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  1. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 09/10/2015

    by , September 9th, 2015 at 11:46 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 250 4:00 3:45
    1 X 100 1:45 1:30
    6 X 50 1:00 :50
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right

    1 X 100 kick 2:15
    8 X 50 kick 1:05
    1 X 100 swim

    1 X 200 IM 3:30
    1 X 100 free 2:00
    1 X 100 IM 1:45
    1 X 100 free 2:00
    Three rounds.
    Descend both IM's 1-3 by round

    1 X 200 3:00 3:00 3:00
    4 X 50 :45 :40 :35
    Three rounds. Round 1 left, 2 middle, 3 right

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  2. Week 154 - Wednesday

    by , September 9th, 2015 at 10:05 AM (After a long rest)
    I had another long day yesterday but it was a good day. I had some small successes at work which was nice and then u ad fun coaching my kids group. I am really enjoying the coaching and finally I am getting most of the kids names. My back seemed to release yesterday and I slept much better last night. I still felt bad in the pool but had a good workout with a great set of race pace 50s. My wife says I have an insanely high pain tolerance unless I am sick and then apparently I am a big baby. I think it's a guy thing!

    warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    main sets
    4x100 kick on 1:45
    50 easy
    16x50 on 1min at 200 race pace
    50 easy
    4x(200 stroke on 3:30, 2x50 streamline kick with snorkel on 1min)

    warm down
    100 easy

    On the kick I was holding 1:20 and I felt winded on this set. I was able to hold :26s on the 50s which for me was a great set. I was especially pleased because I felt pretty hideous from #3 but was able to hold it together without my stroke falling apart. The stroke set I swam aerobically and did #1 back, #2 IM, #3 one arm fly and #4 free. The kick I was able to smooth and easy and held :43-45.

    As I write this I am at DFW awaiting a weather delayed flight to Atlanta. Not the best start to a trip but it is what it is. I am nervous about my back and flying and hope my back continues to feel ok. I have not had a bad back while traveling and I hope this is not a first.
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  3. Tue Sep 8

    by , September 8th, 2015 at 09:48 PM (Senior Sprinting)
    Various pullups, push-ups, dips, rows, box jumps


    10x50 on 1:10, HR<120
    50 ez
    50 uw
  4. Workout 09/08/15: evening

    by , September 8th, 2015 at 09:47 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Had a nice swim tonight at Masters, with Greg, MG, and Meg (Matt did his own workout)

    200 swim, 100 kick, 200 pull
    8 x 50 on 1:05 even split
    4 x 125 on 2:20 (I did im)
    300 dps (did 350)
    4 x 75 on 1:40 descend
    200 as 50 kick, 50 pull
    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/2250 yds/60 min)

    I spent the morning resealing cthe driveway, so I'm beat!

    First day back in the pool since it closed two weeks ago
  5. Tuesday, Sept 8

    by , September 8th, 2015 at 03:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitnesss:

    600 various
    100 scull
    10 x 100 w/fins @ :20-:30 rest
    odds = swim
    evens = kick
    100 EZ
    20 x 25 drill
    50 EZ
    8 x 50 DPS free w/paddles @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Total: 2800


    I woke up feeling like death again. Mt. Fort said he was pretty miserable for a week before starting to feel better. I just went to LA Fitness for an easy swim, and am feeling a bit better after.

    I am signed up for the Baierl Y meet this weekend. I highly doubt I'll be feeling 100% by then. But I may just go and swim a couple 25s to get a Y meet in (you need 3 to swim at Y Champs) and see friends. I had planned to go to the Columbus Classic in DC: I hope I can get my training back on track for it. With all the setbacks and issues of the last two years and so little competing, I think I'm developing a bit of a case of fear of failure. I have never really gotten my mojo back since moving ... I suppose the only way to correct that is set low expectations and compete more. Any sports psychology advice is appreciated!

    I am trying to make hotel reservations for Olympic Trials next year. Ouch! The rates are really jacked up and most of them you have to pre-pay fully in advance. It will be expensive viewing indeed. I also need to research places to swim while I'm there.

    Updated September 8th, 2015 at 03:31 PM by The Fortress

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  6. 9|8|15 SCY and drylands on yesterday

    by , September 8th, 2015 at 01:39 PM (Blog)

    Leg Press: 5 sets with 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 plates, 10 reps each except 15 on the last

    DBBP 1 set of 26 reps with 65's

    DB deadlifts kneeling on bench: 3 x 10 x 40's, 45's and 50's resp

    Leg curls: 1 x 14 x 95

    Single arm lat machine: 1 x 20 x 45, 1 x 11 x 90

    Dips with added elastic resistance: 1 x 10 reps

    Tricep ext: 2 x 10 x 44

    Shoulders: 5 sets of 4 different various DB and band exercises

    40 reps on rowing machine doing plank kneebends


    500 warmup fr with snorkel

    20 x 15m fast / 15 easy on 1:00
    • fasts were sprint free (3 were from backstroke start) / easy was various
    • some had flip turns at 15m mark

    5 x 15 easy / 15 easy
  7. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 09/09/2015

    by , September 8th, 2015 at 11:22 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:00
    3 X 100 1:40
    1 X 100 kick 2:30
    1 X 200 3:00
    3 X 100 1:30
    1 x 200 kick 4:30
    1 x 200 3:00
    3 x 100 1:30
    1 X 300 kick --

    4 X 50 descend 1:15 #4 on 1:30
    4 X 25 sprint :40 #4 on 1:00
    Three rounds.
    Round 1 fly, 2 back, 3 breast

    7 X 200 pull 3:00
    1-3: establish good pace
    4-7: descend and negative split

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    Swim Workouts
  8. Week 154 - Tuesday

    by , September 8th, 2015 at 10:40 AM (After a long rest)
    I really hurt my back on Saturday and have been holed up since. I felt a twinge after practice and then at yoga felt worse as the session went on. At the end of Yoga I could hardly walk. I immediately put heat on the lower back to try to loosen it up but it just got worse all day. I have had lower back problems previously but this time its higher than normal and the twinges are pretty intense. We had friends come visit for the weekend and my wife asked me to vacuum the kids play area which I was fine with until she shouted that she had already done one section at which time I jumped and ended up down on my knees in complete agony. Sunday felt a little better and Monday better still. This morning I had a restless night and woke up with the intent of heading to the pool to try to stretch and loosen up rather than doing my normal Tuesday gym workout. At first my back was awful but it did loosen up but turns were a bear.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    10x200 pull on 2:30
    10x50 under/over with fins on 1min

    Warm down
    300 easy

    I felt like I had not swum in a week on the 200s but held 2:05s throughout despite feeling awful. Turns were awful but on the last 2 were a little better. I used the under waters more as a way of stretching than swimming and I felt ok.

    I travel to Atlanta tomorrow for work and hope the back stops twinging before I leave.
    Swim Workouts
  9. Mon Sep 7

    by , September 7th, 2015 at 11:06 PM (Senior Sprinting)
    10x50 bleachers
    10x100yds on field

    10 pullups

    200 warmup
    8 x (25 fast, 25 ez) IMO
    50 ez
    50 no breath
  10. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 09/08/2015

    by , September 7th, 2015 at 12:38 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 300 4:30
    3 X 100 1:40
    4 X 75 1:15
    6 X 50--descend 1-3/4-6-- :50

    1 X 100 kick 2:15
    6 X 75 kick 1:45

    21 X 50 1:00
    Choice--every third @ 100%

    2 X 400 6:00
    2 X 300 4:30
    2 X 200 3:00
    2 X 100 1:30
    Swim second swim of each distance faster--swim or pull.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  11. Kicked when down, Sun-Mon Sept 6-7

    by , September 7th, 2015 at 12:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Not content with my current depressed state, fate sent me another battering that ruined Labor Day weekend. I caught Mr. Fort's cold/bronchitis, and it's a nasty one. Started getting sick on Friday, woke up feeling like death both Saturday and Sunday morning. I took Saturday off and staggered through two workouts yesterday and today. The timing of this illness sucks since I just took a recovery week ...



    rehab ex
    rear delt flys, 75 x 4 x 5
    explosive seated row, 70 x 4 x 5
    explosive leg press, 195 x 4 x 5
    kneeling ab crunch, 160 x 4 x 8
    straight arm seated dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    hip adductor, 120 x 4 x 5
    altitude drops, 3 x 5
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 5
    resisted track start jumps on cable machine, 30 x 1 x 8
    resisted standing broad jumps on cable machine, 20 x 1 x 8
    med ball slams, 2 x 10
    supine streamline flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 100
    torso rotations w/plate, 35 x 2 x 20

    1000 EZ in the pool


    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    I was able to go to the Pitt Labor Day practice as Jen was coaching. It was distance day and they were doing 12 x 200 etc. So I just did my own thing in my own lane. And really could't do much anyway. No energy and the cold water battered my lungs. Did a lot of chatting instead of swimming.

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    2 x (4 x 25 shooters + 50 EZ)

    Main Sets:

    3 rounds
    6 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ
    -- I did one round at 100 pace due to fatigue
    -- extra 50 EZ at end

    4 x 25 backstroke w/ 12 SDKs @ 100 pace
    -- Had planned on doing more but failed right away on #3-4, so quit
    100 EZ

    10 x 50 w/fins
    odds = UW 15m + each length
    evens = EZ

    3 rounds
    2 x 50 free w/Lochte turn @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ

    Total: 2700


    I think I will be sitting on my ass the rest of the day ... Hope everyone else is having a great weekend.

    Updated September 7th, 2015 at 01:10 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  12. Workout 09/06/15: OW

    by , September 6th, 2015 at 10:04 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Searsburg Reservoir:

    This was my first time swimming in here, and the last group swim of the summer. I drove over with Matt and met Greg at the parking area. This is a smaller body of water, the second reservoir of the Deerfield River that pools up for electricity generation. I have a track of the swim noted here:

    On the northeast side of the bowl we found the river spilling in, and to the southeast a white building, where water flows over a spillway and on to another reservoir. Water on the surface was great, around 74f, but just two or three feet below our catch yielded cold water, about ten degrees cooler. Notice that one lonely tree has fallen victim to fall foliage, the only one thus far that I have seen.

    Here is a picture looking east from the parking area:
    Swim Workouts , Open Water
  13. Sun Sep 6

    by , September 6th, 2015 at 05:42 PM (Senior Sprinting)
    10 x 100yd barefoot run on field, 10 push-ups in between
    5 x 340yd (perimeter of field) barefoot jog, 12 sit-ups in between

    5 pullups

    400 ez swim
  14. Blah! 9/5/15

    by , September 6th, 2015 at 03:18 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    Swam a paltry 3000 - water was warm, and no buddies. Plus, my back hurt. Why? Because I'm a lazy butt and spent too much time lolly gagging in bed this morning! When will I ever learn?
  15. Sat Sep 5

    by , September 5th, 2015 at 08:27 PM (Senior Sprinting)
    11 pullups


    200 warmup
    8x12 1/2
    10x50 on 1:15, HR<120

    Some folks may consider 12 1/2s pointless or stupid. IMHO, they are essential to sprint training.
  16. Week 153 - Saturday

    by , September 5th, 2015 at 11:52 AM (After a long rest)
    I was really tired last night and went to bed right after dinner. I usually don't remember my dreams but last night I woke up in a cold sweat around 1am thinking I had just finished the 12th 100 in the 16x100 set I was dreaming I was doing. It was very vivid and I was soaking wet and tired. I changed and went back to bed and woke up as my alarm was about to go off.

    We we had a very low turnout today but a lot of my training group were there.

    Warm up
    800 reverse IM twitch
    10x50 catchup with 10 kicks per arm stroke

    main set
    16x100 at 500 race pace on 2mins
    200 easy
    1x100 with fins faster than target 100 goal time

    warm down
    200 easy

    i started out awesome today holding 56/57s until #13 at which time I went 57 high and then on 14 and 15 I slipped to 58 before finishing with another 57. Strictly I should have stopped at the first :58 but decided to just keep going since I was so close to the finish. I felt great until the last 4 and it hit me pretty hard when I started to slip. I will get through this set next time.

    On the 100 from a push with fins I used my new fins which definitely have a different feel to my old ones and will take a while to get used to. I went for the 100 and felt like I died hard but ended going 46.8 which is a great time even without the 16x100s before it.

    I booked my hotel for the NE SCM Meet formerly in Boston and now in Worcester on 11-13 Dec. I am going to sit down with Tom and work on taper dates but I am leaning towards doing a 1 week drop taper for the Woodlands meet on 7-8 November and then going back up in yardage followed by a full taper for Worcester. I worked on a spreadsheet of meets and events and will be very deliberate about the events I am going to swim this fall. I really want to swim a lot of fast events so will do 3 masters meets with emphasis on different events on each. I will likely do some overlap in my favorite events. Goal setting and planning is fun and definitely gets the juices flowing.
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  17. Fri Sep 4

    by , September 4th, 2015 at 09:56 PM (Senior Sprinting)
    No workout Thursday, business travel

    2x800m jog
    5x50 bleachers
    5x100yd on field

    Many of you have tough business schedules, so I don't have much license to complain. But it's awfully enervating to do the early flight, all day meeting, and excruciating business dinner, with no time to swim.

    Today I hoped to replicate the distances from Monday, but my calf was rebelling. Cut all the running short, no swim.
  18. Week 153 - Friday

    by , September 4th, 2015 at 09:34 PM (After a long rest)
    Another crazy busy day and I hope I can recall the whole workout.

    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    12x50 kick on 1min
    8x100 free build with 10 seconds straight into holding onto the wall and kicking with no breath all on 1:40
    5x100 breast arms with flutter kick on 1:40
    8x75 kick with fins done as odds under,over,under and evens over,under,over on 1:20

    Warm down
    100 easy

    My legs were like jello today. I worked the 8x100s hard and was able to hold :58s with a nice build per 25. The kick in particular at the end was rough. The 5x100s breast and flutter kick was hard. I found the combo of kick and breast pull hard. Somehow The combo threw my rhythm off. I was coming in on 1:20ish. The underwater set with fins was good and I felt strong. I bought new fins yesterday and I felt a significant difference compared to my old fins. These are much stiffer. I was holding :50s on the 75s. I was doing this set on my back.
    Swim Workouts
  19. Thur-Fri, Sept 3-4

    by , September 4th, 2015 at 04:23 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Heated Vinyasa Yoga, 75 min

    After resigning from Team Pitt, I really wasn't in the mood to do much all day. I thought yoga might make me feel better, but it didn't.


    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull

    Main sets:

    6 rounds:
    4 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :10 rest
    1 x 100 EZ

    extra 100 EZ while I was floating around trying to decide what to do next ... settled on an aerobic set

    10 x 75 w/fins @ 200 pace @ 1:15
    odds = fly-back-breast
    evens = dolphin kick on back or backstroke kick
    150 EZ

    10 x 50 burst dolphin kick + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Total: 3400


    Had another long commute to Sewy today. All the construction in Pitt creates a mess on the roads. I'm still very down. If I want to keep swimming, I'm going to have to drastically change my life and my family's routine. There is just nowhere to swim during the day except Sewy. Right now, there's nowhere to swim at night either, as none of the high school pools' evening swimming programs have started. And I feel bad for my swimmers; they are bummed about me leaving. I just hope they find a decent coach.
    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  20. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 09/07/2015

    by , September 4th, 2015 at 01:35 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    Today is Labor Day and our practice will be for 60 minutes only.

    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    1 X 250 4:00 -
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 400 kick

    1 X 100 2:00
    4 X 50--3 strong/1 easy-- 1:15
    8 X 25 sprint :40 #8 on 1:20
    Two rounds/choice.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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