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  1. Wed Jul 31st, 2013 SCY

    by , July 31st, 2013 at 11:53 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Jul 29 2013 SCY
    Nats are 8 days away, I leave next Wed

    Swam yesterday and lifted

    Chris Coached SCY
    6:00 - 7:30 dove in around 6:20
    swam with Jim & Tyler
    beside Bess, Tyler Todd Chris, Gull, & Taylor

    Lifted yesterday
    Swam Tuesday

    Warm up
    swam 10 or 15 min easy, fr, bk & a little BR

    Main Set

    8 x 50 on 1:00

    (jim did a broken 200 IM)
    I got out and played 6 square with the kids then got back in in the last 4 minutes

    4 x 25 (15 fast 10 easy )

    Next Meets:

    2013 Marriott Summer National Championship
    Mission Viejo, Calif.
    Wed Aug 7 - Sun 11, 2013
    Thu #5 - 200 Individual Medley 2:22.45 & #7 - 100 Backstroke 1:05.49
    Fri #17 - 50 Butterfly 27.34
    Sat #23 - 400 Individual Medley 5:07.51
    Sun #39 - 50 Backstroke 29.54
  2. July 16-17

    by , July 17th, 2013 at 06:13 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    5-6 hours of packing, then

    RC ex
    3 x 15 power wheel rollouts
    3 x 15 goblet squats
    75 minute spin on bike


    4-5 hours of packing, then


    Warm up:

    600 various
    4 x 50 scull w/agility paddles @ :15 RI
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    05 EZ

    Main sets:

    3 x (5 x 50 free w/paddles & fins, descend to 100 pace + 50 EZ) @ 1:00
    -- descended to 25 highs
    100 EZ

    2 x (10 x 50 burst + cruise w/fins + 100 EZ) @ 1:00
    R1 = dolphin kick on back
    R2 = dolphin kick w/board
    50 EZ

    Total: 3350


    I need a flog category for packing! I am still very unfocused on swimming, but hopefully am in the pool enough to keep decent feel. Tomorrow, the movers are coming to pack up the rest of the house -- mostly the garage and kitchen. Then Mr. Fort is handling the move in in Pittsburgh on Friday while I stay here with the girls for weekend. They both have their last dual meet of their summer league career. (Lil Fort is not swimming in Pittsburgh).

    Off to a belated birthday dinner with a friend!
  3. July 6-8

    by , July 8th, 2013 at 11:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)




    Had to take Lil Fort to the gym for a long run on the treadmill since it was ungodly hot.

    Core Work:

    external rotators
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 2 x 15
    captains chair leg raises, 3 x 15
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
    leg abductors, 110 x 3 x 6
    total ab machine, 100 x 2 x 15

    Ellipse, 40 min




    Warm up:

    600 various
    8 x 25 DPK back shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ
    8 x 25 belly shooters w/fins @ :40-:45
    50 EZ
    4 x 50 scull w/agility paddles @ 1:10

    Main Sets:

    4 x (4 x 50 descend + 50 EZ) @ 1:00 w/fins & paddles
    R1 = free, descend to 100 pace (25)
    R2 = dolphin kick on back, under first 15 m
    -- crashed on the bottom the first one bc I was only in 7 foot deep water and had to adjust
    R3 = free, descend to 100 pace (25)
    R4 = dolphin kick on back, UW first 15 m

    Total: 2300


    I cannot tell you how ticked off about this I am. I was having a good workout and had planned on 1500 more. I went to SpringHIll because I had a dentist appt in the area. But the kiddie campers did me in again. I think they need someone to supervise them. Needless to say, it was another free session for me. But I have so little time to work out right now, that this was a disaster. I'm going to drive to Oak Marr tomorrow and hope for better luck. It apparently is best to arrive at 3:30 when the camper are gone (well, assuming they haven't closed the pool for a hour at 3:25). But I often can't go that late. Today, I had a summer league meet. If I have this same problem swimming in Pittsburgh, I swear I will sign up for a class at U of Pitt just so I can use their pool.
  4. Tues & Wed. July 2-3

    by , July 3rd, 2013 at 06:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Bike, 45 min

    Wed Double:


    RC/scap ex, 15 min
    power wheel roll outs, 3 x 15
    explosive punch on cable machine, 30 x 3 x 30
    leg abductor, 100 x 3 x 8
    explosive leg press, 150 x x 15, 170 x 2 x 10
    cable twist w/yoga ball, 35 x 2 x 12 each side
    overhead squats, 45 x 2 x 8
    med ball slams, 10
    knee tuck jumps, 10
    altitude drops 5
    fast ropes, 2 x :30


    Warm up:

    600 various
    8 x 50 w/agility paddles @ :15 RI
    odds = front scull
    evens = caterpillar fly drill

    Main Sets:

    8 x 25 burst dolphin kick + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ kick

    8 x 25 burst + cruise, fast hand drills @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    3 x (8 x 50) w/fins & agility paddles @ :50 + 50 EZ @ 1:00
    R1 = free (30-31s)
    R2 = kick (31-32s)
    R3 = free (28-29) -- yes, this is me trying on an aerobic set

    100 EZ

    Total: 3050


    I was busy all day yesterday and didn't hop on my bike for a quick spin until almost 9:30. Made up for it today. Was very happy that the water temp at SpringHill was back to 83-84 instead of 85-86. Maybe a non-noodler complained for a change! Tomorrow is busy again. Lil Fort has a 8K race and Teen Fort has the 4th of July relays. This meet is an annual meet between the six summer league teams in my town. They do all relays -- free, all 4 strokes, medley and mixed relays. Much fun, Lil Fort is a tad ticked that she is missing it. She is, of course, not very happy about moving and is trying to cram as much fun as she can in this summer. Now, I am off to dinner with friends!
  5. Wed., June 26

    by , June 26th, 2013 at 05:52 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    1. Drylands Lite:

    RC ex, 10 min
    captains chair leg raises, 2 x 15
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
    flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 100
    leg abductor, 90 x 3 x 8
    low row, 70 x 2 x 8
    overhead squats, 45 x 2 x 8

    Bike, 45 min


    I am recovered from the nasty cold that blighted my Zones meet! I took a couple days off to recover and catch up on life. I decided to hit the gym today for some stress release. I'll likely stay out of the pool the rest of the week. I must say it's a tremendous relief not having to worry about being in top form anymore. The last few weeks before Zones it was difficult to concentrate on swimming. I watched my 50 free and 50 back vids that Patrick kindly posted. I was really struggling the last 10-15 meters in both. I would guess that most of this was due to the effects of the summer cold. I had thought that doing lots of AFAP 50s in practice would be sufficient for fast 50s in a meet. But I'm not entirely sure this is correct. Or maybe anyone would look bad when racing next to speedy Erika Braun and Ruth Nichols! Erika set the NR in the 50 back in that heat.

    Here's the 50 back vid:

    I looked perilously close to the 15 meter mark. Patrick correctly comments on the issues I had moving too close to the lane line and the long glide at the finish.

    Updated June 26th, 2013 at 06:07 PM by The Fortress

    Spinning , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  6. Wed., May 22

    by , May 22nd, 2013 at 05:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands Lite:

    RC/scap ex, 20 min (did 15 min last night too)
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 2 x 15
    flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    captains chair leg raises, 25
    knee tuck jumps, 10
    resisted track start jumps, 35 x 1 x 10
    explosive leg press, 150 x 1 x 15
    med ball slams w/15 lb ball, 10
    foam rolling/stretching, 20 min


    Did drylands lite today -- just some core work and explosive stuff. I had intended to get to the pool, but ran out of time. Tomorrow, back to long course!
  7. Super Plyo Wednesday!

    by , May 22nd, 2013 at 05:22 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Swam 3000 SCY this am details on Fort's HIT forum. Workout #3
    I did the 5 x 100 set as BR and then FR with fins.

    PM Drylands:
    I do a super set of plyo-intensive stuff, 4 times through, minimal rest between stations:

    • 1 x 8 pull ups/chin ups (2 rounds pulls/2 rounds chins)
    • 1 x 10 box jumps
    • 1 x 15 plyo press ups (with a clap)
    • 1 x 10 star-jump burpees ( i take my hands up beyond star-jump to a streamline position)
    • 1 x 10 med ball squats
    • 1 x 10-15 med ball press throws--think BR recovery
    • 1 x 10-15 med ball pullovers--aggressive motion from overhead to arms infront of torso (guys, keep hold of the ball if you do this one)

    Take a minute between rounds. To let your HR come down,take a sip of water, and ask yourself exactly why you decided to do this set

    Finished off with little extra ab work. 1min plank, 20 crucnches, 10 reverse crunches, 10 pelvic raises (engage your core don't use your thighs).

    I AM DEAD.

    Updated May 22nd, 2013 at 05:28 PM by SwimStud

    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  8. Thursday, May 16

    by , May 16th, 2013 at 04:42 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    RC/scap ex, 15 min
    russian twist on incline w/25 lb plate, 2 x 25
    leg abductors, 100 x 3 x 8
    overhead squats, 45 x 2 x 8
    good mornings, 55-65 x 3 x 8
    alternating hammers w/15 lb DBs, 2 x 25
    cable twist w/yoga ball, 40 x 2 x 12 each side
    low row negatives, 70 x 2 x 8
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
    knee tucks jumps, 10
    med ball slams, 10
    foam rolling, 5:00


    Hit the gym today because I needed a break from the pool, as I'd been in 10 consecutive days. I kept it low volume and low weight since I haven't been to the gym in 4 1/2 weeks. Will go to Mason again tomorrow.

    Other thoughts from Nats:

    1. I hated the stair situation at Indy. Why did we have to walk a mile to sit in the grandstand? Should be a shortcut to get up and down.
    2. Why were there no announcers until a little bit on day 3? I really enjoyed that in Greensboro and missed it in Indy.
    3. My breakouts are a problem. I'm hoping I can go off the blocks at Mason without the lifeguards yelling.
    4. My flutter kick looked better in the 50 free than other swims. Going to carry on with some slow arms/fast feet 25s and 50s.
    5. Rich Abrahams examined my knees and pronounced them hyperextended. Apparently, this is good for kicking. A nice match for my double jointed elbows, loosey goosey shoulders and floppy ankles.
    6. My open turns are kinda slow. I'm not spinning around very fast. I wonder if that's because I'm doing so many turns in practice with fins?
    7. If I'm going to carry on with my chard habit and get that sponsorship, I need to stop my late night snacking. Shouldn't be doing both!
    8. There is not a single long course meet in the PV MD area this summer. Hopefully, this means Zones will be well attended. I was just trying to find a meet to pop in for a 100 back. Oh well.

    Updated May 16th, 2013 at 05:22 PM by The Fortress

    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  9. Diving workout

    I really enjoyed last night’s diving practice. It was a good night for our whole group—everyone seemed to be feeling brave and willing to go after difficult and scary things. I got to cheer on two of our more experienced divers as they did 2.5s from the 3m (forward and reverse). Meanwhile, I worked on dives that require a backwards takeoff—back dive, inward dive, and (briefly, just to make sure I could) back flip. I was really pleased to land my inwards last night head-first. It was only the second time I’ve worked on this skill, and the first was nearly two months ago, and involved hitting the water face-first far too often. I was worried I would regress back to that, but my body seemed to remember the skill. I did these off the 3m as well as the 1m, which was a first. Back flips off the 1m were a new skill as well, and were pretty easy to land. Now that I’m gaining some confidence that I can actually do these things, I’ll be able to focus more on making my form better. Right now my biggest problem is still with the take-off—I tend to be falling backwards as I jump off the board, which has me landing far far away—not a good thing.

    I have been feeling so much better the last couple of days. Tuesday’s visit to my doc resulted in a second round of antibiotics to treat what seems to be a sinus infection (which explains why the diving felt so bad last week). The coughing and asthma is now not a problem except when I exercise hard aerobically, so I’m still holding off that for the time being. I’m eager to get back to my regular activity—I’m well into week 4 of this asthma/illness deal—but I’m also ready to be cautious about pushing too hard, and finally put this whole episode behind me.

    My next event is the 2 Bridges 5K swim in the Hudson on June 1. I visited the wonderful Hudson River Museum today with a couple of friends, and seeing the exhibits there and being near the river for much of the day made me more excited about being part of that event. I’m not stressed—yet—about feeling underprepared for it. I figure I’ll bring whatever level of fitness I have by then to the swim, and whatever that turns out to be, I’ll end up having fun, seeing friends, and spending a beautiful day on the water. Right now I feel very glad not to have any longer events on the horizon.
  10. Wed., April 10

    by , April 10th, 2013 at 06:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    RC/Scap ex, 15 min
    total ab machine, 120 x 3 x 15
    fast free punch on cable machine, 30/35/40 x 1 x 30
    leg abductor, 120 x 4 x 8
    bicep curl, 30 x 3 x 8
    back extensions w/25 lb plate, 3 x 15
    power wheel roll outs, 3 x 15
    seated twists w/45 lb bar, 2 x 25
    russian twists on incline bench w/25 lb plate, 2 x 25
    med ball slams, 10
    foam rolling/scap stretching, 15 min
    -- it feels weird doing no plyos, but I guess with nationals approaching, it's not a bad time to stop them


    700 various
    6 x (25 front scull + 25 EVF free) w/agility paddles
    50 EZ
    2 x (6 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :35 + 50 EZ)
    9 x 50 drill (3 fly/back/free)
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    50 EZ

    Total: 2100


    Had to be gone from the house all day, so got in a double. I was somewhat alarmed when our prospective buyer showed up with a home inspector, pool inspector, and structural engineer. I had never heard of someone bringing in a structural engineer to a home inspection. And I can't stand the buyer. Feeling a bit gloomy over all that ... and somewhat ticked off too since prior inspections have shown no structural problem. Our house certainly survived the earthquake just fine. I feel like its s blatant attempt to leverage the price. Mr. Fort and I have hired our own structural engineer. I forsee negotiations ...

    On the upside, there are 445 swimmers entered in Colozines Zones thus far, and Cheryl is expecting 50 more. This is a good number for the meet. I was a bit surprised by only 1636 going to Indy. But I guess Indy was also competing with the Pan Am games. Now way could I get away for that kind of time.

    Updated April 10th, 2013 at 08:03 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  11. Sun & Mon, April 7-8

    by , April 8th, 2013 at 06:00 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Sunday Drylands:

    Rc/Scap ex 15 min
    tried Star Trac ab machine, fail, couldn't get it into a good position
    straight leg hip flexion, 30 x 3 x 8 each leg
    low row, 90 x 4 x 8
    adductors, 100 x 3 x 8
    abductors, 120 x 3 x 8
    tricep press, 70 x 3 x 8
    flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 100
    seated twists w/30 lb DB, 3 x 25
    twists on cable machine w/yoga ball, 40 x 2 x 15 each side
    med ball slams in squash court, 10 x 50 various
    foam rolling/streching, 15 min
    skipped plyos bc of knee

    Monday Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    8 x 50 w/agility paddles
    odds = front scull @ 1:10
    evens = free, EVF emphasis @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    6 x 25 burst + cruise
    100 EZ

    8 x 25 kick w/fins @ :45
    odds = AFAP (11s)
    evens = EZ
    100 EZ

    Did workout #1A from the HIT forum. Had planned on workout #1, but just wasn't up for it today.

    1 x 50 @ 100 pace @ 1:00 (fly, 25 high)
    2 x 50 EZ @ 1:00

    2 x 50 @ 100 pace @ 1:30 (back, 26)
    4 x 50 EZ @ 1:00

    3 x 50 @ 100 pace @ 2:00 (breast, 29)
    6 x 50 EZ

    4 x 50 @ 100 pace @ 2:30 (free w/agility paddles, 25)
    8 x 50 EZ

    Total: 3100


    Whew, I was tired today. I had a busy weekend with long drives back and forth to Pittsburgh, work on renovations, poor sleep, etc. Didn't feel up to much today, though doing 100 pace work is important too. The really super fabulous news is that our VA house, aka The Compound where Jimby squats, is under contract. We had almost a full price offer right after our very well attended open house on Sunday. Relief! We love our house, but as a Victorian painted lady it sort of sticks out amidst all the center hall colonials that abound. They will inherit our summer league pool/racquet membership after we move, and our team will be glad that they are a family of swimmers.
  12. Refreshing morning swim

    Last night I went to my first (indoor) rowing class since summer. I had been wanting to resume these workouts ever since I returned to the city in early March, but I had to wait a bit while a foot injury healed sufficiently that the pushoff from the pedals wasn’t aggravating it. (It’s an old injury, to the joint connecting my big toe to my foot, and I had hurt it again at a trampoline session in late January.) My goal last night was simply to reacquaint myself with rowing form and make it through 45 minutes of class, and I did that. After some warm-up and half- and quarter-rows for form work, we did some power tens (series of 10 strokes fast—my fastest got down to 1:55), then the following set:

    5 x (2 minutes fast, 1 minute easy) [descended these from 2:27 to 2:11)

    2 minute rest / stretch
    At this point I thought the workout was about done. We had 6 minutes left, and we usually spend the last few minutes of class warming down and stretching. But, nope, the instructor decided he wanted to do the above set again. Since we had time for only 2 rounds, we did 3:

    3 x (2 minutes fast, 1 minute easy) [descended from 2:28 to 2:11)

    It was nice to be back rowing—I’m hoping to add this to my weekly schedule on a regular basis.

    This morning I swam at the Y with a friend. The pool was crowded when I got there, and we had to get the duo swimming in the fast lane to agree to circle with us. (Who takes “Would you mind circling?” as an actual question, anyway?) They left after a few laps, though, and we had the lane to ourselves for most of the workout. Here’s what I did:

    750 warmup (400s, 200k, 200 pull)

    4 x 75 FR k/d/s @ 1:30
    4 x 150 FR/BK/FR desc. @ 2:30 [2:15 > 1:58]

    5 x 500s with traveling backstroke
    1st 500 = FR except 1st and 10th 50s are back
    2nd 500 = FR except 2nd and 9th 50s are back
    3rd 500 = FR except 3rd and 8th 50s are back

    250 warmdown + play

    The pool was a good temp this morning—I even got a bit chilled when I was swimming at warmdown pace. Luckily there’s a sauna and steam room at this pool, and I made good use of them post-swim today. Weights this afternoon and ballet class tonight made for a full day of exercise. I'm definitely looking forward to a massage tomorrow!
  13. Monday Double, April 1

    by , April 1st, 2013 at 07:32 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    RC/scap ex, 10 min
    good mornings, 75 x 1 x 8, 80 x 3 x 8
    russian twists on incline bench w/25 lb plate, 3 x 25
    explosive glute isolator, 50 x 2 each leg
    extreme angle iso squat w/30 lb DB, 4:00
    total ab machine, 120 x 3 x 15
    resisted track start jumps, 40 x 2 x 10
    low row negatives, 70 x 3 x 8
    med ball slams, 2 x 10
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
    long arm crunches, 2 x 50
    foam rolling, 5:00


    600 various
    8 x 25 back shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ
    5 x 50 scull @ :15 RI
    5 x 50 smooth free w/agility paddles, EVF emphasis @ 1:00
    50 EZ
    2 x (10 x 25 fly @ 100ish pace @ :40 + 100 EZ)
    -- 15 m UW for hypoxic emphasis
    5 x 50 smooth free w/agility paddles, EVF emphasis @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Total: 2400


    Got in a double today. The swim was mostly hypoxic/technique oriented, though the 2 x 25 fly weren't slow.

    Interview with Swimming World, part of the April Masters Monday series: I should have said training solo can sometimes suck!

    Updated April 1st, 2013 at 07:39 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  14. In my Easter bonnet

    This morning I enjoyed a short solo swim at the Y. The pool seemed to have more than its share of grumpy clueless lap swimmers today—there were several mild arguments, and once I looked over to see some woman wagging her finger at the lifeguard, who was trying to restore order to the slow lane. But happily the fast lane was a model of friendly cooperation for the duration of my swim, with the two guys I shared with (one during warmup, the other during warmdown) being competent and willing circlers. Here’s what I did:

    1000 warmup (400s, 200 rev. IM kick, 200 pull, 200 IM drill/swim by 25)

    8 x 75 (25 kick, 25 build, 25 AFAP) @ :45 RI, 2 of each stroke

    400 warmdown + play

    Sprints felt good.

    Afterwards I went upstairs for weights and stretching. I’m stoked to be seeing some progress in the weight room--here’s where I am on my currently (all the sets of less than 6 were done until failure, except for bench press where I’m aiming for 10/8/6):

    Military press 1 set of 12 @ 15-lbs, 1 set of 6 @ 17.5 pounds
    Butterfly 1 set of 12 @ 12.5, 1 set of 7 @ 15
    Bicep curls, 1 set of 12 @ 15, 1 set of 5 (right) / 6 (left) @ 15
    Single arm rows: 2 sets of 12 @ 17.5
    Forward/sidewards/rear deltoid raises: 2 sets of 12 @ 7.5 lbs
    Lat pull-downs (on machine): 2 sets of 12 @ 65
    Bench press: 12 @ 45 (warmup + form check), 10 @ 55, 8 @ 60, 5 @ 65

    Bench press stabilization: 2 sets of 30 @ 30 lbs
    Lat/scapular stabilization: 2 sets of 40 @ 40 lbs
    Wrist curlicues: with 3-lb weights

    . . . because if not today, when?
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  15. Ouch! Thursday, March 28

    by , March 28th, 2013 at 07:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands in Primitive Gym:

    low row, 80 x 4 x 8
    leg extensions, 60 x 4 x 8
    extreme angle iso squat w/25 lb DB, 5:00
    goblet squats, 45 x 3 x 12
    Lunges w/20 lb DBs, 2 x 15
    Seated twisters w/25 lb DB, 3 x 25
    long arm crunches, 2 x 50
    Crunches on you ball w/feet on wall, 3 x 15
    alternating hammers w/15 lb DBs, 3 x 25
    RC/scapular, 10 m


    1000 EZ in hotel pool


    Got in the workout before my crash landing today. I was body surfing and must have caught the wave wrong (or it was too powerful). I got flipped and slammed, really hard, into the ocean floor on the mid back right side. Wow, it hurt. Not sure I could have done any free today after that. Immediately gulped 4 Advil and plan to stay on that diet for a couple days. When it happened, I remember thinking "at least it wasn't my shoulder." I'm somewhat worried that I may have bruised some ribs.

    One more day in paradise!

    Updated March 28th, 2013 at 07:55 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  16. In Barbados, Sunday & Monday, March 24-25

    by , March 25th, 2013 at 05:46 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    RC/scapula, 10 min
    Wide grip lat pulldowns, 70 x 3 x 8
    leg extensions, 60 x 3 x 8
    low row, 70 x 3 x 8
    extreme angle iso squat w/25 lb DB, 5:00
    long arm crunches, 2 x 50
    incline crunches w/25 lb DB, 2 x 15
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 10
    bunny hops over bench, 25

    swim @ hotel pool

    300 EZ
    8 x 25 burst + cruise
    50 EZ
    5 x 50 AFAP breast + 50 EZ
    50 EZ
    5 x 25 AFAP free + 25 EZ
    50 EZ

    Swim/LCM @ Barbados Aquatic Center

    600 various
    8 x 25 UW + 25 EZ
    50 EZ
    5 x 30 burst + cruise
    50 EZ
    4 x 50 @ 100 pace + 50 EZ @ 3:00
    100 AFAP backstroke kick
    100 EZ
    100 scull w/paddles
    -- got out to reapply sunscreen
    50 EZ
    4 x 50 @ 100 pace + 50 EZ @ 3:00
    50 EZ
    100 scull w/paddles
    4 x 50 free @ 200 pace w/paddles
    50 EZ

    Total: 2650


    Yesterday, I hit the gym for a short workout and took a dip in the hotel pool. The gym is quite primitive in terms of weights, but I made do. The pool is approx 20-25 yards long.

    Today, our whole crew ventured out to Bridgetown. With no GPS and actual address it was, er, rather challenging to find the long course pool. Having no sense of direction, I would never have found it myself. And driving on the left side of the road is no easy task! A masters swimmer was running the place, and gave me a Team Barbados t shirt. Apparently, the Red Tide team was here two weeks ago. The pool felt very very long. Long course 50s are like 75s for me, stroke count wise. Between my am romp in the ocean and long course swim, Im bushed. Fortunately, the view from our deck is stunning. Despite constant reapplication of sunscreen my face is somewhat burned.

    I may not workout tomorrow. We're on a catamaran/snorkeling expedition. .

    Updated March 25th, 2013 at 07:11 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  17. Dive Clinic

    Yesterday I drove up to West Point for a springboard diving clinic. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect—I had learned about the clinic through an email sent out by my TNYA diving coach, but none of my teammates were going (many are attending to our upcoming week-long swim/diving camp in Fort Lauderdale, the lucky ducks). I had explained to the organizers that I was a beginning masters diver, and they had let me know that I would be very welcome. An email to participants on Friday mentioned that there would be a broad mix of abilities and ages. It turned out that I was the only masters, and I was a little self-conscious in the beginning about being both the oldest and the least experienced diver, but that quickly disappeared as we all got to work on improving and learning new skills. I’m kind of glad I didn’t know ahead of time that I would be the only adult, because that might have discouraged me from participating in what turned out to be a great experience.

    Coach Ron and his assistant Melissa first had the 10 of us sit in a circle and introduce ourselves, giving our names and few other tidbits of personal info (it had been a long time since I thought about what my favorite color was—I chose turquoise). Then after a bit of dryland we got to work on jumping technique—first on land, then off of springboards that were placed in front of big soft mats, then on the trampoline, then finally off a 1m platform and 1 and 3m boards into the pool. We then started working lineups into the pool, while Ron worked with individuals at the boards-with-mats setup, this time strapping us into harnesses and working on actual dives. The chance to work on the ropes was one of the things that attracted me to the clinic, as we don’t have that kind of set-up at our regular practice pool.

    When my turn came to work in the harness, I worked on my inward dive some (key: through arms down center of body before tucking, not to sides like I’m doing a butterfly stroke). Then we moved on to forward one-and-a-half’s. This was what I was really looking forward to working on while in the belt, as I’ve never experienced the sensation of doing more than a single flip in the air. Ron corrected some things with my flipping technique, then I did some 1½s, with him signaling me when to kick out of my tuck. After a few, I went directly to the 1m board and did the same thing, not roped in. I was able to complete the required rotations and go in headfirst, but without being in a very good diving position. I was told we’d return to those once I practiced some line-ups.

    So I did some line-ups and easy dives off the 1m, then was told to try my back dive off the 3m. I’d never done this before, but Ron’s philosophy seems to be that once you’ve done something successfully off the 1m, you should immediately go do it off the 3. So I climbed up onto the higher board, did my back-approach-arm-swinging-and oscillation routine, paused, then did the tiniest of hops off the board into a back dive. Luckily I landed it ok. I was sent back up to do it with more conviction, and after a few more tries got comfortable with the notion of doing a back dive from the greater height. Woohoo! That had just doubled the number of dives I can do off the 3m.

    But I wasn’t yet done. I came back down to the 1m to try my forward 1½ again, this time with a two-step approach (I had been just jumping from the end of the board before). With the more height that gave me I could complete the rotation and do a semblance of a dive position into the water. I did several of these until I felt comfortable with them, and was feeling proud that I would have a new dive to show off to my coach and teammates at the next practice.

    I should have seen what was coming next, but somehow I didn’t. When I exited the pool after my fifth attempt, Ron told me to go do it off the 3m. I stood there slack-jawed for a moment, until he told me again. I started climbing up the ladder, not sure if my shaking legs would carry me up. I was still in shock that I was being asked to do this, and reminded myself that I was after all a grown-up, and didn’t really have to do anything that I didn’t want to do. But with that thought came the realization that this was something I wanted to do—maybe not today, but eventually. But opportunities don’t always come about exactly when you want them, and the chance to try this skill was being offered here, now. I stepped up into position, ready to try. Ron told me to dive with conviction, just the way I had done it off the 1m. I took a deep breath, did my approach, and flung myself into the air.

    You know how at swim meets there always seems to be an octogenarian butterflyer who can barely get her arms out the water on each recovery, and who takes many painful minutes to complete a 50? And how by the middle of the second lap the whole pool is mesmerized by the struggle, and bursts into applause once that final stroke is taken? Well, on Saturday, that applause was for me, given by my young clinic-mates when I completed my first 1½ off the high board. And reader, I relished it.

    I did a few more of those dives, gaining confidence with each and getting a better sense of my bearings in the air. And I realized that, much as I hated to admit it, the dive was actually easier from the 3 than from the lower board—I had more time in the air to complete the dive, and enjoy it. It makes me look forward to learning more dives off the 3, and maybe even working up a competition dive list at that height as well.

    In the showers I was literally shaking from the adrenaline rush of the dives, but beaming from all the new skills I’d learned. I had a beautiful drive back to the city, and can’t wait to try some of this stuff again at diving practice on Thursday.

    And, since this is nominally a swimming blog, here’s the short workout I did at the Y today.

    1000 scy warmup (400s, 200k, 200p, 200 IM d/s)

    4x through
    100 FR @ 1:30
    50 K @ 1:00
    100 IM @ 1:45
    50 K @ 1:00
    [Kicks were IM order + reverse IM order. I had planned to do all the 100s on 1:30, but I just didn’t have any fast IMs in me today.]

    300 warmdown + play

    My set today used to be my go-to set years ago whenever I swam alone, and I enjoyed revisiting it today. Unsurprisingly, I was very sore today, and felt tight in the water—my triceps especially are feeling it, I think from too many times of failing to get into a full locked-out dive position before I hit the water yesterday. The swimming felt good though and loosened me up a little, as did the post-swim steam and stretch.
  18. Short solo workout

    This morning I did weights and a short swim at the Y. This is my third week back doing weights; I used the initial 2 weeks as an easy getting-back-into-this period where I started very easy and lifted progressively more weight, doing 2 sets of 15 reps of each exercise. Now I am aiming to do 2 x 12 reps at each new weight for two sessions in a row. Once I am able to do that, I’ll increase the weight on the second round and lift until failure or 12 reps, whichever comes first. Once I can do one round of 12, I try to do two at the next session, and so on and so forth. (There are a few exceptions, like the scapular stabilization stuff, where my goal is to do lots of reps of little weight, and bench press, where I do fewer reps of bigger weights.) My plan right now is to do this for 3 weeks, have a week where I do something lighter or different, then repeat.

    I have a routine that I’m pretty happy with for the arm weights; for legs, I’m still figuring out what I want to do. Diving and ballet already leave me sore for several days each week, and I mostly do just lunges on days when I’m at the gym and don’t have one of those activities scheduled. Today I saw no need to pre-sore my legs before tonight’s diving session, so I just stuck to arms. Here’s what I did—all exercises are with dumbbells unless indicated:

    Military press 2 sets of 12 @ 15-lbs

    Butterfly 2 sets of 12 @ 12.5 (increase weight next session)

    Bicep curls, 1 set of 12 @ 12.5, 1 set of 10 @ 15

    Single arm rows: 2 sets of 12 @ 15 (increase weight next session)

    Forward/sidewards/rear deltoid raises: 2 sets of 12 @ 6 lbs (increase next session)

    Wrist curlicues: with 3-lb weights, rotating wrists (both direction) until current song on sound system stops or I get completely bored

    Lat pull-downs (on Nautilus-era machine): 2 sets of 12 @ 60 (increase next session)

    Lat scapular stabilization (basically the first part of the lat pull-down, keeping arms straight and drawing shoulder blades together—weights move about 3 inches): 2 sets of 40 @ 40 lbs

    Bench press: 12 @ 45 (warmup + form check); 10 @ 50, 8 @ 55, 6 @ 60

    Bench press stabilization (pushing bar up as far as it will go with straight arms, bar moves just a few inches): 2 sets of 20 @ 45 lbs [probably should hunt me up a bar that weighs less for these, or just use individual dummbbells—goal is 2 sets of 40]

    Afterwards I skipped the abs—we’ll do plenty of drylands tonight—and did a quick 10-minute stretch before hopping in the pool for the following:

    1000 scy warmup (400s, 200k, 200p, 200d/s)

    Pie of IM
    8 x 25 @ :30, 2 of each stroke IM order, odds pretty, evens sprint
    7 x 50 kick IM pieces @ 1:00 (FL, FL/BK, BK, BK/BR, BR, BR/FR)
    6 x 75 IM pieces @ 1:25, done build/fast/easy by 25s (fl/fl/bk, fl/bk/bk, bk/bk/br, bk/br/br, br/br/fr, br/fr/fr)
    5 x 100 IM pieces @ 1:45, steady pace throughout

    200 warmdown + play

    That was it!

    My main key at diving tonight is to keep my eyes open longer and learn to visually spot my entrances. I have long had a fear of opening my eyes underwater—I think as a kid it was drilled into me that if I lost a contact while swimming I would bring financial ruin upon my family, not that I had ever been that keen on putting my face in the water anyway. (There was a reason I stuck to backstroke!) It took me several years of playing polo as an adult to discover that water could get into my eyes with absolutely no ill effects (ok, some blurriness and redness, but the contacts stayed in and my eyeballs didn’t explode). Last week, I realized that despite my coaches’ instructions about what visual cues to use to time particular movements during dives, I was shutting my eyes tight as soon as I went off the board and just relying on hope and my internal gyroscope to make things end up ok. That worked well enough until I tried doing a simple twist—rotating in two directions took away my sense of where I was in the air. So tonight—eyes wide open, until just before I enter the water!
  19. Tuesday, March 18

    by , March 19th, 2013 at 07:47 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    RC ex, 15 min
    explosive leg press, 190 x 3 x 15
    straight single arm pulldown on cable machine, 30-35 x 2 x 15
    straight leg hip flexion, 30 x 2 x 12 each leg
    bicep curls, 30 x 3 x 12
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
    russian twists w/25 lb plate, 25
    lower back machine, 120 x 2 x 15
    med ball slams, 10
    knee tuck jumps, 10
    extreme angle iso squat w/20 lb kettleball, 5:00
    leg abductor, 130 x 3 x 6
    5 min foam rolling


    600 various
    8 x 50 @ :10 RI
    odds = scull
    evens = caterpillar fly drill
    50 EZ
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ
    4 x through with agility paddles & fins:
    100 smooth free or back @ 1:45
    50 EZ kick @ :45
    50 EZ

    Total: 1950


    Not sure I listed all the drylands. No iphone with me. It's been a rough day: hit and run at the grocery store with my car (thanks buddy, $1000 deductible), Durango making rumbling noises and in shop with a $2000+ hit and my iphone went dead and couldn't be resuscitated. Fortunately, I have apple care and got a new one. But the cars ... I hate people who smash up your car and don't leave a number and insurance info.

    On the upside, vacation in 4 days!!!
  20. Sat. Double, March 9

    by , March 9th, 2013 at 07:12 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    RC/scap ex, 10 min
    wrist curls, 40 x 3 x 12
    explosive pullovers, 90 x 3 x 12
    russian twists on incline bench w/25 lb weight, 25 x 3 x 25
    overhead squats, 45-50-55 x 8
    rear delt flys, 70 x 3 x 15
    hanging leg raises, 15 -- my elbow didn't hurt during these, cut did after. i like these for strengthening the forearms as well as the abs, but they might be permanently off the agenda for me (like pullups & deadlifts)
    explosive leg press, 195 x 3 x 15
    cable twist w/yoga ball, 45 x 2 x 12 each side
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15
    power wheel pike ups, 15
    long arm crunches, 3 x 50

    -- The lower outside part of my left knee has been barking at me slightly, so I skipped plyos.


    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    6 x 25 shooters w/fins
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    Did an aerobic set from Workout #4 on the HIT forum, using the fastest interval:

    w/fins: (fast = 100 pace)
    4 x 50 kick, burst + cruise @ 1:00
    1 x 25 fast fly @ :30
    4 x 50 kick, burst + cruise @ 1:00
    1 x 25 fast fly @ :30
    1 x 25 fast back @ :30
    4 x 50 kick, burst + cruise @ 1:00
    1 x 25 fast fly @ :30
    1 x 25 fast back @ :30
    1 x 25 fast breast dolphin @ :30
    4 x 50 kick, burst + cruise @ 1:00
    1 x 25 fast fly @ :30
    1 x 25 fast back @ :30
    1 x 25 fast breast dolphin @ :30
    1 x 25 fast free @ :30

    100 EZ

    8 x 50 free w/agility paddles @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Total: 2500


    Decided to take yesterday off after 7 days in a row. Mr. Fort says he feels sorry for us sprinters having to rest. He takes 1-2 days off a year. I meant to only do a short EZ swim, but the pool was -- shockingly! -- uncrowded for a Saturday afternoon and I had my own lane. Did a quick aerobic set. I am in the abysmal aerobic condition. :-)

    I think I'm going to go to Indy, but not with the highest of expectations. Teen Fort really wants to go and we may not have another chance to go together since she leaves for college (we don't know where) soon. I will have expectations in check as I'm sure my spring break will take another chunk out of my training.

    The psych sheets for Albatross are up. I just glanced at them but saw a couple female NR holders had traveled here for the meet. I also saw that, ack, Teen Fort and I are seeded first and second in the 50 breast. I thought I'd be further down. Ah well, that will help her go fast.

    FINA TT rankings for 2012 SCM are out: I was most happy to get #1 in 50 free -- a surprise! And I really love being faster than the #1 times in 50 back & 50 fly for the 45-49 age group. :-) Very proud of Jimby for grabbing the #1 spot in the 200 free.

    Updated March 9th, 2013 at 08:35 PM by The Fortress

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