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  1. Great Salt Lake 2K

    by , July 11th, 2013 at 07:40 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    July is the right time to get out of Arizona, so we headed north to my ideal summer place, Montana, on Wednesday and got as far as Salt Lake City. My wife feigned surprise when I told her over dinner last night at an awesome Yelp-recommended Thai place (http://www.chanonthai.com/) that our hotel just happened to be 10-15 minutes from the Salt Lake City / Steiner Aquatic Center (http://www.recreation.slco.org/slcsp.../aquatics.html) and that the 6am opening hour of their long course pool ...



    ... just happened to exactly allow for me to do a 2,000 workout, get fresh ice for the cooler, gas for the car, lattes/espressos for the road and still be on the road precisely in time to make it to Missoula on schedule.

    I have another picture that shows the pool itself, but wanted to capture the setting rather than the water. The pool was fine enough, if shallow, and I shared a long course lane with only one other swimmer. What made the scene was the backdrop of the mountains and the interplay of the rising sun and the morning clouds. I felt surprisingly good after a long day of driving on the following:
    • 1 x 200: IM kickish-drillish
    • 6 x 100: on 1:40, w/snorkel, light descend in 3s. First 3 swim; 2nd 3 with agility paddles
    • 4 x 200: on 3:00, swim free, descend (2:43, 2:38, 2:33, 2:28)
    • 8 x 50: on 1:00, odds easy free, evens build-ish-to-fast-ish IM order

    TOTAL: 2,000 LCM

    Commentary:
    • If all goes as planned, I'll get in some nice long course training over the next week, hopefully making me a little more worthy of actually racing a thing or two in Mission in 4 weeks.


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    Pools / Open Water since 2007

    One pool added in bold below.

    Pools I've trained in since 2007

    1. Cactus Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    2. Brophy Sports Campus (Phoenix, AZ)
    3. Lifetime Fitness (Scottsdale, AZ)
    4. Lifetime Fitness (Skokie, IL)
    5. Lifetime Fitness (Austin, TX)
    6. Somerville YMCA (Somerville, NJ)
    7. Raritan Valley Community College (Branchburg, NJ)
    8. IUPUI Natatorium (Indianapolis, IN)
    9. UT Swim Center (Austin, TX)
    10. U of Arizona Hillebrand Swim Center Tucson, AZ)
    11. Talisman Centre Competition Pool (Calgary, Alberta)
    12. U of Lethbridge Max Bell Swim Centre (Lethbridge, Alberta)
    13. Crystal Pool (Victoria, British Columbia)
    14. Oaks Christian School (Westlake Village, CA)
    15. Lifetime Fitness (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
    16. Jewish Community Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    17. McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    18. Desert Breeze Pool (Las Vegas, NV)
    19. The Olympic Club (San Francisco)
    20. Janet Evans Sports Complex (Fullerton, CA)
    21. Woollett Aquatic Center / Irvine High School (Irvine, CA)
    22. Bruce Hazard Pool @ Mission Valley YMCA (San Diego)
    23. UCSD Canyonview Pool (San Diego)
    24. Villanova University (Philadelphia, PA)
    25. Kino Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    26. Hilton Head Island Rec Center (Hilton Head, SC)
    27. YMCA Aquatic Center (Orlando, FL)
    28. Westin Sohna-Gurgaon (India)
    29. Reading Central Pool (Reading, England)
    30. Optimist Park (Raleigh, NC)
    31. Pullen Aquatic Center (Raleigh, NC)
    32. NOVA Aquatics Center shallow pool (Richmond, VA)
    33. Lifetime Fitness (Cary, NC)
    34. Philadelphia Airport Marriott
    35. Berkeley Aquatic Club (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
    36. Chatham County Aquatic Center (Savannah, GA)
    37. Lifetime Fitness (Tempe, AZ)
    38. Clarke Swim Center (Walnut Creek, CA)
    39. Holy Names University (Oakland, CA w/Manatee Masters)
    40. B.A.D.A.S.S. Pool (Scottsdale, AZ)
    41. Summit YMCA (Summit, NJ)
    42. George Washington Rec Center (Alexandria, VA)
    43. ACAC -- old 50M pool (Midlothian, VA)
    44. Centennial Indoor Pool (Cranford, NJ)
    45. Mission Viejo Dive Tank pool (Mission Viejo, CA)
    46. Mesa Carson Westwood Aquatic Complex (Mesa, AZ)
    47. Lifetime Fitness (Goodyear, AZ)
    48. Victoria YMCA (Victoria, BC)
    49. Issaquah Julius Boehm Pool (Issaquah, WA)
    50. Charles Hadley Pool (Miami, FL)
    51. Pompano Beach Aquatic Center (FL)
    52. Culver City Municipal Plunge (CA)
    53. Stanford Avery Aquatic Center - Baker Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    54. Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center (Beaverton, OR)
    55. Mt Hood Aquatic Center (Gresham, OR)
    56. Juniper Swim & Fitness Center (Bend, Or)
    57. George Haines International Swim Center (Santa Clara, CA)
    58. Renaissance Club Sport (Aliso Viejo, CA)
    59. Rengstorff Pool (Mountain View, CA)
    60. Coronado Municipal Pool (Coronado, CA)
    61. Eagle Park (Mountain View, CA)
    62. James City / Williamsburg Community Center (Williamsburg, VA)
    63. NOVA Aquatics Center deep pool (Richmond, VA)
    64. Belmont Plaza outdoor pool (Long Beach, CA)
    65. Laguna Beach HS Pool (CA)
    66. Lifetime Fitness (Florham Park, NJ)
    67. USF Koret Aquatic Center (San Fran)
    68. Lifetime Athletic (Vernon Hills, IL)
    69. Stanford Avery Aquatic Center - Bellardi Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    70. Fremont Hills Country Club (Los Altos Hills, CA)
    71. Rinconada Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    72. Burlingame Aquatic Center (Burlingame, CA)
    73. Medgar Evers Pool (Seattle, WA)
    74. McGill Memorial Pool (Montreal, QC)
    75. Montreal Downtown YMCA (Montreal, QC)
    76. College of San Mateo (CA)
    77. Greensboro Aquatic Center (NC)
    78. Josh Davis Natatorium (San Antonio, TX)
    79. Bill Walker Pool (San Antonio, TX)
    80. JCC of San Diego
    81. 2012 Olympic Trials Pool (Omaha)
    82. El Pomar Natatorium (University of Denver)
    83. Mt Lebanon Swim Center (PA)
    84. Fritz Sick Memorial Pool (Lethbridge, Alberta)
    85. University of Calgary Aquatic Centre (Alberta)
    86. Kinsmen Aquatic Centre (Edmonton, Alberta)
    87. Eau Claire YMCA (Calgary, Alberta)
    88. Talisman Centre Training Pool (Calgary, Alberta)
    89. Burgess Memorial Pool (Menlo Park, CA)
    90. Kona Kai Resort (San Diego, CA)
    91. Sierra Recreation Center (Mission Viejo, CA)
    92. ACAC -- new (2012) 25M pool (Midlothian, VA)
    93. Greater Richmond Aquatic Partnership / 2008 Olympic Trials Pool (Richmond, VA)
    94. Golden Bear Pool (Berkeley, CA)
    95. Cal Lutheran University Community Pool (Thousand Oaks, CA)
    96. North Beach Pool (San Francisco, CA)
    97. Calgary Winter Club (Calgary, Canada)
    98. Orange Memorial Pool (South San Francisco, CA)
    99. Hamilton Pool (San Francisco, CA)
    100. Jean Brink / Oceana Pool (Pacifica, CA)
    101. City of Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center (Calabasas, CA)
    102. Oro Valley Aquatic Center (Oro Valley, AZ)
    103. Ventura Aquatic Center (CA)
    104. Claremont Resort (Berkeley, CA)
    105. Plantation Aquatic Center (Plantation, FL)
    106. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point (Bonita Springs, FL)
    107. Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatic Center (Fort Meyers, FL)
    108. Club One Union Square (San Francisco, CA)
    109. Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center (Charlotte, NC)
    110. Sunset Canyon Recreation Center LCM pool (UCLA)
    111. Chickahominy YMCA (Sandston, VA)
    112. Soda Aquatic Center (Moraga, CA)
    113. Salt Lake City/Steiner Aquatic Center (Utah)


    Pools I've competed in since 2007

    1. UT Swim Center (Austin, TX)
    2. ASU Mona Plummer (Tempe, AZ)
    3. Rutger's Sonny Werblin (Piscataway, NJ)
    4. Mission Viejo Nadadores (Mission Viejo, CA)
    5. U of Arizona Hillebrand Swim CenterTucson, AZ)
    6. Rinconada Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    7. BEST Swim Club (Phoenix, AZ)
    8. Clovis North High School (Fresno, CA)
    9. YMCA Aquatic Center (Orlando, FL)
    10. Kino Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    11. Georgia Tech Aquatic Center (Atlanta, GA)
    12. Cactus Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    13. Desert Breeze Pool (Las Vegas, NV)
    14. Saanich Commonwealth Place (Victoria, BC)
    15. Skyline Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    16. Glendale Foothills Aquatic Center (Glendale, AZ)
    17. Greensboro Aquatic Center (NC)
    18. UC-Irvine Crawford Pool (Irvine, CA)
    19. 2012 Olympic Trials Pool (Omaha)
    20. Clarke Swim Center 25M pool (Walnut Creek, CA)
    21. Oro Valley Aquatic Center (Oro Valley, AZ)
    22. Santa Clarita Aquatic Center (Santa Clarita, CA)
    23. Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership / Collegiate School Aquatic Center / 08 Trial Pools (Richmond, VA)


    Open Water courses trained/competed in since 2007

    1. Tempe Town Lake (Tempe, AZ)
    2. Lake Pend Oreille (Sandpoint, ID)
    3. La Jolla Cove / Pacific Ocean (La Jolla, CA)
    4. Greenwich Cove (Greenwich, CT)
    5. Flathead Lake (Montana), both Somers Bay (training) & Polson Bay (competing)
    6. Saguaro Lake (Arizona)
    7. Lake Pleasant (Peoria, AZ)
    8. Atlantic Ocean - Ft. Lauderdale
    9. Elk Lake (Oregon)
    10. Canyon Lake (Arizona)
    11. Roosevelt Lake (Arizona)
    12. Castaic Lake (California)
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  2. Sunrise @ Sunset (UCLA)

    by , June 5th, 2013 at 01:03 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    Though the SoCal June gloom really prevented any visibility of the sunrise, I was able to get in a rare long course workout at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center --



    I had made up my mind ahead of time to do as much of this with my snorkel as possible and just focus on feeling the length of the course and my stroke. This workout delivered perfect sets for that:
    • 1 x 200: IM kick-drill play around
    • 3 rounds of 150 - 50: on 0:10 rest
      • 150 cruise free with snorkel
      • 50 stroke, IM order no free

    • Main set -- straight through
      • 3 x 200: on 3:00, did these w/snorkel and agility paddles trying to hold 28-30 SPL
      • 3 x 100: on 1:40, IM swim, cruised
      • 3 x 50: on 0:50, free swim w/snorkel
      • 3 x 50: on 0:55, IM order, non-free
      • 3 x 100: on 1:30, cruise w/snorkel trying to hold 28-30 SPL


    TOTAL: 2,500 LCM

    Commentary:
    • It felt really nice to stretch out my freestyle.
    • However, doing a mere two 50s of fly long course made me question the sanity of swimming the 200 fly in a few weeks.
    • Like many campuses in California, UCLA is blessed with pools. We didn't get to swim in the newer & faster Spieker pool (http://today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/artw...verview580.jpg), but I peaked longingly through the fence at its emptiness on my way out.
    • It still makes no sense that UCLA doesn't have a men's team and baffles me a bit. If alumni of ASU can rescue their men's team (as other schools have), why haven't/can't the UCLA men's swimming alumni rescue their team? Maybe they could take an 'all-american' approach to recruiting (vs the cross-town United Nations of Southern California) as a differentiator and a way to get people behind the team?


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    Pools / Open Water since 2007

    One pool added in bold below.

    Pools I've trained in since 2007


    1. Cactus Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    2. Brophy Sports Campus (Phoenix, AZ)
    3. Lifetime Fitness (Scottsdale, AZ)
    4. Lifetime Fitness (Skokie, IL)
    5. Lifetime Fitness (Austin, TX)
    6. Somerville YMCA (Somerville, NJ)
    7. Raritan Valley Community College (Branchburg, NJ)
    8. IUPUI Natatorium (Indianapolis, IN)
    9. UT Swim Center (Austin, TX)
    10. U of Arizona Hillebrand Swim Center Tucson, AZ)
    11. Talisman Centre Competition Pool (Calgary, Alberta)
    12. U of Lethbridge Max Bell Swim Centre (Lethbridge, Alberta)
    13. Crystal Pool (Victoria, British Columbia)
    14. Oaks Christian School (Westlake Village, CA)
    15. Lifetime Fitness (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
    16. Jewish Community Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    17. McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    18. Desert Breeze Pool (Las Vegas, NV)
    19. The Olympic Club (San Francisco)
    20. Janet Evans Sports Complex (Fullerton, CA)
    21. Woollett Aquatic Center / Irvine High School (Irvine, CA)
    22. Bruce Hazard Pool @ Mission Valley YMCA (San Diego)
    23. UCSD Canyonview Pool (San Diego)
    24. Villanova University (Philadelphia, PA)
    25. Kino Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    26. Hilton Head Island Rec Center (Hilton Head, SC)
    27. YMCA Aquatic Center (Orlando, FL)
    28. Westin Sohna-Gurgaon (India)
    29. Reading Central Pool (Reading, England)
    30. Optimist Park (Raleigh, NC)
    31. Pullen Aquatic Center (Raleigh, NC)
    32. NOVA Aquatics Center shallow pool (Richmond, VA)
    33. Lifetime Fitness (Cary, NC)
    34. Philadelphia Airport Marriott
    35. Berkeley Aquatic Club (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
    36. Chatham County Aquatic Center (Savannah, GA)
    37. Lifetime Fitness (Tempe, AZ)
    38. Clarke Swim Center (Walnut Creek, CA)
    39. Holy Names University (Oakland, CA w/Manatee Masters)
    40. B.A.D.A.S.S. Pool (Scottsdale, AZ)
    41. Summit YMCA (Summit, NJ)
    42. George Washington Rec Center (Alexandria, VA)
    43. ACAC -- old 50M pool (Midlothian, VA)
    44. Centennial Indoor Pool (Cranford, NJ)
    45. Mission Viejo Dive Tank pool (Mission Viejo, CA)
    46. Mesa Carson Westwood Aquatic Complex (Mesa, AZ)
    47. Lifetime Fitness (Goodyear, AZ)
    48. Victoria YMCA (Victoria, BC)
    49. Issaquah Julius Boehm Pool (Issaquah, WA)
    50. Charles Hadley Pool (Miami, FL)
    51. Pompano Beach Aquatic Center (FL)
    52. Culver City Municipal Plunge (CA)
    53. Stanford Avery Aquatic Center - Baker Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    54. Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center (Beaverton, OR)
    55. Mt Hood Aquatic Center (Gresham, OR)
    56. Juniper Swim & Fitness Center (Bend, Or)
    57. George Haines International Swim Center (Santa Clara, CA)
    58. Renaissance Club Sport (Aliso Viejo, CA)
    59. Rengstorff Pool (Mountain View, CA)
    60. Coronado Municipal Pool (Coronado, CA)
    61. Eagle Park (Mountain View, CA)
    62. James City / Williamsburg Community Center (Williamsburg, VA)
    63. NOVA Aquatics Center deep pool (Richmond, VA)
    64. Belmont Plaza outdoor pool (Long Beach, CA)
    65. Laguna Beach HS Pool (CA)
    66. Lifetime Fitness (Florham Park, NJ)
    67. USF Koret Aquatic Center (San Fran)
    68. Lifetime Athletic (Vernon Hills, IL)
    69. Stanford Avery Aquatic Center - Bellardi Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    70. Fremont Hills Country Club (Los Altos Hills, CA)
    71. Rinconada Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    72. Burlingame Aquatic Center (Burlingame, CA)
    73. Medgar Evers Pool (Seattle, WA)
    74. McGill Memorial Pool (Montreal, QC)
    75. College of San Mateo (CA)
    76. Greensboro Aquatic Center (NC)
    77. Josh Davis Natatorium (San Antonio, TX)
    78. Bill Walker Pool (San Antonio, TX)
    79. JCC of San Diego
    80. 2012 Olympic Trials Pool (Omaha)
    81. El Pomar Natatorium (University of Denver)
    82. Mt Lebanon Swim Center (PA)
    83. Fritz Sick Memorial Pool (Lethbridge, Alberta)
    84. University of Calgary Aquatic Centre (Alberta)
    85. Kinsmen Aquatic Centre (Edmonton, Alberta)
    86. Eau Claire YMCA (Calgary, Alberta)
    87. Talisman Centre Training Pool (Calgary, Alberta)
    88. Burgess Memorial Pool (Menlo Park, CA)
    89. Kona Kai Resort (San Diego, CA)
    90. Sierra Recreation Center (Mission Viejo, CA)
    91. ACAC -- new (2012) 25M pool (Midlothian, VA)
    92. Greater Richmond Aquatic Partnership / 2008 Olympic Trials Pool (Richmond, VA)
    93. Golden Bear Pool (Berkeley, CA)
    94. Cal Lutheran University Community Pool (Thousand Oaks, CA)
    95. North Beach Pool (San Francisco, CA)
    96. Calgary Winter Club (Calgary, Canada)
    97. Orange Memorial Pool (South San Francisco, CA)
    98. Hamilton Pool (San Francisco, CA)
    99. Jean Brink / Oceana Pool (Pacifica, CA)
    100. City of Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center (Calabasas, CA)
    101. Oro Valley Aquatic Center (Oro Valley, AZ)
    102. Ventura Aquatic Center (CA)
    103. Claremont Resort (Berkeley, CA)
    104. Plantation Aquatic Center (Plantation, FL)
    105. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point (Bonita Springs, FL)
    106. Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatic Center (Fort Meyers, FL)
    107. Club One Union Square (San Francisco, CA)
    108. Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center (Charlotte, NC)
    109. Sunset Canyon Recreation Center LCM pool (UCLA)


    Pools I've competed in since 2007

    1. UT Swim Center (Austin, TX)
    2. ASU Mona Plummer (Tempe, AZ)
    3. Rutger's Sonny Werblin (Piscataway, NJ)
    4. Mission Viejo Nadadores (Mission Viejo, CA)
    5. U of Arizona Hillebrand Swim CenterTucson, AZ)
    6. Rinconada Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    7. BEST Swim Club (Phoenix, AZ)
    8. Clovis North High School (Fresno, CA)
    9. YMCA Aquatic Center (Orlando, FL)
    10. Kino Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    11. Georgia Tech Aquatic Center (Atlanta, GA)
    12. Cactus Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    13. Desert Breeze Pool (Las Vegas, NV)
    14. Saanich Commonwealth Place (Victoria, BC)
    15. Skyline Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    16. Glendale Foothills Aquatic Center (Glendale, AZ)
    17. Greensboro Aquatic Center (NC)
    18. UC-Irvine Crawford Pool (Irvine, CA)
    19. 2012 Olympic Trials Pool (Omaha)
    20. Clarke Swim Center 25M pool (Walnut Creek, CA)
    21. Oro Valley Aquatic Center (Oro Valley, AZ)
    22. Santa Claria Aquatic Center (Santa Clarita, CA)


    Open Water courses trained/competed in since 2007

    1. Tempe Town Lake (Tempe, AZ)
    2. Lake Pend Oreille (Sandpoint, ID)
    3. La Jolla Cove / Pacific Ocean (La Jolla, CA)
    4. Greenwich Cove (Greenwich, CT)
    5. Flathead Lake (Montana), both Somers Bay (training) & Polson Bay (competing)
    6. Saguaro Lake (Arizona)
    7. Lake Pleasant (Peoria, AZ)
    8. Atlantic Ocean - Ft. Lauderdale
    9. Elk Lake (Oregon)
    10. Canyon Lake (Arizona)
    11. Roosevelt Lake (Arizona)
    12. Castaic Lake (California)
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  3. Wind-whipped & Broken

    by , May 20th, 2013 at 12:04 AM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    Ahhh, the joy of open water swimming! If it hadn't been for the wind, it would've been a gorgeous day at Castaic Lake. The wind was pretty big, somewhere between 15mph and 30mph depending upon who you asked (evidently, there's an app for measuring wind speed, but I heard different readings from different people). As a swim fan, the racing was awesome to watch. In a turnabout from the 10K, the men's finish was the more exciting of the two events with 5-6 guys approaching the finish pad in almost a dead heat. I was happy for both of the winners, Andrew Gemmel (who had gotten 3rd in the 10K) and Haley Anderson (who had taken the silver in London 10K), as they've been great OW swimmers and will make great representatives for the World Championship. My daughter had a much better swim than she did a couple of years ago (e.g., she was about 7 minutes closer to the leaders this time around), but she was still disappointed, I think. It was awesome, though, having her coach and teammates there as I think they all learned a lot and seemed to walk away from the event with a enthusiasm about taking the lessons they learned and making changes before next year.

    After dropping #1 and her teammate at the airport at Burbank, I trekked down the I-5 to behind the Orange Curtain, contemplating my transformation from swim-dad to work-dude as I think about some key meetings tomorrow. However, any deep thinking was quickly interrupted by the maniacal traffic in the greater LA area. Late Sunday afternoon and the roads are still hopping, bopping, noone-using-their-lane-change-signal at 82.3 MPH. Crazy. SoCal folks might hate me for saying this, but give me the comparative sanity of the 101 between San Jose and San Francisco any day before the insanity of pretty much any freeway in the LA area.

    I managed to secure a decent hotel rate (thanks to my client!) at the lovely Renaissance Club Sport (http://www.renaissanceclubsport.com/aliso-viejo). This is one of my favorite hotels in the world, having stayed here the first time about 5 years ago when my wife and I came out for a fun weekend that included a SCM meet at Mission Viejo. Truly, I wish all hotels I traveled to on business were like this: 6 lane, 25 yard pool plus a true, full-fledged fitness center. The pool was a little warmer than I like (probably 83) and a little shallower at one end than I'd like it (3' vs 5' at the 'deep end'), but I had a lane to myself and a pace clock for this repeat of the Broken 1650 I did about a month ago (http://forums.usms.org/entry.php?283...d-amp-Broken):

    Warmup sets:
    • 1 x 400: IM k-d by 25s
    • 4 x 100: on 1:30, w/snorkel (all) and agility paddles (last 2)
    • 8 x 50:
      • 4 on 0:45 w/snorkel and agility paddles (1st 3)
      • 4 on 0:50, reverse IM order, swim


    Broken Mile:

    • 3 times through (3 x 50 - 2 x 100 - 1 x 150) followed by 3 x 50
    • All 50s on 0:45, trying to hold 0:33 (most were 0:32/0:32+)
    • All 100s on 1:25, trying to hold 1:06 (most were 1:05)
    • All 150s on 2:00 trying to descend (1:39, 1:38, 1:35+)


    Cool-down with 50 easy followed by 4 x 25 w/snorkel perfect stroke freestyle

    TOTAL: 3,000 SCY

    Commentary:

    • While I didn't go any faster (substantively) than the last time, my stroke count was 10-11 throughout the set, until the last 3 x 50 where I allowed myself 12-14 SPL and was 0:29+, 0:29+, 0:27+.

    Updated May 20th, 2013 at 01:08 AM by pwb

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  4. Thanks, Google I/O!

    by , May 15th, 2013 at 12:52 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    One of probably many of Google's conferences kicks off today at the Moscone Center in downtown San Fran, the I/O event (gotta love the "coat and bike check" to kickoff the meeting today, https://developers.google.com/events/io/agenda). I didn't realize this last week when I was making a reservation for a room to be near one of my clients, but now understand why the prices were so high and I ended up in a squint-hard-and-maybe-it's-three-stars hotel near Union Square. The price and location were right, though, and I figured I'd head up to the North Beach pool this morning for a drill workout. When I looked online last night to double-check times, I learned that both North Beach and Hamilton, the two City of SF pools in reasonable walking distance (~1.5 miles), were closed for spring cleaning. As I didn't get in a swim yesterday due to an early flight and long business day, I was seriously bumming.

    And, then, I did something I never do: read the hotel information brochure in my room. There I learned that I could get a day pass to the nearby Club One Union Square. I had tried getting in here before (http://forums.usms.org/entry.php?266...liver-Hamilton) by using one of their 'free trial passes,' but failed because I wasn't a local resident. Today, this worked out, though and I had a nice ~40 minute swim in their 3 lane, 25 yard pool (small pool, small picture here -- http://www.isport.com/images/picture...57_160x120.jpg).
    • 1 x 400: IM kick-drill
    • 4 x 100: on 1:50, w/snorkel, kick-right arm-left arm-swim by 25s, just working on technique
    • 8 x 25: on whatever, w/snorkel, closed fist drill freestyle, both single arm and full stroke
    • 10 x 50: on 0:50, w/agility paddles, focusing on technique
    • 1 x 200: IM kick
    • 4 x 25: on whatever, with snorkel, working on single kick driving hip rotation
    • 4 x 50: on 1:00, perfect stroke, freestyle swim, no equipment


    TOTAL: 2,000 SCY

    Commentary:
    • While the club is small and the pool is only barely bigger than my pool at home, there are some very nice features to it. The pool ranges from 7' to 3' depth, but the 3' part only approaches at the very end -- for the most part it is 5' depth or greater. The water temp was perfect and they had a small, but functional for the space analog pace clock. Given the size of the pool, they also have this concept where you can reserve a lane -- the lanes really are only wide enough for one swimmer -- and so you know, in theory, when you can come in and get your laps in.
    • While I still much prefer either the North Beach or Hamilton pools for in-the-city training, this is a great option in the heart of the city. I learned today they have a $10 drop-in rate for IHRSA club members, which I think Lifetime is, so I won't need to stay at a crummy hotel that happens to offer passes the next time to swim here.
    • I had a great lesson on Monday with Anne Wilson -- she was impressed with some of the advances I've made on my entry, removing the lateral motion on my pull and my hip-kick-body roll connection (moreso on my right side). While my fitness from a racing or aerobic standpoint is not great, I'm feeling like I'm making great progress on my stroke.


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    Pools / Open Water since 2007

    One pool added in bold below.

    Pools I've trained in since 2007


    1. Cactus Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    2. Brophy Sports Campus (Phoenix, AZ)
    3. Lifetime Fitness (Scottsdale, AZ)
    4. Lifetime Fitness (Skokie, IL)
    5. Lifetime Fitness (Austin, TX)
    6. Somerville YMCA (Somerville, NJ)
    7. Raritan Valley Community College (Branchburg, NJ)
    8. IUPUI Natatorium (Indianapolis, IN)
    9. UT Swim Center (Austin, TX)
    10. U of Arizona Hillebrand Swim Center Tucson, AZ)
    11. Talisman Centre Competition Pool (Calgary, Alberta)
    12. U of Lethbridge Max Bell Swim Centre (Lethbridge, Alberta)
    13. Crystal Pool (Victoria, British Columbia)
    14. Oaks Christian School (Westlake Village, CA)
    15. Lifetime Fitness (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
    16. Jewish Community Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    17. McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    18. Desert Breeze Pool (Las Vegas, NV)
    19. The Olympic Club (San Francisco)
    20. Janet Evans Sports Complex (Fullerton, CA)
    21. Woollett Aquatic Center / Irvine High School (Irvine, CA)
    22. Bruce Hazard Pool @ Mission Valley YMCA (San Diego)
    23. UCSD Canyonview Pool (San Diego)
    24. Villanova University (Philadelphia, PA)
    25. Kino Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    26. Hilton Head Island Rec Center (Hilton Head, SC)
    27. YMCA Aquatic Center (Orlando, FL)
    28. Westin Sohna-Gurgaon (India)
    29. Reading Central Pool (Reading, England)
    30. Optimist Park (Raleigh, NC)
    31. Pullen Aquatic Center (Raleigh, NC)
    32. NOVA Aquatics Center shallow pool (Richmond, VA)
    33. Lifetime Fitness (Cary, NC)
    34. Philadelphia Airport Marriott
    35. Berkeley Aquatic Club (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
    36. Chatham County Aquatic Center (Savannah, GA)
    37. Lifetime Fitness (Tempe, AZ)
    38. Clarke Swim Center (Walnut Creek, CA)
    39. Holy Names University (Oakland, CA w/Manatee Masters)
    40. B.A.D.A.S.S. Pool (Scottsdale, AZ)
    41. Summit YMCA (Summit, NJ)
    42. George Washington Rec Center (Alexandria, VA)
    43. ACAC -- old 50M pool (Midlothian, VA)
    44. Centennial Indoor Pool (Cranford, NJ)
    45. Mission Viejo Dive Tank pool (Mission Viejo, CA)
    46. Mesa Carson Westwood Aquatic Complex (Mesa, AZ)
    47. Lifetime Fitness (Goodyear, AZ)
    48. Victoria YMCA (Victoria, BC)
    49. Issaquah Julius Boehm Pool (Issaquah, WA)
    50. Charles Hadley Pool (Miami, FL)
    51. Pompano Beach Aquatic Center (FL)
    52. Culver City Municipal Plunge (CA)
    53. Stanford Avery Aquatic Center - Baker Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    54. Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center (Beaverton, OR)
    55. Mt Hood Aquatic Center (Gresham, OR)
    56. Juniper Swim & Fitness Center (Bend, Or)
    57. George Haines International Swim Center (Santa Clara, CA)
    58. Renaissance Club Sport (Aliso Viejo, CA)
    59. Rengstorff Pool (Mountain View, CA)
    60. Coronado Municipal Pool (Coronado, CA)
    61. Eagle Park (Mountain View, CA)
    62. James City / Williamsburg Community Center (Williamsburg, VA)
    63. NOVA Aquatics Center deep pool (Richmond, VA)
    64. Belmont Plaza outdoor pool (Long Beach, CA)
    65. Laguna Beach HS Pool (CA)
    66. Lifetime Fitness (Florham Park, NJ)
    67. USF Koret Aquatic Center (San Fran)
    68. Lifetime Athletic (Vernon Hills, IL)
    69. Stanford Avery Aquatic Center - Bellardi Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    70. Fremont Hills Country Club (Los Altos Hills, CA)
    71. Rinconada Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    72. Burlingame Aquatic Center (Burlingame, CA)
    73. Medgar Evers Pool (Seattle, WA)
    74. McGill Memorial Pool (Montreal, QC)
    75. College of San Mateo (CA)
    76. Greensboro Aquatic Center (NC)
    77. Josh Davis Natatorium (San Antonio, TX)
    78. Bill Walker Pool (San Antonio, TX)
    79. JCC of San Diego
    80. 2012 Olympic Trials Pool (Omaha)
    81. El Pomar Natatorium (University of Denver)
    82. Mt Lebanon Swim Center (PA)
    83. Fritz Sick Memorial Pool (Lethbridge, Alberta)
    84. University of Calgary Aquatic Centre (Alberta)
    85. Kinsmen Aquatic Centre (Edmonton, Alberta)
    86. Eau Claire YMCA (Calgary, Alberta)
    87. Talisman Centre Training Pool (Calgary, Alberta)
    88. Burgess Memorial Pool (Menlo Park, CA)
    89. Kona Kai Resort (San Diego, CA)
    90. Sierra Recreation Center (Mission Viejo, CA)
    91. ACAC -- new (2012) 25M pool (Midlothian, VA)
    92. Greater Richmond Aquatic Partnership / 2008 Olympic Trials Pool (Richmond, VA)
    93. Golden Bear Pool (Berkeley, CA)
    94. Cal Lutheran University Community Pool (Thousand Oaks, CA)
    95. North Beach Pool (San Francisco, CA)
    96. Calgary Winter Club (Calgary, Canada)
    97. Orange Memorial Pool (South San Francisco, CA)
    98. Hamilton Pool (San Francisco, CA)
    99. Jean Brink / Oceana Pool (Pacifica, CA)
    100. City of Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center (Calabasas, CA)
    101. Oro Valley Aquatic Center (Oro Valley, AZ)
    102. Ventura Aquatic Center (CA)
    103. Claremont Resort (Berkeley, CA)
    104. Plantation Aquatic Center (Plantation, FL)
    105. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point (Bonita Springs, FL)
    106. Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatic Center (Fort Meyers, FL)
    107. Club One Union Square (San Francisco, CA)


    Pools I've competed in since 2007


    1. UT Swim Center (Austin, TX)
    2. ASU Mona Plummer (Tempe, AZ)
    3. Rutger's Sonny Werblin (Piscataway, NJ)
    4. Mission Viejo Nadadores (Mission Viejo, CA)
    5. U of Arizona Hillebrand Swim CenterTucson, AZ)
    6. Rinconada Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    7. BEST Swim Club (Phoenix, AZ)
    8. Clovis North High School (Fresno, CA)
    9. YMCA Aquatic Center (Orlando, FL)
    10. Kino Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    11. Georgia Tech Aquatic Center (Atlanta, GA)
    12. Cactus Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    13. Desert Breeze Pool (Las Vegas, NV)
    14. Saanich Commonwealth Place (Victoria, BC)
    15. Skyline Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    16. Glendale Foothills Aquatic Center (Glendale, AZ)
    17. Greensboro Aquatic Center (NC)
    18. UC-Irvine Crawford Pool (Irvine, CA)
    19. 2012 Olympic Trials Pool (Omaha)
    20. Clarke Swim Center 25M pool (Walnut Creek, CA)
    21. Oro Valley Aquatic Center (Oro Valley, AZ)
    22. Santa Claria Aquatic Center (Santa Clarita, CA)


    Open Water courses trained/competed in since 2007


    1. Tempe Town Lake (Tempe, AZ)
    2. Lake Pend Oreille (Sandpoint, ID)
    3. La Jolla Cove / Pacific Ocean (La Jolla, CA)
    4. Greenwich Cove (Greenwich, CT)
    5. Flathead Lake (Montana), both Somers Bay (training) & Polson Bay (competing)
    6. Saguaro Lake (Arizona)
    7. Lake Pleasant (Peoria, AZ)
    8. Atlantic Ocean - Ft. Lauderdale
    9. Elk Lake (Oregon)
    10. Canyon Lake (Arizona)
    11. Roosevelt Lake (Arizona)
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  5. Failed Sandbagger

    by , April 27th, 2013 at 12:13 AM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    As certain people in Fresno have noted elsewhere on the swimming interwebs, I attempted a sandbag entry time today. I failed.

    I had a good confluence of work and swimming that allowed me to get up to the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center (easterners, think twice before you click on this link -- http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4099/4...589b7278_z.jpg) for the SPMS SCY Champs (http://www.swimphone.com/mobile/meet....cfm?smid=4530). As it was a 'one size fits all' entry fee and as I (almost) always swim better on my second event, I entered both the 1650 and the 400 IM. My focus event was, naturally, the 400 IM ... because, really, is there any other event that matches its sublime combination of all strokes, pain, breathlessness and exhaustion? My intention was to do a 200 split request on the 1650 as my 'real warmup' for the 200 IM, hoping to see how far under 1:55 I could dip (foreshadowing: not far).

    One of the things I (until today) like about California Masters meets is that they almost always use Swimphone for registration. For us distance types, that has the added benefit of being able to check in online. When the online check in opened last night, I dutifully did that. But, just to be sure, I rolled by the pool after a client meeting and before my next client call to double check. I asked if I needed to do anything other than the online check-in and one of the official looking guys (he had a white shirt, sat by the computers, seemed in charge), said, "No."

    I went back to the job that pays me until I came back to the pool around 3pm* as I figured the timeline would have me swimming around 4pm. Much to my surprise, while my SwimPhone check-in "took" for the 400 IM, I was not seeded in the 1650. This caused me great consternation, to the point where I was very rude (sorry, again, Jonathon) to a swimmer who introduced himself as someone who reads this blog. I never really figured out why they 'accepted' my online check-in for the 400 IM and not the 1650, but the head official worked it all out. Fortunately, this pool had a hundred or so width-wise 25 SCY lanes and so they threw another pad in lane 9, added a couple of buttons and placed me in heat 6 of 7, where my 19:59 entry would've had me. They even graciously accepted my split request.

    So, in a great example of awesome recovery, the officials of SPMA rocked. Thanks!

    And, then, I failed in two ways:
    1. I died like a stuck pig on my 200. My goal was to go 1:52, which seemed eminently doable by just dropping the 28s I was cruising in my 1,200 warmup. I felt so solid the first 50 (25.8) and even the second 50 (28.15). But, then, the quadriceps-ghosts of Piestewa Peak came back to haunt me and my legs literally fell off** as I then went a 29.9 and limped home with a 30.8 to finish my 200 at 1:54.59.
    2. I then proceeded to cool-down for the next 1,450 SCY (on the off chance most every other 45-49 year old decides not to swim the 200 free this year so that this dips me into the top 10). My plan was to time it to end just under 20:00 as per my entry time. Alas, I was more tired than that. And, while I did really loaf the last 50 as breaststroke, there is no way I went a 2:02 on that 50 split (http://www.swimphone.com/mobile/meet...ndage&s=finals). My official time was 22:02, but something happened with the pad. I think my end time was closer to 21:00. Either way, I was an unsuccessfuly sandbagger.


    For all that, though, my strategy worked out. I knew I needed a real warmup before my 400 IM and that a race was the only way to really rev me up. I felt very winded and tired (still) when I got on the blocks for the 400 IM about 40-45 minutes later, but the result was a 4:29.41, almost two seconds faster than at the beginning of the month.

    More than that, aside from taking the 1st 50 of the fly out a bit too fast, my splits were nice:
    • Fly - 1:00.98 (28.3, 32.6) -- should've been more like 29+ / 31+
    • Back -- 1:08.31 (34.6, 33.7)
    • Breast -- 1:18.8 (39.3, 39.5)
    • Free -- 1:01.3 (31.8, 29.5) -- okay, a little too much Sammy Save Up


    I'm glad I went. Hopefully, when I'm back in this area in a few weeks chaperoning my daughter's team for the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships (http://www.usaswimming.org/_Rainbow/...%204.26.13.pdf), I'll get to also add this great pool as a "workout pool."

    * for any of my work colleagues reading this, note that I was up at 4am to make our 5am conference call and my 6am flight

    ** I was able to recover them on my cool-down in time for the 400 IM

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    Pools / Open Water since 2007

    One pool added in bold below.

    Pools I've trained in since 2007



    1. Cactus Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    2. Brophy Sports Campus (Phoenix, AZ)
    3. Lifetime Fitness (Scottsdale, AZ)
    4. Lifetime Fitness (Skokie, IL)
    5. Lifetime Fitness (Austin, TX)
    6. Somerville YMCA (Somerville, NJ)
    7. Raritan Valley Community College (Branchburg, NJ)
    8. IUPUI Natatorium (Indianapolis, IN)
    9. UT Swim Center (Austin, TX)
    10. U of Arizona Hillebrand Swim Center Tucson, AZ)
    11. Talisman Centre Competition Pool (Calgary, Alberta)
    12. U of Lethbridge Max Bell Swim Centre (Lethbridge, Alberta)
    13. Crystal Pool (Victoria, British Columbia)
    14. Oaks Christian School (Westlake Village, CA)
    15. Lifetime Fitness (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
    16. Jewish Community Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    17. McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    18. Desert Breeze Pool (Las Vegas, NV)
    19. The Olympic Club (San Francisco)
    20. Janet Evans Sports Complex (Fullerton, CA)
    21. Woollett Aquatic Center / Irvine High School (Irvine, CA)
    22. Bruce Hazard Pool @ Mission Valley YMCA (San Diego)
    23. UCSD Canyonview Pool (San Diego)
    24. Villanova University (Philadelphia, PA)
    25. Kino Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    26. Hilton Head Island Rec Center (Hilton Head, SC)
    27. YMCA Aquatic Center (Orlando, FL)
    28. Westin Sohna-Gurgaon (India)
    29. Reading Central Pool (Reading, England)
    30. Optimist Park (Raleigh, NC)
    31. Pullen Aquatic Center (Raleigh, NC)
    32. NOVA Aquatics Center shallow pool (Richmond, VA)
    33. Lifetime Fitness (Cary, NC)
    34. Philadelphia Airport Marriott
    35. Berkeley Aquatic Club (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
    36. Chatham County Aquatic Center (Savannah, GA)
    37. Lifetime Fitness (Tempe, AZ)
    38. Clarke Swim Center (Walnut Creek, CA)
    39. Holy Names University (Oakland, CA w/Manatee Masters)
    40. B.A.D.A.S.S. Pool (Scottsdale, AZ)
    41. Summit YMCA (Summit, NJ)
    42. George Washington Rec Center (Alexandria, VA)
    43. ACAC -- old 50M pool (Midlothian, VA)
    44. Centennial Indoor Pool (Cranford, NJ)
    45. Mission Viejo Dive Tank pool (Mission Viejo, CA)
    46. Mesa Carson Westwood Aquatic Complex (Mesa, AZ)
    47. Lifetime Fitness (Goodyear, AZ)
    48. Victoria YMCA (Victoria, BC)
    49. Issaquah Julius Boehm Pool (Issaquah, WA)
    50. Charles Hadley Pool (Miami, FL)
    51. Pompano Beach Aquatic Center (FL)
    52. Culver City Municipal Plunge (CA)
    53. Stanford Avery Aquatic Center - Baker Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    54. Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center (Beaverton, OR)
    55. Mt Hood Aquatic Center (Gresham, OR)
    56. Juniper Swim & Fitness Center (Bend, Or)
    57. George Haines International Swim Center (Santa Clara, CA)
    58. Renaissance Club Sport (Aliso Viejo, CA)
    59. Rengstorff Pool (Mountain View, CA)
    60. Coronado Municipal Pool (Coronado, CA)
    61. Eagle Park (Mountain View, CA)
    62. James City / Williamsburg Community Center (Williamsburg, VA)
    63. NOVA Aquatics Center deep pool (Richmond, VA)
    64. Belmont Plaza outdoor pool (Long Beach, CA)
    65. Laguna Beach HS Pool (CA)
    66. Lifetime Fitness (Florham Park, NJ)
    67. USF Koret Aquatic Center (San Fran)
    68. Lifetime Athletic (Vernon Hills, IL)
    69. Stanford Avery Aquatic Center - Bellardi Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    70. Fremont Hills Country Club (Los Altos Hills, CA)
    71. Rinconada Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    72. Burlingame Aquatic Center (Burlingame, CA)
    73. Medgar Evers Pool (Seattle, WA)
    74. McGill Memorial Pool (Montreal, QC)
    75. College of San Mateo (CA)
    76. Greensboro Aquatic Center (NC)
    77. Josh Davis Natatorium (San Antonio, TX)
    78. Bill Walker Pool (San Antonio, TX)
    79. JCC of San Diego
    80. 2012 Olympic Trials Pool (Omaha)
    81. El Pomar Natatorium (University of Denver)
    82. Mt Lebanon Swim Center (PA)
    83. Fritz Sick Memorial Pool (Lethbridge, Alberta)
    84. University of Calgary Aquatic Centre (Alberta)
    85. Kinsmen Aquatic Centre (Edmonton, Alberta)
    86. Eau Claire YMCA (Calgary, Alberta)
    87. Talisman Centre Training Pool (Calgary, Alberta)
    88. Burgess Memorial Pool (Menlo Park, CA)
    89. Kona Kai Resort (San Diego, CA)
    90. Sierra Recreation Center (Mission Viejo, CA)
    91. ACAC -- new (2012) 25M pool (Midlothian, VA)
    92. Greater Richmond Aquatic Partnership / 2008 Olympic Trials Pool (Richmond, VA)
    93. Golden Bear Pool (Berkeley, CA)
    94. Cal Lutheran University Community Pool (Thousand Oaks, CA)
    95. North Beach Pool (San Francisco, CA)
    96. Calgary Winter Club (Calgary, Canada)
    97. Orange Memorial Pool (South San Francisco, CA)
    98. Hamilton Pool (San Francisco, CA)
    99. Jean Brink / Oceana Pool (Pacifica, CA)
    100. City of Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center (Calabasas, CA)
    101. Oro Valley Aquatic Center (Oro Valley, AZ)
    102. Ventura Aquatic Center (CA)
    103. Claremont Resort (Berkeley, CA)


    Pools I've competed in since 2007

    1. UT Swim Center (Austin, TX)
    2. ASU Mona Plummer (Tempe, AZ)
    3. Rutger's Sonny Werblin (Piscataway, NJ)
    4. Mission Viejo Nadadores (Mission Viejo, CA)
    5. U of Arizona Hillebrand Swim CenterTucson, AZ)
    6. Rinconada Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    7. BEST Swim Club (Phoenix, AZ)
    8. Clovis North High School (Fresno, CA)
    9. YMCA Aquatic Center (Orlando, FL)
    10. Kino Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    11. Georgia Tech Aquatic Center (Atlanta, GA)
    12. Cactus Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    13. Desert Breeze Pool (Las Vegas, NV)
    14. Saanich Commonwealth Place (Victoria, BC)
    15. Skyline Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    16. Glendale Foothills Aquatic Center (Glendale, AZ)
    17. Greensboro Aquatic Center (NC)
    18. UC-Irvine Crawford Pool (Irvine, CA)
    19. 2012 Olympic Trials Pool (Omaha)
    20. Clarke Swim Center 25M pool (Walnut Creek, CA)
    21. Oro Valley Aquatic Center (Oro Valley, AZ)
    22. Santa Claria Aquatic Center (Santa Clarita, CA)


    Open Water courses trained/competed in since 2007

    1. Tempe Town Lake (Tempe, AZ)
    2. Lake Pend Oreille (Sandpoint, ID)
    3. La Jolla Cove / Pacific Ocean (La Jolla, CA)
    4. Greenwich Cove (Greenwich, CT)
    5. Flathead Lake (Montana), both Somers Bay (training) & Polson Bay (competing)
    6. Saguaro Lake (Arizona)
    7. Lake Pleasant (Peoria, AZ)
    8. Atlantic Ocean - Ft. Lauderdale
    9. Elk Lake (Oregon)
    10. Canyon Lake (Arizona)
    11. Roosevelt Lake (Arizona)
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  6. Freestyle whispers

    by , April 1st, 2013 at 09:56 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    I had a great video taping session with Anne Wilson today. She taped me at three different speeds both above and below the water:
    • Deliberate - consider this full-stroke swimming but conceiving of the swim as a drill
    • 1000-1650 style / pace - for me this currently means bi-lateral breathing and a two-beat kick
    • 200-500 style / pace -- for what I'm trying to do, this means a stronger kick and breathing to the left side only


    I don't have the videos yet in my hands, but we reviewed them afterwards and I learned both, such as

    • Good things -
      • While I'm pulling too wide (right arm) and too narrow (body-crossing left arm) at the deliberate speed, as I got faster and as I dropped the right side breathing, my stroke width underwater became better (closer to the body on the right and not as far crossing over on the left)
      • When I breathe to my left side, I get a great hip-body roll-kick connection

    • Bad things -- this list is long, but I was able to see these SO clearly
      • Hand entry on both hands (right, in particular) too far in
      • The "look at the bottom" head position I thought I was doing was more like a 45 angle
      • When I breathe to my right side, I splay my feet wide in a scissor kick action
      • Aforementioned underwater width, but also letting both arms drop too much before engaging the vertical forearm catch
      • I do get a little bobbing action with my head after my right arm pull
      • ... and on an on


    I'm looking forward to studying these more.

    The weekend went by in a blur of birthday celebrations (my youngest and me) and one big mishap -- I slipped into the pool with my phone in my pocket and fried it. I'm now the proud owner of a $0.99 Nokia Windows phone.

    I also managed to have some fun writing what I think are the best, most innovative set of workouts for the High Volume Thread ever -- http://forums.usms.org/showthread.ph...lity-Week-3%29.
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  7. 3 x 300 Test Set

    by , March 26th, 2013 at 12:58 AM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    I am formally marking my re-entry into training with the 3 x 300 test set done today. I usually do this at the start of a training cycle - and aim to do this every 4 weeks. I expected very little today, but, despite it being far, far slower than I have ever done, I was pretty pleased with just being able to do it pain-free:


    • Warmup sets (1,700):
      • 1 x 400: IM kick-drill
      • 4 x 100: on 1:30, kick with long fins going 5 SDKs off each wall into flutter kick on my side
      • 4 x 100: on 1:40, descend free swim (1:22, 1:20, 1:19, 1:17)
        • Started at 10-11 SPL and migrated up to 12

      • 6 x 50: on 1:00, #1 & #6 easy free on 1:00, #2 to #5 build IM
        • 36, 37, 43, 35

      • 4 x 25: on a bit of rest, underwater SDK with monofin going 2 breaths, 1 breath, 0 breaths easy, 0 breaths AFAP


      • 1 x 100: easy

    • TEST SET 3 x 300: free on 4:30, fast pace aiming to even split as much as possible
      • Aim to determine your 100 aerobic workout pace
      • 08-07-09: 3:36, 3:34+, 3:33
      • 09-01-09: 3:27, 3:25+, 3:26
      • 11-16-09: 3:47, 3:49, 3:51
      • 12-08-09: 3:31, 3:32, 3:30
      • 01-10-10: 3:32, 3:30, 3:31
      • 01-21-10: 3:28+, 3:26+, 3:23 (w/B70 leggings)
      • 03-02-10: 3:28, 3:29, 3:27 (w/TYR leggings)
      • 04-09-10: 3:34, 3:28, 3:27 (w/endurance jammers)
      • 08-16-10: 3:34+, 3:37, 3:38 (w/endurance jammers)
      • 05-06-11: 3:32, 3:29, 3:31 (ancient paper jammers)
      • 06-03-11: 3:27+, 3:26+, 3:26 (ancient paper jammers)
      • 07-04-11: 3:30, 3:36, 3:42 (ancient paper jammers)
      • 09-07-11: 3:41, 3:37, 3:37
      • 10-07-11: 3:42, 3:39, 3:36
      • 11-10-11: 3:30, 3:26+, 3:27 (Yingfa jammers)
      • 11-29-11: 3:30, 3:34, 3:37 (Yingfa jammers)
      • 01-02-12: 3:46, 3:44, 3:41+ (Yingfa jammers)
      • 01-31-12: 3:39, 3:36, 3:35 (Yingfa jammers)
      • 02-27-12: 3:34, 3:30+, 3:27+ (Nike lycra brief)
      • 03-26-12: 3:28, 3:25, 3:24 (ancient paper jammers) best non-tech suit performance
      • 05-19-12: 3:32, 3:34, 3:35 (ancient paper jammers)
      • 06-19-12: 3:30, 3:28, 3:25+ (Nike lycra brief)
      • 07-12-12: 3:44, 3:42, 3:30 (Yingfa jammers)
      • 08-19-12: 3:32, 3:31, 3:33 (Nike lycra brief)
      • 09-14-12: 3:31+, 3:31, 3:29 (Nike lycra brief)
      • 03-25-13: 4:05, 4:00+, 3:57 (Nike lycra brief)

    • 6 x 25: various drills


    TOTAL: 2,750 SCM

    Commentary:
    • My goal was to hold 11-12 SPL on the test set and I did that on #1 and #2, but migrated up to 13 SPL on the third one.
    • Nowhere to go but faster from here.
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  8. Ventura vagabond

    by , March 20th, 2013 at 03:00 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    After feeling like MY labrador in the water on Monday (e.g., struggling to stay afloat), I took Tuesday off for two reasons - because I needed to and because I didn't have time to swim due to a long day of biz travel out to the Thousand Oaks area. Fortunately, I finally discovered that Ventura is not too far away and was able to drop in with the famous Ventura County Masters team (e.g., http://articles.latimes.com/2010/sep...mmers-20100918 and many more such articles). They had the whole length of the 50 meter pool setup SCY ...



    ...to themselves this morning, so I shared a lane with one person mid-pool, staying far away from the studs in the fast lane.

    I wanted to go somewhere between 2500 and 3000 in an hour and achieved my goal with this:
    • 1 x 150: various floppy swimming, kicking, dolphin dives
    • 2 rounds of:
      • 2 x 75: swim-kick-drill
      • 2 x 25: swim breathing every 5
      • 2 x 25: scull
      • On ~5 to 10 seconds rest

    • Kick set:
      • 1 x 300: mix kick
      • 2 x 25: underwater, supposed to be no breath dolphin kick (1 breath for me)
      • 1 x 200: mix kick
      • 2 x 25: underwater, supposed to be no breath breast kick (1 breath for me)
      • 1 x 100: mix kick
      • 2 x 25: underwater, supposed to be no breath flutter kick (1 breath for me)

    • Main set: straight through
      • 1 x 100: cruise free on 1:30
      • 2 x 75: "make it" free on 0:50 (0:49, 0:50)
      • 1 x 100: cruise free on 1:30
      • 4 x 75: "make it" free on 0:55 (was 0:50s)
      • 1 x 100: cruise free on 1:30
      • 6 x 75: "make it" free on 1:00 (was 0:50s)

    • 1 x 150: various floppy swimming, kicking, dolphin dives


    TOTAL: 2,750 SCY

    Commentary:
    • This didn't feel too bad ... of course, nothing hurts too much when you don't push yourself too hard.
    • I continue to try to focus on my technique, lower stroke count (9 to 12 SPL) and breathing to my left only on my freestyle. I still have a long way to go to try to imprint new stroke patterns.
    • Hopefully, my future client work will permit more drop-ins here and my future body will permit me to migrate down to the animal side of this team. I'd love the opportunity to do some hardcore training with the likes of Mike Schaeffer, Rich McConica and other Ventura distance gods.


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    Pools / Open Water since 2007

    One pool added in bold below.

    Pools I've trained in since 2007


    1. Cactus Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    2. Brophy Sports Campus (Phoenix, AZ)
    3. Lifetime Fitness (Scottsdale, AZ)
    4. Lifetime Fitness (Skokie, IL)
    5. Lifetime Fitness (Austin, TX)
    6. Somerville YMCA (Somerville, NJ)
    7. Raritan Valley Community College (Branchburg, NJ)
    8. IUPUI Natatorium (Indianapolis, IN)
    9. UT Swim Center (Austin, TX)
    10. U of Arizona Hillebrand Swim Center Tucson, AZ)
    11. Talisman Centre Competition Pool (Calgary, Alberta)
    12. U of Lethbridge Max Bell Swim Centre (Lethbridge, Alberta)
    13. Crystal Pool (Victoria, British Columbia)
    14. Oaks Christian School (Westlake Village, CA)
    15. Lifetime Fitness (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
    16. Jewish Community Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    17. McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    18. Desert Breeze Pool (Las Vegas, NV)
    19. The Olympic Club (San Francisco)
    20. Janet Evans Sports Complex (Fullerton, CA)
    21. Woollett Aquatic Center / Irvine High School (Irvine, CA)
    22. Bruce Hazard Pool @ Mission Valley YMCA (San Diego)
    23. UCSD Canyonview Pool (San Diego)
    24. Villanova University (Philadelphia, PA)
    25. Kino Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    26. Hilton Head Island Rec Center (Hilton Head, SC)
    27. YMCA Aquatic Center (Orlando, FL)
    28. Westin Sohna-Gurgaon (India)
    29. Reading Central Pool (Reading, England)
    30. Optimist Park (Raleigh, NC)
    31. Pullen Aquatic Center (Raleigh, NC)
    32. NOVA Aquatics Center shallow pool (Richmond, VA)
    33. Lifetime Fitness (Cary, NC)
    34. Philadelphia Airport Marriott
    35. Berkeley Aquatic Club (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
    36. Chatham County Aquatic Center (Savannah, GA)
    37. Lifetime Fitness (Tempe, AZ)
    38. Clarke Swim Center (Walnut Creek, CA)
    39. Holy Names University (Oakland, CA w/Manatee Masters)
    40. B.A.D.A.S.S. Pool (Scottsdale, AZ)
    41. Summit YMCA (Summit, NJ)
    42. George Washington Rec Center (Alexandria, VA)
    43. ACAC -- old 50M pool (Midlothian, VA)
    44. Centennial Indoor Pool (Cranford, NJ)
    45. Mission Viejo Dive Tank pool (Mission Viejo, CA)
    46. Mesa Carson Westwood Aquatic Complex (Mesa, AZ)
    47. Lifetime Fitness (Goodyear, AZ)
    48. Victoria YMCA (Victoria, BC)
    49. Issaquah Julius Boehm Pool (Issaquah, WA)
    50. Charles Hadley Pool (Miami, FL)
    51. Pompano Beach Aquatic Center (FL)
    52. Culver City Municipal Plunge (CA)
    53. Stanford Avery Aquatic Center - Baker Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    54. Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center (Beaverton, OR)
    55. Mt Hood Aquatic Center (Gresham, OR)
    56. Juniper Swim & Fitness Center (Bend, Or)
    57. George Haines International Swim Center (Santa Clara, CA)
    58. Renaissance Club Sport (Aliso Viejo, CA)
    59. Rengstorff Pool (Mountain View, CA)
    60. Coronado Municipal Pool (Coronado, CA)
    61. Eagle Park (Mountain View, CA)
    62. James City / Williamsburg Community Center (Williamsburg, VA)
    63. NOVA Aquatics Center deep pool (Richmond, VA)
    64. Belmont Plaza outdoor pool (Long Beach, CA)
    65. Laguna Beach HS Pool (CA)
    66. Lifetime Fitness (Florham Park, NJ)
    67. USF Koret Aquatic Center (San Fran)
    68. Lifetime Athletic (Vernon Hills, IL)
    69. Stanford Avery Aquatic Center - Bellardi Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    70. Fremont Hills Country Club (Los Altos Hills, CA)
    71. Rinconada Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    72. Burlingame Aquatic Center (Burlingame, CA)
    73. Medgar Evers Pool (Seattle, WA)
    74. McGill Memorial Pool (Montreal, QC)
    75. College of San Mateo (CA)
    76. Greensboro Aquatic Center (NC)
    77. Josh Davis Natatorium (San Antonio, TX)
    78. Bill Walker Pool (San Antonio, TX)
    79. JCC of San Diego
    80. 2012 Olympic Trials Pool (Omaha)
    81. El Pomar Natatorium (University of Denver)
    82. Mt Lebanon Swim Center (PA)
    83. Fritz Sick Memorial Pool (Lethbridge, Alberta)
    84. University of Calgary Aquatic Centre (Alberta)
    85. Kinsmen Aquatic Centre (Edmonton, Alberta)
    86. Eau Claire YMCA (Calgary, Alberta)
    87. Talisman Centre Training Pool (Calgary, Alberta)
    88. Burgess Memorial Pool (Menlo Park, CA)
    89. Kona Kai Resort (San Diego, CA)
    90. Sierra Recreation Center (Mission Viejo, CA)
    91. ACAC -- new (2012) 25M pool (Midlothian, VA)
    92. Greater Richmond Aquatic Partnership / 2008 Olympic Trials Pool (Richmond, VA)
    93. Golden Bear Pool (Berkeley, CA)
    94. Cal Lutheran University Community Pool (Thousand Oaks, CA)
    95. North Beach Pool (San Francisco, CA)
    96. Calgary Winter Club (Calgary, Canada)
    97. Orange Memorial Pool (South San Francisco, CA)
    98. Hamilton Pool (San Francisco, CA)
    99. Jean Brink / Oceana Pool (Pacifica, CA)
    100. City of Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center (Calabasas, CA)
    101. Oro Valley Aquatic Center (Oro Valley, AZ)
    102. Ventura Aquatic Center (CA)


    Pools I've competed in since 2007

    1. UT Swim Center (Austin, TX)
    2. ASU Mona Plummer (Tempe, AZ)
    3. Rutger's Sonny Werblin (Piscataway, NJ)
    4. Mission Viejo Nadadores (Mission Viejo, CA)
    5. U of Arizona Hillebrand Swim CenterTucson, AZ)
    6. Rinconada Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    7. BEST Swim Club (Phoenix, AZ)
    8. Clovis North High School (Fresno, CA)
    9. YMCA Aquatic Center (Orlando, FL)
    10. Kino Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    11. Georgia Tech Aquatic Center (Atlanta, GA)
    12. Cactus Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    13. Desert Breeze Pool (Las Vegas, NV)
    14. Saanich Commonwealth Place (Victoria, BC)
    15. Skyline Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    16. Glendale Foothills Aquatic Center (Glendale, AZ)
    17. Greensboro Aquatic Center (NC)
    18. UC-Irvine Crawford Pool (Irvine, CA)
    19. 2012 Olympic Trials Pool (Omaha)
    20. Clarke Swim Center 25M pool (Walnut Creek, CA)


    Open Water courses trained/competed in since 2007

    1. Tempe Town Lake (Tempe, AZ)
    2. Lake Pend Oreille (Sandpoint, ID)
    3. La Jolla Cove / Pacific Ocean (La Jolla, CA)
    4. Greenwich Cove (Greenwich, CT)
    5. Flathead Lake (Montana), both Somers Bay (training) & Polson Bay (competing)
    6. Saguaro Lake (Arizona)
    7. Lake Pleasant (Peoria, AZ)
    8. Atlantic Ocean - Ft. Lauderdale
    9. Elk Lake (Oregon)
    10. Canyon Lake (Arizona)
    11. Roosevelt Lake (Arizona)
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  9. Gone fishin' / missed a lot

    by , March 18th, 2013 at 02:50 AM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    With all of my daughters on spring break this past week and my oldest up in Federal Way for Sectionals, I packed up my younger two daughters and my lab, Buddy, to head out to Alamo Lake State Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamo_Lake_State_Park) for four days and three nights of blissful camping under the stars. I had gone there years ago with #1 and #2 and remembered it as a wonderfully relaxing place to be by water over spring break without the threat of raucous parties. The area around there is referred to as Arizona's outback and there's not much around there ... including cell service. I was out of touch regarding happenings in the swimming world, but slowly coming back online.

    While the news people might have read about in terms of fast Scottsdale Aquatic Club swimming was about sprinters dropping freakin' amazing times (http://swimswam.com/ryan-hoffer-skim...er-20-seconds/), the best news in my books was my daughter going 6-for-6 best times across the 100 through 1650 free and the 400 IM. I won't get to see her until tomorrow, but when I talked with her today after her 17:08 1650, she was totally stoked about her entire weekend. She had some real breakthrough swims (e.g., 7th place swim in the 1000, big drop in the 200 free and 400 IM) and finally got a street-legal sub-5:00 500 free (e.g., she's been out under 5:00 in her 1000 last December and this week, but never got the split request). Her 4:59.0 in finals last night makes it SWIMS-official. Judging by my glances at her teammates times, she was one of many who had a great weekend of swimming.

    As for my other daughters, dog and me, while I am tempted to count my floating in a raft on Alamo Lake as 'training,' we really just did some serious R&R. I did confirm, though, my greatest fear for my labrador -- he really cannot swim. I had always excused his inability to swim in my pool by stating that his utter fear of the water was because there was no easy way for him to walk into and out of my pool. We spent a number of hours on the gentle shores of the lake trying to get him to swim. While he does not seem to fear the water itself, he was completely unwilling to let more than one paw off the bottom. The one time he did -- when he was chasing a Phelps-like-swimming-yellow-lab and forgot himself until he got in too deep -- his panicked thrashing was so un-dog-like that people on the shore literally fell over laughing. Now, a few of those people might have had a bit too much to drink, but a whole shoreline guffawing at my goofy unswimming lab was just too much to take. I grabbed my frisbee, hung my head in shame and went back to the campsite.

    Buddy, however, wouldn't let me forget that swimming was not his thing: he puked in my tent in the middle of the night as if to say, "See, dude! That's what happens when you make me swim."

    The final swimming note for the weekend is this: thanks to Arizona's emergence from our winter and the re-emergence of 80 & 90 degree days, my BADASS pool was about 76 degrees when I got home today. I was too chill-axed from the mellow weekend to do anything more than 800 meters of drills, but I am looking very much forward to training at home again. I have a bit of spring maintenance to do on the pool next weekend to get it in tip-top shape ... and hope that maybe in a few months (okay, 6 months? 9 months?), I can be back in tip-tip swimming shape.
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  10. Taking the afternoon off to blog

    by , February 14th, 2013 at 05:45 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    My swim blogging has been down recently for two very good reasons:
    • I am still doing primarily drills & kicking, somewhere between 1000 and 2000 yards. Not really exciting stuff.
    • I have found myself quite flow-full in terms of work opportunities. In a manner eerily similar to the last startup I was with (started in 2000, this one started in 2010), this 4th calendar year of being in business seems to be our take-off year. Mind you, not Facebook-takeoff, but a take-off nonetheless. I am really lucky right now that my mix of clients and teammates are gelling and we're growing these relationships across multiple fronts. It's all good, but makes for a busy life.


    I took this afternoon off to go out to lunch and bowling with my youngest daughter who has the day off school. My wife doesn't go in for the Hallmark holidays ... nor bowling, so she's working. Also, we've got a great weekend ahead of us with two sets of old friends in town for the weekend and a kids' meet at Phoenix Swim Club. Speaking of PSC, let's hope they can pull off a "save" of the facility in the same way Belmont has (http://swimmingworldmagazine.com/lan...-Club-Property).

    I did get the joy on Tuesday of grabbing another morning swim at the North Beach pool in San Francisco. I did a great somewhat of a circular walk to and from there (was staying near Union Square), avoiding the worst of the Powell street hill on the way there by heading up Stockton, but then coming back Powell (more gradual up slope on the way back). I really love it when I get the opportunity to stay in San Fran and walk to one of their great city pools. The fact the cool pool at North Beach is really kept cool (77-78) and is SCM is a bonus.

    I got about 2K of swimming in this morning in Lifetime's short and hot pool ... but it was still enjoyable in a very mellow and relaxing way.

    I still need to get my entry in for the Sun Devil sprint meet in a few weeks and am planning to set my alarm for 5:50 Saturday morning to nab one of the 1500 spots for this -- https://www.clubassistant.com/club/m...1984&smid=4197.
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  11. Fluffy ate my Flow

    by , February 8th, 2013 at 02:47 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    I am happy to say that our puppy Fluffy has blossomed quite well -- gaining 20+ pounds onto her previously emaciated frame, learning how to walk well on a leash and a few other things. Alas, she is still a puppy with a powerful chew instinct. I left her alone in the house for 10 minutes this morning and she ripped to shreds the latest edition of Swimming World and my library copy of Flow.

    On the positive side, to have done such utter destruction in such a short amount of time, I imagine she was in a supreme state of doggy flow ... she digested the core message of the book very quickly.
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  12. The wilderness of recovery

    by , February 6th, 2013 at 12:15 AM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    I have been getting wet; as measured by my 33K SCY equivalents in my January GTD, I set a record low month of swimmage since I took the summer off in 2008. Most of it has been kicking, a little of it has been drills, a smidgen of actual full-stroke swimming; none of it worth writing about.

    After a couple of months of that general nothingness in the pool (under the guise of rest and recovery), I did, however, visit the Freestyle Whisperer (http://www.camelbackcoaching.com/about/) yesterday. As with every lesson with Anne, I walked away wishing I had a corporate sponsor that would fund a five (or seven) day a week program working with her. That she is able to identify the finest flaws in my stroke (and the gross ones, as well) is a great first step. That she can then have me do the right mix of drills that help me feel these flaws and provide me a path for correcting them is her genius. I'm doing a mixture of wrong things, some of which might be contributing to my left shoulder issues:
    • Entering too far inside / too narrowly ...
    • ... which causes me to then sweep my arms out to get back to a position where I can hold the water (much moreso on my left side) ...
    • ... but then over-compensating and pulling way too wide (especially with my left hand)
    • Beyond that, my left hand is doing some funky move twisting inwards at about a 45 degree angle after entry (I have actually been feeling this for awhile)


    The most magical part of the hour I spent with Anne is that, after about the first 30 minutes, I was feeling no pain in my left shoulder and no pain radiating down my forearm. The session reinforced what I had suspected -- that it was a stroke flaw exacerbated by training that has caused my current issue.

    I left the lesson quite uplifted. In the past, when I've worked with Anne, I've seen benefits, but always worried they were a bit muted because I was always doing this in the midst of heavy training. With no competitive ambitions right now, I have the time to really slow my stroke down, figure this out and correct it.

    I was really excited to take the lessons to the pool today on my biz trip to Irvine, but got all jumbled up with work, a big headache (have felt physically lousy all day) and then a waah-bumlance whine about the cloudy, grey, cold weather.

    On an uplifting note, I have finally starting diving into Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's Flow and have been having flow-like revelatory experiences while reading it. I can't wait to return to it as soon as I finish this.
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  13. Talking goggles

    by , February 1st, 2013 at 02:19 AM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    My goggles spoke to me this morning:



    As these Vanquishers have never steered me wrong before, I took their advice and continued sleeping.
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  14. Zen waaah-bumlance

    by , January 27th, 2013 at 02:39 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    So, I was all prepared to be all Mr. Zen-Non-Attached-To-Results with my swims at the Polar Bear meet ... just focus on the process, deep-learn from the experience, try out new ideas like 5-7 SDKs off the wall in my 100 free and pay no attention to the time on the board.

    Even as the week plowed on and some variant of cold-flu-throat-head-crud filled my sinuses and chest, I was even more motivated to be non-attached to results.

    Then came Saturday ... and with it, the rain. And with the rain, four plus hours of officiating in the rain for #3's meet.

    A big old waaaah-mbulance roared into my head about 30 minutes into the pelting of the rain on my face, my body, my feet and along with it the chill. I managed to find all of the puddles on the deck. My walkie talkie kept wigging out, alternating between not working at all and pulsing pure static into my ear at random intervals. I had less than zero non-attachment to my experience. I was miserable and I lost all motivation to drive down to Tucson and potentially race in the same ugly, cold, rainy weather.

    I blew off the meet today.

    ... and, while the sun has not burst through the physical sky, it's in my soul. I made the right decision, enjoyed a rain-free (but cloudy) hour-long walk with my wife and younger two dogs, have meditated out the angst and will start tomorrow a fresh man.
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  15. Orange Inspiration?

    by , January 4th, 2013 at 08:23 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    I haven't blogged for almost a week now, primarily because my athletic endeavors have been so boring, but also because I kept myself quite busy the last days of the year in Calgary, the New Year back in Arizona and then work kicking in with the vengeance of a lover scorned when I fully re-engaged in that on Wednesday. I had a quick trip to San Francisco last night and today, but couldn't make a morning swim. Fortunately, I was able to sneak into the Orange Memorial Pool in South San Francisco (http://img.groundspeak.com/waymarkin...1ac8db2838.jpg) for about 45 minutes mid-day to grab a 2,500 SCY kick-centric workout. Trust me when I say there is absolutely nothing to be learned from what I did in the pool other than these comments should you ever choose to drop in here:
    • INDOORS! That was my primary motivation for going here today as I'm still shaking off the cold from Canada!
    • $5.25 gets you into the pool and with a locker; an extra $0.25 buys you a larger locker.
    • Free parking
    • Slightly warm water and LOADS of noodlers after 10am, but they had three lanes set aside for lap swimming.
    • Everyone knows how to circle swim!
    • The patrons were strongly tilted towards the senior citizen crowd and the 'fast' lane was not likely used to a guy like me, but we all just got into a groove and respected each others' space. It wouldn't have been a good place for me to be swimming hard, but my fast kicking was perfect.
    • They have loads of kickboards, buoys and even some fins to use.


    In other cool news, Missy Franklin was in Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl (http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com...ta-Bowl-Parade) and dropped in for multiple workouts with my kids' team, Scottsdale Aquatic Club. She was incredibly generous with her time, posed for countless photos and, based upon what my older daughters told me, fit in with the team as 'normally' as a superstar like her can.

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    Pools / Open Water since 2007

    One pool added in bold below.

    Pools I've trained in since 2007



    1. Cactus Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    2. Brophy Sports Campus (Phoenix, AZ)
    3. Lifetime Fitness (Scottsdale, AZ)
    4. Lifetime Fitness (Skokie, IL)
    5. Lifetime Fitness (Austin, TX)
    6. Somerville YMCA (Somerville, NJ)
    7. Raritan Valley Community College (Branchburg, NJ)
    8. IUPUI Natatorium (Indianapolis, IN)
    9. UT Swim Center (Austin, TX)
    10. U of Arizona Hillebrand Swim Center Tucson, AZ)
    11. Talisman Centre Competition Pool (Calgary, Alberta)
    12. U of Lethbridge Max Bell Swim Centre (Lethbridge, Alberta)
    13. Crystal Pool (Victoria, British Columbia)
    14. Oaks Christian School (Westlake Village, CA)
    15. Lifetime Fitness (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
    16. Jewish Community Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    17. McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    18. Desert Breeze Pool (Las Vegas, NV)
    19. The Olympic Club (San Francisco)
    20. Janet Evans Sports Complex (Fullerton, CA)
    21. Woollett Aquatic Center / Irvine High School (Irvine, CA)
    22. Bruce Hazard Pool @ Mission Valley YMCA (San Diego)
    23. UCSD Canyonview Pool (San Diego)
    24. Villanova University (Philadelphia, PA)
    25. Kino Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    26. Hilton Head Island Rec Center (Hilton Head, SC)
    27. YMCA Aquatic Center (Orlando, FL)
    28. Westin Sohna-Gurgaon (India)
    29. Reading Central Pool (Reading, England)
    30. Optimist Park (Raleigh, NC)
    31. Pullen Aquatic Center (Raleigh, NC)
    32. NOVA Aquatics Center shallow pool (Richmond, VA)
    33. Lifetime Fitness (Cary, NC)
    34. Philadelphia Airport Marriott
    35. Berkeley Aquatic Club (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
    36. Chatham County Aquatic Center (Savannah, GA)
    37. Lifetime Fitness (Tempe, AZ)
    38. Clarke Swim Center (Walnut Creek, CA)
    39. Holy Names University (Oakland, CA w/Manatee Masters)
    40. B.A.D.A.S.S. Pool (Scottsdale, AZ)
    41. Summit YMCA (Summit, NJ)
    42. George Washington Rec Center (Alexandria, VA)
    43. ACAC -- old 50M pool (Midlothian, VA)
    44. Centennial Indoor Pool (Cranford, NJ)
    45. Mission Viejo Dive Tank pool (Mission Viejo, CA)
    46. Mesa Carson Westwood Aquatic Complex (Mesa, AZ)
    47. Lifetime Fitness (Goodyear, AZ)
    48. Victoria YMCA (Victoria, BC)
    49. Issaquah Julius Boehm Pool (Issaquah, WA)
    50. Charles Hadley Pool (Miami, FL)
    51. Pompano Beach Aquatic Center (FL)
    52. Culver City Municipal Plunge (CA)
    53. Stanford Avery Aquatic Center - Baker Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    54. Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center (Beaverton, OR)
    55. Mt Hood Aquatic Center (Gresham, OR)
    56. Juniper Swim & Fitness Center (Bend, Or)
    57. George Haines International Swim Center (Santa Clara, CA)
    58. Renaissance Club Sport (Aliso Viejo, CA)
    59. Rengstorff Pool (Mountain View, CA)
    60. Coronado Municipal Pool (Coronado, CA)
    61. Eagle Park (Mountain View, CA)
    62. James City / Williamsburg Community Center (Williamsburg, VA)
    63. NOVA Aquatics Center deep pool (Richmond, VA)
    64. Belmont Plaza outdoor pool (Long Beach, CA)
    65. Laguna Beach HS Pool (CA)
    66. Lifetime Fitness (Florham Park, NJ)
    67. USF Koret Aquatic Center (San Fran)
    68. Lifetime Athletic (Vernon Hills, IL)
    69. Stanford Avery Aquatic Center - Bellardi Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    70. Fremont Hills Country Club (Los Altos Hills, CA)
    71. Rinconada Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    72. Burlingame Aquatic Center (Burlingame, CA)
    73. Medgar Evers Pool (Seattle, WA)
    74. McGill Memorial Pool (Montreal, QC)
    75. College of San Mateo (CA)
    76. Greensboro Aquatic Center (NC)
    77. Josh Davis Natatorium (San Antonio, TX)
    78. Bill Walker Pool (San Antonio, TX)
    79. JCC of San Diego
    80. 2012 Olympic Trials Pool (Omaha)
    81. El Pomar Natatorium (University of Denver)
    82. Mt Lebanon Swim Center (PA)
    83. Fritz Sick Memorial Pool (Lethbridge, Alberta)
    84. University of Calgary Aquatic Centre (Alberta)
    85. Kinsmen Aquatic Centre (Edmonton, Alberta)
    86. Eau Claire YMCA (Calgary, Alberta)
    87. Talisman Centre Training Pool (Calgary, Alberta)
    88. Burgess Memorial Pool (Menlo Park, CA)
    89. Kona Kai Resort (San Diego, CA)
    90. Sierra Recreation Center (Mission Viejo, CA)
    91. ACAC -- new (2012) 25M pool (Midlothian, VA)
    92. Greater Richmond Aquatic Partnership / 2008 Olympic Trials Pool (Richmond, VA)
    93. Golden Bear Pool (Berkeley, CA)
    94. Cal Lutheran University Community Pool (Thousand Oaks, CA)
    95. North Beach Pool (San Francisco, CA)
    96. Calgary Winter Club (Calgary, Canada)
    97. Orange Memorial Pool (South San Francisco, CA)


    Pools I've competed in since 2007


    1. UT Swim Center (Austin, TX)
    2. ASU Mona Plummer (Tempe, AZ)
    3. Rutger's Sonny Werblin (Piscataway, NJ)
    4. Mission Viejo Nadadores (Mission Viejo, CA)
    5. U of Arizona Hillebrand Swim CenterTucson, AZ)
    6. Rinconada Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
    7. BEST Swim Club (Phoenix, AZ)
    8. Clovis North High School (Fresno, CA)
    9. YMCA Aquatic Center (Orlando, FL)
    10. Kino Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    11. Georgia Tech Aquatic Center (Atlanta, GA)
    12. Cactus Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
    13. Desert Breeze Pool (Las Vegas, NV)
    14. Saanich Commonwealth Place (Victoria, BC)
    15. Skyline Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
    16. Glendale Foothills Aquatic Center (Glendale, AZ)
    17. Greensboro Aquatic Center (NC)
    18. UC-Irvine Crawford Pool (Irvine, CA)
    19. 2012 Olympic Trials Pool (Omaha)
    20. Clarke Swim Center 25M pool (Walnut Creek, CA)


    Open Water courses trained/competed in since 2007


    1. Tempe Town Lake (Tempe, AZ)
    2. Lake Pend Oreille (Sandpoint, ID)
    3. La Jolla Cove / Pacific Ocean (La Jolla, CA)
    4. Greenwich Cove (Greenwich, CT)
    5. Flathead Lake (Montana), both Somers Bay (training) & Polson Bay (competing)
    6. Saguaro Lake (Arizona)
    7. Lake Pleasant (Peoria, AZ)
    8. Atlantic Ocean - Ft. Lauderdale
    9. Elk Lake (Oregon)
    10. Canyon Lake (Arizona)
    11. Roosevelt Lake (Arizona)
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  16. Snap out of it

    by , November 1st, 2012 at 07:07 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    I had hoped that the 3K postal from yesterday would snap me out of the funk that this head/chest congestion/cold has induced in me, but I had zero motivation to get in the pool today. I definitely need to snap out of it before I race some 50s and the 100 IM at Sunday's Pentathlon (http://www.azlmsc.org/eventFlyers/20...ntathlon_2.pdf). I am going to force myself into the water tomorrow and Saturday.
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  17. Two-Beer-&-Dog-Brundage

    by , August 20th, 2012 at 11:46 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    It is workout feast or famine for me these days: today was famine with my workout being two beer curls and two dogs walked. Tomorrow, though, should be a feast.
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  18. Two-Beer-Brundage

    by , August 17th, 2012 at 01:07 AM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    That's the name for my workout video series that I'm sure will be a YouTube phenomenon. It also describes -- along with HIT keyboard drilling -- the extent of my musculature expenditure today. Lots of good things happening at work ... just all happening at the same time so I was chained to my laptop and phone today.
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  19. Low-mojo ...

    by , July 24th, 2012 at 02:02 AM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    ... gotta break ... out ... of the ... funk ... and the craw-stuffing of junk ... must make it back to the pool tomorrow!

    Lame hotel room, semi-conscious yoga along with only slightly less lame stretch-cords and maxed out pushups (10).
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  20. I guess today's the day off

    by , June 29th, 2012 at 07:52 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    I was planning on Sunday being the day off from the pool, but, after running from a 5am call through client meetings until the afternoon here in Cali, I was left with no time (or, more accurately, no conveniently located lap swimming time with my limited calendar openings) to swim.
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