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  1. Happy New Year!

    by , January 1st, 2014 at 02:50 PM (Nobody Special)
    Well - here we go - another New Year. The few resolutions I have this year are in regards to mostly swimming. Last year I set a GTD goal for 415 miles - I finished at 449.95. This year I'm shooting for 500. Will see how it goes.

    Another goal is to try to keep up with this blog a little better. I'm shooting for 3 posts a week - and am hoping I can have some interaction with other swimmers around the country in the process.

    I'm hoping I can swim at least 3 Open Water (5k distance or greater) events this year.

    No team practice this morning but I swam on my own anyway -here is the workout:

    1000 warm up (hypoxic - 5x4 per 100 for500 then 4x3per 100 for 500)

    8x100 - kick/stroke/kick/strokex25 - 1:40int

    500 fast

    8x100 - pullbuoy and paddles - 1:40int

    500 fast

    8x50 - 50sint

    500 descend x 100

    500 warm down
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  2. Today's work out

    by , March 22nd, 2012 at 10:51 PM (Nobody Special)
    3250 yards...

    200 warm up

    25x50x75x100x150x100x75x50x25

    500 kick

    200 swim
    200 kick
    200 pull

    6x100 free (1:45 int)

    500 warm down
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  3. I'm done - hopefully

    by , March 21st, 2012 at 10:47 AM (Nobody Special)
    * Just saw my physical therapist today and she basically told me I am out of the woods concerning this spine/neck injury. Coulnd't have gotten better news. No surgery and I'm feeling good as I steadily and slowly continue to increase my yards.

    * I missed posting my last couple of work outs though Sunday's was fairly straight forward - four 500s and then 12 100s for 3200 yards.

    *Today's workout:

    200 warm up

    4x400 free

    12x100 free (ev fourth back) (1:45 int)

    200 warm down

    3200 yds total
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  4. 3200 - 15 Mar

    by , March 15th, 2012 at 10:04 AM (Nobody Special)
    * I can't remember exactly what I did on Tuesday - it was the coach's workout. Here is today's work out:

    100 warm up

    300 free (breath ev 4th)
    300 free (breath ev 3rd)
    300 free (breath right side odd laps left side even laps)

    2x (200kick/200pull)

    3x50 free (30 sec rest)
    3x50 free (25 sec rest)
    3x50 free (20 sec rest)
    3x50 free (15 sec rest)
    3x50 free (10 sec rest)
    3x50 free (5 sec rest)

    500 warm down

    Updated March 16th, 2012 at 07:51 AM by Darth Daver

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  5. Open Water Swimming - some thoughts and a warning

    by , March 8th, 2012 at 07:26 PM (Nobody Special)
    I read through a good portion of the current issue of "Swimmer" today and was impressed with the fact that 9/10s of the articles were about open water swimming. When I was much younger I competed in a few triathalons and other than those few events I haven't had much experience in open water swimming. To be honest - were it not for the swimming portion of triathalons I wouldn't have done so well. So I think its something I'd like to try now that I'm older - BUT...

    I have no idea where to start in getting prepared for one of these things. As a kid, when I was doing triathalons it was easy. I was a distance swimmer and needed no prep whatsoever - all I needed to do was add running and biking to my regular routine. Now - some 25 years later I think I need to figure some stuff.

    No thanks to "Swimmer" Magazine though - which had no articles geared toward someone who wants to get started in this. Looks like I'm on my own there....

    One other thing - I have spent the last 22 years of my life in a career that involves rescue in the maritime environment. I am a bit perplexed that not much was stressed in the way of safety in open water swimming. This is definately something that should never be done alone and I must say that other than the advertisment for the "swimmer buddy" at the end, the magazine failed in stressing the importance in making yourself visable to boaters. Unfortunately I HAVE recovered dead bodies from the water that were the result of a boater not seeing a swimmer. I realize that in an actual event the safety of swimmers is tantamount but those training for it on their own need to be very careful.
  6. 3200 Yards

    by , March 3rd, 2012 at 03:07 PM (Nobody Special)
    100 warm up

    200 free
    100 free (fins)
    200 free
    100 free (fins)
    200 free
    100 free (fins)
    200 free
    100 free (fins)
    200 free
    100 free (fins)

    10x50 back-kick (fins) 1 m int

    10x50 back-to-breast - 1:10 int

    10x50 free - 1 m int

    100 warms down
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  7. A scary run....

    by , February 25th, 2012 at 01:02 PM (Nobody Special)
    * Yesterday I went for a 1 mile run in the afternoon and half way through I got caught in one heck of a thunderstorm. It was one of those ones that just come up out of nowhere. I swear there was a lightning strike so close that the flash blinded me for a second. Additionally the wind started blowing like crazy and I was afraid hail was going to start falling. By far one of the most terrifying runs - thank goodness it wasn't a long one...
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  8. Holding steady at 2000 yds for now

    by , February 24th, 2012 at 10:32 AM (Nobody Special)
    100 warm up

    2x250 free (w/fins) 4 m int

    10x50 kick (w/fins) 1 m int

    1x100 free - 2 m int*
    2x50 free - 1 m int*
    1x100 free - 2 m int*
    2x50 free - 1 min int*
    1x100 free - 2 m int*

    6x50 free/hypoxic (1 breath per lap - w/fins) - 1:15 m int

    100 warm down

    * entire set w/o fins
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  9. C6 to C7

    by , February 23rd, 2012 at 07:22 PM (Nobody Special)
    * C6 to C7 is apparently the part of my spine that is jacked up. Degeneration and nerve damage seems to be what they are going with. Got the MRI results in today and spoke with two different doctors about it. The good news is that it may not be serious - the bad news is that with a lot of weakness, tingling and numbness in my right arm both docs seem to think that it could "potentially be bad."

    * For now they just want to monitor it. I'm going to be going in one to two days a week for physical therapy for the next month. I'm to be reevaluated at the end of March.

    * My primary doc has me starting naproxen back up - 1000mg a day for the next month. Not sure if I'm going to stick with that - I'll give it a week for now. He has also put me on a pretty aggresive course of steroid for the next week. I'll go with that.

    * If tingling, numbness, and weakness persist this month I'm looking at an NCV/EMG test along with a nuero-surgeon consult. I can tell you right now - if I'm not in any pain it will be over my dead body that I go under the knife for this. From what I understand to get to this part of my spine they have to go from the front through my throat. Yea - I don't freakin think so!

    * Thankfully both docs - my primary and sports med doc said I can continue swimming. I'm not really sure they understand the type of swimming we do but I wasn't going to divulge anything to them. If they can't figure out that it takes some brutal work outs for me to get this injury in the first place then they are stupid.

    * Needless to say I'm continuing with my program of getting back up to speed in the pool.
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  10. 2000 yards

    by , February 22nd, 2012 at 02:35 PM (Nobody Special)
    100 warm up

    4x100 free (w/fins) 2 m int

    10x50 free (w/o fins) 1 m int

    10x50 back (w/fins) 1 m int

    1x100 (w/fins)
    1x100 (w/o fins)
    1x100 (w/fins)
    1x100 (w/o fins) - all on 2 m int

    100 warm down
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  11. 1900 yds today

    by , February 20th, 2012 at 01:19 PM (Nobody Special)
    100 warm up
    1x200 free (w/fins)
    2x75 free (w/o fins) 1:30 int

    1x200 free (w/fins)
    2x75 free (w/o fins) 1:30 int

    6x50 back (w/fins)

    7x 100 free (w/fins) 1 m int

    100 warm down
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  12. 7 yo daughter joining me on my run

    by , February 17th, 2012 at 09:23 PM (Nobody Special)
    * Yesterday my 7 yo daughter rode a bike w/o training wheels for the first time. Today she rode with me on my mile run. Pretty cool!

    * Back in the pool this morning for an 1800 yard workout:

    100 warm up
    2x100 free (w/fins) 2 m int
    4x50 free (w/o fins) 1 m int

    2x100 free (w/fins) 2 m int
    2x50 free (w/o fins) 1 m int
    1x100 free (w/fins)

    16x25 free (w/o fins) 30 s int

    4x100 (kick/swim/kick/swim - w/fins) 2 m int

    100 warm down
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  13. uh oh

    by , February 15th, 2012 at 06:37 PM (Nobody Special)
    * Went to play basketball today and whenever I went to shoot the ball my right arm felt light jelly. I mean there was just no strength whatsoever in that arm to shoot with. I couldn't believe it - this has never happened to me before.

    * MRI is tomorrow - if it comes up negative I will be extremely surprised.

    * Starting to up the yars today - slightly. Also starting to swim with the fins less. here is the workout:

    1700 yds

    100 warm up
    2x50 kick/swim(w/o fins)*
    2X50 kick/swim (w/fins)
    2x50 kick/swim (w/o fins)
    2x50 kick/swim (w/fins)

    4x50 kick
    4x50 free w/fins

    2x50 free (w/o fins)
    2x50 free (w/fins)
    2X50 free (w/o fins)
    2X50 free (w/fins)

    3x100 (k/s/k/s) - 2 min int
    100 warm down

    *all 50s in workout on a 1 min int
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  14. 24 miles behind

    by , February 13th, 2012 at 09:50 AM (Nobody Special)
    * My goal was to get to 365 miles swum by the end of the year. As of now I'm 24 miles behind. I jumped out to a good start - was ahead of the game by a few miles before my shoulder injury set in. Once I'm back up to speed I think I should be able to catch back up and make it to my goal by the end of the year. Funny thing - I thought I wasn't going for enough when I originally made it...

    *Today's 1600 yd work out:

    100 warm up
    3x100 (kickxswimxkickxswim) - 2 m int
    8x25 free w/o fins (40 s int)
    4x50 free w/ fins (1 m int)
    4x50 kick (1 m int)
    2x50 free w/o fins (1 m int)
    2x50 free w/fins (1 m int)
    3x100 (kick/swim/kick/swim) - 2 m int

    * I'm slowly starting to drop the fins from portions of the work out. Will try to do a little more with each workout in the future.
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  15. Saturday 1600

    by , February 11th, 2012 at 05:21 PM (Nobody Special)
    * 100 warm up
    3x100 (kick/swim/kick/swim) 2 m int
    8x50 free (1 m int)
    8x50 kick (1 m int)
    3x100 (kick/swim/kick/swim) 2 m int
    100 warm down

    * felt good in the pool. Still wearing fins. Warm ups w/o however.
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  16. Another 1600 yd workout

    by , February 10th, 2012 at 03:47 PM (Nobody Special)
    * Still keeping it nice and easy and with fins on keeping all of the power to my legs- here is the workout:

    100 warm up
    6x50 back-kick (1 m int)
    8x50 free (1 m kick)
    8x50 (2 50s back-kick, 1 50 kick/back, 1 50 back) 2 times (1 m int)
    12x25 free (30 s int)
    100 warm down

    * shoulder good
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  17. Sometimes Military Medical Sucks

    by , February 9th, 2012 at 10:55 AM (Nobody Special)
    * I thought I had an MRI scheduled for tomorrow but upon calling them today to confirm it I found out it was moved to next Thursday. WTH?

    * I'm not mad about them changing the date - but what does irk me is that it will be a month since being seen by the doc that I get the MRI done. It will be two months before getting into physical therepy.

    * Being active duty CG I use a Navy Clinic on board a Marine Corps base for medical - one of the guys who works for me switched from this same clinic to a civilian PCM. He also has shoulders issues - went to his PCM who had him on an MRI machine in less than a week.

    * Granted - I liked my Navy doc quite well but she PCS'd out of her job the day after she saw me so whenever I go back I have to deal with a whole new doctor. These Navy docs are usually young and inexperienced so when I get one I really like I try my best to stick with them.

    * I'm basically getting back to swimming in the blind with this shoulder issue because of all the lag time involved on the MRI and therapy. The problem is that I'm going insane and getting fat because I'm barely working out. Unfortunately I have a job that requires that I'm sane and thin - which is why I'm taking a chance on starting swimming back up.

    *I basically have to wait till I get MRI results back before I can bump up the intensity in the pool - which sucks.

    * When this shoulder thing is done I may switch to a civilian PCM...
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  18. 1600 yds - better than nothing

    by , February 8th, 2012 at 06:22 PM (Nobody Special)
    * Hootie Hooooo - back in the pool today for an extremely low impact workout. My last swimming workout was exactly 4 weeks ago from today. I was able to swim 1600 yds but with little impact on the shoulder - all the power was from the legs as I was wearing fins. Put my arms through the motions but did not pull through the water. Here is the workout:

    100 warm up
    6 X 50 free (1:15 interval)
    8 X 50 kick (1 min int)
    8 X 50 rotating back/free (1 min int)
    6 x 50 free (1 min int)
    100 warm down

    * Shoulder feels no worse today and still feels like it is on the upswing.

    * Taking tomm off from swimming and will be back in the pool on Friday morning - I haven't stopped running yet and don't plan too...
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  19. 2 Miles

    by , February 6th, 2012 at 06:18 PM (Nobody Special)
    * Furthest I've run in a month - shoulder feeling real good now. I'm hopeful that what is/was wrong with it is nothing serious - just needed some down time...
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  20. Not Quite Yet

    by , February 2nd, 2012 at 01:17 PM (Nobody Special)
    * I was hoping I could get back in the water by tomorrow but as of now the shoulder is still hurting a bit and I don't want to take any chances. As of now I'm looking at Monday to pick it back up - though it will be light yardage and light workouts for awhile.

    * Thankfully I'm able to get back to a normal routine at work - was u/w again yesterday to swing one of my boats' compass. Light chop on the water but the shoulder felt good.
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