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  1. Busy week, tired body...

    by , September 28th, 2013 at 11:59 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Haven't had a chance to check in on the blog much this week. Most of my swims have been very short with a lot of drill. My body has just felt worn out this week. I did 2000 Wednesday evening around 8PM, 1200 on Friday morning early, and 2300 today. Today's swim was at the Elmhurst, Illinois YMCA, I had my swim kit in the car and decided to stop in after finishing up with a conference at the college. I figured I wouldn't get back to Kenosha in time to get over to the Y. It felt good to swim, but I was watching the pace clock and I was really slow.

    The big workout for me toward the end of the week was a 4500-yard stroke fest on Thursday. Scotty did this one with me, so we were able to push each other, but I was a lot more tired after this one than I was after Tuesday. Tuesday's hard 50s free BTW left my lats really sore. It took me a thousand yards into Thursday's workout before I could shake off even just a little of the stiffness. Here's what I did:

    WU (1000):
    400 EZ swim pull/free
    4 x 100 IM on 2:00
    4 x 50 fr on 1:00

    MS (3200):
    3 x 100 fly on 2:20 (1:39, 1:42, 1:44)
    100 recovery
    6 x 50 fly on 1:10 (all :49s)
    100 recovery
    3 x 100 bk on 2:20 (can't remember what these times were, maybe around 1:40... not very fast)
    100 recovery
    6 x 50 bk on 1:10 (:43, then :45s, last one in :46)
    100 recovery
    3 x 100 br on 2:20 (1:45-1:55?)
    100 recovery
    6 x 50 br on 1:10 (mid :50s)
    100 recovery
    3 x 100 free on 2:00 (1:25, 1:27, 1:28)
    100 recovery
    6 x 50 fr on 1:00 (low :40s)
    100 recovery

    CD (300): 100 pull, 100 fr, 100 bk

    TOTAL: 4500 SCY/110 minutes

    Looks like my weight has finally stabilized in the mid 160s after two and a half months of eating completely vegan. I've been taking a multi-vitamin, but I picked up a multi-vitamin today with a little extra B-6 and B-12, just in case there is any deficiency there. I know that the average person can get more than enough protein from the vegan diet, but am wondering if some of my fatigue isn't due to the fact that my protein requirement might be higher than the average person. I have been trying to time my protein for maximum recovery too... so I take a plant-based protein supplement after my really hard workouts. I'm eating more tofu and almost an avocado a day--along with the normal regimen of legumes, nuts, and high-protein whole grains--to try to keep the protein intake high. And this week I scaled back a lot on the strength training. I don't know. I might have to take a protein supplement every day, instead of just after the tough workouts. I'm also burning the candle at both ends at work. Hoping I'll bounce back some tomorrow morning.
  2. Workout 09/29/13: morning

    by , September 28th, 2013 at 11:22 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Missed a run yesterday, and was able to enjoy sleeping in a bit today and making pancakes with the kids before heading to Masters practice. Greg and Kevin where there, and Gail joined us for a bit doing her own thing.

    4 x 100 on :20sr
    4 x 50 kick on :20 sr
    4 x 50 pull with buoy on :20sr

    Main set:
    - 2 x 200 on :20sr (50 no-free) - I did 250s
    - 4 x 100 on :20sr (last 25 FAST) - I did 125s
    - 1 x 400 (long and strong) - I did 500
    - 4 x 100 on :20sr (even pace) - I did 5 on 1:25, went 1:04 on the last one

    12 x 25 on :40 (I worked uSDK on odds)
    200 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/3300 yds/65 min)

    Good practice, with a main set style that the guys like. They were happy not to be staring down 50 x 25's again to finish off the set!

    After practice I jogged over to meet my wife at our friend's house. I didn't end up running yesterday, so took the opportunity to sneak one in today. They are heading down to Victoria, Virginia, so I think some pool tourism might happen when we venture down that way. I jogged home, completing a 1.8 mile loop in about 17 minutes.

    We gathered up the kids and went apple picking, a neat adventure to share with the exchange kids during a spectacular day! After supper I got a small campfire going and we had smores, with my mother-in-law joining us. After a dip in the hot tub I'm ready to crash!
  3. Sat., Sept 28

    by , September 28th, 2013 at 06:07 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    600 various
    8 x 50 @ :10 RI
    odds = front scull
    evens = caterpillar fly drill
    8 x 25 shooter w/fins @ :40
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    8 x 25 burst + cruise
    100 EZ

    ascending rest set:
    4 x 25 fly @ 100 pace @ :30
    100 EZ
    5 x 25 back @ 100 pace @ :35
    125 EZ
    6 x 25 breast @ 100 pace @ :40
    150 EZ
    7 x 25 free @ 100 pace @ :40
    175 EZ
    8 x 25 dolphin kick w/board & fins @ 100 pace @ :45
    200 EZ

    3 x through:
    4 x 50 free w/fins & paddles @ :50 (by round: 29s, 28s, 27 highs)
    50 EZ
    1:00 rest

    150 EZ

    Total: 4000


    I wanted to try and get in more of a quality aerobic workout today. I think both sets were fairly hard and accomplished that. I got stuck in massive traffic on the way home on the parkway again. I need to find some alternate way to get home. GPS is no help. We have friends visiting this weekend who are about to arrive momentarily!

    I did get 5 swims in this week - the first time since early June!

    Updated September 28th, 2013 at 07:36 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts
  4. Week 52 - Saturday

    by , September 28th, 2013 at 01:45 PM (After a long rest)
    Today's workout
    16x50 free on 40
    12x50 with fins on 1min underwater including the turn and push off followed by easy back
    6x200 Free easy on 2.30
    8x50 kick on 1.10 best average
    400 easy

    Total 3400scy

    The underwaters with turns under water were surprisingly hard. I held 2.10s on the 200s and felt pretty good and easy. The best average kick I went 33,35 36,36,36,36,37,38. I was really happy with these and finally feel like I am getting a respectable kick. I still have a lot of work ahead on my legs.

    The workout was a short one due to an inter squad meet that my daughter swam in. She got a couple more BB times and dropped 6 seconds on her 50 fly. She just missed the A time on this which is amazing since she could not really do a legal 50 fly just about a year ago.

    We followed the workout with circuit and strength training in the weight room. Like Thursday we did 10,8,6 reps per machine by circuit.

    3x(bench press, seated row hands inside, seated row hands outside, leg extension, lower back machine, leg curls per leg, inclined bench, military press, lat pull down with hands inside, lat pull down with hands outside)

    I was really beat at the end of this but watched my daughters meet and had great fun seeing her enjoy her swimming. I wish I was still at the point of dropping 6 seconds on a 50. She is doing great and I am trying my best to not interfere; it's so hard.

    Updated September 28th, 2013 at 01:51 PM by StewartACarroll

    Swim Workouts
  5. 300 miles

    by , September 28th, 2013 at 11:35 AM (One Stroke at a Time)
    Saturday September 28
    2 x (2 x 50 drill/swim on 1:00 then 4 x 75 25 stroke/50 free on 1:15)
    6 x 100 pull on 1:35
    6 x 125 on 1:50 25 kick/100 swim
    100 easy
    8 x 25 easy on 40
    12 x 50 on 1:15 odds easy/evens fast 2 back/2 breast/ 2free for fast ones
    200 easy kick
    150 easy swim
    4000 yards

    Thursday September 26
    Lunch Bunch
    600 swim
    6 x 100 kick on 1:50
    3 x 4 x 100 on 1:30 set #1 100 free, 25 fly/75 free, 25 fly/25 back/50 free, 100 IM, set #2 100 free, 25 free/25 back/50 free, 25 free/25 back/25breast/25 free, 100 IM, set #3 100 free, 50 free/25 breast/25 free, 25 fly/25 free/25 breast/25 free, 100 IM
    2 x 300, 2 x 200, 2 x 100 pull 1:20 base
    100 easy
    3700 yards

    Tuesday September 24
    Lunch Bunch
    200 swim
    4 x 50 fly/back descend on 50
    200 IM on 3:00
    200 free on 3:00
    4 x 50 back/breast descend on 50
    100 back
    200 free on 3:00
    4 x 50 breast/free on 50
    200 IM on 3:00
    100 free
    200 IM on 3:00
    4 x 150 swim/kick/swim 10 sec rest
    2600 yards

    Sunday September 22
    700 swim
    5 x 3 x 50 (I can't remember the pattern)
    50 easy
    4 x 200 and 1x 100 kick with fins 3:20
    9 x 100 pull on 1:40
    18 x 50 on 55 2 free/1 back
    4200 meters

    I swam 4 times since I last blogged. I hit 300 miles for the year today. This 50 miles was less eventful than the previous 50. I have been struggling to keep all my balls in the air lately so haven't had much time to write things down. I know that things will calm down in a few weeks so I'm just trying to keep going forward. Swimming has helped me to do that as it keeps me centered..