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  1. Saturday, May 8, 2010

    by , May 9th, 2010 at 12:16 AM (Keepin Track 2010)
    Well...this marks the first few days of the taper downhill turn. Thursday night, our HQ was lighter than usual.

    Today, I was mindful not to tax myself too much, but also to get that heart rate elevated some to keep the systems working.

    Had it not been Saturday morning, Dan & I could have swum together, but alas, what to do with the kiddos on a Saturday am? No babysitter in their right mind...ah well enough.

    Today's workout:

    WU
    200FR/BA
    200BA/FR kick
    200 mix-mostly BR

    Kick 200 no flips alt dolphin stomach back and FR stomach back by 25's

    BREAST
    Swim 2x100 (alt 25 drill, 25 swim)
    Swim 4x50 (alt 25 drill, 25 BU)
    Swim 8xPERFECT 25's
    #1-2 hands
    #3-4 catch
    #5-6 hips
    #7-8 feet/kick

    Kick 100 FR with flips

    FREE
    Swim 2x100 (alt 25 drill, 25 swim)
    Swim 4x50 (alt 25 drill, 25 BU)
    4x25 with fins build up to sprint tempo for last 5 strokes.

    200 WD

    2100

    My arms felt tired today. Unusually so. Not in BR but just FR. I stopped and stretched a ton to no avail. Finally after the BR set, they were more ready for FR, but I put on the flippers for those last 25's so as not to feel badly sprinting. I think it's a bad set up to tell your brain how yucky a stroke feels in early to mid taper time. Avoid the feeling with alternate plans. I used flippers to help my brain believe something that isn't quite there yet.
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  2. Sat May 08th 2010 Lifetime best 100 LCM K

    by , May 8th, 2010 at 07:22 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sat May 08th 2010

    Nats in 1 wk & 6 days or 13 days


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    LCM main pool
    Whitney coached
    noon to 1:15
    swam with Tyler, Todd, Brad, Larry, Max, Beth, Mary, Doug, ned Nate, Patrick Eveo & Jon
    dove in 7:45

    wore B70 jammer

    Warm UP LCM
    100

    MAIN SET SCY

    12 x 100 on 2:30
    4 rounds of
    1) 100 k went 1:22, 1:22, then I heard her say the kicks are easy so I backed off on the 3rd & 4th round
    2) 100 easy
    3) 100 strong went 1:03, 1:01, 1:00, 1:00

    assigned 800
    did 8 x 50 easy

    assigned 12 x 100 on 2:20
    did:
    100 k went 1:20
    100 easy
    100 skip

    100 k went 1:16
    100 easy
    skipped 6 - 11 to rest for a fast 100 k

    put on B70 leg skin

    100 k FAST for time from a dive
    did 12 SDKs on first 50 &
    0 on 2nd 50, also brushed a swimmer in my lane on my first 50,
    she swam down the middle of the lane
    went 1:10
    This was my lifetime best 100 LCM K


    100 easy


    2010 MEETS:

    2010 Short Course National Championships
    Thu May 20 - Sun 23, 2010
    time to get fast, strong, skinny, & rested
    Days Till Nats
    FRI 050 BR 100 FL
    SAT 200 IM 050 BK
    SUN 100 IM 050 FR


    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4
    Austin, TX


    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas
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  3. freaky friday!

    by , May 7th, 2010 at 10:35 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I did a short workout at the Monon solo today. It consisted mostly of 25's and drills.

    **500 Freestyle Warm-up
    **400 Mixed Drills (Kris Houchins Stroke Drill Routine)
    **2 X 200 Free on 3:30
    **4 X 100 Free on 1;45 (paddles/fins)
    **8 X 50 Free on 1:00
    **16 X 25 (4 each stroke) on :40

    2,500

    Today there was a friendly, ripped, and hot mid-30's man swimming a couple lanes over. I don't know how long he'd been swimming before I arrived. He was doing laps of butterfly when I first noticed(he did at least a 500). He had a HUGE Kettlebell sitting on a kickboard at the end of his lane. (it would have cracked the tile if it had been directly on it!) When he finished his fly he did 10-12 bounding style jumps from the pool bottom up to the deck. After that he did a 5-7 minutes or so of kettlebell work with the huge weight. He followed the bell with several pushups done in a variety of styles (1 arm, clap, etc)
    He left the lane for a while and retreated to the water-park area where he played with a small child for 15 minutes or so.
    He repeated this extreme routine 2 X while I was swimming. I left the pool and spent 45 minutes in the locker room. When I left the pool I noticed he was in the middle of another kettlebell routine.
    I'm not sure what type training this would be considered but it looked to be very effective for him. I wonder if he's still there? I know I sound like some kind of creeper but how could I not notice (and pay attention to) this type of activity being done by a young handsome guy!!!!
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  4. freaky friday!

    by , May 7th, 2010 at 10:35 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I did a short workout at the Monon solo today. It consisted mostly of 25's and drills.

    **500 Freestyle Warm-up
    **400 Mixed Drills (Kris Houchins Stroke Drill Routine)
    **2 X 200 Free on 3:30
    **4 X 100 Free on 1;45 (paddles/fins)
    **8 X 50 Free on 1:00
    **16 X 25 (4 each stroke) on :40

    2,500

    Today there was a friendly, ripped, and hot mid-30's man swimming a couple lanes over. I don't know how long he'd been swimming before I arrived. He was doing laps of butterfly when I first noticed(he did at least a 500). He had a HUGE Kettlebell sitting on a kickboard at the end of his lane. (it would have cracked the tile if it had been directly on it!) When he finished his fly he did 10-12 bounding style jumps from the pool bottom up to the deck. After that he did a 5-7 minutes or so of kettlebell work with the huge weight. He followed the bell with several pushups done in a variety of styles (1 arm, clap, etc)
    He left the lane for a while and retreated to the water-park area where he played with a small child for 15 minutes or so.
    He repeated this extreme routine 2 X while I was swimming. I left the pool and spent 45 minutes in the locker room. When I left the pool I noticed he was in the middle of another kettlebell routine.
    I'm not sure what type training this would be considered but it looked to be very effective for him. I wonder if he's still there? I know I sound like some kind of creeper but how could I not notice (and pay attention to) this type of activity being done by a young handsome guy!!!!
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  5. Taper begins.... 5/7/10

    by , May 7th, 2010 at 10:06 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well scheduling issues mean I would not get my lifting workout in today...I could have gotten up at 6 and gon to swim early then lifted later but my mother finally got here from the UK last night..and the ride from JFK took 4 hours b/c of traffic issues. SO Although I was home..it meant for a loss of a few hours of sleep...so I opted for blowing off weights and just swimming. I got in 4000 yards thusly:

    Warm Up

    200 Kick
    200 Pull
    200 Swim
    4 x 50 FL 1:30

    Pyramid?

    FR Swim 100,200,300,400,500,400,300,200,100
    All on 1:40 pace but I came in probably on holding 1:30ish wearing my pretty drag suit.

    Kick Set

    200 Kick FR
    200 K FL
    4 x 25 Fist sprint with fins 1:00
    I got told I was like Johnny Weissmuller as I sprinted by an older guy...I laughed and enjoyed the compliment--JW was a swim hero for me via the Tarzan movies.. "You're fast!" He Said. "Well, I'm fast for me...but there are way faster guys out there!" I replied. Still it made me feel good.

    Cool Down
    4 x 50 EZ

    No Weights like I previously mentioned but I did guzzle a muscle milk!

    Updated May 7th, 2010 at 10:15 PM by SwimStud

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  6. Double FAST Fri May 07th 2010

    by , May 7th, 2010 at 09:51 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    DOUBLE Fri May 07th 2010

    Nats in 2 wks or 14 days


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    LCM main pool
    Tyler coached
    noon to 1:15
    swam with Todd, Larry, Max, Brent, doug & ned

    wore B70 jammer

    Warm UP LCM
    500
    400
    300



    MAIN SET SCY

    assigned 2 rounds of:
    50 FAST
    200 easy
    100 FAST
    200 easy
    200 fast
    200 easy

    DID:
    50 fast fl went 27
    200 easy
    skipped 100 fast
    200 easy
    100 k fast went 1:13
    200 easy

    50 fast fl went 27 ish
    200 easy
    skipped 100 fast
    200 easy
    100 k fast went 1:12 ish
    50 easy

    2010 MEETS:

    2010 Short Course National Championships
    Thu May 20 - Sun 23, 2010
    Nats are in 2 weeks & 1 days or 15 DAYS
    time to get fast, strong, skinny, & rested
    Days Till Nats
    FRI 050 BR 100 FL
    SAT 200 IM 050 BK
    SUN 100 IM 050 FR


    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4
    Austin, TX


    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas
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  7. Friday, May 7

    by , May 7th, 2010 at 05:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    800 various

    Hypoxic Set:

    4 x through:

    8 x 25 UW shooter w/MF @ :30
    (2 belly, 2 right side, 2 left side, 2 back)
    :30 seconds rest

    50 EZ

    Short Axis Sets:

    6 x start from side w/breast pullouts
    -- got to 14-14.5 meter mark
    -- did 3 grab and 3 track reaching for the water
    -- had pretty clean entries
    -- the grab starts were surprisingly solid feeling, but I'm sure it's quite different doing a grab off a block

    50 EZ

    1 x 100 breast pull @ 2:15, done as 25 fast + 10 seconds rest + 75 EZ pull
    2 x 50 @ 1:15, done as 25 EZ speed fly w/fast turn + 25 EZ
    1 x 100 breast pull @ 2:15, same as above
    2 x 50 @ 1:15, same as above
    1 x 100 breast pull @ 2:15, same as above

    50 EZ

    Long Axis Sets:

    1 x 100 backstroke kick @ 2:00, done as 75 EZ + 25 fast shooter
    2 x 50 @ 1:00, done as 25 easy free + 25 front scull
    1 x 100 back kick @ 2:00, same as above
    2 x 50 @ 1:00, same as above
    1 x 100 back kick @ 2:00, same as above

    50 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)

    100 EZ

    Total: 3150

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    Commentary:

    Today, I just worked on all the little details/things I needed to work on (one of the advantages of training mostly solo). To my surprise, I felt really good in the water today despite yesterday's hard set. I had some easy speed and good DPS & DPK. My last 2 25s free were the fastest and cleanest they've felt in awhile. Better than pre or during Zones. 2 hours later, though, I'm feeling a bit pooped. I'm really looking forward to a day off tomorrow -- at least from swimming.

    I almost broke down and went to hot yoga today b/c a stretch sounded so good. But FlyQueen scolded me, and told me to stick to what Geek calls the "Fortress Land Based Avoidance Theory Lifestyle" for tapers. So I dutifully did.

    Strongest Girl in the World?

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADUxozD4Jzs"]YouTube- Varya Akulova Documentary - Strongest Girl in the World (part 1)[/nomedia]

    Updated May 7th, 2010 at 05:30 PM by The Fortress

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  8. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/10/10

    by , May 7th, 2010 at 02:15 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    This is the workout for Monday. SCY portion is our taper, swimmers not attending Nationals continue on in LC pool.

    SCY

    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:00
    2 X 150 2:15
    2 X 100 1:30

    3 X 100 kick 2:15
    1 X 100 easy swim

    1 X 200 free 3:30
    4 X 50 choice 1:05
    Twice through.
    Descend 50's 1-4, #4 @ 100%
    Break between rounds

    4 X 50 @ 85/90% 1:15
    4 x 50 easy 1:00
    Twice through.
    IM'ers: 2 back/2 breast on 50's. No fly.

    6 X 25
    odd: build/finish
    even: blocks, sprint 20

    1X 50 blocks: race pace

    LCM

    1 X 200 negative split 3:30
    4 X 50 fast 1:15
    Three times through with a break between rounds

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00
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  9. Friday, 5/7/10

    by , May 7th, 2010 at 12:42 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    2 weeks from today is my first race in Atlanta - 200 back.


    400 Swim alt. 75 free/25 back
    300 IM drill
    200 IM kick (no board)

    6 x 50 on 1:00 build to about 85%:
    odds back, evens free
    (was doing back around 41-42, and free at 35-36)

    swim 6 x 75 on 1:45:
    odds back, middle 25 all out;
    evens free, last 25 all out
    (I need a little more practice at breaking out at full speed. It's taking me 3-4 strokes after breakout to get it going. On back was going around 1:00-1:02, free was around 55).
    100 easy

    pull 6 x 50 (no paddles) on 1:30: build each 25 to about 85%; 1-3 free, 4-6 back
    (free around 35, back around 40)
    100 easy

    swim 10 x 25 choice on :40, #3, 5, and 8 FAST
    (mixed these up with the strokes, on the fast ones went free, back and fly)

    swim down 200 choice
    --
    Total: 2600 yards
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  10. Fri May 07th 2010

    by , May 7th, 2010 at 11:14 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Fri May 07th 2010

    Nats in 2 wks or 14 days

    Thinking about doubling today

    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    LCM warm up & SCY div well main set
    WHITNEY coached
    6:30 - 8:00 dove in 6:33ish
    swam with jon, tyler, mike, & nate

    wore B70 jammer

    Warm UP LCM
    500 done 200 fr 50 k
    400
    300
    200 k
    100 IM

    switch to well

    MAIN SET SCY

    assigned 2 rounds of:
    50 FAST
    200 easy
    100 FAST
    200 easy
    200 fast
    200 easy

    DID:
    50 fast bk went 23.9
    200 easy
    100 fast bk went 55
    200 easy
    skipped 200 FAST
    200 easy
    50 fast bk went 24 ish
    200 easy
    skipped 100 fast
    200 easy
    100 fr easy speed went 58
    50 easy

    2010 MEETS:

    2010 Short Course National Championships
    Thu May 20 - Sun 23, 2010
    Nats are in 2 weeks & 1 days or 15 DAYS
    time to get fast, strong, skinny, & rested
    Days Till Nats
    FRI 050 BR 100 FL
    SAT 200 IM 050 BK
    SUN 100 IM 050 FR


    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4
    Austin, TX


    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas

    Updated May 7th, 2010 at 09:47 PM by ande

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  11. Long Course is here 2 weeks too early for me

    by , May 7th, 2010 at 10:20 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I can't focus on LC just yet with SC Nationals less than 2 weeks away. My tooth is starting to plague me and I am just tired of being sick and hurting.

    I have gotten the hip muscle issues under control, I thought is was comming back and found some potassium supplementation and extra water is really helping.

    5x200@4:00 Free EASY
    10x50@1:15 Fly w/fins
    5x100@2:00 Floy kick w/fins on back
    200 Fly went 4:11
    200 Back Easy
    200 Free
    400 Free alt 50 drill/50 swim

    Total 3000 meters
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  12. Wed/Thurs May 5/6, 2010

    by , May 7th, 2010 at 12:15 AM (Keepin Track 2010)
    ooops.

    forgot to add that WED I lifted weights. 1 set each exercise at 8lbs weights and regular on machines. (down one set and down the weight)

    Also I ran today. 2.0 miles light-no pain allowed.

    T
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  13. Thursday, May 6, 2010

    by , May 7th, 2010 at 12:14 AM (Keepin Track 2010)
    Ahhhhhh...the grown up life. Rewards after practice include BEER and PIZZA! yum!

    Tonight's rewardable workout:

    600 mix WU
    200 Kick with fins alt stomach and back and dolphin and flutter
    4x50 IM order down Drill back swim

    4x25 (12.5 drill, 12.5 swim)

    SPEC
    3x4x50 alt BR/FREE by 50's BR 50's on 1:10, FR 50's on 1:00 rest :30 between sets

    K 4x50 BR alt dolphin 12.5 and BR 12.5

    HQ
    3x4x50 on 2:00
    (4 SPEC)
    (4 IM)
    (4 FR)

    easy 100

    2x4x25 HARD
    1st set BR
    2nd set FR

    200 WD

    Sluggos' for fun!
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  14. scm change-over!

    by , May 6th, 2010 at 11:26 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I'm just simply having a tired week.
    Tonight our pool was changed over to scm. It felt really long!
    I just have an over-all tired and tense feeling about me. May is a crazy month at work. I think I'll start feeling good again next week.

    Here's tonight's workout:

    **300 Freestyle swim warm-up
    **4 X 300 Free on 5:30
    **200 Kick-flutter on back
    **8 X 75 on 1:30--I did all free
    **200 Kick-flutter on back
    **10 X 50 free w/:10 sec rest between
    **300 backstroke cool-down
    3,300 sc-meters

    I've done a Kettlebelle workout 4 X this week. I'm doing a 15 minute workout with a weenie kettlebelle.
    The first time I tried to get going with this (last summer) I was using a bell that was too heavy for me. I kept smacking my wrists at the top of the swing on most of the moves. Once I moved down to the smaller bell my control improved.
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  15. Thursday, 5/6/10

    by , May 6th, 2010 at 05:39 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    Very easy day today. Went right with the advice of a friend and coach that said this about tapering. "When in doubt, rest."

    100 swim free
    200 I M drill
    300 swim alt. 75 free/ 75 no free
    400 pull choice (no paddles)

    4 x 75 on 1:30 alt. kick/drill/swim by 25 choice
    (did this IM order)

    Swim 12 x 25 choice on :30 every 3rd fast
    (did 1-3, 7-9 free, the others back)
    100 easy

    Swim 2 sets of 6 x 50 on 1:00:
    #1 build, #2 easy, #3 build, #4 fast, #5-6 easy
    Round 1 back, round 2 free
    (on back the builds were around 41, the fast one was 37, on free the builds were around 39, the fast one was 34)

    Pull easy (no paddles) 4 x 100 with 20 second rest: odds back, working
    on deep catch and bent elbow underwater; evens free, working on rotating the hips and the shoulders at the same time
    --
    Total: 2700 yards
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  16. Speed Work w/Speedo & Hulk, Thursday, May 6

    by , May 6th, 2010 at 03:32 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim @ SpringHill w/Speedo & Hulk:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Transition Set:

    5 x 50 @ 1:00
    2 x 25 build @ :45
    2 x 50 @ 1:00

    Speed/Quasi Lactate Set:

    6 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 50 EZ) @ 3:00

    1 = evil, high 29-30
    2 = evil, 29
    3 = SDK double shooter, 22+
    4 = SDK shooter, 23.5
    5 = fly, 25
    6 = flutter kick w/board, 26

    Ok, it was NOT a good idea to do 2 hypoxic AFAP SDK shooters in the middle of a speed speed set. I couldn't recover well after # 3 and #4 and I was slower than I should have been on the last 2 50s. I had to kick the last one b/c I needed more air. However, the first 3 were very fast, the fastest I've been in evil w/fins. The focus on no pause on the insweep + shooting hands forward seems to be working.

    300 EZ

    Paul and Pete did some "easy" no breather 25s while I was warming down. Paul thinks these "relax" him. I didn't even attempt them; I just needed some easy swimming and to catch my breath and recover. I'm a "softie."

    Total: 2000

    10 minutes hottub


    ART, 30 minutes

    My doc worked over my shoulders, scapular area, traps and neck. My neck was a bit messed up from sleeping.

    He told me to cut out the coconut oil I was using or buy an organic brand. If it's not organic, it's possible that there area additives I'm allergic to in it. Or, sometimes, , coconut oil can go rancid if it's on the shelf too long. So I'm going to cut this brand out of my smoothies and see if that helps my stomach before I cut the whey.

    Speaking of whey, he told me that the editor of Men's Health, Jim's fav magazine, uses Ultra Meal as his source of protein. He apparently was a subject in an initial study of Ultra Meal conducted in MN and lost a lot of weight and built a lot of lean muscle using this product.

    He also urged me to take a full 2 weeks off from all rigorous exercise when I'm on vacation to let the body heal. Yoga permissible. This would be interesting. Can't think of the last time that happened ...

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    Commentary:

    Speedo was very speedy today! And Wolf Girl has been in the pool 6 days in a row! And I feel like I've got some decent speed work in this week.

    My stomach was a bit upset again today. I think the culprit may be the coconut oil. Think I will eliminate it from my smoothies and see. Or possibly it's the whey, which I've reintroduced ...


    This guy's super human powers are amazing:

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNvJy0zoXOY"]YouTube- Damien Walters 2010[/nomedia].

    Pre-swim warm up movements:

    http://www.active.com/swimming/Artic...tm_medium=feed

    Yoga for Travelers:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/06/bu...?ref=nutrition

    Updated May 7th, 2010 at 10:34 AM by The Fortress

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  17. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/07/10

    by , May 6th, 2010 at 02:31 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    On M-W-F when we start in the SC pool and move to LC at 6:30, we will, as a group, do the taper workout in SC. At 6:30 the swimmers not going to Atlanta will continue in LC. Nationals swimmers will wrap up and get out. Complicated I know.

    SCY

    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:00
    2 X 150 2:15
    2 X 100 1:30

    4 X 150 3:00
    100 kick/50 swim

    5 X 100 free: 1:45 stroke: 2:00
    Your choice, free or stroke.
    All swims: Focus on perfect technique.

    3 X 200 Broken at race pace 5:00
    Broken 10 seconds at each 50.

    Atlanta swimmers warm down or do optional 50 sprint pus some 25's. Others move to LC for:

    4 X 400 6:30
    Negative split each swim

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00
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  18. Thu May 06th 2010

    by , May 6th, 2010 at 12:48 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu May 06th 2010

    Nats in 2 wks & 1 day or 15 days

    Lifted today

    Upcoming Travel

    Thu May 13 - Sun 16: Grand Canyon, AZ

    Sun May 16 - Wed 19: Scottsdale, AZ

    Thu May 20 - Mon 24: Atlanta


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    SCY main pool
    WHITNEY coached
    6:30 - 8:00 dove in 6:33ish
    swam with jon, todd, mike, & nate

    wore B70 jammer

    Warm UP
    4 rounds of 150 fr 25 scull 25 ft first scull

    MAIN SET

    assigned: 20 x 100 on 1:40
    odds: 500 pace evens easy
    DID: 20 x 50 on 1:40
    odds 200 pace evens easy
    held 26's

    50 easy

    assigned 10 x 50 on 1:00
    odds fast break outs
    evens fast finishes
    did: not very many of them

    50 easy

    2010 MEETS:

    2010 Short Course National Championships
    Thu May 20 - Sun 23, 2010
    Nats are in 2 weeks & 1 days or 15 DAYS
    time to get fast, strong, skinny, & rested
    Days Till Nats
    FRI 050 BR 100 FL
    SAT 200 IM 050 BK
    SUN 100 IM 050 FR


    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4
    Austin, TX


    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas
  19. Taper is here for sure

    by , May 6th, 2010 at 07:44 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    That just can't get moving feeling is here. Of course I do have to consider I don't eat before I swim so that may play into this alot.

    1000 Free supposed to be long & loose but I pushed it some for a warm up 13;58
    3x[4x50@1:30 Free Desc 1-4 averaged :44, :42, :40, :38
    ....[100@3:00 Free Kick Sprint went 2:13, 2:02, 2:00 fasted 100 kick ever for me!
    8x50 from dive 15 meter breakouts not particularly great but ok
    700 Free pull w/bouy

    Total 3000 yards

    LONG COURSE from now to Nationals
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  20. May 5, 2010

    Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    Swam solo (again)

    Meet warm-up
    300 ish free (basically swim till it feels good and the jitters are reduced not more than a 500)
    200 IM drill
    300 more drill (mostly fly, some free)
    4 x 50 kick (one bk, one fl, two free)
    4 x 25 fast/25 ez (simulating starts)
    100 ez

    2 x200 free on 3:10 - bumping up the intervals a bit to get more rest. I was going to do 3 but my team jumped in and I was running out of lane space. PLUS I swam a lot faster than I wanted to (nice problem to have)
    100 moderate
    100 ez

    100 fast broken at the 50 for :10
    Not even talking about the crappiness that this was blech. Still don't have the sprint speed -

    100 ez - then started chatting and after 10 minutes decided I was better off getting out instead of trying to get warm again before sprinting more.

    Going back tomorrow ...

    Stressed about the whole Walnut Creek situation. Kerry O'Brien () is just about the best masters coach out there - INCREDIBLE guy and coach. This program and his job MUST be saved.

    I'm trying to go gluten free as I've been experiencing a lot of issues lately. Many similar to Fort's. Since bread is my favorite food, followed by spaghetti, garlic bread and chocolate chip cookies I do NOT look forward to this. HOWEVER, I'd like a normal life so ... giving it a whirl for the next few weeks to see if I see improvements. Going to detox at some point, too. Oh, won't that be fun.
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