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  1. Saturday, November 23, 2013 12:05-12:40pm

    by , November 23rd, 2013 at 04:28 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Woke up about 11:00am, after a 12 hour night, looking forward to another 12 hour shift again tonight. Fun Fun...

    Just went in for a quickie swim today.

    8 Rounds of:
    100 Free
    50 Flutter Kick w/ board
    (1200/1200)

    4 x 150 Free Pull @ 2:00 (1:42, 1:41, 1:40, 1:40)
    (600/1800)

    200 Kick w/ board EZ

    4 x 25 Fly @ :30 and gone!!

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    2100 Yards in 35 minutes
  2. Friday, November 22, 2013 9:40-10:40am

    by , November 22nd, 2013 at 03:24 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    19.54 miles (= 34,383 yards, = 31,440 meters) to next milestone (500 miles milestone).

    I'm getting really darn close to the 500 Miles for GTD, but it's going to come down to the end as to whether or not I make it. Reasonably, I should be able to, but in real life it may not. My mother in law is headed back to El Salvador tomorrow evening, and not returning till after the new year (Isn't this everyone's dream...that their MIL is going away for a while???) Since she lives at home with us, she is able to watch my 4 year old while I am out an about being a swimmer (and other errands) in the mornings. Now I won't have that luxary, so I'll only be able to swim a few days a week if I'm lucky. That makes the next 20 miles of the journey a little interesting. I could always cheat on GTD (everyone knows that no one does that, right?)

    I did a little extra today, kind of motivated by an elderly lady who joined my lane at the 2000 yard point of my workout. By looking at how she was going down the pool, I figured flutter kick w/ a board was about all the waves from me she was going to be able to handle...and there wasn't another "open" lane without forcing others into circle swimming...and while that was an option, there wasn't two other people who would be good candidates for circling with me...even at a slow pace.


    Warmup:

    200 Free
    100 Flutter Kick w/ board
    150 Free
    100 Flutter Kick w/ board
    100 Free
    100 Flutter Kick w/ board
    50 Free
    100 Flutter Kick w/ board
    (900/900)

    "Main" set:

    100 Free Pull @ 1:20
    75 Free Pull @ 1:00
    50 Free Pull @ :40
    25 Free Pull @ :20
    25, 50, 75, 100, 100, 75, 50, 25, 25, 50, 75, 100
    On the 100s I was 1:05s, 75s was :48s, 50s, was :32s, 25s - whatever
    basically a downhill, uphill, downhill, uphill
    (1000/1900)

    100 EZ - it was during this that the elderly lady came to my lane and asked to swim. What do I do? tell her "NO, go away!" Of course not. I let her start swimming to assess her swimming ability, and decided at that point that I was going to be kicking with a board. During the kick set she was doing sidestroke which took 1:45 to cover 25 yards of the pool. When she did crawlstroke, it was more like 1:00 per 25.

    2nd Main Set: Kicking Fun!

    8 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00
    6 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ :55
    4 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ :50
    2 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ :45 (:43/:48) - still that's a 1:31 100 Kick at the end of a 1000!
    made them all except the 20th one at the end. I pretty much held them around :46/:47 throughout the first 18, then went for it to see if I could make it.
    (1000/3000)

    100 EZ and out

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    3100 Yards
  3. Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:05-10:50am

    by , November 21st, 2013 at 02:59 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I've got a new slogan to put on a shirt:
    "My old warmup is now my entire workout".

    Not sure if that's a good thing, but that's the road I'm on now. I'm getting a good amount of swimming in, fairly high on the intensity/effort on short rest, with a good mix of fly as well, but I just don't have the time or energy to put forth what I was doing in the years past. The life of a masters swimmer...always changing, just deal with it the best you can.


    500 Free, build the last 200 to a sprint

    8 x 125 Free Pull @ 1:40 (started holding 1:25s, descended down to 1:20 on the final one)

    Kick Set w/ short fins:
    200 SDK on back @ 3:00
    150 SDK on back @ 2:30
    100 SDK on back @ 1:30
    50 SDK on back @ :30 (went :34) ugh!

    100 EZ

    16 x 25 @ :30 Odds Fly, Evens Free EZ

    100 EZ and out

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


    Yesterday morning I went in for a swim, thinking I could work out a pinched nerve in my neck/back/shoulderblade area, but I was wrong. It was unbearable to rotate my head to the right side, which is my normal breathing side. I felt like I was drowning if I tried to breathe to the left as well, so I called it quits after a measley 1200 Yards.

    After the night of work, it felt better, at least a little, so I decided I'd try out the AB Ripper X DVD from the P90X series. I know I'm in decent shape from my work and my swimming, but that workout is tough!! I could barely get through half of the 15 minute ab workout before having to turn it off, and of those 8 minutes, I may have only actually done 1/2 of the reps that they fitness gurus were doing. I spent more time laying on my back in recovery mode than anything else! I'll keep going for it though on a nightly basis. Maybe I'll be able to do the whole 15 minutes one day.
  4. Tuesday, November 19, 2013 10:55-11:40am

    by , November 19th, 2013 at 03:31 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Warmup:

    300 Free
    100 Kick w/ board
    200 Free
    100 Kick w/ board
    100 Free
    100 Kick w/ board
    (900/900)

    4 x 150 Free Pull @ 2:00 (held 1:45s)
    (600/1500)

    Fly Fun Set (all with short fins):
    1 x 25 SDK on back @ :30
    1 x 25 Fly @ :30
    1 x 50 SDK on back @ 1:00
    1 x 50 Fly (200 Pace) @ 1:00
    1 x 25 SDK on back @ :30
    1 x 25 Fly @ :30
    1 x 50 SDK on back @ 1:00
    2 x 50 Fly (200 Pace) @ :55
    1 x 25 SDK on back @ :30
    1 x 25 Fly @ :30
    1 x 50 SDK on back @ 1:00
    3 x 50 Fly (200 Pace) @ :50
    1 x 25 SDK on back @ :30
    1 x 25 Fly @ :30
    1 x 50 SDK on back @ 1:00
    4 x 50 Fly (200 Pace) @ :45
    (900/2400)

    On the 200 Pace 50s I was holding :30/:31s, yeah I know I had fins...but they were more for moral support anyway. I'm an all arms flyer for the most part.

    100 EZ

    1 x 50 Fly Fast (no fins here now)(went :29)

    50 EZ @ 1:30

    1 x 50 Fly Fast (went :29)

    50 EZ
    (300/2700)

    Lane sharing at this point...

    100 EZ and out

    ----------------------------------
    2800 Yards

    That's how I deal with it. I was past my normal yardage distance anyway, and felt good with the fly stuff I got in today. That set was actually tougher than it looks. The descending intervals on the increasing reps of 50s made it a little tougher at the end...especially trying to maintain :30/:31s

    Updated November 19th, 2013 at 03:58 PM by jaadams1

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , Daily Practices
  5. Monday, November 18, 2013 12:05-12:50pm

    by , November 18th, 2013 at 04:27 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I had to work again last night for 12 hours. Was sort of forced into holding over till 3:00am because two of the three maintenance guys called in "sick". We all know better, but... It would've been better knowing ahead of time that I was going to work late. Last minute changes suck. But on the bright side, I got to sleep in till 11:00am.

    I swam this morning's (afternoon's) practice wearing an old Yingfa jammer over a brief, with no size 38 drag suit on top. I usually just wear the brief with the drag suit 98% of the time in practices. Who wants to show up to a YMCA lap swim in just a brief saying "HELLO!! to all my in the water staring at me!"???
    In a way, swimming today I felt naked with the lack of drag on me. I was zipping through the water rather effortlessly today. Strange.


    500 Free - descend 100s to fast
    felt sort of like the first 500 of my mile last weekend
    (500/500)

    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:20 (held 1:06s, and 1:05 at the end)
    (500/1000)

    10 x 50 SDK on back w/ short fins @ :50 (held :35s)
    (500/1500)

    4 x 75 Free @ 1:00
    :30 rest
    4 x 75 (3 Free, 1 Fly) @ 1:05
    :30 rest
    4 x 75 (2 Free, 2 Fly) @ 1:10
    (900/2400)

    While it would've been nice to continue the progression, I didn't want to overdo myself. 4 x 75 Fly would've probably been disaster...plus the lap swim ends at 1:00pm. <-- good excuse!

    200 EZ and out

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    2600 Yards
  6. Saturday, November 16, 2013 Trifecta Meet Results

    by , November 17th, 2013 at 01:36 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I knew this was going to be a rough and tiring meet for me for many reasons. I had worked the previous 23 days in a row, with about 1/4 of those days being 12 hour days as well. Friday prior to the meet was one of those 12s, but luckily it started early and was done at 11:00pm.
    Got to bed maybe around 1:00am, and the alarm clock at 7:00am was wayyyyy too early for me. Got the kids rounded up, made some PB&Js, somehow was able to get my wife to come along too, and got rolling down the road for the 3 1/2 hour trip to Moscow, ID. We saw our first snow of the year, right around Pullman and Moscow where the elevation is 2500+
    2nd hard part of the day was my event schedule, which is nothing new, but in combo with my work, and "lack of training", I knew it would be tough. Yeah, I swim 5 or so times a week, but the minimal yardage and stuff I knew wasn't enough to be able to power through all the events like what is ideal. I had my game plan set though, and was focused mostly on the 200 Fly, and to have fun with the other ones.

    I was in the 3rd heat of the 1650 (3 heats is rare!!), with one of them being 40 minutes, and the other one about 30 minutes. I didn't bother warming up in the general warmup prior to the race. I got in about 100 yards in the warmdown area, which was a nice 86+ degrees...more of a hot tub. Mainly to get my suit tied tight, and give my shoulders a little rotation before the race actually started. The racing pool was a great 79/80 degrees though.

    I don't have actual splits yet, hopefully they'll arrive on email soon so I can begin processing the results. The meet ran from 1:00-who knows what time. I left at 6:30pm, and they still had 100 Breast, 200 Back, 50 Free, and 500 Frees to go (at least another 50-60 minutes). They had lots of breaks, and other issues that seemed to drag on. Plus we have quite a few senior swimmers (81, 85, 91, 92) that take longer than me to finish their races, so the timeline was a bit stretched out. Even with me leaving out of town by 7:00, I didn't get home till 10:30pm, which I was wide awake for giving my normal working hours at my job.

    1650 Free - 18:56.xx
    My idea on this was to start out really easy and treat the event like a warmup. For the first 300 or so I did this, and there was a "new to our area" masters swimmer right next to me, a guy in his early 40s. He was hugged right up to the laneline, drafting me hard, so I wanted to see if he was ready to go. On the 4th 100 I accelerated a bit and he tried to stick with me, doing ok. On the 5th 100, I came off the wall with a couple dolphins and kicked in the afterburners getting myself up to "race pace". Not exactly my Indy Nationals race pace, but my pace for today...enough that I knew I could handle. I was able to maintain pretty well, though I know I felt a little lull in the swim around 1100-1200 or so. I checked the clock a few times though the swim, and knew I was going to be pretty close to the 19:00 mark based on my quick math in my head, so I picked it up in the last 300 to be sure I'd be under. Good thing, because it was closer than I thought. This was a really good swim...only 1 minute, 10 seconds slower than my swim at Indy last spring.
    My splits from looking at the clock were roughly 5:35/5:40 at the 500, and 11:20/11:25 at the 1000. There was a small running clock on the opposite wall of the large timeclock that matches the time, so it was nice to see after I came off the turns.

    50 Free leadoff in the 200 Free Relay - 24.56
    This happened right after a 10 minute warmup break, which doing anything that close to a 1650 is just tough. I led off next to the team from Central Washington University...got beat of course (24.0) because any kid fresh out of high school can still do a 50. Central Washington lost their college swim team a while ago, and they started a masters club a few years back to use as a team. It's nice to see year to year what kind of new talent they bring to the races.

    400 IM - 5:08.73 (entirely cooldown pace)
    This literally was right after the relay, and I was in no mood to try to go fast. I got through the fly easily, probably 1:03ish, and then shut it down from there, cruising the next 300. Felt much better afterward. Had I tried to race this, I would've died a horrible death somewhere in the middle.

    100 Fly - 58.32
    Of all my races, this was going to be my real challenge with others. I was seeded 2nd to an 18 year old college kid (57.1 to 58.0 entry times). We started off fine, somehow I jammed my middle finger on the 25 turn, it still hurts today, and also the arch of my left foot cramped as I pushed off the 25 turn. I just tried to power on, and the cramp sort of went away. I was gaining on the boy (or thought I was) on the 3rd length, but couldn't pull it out on the final length. I don't like to get beat, but this one I couldn't help too much.
    Video


    200 Fly - 2:11.16
    splits from timing it off the video were 28.0, 1:01.1 (33.1), 1:36.0 (34.9), 2:11.1 (35.1)
    I really wanted to have a good showing in this one. Training well or not, tired or not, I was going to give it all I had on this race. I guess I'll be a 200 Flyer this year. It's easier to train for than the 1650 or 400 IM...and is easier mentally than the 200 Free. I'm a little weird, huh?
    Video


    50 Back on 200 Medley Relay leadoff: 30.9
    I just worked the SDKs off the walls and stretched out the swim. I had the 50 Fly coming up right afterward...and like any sprinter, I didn't want to wear myself out.
    It was nice having 3 other guys from my workout group there so we could do a couple relays. in the video is myself, Kurt (60), then Jack (81), and Rick (60). Many of you ask why I did back instead of fly? Jack wanted to do the fly rather than the back. His choice...not mine. Respect your elders.
    Video

    50 Fly - 26.25
    This was just all out speed. SDKed about halfway down the pool, 1 breath. Had a bit of a glide in finding the wall at the turn, but came off quick with good underwaters kicks. 2 breaths back and hit the finish strong. Fastest I've been in a while, and the first 50 I've done outside of Wenatchee in a while. I like to get my money's worth on away trips for meets.
    Video


    Well, these events concluded the "Combo Trifecta" - combo of the Brute Squad Tri, and the Butterfly Tri. They gave out award to those who completed the 3 distances of any stroke, or the brute squad, or the combo that about 8-10 people did.
  7. Thursday, November 14, 2013 11:30-12:30pm

    by , November 14th, 2013 at 04:33 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Warmup:

    500 Free
    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (::49-:50s)
    (1000/1000)

    1 x 50 Fly FAST @ 1:00 (went :29)
    1 x 100 Free EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 50 Back FAST @ 1:00 (went :34)
    1 x 100 Free EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 50 Breast "FAST" @ 1:00 (went :40)
    1 x 100 Free EZ @ 2:00
    1 x 50 Free FAST @ 1:00 (went :27)
    1 x 100 Free EZ @ 2:00
    (600/1600)

    100 Flutter Kick w/ board

    12 x 25 @ random interval of approx. :30 rest
    Odds Free EZ, Evens Fly FAST
    (400/2000)

    Races w/ Jeff (lifeguard set us off drag race style):
    25 Breast (I won by about a foot or so)
    25 Free (it was like Morozov vs. Ervin)
    25 Back (me) vs. 25 Free (him) - he beat me by about 2 feet or so, but I felt fast
    these were all from the far end of the pool, so we had a 25 EZ between each.

    50 cruise to cooldown

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    2200 Yards


    It was fun to race, and do fast other stuff in the pool today. It was for the most part and empty pool, so prime conditions for speed stuff. I'm probably going to take tomorrow off from the pool, as I have to go in 4 hours early, but I'm ready to go for the meet on Saturday. There are 80 people going to the meet. Really a pretty good showing for the Inland NW LMSC (PWB, you should move up here if you want to have a meet that doesn't cancel).
    1650 Free for warmup, then
    400 IM
    100 Fly
    200 Fly
    50 Fly
    and hopefully a couple relays. I have 4 people going from my workout group, and they're all guys, so we can make some relays. Ages are 36, 60, 60, 81. Plus, I conned my wife and kids into the trip to come watch daddy swim. It'll be a good time.
  8. Wednesday, November 13, 2013 9:30-10:15am

    by , November 13th, 2013 at 02:37 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Warmup:

    500 Free
    (500/500)

    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:50s)
    (500/1000)

    8 x 125 Free Pull @ Desc. Interval 2:00, 1:55, 1:50...down to 1:25
    Held 1:25s on all of them
    (1000/2000)

    100 EZ

    300 EZ Kick w/ board
    an elderly gentleman joined my lane and I was going to 'assess the situation' before I did anything to capsize him. There wasn't another lane to go to, all were full, so

    100 EZ swim w/ the last 25 Fly Fast - pushed off to avoid my lanemate and then sprinted

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    2500 Yards
  9. Mon/Tues. November 11-12, 2013

    by , November 12th, 2013 at 04:03 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Monday morning was basically a zombie recovery swim. I don't know what exactly I did, but knew if I was going to swim, I'd have to do it from 7-8am, as that was the only timeslot available. I had to go to work by 10:00am for another 12 hours yesterday, bringing my daily total 16 in a row. Today will be 17, and by the time I do the meet on Saturday I'll have worked 20 days straight without a day off from work. My day off will consist of a 3 1/2 hour drive to Idaho, swim the best of the best events ever, and return home. My family is coming along, so it won't be boring on the road....plenty of and ...kids are great.

    Monday Swim: 2500 Yards of long and easy stuff, swimming, kicking, pulling.
    15 minutes of standing in the shower with the water as hot as possible trying to fall asleep.
    7-11 hot chocolate afterward to wake up.


    Tuesday (11:30-12:15pm)

    It was a little nicer being more awake for my swim today. I had a little more pep to get going, and my times showed it.

    Kind of a mish-mosh of stuff:

    300 Free

    8 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:45-:49)

    6 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:25 (1:06-1:07s)

    8 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:48-:50s)

    16 x 25 (w/ short fins) @ random amount of rest (:20-:30 rest on each wall)
    Odds SDK on back going 1/2way underwater.
    Evens Sprint Fly feeling speedy with the fins on

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    2100 Yards



    Not sure how much my endurance will hold up at the meet this weekend. I'm thinking the 1650 will be my warmup for sure now. Focusing now on survival of the middle 200 in the 400 IM, and rocking a good 200 Fly time if possible. I can fake a 200 Fly when needed!
  10. Saturday, November 9, 2013 12:00-12:50pm

    by , November 9th, 2013 at 04:29 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Warmup:

    10 x 100 Free @ 1:30, Desc the effort, got down to 1:08s. I'm tired.
    (1000/1000)

    4 Rounds of:
    • 125 Free Pull @ 1:30 (1:25s)
    • 75 Free Pull EZ

    (800/1800)

    10 x 50 @ 1:00 (25 Free cruise/25 Fly Fast) (went :32-:34, last one :31)
    (500/2300)

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


    Working so much has got me so tired. I'm basically on a 3 week work streak now, and this current week (ending tomorrow), I'll have 26 hours of OT. That's basically a double-size paycheck this next week. but I'm so wiped out I don't get to enjoy it to the fullest.
  11. Thursday, November 7, 2013 11:50-12:25pm

    by , November 7th, 2013 at 04:15 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Nothing too fancy today. I didn't wake up till almost 11:00am this morning. I guess I'm worn out and need the rest. Tomorrow I have to be up early (8:00am) for my son's award ceremony at school, and also to be at work 4 hours early too (10:30am), so hopefully I can get right to sleep tonight.

    1000 Free
    I was swimming at a 3:1 ratio (150 yards to 50 yards) with the lady I was sharing a lane with. She was elderly, and doing somewhat of a modified float/front scull/breaststroke arms head up movement down the lane. I just stayed consistent and tried not to capsize her. It was the only lane with 1 person in it when I arrived, so I got lucky. At the end of my 1000, I noticed another lane opened up, so I moved over.

    6 x 100 Free @ 1:30 (barely able to hold 1:10s on these)

    8 x 25 Fly @ :40

    200 EZ and out
    -----------------------
    2000 Yards

    I'm tired for sure...even this much swimming was rough on me. Well, now it's time to get to work soon.
  12. Wednesday, November 6, 2013 10:30-11:15am

    by , November 6th, 2013 at 03:41 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Woke up late today, very tired from last night's work. My muscles could definitely use a rest, and by that I mean having a day off from work just to lounge around the house...but that won't happen till hopefully Tuesday next week. At least the OT$$$$ has been good...but I'm feeling very now.


    Warmup:

    200 Free
    300 Free Pull Build
    400 IM (50 EZ or Drill/50 Build)
    12 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00
    (1500/1500)

    At this point, I was just tired and unmotivated...but managed to do something productive:

    4 x 75 (50 Free/25 Fly) @ 1:15
    4 x 50 (25 Free/25 Fly @ 1:00
    4 x 25 Fly @ :40
    Each of the Fly portions was 80-90% effort, and cruise the free
    (600/2100)

    100 EZ

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    2200 Yards
  13. Tuesday, November 5, 2013 9:30-10:15am

    by , November 5th, 2013 at 02:10 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Warmup:

    Long easy 800 Free - stretching out the muscles from work last night
    (800/800)

    Kick Set w/ short fins:

    2 x 100 SDK on back @ 1:30
    2 x 75 SDK on back @ 1:10
    2 x 50 SDK on back @ :45
    2 x 25 SDK on back @ :20
    (500/1300)

    5 x 100 Free Pull Fast @ 1:30 (went 1:07/1:06/1:06/1:05/1:03)

    100 EZ
    (600/1900)

    8 x 50 @ 1:00
    2 Rounds of 4:
    • 25 Fly Fast/25 Free EZ
    • 25 Fly Fast/25 Free EZ
    • 25 Fly Fast/25 Free EZ
    • 50 Fly Fast (went :32/:31)
    • **Fast meaning 200ish pace

    (400/2300)

    100 EZ and gone

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    2400 Yards


    Only 1 more week till my "weekend" I get next Tues/Wed. off work. Hopefully. If not, then it's the Saturday next week that I requested off for my meet.
  14. Monday, November 4, 2013 9:15-10:10am

    by , November 4th, 2013 at 02:26 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Warmup:

    500 Free
    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:50s, desc. the last 3 :48, :47, :45)
    (1000/1000)

    4 x 250 Free Pull @ 3:20 (went 2:58/2:58/2:56/2:50)
    I was originally going to do 300s, but miscounted on the first one, so adjusted.
    (1000/2000)

    4 x 150 Free Pull @ 1:55 (went 1:40/1:45/1:43/1:40)
    (600/2600)

    Kick Set w/ short fins:
    • 200 SDK on back @ 3:00
    • 150 SDK on back @ 2:30
    • 100 SDK on back @ 1:30
    • 50 SDK @ :30 (went :35, dead tired legs)

    (500/3100)

    100 EZ

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    3200 yards
  15. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 11:00-12:15pm

    by , November 2nd, 2013 at 04:19 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Today's swim was with my dentist, soon to be 65 year old Dr. Davis. As we were warming up, I suggested we do a birthday set for him, something at least realistic, 65x50s @ :45. He was up for it, though he used short fins like he usually does on his long mainly repetitive sets (i.e 30x100s, 40x75s, etc).

    Warmup:

    600 Free
    (600/600)

    Birthday Main Set:

    65 x 50 Free @ :45
    (3250/3850)
    I started out holding :35s, and slowly bounced around up to about :39/:40 for a bit in the middle. The last 15 though, I came back down to :35 and under (when we were circle swimming).
    We swam side by side, until around #50, when a younger girl (about 25) came up to ask if we could all circle swim. The pool was pretty crowded at this point, and I could tell by looking at her that she'd have no problem keeping our pace on the set. During a quick :05 break between 50, I explained what we were doing, and she had no problem with that. Found out later she was a former swimmer at UCLA and then Univ of Washington...who was over in Wenatchee visiting her family and came in for a swim.
    It was a good swim, and the motivation of not getting beat by a 65 year old kept me going. Almost the same motivation we men get at meets when racing against a woman.

    150 EZ and out

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    4000 Yards


    Two more weeks till my next meet in Moscow, Idaho. I'm also working straight through for the next two weeks without a day off (maybe). The meet is a Trifecta Challenge meet, trying to get people to swim the 50, 100, and 200 of any stroke, and then be rewarded with some unknown thing after the meet. There's also the butterfly + Brute Squad challenge being offered, and that's what I signed up for. So I'll be swimming:
    1650 Free, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 50 Fly in that order. I'm sure I'll be swimming a couple relays as well. At least I got my wife convinced to come along with the kids to this meet, so I can have a designated driver for the way home.
  16. Thursday, October 31, 2013 9:00-9:45am

    by , October 31st, 2013 at 02:08 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I think I need to take a day off. Wait, I've been off work the past two days, but it doesn't seem to help. Maybe my diet needs to change a little more healthy or something. I may be dehydrated a little too...maybe less soda and more water/juice/Gatorade? Nah....that's not fun. But I'll think about it.

    I just felt like blah today, and did a little...

    500 Free
    (500/500)

    Kick Set w/ short fins:

    200 SDK on back @ 3:00
    150 SDK on back @ 2:30
    100 SDK on back @ 1:30
    50 SDK on back @ :30 (went :33)
    (500/1000)

    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:30, 1:25, 1:20, 1:15, 1:10 made them all
    (500/1500)

    100 EZ

    4 x 25 Fly Fast @ :40

    100 EZ

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    1800 Yards
  17. Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:00-9:50am & 12:15-1:00pm

    by , October 30th, 2013 at 05:15 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Kind of a double, or an extended workout, or a 2 hour "masters minute", or whatever you want to call it. Two completely different types of workouts though, which was good. I really enjoyed the 2nd one, and it's something I need to do more of when I can too.

    My house lost power very early this morning, so I was up and about making sure the kids were warm, got McD's breakfast for everyone so they could have a hot meal as well. We have electric heat in this old house, so it was getting kinda cold. The school is just down the road from us, so I went to check if they had school going, and they had partial power, so the principal said they were going to do what they could, but he said bring the kids down so they can be warm. I then took my youngest over to my parents house for some heat, and so she could visit them. I left my mother-in-law at home. She didn't want to leave. OK, fine with me...let her freeze.
    :devilchildJames:

    9:00 workout (kinda blah feeling thru this):

    Warmup:
    500 Free
    200 Kick w/ board
    400 IM Drill
    (1100/1100)

    8 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:55s)
    (400/1500)

    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:20
    6 x 75 Free Pull @ 1:00
    7 x 50 Free Pull @ :40
    8 x 25 Free Pull @ :20
    (1500/3000)

    100 EZ and out
    ------------------
    3100 Yards

    It was good for the aerobic part, but that's all I've really been doing lately, so I decided to go back later during the lunchtime swim. My power had been restored at this point, so my mother-in-law wasn't a popsicle anymore.

    12:15pm workout:

    Since I was still pretty much warmed up, I just did a quick warmup, and got right to it. My YMCA swim buddy Jeff was there, so he and I did this together, though Jeff wasn't really liking it the same as me.

    200 Free

    5 x 100 SDK w/ short fins @ 1:30 (went 1:15s)
    (700/700)

    Main Set:

    5 x 100 Free Best Avg. @ 3:00
    went 1:01, 1:00, 1:00, 1:00, 1:01
    (500/1200)

    I was surprised by the first one, because I just haven't been this fast in practice since I was swimming with Velocity last year. By the 4th one, I began to die around the 75, but managed to keep the legs moving to finish strong. The 5th one...OWWWWwwww.
    Jeff managed to go a 1:14 on the first one, which he said is his best 100 time, and after that went downhill quickly, but he at least did the whole set with me.

    I did one final 50, giving Jeff a :10 lead, and tried to run him down. Couldn't quite catch him though. He did a :33, and I was :27.

    Finished off with a lot of talking, and did a cooldown 50 of superslow perfect stroke swimming that took 2 minutes to complete.

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    1300 Yards

    Total for the Day - 4400 Yards (still not a complete Tom Patterson workout)
  18. Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:30-12:40pm

    by , October 29th, 2013 at 05:58 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Got in my "morning" workout, late after having to work till almost 2:00am last night. Have to get my beauty sleep as well. At least I have Tuesday and Wednesday off from work this week, so a few days to relax and catch up on things around the house.

    Warmup:

    500 Free - stopping to chat with my "masters coach" Carolyn, who was back in the water for the first time after her surgery. We chatted about the upcoming meet in November, and who might be going, as well as planning for the Wenatchee meet in January. Looks like we'll run basically the same program we had last year, with the sprint 25s in the middle for a little fun.

    Kick Set w/ long fins:

    200 SDK @ 3:00 (went 2:25)
    150 SDK @ 2:30 (went 1:50)
    100 SDK @ 1:30 (went 1:10)
    50 SDK @ :30 (went :29)
    (1000/1000)

    5 x 200 Free Pull @ (1 each interval) 3:00, 2:50, 2:40, 2:30, 2:20
    held around 2:25s on the first 3, then 2:21, 2:20
    I just don't have the strength and endurance from last year.

    100 EZ
    (1100/2100)

    2 x 50 Fly @ 1:00
    1 x 100 Free @ 1:30
    2 x 50 Back @ 1:00
    1 x 100 Free @ 1:30
    2 x 50 Breast @ 1:00
    1 x 100 Free @ 1:30
    (600/2700)

    At this point, stopped to chat with another fellow masters swimmer who I haven't seen in a while, then joined him on a set of 50s he was doing (he did Free)
    8 x 50 Fly @ 1:00 (held ~:35s)
    (400/3100)

    That hurt...I really haven't been doing that much fly back to back reps in practice, and it's probably something I should do more of. I know I can handle a 200 Fly no problem, but I still need to work on the fly endurance a bit more.

    100 EZ and out

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    3200 yards
  19. Monday, October 28, 2013 10:30-11:00am

    by , October 28th, 2013 at 03:14 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I was just sluggish this morning. Slept in late, but that was more because I was working till 1:00am also. Probably tired as well from the weekend of travel down to Oregon, swimming, and driving back basically in a 24-hour period, and having to jump right back into work again on Sunday. I didn't even get to enjoy any NFL games!

    200 Free
    100 Back
    200 Free
    5 x 100 SDK w/ long fins @ 1:40 (1:15s)
    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:20 (1:13s)
    100 Free and out

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    1600 Yards
  20. Saturday, October 26, 2013 Linfield Alumni Meet Recap

    by , October 27th, 2013 at 02:20 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I had a great time today, even though it only lasted a short while. The actual competition portion of the meet was maybe an hour and a half. Very tiring for those who swam a bunch. Some people were just there for social hour. Not me...I'm going to swim after traveling this far!

    Scheduled order of events:
    200 Medley Relay - Fly
    100 IM - I would've done this too, but I was saving for the Fly
    100 Breast
    200 Free (200 Fly)** done as a bonus heat
    50 Free - did a 25 of it
    200 IM
    50 Breast
    100 Fly
    50 Back
    100 Free
    50 Fly
    100 Back
    200 Free Relay - Leadoff

    I swam each of the BOLDED events above.

    It was a very fun day. We had about 20 alum there this year, which is just huge! Mainly all recent grads who I didn't really know. There were a few from the early 2000s that I'd heard of, and swim in other alumni meets before with, and another from the class of '95, who was the former 200 and 500 Free record holder before I arrived on campus.

    200 Medley - I was with two girls (who did Back and Dolphin Breast). I did Fly, and another speedy guy did Free. We were in a bring up the end of the heat situation, so I just tried to catch up, as did Kevin - our anchor leg.

    The 200 Fly was just a challenge I threw to the coach a while back on Facebook, to see what he had for kids this year. The best he could give me was a freshman with a lifetime best of 2:19. Well, I made a race of it...going out in 1:01 at the 100 split, right on par with my normal in-season swims. I could see I was way ahead of the other boy, so I stopped and waited for him at the 175 mark. Then we raced the final 25 home. I still finished in 2:18, and he was 2:19. My friend said I was on the wall a good 10 seconds or so, so I was probably looking at a pretty decent time had I continued on to the finish without waiting. The freshman thanked me for waiting for him, and not crushing him badly.

    50 Free - "We" went a 21.66. I took the 2nd length of the race with a running dive start from the turn end of the pool. I'm not sure who did the first length, but I just said, "hey, go swim a 25 and I'll relay it with you". The 21.6 is right on my lifetime best time. To think I used to actually go that fast on my own legally!!

    200 IM - more of a stretchout swim. Had I realized there was two alumni kids relaying it against me in the far lane I would've tried a little harder to beat them. They went 2:16 to my 2:20.

    100 Fly - my real race with the two guys on the team who can really swim. I took this one as a running start again, timing the "take your mark" with my run pretty well. Gary (the coach) didn't know I was doing a running start though, and just as I came in said "stand up"...and I was airborne! It was great! I ended up giving away what I was going to do, but repeated the running start again. I was caught by the 50 point of the race by one kid though, and he and I raced to the finish. I ended up getting touched out at the end though. We were both 58-lows on the clock.

    100 Free - this was my cooldown. I did a negative split race though to catch up and pass quite a few kids. Went a :57something

    100 Back - this one was a "I'm a cheater" swim (like none of my other swims). I had my short fins in my bag, and put them on for this race. My SDKs off the start and first turn were great, and then the oxygen debt started to fatigue me. I managed to go a 1:00.5. Decent I guess.

    200 Free Relay, I led it off with a 25.04. I'm not the greatest at sprinting anymore, but our team ended up winning the relay. This is the Alumni's event anyway, they always have to win this one!
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