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  1. Early Morning, as usual 09/17/13

    by , September 17th, 2013 at 08:23 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    Wasn't planning on getting up early this morning, was planning on sleeping in, but Jenna wanted a buddy, and she's always there for me, so. . .

    Had a pretty good workout yesterday, main set was 200's pull on 2:40, and I did better than usual. Today's main set was theoretically "easier" - but I had done weights first, and I put on zoomers so I basically raced the whole darn thing - 4 x 150 IM twitch on 2:15 (got about 20-25 sec rest) followed immediately by 6 x 50 @ :40 - went out waaay too fast on the first one, and was seriously dragging on the last one. But I felt good about my swimming both yesterday and today. Feeling very positive about the Rowdy Gaines meet in about 4 weeks!
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  2. Sept. 14-16

    by , September 17th, 2013 at 05:39 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Sunday:

    No swim. Mr. Fort was running the Erie marathon (got his BQ!) and I had two girls.

    Monday:

    Kind of a disaster. I didn't have time to get to Pitt so was going to try the Upper St. Clair rec center. I drove all the way there, getting lost, and realized my swim bags were in my car which Mr. Fort had taken to work. I hopped in for a short 45 min swim after coaching masters practice. I was too tired/stressed to do more.

    600 various
    4 x 50 EVF scull
    2 x through:
    8 x 25 shooter w/fins @ :40
    100 DPS free w/paddles @1:45
    100 dolphin kick on back @ 1:45
    100 DPS free w/paddles @ 1:45
    100 dolphin kick on back @ 1:45
    100 EZ

    Total: 2200


    Tuesday @ Pitt:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    4 x 50 scull w/agility paddles @ :10 RI
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ
    4 x 50 free w/agility paddles @ 200 pace @ 1:00
    50 EZ
    4 x 50 torque drill w/agility paddles
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    12 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    3 x through: (free, dolphin kick, fly)
    1 x 50 DPS @ 1:00
    1 x 25 @ 100 pace + 25 EZ @ 1:30
    1 x 25 AFAP + 25 EZ @ 1:30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30
    1 x 50 AFAP @ 1:30
    2 x 50 EZ @ 1:30

    2 x 50 AFAP back, broken @ 1:00 + 50 EZ @ 1:00
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 w/parachute @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Total: 3500


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    It was all I could do to summon up the energy for this workout. Things are just unbelievably awful right now. Lil Fort is very depressed and not coping at all. This is much worse than I expected, and I knew it would be hard. I don't know if and how much I can be mentally prepared for serious training right now. And the move isn't exactly easy for me either. I wish I could fast forward a few months ...
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  3. 9|17|13

    by , September 17th, 2013 at 03:59 PM (Blog)
    9|15|13 - SCM long forgotten



    9|16|13 - SCM, Started set of 50's from the block as 25 fast/25 easy then pulled my back on the 6th one. Better now



    9|17|13 SCY

    WARMUP
    10 x 50 on 0:50

    • 40 - 43's


    DRILL
    400 various WF

    WORK
    10 x 100 from block on 3:00

    • 25 free very fast (13's avg, did a 12)
    • 25 free easy
    • 25 bk easy
    • 25 br


    6 x 50 fr from block on 1:00, 15 fast/35 easy

    400 of various:

    • fast FK
    • fast 12.5 fr's
    • fast free 25 drills (head-up with dolphin kick, 2-beat sprint)
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  4. Monday PM

    300 mix up (too much talking)
    3 x through
    --2 x 100 kick @ 2:15, 2:05, 1:55 by round
    --2 x 50 kick @ 55, 50, 60 by round
    --2 x 25 swim sprint @ 45
    --2 x 50 EZ kick @ 1:15

    3 x 400 decsend @ base + 15
    3 x 100 @ base + 15
    ---1. fly/bk
    ---2. bk/br
    ---3. br/fr
    2 x 400 descend @ base + 15
    3 x 50 sprint @ 60
    ---same as 100's above

    200 w/d

    4300

    Again, not too bad tonight. the intervals on the main set were slow enough that we were able to really get moving. I kept my eye on the clock at every 100 to see how my pacing was going and seemed to be right on track.
    The biggest thing I noticed was that my added core work seemed to help during the 400's. I didn't tighten up like usual and was able to keep my stroke long.

    Thinking about heading up to my old stomping grounds of Charlotte to swim at their SCM state meet. Will probably just go for the Sat portion and not spend the night unless I can talk the wife into it. It is only a three hour drive and it doesn't start until noon on Sat.

    http://www.dixiezone.org/Meets/1311charlotte.pdf
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  5. 09.17.13 - Workouts for the last few days

    by , September 17th, 2013 at 02:18 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Catching up w/ the blog today. Hopefully I can remember everything.

    Friday SCY w/ Roger, Dave and Dave.

    600 Warm up

    20 minutes of pursuit set. Roger and I started at opposite ends of the pool. We did 25 pull (no paddles)/25 kick until one of us caught the other. Roger's flutter kick is faster than my breaststroke kick but he can't keep going forever. This was a matter of being patient and letting him wear himself out. I finally started catching up after 8 minutes and caught him at about 10. Next round, he got to choose - 25 back/25 kick. I really had no chance here. After a few hundred yards, he had chased me down. Final round, I got to choose - 25 pull/25 breast. Ended in a draw. Neither of us were making any gains on the other when 20 minutes ran out. Overall, I'm assuming we held a 1:30 pace for 1350 total yards. We probably did a little more than that but it was very difficult to count yardage on this set.

    10 x 100 - 1:30, odds free, evens IM

    4 x 50 Kick - 1:10
    4 x 50 IM - 1:00
    4 x 50 Stroke - :50
    4 x 50 Free - :45
    4 x 50 Pull - :35

    200 Cool down

    (4150 Total)

    Saturday @ Nat SCY w/ Dave, Dave, Brandon and a couple others.

    2 Rounds of:
    * 200 Kick w/ fins
    * 200 Drill down/Swim back
    * 200 Pull

    400 Pull
    200 IM
    200 Free
    200 IM
    400 Pull

    10 x 100 - 3:00, sprint
    Started at a low 1:01 and held mid-1:02s through 5 of these. Switched to paddles and did :59s. On the last one, I dropped the paddles and did a 1:01.5. Really painful set. It is amazing how fast that clock moves after a hard 100.

    200 Cool down

    (3800 Total)

    Monday @ Dublin w/ Dave, Dave and Roger

    600 warm up

    3 x 75 - 1:30, 1st 25 kick
    8 x 50 IM Order - 1:00, from dive off blocks
    4 x 75 - 1:15, convert free -> back
    25 easy kick

    3 x 75 - 1:30, 1st 25 kick
    8 x 50 IM Order - 1:00, from dive off blocks
    4 x 75 - 1:10, convert free -> breast
    25 easy kick

    3 x 75 - 1:30, 1st 25 kick
    8 x 50 IM Order - 1:00, from dive off blocks
    4 x 75 - 1:05, convert free -> fly
    25 easy kick
    50 Easy
    That's 24 starts off the blocks, 18 of which we had to climb out of the pool. That started to hurt after a while but I was able to stay ahead of the pace. Some of my dives were pretty sloppy due to fatigue.

    6 x 200, odds free @ 2:30, evens IM @ 3:00
    Roger led these which helped a lot. Drafted for a fairly easy 2:25 free and made 2:40-2:45 on the IM.

    200 Cool down

    (4900 Total)

    Tuesday @ Dublin w/ Dave and Dave

    600 Warm up

    2 Rounds of:
    * 100 Swim - 1:30 (R1 IM, R2 Free)
    * 75 Kick - 1:20
    * 50 Swim - :50 (R1 Fly/Bk, R2 Br/Free)
    * 25 Kick - :30
    * 4 x 50 Kick - 1:00, :55, :50, :45
    100 Easy

    16 x 100 - 1:30 Fly/Kick w/ fins as follows:
    #1 - All Fly
    #2 - #5 - 1st 25 kick, 2nd 25 kick, 3rd 25 kick, 4th 25 kick
    #6 - #11 - KKFF, FKKF, FFKK, KFFK, KFKF, FKFK
    #12 - #15 - 1st 25 fly, 2nd 25 fly, 3rd 25 fly, 4th 25 fly
    #16 - All kick

    2 x 200 Free - 2:45 (made 2:25, 2:23)
    2 x 200 Stroke - 3:15 (did bk - 3:01, 3:00)
    2 x 200 Kick - 4:00 (IM - 3:30, 3:21)

    400 Timed Pull (4:17)

    200 Cool down

    (5000 Total)
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  6. Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout: 09/18/2013

    by , September 17th, 2013 at 10:09 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    1 X 250 3:45 3:45
    1 X 100 1:40 1:30
    6 X 50 1:00 :50
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 100 kick 2:15
    8 X 50 kick 1:05
    1 x 100 swim

    1 X 200 IM 3:30
    1 X 100 free 2:00
    1 X 100 IM 1:45
    1 X 100 free 2:00
    Three rounds. Descend both IM's 1-3

    1 X 200 free 3:00 3:00 3:00
    4 X 50 free :45 :40 :35
    Three rounds. Round 1 left, 2 middle, 3 right

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4800Y
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  7. Week 51 - Tuesday

    by , September 17th, 2013 at 09:32 AM (After a long rest)
    I was really tired today and Found this to be a hard workout.

    Warmup
    400 free with snorkel
    400 free working turns

    Main set
    30x50 on 40 swum 5 free, 5 back repeated 3x
    8x200 pull on 2.25

    Warm down
    600 easy

    Total 4500scy

    I held 31s on the 50 frees and 33s on the 50 backs. The 200s i held 2.07s. I just never got into a groove today and felt like I was fighting the whole way today!

    I have my annual physical today so had to skip breakfast this morning which probably contributed to my feeling crappy. Fingers crossed all will go well. I am almost 55lbs lighter than this time last year and my waist has shrunk from a 36/37 trouser to a 29/30 trouser. Despite feeling pretty crappy today in the big picture I feel so much healthier than last year.

    Updated September 17th, 2013 at 09:41 AM by StewartACarroll

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  8. Not a workout I would have normally chosen but I needed it

    by , September 17th, 2013 at 08:39 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Once again I using some of the old Rick Benner workouts that I used to love doing. My meet this weekend my be a problem but that is ok. It is just for fun, the big meet is next month at Zones.

    This practice was one with no paddles which I really need to break away from some times.

    20x50@:55 free as 5EZ/1FAST, 4EZ/1FAST, 3EZ/1FAST, 2EZ/1FAST, 1EZ/1FAST my fast was not fast in my book but I managed 39-37 getting faster each one I did

    25@:30 free FAST went :16
    3x100@1:40 free held 1:30's
    50@1:00 free FAST went :37
    5x100@1:50 free held 1:29's
    75@1:30 free FAST went :56
    8x100@1:55 free held 1:28's
    100@2:00 free FAST went 1:17

    250 free EZ
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    100 free EZ

    Total 3700 yards
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  9. Monday 9/16/13

    Monday 9/16

    PM only SCY

    2x
    4x100 @ 1:20 AE
    4x50 @ 1:00 k/dr by 25 R.I.M.O.
    300 @ :20 rest pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel

    3x
    8x25 @ :30 FL kick under H2O w/ fins
    4x75 @ 1:30 FL/BK/BR kick no board

    3x
    300 @ 3:30 breathing 3-5-7 by 50
    4x50 @ 1:30 BEST AVG
    300 @ :20 rest FR kick w/ board (active recovery)

    100 EZ

    Total: 5800

    Was sick all weekend, still don't feel anywhere near 100%, but the 50s were pretty solid today despite this:
    RD1: 26.0, 26.4, 25.9, 25.7
    RD2: 27.0, 26.6, 26.9, 26.4
    RD3: 27.1, 26.7, 26.6, 25.6
    Even though it was written as best average, the expectation (given how early into the season we are) was go out hard and try to hold on. On rounds 2 and 3, coming off the 300 3/5/7, I was really slow (I was coming in at ~3:25 trying to cruise just under the interval).
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