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  1. Week 2 Taper almost done - and an evil day today

    by , April 3rd, 2014 at 07:44 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    That old breaststroke came back today. My knee is feelling better than it has in a while.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    8x25@:40 breast pull w/zoomers
    8x25@:40 breast accordian drill w/snorkle
    8x25@:40 breast scull w/snorkle barely made these
    500 breast kick w/br fins
    8x50 from block 15m sprints IM order
    300 free EZ

    Total 2800 yards
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  2. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 5:30-6:30am

    by , April 2nd, 2014 at 10:52 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    500 Free
    6 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00
    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:20 (held 1:11-1:12s)
    6 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00

    10 x 50 Fly 1 arm drill w/ short fins (5 long SDKs off each wall)
    last one Fly swim cruise (went :31)

    125 Free Pull @ 1:30
    100 Free Pull @ 1:30
    125 Free Pull @ 1:30
    100 Free Pull @ 1:30
    50 scull EZ

    500 Flutter Kick w/ board

    3100 Yards

    I just checked out SwimPhone for my champs meet this weekend. 55 people entered, and only 2 lucky souls in the 200 Fly. Me and someone else. I wonder who's going to be with me. At least it'll be 2 of us suffering our way through the race!!
  3. Workout 04/02/14: evening

    by , April 2nd, 2014 at 09:13 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Yesterday I was treated to an eight hour Interal Audit at work, with low staffing, on the first of the month, which happened to be April 1st. Boo.

    Quick workout tonight:

    200 Fr/200 Bk
    8 X 50 kick on :55
    - 4 Fr, 4 Bk
    4 X 100 on 1:25
    4 X 50 BK on :50 Quarter's Strong
    4 X 50 FR on :50 b/c
    100 loosen
    Solo/Rec/1700 yds/30min)
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  4. 04|02|14 SCM

    Gosh, this SCM pool is sooo tough to motivate myself in. Nonswimmer poolmates, cloudy water, my overusage of it (perhaps 280+ times a year). But it's convienient.

    20 x 25 free, S on 0:30
    • 20's

    15 x 50 on 1:00 as 25 drill / 25 kick, F
    • drill was one arm fist on a BR, L, R, BL air schedule / easy kick on back

    Snatches with added band resistance (jump kit) 4 x 4 reps

    • proped barbell about 14" off ground on starting position to keep back happy
    • worked up to 4 bands and 85lbs

    pushups with added band resistance 4 x 10 reps

    Updated April 2nd, 2014 at 09:15 PM by __steve__

  5. Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-04/03/2013

    by , April 2nd, 2014 at 01:30 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    Taper workout---1 week out
    WARM UP:
    3 X 250 4:00

    1 X 800
    Choice/fins optional
    Rest :20 @ each 200

    6 X 50 kick 1:15

    6 x 50 1:15
    1-3: perfect stroke
    4-6: descend to fast--#6 @ 100%

    3 x 100 2:15 (breast: 2:30)
    Swim @ 85/90%

    WARM DOWN: 4 x 50 easy
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  6. Week 79 - Wednesday

    by , April 2nd, 2014 at 12:55 PM (After a long rest)
    My wife finally got to see her dentist yesterday and they fixed the problem with her crown, but her face is now literally black and blue. She was given some pain killers which worked for a few hours but she had a horrendous night of sleep. Me on the other hand, I had a great night of sleep and woke feeling guilty because of this.

    Todays workout was REALLY tough and almost half of it was swum as best average. By the end of this I was literally holding onto the gutter trying not to be sick.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    8x50 catchup on 45

    Main sets
    10x50 free on 40
    8x100 kick on 2mins best average
    200 easy
    6x50 drill on 1 min
    8x100 free on 2mins best average
    100 easy

    Warm down
    12x50 drill on 1min

    Total 4000scy

    The 10x50s I held 31s and used this as a transition set. They felt harder than usual today for some reason but I got my heart rate up . I held my best masters times on the kick set going, 1.17,1.18,1.18,1.18,1.19,1.18,1.18,1.17 for a 1.17.9 best average. Prior to this as far as I can see my best was 1.20. The 8x100 free set was brutal. i felt great through the end of #3 but then hurt really badly the rest of the way and in fact at #5 thought we were on #6. I went 54,55,55,56,56,58,57,56 for a 55.9 best average which again I believe is the first time I have gone under 56 on this set. I am not sure what I could have done to feel less crappy on the second half of this set. The weird thing was that it was not just my legs but rather my whole body. I was fine through the first 50 on most of the back half but locked up earlier and earlier as the set went along. I am jazzed about the best average but this hurt worse than any set I can recall doing as a master. All other sets were swum as a recovery. I am going to feel this workout for a few days!!!

    The coolest thing for me today was seeing my team mates(there were about 7 of us strung out across multiple lanes swimming the same sets) all have best times in these sets too. We had a great training group today and it was a lot of fun all of us swimming the same set on the same send offs. I suspect most of my team mates will be feeling this workout for a while too. Way to go RAM!!
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  7. Wednesday 4/2/14

    Wednesday 4/2

    AM only SCY

    300 swim
    4x75 @ 1:20 k/dr/under H2O kick w/ fins
    4x100 @ 1:15 swim w/ paddles + snorkel

    8x50 @ :50 AE focusing on DPS
    400 @ 4:50 SMOOTH pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    8x50 @ :45 AE focusing on DPS
    400 @ 4:50 SMOOTH pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    6x50 @ :40 AE focusing on DPS
    300 @ 3:30 SMOOTH pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel

    4x25 @ :10 rest scull w/ snorkel
    8x25 @ :25 AE FR kick w/ board
    4x25 @ :10 rest scull w/ snorkel
    200 @ :30 rest FAST FR kick w/ board (2:53, 2:46)

    200 EZ

    Total: 5600

    That 2:46 200 kick might be the fastest I have ever kicked a 200 freestyle in my life. I was surprised at my speed considering I lifted legs last night!
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  8. Tuesday 4/1/14

    Tuesday 4/1

    PM only SCY + weights


    300 swim
    8x50 @ 1:00 odd: k/dr, even: dr/sw I.M.O.
    8x25 @ :40 V.S. I.M.O.
    100 EZ

    50 @ :40 FL
    100 @ 1:20 FL/BK
    150 @ 2:00 FL/BK/BR
    200 @ 2:40 I.M.
    100 @ :30 rest I.M. kick w/ board

    25 @ :20 FL
    50 @ :40 FL/BK
    75 @ 1:00 FL/BK/BR
    100 @ 1:20 I.M.
    4x25 @ :10 rest scull w/ snorkel

    250 EZ

    Total: 3500


    3x10 RDL (60, 70, 70)
    3x10 back squat (95, 125, 125)
    3x10 single leg curl (30, 50, 50)
    3x10 single leg extension (50, 70, 70)
    3x10 glute (70, 90, 90)
    3x15 hip abductor (90)
    3x15 hip adductor (90)
    2x(3x10) "empty cans" (5, 8)
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  9. Week 2 and losing weight during taper

    by , April 2nd, 2014 at 08:17 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    If I am loosing weight taper is going good. Now I have to force myself to eat enough to maintain.
    Felt strong today

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@1:45 free at pace went 1:28,1:26,1:24,1:24,1:24
    400 IM fly drill pull back kick breast swim free
    4x100 free drills w/snorkle
    200 kick
    4x50 IM order from block 15m sprint
    3x100 odd free even back
    100 kick

    Total 3100 yards
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  10. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 9:30-10:30am

    by , April 1st, 2014 at 10:33 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    No April Fools here...I actually did get in the pool today. It feels like I've been such a stranger to the place. I did feel quite tapered and speedy during my opening 200 yards of the warmup though.

    It was crowded in the pool today, probably because no one got to swim the day before as they had a power outage at the pool and had to cancel the day.


    500 Free

    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board
    4 @ 1:00, 3 @ :55, 2 @ :50, 1 @ :45
    Made them all very easily

    20 x 50 Free Pull w/ paddles @ ~:45-1:00, depending on where the other two were in the lane with me.

    It was tough to swim with two others today, especially when people can't seem to organize by speed. Granted, there weren't two others as fast as me in the water, but at least figure out that if you're not able to 'keep up', you probably should try to circle swim with the fastest one in the pool.

    Various distances of swimming and/or intensity of Free and Fly

    500 Flutter Kick w/ board
    At least with kicking I can circle swim with the others a bit easier.

    3000 Yards


    LMSC Champs meet this weekend

    Saturday - 1000 Free, 200 Free, 200 IM
    Sunday - 1650 Free, 200 Fly, 500 Free

    I think 200 Fly will be my nemesis this weekend...
  11. Runner Up, Tuesday, April 1

    by , April 1st, 2014 at 05:13 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)


    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 50 fly drills
    100 power kick
    50 EZ
    2 x 50 double shooter + 50 EZ
    2 x 50 burst + cruise
    50 EZ
    2 x (25 AFAP + 125 EZ)
    100 DPS backstroke

    Total: 1800


    Felt pretty slaggy from yesterday's massage, but that's to be expected.

    I registered for Canadian Nationals today. Still not 100% sure I'm going, but didn't want to get bumped by the 1000 person limit. I entered the max of 7 events. Probably won't swim all of them. 50 breast/100 back and 100 IM are all on Sunday. So that would be a tough day. I'm assuming they do split requests in Canada too ...

    Event# 5 Women's 50 Backstroke 00:31.40
    Event# 13 Women's 50 Butterfly 00:29.60
    Event# 15 Women's 100 Breaststroke 01:22.00
    Event# 23 Women's 100 Freestyle 01:05.00 (split request)
    Event# 29 Women's 50 Breaststroke 00:36.80
    Event# 31 Women's 100 Backstroke 01:11.00
    Event# 39 Women's 100 Individual Medley 01:12.50

    I was also very happy and surprised to be named a runner up for World Masters Swimmer of the Year. It definitely wasn't one of my best years in meters (only swam 7 events), but I did grab a couple WRs. Here's the list:

    Top 12: WomenErika Braun, USA, 40-44; Olga Kokorina, RUS,90-94; yoshiko Osaki, JPN, 75-79; Rita Simonton, USA, 95-99;Laura Val, USA, 60-64; Jenny Whiteley, AUS, 55-59. MenRichardBurns, USA, 70-74; George corones, AUS, 95-99; David Guthrie,USA, 50-54; Willard Lamb, USA, 90-94; Tim Shead, USA, 60-64;Steve West, USA, 40-44.

    Runners-Up: WomenJill Hernandez, USA, 50-54; Noriko Inada,JPN, 25-29; Leslie Livingston, USA, 50-54; Eliane Pellis, BEL, 80-84; Jean Troy, USA, 85-89; Diann Uustal, USA, 65-69. MenRickcolella, USA, 60-64; Alberto Montini, ITA, 45-49; Adam Ritter,USA, 25-29; Shigehisa Sekikawa, JPN, 80-84; Robert Strand, USA,65-69; Stev Theloke, GER, 35-39.

    Updated April 1st, 2014 at 05:56 PM by The Fortress

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  12. 04|01|14 SCM and drylands!

    500 various
    50 FK for time with snorkel

    • 0:43

    18 x 50 on 1:30 as 25 fast / 25 drill
    • odd fasts - free - 16 - 17's
    • even fasts - FK - 22 - 23's

    Still have an overall fatigued feeling not unlike a fever. I suspect I am still recovering from working on the car over the weekend.

    USRP Drylands:
    Iso Lateral rows, triceps, pullovers, leg extensions and curls, calfs, and dumbel clean-jumps (to 10 reps with 45's)

    4 x 200M on 1:00
    • 38, 38, 42, 46 (nice lung burn)

    Stationary spin bike:
    20 x level 13 - 15 (whichever it lands on) on 0:30
    • 7 - 10 second AFAP efforts

    Streching and RC stuff

    I plan to test the USRP philosophy on running for my 1.5 mile run test this October. As a drop-dead fleet swimmer, I really have no purpose for it other than a change in motions, variety, or condensing a set due to time constraints. But applying it on my feet once a week seems simple and straight forward. It could provide a conclusion that bare minimal running using the USRP method is better than my prior minimal run training. Last year I estimate that I ran about 30 net miles in preparation for the 1.5 mile run.

    Using USRP as 200's on 1:00, working up from 4 x 200 (just under half mile) to, perhaps, 16 x 200 by October should net me close to the 30 net miles I had from last year. Unfortunately my test last year, though timed, was only done half-ass (12:25ish), as I didn't really feel like running hard and furthermore wasn't under pressure to do so. But if I can knock a minute off that from just a 1 mile/week base, it would be safe to conclude the USRP method would hold it's recent reputation in the running world.

    The equivalent RP in my above strategy is also much faster than what I will run the 1.5, more like a 800 RP, but if I did tailor it for the actual distance it might slow my swimming

    Updated April 1st, 2014 at 09:43 PM by __steve__

  13. Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-04/02/2013

    by , April 1st, 2014 at 12:10 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    Taper workout
    WARM UP:
    3 X 250 4:00

    1 X 1000
    Broken :15 @ each 250
    Some kicking should be included

    1 x 50 1:10
    1 X 75 1:10
    Four rounds, choice.

    6 x 25
    odd: build to race finish
    even: blocks/sprint 20 yards

    $$$ RACE PACE SWIMS $$$
    1 x 200 Broken :10 @ each 50 8:00
    1 x 100 Broken :10 @ 50

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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  14. Week 79 - Tuesday

    by , April 1st, 2014 at 11:39 AM (After a long rest)
    I woke feeling pretty tired today despite a good night’s sleep. My wife was awake when I woke and she has been suffering with a temporary crown that has been hurting since she had it fitted last week. I feel bad that I can sleep solidly no matter what and she cant. She has a dentist appointment today to figure out what’s going on so fingers crossed she will get some pain relief.

    Today’s workout was shorter than yesterday but was a hard quality and pace based workout. I had a little muscular discomfort in my right shoulder today so made sure I iced after we finished and it feels pretty right now. I felt quite stiff during the warm-up today but loosened up after the kick set.

    Warm up
    8x100 on 1.30 swum as free, back, free, free by 25

    Main set
    3x(4x50 kick on 50, 2x100 on 1.30 swum as drill, swim, underwater, back)
    10x50 free on 33 holding 30 or quicker
    12x75 on 1min swum as odds easy just making send off, and evens afap
    10x25 on 30 afap

    Warm down
    350 easy

    Total 4000scy

    I held 30-31 during the 10x50 set. I found this hard today but suspect I am ready to drop another second on this type of set. Tom told me he wants my send off to drop to 30’s on this type of set(he is a great coach because he sees more in me than I see in myself). The 75s were hard, but I held 43’s on the afap 75s and 50’s on the easy 75s. On the afap 25s I held 12’s. I probably should have done these to my feet but by this point I was hurting and forgot this. I was supposed to do a 100 warm down but felt like I needed more so just swam until I made it to 4k for the morning.

    I am creating some videos for the seniors at our club teams annual banquet at the end of this month and will be doing some interviews with the coaches tonight so will be back at the pool and will take the opportunity to lift tonight.
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  15. Week 2 of Taper - slow and sluggish Repair, Repair, Repair

    by , April 1st, 2014 at 07:33 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I just felt slow and sluggish. My times were ok for the one pace swim I did.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    200 fly scull drill w/snorkle & zoomers
    200 torque drill w/snorkle
    10x50@1:00 free at pace went 43,43,43,43,43,44,42,41,41,41
    500 breast kick w/br fins
    8x50 from block 15m sprints IM order
    200 free EZ w/snorkle

    Total 3000 yards
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  16. Monday 3/31/14

    Monday 3/31

    AM only SCY

    300 swim
    300 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    200 swim
    200 kick w/ board
    100 swim
    100 I.M. drill

    8x50 @:55 odd: k/dr, even: dr/build

    4x150 @ 2:00 D1-4 pull w/ buoy + paddles
    4x125 @ 1:40 25 FAST BK/100 AE FR
    4x100 @ 1:20 BEST AVG (58.9, 59.0, 59.1, 58.8)
    4x75 @ 1:20 AE BK
    4x25 @ :40 FAST FR (11.5, 11.9, 11.6, 11.8)

    100 EZ

    Total: 3600
  17. Monday 3/31/14

    4 x 200 r/15ish done as
    --50 3R/3L
    --150 breathe on unnatural side

    14 x broken 150's
    1. 50 @ 1:00 100 @ 2:00
    2. 50 @ 1:05 100 @ 1:55
    3. 50 @ 1:10 100 @ 1:50
    4. 50 @ 1:15 100 @ 1:45
    5. 50 @ 1:20 100 @ 1:40
    6. 50 @ 1:25 100 @ 1:35
    7. 50 @ 1:30 100 @ 1:30
    Then go back back down.

    100 EZ

    5 x 100 BK @ 2:00 negative split

    100 EZ


    The main set was a good one for me to work on swimming with a constant kick. I would like to try that set while doing some stroke work. My right leg started cramping at number 12 which I rarely have problems. Guess it was adding a stronger kick.

    Even with the generous interval on the backstroke set, I didn't have much left to have some impressive swims. Consistent but not sprint speed. Next time.
  18. Week 79 - Monday

    by , March 31st, 2014 at 04:31 PM (After a long rest)
    I went to bed very early last night after driving back from Woodlands. My stomach felt much better this morning(still not back to normal) but definately not like yesterday. The pool was setup for LCM and we swam a good workout today.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 50

    Main Set
    10x300 pull swum, descend 1-4, 5-8, with 9 and 10 fast on 4mins.
    10x50 kick on 1min

    Warm down
    4x50 drill swim by 25 on 1min

    Total 4400LCM

    I held 1.10 pace on the 300's and despite my best efforts to descend I just did not have it today so held a nice fast pace throughout. The kick set I held 50s and felt pretty good. I remember last year when swimming long course that kick was always tough on 1min, but this year I still did not feel great but held 50s pretty comfortably.

    I am really looking forward to a solid week of training this week and hitting the weight room again. Next week I get to swim with pwb in San Francisco and I will also get to swim at UCLA and Santa Monica which I am really looking forward to.
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  19. 3|31|14 SCM

    20 x 50 on 1:00 free - F, (plus S on 6 thru 20)
    • eight were 35's, two were 33 - 34, the rest I descended to 35 (from 40) and ascended from 35 (to 40)

    15 x 16.7M on 0:90 AFAP, DFS, alternate FK and free (also did a few UWF and DK)
    10 x 12.5M on 1:00 AFAP free
    10 x 12.5M on 0:45 AFAP free

    Had two days of no swimming. I spent the weekend working on one of our cars. It has close to 200K mi on it, so many of the rear suspension and stabilizing parts have worn and disintegrated rubber bushings. I didn't want to pay someone to have it done and furthermore do not trust their work, especially on this vehicle which has stuck bolts and corroded, hard-to-remove parts. I have been cheated too many times by mechanics neglecting to replace hard to get to, and hidden parts, seals, and gaskets, or whatever else they can get away with. I have a long list these encounters (in fact, not one fully successful experience where corners weren't cut), all of which have resulted in additional problems later on.

    So I, once again, embarked on a major automotive repair adventure, with limited tools and equipment. One bolt had a 19mm nut stuck so bad that it became destroyed - had to grind it off while under the car. The bushings I replaced, I discover, were designed to be pushed in by a 1000+ psi hydraulic press - ended up beating them in with a 20 lb dumbell like a hammer. But I had to sandwich it between custom cut lumber pieces, taking due care not to destroy them in the process. Started project Saturday afternoon, was up to 1:30 am Sunday morning and finished Sunday afternoon before work. When I washed there was a layer of sand and metal shavings in the tub. No blood drawn though! Also did some gardening on Sunday to cleanse the mind. My body felt like tired, beaten flesh, but not injured. I'm about 80% today. Probably saved me over $500 laybor costs doing it myself, and I have peace knowing it was done thoroughly.

    On a side note the microscopic antigenic pollen this spring is the worst I have ever experienced. Started out with a sore throat, then it went nasal, and now it's in the lungs but I'm getting over it.
  20. Monday, March 31

    by , March 31st, 2014 at 03:55 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 fly drills
    4 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:30
    50 EZ
    10 x 25
    odds = 100 pace @ :30
    evens = EZ @ :45
    100 EZ
    2 x (25 AFAP + 125 EZ)
    6 x 50 DPS free and back
    50 EZ

    Total: 2050


    Another taper workout. Will just be floating the rest of the week. I had a massage today and that helped work out some of the kinks from the weekend's meet. My shoulder feels a tad better.

    Final Zones line up:

    50 back, leading off mixed 200 medley relay
    50 fly
    50 free, leading off womens 200 free relay

    100 IM
    50 free, leading off mixed 200 free relay
    100 fly
    50 fly in womens 200 medley relay

    Kind of glad that my first day is all 50s so I'll still have some firepower left for Sunday. I'd like to swim a decent 100 IM.

    If anyone is interested, here are the results from the Dixie Zones: A tad bummed that Sue Walsh broke my 50 free NR by .07. Oh well, not terrible to get trumped by an Olympian.

    Updated March 31st, 2014 at 04:40 PM by The Fortress

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