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  1. Workout 08/31/13: OW

    by , August 31st, 2013 at 10:11 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    As summer begins to set, new adventures await for the remainder of year with school starting up, OW season winding down, and the Rec reopening on Tuesday! To that point, I was able to sit in on my first class at the Bible college on Thursday, although I missed the first bit due to work (this is why I am auditing the course). That same night, our exchange student from Germany, Lina, arrived later in the evening (with thanks to my friend Ed for picking her up). She is getting used to her new home and family for the year (we all went to the Schaghticoke Fair today, the 3rd oldest in NY state).

    This morning I headed up to the third and final OW lake swim that I organized with the Masters group while the pool has been shut down. Today I picked Adams Reservoir due to its close proximity to town and lack of motorized boats. Over the course of week many folks emailed to say that they might not be able to make it, and it turns out that only Brent joined me, after he ran around the lake twice! Here is the picture I snapped before we splashed:

    I had a feeling that the water would be cool, and under overcast skies the temperature checked in at a warm 67 degrees. The water is clear, but has a reddish tint that is evident when you watch your fingers sweep under your body. It is not terribly long (just shy of a quarter mile) and has an easily defined edge crowded with pine, birch, maple, and other trees. Only three lone kayakers where on the water with us, and I was thinking that this would be a great place for a cable! We went out and back on the western edge from the beach, then headed toward the east edge and checked out a shallow, rocky area about 2/3 of the way down. Total of 0.9 miles in 28 minutes (did I mention before that Brent doesn't like cold water ).

    Refreshing and a beautiful area for a cool swim, so I will be sure to get back as I look for more cold swims to feel out where my "it's too darn cold to keep doing this" point is. Off to get the South Korean boy tomorrow evening, then to enjoy another week of staycation as the kids head back to school on Tuesday.

    Updated August 31st, 2013 at 11:31 PM by rxleakem

    Swim Workouts , Open Water
  2. Hot pool, bad back, not a good mix

    by , August 31st, 2013 at 08:19 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    The pool was 86 and my back was really hurting. My neck on the right side is a problem today. Even now it still hurts but a good dose of Doctor Who should help.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    8x25@:45 fly scull drill w/ monofin
    8x25@:45 fly torque drill w/ monofin & paddles
    8x25@:45 one arm fly w/monofin
    8x25@:45 fly kick w/monofin
    8x25@:45 fly fast w/monofin
    5x200@3:00 free w/paddles & bout went 3:47, 3:45, 3:43, 3:40, 3:35 shocked at this given the temperature
    500 free kick w/zoomers 25 high/25 medium/25 deep kick
    300 breast kick
    200 free kick no equipment

    Total 4000 yards
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  3. Saturday, August 31, 2013 11:30-12:30pm

    by , August 31st, 2013 at 07:03 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Got into lap swim at the Y. A few other masters swimmers were there, the "younger" ones. I was splitting a lane with a lady named Jen, she was speedy enough that it wouldn't have been bad to circle swim if needed. Tom was also there...they were both looking forward to the group workouts starting in another week or so.


    600 Free
    8 x 75 SDK on back w/ short fins @ 1:10

    8 x 100 Free Pull
    2 @ 1:30, 2 @ 1:25, 2 @ 1:20, 2 @ 1:15
    I could've gone 2 @ 1:10, but didn't want to.

    3 x 200 IM @ 3:30
    3 x 100 IM @ 1:40

    4 x 25 @ :30 Odds Fly, Evens EZ Free

    3000 yards

    That's enough for my heart rate up a bit too. Quick and simple with a bit of everything.
  4. The end of August

    by , August 31st, 2013 at 05:37 PM (One Stroke at a Time)
    Friday August 30
    Lunch Bunch
    Missed warm-up
    3 x 50 kick on 1:00
    3 x 50 kick on 55
    2 x 50 kick on 50
    50 kick on 45
    4 x 100 on 1:25 descend 1-3 with #4 easy
    4 x 100 on 1:30 descend 1-3 with #4 easy
    4 x 100 on 1:35 descend 1-3 with #4 easy
    4 x 100 on 1:40 descend 1-3 with #4 easy
    50-100-150-200-250 pull 10 seconds rest between each distance
    2800 yards

    Saturday August 31
    4 x 150 pull on 2:30
    4 x 150 50 kick/50 swim/50 kick on 2:30
    8 x 50 odds free with no breath at turn from flags to flags on 50 evens 25 drill/25 swim IM order on 1:00
    2 x (2 x 25 sprint kick on 35 then 2 x 100 IM on 1:40 then 200 easy on 3:20)
    8 x 25 sprint back 2 on 25, 2 on 30, 2 on 25, 2 on 40
    100 easy
    8 x 25 sprint breast 2 on 25, 2 on 30, 2 on 25, 2 on 40
    100 easy
    2 x (75 on 1:10 then 25 on 30) pull
    100 easy
    4000 yards

    I did a pretty good job of staying wet this August. I had a few rough swims but by and large listened to my body and didn't overdo it. This let me swim 4000 for the first time since the first week in July. I actually had a little umph today as well. So it is onto September.

    Updated August 31st, 2013 at 05:46 PM by MaryR

  5. 2013 5K postal attempt...

    by , August 31st, 2013 at 02:18 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Do they have a 3.1-mile postal swim?

    We had to stop early because of thunderstorms... darn, with only 1900 to go!

    After a sluggish start I was feeling really good too. I made the drive over to DeKalb, IL, the Hopkins Park Pool, set up for LCM. There were 5 of us swimming the 5k postal and it was a super nice group: Dirk, who organized it, and some of his teammates, Keith and another Alex, along with Debbie from Rockford, IL. What was nice about this group... aside from the congenial conversation while huddled together under a tarp in a torrential rainfall (in Texas we would have called it a "real gully-washer"), we were all pretty evenly paced, I don't think anyone was more than a half length behind anyone else when we were pulled out of the water. Last year I did the 5K solo, so it felt good to have company.

    I didn't warm up beforehand and determined to use the first 500-1000 as a slow building warm-up, but by the time I got to 1500 I felt like I was really cruising. I loosened up, stretched out my stroke and found a nice rhythm. When we were stopped I was at 3100 meters. My 3000-meter split was 55:12, which I just did some number cranking on and find that this is an average 18:24 per K pace... way faster than my 19:30+/k average last summer. Last summer my 100 pace was 1:57-1:58, this year 1:50.5. And again, I might have actually been swimming a little bit faster pace as I loosened up in the second and third kilometers (I'll find out when they e-mail me the splits). I'm pretty sure I was on pace for something like a 1 hour, 30-31 minute 5K, which would have crushed last year's 1:37:40. Here was my wrap-up after that 2012 5K:

    I've made a lot of progress in the 13 months between these two 5K postal attempts... just sorry we didn't get to finish it out this year. We had a good time nonetheless, and I really thought I wouldn't even have a chance at another attempt this season with lack of LCM pools available in the immediate area, so this was just a bonus swim for me! And I'm feeling so much more confident this year than last... a long way to go yet, but happy with the progress.
  6. Friday, Aug 30

    by , August 31st, 2013 at 10:54 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ Sewickley Masters

    Warm up: OMO

    650 various
    100 scull
    10 x 25 shooters

    Main Sets:

    assigned 600 choice
    -- I did 8 x 50 fly drills (single arm & caterpillar)
    300 kick
    5 x 50 build second 25
    -- I did them burst SDK + cruise
    3 x 50 off the blocks
    -- I did 25 AFAP + 25 EZ (2 free, 1 fly)
    50 EZ
    20 x 25 sprint @ 1:00
    -- I did 16 (potty break), 8 kick + 8 swim
    100 EZ
    1 x 50 AFAP kick
    -- back w/fins, :24, went off course the second length and hit lane line looking for ledge where pool precipitously goes from 10 to 4 feet
    50 EZ
    8 x 50 smooth DPS free w/Jimby @ 1:00

    Total: 3150


    Three days in a row of swimming! Quasi-miraculously for me. Not sure what is on the agenda for Labor Day Weekend. Hope everyone has a great one!
    Swim Workouts
  7. Week 48 - Saturday

    by , August 31st, 2013 at 09:52 AM (After a long rest)
    I woke with a stiff neck this morning as a result I suspect of the kicking with a board yesterday. After the warmup I felt ok and neck loosened up. Overall I felt good today, despite the last set kicking my butt.

    Warm up
    4x200 free on 2.40
    12x50 catchup drill on 45
    6x50 kick on 1 min

    Main set
    2x50 on 35, 1x50 back on 35, 50 easy on 1.30
    2x50 on 35, 1x50 back on 35, 50 easy on 1.30
    2x50 on 32.5, 1x50 back on 35, 50 easy on 1.30
    2x50 on 30, 1x50 back on 35, 50 easy on 1.30
    300 easy
    10x100 with fins on 1min

    Warm down
    200 easy

    Total 4000scy

    I felt good on the first main set and went 28s on all the free 50s and 32s on the backs(my back has felt much better recently). I left my swim bag at the house and had to borrow some fins from the pool and they had seen better days. The 10x100s were really tough and I made 5 but then hit the lactic wall. I took a minutes rest and then finished out the set. On the last 5 some of my team mates started cheering and whistling and this carried me through to the end. The last 5 were not as bad as the first 5 for some reason. Despite not making all 10 I was happy with this set.
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  8. Week 48 - Friday PM

    by , August 30th, 2013 at 07:49 PM (After a long rest)
    I decided to take my daughter to her practice today and brought my swim stuff with the hope I could do a stretch swim while she swam. I got in with the junior racer group who are the quick 11/12 year old kids. I basically did the first hour of there workout and then got out. It's always fun swimming with the little kids since they always try to beat you and actually get excited about swimming with the old guy. It helps that my masters coach is the jr racer coach so he likes to challenge the kids to beat the old guy. We did a really hard kick set where the kids really kicked quick.

    7x200 free breathing 3,5 by 25 with no breaths in or out of the flags
    12x100 kick on 1.50
    12x50 on 1 min swum as 12.5 streamline kick, 12.5 free, 12.5 streamline kick, 12.5 free
    100 easy

    Total 3300

    The kick set was fun and we held 1.20-1.23s on all of these. A couple of the quick girls hung with me on these and on 10 and 11 went quicker then me. I took the last one. At the end of the kick set one of the girls high fived and thanked me for pushing her. That was cool.

    This was a quicker practice than I was hoping for but was really fun.
    Swim Workouts
  9. 08.30.13 - Friday workout

    by , August 30th, 2013 at 03:49 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave, Dave and Chris. Did ok today. Felt tired near the end. Did some fly pull w/ paddles today. Not sure if this the smartest thing in the world but I didn't have any problems.


    600 Warm up

    2 x 100 kick w/ fins - 1:45 (all free)
    2 x 100 kick w/ fins - 1:45 (50 fly/50 free)
    2 x 100 kick w/ fins - 1:45 (50 bk/50 free)
    2 x 100 kick w/ fins - 1:45 (all back)

    4 x 50 stroke - :50, descend
    :40 rest
    6 x 100 - 1:15
    50 Easy

    10 x 100 pull - 1:20, every third one back
    50 Easy

    2 Rounds of:
    * 2 x 100 Kick - 1:45 (br first round, fins second round)
    * 100 Pull - 1:20
    * 100 pull - 1:20, 1st 25 fly
    * 100 pull - 1:20, 1st 25 bk
    * 100 pull - 1:20, 1st 25 br
    * 100 Pull - 1:20
    * 2 x 100 kick - 1:40, fins

    100 Cool down

    (5200 Total)
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  10. August in review...

    by , August 30th, 2013 at 02:44 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    I've just entered into the FLOG my penultimate swim of the month and my bio-data from this morning. I decided to look at my monthly totals, since it is the 30th, to see how it was looking going into tomorrow's postal 5K (what a way to end the month btw!) and do some comparisons with previous months this year.

    MILEAGE: I'm at 48.8 miles for August, which means the 5K postal will put me over 50 miles for the first time since January. I've been averaging 45 miles/month since January, mostly 47-48, but some 43-mile "recovery" months in there too.

    WEIGHT: Average weight this month: 169 lbs. Last month: 175.xx. Before that, I was almost invariably in the 177-178 range for the whole year. For the last couple of weeks my average weight has been closer to 167-168, which means that September's average promises to be even lower. Thing is, I'm not even trying to lose weight. After more than 6 weeks on a purely vegan diet, and avoiding processed, packaged foods wherever possible, I can eat till I'm full at every meal, snack healthfully, and still see the scale flashing numbers I haven't seen this consistently since my first couple of years in college. Bonus: fruits taste way sweeter; the higher calorie refined sugars are way too sweet for me now, so when I do put sugar in the vegan pancake recipe, or have more than 2-3 vegan chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, it tastes too sweet in the moment, and, more importantly, makes me feel rotten a little while later... so I read my body better, it's not numbed by sugar/high-fructose corn syrup addiction, i.e., in constant need of the next high.

    RESTING HEART RATE: average for August was 43.9. Every month before that was averaging 47-48. A difference of 3-4 beats might not seem significant on a daily basis, but for a month-long average I think this is an important indicator. I think it means that my heart is having to work less hard when I'm at rest and that I'm going to recover better as result. I hope it means that my arteries are regaining elasticity and that my blood cholesterol is on the decline.

    I've done 3600 yards over the last two days in the lake; 1800 each day. A little bit of recovery from the hard swimming earlier this week. Yesterday I did 500 fr, 500 bk and then a mix of all 4 strokes for the final 800. Today I did 200 fr relaxed followed by 100 bk and 100 br, and repeated that 2+1+1 pattern three more times; finished with an ez 200 fr. Lake water temp was perfect both days; and early mornings out there have been glorious!
  11. 8|30|13 SCY

    Warmed up for 20 minutes, drills WFS

    8 x 25 on 0:30 flutter kick
    • made them with 23 - 27's

    10 x 50 from block on 2:00, 25 fast/25 easy
    • the fasts varied between easy speed and very hard (12-14's)
    • alternated between track and grab (grab style still results in fewer strokes and slightly faster time)

    About 1450 scy
  12. Week 48 - Friday

    by , August 30th, 2013 at 08:35 AM (After a long rest)
    It's been a rough couple of weeks work wise and I have been looking forward to the long weekend. I woke this morning feeling tired. I was in a pretty negative spot mentally before practice but to my surprise felt pretty good in warmup. By the main set I was on fire and had an awesome workout and felt strong throughout. It goes to show sometimes it's all in my head and I just need to swim.

    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45
    10x50 on 50 swum 12.5 streamline kick, 12.5 swim, 12.5 streamline kick, 12.5 swim

    Main set
    10x200 descend 1-4 and #5 at #4 or better pace, and descend 6-9 with #10 at #9 pace on 2.40
    4x75 on 4mins AFAP with 200 active recovery between 75s

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total 4400scy

    On the 200s I went 2.05, 2.01, 1.59, 1.57, 1.56, 2.07, 2.02, 1.59, 1.55, 1.55. These did not feel that quick and I had to recheck the time after the first one because I totally cruised a 2.05. After the long week I was not expecting this. After the 4th one I still felt good and new the second round was going to be scary good. An hour later I still can't believe how fast I just went on these 200s. Before the DAM spring meet I struggled with a couple of 200s holding 2.05. The coach was asking me to hold 42s on the 75s and I went 39, 40, 40, 40 which again were incredibly quick based on my previous times on these distances. I am so excited about the progress I have made the past few months.

    We were planning on sitting down and discussing the training program for worlds but this was delayed due to a number of the guys going to worlds not being at practice(not a good sign when they don't show for the practice we were going to discuss the program). My coach and I briefly discussed his desire for memnot to do doubles every day going forward. It's interesting being described as an old bottle of fine wine who needs a rest before serving! His point is probably sound which is I now have a good base and don't need to over do the training or get an injury by pushing to hard.
    Swim Workouts
  13. Friday, 8/30/13

    by , August 30th, 2013 at 08:23 AM (Workout Swimmer)
    Stupid noodlers have persuaded the staff to leave the aerators off at night because it's "too cold" for them at 7am. How 10 people can determine the pool temp for EVERYONE is beyond me. Nastigrams will be sent. Feeling better today (muscle soreness-wise).

    600 back/free
    600 pull, breath control by 50's (3 & 5)
    300 kick, speed play by 50's
    100 easy
    5 x 300 @ 4:15, descend 1-5, last 3 were below 3:45, but not sure I actually descended.
    200 easy
    8 x 25; 25 drill, 2 x 25 4-cycle speed play, 25 sprint; repeat
    200 easy again
    4 x 200 IM, first 3 were twitch, last one straight on something awesome like 4:00 (we were doing a lot of talking there) & wearing zoomers
    300 cooldown -- HR after the hard last 200 IM - 135ish
    Total: 4800 SCY

    Updated August 30th, 2013 at 06:57 PM by Celestial

  14. Watching the HR (first time) 8/29/13

    by , August 30th, 2013 at 08:17 AM (Workout Swimmer)
    Yesterday we had the weirdest workout ever - after a rather short 1000 yd warm-up (and the last 200 was kick) we then proceeded to do 5 x 200 K, and then 4 x 9 x 25 kick - which made for over 2000yds kick in a single workout! My legs were burning. I guess it was a good thing, because my arms were achy from weights the day before.
    Today, I decided to get back to normal, and do an easy stretch out in the pool after my weight workout. I was sore going into the gym, but after the first 3 or so machines, I loosened up considerably. Thought Jenna was going to swim with me - I saw her at the gym, but she didn't make it all the way to the pool. Probably Mommy issues (she has a 8 yr old & 3 yr old at home). So I swam on my own. Borrowing from PWB on tracking my HR - today being day one. I think I'm going to use the 10-12 x 100 @ 1:20 as my test set, since I have the opportunity to do this almost weekly. Today, I was swimming solo (thus, less motivated) and got my avg HR from leisurely swimming & "long & strong" (but not pushing it) swimming. Then a very short increase for 3 x 100. Guess I'll start off by putting things on a 3x5 card & work my way up to an Excel program when I get around to creating one.
    600 - 100 free/50 back
    3 x 200 Pull
    4 x 150, breast/free/breast/breast/free/breast
    3 x 100 @ 1:30; my pace: 1:25 - easy; HR 110s
    50 easy
    3 x 100 @ 1:25; my pace: 1:20 - long & strong; HR 130s
    50 easy
    3 x 100 @ 1:20 paddles only; my pace: 1:12ish - feeling out of breath; HR 140
    200 easy
    3000 SCY

    Updated August 30th, 2013 at 06:56 PM by Celestial

  15. Wow, where did that come from

    by , August 30th, 2013 at 08:13 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Today I was lucky to have a cold pool and it was long course. As I walked up the steps to the CCAC my back locked up and I thought that today was going to be a really rough workout to get thru. But after my 500 free really pushing thru the pain by doing mega dolphin kicks off each wall, my back loosed up nicely.

    A Little pain at the right time can make you feel better in the long run.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    15x100@1:45 free w/paddles & bouy went 1:31, 1:32, 1:34, 1:34, 1:34, 1:43, 1:43, 1:34, 1:34, 1:34, 1:43, 1:43, 1:32, 1:31, 1:32 this was awesome for me doing long course
    500 free kick w/zoomers moderate pace
    3x100 free w/snorkle
    200 free EZ

    Total 3500 meters
    Swim Workouts
  16. Thursday 8/29/13

    Thursday 8/29

    PM only SCY

    200 swim
    4x25 @ :10 rest log-roll drill w/ snorkel
    200 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    4x25 @ :10 rest HP drill
    200 kick

    8x25 @ :10 rest 1-arm FR w/ strapless paddles (switch arms every 2)

    300 @ :10 rest FR 25 L/25 R/50 swim w/ snorkel
    4x125 @ :10 rest 50 side-glide/50 BK kick in S-line/25 FL kick on back in S-line

    Total: 5000

    Mind-numbingly boring, but great for FR technique!

    Updated August 29th, 2013 at 11:03 PM by Calvin S

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  17. 8|28|13 and 8|29|13

    SCY and SCM respectfully

    Did not log what I did for either, but yesterday's SCY involved more filmed starts of track vs grab. Seems like the more I review them the more critical I become. I did a few grab starts today and my calves cramped from muscle pain (did calf raises yesterday as well), need to back off on these.

    Today's highlight was completing 4 x 25M flutter kick on 0:30 (24, 2?, 27, 25).
    • On the last one I gulped a mouthful of pool-water through the snorkel during streamline. I was in a mild panic situation, for my snorkel and mouth were filling with water, and the air that was supposed to fill my nearly-deflated lungs, did not exist. I had just enough air to purge the snorkel without abandoning the 4th and final leg of the set, making it my first time doing 4 of these on 30, and in 25 seconds on top of that. I think that pool seems slightly short, though it supposed to be scm

    Updated August 30th, 2013 at 10:54 AM by __steve__

  18. Aug 27-29

    by , August 29th, 2013 at 06:49 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Aug 27:

    spin, 60 min (couldn't swim bc of iritis)
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15

    Another frustrating day bc Lil Fort's school messed up her schedule and didn't realize she was a GT candidate. Despite having her records and me emailing the school telling them she has been in a GT center since third grade. Not impressed with the school system so far.

    Aug 28: Sewickley Masters PM Practice

    Warm up:

    600 various
    8 x (25 shooter + 25 EZ) w/fins
    100 scull w/agility paddles

    Main Sets:

    10 x (25 drill + 25 swim) @ 1:00
    4 x 50 kick @ 1:10
    4 x 50, 12.5 SDK each length
    masters minute
    8 x 100 done as: 25 (2/3 UW), open turn + 50 fast + 5 seconds rest + 25 (12.5 UW), used fins
    masters minute
    8 x (25 sprint + open turn + 25, 12.5 UW)
    masters minute
    1 x 50 AFAP kick (did flutter kick w/board & fins, went 25-26ish)
    150 EZ

    Total: 3400

    August 29:

    Started the day getting collosally lost trying to get home from the North Hills with a bridge closure and dysfunctional GPS (Sadly, I am lacking a sense of direction gener). That was really fun. Didn't have enough time to swim before Lil Fort's first cross country race of the season with her middle school team. She ran a very desulutory race. She's gloomy too. Went for a workout after, but didn't feel like doing much. Have definitely lost my mojo.

    Warm up:

    600 various
    8 x 50
    odds = caterpillar fly
    evens = front scull
    8 x 50 DPS free w/paddles
    4 x 25 shooter
    8 x (25 shooter + 25 EZ), crashed on the bottom of course
    50 EZ

    Main set:

    8 x burst + cruise
    50 EZ
    8 x (25 @ 100 pace + 25 EZ)
    50 EZ
    9 x 50 fly/back/breast w/paddles
    50 EZ
    4 x 50 torque drill w/paddles
    100 EZ

    Total: 3750


    Can August be over?
    Swim Workouts , Spinning
  19. 08.29.13 - Mid-Week workouts

    by , August 29th, 2013 at 05:02 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam today w/ Dave, Dave and Roger. I've been feeling better since Monday but yardage is starting to pile up on my shoulders.

    Tuesday Workout

    600 Warm up

    3 x 25 - :30 Bk/Fr/Bk
    3 x 25 - :30 K/Fr/K
    3 x 25 - :25 Fl/Fr/Fl
    3 x 25 - :25 Br/Fr/Br
    3 x 50 - :45 Convert Free->Fly
    3 x 50 - :45 Convert Free->Bk
    3 x 50 - :45 Convert Free->Br
    5 x 50 - :45 Convert Free->Kick->Free
    50 Easy

    7 x 75 - 1:20 Convert Fly->Kick->Fly
    7 x 75 - 1:15 Convert Bk->Br->Bk
    50 Easy

    Odds: 9 x 100 Up/Down Kick - 1:30 (:05)
    Evens: 9 x 100 Up/Down IM - 1:30 (:05)
    50 Easy

    8 x 50 IM Order - 1:00
    8 x 50 Kick w/ fins - 1:00

    100 Cool down

    (5400 Total)

    Wednesday Workout

    600 Warm up

    10 x 50 Fly - 1:00 (:45 -> :37)

    3 Rounds of:
    * 4 x 75 Free - 1:00 (middle round pull)
    * 50 Free - :35
    100 Easy

    3 Rounds of:
    * 200 IM - 3:30
    * 200 Pull - 3:00
    * 200 Stroke - 3:30 (IM Order by round)
    50 Easy

    3 Rounds of:
    * 3 x 100 - 1:15
    * 1:00 Rest

    4 x 25 No Breath - :40
    4 x 25 Kick w/ fins - :35
    4 x 25 IM Order - :30

    100 Cool down

    (5400 total)

    Thursday Workout

    600 Warm up

    6 x 200 IM Continuous, add 50 kick if :15s ahead of 3:00 pace
    50 Easy

    6 x 25 IM Order - :30
    4 x 100 - 1:45, convert free -> 25 free/75 kick
    1:00 Rest
    4 x 100 - 1:45, convert 75 free/25 kick -> 100 kick
    50 Easy

    4 x 50 IM Order - :45
    4 x 50 Kick/Free - 1:00
    4 x 50 IM Order/Free - :45
    4 x 50 Kick - 1:00
    4 x 50 IM Order - :45
    50 Easy

    Odds: 5 x 100 Free - 1:30 (Went 1:16->1:10)
    Evens: 5 x 100 IM - 1:30 (Went 1:24 -> 1:16)

    600 Cool down

    (5500 Total)
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  20. Free=Back

    by , August 29th, 2013 at 04:36 PM (One Stroke at a Time)
    Wednesday August 28
    300 every 4th length kick
    7 x 50 on 1:10 10 sec vertical kick then 25 fast kick on back the 25 easy swim
    7 x 50 on 1:00 25 fly with a flutter kick then 25 easy swim
    4 x 50 back on 50
    200 easy on 3:20 100 kick/100 swim
    3 x 50 back on 45
    200 easy on 3:20 100 kick/100 swim
    2 x 50 back on 40
    200 easy on 3:20 100 kick/100 swim
    1 x 50 back on 35
    200 easy on 3:20 100 kick/100 swim
    6 x 50 pull on 45 descend 1-4 then 5 and 6 easy
    100 easy
    2700 yards

    Thursday August 29
    Lunch Bunch
    500 every 4th length non-free
    12 x 50 on 30 fly 1 drill/1 swim
    300 kick on 5:00 50 flutter/50 whip
    12 x 50 on 30 back
    300 kick on 4:30 pull 25 free/25 back/25 breast/75 free
    12 x 50 on 30 breast
    300 kick on 5:00 50 flutter/50 whip
    12 x 50 on 6 on 25 6 on 30
    300 kick on 4:30 pull 25 free/25 back/25 breast/75 free
    5 x 50 easy on 50
    3150 yards

    This was two pretty good work-outs for me. It's funny though somewhere in the last week my back and free became very close to the same speed. This is for swims 75 and below (I haven't swum anything back of longer lengths so don't know if it will hold true for 100s and above). I'm just going with it. It gives me a little different perspective as I tend to see a lot more when I'm on my back and get to see interesting things that other people are doing. (This is of course also true when I turn swim sets into kick sets). Hopefully, there will be more Lunch Bunch in my future for tomorrow.

    Updated August 31st, 2013 at 05:26 PM by MaryR

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