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  1. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -03/06/10

    by , March 5th, 2010 at 12:43 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)

    WARM UP:
    1 X 500 7:30
    2 X 250 3:45
    5 X 100 1:30

    1 X 200 free 3:15
    4 X 25 kick*fast* :45
    4 X 50 choice*fast* 1:00
    Three times through, breaking between rounds.

    20 X 25 :40
    Sprint 20 yards, no breath.
    Break 1 minute after #8 and #12.

    8 X 50 1:10
    25 underwater/25 fast swim

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts
  2. Friday, 3/5/10

    by , March 5th, 2010 at 12:08 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    400 free and back
    300 IM drill
    8 x 50 kick on 1:05
    (on back in streamline, went 56-57)

    3 x 200 on 3:30
    #1 IM (went 3:20
    #2 backstroke (went 3:07)
    #3 free (went 2:50)

    2 times through w/10 sec rest between each
    1st round back
    2nd free
    150 (back 2:20, free 2:05)
    100 (back 1:30, free 1:22)
    50 all out (back :39, free :33)

    3 x 200 pull w/10 seconds rest
    1st bouy only (did back, 3:10)
    2nd paddles only (free, 2:50)
    3rd bouy and paddles (free, 2:45)

    100 easy

    Total: 3000 yards
  3. Long course Friday

    by , March 5th, 2010 at 08:41 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    5x200@3:45 Free long and loose
    500 free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 fast
    500 Fly w/fins 8:38
    500 kick w/fins alt 100 free/100 fly
    5x100@2:00 Back w/paddles
    500 Free Easy

    Total 3500 meters
  4. Nightswimming

    by , March 5th, 2010 at 01:47 AM (Chicken's Nuggets)
    It turns out that my last blog was quite cathartic (in the medical sense) so I am no longer sulking.

    That sulk didn't last long. I very much appreciate the feedback and support from my usms friends on this matter. Thankyou all for helping me feel like less of a freakish b*&^ch.

    I'm still buzzed and on the couch 2 hours after returning home from a very late and therapeutic swim with my friend Sue Appleyard (thankyou Sue for swimming with me!). I might be tired, but the kids are asleep, the dog's head is in my lap, and I'm working on a pencil thin moustache. Perfect.

    Here's a live version of Nightswimming by REM. I play this over and over every time I swim at night. Enjoy.
    [ame=""]YouTube- R.E.M. - Nightswimming[/ame]
  5. Oscar Pickin' Time

    by , March 5th, 2010 at 12:07 AM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    People wonder sometimes why we have two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, two forks on our tongues, two adenoids, two lungs, two pituitary glands, two kidneys, two testicles, and in my case, too much time on my hands.

    The answer is fail-safe redundancy: if one ball fails, the other can do its designated job. Just ask Lance. Though you might want to avoid asking Cheryl Crow until she's less fragile.

    Tonight, after a long day's journey into the most spectacular day of time-wasting I have had in years, I took my ambien tablet and now just ain't no damn ****ing good at all, to tell the truth.

    But unlike 87 out of 88 humans, I have more than just a bunch of paired redundant backup organs, should one malfunction, get sick, or become temporarily incapacitated by drugs and self disgust.

    I have a back-up me, that is to say, the Good Twin, John, who is more than a back-up really, he is an idealized version of what I could have been if I had not been so overwhelmed with pettiness and (unusually) petty character flaws, chief amongst which are laziness, greed, spendthifty nature, inability to plan ahead, and the kind of easy distractibility you usually see in pre-school children force fed great goblets of liquid Ritalin by men in white with gloves passed their elbows.

    Please enjoy tonight's blog, Oscar Pickin' Time, a film conceived, produced, and starring the one person in the world who is as close to me as anyone could ever hope to come, though so much better than me that the gap between us can never be closed.

    Be alert to the later stages of the film, where a fully luxurious pencil thin makes its appearance. Historians, I daresay, some day will note that with this image, the flood gates will be lifted, spilling cascades wannabe swooshing raffish little men in every direction across the streets of America.

    [ame=""]YouTube- Oscar Pickin' Showdown!!![/ame]

    Updated March 5th, 2010 at 12:12 AM by jim thornton

  6. Hard quality

    by , March 5th, 2010 at 12:06 AM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Slid into the workout with the kids today. Was late as usual, so used some of the first set as my warm-up. This workout was pretty hard because while the intervals gave us lots of rest, we were expected to swim hard.

    10 x 200 (used first 3 to warm up):
    3 on 3:45 - did easy free
    3 on 3:40 - did back
    3 on 3:35 - did free
    1 on 3:30 - did free

    100 easy

    20 x 75 - 25 hard free/50 easy - 30 seconds rest

    300 back pull with just paddles

    10 x 75 dolphin kick on 1:30

    150 easy

    4800 SCY

    By the time I got to the 10 x 75 set, I was pretty dead! Doing the 25 sprints with the 50 easy really wore my legs out. I was able to hold around 1:05 to 1:08 on the 75 kicks. Pretty happy with this since by this time in the workout, I was spent!
  7. Another double but this was a short one

    by , March 4th, 2010 at 09:24 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    I just kicked tonight, nothing hard. Just wanted to keep McKaylin company.

    10x100@1:45 Free kick w/fins
    500 kick w/fins alternate 100 free/100fly

    Total 1500 yards

    As I said not much.
  8. Quality Workout w/Speedo, Thurs., Mar. 4

    by , March 4th, 2010 at 04:14 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    At last! I woke up today and didn't feel exhausted. So I think the 3 days of active rest were helpful in shaking off some of the symptoms of possible overtraining. Met Speedo at Oak Marr for a lunchtime swim, and we did a quality workout. This is a modified Geek workout that I've done before. Love it!

    SCY @ Oak Marr:

    Warm up:

    850 various

    Main Set 1:

    3 rounds of:

    4 x 25 fast @ :45
    50 EZ

    These were sort of like broken 100s. I did rounds 1 & 3 with my MF Dolphina and went 9s. Did round 2 free w/fins. Not sure on all the times, probably a couple high 10s and low 11s. My free doesn't feel all that great.

    100 EZ

    Main Set 2:

    2 rounds of:

    1 x 50 @ 100 pace @ 1:15
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:15
    2 x 50 @ 100 pace @ 1:15
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:15
    3 x 50 @ 100 pace @ 1:15
    100 EZ

    Speedo did the 50s with a fast middle 25s and AFAP turns, which was a great idea. I need to do this too and more speed play generally, but wanted to do some race pace work today.

    Round 1 was backstroke w/fins. My target 100 pace with fins is, I approximate, a :25, possibly faster. I hit all 6 50s at 25.

    Round 2, I intended to do all fly/back. But, because of a noddler joining my lane, I went the first 3 fly-back (25, 26, 26) and the last 3 back (25, 25, 26).

    200 EZ

    Pete left to return to work and I did a couple drill sets.

    Drill Sets:

    8 x 50 russian breast drill @ 1:05

    50 EZ

    8 X 50 fly drill @ 1:00
    odds = chest press fly
    evens = single arm fly

    Total: 3450



    I felt like I got in a good quality workout with some speed. I'll be shifting even more into speed work this month. I may rip off a 10 x 25 AFAP set tomorrow. I'll see how I feel after am drylands. I lucked out today. My son's crew practice was cancelled, so he took Mini to the gym for a workout. I absolutely hate lifting right after a hard swim.

    The sun finally shone today after days of perpetual gloom. I can't wait for Spring!

    I had a hilarious convo last night with my 9 year old's swim coaches after practice. One was walking around in a boot and I asked him what happened. He said he incurred a stress fracture from running. I told him the same thing happened to me, causing me to become a masters swimmer. He looked at me horrified, and said that, after one more year, he was hanging up his suit and would never ever swim again. Just couldn't take any more of the gawd awful yardage. I told him I only swim 15,000 or less a week. His eyes lit up. Then I told him we get to do all the 50s and the 100 IM. More smiles. Bulb goes off in head. I told him to take 10 years off and come back. I know that's one thing I enjoy about masters: training like a true sprinter after a youth of mega distance and ditching all the long events I swam every meet back then. Yes, I swam 200 fly virtually every AAU meet ...

    I'm going to Mini's high school swim & award banquet tonight. I can see salad in my future. I may try and stretch later tonight. Edit: Mini won the RingLeader/Future Leader award. I think this reflects her supreme bossiness + extroversion.


    Yoga as Cross-Training for Running:



    Read this today:

    "We all have those nights when we just can’t get to sleep. Studies continue to suggest that eight hours of sleep is the average that most people need. Sometimes our lives just don’t allow for this amount of time.

    Many experts put sleep in the same category with diet and exercise in terms of importance for health and fitness. In the American Journal of Epidemiology we are told that although we know that eating 10% more calories a day can add 15 or more pounds in a year, we don’t understand that sleeping 10 % less carries a similar risk for weight gain.

    Some studies indicate that women who sleep five or fewer hours a night are one-third more likely to gain 33 pounds over the next 16 years as compared to those who get seven hours of sleep.

    Not only can sleep help keep off the pounds, it helps prevent cancer, and heart disease. Enough sleep can improve memory, keep colds at bay, and help us get in a better workout.

    It’s time to start planning your sleep as you would your workout and diet."

    And here's a funny article by George Will on "How to Ruin Your Child," which includes depriving then of sufficient sleep:

    Sprinters are Different, Nathan Adrian:

    Updated March 4th, 2010 at 08:37 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts
  9. Six of one, half a dozen of the other

    I swam with my team at John Jay college this morning. Here’s what I did:

    500 warmup

    6 x 100 FR (50 fist drill, 50 swim) @ 1:25

    6 x 100 FR @ 1:20 [I did FR/BK halfsies on the last 2]

    6 x 100 IM @ 1:35

    6 x 100 (25 underwater/25 flutter kick on back/50 build free) @ 1:45

    6 x 100 BK @ 1:45 [1:22, 1:20, 1:20, 1:20, 1:22, 1:22]

    6 x 100 (75 FR/:05 rest/25 sprint) @ 1:40

    200 warmdown

    (It didn’t feel as repetitive as it looks on the page! I actually had fun on the underwaters set—I aimed to stay down long enough to push off the spot where the pool bottom angles sharply down towards the deep end, so that I could get an excellent push off there and spring up to the surface.)

    Afterwards, I went by the Y to do weights and stretching, then had a massage mid-day. It had been 4 weeks since my last one instead of the usual 3, and some of my muscles were definitely feeling pretty tight and tender. Much better now!
  10. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -03/05/10

    by , March 4th, 2010 at 02:10 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)

    WARM UP:
    1 X 400 6:00
    1 X 300 4:30
    1 X 200 3:00
    1 X 100 -

    12 X 50 free
    4 on :50
    4 on :45
    4 on :40

    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    1 X 100 kick 2:15
    1 X 50 kick 1:15
    1 X 100 kick 2:15
    1 X 200 kick -

    12 X 25 sprint kick :45

    10 X 100
    odd: free on 1:45
    even: choice stroke(no free/IM) 2:00

    1 X 300 free 4:30 4:00 3:45
    3 X 100 free 1:30 1:20 1:15
    Three times through, round 1 intervals left, round 2 middle, round 3 right.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts
  11. Thursday, 3/4/10

    by , March 4th, 2010 at 01:56 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    400 swim alternate free/back by 100s
    4 x 100 kick on back w/10 sec rest
    300 pull alt. 100 free, 50 back

    kick 8 x 25 on :40 dolphin on back
    (with zoomers on all 3 kick sets came up between the middle of the pool and 15m)
    swim 4 x 100 back on 1:45
    (did these around 1:30±)

    kick 8 x 25 on :40 dolphin on back
    swim 4 x 100 IM on 2:00
    (around 1:40)

    kick 8 x 25 on 40 dolphin on back
    swim 4 x 100 free on 1:40
    (went 1:20±2)

    100 easy cool down

    Total: 3000 yards
  12. Thursday Mar 4th 2010

    by , March 4th, 2010 at 01:51 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thursday Mar 4th 2010

    Austin Grand Prix started today
    swam 100 fly (info below)
    rested a bit for it & shaved chest arms & legs
    huge meet, 1200 swimmers, some national team and olympians
    warm up was a zoo, with all the cages open and animals loose, very crowded warm up lanes

    Psych Sheet

    100 fly
    went 54.59
    25.16 29.43
    just didn't feel snappy
    went 51.80 last year
    last year I:
    + wore B70 full vs a jammer
    + weighed 10ish lbs less
    + was more psyched & nervous
    + rested more
    + was stronger
    + did more speed and strength training

    got great information from this swim:
    need to use it to be better at Zones and Nationals
    time to get:
    faster: more speed training, less aerobic &
    stronger: more weight lifting

    might scratch the 400 IM &
    swim the 100 br, 200 FR or 100 bk instead


    Swim Center
    scy, main pool,
    Whitney coached
    5:30 - 6:30
    swam with max, larry, nate, tyler, brad, mike, ned, chris carter (a guest who's daughter is in the meet)
    wore brief
    dove in 5:45ish

    warm up:
    missed it

    assigned 4 x ??? on 2:00
    missed it

    200 easy missed it

    4 x ??? on 1:40
    did: 125's easy to warm up

    200 easy

    assigned: 4 x ??? on 1:20
    did 100's 75 fr 25 bk

    200 easy

    assigned: 4 x ??? on 1:00
    did: 100 fr, 75, 25, 100 fr

    200 easy

    2010 MEETS:

    March 4 - 6, 2010 Austin, TX UT Swim Center Count Down
    Austin Grand Prix
    # 5 Men Open 100 Fly 51.80Y
    # 14 Men Open 400 IM 4:25.33Y
    # 26 Men Open 100 Free 48.92Y

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

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

    Updated March 4th, 2010 at 01:57 PM by ande

    Swim Workouts , Masters Swim Meets / Events
  13. Thursday morning

    by , March 4th, 2010 at 08:25 AM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    Swam solo at the Monon Center. I was running 5 minutes late; somehow that motivated me since I wanted to get this whole workout in. I worked myself into a frenzy and got it all done! Now I'm gonna have to figure out how to get through all my classes today. I'm getting observed in 2 Kindergarten classes this afternoon. I hope I make it!

    **500 Freestyle-rest :20 sec
    **2 X 250 Freestyle on 4:00 interval
    **5 X 100 Freestyle on 1:45 interval
    **400 Freestyle (paddles/buoy) rest :20 sec
    **2 X 200 Freestyle on 3:15 interval
    **300 Freestyle build speed to sprint rest :20
    **4 X 75 on Freestyle on 1:15 interval
    **200 Backstroke smooth/steady
    **4 X 50 on :50
    **100 IM EZ
    **100 Free cool-down
    3,500 scy

    I think my oldest daughter may have a plan for me tonight! If not I shall do AB ripper and a bit of plyo!
    I have Chiropractor and Grasston tonight after school. I always feel uptight and nervous when I'll be getting that stuff in less than 12 hours! It does make me happy when I'm done though! RELIEF!
  14. Easy does it

    by , March 4th, 2010 at 07:51 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Just took it easy today and I felt better by the end.

    10x100@1:45 Free
    500 kick w/fins alt 100 free/100fly
    500 w/fins & snorkle alt 100 free swim/100 free kick
    Free set with paddles & bouy

    Total 3600 yards
  15. Raffish Badboy in Dishabille

    by , March 3rd, 2010 at 10:43 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Entry Word: raffish*
    Function: adjective
    Meaning: lacking in refinement or good taste <the dowager cringed at the thought of raffish
    peasants in rough boots tromping all over her Persian rugs

    Entry Word: badboy*
    Function: noun
    Meaning: A young man who has many characteristics of a naughty boy: he's independent and willful; he does what he wants when he wants; he doesn't follow trends, they follow him; he often looks scruffy, but hip; he's not looking for trouble, but there's a sense of danger about him. For these reasons and more, he's irresistible to women. He's a heartbreaker with five o'clock shadow.

    Last week, as the Winter Olympic Games were waning, my identical twin brother--the raffish badboy John Thornton, AKA, Rusty Scupperton, AKA, Jimmy Bougar, AKA, Libby Ellen Spooner, and countless other aliases--texted me.

    The gist of John's message was that he had found the perfect look for us, and that I would never guess what it was.

    I immediately texted him back with a "guess" that I was virtually certain was correct: "The Apollo Ohno soul patch?"

    Singletons often think twins have E.S.P., but in my case, it's simply remarkable perception and intuitive intelligence bordering on the uncanny. In our childhood, for instance, I was able to routinely ruin the TV show
    Mannix for anybody watching it with me because of my ability to identify the villain within a second of his initial appearance.

    But I am getting off the subject.

    Anyhow, John immediately texted me back with what I assumed would be congratulations for my perspicacity. Instead, he said that the Apollo Ohno soul patch was
    not the look he was pioneering for us, but that I was on the right track.

    This is when I knew, with 100 percent confidence this time, that John was growing a pencil-thin mustache.

    I also knew, with 100 percent confidence, that I was the identical twin brother of a fashion-sense spooky genius.

    The pencil thin mustache was absolutely the look that we Thornton twins were born to sport. Sometimes, it seems, the best ideas lie hidden for years right under one's nose.

    At this point in my "flowery, florid" commentary, let me intersperse a little "eye candy" pictorial for the ladies to keep interest from flagging:

    Despite his album title, I don't think Mr. Buffet has really captured the thinness that is necessary for this particular mustache. And why is he resting his arm on a nuclear reactor cooling tower?

    Sometimes a chick-magnetizing look must go out of style for several generations before it can be brought back to magnetize the great great granddaughters of the originally mesmerized chicks.

    This appears to be the case with the pencil thin mustache.

    I dare say that every American woman alive today had female ancestors who occasionally drifted off to sleep with the assistance of fantasies about Errol Flynn. Has his pencil thin time come again?

    As the years passed, the pencil thin mustache's popularity waned to the point where you needed either a British accent...

    or roles like Dr. Phibes to pull off the look.

    The inimitable John Waters is arguably the most famous modern day proponent of the look, and by his own admission, he is not trying to attract actual women.

    At the 2006 National Magazine Awards ceremony, John consoles me about my loss and shows me how to add a little panache to the monkey suit look by tilting my clip on bow-tie
    just so. Amazingly, it did not occur to me to ask him for pencil thin mustache advice because the thought that I would be sporting this look in less than four years had not yet entered my foolish little head!

    A few notes before presenting tonight's final eye candy images.

    1. At
    tonight's practice, our teammate Mark "Water Rat" Cox was swimming right behind me on a set of 4 x 200s on 3:00 descending. The reason Mark was behind me was he was doing I.M.'s and I was swimming freestyle. Anyhow, the aquatic staff had removed the backstroke flags on the far end of the pool, and Mark crashed into the wall, breaking his nose. So very sorry, Mark! But there is a silver lining here that would dramatically reduce the amount of shaving trauma to the nasal region, practically cutting this in half...

    2. To wit, I am very much hoping to cajole Mark along with all the men on our team, and as many of the women who would agree to a short purely reversible course of anabolic steroids, into joining me in the growth, trimming, and general bonzai-tree tending your own pencil thin mustaches in time for this year's regional AMYMSA championships at Clarion University. The Sewickley team, quite frankly, has always scared the bejesus out of the other teams in our Young Men's Christian Association league. Imagine the terror at seeing a dozen people of all genders sporting the same raffishly menacing badboy upper lip hair?

    3. Which brings me to a small poll here. Which name do you think would be better for the Sewickley Y masters team?

    The Pencil Thin Mustached Sewickley Sea Dragons


    The Errol Fins

    Here is what my own mustache looks like so far. As you can see, it's a little unruly and unkempt at this stage, and I will probably need to be a lot more ruthless in trimming it in the future. But I thought that until my teammate Ben Mayhew makes good on his promise to buy me some mascara and/or Grecian Formula/Just for Men blackening dye, I thought I'd let my freak flag fly at little bit longer.

    Speaking of flags flying, after the last few practices, I have found myself exiting the Y in such a state of total exhaustion that were it not for the absolutely frigid air's infiltration, I would surely spend the rest of the night in unwitting and possibly criminal dishabille.*

    Entry Word: dishabille*
    Function: noun

    1. (Clothing & Fashion) the state of being partly or carelessly dressed
    2. (Clothing & Fashion) Archaic clothes worn in such a state [from French déshabillé undressed, from dés- dis-1habiller to dress; see habiliment]

    The pencil thin mustache, it appears, might just keep this raffish badboy déshabillé out of legal jeopardy.


    * if you have read down to this point wondering what all the asterisks were for, congratulations! You have just successfully completed the first in an occasional series of Words Are Important vocabulary building exercises courtesy of Vlog the Inhaler Pedantry

  16. Whacky Wednesday 3/3/10

    by , March 3rd, 2010 at 09:03 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well not whacky from what I did in workout but just today was nuts!

    Swimming wise was good, a nice 4000 yards in 90 minutes...

    Warm Up
    200 Swim Snorkel
    200 Kick
    200 Pull Paddles
    Sprint Main
    10 x 100 FR 3:00 25 SPRINT and Turn then EZ 75 held them all sub 1:30.
    50 Hard around :32 from push.
    3 x 50 EZ
    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! is kinda relative at 3000+ yards in and after 1550 of it BR...let's just say it's faster than the non "fast" ones.
    Kick Set
    500 FR Fin Kick

    3 x 50 EZ

    Back is still a little twingey but I'm swimming OK. Might do an elliptical tomorrow...we'll see. I'm not rushing back to lifting and cardio...
  17. Active vs. Passive Rest

    by , March 3rd, 2010 at 06:18 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    A friend and I were talking about rest, overtraining, and related issues today. It got me thinking about rest and the individualization of rest again. While thinking about this, I came across the following article:

    Several years ago, I remember a former SEC running coach told me that for recovery, he suggested "recovery runs" for some runners and no running for others. I asked him why the different approaches and he said that it depended on the personality of the runner. He explained that some individuals are so intense that even when they think they are "taking it easy," in reality they aren't. Such individuals are good candidates for HR training so they are reminded to take it easy. Still, he said these individuals would rationalize reasons why they should get their HR up higher. With such individuals, he said the benefit of a recovery run was outweighed by the likelihood of overtraining and bad technique perpetuated by "slow running."

    I asked him about doing other activities such as swimming, biking, etc. He said that was o.k. as long as the athlete went easy, but even for some, there sometimes needed to be a day during the week where they didn't "exercise." His theory was that such individuals, even on their "non-exercise" days, were still going to be active enough to not get stiff.

    Lately, I've thought about what he has said and it makes sense. I may take a day off from exercise, but I certainly would not call it "passive rest." For example, I teach a class at the college and where I park requires me to climb five flights of stairs up a hill. I work on the second floor, so once I enter the building, I am once again required to go up the steps. Since I am an adjunct and don't have an office at the college, I lug a bunch of stuff around with me - the book for the class, graded papers, a notebook containing all of my lecture notes. While I teach my class which lasts 75 minutes, I pace back and forth as I talk (standing perfectly still for this amount of time would cause me to faint). After class, walk back to my car and drive home. Once home, I walk my dog in the backyard (we live on close to 8 acres). Once inside, time to start household chores - laundry, etc. At some point, I will be lifting items to be put away, bending over to pick up things off the floor that should not be there, and then once again, I will walk the puppy. Once it warms up, I'm sure I'll be pulling a few weeds, sweeping the front steps, or picking up branches.

    I would hardly call such days "passive rest" days. Is there really such a thing with individuals who have an active life? I think not unless they have no responsibilities and can sleep all day in front of the t.v.

    To keep my back from getting stiff, I did my yoga stretches and torso twists a little while ago. Guess this took about 15 minutes. I don't think I would be well-served to go do a "recovery swim." I don't think it would do me any good to run, lift weights, or do an exercise class. I'm just too intense of a person for it to do me any good on my "off day."

    I wonder if older athletes with lots of responsibilities can really follow the routine of professional type athletes who don't have other jobs or kids to take care of (if they have kids, they have people hired to take care of their kids). For professional athletes, an active rest day where they do some low intensity exercise is great for them, but in the life of some masters swimmers, a normal day in their life without the usual exercise (swimming, running, lifting weights, cycling, exercise classes such as CrossFit, P9OX, etc.) is still an active rest day.

    I think I as well as many masters athletes are quick to get overtrained because when we should completely take a day off from our usual exercise, we still find some way to do a workout and call that day a "recovery day with active rest."

    Updated March 3rd, 2010 at 10:08 PM by elise526

  18. Day 3 of Laziness, Wed., March 3

    by , March 3rd, 2010 at 04:44 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Planned to go to hot yoga today, but I couldn't make it in time for the noon class as I was at ART (see below).

    So, I put in the Yoga Shakti DVD and customized my own program using the yoga matrix. It was about 75 minutes long, and I liked this routine better than the preset 90 minute routines. I only used one set of sun salutations and skipped all the dancing warrier series. I added the ab series, which was interesting. But I need yoga blocks for some of these moves, they're so difficult. The spine twisting series were great. This seems like a great adjunct to the spine strengthing series in bikram and all the twisting core work in the gym.


    Given my malaise, I decided a tune up and visit to my ART doc was in order. I spent the entire 30-40 minutes grilling him about nutrition, as he's rather an expert on that with advanced non-ART degrees. Here's a summary:

    1. Supplements good. HA! He says that all high performing, high level endurance athletes use them and need them. He says there are growing studies that support their efficacy. Perhaps they aren't the years long well controlled double blind studies that docs rely on. I may email him and ask him for the studies.

    2. We discussed my difficulty with workout and recovery drinks (can't use whey products, gatorade give me heartburn). He said (a) I should always use an electrolyte drink if exercising more than 35 minutes; (2) I should try Endura again, which is a medical grade and very pure electrolyte drink powder without additives (so it shouldn't upset my seemingly delicate GI system). I have heard that Lance Armstrong started using Endura and ditched Hammer products after a recent "bad batch" of Hammer products came out.

    3. With respect to whey, he said the hemp protein I'm using is very good. However, pure compounds of whey are the best for building and maintaining muscle. Once I get the gluten issue under control (still suffering symptoms, blech), we can try a very fractionated type of whey that will have very little, if any, lactose in it.

    4. He approves of my smoothies! And says that, yes indeed, they may have been keeping me healthier this year b/c they are loaded with immuno-system-boosting nutrients. He suggested adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to my smoothies, as that is a superior recovery agent. I did mention what Quick had said about type O blood types being sensitive to coconut. He said, once I get the gluten out of my system, I should try one tsp and see if I get a reaction within 4-6 hours. If not, put it in the smoothies. He seems to buy about 70% of the blood type diets.

    5. He loves Michael Pollan's rule that one should not eat anything that doesn't rot.

    6. I'm going to add another ingredient to my smoothies as well: InflamX360, which is referred to as a "medical food." Anyway, he thinks this will help with recovery and help calm down my traumatized GI system as well. It apparently tastes very nasty, but hopefully all the berries will disguise the flavor. InflamX also has L-Glutamine in it.

    7. Soy is poison for me. I checked to make sure the Paul Newman salad dressings I often use don't have this or any other hidden gluten ingredients in it. Luckily, they do not.

    8. My shoulders are stable. Yay! He approves of my new routine of lighter weights + core intensive/body weight exercises + yoga. The heavier weights do put a lot of strain on the shoulders. But he certainly found some "hot spots." (Jokes already made about this phraseology. )

    Core Stabilization Exercises:

    Here's some good core work to do at home I think you could also do it at the gym with 2 benches.

    [ame=""]YouTube- Core stabilization[/ame]


    I'm hoping these last 3 recovery days are enough to jolt me back to normalcy. I want to be able to kick Speedo's ass in the pool tomorrow. If not, I'm going back to HTFU.

    USMS on Youtube:

    Never knew we had this link:

    Updated March 3rd, 2010 at 09:33 PM by The Fortress

    Yoga , ART
  19. Dreaming of future swimming wonders

    Today I swam at the Y during early morning lap swim again, and it worked out well. I had my own lane for the first half of my workout, then circled with just one other swimmer for the rest. Plus, during a break between sets someone from a neighboring lane told me that I was “such a beautiful swimmer!” I think I really like this morning Y swim crowd!

    Here’s what I did:

    1000 scy warmup (400 swim/200 kick/200 pull/200 drillswim)

    5 x 100 @ 1:30 FR -> BK pacman set

    200 kick w/ fins (100 mod, 2 x 50 build)

    6 x 50 w/ fins (25 + turn sprint, rest easy) @ long rest [I did 3 FR, 2 BK, and 1 FL]

    5 x 100 w/o fins (25+turn sprint, rest easy) @ 2:15 [2 FR, 2 BK, 1 FL]

    10 x 50 FR/BK halfsies @ :50 [all easy-mod pace, but worked on really snapping legs over on turns]

    100 easy warmdown

    Afterwards I stretched out in the warm, pretty pool, then headed upstairs for a short rowing workout. I had tried to go to the gym’s rowing class last night, but it has become very popular again and was already full when I arrived. (Rowing class is a bit like spin class on Concept 2 erg machines, an interval workout with everyone rowing in sync and an instructor calling out instructions and, often, narrating a rowing course or race for us. No disco music. It’s a great workout in 45 minutes) So I decided to do some rowing on my own today—I programmed the machine to do 2-minute pieces, with :30 rest in between. I warmed up on the first 2, then descended numbers 3-5 and 6-8, then warmed down the last two. (I went 2:19/2:14/2:08, 2:35 (was chatting with a fellow rower here)/2:12/2:07 on my descends. Those numbers are average 500m pace during the 2 minutes of rowing).

    One cool thing about rowing on erg machines is all the information and feedback you get—after every stroke, the machine calculates your 500m pace time for that stroke, per-minute stroke rate, average pace for the piece, projected finish time or distance, etc. (It also does the standard workout-machine stuff like calories burned, wattage, and so forth, and will even give you a little pace boat picture to race if you tell it to do so). Seeing how small changes in rowing technique affect the numbers on each rowing stroke really helps me stay focused on maintaining good technique. Plus the rowing room has mirrors on the front and sides, so you can visually check your technique now and then.

    I often think how great it would be to have all this info while swimming. Can you imagine swimming 200 descends in workouts and getting feedback each stroke cycle about your stroke rate, your dps, your current speed (measured as, say, your 100-pace), and your projected finish time? All this could be projected wirelessly into your goggles. Actually, figuring out how to do that for stroke rate should be doable (and has maybe already been done—I know Speedo used to sell a swim watch with metal sensors on the sides that calculated stroke rates by measuring changes in conductivity and using that to figure out how many times the watch, and thus the arm wearing it, had been dipped into and out of the water per minute. I’m not sure if they still make this, or if it was widely adopted by teams. I think the technology to take such stroke rate info and make it appear somehow in the field of vision of a person wearing goggles exists.) Measuring swimmers speeds at very frequent intervals would be trickier. Swimmetrics does it with tethering; you could possibly do it untethered in an endless pool, if you could get precise measurement of both the speed of the water current and the swimmer’s position relative to the back wall of the tank (and maybe, once you got that latter measurement, you could have the speed of the water current automatically adjust itself so that the swimmer stayed in roughly the same place no matter the swimming speed. Can endless pools already do this?) Maybe by the time I’m in the 85-59 age group all this will be old technology!

    The heat sheets and timeline for this weekend’s swim meet on Long Island are up. It looks like it will be a short meet, starting at 9 and ending around 12:15, even with several 1000 heats in there. I’m swimming 100 FR, 50 FL, 50 BK, and 50 FR. (I know ahead of time I won’t be swimming any relays, since I’m the only woman from our team attending). It should be a fun event.

    [I do realize that resuming 2 leg-intensive activities (I went to ballet class Monday night, plus the rowing today) is probably not optimal meet-week prep. But I figured getting back into my NYC routine took priority of being perfectly prepared. And it’s still early in the week, and I’m not too sore from the ballet, so I think things will be fine. I just have to remember how to do starts—I haven’t practiced those since my last meet in January!]
  20. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -03/04/10

    by , March 3rd, 2010 at 01:18 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)

    WARM UP:
    1 X 400 6:00
    4 X 50 :50
    1 X 300 4:30
    4 X 50 :50
    1 X 200 3:00
    4 X 50 :50
    1 X 100 1:30
    4 X 50 :50

    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    6 X 25 sprint kick :45
    Twice through

    1 X 200 50 stroke(choice)/50 free 4:00
    4 X 50 1 of each stroke 1:00
    Three times, breaking between rounds.

    1 X 100 easy 2:00
    1 X 50 fast 1:15
    1 X 50 easy 1:15
    1 X 100 fast 2:30
    Choice. Swim the set three times.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts