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Michelle's blog on swimming and other fun stuff!

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  1. Finally, some signs of life!

    by , September 22nd, 2013 at 03:23 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    I am finally actually almost unbelieveably feeling pretty good! You won't believe this is me posting, maybe someone hijacked my blog and posted in my place. Anyway, set your faces to stun!

    On Friday, I got a haircut and an eyebrow wax. Then I had an awkward amount of time, too much hang around, so I decided to swim a quick sprint workout on my own. I went nearly exactly the same times as the week before, but my fly is finally starting to come back:

    From the blocks:
    fly 32
    back 35 high
    breast 40
    free 29

    then the team came in. I decided to stay for a bit and loosen up. But then, I stayed for the entire workout since I really liked the sprint sets! So I was actually in for a whopping 1 hour and 45 minutes!!!!

    The main sets I liked were
    8 x 75's, 2 rounds
    fast/easy 50
    fast/easy/fast
    all easy
    all fast
    I did these IM w/o free

    Then
    6 x 50's
    fast/easy
    easy/fast
    all fast
    I did these fly and/or breast

    I'm bummed out I won't be racing until Nov. There there are too many choices over limited weekends! I have also decided that during the school year, drylands/vasa once a week would be good. I just can't do more without bumping into recovery days! So here's my plan:

    Mon - strong/sprints
    Tues - strong/sprints
    Wed - easy swim or off
    Thurs - off; stretch only
    Fri - strong/sprints
    Sat - drylands/vasa
    Sun - easy swim or off
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  2. HOORAY! Back to SCM and the Routine!

    by , September 14th, 2013 at 08:28 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Hooray school has started, our new assistant is working out great, and Baylor is open again and hopefully things will settle into the noon workout routine again.

    I've been quite tired but the good news is I don't feel like I am completely starting over again. Here are the highlight main sets from this week. Of course I am modifying most things, and it's all about the 4 x 50's!

    4 rounds, 1 each stroke:

    4 x 25's on :45
    fast
    37.5 fast
    12/5 fast
    pushoff + 4-6 strokes fast (which is actually at or past the 12/5)

    then a fast 50 from the block

    fly: 33
    back: 35 high
    breast: 40
    free: 29

    I made myself do this set. For each set, the actual workout was 2 x 100 IMs, then a 200 IM descend the 200 IMs (3 sets). I stayed and did the 4th set as the free.
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    8 x 50's on 1:10
    Odd: Fast no-breath on last 12.5
    Evens: Fast 1 breath on last 25
    I did these all free

    misc. bits then

    8 x 50's on 1:10 again
    Odd: First fast no breath 12.5
    Even: First 25 fast 1 breath
    I did odds stroke and evens all free

    This set I liked because there is no truth like the truth of speed play. It's one thing to plod along at 80%, but very different to get up and go go go, especially on the last bits.

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    I'm going to focus on the 4 x 50's and it makes it funner to train because I can mix up the strokes.

    I plan on swimming 3 USA meets in the Fall (Oct, Nov, Dec)
    our local DAMM SCM meet (11/16)
    and a very outside chance of a masters travel meet to Az for the Ron John, 11/23.

    But I just don't know for sure. I may not feel like it. But I would like to visit my sister!
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  3. Without a swimming home!

    by , August 26th, 2013 at 01:54 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    We are 1 week into the annual 2 week Baylor Fitness Center pool cleaning. It seems like forever. So in the meantime, i'm swimming LCM at SMU at evening and/or weekend practices.

    It's hard to say whether I am swimming well or not. The sets are quite different and honestly I don't really feel any need to prove myself, swim fast, or do anything extra special. In fact, I am now swimming in lane 4 to avoid the awful group dynamic and so I am leading the lane. I estimate I put in 87.5% blended effort, and modify some, but not as much as i'd like. Just trying to get through the next week without losing conditioning, sprint mode, or feel for the water. But I am also very conscious that I am only "treading water" and not making any attempt to "train" or "further fine-tune".

    I'm not sure how fast I am going. LCM just doesn't translate. Here are some sample times:

    6 x 100's pull on 1:55 desc. by 3: Held low 1:20 to 1:13's
    50's pull on 1:00 held 36-28
    A few 50's strong 33 high
    100's kick - strong effort 1:18 with optimus fins; otherwise 45 ave per 50 on 150's kick.

    So I don't think that's great, and i'm thinking the best thing to do is put on my TYR Burners and chase my swim times. Or wear my Speedo optimus fins and go my swim times.
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  4. LCM Meet report!

    by , August 4th, 2013 at 08:18 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Hooray for me! I decided to enter the last local LCM USA-S meet because I didn't want to go all summer without racing. So even though I have barely swum any LCM, I decided to just go anyway.

    100 back - 1:14.2
    This was a very good swim! I haven't swum LCM 100 back since 2007. I think it's my best time. I felt really good about this swim because I know I can do better. Rarely swim it, didn't swim LCM, had to swim in the slowest heat with my SCY time, so was all by my lonesome.

    50 free: 28.6 (I think.)
    I was really happy about this. I didn't die until about the 42 mark - and that's amazing for me! I actually felt pretty good! It was a bit slow, but in line with what i've done the last year.

    Next up:
    BRECKENRIDGE! That is the one time I go for mileage. I am trying to make the 50 mile club AFAP. But you can only count yardage you do at the Breck rec center. And I can only swim about 3600, which is 2 miles. So it will take awhile and several trips to rack up 25 times to the pool.
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  5. How much is just genes?

    by , July 29th, 2013 at 10:35 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    I was fascinated by the book review of The Sports Gene by David Epstein in this past weekend's WSJ (c7). I do certainly believe a big reason I can swim as fast as I do is not because of training, but because of my genes.<br><br>What would really be nice to know, kind of like how every woman would like to know the absolute drop dead date at which her reproductive sell-by date is over (That sounded so Jim Thortonian), is exactly what am I doing that is a waste of my time - that is, what is it in my genes that no additional training helps at all. And also, what things could I be doing that gives the greatest percentage improvement?&nbsp;<br><br>Until then, I suppose i'll just keep doing what I am doing now. Which is even less, given there might only be a 50% chance that what I am doing is going to be better than what I was born with. &nbsp;<br><br>For example, I was out of the water for an entire week, but yesterday I still posted a 30 in a 50 from a dive. So being out a week didn't hurt or help me. I was very happy about that, since it just reinforced my belief that my genes enable me to be lazy and squander my talent.<br><br>My sister says, how can you be 10 seconds faster than me in a 50 free??? And I say, how can the elite swimmers be 5 seconds faster than me in a 50 free (LCM)???? Partly genes, partly focused training, but the real issue is - how do you know what element is the genes, and what are the components you actually have to train?

    <br>++++++++++++++++++++++++++<br><br>Great Wolf Lodge was excellent! I made "gold" status, which seems to mean that you get a welcome plate of goodies and a NOON checkout - which is really a great deal. You have to go 5 times, but i'm not sure that means 5 times to the same GWL or what.&nbsp;
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  6. All good sprinting!

    by , June 28th, 2013 at 04:40 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Today I was much more strategic with my set choices!

    Last night I went to the dryland workout.
    Today I swam SCM, Baylor Fitness Center

    Warmup
    about 600 mixed

    KICK w/fins 5 rounds:
    50 moderate 1:00
    2 x 25 blast on :35
    alternated free/back kick, held 15-16's

    50/100/150/200/200/150/100/50 on :45 base pull
    ===>no, of course not!
    not on interval, but within the time for this set:
    4 x 50 with fins
    #1-3 5 seconds at the 25 - 30,28,28
    #4 straight 50 - 29

    Swim 5 rounds:
    2 x 50 on :45, 100 on 1:30
    ===>no. did exactly 1/2 of the set on same interval so...
    2 x 25 from dives, 50 recovery
    fly/free/back/free/breast - swam around lanemates, so no times on the 25's.

    The End

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    Excellento! So I basically did:

    10 x 25 fast kick with fins
    4 x 50 fast 50 frees broken/straight
    10 x 25 fast 25's from dives stroke/free

    I made great effort to give everything extra punch today!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    That's it! Tomorrow massage and maybe a bonus swim. I go on vacation all of next week, so who knows what I will do?
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  7. More 50 free feedback

    by , June 27th, 2013 at 03:49 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    All SCM, Baylor as usual

    Between last blog and now, I did 2 x 50 frees and went 29 on both, perhaps 28 high on one of them. Coach watched my last one and totally started me late, so a big discussion between coach and lanemates on how much time to "give back' to me. Regardless, it is disappointing to not actually see the 29. It totally sucks to have a coach say takeyourmarkgo! That is not one word, thank you very much.

    Pointers:
    1. I looked strong! This is not typical.
    2. I had my head buried! Yes, I think I was even tucking my chin! That needs immediate correction.
    3. My shoulders and head were plowing through the water. Yes, I felt at one point, I am so low in the water and my shoulders are plankton feeding....

    Part of it is how tired I am, but also I feel so heavy in the water. And really tight all over. Bloated, too. Like an accordian past it's recommended PSI level.
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    Today we did 25's. W did

    2 sets, 1 pull :45 and 1 swim :40
    12 x 25's
    3 5 7 9 10 11 12 fast
    I held 16's on the pull and 15-16 on the swims
    I did like the last 4; they were quite challenging.
    I have a long way to go on these. I felt like I was "barely hanging on" instead of embracing the last 4. As much as it was hurting me, I knew it was still my competitive advantage and hurting everyone else more.
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    I think i'm doing too much filler bits. One of the sets was 6 x 100's and then 300 this or that, and really, I should have been doing starts or turns only. I was so confused on the interval and completely swimming into oblivion. I'll have to really watch out for anything that even whiffs of possible filler bit material. I should doubt even 50 sets unless they are on 2 min or more. Yes, that's it! I should doubt everything to give me the confidence to do nothing so I can swim faster. I feel too broken down now, and just limping my way along with no improvement.
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  8. Very humbling 4 x 50's stroke

    by , June 20th, 2013 at 05:37 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Wowie, I should have rested today but I wasn't disciplined enough to do my own thing. I went to workout and here's the damage:

    SCM, Baylor Fitness center

    400 warm up

    9 x 50 stroke/swim 1:00
    ==> no; back w/fins drills

    200 kick
    ==>no, goofed off

    4 x 125 on 2:15
    75 fl/ba/br; 50 free
    ==>no, I did them as 75's; two each IM/back
    last back was 1:01 which is slow. yikes! I was doing 57-58 just earlier this week/ast week, and that was at the 100! the IM bits were equally bad - I could do sub 1:00 but today only mustered a 1:04!!

    200 kick
    ==>no, goofed off again

    4 x 75 on 1:30
    suppose to be fl/ba/br
    ==>no. I did them as
    75 free easy
    25 fl/50 free
    50 fly/25 free
    75 fly - 1:00 which was actually pretty good for how I feel now. Although in my primest form (circa 2010) I could do :52 on a 75 fly.

    4 x 200 pull on 3:00?
    ==>NO!!!! I did 4 x 50 IM order from a start/dive on same interval

    Here is where I know I need work! Rarely do I actually do the 4 x50's all out, and considering they are my main events, I guess I need to start doing this set more!

    50 fly 35 (ouch!)
    50 back 38 (yikes!)
    50 breast 42 (ok, not too bad)
    50 free 30 flat (this is pretty good)

    I'm glad I did the 4 x 50's stroke as it really shows how not 4x 50 trained I am. However, I am sort of disappointed i didn't do a recovery day today. I do solemnly swear to do nothing tomorrow. Except maybe yoga/pilates. And next week, i'm totally going to swim way faster than these times. They suck!!!
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  9. 4 x 100 backstrokes

    by , June 19th, 2013 at 03:19 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    i went to swim practice today!

    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center

    350 warm up

    300 pull
    ==>no, I kicked 250 w/fins. sort of goofed off

    8 x 50 on 1:00
    kick/swim, swim kick

    10 x 50 pull
    ==no. 5 x 25's fast fly from a dive; easy swim back, rest every other 50.

    Main set:
    Four times thru:
    3 x 50 on :50 or :45's
    100 fast 1:30 to 1:20
    ==>I did the 4 x 100's fast, and swam easy in between
    1:22, 20, 18, 17

    12 x 50 variables

    The End
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    The 100's back were quite strong. The interval was too fast for me to do all 3 x 50's and have enough recovery for punchy 100's, so I bagged the 50's and made big effort on the 100's. Those are solid times but i'd like to get even faster. I'm in the very fast backstroke time zone, but still off modest freestyle times, where i'd like to be, and that's pushing 1:12 on the last one with this much emphasis. Lots of room for improvement!

    Still doing the adult fitness class! It is the surrogate for conditioning, so that I can focus mostly on speed in the pool.

    Next up: backstroke drills and specific backstroke strength. I'll probably do some rotation drills, focusing on connecting the body and core strength to keep alignment. Also - starts! Will play around more with start position and continue nestle plunging in the meantime.
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  10. 4 x 50 frees

    by , June 15th, 2013 at 10:50 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Today I had lots of time to do everything I wanted! The girls spent the day with grandma so I:

    1. Did 1/2 hour yoga; 12/ hour pilates with ring;
    2. Got a 1 hour massage;
    3. Went Swimming!
    4. Did 1 hour swim bench, power tower, and mat work; plus resistance stretching.

    I went swimming and tried to focus on what to do to better my 4 x 50's, 50 free, and/or 100/200 back. Since I was on my own today, I decided to focus on the 50 free.

    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center
    400 warm up
    4 x 25 on :40 with whiffle balls;
    4 x 25 on :40 with parachute.

    16 x 25's on :45
    variable sprints 4 each stroke

    50 easy

    4x 50 free with a dive on 5:00
    2 x easy free in between
    last one extra 1 minute
    30,30,31,30
    Never saw 29, but lots of hang time to the 31 on #1 and #4.

    Easy 100

    The End
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    I thought this day was very productive. Cut all the fat out and really focused on the 4 x 50's. I didn't go that fast, but it's a good start. I had to really mentally bear down, and not go easy because I knew i'd be doing 4 instead of just 1 50. I was not happy with breathing 2 or 3 times on the 2nd 25's. I was still out of breath and so that's something to work on.

    I would like to get to where no 50 is over 30.
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  11. New crossfitness class

    by , June 12th, 2013 at 03:05 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Long time no blogging! I've been so busy with end of year school stuff and work that I haven't been on USMS.org very much lately. I am so glad it is the summer and I can get in some good training!

    My girls quit karate, so I took over the balance of their annual pre-paid dues and now I am doing the adult cross training class on Tues/Thurs nights until the end of the year. YIKES! That's a lot of prepaid classes!! No, actually I really like it! It's 1 hour but we often go overtime to about 1:20. In fact, I like it so much i'll probably keep it up!!!

    I must say, I started in great shape due to P90X and Insanity. Of course, one can always improve. I want to be able to do pull ups on bars where you have to bend your knee. No cheaty kicks. I cannot even do ONE right now!!!

    Swimming-wise i'm not as consistent with exactly what to do each week, but manage to get in good sets. Yesterday I swam on my own and made a point of doing a fast 50 off the blocks. It felt as good as ever, which isn't great but I suppose you have to go through mediocre purgatory before really getting that awesome fine tuning. I went 29veryflatlongsecondto30 but it was still 29didn'tsee28. I would like to get to 28's as consistently as I can ho-hum-am-I-swimming-today-yes-i-suppose-i-will get up and 28sty with no fanfare. If I 28'd it now, it would be like, is anyone around? did you see that? Wasn't I awesome? (SCM)

    I am quite happy with my backstroking. In fact, i've decided that my main events will be:

    4 x 50's
    100 IM
    100/200 back

    The really nice thing about these events are when you think about what you do in workouts. Mostly sprint bits, IMs, heavier sprints on the 50 free, and any conditioning set is...backstroke! That way, I can totally avoid doing sets like 8 x 100's freestyle. I just do 'em backstroke!

    No plans to race this summer. I really don't like LCM so I see no reason to do it. I will try to swim meets in SCM as much as I can, but it always conflicts with local USA SCY meets. I'd like to get some backstroke USA times in, and all my times are getting stale and I should enter some meets and built up my arsenal SWIMS times to at least within a 2 year range.
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  12. A non-nationals blog entry

    by , May 10th, 2013 at 10:02 AM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Great to read all the posts on those at nationals! I haven't been since 2008. The zones meets have been fun, robust competition, and nationals are just so late in the season.

    I've been backstroking away.
    I'll skip the boring bits and go to the meat of the sets:

    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center

    3 times through:
    4 x 50's on fast pace
    straight into
    200 fast
    intervals vary by lane.

    Now, I find that my back is fast enough that if I moved down 1 lane, i'd be in the middle somewhere because the people at the back of each lane usually can't really make the intervals. So in a good way, it makes me just step up big time and og last in the fastest interval lane, and drop something at the end:

    Me:
    3 x 50 on :45 (skip #4)
    150 fast

    Held 38-42's
    then 2:08 2:05, 2:04

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    At first I was a bit disappointed I wasn't closer to the 2:00 mark, but then I can see the difference in this set. It's one thing to do easy bits and then a fast 150, but to do even the 3 x 50's with an extra :45 rest made it quite tough by the 150 anyway! I was happy I could pretty comfortably make the 3 x50's. I could make 4 x 50's, but that 4th would be a lung and gut busting swim. The harest part was turning around on the wall. That took up way too much energy. I'll have to get used to that an more efficiently turn/swivel around.

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    It has gotten really hard to do INSANITY along with swimming. INSANITY and the like are great, but they aren't designed for you to do "double duty" with the swim training. So i've decided to just do one or the other, and simply pick up the next INSANITY that is on the wall chart. I skip the recovery day ones, but work in a total day off. I'm almost half way through.
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  13. Broken 200 back set

    by , April 29th, 2013 at 09:17 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Back indoors to SCM!

    450 warmup. It was suppose to be a 500, but I just didn't feel like finishing.

    12 x 50 on 1:00
    suppose to be kick, but I did
    1 kick on back;
    2 x kick w/board/swim by 25

    Main set:
    200 easy on 3:30
    8 x 25 on :40

    200 easy on 3:30
    4 x 50 on 1:00

    200 easy on 3:30
    2 x 100 on 2:00

    200 easy on 3:30
    1 x 200

    200 easy

    This was a great 200 backstroke set!

    18-19's
    38-39's
    1:20, 1:12
    2:45
    and did an easy 100 per every recovery 200.

    That really took it out of me. I am not swimming with the team tomorrow. Maybe easy stuff on my own.

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    I am really into these ROCKTELLA lolipops. They are sold in the mexican grocery store (Fiesta) but I can't find these ones at WMT. They have 4 chili layers and sour bubble gum in the middle. The only thing I don't like is they are perfectly round, which actually makes it hard for resting it, retainer-like, in your mouth so you have both hands free. And they are nice and big, so it looks dumb for a 44 year old woman to have it poking out the side of the cheek. But then I use my right hand to hold it, which is also my remote hand, and I have noticed I must be getting pre-carpal tunnel Rocktella remote syndrome in my right hand.
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  14. LCM after months away!

    by , April 28th, 2013 at 08:07 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    I did a LCM workout! Finally went again this Sunday since it's back to sprinty stuff instead of the one size doesn't fit sprinters LCM of winter season.

    warmup, maybe a 200

    8 x 50 kick on 1:10
    held roughly 50s kicking backstroke no equipment.

    3 rounds of
    4 x 50's, 100 easy
    :55 set 1, :50 set 2; :45 set 3
    I did them all backstoke, and actually made the 3rd set, whoopie for me!

    4 rounds of
    50, 100, 50, 50 on :50 base; sprinting the last 50 of each round.
    I basically swam bits easy, skipped a lot, and then did 3 x fast 50's from a dive; held 32 to 30ish. maybe faster. but not sure so it was no slower than those times.

    The End

    Whoopie for me! I can still book it down the pike, albeit 1 ways!
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  15. INSANITY and ho hum swimming now

    by , April 25th, 2013 at 11:13 AM (Chowmi's Blog)
    I've started INSANITY!! I must say, P90X really helped me get into land-shape! I can tell because I can actually do the warmup bits (3 rounds total 12 mins) without dying. I am really bad at Level 2 drills, ski abs, and in-and-outs, but the last is probably so hard b/c it comes at the very bitter end of a series.

    Swimming has been ok! I am doing some workouts on my own, because I didn't do quite as much pure sprinting this year and it showed. But my 200 back is a very strong top ten contender! A 2:20 has always made it and I am at 2:17.8!

    Here's what I did yesterday:

    warmup - maybe 250?

    6 x 100 kick/swim
    ==No. I didn't feel like it. so i did 50's kick/swim. Then decided that was too much so put on my fins and went the same slow speed.

    5 x 100 pull
    ===> no. put on my parachute and did 50s.

    Main set:
    4 rounds of 4 x 50's and 200 easy
    Set 1: 50's on :40
    I had to do these free. Held 35-36

    Set 2:50's on :50
    Did these backstroke! Held 39-42

    Set 3: 50's on 1:00
    cheaty 50's- 25 easy free, 25 fast fly

    Set 4: 50's on 1:10
    did 25 strong, broken 5 seconds, 25 fast. held 30-31.

    The End
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    I've been able to Insanity at night and still swim during the day. I think when school is out, I will try to lift lift lift meaning strength training. Maybe make it the cornerstone for a change. I think i'm just not strong enough. I need to make a really good effort to stick with it the entire summer!

    I age up for meters this year! I turn 45 in May. It's nice to get into a new age group but nothing new since there are fast women, arguably more fast women in my new age group in my favorite events. But, if you aren't #1, who really cares if you are #2 or #10. I would like to do a serous SCM meet this year. 2 day format with lots-o-rest in between events and seasoned meet people who get all my splitsy requests.
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  16. Meet Report!

    by , April 7th, 2013 at 06:52 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Well, here are my meet results!

    500 free 5:49
    200 back 2:17.8
    50 free split 25.3
    50 back 29.5

    50 free split 25.3
    100 back 1:02.6
    50 free 25.3
    50 fly split 28.3

    Here are the full results:

    http://www.utexas.edu/longhornaquatics/results/

    Commentary: 500 free
    I'm really glad I swam this. It felt pretty good, which is probably why it wasn't super fast. At about the 75, I thought, now I see why people train for this. After the swim, I decided i would definately swim this from time to time. However, I don't feel compelled to train for it at all. That would be hours of work to drop 20 seconds. I'll take the 20 seconds and spend those hours doing sprinty stuff.

    200 back
    Swim-o-the-meet! This may end up being my best contender in top tens! A very strong swim. Still need to get out faster!

    50 free split #1:
    I think I am stuck in a rut. A time warp of 25.3's. I felt peppy but no strength. And it felt LONG, like that one extra second just takes it out of me. I'm sure I haven't done enough strength training and hours of sitting on the pool deck talking about my training.

    50 back: Holly cow I can hardly believe I actually swam 4 events in one day. I was just trying not to SIT UP in the race I was pretty tired!

    NEXT DAY!

    200 free? No way! Time for another split request! I decided to tweak my stroke and went with a total 80's stroke. It felt so good, like an old friend. I was quite tired but tried to go fast anyway.

    100 back: This one I wanted to do a good time. I started to really die at the end, but I was abl to gut, grunt, and just go to the end. A very solid time and definately a top tener.

    50 free: This was fun to swim against my friend Laura Zook, formerly Glass, maiden name Holt. Kept the 80's crossover kick since I didn't have the strength to kick straight legs.

    50 fly split: Ok! At this point I was going to bail, but with SO MANY scratches, yours truly was purely on a medal haul. Did the split, and it was not a natural swim at all. I haven't done much fly this year, since it still is a bit uncomforable in my belly button. I think he sewed me up funny. My belly button inside folds don't look the same anymore either. This I can tell when I clean out my belly button! But, back to the swim - oh yeah, so notice my splits that I scurried home in the last 50 free, thinking it may come down to that for a 1st place medal!

    TOTAL HAUL: 7 gold medals and a 4th place in the 100 free (50 free split).

    I think i've had a good time and did some great backstroking. But, i'll very likely go back to the 4 x 50's, as the base events.

    I will now watch whatever I saved on DVR and eat an entire Godiva solid chocolate easter bunny, potato chips and dip, and coconut water. Tomorrow: INSANITY!!!!
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  17. 500 free: swim smart or be the crowd pleaser?

    by , April 3rd, 2013 at 11:46 AM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Well, Easter eating really pounded me up! I am an absolute whopping 144 lbs but the 2 chocolate bunnies, sour lemonheads, and low grade tummy ache were worth it.

    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center.

    Monday:
    My joints actually HURT. And that would be knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. It is also amazing how emotionally fragile I am after a 4 day school vacation and holiday festivities. I had to take it super easy and do short sprints. That said, I did about 6 dives off the blocks. I did 1 fast 50 and lanemates said it was a 28 low, but I thought it was so bad I didn't look at the clock right away, and when I did it was on the :30 so I think that it true I did a 28 high.

    Tuesday:
    MUCH BETTER! No sharp stabbing pains or tummy ache today. But I didn't want to do any dives nor any blast-o sprints. So I did a fast 200/150/100 backstroke and went 2:48/2:04 and 1:19.

    Wednesday: That's today!
    Major goofing off!

    HOORAY! Pysche sheets are up and the timeline. I am really excited to do the 500 free. Everyone is telling me not to do my usual sprinty MO and go easy at the beginning. However, I am really toying with just going as fast I can - even if it's too fast. I'm not sure if I would feel very happy to have a lot left in the tank and go a mediocre time. I'd rather blast it out and die a horrible swim-death. Honestly! It would be like, dramatic irony where everyone in the natatorium knows what's going to happen except the person swimming way too fast in the 500. Then the climax to the anvil. But before then, i'd enjoy the absolute THRILL of being so far ahead of everyone else! I'm not sure I want to be on the leader's feet and then just slowly fall back further and further....why not add drama and spice to heat 1 of the 2013 south central zone meet! I'm also not sure about the other events. I think no matter what I do the 500 will take so much out of me. I may skip the 200 back, split the 100 free (50) and do the the 50 back. The next day, I might split the 200 free (50 free), swim the 100 back and then decide to stick around for 2 more 50's or to go home. I'm not that excited about swimming anything beyond the 500 free and at least 1 peppy 50 free.
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  18. Update pre-bunny day

    by , March 28th, 2013 at 11:52 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    It's one week away!

    South Central Zones. A name of interest in the roster. Guess who it is. Besides yours truly, heh heh....

    https://www.clubassistant.com/club/c...2023&smid=4344

    The default search is ok, but I don't know how useful it really is to see who's on your team that is going. I'd rather be able to see who's in my age group.

    I can't say I have any thrilling breakthru sets or any amazing 50 free times. I did one from the blocks that may have been 28ish but since i'm not sure i'll safely say a solid 29 from the blocks diving over my lanemates' heads which was quite pointless as it was so incredibly distracting. And dangerous.

    This week i've been extremely tired. So tired that I have decided to hit the brakes and literally just do bobs and light 50's and 25's up to about 1/2 hour. There is no point in grinding through sets this last week.

    I'm really excited for the 500. I am still leaning on no counter, but perhaps telling some people to watch me and yell at the end if I am a 50 short. I think I should bring more substantial snacks, just in case I am actually really hungry. I wonder if it would look strange if I took out a chicken leg and started eating it on the pool deck. That would be more discrete than say, one of those Fair-sized turkey legs. Maybe roll up some ham and cheese cubes, or a sandwich of some sort. I just have this strange feeling that a power bar isn't going to cut it.

    I will be so excited to travel for a meet I haven't gone away for a meet since last year's Colonies Zone meet, which was great fun. I would like to do that meet in the future, but it was too close to this meet and Austin is hard to pass up.

    Hope everyone is doing well, and good luck if you are swimming your zone meet the next week as well!!!
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  19. Distance swimming in Breckenridge

    by , March 14th, 2013 at 03:56 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Today is our last day in Breckenridge. I am up to 16 cumulative miles towards the 50 mile club. Xmas/New Years 9 miles, this trip 7 miles. I don't have much in terms of thrilling speed or times; the main goal was to get the mileage in. It took me just over 1 hour to swim 2 miles. I have to go really slow to not feel the lack-of-oxygen burn. Other than my 1easy 1 mile day, I would do 3600 yards as 600 warm up, then 3000 left in blocks of 500 or 1000 sets. I did work on my pushoffs a bit, now that I am swimming the 500 free, the goal is to swim as little of it as possible but going as efficiently while not actually doing the swim bits. So if I can get my hips and body aligned really good, then it makes a noticable difference in the distance on my pushoff and breakouts. That's one less line to have to swim!

    Next up: 13 hour drive back to Dallas! Two weeks of very busy work to the end of my fiscal year 03/31. South Central Zones is on the mega zone meet weekend across the US 04-05 to 04-07. Once all those meet results are up, i'll know about where I stand for the year.
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  20. South Central Zone Events Decided!

    by , March 5th, 2013 at 11:00 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    I entered the meet! Set your faces to stun!

    500 free (5:40)
    200 back (2:19)
    100 free (1:00) possible splt
    50 back (29.3)

    200 free (2:05)
    100 back (1:02.5)
    50 free (24.50)
    200 IM (2:45?) possible 50 fly split

    Time to try something new! If PWB can swim 25's, then I can do a 500!!!! I have no idea what I can do. I last swam the 500 in April 2002 and the 200 free in May, 1995! Can you beleive it has been that long since a real 200 free? Notice I end with 2 x 50's at the end of each day. I reserve the right to skip a bunch of stuff. But i'm really curious what I can do in the 500. I don't swim short course, but for SCM, I can easily hold 1:20 base in workout for a 400. I probably can't unless i'm just about puking to hold a 1:15 - that is super tough. Because a 2:30 in SCM is a strong swim. So maybe I could average a 1:17.5 for a very strong SCM 400 free in workout. Not sure what that converts to for a 500? I think 1:10's in SCY? That puts me at a 5:50 in workout.
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