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  1. Workout 03/30/15: morning

    by , March 30th, 2015 at 09:28 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I had a wonderful weekend, starting with a snowy drive to Worcester, MA, for an New England Masters coaches clinic on Open Water, where I was finally able to meet Elaine Howley and Greg O'Connor in person, as well as Jen Dutton. I actually swam Kingdom Swim a couple of years ago with Elaine but we never connected. They shared from their vast experience on OW, from training, strategy, and administration with the ten of us that were able to make the trip. Yesterday was also a great day, as our church plant celebrated our second year anniversary with a special late afternoon service and meal afterwards. A super end to the weekend.

    Today I was able to sneak in a quick swim before work, one that I seem to do much to often ...

    200 Fr/200 Bl/200 IM drill
    600 Shark Swim
    1 x Noah's Ark with snorkel
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1800 yds/30 min)
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  2. 3|30|15 SCM and drylands


    4 x 25 free on 0:20 with fins and snorkel

    18 x 50 on 1:00 with fins and snorkel as 25 fast / 25 easy free
    • fasts were in order of: free / head-up free with dolphin kick / fly

    4 x 25 free on 1:00 with fins and snorkel (max effort without thrashing)

    Did stretching and worked chest, back, and lower back

    Updated March 30th, 2015 at 09:19 PM by __steve__

  3. Week 131 - Monday

    by , March 30th, 2015 at 07:04 PM (After a long rest)
    I slept most of the day yesterday. I felt awful after practice and I have blisters on my chin, in my hair, in my mouth, up my nose and in my ear on the right side. I feel like the elephant man. Despite feeling bad and sleeping on and off all day yesterday I slept all night. When I got up this morning I felt much better. After doing my normal routine of getting dressed, brushing my teeth, and eating I realized I must have not only set the alarm on my bedside table but somehow changed the time on my clock by two hours so instead of it being 4:30am it was actually 2:30am. Instead of going back to bed I took the opportunity to read which made a nice change. I was not expecting much in the pool today but swam really strong. The pool was setup LCM.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    8x50 catchup on 1min

    Main sets
    10x300 pull with paddles on 4mins
    100 easy
    10x50 kick on 1:10

    Warm down
    100 easy

    The 300s long course we're tough starting out at 3:30s and holding this pace through 7 and then going 3:02,3:04,3:05 on the last three. The rest of the workout I used as a long warm down. I was pooped. I recall last summer doing 4x400s on 5mins but this was much harder. Probably a combination of the extra yardage and feeling a little run down before I started.

    After practice I phoned my GP and made a follow up appointment for 4pm today. I just got back from my appointment where she diagnosed my condition as shingles and is thinking my ear ache may have been a side affect from this. I am now on an anti viral drug and she is telling me it may take 10-15 days before I feel better which sucks with nationals 24 days away. I am trying to stay positive. I don't need to stay out of the water but I do need to rest which as those who know me know is not my modus operandi.
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  4. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 03/31/2015

    by , March 30th, 2015 at 11:28 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 1:50 1:40
    2 X 200 3:30 3:20
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right

    1 X 200 kick 5:00
    6 x 50 kick 1:20

    1 X 100 easy 2:00
    1 X 50 @ 100% 1:30
    Four rounds, choice

    6 X 200 pull 3:20
    Negative split

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  5. Sun, March 29

    by , March 30th, 2015 at 11:25 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 chest press fly
    5 x 50 free w/paddles @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    8 x 50 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:15
    100 EZ

    10 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 75 EZ)
    -- 5 kick, 5 swim
    50 EZ

    5 x 50 free w/paddles
    50 EZ

    Total: 2950


    I felt like garbage yesterday, and it took a lot of mental will power to get through that fairly easy workout. And thanks to the Ft. Pitt bridge closure, it took me 90 minutes to drive home. I sleep 9+ hours last night and still feel poorly. At this point, I fear I may have to cancel Zones. I'm not going to swim sick again. I obviously had an ear infection at Albatross and it didn't go so well. And I'm not even sure my sinus infection is fully gone ... I'm feeling awfully discouraged.

    I'm getting to head to the gym today.
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  6. Deck Entered the 200 Fly

    by , March 30th, 2015 at 07:32 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I deck entered the 200 Fly this weekend and havent' swam that fast since 2011, went 3:13. Made finals and yes swam it again in 3:17. Pleased with the result.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers

    2 times thru w/paddles & bouy
    3x100@1:30 free R1 held 1:23 R2 held 1:21
    200@3:00 free R1 went 3:46 R2 went 3:41

    5x100@1:45 free w/snorkel went 1:36, 1:36, 1:34, 1:34, 1:33

    300 free kick w/zoomers
    200 free EZ

    Total 3000 yards
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  7. 5000--1650 pace work

    by , March 29th, 2015 at 05:42 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    5000 SCY/1:30:30

    400 fr EZ on 7:00
    4 x 100 fr on 1:45 (1:26-1:28)
    4 x 50 on 1:00
    4 x 25 on :30

    Set 1 (1100 on 20:00):
    10 x 100 fr on 1:45 (mostly 1:27s)
    100 bk recovery

    Set 2 (1100 on 20:00):
    10 x 100 fr on 1:45 (1:27-1:29)
    100 bk recovery

    Set 3 (1100 on 20:00):
    10 x 100 fr on 1:45 (mostly 1:29; last 3 or so in 1:30-1:31)
    100 bk recovery

    10 x 50 fr on :50/:55
    100 bk EZ
  8. 3|28|15 SCM

    Did weighs yesterday, worked chest, back, shoulders, biceps, triceps, quads, behind, and then stretched.

    SCM - 45 minutes

    4 x 25 fr on 0:20, with fins / snorkel
    10 x 25 fr on 1:00, with fins, hypoxic (13's)
    20 x 25 fr on 0:30, with fins, breathe every 2nd stroke (left - evens, right - odds)
    20 x 25 fr on 0:30, with fins / snorkel, sprint form but slow
    20 x 25 drills on 0:30, with fins / snorkel
    4 x 25 combat stroke
  9. Sat., March 28

    by , March 28th, 2015 at 06:00 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

    650 various
    100 scull
    5 x 50 free w/paddles @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    2 x 100 fly w/fins (:5 break @ 25s) + 100 EZ

    8 x 25 fly w/fins @ 100 pace @ :40
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 back w/fins @ 100 pace @ :40
    100 EZ

    8 x 50 free w/paddles @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Total: 2850


    I drove to Sewy and found the pool closed for a kids' event (not listed on the website). I had to wait 45 minutes, so I stretched/did yoga and sat in the hot tub for awhile. I was beat after yesterday's workout, and still felt tired today. I'm sick of feeling run down. Between the sinus infection and follow on ear infection, I've been out of sorts for 5+ weeks. If I don't get better soon, I won't be too jazzed up about racing ...
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  10. Two miles, 2400 faster than 1650 pace

    by , March 28th, 2015 at 04:12 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Swam 3500 SCY/70 minutes today with 2400 of it in a pace that is faster than my 1650 pace goal for the spring (1:30/100y). Long rests though, but I'm hoping this will trick my body into thinking the 1650 pace easier. I'm such a slow-twitch guy that it's real easy to fall into that 5K pace, which then makes the mile-pace seem really hard.

    200 warm-up (100 fr/100 bk)

    Set 1:
    8 x 25 on :30 (:18-:20)
    4 x 50 on 1:00 (Desc. from :39-:36)
    2 x 100 on 2:00 (1:24, 1:22)
    1 x 200 on 4:00 (2:53)
    200 recovery/drill (used my new TYR flexfins here) on 5:00

    Set 2:
    8 x 25 on :25/30 (:18-:21)
    4 x 50 on :50/:55 (around :40)
    2 x 100 on 1:45 (1:26-1:27)
    1 x 200 on 3:30 (2:56)
    200 recovery/drill on 4:00 (w/ fins again)

    Set 3:
    8 x 25 on :30 (:17-:19)
    4 x 50 on 1:00 (around :38-:39)
    2 x 100 on 2:00 (1:24, 1:25)
    1 x 200 on 4:00 (2:57)
    200 bk recovery on 4:00

    300 cool-down
  11. Week 130 - Saturday

    by , March 28th, 2015 at 02:21 PM (After a long rest)
    I slept like a baby last night and felt ok when I woke up but could have done with a couple more hours of sleep. I think a nap is in order later today. My ear is still not back to normal and suspect I will have yet another doctors visit next week. My allergic reaction to the shot has completely come out and I look like a teen with acne. I have blisters on my chin, cheek and ear. Despite this I do feel much better than I did earlier in the week. Today the pool was setup LCM and we did our 16x100 set done at 400 pace. Today was a big welcome back to long course. Oh did I hurt.

    Warm up
    8x100 on 1:30 with a snorkel
    8x50 kick on 1min

    main set
    16x100 on 2:10 at 400 race pace(1:05)

    warm down
    200 easy

    i started at 1:05 but soon slipped into a 1:06 pattern. This set hurt so much more than the scy version. On 12 I felt like I was going to throw up but somehow this feeling translated into a pop in my ear at the turn and I had instant pain relief in my ear. It was almost like a pocket of pressure let go. I skipped 13 and then finished out the last 3 holding 1:07s. This set hurt a lot and I mean a lot. I think after taper it's going to take several weeks to be able to get to 16 at 400 pace.
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  12. Workout 03/27/15: evening

    by , March 27th, 2015 at 08:22 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I had a couple of busy days at work, including a conference call with regional and zone directors and some bug wigs at the main office in regards to our immunization services .. I was able to articulate how we have gotten to this point and what we are doing to continue strong in helping adults stay current with shots. I was able to sit in on the last hour of class at the college last night and found this neat article about the school that I would like to share.

    I spent the day helping my mother-in-law move today. It's always funny how long it seems to take to load a uhaul, but how quickly it gets emptied! She only moved across town, but the killer was that she is now in a second floor apartment so I had quite the dryland workout! Hopped into the pool for a quick swim tonight ...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    600 shark swim
    Noah's Ark with snorkel
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1800 yds/30 min)
    A few other items of interest ...

    - Received the first entry into the swim meet, which is a month away.
    - I will be off to a coaching clinic tomorrow in Worcester, MA, that is focused on Open Water training. With snow in the forecast I am anticipating a three hour one way trip, so an early start.
    - I slipped in a top ten time for 2014 scm in the 200 fly -pretty cool.
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  13. Friday, March 27

    by , March 27th, 2015 at 03:53 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins + 50 EZ
    4 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    Had a tech suit on to work on breakouts. Breakouts were basically the focus of the whole workout.

    10 x 25, fast belly SDK to 15m then cruise @ 1:15
    150 EZ

    10 x 25, belly SDK @ 100 pace to 15 m then cruise @ 1:00
    150 EZ

    2 x 25 belly SDK from the blocks to 15 m @ 100 pace
    50 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP from the blocks + 75 EZ)
    50 EZ

    -- few fast free flip turns
    -- was completely out of gas
    50 EZ

    10 x 25 SDK w/fins @ 100 pace @ :30
    50 EZ
    10 x 25 back SDK w/fins @ 100 pace @ :30
    100 EZ

    Total: 3250


    Some breakouts were good, some not so good. This is definitely the weak element in my fly races. I can't seem to sense the surface. I also wish I was good at breathing every stroke in fly. It would be easier to stay UW longer and I wouldn't have that oxygen deprived crash at the end of the 100.

    Feeling a bit better today, ears not as painful. But I'm still rather tired. Off to coach soon and then I hope to watch NCAAs tonight. I am in awe that Texas got 6 flyers into the A final. There should be fireworks tonight in the 100 fly, 100 breast and 100 back!
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  14. Week 130 - Friday

    by , March 27th, 2015 at 02:43 PM (After a long rest)
    I am finally starting to feel a little better. I am still taking the decongestants and have some discomfort but its now at the point I would not describe it as pain. I slept well last night and was looking forward to swimming this morning.

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

    Main sets
    10x50 with snorkel on :35
    4x200 kick on 3:30
    3x(3x25 no breathing on :30, 75 kick done as over, under, over on 1:30)
    5x50 with snorkel on :35 holding :30
    straight into 250 with snorkel holding :30 pace on :35 base
    straight into 5x50 with snorkel on :35 holding :29

    Warm down
    10x50 drill swim on 1min

    This was a throwback workout for me with a lot of pace work.

    The transition 50s I held 31/32s. On the 200s kick I held 2:50s. The 25s no breathers I was holding 13s and then using the 75s kick as active recovery.

    On the set of 5x50's I held :30's but they hurt a lot and then went straight into the 250 where I went 2:34 which meant I held :30s and this hurt even more. On the last 5x50s I hurt and was really working hard to go 30s until the last 50 where I dropped a :28. This set was quite encouraging because I was swimming with a snorkel and as such did not cheat by looking at the clock as I was swimming, so these were all off of the pace I felt.

    Tom said we will be going LCM tomorrow. I am not sure if I am really excited about our 16x100s at 400/500 race pace.

    Update after the meeting at my sons school.

    For or those who have been following the Carroll drama about my sons two concussions will be pleased to know I made it through the meeting without swearing or dragging anyone across the table. We started with them asking us about his current accommodations and whether they were working. From there I hijacked there agenda and took the meeting where I wanted it to go. When I started my wife's body language was classic, she looked away and sighed but over the next 30 minutes she realized I was in control and was being as deliberate about my words to communicate our concerns but also to emphasis the importance and lack of caring we felt from the school throughout this whole incident.

    First, there was only the school councilor and assistant principal in attendance. I had probably overthought how I was going to make them aware of my concerns but had decided to make them understand the severity of our concerns by asking them how they would feel if they were told by Children's Hospital that there child had a SWOLLEN BRAIN and would LIKELY have a full recovery. I told them that from every point of interaction with the school we felt they were not taking these incidents seriously, reinforced by the fact that the coach, nurse and principal had not even attended today. They were busy!

    I then told them what we wanted; a documented incident report from the coach and nurse, a detailed description of the schools policies and procedures for managing PE and incidents related to head injuries, and a written report of how my sons incident happened and what specifically they were going to do to safe guard my child. My son sat in with us and as they tried telling us there procedures he described how they had not been followed. They agreed to all my demands and agreed to set another meeting with the teacher, the nurse and the principal to review the findings and document next steps. They committed they would have the conversation with the principal and email us some dates for a follow up meeting by next Tuesday morning. I finished with, if I did not hear from them by the middle of next week with a follow up date I would be taking more drastic action to protect my son. I told them I will not allow a 3rd incident and will hold them both personally and professionally responsible if there was no next step to correct the issues. I think I put the fear of God into them.

    My wife gave me a hug after the meeting and said she was very proud of me and actually said she did not realize how manipulative I could be to get what I wanted. My son who was in the room teared up a couple of times while I was describing how important he is to us and after the meeting he told me he loved me.

    Thanks for all the great well wishes the past few weeks. This has been very tough on lots of levels for my wife and I and I do genuinely appreciate all the support from you all.

    Updated March 27th, 2015 at 06:54 PM by StewartACarroll

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  15. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 03/30/2015

    by , March 27th, 2015 at 11:58 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 1:50 1:40
    1 X 200 3:30 --
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    4 X 100 kick 2:30

    12 x 50 1:15
    odd: easy even: build to fast

    1 X 100 moderate 2:15
    4 X 50-descend to fast 1-4-- 1:15 #4 on 1:30
    Four times--choice

    8 x 100 pull
    6 on 1:45
    2-swim down- on 2:15

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  16. Friday flyer

    by , March 27th, 2015 at 08:29 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Just felt like doing some fly but not a 500

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    500 free w/paddles & bouy in 7:13
    400 IM in 6:56
    300 free kick w/zoomers
    200 fly in 3:25 one of my fastest in a workout
    100 free EZ
    5x100@1:45 free w/snorkel

    Total 3000 yards
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  17. LMSC Leadership Summit: Observations from the Last Row

    by , March 26th, 2015 at 09:33 PM (From the Executive Director: U.S. Masters Swimming's Journey)
    Last summer, I was on the phone with Gail Dummer, the chair of the Michigan Local Masters Swimming Committee. A longtime USA Swimming and USMS volunteer, Gail suggested USMS create a leadership summit for our LMSC chairs. Like the character Rod Tidwell says to Tom Cruise in the movie Jerry Maguire, You had me (and USMS President Nadine Day) at hello.

    The inaugural USMS LMSC Leadership Summit was held March 13 through 15 in Phoenix and 41 of our 52 LMSCs sent representatives. Summit objectives included networking, exchange of ideas, education, communication, motivation, recognizing volunteers, and understanding governance. Sitting in the back row, I observed three things:

    1. This first LMSC Leadership Summit was a significant undertaking that required an extraordinary team effort. The 11-member task force responsible for the planning and execution included chairs from large, medium, and small LMSCs. They came from the east coast and the west coast. Some are fitness swimmers and some are competitive. The task force was diverse. Healthy debate took place during the planning stages, and the task force members espoused the USMS values of respect and fun. They consciously listened, keeping their egos in check, both individually and as a group: The first agenda item of the planning task force was to survey our 52 LMSCs asking for input, suggestions, and ideas to shape the summit agenda. The desired outcome for the summit weekend was a conversation between our LMSC leaders, not a weekend lecture from the pulpit.

    2. Serving Masters Swimming programs, members, coaches, and instructors is a partnership, with all the partners having responsibilities in the relationship. The National Office cant do it all and neither can the LMSCs. We are each entrusted with resources that allow us to serve and advance our vision to be the premiere resource for adult swimming and to make fitness through swimming available for as many adults as possible. We can only fulfill this vision through a commitment to and respect for our partnership.

    3. Many LMSCs have relatively new volunteer leaders and more are seeking new leadership. Another generation of leaders is emerging. Building upon successes of past leaders, the new ones are socializing and pioneering ideas to grow Masters Swimming. Our culture is evolving, and these committed and passionate leaders are excited to share their love of swimming with our members and invite others to join us and start their own Masters Swimming journeys.

    Many thanks to the 54 volunteers who gave up time from their families and swimming activities to attend our first LMSC Leadership Summit. And one final observation: Im confident that Masters Swimming will reap many dividends from the Summit experience.
  18. Week 130 - Thursday

    by , March 26th, 2015 at 09:32 PM (After a long rest)
    I spoke to a friend after workout yesterday who is going through nursing school and she said I should sit out for a day. I decided to head nurse Nikki's advice and this morning I did dry lands and stayed out of the water. I actually felt a little better this morning and as I write this for the first time in a few days I have no constant pain in my ear. Thanks Nikki.

    Today I focused on lots and lots of abs.

    5x(1:30 on vasa swim trainer, :30 rest)
    5x(extended flutter kick, oblique crunches, leg lift, planks, extended flutter kicks) done as :45 on and :15 transition. With 1min at the end of each round.

    I will no doubt be sore tomorrow.

    Psych sheets for Nationals are interesting. When I saw the entry list I was very pleasantly surprised how many fast guys had entered the meet. When the psych sheets were posted I was almost as surprised that some of those I expected to enter my events had actually entered other events. It's interesting to see the world record holder in the 200 LCM free(Nicolas Granger from Francce) enter the meet but not enter the 200 free. I was expecting to see Michael Ross and Ross Davis in the 200 free as well. It will still be a very fast race but I was expecting one of those 3 to go close to David Sims record.

    Updated March 31st, 2015 at 08:44 AM by StewartACarroll

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  19. 3|26|15 SCM


    20 x 25 @ 0:30 with fins/snorkel
    • streamline breakout, 2 fr sprint strokes, ez bk

    10 x streamline pushoff glides
    • 11.5 - 12.5M glides

    20 x 25 @ 0:30 with fins/snorkel
    • streamline breakout, 2 fr sprint strokes, ez fr

    10 x 25 @ 1:00 flutter kick
    • 22 - 28's

    500 easy fr with fins/snorkel
    • turn form and streamlined breakouts

    16 x 25 no arm free drill with fins/snorkel
    • breathe twice (L and R) each rotation cycle, arms trailing back

    4 x 25 drill with fins/snorkel
    • kick rotated breathing continuously (one lens UW), keeping upper arm up in air and lower arm trailing back

    Ran and stretched yesterday
    14 x 80 - 90m on 0:40

    Sore today

    Updated March 26th, 2015 at 09:16 PM by __steve__

  20. Thursday, March 26

    by , March 26th, 2015 at 02:57 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    rehab ex
    seated low row, 90 x 4 x 6
    leg press, 215 x 4 x 8
    rear delt fly, 75 x 4 x 6
    good mornings, 90 x 4 x 6
    tricep press, 80 x 4 x 8
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    kneeling ab crunch, 150 x 4 x 8
    landmined windmills, 45 x 4 x 15
    hip abductors, 110 x 4 x 6


    1300 EZ


    I took yesterday completely off, felt just horrible. Still can't hear much out of right ear, and left ear is sore too. I wish nationals was in May (I recall it was in 2013). It would give everyone who is sick from late winter/early spring illnesses time to recover and it would not be as close to the all the zones meets.

    I was trying to watch NCAA prelims on my iPhone while I was at the gym. But the feed was not ideal; the video was running way behind the commentary. The 200 IM seemed insanely fast to me.

    Nationals psych sheets are out:

    I really should have entered 100 back ... I was just deterred by the meet being outside.

    Updated March 26th, 2015 at 05:46 PM by The Fortress

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