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  1. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 7:00pm @ YMCA

    by , December 21st, 2010 at 11:45 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I had to go in to work early this morning to repair one of the main conveyor belts in my department. It was ready to break and probably would have today if I didn't fix it first. Missed out on swimming this morning, but I saved a big headache at work, so it was worth it. So after an 11 hour day at work, and a few at home with the kids, I decided to get in the hot YMCA pool to stretch out a little.
    Solo swimming tonight also. Just me and the lifeguards watching me.

    Warmup:
    200 Free,
    100 Kick on back
    200 Pull
    200 IM Drill
    100 Kick on back
    200 Pull

    4 sets of 3 x 50 (25 Fly, 25 Free)
    Set 1 @ 1:00
    2 @ :55
    3 @ :50
    4 @ :45
    These were just stretch out and swim easy. I was still feeling like blah throughout this part.

    100 Back

    6 x 150 Free Pull @ 2:00
    These were fun. First 3 I did 1:46, #4 1:44, #5 1:42, #6 1:40

    100 Free EZ

    4 x 50s @ 1:00
    25 Fast Fly, w/ 25 EZ Free cool down. Held :14/:15 on the fly

    100 EZ
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    3000 Yards
  2. Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 5:00am

    by , December 20th, 2010 at 07:59 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Due to my work schedule I'm only going to get in 30 minute practices this week and next week unless something changes. They're making us work four 9-hour days with Fridays off for holiday.

    200 Free
    200 IM drill
    300 Free Pull
    100 Fly
    400 Breast
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    1200 Yards

    On the 400 I was working on the underwater dolphin at the beginning of the pull like Kitajima does. I don't seem to be any shorter or longer in the water with my dolphin kick at the beginning or at the end of my pulldown. I'm not sure if the speed difference to that mark in the pool is faster or not without someone timing me.
    It is very awkward and seems to be illegal. How much do the hands actually need to move to be considered starting the pull? On the videos I watch of the top breaststrokers around the world, it looks like they haven't yet begun their pulldown at all until after the dolphin kick. Must be a slight of hand trick, or else the stroke and turn judges just can't see it clearly.

    Any thoughts by anyone on this? I'll always take some good advice.
  3. Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 5:15am

    by , December 17th, 2010 at 10:56 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I decided today was a day to sit on the bench with the rest of the folks and talk for a while this morning about how cold the pool looks. This is a daily ritual for most of them, so I guess I might as well join them once in a while. That left me not very motivated to do much.

    400 Free warmup

    2 x 250 Free Pull @ 3:15 (I did 2:46, 2:43) <--I saw that Tjrpatt did these the other day and they look fun, which they were

    200 Free EZ

    (25 EZ, 25 Fly sprint from dive) x2

    100 Back :30 rest
    100 Breast :30 rest
    100 Free
    all of these were just relaxed swimming back and forth, back and forth (It's Friday)
    6 x 2-turn 50s with the group
    2 free, 2 back, 2 fly or breast working on streamlines
    I did about 8-9 kicks of each turn which is a lot for me, but they felt good. I usually only do a couple on fly in a race. Maybe I'll try to make a change for my New Years resolution.
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    1800 yards

    Updated December 17th, 2010 at 12:54 PM by jaadams1

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  4. Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010

    by , December 16th, 2010 at 10:58 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Warmup/Main:

    20 x 100 stay on interval throughout
    5 @ 1:30 Swim
    5 @ 1:25 Pull
    5 @ 1:20 Swim
    5 @ 1:15 Pull

    5 x 100 Kick w/ fins @ 1:40

    5 x 100 (50 Fly/50 Breast) @ 1:45 stretch out

    200 EZ
  5. Upcoming meets - update

    by , December 15th, 2010 at 10:37 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    They just posted the info for the Inland NW SCY Champs meet in Moscow, Idaho.
    It's not till the end of March, but I'm already picking events.
    Saturday:
    400 IM 4:46.89
    200 Back 2:18.00
    100 Breast 1:09.39
    Sunday:
    50 Breast 31.50
    200 Breast 2:33.97
    1000 Free 11:15.00 <--I'm going to go for a fast 500 time and just flip turn and keep going. Easier to do that than think of a 1000. That way I can maybe be under 10:45.

    Not all are my "good" events, but since I'm swimming them at Nationals the next month I'll just have fun at this one. Nationals: 200 Fly, 100 Back, 200 Free, 500 Free, 100 Fly, 200 IM
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  6. Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 5:00am

    by , December 15th, 2010 at 01:02 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Again this was one of those mornings with about 10 minutes of standing around trying not to get wet this morning.

    Almost 5:15 before getting wet with:
    200 Free
    100 Kick
    200 Pull

    300 IM

    20 x 25 Fly @ :30 (held about :16s)

    100 Kick EZ

    400 Free Pull - felt strong

    100 Free EZ

    with my group:
    4 x 50's drill 1 of each stroke
    100 IM working long streamlines
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    2200 yards

    I have about 5 weeks till my next competition. It's right here in wonderful Wenatchee. At least I don't have to travel far. Entries should be coming out soon, at least that's what our coach said this morning. 200 fly & 500 free for sure, after that will depend on the meet lineup.
  7. Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 5:00am

    by , December 14th, 2010 at 09:53 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Warmup
    200 Free
    400 Free Pull
    8 x 25 Fly w/ fins w/ 12+ SDKs

    Main
    4 x 75 Free @ 1:15
    4 x 75 Free @ 1:10
    4 x 75 Free @ 1:05
    4 x 75 Free @ 1:00
    I held 52/53 throughout these, and almost did a set on the :55 but decided not to. I probably should have though.

    8 x 100 Kick w/ fins and board :10 rest
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    2800 yards
  8. Lost a Few More

    by , December 13th, 2010 at 06:16 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Top Tens for SCM...

    After the last few weeks I've just been bumped out of the top ten in a few more of my races. I still have the 400 Free, 100 & 200 Fly, 200 Back, 200 Breast, & 400 IM. So all is not lost. We'll have to see after the SPMA's and a few others send in final results...
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  9. Monday Dec. 13, 2010 5:00am

    by , December 13th, 2010 at 10:34 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    300 Free warmup

    8 x 100 @ 1:30 (50 stroke, 50 free)
    #1-4 Fly
    #5-6 Back
    #7-8 Breast
    18x50 Free
    (3 @ :60)(3 @ :55)(3 @ :50)(3 @ :45)(3 @ :40)(3 @ :35)
    These were easy till the last 3, also did the last 1 fly
    100 EZ Kick

    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:15 (I held about 1:07s)

    8 x 50 SDK on back w/ fins @ :50
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    3000 yards
  10. Dec. 11, 2010 11:30am at the YMCA

    by , December 11th, 2010 at 05:03 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Here is my workout courtesy of Tjrpatt. I only did the first half of his practice since I normally only swim about 2500-3000 a morning. But I am still wiped out and my muscles want to kill me.

    Warmup
    300 Free
    200 Kick w/ board

    Main
    3 x 100 IM @ 1:25
    3 x 50 Fly @ :45 (I took minute rest after this)
    3 x 200 IM @ 2:50 (I held 2:30s/2:32s)
    3 x 50 Back @ :45 (again a minute rest)
    2 x 300 IM @ 4:20 (I had 4:01/3:57)
    3 x 50 Breast @ 50
    3 x 100 Rev IM @ 1:30 (these we just fun and relaxed)
    3 x 50 Free @ :45 (same here, relaxed)

    6 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:30 (I went 1:11, 1:08, 1:07, 1:05, 1:05, 1:04)

    100 EZ Kick cool down
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    3600 Yards
    This is the most I've done for a while. Time to rest till Monday.

    This workout was pretty good for doing it solo. Most of my practices I swim solo, but I am usually swimming with my Masters team "solo" in the outside lane. Swimming at the YMCA here in East Wenatchee isn't my first choice, but its the only thing available to me on a Saturday.
    The disadvantages are the warm water - usually about 86 degrees , and the "non-swimmers" that want to get in the lane with me right in the middle of a good set.
    For example: today there were 4 lanes available for laps, 2 for water exercise class. 1 lap lane had 2 people in it and the other 3 lanes one person each. I was one of those 1 person lanes. Between intervals someone asked if they could split with me, and I said sure so I wouldn't be rude. They apparently didn't notice that I was doing IM sets at a pretty quick pace. Errrrrrrgghhh. I just tried to make lots of waves.
    About 10 minutes later one of the other lanes opened up, so I moved over to complete my workout solo again. Not more than 10 minutes later the exact same thing happened, but this time the new swimmer was a newbie to the lap swimming world.
    I just finished up keeping one eye on the other person in case they tried crossing the center line as we passed by.

    Updated December 11th, 2010 at 05:22 PM by jaadams1

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  11. Friday 12/10/2010 5:00am

    by , December 10th, 2010 at 10:56 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    It was another one of those mornings. I think I spent more time standing on the pool deck thinking about diving in rather than actually swimming this morning. I didn't really feel like swimming much today. My muscles were fairly wiped out between my swimming and my at home dryland work. Pushups with my kids on my back are fun!
    I looked up at the clock after my warmup and it was 5:35 already!

    Warmup
    15 minutes standing at edge of pool thinking about how cold it might be
    25 fly from a dive
    400 Reverse IM Kick with a board
    300 Reverse IM Drill
    200 SDK w/ fins
    100 Fly

    Main set (not really a main set but it needs a name)
    500 Free pull
    3 x 100 Free nice and relaxed

    4 x 50 various fly drills with the group
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    2000 yards of blah...

    I should be ready to rock and roll again on Monday. Later
  12. 12/9/2010 5:00am

    by , December 9th, 2010 at 12:20 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    300 Free
    200 IM Drill
    100 Kick

    2 x 200 Free Pull @ 2:40
    4 x 100 Breast @ 1:45 flipturns w/ pullouts
    8 x 50 Back @ :50
    16 x 25 Fly @ :30

    100 EZ

    8 x 75 Free @ 1:00 Build each one
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    2900 Yards
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  13. Upcoming meets this winter/spring

    by , December 9th, 2010 at 01:30 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    January 23rd - Wenatchee Meet SCY - This one's right at home, no more than 2 miles away. It would be good just to swim a bunch of 50s since I'm not paying for gas to go swim for a few seconds. But I'm not like that. I've got to take down the 200 fly age group record in my LMSC. 2:09.72. Should be piece of cake, considering the 2:17 I did the other morning at 5:00am for the Brute Squad swim. I also need to get in a 500 free since I haven't done it since last April. Maybe 400 IM for the heck of it.

    February 13th - Canby Animal Meet Masters SCY - I'm signed up for the "grand master" version. 200 Fly, 400 IM, 1000 Free. Everyone gets a meet T-shirt. Winner get a cool trophy. Winner is based on lowest cumulative time among all age groups. This is also the team I used to work for as an age group coach after college for 5 years. It'll be good to see some of the folks after 7 years or so.

    1st week or March or so - Cour'd'lane, ID will be hosting a SCM meet (I think, may be yards) at the new facility that was built last year.

    Last week in March - Inland NW SCY Champs in Moscow, ID. Depending on the order of events, I'm going to try for the 200, 500 Free, 100, 200 Fly, 200, 400 IM. These selections may change though.

    1st weekend in April or so: I'm going to skip the PNA Champs this year because I have to save $$$ for:

    April 30-May 1 - Masters Nationals in Arizona. I'm going to fly in on Friday night, to swim Saturday and Sunday. 200 Fly, 200 Free on Sat. 500 Free, 100 Fly, 200 IM on Sun. Maybe I'll do a fun 50 breast in the middle of Saturday for my #6 event. We'll see. I'd hate to travel all the way there and only swim 5 events. Oh yeah, Motel 6 for only $28.xx a night. Got a round trip flight out of the Tri Cities, WA to Phoenix for $200!
    After this I'll probably just wind it down for the summer, depending on my work schedule. I might get lucky and get to swim a couple times a week, but I doubt it.

    Updated December 9th, 2010 at 12:26 PM by jaadams1

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  14. Wed. Dec. 8, 2010 5:00am practice

    by , December 7th, 2010 at 11:01 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Snow is falling hard here tonight. We're supposed to get 3-4 more inches tonight/tomorrow morning. Hopefully the person with the key to the pool makes it in the morning.

    Here goes:
    300 Free
    200 IM
    100 SDK

    8x125 IM @ 2:00 extra length backstroke (gotta work on the worst stroke too)

    400 Free :20 rest
    300 Free :15 rest
    200 Free :10 rest
    100 Free under 1:00 <--this will be tough

    8x50 Breast @ 1:15 double pullouts each wall

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    3000 yards

    Updated December 9th, 2010 at 12:28 PM by jaadams1

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  15. Tuesday's practice 12-7-10

    by , December 7th, 2010 at 12:13 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I like to make up my practices before I get to the pool, because if not I don't really feel like doing very much. At least if I get it wrote down, I'll probably do it. Tomorrow's gonna be a killer for me.

    300 Free w/up

    Broken Mile 11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 lengths (Odd lengths (11,9,7,etc.) Free) (Evens - Fly)
    20 sec. or so rest between depending on how the arms are feeling
    50 EZ

    16x25s SDK w/ fins @ :40

    2x300 Free pull @ 4:00
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    3000 yards

    That should pretty much fill up my hour I get in the pool. Looks like a good day to skip practice too.

    Updated December 9th, 2010 at 12:28 PM by jaadams1

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  16. Monday's upcoming practice

    by , December 5th, 2010 at 06:24 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    400 Free
    400 IM Drill

    6 x 300 @ 4:30
    1. 50 Fly, 250 Free
    2. 100 Fly, 200 Free
    3. 100 Fly, 50 Back, 150 Free
    4. 100 Fly, 100 Back, 100 Free
    5. 100 Fly, 100 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Free
    6. 100 Fly, 100 Back, 100 Breast

    4 x 100 IM @ 1:45 FAST
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    3000 Yards Total

    Hopefully I can at least get through most of the 300s before the others start arriving. I hate it when I'm in the middle of a good set and then someone gets in that shouldn't really be in the fast lane. Then all they want to do is warm up forever. C'mon now, I've only got an hour. I may just skip the warmup part and start off the 300's right at 5:00. Then I can cool down with the warmup. Kinda reverse but works for me.

    Updated December 9th, 2010 at 12:30 PM by jaadams1

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  17. Brute Squad '10

    by , December 4th, 2010 at 08:05 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    It's a postal event that we compete in each year. Our workout group in Wenatchee did the Brute Squad swim just before Thanksgiving, and since my work schedule didn't allow me to do it then, I got to wait till the day after Thanksgiving with a full belly to swim it. Mine was done at 5:00am on Black Friday:
    200 Fly - 2:17 <-- Not bad for just waking up and diving in.
    400 IM - 4:59 <-- This felt pretty good, only :13 off my best last month
    1650 - 20:30 <-- This one hurt a lot mainly because I don't train for it anymore. I had to start taking :05 rest after each 100 at the 1100 till the finish. (Should have been under 20 min. in practice, but oh well)

    Anybody else want to do it? You still have time thru the end of December to enter. You get a cool sweatshirt too.

    Updated December 9th, 2010 at 12:31 PM by jaadams1

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