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  1. 1/4 Vasa and The Golden Corral

    by , July 26th, 2011 at 08:06 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Today I am taking the day off. I actually had to go and get a retirement card & present and that took up my 1 hour usually alloted for swimming.

    Very light Vasa
    about 30 minutes


    In other exciting news to show how well-rounded I am, I am nearly over my couponing hobby and entering my buffet-searching hobby. After re-discovering the Golden Corral, and revelling in how cheap it is (and it's not very expensive, either, haha!), I had an epiphany that my girls are at the prime of their buffet years.

    First, they are old enough to get the food themselves, make some healthy choices, and best of all, they like to get me a plate! Plus they eat more than say, at 5 or 6, when as soon as I start my 2nd plate, they whine about being done, bored, or have to go to the bathroom.

    Life doesn't get much better than a relaxed multi-plate buffet when you are in total synch with your buffet mates, and they offer to get you another plate every so often. Well, maybe it does, if you go to a swim meet beforehand.

    And the fall-out-of-your-chair price of $4.99 with drink included for 12 and unders...we will be back!
  2. Tuesday, July 26

    by , July 26th, 2011 at 06:48 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    600 various

    4 x 50 single arm fly

    6 x 25
    odds = shooter
    evens = no breather free

    50 scull

    6 x 25
    odds = shooter
    evens = no breather free

    50 scull

    -- Other person in the lane left. So I did 3 backstroke starts.

    6 x 25
    odds = shooter
    evens = no breather free

    50 scull

    4 x 25 easy breaststroke

    4 x 50 stroke drills

    50 EZ

    Total: 1750

    Stretching & Yoga, 30 minutes



    Just another easy workout. (Not sure that should be called a "workout" actually.) I was somewhat cheered by the fact that I felt lighter in the water and riding higher than on previous sluggish days. I am somewhat down by the fact that I now officially feel fat again after the abrupt halt to training. And even more down by the fact that someone backed into my new car today. On the upside, she did leave a telephone number so that I'm not hit with the deductible.

    I could feel the groin strain in breast today, but it wasn't bad. I wish 50 breast were the last event instead of the first though. My shoulder is still twingy, but much better. Oddly it hurts when I swim with high elbows in free. So I am just using my straight arm sprinter version of free. (Although I noticed the women who won the 1500 free today at Worlds used a straight arm style.)

    I have tinkered around with my backstroke start the last few months. But I am most comfortable with a somewhat unconventional style. I don't push my ass out as far as most advocate and my feet-ass are at less than a 90 degree angle. I just like to pull up with a straight back and head neutral or slightly back. I seem most like the woman in lane 5 here: And if she can do it that way, so can I!

    Updated July 26th, 2011 at 09:35 PM by The Fortress

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  3. Day one of my Taper

    by , July 26th, 2011 at 05:46 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    Using the Tempo Trainer a lot today to see if I can get the hang of it. Really working on the DPS, which I'm not sure is the right thing to do right before a big meet - but it's not like I'm changing my stroke, I'm just sorta stretching it out, and trying to make it more efficient. Counting my strokes is making me really aware of this, too.

    600 back/free
    300 pull
    3 x 100 pull on 1:40 (holding under 1:30)

    6 x 50 pull on 1:00 (holding :43 or better)

    300 DPS

    300 DPS

    3 x 100 on 1:40 (holding about 1:28's doing DPS)

    6 x 50 on :50 (holding about :43 doing DPS)

    100 easy
    4 x 100 kick on 1:50 W/fins
    100 easy
    300 breast/free

    TOTAL: 3600 LCM

    This tapering thing is harder than it looks! I didn't swim yesterday, because I sorta wanted to "avoid" ATAC & do my own thing, taper wise, the kids being mostly done with their big meets and all (I certainly can't hang with the Nat'l qualifiers!) and swim every other day. I'm already scheming on how I can get to the pool tomorrow!
  4. Tuesday

    by , July 26th, 2011 at 03:58 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I worked out at the Healthplex. TRX was 1st on the menu. I left the gym sweaty and tired!
    The Healthplex pool is sooooo dark and green. You can't see the bottom in the deep area due to the murk; not the most inviting pool in the planet but a good water temp!
    **500 Free Swim
    **5 X 200 @ 3:45 interval--Pull/Kick/IM/Drill/Swim
    **16 X 100 @ 1:50 interval and done in groups of 4 IMO Pacman
    **4 X 75 @ 1:30 (25 stroke/50 Free)
    3,400 Scm

    Off to dinner and shopping with oldest daughter!
  5. Tuesday, 7/26/11

    by , July 26th, 2011 at 02:56 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    More boring distance work!


    Warm up
    800 continuous freestyle swim working on sighting

    Kick set
    2 x 200/20sr 25 fast-50 ez-75 fast-50 ez
    - #1 on belly with board and snorkel, time around 2:30
    - #2 on back, time around 2:30

    Main Set
    3 x 400 on 7:00, 6:50, 6:40 ds and neg split
    - went 6:35, 6:23, 6:20

    1 x 600 work off the walls and the first 15m of each 50
    - with buoy and freestyler paddles

    Cool down
    100 ez

    Total: 3100 meters
  6. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -07/27/11

    by , July 26th, 2011 at 02:40 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    Taper/Rest workout

    1 week out from the start of Nationals!

    WARM UP:
    3 X 200 3:45
    2 X 100 2:00

    1 X 600
    Broken 15 seconds at each 200
    Fins optional

    6 X 50 kick 1:20
    1 X 100 easy swim

    4 X 50 choice 1:20
    Descend 1-4 #4 @ 100%

    6 X 50
    odd: Blocks-sprint 20/easy in
    even: 25 easy/25 build to race finish

    1 X 50 or 100 Blocks @ race pace

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00


    DISTANCE SWIMMERS: 10 X 50 1:00 @ race pace

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  7. Tuesday workout

    by , July 26th, 2011 at 09:37 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam a 1:09 100 today. No drag suit from a dive. Seems to be significant improvement over what I have been doing. Got a little sloppy on the way back. I think going under 1:05 is definitely possible for me. I'm seeded at 1:07.37. It would be nice to break that in practice.


    500 Free
    400 IM Drill

    200 Kick
    200 Pull
    4 x 50 Build

    200 Pull
    200 Kick

    100 Free (1:09)

    300 Cool down

    (2500m Total)
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  8. Easy day

    This morning I had an easy-swim-and-stretch session over at the Y. I got to swim in the same lane with one of my regular swim buddies even though we were doing different things, so that was nice. Here’s what I did:

    200 relaxed FR
    200 alt ST/FR
    200 kick rev. IM order
    200 pull
    200 rev. IM d/s by 50

    50 BR kick build
    6 x 25, odds easy FR, evens BR mod-fast [I had fun experimenting around with arm angle on recovery after watching Rebecca Soni on last night’s broadcast!]

    200 warmdown + play

    That was it. Afterwards I went upstairs and had a good half-hour stretch—felt very good and blissy.
  9. Too Tired Today

    by , July 26th, 2011 at 07:24 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Even though I had no energy today I managed a good workout.

    10x100@2:00 Free
    500 Fly kick w/fins on back
    3x200@4:00 Fly as 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim
    4x50 from dive sprint 25's alt fly/free felt ok but tired
    200 Free w/snorkle easy

    Total 2500 meters
  10. Monday, July 25, 2011 5:45pm

    by , July 25th, 2011 at 10:31 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Whew...I'm out of shape, and I can admit it.

    There's nothing like a lot of work and no swim to let you know it too!! The thought has gone through my head to actually skip the competition this coming Sunday, in the USA-S LCM Champs for the Inland Empire. I'm signed up for Sunday only, swimming the 100 Free, 100 Fly, and 200 Back. I'm not sure if it'll even be worth the gas for a 2+hour drive each way. Who knows though, I'll probably go, 'cause I hate to miss a race.


    100 Free
    100 Back
    200 Free Pull
    100 Back Kick w/ 5 SDKs of walls

    10 x 50 Odds Free, Evens Back @ :45

    4 x 125 Free Pull @ 1:35, (held 1:25s)

    6x thru:
    1 x 50 Free @ :50
    1 x 25 Fly @ :30

    50 EZ
    (got out before the lifeguards had to make a rescue)
    2000 Yards

    I've done 19.38 miles so far this month according to GTD. That's so amazing!! Yeah right. That's 0.77 miles per day in the pool. No wonder I'm up about 8 pounds from a little over a month ago. We'll just say I'm packing on a little extra to be prepared for the OW swim at the end of August!!
  11. Monday, 7/25/11

    by , July 25th, 2011 at 07:48 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Saturday I did not workout. Then yesterday i did a short bike ride and then went hiking.

    Today I had a really crappy swim. Must have been tired from the biking and hiking.


    Warm up (800)
    300 Swim
    200 kick
    6 x 50/1:00 (15 – 20 – 15)

    Main Set
    6 x 200/20sr
    - these just kept getting slower. First three were 3:15, then went 3:20-3:25-3:30 for the last 3.
    6 x 100/2:00 - ds 3 - didn't do much better on these. 1:40-1:45

    Total: 2600 meters
  12. Monday, July 25

    by , July 25th, 2011 at 06:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    15 minutes RC exercises

    30 minutes foam roller & stretching

    -- When I stretch, I pick from the following list of stretches:


    600 various

    4 x 100 w/paddles
    25 scull, 25 kick, 50 free

    4 x 25 shooters

    50 EZ

    4 x 50, burst dolphin kick to 15 + cruise

    50 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 75 EZ)
    free, low 11
    flutter kick w/board, low 11

    50 EZ

    1 x 50 fast fly w/fins
    -- high 24

    200 EZ

    Total: 1900



    I'm feeling rather tired and sloggish the last few days. It's likely just that lovely stage in my taper, though I haven't slept that well the last couple nights either. Got home late last night after seeing Captain America with Mr. Fort.

    This may be the last time I look at the clock. Might be my last fast 50 too.

    The meet info for the Terrapin Cup on Aug 20-21 is up: I'm likely just going to swim 50s at this meet. But I'll see how Nats goes. Maybe I'll have to enter some surprise event so everyone can have a good laugh.
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  13. Fort inspired taper workout

    by , July 25th, 2011 at 03:01 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Even though I didn't really train this summer, I see no reason to skip the taper!

    And thank goodness Swim for Distance is almost over. I can't tell you how hard I have to work, yelling over and over that i'm not doing the set! Pretend like i'm not here! and sometimes fighting for last in the lane is tougher than just leading it.

    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center
    Steve Barnicoat coaching

    300 swim
    200 kick

    12 x 50 on 1 min
    kick/swim with fins

    The given set:

    ==> A flat out no.
    Here's me:

    4 x 25 % builds
    100 easy

    4 x 25 variables
    50 easy

    2 x dive 12 1/2 sprints
    easy swim in between

    The End for me

    something else for the group after that, but I got out (45 mins) and did light stretching. Extra long shower since yours truly got to the showers before all the noon workout groups piled in!

    In other on-the-edge-of-your seat news, I actually went clothes shopping yesterday at Kohl's! I got 2 casual outfits plus some acceessories. That place is so cheap it's ridiculous. I think I got hosed because I didn't do the late owl/early bird hour, but I did email sign up for some sort of discount, which was better than nothing!
  14. Just Another Manic Monday

    by , July 25th, 2011 at 02:34 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    The World's in Shanghai are off to a rocking start! I tried to mimic Pelligrini's beautiful freestyle today while swimming solo at the Monon.
    **500 Freestyle warm-up swim
    **5 X 100 Free @ 1:50 interval
    **500 Freestyle pull w/buoy and paddles
    **5 X 100 Freestyle @ 1:45
    **500 Freestyle Pull w/buoy
    **5 X 100 Freestyle @ 1:40
    **Easy 200 Freestyle
    **4 X 50 @ :55
    **Easy Freestyle Pull
    **4 X 50 @ :50
    3,800 scy

    I planned to do some stroke in there but ended up sharing the lane with a guy who took more than his half. It's just easier to hug the lane and swim freestyle versus smacking him while doing stroke so I took the path of the least resistance.
    Another annoying patron came in about half-way through my workout and totally turned the pace clock to face lane 8. I tried to motion over to him and communicate that I was using it for my sets too. I finally gave up. This particular fellow seems to only understand japanese so again I just let it go and used my wrist stopwatch.
    Right now I'm trying to figure out the logistics of driving up to Cleveland this week-end to do the Lake Erie ow 2 mile race. I'm even considering swimming the meet on Sat. and ow on Sunday. A double duty would make the trip worthwhile. I'll have to speak to my new spouse about this and see if he wants to go. It would be a long trip alone. I'm also wondering what Erie's temperature would be in July.
  15. Monday Workout

    by , July 25th, 2011 at 01:52 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Laid around a lot yesterday. Felt pretty good this morning. Got rid fo the drag suit after the 300 Free and swam the rest in a Speedo. Felt nekkid. Pulls were between 1:05 and 1:15. I did breast stroke on the free/stroke at the end. Didn't get a time but it felt different without a drag suit. I'm going to have to adjust somehow... got a week to figure it out.


    300 Free
    100 Drill
    200 Free
    100 Drill
    100 Free

    3 x 200 Kick
    100 Easy

    6 x 100 Pull - 2:00 neg split

    3 x 100 Easy Free/Sprint stroke
    200 Cool down

    (2600m Total)
  16. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -07/26/11

    by , July 25th, 2011 at 01:18 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    Taper/Rest workout
    WARM UP:
    4 X 150 2:45
    4 X 100 2:00

    6 X 50 kick 1:20
    3-6: build to fast

    8 X 50 1:30 choice
    1-4: perfect stroke
    5-8: descend-#8 @ 100%
    1 X 100 easy swim

    3 x 100 2:30 choice
    Swim @ 85/90%

    12 X 50 1:00
    swim at 800 or 1500 pace

    10 X 50 1:20
    odd: easy/perfect stroke
    even: 25 sprint/25 easy

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  17. Mon Jul 25th 2011

    by , July 25th, 2011 at 11:43 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Jul 25th 2011 LCM

    Thanks again to the fine folks at the Woodlands Masters who ran such a wonderful LCM Zones. Thank you!

    I ended up breaking 4 individual zones records, 200 IM, 400 IM, 400 fr & 800 fr, but Ross Davis also broke the 400 fr with a faster time than mine, so it's his. South Central Zone Mens LCM Records

    I spoke with Ross Davis at Zones, he said
    Laura, his wife, was reading
    [ame=""]Tip 129 Beat Your Nemisis[/ame] which starts out:
    "Thanks to Ross Davis for suggesting this topic."

    At the meet Ross said,
    "We can't control what other people do or how other people train or how they do in meets. We can only control how we train and prepare. So in actuality, each of us is our own nemisis. We need to make better choices in and out of the pool. We need to do the best we can with what we have. He said his schedule only allows him to swim 3 times a week."

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    Chris Coached
    UT, main pool
    6:00 - 7:30 dove in 6:14
    wore old B70 jammer
    swam with: Todd, James, Nate, Jason, & Mike
    beside Larry & Jim

    300 easy

    Main SET: SCY

    5 x 50 fr on 0:45
    4 75% effort, 1 fast

    100 easy

    5 x 100 fr on 1:30
    4 75% effort, 1 fast

    100 easy

    5 x 150 fr on 2:15
    4 75% effort, 1 fast

    100 easy

    5 x 200 fr on 3:00
    4 75% effort, 1 fast

    100 easy

    assigned: 3 x 300 with fins
    did: 3 x ( 2 x 50 k, 100 fr)

    Updated July 25th, 2011 at 02:28 PM by ande

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  18. Sunday, July 24

    by , July 25th, 2011 at 11:20 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Oak Marr:

    550 various

    6 x 50 single arm fly/back/free

    50 EZ

    10 x 25 shooters

    50 EZ

    10 x 25 no breather free

    50 EZ

    10 x 25 shooters

    100 EZ

    Total: 1850

    -- 30 minutes foam roller & stretching while watching Tour


    Shared a lane with Wally Dicks yesterday again. Both of us just floated around. Very glad that he's returning to GMUP practices in the fall; he's been swimming with Reston Masters the past year.

    I was still tired yesterday, probably from the heat fest.

    I need to get a life now that the Tour's over. Lil Fort and I are having a book reading contest this summer, and I'm losing due to Tour obsession. I've been watching swimming on line and gnashing my teeth that Direct TV doesn't carry Universal Sports.

    Tonight is our last Monday night meet. Divisional Champs are on Saturday. So glad that our team is hosting again this year. Mini Fort opted not to swim this year, as she will be at rowing camp in Cali during All Stars the following weekend. But Lil Fort will be swimming fly and IM.

    Rats! It just thundered, which means I will not be making the trek to swim LCM today. I was hoping to swim easy in LCM a couple times before Nats.

    Updated July 25th, 2011 at 12:07 PM by The Fortress

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  19. Monday morning taper workout

    I enjoyed a nice taper workout at Asphalt Green this morning. Here’s what I did:

    1100 warmup (400s, 200k, 300s, 200 rev. IM d/s by 25)

    4 x 50 FL kick [did a couple of wall BK starts w/ breakouts on these, rest easy-moderate]
    Stretching on deck
    4 x 50 BR kick/drill

    10 x 50 FR @ 1:00 [held 39-40]
    1 x 400 FR @ 6:00 holding 800 pace [5:35, maybe a little fast but felt good]

    700 warmdown + play

    I’m making good progress on my list of things I want to work on during my taper—here’s where I am so far:

    ü Get in a couple of workouts where I do some slightly-above-threshold-pace FR swimming [for my 800 FR and the last leg of my 4IM. I’m not trying to improve my conditioning at this point, just refamiliarize myself with what it feels like to swim FR at a pace that leaves me breathy, so I’m not shocked by that sensation at the meet. I already did one session of this last Saturday. These don’t have to be long sets—1000 to 1500m should suffice.] 7/22, 7/25

    ü Do some sprint breaststroke [maybe 2 or 3 times over the next few weeks, working on distances of 15m to 45m] 7/22, 7/23

    ü Work on maintaining good rhythm on my breaststroke at a variety of paces [this helps my feel for the sprint BR, and also helps keep the 3rd leg of my IMs as efficient as possible. I have a tendency to get to the power phase of my kick before I’m in enough of a streamline position to take full advantage of it—hesitating a split seconds before initiating it makes a world of difference.] 7/20, 7/22, 7/23

    · Do a few uninterrupted 400 IMs long course, at relaxed to moderate pace, to remind myself what it feels like swimming that much fly without walls. 7/22

    ü Do 1-2 “virtual” 400 IMs, where I do walls and other select portions at race pace and the rest easy FR, while mentally rehearsing my keys for each part of the race 7/23,

    · Do a set of 2-4 hard 200 halfsies (100 FR/ 100 BK) to rehearse and practice my keys for finishing strong on the 200 BK

    · Do some starts, forward and backwards, but not too many (maybe 2-3 sessions of 4-6 starts over the next 2 weeks). 7/20, 7/23

    ü Aside from the above, not get drawn into other sets that work me hard without some clear purpose—I want to spend a lot of time in the water just playing and having fun, and talking to the water about our upcoming swims together! every time I’m in the pool!
  20. Decent workout this morning

    by , July 25th, 2011 at 07:40 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    1000 Free as 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,1,2,1
    2x400@8:00 Free w/bouy & snorkle went 7:01 and 6:47 not great but ok
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 fast
    8x50 from dive 1-6 as 25 sprint 25 easy free alternate Fly and free last 2 do as fast breakout for 3 strokes then easy.

    Total 2700 meters