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  1. 4/22/19 "Workout"

    by , April 23rd, 2019 at 08:40 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Monday, 4/22/2019

    First day back to work after hospital. Made it through the day, plus a grocery store run, plus a pretty brisk dog walk and felt better than I had since I'd been discharged. So I did...

    2x 3 rounds (10 pushups, 10 air squats)

    And I felt very weak. This is going to be a process getting my strength and weight back up!

    Some very light barbell lifts Tuesday night, and then I will take my scrawny body back to the pool Wednesday morning. I think I will do 20x50 mixed up, and if I feel OK after that a little bit of fin kick. One step at a time.
  2. Another Update!

    by , April 22nd, 2019 at 09:30 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    So... after much gnashing of teeth and laying in a fetal position early last week, I went to the emergency room. Turns out I had pancreatitis as a reaction to one of my UC meds. I got four days in the hospital with an IV drip, a day and a half which was NPO, a day and a half clear liquid diet and now onto low fat. But I'm out, and I feel a little bit more like myself. I'm down at least 20 pounds and it's not in great places - I've lost most of the mass on my shoulders and arms and my pants don't fit. So it's going to be a process to get back.

    Plan is to start getting back in the water with a few 1000s or so this week, and also do some really, really light weightlifting the other days to start building my strength and energy back up. Eat as much as I can tolerate, not too fast but the dietician told me to not be shy about eating because of the weight loss.

    I did get some good news over the week. The club team my Masters team is attached to had their yearly awards ceremony, and apparently they gave me a mentorship award for how I was with the kids at and leading up to Sectionals this winter. That was really good to hear, and I hope I can get back to the point where I can be a good example again. Something to work toward. Also had some other good news recently but not allowed to share that just yet :P
  3. Update

    by , April 16th, 2019 at 09:11 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Back to work today. Most of my main issues from the past weeks (last was probably one of the worst weeks of my life) are resolving with some better drugs and rest as I worked from home. At the moment my only real pressing issue is what I think is some side effects from the antibiotic I was prescribed. Once those are cleared, I hope to get back to some exercise and get back in the pool. Between not doing nearly anything active for 2+ weeks and losing at least 10 pounds over that time I will definitely be starting from scratch, maybe the stratch-est I have since I got back in the gym 6 months after college.
  4. Update

    by , April 9th, 2019 at 08:47 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Well, the week off is going to stretch into longer. Have some issues somewhat related to my UC that I can't swim, or workout, or really do much of anything active until it heals.

    So, I'm still here, just mothballed for the moment.
  5. Ozark LMSC Champs

    by , April 1st, 2019 at 09:15 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    3/30-3/31/2019 Ozark LMSC Champs

    //Don't have "official" results yet so these are just by memory, and I definitely don't have most splits yet. Will update when they come in.

    Could definitely tell I was at the wrong end of a half-hearted double taper this weekend! Plus UC flare = uncomfortable. But I am rather happy with how I did all things considered. Plus it was fun - haven't seen a lot of the SLAM masters folks since last November at the earliest.

    Saturday -
    200 fr/200 k
    8x50 k/dr-dr/b :55
    8x25 VS :30
    2 starts
    100 EZ

    Mixed 200 Medley Relay - 1:42.5 (26.5 breast split) - spinning my wheels a lot on this one, kind of sloppy.

    100 IM - 53.47 - Half second off my Masters Nats time from last year is pretty good for the circumstances. Out good, but really bad back to breast turn kinda killed my momentum. LMSC record.

    100 fly - DQ! - They got me for 15m! No markings at the bottom of the pool, though that's no excuse. Wasn't a good time anyway.

    50 back - 24.35 - Better than Masters Nats leadoff last year, so happy with that! LMSC record.

    Mixed 200 Free Relay - 1:34. (21.38 split) - Little tired at end of session. Wasn't motived enough to no-breathe :P

    300 warmdown after events. Not much specific warmup because not much rest between. Whole session was 3 hours and that included 4 heats of 500s at the very beginning and 2 of 400 IM at the end - both of which our local 93-year-old swam.

    Sunday -

    Same warmup

    50 breast - 27.30 - Just OK really, took a few strokes to get into the swing of it.

    200 IM - 2:01.67 - I feel like I have a lot better than this if I focus on 200s a bit more. Legs went pretty numb in the back half, I'm definitely not used to racing 200s. Still, 3 seconds better than last year, and LMSC record.

    50 fly - 23.32 - This felt surprisingly good for being this late in the meet! Definitely my best race of the weekend. Still think I left a few tenths hanging there, might have a 22 in me on a good day.

    Men 200 free relay -
    1:55. (21.6 split) - Just played with underwaters on this one, tried to see how extra dolphin kicks would work on sprint free. Probably would have been decent if I hadn't completely flubbed both breakouts! Might be worth playing with in the future.


    That concludes my winter/spring meet season. I'd say it was very successful - there's nothing for me to complain about if I'm going best times at age 30 on 4.5-6 hours swimming a week, setting LMSC records, scoring individually and contributing on relays at Sectionals. I know that won't last forever but I'll ride this wave while it's still going! Hopefully some of my times survive Masters Nats for Top 10 lists but I see the psych sheet is out, going to be close!

    Planning on taking a week completely off to rest and hopefully calm my digestive system issues. Will get back in the water and in the gym next week - next competitive event is a CF competition last weekend of April if my UC is better, otherwise switching gears a little for a short triathlon in August which my wife may or may not be doing with me depending on some circumstances.
  6. 3/28/19 Workout

    by , March 28th, 2019 at 08:49 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    3/28/2019 Pool Workout

    3x{100 fr 1:25/100 IM 1:35/100 bk 1:45/100 k 1:55}

    3x{100 fr 1:30
    75 br 1:20
    50 bk 1:10
    25 fl 1:00
    100 IM 1:40
    75 fr 1:20
    50 br 1:00
    25 bk :40
    100 ez 2:20}
    Each 100-75-50-25 was choose 1 drill, 2 technique, 1 sprint. Did 25 fl/25 bk, 50 bk/100 IM, 25 fl/50 br fast by round.

    2 starts + 25 ez

    200 warmdown

  7. 3/27/19 Workout

    by , March 27th, 2019 at 08:38 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Wednesday, 3/27/2019 Pool Workout

    Bringing yardage down a bit for Ozark Masters Champs this weekend. Not quite peaking, I definitely already did that for Sectionals and three weeks is a little quick to bring it all the way up and back down again. More of a drop taper.

    1000 mix warmup

    8x75 1:20
    o-SLOB dolphin/free/SLOB dolphin
    e-free/long UDK/free
    1-4 no fins, 5-8 fins

    5x{2x100 pull 1:30 br 3/4/5/7 x 50
    50 free w/fast kick 1:00}

    12x25 VS :30 fl/bk/br

    3 starts + 25 ez

    100 warmdown


    An IBD flare up is the best way to make you feel completely out of control of your own body. Super uncomfortable and definitely not getting good sleep the past week. Somehow I'm still swimming pretty fast, but after the meet this weekend I'm taking a week completely off.

    Updated March 27th, 2019 at 01:23 PM by JPEnge

  8. 3/25/19 Workout

    by , March 25th, 2019 at 08:57 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Monday, 3/25/2019 Pool Workout

    200 fr/200 k/200 dr/200 pull/200 fr

    10x50 k 1:00
    o-fast w/heavy board

    3x200 pull 3:30 - 50 shark drill, 150 br3/5/7 x 200

    10x100 o-k 1:50, e-fr 1:30 threshold

    3x200 pull 3:15 - 50 bk, 150 fr

    6x50 dr/sw 1:00 warmdown

  9. 3/23/19 Workout

    by , March 24th, 2019 at 02:17 PM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Saturday, 3/23/2019 Pool Workout

    200 fr/200 dr/200 stroke/200 IM/200 k :20

    16x25 k :30 IMO
    8x50 dr 1:05 IMO
    4x100 sw 1:40 IMO

    4x125 w/fins :30 RI
    1 - 50 fl fast, 25 bk/br/fr
    2 - 25 fl, 50 bk fast, 25 br/fr
    3 - 25 fl/bk, 50 br fast, 25 fr
    4 - 25 fl/bk/br, 50 fr fast
    100 EZ
    100 IM FAST no fins

    6x50 dr/sw ez 1:00

    3x{50 p :50 br 3/5/7
    4x25 :30 O/C IMO}

    200 warmdown

  10. 3/22/19 Workout

    by , March 22nd, 2019 at 08:31 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Friday, 3/22/2019 CrossFit Workout

    Warmup - stretches/plyos, PVC warmup, barbell warmup

    Strength - Hang Snatch - 95/2, 115/2, 135/2, 160/2, 180/2, 190/2, 200/2
    //These went a lot better than last week. 200 was a little sloppy on the second rep but not bad for still rusty.

    Conditioning - Tabata intervals (:20 on, :10 off, 8 rounds, :60 between exercises)
    Pushups - 10/10/10/10/10/10/10/10
    Ski Erg Cals - 6/6/6/6/6/6/6/6
    Situps - 12/11/11/10/10/10/10/10
    Air Squats - 15/15/15/15/15/15/15/15
    Double Unders - 20/20/20/20/20/20/20/20
  11. 3/21/19 Workout

    by , March 21st, 2019 at 09:34 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Thursday, 3/21/2019 Pool Workout

    Stroke work/recovery day today. Colitis has been acting up plus my dang chest hair is growing back in really itchy so I have been fairly uncomfortable all week. Blargh.

    3x{100 fr 1:25/100 IM 1:35/100 bk 1:45/100 k 1:55}

    2x{4x75 l-arm/r-arm/swim 1:30 (rd 1-fl, rd 2-bk)
    3x100 fr 1:30 light descend
    4x75 fr 50 1-arm/25 swim 1:20
    3x100 fl/bk x 25 1:40}

    200 warmdown

  12. 3/19-3/20 Workouts

    by , March 20th, 2019 at 09:10 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Tuesday, 3/19/2019 CrossFit Workout

    Warmup - barbell warmup, lower leg mashing

    Skill - Pistols - 3x8 per leg - 1 set BW, 1 set w/ 18# KB, 1 set w/ 30# KB

    Strength - Push Press + Split Jerk - 45/2+1, 135/2+1, 155/2+1, 175/2+1, 185/2+1, 195/2+1

    //Shoulder stability is pretty stinky right now. These were super sloppy.

    Conditioning - AMRAP 7
    7 SDHP 95#
    7 PP 95#
    7 box jump over 24"
    8 rounds + 4 SDHP

    Wednesday, 3/20/2019 Pool Workout

    2{3x50 ez :50, 2x50 drill 1:00, 2x50 k 1:05, 3x50 moderate :45}

    25 :30 |
    50 :40 |w/ fins
    75 :50 |
    100 1:00 |
    25 :45
    50 1:00
    75 1:15
    100 1:30
    125 FAST}
    75 ez after 1st round, 125 ez after 2nd, 175 ez after 3rd

    6x50 dr/sw ez 1:00

    4x25 bucket pull + 25 ez

    100 warmdown


    This was a really good one! Legs ran out of gas a little on the last round of the main set, but I maintained the 3 dolphin kicks throughout.

    Updated March 20th, 2019 at 12:18 PM by JPEnge

  13. 3/18/19 Workout

    by , March 18th, 2019 at 09:10 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Monday, 3/18/2019 Pool Workout

    Didn't do much this weekend. A little hike and some yardwork. Woke up this morning pretty stiff, probably still getting used to CFing after a couple weeks off and also went to Topgolf Friday afternoon and I haven't golfed in awhile.

    2x{300 fr 4:30, 200 p br 3/4/5/3 3:15, 100 k 2:10}

    8x75 1:30 1-arm arm in front/1-arm arm at side/sw x 25
    8x125 2:10 100 fr build/25 1-arm FAST

    6x25 dr/sw ez 1:00

    4xIMO {100 p br4 1:45
    25 sprint :30
    50 r/l :55
    25 sprint :30}

    200 warmdown


    So, that workout doesn't look too bad, but 1-arm takes some effort to do correctly. I build up pretty well and really hit the legs on the sprint 25s. Also, I decided to start making sure I'm taking 3 dolphin kicks off every freestyle wall. I've been lazy during my Masters time (and really if I'm being honest, in college too) and only taking one big kick off the walls. I'm thinking this should help make it easier when I want to take 5 off every turn in the 100 or 3-4 in the 200.
  14. 3/15/19 Workout

    by , March 15th, 2019 at 07:59 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Friday, 3/15/19 CrossFit Workout

    Warmup - jump rope drills, plyos, stretching, barbell warmup

    Strength - Pause Front Squat - 45/5, 135/5, 165/5, 185/5, 205/5, 205/3,3,3
    //Easing back into squats somewhat.

    Conditioning - AMRAP 12
    30 double unders
    15 wall balls 20#
    10 toes to bar
    6 round + 2 wall balls (or 7 rounds? I think I lost count.)
  15. 3/14/19 Workout

    by , March 14th, 2019 at 08:31 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Thursday, 3/14/2019 Pool Workout

    3x{100 fr 1:25/100 IM 1:35/100 bk 1:45/100 k 1:55}

    4x{250 SKiDKiS 4:30
    100 IM 1:45
    100 RIM 1:45
    3x50 fr pull d1-3 to 90% :50
    1x50 FAST 1:30}
    250 and 50 IMO

    6x50 dr/sw :55 warmdown

  16. Breakin' Taper

    by , March 13th, 2019 at 08:56 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Tuesday, 3/12/2019 CrossFit Workout

    Warmup - 400m run, 10 squats, 10 side lunges, 300m run, 5 walkouts, 5 RBMs, 200m run, 10 legs swings each way; PVC warmup

    Strength - Hang Snatch - 95/2, 115/2, 135/2, 155/2, 175/2, 185/2, 195/1+f, 2

    Conditioning -
    30/20/10 cal row
    90/60/30m 1-arm farmer's carry ea arm, 70#
    15/10/5 hand release pushups
    15/10/5 C2B pullups

    Wednesday, 3/13/2019 Pool Workout

    3 sw 1:25
    3 25k/75sw 1:30
    3 50k/50sw 1:35
    3 75k/25sw 1:40
    3 k 1:45

    100 IM dr fl 1:30
    25 fl fast :30
    100 IM dr bk 1:30
    25 bk fast :30
    100 IM dr br 1:30
    25 br fast :30
    100 IM dr fr 1:30
    25 fr fast :30

    1 - 4x100 pull 1:30 D1-3 hold 4
    2 - 3x broken 50 2:00 - 12.5 dive fast/25 turn fast/12.5 finish fast
    3 - 8x25 :45 med ball 1-arm free + vertical kick during rest
    4 - 4x75 1:30 heavy board - 1-3rd 25 fast, 2-2nd 25 fast, 3-1st 25 fast, 4-fast
    5 - 3x25 bucket pull sprints + 25 ez
    6 - 8x25 :30 w/fins - 1-15m UDK, 2-20m UDK, 3-all UDK, 4-easy

    2x{150 pull + 100 'chute, rest interval is time to change equipment}

    100 warmdown


    Definitely broke the taper the past two days! My body is really feeling it. One of the assistant coaches (also the head coach at SLU) was talking about how they hope I swim Sectionals for at least one more year - no pressure!
  17. Sectionals Recap

    by , March 11th, 2019 at 08:55 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Wooo! Long weekend. Had a blast and a good meet at Region VIII Sectional Championships at Mizzou. My first time swimming at Mizzou in 9 years, love that pool. Now an even bigger percentage of my best times were done in it. Official results aren't up yet, I update with places and exact time corrections when they are.

    Thursday - Relay Day

    Already recapped this earlier but what the heck. Warmups were super crowded so the whole team got in the same lane and we pretty much ended up doing a bunch of 50s and 25s.

    200 Free Relay - B relay anchor - 20.75 split, 17th place (top B relay). A tenth faster than Masters Nats last year, little windmill-y last 12.5 or so.

    200 Medley Relay - A relay breaststroke - 25.92 split. Two tenths faster than Masters Nats! Was a good swim, though I was pretty close to over dolphin kicking on my pullout off the start! 7th place.

    Friday - Tough Double Day

    100 Breast - 57.88 prelims, 14th place; 57.73 finals, 10th place - Another couple tenth drop! And scored some individual points for the team.

    100 Fly - 51.95 prelims, 36th place - This was about 20 minutes after the 100 breast prelim, was surprised I did so well with not feeling fully recovered from that. A hundredth off of the Ozark Masters record though, gaaah! Half a second drop from Ozark Senior Champs though.

    Saturday - Late Night Day

    50 Free - 21.25 prelims, t-22nd place; 21.38 finals, 22rd place - Prelims swim was really good, dropped half a second from Ozark Seniors. Finals swim I had a subpar turn, just didn't get into the second 25 all that well. Still happy with it.

    100 Back - 52.33 prelims, t-26th place - Strong swim. I'm definitely not a backstroker anymore (my all time PR is 50.69) but I'm more than happy with that time for Masters. Scratched out of D finals to save for relay at night.

    400 Medley Relay - A relay breaststroke, 58.0 split, 12th place - This was a little after 9pm, was hard to get up and go, though I gave it a good effort as I was out 26.9, faster than my individual event. Just lost my pull coming home! I think we were 10th place.

    Sunday - Prelims Day

    100 Free - 47.65, 37th place - Almost two seconds faster than Ozark Seniors and over a second faster than my PR. Solid swim, though I think I have more in me if I figure out how to swim it right.

    50 Breast - 26.77, 8th place prelims - Lost track of time and forgot to warm up but went surprisingly well anyway! Was hard to scratch out of a championship finals but I wanted to get home by this point. Half a second faster than going out the 100 (which was my previous best time). I never, ever, ever thought I'd say I was a 26/57 breaststroker. Like, where did that come from?

    400 Free Relay - B relay anchor, 47.3 split, 14th place (top B relay besides the team that swam their best relay as their B) - Was running on fumes by this point, just wanted faster than my flat start, which I got. This was a fun relay! 3 of us went fast than our individual flat starts, including the leadoff!

    Finished with 5 all-time PRs, 2 relay split all-time PRs, 1 Masters PR, 1 Masters relay split PR, and 5 Ozark Masters records.

    So our girls' team won the meet, and the combined team won the meet (I think men got 6th?). Was really happy to contribute to that! Got to see some coaches and families from various parts of my swimming career that I hadn't seen in a long time. All in all, I'm really glad I went. If Masters Nats next year looks like it'll be expensive/inconvenient to get to, I'll definitely look at doing this meet again (assuming it's in short course!). Weighed in at 183 pounds this morning, gotta eat some food this week!

    Updated March 11th, 2019 at 09:50 AM by JPEnge

  18. 3/7/19 Meet Day 1

    by , March 8th, 2019 at 08:25 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Thursday, 3/7/2019

    AM Loosen Up
    3x(100 fr 1:35/100 IM 1:45/100 back 1:55/100 k 2:05)
    8x25 :30 O/C IMO
    2x25 starts + 25 ez
    100 warmdown

    PM Sectionals Relay Day!
    Not sure what general warmup was - pool was a cluster you-know-what so just swam.

    Specific warmup before each relay - 250 of 100 ez + 150 sprint drills

    200 Free Relay - Anchored B relay in 20.75 split - tenth of a second drop from Masters Nats last year!

    200 Medley Relay - Breast in A relay, 25.92 split - two tenths PR!

    200 warmdown after each.
  19. 3/6/19 Workout

    by , March 6th, 2019 at 08:28 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Wednesday, 2/6/2019 Pool Workout
    Last day of taper practice! Tomorrow loosen up and some shooters in the morning, drive to Mizzou in the afternoon, 200 free and 200 medley relays that evening.

    4x(100 fr 1:30 + 50 k 1:00)
    4x(50 fr :50 + 25 dr :30)

    8x50 :55 k/dr dr/b IMO
    8x25 :30 VS 4-fl 4-bk

    2x100 k/fr x 25 1:30
    2x100 k/fr x 25 w/fins 1:20

    4x{3x50 1:00 D1-3 to 100 pace
    100 EZ}
    RIMO by round

    3 starts + 25 ez

    100 warmdown


    Spinning my wheels a lot on the fast stuff. Just relax!
  20. 3/4/19 Workout

    by , March 4th, 2019 at 09:28 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Monday, 3/4/2019 Pool Workout
    Taper continues!

    200 fr/200 p/200 st/200 k/200 f

    8x50 k/dr dr/b :55 IMO
    8x25 V.S. :30 4-fr, 4-br

    2x100 fr 1:30
    2x100 p 1:30
    2x100 p/pads 1:30

    6x{2x25 :30 100 pace
    50 EZ}
    1-4 IMO
    5 fr w/fins
    6 fr w/fins & pads

    3 starts + 25 ez

    200 warmdown

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