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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. Tuesday, December 10, 2013

    by , December 10th, 2013 at 09:53 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@Fort Myers Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 76, pool at 83
    Partly sunny skies with humidity at 67%

    Warm up
    200 FR as 2(50CU/50DPS) w/snorkel
    200 BR as 2(25K/25DR/50DPS) w/snorkel
    200 BK as 2(25K/25DR/50DPS)
    200 Fly as 2(25K/25DR/50DPS) w/snorkel
    8x25 SDK frontside UW on 1:00 w/fins *11s-10s

    *Set 1*
    8x25 on :40 2xIMO
    *Fly-14s, BK-15s, BR-19s, FR-14s, right into...
    4x50 on 1:00 IMO *31, 33, 41, 30
    ---500 FR Pull w/agility paddles-tube-buoy-snorkel, build by 100 EZ to Steady
    8x25 on :30 2xIMO
    *Fly-14s, BK-15s, BR-19s, FR-13s, right into...
    4x50 @RP on 1:00 IMO *32, 33, 40, 29
    ---500 FR Pull w/agility paddles-tube-buoy-snorkel, build by 100 EZ to Strong

    *Set 2*
    1000 FR Swim as 10(50CU/25DPS/25 Fast hyp-1)

    Warm down
    200 IM EZ
    100 IM EZ

    Comments:
    I would prefer cooler water temperature, but other than that, the water is very clear and the SWF weather is great at this time of year. In Set 1, the IM pace 25s feel smooth, however 50s were sluggish, so I do not anticipate doing that pace in a straight 200 IM yet. I do not feel as strong in the water as I did in August, but I have not done very much dryland training since then and hardly any quality swimming with paddles or fins. This coming Sunday I will swim four events at the Florida Senior Games, and then begin to rebuild my strength, speed, and endurance.
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    Swim Workouts
  2. Friday,

    by , December 6th, 2013 at 06:33 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@Fort Myers Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 72, pool at 80
    Partly sunny skies with humidity at 62%

    Warm up
    400 IM kick
    400 IM as 25DR/25S w/snorkel
    8x25 SDK frontside UW on 1:00 *16s-14s

    *Set 1*
    4(10x50s on 1:10, 1:00 rest)

    • 1) 25 Fly Fast - timed, open turn into 25 BK Steady, *14s-13s
    • 2) 25 BK Fast - timed, open turn into 25 BR Steady, *15s-14s
    • 3) 25 BR Fast - timed, open turn into 25 FR Steady, *18s-17s
    • 4) 25 FR Fast - timed, open turn into 25 FR Strong, *13s-12s, 50s *31-27

    Warm down
    500 FR Pull w/agility paddles-tube-buoy-snorkel

    Comments:
    The last three days of this week I am feeling much better than the previous four weeks. There is much less aching, better sleeping, and my stomach nausea is gone. I water fasted 12 hours last Friday, and 8 hours again this Tuesday, which seemed to help. Also I believe the MSM supplement Fort recommended is a positive contribution.

    In addition, the last four days I was feeling good enough to do 10-20 minutes of light weights, core exercises, and some assisted pull ups/bar dips. I have re-discovered that before workouts and later on at home that massaging a little muscle cream (10% menthol, 15% methyl salicylate) in specific achy places tends help reduce the amount of it.

    My time at work and sometimes at home these last three months has been dominated by a usability project I am doing for UCF (University of Central Florida), but it will be completed in another week. While I have not been able to get to any SCM meets as hoped for, I am registered for the USMS sanctioned Florida Senior Games State Championships being held here in Fort Myers in one of the two pools that I have a membership, the FMAC (8 lane 25yd facility 4-6 feet deep).

    I will swim the 100 BK, 50 Fly, 50 FR, and 200 IM events on Sunday, 12/15, in that order. They all follow one another, so my only rest will be the women's heats, and the early men's heats, depending on how many swimmers are entered those events. I can only swim Sunday, as I am committed elsewhere on Saturday.

    After this swim meet, I will attempt to rebuild my aerobic freestyle base for OW, but still with a focus on IM training and speed in each stroke. The dryland activities will be light and then building gradually after the meet, but only up to moderate levels.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts