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I swim on a small team (Madison Titans) with 4 regulars and a couple others that can't make the morning workout. On Saturdays and occasional weekdays, I drop by HSA in Huntsville for a swim in the big pool.

  1. Tuesday workout

    by , August 30th, 2011 at 09:51 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Adoption went through smoothly yesterday. As informal it was, answering lengthy legal questions is always nerve wracking for me.

    Knee is better but still hurts some. Ibuprophen is a wonderful thing! I set out to make 10 x 100 on 1:15 and then keep going if I could. First one I made easily on 1:10. Second one I barely made 1:15. Held 1:12 to 1:13 from there on. Had some sinus congestion that along with the heat made me feel like my head would implode. Decided to break at #11. Picked back up at #12 and easily made the rest. 1:10 on #16 and was able to sprint the 50... sort of.

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    400 Warm up

    6 x 50 Free - :45

    16 x 100 - 1:15 (Optional Rest on #5 and #10)
    50 Sprint

    I made 10 and rested on #11 - no drag suit

    100 Easy

    20 x 25 Kick - :30
    5 Times through:
    * 50 Hard Fly - 1:00
    * 50 Free - 1:00
    * 50 Hard Back - 1:00
    * 50 Free - 1:00
    * 50 Hard Breast - 1:00

    100 Easy
    200 Timed IM Kick (3:23 no drag suit)

    200 Cool down

    (4700 Total)
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  2. Various musings for the day + Monday workout

    by , August 29th, 2011 at 10:45 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Today is our court date for adoption. We will legally be Jude's parents as of today sometime. That's one of the nice things about adoption... all the milestones to go through plus all the fun of a newborn. He has been a relatively easy infant.. sleeps through the night and really only fusses about being hungry. I guess that my wife and I don't have the "infant sleep" genes in us.

    Got to play/coach/referee a lot of soccer this weekend... one of my childhood passions. I always swam in the summers and played soccer in the spring/fall growing up. Like swimming, I was a horrible soccer player. I was short, slow and uncoordinated. My primary responsibility was to stand in the way of any attacker moving down the field and force him to run over me. I wasn't too bad at that but dribbling, passing and shooting weren't things I could do well at all. My oldest son is the same way (slow, uncoordinated) but he is much better than I was at the same age. This year has been fun because he is growing a lot and becoming physically capable of doing things he couldn't do before. My 5 year old is having fun playing "herd ball". He has great foot skills but no speed. His team got killed something like 12-6, but he is pretty sure they won 6-4. We don't officially keep score and there is so much of it, it is pretty hard to anyway. Funny how kids that age see things. He knows two important things from each game: 1) excactly how many goals his team got and 2) his team won.

    I play every other week at our church in pickup games. Like swimming, I gave up on soccer before I grew to my current height. Most of the guys that played soccer in high school/college destroyed their knees in the process. Mine work great (most of the time) so it's all pretty much fair... they have all the skill and I have the speed to run around them. Swimming keeps me in great condition so I don't have to run a lot to be able to sprint in games. Scored twice last night - one mostly luck, the other a great effort by the guy who set me up. On the down side, I got a little competitive with someone taller and faster than I am. We got to the ball at the same time and both hit the ground hard. He landed on my right leg and twisted my knee slightly. Swimming breast stroke now involves excruciating knee pain.

    Cuts, bruises, strains and all, I headed in to practice this morning and was thankful there was no IM (breast stroke) on the agenda. I tackled the first set fairly easily even with a drag suit on. The second and third sets are supposed to be merged together (the third set is supposed to be 5 seconds faster as well). Since I was the only one to make the first set, we split it up, dropped our drag suits and shot for the faster time splits. I made those fairly easily so I started shooting for getting 5 seconds rest on each 100 which I managed to do. Was very pleased to make the final 100 on 1:05.


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    400 Warm up

    3 x 100 Fr - 1:25
    2 x 100 Fr - 1:20
    1 x 100 Fr - 1:15
    3 x 100 Fr - 1:20
    2 x 100 Fr - 1:15
    1 x 100 Fr - 1:10

    50 Easy

    Droped drag suit

    3 x 100 Fr - 1:20
    2 x 100 Fr - 1:15
    1 x 100 Fr - 1:10

    50 Easy

    3 x 100 Fr - 1:20 (Made 1:15s)
    2 x 100 Fr - 1:15 (Made 1:10s)
    1 x 100 Fr - 1:10 (Made 1:05)

    50 Easy

    3 x 100 Fly - 1:40
    2 x 100 Free - 1:35
    1 x 100 Free - 1:30
    3 x 100 Free - 1:35
    2 x 100 Fly - 1:30 (Ouch!)
    1 x 100 Free - 1:25

    200 Cool down

    (4350 Total)
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  3. 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.

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    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)
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  4. Power Hour Friday - Wasserman plus

    by , August 26th, 2011 at 09:21 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    One of the more entertaining and underreported swims from Nationals was Neil Wasserman's 1500... at least I think it was him. Neil grabbed everyone's attention when he led off the 1500 with a 200 IM. At 200m he started another 50 fly and the engineers and mathemeticains huddled together to figure out exactly what he was doing. The prevailing theory was 7 x 200m IM plus 100m of something... probably fly/back. That theory was shot down at 400m when he did an extra 50 Free. Then at 450m, he did another 50 fly and looked like he was back on another 200 IM. Except at 600m he did an extra 50 br followed by 100 fr. After thinking maybe there was no pattern, I threw out the prediction that he would do an extra 50 bk at 850m. When he did, all the engineers and mathemeticians bowed before me while the nearby cute girls sneered and whispered "nerd!" under their breath. Wherever you are Neil... you pioneer of bizarre swims... you guru of distance IM... this workout's for you!

    7 Wasserman, Neil R 56 O*H* 22:15.00 22:30.60 4.00
    31.45 1:20.50(49.05) 2:11.13(50.63) 2:52.57(41.44)
    3:33.34(40.77) 4:21.41(48.07) 5:12.36(50.95) 5:53.76(41.40)
    6:29.48(35.72) 7:15.94(46.46) 8:04.93(48.99) 8:56.03(51.10)
    9:46.79(50.76) 10:29.30(42.51) 11:11.88(42.58) 11:51.16(39.28)
    12:40.96(49.80) 13:28.12(47.16) 14:19.35(51.23) 15:10.40(51.05)
    15:52.82(42.42) 16:35.21(42.39) 17:15.28(40.07) 17:57.76(42.48)
    18:47.55(49.79) 19:33.79(46.24) 20:25.44(51.65) 21:15.81(50.37)
    21:55.43(39.62) 22:30.60(35.17)

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    100 Warm-up

    175 Free/25 Kick - 3:00
    200 Free/50 Kick - 3:45
    225 Free/75 Kick - 4:30
    250 Free/100 Kick - 5:15
    275 Free/125 Kick - 6:00
    300 Free/200 Kick - 7:30

    50 Easy

    The Wasserman Plus (Convert 200 IM to 400 IM + 500 IM)

    200 IM - 3:00
    200 IM/50 fr - 3:45
    50fl/50bk/100br/100fr - 4:30
    50fl/100bk/100br/100fr - 5:15
    400 IM - 6:00
    500 IM - 7:30

    200 Cool down

    Note: we did ours short course in about the same time Neil did his long course. Roger did it the manly way and added his second 200 IM from the front (fly first). I made the 400 IM right at 6:00 and knew I was in a lot of trouble for the 500 IM. Ended up mixing 50 free into the 125 Fly and 50 fly into the 125 free on the 500 IM. I did make 7:30... but barely.

    (4350 Total)
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  5. Thursday Workout - more breakthroughs

    by , August 25th, 2011 at 09:28 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Another workout I made all the splits on for the first time. I've been close to making the final 400 on 5:00 before with a drag suit but never quite made it. I made the 400 on 5:20 with 10 seconds rest so I knew I had a chance. The trick for me is making it to 300 yards. Somewhere around 200 to 250 yards, it starts hurting bad and I start doubting myself. Once I get to 300, I know I can gut out the remaining 100. Made it today despite the heat.

    Dropped the drag suit for the 500 timed. Dave paced me out at a 2:20 for the first 200. He dropped back for the remaining 300 while I kept pushing as hard as I could. Started hurting around 350 yards. Held it together for a 6:02. My best from Feb is 5:54. Have a feeling that time is going down next year.

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    400 Warm up

    400 Free - 6:00
    5 times through
    * 50 Fly - :45
    * 50 Kick - 1:00
    * 50 Back - :50
    * 50 Kick - 1:00
    * 50 Breast - :55

    50 Easy

    400 Free - 5:40
    400 Free - 5:20
    400 Free - 5:00

    50 Easy

    500 Free Timed (6:02)

    (4050 Total)

    Updated August 25th, 2011 at 12:47 PM by pmccoy

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  6. Power Hour Wednesday - IM Pyramid

    by , August 24th, 2011 at 09:06 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Didn't even bother with the drag suit today. I knew this set was going to be tough when Roger sent it out last night. Managed to keep up through the 600 IM but the lack of rest and pool temp eventually got me. Started substituting fly with free on the way back down. Did 50 fly/50 free on the 400 IM, 50 fly/25 free on the 300 IM and then finished the 200 IM and 100 IM normally (but tired). Dave and Roger made the whole thing without any trouble. I think Roger actually got faster as the set went on.

    The timed 400 IM went well especially with a little recovery. I was just a couple seconds behind Roger after the fly. Usually that is a very good sign for me. Back stroke was stronger than usual. Ended up at 5:27. My best meet time is 5:24 so I felt really good about that. I think a 5:15 is possible with a little work.

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    400 Warm up

    100 IM - 1:30
    200 IM - 3:00
    300 IM - 4:30
    400 IM - 6:00
    500 IM - 7:30
    600 IM - 9:00
    500 IM - 7:30
    400 IM - 6:00
    300 IM - 4:30
    200 IM - 3:00
    100 IM - 1:30

    25 Easy

    400 IM Timed (5:27 - from dive wo/ drag suit)

    75 Cool down

    (4500 Total)
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  7. Tuesday workout

    by , August 23rd, 2011 at 08:25 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Pushed straight through on this workout. 3500 yards, no breaks. Just Dave and myself today. After the power hour workouts, it wasn't too bad. Climbing back out on the last set of 100 frees was tough but I held 1:12 on the 1:15 and 1:15s on the 1:20s. Cruised through two 1:25s and finished on 1:15. Even kept the drag suit on. It was hot though... 86F. Couldn't wear a cap.

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    400 Warm up

    3 x 100 - 1:25
    2 x 100 - 1:20
    1 x 100 - 1:15
    16 x 25 - :30 Easy free/Hard stroke
    3 x 100 Pull - 1:25
    2 x 100 Pull - 1:20
    1 x 100 Pull - 1:15
    16 x 25 - :30 Easy free/Hard stroke
    3 x 100 - 1:25
    2 x 100 - 1:20
    1 x 100 - 1:15
    2 x 100 - 1:20
    3 x 100 - 1:25
    16 x 25 - :30 Easy/Hard IM order

    200 Cool down

    (4100 Total)
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  8. Monday - Power Hour

    by , August 22nd, 2011 at 09:06 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Another power hour. Took Saturday off due to a triathlon at the Nat and Soccer for the rest of the day. Got some decent rest. Today felt good until the second pull. The tubing on my paddles is too short and it came out. Wasted 100 yards. I hate it when that happens.

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    400 Warm up

    1000 - 1:30 pace - Kick as much as possible and still hold the 1:30 pace
    Goal - 500 yards of kick. I did 650.
    1000 - 1:30 pace - As much fly as possible and still hold the 1:30 pace
    Dropped drag suit and made 550 yards.

    50 Easy

    10 times through
    * 25 Stroke hard - :20
    * 75 East - 1:10

    200 Pull - 2:30
    200 Kick - 3:30
    200 Pull - 2:30
    200 Kick - 3:30
    200 Hard Pull - 2:30

    200 Cool down

    (4650 total)
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  9. Power Hour Friday

    by , August 19th, 2011 at 12:53 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    We each chipped in 1000 yards for this power hour so it ended up being an hour and 5 minutes today as we each took a break to explain our set. Donated apheresis afterwards so I'm feeling very loopy now.

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    500 Warm up

    5 Times through
    * 25 Kick/75 Pull - 1:30
    * 75 Pull/25 Kick - 1:30

    5 x 200 - 3:00
    #1 - 100 IM/100 Free
    #2 - Fly/Bk/Br/100 Free/25 Kick
    #3 - Fly/Bk/100 Free/50 Kick
    #4 - Fly/100 Free/75 Kick
    #5 - 100 Free/100 Kick

    Someone mentioned 200 fly in the next set so I dropped my drag suit.
    200 Free - 2:40 (Hard)
    200 Fly - 3:30 (Recovery)
    200 Free - 2:40 (Harder)
    200 Fly - 3:30 (Recovery)
    200 Free - 2:40 (Really hard - 2:21)

    25 Easy (so we could get to the deep end)

    10 x 100 - 1:30
    1st 25 choice stroke; 5 pull outs after each 100
    I alternated Fly/Free for the choice stroke. Fell behind after the pull outs on fly but caught back up on the free.

    75 Cool Down

    (4600 Total)
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  10. Thursday Workout

    by , August 18th, 2011 at 09:14 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Got to the end of the workout on the sheet and we were a few hundred yards short. So, we each came up with 300 yards for an additional 900. Dave's was really fun... 75 easy, 200 timed off blocks, 25 easy. I did IM at just under 2:35. Felt good. I think with some work on my back stroke, I can get well under 2:30.

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    400 Warm up

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

    100 Easy

    4 x 75 Free - 1:10
    4 x 75 Free - 1:05
    4 x 75 Free - 1:00
    4 x 75 Pull - 1:10
    4 x 75 Pull - 1:05
    4 x 75 Pull - 1:00

    50 Easy

    75 Kick - 1:30 Sprint
    75 Free - 1:30 Sprint
    50 Kick - 1:00 Sprint
    50 Free - 1:00 Sprint
    25 Kick - :30 Sprint
    25 Free - :30 Sprint
    4 x 75 Up/Down Kick - 1:15 (:05)

    75 Easy

    200 Timed from dive (I did IM - 2:35)

    125 Cool down

    (4250 Total)
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  11. Hour of Power - Wed. workout

    by , August 17th, 2011 at 09:12 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    These workouts originated before I started swimming a couple years ago. Some advanced high school kids were swimming some extra laps with the masters but they were only allotted one hour. In an effort to cram as much as possible into that hour, the "hour of power" was born. The hour of power is just 4000 yards in one hour broken up by 100s on a 1:30 pace. Today we took a break so it ended up being and hour and 4 minutes... but breaks are optional. Roger wants to bring this back for our M/W/F workouts. Here is today's:

    400 Warm up

    (for each 100 free, replace 25 free w/ 25 kick)
    100 Free - 1:30
    100 IM - 1:30
    200 Free - 3:00
    200 IM - 3:00
    300 Free - 4:30
    300 IM - 4:30
    400 Free - 6:00
    400 IM - 6:00

    50 Easy

    took off drag suit

    (for each 100 free, replace 50 free w/ 50 kick)
    400 IM - 6:00
    400 Free - 6:00
    300 IM - 4:30
    300 Free - 4:30
    200 IM - 3:00
    200 Free - 3:00
    100 IM - 1:30
    100 Free - 1:30

    200 Cool down.

    (4650 total)
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  12. Tuesday workout - more fly

    by , August 16th, 2011 at 09:01 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    On the first set, I took off my drag suit and started with 100 fly. Everyone else left theirs on and started with 100 free. Usually, I make the first 100 fly and then fall apart on the 75fly/25free that follows. Once I miss a time split, I can't ever really catch back up. Today, I finished the 100 fly on 1:25 and held that pace through the 75fly/25free. Held it again for 50fly/50free. Got ahead of the up/down on the 25fly/50free and then alternated between 50 and 25 fly for the rest of the set. Worked back up to 100 fly when the interval jumped to 1:40. Felt good to finally make this set even if I had to drop the drag suite.

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    500 Warm up

    8 x 100 Up/Down Fly - 1:30 (:10) Start w/ 100 Fly
    4 x 100 Up/Down Fly - 1:40 (:10)

    8 x 50 - 1:00 Easy/Hard Reverse IM Order
    8 x 100 Up/Down Kick - 1:40 (:05)

    8 x 50 - :50 Easy/Hard
    200 Free - 3:00
    4 x 100 Up/Down Bk - 1:40 (:10)
    4 x 100 Up/Down Br - 1:40 (:10)

    200 Cool down

    (4500 Total)
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  13. Monday Workout - distance fly

    by , August 15th, 2011 at 11:31 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    I remember thinking I would never be able to do a workout like this. Now its a matter of how much rest I'll get. I had to push on the shorter fly sets but on the distance I can stretch out a little and it doesn't hurt quite so bad. Need to start working on going a little faster and developing easy speed with my fly.

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    450 Warm up

    2 times through:
    * 25 Fly - :30
    * 25 Free - :30
    * 50 Fly/50 Free - 1:30
    * 400 IM - 7:00
    * 50 Easy
    * 200 IM - 3:30 (125 Fly/25 bk/25 br/25 fr)
    * 300 IM - 5:30 (150 Fly/50 bk/50 br/50 fr)
    * 175 Fly - 3:00
    * 175 Free - 2:30
    50 Easy

    10 x 50 Free - :45

    200 Fly easy

    50 Cool down

    (4150 Total)
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  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.
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  15. Friday workout

    by , August 12th, 2011 at 09:27 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    The 2200 yd set was kind of interesting. I had to pick out parts where I could recover so I could keep going. Did the whole thing on the edge of falling apart but in the end I had enough to finish the last 100 on 1:11. Once we were done, Dave got the idea of swimming a hard 100 fly. I'm doing a triathlon tomorrow so I passed. He finished in 1:14 with a drag suit on. Nice swim Dave!

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    400 Warm up

    4 times through
    * 25 Kick - :30
    * 50 Fly/Free - :45
    * 75 Kick/Fly/free - 1:15
    * 25 Back/75 Free - 1:30
    * 100 Free - 1:25
    * 100 Free - 1:20
    * 100 Free - 1:15
    50 Easy

    5 x 200 IM - 3:30 (made all on 3:00)
    100 Stroke - 2:00
    200 IM - 3:00
    300 Free - 4:00

    250 Cool Down

    (4500 Total)
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  16. Thursday Workout

    by , August 11th, 2011 at 09:28 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Workout hurt today. I'm slowly getting back into grinding out the yards. My IM's have improved significantly probably due to a better fly.

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    450 Warm up

    8 x 50 Pull - :50 Easy/Hard
    100 Stroke - 2:00
    8 x 50 Kick - :50
    100 Stroke - 2:00
    200 IM - 3:00
    50 Easy

    8 x 50 Pull - :50
    100 Stroke - 2:00
    200 IM - 3:00
    300 Free - 4:00
    50 Easy

    8 x 50 Kick - :50 (did 25k/25stroke)
    100 Stroke - 2:00 (removed drag suit)
    200 IM - 3:00
    300 Free - 4:00
    1:00 Rest
    400 Free - 5:00 (4:55)

    200 Cool Down

    (4350 Total)
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  17. 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.

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    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)
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  18. Weather policy rant

    by , August 9th, 2011 at 08:55 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Woke up to torrential rains, thunder and lighting this morning. Checked the weather radar and it was all moving off to the east fairly quickly. Figured there was a half chance the pool would open even if it was a few minutes late. Sure enough... 30 minute delay. While waiting around, a new storm formed that was passing about 20 miles south of us. Saw some lightning flashes and low distant rumble of thunder but suprisingly, they opened anyway. 5 minutes later, we were kicked out due to lightning. Apparently, the lifeguards weren't paying attention and finally saw it.

    I'm not ranting about the thunderstorms... we are thankful to not experience the droughts in the soutwest. It's the nonsensical weather policies the pool has in place. Technology is to the point where lighning strikes can be pinpointed and thier associated storms easily tracked. Yet lightning 40 miles away that would go unnoticed at noon shuts down the pool in the morning because it is still dark outside. Storms far off to the south and east shut the pool down (even when they are moving away from us) while storms to the north and west get dangerously close because the building blocks lifeguard's view. Enough ranting...

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    400 Warm up

    Kicked out due to lightning
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  19. 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!
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  20. 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)
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