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  1. Nats, Day 2 & 3, July 7-8

    by , July 9th, 2012 at 01:34 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Saturday:

    50 back, 32.4, WR

    Only one race on Sat, but it was my baby. Thrilled to break my own record and was somewhat surprised. I had a .60 reaction time but uncharacteristically botched the start a bit -- entered the water with my hands crossed instead of in a streamline. That's like a automatic break in the water and I was mentally letting out F bombs. Getting quickly into my SDK helped ameliorate this eror, but I know I lost a couple tenths here. The rest of the race felt good, good tempo and I even swam straight. My tempo slowed down a bit the last 10 meters, showing my lack of sprint conditioning. The only odd part of the race was that I felt like I had water flowing over my face the entire time making it difficult to see and breathe. Some of it was splash from my rapid fire turnover. But some felt unusual. Other backstrokers complained about this phenomenon. Don't know if it had anything to do with the current in the pool or what. If I didn't look that happy on the jumbotron (Water Rat commented on this), it was only because I was gasping for some air and sick of water in my face. 32.4 is my second fastest time ever. I had secretly hoped to be a bit faster, but there is always next time. That's the fate of sprinters -- any small deviation from perfection in the details costs you time. Still, the end result rocked!

    There is a vid of this on my FB page. I need to figure out how to youtube it.


    Sunday:

    50 breast, 39.0, 2nd

    Woohoo! I dropped 1.6 seconds from last year. What a shocker for me with only one little dolphin kick to get me through the race and no walls. I was really pleased when a couple breaststrokers commented that I looked like a legit evilstroker and was getting major forward progress from my undulation. A friend commented that I looked "like a dophin in the water." I guess my evil has improved this year from doing it in practice so frequently. The only technical difficulties were that I was under a tad too long on the start. After my pullout, I was not at the surface, so had to float up and hence was not ahead on the start. My stroke count was also off at the finish and I had to short stroke it to avoid a major glide into the wall. The remaining area that needs improvement is my whip kick. But I likely will just continue to fake and not work on that much.


    50 fly, 30.4, under previous NR of 30.7

    I knew going into this race that Lisa Dahl would be tough to beat. I'm not sure I've ever beat her in 50 fly LCM and she was on fire this meet. Kudos to her. My strategy was to go the entire first 15 meters underwater and try to hang on. I've never done that before on the 50, but thought it would save my arms. Very helpful that there was a marking at the bottom of the pool so I knew exactly when to breakout. As I knew would happen, I tightened up the last 5 meters. But the real problem was that I didn't hit the wall right. I was forced to glide in while Lisa slammed the wall. I think I lost on the last stroke; it was a Cavic-Phelps type situation. I thought I would be rather heartbroken about this. But, no, I was phlegmatic. You win some and you lose some in the world of sprinting. I believe 30.4 is my second best time and best textile time. (29.6 with the Jaked being my fastest ever from 2009). And 30.4 is vastly better than the 31.5 I swam last year at Auburn. I just needed more juice. Still, no one can be bummed about swimming under a Laura Val NR. And I believe only 1 person swam faster in the 40-49 age groups.


    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


    Thoughts on Omaha:

    -- The pool and facility were fantastic. The arena setting meant ample seating. The warm down pool was fantastic with blocks in a couple sprint lanes to practice starts. And the jumbotron and cameras were pretty cool. There did seem to be a slight current in the pool. And you could often see ripples in the water, especially in the end lanes.

    -- Much fun to be had hanging with friends, watching the racing and meeting some of my HIT peeps.

    -- I am a short course swimmer. My best stroke is dolphin kick and long course deprives me of this weapon. My actual long course times are just flat out slower than my converted short course times.

    -- I am really growing to hate the 15 meter rule. My dolphin kick has improved so much that I could maintain speed much further. Not that I'd like to go 50 meters UW, but I think 25 would be just dandy. I was bummed to have to come up in both fly and back this meet.

    -- Because I am a kicker and turner, I MUST train long course to be at my best in long course. Long course feels like a different sport to me and there is a vastly bigger aerobic component. Not that I would need to do IG in practice, but the workouts I did after Greensboro did not prepare me adequately. And I was really negligent in not doing any lactate tolerance sets. I'm not sure about next long course season. There may always be a conflict between Lil Fort's track practices and NVSL meets and me training at Mason in the summer ... I'm not sure solo training at Rockville more often really would be enough either.

    -- Greensboro and Omaha were just too close in time. I was uninspired for a few weeks after Greensboro and lost key training time. And I was never as sharp in May and June as I was from Jan to April in practice.

    -- I did achieve my goal of swimming faster this year than last year at Auburn.

    50 free: 29.6 --> 29.2
    50 back: 32.5 --> 32.4
    50 breast: 40.6 --> 39.0
    50 fly: 31.5 --> 30.4

    And I had been concerned that I wouldn't be able to do that after my last week of taper power outage hell. Looking at the times, I was definitely best on Sunday. Somewhat unusual for me. I felt out of sorts on Friday and better as the weekend progressed. I was even ready to do a 100 back when the meet ended. And I am contemplating going out to UMBC next weekend to pop one in on Sunday.

    -- With the improvement in my breaststroke in the last year, I really feel like I am a four stroke swimmer now. Thank you fins and all those fast hand drills!

    -- Overall, I give myself a B+. I would have given myself an A- if I hadn't scratched my 100 back split in the 200. But I was too tired to do it after 50 free and not mentally prepared. I should know never ever ever to sign up for back to back events at Nationals.

    -- I got home at 3:00 am last night. Re-entry is apparently my 6th event.

    -- Bring on short course! But not until I've goofed around for a while.

    Updated July 9th, 2012 at 05:08 PM by The Fortress

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  2. 07/07/12: Fourth Kingdom Swim (My First)

    by , July 8th, 2012 at 08:58 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Fair warning: long blog post to follow ...
    The mighty [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Memphremagog"]Lake Memphremagog[/ame] lived up to expectations as I splashed in for the Kingdom Swim this weekend. I made it to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont on Friday after a four hour drive from my home and took advantage of the early check-in before meeting up with my yaker and our families to head over to Prouty's Beach, where the swim begins and ends. We then headed down to our log cabin rental, which was one exit south on I-91 near Lake Willoughby, to check in before heading back to Newport for the Frontier Animal Society’s Pet and Swimmers Parade through the center of town and the Pasta Dinner, where we fueled up with lasagna, spaghetti, salad, and some chocolate cake. I met up with the two other Bennington area swimmers, Bethany (who swam last year and just got back from Ned Dennison's Cork, Ireland, swim camp) and Brent (my FISH buddy in Williamstown, who was also taking part in his first 10 mile swim) during the evening.

    The next morning saw overcast skies and some minor sprikles (as forecasted) as we hit the beach to unload our equipment. The area was well organized and the kayaks were placed according to the mileage on the east end of the beach with the starting chute on the the west. I met up with some other forumites, Kent from Arizona and Kevin from Maryland, before the race started. I was really bummed not to find Swimsuit Addict or Vivebene Safety is key for the event, and about five minutes before the 8am start numbers were called out for the swimmers that did not check in before entering the chute. Once everyone was accounted for, we lined up on the beach and waited for the mass start of 70+ swimmers into the 70 water to begin. I decided to be involved but not too engaged in the fray, so I splashed in towards the left of the pack as we headed out to the first buoy (S). I was able to weave towards the front and ended up sixth around the orange blob before settleing into an even stroke as we picked up yakers en route to Buoy 1. Let's introduce the course map at this point, as I'll be referring to it:

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    The clouds held back the sun for my whole swim, although it brightened up between Buoys 2+3. My most excellent kayaker Bobby was right on top of navigation as well as feeding me every 30 minutes, all the while providing encouragement. Once I hit Bouy 3, the first long stretch was before us and the next buoy was out of sight. I wanted to get across the lake quickly so I alternated 20 strong swim cycles with 50 smooth ones, and soon we came to Buoy 4 through some mild waves (I was thinking if this is the worst, I am in good shape). I still had some energy left and asked the folks in the sherrif's boat which direction Prouty's Point was - got some laughs just withing sight of . Buoys 5+6 came quickly, and we noticed two things as we headed towards 6 - the chop was picking up with the wind and lots of swimmers ahead of us were shooting more towards eastern edge of Derby Bay (towards the "C" on the map) than Buoy 6. Bob kept me on a tight line to 6 due to the swells, and it felt like I was swimming perpendicular to it and not making much progress.

    The wind kept picking up and the skies darkened a bit on our way to 6b, to the extent that we both were thinking that the threat of a thunderstorm ending the swim might happen - thankfully it did not. On an encouraging note for me, we also started passing those ahead of us that didn't stay closer to the islands. Once near 6a, the support boat shouted that a lot of swimmers were being pushed hard into Derby Bay, so by staying tight to the islands we were avoiding the extra effort needed to get out to Buoy 7. Here is the part where I was really surprised - Bob for the first time mentioned the time, "It's quarter to 12." That means that I was ahead of the 4 hour mark with roughly 2.5 miles to go! That was huge motivation for me to refocus my stroke and mind on powering through the end of the race since it was miserable swimming conditions. It was great knowing that I was reeling in those ahead of me through the two foot waves that were pushing me down the course, instead of fighting through them.

    Between 7+8 I was able to catch two of the 6-mile swimmers, and at buoy 8 the support boat encouraged us that only 3/10ths of mile remained. Well, I am under the impression that it was longer than 3/10ths of a mile and maybe they added extra buoys in this lower part of the course because it took fifteen minutes to come in. I was alternating ten "breasterfly" strokes (breaststroke arms with dolphin kicks) and fifty freestyle strokes as my arms were fatigued and it felt really good to stretch out. I also swam backstroke at different points to help keep loose. Heading past the start buoy into the beach was tough, as the waves were moving heavily perpendicular to shore. About 20 yards out I was hitting bottom, so I took a brief moment before standing up to make sure my legs still worked, then scampered to the beach where my wife and son were waiting, and Bob's wife and son were taking pictures. We made it, with an unbelievable time of 4 hours, 37.07 seconds!

    I was offered a drink of water or gatorade, even warm chicken broth if needed, by the staff on the beach. They even passed sweatshirts out to help warm us up. It took about 20 minutes after finishing for me to be brave enough to sit down and the sun to make an appearance, so we headed over to the food tent were swimmer and yaker ate for free, and everyone else munched for only $5. I was thinking a cheeseburger would be great around Buoy 6a, and munched on one afterwards! Somewhere in this time I missed SA finish, and I checked out the time boards on the side of the building for the girls' numbers, but had no luck finding them. We did see the kid's swims (8/u-17 could choose 100yds, 1/4 and 1-mile) as well as the adult 1-mile. We stayed for the awards ceremony which was a great gathering for those getting awards, especially watching the little kids head up for their "Woodal" - a hand-carved wooden medallion.

    So my time was totally unexpected given the horrible head cold I had the past two week, since I trained a lot more before the 10K last year and was exhausted at the end of that. Having only swam three times I would have been elated to get in around the 5 hour mark. Maybe the break was needed? I think two things were key for me: having great sighting from the best wingman in the business, my buddy Bobby, and also the nutrition aspect, which came together from a lot of research on the marathonswim forums and other blogs by marathon swimmers. I used a maltodextrin-based feed, flavored with juice, on the bottom of each hour, and an electrolyte-based feed on the top of the hour. No backfires like the fruit cups I ended up loosing after the 10k - only some minor gas for a few minutes. I followed a suggestion of using a retractable dog leash hooked to my bottles, so I only had to swim to the yak for the feed. We strapped a crate to the back of the kayak, but the weight of the drinks would have left Bob doing wheelies, so we moved the drinks into the kayak, which was more accessible for him to refill bottles. I only had an extra dose of water once, and did not get into the gel shots or chocolate bar that were on board. To keep my mind from drifting like my body, I again reviewed the New Testament books of the Bible in order, and also spent a great deal of the swim praying. For me, being surrounded by God's Creation and having a lot of time on my hands makes for a great boost in my prayer life.

    I would highly recommend this swim to anyone that is looking to move above the marathon 10k swim distance, or even to come out for one of the lower distance courses as Memphremagog is a gorgeous lake, the swim is very well organized (they can arrange for a kayak and/or a kayaker for you if needed), and the activities surrounding the swim are great for adding to a family vacation. We had a blast walking down the main street during the parade and also watching the events unfold on the beach. We did not go out one of the two boat tours of the course, but was able to talk with folks who have swum the race in the past and use the maps to succesfully navigate the swim. Next year this will be the 9+ Mile USMS National Championship, a great draw to get more swimmers out to support that programs that are helped from this and other athletic events in the region. I am already looking to book the same cabin for a week next year, and my thoughts are also towards finding a longer swim to add to my list.

    Oh, I will get an album of pics up soon, but here is a picture of team "Can't Stop the Leake" (only my daughter was unable to make the trip):
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    Updated July 9th, 2012 at 12:22 AM by rxleakem

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  3. Workouts (Week of 7/8)

    by , July 8th, 2012 at 12:45 PM (Time-Crunched Swimmer)
    7/8 @ Downriver YMCA (9 am)
    600 warmup (300 sw, 3x100 odd-kick, even-swim)
    2 times through (6x25 stroke :30, 100 easy 2:00)
    5x100 kick/swim 2:00 stroke
    4x50 recovery 1:00
    200 cool down

    2000 total

    7/10 @ DRY (8:15 am)
    400 wu (300 swim, 100 k)
    8x50 d/s IMO 1:00
    200 choice (kick, swim)
    1x200 Broken fly @ 10 secs RI (37, 36, 35, 38) 2:26 splits are all over the place but glad that I did the swim.
    3x100 easy (kick, swim, kick)
    8x50 IMO 1:00 (broken 400 IM)
    100 easy

    2000 total

    7/14 @ DRY 11 am
    300 warm-up (200 swim, 100 k)
    8x50 IMO D/S 1:00
    2x50 fly 1:00 fairly fast :33 on both... High heart rate again 180 bpm...still concerns me a bit
    200 cd (mix of kick/swim)

    Got a quick 1000 yards in during my daughter's swim lesson!
    1000 total

    Updated July 15th, 2012 at 01:53 PM by kellys

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  4. Day 1 LCM Nats Fri July 6th 2012

    by , July 8th, 2012 at 09:28 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    2012 LCM Nats in Omaha

    Fri Jul 6th 2012



    400 IM 5:08.19 2nd to Patrick Brundage

    Rasmussen, Anders M 49 TXLA
    5:08.19
    r:+0.82
    0:31.40 (31.40) 1:08.49 (37.09)
    1:50.06 (41.57) 2:30.45 (40.39)
    3:13.79 (43.34) 3:59.11 (45.32)
    4:35.28 (36.17) 5:08.19 (32.91)
    Went 5:01 last year so this was disappointing
    Last year I was more psyched & ready
    Plus I shaved my head & in last years race my 1at Br 50 split was 40.5


    50 Fr 8th 26.14
    Event 10 Men 45-49 50 LC Meter Freestyle
    =======================================
    USMS: N 24.29 8/10/2006 PAUL SMITH
    WORLD: W 24.26 7/19/2004 BRENT BARNES, JPN
    Name Age Club Seed Finals
    ==================================

    1 Fulbeck, Kip 47 WMAC 25.67 25.07
    r:+0.76
    2 Decker, Nicholas W 45 CAQM 26.30 25.17
    r:+0.74
    3 Novinski, Dan E 45 NEBR 29.50 25.39
    r:+0.75
    4 Davis, Ross C 46 WMST 25.15 25.47
    r:+0.82
    5 Tatterson, Bryan R 48 SFTL 25.69 25.66
    r:+0.81
    6 Mehok, George K 45 SYSM 26.50 25.98
    r:+0.76
    7 Nieuwenhuis, Mark 46 SFTL 25.00 26.11
    r:+0.85
    8 Rasmussen, Anders M 49 TXLA 26.03 26.14 r:+0.88
    This was disappointing too
    Think I went 25.6 last yr
    Slow start
    Swam a 4 IM before it
    Felt weak & slow
    But I'm pissed off & determined to improve at zones
    From now till then I'm focused on speed & strength


    2012 South Central Zones

    Days Till

    Updated July 10th, 2012 at 01:28 PM by ande

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  5. LCM Nats Day 1

    by , July 7th, 2012 at 11:45 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    50 free, 3rd, 29.29

    Just swam the 50 free today. It felt rough and choppy, and I tightened up the second 25. But having not trained any sprint free, I didn't expect anything different. And I was pretty happy with the time. It equals my best textile suit time from some years ago. I've only gone sub 29 (3 x in Indy) with my B70. If the results from Worlds and Nats stand, this time will put me #4 in the FINA rankings. I'll take it!

    I did not take the 100 back however. I was tired after 50 free and didn't have enough time to recover and wrap my brains around 4 lengths of the pool. I also don't feel great in the water. Last week's fiasco and missing a couple days in the pool definitely threw me off. But I still think 50 free was a good "get the cobwebs out swim.". And I'm psyched for 50 back today. I tried a couple more starts in the afternoon, which felt great. I'm using the higher bar and putting 1/3 of my feet out of the water. Love FINA walls for backstroke starts. I also got a quick massage to loosen up my back.

    Forum/masters dinner tonight at Vivace if anyone wants to join!
  6. Summer 2012

    by , July 3rd, 2012 at 10:22 PM (Time-Crunched Swimmer)
    Week of 7/1
    7/3

    Quick weights workout...bench, squats, tri extension (balance on one leg), med ball wood chop, arm curls, and up/downs

    Want to get back to these quick weight workouts on off-days from the pool. My times are faster in meets when i do these. I am planning on doing the Dearborn Masters meet on 7/22. Not having access to a LC pool will be challenging but I'm looking forward to swimming the 200 fly and breast during that meet.

    7/4

    First workout at Downriver YMCA in several years...felt good to get back there.

    3 times through...
    200 swim/100 Kick (#1 Free, #2 Back, #3 Breast)

    8x25 drill/swim fly
    150 fly straight (building toward 200 fly)
    50 easy

    8x50 drill/swim RIMO 1:00
    100 k
    200 cd
    2000 yards

    The goal for these straight fly swims is to maintain my stroke rate while holding the same time. The last 50 of that 150 straight I added one stroke per length. Need to work my walls more and do a deeper chest press to maximize my distance per stroke. Ran into one of my old teammates from the DRY team...he mentioned that there is a group that still works out on Sunday mornings. Looking forward to joining them again.

    7/6

    400 wu (300 sw, 100 k)
    4x100 d/s RIMO 2:00
    100 k
    6x50 1:00 (odd free, even back)
    8x25 fly max 6 strokes per 25
    100 k
    150 cd

    1650 total

    Had to stop a little early. Went down to one lap lane. Too crowded! Having a hard time keeping my heart rate down. It's been so hot this week. That could be part of the issue.

    Updated July 8th, 2012 at 12:46 PM by kellys

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  7. 06/02/12: Charles River Swim

    by , June 2nd, 2012 at 09:35 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Dear Charles River Swimmers, the water quality looks great and we have received permission to hold the race tomorrow. Water temperature is 73 degrees.
    I swam in the Charles River during the fourth one-mile event! Testing out that Dirty Water. Tomorrow we'll see if any strange skin conditions result!

    The race started at 8am this morning, and I decided that I did not want to drive three hours this morning so I stayed overnight in Leominster at a Motel 6 right off route 2. I figured that I had an hour more to travel this morning, so I left at 5 and arrived at the Alewife T station just before 6 to catch the Red Line to Charles/MGH. I got off the train and walked to the Espanade , getting to the registration tent around 6:40am. Oh, did I mention that it was raining? Yep - steady drizzle with some stronger showers the whole morning.

    I checked in and decided to repack my bag before checking it after getting marked up. I took off my sweats and put them into a plastic bag with, keeping only my warmup pants and jacket (and wet shoes) on. By 7:30, I was feeling cold as the wind picked up a bit, shivering and the like. At 7:45 we had our pre-race meeting, and I stripped down to my suit - the field was split roughly in half with folks wearing wetsuits and not, with me not wearing one. I donned my yellow cap marked "3" and headed to the dock with my fellow racers as the gray sky hung low above the skyline to this glorious city.


    "No diving into the water because we don't know what's in there - we don't want anyone landing headfirst into a shopping cart."
    We all hopped in after being warned and enjoyed the warm water, although viability was not much farther than arms reach in the murky greenish water. After treading water at the start buoy for about a minute, the race was started as we took off west towards the Harvard (Mass Ave) Bridge. I noticed that my shoulders were tight, likely from not doing enough kinetic stretches before the event. After rounding the first buoy towards the Cambridge side of the river, we entered into the roughest chop on the course, powered by a steady wind coming out from the city center. The second buoy came much quicker, and after rounding that we made our way on towards the Longfellow Bridge. Here is where the taste of oil and gas entered into my senses, and I flipped over and swam backstroke for about twenty cycles. I was able to increase my stroke rate and catch a small group off the lead after the last buoy, and motored to the finish line.

    I am pleased with how I sighted the race, having only to make two major corrections throughout. I lift my head for a quick sight and rotate my head into a breath, usually every five or six arm cycles, until I get closer to a buoy. One of the things I love about OW swims the ability to watch as a mass of swimmers enters the water, and then take a peak during the race and see arms stroking just above the water. I didn't notice the water falling during the race, but the precipitation never let up. Maybe all of that acid rain helped to counterbalance the river water?

    After the race I made my way back to the tents and sampled some of the vendor's treats before getting some coffee and bagel. Due to the rain there were very few spectators and the swimmers just packed up and headed out shortly after finishing. I walked back to the T with my wet warmups and dried off before going up to the station's platform, as my repacking kept my dry clothes mostly dry. I met some other swimmers (not too many other folks walking around with numbers on their skins) on the train back to the station, and we talked of the swim and our need for a very thorough shower! They laughed as the Harvard stop went by, opting out of joining the master's group there for their Saturday morning practice. I got off at Alewife and took the long, raining ride home.

    So, how did I do? Not sure yet! I forgot my watch, and at the finish only our race numbers were shouted out to the timers. I checked with some of the folks I finished near, but they were fine with just getting to the end point. Once I get the info, I'll update this entry. As for now, I am happy that the event went off and I was able to take the plunge into the murky, I mean, mighty Charles. I would recommend this swim, as it was safe, well organized, and you can join me in 'going where humans should not go' (according to a friend).

    *** Addendum: Results for the swim are up, and I finished in 23min 56sec. If you have the facebook you should be able to see my picture album here (nothing too exciting). ***

    Just a friendly reminder to turn on your lights while driving in the rain for everyone's safety. Oh, let the little ducklings cross the road, too (I did this twice).

    Updated June 12th, 2012 at 12:10 AM by rxleakem

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  8. Masters 5K Mira Mar Lake, FL April 29, 2012

    by , May 9th, 2012 at 05:35 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    Swam first OW: Masters 5K OW event at Mira Mar Lake, FL on April 29. Time - 1hr 18min; First place in Masters Mens 55-59, and Third place Masters Mens overall (because many OW swimmers were at USMS Nationals that weekend)

    Women started five minutes later and (only) three went past me, the first one... Brooke Bennett, just flew by. At the bottom part of the dog leg course there was a surprising amount of wave and wind activity for what had appeared to be a calm lake at the start. I enjoyed the challenge. My finish was not the Bill Rose finish I hoped to do, but I was able to stagger up on to the beach having made my best effort.

    Updated May 9th, 2012 at 09:53 PM by fdtotten (corrections)

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  9. Come fly with me to Omaha

    by , May 6th, 2012 at 03:08 AM (Bad Ass Blog)
    taken from http://john-badassrides.blogspot.com...-to-omaha.html


    There is nothing that scares me more on this earth than an expanse of water that is 8 feet wide and 50 meters long. I have had some hard-bitten dudes point firearms at me in Guatemala. I have rappelled 100s of feet down into black holes in the ground. I've ridden a mountain bike off of stuff that would give a billy goat vertigo. I am no stranger to dumb-ass nail biter stuff. Having said all that, there is nothing that weakens my knees like standing on the starting blocks at one end of a long course meters pool. I (mostly) don't do the other dumb things anymore... but I still get on those starting blocks. I still feel my stomach turn to water. Nothing is as intimidating (for me) as looking down the length of that 50m. Conversely, there ain't nothing that thrills me more....

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  10. Rough to Great, Nats Day 2 & 3, April 29

    by , April 30th, 2012 at 01:14 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Day 2: Rest

    This was a super fun day! I had a blast watching the racing and filming friends' events. It was definitely the right call to scratch the early 100 IM. I had a decent night's sleep Friday night after several consecutive nights of insomnia had left me feeling fatigued and zombie like, and was able to rest and reboot for my focus events on Sunday. In fact, as I mull it over, planning a sleep in on the middle day of Nats might be an ideal future strategy for me for 3 day meets!

    Scratching is underrated for the likes of us diva HIT sprinters. I did catch a bit of flack for this, which seems odd to me. So make no mistake about one thing: I am not a trained show pony. I will always do what I personally consider is the right course given my body, health and the circumstances.

    I do see some future SCY 100s with my name on them. Though my times on Friday were solid, I know I underperformed and can go faster. I'll choose one of them to focus on for the Sprint Classic next October, which is always my first SCY meet.


    Day 3: Boom!

    50 fly, NR/PR, 26.31

    Yowsa, that's fast! I couldn't believe it. This was my third sub 27 when I never thought I'd break 27 again. I executed fairly well. Most importantly, I hit my walls. I may have had a slightly slow reaction time, which is unusual, but I had a fantastic underwater and breakout on the first length -- maybe my best ever. I stayed under longer than I did at Zones. The second breakout was a bit choppier. And my last couple strokes were a bit slow as I lifted my head slightly to peak at the wall trying to time the finish right. Still so unbelievable psyched about the race. It was also the second fastest 50 fly of the meet.

    There is a side angle video of the race (no youtube link) on my Facebook wall that Stud took. I think Speedo and Water Rat also filmed the race from above. So hopefully they'll upload it to youtube. Thanks for filming guys! Stud also contributed a huge save. I couldn't locate my Aqua V dome cap shortly before the race (probably left it in the warm up pool in another dumb blonde moment) and he ran off to purchase one for me. It is slightly different and fits better. So now I'll be a white head in all my videos.

    Here's Water Rat's vid:
    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLyWQkEwjVs"]Fort's NR 50 Fly at USMS Nats 2012 - YouTube[/nomedia]


    I also got to meet Mike Sheaves, one of my HIT trainees immediately after the race. He gave me a big congratulatory hug and then swam his own PR. Very cool.


    50 back: NR/PR, 27.24

    Over the moon about this time too! Again, I had very very good execution. SDKs felt powerful, turnover fast, I came up just before the 15 m mark on the first 25 and hit the finish perfectly. The only slight flaws that I could detect were that I was somewhat flat on the start and could perhaps (not sure) have done one more kick before the second breakout. As with my 50 fly, this was the second fastest overall time of the meet. Honestly, though, of the two swims, I have to think this time is superior. I used to swim fly on our medley relays as a age grouper and my one year of college swimming, so I'm not sure that I've ever done a faster dead start 50 back. Training for fast SDKs is clearly the smartest thing I've done as a masters swimmer.

    I haven't watched this race on video. But I think that Elaine and either Speedo or Water Rat filmed it.


    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    So things started off a bit rough at nationals, but ended with a bang. 2 NRs and swam under the NR in the 100 back. Overall, I could not be happier with my SCY/SCM season to date. And I had a fantastic time at Nationals. Swim folk are simply the best. It was great fun watching the racing and seeing my friends and HIT trainees swim PRs, and then hitting the restaurants for beers and food. (I did eat red meat. )

    I am still undecided on Omaha. If I go, I think it will just be for two days for the four 50s on Sat & Sun. I won't be able to do much long course training with an early July date.

    As for this week, it's all recovery. I'm wiped. Kicking off the week with acupuncture this afternoon.

    Records broken at Nats:
    http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com...ts%20on%20Show

    Updated May 1st, 2012 at 07:16 PM by The Fortress

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  11. Monumental Masters Mini Meet

    by , April 28th, 2012 at 11:34 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    So today we had our first ever mini meet in my my home pool. It served as a fundraiser for the local age group team, and essentially I just leaned on them for running the meet. We had to wait about 15 minutes to get into the building (they normally open at 9am, and you know how it goes when you ask someone to change their routine ...), but I had already put the lane lines in last night with my son so just some minor tasks to get the show moving.

    We ended up with 23 swimmers, so I was really excited about that. At least half came from out of town, many first timers, and despite the warm pool (83) everyone seemed to have a good time. I made the opening announcements and took over the mic a few times to help slow the meet down, and we ended up finishing up in about 1.5 hours. Dedicated the meet to my mom, who passed away in 1995 but was so important in not only helping to get all of us kids to swim competetivly, but also to promote the sport throughtout Vermont.

    I ended up swimming a little more than I wanted to, but I did not want anyone to swim alone. It's all good with:

    200 Medley Relay*: Fly
    100 Fly: 59.23
    100 Back: 1:06.xx
    400 IM: 5:04.xx + 100 swim = 500
    25 Monument Kick Sprint: dfl (by choice)
    200 Free Relay*: Swam 1st and 4th leg

    * Swam these with my brother Jeff, who has not been in the water in over 10 years but came to swim. He looked like he never took a break from swimming (he is a biker: cyclocross, so I have to do a race with him this fall ).

    My goals were to swim the 100 Fly and 400 IM to complete the checkoff challange (save the super-long distances). I was a little tired from the relay, but happy to go under 1:00 in the 100 fly. The last 25 hurt pretty bad. I just cruised the backstroke, working on underwaters (skd'd 10/10/6/5) as a loosen before the next event.

    I was really happy with the 400 IM, my first ever time racing this event , and I did not leave a whole left in the tank at the end. Thinking about my practice swims, it was really close to the add-up from one of PWB's sets in February, and my splits were:
    29.46, 37.57 (1:07.03)
    38.22, 38.47 (1:16.69)
    46.86, 48.14 (1:35.00)
    31.49, 34.08 (1:05.57)
    I either took out the first 50 fly too fast (but it felt easy) or loafed the second 50 too much, and was a bit too slow on the backstroke leg. Still need to work on beaststroke, but my calves were really tight so I'll take the time. I hoped to get under 5 minutes, but now I have motivation to swim this event again.

    Had a great time getting this meet going, and people in my neck of the woods liked the idea of driving less than 2-3 hours to swim. GregJS had some fast swims (blazed the 100 breast ), and I talked about the upcoming Kingdom 10mile swim with Brent and Bethany, who are also doing it. We had first time swimmers from our Masters club, like Kevin, Rich and Cindy (who did an awesome 50 back), and Robert and Sharon (both swim for fitness, but like my brother were convinced to race due to my pestering).

    Thanks to all of you on the intertubes for your support and encouragement as well, especially SwimShark. Total: 1975 yards. Came home and watched Chris and Tom do the 200 back, then Speedo and Jazz + others in the 50 free online before taking a nap.

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  12. Day 1, Mixed Bag

    by , April 27th, 2012 at 06:25 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Mixed bag on day one. No sleep last night, maybe 2 hours, and AF arrived this am. Disappointing start to the meet. The same thing happened at Auburn, where I swam fairly poorly. As a result, no power. That's how it goes sometimes. I've had a good season and there will be other nationals.

    100 fly, 1:02.2

    I was solidly in the lead at 15 meters after going 14.5 underwater. I tried to swim the race very conservatively to avoid a big piano. Splits 29.3/32.8. These are good for me. I really didn't die the last length much. Execution, meh. Breakouts mediocre and turns glidey. Still, I was perfectly happy with this time considering. It's my second best as a master, best without the floaty suits.

    100 back, 1:02.6

    I'm sure no one will be surprised I'm disappointed with this time. It's much slower than my coverted time from the Albatross meet. Legs were dead and I didn't execute well. My left foot slipped on the start and I flopped a bit, though I recovered pretty well and went about 14 meters underwater. And I couldn't stay underwater nearly as long as I did in the Albatross 100; my kick count was way off. Last time, 15/15/15/10; this time 14/12/10/7-8. No leg power. Not how I envisioned this race. Almost an even split, factoring in the start, which may partly be due to the slip. Out much slower than in March. But still it was slightly under the NR and my second best time after my Jaked swim in Atlantain 2010. . I'm sure I'll be more psyched about it later.


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    The pool and facility are VERY nice. My only slight quibble is that the lanes were not very wide with the course set up as 10 lanes. They're wider at Mason. I grazed my hand on the lane line on the 100 fly.

    It was fantastic hanging out with everyone, meeting some new folks and watching the fast swimming!

    I am really hoping for some sleep tonight. I have some real accumulated sleep debt and feel cruddy. I think I'm scratching tomorrow and hopefully will feel better on Sunday. I think it is also possible, given my reduced cross training, that I'm slightly overtapered. Too many confounding factors to really know though. Peace love, swimming.

    Updated April 28th, 2012 at 12:14 PM by The Fortress

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  13. Day 1, Mixed Bag

    by , April 27th, 2012 at 06:24 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Mixed bag on day one. No sleep last night and AF arrived this am. Disappointing start to the meet. The same thing happened at Auburn, where I swam fairly poorly. As a result, no power. That's how it goes sometimes.

    100 fly, 1:02.2

    I was solidly in the lead at 15 meters after going 14.5 underwater. I tried to swim the race very conservatively to avoid a big piano. Splits 29.3/32.8. These are good for me. I really didn't die the last length much. Execution, meh. Breakouts mediocre and turns glidey. Still, I was perfectly happy with this time considering. It's my second best as a master, best without the floaty suits.

    100 back, 1:02.6

    I'm sure no one will be surprised I'm disappointed with this time. It's much slower than my coverted time from the Albatross meet. Legs were dead and I didn't execute well. My left foot slipped on the start and I flopped a bit, though I recovered pretty well and went about 14 meters underwater. And I couldn't stay underwater nearly as long as I did in the Albatross 100; my kick count was way off. Last time, 15/15/15/10; this time 14/12/10/7-8. No leg power. Not how I envisioned this race. Almost an even split, factoring in the start, which may partly be due to the slip. Out much slower than in March. But still it was slightly under the NR and my second best time after my Jaked swim in Atlantain 2010. . I'm sure I'll be more psyched about it later.


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    The pool and facility are VERY nice. My only slight quibble is that the lanes were not very wide with the course set up as 10 lanes. They're wider at Mason. I grazed my hand on the lane line on the 100 fly.

    It was fantastic hanging out with everyone, meeting some new folks and watching the fast swimming!

    I am really hoping for some sleep tonight. I have some real accumulated sleep debt and feel cruddy. I think I'm scratching tomorrow and hopefully will feel better on Sunday. I think it is also possible, given my reduced cross training, that I'm slightly overtapered. Too many confounding factors to really know though. Peace love, swimming.
  14. Saturday April 23rd - Quicksilver Spring into Summer Meet

    I swam in my 3rd meet on Saturday, the Quicksilver Spring into Summer Meet. I guessed that there wouldn't be a huge turnout because the Pacific Masters Short Course Championships was just couple of weeks ago and Nationals are this week, so I thought I should space out my events and only ended up entering four: the 500, 100, and 50 free, and the 100 IM.

    I haven't swum the 500 since high school so I wasn't sure about a seed time. I can do 5 x 100 @ 1:20 on a really good day so I knew I could go 6:20, I figured I could probably go a 6:20, and hoped I could go a 6:15 - so I entered with a 6:20. Not at all sure how to pace myself, but certain that I didn't want to go out fast and die, I decided to try to swim the race as two 200s at the same pace and a 100 at a faster pace. I ended up with a 6:16.94. I don't know my splits because the meet didn't have pads, but a coach who was timing another guy in my heat said that I was holding "37 high" per 50 throughout the middle of the race so I think I was fairly consistent. Unfortunately I had a lot left at the end, I felt like I could have kept going for another 100 or more, but next time I will know. All in all, I was happy with the race.

    The 100 free was next and as soon as I dove in I realized that I should have done a longer warm down after the 500, I was stiff and couldn't get my pace up. I went a 1:01.41, considerably slower than the 1:00.42 I went a couple of weeks ago. Oh well, another lesson learned.

    Next up was the 100 IM. I accidentally scratched this race in the meet a couple of weeks ago so I also didn't have an actual time for my seed, so I picked 1:13 out of the air. My fly is awful (seriously) but I managed a 25, didn't smack my head on the back to breast turn, and felt OK in the breast and free, and ended up with a 1:10.99. Nothing to write home about, but good enough for my level of training.

    The 50 free was my last event. I am not a sprinter so I didn't have any expectations and was pleased with my 27.03, a nice drop from the 28.20 I swam went in my first Masters meet.
  15. Zones, Day 2, April 15

    by , April 15th, 2012 at 06:46 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I woke up this am still tired and with a sore shoulder. I made two immediate decisions:

    1. I was scratching my individual events today. I had already decided not to swim the 100 IM, but added the 100 breast to the scrap heap as well. Nationals is 10 days away, I'm tired and there was no need to swim two 100s today. This is especially true since my shoulder/scapula aches after yesterday's sprints.

    2. I won't swim the 50 free at Nationals. It's my 6th event anyway. I would rather stand on the 25.31 that I swam yesterday and was happy with. This is currently #1 in the event rankings and would have been AA last year. It will likely get knocked down a couple notches or so at Nationals with the very fast new 50 year olds. But that's fine. Freestyle is a very shoulder driven stroke; with my straight arm technique, there is even more torque on the shoulder. If I'm not swimming free at nationals, I can stop doing fast or AFAP 25 frees in practice and save the wear and tear. This seems like a no brainer. Happily, my 25.31 is faster than the 25.99 I swam leading off a relay at Zones last year.

    So, I restricted my swims to two relays, going about 95% in each of them.

    Mixed 200 free relay

    Led off in 25.7 -- .4 worse than yesterday. I think it was mostly in the turn. I absolutely botched it. Pushed off way too deep and veered off to the side. My legs felt a bit like tassels as well. No matter, as I have the solid 25.31 time from yesterday. And our relay scored needed points. As I said yesterday, one year I would like to swim this race well rested. It always feels like a leftover after my other focus events or done on short rest.


    Women's 200 medley relay

    I swam the fly leg and split a 26.7. I was very pleased with this considering I was tired, went about 95% and took 3 breaths. (I only took 1 in the open race yesterday.)


    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


    I was supremely happy all day with my decisions, and got to watch a lot of other good races I just need to be smart, not greedy in these circumstances. And I did get some excellent start and turn practice with my 5 x 50s at this meet.

    I do think the acupuncture & cupping helped last week as my shoulder/scapula felt pretty good on Friday. Right now, I am dreaming of ice, which I can't use with the PRP. But I have more body work scheduled this week. More importantly, I am shifting into major resting. Nothing more than a fast 25 or burst from here on out. My body is tired from months of HIT training and I need to rest rest rest and REST. I don't think I can get enough rest! And hopefully I can log some sleep.

    I am still on a high about my 50 fly yesterday. That totally made my weekend. I can't wait to see the video. I feel like I've had such a good season. I just hope I can rest up and get mentally prepared for Nationals now. I've been feeling beat up lately and need to harness some excitement for the big show. Nursing these long term injuries seems to zap my mental energy. Maybe a case of the taper b*tchies will help.

    I'm very proud of my Lil Fort. She ran a very fast 5K in Boston today on a hilly course by herself. (Previously, she's had Mr. Fort to pace her.) As for Mr. Fort, there is a heat advisory for the Boston Marathon tomorrow with a high of 90 expected. They are advising only the "most fit" to run and granting QT deferrals to run next year. Mr. Fort's training partner is abandoning hopes of PR-ing because he always cramps in heat. Mr. Fort is going to start out on pace and just see how he feels. It really sucks to train all that time and have ungodly heat in April, almost like getting sick for a taper meet or something.

    I didn't get to say goodbye to Chowmi as I had to hang around for the very last relay. It was fantastic to meet her! And she swam really well. Her 200 back was impressive and she had a lot left the last 50.

    I did get Speedo's 50 and 100 free, Jazz's 50 free and Chowmi's 50 free and will upload those shortly.

    Updated April 15th, 2012 at 08:46 PM by The Fortress

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  16. Zones, April 14

    by , April 15th, 2012 at 10:17 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    200 mixed medley relay, 26.5:

    We won the 18+ age group even with two geezers on the back half. I split a 26.5 on the fly leg. I was surprised by the split b/c I felt crummy in warm up (legs tired) and had horrible breakouts. (Jazz, Jimby and Pete all said it looked kinda crappy.) Not sure why the fatigue. I suppose it's partly due to the horrible sleep the last 10 days. It may also be allergies. My throat is sore and it's descending into my chest. Spring is tough for me, and I am hoping there's no downward spiral.


    50 fly, PR/NR, 26.63

    I had a couple hours before this event. Plenty of time to wake up some more and get mentally focused for the race. I wanted to execute better than on the relay, and I think I did. I felt like I had a quick start and my breakouts were clean. I probably could have stayed under longer on the second length. It was a fast heat with six women under 27.3. SwimShark filmed the race, and I will post the video later. I was extremely happy with the time, and so happy to get the NR now!!! 50 fly is the last day of Nationals, and I could be tired by then.


    Women's 200 free relay, 25.31 lead off:

    I only had about 20 minutes before the race, so I was still tired from fly. My diva sprinter body needs an hour+. I led off with a 25.31. Jazz said the race looked "tired." I felt a bit sloppy and inhaled a huge amount of water on my first breath. Still, that's a pretty solid time for me. I did put in a split request, and may rest on this time for the season. Maybe one season I'll work on this event. I can't remember the last time I swam it fresh.


    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Today, I'm just swimming the 100 breast and 2 relays. I don't have a 100 IM in me. I'm not mentally into this meet with Nationals looming. My shoulder felt better Friday, but is sore this am from the free/fly sprinting.

    It was great hanging out with my visiting buddies and getting to meet Chowmi. She swam well in every event yesterday!

    Updated April 15th, 2012 at 07:46 PM by The Fortress

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  17. Pacific Masters Short Course Championships

    I swam in my second master's meet this weekend, the Pacific Masters Short Course Championships. My only event on Friday was the 200 free, which I was looking forward to because I felt that I should be able to go faster than the 2:16.11 I went in my first meet a few weeks ago. The meet started at 1:00 so I went at about 2:00pm to make sure I didn't miss my friend Susan swim the 1650. Even though they swam two heats simultaneously, it was hours before she swam, another hour or so before the rest of the more than 110 1650s finished, and then several hours more before the 200. I was chilled and my feet were freezing by then so I got in to warm up again about a half hour before the race, and my feet immediately cramped up. I swam an easy 500 and stretched out, and felt fairly good on the blocks but 50 yards into the race both of my calves cramped and then both of my feet cramped as well . Luckily I didn't have to stop the race, and my 2:16.6 wasn't a lot worse than the other week, but it was a disappointing race.

    I usually sleep through anything but I slept terribly Friday night, waking up every hour from 1:00am on. I was really looking forward to the 500 so maybe it was excitement, maybe nerves, who knows.

    Never-the-less, I got up eagerly and got to the pool early so I would have time for a long warm up before the pool got crowded. The weather forecast called for a 80% chance of rain, but the sky looked hopeful as I got in. A half hour later I felt rain drops, and by the time I finished warming up and showered, it had turned into a downpour:



    After standing in the wind for the first few heats of the women's 500 (I couldn't find anywhere to sit and stay dry), I was cold and my feet were cramping up so I decided the prospects of me having a good race were slim to none and I scratched and went home to warm up and take a nap. I went back to swim the 100 IM just after noon, but I misjudged how long events would take and my heat was swimming as I walked in

    There was no rain in the Sunday forecast, and it turned out to be a beautiful day:



    What a difference a day can make!

    My first event was the 100 free. My best time from a push is about 1:08, and I went out in a 1:05 in the 200, so I was hoping to break a minute. I went a 1:00.42 so didn't quite make it, but I feel like I swam a reasonable race (29.26, 31.16) and I have lots to learn (eg. my start is awful) so I am happy with it.

    My next race was the 50 breast. I didn't have much time because it was the next event, so I swam 300-400 yards in the diving well and went to my lane to wait. You would think that I might have learned something after the 200 on Friday night, but I stood around in my bare feet wrapped in a wet towel as I waited for my heat and - quelle surprise - got a big cramp in my calf as soon as I dove in. I wasn't thrilled with my 36.54, but on the other hand I had never raced a 50 breast because I didn't start swimming until high school so technically it was a PR .

    I chatted with Allen Stark in the shower and when he told me that he woke his parka and boots until the second he climbed onto the blocks, I thought "oh, duh" and realized again that I really do have a lot to learn. He said that he was going to warm down and then wouldn't get back in before the 100 breast because he didn't want to get cold, so I figured I should try the same. I made myself sit still instead of walking around for the couple of hours, and was warm and relaxed for the race.

    I was hoping to go under 1:20 (my time from a few weeks ago), so I was really pleased that I did not cramp and that I saw 1:18.54 on the board when I finished! I tried to stay long and relaxed for the first 50 to hopefully have enough left for a strong second 50, and I am happy with my splits - 37.84, 40.70.

    Overall it was a good meet, I was happy with some of my swims and I learned a few things. I can't wait for the next one!
  18. March 30, 2012

    by , March 30th, 2012 at 06:07 PM (Canuck Countdown)
    72 days until Day 1 of the FINA World Masters Championships

    Thursday, March 29
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    WWU Pool (25m)

    I'm particularly happy with my performance in this workout, so thought I'd post it!

    warmup
    6 x 50 swim, 25 kick, 25 drill
    4 x 100 pull @ 1:50
    2 x 100 swim @ 1:40

    main set
    400 Free (negative split) @ 6:00 (time = 5:00)
    3 x 100 Free @ 1:20 (held 1:11)
    6 x 50 Free @ :50
    200 EZ
    400 Free (negative split) @ 6:00 (time = 4:57)
    3 x 100 Free @ 1:20 (held 1:11)
    6 x 50 Free @ :45
    200 EZ
    400 Free (negative split) @ 6:00 (time = 5:03)
    3 x 100 Free @ 1:20 (held 1:14)
    4 x 50 Free @ :40 (held :36)
    200 EZ

    cool down
    8 x 25 drill @ :40

    Total Distance = 5000 meters (SCM)

    Comments: On the 3rd time through, I backed off on the 400 and the 100s because I was worried that I wouldn't make the 50s. My strategy worked, because the 50s felt the easiest of all as I was able to immediately get into a rhythm with the pace.

    Tuesday, March 27
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    WWU Pool (25m)

    main set
    12 x 150 as
    3 x 150 smooth @ 2:30 , 1 x 150 strong @ 2:00
    2 x 150 smooth @ 2:30, 2 x 150 strong @ 2:00
    1 x 150 smooth @ 2:30, 3 x 150 strong @ 2:00

    I held 1:45s for most of the strong 150s, slipping to 1:47 and 1:49 for the last 2

    Total Distance = 4600 meters (SCM)

    Meet Report

    I swam in 4 swim meets between Saturday, March 14 and Sunday March 25!

    OSC Double-Double Meet
    March 17 - 18
    Edmonton
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre Comp Pool (50m)

    This was a SNC (Swimming Canada) meet rather than a MSC (Masters Swimming Canada) meet. This was my first long course meet of the season.

    100 Free 59.92
    200 Free 2:13.88
    100 Fly 1:06.45

    That afternoon, I also swam in the

    Making Waves Invitational
    March 17
    Edmonton
    NAIT Pool (25m)

    200 Fly 2:35.89 (no DQ!)
    100 IM 1:09.31

    I swam the first 175 meters of the 200 fly very relaxed and easy, then sprinted the last 25. Next time, I'll try 150 easy / 50 hard, etc. until I find the right balance.

    The following weekend, I swam in the

    Red Deer Silver Sharks Invitational
    March 24
    Red Deer
    Michener Aquatic Centre Pool (25m)

    200 Breast 2:54.22
    200 Back 2:43.70 (immediately after a 25m freestyle race)
    100 Breast 1:19.42

    The next day, I swam in my 2nd long course meet of the season:

    Calgary Masters Invitational
    March 25
    Calgary
    Talisman Centre (50m)

    50 Free 27.76
    200 Back 2:51.59 (almost immediately after 50 Free)
    100 Free 1:01.08
    400 Free 4:53.42

    The only good swim was the 400 free - and it's not good because of the final time, but because of how I split the race. I was so tired before the race that I almost scratched it, but I decided to swim a controlled pace race instead. Here were my splits:

    1:10.90
    1:16.26 (2:27.16)
    1:14.64
    1:11.62 (2:26.26)

    = a negative split and a nice descend of the last 3 100s.

    Updated April 2nd, 2012 at 04:07 PM by lewba

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  19. 2012 Harvard New England scy Champs 3/16-18

    by , March 18th, 2012 at 10:42 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Just pulled into station from our trip to Boston for the weekend. Another excellent meet with fast swimming and plenty of time for socialization with the other 887 swimmers from New England and abroad. I spent most of my days hanging out with my adopted team, Cape Cod Masters, but was able to check in with fellow bloggers [ame="http://forums.usms.org/member.php?u=4899"]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame] and [ame="http://forums.usms.org/member.php?u=5129"]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]. I also met some new folks, including the Kosiorek brothers, who I went to UMass (Amherst) swim camp with way back in the day, and Justin B, who is battling the GTD with me (at least we always seem to be neck and neck). I was able to better all of my Masters best times, so it was a very successful meet for me.

    Friday, March 16

    #10 Men 50 Freestyle Time: :24.37
    WENT: 24.22 r:+0.92
    This swim felt good. I was a tad slow off the blocks and didn't start attacking it quickly enough - need to work on breathing less and just powering it.

    #12 Men 200 Backstroke Time: 02:11.88
    WENT: 2:09.15
    31.27 1:04.28 (33.01)
    1:37.15 (32.87) 2:09.15 (32.00)
    I split this really well and was happy to swim it during the first day of competition this year. Two second time drop, still need keep at those SDK's off the walls - went 7,5,5,4,3,2,1 and streamlining, which fell apart in the last 75. Still, first place finish for my age group.

    #14 Men 100 Individual Medley Entry Time: 01:03.18
    WENT: 1:02.88 r:+0.83
    28.24 1:02.88 (34.64)
    Dropping time, which is the goal. Felt really good, not too much to comment on here.

    ** Early night - at the hotel by 4:30ish. Took a nap, had supper, and then went to the planetarium (Boston Museum of Science) with my daughter to watch a flick about the universe - amazing stuff.

    Saturday, March 17

    #24 Men 50 Butterfly Entry Time: :26.84
    WENT: 26.48 r:+0.75
    Played with more SKD's - helped a little. Good swim.

    #26 Men 200 Breaststroke Entry Time: 02:55.14
    WENT: 2:52.84 r:+0.84
    38.89 1:24.37 (45.48)
    2:08.62 (44.25) 2:52.84 (44.22)
    Wow, I actually gave a some fruit to the 200 breast? Yuppers - my goal for a FIRST EVER EVER 200 breast was to break 3 minutes. I focused on LONG underwaters (just about made the 15m mark the first four), swim an easy 125 then rock it home. Was a good swim (I've been working pull and kick from my Cape buddy Jim), and Rich suggested tossing the kick at the end of my pull after he swam. You'll recall my slow pace put him into a trance and the announcer had to call "SwimStud, wake up and get on the block." It was as if St. Nick was dashing down the stairs at Harvard, as I saw him spring onto the lane 3 platform then rocket off to a PB. Dude is awesome.

    #32 Men 200 Freestyle Entry Time: 01:57.19
    WENT: 1:56.62 r:+0.77
    27.55 57.50 (29.95)
    1:27.68 (30.18) 1:56.62 (28.94)
    Felt really strong, and I used a forceful two beat kick for the first 50, then gradually added legs after each turn. I waited until the 75 flip to really pick it up, and I will start a little sooner next time and attack the 3rd 50 more.

    #34 Men 100 Backstroke Entry Time: :59.45
    WENT: 58.78
    29.18 58.78 (29.60)
    Finally under the 59 mark, and based on the swim I need to take this out faster - I think I can hold on the back end. Dan from Pittsfield noted that I was not driving my shoulders enough, so I will work on that.

    ** This was not only my long day, but the meet's, as we got out around 6:30pm. That was a lot of swimming - I just ate supper and went to bed.

    Sunday, March 18

    #42 Men 200 Individual Medley Entry Time: 02:22.47
    WENT: 2:14.31 r:+0.80
    28.14 1:00.99 (32.85)
    1:44.72 (43.73) 2:14.31 (29.59)
    Wow! I went 2:22 in January, so this was a SIX second drop for me - still hard to fathom it. I stayed strong on the fly, worked the shoulder rotation (with less kick) on the back, then busted a long while shifting my kick for the breast before bring the free home. Jim noted that I did not lose time on the Breast, which I have always done before. It felt awesome, so it is getting the Chiquita®.

    #44 Men 50 Backstroke Entry Time: :27.76
    WENT: 27.60
    Happy with this swim. The only thing I will note, without a hint of whining, is that in lane one the flags do not fully extend over the lane - they are clipped to a plastic line. I was really far from the finish when I pulled out the "Leake Lunge," and could have short stroked it for a quicker time. Still, I was happy to get a little faster.

    #52 Men 100 Freestyle Entry Time: :52.60
    WENT: 52.14 r:+0.79
    25.23 52.14 (26.91)
    This was a good swim, and I was right next to Dave F. from the Cape on this one. I swam it 25 strong, 50 sprint, 25 last swim of the meet ... probably could have gone out with more intensity on the first 25 and gotten under 52. That will have to wait until next year.

    *** Beautiful day in Boston, 70 degrees, St. Patty's Day parade (which the family took in). I feel really blessed to be able to swim in this neck of the world, and to have this great facility and meet to dive into. For the 3 hour ride home I always take Rt 2 back to Vermont, driving through Concord like Paul Revere, past Leominster (birthplace of Johnny Appleseed) and Gardner, the furniture capital of New England before you get to the the toilet paper factory in Irving. Lot's of history here. A great meet, and our prayers for save travel and competition were answered. Now, I am going to complete my warmdown for the day with a dip in the hot tub, then .

    Updated March 18th, 2012 at 11:01 PM by rxleakem

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  20. Albatross SCM Meet Report, March 18

    by , March 18th, 2012 at 12:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Got a decent night's sleep and headed over to the pool around 1:00 pm. My houseguest, Jimby, showed no signs whatsoever of his previously reported malaise. And was fortified by my diva smoothie and eggs. Did about a 30 minute warm up and then hopped out early to don my new suit since I was in the first event.


    50 fly SCM, PR/NR/WR, 29.54

    Did this as a split request in the 100 fly so that I could swim it at the beginning rather than end of the meet. Very psyched and surprised by the time. My previous best was a 29.6 in a B70 back in 2009. Based on my 26.7 at Warrenton, I was secretly hoping that maybe, just maybe, I'd see a 29.99 if all went well. So I was thrilled to see this time. Particularly so, since (unlike Warrenton) my race execution was not great. I got off the blocks fast. But my breakouts were subpar: I lifted my head too much and decelerated slightly. I probably should have done one less kick. My walls were not ideal either. I glided a bit into the turn and had a major glide at the finish. I think this is just the difference between yards and meters. When I saw I was short of the wall, I did kick like crazy. Jimby videoed the race, so I'll upload it at some point. I was very fortunate, being in lane 1, that no one was swimming in the adjacent diving well. Only took one breath after the breakout on the second 25. This swim chopped .8 off my 30.35 WR set last December.



    100 SCM back, 1:08.85, PR/NR

    The starter held us a LONG time, the longest I've ever been held in a backstroke event. Everything went well in the race until the last 10 meters. I died the last bit (legs paralyzed) and had a HUGE glide into the finish. Definitely should have taken another stroke. This cost me a few tenths for sure. Splits were 32.5/36.2. So I got out after it. My underwaters were solid. I think I went 15/15/15/10 SDKs. I was right on the 15 meter mark at the start. A teammate in the stands said it was legal, but I was very close. This may mean that when I'm doing SDKs at 100 pace, I've got to stick with 14 at the start. Though I was slightly off the WR KPN set last week in France for her French team, I was still really pleased. I never thought I'd go a 1:08 and it is a new NR, beating my previous one from this meet last year. I remember the very first time I swam this event back in 2007 at this meet (next to Julie Roddin), I went a 1:15 with very few SDKs.


    50 free, NS

    Didn't get to swim this unfortunately. After my 100 back, which I swam around 5:30, I felt really sick for about 90 minutes. Nauseous and shaky and red faced. Couldn't warm down. First time that has ever happened to me at a meet. I think it was likely due to poor nutrition. I hadn't had anything to eat since noon except a few honey stinger chews after warm up. I probably needed more carbs in my system before ingesting coffee. Was likely too busy chatting and forgot. Need to keep better tabs on this in the future. I was sorry to bonk and miss this event since I was swimming well and had plenty of rest for it. But crap happens. It really did not in any way diminish my happiness with the other two swims.


    200+ year 200 SCM mixed medley relay:

    After another hour+ went by, I warmed down a bit and felt well enough to swim my team relay. Wolfy was watching and said I split a 29.5. I was surprised since I was tired (8:00 pm), paced the first 25 slightly, and took 3 breaths instead of one. I had better breakouts and walls though. I'll have to double check this split later when results are up. This is a good relay for our team. Last year in the 160-199 age group we were #2 in the nation. This year, with Speedo gone, our team captain anchored.


    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Really happy with the times!!! Last year, I swam like crazy at this meet, but had a full 3 week taper. I did the same drop taper for this meet that I did before Warrenton. But since I only lifted once during this 3 week period, my body was pretty rested.

    And even though Nats is just around the corner, I glad I took this approach. I feel like I've knocked my 50 back and 50 fly in yards and meters way down, and they'll be untouchable for a little while at least!

    Now for a recovery swim if I can ever get Jimby out of bed. He finally arose at 11:30 bragging that he out slept my teenager. I slept very little last night, so it may take me a few days to catch up on sleep.

    Thanks to Patrick for writing this:
    http://theswimmerscircle.com/2012/03...other-barrier/

    Updated March 19th, 2012 at 12:03 PM by The Fortress

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