Meet / OW event plans and results from U.S. Masters Swmming events in this category.
First, no cramping today. Made sure to drink a ton of Gatorade. My GMUP buddy also gave me some quinine tablets, a product from Canada that ge uses called "Leg Cramps.". Also just went with the usual lack of sleep.
These were my first relays ever at Nationals, and I really enjoyed them!
Wore B70, as I did on Friday.
Womens 120 200 free relay, 1st place:
I think we went a 1:54 or so and was told it was
pretty close to the NR. I led off with a 28.7, a PB for me. Previous best 29.2. Took 4-5 dolphin kicks on start. 3 breaths. Felt pretty good.
Mixed 200 medley relay, 200 plus, 3rd place
Swam the fly leg. Had a bad dive, went in a bit sidesways and and to straighten out. Think I split a 30.1. Very safe start for me, as I'm not that used to relays.
Mixed 200 free relay 200 plus, 2nd place
My first relay with Jimby, who swam his little heart out with a blowout in his B70. Very exciting finish. The team anchored by Spock on the forums nipped us at the end. I led off again and went a 28.5. Thus time, I took 7-8 dolphin kicks. I guess more is better.
I got some good feedback on my freestyle from Coach Bill White, also a Bullet. He said my kick was like a "motorboat.". I never knew this! I always thought my flutter kick was weak and that I wasn't kicking enough. This is apparently because I am doing a flutter-dolphin type motion with my straight arm stroke. I never knew that ... I think Chris has mentioned that he does this in free as well. I've heard if some coaches trying to teach this style. I guess I'm happy to hear that's what I'm instinctively doing. My head is also too high, but again, it was opined that this was because I was undulating. My body must be hard wired to dolphin kick.
Psyched for the 50 free and 50 back today. Not too worried about times, as I've already got good splits from previous swims. Fortunately, though tired, I don't feel totally broken down like I did at Zones. Off to warm up!
Updated August 10th, 2009 at 12:47 PM by The Fortress
Don't panic. You can dolphin kick with cramps.
Remember the rest of them b@tches ain't better than you.
Do not think of excuses now. It's easier to brainstorm them with friends later. A roomful of hypochondriacs are marvellously inventive.
Remember that there are likely no scientifically valid studies that show that swimming with your ankles at a right angle is more likely to slow you down than swimming with no legs at all.
Go slow. What's the rush? It's long course meters.
No matter how slow you go, you'll still beat Geekity.
It's called backstroke, not back kick, right? So who cares if you can leg press three times more than Jim Thornton?
If necessary, call for the trainer to bring you a gin and tonic stat. It's got quinine, right?
Don't forget the lime because cramps and scurvy are an even worse combination.
Ignore texts from well meaning friends asking why you were out so slow.
So I swam the 100 back today. Was kind of hoping to go 1:12 or so. I managed to put my Chris Stevenson induced start fears aside and take a body length lead at fifteen meters. Unfortunately, the double calf cramps at the start made the next 75 or so rather trying. I was told I was "galacially slow" and "ragged." I managed to get my act together at the 75 meter mark or so and pass 3 people. But, on the whole a disappointing swim; my slowest time in 3 years. My backstroke feels very odd so far this meet. I'm also not feeling so great in the morning.
Hope to have much fun on relay day tomorrow.
Had a fabulous dinner with forum friends.
Updated August 10th, 2009 at 12:46 PM by The Fortress
Blogging from iPhone ...
What an eventful first day at Nats ... Don't know where to start!
I met many forumites and swimmers I hadn't met before -- Ahelee, Eney Jones, Bobinator, Lisa Dahl, Jim Corbeau, Michael Heather, Allen Stark, Anna Lea Matysek, Frrday Girl, Kurk Dickson, and loads of new teammates. I was at the meet the entire day because I just love watching the swimming and seeing how all my friends do. And, very importantly, I got this lovely engraved spit cup from Eney Jones. We had been joking about spitting or splitting lanes in the 50 free. She was hoping my initials were LOL, but I had to disappoint her on that score.
I was a tad worried last night as I had a difficult day yesterday, but a "manly" hug from Jimby and Bill White and the dazzling smile of coach Chris helped cure that.
50 fly: 29.7
Really shocked! Did not expect to go under 30, especially since I just went 30.7 rested. I didn't
have a great reaction time or breakout and short stroked the finish. But, hell, it was a huge PB for me. AJ Block, a real stud flyer, told me this time would have won the age groups between 30-44, which shows how dominant the 45-49 ladies are!
50/200 Back: 32.3 50 split
I must admit I was a but freaked out by Chris Stevenson's unfortunate DQ right before my race. His swim was simply fantastic to watch. And I myself always worry about the 15 meter mark. As a result, I was too conservative on my start. I was too shallow and only took ten SDKs. Not playing to my strength ... My turnover also felt slower than usual and several people commented that it looked like I was swimming the 100 back. I also, perhaps out of nerves, forgot to use my nose clip! Egads! I feel like that's my good luck charm!
Nonetheless, I split a 32.3. My previous best was 33.4, so I was pleased with the time. I think this split puts me no. 1 so far this year. I just think I need to go back to my usual start.
And I have the 100 back tomorrow for that.
I'm hoping to get more sleep tonight!
Had great dinners with friends both nights. .
And only saw one super nasty B70 tear.
Updated August 10th, 2009 at 12:45 PM by The Fortress
Sunday Jul 19th, 2009 LCM Zones
Event 26 Men 45-49 400 LC Meter IM
big improvement over last year, most of it is on my last 50
1 Rasmussen, Anders M 46 Longhorn Aquatics 5:09.99 5:02.56
31.14 1:07.36 (36.22)
1:48.37 (41.01) 2:27.81 (39.44)
3:11.36 (43.55) 3:56.00 (44.64)
4:31.29 (35.29) 5:02.56 (31.27)
Event 28 Men 45-49 50 LC Meter Breaststroke
just hopped up and went for it,
need to work on breastroke
1 Guthrie, David M 49 Longhorn Aquatics 30.59 31.75
2 Rasmussen, Anders M 46 Longhorn Aquatics 34.99 33.00
3 Smiley, Jon M 48 Longhorn Aquatics 36.56 33.92
4 Jimenez, Carlos A 45 Rice Aquatic Masters 39.00 34.51
Event 32 Men 45-49 200 LC Meter Freestyle
decided to attempt to even split my race but clock messed up, I was out slower than scott
swam beside scott carpenter
he false started, went out harder than me
1 Rasmussen, Anders M 46 Longhorn Aquatics 2:06.67
clock didn't get my splits
1:35.76 2:06.67 (30.91)
--- Carpenter, Scott R 45 Jersey Area Multisport 2:05.00 DQ
28.94 1:01.02 (32.08) 1:33.85 (32.83) DQ (32.37)
Event 34 Men 45-49 100 LC Meter Backstroke
entered but decided skip it to rest up for 50 & medley relay
Event 38 Men 45-49 50 LC Meter Freestyle
improvement on my 25.8 last month but off the 24.50 I did last year
1 Rasmussen, Anders M 46 Longhorn Aquatics 25.79 25.38
2 Carpenter, Scott R 45 Jersey Area Multisport 25.00 25.69
3 Jimenez, Carlos A 45 Rice Aquatic Masters 26.53 26.37
4 Guthrie, David M 49 Longhorn Aquatics 26.10 26.68
5 Smiley, Jon M 48 Longhorn Aquatics 28.25 26.95
6 Patten, Bobby 47 Dallas Aquatic Masters 27.50 27.04
7 Richey, Steven C 49 Masters of South Texas 27.58 28.29
8 Breeding, Steve 47 Woodlands Masters Swim Team 28.50 28.49
9 White, Steve G 49 Woodlands Masters Swim Team 28.50 28.50
10 Marshall, Dirk H 47 South Texas Flying Fish 27.80 28.55
Event 42 Men 160-199 200 LC Meter Medley Relay
had this season's best 50 bk on my last swim of the meet
1 Longhorn Aquatics A 1:50.00 1:57.32
1) Rasmussen, Anders M M46
2) Guthrie, David M M49
3) Smiley, Jon M M48
4) Wood, Larry W M55
2 Woodlands Masters Swim Tea A 1:56.00 1:59.68
1) Davis, Ross C M43 2) Gentry, Matt C M42 3) Gawronski, Tomasz J M43 4) Leutner, Gerard P M45
30.76 1:06.12 (35.36) 1:33.16 (27.04) 1:59.68 (26.52)
Updated July 20th, 2009 at 12:28 AM by ande
Sat July 18th South Central LCM Zones
felt good in warm up
put on new B70 it has a few new design mods
felt really good
1st race of the day
Event 2 Men 45-49 1500 LC Meter Freestyle
took race out too hard then settled into a pace I could hold, but as you notice it slipped some
broke zone record but so did bobby patten who went faster than me
2 Rasmussen, Anders M 46 Longhorn Aquatics 19:05.99 18:34.99
0100 00:31.14 (31.14) 01:05.61 (34.47)
0200 01:40.90 (35.29) 02:17.22 (36.32)
0300 02:53.40 (36.18) 03:30.55 (37.15)
0400 04:07.42 (36.87) 04:44.85 (37.43)
0500 05:21.98 (37.13) 05:59.55 (37.57)
0600 06:36.93 (37.38) 07:14.52 (37.59)
0700 07:51.85 (37.33) 08:29.60 (37.75)
0800 09:06.94 (37.34) 09:44.73 (37.79)
0900 10:22.12 (37.39) 10:59.88 (37.76)
1000 11:37.67 (37.79) 12:15.81 (38.14)
1100 12:53.61 (37.80) 13:31.40 (37.79)
1200 14:08.95 (37.55) 14:46.90 (37.95)
1300 15:24.93 (38.03) 16:03.62 (38.69)
1400 16:41.78 (38.16) 17:20.00 (38.22)
1500 17:57.87 (37.87) 18:34.99 (37.12)
this is my best but only 1500 since I was in high school where I went 18:12
2nd swim of the day
Event 6 Men 45-49 50 LC Meter Butterfly
have to think I might have done better if I'd trained for sprints and hadn't swum a 1500 before it
1 Rasmussen, Anders M 46 Longhorn Aquatics 26.79 26.65
2 Carpenter, Scott R 45 Jersey Area Multisport 27.00 27.06
3 Marshall, Dirk H 47 South Texas Flying Fish 28.50 28.05
4 Patten, Bobby 47 Dallas Aquatic Masters 29.00 28.16
3rd swim of the day
Event 10 Men 45-49 100 LC Meter Freestyle
thought about scratching it decided to back half it
1 Carpenter, Scott R 45 Jersey Area Multisport 56.00 55.88
26.84 55.88 (29.04)
2 Rasmussen, Anders M 46 Longhorn Aquatics 56.99 56.70
28.19 56.70 (28.51)
3 Jimenez, Carlos A 45 Rice Aquatic Masters 59.34 57.56
27.89 57.56 (29.67)
4 Guthrie, David M 49 Longhorn Aquatics 56.70 58.09
27.74 58.09 (30.35)
5 Marshall, Dirk H 47 South Texas Flying Fish 1:00.00 59.02
28.45 59.02 (30.57)
6 Smiley, Jon M 48 Longhorn Aquatics 1:00.11 59.42
28.11 59.42 (31.31)
7 Patten, Bobby 47 Dallas Aquatic Masters 1:00.00 59.72
28.65 59.72 (31.07)
4th swim of the day
Event 14 Men 45-49 50 LC Meter Backstroke
4th race of the day, starting to feel some fatigue, went 28.14 last year
1 Rasmussen, Anders M 46 Longhorn Aquatics 28.99 29.22
5th swim of the day
Event 16 Men 45-49 200 LC Meter IM
felt like scratching it decided to cruise the fl bk & work the br fr, went 2:21.3 in june but since this was my 5th swim of the day I was happy with it
1 Rasmussen, Anders M 46 Longhorn Aquatics 2:22.92
31.04 1:10.81 (39.77) 1:51.44 (40.63) 2:22.92 (31.48)2 Guthrie, David M 49 Longhorn Aquatics 2:30.00 2:29.50
30.62 1:12.24 (41.62) 1:54.43 (42.19) 2:29.50 (35.07)
3 Smiley, Jon M 48 Longhorn Aquatics 2:29.99 2:32.40
1:12.45 ( ) 1:56.96 (44.51) 2:32.40 (35.44)
6th swim of the day
4 x 50 free relay
I swam anchor and was surprised to split 24.5
2 Longhorn Aquatics A 1:44.00 1:45.89
1) Wood, Larry W M55 2) Rasmussen, Anders M M46 3) Smiley, Jon M M48 4) Guthrie, David M M49
26.66 54.60 (27.94) 1:21.33 (26.73) 1:45.89 (24.56)
7th swim of the day
4 x 50 Mixed Medley relay
split 29.66, we got deeked,
had a bad touch Dave left when I shoulda touched & not when I did
--- Longhorn Aquatics A 2:10.00 DQ
1) Rasmussen, Anders M M46 2) Guthrie, David M M49 3) Hughes, Mary L
congrats to my buds who broke the american record in the
Event 18 Men 120-159 400 LC Meter Medley Relay
1 Longhorn Aquatics A 4:04.00 4:03.48
1) Thibault, Jeff M39
2) Bartee, Todd A M40
3) Blessing, Tyler J M37
4) Bailey, Bradley H M40
29.51 1:01.32 (1:01.32)
1:33.43 (32.11) 2:10.02 (1:08.70)
2:36.66 (26.64) 3:08.44 (58.42)
3:33.85 (25.41) 4:03.48 (55.04)
Saturday Results at:
Updated July 20th, 2009 at 11:54 AM by ande
Calvert, Mark 50 TMM 4:40.00 4:41.73
1:07.02 2:19.34 (1:12.32)
3:31.37 (1:12.03) 4:41.73 (1:10.36)
Hmm... I thought I could go under 4:40, but not today. But looking back, that was my 2nd fastest 400 in masters, so I'm OK with that. Eduardo, my early morning swim teammate, swam a 4:39... did well. Crushed me on the last 100. We swam the 500 at a meet in the spring, and he faded oh the last 100. Not today. Good for him, as he had a good meet.
I won't write much on that. The start was slick on the feet, then about 1/2 way I hit the rope and thought I had broken my fingers.,.. jammed them nicely, so I shut it down. My hand still hurts as I type.
Calvert, Mark 50 TMM 1:13.50 1:14.59
Not too happy with that, but with my hand... I was out in my 200 back at 1:15.79, so I should have been faster.
Calvert, Mark 50 TMM 26.80 27.28
Slow... but everyone was slow today. It was the last event. I can usually break 27, but did not have much speed today.
Also swam a couple of relays. Our 200+ mixed medley was 2nd, 2.:28.41. Our 160+ mens medley also got a 2nd, 2:07.17.
Our team did well -- 4th overall - first was the host team, and 2nd was the LMSC combined team... they both had more than 40 entrants, and we had 15, which 14 actually swam. Out points/swim and points/swimmer were #1!. Our club is not big (but growing), but we've got a nice nucleus of swimmers who actually like to compete. We also had several high point winners among our 13 swimmers. I got a high point. They usually give nice towels, but today was t-shirts. One of the benefits of swimming lots of events!
Led off with the 1500. Seeded with a 19:00, swam a 18:50.29. 1st 100 was a 1:10.99, then settled in into a 1:15+ pace until 1200, then 1:18, some 1:16s, then a 1:14. I was hurting... I actually did a a few strokes of back at the 800 and 1200. I was tired, OK? Needed to check my splits in that scoreboard behind me. I have not really swam the 1500 all out, as I usually do an 800 (split 9:56.60), so if I can keep from doing that backstroke crap, I can drop a few seconds. Overall pretty happy with the time... anything under 19:00 was good with me. But room to improve. And glad its over. My triceps and lats tightened up terribly when I started to warm down. I could hardly warm down they hurt so bad. And as expected, it pretty much affected my swims the rest of the day.
Glad to have a couple of hours before my next swim (the next event). Thankfully the 1500 was seeded fast to slow, hence the rest. Swam the 200 back in 2:34.80, split 1:15.79 2:34.80 (1:19.01). OK with that swim, but could feel the 1500, but not as bad as I thought. Beat my seed time by 0.20!
Then came the 200 free. Ugh. This is where I really felt it. 2:13.95. Seeded with a 2:11.0. Oh well. Split 1:04.33 2:13.95 (1:09.62). Pretty ugly. I swam this meet a couple of years ago and did not swim the 1500 or 200 back before the 200 free, and went 2:09. Another local SCY meet also has a similar event order of 1000, 200 ba, 200 fr, and if I swim the 1000 and 200 ba, my 200 fr slows down by about 2 - 3 secs. So, today's lesson, swim lots, or swim fast. Chose one.
Had about an hour rest. Swam a relay somewhere in there, and jumped early and got DQ'd. Then swam the 100 free. Went 59.06. Out in 28.0 by hand timing. Off my fastest by more than a second, and went 58.3 I think last year at the Colonies Zones, but pretty OK with it considering all the other swimming.
Warmed down a bit, and swam another 200FR relay 160+ with Eduardo (29), Matt(28), George(56), and I (50) anchored. Went 1:48.+. Almost beat the SPM 120+ relay. Had a good race as Eric of SPM dove in just before me, but I caught about 1/2 way...but could not get past him, and he got me on the touch. Fun race!
Tomorrow is the 400 free first event again seeded fast to slow, so I'll get some extra rest, which will help. Have the 50 and 100 backs, and 50 free at the end, which I'd like to do well in... my 50 splits on the relays were slow around 27.0, so not so sure. I've not been doing much sprinting. Its the last event, so nothing to hold back!
50 crunches, squats & lunges (My hamstrings were sore from my squats at the gym yesterday, so I skipped the squats and lunges.)
2 x 250 pull, breathe 3-5-3, 30 RI
I ignored this and breathed every stroke. I loped and breathed to the left. Quite like this, I just have to remember to kick continuously if I lope.
75 fast kick @ 2:00
75 ascending swim @ 1:30 (AFAP to slow by 25s) done as free/fly/free/back/free/breast
This was quite odd. We literally stopped in the middle of the pool at the 75 and waited for the 2:00 sendoff. It's very difficult to go from a dead stop to AFAP and difficult to ascend in general ... Very tiring set.
10 x 100 @ 1:45
odds = 75 free/25 back
evens = 75 back/25 free
(I just went fast free w/fins on the odds @ 1:11-12 and backstroke kick on the evens. Tired arms.)
1 x 50 fast
I was seriously not in the mood to do this. It's hard to sprint after 3500 meters or so for me. I like my sprinting earlier, throughout the workout or completely separate. My legs were shot and calves were crampy. Brad and I did push off fast 50s. Most others went from the blocks. I went a :28 in fly w/fins.
Total: 3650 meters
Almost didn't make the trek to practice tonight. I was very tired. But I decided to take tomorrow off. Though I will be standing around for a good 3 hours stroking & turning tomorrow am at our relay meet.
My teammate Mark Jones "complimented" me on the freestyle set from Tuesday. He said, given that I am a sprinter, he was "sure I would die," shocked when I didn't, and wondered how I had much aerobic conditioning when I train mostly solo. (He had been going second in our lane.) At least he didn't call me an f'in beech. That was someone else. He was just joking of course, giving me a hard time for joining THT for Nats. Still only two other GMUP people attending Nats though ...
I sent in my entries for Nationals last night.
Entered a 3:10 in the 200 back. The look up time feature is quite helpful. Much harder to sandbag that way.
Was told I might do a 50 evil on a medley relay. Must be hard up!
Breakfast: omelet w/cheese, p. mushrooms and tomatoes, papaya
Lunch: tuna melt sandwich on Ezekial bread with cheese and tomatoes, peach slices, green grapes
Dinner: Sent Mr. Fort and the kids off to a swim team BBQ at the pool and I had two cheese & ben burritos, blueberries
Post swim snack: G2, balance bar, lemon bar (I had made them for the swim team dinner, couldn't resist.)
Updated July 2nd, 2009 at 10:59 PM by The Fortress
50 back: N/S
100 back: N/S
50 fly: 30.75
Things did not go as planned today. Just how it goes in sport, I guess; it was one of those sh*t happens days.
Felt good during warm up. I found out, however, that there would not be electronic timing pads installed at the far end of the pool where the 50s took off. This meant two things: 50 backstroke starts on a slippery wall and no split requests. I was going for a fast 50 back, so had also considered getting a split request in the 100 if I needed one event to "warm up" and get the cobwebs out (often the case for me).
After warm up, I put the new tech suit on. I was trying the LZR out only in the 50 back today, to get one swim in it before Indy. Unfortunately, two or three heats before the 50 back, the zipper just exploded in two places. Imspoiled gallantly tried to fix the zipper, but to no avail. So I couldn't swim the 50 back. And, frankly, I was too upset and pissed off to swim the 100 back (my next event), especially since I couldn't get a split. I did swim a rather half hearted 50 fly in lane 8 and felt sluggish (probably from sitting around for so long without racing). Had a terrible breakout, confirmed by Hulk, but still swam my best time of 30.75.
Leads me to believe I would have swum a fast 50 back ... Oh well, there's always next time.
I'm just frustrated at the moment because I did rest for 10 days for the meet. Tapering is a huge commitment for me, and very hard to effectuate. So I feel that I wasted the taper and wasted training time. I fully realize this happens all the time, and I've certainly been sick prior to taper meets, etc. I'm sure I'll shake it off and be over it tomorrow; I'm just disappointed at this moment.
I also hope I can get a refund on my suit. I will be sending out an email today. This is the obvious reason why FINA should permit B70s. It's ridiculous to have to rely on fragile suits with frequently faulty zippers. I'm hopeful it will be back on the list tomorrow.
Here's a chuckle: A couple people suggested I swim a 50 back time trial.
Lesson from this meet: Don't ever rest for LC meets where you're swimming/targeting 50s without confirming that there will be electronic timing at both ends of the pool. I won't make this mistake again. It just had never occurred to me that there wouldn't be ... (Would have been no big deal had I not rested.)
Now, I have friends coming over for dinner tonight. I fully plan to drink more than one glass of wine. I might even eat potato chips late at night.
Updated June 21st, 2009 at 05:12 PM by The Fortress
No swimming today. Carrying on with the rest. My family sees all indications of the taper bitchies.
I did go see my ART doc today, as my shoulders and calves are still twitchy. Not sure what the cause is. The doc says it could be tossing and turning in my sleep, or it could be the lack of weight lifting. Hulk thinks it could be that the overall workload on the shoulders is too high. He theorizes that this could cause a delay in the resting-discomfort phase, which is apparently a precursor to the happy rested phase. Hmm ... Seems like I've been kicking a lot and not doing pulls and chins ... Hopefully, they'll be happy on Sunday. They're not bad by any stretch, just have some "hot spots." (Pun potential) Walked around the mall today with day glo pink and blue kinesio tape.
We also discussed the electrolyte issue. He agrees I'm likely dehydrated. He says, however, that Gatorade is "swill," no better than eating "bon bons and hohos. I told him about my travails with RecoverWrong. He suggested I try Endura. Used it today, seemed fine. Trying to drink more water.
Checked the psych sheets for the Terrapin Cup. http://www.terrapinmasters.org/TCup09Psych.htm
I'm right next to The [Speedy] Little Devil in the 50 back and Clay is another lane over. Hmm ... Will I drown in their wake or will they be so far ahead that I'll catch a draft? Jeff is seeded 3 seconds faster. Same situation in the 100 back. In the 50 fly, I have a good seed in the second to last heat right next to Fall Willdeboorse, who is a very speedy sprinter and kicks my ass in free. So that should be a good race.
Haven't really formulated any specific time goals for this meet. Ideally, I'd like to go PBs in my 50 back and 50 fly ... we'll see if I rested enough and if I execute. I might be a tad disappointed if I don't go a 32+ in the 50 back. I went a 33.4 at Zones last year where I slipped some on the start. That's how 50s go sometimes.
I am trying a new tech suit. As I've explained to a few of you, I don't feel comfortable with an old B70 and a fragile suit, and I need a suit for USA-S meets besides my "ratty" Pro. I'm trying the Rocket Science "Sprinter" -- brand new suit. (The previous version is still on back order.) http://www.prlog.org/10240754-rocket...d-by-fina.html. This suit is on the 2009 FINA list and I'm told meets the new FINA permeability requirements for 2010. So I'm going to try on my size Youth Medium and see if it really fits. And, besides, who can resist that name? Picture attached below.
I heard a rumor that B70 was handing out its new FINA compliant suits at the Santa Clara meet. They're not generally available now, but I wonder when they will be.
Stroke & Turn Question:
I wasted my entire evening attending a stroke & turn clinic. Here, you must attend every 2 years. There was one question the instructor didn't answer satisfactorily, at least to my mind. I told Hulk I'd post it here, and he can give me his opinion, as he knows this stuff cold.
Little kid approaches the wall for a backstroke turn. Kid first touches the wall on their back with their hand. Kid then realizes, OMG, I forgot to flip, so they spin and execute a forward flip turn. Is this a DQ? Once they touch the wall, does the kid then have to push off on their back to leave the wall and not be past vertical? Or even though they've touched the wall, can they hang their and remain in the "zone" of the wall, and you only assess whether they've pushed off on their back by watching the toes?
Our team may get owned this weekend, as two of our best swimmers are off at summer camps. My Lil lil Fort is swimming her first A meet doing backstroke and evilstroke. I've been trying (very mildly) to encourage fly (though 8 & Unders don't do this in A meets.) I guess she could be my second evilstroker ... Whatever makes her happy, she hasn't liked swimming that much in the past.
Updated June 18th, 2009 at 09:06 PM by The Fortress
Saturday Jun 13th, 2009
partial practice and meet
SR Cir Meet & Practice
2009 Texas Senior Circuit Long Course # 3
wore a new Speedo FS PRO
swam with Tyler & David Guthrie,
14 200 Freestyle
18 200 Backstroke
Whitney told me to take the 200 back out in 1:05 high to 1:06 low
Race hurt bad
20 100 Butterfly
400 free DECK Entered
improved time by 2 sec
wore rocket science
35.15 2:16.20 1:09.85
35.48 3:26.94 1:10.74
31.97 4:34.77 1:07.83 2:18.57
TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE
6:30 - 8:00
TSC main pool competition set up 8 lanes
swam with everyone, larry & marcio
Assigned: 11 snakes which are 400's 11 lengths in each lane
400 easy speed
rest 20 minutes
skipped several rounds
400 fr 15 sec faster
200 fr easy
Senior Circuit #3
Fri June 12 - 14, 2009
1 Day away
28 200 Individual Medley
38 050 Butterfly
USMS South Central Zone Long Course Championship Meet
Fri July 18 - 19 2009
Meet Entry Form
Friday July 17th Aerosmith is playing with ZZ Top at the
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion in the Woodlands
here's all my 100 splits on yesterday's 10k
did not warm up
swim center LCM
79 500 393 sec
77 1000 389 sec
76 1500 (swam straight) 384 sec 1,166 sec
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80 started doing repeat 100's
80 2500 398 sec
115 3000 (first long break) 437
86 3500 (started doing repeat 100's on 1:25) 410
85 4000 439
85 4500 425
90 (short break)
86 1:08:58 5000 431
104 (longer break)
86 5500 453
85 6000 424
79 (larry took a break and got behind me, so I picked up the pace to lap him)
78 6500 405
84 7000 404
81 7500 426
82 8000 402
82 8500 426
85 9000 415
101 last long break
85 9500 439
82 10000 2:19:33.52 411
online entry form
Updated June 1st, 2009 at 04:57 PM by ande
Sat May 30th, 2009
LCM Swam a 10k today in ...
Whitney and Chris Coached
split lane with Larry
swam beside Tyler, Bryan, and Ed
jon counted and timed me
todd counted and timed tyler and larry
we started right at 6:30
wore blue seventy and no cap
my 5000 split was 1:08:58
10k is a long way
I swam 1500 straight in 19:26
took a little break
then started doing repeat 100's on 1:20
which was a mistake
took a break after 2900
the next 100 was 1:55
started feeling hot and wished I'd wore a legskin instead of a full body
switched from 1:20 pace to 1:25 pace at 3400
Break at 3600
next 100 was 1:44
hope to enter my 100 times later it's a lot of data
held some of my best splits
between 6300 - 6800
Larry had taken a break and I decided to put another lap on him
I feel like I took too many breaks
it was a mistake to do repeat 100's
should have done 400's, 500's or 1000's
I had my drinks in a cooler
should have had them on deck ready to go
I had several GU's, larry used power bars
my arms are sore,
Updated May 30th, 2009 at 05:51 PM by ande
Had a great time at nats
Central California was hot and super sunny, many people had sunburns, it was important to stay in the shade, keep covered, cool, & hydrated. I wore a hat and a long sleeve Tshirt most of the time.
Several of my teammates had great swims like,
Tyler's 50.18 100 fl, Mike's 50.8 100 fl, Brad's 47.2 100 fr, Todd Bartee's 100 & 200 IM, Max's 100 fr, david Guthrie's 100 & 200 breast,
got to visit with Ahelee, Rob Butcher, Rowdy, Roque, Matt, Nancy, Vlad, Chris, Keith, Jim M, Sean McGrath, Mike Ellison& many other excellent swimmers.
The meet was well run, I wish they would have changed the relay submission deadline to 10 am on Friday. They did a great job with individual envelopes for awards
Nice facility. My biggest nit with the facility were the walls opposite from the starting end, they were slick tile on the front and backside. I'm sure several swimmers had issues with their feet & hands slipping on turns.
here's real time results
Friday May 8th 2009
Scott Carpenter went 23.37
best time this season is 53.3
wore b70 legs
had trouble swimming backstroke outdoors
slipped on 3rd turn
Sat May 09 2009
went 51.80 earlier this season
Event 31 Men 45+ 200 Yard Medley Relay
1) Rasmussen, Anders M45 24.96
2) Guthrie, David M48 51.27 (26.31)
3) Stinchcombe, Maxwell M52 1:15.51 (24.24)
4) Smiley, Jon M47 1:38.90 (23.39)
Sun May 10th
Event 37 Men 45-49 100 Yard IM
split it 24.57 29.27
25 splits 10.63 13.7 15.76 13.23
2 Fowler, Jamie 49 NOVA went split it 54.21 24.10 30.11
Interview after IM
Event 43 Men 45-49 50 Yard Backstroke
2nd Fowler, Jamie 49 NOVA 25.15
Event 45 Mixed 45+ 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
1) Rasmussen, Anders M45 22.46
2) Hughes, Mary W50 48.72 26.26
3) Plevich, Beth W47 1:14.96 26.24
4) Stinchcombe, Maxwell M52 1:37.07 22.11
Updated May 11th, 2009 at 11:22 PM by ande
As expected, I was very excited and blissed out from yesterday, so didn't do that well in the sleep department. Fortunately, I slept in a wee bit because my first event, mixed 200 free relay wasn't until 11:45. But sleep wasn't the problem -- cramps! I woke up with crazy sore calve muscles. Had Mr. Fort give me a quick massage, which practically made me scream. I guess it was just the lactic acid build up from yesterday? Not used to swimming 6 events. That's what Coach Cheryl thought. I obviously need a "masher." lol. Not sure what else could have caused it ... I was eating bananas and drinking gatorade ... was warming down when I could between events (but maybe not enough with the crazy consecutive last 3 events from yesterday) ...
Anyway, that effected the days events, as I cramped on every start and wall. This phenomenon obviously makes my dolphin kick, my major weapon, less effective. I was very happy that I didn't sign up for the 100 IM first thing in the am, as that is a heavy duty lactate event for me with all the switching of strokes. Didn't swim the 100 back, as I had just swum 2 crampy 50s and was hobbling. A bit disappointed, but glad I have my 1:02 split request on file, though I think I might have gone faster. Always another time!
Despite this Day 2 issue, I had a great time at the meet, had a few good swims on Sunday, had a fantastic time watching all the fast swimming, and had fun at the post meet party. My team won the medium team championship for the first time in 5 years, so we were psyched about that.
35+ mixed 200 free relay, 1:37, 1st place
I went about 85-90%, shaking the cobwebs out. Split a 25.3. Two of my relay mates are swimming at Clovis in 2 weeks, and I wish them the best of luck!
50 fly, 27.06
Had 5 heats of rest. Only got 2 lengths of warm down. Took 9 SDKs off the start and turn. Cramped on both though, so I was kicking through pain and had to take one extra breath the second length. Stud said I visibly accelerated the last 15 yards, as the cramp subsided. Was super happy to see a 27.06 in light of this. This broke my Zone record from last year of 28.4.
25 + medley relay, 1:53, 1st place
Swam the fly leg on this relay. Had a break after my 50 fly, so felt more rested. Split 26.77 with a safe start.
Was a tad bummed I didn't sign up for the 50 free, as it would have been nice to take all 4 50s. But you can't swim everything in one meet!
Fort party was a blast. Hope everyone had a good time. I'll put up pictures soon. (Just so y'all know, we decided after John left that Wookiee looks just like Zac Ephron. )
This morning, I'm going to have a warm down swim/hot tub with Stud. I also have a massage booked, which I had anticipated as recovery before the NY meet. But I could still use it. I think my calves need some work before I can go on my post meet run tomorrow. My shoulders/traps also feel a bit like someone took a hammer to them.
Tech suit thoughts:
First, don't sit in gum in a B70!! Holy crap, not sure where I sat in it, but it smeared all across my butt (I promised SwimRobin that I would actually confess this in public, lol) -- goopy pinkish stuff. I was kinda freaked out, thinking it had ruined my B70. Fortunately, it came out with some ice cubes, but I was required to make a tech suit change.
I've told Chris this, but FYI guys, Mike Ross was much happier with B70 legs for back and fly than the full body B70. He did recommend it for ALL swimmers, but I remain content with my full body. lol And, WOW, it was fun seeing several of his swims! (He also lectured my on excess eventage, but got that it was my team zone meet.)
On the Jimby front, he is still cogitating on how to spin the B70 science experiment. He wanted full Jimby credit for his swims and I am giving it to him!! Seriously though, in his big 3 events (100 free, 200 free and 500 free), he swam very very well, but the times (all age group PBs) were what (at least I) thought he was well capable of swimming in a fast pool. I'll let him do the time reporting, but it was much less than .5 per 50 in these events. He did swim a very very nice 400 IM as well and dropped a lot of time there.
B70 vs. LZR:
A few people from GMU conducting experiments using borrowed LZRs. I had a borrowed LZR with a recordbreaker back. It had been used for 10-12 swims. I decided to wear a B70 for one of my 50 backs and the LZR for the other to compare. They were, as reported, within .1 of each other. So, for me, I'm not sure there was much difference time wise. But perhaps the LZR would have been slightly faster if it had been brand new or if I had used one with a zipper? I think so ...
I won't wear a recordbreaker back again though. I haven't worn an open recordbreaker back since my Pro pre-Austin. Yuck! I felt like I had water wooshing down my back. Very odd sensation. Might have been because I'm so used to the B70? Or because the LZR is cut very low in the back? I swam 2 relays in the suit and it was worse. In my 100 fly leg of the medley relay, I felt like I had water wooshing down the back and front. And that was a pretty mediocre swim.
What I can say is that I don't think the B70 is any more of a "floatation" suit than the LZR really. The LZR has plenty of noticeable "float" in the bottom half where all the impermeable material is. Frankly, I think having more float in the bottom and less in the top (a la Mike's comments) might be the best for me as well. But, like others, I have major concerns about the fragility and lack of durability of the LZR. I really think it's basically a one meet suit. I saw a couple swimmers with whacking big holes in their LZRs. Of course, Hulk popped a big hole in his brand new B70 and my teammate and Mike Ross had runs in the back of their B70s. At least I only had the gum problem!
Updated April 28th, 2009 at 12:33 AM by The Fortress
I survived my first day ever swimming 6 events. Yes, I am dead now, but fairly hyper as I had a nice surprise. We'll see about sleep tonight ... lol
Here's how it went, including some nose clip magic:
1. 100 free, 57.4
Felt like utter absolute crap in warm up, wasn't too jazzed about swimming this event. Did 75 easy speed + 25 fast. And that felt horrible. Still, went 57.4. I was told my turnover was slow but powerful. Had trouble off the turns and with breakouts, confirmed by wookiee. I think it's likely because I rarely do freestyle in practice. Occasionally, I feel like crap on my first event of a meet and then go on to swim better. I think that is what happened here.
I did loaf just enough to lose my Zones record by .05. Not overly concerned. Will now take another 2 year hiatus, as I'm not fond of this event. Got points for my team -- which is currently leading the medium team division!!
2. 25+ 200 mixed medley relay, did back leg, went 28.06 (had a split request in)
Led off the relay. After the 100 free, I was a tad worried about letting down my speedy relay teammates. And I decided to use my nose clip for the first time. Was very fast, 28.0, which is .5 faster than my time in Auburn. I was *told* *lectured* that I was *perhaps* a wee bit past the 15 meter mark. (It was my first real backstroke start ever with B70 + nose clip.) Just glad our relay wasn't DQ'd. I went very deep on the start. Our 25+ relay got 1st place. I think we went a 1:45 or so. Speedo had a great free leg.
(I was really happy with my time cuz it put me .1 ahead of Sue Walsh this year. In fact, I was so happy I told a teammate that I didn't care how the open 50 back went (see below), as I had a PB/Zone Record. lol)
3. 50 breast, 34.11
I had exactly 4 heats of 50s after the medley relay for rest. But I sucked it up to swim my very very fav event. It had been almost 4 years since I last swam it and went 37+. But my recent LC time in a B70 converted to 37, which is why that was my seed time. Very surprisingly, I dropped 3+ seconds. I think the dolphin kick at the top of the pullout helps me. Couldn't figure out what to do between the flags and the walls and changed my tempo at both ends. Set the Zone record in this event though. Everyone go ahead and have a good laugh now.
4. 50 back, 27.90, NR:
OK, very shocked and happy to go under 28. WTH?! I was just hoping to go 29+ at this meet. Didn't think I'd touch my Auburn time. This time I was more conservative on the start and came up at the 14.8 meter mark. As I saw Jazz noted, nose clips are not just a fashion statement!
Event 23 Women 45-49 50 Yard Backstroke
ZONE: Z 29.34 4/15/2007 Vibeke Swanson
NATL: ! 28.00 5/20/2007 K PIPES-NEILSEN
Name Age Team Seed Finals Points
1 Livingston, Les 47 GMUP 29.10 27.90! 9
My coach told me I broke the NR. Didn't even know what it was before I swam ... Shocked! I think KPN has swum faster too since the last record book publication too, but still --- I believe we both get credit for being under the existing NR.
Last year at Zones, I swam a 29.5, so this is a big drop in a 50 for one year. Definitely not all B70! In fact, Jimby just announced that he now thinks all improvement is due to monofin use and my kick workouts. Hahahaha.
5. Women's 35+ 400 medley relay
I had one heat of rest, one. This is not a good plan for sprinters. I think we need breaks between relays at this meet ... I swam the fly leg, went 1:03. Really tried to cruise the first 50. Couldn't seem to SDK at all, no legs. Died like a dog as usual the last 15 yards, but I had warned our freestyler that this would, in fact, and inevitably, occur. My team went 4:29, which is 4 seconds than we went last year in the same event where we grabbed the top spot.
6. Women's 35+ 200 free relay
One measly heat of rest. Went my all time slowest 50 free ever leading off the relay! Yay! But we won the event and got points for the team.
Dined with friends at Red Hot & Blue. Many enchanting photographs were taken, which will be downloaded at some later point. Feeling a little tuckered, but very happy.
Updated April 27th, 2009 at 04:31 PM by The Fortress
Woke up today with a headache again. (WTF?!) Decided I needed to work on cheerfulness. One of my favorite west coast gurus, Ahelee, suggested I meditate about yellow daffodils (in lieu of meditating about deers for speed). I did this for a minute or two ... that's about my tolerance for meditation, as Ahelee knows. Then I proceeded to listen to loud psych music and purchase copious amounts of beer and wine for the party on Sunday. That helped more.
After this, I went to the pool and chiro.
(This is so dull, one can barely bother typing it ...)
700 variety swim, kick, drill
10 x 25 UW shooters on back
6 x (25 easy speed fly + 25 EZ)
3 x (25 AFAP free + 75 EZ)
My chiro agreed that I had completely torqued my neck and that that was what has been causing my constant headaches. Got a neck adjustment and tune up for the shoulders. Hopefully, that will do the trick.
Met Alan Webb today. He was finishing his appt when I arrived. He's racing the mile at Drake University this weekend and hoping for perfect weather conditions.
Got my relay assignments today. I'm swimming:
25+ Mixed 200 Medley: Leslie, Petra, Mark, Pete
35+ women 400 medley: Barb, Karlin, Leslie, Cheryl
35+ women 200 free relay: Leslie, Cheryl, Barb, Melissa
35+ mixed 200 free: Pete, Brad, Leslie, Cheryl
25+ women 200 medley: Barb, Petra, Leslie, Cheryl
Very psyched to be swimming with Petra Martin, who has mad skills, but she is really dragging down our relay "age." Swimming some relays with Speedo and my favorite teammates too! I haven't swum relays in a long time, so looking forward to that. Last year, this same 400 medley relay was #1 in the nation. Not bad for a small non-superteam!
Got Jimby's suit in the mail from Sportsman BillS. I'll be sure to take many photos of Jim in it, especially after he's eaten his 5 steaks on Friday night.
Updated April 24th, 2009 at 10:22 AM by The Fortress
friday's practice below
2009 South Central Zone USMS Championships
Friday March 27
WASN'T TOO PSYCHED
JUST CRUISED IT
MISSED ZONE RECORD 4:29.68
Saturday, March 28th
broke zone record 56.55
improved from 28.9 last year
went 24.6 in jan
skipped 100 fr
swam on 45 & over mixed relay
with max mary & beth
Sun March 29, 2009
best time this year but went 21.4 at nats 08
plan was to cruise it enough to break zone rec then I slipped on the start
legs went down instead of off the block
split it 29.46 27.86
goal was to cruise it enough to break
the 2:06 zone record
26.53 32.60 35.64 28.65
there were moments in the free when I let up on my kick
broke 24.05 zone record
split it 26.19 28.89 30.02 27.76
had some decent swims but swam a lot of events and I've been sick, so I feel like some times were slow and know I can swim way faster
pondering how to train next 40 days to prepare for nationals
FRIDAYS SWIM PRACTICE
Fri Mar 27th, 2009
TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE
6:30 - 8:00
LCM TSC main pool
swam with tyler
saw todd, larry, dede, doug, max
Dove in around 7:00
100 k easy
100 fr fast went 67
100 k easy
100 fr fast went 65
skipped 100 k easy
skipped 50 FAST & 50 easy
put on pro jammers
100 fr fast went 60
DROVE TO A&M WITH TYLER TO WATCH DAY 2 PRELIMS
DROVE TO DALLAS FOR ZONES
tyler & I planned to drive to A&M to watch day 3 finals but were too tired & bailed
USMS MASTERS NATIONALS
May 8 - 10
40 days away
5 weeks 5 days
Made it out to MAC for the annual Albatross SCM meet. I love this meet because it's local and in the afternoon. As Chris and Onefish noted, the water was a bit too warm. Swam two events, don't have official times or splits yet. Felt pretty good during warm up. My legs felt heavy/tight though. This just confirms my thought that the legs need a LOT of rest/tapering to be really ready to go fast. A mini taper is good, but just not enough rest.
Edit: Put in splits
100 fly SCM, 1:09.80
As usual, thoughts of scratching filtered into my head. The 100 fly in meters is just so painful for me. Thankfully, it was the first event, so I didn't have to sit around for hours dwelling on it. I promised myself I could retire this event for 2009 if I swam it. Probably will do just that!
Anyway, went 1:09.8. Previous best was 1:12.1 from the Albatross meet the year before. I hoped to improve my time since I had not swum the event in a year, but not by this much with only a mini-taper. Very happy with the time. As usual, I died on the last 25, but a 4.2 second difference per 50 in fly in meters is not that bad for me. Chris suggested that as I continue to swim more, this may be less of a problem. I certainly don't see any evidence of that! I think I'd have to do more than 25s and 50s in practice. I haven't even done many 50s lately.
I did count my SDKs. I had planned or estimated that I would use a 9-7-7-7 pattern. I ended up using a 9-7-7 & 5-6ish pattern. I didn't push deep enough off my third turn, popped up prematurely, and had an awkward breakout.
My prior time was swum in a Pro and done before I started lifting heavy. Jimby is already yanking my chain and saying the 2.3 second improvement is all B70 assist. lol Maybe so, but I'll take the time! Speedster Michelina totally made my day by telling me my fly was pretty.
100 back SCM, 1:10.94
Since I was bumped out of the Chris-Clay heat, I had a nice race with Lisa Van Pelt-Diller. I decided to use Jimby's strategy for racing the 100 free that he had posted on the discussion forum. I may have taken it out a bit too easy on the first 50, but it's hard to tell as I have no idea what my splits were. The strategy seemed to work well and it was slightly less painful.
Edit: Got my splits. Yes, out too easy on the first 50. With my start, this race is effectively an even split for me. However, I really enjoyed swimming it this way and powering home the last 25.
It was a fun race. I would pull ahead of Lisa on the start/underwaters and she would catch me on the surface. I tried to speed into the final turn and then really pick up the turnover. Had a good last 25, and beat her by about .8 or so maybe. I didn't take that many SDKs off my turns. No idea how many, as I was too busy racin' to count. (I did do 12 on the start.) But the fact that the ones I did were effective suggests to me that I should do more. Need to work on the nose clip angle. I was told I was "looking" too much.
This was a PB as well. My previous best was a 1:11.7 last June in a B70 with a mini taper. So conditions were pretty equivalent. I swam the 1:11.7 at U of Md, which is a faster pool.
On a funny note, someone (can't remember who now) told me my race with Lisa was very similar to Chris' race with Clay.
Had to dash off without any warm down after the 100 back. Made it to my kid's meet with 15 minutes to spare in time to see her swim 2 PBs at finals. So a good swim day for the fam!
Updated March 22nd, 2009 at 11:37 AM by The Fortress
Thu Mar 5th, 2009
DAY 1 Austin Grand Prix Psych Sheet
believe the meet was dual sanctioned
#05 100 Butterfly
Took it out hard and tried to hold on
#08 200 IM
I was hoping to beat 1:58.9
Event 12 Men 400 Yard Medley Relay
1 Longhorn Aquatic-ST 'B' 3:28.46
1) 25.83 53.32 Rasmussen, Ande 45
2) 27.37 58.45 Bartee, Todd 39
3) 23.21 49.93 Blessing, Tyler 36
4) 22.38 46.76 Varozza, Michael 41
Event 5 Men 100 LC Meter Butterfly
35 Rasmussen, Ande 45 Longhorn Aquatic WENT 59.40
2009 South Central Zone USMS Championships
Friday March 27 - Sun March 29, 2009
21 days away
USMS MASTERS NATIONALS
May 8 - 10
63 days away
Updated March 6th, 2009 at 02:15 PM by ande