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Strength Training and Dryland Workouts

  1. Sat/Mon, June 13, 15

    by , June 16th, 2015 at 11:35 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Saturday @ Dartmouth Gym

    50 minutes of drylands
    20 minutes on ellipse


    Monday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 burst + cruise
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    3 rounds:
    X
    1 x 100 fast kick @ 2:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30

    R1 X = 4 x 50 free w/paddles, descend 1-4 @ 1:00
    R2 X = 4 x 100 free w/paddles, descend 1-4 @ 1:45
    R3 X = 4 x 150 free w/paddles, descend 1-4 @ 2:30

    extra 100 EZ

    20 x 25 breast w/fins @ 100 pace @ :40
    200 EZ

    Total: 3200


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    I had a very busy but fun weekend up at Dartmouth. Not much time to work out with all the ceremonies, grad parties, receptions, get togethers with friends, etc. The weather was perfect, though a bit hot. Fort Son graduated with honors and was commissioned as a marine lieutenant. (Oddly, in an apple-tree moment, he had almost the exact GPA that I did at Dartmouth.) At first, I thought this was an odd career path bc of his obvious lawyer skill set. But it seems to suit him. His plan is to eventually get his PhD in military history. The commissioning ceremony was interesting and Nate Fick (a Dartmouth grad of of Generation Kill fame) was the speaker.

    Travel was tough on both ends. It seems like the airline industry has just gone to hell. Coming home on Sunday night, there was a new excuse for delay: we couldn't get our bags because of "weather." So I was pretty bushed on Monday and did mostly an aerobic workout. I think I'm going to go to yoga today.
  2. Stronger swim

    It's been 5 months now since I've been training with Chris Ritter and oh what a challenge it's been. My swimming has improved with the strength traing and the power sets I've routinely performed. As I reach long and far in the beginning of the catch I feel the muscle groups in my shoulders and arms begin to engage, feeling the power of the catch,pull and the finish, understanding the importance of the Pull-Ups and Kneeling s/a Press. My core engages as I control my breathing through each stroke and flutter kick, at which my calf muscles, hamstrings and glutes engage propelling me through the water, I feel the importance of the Goblets Squats and Deadlifts. It all seems to be coming together. My strength traing has increased in both weights and reps and I'm seeing and feeling the progress. My coach and Chris are getting me ready for upcoming competitions telling me I'm doing great. I feel I need to be stronger and faster..like I tell coach and Chris, "I'll give it my all"!!
  3. Mon-Tues, June 8-9

    by , June 9th, 2015 at 05:54 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Monday: Drylands

    Did 60 minutes of drylands, can't remember exactly what anymore. One thing I've added is 3 way calf raises. I read an article on swimming science recently that was discussing dolphin kick. It found that one way to improve your dolphin kick, if you already have flexy ankles, is to strengthen the ankles. All the standing yoga poses help with that too.



    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @# :40
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    6 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    5 x
    4 x 25 IM order @ 100 pace @ :30
    2 x 25 fast flutter kick @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30

    200 EZ

    2 x w/fins
    1 x 100 free w/paddles @ 1:30
    3 x 50 kick, descend 1-4 to fast @ :30
    4 x 25 fast dolphin kick on back @ :30
    1 x 100 EZ

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

    Total: 3450


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    I was dragging today, not sure quite why. I've had a toothache for days and finally went to see my dentist. I need a root canal, which is scheduled for tomorrow. Blech. I would love a summer free of any kind of pain!
  4. Sun-Tues, May 31-June 2

    by , June 2nd, 2015 at 04:59 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Sunday:

    Went to a 75 minute heated power yoga class.


    Monday:

    off, had worked out 7 days in a row


    Tuesday:

    Drylands @ LA fitness:

    rehab ex
    face pulls, 60 x 3 x 25
    kneeling tricep press + eccentric fall back, 60 x 3 x 10
    good mornings, 65 x 3 x 12
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    rear delt flys, 65 x 3 x 12
    hip abductors, 110 x 3 x 6
    standing three way calf raises, 75 x 3 x 8 each way
    planks, 3 x 1:00
    standing twists w/plate, 25 x 3 x 25


    Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 50 free w/paddles @ :50
    50 EZ
    3 x (500 up tempo kick w/fins + 100 EZ)
    -- goal to hold under 6:00
    -- went 5:45-5:50s
    16 x 25 breast w/paddles @ :30
    150 EZ

    Total: 3200



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    I can't believe it's already June! The weather here has been so peculiar it's hard to know what season it is. The last two days it's been 59-60 degrees. It's going to be a busy month. Fort Son graduates, Lil Fort "graduates" 8th grade, and our big vacation is coming up on June 26. I got Lil Fort tickets to the Taylor Swift concert here as a graduation present. She is very excited. Me, not so much. I haven't been to a concert in years and years. But I definitely think that 14 is too young to go solo with friends.
  5. Wed., May 27

    by , May 27th, 2015 at 03:16 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    4 rounds:
    yoga ball wall squats, 15
    yoga ball plank pull ins, 10
    ball pass/iron monkey, 15
    planks, 1:00
    leg lifts 90/45/15, 5
    flutter kicks on bosu, 50
    captain's chair leg lifts, 15

    HS hi row, 100 x 3 x 12
    leg press, 150 x 3 x 12
    med ball slams, 2 x 10
    twisting med ball slams 2 x 10
    torso rotation machine, 90 x 1 x 12 each side; fast ones: 50 x 1 x 25 each side
    push press, 30 x 3 x 12
    kneeling ab crunch, 120 x 3 x 25


    Swim/SCM/Solo

    1600 meters EZ


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    I drove to the Bridgeville LA Fitness today. It was worth the extra 5 minutes of driving -- much nicer than the closer one in Bethel Park. I even used the locker room. The pool is 25 meters, which is nice. But there is no pace clock. I just had an easy swim planned after drylands, but still I would have preferred a pace clock. Not surprisingly, my legs were pretty sore today from all the power yoga.
  6. Thursday, May 22

    by , May 21st, 2015 at 06:01 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!
  7. May 12-14

    by , May 14th, 2015 at 03:45 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 ...
  8. Strength train, showing improvement on time and stroke

    My swim time is improving! But most importantly I can feel the power in my stroke and my coach is also telling he sees an improvement in my stroke tech and times in LCM. So... Keep on strength training I tell myself even though the workouts are strenuous..ok Chris Ritter.. Bring it on!!

    Strength:

    Deadlifts 135#5x,2sets
    Swing kettle bell 30#10x,2sets FAST
    Assist Pull ups 10x,2sets
    Slam med ball 15#8x,2sets FAST
    Goblet Sqt kettle bell 35#6x,2sets
    Squat jump 5x,2sets FAST
    Kneeling S/A press 20#8x,2sets
    Push press15#5x,2setsFAST
    Core Push50#5x,2sets
    Kneeling side throw med ball 8x,2setsFAST

    my weights were recently upped... So I am a bit soar but nothing a nice massage and or jacuzzi can't fix..
  9. Wed. May 6

    by , May 7th, 2015 at 10:39 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


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    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.
  10. Working hard, Swimming hard and Strenght training seriously

    Ok, so its been about 3 weeks since my last entry. A lot has gone on since in that time period. First I'd like to say congratulations to all the swimmers who were at the San Antonio US Masters Nats! I was there as a volunteer and wanted to experience what it would be like to be in such an I thought intimidating crowd.. not it all!! I had a great time meeting swimmers and working with the volunteers who love the swimming just as I. If Im able to get my times up I'd like to sign up for summer nats... fat chance!!LOL!! but I do have hope!! till then lots of swimming with coach Greg/team COOGS and training with Chris Ritter, which I had the opportunity and privilege of meeting!!

    Training Sunday;

    Deadlift 125#10x 2 sets
    Swing kettle bell 30#10xFAST 2 sets
    Assist Pull ups 10x 2 sets
    Slam Med Ball 15# 6X FAST 2 sets
    Goblet Squat Kettle Bell 30#15x 2 sets
    Squat Jump 5x FAST 2 sets
    Kneeling Single Arm press 20# 8x 2sets
    Push Press (jumping) 15# 5xFAST 2sets
    Core Push cable 50#5x2sets
    Kneeling side throw Med Ball 15#5xFAST 2 sets

    Swimming Monday evening SCY
    1000 mod pace
    300 Back mod/fast pace
    200 cool
    1000 pull buoy mod/fast pace
    200 cool
    300 fast pace
    200 cool

    This evening Tuesday swimming with team..yikes!! Coach has no mercy LOL
  11. Sat-Sun, May 2-3

    by , May 3rd, 2015 at 09:15 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.


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    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.
  12. Tues-Wed, April 28-29

    by , April 29th, 2015 at 03:59 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


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

    by , April 26th, 2015 at 08:21 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


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    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



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    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 08:31 PM by The Fortress

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

    by , April 22nd, 2015 at 11:37 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


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    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.
  15. April 18-20

    by , April 20th, 2015 at 04:13 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


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    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 05:32 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  16. Saturday Strenght train/ Sunday swim

    Friday was a nice restful day and also enjoyed a great 90 minute massage, pretty much fell asleep through the majority of it. Totally needed it bc of the Thursday swim that whipped me out!!LOL!! And as for Saturdays strength train session.. well..

    Deadlifts 125#8x2sets
    Single arm row 30#8x2sets
    Kneeling rollout 12x2sets
    Waiter Carry 20#, 20 yd 2sets
    Pull ups 10x 2 sets
    Coblet squat 30#12x2sets
    Kneeling single arm press 20#8x2sets
    Knelling chest press cable 25#8x2sets

    Sunday swim pretty much stretched everything out with distance laps.

    1800 scy free mod/fast pace focus on stretching lats and reaching far in front of
    finger tips and hands, catch and pull through, elbows out, soft entry..
    200 kick easy
    1000 pull buoy focus on rotation, had my eyes closed barely peeking to make sure I
    was staying in alignment.. very relaxing and wonderful stretch through out
    long body, keeping back aligned as well.. total zen!!
  17. Monday, March 30

    by , March 31st, 2015 at 11:42 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.
  18. Thursday, March 26

    by , March 26th, 2015 at 03:57 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 06:46 PM by The Fortress

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  19. Back in the H2O and hitting weights again

    After a week and just about 3 days of this horrible bug I had (strep throat/cold) I was finally able to test my strength in pool yesterday. My swim felt somewhat strong and I did not feel too fatigued after not being in the pool for so many days. This morning I woke up and completely felt myself!! I was incredibly happy!! Being sick and having down time can be pretty depressing. So I was happy to hit the weights today.

    Swam Tuesday 2200 scy drills, intervals and builds

    Strength super sets

    Deadlift 125#6x2reps
    Swing Kettle bell 30#10x2reps FAST
    TRX Pull up 12x2reps
    Slam Med ball 15#6x2reps FAST
    Goblet Squat 30#8x2reps
    Squat Jump 5x2reps FAST
    Kneeling singlearm Press 20#6x2reps
    Push press 15#5x2reps FAST
    Kneeling side throw med ball 15#5x2reps FAST
  20. Meet + Weights

    by , March 23rd, 2015 at 11:49 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.


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    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 03:46 PM by The Fortress

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