300 swim free & back
200 kick - flutter on back
6 x 50/1:00 pace
- 1-3 free at ±36
- 4-6 back at ±40
100 easy free
2 x 50 from blocks as 25 AFAP fast turn & breakout then coast back to start
easy 50 after each
- did 1 fly, 1 back
300 easy swim
Total: 1400 yards
TRX squat jumps, 3 x 10
TRX lateral barrier hops, 3 x 10
TRX standing roll outs, 2 x 20
med ball slams, 2 x 10
ropes, alternating arms, 2 x 50
ropes, double arm, 2 x 25
8 x 25 shooters
8 x 50 @ 1:00 w/paddles
odds = free
evens = back kick
16 x 25 bursts @ 1:00
various: back spin drill, breast pull, fast doggy paddle pull, free, dolphin kick
4 x 25 no breather free @ :30
1 x 50 fly w/fins fast (24) @ 1:30
4 x 25 flutter kick w/board @ :30
4 x 50 breast w/fins descend (39, 35, 32, 29 high)
4 x 25 shooter @ :30
1 x 50 fly w/fins fast (high 23)
4 x 25 flutter kick w/board @ :30
4 x 50 dolphin kick w/board & fins descend (33, 30, 28, 26)
4 x 50 torque drill w/paddles @ 1:30
Feeling better today on day 6 of nasty cold. Was a bit worried during warm up that I shouldn't have done the drylands, but it was fine. Glad to get some speed work in. Really glad Mr. Fort is coming home late tonight; he's been in AZ all week.
Free food fixes:
Swim Science interview with Jeff Commings:
Updated November 11th, 2011 at 07:49 PM by The Fortress
Before I start - Happy Veteran's Day to all those out in the water that served our country. Thank you.
Solo at Rec (scy):
200 FR/200 bk W/U
5 x 200 on 3:15
- First four: 50 Kick on :55, 50 build on :55, 100 Pull with buoy
- Last one: 200 FR for time (2:16)
400 IM (25 drill, 25 swim, repeat, for each stroke)
3 x (3 x 50's FR) on :60
- 1st - sprint last 12.5
- 2nd - sprint third 12.5
- 3rd - sprint second 12.5 and past flags after turn
250 w/d various swim/drills
(2600, 45 min)
I went with my wife and son to the the Veteran's parade in town this morning - complete with the local National Guard and some Humvees, heros from the the Vet's Home, fire/rescue trucks, and my daughter twirling the baton as the high school band marched down the street.
Hit the Rec at lunch time, and only had two others swimming in the lane with me. With the extra extra time at work this week, and early swimming, I fell pretty crummy. I was able to sleep in this am, which was very refreshing, but I still am tired.
On the first set I did free/bk/fly/bk, and the 200 Free time was good given how I am feeling. I used the IM set as a filler, and then went fast on the 1/4 sprints with the last 50 set.
Heading to Portland this weekend. If my daughter works tomorrow, we will leave in the afternoon. If not, I might hop in for a quick swim with the Masters group on the morning and just head up on my own for a short weekend trip.
Got in this morning and knew I wasn't going to do much. After the past 5-6 weeks of doing almost daily doubles, and this week dropping to singles after Tuesday, then 4400 Wed, 2500 Thurs, it was only right to do about 1500 today, so that's what I did. Nothing intense just a little splash around.
I'm ready for the SCM Masters meet on Sunday. Crazy events, but that's crazy James for you:
1500 Free, 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Fly, 400 Free
Should be good. I've got a couple races each with Kirk (1500 and 400 IM) and That Guy (200 Fly and 400 Free)
I'll show up to the pool looking like Wookiee, and hopefully will leave with less hair than a baby's butt. I've got to be checked in for the 1500 by 9:30am, but won't swim till the 5th heat around 12:00 or so.
The 400IM will be an "all in" race for me, going for the 30-34 NW Zone record (there I announced it). If I miss it, so be it, but if you never put your goals out there, what good are they???
Additional Meet Info for the Turkey Trot Invitational (USA-S)
Nov. 18th-20th in Cheney, WA at Eastern Washington Univ. pool
I'm only swimming on Sunday, so if you care to check it out, I'm in events 114 (200 Fly), 126 (200 Back), and 134 (200 Free). I seeded myself with my best times I've acheived in masters, and have a good shot at bettering them.
3rd in the 200 Fly
15th in the 200 Back
8th in the 200 Free
It's a 6 lane pool, so that means I'll have clean water and no wall lanes for all races (not that it matters).
Should be some good races.
Updated November 11th, 2011 at 03:00 PM by jaadams1
FAST Friday Nov 11, 2011 SCY
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Traveled did not train
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16 x (100 fast for time 100 easy) on 3:30
weighed 227 after morning work out, 224 after noon, noon times were faster
felt chubby and slow
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2011 South Central SCM Regional Invitational
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UT Swim Center: diving well and main pool
6:30 - 8:00 dove in 6:36
wore FS 1 legs & B70 Jammer
trained with Mike and Brandon
beside Larry, Jim, Korey, Keith, Chris, todd & Tyler
WARM UP started in diving well
swim till 6:50
did 50's on 40 & 45
went over 1000
Main SET: scy
5 x (100 fast in heats / 400 easy )
1) fr 56
2) fr 53
3) fr 57 (cruised it)
moved to main pool with blocks
4) fr 51
5) bk 56 (old school stand up start)
50 SDK dive
jammed turn & surfaced about half way back
several folks swam fast
Chris 100 fr 48 from a push
Mike V 100 fr 48 , 100 fl 53 dive off blocks
Tyler & Korey 100 fr 50 point
Updated November 11th, 2011 at 03:41 PM by ande
Today I swam at the Y with Rondi. The water felt deliciously cool after the too-hot pool at Riverbank yesterday. My goal today was to do some faster mid-distance freestyle. Here’s how it went:
1050 scy warmup (400s, 200k, 200p, 200rim d/s, 50 easy)
For the main set we decided to do something that descended in sets of 3, and settled on 200s. But then instead of us each doing different intervals, I decided to do increasing distances rather than all 200s—that worked out well for me, as I benefited from the generous rest on the easy and mediums and could really crank the fast ones. Here’s how it went:
[We did a 2:45 interval for the first round and 2:40 for the last two. My swims: 2:05--2:15--2:25; 2:11—2:15—2:24, 2:20—2:20—2:25. Those 200s were my fastest in a while, so I was pleased. It would have been cool to have converged those last 3 swims all to 2:20s, though!]
500 easy (math combo): prime-numbered lengths = kick; non-primes = swim, AND all free except multiples of 3 = BR, multiples of 4 = BK, multiples of 7 = FL (earlier strokes in the IM trump later ones)
[We did the second 500 with fins. This was just an easy way to loosen up after the fast 200s—liked it so much we ended up doing it twice! During the second one, I was thinking that if we wanted to further complicate things, we could do the triangle numbers (1,3,6,10,15 , , ,) sprint! And maybe make it a 525, so the last length would be sprint fly swim . . .]
500 warmdown + play
Afterwards I went upstairs for weights + stretching. The gym was very uncrowded today, and felt nice and peaceful.
Looking forward to some more outdoor swimming this weekend!
not that it was supposed to be a freestyle kind of day. The workout was mainly written as Free/IM combo's, but other than the first set of drill/swim IM order swims, I didn't have IM (especially fly) in me today. Life has been crazy the last few days and I think the stress of it all caught up with me today. I felt like lead and had trouble moving.... But, I entered the pool this morning feeling stressed and tight. I left the pool feeling a bit more relieved, but much looser. Of course, then I got home.... and that's another story entirely.
Here's what I did today:
- 1 x 100 Fly drill / Back / Free drill / Free on 2:00
- 1 x 100 Fly / Back drill / Free / Free drill on 2:00
6 x 225 Free on 4:00
2 x 100 Kick (moderate) on 2:00
4 x 25 Kick (fast) on :30
2 x 100 Kick (moderate, but faster than last 100s) on 1:50
4 x 125 Free on 2:10
Total Yards - 3400
All in all, I'm glad I went to the pool this morning because I left feeling tired, but physically better than when I got there. Not sure what feeling beat down does to my 6K Postal attempt tomorrow. I'd still like to try and am hoping to talk my husband into counting for me, so it can be official. If he doesn't, I may try it anyway and use the chrono function on my watch to get my splits. Of course, it wouldn't be official (and thus not submitted for my Postal Swim) without a "real" counter and all.... but it's more about seeing if I can do it. Hopefully, a calmer day and a great night's sleep will leave me in a good place tomorrow morning.
Enjoy your swims today!
I knew the workout would be kinda nutty today, but I wasn't expecting boring.
- 11x50 swim (did 550 straight)
- 11x25 kick + 1x25 ez
- 11x50 swim (did 550 straight)
- 4x25 11 strokes
- 11x100 on 1:15 constant pace (8,10,10,10,9,9,10,9,9,9,8)
- 11x50 odd back, even free on 50 (32ish on the free*)
- 100 Freedom
* When I woke up and realized I cruised the first 2 for no reason and needed to pick up the pace.
I asked Josh if he wanted to do 1:11 on the 100s. He declined. Probably a good thing.
I should have pushed the 100s harder since there wasn't much to the rest of the workout, but that set was decent for me.
Swam w/ Mary Lou, Bob, Dan, Dave, Dave, Allison and Mary. No swim team practice so we could all spread out in our own lanes. Pool temp was patchy. The Nat has currents of water due to the way the jets are aligned. Some spots are 85 and others are 82.
Dave and I beat each other up today. After the three 200s, we pretty much locked in on a 1:10 pace or better for 100 free regardless of interval. He tended to hold 1:05 and I was at 1:07. Neither of us would accept backing off. Good practice. I pushed myself harder than I have in a while. Little sore now but it was worth it.
500 Warm up
200 Kick w/ fins
200 IM Drill
200 Kick w/ fins
3 x 200 - 3:00 (Went 2:20-2:25)
2 x 100 Kick w/ fins
4 x 50 IM Order - 1:00
2 x 100 Kick w/ fins
6 x 100 (Evens free - 1:30 (1:10s), Odds IM 1:45 (1:20s))
3 times through - Stroke in IM order
* 50 Stroke - 1:00
* 100 Free - 1:30 (1:05-1:07)
* 200 Pull - 3:00 (2:20s)
* 100 Free - 1:30 (1:05-1:07)
* 50 Stroke - 1:00
* :30 rest
100 Cool down
I’ve spent most of the day bussing tables in between headache-inducing bouts of writing about Steven Pinker’s new book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes.
During the few spare moments this has left free in my schedule, I’ve posted the odd thought, on Facebook, concerning the Penn State University pedophilia scandal ("As a Michigan graduate, I'm proud to boast: we are… NOT Penn State!”), then responding to the peevishness such reasonable comments inevitably provoke in the sentimental and self-deluded.
I’m not sure why, but for whatever reason, my capacity for outrage, at this point, is nearly spent. And yet I shall force myself to motor onwards like a rusted jalopy fueled by french fry grease and bile, a metaphor that is, frankly, not all that far from the mark.
So where were we?
Oh, yes, my 5th grade classroom, under Mr. Glarow’s desk, staring at clumps of my blond hair between his clenched simian fingers.
Let’s now segue, shall we, to last April, 2011…when
our annual Amish mudhole masters swimming championships was, as usual, being held at Clarion University, a Division III swimming school, whose pool’s official measurement with a steel tape was on file with the college’s coach, easily satisfying the mandate USMS requires for official competitions.
Moreover, two fully credentialed officials, dressed in neat white linen swim official/insane asylum guard-quality uniforms, were parading up and down the pool deck, their raptor eyes unblinking in search of even the tiniest of infractions. There was, in addition, a certified starter similarly attired and several USMS-qualified meet observers in attendance.
The first event of the day was the 1000 yard freestyle. Despite the recent outlawing of full body suits, with my freshly depilated body crammed into a jammer, I somehow flukishly managed to swim this event the fastest I have done in five years.
Before continuing, indulge a quick digression here. I am no swimming ubermensch, no Leslie “the Fortress” Livingston, no Chris “the Greek Olympian” Stevenson, no Dr. Kurt “Dr. Kirk Duxon, D.O.” Dixon, MD. I am but one of those multitudinous fellows whose swimming career was, throughout youth, considerably below mediocrity.
It is only because of obsessive-compulsive tendencies that persist in the face of heavy dose SNRI treatment that this status has changed even slightly with the passing of time. I have, in short, remained wedded to the sport of swimming throughout most of my life and have thusly managed to deteriorate at a slightly slower rate than many of my former, infinitely superior peers.
This is why I've been able to do in my dotage what was an impossible dream for me in my youth: crack the top 10 on the odd occasion. I have, in short, outlasted some, though by no means all, of my fellow bastards.
In yards, clearly the most difficult course to make the top 10, the best placements I have to date managed has been 6th place—invariably accomplished during the first or second year of “aging up.” When I finished last spring's mudhole 1000, and I looked up and saw my time, 11:18.15, it occurred to me that just possibly I would finally exceed this personal TT best.
Here are the results from the Clarion University state-of-the-art timing system:
1000 SCY Free
Heat 1, Lane 4
I was confident this swim would net me a top 10, and cautiously optimistic I might even place higher—for the first time in my life—higher than 6th. I was, it turns out, half right.
Here are the final listings for the 1000 SCY free from last spring:
1000 Freestyle SCY Men 55-59 (2011)
Michael T Mann
Tim P Buckley
Paul G Karas
Michael J Blatt
Mike J Ryder
Peter M Guadagni
The observant reader will quickly notice two things.
First, my time of 11:18.15 would have placed me fourth in my age group, the best showing – – to my knowledge – – that anybody in my genetic line has ever finished in a national sporting inventory of this caliber.
Second, there is, of course, no Jim Thornton listed on this roster.
At the risk of beating off a dead horse, which, frankly, I don’t think anyone wants to see, let me just stipulate that whatever paperwork was necessary to get this entirely run-by-the-book and completely kosher USMS-sanctionable (though not sanctioned) swimming meet to actually count--well, somehow, let us just say, the balls were dropped.
Actually, I am being overly generous here. The balls were never so much as picked up in the first place, rendering the possibility of dropping them moot.
The Clarion meet is by far the largest Masters meet within several hundred miles of Pittsburgh, and whoever is supposed to represent our USMS interests in this backwater region, whoever it is that takes our membership dues and puts these to whatever use membership dues are put, for reasons perhaps perfectly legitimate but perhaps, too, perfectly illegitimate—said persons, whoever they may be, did not pick up the ball and/or drop the ball. There was no ball. The meet didn’t count.
Live and learn, I eventually concluded.
Never again would I rely on my immediate vicinity, or any meet within Western Pennsylvania, for that matter, to count for TT. I would not make that boneheaded mistake again!
Refuse to pick up the ball and drop it once, shame on you! Refuse to pick up the ball and drop it twice, shame on me.
Next summer, I was determined to swim at least one, absolutely 100 percent, no question about it, guaranteed to be certified USMS certified LCM swimming meet….
Sorry, I must take a break from this vlog.
The local police just called to tell us that they arrested two grifters from Erie who apparently burglarized the Hotel of the Unfortunates, a dilapidated property we own and use to store heirlooms.
I will resume tomorrow after I see how much we have lost.
It is probably fitting that I don't overload my dear readers with too much outrage at one time anyhow. The last thing I want is for my misfortunes to haunt your dreams.
Updated November 10th, 2011 at 10:24 PM by jim thornton
Finally to that point in the taper where I'm starting to feel good and feeling fast. Now if I can just sleep well the next few nights maybe I'll get some good swims this weekend.
300 swim free & back
200 kick on back alternating dolphin and flutter by 25's
6 x 50/1:00 pace - did 1-3 free @36±, 4-6 back at 41±
4 x 25/40 free
#1 12.5 fast 12.5 easy
#2 12.5 easy 12.5 fast
200 easy swim
4 x 50/2:00 as sprint through turn & breakout then easy back to start
#1 & 2 fly, #3 back, #4 free
600 easy swim alternating 100 free/100 back
Total: 1900 yards
Today I swam at Riverbank with Rondi. I had intended to get in some basic aerobic work today, but after the first round of our set I decided the water was just too hot for that (it was 84 today). So I switched gears and did some sprint and technique work, which was fun and engaging. Here’s how it went:
900 lcm warmup (400s, 200k, 200p, 100im)
500 FR swim
300 FR pull
4 x 50 build FR
100 kick w/ fins
12 x 12-second sprints (+ rest of 50 easy):
1-4 w/ fins, odds UDK on stomach, evens dolphin on back
4-8 barefoot, odds UDK on stomach, evens dolphin on back
9 FR breakout + short sprint w/ fins
10 BK breakout + short sprint w/ fins
11 FR breakout + short sprint barefoot
12 BK breakout + short sprint barefoot
[used my tempo trainer to time these]
16 x 50 w/ snorkel, playing with tempo trainer and stroke cadences [increased SR from 1.25 sec. to .90 sec., feeling changes in rotation and kicking rhythm as I went along]
100 warmdown + play
ART, 30 minutes
Wasn't as psyched as usual about going to ART as I'm still not feeling well. But the timing with heavy weights yesterday was good. He worked on the muscles around my elbows and my back, which was a bit sore from the squats/deadlifts. He used something called an arthur stem along my spine: [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkYDHDe4MAQ"]Arthur stem adjustment - YouTube[/nomedia]. We also talked a bit about LED light therapy for athletes, which is very cutting edge. http://www.activerelease.com/leahy_recommends.asp.
-- tired, wore fins
15 x 50 @ :50
1-5 = free w/paddles
6-10 = flutter kick w/board
11-15 = free w/paddles
15 x 50
1-5 = fly/back @ 1:00
6-10 = dolphin kick w/board @ :50
11-15 = breast/free @ 1:00
15 x 50 @ 1:00
1-5 = single arm fly
6-10 = 25 shooter + 25 EZ
11-15 = single arm fly
Mini Speed Set:
10 x burst 25s @ 1:00
6 swim, 4 flutter kick w/board
Not really any better. Doubling up on mucinex, Metagenics cold & flu and echinacea tea. Feeling somewhat better after the swim though. I wanted to do That Guy's IM pyramid set today but IMs seemed too exhausting. Hopefully, I can do some real speed work tomorrow. Need more
I wore my 2XU compression tights last night for a couple hours. Very different and tighter than the Skins. My legs felt pretty good today as a result despite all the squats & deadlifts.
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Updated November 10th, 2011 at 08:37 PM by The Fortress
My workout today isn't even worth mentioning. I got to the Tarrytown YMCA and felt like dirt. This time change still has me tired out, and my shoulders aren't feeling so great, so I did my warm-up very slowly, and then I did some butterfly drills and backstroke to shake it out.
So in other news, this is something I keep posted next to my computer. SCY Nationals qualifying times in pen, my PR's in pencil, hopefully to be altered as the season progresses.
Earlier today, I signed up for a SCM meet at the Nassau County Aquatic Center on Sunday, November 20th. I'm swimming 200 free, 100 fly, 200IM, 50 back, and 200 breast.
The 200 free is all I really care about. The others are to complete some items on my personal check-off challenge to do each event in each course at least once in this age group. I'm not that worried about the times on this one. I'll save that for NE Champs if I go.
Tomorrow, I'm hitting the pool hard.
So, I realize that I've gotten much better at doing workouts as they are written without going to my fins or cutting distance as a matter of routine anymore. That's a good thing. But... there are still days when I actually get through a workout as written (typically with much cajoling from my coach) and am really proud of myself. Today was one of those days!
Here's what we did:
2 x 50 Free on 1:00
2 x 50 Kick on 1:00
2 x 50 Pull on 1:00
2 x 50 Free on 1:00
8 x 100 Free on 2:00, maintain best average (held 1:19-1:20s)
6 x 100 Free on 1:50, hold best average (held 1:19-1:20s)
4 x 100 Free on 1:40, hold best average (held 1:20-1:22s)
3 x 100 Free on 1:30, hold best average (held 1:22-1:24s)
2 x 100 Free on 1:20, hold best average (did 1:19, 1:24)
Total Yards - 3250
The only change I made to this workout was a shortened cool-down because I had to get back to the house to make sure my kids were up and ready for the bus. I wish the second of the 2 x 100 on 1:20 had been under 1:20, but I was really happy to have made the first one. Had there been another 100 after that second one.... well, I probably would have cut the 100s to 75s. As it was, I was looking for my fins when we got to the 1:20s round, which my coach had "conveniently" moved out of arm's reach. Huh.... I must say, though, that having a coach on deck who believes I'm capable of more than I give myself credit for (while really annoying sometimes) is such a blessing - and I've seen incredible strides in the last few months. Thanks, Coach B. I really appreciate you on deck!
Enjoy your swims today!
Had about 40 minutes for this
Lifetime SCM Solo
- 500 free
- 200 kick
- 200 back
- 5x50 on :50 descend 1-4 to 35, 5 ez
-- 2x100 on 1:15 ((13,15),(13,15),(12,14),(11,13))
-- 50 q-break on 1:30
- 100 ez kick
- 100 ez swim
Today was a better workout although short. Taking pwb's advice, I drank two glasses of wine last night to ramp up my tolerance.
I'm pretty sore after yesterday's adventure in plumbing project, Part 1. It was an all day long adventure, with my father and I putting in almost 12 hours.
400 Free Pull
200 IM Drill
did this fairly easy (at least the intervals), I was sharing with another girl, she was a distance swimmer on club team with me years ago, but isn't quite up to my kind of speed. I was okay with swimming easy today though, plus I should be relaxing a little anyway for my taper/shave this Sunday.
3 x 175 Free @ 2:40
3 x 125 Free @ 2:00 (1:28-:29s)
3 x 75 Free @ 1:15 (:52s)
3 x 25 Free @ :25
I made it safe. Snow on the ground. Just swam.
200 free w/snorkle kick/swim
5x200@3:00 free w/paddles and bouy held 2:39 last one 2:34
300 free kick high/surface/low
Total 2700 yards
Swam w/ Dave and Dave. Pool temp ~84. Wore Aquablade jammer.
A cold front passed through last night and the pools HVAC system went down. With no HVAC to keep up internal air pressure, cool air seeped through all the cracks turning the warm pool into a giant fog machine. Eventually, the lifeguards could no longer see more than 15 yards and they closed the pool .
Occasionally I have really good days. 100s on 1:15 are effortless. Today, 100s on 1:12 were effortless and with a little extra, I was making 1:05 to 1:07. Felt like I could do it all day (although I doubt I really could). Dave B usually cruises at the 1:10 speed. He is a far better swimmer than I am. But some days, he is a little off and I'm on and I can stay ahead of him. Today was one of those days. But it wasn't meant to last. The fog rolled in and cut my day of triumph short. Maybe I'll still have it tomorrow. For now, I call "foul"!
500 Warm up
2 Times through
* 2 Times through
** 100 - 1:30
** 100 - 1:25
** 100 - 1:20
** 100 - 1:15
* 1:00 Break
The focus for tonight was to work the last part of our swims. Only two to a lane tonight again, which is kind of nice. My regular lane mate moved to one of our new sprint lanes. I swam with our teams distance diva even though I am not a distance swimmer and got my butt kicked. Since we had different intervals it was like swimming on my own.
10 min. choice
5 x 100 kick w/fins @ 1:40
--cruise 85 yards, blast the last 15
6 x 300 @ 4:30
--250 at 80% rest 5 then 50 AFAP
--Every 4th 50 is AFAP
--Went bouy only
10 x 50 @ 50 Fast
I felt like I owned the set of 300's until midway through number 5 then I lost some control. The 1000 was pretty smooth but I wa thinking about the 50's that were coming up and probably didn't work it as much as I should have. I think I held my own on the final set and was happy to hit the showers afterward.