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  1. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -04/19/10

    by , April 13th, 2010 at 02:18 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    WARM UP:
    3 X 150 2:30
    5 X 100 1:30

    6 X 50 kick 1:15

    8 X 100 2:00
    50 stroke/50 free

    1 X 400 free 6:00
    1 X 300 IM 5:30
    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    Twice through.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4050Y
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  2. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -04/16/10

    by , April 13th, 2010 at 02:15 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    WARM UP:
    2 X 150 2:30
    2 X 200 3:00

    1 X 800 pull
    Descend by 200's

    1 X 400 free 6:00
    4 X 100 free 1:30 1:25
    Twice through round 1 left, round 2 right on 100's

    1 X 400 IM 7:15
    1 X 300 IM 5:30
    1 X 200 IM -

    1 X 300 kick
    50 moderate/50 fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4500Y
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  3. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -04/15/10

    by , April 13th, 2010 at 02:10 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    Any meet swimmers who are working out this morning should swim easy until you feel loose. Do a couple of sprints and starts if you wish and warm down.

    SCY

    WARM UP:
    3 X 150 2:30
    2 X 250 3:45

    10 X 100 2:15
    50 kick/50 swim

    2 X 400 6:00
    2 X 300 4:30
    2 X 200 3:00
    Second swim faster on each distance.

    2 X [6 X 50 1:15
    Two each fly, back, breast
    Break between rounds.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4550Y
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  4. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -04/14/10

    by , April 13th, 2010 at 02:05 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    Off to Y Nationals tomorrow, I am going to go ahead and post the workouts through Monday April 19.

    SCY

    WARM UP:
    3 X 200 3:20
    2 X 100 1:40

    1 X 250
    Fins optional

    2 X [3 X 100 2:00
    #1 moderate
    #2 build
    #3 50 moderate/50 fast
    Choice

    1 X 75 easy

    4 X Dive-Turn-Finish

    50 easy
    50 blocks
    75 easy

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    2000 approx Y
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  5. Tue Apr 13th 2010

    by , April 13th, 2010 at 11:38 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue Apr 13th 2010

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    Nats in 5 weeks & 3 Days or
    37 DAYS away


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    scy main pool
    whitney coached
    6:30 to 8:00
    dove in on time
    swam with Mary, Desiree, & Jon
    beside Nate, Tyler, Todd, Marcio, Mike, Michael Lovato, Tenielle, Amanda,

    wore B70 legs

    Warm Up:
    did around 1,000 easy

    assigned: 2 rounds of 15 x 150's on around 2:00, with a break between sets, do
    5 100 fr 50 fl,
    4 100 fr 50 bk
    3 100 fr 50 br
    2 100 fr 50 fr
    1 150 fr with the fewest breaths
    DID:
    Round 1
    15 x (50 fr easy 50 skip, 50 stroke)
    Round 2:
    12 x 100 k on 2:00
    went 1:10 - 1:12 on fl, did some breast
    then got out, thought about doing one fast for time but relaxed instead


    2010 MEETS:

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

    Updated April 13th, 2010 at 03:51 PM by ande

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  6. Changing Course, April 12

    by , April 12th, 2010 at 10:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/Solo/SCY:

    Just did an easy recovery workout today, as planned after the weekend's hard workouts.

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Main Set:

    8 x (3 x 50) @ 1:15

    #1 = 25 (brain fart -- can't remember what I did here) + 25 front scull

    #2 =
    odds = chest press fly
    evens = russian breast drill

    #3 =
    odds = 25 shooter on right side + 25 scull on back
    evens = 25 shooter on left side + 25 caterpillar fly drill

    100 EZ

    Total: 2000

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Commentary:

    Tapering Now:

    I am changing course. I have been mulling over my plans for tapering for Zones/Nats. Previously, I had very grudgingly thought that I would just rest 3-5 days for Zones and "train through" the meet. This conventional approach has not sat well with me -- I usually rest to some degree for every meet and I have never trained through a major meet. The very concept of "training through" is foreign. And I am neither a middle distance swimmer nor an age grouper, the type that could easily train through a meet. I am an idiosyncratic drop dead sprinter who trains pretty intensely (especially drylands), more intensely than most of my ilk I would hazard to guess. And, at the moment, I'm pretty tired and sore from training.

    With this miasma floating through my extra hyper brain, I consulted a coach I trust. The paraphrased advice: "Rest all I want for Zones! And keep resting for Nats. Don't do weights right before Zones. Train and rest like a sprinter. You won't get out of shape. Why race with tired arms and legs?!" I am going to take this advice and embark on my 5 and 1/2 week "taper." I will focus on speed, racing, stretching and resting. I've done quite a bit of strength and hard speed work lately now it's time to put it to fruition.

    Week by week plan:

    First 3 week segment:

    4/12: continue speed work (2 workouts w/Speedo this week on Tues & Thurs), drop drylands, do hot yoga on Sunday

    4/19: do a little speed work and rest, no drylands, sleep a lot (Zones on 4/24-4/25)

    Note: I only consider this a semi-rest for Zones, not a taper. For me, a real taper involves at least 3 weeks b/c resting the ravaged legs is such a time consuming endeavor. As such, I don't expect to do any PBs at Zones. Except maybe in the 100 evil. I can't let Stud get to cocky.

    4/26: 1/2 week of easier aerobic work, upping the yardage, but keeping heart rate low (done with all hard aerobic work after all), 1/2 week of speed, dryland + weights


    Next 3 week segment to prep for Nats:

    I am basically going to follow the taper I did for NE Champs, which seemed to work well. I need to print it out.

    5/3: easy aerobic/recovery work, speed work, upper body weights, yoga, core, no leg work

    5/10: reduce speed work somewhat (lots of fat 25s) and reduce yardage, lots of easy swimming and drilling. sleep a lot, no drylands except very light yoga and strtetching

    5/17: meet warm up every day.* sleep a lot

    This is a Wally Dick's tip. I sometimes do more than a meet warm up. I'm going to try not to. Wally does very long 4-5 week tapers as well.


    Mike Bottom on Sprinters:

    This plan seems to jive pretty well with Mike Bottoms thoughts on tapering sprinters.

    http://www.active.com/swimming/Artic...ers.htm?page=2.

    I think I hit most traits of swimmers who need more rest -- except I'm not a hairy beast like Wookie and Stud.

    Those are:

    personality: hyper, high strung, energetic
    old
    old & train hard
    good base of intense training
    muscle mass
    low body fat
    stress in life


    In reality, I've done this sort of taper before. I must have done it with Zones & Austin in 2008 b/c I recall resting for Zones. And I did a version of this this summer when I rested 10 days for the aborted LZR blow out meet in late June and then rested 3 weeks for Nats. It seems the more intensely I train, the more rest my darn legs need. And, sheesh, I'm only doing a few more yards than Jazz Hands at Nats!

    Because I dislike tapering and enjoy training, I am consoling myself with the fact that I am going to take most of the summer to play and train however I want and not worry about meets unduly. I might do only one LC meet, if I'm in town for it.

    In that regard, I am also going to wait on starting TRX training until after Nats. And I won't be sprinting with paddles. Basic Ande 101: don't do new or stupid stuff before your big meet.

    Whew, glad I got all that off my chest ... And now I can stress about the really important stuff -- like what to concoct for my daughter to wear as Artemis for Ancient Civilization Day and how I can be in two places at once several times this week and keeping my red tresses red to match my suit.

    Updated April 12th, 2010 at 10:39 PM by The Fortress

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  7. Short Swim Bonanza! 4/12/10

    by , April 12th, 2010 at 06:32 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well I jumped into the pool today it had to be 84 or 85.. Oh...My..God! Too hot...
    Anyway I had written out 4000 yards or short swims with some emphasis on fast bursts of speed...it went...wait for it...thusly!

    Warm up
    200 Kick
    200 Pull
    200 Swim

    Set 1
    10 x 100 FR 2:00 1,3,6,8 1st 25 HD. 2,4,7,9 4th 25HD, 5 & 10 1st and 4th 25 HD. Held these all 1:20-1:25
    4 x 50 EZ

    Set 2 Fins
    10 x 75 as:
    25 pull Moderate
    25 Kick moderate
    :10 RI
    25 AFAP
    I had put these down at 1:20 interval but without my glasses I guessed and did them all on 1:15.
    4 x 50 EZ

    Set 3

    20 x 50 1:00 1-4 DESC 5 EZ 4 times through...this was tough after the swimming,and my arms and shoulders were tired. Managed to get some sub :35s on the last descend though.

    Cool Down

    250 EZ

    I would love to do this workout again with a training partner to push the descend...

    As usual I finished with a 45 minute weight session and a muscle milk...

    Updated April 12th, 2010 at 07:23 PM by SwimStud

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  8. It's all about speed now

    by , April 12th, 2010 at 06:01 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    A friend pointed out that there is just 37 days left until Nationals and that it is time to get very event-specific. She's got that right! In looking over my training, I can see that I have not worked on speed enough lately. Time to get to it!

    Today, I did a workout of 2700 yards using the fins most of the time. I'm a little pressed for time, so I'm not going to put the whole workout down. One of the sets was 4 rounds of 3 x 75 on 1:15 with fins. With each round, I mixed up the order of the 75s, doing a 75 fly, 75 free, and 75 dolphin kick on back each time. Really tried to work the walls. SCY is about the walls and LC is about the swimming. I stink with the walls, so this is my chance to work them.

    I like swimming solo on this type of stuff because I can really focus and I don't have to worry about hitting somebody coming off the wall. I think swimming solo will really allow me to work on some quality stuff.

    Updated April 12th, 2010 at 07:39 PM by elise526

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  9. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -04/13/10

    by , April 12th, 2010 at 03:28 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    WARM UP:
    3 X 250 4:00

    1 X 300
    Fins optional

    9 X 50 1:20
    #3-6-9 are fast.
    All others perfect stroke.

    4 X dive-turn-finish

    1 X 50 easy
    1 X 50 blocks @ 100%
    1 X 75 easy

    DISTANCE SWIMMERS:
    16 X 50 1:00
    odd: perfect stroke
    even: race pace 100/1650

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    1900/2700Y
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  10. I spent the morning trying to bounce off walls

    This morning I swam the 5:45 workout with AG masters. I was sore in my shoulders and neck, and very tight in my hip flexors after yesterdayís meet, but everything loosened up eventually. Hereís what I did:

    500 scy warmup

    6 x 200 @ 3:00 [I alternated FR/BK by 25s, then by 50s, then by 100s, twice through]

    8 x 50, 1st 25 = stroke chimera (arms/kick = FL/FR, BK/FL, BR/FL, FR/FR, twice through), 2nd 25 = FR, all flutter kicking = fast

    4 x 100 Kick @ 2:00, alternating kicking on belly, side, back, side by 25

    8 x 100 FR @ 1:35, gliding in streamline position off walls as far as possible [I really loved this set. I was all superglidy bliss during itóI spent about half of each length with no stroking or kicking, just enjoying feeling the water around me and listening to all the various underwater noises before surfacing. It was like that wonderful moment of underwater stillness in BR pullouts, only times ten! Plus I finally felt all stretched out by the setís end. I need to remember to do this on my own if Iím feeling tight or stressed.]

    4 x 100 FR @ 1:30 with great underwaters [The idea was to keep the great streamlines off walls, and add underwaters and breakouts. The rest of the swimming was easy, which was good because working underwaters and breakouts really tires me out.]

    200 warmdown

    I entered nationals this morningóIím swimming 400 IM, 50 BR, 200 BK on Friday, and 200 IM, 100 FR, 50 BK on Saturday. Also, I was looking over the meet information printed in the magazine, and noticed that the description of Zoo Atlanta is pretty hilarious.
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  11. Mon Apr 12th 2010

    by , April 12th, 2010 at 01:24 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Apr 12th 2010

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    Had a great time at the 2010 South Central SCY Zone Championships

    LIFTED Weights today

    Nats are 5 weeks & 4 Days away or 39 DAYS

    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    scy diving well
    whitney coached
    6:30 to 8:00
    dove in at 6:50
    swam with Pat Evoe & Mary
    beside Tyler, Todd, Marcio, Doug, Tenielle, Amy & Nate

    wore B70 legs

    Warm Up:
    Missed it

    I dove in & stayed in the lane next to where I normally swim.
    we went on a :40 second per 50 base instead of 35. I've entered a new phase of my training
    focused on Racing, Speed, & Strength
    No to low aerobic or distance training


    MAIN SET
    2 rounds of
    4 x 50 fr on :40 right into
    4 x 100 fr on 1:20 right into
    4 x 150 fr on 2:00 right into
    4 x 200 fr on 2:40 right into
    but in round 2 drop 100, 150 & 200 by 5 sec
    swam long and smooth on all of them but sprinted the last 50 of the last 200

    100 easy

    4 x 25
    odds easy swim on 1:00
    evens SDK fast on :15

    2010 MEETS:

    May 20 - 23, 2010 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech Aquatic Center COUNTDOWN
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Order of Events
  12. Monday, 4/12/10

    by , April 12th, 2010 at 11:47 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    200 swim free
    200 swim backstroke
    200 kick w/board
    200 pull alt. 50 free/50 no free
    swim 4 x 75 on 1:30 build to about 80%
    (did 2 free and 2 back, free around 58, back around 1:03)
    100 easy

    swim 4 x 50 free on 1:20: start at about 90% effort, target time :32
    (went 33-33-33-31)
    100 easy choice on 2:30

    swim 4 x 50 back on 1:20, same as above, target time :38
    (went 38-37-37-36)
    100 easy choice on 2:30

    swim 8 x 25 on :45: odds kick choice (no board); evens fly FAST
    (went Ī16 on fly)
    100 easy choice on 2:30

    kick 4 x 100 on 2:30: build by 25 so the last 25 of each about 95%
    (did 1-2 with board, went 1:45, 1:41; did 3-4 on back went 1:54, 1:50)

    kick 2 x 25 on 1:00 all out
    (went 19Ī on both)

    200 swim down choice

    Total: 2750 yards


    Went to the pool after work and swam a long aerobic workout with Carrie.

    One from her high school days called the Baskin-Robbins.

    500 yards swim/drill/kick warmup

    31 x 100 on 1:30

    200 yards easy swim & kick to cool

    3800 yards

    Total for day: 6550 yards

    Updated April 13th, 2010 at 02:17 PM by poolraat

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  13. Sunday's recovery workout

    Killed myself on Thursday with a tough training appointment and then an hour on the reformer. Decided to take Friday off and did not have time to workout on Saturday. Still did a recovery workout yesterday as the next few days promise to kick my butt...

    1000 warm-up (2 x 200 free, 200 pull, 4 x 50 kick, 4 x 25 build, 100 ez)

    4 x 100 fr @ 1:30
    4 x 75 1&2 back with paddles 3&4 breast kick
    4 x 50 (1-3 fly drill on 1:00, #4 fl swim)
    4 x 25 fast IM order 1:00

    C/D was 4 x (4 x 25) ALL EZ round 1 - bk; round 2 - breast; round 3 - fly; round 4 (straight 100 free)
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  14. The sunburn still hurts but....Distance...

    by , April 12th, 2010 at 07:32 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Life goes on and we work out hard. Kicking it up a notch. Sunday I did some bicep and tricep work and today was a Distance was the name of the game. After my lame attempt at a 1650 this weekend in bathwater were I was off by over a minute and a half I figured I would try again this morning of sorts.

    This was a workout from last week that Kris Houchens had, I just modified it a bit.

    400@8:00 Free
    3x100@2:00 Free Drill
    6x[50@:50 Free
    ....[50@1:00 Back
    4x100@1:45 kick w/fins middle 50 with no board
    50 Free EASY
    broken 1650 w/paddles & bouy holding pace of 1:18 as
    1x100@1:45
    2x100@1:40
    3x100@1:35
    4x100@1:30
    3x100@1:25
    2x100@1:20
    1x100@1:15 went 1:17 here
    1x50 sprint
    400 Free easy
    200 Free Drill easy

    Total 4000 yards
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  15. First Pull Set Ever! April 11

    by , April 11th, 2010 at 10:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I have now found through repeat experience that going to dinner & drinks with friends on Saturday night is not conducive to me making it to my Sunday am team practice. I'm up too late and the desire to sleep in is too great. So I ventured out on my own after lunch. I stole and modified two Geek sets that I've done before and like (#1 & #3 below).

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    10 x 25 shooters on back

    50 EZ

    Speed Set #1:

    5 rounds of:

    4 x 25 fast @ :45
    50 EZ

    odds = flutter kick w/board
    (fast was purely perceived effort not time on these so much)

    evens = evil pull w/buoy

    50 EZ

    Aerobic Pull Set:

    In my 5 years as a masters swimmer, I have never once done a pull set with paddles. (I've never even touched a pull buoy until I started doing power breast pulls). But my legs have been sore from drylands, so I decided to give it a whirl. Didn't seem to bother the shoulders too much, which seem stronger lately from drylands. Couldn't use a pull buoy on these though. Tried a 50 and felt like I was going backward. This interval was super easy w/paddles and I was just cruising it. Now I know why so many like them!

    10 x 100 @ 1:30 w/paddles

    odds = free
    evens = back

    50 EZ

    Speed Set #2:

    1 round of:

    1 x 50 fast @ 1:00
    1 x 100 EZ
    2 x 50 fast @ 1:00
    1 x 100 EZ
    4 x 50 fast @ 1:15
    1 x 100 EZ

    I did the fast ones evil with a monofin. Went 30, 29, 30, 30, 30, 29, 29.

    Total: 3500


    Hot Yoga, 90 minutes:

    Ate a recovery bar and hopped right in the car to drive to bikram yoga. I have this perception that yoga post swimming prevents some tightening. And I had my best standing/balancing session yet. We had my fav teacher (so far), Insel. He's very good at encouraging people and helping rather than giving carping critical instructions.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Commentary:

    Feeling pretty beat and tired tonight. Will definitely plan just a slow recovery swim for tomorrow. I feel in good shape now, but my biggest issue at the moment is being so dinged up. I've had 3 nasty falls in 2 weeks, proving I should just avoid land. First, I feel face forward landing on my kneecaps and forearms (which are still sore). Last week, which I didn't blog feeling rather idiot-like, I slipped on a flight of stairs in my compression socks (doh!) and landed on my ass and the right side of my back. Huge bruises. Tonight, while hopping into the shower after yoga, I slipped and landed with my forearm at a 90 degree angle to a stainless steel soap dish, slicing and bruising my forearm. I contemplated whether to get a stitch, but decided not too. But it scared the living sh*t out of me. Hopefully, this will all heal in a couple weeks and I can avoid other slip and falls. Sheesh!

    Does this happen to anyone pre-race?

    http://www.active.com/cycling/Articl...tm_medium=feed


    Weekly Totals:

    4x swim (with a lot of speed work), 12,000
    4x dryland (hammered this)
    bikram yoga, 2x
    rest day, 1x

    Under Elise's training methodology, I'm scheduled for a "de-loading" week the week before Zones. So I think I will rest 3-5 days. Or perhaps just rest the legs 5 days.

    Updated April 11th, 2010 at 11:06 PM by The Fortress

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  16. 2010 south central SCY zones at the Woodlands TX

    by , April 11th, 2010 at 09:45 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    2010 south central SCY zones at the Woodlands TX
    It was great to see friends and had a great time at the meet, thanks to Suzanne Devore for being such a wonderful host at the dinner at her place on Sat Night

    had a good meet broke zone records in each individual event I swam but the 1650, our medley relay broke the 45 + mens record, our 400 fr relay can close to the NR but it ws the last event of the meet and we were tired

    FRI

    1650 fr
    17:50
    got 2nd to bobby patten who went 16:54
    he started out really fast
    i just tried to stay steady
    I'll post full results when I can copy and paste them from online results

    SAT

    400 IM 4:22.70
    59.93 27.4 32.46
    68.04 33.99 34.05 2:07.97
    75.06 37.20 38.06 3:23.03
    59.67 31.5 28.0
    this is my best ever 200 IM as a masters swimmer, last year I played around & went 4:31. Still was too conservative on bk & the first 50 of fr

    50 fl 23.88
    this came up right after the IM, so pretty good
    I was considering scratching it & glad I swam it

    200 fr 1:50.1
    54.8 55.3
    wanted to break Larry's 1:51.3 zone record
    this event came right after the 50 fl but the meet was large so I had plenty of heats to rest

    100 bk 54.4
    26.7 27.7
    OK swim, broke the zone record
    good for my 4th swim of the day

    400 medley relay
    3:38.41 broke NR
    bk 55.65 nathan breazeale
    br 59.97 david guthrie
    fl 52.60 me 24.05 28.55 not real snappy 5th swim of the day
    fr 49.26 max stinchcomb


    Sunday

    100 IM 54.4
    24.65 29.76
    pretty good race, need to finish stronger

    200 bk skipped to rest for 200 IM

    100 fl skipped to rest for 200 IM

    200 IM 2:00.57
    27.04
    32.06 59.10
    34.11
    27.36 61.47
    this is the least amount of diff I've ever had between 1st & 2nd 100's in an IM, it's a fun way to swim it
    went 2:02 in orlando


    4 x 100 fr relay
    3:19.30 jon max nate & me
    split 48.6 22.8 25.8
    didn't have much rest after IM, 50 bk & 3 heats of 400 relays

    Results will be on the
    Meet page
    but they aren't up yet

    Updated April 12th, 2010 at 11:29 AM by ande

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  17. Meet Report and New Graph

    Today I swam a scy meet sponsored by the NYC Parks Department at the beautiful swimming pool/ice rink in Queens. This is a newish pool, built when NYC was pursuing the 2012 Olympic bid (it would have been the water polo facility had we won). It is a cheerful place to swim, with lots of glass windows looking out on the surrounding park. Todayís meet was a lot of fun, and was probably the best attended local meet of the season.

    One of the cool things about the Parks Department sponsoring this meet is that there are no entry fees. Another is that it always kicks off with the ďCommissionerís Trophy Relay,Ē which is a 200 FR relay open to any teams of 2 men and 2 women whose combined ages equal at least 160. Itís not an official masters event, times from it are not submitted for top 10, and you are allowed to mix and match teams without regard for USMS affiliation, which often makes for some spirited last-minute scrambling. Today was the 26th annual running of the relay. I swam the event with some TNYA teammates, and we ended up winning in 1:43-high. It would have been a great race with the 2nd-place team (1:44-low), had we not been in different heats.

    The second part of the whole relay deal is the trophy presentation. Every year, they stop the entire meet partway through for a grand ceremony. Last yearís featured the familiar NBC Olymipic theme song on tape and podiums that required steps to climb. This year there was no music or podiums, but all the familiar loot was there. The top six teams all get commemorative t-shirts, along with huge trophies much too big for any event not involving children. (A kind teammate who had driven to the meet ferried most of our teamís haul back to the city, so I didnít have spend my subway ride back to the city holding the ginormous swimming award.) All the teams are also required to pose for official photographs. All that for swimming a 50 free!

    Anyway, that was the relay. (I swam a 26.8 split according to the guy hand-timing our heat. I'm not sure if I'll get an official split as the timing system was being balky). Here are the results from the rest of my swims in the meet proper:

    200 IM: 2:32.56 (33.27, 38.31, 45.19, 35.79)
    This is definitely an improvement over my previous season best of 3:37.5. I didnít feel it was a terribly well swum race. I wanted to approach this more aggressively, but probably went overboard. I took out my fly too hard, didnít breathe enough, and was definitely feeling it on the BR and FR legs. All told, Iím surprised my time wasnít worse considering how bad I felt on the last half of this race. This time is a bit off last yearís best of 2:31.16, but Iíll have another crack at swimming it at nats.

    100 BK: 1:08.74 (33.56, 35.18)
    I was pleased with this time. Last week I swam a 1:11.2 at the time trials, and felt like I took out that race too timidly (35.35, 35.86). My goal going into this race was to swim the first half more aggressively, and I did. I went out 1.8 seconds faster, and was able to bring it home quicker as well. I did mess up 2 of my turns. They announced after warmup that the backstroke flags were a few inches off, but I hadnít noticed any difference in the IM. On this race, though, I was way far from the wall on the 1st turn, so then decided that I would take an extra stroke going into the 3rd turn. That was a mistake, as I really scary close to the wall. This time is about half a second off last seasonís best.

    100 IM: 1:09.43 (32.46, 36.97)
    This was a season best time by a tenth. It was an ok raceó100 IMs are always fun. (So today BK beat IM. BK is on a roll--last week it beat FL.)

    50 BR: 36.01
    The last time I swam this, my turnover felt sluggish; today it felt rushed. I definitely want to work on my sprint breaststroke rhythm some more before nationals, in hopes of making it just right.

    That was it for my swimming. It was great seeing all the usual Masters swimming suspects all together today, and there were some sparkling swims. John Craig broke a national record in the 200 FL (2:04-high), so I was really happy for him. I felt really relaxed at this meet and spent a lot of time visiting with swim buddies past and present.

    Hereís my revised list of season best times and the graph of this seasonís swim ratings:

    FR: 27.25 / 59.56 / 2:17.58 / 6:11.42
    BK: 31.62 / 1:08.74
    BR: 35.52 / 1:19.74
    FL: 30.08 / 1:11.51
    IM: 1:09.43 / 2:32.56 / 5:33.43

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  18. Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 4/12/10

    by , April 11th, 2010 at 09:56 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:00
    2 X 100 1:40

    1 X 400
    Broken :10 @ 200
    Fins optional

    4 X 50 kick 1:15

    4 X 75 1:20
    50 perfect stroke/25 fast

    4 X Dive-turn-finish

    You pick:
    SPRINT/MIDDLE DISTANCE:
    10 X 50 1:20
    odd: perfect stroke/easy
    even: descend 2-4-6-8-10 to race pace

    DISTANCE:
    18 X 50 1:00
    odd: perfect stroke/easy
    even: race pace 1000/1650

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 EASY 1:00

    2450/2850Y
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  19. A nice sunny day at the meet

    by , April 10th, 2010 at 06:27 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Not overly fast today but I did not expect to be with my change of training this past week.

    It was cool outside with the wind blowing, even with being covered up I managed a good sunburn. The pool was soooo hot. Every time I dove in I thought bath water.

    Swam 4 unimpressive races but had fun hanging out with my firends. Swam the 1650 Free, 100 Back, 50 Free, and 500 Free. Followed up with a relay at the end.

    Total 3800 yards
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  20. Sprinty Saturday 4/10/10

    by , April 10th, 2010 at 05:58 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    So I decided to get in a weekly sprint day when I have time to take long rests.

    Warm Up
    600 various kick, swim, pull

    100 for time off blocks jammer...I went out in a :29 but the timer screwed up the timing. Nothing worse than swimming a 100 for time to hear: "I don't know if I did it right..." when you get done. I'll get a coach to do it on Monday or Wed with me--ugh!

    4 x 50 EZ

    Rich Abrams Set
    All Free with drag suit...
    50 hard 1:00 I got low 30's on first 2 of these
    25 hard :30 :15 or less
    25 Hard Kick :30 :22 or thereabouts
    200 EZ
    Repeat on 10:00 I did 4 reps...I enjoyed it.

    Cool Down

    400 various swim and kick...

    Felt good.
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