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  1. Week 123 - Monday

    by , February 2nd, 2015 at 09:41 AM (After a long rest)
    My wife and I went to the cinema yesterday to watch the "Imitation game", the story of Alan Turing and the cracking of the Enigma machine. I really enjoyed the movie. I avoided the Super Bowl and actually had an early night and slept great. This morning I felt good in the pool.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main set
    5x(300 pull on 3:45, 3x100 free on 1:05)
    100 easy
    8x75 kick on 1:20

    Warm down
    6x50 on :50 working on distance per stroke

    i held 3:10-3:12s on the 300 pulls and then held 1:00s on the 3x100s. I felt good on the fast 100s. The biggest challenge was getting equipment on. I seemed to leave a few seconds late on every 300 except the first due to the change. Pie worked the kick set and was holding :57-:59s. On the DPS I worked my walls and was going 7 and 8 strokes. This is at least 2 strokes less than I normally hold which I attribute to better and longer under waters.
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  2. Bug spray on deck...I can't breath

    by , February 2nd, 2015 at 08:28 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Someone must have had a birthday party at the pool because the deck was covered with ants. The spray just made it that much harder to breath.

    500 Free
    500 free kick w/zoomer
    10x50@1:00 free holding 42
    5x100@1:30 free w/paddles & bouy holding 1:23
    500 free kick w/zoomer
    100 1 arm fly

    Total 2600 yards
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  3. 2|1|15 SCM and drylands

    by , February 1st, 2015 at 03:55 PM (Blog)
    SCM (pool without markings)

    WARMUP
    100 Head-up freestyle with fly kick with fins and snorkel

    KICK
    40 x 25 flutter kick on 0:40

    SET
    10 x 25 fly on 1:00 with fins (17 - 19's)



    Run:
    11 x 100m on 0:50 (20's)

    Weights:
    Chest presses and rows, both on machines
    DB snatches (35's) + deadlift (160) superset, 25 reps - 10 reps respectively


    Updated February 1st, 2015 at 11:03 PM by __steve__

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  4. Week 122 - Saturday

    by , January 31st, 2015 at 01:50 PM (After a long rest)
    My wife and daughter came back from camp yesterday afternoon and they both had fun but we're very tired. We had a great Thai takeaway and all went to bed early last night. I slept great and woke up early. Practice was earlier than normal this morning due to another meet at our pool. I texted Tom last night and asked if I could do a 2hour swim this morning. I have been sore all week and it was my hope that I would get a long warm down with the hope to get some of the soreness out of my muscles.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    300 IM done as kick, swim, drill per 75
    200 free with snorkel
    100 IM

    Main sets
    10x50 free on :40
    100 easy
    16x100 on 1:55 swum at 500 race pace
    400 free easy
    transitioned to kids workout
    1000 drill swim by 50
    10x50 on 1min focusing on catch
    12x25 no breathers with fins on :35
    8x(hold onto wall and kick, on whistle flip and do three strokes, flip, back to wall with flip and sprint a 25, with big emphasis and focus on overkicking)
    12x50 on 1min, odds free easy, evens back AFAP

    Warm down
    200 easy

    Not only did I make the 16x100s today but I held 56s until the last three where I went 57,57,56. I believe this is my best attempt at this set even with the reduced send off time. I mentally break the set down as 4 rounds of 4x100s. I have also focused on stretching out my stroke when I get tired which seems to help on rounds 3 & 4. The second hour did help and I felt good swimming a mix of slow easy swims, drills, kick, etc. The kick against the wall set was tough. On the fast 50s back I went 27 high, 27 low, 27 low, 26 mid. These were good swims for me and I felt good.

    After swimming I went to Yoga and toward the end of the session I tried an inversion for the first time. I actually did well going up with one leg for a few seconds, then tried adding the second leg, but as it went up my elbows collapsed. I will continue to practice this. I generally felt tired in yoga today but put this down to the tough swim. The inversion attempt was fun and I found I have another area to work on when we did the frog position. There is always something. I had a good day today.

    After yoga I hurried off to listen to my son compete in a music competition. He plays the trumpet; we have had the recorder and the violin before the trumpet. He is great but felt nervous and was disappointed with his performance. I was REALLY proud of him and despite his nerves he was REALLY good.

    Updated January 31st, 2015 at 01:57 PM by StewartACarroll

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  5. Friday, Jan. 30

    by , January 31st, 2015 at 12:19 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    usual 900

    Main sets:

    4 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    8 x 30 forward starts off the blocks
    -- workout on kick counts and breakouts
    100 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP kick + 50 EZ)
    50 EZ

    2 rounds w/fins:
    1 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    1 x (broken AFAP 50, :10 @ 25 + 100 EZ)
    4 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :30 + 150 EZ

    Total: 2600


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    There was a varsity diving meet going on while I was swimming. So I had some nice viewing during all my easy swimming. I plan on taking the day off today and doing an easy swim tomorrow. But will do some stretching yoga and my rehab exercises. I woke up with pain the in the scapula area this am ... not sure how that happened. Hope the stretching will help.

    Updated January 31st, 2015 at 02:39 PM by The Fortress

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  6. Week 122 - Friday

    by , January 30th, 2015 at 03:26 PM (After a long rest)
    I had another decent night of sleep but again my legs hurt when I woke up and I actually have a little fluid on my right knee. Up until my early 30s I played indoor soccer until I tore my ACL. I rehabbed it and don't have any after effects in a normal week, however every once in a while I will over do it and I get some swelling. Perhaps I have hit my limit on my leg press and leg extensions and my old body is telling me to ease up.

    This mornings workout was not what I was expecting and I really hurt during and after this one. This was most definitely not race pace work and not what we have been doing lately! In a sick sort of way it also felt good to do a workout like this. This is like my comfort food....that does not mean I am going back to my old pound the yards ways.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main Sets
    4x(200 IM on 2:50, 2x100 back on 1:30, 4x50 on :35)
    12x75 kick on 1:25, done as 25 flutter, 25 fly kick, 25 flutter

    Warm down
    200 easy

    I was holding 2:25s on the IMs, 1:03-1:05s on the back and 29/30s on the free. The no rest between the 50s and the IM was what really sucked and it took at least the first 50 to sort of catch my breath, if you can call it that doing a 50fly. The last round I particular hurt but I brought it home strong goings 28s on the last round. The kick was active recovery and I was going 1:05s.

    16x100s tomorrow. Waaaahhhhhoooo!!!!

    We are organizing a team Yoga class next weekend which should be fun! Most of the in-town team who are going to Nationals will be attending, although a couple of people this morning told me that they cant make it due to being officials at the sectional HS meet being held in Rockwall.

    On the Nationals front I our team has made reservations and we are primarily staying at the Wyndam at LaCantera Pkwy. I am going to organize a team social and I am leaning toward the Yard House, which is near the hotel and has a great selection of food types and also got some great reviews.

    http://www.yardhouse.com/TX/san-antonio-restaurant/

    We are also working on a design for team shirts for Nationals. I know I am not the only one excited about Nationals!
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  7. I hate getting paged in practice

    by , January 30th, 2015 at 09:37 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Spent 45 minutes fixing computer problems at work then it was back to swimming.

    500 free
    long break
    200 free w/paddles & bouy
    4x100@1:40 free w/paddles & bouy
    4x25@:45 free
    200 free w/paddles & bouy
    100 free
    400 free w/paddles & bouy
    100 free
    400 free kick w/zoomers
    100 free

    Total 2500 meters
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  8. Thursday, Jan. 29

    by , January 29th, 2015 at 06:34 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    usual 900

    Main Sets:

    4 x 25 burst SDK + cruise
    50 EZ

    6 x 30 starts off the blocks, cruise back
    -- did 5 starts for the events I'm doing in Auburn and an extra AFAP fly start
    100 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP off the blocks + 75 EZ)
    100 EZ

    3 x (broken AFAP 50s w/fins + 150 EZ)
    -- :10 @ 25
    -- fly (20), breast (25), back kick (19+)

    10 x 25
    odds = free @ 100 pace w/paddles @ ;30
    evens = EZ @ :45
    100 EZ

    Total: 2680


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    I'm a little sore from yesterday's 90 minute deep tissue ...

    I've been experimenting with using 13 kicks instead of 12 kicks for my 50 fly. But I fear I have to stick with 12. I'm just too close to the 15 m mark. But that'll mean a long glide into the wall ... I've also decided to stick with 9 for the 100 IM and 100 fly. But even that can be close with a glide at the start and depending on the dive. I should probably wear an old tech suit next week and give it a proper test. I know the blocks at Auburn have fins now, so that could make a tiny difference. Does anyone know if the blocks have fins in San Antonio?

    I was also thinking that, since shifting back to more classic HIT from quasi USRPT style training, I'm much more tired after practice.
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  9. 1|29|15 fatigued LCM

    by , January 29th, 2015 at 04:16 PM (Blog)
    Did weights yesterday. Worked chest, back, arms, lower back, and legs. Still recovering therefore the following short pool performance was without peak output.

    WARMUP
    500 drill with fins

    SET
    6 x 100 fr on 3:00 as 50 fast / 50 recover
    • fasts: 29, 29, 28, 29, 28, 29
    • BL, BR, SN, BL, BR, SN

    DRILL
    2 x 50 Head-up freestyle with fly kick, with SN (snorkel) and fins
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  10. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 01/30/2015

    by , January 29th, 2015 at 01:20 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    I am heading out of town tomorrow so I will post Friday and Monday workout.

    FRIDAY JAN 30
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    1 X 300 5:00
    3 X 100 1:45
    3 X 100 kick 2:15
    Two rounds

    1 X 100 easy 2:00
    2 x 200 IM 4:00
    Three rounds

    6 X 150 pull 2:30
    1-3: Last 100 fast
    4-6: Last 50 fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 x 50 easy
    4400M

    MONDAY FEB 2:
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:30 3:20
    3 X 100 1:50 1:40
    4 X 50 1:00 1:00
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 400 kick

    2 X 150 2:30
    1 X 50 fast 1:00
    2 X 150 2:30
    2 X 50 fast 1:10
    2 X 150 2:30
    4 X 50 fast 1:20
    1 X 50 easy
    150's: free 50's: choice

    4 X 50 fly 1:05
    4 X 50 back 1:05
    4 x 50 breast 1:15
    4 X 50 free--@85/90%-- 1:00
    4 X 50 easy swim down 1:00
    4100M
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  11. Week 122 - Thursday

    by , January 29th, 2015 at 10:00 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a good night of sleep last night and felt a little better when I woke up than yesterday. Today was was weights and a recovery swim.

    Weights
    10 mins vasa swim trainer
    3x(leg press, leg extension, leg curls, lunges, squats, leg curls) 10,8,6 reps by round with increasing weight, 80%, max, fail
    10 mins of abs done as 2x(flutter kick, oblique crunches, leg extension, planks, flutter kick) 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off

    I again was able to increase my max lift on my leg press, leg extension, and leg curls. I have also been focusing on my form during my leg exercises to ensure I don't introduce bad habits while increasing weight. We did the ab work as a group today and this really helped since there was lots of talking and laughing which helped distract the pain especially on the third round. The oblique crunches in particular hurt today. This is the first time I have done these and think they will help.

    Swim
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45
    6x100 swim on 1:20
    200 easy

    I did not feel as bad in the water as usual today.

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    I just entered the DAM short course yards meet on 28th Feb and decided to really switch it up and will be doing all the IMs; 4IM, 2IM and 1IM. Not sure how this will go but thought it was worth a go.

    Updated January 29th, 2015 at 02:18 PM by StewartACarroll

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  12. Another day of sleep swimming

    by , January 29th, 2015 at 08:30 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I am growing tired of the 1:30am pages from a stupid computer system that can't stay up. Tomorrow is long course with the fast lane I have to get some sleep.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x100@1:45 free w/paddles & bouy long and loose holding a comfortable 1:30
    10x50@1:00 free w/snorkle
    300 free kick w/zoomers

    Total 2800 yards
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  13. Week 122 - Wednesday

    by , January 28th, 2015 at 07:32 PM (After a long rest)
    My daughter and wife are off at 5th grade camp and my parents, my son and I are fending for ourselves. Despite working from the house, yesterday was a tough day at the office. Couple that with a late night; my son had a concert he was attending downtown Dallas with school and did not get back until 11pm. The alarm this morning came way to quick!

    I still gave my all today but the workout was tough both because I was tired and because it was a tough workout.

    Warm up
    400 free wiith snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    3x(2x100 fly on 1:40, 200 free with snorkel on 2:20, 50 easy on 1min)
    200 free easy
    4x100 kick on 1:45(waiting for everyone to finish)
    16x50 free with fins on 1min holding 24s
    6x100 kick on 1:45

    Warm down
    4x50 distance per stroke free on 1min

    I was able to hold 1:05-1:07 on the fly 100s and was holding 2:10s on the 200 free. Despite these being really strong times I felt hideous and tired today. I got in the pool early today, thinking I would benefit from a longer warmup. Alas it did not help, and a side affect was I was a long way ahead of everyone else today so had a few goofy things in the middle o the set so I could do the 16x50s with everyone else. On the 16x50s Tom decided he wanted us to swim with fins today so that we could get up and on top of the water. He asked me to go 24s or faster which when he said it sounded agressive. I went for it despite feeling crappy and to my surprise held 23 lows throughout. I was really pleased with this and my legs felt strong throughout. The rest of the workout was floaty easy stuff; still felt crappy.

    I am looking forward to some sleep tonight.
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  14. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 01/29/2015

    by , January 28th, 2015 at 12:47 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    1 X 250 4:00 3:45
    4 X 100 1:40 1:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 500 kick

    12 X 50--choice-- 1:10
    #3-6-9-12 are fast

    4 X (3 X 100 1:45 #3 on 3:00
    Swims 1/2 are moderate free--#3 is choice @ 100%

    1 X 800 pull
    Descend by 200's

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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  15. Wed Jan 28th, 2015 SCY

    by , January 28th, 2015 at 11:35 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Jan 28th, 2015

    Whitney Coached
    Diving Well 6:00 a.m. to 7:30

    swam with Mike V, Charlie Moore, Jim Sauer, & Paul Walker

    Warm up
    3 x 400

    Main Set

    50 Drop Outs Freestyle
    start at :60, interval drops 1 sec after each repeat
    stopped at 33

    200 easy

    50 Drop Outs kick
    start at :60, interval drops 1 sec after each repeat
    stopped at 40

    400 done 75 easy 25 fast

    Next Meets:

    Considering:

    April 3-5, 2015
    South Central Zone Spring Short Course Zone Championships
    Rice University, Houston, TX



    Apr 23 - 26
    Masters SCY Nats in San Antonio
    Meet Info
    Order of Events
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  16. Sleep Swimming thru warmup

    by , January 28th, 2015 at 08:19 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I got paged last night at 1:30 and worked till 2. I am the queen of sleep swimming. Just swim and when thru your closed eyes it starts getting lighter just open long enough to turn and go back to sleep. That is the nice thing about the positioning of the lights in our pool, right at the sides.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    500 free w/paddles & bouy in 7:02
    400 IM in 6:55
    300 free kick w/zoomers
    200 fly in 3:29
    100 free build the kick

    Total 2500 yards
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  17. 1|27|15 weights

    by , January 27th, 2015 at 09:42 PM (Blog)
    Warmed up with various light resistance activities for 15 min

    3x the following superset:

    reps exercise resistance
    20 DB ovhd snatch 35lb DB's
    10 deadlifts 135lb
    10 plank position knee pulls n/a


    Took 14 minutes to complete entire workout excluding warmups. As brief as it was, it really packed a punch. I feel content. Had to take 4 breaths per rep near end of the deadlifts.

    Updated January 27th, 2015 at 09:48 PM by __steve__

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  18. Week 122 - Tuesday

    by , January 27th, 2015 at 05:35 PM (After a long rest)
    My wife and daughter headed to 5th grade camp today. Last night and quite honestly Saturday and Sunday night they were packing. They had planned for cold weather but this week it's suppossed to be close to 80F with a chance of rain. As such they have packed at least twice and as I left for the pool this morning it looked like they were going for a month not 3 days. I had a great night of sleep whereas my poor wife had a really night worrying about the trip.

    Today was was weights and a recovery swim.

    Weights
    10 mins vasa swim trainer
    3x(leg press, leg extension, lunges, squats, leg curls) 10,8,6 reps by round with increasing weight, 80%, max, fail
    10 mins of abs done as 2x(flutter kick, crunches, leg extension, planks, flutter kick) 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off

    I have significantly increased my max weights the past month and despite my legs hurting I am pleased with my progress.

    Swim
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45
    6x100 swim on 1:20
    200 easy

    I felt like jello after weights but I felt ok by the new today.

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  19. Tuesday, Jan. 27

    by , January 27th, 2015 at 05:34 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    100 chest press fly
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x 25 overkick free @ :40
    50 EZ

    6 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP fly w/fins (23)
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 AFAP @ 1:00
    -- fly w/fins
    -- all 10s
    300 EZ

    4 rounds: (think I did 4 rounds, might have been 3 ... brain fart)
    4 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :30
    1 x 25 fast kick @ :30
    75 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 3100


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    Pretty tired after that effort. The 10 x 25 AFAP @ 1:00 is not as easy as you would think, especially if you're not breathing. I think tomorrow, I'll try to get in an easy recovery swim and I have a 90 minute massage booked. Need it! Then I think I'll start resting for the Auburn meet. I haven't had an easy week+ in a long time, so it will probably be good for the body too.
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  20. Staying Young

    by , January 27th, 2015 at 04:11 PM (Sports Medicine Blog)
    The New York Times reported on an article that appeared recently in The Journal of Physiology that looked at the influence that being physically active has on aging. The researchers evaluated 85 men and 41 women between the ages of 55 and 79 who bicycled regularly. The men had to be able to ride at least 62 miles in 6.5 hours and women 37 miles in 5.5 hours. The researchers compared the testing results against the data from previous studies on older people and against each other. Not surprisingly to Masters swimmers, the cyclists did not show their age in many parameters: level of balance, reflexes, metabolic health, and memory ability. Many of these are measures that reflect how well an individual will function in the world. With all this good news there are still some facets of aging that are inevitable: a decrease in aerobic capacity, endurance and strength with advancing age. However, the athletes still showed less decline than their sedentary counterparts.

    Updated January 27th, 2015 at 04:16 PM by Editor

    Tags: aging
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