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  1. CZ Day 1: 6 Events

    by , April 25th, 2009 at 10:25 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    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 05:31 PM by The Fortress

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  2. Meditating Daffodils?

    by , April 22nd, 2009 at 05:04 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    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.

    Pool work:
    (This is so dull, one can barely bother typing it ...)

    Warm up:

    700 variety swim, kick, drill

    Speed Work:

    10 x 25 UW shooters on back

    50 EZ

    6 x (25 easy speed fly + 25 EZ)

    50 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP free + 75 EZ)

    100 EZ

    Total: 1750

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Chiro:

    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.

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    Zones:

    Got my relay assignments today. I'm swimming:

    Saturday morning:
    25+ Mixed 200 Medley: Leslie, Petra, Mark, Pete

    Saturday afternoon:
    35+ women 400 medley: Barb, Karlin, Leslie, Cheryl
    35+ women 200 free relay: Leslie, Cheryl, Barb, Melissa

    Sunday morning:
    35+ mixed 200 free: Pete, Brad, Leslie, Cheryl

    Sunday afternoon:
    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!

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    B70 Experiment:

    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 11:22 AM by The Fortress

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  3. 2009 zones results

    by , March 29th, 2009 at 09:52 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    friday's practice below

    2009 South Central Zone USMS Championships

    Friday March 27

    400 IM
    BEEN SICK
    WASN'T TOO PSYCHED
    JUST CRUISED IT
    WENT 4:31.28
    27.52 31.64
    34.78 33.93
    39.37 39.87
    32.65 31.52
    MISSED ZONE RECORD 4:29.68


    Saturday, March 28th

    100 im
    went 55.05
    24.74 30.31
    broke zone record 56.55

    50 br
    went 28.63
    improved from 28.9 last year

    50 bk
    went 25.45
    weak start
    disappointing swim
    went 24.6 in jan

    skipped 100 fr

    100 fl
    went 53.62
    24.87 28.75

    swam on 45 & over mixed relay
    with max mary & beth
    split 21.94


    Sun March 29, 2009

    50 fr
    went 21.95
    best time this year but went 21.4 at nats 08

    100 bk
    plan was to cruise it enough to break zone rec then I slipped on the start
    legs went down instead of off the block
    went 57.32
    split it 29.46 27.86

    200 IM
    goal was to cruise it enough to break
    the 2:06 zone record
    went 2:03.42
    26.53 32.60 35.64 28.65
    there were moments in the free when I let up on my kick

    50 fly
    went 23.96
    broke 24.05 zone record

    200 fr
    went 1:52.86
    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
    Whitney Coached
    LCM TSC main pool
    swam with tyler
    saw todd, larry, dede, doug, max
    Dove in around 7:00

    200 easy
    100 k easy
    50 FAST
    50 easy
    100 fr fast went 67
    100 easy

    200 easy
    100 k easy
    50 FAST
    50 easy
    100 fr fast went 65
    100 easy

    200 easy
    skipped 100 k easy
    skipped 50 FAST & 50 easy
    put on pro jammers
    100 fr fast went 60
    100 easy

    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

    NEXT MEET
    USMS MASTERS NATIONALS
    May 8 - 10
    http://www.usms.org/comp/scnats09/
    40 days away
    5 weeks 5 days
  4. Albatross Results, March 21

    by , March 22nd, 2009 at 11:30 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    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
    32.77/36.02

    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
    34.92/36.02

    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 12:37 PM by The Fortress

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  5. Austin Grand Prix Day 1

    by , March 6th, 2009 at 02:26 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu Mar 5th, 2009

    DAY 1 Austin Grand Prix Psych Sheet

    RESULTS
    believe the meet was dual sanctioned

    THU PRELIMS

    #05 100 Butterfly
    went 51.80
    23.83
    27.97
    Took it out hard and tried to hold on

    #08 200 IM
    went 1:58.39
    25.80
    30.38
    34.55
    27.66
    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


    THU FINALS

    Event 5 Men 100 LC Meter Butterfly
    35 Rasmussen, Ande 45 Longhorn Aquatic WENT 59.40
    27.88 31.52


    NEXT MEET:
    2009 South Central Zone USMS Championships
    Friday March 27 - Sun March 29, 2009
    21 days away


    NEXT MEET
    USMS MASTERS NATIONALS
    May 8 - 10
    http://www.usms.org/comp/scnats09/
    63 days away

    Updated March 6th, 2009 at 03:15 PM by ande

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  6. Tuesday, Feb 24

    by , February 24th, 2009 at 04:44 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim, solo, SCY:

    Warm up:

    700 variety swim, kick, drill

    Aerobic Conditioning Set:
    (this set was swiped from Chris' morning workout and modified)

    1 x 200 backstroke kick @ 3:20
    2 x 100 IM @ 1:45
    3 x 50 fly @ 1:00
    1 x 200 backstroke kick @ 3:20
    2 x 100 IM @ 1:45
    3 x 50 back @ 50
    1 x 200 backstroke kick @ 3:20
    2 x 100 IM @ 1:45
    3 x 40 breast @ 1:00

    50 EZ

    Endurance Kick Set:

    20 x 50 dolphin kick w/MF @ :45
    5 on back, 5 w/board, 5 on back, 5 w/board
    (worked on kicking on my side on the ones on my back)

    100 EZ

    Speed Set:
    (didn't really feel like doing these, but forced myself to. my free actually felt pretty fast and strong.)

    8 x (25 AFAP free + 25 EZ)

    150 C/D

    Total: 4050

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I am really from weights yesterday. Not in a scary shoulder pain kind of way, just a sore way. I'm sure it's from my experiments with assisted and unassisted pull ups yesterday and the increased weight. I'm worried I'll still be sore tomorrow when I was going to lift. I'm wondering if it's better to take 2 days off between weight sessions if you're lifting heavier? Thoughts on this?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Here's the Order of Events for Colonies Zones on April 25-26: I'm trying to figure out what events to swim. Any thoughts? I'll probably rest some for this meet and keep resting for a SCM meet in NY in early May. Jimby suggested the 400 IM and 500 free, but that is just not in the cards! Think I'll do 100 free though. Haven't swum it in 2 years in SCY. Wolf Girl thinks I've never swum it, but actually I'm a "Zonesman" in this event.

    Sat:

    100 free
    200 back
    400 mixed free relay
    200 mixed medley relay
    50 breast
    200 IM
    500 free
    100 fly
    200 breast
    50 back
    400 medley relay
    200 free relay

    Sun:

    200 free
    100 IM
    800 free relay
    400 mixed medley relay
    200 mixed free relay
    50 fly
    100 breast
    400 IM
    100 back
    200 fly
    50 free
    400 free relay
    200 medley relay

    I'll probably swim the two relays at the end of each day and the 200 mixed medley relay early in the day on Sat.

    Updated February 25th, 2009 at 10:22 AM by The Fortress

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  7. Auburn, Day 2

    by , February 16th, 2009 at 12:04 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Despite being totally sleep deprived, my body was still sufficiently rested, tapered, pampered, massaged etc. to swim fast. I feel like I really nailed the taper with significant time drops. Swam faster than I though I would. In fact, I should probably just retire from SCY now, as I doubt I'll ever swim faster. lol All time drops are "taper drops" because I've swum every event except the 100 IM in B70s. (I note this because Jimby thinks all my recent improvements are due to B70 use.)

    100 fly: 1:01.33

    Previous PB was 1:04.2 (swam that at Austin in a Pro and at the Sprint Classic in a B70). I swam this in heat 1 by myself. Had the same reaction as the 50 free. I just could not believe my time. I was hoping to go a 1:03. Shocked and super happy. My splits were 28.46/32.87. Rigor mortis set in, as usual, with about 10 yards to go. Mini-Fort says I just have to chop off one second to make sectionals. I tried to explain that this was a once in a lifetime taper kind of thing and I wasn't going to hop in and do this next month. Yeesh!

    50 back: 28.52

    Previous best was a 29.1 in September, and I was secretly hoping for a 28.9. Didn't have the best turn and was on the lane line for a bit of the second length. Still very very happy with the time.

    100 back: 1:02.84

    Previous best was 1:04.7 (did this in a Pro in Austin and in a B70 in September) and I was hoping for a high 1:03 or so. Did this as a split request in the 200 back. (The officials checked the rules and found the split request form.) I didn't have much time to recover after the 50 back. Maybe 35 minutes. I would really have preferred an hour or even 2 hours. That's the one disadvantage of tapering for a regional meet as opposed to Nats -- you just don't get the same amount of rest between events. This event hurt the most of all my races, probably because I was very very tired. Splits were 30.24/32.60. Forumite Karlene was kind enough to give me my splits and times right when I hopped (er, dragged myself) out of the pool.

    I consider this race a moral victory. I've been wanting to beat my 12 year old time of 1:04.0 for awhile. So now I'm faster than when I was 12. lol

    __________________________

    Taper Reflections/Thoughts:

    1. Did 6 PBs at this meet. I've done this before at a taper meet, but I think some of the PBs were just natural improvement, increased racing experience, or just not much experience in a given course. But I've never dropped this much time across every event before. I have to conclude that this means I really hit my taper right. The biggest change I made was in week 1 of the taper. I followed Chris' advice to keep yardage up (reduce only a bit), cut aerobic work and cut speed work. In prior tapers, I've increased speed work in week 1 and reduced yardage. I also got much more rest/sleep than usual during taper (took a lot of "morning naps"). This may have factored into the results as well.

    2. The Auburn pool was very fast. It was a double bulkhead pool. Didn't seem to bother me. I did have to peek to spot the wall in the 50 free though.

    3. I'm still struggling on my backstroke turns in yards. This meet, I took 3 strokes before flipping over instead of the 2 from my last meet. I guess it worked, but I felt like I had to take short strokes and was tentative on the turns. Also, I notice with my B70, I'm not getting as deep on my starts and turns and popping up sooner. Ande tells me I need to affirmatively try to go deeper and use the "suit surge." I'm definitely not doing that right now.

    3. The SCY season is in the books for me. I'm only going to swim a few events at Zones for fun. Hopefully, my times will hold up decently with those to be posted at Clovis. I'm just going to focus on SCM and LCM now, which I vastly prefer anyway. Whenever I swim backstroke in yards, I just think "another damn wall?!" Walls upset my rhythm and help tall people more than us shorter types.

    4. I have to say that I really enjoyed tapering at an unconventional time. I'm not a winter person and it gave me something to keep me occupied and focused on over these dreary months. Now, I'm really ready to turn back to some cross training and running outdoors. This is really not a bad way to go!

    5. Tapering is hard work. It requires a lot of commitment to getting enough rest, sleep, etc. I'm really looking forward to going back to not worrying about whether I feel tired or sore and doing whatever I want to do. I always feel like I've gotten a "get out of jail free" card when taper time is over.

    6. A couple people have asked me what I think accounts for the significant time drops I've had since Austin. In a nutshell, I think it's more intense training. I've generally been swimming 5x a week. When in the pool, I've done more aerobic work and more intense kick sets. And I've just done more weights/drylands, though I can still improve in this area. So, as I said recently on the SFF thread, "more is more" seems to have worked for me.

    7. Sandbagging seems to agree with me. I swam all my 100s completely by myself with no one to "race." Didn't seem to matter. In general, I prefer just swimming my own race. I don't think having someone right next to me makes all that much difference.

    8. 100 fly thoughts: One reason I was so surprised with my time is that I have not been training for the 100 fly. If you've read my blog, you'll know that I've mostly just been doing 25s with some 50s and fly in IMs thrown in. Last October, I tried to do longer fly sets to improve my endurance in the 100 fly, but suffered immediate shoulder pain. So I went back to 25s and 50s. Didn't seem to hurt me that much. Also, for the fin critics out there, I will note that I NEVER swim fly without fins. So pfffftttt. Works for me and keeps my shoulders healthy! I'm glad I've marched to my own drummer on this issue and not accepted conventional wisdom.

    Oh, and no matter how much Puff bugs me, I will never swim a 200 fly.

    Here are the complete results:

    http://www.ag.auburn.edu/~bailelc/2009.results.htm

    Updated February 17th, 2009 at 01:12 PM by The Fortress

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  8. David Gregg III Memorial Meet 2-15-2009

    by , February 15th, 2009 at 05:49 PM (TJ's Blog of Slow Swimming!)
    Warmup:
    400 easy free
    50 2-1-2 fly drill
    50 easy back
    50 easy breast
    2 starts with 25 sprints - 1 fly and 1 free
    100 easy free


    200 IM - 3:10.59 - I went 3:09.33 in November
    Splits - 38.46/53.18/55.84/43.11
    The fly was a second and a half slower than in November and did not feel anywhere close to as good.
    Back felt pretty good and was 4 1/2 seconds faster than in November
    Breast was horrible and 4 seconds slower than November. I don't know what happened there. I think maybe I didn't cool down enough after my 500 on Saturday and I didn't warm up properly this morning.
    I tanked my turn in the free, jamming it and slipping. 43 seconds is just unacceptable since it's slower than I held in my 500.
    Not a lot good to say about this event other than my backstroke felt much better than it ever has.
    200 easy warmdown

    200 warmup
    2x50 easy to midpoint, accelerate and work wall, breakout and several strokes, easy into wall
    100 very easy
    50 free - 30:13
    I had a good start and felt strong, but my wife said that I didn't rotate very much. I'll have to work on that I guess.:-( I looked back over my 50 free times and this is right in line with my slow improvement. In all fairness, I train more as a distance person or a middle distance person than I do as a sprinter. My speed is slowly improving, but it probably won't make big jumps without a change in training philosophy.

    100 fly - 1:27.01
    Splits - 40.06/46.95
    I felt out of gas most of today, so I didn't have high hopes going into this event. I nearly scratched it after my 200 IM in fact. Julie talked me into doing it anyway. The first lap, I tried to take it out very easy and I felt okay, but the last couple of strokes on the first lap, I could feel the fatigue setting in. The last lap was an exercise in survival. I thought my legs were going to fall off the last 15 yards or so!!! Everyone says that I looked okay, other than shortening my stroke over the last 35 yards or so, but it felt like I was flailing! I'll keep working on it! And hey, I didn't drown or get DQed!
    250 easy one arm fly cooldown.

    1900 yards

    Updated February 16th, 2009 at 03:48 PM by Iwannafly (Add times and splits.)

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  9. David Gregg III Memorial Meet 2-14-2009

    by , February 14th, 2009 at 11:55 PM (TJ's Blog of Slow Swimming!)
    NOVA of Virginia Aquatics Center (SCY)

    Warmup:
    600 free, alternate 100 swim, 50 kick.
    2x50 easy, accelerate from flags and work turn and streamline.
    100 easy

    I went 7:00.94 in my 500 free. The timer did not get reset between heats, so there were no splits for my heat. I felt strong the whole race and tried to keep a good catch. I intended to count strokes for at least a few of the lengths, but I never remembered after any of my turns. This is nearly 15 seconds faster than my best, which was at this meet last year. I was happy with the time.

    300 easy warmdown (hindsight being 20-20, this was probably not enough)!

    1600 yards

    Updated February 15th, 2009 at 05:49 PM by Iwannafly

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  10. 1000 + SCM Thursday, Feb. 12

    by , February 12th, 2009 at 12:56 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Last day of ditzing around in the pool like a noodler:

    700 warm up
    2 x 25 build
    2 x 25 easy speed fly
    200 easy

    _________________________________________

    Taper News:

    No real hypochondriasis at the moment. Shoulders are a bit sore from tossing and turning last night. Still holding at just congestion! Speaking of hypochondriasis, this will be my first big meet in awhile without my blogger buddies Jimby and SwimStud. Is Jimby my good luck charm or does he encourage hypochondriasis? He is always a good source of Jolt Gum ...

    The timeline for the meet is out. There are 1650 entries -- quite a lot for a regional meet.
    I should have enough time between my first and seconds events each day, thanks to my sandbagging of the first event. I'm a bit worried about warm up on Saturday, since I'm in heat 1 of event 1 and have to budget ample time for struggling/wiggling/wrenching myself into the new tech suit. I've been very spoiled by my stretched out B70. I was down to about 3 mintues to get into it. Now, I'm back to 30 minutes. lol.

    Will probably go early and warm up in the warm up pool on Saturday morning. (By early, I mean about 11:00 am.) May try to get to the competition pool late Friday afternoon if my flight is on time and I don't get stuck in traffic. I've been told the bulkhead is tricky, so this is probably a good idea.

    Looking forward to meeting Heather Reitz, Swimcat, Karlene, Glider & others and seeing Elise again. I'm counting on Elise to get me from the hotel to the pool as I am always getting lost. Why is it so confusing to find the damn pool on a college campus?!

    SCM Times:

    Preliminary SCM rankings are out.

    http://www.usms.org/comp/tt/toptenin...wimmerID=038W8

    Did better than last year. I find it somewhat comical that my worst ranking was 50 fly. I even did better in 100 fly than 50 fly. A first! Biggest improvement is in the 100 IM. I swam in 3 SCM meets this year (Albatross, IGLA and one day at Rutgers). I did 3 day mini tapers for the first two and rested a week for Rutgers. The week of IGLA, I lifted and ran, so think I could have gone faster in the backstroke events and 50 fly. (Wait, I did in the 50 fly .... lol) It'd be nice to do a 2 week taper one year for a SCM meet. I wish there was a bit more competition for the top spots in my age group. Right now, they're completely dominated by KPN.

    Updated February 12th, 2009 at 04:12 PM by The Fortress

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  11. Gettin' Twitchy Wed., Feb 11

    by , February 11th, 2009 at 04:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    SCM, solo:

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    200 kick
    150 fly drills

    Rest of Warm up:

    2 x (2 x 25 build free + 25 easy)

    2 x (2 x 25 easy speed fly + 25 easy)

    50 EZ

    2 x (2 x 25 AFAP + 50 EZ)

    100 EZ

    Total: 1250 meters

    ____________________________________

    Taper News:

    Was trying to do sort of a meet warm up. Meet warm ups confuse me. Sometimes I feel stale/haven't got the cobwebs out on my first event and sometimes I'm fine without too much warm up. Never sure how much to do. Glad I'm starting my meet out with 100s each day though.

    I'm guardedly optimistic about the hip. It feels better, though still sore. Dr. Jimby is right that these things take a long time to heal.

    Still holding at congestion only, haven't lapsed into the sinusitis/bronchitis malaise I've been so prone to in the past.

    Felt pretty good in the water today. Decent DPS, fly felt good.

    After no running or spinning for almost 3 weeks, I'm starting to feel like a gooey Pillsbury Dough Boy.

    Haven't really set any time goals. Unlike many, I don't usually set specific goals, although I may have general goals (do PBs) or reach goals (like to bust out another good 100 IM time) in mind. Of course, I wouldn't mind seeing a .99 a couple times. I do plan to take my 100 back and 100 fly out a bit faster. If I die like the drop dead sprinter that I am, that's OK.

    Updated February 12th, 2009 at 04:12 PM by The Fortress

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  12. Noodler Interference Tuesday, Feb. 10

    by , February 10th, 2009 at 03:39 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Had a irritating noodler experience today. Usually, I get along fine with most of the noodlers and lap swimmers and we each stay on our side of the lane. Today, I was stuck sharing a lane with someone who insisted on constantly drifting into the middle of the lane, kicking me while doing elementary backstroke, and doing bobs with her arms flapping like a bird. She wouldn't stay on her side of the lane even after I asked very sweetly. Her idiocy resulted in a collison on my AFAP 50.

    Warm up:

    450 swim
    200 kick
    150 fly drills

    Other stuff:

    3 x (3 x 25 build + 25 easy)

    3 x (25 easy speed fly + 25 easy)

    50 back AFAP, no time: Noodler insisted on bobbing in the middle of the lane while I was finishing. I swam right into her. I don't understand this at all. She saw me coming and I couldn't see her ... why get in my way when I'm traveling at fast speeds?! (Where is the f bomb emoticon?)

    150 EZ

    3 x (25 free AFAP + 25 easy)

    100 EZ

    Total: 1500

    _______________________________________

    Other great news: Both my teenagers are home sick with congestion/cough/sore throats. Blech. I'd like to move out! Hip still sore, perhaps slightly better. This is the third consecutive 2 week taper where I've had "issues." I guess I'm well used to it at least. RL stops for nothing. On the bright side, I'm still holding at congestion and sore throat with no other symptoms so far. Now, I will go plaster a smile on my face as my littlest and sweetest child is almost home from school.

    The Auburn psyche sheets are out.

    http://www.ag.auburn.edu/~bailelc/masters.html

    Haven't looked at them very closely. Yes, I'm sandbagging the 100 IM and 100 fly to get more rest. Ande said it was OK. lol. I'm advised that some other very speedy women swimming the same events as Puff are sandbagging by massive amounts. I guess it's a tradition at Auburn.

    Stud: I'm in at least one wall lane! Unfortunately, it's for one of my best events ... Consider this an advance text of "facility flaws."

    Updated February 10th, 2009 at 11:17 PM by The Fortress

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  13. 1 hour postal swim

    by , January 24th, 2009 at 01:11 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sat Jan 24th 2009

    did the postal hour swim in today's practice

    will blog todays practice at:
    http://andesswimmingblog.blogspot.com
    short cut to Ande's Swimming Blog
    http://TinyURL.com/AndeSwim


    NEXT MEET: USA Swimming Austin Grand Prix Austin TX
    March 5 - 7, 2009
    40 days away
    Meet format: Short Course AM, Long Course PM
    Meet Events: Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    http://www.utexas.edu/longhornaquatics/meets
    MEET INFO IS UP


    6:30 - 8:00
    Whitney coached
    SCY swim center main pool NO Blocks
    swam beside Larry Amy & Brandon

    wore blue seventy nero comp

    warmed up till 6:52

    we started the one hour swim at 6:55
    tried to stay long smooth and relaxed
    whitney counted
    started out easy didn't want to die
    hoped to keep up with larry
    in the first 1000 I had arm cramps then they went away, I wound up lapping Larry 3 times
    towards the end I felt like I was close to getting calf cramps but I didn't get a full on cramp

    whitney put a kick board in the water after each 1,000

    here's my 500 / 1000 / 1650 splits

    500 5:43.1

    1000 11:23.1 5:40.0

    1500 17:00.2 5:27.1

    1650 18:40.0

    2000 22:33.1 11:10.0 5:32.9

    2500 28:06.5 5:33.4

    3000 33:35.5 11:02.4 5:29.0

    3300 36:54.2 18:14.2

    3500 39:09.1 5:33.6

    4000 44:38.4 11:03.9 5:29.3

    4500 50:12.4 5:33.3

    4950 55:11.1 18:16.9

    5000 55:43.3 11:04.9 5:30.9

    5350 59:36.2

    WENT 5,385 YARDS FOR MY 1 HOUR POSTAL SWIM
    which is much further than I thought I'd go

    easy 100

    Updated January 24th, 2009 at 01:25 PM by ande

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