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  1. 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.

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    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)
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    1400 Yards

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    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

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    2000 Yards in just over 30 minutes
  2. 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

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    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.
  3. 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

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    3000 Yards


    That was fun! and I did a full workout without toys (a kickboard doesn't count in my book)
  4. 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

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    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.
  5. 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!!

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    2600 Yards
  6. 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.
  7. 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

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    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!!
  8. 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

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    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.
  9. 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

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    2400 Yards

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    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

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    1300 Yards

    Let's see if Tom can keep up with that kind of yardage!!