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  1. Sat, Oct. 12

    by , October 12th, 2013 at 05:59 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    600 various
    4 x 50 scull w/paddles @ :10 RI
    4 x 50 chest press fly drill @ 1:10
    4 x 50 caterpillar fly drill @ 1:10
    4 x 25 breast kick drills
    50 EZ
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    4 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
    50 EZ
    4 x 30 burst SDK + cruise from the blocks
    100 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP fly from the blocks (11 highs) + 25 EZ)
    -- still not happy with my breakouts
    -- I should prolly try these with a tech suit
    100 EZ
    3 x (25 AFAP back from the blocks + 25 EZ) (12 highs)
    100 EZ

    5 x through: (3 rounds free w/paddles, 2 rounds kick)
    4 x 25 + 50 + 50
    1-3 25s = 100 pace @ :30
    4th 25 = EZ @ :30
    50 = 200 pace @ 1:00
    50 = EZ @ 1:30

    200 EZ

    Total: 3725


    Having a lovely restful peaceful weekend. Hope to do a third speed workout in a row tomorrow and then do some drylands on Monday. Hope the body cooperates. Adding in lots of starts definitely makes the workout harder. My legs were burning at the end of that last set.

    Updated October 12th, 2013 at 06:13 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts
  2. Saturday, October 12, 2013 11:05-12:05pm

    by , October 12th, 2013 at 04:11 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Today I arrived at the pool to find the parking lot very very full, as compared to normal. Then I noticed a lot of Velocity Swimming stickers in the backs of car windows, and realized they were back to their Saturday morning practices. The younger kids were just getting out when I got there, and making all kinds of noise in the locker room like normal. As I go in, I say "Hey all you kids, keep it down in here!" (jokingly of course). THey all respond with "JAMES!!!" "Are you coming back to swim with Velocity??" from a few of them. I replied with no, unfortunately. It's good to know I was well liked and missed by them though.

    I got to swim today with my dentist who was already in the pool warming up. I swam my own thing, but swim similar things to what he was doing, so in a way were were pacing each other. He swims with short fins all the time, but holds a consistent 1:15 pace on 30x100s @ 1:30. Not bad shape for a 65+ dentist. He told me that he enjoyed having my next to him to keep him moving. I was thinking the same thing as I did my swim.


    500 Free
    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00

    10 x 100 @ 1:30 (25 Fly, 75 Free) - ranged from 1:08-1:10s
    My interval happened to coordinate great with my lanemate, as I was flipping at the 50, he was pushing off about a second was good to have the competition next to me.

    200 EZ Kick w/ board

    8 x (Odds 100 Free Pull, Evens 125 Free Pull) @ 1:35
    I took it EZ on the 100s, and pushed the 125s going approx. 1:20s. It was good to swim alongside someone today who was basically doing the same thing.

    100 EZ

    3200 Yards

    In other good news: I found out that I'll be off work for the weekend of my college Alumni Meet in two weeks, so I'm 90% going to be making the trek down there. On the Facebook announcement, I'm the oldest swimmer to respond as "going" to the event this year. In fact I'm the only one from the 20th century as well (1999 is my class). Most of the kids are from the most recent 2-3 years since graduation, so they'll be good for the 50s. I'm going to do the 200 Fly in the 200 Free event, and probably a whole slew of other stuff. Probably will take down my full leg suit as well for the floatiness in my legs. It's about 6 hours away, but I can stay with my sister or grandparents as well. The only obstacle may be snow in the mountains in southern Washington, but I'll just check pass reports and plan ahead.
  3. Week 54 - Saturday

    by , October 12th, 2013 at 02:53 PM (After a long rest)
    Today's workout was another tough one and I am feeling'the affects of a long week. I did a short weight workout after practice before my daughter swum her meet.

    Warm up
    6x200 swum as 100 free, 50 back, 50 free drill all with snorkel on 2.45
    8x75 kick on 1.20

    Main set
    10x100 free with fins on 1min
    100 easy
    10x50 drill on 1min
    5x150 on 1.50

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total 4250scy

    I was holding 1min for the 75s kick. The 10x100 set was a similar pattern to my previous attempts at this. I made 7 and the took 30 seconds rest and finished them out. I honestly think I would stand more chance without the fins. Somehow the fins make my legs hurt really bad and by 7 I am struggling. The last set of 150s I was holding 1.30s.

    I did two circuits of weights, the first round I did 10 reps and the second round I upped the weight and did 8 reps.

    2x(bench press, inclined bench, military press, seated row with hands inside, seated row with hands outside, leg extension, lower back extension, leg curls, lat pull down with hands inside, lat pull down with hands outside).
    Swim Workouts
  4. Long Course!!

    by , October 12th, 2013 at 11:47 AM (One Stroke at a Time)
    October 12
    5 x 100 kick on 2:00
    5 x 100 swim on 1:40
    5 x 100 pull on 1:40
    8 x 50 on 1:10 odds alternate back and breast evens free
    3 x (4 x 50 stroke 3 build on 1:00 then 1 fast on 50 then 100 on 1:50 Set 1 and 3 free set 2 IM)
    100 easy
    6 x 50 kick on 1:20 descend 1-3, 4-6
    100 easy
    4800 meters

    October 11
    6 x 50 kick on 1:10
    100 pull on 1:40, 100 fast swim on 1:30, 2 x 100 pull on 1:40, 100 fast swim on 1:30, 3 x 100 pull on 1:40, 100 fast swim on 1:30
    100 easy
    10 x 50 on 1:00 start #1 with 1 underwater dolphin kick and 11 hard stroke cycles, add one kick and one hard cycle every repeat until #10 was 10 dolphin kicks and 20 hard stroke cycles
    200 easy
    6 x 50 kick on 1:00
    4 x 50 swim on 1:15 one easy/one fast
    100 easy
    3000 meters

    I really enjoy swimming long course. It feels almost like a different sport at times. It also helped that the kids team was not there since they have a meet and we got to spread out across six lanes. It was a little overcast so I spent a good portion of the swim on my back watching a group of birds that sits on the top of the gym. There was definitely a struggle for the roof peak going on. (My 6 year old just walked in and asked me to add a smilie so here goes). Hopefully, I 'll make it back tomorrow. He liked it so much he asked for another