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Meet / OW event plans and results from U.S. Masters Swmming events in this category.

  1. Saturday, March 1, 2014, Lee County FSG Swim Meet

    by , March 2nd, 2014 at 11:16 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@San Carlos Community Pool
    75 Sunny, Humidity 58%, Water 81

    Florida Senior Games Swim Meet - Lee County

    While not a USMS sanctioned event, this local meet provided an opportunity to get some timed swims off the blocks and hang out with friends. The meet started at 11am and ended about 1:15pm leaving not much time in between events for warm down and rest. I was ready for that, and was prepared to do my events as a quality workout. I did about 3000 yards of pre-meet sets, then EZ 300-400 between events and a 1000 yards of warm down after the last event.

    One goal for this meet was to reset my expectations and focus for swimming competitions. When switching from casual lap swimming to training workouts in early 2012, I made solid gains in training proficiency, but after a successful first competition, an OW 5K swim in April 2012, I struggled with each of the OW, LCM, and SCM competitions I have done since then.

    200 FR: (2:15) 2:10.9, 32.6/33.1/32.9/32.4

    • I still get a bit anxious, before getting on the block, my HR was already 130. The first 50 was very smooth, easy and steady, but the stroke tempo felt off, breathing was awkward, and flip turns were slow, shallow breaking out early.
    • As slow as I attempted to pace the first 100, I still became more tired than expected where it was sluggish to get going on the 3rd 50, as the 64 year old swimmer in the next lane caught up passing me on the flip turn into the final 50. Dead tired, and not able to increase my tempo, I switched to a catch up style rhythm closing the gap to get even but was touched out at the end.


    100 IM: (1:15) 1:08.4, 14.6/15.7/21.6/15.5 (30.3/37.1)

    • Took the fly out light and easy, but my backstroke was clumsy and too flat with the sun in my eyes, as I feared hitting the lane line.
    • Worst ever breaststroke with very little help from my legs. A 22 second BR split is not acceptable (at least not for the next several years), so I will need to work on that kick.
    • The FR finish was only good enough to keep from getting passed. There was no power left, so a sluggish sloppy stroke is how it felt.


    50 FR: (26.9) 26.3, 13.2/13.1

    • Back on the blocks just after my 50 fly warm down swim, the goal was to go out smooth and steady, then come back strong.
    • Again the stroke felt rough, tired, and not the same I as swim in workouts. But the second 25 split is positive.


    50 Fly: (29.8) 28.9, 14.4/14.5

    • Again, stayed in the warm up lane for my 50 Fly after doing the 50 FR.
    • Similar to the 50 FR, I had a slow start because I was not looking at the strobe start light. When there is water in my ears, instead of being only hard of hearing, I am deaf. It is my fault I should have been looking at the starter.
    • The goal was go out easy, come back with a second 25 under 15 seconds, which I did and the stroke felt smooth.


    500 Free: (6:15) 6:02.1, 1:11.2/1:13.3/1:13.2/1:12.6/1:11.8

    • This swim felt the best of all events I did.
    • I decided I really wanted to swim the stroke I do at practice no matter how slow the time would be.
    • Held the stroke count between 11.5 to 12.5. Everything was better including flip turns, breathing with still head, and streamlined body position.


    Comments
    As I am still in the rebuilding phase of my training, these events were a good test. I know that I need more practice and meet experience to swim in meets the way I train in workouts. I plan to attend another SCY swim meet in Sarasota in several weeks, where I will also set very basic goals and strive to enjoy each swim.

    Updated March 2nd, 2014 at 11:26 PM by fdtotten

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  2. Thurs, June 13, 2013 - 3K Open Water, Pan American Champs

    by , June 13th, 2013 at 08:09 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    The day started with an early morning 90 minute drive to Siesta Keys Beach, Sarasota arriving at 7:15 am for check-in, number marking, and pre-race meeting. I did a quick 5-min warm up to get used to the salt water, as my last salt water swim was in Waikiki-1993. My goal was to enjoy the swim and keep my stroke smooth all the way.

    It was a beach running start in waves according to event and age (as under or over 50). When the men's 3K 50+ wave started, I went in on the side of the pack and let most of the group go as I stopped about mid waist to adjust my goggles. A triangle course, the first leg was against the surf and mild swells, and then a longer second leg, with the return leg parallel to the beach. With only five minutes between each wave the course quickly became crowded over three laps around. But by the middle of the second lap I had passed most the "pink" colored 50+ caps.

    I ended up with the time of 47.29, a solid result for the 75-80% effort I made in the 3k, and 5th place is reasonable considering the 55-59 age group was competitive with 40.57 and 42.47 for 1st & 2nd. Results: ​http://goo.gl/YHp5D

    Updated June 13th, 2013 at 09:11 PM by fdtotten

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  3. Saturday, January 26, 2013 - One Hour Postal Swim

    by , January 28th, 2013 at 06:16 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@Fort Myers Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 71, pool at 78, 100% water clarity.
    Sunny skies with humidity at 67%


    Warm Up
    200 FR DPS ABPT
    200 FR Kick
    4x50 on :50, 34 pace


    *One Hour Postal Swim*

    Split Time
    50 yd 33.45 33.45
    100 yd 34.21 01:07:40
    150 yd 35.02 01:42:41
    200 yd 35.82 02:18:30
    250 yd 35.71 02:54:13
    300 yd 35.69 03:29:54
    350 yd 35.90 04:05:48
    400 yd 35.55 04:41:21
    450 yd 35.89 05:17:14
    500 yd 35.73 05:52:58
    550 yd 35.80 06:28:46
    600 yd 35.79 07:04:34
    650 yd 35.29 07:39:51
    700 yd 35.28 08:15:08
    750 yd 35.33 08:50:28
    800 yd 35.11 09:25:34
    850 yd 35.03 10:00:36
    900 yd 35.48 10:36:05
    950 yd 35.70 11:11:47
    1000 yd 35.89 11:47:40
    1050 yd 35.23 12:22:54
    1100 yd 35.27 12:58:10
    1150 yd 35.31 13:33:29
    1200 yd 35.26 14:08:44
    1250 yd 35.40 14:44:08
    1300 yd 35.12 15:19:16
    1350 yd 35.39 15:54:39
    1400 yd 35.03 16:29:41
    1450 yd 35.53 17:05:13
    1500 yd 35.41 17:40:37
    1550 yd 35.39 18:16:01
    1600 yd 35.20 18:51:13
    1650 yd 35.44 19:26:39 19:26:39
    1700 yd 35.61 20:02:16
    1750 yd 35.08 20:37:20
    1800 yd 35.11 21:12:27
    1850 yd 35.18 21:47:38
    1900 yd 35.04 22:22:40
    1950 yd 35.63 22:58:18
    2000 yd 35.36 23:33:40
    2050 yd 35.24 24:08:54
    2100 yd 35.49 24:44:23
    2150 yd 35.43 25:19:49
    2200 yd 35.42 25:55:14
    2250 yd 35.51 26:30:45
    2300 yd 35.53 27:06:17
    2350 yd 35.39 27:41:40
    2400 yd 35.62 28:17:17
    2450 yd 35.53 28:52:49
    2500 yd 35.26 29:28:05
    2550 yd 35.47 30:03:33
    2600 yd 35.45 30:39:00
    2650 yd 35.32 31:14:19
    2700 yd 35.47 31:49:47
    2750 yd 35.29 32:25:05
    2800 yd 35.33 33:00:25
    2850 yd 35.60 33:36:01
    2900 yd 35.32 34:11:20
    2950 yd 35.46 34:46:47
    3000 yd 35.42 35:22:13
    3050 yd 35.37 35:57:35
    3100 yd 35.32 36:32:54
    3150 yd 35.42 37:08:19
    3200 yd 35.44 37:43:46
    3250 yd 35.36 38:19:07
    3300 yd 35.76 38:54:53 19:28:14
    3350 yd 35.40 39:30:17
    3400 yd 35.34 40:05:37
    3450 yd 35.35 40:40:58
    3500 yd 35.29 41:16:16
    3550 yd 35.22 41:51:29
    3600 yd 35.38 42:26:52
    3650 yd 35.67 43:02:32
    3700 yd 35.66 43:38:11
    3750 yd 35.50 44:13:41
    3800 yd 35.56 44:49:15
    3850 yd 35.55 45:24:48
    3900 yd 35.49 46:00:17
    3950 yd 35.46 46:35:45
    4000 yd 35.51 47:11:16
    4050 yd 35.47 47:46:44
    4100 yd 35.23 48:21:58
    4150 yd 35.27 48:57:14
    4200 yd 35.12 49:32:21
    4250 yd 35.10 50:07:27
    4300 yd 35.08 50:42:32
    4350 yd 35.30 51:17:50
    4400 yd 34.72 51:52:33
    4450 yd 34.89 52:27:26
    4500 yd 34.77 53:02:13
    4550 yd 34.80 53:37:01
    4600 yd 34.56 54:11:34
    4650 yd 35.61 54:47:11
    4700 yd 34.87 55:22:03
    4750 yd 34.59 55:56:38
    4800 yd 34.60 56:31:14
    4850 yd 34.57 57:05:49
    4900 yd 34.22 57:40:02
    4950 yd 34.31 58:14:20 19:19:28
    5000 yd 33.82 58:48:10
    5050 yd 33.91 59:22:04
    5100yd 33.00 59:55:04


    Comments:
    I was looking to go 5025, so 5100 was beyond my expectations. We set up digital clock on my left side and I swim two lanes nearby so I could see it clearly. It was more or less a solo swim, however several of the Swim Florida Jr/Sr Group swimmers took turns pacing with me, which made it more interesting. The first 40 minutes I just paced myself carefully with the clock, and then having more confidence I could do this, I gradually increase my effort the last 20 minutes.

    Updated January 28th, 2013 at 06:24 PM by fdtotten

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  4. Masters 5K Mira Mar Lake, FL April 29, 2012

    by , May 9th, 2012 at 04:35 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    Swam first OW: Masters 5K OW event at Mira Mar Lake, FL on April 29. Time - 1hr 18min; First place in Masters Mens 55-59, and Third place Masters Mens overall (because many OW swimmers were at USMS Nationals that weekend)

    Women started five minutes later and (only) three went past me, the first one... Brooke Bennett, just flew by. At the bottom part of the dog leg course there was a surprising amount of wave and wind activity for what had appeared to be a calm lake at the start. I enjoyed the challenge. My finish was not the Bill Rose finish I hoped to do, but I was able to stagger up on to the beach having made my best effort.

    Updated May 9th, 2012 at 08:53 PM by fdtotten (corrections)

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