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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. A Brief Bio

    by , October 26th, 2012 at 07:39 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    Swimmer
    Swam competitively in High School-NJ 1971-75, then NCAA I-CA (2yrs) Waterpolo (3yrs). Unfortunately, I did not train year-round during the off season, summers and did not compete in AAU swimming. Participated in local USMS (PMS - SF Bay Area) SCY & LCM meets, OWS on & off from about 1981 to 1998.

    While working abroad I swam laps in Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Singapore as available. After a job relocation to Evans, GA in 2008, I started lap swimming at the Augusta Aquatic Center, GA averaging 2-3K SCY/LCM as available 3-4 time weekly.

    Another job relocation took my family to Fort Myers, FL June 2011 where I continued to swim laps at the Fort Myers Aquatic Center. Since February 2012, my primary daily training facility has been at FGCU (Florida Gulf Coast University) with LCM 6-8 months of the year.

    Most of my swim sessions are solo with 1-3 sessions weekly or monthly supervised by Coach Chuck Slaght according to seasonal training cycles and competition schedule. Currently doing workouts towards 3-5K OWS events, and 1650/1500/800 and IMs at local USMS or Senior Games events.

    Coaching and Teaching
    I was active in part-time coaching and teaching swimming over the years beginning in high school as Red Cross WSI Swim Instructor teaching and coaching at Summer Swim League clubs during my Jr/Sr years of HS and while attending the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA near the SF Bay Area.

    After college graduation with a BA degree in English & Communication, I was employed full time off an internship, and also assisted with part-time coaching of the University NCAA Div I Men's & Women's swimming teams, along with Men's Waterpolo. Next came Age Group and Assistant Senior USS swim club coaching positions along with ASCA membership, courses and certifications. Different jobs and locations led to part-time head coaching positions with High School Swimming/Water Polo and USMS teams in the Bay Area and San Francisco. Soon after relocating to San Francisco, I was selected as part of the staff that founded the University of San Francisco USMS swimming program at the Koret Center.

    From USF I went on to assist The Olympic Club athletic department with TOC competitive aquatics programs including Masters Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Water Polo, and a lap swim fitness program called Spin and Swim, along with events such as The Olympic Club Mile, and the Trans Tahoe Relay Swim. Due to evolving family and career choices, I choose not to continue part-time aquatic teaching or coaching to simply be a lap swimmer. When we returned to the USA from living and working overseas, I also eventually returned to participating in USMS upon becoming 55.

    Updated July 1st, 2014 at 10:17 PM by fdtotten

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  2. Friday, October 25, 2012

    by , October 26th, 2012 at 06:05 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY @FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 79, pool at 78, 100% water clarity.
    Cloudy dark gray possible rainy skies with humidity at 70%

    Freestyle
    Focus - Stroke Technique

    *Warm up*
    1x400 FR Drills

    *Set 1*
    1x2000 FR
    Swam 5 rounds of:
    • 200 EZ legs, smooth pull
    • 200 moderate 4k, stronger pull


    *Set 2*
    200 BR Kick with Snorkel
    200 BR 50 K/bk, 50 Swim

    *Set 3*
    4x500 FR on 1min rest or HR=>11/6
    Swam each as:
    • 400 EZ legs, strong pull
    • 100 steady 4-6k, firm controlled pull


    *Set 4*
    1x1000 FR w/paddles
    Swam 5 rounds of:
    • 150 EZ legs, strong pull
    • 50 steady 4-6k, firm controlled pull


    Warm down: 100 EZ

    Comments:
    • Today is the best day of this week because my wife returns from two week business trip to Shanghai, China - we get to pick her up at RSW airport tonight. Hurray!
    • Before getting in the water, I had planned to do some basic early season intervals: 400 cruise on 5min, 4x50s on :45 @33-34 pace, 2x100 on 1:30 @ 1:07-08 pace, 1x200 on 3:00 @ 2:16-18 pace, perhaps 3-4 rounds continuous.
    • During the warmup - I felt like trash. The week of swim workouts along with wk #1 of weights & core work at night had taken more of a toll than expected. I will have to work up to it again, like I did last spring. Really - what was I thinking...
    • Set 1: A basic cruise doing the best form and technique possible in a tired state. My coach said it would be good for me, so I did it.
    • Set 2: A break from Freestyle
    • Set 3: A broken version of Set 1, but to make sure there was sufficient recovery for maximum stroke focus.
    • Set 4: This was actually fun. I like swimming with paddles (medium size, just slightly larger than hands) because it helps my feel of the water, reinforces stroke technique, and it is always good to swim faster, even with a little help.
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