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  1. Week 152 - Saturday

    by , August 29th, 2015 at 08:38 PM (After a long rest)
    Yesterday was a very long day. I coached again from 5:45-7pm and then had a coaches meeting which went till about 9pm and by the time I ate and went to bed it was gone 10pm. My poor wife offered to pickup my son who was doing his first football match on the band. They were supposed to be home at 10:30pm which is already late for us, but for an unknown reason they did not get back to Rockwall until 12:30am. My poor wife and son did not get to sleep until 1am. My wife was pretty fired up this morning and sent and email to the band director asking what happened.

    This morning I woke and felt good again. Unbeknown to me my wife had put vinegar in the hot water kettle to de scale it. I thought she had filled it up for me so I just heated the water and went into auto pilot and made my coffee(which I only have before practice on Saturdays). Needless to say vinegar and coffee don't mix and luckily I did not swallow but if I was not awake already I sure was after a mouthful of vinegar coffee

    After fixing the the problem and eating I headed to the pool. We had a large group this morning and we did our 16x100 race pace set.

    Warm up
    600 free with snorkel
    10x50 drill/build on 1min

    Main sets
    16x100 on 2min at 500 race pace

    Warm down
    400 free

    On the drill/build I felt really smooth and held :31s. On the 16x100s I started out quite comfortable going :57s. After #8 I started to work harder and dropped to :56 highs. I held :56s until #12. On #13 I slipped to a :58 and should have stopped since my goal time is :57 but tried on #14 to pick it up but again went :58. Tom told me to stop and skip on #15 and then go for it again on the last one. On 16 one of my team mates in the lane next to me had fins on and really went for it and we got into a race and we both went :54. Unlike my team mate I did not have fins and somehow I did not even hurt like I had in the previous ones. I guess the adrenalin associated with racing had overcome the pain from the prior 100s. I was a little miffed that I fell off the pace but when I look back to last year I am further along at this time of the year.
    Swim Workouts
  2. Week 152 - Friday

    by , August 29th, 2015 at 08:22 PM (After a long rest)
    I am playing catchup due to a very hectic week. I felt pretty good on Friday and had a good practice.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    5x100 kick on 1:45
    4x(2x25 scull doggie paddle, 2x25 full doggie paddle, 2x25 no breath free) all on :30
    12x25 underwater with fins on :35
    2x(1x25 free on :35, 2x25 free on :30, 3x25 free on :25, 4x25 free on :20, 5x25 free on :15)
    100 easy
    12x50 done as 25 DPS, 25 breath once on :50

    Warm down
    200 easy
    Swim Workouts
  3. 8|29|15 open water

    Went to SCY pool - closed ()

    I needed to swim today, no matter what. Drove a few miles to a place where it's salt water on one side of the road, and fresh water on the other. It was low tide so I checked out the fresh water side - too much vegetation (cottonmouths, alligators, eukariotic pathogenic organisms) - nah.

    Drove up the road to the nearest boat launch to the cooper river, found nothing ideal. Drove on for about 20 minutes and found a spot at the Tail Race canal. The water seemed good enough for swimming: no wake zone, little vegetation near shoreline, and a nice current. So I jumped in starting against the flow of water.

    There was at least a 500m section within no-wake boat traffic to swim, and a giant bridge to go under. I estimated the current to be almost as slow as swimming a minute per 50M pace. This was quite interesting and fun, staying in one fixed location (under the bridge) with relaxed form focusing on my forearms, streamlines and so-forth where the current picked up through narrow structures of the bridge.

    On the way back to the beach cruising with the flow of water, I did a few sprints placing myself before a pontoon boat with intoxicated passengers aboard screaming at me. I stopped to hear what they had to say -"Alligator!" I looked and there was a floating log that resembled an alligator head about 15M between me and the boat. But it suddenly moved with a splash and started doing UW's. I hit the shore and got out.
    About 40 minutes of swimming today
  4. 40 x 25, 30 x 50

    by , August 29th, 2015 at 05:35 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    4 x 100 on 1:40 (fr, pull, fr, pull)
    4 x 100 on 1:50 (IM, pull, IM, pull)
    4 x 50 on 1:00 (IMO)

    20 x 25 fr w/ long fins on :30 (:14-:16, mostly :15)
    20 x 25 fr on :30 (mostly :17)

    30 x 50 fr on 1:00 (mostly :38-:39)

    10 x 50 on 1:00 (alt. EZ pull w/ BK)

    4000 SCY/79 mins