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I am a long time lurker in the blogs and in the forums. I borrow an occasional workout. I post very rarely. I have diligently posted to a Flog for the last 4 years. I am starting a blog now due to a life altering event that happened a little more than two weeks ago. After having 4-6 weeks of mild nausea and vague abdominal cramping, I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. I have completed my first round of chemotherapy and will start my second this Friday. After having to wait ten days for my port site to heal, I swam for the first time yesterday and it was wonderful.

Why a blog now? Well, I have always been a swimmer. I started to compete when I was 7 and swam through college. Other then a few years of sporadic swimming when I was in medical school, I have always been in the water (I am now 43 and the mother to 6 and 9 year old sons along with being an endocrinologist). I have always found peace in the water, whether it be in the pool or in the open water. I recognize that an important part of my treatments will be to remain sane (and active). My oncologist encouraged me to stay active. I am looking for my own strength and the strength to continue to fight. So here it goes.

Who I am :http://www.usms.org/comp/tt/toptenin...wimmerID=01V8Y

Where I swim http://www.riceaquatics.com/Home.jsp?team=gura

  1. National Champion

    by , August 18th, 2014 at 12:43 PM (One Stroke at a Time)
    Nationals
    On Friday, I swam the 400 IM (3rd) and the 100 breast (5th). The 400 IM was a sufferfest. Mostly, this was because I have no stamina to swim fly. I was determined to go out faster than I had in the 200 fly and I did by 4 secs. I paid the price for this in the last 200. This of course was not necessary as I was solidly in my spot having to swim considerably faster or slower to change positions. I was happy with the 100 breast as I was right off my totally guessed seed time. I watched the race on the feed and was surprised that I passed two people on the second lap which gave me some confidence for the 200 breast on Sunday.

    On Saturday, I didn't have any events. I was exhausted from the treatments, travel, swimming and getting up early for the warm-up so I slept in (I think that I was close to 11 hours in bed-though not asleep the whole time). I spent the rest of the day relaxing. I went to the Bethesda Pool and warmed up. At night friends that I haven't seen in many years came over for dinner. They had just moved back to the area the day before so the timing was great for a reunion.

    On Sunday, I decided to skip warm-up in the competition pool with the plan to arrive right before my teams men's relay swam. I got there with about 2 heats to spare. They were awesome and swam the fastest time of any relay regardless of age (They are in the 200-239 age group). I warmed up and then decided to splurge and went to the shopping area and bought a new suit. I got the new Speedo in blue and black since blue is the colon cancer support color. I was really happy with my 200 IM and was about a half second faster then my guessed time for 5th place. Again, I passed someone coming home on the free.

    My last event was the 200 breast which was my best event as a kid. Many of the faster breaststrokers in my age group had opted for worlds over nationals so I knew that this was an opportunity. I was seeded first but was not sure about my seed time. It was the time that I did last summer right after my second round of chemo. I had been about 6 seconds slower this weekend than my 400 IM time from that same weekend so was a little worried. During warmup I felt really smooth and decided to just get after it. My start was kind of deep but then I got into my rhythm. I went out 0.7 faster than I swam my 100 and ended up wining by 2+ seconds . My time was actually faster than I swam the 200 fly on the first day. It was a great way to end the meet.

    I went back to my friends house and had a wonderful lunch of Polish purple (beet) soup and then was off to the airport. It was a great time with some ups and downs but ended on a fantastic note. I am really grateful to my friends who I stayed with (definitely a 5 star trip advisor review-- this was running joke over the weekend). My team of five people ended up 16th in the team standings and we are already talking about strategies for getting more people to meets. I think a trip to San Antonio is definitely in my future.

    Updated August 18th, 2014 at 01:03 PM by MaryR

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  2. Nationals

    by , August 14th, 2014 at 05:25 PM (One Stroke at a Time)
    I haven't been blogging much and have been swimming rather sporadically. I was pretty regular at practice until mid-July. My son had two multiple day swim meets (including TAGS which is a big deal here) and then I went on vacation in the UP of Michigan where the closet pool was over an hour away. I did get in Lake Superior a few times. The temperature in the low 60s prevented any long swims. I decided to come to the meet despite suboptimal preparation. In order, to get here I moved my treatment from Wednesday to Tuesday, worked half day on Wednesday and then flew out on Wednesday afternoon. I started my 2 week cycle of oral chemo on Wednesday night so my timing is not great for the meet but that's life. I'm staying with friends in Bethesda so drove to the pool this am. Seeing the traffic at 6:30 am going toward DC reminded me of one the reasons that we moved 9 years ago.

    I had an inauspicious start to my meet as I couldn't get into my new suit. I wasn't planning on getting a new suit and ordered one at the last minute so had it delivered to my friend's house. I ordered an A3 suit (I with someone who wears this kind of suit so I thought I would give it a try). I ordered one size larger than what the sizing chart said and still couldn't get in it. It seemed like a really nice suit so I was a little disappointed. I ended up wearing my 2 year old Tracer Lite which was fine. I swam 2 events. I was third in the 200 fly and second in the 800 free. My times were fairly slow but I would of had to be substantially faster to move up any places. I saw quite a few people I hadn't seen in awhile and watched my teammates doing their sprints (We have four men here and me and we figured out that I'll probably swim more meters in my events than the four combined). I'm looking forward to watching them swim some rocking relays. My day also ended on a slapping my hand against my forehead note as I walked out and saw that I had a parking ticket issued 6 minutes before I got to my car (15 minutes after the meter expired). I'll swim the 400 IM and 100 breast tomorrow and then have Saturday off. Good luck to everyone who is here.

    Updated August 14th, 2014 at 08:50 PM by MaryR

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  3. Is that a pickle I see?

    by , June 1st, 2014 at 08:41 AM (One Stroke at a Time)
    Rice
    LCM
    500
    4 x 3 x 50 on 55 drill 1 each stroke-kick-swim
    4 x 100 on 2:00 25 IM order/75 free
    5 x 200 on 3:20 25 fly/175 free
    100 easy
    2 x 50 on 1:00 1 fly/1 free
    5 x 100 on 1:50 50 stroke/50 free
    4 x 100 pull on 2:00
    100 easy
    3800 meters

    I actually swam 5 days in a row this week. There was a 1/2 and 3/4 work-out due to weather. I was quite tired by the end of this. I have forgotten that a 50 LCM fly is actually way longer than a 50 SCY fly. Near the end of practice, I noticed my friend Nicole with her fins on at the bottom of the deep end of the pool (I could have never made it down there but she plays underwater hockey and this was no problem). She was inspecting something on the bottom of the pool that was long and tubular. She decided it was a turd or a pickle, somehow managed to get it up to find it was indeed a pickle. The origin of the bottom dwelling pickle is unclear.

    After practice I stayed at the pool to watch my oldest swim in Rice's Double Up Meet. He's 10 so swam the 100-200-400 free (and dropped 7-11-26 seconds respectively). By the end of this, I was exhausted. Hopefully, I'll get back to the pool today.
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  4. Friday and Sunday

    by , May 19th, 2014 at 11:36 AM (One Stroke at a Time)
    Friday, May 16
    Lunch Bunch
    550
    8 x 100 kick 2-2:10, 2-2:05, 2-2:00, 2-1:55
    50-100-150-200 50 sec base
    50-100-150-200 50 sec base pull
    50 fly/back-100 IM-150 25 fly/50 back/50 breast/25 free-200 IM 50 sec base
    150
    3000 yards

    Sunday May 18
    LCM

    Rice
    5 x (200 on 3:20 then 2 x 100 on 1:40)
    200 on 3:20
    12 x 50 on 1:10 odd 25 scooter drill/25 swim evens alternate 25 4 kicks/1 pull fly/25 fly and 2 kicks/1 pull breast/25 breast
    200 easy
    3000 meters

    I had a rough weekend. My feet and hands are better but other parts are acting up. Without any TMI, I'll just say it was an immodium/zofran kind of weekend.

    I did have the pleasure of going to my ten year old son's swim meet. When he was younger he really struggled to learn to swim fly. His team is into getting everyone to do their IMX (200 IM-100 fly-100 back-100 breast-200 free). Last year, he swam the 100 fly to finish his IMX and I was very proud of him for getting through it and not giving up (He was near vertical the last 5-10 meters). On Saturday, he swam the long course version for the first time since that swim and dropped 46 seconds (!). He made an A time and won the event. This encouraged me to go to the pool on Sunday even though I didn't feel very well. I skipped the first 30 minutes of the work-out and was still pretty tired at the end but am feeling a little better today (I won't likely swim again until Thursday since my husband is out of town and there are some end of year school things to attend so it was good that I made it yesterday).
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  5. One year later

    by , May 13th, 2014 at 08:53 PM (One Stroke at a Time)
    Rice
    50 (yeah, I missed warm-up. I used the first round of the main set as my warm-up)
    250 on 4:00
    6 x 50 on 55 1 fast/1 easy
    4 x (250 50 fly/50 free/50 back/50 free/50 breast) on 4:00 then 6 x 50 on 55 1 fast stroke/1 easy free)
    200 easy
    3000 yards

    So today was my year anniversary of being diagnosed with unresectable stage 4 colon cancer (I was actually diagnosed a few days later but a year ago I had the ultrasound that set everything in motion). I worked in the morning then went to Lunch Bunch. After Lunch Bunch, I went home and rested. Today is also the last day of my current chemo cycle so will have a week medication free starting tomorrow.

    I enjoyed this work-out. It had the right balance of stroke and free. I was able to hold the same pace on all the 250s. The hardest thing about the workout for me was walking to and from the pool. One of my medications is giving me a side effect called hand foot syndrome so the soles of my feet are super sensitive. I have been wearing thick socks and cushioned shoes so I had forgotten how painful the tiles and concrete are (I hadn't swum in a week-- I went on a mini-vacation to Healdsburg, CA). I've never worn flip flops or shoes from the locker room to the pool but I'll need to go out and get a pair. If anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear some. I won't be able to wear any with textured soles but ones with support and some cushion should do the trick.
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  6. Still Swimming-- Twin Lakes Swim

    by , May 6th, 2014 at 05:42 PM (One Stroke at a Time)
    I haven't blog in awhile but have continued to swim. My FLOG tells me that I've done 113 miles so far this year. This has included two open water swims and two swim meets. One open water swim was a 5K in Conroe and other was a series of three races this last weekend.

    Last year about two weeks before I was diagnosed with cancer, I swam our teams open water races. These were a 800 M, 1600M and then a 3200 M race. I knew they were coming up so decided to give it a try. The format was slightly different this year in that there were not separate old people's heat so I had to mix it up with the age groupers a bit at the start of every swim-- I have one large bruise on my right forearm for my efforts. I was happy to finish the three races and found myself sprinting at the end of the 3200 M swim to stay ahead of my neighbor (who is 13 ).

    Despite only swimming about half as much as last year, my times were very comparable-- The 800 M swim was actually faster.

    800 M 2014 12:17.13 2013 12:28.05
    1600 M 2014 24:56.49 2013 23:59.43
    3200 M 2014 52:24.94 2013 51:50.90

    There is only one long course meet in Houston this summer and I will be out of town on that day so am not sure when I will next swim in a race. I wish there was another one here but there is not. I have some designs on going to Summer Nationals since I used to live in Bethesda and Columbia, MD but will see. My treatments are continuing. I am on three week cycles with an infusion on day one followed by two weeks of pills with one week off in between. It is hard for me to believe that it has been almost a year since this started. I have good days and bad days but have continued to swim about 3-4 times a week-- I even got an impromptu breaststroke lesson two weeks ago from Rice's resident expert, David G! He called me over during the middle of Lunch Bunch and asked me if I wanted some pointers. To everyone out there who is struggling with something, keep up the good fight!
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  7. November Classic Meet Wrap-up

    by , November 14th, 2013 at 08:33 PM (One Stroke at a Time)
    November 10
    Woodlands Masters Swim Team November Classic
    SCM
    I warmed up about 1200 then swam 5 times (with warm downs after each swim)

    400 IM
    2013 5:56.79
    2012 5:43.61
    2011 5:49.37

    Splits 2013
    39.64 44.37 45.31 45.27
    49.83 49.75 41.88 40.74

    50 breast
    2013 42.16
    2012 swam 100 fly instead
    2011 40.28

    200 breast
    2013 3:09.36
    2012 3:05.85
    2011 3:08.22

    Splits 2013
    44.13 47.40 48.76 49.07

    50 breast on 200-239 Mixed 200 Medley Relay
    2013 41.50
    2012- No relays
    2011 40.26

    800 free
    2013 11:07.95
    2012 10:37.19
    2011 10:48.51

    Splits 2013
    38.82 41.85 42.71 42.60
    42.07 41.76 42.60 42.46
    42.00 42.67 42.29 42.26
    42.07 41.51 40.76 39.52

    I swam just on Sunday. On Saturday, I went to a chess tournament then to a soccer game and then back to the chess tournament (all for the 5th grader). This was a lot of driving so I was pretty tired by the end of the day. I took a bath in the evening, put my sons to bed and then went to bed myself at 8:30 (I had been pretty much dozing since 7:30 but rallied to get them to bed).

    I have swum at this meet the last three years (and pretty much the same events each year). The meet was really fun. I got to see some people that I hadn't seen for a while, including a former teammate who was visiting from San Francisco and swam. I felt like an age grouper on the 400 IM because I had a whole cheering section at the end of my lane. This was great because I am still having difficulty swimming fly so I needed a boost. I wasn't sure about my seeds but ended up in the right heat for each event (except the 400 IM where I was in lane 4 and was about 20 seconds faster than my seed). Honestly though, who doesn't like to swim the 400 IM way off the front. I thought that I split my races well. My legs were shot by the end of the 200 breast stroke (I did 400 total breast stroke for the day) and I knew this would happen because I did a pretty hard kick set on Friday with 100s on 1:30 at the end of it (and even when I was doing it I thought I should stop). I am not sure when I swim in another meet. I heard that the Woodlands is hosting our short course zones so maybe then (but only if I can drum up some business for relays from my team).
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  8. The night the lights went out

    by , November 14th, 2013 at 07:35 PM (One Stroke at a Time)
    Thursday November 14
    Lunch Bunch
    500
    12 x 50 pull on 50 sets of three fly/free, back/free, breast/free
    3 x 100 Im on 1:30
    300 easy on 5:00
    3 x 100 IM on 1:25
    300 easy on 5:15
    3 x 100 free on 1:20
    300 easy on 4:30
    6 x 50 kick on 1:00 sets of 3 dolphin/flutter, flutter, whip/flutter
    100 easy
    3300 yards

    Tuesday November 12
    50
    12 x 50 pull on 50 sets of 3 fly/free, back/free, breast/free
    4 x (25-50-75-100 first length of every distance stroke IM order by round then 100 IM fast) 30 sec base per 25
    12 x 50 pull on 45 descend 1-3
    150 easy
    5 x 50 kick on 55
    3050 yards

    Sunday, November 10
    CISD
    November Classic Swim Meet

    Friday, November 8
    Lunch Bunch
    8 x 100 kick 2 on 2:00, 2 on 1:50, 2 on 1:40, 2 on 1:30 (I made these!)
    20 x 100 (5 on 1:25- 1 on 1:15- 4 on 1:25- 1 on 1:15- 3 on 1:25- 1 on 1:15- 2 on 1:25- 1 on 1:15- 1 on 1:25- 1 on 1:15
    3500 yards

    Thursday, November 7
    15 x 100 on 1:30 (75 free/25 stroke IM order (no all free)
    3500 yards

    Tuesday November 5
    3 x (IM set that involved a 500 of broken free and IM swims and then a 200 IM)
    3400 yards

    Monday November 4
    9 x 250 on 3:45
    3400 yards

    On Tuesday, we had some excitement. I was kicking a little after our practice was done. All of a sudden, there was a large flash and then all the lights went out. Apparently, there was a power substation that malfunctioned. Other than the emergency lights, the campus was dark (This included the basketball court where a varsity game was about to start). My son claims that he was jumping in the pool and was able to switch directions mid-jump to avoid getting wet.

    I have continued to swim. I just haven't had a lot of time to blog. I did manage to remember most of the main sets from the last 1.5 weeks. I can hold a pace on most things (although pretty slow). I am still attempting to balance everything in my life. This is happening somewhat successfully. Last week was hard since my husband was away for a conference. I did manage to get to one day of the November Classic which I will make a separate entry for. All in all, I am continuing to take one day at a time and setting small goals for each week.
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  9. Swimming with Santa and many other swims

    by , November 4th, 2013 at 05:52 PM (One Stroke at a Time)
    November 3, 2013
    SCY
    700
    4 x 150 on 2:20 100 swim 25 underwater kick as far as you can go then swim 25 easy kick
    2 x (3 x 100 on 1:30 pull then 2 x 50 on 1:00)
    4 x 25 IM order on 35 then 2 x 100 IM on 1:45
    50 easy
    4 x 100 on 1:20
    4 x 100 on 1:25
    7 x 100 on 1:30
    12 x 25 kick on 35
    150 easy
    4400 yards

    November 2, 2013
    SCY
    600
    2 x 300 pull on 4:15
    3 x 200 descend on 3:00
    4 x 150 kick on 2:45
    10 x 100 on 1:45 start all drill IM add one length swim to front until all swim, repeat all swim then add one length drill from front until all drill
    8 x 75 pull on 1:05
    100 easy
    4100 yards

    October 30, 2013
    SCY
    125
    3 x 100 (25 sprint stroke/75 easy) on 2:00
    25 easy
    3 x 150 (50 sprint stroke/100 easy) on 3:00
    6 x 100 pull on 1:30 75 free/25 back
    600 swim
    150-100-50-150-100-50 kick (150s on 2:45, 100s on 1:40, 50s on 45)
    125
    3 x 100 (25 sprint stroke/75 easy) on 2:00
    75 easy
    3200 yards

    October 28, 2013
    SCY
    3 x (2 x 275 on 4:00 then 2 x 50 on 1:00)
    I have no recollection of the rest of the swim
    3100 yards

    Sunday, October 27, 2013
    800
    10 x 75 on 1:15 odds back (drill/build/swim) evens (free/breast/free)
    4 x 25 stroke on 30, 4 x 100 on 1:30, 4 x 50 fast on 1:00 IM order
    4 x 50 kick on 1:10
    4 x 25 stroke on 30, 4 x 100 on 1:30, 4 x 50 fast on 1:00 IM order
    50 easy
    6 x 75
    8 x 25 easy kick
    12 x 50 pull on 1:00 2 fast/1 easy
    50 easy
    4500 yards

    Saturday, October 26
    SCY
    100
    8 x 100 kick on 1:45 descend 1-4, 5-8
    5 x 4 x 50 on 1:00 slow/fast, fast/slow, 50 fast, 50 easy
    8 x 125 on 1:50 pull (125 cruise/25 fast)
    3100 yards

    Friday, October 25
    400
    3 x 3 x 100 on 1:30 swim/kick/swim/kick. swim/drill/swim/drill, swim/stroke/swim/stroke
    9 x 100 on 1:30 kick under water/50 easy/25 stroke
    10 x 50 on 1:00
    200 kick
    100 easy
    3000 yards

    Thursday, October 24
    SCY
    100
    8 x 75 on 1:20 kick/drill/swim
    4 x 2 x 200 free/IM order kick on 3:40 then free/IM order swim on 3:20
    6 x 100 pull
    100 easy
    3000 yards

    Tuesday October 23
    SCY
    500
    8 x 50 kick on 1:15 descend 1-4, 5-8
    8 x 25-50-75-100 on 30, 50, 1:10, 1:40 25s and 75s stroke, 50s and 100s free
    50-100-150-150-100-50 pull
    100 easy kick
    100 easy swim
    3700 yards

    I have been bad about blogging my workouts but have kept on swimming. I have felt up and down in the water with some periods of pretty extreme fatigue. My strokes have felt better lately with more consistency on times but my free has been pretty slow (at times slower than IMs for 100s).

    Last Saturday, I went to the rec center near my house and swam by myself for the first time in a long time. Our practice had been cancelled due to a a kids meet and a college meet. The rec center is always a bit chaotic on Saturday am and this was no exception. I swam by myself or with one other person but the chaos is with the swim lessons in the adjacent lanes. It is mostly very small kids so there is a lot of crying along with some flying balls and toys. On Saturday, I was surprised though because halfway through the swim, I looked down and there was a person scuba diving with a Santa hat and beard on. I had not seent he announcement but they were having underwater pictures with Santa. There is a Santa scuba diving and then the kids put on snorkels and masks for underwater pics. I was tempted to get my picture taken but the line was a bit long and I had to go to a U10 soccer game followed by an Age Group Penthalon swim meet. Ahh, maybe next year...
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  10. San Diego-Canyonview

    by , October 22nd, 2013 at 02:50 PM (One Stroke at a Time)
    Saturday October 19
    SDSM
    SCY
    500
    2 x (150 on 2:10, 100 IM on 1:10, 2 x 50 kick on 1:00)
    400 on 5:30
    2 x 75 on 1:15 kick/drill/swim fly
    2 x 200 on 2:40 descend
    2 x 75 on 1:15 kick/drill/swim back
    4 x 100 on 1:20
    2 x 75 on 1:15 kick/drill/swim breast
    8 x 50 on 50 odds easy/evens fast
    2 x 75 on 1:15 kick/drill/swim free
    2 (2 x 150 pull on 2:30 then 4 x 50 fast on 50) pull
    100 easy
    4500 yards

    Sunday, October 20
    SDSM
    SCY
    600
    2 x 150 on 2:15, 300 IM (kick/swim/kick by 75), 2 x 150 on 2:10, 300 IM (kick/swim/kick by 75), 2 x 150 on 2:05
    4 x (300 on 4:15 #4 pull then 8 x 25 on 30 odds easy, evens fast 1 round each stroke then 2 x 50 fast kick on 1:00)
    100 easy
    4600 yards

    I made it to Canyonview twice during my trip. When I lived in San Diego, I was a bit of a swimming nomad and I had been there quite a few times before. The coach told me that nothing about the structure of the work-outs had changed in the intervening 2 decades and this was pretty much true. At that time, they didn't have structured weekend work-outs so I was happy to see this addition. I felt decent. I can keep a pace again--although a slow one. I went to cove as well but didn't swim-- I just watched the sea lions and seals (who are also new since I lived there). I'm not sure when I'll swim this week since I have a lot of work related things that I need to get caught up on plus I'm pretty tired because I stuffed about 5 days worth of activities into three days on my trip.
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  11. Wednesday, Thursday and now off to San Diego

    by , October 18th, 2013 at 09:16 AM (One Stroke at a Time)
    Wednesday October 16
    SCY
    450
    8 x 50 on 55 1-4 build 5-8 descend
    10 x (10 x 100 fast 2 IM then 2 of each stroke followed by 50 easy) on 3:00
    4 x 125 on 2:00 1 kick/1 pull
    150 easy
    3000 yards


    Thursday October 17
    SCY
    200
    4 x (100-75-50-25 pull last length of each distance stroke IM order by round) 5 sec rest between each distance
    12 x 100 3 IM/1 free/2 IM/2 free/1 IM/3 free IM on 1:40 free on 1:30
    12 x 50 kick on 55
    100 easy
    3100 yards

    I've had a pretty good week. I've swum everyday. The 100s on Wednesday were very difficult but I made it through. I had a good report from my oncologist on Thursday (after a two hour waiting room stay)-- Tumor markers normalized, tumors getting smaller. I'll keep my schedule of treatment every three months and see him again in three months. Now, I'm off to San Diego for a wedding. My kids are staying behind so it is just me and my husband! I haven't decided if I'll try to swim yet.

    I lived there from 1992-94 and swam at Shiley (located at Scripps Green Hospital) on my lunch hour as it was two blocks from the lab I worked in and I still had the mental fortitude to swim for 90 minutes on my own. They used the pool for rehab as well as for swimming. Patrick Ewing rehabbed there after an ankle(?) surgery and he once asked our master's coach if we were doing rehab as well (He had just started rehab and our coach, Terri was the PT working with him and Terri thought he was thinking that all out swimming was the end point of her rehab program).
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  12. Fight, fight

    by , October 16th, 2013 at 02:12 PM (One Stroke at a Time)
    Monday
    October 14
    SCY
    500
    4 x 150 kick on 3:00 descend
    3 x (200 easy pull on 3:20 then 2 x 150 fast pull on Round 1 2:10, #2 2:05, #3 2:00)
    10 x 50 one easy / 1 fast stroke on 1:00
    100 easy
    3200 yards

    Tuesday
    October 15
    200
    8 x 50 on 55 2 each stroke odds kick/drill evens kick/swim
    4 x (6 x 50 on 55 IM order by round, 4 x 25 on 30 pull IM order by round then 200 IM on 3:30)
    100 easy
    3100 yards

    I enjoyed both these work-outs. There was a good variety of different sets and nothing too long. I was happy to make it through the IM set on Tuesday. There was some excitement in my lane on Monday as a there was a lot of yelling by one member directed at another (neither of which was me). Because I was leading the lane, I am not sure what exactly happened except that it involved some malfunctioning paddles, a pile up and some high volume cursing. The same group reassembled on Tuesday and everything seemed fine. I hope this doesn't repeat as it was pretty unpleasant.
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  13. Long Course!!

    by , October 12th, 2013 at 11:47 AM (One Stroke at a Time)
    October 12
    LCM
    500
    5 x 100 kick on 2:00
    5 x 100 swim on 1:40
    5 x 100 pull on 1:40
    8 x 50 on 1:10 odds alternate back and breast evens free
    3 x (4 x 50 stroke 3 build on 1:00 then 1 fast on 50 then 100 on 1:50 Set 1 and 3 free set 2 IM)
    100 easy
    6 x 50 kick on 1:20 descend 1-3, 4-6
    100 easy
    4800 meters

    October 11
    LCM
    400
    6 x 50 kick on 1:10
    100 pull on 1:40, 100 fast swim on 1:30, 2 x 100 pull on 1:40, 100 fast swim on 1:30, 3 x 100 pull on 1:40, 100 fast swim on 1:30
    100 easy
    10 x 50 on 1:00 start #1 with 1 underwater dolphin kick and 11 hard stroke cycles, add one kick and one hard cycle every repeat until #10 was 10 dolphin kicks and 20 hard stroke cycles
    200 easy
    6 x 50 kick on 1:00
    4 x 50 swim on 1:15 one easy/one fast
    100 easy
    3000 meters

    I really enjoy swimming long course. It feels almost like a different sport at times. It also helped that the kids team was not there since they have a meet and we got to spread out across six lanes. It was a little overcast so I spent a good portion of the swim on my back watching a group of birds that sits on the top of the gym. There was definitely a struggle for the roof peak going on. (My 6 year old just walked in and asked me to add a smilie so here goes). Hopefully, I 'll make it back tomorrow. He liked it so much he asked for another
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  14. Wednesday and Thursday

    by , October 11th, 2013 at 01:54 PM (One Stroke at a Time)
    Wednesday October 9
    SCY
    400
    10 x 25 on 40 odds fast evens easy
    8 x (50 sprint (3 back/3 breast/2 free then 150 easy) Each round on 4:00
    400 pull
    300 kick
    50 swim
    3000 yards

    Thursday October 10
    SCY
    Lunch Bunch
    7 x 100 on 1:35 (75 swim/25 stroke)
    3 x (4 x 50 on 50 descend round #1 fly/back #2 back/breast #3 breast/free then 100 IM on 1:40 descend each set)
    12 x 100 pull on 1:30 dessend 1-4
    200 easy
    3000 yards

    Wednesday is always our sprint/quailty day. I had forgotten since I hadn't been to work-out on a Wednesday since August. I wasn't feeling too sprinty but did the best I could. Thursday was great. It was IM, 85 degrees outside, sunny and the pool was a good temperature. I felt pretty good on the descending 100 IMs and managed to get down to 1:15 on the last one which I'll take since I got a bit of medicine on Tuesday. The pool is rumored to be long course this weekend so I'll try to make a few in between the two day swim meet and the 2 soccer games. I'm just glad my son isn't older because there was some issue with the pool on Saturday morning so the morning session is in the afternoon and the afternoon session is in evening (11 and older girls and 13 and older boys) with the end of the meet estimated at 11:30 pm.
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  15. Back to the pool

    by , October 8th, 2013 at 05:08 PM (One Stroke at a Time)
    October 8th
    SCY
    Lunch Bunch
    Missed warm-up
    4 x (300 50 free/25 IM order on 4:30, 200 25 free/25 IM order on 3:00 then 100 IM on 1:30)
    8 x 75 25 skull/50 pull 10 seconds rest between each
    100 easy
    3100 yards

    October 1st
    SCY
    Lunch Bunch
    300 (100 swim/50 kick)
    6 x 400 on 6:00 200 free/100 back/100 free descend 1-3, 4-6
    600 that I don't recall the set

    September 30th
    SCY
    450 (100 swim/50 kick)
    50-75-100-125-150-175-200-225-250-275-275-250-225-200-175-150-125-100-75-50-25 pull on 20 sec base with 10 sec added to the total interval
    4 x 50 back 1:00
    3900 yards

    September 29th
    SCY
    600
    12 x 50 on 1:00 odds right/evens left
    400 on 6:00
    2 x 100 kick on 2:00
    8 x 25 sprint on 30 2 each stroke
    300 on 4:30
    2 x 100 kick on 2:00
    8 x 25 sprint on 30 2 each stroke
    200 pull on 3:00
    2 x 100 kick on 2:00
    8 x 25 sprint on 30 2 each stroke
    100 on 1:30
    2 x 100 kick on 2:00
    8 x 25 sprint on 30 2 each stroke
    400 that I don't recall
    4200 yards

    I'm still chugging along. I wrote the distances on my FLOG after I finished but had a few blanks when I went to remember the actual work-outs. I was surprised that I could remember all the main sets. I went to Baltimore for a conference so didn't workout. I could have found a place to swim if I really wanted to (In the past, I swam with both Ancient Mariners in Bethesda and at Maryland Masters-UMBC) but decided to take it easy. The meeting was fun. I got to see lots of people and the presentation for the clinical trial that I work on was recognized for being the highest scoring clinical abstract at the entire meeting so that was exciting. I am toying with the idea of going to the SCM meet at the Woodlands in November. My husband will be going to be out of town so I could only go for one day which is fine. I am not a huge short course fan (either SCM or SCY) so I am undecided. I like the idea of having a goal and I always have fun at the meets. They have relays at the meet so I think if I can drum up some team members to go and swim relays that might be the deciding factor. This might be difficult though as my team is on a bit of a down swing as far as meet participation is concerned. I'll see.

    Updated October 8th, 2013 at 07:19 PM by MaryR

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  16. 300 miles

    by , September 28th, 2013 at 11:35 AM (One Stroke at a Time)
    Saturday September 28
    SCY
    600
    2 x (2 x 50 drill/swim on 1:00 then 4 x 75 25 stroke/50 free on 1:15)
    6 x 100 pull on 1:35
    6 x 125 on 1:50 25 kick/100 swim
    100 easy
    8 x 25 easy on 40
    12 x 50 on 1:15 odds easy/evens fast 2 back/2 breast/ 2free for fast ones
    200 easy kick
    150 easy swim
    4000 yards

    Thursday September 26
    Lunch Bunch
    600 swim
    6 x 100 kick on 1:50
    3 x 4 x 100 on 1:30 set #1 100 free, 25 fly/75 free, 25 fly/25 back/50 free, 100 IM, set #2 100 free, 25 free/25 back/50 free, 25 free/25 back/25breast/25 free, 100 IM, set #3 100 free, 50 free/25 breast/25 free, 25 fly/25 free/25 breast/25 free, 100 IM
    2 x 300, 2 x 200, 2 x 100 pull 1:20 base
    100 easy
    3700 yards

    Tuesday September 24
    Lunch Bunch
    200 swim
    4 x 50 fly/back descend on 50
    200 IM on 3:00
    200 free on 3:00
    4 x 50 back/breast descend on 50
    100 back
    200 free on 3:00
    4 x 50 breast/free on 50
    200 IM on 3:00
    100 free
    200 IM on 3:00
    4 x 150 swim/kick/swim 10 sec rest
    2600 yards

    Sunday September 22
    LCM
    700 swim
    5 x 3 x 50 (I can't remember the pattern)
    50 easy
    4 x 200 and 1x 100 kick with fins 3:20
    9 x 100 pull on 1:40
    18 x 50 on 55 2 free/1 back
    4200 meters

    I swam 4 times since I last blogged. I hit 300 miles for the year today. This 50 miles was less eventful than the previous 50. I have been struggling to keep all my balls in the air lately so haven't had much time to write things down. I know that things will calm down in a few weeks so I'm just trying to keep going forward. Swimming has helped me to do that as it keeps me centered..
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  17. A return to long course

    by , September 21st, 2013 at 11:02 PM (One Stroke at a Time)
    Saturday, September 21
    LCM
    600
    400 (50 kick/50 swim)
    4 x 100 1:35
    300 pull 5:00
    3 x 100 pull 1:40
    200 3:40
    2 x 100 1:50 50 stroke/50 free
    100 easy
    8 x 50 on 1:00 odds 3 stroke then 6 kicks evens swim
    200
    4 x (100 on 1:40 then 50 kick on 1:00)
    4 x (50 kick fast on 1:15 then 100 moderate 1:45)
    4300 meters

    I knew it would be long course before I arrived. I had tried to swim Friday night and we were rained out but the pool had already been changed so I was one of the few who was not surprised this morning. I was pretty beat up by the end but made it through the entire workout. I much prefer long course to short course so didn't want to get out early since I am unsure if we'll have another weekend until next year. I will try to go back tomorrow and possibly Monday am since they usually don't flip the pool until after Monday am workout.
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  18. No blogging but plenty of swimming

    by , September 19th, 2013 at 05:41 PM (One Stroke at a Time)
    Thursday September 19th
    Lunch Bunch
    6 x 50 1:00
    3 x 3 x 150 fly/back/breast/75 free Within each round #1 on 2:30, #2 on 2:20 and #3 on 2:10
    4 x 3 x 100 pull Within Each round #1 on 1:35 #2 on 1:30 and #3 on 1:25
    150 easy
    3000 yards

    Tuesday September 17th
    Lunch Bunch
    100 on 1:45
    4 x 75 on 1:10
    200 on 3:30
    3 x (100 IM on 1:45 then 4 x 50 fast stroke (round #1 back, #2 breast, #3 IM order) on 1:10 then 200 recovery on 3:30)
    4 x 150 odds 50 swim with paddles /50 kick/50 swim with paddles evens 50 kick/50 swim/50 kick 10 sec rest between
    200 easy
    2900 yards

    Saturday September 14th
    500
    2 x (200 on 3:00 then 50 kick on 1:15)
    pull set, IM drill then a short IM set which I don't remember at all
    6 x (100 pull on 1:25 then 50 easy on 1:00)
    7 x (100 on 1:25 (start at 25 back/75 free and add a 25 back until 100 back and then drop a 25 until 75 free/25 back) then 50 easy on 1:00
    4200 yards

    Friday September 13th
    I can't remember most of the work out
    Main set was 100-200-300-400-500-400-300-200-100 on 1:30 base
    3500 yards

    Thursday, September 12th
    350
    12 x 50 kick/swim then drill/swim on 1:00
    3 x 300 middle 100 IM 4:30
    3 x 200 middle 100 IM 3:10
    3 x 100 IM 1:40
    8 x 75 pull on 1:05
    150 easy
    3500 yards

    Tuesday September 10th
    8 x 200 (150 on 2:30 then 50 recovery on 1:00)
    50 easy
    8 x 100 on 1:45 odds descend IM evens recovery
    8 x 50 kick 1:00
    50-100-150-150-100-50 pull
    50 easy
    3400 yards

    Sunday, September 8th
    7 x 50 on 1:00 12.5 back/12.5 free/12.5 back/12.5 free
    4 x (3 x 100 on 1:40 done 75 kick/25 swim then 4 x 50 with paddles on 50)
    16 x 25 on 35 IM order
    8 x 50 with paddles on 1:00
    3150 yards

    Saturday September 7th
    300
    8 x 50 on 50
    3 x 200 pull on 3:00
    4 x 150 with paddles descned n 2:20
    6 x 100 on 1:30
    50 easy
    4 x 50 descend on 1:15
    100 easy on 1:45
    4 x 75 on 1:15 50 easy swim/25 sprint kick
    100 easy
    2 x 100 kick on 2:00
    100 easy
    4 x 75 50 easy swim/25 sprint kick
    100 easy
    4 x 50 fast
    100 easy
    150 easy
    4400 yards

    Friday September 6th
    400
    3 x (4 x 100 descend on 1:30 then 300 pull on 5:00)
    200 easy
    8 x 50 kick IM order on 1:00
    4 x 50 on 50
    200 easy
    3500 yards

    I have been able to swim over the last two weeks but never sat down to put the workouts in the computer. I knew the yardage beacuse I would put it in my FLOG after I left the pool but I don't like to type on my phone so I never put in the full workouts. Today, I realized I was building up paper scraps with partial work-outs on them so I wanted to write them down. I have been up and down in the last two weeks as far as my energy is concerned. My son ended up in the hospital for a week on TPN and pain medications. I spent a lot of time there. Since the pool is about three blocks from the hospital, I managed to carve out some time on most days (when I wasn't reading all the internet craziness about DN's Cuba-Fla swim). My son is back to normal except he has to limit his activities and eat a low fat diet. It's pretty funny to see a six year old (who is super skinny) ask people, "Is that low fat?" I got my own treatment on Tuesday so am laying pretty low right now. My oldest is going to Austin this weekend with a friend and his dad so I'm looking for some low key, non contact activities for the younger one for the weekend. Hopefully, I will get back to this a little more regularly.
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  19. Can I catch a break, please?

    by , September 6th, 2013 at 01:07 PM (One Stroke at a Time)
    September 5, 2013

    600
    6 x (150 pull on 2:10 then 50 back on 50 with paddles)
    12 x 75 on 1:20 25 swim IM order then 50 kick
    2700 yards

    I have been feeling a little better and had actually plotted out a plan to get caught up on some things that I had gotten behind on and then disaster struck. My youngest had a biking accident and is in the hospital for traumatic pancreatitis. He hit his belly with his handlebars on a fall and injured his pancreas (He is 6 and really skinny so there was no cushion). My husband and I are splitting time with him. He wants my husband to stay with him at night so I get to go home and sleep in a real bed). During the day, I've been sitting with him in the hospital watching some Looney Tunes and trying to distract him from the fact that he can't eat (and trying to convince him that the fluid going into his IV (Total Parental Nutrition) is actually food). When my husband came, I snuck in a little swim (while the older one was having practice). I came late and had a lane to myself (all the others had 4-5 people in them but no one had gotten in one of the lanes so I lucked out). I enjoyed the workout since it was peaceful being by myself.
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  20. Somewhere in between

    by , September 4th, 2013 at 01:29 PM (One Stroke at a Time)
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    500 swim (alternate 100 swim/50 kick)
    3 x (100-75-50-25) 20 seconds per 25 pull
    3 x (200 on 3:20 fly/free/back/free/breast/75 free then 150 on 2:30 fly/free/back/free/breast/free then 100 on 1:40 fly/free/back/free then 50 on 50 fly/free)
    3 x 100 on 10 sec rest swim/kick/swim/kick
    50 easy
    3100 yards

    I enjoyed my Labor Day weekend and was a bit slow to get started today. My son did a project last year on Spindletop which was one of the first large oil wells in Texas so we made the trip to Beaumont to see the site. On the way home, we stop at an alligator rescue place and saw the alligators and snakes. Yesterday, I found myself in a recurring predictament with the evening work-out where I was a bit too slow for the one group but a little too fast for the next group. I can keep up on sets that are less than 1000 but for longer things I generally need a little more rest. Yesterday, I felt bad because I lapped someone on the first 200 of the main set and then that person changed lanes (when he would have probably been perfectly fine with us). I think I'll have to communicate better when I change lanes.

    Updated September 4th, 2013 at 01:53 PM by MaryR

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