Today was the last of our planned long swim days to prepare for the One Hour Postal Swim. We hope to have one long swim a month down the road (maybe starting in March) to prepare for the Chesapeake Bay Swim, among other open water swims some members of our Masters club are planning for this summer. I had high hopes for myself today after enjoying a really good post practice long swim last week. However, due to a couple of "game-changers," I opted for a different goal. My original plan was to swim for 45 minutes and see how I did. Game Changer number one was that I started to come down with a cold this week, and while I've been diligently taking my Zicam for the past two days, I must admit to not being 100 percent. The great news is that I've been taking Zicam and felt good enough to be able to swim today. Game Changer number two was the killer workout Sue had for us today. Whew! It was a 3900 yard day, with the main set that looked like this: 4X 100 on 1:40 & 200 on 3:30 (Work the 100s); Then do a 100 or 200 easy followed by 4X 100 on 2:00 & 200 on 3:15 (Work the 200s). So, needless to say, I had a lot less left in the tank for the post-practice long swim than I did last week. However, since I am always competing with myself, I had to at least swim the same number of yards as last week's all time (practice) high. So, I set out to swim a 1000 and see how I felt after that. I did it and felt pretty tired. I was able to get the additional yardage in for the 5300 yard grand total, which is great. I didn't know what to expect, but am pretty happy. Not as happy as last week, mind you, but happy. Next week we will be doing the One Hour Postal Swim! Hopefully, I'll be in form for it. Happy Friday! ~AngieKozBlogs
After 20 years out i am finally feeling the water again. I started out at 6'5", 223lbs, 24.9 BMI and at the start of week 9 I am at 196lbs, 18.8 BMI.
I really enjoyed todays workout especially the main set.
6x50 catchup drill
5x400 base pace(1:10) starting on 6mins descending 20 seconds per 400 with pull bouy and handle paddles. Held 1.07 pace the whole way.
2nd Main set
3x200 kick with flippers on 2.45
10x50 free on 35
8x50 free best stroke on 1 min easy
200 warm down
Total: 4400 yds
Lat's and chest hurt pretty bad at the end of practice and I must admit it feels great to hurt in the pool again!!!!
In the past several weeks, I've had to make some adjustments to my workout. Work is finally starting to ramp up and attempt that "utilization to his full potential" crap that the authority figures in my life have always talked about (Parents... teachers... professors... coaches... etc...) Which has ultimately lead to a rise in the number of hours working.
For about 2 straight weeks I was driving down to Oak Park outside of Chicago. So this would cut into my sleep schedule and thus my morning lifts were gone. Instead - they were replaced with the 80-90 MPH drive down 294 and 290. I think most people didn't even see my car, it was more of a silver blur at 6 in the morning.
For those two weeks, I was unable to lift at all, and I was lucky to make practice. Sleep was cut to about 4-5 hours per night, and maybe an hour before practice (if I was lucky). I made it through those two weeks and straight into the Sink Or Swim Classic and another week of more of the same and shot immediately into the GRIN Fall Classic. As you all saw - I did really well for me.
Well starting after the GRIN Fall Classic I was "able" to jump back into lifting. The problem was - I wasn't falling asleep after practice. I had also gotten used to sleeping in a little (til 6:00 AM instead of getting up at 5:00 AM) as a result of my travels and not lifting. So I've adjusted my workout schedule AGAIN.
Trying to double up on lifting/swimming on days where I have to work just seem relatively useless since I was always just so exhausted. I felt like my work, my workouts and my swims were all suffering as a result of the schedule.
Swim:Sunday 7:30-9:00 PM, Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 8:30-9:30 PM
Lift: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday (Sunday will be optional)
Core: 6 Days a week with a floating free day.
I lift now whenever its convenient (Evenings on Mondays and Fridays). My new gym has a massive collection of weights and machines. So if I can't find something to do - I'm obviously not using my creativity.
I wake up almost every morning between 6 and 6:30. That means I can eat a light breakfast and be ready to do core by 7:00 AM. I make sure I put in at least a half an hour of straight core work. I enjoy it because it gives me an endorphin rush in the morning, preps my mind for the day and helps to maintain the efforts I've taken so far in my swimming.
I think its a pretty ambitious plan, but I also think I can handle it pretty well. I'm currently 8 days in and so far so good
My next meet and the rundown has been decided! I will be swimming at the West Bend Short Course Meters Meet. I'll be swimming the 50 fly, 200 free, 50 breast, 200 IM, and finally - the 1500 Free. There will be more on that later though. I'm not ready to start blogging those goals for that meet though. That will come! This will be my first competition 200 IM!
What do you do for your workout? How do you compensate for friends/family/job/swimming?
So SCY season is upon us soon! I'm already starting to plan out my goals and ideas!
Since I like to break things down logically (being that logic is my job) I'm going to start by labeling my high level goals and then giving slightly more detailed goals that I have within those goals.
1) Get Faster (in Swimming)
2) Get Stronger
3) Get Skinnier
4) Build a giant robot that can take over.... .err never mind. (Remember Mike - this is PUBLIC)
My physical stats and goals:
Height: 6'3ish <-- I was 6'2 going into college, grew another inch freshman year
Weight: 210ish <-- Lightest EVER
Shoe Size: 15 <-- Sucks to buy shoes
Waist Line: 34 <-- WOW! I'm so pumped!
Body Fat (as of 7/22/2010): 17.5% <--- GRRR
My body fat is a frustrating one. I have a lot of loose skin - so I honestly feel that it probably skewed the results of the 7 point pinch test. Especially when I can't imagine myself still having another 35 pounds of fat on my body. Regardless - I still have to keep working out anyway. Otherwise how can I get stronger? (What just happened?)
My strength goals:
I don't do a good job keeping stats (like 1MR) of my lifts. I'm not concerned so much with building up that kind of strength. All of my strength goals are to build my body so I can focus more intensively on swimming. So even though my curl is at 12x70 (35 in each hand) using an underhand grip and my lat pull down is at 12x115 - I honestly just want to see those numbers continue to rise on a biweekly to triweekly basis as I spend my 6 days a week at the gym, focusing on developing my extremities while strengthening my core as much as possible. If I can continue lifting and growing stronger - its only going to help me swim faster! (ANOTHER TRANSITION? What's he doing!?)
Swimming stats and goals
Alright - So my only SCY times are in the IL State Meet in April. That was long enough ago - and I've lost 20 pounds since then and have gained a lot of strength. I have a few LCM times - but rather than worrying about converting them. Lets just say I'd better beat them when it comes to SCY. The official times are still there:
50 Free: 32.97
100 Free 1:18.42
I have my goal times for the year to reach for.
50 Free: < 30 sec
100 Free: < 1:10
50 Back: < 50 sec
100 Back: < 1:50
50 Breast: < 55 sec
100 Breast: < 2:00
*Note - if I beat those times, then I just want to continue improvement. If I don't - its fine. I'm just looking forward to trying! Lastly for swimming; I want to learn how to do butterfly by next April for the Illinois state meet. I'd like to be able to do the 50 free in fly. We'll see what I can get my coach to teach me!
Outside of swimming - I'm going to be working up to no less than 5 days a week swimming and if I can - 2 practices per day. We'll see how that lines up with sleep as one can't swim all of those events well if you don't have proper rest and nutrition! (He did it again! That son of a big guy!)
Rest and Nutrional Goals
Now - nutritional goals are nothing new for me. Rest goals however totally are. To help me focus better on my swimming and to allow me to swim more often and more effectively - I need to be properly rested and well nourished.
So to help me rest more - I'm giving up organized recreation outside of swimming for now. As soon as my seasons are over for basketball and both of my softball leagues, I'm going to forgo other offers so I can just primarily focus on my swimming and my workout (lifting and possibly running).
Nutrionally - I need to focus on making sure I keep a solid grip on the reality of my situation - I have to maintain healthy eating habits. I know from experience now that when I do splurge - I end up feeling kind of sick and tired within a few hours. If I'm going to perform - I need to be on top of my game!
I also need to make sure I sleep enough. Which is such a tear for me. One the one hand - if I get up early - get to work early and get home early - I get to have the afternoon to accomplish what needs to be done. On the other hand - my masters team meets at 8:30 at night. That means practice goes til 9:30, and I'm awake til 11 minimum. A 5 AM wake up just doesn't happen on that these days. So especially once basketball and softball are done, I'll take some time to really focus on how I'm going to actually implement these ideas.
Thanks for reading again! Today's post isn't as long - but I still appreciate you reading! So today I'm offering a dinosaur:
50 Free: 32.97
100 Free 1:18.42
50 Free: < 30 sec
100 Free: < 1:10
50 Back: < 50 sec
100 Back: < 1:50
50 Breast: < 55 sec
100 Breast: < 2:00
I went to the early-morning lcm workout at Asphalt Green. Hereís how it went:
700 lcm warmup
400 FR speed play: 6 stroke cycles slow, 6 stroke cycles fast for 1st 100; 5 slow/5 fast on 2nd 100; 4/4 on 3rd, and 3/3 on 4th [I liked thisóit really made me think about where I was generating power from each time I switched from slow to fast, and how increasing tempo helped increase power, as well as the other way around]
6 x 100 @ 2:20, done as 2 x (75 FL + 25 FR; 75 BK + 25 FR; 75 BR + 25 FR), with ST= long and relaxed, FR =sprinting [my lane only made it through 5 of these]
2 x 50 FR Sprint @ 1:30 [37, 36]
4 x 50 FR Fast @ 1:30 [held 38-39]
8 x 50 FR Fast @ 1:20 [I did odds sprint, evens moderate. I went in the back of my lane and so just got my time to the flags (too many people to get to the wall): 34, 32, 32, 32]
400 easy 
4 x 50 BR fast @ 1:40
Then I skipped the last 2 x 50 Fast + 100 easy because my body had had enough fast swimming for one day!
Our coach, Craig Keller, leaves for Sweden at the end of this week to coach USMS swimmers at Worlds, then is headed to Puerto Rico for nats. I think Iíll see him again about a week before I go to Zones, so Iím trying to get all the good advice I can from him this now! I think we will have a substitute coach coming in from out of town to handle workouts during his absence. If anyone reading this is Worlds-bound, I hope you enjoy Craigís great knowledge and enthusiasm. It sounds like you will have tons of fun there!
I have to figure out what to swim at Zones. Iíd like to do 50 FR/BK/BR, 100 BK/BR, and 200/400 IMs. The only back-to-back events among those are the 400 IM and 100 BK, but thatís a pretty tough one. I could just drop the 400 IM notion and give myself an easier schedule.
On the swim-every-event front, between the Middlebury and Wilton meets IĒve already swum the following LC events this summer: 100/200/400/800 FR, 50/100/200 BK, 100/200 BR, 50/100/200 FL, and 200/400 IM. Iím ok with skipping the 1500 FR this season, and will definitely get in the other 2 eventsó50 FR and 50 BRóat Zones. If all goes as planned, Iíll also get in 1M and 2M open-water swims this summer. Thatís a happy-making amount of racing, and has helped keep my interest up in training.
Today was techno day! Fast beats = fast swimming, so I arranged the music in a pyramid, starting and ending with slower beats, and peaking in the middle of the workout with some crazy fast stuff.
From the time the first song started and people got the gist of the mix, they commented that it was like being in a nightclub, which is appropriate because at 6am there's probably somebody somewhere just finishing up the night. There were a couple of cries from swimmer-clubber imitators for more RedBull.
This was an A+ workout mix for everyone except the one guy who hates everything, and Coach. Techno must be used sparingly with caution around him. He's more of an Opera guy. The Dancing Banana goes to "Born Slippy" from the Trainspotting soundtrack, which sounded fast and great.
Test Four, Sweet Exorcist, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
Take My Breath Away (Techno Remix), Berlin, Top Gun Soundtrack
Deeper Underground (Godzilla), Jamiroquai, The All Time Greatest Movie Songs CD2
9th Symphony (Ode To Joy) Remix, Beethoven,
One More Time, Daft Punk, Discovery
Cysex, Pornotanz, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
Digital Love, Daft Punk, Discovery
LSD Is A Bomb, Radioactive Goldfish, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
Right Here, Right Now, Fatboy Slim, You've Come a Long Way Baby
Water From A Vine Leaf, William Orbit, Northern Exposure (Disc 1)
Poing, Rotterdam Termination Source, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
50,000 Watts Of Power, Servants of Power, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
Walking On The Moon (Tecno Cover), The Police, Regatta De Blanc
Born Slippy (Trainspotting), Underworld, The All Time Greatest Movie Songs CD2
Basket Case, Eon A, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
James Brown Is Still Alive, Holy Noise, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
Playing With Knives, Bizarre Inc., Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
Obumbratta, Apotheosis, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
Metaforce, Art of Noise, Essential Selection V.1 (CD1)
Adrenalin, N-Joi, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
Dominator, Human Resource, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
And the workout was:
3x200 S, K, P
4x100 kick, right, left, swim, IM order
8x125, sprint last :25 on 2:00
150 EZ backstroke
150 EZ backstroke
Good workout for me. The 8 125's hurt muchly in a good way, and we added the last part ourselves when we ran out of workout.
I can't do too much here on these blogs to give swim or workout advice because I'm still learning so much. But I can give you advice on how to use a cell phone camera for more than just cute pictures of your pets and kids! Our coach writes the workouts on a dry-erase board, and sometimes they get a little complex (today was not that case.) Also, I'm bad at addition but I want to keep my FLOG honest. So after practice, I photograph the dry-erase board with my camera phone, and transpose it to the site during my lunch break, and lately, write a little blog about it, too.
You just have to be careful to transpose before falling out of a sailboat in the Hudson with your cell phone in your pocket, as I did this weekend.