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  1. Workout 12/20/14: evening

    by , February 20th, 2014 at 08:32 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Well, we survived the adventure! The two miles up a mountain to the cabin were, well, long. And steep. But we worked through some issues (I ended up pulling two sleds with cooking stuff and other people's personal items) and arrived to a cold cabin. But lots of firewood, so I had the shanty blazing hot in no time. We laughed at some of the misteps (which were king-sized due to the snowshoes), ate some warm food and played Apples to Apples before S'Mores and bed. I plan to blog about this elsewhere, and will post a link in a future post because I am sure you are all wondering why I'd plan for this in the winter after a 20+" snowstorm!

    I was going to skip the pool tonight, but had time and went for a quick swim before Bible class at the college:

    200 FR/200 BK/200 IM Drill
    400 Shark Swim
    4 x 50 Quarter's Strong FR
    4 x 50 Burst and Cruise IMO
    150 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1550 yds/30 min)

    I was bushed after getting home and unloading gear. I jumped right into the hot tub, then finished some reading so decided to get in a quick swim. GregJS was there, fighting the the swim team kids in the fast lane - I stayed in the medium lane and went with traffic.
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  2. Thursday 2/20/14

    Thursday 2/20

    PM only SCY

    300 swim every 3rd 25 scull w/ snorkel
    8x25 @ :15 rest under H2O 360 FL kick w/ fins
    4x150 @ 2:15 pull w/ buoy + paddles breathe 2-4-6 by 50

    Total: 2200
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  3. Week 73 - Thursday

    by , February 20th, 2014 at 07:44 PM (After a long rest)
    We celebrated my wife's birthday by taking the kids out to the Saltgrass restaurant last night. It was fun but I am not used to eating late and despite being in bed by 9 my alarm came too quickly for my liking this morning. I drug my butt out of bed and to the pool on will power. Today's workout was not good and I sort of floated through it. I did not have any pep at all today. Two good things I guess; first I made it to the pool in the first place, and second no shoulder pain or discomfort today. Fingers crossed this was just the week catching up on me.

    Warm up
    8x100 on 1.20 with a snorkel

    Main set
    4x(4x50 kick on 50, 1x200 free with overkill on 2.15)
    6x100 on 2mins best average
    12x50 on 55 swum 12.5 fly kick underwater, 12.5 fast

    Warm down
    2x400 easy on 4.40

    I held 40s on the kick and descended from 2.07 to 2.01on the overkick. These were hard especially the second 100. The best average I really went moderate because of my worry of shoulder pain and held 1min pace.

    I have a USAS meet tomorrow and I am signed up for the 1650. Warmup is at 5pm so I am going to be cutting it close with work. Saturday I am swimming the DAM SMU USMS meet and I am signed up for the 50 back, 50 fly, 500 free, 200 free and 100 IM. I really need to do the USAS meet since I don't have not swum the 1650 and as such can't swim it in the A meets. Saturday should be fun and I should have some good races with Steve Unruh in both the 500 and 200 free. The other races are sort of fillers but should again be fun providing my shoulder is good after my mile tomorrow. I am hopeful I can go a good time on the mile but have not swum it short course as a master so this will be interesting.
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  4. Hurray for progress

    I had a very enjoyable swim this morning—the first part with the PCST masters, then on my own for the last bit. It was a warm and foggy morning, Kelcee was on deck, and I had a couple of good workout mates to share the first couple of sets with. Here is how it went:

    500 lcm warmup, various

    3x thru (odd rounds FR, even IM-no-free):
    3 x 50 drill @ 1:10
    150 build @ 2:45

    4x thru, with fins
    2 x 50 kick-as-far-as-you-can-underwater + rest of length FR
    1 x 50 sprint (FR on odd rounds, FL on even rounds)
    [I took my fins off after 400 of this—I think I went faster on the fly sprint without fins than with.]

    200 easy

    2x thru (broken magic 700s)
    50 FR @ :45
    50 easy back @ 1:15
    100 FR @ 1:30
    50 easy back @ 1:15
    150 FR @ 2:15
    50 easy back @ 1:15
    200 FR @ 3:00
    50 easy back @ 1:15
    [I have been struggling to get back to a fitness level where 1:30/lcm 100 pace feels taxing but doable. I’m not there yet, but I can see some progress. On the first round of this set I didn’t make all the FR times—I was -3, +1, +3, and +3 seconds on my 50/100/150/200 intervals. I didn’t think I could work harder on the second round, so I focused on finding what I could relax while still going fast, and that worked--I was able to go -2/-1/0/0.]

    200 IM kick

    12 x 100 @ 2:15:

    • 3 FL/BK
    • 3 BK/BR
    • 3 BR/FR
    • 3 IM
    • Descend each set of 3

    600 warmdown + play + figure-skating-inspired twirliness

    That was it!

    I’ve been away from my blog for the last week, but not from swimming—one of my goals while I’m down here is to get in a good bit of yardage, both in the pool and in the gulf when conditions are good. I signed up for my first swim of the season, Stage 6 of 8 Bridges in late June, so now there’s something long and fun to train for.

    One of my other goals for this month has been to start back doing yoga. I was dismayed to discover a couple of months ago that I was no longer able to get up off the floor without using my arms. I decided that I really needed to do something about feeling so rickety and decrepit, so when I got here in early February I signed up for the all-you-can-asana monthly deal at the small yoga studio that is conveniently on the way to the pool. I’ve been going to 2 or 3 classes a week, trying different styles, and am enjoying it a lot. The classes are very small—3-5 people is not unusual—and we occasionally have live sitar music provided by a local kid. (It’s sometimes mindbending how much the “Redneck Riviera” has changed over the last few decades).

    My body feels good, and seeing some progress in flexibility and strength is encouraging--plus I can once again stand up from sitting crosslegged with no help from my arms. Woohoo! Saturday, if the weather holds, I’ll get to try SUP yoga--that should be a blast.
  5. Thursday, FEB. 20

    by , February 20th, 2014 at 06:20 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 100 backstroke kick w/fins, UW 15 m each length @ 2:00
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

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

    2 x (25 AFAP kick + 75 EZ) @ 3:00

    4 x (10 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40 + 100 EZ)
    -- fly/back kick under 15 M/breast/free
    -- was dragging on the last set

    100 EZ

    Total: 3200


    Still felt pretty rotten today, but muddled through. Back to the gym tomorrow. I'm still feeling somewhat unmotivated. I hope I can shake off this semi malaise before my meets coming up ...

    Article on strength training:

    TRX streamlining exercise:

    Updated February 21st, 2014 at 08:15 AM by The Fortress

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  6. 2|20|14 more easy drill swimming

    by , February 20th, 2014 at 05:17 PM (Blog)
    1500 SCM of drills

    Yesterday's drill #2 made me sore today - oops

    Muscle aching is just minor, more worrisome for me is I injured my back last week (squats again), and something triggered it yesterday causing the inflammation to pinnacle. Today it is a little better and I'm sure tomorrow should be almost pain free, but I'm concerned I may reinjure myself at the meet and be in a world of hurt. I have got to play it cautious, be fully warm before jumping in the competition pool, and take care picking things up and stuff in the meantime.
  7. Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-02/21/2013

    by , February 20th, 2014 at 12:22 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    3 X 150 2:30 2:15
    1 X 200 3:15 3:00
    5 X 50 kick 1:15 1:00
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    4 X 200 IM 3:30
    1 X 100 fly 2:00
    1 X 100 back 2:00
    1 X 100 breast 2:15
    1 X 100 free --

    1 X 400 5:30
    3 X 100 1:30
    3 X 100 1:20
    3 X 100 1:15
    2 X 100 swim down 2:00

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  8. Feb. 14, 18

    by , February 20th, 2014 at 11:16 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Feb 14: Drylands at LA Fitness

    Got the is quick workout before I left for my flight to CA:
    RC, scap ex
    good mornings, 8 x 3 x 8
    seated row, 80 x 4 x 8 negatives
    wood chop 27.5 x 2 x 15 each side
    dead lift, 75 x 3 x 20/17/15
    kneeling ab crunch, 110 x 3 x 20
    explosive leg extensions, 90 x 3 x 25

    4 day gap during which I did zilch ...

    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    600 various
    6 x 50 scull drill
    4 x 25 shooters w.fins
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    6 x 25 burst + cruise
    50 EZ

    4 x (75 fast kick w/fins + 125 EZ) @ 5:00
    dolphin with board (40-41), back (38), flutter (40), back (39)
    50 EZ

    4 x 25 free @ 100 pace @ :40
    -- decided I didn't want to do a USRPT set, felt terrible
    100 EZ

    8 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    100 EZ

    4 x 25 dive w/chute off blocks w/15 kicks, cruise back

    6 x 25 w/chute & fins
    100 EZ

    Total: 3550


    Had a nice visit in Cali. Teen Fort doing well post surgery. Didn't feel like making a special effort to swim with Lil Fort in tow. But after 4 dry days, I felt positively awful in the water yesterday. I'm also tired from lack of sleep. I don't do well traveling west; no west coast meets for me.

    Use your form roller!
  9. Still dealing with allergies but surviving

    by , February 20th, 2014 at 07:46 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Another nice easy day today. Still not feeling too strong.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x100@1:45 as 50 free/50 back w/strapless paddles & zoomers
    8x25@:45 torque drill w/paddles & snorkle
    4x25@:05 RI fly scull drill w/snorkle
    200 fly kick on back streamline w/zoomers
    200 breast kick trying to minimize the pain in my left knee
    200 free EZ

    total 3000 yards
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