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  1. Wednesday 5/9/18

    PM LCM Solo @ LRRC

    600 swim (100 FR/50 BK)
    6x150 @ 2:30 25 UW/25 kick S-line/50 dr/50 sw w/ fins + SNKL

    5x200 @ 2:50 pull w/ paddles + SNKL D1-5 (2:37, 2:33, 2:27, 2:25, 2:23)

    100 EZ

    Total: 2600

    CORE7 post swim.
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  2. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 5/10/18

    by , May 9th, 2018 at 03:12 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    LCM intervals left, SCY intervals right

    Primarily a freestyle workout today...

    Warm up
    1 x 300 5:00 [4:30]
    3 x 100 1:45 [1:30]
    12 x 50 1:20 [1:15] alt 2 kick, 2 stroke

    Freestyle sprint set
    4 x 50 :50 [:45]
    4 x 50 1:00 [:55] same effort as first four
    4 x 50 :50 [:45]
    1:00 rest
    2 x 50 2:00 [2:00] race pace

    Freestyle swim/pull set
    6 x 50 :55 [:50] pace
    3 x 100 1:40 [1:30] desc 1-3
    1 x 300 4:45 [4:15] neg split
    3 x 100 1:30 [1:20] desc 1-3
    6 x 50 :50 [:45] strong NO GEAR

    Kick set
    1:00 [vertical kick]
    1 x 400 10:00 [9:00] build each 100 to fast
    1:00 [vertical kick]

    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:00

    Total: 4000
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  3. 5/9/18 Workout

    by , May 9th, 2018 at 08:24 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Wednesday, 5/9/2018 Pool Workout

    Still somewhat sore. Legs working fairly well despite that. Unsure if taper timing will hit right.

    200 fr/100 bk/200 k
    8x50 k/dr dr/b IMO :55
    3x100 fr 1:20 aerobic (1:01)
    100 EZ

    3x50 IM transitions easy speed 1:00
    100 EZ
    3x50 IM transitions FAST 1:10
    100 EZ
    4x25 IM transition turns
    4x25 fast off blocks (25 easy between)
    200 warmdown

    2200

    Meet warmup tomorrow, drive to Indy, loosen up swim in afternoon. Hopefully quad soreness is gone by then.
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  4. Tuesday 5/8/18

    AM LCM Solo @ LRRC

    500 w/ SNKL (100 swim/100 3-6 drill)
    5x100 @ 2:15 BK swim
    10x50 @ 1:05 w/ fins
    odd: 25 UW/25 B&A drill
    even: 25 B&A drill/25 bld

    4x100 @ 1:20 MAKE (1:15, 1:16, 1:17, 1:17)
    100 @ 2:00 EZ
    3x100 @ 1:20 MAKE (1:15, 1:17, 1:17)
    100 @ 2:00 EZ
    2x100 @ 1:20 MAKE (1:15, 1:17)
    100 @ 2:00 EZ
    1x100 @ 1:20 MAKE (1:12)

    400 swim opposite fin + opposite paddle + SNKL (switch every 100)

    Total: 3200
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  5. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 5/9/18

    by , May 8th, 2018 at 01:36 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    LCM intervals left, SCY intervals right

    Warm up
    2 x 150 2:45 [2:30]
    3 x 100 2:00 [1:45] 25fist drill/75swim
    6 x 50 1:15 [1:05] stroke

    Kick set
    2x
    4 x 50 1:20 [1:15] 25easy/25fast
    1 x 100 2:10 [2:00] swim moderate w/strong focus on kick

    Stroke set
    3x
    1 x 50 1:20 [1:15] drill
    2 x 50 1:20 [1:15] 25fast/25easy
    1 x 50 1:20 [1:15] fast
    [RD1 fly, RD2 back, RD3 brst]
    [Fly drill: fly arms w/flutter kick]
    [Back drill: double-arm]
    [Brst drill: brst arms w/flutter kick]

    Freestyle set
    3 x 200 3:20 [3:00] long & strong
    3 x 200 3:10 [2:50] neg split
    3 x 200 3:00 [2:40] desc 1-3

    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:00

    Total: 4100
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  6. 5/8/18 Workout

    by , May 8th, 2018 at 08:45 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Tuesday, 5/8/2018 Pool Workout
    3 days 'til Nats

    Still sore. Felt a little better in the water though. Frantically rolling out, drinking fluids and using the TENS unit to try to get everything fresh!

    200 fr/100 bk/200 k/200 p/100 IM dr
    8x50 :55 IMO k/dr dr/b

    2x100 free aerobic 1:30 (1:02s)
    2x100 back aerobic 1:30 (1:06-1:05)
    50 EZ
    3x50 free :50 200 pace (26 lows)
    100 EZ
    2x50 back :50 200 pace (28 lows)
    100 EZ
    4x25 mid pool IM turns

    200 warmdown

    2400
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  7. Monday 5/7/18

    AM LCM and PM SCY Solo @ LRRC "Kickin' ain't sh*t but board and fins!"

    AM swim:


    800 (300 swim/100 kick w/ BD)
    600 (200 pull w/ SP + SNKL/100 kick w/ BD + SNKL)
    400 (100 swim/100 kick w/ BD)
    200 I.M. drill

    2x200 @ 3:10 kick w/ fins 1st/5th 25 UW
    8x50 @ 1:05 "Progressive Freestyle"
    2x200 @ 3:00 kick w/ fins 1st/5th 25 UW
    8x50 @ 1:05 "Progressive Freestyle"
    2x200 @ 2:50 kick w/ fins 1st/5th 25 UW

    Total: 4000

    PM swim:

    500 SKIPS

    4x100 @ 1:50 FR kick w/ BD
    300 @ 1:00 REST pull w/ paddles + SNKL (3:21)
    4x100 @ 1:45 FR kick w/ BD
    300 @ 1:00 REST pull w/ paddles + SNKL (3:14)
    4x100 @ 1:40 FR kick w/ BD
    300 @ 1:00 REST pull w/ paddles + SNKL (3:06+)

    400 FL kick w/ fins (alternating 100 w/ BD, 100 w/ SNKL H.A.S.)

    Total: 3000
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  8. Weekend and 5/7/18

    by , May 7th, 2018 at 08:56 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Saturday and Sunday, 5/5-5/6/2018, CrossFit Competition

    Team competition, 2 guys/2 girls. Not going to write all the workouts down because I'm sure nobody reading cares that much but over the course of the weekend I did sprint row, assault bike and run, some fast DB thrusters BB snatch, front squat and deadlift, 30 or so toes to bar and pullups, some rope climbs, 50 burpees, 100 wall balls, 200' weighted lunges, a few pushups and a 225# snatch.

    Monday, 5/7/2018 Pool Workout

    A lot more sore than I was hoping I'd be this morning. Legs were pretty much dead weight in the water. Four days rest better be enough! Today was kind of a hybrid stretch out/taper day.

    200 fr/100 bk/200 k/200 p/100 IM dr
    8x50 k/dr dr/b 1:00 IMO

    3x100 fr 1:30 aerobic (1:03-1:04)
    3x100 fr p/pads 1:30 aerobic (1:05)

    12x25 :30 o-UDK fins (:10s), e-EZ
    4x25 :40 o-br pullouts, e-EZ

    4x25 IM transitions from middle of pool

    200 warmdown

    2500
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  9. Sunday 5/6/18

    AM LCM @ UALR "Spring Splash Day #3"

    400 swim (every 3rd 50 BK)
    8x50 @ :10 rest
    odd: k/dr
    even: dr/sw
    8x50 @ :15 rest V.S.
    25 DIVE FAST + 75 EZ

    200 FR - 2:17.90 (1:05.34/1:12.56) - Not exactly thrilled with this time, but I was out late with the wife at a Cinco De Mayo party last night and so waking up early for a swim meet was a struggle. I think I also felt some effects by this point in the weekend from not being able to warm down after any events (particularly after the 400 FR yesterday).

    Total: 1500

    Updated May 6th, 2018 at 10:50 PM by Calvin S

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  10. Friday & Sunday, May 4-6

    by , May 6th, 2018 at 04:57 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Friday: Swim/LCM @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 choice
    12 x 50 @ 1:00, KDS by 50
    8 x 50 @ 1:10, no fins
    8 x 50 burst + cruise w/fins @ 1:00
    — skipped a couple of these to get out and use my inhaler

    Main sets:

    2 rounds:
    1 x 50 kick AFAP @ 1:00
    1 x 100 EZ @ 2:30
    1 x 100 AFAP, no I cruised this
    1 x 100 EZ @ 3:30
    1 x 50 kick AFAP @ 1:00
    1 x 100 EZ @ 2:30
    1 x 100, 2nd 50 fast @ 2:00
    1 x 100 EZ @ 3:30

    — I didn’t do very well with this set. I think warm up was too long and arduous. Swimming 100 long course felt like open water swimming. On the EZ 100s, I did 2/3 of them as turn around 50s. I worked the fast 50s. Did 3 back kick, going 28s, and a breast 32 (with fins).


    Saturday: off


    Sunday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ BP

    Warm up:

    500 various
    4 x 50 w/paddles, 25 scull + 25 torque drill
    4 x 25 shooters @ :40
    5 x 30m, burst 15 m from the blocks, cruise back

    Main sets:

    5 rounds:
    25 shooter + :15 seconds fast VK + :5 rest + 12.5 UW SDK + 12.5 sprint to the wall + 50 EZ
    note: this was not easy ...

    4 rounds:
    4 x 50 free w/paddles @ 200 pace
    :30 rest
    4 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40, IM order by round
    1 x 50 fast kick @ 100 pace, IM order by round
    1 x 100 EZ

    Total: 3250


    ———————————————————


    I came armed with a couple of my old HIT sets so that I didn’t bore myself to death. Couldn’t find them on the website; had to google. Had a lovely weekend, but am a bit peeved our WiFi is out. Verizon repairman here.
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  11. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 5/7/18

    by , May 6th, 2018 at 10:11 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    LCM intervals left, SCY intervals right

    Warm up
    3 x 100 2:00 [1:45]
    1 x 200 3:30 [3:15] alt 50st/50fr
    3 x 100 1:45 [1:30]
    4 x 50 1:15 [1:05] stroke

    Freestyle set
    2x
    4 x 150 2:30 [2:15] desc 1-4
    1 x 300 5:00 [4:30] long & strong

    Kick set
    3x
    1 x 100 2:30 [2:15] build
    1:00 [vertical kick]

    Main set
    4 x 50 1:15 [1:05] #1 80%, 2 85%, 3 90%, 4 95%
    4 x 100 2:00 [1:45] #1 80%, 2 85%, 3 90%, 4 95%
    4 x 50 1:15 [1:05] #1 80%, 2 85%, 3 90%, 4 95%
    [All swims choice]

    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:00

    Total: 4100
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  12. Saturday 5/5/18

    AM LCM @ UALR "Spring Splash Day #2"

    400 swim
    6x50 @ :10 rest
    odd: kick/dr
    even: dr/bld
    3x100 @ 1:30 D1-3 (1:19, 1:16, 1:13)
    150 EZ

    100 FR - 1:02.43 (no splits, although someone told me I flipped at around :31, so I may have even split it)

    **At this point I jumped out and whisked my daughter off to a friend's birthday party. I rushed back to the meet 2 hours later with 5 minutes to spare before the 400**

    400 FR - 4:52.xx (no splits at time of writing, and I can't remember the exact time)

    Total: 1650

    I felt short on both races, but my kick felt great for the last 30 meters of the 100. The 400 is 4 seconds faster than I was at this meet last year (the last time I raced the 400). All in all, not bad considering no warm down after the 100 and no warm up before the 400!

    Updated May 6th, 2018 at 10:53 PM by Calvin S

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  13. Workout 05/05/18: morning

    by , May 5th, 2018 at 12:18 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Before practice this morning I met up with my first boss for his monthly breakfast with former employees at a local diner. Afterwards I made it to the rec to share in the Cinco de Mayo celebration...

    Uno: 500 warmup (200 swim/100 kick/200 pull)
    Dos: 5 x (200 on 3:30, 100 on 2:00)
    Tres: 5 deep water bobs
    Quatro: 5 x 50 on 1:10 (1-4: Quarter's Strong, 5: FAST)
    Cinco: 5 x 25 (decrease stroke count each time) then 125 loosen and out
    (Rec/Masters/2500 yds/60 min)
    ==========================

    Another full pool with Greg, Jim, Sean, Rebecca, Kevin, and Beth. I did quarter's strong on the 200, holding 2:23s then using the 100s as recovery. I descended the 25s 13 -> 9. Now to enjoy a beautiful day in New England!
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  14. Friday 5/4/18

    PM LCM @ UALR "Spring Splash Day #1"
    (warm-up @ LRRC, pool temp: 72 degrees)

    400 swim
    400 pull w/ paddles + SNKL
    4x150 @ :10 rest k/dr/bld w/ fins
    3x100 @ 1:30 @ 1500 PACE (1:18, 1:18, 1:19)
    100 EZ

    1500 FR - 20:05.64
    (1:09.3/1:16.0/1:16.8/1:17.4/1:18.9/
    1:21.8/1:23.5/1:23.9/1:23.2/1:23.6/
    1:23.0/1:22.8/1:23.3/1:21.4/1:21.4)


    Total: 3300

    I started off great, but my arms just felt like jello after the first 500 meters. I was 5 seconds faster than I was at this meet last year, but still have a lot of work to do!

    Updated May 5th, 2018 at 02:51 PM by Calvin S

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  15. Club Categories & Relay Starts

    by , May 4th, 2018 at 07:17 PM (Rules Committee Blog)
    At Nationals, why are there two club categories?

    At the USMS National Championship Meet, clubs are scored in two categories: Regional Clubs and Local Clubs. The designation is found in the meet program. Regional clubs are clubs that are made up of subgroups or workout groups. Local clubs are clubs that have decided not to have separate workout groups or subgroups so they represent their club at the National Championship Meet. Your club designation is determined by your club and LMSC. Some workout groups decide to join a regional club, which might include workout groups from an entire city or LMSC. As for scoring at local LMSC swim meets, the meet hosts determine whether they are going to be scored by workout groups/subgroups or by regional clubs. Members always compete for your club, not your workout group and results going into the national database is always designated as your club, not your workout group. However, as terms of scoring at local LMSC swim meets, the meet host determine whether they are going to be scored by workout groups/subgroups or by regional clubs. More information about local and regional clubs can be found in the USMS rule book 104.5.6 Club Scoring. For USMS Spring Nationals in May there are currently 251 local clubs registered (including individuals who are unattached) and 19 regional clubs. Championship banners are presented to the top 10 clubs in the local division and top five clubs in the regional division.

    Relay Starts with Adjustable Back Plates on the Starting Platform

    Article 101.7.3 H is a rule that was added this year to the rule book. It states that the relay swimmers in the second, third, and fourth position cannot start from the top of the adjustable back plate (wedge). The first swimmer is bound by normal forward or backward start rules. The swimmers must have at lest part of one foot in contact with the starting platform (not on back plate/wedge) in front of the back plate. This rule was put in partly for safety reasons, to prevent relay swimmers from moving the back plate/wedge all the way to the front of the block and taking off from just the wedge. When doing a relay start, the wedge can be placed as far forward as you would like as long as part of your foot touches the part of the block facing the water before take-off. Only one foot has to touch the front part of the platform so the other foot can remain on the back plate/wedge. Also, the foot that touches the front part of the platform does not have to start in that position. When the start has begun, the foot may begin in any position, however, it must touch the front part of the platform before take-off.
  16. 5/4/18

    by , May 4th, 2018 at 09:23 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Friday, 5/4/2018 "May the Fourth be With You"

    Rest day today. Slept in a bit, brought some soft tissue work stuff (lacrosse ball, rolling stick, stretch band) to work with me to get some lingering knots out.

    Thought about trying to find a pool but I probably need the rest day a bit more. Gambling that 3 days out of the water between yesterday and Monday won't screw me up next week... I will be getting exercise with the CF competition but we all know that feel for the water is a different animal.

    Plan for next week:
    Mon - Standard warmup - short aerobic - shooters - starts/turns (~2500)
    Tue - Standard warmup - really short aerobic - pace - starts/turns (~2200)
    Wed - Meet warmup - IM transitions - starts/turns (~2000)
    Thur - AM Meet warmup (~1200); drive to Indy; PM loosen up - starts/turns if possible (~800)
    Friday - Game on!
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  17. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 5/4/18

    by , May 3rd, 2018 at 02:05 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    LCM intervals left, SCY intervals right

    Warm up
    2 x 150 2:45 [2:30]
    3 x 100 2:00 [1:45] 50st/50fr
    1 x 300 7:15 [6:30] kick
    3 x 50 1:15 [1:05] IM order
    3 x 50 1:00 [:50] desc 1-3

    Stroke set
    3x
    1 x 100 2:15 [2:00] 50drill/50perfect stroke [stroke]
    1 x 50 1:15 [1:15] easy free
    1 x 100 2:15 [2:00] strong [stroke or IM]

    [Fly drill: 3 strokes right arm, 3 left, 3 both]
    [Back drill: right arm only x 25, left arm x 25]
    [Brst drill: 2 kicks, 1 pull breathe on pull only]

    1 x 50 easy free

    Freestyle set
    2x
    1 x 400 6:30 [6:00] pull
    6 x 50 :55 [:50] desc 1-3/4-6 no gear

    Sprint set
    3x
    1 x 50 1:00
    1 x 50 :55
    1 x 50 :50
    1 x 50 :45
    [Goal: swim all 50s at the effort it takes to make the one on :45]

    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:00

    Total: 4200
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  18. First LCM Practice in 2 years, Wed, May 20

    by , May 3rd, 2018 at 09:56 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Monday and Tuesday I was on the treadmill for many miles. I went to Pitt last night and it was long course. Long course! At my check up last week, my doctor mentioned that I should try wearing compression sleeves during practice to help with venous return/arm fatigue. I wore some last night and I think they might have helped. So I invested in a pair of swimmer compression sleeves by A3 to try. Anyway, I did much better in this practice than I would have expected.


    Swim/LCM @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    400 various
    8 x 50 kick, no fins @ 1:10
    -- holy cow, this felt long and never ending ...
    8 x 50 @ 1:10
    odds = fly drill
    evens = breast drill

    Main sets:

    8 x 100 @ 2:00
    odds = 25 fast fly + 50 choice + 25 fast fly
    evens = 25 fast breast + 50 choice + 25 fast breast
    -- I did either free or back kick on the choice, although I did a three of them with a full 50 fly on the first 50
    100 EZ (I took a masters minute)

    10 rounds w/fins:
    1 x 50 fast @ 1:10
    odds = fly (100 pace) even = breast (around 95%)
    1 x 100 EZ @ 2:20 (I did all 50s here, just turned around in the pool midway to allow time for a masters minute)

    Total: 3000 m


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    I made it through quite a few 50 flys with fins, despite that requiring a ton of actual swimming with my arms. My 50 breasts were surprisingly fast for me too, clocking in at 32-33. I was pretty bushed later and slept like a baby.
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  19. 5/3/18 Workout

    by , May 3rd, 2018 at 09:03 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Thursday, 5/3/2018 Pool Workout

    200 fr/100 bk/200 k/200 p/100 IM dr

    8x50 IMO 1:00 k/dr, dr/b

    3x{4x50 1:00 D1-4, 1x50 EZ} IM transitions
    50 EZ

    2x{3x50 :50 200 pace - 2 to feet, 1 to hands, 100 EZ}
    1- fr (26.3, 26.7, 26.2) 2-bk (28.5, 29.2, 28.6)

    8x25 o-breakouts off blocks, e-EZ

    200 warmdown

    2800

    Legs need more rest. Pace work was good (faster than I expected) but kick was running out of gas by the last 50 of each. Fastest 50s of IM transitions were meh, not a lot of pop, but I am finally figuring out that crossover turn I think.

    Workouts are coming out for the CF competition this weekend... looks like they are not too bad so I should have no problem recovering by Nats Friday.
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  20. Wednesday 5/2/18

    AM LCM Solo @ LRRC (pool temp: 68 degrees)
    PM SCY Solo @ LRRC
    CORE 7 following PM

    AM swim:

    600 swim (FR/BK/FR by 200)
    4x150 @ :10 rest k/dr/sw w/ fins + SNKL (kick on stomach in S-line)

    2x300 @ 4:15 pull w/ paddles + SNKL D1-2 (4:03, 3:53)
    200 EZ

    Total: 2000

    PM swim:

    500 SKIPS
    6x50 @ :45 D1-3, 4-6
    4x25 @ :30 V.S.
    100 EZ

    2x
    200 @ 2:30 1st/3rd 50 STRONG
    2x150 @ 1:55 middle 50 STRONG
    3x100 @ 1:15 last 25 FAST w/ fins
    100 EZ

    Total: 2800

    CORE7 post PM swim
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