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After a long rest

I am a former swimmer, trying to get back into competitive swimming. I have been out of the pool 20 years and put on some extra pounds. This blog primarily documents my journey back to competitive swimming. And I should say having fun along the way!!!

  1. Week 101 - Monday

    by , September 1st, 2014 at 11:08 AM (After a long rest)
    On Saturday afternoon my daughters swim group went paintballing. I was asked to participate by her/our coach which I did not have to be asked twice to do. It was great fun! Only down side is that being ultra competitive means you end up with lots of bruises. I am covered in big purple, brown, yellow and red bruises from the back of my head(friendly fire), to my shoulders and legs. This morning the bruises combined with a pretty bad night(hot again) of sleep meant I was sluggish on the pool during the warmup. There were 9 of us at the pool this morning and we did a group workout that meant everyone could do the main set together.


    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45


    Main sets
    Drop a second 50s starting on 1min and see how low you can go
    100 easy
    8x50 kick on :50
    10x100 alternating pull with paddles and swim with paddles on 1:25 trying to drop 1 second per 100


    Warm down
    200 easy


    Total 3900scy


    I felt stiff on the first few 50s but once we got going I was fine. I ended up going down to 30 and probably could have gone at least one more(maybe two) but was not feeling it today and my legs in particular felt heavy. On the kick set I was holding 37-38s and once again my legs felt heavy. On the descending 100s I started out at 1:03 and managed to drop to 54s.this was kind of an interesting way to do the 100s because the pull with bouy was much harder than the 100 without the bouy. I was really tired at the end of this set.
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    Swim Workouts
  2. Week 100 - Saturday

    by , August 30th, 2014 at 01:55 PM (After a long rest)
    It was great to be back home last night and I had dinner(curry) with my wife and kids(chick-fil-a). I went to bed early and slept until 5am. I got up and had a leisurely breakfast before heading to the pool around 6:30am. Today was a team workout with everyone doing the same thing on the same interval. I continued the journey that is fly this morning once again doing way more fly than prior workouts.

    Warm up
    600 free with snorkel

    Main sets
    2x(5x50 fly on 1min fast, 5x50 kick on 1min, 5x50 IM order no free on 1min, 5x50 free breath every 5 on 1min, 5x50 free with snorkel on 1min)

    Total 3100scy

    i was was doing the fast 50s fly on 29s and they hurt. From 3 on I had to work hard to go under 30s. Interestingly the 50s free with snorkel I was holding 29s very easily.

    After practice ice I did my first yoga session and really enjoyed it. In particular I worked on all around flexibility and core strength which is exactly what I am looking for from this. Pat first I was very stiff but by the end of the hour my hips in particular started to loosen up. Good stuff and something I plan on adding to my routine; I figure it can only help me with my swimming.
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    Swim Workouts
  3. Week 100 - Friday

    by , August 29th, 2014 at 05:17 PM (After a long rest)
    Today was my last swim with the levonia masters and likely my last LCM swim til next spring. I had to cut the workout a little short due to an 8am appointment north of Detroit.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50

    Main sets
    12x200 on 2:45 descend 1-4 swum round 1 free, round 2 with paddles and round 3 paddles and pull bouy
    2x100 back easy 1:30
    4x50 free build on 1min

    warm down
    200 easy

    total 3700LCM

    On the 200s I descended nicely going 2:35,2;31,2:27,2:23 on round 1, 2:33,2:30,2:27,2:22 on round 2 and 2:33,2:30,2:27,2:23 on round 3. I felt good. The back and free were the last few swims on the set everyone else was doing and worked out as a good transition after my 200s. I was going 1:15s on the back and 33-34 on the 50s free. Once again I felt good. Despite having a great time and even featuring in the end of season team photo it's going to be great heading home and swimming with my team mates tomorrow. I have my first yoga class tomorrow after swim practice. Can't wait to see how pathetic I am. My hope is it will help with my flexibility and core strength.
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  4. Week 100 - Thursday

    by , August 28th, 2014 at 12:32 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a good nights sleep last night and woke feeling good. I once more swam with Levonia masters and again had fun.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50

    Main sets
    5x100 on 1:25
    4x100 on 1:20
    3x100 on 1:15
    2x100 on 1:10
    1x100 on 1:05
    100 easy
    12x50 swum IM order by 25 on 1min
    4x200 perfect swim with snorkel on 2:45

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total 3800LCM

    Skip brought two clocks today so we had pace clocks at both ends of the pool, unlike yesterday. On the 5,4,3,2,1 set I just missed the 1:05 final time going 1:07 but made the rest of the send offs. The IMs were fun and I went 38-39 on the fly/back 50s and 43-45 on the breast/free 50s. The 200s I was getting about 5 seconds rest and felt good and easy. I have one more practice tomorrow before heading hom. Tomorrow will be a rush due to an early meeting at 8am.
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    Swim Workouts
  5. Week 100 - Wednesday

    by , August 27th, 2014 at 07:50 PM (After a long rest)
    This morning I accidentally set my alarm for 3:30am and to make matters worse I am on eastern time and as a result I had a pretty short night of sleep. Yesterday after practice I traveled to Detroit and will be here the rest of the week. I arranged with Skip Thompson to swim with the Levonia Masters who are still swimming LCM outdoors. I really enjoyed training with the group this morning and I recognized many of the folks from my visit earlier in the summer.

    the only downside to the pool we swam in that I had forgotten about was that there is no visible pace clock so everything today was done off of how I felt and suspect I was taking 10-15 seconds between swims.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup
    300 free with snorkel

    Main sets
    5x100 pull with paddles
    400 swim
    2x200 pull with paddles
    6x100 swim
    12x50 build

    Warm down
    200 easy

    Total 3700LCM
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    Swim Workouts
  6. Week 100 - Tuesday

    by , August 26th, 2014 at 11:33 AM (After a long rest)
    I helped a friend move some couches, and a washer and dryer last night. It was very hot yesterday and I had quite a sweat going during this exercise. It was fun and we laughed and joked throughout. One of the guys ripped his shorts and we gave him crap the entire time; it was fun. I ended up going to bed late as a result of helping but I had a good nights sleep and woke just before my alarm was due to go off.


    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45


    Main set
    4x(200 IM on 3min, 2x100 IM on 1:30, 2x50 IM order by 25 on 1min)
    100 easy
    20x50 free build 1-4 on :45


    Warm down
    100 double arm back


    Total 3800scy


    More IM than usual but I focused on doing the entire length(s) fly and felt good. I think I will do a few off events this fall and maybe a 200IM and some sort of fly event(likely 100). I held 2:25s on the 200s and 1:11-1:12 on the 100s. The 50s were swum strong with lots of rest. I am starting to really feel good in the water. My shoulder is feeling good even with all the fly. It pinches slightly on free in the catch phase of the stroke.
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  7. Week 100 - Monday

    by , August 25th, 2014 at 01:08 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a restless sleep last night. I periodically get very hot during the night and have a hard time getting to sleep and last night was one of those nights. I was tired when I woke up but felt fine after I got up and moving.

    I had a physical for insurance at work so had to limit my food intake(they asked that I fast but thats impossible if I swim and I was not giving up a practice today). I felt great in the water and my shoulder felt the best its felt in quite some time. I still plan on setting up an appointment with the orthopedic doctor though just to get it checked out.

    Main set
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    10x300 pull on 3:30
    100 easy
    4x200 kick on 3:30

    Warm down
    8x50 drill on 1min

    Total 5000scy

    I really tried relaxing during the 300s and descended from 3:10 to 3:05 over the course of the set. I am trying to work on my turns and streamline off the wall. In particular I am trying to not breath with my first stroke off the wall so that I stay streamlined longer and hopefully gain a little speed on my turns(which again I am reminded are plentiful in scy as compared to LCM). I felt great on the 200s kick and was out in 1:25's and back in 1:27s on all 4. I have not felt this easy on a kick set in quite some time.

    I will practice at our pool tomorrow and then I am heading to Detroit with work for the rest of the week. I will be swimming with Skip Thompson at the Dearbourn, MI, outdoor pool like I did earlier in the summer. It was fun then and I am looking forward to swimming LCM again.
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  8. Week 99 - Saturday

    by , August 23rd, 2014 at 08:26 PM (After a long rest)
    I went to bed early last night and had an awesome nights sleep. I woke up to my alarm and got nearly 10 hours of sleep. Nearly our entire team were at practice today and it was good to have have everyone back. I really enjoy Saturdays since we get more time in bed and after practice I bring food back for the kids and have breakfast with the family. Today was a great day!

    5x200 on 3mins swum as swim drill by 50
    6x150 on 2min swum as 100 free, 50 back
    7x100 kick on 1:50
    8x75 IM on 1:05 no free
    9x50 build on 1min
    10x25 fly on :30

    Total 4050scy

    this was kind of a fun workout not really having to think too much! Most of this was swum pretty easy concentrating on my strokes. I did 5 of the 50s fly and all the 25s fly. I still have a pinch in my shoulder which is annoying. It does not hurt enough to prevent me from swimming but it does hurt.
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  9. Week 99 - Friday

    by , August 22nd, 2014 at 09:04 AM (After a long rest)
    Rain in Chicago yesterday reeked havoc on my return home. I left downtown Chicago for a 6pm flight at 2:30pm and I arrived at the airport at 5pm. I don't think I have ever sat in the same spot for so long on an interstate when there was no accident. In fact I could not determine the cause of the stationary traffic. To say it was a mess was an understatement. To make matters worse I had left my iPhone charger at home and my phone had very little power so I was afraid to go back roads. After arriving at the airport I discovered my flight was delayed an hour which ended up being almost two. I find flight delays annoying but the bs the airlines give even more annoying. I am a big boy I can deal with a delay but continually telling me the flight is delayed 15minutes and another 15minutes and another 15minutes, is very very annoying. I arrived back at DFW at 10:30pm and after getting to my car and driving home it was almost midnight; so by my standards this was almost time to get up as opposed to going to bed.

    I woke ore up to the alarm this morning and felt pretty physically tired. I did not know how I was going to feel today. As it turned out I felt ok, not special but not bad either. Today was a mix of things but it was fun and at the end I could tell I was tired.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    main sets
    8x100 kick with fins on 1:40 swum by 25, fast with board, easy with board, under water, fast on back
    9x100 free on 1:30 descend 1-3,4-6,7-9
    100 easy
    6x200 on 3:10 swum as 25 fly, 50 breast, 75 back, 50 free

    warm down
    100 easy

    total 3800scy

    i felt descend on the kick and was going 1:02s. The 100 free I worked the descend and went 1:05,1min,55. I was amazed at how consistent I was on the times and how easy both the 1:05 and 1min felt and how hard the :55 felt. The 200s were a little different and I started out at 2:25 and descended throughout and went 2:18 on the last one. I was tired on the 200s.
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    Swim Workouts
  10. Week 99 - Thursday

    by , August 21st, 2014 at 08:36 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a short but good nights sleep last night. This morning I swam with the Academy Bullets Masters team in Aurora Illinois at the Marmion Academy pool. The pool was a nice 8 lane 25yd indoor pool and the team were very friendly and I enjoyed swimming with the team. My left shoulder is still pinching but again I felt less pain/discomfort today than yesterday. I still plan on seeing a specialist but it's good that I am feeling better

    warm up
    500 free with snorkel
    500 kick on back swum as 5x100 on 1:40
    500 pull no paddles

    main set
    3x(2x100 free on 1:10, 3x50 pull on 40, 4x25 free on 25, 150 with snorkel)
    100 easy
    8x50 drill on :50

    warm down
    200 easy

    total 4000scy

    i tried relaxing and going at a good steady aerobic pace today and surprised myself how fast I was going while still feeling very relaxed. On the 100s I was holding 59s. The 50s pull I was holding 32-33s and the 25s I was going 14-15s. I think everyone else used the 150 as a recovery but I swam it as an aerobic swim and was holding 1:31-1:33s. I felt good today and definitely had a good feel for the water. I counted my strokes a few times and was holding 9-10 strokes per length.

    There are thunderstorms in Chicago today and I am going to try to get to the airport early but that maybe easier said than done. Fingers crossed lightening will not affect my flight home.
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    Swim Workouts
  11. Week 99 - Wednesday

    by , August 20th, 2014 at 11:19 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a good nights sleep and felt good when I woke up this morning. My pinch in my left shoulder was still there today but it did not seem as bad as yesterday or Monday. I am going to go and get it checked out since it does not want to go away. It's not preventing me doing anything which is good but there is discomfort and I don't want it getting any worse. One of my teammates is seeing a doctor who was a former swimmer at Stanford for a similar condition so I will try and arrange an appointment with him next week.

    I finally felt felt like I had my feel for the water today and felt somewhat easy in the water for the first time this week. Our coach is away still so it's your own workout this week and today I decided to mix it up a little and spent most of the time doing IMs. Everyone else did the workout Tom left for today but I decided to be a rebel and do my own thing; cats away so this mouse will play. It was kind of fun doing something different.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    main sets
    5x200 IM on 3mins
    100 easy
    10x100 IM on 1:30
    100 easy
    10x50 drill IM order on 1min
    6x50 kick on 1min

    warm down
    100 easy

    total 3800scy

    i was holding 2:25s on the 200IMs and 1:10-1:11 on the 100 IMs. Other than the pinch in the shoulder this felt good and I felt pretty easy. I am in Chicago tonight and will be swimming with a team in Aurora, Illinois tomorrow morning. It's just an overnight trip and head home late tomorrow night. Fingers crossed no delays tomorrow or else Friday morning will be a real struggle.
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    Swim Workouts
  12. Week 99 - Tuesday

    by , August 19th, 2014 at 09:16 AM (After a long rest)
    I went to bed early last night and had a good nights sleep until 3am at which time I woke up and could not go back to sleep. I felt good when I woke up. Today's workout was good but I have a little discomfort in my left shoulder. This is the same pain and discomfort I have had for a few months and managed with ice. I guess I am probably at the point in the season I should get it checked out.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    8x50 drill on :50

    Main sets
    4x100 free with snorkel on 1:30
    3x100 pull with bouy and paddles on 1:25
    2x100 build by 25 on 1:20
    1x100 free on 1:15
    2x100 build by 25 on 1:20
    3x100 pull with bouy and paddles on 1:25
    4x100 free with snorkel on 1:30
    3x100 pull with bouy and paddles on 1:25
    2x100build by 25 on 1:20
    1x100 free on 1:15
    8x50 kick on 1min

    Warm down
    100 easy


    Total 3700scy

    i was holding 1:05 pace throughout the 100s main set. Despite the discomfort in my left shoulder I am starting to get the feel for the water again. I iced my shoulder after practice today.
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    Swim Workouts
  13. Week 99 - Monday

    by , August 18th, 2014 at 03:01 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a pretty restless night of sleep last night. My wife was up most of the night with allergies and unfortunately she woke me up. Normally I sleep like a log but last night was just not meant to be a good night of sleep.

    Despite being tired this morning this did not affect my swim. I still dont have a feel for the water but put more effort into todays workout than Saturday. I think its going to take me a couple of weeks to get back into the swing of things. Also my shoulders ached today which is not a good thing. I ended up icing my left shoulder after practice since it hurt the most. I probably should have done both but ran out of time; still on vacation pacing at this point.

    Warm up
    400 Free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main Set
    4x(300 pull with paddles and snorkel on 3:30, 200 free with snorkel on 2:30, 100 free on 1:15)
    8x50 kick on 1min

    Warm down
    200 easy

    Total 3700scy

    I held 1:05-1:07 pace throughout the main set which definitely got the heart rate up this morning. My hope is to go about 4k tomorrow and then stick to that this week. Next week when Tom is back we will no doubt start building back up on intensity.
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    Swim Workouts
  14. Week 98 - Saturday

    by , August 16th, 2014 at 09:38 AM (After a long rest)
    My family and I arrived home from Canada yesterday. After the week at worlds in Montreal we headed north on a train to Quebec City and had a great relaxing week seeing the sights of this wonderful old city. It really was fun being a tourist for a week. The closest I came to a swim workout was hanging out in the pool at the hotel with my daughter and father.

    This is morning I swam an easy 3k workout and felt hideous. I hurt in places I have never hurt before and had no feel at all for the water. It always amazes me how long it takes to get in shape and how quickly you loose it.

    Todays workout

    warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    main set
    5x100 pull with paddles on 1:30
    4x100 with snorkel on 1:30
    3x100 easy build by 25 on 1:30
    2x100 drill on 1:30
    1x100 kick on 1:30
    10x50 stroke free by 25 on :50

    warm down
    300 easy

    total 3000scy

    Despite feeling hideous today it was great getting back in the pool and I am so looking forward to getting back to training. I have a few ideas for some short term goals and hope to swim a few different events this fall along with my normal free events. I am likely to swim 3 SCM meets and a couple of kids meets this fall.

    My team mates from worlds are already talking about future meets and a number of my team mates brought up the world masters games in New Zealand in 2017.

    http://www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz

    I am also seriously considering the European Masters championship in London in 2016. It will be one of the first major swimming meets at the London Olympic pool since it was reconfigured after the 2012 Olympics.

    All good old stuff to continue to ponder and work through over the next few weeks.
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    Swim Workouts
  15. Worlds day 6&7

    by , August 10th, 2014 at 07:25 AM (After a long rest)
    Friday was my day off from competition and I had a good night of sleep and a nice big breakfast. I had team mates swimming so headed to the pool to watch and cheer them on. My kids and a group of adults went to six flags for the day. They said it was extremely crowded but they had fun despite only managing a few rides due to the lines of people. After six flags my family I met up for dinner and we had a nice relaxing evening.

    Saturday night I went to sleep very quickly but woke around 3am with butterflies in my stomach and thinking about my upcoming race. I laid in bed til about 6:30am before getting up for breakfast. My swim was scheduled for 3:00pm so headed over around noon for a warmup. After getting to the pool and warming up I had about an hour before I swam. One of my team mates was 9 heats before me so I got to see him swim another great swim and then got myself mentally ready. I felt really good in the warmup and felt good about how I was going to swim the race.

    My my game plan was to swim a smooth but strong first 100, build the middle 200 and finish strong with strong legs the last 100. When I dove in I felt great and stuck to my game plan well. At 300 I was at least 2 body lengths clear of everyone else and at 350 I felt like I was again at least 2 body lengths clear. Coming down the final 50 I felt strong and when I hit wall for a moment I thought I had own only to see that the guy to my right had somehow caught me. I honestly could not believe that I had lost. I did not die and I was so far ahead how had I lost but i had.

    After the warm down I started to feel better but this one is going to hurt for sometime. I am proud of getting silver but gold was right there. If only I had bilateral breathed I would have seen him coming. I can't change what happened and this will inspire me to go again.

    Updated August 10th, 2014 at 10:51 AM by StewartACarroll

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    2014 FINA World Championship
  16. Worlds day5

    by , August 7th, 2014 at 10:55 PM (After a long rest)
    Today was relay day. We had a lot of fun throughout the whole day. I had a good nights sleep and woke early to head over for a good non crowded warmup with one of my teammates. I felt pretty decent during the warmup and actually as the day went on I felt better and better.

    First up today was our mixed relay team. Our team did awesome getting into two really good races and all the team members swam awesome. On the free relays our lead off went under 30 for the first time and our anchor caught two teams in the final 5 meters. The whole team had great fun and it was awesome cheering and watching my team mates.

    This is afternoon we had the men's free and medley relays. I was lead off on both relays. We had a great time despite a significant delay due to lightening. Both relays ended up 4th just missing the free bronze by .01. I was 25.10 on the lead off of the free relay and 30.01 on the back. I had a much better start and break out on the free but again missed my goal time by .11. I so wanted to see 24.99 or faster. I was very pleased with the swim since it's was .25 faster than my individual 50. On the back I had a quick start but went very deep. I dolphin kicked but was concerned I was heading to the yellow marker and decided to come up but my first stroke I was still under water and came to a complete stop. I still picked it up and had a decent 50 but I know I was so capable of going a second faster on the back. We missed bronze by a second so I felt a little guilty on this one. On a positive note I think I will have to consider some more back events since I seem to have some very easy speed at this event and earlier this summer I had an awesome in season 200 back.

    Despite just oust missing out on medals my teammates and I had an absolute blast. It was a lot of fun.

    This is evening we had a team dinner with a few guests. We had a few swimmers from the uk coast guard who are friends of one of my team mates and Steve Unruh and his family. It was a lot of fun. Most of my team mates are done with the meet so they stuck around and no doubt are partying pretty hard this evening. Three or four of us have events tomorrow and Saturday so the group split around 10pm. I have an off day tomorrow and plan on sleeping in followed by the kids going to six flags.
  17. Worlds day4

    by , August 6th, 2014 at 03:47 PM (After a long rest)
    My family went out for dinner with one of my friends and his family and had an awesome time. It really was one of those special times that I will treasure for a long long time. My friends parents are of similar age to my parents, we are similar ages and his kid and my kids are similar ages. Three generations all having an absolute blast. There was lots of great conversation, jokes, and laughing all evening. Really a special dinner.

    This morning I again got up early and headed over to the pool nice and early so I could swim a decent warmup in. Once again I felt pretty good in the pool and felt much looser than I did after the 100. Thank goodness. After yesterday's massage I made another appointment for later today so fingers crossed I will feel even better tomorrow.

    Today I had the 50 free which is my most relaxed non event event. I felt good about how I was going to perform. When my heat was called I was surprised at how big the guys were who I was swimming against. I now know how mr unruh feels when he swims against me! I am usually one of the tallest guys but today there were some absolutely enormous guys in my heat. I was in lane zero with a scratch in lane 1 so I had clear water and no one to look at or race against. I had a slow start but after I surfaced I felt really good and as I started to feel the burn in the final 10 the wall came pretty quick. My game plan was to breath once but ended up breathing twice. I hit the finish well and was pleased with my time of 25.35. I had hoped to be sub 25 but with the start I will take it. I am looking forward to the relay tomorrow because I will have a second shot at sub 25. I just found out that the time placed me 5th in the 50 free and I am very excited about this one since it was completely unexpected.

    I have my massage at 4:30pm so fingers crossed I will be nice and relaxed tomorrow for relays. I am leading off both the free relay and the medley relay tomorrow and need to remember to count my strokes in the main pool from the flags(note to self).
  18. Worlds day3

    by , August 6th, 2014 at 03:33 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a restless nights sleep and could not stop thinking about how I felt after the 100. It really bothered me. I decided to meet a teammate who was swimming the 400IM early(6:15) and do a real warmup. This really helped but I was still feeling very stiff and very sore with little to no easy speed. After all my training and a good taper I was not expecting to die at the end of any of my races.

    Despite the 200 being my best race I was on the fence about swimming it. My dilemma was do I scratch everything else except the 400 where I am ranked #2 or do I swim my races and let what happens happen. After speaking with my coach I decided to pull out of the 200 and rest up for the 400 on Saturday. After making this call I headed back to the hotel. My wife had arranged for me to get a massage at the hotel. The massage was much gentler than the one I had the other week and he focused on pressure points which within 5 mins felt awesome. Almost instant relief. After the massage I had a change of heart on the 200 and decided to swim it. After all the work I have put in my thought was that I need to swim it.

    The race was weird in that 4 people in the final heat did not show and the center of the pool was empty so there were in effect two groups. I went out long and strong and felt good at 100. This feeling continued until about 135 where I started tightening up. The final turn went well and I came off the wall strong. I saw the leader pulling away and unfortunately I had nothing left. The final 25 was especially hard and when I finished I could not tell if I was 2nd or 4th. It felt like 3 of us finished in a line. It turned out I was 4th in 2:04.6 which is slower than I thought I would go but based on how I felt in the morning I was pleased and glad I swam it.


    Last night one of my team mates Scott carpenter grabbed silver in the 50-54 50 fly and my friend Steve Unruh won the 45-49 50 fly. A great evening and it's always really good fun seeing your teammates and friends swimming well and getting what they deserve based on all the hard work they have put in.

    After feeling sorry for myself after the 100 I have really picked myself up and I am really enjoying the meet. I am always my own worst critic but on this week I have come to the conclusion that I can't be upset with being in the top 10 in all my events. I have a lot to be thankful for. Tomorrow will be another good day.
  19. Worlds day2

    by , August 4th, 2014 at 05:25 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a great nights sleep and felt good this morning. I had a big breakfast with my family knowing I would not be eating until after my 100free. My swim was supposed to be at 1:20pm but like yesterday the meet was running slow which unfortunately I did not find out until I arrived at the pool. We also found out the women who were in the temp pool were even further behind.

    Unlike yesterday where we had some clouds today was incredibly bright and warm. If I did not know where I was I would have said we were in Texas. It was hot!!! I found a cool spot in side the main stone building which was cool compared to outside in the tent. I know. Mark Cox and his group found shade outside the pool area under the trees and this May have been the really smart move.

    The biggest challenge which I had not really anticipated was the warmup or lack there of. The facilities are really very good but I just did not think about the difficulty associated with so many swimmers warming up at the same time. After my 800 I was very stiff and a little sore and struggled to loosen up today.

    I felt like I hung out for a long time before my race today and then when it was time to head to the marshaling area it went incredibly quickly and as fast as I could muster I had no time behind the block before my race. I was in lane 0 which meant coming back I did not see anyone because I breath left. I felt like I had a good start but almost immediately felt very heavy and this feeling never left. The good thing was the guy next to me was level with me. After the turn I tried picking up my tempo but just had nothing today. My arms and legs hurt really bad at the end of this one. My time was 56.4 which is much slower than I thought I would swim and my splits were pretty rough. I guess the 800 took a lot more out of me than I anticipated. I am by no means upset(how can you when you place 7th at worlds) but I do need to take a step back and decide what to do in terms of my remaining events.

    After an attempt at a longer warm down I grabbed some late lunch and headed to the jacuzzi in the hotel and let bubbles work on my legs. I am feeling much better but still have heavy legs. My coach arrives in a couple of hours and will speak with him about tomorrow and Wednesday.
  20. Worlds day 1

    by , August 3rd, 2014 at 10:27 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a fairly good nights sleep last night. I had the normal wake up with butterflies and jitters periodically but overall it was not a bad nights sleep. The plan for the day was to eat a big breakfast, a light lunch and an energy bar before I swam plus lots and lots of fluid. One of my team mates was scheduled to swim at 1:30pm so a group of us headed to the pool for a warmup around 11am. After the warmup those of us on my team that were swimming the 800 headed back to there hotels for lunch and a rest. Bill texted and said that the meet was running an hour late. Bill also had an awesome swim and dropped almost a minute on his 800 going 10:31.

    I headed back to the pool at around 4:30pm and hung out on deck for a while and then tried warming up; it was pretty crowded so it was impossible doing any pace work but I got about 1100 warmup in. I then had a walk over to the temp pool which was very nice but had a really long wait for my race. I was in the third from last heat in lane 2. I was determined to swim smart and build each 200. I felt good through 600 but started hurting and noticed I was shortening my stroke. My final time was 9:15 which was slower than I had hoped to go but a good solid time and I ended up placing second. The winner was 8:47 so there was no way I was going to swim that time today. Despite dieing I was proud I left everything in the pool and I was very happy with a silver in the 800m. I still have my best events to come later in the week and I am really enjoying having teammates at the meet. Tomorrow I have the 100 around 1:30pm. I need to be out fast but relaxed and come off that wall and nail the 50-75 in order to hit my goal time.
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