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  1. Workout 09/13/13: noon

    by , September 13th, 2013 at 01:50 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)

    Busy couple of days at work (and I went to NEBC for the last hour of class after work last night), so I was happy to get into the pool today at lunchtime after my dentist appointment this morning. Stress relief (well, the swimming bit, not the dentist)!

    Did 4 x 600, as:
    - 200 Fr/200 IM drill/4 x 50 b/c (6/8/10/12) on :60
    - 6 x 10 on 1:30 (with snorkel: 50 kick/50 pull)
    - 4 x 150 on 2:00 (agility paddles 1-3, fast on 4 (went 1:49)
    - 3 x 200 on 3:00 (loosen and out)
    (Solo/Rec/2400 yds/60 min)

    Did a fair bit of talking, including 3 x 5-7min breaks to catch up with folks I haven't seen since the end of July. I also have preliminary approval to host our third annual scy meet in April, so I am going to get rolling on that sooner than later. I hope

    This is a bittersweet time of year for me. My wife's birthday in Monday, and this is the weekend of the annual Bennington Car Show , so there are lots of activities and old cars throughout town. Plus, the apple orchards are open, and we'll get to load up tomorrow with the exchange students to experience this delicious time of year.

    Today also marks the eleventh anniversary of my dad passing away, so the rain that is falling today (it always does on this weekend!) is not doing much to help my melancholic mood. A high school friend of my dad supplies a great biography of my dad that Iove to look back on.

    My dad was a dairy farmer, so was up before the sun and home well after dark to get two milkings of our 85-head herd complete, along with planting and reaping throughout the day. He tried his best to make it to our activities, especially swimming. We used to laugh at him as he attempted to do butterfly in the pond, but looking back it was a man that wanted to be involved and took our heclking in strive, I am sure knowing that now I can look back upon it knowing that he loved us so much that he would attempt it. Even after the ALS slowly robbed him of the ability to function, he made a point to "be there" for use, including my college graduation and things for my children, the only of his grandkids he was blessed to see.

    Time to stand outside in the rain for a bit.
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  2. Friday, Sept 13, 2013

    by , September 13th, 2013 at 09:45 AM (Workout Swimmer)
    Water cold, not as bad as yesterday, thank goodness, but still cold. The city is getting even with us for complaining about the hot water - now the temp is around 77.5 degrees. Swam Wed "by myself" - meaning I was the only old lady in the pool with a bunch of teenagers;
    Water cold, not as bad as yesterday, thank goodness, but still cold.

    500 back/free
    400-300-200-100 Pull on 1:20 base
    500 locomotive kick
    100 easy
    18 x 100 @ 1:20
    100 easy

    I didn't do all of the 18 x 100's - did just 50's on about 6 of them - made up for it later with some breast/free - just not feeling it this morning swam yesterday by myself as well, after doing weights. RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) flaring up again - I have aches and pains more places than I don't & it probably means I get to go on the old prednisone again. Hate that - prednisone makes you so hungry! and you don't even realize what you're doing. But my wrists and hands/fingers are really achy, as well as my ankles and feet & toes, so I'm doomed, I guess. Hopefully this flare will be short-lived.
  3. Week 50 - Friday

    by , September 13th, 2013 at 08:10 AM (After a long rest)
    Yesterday I had to be in Oakland for a meeting with a big healthcare prospect. The way my schedule worked out I could not leave on Wednesday and had to be back in Dallas for an interview for a new sales person today. Needless to say a day trip from Dallas to Oakland and back again makes for a very long day. I dread to think what my environmental footprint is when I do these crazy things. I got back to the house after midnight last night so when my alarm went off for morning practice this morning my 4 hours of sleep was not enough and I really struggled to get up" I hauled myself out of bed as my alarm was ready to go off for the second time(which is usually followed by a bark from my wife about me getting up - if the shoes was on the other foot I would complain on the first alarm so she really is tolerant. Today's workout was hard but only due to my malaise as a result of lack of sleep. Normally I would have called this an easy practice.

    Warm up

    400 free with snorkel(nose clip snapped so I swam without it for the first time in a very long time)
    6x50 catchup on 45
    4x100 descend 1-4 on 1.40 getting heart rate up

    Main set
    2x50 free with fins on 50 AFAP
    100 on 2min swum 50 strong, 50 AFAP with fins
    6x100 on 1.30 strong with fins
    2x50 free with fins on 50 AFAP
    100 on 2min swum 50 strong, 50 AFAP with fins
    6x100 on 1.30 strong with fins
    2x50 free with fins on 50 AFAP
    100 on 2min swum 50 strong, 50 AFAP with fins

    Warm down
    3x200 easy on 2.45

    Total 3500scy

    There was nothing quick in this workout to write about. I am just glad I made it to the pool today.

    Updated September 13th, 2013 at 08:19 AM by StewartACarroll

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  4. A little sprint and a lot of lazy-hit 400 miles today

    by , September 13th, 2013 at 08:07 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Just didn't want to work too hard today. Doing the 100 Fly and 100 Free tomorrow in a kids meet. This is to prove to the kids I coach that I can actually swim fast and that when I say I did the same workout they realize I really did and they are not allowed to complain.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x100@2:00 free sprint thru the turns from 15m mark to 15m mark
    500 free w/strapless paddles, bouy & snorkle
    300 free kick w/zoomers
    200 free EZ

    Total 3000 meters and hit the 400 mile mark today for the year
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