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  1. Tuesday Evening, 8/2/11

    by , August 3rd, 2011 at 11:24 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Swam after work. Did early morning bike ride.

    Warm up
    4 x 150 (S-K-P-S)
    - swam 150 free; kicked 50 on belly w/board and snorkel, 50 on sides w/snorkel, no board, 50 on back; pull 150 free w/buoy and freestyle paddles; swim 150 back
    4 x 50 Back build/1:00
    - average 47
    4 x 25 Fly Strong/30

    Set #1 Fly/Free
    6 x 100/2:15 try to descend or stay even
    #1, 4 Free
    #2, 5 Free/Fly by 25's
    # 3, 6 25 Fly - 50 Free - 25 Fly
    - kept these all at 1:37-38

    Set #2 Free Pull
    4 x 200/3:30 desc 1- 4
    - w/buoy and freestyle paddles; went 3:03-2:58-2:57-2:53

    Set #3 Sprint Set
    12 x 25 Alternate 25/25 Fast/25/45 smooth
    - not sure of times, couldn't see clock from far end of pool.
    - swam as 50's on 1:10 with Ī5 sec rest after 25. 1-6 back, 7-12 free

    Warm down
    - 200 easy free

    2800 meters
  2. Workout from 8/2/11 - a ladder... kind of

    This is my ladder set. It's not a very good ladder. Some of the rungs are broken.

    200 Swim
    200 Kick
    200 Pull

    7x100 Free
    600 hypoxic, each 100 breathe 3-5-7-9
    500 Kick (25 easy/25 fast, 50 easy/50 fast, 75 easy/75 fast, 100 easy/100 fast)
    4x100 Free
    300 IM
    200 eggbeater
    100 Free

    200 easy

    On the 200 I was just going to do breaststroke kick until I remembered that when I stopped playing water polo this year, my breaststroke really suffered. So I think trying to maintain a good eggbeater helps (and mine needs some work to get back to "good").

    I was pleased that I managed to get faster each set of 100s. I got out of the habit of descending until about a week ago, and I forgot how important that really is.
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  3. Workout from 7/31/11 - long course day!

    Most of the good stuff in this workout came from a Tall Paul workout. I just threw in some filler sets.

    200 Swim
    200 Kick
    200 Pull

    12x50 odd stroke, even free

    800 negative split :30 rest
    400 build :20 rest
    200 build :10 rest
    100 fast

    1000 pull w/paddles

    100 easy kick :10 rest
    50 fast kick :15 rest

    200 warmdown
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  4. Tuesday

    by , August 2nd, 2011 at 11:12 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    Easy and short solo @ Monon:

    **Super 1,000 Swim
    **16 X 50 alternating Kick, pull, Swim @ 1:00
    **4 X 200 Free @ 3:30 interval
    **Super 500 Swim


    A few years ago my pcp diagnosed me with a long Q interval during a routine ekg at my yearly checkup. I didn't think much about it at the time and my Dr. didn't seem too shook up about it either.
    Occasionally I would think about this irregularity, especially before open water swim races and wonder if I should really be doing things like this. I finally decided to set an appointment up with an electrophysicisis and get some advice. The EP told me I most likely have had this my whole life. I will hopefully be getting a genetic test soon if my insurance covers it. I have been extremely active my entire life and never had a symptom. The current standard of care is to take Beta Blockers and quit racing. He said it would be okay to continue working out. He told me I would probably hate the Beta Blockers but try them anyway. He said many of his active patients opted to quit the beta blockers and just continued on with their activity but his job was to advise me to do what he said.
    I wish I knew someone else with this situation so I could talk to them. I definitely want to continue swimming but obviously I value my life and don't want to do anything stupid. It's going to take a few days for me to wrap my head around this situation. Tomorrow I'm getting an Echocardiogram to "just make sure everything is fine" in the heart. The Dr. says he totally expects it is but he doesn't want to turn me loose without being sure.
    By the way, I felt perfectly wonderful during my swim tonight. I would really be freaking if I hadn't taken one.
  5. Tuesday, Aug. 2

    by , August 2nd, 2011 at 06:35 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    600 various

    4 x 25 single arm fly

    10 x 25
    odds = shooter
    evens = drill

    1 x 25 burst -- dive from side + fast dolphin kick
    50 drill
    1 x 25 burst -- backstroke start + fast dolphin kick
    50 drill

    1 x fast 25 free + 75 EZ

    1 x burst breast fast hands drill + 75 EZ

    Total: 1450

    ART, 30 min

    Chiro said I was looser than last week, and no inflammation anywhere. I asked about my hips feeling a bit creaky. He said that is a phenomenon he sees in runners that are tapering. I use my hips a ton when dolphin kicking and I kick a lot, so perhaps that explains things. ART takes the place of stretching today. I'll probably do my RC exercises in front of the TV as I did last night.



    Woke up today feeling energized instead of lethargic as I've been for a week. Also felt pretty good in the pool -- much better than yesterday. And I screamed at two inanimate objects today. So I think I'm ready to go! I've only swam at Auburn once, back in Feb 2009. But I had 6 PBs at that meet, helped along by the emergence of the tech suit, I'm sure. Still, good mojo.

    My flight leaves around noon tomorrow. I may drive straight to the pool to get a very short loosen up swim. Not sure if I can get there in time for the 30 minute swim in the comp pool after Wed's events end. Hope so!

    Spoke to Susan Dawson-Cook of Swimmer magazine about meet prep and the difference between short course and long course. I love me some long course 50s, but I have to say short course rocks because of the walls!

    Updated August 2nd, 2011 at 07:05 PM by The Fortress

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  6. Easy swims into last meet

    by , August 2nd, 2011 at 02:08 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Today I swam on my own.

    500 warm up
    free back free breast/fly free

    100 kick board
    100 swim
    100 kick back
    100 swim
    100 kick back
    100 swim
    100 kick back
    100 swim

    I'm pretty sure that's what I did. I lost count after 3 and got mixed up on odds/evens, so around the 4th I knew I was off when I was counting my kick as evens.

    Stretching on deck

    At this point, I am going to just be as rested as I can possibly be, with complete disregard to meterage, # days swum, speed, etc.

    I heard a rumor that this A/BB Champs meet is going to be SCY in prelims due to the number of entries. That would be totally fun! I swim on Sunday. We shall see!

    The girls and my husband are going to see the Circus. They go every year! Then we are going to Texas de Brazil for dinner. Claire loves that place. It's her birthday!
  7. Monday evening and Tuesday morning

    by , August 2nd, 2011 at 11:40 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Last night went to the pool for a short recovery swim. Did the following:


    400 swim
    200 kick
    4 x 50 drill

    6 x 50/1:15 focus was dps, kept stroke count at 14-16 averaging 15 (normally I'm at 18 in the 25 meter pool).

    6 x 50 back/1:15, same as above except SC was 17-18. I need more work on the backstroke catch. I never feel like I'm getting a good catch and it always feels like I'm slipping.

    100 easy swim

    Total: 1500 meters

    Tuesday morning:

    Went for a 45 minute bike ride.
  8. Tuesday workout

    by , August 2nd, 2011 at 08:17 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Last day before Nationals. I actually kind of miss the 6000m workouts. I got used to it. I feel kind of lazy tapering. Slept poorly again. I'm too nervous/excited... not sure which. Headed to Auburn tomorrow. Hopefully all will go well.


    600 Br/Free
    200 Pull
    200 Kick

    4 x 50 Dive/sprint - back easy

    (1200m total)
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  9. Monday

    by , August 1st, 2011 at 10:34 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    Today was solo at the Monon Center.

    **500 Freestyle Swim
    **100 Kick/100 Pull/100 Drill/100 kick/100 pull
    **10 X 50 Drill/Swim free @ 1:00
    **4 X 125 IM (50 IMO Roll) @ 2:30
    **20 X 100-in sets of 4--descend -5 each set of 4 (2:00 / 1:55 / 1:50 / 1:45 / 1:40

    4,000 scy

    The pool was packed this afternoon! Is swimming rapidly gaining popularity among fitness buffs?
    Throughout the course of my workout I had 4 different lane mates. Three of them were totally fine to swim with, the 4th however was a man attempting to do breastroke. This guy rotated his pelvis and did more of a wide scissor kick that crossed over in my lane. I was nearly kicked by him every length. He seemed to be annoyed by my 100's on an interval. When I passed by him he would switch to crawl and try to ward me off. Oh well, he was the fool who jumped in my lane and started swimming!!
  10. Monday, August 1, 2011 5:30pm

    by , August 1st, 2011 at 10:04 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Well, this is my last swim as a 33 year old, as tomorrow is the day I came into this world. Not that it'll be any different tomorrow vs. today.

    Meet report from Sunday at the LC Champs meet (USA-S):

    200 Back - NS
    100 Fly - NS
    100 Free - NS

    I was just feeling too crummy after the last 2 weeks of 70+ hours to attempt making the trip down to Pasco, WA for the meet. Had I of gone under good conditions, it looks like I would've ended up in the middle of the B finals in each of my events, with an outside shot of the A final in the 100 Fly. Oh well, the rest was better for me anyway at this point of the summer.


    Monday workout:

    400 Free (4 x 100s :15 rest)
    600 Free Pull (building each 100 till I felt Sun Yang-ish by the end)

    8 x 125 Free @ 1:45
    held 1:24-1:26s on all, with the last at 1:22
    not bad considering the lack of swimming I've been doing lately.
    After this I was basically wiped out though

    200 EZ

    8 x 25 Fly @ :40

    100 EZ
  11. Lake Tahoe Sharkfest Swim

    by , August 1st, 2011 at 07:39 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Sunday, 7/30/11

    Went to Tahoe last weekend for the Sharkfest swim. Got there Sat afternoon and got in a short swim at Incline Beach where the race was to start on Sunday. Water was a lot warmer than I expected and swim felt pretty good even though it was very short, probably only about a half mile.

    Sunday - Got about 200 yard warmup swim just after arriving at the start area. Water was a lot colder than Saturday afternoon but still not too bad. Swim was 1.2 mile shoreline swim from Incline Beach to Burnt Cedar Beach. I felt really good and strong alfter I got good and warmed up.
    Finished 1st in my age group and in addition to the usual medal got a bottle of wine for my efforts!

    Updated August 2nd, 2011 at 12:06 PM by poolraat

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  12. Monday, Aug. 1

    by , August 1st, 2011 at 07:08 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    600 various

    4 x 25 single arm fly

    8 x 25
    odds = easy speed fly
    evens = easy

    8 x 25
    odds = dolphin kick @ 100 pace to 15m + cruise
    evens = drill
    -- Hmm ... On the ones on my belly, 11 solid kicks got me past the 15 m mark. Must have been getting pretty good DPS; makes me wonder what it would be in a tech suit.

    8 x 25 back no SDK

    8 x 25
    odds = free, focusing on breakouts
    evens = breast

    100 EZ

    Total: 1600

    Stretching, 30 minutes



    Rats, no easy speed yet. Felt like lead in the water still, maybe slightly better by the end. Normally this would mess with my mind some, but I am uncharacteristically calm. It does make me somewhat glad that the 2 events I care least about are the first day (50 evil and 100 fly), so I can work out the kinks. I am trying to have no expectations about these events. As Ahelee has said, "enthusiasm plus no expectations = happiness."

    Jimby has given me the following sage advice about how one feels pre-taper meet: "I have come to the conclusion that it doesn't matter AT ALL, in fact, there may even be an inverse correlation (feel bad before, swim better during.) I also have come to conclude that positive thinking (you have to be able to visualize swimming great in order to actually do it) is vastly overrated. None of this matters. It's only evidence of a nervousy mind preparing itself for pain." All this preliminary suffering apparently makes the post-meet relief and happiness all the more compelling.

    I am really really sick of tapering. The last week is just murder.

    My shoulder is still bothering me somewhat. I seem to be tossing and turning at night. Some of it may be due to stopping weights as well -- my shoulders always feel somewhat hinky during taper. Going to try to ice more.

    I'm packing Mini Fort off to rowing camp in the am. The really big job of getting Fort Son ready to pack off to college begins after Nationals.
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  13. Last taper workout... I guess

    by , August 1st, 2011 at 03:10 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    No intervals what so ever. Swam at the Y and did alot of talking and coaching instead of swimming too much.

    500 Free broke 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,1,2,1
    200 Free w/snorkle
    300 Free kick w/fins
    5x100 Fly as 25 rt arm/25 lt arm/25 kick/25 swim w/fins
    10x50 from dive as 20 yard sprints

    Total 2000 yards
  14. Monday Morning IM

    by , August 1st, 2011 at 12:50 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    Whew! Today was kind of a brutal way to start the week. It was an IM-oriented workout written by one of our coaches. After taking yesterday totally off, I was hoping to feel a little better today, but the workout absolutely pushed me. I did, however, do all the ladder going up as stroke (albeit wearing my fins). Here's what we did:

    300 Warm-Up
    1 x 450 Kick on 9:00
    4 x 25 Fly (w/ fins) on :40
    4 x 50 Breast (w/ fins) on 1:10
    4 x 100 Back (w/ fins) on 2:15
    4 x 200 IM (w/ fins) on 4:15
    4 x 100 Pull on 2:10
    4 x 50 Pull on 1:05
    4 x 25 Pull on :35
    300 Cool-Down
    Total Meters - 3250

    To be honest, coming down the ladder was supposed to be IM too, but I elected to do it as a pull set. I'm trying to strengthen both my freestyle pull and my endurance in order to compete in my first ever open water swim the end of the month.

    Getting slammed at work - and at home - right now, but I did want to get the workout out for you - in case you want it. Take my word for it though - it will beat you up!

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  15. Taper almost over

    by , August 1st, 2011 at 12:24 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    I'll splash around a bit tomorrow and maybe do some more practice dives. Nothing hard. I'm already having trouble sleeping. Usually that doesn't happen until the night before. Probably a good thing... I'll be so tired by the time Wednesday evening rolls around, I won't be able to avoid some deep sleep.


    1000 Warm up

    3 x 100 down easy free/back build, fast, sprint br

    200 cool down

    Did a couple practice dives and called it a day.

    (1500m total)
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  16. Sunday, July 31

    by , July 31st, 2011 at 04:29 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    RC exercises
    30 minutes stretching



    700 various

    10 x 25
    odds = shooters
    evens = drill

    1 x 25 burst dolphin kick on back + 25 EZ
    1 x 25 burst dolphin kick from dive at side + 25 EZ
    50 EZ
    1 x 25 fast back kick
    50 EZ
    1 x 25 back spin drill + cruise
    50 EZ
    1 x 25 fast free
    125 EZ
    1 x 25 burst breast fast hands drill
    75 EZ

    Total: 1500



    Still felt sloggish in the water today. I wish I felt a little lighter. But I think it's a combo of taper + many hours in the heat yesterday at Divisionals and team banquet + out of the pool yesterday + late to bed. I was still feeling sloggish at this time in Dec. and March during tapers. But I am not really feeling insanely jittery from tapering. How come? I'm sure I'll get a jolt of nerves when I start packing. I am worrying some -- worrying about not DQing in the 100 fly, worrying about breast kick, worrying I've overtapered for LCM, worrying that my worst events are day one, etc. But I know from prior experience that I needn't worry about worrying. I have absolutely no worries about the first 15 meters underwater.

    I have heard that Jimby is swimming very well at the LCM meet in Cleveland. It must be due to my lucky socks (which he swiped), see below.

    3 more days!

    Oh, Lil Fort did great at Divisionals with 2 big PBs in the 25 fly and 50 free. She dropped a second in fly -- finally decided she didn't need to breath so much. Which now causes me to worry about how many breaths I should take in my 50 fly ...

    Planning on being a slug the rest of the day. This forced laziness breeds ... well, more laziness.

    Updated July 31st, 2011 at 04:43 PM by The Fortress

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  17. Lazy weekend

    Yesterday and today I did easy swims at the Riverbank pool. My friends are back and weíve reclaimed our usual lane, and the water temp has been very nice. Both days I did variations of this:

    1000 lcm warmup:
    200 relaxed free
    200 BK/FR/BK/BR
    200 rev. IM kick
    200 pull
    200 rev. IM d/s by 25

    A few 50s drill

    100-200 warmdown + play

    Itís been beautiful though warm here in New York. Everything is very leafy and tropical. Summer weekends tend to be laid-back anyway, as lots of people are out of town. I have been enjoying having a reason to be super-lazy this weekend. I am looking forward to actually working out again once the tapering and meet are all done, but itís nice to have a break from that so that working hard seems desirable again.

    My events in Auburn are:

    • 800 FR: Iíve only swum this twice before, ever. My best timeó11:30--is from the Middlebury meet last year. Iím hoping to beat that here.
    • 400 IM: My PR in my current age-group is 6:22; my masters (and lifetime) PR is 5:57. I imagine Iíll swim somewhere in between those two times hereóIíd like to get as close to 6 as I can.
    • 50 Breaststroke: This event is all over the map for me. I swam a 41.10 in this event last year. My masters PR is a 37-high. Getting in under 40 would make me happy.
    • 200 Backstroke: I swam a 2:55 last year; I think my masters best is a 2:52. Iíd like to get as close to 2:50 as I can. I need to be brave about taking it outóIím very (too) comfortable negative-splitting my 200s.
    My swim schedule for the next month is pretty packedóhereís what the next month looks like:

    Wednesday-Friday, August 3-5: USMS LCM Nationals, Auburn, AL

    Saturday, August 6: USMS 5K National Championship, Coney Island, Brooklyn, 5:45am check-in, 7am start

    Saturday, August 13: USMS 2-mile Cable Championship, Lake Placid, NY, 8:30 check-in, 10am start

    Saturday, September 3: Lake Quassapaug (Middlebury, CT) swims (3m, 1.5m, .5m) 7am check-in, 8am start
    I might also add one more event in there, the weekend of August 20/21. Iím considering going down for one day of the Terrapin meet. If Iím in NYC, thereís a fun open-water swim that Sunday that I could do. I could conceivably do both. Or I could just relax and have a weekend off! Iíll wait until Iím back from Auburn to make up my mind.
  18. 28.39 and 28.28 for the pile!

    by , July 30th, 2011 at 11:38 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Drumroll please!

    28.39 prelims
    28.28 finals

    Well, at least I did my season best in finals! Whew! I was next to the heat winner and thought I really did bad until I looked up. Respectable time. Nothing great. At least I looked good on internet TV!

    A bit of a spruce goose dive, the right arm swing is a function of the "collapsing" of my left stroke underwater and other general collapsing problems when I am tired. But I can tell it was so much better than prelims. Which just goes to show an extra 4 hours rest was critical - I never swim better in finals (as a masters swimmer, I pride myself on excellent prelim swims), usually 2-3 tenths worse.

    It's at the 1:34 mark, right after the women's 1500 and I am in the first (D) final heat, lane 6, silver cap and goggles in finals.

    I was very tired. Usually I can win to the 25, and then hang on. Today, I could barely get to count 6 (12 strokes) before I was gutting it out.

    Why am I so tired?
    Why am I still collapsing?
    Why am I so bloated?
    Why am I asking so many rhetorical questions?

    Strategy for next week: If I felt this tired, even after taking it easy in the water, then when in doubt, rest more! So for this week, i'm only going to swim twice and go really easy. Then just show up next Sunday for the meet!

    In other news, see me & the girls on Kennywood youtube!

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  19. Workout from 7/30/11 - when math goes wrong

    Today I was swimming on my own as usual but tried to do a provided workout. I totally messed it up. I wanted to change the 10x50 to a 12x50, and wound up doing 24x50. I thought it was taking an awfully long time, but I attributed that to the fact that I was doing drill. It wasn't until later in the workout that I realized I'd actually done twice as much as I was supposed to. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

    Workout (as it was written): 2900 yards

    200 Swim
    200 Kick
    200 Pull

    10x50 drill/swim - odd free, even stroke

    2 x200 dolphin kick on back

    10x100 - odd free, even stroke

    200 kick w/ board and fins

    4x50 warm down

    Workout (as I did it): 3200 yards

    200 Swim
    200 Kick
    200 Pull

    24x50 Drill/ Swim
    odd free
    even stroke

    2x200 dolphin kick on back with fins

    odd free
    even stroke

    200 kick w/ board and fins

    4x50 warm down
  20. Solo @ FSU

    by , July 30th, 2011 at 09:35 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    Love swimming @ FSU - geothermal cooling - water temp is 79-80 even in August! Makes swimming on my own so much easier. I'll probably go back over there tomorrow for an easy 2000 on my own too. Did quite a bit today, can't get too tapered, or I won't swim my 400 well on Saturday.

    300 back/free
    10 x 50; 5 on :60, 5 on :50
    4 x 400 stroke/free, drill-swim by 25's IM order - the freestyle one was DPS with the Tempo Trainer
    4 x 100 kick on 2:30, no toys
    100 easy
    8 x 100 on 1:40, holding under 1:30 for all, used pull bouy and paddles on last 4
    100 easy
    16 x 50, alt free & stroke by groups of 4 on :50 & 1:10
    800 steady state w/Tempo Trainer
    100 easy

    Total: 5500 LCM

    Really hate how 200 measly meters of fly makes my rotator cuff & tricep hurt on the right arm. Poo - how am I ever going to get better at it, when even a little bit of it hurts me?