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Friday, February 8, 2013

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by , February 8th, 2013 at 05:52 PM (2003 Views)
SCY@FGCU Aquatics Center
Air temp of 74, pool at 79, 100% water clarity.
Sunny skies with humidity at 67%

Warm up
200 FR DPS
300 FR as 50k w/scull/50 Swim, w/snorkel
200 BK as 50 DA/25 smooth, 25 Fast
3x100 on 1:30 desc 1-3

*Set 1*
3000 FR TT

  1. 5:52.4
  2. 5:51.0 11:43.4
  3. 5:50.6
  4. 5:50.8 11:41.4, 23:24.8
  5. 5:47.3
  6. 5:45.5 11:32.8, 34:57.6

300 EZ BK as 25DA, 25 Swim DPS
300 EZ BR as 50K, 50 Swim w/snorkel
6x50 FR on 1:00 desc 1-3,4-6

*Set 2*
3(3x100 on 2:00, desc 1-3) @200 pace

  1. 1:01, 1:00, :59
  2. 1:00, 59, 59
  3. 59, 59, 58

400 EZ BK as 25K/bk, 25 Swim DPS
400 EZ FLY as 4(25DK/bk, 25/RA, 25LA, 25 Swim) w/snorkel
400 FR steady state w/snorkel,agility paddles

*Set 3*
2(3x25 on 1:00) stroke choice
Fly; 13.2/12.7/12.6
Free; 11.8/11.6/11.3

Warm down
200 EZ Fly 25DR/25Swim

Set 1, the 3000 TT was an effort, it seems the whole week of swimming weighed down my arms and legs like lead, but in the last 1000 the stroke began to flow more. No matter how crappy I feel when starting a long swim, usually if I keep at it, making a diligent effort, somehow the stroke will come together. So I was very pleased to descend the 500 splits.

Set 2 was awkward, sluggish because even after 900 yards of warm down I could still feel the effects of the 3000 TT. No matter how smooth or steady I attempted to pace the first 50, the second 50 really dropped off. The coach said I was out in 28 low to 27 mid consistently, but then my kick would fade and be gone by the last 25 because my thighs were cramping. It was supposed to be 7 rounds, but I gave up after 3 rounds.

With my thighs trembling, I got out and sat on the block to massage my legs, drink and eat a little bit, then stretched about ten minutes. Hopped back in, played around for about 1200 yards of stroke swimming, planning to get out soon.

Set 3 was an unexpected, but inspired moment for me. Coach Chuck was calling out times for 25 sprints in the lanes next to me, as I felt ok, just decided to give a go and took off with the next send-off. Now I felt strong and smooth doing the fly and free. Chuck was excited with the 12s in the fly, and then was running up and down the pool when I did the 11s for the free.

FYI - I am a hard of hearing lifetime hearing aid user and water in my ears make it even worse, so I tend to be in my own world at times when swimming, which appears as if I am ignoring the coach or whoever is trying to talk to me. So Bob in the next lane tapped my shoulder saying Chuck was trying to tell me my times. Anyway, successful communication commenced once I got out, dried out my ears, and put in the hearing aids. Of course I am quite pleased with those times.

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  1. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    The 3k descending is terrific but the second set of 100s is phenominal. Really nice job Frank. You must be excited by those times.
  2. fdtotten's Avatar
    Thanks so much, I really appreciate your comments coming from an accomplished distance swimmer like yourself. The session today, however challenging, partially incomplete, and abnormal was in the end, very acceptable, especially when comfortably sitting at a desk looking over the results.

    We (coach Chuck and I) are trying to stack many of the workouts so the pace is trending faster set to set from start to finish along with descending and/or negative swims within sets.

    It was a nice unexpected revelation on my part to discover some potential for speed in the Fly & Free 25s.
  3. joel schmaltz's Avatar
    You are a beast!! Another impressive workout.