A light group at the pool this morning. Swam with Peter, Dave M, Danny, and Keith.
Had to get a little early, so when they decided to do some combination sets on a little longer intervals, I decided to work on IM.
4x300 Free Descending on 4:30 (4:15, 4:07, 4:02, 3:55 - finally loosened up)
10x100 on 1:45 - Alternated Free/IM (1:20's and 1:35's)
8x50 on 1:00 IM order
6x50 Fly/Back/Free on 1:00
6x150 Back w/paddles on 2:30
This is more fly/IM than I have ever done. It wore me down.
Haven't swam since Monday. Must have needed the rest because I felt really good today.
Warm Up (600)
200 Free/Back swim
200 kick w/board & snorkel
200 pull w/buoy & snorkel, no paddles
Main Set (2000)
Back & Free
1 x 100/1:50 – strong back --1 x 100/1:40 - smooth free
2 x 100/1:50 – strong back --2 x 100/1:40 - smooth free
3 x 100/1:50 – strong back --3 x 100/1:40 - smooth free
4 x 100/1:50 – strong back --4x 100/1:40 - smooth free
- went 1:28-1:30 on back, 1:25-27 on free
200 easy mix of free, back, fly, & breast
Total: 2800 yards
Fri Nov 30, 2012
SCM meet is tomorrow
06 400 Individual Medley
10 50 Backstroke
12 100 Butterfly
18 50 Freestyle
22 100 Individual Medley
34 400 Freestyle
38 50 Breaststroke
200 Individual Medley
46 50 Butterfly
56 800 Freestyle
plan to do a few relays
probably drop the 4 free
My wife has had a bad cold &
I hope I don't catch it. No symptoms yet
Swam: yesterday, just took it easy
5:00 - 6:30 dove around 5:20
SCY UT Swim Center
north end main pool, blocks
Swam with Mike, Todd & Chris
beside Gull, Keith, David, & ??
4 rounds of
25 or 50 easy speed on the 50's
25 easy speed on 100's
half or less of the 400 easy
Sat Dec 1, 2012 - Sun Dec 2nd
2012 South Central SCM Reg Championships
2013 South Central SCY Zone Championships
Fri Apr 5 - Sun Apr 7
UT Austin, TX
SCY@FGCU Aquatic Center
Air temp of 72, pool at 80, 100% water clarity.
Partly sunny with humidity at 66%
1x300 as 50FR/50BK
1x5000 FR for time with 500 splits
5:56.66:01.2, 11:57.85:58.55:59.0, 11:57.5, 23:55.35:58.55:59.1, 11:57.6, 35:52.96:00.46:04.8, 12:05.2, 47:58.15:58.45:52.2, 11:50.6, 59.48.7
200 EZ Swim
During warmup I felt the best so far this week, which I think is partly due to getting more protein in my meals, and my sleeping has improved.Set 1 - This is my best 5000 SCY swim in about 17 years going under 60 minutes. My goal was to be at 1:12 pace per 100 or faster. I am really encouraged by the results, although I did get ragged during the 4th 1000, the last 500 was solid. As soon as I showed up on the pool deck, Coach suggested doing it, and then lifeguard Colleen offered to take my splits, since her shift was over(I think it was a planned conspiracy).I have reached my USMS 2012 GTD Goal of 606 miles with an current pace of 607.15 miles as of today. So the week that started out really awful ends up being pretty good.
Updated December 1st, 2012 at 01:29 AM by fdtotten
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Getting back into the normal routine this week after a refreshing break (not from swimming, but from my usual venue and workouts). Monday I decided to focus on just swimming smoothly, with a little bit of up-tempo pace work at shorter distances, so here's what I did:
500 fr on 9:00
10 x 50 on :55 (mostly :44-:45)
500 fr on 9:00
10 x 50 on :55 (Mostly: 45-:46)
500 fr on 9:00
10 x 50 on :55 (mostly :47)
3800 SCY in 70 minutes.
Tuesday's workout consisted of about 2000 in drills, kick, and pull before I did a 1000 continuous swim in which I had 4 hard 200s each followed by a recovery 50--all freestyle. My 200s were between 3:10 and 3:15, which is in my 1500/1650 pace range... yes, I know, pretty slow; but I've been on something of a plateau this year.
Wednesday was a total bust because I waited until after work to try to get to the Y (lately I've been stopping on my way in or during the lunch hour). I made it to the Y about 6:45P, but by the time I got changed and spent twenty minutes in the steam and sauna rooms (I've been drinking tons of water and trying to sweat out the toxins to avoid the cold I felt coming on at the beginning of the week... it seems to have worked) the pool was CLOSED DOWN... 1 hour, 45 minutes earlier than normal! Some kid took a dump in the pool.... grrrr! Darn you, pooping kid!
Yesterday's workout is one I've gone back to several times this fall and I felt like I was swimming it a little stronger: 4000 SCY in 80 minutes, 3000 of which was hard swimming (faster than LT pace).
500 warm-up (mix of fr, br, and bk)--10 minutes
20 x 50 on 1:00 (mostly :39-:41)
10 x 100 on 2:00 (mostly 1:29-1:30)
5 x 200 on 4:00 (3:10, 3:09, 3:08, 3:10, 3:11)
500 cool-down (mix of fr, br, and bk)--10 minutes
My goal here was to be swimming faster than 1500 pace, but stay relaxed; the last 100 of those 200s at the end of the workout was tough though; falling off from :45-:46/50y pace to :49-:50/50.
EZ day today... we'll see what I manage to get in. Tomorrow I'll do a distance day.
Swam w/ Dave, Dave, Keith and Danny. From the "why wasn't I listening when someone told me about this" department: Turns out that I exhale on my breaststroke too early. I've been told in the past to keep my head down when I breathe. But I never could because even though my mouth came out of the water, enough water came up with my head that I'd get a mouthful if I didn't tilt my head forward. So, I got the bright idea today of exhaling as my face is breaking the surface of the water. It worked! No more head bobbing! Why didn't someone tell me about this before? They probably did... I just wasn't listening.
600 Warm up
4 x 300 Free - 4:30 descend (3:50, 3:44, 3:38, 3:30)
10 x 100 - 1:45 Convert IM -> IM kick
20 x 50 - 1:00
* 1-4, 9-12, 17-20 SDK w/ fins down, easy back
* 5-8, 13-16 IM Order
8 x 150 - 2:30
* 1-4 Kick sandwich on IM bread
* Pull/kick/IM Order
SCAD has there meet this weekend so all the teams were in this morning for workout. Most of the laps swimmers were scared off so I actually got my own lane, YEAH!
My back was still making it's pain known but it did not last much past 200 yards. The first part of my ritual 500 is always exceedingly slow.
500 free kick w/zoomers every 3rd 25 fast
8x25@:45 shooters w/zoomers made it to 15m
5x200@3:00 free w/paddles & bouy descend 1-5 went 2:50, 2:48, 2:46, 2:43, 2:37
200 breast kick
8x25@:10RI DPS kept a count of 15-16
4x100@:15RI free EZ
total 3200 yards