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  1. Lazy Saturday

    by , December 19th, 2009 at 02:29 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    I didn't get up early enough to get to the pool so instead I went to the gym and ran on the treadmill.

    Walk 1/4 mi to warm up
    Run 2-3/4 mi. at about 9.5-10 min\mi pace
    walk 1/4 mi to cool off
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  2. Saturday Dec 19th 2009

    by , December 19th, 2009 at 01:52 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Saturday Dec 19th 2009

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    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Whitney coached
    7:30 - 9:00
    diving well
    swam with nate, jon, & paul
    beside tyler, max, chris, ned, & marcio
    dove in on time

    saw we were doing a fast 100 for time after warm up so I put on my full b70


    warm up
    300
    100
    300
    100



    main set

    100 fr fast for time
    went :50

    100 easy

    5 x 100 fr on 2:00
    told us to go 4 seconds slower
    went 55's & 6's

    100 easy

    5 x 100 fr on 1:45
    told us to go 6 seconds slower
    went 58's & 9's

    100 easy

    5 x 100 flutter with a board on 1:30
    told us to go 8 seconds slower
    went 1:14 - 1:18

    100 easy

    5 x 100 fly kick no board on 1:15
    told us to go 10 seconds slower
    held 1:07 - 1:09's

    100 easy

    rested 6 minutes

    100 fast
    whitney timed
    went 49

    100 easy


    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 – 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX


    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX


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


    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
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  3. Morning swim that did NOT include 100 100s

    I swam mostly solo this morning—the pool was set up for SCY, and the local age group team was doing 100 x 100. I absolutely love this kids team—they’re just always so happy and full of energy, and their coach is so positive and good-natured and has good rapport with his swimmers. It’s a joy to swim in the same pool with them. Over Christmas break they’ll be working out LC in the mornings, so I’ll see a fair lot of them. I remember being totally charmed last year as I watched the coach play “Who’s smarter than a fifth grader” with the younger kids during the breaks between swims—imagine doing a set of 200s, and answering trivia questions after each one in the 15 seconds before your next send-off.

    This is the workout I swam (SCY):

    1000 warmup

    8 x 75 K/D/S @ 1:30, 2 of each stroke, IM order

    Fin set:
    3 x 50 kick with fins @ 1:00, desc. to sprint on last one
    3 x (2 x 25 Sprint/25 easy swim; 1 x 50 Sprint; 1 x 50 easy) [I did one round each of FR, BK, FL]

    400 moderate pull w/ paddles

    Then in honor of the kids set, my swim buddy Ray and I did the following set together:
    10 x 100 @ 1:40 [I did them as FR/BK halfsies, and focused on doing underwater fly kicks off each wall on both free and back.]

    300 warmdown

    That’s it. I’m off to the airport this afternoon to pick up Mr. Addict—fingers crossed that he doesn’t get into any storm-related travel nightmare. His plane has left New York; we’ll see how he fares in Atlanta with his connection.
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  4. 12/18/09 Easy Fly

    by , December 18th, 2009 at 11:06 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Bah! Humbug! Fly easy, and me a Breaststroker without a sub :30 50 Fly... I'll retire to bedlam!

    Sooo went to the dermatologist this morning...he shaved off 3 moles...so I told him it's OK it a "holey" time of year...bah-dump...thank you, thank you I'm here all week...try the chicken parmigiana! After that I relaxed at home.

    Also picked up a cold..I think I must have caught wearing that skimpy B70 last weekend! Later in the day I went for a swim...ouch the scrapes hurt in chlorine but I digress:

    twice thru:
    300 FR 4:50
    200 FR 3:10
    100 FR 1:30
    I made them all went about 4:25-30, 2:55-3 and I went 1:25 and DESCENDED to 1:20 for the 2nd 100 holding a nice slow stroke.
    Did an extra EZ 50 after the 2nd run trhough to ensure I went again on a 1:30 interval..I need to try a 10 x 100 on 1:300 soon. Looks like I should do it judging by that warm up set.
    In search of easy fly riddum
    4 x 50 3 BR-3 FLY drill
    4 x 50 FLY prob on 2:00
    OK the BR/FLY drill helping a lot...finding the timing but now need to work it into a neater stroke...
    4 x 50 BK drill stream kick, rotation, 3 and glide, single switch
    4 x 50 BK...finding my rotation a bit easier.. I think the work on BK will help my FR out too.

    3 time thru

    100 IM 2:00
    100 FR 2:00
    good quality swims no struggle on the intervals holding 1:35's and 1:30's

    Monofin time
    100 on front broken into 25's 1-2 breaths
    100 on back
    100 alternating sides by 25
    100 25 of each

    4 x 50 to cool down

    Oh yeah weights after, then coaching then teaching...then guarding until ten...
    I'm home, had a neti pot and a tea...nursing a nice port now!

    Glad I went today as I felt really crumby later and I might be sicker tomorrow so at least I got in some good work!

    Heroic Athlete Footnote: I barfed a little into my mouth after my workout and upon the final gulp of Endurox...I know I was working hard if that happened...that or New England Clam Chowder, Brie and crackers, swim, Accelerade, weights and Endurox don't mix!

    Those Europeans could use me on their team...might not win any more points but they'd look better!
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  5. double fast Friday Dec 18th

    by , December 18th, 2009 at 09:34 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Friday Dec 18th 2009

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    Thinking about doing a double today

    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Tyler coached
    noon to 1:15
    main pool
    swam with james fike, larry, ned, max
    dove in at 12:02
    wore B70 full

    warm up
    20 minutes choice
    did 50's on :45

    main set

    ASSIGNED 4 rounds of
    9 x 50 on 1:15
    1) 25 fast 25 easy
    2) 25 easy 25 fast
    3) 50 fast
    (THEN 50 easy after 3 rounds of 3)


    Round 1 flutter kicked with a board
    went 30
    went 28
    went 28

    round 2 fly
    went 25 25 24

    round 3 SDK
    went 29 27 24

    rested 15 min

    50 SDK fast
    tyler timed
    went 23.50

    50 easy


    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 – 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX


    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX


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


    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
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  6. Stole Ande's Workout, Friday, Dec. 18

    by , December 18th, 2009 at 03:54 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Stole and modified Ande's workout from the other day.

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 variety

    Main sets:

    32 x 25 fly @ :10-:15 RI
    odds = single arm fly
    evens = easy speed fly w/7 SDKs

    16 x 50 evil
    1-8 @ 1:05 w/pull buoy, focusing on fast recovery
    9-16 @ 1:00 w/MF, focusing on hunching and hinging

    8 x 100 back-dolphin kick w/MF Dolphina (can hardly call it backstroke kick these days), done as:

    1-3 hypoxic 100s @ 1:30, 9 SDKs per 25
    extra 30 seconds rest
    4 = fast @ 85-90%, went :50.
    5 = easy
    6-8 = hypoxic 100s @ 1:30, 9 SDKs per 25

    4 x 200 dolphin kick w/MF & board @ 2:45

    100 EZ

    Total: 4000
    1800 kicking

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    Commentary:

    I was, as anticipated, a bit sore from the gym, but not unduly so. Hammies were sore from all the squats.

    In terms of swimming, I plan to work on technique, hypoxic work, kicking, and general aerobic conditioning for the next couple weeks. I don't feel much like banging out a lot of AFAP or test sets at the moment. I'm alway like that after a big taper/travel meet. Think I'm still mentally and physically tired. I often wonder whether it would just be better to do nothing for the week after a big multi-day event. I suspect it would, though I'm always anxious to get back to training. And, as Patrick, has noted, you can lose strength and conditioning very quickly at my age.

    I watched the SCY Nats on the DVR last night. Dana Vollmer has great turns and SDKs in fly.

    I spent all afternoon at a class holiday party and have a high school meet tonight. Who's going to go get the milk and toilet paper before the big storm?

    I like swimming in the afternoon so much better than the morning ...

    Gluten/Lactose Update:

    After diligently avoiding these foods for awhile, the symptoms ebbed substantially. I didn't even feel 3 months pregnant for a change! lol However, I then ate some pizza and a couple chocolate macaroons as a "test." Ugh, immediate return of full panoply of symptoms. It's so hard to avoid both of these items all the time ... And tomorrow is another xmas cookie day ...

    Tech Suits:

    Read this on the forum re: timing of FINA ruling:

    "It is anticipated that the Bureau will approve this recommendations, but often these "rule changes" have 60-day implementation period (so it could be mid-March or later) or FINA could decide to implement as soom as practical or they could wait for the end of the FINA season (31-Dec-2010).

    [FINA could surprise everyone and not apply these new swimwear rules to Masters, then the current swimwear would be allowed ].

    Once FINA make a formal decision about Masters swimwear, then USMS will react. First, to comply with FINA rules for swimwear in meters (SCM and LCM) event. Second, they will decide when or if to apply these rules to SCY, as FINA does not recognize this format.

    At convention, the house of delegate was split on what makes sense for USMS with SCY (waiting for the end of a SCY season or implementing quickly)."


    Sounds like a lot of wiggle room in there. Seems like there could be a sort grace period of sorts before the tech suits are eliminated. Personally (no surprise here), I hope that USMS decides to keep them for the remainder of the SCY season.

    Updated December 18th, 2009 at 04:26 PM by The Fortress

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  7. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -12/21/09 -SCY

    by , December 18th, 2009 at 02:26 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    We are lucky to have access to the LC pool for a few days. All you SYSM LC haters, hold the comments.

    LCM

    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 2:00
    1 X 300 6:00
    4 X 100 1:45
    1 X 400 -

    10 X 50 kick 1:20
    Kicks 6-10: 25 fast/25 easy

    10 X 100 2:00
    50 stroke/50 free

    5 X 200 3:20
    5 X 100 1:40
    6 X 50 :40
    Pull Freestyle

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    5000M
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  8. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -12/19/09 -SCY

    by , December 18th, 2009 at 02:21 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:30 3:00
    4 X 50 descend 1-4 1:00 :50
    Three times through.
    Round 1 intervals left, rounds 2&3 right.
    Each round of 50's should be faster.

    16 X 25 :30

    6 X 50 kick 1:15
    8 X 25 kick*fast,no board* :40

    1 X 300 transition swim
    Each 100 faster

    1 X 50
    2 X 25
    1 X 50
    Four rounds.
    Round 1 :40 (both 50's ad 25's)
    Round 2 :45
    Round 3 :50
    Round 4 :55
    All at maximum effort.
    Approx 1 minute between rounds

    8 X 50 1:15
    25 underwater/25 fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    3600Y
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  9. Just swimming in the rain

    The big news from this morning’s trip to the pool is that there are now coached masters workouts down here! For the last few years, during my stays in northwest Florida I have swum informally with a small but dedicated group of masters swimmers and triathletes whose lap swimming times happen to overlap with my own. Even though I don’t live here, I have met a pretty high fraction of the folks who frequent the pool—anyone who swims outdoors during the winter in this part of (non-tropical) Florida is usually a pretty serious swimmer, and often happy to have a partner to do a set or two with. But it has always been hit or miss who will be there, or whether anyone will bring a workout, or who wants to make one up on the spot.

    Now that has changed—we have an on-deck coach several mornings a week! Woohoo! My swim buddy Ray had told me about this yesterday. So this morning I got to the pool promptly at 6, met the coach, and swam his most excellent workout (LCM). Here’s what I did:

    800 warmup

    8 x 50 done 25 easy/25 build @ 1:00, odds FR, evens ST

    8 x 200 @ 3:30; done as 2 x (150 FR/50 FL; 150 FR/50 BK; 150 FR/50 BR; 200 IM) [I held 3:10-3:20 on these]

    4 x 100 fly K on back @ 2:30

    8 x 100 Pull @ 2:00 done at 80-85% effort [did 1:35s]

    200 warmdown

    It was raining—I love swimming backstroke in the rain—and really windy—I felt like I kept getting blown to one side of the lane. I was really happy to be swimming LC and to have a coach on deck, and to see all the lanes in the pool being used. (Sometimes I worry that they will stop having morning lap swim if enough swimmers don’t show up—and besides, pools just seem happier to me when they’re being well used, rather than empty.)

    Now it’s off to do weights and stretching.
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  10. Friday, 12/18/09

    by , December 18th, 2009 at 01:29 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Solo in short, hot hotel pool

    200 swim free
    200 free drill: on the odd lengths, take 6 SDK, and on the evens, overkick the whole 12.5 (swim the whole thing)
    200 kick w/board
    200 pull w/paddles, breathe every 3

    swim 12 x 50 on 1:10: odds middle 25 all out, evens first and last 12.5 fast
    (did 1-6 free, 7-12 back)
    swim 200 easy

    kick 12 x 12.5 on 25, every 3rd one all out
    (did 1-6 free, 7-12 back)
    swim 200 easy

    swim 12 x 12.5 choice on 20, evens all out
    (rotated through the strokes on all out ones)
    swim down 100 easy

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    Total: 2200 meters
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  11. Fast Friday Dec 18th 2009

    by , December 18th, 2009 at 12:31 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Friday Dec 18th 2009

    Got tix for AVATAR today

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    Thinking about doing a double today

    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Whitney coached
    5:30 - 7:00
    diving well
    swam with brandon, Amy, Nate & Todd

    wore B70 full

    warm up
    30 minutes choice

    main set

    4 rounds of
    9 x 50 on 1:15
    1) 25 fast 25 easy
    2) 25 easy 25 fast
    3) 50 fast
    (50 easy at end)


    Round 1 flutter kicked with a board
    went 29 on first fast 50
    went 27 on 2nd fast 50 from a dive

    round 2 SDK
    went 26 on first fast 50
    went 23 on 2nd fast 50 from a dive

    round 3 SDK
    went 26 on first fast 50
    went 23 on 2nd fast 50 from a dive

    round 4 skipped 1 - 8
    flutter kicked with a board
    went 28

    50 easy


    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 – 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX


    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX


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


    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
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  12. Seems like I stay in warm up mode

    by , December 18th, 2009 at 08:30 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Just wanted to do easy swimming for some reason. I guess that is ok since I am doing 1 event tomorrow in a small kids meet.

    400,300,200,100@:15R Free
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 Sprint kick
    5x100@2:00 Fly w/fins 25 rt arm/25 lt arm/50 kick on back
    4x50@1:00 Fly odds 25rt arm/25lt arm, evens full stroke strong went :44 and :45
    200,150,100,50@:15 R Free w/paddles & bouy
    300 Free easy

    Total 3000 meters
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  13. Fast workout on a chilly morning

    I enjoyed an early but brief workout this morning before driving up to Alabama to have lunch with my mom and aunt. I expected to swim LC, but the pool was set up SCY instead—sometimes it works out that way when the temperature drops and the pool staff doesn’t want to remove all the covers from the pool for morning lap swim. It was in the high 40s and very windy, but the water was a good temperature. Here’s what I did:

    1000 warmup

    Freestyle sprint progression:
    4 x 25 trying to glide as far as possible in streamline, then easy to wall
    4 x 25 exaggerated glide, then kicking smoothly to surface
    4 x 25 breakout at full speed, then easy to wall
    [On all of these I focused on keeping my back as straight as possible—no arch—and on keeping my head position neutral]
    3 x (2 x 25 all out, 1 x 50 easy), keeping same good streamline and breakout as I practiced above

    6 x 100 Backstroke sandwiches (25 FR/50 BK/25 FR) @ 1:45 [On these I focused on keeping my neck relaxed, and my streamline tight off the walls.]

    200 Warmdown
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  14. Back to the Gym, Thurs., Dec. 17

    by , December 17th, 2009 at 06:31 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Was tempted to run again today, but the ungodly cold weather is dissuading me. So I went to the gym mid afternoon. I hate re-starting weights/drylands after a long taper ... You're always so sore at first ... But they're worth it; I always feel more alive and fit after drylands.

    I warmed up with a 1 mile jog on the treadmill. I would have done more, but I didn't have my running shoes on, and I'm extremely paranoid about running in old shoes.

    Drylands:

    rack chins, 2 x 15
    lying overhead tricep press, 30 x 2 x 25
    overhead squats w/45 lb bar, 45 x 2 x 15
    squat swings w/15 lb weight, 3 x 15
    P90X X press squats w/12.5 lb DBs, 2 x 25
    seated narrow grip row, 80 x 2 x 10, done very slowly
    dumbbell shrugs, 20 x 2 x 20
    bent over rear delt fly, 12.5 DBs x 2 x 15
    hip hinges w/15 lb DBs, 2 x 15

    windshield wipers, 2 x 25
    dead bugs on bosu, 2 x 25
    back extensions, 25 x 2 x 15
    twisting med ball slam, 2 x 15
    push ups, 3 x 15
    superman bananas, 2 x 25
    hanging straight leg raises, 2 x 15
    hanging straight leg circles, 2 x 10, one set each direction (these are hard)
    broomstick twists, 1 x 25

    external and internal rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm
    prone scapular scrunches, 2 x 25
    seated straight arm dips, 60 x 2 x 25

    10-15 minutes of stretching

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    Commentary & Dryland Planning:

    I'm trying to settle on a dryland program for the next few months. I'd like to focus on strength and athleticism, not just strength (or "gorilla" strength -- but you go Elise!), which has been my principle focus the last year and half.

    My tentative plan is to:

    1. Continue my core work.

    2. Continue some weights, but not with a focus on max or heavy weight (need a break).

    3. Possibly keep just a couple of exercises where I do focus on max strength 1x week. Any suggestions? I'm leaning toward keeping the deadlift.

    4. Continue plyometrics. I've really enjoyed addings these the last couple months and think they help my starts and walls. I'd like to do: (a) the intense plyos at the gym, (b) some endurance based plyos such as on the P90X videos, and (c) tabata interval plyos.

    5. Think about doing the couple heavier lifting exercises very slowly. Had a convo with a friend who swears he was the strongest ever when he did this. And the slower lifting would be a nice contrast to #6 below.

    6. Add some tabata based dryland training. I think I'll have to ease back in for awhile before I begin this. But it sounds appealing to me and likely beneficial for sprinting. For those who think sprinters are wimpy, this has been described as: "the fastest route to the pain cave known to man." I think one could do tabata intervals with with following drylands: ball slams, squat thrusts, thrusters, pushups, burpees, box jumps, lunges, squat jacks or these: http://www.squidoo.com/tabatatraining#module11685119. So this is sort of drylands on steroids. It's somewhat similar to the CF "5 rounds for time" concept, except this is more anaerobic.

    Here are some links re: tabata training:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-in...erval_training

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkcnqPHcWeI"]YouTube- Faster Swimming dryland routine called Tabata[/ame]
    (I like the exercise selected for the swim video demo.)

    http://www.squidoo.com/tabatatraining

    http://crmstelemark.blogspot.com/200...pain-cave.html

    http://www.wellsphere.com/wellpage/i...ining-workouts


    Exercise Question:

    Can this one possibly be OK for the shoulder? The touted benefits sound impressive.

    http://www.crossfitportland.com/archives/162

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUG8W10bu9M"]YouTube- 135Lb windmill for reps[/ame]

    Breaststroke Links:
    (for future reference and to actually read)

    http://www.breaststroke.info/grotebreast.htm

    http://breastroker.tripod.com/Santos.htm

    http://www.breaststroke.info/Maximiz...eaststroke.htm

    http://www.breaststroke.info/

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le-KEtY4WhM&feature=player_embedded"]YouTube- phelps---breaststroke[/ame]

    Updated December 18th, 2009 at 09:06 AM by The Fortress

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  15. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -12/18/09 -SCY

    by , December 17th, 2009 at 02:07 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    WARM UP:
    1 X 300 4:40
    3 X 100 1:40
    6 X 50 :50
    1 X 200 3:00
    2 X 100 1:30
    4 X 50 :45

    2 X 200 kick 4:30
    4 X 100 kick 2:15
    100's: 25 fast/25 easy/25 fast/25 easy

    1 X 200 4:00
    4 X 50 1:00
    1 X 150 3:00
    3 X 50 1:00
    1 X 100 2:00
    2 X 50 1:00
    All stroke. Choice, no free or IM.
    All one stroke or mix it up.

    1 X 400 6:00 5:30
    6 X 50 :45 :40
    Three rounds. Round 1 interval left, rounds 2&3 right.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    5500Y
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  16. Thursday Dec 17th 2009

    by , December 17th, 2009 at 12:04 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thursday Dec 17th 2009

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    WEIGHT
    lat press 8 x 40 8 x 45 8 x 50 6 x 55
    lat pull 8 x 165 6 x 195 5 x 205
    bench press 8 x 135 6 x 185 3 x 205
    leg press 8 x 230 8 x 320 6 x 410

    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Whitney coached
    6:30 - 8:00
    diving well, was a bit warm today
    swam with brandon, mike V & jon
    beside larry, tyler, todd, & amy

    wore briefs

    warm up
    300 fr
    300 fr
    300 k

    main set

    20 x 100 done 2 on 1:45, shift lanes, 2 on 1:40, shift lanes, ... 2 on 1:05, shift, 2 on 1:00
    did 75's on 1:05 & 1:00

    100 easy

    10 x 100 done 1 on 1:45, shift lanes, 1 on 1:40, shift lanes, ... 1 on 1:05, shift, 1 on 1:00
    did a 50 on #9 went 1:00 on #10

    100 easy

    10 x 100 done 1 on 1:45, 1 on 1:40, , ... 1 on 1:05, 1 on 1:00
    did 6 100's then did 50's on 7 - 10


    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 – 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX


    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX


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


    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
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  17. Thursday, 12/17/09

    by , December 17th, 2009 at 11:34 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Short, really HOT, hotel pool

    250 swim free
    250 kick on back alt dolphin/flutter by 25
    250 pull free w/buoy only
    250 pull back w/buoy only
    10x25 swim, odds fly, evens free
    swam fly strong, with long pullout, free easy

    10x50 back on RI :20
    focus on UW SDK and stroke count
    8x50 free on 1:00, focus on long strokes

    100 easy

    Total: 2250 meters

    Yoga tonight
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  18. Still on the come back trail ...

    Over slept and missed warm-up.

    Main set:
    3 x (8 x 75)
    Round 1 Free on 1:05
    Round 2 Stroke on 1:15
    Round 3 Choice on 1:25

    100 ez

    I did back/free/back on round 2 by 25. I am NOT a backstroker and wanted to make the interval. My short axis strokes are not happening currently due to a still pissy back.

    Round 3 I did all free but went 75 ez, 25 fast/50 ez, 50 fast/25 ez, 75 fast.

    Feeling good in the water. Looking forward to pilates and a date with the treadmill tonight!

    Events fo' shizzle on my list this year:
    50 Free
    100 Free
    200 Free
    50 Fly

    What else I am considering ... that shall remain a mystery for now until I spend more time in the water and see if I can swim another stroke at all decently ...
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  19. In the easy going mode

    by , December 17th, 2009 at 07:13 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I don't know how to discribe today. I guess I was there and swam ok. It was so cold out that I just didn't want to make the jump into the water but I did.

    10x100@1:45 Free 50 swim/50 drill the drills were catchup and fingertip drag
    500 Free kick w/fins comfortable speed
    5x100@:05R Free w/fins & snorkle as 50 kick/50 swim each 50 was build
    4x50@1:00 Fly w/fins & paddles
    6x100 Free w/paddles & fins as 1-2@1:30, 3-4@1:25, 5-6@1:20 this was the only realy hard set and I made it
    100 Free easy
    100 Fly 1 arm drill
    200 Free kick w/fins EASY

    Total 3200 yards
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  20. The Turducken Workout

    Today my swimsuits and I decamped to Northwest Florida for the holidays. I had easy flights and arrived before noon, and was able to get in a swim at the Panama City Beach Aquatic Center this afternoon. The pool was set up SCY; here’s the workout I did.

    1000 warmup (400 swim, 200 Rev IM K, 200 Pull, 200 Rev IM Drill/swim by 25)
    Then one of the other swimmers hailed me—it was my swimming pal Paul--I met him down here several years ago, and look forward to swimming with him whenever I visit. I felt lucky to have run into him on my first trip to the pool. I joined in with him and Joe and Jeff from Germany for the last bit of their workout, which was

    100 Swim

    250 Pull

    150 Pull, desc. By 50s

    4 x 75 Pull fast @ 1:30ish

    Then they all left, and I had the entire pool to myself for the rest of my workout. It seemed like a good opportunity to do my turducken set, which I hesitate to inflict on anyone who’s not a happy IMer.

    Turducken set: A turducken is a turkey that is stuffed with a duck, which in turn has been stuffed with a chicken. I’ve never tasted one, but I feel like I’ve been reading about them as a novelty food item for at least a decade. The latest article I saw about turducken was not about food at all, but about privacy law, and ever since I read it, the word has been rolling around in my head. So I decided I would assemble stroke turduckens by stuffing a 50 of one stroke into the middle of a 100 of another stroke, then sticking the whole thing into a 200 of yet another stroke. I did four rounds of these; on the first, turkey=fly, duck=back, and chicken=breast; the strokes rotate through the IM thereafter. The set looked like this:
    4 x 350 @ :30-:40 rest interval
    1st 350=100 FL/50 BK/50 BR/50 BK/100 FL
    2nd 350=100 BK/50 BR/50 FR/50 BR/100 BK
    3rd 350=100 BR/50 FR/50 FL/50 FR/100 BR
    4th 350=100 FR/50 FL/50 BK/50 FL/100 FR
    On each round I aimed to do the middle 50 at 200 IM pace; the 50 before it as build and the 50 after it as recovery, and the turkey 100s at the front and back at basic aerobic pace.

    Kick set: 7 x 100 K @ 2:00
    To continue with today’s theme, I made a 400IM/200IM/100IM turducken kick set and sliced it into manageable 100 yard portions. So my 7 100s were:
    100 FL
    100 BK
    50FL/50BK
    100 IM
    50BR/50FR
    100 BR
    100 FR

    Then I did a quick 200 warmdown and hopped out.

    This evening I went to my new (temporary) gym and did arm weights. Tomorrow I hope to get a swim in before driving up to my mom’s house in Alabama.
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