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  1. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -04/08/10

    by , April 7th, 2010 at 01:21 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    YMCA Nationals start 1 week from today. We will drop our yardage total accordingly.

    SCY

    WARM UP:
    3 X 250 4:00

    1 X 800
    Broken :15 @ 400
    Fins are optional

    6 X 50 kick 1:15

    6 x 50
    1-3 Perfect stroke
    4-6 descend to fast, #6 @ 100%

    3 X 100 free on 1:50 stroke on 2:05
    Swim @ 85/90%

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    2650Y
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  2. Tuesday April 6, 2010 - kick

    I feel like my kick has been terrible lately. The good news is my pull (especially on free) feels really strong. My kick used to be a strength for me and I feel like it's fallen off quite a bit. So I am implementing two mostly kick workouts a week for myself over the next 3.5 weeks to get my legs ready for nats.

    200 swim
    200 pull

    2 x 500 kick with long fins
    1st one was dolphin (did stomach, back, left side, right side, back by 100)
    2nd one was free with a board

    100 pull

    4 x 50 kick with zoomers on my back with my new nose clip. I'm loving my nose clip. Much easier to work the wall off of the turn now.

    100 pull

    4 x 50 fly drill

    8 x 25 fly swim (1-4 ez working on "perfect" stroke; 5-8 alt fast ez)

    200 swim down
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  3. Wednesday, 4/7/10

    by , April 7th, 2010 at 12:17 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Did 2 workouts today. morning and then again this evening.

    SCY, Solo (both times)

    Morning:

    300 swim free
    200 drill alt. 50 no free/50 choice
    300 pull breathe 3/5 by 25
    200 kick choice
    swim 6 x 50 on 1:00 build to about 80-85% choice
    (Alternated free and back. free around 37-38, back around 40-41)

    swim 5x around:
    {
    2 x 75 free on 1:20: hold stroke count the same at moderate pace
    75 choice FAST on 1:50
    (All the moderate 75's were between 1:00-1:02 with spl 16 at the beginning of the set and 17 by the end.
    The "fast" ones weren't so fast. Started around :55 and by the time I got to the last one it was 58)
    }
    75 easy

    kick 12 x 25 on :40 choice: odds smooth, evens FAST
    (1-6 free w/board, smooth around :25, fast was :18-:19-:21; 7-12 on back, smooth around :30, fast :23-:25)

    swim down 100
    --
    Total: 2900 yards


    Evening:
    I poached this from Fortress' blog

    200 swim, 200 kick, 200 drill

    10 x 50 with paddles only, odds free, evens back
    (free at 14-15 spl and 35-36, back at 15-16 spl and 39-40)

    4 x 100 on 9:00 with zoomers done as follows:
    1 x 50 swim AFAP @ 1:00
    1 x 25 swim AFAP @ :30
    1 x 25 kick AFAP @ :30
    200 EZ after each

    odds free, evens back
    (times are approximate as I had problems seeing the pace clock from the far end of the pool because of the glare.
    #1 & 3 free - 28 + 14 + 16 = 58
    #2 & 4 back - 31 + 16 + 17 = 1:04)

    200 easy cool down

    Total 2400 yards

    Total for the day = 5300 yards

    Updated April 7th, 2010 at 11:51 PM by poolraat

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  4. Wed Apr 7th 2010

    by , April 7th, 2010 at 10:50 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Apr 7th 2010

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    South Central ZONES PSYCH SHEET


    2 Days till the 2010 South Central SCY Zone Championships. I'm resting and getting ready to race but will lift through it


    here's my mile splits from the Dixie Zone Championships

    Event 1 Men 45-49 1650 Yard Freestyle
    1 Rasmussen, Anders M 46 Longhorn Aquatics-ST 17:47.35 20

    28.34 30.98 59.32
    31.35 31.84 63.19
    32.21 32.15 64.36
    32.43 32.62 65.05
    33.00 33.23 66.23 5:18.15

    32.77 33.10 65.87
    33.20 32.72 65.92
    32.58 32.68 65.26
    32.61 32.27 64.88
    32.49 32.40 64.49 5:26.42

    32.36 32.62 64.98
    32.54 32.49 65.03
    32.31 32.43 64.74
    32.39 32.46 64.85
    32.55 32.43 64.98 5:24.58

    32.63 32.76 65.39
    32.41


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    scy, main pool
    whitney coached
    6:30 to 8:00
    swam with Tyler & Nate,
    beside Chris, Paul, Marcio & Kelly
    wore B70 legs

    Warm Up:

    400
    200 IM k
    5 x 50
    200 IM drill

    MAIN SET
    assigned 8 x 125 done 100 fr aerobic 25 stroke fast
    did 8 x (50 fr easy, 50 skip, 25 stroke fast)

    100 fr fast broken swim 10 sec at each 25

    100 easy

    2010 MEETS:


    April 9 -11 The Woodlands, TX Countdown
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    INFO


    FRI
    02 1650 yard Freestyle 17:55.99

    SAT
    04 400 yard Individual Medley NT
    06 50 yard Butterfly NT
    08 200 yard Freestyle 1:51.99
    12 100 yard Backstroke 54.9
    Relay/s

    SUN
    28 100 yard Individual Medley 54.99
    32 200 yard Backstroke 2:29.99
    34 100 yard Butterfly 52.99
    40 200 yard Individual Medley NT
    Relay/s

    SOUTH CENTRAL Zones MENS SCY RECORDS




    May 20 - 23, 2010 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech Aquatic Center COUNTDOWN
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Order of Events

    Updated April 7th, 2010 at 03:52 PM by ande

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  5. It has been a while since I shook things up

    by , April 7th, 2010 at 07:36 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    This morning the issue was getting moving. It hasw been a long time since I had DOMS effect my workout. I know it is a good thing, just need to swim thru it and I did.

    10x100@1:45 Free
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd fast
    10x50 from dive 20 yard sprints alt fly/free then easy free
    300 Free kick w/fins
    200 Fly kick w/fins
    5x200@3:00 Free w/paddles & bouy went ?, 2:48, 2:26, 2:38, 2:32 someone reset the clock during my first one
    200 easy free

    Total 3700 yards
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  6. Dead tired

    by , April 6th, 2010 at 09:23 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Swam with the kids today. They are not doing as much these days with the transition between seasons. Still, this workout really wore me out! On a positive note, I think I figured out what I was not doing on my fly. I wasn't working the upbeat of my kick enough. Once I started working it, found that I went much faster!

    The workouts with the kids have been really good for me as it has really improved my aerobic conditioning. Supposedly, the better conditioned one is, the less problem with POTS. What is really challenging is pushing to get past the hump of feeling tired all the time so that you can get in better condition. I know that 6 months ago, I may not have been able to do the 24 x 50 set (3 rounds of 8 x 50 hard) all the way through without some HR issues. No problems today, so this is progress that I am excited about!

    Anyway, here is the workout:

    Warm-up: 400 Reverse I.M.
    4 x 50 on :50
    100 dolphin on back

    6 x 200 on 3:00 - did first 3 free, and second 3 back with paddles

    8 x 100 on 2:00 - I.M., fly/free/fly/free, back/free/back/free, breast/free/breast/free, 100 free, fly/free/fly/free, back/free/back/free, breast/free/breast/free

    3 rounds of 8 x 50 with 1 minute rest between each round - do two 50s of each stroke on 1:00

    4 x 100 - 25 underwater/75 easy - 1 minute rest

    200 easy

    4500 SCY
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  7. Back after a short break.

    by , April 6th, 2010 at 05:29 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    I missed swim on Saturday, pool is closed on Sunday and the water was too cold (72°) yesterday. It was 79° today which was perfect.

    400 swim alt. 100 free/100 back
    300 pull, half free and the rest on back concentrating on DPS
    200 kick as 100free w/board, 100 on back
    100 easy free

    swim 8 x 150 on 2:30: odds free, evens back; keep the stroke count and times consistent free, and descend the back to about 90%
    (on free was holding 16 spl and swam between 2:06 and 2:12
    On back spl was 17-18 and times were 2:15, 2:12, 2:10, 2:05)
    50 easy

    kick w/fins 8 x 75 on 1:30 choice; descend 1-4, 5-8
    (with zoomers, 1-4 free w/board went 1:10->:58, 5-8 on back went 1:15->1:00)

    150 easy swim down
    --

    Total: 3000 yards
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  8. Bummer, April 6

    by , April 6th, 2010 at 04:35 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Pouting First:

    My meet this weekend is apparently cancelled for insufficient attendance. Oddly, it doesn't indicate this on the PV masters website and I didn't receive an email to that effect. I found out on FB from other swimmers who were notified. WTF? Did my entry form get lost in the mail again?! Really bummed about this as I was hoping to get some much needed start practice and speed work as well as times in a couple events. 2010 has been a tad disappointing so far. The Richmond meet was marred by blizzards and cramps. The Albatross meet was marred by the flu and a stolen suit. Now this meet is cancelled. I think this may be the first year I don't have a tapered time in the 50 free. And I was hoping for a re-do of another event. Crap. I also may change my Zones events in light of this.


    Swim @ Oak Marr w/Speedo:

    At least I had a workout buddy today! Speedo and I tried out a Rich Abrahams set. It was definitely more speed work than a true lactate set, though my legs were burning by the end. The 3 x 100 AFAP set is far worse.

    Warm up:

    800 various

    Transition Set:

    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = swim
    evens = backstroke kick

    I didn't feel so great on these. I was sore and felt like I was moving through jello a bit.

    Speed Set:

    4 x broken 100s @ 9:00, done as follows:

    1 x 50 swim AFAP @ 1:00
    1 x 25 swim AFAP @ :30
    1 x 25 kick AFAP @ :30

    200 EZ after each

    I did mine with fins, as I am wont to do with speed work. I think I should have been slightly faster on these. However, given that I am sore and tight, the times weren't too bad. #2 was the best and #4 was the worst and hurt the most. My legs gave out on the last 25 kick.

    #1 = back
    25 + 12 + 12 = 49

    #2 = back
    24 + high 11 + 12 = high 47

    #3 = breast
    30 + 15 + 15 (swam this) = 1:00

    #4 = fly
    24 + 12 + 12 = 48

    I was gasping and panting a lot more than Speedo on these. I think he was loafing.


    Total: 2500


    Massage:

    Had a massage today to help ease soreness and prep for the now cancelled meet. Oh, well, I really needed it. She said I was tighter than usual. I guess with the intensity of my workouts, I need to stretch for a period of time every day and not just rely on periodic yoga to keep me loose. Now, I am off to mull over my Zones entries and re-decide what to swim. Since the 100 IM is my 6th event for Nats (and could be cancelled since I refuse to time ), I'll have to stick with that one.

    I'm going off the wagon and having a glass or two of chard tonight. I can't tell any damn difference anyway!


    Some ab exercises:

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU5BE8opXTA"]YouTube- Six Pack Abs Great Abs Exercise "Exercises Abdominals"[/nomedia]

    Updated April 7th, 2010 at 12:06 PM by The Fortress

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  9. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -04/07/10

    by , April 6th, 2010 at 01:40 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    WARM UP:
    3 X 250 4:00

    1 X 1000
    Fins optional
    Broken :15 @ each 250

    1 X 50 1:10
    1 X 75 1:10
    Four times through.
    50's are easy, faster for the 75"s

    6 X 25
    odd: build to race finish
    even: blocks, sprint 20

    1 X 100 easy

    RACE PACE:

    1 X 200 broken :10 @ each 50 5:00
    1 X 100 easy 3:00
    1 X 100 broken :10 @ the 50

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Distance Swimmers: 12 X 50 @ 1000/1650 pace 1:00

    3100/3700Y
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  10. I'm back ... again ...

    Okay I've been terrible about blogging (again). Fortunately I've been training just not writing about it. I'm playing with my schedule trying to figure out what makes sense for me for the next month before I start my nationals taper.

    Last night:

    I did an hour or so of dryland. Lots of legs ... plyos, squats, jumps, etc.

    I finished up with some core work and bands. I was pretty fried by the time I got into the pool. Over the last several months I've been swimming in the morning then doing dryland at night so I have not had the back to back.

    Warm-up:

    400 swim
    100 kick (did it backstroke with my new nose clip - very strange but I like it!)

    5 x 100 (kick, fist, catch-up, swim by 25) on 2:00

    6 x 25 build on :30

    Main set 1 (also known as death by sprinting)

    100 on 4:00
    2 x 50 on 1:45 (went fly then free)
    4 x 25 on :45

    It was all, all out sprint. I killed myself on the 100 and the 50 fly which made the 2nd 50 free quite painful and rotten. The 4 x25 I actually held under 15s but I think that was sheer luck as I am sure I was nearly dead by the start of those.

    200 ez recovery

    5 x (50 kick on 1:10, 100 IM on 1:40, 150 free on 2:15)

    I modified it to do a 150 kick/150 swim (I did the first 50 kick free with a board and the second 100 IM kick). I did the 150s on 2:20 to allow a bit of recovery after the kick - my body was quite done by the end and my calfs were tightening with each push off the wall.

    My coach convinced me to try to sprint kick shooters at the end ... got half way down the pool doing fly kick and my right calf cramped hard. Oh well ...

    Tonight I'm going to do some nice easy endurance kick. 500s with long fins, 100s and 200s with zoomers. MAYBE some sprint kick.
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  11. Re-cap of 2010 SCY in-season meets:

    Meets, Reverse Chronological, Leading up to Nationals


    New England Championships, Boston, Mar. 2010:

    This was a great experience, as it was the first big meet I'd been to as a Masters swimmer. Didn't realize it at the time, but I was swimming very tired at this point. Immediately felt drained and out of breath in each race over this 2-day meet. But, made a moral victory out of it by continuing to race hard and not let frustration sink in. And this meet was perfect as a final lead-in to Nationals, as I (in retrospect) needed some stiff competition from swimmers who were rested, or just plain fast. Served as a wake-up call going into the end of the season. I couldn't have scripted it any better than that!


    Burlington CC Meet, NJ, March 2010:

    The increased yardage paid off, as I took about 24 seconds off my first 500 back in Oct 2009. Did poorly in the 50 back, but mainly due to an unusually bad start. Teamed up with some 1776 people for a 200 Fr relay. Lead off with what one of my relay-mates called a '23-something' (the timing system wasn't working right). For me, that's pretty good.


    UMBC, MD Meet, March 2010:

    Went slower in the 200 Free than I expected, and was still tired when the 200 Back came along. Came away from this meet deciding that I needed to shift training away from weights, cardio & dryland, and become an actual 'swimmer' again by ramping up yardage.


    Severna Park, MD Meet, Feb 2010:

    Two meets before this were cancelled due to snow, so I came to this meet determined to swim really fast for in-season. Did a 58.7 in the 100 back, the first time I did as a Masters swimmer that I considered to be 'good', from an age-group perspective. Also did the 50 Fly and 50 Breast, with decent times.


    USMS National One Hour postal swim, Jan 2010:

    Was still trying to shake the lost week of training due to a cold, but again decided to show up for the hour postal. It felt pretty good, considering I was really in no shape to attempt swimming for an hour straight! Who was it who said 99% of life is showing up?


    Boyertown Y Meet, Jan 2010:

    Had just gotten over a cold, which wiped out an entire week of training (and only had 2 weeks of training before that!). Swan terribly, but decided to make it a moral victory by showing up, at least.


    Pottstown Y Meet, Jan 2010:

    Took a long hiatus due to the Holidays, but decided to attend this meet anyway with only 5 days of training. Did well in the 200 Breast, but was still tired due to lack of training when the 200 Free came around. Gutted it out and won both races.


    Sussex Y, NJ Fall Meet, Oct 2009:

    My very first meet as a Masters swimmer. Did the 200 and 500 faster than I expected (I guess I didn't really know what to expect!), winning both. Everyone was very friendly and helpful; as I found out, Masters swimmers are always friendly and helpful!


    Season Overview:

    I'm coming to the end of my first season as a Masters swimmer. It was Phelps in Bejing that gave me the itch to compete again, mainly b/c he's an IMing, FLYing, middle distance generalist like I was. Obviously Phelps is on a way higher level, but the similarities astounded me. And I hadn't paid any attention to swimming on any level for several years. Suddenly I began thinking 'hmmm, what if I were to swim again in Masters?'. I kicked around the idea for more than a year before committing to it. I even bought one of those crazy tech suits! We didn't have those back in the day. My tech suit makes me feel like Batman or something.

    I'm headed to YMCA Masters Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale in a few weeks. Rowdy Gaines is entered in it! I wonder if he'll actually show up. I'll try to get a picture with him. Hopefully he's not too much of a 'celebrity' to spare a few moments for his peeps.

    Colonies Zones is the week after that. Looking forward to seeing many of my 1776 teammates. We're a far-flung team with many workout groups; I haven't met too many people so far, with the notable exceptions of Laurie Hug, Chris McGinley, Rich Reshetar, Chirs Dana, Janet Moeller, Russ Deherder, and Tom Patterson, who has been my Masters 'answer-guy'. Thanks Tom! Looking forward to putting together some fast relays with some of these guys...break some records, win some gold, get some top 10 times.

    A funny thing happened one day at practice at UMLY while tapering for Y Nationals. The guy in the lane next to me struck up a conversation (I guess he saw my USMS cap). He guessed (correctly) that I was going to Nationals, asked what events I was entered in, and so on. At one point I asked him his name, and he says “I’m Bill Specht”. I blurt out “YOU’RE BILL SPECHT?!?” I had recently come to know him as a long-established Masters Swimmer who owns some very fast USMS and YMCA national records by pouring over lots of Masters Swimming results (he‘s usually listed as ‘William Specht’). But beyond that, he’s also from New Jersey originally, just as I am. So even before I came to know him as a Masters Swimmer, I vaguely knew who he was as a kind of foggy legend from my early childhood, out of our shared ‘mythic past’ of New Jersey swimming (he‘s about 15 years older than me, I think). For some reason I want to say he swam for Peddie, but I can't really be sure. Anyway, I later told my older brother, who is aged roughly halfway between myself and Mr. Specht, about this encounter, he his reaction was ‘Yeah, I remember Bill Specht, and he was awesome.’ So Bill and I spoke a little more, and eventually I said goodbye and hopped out. Bill wished me luck at Nationals and went back to doing fly kick with a board. He was very polite and unassuming. So how funny is that? In retrospect, meeting him right before Y Nationals was an uncannily good omen, as he used to go to Y Nationals almost every year, I think. Some of his records still stand. I didn’t set any records, but I do think some of his magic rubbed off!

    So my first season in Masters has been a funny experience. Coming back to swimming is strange; it's very familiar, yet it's also like doing it for the first time. Almost like my earlier swimming career was a dream, or a past-life or something. I was away from the sport for 15 years, I guess that's why. It's been a funny trip down memory lane.

    Updated April 15th, 2012 at 10:44 AM by Undeniable

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  12. Tue Apr 6th 2010

    by , April 6th, 2010 at 10:19 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue Apr 6th 2010

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    South Central ZONES PSYCH SHEET


    3 Days till the 2010 South Central SCY Zone Championships. I'm resting and getting ready to race but will lift through it
    Plan to lift Wed & even a light lift on Fri, so I can get back to weights on Monday 4/12

    My right knee hurt a little today

    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    scy, main pool
    whitney coached
    6:30 to 8:00
    swam with Mike Nate Tyler & Ed
    beside Todd Marcio & Brad
    wore B70 legs

    Warm Up:

    300
    100 k
    4 x 25
    300
    100 k
    4 x 25

    MAIN SET

    175 easy

    25 fl fast for time
    whitney timed
    went 10.5

    150 easy

    50 fr at 100 pace
    went 24.1

    175 easy

    75 fr fast 200 pace
    went 38.9

    150 easy

    75 easy

    75 easy

    got out to make a 8:00 meeting


    2010 MEETS:


    April 9 -11 The Woodlands, TX Countdown
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    INFO


    FRI
    02 1650 yard Freestyle 17:55.99

    SAT
    04 400 yard Individual Medley NT
    06 50 yard Butterfly NT
    08 200 yard Freestyle 1:51.99
    12 100 yard Backstroke 54.9
    Relay/s

    SUN
    28 100 yard Individual Medley 54.99
    32 200 yard Backstroke 2:29.99
    34 100 yard Butterfly 52.99
    40 200 yard Individual Medley NT
    Relay/s

    SOUTH CENTRAL Zones MENS SCY RECORDS




    May 20 - 23, 2010 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech Aquatic Center COUNTDOWN
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Order of Events

    Updated April 6th, 2010 at 10:36 AM by ande

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  13. Going thru the motions

    by , April 6th, 2010 at 07:38 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Today was more of a going thru the motions swim. I weightlifted last night for the first time in years. Did not really hurt, just very stiff.

    5x200@3:30 Free
    5x100@1:45 Free w/fins kick
    5x100@1:30 Free w/fins kick last one in 1:20
    200 Free easy
    6x50 from dive 20 yard sprints then easy
    10x50@1:00 Breast pull w/fins leg just following behind in dolphin motion
    500 Free w/snorkle alt 100swim/100kick

    Total 3500 yards

    Update: as the day wears on I am starting to feel the pain from my weight lifting settling in to my upper back muscles and arms. It has been along time since I weightlifted and perhaps I push myself too hard. I will only do this for the next 4 weeks and only for 3 days per week.

    No leg work at all. I don't think my knees can handle it. I have enough issues with pushing off the blocks and walls. For now kicking is fine as long as I stay away from Breaststroke.

    Updated April 6th, 2010 at 03:32 PM by Donna

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  14. Run in the sun

    by , April 5th, 2010 at 09:28 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Early this everning, son and I did a little practicing for his 1k run in a couple of weeks. I had measured the course previously on a bike. Had to wait until early evening to run because it was in the mid-80s today.

    Ran a 1/4 mile to warm up and then ran a 1k at progressively faster speed. Walked/jogged 1/2 mile and then ran another 1k at a hard pace. Walked/jogged a 1/2 mile to cool it down.

    It felt much easier to run on the road than in the field. I never realized how hard it was to run in the field until getting back on the road.

    Hoping the run will help me shed the 3 pounds I need to get rid of to be down at ideal racing weight for Nationals. Need all the help I can get with all the Easter goodies in the house - candy sent by my mother and various baked goods.

    One thing I really miss about training for triathlons is being able to graze all of the time and not be worried about what I eat. Still may do some tri training this summer after Nationals, but will just play things by ear for right now.

    Updated April 5th, 2010 at 10:16 PM by elise526

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  15. Test Set 4/6/10

    by , April 5th, 2010 at 07:11 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well today I felt all full of vigour so I got on with the business of tackling my test set. 10 x 100 1:30 usually this interval is jut too hard for me to get all the swims done...but today I approached it a bit smarter here is what I did.

    Warm Up
    200 Kick I used fins and varied what kick I was doing.
    200 Pull with paddles
    200 Swim I did min as 4 x 50 and tried to get the rhythm I though I'd need for the Test.
    I probably got 2 minutes rest b/c I found a timer to get my swims.

    Test Set
    10 x 100 FR 1:30
    I am not going to write the minute digit in.
    :16.16
    :18.22
    :21.17
    :22.79
    :21.60
    :21.56
    :24.0
    :24.71
    :24.17
    :23.79
    Thought from the timing coach was if I could get those first 2 out to 1:20 my drop off wouldn't have been so much...but still I brought it back a bit.
    6 x 50 EZ

    Rested for a few minutes and chatted with friend.

    Stroke Set
    12 x 50 BR 1:00 Every 4th fast
    9 x 50 BR 1:05 Every 3rd fast
    6 x 50 BR 1:10 Every 2nd fast
    4 x 50 BR 1:15 All fast
    I really felt like I got a good hold on this set too...felt good and although the fasts could have been faster...it was good, controlled BR.


    Kick Set
    500 with fins moderate.

    Cool Down
    350 in EZ 50's with some paddle and fins swims in there.

    After this I went to lift for 45 minutes and got through that workout pretty well. All in all I am happy and pumped to make it through the test set so well. That's a victory for me on the 1:30 interval.
    Oh yeah, muscle milk.

    Updated April 5th, 2010 at 07:34 PM by SwimStud

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  16. Abs & Arms, April 5

    by , April 5th, 2010 at 05:34 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    Giving my still super sore calves a break today. Just focused on arms & abs in the gym. Didn't make it to the pool today because our gym pool still isn't open yet. But I have my nasty lactate workout with Speedo tomorrow anyway. If I were Geek, I'd be feeling nauseous already.

    broomstick twists, 1 x 25
    seated straight arm dips, 60 x 2 x 25
    external and internal rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm

    seated narrow grip row, 100 x 2 x 10
    alternating hammers, 17.5 x 2 x 30
    handstand isometric, 1 x 1:00, 1 x 1:30
    straight arm plank w/feet on yoga ball, 2 x 1:30
    med ball slams, 3 x 10
    isometric at extreme angle for tricep/bicep w/10 lb DBs, 2 x 1:30
    elevated push ups, 3 x 15
    pole vault twist w/45 lb bar, 3 x 15

    russian twist on incline bench w/25 lb plate, 3 x 25
    total ab machine, 100 x 2 x 25
    hip pulse ups on bench, 2 x 15
    dead bugs on bosu, 2 x 25
    good morning darlings on bosu, 2 x 25
    back extensions w/25 lb plate, 1 x 15 (forgot other set)


    Some Other Exercises:

    Scorpion Lunge:

    Here's an interesting twist on a standard lunge/squat. I think one needs knees of steel for this.

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBA2PPo-oWc"]YouTube- USA Scorpion Lunge Unique New Lunge Variation[/nomedia].


    Side Plank Thrust:

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFwVeE1rDQY&feature=related"]YouTube- Bodyweight Exercise for the Core — CST Side Plank Thrust[/nomedia].


    alternating lunge jump:

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlHAtKNMtNk&feature=related"]YouTube- Bodyweight Exercise Lunge Jump For Legs of Steel[/nomedia].

    This is a good one. I haven't done it in awhile.



    Articles:

    P90X on Nutrition:

    http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?to...id=96636486820

    Making Swimming More Popular?

    http://www.theathletevillage.com/blo...-will-definite

    High intensity training:[/B]

    http://www.bodyweightcoach.com/03/in...sity-workouts/


    Commentary:

    I haven't been sleeping well lately, so I was pretty groggy this am. Felt better after working out. And I think I'll feel much better after my massage at 2:00 pm tomorrow afternoon! I hope something can be done about my sore calves. I'm a mess right now. lol. And in keeping with my klutzy nature, I tripped on the stairs last night and have a huge bruise on my shin. And a glass plate fell out of an overhead cupboard and gashed my forehead. And I was just recovering from the kneecap incident. Sheesh!

    Updated April 5th, 2010 at 10:27 PM by The Fortress

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  17. Zombie Grog: Radical Cure

    by , April 5th, 2010 at 05:14 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Easter Sunday, I woke up at 10 a.m., having gone to sleep the previous midnight. I fought my way out of the bag of profound grogginess that separates my sort of nights from my sort of days, grabbed a 100 mg Provigil tablet http://www.provigil.com/ , carefully negotiated the downstairs steps, set to brew my typical 8 cups of coffee (which actually translates into 3 nice sized mugs), fed the dogs, fed myself, read the paper, and waited for the caffeine-and-Provigil one-two kick to stir me to the 78 percent full consciousness which has become for me as close as I ever come these days to full consciousness.

    By 11 a.m., the kick showed no signs of arrival. I had been awake for exactly one hour. I made my way to the couch. I lay down. I fell back to sleep. I woke up at 1:30 p.m., so stuporously groggy I was not sure if I was a sentient beast at all.

    By 2:30, I was at my dear sister's house for an Easter feast of lamb and ham.

    By 5:00, I was not only profoundly groggy again but as fat as I have been in years. I felt like one of those humongous sluggish flies that somehow resurrect themselves each spring in the space between your regular window and the storm window.

    When one of these fatted springtime flies escapes inside your house, they buzz around in a sluggish, fat, droning, salute to all that is disgusting in the world today.

    You can swat them easily, but you have learned not to, because they are just flying, meandering daubs of revolting goo that you want absolutely no trace of on your livingroom walls, or kitchen table, or baby's crib, or wherever else such creatures choose to take a momentary rest where the swatting process becomes child's play.

    This is what I felt like, a revolting daub of goo that no one dares to swat and put out of our respective miseries, for fear of the permanent stain such mercy killing would leave.

    The major difference between me and such a fly is that the latter has enough energy to fly, at least now and then.

    I have only barely enough energy to alight on the baby's pristine crib, perhaps upon its little satin pillow, daring the angry parents to swat me while I take my next in an endless series of disgusting naps!

    Last night, I did what human flies of my sort often do when plagued by a symptom as intractable and life-ruining as my persistent grogginess: I Googled it.

    I shall not bore you with all the info I found on E.D.S., or excessive daytime sleepiness, but here is a brief excerpt of some of the stuff that seems to characterize my problem:

    Excessive Daytime Sleepiness. As with the sleepiness of other sleep disorders, the EDS of narcolepsy presents with an increased propensity to fall asleep, nod or doze easily in relaxed or sedentary situations, or a need to exert extra effort to avoid sleeping in these situations. Additionally, irresistible or overwhelming urges to sleep commonly occur from time to time during wakeful periods in the untreated patient with narcolepsy. These so-called "sleep attacks" are not instantaneous lapses into sleep, as is often thought by the general public, but represent the episodes of profound sleepiness experienced by those with marked sleep deprivation or other severe sleep disorders. Epworth Sleepiness Scale scores of ≥15 are common in untreated patients.[5,6] In addition to frank sleepiness, the excessive daytime sleepiness of narcolepsy, as in other sleep disorders, can cause related symptoms including poor memory, reduced concentration or attention, and irritability.

    and

    Sleep Paralysis. Sleep paralysis is the inability to move, lasting from a few seconds to minutes, during the transition from sleep to wakefulness or from wakefulness to sleep. Episodes of sleep paralysis may alarm patients, particularly those who experience the sensation of being unable to breathe. Although accessory respiratory muscles may not be active during these episodes, diaphragmatic activity continues and air exchange remains adequate.

    Readers of my vlog over the years will recall that I am no stranger to excessive daytime sleepiness, that I have posted my depressing Epworth Scores in the past, and have tried various measures to cure myself of the affliction.

    I am seriously thinking this time of going to a doctor, getting a sleep study done in some basement chamber someplace, then trying to figure out the intersection of the curves of my remaining lifespan and the most unsavory symptoms of progressive meth addiction. I am thinking that if I start off with a very, very low dose of meth, and be extremely cautious in how much I escalate it, it will be hard for anyone but a forensic pathologist to tell if my before and after pictures were caused by meth or just the natural rotting process of an old man.




    Okay. So anyhoo, last night I decided I can no longer live this way.

    Sleep walking through my sort of life has been nice at times, but for the most part, it's kind of a drag.

    I decided to try the following strategy:


    1. stop taking anything that can possibly make me sleepy. Ambien (actually, generic zolpidem, same difference) and Nyquil are two substances whose entire raison d'etre is the inducement of somnolence. I quit both last night cold turkey. The result: I slept fitfully from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m., then fell back asleep till 9 a.m.
    2. be a harsh taskmaster when it comes to surrendering to grogginess. if the urge to nod off or nap becomes overwhelming, i will slap myself as hard as I can until the urge passes. if the urge doesn't pass, I will continue the slapping. it is very difficult to fall asleep mid-vicious self-slap. try it.
    3. take provigil religiously and drink coffee the way college girls drink Evian (Naive spelled backwards.) So far today, I have had my standard 8 cups this morning, and another 5 just a few minutes ago. I am sleepy, but the combination of Provigal, 13 cups of coffee, and facial slaps has thus far kept me awake.
    4. if i am on the verge of cataplexy, force myself on a death march. Again, difficult to fall asleep when you are walking. Perhaps walk along boulevards where speeding cars and 18-wheelers piloted by truck drivers no doubt as sleepy as I am might add to the stimulation.
    5. Possibly pull an all nighter tonight. I think my body is used to being sleep-coddled. If I can stay up for, say, 48 hours straight, then slowly reintroduce sleep on a more reasonable basis, perhaps I can teach my babyish body it does not need to be wrapped up in its sleep nut quite so much of each day.
    6. generally speaking, sum up all of the above with the following, easier-to-remember-when-passing-out-from-grogginess motto: Be hard on your weak self. Unbelievably hard. Ruthlessly punish all natural desire to sleep.
    7. It is conceivable there is some occult reason for my sleepiness that might be better remedied by seeing a doctor who knows what he or she is doing. Leave open the option to consult with one of these if the self-punishment route proves--after a reasonable trial of several years--less than effective.
    8. Sleep apnea is one common, perhaps even the most common, cause of male E.D.S. I have thought about performing a tracheotomy on myself to see if bypassing the potential nocturnal collapse of my soft palate and layrngeal membranes might restores a certain vigor to my zombie/half-dead fly existence. Perhaps it would be best to have a doctor do this, too.
    9. I shall keep you posted. Oh, how I crave to nod off right now.
    10. Slap! Slap-slap! Slap-slap-slappity-slappity-slap-SLAP!




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  18. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -04/06/10

    by , April 5th, 2010 at 02:41 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    3 X 200 3:20
    2 X 150 2:20

    1 X 150 swim 2:30
    1 X 100 kick
    Five times through.
    Use fins if available.

    6 X 50 1:10
    Choice. Descend 1-3/4-6

    6 X 25
    odd: build to race finish
    even: blocks, sprint 20

    1 X 125 easy

    RACE PACE SWIM
    1 X 100 From the bolocks

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    3000Y
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  19. More fun with graphs

    This morning I did a scy workout with the Asphalt Green masters. Craig coached, and the workout seemed to go by incredibly fast—I was really surprised at the end that 1˝ hours had already flown by! Here’s what we did:

    800 scy warmup

    7 x 150 S/K/S

    10 x 50 (25 dolphin kick on side, 25 fast FL, 1st 4 strokes w/ no breath) @ 1:10 [this was a fin set, but I went barefoot]

    200 FL, doing 1 dolphin kick off 1st wall, 2 off 2nd wall, etc. up to 8 off 8th wall [ditto, I’ll have to remember to pack my fins when I swim here because we seem to use them a lot!]

    100 fast IM [went 1:16]
    200 easy FR
    150 fast IM [?]
    300 easy FR
    200 fast IM [2:46]
    400 easy FR
    [This entire set was on 1:45 pace per 100, both IMs and easy FRs.]

    200 WD

    I felt really good at the end of this—I would have happily stayed in and swum more. Getting lots of rest between fast swims is an excellent thing.

    So far this season I’ve swum 13 scy events. Here are my season-best times for each stroke (in ascending distance order):

    FR: 27.25 / 59.56 / 2:17.58 / 6:11.42
    BK: 31.62 / 1.11.21
    BR: 35.52 / 1:19.74
    FL: 30.08 / 1:11.51
    IM: 1:09.54 / 2:37.49 / 5:33.43

    I rated all these swims with Chris Stevenson’s ratings calculator, and graphed the results. Here’s what I came up with:



    Just like my SCM graph, as the distance goes up, the ratings go down—the 2IM is the only anomaly. I have a chance to fix that this coming Sunday—I need to go under 2:35.92 to get that rating above my 4IM’s 84.1. (Making my graph prettier will be extra motivation!) I’ll also see if I can’t get my backstroke line to resemble my freestyle line more closely—I think it’s reasonable to expect a similar amount of dropoff from the 50 to 100 in those two strokes.

    If I had infinite opportunities to post times, I’d swim all the 200 strokes, if only for the sake of a more complete data set and a niftier graph. I don’t feel the need to swim the 1000 and 1650, though—I already know exactly how the FR line would look with those events added.

    Updated April 12th, 2010 at 02:45 AM by swimsuit addict (fixed graph back)

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  20. Mon Apr 5th 2010

    by , April 5th, 2010 at 11:19 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Apr 5th 2010

    did not swim or lift on easter
    Lifted this morning

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    South Central ZONES PSYCH SHEET


    4 Days till the 2010 South Central SCY Zone Championships. I'm resting and getting ready to race but will lift through it

    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    scy, main pool
    whitney coached
    6:30 to 8:00
    swam with Mike
    beside Nate, Max, tyler, & todd
    wore briefs

    Warm Up:

    3 x (400 something, 4 x 25)
    missed the first 400
    kicked a 200 in 2:36

    MAIN SET

    10 x 50 on 1:00
    2 rounds of
    1) 60%, 2) 70%, 3) 80%, 4) 90% 5) 25 race pace 25 easy

    10 x 50 on 1:00
    1 - 5 25 fast kick 25 easy
    6 - 10 25 underwater 25 easy


    2010 MEETS:


    April 9 -11 The Woodlands, TX Countdown
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    INFO


    FRI
    02 1650 yard Freestyle 17:55.99

    SAT
    04 400 yard Individual Medley NT
    06 50 yard Butterfly NT
    08 200 yard Freestyle 1:51.99
    12 100 yard Backstroke 54.9
    Relay/s

    SUN
    28 100 yard Individual Medley 54.99
    32 200 yard Backstroke 2:29.99
    34 100 yard Butterfly 52.99
    40 200 yard Individual Medley NT
    Relay/s

    SOUTH CENTRAL Zones MENS SCY RECORDS




    May 20 - 23, 2010 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech Aquatic Center COUNTDOWN
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
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