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Updated July 1st, 2014 at 10:37 AM by Editor
PM only SCY
4x25 @ :40 drill/under H2O kick w/ fins
4x150 @ 1:50 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
15M dive FAST/35 EZ
mid-pool 25s w/ fast turns
4x100 @ 1:40 kick last 25 under H2O w/ fins
8x75 @ 1:20 D1-4, 5-8
4x50 @ :50 @ 200 PACE (FL - 29.9, 29.9, 29.4, 30.3)
Did a mostly easy 1700 with Jimby at Sewickley
Friday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewickley (Pitt is closed)
100 fly drills
8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
4 x 25 burst + cruise
4 x (fly/back kick/breast/free)
3 x 50 @ 100 pace @ 1:00-1:30
1 x 50 @ 100 pace
1 x 50 EZ
20 x 25 kick 2/fins @ 100 pace @ :40
-- It was difficult to tell my times on the analog clocks. Pretty sure I missed on #13 and skipped 14. The first few of these are so easy and then the quads start to burn.
Didn't kill it today; hoping to get a good workout in with one of my masters swimmers tomorrow at Pitt.
Having just discussed the topic of viewing your workouts negatively or positively, I read this blog post with interest: http://www.eetukarvonen.com
And another article on HIT training: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/0...ef=health&_r=1. Small sample size but it does suggest that short bursts are better than longer efforts for endurance and that recovery is really important.
Article on stretching, I really think I need to do more of this (especially for fly): http://swimswam.com/3-reasons-why-st...ery-is-a-must/
Mostly a kicking day for me...
200 Free warmup
8 x 100 SDK on back @ 1:40 (held 1:10-1:15s)
10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:45s)
300 worth of EZ 25s swim
1800 yards :-)
Did weights last night - chest, back, shoulders, thighs, abdominal, butt, and hips
Plyometric activity also done
500 fr, S
rest 1 min500 fr, S
rest 1 min500 fr, S
rest 3 min500 fr, S
500 Drill/Bk, F
500 Drill, with and without S and F
2 x 500 FK
Updated February 28th, 2014 at 02:34 PM by __steve__
1 X 200 3:00 3:00
3 X 100 1:40 1:30
4 X 50 :50 :45
Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.
1 X 500 kick + 100 swim
4 X 100 2:00
4 X 75 1:30
4 X 50 1:00
4 X 25 fast :45
Swim each group of 4--1of each IM order
20 X 100 pull
19-20: swim down 2:00
I had a great night last night having Ethipian food for the first time for dinner and getting to bed at 8pm. I slept well and woke feeling good this morning. This mornings practice was short but did have some high intensity race pace work in it. Its always fun mixing it up and this was a mixup kind of workout for me. Longer rests than usual and much shorter sets, but fun none the less.
12x25 kick on 25
2x50 fast free on 45
12x25 pull on 25
2x50 fast free on 45
12x50 on 45
2x100 fast free on 2mins
2x(25 ez, 50 fast, 75 ez, 100 fast, 100 ez, 75 fast, 50 ez, 25 fast) 15 seconds rest. First round free. Second round back.
300 free ez
Total 3400 scy
Since I was visiting I did not have any equipment and much of these sets had instructions to use paddles and fins but I had to swim them without either. There was nothing majorly interesting about my times today but I did try pushing the 100s at race pace and held 53-54s. The water was much hotter than I am used to and I am sure today I was also like a raspberry. I neverr thought I would look forward to swimming in cool water like I usually do but I am. Todays bath temperature water made it tough to really get going. Some of the guys and girls I swam with are swimming a 1650 in the pool this weekend and they will cook.
Mother Nature is playing tricks on us again. Nearly a full week of temps in the 70's, and she pulls a fast one last night and drops it to 28 degrees. Of course pool management decided that meant the pool had to be warmer, so we got to have 85 degree water. Fortunately the people from Premier were not allowed in their pool (if it's colder than 40 they won't open the pool) so I had this fast guy, Chuck, to spur me on [to greatness] hahaha. When I was doing 1:20's, he was doing them on the 1:15 and holding a 1:10. I comfort myself with the facts: a) he is a MAN, and b) he is only 45. Plus, I had done 2200 before he even got in, so I was more tired, right? (Why don't I feel better?)When I did my 200 easy at the end, he did one all out & did a :58 from a push. Most impressive.
1000 warm-up (100 free, 25 back/breast repeat)
3 x 300 Pull w/50 breast between each, first one no paddles
2 x 100 easy
100 kick @ 2:00
2 x 100 "IM" @ 1:30
3 x 100 @ 1:20
4 x 100 back/free w/zoomers @ 1:25
5 x 100 @ 1:20
4 x 100 kick @ 2:00
3 x 100 @ 1:20
2 x 100 "IM" @ 1:30
Total: 5200 SCY
Only had to share for a short time today. Did a good distance set.
500 free kick w/zoomers
15x100@1:45 free w/strapless paddles & bouy holding 1:35's
500 free kick w/zoomers seeing how many times I could lap the guy that joined me
500 free EZ w/snorkle
Total 3500 meters
500 fr with snorkel
rest 1 minute500 FK with snorkel
rest 2 minutes500 fr with snorkel
PM only SCY
8x50 @ 1:00 dr/sw by 25 I.M.O.
4x75 @ 1:30 kick w/ fins 1st 25 under H2O
15:00 of relay take-offs and finishes
I enjoyed a good team workout + bonus solo sets at the Panama City Beach pool this morning. Here’s how it went:
500 lcm warmup (300 swim, 200 IM kick)
10 x 50 FR pull w/paddles @ 1:00, counting strokes and decreasing by 1 on each 50 [I went from 41 to 34 on the first 8, descending my times as well from 46 to 42, then couldn’t get my stroke count any lower—it stayed the same or increased on the last 2, plus my times got slower. 34 was my sweet spot.]
5 x 100 FR @ 2:00, desc. [1:32, 1:31, 1:28, 1:26, 1:27]
10 x 50 BK @ 1:00, counting strokes and decreasing stroke count by 1 on each 50 [results were similar to FR—did my lowest stroke count and fastest time on #8 (39/:47)]
5 x 100 BK @ 2:10, desc. [1:51>1:37]
That was it for the team workout, but I liked this set enough that I decided to do another round. Since 1000 of either BR or FL seemed daunting, I combined them for the following:
6 x 50 BR @ 1:15, decreasing stroke count each 50 [22>18]
4 x 50 FL @ 1:15, holding stroke count at 16 but descending
5 x 100 IM @ 2:10, desc. [1:51, 48, 45, 42, 39—After descending by 3 seconds on each of the first 4, I was really hoping to see that 39 on the last one to make this descend pretty, and was glad to get it. I love the pool’s new digital pace clocks!]
6 x 200 FR @ 3:30, odds = pull with paddles concentrating on DPS, evens = no toys focusing on increased turnover
2 x 200 K @ 5:00, odd IM, even RIM
200 warmdown + play
That was it! I was feeling pretty tired and tight in my upper back and neck after this, as well as chafed on my collarbones by my swim suit straps (polyester suits occasionally do that to me, even in pools). A midday yoga class fixed the first problem and distracted me from the second.
I traveled to DC on Tuesday night and due to work conflicts was unable to get in the pool yesterday. I hate missing a workout and always feel guilty when I miss. In a sick way I am now afraid of feeling like I did when I first got back into the pool and despite knowing my logic makes no sense at all I seldom take any time off because of this fear of feeling crappy in the water.
Today I swum with the Alexandria Masters team I have swum with several times previously when I visited DC. They are a super group who are very friendly and as I have written previously, I highly recommend them if you ever visit the DC area. Today my normal training partner Katie McWilliams(formerly Katie Gilmore) was coaching so I pretty much trained on my own which was more than fine. It felt good just being in the water. I had a good nights sleep and was excited to get in the pool today. My left shoulder is still a little sore in the pool but once I am done with my workout I have no lingering pain or discomfort so suspect it’s a pull rather than any tear or long term injury and will continue to ice.
8x(75 smooth on 1 min, 25 fast on 30)
10x100 on 1.20 swum as (4x100 holding 1650 pace plus 2, 3x100 holding 1650 pace plus 1, 2x100 holding 1650 pace, 1x100 under 1650 pace)
5x(50 on 40 swum at 500 pace, 100 on 1.10 swum at 500 pace, 50 on 40 swum at 500 pace, 50 on 45 easy)
I had a good practice today and held a high tempo throughout todays workout. The water was a little warmer than I am used to so I looked like a raspberry when I was done but felt pretty good. On the transition set of 100’s I held 46-48’s on the smooth 75s and 12-13s on the fast 25s. The 10x100s was a different sort of set to our normal 5,4,3,2,1 test set but felt somewhat similar in that the intensity increased as we went through the set, however what was nice today was that I did not get less rest as the set went on like our test set. I held 1.03’s on the 4x100s, 1.01’s and 1.02’s on 3x100s, 1min on the 2x100s and 58 on the last 100. I felt pretty good, although at this point I was pretty hot. On the next set I held 29’s on the 30’s and 1min on the 100s. I am back tomorrow for more Alexandria swimming and I am contemplating doing a 2hr workout but will see how my shoulder feels.
I head home tomorrow night and I am looking forward to seeing my wife and kids(and of course swimming in my home pool).
1 X 200 3:00
4 X 100 1:40
8 X 50 kick 1:15
4 X 100 1:30
1 X 200 --
1 X 200 IM 3:30
4 X 50 1:00 #4 on 2:00
50's: 1 of each IM order
4 X 250 3:20
4 X 150 2:00
250's: negative split
150's: 3rd 50 fast
WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
Well, it has been fun. But after years of procrastination, I've finally gone and built myself a new website.
From now on, I'll be posting all sorts of fun stuff over at http://andrewswims.com.
Not only will this summer's tales of 8 Bridges and my triumphant crossing of the Strait of Juan de Fuca be covered, but there will be random posts about swimming in Seattle on a more frequent basis. Plus, pictures and all sorts of rad custom illustrations. And, if you're lucky, illustrations of data. Kidding, of course there will be data!! All the charts, graphs, and maps that you can handle. I hope you come check it out.
And if that isn't enough, there's always @andrewswims on Twitter where I post a lot of pictures of post-swim waffles-and-beer. Like, more than any one human should.
Thank you USMS for providing this wonderful interim platform and allowing me to share so much with the world.
Updated February 27th, 2014 at 11:33 AM by andrewmalinak
This was a good day for me even with some minor back related issues at the onset of workout. As normal I was able to get progressively faster with each swim.
500 free kick w/zoomers
3 times thru w/strapless paddles
2x100@1:45 1/2 free/1/2 back went 1:34, 1:30, 1:30, 1:28, 1:27, 1:28
200@3:30 1/2 free/1/2 back went 3:04, 3:00, 2:56
500 free kick w/zoomers
12x25@:40 fly went 25,25,24,24,24,24,25,24,24,23,23,23
3x100@2:00 free EZ w/snorkle
Total 3300 yards
First swim for me since the meet on Sunday, and I've decided to take things 'easy' on my shoulder for a while, and not do too much intensity on my swimming portions, no fly at all in practice, and lots of kicking with higher levels of intensity. Gotta try to get my shoulder back to normal soon.
I ended up feeling pretty good on the opening swim, so I just kept it going for 20 minutes or so.
10 x 50 SDK on back w/ short fins @ :50 (:37-:40s)
10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (held :50 and under)
10 x 50 Free Cruise @ 1:00 (went :32-:33s)
8 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00
6 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ :55
6 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ :50
300 Free cruise
AM and PM SCY
300 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
200 kick w/ board
100 I.M. drill
5x100 @ 1:15 AE
8x25 @ :40 V.S.
20x25 @ :40 FR w/ strapless paddles + snorkel
10 - drill (25 R arm/25 L arm)
10 - swim
8x25 @ :20 AE
50 @ 1:00 rest FAST w/ fins (BR - 26.0)
6x25 @ :20 AE
75 @ 1:00 rest FAST w/ fins (BR - 41.1) (+25 EZ back to the starting end)
4x25 @ :20 AE
100 @ 1:00 rest FAST w/ fins (BR - 56.1)
6x25 @ :15 rest scull w/ snorkel
4x100 @ 1:10 pull w/ buoy + paddles breathe 4-3-2-1 by 25
600 swim every 4th 25 scull
8x50 @ 1:00 odd: k/dr, even: dr/sw
5x100 @ 1:10 TIGHT D1-5 w/ paddles (1:03, 1:02, 1:01, 1:00, :59) <-- can't get any more tight than that!
8x25 @ :45 V.S.
100 BR broken :10 rest @ 50, :05 @ 75 - 28.4/14.9/14.3 for a 57.6
50 BR trying to simulate first 50 of 100 - 28.6 (not good, spun my wheels a little too much)
400 swim EZ
600 kick w/ fins + board EZ
77° Sunny, humidity 64%, 82° water
300 FR as 25DR/25S
2x300 FR on HR, 300 as 4(50CU/25Fast)
2(10x50 FR on :50, 1:00 rest) *34s-33s
2(5x50 FR on :45, :30 rest) *33s-32
4(3x50 FR on :40, :40 rest) desc 1-3, *rd 1)33s, rd 2-4)32/33/33
4x200 Kick on :30 rest, IMO by 200 as 2(50 on 1:00, 2x25 on :30)
---100 IM EZ
300 IM as 4(50K/DR,25Swim)
4(3x25 AFAP on 1:00) rds 1-4 in IMO
*Fly-14s, Bk-16s/15, BR-20s/19, FR-13s
/steady state swimming with snorkel/mAP/fins
400 FR on HR
2x200 FR on HR
4x100 FR on HR
8x100 FR on HR
200 as 25FR/25BK
100 IM EZ
I continue to train using sets of 50s to hold best possible pace, keeping my HR mostly under 160 and my water feel engaged sustaining effective stroke technique. I have learned from experience during the recent two years I must allow rest, recovery, and patiently develop the steady adaptation of the cardiovascular and muscular systems, and in particular the neurological process which involves the kinetic feel of the water.
Towards the end of Set 1, when doing the 4 rounds of 3x50 on :40 desc 1-3, the first 50 FR would be a very light effort, holding the water, streamlined kick, all stroke aspects flowing smoothly. However the next two 50s would require more effort as my feel for the water degraded. Each round, with a moment of rest, the stroke came back again. For now on short rest intervals, 3-4 rounds with short recovery moments, then again swim at target pace with quality technique and feel for the water.
The good news in Set 2 is that I finally achieved some reasonable speed swimming fast 25s with the drag suit. During the 4 rounds of 3x25s on 1:00, today was the first time doing 25 fly at 14s, Back 25s at 15s, and Freestyle 25s at 13. These are solid results, leaving on the :00, getting the time after the hand touch. My breast for now is pretty is even weaker than normal because my kick almost non-existent.
I did FR in set 3 with the snorkel-fins-large agility paddles, as a series of steady swims to practice each arm extension forward beginning the pull by keeping the elbow still, then sweeping the hand-forearm directly under as the shoulder is simultaneously pulled and rotated over bringing the body forward to the point where the hand is now extended behind near the hip into the exit/recover stage.
power wheel roll outs, 3 x 15
flutter kicks on bosu, 100
kettleball swings, 25 x 2 x 15
overhead squats, 45 x 2 x 8
wood chops, 27.5 x 2 x 15 each side
kneeling ab crunch, 110 x 3 x 20
explosive leg press, 175 x 3 x 15
HS hi row, 130 x 4 x 6
good mornings, 75 x 3 x 8
standing long jumps, 8
altitude drops, 8
Stretching, 20 min (did this Monday too)
Just did a little swim before coaching masters ...
4 x 25 shooters w/fins
4 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
2 x 25 AFAP + 75 EZ
a few 25s @ 100 pace + 25 EZ
Total: 1300ish, maybe more
Well, I've been at the drylands for about 2 1/2 months now. I seem to have re-gained the weight I lost in the fall and am back to being a tank. I seem to lose and gain muscle really quickly.