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  1. Cleveland Meet, Aug 27

    by , August 29th, 2016 at 09:30 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I drove down to Cleveland on Friday for the End of the Season Summer Spectacular LCM meet. It was a beautiful sunny day and it was nice to have a couple friends from Pitt there too. I went just to swim the 50 free and 50 breast to complete my sprint quartet. Though I have been doing low yardage with the pool open for only an hour, I have done dedicated long course training with a lot of AFAP 25s and 50s for the last 6 out of 7 weeks. I felt better than I did at the Terrapin meet in early July -- like I wasn't completely crashing the last 10 meters. For me, long course training makes a difference.


    50 free, 28.80

    I felt like I had a great start and the race went as well as could be hoped. Took 3 breaths and 13 SDKs on the start with a clean breakout. I was really just hoping to go under the current #1 time of 29.6. So I was thrilled to clear 29. And that swim was only .11 off the WR. Maybe if I had had a fin ...


    50 breast, 38.75

    I did not have such a great start in this race. My back foot slipped slightly on the block and I entered the water much more shallow than usual. Definitely missing the fin on this one. But otherwise, I think this is a very good time for me. I'm really not a long course breaststroker; haven't swum this in 4 years. So I will take it!


    100 back, NS

    There weren't too many heats between the 50 breast and 100 back. But the real deterrent for me was the shallow end. I knew the pool had a shallow end, but I hadn't realized it was 3 feet. I can't do a backstroke turn in 3 feet of water and didn't feel like lane ping pong in the sun. So, invoking masters prerogative, I scratched.


    Overall, it was a very fun low key meet with nice hosts. And I was tickled to achieve my objective of grabbing the #1 times in all four LCM 50s, a first for me. I headed to the Lebo pool on Sunday and did this easy workout:


    500 various
    4 x 25 scull + 25 free
    4 x 50 single arm fly
    16 x 100
    odds = alt free and back w/paddles
    evens = kick
    150 EZ

    Total: 2650 m


    I was told the pool will be open this week from 11-1 for lap swim, despite schools starting. So hoping to get some swims in.

    Updated August 30th, 2016 at 09:33 AM by The Fortress

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    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  2. Week 203 - Saturday

    by , August 28th, 2016 at 09:31 AM (After a long rest)
    Pain at night in my elbow has been a constant the past few months. I go to sleep with my arm in one position and then when I move the arm it wakes me up. It's a sharp pain initially and a dull ache until the arm warms up. Once the arm is moving the pain dramatically subsides so throughout the day it generally feels pretty good. Squeezing my hand really hurts and trying to apply pressure on the catch is also painful.

    Friday night i woke up at around 1am and struggled to go back to sleep until around 3am. Practice was early today due to the special Olympics being hosted at our pool and starting at 8am. We normally swim from 7-8am on Saturday(although I will often get an extra 15minutes by getting in early). Today was a 5:45qm start. Tom asked if people wanted to do some timed swims with pads since the pool was setup for the meet. I never need asking about racing but sometimes others are reluctant.

    Warm up
    400 left arm swim with snorkel
    6x50 left arm finger tip high elbow drag drill with snorkel on 1min
    8x50 kick on :45 getting heart rate up

    2x200 back kick with fins on 10mins with 200 warm down after each 200[1:54.4, 1:53.2]

    3x100 back kick with fins on 5mins with 200 warm down after each 100[:52.8,:53.8,:53.4]

    2x50 left arm only free on 3:30 with 100 warm down after each 50[:30.1 :26.4]

    on the swims with fins I was not allowed to flip turn on the pads so I swam 150 on the 200s and 50 on the 100s in the half lane next to the bulkhead and then went under the lane line on the last turn and finished in the lane with pads. I have done 200s kick with fins before and prior to today my best was a 1:55 so I was pleased with these. The :52.8 was really good but hurt really bad as shown on my next 100 which was a second slower. I dug deep on the last one and was happy to be faster and probably would have been a little quicker but glided in on the finish.

    The 50s were fun! On the first one I was very timid with the start and went easy down the first 25. At the turn I noticed I was a body length or more behind the pack and decided to pick it up and see if I could I catch everyone. It was pretty tight but I finally went ahead inside the flags. On the next 50 I was more aggressive on the start, first 25 and the turn and was very surprised with the time.

    This is was a lot of fun!
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  3. Week 203 - Friday

    by , August 26th, 2016 at 09:22 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a great night of sleep only waking up when the alarm went off. Unfortunately I was tired again and it took me a while to get going.

    The pool was setup scy.

    Warm up
    400 left arm pull with snorkel
    6x50 left arm high elbow finger tip drag drill on :55

    main sets
    500 kick alternating 50 flutter, 50 breast kick
    12x50 kick on 1min descend 1-4,5-8,9-12
    16x25 with fins underwater on :30
    8x75 kick on 1:10
    2x(
    25 flutter kick on :30
    50 fly kick on 1min
    75 breast kick on 1:20
    100 flutter kick on 1:40)
    100 kick afap

    warm down
    100 easy

    Oh this was a lot of kicking. The 500 kick actually went pretty quick. The 50s kick I held :41/:42s. The 25s underwater were really tough despite the fins. I was gasping for air. The 75s kick I held 1:01/1:02s. On the 25,50,75,100 I kicked as active recovery. On the 100 afap I went 1:16.
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  4. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 08/29/2016

    by , August 26th, 2016 at 11:43 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:00 3:00
    2 X 100 1:40 1:30
    4 X 75 1:15 1:05
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 400 kick + 100 swim

    1 X 300 IM 5:15
    1 X 150 2:45
    4 X 25 :40 #4 on 1:40
    Three rounds.
    150's: fl-ba-br by 50
    25's: round 1 fly, 2 back, 3 breast

    10 x 100
    3 on 1:30
    3 on 1:20
    3 on 1:15
    #10 is warm down
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  5. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 08/26/2016

    by , August 25th, 2016 at 11:57 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 1:40
    1 X 200 3:00
    4 X 100 1:30
    1 X 300 negative split

    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    6 X 50 kick 1:10

    1 X 50 moderate 1:00
    1 X 100 fast 2:00
    1 X 50 easy 1:00
    1 X 50 fast 1:30
    Four rounds--choice

    2 X 300 4:30
    2 X 200 3:00
    4 X 100 1:30
    Swim or pull.
    Descend 100's 1-4

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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  6. Week 203 - Thursday

    by , August 25th, 2016 at 11:23 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a good nights sleep last night but was very tired this morning. I struggled getting up but did haul my butt out of bed this morning.

    5x(5 X abs for :45 seconds, with :15 second transition) 1 minute between rounds. I used the 8lb medicine ball again and then did 1min straight on the last round
    2x(3 X shoulder band exercises)
    elbow exercises with bands

    The pool was setup scy

    400 left arm free with snorkel
    6x50 left arm finger tip high elbow drill on :50
    12x50 streamline back kick on 1min
    200 easy

    I cut the swim workout short based on feeling pretty whooped this morning.
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  7. Week 203 - Wednesday

    by , August 24th, 2016 at 09:27 PM (After a long rest)
    I again slept great last night.

    The he pool was setup scy

    warm up
    400 left arm pull with snorkel
    6x50 left arm finger tip drag high elbow drill on :50

    main sets
    4x200 descend 1-4 streamline back kick with fins on 2:30
    8x(100 kick with board on 2mins, 50 kick with board on 1min, 50 kick afap on :40)
    8x(50 streamline back kick with fins afap on 1min, 50 streamline back kick building to afap on 1min)

    warm down
    200 easy

    i was 2:10,2:07,2:05,2:03 on the 200s back kick with fins. On the 100s kick I was holding 1:25/1:26s, on the 50s I held 41s on the easy one and then :35/:36 on the afap one. On the afap 50s with fins I was holding :24s.
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  8. Week 203 - Tuesday

    by , August 24th, 2016 at 09:18 PM (After a long rest)
    It's been a busy week but luckily no travel. My kids started back at school yesterday and I was back coaching the senior group. It was terrific seeing the kids again and despite it only being a few weeks it felt much longer. Both my kids like there teachers and seemed to be ok being back at school. My daughter has moved up to the racer group(13-14) and has a new coach who we both know and she likes. She is 13 next month but it's so hard to think she is will be a teenager.

    I had had a good night of sleep on Monday and was back in the gym at 4:30am. Oh it was early!!!!

    4x(5 X abs for :45 seconds, with :15 second transition) 1 minute between rounds. I used the 8lb medicine ball again and then did 1min straight on the last round
    2x(3 X shoulder band exercises)
    elbow exercises with bands

    The pool was setup scy

    400 left arm free with snorkel
    6x50 left arm finger tip high elbow drill on :50
    20x50 kick best average on 1min
    12x25 underwater with fins on :35
    200 easy

    i was able to hold :40/:41 throughout the 20x50s kick.
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  9. Mon-Wed Aug 22-24

    by , August 24th, 2016 at 08:32 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Monday: Swim/SCY/Solo

    1700 EZ


    Tuesday: Swim/LCM/Solo:

    500 various
    4 x (25 scull + 25 free)
    4 x 50 burst + cruise
    50 EZ
    5 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    50 EZ
    12 x 50 various
    100 EZ

    Total: 2200 m



    Wednesday: Swim/SCY/Solo:


    1300 EZ




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    Since there are only a few days until my LCM meet, I've decided to take it a bit easy and do a couple SCY workouts. There are a whole 46 swimmers entered in the meet thus far. Fingers crossed for good weather. Going to go hit the foam roller tonight for the first time in ages.

    Updated August 26th, 2016 at 10:04 AM by The Fortress

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  10. Week 203 - Monday

    by , August 22nd, 2016 at 02:27 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a restless night last night and kept getting up throughout the night. Surprisingly I swam ok today.

    Pool was setup scy
    400 left arm free with snorkel
    6x50 left arm finger tip high elbow drill on 1min
    6x300 streamline kick with fins on 4mins
    8x50 kick on :50 descend 1-4,5-8
    4x100 kick on 1:30 descend 1-4
    12x25 underwater on :40
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  11. Week 202 - Saturday

    by , August 22nd, 2016 at 02:24 PM (After a long rest)
    I finally took some ibuprofen before bed and had a much better night of sleep.

    Pool was setup scy
    400 left arm free with snorkel
    6x50 left arm finger tip drag on 1min
    16x100 kick with fins on 2mins best average
    12x50 kick on :45

    i held :56/:57s on the 16x100s and finished with a :53
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  12. Sat-Sun Aug 20-21

    by , August 22nd, 2016 at 10:51 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Saturday: Swim/LCM/Solo


    500 various
    4 x (25 scull + 25 free)
    4 x 50 burst + cruise
    50 EZ
    6 x (25 AFAP free + 75 EZ)
    3 x (50 AFAP + 150 EZ)
    6 x 50 various
    100 EZ

    Total: 2550



    Sunday: Swim/LCM/Solo:

    500 various
    4 x (25 scull + 25 free)
    4 x 50 burst + cruise
    50 EZ
    16 x 50
    odds = fast @ 100 pace, 2 x IM order
    50 EZ
    8 x 50 various @ 1:10
    100 EZ

    Total: 2300



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    Finished a full three weeks of LCM only training. I fear I'll be a little rusty when short course season starts without any work on starts, turns, SDKs, etc. But swimming options are very few here in the summer, particularly in August with all the pool closures. Today, I'm going to do an easy workout at LA Fitness.

    I entered one of the last LCM meets of the year a couple hours from my house on Saturday: 50 breast, 50 free, 100 back. It will be a small very fast meet, so I may not get enough rest for the 100 back. I haven't been training too much the last couple months, which has been a nice break, but I should have enough in the tank for a couple 50s. Hope the weather cooperates.
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  13. Week 202 - Friday

    by , August 19th, 2016 at 09:17 PM (After a long rest)
    To say yesterday was a long day was an understatement. I was on the 6am flight to Washington DC and then my flight back from DC was delayed 2 hours arriving back at the airport at 11:30pm which resulted in a 12:30am bed time. The alarm went off way too early this morning.

    Today the the pool was setup as scy

    400 left arm swim with snorkel
    6x50 left arm finger tip drag on 1min
    16x25 kick afap on :40
    8x75 kick on 1:10
    4x(100 on 1:45 as odd lengths left arm fly, even lengths left arm back drill, 100 kick on 1:45, 100 alternating streamline back and butterfly kick on back on 1:45)
    200 easy
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  14. Tues-Thurs, Aug 16-18

    by , August 18th, 2016 at 01:29 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Tuesday: Swim/LCM/Solo @ Lebo


    500 various
    4 x (25 scull + 25 free)
    10 x 50 burst dolphin kick + cruise
    100 EZ
    4 rounds:
    1 x 25 AFAP + 25 EZ @ 1:30
    1 x 25 AFAP + 25 EZ @ 1:30
    1 x 50 EZ
    8 x 50, alt 2 swim w/paddles, 2 dolphin kick on back
    100 EZ

    Total: 2400 m



    Wednesday: Drylands:

    Did drylands in our workout room while watching the Olympics, including:

    power wheel roll outs
    extreme angle iso squat
    supine flutter kicks in streamline on bosu
    TRX rows
    reverse flys
    kettleball swings
    hammers
    single leg deadlifts
    single leg stands on flat side of bosu
    ??



    Thursday: Swim/LCM/Solo @ Lebo

    500 various
    4 x (25 scull + 25 free) @ 1:10
    4 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:10
    50 EZ
    4 x (50 AFAP + 150 EZ)
    16 x 50, alt 2 swim w/paddles & 2 dolphin kick on back
    100 EZ

    Total: 2650 m


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    More long course. I haven't been in a short course pool since I was on vacation the end of July. Feels a bit weird.

    I've been following the Lochte-Feigen-Bentz-Conger story on swimswam. The comments are pretty interesting. The Brazilian video seemed inconclusive to me, and doesn't really support the Lochte lying narrative exactly. But if what the AP is reporting is true, and it's only hearsay, this is a disaster.

    https://swimswam.com/globo-com-repor...n-altercation/

    http://summergames.ap.org/article/2-...e-pulled-plane

    https://swimswam.com/report-conger-b...ry-fabricated/

    Updated August 18th, 2016 at 03:19 PM by The Fortress

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  15. Week 202 - Wednesday

    by , August 17th, 2016 at 09:23 PM (After a long rest)
    I was in Birmingham, Alabama yesterday but got home around 7pm. I went to bed pretty early and had a good night of sleep. I have been using fins a fair amount the past couple of weeks and my feet are pretty cut up, so this morning brought a short pair of socks to try to protect the blisters on my feet. It feels a little bit like a no win right now.

    The pool was setup scy for the first time in a while today.

    400 left arm swim with snorkel
    6x50 left arm finger tip drag drill on 1min
    16x50 streamline back kick with fins on 1min
    400 kick on 6mins
    300 kick on 4:30
    200 kick on 3mins
    100 kick on 1:30
    16x25 underwater with fins on :40

    I held :25/:26 on the 50s kick with fins. This hurt! The 400,300,200,100 kick was done without fins and was pretty much touch and go.
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  16. Week 202 - Monday

    by , August 15th, 2016 at 09:09 PM (After a long rest)
    I once again woke up throughout the night in pain. I think my elbow stiffens up when I don't move it and then when I do move the pain wakes me up. I woke up to rain this morning which is a rare August occurrence in Texas.

    The he pool was setup LCM again today.

    400 left arm free with snorkel
    6x50 left arm finger tip drag drill on 1min
    8x200 streamline back kick with fins on 3mins
    12x100 streamline back kick with fins trying to go 15m underwater off start and turn on 1:30
    6x50 streamline kick with snorkel on 1min
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  17. Aug 14 & prior

    by , August 15th, 2016 at 12:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Various solo long course workouts:


    500 various
    4 x (25 scull + 25 free w/paddles)
    4 x 50 burst + cruise
    6 rounds:
    4 x 50 @ 200 pace
    1 x 50 EZ
    odd rounds = kick, even rounds = swim
    100 EZ after

    Total: 2500 m


    500 various
    4 x (25 scull + 25 free)
    4 x 50 burst + cruise
    4 rounds:
    broken 100 backstroke, pretty fast
    100 EZ
    10 x 50 various
    100 EZ

    Total: 2300 m


    500 various
    4 x (25 scull + 25 free)
    4 x 50 burst + cruise
    50 EZ
    3 x (50 AFAP + 150 EZ)
    3 x (50 @ 100 pace + 50 EZ)
    6 x 50 DPS back w/paddles
    100 EZ

    Total: 2250



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    I haven't blogged for a few days. I was just too caught up in the Olympic viewing and coverage. It takes awhile to read all the SwimSwam comments! I did a few drylands at some point that I don't recall. And I've done 3 long course workouts at Lebo during the hour of adult swim. Suffering severely from Olympic swimming withdrawal.
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  18. Week 201 - Friday and Saturday

    by , August 14th, 2016 at 10:00 AM (After a long rest)
    I got back from Detroit around 10pm on Thursday and had a good night of sleep. On Friday morning it took a little longer than normal to get up and get going.

    The pool was setup LCM

    Friday
    400 left arm swim with snorkel
    8x150 streamline back kick with fins on 2:15
    8x100 kick with fins as 50 fly kick, 50 flutter kick, on 1:30
    12x50 streamline kick on 1min
    6x50 kick afap on :45
    200 easy

    Saturday
    400 left arm swim with snorkel
    6x50 left arm finger tip drag drill on 1min
    16x100 kick with fins best average on 2mins
    12x50 streamline kick on 1min
    200 easy

    friday was tough but primarily because I was tired, whereas Saturday was hard because I got after the 16x100s kick with fins. I was able to hold 1:04/1:05 average. I feel like I am not getting as good an overall physical workout by just kicking but I am keeping my heart rate up even on the longer kicking. I am also trying to mix fins and plain kicking.
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  19. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 08/15/2016

    by , August 12th, 2016 at 01:38 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    5 X 100 2:00
    8 X 50 1:00
    50's: 1-4 long and smooth/5-8 descend to fast

    1 X 100 kick 2:30
    1 X 100 swim 2:00
    4 X 50 kick--first 25 fast-- 1:20

    4 x 50 1:15 #4 on 2:00
    3 X 100 2:15 #3 on 3:00
    Two rounds choice.
    50's: 3 moderate/1 strong
    100's: 2 moderate/1 strong

    NATIONALS SWIMMERS WARM DOWN

    1 X 300 5:00
    2 X 200 3:20
    Two rounds, pull
    Negative split 200's

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 EASY
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  20. Week 201 - Thursday

    by , August 11th, 2016 at 05:44 PM (After a long rest)
    Yesterday I flew back to Dallas and then flew to Detroit. I ended up having a tight schedule this morning and did a dryland workout at the hotel.

    15 mins on stationary bike
    5x(5 X abs for :45 seconds, with :15 second transition) 1 minute between rounds.

    I had a terrible night of sleep and ended up taking Tylenol at about 1am. I ended up phoning my doctor this morning about my elbow. I just got voice mail.
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