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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. Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    by , July 31st, 2013 at 10:19 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 74 Water temp 78
    Sunny, humidity at 66%

    Warm Up
    Bands
    200 FR
    200 FR DR w/snorkel
    200 as 4(25 FR FAST/25 EZ BK)
    200 Fly DR w/snorkel
    2x100 Fly on 1:00 rest, 100 as 2(25DK/bk, 25Swim)
    4x50 Fly on 1:15, 50 as 25 FAST/25 EZ BK

    *Set 1*
    3(6x50 FR on 1:20) #1-2, 4-5 CU-Strong, #3-6 Fast
    *35-34-31-34-34-30
    *35-35-30-34-35-30
    *34-34-31-34-34-30
    ---100 Bk
    6x50 on 10 bobs rest, 50 as (25 Block Dive FAST, 25 EZ) 2FR/2Fly/2FR
    ---200 BK

    *Set 2*
    4x300 FR on 1:00 rest, 300 as 2(50 Steady/50 Strong/50 Fast) w/agility paddles-tube-buoy-snorkel
    ---100 BK

    *Set 3*
    2(3x200 FR on 3:30) 200 as 4x50 desc 1-4
    ---100 BK

    *Set 4*
    20x50 FR on 1:00 Odd/Kick (25RS-25LS), Even/FR-CU, w/fins-snorkel
    *36/Kick, *31-30 FR-CU

    Warm Down
    300 BK/FR by 50
    4x50 FR SPL-22/24 w/10 bobs between

    Comments
    The obvious insight from the session today is that I need to improve my Fly block start and underwater transition. From the wall I can go 10 fast SDK into the stroke smoothly with a strong driving kick and pulling with fast hand acceleration for the 25M, getting times of 13.4-13.6 from coach Chuck. The dive Fly 25s were not so great at 13.8-14.0 as I struggled with the SDK portion, and since I also hope to eventually try doing FR starts with some SDK, I will be seriously working on it.
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  2. Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    by , July 30th, 2013 at 10:30 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 78 Water temp 78
    Sunny, humidity at 69%

    Warm Up
    Bands
    200 FR

    *Set 1*
    1x400 BR as 4(50K/50S) w/snorkel
    2x100 BR, HR Rest, 100 as 2(25K/bk, 25-Strong)
    4x50 BR on 1:20, desc 1-4 *47-45

    *Set 2*
    1x400 BK as 4(50K/50S)
    2x100 BR, HR Rest, 100 as 2(25DA, 25-Strong)
    4x50 BR on 1:00, desc 1-4 *40-36

    *Set 3*
    1x400 FLY as 4(25K/25DR/50S) w/snorkel
    2x100 Fly, HR Rest, 100 as 2(25K/bk, 25-Strong)
    4x50 FLY on 1:20, desc 1-4 *36-34

    *Set 4*
    1000 FR as 5(4x50, desc 50s 1-4 to FAST)
    /agility paddles-tube-buoy-snorkel

    *Set 5*
    1000 FR as 10(50K Steady/50CU Strong) w/fins-snorkel

    Warm Down
    200 FR
    6x50 FR SPL-26 w/10 bobs btwn

    Comments
    The 4x50s of BR, BK & Fly were descended at about 70-85% effort, as I am still progressing towards swimming them fast to 95% with a controlled stroke.
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  3. Monday, July 29, 2013

    by , July 29th, 2013 at 04:04 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 75, Water temp 78
    Sunny, humidity at 71%

    Warm Up
    200 FR
    200 BR 2(25K, 75S) w/snorkel
    200 BK
    200 FLY 2(25K, 25DR, 50S) w/snorkel
    4x50 FR on 1:00 desc 1-4 *34-31

    *Set 1*
    4(4x50 K/fins on 1:15) desc 1-4, rd#1&3-Fly, rd#2&4-FR/snorkel
    ---200 BR as 2(50K/bk, 50Swim)
    2(4x50 on 10 bobs rest) 50 as Block Dive 25 FAST/25 EZ, rd#1-Fly, rd#2-FR
    ---200 BK
    ---4x50 BK on 1:00 *40-38

    *Set 2*
    2(4x150 FR on 3:00)
    /rd-#1) 150 as 100 Drill/50 FAST w/fins-snorkel
    /rd-#2) 150 as 100 85%/50 FAST w/agility paddles-snorkel
    ---200 BR as 2(50K/bk, 50Swim)
    2(4x50 on 10 bobs rest) 50 as Block Dive 25 FAST/25 EZ, rd#1-Fly, rd#2-FR
    ---4x50 BK on 1:00 *41-39

    *Set 3*
    1200 FR as 6(200)
    /each 200 as 50CU Steady/50 CU Strong, 50 Build Steady to Strong, 50 FAST

    Warm Down
    200 BK
    2x100 FR SPL-26
    4x50 FR SPL-26, Alt/breathing

    Comments
    Friday and Saturday did 4200 meter sessions including 2,000 meters of quality swimming. Sunday was a dryland rest day along with 1,600 yards of kicking, drills and breaststroke at my 12.5yd HOA pool. Today my dives and breakouts felt stronger and smoother. The 50s DK w/fins are as 25M underwater/25M on the back.
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  4. Monday, July 22, 2013

    by , July 22nd, 2013 at 10:07 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 76, Water temp 78
    Partly sunny, humidity at 75%

    Warm Up
    600 FR 4(50 K, 50RA/LA, 50CU, 50SPL-26) w/snorkel

    *Set 1*
    100-200-300-400-500-400-300-200-100 FR, HR Rest, negative split all w/progressive desc second half of ladder
    ---300 BR as 2(50K/bk, 50Swim)
    ---200 FR/BK K/fins

    *Set 2*
    6(4x50 FR on 10 bobs rest, 1:00 min) w/fins, desc 1-4, *28s-26s
    ---300 BK Swim

    Warm Down
    400 FR ABPT
    2x100 FR SPL-26
    4x50 FR SPL-26, Alt/breathing

    Comments
    Saturday did 3,600 meters including 1,200 meters of quality swimming. Sunday was rest day for swimming and dryland. In Set 1, I was getting HR 160-170 for each swim, starting the next swim at HR 110.
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  5. Friday, July 19, 2013

    by , July 19th, 2013 at 09:46 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 78, Water temp 78
    Partly sunny, humidity at 71%

    Warm Up
    800 FR 4(50RA/LA, 100CU, 50SPL-26)

    *Set 1*
    20x50 on 1:00 FR K-fins w/snorkel, *39-36
    ---200 BR as 2(50K/bk, 50Swim)

    *Set 2*
    2(3x50 FR on 1:30, 1:00 rest) desc 1-3 *33-32-31/33-31-30
    ---300 BK Swim

    *Set 3*
    10x100 FR on 1:40, 100 as (50RA/LA, 25CU/25Swim) w/fins-paddles *1:06-1:02
    ---200 Fly as 2(25K/bk, 50 RA/LA, 25 Swim)

    *Set 4*
    400IM-200IM-100IM on 1:00 Rest, 400/200 build by 50, 100 build by 25
    ---300 EZ FR w/agility paddles-buoy,tube

    *Set 5*
    3x200 FR on 1:00 rest, 200 as 4(25Fast/25EZ) w/agility paddles-snorkel
    3x100 FR on 1:00 rest, 100 as 2(25CU/25Fast) w/snorkel
    ---200 as 4(25BK/25FR)

    *Set 6*
    2(3x200 FR) 200 as 50 Timed of Blocks, 150 FR EZ-DR
    *28.34, 29.53, 28.05
    *28.13, 28.42, 28.08

    Warm Down
    300 FR
    2x100 FR SPL-26
    4x50 FR SPL-26, Alt/breathing

    Comments
    Thursday was a rest day from both swimming and dryland sessions. I should mention that the FR kicking with fins-snorkel is always a combination of RS or LS with one shoulder/arm extended forward, opposite shoulder up (shark fin), and trailing arm hugging hips. In the 400 IM the Fly was a combination of DR/Swim.

    The fast FR 50s in Set 6 were consistent except for #2 when I tried too hard in the second 25, then I settled down mentally and kept the remaining 50s controlled and steady all the way to the finish. The 150 swims in between helped me to rediscover the feel for the water after each fast swim.
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  6. Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    by , July 17th, 2013 at 09:40 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 76, Water temp 78
    Partly sunny, humidity at 73%

    Warm Up
    400 FR as 50CU/50Swim
    3x200 FR on 1:00 rest, 200 as 50K/50RA-50LA/50CU w/snorkel

    *Set 1*
    20x50 FR on :50 w/snorkel-agility paddles-fins, *31-30
    ---300 BR 3(50K/bk, 50 Swim)

    *Set 2*
    6x100 FR Kick on 2:00, w/snorkel-fins, *1:18-1:12
    ---300 BK 3(50K/50 Swim)

    *Set 3*
    4x200 FR on 1:00 rest, w/agility-paddles, tube-buoy
    -each 200 as 4(25Fast BC-3, 25 EZ)
    2x100 FR on 1:00 rest, w/agility-paddles
    -each 100 as 2(25Fast BC-3, 25 EZ)
    ---200 BK/BR by 50

    *Set 4*
    3x200 IM on 1:00 rest, build each 50 as EZ to strong

    *Set 5*
    6xDive from blocks
    6x50 FR FAST from Dive - timed , w/EZ 50 after each
    *28.01, 28.43, 28.36, 28.05, 28.73, 28.24
    4xDive from blocks
    4x25 FR from Dive FAST
    *13.0, 12.8, 12.5, 13.0

    Warm Down
    400 FR
    1x100 FR SPL-26

    Comments
    On the dives off the block I am slowly evolving my casual high school 1970s drop dive towards a more fast dive suitable for a 50 swim. Coach Chuck said we may add SDK to the dives as useful after I have done more monofin swimming.

    In Set 5, I went 85-90% on #1-3, then 90-95% #4-6 of the 6x50s with the goal of at least being under :29 for all six and maybe 1/4-6 under :28. But after the fourth one, my legs were feeling like jelly so I was satisfied to hold 28s.
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  7. Tuesday, July 16, 2013

    by , July 16th, 2013 at 05:42 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@Fort Myers Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 82, pool at 79
    Partle cloudy skies with humidity at 76%

    Warm up
    200 FR EZ

    *Set 1*
    1200 FR K-DR as 6(100K/100CU) w/snorkel

    *Set 2*
    4x200 BR on 1:00 rest, 200 4(25K/bk-25/Fast)

    *Set 3*
    20x25 FR on :30 *15s, 13s on #4-8-12-16-20
    1:00 Rest
    10x25 FR on :30 *15s, 13s on #5&10
    :30 Rest
    15x25 FR on :30 *15s, 13s on #5-10-15, 25 EZ

    Warm down
    3x200 FR on :30 rest as 50RA/LA-100CU-50Swim

    Comments:
    Easy to moderate effort session today with kicking, drills, and FR 25s. Set 3 was intended as 40x25 FR on :30 holding :15 with long efficient stroke pattern, then pick it up on every 4th 25. Well the rain started to pour down about the 16th 25, I stopped after number 20 and ran over to move my stuff higher on the covered bleachers away from the rain, then confirmed with lifeguards they were not closing down the pool (no lightning/thunder). I re-started, now going each 5th/25 faster, and at halfway through number 11, the lifeguard chair umbrella blew into the lane next to me, which I helped to retrieve. So while I did not go 40x25 straight, I got a sample of that kind of set. Next I will try to swim that set straight through attempting a :14 pace for as many 25s as possible.
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  8. Monday, July 15, 2013

    by , July 15th, 2013 at 06:06 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 76, Water temp 78
    Partly sunny, humidity at 73%

    Warm Up SCY
    400 FR as 50CU/50Swim
    4x300 FR on 1:00, 300 as 100K/50RA-50LA/100CU w/snorkel
    300 BR as 6(25K/25Swim) w/snorkel

    *Set 1*
    4x100 FR on :30 rest as 50CU/50 Strong SPL-26/27
    2x50 BK on 1:00 *40
    4x100 FR on :30 rest w/agility paddles-buoy-tube, *1:16-1:12
    2x50 BK on 1:00 *39
    8x100 FR on :30 rest as 50CU/50 Strong SPL-22 w/fins
    2x50 BK on 1:00 *38
    4x100 FR on 1:00 rest desc 1-4, *1:12-1:07
    ---100 BR Kick

    *Set 2*
    5(5x50 on 1:00, 2:00 rest)
    Rounds 1-3-5 FR as 25CU/25Build w/fins-snorkel
    Rounds 2-4 Fly w/fins
    ---200 BK

    *Set 3*
    4x200 FR on 1:00 rest as 4(20 meters fast/80 smooth)
    ---100 BK

    *Set 4*
    4x50s FR as #1-3 timed off blocks, #2-4 EZ swim
    *28.02, 28.97

    Warm Down
    2x100 FR SPL 26
    1x100 BK

    Comments
    As the workout progressed towards the end to Set 2 I was still moving along well, however I could sense my kicking power and hand feel for the water beginning to fade. Set 3 was fun, but I was quite tired at the end (more warm-down was needed in retrospect), and getting on the blocks for Set 4 I could feel my joints aching.

    The first fast 50 I was too long underwater before the breakout, and then as I tried to build the last 25 my stroke felt ragged and less than powerful. At that point I should have just mentally prepared for the second fast 50 as a strong, long, and smooth effort no matter what the time. Instead I tried to power my way to a faster time resulting in a unnatural tempo, and so it felt worse than awful. I can be such a mental case with lack of self-confidence, even though I know that I always swim more relaxed and effectively with a 85-90% smooth controlled effort compared to max effort from the start.
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  9. Saturday, July 13, 2013

    by , July 13th, 2013 at 09:23 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 74, Water temp 78
    Partly cloudy, humidity at 93%

    Warm Up
    400 FR as 50CU/50Swim

    *Set 1*
    1200 FR as 4(100K, 50RA/50LA, 100 CU) w/snorkel

    *Set 2*
    12x100 FR on HR rest w/long fins-bolster paddles
    Each 100 as 75CU/25Fast BC-1

    *Set 3*
    4x200 FR on 3:00 w/agility paddles-tube-buoy, desc 1-4 *2:14-2:08
    4x50 FR on :50 w/same desc 1-4, *33-28

    Warm Down
    Pack up gear quickly, get dressed, run through the pouring rain to my car

    Comments
    Four consecutive days the thunderstorms and lightning have abruptly ended my swim sessions. But the good news is that I have been able to consistently continue my training so far this July, unlike my recent several summers. This morning the entire LCM pool was full with GCST and its satellite programs, so I elected to swim in the SCY/diving pool with my own lane.

    Thursday was an active rest session of 2000 EZ meters, and Friday I was at 2800 meters when the guards sounded the horn, but did manage to complete 1:04 and 1:03 100 meter FR swims, as part of a 10x100 FR on 2:00 with odd numbered 100s EZ drill, and even number 100s Fast descending 1-5.

    At this point I hope my OW endurance base is still there, but I can feel my speed is improving. I am looking to test it out early August in Clearwater, and then at several SCM meets this fall leading up to the Rowdy Gaines meet in Orlando. Of course I still love to swim OW and plan to swim again in Sarasota in October.

    Updated July 13th, 2013 at 10:44 PM by fdtotten

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  10. Thursday, July 11, 2013

    by , July 11th, 2013 at 09:41 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 75, Water temp 78
    Cloudy, humidity at 89%

    Warm Up
    400 RIMO
    200 IM Build each 50

    *Set 1*
    6x100 FR Kick on HR Rest 2(25RS/25LS) w/snorkel
    4x200 FR on HR rest as 6(50K/25RA/25LA/50CU/50SPL-24/26) w/snorkel

    *Set 2*
    300 BR as 3(50K/bk, 50 Swim)
    300 BK as 3(25K, 25DA, 50 Swim)
    300 Fly as 3(25RA/25LA/50 Swim)

    *Set 3*
    3x200 FR on HR rest as 2(50K/50CU) w/long fins

    Warm Down
    Pack up, dry off & change, run to the car

    Comments
    Easy recovery session. The day I am going to practice starts, we get whistled out of the pool early due to thunderstorms and lightning. It was raining buckets as I was running to my car, then multiple booms of thunder with flashes of lightning through the dark gray clouds. By the time I was driving further up north in Fort Myers it was dry and partly sunny!
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  11. Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    by , July 10th, 2013 at 09:07 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 76, Water temp 78
    Partly Sunny, humidity at 81%

    Warm Up
    900 FR as 6(25RA/25LA/50CU/50Strong)
    300 FR Kick as 3(25LS/25RS/50 as 10RS/10LS) w/snorkel

    *Set 1*
    6x50 FR as 25/bc-2 25/build to 95%, HR rest (down to 110)
    4x50 FR as 25/stretch 25/build to 95%, HR rest
    6x50 FR w/agility paddles-tube-buoy 85%, HR rest
    ---200 FR as 50K/25RA/25LA/50CU/50DPS
    2x50 FR as Time Trials from Dive, 3 Min Rest *27.96, 27.43
    ---100 BR Kick

    *Set 2*
    6x50 FR as 25/CU 25/build
    4x50 FR w/agility paddles-tube-buoy 85%, HR rest
    6x50 FR SPL-24 85%, HR rest
    ---200 FR as 50K/25RA/25LA/50CU/50DPS
    2x50 FR as Time Trials from Dive, 3 Min Rest *28.15, 27.63
    ---100 BR Kick

    *Set 3*
    6x50 FR K as 25RS/25LS w/snorkel-long fins, HR rest
    4x50 FR as CU build to 95% w/snorkel-long fins, HR rest
    6x50 FR as 12.5/RA, 12.5/LA, 25 build to 95%, w/snorkel-long fins, HR rest
    ---200 Kick/BK w/long fins
    2x50 FR as Time Trials w/snorkel-long fins, 3 Min Rest *26.34, 26.48
    ---100 BR kick

    *Set 4*
    4x50 FR as few strokes as possible HR rest *SPL-20/22 HR rest
    4x50 FR as 25CU build to 85%, 25 build to 95%, HR rest
    8x12.5/16.5 FR all out (timed) easy swim between efforts

    Warm Down
    3x100 FR SPL/24-26

    Comments
    I have been sleeping well that last several weeks, but not last night and this morning I was slow to wake up with some dizziness. By the time I arrived at the pool, my head had cleared and I was ready to make a good effort.

    In sets 1 & 2 I wanted to do some timed 50 FR swims to compare against my recent practice results. I was pleased to get timed under 28, but I feel lost under the water from the dive during the kicking transition to fast swimming. Even though I said almost the same thing four weeks ago, I have not been on the blocks that much!

    I received my new Water Gear size 7-9 long fins yesterday and tried them out in Set 3. The long fins are really great and feel awesome! Really looking forward to swimming extra fast with them in FR, BK, and Fly.
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  12. Tuesday, July 9, 2013

    by , July 9th, 2013 at 09:37 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 78, Water temp 78
    Sunny, humidity at 70%

    Warm Up
    900 FR as 6(25RA/25LA/50CU/50Strong)
    300 FR Kick as 3(25LS/25RS/50 as 10RS/10LS)

    *Set 1*
    6x200 on :30 rest, SPL 24-26, build by 50 1-4
    ---100 BR Kick

    *Set 2*
    300 BR as 3(50K/bk, 50Swim)
    4x50 BR on 1:20 *46-42
    ---300 BK

    *Set 3*
    3x200 BK on 4:00 *3:05-2:51
    4x50 BK on 1:00 *42-38
    ---400 BK

    *Set 4*
    300 DK w/snorkel-fins
    2x300 Fly as 3(25RA/25LA/50Swim) w/fins

    *Set 5*
    900 FR as 4(25LA/25RA, 50CU, 50Strong SPL/22-24) w/snorkel-agility paddles-fins
    10x50 FR on 1:00 w/Bolster paddles-buoy-tube *39-37

    Warm Down
    4x100 FR SPL/24-26

    Comments
    Mostly moderate swimming with occasional strong bursts focusing on FR DPS, powerful wall push-offs with a strong kicking and tight streamline body shape. Did sets of each stroke with an emphasis on steady smooth EVF into body rotation or undulation driven pull acceleration.

    This week is a 3-1/2-1 cycle as Monday-quality, Tuesday-moderate, Wednesday-quality, Thursday-rest (maybe a dry day or very EZ swimming), Friday-quality, Saturday-moderate, Sunday-dry rest.

    I restarted doing daily air-squats several weeks ago in my dry-land strength program. After the soreness faded, I can really feel the difference that simple activity makes in swimming and in functional activities around the house. Cannot believe I dropped squats for almost four months!
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  13. Monday, July 8, 2013

    by , July 8th, 2013 at 09:48 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 80, Water temp 78
    Sunny, humidity at 68%

    Warm Up
    400 FR as 4(50CU/50Swim)
    200 BR Kick w/bd

    *Set 1*
    1200 FR as 4(200 Steady, 100 Fast)
    ---100 BR Kick
    ---3x100 FR as 3(25RA/25LA/50CU) w/agility paddles-fins-snorkel

    *Set 2*
    4(4x50 FR on 1:10, 1:00 rest) 80-85% as strong DPS w/agility paddles-fins
    *30s-29s
    ---300 BK

    *Set 3*
    2(4x100 FR on 3:00) as 2x50 on :50 (85%/95% by 50)
    *34-30, 33-30, 33-29, 33-29
    *33-39, 33-30, 33-30, 33-29
    ---400 BK

    *Set 4*
    1200 FR as 4(300 Steady, 100 Strong) w/snorkel, agility paddles, tube, buoy

    Warm Down
    200 FR Smooth
    2x100 FR SPL-28

    Comments
    I did recovery swimming sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Sunday off. Today I was more ready to swim a quality workout again. My focus in Set 2 was to swim fast with smooth and long tempo. The time results were solid, but I began to tire out towards the last round. In Set 3 I was trying to swim the second 50 with as best possible technique at 95% or near max effort. The 50s in Set 3 were grouped as 100s, not as broken 100s, rather as pace effort simulations that I would like to accomplish in broken 100s and a straight 100 swim.
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  14. Wednesday, July 3, 2013

    by , July 3rd, 2013 at 04:33 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 85, Water temp 78
    Partly cloudy, humidity at 80%

    Warm Up SCY
    400 FR as 4(50CU/50Swim)
    200 BR Kick w/bd
    300 BR 3(50K/50Swim) w/snorkel

    *Set 1* SCY
    6x100 DK as 25RS/25LS/25BK/25SDK BC-0 on 1:30
    -with Finis Shooter Monofin
    ---200 FR-CU

    *Set 2* LCM
    4x400 FR w/Bolster Paddles-tube-buoy, desc 1-4
    ---300 BR as 3(50K/bk, 50 Swim)

    *Set 3*
    400 FR as 4(25RA/25LA/50CU) right into...
    2x50 FR Strong on :40, *32-31, 1:00 rest

    300 FR as 3(25RA/25LA/50CU) right into...
    2x50 FR Strong on :40, *32-30, 1:00 rest

    200 FR as 3(25RA/25LA/50CU) right into...
    2x50 FR Strong to Fast on :40, *31-30
    ---400 BK w/M-Agility Paddles

    *Set 4*
    400 Fly as 4(25K/25RA/25LA/25Swim) w/snorkel
    4x50 Fly on 1:10 w/snorkel, desc 1-4 *38-34
    ---200 as 2(50BK/50BR)

    *Set 5*
    4x300 FR on 1:00 rest w/L-Agility Paddles-snorkel-fins
    Done as 300 = 3(100CU/50SPL-24/100CU/50Fast)

    Warm Down
    200 FR Smooth
    2x100 FR SPL-28

    Comments
    Taking it gradual with the Shooter Monofin to build up ankles and minimize foot cramps with aerobic style sets mixed with smooth underwater SDK 25s. Made strap adjustments on the Bolster paddles in Set 2 to keep them from sliding down and better overall control. These are great paddles as they really facilitate the EVF setup to start the pull. Effort and patience are still required by the swimmer, as the paddles will not magically make it all happen, rather provide the water feel to do it.

    Set 3 is an example of my current training trend to do most of FR endurance and aerobic as moderate skill swimming with RA/LA/CU drills and/or 3/4 CU swimming, and then a small amount of efficient high quality speed swimming. I was pleased with the push-off 50s FR results of 32-30. I would rather swim fast as strong and long strokes for a LCM 50 of :30 versus doing a rapid turnover 29 (if I could even do that). When I start out fast tempo, I always slow down during the last 10 meters. When I start out strong with long 3/4 CU strokes and streamlined power kick then shift to more propeller style the last 10 meters, I get faster, more consistent results. Now I need to see if I can do that in swim meets.

    I am reasonably confident that I can do a LCM 100 Fly as 50 smooth and then 50 fast. Other than doing a DPS slow fly, I am not sure I can even finish a straight 200 LCM fly. The 50s today were hard work, not that the snorkel makes breathing very easy. Eventually as my Fly stroke becomes more stable in LCM, I will do more stronger 50s and 100s no snorkel with breathing every stroke with every other stroke the last 10 meters.

    Recently I obtained the large size Agility paddles to use with freestyle, particularly on the quality speed sets. Today I did Set 5 with them along with the fins and snorkel to do FR drills with a fast 50 at the end of each 300. Swimming fast with the L-Agility paddles and fins is a great way to feel the sense of hydroplaning of top of the water. I look forward to receiving my new Water Gear stiffer and slightly longer fins!

    Yesterday I took my daughter to the movie theatre to watch the matinee 3D version of "Man of Steel" (OK-not great) and she left her iPod in there! My wife and I figured out what happen around 9pm, and of course she is always faster than I am as she quickly looked up and called the theatre phone number (while I am still getting the google results), so today the iPod is back safe in my daughter's little hands. My son is on the final leg of his grand summer tour with relatives and friends that included a one week Carnival Caribbean cruise, the Keys, Miami, Orlando-Universal, and then a few weeks in Madison-AL. Meanwhile I was able to replace and install the fan-heatsink in his gaming laptop.

    Happy 4th to all!! Safe driving and travel please!

    Updated July 3rd, 2013 at 05:11 PM by fdtotten

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  15. Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    by , July 2nd, 2013 at 06:32 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 85, Water temp 78
    Partly cloudy, humidity at 80%

    Warm Up
    400 FR as 4(50CU/50Swim)
    200 FR Kick w/bd

    *Set 1*
    1200 FR Swim w/Bolster Paddles, Snorkel, Fins
    Done as 4(50RA/50LA, 100 CU, 100 Swim)

    *Set 2*
    1000 FR w/Buoy, tube, agility paddles
    Done as 4(100 Steady, 100 Strong, 50 Fast)

    *Set 3*
    1200 FR Swim
    Done as 4(50RA/50LA, 100 CU, 100 Strong)

    Warm Down
    200 FR Smooth

    Comments
    Mega scattered thunderstorms with lightening and hard rain kept me out of the pool all day until late afternoon. I was able to get in 45 minutes of basic recovery swimming. LCM was not an option as the USAS clubs start up there 4pm, so it was SCY in the diving pool. I tried out my new Finis Bolster paddles, and first impression is they are excellent for reinforcing EVF technique.

    Updated July 2nd, 2013 at 06:46 PM by fdtotten

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  16. Monday, July 1, 2013

    by , July 1st, 2013 at 08:08 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp 80, Water temp 78
    Cloudy, humidity at 97%

    Warm Up
    400 FR as 4(50CU/50Swim)
    200 FR Kick w/snorkel
    4x50 on 1:00 FR-CU, *40-36

    *Set 1*
    2000 FR Swim
    Done as 4(25RA/25LA/150 SPL-28/100CU/200 SPL-28)
    ---200 BR Kick
    ---2x100 BR as 50DR/50Swim on 1min rest

    *Set 2*
    4(3x50 FR on 1:00), 100 FR CU)
    *34-33-31, 34-33-30, 35-34-30, 34-33-30
    ---200 DK
    ---300 Fly as 2(50DK/bk, 25RA/25LA, 50Swim)

    *Set 3*
    3x400 FR on 1:00 Rest
    Done as 2(25RA/25LA/50CU/50Strong SPL-28, 100 K/bd) w/fins
    ---200 BR Kick

    *Set 4*
    3(3x50 FR on 1:00), 100 FR CU)
    *35-33-30, 35-32-30, 36-33-30,

    *Set 5*
    800 FR w/Agility paddles-fins-snorkel, SPL-24/26

    *Set 3*
    8x50s FR on 1:00, Odd# FAST, Even# EZ Choice; w/agility paddles-fins
    *28, 27, 27, 27

    Warm Down
    1000 FR Smooth, SPL 28
    Dryland Bands

    Comments
    There were moments in the workout where I felt "strong in the water" and some other moments where I was riding with the flow of the water under my hands when swimming strong long Freestyle doing fast CU or quality 50s.

    Coming out of the locker/shower room later I realized I finished my workout just in time. It was raining, pouring down so hard I could barely even see the pool. Everyone was huddling in the semi-enclosed lobby area trying to stay dry as the wind was blowing the rain everywhere. Rather than wait, I became drenched during the five minute walk/run to my car, but it continued to rain hard off and on for the next 2-3 hours, so getting out of there ASAP was the right choice.

    I am still considering entering the indoor LCM meet in Clearwater early August, but my main goal is to train consistently as possible, particularly during the remaining five weeks until school starts again. If I can hold on my current endurance level, and also develop some efficient speed during July and August, I would like to swim in several SCM meets leading up to the Rowdy Gaines SCM in Orlando later in the fall.
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