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  1. Still Recovering

    by , April 6th, 2009 at 09:18 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    This cold/virus really took more out me than I realized. Could barely speak yesterday even though I felt better. I didn't do any working out yesterday. I just timed my son in a practice duathlon. He is getting ready for one in two weeks. With his build, he makes it look so easy. He is 10 years old and at 4'8," only weighs 66 pounds. I asked him what part he likes best about the duathlon and he said the last run because he likes to run everybody down. Had to chuckle at the competitiveness in the little guy.

    Did get a swim in today and definitely felt pretty weak. Had thought about doing 3,000, but just didn't feel up to it.

    400 warm-up: mix of free and back and kick

    6 x 100 pull freestyle with buoy only on 1:45

    2 x 250 easy free

    10 x 50 kick with fins on :50
    1-5 were back flutter
    6-10 were dolphin on back

    100 easy

    2100 yards

    Updated April 6th, 2009 at 09:27 PM by elise526

  2. Yawn, meh!

    by , April 6th, 2009 at 08:41 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well I did a 40 cardio on Saturday and more yoga balls stuff...I couldn't be bothered to write a blog for that alone.

    Today I went swimming and had a bit of a "meh" workout.

    5 x 100 W/U
    5times thru:
    100 IM 2:00
    100 FR 2:00

    At this point I had had enough trying to swim through the wake of the human dreadnought that was underway in the lane with me and decided on the following to "git 'er done!"

    4 x 100 Snorkel
    4 x 100 Paddle
    6 x 100 Swim down

    Then went to lift weights full leg workout.
    Pull ups 8,6,6 then chins 6,6,6.
    Chest Press
    Pec Deck and out...running out of time.

    Updated April 7th, 2009 at 08:33 AM by SwimStud

  3. Monday, April 6

    by , April 6th, 2009 at 07:11 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swam and lifted at the Tucson Y today. Really nice Y!! The weight/exercise room was jam packed. However, there was another room with plentiful free weights and hammer machines that was relatively empty. The pool was fine, and had a nice view of the mountains. However, I just can't swim backstroke fast outside. Doing shooters on your back is even worse. Glare, glare, glare. I'm sure it's an east coast disability. Aside from backstroke, it's lovely swimming outside in the sunshine.


    decline press on Hammer machine, 90 x 2 x 10 (couldn't find a standard bench press Hammer machine)
    ground squat on Hammer machine, 90 x 2 x 10 (these were an interesting cross between a conventional squat and a deadlift/rack pull. probably should have used more weight.)
    alternating hammers, 20 x 2 x 20
    overhead trcipet press, 35 x 2 x 15
    2 x 8 neutral grip pull ups
    front lat pulldown on Hammer machine, 130 x 2 x 12
    push ups on flat part of bosu, 2 x 15
    (a man tried to warn me that this might hurt my shoulders)
    back extensions w/25 lb weight, 2 x 25
    elevated crunches w/10 lb weight held by feet, 2 x 25
    dead bug on bosu, 2 x 15
    supported reverse crunches w/10 weight held by feet, 2 x 15
    incline crunch, 2 x 25
    decline reverse crunch, 2 x 25


    Warm up:

    700 variety swim, kick, drill

    Aerobic Sets:

    4 x (4 x 50) @ 1:00
    1st 4: fly back
    2nd 4: backstroke kick
    3rd 4: back breast
    4th 4: dolphin kick on back

    8 x 100 w/fins @ 1:50
    done 25 shooter, 25 back, 25 fast fly, 25 easy
    (did 2 shooters on my back and flipped over to belly for the rest)

    50 EZ

    Backstroke Kick Set:

    4 x through:

    100 tempo backstroke kick @ 2:00
    50 backstroke kick fast @ 1:00
    50 easy @ 1:00

    Speed Set:

    8 x (25 AFAP + 25 easy) w/fins
    4 fast free, 4 fast fly

    150 EZ

    Total: 3700

    Wish I could break up my workouts more. Feel like I've been doing back to back weight-swim frequently lately and it's rather exhausting ...

    Lap swimmers in Tucson aren't as noodly as my usual pool. There were a couple pretty fast masters swimmer there. (Doing 100 freestyles and slow kicking though.) The masters group works out at 5:30-700 AM, not pm as my mother told me. Hence, I will not be availing myself of this option, despite the time change. (No way will I be able to stay on east coast time.)

    Updated April 8th, 2009 at 09:00 PM by The Fortress

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  4. part III Spring Break

    by , April 6th, 2009 at 07:09 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    Spent the am. doing some spring house cleaning...including half the windows. I'm gonna finish the upstairs windows tomorrow.
    It snowed here today; where did spring go?

    I had a good solo swim today at LA Fitness:

    1) 800 Freestyle swim-pick up pace each 200.
    2) 100 Dolfin kick on back (fins)
    3) 4 X 200 Freestyle on 3:30 interval
    4) 100 dolfin kick on back (fins)
    5) 8 X 100 Free on 1:50 interval
    6) 100 Flutter Kick on back (fins)
    7) 10 X 75 on 1:30 interval-half freestyle/half IM roll
    8) 100 Flutter Kick on back (fins)
    9) 4 X 25 Fly HARD
    10) Easy 100 IM cool-down
    3,700 Yards Felt strong too!

    I decided to start lifting weights today. I showered, got dressed, and hit the machines.
    NOT a great swim workout from above had wore me out.....I was energy.......and mentally ready to move on to something besides working out. Maybe if I had some food, or a break of some kind I'd be better?
    I remember why I don't like weight machines. The Nautilas/Hammer type isolate each body part to exercise it. All dynamic movements I know how to do (including swimming) originate and generate its power from the core (hip area) of the body. Sometimes I tend to want to swim with my arms too much......weight machines seem to exaggerate this notion. I think I may just stick with yoga/Pilates for core strength. I may be too old to really benefit from the use of weights.
    Okay, I'm going to go read a book.....I love to read but usually fall asleep anytime I sit down and try to do it.
  5. electric needles and 8000 yards

    so, i tweaked my lower back a couple of weeks ago and missed a lot of pool time; not because swimming caused me any discomfort, but flip turns were impossible and even open turns were painful. i did a couple of ART sessions and tried to get back into the groove, but still.... too painful. i bailed out of the new england championship meet and really started worrying about tampa bay on april 18th.

    i made an appointment to try out a little acupuncture on saturday and spent about 30 minutes face down with 20 or 30 needles poking out of me; a few of them electrofied. i swam about 3500 yards a couple of hours later and felt pretty tight, but katie (my LAC) said i should see real results on sunday.

    woke up sunday and felt like i was 17 again (my back anyway) so decided to get some yards in. here is the breakdown.

    8 x 1000 on 14min
    1. warm up (breathe every 3)
    2. alt 25 pace / 25 fast
    3. alt 25 pace / 50 fast
    4. alt 50 pace / 50 fast
    5. alt 50 pace / 75 fast
    6. alt 75 pace / 75 fast
    7. alt 75 pace / 100 fast
    8. alt 100 pace / 100 fast

    all pace swims were breath every 3, fast 2r/2l
  6. Recovery day

    by , April 6th, 2009 at 06:12 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY with Carrie
    Except for the set of 25's and 50's, I ignored the clock and swam the entiire workout at an easy pace.

    500 swim free
    400 reverse IM alt. kick/swim by 25
    300 drill alt. 50 free/50 no free
    (for the no free went fly, back, back)
    200 IM kick w/board (do free for the back)
    100 no free swim
    (did back)
    swim 12x25 on 30: one of each stroke, IM order, 3x through
    pull 300 breathe 3/5/3 by 25
    swim 400 back w/4-6 kicks off each wall
    (did 5 kicks all the way through)
    pull 10x50 on 55 alt. free/back by 50 nice and smooth
  7. 4-6-09 EZ Aerobic Free

    by , April 6th, 2009 at 01:03 PM (TJ's Blog of Slow Swimming!)
    11:00 AM to Noon at the Jamerson YMCA (SCY) coached by Elisa.

    4x75 - 50 fisted fr/25 free on 1:40
    4x75 - 50 fisted fr/25 free on 1:35 - I held 1:10 to 1:11 for all these while trying to really work for a good catch on the fisted free portion. My left arm feels like I get a good catch, although the coach tells me my catch is too wide now!:-(
    4x50 free on :50 descend - went :47, :45, :41, :38

    Main Set:
    4x75 free on 1:20
    4x75 free on 1:25

    4x75 free on 1:20
    4x75 free on 1:30

    4x75 free on 1:20 - I held 1:08s for the 1:20 interval 75s.
    4x75 free on 1:35 - I used the slower 75s as a little bit of active recovery, and stayed around 1:12-1:13

    4x50 free on :45 - I held :42s
    12x25 free on :25 - Hold streamlines past flags - These were more challenging than they looked - I started out at :22s, but my stroke fell apart and I dropped to :23 highs

    Warm Down:
    2x50 free on 1:00

    3200 yards!

    I know that this type of workout won't really make me any faster, but I love the sense of accomplishment after finishing an aerobically intense workout. When I swim more often, my stroke stays intact for longer and I am able to concentrate on it more and my speed in these types of workouts. But hey, it's getting to be outdoor sports time anyway! And just for Chris, I'm going to root for the Tar Heels since I want them to crush the Spartans...AGAIN! Dang uppity Michiganers beating up on my Huskies!

    Updated April 7th, 2009 at 08:11 PM by Iwannafly (Cuz I can't proofread!)

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  8. Fat Man still swimming

    by , April 6th, 2009 at 12:07 PM (Fat Man back in the Pool)
    3/31 Colony Grant Pool 26 yds
    We moved locations until we have our long course pool set up after the school year. The pool we are currently using is poorly measured and darned shallow (2.5 ft) and the shallow end.

    Got there late
    Mostly breaststroke drill practice.

    500 swim
    8 x 50 Drill & build, IM Order
    6 x 100 free on 1:30, 50 stroke on :50, 100 IM on 1:45

    600 pull

    3100 yds

    I had a tough time with this one both physically and philosophically. I am old enough to have trained with posted work outs and this sure would have been a better workout if we could have done it as:
    3 x 100 free descend 1-3 on 1:30
    3 x 50 stroke descend
    3 x 100 IM descend on 1:45

    This would have allowed some of us to swim breaststroke on the stroke interval and focused on quality swims vs. moving into survival mode.
  9. Mon Apr 6th, 2009 Nats in 32 days

    by , April 6th, 2009 at 09:37 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Apr 6th, 2009

    did not swim or lift yesterday
    hoped to lift but it didn't work out

    May 8 - 10
    4 weeks & 4 days / 32 days

    5:30 - 7:00
    Whitney Coached
    TSC LCM main pool scy diving well
    swam with Tyler, Todd, Nate, Doug, Jeff, & Ned
    Slept late woke at 5:15
    Dove in at 6:00

    missed warm up


    started out LCM

    050 fl
    100 bk
    150 br
    200 fr

    4 x 50

    050 fr
    100 fl
    150 bk
    200 br

    4 x 50

    moved to scy

    050 br
    100 fr
    150 fl
    200 bk

    4 x 50

    050 bk
    100 br
    150 fr
    200 fl

    4 x 50

    Assigned 5 x 100
    Did 5 x (25 easy, 50 skip, 25 SDK dive no breath)

    50 easy

    25 SDK
    went 10.8
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  10. Monday 4/6 - Allergies hitting hard

    by , April 6th, 2009 at 07:42 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Sleep, what is sleep? I think I finally stopped coughing somewhere around 2am but had to get up at 4:30 so...

    Left muscle left under the arm feels really tight. Is fine while I swim just feel it kind of ache when I am not swimming.

    My swim was actually fine today except for bouts of coughing here and there, which I just swam thru. Nothing too hard today just a lot of drill/kick work.

    10x100 @ 2:00 Free 1/2 pull 1/2 kick
    5x200 @ 3:30 Free as 50 breath every 3rd, 50 breath every 5th, 100 swim with 6 beat kick went 2:57, 2:52, 2:53, 2:51, 2:47
    3x200 @ 3:30 Back kick with fins good kickouts, #1 kick, #2 kick with rotation, #3 kick with partial recovery
    4x100 @ 2:00 as 50 Free/50 Back Stretch it out went 1:37, 1:35, 1:32, 1:30, 1:27
    500 Free with bouy every 3rd lap back

    Total 3500 yards
  11. NW Zone Meet, Day 2

    by , April 5th, 2009 at 08:53 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Today went well in spite of the short rest time between events.

    I managed to duck the relays and that helped since they were both right before the backstroke events.

    I got a good warmup of about 1000 yds. and then just laid back and rested for about 30 min. before the 200 back. Got a good start, and turns weren't too bad.
    Went 2:36.92. That's a 2 sec drop from last week.
    My splits were 35.81 - 1:15.6 (39.79) - 1:57.39 (42.79) - 2:36.92 (39.53)
    Looks like I need to work on that 3rd 50.

    My next event was the 100 free. Had about 5 minutes rest (3 heats of 100's) after the 200 back, then I was up for 100 free. Went 1:03.39.
    Split 30.79 - 32.60. Not too bad. Probably could have pushed it a bit faster.

    Did about 300 yards of easy free and back then went back and rested until the 50 back. Had about a 25 minute break

    50 back: went 32.19. Just couldn't seem to get going on this. I was 3/4 of the way through it before my turnover felt right.

    All in all, a good meet, I think. Especially the 200 back. I think I can bring that down a few more seconds at nationals. Need to get the kick a little more involved.

    Finished by swimming about 500 real easy free and back.

    2150 y total

    Updated April 5th, 2009 at 09:14 PM by poolraat

  12. part II spring break

    by , April 5th, 2009 at 08:14 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I needed a break from swimming so I ran 2 days in a row: Fri= 45:00 minutes, Sat. morning I got up a 5 am to swim before leaving for Chicago. I was disappointed to discover there were NO pools open till 9am. I drove home and ran 45:00 again, then we hopped in the car and motored off to CHicago for a day of shopping, eating, and a play! I bought some cool stuff, enjoyed "Blue man Group" (7th time I've seen it), and had all my favorite Chicago food! (Maxwell St. sausages, Gino's East Chicago Style Pizza, awesome BROWNIES from Sacred Grounds in Water Tower Place, a couple of great random margarita's, and some fresh Garrett's Popcorn to snack on during the drive home!). Today I'm on a diet...but the Chicago splurge was well worth the fat and calories.

    Today's Swim w/Team Nasti:

    1) 500 warm-up swim
    2) 8 X 50 on :50 (all free)
    3) 4 X 75 on 1:20 (all free)
    4) 4 X 100 on 1:45 (all free)
    5) 200 Kick w/fins (flutter on back)
    6) 3 X (25 w/5 seconds rest,50 w/10 sec rest, 75 w/15 sec rest, and 100 w/20 sec rest)
    7) 4 X 50 free on :50 (all free)
    8) 2 X 75 on 1:20 (IM w/no free)
    9) 2 X 100 on 1:45 (free)
    10) 200 ez free cool-down
    3,300 yds.

  13. Week of (3/30)

    by , April 4th, 2009 at 11:27 PM (Distance Flyer)
    Saturday 4/4
    2 mile run (19:25) avg. 9:41/mile...first run in almost 6 months...felt pretty good...did not push it too hard. Tomorrow...first bike run since September. Looking forward to it!

    Sunday 4/5
    Bike 9.4 miles

    Updated April 5th, 2009 at 08:21 PM by kellys

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  14. NW Zone Meet, Day 1

    by , April 4th, 2009 at 10:38 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    I arrived at the pool early thinking I had a lot of time to do a long warmup. Then one of my team mates asked me to count for her 1650. So my warm up was cut a bit short and I only got to do 1 race start off the blocks.

    Then I was informed that I was swimming on 2 relays, the men's 200 free and the mixed 200 medley (fly).

    1st event: 50 fly - 30.28
    In spite of having a warmup that was shorter than I had planned on this went surprising well. This time is my 3rd fastest ever.

    2nd event: 200 free relay my split was 28.0.
    By the time I hit the water we were way behind the rest of the heat so I dogged this a bit since the 100 back was the very next event.

    3rd event: 100 back, 1:11.72.
    Faster than I did at the Utah meet last week so I was pleased.

    4th event: 200 medley relay. swam fly didn't get a split.
    I was starting to feel sore and tired going into this one. It felt real sloppy.

    5th event: 50 free. 29 something.
    This was right after the relay. I got to rest through 3 heats of 50's. So, I was about done for when I stepped up for this one. But the 1st 25 felt pretty good. Then I totally blew the turn, misjudged the wall, got too close and landed my feet on the deck. That sucks!!

    Went to the warm up pool and swam 600 easy free.

    2300 yards
  15. Saturday 4/4 - College Flashback meet

    by , April 4th, 2009 at 07:23 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    My purpose for going to this meet was to support a local meet since we have so few meets in south Georgia. Since my taper is going on I figured I would try out a new suit to see if I liked it. I didn't, but I swam fast so who knows it may just get some wear time after all.

    The pool was outdoors and we had a beautiful day. Since we were low on timers and I had planned to just swim easy at this meet and really not push, I volunteered to time when I was not swimming. This means I really did not get any warm up or warm down after races.

    I started with the 200 Free and went a 2:22.40 the fastest I have gone this season. Then came the 200 Back outside in the sun, just swam nice and loose felt strong so I cranked the last 100 of it and WOW went a 2:46.54, 2 seconds faster than last weekend and only 1 second off my best time from last year.

    The final swim was the 500 Free and I did not want to hurt on this one so I chose to do something I never do on a 500, KICK. I kicked the entire 500 and for the first time this season went under 6:22 with a 6:19.74.

    I am still having issues with my back muscles being alittle on the tight side but atleast they are not hurting like before. Nothing another massage and plenty of ice won't cure.

    Total 2100 yards today
  16. Sunday, Apr. 4

    by , April 4th, 2009 at 05:23 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    5 mile trail run + several miles of hiking along the Potomac River.

    Meant to swim later, but ran out of time and decided packing was more important.

    Hoping for sunshine in Tucson. Though it was quite lovely here today.
  17. Recovering

    by , April 4th, 2009 at 05:03 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    The bad cold I came down with on Wednesday really knocked me down for a few days. Didn't feel like working out until today. Went to the weight room and I could tell I was weak. I figured it was the best place to start in getting back to full-strength.

    1 mile warm-up run on treadmill

    Bench press: 45 x 10, 65 x 8, 85 x 6
    Lat pull-downs: 90 x 10, 110 x 8, 130 x 6
    Military press: 35 x 10, 45 x 8, 60 x 6
    Triceps pull-downs: 30 x 10, 40 x 8, 50 x 6
    Alternating hammer curls: 10 x 10 (3 sets)

    Core work:

    1 x 50 crunches with legs on Swiss ball
    1 x 50 bicycle crunches
    1 x 50 good morning darlings
    1 x 50 side crunches - 25 one each side
    2 x 25 sit-ups with 10 lb. medicine ball

    Ran out of time, so had to skip my beloved toe raises.

    Hope to get a run in tomorrow and return to the pool on Monday. Hope to know results on my toe by Tuesday.
  18. Sat Apr 4th, 2009 4 weeks & 6 days till nats

    by , April 4th, 2009 at 02:41 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sat Apr 4th, 2009

    May 8 - 10
    4 weeks & 6 days / 34 days

    7:00 - 8:30
    Whitney Coached
    scy TSC diving well
    swam with Tyler, Todd, Max & Larry,
    Dove in at 7:10

    missed warm up


    assigned: 4 x 400
    did 3 x (100 fr 50 rest 100 fr 50 rest 100 fr)
    4 x 50 fr 50 rest

    assigned 3 x 300
    did 3 x ( 3 x 50 fr 50 rest )

    assigned 2 x 200
    did 2 x ( 2 x 50 fr 50 rest )

    assigned 100 fast
    skipped it

    assigned 400
    did 4 x 50

    assigned 2 x 300
    did 2 x ( 3 x 50)

    assigned 3 x 200

    100 easy

    50 fl FAST
    10 SDKs out 8 SDKs back
    whit timed
    went 24.0
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  19. Apr. 3rd - @ the Y

    by , April 4th, 2009 at 02:39 AM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Well if CWA has anything to say this weekend, my workouts will be curtailed next week!

    Warm; 300Fr, 100 BK Drill, 100 FR K

    6x50 25 Stroke/25FR :55 mostly BK then BR
    6x100 50 Stroke/50FR 1:45 mostly BK then BR
    6x50 FR (Build) :55
    6x100 FR (Fast) 2:00 (just cruised it, fatigued)
    6x50 IM Order no FR, :55

    2x50 K

    200 cool down

    (thanks to Pat Contrell, but this was all I could muster today)
  20. Furious Friday

    by , April 3rd, 2009 at 07:23 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well not furious but still, it sounds good.

    Did a fair swim today:
    5 x 100 on 2:00 to loosen up. I've figured out if I actually think about my streamline I go a yard further. Cool, huh?
    Then some 50 BR builds:
    12 @ 1:00 M,M,M,F x 3
    9 @ 1:05 M,M,F x 3
    6 @ 1:10 M,F x 3
    4 @ 1:15 Fast
    100 EZ

    8 x 25 from blocks on 1:00 went on 2:00 on last one to really blast it.
    3 x 100 K fins and board
    3 x 100 Snorkel
    4 x 50 Paddles

    Went straight to weight room to lift.
    Legpress/calf raise
    Chins 10,8,6,
    Pulls 5,5,5
    Pec Deck
    Kneeling Plank with yoga ball.