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  1. Have you every...

    by , June 15th, 2010 at 08:29 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    felt strong but then your times just don't support how you feel? That is how I felt today.

    400 Free
    300 Free w/paddles & bouy
    200 Free
    100 Free kick
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 FAST
    600 Back kick drills w/fins by 100 fashion model, partial recovery, one arm, repeat
    8x50@1:00 Back just made these
    500 Free w/snorkle, paddles & bouy
    4x50 from dive 15 meter breakout sprints rest easy

    Total 3200 meters
  2. Zonked, Monday, June 14

    by , June 14th, 2010 at 11:57 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Well, getting up early without coffee sucks.

    That sentence deserved a whole paragraph. I had a boatload to do today and am only just sitting down now. I had an hour to work out. I had thought, perhaps, I'd do some kicking or speed work. No dice. I was dead in the water. My legs were sore from yesterday's double with yoga. And I had no energy -- possibly from the detox or from the accumulated week of work after my 2 week viral malaise. So, instead of being Fort-like, I decided to be Rich Abrahams-like and do a very SLOW recovery workout, keeping my heart rate way below normal. I left my monofin in the car. It went thusly:


    Warm up:

    600 various

    Technique Set:

    9 x 50 fly drills
    1-3 = chest press fly
    4-6 = caterpillar
    7-9 = single arm

    6 x 50 evil
    odds = evil pull w/buoy
    evens = evil kick on back

    Main Loafer Set:

    8 x through:

    1 x 100 free w/paddles
    1 x 50 breast w/buoy

    I thought about doing the 50s as double shooters. Tried one, no way, legs too tired.

    50 EZ

    Total: 2600



    I think my lack of energy is likely detox related. And I'm really looking forward to 4 days of only having Ultra/Adva Clear + pears, apples, lettuce and broccoli. It will be an exciting trip to the grocery store tomorrow. I just hope my energy level isn't like this for the whole time. I'm kind of busy with the kids, and have some very important shopping & reading to do.

    Since I emerged from my virus/malais ridden bed, I've done the following the last 8 days:

    1 x run
    5 x swim (18,400)
    1 x dryland
    1 x yoga

    I saw that it might dip below 90 degrees tomorrow, so I'm hopeful for a run.

    Updated June 15th, 2010 at 10:50 PM by The Fortress

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  3. Rotten Weekend

    by , June 14th, 2010 at 11:11 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    So crap weekend all round for me.
    I had some flu/ague type thing going on Friday and ended up skipping work and passing out on the couch in between watching the opening World Cup Games.

    I finally feel better in the early evening and go to take the dog out...reach down for the leash and my back spasms. MONOFIN!

    I think it was possibly from the passing out on the couch and laying over cushions awkwardly and/or because the pain in my hips was leaving me inflamed and I was just very unlucky.

    Saturday. Kid had to miss swim meet. I could drive and spend 4 hours on deck. Next came "Relay For Life" which was nice but I had mild spasm issues though I was up and about.

    Went home to watch the world cup game England v USA. OK I thought a draw was likely before the game anyhow...but did it have to be in such a ridiculous fashion?
    I thought we'd see more a 2-2 or 3-3 game with attacking play but I guess a cagey opening match was all we got. Barring any HUGE upsets the US and England should now meet again in the final at the end of the tournament.

    Sunday...had to blow out the 60 mile MS charity bike ride...not happy. I look forward to that ride and it irked me to be injured.
    Germany also won...ugh...yawn. Please anyone but Germany, Brazil or Italy to win it PLEASE.

    Monday. Finally got back in the pool today. Got in 3500 at the day's end thusly.

    500 Swim
    5 x 100 Snorkel
    5 x 100 Paddles
    10 x 100 2:00
    500 Kick
    10 x 50 6@1:00, 4 @1:10 For cool down.
  4. 6/14/10 run & swim workout

    Squeezed in as much training I could this evening. Ran from 530-630pm, was able to get 6 miles in even with a 5 minute warmup on treadmill and 5 minute warmdown. Drank some fluids then headed off to the pool to swim on my own from 730-850pm

    25yard pool
    500 of whatever
    10x50 @ 50 drill/swim by 25's

    main sets
    10x100 kick fins @ 1:30, 1st 25 underwater 75fast, held 1:08's

    5x200's @ 2:30 find a cruising pace and maintain, held 2:07's

    5x100's @ 1:30 odds were fly even IM. fly was decended,went 1:04, 1:02, 59, IM's were just cruise held 1:12's for the 2 IM;s

    10x50's @ 50 with paddles and snorkle, this was just cruise as my warmdown

    Was kinda beat from the run prior to the swim but I feel its good to swim when the body is somewhat already fatigued. Morning practice tomorrow from 6-8am with age groupers
  5. Tired of Waiting for You

    by , June 14th, 2010 at 10:56 PM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    Good workout music today! I got three separate compliments on it from teammates. This was a Genius mix based off of "I'm So Tired," which is why I just let iTunes pick the music for me. Highly recommended to anyone.

    I'm So Tired, Beatles, The Beatles (The White Album)

    Ruby Tuesday, Rolling Stones, Between the Buttons
    Pinball Wizard, The Who, 20th Century Masters: The Best Of The Who (The Millennium Collection)
    People Are Strange, The Doors, Strange Days
    Behind Blue Eyes, The Who , Who's Next
    Lola, The Kinks, Three
    White Rabbit, Jefferson Airplane, The Worst Of Jefferson Airplane
    Misty Mountain Hop, Led Zeppelin, IV - I'm a sucker for anything Led Zepplin...
    I Can See For Miles, The Who, 20th Century Masters: The Best Of The Who (The Millennium Collection)
    One Way Out, The Allman Brothers Band, Almost Famous
    You're My Best Friend, Queen, Greatest Hits
    Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey, Beatles, The Beatles (The White Album)
    Rocky Raccoon, The Beatles, Anthology 3 (Disc 1)
    19th Nervous Breakdown, The Rolling Stones
    Good Times Bad Times, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin I
    Wouldn't it be nice, Beach Boys, Pet Sounds
    My Generation, The Who, 20th Century Masters: The Best Of The Who (The Millennium Collection)
    Somebody To Love, Jefferson Airplane, The Worst Of Jefferson Airplane
    Ramblin' Man, The Allman Brothers Band, Big Fish
    Heartbreaker, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II
    Savoy Truffle, Beatles, The Beatles (The White Album)
    Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, Queen, Greatest Hits
    Foxy Lady, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced?
    Cry Baby Cry, The Beatles, Anthology 3 (Disc 1)
    Turn, Turn, Turn, The Byrds,
    That's The Way, Led Zeppelin, Almost Famous
    Refugee, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Greatest Hits

    It helped get us through this workout today - Although I was also helped by sitting out an occasional 150 here and there, and only getting to the 225 fast when I had to get out for work. For me, it was a total of 2900 yards, although this is the kind of workout I could really finish in 90 minutes if I applied myself.

    300 free
    300 back
    6x150 3 free / 3 stroke
    4x75 kick IM order
    4x125 2 free / 2 stroke
    4x75 kick 2 free / 2 stroke
    300 pull
    300 choice
    300 kick
    225 free fast
    225 fast choice
    4x125 2 free / 2 choice
    200 warm down

    Again, this came from Coach Ron's "getting SCY swimmers ready for a LCM meet."
  6. Mix it Up Monday

    by , June 14th, 2010 at 07:24 PM (Adventures in Swimming)
    Coached the Sharks

    Modified versions of one of Coachkopie's workouts

    200 Swim
    200 Reverse IM Kick/Drill by 25
    200 Pull

    Set 1
    50 With Tennessee Turn
    50 25 Swim/25 HARD Kick
    50 Back 25 Fist/25 Swim
    50 Breast
    :10 r on all
    Repeat 5x :30 between repeats

    Set 2
    3 x 25 FAST Turnover, :30r
    100 ez
    Repeat 4 Times

    500 Pull Cruise

    4 x 75 Choice middle 25 fast :15r

    100 Warm Down

    I swam this after work today.
    Except I did 3 x 200 instead of the 500
    and only 3x75, had to move the lane lines
    in the middle of the 75 set. It kind
    of disrupted my flow. There was a bunch of
    swim lessons going on.
  7. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -06/15/10

    by , June 14th, 2010 at 04:39 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)

    WARM UP:
    2 X 200 3:40 3:20
    4 X 100 1:50 1:40
    Twice through. Round 1 intervals left, round 2 right.


    Vertical kick: 30 seconds on, 15 seconds off for 8 minutes. If you are talking, you are not kicking hard enough.

    3 X 100 free 1:30
    4 X 25 sprint kick :45
    Three times through with a break.

    1 X 50 easy 1:00
    2 X 50 fast 1:00
    1 X 50 easy 1:00
    4 X 25 sprint :30
    Twice through with a break. Choice.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00
    Swim Workouts
  8. Monday, 6/14/10

    by , June 14th, 2010 at 03:14 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCM with Carrie

    Good workout though I seem to be running out of time before I can get through the entire workout my coach sends.

    400 Mixer
    (did 2x 100 free/100 back)
    4 x 50/1:00 Build
    (did free on 1:00, ave 40)
    8 x 25/30
    #1 - 1st 12 Ĺ fast, #2 - 2nd 12 Ĺ fast,
    #3 - smooth, #4 - 25 fast
    (did free on 1-4, back on 5-8)

    Main Set:
    30 x 25/35 VERY STRONG-Alternate 25 Free-25 Stroke
    (did odds free, all around 19-20,
    evens rotated through fly-back-breast)
    Kick with Fins: 6 x 150/4:00 AFAP
    (with zoomers; did 1-3 on my back, went 2:20-25, 4-6 free w/board, went 2:15-20)

    Cool down
    200 easy free
    Total: 2650 meters
  9. Monday Jun 14th 2010

    by , June 14th, 2010 at 12:38 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Monday Jun 14th 2010

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    LCM & scy
    Austin, UT Swim Center
    whitney Coached,
    swam with Larry, Nate, Mike, Tyler, Todd, & Ned
    dove in on time
    wore B70 jammer

    3 x (150 fr 50k)
    200 IM dr
    3 x (150 fr 50 scull)


    20 x 100 on 1:30 done 50 fr 50 bk
    best ave, held 14 - 16

    100 easy

    switched to diving well

    10 x 100 fr on 1:20
    cruised them

    8 x 25

    waited 10 min
    then did this kick set with UT women

    10 x 100 K fast
    best ave
    on 3:00
    from a push
    19.1, .7, .8, .7, .5
    20.3 & .6
    21.6, .1, .6
    AVE 80.3

    2010 MEETS:
    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4 Meet Info
    Austin, TX

    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas
    Days till LCM ZONES
  10. I can't have this "no practice" thing again.

    So I haven't been allowed to swim since last Tuesday. Last Wednesday I had two warts sliced off (what an experience!) and was told by my coach "You're not swimming" on Thursday, and practice was canceled on Sunday due to issues with scheduling at the high school. That caused my eating schedule to be thrown completely out the window (including my diet plan), my sleeping habits to be totally jacked, and my workouts to be cut off. By today I just feel kind of icky all over.

    So I did a lot of things last weekend I'm not proud of:
    1) Eating after I'm full
    2) Sat and just watched TV (causing more of #1)
    3) Didn't drink enough water
    4) Barely got in any sort of a workout this weekend.
    5) Didn't get enough rest

    I did however manage to pull together a few things I am VERY proud of this weekend:
    0) I was there a great friend on Friday night and helped her out when she needed a me.
    1) I only had a two beers last week.
    2) I avoided all of the cookies, cake, cupcakes, and frosting that was more or less shoved in my face all weekend.
    3) I managed to get in at least 15 minutes of abs on Sunday, which is better than nothing
    4) I actually took some time to PLAY in a pool, (not a lap pool) something I hadn't done in literally years!

    So after a nearly sleepless weekend and a lot of bad eating, we're back to the good ol' structure of Monday and getting back on the wagon.

    So questions for all of you:
    What do you do when you get in that "graze" mode? How do you fight it and get out of it?
    How do you maintain a a structure when you don't have a pool?
    What's your cheat? When you need to break from the norm and have a really "bad for you" meal, what do you eat?

    And completely off topic:
    What's your next meet/OW event? Mine's the Park Ridge 1500 on June 26th
  11. Another day of fly just not as agressive

    by , June 14th, 2010 at 08:27 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Felt like doing some relaxed fly today to loosen my lower back up.

    10x100@2:00 Free odds swim evens fist drill
    500 Free kick w/fins alt 100 easy 100 moderate
    5x100@2:00 Fly w/fins as 25 rt arm/25 lt arm/50 swim
    5x100@2:00 Fly kick on back w/fins
    10x100@1:45 Free w/paddles & bouy
    2x50 from a dive good breakout rest easy

    Total 3600 meters

    WOW! So much to say about this event... I almost don't know where to start, so forgive me if this entry seems a bit disjointed.
    Many of you have met Clare at some OW event or another, so you know that it would be impossible for me to pursue these goals without her support. I thought you might like to hear her perspective, so, the blue text is Clare...

    MIMS is much more than a swim; it is an event that people train years for, and travel half way around the world (and it seems, more often than not that those who travel the furthest swim the fastest also), to participate in. It is one third of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, though the only one of the three that is held as a race.
    The entry goes on line some 6 months before race day, and closes out in less time than it takes to swim from the Bklyn Bridge to the UN Building on a flood tide.... (+/- 41 minutes for me yesterday). The international field of MIMS 2010 was stacked high with marathon swim ringers (sw-ingers?) and it was truly humbling to be surrounded by such aquatic achievement... I am honored to call many of them my friends. For most, the days before such an event are filled with jet lag, and last minute preparations but a few out-of-towners were able to find a brief window to join me and a few other CIBBOWS hosts for a couple of pre-MIMS swims at Brighton Beach... Sakura, Amanda, Leticia, Suzie, Isabel, Craig... hope you guys enjoyed our little slice of heaven.

    History - My Last Attempt:
    In 2006, I first attempted to swim MIMS. I was a six beat kicker; cocky and inexperienced and spent the week prior to the race moving my residence.... carrying heavy boxes and furniture for days. Additionally, the days leading up to and including race day were cursed with heavy rains and violent thunder storms. I drove my crew to their early morning check-in at pier 11 and walked across town to the swimmer check-in.... in flip flops... in heavy rain... wet and cold with 2 hours to go to splash time. At the start, swimmers enter the water by number (alphabetically)... i was 1st or 2nd, the water was in the high 50's and it seemed like 10 minutes (it was probably less) until we started swimming. My hamstrings were tight and I was cold from the start. Feeding from my kayaker was awkward, so my boat was tossing me my bottle, I was treading water and tossing my bottle back to the boat... very inefficient and time consuming.... and draining what time I had left on my legs. I plodded along, made the cut-offs and came into a large patch of trash (bottles, bags, leaves, dead fish, etc) at 3/4ths the way up the Harlem River. My kayaker pulled up to me and instructed me to "swim with your head up!"... I did, and negotiated my way to "clear" water (a relative term when speaking of the modern age Harlem River), but lost my legs in the process. I spent the next 30 minutes trying to stretch out the cramps... right leg-marginal... left leg- no good. Not making any progress.... I resigned. I should also add that seconds after David resigned in the Harlem River, they pulled all swimmers out due to inclement weather, so who knows that if he had stayed an extra couple of minutes or so in the H2O and had been pulled as well whether he would have reentered the race that day.

    MIMS 2010
    I wake up at 3:30... alarm is set for 4:00... start boiling water... mix up bottles... check list: Feed stick - check, towels - check, camera - check, M&M's - check (with peanuts?.... of course), etc etc ad infinitum.
    Pack bags... load car... drive to "crew check-in"... drop off Clare... hugs, kisses, good lucks, thumbs ups, good byes.
    Drive to "swimmer check-in" with fellow swimmer Craig Lenning.
    Find the "boys room"... drink my pre-race cocktail... check in... suit up... get numbered... boys room II... sunscreen... lube up... boys room III (bushes this time)... ear plugs... cap.... here come the kayakers.
    The sight of 70 kayakers squeezing into this little cove is awesome. Many swimmers can only identify their kayakers by their bib numbers, but I have been swimming with Danielle and Mike through the spring and we have our routine pretty well worked out... I'm pretty lucky. They are easy for me to spot and we exchange greetings. I know they will "pick me up" easily even in the crowd of swimmers and boats. Keep you're head down, shut up and swim David.

    We get in the water on time... it warmer than I thought it would be... much warmer than Brighton Beach. I still plan to go with hot feeds for a while... I should get used to them.
    My swim plan: Cruise the East River: Build the Harlem River: Race the Hudson River. In actuality, it went something like this: Race up the East River: Hang on in the Harlem River: Hold steady to South Cove.

    Mike and Danielle picked me up somewhere around the southern tip of Manhattan. As my race # was 1, my boat was holding the northern most position, close to the Bklyn bridge. My instructions were to link up, get into formation and on our way as a "pod" before I would take my first feed. Slightly north of the Bklyn Bridge (yes... backstroke of course), first feed at 8:02, stroke rate 70. I feel great and hold steady at 70 spm through the East River... this is a pretty high rate for me. At Hellgate, I take a line outside the cove and pass a few other swimmers. I remember being on the other side of this situation in '06, so I can say quite definitively "this is better". It seems like no time has passed and I am taking my fifth feeding, at the footbridge that crosses the Harlem RIver... time 9:23. I spent the next three hours in the Harlem River. These were the most difficult for me emotionally and physically. There is an industrial section of the Harlem river where the smell and taste of diesel fuel was quite strong. That combined with the cigar smoke (which I later discovered were coming from my boat observer) caused me to gag a few times, but I only lost my cookies once. I had to actively police my mind from dwelling on that 2006 resignation, and it was hard to find that happy place among the diesel. My stroke rate was holding and soon enough I was in the upper Harlem which is quite beautiful.

    Some landmarks and times:
    10:06 - Triboro (RFK) Bridge
    11:03 - Yankee Stadium (no more hot feeds)
    11:43 - Boathouse (pit stop for kayakers)
    12:26 - Spuytin Duyvil

    At SD, there is a very low railroad bridge, and then... The Mighty Hudson! The water changes dramatically. There is a wind from the south that makes it difficult for me to find a comfortable stroke rate and breathing pattern. I settle into something slower and more deliberate.

    For me, emotionally, the day was over. The demons of '06; gone. I did it! I just have to swim another 10 miles against the wind and climb up that aluminum ladder. Time to enjoy the ride home with Clare and Danielle and Mike.... stroke rate: 66.

    Most swimmers agree that the first hour in the Hudson is the longest stretch of the race. The George Washington Bridge plays tricks on you. It appears so close but remains out of reach. A few swimmers pass me between Spuytin Duyvil and the GW. I recognize Craig and Sakura as they go by... it feels good to see them going into the home stretch strong! (don't wait for me)

    More landmarks and times:
    12:46 - GW Bridge
    1:26 - Columbia Pres. Hospital (wave to Drs Gray and Sommers... thanks for the heart repair!)
    1:46 - Sewage Plant
    2:26 - 79st boat basin
    3:00 - Chelsea Piers

    Finish Time 8 hrs 30 mins

    .........5 weeks to Catalina.........

    Team Barracuda - Swimmer: David, Crew: Clare, Kayakers: Danielle and Mike.

    As the only support crew on board, and with the memory of 2006 at the back of my mind, my main objective was to ensure that DB get through the Harlem River and into the Hudson. The night before the race we had discussed the option of hot feeds because of the H2O temperature was a little chilly, and the feeds would be a good way to prepare for the EC. So the morning of the race, we prepared the mother-mix, (2, 64 oz containers with 12 scoops each of 1st endurance EFS) to which I would add warm H2O for the feeds. Throughout the swim DB would have the option of feeding from one bottle or taking just regular temp H2O. The plan was to place the two bottles in the "Barra feedstick" patent #409, and pass them to our kayaker for the feeds.

    Race Time
    My boat arrived around 6:30am, I and the observer boarded. I soon realised that our small vessel did not have a Loo/toilet onboard. Umm, I would have to improvise and use all my girl scout skills for the day. At Brooklyn Bridge, I soon spotted DB, as his stroke is pretty unique. He was out front in the pack, so I knew he was cruising along at a faster rate than usual and his stroke looked steady and relaxed. - He was in race mode. I wondered if that had anything to do with the pre-race drink? Nearby, I saw John Huminick's support boat, and his relay team waved and cheered "Go Dave." At the first feed I soon found that passing the bottle to the kayakers was a much easier and efficient option, so the feedstick was retired. However, I do think that the feedstick will be useful on a larger vessel for feeding a swimmer from deck, but I would like to test my hypothesis. (So, if anyone would like to do a marathon swim in Tahiti, I would be happy to crew for them.) As for the course, lucky for us, we were fortunate to have a seasoned boat captain and kayakers who guided us down the East River and got DB the best current assist. DB flew by Hell's Gate and into the Harlem River. I must admit as soon as we entered the Harlem, I knew that for DB the physical and emotional challenge began here. As he mentioned previously, the aroma and nutty favour of the river was a gastronomical hinderance, and I too could smell the fumes on deck myself. I had no idea that he could smell the cigar smoke of our boat observer, and that this helped contribute to DB upchucking his feed. I do admit that I became more alert when DB lost his lunch, but as soon as he took his next feeding, and kept that down, I soon relaxed. He cruised through the Harlem, and when he passed the section of the river where he had been pulled previously, I grew more confident. Once the Hudson was in sight, the swim was within his grasp. On the upper west side, we cruised passed Columbia Pres Hospital, where DB had had heart surgery a year ago, and I gave a quick shout out to Dr. Gray, his cardiologist. I knew the Hudson was where the race began, but I was still impressed when I saw the swimmers pick up their pace, and sprint down to the finish. As soon as I saw DB reach the finish line I said to myself: one down, two to go...

    Updated June 14th, 2010 at 10:32 AM by chaos

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  13. Sun Jun 13th 2010

    by , June 13th, 2010 at 10:12 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sun Jun 13th 2010

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    Noon to 1:15
    Austin, UT Swim Center
    Bridgette Coached
    swam with Larry, Kelly & James
    dove in on time
    wore B70 jammer

    4 rounds of
    100 sw 100 sw 50 k


    16 x 25


    4 x 100


    4 x 75


    2 x 100 fast

    assigned 6 x 100
    did 6 x (2 x 25)

    25 SDK FAST
    went 10.59
    larry timed

    2010 MEETS:
    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4 Meet Info
    Austin, TX

    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas
    Days till LCM ZONES
  14. I Am the Rain Queen

    by , June 13th, 2010 at 09:30 PM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    Today was a double of sorts. Swam 4100 yards this morning at ____ College, which was my attempt at one last big swim before getting some rest before the meet in two weeks. The other swim was a 500 plus 3 minutes of treading water, which was a test to join the Minnewaska Distance Swimmers Association. This is going to be my first year as a member of this venerable institution of open water lake swimmers, and I'm really looking forward to the first chance to get out there.

    Because of New York State's massive budget issues, we almost lost access to the park completely, as Minnewaska State Park was on the chopping block for a while. We still don't have a working budget, but the park is supposed to stay open for the summer anyway, thanks to many, many passionate activists who love the place.

    I think about the connection between swimming and money a lot. I think about both of those things a lot, so putting them together is only logical. It takes cash to play this sport. Any sport, really.

    Anyhoo, that's something I'm sure I'll blog about again. In the meantime, this was today's workout, which I modified from

    50 free
    50 back

    2x50 streamline kick
    200 IM
    2x50 backstroke tech

    50 EZ
    8x100 on 1:45
    5x100 kick with fins
    50 under/over

    4x100 stroke
    4x50 kick
    4x100 stroke

    100 warm down

    Thoughts on tapering:
    I have a swim meet coming up on June 25-27. It's the New England Long Course Championships at Middlebury College. (btw - is anyone else from these forums going?)

    I was talking to a friend about a good way to do a taper, based on my average daily swim of 2500-3200 yards. He said that I don't really get enough yardage in to effectively taper, so I should just eat well and rest.

    I suppose that's true, so I'll skip a few days here and there in the next two weeks, and make sure I get sleep. But I'm still a bit bummed that I can't play along, because I enjoy throwing technical terms around like I own them. (I have, while reading these blogs, often stopped to Google unfamiliar words like "DPK," "TRX" and "running.")

    Updated June 14th, 2010 at 12:36 PM by swimmerb212 (cut off my original post?)

  15. Swim + Yoga, Sunday, June 13

    by , June 13th, 2010 at 09:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    I was feeling more energetic today, so I did a more Fort like workout with some speed here and there.

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Hypoxic-Speed Set:

    4 x through:

    6 x 25s
    1 & 6 = EZ
    2-5 = shooters w/MF (belly, left side, right side, back)

    1 x 50 fast double shooter, descend the 4 50s
    (went 26, 24, 21, maybe around 21 -- wiped out goggles and nose clip on the last one)

    50 EZ

    Aerobic-Technique Set:

    2 x through:

    4 x 100
    odds = free w/paddles @ :15 RI
    evens = russian breast drill @ :15 RI

    4 x 50
    odds = backstroke w/paddles @ :15 RI
    evens = front scull w/paddles @ :15 RI

    8 x 25
    odds = easy speed fly
    evens = easy DAB

    50 EZ

    Mini-Speed Set:

    4 x (25 AFAP free w/fins + 50 EZ)

    50 EZ

    Total: 3550/1000 kicking

    Hot Yoga, 90 minutes:

    Went to hot yoga at 6:00 while Mr. Fort sat through Lil Fort's dress rehearsal. I was sweating like a banshee today, worst ever. Either the room was over 110 or I'm not used to it after a couple weeks off. If I had the time, I'd go every day for the rest of my detox period, but I don't see that happening ... Also, I might die of boredom. No idea how some people do it every day or 2x a day.


    The detox is coming along pretty well. I'm on day 3 where you have eliminated all refined sugars, caffeine, artificial crap, meat & fish, dairy, eggs and gluten. I'm still allowed to eat rice or quinoa today. Don't know if I'll bother. lol. Thus far, I have only a very minor headache from the caffeine withdrawal. I haven't been caffeine free since breast feeding my second child 15 years ago. I'm anticipating that days 5-9 can only eat certain veggies and fruits will be more brutal. I've been having a lot of salads -- the lettuces and basil in my garden is delicious -- and I've discovered a liking for shelled pistachios, which are great for you.

    I did make the mistake of trying mozarella cheese again the other day. Even with lactase enzymes, big mistake. I will have to stick with only eating aged cheeses, as my lactose intolerance does not seem to be improving. Oh well, lesson learned. I probably should re-test aged cheese also, in case it's a milk protein intolerance.

    I've also been taking the 7 Proformance Exfuze. First off, it's quite delicious! I put it in my smoothies for 5 days and had a 1 oz shot at night. Now, I've just been taking it at night. I'm not sure I've been able to really notice any of the supposed effects such as improved energy and mood yet. I feel better, but I've been recovering from an illness. On the other hand, I have noticed I've been sleeping better and more deeply despite going off my sleep meds; I've been having the most vivid dreams. And I'm feeling fairly energetic today despite the detox/cleanse. It's possible the 7 Exfuze is helping counter those symptoms. I suppose I'd really have to try it for 3 weeks when I'm not messing around with other variables to assess its efficacy better. But, this was the best time for the detox planning wise.

    New Running Shoes:

    I went to the Potomac River Running Store today to buy new running shoes. I decided to go there rather than order on line because I haven't been terribly thrilled with the fit of my last couple pairs of running shoes (Mizuno, Saucony). Since my last visit, they've installed a machine that electronically measures and analyzes your feet/stance. Then I tried out various pairs of shoes with varying degrees of support on the treadmill where they watch your feet on a nearby television. I apparently have a fairly rigid arch and strong ankles (tested with one legged squats), so I don't need the motion control shoes I've used in the past. I also don't over-pronate or under-pronate, and am completely neutral. Good news, I guess. I ended up purchasing The Asics Gel-Nimbus 10, which has great cushioning for my type of foot. Can't wait to give it a try. Felt like a great fit. I'm hoping the gel cushioning will be adequate to support my right metatarsal area in my right foot. I went up a half size in this shoe.

    I noticed they are stocking the Skins recovery tights in the store now. I did wear mine the earlier this week after my mega kicking session. I felt like my legs were less sore than they normally would have been. The research is, of course, completely inconclusive on whether the tights actually help or are a placebo. I do know quite a few athletes that love them.

    I also took the opportunity to stock up on Endurolytes while there. I took 3 before yoga.


    This is the text of an email Fort Son got from his rowing coach wrt recovery. Good stuff!

    "Gentlemen: I've talked a bit over the last few days about how to manage your body during these high-intensity training cycles, but I wanted to get something out to you all in writing as well to reinforce the most important points. I'm not exaggerating when I say that the single most important factor in determining the success the summer training program will be the manner in which you manage your health and wellness. The way you manage your body during the high-intensity segments of the training program will be vital to prevent injury during the on-cycle, and the way you encourage recovery during the light days between will determine whether you recoup sufficiently to attack the next phase of summer training.

    Calorie burn is not a factor for us at this point. Most of you are burning 2000-2500 calories per day during practice time alone, so your volume of food intake should not be a concern, except to make sure that you are eating enough. The crucial point is to manage WHAT you are eating, and to make sure that you are getting good value out of your meals.
    - Protein. Rowing, like any endurance activity, tears muscle fibers. The body needs to rebuild these fibers, and the key building block in muscle is protein. Fish, chicken, lean red meat are all obvious sources for protein (and fish has other significant health benefits), but some other high-protein food items are peanut butter, soy milk, whole wheat bread and broccoli.
    - anti-inflammitories in food. Muscle soreness and inflammation are often precursors to actual muscle injury. Certain foods have anti-inflammatory properties which can help to keep soreness and swelling in check without the need for medication. Cherries and blueberries are excellent sources of both anti-inflammitories and anti-oxidants, and fatty fish such as salmon is also an excellent source for these substances.
    - general eating. In addition to seeking out foods for specific needs, stay away from processed foods as much as possible. Foods which contain large amounts of processed sugar or saturated fats will make you feel full but won't give you the building blocks your body needs. Filling yourself with whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean meats is the bottom line as far as healthy eating is concerned.
    - multi-vitamins. As I mentioned yesterday, nutritionists go back and forth on the absolute value of various vitamins, but there are no studies that indicate a negative value to taking a moderate amount of a full-spectrum multi-vitamin. Vitamin C and B are both used by the body to make connective tissue, and are thus necessary to help the body repair damage. In general, its an easy way to cover your bets and make sure you are getting everything you need in your diet.

    Post-Practice nutrition: This is important enough to get its own category. Over the last 5 or 6 years, numerous studies have concluded that athletes who take in easily digested carbohydrates and protein within 30 minutes of the end of practice not only recover better, but actually grow stronger at a faster rate than those who do not get nutrition in this 30-minute window. We are not talking about small gains, either - in some studies the difference in strength and/or endurance gained over the course of a month varied by 20% between those who took post practice nutrition and those who did not. There are a number of substances that will do the job, and fortunately there is a new option which is relatively cheap and easily obtained. Gatorade now sells a post-practice recovery version which has the correct balance of protein and carbohydrates. There are other options: chocolate milk is fine, though its hard to keep cold, and Endurox R4 is excellent, but it's expensive. I would personally recommend that you toss a bottle of the Gatorade (either the regular Gatorade 03 or the Gatorade Pro 03) in your backpack and drink it right after we get off the water.

    Stretching, warming up and cooling down:
    As I mentioned above, we are pushing your bodies very hard during this work cycle. Just as you need to eat well to give your body what it needs to recover, you need to properly prepare your body to do work, and properly warm down afterwards.
    - Stretching and warming up. To adequately prepare for a full-pressure rowing practice, you need to spend at least 15 minutes stretching and 5 minutes spinning the erg. (If you bike to practice, you can forgo the erg). Stretching pre-practice does little for general flexibility, but it does begin to warm the muscles, and help to identify and ease sore or tight spots on the body. If you are encountering significant muscle tightness, particularly in the back or lats, you may want to stretch in the shower, and use hot water to massage the tight areas. TBC has an excellent shower room; it is not a bad idea to stretch and warm any possible trouble spots before practice.
    - Cooling down. Post practice, stretch again. This helps to cool the body down after work, and can go along way towards preventing soreness and muscle tightness the next day. Unlike pre-practice stretching, post-practice stretching WILL increase your overall flexibility, and it has been proven again and again that flexible athletes suffer less injury than their less-flexible counterparts.
    -Ice trouble spots. If any muscles feel particularly sore or tight, ice them at the end of practice for 15-20 minutes and again sometime in the evening. Don't use ice before practice, but hit anything that feels at all tight afterwards.

    Other recovery techniques-
    - Massage. If you have time during the recovery period, and a bit of money available, look into getting a massage. There is a massage school on Wisconsin Ave that does $35 student massages and $55 professional massages; their website is Deep tissue massage is really what you are looking for to get the benefit of muscle relaxation and increased circulation.
    - Leg elevation. If you keep you legs elevated above the heart for 15-20 minutes at a stretch (you can do this while watching tv or napping, for example) you can get a boost to circulation, as well as helping byproducts of muscle work to clear out of the legs more quickly.
    - REST. Sleep heals, and good sleep heals more than bad sleep. A couple ways to get better sleep:
    1. Complete darkness. Even a scrap of light can affect sleep quality, so try and turn off or cover all light sources, even the light from a clock.
    2. Wake up naturally. If possible during off days, don't set an alarm clock - just go to bed at a good time (10-10:30 PM at the latest) and let yourself wake up when the body is ready.

    You are all on the road to becoming elite athletes. This stuff is all background, but it is the foundational lifestyle work that enables you to perform at a high level. We all see olympic rowing, and can appreciate the power and technique that those individuals have developed. What isn't visible, but is nonetheless present, is the regimen that all of those athletes use to keep themselves performing at a high level. What also isn't visible is the hundreds or thousands of athletes who had the physical potential to compete at that level but did not maintain themselves well enough, and were thus sidelined by injury or simple lack of recovery speed.
    Put as much energy into your recovery as you put into your active training, and we're going to have an awesomely fast summer."

    Updated June 13th, 2010 at 10:21 PM by The Fortress

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  16. sat jun 12 2010

    by , June 13th, 2010 at 06:57 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    sat jun 12

    SLEPT late woke at 6:09
    needed to leave by 5:45 to make the 6:30 practice on time

    UT Swim Center
    whitney coached

    missed warm up

    main set
    4 x 400 fr desc

    3 x 300 fr desc

    2 x 200 fr desc

    100 fr fast for time
    went 59
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  17. Taking on the heat

    by , June 13th, 2010 at 05:25 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Didn't want to stay inside today, but it is too hot to sit still by the pool outside. Decided to take a bike ride early this afternoon. Temps were 92 with 55% humidity, but biking is not bad in these temps since you get a breeze when you bike. I live out in a farmland area, so there is not much shade on the roads. Decided to take it easy, especially when my bike computer failed. Ended up riding for about 45 minutes. Going easy gave me a chance to scout out some new areas and check for dogs.

    The last two weeks, all my various gadgets seem to have died - my heart rate monitor, my watch, and my bike computer. Fortunately, I can solve this in one trip to Trussville next week where Trak Shak and Cahaba Cycles are right next door to each other. It is way past time for me to buy some shoes, so think I'll buy some new ones while I'm there.

    Speaking of shoes, I've tried them all (New Balance, Asics, Brooks) and the ones that seem to hold up best and keep me injury-free are Nike Air Structure Triax. Been using this model for 9 years post stress fracture. I bought a pair of Nike Lunarlites (Lunaracer) last year and used them on my 5k I ran last fall. They are fun, but only meant to race in because they are so light!

    Updated June 13th, 2010 at 08:11 PM by elise526

  18. Rowing + Summer meet planning

    Today I went over to the Y to try a rowing workout with Mr. Addict. Everything felt good, and hereís what we did:

    6-minute warmup
    3-minute easy/rest
    4-minute piece [2:25.8 avg. pace]
    3-minute easy/rest
    4-minute piece [2:19.5]
    3-minute easy/rest
    4-minute piece [2:16.5]
    3-minute easy/rest
    4-minute piece [2:14.2]
    3-minute easy/rest
    1-minute piece [2:04.4]
    3-minute easy/rest
    2-minute piece [2:21.1]
    3-minute easy/rest
    1-minute piece [2:01.4]
    3-minute easy/rest

    I started out pretty easy then descended, and things felt good and fairly comfortable the whole way. I was pretty happy with my times on the 4s, especially considering that it was 7 @ 2:16 pace that made me want to cry a couple of weeks ago. Today that pace felt relatively easy, although I was only holding it for 4 minutes rather than 7. I gave myself a get-out time on the first 1-minute piece of 2:05 and beat it, but ended up feeling guilty going easy on the following 2-minute piece while Mr. Addict was still working hard, so I cranked it up again for that last 1-minute row at the end.

    Iíve also been working on my summer swimming and travel plans this weekend. One thing Iím really excited about is the NE LCM champs in Middlebury, VT in a couple of weeks. Iíve really wanted to go to this meet for the last couple of summers, but other plans have gotten in the way. When I scheduled my surgery for early June, I thought it would nix that meet this year as well. Luckily, my recovery and return to swimming has been way ahead of where I thought it would be, and late registration for the meet doesnít close until this coming Friday, so Iíve decided to go. I donít think PRs will be in the works, but it will be great to spend a weekend up in Vermont swimming a long course meet. Plus, thereís a clinic by Bill Boomer leading into the meet that should be very interesting.

    At Middlebury I plan to swim longer stuff and off events (probably 200s of all four strokes, and an 800 FR and 400 IM), because I havenít been sprinting at all and donít have enough time between now and then get things sharp enough to swim shorter events well. One plus to doing this is that it gives me a shot at swimming all the LC events this summer (or at least all except for the 1500óalthough this meet allows you to swim both of the distance frees on the first day, Iím sticking with just one. And Iím not sure Iíll want to swim a 1500 later on in the season, even if I get an opportunity to. In fact Iím pretty sure I wonít.]

    So, here is my tentative meet and OWS schedule for this summer. Events in parentheses are iffy:

    Friday June 25 Ė Sunday June 27: NE LCM Championships at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT [preceded by Bill Boomer swim clinic on Thursday and Friday]

    Sunday July 11: Wilton LCM meet, Wilton, CT [BBQ after]

    Sunday August 1: Governors Island 2M OWS [This is probably my favorite of the NYSwimís summer series. It will be followed by a 10K Pro swim, along part of the same course.]

    (Saturday August 7: NY Aquarium 1M Swim [Thereís also a 5K swim, but 1 mile will be plenty for me.])

    (Sunday August 8: Jason Nessel Memorial LCM meet, Rahway, NJ)

    Saturday August 21 Ė Sunday August 22: Colonies Zone LCM Championships at College Park, MD

    Sunday September 5: John Daly 1M Ocean Swim, Long Beach, Long Island [The traditional season-ending OW swim in these parts.]

    We also have a couple of trips planned, to Lake Placid and to Victoria BC (both very easy places to get in swim workouts), so it will be a busy summer! I was toying with the idea of doing a rowing camp weekend this summer, in order to learn on-water rowing, but that will have to wait for fall, or another season altogether. I figure I should do all the LC swimming I can while I have the opportunity!
  19. Saturday, 6/12/10

    by , June 13th, 2010 at 02:42 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCM, with Carrie

    Warm Ė up
    1 x 300 Choice
    (did 150 free/150 back)
    3 x 100/1:45 Build each
    (went 1:25-28-29)
    6 x 50/55 desc 3
    (went 45-42-39 both times)
    8 x 25/30 strong
    (did a mix of fly-free-back)

    Main Set:
    Repeat following 2 times:
    1 x 100/2:00 smooth Ė 11 turns
    3 x 250/15sr
    4 x 25/ 30 Fast

    100 easy free cool
    Total: 3100 meters
  20. Bad Key Sunday

    by , June 13th, 2010 at 01:53 PM (Adventures in Swimming)
    The gate key I was given for the pool didn't work.
    ARGH!!!! Luckily Sully spotted someone working at the other end of the complex. We got in!!

    There are still 8 lanes of SCY ropes in so
    we decided it would be easier to just swim SCY
    rather than take out all the ropes.

    Susan made the workout today....

    200 SKIPS
    Which means 200 of each Swim, Kick, IM, Pull, Swim

    10 x 100 Odd's Free, Even's Choice (I did back)
    I did them all on 1:30

    8 x 75 K/Dr/Swim by 25 IM order :10r

    10 x 50 on :40
    A little shorter than I like but I made them all.
    I managed to hold :35-:36 on all of them

    200 Warm Down

    Updated June 13th, 2010 at 02:00 PM by Bo Martin

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