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I swim, therefore I am

Frank D Totten

Swimming is an activity I just like to do. Participation and competition in organized events are good and so is the exercise. But most of all, moving through the water is what I like the best. After years of stroke skills development I am always striving to improve.

I swim at Fort Myers Aquatic Center, FMAC, Florida Gulf Coast University, (FGCU) Aquatic Center mostly on my own with guidance from Coach Chuck Slaght. When rare occasional circumstances require being close to home, I swim at the Catalina lsle Community HOA Pool. More about me...


  1. Thursday, October 10, 2013

    by , October 10th, 2013 at 02:07 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 71 Water temp 79
    Sunny & partly cloudy, humidity at 67%

    Warm Up
    Bands
    50 eggbeater kick/bk adjusting goggles
    200 Fly as 4(25K/25S) w/snorkel
    200 BK as 4(25K/25S)
    200 BR as 4(25K/25S) w/snorkel
    200 FR as 4(25K/25S) w/snorkel

    *Set 1*
    Up and Down the IM Mountain
    /all IM on HR rest
    100
    100-200-100
    100-200-300-200-100
    100-200-300-400-300-200-100
    100-200-300-200-100
    100-200-100
    100

    *Set 2*
    500 DK/bk w/fins, desc by 100s 1-5
    300 BR K/bk, kicks/25 *10-8
    8x25 UW SDK on 1:00

    *Set 3*
    16x50s on HR rest from dive, 8 Fly/8 Free
    --25/1 as 10-12 SDK, 3-4 DPS strokes/cycles
    --25/2 as 12-16 SDK off turn, 4-5 DPS strokes/cycles

    Warm Down
    200 FR EZ SPL-4
    100 IM EZ DPS

    Comments
    Set 1, swimming up/down the IM Mountain is based on a set from the forum post, "10.6.13-Monday workout" at Pete's Swim Blog. The version they did was more difficult with all the 100s Fly, 200s as IM, and 300s-400 as Free on interval. I just wanted to do some IM base swimming where each turn/breakout is legal, with complete UWs, and the breathing, stroke form are as best possible. I started out each swim very steady and smooth gradually increasing effort towards a strong final 25. My HR would generally be about 150-170 after each swim, taking 10-15 seconds to 110 on the 100s and 200s, then 20-30 seconds to 110 on the 300s and 400. I am practicing my breathing so that on the stroke transitions I am not running out of air on the UW portions particularly with back to breast.

    When I finished Set 1, I could feel what an effort is was in my back and my arms were quite tire as well. Set 2 started with doing the dolphin kick with fins on my back providing a good recovery. As I am not a natural breaststroker, I do the breaststroke kick as fewest kicks possible, which seems to help me perform BR kick with better streamlining and follow through as it would apply to the kicking when swimming the full stroke.

    Today in Set 3 was my first attempt to try to swim moderate pace 50s with 10-12 SDK off the dive and also 12-16 SDK from the turn at the wall. Right away I discovered it is much more challenging to actually do, than to imagine/visualize doing it! The first few I was barely finishing and gasping for air. After several tries I was able to do the first 25 at an easy pace, then make sure I breathed well before taking the turn, and with a strong push off counted the kicks going back, finishing with strong DPS strokes rather than hard swimming. I think over time as I practice this more, I will become more proficient.

    Updated October 10th, 2013 at 03:15 PM by fdtotten

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  2. Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    by , October 9th, 2013 at 04:15 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 76 Water temp 81
    Sunny & partly cloudy, humidity at 72%

    Warm Up
    Bands
    400 RIM
    200 DK/bk
    200 BR K/bk
    12x25 MF on HR rest as SDK

    *Set 1*
    12x25 Fly on :40 @SPL-6 *16-14, RI...
    6x100 BK on 1:40 @SPL-12 *1:15-1:10, RI...
    8x25 BR on :40 @SPL-6 *19, RI...
    8x100 FR on 1:20 @SPL-12 *1:08-1:06
    ---100 BK

    *Set 2*
    2(8x25 on HR Rest) from Dive at 75%, 8 Fly/8 FR
    8x25 on 1:30 as 25 SDK Fast *15s-14s

    *Set 3*
    600 BR as 8(25K/50S) w/snorkel
    ---100 BK
    600 FLY as 8(25K/50S) w/snorkel

    *Set 4*
    5x200 IM on HR rest, build 200 by 50 1-4

    Warm Down
    4x100 FR EZ SPL-8

    Comments
    Over five days recently, a range of allergy symptoms accumulated within me, a nasal post drip, watery eyes, sneezing, aching back, etc., & etc.,... building to a miserable, tired and cranky peak on Monday, where after dinner I told my wife I was going to lie down for a minute then return to clean up the kitchen, but I never did until I awakened on Tuesday morning. Since then I seemed to be gradually returning to a better level of wellness. Perhaps that was my problem last week, rather than overtraining.

    Today I felt OK in the water as I am transitioning towards more IM and stroke sets. In Set 2, I did 8x25 as timed underwater SDK to see where I was at in terms of speed. I suppose 15s and 14s are a solid effort, but I am hopeful that with continuing practice I can become better adapted to the hypoxic component as well as faster.

    Updated October 9th, 2013 at 08:43 PM by fdtotten

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  3. Friday, October 4, 2013

    by , October 4th, 2013 at 10:34 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 81 Water temp 79
    Sunny & partly cloudy, humidity at 74%

    Warm Up
    Bands
    200 RIMO
    200 BK kick
    200 BR kick/bk
    200 DK on bk
    8x50 MF on HR rest, as 25SDK/25K-bk

    *Set 1*
    300-200-100 FR pull on 1:00 rest, SPL-10 w/snorkel, AP, tube-buoy
    ---200 IM kick
    400 IM, 2x200 IM, 2x100 IM on HR rest, DPS w/legal turns
    ---100 BK

    *Set 2*
    20x25 Dive at 65-75% on HR rest, 10 Fly/10 FR

    *Set 3*
    4x200 FR on 3:00 SPL-8 *2:26-2:22 w/snorkel, EZ smooth effort

    Warm Down
    3x100 IM EZ

    Comments
    During the Warmup and Set 1 on Wednesday I felt that I was working hard just to swim at a not so fast pace (even more so than the Tuesday). At that point I changed the workout towards rest, recovery and as a best possible stroke form, which I did Thursday, today, and will do if I swim this weekend. This little recovery phase of 4-6 days is my version of the Fort's Recovery Week. Monday I will start training with quality sets again.

    Either late last week or early this week I sensed while attempting some fast dive 50s that my heart rate was getting jacked up just from the effort of trying to dive & swim quickly to the point I felt I was rushing everything. So each day this week I have been doing at about 20-40 25s (and some 50s) at moderate pace working on a relaxed dive with smooth underwater transition in to swimming the strokes. At the end of each dive 25 and/or 50 I would take my pulse, so eventually with practice and repetition, I was able swim many of them (easy pace) at an effort resulting in HR 11-13/six seconds.

    It may be easy to do for some swimmers, but I felt encouraged knowing how to cruise a relaxed 50 free from a dive at low 29 with an HR that is still between 110-130 (hopefully I can bring that time/effort down a little bit more). I have also done 50s like this for the butterfly. I need to practice being calm when I start a race, so I can swim with the same confidence, stroke form, and pacing that I do in practice.

    I have been working on my freestyle speed this summer and September more so than IM. However I generally swim all four strokes almost daily, and I am drawn to both the 400 IM and 200 Fly in the upcoming SCM meet at Sarsoata in Nov 9-10. In discussing this with coach Chuck, I am going to prepare myself mentally and physically for these events between now and late October (registration deadline is Nov 2), then I can will register for the events that I feel most ready to take on.

    Updated October 9th, 2013 at 03:48 PM by fdtotten

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  4. Tuesday, October 1, 2013

    by , October 1st, 2013 at 06:39 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 78 Water temp 80
    Sunny & partly cloudy, humidity at 72%

    Warm Up
    Bands
    200 RIMO
    12x25 Kick IMO on :40, 4/stroke
    500 MF as 4(75 K/bk, 25 SDK)
    4x25 FR on :30

    *Set 1*
    2(3x50 FR on 1:15, 100 BK) target pace is 2nd-50 of 100 FR :27
    *27-27-27, 27-26-26
    ---200 BK
    4(3x100 on 2:00, 100 BK) 50/1 @85%, 50/2 @95% w/open turn on :35
    *33-29, 32-28, 31-29
    *32-28, 32-28, 31-29
    *31-28, 31-28, 30-29
    *30-28, 32-29, 31-27
    ---200 BK
    ---200 BR

    *Set 2*
    6x25 FR on :45, BC-0,
    ---100 BK
    4x50 FR on 2:00, Dive 25/1 as SPL<10 @75%, 25/2 as 95% SPL<13
    *27-26-26-25
    ---BR K/bk

    *Set 3*
    5x200 IM on HR rest, each 50 as 25 smooth/25 strong

    *Set 4*
    16x25 on :45 from dive, 4/stroke IMO
    ---100 EZ
    8x25 on 1:00 from dive, 2/stroke IMO
    *Fly)12s, BK)14s, BR)16s, FR)11s

    Warm Down
    200 FR 2(50CU/50DPS)
    100 IM EZ

    Comments
    My legs already felt tired in the warm up, but then Set 1 did me in for almost the remainder of the workout. Set 2 was a struggle as I was getting lost after the dive trying to find my stroke and feel for the water. Set 3 was really more of a recovery set. I changed Set 4 to 25s so I could practice dives, as I think I just need to do them frequently enough to learn how swim as efficiently from the dive as from the wall push off.

    Every month I reset the trip odometer in my 2010 Honda CR-V to record the monthly miles, and also reset the average MPG. Last month was one of my better months with 28.5 mpg. I am going see if I can beat that in October.

    Updated October 1st, 2013 at 08:28 PM by fdtotten

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    Swim Workouts