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  1. Thursday, May 22

    by , May 21st, 2015 at 05:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    planks, 4 x 1:00
    streamline crunches, 2 x 40
    90/45/15 leg lifts, 15
    standing twists, 25 x 3 x 25
    good mornings, 65 x 3 x 12
    seated row, 70 x 3 x 12 (had to go down in weight here)
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    rear delt flys, 65 x 3-4 x 8
    combo skull crusher and straight leg lift on bench, 30 x 3 x 15
    glute isolator, 50 x 3 x 6 each leg
    hip abductor, 100 x 3 x 8


    Yoga, 30 minutes


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    Got in some drylands. I wanted to go to an actual hot yoga class, but was too busy. So did some yoga on my own. Teen Fort will be here this weekend, and I am very excited to see her!
  2. May 12-14

    by , May 14th, 2015 at 02:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Tuesday:

    Did massive amounts of landscaping and gardening again.


    Wednesday: Drylands

    rehab ex
    core exercises, 15-20 min
    explosive leg extension, 105 x 3 x 15
    overhead tricep press + eccentric fall back, 60 x 3 x 12
    good mornings, 65 x 3 x 12
    deadlift, 65 x 3 x 8
    seated row, 80 x 3 x 8
    rear delt flys, 65 x 4 x 8
    calf raises, 75 x 3 x 8


    Thursday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ small Pitt pool

    Warmup:


    550 various
    100 scull
    10 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    odds = right side
    evens = back
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    3 rounds:
    4 x 25 stroke @ 100 pace @ :30 (fly, back, breast by rounds)
    4 x 50 free, descend @ 1:00
    1 x 50 fast flutter kick @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30

    150 EZ

    3 rounds w/fins:
    10 x 25 SDK to 15m + cruise @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00
    100 EZ at end

    8-10 x 25 no breath free @ :40
    100 EZ

    Total: 3700


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I tossed and turned all night last night. I woke up tired and with a very sore neck. I didn't have much energy in the pool. I did an aerobic set that I had assigned my team last night and then shifted to hypoxic work. I notice that, for me, underwater work is easier in a warm pool. I guess the cold water doesn't agree with my lungs. I can SDK on my side and on my back from the deep end. But belly SDKs don't work in there.

    The small pool at Pitt is pretty much like Sewy: rather ancient, 6 lanes, warm, 3 feet in the shallow end with an abrupt drop to deep at the 15 meter mark. The only advantage is that it does have digital clocks. The latest update on the competition pool is that the engineers are going to assess whether they can patch the ceiling or have to replace it. They brought in a lift to do that, but it didn't reach the center part of the ceiling. So they need to bring in a bigger lift onto the outside balcony, remove some windows to get inside and then build a ramp to the center ceiling. I think it's fairly inevitable that they will find other problems. I know the college coach is already looking for other pools. Good luck -- there aren't any in Pittsburgh. I'm fairly resigned to swimming in crappy pools all summer, given that I'll be gone for 2 1/2 weeks. Once school is out, the Mt. Lebanon long course pool (very shallow) is open for adult swim from 11-12. So I will probably try to go there and sometimes to North Park, though North Park is about a 40 minute drive. I don't see anything on the Mt. Lebanon site that indicates whether the new high school public is open to the public this summer .... I will call. It still pains me that the public has extremely limited access to the pool that they paid for via taxes ...
  3. Wed. May 6

    by , May 7th, 2015 at 09:39 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 100
    straight arm dips, 80 x 3 x 25
    face pulls, 60 x 3 x 25
    overhead squats, 45 x 3 x 8
    glute isolator, 50 x 4 x 6 each leg
    cable rotations, 25 x 1 x 10 -- I stopped bc these were bothering my bicep tendon
    good mornings, 65 x 3 x 12
    planks on foam roller, 3 x :30, 2 x :45
    rear delt fly, 65 x 3 x 8
    kneeling ab crunches, 120 x 3 x 20


    Swim/SCY/Solo

    2000 EZ x .944


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I seem to have a new body part that is sore -- my inner left knee. I suppose it may be due to the meager jogging I was doing ... I guess I'll have to google about exercises for the knee. Aging up in masters = always some new ache or pain. I wish I had bionic joints.
  4. Sat-Sun, May 2-3

    by , May 3rd, 2015 at 08:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Saturday:

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:


    600 various
    100 scull
    5 x 50 smooth free w/paddles
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    16 x 50 @ 1:00
    -- Note: I am just referring to 50s as a 50, not 47.2 yards. I'll whack some yardage off when I flog it. Way too hard to figure out what my sets actually were in a 23.6 yard long pool ...
    odds = 100 pace
    evens = EZ
    100 EZ

    3 x (10 x 25 @ w/fins 100 pace) + 100 EZ
    -- dolphin kick, flutter kick, breast

    4 x 25 @ 100 pace
    -- I was going to do another set, but one of my swimmers showed up, so I stopped to chat.
    50 EZ

    8 x 25 w/chute, paddles & fins @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    5 x 50 free w/paddles @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Total: 3450

    Then, I went home and did a 3 mile walk jog on the treadmill.


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Sunday:

    Drylands:


    rehab ex
    deadlifts, 65 x 4 x 8
    seated row, 70 x 4 x 12
    tricep press, 70 x 4 x 12
    bulgarians in a streamline, 2 x 10 each leg
    eccentric fall backs, 50 x 3 x 12
    straight arm dips, 80 x 3 x 25
    hib adductors, 100 x 43 x 8
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
    planks, 5 x :30


    Vinyasa Flow, 75 minutes

    Thankfully, this session didn't have an interminable amount of lunges. Today's nugget: something about chakras and the belly being the source of self esteem. Huh.


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Today, I managed to get two workouts in sandwiched around Lil Fort's soccer game. It was pretty exciting -- she scored the only goal and game winning goal with about :20 left in the game. I'm not sure weights and yoga are the best combo; swimming and yoga might be better. I feel pretty beat from all the drylands.
  5. Tues-Wed, April 28-29

    by , April 29th, 2015 at 02:59 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Tuesday:

    Went for a 6.5 mile jog/walk. Just didn't feel like spending a huge amount of time in the car driving to a pool.

    Wednesday @ LA Fitness

    Drylands:


    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    straight bar pulldown with squat, 70 x 3 x 15
    skull crusher straight leg raise combo, 30 x 3 x 15
    kneeling ab crunches, 120 x 3 x 25
    glute isolator, 50 x 3 x 6 each leg
    rear delt flys, 65 x 3 x 12
    landmine rainbows, 45 x 2 x 20
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    eccentric fallback w/overhead cable, 40 x 3 x 12
    -- I saw this one on swimming world, supposed to be good for dolphin kick. But it's somewhat difficult.
    -- http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com...-kick-muscles/


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    I only had about 45 minutes before the pool closed, so just did the following. My upper body was pretty sore from the drylands, so I didn't do any sprint swimming.

    800 various
    20 x 50 w/fins @ 1:00
    odds = flutter kick @ 100 pace (26-27)
    evens = EZ
    200 EZ

    Total: 2000


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    With Pitt closed, I haven't been doing as much swimming. I may drive to Sewy tomorrow, or I may just go to yoga.
  6. Fri-Sun, April 24-26

    by , April 26th, 2015 at 07:21 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Friday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Huge relief! Mr. Fort's tests this week were negative for cancer. Now he just has to see a hematologist about his abnormal white blood cell count. Apparently, marathon training can drastically change your blood work.

    I just went to LA Fitness for an aerobic swim later.

    600 various
    100 scull
    10 x 50 free w/paddles @ :50
    50 EZ
    15 x 100 flutter kick w/fins @ 1:30
    -- held 1:05-8, got faster as I went
    -- didn't do dolphin kick bc that was bothering my lower back
    100 EZ
    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = stroke
    evens = kick
    100 EZ

    Total: 3450


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Sunday Drylands:

    -- I wanted to get to the gym on Sat, but was stuck at the house as Lil Fort (who's now taller than me, so the Lil descriptor may be way off) had friends over most of the afternoon and night. I did some landscaping today, which is a workout in and of itself. But I'm being very careful this year, as I suspect all the landscaping I did last year contributed to or caused the RC tear.

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu, 3 x 100
    planks
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    face pulls, 60 x 3 x 215
    rear delt flys, 65 x 4 x 12
    leg press, 180 x 4 x 15
    cable rotations, 25 x 2 x 15 each side
    hip abductors, 110 x 4 x 8
    overhead squats, 45 x 2 x 8
    yoga ball pull ins, 3 x 10
    kneeling ab crunches, 120 x 2 x 25



    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I'm a little sad I missed out on all the fun at nationals, but it was for a good cause. I tried to watch as much of the livestream as I could and caught many of my friends' and teammates' races. Congratulations on all the fast racing!!!

    Unfortunately, as I sit here I appear to be suffering another allergic reaction. I have hives on my arms, legs, back and belly. I had thought that maybe I had a red dye allergy last time. But today I haven't eaten anything at all unusual. My seasonal allergies have really whomped me. Maybe it could be related to that? This is really damn annoying. I am really hoping that I don't have to head off to the ER again for more shots ...

    Updated April 26th, 2015 at 07:31 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  7. Tuesday, April 21

    by , April 22nd, 2015 at 10:37 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drylands


    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    streamline crunches, 2 x 50
    planks, 4 x :30 hold
    glute isolator, 50 x 4 x 5 each leg
    cable rotations, 20 x 3 x 15 each side
    hip adductor, 90 x 43 x 12
    multi hip machine, 60 x 4 x 8 each leg
    rear delt flys, 75 x 4 x 12
    wide grip lat pull downs, 75 x 3 x 8
    leg extensions, 120 x 4 x 8


    Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    800 various
    10 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ @ 2:00-2:30)
    200 EZ


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I felt a glimmer of my normal self yesterday. I finally had a little more energy. Didn't sleep that well last night though. Exercise seems to have nothing to do with how well I sleep, contrary to what I've heard others say.
  8. April 18-20

    by , April 20th, 2015 at 03:13 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Saturday Drylands:

    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    seated row, 70 x 4 x 12
    hamstring curls, 80 x 4 x 12
    rear delt flys, 60 x 4 x 12
    leg extensions, 130 x 4 x 8
    HS hi row, 110 x 3 x 15
    kneeling ab crunches, 120 x 3 x 25
    hip abductors, 110 x 4 x 6
    combo skull crusher + straight leg raise, 30 x 3 x 15
    landmine rainbows, 45 x 3 x 15
    streamline crunches, 2 x 50

    Sunday:

    I attempted to swim. I drove to Pitt and the big pool was completely closed and the rec pool was mobbed. I knew Sewy would only have a couple lanes open at that time and didn't feel like driving even more. So I went home. It's going to be difficult to get to Sewy while Pitt is closed. The parkway exits are closed for construction and it's a really long drive. Trying to swim in Pittsburgh is just one big


    Monday:

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    600 various
    100 scull
    100 drills
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    3 rounds w/fins:
    10 x 25, UW 15 m @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00

    100 EZ

    3 rounds:
    1 x 100 free w/paddles @ 1:30
    4 x 25 semi fast flutter kick @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ

    4 rounds:
    3 x 50 free, back, breast w/paddles
    1 x 50 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 3550


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I took it pretty easy at the gym. As much as I liked the Rocket yoga, it seems to have re-tweeked my lower back. So I laid off any good mornings, deadlifts or leg presses. I also seem to have gotten Lil Fort's cold from last week. I am a wreck this spring. lol. I took it pretty easy in the pool today.

    Mr. Fort had a great marathon. He was hoping to get under 3:40 and ran 3:37, which is good for a hilly course. He was also freezing from the rain; he has no body fat. So he wore his arm warmers and gloves the entire time. That time should be a BQ for next year. He's never gotten a BQ at Boston before.

    Updated April 20th, 2015 at 04:32 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  9. Monday, March 30

    by , March 31st, 2015 at 10:42 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    DB rows, 40 x 4 x 6
    rear delt flys, 75 x 4 x 8
    extreme angle squats on boxes, 35 x 3 x 8
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    face pulls, 70 x 3 x 25
    hib abdutors, 100 x 3 x 8
    kneeling ab crunches, 150 x 1 x 8
    good mornings, 90 x 2 x 5


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I had to cut my dryland routine a bit short. While doing the good mornings, I felt a painful twinge in my left lower back, which frightened me. I've never had any pain there before. I stretched for about 10 minutes then left. My dr prescribed a stronger antibiotic and prednisone for the ear infection. Hopefully, that will help. The prednisone might be good for the back as well. It didn't feel as bad this morning, though I think it might cause me to be done with drylands until after nationals. Maybe just some core work. I'm off the pool.
  10. Thursday, March 26

    by , March 26th, 2015 at 02:57 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    seated low row, 90 x 4 x 6
    leg press, 215 x 4 x 8
    rear delt fly, 75 x 4 x 6
    good mornings, 90 x 4 x 6
    tricep press, 80 x 4 x 8
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    kneeling ab crunch, 150 x 4 x 8
    landmined windmills, 45 x 4 x 15
    hip abductors, 110 x 4 x 6


    Swim/SCY/Solo

    1300 EZ


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    I took yesterday completely off, felt just horrible. Still can't hear much out of right ear, and left ear is sore too. I wish nationals was in May (I recall it was in 2013). It would give everyone who is sick from late winter/early spring illnesses time to recover and it would not be as close to the all the zones meets.

    I was trying to watch NCAA prelims on my iPhone while I was at the gym. But the feed was not ideal; the video was running way behind the commentary. The 200 IM seemed insanely fast to me.

    Nationals psych sheets are out: http://www.usms.org/comp/scnats15/heats/

    I really should have entered 100 back ... I was just deterred by the meet being outside.

    Updated March 26th, 2015 at 05:46 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  11. Meet + Weights

    by , March 23rd, 2015 at 10:49 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Albatross Meet:

    50 back, 31.0

    This was a half second better than last year. I felt great the whole way with good execution until the finish, which I completely misjudged. I can't remember exactly how. Meters finishes are tricky for me, as I'm usually between strokes. Anyway, I had the longest glide imaginable and should definitely have taken another stroke. Jim said it was a "terrible finish." So I might have been a half second faster with another stroke, which would have been a fantastic time. Still, 31.0 isn't too bad.

    50 breast, personal worst

    I shouldn't have swum this event. I only had 15-20 minutes rest after backstroke. My heart rate wasn't down and I had no zip. Lesson learned. I also can't seem to do breaststroke anymore. Not sure what's wrong. I had two PRs last year in breast, but it's been awful lately. I'm going to scratch the 100 breast at zones and swim something else.

    very long break until about 7:30 pm ...

    50 fly, 29.8

    Decent time, but again I had execution problems. Had a terrible second breakout and should have ascended my kicks sooner. I often have poor breakouts on the second length in very deep pools; I guess it's harder to judge where you are. I really need to work on this in practice with a tech suit on. Still, this is the fifth time I've been sub :30. I'm the only 50 year old to break that barrier; next year my friend Susan Williams will be the second.


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Overall, not a great meet. But it was fun to see my PV friends. I really hated driving down late Friday night. I got in very late after coaching and it took a couple hours to fall asleep (2:00 am). I really don't want to repeat this pattern for zones. So if I have to cancel my masters practice because there are no subs, I will do that.

    My 50 fly and 50 back were FINA #1 last year by a good margin, and these times will likely be the same. I am very excited to age up next year for this meet. I will be aiming at the 50 back, 100 back and 50 fly world records, which are currently 32.6, 1:12.2 and 31.1 respectively.

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    Sunday Weights

    I paid an exorbitant fee to drop in at a gym before driving home and did the following:

    TRX, various exercises for 15-20 min
    DB rows, 35 x 4 x 6
    leg extensions, 125 x 4 x 6
    good mornings 85 x 4 x 5
    kneeling ab crunches, 140 x 3 x 8
    seated low rows, 75 x 4 x 8
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 3 x 10
    flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    tricep press, 50 x 3 x 8
    rehab ex

    Updated March 24th, 2015 at 02:46 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  12. Wed-Thur, March 11-12

    by , March 12th, 2015 at 03:31 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Wednesday Drylands:

    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    deadlift, 75 x 4 x 7
    face pulls, 50 x 3 x 25
    HS hi row, 130 x 3 x 8
    explosive leg press, 105 x 3 x 15
    back extensions, 190 x 3 x 6
    landmine windmills, 45 x 3 x 15
    kneeling ab crunches, 150 x 4 x 8
    batwing hold w/15 lb DBs, 3 x :30
    standing broad jumps, 10

    After lifting, I had a 90 minute massage. Good grief, my quads and IT bands were sore.


    Thursday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    100 chest press fly
    4 x (100 + 50) w/fins @ 3:00
    -- UW 15 m each length with open turns
    50 EZ

    Main set:

    2 x (4 x 25 fly w/fins + 100 EZ)

    5 x starts, working on kick count to 15 @ AFAP and 100 pace
    100 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    100 EZ

    4 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 200 EZ)
    back (23), breast (26), fly (23), double shooter (20 high)

    5 x 50 DPS free w/paddles
    50 EZ

    Total: 3700


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    I felt sluggish today, but it didn't effect my times, which were solid. Kinda tired after that effort. I've been doing a lot of HIT work and no recovery swims. I think tomorrow I'm due for one. Pitt is closed, so I will likely head to Sewy to swim with Jim and Bill. Debating whether I also should go to yoga tomorrow or start resting for the Albatross meet next weekend. Alternatively, I would start resting hard on Monday for 5 days. I have the same 5 days drop taper in mind for Zones. If I don't rest some for Zones, my 100 back will suck. I'm really second guessing whether I should have entered that event for nationals. But a 100 fly and 100 back double (plus a mixed relay) on the first day is a bit rough for me.

    Speedo is coming out with a new LZR on 4/1. I must say it looks like the suit for me. I didn't like my Arena Flex that much and it was too big on top. The Speedo suits fit me better, and it looks like they are aiming for the compression that the Arena carbon pros have had. http://explore.speedousa.com/innovat...r-racer-x.html

    I also saw that Matt and Annie Grevers have entered nationals!

    Updated March 12th, 2015 at 04:30 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  13. Sunday, March 8

    by , March 8th, 2015 at 07:37 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands, 60 min

    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    flutter kicks on bosu, supine, 2 x 100
    russian twist on incline bench w/plate, 25 x 3 x 25
    push press, 50 x 4 x 8
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 6
    rear delt flys, 65 x 4 x 8
    seated row negatives, 90 x 1 x 6 (couldn't get back on machine to do other reps)
    explosive leg press, 105 x 3 x 25
    combo skull crusher + straight leg raise, 40 x 3 x 12
    extreme angle squats on high boxes, 50 x 4 x 6

    Vinyasa Yoga, 75 min

    I know yoga teachers think Shavasana is important at the end of the session, but I just hate it. I want to bolt out and get on with my day.


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    This is the first day since getting back from Paris that I've felt almost normal. Not all the way out of the woods, but getting closer.

    Interesting article on 50+ athletes in Outside magazine. It seems to be especially important to eat more protein, do HIT and sleep more.
    http://www.outsideonline.com/fitness/bodywork/the-fit-list/How-to-Tweak-Your-Training-After-50.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_ campaign=facebookpost

    Updated March 8th, 2015 at 07:44 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts , Yoga
  14. Thursday, March 5

    by , March 5th, 2015 at 04:35 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drylands @ LA Fitness


    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    explosive leg press, 175 x 3 x 15
    kneeling underhand pull down, 110 x 4 x 12
    bulgarians in a streamline, 3 x 10 each leg
    DB rows, 35 x 4 x 5
    kneeling ab crunches, 140 x 3 x 12
    rear delt flys, 60 x 4 x 8
    hip abductors, 110 x 4 x 5

    Quick Swim @ LA Fitness

    500 various
    8 x 25 drill
    4 x (25 breast @ 100 pace + 25 EZ)
    3 x (25 AFAP breast w/fins + 25 EZ)
    3 x (25 AFAP free w/fins + 75 EZ)
    5 x 50 cruise free
    50 EZ

    Total: 1650


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    A definite uptick in health today! I didn't do too much in the pool bc I want to get a good workout in tomorrow.

    I registered for nationals today with recent times:

    Event #8 - W50-54 100 Butterfly Seed Time: 1:02.90
    Event #12 - W50-54 50 Breaststroke Seed Time: 34.00
    Event #28 - W50-54 50 Freestyle Seed Time: 25.10
    Event #38 - W50-54 50 Butterfly Seed Time: 26.30
    Event #42 - W50-54 50 Backstroke Seed Time: 27.78
    And hopefully a couple mixed relays

    I realized after entering 50 free that I need to focus more on sprint free. Also going to stick to my plan of focusing on 50 work and faking a couple 100s. Now I need to enter Zones. I will probably only do a few events there, but want to go to see PV friends and bc a few of my Team Pitt swimmers will be there.
  15. Sun-Mon, March 1-2

    by , March 2nd, 2015 at 02:53 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Sunday Drylands:

    rehab ex
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    seated row negatives, 80 x 3 x 8
    rear delt flys, 60 x 3-4 x 8
    skull crusher + straight leg raise combo, 40 x 3 x 12
    cable twist w/yoga ball, 30 x 3 x 8 each side
    saxon side bends w/plate, 3 x 15
    kneeling ab crunches, 140 x 3 x 12
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    hip abductors, 110 x 4 x 5
    ?? something else, can't remember

    Too tired to go to yoga.


    Monday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    100 chest press fly

    Main sets:

    30 x 25 w/fins @ :30
    -- SDK to 15m+ on belly
    100 EZ

    30 x 25 w/fins @ :30
    -- SDK to 15m+ on back
    100 EZ

    8 x 50 free w/paddles @ 200 pace @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    8 x 50 back w/paddles & fins @ 1:00
    150 EZ

    Total: 3450


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I am not feeling so hot. Last week, I was very tired and headachy, and I attributed it to sleep deprivation and jet lag. But I seemed to get worse over the weekend, even with Saturday off. I am just really dragging, and didn't do anything fast today. It occurred to me today that it might be a sinus infection as I've been congested for some weeks. If this relentless headache isn't gone tomorrow am, I am taking myself to the doctor. I would go tonight, but I have to drag myself back to the pool to coach. The timing for this is very poor as this is a key training time for my upcoming meets.
  16. Wed-Thur, Feb. 25-26

    by , February 26th, 2015 at 04:23 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Wednesday Drylands + recovery swim

    rehab ex
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 5
    DB rows, 30 x 4 x 8 each side
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    zercher squats, 65 x 4 x 6
    bent over rope pulls, 90 x 4 x 8
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    combo skull crushers + straight leg raise, 35 x 4 x 15
    crunches w/ 25 lb plate, 3 x 15

    1400 EZ swim


    Thursday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 50 free w/paddles @ 200 pace @ 1:00
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    6 x (25 @ 100 pace + 25 EZ)
    -- breast, working on pull

    6 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    100 EZ

    4 x 25 back @ 100 pace (15s)
    -- meant to do more but got interrupted by the flags being taken down, can't do backstroke without those
    50 EZ

    3 x (10 x 25 @ 100 pace + 100 EZ)
    fly w/fins @ :45
    breast @ :40
    dolphin kick w/fins @ :40

    Total: 3200


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    Ouch, I was tired and sore today from yesterday's weights. That what comes of a 10 day layoff. My pool is now closed for a conference championships the next 3 days. So I'll be journeying out to Sewy to swim.

    Entries for Zones open on Saturday. Not sure what I'm going to swim. Nothing early on Sat that's for sure as I will have to drive down late Friday night after coaching. The coaching gig is getting more complicated. Under a new PA law, all substitute coaches must also have all the FBI and state clearances to be on deck. As I don't know anyone with those clearances, I have no idea how I'm ever going to get any time off. And I have a major vacation scheduled for this summer ... I can never go on vacation when the pool is shut down the last two weeks of August bc Lil Fort will have mandatory cross country practice. Frustrating situation.

    http://www.patriotmasters.org/2015.Colonies.Estimated.Timeline.pdf

    Updated February 26th, 2015 at 04:34 PM by The Fortress

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  17. Friday, Feb. 13

    by , February 14th, 2015 at 09:16 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    straight arm dips 74 x 3 x 25
    rear delt fly, 75 x 4 x 8
    good mornings, 90 x 4 x 5
    explosive leg press, 175 x 3 x 15
    extreme angle squats on high box w/45 lb plate, 45 x 4 x 8
    DB rows, 30 x 3 x 8 each side
    kneeling ab crunches, 150 x 3 x 12


    Short Swim:

    700 various
    5 x (25 fast + 25 EZ) @ 1:30
    200 EZ

    Total: 1150


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    Heading to the airport soon. Flights are still on time despite the snow here. It's supposed to be 48-55 degrees when I'm in Paris. That will feel like spring to me! I can tell I'm getting a cold, woke up very congested. Just hope it doesn't worsen.

    Updated February 14th, 2015 at 09:46 AM by The Fortress

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  18. Tues-Wed, Feb 10-11

    by , February 11th, 2015 at 03:43 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Tuesday Drylands:

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 100
    land mines, 45 x 3 x 15
    single leg deadlift w/20 Lb DBs, 3 x 10 each leg
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 85 x 4-5 x 6
    wide grip lat pulldowns, 75 x 3 x 8
    kneeling ab crunches, 140 x 3 x 15
    seated row, 80 x 3 x 8


    Wednesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    100 torque drill w/paddles
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x 25 SDK @ 100 pace @ :45
    50 EZ

    5 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    -- some from a push, some from the blocks

    100 EZ

    4 x (10 x 25 @ 100 pace + 150 EZ)
    R1 = back, 15 flat-low with 11 SDKs
    R2 = back, 15 flat -low, with 10-11 SDKs
    R3 & 4 = breast w/fins, no pullouts, 12 high-13s

    Total: 3250


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    Some random thoughts for the day:

    1. I didn't like the Arena Flex as much as the Carbon Pro. Less compression and it definitely runs slightly bigger than the Pro. I was a little disappointed with the fit.

    2. I've decided to overhaul my breaststroke pull again. Today, I tried an EVF and hard elbow squeeze. That seems to be faster than my other style pull (was trying the Salo palms down recovery). I also think I'm kicking a tad too early, and should kick when I'm at the end of my recovery, not during. Breaststroke is such a frustrating stroke.

    3. I've decided I'm going to forget ever doing a real USRPT set. I'm too old, too much a drop dead sprinter, use too many SDKs and am mentally weak. So I won't be converting any fast twitch fibers from anaerobic to aerobic. Though I still think there is value in doing sets like I did today, as you get in a good amount of race pace work.

    4. This SCY season is going to be interrupted somewhat by my Paris trip (life first). But I think going forward that I need to focus more on strength training as I get ready to age up (at least in meters) next year. The move + RC tear took a real toll. And I think this particularly effects my 100s.
  19. Wed., Jan 21

    by , January 21st, 2015 at 08:23 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    single leg deadlift w/20 lb DBs, 3 x 10 each leg
    zercher squats, 55-85 x 5 x 8
    landmine rainbows, 55 x 4 x 15
    rear delt fly, 45 x 3 x 20
    barbell roll outs, 3 x 15
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    skull crushers w/BB, 50 x 4 x 8
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 6
    saxon side bends, 3 x 15
    streamline crunches, 2 x 50

    stretching/yoga, 15-20 min


    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Just cruised around for maybe 1800 before coaching.


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    Whew, I'm much more tired from drylands than usual. My upper back and shoulders are sore/fatigued. I did a couple different exercises today -- the zercher squats and landmine rainbows. I kinda like the zercher squats bc they seem to recruit the upper back and spine more, so more core work.

    I entered the Auburn meet. It will be my first meet in 10 months, so hopefully will shake off some racing rust. Having been spoiled in PV, I"m still not used to traveling for every USMS meet. But channeling Patrick and Stewart and Mark, I'm going to view it as business travel.

    Updated January 21st, 2015 at 08:32 PM by The Fortress

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  20. Sat-Sun, Jan 17-18

    by , January 18th, 2015 at 04:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Saturday: Drylands

    rehab ex
    seated row negatives, 80 x 3 x 8
    extreme angle squats on stacked steps, 50 x 4 x 8
    kneeling ab crunches, 140 x 4 x 12
    explosive leg press 105-110 x 3 x 15
    rear delt fly, 45 x 3 x 15
    hip abducor, 120 x 4 x 5
    overhead crunches w/24 lb plate, 3 x 15


    Stretching/yoga, 15-20 minutes


    Sunday:

    Swim/SCY @ Sewy w/Jim, Bill & John

    600 various
    4 x 25 power kick
    8 x 50 w/fins @ :50 (mixed it up)
    8 x 25 SDK to 15 m + cruise
    50 EZ

    Then the group was doing some fairly short rest stuff that I didn't want to do. I did some 25 and 50 flys w/fins @ 100 pace and a few AFAP 25 breasts with easy swimming in-between.

    Finished with
    12 x 25, 3 x IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    100 EZ

    Total: calling it around 2500


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    I was planning on going to yoga today, but am feeling too tired. I aim to get in some foam rolling and stretching this afternoon. I may skip weights on Wed this week. It's been a long time since I had a week off weights. Then I reboot and get in 3 solid weeks of training before leaving for Paris.

    I see that Jim quoted Water Rat and me in his latest article for Swimmer. Somehow, he reduced my rotator cuff tear to an impingement. But at least I am more "well adjusted" than Mark. :-)

    Updated January 18th, 2015 at 04:20 PM by The Fortress

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