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  1. Core + MF, Thurs., Nov. 12

    by , November 12th, 2009 at 06:19 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Did mostly a core routine today. Jimby, if you're reading, this would be a superior workout for you than the 14 nautilus machine route. And there's virtually no crunches.

    broomstick twist, 1 x 25
    good morning darlings, 1 x 50
    bicycles, 1 x 50
    twisting overhead med ball slam (8 lb ball), 2 x 25
    russian twists on incline bench w/25 lb plate, 2 x 25
    kneeling cable crunch, 80 x 2 x 10
    "Nicole" overhead squats, 45 (bar) x 3 x 15. Since I was doing well on these with the bar, I then did: 50 x 1 x 10, 60 x 1 x 10, 70 x 1 x 10. Yay!
    side bends w/45 lb bar, 2 x 15
    lying bicep curls on cable machine, 80 x 2 x 10
    rack push ups, 2 x 25
    rack chins, 3 x 15
    box jumps on 18 inch box, 2 x 10
    forward lunges w/25 lb DBs, 2 x 15
    squat swing & twist w/25 lb plate, 3 x 10

    prone scapular scrunches, 2 x 25
    external and internal rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm
    3 position arm extensions, 3 x 2 x 15

    Didn't stretch, drove to pool.


    Since I received my new Finis Shooter MF last night, I was thrilled to take it the pool today. I really disliked my longer Trainer MF and haven't used it much since LC season. I was rather out of practice doing flip turns with it though. I'm quite fond of geek's name for the nose clip: Fortina. I think I need something similar for the MF. Anyway, here's what I did:

    Warm up:

    700 variety

    Hypoxic Kick w/MF:

    4 x (5 x 25 shooter) @ :30
    #1 = belly
    #2 = left side
    #3 = right side
    #4 = back
    #5 = twisting

    50 EZ

    Main set:

    2 x through:

    1 x 100 hypoxic backstroke kick w/MF, 1 breath only at turns (went about 1:00 on these, just cruised)

    200 drill (50 chest press fly + 50 good swimmer free drill + 50 front scull + 50 dolphin breast in grip fin style)

    4 x 50 @ 1:00, good technique
    #1 = fly/back
    #2 = back/breast
    #3 = breast/free
    #4 = free

    50 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP SDK w/MF
    (went 22 (cramped and missed turn) and 21.5)

    100 EZ

    Total: 2650

    5-10 minutes in hottub



    Didn't feel too bad after yesterday's "Kill the Wolf" VK set. It took me a little while to loosen up at the gym, but then I got going.

    Tomorrow, I plan to do hot yoga in the am and then I was very lucky to snag a 1:30 massage appt. I think I (especially the legs) could use one. Then (I promise Wolfy) to take Saturday off and let my body "adapt."

    Timing of Massage for Taper Meet?

    Does anyone have any thoughts on when is the best timing to get a massage before taper meet? I've heard different things. For example, I've heard deep tissue 10 days out and then swedish massage a few days before. I've heard deep tissue 5 days out. What do people think?

    Sick, sick, sick

    FortSon seems to have relapsed from his seeming piggy flu recovery. He's at the doctor now; I'm worried about pneumonia. Mini Fort seems mostly recovered. She wasn't hit nearly as bad. I'm still waiting for Gillian and me to get hit ... Not sure whether I'd rather get sick and lose a week of training or get sick during taper ... Argh!


    FortSon has bronchitis and suspected "rebound H1N1." Blech. But no pneumonia.


    With my meet on Dec. 12-13, a 3 week taper would start Nov. 21. I'm done with running. And, since the weather is so bloody miserable, I'm not even tempted. I'm going to drop all leg work (plyos, weights) 3 weeks out starting Nov. 21. I'm not precisely sure when to drop upper body weights. I know men would drop them 3 weeks out ... I'm not sure for me. I may taper them during week 3 and then drop them totally the last 2 weeks. I will do yoga during week 3, but then drop it 2 weeks out as well. Then I'll do my usual 2 week plan where I drop intensity and kick volume two weeks out and then drop yardage and intensity some more the final week. Any suggestions are welcome!

    Updated November 13th, 2009 at 04:10 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  2. Fragility, and more fun with graphs

    After I graphed my best age-graded ratings in each event earlier this week, I started thinking about the time span in which I had swum those best-rated swims. Since this rating system is a way of comparing performances at different ages, graphing the number of best ratings achieved each year provides a snapshot of my masters swimming performance trajectory. Hereís how it looks:

    What has kept me back in those years where Iíve recorded zero best performances? Motivation and the other things going on in life both factor in, but flipping the graph gives a pretty good approximation of my degree of injuredness in any given year. Note to self: Stay healthy!

    Of course, thatís easier said than done, and handling injuries intelligently is probably just as important a skill as preventing them in the first place. Iím coping this week with a twingy left arm (a familiar bit of tendonitis, and a pretty minor setback in the scheme of things). Iíve had to modify my practice goals this week to reflect thatóinstead of getting in some fast FR and BK plus a few starts in preparation for my meet next Saturday, my first priority is to get my arm feeling good again. Sometimes, when I have meets looming, I struggle to avoid panicking when everything isnít going right with my body. When that happens, I just have to relax, either take a few days off or focus on the things I can do without pain, and trust that Iíve already put in plenty of good training for my upcoming swims. Since I hadnít quite reached that point last night, so I did go to team practice, and modified the workout by not doing fly and doing only BR for my sprints. Today I will take off, and then will probably swim easily by myself on Friday and see how things stand.
  3. Wednesday and Thursday November 11th & 12th


    Swam on my own since I had the day off. The pool was about 84 degrees. I HATE swimming in warm water. I always swim very slow and feel crappy and naseous.

    Anyway ...

    400 swim
    2 x 200 K
    4 x 75 (50 drill/25 swim) I went fly, free, br, fr

    15 x 100
    3 @ 1:45
    3 @ 1:40
    3 @ 1:35
    3 @ 1:30
    3 @ 1:25

    After the 1st one at 1:25 some lady stopped me to ask if we could share the lane. I haphazardly threw my stuff toward one side of the lane and missed the send off a bit. This was miserable with the water temps.

    4 x 100 kick (I did it as a broken 400 IM kick with zoomers and went fly, back, free then ditched the fins and did breast)

    4 x 50 ez on 1:00

    Thursday Morning swim with team:

    200 kick
    200 pull
    100 back (it was a 200 but I hate back so ...
    200 swim
    8 x 50 (1-4 drill (fl, fr, br, fr) 5-8 desc)

    3 x 300 pull desc. on 4:30 (I HATE pulling)
    4 x 100 back (50 drill/50 swim - I hate backstroke)
    3 x 200 free on 3:00 (I skipped these to do the set of 100s)
    2 x 100 on 2:00 FAST (I will not write my times down as they are utterly embarrassingly slow and pathetic)

    200 c/d

    Seeing as this workout was full of pull and back and long swims which are my 3 least favorite things at swim practice.

    Anyway ... pilates tonight and hopefully a bit of cardio though I definitely got cardio in this morning.

    Tomorrow I'm taking off.

    Saturday: swim with team (in theory) and run
    Sunday: hot yoga and run
  4. Two Days to Swim Meet

    by , November 12th, 2009 at 12:52 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, solo

    Swim 400 choice
    (did 200 free/200 back)
    kick 200 rev IM order
    200 IM drill
    pull 300 choice
    (did 200 free/100 back)

    swim 6 x 50 on 1:00 back: build to about 85%
    (all were right around 40 or just under)

    swim 8 x 25 on 45 as 2 sets of 4:
    1. fast/easy
    2. easy/fast
    3. build
    4. fast
    (did round 1 free, round 2 back)

    200 easy

    4 x 25 on 1:00 fast choice
    (went fly off blocks, free, back from blocks, free)

    swim down 600 choice
    (alternated free/back by 100's)

    Total: 2500 yards

    Updated November 19th, 2009 at 02:40 PM by poolraat

  5. Thu Nov 12th, 2009

    by , November 12th, 2009 at 12:32 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu Nov 12th, 2009

    Weights: world gym 5:15 - 5:50
    lat press 6 x 40, 6 x 45, 6 x 50, 5 x 55, 4 x 60
    lat pull 6 x 165, 5 x 205, 4 x 215, 3 x 220
    bench press 6 x 135, 5 x 185, 3 x 205, 2 x 210
    leg press 8 x 180, 6 x 270, 6 x 360, 4 x 450
    Getting stronger


    FOUR OR MORE SDKs off EVERY wall

    5:30 - 6:30
    Whitney coached
    dove in on time
    swam with jon & paul beside
    todd, tyler, larry ned, & max
    TSC main pool

    WORE briefs

    Warm Up
    assigned 2 x 300, 200, 100
    did HALF

    Assigned 3 x 300 fr on 4:00 desc
    did 3 x (3 x 50)

    assigned 25 fl fast, 30 sec rest, 50 fly fast 30 sec rest, 75 fly fast
    did: 25 easy 25 FAST from a dive 10 SDKs 3 strokes went 10 or 11

    Assigned 3 x 300 fr on 4:00 desc
    did 3 x (3 x 50)

    assigned 25 bk fast, 30 sec rest, 50 bk fast 30 sec rest, 75 bk fast
    did: 25 easy 25 FAST from a dive 12 SDKs went 10 or 11


    Saturday, November 21 & Sunday 22, 2009
    University of the Incarnate Word (SCM) Masters Meet

    8 Days till San Antonio

    December 4th - 6th, 2009
    2009 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships at
    Long Beach

    21 Days till Long Beach
  6. Challenging myself part II

    by , November 12th, 2009 at 07:24 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Since Tuesdays main set went so well I decided to build on it today.

    10x100@1:40 Free long and loose held 1:30's

    Main set
    5x100@1:35 Free w/paddles & bouy held 1:25's
    4x100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy held 1:25's
    3x100@1:25 Free w/paddles & bouy held 1:20's
    2x100@1:20 Free w/paddles & bouy held 1:15's
    1x100@1:15 Free w/paddles & wicked kick! 1:15

    500 Free kick w/fins Easy
    500 Free w/fins 6 kicks on each side then a stroke
    500 Free every 3rd 25 Back

    Total 4000 yards

    If tomorrow is long course you know what I like to do if I am up to it....F...L...Y........
  7. Catching Up!

    by , November 11th, 2009 at 09:42 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I've taken a blogging break. I have been lurking and commenting but otherwise on hiatus.

    Swimming has been good lately. I have been doing the Jackie Hirsty Distance workouts (find in the Forum) on Monday/Wednesday solo and swimming with the Nasti Tribe on Tu/TH/Sat/Sun. I've been subbing some backstroke in for freestyle in the JH workouts. I am really starting to like bs but I need to get stronger coming off the walls.

    Last Saturday I needed to swim earlier than Nasti's practice so I trapsed down to the Monon Center to go solo. As I entered the pool I noticed 2 lanes of swimmers (4 or 5 per lane) starting a great looking workout. I started over to lane 1 (empty) and the swimmers called my name out. As it worked out it was a group of friends (ISF mostly) I haven't seen for a while; they invited me to swim with them. It was a great workout! So much better than my normal solo slog. I will probably swim with them this Saturday too; Nasti's lost their pool time this week-end due to a high school meet.

    Tomorrow my school is trying to break the current Guinness World Record we currently have participants claim of. It's "Stack Up" day.
    The goal is to have MORE than 222,568 people Sport Stack in a single day. I will have 740 participants at my school during PE classes.
    The current record is on page 10 in the 2010 Guinness Book of World Records!
    I will try to post some footage of some stacking if I can figure out how to get my flip videos downloaded.
    If you don't know what I'm talking about (and you care) go to Speed and click on any Steve Purganeon sp? video'll be amazed!
  8. Caught Up In The Web

    by , November 11th, 2009 at 08:40 PM (Meet Director's Path to Tranquility)
    "Study the past if you would define the future."

    Raising the Standards
    Again, decisions on this meet were based on my experiences and ideas on swim meets. Another area where a new approach was taken was in the meet web page. Until our first meet, the only meet web pages I saw were for a local meet with a few links given, and for Nationals. Since there was a lot of information I wanted swimmers to have access to (that I seldom had for meets I entered), and since most swimmers had internet access, I wanted to take the meet web page to a new level. I gave our meet its own web page with its own menu of links and created an extravaganza!

    Information from the meet announcement was copied onto the page in the same order so it was easy for swimmers to correlate the two if needed. Leveraging the web, URL's in the meet announcement were replaced with actual hyperlinks on the web page.

    First, the menu contained a link to the entry form, a pdf file, and next, a link to the swimmers' entry status. After entering a meet, I want to know if my entry was received and everything was OK. Our status page lists all swimmers' entries received to date and their status (either OK, or something wrong with their entry.) Past problems included wrong or missing registration card, no tee shirt size given, not enough or too much payment, unsigned release of liability, and entering too many events. Of course the meet director needs to notify the culprits and ask them to make good. The status page also indicates who else is coming (your friends and foes) and how many slots are left in the restricted 500-free (more on this later.)

    Years ago, a fellow teammate and I went to a Thanksgiving meet nearby and ordered and paid for the meet tee shirt. It was OK. Next year, he ordered a shirt at the meet, I did not. Upon arrival, he was proudly given a light brown shirt with sh#@ brown 'Times New Roman' lettering and ads across the back. I joked about it all the way home, and felt relieved that I had not spent money on the shirt that year. Ordering a meet tee shirt was like rolling the dice. We included a web page link to our meet tee shirt design to let swimmers see the design before plunking down their money. You should only do this if you have a good tee shirt design. I noticed one Albatross Open (who always has good shirt designs) started doing this last year, too.

    Once again, the web was leveraged for the next link. Directions to the New World were given in a graphic map, as well as in a link to an interactive Google map. No one was going to get lost and show up late to our meet.

    Meg Smath from Kentucky put together a document that was distributed to first time competitors at her LMSC meet. I thought this was a great idea since we were reaching out to the first time competitor who may not know what to expect or plan for. Some swimmers may have been familiar with USA, college, or dual meets, but not Masters. There were a few surprises at my first USMS meet (Reston Masters SCM with warmups around 6:45 AM.) Meg's directives were condensed, revising some advice specific to our meet, and uploaded as My First Meet for our newbies.

    For some reason while putting the web page together, an idea flashed into my brain - usually they only leak out. I thought it would be good to allow swimmers to post their photos of the meet on our meet page. The friendly meet scrapbook showing shiny happy people was developed. Meet participants now send in their smiling faces each year. File sizes are reduced and pasted in the online scrapbook so others can see how much fun they missed.

    On the first meet's web page, I included a short background midi music file (low file size) that played once. Two teammates responded. One said the sound was normally turned off on his computer. The other said she worked at the Library of Congress and viewed the meet page at work, alerting her fellow workers to that fact when the music started up. I included another background music file only once since.

    No other swimmers commented on the music or web page then or since. However, these were the first clues to swimmers that our first meet was going to be a bit different.

    If you do a meet page to encourage entries, leverage the web's interactive and linking abilities to your advantage

    Updated November 12th, 2009 at 02:46 PM by Rnovitske (grammar)

  9. My First Blog

    by , November 11th, 2009 at 07:48 PM (My Passion)
    Decided to start blog to keep track of workouts and swimming progress. 4th year of swimming masters and starting to drop time, especially on distance free. Considering doing a meet next weekend - I'll sign up this weekend if I decide to. Saturday coach is encouraging this.

    I have been extremely tired since the time change the begining of November, so I cut my 6-7 days a week to 4 or 5 days a week. Feeling better today than I have since the time change. I plan on hitting the gym at 5 am tomorrow, still considering the workout.

    Took the dog on a 1/2 hour hike after work today and can tell my dryland is lacking the endurance I used to have. I will be more concientious of doing this every day now. (since I am recording it, I am now responsible)

    5 am practice.

    Warm up: 1X400 IM (swim, kick, pulll, swim)

    2X200 IM
    4X100 Back
    4X100 Breast pull dolphin kick with fins
    4X100 Fly
    4X25 hypoxic underwater

    Got out early to help the coach with a younger swimmer.
    Swim Workouts
  10. Its a fat thing

    A few years back, my interest in OW swimming grew into something of an obsession. Of course I read many books and articles about swimmers who have pushed the limits of what was considered "humanly" possible regarding exposure to cold water temperatures, and it seemed that a generous layer of subcutaneous fat was a celebrated feature of many of the who's who of OW. This makes perfect sense as all mammals living in extreme temperatures share this characteristic and many also sport a thick coat of fur as well.

    A self-proclaimed fat-o-phobe... I have managed to keep my weight between 162 and 173 for the past 20 years and I never thought I would be willing to "sculpt" my body to fit an OW ideal, leaving me with two choices: 1)forget about swimming marathons in water below 70 degrees. 2)adapt to cold water by increasing exposure gradually.

    Along with a couple of friends, I have been working on the latter, and I have also been experimenting to find the right pace that will generate maximum heat and still be sustainable for 9 - 12 hours.

    My time in Dover this year led me to a change in attitude about weight gain. I have met so many channel swimmers and almost all claimed some degree of "bulking up" for the swim... none expressed regrets. I think a target weight of 185 - 190 should be a decent balance for me... somewhere between the 20 and 30 pounds extra that is commonly sought.
    If it seems like the extra weight is slowing me down much (I am not expecting any 50scy personal records) I will reevaluate the plan.

    The Dover Harbor training swims employ a sparse feeding schedule (one feed after 2 hours, and then once each hour) in part to train ones body to burn fat to keep warm.
  11. Sprints + Vertical Kicking, Wed., Nov. 11

    by , November 11th, 2009 at 05:20 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    SCY Workout at GMU w/Speedo, Jazz & Wolfy:

    PART 1:

    Warm up:

    700 variety swim, kick, drill

    (Jazz was in the hottub for much of this. lol)

    Pre Sets:

    6 x 25 Jazzy "good swimmer drill" @ :40

    In this drill, you tap your head on the freestyle recovery before entering the water. This drill is designed to promote high elbows and proper entry. I loved this one. I might incorporate this drill regularly if I actually do some tri relays next year. Straight arm doesn't work so well in OW.

    3 x (4 x 25 variables) @ :30
    #1 12.5 fast/12.5 easy
    #2 12.5 easy/12.5 fast
    #3 build
    #4 fast

    I didn't do #4 fast, just cruised instead.

    50 EZ

    6 x 50 kick w/fins @ 1:00
    The girly boys were very lazy on these, though Jazz claimed to go fast on one of these. I missed that. Sheesh, wimpy kickers.

    50 EZ

    Sprint Set:

    8 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 50 EZ) @ 2:30

    Previously, Pete and I did these on 3:00. But Wolfy couldn't tolerate our lollygagging ways, so forced us to do them @ 2:30. I did 6 free w/fins and 2 backstroke SDK w/fins. Jazz and Wolfy had some nice races and Speedo looked speedy as usual. Jazzy blatantly taunted the Wolf by putting on a drag suit and pull buoy and challenging him. I'm actually not sure who won that duel. All I know is that Jazz and Wolf are both evil "leave a second early cheaters" and none of the girly men could beat me on the 25s, even when I was kicking, unless they used super fins. (I had forgotten my own fins and used some of Mason's -- they were awful, those floaty Speedo fins that are good for drills, but not speedwork.) I felt pretty draggy on the first couple of 25s, but then sped up. I didn't have that easy speed feel, but I think I was just too sore from the mega dryland yesterday.

    100 EZ

    Total: 2450

    Jazz left at this point, being utterly uninterested in vertical kicking and having done much more yardage than usual.

    PART 2:

    Kill the Wolf Vertical Kicking Circuit:

    2 x through:
    No evil kicking allowed whatsoever
    No fins, except when Wolfy needed them to do or finish the set.

    #1 med ball throw:

    Paul, Pete and I did the first round for 2:30.
    Wolfy & I did the second round for about 1:30

    I wish I had a partner to do this with more often. Very fun and hard work.

    #2 5:00 vertical kicking with hands at shoulders

    I did the first round dolphin kick and the second round alternating dolphin kick and flutter kick by 1:00 intervals. Wolfy and I agreed that flutter kick was harder b/c you don't recruit the core as much.

    Pete did round 1 of these and then had to leave for work. Or was it a hair appt.?

    #3 "sprint"

    1 x flutter kick in streamline position for as long as you can without mouth going below surface

    1 x dolphin kicking same way.

    I made about 30 seconds on both of these, but I had a somewhat sloppy streamline. Need to work on this. These "sprint" kicks are great for working on increasing kick tempo. You have to kick really fast and hard to stay above the water.

    Wolfy lasted about 2 seconds on the first one. Speedo suggested that underwater film to catch the facial expression could be interesting.

    #4 vertical kicking with med ball for 1:00

    OMG, this was HARD. We had a 6 pound ball and a 8 pound ball, and we each used one once. The 8 pound ball was much harder and it was hard for me to get through the second round. Quads were burning.

    100 EZ

    I was very proud of the Wolf for making it through this set! And I was really really glad to have some company for it.

    15 minutes in hottub



    Part 2 was harder than Part 1. Doh.

    As I noted above, I definitely want to add more of the high tempo VK to my routine.

    Wolfy was mentioning that he thought I might be overtrained. IDK ... I thought I was just training hard. There are lots of folks swimming, lifting, and doing other forms of cross training just like me. And I am not showing the symptoms of overtraining that I've read about on other threads.

    Here's one:

    Plus, I did have a recovery week before the Sprint Classic and typically take Saturday off, though I didn't the last two.

    But we both agreed that I might need a longer taper than my typical 2 week taper. Actually, I think my last taper was really 3 weeks b/c I dropped the leg work early. I think I'll have to go with 3 weeks again b/c I am always beating up on my legs. Or possibly more. I just have to figure out what to cut out, how much and when. I'm sure I'll enjoy the first week of taper and then just f'in hate the last 2 as usual ...

    As to my plan to stop heavy lifting after NE Champs, Wolfy commented that lifting heavy 1x a week to maintain strength might not have any real benefit and just confuse the neural system. I still plan on strength training, of course, I'm just going to drop the heavy lifting on the leg press, hi row, bench press, deadlift, etc. for a few months. I need a mental break. This is apparently b/c I am an "ADD" trainer. Hahaha, I just like to mix it up. I'm going to focus on bodyweight work and plyos instead.


    SCM Meet in DC:

    Nice line up for this meet! Yay, Muppet for organizing a good meet with a good order of events. (Did you hear that guys? )

    Had I known this earlier, not sure I would have booked my Boston flight ... And I still need to get my meet entries in for that meet.

    Updated November 11th, 2009 at 07:20 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts
  12. Swimming hard!

    by , November 11th, 2009 at 04:01 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    On Tuesday, jumped in for part of the kids' practice.

    Warm-up: 300 swim, 300 pull, 300 kick

    4 x 500 free on 1 minute rest (hard efforts)

    10 x 50 pull on 1:00

    8 x 75 free kick (no fins) on 1:30

    100 easy

    5 x 50 heads-up free on 1:15 -all-out

    3 x 100 dolphin kick (no fins) on 1:45

    300 easy

    4800 yards

    Dryland immediately following swim:

    Wall-chairs 8 x 1:00 - 1 minute rest between each wall-chair and on last 4, keep one leg out - alternate legs every 15 seconds

    Today, met with the Death Valley Club and ran 4 miles of the hill route at an 8:45 per mile pace.
  13. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -11/12/09 -SCY

    by , November 11th, 2009 at 02:58 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    Another taper day.


    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:20 3:00
    1 X 100 1:40 1:30
    2 X 50 :50 :45
    Swim it three times.
    Round 1 intervals left. Rounds 2 & 3 right.

    6 X 50 kick 1:15

    1 X 75 easy 1:30
    1 X 50 fast 1:30
    Swim it 4 times. Choice.

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

    400/1500 swimmers:
    8 x 50 1:00
    odd: easy, perfect stroke
    even: race pace

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts
  14. Low Stress workout today

    by , November 11th, 2009 at 11:23 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)

    Since I have a meet this weekend, but am not really tapering, this week's workouts are lower in intensity so i can be somewhat rested.

    SCY, solo

    200 swim free
    200 kick, rev IM order
    200 IM drill
    200 pull free
    200 swim back

    3x around
    swim 300 bk/br/fr IM (ie 100 bk, 100 br, 100 fr)
    20 sec. rest
    kick 6 x 50 w/10 sec. rest: 2 fly, 2 breast, 2 free

    200 swim down
    Total: 3000 yards

    Upcoming Swim Meets

    This weekend I will go to Utah for a Masters meet at the Davis County Recreation Center

    I will swim the following events on Saturday:
    200 back
    50 fly
    100 free
    50 back

    Next week, 11/21-22 I will go to Boise ID and swim in a USA swim meet with the kids
    I'll be swimming the following:

    50 free
    50 back

    100 free
    100 back
    50 fly
  15. Wed Nov 11th, 2009

    by , November 11th, 2009 at 09:34 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Nov 11th, 2009


    FOUR OR MORE SDKs off EVERY wall

    5:30 - 6:30
    Whitney coached
    dove in on after warm up
    swam with jon, tyler, marcio, ned, nate, & brad
    TSC Diving well

    WORE briefs

    Warm Up
    missed it

    whitney set up 5 stations
    we spent 6:00 in each one

    8 x 50 warm up

    12 x 25 on 30 worked SDK

    5 x 50 fr 6 SDKs off each wall

    8 x 50 worked SDK

    12 x 25 on :30 worked SDK


    Saturday, November 21 & Sunday 22, 2009
    University of the Incarnate Word (SCM) Masters Meet

    9 Days till San Antonio

    December 4th - 6th, 2009
    2009 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships at
    Long Beach

    22 Days till Long Beach
    Swim Workouts
  16. 11-10-09

    by , November 11th, 2009 at 12:38 AM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Warm 10x50 on 1:00
    10x100 on 1:40
    50 ez
    *left shoulder prevented applying torque
    6x50 BF K (on back hands streamlined) 2:00
    6x50 Stanford drill (4 strokes BF no breath, FR to wall, then 4 more BF no breath FR to wall) 1:30
    6x50 BK d/s (drill is one arm overhead switch)1:00
    200 cool down

    Its just human nature to compare oneself with others in their quest for swimming greatness. Its good to have higher standards to look up to, it always keeps me motivated, as I have a competitive spirit. So even if I don't have stellar workout performances, I believe that lowering my standards in this case is not the wise thing to do, as my standards seems to be lowering themselves without any due process on my part.

    I haven't been in the pool since Friday. Today my 10x100 on 1:40 were landing on 1:20 -1:19. The last time we did it, I was just cruising and doing 1:18-1:16 on 10x100 on 1:30(Sept) Last spring I was able to get 1:10-1:13 on 5x100, so the weight training is having a negative affect on my overall performance. (I started in the spring in hopes of lowering my cruise towards 1:05 or better.) Somehow its just not helping. Ive injured my shoulders and I just don't have the strength I need to pull myself through the water faster.

    Ive decided that I will go back to normal dryland/calisthenic's/pilates. This is not to say that weight training is bad, I didn't approach it correctly and I did more damage than good, ergo I should have got a trainer to help me with the weight program instead of DIY.
  17. Numero Uno

    by , November 10th, 2009 at 06:59 PM (Meet Director's Path to Tranquility)
    Doveryai, no proveryai (Trust, but verify)
    -Russian proverb
    First entry received

    The first entry to the 2010 Tropical Splash was received! I stopped by the post office box this weekend and there was one entry from a Germantown Masters swimmer. I think this is the earliest a swimmer has ever registered; usually entries start trickling in around Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, he attached a copy of his 2009 registration card that will be invalid at meet time in 2010. I contacted him by email and asked him to send a pdf of his card after he renews.

    Hosting a meet so close after the beginning of the year, we were expecting this problem, and we were not disappointed. In the past meets, about 20% of all entries received did not have a current USMS card. Entries would arrive with outdated registration cards, with or without explanations. The ones with no cards attached always had a guilty explanation. In order of popularity:
    • My renewal was sent in but I am still waiting for my card.
    • I thought I could just bring a copy to the meet. (Of course, and hold up the check-in and make us keep track of you until then)
    • No card, but here's my USMS number (The number is from last year, and I need your DOB, USMS club, and USMS name)
    • I sent it in to my club treasurer but she won't forward it until she has a batch to send in. (And did you tell her you need it to enter a meet?)
    • I lost my card and need to get another or find it (So soon after renewing????)
    • Sorry, I copied the wrong registration card. (Why do you keep your old one?)
    • My registration is with Egypt (the country)

    This usually created more work for the meet director: keeping a list of swimmers who need to submit valid cards and contacting them by email or telephone to arrange a method for receiving it. Try playing Sherlock Holmes when their email and phone number are left off the entry. Loads of fun. Being such a nice guy, (my philosophy is that we were HOST to the swimmers and as a HOST, should try to be gracious and as accommodating as possible) I usually allowed them to fax it to me and would attach it to their entry form. Some would send it in the mail if there was enough time.

    Still others were so late to sign up that they needed to bring a copy of their card to the meet check-in. This would make a good VISA commercial - everything is humming along at check-in and some dolt steps up to pay or copy their card, causing the entire process to disintegrate.

    J-Rod, our LMSC registrar, made updated registration info a bit easier to get in the Cretaceous Period before online registration. He would update an online list of pertinent info of Potomac Valley swimmers that only meet directors had access to - a BIG help in checking out cardless excuses. For our meet, he updated it almost daily. I usually found the late renewals here and copied their info into the meet before a copy of their card arrived. I also copied the page for our meet archives since rules state that evidence of USMS registration is necessary. I have also been known to contact a few neighboring LMSC registrars to get the scoop on their late bloomers not fortunate enough to belong to Potomac Valley.

    I had to check into that Egypt entry. Yes, a Egypt Masters swimmer could enter the meet. No, I do not report his times to USMS. Good thing because I did not know his LMSC. I could not read Arabic to determine the expiration date on his card. A Syrian friend eventually translated it for me - it was from the previous year - expired. Why did that not surprise me. We did get him squared away before the meet.

    Last year the renewal clouds parted and the savior arrived and his name was Club Assistant. The new USMS online registration made 'it's in the mail' excuses invalid. In minutes, swimmers could renew online, receive a pdf copy of their card, and print it out to enter the meet. The expired-registration card entries dropped to about 5% of the total. Those that tried some excuse received a quick infraction notice from me that included a web address to renew, and my email address to send their pdf card to.

    One more note on registrations. J-Rod also advised me at our first meet to have a LMSC registration form on hand at the meet in case someone needed to register there in order to swim, along with neighboring Maryland and Virginia registration forms. Only once in 2008 did someone need it to register at the meet check-in.

    • Don't host a meet at the beginning of the year
    • Decide if you want to be a wicked director of the west, or a good director from the north

    Updated November 10th, 2009 at 07:08 PM by Rnovitske

  18. Meathead Ignoramus Workout, Tuesday, Nov. 10

    by , November 10th, 2009 at 05:02 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Since I hadn't been to the gym in a few days, I made sure to get in a real meathead ignoramus extraordinaire workout today. I suspect I'll be dead later as usual.


    HS hi row, warm ups sets, 210 x 1 x 5, 220 x 2 x 5 (PR)
    Dara yoga ball twist on cable machine, 50 x 1 x 15, each side, 60 x 1 x 15, each side
    one legged squats w/15 lb DBs, 2 x 10 each leg
    lying overhead tricep press, 20 x 1 x 15, 30 x 1 x 15, 40 x 1 x 15
    leg press, warm up sets, 410 x 2 x 10 (PR)
    (this is the max weight on this machine)
    deadlift, 135 x 2 x 8
    push ups, 3 x 25
    body rows, 2 x 15

    bicycles, 2 x 50
    long arm crunches, 2 x 25
    elevated knee ins w/10 lb weight held by feet, 2 x 25
    good morning darlings, 1 x 50

    box jumps on high box, 1 x 10
    rock star jumps, 2 x 10

    plyo circuit: 3 x through:

    30 seconds lateral jumps over bench w/hands on bench (did 45-47 jumps)
    30 seconds rest
    1:00 jumping jills
    30 seconds rest
    30 seconds squat press w/15 lb med ball throwing up and catching it
    30 seconds rest

    power wheel:

    roll outs, 1 x 15, 1 x 25
    pike ups, 1 x 15

    As I was getting ready to do the pike ups, a guy came over and declared the power wheel "an absolute instrument of torture." lol I started a second set of the pike ups, but felt an abdominal
    muscle strain on the left side, so I stopped. This is a very hard exercise if you roll up and out all the way. (Well, FortSon just told me I wasn't supposed to go completely flat ...)

    prone scapular scrunches, 3 x 25
    3 position arm extensions, 3 x 2 x 15, each arm
    scapular wall slides, 2 x 25
    external and internal rotators, 10 x 3 x 15, each arm

    I then trudged into the hot gym pool and did the following very slowly:


    Warm up:

    600 variety

    Slow aerobic work:

    10 x 25 twirling 4 point shooters

    5 x 100 on :20 RI done as 50 backstroke kick/50 back

    10 x 25 twirling 4 point shooters

    50 dolphin dive

    Total: 1650 meters

    5 minutes hot tub
    5 minutes steam room


    Now, I would love a good massage and an ice bath. Alas, that is not happening, and I fear I will be sore tomorrow. But, unlike Jimby, I will not be weak.

    I drank my pure sort workout and recovery drinks during the workout. I was famished after and made my own recovery smoothie with a banana, fresh blackberries, mixed frozen berries, coconut water, mangosteen juice, walnuts, glutamine, flax seed oil and whey protein.

    Tomorrow, I'm planning to head to Mason to work out with Speedo, Wolfy and maybe Cage Fighter. Some vertical kicking is on the menu, including vertical kicking with med balls. We may alternate some endurance vertical kicking (as Ande did in one of his circuits recently) with some sprint kicking with the head above water in a streamline position. Wolfy has already announced he will be "moaning." But it will be good for him!

    Updated November 10th, 2009 at 06:09 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  19. Tuesday, 11/10/09

    by , November 10th, 2009 at 01:25 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, solo

    500 swim alternating free and back
    200 kick IM order all on back, no board
    200 IM drill
    200 pull free w/buoy only

    swim 5 sets of 3 x 50:
    set 1 build free on 1:00
    (ave 37)
    set 2 back, desc. 1-3 on :55
    set 3 smooth free on 50 (make the interval)
    (just barely made interval)
    set 4 back, descend 1-3 on :55
    (about the same as above, took an extra 30 sec rest before next round)
    set 5 25 fly fast/25 free easy on 1:00

    swim 200 easy

    swim 4 x 25 fast on 1:00 choice
    (did back (16), free (14), fly (16), free (15)
    back from race start, the rest from a push)

    swim down 300
    Total: 2450 yards
  20. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -11/11/09 -SCY

    by , November 10th, 2009 at 01:24 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)

    WARM UP:
    4 x 100 1:40
    4 X 50 :50
    4 X 100 1:30
    4 X 50 :45

    6 X 50 kick 1:15

    4 X 100 free 2:00
    #1 moderate
    #2 75 moderate/25 fast
    #3 50 moderate/50 fast
    #4 25 moderate/75 fast

    8 X 25
    odd: build to race finish
    even: Blocks, sprint 20 yards

    400/1500 swimmers:
    8 X 50 1:00
    odd: easy, perfect stroke
    even: race pace

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts