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  1. 8|2|13 SCM - weights - LCM


    Warmed up lightly as free, WFPS for 500

    Did not count, about 20 dives from block
    • some included breakout with a few strokes
    • the last 6 of them I recorded with my phone (still waiting for them to load)


    Joined up with my wife at the gym to lift weights. Some of my muscle groups were still recovering from the load earlier this week, so I took it easy here and there, mostly encouraging her.

    I noticed her going through her sets with little rest, using light weight and high reps. I suggested she should rest at least one minute (or more, if possible), use heavier weights and do reps form 8 - 12, hinting what she was doing is no different than laboring away on cardio equipment. Hesitant at first, stating she didn't want to "bulk up" - would rather tone up and burn fat. I explained it would be very unlikely in her case, furthermore building muscle mass and power itself would consume fat a heck of a lot faster than she would think.

    I finally convinced her by using my toothpick physique for anecdotal evidence that heavy lifting does not always "bulk" one up. She's not even 120lbs and has nothing to worry about. Hope I'm not wrong though, I would be in some deep Scheiße!


    10 x 50 on about 3:00
    • all free except the 9th (bk)
    • 8th and 10th with 2- beat kick
    • focused on easy speed, being relaxed, and breath control, applying force at correct time and position
    • got down to 0:34 with 37 strokes, bk was about 0:45, and 2 - beat's were 0:35 and 0:36 with 37 and 39 strokes (surprisingly).
  2. Week 44 - Friday

    by , August 2nd, 2013 at 09:34 PM (After a long rest)
    I was tired this morning but felt a lot better. Later in the day I found out its not swimmers ear but is an inner ear infection and I was put on a series of antibiotics. the pool was stupid as scy.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45

    Main sets
    6x100 swum as 75 fast on 1.05, 25 streamline kick with 10 seconds rest)
    3x200 fast on 2.30
    12x50 shark fin drill
    16x25 no breath on 40
    8x50 kick on 1min

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total 3400scy

    I went 42s on the first two and then dropped to 40s on the fast 75s. The 200s did not feel very good but I went 2.02,2.01,2.00.
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  3. Aug 1-2

    by , August 2nd, 2013 at 04:48 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    60 minute spin

    Friday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Lebo pool

    600 various
    4 x 50 scull w/agility paddles
    4 x 50 caterpillar fly drill
    8 x 50 free w/agility paddles @ 200 pace @ 1:00
    50 EZ
    8 x 50 burst SDK + cruise w/fins @ 1:00
    50 EZ
    3 x (50 AFAP + 100 EZ) @ 3:00
    -- was a second off my usual times, no surprise
    50 EZ
    5 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    150 EZ

    Total: 3050


    Almost unpacked! Swam today at the outdoor pool. It was shallow, choppy and windy. I won't even bother with back SDKs or DPK SDKs in a shallow pool.

    Some good news -- looks like I will be coaching Team Pitt Masters in the evening starting in September. I think it will be great fun and I should then have access to the pool (at least after practice, perhaps in the afternoon as well, details being worked out).

    Heading off to NoVa for the weekend for NVSL All Stars.
    Swim Workouts , Spinning
  4. 08.02.13 - Friday workout

    by , August 2nd, 2013 at 02:19 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave, Dave and Carlile. Dave B had the freestyle cranked up. I just couldn't keep up today. I guess I was saving for the 2 x 100 fly. But Dave M beat me on those. I did however have a pretty good warm up. I think I won that. And some of my 50 easys were spectacular.


    600 Warm up

    4 Rounds of:
    * 6 Rounds of:
    ** 100 free - 1:20 (1:15s w/ occasional 1:13s)
    ** 25 free - :30 (did stroke on the first 2 rounds)
    * 50 Easy - 2:00
    * 2 x 100 fly - 1:30
    * 50 Easy - 2:00
    On the last round, we made the 2 x 100 fly a 200 timed fly. It was my idea and a poor one at that. Made 2:46. Had Dave M beat through 175. He made a great surge on the last 25 and I didn't have enough to stay with him.

    10 x 50 Kick w/ fins - 1:00

    200 Cool down

    (5500 Total)
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  5. Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout: 08/05/2013

    by , August 2nd, 2013 at 01:38 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    This will be my last post until I return from Nationals in Mission Viejo.

    4 X 50
    4 X 100
    3 X 50
    3 X 100
    2 X 50
    2 X 100
    1 X 50
    1 X 100
    50's: 1:00
    100's: 1:50

    6 X 50 kick 1:20
    1 X 100 swim 2:00
    6 X 50 kick 1:20

    12 X 50
    odd: free 1:00
    even: stroke 1:15

    1 X 200 3:30
    4 X 50 fast 1:15
    Three rounds, swim or pull

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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  6. Back at it

    by , August 2nd, 2013 at 11:54 AM (One Stroke at a Time)
    Thursday August 1st

    Long Course
    8 x 100 on 2:00 25 kick/25 drill/25 swim/25 free IM order by 100
    2 x (3 x 4 x 50) odds stroke evens free swim second stroke 50 faster than the first
    Round 1 pull on 1:00 (was supposed to be fly but I pulled instead)
    Round 2 on 1:10 back
    Round 3 on 1:20 breast
    200 easy
    2700 meters

    I was happy to sneak a swim in prior to having chemo today (This is cycle #6 which will complete the first round). My vacation was fantastic. The temps were in the 50s and 60s so quite a change from the triple digits here in Houston. It had been raining a lot so all of the waterfalls were flowing. I hiked/walked and kayaked. There was no swimming. My kids got in and splashed in the waves. My husband swam in a full wetsuit and described his experience as the following: First my feet went numb and then my hands after that I could not feel my face so I had to turn over and swim backstroke. When we got to my parents, there was a bald eagle on the island in front of their house (You can't really see it but it is the little white head in the second tallest tree in the second picture) and right before we were leaving, there was a tall ship going by in front of my parents house.

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    Updated August 2nd, 2013 at 12:05 PM by MaryR

  7. Brain already on vacation, just waiting for body to catch up

    by , August 2nd, 2013 at 07:32 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Last day of work till after Nationals. I so need this vacation. Not sure how my swimming will be. Today my lower back was a real problem, hense the focus on fly undulation motion to loosen it up.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@2:00 free w/bouy holding 1:43's long and loose
    4x100 w/snorkle & zoomers #1&3 fly scull #2&4 fly w/underwater recovery
    200 fly w/zoomers as 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim
    200 free EZ
    4x50 from block 25m sprint/25m EZ

    Total 2500 meters
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  8. Week 44 - Thursday

    by , August 1st, 2013 at 09:53 PM (After a long rest)
    I still had the lovely burning in my sinus' but generally felt much better today. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow and have been taking sudafed to cut down on my congestion. Tonight I decided to go to the pool and get my heart rate up a little. I felt pretty good.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45
    5x100 kick on 1.50

    Main set
    5x100 free on 1.15
    4x100 free on 1.10
    3x100 free on 1.05
    2x100 free on 1 min

    I planned on going one on 55 but decided to not push it and stopped here

    Warm down
    400 easy

    Total 3000 SCY

    Updated August 2nd, 2013 at 06:48 PM by StewartACarroll

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  9. 08.01.13 - Thursday workout

    by , August 1st, 2013 at 07:50 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave, Dave and Roger.


    600 Warm up

    8 x 100 Up/Down Bk - 1:45 (:10)
    8 x 100 Up/Down Br - 1:45 (:10)
    50 Easy
    Roger pointed out that I'm not rotating my shoulders enough and getting my hand deep enough upon entry. Changed my stroke a little to compensate. I'm not any faster/slower doing this but I'm sore from using new muscle groups.

    8 x 100 Up/Down Kick - 1:45 (:05), base stroke fly. Start w/ 100 fly
    8 x 100 Up/Down IM - 1:30 (:05)
    50 Easy

    5 x 100 Up/Down Bk - 1:40 (:05)
    5 x 100 Up/Down Fly - 1:45 (:10)
    100 Easy

    200 Timed IM (2:42 - not that great for me. I was pretty sore and had no speed)

    200 Cool down

    (5400 Total)
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  10. July 30-31

    by , August 1st, 2013 at 02:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    60 minute spin

    Wednesday: Swim/SCY @ Sewickley Masters

    700 OMO
    12 x 25 drill + 25 swim @ 1:00
    4 x 50 kick @ 1:00 (I did 25 shooter + 25 EZ w/fins)
    4 x 50, 12.5 UW each length @ 1:15 (I did 2/3 of each length UW w/fins)
    8 x 100 @ 2:00, first 25 fast
    -- I did the fast portions @ 95%, 6 fly + 2 breast
    8 x 50 @ 50, free w/long UWs
    6 x 25 AFAP kick @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Total: 3350


    Still unpacking and getting used to Pittsburgh. It's going to be a long adjustment process, I fear. I'm constantly getting lost. My car GPS is a fail. Not that I'm driving my car at the moment after getting rear ended. I felt a little more like myself at last night's practice with all the UW work.

    Lil Fort is doing much better than me. She loves her newly renovated suite and has been training with the high school girls, which she likes. The coach has said she can run with them throughout the year.

    Updated August 1st, 2013 at 03:14 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Spinning
  11. Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout: 08/02/2013

    by , August 1st, 2013 at 01:14 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    6 X 50 1:00
    6 X 100 1:50
    Two rounds

    10 X 50 kick 1:20

    1 X 300 IM 6:00
    6 X 50 1:15 #6 on 1:30
    1 X 200 IM 4:00
    6 X 50 1:15 #6 on 1:30
    1 X 100 IM 2:00
    6 X 50 1:15 #6 on 1:30
    Swim 50's 2 fly, 2 back, 2 breast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  12. Thursday 8/1/13

    Thursday 8/1

    AM only LCM

    300 swim w/ paddles + fins + snorkel
    8x25 @ :10 rest scull
    4x50 @ :15 rest overkick swim w/ strapless paddles

    5x200 @ :05 rest w/ fins + snorkel
    odd: kick
    even: swim

    100 EZ

    Total: 3200
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  13. I am so ready for SWIMCATION to start!

    by , August 1st, 2013 at 07:43 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    2 more days till SWIMCATION. My kids and I are so ready to go and have some fun. Just got my stretch cord to use in the hotel pool for some training before the meet.

    Should be a really interesting taper with all the walking I will be doing.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@:15RI w/snorkle #1 fly scull #2 torque drill #3 breast scull #4 underwater recovery free #5 accordian drill
    6x100@:10 odds free evens #2 back, #4 breast, #6 fly drill 3rt/3lt/3swim
    4x50 from block 15m sprint free
    200 free EZ w/fins

    Total 2500 meters
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  14. Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    by , July 31st, 2013 at 10:19 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 74 Water temp 78
    Sunny, humidity at 66%

    Warm Up
    200 FR
    200 FR DR w/snorkel
    200 as 4(25 FR FAST/25 EZ BK)
    200 Fly DR w/snorkel
    2x100 Fly on 1:00 rest, 100 as 2(25DK/bk, 25Swim)
    4x50 Fly on 1:15, 50 as 25 FAST/25 EZ BK

    *Set 1*
    3(6x50 FR on 1:20) #1-2, 4-5 CU-Strong, #3-6 Fast
    ---100 Bk
    6x50 on 10 bobs rest, 50 as (25 Block Dive FAST, 25 EZ) 2FR/2Fly/2FR
    ---200 BK

    *Set 2*
    4x300 FR on 1:00 rest, 300 as 2(50 Steady/50 Strong/50 Fast) w/agility paddles-tube-buoy-snorkel
    ---100 BK

    *Set 3*
    2(3x200 FR on 3:30) 200 as 4x50 desc 1-4
    ---100 BK

    *Set 4*
    20x50 FR on 1:00 Odd/Kick (25RS-25LS), Even/FR-CU, w/fins-snorkel
    *36/Kick, *31-30 FR-CU

    Warm Down
    300 BK/FR by 50
    4x50 FR SPL-22/24 w/10 bobs between

    The obvious insight from the session today is that I need to improve my Fly block start and underwater transition. From the wall I can go 10 fast SDK into the stroke smoothly with a strong driving kick and pulling with fast hand acceleration for the 25M, getting times of 13.4-13.6 from coach Chuck. The dive Fly 25s were not so great at 13.8-14.0 as I struggled with the SDK portion, and since I also hope to eventually try doing FR starts with some SDK, I will be seriously working on it.
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  15. 500s day; time in the kitchen...

    by , July 31st, 2013 at 09:57 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    I'm waiting for the split-pea and barley soup to cool a bit, so I've got some time to blog after spending a good hour and a half in meal prep (more on that presently). Today I did a distance workout that totally kicked my butt, BUT made me feel pretty good about my progress. Here's what I did:

    4000 SCY in 75 minutes

    WU (1000)
    400 EZ swim (200 fr, 100 bk, 100 br)
    4 x 100 IM on 2:15 (1:39, 1:35, 1:37, 1:38)
    4 x 50 fr on 1:00 (:40, :39, :38, :39)

    MS1 (2500)
    5 x 500 on 8/9:00 (7:35, 7:36, 7:46, 7:50, 7:56)
    --Went on 8:00 for the first 3 and then 9:00 for the last two; I felt like I was swimming through quickly hardening concrete in the last couple of 500s

    CD (500)
    10 x 50 on :55
    --these were all around :45-:47... wasn't pushing it, just trying to bring the heart rate down a bit

    PROGRESS: There was a time, a few years back, when I was straining to do 500 yards in 10:00. In January I probably could have counted on one hand the number of times I'd swum a 500 in under 8:00. In fact, my time in the only 500 I've done in a meet setting was 7:38, last January. My split at the 1650 in March was faster than that. I feel pretty good about this set, the first of its kind I've done... something to extend the speed work and pace work I've been doing at shorter distances and help bridge the confidence gap for holding faster paces for longer distances.

    TIME IN THE KITCHEN: One of the things about a plant-based, whole foods diet is the amount of time it takes to prepare food... washing and chopping veggies, taking time to cook my own meal even when the rest of the family is just pulling pork out of the crock pot and depositing it on buns. I could save a lot of time with microwave dinners or canned one-dish wonders, but it's definitely worth it to prepare everything myself. I mentioned in a previous blog that I've been cooking in big batches on Sunday nights the last couple of weeks... so I have a nice assortment of combined grains, legumes, kale, nuts and dried fruits to mix and match during the week. A dinner salad on other nights (mixed greens, chopped tomatoes and beans is a good combo) or throwing together some vegan tacos generally doesn't take that much time, though it does involve more chopping. I'm also trying out new recipes for hot meals... Here are some tofu migas I made (had enough left over to reheat for lunch the next day... and tofu migas keep a lot better than their egg counterparts):

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    Served with a side of vegetarian refried beans (from the can) and my own guacamole (mash half an avocado and add in some finely diced onions, tomato and cilantro) on a bed of mixed greens. I adapted the "Migas Especiales" recipe from Rip Essylstyn's Engine 2 Diet website.

    But what about soups and stews?

    I've got this one figured out too... it does take some time, but I'm organizing my time differently to adjust. Today, for example, I made that split-pea and barley soup (from Nava Atlas' "The 5-Ingredient Vegetarian Gourmet"... the book has lots of recipes that are "uncomplicated"; thank goodness!). Putting the ingredients together was a piece of cake (ooo, bad analogy!), it took 5 minutes to get everything in the pot and headed toward a boil... but the recipe calls for the soup to simmer on low for an hour, then add two more cups of water and simmer for another 30 minutes... yikes, that's a long wait. But, hey, I'm not just going to sit there and watch the pot boil. I prepared and ate a dinner salad while I waited. Here's a picture:

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    We picked up three different varieties of lettuce at the farmer's market and have been using that for salads all week... I also chopped in some spinach, some cilantro, a tomato and an avocado. Sprinkled in chopped walnuts and sliced almonds, then drizzled on some balsamic vinaigrette. After I took the picture I even remembered to sprinkle on some ground flax seed. Yummy. I had plenty of time to prepare it and eat it (actually went back for a second plate!) while the split-pea/barley soup was working on the stove top.

    The dinner salad is an awesome thing. As I mentioned you can give it a little more "meat" by putting on some beans or hominy... Didn't do that tonight since I'm going to have plenty of legumes in the soup. Speaking of the soup... it smells really good. I'm going in!
  16. Wednesday 7/31/13

    Wednesday 7/31

    PM only SCY

    400 swim
    300 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    200 kick
    100 I.M. drill

    6x under H2O returns w/ fins
    8x50 @ 1:00
    odd: kick/drill
    even: drill/swim
    8x25 @ :40 V.S.
    50 EZ

    300 @ 3:20 (3:07/3:03)
    200 @ 2:15 (2:04/2:02)
    150 @ 1:40 (1:30/1:29)
    100 EZ

    300 EZ

    Total: 3450

    Had Crossfit before practice, but it was 45 minutes of stretching only. I guess it made a huge difference, because the main set I felt so smooth in the water. As written, everything was just aerobic, making the interval (1:07 base), but I felt so good on round one that I just tried to work the second round harder. My stroke felt pretty effortless, although towards the end of round two my arms got sore, but cardio-wise, my HR never got above a low RED (26/ :10). A short but sweet set for sure!
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  17. Tuesday 7/30/13

    Tuesday 7/30

    AM only LCM

    300 swim w/ fins + snorkel
    6x50 @ 1:00 kick/drill
    3x100 @ 1:20 AE

    8x25 @ :40 V.S.

    100 EZ

    Total: 3000

    Had a busy day lined up so I didn't have time for much of a practice today.
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  18. Week 44 - Wednesday

    by , July 31st, 2013 at 08:23 PM (After a long rest)
    I had every intention of swimming last night but was feeling pretty crappy when i got home and decided to give it a miss and go to bed early. I definately have an ear infection in my left ear and I am pretty sure based on the burning feeling from the top of my nose to the top of my head I have a sinus infection. Anyhow I still woke up and headed to the pool this morning but felt worse as the workout went on. I primarily felt achy and tired. The pool was setup for long course meters.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 50

    Main set
    4x(2x50 free drill on 50, 200 IM on 2.45)
    4x(100 free on 1.10, 2x50 kick on 55)
    assigned 20x50 on 35 or until I failed. I never really got going here and after 2 stopped.
    800 free easy with snorkel

    Total 3700meters

    Despite making the IMs and the fast 100s and kick sets I progressively felt worse and worse. I ended with an easy 800 and even this felt rough. I plan on heading to the doctor but struggled getting an appointment. Depending on how I feel in the morning I may go to a walk in clinic just to get some relief.
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  19. 7|31|13 scm again

    15 x 25 on 1:00 swim golf WS
    • 30's - 31's (PAR 31)

    My version of ust flutter kick - kick fas as hell for 1/3 length (6 seconds) then little baby kicks to wall
    • 1 part AFAP - 6 parts easy (1:6 work-rest)


    Plyos and weights

    Bought some creatine and A-HD to prepare for meet 3 weeks from now. My goal for the meet is to avoid doing anything stupid

    Plan to get 8+ hours of sleep tonight and take tomorrow off from exercising, but might do a little yoging.

    Fast twitch stuff

    Updated August 1st, 2013 at 03:13 PM by __steve__

  20. 07.31.13 - Wednesday workout

    by , July 31st, 2013 at 03:50 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave C. Dave usually swims next to us with a different group. Thunderstorms kept most swimmers away this morning, so he joined my workout. Its nice to have someone swimming w/ you. Solo stinks.


    600 warm up

    6 x 50 - :45
    9 x 100 - 1:15 (made 1:13s, 1:11 on the last one)
    50 Easy

    3 Rounds of: (Fly, bk, br by round)
    * 100 Pull - 1:30
    * 25 stroke/75 free - 1:35
    * 50 stroke/50 free - 1:40
    * 75 stroke/25 free - 1:45
    * 100 stroke - 2:00
    50 easy
    I tried to keep my speed up since the intervals were generous. Went 1:20 for 100 fly, 1:25 for 100 bk and 1:20 for 100 br.

    10 Rounds of:
    * 100 Free - 1:15
    * 50 Kick - 1:15
    Made 1:05 on the last 2. Had to pretend Dave B was racing me to keep motivated. Somehow he beat me anyway.

    200 Cool down

    (5100 Total)
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