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  1. Loafin'

    by , October 23rd, 2008 at 03:49 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Didn't do much today. Resting a bit for the Sprint Classic.

    650 swim-kick

    10 x 25, alternate fast UW shooter no finz with EZ DAB

    100 EZ

    12 x 25, 4 x (easy speed fly, easy, fly drill)

    100 EZ

    50 fly AFAP
    100 EZ
    50 back AFAP
    100 EZ
    2 x 25 AFAP free, followed by 25 EZ
    100 EZ

    Total: 1900

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    Shoulder is still sore. It's been bothering me since I did the 10 x 75 fly. So those sets just might not be in my future.

    Have to figure out a new plan for the summer. Had planned on LCM Nats at Indy as my focus meet, with a 2 week family vacation to immediately follow. Because of the anti-sprinter fly-backer order of events (again, sigh, see rant), Indy is out. I can't go to CZ LCM Zones either, as that will likely fall during my tentatively planned August vacation. There are quite a few USA meets in PV, so I might be stuck with those. If that's how it works out, I'll try to find a fun SCM travel meet, as there aren't many of those in PV.
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  2. A freestyle & backstroke day

    by , October 23rd, 2008 at 01:18 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Thursday, October 23, 2008
    SCY with Carrie

    Warmup
    300 swim, did half free, half back
    4 x 75 as k/d/s by 25's, did one each stroke
    8 x 25 as #1 fast -> easy, #2 easy -> fast,
    #3 easy, #4 fast, repeat. 1-4 free, 5-8 back

    Main set
    2 x 200 on 3:30, free with every 4th length back (ave 2:50)
    4 x 100 on 2:00 as 50 free/50 back (ave 1:25)
    6 x 50 on 1:00 as odds free, evens back (ave :37)
    8 x 25 IMO AFAP on :45

    Cool down
    300 easy kick and swim

    Total 2400 yards
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  3. Fat Man back in the Pool

    by , October 22nd, 2008 at 01:48 PM (Fat Man back in the Pool)
    Getting caught up. Meetings last week so no T or Th practice.

    Saturday 10/18 Aquatic Center SCY
    no coach - workout by committee

    500 Swim
    6 x 50 Stroke \ Drill
    1000 - 200 Fr, 200 Bk, 200 Fr, 200 Br, 200 Fr
    6 x 100 on 2:00 Odd Free DPS 1:20s
    Even IM 1:22 - 1:17
    4 x 100 K
    200 WD
    2800 yds


    Tues 10/20 New Territory

    500 s-d-s-k-s by 100s
    6 x 50 odd stroke drill/dps even dps on :50
    200 Free DPS
    4 x 25 Fly All Out
    200 Free Negative Split
    4 x 25 Back All out
    200 Free Build by 50
    4 x 25 Breast all out
    200 Free Fast
    4 x 25 Free All out
    100 easy
    8 x 25 Odd Stroke Even Free all DPS
    100 Easy

    3000 yards

    Felt real good with this especially on the 25 br & fly.

    Does any one do max heart rate training anymore? I don't think that the 26 year old Coach realizes there is a difference between 220-26= her max hr and 220-50= mine.
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  4. A bit out of the comfort zone

    by , October 22nd, 2008 at 12:13 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Wednesday, October 22, 2008
    Solo, SCY

    Warmup
    1 x 400
    4 x 100 on 2:30 7 kick drill 2 back 2 free
    6 x 100 moderate on 2:00 odds free, evens back

    Main set
    Repeat 2x, #1 fly, #2 back
    4 x 25 on 1:00 AFAP
    (ave :16 on fly, :16 on back)
    rest an additional 1:00
    4 x 50 on 3:00 AFAP
    (ave :36 on fly, :35 on back)
    1 x 100 easy free/back

    Cool down
    4 x50 easy free/back

    Total 2400 yards
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  5. Broken 100 Fly Test

    by , October 21st, 2008 at 03:21 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    400 swim
    200 kick
    8 x 50 drills on 1:00 (2 caterpillar, 2 single arm fly, 2 scorpion, 2 sailboat)

    12 x 25 AFAP, 50 EZ after each one (4 each of fly, back and free)

    100 EZ

    Broken 100 fly for time from a push, with 10 seconds at the 50. Went 55.5 (finz). Took it out a bit too fast (26.5ish) and forgot to breath enough on the first length. Still, happy! And no piano really.

    100 EZ

    500 dolphin kick on back, easy tempo (cruised in at 6:08)

    200 C/D

    Total: 2300
    (I think, may have left something out.)
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    Shoulder still a little twingey, but felt better at the end of the practice. Starting to get a little twitchy from no running or spinning.

    Updated October 23rd, 2008 at 04:42 PM by The Fortress

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  6. Back is still faster than fly

    by , October 21st, 2008 at 12:01 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Tuesday, October 21, 2008
    SCY, with Carrie

    Warmup
    1 x 400 as 200 free/200 back

    Repeat Six Times
    {1 x 50 on 1:10 kick
    {1 x 50 on 1:00 drill


    Main Set Repeat Three Times
    {1 x 100 on 2:00 free (went 1:20, 1:18, 1:15)
    {1 x 100 on 2:30 KICK
    {1 x 50 on 1:00 SWIM FAST CHOICE**
    {1 x 50 on 2:00 KICK
    **#1 fly :34, #2 back :33, #3 free :29

    5 x 100 free on 1:45 PULL with buoy only



    Total 2400 yards
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  7. SF BAY

    i just finished a weekend of bay swimming and it was awesome.

    i landed at sfo on friday at 11:00 and within 40 minutes i was swimming at aquatic park. i swam easy for about 20 minutes to shake off the travel fatigue and "warm up" to the bay. there were about a dozen other swimmers doing laps across the cove some wetsuited, most were not.

    saturday
    the swim across america SF started at the golden gate and finished at crissy field. 120 participants boarded the ferry and took the ride past alcatraz to the bridge for our plunge. water: 58 degrees, windy, whitecaps. the swim took me 40 minutes, i certainly wandered a bit and started shivering upon exiting the water. no surprise for me, but it clearly made others uncomfortable as i was soon wrapped with half a dozen event towels. a large cast of olympians joined the swim and much money was raised for cancer treatment.

    sunday
    ALCATRAZ!
    the water was calmer today and i joined 5 others to do the swim from the rock to the south bay rowing club under the expert guidance of the legendary bob roper. we were well guided, and i had the pleasure of swimming with glenn mills on my left and a small zodiac on my right. we entered the cove at 30 minutes. our fellow swimmers close behind including 12 year old george healy!

    i will post some pictures soon.

    off to austin
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  8. Fingers Crossed

    by , October 20th, 2008 at 03:37 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    One kid is throwing up with a fever and another has a cold. I'm really hoping I don't succumb since I have a meet on Sunday, but I've got a sore scratchy throat. And I had had a nice run of health .... My husband was working in the home office today, so I still managed to get to the pool for a bit.

    550 swim
    6 x 50 fly drills on 1:00

    30 x 25 UW shooters with MF on :35
    #1-10 on stomach
    #11-20 fly spin drill
    #21-30 on back
    50 EZ

    8 x 100 on 2:00, backstroke (2 swim, 2 kick, 2 drill, 2 kick)
    50 EZ

    16 x 25, alternate AFAP/EZ, 2 of each stroke, took as much rest as I needed.
    100 EZ

    Total: 3000
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  9. Distance Day

    by , October 20th, 2008 at 02:07 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Monday, October 20, 2008
    SCY, Solo


    Warmup
    1 x 300

    Repeat Four Times (Drill: Fist Drill)
    {1 x 50 kick on 1:10, kick on back, no board
    {1 x 50 drill on 1:00, alternate free and back


    Main Set, all freestyle, goal is to hold pace through the set
    3 x 100 on 2:00
    3 x 100 on 1:55
    3 x 100 on 1:50
    3 x 100 on 1:45
    3 x 100 on 1:40
    3 x 100 on 1:35
    3 x 100 on 1:30


    I started these at about 1:16-17 and was able to hold this pace until the interval got to 1:40. Then my pace gradually slowed until the last one was about 1:24.

    Cool down
    200 swim easy


    Total 3000 yards
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  10. More Comfort swimming

    by , October 19th, 2008 at 09:17 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Saturday, 10/18/08
    SCY with Carrie

    Warm up
    1 x 300 swim
    6 x 50 kick as 25 fast/25 easy
    5 x 50 drill



    Broken 1650 free
    :15 sec rest between each swim
    275 250 - 225 75 50 - 25
    Keep your stroke long and think about staying long out of the turns.

    1 x 100 easy choice

    2600 yards

    Updated October 21st, 2008 at 12:17 PM by poolraat

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  11. Sunday with Team

    by , October 19th, 2008 at 11:53 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Dragged myself out of bed to swim with the team this morning. Wish I could've gone yesterday because they are starting LC again on Saturdays. Today:

    400 swim
    400 kick
    2 x 100 (75 drill, 25 scull)
    (I skipped a 400 pull)

    8 x 50 kick on 1:00, odd fast, evens easy (went 38-39 on the fast ones)
    50 EZ

    6 x 250, done as:
    2 x 250 on 4:10 (200 IM + 50 choice)
    2 x 250 free on 3:30
    3 x 250 stroke on 4:10 (did backstroke)
    100 EZ

    15 x 25 on :40 with fins
    4 fast underwater shooters, 1 easy (went 12-13 on the fast ones)

    200 C/D

    Total: 3500
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  12. Quickie

    by , October 17th, 2008 at 04:02 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Really busy day. Had less than an hour to swim. Had planned on doing this set of Jonathan's:

    16x25 kick with finz, 3 easy/1 fast on :45
    200 easy swim
    16x25 swim 3 easy 1 fast fly on :30 easy/1:00 fast
    200 easy swim
    16x25 swim 2 easy 2 fast backstroke on :45 easy/1:15 fast
    200 easy swim
    16x25 swim 3 easy 1 fast breast on :45 easy/1:15 fast
    200 easy swim
    16x25 swim with finz 2 easy 2 fast, :30 easy/1:00 fast
    200 easy

    Needed another 30-40 minutes to get through that. So I did this instead:

    600 swim-kick-drill
    4 x 75 free on 1:30, 5 dolphin kicks off each turn

    10 x 25 kick on :45, alternate fast/easy
    10 x 25 fly on :45, alternate fast fly/easy DAB
    10 x 25 free on :45, alternate fast/easy
    10 x 25 back on :45, alternate fast/easy

    100 C/D

    Total: 2000

    Felt a bit sluggish. Going to try to do Jonathan's set early next week.
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  13. Thursday (Oct. 16, 2008)

    Warm-up
    1x300 (25 kick, 25 scull, 25 drill)
    4x350 (200 stretch, 100 breathe every 5,50 fist drill)

    Main Set
    3x400 {150 (3:40), 50 (2:10), 150 (2:50), 50 (2:00)}

    100 EZ
    16x50 lower stroke count

    Warm-down
    100 EZ

    The main set was focusing on swimming for distance without swimming the long distance. It was cool to be able to work on technique without having to worry about swimming fast to stay on the intervals.
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  14. More Backstroke

    by , October 17th, 2008 at 12:10 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Friday, October 17, 2008
    SCY, Solo

    Warmup
    1 x 500 swim free and back
    8 x 50 kick on back on 1:10, odds dolphin. evens flutter
    6 x 50 fist drill on 1:00, odds back, evens free

    Main Set
    8 x 75 back, fast on 2:00, averaged just under 1:00, I think. By the time I touch the wall, turn and focus on the clock about 2 or 3 seconds go by and I was seeing :60-:61 after each one.
    This set was hard but I surprised myself by holding the same pace throughout the set.

    1 x 400 easy free

    1 x 50 fly AFAP, went :34 from a push
    150 easy free

    Cool down
    1 x 200 easy free and back

    2600 yards
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  15. Thursday, Oct. 16

    by , October 16th, 2008 at 04:43 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Forum posting interfered with my workouts a bit today. lol

    5 mile run. Turned my injured ankle just a bit.

    45 minutes in the gym

    I'm going to knock off all cross training now until after the Sprint Classic.
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  16. Rest and Recovery

    by , October 16th, 2008 at 11:21 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Thursday, October 16, 2008
    SCY with Carrie

    300 free
    4 x 100 kick, 1 each in rev IM order
    6 x 50 Drill

    12 X 50 @ 1:00 Fist swim, odds free, evens back


    400 free :30 seconds rest 60% effort (6:05)
    300 free :20 seconds rest 70% effort (4:25)
    200 free :10 seconds rest 80% effort (2:42)
    100 90% effort (1:17)

    300 swim down- work on building speed in/out of turns. easy between the flags
    Did half free, the rest back


    2900 yards



    Yoga tonight

    Updated October 16th, 2008 at 03:39 PM by poolraat (Misc. corrections)

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  17. ROAD TRIP

    gettin ready for a little swim trip.

    firday i arrive in san fran at 11:00. i will be joining 5 swimmin women for a "swim for life" 1.5 mile fund raiser under the golden gate on saturday and sunday we will be doing an alcatraz swim. i met desanne, leanne, diane, monica and cathrine at last year's eleuthera open water camp. this years camp is scheduled for dec 14 - 18 (shameless plug).

    after the weekend in SF, i'm heading to austin to swim the highland lakes challenge; 5 lakes in 5 days. hopefully i will have a chance to drop in on those longhorn masters while in the lone star.
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  18. tricked again

    tuesday night coach dan tricked us.

    after about 1400 yds various warm up stuff, he had us swim a 200 for time (80% effort)

    went 2:19

    next set:
    100 easy on 2:00

    3X 150 build rest :10 50 sprint (yes, broken 200's) on 4:00

    coach said total should be -5 seconds from the 200.

    went: 2:14, 2:13, 2:12

    as we were finishing the 3rd broken 200, coach put up a 3x in front of the set.......sneaky bastard.

    round 2
    went: 2:14, 2:12, 2:10

    round 3
    went 2:13, 2:25 (calf cramp), 2:30
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  19. Wednesday, Oct. 15

    by , October 15th, 2008 at 03:49 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Was having trouble with my asthma today and wheezing a lot. Had to take more rest than usual and do less lactate work. But, still, got some good work in. In general, I am doing more yardage than last fall-spring.

    My SDKs have gone to hell. Didn't focus on them much the last 6 months or so as I swimming LC and then trying to do some more aerobic work. I'm having trouble staying under as a race goes on. Don't know if it's entirely due to lack of practice or also due to worsening bronchitis/asthma flare ups of the last year. Going to practice them more frequently and continue to use the MF to see if I can improve some.

    Warm up:

    500 swim
    5 x 100 one arm fly drill on 2:00

    Main set:

    4 x 200 dolphin kick on back with MF on 3:00
    100 EZ
    6 x 25 UW shooters, no fins
    100 EZ
    5 x 50 AFAP back or fly on 3:30 with fins (went 26.5-27s or so), 50 EZ between each one
    100 EZ
    6 x 25 UW shooters, no fins (was easier the second time around)
    100 EZ
    4 x 200 dolphin kick with MF on stomach with board on 3:00
    100 EZ

    Total: 3850

    Hoping to do one of Jonathan's fast 25 sets on Friday. Might only get in 4 swims this weeks, as I'm thinking of weights and a run tomorrow and I still plan to take Saturday off.
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  20. 25's with Fins

    by , October 15th, 2008 at 11:55 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Wednesday, October 15, 2008
    SCY, solo

    Warmup
    1 x 300 swim, did 150 free/150 back

    Repeat Four Times
    Do both flutter & dolphin
    {1 x 75 Moderate Kick, Rest :10
    {1 x 25 Kick AFAP
    Rest :30 after 25s

    8 x 50 odds free/ evens back @ 1:00 w/fists DPS

    Main Set
    2 times through
    #1 fly, #2 back, did these with fins (zoomers)
    (was supposed do to a 3rd round as free but ran out of time)

    4 x 25 Sprint - on 1:00
    100 Easy
    4 x 25 Sprint - on :50
    100 Easy
    4 x 25 Sprint - on :40
    100 Easy
    on fly averaged :15-:16, on back averaged :14-:15
    focused on at least 8 SDK's on each one
    My back is faster than my fly lol

    When I started into this set I thought the intervals were too long. But by the time I got to the 3rd set of 4 on :40 I was wishing I had the full minute.

    Cooldown
    200 easy swim, free back and DAB

    2500 yards

    Will do 45 minite spin class later today.

    Updated October 15th, 2008 at 12:47 PM by poolraat

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