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You are at a quad cross country race with 4 rival schools. The race is almost over. One of your teammates (who finished 2nd) took a wrong turn and ended up running extra distance. (Many witnesses to this fact.) Nonetheless, after the race, a runner from a rival team comes racing toward your team tent shouting obscenities, accusing your teammate of cheating & cutting the course. They refuse to leave, "want answers," are in your face and keep up the stream of obscenities. You step up to defend your teammate. Do you:
a) return the obscenities
b) calmly explain that he is incorrect
c) punch him
d) call for your coach (who's at the finish line waiting for the last of the runners to finish)
e) tell him to back off and roughly push him away when he won't leave
f) laugh at the idiot
g) ignore the jerk and walk away
h) some other Jimslie Thornton-esque response
Pic = Warm up. Guy on the left accused of cheating, guy in the middle who went on the defense, guy on the right who ultimately won the race.
Oh, no swim today. Still too sick and hacking. But feel that tomorrow might be the day after a week out of the pool.
Art of the Deck Change:
Updated October 7th, 2010 at 09:10 PM by The Fortress
Out of the water today and will be tomorrow as well. Got a huge night sleep though, and hoping for another.
Interesting preview of Kona in this month's edition. And an extensive article on overhauling nutrition, making some of these points (some of which are obvious and we've discussed before):
1. Eat more, weight less. Eat right after training or you'll be hungry later.
2. Eat enough calories to avoid a negative energy state. If you don't eat enough, you'll teach your body to store fat, not burn it.
3. To promote recovery, eat a healthy meal right after exercising, not beer and burgers. Doh.
4. Avoid caffeine, which leads to stress, poor sleep, digestive problems, depression and interferes with the body's ability to tone up and burn fat.
5. Don't switch from dairy to sodas. Sodas can deplete the mineral content of your bones and inflame the appetite.
6. Don't just drink water to hydrate. Have something with electrolytes.
7. Don't diet before a big race as it could compromise your immune system.
8. Ginger helps to reduce post workout muscle soreness.
"Profile of a Sprinter," excerpts:
"Sprinters personify the saying, work smarter, not harder. Every lap in the pool is preceded by "why" and followed by a "why more?"
Salo states that "sprinters are simply different from swimming's mainstream." They are "just as committed to excellence" and "always focused on competition" whereas the D swimmers like the training process more. Sprinters "value speed" and don't talk about "aerobic base."
Others say "sprinters won't practice from a menu" ... but "the need for variety doesn't correlate with a lack of focus." They are "intensely curious about what techniques and drills will enhance speed."
Sewickley friends competing:
Updated October 7th, 2010 at 12:22 PM by The Fortress
Rest apparently didn't help. I dragged myself to the pool this morning after making African masks with 4th graders and did this measley bit o yardage:
12 x 50 @ 1:00
reverse IM order, drill fly
10 x 50 backstroke kick @ 1:00
Went in for an evaluation and PRP with Dr. Wagner. MRI shows arthritis, tenosynovitis and degradation of the tendons. Only two options are surgery and PRP. I opted for PRP. Unlike with my shoulder, however, they don't numb the foot when doing the procedure, which involves multiple injections right into the tendons and joint. It was excruciatingly painful. I'm supposed to be hobble free by Thursday. Another round of injections in 4 weeks. Now that's something to look forward to! Of course, this is all necessary if I ever want to wear high heels again. Interestingly, he had seen a tri, a swimmer and a runner before me.
As I was still feeling awful, I dragged myself to Immediate Care. Diagnosis: bronchitis. Real shocker there. Starting antibiotics.
Today, I was trying to stay in the water as Jimslie suggested. I'm just not sure how much this helps. I certainly didn't feel better afterward. I think this week is going to be a write off training wise. Kinda frustrating. I was just getting back in a nice groove.
Updated October 5th, 2010 at 10:04 PM by The Fortress
Finally gave in and decided to rest. Too many coughing, breathing and asthma issues. So today is my 4th day out of the water. I don't think 30 minutes on Saturday really counts. Not sure I'll get in tomorrow either, as I'm in Lil Fort's class in the am and getting my foot jabbed in the pm. In light of all this, I think Indy at the end of the month is out for me. I won't be ready and I had wanted to attempt to swim fairly fast there. So I guess I'll reboot and aim for another SCM meet in December.
Updated October 4th, 2010 at 06:09 PM by The Fortress
I'm sitting on the deck of a lovely cabin on Deep Creek Lake watching the sun set. The weather this afternoon was spectacular -- sunny and mid-70s. (Though we've been warned it will be frosty in the morning.)
I hopped in the lake around 2:45 pm and swam the .9 mile course. Having done it once, it doesn't seem quite as intimidating as last year. Judging from the number of Cervelos in the transition area, there are a lot of serious bikers here. Mr. Fort was looking longingly at the tri bikes. Dave Scott, multiple time Kona champ, is also in the race.
The water seemed a bit choppy this morning, but it's calmer now. Hope there's no fog in the morning. I can't tell what temp the water is. I've read it can be 68 in Sept., but it didn't feel that cold. Maybe low70s.
We've got the cowbells ready for the Westernport wall. (Sorry Geek, the girls love them.). I am expecting Mr. Fort to be faster this year, so I hope I make it there in time to see him!
Updated September 18th, 2010 at 08:02 PM by The Fortress
No swim today. Had to see my chiro and ENT and get ready for Mr. Fort's birthday. Still need to pack for Savageman. We're leaving right after Lil Fort's 8:30 am soccer game.
I hadn't been to my ART chiro for body work in several months. (Well, I didn't train that much in the summer, so I didn't feel the need.) He said my shoulders still felt very stable. We talked about my foot. I've had increasing pain in the first toe of my right foot over the years. It began with the MF incident, developed into tendonitis and I ignored it b/c I couldn't get a cortisone shot given my then meet schedule. As I understand it, cortisone is most effective if done immediately post injury. Now I get toe/foot pain when I run and jump (or wear high heels ). I'm having an MRI done next week. The suspected diagnosis is tenosynovitis/tendinopathy, aka degeneration of the tendons. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/001242.htm. If that's what the MRI shows, I will need PRP, platelet rich plasma, therapy to fix it. http://www.treatingpain.com/diagnosi...ch-plasma.html. This is, as I have previously noted, a controversial therapy. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/13/he...0plasma&st=cse. But it seemed to work on my shoulder. And therefore I would definitely try it again. It should be much less costly and time consuming than a shoulder as well.
I have succeeded in making a cake that looks (somewhat) like a Jamis bike. Now I am off to finish present wrapping and pack. I am feeling slightly more savage after a good night's sleep.
Oh, I've discovered a couple new smoothie ingredients: beet greens and leek greens. They go well with cherries, red grapes, pineapple and berries. My allergist told me to stop using Amazing Meal b/c it has grass in it, and I'm allergic to grasses. Doh. I was unable to do a skin test for food allergies earlier this week (too much histamine in my system), but did submit blood for this purpose and for routine labs. Hopefully, it will rule out food allergies, as they are there so rare in adults. And, of course, Jimslie considers the entire topic pure quackery.
Because of my outdoor pool phobia, I drove to OakMarr this afternoon to catch a shortish taper swim. Upon arriving, I was informed the pool was closed due to kid poop -- again -- and wouldn't open for awhile. So I trudged back home. Seriously, twice in a week this happens to me?! So blighted, I decided to just 1 up QBrain by taking the entire day to pretend I was retired and happy. Tapering always makes me exceedingly lazy anyway. I didn't do even a lick of RC exercises or stretching while at the beach. I see no reason to start now.
I only have a very short window of opportunity to swim tomorrow b/c of broken car/broken AC and getting our kitten. If need be, I'll just go to my gym pool and swim at night.
I enjoyed the article on suits in the Washington Post. [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=17351"]Fina rulemaking: How to run swimming into the ground - U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]. I daresay us masters will be more effected by it than the elites. And I am quite glad I have my TRX ready to go after Zones. Core, core, core ...
After a decent morning at the beach, thunder foiled my plans for both a swim in the ocean or a swim at the Y. So I took an involuntary rest day. The weather is supposed to be somewhat sketchy tomorrow, so I plan to get to the Y whenever it is open.
In the meantime, I:
1. Am almost done with the Stieg Larsson series. Sniff. sniff. Next up: The Dead End Gene Pool.
2. On Julie O'Roddin's recommendation, I purchased a black running skirt. Much cooler and more comfy than shorts. Can't wait to try it out running or at the gym.
3. I returned a sugoi swimsuit. Hated the way it fit.
4. Am getting ready to dine at a restaurant on the pier and hoping not to get rained on.
5. I saw Inception last night. Quite liked it, though I kept wondering about whether it really took that much effort to plant the seed of an idea in someone's head ... I ordered The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as it is not rentable. here.
2 x 25 abs
50 flutter kicks on back
30 med ball tosses
600 swim, middle 200 stroke
600 kick, middle 200 w/o board
(I didn't use a board.)
200 IM, 25 drill/25 swim
4 x 50 kick w/fins @ 1:00
(I worked them pretty hard -- went 32-33.)
(Went out too fast, felt dreadful.)
4 x 50 kick, no fins, use paddles as a "kickboard"
12 x 100 @ 2:00
3 x through:
75 free/25 stroke
50 free/50 stroke
25 free/75 stroke
We were supposed to descend 1-4. I didn't do that. I went a mod cruise pace on 1-3 and went fast on the last one. I did numbers 4 and 8 backstroke with fins and went 1:11 and 1:08. On the last four, my arms were tired and i kicked them. On 12, I kicked backstroke and went a 1:05. I was really gasping for breath after the fast ones. And I was exceedingly surprised by my times -- much faster than I thought I'd go. My lanemate did all the stroke portions
Total: 3700 meters
The pool was so long. So long. It almost made me glad I'm not focusing on LC this summer.
I may try to sneak in one more swim tomorrow morning. But it might feel pretty dismal coming so close on the heels of this workout.
I'm blogging from my iPhone. My Internet service was down today, broken router. It's damn inconvenient timing. Mr. Fort had to go to a friend's house to print out our boarding passes. We also got an ipad for the trip, but our computer won't recognize it. Bummer cuz I can't download anything.
Back to packing!
Updated June 22nd, 2010 at 11:39 PM by The Fortress
Decided I needed something different today, so I popped in the P90X Kenpo DVD, which I've never done before. It's definitely one of the easier P90X routines. Mostly a lot of punching, kicking and jumping. The X jumping jack plyo is a great exercise. It did seem like a good overall body workout, with good focus on balance and speed.
Here's a description and the list of exercises:
I was not inspired to try this martial arts type workout by Karate Kid. I almost fell asleep during that slow snoozer of a movie.
I wanted to do some P90X yoga, but got too busy doing kid things. In any event, my body appears intolerant of a training load increase right now. I've decided the legs are the most difficult to get back in shape. They seem to require the most conditioning and then, conversely, the most rest before meets. The upper body seems to snap back faster. (This is, of course, purely anecdotal and not supported by well controlled scientific data. Or, if the data does exists, which I'm sure it doesn't wrt swimming, I haven't bothered to look for it. )
Does anyone have any good tips for a father's day gift for a runner/cyclist?
I may do one of Patrick's workouts tomorrow (not the 400 free one!) and then swim with Speedo on Friday before subjecting myself to a crushingly busy weekend.
Day 6 of detox ...
I've attached a pic of a cute Maine Coone kitten we'll be getting soon (we're getting one of the white chested females pictured). I'm only mildly allergic to cats, and tolerate our Siamese well. I can't do dogs at all. My youngest has really been jonesing for a new kitty, so I caved. Hope I can still breath with it in the house.
Updated June 16th, 2010 at 09:00 PM by The Fortress
I consulted my doctor today about my ongoing malaise, for which JimRude has taken responsibility. He said there is a nasty 2 week malaise like virus going around and that I should just "sleep it off." I will do my best in this respect; I would just like it to be gone by the weekend during which a malaise is decidedly contra-indicated. Though Jim gallantly took full blame, I wonder if it is the result of some funk from Nationals? Several people I know have come home and been quite ill.
Mike left an interesting link to an article in the NYT re: massage. The article, which reports on a scientific study, concludes that post exercise massage “actually impairs removal of lactic acid from exercised muscle.” http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/0...=me&ref=health. So it made me wonder whether massage really does speed recovery (as I was opining after my post Zones massage). I suppose it could speed recovery for reasons unrelated to lactic acid. I certainly have been going the passive recovery route ... and am currently re-watching Lost with Mini.
Mike suggested that massage might help sickness. Anyone have experience with this? I've heard that, if you have symptoms, it can bring on the illness like gangbusters ...
Given that this is the lengthiest time off I've had in ages, I'm hoping it doesn't hinder my workout mojo when I return and make me a wuss. My son opined that this was a likely result of taking complete rest as opposed to recovery type exercise. Of course, none of his opinions have any valid basis either. I am trying to stave off being a "wuss" by being a Snotty Forum Poster.
BTW, Dr. Jaeger (who teaches Evidence Based Medicine at Mayo) reported back to me that Metagenics products are sold in the Mayo store, not the Mayo pharmacy. He's not sure how they got the product space. I agree with him that the marketing of supplements is far ahead of the scientific study of such supplements. Nonetheless, I have received my 7 Exfuze sample and took my first shot today!
Ok, time to get off the couch and go back to my almost full time chauffeuring duties.
Blech, blech, blech. Still sick. I'm trying to fend off what seems to have devolved into a sinus infection/bronchitis. Not one stitch of exercise since my last blog entry.
The only swimming related things I've done are to purchase lifeguards suits, purchase summer league suits, and purchase practice suits. Our summer league kick off meeting is tonight.
I am also getting massive pressure to be a referee this summer, which sounds decidedly un-fun. Though perhaps over-ruling S&T judges that don't know WTH they're doing would be somewhat satisfying. (evil smile).
I can't believe it's June 1 already ...
I received my 3 week trial supply of 7 Exfuse in the mail today. I'm thinking I should wait till I'm healthy to start using it in my smoothies.
Saw an article in the Post on veggie contamination, akin to the article posted in the GS on protein supplements being contaminated:
Updated June 9th, 2010 at 08:37 PM by The Fortress
Well, I haven't been feeling so hot for a couple days and I've had a sore throat. Today, I woke up (after some decent sleep) and just knew I was sick. I feel sort of like I did in March when I had swine flu -- sore throat, cough, sinus pain, mild fever, headaches and lethargy/fatigue. It's kind of a bummer because I have a lot of social events planned this weekend. Laid on the couch most of today and will try to muddle through a friend's birthday barbecue tonight. I feel like maybe Atlanta, and all the excitement and sleep deprivation, maybe just zapped my immune system and/or depleted me mentally and physically ... It's also my new theory that starting a big taper meet off with a double whammy or huge disappointment is difficult mentally. Instead of having momentum that literally (or I guess, figuratively) carries you through the rest of the meet, you're immediately in a hole battling back. Eupohoria is easier than resiliency.
Given this development, I've decided my two weeks of relative rest -- no strenuous exercise -- is going to be now (including this week), not on vacation. The cruise ship has a fantastic workout facility, so I will be able to cross train and do drylands there, even if pool swimming is out.
Kudos to Speedo, the Littel Roddin Devil and Geek for their great swimming so far this weekend!
Updated May 29th, 2010 at 05:57 PM by The Fortress
Blogging from my iPhone as I tried to sleep in, but couldn't really.
First off, the social side of things is fabulous. I've seen old friends, new friends and met many new people and forumites. I've watched and cheered for both the Olympians and my good friends alike. Super proud of my buddies for ripping up the pool. I think I'm proudest of my wolfpack mate, SwimStud, for breaking 1:00 in the 100 free.
Day 1: 50 breast/100 fly
I can't say the meet started off well. On my 50 evil, I couldn't hear the starters beep. It is rather muted and soft. So I pulled a Jimby like statue of liberty and just stood there as everyone else swam. I actually thought there was a false start and just jumped off the blocks. I was literally shell shocked to see my heat racing. This has never happened to me as a master. I just stood there stunned. A super nice official saw me and sat me down, telling me they'd try to get me in another heat. That came about 2 minutes latter, when I was still not exactly in a racing frame of mind.
Nonetheless, I got up on the blocks and did my best. And I went very fast, cutting almost a second off my time from Zones with a 32.8. My extremely fleeting joy was immediately extinguished when I saw an official looming over my lane announcing that I had been DQ'd for taking two dolphin kicks.
Just to be clear, I did not take two dolphin kicks nor intend to. Unfortunately, it appears that way because of my body undulation. My sequence is: dive in, separate hands, huge dolphin kick, ride the glide, huge pulldown, then breaststroke kick up. Unfortunately, my pulldown is very strong and it causes my body to undulate. I prefer this sequence because it maximizes my time underwater. Someone told me I was close to the 20 meter mark on the start.
On the upside, both Ahelee and Ande told me my stroke looked good, that I was undulating and getting a lot of forward momentum. Ande said I looked like a mini Roque.
I was extremely angry about the DQ for 15 minutes and then brushed it off for the rest of the day. But it is somewhat of a downer to start a meet this way -- with a double shocker of missing your heat and then a DQ. I would have placed 4th.
On to 100 fly. I was very happy with this race, especially since I don't train in any conventional way for this race. I swam a 1:01.3, which equalled my time from last year which had been a huge drop and was 1.4 faster than Zones (same suit). I had a great start (for me), nice breakout, and good walls. I died at the end, but it was a mini piano. I was out in a 28.6, which felt very easy and made me feel I would have a blazing 50 fly on Saturday.
We had a mixed 200 free relay after this. I was
and felt a bit lackluster. It takes me forever to recover from a 100 fly. My shoulders feel beat up afterward.
I arrived at the pool just in time for the second warm up after the distance events. I decided to slip on my B70 and warm up in it because the relay was the first event after warm up. More bad luck ... I blew a hole in my suit putting it on. I literally ran to the B70 kiosk and asked for a new suit and they gave me one. However, because it was new, it took almost as long to get on as my Jaked. Didn't get the best warm up.
Since I was doing the breast leg on the relay, I had no choice but to play it safe with a conventional pulldown. I must say this did not agree with me. I surfaced a good 5 yards earlier and was slower. Also felt like I was spinning my arms some. So I'm in a quandry about breaststroke. I honestly feel like there's a difference between natural body undulation and an intentional dolphin kick. But the officials have a hard time distinguishing it. I've put some substantial effort into practicing this pulldown and am not inclined to change it. So I have to decide whether to retire from evil, which will be different without the suits anyway, or continue risking DQs. Because I am stubborn as a mule, I'm not inclined to change my pullout at this time. BTW, this was a different DQ from Zones where the official said I took 2 evil kicks underwater then re-wrote the DQ slip to say I didn't surface in time. So this is in fact, the first time, I've been called for a double dolphin kick, and I've been doing this for awhile. It didn't help my cause that I was in a slow heat and my long pullouts draw attention.
50 fly, 27.0:
This equals my PB from last year. But I was disappointed with my race. I had a terrible start, very flat and a bad breakout. So I began the race a half body behind. With the caliber of swimmers in my heat, this is not advisable. Had a good second length but ran out of room.
I chatted with Rich Abrahams after. He said it was one of the worst starts he's seen ... He thought with a good start, I would gave been 26.4 or 26.5. Oh well, same old story. I can't fix this without some on deck coaching and an opportunity to do starts. This race left me oddly deflated and I tried to get back in a positive race for my best event, 50 back.
I approached the blocks ready to race and, in an instant, was completely discombobulated. I forgot my nose clip. Of the various frustrations of this meet, this was by far the worst, a huge mental error. I was unglued at the start, freaked out and panicked. This manifested itself initially by my changing hand positions from the vertical bars to the horizontal bars. I took off and my SDKs felt choppy. I took 15 instead if 13, hurried to the surface and spent the rest of the race thinking I was DQ'd. My time was 27.2, but that's nit much faster than I went at the Sprint Classic. I think thus race qualifies as my first ever true choke. I usually swim well under pressure. Mental errors did me in here. I wish I had this race to swim over. Not surprisingly, this sequence of events was disappointing and I couldn't shake it off as quickly as the 50 breast DQ. I will be stashing my pockets with nose clips for the 100 back today.
I'm going to scratch the 100 IM today. I'm not mentally up for it and I'm tired from the last two days. I'm going to save up and try to execute properly on my 100 back today. I'd like to end the meet with a PB. Plus, I can't have Geek
winning our gridge!
On a physical note, I think I hit my taper and have the requisite speed. I'm also feeling fine except for a perpetually wrenched left side of the neck. This isn't effecting my swimming, but I've had a persistent headache and suspect this is the culprit.
Good luck to everyone today!!!
I apologize in advance for iPhone typos ... I see one above. My back was a 28.2, for 3rd place.
Updated May 23rd, 2010 at 11:00 AM by The Fortress
I had an easy trip to Atlanta on a flight with my teammate Barb and Jazzy. Jazz was very psyched to learn that Speedo had procured him a LZR for his upcoming grueling 200 free.
We headed straight from the airport to the pool. Got there with sufficient time to check in, register our relays and swim for 30 minutes in the competition pool. The pool is sweet and feels very fast. I felt pretty good in the water. My backstroke was a little funky at first, but then smoothed out. I did 2 forward starts, one good and one blah. The backstroke starts will be interesting. They've got both vertical and horizontal bars. I'm going to use the vertical ones. However, the FINA wall is somewhat slippery. I did one start with my feet placed high on the wall, but felt like I went too deep. I may try and do another start tomorrow when the day's events are over. Otherwise, I'll put my feet a bit lower.
Off soon for dinner with friends. Then time to let 'er rip!
I've met some new people, and hope to meet more. Hopefully no one will want to punch me like they do Geek.
Had a massage scheduled today to try and work out the kinks from Zones quickly. I had tight calves, quads, pecs and sore shoulders. I was dead afterward and took the rest of the day off. I'll be back at the gym and in the water tomorrow. At least that's my plan!
100 fly, 1:02.7:
Here is my 100 fly video from Zones, courtesy of Chicken of the Sea. [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1nzq-a8yLY"]YouTube- Leslie's 100 Fly at Zones 2010[/nomedia].
My previous fastest untapered time was 1:04.4 (and I rested a few days for that). So I was happy with the 1:02.7. And I was in a heat with all 30 & unders, save 1 other I believe. I am coming up too high to breathe, I can see. I'm not as flat as when I swim the 50. I wasn't really slamming my underwater SDKs, but more trying to stay under and conserve energy on them. I may work those harder at Nats, since it's my arms that always seem to fail. I thought the piano was worse than it appears on vid. Still, always a painful race for me as a master, though it was my fav as a youth.
50 free, 25.6:
Here is my 3rd 50 free of the meet, at the end of a trying day on Sunday. I was really tired. Lane 8 in the deep end isn't so bad though. There is just the slippery steel wall to contend with. This was only .1 faster than my 50 free at the end of Saturday with a kneeskin that was a size too large. I have to conclude that choice of suit doesn't effect my 50 free unduly.
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZl1HyvvV7s"]YouTube- Fort 50 FR.AVI[/nomedia]
Amanda video'd my 50 evil as well, so we can see my none DQ version of the stroke at some point.
Here are some photos of Stud and I duking it out before our 50 evil gridge and a classic shot of Stud commenting for Tom's 1650.
Updated April 27th, 2010 at 12:22 AM by The Fortress
Did a quick core workout at the rec cehte before I swam.
straight leg raises in captains chair, 2 x 20
good morning darlings balancing on yoga ball, 2 x 25
power wheel roll outs, 3 x 25
power wheel pike ups, 1 x 15
straight arm plank w/legs on yoga ball, 2 x 1:00
wall squat against yoga ball w/med ball on thighs, 2 x 1:00
tricep push ups on med ball, 1 x 10
external and internal rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm
Didnt go to my team practice today because there was a meet and they were swimming in the diving well. Did a drill/recovery workout on my own.
36 x 50, done as:
6 x 50 @ 1:00
breaststroke pull with buoy
6 x 50 @ 1:15
25 glide drill, 25 scull
6 x 50 @ 1:00
25 easy speed fly, 25 easy
6 x 50 @ 1:15
25 fast doggy paddle drill/underwater free recovery drill, 25 easy
6 x 50 @ 1:00
Russian breast drill
6 x 50 @ 1:15
25 UW shooter, 25 dolphin kick on side with hands at side
3 x 1:00
alternate 30 second evil and 30 seconds fast eggbeater. The latter felt very hard.
I am heading to Pittsburgh for a few
days. Jimi informed me that there would be an effulgently brutal workout tomorrow (translation: short rest free), so I decided to take it easy today.
I did send in my entries for the Sunfish Masters meet on April 10 at the Freedom Center. I entered the 50 fly, 200 breast (for a 100 split), 50 breast and 50 free. The last two events are very close together, so I'll probably only do one of them. I view this meet as start practice. I was bummed I couldn't go to my team practice to do some starts today. Next weekend ... Maybe I can actually go off the blocks at Jimis
Wow, I just realized I swam 6x this week! Plus 3 drylands and 1 yoga. And I didn't skip my rest day!
Sorry for any typos ... Blogging from iPhone.
I threw in the white towel today. Between attending Sectionals, driving 4+ hours and then being caught in a wicked traffic jam, I'm taking today off instead of tomorrow. I may throw in the P90X stretch DVD in a few minutes. I'm pretty sore from my new exercises from yesterday.
Speedo Sectionals was an expensive meet for me. Mini stayed at a hotel last night with her friend. She frantically texted and called me this morning while I was running around saying she forgot her back up FSII tank and that the the nascent hole in her LZR Elite kneeskin had become a real one. The tank was centuries old, and I couldn't find it. So I sped to the pool, parked illegally, and ran in to buy her a new suit 30 minutes before she was scheduled to swim.
Rant Warning: I effen hate the new suits and the new suit rules. They are crap. They stretch out immediately and are prone to ripping because they're so fragile. Mini's first suit lasted 2-3 meets (only 6-7 events) before tearing and stretching out over 3 inches. (It was huge compared to my, now stolen, B70.) Even the guy who sold it to me said they stretch out immediately. Ugh. 2 LZR Elites + 1 stolen B70 represents $1050 + taxes and mailing fees. Oh joy. Maybe now the purists will realize rubber suits were, in fact, more economical. I still have an ancient B70. Oh, and I got a parking ticket. Rant off.
Suit composition at the meet for women: 98% in the LZR Elite, 1% in B70 Nero TX and 1% in tanks (mostly evilstrokers). I expected to see more B70s. Why aren't the USS kids wearing the B70?! I thought they were selling like hotcakes ...
Tomorrow is FortSon's first regatta of the season. Then, I will be forced to brave the county rec center pool, which is always packed on weekends.
Good luck to those of you at NE Champs! I already heard Stud PB'd his 50 free.
Train your age:
Seems like this could easily apply to swimming as well.
Supplements (athlete blog):
It was the norovirus!
Updated March 26th, 2010 at 09:07 PM by The Fortress
No change, except for my head cold feels better. I think I have some version of the flu, since I still have a fever and funk. I couldn't get up for even a small swim today. As I understand it, the flu usually hits you like a ton of bricks, very fast. That's basically what happened to me. I was swimming fast one day and very sick the next.
I know this is a typical paranoia when you're sick, but I feel like I am totally out of shape and have lost all conditioning after some relative rest and then getting sick ... We'll see. My daughter, who is in a funk herself, says I shouldn't swim next weekend because I'll be disappointed swimming after the flu and in an inferior suit. She must have been talking to Jimi! If I'm over this, I'll probably still go and swim my 50s just for fun. I'm not so sure about the theory of "sick + rest + subsequent PBs" as it applies to masters though.
On an odd note, one of Mini's friends at Senior Champs was DQ'd for "unsportsmanlike conduct." I asked Mini about it. Turns out, her friend was DQ'd for wearing an FS II kneeskin that she didn't know wasn't on the approved list. Of course, the FS II is actually slower than the Pro/Pro-Elite that most are wearing, so it makes no sense ... And, grr, my kid snagged her (our) kneeskin on something during warm up and there is a hole in the first layer of material. Wow, got a LOT of use out of that suit, which was almost as expensive as a real cheatin' B70 ... And I had been planning on wearing it next weekend.
No matter what, I'm going to drag myself to the pool tomorrow. Going to attempt to do some RC exercises for 5 minutes now.
Still a couch potato. Still neti potting. Still not swimming. My face hurts, which I hope is not a precursor to a sinus infection. This was not the kind of "rest" I had anticipated before my meet next weekend ... and I hate not being able to exercise. The meet is still a week+ away. But I definitely won't swim sick -- not worth it unless it's a taper meet. Glad I signed up for a lot of 50s!
Here's an article about body fat analysis that I thought might interest Q and Tim:
And an interesting article on dieting myths:
I thought Gull's article on circadian rhythms and athletic performance was good too.
I didn't think my night owl tendencies were all in my head!
And for recovery after runs:
Updated March 12th, 2010 at 06:32 PM by The Fortress