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I've been swimming with USMS teams since 1998. I lifeguarded and played water polo in college, but never really swam as a sport until I began masters swimming. I swim mostly just for exercise and the benefits that provides. I do occasionally swim in meets, but really enjoy open water swimming.
Currently I train with a small local team, along with some solo swims.

I also lift weights, mostly to complement swimming, and to give my upper body some form. Nearly all the time I lift at one of the local 24 Hour Fitness locations.

This blog has some info on my swimming adventures, with some real-life experiences thrown in. I love to travel, and usually try to fit in swimming/working out in different places.

  1. Tuesday 11032015

    by , November 3rd, 2015 at 06:21 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    solo swim @ Chandler-Hamilton

    600 w/u

    10 x 50 done as:
    * 2 @ 1:00
    * 2 @ :55
    * 2 @ :50
    * 2 @ :45
    * 2 @ :40

    100 easy

    6 x 100 @ 1:45 done as:
    * all easy
    * 25 fast/75 easy
    * 50 fast/50 easy
    * 75 fast/25 easy
    * all fast
    * all easy

    6 x 100 kick @ 2:00, done same pattern as above, w/fins + board
    (last 100 easy kick was on back no board)

    6 x 50 @ 1:00, done same pattern as above (except half for each, I estimated the 12.5 mark)

    6 x 50 kick @ 1:00, same pattern

    extra 75 easy (stopping on other end)
    25 fast fly w/fins
    25 easy
    25 fast back w/fins

    300 w/d

    TTL: 3450 yards

    I always enjoy going to Hamilton pool, especially after not going for a while. and most especially when it isn't that busy
    I seemed to arrive right as the early shift of swimmers was leaving. one guy got out just as I walked in, so I took his lane. then it seemed fairly constant for the next ~15 min that almost everyone left. guess that's what happens when I arrive at 6:20, and they opened at 5:30.

    anyway, the water felt great, with the air temp in the 50s, I got plenty of fresh air for my, "faster," swims. that's one thing I hate about the gym pool...indoors, with that stale nasty air laced with chlorine (and who knows what else).

    certainly didn't break any records for the, "fast," swims, but got my 100 down to 1:15 (was about 1:30 on the first, with 5 off when I added another length fast)
    my, "fast," 50 was about :35.

    saw an amazing sunrise while I was swimming (another thing I love about swimming here). I debated between wearing clear or mirrored goggles, went with mirrored, and it worked well.
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  2. Monday 11022015

    by , November 2nd, 2015 at 05:25 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Monday AM masters swim workout
    Mesa-Skyline, main pool (SCY)
    Laura coached

    got in 300 w/u

    20 x 25, done as:
    * 4 @ :40
    * 4 @ :35
    * 4 @ :30
    * 4 @ :25
    * 4 @ :20

    300 mostly easy/aerobic swim
    300 kick
    300 pull

    200 swim, build by 50
    3 x 100 kick @ 1:45
    6 x 50 pull @ 1:00

    100 swim, faster
    8 x 50 @ 1:00, w/fins + paddles

    200 w/d

    TTL: 3200 yards

    I've been mostly swimming at Skyline for the past few weeks. it is just a hair further from home, but it is 98% freeway driving, so it takes similar or even less time to get there.
    the pool is identical to Kino, well I think it is flipped or something.
    much smaller group, which means that I normally either have my own lane or share with 1 person (today I had my own lane).
    there are still people of all abilities there... I had 2-3 others who kept me on my toes today. there's usually an older fellow there (I think he's 68) who is just a bit faster than me who makes a great workout (he wasn't there today though).
    and of course who can complain with Laura on deck coaching?? After knowing her for 15+ years, I have yet to see her in a bad mood (or she hides it very well).

    anyway, it was a good swim today. that set of 25s got my heart racing though, I really needed those 300s to bring my HR down after. I was ready to take it up a notch again at the end with fins and paddles.
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  3. Tuesday 10272015

    by , October 27th, 2015 at 07:21 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    solo swim @ Chandler 24 Hour Fitness

    600 w/u

    4 x 100 kick @ 1:50, w/board + fins
    * odds: dolphin
    * evens: flutter

    75 easy

    16 x 50 @ :50, every 4th fast
    easy 50
    12 x 50 @ :55, every 3rd fast
    easy 50
    8 x 50 @ 1:00, every 2nd fast
    easy 50
    4 x 50 @ 1:10, all fast

    75 easy/float

    200 w/d

    TTL: 3500 yards

    there's one guy who seems to show up at the gym pool about the same time as I do, and we race to get the same lane
    today I had swum about 400 when I saw him walk in the pool area. it seems as though he does a long, slow, continuous swim (but I've never chatted, or looked closely).
    when I swim 50s on 1:00 or 1:10 I'll be a similar pace

    anyway, I wanted to go to Hamilton this morning, but had an 8am call. the gym is closer, and I knew I could get in this workout and still be ok on time (this after walking the dog 5 miles).

    my times didn't get quite as fast today, not sure why. I'm always in the upper 30s for the first round, then drop about 2-3 sec by round (the last is similar to the one before though).


    otherwise, things are busy with work, with packing (tackled the garage last weekend ), the new house is pretty much done, and we close 2 weeks from today. we'll move in early Dec (still figuring out specifics). we're working on getting appliances now, along with Internet, eventually the other utilities.
    I finally nailed down an office to work from. the nice thing is that I'm on a virtual team with a very large company, don't have anyone with me here, nor there, so I could pretty much work from any of our locations. I had been counting on a place in Round Rock, but that fell through. I found something else in Georgetown--at least my commute will be opposite most others. (certainly beats driving to/fr downtown Austin during rush hour)
    swimming-wise, I'm trying to get in when I can now, and I expect my maintenance mode will continue through the holidays. after we're in Texas, I might try a few places, see how far they are from home/work. hopefully in January I can return to somewhat normal, regular swimming (and life). just want all this packing (more trash/donating) to be done with.
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  4. Tuesday 10132015

    by , October 13th, 2015 at 07:29 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    solo swim @ Chandler's Hamilton pool

    warm-up sets (continuous):
    100 free

    4 rounds of:
    * 25 back
    * 50 free
    * 25 breast
    * 50 free

    10 x 50 of "descending intervals" set:
    * 2 @ 1:00
    * 2 @ :55
    * 2 @ :50
    * 2 @ :45
    * 2 @ :40

    100 easy/float

    6 x 100 kick w/fins, done as:
    * all odds dolphin
    * all evens flutter
    * 1-4 on stomach w/board
    * 5-6 on back, no board

    6 x 100 @ about 1:45 or so, with fins, done as:
    * 75 easy, but focus on ~5 dolphin kicks off of each wall
    * rest ~10 sec
    * 25 FAST
    * done in 2 rounds with the fast as fly, back, free

    3 x 200 pull @ 2:45, w/buoy + Catalyst paddles

    200 w/d

    TTL: 3300 yards


    water temp was almost perfect. could have been just a touch cooler, but given how warm it was in the summer, it was a world of difference better.
    it was pretty busy too. I did manage to have my own lane the whole time I was there. I think putting my gear out on deck scares some people away. well maybe doing some fly does too (I know I avoid jumping in with people doing fly).

    this set worked out very well for me today. I just wasn't in the mood for another of the Thorpedo sets, kinda burnt out doing it so many times.
    I liked the 75 easy/25 fast, and should have done some breast. I did try a back start on the first, but I never really learned how to do one correctly, so I flubbered, and just did the 2nd from a normal push.
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  5. Monday 10122015

    by , October 12th, 2015 at 06:24 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Monday AM masters swim workout
    Mesa-Kino (main pool, SCY)
    Paul coached

    600 w/u

    6 x 50 @ 1:00, done 25 drill/25 swim

    12 x 25 @ :30, done as power kick into easy swim

    4 x 300 done as:
    * IM
    * swim
    * pull
    * 5-7 dolphins off the wall, into easy kick (w/fins)

    6 x 50 @ 1:00, done as 2 rounds (I wore fins)
    * 25 fly/25 back
    * 25 back/25 breast
    * 25 breast/25 free

    12 x 25 @ :40 strong (w/fins)

    300 social kick

    300 w/d

    TTL: 3600 yards


    was a really good Monday workout. I took off from swimming over the weekend (again).
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  6. Thursday 10082015

    by , October 8th, 2015 at 06:49 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    solo swim at Chandler's Hamilton pool.

    600 w/u

    12 x 100 kick @ 1:50 all w/fins, done as:
    * all odds dolphin
    * all evens flutter
    * 1-4 and 7-10 on stomach w/board
    * 5-6 and 11-12 on back (no board)

    8 x 50 back @ :50, w/fins

    6 x 100 swim @ 1:20 w/Agility paddles

    200 w/d

    TTL: 3000 yards

    I got there late, didn't get in the water until 6:35. lap swim finishes at 7:30, and some of the swim team swimmers were already in while I warmed down (well at least one in the lane beside me). I think I was the last lap swimmer out of the water.
    there was just 1 empty lane when I got there, 2nd over from the diving well, so I snagged that. wasn't too bad, except a little further away from the clock. I prefer to be 2-3 lanes over from the other side (I hate wall lanes).

    anyway, the lifeguard told me that the water had cooled off so much that they needed to turn on the heater (in addition to lap swimming, HS swim team, they also do all sorts of lessons and kids groups). water temp was just a hair warmer than I'd like. that is one great thing Kino has going for it...for 7-8 months of the year the water is kept at 78F, which I think is about perfect.

    it felt really nice to just stretch things out.
    I can't remember kicking that much for a while... that's quite a bit for me!

    had a pretty busy morning, walked the dog (about 5 miles), swam, then went right to the VA clinic for lab work, then back home to work for the day.

    our new house is progressing nicely. it should be done by the end of the month. we're scheduled to close on 11/10, and then we'll move the first weekend in December. we had been thinking of doing the drive over 2 days, but with the dog and cats (knowing that we probably wouldn't get much sleep in a hotel), we may just cut to the chase and do it in 1 day and get it over with (would be a LONG day, as Google maps predicts ~14 hours).
    here's the latest picture of the front of our house in Round Rock:

    Updated October 8th, 2015 at 07:21 PM by aztimm

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  7. Wednesday 10072015

    by , October 7th, 2015 at 08:55 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Wednesday AM masters swim workout
    Mesa-Kino (SCY, main pool)
    Paul coached

    300 w/u

    additional w/u sets:
    6 rounds of:
    * 50 swim
    * 25 power kick

    main sets:
    4 x 100 @ 1:30
    200, broken every 50 for :10
    3 x 100 @ 1:30
    200, broken every 50 for :10
    2 x 100 @ 1:30
    200, broken every 50 for :10
    1 x 100 @ 1:30
    50 easy swim
    50 easy kick

    100 @ 1:30
    100, broken every 25 for :10
    2 x 100 @ 1:30
    100, broken every 25 for :10
    3 x 100 @ 1:30
    100, broken every 25 for :10
    4 x 100 @ 1:30
    100 fast kick
    100 fast swim

    300 w/d

    TTL: 4250 yards

    Updated October 10th, 2015 at 01:52 PM by aztimm

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  8. Tuesday 10062015

    by , October 6th, 2015 at 01:16 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    solo swim @ Chandler 24 Hour Fitness

    10 x 100 @ 1:30/1:35, warm-up

    10 x 100 @ 1:50, kick w/fins + board
    --odds: dolphin
    --evens: flutter

    2 x 100 @ 2:05, whip kick w/board

    10 x 100 @ 1:30, swim w/Agility paddles

    2 x 100 @ 2:00, breast

    10 x 100 @ 1:25, pull w/Catalyst paddles + buoy

    2 x 100 @ 1:35, w/d


    I normally do something sprinty on Tuesdays, but since today is my birthday, I thought I'd do 100 x my new age. used to do this quite regularly...in my 20s/30s it really wasn't too difficult. but it does get a bit more taxing as you get older.

    it sounded intimidating at first, especially doing this solo, but breaking it down, mostly in groups of 10, definitely helped, as did using some toys. then throwing in a little breast helped round things out.

    there were 2 others there when I arrived, so I swam in the open area, and another guy got in that area too. when I was starting the swim w/Agility paddles, the guy next to me (in my favorite lane) got out, so I moved over. by the time I got to the pull set, I was alone in the pool.

    hopefully I can keep this up for a while more. it just might take a bit longer

    I was in the 2nd lane over from the wall in the picture below (when I finished, just beyond that earlier):
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  9. Monday 10052015

    by , October 5th, 2015 at 01:01 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Monday AM masters swim workout
    Mesa-Kino (main pool)
    Paul coached

    got in 300 w/u

    4 rounds (w/fins):
    * 4 x 25 kick @ :30 (did flutter on back)
    * 50 swim @ :50

    400 pull, neg split
    300 pull, done 25 back/75 free
    200 pull, done 25 breast/25 free
    100 kick

    50 fast @ :50/4 x 50 easy @ :50
    50 fast @ :50/3 x 50 easy @ :50
    50 fast @ :50/2 x 50 easy @ :50
    50 fast @ :50/50 easy

    300 social kick

    25 fast @ :40/4 x 25 easy @ :30
    25 fast @ :40/3 x 25 easy @ :30
    25 fast @ :40/2 x 25 easy @ :30
    25 fast @ :40/25 easy

    200 w/d

    TTL: 3450 yards

    thankfully the water has finally cooled off. the complainers didn't take long at all to begin, "its too cold." some said the temp was 75-76F, but my guess is closer to 78 or even 79. about perfect for actual swimming. yea it should feel a little chilly when you first get in.


    I did swim Friday, a somewhat sprinty set with Dan coaching. but I took off swimming over the weekend. pretty rare for me, but I wanted to focus on getting some packing (more like throwing away) done.

    Updated October 10th, 2015 at 01:54 PM by aztimm

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  10. Thursday 10012015

    by , October 1st, 2015 at 04:30 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    another solo swim @ Chandler's Hamilton pool

    600 w/u, done as (I guess 4 rounds):
    * 50 free
    * 25 back
    * 50 free
    * 25 breast

    8 x 50 back @ :55, w/Agility paddles

    6 x 100 kick @ 1:50, w/fins done as:
    * 1-4 all done w/board
    * 5-6 done on back
    * odds dolphin kick
    * evens flutter kick

    right into...
    2 rounds of (fins):
    * 25 easy
    * 25 fly
    * 25 easy
    * 25 back
    (on 1:00 per 50)

    100 easy

    4 x 200 pull @ 2:45, w/Catalyst paddles + buoy

    100 easy

    8 x 50 breast @ :55, w/fingertip paddles

    200 w/d

    TTL: 3400 yards


    the pool looked kind of busy when I first got there (around 6:15, lap swim starts at 5:30, finishes at 7:30), then all of a sudden several people got out of the pool. so I had my own lane for the whole swim.

    water temp hadn't changed since Tuesday, still a little on the warm side, but nothing like 1-2 months ago.

    when I'm swimming by myself, I like mixing up my warm-up. makes it much more interesting than just doing mindless freestyle. I'd do more like this at team workouts, but my backstroke and breaststroke are slow. actually I don't do non-free very often at team workouts, mostly only when specifically in the set, and I'm at the end of the lane (or maybe splitting).

    this was a good stretch-out swim. I used all of my toys except my breaststroke fins. ran out of time for those.
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  11. Wednesday 09302015

    by , September 30th, 2015 at 02:14 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Wednesday AM masters swim workout
    Mesa-Kino (main pool, SCY)
    Dan coached

    600 w/u (supposed to be 200 swim/200 kick/200 pull)

    8 x 50 @ :50
    100 kick
    6 x 50 @ :45
    100 kick
    4 x 50 @ :40 (we did a 200)
    100 kick
    2 x 50 @ :35 (we did 100)
    100 kick

    main sets:
    2 x 200 @ 3:00
    2 x 150 @ 2:20
    (we majorly deviated here...)
    3 x 300 pull @ 4:00, used Catalyst paddles + buoy

    400 stretch out + w/d

    TTL: 4000 yards

    evidently Paul is out of town (I think maybe the convention is going on?), and the people I swam with weren't too happy with Dan's set. on Wednesdays we usually get in 4000-4500 yards, and Dan's set was only 3000 or so.
    there was a distance option for the super fast; evidently someone asked him if we could do it and modify, but he said no (yet one of the distance lanes did just that).

    anyway, I went last (3rd) in the lane, and once I figured out that we were deviating from the set, I was fine.
    I had walked Holly (the dog) before heading out to swim, and my HR was higher than I'd like when I started swimming, so I tried not to push things and get it back down again. I was fine by the time we got into the 2 x 200s.

    water temp seems to have crept up a little... not much (if any) cooler than Hamilton was yesterday.

    with this entry, I swam 43.3 miles in September. got wet all but 7 days of the month. considering I was on vacation for almost 2 weeks, that's not bad (but I swam quite a bit while on vacation). and I'm about 5-6 miles ahead of my annual goal pace to get 500 miles
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  12. Tuesday 09292015

    by , September 29th, 2015 at 06:52 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    went to Chandler's Hamilton Pool for a solo swim

    600 w/u (mixed in a bit of back and breast)

    4 x 100 kick @ 1:50
    * odds flutter
    * evens dolphin

    then I did what Paul calls the, "Thorpedo set."

    16 x 50 @ :50, 3 easy/1 fast

    12 x 50 @ 1:00, 2 easy/1 fast

    8 x 50 @ 1:10, 1 easy/1 fast

    4 x 50 @ 1:15, all fast

    200 w/d

    TTL: 3200 yards


    still waking up early (woke up around 3:30), but at least today I just got up and walked Holly (the dog). we were out on the canal trail at 4:30. oddly, I did see a woman running on the other side shortly after we started (she really startled me).

    it is fall break here in Chandler (they do year-round, school started in late July, so they've already been going 2 months), and the pool was rather quiet. maybe 3-4 people in the water when I got there, some left/others came, but I had my own lane the whole time.
    the high school PE class that normally goes right after lap swim didn't happen...but there were quite a few kids who showed up, and they went to the side of the pool with the starting blocks. the lifeguards told me that was the high school swim team. since there's no school, they have 2 hour workouts early in the day.

    water felt ok. a little warmer than Kino (I'd say Kino was 80ish, Hamilton today maybe 82). I've done this set several times over the summer, but always at the gym pool. quite different to do it in a different environment, where there are actually others swimming.
    my times were around (for fast 50s):
    round 1: 38
    round 2: 36
    round 3 (breaststroke): 40-42
    round 4: 33

    I had thought of going off the blocks for the last 4, but by the time I got to that point, I felt like I barely had the energy to do a decent job just swimming them
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  13. Monday 09282015

    by , September 28th, 2015 at 03:31 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Monday AM masters swim workout
    Mesa-Kino (main pool, SCY)
    Paul coached

    200 w/u

    8 rounds (with fins), 10 sec rest between each:
    * 25 underwater shooter
    * 50 swim build

    300 IM drill

    200 kick--no fins

    100 IM

    50 easy kick

    12 x 100 pull @ 1:30, desc every 3

    12 x 25 @ :30, at least 2 non-free
    (I did 2 free/1 breast/3 back/3 breast/3 free)

    12 x 50 kick @ 1:00, done as 4 rounds of:
    * 1 power kick
    * 2 easy

    200 w/d

    TTL: 3850 yards

    it always takes me a few days to readjust to the time at home when I go to Europe for a while. going there, we arrived around 8:30am, were at our hotel around 10am, and tried to just stay up as late as we could that first day (we made it until about 8pm). we felt like zombies most of the day. but then we were full adjusted after.
    coming back, we left there at 10:45am, arrived home around 7:30pm local time, and got to bed by 9. but I woke up around 3am Sunday morning.
    I went to bed around 8pm last night, and slept until 3:30am this morning. gradually getting there...

    anyway, the regular folks all wanted to hear about my trip, and of course I wore the suit I picked up at the shop at the Olympic pool. everyone loves to hear about the woman I shared the lane with who took off her top (even the women seemed surprised).

    they are still aerating the water at Kino, but it is a decent temperature. not nearly as cool as the Mediterranean near Barcelona though. I'd guess it was about 80F today.

    I swam with 2 gals and led the lane for nearly the entire set. for the pull set, they wanted to do a 1:40 interval, so I jumped in the next faster lane and just went last (as it was I still got 15 sec rest, so 1:40 would have been very relaxing for me).
    I'm much more used to swimming SCY, especially with 2 hard walls.
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  14. Sunday 09272015

    by , September 27th, 2015 at 03:00 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Sunday AM masters swim workout
    Mesa-Kino (main pool, end area, SCM)
    Dan coached

    got in 300 w/u, various

    3 rounds of:
    * 2 x 100 @ 1:45, done 25 non-free/25 free
    * 4 x 50 kick @ 1:00
    * 4 x 25 @ :40, IMO

    3 rounds of:
    * 50 easy @ 1:20
    * 4 x 25 @ :40 (did all breast)
    * 50 easy @ 1:20
    * 2 x 100 IM @ 2:00 (I did free-back-breast-free)

    200 w/d

    TTL: 3200m

    I can't even remember the last time I've swum SCM. perhaps at a gym pool at some point. Kino is rarely setup SCM. since they had it setup for the meet yesterday, we got to enjoy an extra day of it today (and maybe tomorrow as well).

    I didn't realize the pool was SCM at first. I thought I was just being slow... normally I can do 50s kick @ 1:00 no problem, with a few seconds rest. but today the rest was quite minimal.
    other than that, I felt mostly ok. I was glad that I got wet a bit on my vacation. even without normal workouts, just getting in and swimming helps quite a bit, especially over a longer vacation.

    we had a decent sized group, I guess around 15 people. I split a lane with Laura until she got out on the 2nd round of that last set. asked her about the meet, she said they had about 100 people show up, which sounds like a great meet (I know many they have to extend registration and beg people to enter just to get 50 swimmers).

    water temperature was rather pleasant. I'd guess around 78-79 (not as cool as swimming in the Mediterranean, nor the BCN Olympic pool). not sure if they're still aerating. before we know it, they'll be turning on the heat.
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  15. Friday 09252015

    by , September 25th, 2015 at 02:56 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    after we finished our final day of exploring, I went down to the beach for one final swim in the Mediterranean.

    I've seen signs along the beach with signs on what beach it is, but I kept forgetting to put them here...
    http://www.barcelonayellow.com/bcn-b...s-in-barcelona

    Closest to my hotel: Llevant
    Next over (swam there yesterday): La Nova Mar Bella
    3rd over: La Mar Bella
    and next over: Bogatell

    Each beach is about 400-600m long and they're separated by a rock jetty. Well after Llevant, there's a big space before the next beaches.

    So today:
    went to La Nova Mar Bella. Swam out, across, back, and did another length. Was debating if I wanted to do a 3rd lap, when I suddenly thought, "why not land, then go to the next beach?" so I landed, walked through sand around the jetty, then launched myself again into La Mar Bella.
    and yea I did notice a bunch of topless women, but didn't think anything of it...until I just noticed that is a nude beach. I only saw topless women, no full-on nudity (and I kept on my suit).
    I also saw what I think could have been jellyfish. kind of brown/red color, with things sticking out that reminded me of a porcupine. thankfully they were all 2-3 feet away, but it made me more vigilant. I've seen some fish here/there while swimming.
    the water was more clear today than after being all shaken up yesterday. not quite as clear as last weekend, but getting there.
    so anyway, I swam to the other side of Mar Bella, almost bumped into 2 guys who I don't know where they came from (no goggles), turned around, swam back, beached, and launched back into La Nova Mar Bella, across, then beached at my stuff. I briefly considered doing a lap of Llevante, but I resisted.

    after getting back to the hotel, I swung by the pool, and did an easy ~400m. this is really a great way to wind down after dealing with waves and such in the sea.

    we leave here tomorrow morning, flying back through PHL, getting back to PHX around 6pm. I'll miss out on the SCM meet my team is doing tomorrow morning (but truthfully I probably wouldn't have swum anyway). there is workout on Sunday morning, so maybe I'll get to that

    I will definitely miss Barcelona. along with all the swimming I've done (I swam 6 days), we've done a ton of exploring around town. the, "old town," area near the cathedral has so many little streets with many different shops, very interesting to just browse about. I've been getting 15-20,000 steps per day, along with the swimming.
    will almost be nice to get back to normal life.
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  16. Wed-Thurs 0923-09242015

    by , September 24th, 2015 at 04:08 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Wednesday 9/23.
    Swam with the Pantares Grogues Natacio (a local IGLA team here in Barcelona)
    Piscina Sant Jordi, a 50m pool

    the workout was a bit odd; we did a bit of swimming, then got out for pushups, squats, or other misc exercises. I'm guessing I got in about 2000m

    there was one point when the coach handed out paddles, and we did 8 x 50 pull @ 1:00, and I led the lane for that.

    I found this group through some random Google searches the day we arrived last week. I sent an email through their website, and forgot about it...until the coach replied yesterday with info. visitors can swim twice for free, but I have no idea how much additional workouts cost.
    if anyone else will visit Barcelona, shoot me a PM and I'll share what info I have.

    I do speak a little Spanish, and it was definitely put to the test, although I know very few swimming terms (a few other swimmers were kind enough to tell me what was going on).

    it was an interesting experience. as we finished, many people asked if I'd go back. their workouts begin at 8:30pm, which I guess isn't a big deal for Barcelona. but the next workout is Friday, and we fly back on Saturday morning, so I think I'll pass.


    Thursday 9/24

    there were kite surfers in the area where I've swum open water near my hotel, so I walked just past the jetty and swam in the next beach area. today was the last day of the Merce festival here, and a holiday, so no lifeguards working (although there seemed to be some in cars).
    anyway, when I swam on Sunday and chatted with the lifeguard on distance, he had said that this area was bigger than the other, I think he said 600m. I did 2 laps, so about 2400m.

    the sea was very very rough today. I went out nearly to the buoys. kind of freaked me out a little, but the water was a bit calmer out there. I was also out beyond the surfers, which was better than worrying about getting run over by one.
    after getting tossed around, chewed up, the sea eventually spit me out near where I left my stuff. it was far far easier going into the beach than swimming out from it.

    I rinsed off and saw one of the kite surfers. he learned how in Santa Cruz, and the other was his brother.
    as I walked up from the beach, I saw someone swimming in that first area (now overrun with surfers), towing a buoy (the o/w swimmers seem to do that here, and mostly ignore the lifeguard rules about going around the jetties).

    while I was heading upstairs in the elevator, for some reason I thought I'd check out the hotel pool. we looked at it on Saturday, but I hadn't been in it.
    no one else in the pool until just before I got out.
    my guess it was 20m, and not too horrible for lap swimming. after being tossed around so much in the Med just minutes before, it felt rather calm swimming in a pool
    I'm guessing I swam about 600 or so meters.

    as far as hotel pools go, it is pretty nice. however when you have the Med just a 5 min walk away... I'd rather go for o/w
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  17. 09222015: another Olympic Pool swim

    by , September 22nd, 2015 at 04:34 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    I swam in the Med again on Sunday...actually a double, about 2500 or so early morning then another 1500 late in the day. water felt wonderful again, but my body takes a while to recover from dealing with all the waves and chop.

    after our exploring today, I went over to the Bernat Picornell swimming pool on Montjuic. I had visited this complex when I was here before, but only swam in the indoor pool. so I really wanted to get in the outside pool.

    after paying the fee--a crazy E12--and quckly changing, I jumped in the water. it felt both refreshing (my guess is 78F) and very calm (after swimming in the sea).
    here's what I did:

    1000 w/u

    12 x 100 @ 1:45, kind of descended

    5 x 100 breast @ 2:15

    2 rounds of:
    * 100 easy @ 2:00
    * 100 fast @ 2:00 (times were 1:24 and 1:28)

    300 w/d

    TTL: 3300m

    the sun was in/out, but I was fine with that after getting some sunburn on Sun/Mon.
    I shared a lane with one woman, I thought she was getting out when I got there, she was chatting with the lifeguard. we decided we'd circle, and off we went.

    at one point, I assumed that the woman got out and a guy got in, I saw someone swimming in what looked like a brief. only it was the same woman--evidently it is ok to swim without the top of a bikini. I didn't notice anyone else do this, but the other people swimming were either guys or ladies wearing a 1-piece.

    the pool really didn't get very crowded. it was just me and the topless woman, then she got out, and I had my own lane for a while, until a guy (a real guy) got in during my warm-down.
    then I was puzzled when I noticed that the locker room was crazy busy. so before I left, I took a peek at the inside pool, and noticed it was packed. that is setup 25m, and I'd much rather swim LCM outside. the outside pool is only open until I think 8pm, while the inside pool (was used for warm-ups during the Olympics) is open until midnight (M-F)


    I did take a picture when I finished, but it didn't come out so well...

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  18. Saturday 09192015

    by , September 19th, 2015 at 06:20 AM (aztimm's training blog)
    got in a nice swim in the Mediterranean Sea in Barcelona:



    We arrived in Barcelona on Wednesday, but stayed right in town for the first few days. Moved to a hotel practically right on the sea yesterday. we went for a walk along the water, and I chatted with a lifeguard about swimming.

    went down today with very little...just t-shirt, shorts, sneakers, sunglasses, goggles, and a towel. left all but goggles on the beach and went in the water.
    the water felt a bit chilly at first, but once I got moving I felt fine. I'd guess the temp was about 70F.
    there's buoys a ways out, I mostly stayed about halfway between the shore and the buoys. I stayed in an area between 2 jetties and did 2 laps (I'm guessing each way was 500m, so the whole swim about 2000m).
    there were a few other people swimming a little, but no one swimming out near me, well definitely no one got in my way.
    I can't remember when I was last in salt water. the Mediterranean definitely has more salt than the Atlantic near Coney Island
    there are showers (with warm water) nearby so I was able to rinse off before going back to the hotel.

    I'll probably try to get out and swim at least every morning while we're here. it is just way too convenient.
    also planning to swim in the Olympic pool at Montjuic (I swam in a warm-up pool there before but the main pool was closed).
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  19. Wednesday 09092015

    by , September 9th, 2015 at 01:08 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Wed AM masters swim workout
    Mesa-Kino (SCY, main pool)
    Paul coached

    got in 300 w/u

    4 x 50 @ 1:00, desc 1-4 to 200 pace
    4 x 50 @ :55, 25 non-free/25 free
    4 x 50 @ :50
    4 x 50 kick @ 1:00, used fins + paddles

    main sets:
    12 x 200, done as:
    * 3 @ 2:50
    * 3 @ 3:00
    * 3 @ 3:10
    * 3 @ 2:40, w/fins + paddles

    50 easy

    12 x 50, done as 4 rounds:
    * 1:00
    * :50
    * :40

    200 w/d

    TTL: 4350 yards

    water is finally getting to a somewhat reasonable temperature. definitely felt warm after the 200s, but not nearly as bad as 2 weeks ago.

    shared the lane with just 1 other guy. I let him go first on the 200s to start; I went 10 sec back, threw in a 25 breast on each 200.
    then on the last 3 @ 2:40, I put on my fins + Catalyst paddles, led the lane, and turned things on. was shocked when I saw the time on my first, about 2:22, and kept a similar pace for the other 2.
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  20. Tuesday 09082015

    by , September 9th, 2015 at 12:00 AM (aztimm's training blog)
    went to the 24 Hour Fitness gym pool, solo swim

    600 w/u
    4 x 100 kick @ 1:50, with fins + board
    --odds dolphin
    --evens flutter

    25 easy to other side (so I could see the clock)

    main sets:
    16 x 50 @ :50, every 4th fast
    50 easy
    12 x 50 @ :55, every 3rd fast
    50 easy
    8 x 50 @ 1:00, every other fast
    50 easy
    4 x 50 @ 1:10, all fast
    75 easy

    150 easy kick (board + fins)

    250 w/d

    TTL: 3600 yards


    I hadn't been to the gym pool for about a month. it was kind of nice, cooler water than the outdoor pools, and had my own lane the whole time. there were others in the pool most of the time, a guy in the other lap lane, and some women floating around in the open area.

    I always like doing this set, and it is always interesting to see where my times will peak. today they did on the 1:00, with every other 50 fast. my times were 32-33, which for me in this pool is fantastic.
    my times on the last 4 50s were similar to :55 interval.

    always good to get in a swim though! was glad I could squeeze it in. got up early and walked Holly (the dog), got my work computer going, and managed to pull myself away from it for a while.
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