Meet / OW event plans and results from U.S. Masters Swmming events in this category.
Been a while since I was in the pool, yet my GTD thicker has kept moving forward. Slowly. I've been even slower! I knew that I had opportunity for two swims (one tonight and one tomorrow at lunchtime) to knock out the 5017yds in order meet my goal for the year. 1hr 15min tonight, and I decided to go for it
4 x 1000 on 14:00
10 x 100 on 1:25
150 loosen and out
(Solo/Rec/5150 yds/90 min)
My Go The Distance 2013 goal: 300.00 mi. Progress towards goal:
! Congratulations! You have achieved your goal for Go The Distance 2013
My goal pace: 299.18 miles required as of today to reach my goal by the end of the event.
My actual current pace: 300.08 miles as of today
I figured that since I was able to do the 6k in ~1:20, and the One Hour in January netted around 4500, I had a shot. With a nearly empty pool and a full water bottle, off I went. I mixed up the thousands to help keep the math correct, then settled into some 100's when I had the time left at the end of all that distance (held 1:15 on them).
Now I can take tomorrow off!
I haven't had a bad meet in a long time, but I did this weekend at NE Champs. I felt awful in the water, fell apart the last half length in my races and committed technical miscues. I only swam three 50s and scratched the rest of my events and left early.
50 fly, 29.9
My hands were separated on the dive. Hard to have a good 50 after starting with major drag on the streamline. Then I could barely get my arms out of the water the last 3-4 strokes. This is about the same time I went at the Sprint Classic on only a few days rest.
50 breast, 37.0
My only decent event. This is my second best time. But had to short stroke both walls.
50 free, 28.4
Really, this was just awful. I dove in with my hands separated again. No idea why, I practice starts at Pitt frequently and this doesn't happen. I had nothing the last half length, no legs and breathed way too much. This is definitely worse than the 25.1 I swam at the Sprint Classic on little rest and way worse than my last tapered time of 24.6.
So what happened? The possibilities:
1. I was over tapered for my training. I may have rested too long. And I remember needing a recovery week before I started taper, so may have eased up too soon.
2. My training was pretty sub par in general this fall and I need to do more conditioning work.
3. I need to go back to lifting. A key benefit from lifting is that your muscles don't fatigue as quickly. My fly has felt pretty poor this fall after 7 months of no drylands. Our poor puppy is going to have to fend for herself for awhile while I go back to my prior training life. I am declaring this enforced experiment with no drylands a failure. It's been too long without drylands, I'm getting weak, and I'm lost muscle mass.
4. I am human. This fall sucked for me on every level and I succumbed.
5. I just had a random bad meet. Sh*t happens.
6. I'm getting old.
I'm going to look back over my blog to see what I've been doing in prior seasons. Though I guess it's hard to generalize from just one meet. And I'm going to forget about meets for awhile and just train for a couple months. The only good thing I can say about the meet is that my reaction time off the blocks was very fast. And it was great to see some swim friends!
Updated December 16th, 2013 at 11:27 AM by The Fortress
I woke up feeling ok, not bad but not great either. Yesterday's workout was hard and I was stiff today. The Baylor meet is about 30 mins from my house with no traffic and I had a clear and quick journey to the pool. The pool is a nice facility and has the best locker rooms of any swimming facility I have ever swum at; it reminds me of a country club in quality and there is a seating area with big tvs, both wet and dry areas and tons of showers, and classy wooden lockers. The locker room also had a huge hot tub and steam room.
The meet was run very quickly, with all events being swum mixed. The challenge entering this meet for me was I did not have any SCM times as a master and also swam the 50 back and 100 IM which I don't normally swim. My two team mates who entered the meet with me swum very well. Both Nikki and Bill were chasing world qualifying times and both got a qualifier and got very close in a number of others races. Nikki in particular swam an awesome 400 free and Bill swam a great 100 free. I swum ok today but not as quick as I had hoped which I think is a result of where we are in our training program right now. As usual I had a lot of fun and it was great meeting Chowmi in person and seeing a number of the DAMM team and coaches I swam with at SMU over the summer.
400 free - 4.24.14
200 free - 2.04.38
50 back - 30.60
100 IM - 1.04.24
It's hard for me to look at any of these swims as anything other than good, but I know I can go a lot quicker and I am really looking forward to my taper after Christmas.
Updated November 16th, 2013 at 07:13 PM by StewartACarroll
I was able to get in an easy 1200 yard swim Monday morning before work, and even saw a bit of the Veterans ay Parade as I was out giving flu shots. I am thankful for all in our lanes that have served our country and sacrificed. I appreciate you.
I had an appointment this morning that I am waiting to hear back on, although the medical staff questioned if I am on any meds to lower my pulse due to a low heart rate. I replied, "Nope, I'm an endurance/marathon swimmer."
After cleaning out the garage (a promise I keep to my wife before the first major snow fall, but usually after the first minor one ) today, I was able to convince my beloved to get splits for the 6000yd Postal swim, which I completed after dinner.
500yd 1000 Cumulative
7:03 13:46 26:38
7:04 14:07 40:39 (eleven sec slower than the 3000yd!)
7:00 14:02 54:41
6:50 (One hour ~ 4400yds)
7:00 13:50 1:01:31
6:32 13:36 1:21:57.49
150 loosen = 6150 yds total
I took it out a little slower and ended up fairly close to my time from Sunday. I am pleased with the spliting, and tried to pick up the pace on the last 500. I did mostly free, but mixed in some one-arm fly and back. I noticed a little after the one hour mark that I started to get hungry - need to pack an energy gel next year. My wife was kind enough to make a note of the times I stopped for a drink or inquire about the distance I am blessed to have have her
Updated November 14th, 2013 at 12:07 AM by rxleakem
Sat Nov 9 & Sun Nov 10 MEET RESULTS SCM WOODLANDS TX
Got a late start on Sat left my home around 9:15
encountered some serious traffic on I-10 at Hwy 99
all traffic force to 1 lane then off the highway on to the access road,
It was backed up, meet didn't start till noon
when I finally got to the pool, the 50 bk started I was in ht 5 and ht 2 was in the water
I put on my racing suit and raced the 50 bk with no warm up
had no time to get familiar with the starting blocks or the turn
Sat, Nov 10
2 50 back
was 27.7 last year
first thing I noticed were the hand grips were really low
had a terrible turn, flipped too soon and didn't get a good push off
200 back entered it but skipped it, considered doing a split request
27.0 pretty good
entered no time because I had the 200 IM next and wanted to get as much rest as possible
200 IM next
think I was 2:19.3
it was right after the 50 fl,
need to race it fresh to pop my best time
37.5 way too slow
didn't do any relays
Sun Nov 11
Warm up 8:00 AM; Meet Start 9:00 AM
17 50 free
OK swim didn't have a good turn
19 50 breast
felt like I was fighting myself and timing was way off
hit a good stretch of rest during the
200 free, 400 women/men medley relay, 200 mixed free relay, the Break & 200 breast
did 10 SDKs on BK
Br felt terrible and too rushed
died pretty bad but I went for it
30 800 free
33.05 35.13 68.18
35.16 36.22 71.38 2:19.56
36.04 36.42 72.46 3:32.02
36.72 36.74 73.46 4:45.48 2:25.92
37.13 36.95 74.08 5:59.56
36.84 36.62 73.46 7:13.02 2:27.54
37.05 36.24 73.29 8:26.31
36.54 32.30 68.87 9:35.18 2:22.16 4:49.70
haven't done much dist work
cruised it the sprinted the last 50
Might do another one in late Nov / early Dec, haven't decided yet.
might enter the 2013 SPMA SCM Champs
the pool is at 5600 Harbor Street Commerce, CA 90040 the pics of the facilities look pretty nice
Updated November 13th, 2013 at 12:32 PM by ande
Punishment for master swimmer= Postal challenges
Punishment for swimmer's kid= taking splits
500 - cumulative
Plus 400 as warm up and cool down
(Solo/Rec/3400 yds/55 min)
Felt ok, except for the 4th 500 - left shoulder was stiff so did more back and some stretches while swimming. Tuckered out on that last one. I was anticipating around 42, so am pleased with the effort. Our pool is open on Sunday's from Nov thru March, and people have yet to figure it out - more lane space for me
Back from a long, restorative weekend in VA. The highlights of the meet were seeing all my PV friends and defending my title in the Battle of the Drop Dead Sprinters. I was pretty pleased with the meet results. I've only competed one day since Indy Nats and the rust showed with a fair number of technical miscues. In retrospect, I wish I had rested a couple more days. And I will no longer get deep tissue massages 5 days before a meet; I wasn't fully recovered.
50 fly, 26.4
This was probably my worst race and the furthest off my PR. Got off the blocks fast, but went in a little on the left side of the line and then had an iffy first breakout. I pushed off too shallow on the turn, was forced to take 2 kicks less than planned, and had an even worse breakout. It was capped off by having to kick in to the finish. Still, last year my in season time was a 26.8 before dropping to time at zones and nationals. With a taper and better execution, I could easily chop half a second off. And anytime you're under 27, that's pretty darn fast.
50 free, 25.1
This was a solid race. Teen Fort had some friends in the stands (watching their HS coach compete in his first masters meet!) and they video'd the race for her. I had a good start (12 SDKs), breakout and fast turn. The only issue was that my flutter kick completely peetered out the last 10 yards. This could be either due to the legs not being rested or to the fact that I need to work more on flutter kick endurance. This is slightly faster than the 25.2 I posted in mid-season last year, probably due to taking more SDKs.
50 breast, 33.1
Uh, I had to take another look at the clock on this one. 33.1 in my third event of the day with only about 30+ minutes rest after the 50 free?! That's only .3 off the PR of 32.8 that I swam at Indy Nats and my second fastest time ever. I had extremely good breakouts in this race, rare for me in breast. But I had to short stroke both walls. So I was happy to see this time; I expected to swim at least .5+ slower. I may check this event off my list for the year and not worry about it.
Battle of the Drop dead Sprinters:
Fall didn't make it to the meet, but I had a good battle with a 24 year old college swimmer. I ended up with a cumulative time of 52.02. I won the battle with a large 1 second margin in the 25 back. Both fly and free were extremely close.
25 fly, 11.98, 1st
Perfect swim, and the first time I've ever been under 12. Last year, I was 12.30. I took one less stroke than usual, so was somewhat worried I was past the 15.
25 back, 13.08, 1st
Another very good swim, same time as I went last year.
25 breast, 15.20, 1st (.05)
Solid swim, great start, had to glide into the wall a bit. Barely hung on to beat a real breaststroker a few lanes away.
25 free, 11.76, 1st (by .05)
This was a bit of a half hearted effort. I knew I would win at this point and was freaking exhausted. I had a super long glide at the finish. Should definitely have taken another stroke. Just didn't feel like it.
Overall very pleased with the results. I was dead after the meet and really feeling it this am. 250 AFAP yards of racing is about my max for 1 day. All my starts were very good this meet, so practicing them at Pitt probably helped. I really should get in a recovery swim today, but that will likely have to wait until tomorrow. Lots of errands to do! It was great to see all my friends in VA. I did lunch with Speedo who says he may hit some Patriot Masters practices this winter.
This was the event last year that got me back in the pool. We had a low team turnout with only six of the twelve swimmers who signed up actually showing up. Despite that we had a great time and swam well as a team. The event is part of the City of Richardson Corporate Challenge in which companies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area compete in a variety of events over a three month period with money being raised for the special Olympics. It's a great event and an even greater cause.
The swimming is 50scy free, 50scy back and a mixed 200 free relay. The event is separated into men and women swum ages 29 and under and then in 10 year age groups. They award 1-3 in each age group and then rank individuals independent of age by company division based on time, where companies are grouped by size and number of employees.
Thee electronic timing did not work today so I don't have official times but the timers gave me 22.7 on the 50 free and 27.x on the 50 back. I was very pleased with the free because I had a slow start a poor break out of my turn and did not really get going. I really think when shaved, tapered and focused I have a 21.x In me. I was 22.6 at Spring Nationals. Since I never swam this in college this one is fun because it's an opportunity at a life time best. The 50 back was pretty poor. My start felt good, but I misjudged my breakout and took my first stroke under water. Then on the turn i was too close to the wall and did not get a push off. Despite both of these I was pleased with the time and will be swimming more back in the future. I have a lot of room for improvement on these short races.
We had a great relay and ended up lapping all bar one team and won our division by 13 seconds.
The event was a lot of fun and it's nice to swim some short races every now and again. Back to base training this week!
Updated September 22nd, 2013 at 08:52 PM by StewartACarroll
After a beautiful day Friday getting some errands done around time, my friend Brent stopped by the house to pick me up and we headed northwest on a three hour journey to the Adirondacks of New York, with the final destination of Lake Placid for the 2013 USMS National Championship 2 Mile Cable Swim, Betsy Owens Swim. I guided us though some great back road, agricultural settings until we hit Saratoga Springs ("Health, History, Horses") and picked up the Northway (I-87) before getting off on state route 73 through the High Peaks.
We arrived at our home for the night, Art Devlin's Olympic Motor Lodge, and checked in, admiring the showcase that this Olympic ski jumper from the 60's acquired from all over the world and the view of the ski jumps to our south from the property. Brent swam at Betsy Owens a couple of years ago, so we ventured north into town on foot, walking past the 400m outside speed skating oval, ice arena (home of the "Miracle On Ice" game from 1980 OG), and the Olympic Center en route to the Mirror Lake, home of IronMan Lake Placid and Betsy Owens swim. It was a little cool, but the sun was hanging brilliantly in the sky just above the mountains surrounding the lake. I dipped my hands in the water, a tad cool and thankfully not really warm.
We then checked out some of the shops downtown. Lake Placid is relatively void of major shopping outlets (only one small area with four or five shops), favoring traditional independent shops and restaurants in a town that has the hint of a European village. We ran into Jonathan, one of our Berkshire lake swimming buddies who was in town with his wife and daughter to race. He later shared that they bought a "passport" to check out the Olympic venues, and his daughter rode down the bobsled track! We ended up eating at a restaurant on the lake side, Generations, and enjoyed a relaxed pre-race meal before ice cream at Emma's Creamery and the nice stroll back to the lodge for a restful night's sleep.
We got up a little after 7am to a brisk temperature of 46, and I grabbed some coffee and a lemon poppy muffin from the lodge as we checked out and drove to the beach for 8:15. Check in started at 8am, with warmups on the course from 8-9. There is a great grassy hill on the start end of the course, and Brent had a chair that he put down to mark our little area. After debating about "warming up," since the report race temperature was 69 degrees, we hopped in and did one loop of the 1/4 mile cable in the counter-clockwise direction that was prescribed for the race. This was my first swim of this type, and the cable was suspended about two feet below the surface of the lake, with a large orange buoy at the turning ends and small buoys every 10m along the length of the course. Since the water at Mirror Lake is very clear, the cable is very early to see as long as the sun is out.
After drying off, we waited until the safety briefing and final attendance check-in at 9:15, where David and Ann reminded us that a total of 4 loops was needed to complete the race and that, although this is Open Water swimming, we were to be civilized or risk being DQ'd. It kinda reminded me of a scene from Lord of the Rings - we were lined up by wave (ten people) based on 1650 seed time and put into starting order, then proceeded to enter the water so that three waves were always wet. Just after 9:30am, every 30 seconds a wave is started in water (marked by a green buoy at a distance along the cable that offsets the distance to the two yellow buoys ending the race just before the beach), then the next one already in water swims up to the starting buoy and is counted down.
I started in the middle of the second wave of the first heat and settled into a comfortable rate, purposefully not hovering cable. Here starts the "Did you get the number of the person who ran me over?" issue, as many folks do not want to leave the cable and will be happy to engage in contact to stay on it. Incidental contact is always an issue, and if I am on the giving end I'll move around it as soon as I realize it. Others have no problem banging into you incrementally from toe to head - oh well. Expect the unexpected!
As usual, I spend much of the swim praying as I enjoy moving through the water, especially taking in the sites of the venue around the OW event. I caught some in the end waves as I approached the end of the third lap, and went around the turn buoy on the start of the final lap and went wide to get around another pod. I increased my kick and kept the turnover strong, passing some in the first wave before turning at the far end of the course for the last time (well, I swam a couple strokes past it ). I then kept going strong into the finish, where we were handed a numbered popsicle stick and advised to stay in order, handing in the stick as our race number was recognized once on the beach. I was seeded 15th and finished the race with number 10, which could change after the second heat completed their swim.
After a quick warmdown of 200m, I spent some time in the sun (air temp now 64) with Brent and Jonathan's family as he took off in the first wave of the second heat. I then got changed and vegged out, watching this Nascar of swimming, where folks circle around the rack and some bumping happens. Interestingly, one lady shouted that another swimmer should be DQ'd for pushing her underwater, describing in detail the man and his suit - she later, on the beach, sought him out and lambasted him a bit (to which he replied, "I was just swimming on the cable, you ran into me." to her shouts.
So, this type of an event really does keep the spectator interested. I have come to realize that contact is indeed going to happen, especially in this more competitive atmosphere. I agreed with Brent that for many of the point to point OWswims, there is more of a sense of just swimming and enjoying the journey, rather than "racing." I am sure that some swims may not feel this way, but I rather enjoy just getting out and going. My final time was 47:34.58, good for second place in my age group, just 30 seconds behind Brent. I am happy that he is the National Champ, and that I was able to be that close to him time-wise since I consider him a much faster distance swimmer than myself.
After the second heat finished (82yo Patrick was a great inspiration), we stayed for the great lunch that was put on for us and then the award ceremony. I met with some of the Middlebury Muffintops, as well as a Twitter friend, Alicia, that I have been following for about a year now (she was 2nd place on the women's side). New friends are great! I believe that it was announced that the 2014 National Champs will also be held during the Betsy Owens swim. I would recommend checking it out and making plans to attend next year for a great swim experience, in an area where you find fun for the whole family! If your lucky, it will not be as cold!
Sat Aug 10 Nats Day 3
Event 23 Men 50-54 400 LC Meter IM
WORLD: W 4:53.69 8/2/2010 MARCUS MATTIOLI, BRA
NATL: N 5:04.32 7/26/2009 JAMIE FOWLER
Name Age Club Seed Finals
1 Phelan, Darren D 50 STAN 4:58.98 4:57.93N
30.00 1:04.48 (34.48)
1:43.97 (39.49) 2:22.60 (38.63)
3:05.74 (43.14) 3:49.38 (43.64)
4:24.34 (34.96) 4:57.93 (33.59)
2 Baker, Dennis G 52 OREG 4:57.22 5:02.51N
31.14 1:05.57 (34.43)
1:45.36 (39.79) 2:23.87 (38.51)
3:09.25 (45.38) 3:54.80 (45.55)
4:29.22 (34.42) 5:02.51 (33.29)
3 Rasmussen, Anders M 50 TXLA 5:07.51 5:11.97
ouch that hurt!!!
I took it out a little faster than I did at pan ams and my rockwall meet
decided to work my DKs on FL & BK
and didn't have as much left for BR & FR
I was just hurting and didn't push the last part as much
I didn't turn on my kick and just wanted to get it over
I swam in the heat before Phelan and Baker
I am done with the 400 IM for a long while
400 IM was the 1st event of the day and next was the relay which was nearly the last
so I went back to my hotel to rest
Event 31 Men 200-239 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
WORLD: W 1:38.24 8/8/2006 COLORADO -USA
J GROSELLE, T HEDRICK, S WOOD, R ABRAHAMS
NATL: N 1:38.24 8/8/2006 COLORADO MASTERS
J GROSELLE, T HEDRICK, S WOOD, R ABRAHAMS
Club Seed Finals
1 ARKM 'A' 1:44.50 1:43.01
1) Martin, Doug M60 2) Gooding, Jack M60
3) Golden, Larry M53 4) Strauss, Noel M M41
2 TXLA 'A' 1:48.00 1:43.97
1) Guthrie, David M M53 2) Rasmussen, Anders M M50
3) Sauer, Jim M56 4) Huggins, Dale R M41
I'm super thrilled with my 24.80 split, I was thinking 24 anything would be really good and expected a 25 low to mid
Arkansas had a ringer. Noel Strauss still holds the 13-14 boys National Record in the 100 FR that he did back in 1987. He only went 25.1 in his 100 FR so, 23.8 is much better.
Later that night we had a nice team gathering near Dana Point.
Fri Aug 9th 2013 Nats Day 2
Today I had the 50 Fly
I was 27.34 at Pan Ams
I was in heat 14 lane 4
John Beattie in lane 5 on my right
Paul Smith in lane 3 on my left
Had a good start
Took my first breath past half way
Then took another right under the flags
Event 17 Men 50-54 50 LC Meter Butterfly
WORLD: W 25.88 8/16/2008 PAUL CARTER, USA
NATL: N 25.88 8/16/2008 PAUL CARTER
Name Age Club Seed Finals
1 Rasmussen, Anders M 50 TXLA 27.34 27.04
2 Smith, Paul L 54 MMAC 28.50 27.33
3 Beattie, John R 52 BLU 27.62 27.80
4 Golden, Larry 53 ARKM 28.80 28.20
5 Kelca, Brian E 53 LAPS 28.90 28.84
6 Keating, Kevin 50 SRM 28.80 29.44
I'll take it, I'm pleased with it
Got the 4IM tomorrow & a 50 Fr on the relay
Then 50 bk on Sunday
Thu Aug 8, 2014 Nats Day 1
Event 5 Men 50-54 200 IM LC Meter
1 Phelan, Darren D 50 STAN 2:21.87 2:19.45
2 Baker, Dennis G 52 OREG 2:19.67 2:21.77
3 Rasmussen, Anders M 50 TXLA 2:22.45 2:22.41
At pan Ams
I split 40.4 on BR & 32.?? FR
This time i was too conservative on
Bk & BR,
Didn't have a good bk to BR turn
Nice FR split
Event 7 Men 50-54 100 LC Meter Backstroke
1 Jennings, Bryan V 50 LVM 1:04.65 1:03.92
2 Rasmussen, Anders M 50 TXLA 1:05.49
I kept hitting the lane line
Near the turn
then around half way back
Hard to swim outdoors
The 2nd length seemed way longer &
I started looking for the wall way too soon
Event 11 Men 200-239 200 LC Meter Medley Relay
WORLD: W 1:50.83 8/8/2006 COLORADO -USA
1 TXLA 'A' 1:55.00 1:53.37
1) Rasmussen, Anders M M50
2) Guthrie, David M M53
3) Sauer, Jim M56
4) Huggins, Dale R M41
I'm happy that our relay won,
I had a good start, SDK & breakout
My split was OK, despite the fact that
I hit the lane line with my right hand
Several times, maybe 4, 5, or 6 in the 50
A couple times my hand didn't even go in the water to take a pull (I didn't yank on it but boy was I tempted), then I Had a long-glide-kick-in touch which made it hard for David to judge, plus the touch pads aren't as wide as the lanes & think I touched between the pad & the wall, so the clock might not have stopped till my back hit it. This all stems from the issue of
racing this meet outdoors, & being very near sighted
To swim straight & away from the rope, I need to sight my outdoor races differently. Think i need to Hold my head higher & fixate on a point behind my lane. Clear blue sky ain't got no lines
I was 29.5 at pan Ams in June then did a sprint strength program from around July 10th to now & got much stronger, so I hoped & expected to better that 29.5 :05.50 1:59.43
1 BK &
50 bk on medley relay,
with David, Jim, & Dale
My daughter has a meet all weekend out our aquatic center and as such there is no masters or public swimming this weekend. I decided a few weeks back to register for the DAM 2k swim tonight so that I could get a high intensity swim in since I won't be swimming tomorrow or,Sunday. I did not think this through that well though. I did not think about the water temperature in an outdoor long course pool in Dallas in late July. Also the meet started at 5.30 with warmup at 5.15 so I had a mad rush from work to make it to the pool through rush hour traffic. Despite the challenges everything worked out but it was really hot and I definately felt the heat the last 600 or so.
I managed to get about a 500meter warmup before the timed swim which helped stretch me out from this morning. The event was organized with swimmers being placed in lanes based on estimated 100 pace. At first I thought I had a lane to my self but half way through a swimmer jumped in and started swimming in my lane. We had a little collision at about 1300m(nothing major). I deliberately went out pretty easy and got into a nice rythm, and seemed to hold my 400 pace pretty consistently. My final time was 25.22.xx and I am pretty sure I would have been quicker if i managed the heat a little better.
I was pleased with holding 1.15.x pace and I have come a long way the past year with my endurance. The next year I need to improve significantly on endurance at a higher intensity if I am going to achieve my 2014 goals. I am very excited about ramping up my training over the next 12 months and look forward to some more improvement.
Updated July 26th, 2013 at 10:10 PM by StewartACarroll
I really liked the timing of this meet with my events on both Saturday and Sunday being done by noon. Yesterday after finishing up and doing my blog my mother, father, wife and kids hung out with our friends from Catoosa. We had a great Indian takeout last night and my dad and friend had some beers(I am still not drinking) while I had a Gatorade. Our kids played and watched movies while the adults watched the last two days of the Tour de France. It was great seeing another Englishman doing well on the tour. This completely took my mind off my swimming which I needed. I woke up this morning feeling good and I reset my expectations and focused on racing. Today's swims were
50m free - I went about the same time I swam in Rockwall two weeks ago, 26.5 and had a good start, but my stroke tightened up in the last few strokes. I won my age group and was 3rd in the heat. Everyone went 27.00 or quicker.
200m free - I actually felt strong on this but again no pickup. The time was 2.10.xx and I was 1st in my age group and second in the heat. A young guy under 25 pulled away half way down the last length and I just could not dig deep and stay with him unfortunately.
The drive home was uneventful but long. It's nice to be home and I am looking forward to getting back into a routine next week.
I have friends who live in Tulsa which is close to Jenks where the Zone meet is this year. So I took Thursday afternoon off work and drove up to Tulsa. We had a very nice dinner and easy Friday morning with friends before the zone meet. The pool at Jenks is awesome and an unbelievable facility for a high school.despite having ok swims and feeling ok, I just don't have any speed at the moment and I was disappointed with how I performed.
I still have the 50 and 200 to go tomorrow and will hopefully swim better in these.
400m free 4.36.1 - I had a great race with George Villareal and swam neck and neck the whole way but was touched out on the final stroke and placed 2nd.
800m free 9.42.xx - Again a neck and neck race until the final 75 when George Villareal picked it up and I just did not have anything to go with him and again placed 2nd.
100m free 58.2 - a horrible race the whole way despite winning my age group. I just did not get going and felt awful off the turn I felt like I went backwards.
At this point I just wish I felt quicker.
I had another great time at the 32nd annual Peaks to Portland 2.4 mile ocean swim in Portland, Maine. This was my fourth year in a row attending, a great trip that allows me time to catch up with friends in the city and swim to help raise funds for the YMCA there. You can see my blog from last year here for some background info if you'd like, including why the use duct tape is encouraged
I headed up on Friday morning (after an EZ 1000yds in the pool) with my son and checked in, receiving my cap, kayaker's flag, and tee shirt, then we went to the East End Beach, where the swim ends, to enjoy the beautiful day. Dinner again at Tortilla Flats and a good night's sleep to get ready for the swim. Got up around 5:30am so we could get to the ferry station before ships away at 6:45; two ferries were used (the "car" one filled with kayaks and the people one that I took) to transport us to Peaks Island for check-in, body marking, time chip getting, and some safety meetings as we waited for the race to start at 9am. Bobby, my yaker, joined many others in paddling over so I met him there.
This year's event was the largest ever for the Y, with 400 people signed up. In fact, many locals did not make it (I missed my buddies jbs and slknight) due to various reasons and I was on the waiting list because they filled up before the end of March. I got the call to register in May, so I was a bit lonely this year. I did see my inspiration for doing these open water/marathon swims, Pat Gallant-Charette, already swimming off the beach while waiting for the start, so I did not get a chance to say hi. The water was slightly colder than last year, 63-4 degrees, with low tide slated to start with our race, meaning very little assist again this year. The sun was out making for a gorgeous day to swim!
We had more time on the beach, which was good in respect to having more time to get all checked in, where we discovered that nearly half of the swimmers were newbies. It was a rather long time mulling about though, since I learned the first year not to "warm up" because that is what the swim is for! I was in the first (of 5) wave, and we waded out to the end of the pier as they counted down to our start. I lined up again on the right of the main pack and took off towards the bobbing yakers to meet with Bobby at the prescribed time.
The swim itself was good. There was as slight current against us as we headed towards our escorts (more than once I ran into a gaggle of yakers due to inexperience, and almost got hit twice - they found and paddled to their swimmers without looking to see what was happening around them), then we basically hit slack tide for the rest of the race. As you get to the midway point, there is generally a bit of swell, so I tried to pick up the pace. Besides some lobster cages, the course was generally free from obstacles, and there was no real current into the beach finish zone, which was well marked by an orange buoy on the left and four or so green buoys on the right. Due to the lack of tide, Bobby took us on a line towards the center of the course, which helped us move past those too far out on our left and catch up to the ones to our right that took too tight of a line. I did one dolphin dive (thanks mmead!) then stood up in knee-high water and took a few steps to reacclimate to the vertical plane. I tried to side step a bit and was going to walk again, but the huge crowd on the beach was cheering so I kept pushing ahead towards the big clock and hospitality tent just up the beach.
So, of the 335 swimmers that started the event (based on final reults), I was the 32nd to cross the finish line, 5th in my age group, and first overall of the 23 "naked" folks, repeating the feat from last year. My time was 59:09.5, which (also a repeat) was slower than last year , although I did not take a break and felt like I swam faster. For reference, I finished just under 50 minutes in 2011, which proves that the tides can help or hinder in Casco Bay.
I can't say enough how much I enjoy this event, which has grown considerably over the years (and even since I started taking part in 2010) and still has some minor hiccups due primarily to it's size. The distance is spot on for the OW newbie or seasoned warrior to complete, and there is a real fun vibe throughout as family, friends, and townsfolk cheer on the swimmers and their festively-colored kayaks. It's easy to see why this event is considered one of the top 50 in our country, and why I will register earlier to make it my fifth trip next year to enjoy some more of "the way life should be."
Some links if you are interested:
Friday's preview, noting Pat's friend Miyuki Fujita, who came from Japan to swim
Sunday's review with a picture slideshow
Some pics I took here and here .
Write-up from Munatones OWS blog
Local news video
A neat picture review I found from 2012 - see the waves head out from Peaks
Updated July 15th, 2013 at 11:25 PM by rxleakem
MEET: Saturday, July 9th, 2013
going into this meet I entered the 2br, 50fl, 50fr, 50br & 400IM
David Guthrie convinced me it wasn't a good idea to race the 2br before the 4IM so I dropped it. Then I thought about swimming the 1bk and going for a 50 time, but the blocks didn't offer much space between the hand grips & the wall so I scratched that idea.
Had a nice talk with Neil Walker who is the aquatic director and coach.
He told me about a better backstroke turn, I practiced it a bit in warm up then did it in the meet. It feels faster.
wore a FS3
cruised it but wasn't happy with it
so I went in the lockerroom and shaved my head
also skipped my other events to rest up for the 4 IM
felt my goggle strap slip down on my dive
cruised the Fly 31.9, 37.9
cruised the back a bit too much 1:21??
worked the BR split 42, 43
2 beat kicked the 1st 50 free, split 36 low
not sure what my last 50 was
It didn't hurt as bad as my 4 IM at pan ams
Updated July 15th, 2013 at 01:02 PM by ande
After enjoying last year's Kingdom 10 Miler, I decided to sign up again this year and make the trip to the northern reaches of my home state to tackle the mighty Lake Memphremagog. I have some notes/observations that I can refer to from last year:
First, Lena did not make the trip. She has been having some stomach issues going on and I really don't think she was enthused to witness me plodding along in the water again, so she rested at home. Preston did join me, along with my buddy Bob from Maine and his wife and son. They were in town to visit his folks, and drove up north behind me. We enjoyed some stops along the way (VT Country Store and lunch in Lebanon, NH) and made it to Newport by 4pm. I went to register at the Gateway then took a nap, waking up in time to sit through post-parade traffic to strap my feedbag on for the annual pasta dinner that race director Phil White and the gang put on. The rain that had fallen shortly before supper cleared out, leaving a great view of the lake for all to enjoy.
In comparison to last year's swim:
- Similarly, it was overcast to start the swim. Only saw faint peaks of sunlight after passing Buoy 7, then it shined fully after the 8th. This was excellent (humane) for the yakers and didn't really bother me too much.
- Water temp was 72 degrees, which was warmer than last year. I put on some weight expecting colder temps, so I lugged some extra lard for this swim.
- My feeds were not as concentrated, and I did fine with them. Fewer calories did not make a difference for me, which is good to note.
- The Kayakers deployed in a little different formation, and it took my 15 minutes to find Bobby. Many of them did not line up where they were directed to, so I just kept swimming. No collisions which is always an answer to prayer
- See last year's post noted above from the course layout. Not much to report until we rounded Buoy 3, where the "po po" boat had blue lights flashing and another boat stopped. Found out later from Bob that the boat was flying south towards the course without hint of slowing down, and had to be intercepted by either the Newport City Police or Boarder Patrol boat. Crazy!
- Some waves rolled us around as we crossed the northern end of the lake from Buoy 3-4 (just like last year). I was with two other swimmers (last year I was by myself), and we rounded Buoy 5 together, which was interesting.
- Again this year, we held close to the islands and straight on to Buoy 6, then stayed more in the lake as opposed to Derby Bay, where the current was tossing people. The waves were IMO slightly less rough than last year, but pounded for a longer portion of the long leg from Buoy 6-7. It was tiring!
- After Buoy 6B, I caught up to someone that passed my by the lighthouse (and also put a lot of distance on the two guys with my at Buoy 5). I passed him, then he drafted off me. I didn't mind at first, but after ten minutes of pulling him I did some backstroke and slowed down, hoping that he would return the favor. Didn't happen. After about a mile of this, I took a scheduled feed and let him go past. He ended up finishing a minute ahead of me.
- My shoulders felt better prepared for the long swim, but the pounding during the long leg took its toll, as I had a difficult time in the last hour or so keeping good body position.
- Bob noted the time and my stroke count at the big buoys, and was steady around 58-9 stokes per minute at each point. Last year I cycled between swimming 20-30 fast strokes followed by 50-60 regular ones; this year I just tried to stay even with stokes and kicking throughout.
- I skipped my last feed at at the bottom of the hour and motored into Prouty Beach with a time of 4hrs, 37 min, 53 sec, which was 46sec slower than last year. I'm pleased based on the conditions.
Another great weekend, which is just the start of swimming in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. It'a always fun to meet up with forumites, and see some folks from last year. I am disappointed that USMS was not the sanctioning body for the swim (although there was an agreement for this last year before the OW stuff went down) as I think more people may have swam in it. Nonetheless, Phil has a great lineup of swimming in beautiful lakes in that bucolic part of Vermont throughout the summer, and I highly recommend joining in the fun if you are able to! www.kingdomswim.org
Updated July 8th, 2013 at 12:48 AM by rxleakem
We had about 80 swimmers at the meet which was a great turnout. Groups from across the region including, San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Fort Worth, Dallas, Shreeveport, and a lady from California who was visiting family for the 4th July holiday, were all in attendance.
I entered 7 swims but ended up dropping the 200 free due to its proximity to the medley relay and the mile. So I ended up swimming 6 swims in a meet that lasted about 2.5 hours.
I went 4.36.xx on my 400 and honestly felt like I had a lot left. This was probably my best swim of the meet.
The 50 free I went 26.46 which I was very pleasantly surprised at.
The 100 free was my toughest and I died bad on the last 25 meters, and went 57.8. I was hoping for sub 57 so this was a little disappointing, but I really enjoyed this one since I had a close race, and despite coming out on the wrong side of the finish it was fun racing.
The 1500 was right after the medley relay and I knew it would be tough to swim quick. I felt ok but it was just not a quick race and I went 18.41.xx.
I led the medley relay off with a great back 50 and went 31.2. I was number three in the free relay and our relay had a great race with one of our other team relays, but yet again we just got pipped at the finish.
We ended up with about 12 of the RAM team swimming which was a great turnout and it appeared as though my team mates had a good time. We went to the social and nearly all my teammates were there. I think we may be putting in a bid for masters zones next year and suspect we will have another meet next year based on the success of the first RAM long course meet.
Updated July 6th, 2013 at 10:41 PM by StewartACarroll