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  1. Tuesday, December 16

    by , December 16th, 2008 at 01:56 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    60 minute spin class.

    75 minutes in the gym doing weights, core, RC work and stretching. I've been adding sit-ups on the incline bench. They're getting easier. I was admiring Patrick's commitment to the Jason Lezak sprint program. I'm going to have to look at that more closely.

    On the hypochondriasis front, my left shin is twingey near the inside of my ankle. This is where I previously had a stress fracture. When I get this twingey feeling, it either means I ran too much or need new running shoes. lol
  2. Tuesday 12/16 - finally did the fly workout

    by , December 16th, 2008 at 01:45 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Yes I finally started feeling some what better and did the workout I had put off from last weekl. Here it is.

    400 Free Pull with paddles and bouy
    9x50 @ 1:15 1/2 Pull 1/2 Kick alternate fl/bk, bk/br, br/fr

    4x25@ 1:00 Fly with fins
    250 Free EZ
    200 Fly with fins
    500 Back Pull with paddles and bouy
    100 Fly for time went 1:37
    8x50 @ 1:15 as 25Fl/25Bk with paddles

    400, 300, 200, 100 @ :30 Rest Free Pull with paddles and bouy

    Total 3400 yards

    In looking at this maybe I should have called this the paddle/bouy workout.
  3. Kickin' It, Monday, December 15

    by , December 15th, 2008 at 02:33 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Well, my legs are a bit tired from running this last week. Can't resist indulging in running after a taper meet though. I miss it after a couple weeks of cutting back. However, I'm pretty certain that, when tapering, the most important thing I need to do is rest my legs. That only works if I cut out lifting, spinning, running, and monofinning a couple weeks before a big meet or a week before an in season meet.

    Chatted with Mr. Fort about my travel schedule. I never travel (at least via air plane) more than 1-2 times a year, as more isn't really feasible with my family commitments. But, I'm pretty much set on going to Auburn in February and Indianapolis in August. (Although I'm slightly worried that vacation planning may interfere with or derail Indianapolis. We'll see on that.) I also plan on going back to Rutgers in December. I really liked the facility and it's less than 4 hours away.

    Spent some time looking at the Order of Events for Auburn. There is only one event between the 100 back/50 fly and between the 100 IM/50 free on Saturday and one event between the 100 fly/50 back and between the 50 back/200 back on Sunday. And the 100s, which are harder to recover from, are before the 50s. Right now, I'm thinking I'll swim:

    Saturday: (And I am absolutely over the 1:15 pm start)

    100 IM
    50 free
    50 fly
    (pass on the 100 back and go for a fast 50 fly)

    Sunday: (9:30 am start)

    100 fly
    (Must swim this event here because I can't at CZ Zones)
    50 back
    200 back
    (Can't decide whether to swim the 200 back or go for a 100 back split. I'd like to improve on the 1:04.7 that I swam on Geek 9:27.
    Or, to get more recovery time, I could swim the 50 breast, which despite my aversion to, I am wont to do on occasion.)

    Today's Workout, a quicky with lots of kicking:

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    200 kick

    5 x 100 one arm fly drill on 2:00

    Kick Sets

    16 x 25 UW shooters with MF
    4 each on belly, left side, right side, back

    50 EZ

    2 X (5 x 50 fast on 1:15 + 50 EZ)
    5 fast flutter kick with board and 5 fast backstroke kick, legs burning here

    50 EZ

    500 dolphin kick on back with MF
    (I notice kicking on my back seems to work the upper and mid abs more than when kicking with a board)

    100 EZ

    Total: 2800
  4. Not Much Going On.....

    by , December 15th, 2008 at 01:36 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    I don't have much to post since I have been pretty lazy and unmotivated the last few days.

    As I reported Friday, I got a neti pot to help with my sinus problems. So far it's working well and I haven't had to resort to otc cold meds to be able to breathe.

    Saturday all I did was a 1 hour weight class at the gym. Was going to swim first but didn't feel like going to the hotel pool.

    Sunday I was going to swim but again, I didn't feel like going to the hotel pool. I did nothing else on Sunday.

    This morning I was going to swim, but same story as the last two days. I'll do a spinning class at the gym during my lunch break.
  5. Monday 12/15 - tired

    by , December 15th, 2008 at 09:29 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    After a rough day of work Sunday (not usual we were moving some computer systems) got home at 12:30am and was up by 5:45am to head to the pool. Felt strong but still am hacking up a lung between sets.

    10x200 alternate @3:30 Free @ 4:00 Free 1/2 pull 1/2 kick
    decended the free's 3:05, 2:58, 2:52, 2:45, 2:42 but the shocker was actually splitting under 2:00 on the 100 kicks for the 1/2 pull 1/2 kick. Unheard of for me.

    5x100 @ 2:15 Back w/paddles 25 right arm 25 left arm 50 whole stroke felt strong here

    Stopped to hack up a lung for 5 minutes.

    500 kick with fins fast pace not my usual easy kick

    Total 3000 yards

    Good effort for little sleep and still being sick.
  6. Sunday, Dec. 14

    by , December 14th, 2008 at 06:25 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Went to my team holiday brunch today. Great fun and everyone looks so different dry and in street clothes. lol Among other things, we chatted about the B140 or even B210 issue. Apparently, the college teams double suiting (before the ban) were using the B70 underneath and the LZR on top. Other schools are sharing B70s among their swimmers. Mason is getting LZRs for only those men and women going to Conference Champs. We also chatted briefly about Indy Nats, and I'm hopeful some of my teammates will go so that we can participate on relay day.

    Got home, made Christmas cookies for hours and hours and then went on a 5 mile trail run at the W&OD.
  7. Long Beach Photos

    by , December 14th, 2008 at 02:53 PM (My non-workout blog and random thoughts)

    I got a chance to take some photos of Long Beach and some of my friends at the meet. There are two albums - one of the scenic sunsets we enjoyed and the other of some swimmers: Jordan, Frank, Kari, Ande, Mark (w/toe ring), Fred and Jim are in the photos.

    If you have ever wondered what the most famous guy on the USMS discussion forums looks like - check out Ande (just after his new world record in the 100 Back).
  8. Saturday, Dec. 13

    by , December 13th, 2008 at 06:31 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    SCY, solo, even got my own lane on a Saturday. A miracle! The ever-present MF helped with that. I ripped off a couple of Chris's sets before strolling out the door and had a nice workout.

    Warm up:

    750 variety warm up of swim, kick, drills, builds

    Speed Set:

    8 x 25 AFAP,
    2 of each stroke, 25 easy after each

    I decided to do this at the beginning of my workout as ehoch had suggested on his Speed Zone thread. Not sure I was warmed up enough. Didn't feel zippy. Next time, I might try doing it after I get a short aerobic set in.

    50 EZ

    Endurance Kick Set: Kick Mountain
    I did Chris's set on Chris's intervals, but with a board AND monofin.

    50 kick on :35
    100 kick on 1:30
    150 kick on 2:15
    200 kick on 2:45
    150 kick on 2:15
    100 kick on 1:30
    50 kick on :45

    100 EZ

    Speed Set #2:
    (another one adapted from Chris's workout)

    5 x (3 x 50) on 1:00
    #1 easy
    #2 drill
    #3 fast, about 90-95% (did them all backstroke and was around 27s)

    100 EZ

    500 dolphin kick on back with MF holding about a 1:10 per 100 tempo

    100 EZ

    Total: 3550

    Updated December 14th, 2008 at 04:56 PM by The Fortress

  9. Friday 12/12 - Too much excitement

    by , December 12th, 2008 at 06:06 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    This morning started screwed up and just got screwier. Went to work for an hour only to do my daily checks and reports then left. I have to work Sunday so they wanted us to take today off if we could so. Went to the pool to work out and about 400 meters into my workout one of the guards started to slup over and move down onto the deck. I got out as well as the ER Doc that was in the lane next to me. I helped the guards with the other swimmers while he helped the guard who we believed was having a severe asthma attack. Thankfully she should be ok.

    Here was the workout for today

    1000 as 200swim/200pull/200swim/200kick/200swim break after 200 pull to help out
    5x200 @ 3:30 free pull went 3:04, 3:08, 3:04, 3:04, 3:01
    4x200 @ :05 rest kick with fins #1 & 3 fly 2 & 4 free
    200 IM with fins use fly kick on breast

    Total 3000 meters

    Needed to get on to my next stop buying a new car.

    No workout this weekend since the kids have a meet so will do coaching duties instead.
  10. Friday, December 12

    by , December 12th, 2008 at 05:18 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Went on a 5 mile LSD trail run this morning. Forgot my running gloves like a total idiot. Ran some of the time with my hands in my jacket pockets. Almost got hit by a deer jumping out of hedge. My first thought, of course, was "just not my shoulder." lol

    1 hour at the gym doing weights and core.
  11. Bought a Neti Pot today

    by , December 12th, 2008 at 03:01 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Today I feel a bit better. Not quite as congested as the past few days. Since it has been recommended by several of my friends to help with nasal congestion, I went and got one today. I hope it helps.

    Today all I did was a 1 hour spinning class early this morning. It was actually about 45 minutes of spin and then some abs work and stretching for 15 minutes.

    Will swim and do weights tomorrow.
  12. Friday Dec 12th 2008

    by , December 12th, 2008 at 01:03 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Friday Dec 12th 2008

    today was a special treat,
    I trained with the UT team
    Eddie Reese coached

    Roque Santos with Blue Seventy is in town for Jrs we're having lunch at the UT club

    Made my 2009 SCY events, meets and training plans (below)

    hope to blog this practice later today at:

    Today's Practice

    6:30 pm - 8:00
    eddie coached
    swim center SCY diving well
    swam with Garrett Weber Gale and Dale Rogers
    beside Hill Taylor and a couple other UT swimmers
    right now they are in finals so the whole team wasn't there
    dove in around 6:32

    warm up

    didn't hear the warm up but it was on a fairly fast pace, pretty long
    we did several rounds of
    4 x 25
    100 IM drill
    (i didn't ask what we were doing I just dove in and did what Garrett did, but we weren't getting much rest, didn't have much time to chat)

    kick set

    2 x 100 k on 1:30
    2 x 50 k on :50
    2 x 50 easy on 1:00

    2 x 100 k on 1:25
    2 x 50 k on :50
    2 x 50 easy on 1:00

    2 x 100 k on 1:20
    2 x 50 k on :50
    2 x 50 easy on 1:00

    2 x 100 k on 1:25
    2 x 50 k on :50
    2 x 50 easy on 1:00

    2 x 100 k on 1:30
    2 x 50 k on :50
    2 x 50 easy on 1:00

    8 x 25 k on :20
    made it

    6 x 25 SDK
    no breath on :30
    made it

    swim 10 minutes with a tube

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    My spring 2009 training plans are taking shape:

    now till mid February
    regular training
    focus on 200 fr, 200 bk & 200 IM and sprints

    Rest 2 weeks for the

    USS Texas Grand Prix Th/Fri/Sat
    Mar 5 - 7 in
    Austin, TX

    Switch to strength and speed training
    focus on 50 fr, 50 bk, & 100 IM

    Rest 1 week for

    3/27/ - 3/29/09
    USMS South Central Zone Championships -
    Southlake, North Dallas

    resume strength and speed training
    rest 2 weeks for

    5/7 - 5/10/09
    USMS 2009 Short Course National Championships
    Fresno, CA

    Updated December 12th, 2008 at 01:18 PM by ande

  13. Feelin' Like Crap

    by , December 11th, 2008 at 05:52 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Thursday, 12/11/08
    I have a head cold and my sinuses are completely stopped up. I was able to breathe while in the pool but as soon as I finished it, I plugged up again.

    Hotel pool, Solo

    8 x 50 free on 1:15 started easy and descend each

    8 x 50 kick on 1:30, alternated flutter and dolphin

    8 x 50 swim on 1:15 alternating free and back

    12 x 25 drill on RI :10

    1500 meters

    Did weight class at noon
  14. Thursday, Dec. 11

    by , December 11th, 2008 at 04:34 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    700 variety warm up

    Aerobic set:

    5 x 200 on 3:00
    (free, back, free, back, free)

    Kick set:

    10 x 100 kick with monofin, alternate medium speed and a little bit faster speed (around 1:05s)

    50 EZ

    Speed/technique work:

    5 x (4 x 25) on :40 or so
    #1 easy speed fly with MF
    #2 easy
    #3 AFAP shooter with MF
    #4 easy

    100 EZ

    I rarely do any full stroke fly with a MF. Decided to try some 25s that way. It may help keep my feet down some so that I'm not kicking as much air. So then I tried:

    3 x 50 easy speed fly with MF, followed by 50 EZ after each (went 25s). Definitely can't get the feet out as much and feel flatter in the water. I may get a bigger MF meant for swimming. Mine is the finis shooter MF meant for kicking.

    50 AFAP with MF on back (:23 with a bad turn)

    200 easy

    Total: 3900

    Still feel pretty speedy in the water despite running and spinning.

    Walked out of the pool into the locker room and absolutely smashed my left shoulder into a thermostat. Damn, it hurt. Then I went home and smashed it again while putting up tree light.

    Updated December 11th, 2008 at 05:36 PM by The Fortress

  15. Thursday 12/11 - yuck

    by , December 11th, 2008 at 09:56 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I swam even though I didn't want to and I am glad I did. Something about chlorine just opens up my sinuses. Of course after I was done I went back to the I can't breath status.

    Nothing particularly hard today.

    500 as 100swim/100pull/100swim/100kick/100swim
    5x50 @ 1:10 Free right arm only with paddle left arm at side
    200 kick
    5x50 @ 1:10 Free left arm only with paddle right arm at side
    500 kick with fins alt 100fr/100fl
    5x50 @ 1:00 Free right paddle only 4 kicks on the paddle hand
    200 kick
    5x50 @ 1:00 Free left paddle only 4 kicks on the paddle hand
    100 EZ
    5x100 @ 1:40 Free with 6 beat kick

    Total 3000 yards
  16. Wednesday, Dec. 10

    by , December 10th, 2008 at 11:53 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Just went for a quicky 3 mile run today. Then spent the rest of the day xmas shopping -- and I hate shopping in malls -- and being rather agitated over a swimming issue. Hope it goes away. Going to swim tomorrow for sure.

    Updated December 11th, 2008 at 09:24 AM by The Fortress

  17. Wednesday 12/10/08

    by , December 10th, 2008 at 01:50 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Back at the hotel pool
    Solo (for those who have been asking this pool is about 41' long so I've been calling 2 laps 25 meters)

    50 kick w/board. this was mainly to establish my territory so the "floaters" would hopefully notice and stay out of my way.

    200 free
    200 back

    8 x 50 flutter kick on back on 1:15

    8 x 50 free on 1:00

    10 x 25 fast kick on back on 1:00 1-5 flutter, 6-10 dolphin

    8 x 50 as odds back fast and evens 50 free easy, on 3:00 for each 2

    100 easy swim

    2000 meters

    Updated January 2nd, 2009 at 12:25 AM by poolraat

  18. Wednesday -12/10 (head cold maniac)

    by , December 10th, 2008 at 08:58 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    My head was completely stopped up and swimming was going to be difficult but I eeked out another freestyle workout.

    5x200 @ :10 rest #1 Swim #2 Pull #3 Swim #4 Kick #5 Swim

    Pace sets
    10x50 @ 1:15 Free hold 40's went :44, :42, :41, :41, :40, :39, :39, :38, :38, :39
    5x200 @ 3:30 Free pull w/paddles & bouy held 2:49, 2:49, 2:49, 2:45, 2:42
    500 kick with fins on back alternate fly/free
    10x50 @ 1:05 Free hold 40's went :39, :39, :38, :38, :38, :37, :38, :38, :38, :36
    Warm down
    200 EZ

    Considering my head felt like I would explode at times this was not a bad workout at all. But it is slightly modified from what was originally written. I call that coaches perogative.
  19. Tuesday, Dec. 9

    by , December 9th, 2008 at 06:26 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    60 minute spin class.
    (Definitely didn't work too hard. Just got some cardio in.)

    20-25 minutes of RC and core work

    Recovery swim in the hot 25 meter gym pool:

    700 warm up
    10 x 100 on 1:50, alternate back and backstroke kick, pretty slo mo
    400 IM drill

    Total: 2100 meters

    Still tired and sore. It seems, just in the last couple years, that it take me longer to recover from meets. I've been very tired after both the Sprint Classic and this meet even though I only swam one day. If the last meet is any indication, I'll probably feel better by Thursday or so. Sheesh!

    Updated December 9th, 2008 at 11:02 PM by The Fortress

  20. Speed suit withdrawal

    by , December 9th, 2008 at 12:21 PM (My non-workout blog and random thoughts)
    Swam in the Holiday Invite at Long Beach this weekend. The meet is very well organized and well run. I highly recommend it to anyone that want to swim in a short course meter meet. It was very exciting to try some new technology (B70 and Xterra).
    These suits (B70 and Xterra) really have some Zing! My stroke count was lower and the pushoff distance was longer - plus, when you surface, you literally pop up out of the water. They increase bouyancy!

    Back in the pool this morning with no speed suit! Major drag - pun intended.

    I'm back to wearing the old green baggie drag suit - much more comfortable and much more slower. It takes more strokes to swim a length and push off distances are much shorter.

    So it's a kind of withdrawal to swim in the old green monster - but it is good to be back home.