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  1. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:30-10:20am IM-tastic!!

    by , April 22nd, 2014 at 02:27 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Decided to venture back into the IM training today...it was a bit scary, so I just started with 100s.

    Warmup:
    400 Free
    3 x 100 IM @ 1:40 (about 1:20s)
    3 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:25 (1:07s)
    (1000/1000)

    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (started :50s, descended to :43)
    (500/1500)

    8 x 100 IM @ Desc. Intervals:
    2 @ 1:40/2 @ 1:35/2 @ 1:30/2 @ 1:25
    I held them all around 1:18s or so...my back and breast definitely are a bit rusty
    (800/2300)

    8 x 75 Free Pull @ 1:00 (:53s)
    (600/2900)

    100 EZ

    ---------------------------------
    3000 Yards
  2. Monday, April 21, 2014 9:10-10:10am or so

    by , April 21st, 2014 at 04:31 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    It was semi-crowded in the pool today, 3 lap lanes available, and we ended up with 3 swimming in each lane. The normal 4th lap lane against the wall was occupied by a handicapped person who needed it because of the chairlift that is attached to that side of the pool. I still got in a good amount of swimming, getting a lane with 2 others who know how to circle swim, just not as fast as me.

    500 Free
    500 Flutter Kick w/ board
    500 Free Pull w/ Catalyst paddles
    (1500/1500)

    6 x 50 Flutter Kick fast w/ board @ 1:00 (:45s)
    4 x 50 Fly 1-arm drill @ 1:00, just going through the motions to test my shoulder
    (500/2000)

    8 x 50 Fly (80% effort) @ about 1:00-1:30 interval. Was just resting enough to be ready to go again. The last one I went hard on and did a :30.
    (400/2400)

    100 EZ

    -----------------------------
    2500 Yards


    Last night I sent in my entries for the Apple Capital USAS Meet from May 30-June 1. It's the first LCM meet of the season here in the Inland Empire, and only 2 miles away. One other masters swimmer that I know of from Bellevue is swimming as well, but only because his daughters are coming over. We tend to get a few adults swimming in this meet, most of them being coaches from the Seattle teams.

    I'm doing the 400 Free/400 IM on Friday, 100 Free, 50 Fly, 200 Fly on Saturday, and the 200 Free, 100 Fly, 200 IM on Sunday. Not quite as "gung-ho" as I usually do, but I don't really need to kill myself...this is my "Michael Phelps comeback meet".
  3. Thursday, April 17, 2014 9:35-10:15am

    by , April 17th, 2014 at 03:01 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Monday afternoon I was with my kids at their soccer games, and I decided to help out my son's team warmup for the game. Nothing serious, just sit in the goal and block shots, etc. 8 year olds, how bad can it be? Well, Lesson #1, don't play soccer with open toed sandals... I had a kid come in close, he made his shot and the followthru of his kick caught my big toe on my right foot, and completely ripped off the toenail. Nothing left at all. Just a little ouchy, but I'll live. I took a few days out from the pool, as well as just R&R at home (still went to work) till this morning.

    I felt like a fish out of water this morning in the pool. My cardio is pretty much gone, and my stroke felt like garbage. My toe hurt a bit as my feet would kick in the water, occasionally striking each other as they passed.

    2 x 200 Free warmup
    I had to pause at the 200 to stretchout my right shoulder. Something just isn't right in there...gotta be getting old I guess.
    (400/400)

    My "kick my own butt into shape" set:
    2 x 400 Free Pull @ 5:00 (4:42s)
    2 x 300 Free Pull @ 3:45 (3:31s)
    2 x 200 Free Pull @ 2:30 (2:22s)
    1 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:15 (1:11s)
    (2000/2400)

    Finished off with a 200 EZ. My body was sore enough, and my cardio got a good kickstart back into action. Have to try again soon.

    -------------------------------
    2600 Yards


    It felt good knowing that I could maintain Stewart's intervals and times on the 400s pull that he did earlier in the week. Yeah, it doesn't matter that mine was SCY vs. his LCM set.

    I've also decided to register for the 2nd half of the season with USA-S to compete in the LCM meets. We have 3 available here in Wenatchee this summer. Apple Capital May 30-June 1st, Starlight Invite in early July, and the LSC Champs meet in late July. I can get my money's worth that way, but I have to get into shape to swim with the kids in meets. Can't fake that!!
  4. Monday, April 14, 2014 7:00-8:00am Back at it and felt ok

    by , April 14th, 2014 at 12:07 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    After skipping out on the NW Zone meet this past weekend, I suddenly began to feel a lot better as far as my neck goes (isn't that the way it always is??). Really it was just rest and time to wait it out. Saturday was good to watch my kids at the soccer games, though with two of them in two different nearby towns at nearly the same time, I didn't get to see all of my son's game before I had to leave for my daughter's game. She definitely has improved a lot over this past year. While playing center-midfield, she got a run down the middle after a ball and drove all the way to the goal, only to have her shot caught by the goalie. So close!, but I was still quite proud of her.

    Sunday, I did my own form of massage therapy: Rototilled the garden and more. I have a very old yet very old reliable 8HP rototiller that my dad's friend gave to us years ago. It is so powerful that it will basically self propel itself through the previously tilled dirt of the garden without much guidance from me. The harder part of the job was answering my wife's request to basically double the size of the garden this year. The good thing is that that 8HP tiller will cut into dry hardened ground without too much effort on my part. We pulled up tons of rocks, and got them cleared. Found a few other items in the ground as well, glass, metal parts, etc. The biggest item I found was a metal water pipe with a "T" fitting on it. It was an 1 1/2" pipe about 18" long overall. The rototiller definitely bucked hard when I got that one, but kept going no problem.
    It was already a pretty good size, but now it's about the size of a small house in square footage, or maybe I should measure in acreage!! I do have a 1/2 acre lot, so I would guess that I'm using about 1/10th of the total lot on my garden space.

    I was tired last night, after about a 6 hour ordeal of physical work, plus got my springtime tan started, as it was a clear, sunny warm day yesterday, and I always work shirtless like a good boy should. As a swimmer I have to have a "realistic" tan line when I get to the pool!


    Monday morning:

    I woke up this morning half expecting to be in pain again, but it was basically non-existent. I went to the pool to do a stretchout swim, and it felt like I'd been out of the water forever. Basically I'm starting over again, building into long course meters season for competitions. I will have 3 LCM meets available here in Wenatchee this summer. The two normal ones - Apple Capital in early June, and Starlight Invite in early July, as well as the LSC Champs meet in late July. So I guess I can pick and choose my events this summer rather than trying to cram them all into one meet.


    Warmup:

    300 Free
    3 x 100 SDK w/ short fins @ 1:30
    2 x 200 Free Pull @ 2:45
    (1000/1000)

    10 x 50 1-arm Fly Drill, 4 right/4 left each length @ :10-:15 rest
    (500/1500)

    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:30, 1:25, 1:20, 1:15, 1:10 (held 1:06s)
    I was running out of gas near the end of this
    (500/2000)

    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00
    (500/2500)

    8 x 25 Free cruise @ :30 (#4 was free fast, #8 was fly fast)
    (200/2700)

    100 EZ kick on back

    --------------------------------
    2800 Yards
  5. NW Zone meet is a No-Go

    by , April 11th, 2014 at 05:49 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I awoke last Monday morning with one of the worst pains in my neck/upper back/right shoulder that I've even had. I don't believe it's from anything I did at the meet with my swimming at LMSC Champs last weekend...I just think I slept a bit funny or something overnight.

    It was super painful, and I've been managing to get through work every day this week, and it's gradually been getting better, but every morning it feels like Bill Murray in the movie "Groundhog Day". I've swim a little bit on Wednesday, Thursday, and again this morning, but it really wasn't much. Thursday's swim was by far the best day though. I managed to do a set of descending 10x100s @ 1:45 interval, going from 1:07, down to 1:01s and holding them there for the final five 100s.

    I figured I'd be good to go this weekend, but then this morning I awoke with the pain pretty bad again. I could barely manage to get through 1500 yards in the pool at a nice 'n easy pace, let alone put some effort into the swim. I decided that it wouldn't be worth my time this weekend, especially since 4 of my 5 events are dealing with butterfly in some way/shape/form: 100 & 400 IM, 50 & 200 Fly, and 1000 Free. Ideally I wanted to throw down a good 400 IM, and try to better my 200 Fly time (2:11) from last November, as well as give Kirk Nelson a run for his money in the 1000 Free. I'm the #2 seed to him, and behind us two, it was a ways back to the #3 overall seed.

    Oh well...it's just a meet, and I won't have to throw away gas money this weekend...and I get to watch my kids at soccer as well. On a side note...my wife did some work on my back and neck an hour ago, and it feels much better. I told her I may go to Seattle anyway...and she gave me a look like I had better not!
  6. Saturday/Sunday, Inland NW Champs Meet Results

    by , April 6th, 2014 at 09:07 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I had a great time in Moscow this weekend. I was a bit unsure about how I would perform based on my recent lack of swimming very much on a consistent basis. I proved otherwise that you don't need to swim a lot to swim well in competitions. It's mostly based on how much you want to swim well when the gun goes off! And a bit of toughness as well to get through the hard stuff, even when your body tells you it can't be done!
    I did do a shavedown for this meet, just for the heck of it to see what happens, plus I wore my Finis Hydrospeed suit that I purchased for the Indy 2013 Nationals last year. Just maybe...everything worked out well...

    Saturday:

    1000 Free - 11:00.43
    27.99 / 31.78
    32.73 / 32.74 (2:04)
    33.08 / 33.22
    33.22 / 33.15
    33.34 / 33.52 (5:24) <--this was a season best 500 time as well
    33.89 / 33.57
    34.10 / 34.23
    33.99 / 34.61
    33.68 / 33.54
    32.82 / 31.23
    I got out really quick, almost without knowing it. I settled down pretty well, but then the hurt train got me after the 600 point. I was able to recover to finish strong, mainly because I was watching the clock and doing the math...figured I may get under 11:00, and did my best to do so, but a bit short.

    200 Free - 1:56.05
    27.21 / 29.77 / 30.12 / 28.95
    This was a phenominal race for me. It happened about 30 minutes after I got out of the 1000, and I had a racer 2 lanes over from me: 24 year old Matt Edde, who has given me some recent battles in the 100/200/400/500 Frees at recent meets. Every time I tried to accelerate and dust him, I'd look over on the next turn, and he was RIGHT THERE!! I couldn't leave him like I used to be able to, but as it turns out, we both did excellent!
    This time was just 1.4 seconds slower than what I did at Indy last year, when I was training full time, with a full taper as well.

    200 Free Relay - went 2nd, split a 23.72
    Wow! I do have a bit of speed in there!!
    Tom (36 yrs) led off 24.4
    James (36 yrs) 23.72
    Bill (67 yrs) 28.9 <-- I was most surprised by this split!
    Rick (60 yrs) 31.8

    200 IM - 2:13.30
    27.41 / 35.01 / 39.35 / 31.53
    This was fun. I was stroke for stroke with another guy for the first 100, but he didn't have the breaststroke skillz to hang after that. I ended up sucking a little wind on the final 50 to home, but I was happy with the overall result.

    =========================

    Sunday:

    1650 Free - 18:49.45 (Not quite superstardom, but still very acceptable)
    29.34 / 32.85
    34.07 / 34.46
    35.23 / 34.72
    35.75 / 34.61
    35.49 / 35.26 (5:40ish)
    35.29 / 35.06
    35.06 / 35.18
    35.20 / 32.86
    33.95 / 33.96
    34.40 / 34.75 (11:25ish)
    34.40 / 34.60
    34.70 / 34.75
    34.75 / 34.98
    34.36 / 34.35
    33.76 / 33.87
    33.27 / 32.72
    31.45

    As this swim was WAYYYYY too early in the morning for my body (9:15am), I really wasn't even consciously awake at the time we dove in. I decided I'd swim alongside Pat Lee next to me (who was a 19:48 entry time - he finished 19:18).
    The first 100 of the race I just had fun playing off the walls, SDKing for about 8 big kicks off each wall, just staying nice and relaxed. Afterward, Pat said he hoped I wasn't going to be doing that the whole way!! I guess SDKing can be a psychological advantage to your competition in events like this!
    Well, I let Pat take the lead, and I basically swam right off his hip (almost through the laneline) for the 1st half of the race. At the 700/750 it felt like he was fading a bit, so I decided to make my move and get the race going (the bolded split). I ended up going 6 seconds faster than my other swim this season, so that was nice.

    50 Back in the 200 Medley Relay: 30.13
    SDK'ed for as much legal distance as I could, but still a far cry from some 50-something female swimmer on the east coast!

    200 Fly - 2:50.67***
    I did this as 8 x Broken 25s!
    There were only two of us in the event, and I wasn't feeling like trying to kill myself on this race. I already have a 2:11 in the books for the season, and I have another shot at it in Federal Way at the NW Zone meet next Saturday. So I decided to swim "with" the other swimmer in the heat with me, waiting until he'd gone through the turn and began the next length. And I got beat too by 0.3 seconds!! He thanked me for swimming alongside him, saying it helped him keep going strong.

    500 Free - 5:15.80 (WOW!!!!!!!!!)
    28.29 / 31.46
    32.17 / 32.25
    32.15 / 32.02
    32.20 / 32.22
    31.98 / 31.06
    This was just great!! Only about 5 seconds slower than my best masters time that I did last year at Indy Nationals. My middle 300 was split very very consistent too. I honestly don't know where this swim came from, because I was basically a zombie getting up onto the blocks. I guess it's the "I don't give a $#!+" attitude I had beforehand that helped.

    Maybe I'll have to continue working on my house more, doing lots of overtime at work, and try adding some new outdoor gardening/landscaping/other springtime projects to my resume!!! Cut the swimming out, and just do the meets!!


    ===========================

    Now I have the NW Zone SCY Champs meet to worry about next Saturday over in Federal Way. I signed up on the last day (Friday), as did a bunch of others from my LMSC. Maybe we'll even have some relays for fun!!!
    I'm signed up for:
    400 IM - 4:49.00 entry
    200 Fly - 2:15.00 entry
    50 Free - 27.10 entry (swimming it as 50 Fly)
    100 IM - 1:02.10 entry
    1000 Free - 11:05.00 entry

    Now to see if I can keep the success going 6 days from now!
  7. Taper Workout for my LMSC Champs meet:

    by , April 4th, 2014 at 04:50 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Here it is:

    Warmup / get the heartrate going:
    Changed the two drive belts on my car, one for the alternator and the A/C, the other for the power steering and water pump. The first of the two was about to dump me out along the highway this weekend had I not noticed the problem yesterday. Luckily I have the time and skills to get them done.

    After that, keep it going with a moderate main set:
    Went to the '83 Toyota pickup that's been up on jackstands for a couple days, and got the brake cylinder changed that had burst on the rear right wheel. Also got the brake lines purged and everything back and running, as well as changing the snow tires back to regular tires. I had these on from my last trip to Seattle when I got snowed it at the Kirkland masters meet.

    Not bad, two cars in one morning, and a grand total spent of $55. $35 for the belts, $12 for the brake cylinder, and $8 for the brake fluid. Not bad for a do-it-yourself guy. Way better than going to a mechanic, which I've still yet to do.

    Cooldown:
    A day of work from 2:30-11:00pm or so. At least the plant is on a 'shutdown shift', meaning they're ending production for the week, so we'll only run the stuff about 1/2 the day, then change a few bearings or other things, plus tear down the plant for the cleanup crew later tonight.

    What a hell of a taper day!!! I did get in 1,200 yards yesterday morning, which is plenty.
    LMSC Champs this weekend, 1000 Free, 200 Free, 200 IM on Saturday, 1650, 200 Fly, 500 Free on Sunday.

    I also signed up for the PNA Champs/NW Zone Champs today (final day to sign up). I found out yesterday that I won't be working on Saturday next week (the 12th), so I went for it!!
    400 IM, 200 Fly, 50 Fly(in the 50 Free event), 100 IM, 1000 Free
  8. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 5:30-6:30am

    by , April 2nd, 2014 at 10:52 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Warmup
    500 Free
    6 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00
    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:20 (held 1:11-1:12s)
    6 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00
    (1600/1600)

    10 x 50 Fly 1 arm drill w/ short fins (5 long SDKs off each wall)
    last one Fly swim cruise (went :31)
    (500/2100)

    125 Free Pull @ 1:30
    100 Free Pull @ 1:30
    125 Free Pull @ 1:30
    100 Free Pull @ 1:30
    50 scull EZ
    (500/2600)

    500 Flutter Kick w/ board

    ---------------------------------
    3100 Yards


    I just checked out SwimPhone for my champs meet this weekend. 55 people entered, and only 2 lucky souls in the 200 Fly. Me and someone else. I wonder who's going to be with me. At least it'll be 2 of us suffering our way through the race!!
  9. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 9:30-10:30am

    by , April 1st, 2014 at 10:33 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    No April Fools here...I actually did get in the pool today. It feels like I've been such a stranger to the place. I did feel quite tapered and speedy during my opening 200 yards of the warmup though.


    It was crowded in the pool today, probably because no one got to swim the day before as they had a power outage at the pool and had to cancel the day.


    Warmup:

    500 Free
    (500/500)

    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board
    4 @ 1:00, 3 @ :55, 2 @ :50, 1 @ :45
    Made them all very easily
    (500/1000)

    20 x 50 Free Pull w/ paddles @ ~:45-1:00, depending on where the other two were in the lane with me.
    (1000/2000)

    It was tough to swim with two others today, especially when people can't seem to organize by speed. Granted, there weren't two others as fast as me in the water, but at least figure out that if you're not able to 'keep up', you probably should try to circle swim with the fastest one in the pool.


    Various distances of swimming and/or intensity of Free and Fly
    (500/2500)

    500 Flutter Kick w/ board
    At least with kicking I can circle swim with the others a bit easier.

    ----------------------------
    3000 Yards


    =========================

    LMSC Champs meet this weekend

    Saturday - 1000 Free, 200 Free, 200 IM
    Sunday - 1650 Free, 200 Fly, 500 Free

    I think 200 Fly will be my nemesis this weekend...
  10. The past few days

    by , March 27th, 2014 at 02:35 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I've been swimming minimally, just enough to keep my body in shape for the upcoming LMSC Champs meet on April 5-6th over in Moscow, Idaho.

    Monday I got in for about 2000 yards or so, pretty sluggish though because I went in extra early and didn't get to rest a lot the night before.

    =====================

    Wednesday I swam from about 9:10-9:45am, not much, but did get a fast 100 at the end that I was happy with:

    500 Free warmup
    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:47s)
    300 Free Pull
    (lots of talking)
    100 Free Sprint from a push (went :58)
    -------------------------
    1400 Yards

    ========================

    Thursday (today):

    800 Free warmup
    I was swimming alongside a guy that just 'goes and goes' and has some decent speed as well. It takes my 400 yards to lap him, and I did so twice in my 800. It was nice to have a 'rabbit' of sorts to chase after in my attempt to lap him.
    (800/800)

    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:47s)
    (500/1300)

    4 x 150 Free Pull @ 2:00 (held 1:45s)
    This was the first pulling I've done where I actually sort of 'went for it' with some pressure and speed on my arms. Didn't seem to hurt, but we'll see later today.
    (600/1900)

    75 EZ
    25 Fly Fast

    ----------------------------
    2000 Yards in just over 30 minutes
  11. Friday, March 21, 2014 8:45-9:30am

    by , March 21st, 2014 at 08:22 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Got in a 3rd swim this week, and 3 days in a row even. Kinda feeling like I'm getting into some sort of shape, other than round. Though my everyday work keeps me busy enough!!

    1000 Free alongside the water exercise group. They have 1 lane open for lap swim during the 8-9am hour, so I was lucky to have the space.
    (1000/1000)

    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (held :45-:46s, last one :41ish)
    (500/1500)

    10 x 50 SDK w/ short fins on back @ :50 (ranged :33-:38s)
    tried to stay underwater to the halfway point, but that didn't last long.
    (500/2000)

    8 x 50 Free swim @ :45
    (400/2400)

    200 Kick 'n chat with another swimmer

    ----------------------
    2600 Yards


    Now I'm at work for 12 hours tonight, and then I've got to days of working day shift over the weekend. That's rough on the transition, but at least I get paid.
  12. Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:40-12:30pm

    by , March 20th, 2014 at 04:37 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Wow!! 2 days in a row!!

    warmup:
    500 Free build
    (500/500)

    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00
    mostly all :45s, a couple :46s, and the last one at :42
    (500/1000)

    100 Free cruise
    (100/1100)

    8 Rounds of:
    • 75 Free @ 1:00
      50 Free @ :40
      25 Free @ :20


    into 50 EZ @ 1:00

    75 Free @ :55
    50 Free @ :35
    25 Free @ :15

    into 50 EZ @ 1:15

    75 Free @ :55
    50 Free @ :35
    25 Free @ :15
    (1600/2700)

    The first 8 rounds of aerobic were good, but I just wasn't getting 'what I need' out of it, so I decided to turn on the afterburners for a couple a quick short rest bursts at the end. They were tough, but doable. Basically it's a 150 Free with 2 open turns in the middle @ 1:45 interval!!

    100 Free EZ
    200 Floaty Flutter Kick w/ board

    --------------------------------
    3000 Yards


    That was fun! and I did a full workout without toys (a kickboard doesn't count in my book)
  13. Wednesday, March 19, 2014 5:20-6:00pm A week at a time!!

    by , March 19th, 2014 at 10:31 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    My first swim in a week, and only my 2nd swim since my SCM meet on March 7-8th! For now, I'm just trying to "get my money's worth" out of my monthly YMCA membership.

    I did manage to swim 6 of the first 8 days of the month, and then one 4 days later, and then again tonight. So 8 swims out of 19 days isn't all bad, right? That's still not even an average of every other day...and yet I still call myself a distance swimmer. I can still hold pace well, and have a little speed to go with it, just don't have a 100% tank to draw from when I need it. Oh well, I'll get back to swimming like I used to one of these years...

    Tonight, splitting a lap lane alongside the swimming lesson groups on the other half of the pool:

    500 Free continuous!! warmup
    (500/500)

    7 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (ranged :45-:48s)
    7 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ :55 (ranged :47-:50s)
    (700/1200)

    300 Free
    (300/1500)

    10 x 50 SDK w/ short fins on back @ :50 (ranged :33-:38s)
    (500/2000)

    200 Free w/ last 25 as Fast Fly

    ----------------------------------
    2200 Yards in 40 minutes


    Good news, my shoulder felt fine the whole time. No popping, grinding, or other funky things going on. That's a good sign, but I'm still going to stay away from the paddles for a while, and take it sorta easy when I do get back in the water again...which may be a week or so.

    I do have my LMSC Champs coming up on April 5-6 in Moscow, Idaho, of which I signed up for the 200, 500, 1000, 1650 Free, 200 Fly, and 200 IM.
  14. Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:20-1:00pm

    by , March 12th, 2014 at 04:38 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    3 full days out of the water since the meet on Friday/Saturday for me. It felt like an eternity, but was good to get in today, even if it was just 40 minutes.


    500 Free warmup - felt a bit sluggish on this
    (500/500)

    8 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:50s)
    (400/900)

    22 x 75 Free @ 1:00 (held most of them around :55-:57, the last few (6) were at :55 down to :52)
    Not bad for a broken mile on a 22:00 total interval. I'd guess I was around a 20:20ish total add up time. Not bad considering it was little to no effort.
    (1650/2550)

    50 EZ was all the time I had left for
    got the boot from the pool at 1:00pm!!

    ---------------------------------
    2600 Yards
  15. Friday/Saturday - CDA Spring Splash Meet Recap (SCM)

    by , March 9th, 2014 at 03:50 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    This was a long, long, very tiresome "weekend" for me. Mainly due to the fact that I haven't been training as well as I'd hoped I would've been at this point. But on the other hand I had quite a few good things happen too. First of all, my shoulder had very little to no pain over the weekend. The only hurtful swim was the 100 Free of all the events I did. Probably because I tried going too "all out" on it, and my body wasn't quite ready for that. Ibuprofin before the meet on both days did the trick though.

    Friday night:

    Warmups began at 7:00PM - <<<< Yep, that's right. 7:00 warmup, 7:45 meet start. They had 2 heats of 400 IM, 4 heats of 1500 Free, and 2 heats of 200 Fly. A true Brute Squad set of events on schedule, and I did them all.

    400 IM - 5:14.55
    31.21 / 37.14 (1:08.35)
    42.19 / 40.33 (1:22.52)
    45.89 / 47.18 (1:33.07)
    36.62 / 33.99 (1:10.61)
    Tiring race as it usually is. I took the fly easy, and was surprised with how quick I was. I swam this right next to Ellen Reynolds, 50 year old from Boise who was going for the WR time in the event...which she ended up tying exactly. I did beat her by 0.10 seconds, which is enough!! My fly gave me a big enough lead to hold off her backstroke, and the breaststroke I pulled away a bit, though I was shortening up greatly near the end. As I started free, I was dead, and it hurt. Ellen reeled me in on the first 25, and I did all I could to stay with her. It came down to the final surge on the last length to not get beat....and I was lucky on this one. It took nearly an hour to recover from this too!!

    1500 Free - 19:18.46 (800 split - 9:51.12)
    31.76 / 36.04
    36.59 / 36.58
    36.69 / 37.03
    37.14 / 37.36 (4:49.19)
    37.66 / 37.46
    37.68 / 37.66
    38.01 / 38.05
    38.03 / 37.38 (9:51.12) At this point I pulled my cap off...cooled down a 25 Back, and just cruised to the end alongside Larry Krauser who I was a 50 ahead of at this point.
    53.11 / 40.66
    39.86 / 39.39
    39.65 / 39.50
    39.05 / 39.53
    39.24 / 39.53
    39.99 / 39.42
    39.24 / 39.17
    It was a consistent race as far as pace goes. I was slowly slipping upward from the 300 point to the 800 point though. My game plan was just to go through the 800 "hard", and then cool down after that anyway.

    10:00pm (and 5 minutes/1 heat of 200 Fly rest before my 200 Fly)
    200 Fly - 2:30.95
    32.65 / 38.59 (1:11.24)
    40.76 / 38.95 (1:19.71)
    I almost made this a come from behind win. It's not often that I'm behind in the 200 Fly in my LMSC, and the guy ahead of me was wayyyyyy ahead of me. About 4+ bodylengths (seriously) at the 175. But I could see that he was dying hard. BIG piano hit him a few times. I outsplit him by over 6 seconds in the final 50 to almost outtouch him at the finish (missed by 0.4). I just didn't have the power after just getting out of the 1500 Free to be able to.

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    Saturday (warmups 11:00am, meet starts 11:45am):

    400 Free - 4:42.85
    32.04 / 35.09
    35.60 / 35.81
    36.18 / 36.31
    36.41 / 35.41
    I had a race for the first 200 with a 22 year old next to me...same one that gave me a race in the 200 Free a couple months ago. Around the 300 I was hurting a bit, but kept on kicking to get through it. Managed to pull something out that is good enough.

    100 Free - 1:00.84
    29.20 / 31.64
    This was actually a little painful on my shoulder. Probably too much raw speed and power needed for this event. 22 year old Matt beat me for the first time today. I knew I couldn't do it.

    200 Medley Relay - Bill (68), James (37), Jack (82), Rick (61).
    Yep, I was stuck with the breaststroke leg of the relay. By default...2 guys couldn't do it because of their knees, and the other one Jack wouldn't have helped much by doing breaststroke. I split a low 36 though, so that was good. We had fun...just missing the Inland NW record in the event for the 240+ age group...though another relay team from CDA crushed us and the record time too.

    100 Fly - 1:04.89
    30.24 / 34.65
    Not too shabby!! I ended up getting 2nd place overall to the same guy who beat me in the 200 Fly the night before. But I was coming on the final length and almost go him again.
    It's kind of weird how close my 100 Fly time is to my 100 Free time, and how fly doesn't seem to hurt my shoulder either. ????

    25 Fly (unsanctioned) - 13.31 - pure fun!

    25 Free (unsanctioned) - 34.45 - "dove" in, kinda, and did V-sit scull drill to the other end. I heard lots of cheers and comments from the crowd.

    200 Back - 2:36.75
    36.37 / 40.13
    40.62 / 39.63
    This was another race I was in with Ellen Reynolds. I can say that I did beat her off the start and to the 15 meter mark (she has horrible starts and underwaters). Once I started swimming though, she was gone!! Another WR for her...going 2:22!!!!

    200 IM - 2:35.76
    31.44 / 41.65
    46.61 / 36.06
    The arch of my foot cramped on the 2nd length of the fly, and it was all downhill from that point. Cardio wise...I was dead tired at this point of the meet as well.

    400 Free Relay - Leadoff spot (immediately after the 200 IM)
    1:04.85
    30.77 / 34.08
    Only thing more painful than a 200 Free was THIS 100 Free.


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    Overall a fun weekend of swimming. I'm sure some of these times will be good enough for Top Tens...hopefully. Oh well, I did the best I could.
  16. Thursday, March 6, 2014 11:50-12:35pm

    by , March 6th, 2014 at 04:37 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Maybe my last swim before the meet starts tomorrow night. I may get in a bit in the morning though, who knows?

    It was super crowded when I arrived at the Y today. They had the water walker lane down to 1, and people were lap swimming in all 6 lanes...someone even swimming with the 2 water walkers. 2 people were waiting on deck for a lane to "open up", but I just found a lane, got them to circle swim, and got my swim on.

    500 Free
    500 Dolphin Kick on back with short fins
    300 Free EZ
    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (~:50s)
    700 of mixed up 25s/50s Free EZ/cruise

    ----------------------------
    2500 Yards


    Good news...our SCM meet on Friday/Saturday over in Idaho has 79 people registered!! That's great for us! Sure beats the heck out of some Arizona meets that were getting cancelled for lack of participation!!!
    There are at least 4 heats of the 1500 Free, and a couple heats of 400 IM before that, as well as 2 heats of 200 Fly scheduled on Friday night. At least I'll have plenty of rest after my 400 IM!! But the 1500 and 200 Fly will be late into the night with a 7:45pm start time for the events!! I don't mind much though, since I'm usually up till 1:30-2:00am anyway, but sucks for some other folks!!! I guess they didn't think they'd get the participation on Friday night?!??? Yeah, right...not when this is the best pool in the LMSC, and it's SCM also. Top Tens baby!!
  17. Tuesday, March 4, 2014 12:00-12:45pm

    by , March 4th, 2014 at 04:30 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Nothing too fancy, still resting my shoulder and kicking hard:

    500 Free warmup

    5 x 100 SDK on back w/ short fins @ 1:40 (held under 1:15s)

    12 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (held :45-46s)

    400 Free EZ

    ---------------------------
    2000 Yards



    Still planning to go to the meet in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho this Friday and Saturday, and I will attempt my events. We'll see how it goes. My only real concern is the 200 Fly after the 400 IM and 1500 on Friday night. I can get through it though, since it is a short course meters meet...and Top Ten is "all that matters"!!! But I won't jeapordize my health either. If I have to, I will skip it.
    Saturday's events should be a breeze compared to Friday night.
  18. Sunday and Monday, March 2-3, 2014

    by , March 3rd, 2014 at 03:21 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Sunday:

    I was able to cram in a quick workout between the hours of waking up (12:00noon), doing a few house duties, (swim), and getting to work again. At least it was only an 8 hour day, and it felt great after doing three 12 hour shifts in a row the last 3 days!!

    My quickie swim (about 40 minutes):

    1000 Free
    20 x 50 SDK w/ short fins @ :45 (between :38-:40s)
    400 Free EZ

    ----------------------------
    2400 Yards

    =============================

    Monday:

    Even with having a short workday last night, I was still overly exhausted, and slept in till almost 10:00am. Got my swim thing going, but not very much, just enough to stretch me out a bit.

    3 x 200 Free w/ ~:20-:30 rest
    8 x 50 SDK w/ short fins @ :45 (:40s)
    300 Free EZ

    --------------------------------
    1300 Yards

    Let's see if Tom can keep up with that kind of yardage!!
  19. Wednesday, February 26, 2014 5:40-7:00pm

    by , February 26th, 2014 at 11:45 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    First swim for me since the meet on Sunday, and I've decided to take things 'easy' on my shoulder for a while, and not do too much intensity on my swimming portions, no fly at all in practice, and lots of kicking with higher levels of intensity. Gotta try to get my shoulder back to normal soon.


    Warmup:

    1500 Free
    (1500/1500)
    I ended up feeling pretty good on the opening swim, so I just kept it going for 20 minutes or so.

    10 x 50 SDK on back w/ short fins @ :50 (:37-:40s)
    (500/2000)

    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (held :50 and under)
    (500/2500)

    10 x 50 Free Cruise @ 1:00 (went :32-:33s)
    (500/3000)

    8 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00
    6 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ :55
    6 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ :50
    (1000/4000)

    300 Free cruise

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    4300 Yards
  20. Sunday's Lake Wash. Masters Meet Recap (and my 30 hour trip)

    by , February 24th, 2014 at 04:10 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Well, everything started out normal, prepping for a snowy trip over the Cascade Mountains on the more northern mountain pass, Stevens Pass, which went fairly uneventful. Definitely a good day for the skiers up there!

    https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/...39248333_n.jpg

    I ended up getting there about halfway through warmups, no big deal. I only warmed up about 300 yards or so, since my shoulder was being fussy anyway. Today was going to be "fun". At least I got to get out and see my swim friends though!

    200 IM - 2:16.08
    28.10 / 36.02 / 40.57 / 31.39
    My shoulder twinged a bit during this, but overall I think my cardio got me. I was a bit conservative though

    100 Fly - 1:01.01
    28.15 / 32.86
    I was out the same as the IM, but my shoulder was telling me things, so I just backed off and finished the race. This was my deciding factor on the 200 Fly later though

    200 Free - 2:03.22
    28.86 / 31.14 / 31.88 / 31.34
    Good splits for a 200 Free, if you don't put a name with it! It was just off, I wasn't able to put my intensity in it that I usually would.

    200 Fly - NS (my first scratched masters event)
    I hate missing a race. It felt like back in college when I was sick at Nationals and had to scratch the 1650 when I was top seed.

    500 Free - 5:23.71
    29.11 / 32.14
    32.72 / 32.92
    32.99 / 33.07
    33.04 / 33.11
    32.40 / 32.21
    At least I was able to throw in one respectable race for the weekend. I think I even beat my time from the Wenatchee meet last month.

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    Afterwards, That Guy told me about the pass report on the internet...chains required to go home. Sooooo, off we went to find chains. All the tires stores were closed on a Sunday, but we ended up finding some at Fred Meyer. Then we stopped by That Guy's house for a bite to eat. Hot Dogs!! Yum!! I then got myself out the door a bit later trying to beat the weather, and try out my new chains.
    Just as I got onto I-90, the electronic readerboard changed to "PASS CLOSED AHEAD". Not good. My phone rang at the same time. That Guy had the same info.

    I ended up stopping in the last town prior to the pass, utilizing the free Wi-Fi at McD's, and talking with family about what to do. There was no estimate as to what time it may re-open, so I decided to make a trip to the south...all the way to Portland, where I stayed at hotel grandpa and grandma. That's 300 miles so far on the trip.
    I got about 6-7 hours of sleep, and then up again for the next 300 miles, this time down the Columbia River gorge, and then north through south central Washington. Lots of rain, and minimal snow, but after 5 hours I made it back home.

    Good news, I was able to return the chains at Fred Meyer here in Wenatchee and get my money back!! Now it's time to go to work...


    What did I learn??? Listen to dad...
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