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  1. A day for 75's

    by , November 4th, 2009 at 11:59 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    11/4/09

    SCY, with Carrie

    Swim 500 free smooth

    200 IM drill

    swim 8 x 75 free on 1:20 even pace
    (ave 1:00)

    swim 300 choice
    (free/back by 50)

    kick 100 IM

    pull 8 x 75 free on 1:20 breathe every 3
    (Ave1:00)

    swim 100 easy

    swim 8 x 75 back on 1:30
    (ave:1:06)

    swim down 100 easy
    --
    Total: 3100 yards

    Updated November 4th, 2009 at 12:45 PM by poolraat

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  2. Sprint/Distance Combo

    by , November 4th, 2009 at 07:29 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Was sore going in to this one but started to loosen up some as I got going.

    8x50@:55 Free
    8x25@:45 Free kick every 3rd Sprint
    8x50@:50 Free
    8x25@:45 Free kick every other Sprint
    5x200@3:00 Free w/paddles & bouy descend went 2:49, 2:47, 2:43, 2:38, 2:32
    5x100@1:30 Free kick w/fins held 1:22's
    200 Free 1 paddle on weak arm 1 fin on opposite foot from paddle arm to build up the weak side
    8x50@:50 Free as 25 distance stroke 25 sprint stroke
    200 Free warm down

    Total 3500 yards
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  3. 11-03-09

    by , November 4th, 2009 at 12:17 AM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    11-01-09 Swimstitute SCM Solo w/o
    11-02-09 Gym. Increased reps to 3x20, except for free weights. Assisted Pull-ups and Dips is now 60 lbs, pull ups increased to 3. I started playing basketball as a intermission.
    11-03-09 Aquasol @ UMHS
    Warm 350 (Coach was rushing me)
    Drill Set
    1x200 Underwater flip-turns ( Swim fast as you pass under the flags, dive deep, go into a SDK do the flip turn at the wall underwater, SDK out under the flags, surface, you may now breathe.
    Main
    1x500 FR, 1x400IM :30 rest
    1x200 FR, 1x200IM :30 rest
    1x100FR, 1x100IM :30 rest
    1x50, 1x50IM :05 rest
    Kick
    10x50 K w/fins fast :50
    Drill again
    10x50 Underwater flip-turns Drills(did these on 1:15)During cool down (75)my turns felt effortless!
    3025 scy
    Maintained 5-7 SDK on every start, and 2 SDK's on every turn, (except for BR), even my coach has noticed it and she isn't getting on my case about taking 2 strokes without a breath off the turns.That is, in lieu of 2 strokes n/b, I'm doing 2 SDK's... I'mgetting more creative and added several new exercises in the gym which made me very sore today.
    Today's new to me drill for turns was sorely needed as I had a bad habit of doing one dolphin kick and involving my arms to assist in the turn. First I struggled with flipping completely underwater as I could not use those crutches anymore, then I just starting "balling up" and it became easier...with the lack of o2 factored in, I was motivated to get off the wall asap.
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  4. Easy swim

    by , November 3rd, 2009 at 08:50 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Had a history test today in a class I'm taking to broaden my potential teaching areas. Don't know what took more out of me, running the 5k over the weekend or writing about Andrew Jackson, the Missouri Compromise of 1820, slavery, John C. Calhoun, nullification, the Nat Turner rebellion, abolitionist petitions, broadening of the electorate, the National Bank, and the Southern economy.

    Anyway, got in a very light swim today. Pool was 85 and I was dead. Still, I guess a little something is better than nothing.

    Warm-up: 9 x 50 drill on 15 seconds rest

    10 x 100 on 1:45 - alternated 100 free, 100 back on first 5, and then did dolphin kick with board and no fins on last 5

    Cool-down: 2 x 75 easy free

    Updated November 3rd, 2009 at 09:23 PM by elise526

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  5. Core + Swim, Tuesday, Nov. 3

    by , November 3rd, 2009 at 05:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Core/Dryland:

    Played with my new power wheel today!

    power wheel roll outs on knees, 1 x 25, 2 x 15
    power wheel roll outs from pike, 2 x 10*
    power wheel crawls, just a few forward and back, seemed somewhat hard on shoulders
    power wheel pikes, 1 x 15, 2 x 10**

    3 x (25 long arm crunches + 25 bicycles + 25 dead bugs + 25 prone scapular scrunches + 25 butt kicker plyo)

    jumping jills, 3 x 50
    snowboarders, 3 x 10

    * The roll outs from a pike are much harder than from the knees and likely stress the shoulder more.

    ** I was showing off my power wheel to my son (who finally arose from the couch after a few days of piggy flu). He said (with bravado, though jokingly) "move over weak woman and let a real man show you how it's done." Then he promptly lost his balance on the pikes and couldn't do very many on his first try. lol. I think this exercise is the best one for the core from what I could tell. But I need to try the crawling some more.

    Videos for the power wheel exercises and other bodyweight exercises can be found at: http://www.monkeybargym.com/exercise-videos.html. This site looks somewhat like Cross Fit without the weights.


    Swim/SCY Solo:

    Used a workout super evilstroke sprinter Jim Corbeau was kind enough to send me. I made minor modifications.

    Warm up:

    700 variety swim, kick, drill

    10 x 25 twirling 4 point shooters

    Sprint Set:

    3 x through:

    4 x 75 backstroke w/ 10 SDKs @ 70% @ 1:30
    4 x 50 stroke w/fins @ 90% @ 1:30
    1 x 100 EZ @ 1:30

    I did the first set backstroke and held about 26.5-ish on the 50s.
    I did the second set evil b/c my legs were getting tired from the last few days of beating up on them and went 33s.
    I did the third set backstroke and held 25.5-26 ish, but missed the wall on the last 50

    Vertical Kicking:

    5 x vertical kicking, done as:

    1:00 vertical kicking with hands at shoulders + 15 seconds with arms in streamline + 15 pullouts + 15 seconds rest

    150 EZ

    Total: 3000

    150 EZ


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    When I made my internet purchases the other day, I also ordered a sample of PureSport workout and recovery drink to try it out. Just finished off my endurox. I also had ordered a new Finis Shooter monofin. I had the longer Trainer monofin, and really disliked it b/c it didn't seem to work the core and glutes as much -- instead putting strain on the lower back.

    I went to vote today. Hubby is out of town and did not get an absentee ballot. So, for once, he didn't cancel out my vote.

    HIIT:

    This article suggests that HIIT, not low or moderate interval training, significantly reduces the risk of heart disease.

    High-Intensity Interval Training to Maximize Cardiac Benefits of Exercise Training?
    Wisløff, Ulrik; Ellingsen, Øyvind; Kemi, Ole J.
    Abstract:

    We hypothesized that high-intensity aerobic interval training results in a greater beneficial adaptation of the heart compared with that observed after low-to-moderate exercise intensity. This is supported by recent epidemiological, experimental, and clinical studies. Cellular and molecular mechanisms of myocardial adaptation to exercise training are discussed in this review.

    Updated November 3rd, 2009 at 06:02 PM by The Fortress

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  6. I hate breath control sets!!!

    by , November 3rd, 2009 at 04:48 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Tuesday, 11/3/09

    SCY, solo

    300 swim mix strokes
    (did 100 free/100 back/50 breast/50 fly)

    3 x 100 kick w/board w/5 sec. rest
    (coming in between 1:55-2:00 on these)

    swim 2 sets of 3 x 75 free on 1:15: descend 1-3
    (Round 1 went 1:02->:56; round 2 went 1:05->:55)

    pull 6 x 150 free on 2:30:
    #1-2 breathe every 3
    #3 and 4 breathe 3/5/3 by 50
    #5 and 6 breathe every 5
    (did these all around 2:05, had no problems with the breathing pattern here)

    swim 12 x 25 fast choice on :40 with 1 min. rest after #4 and #8
    {did 2x (2 fly-2 back-2 free)
    fly around :17, back around :18, free around 15}

    swim 4 x 150 free on 2:30: breathe 3/5/3 by 50; descend 1-4
    (couldn't hold the breathing pattern after the first one swam the rest on B3)

    swim 4 x 25 FAST choice on :45
    (IM order times about like above set of 25's)

    swim down 100
    --

    Total: 3050 yards

    And while perusing the Preliminary Top Ten List look what I found:

    800 Freestyle Relay LCM Mixed 120-159 (2009)
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    10 ABM Illinois 11:17.15
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    Floyd M Fisk (57)
    Martha Cammarata (27)
    Ken Carlson (35)
    Carrie A Colburn (35)
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    HOW COOL IS THIS!!! MY FIRST EVER!

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  7. Monday Nov 2nd and Tuesday Nov 3rd

    I did not forget to blog last week. I spent the week in bed. Unfortunately it was due to illness. The only full day I worked was Monday. I finally got a stronger antibiotic and a decongestant/anti-histamine.

    I was dead on Monday. First time back in the water in over a week ... I only did 1200 none of it hard.

    Today I was late ... I'm working on that.

    400 swim mix in drill
    4 x 100 kick

    Main Set:
    6 x 150 (choice of paddles, pull or swim)
    I did 2 with paddles and the last 4 without
    There was a breathing pattern but I covet my air and opted to stick mostly with every 3 and work the walls.

    12 x 25 sprint on :40
    Did them all free held 15s

    4 x 150 descend


    Feeling better. I have to coach tonight so I am going to try and get some sort of dryland in. I might try running or elliptical. I might just opt to weights and stretching. Depends on how I feel and when I get to the gym.
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  8. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -11/04/09 -SCY

    by , November 3rd, 2009 at 04:12 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    WARM UP:
    1 X 300 5:00 4:30
    1 X 200 3:20 3:00
    1 X 100 1:40 --
    Swim it twice. Round 1 intervals left, round 2 right.

    2 X 100 kick 2:10
    6 X 50 kick 1:05

    1 X 100 stroke 2:00
    2 X 50 stroke 1:15
    Swim the set three times, breaking between rounds.
    IM'ers should do a round each of fly, back, breast.

    1 X 100 easy
    1 X 50 fast
    Choice.
    We'll swim it 4 times through.
    50's are @100% and off the blocks.
    No intervals, we'll go when ready.

    400 & 1500 swimmers: 14 X 50 1:00
    odd: easy, perfect stroke
    even: race pace

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    3100Y/3800Y
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  9. Red Letter Day...So far

    by , November 3rd, 2009 at 12:09 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    I returned to the office of the beautiful blonde dermatologist sans merci and was escorted into her parlor by a brunette nurse. The nurse instructed me to remove my pants and underwear, the elastic in the latter of which she could not fail to see was exhausted. She gave me a paper drape with which to cover myself and then she briefly left the room, leaving my unguarded medical chart on the formica table.

    As soon as she was gone, I bounded over and looked at the results:

    Results negative for herpes simplex 1 and 2 and herpes zoster.

    Then the nurse reappeared, and I said, "So I don't have sexual leprosy?"

    And she said, "I don't know, I haven't looked at the test results yet. The doctor will be in to go over these in a minute."

    Despite this waffling, my heart was doing somersaults. The lesion was still idiopathic!

    The nurse snipped the stitch and pulled it out and left.

    A few minutes later, the beautiful blonde dermatologist knocked once and entered. Perhaps it is projection on my part, but she seemed to have found in the one week interlude a portion of merci for wretched minions like me.

    Wretched, albeit not incurably venereal, minions.

    She smiled and said the tests for herpes and shingles were negative.

    There is a certain obsessiveness in me that likes to narrow things down to the 10 to the minus 12th power of certainty.

    "So," I said, in hopes of clarification, "you are saying I don't have sexual leprosy?"

    She smiled again and said, "Leprosy was never one of the suspects." But then, perhaps having some familiarity with patients like me, she added, "You DON'T have sexual leprosy."

    So much for the swab test results.

    Unfortunately, however, the pathology lab results (cookie cutter biopsy) had not yet come back. The beautiful blonde dermatologist, who now seemed to kind of like me, promised to call my cell phone as soon as these did come in.

    I asked her if groin cancer had now emerged as the next likeliest suspect.

    "I don't think malignancy is very likely, given how suddenly the lesion appeared," she said. "Malignancies usually take a long time to develop."

    More likely agents, she thought, were some sort of fungus, bite, poison plant, or other cause of the inflammatory process. It could still theoretically be another form of bacteria, but that's unlikely given the fact that I already went through antibiotic treatment without benefits.

    I told her that the area, which is clearly healing, still itched like crazy. She asked if the steroid creme she gave me free samples of was helping. I told her I stopped using it because it didn't seem to be making any difference, and she replied that it can take up to a week for that to work. She recommended I resume auto-anointment (my phrase, not hers).

    She said whatever it was, it wasn't contagious anymore (if it had ever been), and that it was okay to resume swimming. I didn't have the heart to tell her that I had already done that.

    In any event, this whole episode has resulted in collateral damage of multiple stripes to the innocent. I will dedicate myself to making whatever amends are possible--and take the ongoing maddening itch in the spirit of much deserved punishment and penance for my sins.

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  10. Tue Nov 3rd, 2009

    by , November 3rd, 2009 at 11:02 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue Nov 3rd, 2009

    YESTERDAY 2009 LCM TOP 10 RANKINGS CAME OUT, THINGS TURNED OUT PRETTY WELL
    CONGRATS TO EVERYONE

    Next MEET:
    ADDED A NEW MEET TO MY SCM SEASON
    ADRIAN MONTOYA IN SAN ANTONIO, TX IS HOSTING THE
    University of the Incarnate Word (SCM) Masters Meet
    Saturday, November 21 & Sunday 22, 2009
    IT'S A GREAT POOL & I'M HAPPY TO SWIM IN IT, GIVE Y'ALL A LINK SOON AS I HAVE ONE


    2009 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships
    December 4th - 6th, 2009 at Long Beach
    http://www.spma.net/meetforms/2009/lbgscm.htm


    30 Days till Long Beach

    WEIGHTS WORLD GYM
    LAT PRESS 8 X 40 8 X 45 8 X 50 6 X 55
    LAT PULL 8 X 165 6 X 205 4 X 215
    BENCH PRESS 8 X 135 6 X 185 3 X 205
    LEG PRESS 8 X 230 8 X 320 8 X 410

    FOUR OR MORE SDKs off EVERY wall

    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    SCY no blocks
    6:30 - 8:00
    whitney coached
    UT Swim Center main pool north end
    Swam with TODD, AMY & MIKE
    BESIDE TYLER JON , NED MARCIO PAUL & LARRY


    WORE briefs

    warm up
    3 ROUNDS OF 150 FR 50 K 100 IM DR

    MAIN SET

    [B]Assigned: 4 rounds (ONE EACH STROKE) of
    100 K,
    100 DR,
    8 X 25 ON 35 ODDS FAST EVENS EASY
    200 FR PULL

    DID 3 ROUNDS & INSTEAD OF THE 200 PULL I DID 4 X 25 FR

    IN ROUND 2
    WE WENT OVER TO DIVING WELL AND DID ROPES, WHICH IS SWIMMING WITH A BELT ATTACHED TO A ROPE THROUGH PULLEYS THAT LIFT A WEIGHT, WE DID

    4 X 100 DONE 25 STRONG, 25 EASY REST 30

    4 X 50 DONE 25 STRONG 25 EASY REST 30 BETWEEN EACH

    GOT OUT AROUND 6:45
    THOUGHT ABOUT DOING SOMETHING FAST BUT DECIDED NOT TO
  11. Tuesday morning swim with team

    This morning, to make up for yesterday's disappointment, I treated myself to wearing a new suit to workout. This is the one I chose:
    I accessorized with my blue polka dot cap



    and, lest things get too matchy-matchy, my regular orange daisy flipflops.

    Although you can't see it so well in the picture, the swirly design on the chest seems embossed--its a bit darker and seems pressed into the fabric--and is lightly covered with something that looks like glitter. With its ombre coloring and subtle yet sparkly decoration, the suit's a little reminiscent of pageant swimsuits, only without the plunging neckline and inner hardware. It was comfortable and fun to wear. It did seem like glittery bits in the design might be prone to migrate to other parts of the suit. I felt fast and happy swimming in it, and give it a four happy-face rating:
    .

    I was brave and swam in the fast lane this morning, and enjoyed swimming with my speedster buddies. This was our workout, and what I did with it:

    I got in about 400 of the warmup.

    5 x 50 FR @ :40

    3 x (4 x 50 ST) @ :50, with each set of 4 being FL/BK, BK/BR, BR/FR, and FR/FL
    [Note: Wrap-around IMs--I'm against them! Instead, I did the 3 IM pieces medium fast, and substituted an easy FR or Bk for the FR/FL 50]

    6 x 100 @ 1:45, with odds 75FR/25K; evens 25FL/25BK/25BR/25K. [The point of this set was to do the 25 kicks fast, and I did.]

    The main set was:
    4 x 100 @ 1:30
    1 x 50 @ :30
    3 x 100 @ 1:25
    2 x 50 @ :35
    2 x 100 @ 1:20
    3 x 50 @ :40
    1 x 100 @ 1:15
    4 x 50 @ :45
    1 x 100 @ 1:10
    [Our lane added that last 100 to the original set--we wanted to go down to 1:10 on the last 100, but didn't want to speed up the intervals by :05 for all the 100s, so just added one at the end.
    This set turned into a bit of a train wreck--in a lane of 4, we had 2 bathroom breaks during the set, a couple of mid-pool turnarounds (but I executed them gracefully!), 3 swimmers who were lost at various times, and 1 swimmer who simply surrendered and swam a straight 1300. But towards the end we all regrouped and finished the set strong. I was able to make the fast swims but struggled on the middle sections of the set, which is how I thought it would go for me. I tend to be good at swimming fast or slow, and not so much at sustaining inbetween speeds.]

    8 x 50, odds easy FR @ 1:00, evens brisk BK @ :40

    5 x 50 warmdown

    All in all, it was a happy morning practice--everyone seemed to be in good spirits, and there was lots of chatting and laughing. I'm grateful to have such great teammates to swim with!

    Updated November 3rd, 2009 at 10:08 AM by swimsuit addict

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  12. Sore after this one

    by , November 3rd, 2009 at 07:14 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Felt good so decided to do some stroke work today.

    10x100@2:00 Free 1/2pull 1/2kick

    20x25@:30 Fly w/fins & paddles - get the paddles out correctly
    20x25@:30 Back w/paddles - keep it strong
    20x25@:30 Breast - make them
    20x25@:30 Free w/6 beat kick

    200 warm down

    Total 3200 yards
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  13. Measure For Measure

    by , November 2nd, 2009 at 11:03 PM (Meet Director's Path to Tranquility)
    "Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top"
    -Dag Hammarskjold
    The second step in getting the meet off the ground this year was to submit our application to the LMSC for a sanction. In the first year, the George Washington Rec Center pool needed to be measured to verify the length, since to our knowledge, there were no USA measurements on file. Some pools have USA Swimming measurements on file, making this step unnecessary. The LMSC loaned a long tape to us for the purpose. There were no real instructions on how to do this as I recall, except that the length of each lane needed to be recorded, gutter to gutter at the water surface.

    Oh, what a pain. During our measurement, the tape was consistently pulled tight for a measurement and out of someone's hands. Then, we stretched it across a few floating kickboards. Several people would need to hold the kickboards in one place ot keep them and the tape from floating out of line.

    Of course we were getting a longer measurement than the pool actually was, with the sagging between boards. So, we started with the kickboards lined up, then gradually took them away to get a tight level tape and took the readings. What surprised me was the fact the at the measurements varied by an inch or more from lane to lane. All lanes measured out a bit longer than the 75 feet requirement, but a few by only a couple of Michael Phelps butterfly finishes.

    We only measured lanes #2-7 that we planned to use in the meet. Information was submitted to the LMSC, and the pool's measurement record was accepted into the file. If we wanted to use lane 1 in the future, we would need to measure that lane I assume, and revise our pool measurement record. Measure all lanes in the pool, even if there is no plan on using them in competition, allowing their possible use in the future. This year, when we submitted our sanction request, we only noted that the pool was measured in the past and the results were on file.

    In the first meet, we copied the sanction language exactly as the USMS Rule Book stated. However, the LMSC sanction chairperson had other ideas. She wrote back that she wanted it stated a little bit differently. I guess it was personal preference. We have used her language in all meet entries since.

    BOOK OF WISDOM
    • Plan on lots of time to measure a pool using a tape, and have floating kickboards ready.
    • Measure all lanes in a pool, even if you do not plan on using them in competition.

    Updated November 10th, 2009 at 07:02 AM by Rnovitske

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  14. Set for the New Season

    Well, I've wasted no time renewing my USMS registration for 2010. I renewed online first thing yesterday morning, along with a slight change in my status. I am no longer unattached; I am now a proud member of the Metro Masters Swim Club. Actually, this is an umbrella club, with a bunch of workout groups -- but I'm not a member of any of the workout groups. So I guess I'm still kinda, sorta "unattached," even if my membership card doesn't say so, and I'm still working out on my own.

    Ironically, there's a masters team at my pool, with coaches and workouts. But their workout schedule, doesn't match mine -- I don't see any point to joining them if I'll be walking into the wokouts in the middle. Now my workouts begin when I get there and end when I leave. Of course, it also means I'm still my own coach, but I'm pretty much uncoachable anyway -- I frustrate myself, so I can only imagine how a real coach would react. Besides, what other coach would put up someone as lazy as me .

    Anyway, right after I renewed my membership, I entered my first meet as member of Metro (also online). Yes, I entered the Colonies Zone SCM Championship. It's only a half hour subway ride from my home, so there's really no excuse for me not to enter. (I'll have the November 21st meet as practice.)
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  15. Drylands + TTs, Mon., Nov. 2

    by , November 2nd, 2009 at 09:26 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    With all the kids home today, I was lucky to eek out an hour at the gym. Forgot my gloves again. Damn. Legs are sore tonight.

    10 minute warm up on bike

    bicycles, 1 x 100
    broomstick twists, 1 x 25
    hanging knee tucks, 2 x 20
    side bends w/45 lb bar, 2 x 15
    dead bugs on bosu, 2 x 25
    romanian crunches, 2 x 25

    overhead squats w/45 lb bar, 1 x 15
    (felt a twinge in the right quad starting a second set -- probably from the plyos -- so stopped)
    kneeling cable crunch, 80 x 1 x 10, 85 x 2 x 10
    seated narrow grip row, 110 x 2 x 8
    pec fly, 100 x 2 x 10

    rock star jumps, 2 x 10
    triple box bunny hops, 1 x 15
    lateral box hops over bench w/hands on middle of bench, 3 x 25
    med ball start plyos w/2 6 lb med balls, 1 x 10
    twisting med ball slam, 3 x 15

    prone scapular scrunches, 2 x 25
    scapular wall slides, 2 x 25

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    LCM Prelim Top Ten

    Had a bit of a panic attack when I looked at the prelim TT list today and saw that my 200 back and 100 fly from USA meets were omitted. My times going AWOL has been a friggin epidemic this last year ... I sent emails to the ABM coach, the IL TT chair and Mary Beth Windrath. The TT recorder just screwed up (admittedly) and failed to submit them. He is submitting corrections. (I know it's a tough thankless job, but this would never have happened with Jeff Roddin in charge.) And I sent the results links to MBW. So hopefully, they will be included in the final results. Those are my two hardest LC events, for god's sake! And I was without my trusty B70 for the 200 back and debuting this event in front of the kids!

    Here's a comparison of 2008 and 2009 times and rankings (assuming corrections are made):

    2008:

    50 back, 3rd, 33.44
    100 back, 3rd, 1:13.48
    50 fly, 4th, 31.13
    100 fly, 8th, 1:14.46
    50 free, 6th, 29.39

    2009:

    50 back, 1st, 31.99
    100 back, 4th, 1:14.62
    200 back, 8th, 2:47.34
    50 fly, 3rd, 29.74
    100 fly, 5th, 1:12.52
    50 free, 4th, 28.51

    I was super thrilled to get my first individual AA ranking. I'm hopeful that time will hold up in the FINA rankings.

    Also very happy on the LCM relay front! Our fast chicks' 200 free relay from Indy was AA. My my one and only relay with dearest Jimby -- 200-239 mixed 200 free relay-- was #2! And my 200-239 mixed 200 medley relay was 4th. My relay mates rock!

    On the whole, I improved almost across the board. Straight up B70 comparisons, except for the Jaked in the 50 fly this year. (My other Jaked swims were slower than my B70 swims. I think the suit is cursed or a fake. lol) The only event that was a disappointment was my 100 back from Nats where I had the double calf cramps on the start. Still very very pleased! The drops in the 50s seem very significant to me.

    Random thought:

    It crossed my mind today that, if I change my training away from the heavier weights in Dec. as I planned, I won't have a good "apples to apples" basis for comparison of my times from this year (tech suit clad) to next year (practically nekked).

    Updated November 2nd, 2009 at 10:20 PM by The Fortress

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  16. Run in the fall sun

    by , November 2nd, 2009 at 08:55 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Enjoyed a 4.5 mile easy road run around lunch today. A beautiful fall day with lots of colors. Temp was in mid-sixties. It doesn't get much better than this. Really feel blessed I live in the country as I saw more horses on my road run than cars. Did the run in about 45:39 with average HR of 150.

    Have been mulling over the run/swim balance idea the last couple of days. Things are looking iffy for the swim meet on the December 5 in Atlanta. Have lots going on early the next week that I have to prepare for, so don't know if I can spare 8 or 9 hours on Saturday (5 hours of driving and the meet itself). Also hate to confess that I'm not a big fan of SCM. Haven't done a SCM meet in 13 years for this reason.

    The weather for the rest of the month is supposed to be pretty decent, so I may keep up the regular running for at least another month. Probably not a bad thing since my son keeps giving me his Halloween candy and Thanksgiving will soon be upon us.

    So, until December, the plan is to swim 2 or 3 times a week, lift once, and run 3 or 4 times a week.
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  17. new plans

    A tramp through the leaves in Central Park has cured me of the temporary insanity that had me contemplating driving 8 hours roundtrip this weekend to find a replacement for my cancelled meet. (In any case, I was it was more like 10 hours). Swimming all the events will simply have to wait for another season--what started as a lark was becoming a burden as I tried to figure out how I could still eke out 17 events. So now I have to figure out a new plan that involves the 2 meets I have left, focusing more on quality swims rather than the quantity of swims. I guess I'll have to rename my blog now that my plans have changed!

    I did a short easy workout on my own at the Y pool today:

    1000 warmup

    4 x 400 @ :20 rest
    1st=400 FR; 2nd=200 FR/100BR/100FR; 3rd=100FR/100BK/100BR/100FR; 4th=400 IM
    (I think of this as my IM-pacman set, with the IM munching up more and more of the evil 400 FR on each successive repeat until it is transformed into a beautiful 400 IM)

    400 SKPS warmdown

    Then did weights + stretching + rehab exercises

    Tomorrow I'm hoping to swim in the fast lane at workout!
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  18. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -11/03/09 -SCY

    by , November 2nd, 2009 at 04:34 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    WARM UP:
    2 X 200 3:20
    2 X 100 1:40
    1 X 300 4:30
    3 X 100 1:30

    3 X 100 kick 2:10
    8 X 25 kick*fast,no board* :40

    5 X 100 free 1:40
    1&2 are negative split. Descend 3-4-5 to fast.

    1 X 125 easy
    1 X 100 fast
    1 X 100 easy
    1 X 75 fast
    1 X 125 easy
    1 X 50 fast
    1 X 75 easy
    All fast swims are from the blocks.
    Choice. No intervals, we'll go on coach.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    3050Y
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  19. Monday, 11/2/09

    by , November 2nd, 2009 at 11:45 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, solo

    200 swim free
    200 kick on back alt flutter/dolphin by 50
    200 IM drill
    200 pull choice
    200 swim back

    swim 6 x 50 back on :55 build
    (ave :40)

    swim 4 x 150 free on 2:15: make interval and descend 1-4
    (went 2:10->2:05)

    kick 6 x 100 2:00, fins ok, make interval
    (used zoomers ave 1:30)

    swim 8 x 50 on 1:00, #3 and 6 fast - all choice, float the last two
    fast ones: back-:37 and fly-37

    100 easy
    --
    Total: 3000 yards
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  20. Mon Nov 2nd, 2009

    by , November 2nd, 2009 at 10:43 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Nov 2nd, 2009

    FOUR OR MORE SDKs off EVERY wall

    Next MEET: 2009 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships
    December 4th - 6th, 2009 at Long Beach
    http://www.spma.net/meetforms/2009/lbgscm.htm


    31 Days till Long Beach


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    SCY no blocks
    5:30 - 6:35
    whitney coached
    UT Swim Center main pool north end
    Swam with mike & nate
    beside todd & tyler

    WORE briefs

    warm up
    200 fr
    175 k
    150 fr
    125 k
    100 fr
    075 k
    050 fr
    025 k

    MAIN SET

    Assigned: 4 rounds of (25, 50, 75 100, 100, 75, 50, 25) on 17.5 per 25
    Did 4 rounds of
    25,
    50,
    25, skip 50,
    50 fr, skip 50, held 29 - 30
    50 fr, skip 50, held 29 - 30
    25, skip 50,
    50,
    25


    8 x 25 on 40
    odds: no breath SDK
    evens: no breath 6 SDKs then swim free

    50 easy
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