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  1. Workout 07/09/15: evening

    by , July 9th, 2015 at 07:17 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Spent the morning with my wife and son completing our annual family drylands - tossing wood pellets into the basement and restacking them for use this coming winter. 200 bags x #40 = 4 tons moved in just under two hours. Not shabby! Afterwards we made our way downtown for brunch at the Blue Benn Diner. I devoured a California Omelet as we picked out some songs from the table-top juke box. A great place for fresh food at a modest price.

    We had planned for a team trip to swim at Lake Raponda a few towns over, but the steady green showers moving in from Western NY started to reveal more areas of yellow as we neared our departure time, so I decided to bag the trip and everyone in the area hopped into the pool at the Rec.

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    500 Shark Swim
    3 x 300, done as 4x50 (with 25 fast IMO) followed by an easy 100
    (Solo/Rec/2000 yds/40 min)

    Right now the weather does not look promising for an OW dip next week, but we'll see how the weather moves along.
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  2. Thursday July 9, 2015

    Shared a lane this morning with Katy and David. Attendance was relatively light today, and we had the entire main pool in the Texas Swim Center. Whitney coached. I was still a bit sore from lifting earlier in the week.

    Warm up:

    20 x 50 @ 1:00, a mix of drill, swim, breath control, and speed work

    Main set:

    6 x 200 @ 3:30, best average; I held 2:42 (1:18/1:24) which is close to 800 race pace

    1 x 400 easy, choice

    5 x 200 @ 3:30, best average; I held 2:42 again and went 2:38 (1:17/1:21) on the last one

    1 x 400 easy, choice

    4200 meters

    Strong set of 200s for me, although I really need to split them better.
  3. Week 145 - Thursday

    by , July 9th, 2015 at 12:55 PM (After a long rest)
    I woke congested this morning but it soon loosened up once I got up and going. I swam at the IHOF pool with SFTL again but today was scy. It's been a while since I swam scy and I forgot how tiring good underwater turns are.

    Warm up
    4x100 free with snorkel on 1:30
    4x100 back on 1:45 done as 25 kick, 25 drill, 50 swim

    Main sets
    6x100 free on 1:30 descend 1-3, 4-6
    400 pull
    8x50 streamline kick with snorkel on 1min
    200 pull
    4x50 from a dive, odds working start, evens fast from whistle

    Warm down
    400 easy

    The water felt fine at first but it was really warm today. We were in the east pool which was setup scy across the pool. I went 1:04,1:00,:56, 1:03,:59,:55 on the descending 100s. Felt hideous. On the kicks I was holding :38-:39s which I was really happy with. The 50s from a dive I went :22.6, :22.9. The second fast 50 we were held a long time and I wobbled on the start and ended up having a short start but kept with it. If my times were anywhere close to what was called out these were really quick for me. A short practice today but I definitely got my heart rate up. I go home today and fingers crossed I can catch an earlier flight. I am swimming the regional champs USAS meet this weekend. It's 3 days but due to work tomorrow I am only swimming Saturday and Sunday. My daughter is swimming all 3 days and is entered in about 12 events and I believe she can only swim 9 so she will get scratched from a few events. I am swimming the 200 free and 200 back on Saturday and the 100 back and 50 free on Sunday. Should be fun!

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  4. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 07/10/2015

    by , July 9th, 2015 at 12:06 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:30 3:30
    2 X 100 2:00 1:45
    4 X 50 descend 1:15 1:00
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 300 kick + 100 swim

    2 X 50 build
    1 X 50 @ 100%
    1 x 50 easy
    3 X 50 build
    1 X 50 easy
    1 X 100 @ 100%
    Two rounds, choice.
    All 50's on 1:20
    100 on 4:00

    8 X 150 2:15
    1-4: cruise
    5-8: 100 cruise/50 fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  5. Today I am the Mouse :( 07/09/15

    by , July 9th, 2015 at 11:09 AM (Workout Swimmer)
    aaand I got caught, chewed up and spit out!
    Well, I am hammered, and it showed in the pool this morning. My arms actually felt numb on the 2 25's butterfly we swam. I think I need to eat more than an apple at lunch today, or tomorrow will be more of the same.
    Marci kicked my behind today!

    800 warm-up
    400 kick
    400 pull no paddles
    4 x 200 pull @ 3:15 - got only ~ 15 sec rest
    200, 2 x 100 twice rotating a lap of backstroke on each distance
    4 x 100 IM @ 1:50
    8 x 50 @ :55
    500 cool down
    Total: 4500 LCM

    Updated July 17th, 2015 at 01:36 PM by Celestial

  6. needed an easy one today

    by , July 9th, 2015 at 07:15 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I just needed an easy one today because tomorrow will be another tough one.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    8x50@1:15 back
    300 breast kick
    200 IM
    100 fly as 25 rt arm/25lt arm/25 kick/25 swim no fins
    500 free w/snorkle each 50 as 15m kick/35m swim

    Total 2500 meters
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  7. Week 145 - Wednesday

    by , July 8th, 2015 at 09:27 PM (After a long rest)
    We're did Tuesday go? I had a 6am flight to Miami which meant a 3:45 am start. When I landed I had 30 minutes between getting out of the airport and my first meeting and did not stop until 7:30pm last night. I realized at about 6pm that I did not eat breakfast or lunch and was unbelievably hungry by 6pm. The last hour was miserable where my stomach decided it had enough.

    I stayed Ina hotel in Fort Lauderdale which allowed me to bring back memories from college and swim LCM at the International Hall Of Fame pool. SFTL were a great team and despite the pool showing its age I really enjoyed being back at the IHOF pool. The water was surprisingly cool and my lack of food yesterday was apparent to me this morning. I felt quite sluggish and it took a fair amount of effort getting going today.

    Warm up
    4x200 on 3:30, 2 free, 2 done as 50 kick, 50 drill, 100 swim

    Main set
    600 on 8mins
    15x100 on 1:30 holding 400 pace

    Warm down
    300 easy

    I worked on descending in rounds of 5 on the 15x100s. I started out at 1:08, then dropped to 1:06s and on the final round went 1:04-1.05. These were on a 30 second faster send off time than Saturday's 16x100s and I was consistently faster throughout today despite feeling sluggish. I plan on swimming with SFTL tomorrow and I believe tomorrow's workout is scy. I dont believe we ever swam scy in the IHOF pool so tomorrow will be a first. The pool brought back great memories and it's hard to believe it's been about 24 years since I swam in it last. Scary that it's been that amount of time; it feels like yesterday!
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  8. Crunch time

    These are my last two weeks of hard training before I begin tapering for the Pacific Masters Long Course Championships, which will be my only summer meet.

    I had a solid workout last Thursday at the Texas Swim Center; the main set was 2 x (4 x 100/2 x 200/1 x 400 @ 1:25 base, followed by 8 x 50 @ 1:00 alternating 25 stroke, IM order/25 easy and 50 with four breaths). I held 1:21 on the 100s, 2:46 on the 200s, and 5:35 on the 400s, which is a very solid set for me on that interval.

    On Friday morning I swam at Blodgett Pool with Cambridge Masters, then ate my way through Boston on Saturday and Sunday. It was bittersweet, though, as I encountered quite a few ghosts on this trip back East--my parents, my aunt and uncle, and sadly my college roommate who died unexpectedly last month.

    As always, it took me a couple of days to find my groove again after a weekend off, but I swam well today despite lifting weights last night. I shared a lane this morning with Katy, Stacy, Taylor, Max, and David. Whitney coached.

    Warm up:

    2 x (200 free/150 breast/100 back/50 fly); round one swim or drill, round two swim or pull

    Main set, 3 x through:

    4 x 150 @ 2:15; averaged 2:01-2:03 on rounds one and three, 2:00-2:01 on round two (pulling with a buoy)
    :30 rest
    1 x 200 IM strong
    1 x 100 easy

    3700 meters (there was a fin set but I had to leave for work).
  9. Workout 07/08/15: noon

    by , July 8th, 2015 at 01:26 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I was able to make contact with a former coach and obtain access to a lcm pool relatively nearby ...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill/4 x 50 burst and cruise

    3 x
    200 free on 3:05
    100 on 1:50 (50 dps, :05 rest, 50 FAST)

    100 ez
    4 x 50 on 1:00 free
    4 x 50 on 1:10 back
    100 ez
    8 x 50 on 1:00 (odd = free dps, even = IMO FAST)
    100 ez
    (Solo/SM Pool/2800m/60 min)

    Haven't been in a lcm pool in over a year. I had a lane to myself and the water was nice and cool. The first set is the same that I did with tjrpatt a couple of summers ago in PA (although I did them on a slower interval today), and I borrowed the 50's from aztimm's blog. Looks like I might add a relay at Nationals in OH on Friday if team New England can use me.
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  10. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 07/09/2015

    by , July 8th, 2015 at 01:07 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 2:00 1:45
    1 X 250 4:30 --
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 100 kick 2:40
    6 X 50 kick--build each 50 to fast-- 1:20
    1 X 100 swim

    6 X 100 choice @ 85/90% 2:30

    10 X 50 1:20
    Choice--#3-6-9 @ 100%

    6 X 200 pull 3:00
    Descend in pairs

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  11. Survival today

    by , July 8th, 2015 at 07:28 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    After yesterdays swim this was survival for me.

    200 free
    5x50@1 free
    200 free
    8x25@:30 free

    2 times thru
    2x150@2:45 free alternate breathing w/paddles & bouy
    4x50@1 free drill
    4x100@1:45 free fast w/paddles & bouy

    100 free easy
    4x100@1:45 free fast w/paddles & bouy
    200 free easy

    Total 3300 meters
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  12. Bring It On! July 7, 2015

    by , July 7th, 2015 at 07:15 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    Congratulations! You are on pace for achieving your goal this year:
    My goal pace: 257.53 miles required as of today to reach my goal by the end of the event
    My actual current pace: 264.22 miles as of today

    So, apparently all my hard work is paying off. Finally. My "rival" (read training companion cheerleader) who I used to beat quite regularly, but for some reason passed me last year (and in a very significant way) has now been put back in 2nd place. MOST of the time. To give her credit, she trains waaaay more hours, running and biking as well, so she's probably quite a bit more tired than I am. However, I have 15 years on her, and lead a hectic, exhausting life of my own. Marci is training for an "Ultraman" in February, which requires a 6 mile swim, followed by an ungodly amount of biking and a triple marathon. It is done on three consecutive days. I am training so I can continue to eat 2-3 times a day, lol. Anyway, it's nice to be back on top, although she probably won't let me rest on my laurels! I am so tired today from the past two days of workouts, that it literally took me about 45 minutes into my drive to work before I felt like I was "ok". Some days it amazes me how flippin' hungry I am, too. But for the most part, I'm just tired, and a little achy. I'm glad tomorrow is weights, so I can get a break! Of course, she'll be there too, lol! but doing her own thing on the bike.

    Yesterday, the water temp was 75 when we got in at 5:30am
    600 Back/Free
    300 Kick
    5 x 200 pull @ 3:15 (nice to get nearly 30 sec rest!!)
    10 x 50, fast/easy @ 1:00
    4 x 150, free/stroke/free @ 2:30ish
    2 x 500, one pull w/out paddles, one stroke/free (mostly breast)
    Total: 4000 LCM

    Today's workout, just the two of us.
    1000 warmup
    5 x 100 kick @ 2:30 - lottttts of rest there
    5 x 100 pull no paddles @ 1:45, keeping ~ 1:30's
    100 over and under
    6 x 50, 2 @ :45, 1 @ 1:00, repeat
    3 x 100 IM @ 1:45
    2 x 150 free/back/free @ 2:30
    200 pull build
    100 over and under
    300 pull no paddles
    300 stroke/free
    6 x 50 fast/easy @ 1:00
    200 easy
    Total: 4200 LCM

    Updated July 9th, 2015 at 02:59 PM by Celestial

  13. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 07/08/2015

    by , July 7th, 2015 at 11:18 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 2:00 1:40
    2 X 200 3:30 3:20
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    3 X 100 kick 2:30
    1 X 100 swim 2:00
    3 X 100 kick 2:30

    9 x 100--choice--2:30
    #3-6-9 are fast

    4 X 250 4:00--swim or pull--
    200 cruise/50 fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  14. 2.4 test today

    by , July 7th, 2015 at 07:43 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Today I did a 2.4 mile swim just to see where I am at. Went 3900 meters in 1:13.38. With a 100 warm down.

    Total 4000 meters
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  15. week 145 - Monday

    by , July 6th, 2015 at 12:52 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a restless night of sleep last night. One minute I was hot and the next I was cold. I got up early and was at the pool very early. I wait around until people started to arrive and then did an extra long warmup.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    10x50 catchup drill on 1min

    Main sets
    4x(400 pull with paddles on 5:20, 100 kick on 1:50)
    200 easy
    8x50 with fins on 1min done as 25 ugly dolphin, 25 fly
    8x50 on 1min done as 25 finger tip drill, 25 build
    8x50 back on 1min done as 25 underwater, 25 build

    Warm down
    200 easy

    I did not feel as bad in the water as Saturday but I am still not my normal self. Today's was a long workout and I worked the main set. On the 400s I went 4:44, 4:40, 4:41, 4:49. On the last one I hit my hand on someone in the next lane and my paddle came off so I lost time and was likely going to be in the 4:40-4:45 range. The hardest part of this set was the transition from kick to pull. I was coming in on 1:40s on the kick and struggled to ditch my board and get my pulling equipment on. A couple of times I missed the send off by a couple of seconds. I went pretty easy on the rest of the workout with the exception of the underwater back portion of the back 50s.
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  16. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 07/07/2015

    by , July 6th, 2015 at 11:36 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 2:00
    1 X 200 3:30
    3 X 100 1:45
    1 X 300 5:15
    3 X 100 1:40
    1 X 400 -

    4 X 150 kick 3:30

    12 X 50--choice-- 1:20
    odd: easy even: fast

    8 x 150 2:30
    Build to 100/last 50 fast
    #8 is warm down

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  17. Workout 07/06/15: morning

    by , July 6th, 2015 at 09:20 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    In the water before work today ...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    600 shark swim
    10 x 50's on :50 as:
    1-2: AP, 3: last half fast, 4: first half fast, 5 all fast
    (first time through back, second time through free)
    200 DPS with AP
    (Solo/Rec/1900 yds/40 min)
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  18. another Monday

    by , July 6th, 2015 at 07:33 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Back to LCM....YEAH!!!!

    3x200@3:30 free
    4x100@1:45 free w/paddles & bouy

    150 free w/paddles & bouy
    50 free w/paddles & bouy

    100 free w/paddles & bouy
    2x50 free w/paddles & bouy

    4x50 free w/paddles & bouy

    4x50 free w/paddles & bouy

    200 free w/paddles & bouy

    150 free w/paddles & bouy
    50 free w/paddles & bouy

    100 free w/paddles & bouy
    2x50 free w/paddles & bouy

    4x50 free w/paddles & bouy

    4x50 free w/paddles & bouy

    100 free EASY
    8x25 free

    Total 3100 meters
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  19. Workout 07/04/15; OW Swim

    by , July 4th, 2015 at 07:48 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Made the quick trip over Lake Paran this morning for a dip with our team. We stayed in the chilly water (due to all the recent rain) for just under 40 minutes and logged 1.3km as I spent most of the time playing with the GoPro camera again. Just beat the rain but noticed a proliferation of weeds ...

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  20. Week 144 - Saturday

    by , July 4th, 2015 at 01:26 PM (After a long rest)
    My wife asked me to remove 3 steps that lead from our house to our pool so we could extend the grass. After practice I went and rented a 35lb jack hammer and used it to break up the concrete steps. I rented the jack hammer for 4 hours and after 4 hours of back breaking work my Dad, my daughter and I had managed to break up the steps. By the time we were done I was blistered, tired and dripping wet from the work.

    Last night we we went over to a friend and his families house for a superb evening. We swam in there community pool and had Mexican food that my friend and his wife prepared. We ate like kings!

    This is morning I woke VERY sore and stiff. Our pool was once again setup LCM.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel on 6mins
    300 free with snorkel on 4:30
    200 free with snorkel on 3mins
    100 free with snorkel on 1:30

    Main sets
    16x100 with snorkel on 2mins at 400 race pace
    200 easy
    4x50 back on 1min at 200 race pace

    Warm down
    400 scy easy

    i never really felt comfortable today and was unable to get on pace on any of the 100s. Tom asked after 6 if I wanted to sit one out but I decided to keep going and make it the best I could. I ended holding 1:08-1:09s with the exception of #15 where I went 1:06. Tom started a ping up the atmosphere and asked one of the guys in the next lane who had fins to go 5 seconds ahead of me and I used him as a rabbit. I was pooped despite being 3-4 seconds slower than my goal time. I will chalk this setup to a hard training set and 2 weeks away from our taper it is what it is and I am not reading anything into it mi was just tired. On the 50s back I held :35s which is a little slower than my goal race pace back but again it's ok!

    So most non crazy people would have stopped after that workout but myself and the crazy ab dudes went and did a 90 minute ab workout.

    Today we mixed it up and did:

    5x(streamline flutter kick, oblique crunches, leg lift with a small bounce, planks(regular, elbows, left/right leg, left/right knee to outside of elbow, left/right knee to chest by round), leg lifts) done as :45 seconds with :15 second transition with a minute rest between rounds

    one additional round like above but with 1min with no transition between exercises.

    We then did 4x30 using the weight machine where arms pulled weights from streamline up and down to the floor while legs went from straight streamlined to vertical. On rounds 2 and 4 we went fast and 1 and 3 slow.

    I then did bands on my shoulders.
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