I swam with the Panama City Beach masters team tonight and had a lovely coached workout (scy). Here’s what I did:
4 x 50 Kick (25 easy/ 25 build) @ 1:00
16 x 50 drill (4 x IM order) @ 1:00 [got some good FL and BR tips here]
4 x 100 FL kick w/ fins @ 1:40
2 x 200 FL @ 3:30 [just did as much fly as I could do w/ good technique (ie no gliding and keeping my pull narrow and hips up), did rest FR]
4 x 100 BK kick w/ fins @ 1:40
2 x 200 BK @ 3:30
4 x 75 BR kick @ 1:45
2 x 150 BR @ 3:15
4 x 100 FR kick w/ fins @ 1:40
1 x 200 FR fast [2:23]
It was a calm and happy workout, with a pretty sunset and the a slender moon shining down on us as we finished up. Driving home I realized I had swum 5000 yards without really feeling it much.
I swam solo this morning under a very interesting sky—lots of really dramatic low stormy clouds against a pinkish sunrise background. I was torn between swimming on my back to watch the sky, and NOT swimming on my back in order to avoid whacking my arm/head/heels against the wall when I forgot to account for the flags being blown an extra couple of strokes towards the wall. I ended up with just a few knuckle bruises. And while it rained a bit on us, it never stormed like it seemed it might.
Before I got in the pool the lifeguard warned me that the water had cooled off a bit—it was down to 80-81 degrees. I assured him that was a great temp (it’s usually around 82-83, which is warmish but bearable because it’s an outdoor pool and the air temps have been so cold here). He nonetheless cranked up the heat and by the middle of the workout I could really feel the hot water pumping out of the vents at the bottom of my lane.
One swim buddy was also at the pool and I did the long 100s set with him—otherwise on my own this morning. Here’s what I did:
1000 scy warmup
8 x 75 K/D/S @ 1:25, 1-4 IM order, 5-8 rev. IM order
1 x 100 @ 1:40 [I did FR/BK halfsies on all the 1:40s in this set]
1 x 100 @ 1:30
1 x 100 @ 1:20
2 x 100 @ 1:40
2 x 100 @ 1:30
2 x 100 @ 1:20
[Then because the pool was hot hot hot and we were feeling it, we relaxed the intervals for the threesies round]:
3 x 100 @ 1:40
3 x 100 @ 1:35 [did 25FL/75FRs]
3 x 100 @ 1:30
4 x 150 Kick w/ fins @ 2:30 [FL/BK/FL by 50s]
I entered the Eisenhower Park meet on March 7th. I decided to do my best sprinter impersonation—I’ll swim either the 100 FR, 50 FL, 50 BK, and 50 FR, OR I’ll swim 2 x 100 FR, 50 BK, and 50 FR. (The 100 FR is the first event; if I like my time I’ll scratch the 200 FR I entered; if not, I’ll go for a 100 FR split in the 200 FR later on in the meet. The 50 FL is right before the 200 FR, so I won’t swim both of those).
Today I swam scy solo and tried out some sprinting with fins, then a little aerobic set at the end for some recovery. I gave myself mega rest on the fin part because they tire me out so. Here’s what I did:
3 times thru:
4 x 25 dolphin kick w/ fins @ :30, odds build, evens all out
50 easy flutter kick on back w/ fins @ 1:30
4 x 25 @ :45, odds FL w/fins, evens easy
6 x 25 @ :45, odds FR w/fins, evens easy
200 easy swim
3 x 50 FR w/ fins @ 1:00, desc. 1-3
300 easy swim (fins off)
2 times thru
2 x 50 FR @ :45
2 x 100 IM @ 1:45
200 FR/BK halfsie @ 3:00
I was feeling lazy today and contemplated skipping practice, but after reading about the heroic measures blogsters in the mid-Atlantic seem to be taking to get in a swim, I decided I would feel ashamed not to go.
( I do hope the snow clears out soon for everyone that has been hit hard. I’ve been following the action with plenty of there-but-for-the-grace-of-Florida-go-I shuddering.)
So I did go to the pool and got in the following workout with swimbuddy Ray:
12 x 50 @ :50 (4 sets of 50 easy-50medium-50fast)
4 x 125 @ 2:00 [focused on maintaining strong kick on odd lengths]
2 x 250 @ 4:00, increasing speed each 50
5 x 100 @ 1:40, odds BK, evens FR
1 x 500, negative split
I need to figure out what meets I want to do over the next couple months, and what events I want to swim in them. I'll probably do the March 7 meet at Eisenhower park; Harvard is a possibility.
The temp was around 30 degrees this morning, so I wasn’t sure whether the pool would be open for 6 am workout. I drove over with my fingers crossed, and was rewarded with an open pool, an enthusiastic if shivering coach on deck, and 3 great workout buddies. It was cold but not nearly as windy as last night, and there was a lovely sunrise just after warmup.
Here’s what we did:
1000 scy warmup (400 swim, 300 drill, 200 kick, 100 IM)
12 x 25 @ :30; odds underwater, evens choice build
8 x 25 fly @ :30 focusing on technique [I worked on keeping my arms moving at all times—no extended gliding!—and arm entry and pull positions]
2 x 200 IM @ 3:30
8 x 25 back @ :30, focusing on technique [getting a deeper catch]
2 x 200 fr/bk/fr/bk @ 3:30
8 x 25 breast @ :40, focusing on technique [I worked on delaying my kick a bit—it made my breaststroke feel neater and less splayed out, but maybe also a bit less powerful]
2 x 200 IM @ 3:30
4 x 25 sprint FR @ :45 [“because you should always end an IM set with some fast freestyle”]
It was super to get in some stroke coaching this morning—I love working on technique, and don’t do it enough. I felt good in the water but fatigued, and none of my swimming was terribly fast. I was grateful for the generous intervals. I’m looking forward to a easy morning off (from swimming at least) tomorrow.
After swimming I drove up to Alabama for lunch with my family, then back down here. As I was passing all the farms, I was reminded of my age-group swim coach who insisted on rolling down the window and mooing at the cows anytime we passed any—he said it was to see if he could make them look up. I think when he acquired this habit, he had no idea that he would one day be stationed in rural Alabama and get to do so much mooing.
(For any parents of adolescents out there who are looking for new and improved ways of embarrassing your kids—this is an excellent method. Make sure you do it when they have friends in the car.)
It was really scary windy at workout tonight. Chairs were blowing around on deck, and I was nearly 2 strokes shorter on the backstroke flags with the wind than against it. Coach Chuck gamely stood on deck and shivered while he coached. Here’s what I did:
600 warmup (400 swim, 200 kick)
8 x 100 (S/K/D/S) @ 1:50 [Odds FR, evens BK]
12 x 25 kick @ :30, odds build, evens fast
3 x 150 w/ fins (100 easy swim, 50 very fast kick) @ 2:45
4 x 75 w/ fins and paddles (50 easy swim, 25 sprint) @ 1:30 [I can see why people get addicted to fins—it was really fun going so fast on these and on the previous kicks]
4 x 200 FR neg. split @ 3:15
3 x 150 w/ fins (100 easy swim, 50 very fast kick) @ 2:45
4 x 75 w/ fins and paddles (50 easy swim, 25 sprint) @ 1:30
3 x 200 FR @ 3:15 (1st one neg. split, 2nd one 150ez/50fast, 3rd one warmdown)
With this morning’s swim, that puts me at over 7000 yards for the day, which is more than I’ve swum in a long time.
(I’ll see how I feel about that 6 am workout tomorrow!)
(Physics problem note: I'm still working on accumulating enough pennies to continue my snorkel experimentation)
This morning I swam in the rain solo (and I mean really solo—I was the only one in the pool for 90 percent of my workout!) Here’s what I did:
4 x 125 IM pieces @ 2:15, doing 80 build/45 easy on each one
3 x 150 IM pieces, 50K/50S/50K
2 x 175 IM pieces, odd lengths rightside-up, even lengths upside-down
1 x 200 IM [The grand finale of yesterday’s and today’s sets—I swam this as beautifully as I could]
Snorkel experimentation [see[ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?p=205760#post205760"] discussion forums [/ame]for details]
I’m hoping to get in an additional swim tonight, but thunderstorms are forecast for later today. We’ll see how it goes.
I got to the pool on the late side this morning so had to cut things short (lap swimming only lasts til 9, then the pool closes up for 2 hours). Here’s what I did (SCY, on my own):
8 x 25 @ :30, odds K, evens build (2 of each stroke, IM order)
7 x 50 @ :50, IM pieces (50 FL, 25 FL/25 BK, 50 BK, 25 BK/25 BR, 50 BR, etc)
6 x 75 IM pieces @ 1:30 [50FL/25BK, 25FL/50BK, 50BK/25BR, 25BK/50BR, 50BK/25 FR, 25BK/50FR, all Kick except the 2nd 25 of each 50 of the same stroke is swim]
5 x 100 IM pieces @ 1:40 [50FL/50BK, 25FL/50BK/25BR, 50BK/50BR, 25BK/50BR/25FR, 50BR/50FR]
[Then I realized that the pool would be closing soon, so decided to save the 125s-200 for another day.]
300 pull, experimenting with swim snorkel
At least the rain didn’t stop me. It was pouring when I headed out this morning, but the pool was open and was even set up long course. When I first got in it was just me and the pool vacuum in the water. (The pool vacuum is an amazing contraption. It creeps along the bottom making Darth Vader noises until it encounters a wall, then whines and rasps until a lifeguard rescues it by pulling it slowly backwards by its cord. It has a transparent bag attached to it to collect debris, so in the water it looks like some strange robot/jellyfish hybrid creature. It must do its job pretty well, because the pool here still looks sparkly after being open for 4 years.)
After a few laps some more swimmers came, and I got to do the main set with my swim buddy Mark who’s training for the Auburn meet. Here’s the workout I swam
6 x 50 (25 drill/25 fast)
10 x 200 stroke sandwiches (50 FR / 100 ST / 50 FR) @ 4:00 [On the odds, I did BK for the ST 100; on the evens, I alternated 50 FL/50 BK and 50 BK / 50 BR. Since the interval was generous, I concentrated on keeping a steady kick on my FR rather than letting my feet bob behind me.]
(Well, actually it had more to do with the dismal weather predictions, but that wouldn't rhyme.)
This morning I went to the pool to swim on my own. There was a coached workout scheduled for tonight, but heavy rain and possible thunderstorms were forecast and I wasn’t sure that the pool would be open later. So I hedged my bets by driving in for a short morning swim. I was glad I did, if just for the glorious sunrise on the way to the pool. Here’s what I did:
12 x 50 @ 1:00, done as
1 x 50 FR Kick
1 x 50 BR Kick
2 x 50 (25 BR / 25 FR)
1 x 50 BR Kick
1 x 50 BK Kick
2 x 50 (25 BK / 25 BR)
1 x 50 BK Kick
1 x 50 FL Kick
2 x 50 (25 FL / 25 BK)
300 SKPS warmdown
Then this afternoon the rain held off and we got to have practice anyway. I was offered an option of sprinting or a longer IM-focused session, and I chose the sprinting:
800 SKPS warmup
4 x 50 (25 build/25 fast) @ :50 [I did reverse IM order]
4 x broken 100s @ 5:00 (25 /:10 rest/25/ :10 rest/ 50) [I went 1:01-low, 1:00-mid, 59-high, 59-low, and swam 100 easy between each]
4 x 50 with fins and paddles (25 heads-up kick, 25 sprint swim) @ 3:00 or so
4 x (12½ sprint, 12 ½ easy) @ 1:00
Emphasis on all the sprinting was maintaining a great kick.
So I did a double today, for the first time in ages, but without doing any more yardage than I would do in a long single session. And tomorrow morning I’ll be back for more! (or at least that’s the plan).
This morning’s 6am practice was a quick turnaround from last night’s workout, but everything felt ok and it felt good to stretch out in the water. As I had hoped, my friend the bug stayed away from the pool (or at least from my lane). Here’s the workout we did:
900 warmup (3 x 100S/100K/100D)
12 x 25 kick @ :40, desc. within each set of 3
4 x 500 @ Rest :30-1:00: 1st 500 alt. drill/swim by 100; 2nd 500 is pull; 3rd 500 75S/25K; 4th 500 desc. by 100s [I did this set with my swimbuddy Ray, which made it fun—we’re very well matched for speed on freestyle, and really hammered the last 100 of that last 500.]
10 x 100 IM @ 1:45, keep pace steady [I held 1:30 +/- :02]
I got some good tips from Coach Chuck on my FL and BK while doing the IM set.
The pool was hot today—I switched to my lycra cap midway through practice, and that made things a better.
Tonight I swam with the local masters group—it was great seeing my Florida swim buddies again after being away for a couple of weeks. Here’s what I did:
600 swim + 200 kick warmup
6 x 150 (100 easy swim/50 very fast kick) @ 3:00 [choice of stroke: I did mine FR/BK/FR/BR/FR/FL]
6 x 50 swim @ :50, desc. 1-3 and 4-6 [I did FR on the first 3 and BK on the second 3]
6 x 150 (100 easy swim/50 very fast kick) @ 3:00 [choice of stroke: I alternated FR and BK]
6 x 50 swim @ :50, desc. 1-3 and 4-6 [FR on the first 3 and BK on the second 3]
As I was warming down a huge bug swam through my lane—about 2 feet under the water, going right under me. I switched lanes, which then meant I was swimming right next to the pool covers. I had to decide which I was most scared of, the bug or the covers (and the looming darkness under them.) It then occurred to me that the bug might have come from the covers, since it was swimming away from them. I gave up and cut my warmdown a 50 short.
I’m going to try to get up and swim early tomorrow as well. I hope Mr. Bug will still be fast asleep, and NOT trying to share a lane with me.
Yesterday I swam at the Panama City Beach Aquatic Center. There were four fighter jets roaring overhead in tight formation when I arrived—maybe rehearsing for the Super Bowl? I swam on my back a lot hoping they would return, but they didn’t.
I was pretty tired from Sunday’s One Hour Swim and from traveling down here yesterday, so I just did a little wiggle-around-in-the-water workout. Here’s how it went:
Chimerical stroke set:
2 x (25 FL Kick / 25 Freestyle with fly kick / 25 Backstroke with fly kick)
2 x (25 BR Kick / 25 Freestyle with BR kick / 25 Backstroke with BR kick)
[I’ve been seeing a lot of plush toy chimeras lately, like this bunny/dolphin creation. Is this a trend?]
400 SKPS warmdown
That was it!
Today I did the One-Hour Swim with Team New York Aquatics. I was in the first heat of a whole OHS extravaganza day. I ended up with 4315 yards, which was less than I’d hoped for but plenty to make me tuckered and sore. It’s a tough event, that one-hour swim.
My strategy with coping for swimming for an hour straight is to give myself permission to do a 50 backstroke at the end of every 500. Today I ended up taking the backstroke option at the 1000, 2000, 2500, 3500, and 4000. Since I’m about as fast a backstroker as I am a distance freestyler, it doesn’t cost me much yardage but feels like such a luxury.
After my 8am heat, I timed for my amazing friend Hannah (who took out her first 500 about as fast as I swam my 500 in last week’s meet, and then proceeded to just get stronger as the hour went on). Then for the 3rd heat I was on pom-pom duty. That was fun. (Yes, we had actual pom-poms—someone had brought an 8-pack of neon orange ones to the event. Who knew that pom-poms came in 8-packs?). However, appropriate cheers for the OHS are a bit sparse. I suggested a few:
KEEP—THAT—PACE (clap, clap)
KEEP—THAT—PACE (clap, clap)
(at the :40 mark)
TWO-THIRDS DONE! (clap, clap) TWO-THIRDS DONE! (clap, clap)
(plus similar cheers at the :45 and :50 minute mark)
but truthfully, these were not the most compelling of chants. Does anyone have any suggestions for next year?
Today’s swim was the first hard swimming I have done since last Sunday’s meet. I have been having problems with muscle spasms in my upper back. I’ve swum some, but easy and short. I felt lucky that once I got going today, I had no problems. I’m headed back to Florida tomorrow, so I’m hoping that some warmer weather will bring some relief.
Today I swam at the Winter Blitz Meet at Eisenhower Park on Long Island (results are here). It was a fun and efficiently run meet, with about 110 swimmers, and with 10 competition lanes it ran pretty quickly—we were done before noon.
My goals for this meet were modest—I mostly signed up for it just to give myself some motivation for training over the holidays, and was looking forward to the socializing as much as the swimming today. I opted for a fairly tough schedule, and was mostly pleased with the results.
400 IM: 5:33.43
FL 36.08 41.23
BK 42.68 41.91
BR 48.79 47.60
FR 38.00 37.14
The overall time seemed a little sluggish, but I was pretty happy with the way I split the race.
500 FR: 6:11.42 (3:05.91, 3:05.51)
I was pleased with the way I swam this, but maybe the thing that made me the very happiest was that I got to have one of those little bells rung to indicate my last lap. I don’t swim distance free events often, and when I do I’m rarely anywhere near the lead, so I’ve never—not as an age-group or a masters swimmer—been the swimmer they ring the bell for in a pool event, and in truth I’ve always felt a bit jealous of those who get to have true bell laps to end their swims. As a kid I thought it would be only fair if they rang bells for 100s too. But at this meet they had bells for all the lanes. I noticed it as I was waiting behind the block, and even asked my timer to ring it extra loud for me for me when the time came. I swam happy the whole race just thinking about that silly bell, and hearing it must have given me the extra energy I needed to knock a couple of seconds off my last split! (I was also pulled along by my swim friend Barbara in the next lane).
(Full splits: 34.2, 36.8, 37.8, 38.5, 38.4, 36.9, 37.7, 37.7, 37.7, 35.3)
200 IM: 2:37.49 (34.71, 39.27, 46.58, 36.93)
This was a too comfortable swim—I just never seemed to get going, and then it was over.
100 IM: 1:10.62 (32.41, 38.21)
After my 200 I resolved to go after this one, and I went out fast the first 25. It felt great. The rest of the swim was ok. After a day of swimming longer stuff it reminded me how fun it is just to sprint, and not worry so much about pacing.
Congrats to Quicksilver for his seriously fast backstroke swims!
I think my next meet will be the March 7 Spring Fling at this same venue.
I had a nice swim this morning with the team. Here’s what we did (scy):
4 x 150 (50 Drill + 25 K + 75 build swim), IM order, @ 2:40
2 x 200 Pull @ 2:50
4 x 100 @ 1:45, odds IM, evens BK
3 x 50 FR @ :55, desc.
3 x 50 FR @ :40
2 min. rest
2 x 200 IM @ 3:15 [This interval was originally 3:20, but my lanemates (mostly not IMers) were dubious we could do that. So after some negotiotion with the coach, we all agreed that the first swimmer (me on this part of the set) would go when the 4th swimmer came in. We ended up with a faster interval than the coach had originally given us!]
4 x 100 FR @ 1:30
3 x 50 FR @ :55, desc.
3 x 50 FR @ :40
4 x 50 K @ 1:00, odds kicking 25 on rt side, 25 on left side; evens stroke [This was actually a set of 8, with the evens IM order, but I got out after the first 4 to do some starts.]
Starts from the block [It was funny to realize that I’m not doing any BK starts at Sunday’s meet—I probably should have practiced some anyway today while I had the chance. One thing I did practice was going off the block without going into sprint mode—a useful skill for the 500 (and one I often seem to lack).]
That’s was it. Then weights and stretching at the gym, and ballet class tonight.
This morning I worked out with my team. It was a good practice—enough people to be lively, yet not so many that we felt like sardines in the pool. The practice was tough but doable, and there was lots of banter between sets. It was a good reminder about what’s great about my swimming life in NYC.
Here’s what we did (scy):
1 x 100 @ 1:25
2 x 25 @ :25
2 x 100 @ 1:25
2 x 25 @ :30
3 x 100 @ 1:25
2 x 25 @ :35
4 x 100 @ 1:25
2 x 25 @ :40
5 x 100 @ 1:25
2 x 25 @ :45
6 x 100 @ 1:25
[On each set of 100s I did the odds FR, the evens 50FR/50BK]
100 easy upside-down IM
6 x 100 IM @ 1:35 (1,4=reg. order; 2,5=rev IM; 3,6=MR order)
12 x 75 (25 K/50 S): odds=FR @ 1:20; evens = ST @ 1:30
I have 2 swim events coming up over the next two weekends. This Sunday I’m swimming in the Eisenhower Park meet. Heat sheets are up; I’m entered in all 3 IMs and the 500 FR. On 1/31 I’m doing Team New York’s One Hour Swim.
I’m not tapering or doing much specific prep for either event—they’re both low-key, show-up-and-see-what-I-can-do affairs. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of familiar faces at both events. One of the joys of perusing heat sheets is anticipating seeing friends you haven’t run into for a while!
Today I swam the morning workout with TNYA at the John Jay College Pool. This is the pool where I will do my hour swim in 2 weeks. Although there had been some water temp issues over the holidays, today the water was just dandy, and the practice was packed. Because there were about 8 other swimmers there who were the right pace for my usual lane, I moved down to a less crowded lane, and adapted to their intervals by doing more kick and stroke. (I often do this when practices are crowded, and when I do I usually end up swimming with one of my good friends whose name is also Janet. We have an inside joke about why I do this: sometimes a pair of Janets beats a full house.)
Here’s the workout, and what I did with it:
8 x 75 FL/BK/BR @ 1:35 [I did FL swim/BK kick/BR kick]
200 FR @ 3:30 [I did IMs, K/S by 25s]
4 x 50 FL/BK @ 1:10 [I did these kick]
200 FR @ 3:30 [IM K/S by 25]
4 x 50 BK/BR @ 1:10 [Kick]
200 FR @ 3:30 [IM K/S by 25]
4 x 50 BR/FL @ 1:10 [I kicked BR/FR, because I don’t like wrap-around IMs]
[On the second round of this set we only did 3 50s instead of 4 after each 200. My goal on this set was to keep the 50s kick <50. I made all 7 of the FL/BKs, but missed on a total of 5 of the other 14.]
6 x 100 @ 2:10: odds = BK, K/S by 50s; evens = FR, S/K by 50 [My goal was to hold the FRs under 1:30 and the BKs under 1:35, but I ended up swimming all of them under 1:30.]
I felt strong and fast in the water today, and ready for my meet next Sunday. Bring on the IMs!
Today was the first morning the pool has been open for lap swimming in a while--if the air temp is below 35 they don't have the 6-9 am session, and the Panhandle has had hard freezing warnings every night for nearly 2 weeks. Luckily the weather warmed up enough to get in one last sunrise swim. Coach Chuck gave a special IM send-off workout for me. Here’s what I did:
12 x 25 kick desc. 1-4 @ :40
4 x 125 IM (rotate extra 25 through strokes) @ 2:15
4 x 200 K alt. EZ/Fast by 50 @ 4:00
4 x 75 IM order (50Drill/25Swim) @ 1:30
400 IM—each 100 is 75 easy, 25 build
I had to get out right at 7:30 am to finish packing and get to the airport. My flights were easy, and I got into Atlanta in time to hop on an earlier connection home. So now I’m back in NYC, and looking forward to the meet at Eisenhower Park on 1/24 and the OHS on 1/31.
Tonight I worked out with the Panama City Beach masters group at their evening workout. Temps are back up to nearly normal for winter here, Coach Chuck is back in town, and all is well—except that I have to leave tomorrow! I enjoyed my last evening workout here amidst the steam rolling off the pool. Here’s what I did:
200 scy warmup
Valley set (the reverse of a pyramid); 175-150-125-100-75-50-25-25-50-75-100-125-150-175 [I combined FR and BK as a continuation of my warmup on the way down, and did IM on the way back up]
4 x 400 (100K/200S/100K) @ 7:15 [I did FL/FR/BK/FR/BR/FR/FR/FR for the swim on the 1st 400, then alternated 25 fast ST/25 easy FR for the swim on the last 3, with ST=FL on #2, ST=BK on #3, and ST=BR on #4]
4 x 200 (150 Drill/50 Swim) @ 3:30 [I did IM order]
6 x 25 all-out Kick, heads up w/ no boards, @ big rest, odds=FR, evens=FL w/ arms behind back [this was as difficult as it sounds]
8 x 25, odds=underwater, evens=all out FR w/ no breathing [we took about 10 seconds rest after the odds, blessedly long rest after the evens]
That’s a total of 4550, with a decent amount of stroke and fast swimming. I’m planning to go back tomorrow at 6am to get in a workout before my flight—it will be interesting to see how the body’s feeling then.