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  1. Saturday, 10/31/09

    by , October 31st, 2009 at 05:39 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Recovery day today

    SCY, solo

    500 swim alt. back and free
    400 kick w/fins alt. 50 fly/50 free (w/board)
    300 pull free breathe 3/5 by 50
    200 swim back w/8 SDK per wall
    200 kick free (no fins) every 4th 25 faster
    swim 3x100 IM w/20 sec. rest: descend 1-3 to about 80%
    pull 8x50 back on 1:00: descend 1-4, 5-8

    100 easy

    swim 16x25 choice on 30: #3, 5, 8, and 11 are fast

    swim down 200 drill choice

    Swim meet in Salt Lake City in 2 weeks. Will be doing 50-100-200 back, 50 fly and possibly 100 free

    Updated November 1st, 2009 at 09:57 AM by poolraat

  2. Saturday, Oct. 31

    by , October 31st, 2009 at 04:35 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    After eating Halloween candy for lunch today, I decided I wasn't owed a day off. I would have preferred to go to hot yoga today, but I didn't have much time. So I went off for a 5 mile run, which was fantastic. Despite thrashing my legs yesterday, I felt more sprightly on the running trail than usual. Maybe the plyos help the running?

    Now, having carved the pumpkins, I am off to transform my youngest into Spock and party with friends after our kids trick or treat.

    I am slightly worried I am going to be strong armed into more open water swimming. Mr. Fort will likely have to have surgery on his bum hip after a ski trip in January. He and our Savageman partner were busy planning tri relays for post-surgery motivation at our kids' soccer game today. Is it really possible to swim 2.4 miles in an ocean?
  3. Second day of meet

    by , October 31st, 2009 at 02:05 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Official time for the 1500 Free yesterday was 21:46.49 3rd place.

    Today went well even though I was somewhat tired. Started with the 100 IM in 1:24.35 this was my second best time for 3rd place. I still have an issue with the transition from Fly to Back. For some reason by back is so different as an event than in an IM.

    Next was the 50 Breast, just a filler event but did really well with a PB here in :47.45 for 4th place.

    The event I really wanted to focus on today was the 100 Back in 1:26.19 another PB for 2nd place. Felt solid, hopefully I can put a great 200 Back time together tomorrow.

    Did the 50 Fly in a relay where we came in 1st. I really felt like I was only giving 80% on this race, since I knew I had the 50 Fly and 200 Free and another relay left.

    The 50 Fly was equal to my best in 37.82 for 2nd place and was definitely faster than my relay effort.

    In the 200 Free I went for it and probably took it out too fast but still did great with 2nd place even with just dragging it home.

    The final swim was the womens 200 Free Relay were I was the anchor and did good considering Kristin and I just finished the 200 had 2 heats to rest and were back up for the relay. We took 1st in this.

    Total of 1900 yards today

    Updated November 1st, 2009 at 09:55 PM by Donna

  4. Puppet Master workout

    by , October 31st, 2009 at 01:42 PM (Random Nonsense)
    Fort has been pulling my strings, letting me know that my laziness and my 200 goals are not compatible.

    Saturday morning solo (mostly).
    SCM at Lifetime
    Warm up
    500 free
    100 back
    Main set
    10x200 free on 3:00 hold 2:45
    200 back recovery
    10x100 free on 1:25 just make. Had to change the interval to 1:30, totally blew the second one
    300 back recovery
    10x50 free, odd fast, even ez with fins on 1:00. Held 31-29 on fast.
    Warm down
    400 kick with fins
    500 back

    Normally, I would not do that much yardage, but Quicksilver commented that it takes 100k before stroke changes become truly part of your stroke, so I upped my yardage/meterage.

    The 10x200s were pretty easy to hold 2:45, until the last one, when I came in at 2:50. At that point, I was worried about the 100s The 200 back took about 10 minutes.

    My wife joined me for the 10x50s. She held 30ish too with fins. Not sure what that means, since she is not a sprinter.

    I was hoping to get some video shot, but before the 50s, when the pool was empty, my wife wanted to do it after we were done. After we were done, it was packed. I think everyone was getting in early workouts because there are so many day/evening events today for the kids. Usually, Saturday morning is dead.

    My new stroke held together well, but I need to work on the following.
    - look directly down. The water line is not just above my goggles anymore, but I still have too much neck arch.
    - pull with the wrists not the fingers
    - play with Janet Evans recovery more
    - keep stroke depth shallow, fingers pointed at the bottom of the pool

    The wide entry really is great. My shoulders feel fine after 5.5k, it is easy to setup the power phase (EVF) without shoulder involvement, and I am setup for a straight pull.

    Conditioning workout a little later. It is pull ups, pull overs, lateral raises, broomstick twists, weighted side bends and crunches. Back extension is supposed to be in there too, but I have not figured out how to do it with the equipment I have at home.
  5. Hooray! Goal achieved!

    by , October 31st, 2009 at 01:08 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Late in the summer, I set a goal to run a time exactly between a time I did on a 5k last year and my over-30-years old PR on a 5k. Today I beat my goal by 8 seconds.

    The weather was really iffy for running today and I had been more inclined not to do it. Last night I happened to wake up and look at the radar. It looked like there might be a lull in the heavy rain, making it not too bad to run. I also had signed up to be on the Y team, so I figured I should show unless the weather was bad.

    Ending up running a 7:28 pace which I was very pleased about. Average HR was only 177 with max at 187. Based on HR numbers, guess I might have been able to push it a tiny bit harder, but glad I didn't so that I can enjoy the rest of the day.

    Had to make myself take it easy going out as the sprinter in me likes to go out hard. Went out at a 7:15, so I did die a little, but not too bad, at least for me. Ended up getting 2nd overall female. The first female, a friend of mine who had done a long run this morning before showing up for the race, was a good bit ahead. She ended up finishing a minute and 31 seconds ahead of me.

    Have to admit my ego is a little stoked that I passed the third place finisher at the one mile mark and the fourth place finisher right after the 2 mile mark. Usually I'm the one dying and getting passed, so this was kind of new for me. Also have to confess I passed a couple of people that I wanted to beat who beat me by at least a minute and a half at the local race two months ago.

    The best thing is that I hit my goal on a course that was accurately measured. It is such a wonderful feeling to see hard work pay off. It is also great to know that I can do this in spite of the POTS diagnosis. I'd still like to get the time down, but I think this will be a long-term project. Perhaps best of all was that the Y team won the team competition.

    I'm thinking of a way I can keep my running up while I focus on my swim sprints. I don't want to lose everything I've worked for, but know I need to cut back a little. Will be mulling this over for the next few days.

    Updated October 31st, 2009 at 01:18 PM by elise526

  6. Sat OCT 31st, 2009

    by , October 31st, 2009 at 11:36 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sat OCT 3st, 2009

    FOUR OR MORE SDKs off EVERY wall

    Next MEET: 2009 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships
    December 4th - 6th, 2009 at Long Beach

    33 Days till Long Beach
    Leave in 5 weeks for Long Beach


    SCY blocks
    6:30 - 8:00
    chris & Tom coached
    UT Swim Center main pool north end
    Swam with joe & sharon
    beside Marcio, tyler, paul, erin, & a guest Polly Surhloff, who swam at the University of North Carolina, she was in town to watch her son UT swimmer Austin Surhoff

    WORE B70 legs

    warm up
    missed it

    assigned 4 rounds of 3 x 300 followed by a 200
    1) 100 easy 50 skip 100 easy
    2) 3 rounds of 50 easy 50 skip

    settled into doing
    50 easy 50 skip 50 easy 100 skip 50 fast
    on several rounds
    then switched to 50 easy 200 rest 50 or 25 fast

    some of my times were

    50 SDK 24

    50 fl 23.8

    50 SDK 24.3

    25 sdk 10.8

    25 sdk 10.2

    25 fl 10.5

    25 fl 10.2

    50 sdk

    put on B70 FULL

    50 SDK
    went 23.06

    Updated October 31st, 2009 at 11:41 AM by ande

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  7. Fri Oct 30, AM Swim & PM Gym (weights)

    by , October 31st, 2009 at 12:27 AM (aztimm's training blog)
    Made it to swim this morning 6am, ASU Rec Center, SCY
    --around 600 warm-up choice
    6 x 100 @ 1:35, descend
    6 x 50 @ 1:00, 1st 1/2 of 25 fast
    (I think I'm forgetting some here)
    6 x 5:00 swims, choice
    --did 200s free, w/50 easy after each
    --times were exactly 2:35 on the first 5, 2:26 on the last
    100 easy cool-down

    stopped by the gym on my way home...
    Treadmill: 19:20, 246.6 cal, 2.17 miles, avg pace 6.7 mph
    Short walk/warmup, then did intervals of 2:30 relaxed/:30 fast...6.5/8, 7/8.5, 7.5/9, 7.5/8.5, into a gradual warmdown
    Dumbbell chest fly, flat bench, feet crossed in air, weight is each arm: 1 x 15 x 40, 1 x 12 x 45, 1 x 12 x 50, 2 x 12 x 55
    Hammer strength iso lateral bench press: 2 x 12 x 90, 2 x 10 x 110
    Hammer strength iso lateral row: 1 x 15 x 90, 2 x 12 x 180
    Hammer strength iso lateral front lat pulldown: 1 x 15 x 90, 1 x 12 x 140, 1 x 8 x 190
    Precor camber curl: 1 x 15 x 50, 1 x 12 x 70, 1 x 12 x 80, 2 x 8 x 90
    Precor triceps extension: 1 x 15 x 50, 1 x 12 x 70, 1 x 12 x 80
    Hammer strength abs crunch: 1 x 25 x 110, 2 x 20 x 120
    Leg raise: 3 x 15

    Since Paul said I should be able to do an 8mph, I had to exceed that

    Just looking at the calendar and realized that my trip is in less than a month. I'll be touching down in Munich in less than a month.

    Was asking some of our Starbucks group what they thought of doing the Phoenix PF Chang's marathon this morning. One guy said, "Why don't you just do Lost Dutchman?" Somehow I forgot about that one. Yea, running out in the desert from Gold Canyon to Apache Junction is tougher than running through Phoenix-Scottsdale-Tempe, but that extra month will make a big difference in my training. Quite a difference in course and far less runners (this is limited to 600 people -v- the 10,000 at PF Chang's). Also about 1/2 the price, but no bands every mile. Race info here. I thought it was interesting they have the Clydesale/Athena divisions.

    Got in about 15-16 miles running this week. Certainly respectable for someone recovering from a sprained ankle.
  8. Decent Start to the meet

    by , October 30th, 2009 at 09:21 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Tonight was the 1500 Free, on something like that being off my time from last year by 10 seconds is really nothing. It felt good, my shoulders (yes both) are alittle sore but that is ok.

    I was the slowest one in my heat but I knew that going into it. There was really no one my speed to race since I was a minute slower than the rest of my heat.

    I don't have the official time since I did not stay till the last heat, but the watch time was 21:46.?

    After I had to take my son to a haunted house he heard about from one of the kids at the pool, then it was off to Subway to get something to eat and now BED!
  9. A Bit of Fly

    by , October 30th, 2009 at 06:31 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Friday, 10/30/09

    SCY with Carrie

    200 swim free
    200 IM drill
    200 swim back
    200 IM kick
    200 pull free breathe 3/5 by 25

    swim 3 x 50 fly on 1:00: best average
    (did these at 44-45)
    swim 2 x 200 free on 3:30 smooth
    (around 3:00 on these)
    swim 3 x 50 fly on 1:05: faster average than the first 3
    (these were 43-44)
    swim 2 x 200 free on 3:30 smooth
    (again around 3:00 on these)
    swim 3 x 50 fly on 1:10: faster average than the 2nd set
    (these were 41-42)

    100 easy

    kick 8 x 25 w/fins on :45 (on back, hold as tight a streamline as possible) FAST
    (did these w/zoomers, was around 17 on these w/about ±12y underwater)

    swim down 200 choice
    Total: 2750 yards
  10. turns as choreography

    Last night I saw the ballet company Morphoses perform at City Center here, and was so impressed by the dancers’ control over their movements (not to mention their strength and power and flexibility—they’re dancers after all!). I’ve also been thinking about turns, and watching the dancers made me realize it’s not necessarily more power or speed I need to add to my turns, it’s simply more control and coordination.

    When you watch ballet dancers do really high jumps, it’s not so much the height itself that impresses, it’s that they can jump that high AND land softly and balanced on one foot ready to do their next step, without letting the momentum from their leap dictate their next movements. Moreover, they’re able to do all this while maintaining a beautiful position in the air and timing their movements so they fit perfectly to the music. It’s the same when dancers do those amazing multiple turns, or any other move that requires a lot of athleticism, such as lifts.

    How is this like swim turns? Sometimes when I practice fast turns, I try to do each element of the turn as fast as I can, and feel like I’m accomplishing something if I’m moving really fast and making my legs work as hard as they can on the pushoff. But it doesn’t really make sense to get your feet on the wall way before your hands have met up, or to begin your pushoff before your body is ready to hold a good tight streamline off the wall. Sometimes one of my keys for quick turns is thinking of the walls as hot—the goal is to touch them as quickly as possible during each turn. But this thinking can lead to blurring all the turn’s elements, working very hard, but not necessarily going that fast.

    Instead, I am going to try to think of my turns as choreography. There are a certain number of movements that need to be coordinated, but no element should be rushed, and they should be performed in a predictable order and rhythm, just as if they were set to music. Ideally, this order and rhythm shouldn’t vary much as the turn’s speed increases. I hope this will lead to doing turns that are not necessarily quicker on and off the wall (ie, when timed from hand touch to final push-off for open turns), but that better transfer momentum and create more speed, perhaps with less energy expenditure.

    Another consideration—especially as I’m preparing to swim 100 IM and 100 BR next week—is that sometimes I think that doing good turns means going all out on them, and I use up too much of my energy on this portion of the race. I know that swimming a good 100 IM doesn’t necessarily mean swimming the first 25 fly absolutely as fast as possible (especially for sprinters like me who can die badly on the last part of a 50), but I have this notion that I should be putting forth maximum effort on each turn in these two races. I attribute this partly to the fact that my turns have never been great, and coaches have always told me I really need to make my turns faster, which I’ve interpreted as putting more effort into them.

    But speedy doesn’t have to equal violent and effortful; certainly, when working on stroke mechanics I have been successful in thinking about sprinting as something besides thrashing through the water as quickly as my arms and legs will go. I need to similarly rethink what fast means for turning: for these 2 events, fast might equal smooth and efficient. Maybe “fast enough” is the new fast. I think for breaststroke especially, getting a good glide off the wall is more important than saving 0.1 or 0.2 seconds on the turn. Even one good BR pullout is probably worth more than 0.6 seconds over one that’s merely adequate.

    So, there are 2 issues here. One is determining how quickly I can perform my turns while maintaining optimal form, and the second is determining how much energy it makes sense to expend turning, as compared to other parts of my races. Can I swim faster by actually turning slower? That goes against the conventional orthodoxy as I understand it, but I’m willing to experiment with the idea.

    So, with these thoughts in mind I headed up to Riverbank State Park to swim on my own. (I got doubly rewarded for the trip today—on the bus there was a lady dressed as a pink fairy who was giving out Halloween candy. I not only got some Hershey’s kisses, I also got to see a procession of New Yorkers deciding whether they should accept candy from a stranger wearing a pink leather fringed jacket, pink miniskirt, and pink fishnet stockings. It was about 50/50).

    Since I had gotten in a fair lot of stroke, kicking, and sprinting this week, my only goals for today were to work on my turns and do a bit of maintenance aerobic work. Here is what I did:

    1000 usual warmup (200 relaxed free, 200 swim alt. 25stroke/25free, 200 IM Kick, 200 pull w/ bilat breathing, 200 rev. IM, drill/swim by 25)

    about 15 minutes of turn work, doing a fair lot of midpool turns (no wall to push off of, just thinking about body positions and how to achieve it) and progressing from slow to faster

    12 x 100 @ 1:45 Odds were free/back halfsies, focusing on a very relaxed stroke and carrying over that relaxation into my turns; evens I did all free except for BR into and out of turns. I really tried to time it up so that I had exactly 1 stroke of BR into the wall—that allowed me to carry some speed from the FR into my turns and not stress my knees as much as doing that much hard BR would have. [I got about 15-20 seconds rest on all of these, and they felt pretty leisurely apart from the BR turns, which felt powerful without being frantic. So far, so good.]

    400 SKiPS warmdown

    Since it was such a pretty day I went out behind the pool to stretch after I’d showered. It was lovely—great views of the Hudson, the GW Bridge, and the changing leaves—and I left feeling pretty blissy. This is probably one of the last days this year that it will be warm enough to stretch outdoors after my swim, so I’m glad I took advantage of it.

    One sad swimming note: I’ve just discovered a small rip in the Jack-o-lantern cap that I was planning to wear to practice tomorrow.

    NOOOOO! I wonder if caps can be patched? I’ve never tried it before. If not, I might have to dig out my sharpie and go to work on a plain orange cap. Now if only I had the Splish black cat suit to wear with it . . . .

    Happy Halloween!

    Updated October 30th, 2009 at 05:53 PM by swimsuit addict (added pictures)

  11. Legs & Core, Friday, Oct. 30

    by , October 30th, 2009 at 04:10 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Spent the morning working and waiting for a delivery. Then hit the gym for 2 hours to beat up the legs and core. My lower abs were still slightly sore from the romanian crunches I did the other day. Those are killer!


    bicycles, 1 x 100
    windshield wipers, 2 x 25
    hanging straight leg raises, 2 x 15, 1 x 20
    back extensions w/25 lb plate, 2 x 15
    elevated knee-ins w/10 lb weight held by feet, 2 x 25
    Technogym total ab machine, 100 x 1 x 10, 110 x 1 x 10, 120 x 1 x 10, 130 x 1 x 10

    rack chins, 2 x 15
    overhead squats w/bar (the "Nicole"), 2 x 15
    (These are getting easier. I still need to get slightly deeper. Then I'll add 10 lb more weight.)

    HS hi row, 140 x 2 x 10 fast
    bench press, 70 x 2 x 10 fast
    leg press, 290 x 1 x 10, 310 x 1 x 10 fast

    box jumps, 2 x 10*
    squat jacks w/med ball and step, 2 x 20
    twisting med ball slam, 2 x 25**

    3 position arm extensions, 3 x 1 x 15
    external and internal rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm

    * I believe this is the box I was jumping on today. I snapped a photo with my iphone too. Seems about the right height for me right now ... definitely not all that easy and takes a lot of effort.

    I suck at these compared to Nicole!

    ** The med ball slam is at 3:25 of this core video. [ame=""]YouTube - Core Exercises that Really Work Pt. 3[/ame] The squat swing I've done in the past is also on this video, along with some other great (and very difficult) core exercises. The one leg balance move is actually one of the 26 bikram yoga positions.


    Warm up:

    600 variety swim, kick, drill

    8 x 25, twirling 4 point dolphin kick shooters (no fins)

    50 EZ

    1 x 100 SDK shooter w/fins, breathe only after flags before flip.

    (OK, this was tough. The last length was tough. I was going to do a couple more of these, but my legs didn't feel like they had enough juice. And I could really feel the difference between 25 yards and 25 meters here.)

    50 EZ

    Mini Speed Set:

    4 x (25 easy speed fly + 25 easy + 25 AFAP free + 25 easy)

    50 EZ

    Fat Burning Core-Aerobic Set:

    6 x 150 dolphin kick w/ board & MF, 30 second RI

    50 EZ

    Total: 2400 meters
    1400 kicking



    I wasn't really feeling up to an intense speed workout today. But I did get my mini set in. I've decided that if I need to/want to do some minimal aerobic work, I'll likely make it dolphin kicking. That has the triple benefit of aerobic conditioning, improving the dolphin kick and working the core. I really need to do some IM sets at some point as I'm swimming the 100 IM at Zones. But I tend to dislike these sets ... not sure why. I'll likely do more IM 50s while doing stroke work though.

    My hamstrings/glutes feel like they're stronger/getting more of a workout lately. It must be the plyos. Also, hot yoga seems to work them with all those standing lock knee poses.

    Now it's time for my next workout of the day -- pumpkin carving. Over the years, I've carved elaborate pumpkins for the kids. Right now, I'd just like to carve triangle eyes and call it a day ... lol I'm going to a Halloween party tomorrow night. Last year, the host broke out some amazing wines and champagne from his wine cellar. Then, on Nov. 1, I am planning on a 30 day wine fast. I guess I may need to extend it through my meet the weekend of dec 13-14. I need to think on this more.

    Updated October 30th, 2009 at 05:00 PM by The Fortress

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  12. FAST Fri OCT 30th, 2009

    by , October 30th, 2009 at 11:58 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Fri OCT 30th, 2009

    lifted weights Thu Afternoon

    FOUR OR MORE SDKs off EVERY wall

    Next MEET: 2009 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships
    December 4th - 6th, 2009 at Long Beach

    34 Days till Long Beach
    Leave in 5 weeks for Long Beach


    SCY no blocks
    6:30 - 8:00
    whitney coached
    UT Swim Center main pool
    Swam with Marcio, Todd, tyler, jon, larry & Terra

    WORE B70

    warm up
    15 minutes choice


    5 stations rotate every 10 minutes

    1) Vertical kick with weight 1:00 on 30 sec rest

    2) 6 x 50 fr on 1:30 fast for time fromn a push
    went 26 then 25 on last

    3) assigned 10 minutes pull
    did easy 25, rest a 50, 25 SDK shooters

    4) 6 x 50 SDK from a dive
    went 27's & 28's, & 24 on last one

    5) assigned 20 x 25
    did 25 easy, 50 rest, 25 SDK fast from dive
    went 11's & 12's

    rest 5 minutes

    100 fast for time
    went 49
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  13. Thurs Oct 29: AM Swim & PM Gym (run)

    by , October 30th, 2009 at 01:17 AM (aztimm's training blog)
    Made it to swim this morning with the team 6am, ASU Rec Center, SCY
    --around 800 warm-up choice
    6 x 100 (don't remember interval)
    6 x 50 @ 1:10, drill
    3 x 100 @ 1:40, supposed to be underwater in the flags
    3 x 100 @ 1:40, 1st 1/2 of each 25 underwater kick
    3 x 100 @ 1:35 build
    3 x 100 @ 1:30
    there was some vertical kicking, but I just did 100 easy and got out

    it was pretty cold out, around 40F. sure it has been colder, but considering we were just at 100 last week, this is crazy!!! I went to Starbucks after workout, got a Carmel Macciado (grande, nonfat, sugar free), when I got to my office I put in 1/2 scoop of protein, and it tasted good!

    Of course the guy I was going to run with bailed on me. He said he forgot his stuff. I debated between running in Tempe alone, or gym, and I was so inspired by The NYT Link in Leslie's Blog, that I thought I'd do some interval-type run on a treadmill.

    Treadmill: 38:31, 488.7 cal, 4.24 miles, avg pace 6.6 mph
    2 min walk warmup, into 2 min @ 6 mph 1 min at 7 mph, increasing .1 mph to 2 min @ 7, 1 min @ 8, gradual decrease to 6, then 2 min warmdown/walk
    Ladder drills: 3 rounds
    Step ups: 1 round of 12 each leg w/12.5#, 2 rounds of 12 each leg w/15#
    Stool jumps: 3 x 10
    Leg raise: 3 x 15
    Pullups: 9, 7, 9

    Funny how that 7 mph at the beginning felt tough, but at the end it felt MUCH easier. I think that's part of the concept, making your body feel more comfortable at a faster rate.
    Pull-ups are much easier with my weightlifting gloves on, which I forgot today.

    Planning to swim with the team in the morning, then gym (weights) tomorrow night. No splash and dash for me, that water is way too cold!
    Swim Workouts , Running
  14. Thursday, 10/29/09

    by , October 30th, 2009 at 12:08 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, solo

    100 free swim
    200 back swim
    200 IM kick
    100 pull free
    100 IM swim
    100 reverse IM swim

    swim 4 x 50 free on 50 descend 1-4 to FAST
    1 min. rest
    swim 4x25 free on 45, ALL FAST
    1 min. rest
    swim 4x25 back on 45, all fast

    swim 100 easy

    pull 300 free, take 30 sec. rest
    pull 200 back, take 20 sec. rest
    pull 100 IM, take 10 sec. rest
    kick 6x50 free w/5 sec. rest
    kick 2x100 back w/10 sec. rest
    kick 4x25, one of each stroke, 1/2 under, 1/2 over, w/15 sec. rest

    swim down 100
    Total: 2600 yards
  15. The World Series Effect

    I do most of my workouts in the evening. Well, for the past couple of nights, the pool has been pretty much empty (of swimmers, that is; there's plenty of water). It seems New York's loyal Yankees fans have been at home watching the World Series.

    Lucky for me, I'm not much of a baseball fan. Frankly, I get very bored watching baseball (although not nearly as much as I was playing it when I was a kid). So, being a dedicated swimmer (and at the risk of having my right to live in New York revoked) I went to the pool. And, for the past two nights, had an entire lane all to myself.

    This is an unusual event at my pool. I always have to circle with at least one other swimmer. And, since I'm unattached and working out on my own, the swimmers I'm sharing the lane with aren't doing the same workout I am. So when I have a lane to myself, it means I can do my workout without having to adjust for that.

    I suppose I should thank the Yankees for making that possible.
  16. Fun with the kids

    by , October 29th, 2009 at 08:06 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    It is really fun to swim with the kids. The team is very small since this is a rural area, but there is quite a bit of talent. I'm really lucky to swim in one of the faster lanes with a couple of very talented kids.

    One of the kids, a young man who is a high school senior is simply unmatched on his turns. I can see him underwater as he comes off the wall and it reminds me to have a good turn. I probably see him because most of the time he is underwater. This is the way it should be, but pretty amazing he can sustain this even on longer swims. He swims only 8 months out of the year and 4 times a week. The other part of the year, he runs hurdles for his high school track team . In an individual race (NOT a relay split) on the 50 fly, he has recently done a 22. Each push off the wall is an explosion and his SDK is textbook. Sheer power - the guy has only 2% body fat. Anyway, every time I am second or third in line, I get to see perfect turn technique. Keeps me on my toes!

    The young lady is a serious workhorse. Her forte is 200 fly and the 1650 free. Every time I swim with her, I'm reminded how much of a lazy sprinter I am. I've had to step it up a notch just so I don't get blown away. At the end of practice, we did 8 x 50 on :50 of fly/back, back/breast, back/free, and free/fly. I was just dying and had to do free on some of the swims. She would beat me doing fly and back when I was doing free. On free/fly, she would just leave me in the dust on fly. This is all good because I will try to work to keep up just to maintain my dignity.

    Anyway, it is fun to to be in there swimming with them and encouraging them. Great kids with great attitudes.

    Far below is the workout I did today. Note that this is what I did today and not all of what they did. I was late for warm-up and several times coach and I started chatting about some things. I kind of took it easy where I could as there is a chance I might run a 5k this weekend.

    Speaking of running, after Saturday, I plan to go back to just running once (once in a blue moon, maybe twice) and at a very easy pace. This has been my plan since August. Kind of bummed I didn't get to race more, but at least I've gotten some halfway decent running in. Mixing intense run workouts and swim workouts has been challenging. I've gotten a stronger pull because I have not been able to rely on my kick as much. This is a good thing as I think in the past I've been guilty of being overly dependent on my kick. Lately, I've noticed that on fin and/or kick sets, I'm getting killed by the kids. Conversely, I've been getting much faster on the pull sets.

    Anyway, before I ramble much more, here is what I did today:

    Warm-up (late): 400 easy - mix of swim/kick

    4 x 250 with fins: First 2 were 100 fly/75 back/50 breast/25 free, second 2 were 25 fly/50 back/75 breast/100 free - on 30 seconds rest

    300 I.M. kick
    200 I.M. pull with buoy

    6 x 100 - odds were choice/evens were I.M. - on 20 seconds rest (assigned 10, but was chatting with coach)

    200 easy swim

    8 x 50 - 2 rounds of fly/back, free, back/free, free/fly on :50

    30 minutes of turn work (I watched and for fun demonstrated the 1980s backstroke turn one time.)

    200 easy

    3,300 yards

    Updated October 29th, 2009 at 10:32 PM by elise526

  17. New suits!

    If I ran an aquatics supply shop I would definitely have a "swimsuit of the month" club! I love getting new suits, and know I'm not the only swimmer who does.

    When I get anxious about upcoming meets, I go online to look at (and inevitably buy) swimsuits. I sent in two meet entry forms last week, and received 3 suits in today’s UPS. Here are my new suits:

    That second one is not typical of my swimwear. I generally love bright colors and loud prints that the rest of the world considers gawd-awful. Coincidentally, such suits are often on clearance or included in grab-bag deals.

    I usually have about 2 or 3 suits that I rotate through for workouts. This is my current fave:

    Alas, it’s getting a bit stretched out and will have be dispatched to swimsuit heaven soon. I’ll probably replace it one of the new suits sometime after my meet next weekend. (I often save new suits for a couple of weeks and use them as motivational rewards for finishing an especially hard set, or for adding in an additional practice in any given week.)

    I don’t usually pay attention to the names swimsuit companies give their suits, but this one caught my eye:

    The Finals Shattered Dreams Super V Back

    I don’t see that one being voted the team suit of some summer-league age group squad. I wouldn’t want to send out the order forms for “shattered dreams” at the club discount price (just indicate your child's size requirement!)

    More on actual swimming tomorrow!
  18. Buboes in Perspective

    by , October 29th, 2009 at 04:32 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
  19. Day 47

    Finally back in the water...

    5x100 FR@2:00

    10x50 Pull@1:00 Odds BR Evens FR

    5x50 Kick BR@1:15
    5x50 Kick FR@1:00 w/fins

    200 Easy

    1700 SCY Indoors Solo
  20. Thursday, Oct. 29

    by , October 29th, 2009 at 02:56 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Hot Yoga:

    I woke up this morning feeling, as Allen predicted I would, absolutely flattened from yesterday's gym + lactate buffering set. Speedo had a possible call at noon, so we postponed our Thursday speed session. This was probably a good thing for me, as more anaerobic work was not what I needed today. Instead, I took my battered body off to hot yoga. Definitely a good decision! I feel much better and looser. "Refreshed" is still pushing it. The last 15 minutes of the class were, as usual, heat torture. And there was a woman b*tching about everything during the class. I wanted to smack her, just like Geek fantasizes about taking out twitter/iphone girl in his spin class.

    No time for any other exercise today as I have full slate of kids' games and sporting events. Just as well, I'm sure, assuming "less is more." I'm hoping to get to the gym and/or pool tomorrow afternoon, but I'm stuck at home for a delivery, which better be timely! I like being a mostly SAHM on the whole; I just don't like to SAH. lol


    I saw this article in the NY Times. The people I know who can best tolerate pain are Geek, CS and Mr. Fort.

    In other news, I read that B70 was, in fact, developing a new suit. I was very glad to hear this, as I'm (understatement here) a B70 fan.

    I'm not sure which suit I'm going to wear at my next meet, as my B70 has a small hole and is approaching old age ...

    Also found this article on upper body plyometrics, which I haven't really ventured into yet except for some clap pushups.

    Box jump demo:


    And My son just came home and announced he has swine flu.

    Updated October 29th, 2009 at 08:40 PM by The Fortress