View RSS Feed

Uncategorized

Entries with no category

  1. I'm king of the nerds!!!

    by , December 3rd, 2011 at 10:22 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Warning: completely swimming unrelated.

    Early last year, I was conned into coaching a group of homeschoolers (my son included) in a Lego Robot competition. I was picked mostly because I already owned a Lego Robot kit and the parents were fed up with thier team through a local science musem. No... it isn't my son's robot... it is mine and I like it! The attraction (for the nerds) is the obstacle course the kids get to program the robot through. But there are scores for a theme related project, teamwork and a bunch of other stuff. I had high expectations for the year. We were going to have 2 robots, 2 practice tables, tons of help (from a friend who convinced me to do this in the first place), and 10 months to get everyone ready. We ended up with 1 robot, 1 table, a late start on getting project materials together and a revolving door for team members. I ended up coaching 2 soccer teams, one of which went to state championships and lots of business trips for my friend stretched everyone's time thin. So, last night, our last minute practice for the event today was looking pretty sorry. Nobody was organized or coordinated and the robot wasn't doing much at all. The top 10 out of 23 teams today moved on the State finals. I gave us a 50-50 chance of being in that top 10. Tried my best to sugar coat the efforts of the team members and encourage them to have fun no matter how badly things go. Things did start very badly. If you just place the robot on the table and do nothing, you get 72 points. We scored 60 on our practice round. Still, things were working better and the team was starting to coordinate their efforts. Even better, the judging for the project and teamwork seemed to go awfully well even though we didn't know the actual scores. After round 1 we were in 3rd place with the robot obstacle course and ended up 5th at the end of the day. At the awards we sat behind a team that had raked in Best Coach, Best Robot Design and Highest Points in the robot obstacle. I'm thinking "these guys pretty much have it sewn up but on the other hand, I have underestimated our chances at making the State finals". Turns out I severely underestimated our chances... we won the overall first place! My assistant and I looked at each other in complete shock when they called us down for the award. As the team went down to recieve our trophy, I realized "I'm king of the nerds and I'm completely ok with that". I'm king of the local nerds for now anyway and aspire to be king of the state ones as well .

    Updated December 4th, 2011 at 05:24 AM by pmccoy

    Categories
    Uncategorized
  2. 12.1.11 - feeling better again

    by , December 1st, 2011 at 08:52 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave, Dave and Roger. All had our own lanes. Feeling much better today. I was able to stomach more food yesterday. That seems to make a difference. Power and endurance are back. Figured they would be but once it goes away for a couple days - no matter the reason - I always start doubting myself.

    SCY

    400 Warm up

    4 Times through
    * 50 Stroke - :50 (1st iteration free)
    * 50 Stroke - :50 (1st & 2nd iteration free)
    * 50 Stroke - :50 (1st, 2nd, 3rd iteration free)
    * 50 Kick - :50
    Break

    4 Times through (For each 100, pick 4 from Fly, Bk, Br, Fr, IM):
    * 100 - 1:30
    * 100 - 1:25
    * 100 - 1:20
    * 100 - 1:15
    On the first iteration, I went Br (1:25), Bk (1:25), IM (1:23 - ut oh....), Fr - 1:15. Sensing I was going to get behind quickly, I switched to Bk, IM, Fr, Fr. That helped and eventually I got back on pace.
    100 Easy

    7 Times through
    * 75 Pull hard - :50 (:45-:48)
    * 25 Pull easy - :40
    * 25 Kick hard - 1:05 (1:00-1:03)
    * 25 Kick easy - :45

    100 Cool down

    (4400 Total)
    Categories
    Uncategorized
  3. 11.28.11 - Challenge Day 2

    by , November 28th, 2011 at 08:51 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Roger next to Dave and Dave. Wasn't sure I would make it this morning. A stomach bug had me down most of the weekend but I woke up feeling much better... and hungry for a change. Monday is our challenge day. Not so bad this week. 2 x 100 on 1:10. I made 1:05, 1:07. Not sure how I'm going to get past 4 of these but it isn't going to happen if I keep going out on 1:05. Going to have to hold back a bit and try to make the first 3-4 before I get in that 1:07-1:08 groove.

    SCY

    400 Warm up

    6 x 50 - :45
    1:30 Rest
    2 x 100 - 1:10 (1:05, 1:07)
    50 Easy

    6 Times through
    * 200 IM - 3:00 (2:45 or better, substitute 50 stroke w/ 50 kick)
    * 6 x 25 Stroke - :40
    I ended up w/ 100 stroke/100 kick. If I substituted with anything other than br kick, I couldn't make 2:45. On the last one, I did 50fl/100br kick/50fr and made 2:40.

    4 x 100 IM - 1:45 (0/25/50/75 Kick)
    1:00 Rest
    4 x 100 - 1:45 (25/50/75/100 Kick)
    50 Easy
    100 Timed kick (br - 1:23)

    200 Cool down

    (4200 Total)
    Categories
    Uncategorized
  4. 11.15.11 Tuesday workout

    by , November 15th, 2011 at 08:53 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Roger next to Dave, Teresa and Jeffrey. Pool temp 83 and warming. Wore Aquablade jammer.

    Part of my newfound speed is the jammer but I'm definitely feeling the water better overall. Trying hard right now to convince my body that 1:10 is the new "easy" pace. I'd love to get 1:10s to be effortless by the meet in Feb.

    SCY

    400 Warm up

    4 x 100 - 1:30 (1st 25 fly)
    3 x 100 - 1:20 (1:10s)
    4 x 100 - 1:45 (50 Kick/50 fr)
    3 x 100 - 1:20 (1:10s)
    4 x 100 - 1:30 (25, 50, 75, 100 fly)
    50 Easy
    Made the 100 fly Thought I might be sabotaging myself by going 1:10s on the 1:20 interval but I pulled through with a 1:25.

    4 x 100 IM - 1:45 (1:20-1:25)
    3 x 100 - 1:20 (1:10s)
    4 x 100 - 1:45 (25, 50, 75, 100 Kick)
    3 x 100 Pull - 1:20 (1:10-1:12??? Weird... I was slower pulling)
    1:00 Rest
    4 x 100 - 1:15 (1:08, 1:12, 1:10, 1:07)

    100 Cool down

    (4150 total)
    Categories
    Uncategorized
  5. 10.15.11 Saturday workout

    by , October 15th, 2011 at 10:12 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam at HSA w/ Dave, Dave, Bob, Andrew and Mary. Pool about 82. No drag suit. Brook coached.

    Brook noted that I don't point my toes. I've been working on this but apparently not hard enough.

    SCY

    500 Warm up

    200 IM Kick no fins
    200 IM Drill down/ swim back
    200 IM

    5 x 100 - 1:30 (Breathe Right, Left, every 3, Left, Right)

    3 times through (stroke in IM order)
    * 200 Kick w/ fins
    * 100 fr ~ 1:20
    * 200 free down/stroke back ~ 3:00
    * 100 fr ~ 1:20
    * 200 Pull ~ 3:00

    50 Drill down/underwater back
    25 Sprint from dive
    50 Drill down/underwater back
    25 Sprint from dive
    50 Drill down/underwater back
    25 Sprint from dive
    50 Drill down/underwater back
    25 Sprint from dive
    50 Drill down/underwater back

    400 Easy IM cool down

    (4750 Total)
    Categories
    Uncategorized
  6. 10.14.11 Friday workout

    by , October 14th, 2011 at 09:27 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Roger next to Dave and Dave. Kent showed up late and swam in our lane. Pool temp @ 85. No drag suit.

    SCY

    500 Warm up

    My Set
    2 x 150 IM - 2:15 (75 Fly, 50 Bk, 25 Br)
    50 Pull - :45
    2 x 150 IM - 2:15 (25 Fly, 75 Bk, 50 Br)
    50 Pull - :45
    2 x 150 IM - 2:15 (50 Fly, 25 Bk, 75 Br)

    "Borrowed" this set from here: http://forums.usms.org/blog.php?b=18229. Repackaged it to fit into a 1000 in 15:00 format. Struggled through it but made them all.

    Dave B's Set
    100 Fr - 1:30
    100 IM/100 Fr - 3:00
    100 IM/100 Fr/100 IM - 4:30
    100 Fr/100 IM/100 Fr/100 IM - 6:00

    Some good recovery.

    Dave M's Set
    4 x 100 - 1:15 Descend (1:12, 1:12, 1:10, 1:07)
    100 Kick - 2:30
    5 x 100 - 1:30 Convert free to stroke

    Following Kent and Roger, the descent was no problem. Converted free to breast. Think my 100 br was around 1:23.

    Kent's Hypoxic Set
    500 fr - Start w/ 1 breath per stroke and subtract a breath per stroke every lap until failure. Start over from 1 breath per stroke after failure. Went 7, 6, 7.
    1:00 Rest
    2 x 50 - :45 (3 x br pull out on each wall)
    2 x 50 - :45 (no breath down/2 breaths back)
    2 x 50 - :45 (Fly 3 down, 1 up)
    2 x 50 - :50 (breathe every 4)
    2 x 50 - :50 (back stroke down, sdk on back)

    The hard part of this is that if you were breathing every 6 and took 3 strokes into the wall, you had to take 3 strokes out of the wall before breathing again. Kent made it through 13 but he's in high school. Everyone else was in the 6-8 range. We each chose two 50s with some sort of breath control. After the first 2 50s, I couldn't stick with it. 45 seconds just isn't enough time for me to finish and recover some breath.

    200 cool down

    (4700 total)
    Categories
    Uncategorized
  7. 10.10.11 Monday workout - lots of fly

    by , October 10th, 2011 at 09:23 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    We were short players this weekend so we did 4 v 4 soccer w/ a smaller field and tiny goals... no subs. Solid 90 minutes of sprinting.

    Thought the pool was going to be closed for Colombus day. I'd planned to take it easy this morning. After a few emails, we figured out that the pool was in fact open and so I drug myself out of bed for what I thought would be one of Roger's power hour workouts. A power hour would have been preferable to the next workout on the sheet. The pace isn't bad but the fly piles up after a few hundred yards. I made it so I was happy about that.

    Swam w/ Roger next to Dave and Dave. No drag suit. Water up to a comfortable 84 where they promise it will stay... right.

    SCY

    500 Warm up

    4 x 100 - 1:25 1st 25 fly
    4 x 100 - 1:30 1st 50 fly
    4 x 100 - 1:35 1st 75 fly
    4 x 100 - 1:40 fly
    50 Easy

    I did the free up front with Roger starting 10 seconds back and doing the fly up front. Made it through 1200 yds before really giving out. Took 15 sec. off and followed Roger through the 4 x 100 fly. The extra 15 plus Roger's draft made a huge difference and I was able to finish.

    As if we hadn't done enough fly already...

    4 x 75 - 1:00 Pull
    4 x 75 - 1:05 1st 25 fly
    4 x 75 - 1:10 1st 50 fly
    4 x 75 - 1:15 fly

    Followed Roger on all of these and made them with no trouble.

    4 x 75 Kick - 1:15
    4 x 75 Kick - 1:15 at least 25 kick fly
    4 x 75 Kick - 1:20 at least 50 kick fly
    4 x 75 Kick - 1:25 at least 75 kick fly

    Made the first two sets of 75 kick but my fly kick is a liability and the third set got to me. After missing a split, I went back to 25 fly/50 br kick to catch up. Did the last set of 75s 50 fly/25 br kick with the last one being all fly.

    200 cool down

    (4750 total)

    Updated October 10th, 2011 at 11:54 AM by pmccoy

    Categories
    Uncategorized
  8. 10.8.2011 Stuff

    by , October 9th, 2011 at 02:52 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave, Bob and George at HSA. Near end was cool, far end had heater jets going full blast. The warm/cold cycling was miserable after a while. No drag suit.

    After swimming, I coached my 5 yr old's last soccer game for the season. Hate to see this end as I've thoroughly enjoyed the U6 age division. We got a raw deal in the draft and were blown out by teams at the beginning of the year. By the end, they had all become more aggressive and played the better teams in the area very close despite having a pretty big talent gap. From there, I headed off to referee a U14 boys game and then coached my older son's U14 game. His ended in a 1-1 draw which was very good considering the circumstances. His team is one of the better ones I've had and should do well as tournaments start up at the end of the month. The rest of the afternoon was spent on my sons lego robotics team which mostly means that the guys come over to watch college football while the kids play with legos. Unfortunately, I soon realized they needed a little more supervision that I wanted to give after spending 5 hours in the sun. Full day but definitely a lot of fun watching the kids play.

    SCY

    Warm up
    4 x 200 IM (Reverse order, Fly legs - drill, swim)

    4 x 100 Kick w/ fins
    400 Free - 6:00 (5:00)
    4 x 100 IM - 1:40
    400 Free - 6:00 (4:55)
    4 x 100 Kick down/ swim back w/ fins

    8 x 200 Free - 3:00, Odds pull (2:25-2:30)

    8 x 50 fly/free - :55
    2 x 100 back - 1:40 (1:30s)
    200 br - 3:30 (3:00)
    8 x 25 - :25 (17.5ish)

    200 Cool down

    (5400 total)
    Categories
    Uncategorized
  9. 10-05-11 Wednesday workout

    by , October 5th, 2011 at 10:28 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Kent next to Roger, Dave and Dave. Pool warming but still around 81. No drag suit.

    SCY
    450 Warm up

    6 Times through
    * 125 fr - 1:30
    * 75 fl/bk/br - 1:30
    50 Easy

    125s weren't so bad but the last thing I wanted to do after a fast 125 was fly. Kent led the lane and did 125 fr/100 IM. When he started at the opposite end, I started 5 seconds early to keep him from running me over which really was not much of an issue.

    3 Times through
    * 100 fr - 1:30
    * 100 fly - 1:30
    * 100 fr - 1:30
    * 100 kick - 1:30
    50 Easy

    Not too bad but I struggle with the 100 fly. I actually swam 100 br kick (1:25-1:27) faster than I did 100 fly (1:26-1:29). Kent did 6 x 100 fr/125 fly and struggled at times which ended up mixing up our send-offs some. It all worked out in the end.

    200 IM/200 Free - 6:00
    250 IM/150 Free - 6:00 (Added 50 br)
    300 IM/100 Free - 6:00 (Added 50 bk/50 br)
    400 IM - 6:00 (5:45)

    My plan was to swap 100 free for 50 bk and 50 br on # 2 and then swim the last two as full 400 IMs. On the first one I came in around 5:40 and realized I wasn't going to have enough rest to maintain my original plan so I just added 50 stroke at a time. 5:45 wasn't too bad considering how tired I was after the previous 1200 yards. My splits were fly/back - 3:05, br - 1:27, fr - 1:13. Still have a big negative spit on my IM (-:20) most of which is my horrid back stroke.

    200 Cool down

    (4750 total)
    Categories
    Uncategorized
  10. Tuesday workout

    by , October 4th, 2011 at 10:49 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam in my own lane next to Dave and Dave. Pool temp still @ 80. No drag suit.

    Boiler being broken was just a rumor. Pool was cooled for a swim meet and is expected to get back to the mid-upper 80s again. Pool manager says he will keep it at 84 but that never really happens. Pain today was rough. Can't really blame the "soccer injury" for this one. I think I'm just sore from the 700 pull yesterday. I think I held 1:10-1:12 on that which is probably a bit more than my shoulders are used to. Kind of took it easy today. Made some moderate effort on the 400 IM and some of the 50s at the end. Speed was good but I felt lots of soreness all the way through it.

    SCY

    500 Warm up

    400 fr - 6:00
    300 - 5:15 (3 x 50 stroke/50 kick)
    200 IM - 3:15 (100 IM/100fr)
    100 Fly - 1:30
    100 Free - 1:30
    200 IM - 3:15 (100 IM/100fr)
    300 - 5:15 (3 x 50 stroke/50 kick)
    400 IM Timed (5:38)

    100 Easy

    4 x 50 - :45 Stroke/Free IM Order
    4 x 50 - 1:00 Kick/Free
    4 x 50 - :45 Stroke/Free IM Order
    4 x 50 - 1:00 Kick/Free
    4 x 50 - :45 Stroke/Free IM Order

    150 Cool down

    (3750 total)
    Categories
    Uncategorized
  11. Thursday Power hour

    by , September 22nd, 2011 at 09:10 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Led lane w/ Roger. Swam next to Dave B and Dave M. No drag suit. Water temp ~85.

    First 500 was fairly effortless. Very surprised to do a 6:04. Figured I was around 6:15-6:20. Second 500 was harder but still a bit faster. Sprint stroke became very difficult after the second 500. The problem with pull/kick is my transition. On the second 100, I didn't get my right paddle on very well and it fell off. Eventually caught back up to the 1:30 pace but it took a lot of effort. Only kicked breast stroke. Arms were shot for the last set. The easy 200 was nice. By the time the last IM came around, I had recovered a little bit.

    My 5 year old son came in my office yesterday asking for a screwdriver. "What for?", I asked. "I'm taking apart my race car. I want to see how it works." I didn't think he would get very far so I handed it to him and planned to check up on him in a few minutes. About 15 minutes later I came in his room to find a completely dismantled race car. He was studying all the parts and looked almost as if he actually understood what each component did. I said, "Either put it back toghether when your are done or throw it away." 15 mintues later it was reassembled and functional. I told my wife and we have since moved all important electronic devices out of his reach.

    SCY

    400 Warm up

    500 fr - 7:00 (6:04)
    6 x 50 - :50 sprint stroke (IM Order) down, easy free back
    500 fr - 6:30 (6:03)
    12 x 50 - :50 sprint stroke (IM Order) down, easy free back
    100 br - 1:30 (1:23)

    10 x 100 - 1:30 50 Pull/50 Kick

    200 IM - 3:00 Hard (2:50)
    200 Fr - 3:00 Easy
    200 IM - 3:00 Hard (2:50)
    200 Fr - 3:00 Easy
    200 IM - 3:00 Hard (2:41)

    200 Cool down

    (4600 Total)
    Categories
    Uncategorized
  12. Monday Workout

    by , September 19th, 2011 at 08:37 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Guest swimmer Phil from California joined Dave, Dave and myself this morning. Phil is very fast! Pool temp up to 86 (no surprises there). No drag suit - guess I need to get around to ordering a new one.

    Only made one of the fly no breathers (last one). The second set of no breathers is supposed to alternate free with fly no breath. It was hard enough making them free. My 400 pull wasn't too bad but I can do that without paddles.

    SCY

    500 Warm up

    5 x 300 - 4:30 descend (4:00, 3:55, 3:45, 3:42, 3:30)
    100 Easy

    6 Times through
    * 50 Fr - :50
    * 25 Fl - :20 (No breath)
    * 50 Fr - :50
    50 Easy

    6 Times through
    * 50 K/Fr - :50 (Odds Kick Free, Evens Kick Fly)
    * 25 Fr - :20 (No breath)
    * 50 K/Fr - :50 (Odds Kick Free, Evens Kick Fly)
    50 Easy

    400 Pull Timed (4:40)

    100 Cool down

    (4200 Total)
    Categories
    Uncategorized
  13. Saturday Workout - Back at HSA

    by , August 27th, 2011 at 09:10 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Its been three weeks since I've been at HSA. After swimming there all summer and suddenly stopping, it felt kind of strange. Finally got the opportunity to thank Brook in person for all his coaching. It made a huge difference for Nationals.

    SCY

    200 Free
    50 Bk/50 br
    200 Free
    50 Bk/50 br
    200 Free
    100 IM

    400 Free down/Fly drill back
    4 x 100 Kick/Swim IM Order
    400 Free down/Fly back

    400 Pull
    7 x 100 (fr/br/fr/bk/fr/fl/fr)
    400 Pull

    300 Kick
    3 x 100 Free
    4 x 50 IM Order
    300 Pull
    3 x 100 IM
    4 x 50 Free

    200 Cool Down

    (5400 Total)
    Categories
    Uncategorized
  14. Mountain Lakes Triathlon

    by , August 13th, 2011 at 05:12 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Tried something a little different this weekend and entered the Mountain Lakes Triathlon in Guntersville, AL. Did the whole thing and not just the swim leg. It was a pretty well run event with excellent traffic control, a flat course and beautiful views of Lake Guntersville. I couldn't really train for this since Nationals was last week and I was tapering. So, basically, I got a lot of swimming practice, one week of cycling before my taper and no practice running. It's just a 5k run... how hard can that be? I would soon find out.

    The swim was 600 yards and took off from a beach... if you could call it that. For about 25 yards, it was knee deep. More "swimmable" after that. Started out with sand which then went through rock followed by mud covered with a layer of weeds and finally just plain nasty lake mud. Visibility was about 2 feet at best. I dove in over the rocks and just sucked it up as my hand occasionally dug into weeds and mud. Started 37th (individual timed starts about 5 sec apart)... a few spots behind my MATT teammate Roger and his daughter. The catch was that they let the college teams go first. Alabama, Auburn and Clemson sent sizable college triathlete teams... some of which weren't terribly good swimmers. So, I ended up picking my way through the crowd. Crawled over a couple people challenged with swimming straight lines. Came out of the water right behind Roger and his daughter. That was really odd because I never swim faster that Roger under any conditions. Final time: 8:01... good enough for first in my age group. Probably good enough for the fastest swim for anyone over 40. There were some college swimmers I know I didn't catch but I was very happy with where I was.

    The bike was 16.1 miles... not too far. Started with a horrible transition though. Couldn't get anything on correctly. Should have just taken off with cycling shoes and a helmet and forgotten the rest. The time lost wasn't worth it. Bike went well anyway. I've got a decent road bike but nothing even close to the $6000 tri bikes that constantly blew past me at 25+ mph. Its a rich man's sport and I don't intend to put a lot of time into triathlons until I can afford the equipment necessary to compete. That's one thing I love about swimming. You can be competitive with less than $100 worth of equipment. I managed to average 20. Not too bad for being out of the sport for so long. I expected to eventually catch Roger (he had a better transition) but it never happened. Turns out he blew me away on the bike. No equipment or training excuses there... he was just faster than I was.

    Somehow over the years, I've forgotten how painful it is to dismount a bicycle and immediately start running. It hurts bad and IMO, just isn't worth it. I'm not a runner and didn't train so starting a 5K in the condition I was in was just not a great idea. The miles drug on forever and eventually my left quad started cramping up. Fortunately, I had no knee problems (I run like a duck) and I was able to gut out the pain to finish.

    The best part about the triathlon is that at some point you get to stop. The pain is still there but just isn't quite so bad when you reflect on what you have done. In all, I spent and hour and a half giving it all I had and refusing to quit. I knew my swim time was good and aside from that, I just wanted to finish. I'm glad I did it but I don't see myself doing it again. I love doing swimming legs of triathlons and I'll definitely stick to that for now. Might do a 1500m swim in the Tennessee river for the Rocketman triathlon in a couple weeks.
    Categories
    Uncategorized
  15. Wednesday Workout

    by , August 10th, 2011 at 09:39 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Clearly still tapered. Mentioned below about the fly set. Saturated the Up/down and held it through all 16 100s pretty easily. Primarily used breast stroke kick but mixed in a bit of fly and back kick to relieve pressure on the knees. Kicked free on the final set... tried to keep a fast pace on the kick and go easier on the swim parts.

    SCY

    700 Warm up

    4 Times through
    * 25 Fly/50 Free - 1:10
    * 50 Fly/25 Free - 1:10
    * 75 Fly - 1:10
    50 Easy

    I've never been even close to making this set. I did drop the drag suit but was still surprised at how easily I made it. Allways had 5+ sec of rest on the wall and never really got tired at all. Very encouraging.

    16 x 100 Up/Down Kick - 1:40 (:10 rest)

    12 x 50 - :50
    * Odds Kick/Swim
    * Evens Free

    300 Cool down

    (4450 Total)
    Categories
    Uncategorized
  16. National Championships recap (for me anyway)

    by , August 8th, 2011 at 04:15 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Wednesday: Headed south early so we could catch Dave's 1500 Swim. He did a great job and the team all went out for lunch afterwards. Checked into the hotel and then headed back to the pool for a warmup swim. Turns out the wording was a little confusing and we ended up getting there too late. We did get a couple hundred meters in the competition pool before they kicked us out.

    Thursday: Up early to go see Dave's 400. Warmed up before his 400 - big mistake. I did too much too early. Very nervous/excited about my 50 br. About 30 min before my event, I did a couple hard br 50's from the wall in the outdoor pool. Times were in the 42-43 second range. I was wondering if I would even make my seed time. Changed from my warm-up jammer to my new Yingfa and waited for the race to start.

    50 BR
    Seed time - 37.80
    Expected time - 37.00
    Race time - 37.04
    Video - [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyF31nrAjr4"]‪peterm 50br‬‏ - YouTube[/nomedia]
    Lane - 7

    Had dreams of breaking 36 but after my warmup, I was very happy with 37.04. Biggest problem I had was that I was not tired after the race. I think my stroke rate was too low and decided I hold this pace for the 100br.

    Cooled down and took it easy... this was my only event for Thursday.

    Friday: Back at the pool early but not quite as early since we didn't know anyone swimming the women's 400. Not quite as nervous. Couldn't wait to get to the 100 Br and see if I could hold my stroke rate. Warm up was better timed and I was running about the same pace from a push-off as I was Wednesday.

    100 BR
    Seed time - 1:25.76
    Expected time - 1:25.00
    Race time - 1:21:51 (38.43/43.08 + 4.65)
    Video - [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8m6KoAXi7g"]‪peterm 100br‬‏ - YouTube[/nomedia]
    Lane - 7

    I've had pacing issues in the past on 100 br. My strategy of using a higher stroke rate seemed good until I got to the wall and turned. Then, the pain hit and I knew it wasn't going to be good. Fortunately, I had someone to chase and he was in worse shape than I was. He had a half second on me at the wall. I closed the gap but it was short by .04s. Could have split this one better and gone under 1:21 but I'm happy with how it came out. Gave me a lot of confidence for the 200br. Cooled down and started going into "freestyle mode" for the 100 fr later in the day.

    I badly estimated my freestye start time. Ended up warming up about 30 min too early... and eating too much candy way too early.

    100 FR
    Seed time - 1:07.37
    Expected time - 1:05.00
    Race time - 1:06.66 (31.93/34.73 + 2.80)
    Video - [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ03Oo7dCcI"]‪peterm 100fr‬‏ - YouTube[/nomedia]
    Lane - 5

    I had a sum total of one freestyle turn the whole meet and I managed to botch it. Not too badly but I was very angry with myself. Then I started feeling sick. Turns out I split it ok but I know I'm capable of doing much faster. Disappointing. Cooled down and rested up for the 200 fr relay. No warm-up for the relay.

    Men's 200 FR relay
    Race time - DQ

    Not much to say here. I was excited... too excited. Leaned forward too soon and held my toes to the block as long as I could while watching Dave reach for the wall. Seemed like an eternity. I finally closed my eyes and jumped hoping that somehow his hand made it in time. It didn't. Big letdown. We weren't in contention for a top spot but it was the last thing I wanted to do. My teammates were all good about it aside from a couple jokes. I deserved them. I beat my seed times and my freestyle relay split was really fast but heading back to the hotel was kind of a low point for the weekend.

    Saturday: With 12 hours to stew on my gaffe the previous day, I woke up looking for redemption. Got my first opportunity in the 200 IM Relay. Warmed up shorter and much smarter. 200 fr warm up and 3 easy br 50s followed by a hard 50br. 40.0! I was faster today... just had to be patient on my start.

    Men's 200 IM Relay
    Seed time - 2:15.00
    Expected time - 2:10.00 (36.5)
    Race time - 2:07.29 (36.06)
    Video - [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGbQxe0YYVY"]‪matt 200im men relay‬‏ - YouTube[/nomedia]
    Lane - 5

    Great start to the day. We all shattered our expectations and had great races. At a combined age of 193, we weren't competitve with the top teams but we were all very pleased with this race. I was tired after my 50 br this time.

    I laid off the candy some Saturday and went with peanuts. Timed my 200 br warm up great. Did and easy 100 fr and and easy 50 br followed by a hard 50 br with a 200 pace glide. 45 seconds... about where I wanted to be.

    200 BR
    Seed time - 3:05.42
    Expected time - 3:00.00
    Race time - 2:58.17 (41.43, 45.40, 46.10, 45.24 + 4.51)
    Video - [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMl36fz96jk"]‪peterm rogerv 200br‬‏ - YouTube[/nomedia] (start at 3:48)
    Lane - 3

    This is what I trained for all summer. I was right between two competitors seeded a bit faster than me but at about what I wanted to do in the race. Good start and I quickly got into my glide. Watched the other two take off but their stroke rate was way too high for me to match this early. Figured they would either blow me away or blow up... either way, I wasn't going to follow them. At 100m, they were both starting to look like they were in trouble. I was still strong but getting concerned that they had too much time on me. At 60m to go, I decided it was time to chase them down. Then, on the last turn... disaster... hand slipped on the wall and I got a short breath off the turn. Had to surface early but I wasn't giving up. Pulled even with lane 2 at the wall and... missed it by .04 seconds . I'm not in the least bit disappointed though. Even with the mistake, I far exceeded my expectations. Cooled down and got ready for my final event...

    50 FR
    Seed time - 31.37
    Expected time - 30.00
    Race time - 29.83
    Video - [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O_cxm6Vutg"]‪peterm 50fr‬‏ - YouTube[/nomedia]
    Lane - 7

    I mostly entered this so I would spend some time training for the 50 fr relay. I'm not a sprinter so this was an afterthought. Still, I wanted to do well and was feeling great after the 200br. The video looks a lot better than how I felt swimming it and I look far better than I did this winter. Good race for me and I managed to break 30 seconds. Got out and I was tired. Ready to head back home.

    Great event with lots of memories that will last a lifetime. Met old friends, made some new ones and had a wonderful time. Many thanks to the people that put these races on!
    Categories
    Uncategorized
  17. Monday Workout - back to SCY

    by , August 8th, 2011 at 02:09 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Back at Dublin park this morning. It's been two months since I've been here and things moved around a bit. Pool is still warm though. Enjoyed what was left of my taper. Back in my drag suit and grinding out the yards again.

    SCY

    400 Warmup

    3 x 100 - 1:35
    3 x 100 - 1:30
    3 x 100 - 1:25
    3 x 100 - 1:20
    Did bilateral breathing down to the 1:20s. Made roughly 1:15s on all of them.
    50 Easy

    4 x 100 - 1:30 Kick Fly on 1st/2nd/3rd/4th 25
    4 x 100 - 2:00 IM
    4 x 100 - 1:30 Kick Free on 1st/2nd/3rd/4th 25

    400 Cool down

    (3250 Total)
    Categories
    Uncategorized
  18. Monday Workout

    by , July 25th, 2011 at 01:52 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Laid around a lot yesterday. Felt pretty good this morning. Got rid fo the drag suit after the 300 Free and swam the rest in a Speedo. Felt nekkid. Pulls were between 1:05 and 1:15. I did breast stroke on the free/stroke at the end. Didn't get a time but it felt different without a drag suit. I'm going to have to adjust somehow... got a week to figure it out.

    LCM

    300 Free
    100 Drill
    200 Free
    100 Drill
    100 Free

    3 x 200 Kick
    100 Easy

    6 x 100 Pull - 2:00 neg split

    3 x 100 Easy Free/Sprint stroke
    200 Cool down

    (2600m Total)
    Categories
    Uncategorized
  19. Busy Day - taper is on!

    by , July 23rd, 2011 at 10:41 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Physically, I'm at my end. Cycling and swimming have piled up and I'm just tired. I did ok until the pulls and I just couldn't turn the paddles over fast enough to keep up.

    I wasn't planning on riding any today but I talked to Roger about setting up a ride after Nationals that was roughly the difficulty of the triathlon we were doing. He suggested we do it today. How could I say no? So, after I got my youngest son back from soccer practice, Roger, his daughter, a friend and I headed out in the midday sun. Nice hot and humid Alabama day. We all felt pretty good but it was hot. Once done, they ran a couple miles and I went to pick up my son so I could run his soccer practice. In all, I'd say it was a great "last hard day". The rest is here and I've done all the beating on myself I can. Going to bed and waking up in a taper phase!

    LCM

    5 x 200 Odds Free, Evens Drill
    200 Easy

    5 x 100 Odds Free, Evens Drill

    3 Times through
    * 200 Kick
    * 4 x 50 Stroke
    * 100 Kick Hard

    3 Times through
    * 200 Pull
    * 200 IM
    * 4 x 50 Free

    200 IM Cool down

    (5200m Total)
    Categories
    Uncategorized
  20. Friday workout

    by , July 22nd, 2011 at 12:04 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    We decided to do one last hard workout tomorrow. I'll head out for one more bike ride this afternoon and hope that between that and running a soccer practice Saturday, I can get back down to 180. The tough part about having a newborn is that people bring over lots of good food. Can't help myself sometimes. The combination of cutting back on the swimming and the Oreo Cream pie someone brought us last week really put me over the edge. It was worth it though .

    LCM

    300 Free
    100 Drill
    200 Free
    100 Drill
    100 Free
    100 Easy

    3 x 50 Kick
    100 Free
    3 x 100 Kick
    200 Free
    3 x 150 (50K/100 Choice)
    300 Free

    4 x 50 Free - Fast
    4 Times through
    * 100 Pull Easy
    * 50 Pull Fast, Breathe every 5 strokes

    3 Times through
    * 50 Stroke Build
    * 100 Free
    * 50 Stroke Sprint

    200 Cool down

    (4000m Total)
    Categories
    Uncategorized
Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast