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  1. Friday 4/19/19

    PM SCY w/ Trip @ LRRC

    500 swim (150 sw/100 kick w/ BD)

    3x100 @ 1:20
    2x100 @ 1:15
    100 @ 1:10
    :30 REST
    100 @ 1:20
    3x100 @ 1:15
    2x100 @ 1:10
    :30 REST
    2x100 @ 1:20
    100 @ 1:15
    3x100 @ 1:10

    4x100 @ 1:30 kick every 4th 25 UW w/ fins

    Total: 2700
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  2. Friday 04192019

    by , April 19th, 2019 at 12:26 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Friday AM solo swim @ Sendero Springs (SCY)

    1050 w/u

    100 kick w/board + fins
    4 x 125 done as 25 drill/25 free/25 stroke/25 free/25 drill w/fins
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast breast w/fins (fly kick), :13

    100 kick w/board + fins
    500 swim w/fins
    100 kick w/board + fins

    100 easy

    3 rounds of 4 x 25 @ :30, done as:
    * easy/fast
    * fast/easy
    * all easy
    * all fast
    did an easy 50 free after rounds 1 and 2
    rounds 1 & 3 free, round 2 breast

    100 easy

    200 swim w/Agility paddles

    100 w/d

    TTL: 3300 yards

    that may not seem like a taper workout to many...but it is much less than I've been doing. 2 Fridays ago I swam 7200. last Friday 5000. I started cutting some weights and treadmill stuff on Tuesday, and cut more yesterday (no weights yesterday).
    I actually felt kind of speedy on the 25s. my free times were about 14/15, and breast 17.
    I might do a swim over the weekend, about 3000, and probably Monday morning.
    there's a casual swim on Tuesday morning at Saguaro Lake that I should just make (I arrive around 9am and I'll head straight out to the lake). I like getting a feel for the water ahead of time. I'm thinking maybe 30 min tops.

    they posted heat sheets (for 200s and less) for nationals and I'm not very happy with my 200 breast. I'm in lane 9, with the fastest guy seeded 30 seconds faster. the guy in lane 1 is seeded 30 seconds slower. just doesn't seem to make any sense. while it is kind of nice to swim with just guys in my age group, I'd far rather swim with people about my speed so I get an actual race (I don't really care if they are 20 years older, I know I'm slow). my first thought was to just no show, but if I'm feeling ok, maybe I'll give it a shot.
    I'll do online check-in for the 1000 and 500. at least those are seeded by speed (the 1000 has M/W together, and I've accepted that I'll probably be in a mixed heat, maybe even the only guy in the heat). hopefully no end lanes for those.... I really won't know until the morning of if I'm feeling up to the 1000, after swimming Saguaro (9 miles or so) the day before.
    a friend who's also swimming in the meet is staying with me. I figure I'll drop him off for the 1650, then head to Eldorado pool and do a warm-up swim, take it from there and see how I feel. (he's swimming the 1650, 1000, 500 free, 200 breast, and 200 fly , then flying home Friday night). I'm sure he'll egg me into swimming my events.
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  3. Video from YMCA Masters Nationals

    For some reason my phone doesn't believe I have "new videos" to upload to my computer. However I was able to extract the video from our men's 200 medley relay.

    John Janszen (37) - 26.45
    Adrian Gil (29) - 26.50
    Calvin Schildknecht (34) - 24.67
    Alphonse Harris (29) - 22.83

    Final time: 1:40.45
  4. Wednesday 4/17/19

    PM SCY w/ Trip @ LRRC

    400 swim (100 FR/100 BK)
    4x100 @ 1:45 I.M.O. k/sw/dr/bld

    300 swim (75 FR/75 BK)
    4x75 @ 1:20 k/dr/UW w/ fins

    200 swim (50 FR/50 BK)
    200 kick every 3rd 25 BR w/ BD

    100 swim (25 FR/25 BK)
    100 "Progressive Scull" w/ buoy + SNKL

    8x50 @ 1:00 "Progressive Freestyle" w/ SNKL

    10x200 @ 2:35 SMOOTH pull w/ paddles + SNKL

    100 EZ

    Total: 4500
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  5. Tuesday 4/16/19

    PM SCY w/ Trip (when he finally showed up) @ LRRC

    400 swim every 4th 25 scull w/ SNKL
    4x75 @ 1:20 k/dr/UW w/ fins
    3x100 @ 1:20 D1-3 swim w/ SP

    8x50 @ 1:00 "Progressive Freestyle" w/ SNKL
    200 SMOOTH FR kick w/ BD
    4x25 @ :30 V.S.

    10x50 @ :50 RED ​FR
    100 EZ
    8x50 @ :50 RED I.M.O. in pairs

    300 EZ

    Total: 4000
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  6. Update

    by , April 16th, 2019 at 09:11 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Back to work today. Most of my main issues from the past weeks (last was probably one of the worst weeks of my life) are resolving with some better drugs and rest as I worked from home. At the moment my only real pressing issue is what I think is some side effects from the antibiotic I was prescribed. Once those are cleared, I hope to get back to some exercise and get back in the pool. Between not doing nearly anything active for 2+ weeks and losing at least 10 pounds over that time I will definitely be starting from scratch, maybe the stratch-est I have since I got back in the gym 6 months after college.
  7. Workout 04/15/19: evening

    by , April 15th, 2019 at 11:29 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I'm still swimming just not blogging. Sorry. My wife and I did take a trip to Ireland, rented a car and air bnb'd our way through south Ireland in a clockwise manner over 6 days. I made contact with the Limerick Masters through facebook and was able to make their Monday night lcm practice. We did...
    6 x 100 (50 back into 50 free) on :10sr
    3 x 200 on 3:20 (lead lane)
    4 x 150 on 2:20 (50 b stroke 100 free)
    4 x 100 on 2:00 im
    2 x 50 fast (went 31 on the 2nd)

    Here's a limerick for you..
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  8. Monday 4/15/19

    PM SCY w/ Trip @ LRRC "When you don't taper enough, it's pretty easy to just start up again!"

    400 swim (100 FR/100 BK)
    400 pull w/ paddles + SNKL
    300 kick every 3rd 25 BR w/ BD

    10x200 @ 3:00
    4 - SMOOTH I.M.O. (2:19+, 2:45, 2:46, 2:21)
    1 - STRONG I.M. (2:22)
    4 - kick w/ fins + BD
    odd: FR
    even: FL
    1 - SMOOTH FR (2:19)

    100 EZ

    Total: 3200
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  9. Sunday 4/14/19

    AM SCY @ Rosen Aquatic Center “YMCA Masters Nationals” Day 4

    After a savage 36 holes of putt putt golf last night that we dubbed “The Masters at Masters,” I finally managed to close out the meet with a season best.

    200 Mixed FR Relay - leadoff - 23.50

    200 I.M. - 2:05.57 (26.16/33.75/36.01/29.65) - finally a season best at least!

    Total: 2000

    Not the greatest meet performance wise, but definitely the most fun Masters meet I have ever been to. YMCA of Greater Cincinnati managed to finish second overall, so that was awesome as well.

    Updated April 15th, 2019 at 11:58 AM by Calvin S

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  10. Sunday 04142019

    by , April 14th, 2019 at 05:32 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    after weeks of putting it off due to weather, I finally was able to get down to Barton Springs for some, "open water," training this morning

    splashed around 7:10am

    air temp was about 45F.
    Water temp about 68F.

    there were a bunch of triathletes splashing around the same time, most in wetsuits. I asked how many loops they'd be doing...when they said 4 (about a mile) I said, "it really isn't worth the effort of putting on and taking off a wetsuit for that." one told me the wetsuit makes him 6 minutes faster.

    anyway, I snagged a place on deck for my water and Gatorade bottles, fins, and I put out Agility paddles too. figured better to have too much stuff out and not need it.

    the water really felt so nice. with the cooler air temp, the water didn't feel as bad as it does in summer (it is from natural springs, so the water temp is about the same all the time).

    did 5 loops, took a break for feeds. on the last loop I started passing a bunch of those triathletes.
    then I did another 5 loops, stopped again for feeds. the triathletes were all gone.
    I put on the fins and did another 5 loops. stopped for feeds again.
    just did 2 more laps, then got out.

    total: 17 loops, about 4.25 miles (each loop is about .25 mile)

    saw an amazing sunrise as I was getting in the water:
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  11. Saturday 4/13/19

    AM SCY @ Rosen Aquatic Center “YMCA Masters Nationals” Day 3

    500 FR - 5:06.17 - bad swim, but at this point I hbw stopped expecting much in the way of great times from this meet. Just enjoying the weekend.

    200 FR Relay - leadoff - 23.26

    200 FL - 2:06.69 - here I just made sure to win the race and stayed long and smooth so I wouldn’t be tired for the medley relay later.

    200 Medley Relay - FL - 24.67 - faster than I was yesterday by .10, so that was a great takeaway.

    Total: 3300

    Updated April 15th, 2019 at 11:57 AM by Calvin S

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  12. 4|12|19 LCM 17th swim

    17 th swim this year, let alone past 2 years

    40 x 50 on 1:30 slowmotion free drill
    there is a point where swimming slower takes more effort, at about 0:55 pace. Some of these were as slow as 1:15. Concentrated on technique and position in water, which was quite the task while keeping balance.
    Will see how well this drill works the stroke in Aruba next week - unfortunately it’s JUST a week, but I’ll take whatever I can get. Hoping on joining the local Masters practice 5am 17th and 19th

    Updated April 13th, 2019 at 02:18 AM by __steve__

  13. Friday 4/12/19

    AM SCY @ Rosen Aquatic Center “YMCA Masters Nationals” Day 2

    Today was relay day!

    200 Mixed Medley Relay - FL - 24.77

    400 FR Relay - leadoff - 51.22
    - I’m a little baffled how I went slower here than I did back in December under heavy training. Wonder if I will ever figure out the 100 FR?

    Total: 2000

    Updated April 15th, 2019 at 11:56 AM by Calvin S

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  14. Thursday 4/11/19

    AM SCY @ Rosen Aquatic Center “YMCA Masters Nationals” Day 1

    600 swim 4th 25 scull w/ SNKL
    300 kick (50 FR/25 BR) w/ BD
    4x50 @ 1:00 “Progressive Freestyle” w/
    4x25 V.S.
    200 EZ

    200 swim
    100 pace (59.1)
    200 EZ

    1650 Freestyle - 17:48.67 - not going to bother typing out splits. Not a great swim. With so small a sample size it’s hard to say if I didn’t taper enough or tapered too much for the mile. I remind myself that I am not “actually” a miler. This was a fun experiment, but I think I’ll stick more to the 400/500 and 800/1000.

    600 (100 sw/100 kick w/ BD) w/ SNKL

    Total: 4150

    Updated April 15th, 2019 at 11:56 AM by Calvin S

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  15. Wednesday 4/10/19

    PM SCY w/ Peter Schildknecht @ Rosen Aquatic Center, Orlando, FL “Travel Day”

    After a rough morning of flying, met up with my brother to do a meet warm up before Nationals start Thursday.

    400 swim (100 FR/100 BK)
    300 pull w/ paddles + SNKL
    200 kick every 3rd 25 BR w/ BD
    100 IM drill

    8x50 @ 1:00 “Progressive Freestyle” w/
    8x25 V.S.
    4 @ :40 FR kick w/ BD
    4 @ :35 FR sw

    200 EZ

    Total: 1800
  16. Tuesday 4/9/19

    PM SCY w/ Trip (sort of) @ LRRC

    400 swim every 4th 25 head-up scull
    2x150 @ 2:00 pull
    200 kick every 3rd 25 BR w/ BD
    100 I.M. drill

    3x100 @ 1:40 @ MILE PACE "find the easy speed" (1:00-, 1:00, 1:00)
    200 EZ

    Total: 1500
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  17. Monday 04092019

    by , April 9th, 2019 at 05:00 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    had my first, "double," for the year yesterday
    (not quite a real workout for the second, hence the quotes)

    Monday AM solo swim @ Sendero (SCY)

    1200 w/u various

    100 kick w/board + fins

    4 rounds w/fins (25 drill/25 free/25 stroke/25 free/25 drill)

    100 kick w/board + fins

    600 swim w/fins

    100 kick w/board + fins

    100 easy (no equip)

    3 x 300 @ 4:30 stretch out, just make the interval

    100 easy

    all of these on 1:00:
    50, 25 breast/25 free
    50, 25 free/25 breast
    50 easy
    50 fast breast (40)
    50 easy free
    50 fast breast (40)

    300 w/d

    TTL: 4300

    I had a work meeting last night in downtown Austin, so I left home a little earlier and brought my swim bag....

    Monday PM solo swim @ Deep Eddy
    (pool is 33.3 yards long)

    very long, continuous w/u: 1253 yards
    swim w/fins: 395 yards
    w/d: 131 yards (4 lengths)

    TTL: 1781 yards (I think that's about a mile?), 28 min.

    this was the first day the pool was open after having been closed for 2 weeks for annual maintenance, and really looked GREAT! nice clean water, freshly painted floors, walls, it kind of smelled new...but this is the oldest pool in Texas.
    it was pretty busy. I had to wait maybe 2 minutes to jump into a lane to split (there were some circle swimming lanes, but when I asked about speeds, I didn't get a good response). as soon as I got out 2 people were vying for my spot.

    the water here comes from springs and is replaced every other day (there's a lap pool and play pool, one is replaced every night). the temp is usually around 70-72F, but it felt warmer to me.
    but the air temp was about 90F, so it really did feel good. and probably why so many people were there.
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  18. Update

    by , April 9th, 2019 at 08:47 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Well, the week off is going to stretch into longer. Have some issues somewhat related to my UC that I can't swim, or workout, or really do much of anything active until it heals.

    So, I'm still here, just mothballed for the moment.
  19. 4|4|2019 and 4|8|2019 LCM

    Apr 4 LCM
    10 x 100 on 2:30 as 50fr / 50bk
    50fr 2 breaths
    50 ez
    100 ez
    100 with fins

    Apr 8 LCM
    10 x 100 on 2:30 as 50fr / 50bk
    400 with snorkel and fins

    Avoiding fast (well, high effort) swimming for awhile. Need to manage good stroke biomechanics that I can maintain at all efforts. A little rt shldr clicking going on at early backstroke recovery - it's been there (mild clicking) since early rehab, but I think it's just remaining scar tissue that will work its way out.
  20. Monday 4/8/19

    PM SCY Solo @ LRRC

    400 swim every 4th 25 scull w/ SNKL
    400 N.S. pull w/ paddles + SNKL (2:20/2:09)
    4x100 @ 1:40 kick 25 FL/15 UW FL "surf kick"/10 FR w/ fins + BD

    150 @ 2:35 SMOOTH BK (1:51)
    2x50 @ :55 BR @ 200 IM PACE (:35-, :35-)
    2x50 25 DIVE FAST FL/25 EZ
    150 EZ

    100 "feel good" @ MILE PACE (1:00)
    200 EZ

    Total: 2000
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