This morning I was so tempted to sleep in but drug my self out of bed any way. After all as long as I am heading to the Aquatic Center they will be open, storming or not!
Craig Harney and I had the entire long course pool to our selves for the first hour!
10x50@1:15 Fly drill w/fins all with 15+meter kick out odds skull drill evens stoneskipper
500 Free kick w/fins
10x50@1:15 Breast pull w/fins all with 15+meter kick out made 1/2 pool on the first one!
500 Free w/snorkle every 4th 50 kick
Total 2500 meters
300 Free Pull
200 Fly Drill
10 x 50 Free @ :45
8 x 75 IMs no free @ 1:15
8 x 25s Fast Kick w/ zoomers (did SDK) @ :45
2 x 50s Free (fast kick/slow arms)
Tonight I finally decided to get back into the P90X DVDs again. Did about 45 minutes of the UML (Upper/Middle/Lower) workout. It was kind of fun with my 2 younger kids side by side with me trying to imitate the motions. It was tough, I was only able to do about 2/3 of each different interval before collapsing in exhaustion. I haven't done any of these workouts since before USMS Nationals, so my body's not really ready for it.
You've gotta love a day that starts off with a loud thunder-booming rainstorm! We kept all 760 Freshman in the field house for the first 1.25 hours and assigned a nutrition article review + time for their final's study guide! The remaining rotation slots were shortened and that equals a pretty sweet day!
I did a short solo swim at the Monon. I felt crappy, tired, and depressed. My condition radically improved upon the completion of my swim!
**500 Free warm-up swim
**2 X 250 Free @ 4:00
**4 X 125 IM (50 stroke IM roll order) @ 2:30
**5 X 100 Free @ 1:45
**8 X 50 @ :50
I visited my dermatologist today and had a few Actinic Kerasotes frozen off my face (both cheeks) and hand. Currently they have morphed into large blisters. I was told they will look lots worse before they start looking better. I may need to wear a veil and gloves to summer school tomorrow!
long arm crunches
power wheel roll outs, 2 x 25
power wheel pike ups, 2 x 10
cable twist w/yoga ball, each side -- 45 x 1 x 10, 50 x 1 x 10
HS shoulder press, 70 x 5 x 5 -- Q style
-- Treaded carefully on these; easier as a I went along.
squat machine, 220 x 1 x 10, 224 x 2 x 10
dumbbell row, each arm -- 35 x 1 x 10, 40 x 2 x 10
box jumps, 10
knee tuck jumps, 10
altitude drops, 10
-- Went to racquetball court and did 10 minutes of 5-6 different kinds of med ball slams
Swim/SCM/Outside @ Gym:
24 x 25 drill
6 of each stroke
10 x 50
25 easy speed fly w/fins + easy back kick
10 x 50 w/paddles
odds = 25 scull + 25 overkick free
evens = 25 torque drill + 25 overkick free
Total: 2250 m
Got in a decent session at the gym. The 2 boxes in my gym had disappeared for a couple weeks to my disgruntlement. So I was very happy to see a new set of boxes appropriate for box jumps and altitude drops!
Just did a recovery swim right at my gym. It was a gorgeous day here in the metro DC area -- perfect to swim slowly outside (except for backstroke of course). There was a speedy college swimmer from UNC there. She did breast with dolphin kick with small paddles, which looked pretty cool; I may need to try that. I let myself sit in the sun for a whole 10 minutes before dashing off for errands. (Thought of Bob and decided that 10 minutes was meditation. )
Updated June 15th, 2011 at 11:19 PM by The Fortress
Something was wrong with my arms today - I felt like I was swimming in mud.
5 x 100 stroke/free (I did back & breast)
3 x 200 breast/free on 3:45 (this was miserable - I was actually supposed to be doing it all breastroke - but I barely go a 3:45 200m breast when I'm going all out! -- part of the disadvantage of swimming with the kids I guess - it's very easy for me to feel demoralized.)
4 x 200 free on 3:00
And then I got out - excuse - I had to go to work - reality - I felt like I was a small salmon swimming upstream. Then when I got home, found out Wes had gotten out at the 2nd 200 free!! Ahead of his mother? Wow - he must be really tired. I don't think I would ever get out of practice before my mother. No way. No how. Anyways, Total of 3200 LCM which is way below my usual distance, but that's ok, I know I'll make up for it tomorrow or Friday, or Saturday. . . .
Time to put in my entry for Nationals!! Talked to Jennifer A about possibly sharing a room, since both our hubbies can't go. Might be nice - even though we aren't on the same team!!
Warm up (900)
200 swim - 200 kick - 200 pull
300 swim with snorkel - 50 kick (25 R side - 25 L side) - 50 swim
Set #1 (500)
10 x 50:
- swam free, averaged 42-43 on all
Set #2 (1500)
5 x 300/15 SR, free
- went 4:45 - 4:55 - 5:00 - 4:55 - 4:45
Warm down (200)
50 easy back - 50 moderate back - 100 easy free
Total: 3100 meters
Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
WWU Pool (SCM)
300 as 25 back alternating with 25 breast
20 x 50 @ 1:00 as
4 x 50 alt flutter and dolphin kick
4 x 50 alt single arm free and fly
4 x 50 alt free with dolphin kick and fly with flutter kick
8 x 50 alt free and fly (descend in pairs)
with paddles and pullbuoy, continuous
1 x 100 free @ 1:20
1 x 100 free @ 1:25
2 x 100 free @ 1:20
2 x 100 free @ 1:25
3 x 100 free @ 1:20
3 x 100 free @ 1:25
with paddles and pullbuoy, continuous
1 x 50 back @ :50
1 x 50 back @ :55
2 x 50 back @ :50
2 x 50 back @ :55
3 x 50 back @ :50
3 x 50 back @ :55
Total Distance = 4000 meters
I really enjoyed the 12 x 100 pull. I didn't have any problems with the set at all, but I was the only one in the entire pool who was able to complete it. I held 1:10 - 1:14 throughout.
I decided to join the Alberta Summer Swimming Association (ASSA) this year so that I could swim a few off-season meets. Background: Here in Canada, our season unofficially ends upon completion of our annual Nationals competition, which is always held on the Friday thru Monday of our May long weekend. And our season doesn't unofficially begin again until September. While some swimmers will continue to train, most don't compete unless they travel abroad or do open water swims. In years past, Masters swimmers weren't able to compete in ASSA events. However, this year ASSA made adjustments to their eligibility requirements that allow Masters swimmers to compete. For more info, check out the link above.
Anyhow, I'm going to swim in my first ASSA meet on Saturday. Entered 50 free, 50 back, 100 back, and 100 breast. Although I'm almost exclusively a freestyler, I swam all 18 short course events this year for the first time ever. Now I want to try to improve my times and rankings in some off events, and these ASSA meets will give me a chance to do that. Also - following the prescription of Rich Abrahams - I'm going to try to get 15,000 meters of race effort in before I go to Worlds and/or USMS Nationals next summer. Swimming a few ASSA meets will help me towards that goal this summer.
I have a question about race effort swimming outside of meets, though. Should it only be applied to shorter distances (50s and 100s) or does it make sense to try to do race effort swims across the board? Being a freestyler / flyer, that would mean 50 - 1500 free and 50 - 100 fly for me. I would definitely do many more 50s and 100s than 1500s. However, I have calculated my training goal times (Worlds competition goal times + 4%) for everything, and think it might be reasonable to try to do 1-2 1500s, 3-4 800s, 6-8 400s, 10-12 200s during training over the next year. All comments welcome!
Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
Competition Pool (LCM)
8 x 50 IM drill @ 1:00
5 x 200 IM @ 3:30
Total Distance = 2000 meters
Only swam about 50 minutes this morning. Had very low energy - probably a result of staying up the night before until 5 AM drinking with my cousin! I remember one birthday back in University when I asked my coach if he saw any problems with me having a few beers that evening (Saturday with no workout on Sunday). He said "one is OK. Two - be careful. Three - no way!" I'm sure I had at least a six pack anyway. Back then, a hangover wouldn't linger past a day. Now, I'll be noticeably more tired for two or three days.
Updated July 22nd, 2011 at 11:16 AM by lewba
3 X 100 2:00 1:45
2 X 150 2:45 2:30
1 X 200 3:30 -
Two times. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.
1 X 200 kick + 100 easy swim
1 X 200 IM 4:00
1 X 100 stroke 2:15
2 X 50 stroke 1:15
Three rounds. Short break between rounds.
8 X 50 kick 1:15
odd: moderate even: build to fast
1 X 100 easy swim
1 x 100 @ 100% choice
WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00
With so many of the last workouts being distance focused, today was a total change of pace - and we got to do stroke too! Unfortunately, the pool was back to SCY - and it went sideways. So... we get to DO backstroke; we just can't tell where we are. With no flags up, the coach simply kept reminding us to be careful and count strokes. Fortunately, I didn't hit the wall; unfortunately, I didn't do many good backstroke flip turns either. The age group coach says working on getting the pool LCM for the rest of the season in just a few days. As for today, here's what we did:
400 Warm-Up (yes, I actually stopped chatting and did the full-warm up )
4 x 100 Kick on 2:00
1 x 600 Pull on 10:00
- 1 x 200 Drill/Swim by 25s on 4:00
- 4 x 50 Stroke FAST on 1:10
Total Yards - 3300
For the main set, I did fly (w/ fins), back (w/ fins), and two rounds of free (w/o fins). I don't seem to be able to feel the backstroke catch (where I actually get any power) if I don't have my fins on - even if I don't kick. My new theory is that my butt is dropping too much when I swim backstroke without my fins. So, now that I have a theory, I can experiment. If I could actually figure backstroke out and improve - that would be awesome. I'll report back what I figure out.
Until then, happy swimming!
Dave didn't show up today which meant I had to lead the lane. That isn't so bad... I don't like being in the middle during flip turns. I missed the draft though.
300 Free Warm up
4 x 100 Kick
2 x 200 Free
4 x 50 Kick
4 x 100 Pull
4 x 100 Free Down/IM Back
2 x 200 Free
4 x 50 Pull
4 x 50 IM
5 x 200 - Odds IM/Evens Free
200 Cool Down
Another great day when I got to the pool. No pain going up the stairs! This time no incidents on the deck either.
Still have the elbow issue and am continuing with the ice, heat and ultrasound therapy's. As much as I hate taking drugs I am going to start back on aspirin for the inflamation.
500 Back kick drills w/fins by 100 streamline, fashion model, arms perpendicular, partial recovery, streamline
500 Free kick w/fins
5x100@1:45 as 50 Free/50 Back w/fins sprint all were around 1:25 or better
5x100 from dive sprint 1st 15 meters free then easy to the 15 meter mark on the other side of pool then backstroke in and out of the turn at full speed then easy free to the 15 meter mark at the start end then sprint back into the wall an flip but don't push off
Total 3000 meters
Cool down from the meet in Corvallis
300 Free Pull
200 Kick w/ board
Nothing too strenuous, just easy swimming.
Didnít feel like swimming much today. I just didn't have the energy or desire to do it again.
400 Free Pull
300 K/Dr Free/Fly mix
500 Free Pull
I'm basically done with full time swim training for the summer. My job just won't allow for me to swim. I have be working way too early, and work late, then watch the kids while my wife is at work in the evenings. The best part of the summer is the overtime $$$$. I don't know where any of it is from the past years, but it feels good on the paychecks.
I'm going to try keeping my body in shape with P90X DVDs over the summer. At least I can do that right here at home, if I'm not too exhausted from work.
I do have one more competition set up on July 9-10, right here in Wenatchee for a local USA-S meet. I'm basically doing this for the love of racing, because I don't anticipate any masters best times next month, but who knows?
Saturday, 400 Free, 200 IM, 100 Fly
Sunday, 200 Free, 100 Back , 50 Free, 200 Fly
Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes:
Survived the heat. Today, I determined that I sweat more than any female in the class. Seriously, there are women who leave the class with their hair half dry. How can this be in 110 degree heat and humidity? Am I in better shape, drink too much water, heat intolerance? At least every pore gets worked!
Starting to mull over what I'm going to do for exercise on vacation. I have limited tolerance for swimming in a small pool; I will probably just get in to maintain feel. I'm going to bring my TRX, hit the weight room, perhaps do some tabata on the bike, and hit the elliptical machine. I'm sure I'll work out less than usual and it may feel like somewhat of a taper. I have about 2 1/2 weeks after returning to hit it hard in the pool and then do a 2 week taper for Nats. Very low expectations for my 100s. And I was just starting to feel in better shape!
Tonight I went to a scholarship banquet hosted by our town's sports organization. Fort Son won the MVP scholarship for cross country & track. They're awarded to kids who excel in our local youth sports programs (football, basketball, lacrosse, wrestling, track, etc.) and then in the same sports in high school. It was a blast from the past to see some of his friends from elementary school. And the slide show with pics from their youth was hilarious. Where does the time go?
TRX Exercise Library:
Updated June 15th, 2011 at 09:28 AM by The Fortress
I decided to cut meterage and rest up a little for the 5K event I'll be doing this week-end.
Tonight was Nasti LCM:
**500 Free :15 sec rest
**400 Free :15 sec rest
**300 Free :15 sec rest
**200 free :15 sec rest
**100 Free :10 Sec rest
**200 Free/ 150 Free/ 100 Free/ 50 Free
**50 Free/ 100 Free/ 150 Free/ 200 Free
** :10 sec rest between each
2,500 easy stretchy freestyle
I'm going to do some shorter, faster paced free tomorrow on interval. It felt good tonight to just swim and stretch. Yesterday I was sooo tired. I had lunch at Zacky's Hot Dog with my oldest daughter and pretty much spent the rest of the day engaged in napping. I really don't know why I was so tired; much better today though!
Skipped practice yesterday - which turned out to be a wise thing.
Swam a rather leisurely 3600 today & I'm feeling much more human now.
2 x 300 pull no paddles
4 x 150 breast/free/free
12 x 50 on 1:00 (the only intervals I did today)
600 long & "strong"
Today I had an easy and relaxing swim out at Brighton Beach. The Manhattan Island Marathon Swim is happening on Saturday, and MIMS swimmers from all over the world are converging on the city for that event. I had been forwarded an email late last week from an Aussie swimmer looking for company at Brighton during weekdays this week. I wanted to swim outdoors today anyway, so I arranged my schedule to meet up with him for a mid-morning swim. My relay mate John and a couple of other CIBBOWS swimmers were also able to make it out. The weather was a little brisk, and the 5 of us probably accounted for about 10 percent of all beachgoers this morning! I didnít see a single other soul in the water. The friendly lifeguards (who very kindly watch our stuff while weíre in the ocean) were amused that we were once again out there swimming when they were wrapped up in their parkas.
Before we got in, I pointed out a few landmarks and explained the 5K loop. John and Ollie chose to swim that, and I headed out with them towards the pier for my planned 2-mile swim, while Suzanne and Melissa headed in the opposite direction for a 1-miler. The two guys were very quickly past me and out of sight. Conditions were very similar to Saturday, with a moderate east wind making swimming very easy towards the pier, and creating some rolling chop directly at you on the way back. The water was really clear todayóI could see about 8 feet down or soóand the water was really green, especially when the sun peeked out.
I swam out to the pier, then stopped there to watch a group of lifeguards training on the beach. They were running wind sprints and doing push-ups and jumping jacks, and the group was very visible in their matching fluorescent orange shorts. I was hoping they would get in for a swim as well, but they didnít. There were fewer people on the pier than usual, and I only saw one guy fishing. The water didnít smell fishy down there as it often does, so I floated around and played for a while to get a bit more comfortable with being down that way. Then I turned around and headed into the waves for the swim back.
A big cargo ship was going by far out, roughly parallel to the way I was swimming, so I tried racing it for a while. (I lost.) I played around with doing fly and breaststroke into the waves, then had a brilliant idea: I would IM back to my starting point! I started out doing 8 stroke cycles of each stroke, then 12, then 16, all the way up to 40, then back down again. At 32 I got tired of counting, so decided that for the rest of the way I would just switch strokes whenever I got bored with doing the same one. That was really fun. Iíve been wanting to do some ocean IMs ever since I started back swimming this spring, but I worried about doing much fly armstroke or breaststroke kicking when the water was cold, out of fear that my joints or muscles might be a little tighter than usual and I would end up hurting myself. Now that the water is warm Iím going to do lots of open-water IMing! Thereís only so much freestyle a person can do.
When I reached the end of my swim I stayed in the water, just floating and letting the waves push me around. I dove down to the bottom to look for crabs but didnít see a one. Finally I got out. Up on the beach I got dressed and waited for the guys to get back from their longer swim. We left the beach just as dark clouds were rolling in and drops were starting to fall. On the subway ride back into the city we swapped notes about MIMS. Iím looking forward to a couple more beach days this week before swimming the MIMS relay on Saturday. Exciting times!
2 X 200 3:45 3:30
1 X 100 2:00 1:45
1 X 100 kick 2:30 -
Two times. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.
8 X 50 kick 1:15
odd: easy even: fast
1 X 100 easy swim
1 X 50 1:00
1 X 100 2:00
1 X 150 2:45
1 X 200 3:45
Four times through.
Round 1: 50 is fast
Round 2: 100 is fast
Round 3: 150 is fast
Round 4: 200 is fast
WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00
I didn't swim yesterday. Didn't get home from Boise until around midnight Sunday night and then didn't sleep well so I was really tired all day yesterday.
- did back & free
- free w/buoy and big paddles
- on back in streamline
- fist drill, all free
4 x 100/1:45 strong
- free, ave 1:30
1 x 200/4:00 easy
2 x 150 IM/3:00 Build
8 x 25/30 Fast with fins
8 x 25/45 15 fast- 10 smooth
- did all free on first set. 4 free, 4 back on 2nd set
- not sure of times on 25's
4 x 50/1:15 smooth
- with board and snorkel, no fins. Ave 1:00
12 x 50/50
Odds all out fly, evens smooth free
- again not sure of times. can't see clock very well from far end of pool.
Warm Down - 100 easy free/back
Total: 2900 meters
Life has gotten incredibly busy and, while I've managed to still find my time in the pool, blogging about it had to take a back seat for a little while. But.... at least "busy" did not mean "bad" - just busy. My oldest is doing a Women in Engineering camp at Purdue for 9th grade girls this week and was thrilled at the chance to be on campus. I'm hoping she has a blast! My youngest is taking pottery this week and given her propensity for getting dirty, should have a wonderful time too.
On an interesting little side note, team practice at North Central was cancelled both Saturday and Monday (although I still swam both days, but just at the Y). Oddly enough, during a storm on Saturday morning (when no one was fortunately in the pool), North Central was struck by lightning - which knocked out the electrical system and filter system for the pool. Repairs were finally completed Monday and we were back at it this morning. The bonus? Since they were doing repairs, no one had time to switch the pool from LCM to SCY this morning, so we got a bonus LCM swim in. Here's what the team (I) swam this morning:
400 Warm-Up (managed 250 before time was up)
2 x 350 Free on 6:00 (2 x 300 for me)
7 x 100 Free on 1:40 (6 x 100 w/ fins; 1 x 50 putting fins on)
1 x 700 Free on 12:00 (I did a 600 kick)
7 x 100 Free on 1:40 (made them all w/ fins)
2 x 350 Free on 6:00 (2 x 300 Pull for me)
Total as Written - 4100 LCM (me - 3600)
All in all, I was pretty happy with how I swam this morning. There were a few lanes of swimmers who were doing 7 x 75s instead of the 7 x 100s. Of course, they were NOT wearing fins. I'm in debate mode right now.... I really like the people I share a lane with, but they are so much faster than me that keeping up with them requires me to wear fins - BUT it does give me that extra burst of motivation to really push it. But, would I be better off moving down a few lanes and swimming with people of my own ability level? Not sure I would push as hard to improve then....
Is it better to share a lane with people much faster than you and wear fins to keep up or share a lane with people who reduce distance, but swim without gear? Thoughts?
Enjoy your swims today!