My USMS Times
YouTube Videos of my swims
Well, I made it. I'm sunburned redder than a lobster from Saturday and waterlogged from the downpour of rain today, so had a little of everything...including my handed to me by a bunch of 14-16 year old kids. I swam all my events as exhibition so I wouldn't take awards/placing away from the age groupers as well, not that there were that many in the 17+ ages.
This was swum in a 6 lane, 50 meter pool with no additional space for cooldown. Starting end was 12 feet deep, but went to 4 feet at the 15 meter point, and continued to 3 feet at the turn end. Not the best pool, but the pool doesn't make the swim fast, that's the swimmer's job to make the swim fast no matter what the conditions are!
HOT, 79 degrees and pure sun. No clouds in the sky, and a little breezy. Not bad for the middle of May in Idaho.
400 IM: 5:23.61 (best time/also a new LMSC record)
I was 5th overall among the 13 & Over boys division. I was pleased with the swim. My backstroke still sucks in an IM event though.
200 Back: 2:37.84 (best time by 3 sec./also a new LMSC record)
All I was thinking during this event was "where are those damn flags???!!?"
100 Breast: 1:23.19 (best time)
I'm definitely needing walls at the 25s to have another pullout in breaststroke. Ugly!
100 Free: 1:00.11 (best time by 0.7 sec./also a new LMSC record)
Sooooo close to breaking a minute.
Didn't get the splits, but I got a video It felt really good when at about the 75-80 meter point the kid next to me fell back and I kept going.
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_rcXOD95YE"]YouTube - 5-14-11 100 LCM Free @ Lewiston, ID USA-S Meet[/nomedia]
200 Fly: 2:32.08 (best time by 0.3 sec./also a new LMSC record)
Don't look at these splits, and please don't laugh too hard.
Basically, this was my 5th event of the meet, and it was literally 15 minutes after the 100 free. I felt good thru about 125 meters, and after that I just watched everyone pass me. I've got another chance for the 200 Fly at our home meet in June.
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsGQYvrUA6g"]YouTube - 5-14-11 200 LCM Fly @ Lewiston, ID USA-S Meet[/nomedia]
Cold, +-50 Degrees or so, clear skies at first, then the clouds and wind started coming in, turning to light rain, then a complete downpour!!
400 Free: 4:49.38 (best time by 1 sec./also a new LMSC record)
I was in the outside lane of the final heat and just tried to ignore the kids in the middle. I split it pretty good, but looking at it now, I probably could have brought each 100 down another second or two.
100 Fly: 1:05.62
Considering the temperature dropped really quickly, and the rain started pouring at this point, it was a great swim. I was about 1 second slower than my swim from last year which was indoors. I was happy with this because I was also 2nd place overall in the event. The kid that beat me just finished his freshman year at the Univ. of Puget Sound, where he set the conference record in the 200 Fly this year.
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lly96_kVRzo"]YouTube - 5-15-11 100 LCM Fly @ Lewiston, ID USA-S meet[/nomedia]
200 Free: Cancelled
The downpour of rain and wind was so intense, and it was freezing that the officials decided to call off the remainder of the meet, which still had 4 or 5 more total events for all ages to go. I only ended up missing this one event, but that's OK with me.
Updated May 15th, 2011 at 08:42 PM by jaadams1
Here's the psych sheet. I'm the in the heats.
I'm using all my best times from last summer's LC meets that I did, so I should be able to improve on my times. I'm in way better condition that I was last year.
Saturday I'm swimming:
400 IM (seeded 2nd)
200 Back (8th)
100 Breast (6th)
100 Free (5th)
200 Fly (4th)
400 Free (5th)
100 Fly (tied 2nd)
200 Free (6th)
It's a 6 lane 50 meter pool, I've never swum in this size pool before, but at least I'm in the top heat in all of my races. 200 back isn't considered a race, if you want to get technical about it...it's a survival swim.
This will be one heck of a challenge too. Lots of events, and I get to start it all off with the hardest event possible (IMO) for LCM swimming.
Updated May 13th, 2011 at 12:03 AM by jaadams1
I made it this morning, 15 minutes late, but I made it
The pool was freezing cold too!! I know what 79 degrees feels like from competitions at big meets, and this was WAY colder than that. Even after I sprinted the first part of the warmup, my body was still freezing.
100 Free Sprint
6 x 50 25 Fly/25 Free :05 rest
12 x 100 Free
4 @ 1:30
4 @ 1:25
4 @ 1:20
I was able to hold these all at 1:05 or under which was nice.
200 EZ Kick and out to the warm showers!
I missed the last two mornings...
Tuesday A.M. I was lazy, turned off my alarm clock and went back to bed...then I realized I had done that and missed practice, reset my alarm clock for a normal "work time".
Wednesday A.M. Forget to reset my alarm clock for "swim time" and overslept swimming again!! This is so unlike me! Oh well, I'm human.
Went for a 30 minute swim tonight after my parent/child swim class with my daughter (21 mos.)
500 Free Pull (pretty strong too) felt like a 5:30-5:40 or so
200 (100 Fly Drill/100 Back Drill)
4 x 50 Fly/Free by 25s @ :50
10 x 25s Fly @ :30
150 Free EZ and out
1600 Yards is better than 0 Yards!!
200 Free Pull
400 IM Drill
8 x 25 Kick @ :30 w/ board
2 x 200 IM @ 3:00
8 x 50 Free @ :40
8 x 25 Fly @ :30
10 x 100s @ 1:30
3 Fly first 1:05, then 1:10s
1 Free EZ
3 Fly held 1:11/1:12s
1 Free EZ
2 Free went 1:02, 1:00
Thursday night I was bored so I decided to go down to the Y pool and swim a little. Probably another 1500 Yards or so. The highlight of the swim was a 100 Free AFAP in which I did a :54, from a push. Considering I went out in a :54 on my 200 Free at Nationals from a dive, I'd say I'm feeling much better with a little more training in me.
300 Free Pull
100 Kick on side
5 x 100 Free @ 1:25 (held 1:10s)
20 x 25 Fly @ :30 strong, (held :15/:16s)
200 IM Drill stretch out
At this point it was 5:45 in which the group all comes together to do drills/etc. together with the coach on deck instructing. I didn't feel like doing another set, so I decided to join them for a change. Here's what we did, which wasn't drills like I had thought:
4 x 25 w/ fins AFAP Kick @ :30
4 x swims @ 2:00 interval
--coach came by and gave each person a specific distance to be completed in the 2:00 interval...I was assigned 175s. The next longest distance behind me was only a 125. My first thought was Oh !! I tried to plead for the 150 distance but coach said HAHA!!
I ended up making:
#1 @ 1:51
#2 came in at 1:59
#3 skipped the first 50 and left :30 later -did 125 & came in with :10 rest
#4 came in at 1:56
Basically did a 700 in 8:00 (minus a 50)
50 EZ and out
We have the Apple Blossom festival this weekend in Wenatchee, and two parades in town this weekend, one is the "Classy Chassis" parade tonight (all the cool old cars come out of the garages tonight), and that is the reason our company is only running 5 hours for the two shifts today...so everyone can get home. I got off work at 11:30, and went back to the pool for a nice easy stretch out swim.
Friday afternoon at the Y:
200 Free Pull
400 IM Drill
400 Free EZ
3800 Yards for the Day
Updated May 6th, 2011 at 04:31 PM by jaadams1
300 Free Pull
200 Fly Drill
3 Rounds of:
1 x 200 Free (3:00/2:45/2:30 by round)
2 x 100 Free (1:30/1:25/1:20)
4 x 50 Free (:50/:45/:40)
1:00 rest after each round
I was holding roughly 1:05 base per 100 throughout the entire set, so it wasn't too easy.
If I didn't have the others with me, and about 10 more minutes available I would've gone for Round 4, which would have been really fun intervals (2:15/1:15/:35)
100 Back EZ
Basic, but a fun set. I had a good group of 4 in the lane to swim this with too, which was a big change for me. I'm usually doing my sets solo, or having to fight with other who want to jump in late and "warmup" forever. I felt really good today.
300 Free Pull
200 Fly Drill
4 x 150 Free w/ training fins @ 2:15
(50 Swim drag legs/ 50 Kick Fast/ 50 Swim w/ Fast Kick)
4 x 125 Free @ 1:45 (held 1:23s and felt good)
5 x 100 Free @ 1:15 (first one 1:02, others 1:04s)
I'm feeling really good in the water now with the yardage back up to normal. Let's return to Nationals and repeat all the swims again, I'm sure I'll have a much better result.
Getting back at it again. I got back into the state of Washington at about 4:00pm Monday afternoon, and drove home the 2 hours from the airport just in time for my daughter's parent/child swim class which was relaxing after the weekend. The 83 degree YMCA water was hot on my skin after the pool temp from Kino, and the sunburn on the skin.
After the lesson I got in a stretched out about 1000 yards, this was mainly my cool down from after the meet.
200 IM Drill
16 x 100 Free @ 1:30 - I just went at a nice consistent pace around 1:09s. Nothing too hard, but not too easy either. When I finished the set I was actually breathing pretty hard.
1 x 400 Free Pull
1 x 100 Back EZ cool down
I'm feeling good after getting the yardage in this morning. Just need to maintain like this as much as possible. I have a LCM showdown with the age group kids in two weeks May 14-15. I've got a few tough events too, 400 IM and 200 Fly LCM are both I haven't done a 400 IM LCM as a masters swimmer yet, but I might as well get one in the books. The 200 Fly should be better than last weekends showing at least. Just think of it as a BIG 100.
Overall, I had a good time at the Nationals meet. I had a few good swims, but for the most part I was hugely dissappointed by my results. I felt that I could have performed much better, and this was basically my own fault...I tapered too much and lost my endurance for the longer races altogether. Oh well...live and learn. At least I had season best swims in all events, and a few were even masters swimming bests.
I've got a few videos that I need to upload, and they'll be here soon.
I also did get to meet Elaine at the meet as well. She's a very good cheer person!
200 Fly - 26.52/30.67/33.14/36.79 = 2:07.12 was a best masters time by .6 seconds, but I should have been able to bring back my last 2 50s in 31s/32s if all had gone well. Oh well. I finished 8th place
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAOlh0LlGFA"]YouTube - 4-30-11 200 Fly Mesa Nationals[/nomedia]
YouTube Doubler - 200 Fly PNA vs. 200 Fly Nats
100 Back - 29.86/31.68 = 1:01.54 was a best masters time by a full second! I was happy with the race, other than the fact this was an OUTDOOR MEET IN ARIZONA!!! That sun was horrible!! I was able to beat 3 people in my age group though (does it count that 2 of them were N.S.???)
200 Free - 25.67/28.76/30.17/30.33 = 1:54.93 was a best time for the season, .5 seconds slower than last year's time. I felt crummy on this race after the first 50. It was windy during the race and the water was splashing from my lead arm and I was breathing in a lot of water vapor mist that normally I don't have to deal with. That part sucked...
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0D2Fm2JsHg&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL"]YouTube - James Adams 200 free, Mesa Nationals[/nomedia]
Courtesy of Patrick Brundage (pwb) - Thank you!
500 Free - **note: make sure you're sitting down before viewing these splits!
33.31/32.19 = 5:14.22 11th place by 0.5 seconds! Missed a medal, not that this swim was deserving of a medal IMO. Still it was a season best time.
I was in 3rd place at the 100 which is great and about where I wanted to be, but...my body couldn't handle it this time.
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVkI14GgFXI"]YouTube - 5-1-11 500 Free Mesa Nationals[/nomedia]
100 Fly - 26.28/30.56 = 56.84 masters best time by 0.6 seconds. I was happy with it, but thought I could've gone a little faster.
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTjiOBXXVl0"]YouTube - James Adams 100yd Butterfly[/nomedia]
Courtesy of Elaine Krugman (ElaineK) - Thank you!
200 IM - 26.70/33.17/38.83/30.12 = 2:08.82 Best masters time by 1.5 seconds. Finished in 9th place, but someone DQ'd so I got 8th! I was happy to end the meet on a good note. Very happy with the swim, though my freestyle was dragging at the end and I couldn't finish as fast as I had hoped to.
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA4VsDC9HO0"]YouTube - 5-1-11 200 IM Mesa Nationals[/nomedia]
Time to get back in the pool and train train train. Got to break this taper. I've got a LCM meet in 2 weeks swimming USA-S, and should be fine. I'm just going to get back in the pool and hit it hard, seems to make me swim the best anyways.
Updated May 10th, 2011 at 12:24 AM by jaadams1
Got in the water this morning for a nice quick swim of about 800 yards or so. I had to test a few quick turns for my knee, and freestyle turns are okay, it's the open turns for fly that are putting a little bit of pain on the inside of my knee. Eventually I'll probably end up going to visit the doctor, but I'm waiting till after Nationals...that way she can't tell me no.
I took a vacation day from work, and am just doing some last minute packing up for the meet, not that I need much. I'll be transforming from a hairy gorilla monster to a swimmer in a few hours from now.
Again, good luck to all the swimmers in today's events (except of course the 30-34 mens 400 IMers) I'll be leaving Washington State this afternoon, and getting into Phoenix around 8:30pm. My day 1 will be everyone else's day 2 or 3, but the schedule of events actually worked out pretty good for almost all my best swims to be on Saturday and Sunday anyway.
Time to be fast (or at least look good trying).
I just did my 2nd to last dip in the pool this morning...feeling pretty good too. I did a whoppin' 1200 Yards today, with a "meet warmup" type swim tomorrow morning. I'm full of energy this morning too, and that could be from the extra sleep (in bed by 8pm) I had last night from feeling sickish all day long yesterday.
I'm going to be stuck at work for today, while everyone else is either having fun in the sun, or headed for the sunny weather of Arizona. Good luck to all in the 1000s and 1650s today, and the 400 IM tomorrow morning (except those 30-34 yr olds... hehehe) Need to try to maintain my TT chances, but nothing I can do except sit back and watch the results pour in.
At least I took off all of Friday from work so I can relax for the trip. I'll be flying out from the Tri Cities, WA to Phoenix via Salt Lake City on Friday afternoon, arriving about 8:30 Friday night. My dad is getting to make the trip with me, so that will be fun. He really enjoys watching me swim...just like when I was a kid.
200 Fly - entered a 2:04, swam a 2:06 a few weeks ago, looking for 2:02 or under. Knee or no knee pain, I'm going for it.
100 Back - this is my 6th event (I'm hoping for cancellation due to a lightning storm) I'll try for under a 1:00, but no guarantees
200 Free - I've only been a 1:56 this season, but that was a few minutes after I did the 1650 or the 1000 at 2 different meets. I've done a 1:58 in practice a few weeks ago, so I'm expecting greatness. 1:50 or so.
Probably a relay or two (find out when I get there...relays don't bother me, they're only 50s)
500 Free -I did a 5:17 this year at the end of a meet, but I was too tired to go really fast. Did a 5:11 last year, but I know I'm in way better shape this season. Looking for anything on the clock that starts with a 4:xx.xx
100 Fly - This is my sprint event. I did a 57.3 in January after my 200 Fly. I'm shooting for under a 55, but anything can happen in a sprint.
200 IM - This will be another sprint - 4 x 50 AFAP. I'll see how my knee fares with the breaststroke in the race. I haven't done one kick of breaststroke in the past couple weeks since it's been sore. Looking for 2:05 or under.
Probably a relay (again find out later)
Nothing too special today...just going through the motions/fairly easy day. My knee is still feeling .
100 Fly Drill
5 x 100 Free @ 1:45 (first 2 @ 1:05s, last 3 at 1:02 or under)
1 x 50 Fly @ 1:10
2 x 25 Fly @ :40
maintaining 2 up/1 down breathing & feeling strong.
100 Free stretch out
50 Fly stretch out
The saga continues...
...my knee pain is still sore, but is getting better. I think this is just a temporary incident that just happened to be a week before the biggest meet of the year!! But I should be okay. I've been able to put more pressure on it today, and swimming was fine. I didn't do anything explosive yet, and probably won't for a few more days.
100 Dolphin Kick "floating" across the surface just feeling the motion
200 IM Drill
3 x 200 Free Pull @ 2:40 desc. 1-3
--went 2:10, 2:08, 2:05.
Happy with these, wasn't even breathing hard, which is good
200 EZ Free
100 Splasharound/ w/ others
I'm feeling good. I know that I could swim great if Nationals were this weekend, and having another week of rest to come will be even better for me.
Enough of this taper garbage...I'm ready to race already!!
I haven't gone over 1700 yards in the last week, which is supposed to be a good thing. The problem is that my knee is killing me now, and that is due to the crap I have to do at work. There's always some variable out there that you have no control over.
100 Fly Drill EZ
100 Free EZ
6 x 100 Free Pull
1 @ each interval - 1:30, 1:25, 1:20, 1:15, 1:10, 1:05.
I started off with easy with the first 3 at 1:05/:06ish, #4 @ 1:04, #5 & 6 at 1:02s.
I was happy with this.
400 Yards of swimming EZ
Didn't do too much kick as the inside of my right knee hurts. It's the part directly to the inside/left of the kneecap. I could just amputate it, that would stop the pain, but it wouldn't help me with other things in life.
Plane leaves in 8 days for Phoenix. Getting excited.
Sat. 200 Fly, 100 Back, 200 Free
Sun. 500 Free, 100 Fly, 200 IM
I took this morning off for an extra hour of sleep. I was still feeling crummy from this little sickness crap I had over the weekend...
Here's my workout...I had fun.
200 Pull (felt strong)
100 Fly Drill (smooth feeling)
200 Pull (again, strong)
Basically a broken 500:
8 x 50s Free @ :45
1st 4 held all at :30
2nd 4 :30s and :31s
I took an extra :15 seconds of rest off the last 50s interval and did
1 x 100 Free - went :59
I felt really good by this point. I'm actually feeling that sub-5:00 is a possibility.
200 EZ (100 Kick/100 Swim)
Talked w/ lifeguard for almost 10 minutes...
Decided to try a fast 200, which I've never really done in practice.
200 Free for time from a push
1:58!!!! **(I did take off my drag suit for the swim)
Cool down in the showers.
1700 Yards - 45 minutes
The guard said I was out in a :57 at the 100. I saw the 1:58, and kinda had to do a double take...and confirm with the guard. He said yep...1:58.
I didn't really take it out that hard 'cause I was afraid of dying in the lap lane and getting laughed at.
The best I've done this season in a 200 Free is a 1:56.1, and that was right after my 1650 in February. So, to come within 2 seconds of that today is great! I'm getting ready to rock n roll at Nationals!! Woohoo!!
Updated April 20th, 2011 at 09:51 AM by jaadams1
I've been sick over the weekend, and still kinda that way today, plus I had to do a marathon weekend of maintinence at work that wasn't planned. Only good thing is about 15 hrs overtime
300 Free Pull
10 x 50s Free @ 1:00 holding 500 pace
various 25s for 300 yards or so, nothing too intense.
Beginning my taper for Nationals, officially! I get on the plane in 2 weeks to the day.
300 Free Pull
8 x 50 @ :45 hold 500ish pace
2 x 100 @ 1:40
50 Free, 5 sec. 50 Fly (:32s)
2 x 150 @ 2:20
100 Free, 5 sec. 50 Fly (:32s)
1 x 200
150 Free, 5 sec. 50 Fly (:32)
I'm trying to make my fly hold strong, even when tired for at the end of the 200 Fly
4 x 50 @ 1:00
25 Free, flip, 4 SDKs 25 Fly fast (this part is tough for me to do, I'm not a SDKer)
1 x 300 Free Pull Fast (went 3:08) I was happy with this. My pullbuoy was slipping close the the 250, so I just dropped it on the flipturn and kicked during the last 50.
2500 Yards in 45 minutes
Updated April 16th, 2011 at 12:46 AM by jaadams1
300 Free Pull
200 IM Drill
Swam with 2 others:
8 x 50s @ 1:00
200 IM @ :30 rest
2 x 100 Fly @ :20 rest
200 IM @ :30 rest
2 x 100 Back @ :20 rest
200 IM @ :30 rest
2 x 100 Breast @ :20 rest
I didn't really put that much effort into the last set, just swam through it. The other two guys aren't that big into killing themselves in the pool anyway, so this was just an easy day.
I can feel that my body really needs to rest. 2 weeks away for Nationals! Now that the heat sheets have been out for all to see, it's gotten me that much more excited.
200 Fly, 100 Back , and 200 Free
500 Free, 100 Fly, and 200 IM
The 200 Fly and 500 Free are my only events that are going to have a chance of being TT worthy events at Nationals...and just by the meet layout, they happen to be first events on both days, which makes me happy.
200 IM K/Swim by 25s
4 x 150 Free @ 2:00 (1:41/:42/:41/:39)
1 min. rest
4 x 100 Free @ 1:20 (1:04/:06/:05/:03)
1 min. rest
4 x 50 Free @ :40 (:30/:32/:32/:31)
600 Free Pull
No taper yet...still have to maintain my meager yardage...If I taper too much, I won't even have to come to the pool!!!