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  1. Retired ... for now

    by , March 27th, 2017 at 04:57 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I had my follow up at Hopkins and the news was not good. The extensive clot is still there and the axillary and subclavian veins have re-closed since the balloon venoplasty. I suspect the re-closing was what I perceived as a strain in the thoracic area a few weeks ago. Vein reconstruction surgery is not a good option because it would require a bypass with only a 50% or less chance of success. So I need to grow some collateral veins; I may already have some since my arm is not all that swollen. But there is some fear for my left side, which is showing some pre-thrombolytic symptoms.

    I will have another ultrasound on both sides in 2 months. If the left side is showing more signs of damage than last time, I may have another first rib resection at that time. That surgery may have a better likelihood of success than the one in December if we avoid a clot. Or I could just use a conservative approach ... The downside of that is that I think I would have anxiety over getting another clot/ruining another vein. And I really couldn't swim without compressing the vein further. Streamlining is ultra compressive. And of course my sister had bilateral VTOS.

    I have been in the water some. But just kicking with my arms at my side is not very inspiring. My dr said that I could start some swimming, but I am leery about my left arm. I have been on the treadmill regularly; did 14 miles the other day after the bad news. So I am going to put all thoughts of competing aside for now. I may pop into the pool to see friends from time to time. But I am basically retired right now. Maybe next year I can re-assess. Without the primary veins on the right side, it is unclear whether I could ever return to my previous form.

    On a happier note, I have a trip to Paris and environs planned in April. And I had a really kick ass 2016 before the VTOS reared its ugly head in October. The Fina rankings have come out and, in the 55-59 age group, I ended up with:

    SCM:

    50 back #1 (WR)
    100 back #1 (WR)
    50 fly #1 (WR)
    50 free #1 (WR)
    50 breast #4 (NR, that was subsequently broken)
    100 breast #8

    LCM:

    50 back #1 (WR)
    50 fly #1 (#WR)
    50 free #1
    50 breast #3

    SCY (1 meet, done with a blood clot)

    50 fly (NR)
    50 back (NR)

    Adios for now! I wish everyone well in their swimming endeavors.

    Updated March 28th, 2017 at 10:04 AM by The Fortress

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  2. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 3/28/17

    by , March 27th, 2017 at 01:33 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY

    Warm up
    4 x 100 1:45
    3 x 100 IM/stroke 2:00
    1 x 200 3:00
    6 x 50 desc 1-3/4-6 :50
    4 x 125 kick last 25 fast 2:45

    IM/stroke set (John Sylvester's Fav Set)
    4 x 25 :25 [1 of each stroke]
    8 x 25 :30 [2 of each stroke]
    12 x 25 :35 [3 of each stroke]
    16 x 25 :40 [4 of each stroke]

    Free/pull set
    1 x 250 long & strong 3:45
    5 x 50 build each swim :55
    1 x 200 neg split 3:00
    4 x 50 desc :50
    1 x 150 last 50 strong 2:15
    3 x 50 all strong :45
    1 x 100 neg split 1:30
    2 x 50 make them :40

    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:00

    Total: 4300
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  3. Sandwiched between my kids and my parents

    At our SCY championships I had a great time to speak with Rick Battistini, our coach du jour, and he had a lot of wisdom about taking care of one's parents.

    I had been looking for any commiseratory blog entries but didn't see any.

    My father had cancer and was taking a lot of extra care last year and he unexpectedly died of a massive heart attack on December 30th 2016.

    My mother was not in great health at the time and took it understandably very poorly and had a sharp degradation in her own health.

    I ended up 9-1-1ing her to the hospital for a 1 1/2 week stay and now she is rehabbing at home.

    I have had to stop everything but coaching Masters 3x per week and am battling back to swimming time for myself for my own gratification and stress release and health.

    I don't know how much longer my mom has and I have limited help form limited family nearby.

    Since I've been coaching and teaching swimming, I have needed the support of my parents and this is really tough.

    Last weekend at SCYs I was so tired I was not having fun until I could nap for 1 1/4 hours between events then had to scratch the last 2 because I had to get back to Mom and relieve my son from mom sitting!

    I am figuring it out bit by bit!
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  4. MHS Swim Team Assistant Coach, years 2 and 3

    Last year, 2015-2016 our girls won the State Championship and our Head Coach Susan Guertin won a major coaching honor.

    This year, 2016-2017 our girls came in 3rd at States with only 5 girls qualifying.

    Decidedly worth it in many ways, mostly for the joy of working with the kids I have taught to swim over the years and way more fun than watching TV!
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  5. NEM SCY Championship Effort untrained and not warmed up

    I learned last Sunday the 19th of March at the 3rd day of the main weekend of NEM SCYs that if tired, just get up and go warm up anyway.

    I only had time to warm up for 600 yards and I was in the first heat of the 400IM. It was very hard on my windpipe, needless to say! My time was about 3 minutes slower than the National record holder Laura Val!

    Only 5 people entered in my age group so I still got us 12 points on that one.

    However, my teammates were cheering and my walls were legal and I could have a lovely nap between that and the 50 fly.

    We had 15 women's heats of the 200 free followed by 18 heats of the men's and then I made a 7th place on the 50 fly for a 7th place among many more swimmers.

    I was so glad I showed up!
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  6. 03/25/17: 6th Annual Monumental Masters Mini Meet

    by , March 25th, 2017 at 05:58 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    We had another successful mini meet at my hometown pool today as just over 30 swimmers descended on southwestern Vermont for a fun morning of swimmer. As usual we had a good showing from our local team and two teams from the south in Massachusetts (Pittsfield Polar Bears and the Simon Rock PaceMakers). We also welcomed new faces from Adirondack Masters as well as from travelers (a mom and daughter duo from NJ and a gentleman from Niagara Falls! Amanda, Carol, Eric, Gabby, Kevin, Matt, Rebecca, and Tim from our local workout group swam, while Libby and Mary (along with her newborn baby) stopped by to cheer for a bit.

    In addition to my role as meet director I served as a referee, although I did swim in the relays with my older brother and sister. The meet ran smoothly without any complications from the timing system (which had a hiccup or two last year in it's first real use), and our fun 25 "sprints" served as good breaks in the action that allowed for folks to take a breather. I again gave away various prizes (maple syrup from a local sugar shack and stroopwafels from my local bakery), along with some USMS stickers and caps.

    While the planning and pulling off the meet is a bit stressful, I am consistently amazed by the diverse of swimmers that come out to compete, many for the first time. The environment of a Masters meet is so different from that of an age group or high school meet. It gives me a lot satisfaction to be able to host this meet every year, and I am thankful for the support that we get from the local age group team to run the event.
  7. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 3/27/17

    by , March 23rd, 2017 at 04:21 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY

    Warm up
    1 x 200 3:10
    8 x 50 alt 2st/2fr 1:00
    2 x 100 1:30
    8 x 25 alt 2st/2fr :40
    1 x 200 3:00

    Kick set
    3x
    1 x 100 2:15
    1 x 50 fast kick 1:15

    IM/stroke
    3x
    6 x 25 stroke :40
    1 x 50 stroke strong 1:20
    [RD1 fly, RD2 back, RD3 breast]

    Free/pull set
    1 x 400 long & strong 6:00
    1 x 300 neg split 4:30
    1 x 200 last 50 strong 3:00
    1 x 100 mod 1:30
    1 x 100 mod 1:20
    1 x 200 last 50 strong 2:40
    1 x 300 neg split 4:00
    1 x 400 best effort 5:20

    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:00

    Total: 4450
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  8. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 3/24/17

    by , March 23rd, 2017 at 03:42 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY

    Warm up
    3 x 100 1:40
    6 x 25 stroke 2 of each :40
    3 x 100 1:30
    6 x 25 stroke 2 of each :40
    4 x 75 last 25 strong 1:10

    Kick set
    1 x 100 2:15
    4 x 50 build 1:15
    10 x 25 alt 1 underwater dolphin/1 regular kick :40

    Freestyle sprint set
    3x
    1 x 50 easy 1:30
    1 x 100 90% 1:30
    [Goal: Be consistent on all 100s]

    1 x 50 easy 1:30

    IM/stroke
    3x
    1 x 50 90% stroke 1:00
    1 x 50 easy free 1:30
    1 x 50 90% stroke 1:00
    1 x 50 easy free 1:30
    [RD1 fly, RD2 back, RD3 breast]

    Free/pull set
    4 x 75 long & strong 1:15
    4 x 75 last 25 strong 1:10
    4 x 75 last 50 strong 1:05
    4 x 75 all strong 1:00

    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:00

    Total: 4250
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  9. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 3/23/17

    by , March 22nd, 2017 at 01:58 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY

    Warm up
    2x
    1 x 200 3:10 [3:00]
    2 x 100 1:45 [1:30]
    3 x 50 1:00 [:50]
    4 x 25 :40
    [50s: RD1 stroke, RD2 free descend]
    [25s: RD1 free, RD2 stroke]

    IM/stroke/kick set
    1 x 200 kick 4:30
    4 x 25 fly :40
    1 x 200 IM 3:30

    1 x 150 kick 3:10 kick
    4 x 25 back :40
    1 x 150 IM 2:40

    1 x 100 kick 2:10 kick
    4 x 25 breast :40
    1 x 100 IM 2:00

    Free/pull set
    1 x 200 mod 3:00
    1 x 200 3rd 50 strong 3:00
    1 x 200 last 100 strong 3:00

    2 x 100 mod 1:30
    2 x 100 neg split 1:30
    2 x 100 strong 1:30

    4 x 50 mod 1:00
    4 x 50 build :50
    4 x 50 strong :45

    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:00

    Total: 4500
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  10. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 3/22/17

    by , March 21st, 2017 at 03:05 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY

    Warm up
    1 x 300 5:00
    4 x 75 IM/stroke 1:30
    3 x 100 1:30
    4 x 75 IM/stroke 1:30
    6 x 50 desc 1-3/4-6 :50

    Kick set #1
    2 x 200 4:30

    IM/stroke set
    4x
    3 x 25 stroke :40
    1 x 75 IM/stroke strong 1:30
    RD1 fly, RD2 back, RD3 brst, RD4 choice

    Kick set #2
    12 x 25 :40
    Alt 1 underwater dolphin/1 surface kick

    Free/pull set
    1 x 300 long & strong 4:20
    4 x 75 last 25 strong 1:10
    6 x 50 desc 1-3/4-6 :50
    4 x 75 last 50 strong 1:10
    2 x 150 last 100 strong 2:10

    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:00

    Total: 4500
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  11. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 3/21/17

    by , March 20th, 2017 at 11:43 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY

    Warm up
    2 x 150 2:30
    12 x 25 4 of each stroke :40
    3 x 100 1:30
    12 x 25 alt 1 stroke swim/1 fast kick w/fins :40

    Freestyle sprint set
    4x
    1 x 50 mod 1:00
    1 x 50 90% 1:00
    1 x 50 easy 1:15

    IM/stroke set
    3x
    4 x 25 stroke :40
    1 x 100 kick 2:15
    1 x 100 IM 2:00

    Free/pull set
    5 x 100 long & strong on each 1:30
    5 x 100 last 25 strong 1:20
    5 x 100 make them 1:15

    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:00

    Total: 4400
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  12. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 3/20/17

    by , March 19th, 2017 at 04:05 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    LCM intervals left, SCY intervals right

    Warm up
    2 x 200 4:00 [3:10]
    4 x 50 stroke 1:10 [1:10]
    4 x 100 1:45 [1:30]
    4 x 50 desc 1:00 [:50]

    Kick set
    1 x 200 5:00 [4:30]
    4 x 50 second 25 sprint 1:15 [1:10]

    IM/Stroke set
    2x
    3 x 50 stroke 1 of each 1:10 [1:10]
    1 x 200 IM 4:00 [3:30]

    Free/pull set
    3 x 200 neg split 3:20 [3:00]
    4 x 50 desc 1:00 [1:00]
    2 x 200 last 50 strong 3:20 [3:00]
    4 x 50 desc :55 [:50]
    1 x 200 strong 3:00 [3:00]
    4 x 50 desc :50 [:45]

    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:15

    Total: 4300
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  13. Workout 03/18/17: morning

    by , March 18th, 2017 at 02:20 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    My son has been home for the week for spring break, which has been a nice treat. Practice was canceled on Tuesday due to the Blizzard of 2017, but I was able to get in about 6 hours of drylands with snow removal! Here is picture looking out my front door on Tuesday, we ended up getting about 6 more inches for a total of 19 for the storm. (Good thing he was home to help with shoveling!)



    Swam this morning with the team, including Eric, Matt, Libby, Rebecca, Mary, and Kevin.

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull
    4 x 50 quarters strong

    2 x
    50 dps on 1
    25 fast into 25 easy into
    50 kick into 50 pull

    6 x 50 from blocks - burst and cruise
    50 easy
    8 x 50 ... 25 fast then 25 ez
    3 x 50 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2000 yds/60 min]
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    Good workout, and it looks like many are planning to swim next Saturday at our meet here in town. Not sure what I'll be swimming, but my older brother and twin sister plan to come in for their annual meet and relays with me...we just need to find a fourth person to join us.
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  14. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 3/17/17

    by , March 16th, 2017 at 01:45 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    LCM intervals left, SCY intervals right

    Warm up
    1 x 200 3:30 [3:15]
    6 x 50 stroke 1:10 [1:10]
    2 x 100 1:45 [1:30]
    6 x 50 stroke 1:10 [1:10]
    2 x 100 last 25 strong 1:45 [1:30]

    Main set from Olympic Club via Russ Meyer
    4 x 150 swim 2:30 [2:15]
    1 x 100 kick 75 easy/25 fast 2:45 [2:30]
    1 x 300 pull strong 4:30 [4:00]
    rest 1:00
    6 x 100 swim 1:40 [1:30]
    1 x 100 kick 75 easy/25 fast 2:45 [2:30]
    1 x 300 pull strong 4:30 [4:00]
    rest 1:00
    12 x 50 swim :55 [:50]
    1 x 100 kick 75 easy/25 fast 2:45 [2:30]
    1 x 300 pull strong 4:30 [4:00]


    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:15
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  15. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 3/16/17

    by , March 15th, 2017 at 02:53 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY

    Warm up
    2 x 150 2:30
    6 x 50 stroke 1:10
    2 x 150 2:15
    6 x 50 2 strong/1 easy 1:00
    2 x 150 kick 3:15

    Freestyle sprint set
    3x
    1 x 50 easy 1:15
    1 x 50 build to fast 1:00
    1 x 50 easy 1:15
    1 x 100 85% 1:30

    IM/stroke set
    3x
    4 x 25 stroke :40
    1 x 50 stroke 85% 1:00
    1 x 50 free easy 1:30
    RD1 fly, RD2 back, RD3 breast

    Free/pull set
    4 x 150 2:15
    3 x 150 2:05
    2 x 150 2:00
    *rest 45 seconds
    1 x 150 best effort 2:00

    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:00

    Total: 4550
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  16. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 3/15/17

    by , March 14th, 2017 at 04:08 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY

    Warm up
    1 x 200 3:15
    3 x 100 1:45
    2 x 100 IM/stroke 1:45
    3 x 100 1:30
    4 x 50 :50 desc

    Main set
    5x
    1 x 125 free mod 2:00
    1 x 100 IM/stroke 2:00
    1 x 75 kick 2:00

    Free/pull set
    2 x 300 long & strong 4:15
    6 x 100 desc 1-3/4-6 1:30
    12 x 50 3 strong/1 easy :50

    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:00

    Total: 4700
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  17. USMS Clinic Course for Coaches

    by , March 14th, 2017 at 03:52 PM (Questions from Coaches)
    Q: Why should I attend the USMS Clinic Course for Coaches?

    A: Frankly, the demand from adults seeking stroke development clinics far outweighs the supply of clinics provided by well-trained coaches with stroke technique skills. USMS developed the Clinic Course for Coaches (CCC) to increase the supply of Masters coaches who desire the pathway and skills necessary to host a successful clinic. This course provides coaches with a proven method to build a more efficient stroke through a series of progressive drills isolating specific body mechanics.

    Many Masters coaches have strong stroke correction skills which serve them well during swim practice or a private lesson. However, the objective of a stroke development clinic is to provide a group of swimmers, of all ability levels, stroke improvement that is measurable both subjectively and objectively and is sustainable.

    Masters coaches attending the CCC receive:
    A classroom presentation that includes:

    • Instructions to conceptualize, plan and implement a successful clinic.
    • A detailed timeline for the clinic delivery leading up to and during the clinic
    • A proven instructional method delivered through a specific series of drills and skills that isolate specific body mechanics and progressively builds a more efficient stroke.
    • Narrated drill videos (available to the coach after the course.)

    On deck experience during a stroke development clinic including:

    • Watching a mentor coach deliver the clinic as instructed in the classroom and course textbook
    • Feedback from mentor coaches
    • Practical experience with actual Masters swimmers

    So, if you want to learn how to put on a clinic and what to do during a clinic, you should consider attending one of the CCC listed here.
  18. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 3/14/17

    by , March 13th, 2017 at 12:59 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY

    Warm up
    4 x 100 1:45
    3 x 50 stroke 1:10
    1 x 200 3:00
    3 x 50 stroke 1:10
    4 x 100 1:30

    Kick set
    4 x 100 last 25 fast 2:15

    Freestyle sprint set
    3x
    1 x 50 easy 1:45
    1 x 100 85% 1:30

    IM/stroke set
    6 x 25 2 of each stroke :40
    6 x 50 2 of each stroke 1:10
    *break 30 seconds
    1 x 200 IM strong 3:30

    Free/pull set
    2x
    4 x 200 3:00
    #1: 25 mod, 100 strong, 75 mod
    #2: 50 mod, 100 strong, 50 mod
    #3: 75 mod, 100 strong, 25 mod
    #4: 100 mod, 100 strong]

    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:00

    Total: 4600
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  19. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 3/13/17

    by , March 12th, 2017 at 01:24 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY

    Warm up
    2 x 150 2:30
    3 x 100 1:30
    6 x 50 stroke 2 of each 1:10
    4 x 75 last 25 strong 1:10

    Kick set
    1 x 200 last 50 fast 4:30
    1 x 100 last 25 strong 2:15
    4 x 50 1:15

    IM/stroke set
    2x
    3 x 50 stroke 1 of each 1:10
    1 x 100 IM 1:50
    6 x 25 stroke 2 of each :40
    1 x 100 IM 2:00

    Free/pull set
    3 x 200 neg split 3:00
    6 x 50 desc 1-3/4-6 :50
    3 x 100 last 25 strong 1:30
    6 x 50 strong :45

    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:00

    Total: 4400
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  20. Workout 03/11/17: morning

    by , March 11th, 2017 at 12:42 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Continued our transition to some speed work as well as race-specific preparation. Our 6th Annual Monumental Masters Mini Meet will take place in two weeks, Saturday, March 25th. I serve as meet director and we welcome swimmers from western New England, upstate NY, and even NJ to the southwestern corner of Vermont for a fun day of competition. If you are in the area stop by, as we have arts, restaurants, and history to explore after the meet is over!

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull

    4 x
    - 50 DPS on 1:00
    - 150 Pull on 2:45

    2 x
    - 50 DPS
    - 75 DPS and 25 Fast

    50 ez

    4 x 25 burst and cruise - race start instructions and practice
    1 x 50 ez
    4 x 25 burst and cruise - working on relay starts
    100 loosen and out
    [Masters/Rec/2100 yds/65 min]
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    Updated March 12th, 2017 at 10:22 PM by rxleakem

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