - but only to float around.

    2) Don't even think about doing two practices in one day if there is not at least 9-10 hours between the two of them.

    I thought with my new job that oh, boy! I would get to see my old friends at lunch again - but I find their workouts now to be rather on the wimpy side, after having trained with the "kids" for 6 months now. And since I have paid my $70/month fee, if it is Mon, Wed or Fri, I am going to swim at 0530, whether I have the day off or not. If I need more exercise that day, I will pick something else besides swimming, like tennis or biking. I am not 23 any more. Sad but true. If my day off happens to fall on Tues or Thursday, I will sleep in & go swim with the lunch bunch, and if they have a Saturday practice I will swim with them, but unless it's raining (or 20 degrees outside!!) I will train with ATAC MWF for now. Besides, the lunch bunch are all triathletes, and have no interest in swim meets, anyway. It is, however, good to show up once in a while & check out how fast they are going - especially since Jennifer K is my yardstick. She is good for me - I think she races every single swim in practice. Which explains why she goes on a slower interval - she needs the rest. I have been doing this more myself, and I find that I am quite pleased with myself when I hold 1:10's or better on the 1:30. The goal, of course is to hold 1:10's on the 1:20, and eventually, to hold 1:06 or 7 on the 1:15. Putting it in print now. Goal by Dec 31st: hold under 1:10 on 1:20's for at least 8 x 100's. Goal before Spring Nat's hold 1:06 or 1:07 on 1:15's.

    Wish me luck
  19. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -09/27/11

    by , September 26th, 2011 at 01:32 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    Today is our annual Birthday swim for our coach (me) I started this tradition when I turned 50 and hope to continue for as many years as I can. The swim is my age times hundreds on the 1:30. When I no longer can make the interval it will be over, no lowering the standards!

    So...the workout today is:

    61 X 100 1:30
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  20. Back To The Pool.... Finally!

    by , September 26th, 2011 at 12:47 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    So, it's been a week and I haven't written anything. After last Monday's early am practice and a 10 mile spin, I went to work as normal... and only made it for an hour before getting physically sick and heading home. The next two days were exactly like that... ugh! I never get sick, but when I do.... There's nothing like being really, really sick to make you appreciate how healthy you normally are. And, it takes absolutely no time to feel lost again when trying to return to the pool. Even now - a full week later - I'm still feeling sluggish and slow (and a bit weak) in the water. But... time to get back at it. After all short course meters season is getting started.

    This morning's workout was supposed to be a full 3800 yards, but when the coach was late, I decided that if he didn't show, I would "coach" the workout for everyone else. So... no actual warm-up for me (which is the 400 yards I'm lacking). As I was about to get everyone started, the coach arrived, so I did the first 2 of the 100s as a warm-up. Here's what we did:

    200 Warm-Up
    4 x 100 as 25 Kick / 50 Back / 25 Kick on 2:00
    4 x 200 Free on 3:30
    1 x 100 Free EZ on 2:00
    3 x 200 Free on 3:20
    1 x 100 Free EZ on 2:00
    2 x 200 Free on 3:10
    1 x 100 Free EZ on 2:00
    1 x 200 Free FAST on 3:00 (did 2:49)

    1 x 100 Free EZ on 2:00
    400 Cool-Down
    Total Yards (for me) - 3400

    I guess I can't really complain with holding a 1:30 per 100 pace too much, but I was faster than that before getting sick and - face it - today's swimming was pretty disheartening. BUT... by the last "FAST" 200, I realized that I was moving my head all over the place while swimming and so I really concentrated on keeping my head still. What happened? My 200s on 2:59s turned into a 200 on 2:49 - without a noticeable difference in effort! Guess I forgot to do a "little" thing that makes a big difference in my swimming. YAY! Glad I remembered that before tomorrow's distance day extravaganza.

    To catch you up, my swim portion of the Sprint Tri relay I was part of right before I got sick (within hours....) was a 500 meter swim in 8:40 (done in a snaking fashion in a 50 meter pool). Not my best time (and I was really hoping for faster), but it is what it is. And, I did have to pass several swimmers in front of me - and even did a three-wide pass of two guys coming down the 400-450 lane. Woo-Hoo! Plus... flip turns to the side I'm used to while going under the lane line was no issue.... flipping to the opposite side (every other end of the pool).... let's just say that was a bit challenging.

    So.... that's where that is. I must say that it was quite a learning experience. And, I got to see what other people are riding, what equipment they have on their bikes, how bikes are set up, and what transitions are like - all good preparation for the Aquabike racing I want to do next summer. Now.... it's time to start that pesky training thing.....

    Enjoy your swims today!
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