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  1. Sun, Dec. 30, 2012 Animal Meet Results, Canby, Oregon

    by , December 30th, 2012 at 10:15 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    This weekend was the annual Animal Meet weekend in Canby, Oregon. It started off as a USAS meet, and they have now piggybacked a masters version on at the end of the weekend for us to have some fun.
    Masters have the option of doing the:
    • Sprint - 100 IM, 50 Fly, and 200 Free
    • Middle - 200 IM, 100 Fly, and 500 Free (also what the 12 & under USAS kids do)
    • Distance - 400 IM, 200 Fly, and 1000 Free (also what the 13 & over USAS kids do)
    • Or Masters can pick and choose between all the events (e.g. 200, 500, 1000 Free)
    • An "Animal" award trophy is given to the fastest male and female in each of the categories, Sprint, Middle, and Distance (I went Trophy Hoing today)

    The meet doesn't get very populated, partly due to the event selection, and partly from the time of year as well I suppose. I only travel down for this meet because I visit my grandparents for a few days as well on the same trip. I don't think I'd travel this far normally for just 3 events either.

    Warmed up about 800 yards or so - I had to get into the "masters mood" rather than the age grouper I've been lately. Lots of 50s and 100s of mostly free and a few lengths of backstroke, with lots of talking in between. I wasn't worried about my swims, knowing my conditioning would carry me through no problem. I really only wanted to do well in my final race of the day, the 1000.
    Did this meet on heavy Christmas training, with no additional rest aside from no swimming on Saturday (yesterday).

    400 IM - 4:40.60 - not bad for a "cruise".
    1:00.57 / 1:15.05 / 1:22.19 / 1:01.79
    Got the splits from my old head coach that I used to work with here in Canby. He was there with his high school boys/girls swimmers who were our timers for the day.

    200 Fly - 2:14.07 - whatever...not bad for how I swam it
    I told myself that I wasn't going to push it, and that my final 50 was going to be the fastest split of the 4. Who does this???
    Well, my final 50 was a 31.5ish, but not quite the fastest - my initial 50 was a 31.0. I did even split the 200 Fly, which is tough to do in itself

    1000 Free - 10:47.92 - very happy with this
    I was only 3 seconds off from my best time in the 1000, so considering the training I'm doing, this is good. I'm sporting a full beard right now, didn't wear anything remotely close to a "fast" suit either, just some plain ol' brief. I just got in a zone and went for it. The guy next to me said his goal was for me not to lap him 3 times. Knowing that, I tried to do just that, and got him 3 times on my final 50.
    Eric told me my splits were (roughly):
  2. Sun, Dec. 2, 2012 USAS Meet Results Day 2 - Wenatchee

    by , December 2nd, 2012 at 06:17 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    In hindsight...I should've not even gone to the meet today. 2nd days of events like this just aren't the same as when we were younger.

    I again did the standard team warmup:

    600 Free
    3 x 200 IM (stroke down/Free back)
    4 x 50 @ 1:00 EZ/Fast
    2 x Dive 25s

    After this I just went into relaxation mode, and used a 2 hour+ window to sit down with my laptop and update the records for the Inland NW SCM records that were broken (I'm still waiting for a full update of the NW Zone SCM records from the NW Zone meet in October) <-- That Guy?? any help here? I can weed through them, but it'll take time.

    Finally, my events:

    200 Free - 1:57.61 - 2nd place
    My legs were just tired and hurt on the second 100 of this race. I figure that's the "getting old" part of me kicking in.

    200 Breast - 2:34.15 - 1st place
    Beat the 12 year old girl on our team my less than a second! but paid for it too...
    I did alright on this race, tried to stretch it out a bit, and increase the turnover near the end. Overall it was a bit slow, and afterward I had a little soreness on my left side groin area.

    After cooldown and sitting in the chair for a while, the pain began to get a little more pronounced. ouchy.
    I talked with John about it, and I may have overdone it a little. I told him I'd give the next race a shot, plus do the relay as well (since we had 7 relays in the 13&Over age group, and I didn't want him to have to rewrite all of them if not needed).

    100 Back - 1:06.03 - 4th place
    That's gotta be the most even split back race I've ever done!! Granted I didn't exactly explode off the wall for my start, and didn't kick too much either. I was hurting for sure, and after this race we made the final decision to scratch my remaining races for the day.

    50 Free anchor leg on the 200 Free Relay - not sure on the split, but John thinks it was 22-high/23-low. The team from Moses Lake had a 5 yard lead on us when I dove in, and their 4th swimmer wasn't the greatest out there, so I knew we had a shot to possibly catch him. I gave it all I had, good relay exchange, 1 breath down, 1 breath back, but just couldn't quite catch him. It was fun though! Relays get me pumped, especially for these kind of situations.

    100 Fly - SCRATCH

    50 Free - SCRATCH

    My first two races I've skipped out on since returning to swimming. Oh well, no sense in hurting myself, right? Now I just need to ice and rest my injury, unless I can find a good massage therapist.
  3. Sat. Dec. 1, 2012 USAS Meet Results - E. Wenatchee

    by , December 1st, 2012 at 08:59 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Got to the pool early for the team warmup:

    600 Free
    2 x 200 "IM" (Stroke down/Free back)
    6 x 50 Alt. EZ/Fast CHoice of stroke @ 1:00
    2 x Dive 25s

    Then I left for a while (from 8:15-11:00), since they had the younger kids warmup times, plus I wasn't in the first event of the meet. It is a non-split meet, so there is lots of waiting time as well.

    100 Breast - 1:08.90 was 1st place
    Decent race, I ended up "kicking air" a couple of times on my first strokes after the pullout, but still managed to have a good swim.

    200 IM - 2:13.23 was 3rd place
    While this race was on par with my other recent 200 IM swims in meets, my backstroke just suffered badly. I was running down some people in the breaststroke, which is strange, but I'll take it.

    200 Medley Relay (co-ed mix) - did Breast - went 30.3
    our original backstroker got sick, so we had to sub in another girl. That's too bad, cause she's one of the fastest girls in the state, and would've got us a nice lead against the boys team from Moses Lake. I ended up with about a 3-4 second deficit when I dove in for my FIRST EVER breaststroke leg of a medley relay. I've done the other 3 strokes, just never been needed to do breast. It was fun.

    200 Back - 2:20.blah-blah was 3rd
    This one felt horrible, I was tired, it was a tough race for me today, like usual.

    200 Fly - 2:11.xx - was 1st place
    This was decent, considering how tired I was at the start. I had two boys on either side of me about 4-5 seconds back, and I keep peeking at them on the turns. Kept my 2-up, 1 down breathing pattern going, and that's actually what kept me from feeling pain.

    500 Free - 5:17.98 - was 1st place
    This came close to an even split race. It happened exactly 15 minutes after the 200 Fly, we had a 15 min. break, then I was in the 1st heat of the fast-slow seedings. I beat my previous season time from Bainbridge by 2 seconds or so, so that was good as well. It's also about 6 seconds from my masters best time.

    My placings are so high in this meet because most of the fast kids in the area are either at the Husky Invite meet in Federal Way, or at the other LMSC meet on the eastern side of the LMSC. We've just got the "western" teams here this weekend.
    I've got the other half of events to do tomorrow, it's gonna be tough, 2 day meets are always like that for me...these kids can recover like nothing, but us need a little something more to bring us back. -->
  4. Fri, Nov. 30, 2012 7:00-8:30pm Meet Prep

    by , December 1st, 2012 at 12:53 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I got my spot all reserved at the pool (got my chair set down at least), and that's the most important thing. It's gonna be crazy as hell at the pool this weekend, and every chance I can get, I'm gonna vacate the place for my house.

    In other good news, my 15 year old teammate Jared swam a couple events today at the Husky Invitational in Federal Way, WA today, one of which was the 500 Free. He went a new PB of 4:52.77, dropping almost 10 seconds. Out in a 54mid, held 29mids the rest of the way. Awesome. Now I just need to follow suit.



    1000 Free warmup, stretch it out
    1000 Kick w/ fins and board (I did about 500 or so with board only, NO FINS, really really easy)
    1000 Pull - did 500 Free, then switched to 75 Free/25 Front SCull the rest of the 2nd 500

    The set:
    12 x 50 IMOrder (3 of each) @ 1:15
    -- Drill, then Build, then Sprint by 50s
    felt really good here, went fast!

    4 x Dive 25s from the blocks that were just set up. Kids got to practice their shallow water dives into the 4'3" of water.

    12 x 25 turns 25s from the middle of the pool, 6 @ each end.

    outta there!

    ~3400 Yards (maybe)

    I took a look at the heat sheet on the wall at the pool. Not a lot of fast folks, but I'll have a good run for my money with 3 or 4 boys from the Moses Lake team. I'm the top seeds in the 100 & 200 Breast, & 200 Fly, with 2nd-4th in my other events, aside from the stupid 50 Free which I'm 6th.
    It will be a fun meet, and I'm ready to race.
  5. Sun, Nov. 18, 2012 USAS Meet Results - Cheney, WA

    by , November 18th, 2012 at 10:07 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I headed over to Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA (close to Spokane) for Day 3 of the meet this weekend. It's nice only doing 1 day of these things.

    All I can say those kids are fast!!
    There were a couple guys out there that were just unstoppable. I was watching two of them in my 200 Fly heat as well...they were that far ahead!

    Did the team warmup with them prior to my events:

    600 Free
    3 x 200 "IMs" 25 Str/25 Free
    8 x 50 Choice @ 1:15 (50 EZ/50 Fast)
    2 x Dive 25s
    1650 Yards

    1st event of the session was:

    200 Fly - 2:10.15
    Not my greatest showing. I was stuck in the lane adjacent to the warmup tank, so I was bounced around (felt like it) a bit during the swim. I got stuck on the laneline on my final 25 coming out of the breakout as well. That part really sucked. Stopped my momentum coming off the wall.
    I ended up 3rd place in the race. 3rd, 4th, and 5th were within 0.5 seconds, so I won the touch at the finish. The Top 2 in the event were 1:54 & 1:58. Basically my best ever time from college wouldn't have won this heat!
    [nomedia=""]11-18-12 - 200 SCY Fly, Cheney, WA USAS - YouTube[/nomedia]

    200 Back - 2:16.25
    Coach John wanted my to build my kick throughout the race, and put a little more SDK into my turns and streamlines. Accomplished both of those tasks, and while it wasn't my best performance in the race, it felt pretty good...and I almost ran down the guy next to me as well! 5th place in this one. Notice in the video that 1st place almost lapped me!!
    [nomedia=""]11-18-12 - 200 SCY Back, Cheney, WA - USAS - YouTube[/nomedia]

    200 Free - 1:56.xx (didn't get official time)
    I just didn't have the easy speed to get out, but I was able to hang on to the race well, and between lanes 1, 2(me), and 3, we had a great race on the final 50. I ended up on the losing end of the 3-way battle, but it was very close.
    [nomedia=""]11-18-12 - 200 SCY Free, Cheney, WA - USAS - YouTube[/nomedia]

    Updated November 18th, 2012 at 10:43 PM by jaadams1

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  6. Sat. Nov. 10, 2012 Sandpoint, ID SCM Meet Results

    by , November 10th, 2012 at 11:57 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Today was a long loooonnnnng LOOOOOONNNNNNNGGGGGG day.
    I woke up at 3:50am, drove across town to pick up my teammate, then get gas, and on the road across the LMSC on one of the longest distances between any two of our "teams" cities. It's a 4 hour 15 minute drive from Wenatchee, WA to Sandpoint, ID.
    I ended up picking up That Guy in Coeur d'Alene, ID on the way...he was on the side of the road hitchhiking or something. ???

    The pool isn't the greatest pool out there, but it still about having fun and racing, and that's why we attend these masters meets. It's basically a non-glorified wave pool, with virtually no gutters (literally), and lanelines that plunge underwater outside the backstroke flags due to the anchor points that or 12 inches or more underwater on the walls. It's not exactly pleasant to swim in, but at least it's still water and 25 Meters long. Oh yeah, the starting blocks are AMAZING! T.G. got a picture of them I think.

    800 Free (did 25 Free/25 Fly) 10:21.62
    I don't know what I was thinking. I didn't believe I'd truly beat my earlier season best time, and T.G. kinda played around with my 1st counter board with a "43", so I decided at that point to switch to Free/Fly by 25s. It wasn't too bad, but not great either. Hindsight I should've just done freestyle.

    200 Back - 2:31.xx or DQ, whatever you like
    101.1.2 Backstroke Start
    Part B:

    The swimmers shall line up in the water facing the starting

    end with both hands placed on the gutter or on the starting grips.
    Standing in or on the gutter, placing the toes above the lip of the gutter
    or bending the toes over the lip of the gutter before or after the start is
    I did a start with one hand on the block and one hand behind me since the walls were super slippery and didn't want to have a start. So at the starting signal I then dropped underwater and SDK'd to begin my in this previous video:
    [nomedia=""]2-19-12 - Kirkland, WA - 200 Back - YouTube[/nomedia]
    Apparently this is illegal, yet I've done this multiple times in both USMS and USA-S meets and never been DQ'd or told about it's illegality.

    It cost my a 3 second time drop and approx. a 3 place move up in the top ten rankings, and an LMSC record, but oh well.

    200 Breast - 2:49.34
    This was a decent swim. I was still pissed off about my backstroke race, and I wanted to beat the older breaststroker in the race (who is much better than me). I swam the race smart, and hung right off his hip or legs throughout the first 150, then began my attack. It was either now or never, and my only shot at possibly catching him. I didn't really gain much ground toward the 175 turn, but from my blastoff pushoff and pulldown, I caught and overtook my rival. Now knowing I was ahead or tied, I pushed ahead with all I had and my turnover was great too, driving forward and no pain at all. I ended up beating him by a second as well.
    Received many congratulations later about the race (many from the other guy's teammates )

    200 Fly - 2:23.75
    This was a really special event. We had arranged for as many people as possible in the LMSC to swim the 200 Fly in honor of Peony Munger who passed away this past August from her battle with pancreatic cancer. She was known for her miles and miles of butterfly, as well as swimming the most challenging races at the meets. She would've turned 78 years old tomorrow, Nov. 11th. This was for you Peony.
    We had about 25% of those signed up for the meet swimming in the 200 Fly event today, many of whom this was their first every 200 Fly in their life. It was really neat to see 3 full heats of the 200 Fly today, and everyone in the pool area cheering on everyone to succeed in this swim today.

    2nd best part of the swim...finding out that That Guy was eating my wake in the 2nd 100 of the 200 Fly.

    100 IM - 1:08.xx
    This was just a couple heats after the 200 Fly swim, I was tired, but still pushed it. Not a bad swim.

    Survived the long drive home as well, arriving about 8:00pm at my house. 16 hours from the time I left, drove, swam, drove, ate lots of McD's, drove more, drank lots of soda and hot cocoa, drove more, and got home safely.
  7. Sunday, Meet Results from Spokane, WA

    by , October 14th, 2012 at 10:14 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I headed over to Spokane as a passenger today in a carpool with other teammates. Very nice relief, because I was exhausted. We left town @ 5:00am. I went to sleep at a good time for the early wakeup, but around 11:00pm last night the phone rang and I ended up talking with my old college friend about his son's seizure situation that is just now getting started. He was looking for any help/advice that I could give from my experiences. Well, that call was over an hour, and by the time I got back to sleep it was around 12:30am or so.

    I felt pretty good with my warmup prior to the meet, getting ready for my IM heavy day today. It felt to be a good day coming, but I've also been dealing with a headcold all week, and still have pressure in my head that kills me underwater, or when my head goes upside down (like in flipturns, or the starting position on the blocks). Still...when it's time to race, you do what you can!

    400 IM - 4:40.10
    27.77/32.32 (1:00.09)
    37.91/37.43 (1:15.3)
    41.13/41.37 (1:22.4)
    31.93/30.24 (1:02.1)
    This was a decent race. It was about the same time as I did in a USAS meet at the same period last year. I know I took my fly out very relaxed today, and that my backstroke could use a little more work. Breaststroke felt really short and my pullouts were shallow. Free coming home was decent, but I was just tired overall.

    100 IM - 1:01.17
    My fly felt pathetic here, but my backstroke I took about 12 SDKs and was told I popped up just short of the 15 meter mark. I guess the kicking at practice is helping.
    Breaststroke was blah...freestyle coming home = strong!

    100 Free leadoff of 400 Free Relay - 54.60 (26.21/28.39)
    Decent speed, at least better than my effort last weekend at BAMFest: 55.23
    My team enjoyed being out to a lead on the relay, but it didn't last long. At least we now compete in the 35+ category, so the don't about it so much anymore.

    200 IM - 2:30.75 (100% active cooldown - still was a clear leader in the event)
    I wasn't feeling great to be able to give 100% effort in ALL my races today, but I still got up and swam them for my team's points that go toward the season points total.

    50 Fly in the 200 Medley Relay - 25.5ish???
    Originally I had no intention of racing fast in this one, but...
    Our team was on the verge of getting lapped by the neighboring lane. Our breaststroker was finishing at virtually the same time as their flyer.
    So it was ME (fly), vs. HIM (free) in an impromptu race for glory. I knew he was a decently fast guy in freestyle, and we were already starting the verbal jabs at each other on the blocks about making this a race. My swimmer ended up touching a 1/2 second or less ahead of them, so I had a slight takeoff lead. On the turn he ended up pulling even with me, and we raced home. I ended up outtouching him by 0.04 seconds, so we weren't officially lapped in the race. It was pure fun, and my teammates said there was a lot of screaming from the crowd during this 'race'.

    ***200 Fly - 2:10.31
    28.35/32.94 (1:01.29)
    34.59/34.43 (1:09.02)
    This was a decent effort. Originally I wanted to go faster, but it wasn't happening today. I missed the LMSC record by 1.5 seconds, which will be a cakewalk the next time I race it.

    ***Prior to the heat of the 200 Fly event, our coach (at the meet director's request) made a small announcement about Peony Munger's history with the event, and her over 1000 1650 of fly that she'd done in practices over the past years. She ended up swimming up until about 3 weeks prior to her passing, doing at least 200 yards of fly in the past 3 months every day. Her body was succombing to "cold" in the water more than anything, but she was determined to fight on to the very end. She will be well remembered in our area, and we (as an LMSC) now have plans to OVERLOAD the 200 SCM Fly (as many as capable of completing the race, or attempt to) at the upcoming SCM meet in Sandpoint, ID in her honor. The meet happens to be on the day before her birthday, a day in which we traditionally all swam at least a continuous 400 Fly in her honor. I now have to get my entries changed since I already entered the meet with other events.

    200 Free - 2:03.36
    30.16/32.13 (1:02.29)
    31.97/29.10 (1:01.07)
    This wasn't a "loafing swim", but it wasn't a 100% effort either. I knew I was toast at this point of the meet, but I didn't want to look like a wimp for cooling down 2 events in the meet, so I decided to go for a strong negative split race.
    I took it out easy, began accelerating going into the 100 turn a little. Hit the 150 turn and came off with 6 dolphin kicks out the mid-pool, then the 175 turn with 5 dolphin kicks off the wall with a spring to the finish.
    Oh yeah, I don't do those "wimpy SDKs" either. Mine are full blast kicks from the core rather than "toe/ankle flicks" SDKs that I've seen done before. I honestly wasn't even tired doing this type of swim. Had I gone out hard at the beginning it would've been a lot more painful.

    Overall, a decent meet. I'm still going to have to rest hardcore this coming week for the NW Zone meet though. I'm tired, I'm sick, I need rest (and clear fluids). I'm also probably only going to be swimming Day 1 of the NW Zone meet as well, and throwing Day 2 under the bus.
  8. Sat., Oct. 6, 2012 BAMFest Meet Results

    by , October 6th, 2012 at 11:10 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Left Wenatchee mega mega early...about 4:15am or so, to travel across the mountains to the Seattle area. Met up with That Guy and That Guy's friend (yes he has one), and we carpooled to the ferry docks to save a bit of money.

    I was feeling okay during the meet warmup, but not 100% for sure. Not sure if it was the early morning, or the beatings that my body has been given at practices over the past month. Probably a bit of both. Oh well, you have to race anyway...

    200 Free - 1:56.95
    26.78 / 29.94
    30.16 / 30.07
    [nomedia=""]10-6-12 Bainbridge, WA - 200 SCY Free - YouTube[/nomedia]

    50 Back - 30.05
    This has been voted the #1 worst event to swim...will find you the actual reference at a later date.

    50 Free - 24.95
    I tied with That Guy in this one. We were in separate heats too. He got a best time, I had a worst time. Who wins?

    100 Free - 55.23
    26.47 / 28.76
    I seem to recall doing this very same time during my 5 x 100 @ 6:00 set on Thursday. I just couldn't get going!

    500 Free - 5:19.52
    29.17 / 32.26
    32.94 / 32.87
    32.86 / 32.77
    32.43 / 32.15
    31.71 / 30.36
    I was able to negative split this one 2:40/2:39 First time I've been able to do that. I didn't have a counter person either, and attempted counting for myself. I did sneak a peek on Kirk's counter during the race at length #9 and was correct on my counting, so I began to pick it up there. That's about the point my body started feeling good. The shorter length races just weren't working for me today.

    At least my freestyle race times seem to go "together" in a sense:
    50 - 24.95 (100 avg. 50.0)
    100 - 55.23 (100 avg. 55.2)
    200 - 1:56.95 (100 avg. 58.4)
    500 - 5:19.52 (100 avg. 1:03.9)

    Updated October 6th, 2012 at 11:42 PM by jaadams1 (Addition of video)

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  9. Saturday, August 25, 2012 Gil Young Meet Results

    by , August 25th, 2012 at 11:14 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Well, it was about as I had expected. Since I went into the meet with no expectations, I came out with the "no results" that I expected.
    I was 80% sure earlier in the summer that I wouldn't even sign up for this event at the end of the summer on the pure fact that I know I'm not in shape for it at the end of summer. Well, on the final day of online entries I asked my wife if she wanted to go to Portland to visit the grandparents and my sister for the weekend (and let me swim on Saturday evening). At least I swam which was fun, even if it wasn't anywhere near my top performances.

    Long Course Meters:

    200 Free - 2:16.35 entry - went 2:17.21
    This was probably my best overall swim of the day, because it was first. Still 3 seconds slower than start of summer.

    100 Breast - 1:24.35 entry - went 1:26.40
    This was 5 heats after the 200...I felt good for the dive, pullout, first 5 strokes, and then I needed the wall for my next pullout. Oh yeah, this isn't SCY! I died.

    200 Medley Relay - We had 3 of us from our LMSC team - Hydropower Masters. We talked about doing a dedication relay in honor of Peony Munger who is my teammate who has been battling pancreatic cancer for the past year. Well....she's coming down to her final days now, and we swam this relay for her. A 4 x 50 Fly Relay. I know it's nothing compared to the miles and miles of butterfly workouts she's done over the past 6 years in masters workouts, but it was all about her. I ended up swimming the first and fourth legs of the relay, and Margaret Hair and Cynthia Clutter were my other two teammates for the relay. It was fun.

    200 Back - entered 2:44.35 - went 2:45.38 vote for all time worst event ever in long course

    100 Fly - entered 1:05.99 - went 1:06.78
    semi pleased with this event. There was a good race next to me with Dennis Baker winning in low 1:03, and That Guy a 1:04 mid. Congrats to both of them!

    200 IM - entered 2:33.35 - went 2:39.02
    The only good part of this race was the final 50. Basically because I was almost done with my day! I looked right (my breathing side) and there was no one to race. I looked under the laneline to my left (with no breath) and saw my competition about 2 bodylengths ahead of me. Apparently this is impossible to do according to Rowdy Gaines in his Olympic coverage, but I had no problem seeing my competition on my non breathing side.
    Well, about 15 meters from the end of the race I looked again and I was at the guy's hip, so I poured it on to the finish. Ended up touching him out my 0.2 seconds.

    Glad the meet is over...I'm wiped out. Now it'll be time to relax, visit with family, and get to bed at some time. We're planning on driving to the Oregon coast tomorrow with the kids, getting lunch and stuff, and then returning the long drive home to Wenatchee. It'll be at least 9 hours of total driving tomorrow. And yes, I'll have my wife take over at some point of the drive!

    And I'm glad LCM season is over for me. Bring back the short pools!! Oh crap! I have an OW event in 2 weeks.
  10. Friday, August 24, 2012 5:30pm at the Y

    by , August 24th, 2012 at 10:12 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Prep for the LCM meet tomorrow (or maybe not so preppy)


    2 x 100 Free @ 1:30 (1:11s)
    stopped to talk with the diving coach from the high school team who was there way back when I was in high school. He's a very positive encouraging guy.

    Jared came in at this point, and we "warmed up":
    4 x 100 Free @ 1:30 (1:06-1:07s) more of a race

    1 x 500 Free Pull (went 5:58)

    8 x 75 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:25 (went 1:20-1:23s)
    --basically this was a straight 600 kick.

    100 Free EZ


    5 x 100 (25 Fly, 75 Free) @ 1:20 (went 1:11-1:14s)

    100 EZ

    That Guy's Timed Swim Challenge Of The Week (100 Back - 1:04 )

    went 1:09 (did 11/7/4/3 SDKs by 25s)
    respectable at least

    100 EZ and taper time for the meet tomorrow.

    2600 Yards

    Order of Events tomorrow:

    400 Free (will warmup while this event is in the water- no more than 3-400 meters)
    my philosophy: limited practice time over the summer, limited energy...why waste it here?
    200 Free - swimming it
    100 Breast - swimming it
    50 Fly - NOPE
    200 Medley Relay - I'm sure the Oregon Masters Relay Record Smashers will be at it again
    400 Medley Relay - Ditto
    200 Back - swimming it
    50 Free - NOPE
    100 Fly - swimming it
    200 IM - swimming it
    200 Free Relay - happy I don't have to sit thru these
    400 Free Relay - this too
    800 Free Relay - same here

    Shouldn't be too bad, until the death by Dennis Baker's outboard motor wake in the 100 Fly.

    Updated August 25th, 2012 at 08:44 AM by jaadams1

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  11. Sunday, July 29, 2012 USAS LC Champs Results

    by , July 29th, 2012 at 10:27 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I know this isn't going to compete with the Olympics swimming very well, but I'm gonna go for it anyway!

    I woke up this morning at 5:30am and was on the road by 6:00 for another road trip to a swim meet. On my day off from work none-the-less, after working another 60+ hours workweek. My main goal was to get there by 9:00am when the meet was starting to get checked in for the 1500 Free. Made it!

    My first event wasn't scheduled until around 11:45am or so, the 100 Fly, with my 100 Free around 12:50pm. I was in the 2nd heat of the 1500s (alternated girls/boys), so I swam it around 1:20pm or so.


    The results:

    100 Fly - 1:05.99 (season best, new LMSC record)

    did this "cold turkey" - no warmup/no cooldown
    I also got the pleasure of being seeded right next to the top seed in the event (circle seeding) as well, and he went a casual :58.0

    ***OH YEAH*** (almost forgot)
    I got to talk with Tom Jager at this point of the meet. He is the head coach of one of the teams in our LSC. He thought it was cool that I was out there racing the kids at my age, and that I was doing as well I do.
    I'm never going to wash my hand again, even though Tom's sprinting mojo didn't rub off any on me at all!
    That's my Olympic moment.

    100 Free - 1:02.59 ()

    my lack of cooldown didn't help me here, and I just shut it down around 60-75 meters of the race, and did a Lochte "prelims finish" into the wall at the end. Oh well, this wasn't the reason I came to swim today anyway.

    1500 Free - 19:20.45 (new LMSC record)

    I got a few splits from one of the club coaches (I wasn't even thinking I'd get splits, so this was nice)

    200 - 2:26.45
    400 - 4:59.25 (2:33)
    600 - 7:34.64 (2:35)
    800 - 10:12.54 (2:38)
    1000 - 12:50.99 (2:39)
    1200 - 15:29.37 (2:39)
    1400 - 18:07.82 (2:38)
    (winner was an 18:12, so I wasn't lapped)
    1500 - 19:20.45 (1:13) - picked it up here since I was having a small battle with a kid a few lanes over and wasn't going to get beat by more of these kids!

    I was swimming right with another kid for the first 400(same one who basically tied with me in the 1 mile OW two weeks ago), but knew I wasn't going to be able to keep that pace, so I let him go and found my own pace.

    My final time is almost :30 slower than last years performance, but it's still good enough for 6th in the current TT rankings (right behind That Guy, and Tjrpatt). I'm human.

    The main differences with this swim vs. last year's performance was:
    • Last year swam in early June vs. late July this year
    • Only able to swim maybe 3 days a week of minimal training due to summer work schedule, as compared to the "school year" when work is normal.
    Overall, I'm still happy with this performance. Looking back at it, I was able to settle into a pace and hold it pretty consistent throughout the race.


    That's it for my 2012 LCM season, thank goodness! I've got two more OW races to go, one of them is next Saturday, and another will be next month.

    Updated July 29th, 2012 at 10:52 PM by jaadams1

    Swim Workouts , Daily Practices , Meets
  12. Sunday, July 15, 2012 Steve Omi Memorial OW Swim

    by , July 15th, 2012 at 08:17 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    OK, I'm sure this will never compare with the literacy skills of swimsuitaddict, but I'm going to do my best!

    Last night about 7:30pm while cruising the forums, I decided to take a look at the NW Zone Page, specifically the [ame=""]Upcoming Masters Meets in the NW [/ame]page. Not sure what I was looking for in the first place, but I noticed that the Steve Omi swim was set for tomorrow (today) morning. Just for kicks, I decided to check out the lake temperature of Coeur d'Alene, ID. I knew that historically it's always cold, so I was shocked to see its current reading at 72.7!! I shot my friend a phone call in CDA to confirm, and she said that is most likely correct with all the warm weather we've had lately. Well, with that news, I then proceeded to ask my wife if it would be possible for me to make a trip to Idaho in the morning. Expecting a no way, or something to that effect, I was surprised when she said OK. Really?

    I attempted to get to bed early last night, but the heat in the house (and the movies on Encore channels that we're getting for free) kept me from being able to fall asleep until almost midnight! 4 hours later....BEEP BEEP BEEP!! So tired...but still was going through with it. I got my oldest daughter out of bed to come along with me as well (she really wanted to for some reason). Left town by 4:30am to get there for the 8:00am checkin/late registration time.

    McDonalds breakfast 2 hours into the trip...check! Successful swim about to happen now. As I kept pushing east to Spokane, WA, I noticed the clouds were looking quite dark in the distance (in the direction of Idaho), then a huge bolt of lightning lights up the sky! This was around 7:30am. It was a great day for a swim all over eastern Washington, but not for Idaho apparently! The lightning and thunder continued and continued, and as soon as we crossed the border to Idaho, the rain was pouring!

    Well, I proceeded to get checked in, and the safety marshall was keeping the clock running (and reseting) on each lightning strike that happened. At times it seemed like it would stop, and then 20 minutes later another flash and crash in the sky Everyone was really hoping for the swim to happen today, especially those of us who had driving 3+ hours to get there! Finally things were beginning to clear, the lightning stopped and the rain began to die down. The original starting time of the race was 9:00am, and that was pushed back to 9:46am, so not extremely late. Much better than cancelling altogether! Damit, I'd better get to swim something after that drive!


    The race:

    Finally, we're in the water, and the near 73 degree water feels great as opposed to the wet 66 degree outside conditions we were in for the past couple hours. We got lined up on the start line, I took a position furthest out from the beach (course map) so that I could be away from the large bunch of people in the standing room only section of the water, and also so I could see everyone to my right side (which is my dominant breathing side). I knew I'd be in the top 5-10 of the race at the end, and figured I wanted to be in the lead group funneling around the first turn buoy as well. They gave us a 10 second countdown to start as well which was nice, so I could get my legs kicking horizontally before releasing the brakes to get off the start quick! I had a reaction time of 0.67 seconds off the line, which runs right along with all my starts at Canadian Nationals!

    I did not sprint, but I definitely held a strong breakout stroke to be sure to be in the front of the pack. I knew there were a few superstar age groupers in the water, and I could see them merging across the lake as we got further down toward the first buoy. I was in 3rd at the turnbuoy, but had plenty of heat all around me. Apparently I had someone sneaking up on my left hand side and for the first left hand turn buoy she (yes it was a SHE) squeezed her way between me and the buoy to put me into 4th place. During the next short straightaway to the 2nd turnbuoy, another big guy in a wetsuit went by me (later found out it was Don Morovec, a guy who's pool distance records I've been just barely able to break in my former age group). He's now about 54 and an excellent OW dude. I never saw him again after that either!, so that put me into 5th place.

    I was feeling very comfortable in the water today, it was a calm day on the water, not too many waves, though the visibility wasn't the greatest underwater, most likely due to the storms. Had a few waves on the long backstretch of the race, likely from a passing boat out there somewhere. I was swimming very straight lines, and was having an easy time sighting on the large 6'+ buoys (orange for the corners, and yellow for the intermediate buoys on the straight parts) I was also keeping sight on the kids and Don in front of me. I felt like the part in the Finding Nemo movie when the dad fish (Marlin) was chasing the scubadivers speedboat after they'd snatched up Nemo from the ocean. I could still see the bubbles from the kicking, but they were getting fainter and fainter in the water. It got to the point where I'd lost the draft of them, and wasn't sure who was coming up behind me, but wasn't going to look back at all to find out either. Why look behind you? Unless you're in open ocean and you're looking for dorsal fins and sharp teeth??!!

    The remainder of the backstretch straightaway went without incidence, and was very peaceful. I was happy to be able to look out and see the lifeguards on their boards at the various stages around the course. Gave me a good feeling that I wasn't "alone". I was also playing with swimming longer and longer expanses without lifting up for a sighting breath. At times I was taking 15-20 stroke cycles, then looking up and finding that I was still exactly on course with the buoy. That made me feel good that I could swim a straight line without a black line below me. I then tried 30 strokes looked up, and the buoy had moved (or maybe I had), but quickly found my heading, and back on track.

    As I reached the 3rd corner of the rectangle, I was beginning to feel a little fatigued. This is about the approximate distance (10-1200) of a pool race that I always seem to fall off my pace. I did breath to the left a couple times here so I could look back 90 degrees down the backstretch to see if I had anyone closely trailing me. I didn't see anyone for about what looked like 50 yards or so back. Well, it turns out that I had a guy (Larry Krauser (59 yrs.) - great pool freestyler and OW swimmer) who was coming up on my tail that I didn't notice. Continued like this past the 4th and final turnbuoy, still oblivious that Larry was right behind me.

    In swimming the final stretch to the finish line, I couldn't remember how many large yellow buoys had been set out before arriving at the finishing point on the beach. The finishing point had a large white banner and flags, and there were a few other boat dock covers that were white as well down the shoreline. My goggles were heavily fogged up at this point, and I honestly couldn't tell where exactly the finish line banner was at! So I went vertical, cleaned out my goggles, and WHOOOSH...there went Larry, no longer drafting but pushing to the finish. I was now in 6th place. Trouble is he didn't allow for me to draft off of him!! By the time I got my momentum going again, he was out of range for my tired body. I did take a look back here, and I could see another person about 50 yards back or so. I didn't want to be caught again, so I tried to push the last 300 or so to the finish line. Never was I so relieved to be back on solid ground again!

    Final time for the course: 21 min. 27 sec.

    Overall Placing: 6th out of 120 or so

    Age Group Placing: 1st (19-34 men) I'm still 34 for two more weeks
    Funny part with this was at the registration table the lady felt sorry for me because I had to compete with all the 20-22 year old guys already signed up. At the time, I said "oh man, that sucks" (for them) - I didn't say the last part out loud.

    Placing among naked (non-wetsuit) swimmers: 1st - they didn't divide people by wetsuit/non, but we knew who the real swimmers were


    1st place was an 18:15 by a phenominal 17 year old who "took it easy" for his taper meet next weekend.
    2nd -4th place was 20:40-20:50 or so...there was 1 age group boy, 1 age group girl, and 54 year old Don Morovec
    5th place was 21:15 - Larry Krauser - 59 years
    6th place was 21:27 - James Adams 34.93 years
    7th place was about 22:00 by the 2nd place non-wetsuited guy - another age grouper.


    Overall, it was a fun swim. I'm not going to change to being an OW enthusiast, I'm still a pool swimmer first for sure. The 1 mile swim was a good distance for me, and we'll see how the 1.76 mile goes in 3 weeks up in Sandpoint, Idaho. I will again be swimming that one "naked", while everyone else wears wetsuits.
  13. Sunday, July 8, 2012 USA-S Results - Wenatchee

    by , July 8th, 2012 at 09:31 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I'm just happy this was right here in my hometown. If I would've had to travel in this heat, I possibly wouldn't have gone to the meet. It was 95+ on Friday, 102 on Saturday, and currently on Sunday it 106 degrees outside (it was 104 when I was finished competing). I drank soooo much water, 7-11 slurpees, and Gatorade, and never felt the need to get to the bathroom. It was HOT today.

    I only signed up for the one day of this meet because of my work schedule for the summer. As a Line Mechanic for the largest cherry packager in the U.S., we are quite busy during the summer months. I finished off a 62 hour workweek, and have been averaging 60+ for the past month already, and it won't end till the end of August.
    I'm only averaging 3 hours a week of swimming, so I wouldn't say I'm in the best shape for competition, but I can get the job done.

    Last night I decided to scratch my 100 Back and deck enter the 200 Fly. This was because I dislike backstroke outdoors and LCM, and the 200 Fly stuff at Omaha got me excited to give it another go. This seemed good last night...of course.


    200 Free - 2:15.85 SPlits (roughly): 31.5 / 34.5 / 35.5 / 34.0
    Good for 10th place and my lone ribbon. I snuck into 10th by a few hundredths over 3 other guys. I would post a picture of myself holding it, but with all the USMS medal pictures lately this wouldn't mean much.
    This was around a 1/2 second slower than what I did a month ago, but it still felt fine. I had a good race with the kid next to me, and beat him (hence the good race)

    2 hour break till next race: Concession Stand lunch. Double cheeseburger w/ extras.
    After ordering I realized that they upgraded the patties to 1/3 pound vs. the former 1/4 pound patties. They asked if I'd like Canadian Bacon on the patties as well. Sure, WTH?!! And some grilled onions as well. Need some good fuel to swim fast, right? It was the best burger I've had in a while.

    Finally, comes my onslaught of races in a row...

    50 Free: 28.12
    A full second slower than what I did in the masters meet a few weeks back. Oh well, dumb race anyway.

    200 Fly: 2:31.24
    I can't remember my first 100 splits, but the final 2 50s were 39.x and 41.x. Yep, it hurt like that too. I must've been out around 1:10.x or so. I did try to stay under control but my lack of conditioning and the heat definitely got me here.
    This deck entry was now becoming a poor choice on my behalf, but oh well, live and die by your choices.
    1 second slower than the previous USAS meet performance, but given the conditions of everything, this was a good swim. I'm happy with it, though it won't mean anything.

    NOW, THE part!

    1500 Free - DNF

    Apparently a lot of the guys in the fast heat of the 1500 Free were also in the 200 Fly just prior to this. So I guess their coaches got them to swap the heats 1 & 2 around in the 1500 to allow their kids more rest for the 1500. Just f*(&!ng great for me!! I was the #14 seed in the event, so I knew ahead of time that I'd be in the 2nd heat (normally swum fast to slow), and thay I'd be able to cool down after my 200 Fly, and before the 1500. Well...the seedings for the 1500 were posted DURING my 200 Fly heat, so when I got done I found out that I'd be up in about 2 minutes for a 1500!! WTFF??!??!?!?
    I attempted to just man up and ran over to the cool down deep tank to swim two lengths (about 30 yards total), which did nothing for me, and then got back to the blocks in time for the whistle to get up. I dove in and had nothing to give. I figured I'd take a 200 or so EZ to try to cool down and then build back into it, but my body was having nothing to do with it. I realized that I still have another opportunity for this event in 3 weeks, so I just stopped at the 300, and got out. The referee understood why. Still, what's with the last minute modification of the seedings???!!?!? GRRRR
  14. Saturday, June 9, 2012 Spokane LCM Meet Results

    by , June 9th, 2012 at 10:25 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    This was most definitely the smallest and coldest masters meet I've been to yet. We got confirmation earlier in the week that the meet would go on with the small numbers (it was cancelled last year).

    We had 27 entries to start, and 5 deck entries bringing us up to 32 for the meet. It seemed like the numbers were actually smaller than that, as they were combining heats together anyway from missing people. On top of that the temperature was in the very very low 50s, and it was windy, and it was a pretty significant rainfall as well. All these things don't usually add up to a good swim meet, but we sure did pretty good.

    I met up with That Guy for a little carpooling fun for a majority of both of our trips. I figured since we'd both be covering 2/3 of our trips on the same freeway, why not? When I called him to see where he was, he ended up being about 2 miles behind me on the road (in comparison to the pool that's almost the same spot as in the 800 Free event) We had a good time for the day. Got in a little pool measuring exercise before the meet, since this was the first time a masters meet has been held at this particular pool. The numbers on the tape measure were in our favor, so we let the meet go on (for Top Ten/record purposes).

    I'd say that 75% of the folks just stayed in the pool's warmup lanes for the duration of the meet, with the exception of getting behind the blocks for the races. With such a small meet, the starter would just read off the following heat's lane assignments on a first name basis and everyone meandered their way over to the lanes, hopped up and away we went. It was good fun.

    The results...everything was hand timed, no electronic timing. All worked out good, just no splits to report.

    100 Back - 1:14.59 - New LMSC Record
    I was happy with this one. It's a masters best time as well.

    200 Fly - 3:30.40 - yes that is correct, no typo.
    The referee asked if they could combine me into the 200 Breaststroke heat since I was the only 200 Flyer in the meet. Normally I would've had the 200 Breast heat as rest. I didn't care. I knew it would put me up immediately after the backstroke...the ref said I could have time (like a UFC fighter who took a low blow), but I said I was fine. Let's do this.
    Ended up doing a 100 Fly in 1:09ish or so (that's how it felt), then took a master's minute, did another 50, then waited for the top breaststroker to pass me at the 150 point. I let him go past the 15 Meter mark on the final length, and then I pushed off in an attempt to beat him. It was close, but outstroked him at the end. Phew!!
    At least I put up a decent time already last weekend.

    50 Back - 34.00 - New LMSC Record, and masters best time!
    Some Guy, I think his first name was That, kicked my butt hardcore in this race, but I didn't see anything except clouds for the whole race.

    50 Free - 27.11 - New LMSC Record, and masters best time!
    I actually did think about shortening up my stroke and spinning my wheels for this. My kick was intense as well. And I extended the SDK portion of the race as well. Win win win all around! This time was fast enough for the previous record in my previous age group as well. Isn't it amazing how you get the time after you're no longer eligble for a certain record?

    100 Free - 59.50 - New LMSC Record, and I BROKE A MINUTE LCM!!!
    This wasn't too long after the 50 Free, so I knew I had my sprinting mojo going good, just depended on the distance guy in me to keep me strong for the duration of the race. It actually felt really good, and I felt that I could've gone even faster. I'm sure the full beard could've come off for another 3 seconds at least!

    As for 4 of those races (the short ones), this will probably be the last time I swim them LCM until I'm 40 years old, unless I all of a sudden have a sprinting breakthru happen!

    Relay Fun:

    Just for fun, That Guy and I paired up for a couple exhibition relays with the other 1 or 2 relay teams in the last two races.
    The first was a 200 Medley Relay. That Guy was volunteered BY ME, to do the first half since it had backstroke in it. I then did the Fly/Free portion of the relay.
    Then, the following heat was the 200 Free Relay. I went first, and did a 100 Free semi-easy as my meet cooldown. That Guy...strangely enough, did his 100 of the relay as Fly. Crazy That Guy, but I'll give him for the effort.
  15. Sunday, June 3, 2012 USAS Day 3 Results

    by , June 3rd, 2012 at 11:57 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I was one tired guy this morning when I woke up. I didn't get to sleep till almost midnight last night, since it is kind of hard to sleep after revving your swimming engines at almost 10:00pm in the final race!
    I was able to sleep in till 9:30am today, but I was just exhausted and sat around like a zombie for the most part.
    I finally headed over to the pool around 2:30 in the afternoon.

    My first race was at 3:15pm, the 100 Fly. I did get into the deep tank for a short warmup prior, and mainly to shake out the cobwebs from last night. From the looks of the other kids, everyone was having a long weekend as well. Most of the kids were sunburned redder than they should be...but most of them are from Seattle, and this is the only time of the year they're exposed to sunlight, so it's kinda expected.

    100 Fly - 1:06.54 - New LMSC record
    About a second slower than a year ago.
    About the 80 meter point, I just died. I was feeling great, doing well and hanging right with the leaders...then the extended weekend hit me like a ton of bricks. I ended up in 4th place, so I think a lot of the other kids had bricks and pianos falling as well.

    200 IM - 2:33.78 - New LMSC record
    Fly felt good, then...blah in the middle. I thought I was going to beat the kid next to me in the freestyle leg, but about halfway back the kid shifted into some gear that I didn't have available to me. Dang them 16 year old kids!

    Had my cheeseburger from the grill at this point...and for 1/2 price since they were trying to close it down for the night.

    This started the evening session, of which most of the Seattle teams didn't sign their kids up for, so it was basically the eastern Washington teams, a few stragglers from Seattle, and ME. Heats were getting combined left and right, so it went bang bang bang and done.

    200 Back - 2:44.50 - Sad to say that this is an LMSC record
    Splits are not necessary. The coaches didn't even bother taking them for me on this race, which I didn't mind at all. It was about 7 seconds slower than last year.

    I got in the deep tank for a quick 5 minute cool down, then had about 5 minutes to rest and get ready for:

    200 Free - 2:14.64 - New LMSC Record
    30.8/34.7/34.9/33.9 1st Place!! 2 seconds off from my last year's time.
    I was happy with this one. It was all eastern Washington boys, one from Seattle, and me in this one. I let one boy take off in the lane next to me, but I knew that he didn't really have the endurance to hang on to the speed. In the 3rd 50 I went right by him, but I was still concerned about a couple others on my non-breathing side. As I came off the final turn I could see that I was far ahead of the whole group on the other side. This just fueled me on to keep going faster! I powered home as best I could, and hit the wall...celebrating like I just won the Olympics or something. The announcer was even giving a congratulations to the "old guy" for beating all the kids in the final race of the day.


    Overall, I'm pleased with my weekend. I had a lot of swimming, a little training, and work all packed into these three days. I knew this was probably going to be one of my only chances to race in LCM this summer, so I gave it all I could. Yeah, I could probably be faster in some events, but you've got take what you can get.
    Good luck to all the headhunters out times will be posted soon in the times database to take down.

    I am signed up for a masters meet next Saturday in Spokane, WA, and as for now the meet is still on. I emailed the organizer of the meet to confirm everything, and I hope it'll go forward.
    If so, I'll be swimming the 50 & 100 Free, 50 & 100 Back, and the 200 Fly.
  16. Saturday, June 2, 2012 USAS Day 2 Results & Bonus Swim

    by , June 3rd, 2012 at 01:56 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Felt pretty good after the "no cooldown" cooldown from Friday night's distance events. I woke up this morning to start my day at 4:30am. Why? OT work at work of course! I got in a good 5 hours of welding and cutting a bunch of metal on the overhead boxline conveyors for the cherry line.
    Finished work at 10:00, and after getting home, realized I had until 4:00pm before I had to be at the pool for my first race. So, I headed over to the YMCA pool about 11:30 for a little workout time.

    At the YMCA

    5 x 100 Free @ 1:30 (started off 1:05, then held 1:06/1:07s, last one 1:05 again)
    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:30 (1:05s, last one 1:02)
    200 IM

    James' favorite fly training set:

    2 rounds of:
    • 75 (25 Fly, 50 Free) @ 1:00
    • 75 (50 Fly, 25 Free) @ 1:10
    • 75 Fly @ 1:20 (:50/:49)
    • 75 Free EZ @ 1:30
    At this point, was sharing with a very pregnant 30-something, and a 60+ lady w/ a kickboard, so went to easy stuff.

    I do have to compete still tonight, so I might as well be taking it easy...somewhat.

    12 x 50 @ 1:00 Kick w/ board (:45s)
    some were 100s @ 2:00 (holding 1:32ish) depending on where the other two swimmers were

    12 x 25 @ :40-1:00 EZ to moderate free or fly - mostly depending on lane spacing

    2700 Yards


    Day 2 Meet Results (this was about 3.5 hours after the workout)

    No warmup/no cooldowns*

    50 Fly - 29.45 (1/2 a second slow) It is an LMSC record
    Luckily I placed 11th in this, because it's not deserving of an award.
    Took a breath on the 3rd stroke, and then I realized I was doing a 50!
    Then my other mistake was at the finish end. I took my final breath approx. 4 strokes from the end...during the breath I decided "I have room for 3 more strokes". Head down and One...Two...T (caught sight of the incoming wall!). Cut my arms very short...was able to recover over the water and touch with two forearms at a spot about 2-3 inches from my elbows! My head did not hit the wall, though I had many concerned folks thinking I drilled into the finish.

    ***Oh this point I did have a nice cheeseburger w/ grilled onions and all the fixin's from the concession stand at the meet...good stuff to give me energy for racing!

    It started getting cold and windy at this point, and it just kept going downhill throughout the evening, ending below 60 degrees and 15MPH or so steady winds. I didn't have anything warm, but I did my best.

    200 Fly - 2:30.24 - 4 seconds slower than last year - it is an LMSC record
    30.9/37.1 (1:08.0) exactly where I wanted to be - matched my 400 IM go-out split
    I was racing right with another boy the whole way, and it wasn't until about the end of the 200 yard mark that I fell apart.
    **I actually did cool down about 8 lengths in the deep tank after this one, but that was it for any warmup/cooldown during the day. It wasn't worth getting wet if you didn't have to with the cold out there!

    200 Breast - 3:01.42 1 second slower than last year - NO WAY JOSE on the record board.
    41.2 / 46.4 / 47.7 / 46.0
    I had a great race with a 17 year girl next to me in this one. (yes girl...they combined the 15 & Over Men/Women together for all events 200s and longer, which is actually pretty cool. You get more opportunity to race people your speed in the heat.
    Back to the race: My pullouts were by far superior to the girls, and she would swim to catch me by the end of each 50. I was actually swimming this race smart though...started off riding the glide nice 'n long, then slowly building the turnover. My legs didn't fall apart like normal, and on the final length I was able to actually feel that I was shooting my hands forward and driving ahead in the water. The final 20 meters or so my chest and biceps were burning, but I wasn't losing to this not today!! I could hear the increased cheering from her team's coaching area which was nearest to the finish end. Somehow I was able to pull it off. Heat winner!! I congratulated her for giving me a good race as well.

    Went for a hot shower at this point and got dressed into my street clothes, which were shorts and a thin tank top and sandals. At least I didn't have a wet suit on. I had about an hour and a half to wait till my heat of the 400 Free. I put on my backup dry suit a couple heats before my heat, stashed my bag near the locker room entrance, and stood at the ready inside the lockerroom with cap and goggles already on. From inside the doorway I was able to watch the heat before me swimming. When the tail end swimmers were approaching the 375 mark of the 400, I took off in a controlled sprint 1/2way around the pool deck to my lane. Got there literally a couple seconds before the whistle to step us up on the blocks. I actually was warm for the start which was nice. BEEP!

    400 Free - 4:45.xx - Best time by 2 seconds, and New LMSC record!
    I went really briefly with the coach afterward, but remembered my splits (pretty much)
    31.8/36.0 (1:07.8)
    36.3/36.5 (1:12.8) (2:20.6)
    37.1/36.5 (1:13.6)
    36.5/35.2 (1:11.7)
    Finished this event about 9:30pm or so, definitely one of my latest races was dark out, and we raced by the outdoor pool lights. I wasn't sure how I was doing, though I felt like I was moving fast. The timing clock was positioned along one side so I was able to see it strike 4:00 as I was coming in about 10-15 yards toward the 350 turn. That gave me confidence that I was doing well. I hit the wall first in the heat as well. Two heat winners for the day.

    Now, off to bed, and I don't have to return until my race at 3:15pm or so on Sunday.

    Updated June 3rd, 2012 at 02:01 AM by jaadams1

    Swim Workouts , Daily Practices , Meets
  17. Friday, June 1, 2012 USAS Day 1 Results Wenatchee

    by , June 1st, 2012 at 09:11 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)






    That pretty much sums it up.


    Now the extended version:

    Got out of work at 11:00am so I could grab some Taco Bell chalupas for some good meet energy. The warmups started at 12:00noon, originally I was going to get in for the warmups, but I decided that I'd just hop into the deep tank later prior to the first race. I just checked in for the 800 Free and went home to get a few things done first.

    Headed back over to the pool around 2:00pm, my heat for the 400 IM was set to go around 2:40, so I had plenty of time. Hopped into the deep tank and did about 20 lengths of it (the pool is approx. 15 yards across). Felt good, get ready for go time.

    400 IM - 5:23.79 (+0.18 seconds from last year) It's a new LMSC record since I'm "35" now.
    30.68/37.7 (1:08.4)
    43.11/44.6 (1:27.7)
    46.6/48.0 (1:34.6)
    36.7/35.9 (1:12.6)

    That event is just hell in LCM...especially since my back and breast aren't the greatest, and I'm a much better turns/walls swimmer. I usually can descend the 2nd 50 of each stroke in the 400 IM, but today just stunk. I'd say breaststroke was the worst part of the swim, and any breaststroke in LCM doesn't do well for me, as an "all arms" breaststroker.
    The time will put me in the #1 spot on the TT list for the year...but since we're just getting started, I guess that's kinda cheating.

    I did minimal cooldown after the race, about 6 lengths of the deep tank pool. Then I helped the home team with split taking during the 800 Free, since they had anywhere from 4-7 out of the 10 lanes with their swimmers in them. I had two watches at a time, and my swimmers all tended to be about 50 meters apart every time! Grrrr...

    Got a break in the 6th heat with only 1 swimmer, so I was able to get my cap and goggles ready for my race in heat 7. By seed times I was the #2 overall (most of the fast kids were doing the 1500, which I didn't mind at all).

    800 Free - 9:56.43 (best time by 1.5 seconds) also an LMSC record #2 in the TT listings

    32.3/36.0 (1:08.2) (I had to not watch the leader on the first 50, cause he was out fast)
    37.2/36.8 (1:14.0)
    37.5/37.4 (1:14.9)
    37.6/37.6 (1:15.2) 400 - 4:52ish
    38.2/38.2 (1:16.4)
    38.3/38.4 (1:16.7)
    38.6/37.9 (1:16.5)
    38.3/35.7 (1:14.0)
    (last 25 of the last 50 I went into Fly to power actually felt better than the free was feeling at that point from the change of muscle usage!)

    After tonight...I dislike LCM sooooo much, and wish the SCY/SCM meets would arrive soon!
  18. Tuesday, May 29, 2012 5:30pm or so

    by , May 29th, 2012 at 11:37 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Not sure exactly what time I started my workout, but it was 5:25-5:30pm. My set was borrowed from JBS's blog earlier today.
    Start time was relavant, because the whole workout is on interval, and keeps you going for the most part on as fast of a pace as you can handle. So in a sense, you decide how much pain you want to endure.

    The Set...from JBS:
    Decided to do the swim/swim set

    start at 2:15; two swims -- 150/125. Drop 5 seconds after each pair, drop a length when you get less than 5 seconds rest on the longer distance
    150/125: 2:15, 2:10, 2:05, 2, 1:55, 1:50, 1:45 (1925)
    125/100: 1:40, 1:35, 1:30 (675/2600)
    100/75: 1:25, 1:20, 1:15, 1:10 (700/3300)
    75/50: 1:05, 1, :55, :50 (500/3800)
    50/25: :45, :40 (150/3950)
    did one 50 on :35 (went :32), then pushed off for an easy 50 cool down (100/4050)

    No warmup, just get right to it.
    I chose to do 150/150s for the first few rounds just to start aerobic with the same amount of rest, and then start hammering them out. I was completely lost as far as how much yardage I'd been completing during the set (which probably was a good thing). Had my mind known that I'd gone well past 3000 yards, it would've been telling my body to start quitting.

    Interval - Distance Swum (2 swims on each interval - first swim go, second swim relax)
    2:15 - 150/150
    2:10 - 150/150
    2:05 - 150/150
    2:00 - 150/150 (first 4 rounds held roughly 1:45-1:46s)
    1:55 - 150/125
    1:50 - 150/125
    1:45 - 150/125 (went 1:43)
    1:40 - 125/100
    1:35 - 125/100
    1:30 - 125/100 (went 1:26)
    1:25 - 100/75
    1:20 - 100/75
    1:15 - 100/75
    1:10 - 100/75 (went 1:08)
    1:05 - 75/50
    1:00 - 75/50
    0:55 - 75/50
    0:50 - 75/50 (went :48)
    0:45 - 50/25
    0:40 - 50/25
    0:35 - 50/25 (went :31)
    0:30 - 50/25 (went :28)

    100 EZ cool down

    4300 Yards - WOW!! I didn't even realize I'd gone that far during the set, and i finished it at 6:25pm, so it was somewhere in the range of 55-60 minutes in length of a continuous set. What a good one. My body was hitting a wall somewhere around the 1:20ish intervals. Almost getting painful, but I had to keep going. I was lucky that the YMCA lap lanes were good tonight. The final half hour I had public swim right next to me across the laneline, and had the beachball in my lane a few times. I saw the kids start to come after it, but that was at the point of my final 75/50 round, so i was moving up on them fast. I felt myself hit the ball with an armstroke, and I'm sure it went sailing somewhere. hehehe purely by accident, but I liked it anyway. :devilishsmirk:


    We also got the timelines emailed to us for the upcoming USAS meet this weekend here in town (it's attached below). I like it because I'll be able to get a lot of work done this weekend as well, which means plenty of OT for the week, PLUS three days of swimming in 10 events!

    The plan:

    • get out of work at 11:00am
    • warmups at 12:00 noon (only have to be here because of 800 Free checkin)
    • 400 IM 2:30ish
    • 800 Free 4:00ish
    • go home (family life)
    • 5:00am-1:30pm OT work. gotta love $$$
    • pool around 3:30pm warmup a couple length in the deep tank
    • 50 Fly 4:30ish
    • 200 Fly 6:45ish
    • 200 Breast 7:50ish
    • 400 Free 9:40pm-ish!!! It's gonna be dark outside, good thing there's lights out there!
    • sleep in
    • go to pool 2:00-2:30pm-ish (warmup in deep tank)
    • 100 Fly 3:00ish
    • 200 IM 5:00ish
    • 200 Back 6:15ish
    • 200 Free 7:00pm-ish
    Should be a good weekend! 10 fast swims in LCM. This will be my "Omaha" meet of the summer. After this, I don't count on swimming too much. I'll try to do a couple days a week (if I can) purely for maintinence so I don't pack on too many pounds over the summer. Work's gonna get hectic with the cherry harvest starting in about 2 weeks. we come!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Files
  19. Monday, May 21, 2012 My Videos from Canadian Nats

    by , May 21st, 2012 at 09:53 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    The Video Cronicles...
    **Note: some of the commentary as far as split times is incorrect. The scoreboard was different to read than we're used to. Rather than the Lane being displayed first, the Place is first (then lane). This made it confusing many times for my teammates who were reading off the splits (sometimes the 2nd place split when I was in Lane 2, for example)

    400 Free 4:25.17 2nd Place
    [nomedia=""]5-19-12 Kelowna, B.C. Canadian Nats 400 SCM Free - YouTube[/nomedia]

    400 IM 5:05.33 2nd Place
    [nomedia=""]5-19-12 Kelowna, B.C. Canadian Nats 400 SCM IM - YouTube[/nomedia]

    200 Free 2:05.79 3rd Place
    [nomedia=""]5-20-12 Kelowna, B.C. Canadian Nats 200 SCM Free - YouTube[/nomedia]

    100 Fly 1:03.85 4th Place
    [nomedia=""]5-20-12 Kelowna, B.C. Canadian Nats 100 SCM Fly - YouTube[/nomedia]

    100 Free 57.71 3rd Place
    [nomedia=""]5-20-12 Kelowna, B.C. Canadian Nats 100 SCM Free - YouTube[/nomedia]

    200 Fly 2:22.05 2nd Place
    [nomedia=""]5-21-12 Kelowna, B.C. Canadian Nats 200 SCM Fly - YouTube[/nomedia]

    & then for James!
  20. Monday, May 21, 2012 Day 4 Results BYE BYE Canada

    by , May 21st, 2012 at 02:25 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Final day, final swim. 200 Fly. I decided that since I'd been swimming well all weekend on a limited warmup/warmdown policy, that I'd push it to the extreme today.

    That's right - ZERO warmup, with cooldown on the waterslides!! I did take our 90 year old "teammate" from Montana - Charlotte Sanddal up to the waterslide, and she LOVED IT!!! She said it'd been years since she's been on waterslides.

    Monday's Results:

    Event 42 Men 35-39 200 SC Meter Butterfly
    ================================================== =======================
    Name Age Team Seed Finals Points
    ================================================== =======================
    1 Simpson, Bo 35 AB Unattached 2:13.00 2:12.98 20
    r:+0.79 29.50 1:02.27 (32.77)
    1:35.96 (33.69) 2:12.98 (37.02)
    2 Adams, James 35 HMS 2:20.40 2:22.05 17
    r:+0.66 30.43 1:05.67 (35.24)
    1:43.09 (37.42) 2:22.05 (38.96)

    I added about 1.5 seconds, which wasn't too bad. I did notice that in all my races this weekend, I was winning the reaction time off the blocks. And this was among all swimmers in my events. Consistently being between 0.66 to 0.69 off the blocks is great, and very few times did I see another time in the 0.6 range from other swimmers.

    I ended the meet with these places:
    3rd - 100 Free
    3rd - 200 Free
    2nd - 400 Free
    4th - 100 Fly
    2nd - 200 Fly
    2nd - 400 IM

    This has been a great weekend all around. Lots of fast swims, good fun in and out of the pool, but the time has come to and end. Time to make my way back home, and hopefully cross the border.

    Two more weeks left till my LCM adventure in the USAS meet right in town in time to slack off now!
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