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  1. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-07/21/2013

    by , July 18th, 2014 at 04:44 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    4 X 150 2:45
    8 X 50 1:00
    50's: 1-4: long and smooth
    5-8: descend to fast

    4 X 200 free 3:30
    Negative split all 4

    8 X 50 kick 1:20--#5-8: 25 fast/25 easy
    1 x 100 swim

    8 X 50 choice
    odd: @ 100% 1:30
    even: easy 1:00

    1 X 150 cruise 2:30
    1 x 100 @ 85/90% 2:00
    Four times

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    3900M
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  2. Workout 07/18/14: noon

    by , July 18th, 2014 at 02:41 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Quick dip today, meet warm up of 1400 yards + a fast 50 back (~:30). Feeling pretty good ahead of the meet tomorrow.

    Last night was the Midnight Madness event in our town, with the shops closing up around 4pm, then reopening from 7-12 with great sales, plus vendors on the sidewalks and specials at the local restaurants [pictures here: http://goo.gl/sQNr19]. After work, I met with my son at the chippie in our town for supper, then my wife for a little shopping before heading to a booth set up by my boss that highlighted deer ticks and lyme disease. They were very busy in the early evening with lots of questions, but as night fell the families went home and the tomfoolerly picked up. After the cops broke up something a bit down the street, my boss decided it was time to pack things up around 9:45. I then went with my daughter to get some new running sneakers and some shoes for work.

    It's a fun time, although when I was a kid the streets would be closed off but some poor behavior has kept the streets open to traffic. We used to be able to go to the CB Sports factory for great deals on winter coats/snowpants, and while some of those opportunities have ceased it is still a wonderful community event.

    Greg, you ready for tomorrow's 400 Free ???

    Updated July 18th, 2014 at 03:00 PM by rxleakem

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  3. Week 94 - Friday

    by , July 18th, 2014 at 12:46 PM (After a long rest)
    My parents arrived from the UK yesterday for a 6 week stay,including our 2 week trip to Canada for worlds followed by a short vacation to Quebec City.They were jet lagged so after catching up and having dinner they went to bedpretty early and I took the opportunity to get another early night’ssleep. Surprisingly I slept through thenight and woke up about 5 minutes before my alarm was due to go off. I feltpretty good today and I am getting stronger and faster as the rest kicksin. I definitely feel good relative tohow I usually feel at this phase of the taper.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 drill on :50

    Main sets
    12x50 drill build by 25 on 1min
    4x(broken 100 on 3mins, 2x50 kick on 1min, 1min rest
    #1 and #3broken at 25,50,25
    #2 and #4broken at 50,50
    With 5 seconds after 25s and 10seconds after 50)
    8x100 on 1:30 perfect easy swim
    2x200 kick on 3mins with fins
    50 AFAP from a dive

    Warm down
    200 easy

    Total 3550LCM

    Broken 100s long course are always hard. #1 and #3 were especially hard due to thechallenge with hitting the mid point of the pool, spotting the clock, startingwith no push, etc. Despite thesechallenges I had a good set, and was about 1:02 on #1 and #3 and was 1min on #2and #4 which I think are fairer reflections of a 100. I felt strong throughout. The 8x100s I swameasy and came in on 1:18-1:20. The 50from the blocks we raced and it was a lot of fun. We are going to have a reallyquick mens relay at worlds with 4 of us under 27’s and 2 of us likely to be around25(or faster I hope). I had a great start and break out and was ahead of thegroup and held good form the entire 50. The only thing I think I would have done different in a race was to holdmy breath, instead of breathing 3-4 times. I looked up and saw a 26high which I was very surprised and pleasedwith. 17 days to go!
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  4. Thursday, July 17

    by , July 17th, 2014 at 07:16 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    600 various
    4 x 50 scull
    4 x 50 fly drills
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    4 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    5 rounds w/fins of:
    8 x 25 stroke @ 100 pace @ :40
    -- 12s for back + UW 15 m, 14s for breast
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00
    1 x 25 DPK shooter @ :40
    1 x 75 up tempo dolphin kick on back @ 1:00 (:45-:46)
    1 x 25 kick w/board @ 100 pace (12s)
    1 x 25 EZ
    1 x 25 kick w/board @ 100 pace (12s)
    1 x 25 EZ
    1 x 25 no breath free
    1 x 25 EZ

    200 EZ
    150 scull
    50 EZ

    Total: 4000


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    Managed to get in a solid workout despite doing 5000 yesterday. I think a hard sprint workout is just as tiring. Hopefully, I won't be too tired to make the Sewy speed practice tomorrow night. Pitt is now closed for four days for JOs. I'd also like to make it to North Park, the big outdoor long course pool, for the first time this weekend. Oddly, despite all the kicking, my shoulders feel tired. I guess it's all the streamlining?
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  5. Week 94 - Thursday

    by , July 17th, 2014 at 05:06 PM (After a long rest)
    I fell asleep on the couch at 7.30 last night and ended up going to bed around 8pm. I ended up sleeping all night and even felt tired when I woke up. I felt pretty good in the pool today(probably all the rest).

    Warm up
    800 free with snorkel

    Main sets
    4x(200 free on 2:30, 2x100 kick on 2mins, 2x50 AFAP on 1:30)

    Warm down
    8x100 drill swim by 25 on 1:45

    Total 3600LCM

    I unintentionally descended the 200s by round going 2:24,2:22,2:20,2:17. Pic focused on relaxing and keeping my stroke long. On the kick piece I was slower on the first of the two 100s but held 1:45-1:47s. The 50s AFAP I held 30s until the last round when I went 29s. I felt good today. 17 more days.
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  6. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-07/18/2013

    by , July 17th, 2014 at 12:44 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:30
    5 X 100 1:50
    4 X 50 faster 1:00

    1 X 200 kick 5:00
    6 X 50 kick 1:20
    50's: build each one

    7 X 100 2:15
    #1&#7: easy
    #2-6: @ 85/90%
    Choice

    8 X 50
    odd: @ 100% 1:30
    even: easy 1:00

    12 X 100 pull
    1-5: 1:30
    6-10: 1:25
    11/12: swim down 2:00

    4000M
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  7. Wed., July 16

    by , July 16th, 2014 at 04:11 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    5 x (25 scull + 25 free)
    50 EZ
    6 x 25 burst cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    5 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    -- unlike a few days ago, these were right on my usual time
    50 EZ

    8 x 100 backstroke kick w/fins @ 2:00 done as:
    75, UW 15 m each 25
    25 EZ
    150 EZ

    20 x 25 breast @ 100 pace
    250 EZ

    6 rounds of broken up 200s w/fins done as:
    1 x 25 stroke @ 100 pace @ :30
    1 x 100 up tempo backstroke kick (hold 1:05 or faster) @ 1:30
    1 x 25 stroke @ 100 pace @ :30
    1 x 25 fast kick w/board @ :30 (hold 11s)
    1 x 25 EZ @ 1:00

    300 EZ

    Total: 5000


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    As you can see, I'm trying to catch up with my GTD. Ha! No, not really at all. I just had a lot of time to swim today and plan on more aerobic work this summer. Feeling pretty beat after that actually. But considering it's only been 10 days since I've been back, that was a pretty good workout.
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  8. Week 94 - Wednesday

    by , July 16th, 2014 at 02:38 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a much better nights sleep last night and felt good in the water today. I still feel tired generally but feel good where I am relative to the taper.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup

    Main sets
    4x(2x100 on 1:20, 2x50 back on 1min)
    6x100 kick on 2:15
    12x50 with tempo trainer set to 16 seconds with the goal of holding 32 with one beep of rest

    Warm down
    5x100 free on 1:40

    Total 3600LCM

    The 100s on 1:20 were harder than they should have been. The kick I held 1:45s and felt pretty easy. The pace set was hard work. I held the tempo but it was a lot of hard work. The last two I picked up and finished with 30s on these. 18days to go.
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  9. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-07/17/2013

    by , July 16th, 2014 at 01:02 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    2 X 150 3:00
    2 X 250 4:30
    4 X 50 faster 1:00

    5 X 200 4:20
    100 kick/100 swim

    2 X 200 broken @ race pace 7:00
    Broken :10 @ 100

    2 X 300 4:30
    3 x 200 3:00
    4 x 100 1:30
    Pull

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4300M
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  10. 7/16/14 ocean sprints

    start on beach and sprint out to buoys, float, sprint back to beach, lay in sand 30 min, repeat 3 x

    I miss chlorine
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  11. Another great distance day

    by , July 16th, 2014 at 07:27 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Had to do a hard one today just because I don't know when I will get in the water over the next few days. Traveling to Atlanta for Age Group States.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers

    1500 free w/paddles & bouy was about 12:28 at the 800 and 23:13 for a final time my best times in the last 2 nationals were 23:48 and 23:49 so I am on track for Nationals. Swimming with paddles & bouy is usually very close to what I will do in a meet without them.

    500 free kick w/zoomers
    500 free w/snorkle

    Total 3500 meters
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  12. July Training Notes

    by , July 15th, 2014 at 07:11 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Aches/Pains and Assorted Gripes:
    Might as well get this out of the way so I can move on to more interesting things. A tendon in my right foot has suddenly become painful when I first kick in the morning. The pain is mostly in my big toe but I feel it all the way through the top of my foot. After warm up the pain goes away. Am I just getting old or is there some way to correct this?
    Ok... enough complaining...

    Swim of the Month:
    This wasn't a swim of the month for an extraordinary effort or particularly difficult set conquered. This was purely for the location. All the master's practices were called off on July 4th due to... well... July 4th! Pools were open but they were crowded and a proper workout just wasn't an option. That is until I got an invite from Bob and Don to join them at Monte Sano pool. I swam at this pool a couple times when I was little and then again a couple years ago due to a similar invite. So, when the chance came around again, I jumped on it. Like many pools in Huntsville, this one was built in the 60s era (maybe earlier). But this one has a little different design. For one thing, this pool is 25 meters long and probably the only 25 meter pool within a couple hundred miles. It also doesn't have the typical 'L' shape with a diving board in a deep end separate from the lane laps. But the big difference is the view!

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    The pool sits on top of Monte Sano Mountain at about 800 feet above the valley in the picture above. It is way too relaxing for any kind of serious swimming and Bob brought a pace clock that didn't work anyway. The clock was there mostly just to say we had one... and it provided plenty of fodder for non-functional pace clock jokes. There were about 8 of us from our team and the HSA masters team. Surprisingly, there were not more. We managed about 3000 meters of swimming and being Independence Day, we did a couple hundred cool down with our hand over our heart. Turns out that holding your hand over your heart is not an efficient way of swimming but it is patriotic... I think.

    When we were done, we got an invite for a 5th of July swim. Dave and I jumped on the opportunity but most of the HSA swimmers went back to the Nat for their normal Saturday morning workout.

    Painful Set of the Month:
    4 Rounds of:
    - 100 @ 1:30
    - 100 @ 1:25
    - 100 @ 1:20
    - 100 @ 1:15
    For each 100, pick from Fly, Breast, IM, Free, Free (yes, there are 2 free)

    I ended up "cheating" and did IM/IM/Free/Free on round 3 but went back to Fly/IM/Free/Free for the last one. I think this is the first time I've made this (or come close) wearing a drag suit.

    Top 10 Watch:
    The preliminary top ten is out and I'm on it for the first time (as an individual)! Of course, it is preliminary and anything could happen before final publication. I also got very lucky in that many fast swimmers just didn't swim the 1650 this year. I don't think my time would have been close the year before and I certainly wouldn't have made it in the age group above me (I get ranked with those animals next year). But I'm not complaining. With my lack of swimming background, I'm happy to be there at all. So, now I'm just hoping there are no missing swims and that all the pool measurements are valid.

    That's about it for July. Next month, I test the murky waters of the Tennessee River.
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  13. Workout 07/15/14: noon

    by , July 15th, 2014 at 05:25 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Masters practice was canceled tonight due to an away age-group meet being moved to our pool due to weather concerns, so I emailed the group last night and went for a swim at lunch time after running some errands.

    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill/200 kick-drill

    4 x
    - 25 b/c fr into 25 stroke IMO easy (then 100 easy)
    - 25 stroke IMO fast into easy free (then 100 easy)

    - 50 Fast Fr

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1650 yds/40 min)
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    Good workout. I am feeling slow in the water, but still very much ready for the meet this weekend. I am planning to carpool with GregJS, and we discussed details at the pool this afternoon. We went in on a Keifer order and I was able to get some good deals on a USMS sweatshirt and caps, as well as a new endurance square-leg suit.

    Finishing organizing/honey-do-list's now before supper, then I'll get ready for a couple of days at work followed by a quick swim on Friday.
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  14. Tuesday, July 15

    by , July 15th, 2014 at 04:36 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    600 various
    3 x 50 scull
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    6 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 backstroke @ 100 pace w/fins @ :40
    -- held 12 lows, UW 15 m each 25
    200 EZ

    mega kick set: 8 x broken 175 kick w/fins done as:
    1 x 25 DPK shooter @ :30
    1 x 75 up tempo dolphin kick on back @ 1:00
    1 x 25 AFAP kick w/board @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ backstroke kick @ 1:30

    100 EZ

    8 x 50 w/paddles
    odds = DPD free
    evens = DPS back
    100 EZ

    Total: 4000


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    Made it to Pitt today and cracked 4000. Hmm ... can't remember the last time I did that. Aerobic sets rack up the yardage ...

    I heard last weekend that the Mason pool has been "saved." It was closed for 3 months for maintenance/repair this summer. They discovered the pool was sinking and they weren't sure if they could fix it. Apparently, they drilled holes in the pool and deck and used foam concrete and it worked to stabilize the pool. Good thing!

    Poor Teen Fort is having shoulder issues again and has a contrast arthrogram scheduled for Friday. They're not sure if it's a RC tear or just that she's suffering pain from her loosey goosey shoulders. I feel for her. I have the same shoulders. I don't think I'd survive in masters swimming if I wasn't a kicker/fin user/sprinter.
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  15. Week 94 - Tuesday

    by , July 15th, 2014 at 02:00 PM (After a long rest)
    I had another restless nights sleep last night and woke up pretty tired. I did some abs work after work last night which made me pretty tired and went to sleep very quickly but work up around 1.30am. I was hot and tossed and turned the rest of the night. I did not feel very good during the warmup this morning but finally got going on the first part of the main set. We did broken 400's which is a beating at the best of times but today I felt pretty strong despite my times being slower than I hoped for.

    Warm up
    6x200 with snorkel on 3mins

    Main set
    3x(2x50 free on :40, 1x100 kick on 2mins, 1x100IM on 2mins)
    2x400 on 10mins broken as
    #1 200,200
    #2 100,200,100
    with 20 seconds after any 200 and 10 seconds after any 100.

    Warm down
    4x200 on 3 mins with snorkel

    Total 3700LCM

    On the broken 400 by 200 I was 4:40 with even splits on each 200 which I was very happy with at this phase of the taper(day2) We still have 19 days so plenty of time to get some more speed, but my pacing was very good and I felt strong the whole way. The second 400 I did not feel as strong but my splits were still consistent and I went 4:38 add up. These are the best 400's I think I have done in practice so I cant argue with that.

    Updated July 15th, 2014 at 07:52 PM by StewartACarroll

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  16. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-07/16/2013

    by , July 15th, 2014 at 01:40 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    1 X 200 3:30 3:30
    2 X 100 2:00 1:45
    4 X 50 descend 1:00 1:00
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 300 kick + 100 swim

    2 X 50 build
    1 X 50 @ 100%
    1 X 50 easy
    3 X 50 build
    1 X 50 easy
    1 x 100 @ 100%
    Two rounds choice with a break after round 1.
    50's on 1:20

    8 X 150 --pull or swim-- 2:15
    1-4: cruise
    5-8: 100 cruise/50 fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4000M
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  17. July 12-14

    by , July 15th, 2014 at 12:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Saturday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Oak Marr

    It was pretty crowded as is typical on the weekend, so I was lucky to get half a lane to myself.

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    6 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    8 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    10 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 2:30
    -- I was off on all but one of these. I definitely have lost some speed during my break.

    10 x 100 kick w/fins @ 1:45
    -- hold under 1:08
    100 EZ

    That was all I had time for ...
    Total: 3350


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    Monday: Drylands

    RC/scap ex
    kneeling ab crunch, 110 x 1 x 25, 120 x 3 x 20
    wood chop, 25 x 3 x 15 each side
    explosive leg extension, 90 x 1 x 15, 105 x 2 x 15
    seated row negatives, 80 x 4 x 8
    russian twists on incline bench w/plate, 25 x 3 x 25
    tricep press, 80 x 4 x 8
    explosive leg press, 175 x 3 x 15
    push press, 55 x 3 x 8


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    Well, I got in four swims last week. I must say I've been enjoying goofing off and not focusing on hard training. And without a meet in sight, I'm still somewhat de-motivated. I just need to keeping going to the pool to get in more decent shape-- here I go now!
  18. Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    by , July 15th, 2014 at 10:10 AM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    First Weights, then a short swim. Felt kinda achy between the shoulders today, and kinda puny at weights. Was in a hurry, so I only did 2 rounds at each station, instead of three, and then at the pool, spent so much time talking I only went about 2500 LCM. Hurried over to the dentist for a cleaning then off to work. I have a lovely 55 minute drive, and the sky was lovely: sun shining, didn't see a cloud in the sky. 30 minutes after I get into work, the sky opens up & its suddenly pouring outside! Thunder - boom! Lightening! At this rate we'll lose power and all my charting will be paper - no EMR on these kinds of days, lol!

    Anyway:
    1000 warm-up with 400 of it drills
    400 moderate
    400 pull
    100 breast
    400 pull
    100 breast
    300 choice/warm down
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  19. Needed a recovery day

    by , July 15th, 2014 at 07:28 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    This was my recovery day today.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers

    4 times thru IM order
    4x50@1:10 for fl, bk, & br @1:00 for fr
    30 sec rest

    200 fly w/zoomers as 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim
    300 free kick w/zoomers
    2x100 from block as 15m sprint then easy free #1 fly, #2 free

    Total 2500 meters
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  20. 7|14|14 OW

    3 swims, one long swim with fins and two brief swims without:
    1) 40 min (w/fins) doing 1 min high effort bursts of free and dolphin/flutter kicking on back. Back and breast recovery swimming between

    2) and 3) fly and free between laying around on beach

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    Legs are fried from alll the finned kicking and the bicycle has become quite painful.

    Water here isn't too clear. I like it clear without any surprises. Next week is vacation in Aruba where the water is clear, so I plan to taper it down here some.

    Updated July 15th, 2014 at 01:32 AM by __steve__

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