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Michelle's blog on swimming and other fun stuff!

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My team: Dallas Aquatic Masters
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My team: Dallas Mustangs
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  1. South Central Zone meet results!

    by , March 31st, 2014 at 12:10 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Well, here is how I did!

    100 free 56.34 (26.36/29.98)
    Ok, this was so incredibly painful. I certainly don't train for a 100 and I have decided not to. I would rather suffer for 56 seconds once a year, rather than suffer daily training. That save me, like hundreds of hours! The cost/benefit continum is misaligned. At 55, 54, and even 53 or lower, there is no amount of 100 free training I am willing to do to improve. Unless there is some spillover effect from IM training!

    50 back 29.51
    Very solid, but I really thought I could go 28.99 or better. I'll continue to keep this on my main events! South Central Zone record.

    50 fly 27.40
    I was SUPER happy with this time!!! I really lost my fly ability after the gall bladder came out. I went a 28.3 last year and didn't even make top ten. I really only started to be able to swim 25's and 50's fly in practice around late Jan/Feb this year. I think i'm back! I am so looking forward to working down to a 26.99 or better! South Central zone record.

    Scatched 200 IM

    50 free split: 25.42
    This was actually very strong. The official was standing right in between my lane and the next, but I guess he was really bored or something and had to get closer to the action. He'd bend over slightly when we touched, and I swear, he was totally in my space when Janie was coming in. It freaked me out, 'cause it was like, hey official, you're in my personal space! So I waited wayyy to long, and Janie was totally touching the wall and I was still standing straight up until the official got out of my space!

    50 free: Scratch!
    I needed all the rest for the 100 fly!

    100 fly: 1:02.14 (28.84/33.30)
    I was super happy with this time! I knew i'd have to be really fresh and aggressive on the first 50. The thing is, no matter how bad I do on the 2nd 50, it's going to be in the 33 or 34 range. So I need to bank all my speed on the first 50 and then bring it home. I felt really good, but slowed down more than I thought I would on the 2nd 50. New zone record. I'd like to go 28.5 or better, and then bring it home 32 range. Then i'll be in shooting distance of the 1:00.00 mark!

    50 breast: 34.50
    Ouch! This was quite close to the 100 fly, and I simply had nothing left. I'd say this was actually a bad swim, because I went out in 34.7 in the 100 breast at a meet the month before.

    100 IM scratch
    Save my energy for the 200 breast. Took 2 hot showers and made a historical analysis of top ten 200 breasts in the meantime.

    200 breast: 2:44.25 (37.75/42.62 (1:20.37) 42.30/41.58 (1:23.88)
    I was super happy with this. It was my first 200 breast ever. I think I was a bit conservative, because it didn't hurt very much. Looking at my splits, I probably should not have backed off so much on the 2nd 50, which set up the range of speed for the 3rd and 4th 50's. Perhaps go closer to 40/41's next time! New zone record.

    50 free split: 25.35 relay
    Awesome! Well, not really. Viva la mid 25's!

    50 free split: 25.62 relay
    Yeah! Back to back relays and I could still do it for the team!

    So, some very solid and promising times. I feel I can improve in many events, variety of distances. 4 new zone records. I hope to get the 50/100 free, 100 IM, 200 fly, maybe 100 back,100 breast during my waning 40's. If I can get 8 total, that's quite respectable!

    Next up: Arizona state meet this weekend! I am going to focus on the 50 free, 50/100 breast, and 100 IM for sure. I should be able to get top ten times in those. I entered some other events but I don't want to spread myself too thin and just miss the 50/100 breast when I am right now on the bubble.
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  2. Ready for Meet Season

    by , March 24th, 2014 at 09:47 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Not sure how fast i'll swim, but at least I feel pretty good and I finally can swim fly pretty well! It's not such a struggle and I am starting to feel my old self again; it will take more time than the next 2 weeks, but hopefully racing fly will give me another big boost and over the hump to better fly!

    Let's see....
    I went 13+ from a dive on 25's fly, so that was promising.
    I went a 38.2 to 38.5 on a 50 breast fast. That was also a good swim.
    I got my mojo going on some 25's back and went 16's. That's as fast as I ever have. Never hit 15's yet.
    Free is still a struggle. I'm still fighting myself but going 14-15's, so at least I can muscle and thrash my way to half decent times.

    I'd like to just see where my times are. Since I turned 45 this year, and since it's been 12 years (2002) since I started racing after having kids, maybe consider this a "reset" year, so all "best times"?
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  3. More sprint stuff

    by , March 12th, 2014 at 07:24 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    I am continuing with sprint stuff. Yesterday I was focusing on doing IM sprints, and today is a day off and yoga. But not until I digest some of this panang, pad thai, and tom yum something or other. You know, the tart chicken soup with coconut milk.

    Fly set (it's fraternity of flyers month!)
    16 x 25's
    Odd smooth free
    even alternate drill/swim fast

    IM set.
    I customized a boring 12 x 75's into
    1 fast broken 75 IM (3 total) 25/5 seconds
    easy swim
    so roughly, about every 4:30 i'd be going a sprint 75 IM.

    58
    56
    54

    You can extrapolate and say, maybe between 16-18 seconds for a 25 free to get a 100IM time. But it's not exact. Sometimes i'd be short/long on the 5 seconds. But roughly there. Well under 1:00 but well over :50. This is a great set for me. I was able to really dig deep on the last one. Was able to really engage sprinting, especially on the breastroke. But still off from doing a race-pace IM - i'd like to be closer to :50. Maybe aim for holding this set :55 to :50 as a goal in the future, without compromising the 5 seconds rest.
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    I'm feeling a lot better, more energy but I can tell my body isn't rested to it's peak swimming prowess just yet. Have to be careful to really rest my legs!
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  4. Putting on the brakes!

    by , March 10th, 2014 at 11:53 AM (Chowmi's Blog)
    The good news - I did get a free pair of goggles after all! They included a blue pair of vanquisher goggles. I didn't look carefully whether they were V2's or not, but who cares, free is free!!

    The new suit with comfort straps will be interesting. The straps are thicker but completely smooth. It immediately reminded me of the straps that must be on those super huge cupped ladies' bras who need ginormous over the shoulder boulder holder straps.

    In other news, I have been completely run down and tired. I have decided to put the brakes on and go full throttle taper sit around and talk to the coaches about my swimming mode. I would much rather overtaper and be completely out of shape, than to still be tired and not at my best for the 2 meets coming up. Awake, alert, and peppy - that is my goal. I just want to feel fully engaged and ready to give a 100% effort on race day.

    Friday:
    From Rich Abraham's PS favorite sets (pure speed):
    8 x 25's on 1:00
    12.5 fast
    odd free (from dive)
    even kick (pushoff)

    50 fast free (29 flat)

    8 x25's on 1:00
    odd fly (from dive)
    even fly (from pushoff)

    50 fast kick - free w/board (46)

    This was a good reset and quite sprinty. Coach came out on deck early, and watched/video'd all my dives and gave me pointers, so it was on more than 1 minute per, but I got a free 1/2 lesson on my dives!!!

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    Sunday
    LCM, SMU outdoors
    YIKES!!!! I have not swum LCM in a long time! I made sure I didn't overdo it.

    400 warm up
    10 x 50 kick w/fins 1:10 fast last 12.5 (38-41s)

    Main set:
    swim 4 x 50 strong 50's from a start, 1 each stroke, for the last 40 minutes or so.
    fly: 36
    back :41
    breast :47
    free :33

    YIKES again! Those were not very fast at all, given I was going 92.5ish effort! But, a great starting point for LCM. It proved 2 things - 1. I was tired. Not engaged mentally to really go 100%. 2. Just plain too slow! But then again, it will be fun to drop time from there. This is my baseline set from which to improve. I ought to do this set at least once a week. I don't think it would get boring, since the alternative was to do 300, 3 x 100, 200, 3 x 100, 100, 3 x 100 so I think i'd pick 4 x 50's on 10 minutes every time!

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    I cleaned out my closet and took 4 big bags to goodwill. I feel so good about myself. but I completely lost steam and can't bring myself to align the empty spaces or sort the pants/tops. They're all still mismashed. Last week was a major update for my kids. I cleared out their closet, and replaced all the baby hangers with adult hangers.
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  5. Tips for ordering Technical Suit!

    by , March 3rd, 2014 at 10:22 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    I just ordered a new technical racing suit! I haven't in several years, gloating how I my existing ones have lasted so long. But alas, they are way too stretched out and so used that they show that disintegration like your old lycra suits used to! Yuck!

    *Only interested in Speedo
    *Don't like the new closed back suit. I think it would make me look thick, fat, and sausage-like. Also the most expensive at $449.
    *Don't like the colored suits. They would make my colored thigh look fat.
    *Do want an Elite 2. Mostly because it's the newest. Must be in black.
    *Comfort straps are intriguing. Is it worth the difference between $395 and $429? Yes, I think so. And I don't think they would make me look fat.

    Goal:
    No tax
    Free shipping, and not a rush order so who cares 2 day or 7 day
    Any coupon, which is hard for a technical suit

    SUCCESS!
    Metroswimshop
    Go to retailmenot and get that coupon code (before 03/31!). I couldn't figure out the free goggle thing, which it wouldn't seem to give me, but I didn't want to pass this suit discount of 10%!

    So I got the $429 suit for a total of $386.10. I think they gave me an extra dollar off.

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    This is Fraternity of Flyers month!
    Today's main fly set was

    3 rounds
    8 x 50's on :55
    2 x fly/free
    2 easy free
    3 x fly/free
    1 easy free

    Sprint the fly bits.

    Now, this sounds easy as you only do 5 x 25's fast fly for the entire round, but for some reason I was dying, just absolutely dying through this set. Maybe because I was doing it right. It was one of those days where if someone poked you with a pinky, you'd probably just collapse. And I was really irritated with my lane. The girl behind me was doing all free. So was the next guy. Then the next guy was doing backstroke with fins. Then the next guy was swimming freestyle with a snorkel swimming up the backstroker's backside. I thin there might have been someone else after that but maybe it was just a manifestation of a composite irritating swimmer.

    I have decided that I am not going to swim tomorrow or Wednesday, if I am going to be in this bad of a mood and irritated with my lanemates!
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  6. So Mad about Hotel Deception!

    by , March 1st, 2014 at 09:19 AM (Chowmi's Blog)
    I am sooo mad!!!

    I entered the South Central zone meet, then went to make my hotel reservation. I have stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn, The Woodlands, many times and was all set to do so again. So I searched for it, and THOUGHT I went directly to their website. I booked an awesome rate ($107 plus fees, etc), and then realized upon getting the confirm that it was with some service called Reservation Counter, and not directly with the hotel! I swear, the website looked JUST like it! So a few hours later, I called the hotel directly to make sure they had my reservation. They did, but it still irks me! And the web address was so similar that you know they were trying to fool you!!!

    For those who want the finer points - remember your reservation is with the service, and not necessarily with the hotel itself. This service could just take your money and not make a booking. Or go out of business or file bankruptcy and not make your reservation. You would hope, but you aren't necessariy going to get your hotel room. And it cost a whopping $12 more for their stupid service vs. booking through the hotel itself, grrrr!!!!!!!

    In the end i'll be alright, worst case rarely happens, and plus I used my credit card, so if something does go wrong and I end up with no room, I don't have to pay it. But you just don't want that aggravation going into your big zone meet! I guess this also shows how being a bankruptcy trustee, you know the finer points of how these things can happen!

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    In training news, i'm continuing my kick/IM/sprint days. I've gone back over Rich Abaraham's 2 articles from 2010 and 2011 on racing. The part i'm paying attention to is which zone you are in. I think of it as 3 zones - pure power zone (anaerobic; like powering through the 1st 15 meters of a race, or a 1/2 length blow out sprint), zone 2, which is racing zone; and zone 3, which is the "80% yardarage zone". And even though they aren't mutually exclusive, you have to train the appropriate amount of time in the right zone (zone 2), and not be stuck in zone 3 for me as a short sprinter (50/100's).

    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center

    We did a set of IM -
    4 rounds
    4 x 25's 1 each stroke (.35)
    2 x 50 on 1:05 (fly/back and breast/free)
    1 x 100 IM fast on 2:30

    1:19
    1:19
    1:16
    1:14

    The first 2 rounds I did the set. But I found myself more in zone 3 than in zone 2. I was just trying to get through the IM at the end. So the next 2 sets I started to drop the IM bits and did easy free instead, to set myself up for a truly fast 100 IM. It worked! The 1:14 was my best 100 IM in practice!

    I'm glad I made that decision part way through the set to make it meaningful for me. I think it's a great set to do as proscribed if i'm building a base for the 400IM, or the 200IM. But this year it's all about the 100IM!
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