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  1. Week 102 - Wednesday

    by , September 10th, 2014 at 02:18 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a great night of sleep last night. I remembered my Allegra and slept throughout the night. Despite the good sleep I was tired from Monday nights weights and my stomach in particular was very sore when I woke up. It's hard to believe with my taper before Worlds and the month since that I have not lifted for 2months. I did not lift super hard but definitely hit the weights doing our normal 3 rounds of machines with 10,8,6 reps per round at 80%, max! fail also by round. I added in some ab work and some swim bench during my hour workout. This is another area I am going to switch up a little on the next training cycle and will discuss a new program with Tom when we sit down next week.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel no cardio cap
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    10x50 free with snorkel and cardio cap on :35
    2x(200 fly on 3:30, 200 back on 3mins, 200 breast on 3:30)
    5x(3x50 free with snorkel and cardio cap on :35, 50 kick on 1min)
    100 easy
    2x(2x25 on :20 at 100 pace with turn, 2x25 on :20 at 200 pace, 100 easy)

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total 4000scy

    A lot of pace work today on short rest intervals. I was holding 30s on most of the 50s today. I added the cardio cap to my snorkel this past week on a lot of my snorkel sets and despite no immediate feeling of being any different by the end of the longer set of 50s I was huffing and puffing and definitely felt tired.
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  2. Attempt at some sprint work

    by , September 10th, 2014 at 08:19 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I think my sprint work just ended up as a descend set.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers

    2 times thru
    5x100@2:00 free #1 25f/75ez #2 25ez/25f/50ez #3 50ez/25f/25ez #4 75ez/25f #5 100 ez
    Round 1-1:34, 1:30, 1:27, 1:24, 1:34
    Round 2-1:30, 1:28, 1:26, 1:24, 1:29

    500 free kick w/zoomers fast
    5x100@2:00 free w/snorkle maintain 6 beat kick held 1:34's

    Total 3000 yards
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  3. Workout 09/09/14: evening

    by , September 9th, 2014 at 10:30 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 swim/200 kick/200 pull
    8 x 50 swim

    4 x 150 on 2.10
    200 kick/pull by 50

    200 easy and out
    (Masters/1800 yds/60 min)

    First pool practice in three weeks, first swim in a week and a half. Getting started again is tough!
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  4. 9|9|14 longest break from Swimming

    by , September 9th, 2014 at 10:05 PM (Blog)
    Just completed the longest break from Swimming as a Masters Swimmer (since 2010) - 6 days off.


    500 free warmup with snorkel

    200 of drills

    4 x (3 x 25 on 0:30) on 3:00
    • couldn't accurately see time on the 2nd and 3rd's but the 1st's were 13-14's, guessing the others were 15's and less, except on last of last one, where I had nothing

    200 warmdown with free

    This small set was much more uncomfortable (pain and lack of air) than when I did the set on 0:20. Probably not due to the lack of training for the week, but the actual pace on efforts 2 and 3, being more recovered and all.

    Weights today
    Weights on 9/8
    Stretches and an easy 1.5 mile run (11:58) on 9/7
    Weights on 9/6

    Updated September 9th, 2014 at 11:17 PM by __steve__

  5. Week 102 - Tuesday

    by , September 9th, 2014 at 09:32 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a horrible nights sleep last night(I forgot my allergy meds) and woke at 2am and did not go back to sleep. As a result practice was tough. Today's workout was IM and stroke based and I found it quite tough.

    Warm up
    3x300 with snorkel on 4 mins

    Main sets
    3x(4x25 fly on :30, 4x50 back on :50, 2x200 IMs on 3mins)
    4x25 fly on :30
    4x50 back on :50
    100 easy
    10x50 with snorkel with cardio cap on :35

    Warm down
    100 double arm back easy

    Total 4000scy

    On the main set I was supposed to do 4 rounds but saw I was running out of time so skipped the last 2x200IMs. On the 25s fly I was holding 15s. On the back I held 33-35s and on the 200IMs I was 2:25-2:27s. I felt quite tired throughout this main set. On the 10x50s I was coming in on :31-:32s and this was probably the most comfortable set I swam today. These were by no means easy but got into a groove and could have done more at this pace.

    I found out one of my training partners(Bill) had an accident yesterday and ended up in the ER with a damaged hand as a result of a fall(no alcohol was involved). I spoke with him after practice and he was staying positive but is in a splint and maybe out of the water for some time. This sucks because he has really trained hard to get where he is. He has a very positive outlook in general and looked at this as an opportunity to rest and get rid of some aches and pains he has been carrying for a few weeks. Fingers crossed Bill will be back in the pool soon.
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  6. Good News, Tuesday Sept. 9

    by , September 9th, 2014 at 04:39 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    10 x 25 SDK on back @ 100 pace to 15m, then cruise @ :45
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 flutter kick @ 100 pace @ :45
    -- was going 17 highs
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 SDK on belly @ 100 pace to 15, then cruise @ :45
    100 EZ

    16 x 50 kick w/fins
    odds = dolphin kick w/board @ 100 pace (26 flats)
    evens = EZ
    150 EZ

    3 x with fins:
    4 x 25, UW for 20 yards @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30

    extra 50 EZ

    Total: 2900


    Was feeling a bit tired today; didn't sleep well last night. So I didn't kill it today. However, I was pretty happy with that 16 x 50 dolphin kick set. It felt relatively easy to hold 26 flats on the 50s @ 100 pace. In past seasons, I would have been 27s. I'm in the odd position of being forced to work on the best part of my race instead of the worst part ...

    But some good news. Dr. Bradley said, as I suspected, that my tear was not large enough to warrant surgery. Whew. We decided to go forward with PRP. While he was at it, I had him inject my left bicep tendon as well. That spontaneously started feeling strained recently, and it's likely as degraded as the right bicep tendon. It was an odd procedure where he injected the needle through the back of the shoulder so the platelets would drip down the bicep tendon. Ouch, it really f*ing hurt!

    Really sore from those Saxon side bends. This suggests I need to do them more often; those particular core muscles it targets must be neglected.

    Updated September 9th, 2014 at 07:39 PM by The Fortress

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  7. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-09/10/2013

    by , September 9th, 2014 at 02:03 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    Today marks the twelfth anniversary of our Masters program at the Sarasota Y. Started with 3 swimmers on Sept 10, 2002.

    1 X 250 4:00 3:45
    2 X 100 1:40 1:30
    4 X 50 descend 1:00 :50
    Two rounds, round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    1 X 100 kick 2:15
    1 X 100 swim 2:00
    Two rounds

    1 X 200 free 3:00
    4 X 50--fast-- 1:10 #4 on 1:30
    Three rounds, 50's are choice

    5 X 300 pull 4:00

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  8. Tue Sep 9, 2014

    by , September 9th, 2014 at 01:33 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue Sep 9th 2014

    Trained Mon did not train Sat or Sun

    TSC SCY 6:00 am - 7:30
    Whitney coached
    Swam with Kelly & Paul
    Beside Mike, Ned, & Larry

    Warm up
    went around 700

    Main Set:

    Lead my lane

    5 x 50 fr on 35

    300 FL drill done 3 kicks 1 stroke

    5 x 100 FR on 1:10 made em

    300 FL drill done R Both L Both

    5 x 200 FR on 2:20 made em

    300 FL drill 25 R 25 L 25 Both

    5 x (125 fr on 1:40 supposed to be 500 race pace (wasn't close) 75 FR on 1:20 breathe 1 on 1st 25, 2 on 2nd 25, 3 on 3rd 25)

    20 x 25 on 30
    odds easy
    evens FAST FLY
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  9. Monday, Sept 8

    by , September 9th, 2014 at 10:44 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    RC/bicep rehab ex
    russian twists on incline w/plate, 25 x 3 x 25
    saxon side bends w/DB, 15 x 3 x 15
    -- I think I did these wrong. I had my feet together and I they are supposed to be shoulder width apart.
    leaning camels w/plate, 25 x 3 x 25
    flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 100
    push up crunches w/med ball overhead on yoga ball, 3 x 15
    hip abductors, 100 x 4 x 6
    leg curls, 70 x 4 x 6
    good mornings, 85 x 3 x 6
    standing ab crunches, 80 x 3 x 15


    Just did a little recoveryish workout before I coached at Pitt:

    600 various
    4 x (25 shooter + 25 EZ w/fins)
    10 X 25 1 breath free w/fins @ :30
    50 EZ
    30 x 25, SDK to 15 meters then cruise @ :45
    -- took a break part way through to get water
    100 EZ

    Total: 1950


    Made it to the gym yesterday. I tried to avoid doing any quad exercises to give the strain a break. It feels better after some painful foam rolling. So I did a lot more core work than usual. I am sore from the saxon side bends. That is one difficult and humbling exercise. Off for a shortish swim soon and then my appointment with Dr. Bradley.

    Updated September 9th, 2014 at 11:26 AM by The Fortress

  10. An easy fly day

    by , September 9th, 2014 at 08:56 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Just a relaxing bit of fly.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    8x25@:45 shooters w/zoomers
    200 torque drill w/paddles & snorkle
    200 angel arm fly w/snorkle
    200 fly kick on back w/zoomers
    200 fly for time 3:31
    300 free EZ
    200 free kick w/zoomers

    Total 2500 yards
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  11. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-09/09/2013

    by , September 8th, 2014 at 02:37 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    1 X 200 3:00
    3 X 100 1:40
    4 X 50 kick 1:15
    1 X 200 3:00
    3 X 100 1:30
    3 X 100 kick 2:15

    4 X (4 X 100
    Descend 1-4
    Rounds 1&3: free 1:30
    Rounds 2&4: IM 1:45

    1 x 200 3:00
    1 X 150 3:00
    Four rounds.
    Descend 200's 1-4
    150's: 75 cruise/50 fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  12. Sunday, Sept 7

    by , September 8th, 2014 at 11:40 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Sewickley Y

    Swam with Jim, Mark/Water Rat and John today. Jim has decided that kicking is his "new frontier," and so we had a kick centric workout.

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Main sets:

    40 x 25 kick done as:
    5 x (4 x 25 kick, IM order) @ :40
    1:30 rest
    4 x (5 x 25 kick, 1 round of each stroke) @ :45
    -- pick up the tempo
    100 EZ

    -- I was kicking next to Mark on this set. He made me feel like I was going backward on breaststroke kick! The fly and back kicks were all done 15 m UW. This is a pretty decent way to do a 1000 yard kick set.

    2 x (4 x 75 + 50 EZ)
    R1 = up tempo kick w/fins @ 200 pace
    R2 = 25 fast dolphin kick + 50 EZ
    100 EZ

    6 x 50, done as 25 AFAP dolphin kick w/fins + 25 EZ @ 1:10
    100 EZ

    Total: 2900


    It was worth the drive to swim with my Sewy buddies, though the Sewy pool is just stinky for UWs. Off to the gym in a bit.

    Updated September 8th, 2014 at 01:19 PM by The Fortress

  13. Week 102 - Monday

    by , September 8th, 2014 at 09:45 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a great weekend. On Saturday our team held a small party to celebrate our team performance at Worlds and used the event to get others excited about Nationals in San Antonio. It's my belief we will end up with about 20 people going to Nationals and when you consider we only had two of us in 2012 that's quite a growth. I think most people were apprehensive about looking bad or finishing a long way behind everyone else. We did a good job speaking about how much fun we had and how much fun the relays in particular were. The other part that I really enjoyed was the team spirit at worlds and think many others will enjoy this and the social aspect of the meet; that's my hope anyhow.

    Todays workout out was really tough. Coach Neil had been checking up on one of our age groupers who is swimming with Eddie Reese at UT and today's workout came out of this conversation. My leg is feeling much better and it's my hope that by Wednesday I will be back to normal.

    warm up
    400 free with snorkel

    Main sets
    500 on 5:40, 400 on 4:40, 300 on 3:40, 200 on 2:40, 100 on 1:40
    400 on 4:30, 300 on 3:30, 200 on 2:30, 100 on 1:30
    300 on 3:20, 200 on 2:20, 100 on 1:20
    200 on 2:10, 100 on 1:10
    100 on 1 min
    100 easy
    8x75 on 1min with fins swum 50 kick, 25 fly
    12x50 on 50 swum as 2 fly build, 2 fly drill, 2 back build, 2 back drill, 2 free build, 2 free drill

    Total 5200scy

    Apparently the UT boys went down to 50 on the last 100 which is basically 10 seconds faster than I went on every swim. That's fast!!! This was a tough set and I will feel it for a few days for sure. I don't remember all my times, but was getting quite a lot of rest at the beginning and next to none on the last 100. I went 57 on the last 100. The 75s were pretty tough too and it's getting about 15 seconds rest. I was beat at the end of this workout.

    i am going to sit down with Tom on Friday and work on a new set of goals for the year and beyond. I am seriously thinking of picking one event and making this the focus of my training for Nationals but I need to think this through. This is not to say I will only swim one event but basically train for that event and do some race pace training around this event.

    Back in the weight room proper tonight!!! Tomorrow will be painful I am sure.

    ----------- Update -------

    One of my team mates who is a very good masters swimmer pulled me to one side on saturday at our team party and told me he thought I was over training, was focused on too many events, and the range of my events was too big to really achieve what he thought i was capable of achieving. He did have a little alcohol in him but I think what he said made sense and I have been thinking about it since he said it. I am thinking I need to train with a focus on a specific event and potentially drop the pure sprint free events. My opinion is that I am not a sprinter or a distance guy when it comes right down to it and as a mid distance guy I can swim up and down but my strength is in the 200-500 range. My friends advice was to own it and train around what I own, rather than trying to train for everything from a 50 to a mile. Any thoughts?

    Updated September 9th, 2014 at 09:36 PM by StewartACarroll

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  14. Pace work today

    by , September 8th, 2014 at 08:39 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Worked on my pace today as well as trying to strengthen my kick which is horrid.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@1:30 free w/paddles & bouy holding 1:23s
    200 free EZ w/snorkle
    5x100@1:25 free w/paddles & bouy holding 1:22s
    200 free EZ w/snorkle
    100 free kick w/snorkle
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    200 free EZ

    Total 3200 yards
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  15. Sat. Sept 6

    by , September 7th, 2014 at 10:59 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    20 x 25 @ :45
    -- SDK on back @ 100 pace to 15 m then cruise in
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 @ :45
    -- SDK on belly @ 100 pace to 15 m then cruise in
    -- I had planned on doing 20 of these, but got incredibly bored. Such is the lot of a sprinter trying to do USRPT ...
    150 EZ

    20 x 50 kick @ :20 rest
    -- moderate pace
    -- 4 flutter w/board, 4 back, 4 flutter w/board, 4 back, 4 flutter w/board
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 1 breath free w/fins @ :30
    10 EZ

    Total: 3300


    I took it kind of easy today. I decided to avoid all out kicking with my sore left quad muscle. I must have strained it doing those bulgarians in a streamline position ... I also did the high volume kick set without fins to give my knees a break. I wish I had brought my snorkel for the flutter kicks. I'm heading out to Sewy today to do a kick workout with Jim, Mark and John. Hope the pool isn't too crowded.
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  16. At the Y yesterday

    by , September 7th, 2014 at 10:37 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Got a good workout before running a mini stroke clinic.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@1:30 free w/paddles & bouy
    8x25@1:00 fly kick w/zoomers &snorkle
    8x25@1:00 fly
    2x200@4:00 fly as 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim
    300 free kick
    200 Breast kick
    200 free

    Total 3000 yards
  17. Looking Behind

    by , September 7th, 2014 at 09:29 AM (An Unfinished Swim)
    The dog days of summer were upon me. Summer was always my favorite season of swimming. Meets every other weekend, the once a week lake swim with our coach instead of a traditional pool practice, and of course, no school to sap your time and energy. It would only seem appropriate that I would choose to begin swimming again during the summer.

    As I drove down to the aquatic center, I was slightly nervous. This was a new pool with people I didn't know. How many people would be there swimming laps? Would they be college students doing full, blown-out practices including a mandatory 200 meter fly for time? Would they be what I had encountered at the YMCA in 2008, a bunch of self-righteous "I own the pool" people who refuse to budge from swimming an entire practice backstroke? Maybe they wouldn't be swimmers at all. The lady who yells at you not to splash too much because she doesn't want to get her hair wet. The creepy old man who "swims" just so he can wear a speedo and oogle at women. Or maybe they'd be like me. A "former" swimmer. And although I had never thought of myself like that, I realized that the time I had been away was greater than the time I had actually been one.

    You see, I started swimming at the age of 11. I practiced 1 hour a day with a group of kids who were from 7 to 12 years old. I didn't start off fast, but I was consistent and swimming was fun. By the time I was 13, I had moved to the "senior" group which consisted of the 13-18 year olds. In order to get into that group, you had to do a set of 20x100s on a 1:30 or 1:35. I had managed to do the set, but had just about killed myself in the process. Needless to say, I was one of the slower swimmers in the group. I continued to work hard and improved quickly once I was in high school. By the time I graduated, I was definitely faster and confident that I would continue improving.

    I left home and went to a college 2000 miles away from my hometown. It was a division III school as I had never bothered to see if I could get a swimming scholarship; I received far more academic scholarships and the concept of a "full-ride" on an athletic scholarship was no longer possible, even for many of the best swimmers.

    I swam with my college team for 2 years and was exposed to some of the hardest workouts. I had been branded a "distance" swimmer while in high school and hated it. The 500 free wasn't a bad or hard event, I just didn't find it fun. So, I had determined to make myself a sprinter. It worked. Although my coach noticed that I had a stroke that was ideal for the 200 yard free, my times in the 50 and 100 were just better. At the end of my sophomore year, I posted all best times in every event I swam with the exception of the butterfly, my worst stroke. But I was tired. I had planned to study abroad the spring semester of my junior year and knew that I could swim with the team in October-December at the start of the season and miss out on the conference championships in February, or I could just not swim at all. It was a surprisingly easy decision to make, given the brutal workouts. I swam to compete and was sick of training. There was no way I was going to endure all that just to endure it. In February of 2004, I raced my last races. I did extremely good and felt it was time to move on from swimming.

    Until now.

    Going back to that first day, all the nervousness faded once I saw the pool and the people. They were like me. Maybe slower or not as technically proficient, but they were enjoying it. That's what I had missed.

    Updated October 22nd, 2014 at 12:56 PM by mo89564

  18. Saturday, Sept 6, 2014

    by , September 7th, 2014 at 09:20 AM (Workout Swimmer)
    So achy this morning!. Hadn't been to the gym in over a week due to travel etc., so when I went this morning (late, bcs I stayed up waaay too late last night) it was super crowded & stretching out was actually not pleasant, but rather painful. The old body would happy for me to be a lazy butt. Went to the pool around 1pm & swam solo - the water was lovely & I got in a nice 3000 - focusing on the EVF again & comparing my speed & feel for the water with different paddles and stuff.
    600 back/breast/free
    6 x 100 kick and drill
    2 x 300 pull
    200 easy breast
    3 x 300, pull no paddles, then alt different paddles
    100 easy & then out
  19. Week 101 - Saturday

    by , September 6th, 2014 at 02:52 PM (After a long rest)
    I had the best night of sleep this week and woke feeling pretty good. My thigh had even stopped hurting overnight. The original game plan today was T30 to compare where we are this year against last, but I was able to talk Tom out of this due to my thigh problem. Most of the main set today I pulled and as I write this my thigh is feeling pretty good. Fingers crossed a few more days of going easy and I should be back to normal.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel(add cardio cap to my snorkel yesterday)
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    10x50 drill build on 1min
    8x50 free on :40
    4x(200 pull AFAP on 2:40 but me going 20 seconds behind everyone else, 6x25 no breathers on :40 AFAP)
    8x50 breast on :50

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total 3500scy

    I tend not to be a complainer at practice and I think I took Tom off guard with my request to not do the T30. I think I can honestly say this is the first time I have asked not to do a set for any reason. Instead of the T30 we did a fun little set with me pulling when everyone else was swimming. Basically everyone was told to do the 200 AFAP on 2:40 and I had to leave 20 seconds after everyone else and try to catch them. One of our guys was having a great workout today going 2:07-2:08s so there was no way I was going to catch him with that much of a start but I sure did give it a good go. I got closer and closer as the set went on and I think I helped him go quicker than he usually does. I went 1:55,1:53,1:53,1:52. On the no breathers I was going 12-13s. On the breast I was coming in on 38-39s. I surprised myself on my breast being able to hold high 30s. Ironically my daughters 11-12 age group did something similar to this workout yesterday but they had to do the 200s fly on 3mins but did the breast on the same interval. On one hand it's exciting my daughter is getting quick but on the other it's depressing that we are adults yet her group is doing the same sets as our masters team. Oh the joys of getting old.
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  20. Bad News, Friday, Sept 5

    by , September 6th, 2014 at 12:13 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Received not the greatest news at the doctor's today. I not only have tendonitis (which I knew), but also a rotator cuff tear and extreme degradation of the bicep tendon. It's a partial tear of the subscapularis, which is a rare rotator cuff tear (usually it's the infraspinatus or the supraspinatus). I have an appt on Tuesday with a surgeon/PRP expert, Dr. Bradley. I am hopeful that it is not surgical bc it's only a partial tear. I also have the name of the Pittsburgh Pirates doctor who is a shoulder expert. So I may get a second opinion. It just doesn't seem bad enough to warrant surgery to me. We'll see ... I also seem to have strained my left quad muscle, so I am going to skip the gym this weekend and head to the pool.

    Discouraged by this news, I went on a 30 minute run instead of heading to the pool. Man, was it hot!

    Here's an interesting article questioning Rushall's stance on drylands:

    Updated September 6th, 2014 at 12:48 PM by The Fortress