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  1. wednesday, Oct. 23 - Good Workout

    Felt good about today's workout. Swam a little longer than usual and I couldn't do this every day. Did some distance, some speed, free, back, kick and even a little fly.

    Swam with Dave B, Dave M, Peter, Roger, Ray, Meredith, Danny, and Chris. and on my own.

    300 Free
    2x250 Free on 3:45 (<3:30)
    100 Free
    10x100 0n 1:30 - 5 Back, 5 Free
    100 Kick
    10x100 Back w/paddles on 1:30 (good set)
    300 Free w/paddles - 4:00
    5x100 Kick
    200 Free - 2:45
    50 Fly
    500 Back w/ paddles - 7:35
    500 Free w/ paddles - 6:50
    200 Kick
    50 Fly
    10x50 back w/paddles on :50
    10x50 free w/paddles on :45

    6300 yards
    125 minutes
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  2. MRI, Wed., Oct. 24

    by , October 24th, 2012 at 07:25 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I did nada today. Worked on house reno things.

    I did get my written MRI results back. I have mild tendinosis in a couple spots, which is consistent with tennis elbow. But the real problem, and likely what has been causing my pain, is completely different. I have avulsion tears in two places: the lateral collateral ligament is partially torn from the humerus and there is avulsion (separation from the bone) of the common extensor tendon. Avulsion tears are really the opposite of tennis elbow -- your tendons are so strong that they break off the bone.

    Jim sent me the snippet below on avulsion tears. I'm going to assume optimistically that mine are not large enough to be surgical. I have a consulting appt tomorrow with my PRP doc. I'm not even sure if this type of problem is treatable with PRP; I hope so. (I'm also not sure whether my nitro patches have done anything ... And this certainly explains why acupuncture was an epic fail.)

    So it's very clear that (1) tennis elbow may be the least of my problem and only partially indicated; (2) good thing I didn't just go in for expensive PRP without an MRI -- it might not have helped and now I know the exact places and types of injury; (3) good thing I got an MRI -- I did not have garden variety tennis elbow as Jim thought. So far, my doctoring beats Jim's. MRI completely vindicated.

    How the hell long does this take to heal?! I waited 8 months after the initial problem and promptly exacerbated it when I returned to lifting. Moral of the story: be very very careful increasing weight when deadlifting.


    Psych sheet for Sprint Classic:
    http://www.swimphone.com/mobile/meet....cfm?smid=4129

    Abstract

    It is still controversial whether fresh avulsion fractures of the medial or lateral epicondyle of the humerus in adults should be treated conservatively or surgically. We monitored 12 patients to consider treatment selection. The patients were examined for site and size of bone fragment, degree of displacement, dislocation of the elbow joint, method of treatment, and bone union and elbow stability. The treatment results were scored according to the Elbow Assessment Score System, and the scores ranged from 86 to 100 points. The scores did not differ significantly among any of the patients, whether treated conservatively or surgically. Although surgery produces good results, conservative treatment can be selected for patients in whom the maximum diameter of bone fragment is 13 mm or less or the displacement of the bone fragment is 9 mm or less. (J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2000;9:59-64.)

    Updated October 24th, 2012 at 11:20 PM by The Fortress

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  3. Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    by , October 24th, 2012 at 07:05 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY @FGCU Aquatic Center.
    Air temp of 82, pool at 78, 100% water clarity.
    Cloudy skies with humidity at 65%

    Freestyle
    Focus - Stroke Technique

    *Warm up*
    1x400 FR Drills

    *Set 1*
    2x1000 on 15min
    do each one as
    • 500 EZ legs, smooth pull
    • 300 moderate 4k, stronger pull
    • 200 steady 4-6K, firm controlled pull


    *Set 2*
    2x500 on 1min rest, do as
    • 250 EZ legs, smooth pull
    • 250 steady 4-6k, stronger pull


    *Set 3*
    3x400 on 1min rest, do as
    • 200 EZ legs, strong pull
    • 200 steady 4-6k, firm controlled pull


    *Set 4*
    4x300 on 1min rest, do as
    • 200 EZ legs, strong pull
    • 100 strong 4-6k, firm controlled pull


    *Set 5*
    5x200 on :30 rest, do as
    • 100 EZ legs, strong pull
    • 100 strong 4-6k, firm controlled pull


    Warm down: 100 EZ

    Comments:
    • The coach looked at my FR stroke last week, and once again, the truth about one's stroke flaws stings a bit, and corrective progress gradually evolves unevenly over weeks of practice. Last April/May I swam reasonably well because I finally got in pretty good swimming shape and became relatively stronger with consistent weight training (not surprising as I did not do any strength activity other than pushups the last 12 years).
    • The endurance and strength I enjoyed at that time also appeared to moderately mask my more obvious stroke flaws. What is most apparent at this point, is how quickly I can LOSE hard earned endurance and strength in eight weeks!
    • The three biggest errors in my FR are; 1) head goes out of alignment on left side breathing (my favored side), 2) breathing too late on left side, and 3) the right hand drifts out laterally past line of shoulder before the catch.
    • With Coach patiently providing visual/verbal feedback (I am nearly deaf in the water), I was able to calm my head position minimizing breathing motion and looking more downward to the lane line. By cropping my arm/shoulder recovery closer to my head in front of ears, I was able to keep the extension of the hands and arms more linear directly into the catch. So for now Coach approves of my progress.
    • So having said all that, in the workout today, the focus starting each swim was to cruise just a bit faster than warmup but implement the desired stroke technique and then complete the swim with a slightly stronger pull but same form, with the support of a solid streamlined flutter kick.
    • It was harder to do than expected; after completing many of those 500s to 200s my HR was typically about 27/29 for 10, or 15-16 for 6. Last March/April after Coach challenged me weekly with several lactate level fast swimming sets LC where my HR was up as high as 19-21 for 6 (some of those swims were really painful), by the end of April I was able to swim almost an hour of straight and broken swims where my HR would average about 15-17 for 6. The effort was not that much easier, but I just got used to it.
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  4. Wednesday 10/24/12

    Wednesday 10/24

    AM only SCY + new dryland routine

    500 swim 4/6/2 turns
    2x250 pull w/ buoy + strapless paddles + snorkel

    4x
    50 RD1/4 :50, RD2 :55, RD3 :45
    100 RD1/4 :1:40, RD2 1:50, RD3 1:30
    150 RD 1/4 2:30, RD2 2:45, RD3 2:15
    200 RD 1/4 3:20, RD2 3:40, RD3 3:00

    RD1/4 kick w/ board on the 50/100/150 and EZ swim on the 200
    RD2 swim IM add on by 50, descend distances down to FAST (200 IM was 2:19)
    RD3 swim FR, descend distances down to FAST (200 FR was 2:03)

    100 EZ

    Total: 3100

    I then headed over to a gym to do a new dryland workout called D1. It is rather Crossfit-esque. Today was "County Fair" day, where there were roughly 20 exercises to do, :20 on, :10 off.
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  5. Wednesday, 10/24/12

    by , October 24th, 2012 at 05:34 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY

    Warmup (1300)
    200 swim 200 kick/swim - 200 drill/swim 200 scull/pull, by 50's
    3 x 100/1:50 build - swam backstroke, ave 1:30
    4 x 50/1:10 kick desc - w/board & snorkel, 1:00 -> :54

    Main Set (1600)
    8 x 200/30 sr, broken as follows:
    - #1 100-10sr-100 - 2:45-:10 = 2:35
    - #3 100-10sr-50-10sr-50 - 2:53-:20 = 2:33
    - #5 50-10sr-50-10sr-50-5sr-50 - 2:56-:25 = 2:31
    - #7 200 strong, neg split - 2:37
    - #2-4-6-8 easy - 3:10-3:15 on these

    Warm Down
    200 easy

    Total: 3100 yards
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  6. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -10/25/20122

    by , October 24th, 2012 at 03:01 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:00 3:45
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    2 x 100 kick 2:15
    6 X 50 kick-25 moderate/25 fast- 1:10
    1 X 100 swim

    4 X 100 2:00
    4 X 75 1:30
    4 x 50 1:00
    4 X 25 sprint :40
    Choice. Swim the fourth swim of each group at 100%

    1 X 500 6:40
    1 X 400 5:20
    1 X 300 4:00
    1 X 200 2:40
    1 X 100 -
    swim or pull

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    5100Y
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  7. Workout 10/24/12:

    by , October 24th, 2012 at 03:01 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    wu: 100 Fr/100 Bk

    Did the following as FR with snorkel
    2 x 150 Strong
    2 x 75 (Fast, EZ)
    2 x 100 (Fast, EZ)
    2 x 100 (Fast, EZ)
    2 x 75 (Fast, EZ)
    2 x 150 Strong
    (here the Tri-Train pulled off the tracks and I continued)
    2 x 125 IM (50 Bk) on :15 strong

    50 EZ 10 x 50 with snorkel
    - odds kick on :55
    - evens swim on :45

    100 float with snorkel and out (Tri Train/Rec/2200 yds/45 min)

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    I decided to get up early in order to catch the Tri Train at the pool this morning. I have a tough time waking up early! Had a good swim, and kept going a bit longer after they finished up. No real intervals, just wait for the rest of the train to pull into the depot then head out again. I decided to use the snorkel for the whole set, and felt more fatigued the second time through. I thought that by adding the 2x 125 I'd hit 1650 for the set, but it was early and my calculator wasn't working apparently!

    Looking forward to the water again on Friday .
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  8. Mon and Tuesday

    Mon. 10-22-12

    Only five of us at practice and one of them wasn't feeling well and left early. I must have missed the memo on whatever is going on around town here since no one has been showing up. The up side is plenty of feedback from coach.

    600 done as
    -200 swim
    -100 kick build
    -repeat
    8 x 50 @ 60 descend stroke count 1-4,5-8
    4 x 200 pull descend @ 3:00
    50 EZ
    4 x 250 @ r/30-45 done as
    -25 fly cruise
    -50 back strong
    -75 br build
    -100 fr under 4IM free split
    50 EZ
    4 x 200 swim @ 3:15 descend
    200 w/d

    3900 scy

    The 4 x 250 might be my new favorite short set. I had time to talk with coach and push different portions a little more to see how it affected my 100 free time. I went 1:19, 1:17, 1:16, 1:15 on those which is would be a good 4IM free split for me. Yes I know a 250 is not the same as a 400, but it helped out my confidence.

    Tuesday 10-23-12

    Very limited time in the a.m. I live less then 10 min. away from the fitness center so getting in for 30-45 minutes is justifiable to me if I have a goal. Todays goal was to stretch out a little and work my back to breast turns. I think I got it.

    4 x 100 @ 1:30 w/buoy
    2 x 200 @ 3:00 kick w/fins
    4 x 100 @ r/15ish drill, IM order

    About 15 min of turn work

    100 DPS Fly
    -Cruised this just to see how it felt. Fly is not my thing but I didn't feel like I was sinking/floundering.

    100 EZ

    1500 scy
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  9. Tuesday, 10/23/12

    by , October 24th, 2012 at 01:17 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY

    Warm up (1000)
    500 swim with fins - with zoomers, did 250 free/250 back
    200 IM kick
    3 x 100/2:00 (25 scull - 25 drill - 50 build) - free

    Main Set (1200)
    12 x 100/ 1:45 - did all with fins (zoomers) Took fins off for final 2 swims
    #1 & 2 = swim build
    - #1 free, ave 1:25, #2 back, ave 1:30
    #3 & 4 = strong swim free or back
    - #3 free, ave 1:15, last one w/o fins 1:17, #4 back, ave 1:20, last one w/o fins 1:23

    Kick Set (700)
    400 IM Kick
    - with snorkel & board (except back) time around 9:00
    6 x 50 kick choice/1:10 strong
    - #1-3 on back, #4-6 on belly w/snorkel & board, ave 1:00 for all

    Warm down (200)
    4 x 50/50 smooth

    Total: 3100 yards
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  10. Wed Oct 24th, 2012

    by , October 24th, 2012 at 10:54 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Oct 24th, 2012

    Lifted weights Tuesday afternoon

    Whitney coached
    SCY UT Swim Center main pool
    6:00 - 7:30 dove in on time
    Swam with Mike Todd, & Chris
    Beside Chris, Marcio, Paul, Dick, Gull, Keith, Korey, Sloan & Brad Bailey

    Warm up
    300
    300
    300

    Main Set

    4 x 50 fr on 35

    assigned 400 fly with 3 kicks

    4 x 100 fr on 1:10

    400 bk 4 SDKs off each wall

    4 x 200 fr on 2:20

    400 br

    4 x 100 IM

    400 fr

    8 x 50 on 1:00
    done 25 fast 25 fr with 2 breaths

    100 easy

    Next Meets:

    Sat Dec 1, 2012 - Sun Dec 2nd

    2012 South Central SCM Reg Championships
    DAYS TILL


    2013 South Central SCY Zone Championships
    Fri Apr 5 - Sun Apr 7 (Tentative)
    UT Austin, TX
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  11. 10.24.12 - Wednesday workout

    by , October 24th, 2012 at 10:04 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave, Dave, Dave, Roger, Ray, Chris, Meredith and Danny. Feeling pretty good so far this week. Getting used to the 5K/day workload.

    SCY

    600 Warm up

    150 Br/50 Fr - 3:00
    100 Br/100 Fr - 2:55
    50 Br/150 Fr - 2:50
    200 Free - 2:45
    200 Free - 2:40
    200 Free - 2:35
    200 Free - 2:30
    200 Free - 2:25
    200 Free - 2:20 (Made 2:26)
    100 Easy
    Kind of disappointed w/ the breaststroke. I've changed my pull and while it seems easier, I don't appear to be faster. My shoulders are a lot more sore than usual so I'm hoping that developing more strength will improve the speed eventually.

    10 x 100 - 1:30
    * Odds - 25 flutter kick/75 Free
    * Evens - 50 Breast/50 Br kick
    100 Easy

    4 x 25 Fly - :45 No breath
    4 x 25 Kick - :40 (odds easy, evens sprint)
    4 x 25 br pullouts - :40 No breath
    4 x 25 Kick - :40 (odds easy, evens sprint)
    4 x 25 Free - :35 No breath
    4 x 25 Kick - :40 (odds easy, evens sprint)

    300 Pull Timed - One breath per 25 yards, rest on walls all you want. Made 4:07.

    16 x 50 - :55
    * 4 fly Descend, 4 back descend, 4 br descend, 4 free descend

    200 Cool down

    (5500 Total)
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  12. Pace work and distance focus

    by , October 24th, 2012 at 08:30 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    My shoulders, biceps and forarms are all still screaming from the Monday weights, but atleast it is a good type of scream.

    I did manage to do a fairly good set today one of my favorites.

    1000 as 200 swim/200 pull/200 swim/200 kick/200 swim
    500 kick w/zoomers every 3rd lap fast

    10x100 free w/paddles & bouy
    #1-4@1:30 went 1:22, 1:21, 1:21, 1:22
    #5-7@1:25 went 1:20, 1:18, 1:19
    #8-9@1:20 went 1:18, 1:19
    #10@1:15 went 1:20 unfortunately that was all I had left

    200 EZ
    100 free underwater recovery
    4x25 DPS was 15,15,16,16
    50 back
    50 free

    Total 3000 yards
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  13. Tues, Oct. 23, 2012 7:45-9:00pm

    by , October 24th, 2012 at 01:56 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Monday's practice ended up being cancelled due to a "fecal explosion" in the pool that apparently was extreme...

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    Tonight, we were at the other pool in town, and we started off nearly the first hour with the coach talking about the age group meet last weekend and handing out the awards to all those who attended. Many of the kids with time drops in 7-10 out of 10 swims over the weekend. Lots of kids ended up swimming "new events" for the first time as well, 200s of strokes, 400 IM, 500/1650.


    Got in @ 7:45 for a pretty easy day:

    1000 Free DPS

    800 Kick w/ fins (25 Dolphin/25 Flutter)
    - did 200 no board/100 board/200 no board/100 board/200 no board


    10 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:50 breathe every 3, work on technique/body position/rotation/etc.
    • Odds used my TYR Catalyst paddles
    • Evens used some FINIS Agility paddles
    • With the TYRs I could really use the paddles more for strength and power, and the FINIS paddles, I had to think more about hand placement, pull pattern, etc. My personal preference are the TYR paddles, but I'll still play around with the FINIS paddles at times. I found I can do butterfly with them as well, but backstroke is a no-no with them...they won't stay on your hand during the backstroke entry.
    16 x 50 @ 1:00

    4 groups of 4 x 50s each stroke
    • Odds Drill
    • Evens Fast Swim (Flys :30s, other strokes - whatever... )
    200 EZ and out

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    3800 Yards