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  1. My Fall/Early Winter Meet Schedule

    by , August 7th, 2011 at 09:01 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    early/mid September: there is talk of have an outdoor SCY meet in the Tri Cities, WA, but who knows if this will even happen? Since I have soccer coaching responsibilities this fall for my son's team, I probably will have to skip it anyway.

    Sunday, Oct. 16 - Portland, OR:
    Multnomah Athletic Club SCM Meet
    200 Free, 200 IM (break)
    200 Breast (break)
    100 Fly (break)
    100 IM
    This has an 8:00am warmup/9:00 meet start time. I'll just come down Saturday and spend the day with my grandparents and sister who live in the area.

    Saturday, Oct. 22 - Spokane, WA: Spokane Waves Masters Meet
    I'll be swimming the 1650 Fly as a tribute to Peony at this meet. Good thing it's the first event of the meet. My other 4 events TBD later.

    Saturday, Nov. 6 - Sandpoint, ID
    There is a SCM meet that should be held this weekend. It could also be on the next weekend which wouldn't work with my schedule. I'll have to play it by ear on this meet. The pool is not the greatest, and it's a 4+ hour drive, BUT, it is SCM.

    Saturday, Nov. 13 - Oak Harbor, WA
    3rd Annual Whidbey Island SCM Meet
    1500 Free (break/warmup)
    200 IM (break)
    100 Fly, 400 IM (break)
    200 Fly
    I'm also using this meet as a double for this Brute Squad entry in November/December. Should be a fun set of events for me!

    December - Colony Zones SCM
    I'm making some serious thought into heading back east this year for some great competition and fun. It all really depends on the location/timing, and of course $$$$$. My wife's already given me the okay to go.
    It'll be a shave/taper end of the 30-34 SCM rally! Only good thing is I'll get to move on to the 35-39ers for a whole new set of LMSC records to shoot down.

    Edit: Another possibility if I can't make it to the East Coast, I could just head down to Bend, Oregon for a SCM Pentathalon Dec. 10th (tentative). Definitely cheaper than Colony Zones, but not the same competition.

    Updated August 7th, 2011 at 10:45 PM by jaadams1

  2. Thursday, August 4, 2011 5:45pm

    by , August 4th, 2011 at 09:57 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Got in for a quick 30 minutes and went for it, inspired by KNelson's fast paced mid-D sets.

    300 Free
    300 Free Pull

    Main Set (All Pull w/ paddles & buoy):

    3 times thru, descending by set, stay on interval (times by set)
    1 x 250 Free @ 3:00 (2:50, 2:45, 2:43)
    1 x 150 Free @ 2:00 (1:45, 1:40, 1:37)
    1 x 50 Free @ 1:00 (:31, :31, :32)

    I felt great on this set. I was planning on going for more, but my body said no!!

    150 EZ and out
    2100 Yards
  3. Wednesday, August 3, 2011 6:00pm

    by , August 3rd, 2011 at 11:35 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)

    300 Free
    300 Free Pull (11-12 strokes per length, trying to stretch out)
    400 IM

    10 x 50 Free @ :45 (held :37/:38)

    10 x 50 Free @ :45 (held :35s)

    10 x 50 Fly @ :55 (held :35-:38) got painful near #7-10

    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:20 (went 1:12s, just wanted to stretch out after the fly set)

    3000 Yards

    The meet entry just came out for a SCM meet in mid-October in Portland, at the Multnomah Athletic Club. I'm planning on going, but need to check to make sure it doesn't conflict with the October meet in Spokane as well. I'm planning on doing the 1650 Fly there as a tribute to Peony Munger, who is battling her pancreatic cancer now. I'm hoping she'll be able to be there for the swim, but I'll do it either way. She is the one who swims a 1650 Fly every day in practice.

    For the Portland Meet:
    I'll probably do the 200 Free, 200 IM, 200 Breast, 100 Fly, and either the 100IM or 100 Free

    Updated August 3rd, 2011 at 11:47 PM by jaadams1

    Swim Workouts , Daily Practices
  4. Monday, August 1, 2011 5:30pm

    by , August 1st, 2011 at 10:04 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Well, this is my last swim as a 33 year old, as tomorrow is the day I came into this world. Not that it'll be any different tomorrow vs. today.

    Meet report from Sunday at the LC Champs meet (USA-S):

    200 Back - NS
    100 Fly - NS
    100 Free - NS

    I was just feeling too crummy after the last 2 weeks of 70+ hours to attempt making the trip down to Pasco, WA for the meet. Had I of gone under good conditions, it looks like I would've ended up in the middle of the B finals in each of my events, with an outside shot of the A final in the 100 Fly. Oh well, the rest was better for me anyway at this point of the summer.


    Monday workout:

    400 Free (4 x 100s :15 rest)
    600 Free Pull (building each 100 till I felt Sun Yang-ish by the end)

    8 x 125 Free @ 1:45
    held 1:24-1:26s on all, with the last at 1:22
    not bad considering the lack of swimming I've been doing lately.
    After this I was basically wiped out though

    200 EZ

    8 x 25 Fly @ :40

    100 EZ
  5. Tuesday, July 26, 2011 6:00pm

    by , July 26th, 2011 at 10:55 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Solo in about 40 minutes at the Y

    5 x 100 Free @ 1:30 warmup-ish (1:12-1:15s)
    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:25 (1:10s)
    5 x 100 Free @ 1:20 (1:10s)
    5 x 100 Free pull @ 1:15 (held 1:05-1:07s)

    3 x 150 IM (25 SDK on back, 25 Fly Drill, 100 IM) @ 2:30

    50 EZ
    2500 Yards

    Nothing special. I was just lucky to get into the pool tonight for a swim. Hoping to be able to compete on Sunday, but will wait and see what's happening with life as of Saturday evening. Game time decision I think.

    Projected for Sunday: 100 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Back - all LCM with the kids in the LC Champs for the Inland Empire LSC
  6. Monday, July 25, 2011 5:45pm

    by , July 25th, 2011 at 10:31 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Whew...I'm out of shape, and I can admit it.

    There's nothing like a lot of work and no swim to let you know it too!! The thought has gone through my head to actually skip the competition this coming Sunday, in the USA-S LCM Champs for the Inland Empire. I'm signed up for Sunday only, swimming the 100 Free, 100 Fly, and 200 Back. I'm not sure if it'll even be worth the gas for a 2+hour drive each way. Who knows though, I'll probably go, 'cause I hate to miss a race.


    100 Free
    100 Back
    200 Free Pull
    100 Back Kick w/ 5 SDKs of walls

    10 x 50 Odds Free, Evens Back @ :45

    4 x 125 Free Pull @ 1:35, (held 1:25s)

    6x thru:
    1 x 50 Free @ :50
    1 x 25 Fly @ :30

    50 EZ
    (got out before the lifeguards had to make a rescue)
    2000 Yards

    I've done 19.38 miles so far this month according to GTD. That's so amazing!! Yeah right. That's 0.77 miles per day in the pool. No wonder I'm up about 8 pounds from a little over a month ago. We'll just say I'm packing on a little extra to be prepared for the OW swim at the end of August!!
  7. Friday, July 22, 2011 5:45pm

    by , July 22nd, 2011 at 10:46 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Solo again, at the Y, 2 other lap swimmers in the pool.

    300 Swim (100 Free, 50 Back)
    200 Kick w/ board
    200 Free Pull
    100 Back Pull
    100 Breast Pull w/ flipturns
    100 Free Pull

    10 x 50 Free @ :40 (held :35s)

    10 x 75 (50 Free, 25 Fly) @ 1:10, held between :55 & 1:00 nothing too hard

    100 EZ

    25 Sprint Free - raced against one of the other lap swimmers who I know from work. He gets in a swims all 25s, with about 2-3 minutes of rest between each (which he needs). He's a full length fin wearer, thrashing through the water as hard as possible. He does each 25 in about :15 seconds.
    He was wanting to race me so I said OK, knowing that I had a pretty good chance of winning. I was probably about 2/3 bodylength ahead of him.

    25 EZ and out
    2400 Yards

    I'm so out of swimming shape, but at least I'm getting something in to maintain a little bit of my conditioning for the fall. At least I'm averaging 63 or so hours a week! Money Money!!
  8. Wednesday, July 20, 2011 5:45pm

    by , July 20th, 2011 at 10:39 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Solo at the Y.

    200 Free
    200 Free Pull
    200 IM

    16 x 25 Kick w training fins @ :30 (2 SDK on back, 2 Flutter w/ board)

    1 x 50 Fly, 1 x 50 Free @ 1:00
    1 x 100 Free @ 1:25
    1 x 50 Fly, 1 x 50 Free @ :55
    1 x 100 Free @ 1:25
    1 x 50 Fly, 1 x 50 Free @ :50
    1 x 100 Free @ 1:25
    1 x 50 Fly, 1 x 50 Free @ :45
    1 x 100 Free @ 1:25
    1 x 50 Fly, 1 x 50 Free @ :40
    1 x 100 Free @ 1:25
    25% Fly (not a fly set)

    Descending Interval/Distance set
    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:30, 1:25, 1:20, 1:15, 1:10 right into
    4 x 75 Free Pull @ 1:05, 1:00, :55, :50 right into
    4 x 50 Free Pull @ :45, :40, :35, :30
    I dropped the pullbuoy on the last 50 so I could kick like mad to make the interval!

    100 EZ
    3100 Yards

    The final set was fun. Just as the interval almost gets to be impossible, you cut the distance down but stay on the descending interval, sort of as a recovery swim, then build up to near impossible, and recover again for the 50s. Fun way to break up a 1000.
  9. Monday, July 18, 2011 5:45pm at the Y

    by , July 18th, 2011 at 10:44 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Last night I did just the Ab Ripper X DVD about 20 minutes before bedtime. It was pretty tough, considering
    1.) I haven't really done any P90X in a while, and
    2.) I'm not swimming as much, and
    3.) I'm about 8 pounds heavier than I was, and
    4.)I'm eating way more fast food due to my work schedule (it's easy and tastes good).

    I didn't really feel any side effects from this ab workout at all during work. I did feel it during the first 50 of my warmup tonight though. Owwww...felt the stretch.

    Solo again at the Y

    200 Free
    100 Kick w/ board
    200 Free Pull
    100 Kick w/ board
    200 IM
    100 Kick w/ board
    100 Free

    Broken 1650 Free Pull 11, 10, 9, ... 1 lengths :10-:15 rest
    **All odd #'d ones breathe only right
    **All even #'d ones breathe only left (much harder for me to do)

    50 EZ
    2700 Yards

    I didn't put too much effort into tonights swim. Just got in to get some yardage/stay in shape/relax from work.
  10. Friday Night, July 15, 2011 6:00pm

    by , July 16th, 2011 at 12:00 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    At the YMCA, solo (literally). I had my pick of the 6 lanes. I could tell that the lifeguards were thrilled that I showed up to swim. They actually had to get their butts off the chairs in the office, and go sit out by the pool.

    100 Free
    100 Back
    300 Free Pull

    5 x 100 Kick w/ training fins on back (Dolphin/Flutter by 25s) @ :15 rest

    GDanner Set repeated (part 2 - even harder than this morning)

    20 x 50s as:
    1 x 50 Free EZ @ 1:00
    1 x 50 Fly @ :40
    1 x 50 Free EZ @ 1:00
    1 x 50 Fly @ :40
    1 x 50 Free @ :35
    1 x 50 Free EZ @ 1:00
    1 x 50 Fly @ :40
    2 x 50 Free @ :35
    1 x 50 Free EZ @ 1:00
    1 x 50 Fly @ :40
    3 x 50 Free @ :35
    1 x 50 Free EZ @ 1:00
    1 x 50 Fly @ :40
    4 x 50 Free @ :35

    100 EZ and out
    2100 Yards

    The freestyles on the :35 were tough, touch n go somewhat. I was holding :32s on the Fly & :33s on the Free

    Tough set. But I'm very happy with it. I liked doing this much better in SCY than the LCM.

    Updated July 16th, 2011 at 12:05 AM by jaadams1

    Swim Workouts , Daily Practices
  11. Friday, July 15, 2011 6:00am Thx GDanner!!

    by , July 15th, 2011 at 02:17 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    This is GDanner's set from the other day:
    20 x 50

    • 1 on 1:00 easy
    • 1 on :40 fly
    • 1 on 1:00 easy
    • 2 on :40 (1 fly, 1 free)
    • 1 on 1:00 easy
    • 3 on :40 (1 fly, 2 free)
    • 1 on 1:00 easy
    • 4 on :40 (1 fly, 3 free)
    • 1 on 1:00 easy
    • 5 on :40 (1 fly, 4 free)
    I did:
    5 x 100 Free @ :10 rest

    20 x 50
    1 on 1:00 easy
    1 on :45 fly
    1 on 1:00 easy
    2 on :45 (1 fly, 1 free)
    1 on 1:00 easy
    3 on :45 (1 fly, 2 free)
    1 on 1:00 easy
    4 on :45 (1 fly, 3 free)
    1 on 1:00 easy
    5 on :45 (1 fly, 4 free)

    100 EZ and off to work
    1600 LCMeters in 25-30 minutes

    Exactly the same as Greg did, except I opted for the :45 second interval. It was still challenging.
  12. Wednesday, July 13, 2011 6:00am - NO WORK = MORE SWIM

    by , July 13th, 2011 at 11:17 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I don't have to go to work early this morning (10am start time) I took advantage of the time available.

    500 Free
    400 Free Pull
    400 Kick w/ training fins

    5 x 200 Free @ :20 rest (did #4-5 pull)

    8 x 50 (25 Fly/25 Free) @ :15 rest
    did #7-8 full 50 Fly

    4 x 50 Kick w/ fins

    At this point the age group swim team came in, and brought their portable pace clock, which was nice! Now at least I could know how fast I was swimming.

    5 x 100 Free @ 1:40 (held 1:20s)
    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:30 (held 1:17s)

    100 EZ
    4000 LCMeters
  13. Tuesday, July 12, 2011 6:00am

    by , July 12th, 2011 at 03:20 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Was able to get in for 30 minutes this morning before's better than nothing!!

    The second hand on the pace clock at the pool got knocked off and was sitting in the bottom of the clock, so no intervals today.

    400 Free
    4 x 100 Free w/ training fins @ :15 rest
    4 x 50 odd Fly, even Back @ :15 rest
    6 x 100 Free @ :15 rest
    1600 LCMeters

    I also signed up for my first ever Open Water swim at the end of August...the CAST Classic in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. 5K is the distance I picked. I should be able to handle that. Here's the link:
  14. Sunday, Starlight Meet Results (USA-S) LCM

    by , July 10th, 2011 at 09:10 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Well...I'm exhausted. This day was tough, even though I only had to work 4.5 hours beforehand.
    My legs are just shot. I have no cardio. I'm starting to sound like a sprinter... But I did suck it up and swim all my events...not the greatest, but I did swim them. I think I may have swum about 10-12 times since my last meet a month ago also...

    200 Free - (2:15.47) 30/34/36/34 or so
    3 seconds slower than my meet 4 weeks ago in Corvallis, though it was good enough for a 10th place ribbon (and NO there weren't only 10 people in the event...) My legs hurt so bad on the 3rd length.

    100 Back - (1:14.99) 36/38
    This was my first time in the 100 Back LCM as a master swimmer, so a best time! Yippie! I actually felt good, and the clouds came out just in time for the backstroke races!!

    50 Free - (27.91) about a 1/2 second slow.
    I'm not a sprinter. At least I was first place among all athletes over 20 years of age.

    200 Fly - (2:43.57) 34/40/43/46**
    **SPECIAL NOTE: I did stop at the 150 point and hang on the wall for 10 seconds to talk to the official about the my last 50 split was approx. a 36 or so. A much needed rest though. I knew I was going to do something like this ahead of time, just not sure when and how often or how much break time. But as long as you hang onto the wall, you can't be DQ'd.
    I'm actually surprised that I showed up at the blocks for the race. My "coach" wouldn't allow me to skip it, said I had to be a good role model for the age group kids on the local club team.
    It was also good enough for another 10th place ribbon (out of 13 athletes).
  15. Saturday, Starlight Meet Results (USA-S) LCM

    by , July 9th, 2011 at 11:36 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Well...this was an interesting day for me.

    Started off at 5:00am with work as usual...except today I got pulled away to do a semi-full rebuild of one of the machines for another department in another of our facilities. It was fun to say the least. I got done with this about 3:00pm.

    My first event was starting about 5:30pm, and I had no warmup aside from a few lengths back and forth in the deep tank pool which I can cross in about 5-6 strokes.

    400 Free 4:47.68 - best Masters time by 2 seconds. also a new LMSC record (previously mine)
    Splits held very nice, though it hurt like hell from my (lack of) conditioning over the past month. I was surprised when I asked the timers my time, as I was painfully gasping for air/seeing stars/near blackout/etc.

    I had a 1 hour window here between events, so I headed over to a "celebration of life" party for Peony Munger and her late husband. Peony is the woman featured on the USMS homepage who did the 1000 miles of butterfly. She was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and the following day after the news, her husband passed away. This was too much for her to happen all at the same time. It was a very nice party, and almost everyone who has ever swam with our Masters group was there.

    Made it back to the pool at 6:40pm with 2 heats to spare for my next adrenaline was pumping as I came into the pool and heard heat 1 of my event on the blocks (I was in heat 3)

    200 IM 2:33.12 - this was just 2 tenths of a second off my best.
    My fly felt great, back was okay, breaststroke was good till about 1/2way down the pool, and then my muscles gave up, and coming home in the free was just a thrashing motion.

    Literally 18 minutes later was the:

    100 Fly 1:07.9 Ouchy in all different ways you can think of.
    My muscles just couldn't recover that quickly, especially on the lack of training I've done lately. It was 2.5 seconds slower than my last time in June.

    Afterwards, I went back to spend some more quality time with Peony at the party. She is such a caring, loveable person. In leaving I told her I would see her again in the pool soon. She replied with "if I'm still alive". I told her that she'll always be there with us. Apparently she doesn't have much time left with us from what her doctors have been saying. She will be missed greatly by all.
    I will one day soon do a 1650/1500 fly at practice in her honor.
  16. Friday, July 8, 2011 6:00am

    by , July 8th, 2011 at 10:18 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    LCM workout lucky for me. (I don't really like LCM)

    300 Free
    300 IM (no breaststroke)
    4 x 100 Free @ 1:30
    4 x 50 (25 Fly/25 Free) @ :15 rest
    2 x 50 Back @ :15 rest
    100 EZ
    1400 LC Meters

    USA-S meet starts this afternoon, but I'm not swimming the first days events. Work is more important with the OT I'm getting.
    Saturday afternoon: 400 Free, 200 IM, 100 Fly
    Sunday: 200 Free, 100 Back, 50 Free, 200 Fly
  17. Thursday, July 7, 2011 a.m. and p.m.

    by , July 7th, 2011 at 10:32 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    This morning (LCM):

    400 Free
    400 IM
    5 x 100 (25 Fly/25 Free) @ 1:45
    2 x 50 Back EZ
    1400 LCMeters (30 minutes)

    This afternoon (SCY):

    400 (100 Free/100 Kick on back)
    200 Free Pull

    4 x 25 Fly @ :30
    4 x 50 Back/Breast @ :50
    4 x 75 Back/Breast/Free @ 1:10
    4 x 100 IM @ 1:30

    500 Free Pull (waiting for another lane to open up while dodging 2 others in the lap lane)

    1 x 100 Free @ 1:20
    2 x 75 Free @ 1:00
    3 x 50 Free @ :40
    4 x 25 Free @ :20

    100 EZ
    2700 Yards (40 minutes)
  18. Wednesday, July 6, 2011 800 IM timed

    by , July 6th, 2011 at 10:32 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Alone in lane 6 of the Y pool...lessons going on in the other half of pool.

    500 Alt (100 Free, 50 Back)
    400 Free Pull
    100 Fly Drill

    waited about 3 minutes to "psych myself up" for:

    800 IM for time (all splits are rough estimates from looking at clock during the turns)
    Fly 2:25 (2:25)
    Back 5:05 (2:40)
    Breast 8:00 (2:55)
    Free 10:17 (2:17)

    This was a little tough, especially the last half of the Fly, and the last 150 of the Free. I was honestly surprised that I did as well as I did without the training background lately.

    200 EZ
    2000 Yards
  19. Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 4:30pm

    by , July 5th, 2011 at 09:25 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Wow, I'm tired. I'll be sore later...

    This is my 4th swim over an eight or nine day spread...totalling not very much yardage. I'm used to 5-6 day/week system. My body will pay for it soon.
    Work is just kicking my butt. Being on your feet 11+ hours running around fixing stuff and running the cherry line is strenuous. At least the 65 hour paychecks are kind of worth it. I think...

    300 Free
    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:20
    200 Kick w/ board - ended up being a 100 kick with a 3 minute double leg hamstring cramp to deal with.

    Originally I was planning on doing the 800 IM for time from the discussion forums, but with the cramping I cancelled that idea really quick!!

    500 IM Drill (200 Fly, 150 Back, 100 Breast, 50 Free)
    500 Free Pull (this was "about 500"...I had to dodge 2 other lap swimmers at this point, one that was a moderate speed, and one that was "swimming".

    ~2000 Yards (maybe)

    I do have a USA-S Meet coming up here in Wenatchee this weekend (Starlight Invitational). I'm only going to swim Saturday's and Sunday's sessions. The OT at work is more valuable to me to skip out on Friday and Saturday work. I got the timeline already and don't start till 5:30pm with my first event, so I can work all day & just do a "deep tank warmup" and swim. I can't do that bad...can I???

    Saturday: 400 Free, 200 IM, 100 Fly
    Sunday: 200 Free, 100 Back, 50 Free, 200 Fly

  20. Wednesday, June 29, 2011 5:30pm at the Y

    by , June 29th, 2011 at 10:05 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Woohoo!!! Today was payday, and my last week I had 40 + 26.25 OT hours as well. Let's just say I'm very happy!! It's probably a very meager paycheck compared to what most of you all get on a normal basis, but for me, I'm thrilled!!! I'm just hoping for more like this one through the end of August! Sometimes it's worth it to miss out on swimming once in a while!

    Tonight's swim (50 minutes)

    300 Free
    200 Free Pull
    200 IM
    6 x 50 Kick @ 1:00


    200, 150, 100, 50 Free @ 1:30 base right into:

    200, 150, 100, 50 Free @ 1:20 base right into:

    200, 150, 100, 50 Free Pull @ 1:10 base
    (this last time thru was tough, the last 500 of a 1500 set, and with the limited swimming I've done I was quite winded)

    16 x 25
    odds Free @ :30
    evens Fly @ :20

    100 EZ
    3000 Yards