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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, October 31, 2012

    by , October 31st, 2012 at 05:37 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY @FGCU Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 59, pool at 79, 100% water clarity.
    Sunny blue skies with humidity at 43%

    *Warm Up*
    2x500 FR on 1min rest

    *Set 1*
    1x2000 FR broken as:
    2(10X50 on :45, 5x100 on 1:30) Did:
    1. 50s 1-5 @ :37-36, 6-10 @ :36-35, 100s 1:12 - 1:10
    2. 50s 1-5 @ :36-35, 6-10 @ :35-34, 100s 1:12 - 1:09


    *Set 2*
    2x200 BR kick w/Snorkel
    6x100 FR kick on 2:10, Did:
    • 1-3: 1:55-1:49, 4-6: 1:52 - 1:44


    *Set 3*
    1x1000 FR broken as:
    5(2x50 on :40, 1x100 on 1: 40) Did
    1. 34/1:08
    2. 34/1:07
    3. 34/1:07
    4. 33/1:07
    5. 33/1:06


    *Warm Down*
    100 EZ

    Comments:
    • While I felt I was making headway with basic swimming fitness, I knew in my heart I would have to break the ice with doing "real training", with interval based sets.
    • The result from my most recent straight 5000 yard swim was 1:03.10, so my aerobic base 100 pace at this point appears to be about 1:15-16.
    • Set 1 - I was disappointed in the truth of my times, but at least it is a starting point. It was more effort than I expected to do those times. Also - the warmup needs to be different including more pace/tempo swimming.
    • Set 2 - Did some BR kick for the IMs. For my freestyle, I feel that with a steady kick I have better balance and overall stroke, so might as well begin to condition the legs to be there all the way.
    • Set 3 - Made an effort to finish the workout with a more quality and encouraging swim. Doing the FR kick set earlier led me to hold on to it in my stroke more with this last set. It felt better overall, and I will be more prepared for my next workout.

    Updated October 31st, 2012 at 06:53 PM by fdtotten

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