View RSS Feed

Recent Blogs Posts

  1. Week 39 - Saturday

    by , June 29th, 2013 at 10:36 PM (After a long rest)
    Internet issues at my house delayed me posting this workout. Saturday mornings workout was one of the best practices I have had since I got back in the pool. The warmup was a little different than usual and my heart rate was up after about 4 of the opening 100s. I felt strong throughout the workout.

    8x100 on 1.20 swum as 75 free, 25 back
    12x50 swum with snorkel, 12.5 streamline kick, 12.5 swim, 12.5 streamline kick, 12.5 swim on 50
    100 easy
    8x100 on 2mins best average instructed to hold under 1min
    100 easy
    5x100 kick with fins on 1.30
    100 easy
    8x50 shark fin free drill on 1min

    Total 3400 yards

    The warmup set of 100s I held about 1.10s. I felt strong on the kick set holding 40s. The main set of fast 100s was great. Initially I was instructed to do 6 x100 but coach changed this after 5(this felt like a kick in the you know what's) to 8. I held 56s until I was told about the extra 2x100s. I went 57 on number 6 and then went back to 56s on the last two. Needless to say 7 out of 8 100s holding 56s was very pleasing to say the least. My kick in particular feels strong at the moment and I seem to finally be able to not just kick in a kick set but i am now able to bring the kick into my free swimming and feel somewhat comfortable with a 6 beat kick.
    Swim Workouts
  2. 6|28|13 breaking out of slow

    SCM - outside, late afternoon, with a bout of refreshing rain

    36 x 15m on 1:00 streamline pushoff with breakout and 2-3 sprint strokes, easy back to wall (WF)
    • easy at first until warmed up

    5 x 25m on 1:00 free 4 strokes fast then easy (WF)

    5 x 25m on 1:00 free 4 strokes fast then easy

    23 starts from block on about 1:20, with breakout and 1 - 2 strokes. Then easy back to wall
    • The only functioning block at this pool is in lane 3. Lanes 1 and 2 have lane lines for "lap" swimming. There is also a rope separating the deep end about 9 meters out from block. I had to shoot under the line, and breakout on the other side. To hold repeated stamina for solid breakouts the UW efforts had to be conservative. Also had to constantly make sure my path clear before launches.

    225 drill (WFS)

    5 x 25 FK on 1:00
    • 23 -27
  3. Saturday, June 29, 2013 8:00-10:00am

    by , June 29th, 2013 at 04:49 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Wow, what a difference it makes when you don't have to work 11+ hours prior to a swim workout! Yeah, I was still tired from the overall week, but having a day off from being on my feet has been great! I can only hope the work hotline says we're off tomorrow, but probably not.


    1000 Swim - did all Free

    Kick Set:
    2 Rounds of
    • 4 x 50 SDK w/ long fins @ :50
    • 4 x 50 SDK w/ long fins @ :45
    • 4 x 50 SDK w/ long fins @ :40

    I made the first 4, and then after that just started taking 5 seconds or so rest
    ** James did 22 of the 24 x 50s because he was lapped in the set...those intervals were insane!!

    5 x 200 Free Pull @ 3:30 breathe every 5 (...or 3...or when needed)

    2 x 400 @ LIFO + :30
    1st one IM (50 EZ speed/50 Fast) went 5:55
    2nd one Free (50 EZ speed/50 Fast) went 5:10

    8 x 100 @ 2:00 2 of each stroke All Fast
    Flys I did 1:18 and 1:22
    Frees came down to 1:15s

    200 EZ

    8 x 50 w/ long fins @ 1:30 ALL OUT - 2 of each stroke - breast w/ flutter kick

    200 EZ

    5500 LCMeters

    Some of the kids must've heard about a rumor that I'm going to leave them team next month, 'cause a few of them were asking me about it. Word spreads fast around here I guess. They want me to stay, but I have my reasons. It's been good training with them, and seeing their development. Many are now starting to approach my training speeds, and a couple have now passed me up. Ahhhh...youth. I told them I'm not quitting swimming, I'm just leaving from the team environment to be a little more relaxed in what I do. I had a huge void in my life for about 8 years, and swimming filled that with happiness. I can't let that go again, but I can pick and choose when I want to step it up again.
  4. 40-45 minute workouts

    by , June 29th, 2013 at 01:26 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    So I haven't had much time the last couple of days, which is OK because I'm still pretty sore from the 4K on Wednesday... I guess all the drills and stroke work, which I really hadn't done as much of in the last couple of weeks, was a real shock to my system. Thursday night I got in around 8 PM and was surprised at how stiff, sore I was. I did 2600 SCY:

    200 EZ fr
    200 pull w/ buoy
    200 kick w/ board and zoomers
    4 x 50 fr on :50
    200 EZ bk
    200 bk pull w/ buoy
    200 bk kick w zoomers (in streamline)
    4 x 50 bk on :60
    200 EZ br
    200 br kick w/ board
    200 1-arm fly
    8 x 25 SDKs on :40
    200 EZ fr

    Friday AM I woke up even more sore, mostly in the shoulders, so I decided on a real quick workout... just freestyle (I noticed the fly and breast work over the last few days was increasingly difficult, so those muscles need some recovery). I did 2200 SCY:

    4 x 50 on 1:00 swim golf (was at 12-14 strokes/length; :46-:47 per 50)
    400 EZ swim
    4 x 100 on 2:00
    4 x 100 on 1:50
    4 x 100 on 1:45
    2 x 100 on 1:40
    4 x 50 on 1:00 swim golf

    The 100s were all between 1:29 and 1:33, mostly in the 1:31-32 range. I felt really tight the whole time, even with the swim golf, which usually helps me to lengthen my stroke and relax... It's been a while since I've done any swimming golf, but usually I start off around 14 strokes/length and end up around 9-11 strokes/length after loosening up. Yesterday that never happened; I stayed at 12-14 SPL (25-27 per 50).
  5. Another tough one today

    by , June 29th, 2013 at 11:55 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    With the 4th coming I have to get my workouts in.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers

    15x100 free w/paddles & bouy
    #1-5@1:35 went 1:28,1:28,1:26,1:25,1:25
    #6-9@1:30 went 1:23,1:22,1:21,1:20
    #10-12@1:25 went 1:20,1:20,1:18
    #13-15@1:20 held 1:18

    500 free EZ w/snorkel
    500 kick alt by 100 breast/free
    200 torque drill
    300 back
    500 free kick w/zoomers high, medium, low
    500 free EZ

    Total 5000 yards
    Swim Workouts
  6. Friday 6/28/13

    Friday 6/28

    AM LCM and PM SCY + Crossfit

    AM swim:

    800 (300 swim/100 kick)
    600 (200 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel/100 kick)
    400 (100 swim/100 kick)
    200 I.M. kick/drill

    4x75 @ 1:30 k/dr/bld
    8x50 @ :45 AE

    25x100 @ 2:00
    3 FAST (AVG: 1:08.8)
    1 EZ

    4x400 @ :10 rest w/ snorkel
    # 1 - buoy only
    # 2 - strapless paddles only
    # 3/4 - opposite fin/opposite paddle switching every 200

    Total: 6800


    12:00 AMRAP
    5 burpees
    10 wall balls
    15 grasshoppers (basically a ridiculously crazy modified version of mountain climbers)

    PM swim:

    400 swim
    300 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    200 kick
    100 I.M.

    8x25 @ :40 V.S.

    4x75 @ 1:20 BEST AVG (43.0)
    3x100 @ 1:05 AE
    4x50 @ :50 200 PACE (28.0)

    100 EZ

    Total: 2100
    Swim Workouts