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  1. Sat., May 4 - A Mid Day Swim at Dublin

    My 11-old daughter had an all night thing at church last night. Since we had to pick her up at 6 am and my wife was not feeling well, I skipped swimming at the Nat. After cinnamon rolls, bacon, and eggs, my 11 year old was still going strong. So with the abundance of energy she had plus that of my 10 year old and her friend that spent the night with us, I finally said let's go swimming. My daughter kept going strong, but finally koonked out around 2:00 while we were eating pizza.

    Didn't know how much of a workout I would get in, but I actually did more than I would have at the Nat. Ray and his son, Ben, were there and I joined them for two sets and then kept going. Actually swam pretty hard and kept it going for 4000 yards, then my arms gave out. Not a speed workout, but a good strong swim.

    3x100 Free on 1:35
    8x150 Free on 2:15 (1:55, 1:56, 1:56, 1:56, 1:55, 1:54, 1:55, 1:53)
    100 Kick
    8x100 Back w/paddles on 1:30 (1:19's - 1:20's)
    100 Kick
    100 Easy
    4x25 Hard on :30
    5x200 Back w/paddles on 3:15 (2:45, 2:45, 2:43, 2:45, 2:45)
    100 Kick
    3x100 Free w/paddles on 1:30
    10x50 on :50 BAck/Free
    2x100 Kick

    4900 yards
    93 minutes
  2. Sat., May 4

    by , May 4th, 2013 at 08:21 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    500 various
    4 x 50 scull
    2 x 50 torque drill
    50 EZ
    6 x 50 burst + cruise
    50 EZ
    10 x 25
    odds = up tempo free
    evens = EZ
    150 EZ

    Total: 1550m


    Didn't swim yesterday. Been really busy with house things and frantic cleaning. Our house was the featured house in our local NoVa mag on Wed. and that generated some showings the last few days. We are apparently about to get a full price offer. And a couple from Chicago is flying in just to see the house and want to make a cash offer. The latter would be better for us since the appraisers don't know what to do with our house. There is nothing comparable. Fingers crossed that all goes well and one of these works out. The good thing about the house being on the market is I don't fret, our even think much, about taper!

    My allergies have really been bothering me, but I am not descending into sinus infection territory.

    Updated May 4th, 2013 at 08:30 PM by The Fortress

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  3. A cartwheel too far?

    I had a day of total fun out at Brighton Beach today. It was a gorgeous sunny morning here, with air temps in the high 50s when we started out and in the high 60s by the time we called it a day. The wind was a little gusty, but that just made the unorganized swirly swells more fun to play in. It was a day for trying out new things—new suit (a two-piece, which I loved), new goggles (some Zoggs I got for free, which worked fine but didn’t top my regular goggles, so they’re Patty’s now), new post-swim tricks on the beach (more about that later).

    Cara measured the water temp at 53. That felt waaay warmer than last week—funny how a few degrees can make a big difference--and getting in was not too difficult. The water was a deep green, with unpredictable swells and some odd foamy patches here and there. I didn’t want to push things today, so just swam gently towards the big jetty to the west. Right before I reached it, I saw a fellow CIBBOWS swimmer heading back, so swam with him for a bit before he headed in. I turned over and did some easy backstroke, swam a little ways east, practiced some synchro moves, and just generally enjoyed feeling the sun beaming down upon me while the water tossed me around. It was heavenly.

    Eventually I got cold just floating, so swam a bit more, floated a bit more, then got out. I probably went only about three-quarters of a mile today, but that was enough to make me feel blissy and happy to be in the ocean again. A bonus to the short distance and warmer water temp was no shivering. I got dressed in all my layers, then lay down and let the sun work its warming magic on me.

    We had a dozen or more people out today, so I chatted for a bit, then started playing around on the sand, doing cartwheels and handstands, and balancing on the rocks of the nearby jetty. A few others followed my lead, and we spent a good hour playing around and trying different tumbling, leaping, and balancing feats. We had a huge swath of beach mostly to ourselves, and it was like being kids on a playground again. His-Ling and John wowed us with their tandem balancing act, and I learned that Caitlin can juggle! I worked up to doing a round-off, which I hope will help me with learning a twisting dive tomorrow. Unfortunately, I tweaked my left hamstring a bit on my last cartwheel (which was why it was my last). It seems more flexibility would help in my quest to do “good” cartwheels on my off side.

    No one saw the humpback whale that had been spotted a few miles away off the Rockaways a couple of days ago, although we all looked for it, during our swims and after. But that might have been the only magic missing from the glorious day in the sun. The weekends that we have the sand to ourselves are numbered—the official beach season will start in a few more short weeks—so it was nice to enjoy this lovely day with my swim buddies on the sand and in the water.

    Updated May 5th, 2013 at 11:54 AM by swimsuit addict

  4. Saturday, May 4, 2013

    by , May 4th, 2013 at 04:55 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@Fort Myers Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 76, pool at 79
    Partly cloudy skies with humidity at 76%

    Warm up
    1000 FR as DPS @SPL-10

    *Set 1*
    2(5x200 on 3:00, :30 rest) desc 1-5, 6-10, w/tube, buoy, m-agility paddles
    *2:21, 2:20, 2:19, 2:18, 2:17
    *2:19, 2:10, 2:18, 2:17, 2:16

    *Set 2*
    1200 kick w/ fins as
    3(200DK/bk w/SDK6-8/turn, 200BK w/SDK6-8/turn)

    *Set 3*
    4(100 FR-K/scull, 100 FR-CU, 100 FR) w/snorkel-fins-agility paddles

    *Set 4*
    3(4x50 FR on 1:20, 2:00 rest)

    Warm down
    400 EZ FR/BK

    FGCU Aquatic Center closed today due to Commencement. Did not swim Thursday due stormy weather and I had the first floor of our house (about 2,200 sq ft of tile) cleaned by a professional floor service, so I had to be there most of the day. Did not swim Friday as my wife took the day off and I spent most of my time with her. We also took our daughter to her favorite restaurant to celebrate her being on the A Honor Roll all four quarters of the school year.
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  5. Week 30 - Saturday(Taper week 3)

    by , May 4th, 2013 at 11:54 AM (After a long rest)
    Today there was an age group B/C meet at the pool so I got in as the pool was being setup. I was joined by Scott, Nicky and Sid. Nicky and I are going to Nationals and Scott and Sid are starting training for next year(both age up). Today was an easy swim, but once again I felt out of sorts. I hope I will start to feel more energetic soon. I plan on having a very easy and lazy weekend and plan on sleeping a lot between naps.

    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 drill alternating catchup and finger drag drill on 45
    6x100 kick on 2 mins
    3x200 pull on 2.45
    6x100 drill with snorkel on 1.30
    12x50 swum as 25 underwater, 25 DPS with fins on 50
    4x50 swum 25 fast 25 easy with strong turns with fins
    500 easy

    Total 3800

    I received a good luck card from my swim team in England yesterday, which was so nice and it's nice to know I have such great support. Thanks Woking Swimming Club.
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  6. Friday 5/3/13

    Friday 5/3

    AM and PM SCY

    AM swim (no pace clock):

    500 swim
    3x100 @ :10 rest pull w/ buoy + strapless paddles

    5x100 @ :10 rest AE
    10x50 @ :05 rest opposite fin + opposite paddle (switch after 5)
    5x100 @ :15 rest AE

    Total: 2300

    PM swim:

    300 swim
    300 FR kick w/ board

    1 @ 1:20 D1-4
    1 @ 1:40 50 kick/50 build

    4x50 @ 1:00 FR kick (RD1-2 w/ board, RD3-4 side kick)
    1x300 @ 4:00 as FAST as possible while keeping HR under 17 beats/:06 (3:16, 3:14, 3:15, 3:16)

    100 EZ

    Total: 3500

    Updated May 14th, 2013 at 12:18 AM by Calvin S

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  7. Good workout at the Y

    by , May 4th, 2013 at 11:36 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Had the whole pool to myself the first hour. Got to love that. It was a little on the warm side 83-84ish.

    Had a great free set, almost back to my old speed.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers

    10x100@1:30 free w/paddles & bouy
    Went 1:23,1:23,1:23,1:22,1:21,1:21,1:20,1:18,1:18,1:17

    8x25@:05ri fly scull drill w/snorkel & monofin
    8x25@:45 shooters w/monofin
    200 1 arm fly alt rt/lt w/monofin
    200 dolphin kick on back w/monofin
    8x25@:45 fly w/monofin

    500 free kick w/zoomers
    500 free EZ

    Total 4000 yards
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  8. 05.04.13 Saturday workout

    by , May 4th, 2013 at 10:39 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam at Hsv Nat w/ Dave. Lots of rain overnight but fortunately no thunder/lightning. There is a triathlon in Guntersville this morning so most of the triathletes weren't there. I imagine it will be pretty miserable conditions for a triathlon today but judging by attendance at the pool, most are sticking with it. I felt better today but didn't push too hard.


    500 Warm up

    400 IM (50 kick/50 swim)
    4 x 50 - 1:10 IM order
    400 drill down/swim back
    4 x 50 - 1:05 IM Order

    3 x 200 Free - 3:10 (2:55, 2:50, 2:50)
    1 x 200 Kick w/ fins
    3 x 200 IM - 4:00 (3:25, 3:20, 3:15)
    1 x 200 Kick w/ fins

    300 Free - 4:30 (4:25)
    200 Free - 3:00 (2:55)
    100 Free - 1:30 (1:27)
    :30 rest
    200 Pull - 3:00 (2:40)
    6 x 50 Free - 1:00 (:45->:38)

    200 Cool down

    (4600M total)
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