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  1. Stroke day, 09/08/11

    by , September 8th, 2011 at 03:38 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Light attendance at workouts due to everyone taking time off after the Hawaii swims.

    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center noon
    Billy Glasstetter coached

    200 swim
    200 kick
    200 pull

    Transition Set:
    12 x 25 on 35
    4 x IM drill
    4 x IM kick
    4 x IM swim

    Main Set:
    12 x 75's on 1:30
    IM's xfree on odds
    evens easy free
    ==> I did all fly/all back on the stroke 75's
    held 56 to 58 on fly;
    held 58 to 59 on backs

    Yardage Set:
    4 x 150 on 2:10
    3 x 150 on 2:00 or whatever you can hold
    4 x 100 kick on back with fins
    3 x 75 kick on back no fins + easy 25

    several backstroke starts

    The End
    Today was better than on Tuesday! I felt much better in the water and not so bloated. I really like to do 75's fly in practice. Mostly because it's long enough I can blast-o away from most everyone else, but still short enough I have no trouble actually making it all legal fly, and that includes 2 good turns, not that sloppy struggling type of swimming.

    Today I miss my girls. Usual school day but I can't wait to see them. That's the best part of my day when they come running to the car. Off to carpool line, 'bye!
  2. Thu Sep 8th, 2011 SCY

    by , September 8th, 2011 at 11:53 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu Sep 8th, 2011 SCY

    didn't sleep well last night,
    took a little nap after practice

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    UT, main pool scy
    6:30 to 8:00 dove in right at 6:30
    wore new training jammer
    swam with Amy & Ned,
    Beside Larry, Korey, Stan, & Tyler

    400 fr
    200 right arm
    200 left arm
    200 k

    Main SET: scy

    800 fr 75% went 9:10
    1:00 Break
    4 x 25 fl on 20
    :30 break

    400 fr went 4:29
    1:00 Break
    4 x 25 bk on 20
    :30 break

    200 fr went 2:11
    1:00 Break
    4 x 25 br on 20
    :30 break

    100 fr went 1:04
    1:00 Break
    4 x 25 br on 20
    :30 break

    100 easy

    800 fr 75% went 8:48
    1:00 Break
    4 x 25 fl on 20
    :30 break

    400 fr went 4:16
    1:00 Break
    4 x 25 bk on 20
    :30 break

    200 fr went 2:06
    1:00 Break
    4 x 25 br on 20
    :30 break

    100 fr went 1:00
    1:00 Break
    4 x 25 br on 20
    :30 break

    100 easy

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  3. Descending 100 Intervals

    by , September 8th, 2011 at 11:53 AM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    So, I must admit that I looked ahead at the workouts (as I always do) and really tried to get myself psyched up for this one. All in all, I did about how I expected to do and was relatively happy with the swims. My uh-oh moment of the day is that my left shoulder is tweaking again. It tweaks at the end of my pull into the recovery motion of my freestyle. According to my coach, I wasn't doing any unusual motions during my stroke. So... grumble... grumble... grumble... I'm not sure exactly what's up and I didn't want to push the speed too hard, so I was content to hold 1:25s w/o fins throughout this set until the interval got to 1:30s. See what we did:

    400 Warm-Up
    1 x 300 Pull on 5:00
    1 x 300 Kick on 5:00
    4 x 100 Free on 2:00 (held 1:25s)
    1 x 50 Free Easy on 1:00
    4 x 100 Free on 1:50 (held 1:25s)
    1 x 50 Free Easy on 1:00
    4 x 100 Free on 1:40 (held 1:25s)
    1 x 50 Free Easy on 1:00
    4 x 100 Free on 1:30 (wore fins - held 1:16s pushing a bit, but not too hard)
    1 x 50 Free Easy on 1:00
    4 x 75 Free ALL OUT on 1:20 (wore fins - held :49-:50s)
    400 Cool-Down
    Total Yards -3500

    I did really push the 75s. Coach told me I could only decrease distance if I really pushed the speed doing 75s, so I pushed hard and my legs were really shaking by the 4th one.

    As for the rest of the day, I decided that my legs need a break from the bike today. With the Aquabike arena in my sights, I've been biking each day between 7.5-14 miles - with a goal of getting up to 25 miles for next summer's Aquabike races that are a 1500 meter swim followed by a 25 mile ride. It should be do-able... and I'm hoping the increased endurance will help on the sprinting side of things too.

    The "big boy" Aquabike near my house is 4000 meter swim and 52 mile ride. That may be a goal for two summers from now.

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  4. Back to the dungeon!

    This morning I swam with Team New York at John Jay College—it was my first time back with this team, and in our “beloved” basement pool, since June. My long absence netted me an official welcome back in the team announcements this morning. It was great swimming with these teammates again (although I’d seen many of them over the summer at other pools or at local swims). The water at John Jay was a good temp, and even transparent today! Here’s hoping it stays that way . . .

    I was in the next-to-fastest lane with 3 fun lanemates, and enjoyed the generous intervals and the camaraderie there. Here’s what we did:

    400 scy warmup

    6 x 50 (25 BR kick with hands at sides, 25 BR swim) @ 1:10

    16 x 50 @ 1:05, 4 FL, 4 BK, 4 BR, 4 FR [We each took turns leading a stroke, more or less. You know there’s a shortage of flyers around when I get tapped for that stroke!]

    2x thru
    100 K @ 2:15
    2 x 50 K @ 1:05
    1 x 50 K @ :55

    3x thru
    200 @ 3:15
    200 @ 3:00
    200 @ 2:45
    :15 rest
    [I did the first round FR (43-37-29), the second round FR/BK halfsies (3:02, 2:49, 2:40), and the third round FR again (45-36-26)]

    200 upside-down IM warmdown

    My body felt tight this morning but I had good energy--things loosened up as the workout progressed, and by the end I wanted to stay in and swim more.
  5. Thursday workout

    by , September 8th, 2011 at 08:38 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Just Dave M and I today. Modified the workout we had on the sheet. 1st 4 100s were supposed to be convert to fly kick. Neither of us can make that but converting to fly was challenging enough. It was supposed to be 5 x 200 fr on 3:10. After one of those, I had recovered from the fly and figured IM was more appropriate for the interval. There was supposed to be a relay at the end but with just two of us, we decided to do some 50s instead. Took my drag suit off for the 200/150 set. First 200 was a disappointing 2:25. Got the third one down to 2:15 but I really need to be under 2:10 w/o a drag suit on. Also should be able to go under :30 on the 50s. Just felt sloppy as I picked up the turnover.


    400 Warm up

    100 Fr - 1:30
    75 fr/25 fly - 1:30
    50 fr/50 fly - 1:30
    25 fr/75 fly - 1:30

    200 Fr - 3:10
    4 x 200 IM - 3:10
    50 Easy - 2:00
    4 x 75 Br - 1:30
    50 Easy

    200 - 2:30 (2:25)
    50fr/50fl/50fr - 2:30
    200 - 2:30 (2:21)
    50fr/50bk/50fr - 2:30
    200 - 2:30 (2:15)

    3 x 100 stroke - 2:00

    10 x 50 fr - 1:00 Descend
    (:40, :39, :35, :34, :33, :33, :32, :32, :30, :30)

    200 Cool down

    (4100 Total)
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  6. Wow then Ouch

    by , September 8th, 2011 at 07:32 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    This was a good workout but I don't back off when I should. My own fault and I will just nurse my neck today.

    500 Free every 3rd 25 streamline kick on back
    500 Free kick w/fins as 25easy/25moderate/25fast
    5x100@1:30 as 50 Free/50Back w/paddles & bouy held 1:25's WOW but this is also what pulled my neck muscle at #3 but still finished it with great times
    500 Breast kick w/brfins
    200 Breast pull
    200 Free kick w/fins
    200 Free choice of drills w/fins

    Total 2600 yards
  7. Wednesday after Labor Day and No Swim Tuesday 9/7/11

    by , September 8th, 2011 at 01:38 AM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Aquasol. 5:30PM - 7:15PM
    Coach Janine wrote a workout and stuck it to a kickboard.
    It was the same as the JO's. lol

    Warm 2x100FR 200IM drill, 100K, 100P (600)
    2x200 IM Kick no/brd RI :15 (400/1000)
    10 x 50 FR Fist Drill / High Elbow Drag drills on 1:00 (500/1500)
    6x200 IM 1.Normal, 2.Medley (BK,BR,Fly,FR),3. Backwards. repeat.
    on 4:00. Last 2 I pulled, my right hip started reminding me it was there.(1200/2700)
    4x50 Sit on board BR / Kick BR (200/2900)
    4x50 Scull drill on 1:00 (200/3100)
    10x75 K with fins, 2 FR, 2 Fly, 2 BK, etc. (750/3850)
    4x25 FR Sprint on :30 (3950)
    100 cool
    4050 scy

    I was in the gym yesterday, but avoided all leg exercises. Got a lot of pull downs in and working on the incline sit-up bench, can only do 3x10.
    My hip ligament pain has subsided, thought it was a thigh flexor, but noticed a "crack" noise when I got up from sitting a long time and the associated pain. It doesn't hurt to get in the car or do flip turn's, however I'm not pushing it. Glad I was able to do some normal swimming, yet my arms felt like lead from yesterdays weight workout.
  8. No Speed, Sept. 7

    by , September 7th, 2011 at 08:13 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    600 various

    6 x 50 single arm drill

    20 x 25 shooters w/MF
    4 x front/left/right/back/twirling

    5 x broad jump into pool and squat jump off bottom

    Main Sets:

    1 x (100 fast + 100 EZ)
    2 x (50 fast + 100 EZ)
    4 x (25 fast + 25 EZ @ 1:30)

    100 = dolphin kick on back w/MF, :50
    50s = fly w/fins, went :26s
    25s = flutter kick with fins & board, :12s

    100 EZ

    10 x 25 free w/paddles and parachutes @ 1:15-1:30, went 18-19s

    100 EZ

    Total: 2550


    That is truly the worst speed set I've done in ages. Definitely a product of little to no speed work in 6 weeks and of being hypo. I died big time on the fast 100 kick and I usually do 24s on fast 50 flys. Fly seems the most effected for me at the moment; I felt like I was doing some ghastly other stroke. (This is consistent with Nationals where I was 2 & 5+ seconds off my best times in the 50 & 100 fly.) I may temporarily bag doing fly. Don't want to reinforce poor form. I hope the tide turns soon, as I have no desire to compete feeling like crap. But it can take weeks for thyroid medication to fully take effect and months for your body to fully recover. Grr. And I clearly need to do much more speed work. Last year, I swam at a meet in the end of August and therefore did speed work and sprinting through most of August. This year, I lollygagged with Nationals so early.

    I took Chris' suggestion and used paddles with my parachute today. That is taxing! I'm more tired from that than the fast stuff.

    My brother sent me some chia seeds in the mail (along with some other items I very cleverly left at his house). He encouraged me to add them to my smoothies:

    Updated September 7th, 2011 at 10:18 PM by The Fortress

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  9. More swimming

    This morning I swam at the Y with a swim buddy. My body was feeling tired and draggy, but the rest of me was cheerful and energetic—it was odd feeling that disjuncture throughout the workout. I felt like I was in cheerleader mode throughout—“Come on arms, let’s go, let’s GO!” Here’s what I did:

    550 scy warmup

    10 x 50 @ :50, odds easy, evens faster, alternating 2 swim 2 pull

    6x thru
    350 at good pace, right into
    100 easy,
    with the whole 450 @ 7:00
    [It was a struggle to keep the 350s at my OHS pace today (4:40s), but that’s what I did—they ranged from 4:39-4:40.]

    3 x 150
    100 kick
    2 x 150
    100 kick
    1 x 150
    100 kick
    [I did the 150s as FR/BK/FR sandwiches, and focused on 6-beat-kicking on all the FR (BK part was easy)]

    550 warmdown + play

    Swimming with a friend is always a joy, so I had fun with the workout today despite my tiredness. One more workout to go tomorrow morning, then I have a massage and a day off—hurray!

    It has been nothing but rainy in the city all yesterday and today, as tennis fans already know. Today was one of those misty days where the tops of buildings disappear into the low fog. That was cool, but I’m hoping for some nice sunshiny days for my swims this weekend!
  10. 5300 in 85 min. - 09/07/11

    by , September 7th, 2011 at 04:41 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    Water was coooold again today & the air temp was only 68 - but it wasn't as bad as I was afraid it would be. Hate this time of year.

    400 swim, 400 pull, 200 kick warm-up

    The following 25 fly/25 back, 50 free on 1:30 base; repeat:
    2 x 300
    3 x 200
    4 x 100

    100 easy
    8 x 100 kick w/zoomers on 2:00/1:50
    100 easy
    4 x 300 pull on 4:30
    100 easy
    Total: 5300

    **I was pleased w/myself this morning because on set 2, I actually did the fly portion - usually I wimp out - do free or back, or put on zoomers for fly - but I am determined to get stronger. Unfortunately, I have a long way to go - if I time it just right, my hips are down, my head is up, and the waves hit me right in the chest - so I'm butter-floundering, not flying. However, I feel better about myself than I did a few days ago, feel stronger in the water, and (possibly?) faster too. I know that by going 5000 hard every day, I am bound to get better.
  11. Wed Sep 7th, 2011 NOON

    by , September 7th, 2011 at 03:48 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Sep 7th, 2011 NOON

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    Bess Coached
    UT, main pool scy
    noon to 1:15 dove in around 12:15
    wore new training jammer
    swam with Ned,
    Beside Jim, Korey, Bob & David

    missed it

    Main SET: scy

    4 rounds of
    4 x 150 fr on 1:50 held 1:36 - 1:40
    40 Sec Break
    4 x 50 stroke on 1:00 desc
    1:00 break

    8 x 25 on :30
    odds easy
    evens fast

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  12. Wednesday, 9/7/11

    by , September 7th, 2011 at 02:03 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)

    Warm up
    400 swim
    - did 200 free/200 back
    10 x 50/1:00 every 3rd fast
    - odds were fly (±40) and back (±41), evens were free (37-38)

    Main Set with Fins (1200)
    6 x 200 smooth build and ds set of 3
    - 1-3 free @ 3:00, went 2:40-2:35-2:30
    - 4-6 back @ 3:20, went 3:05-2:55-2:50

    Kick (800)
    400 IM
    - no board, kicked in streamline with snorkel for fly-breast-free
    8 x 50/2:00 FAST
    - 1-4 no board, flutter in streamline w/snorkel, went 57-57-58-55
    - 5-8 on back in streamline, went 52-50-52-50

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total: 3000 yards

    I felt pretty good today but my kick needs work! It's not too bad on my back, but on my belly it's really slow!
  13. AFAP = Exhausted :)

    by , September 7th, 2011 at 12:16 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    Whereas yesterday was all about distance, today was all about sprinting - as fast as possible. All in all, I was really happy with how I swam this morning - and how much I did of the stroke without fins at all. This weaning from fins will pay off - hopefully big time by the time I get to the Qwest Center in Omaha.

    Here's what we did today:
    400 Warm-Up
    16 x 25 on :30 (odd: kick; even: stroke - did rotating IM w/ fins)
    2 sets:
    - 1 x 200 Free Moderate on 3:30
    - 2 x 100 IM on 2:30 (1st set w/o fins; 2nd set w/ fins)
    - 4 x 50 Free Moderate on 1:00
    - 8 x 25 Stroke AFAP on 1:30 (did both sets w/o fins in IM order - times listed below)
    300 Cool-Down
    Total Yards - 2700

    For the 25s Stroke AFAP, here's how I did:
    Fly - :18 (no dive), :16, :15, :15 (last 3 from dive)
    Back - :16-:17s
    Breast - :26 (no dive), :23, :23, :21 (last 3 from dive)
    Free - :16, :15, :14.5, :15 (all from push)

    Here's why I'm happy.... first of all, my fly when I really got going felt better w/o fins than it has in a really long time. That was awesome.

    Second, my best ever 50 Back racing time is a :38 - and has been a :38 ever since I started competing two years ago. I think I finally have the feel of where the catch is supposed to be. To be doing :16s & :17s would be :32-:34ish race. That would be an awesome drop for me.

    Third, my best ever (and only) 50 Breast race was a whopping :52. Clearly, I had never really worked on it and the breaststroke kick is an amazing struggle to get both my feet to behave properly. To do low :20s from a dive. YAY!

    Finally, my free from a push being :14.5-:16 gave me hope there too. I guess I finally feel like I'm getting back to being able to sprint. I've spent the summer more focused on long distance (and open water) that my sprints have felt really sluggish. Glad I may be breaking out of that.

    Oh... and then I went home and biked 14 miles. Yep... glutton for punishment.

    Hope you enjoy your swims today!
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  14. Wed Sep 7th, 2011 scy

    by , September 7th, 2011 at 11:43 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Sep 7th, 2011 scy

    screwed up,
    thought practice was 7:30 - 9:00 but it was 6:00 - 7:30
    arrived very late

    500 easy

    might go at noon

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    Updated September 7th, 2011 at 03:44 PM by ande

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  15. Wednesday Power Hour

    by , September 7th, 2011 at 09:44 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Hope the workout formatting makes sense. No drag suit today. Pool was unusually cool (82-83)... felt good. Hopefully they will keep it that way all fall/winter.

    Round 1 - Nothing unusual. Made all the splits easily. Probably should have worn the drag suit for this round.

    Round 2 - Followed Dave B for this round. Kick -> Fly wasn't bad. Forgot I was supposed to convert Br -> Free for the last half of the round. Remembered at the 1:20 interval. By then Dave B had gotten us about 20 seconds ahead of the interval. Finished really early.

    Round 3 - Less crowded so we split into our own lanes. Purpose was to swim IM until we couldn't make the split and the pull after that. Good idea in theory but the IM to Pull transition took too long and I never got my paddles on securely. Lost my paddle half way through the 1:10. Should have just done Fr. instead of pull... probably would have made it.

    Round 4 - On this one, we were supposed to Kick until we can't make it and then swim stroke until we can't make it and then swim free. Kicked br down to 1:30's. Kind of suprised I was still doing 1:30's after 400 yds but I was still making 1:27 to 1:28. Back stroke didn't go so well. Did that on a 1:28 and was 3 seconds behind for the 1:20. Then, my brain completely misfired and I missed a wall on a flip turn. Not just a "slowly back your toes into a weak push-off" miss. This was a total wiff. It was so bad I could only laugh at myself. Took the opportunity to empty my goggles and set out to catch up for the final interval. Didn't even do an open turn to start the 1:15. Based upon everyone else's push off, I needed to do a couple of 1:07's back to back to make it. Checked the clock before the last 100. Only had 1:05 to make it. Did what I could but ended up 3 seconds short.


    300 Warm up

    Int....Clock...Round 1....Round 2....Round 3....Round 4
    1:50...:00.....100Bk......100K.......100IM......10 0K (Br)
    1:45...:50.....75Bk/25Br..75K/25Fl...100IM......100K (Br)
    1:40...:35.....50Bk/50Br..50K/50Fl...100IM......100K (Br)
    1:35...:15.....25Bk/75Br..25K/75Fl...100IM......100K (Br)
    1:30...:50.....100Br......100Fl......100IM......10 0K (Br)
    1:30...:20.....100Fr......100Br......100IM......10 0K (Br)
    1:10...:50.....100Fr......100Fr......100Pull....10 0Fr

    1:00 Break after Round 2
    50 Easy after Round 3

    200 Cool down

    (4550 Total)

    Updated September 7th, 2011 at 02:03 PM by pmccoy

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  16. A good workout today

    by , September 7th, 2011 at 07:33 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Was surprised to do so well and yet feel so loose at the start.

    10x100@2:00 Free as 50pull/50kick
    10x100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy
    10x50 from Dive 15 meter breakouts then easy free IM order last 2 fl & fr
    300 Free kick w/fins
    200 Free EASY

    Total 3000 yards
  17. Tuesday, Sept. 6

    by , September 6th, 2011 at 10:44 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    RC exercises
    assisted pull ups w/30 lb assist (10 lbs less than last time), 3 x 8
    assisted dips w/30 lb assist (10 lbs less than last time), 3 x 10
    floor bench press, 50 x 3 x 15
    overhead squat, 50 x 3 x 15
    HS leg extensions, 70 x 3 x 8
    hip hinge w/extended leg w/kettleball row (20 lb K ball), 20 x 3 x 10 each leg -- not easy!
    med ball slams, 10 minutes


    That's all I could do today, and I took a lot of rest between sets. I meant to go to yoga, but was too tired. Until my thyroid medication kicks in, I may be limited to 1 workout a day. The horror! Thanks to my flog, I do see that this is my fourth week of drylands. Perhaps a recovery week would help matters, and I could get some solid sprinting in.

    Both my girls had a good first day of school. Lil Fort had her first ever day of cross country practice with Fort Son's old coach. I am wondering how Fort Son is doing on his pre-orientation freshman trip ...

    Updated September 6th, 2011 at 10:51 PM by The Fortress

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  18. Back from Labor Day vacation!

    by , September 6th, 2011 at 09:03 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Back in the water today!

    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center noon workout
    Jenn Christenson on deck

    500 warm up

    Transition Pull:
    100 1:30
    200 3:00
    300 4:30
    200 2:50
    100 1:25
    ==> I did these all kick on back with fins and made the intervals!

    Transition Kick/Drill:
    400 IM 50 kick/50 drill

    Main Set:
    12 x 100's 1:30
    50 stroke/50 free IM order

    The End

    I felt pretty tired from the beginning, so I worked the pull set as a kick with fin set, attempting to make the intervals at nearly swim speed. The last set was suppose to be on 1:45, but the lane leader went on the 1:30, i'd rather have more rest, but since we left later than the next lane, it would have been too lonely to do the set all by myself, so I went on the faster interval as well.

    Breckenridge was great as usual. I took Helen swimming one day, but was not at all disappointed when the lifegaurd stopped me from getting in my lane, saying in 3 minutes all the lanes would come out for 1 hour due to the rope swing! So my almost workout turned into rope swings, hot tubbing, and a few rounds of hide & seek.

    We conquored Lily Pad! Or at least we think so. We got to a big pond with lily pads.

    No one had to suffer my cooking on this trip. We ate out for 2 dinners and that was that. The girls love Taipei Tokyo and Mark got wine & beer at the liquor store. Did I tell you that our condo is right about the chinese restaurant and a liquor store? Location, location, location.

    This week i'll probably make 1 other workout and 1 dryland. A light week, but can't really do much more.
  19. 9/06/11

    Had a little time before I had to take our two little ones to school. By the time I get in the water I only have about 40-45 minutes to get something in. Usually a recovery type swim or time spent on my long list of "needs improvements"

    Pretty simple this morning.

    200 swim
    100 kick
    100 drill
    100 choice
    4 x 75 (k,dr,swim) IM order

    4 x 100 @ 1:30 FREE
    100 ez w/bouy
    4 x 75 @ 1:15 BACK
    100 ez w/bouy
    4 x 50 @ 55 BREAST
    100 ex w/ bouy
    4 x 25 @ 30 FLY

    200 w/d

    2300 scy

    The only thing I worked hard on was the 75's back. I just felt pretty good so I decided to go with it. Even though it isn't much I really like doing these short low intensity swims.

    Plan on doing a little P90 core after the girls go to bed.
  20. 8,000 yards

    My usual pool at Riverbank State Park closed today for its annual maintenance. They haven’t given us a reopening date yet, but usually takes about 3 weeks. Luckily, Asphalt Green re-opened today after its annual maintenance closure, so Hannah and I met up over there for a workout. This pool is often on the cold side after they re-open it, so we were hoping for some crisp cool water. Unfortunately for us (but probably happily for whomever has to deal with members' complaints), it was at its regular temp of around 81 degrees, which is a fine temp, but not the special treat we had envisioned.

    Yesterday at the pool tourism outing Hannah had announced that she wanted to swim 8000 yards today. I thought a second, then said, ok—let’s do it! So that’s what we did. Here’s how it went:

    2000 scy warmup [I did 400s, 200k, 200p, 200 im d/s, 5 x 200 fr, odds pull w/ paddles, evens swim]

    1500 FR, working on turns, done as 3.75 x (100 w/ extra-good 1st turn + 100 w/ extra-good 2nd turn + 100 w/ extra-good 3rd turn + 100 w/ fast 4th 25)

    3 x 500:
    1st = 200fr / 100bk / 200fr
    2nd = 150 fr / 50 bk / 100 fr / 50 bk / 150 fr
    3rd = 100 fr / 50 bk / 200 fr / 50 bk / 100 fr

    5 x 300:
    1st = swim, pushing pace [3:47]
    2nd = pull w/ bilateral breathing
    3rd = kick
    4th = pull w/ bilateral breathing
    5st = swim, pushing pace [3:47]

    10 x 100 @ 2:00, odds IM, evens FR

    500 warmdown

    Doing this long workout with a swim buddy made it easy--I was never bored or wished to be doing anything other than what I was doing. A post-swim visit to Shake Shack made for a very pleasant day all around.

    I thought this swim might be long enough to experiment around with a new feed that I wanted to try—sometimes things taste different when you’re working hard and hungry than they do when you’re playing around in the kitchen. I blended together some fig preserves and bread crumbs, then added a bit of peanut butter, and put the resulting mixture in a push-up pop mold so it was easy to eat. I liked this ok, but might skip the bread crumbs next time, and maybe substitute nutella for the pb. I also tried a Hammer gel during the swim to see if I liked it any better in the water than I do on land. The answer is no, although I guess it would do in a pinch.

    My big news this week is that I have been accepted into the Ederle swim on October 1st. This is a 17.5-mile journey from Sandy Hook, NJ to Manhattan. I’m really excited to be doing it—I’ve always thought this was a really cool event, and considered signing up for it during the regular registration period last winter. But back then I hadn’t done any swims longer than 5 miles, so I just didn't have the confidence that I was suited for long swims like Ederle. But late this summer I found myself wishing I had registered for it. Eventually I decided to put myself on the waitlist, and once I did a spot quickly opened up. Hurray! It’s just now settling in that I’ll actually be doing this—I’m both really happy and nervous about the opportunity to attempt it. So that’s why I was experiementing with feedings a bit today.

    Here’s my calendar for the rest of the OW season—the next month is going to be a busy one!

    • Saturday, September 10: Governor’s Island 2-mile swim
    • Sunday, September 11: New York Harbor (CIBBOWS) 10k swim
    • Saturday, September 24: Little Red Lighthouse 10k swim
    • Saturday, October 1: Ederle Swim (Sandy Hook, NJ to Manhattan, 17.5 miles)