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  1. Zones, April 14

    by , April 15th, 2012 at 09:17 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 06:46 PM by The Fortress

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  2. 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!
  3. 2012 Harvard New England scy Champs 3/16-18

    by , March 18th, 2012 at 09:42 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 10:01 PM by rxleakem

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  4. Albatross SCM Meet Report, March 18

    by , March 18th, 2012 at 11:09 AM (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 11:03 AM by The Fortress

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  5. March 17, 2012 - Rinconada Masters Spring Short Course Meet

    I swam in my first masters meet today, the Rinconada Masters Spring Short Course Meet. I swam the "novice" 50 free (first timers only), the 200 free, and the 100 breast. The weather was awful, low 50s and quite windy, but at least the rain that was threatening to fall all day stayed away.

    My last meet was in 1980 and I have only been swimming regularly for 4 months, so I wasn't sure what to use for my entry times. I thought about using the times I hoped to do - :29, 2:20, and 1:25, but in the end I decided to use times that I have actually done in workout - :32, 2:32, and 1:40. This was probably a mistake.

    My first race was the 50. I was never a sprinter and wouldn't have entered this except I figured I shouldn't waste my one and only opportunity to race as a novice. I went a :28.2. My start was really deep (I also hadn't done a start from a block since 1980), my turnover felt slow, and I felt like I could have done another 50, so while I was happy with the time I am sure I can go faster.

    I was happy to have the slowest seed in my heat for the 200 because the fastest seeds were about what I hoped to go. I tried to stretch out and relax on the first 100, it felt great and I saw 1:05 coming off the wall. I tried much harder on the second 100 and I think I forgot about relaxing. I went a 2:16.1, again about 5 seconds ahead of second place. I was happy with the time because it was faster than I hoped to go, but I think I can go faster with more focus on my technique.

    My plan to use my best workout times probably hurt me the most in the 100 breast. One other person had seed time of 1:40, he ended up the slowest seed in the second heat and I ended up the fastest seed in the first heat. I went a 1:20.5 and was about 25 seconds ahead of second place. I would have won the second head with that time, but it would have been a close race so maybe I would have gone faster. I have done very little breaststroke in workout so far, and my technique is straight out of the 70s, so I think I can go faster with some practice.

    All in all I am really happy with the meet. I had a lot of fun and my times were better than I hoped, and I think I can do better the next time I swim. In hindsight I should have used faster seed times and entered more events. Next time I will know ;-)
  6. Warrenton Meet, Surprise NR & PRs, March 4

    by , March 4th, 2012 at 03:54 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I swam out of my mind today. I'm so excited that I doubt I'll sleep a wink tonight!

    Woke up at the crack of dawn for me, 6:15 am, to make sure I was awake and caffeinated for the 50 minute drive out to the Warrenton meet. I was extremely relaxed since it was a local meet and I was just swimming 3 x 50. I had a solid warm up. I then headed to the locker room and ripped a tech suit all down the side. lol. I donned an old LZR Elite with small holes and very little leg compression left. However, I'm still thinking it's my lucky suit.


    50 Breast, 33.3

    Wow. I had been thinking, based on the 38.2 in SCM I swam tapered at NE Champs, that I might go a 34 high today. So this was much faster than expected. And I didn't have the best start. As happens sometimes, I was too deep on the start and was not at the surface after the pullout. I had to float to the top a little. My left heel also kicked air a couple times. (Probably a result of no whip kick in practice.) Still, I was very pleased with the time. Technically, it's a PR, beating a previous B70 best of 33.8. (I previously swam a 32.9 with a Jaked at Nats in 2010, but was DQ'd.) I may rest on this time for the SCY season. I'm not swimming 50 breast at Nationals b/c of the order of events. But this time would have been #2 last season.


    50 fly, PR, 26.79

    I felt like my race execution was right on. I had an exceedingly good start, very fast off the blocks and a great push. I had clean breakouts and hit my walls just right. I only took 1 breath after the breakout on the second 25 (pretty sure all other races I've taken 2). The only obvious flaw I could detect was that I grazed my right hand on the lane line twice on the second 25; the lanes in this pool are very narrow. My previous PR was a 27.0 from Feb. 2009 in a B70, so I was just shocked by the time! The NR in this event is 26.77, so I narrowly missed it by .02. But since I never expected to go under 27, ever, I was just thrilled.


    50 Back, PR & NR, 27.4

    All I can say is that I was absolutely dumbfounded when I looked at the clock, and had to stare at it several times. I basically killed the NR I set last October at the Sprint Classic of 28.23. I had a feeling I might be slightly faster today after my first two events. But I never expected to be this fast. Race execution was also near perfect -- so very rare. I had a quick start and was underwater (16 kicks) to the 14.75 mark. I was a little long going into the turn maybe, but Jeff Roddin said I flipped quickly. My arms were moving so fast and throwing up water that I had a tiny bit of trouble seeing the flags. I hit the finish well too with no glide. 8 strokes down & 11 back. My prior PR was a 27.9 from 2009 (then an NR) in a full body LZR so this was blazing for me. This may replace last year's 50 SCM back as the best swim of my masters career.

    Went out to lunch with friends after, which is always one of the nicest parts of meets!

    Unofficial meet results are here:
    http://www.warrentonmasters.org/
    (Attached are a couple pics from the meet director, one of me looking quite stunned.)

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

    Thoughts:

    On the drive home, I was thinking about how I popped off those times right now. I decided:

    1. Jan & Feb may have been two of my best months -- ever -- of training. 5 swims most weeks with a ton of hard speed workouts. No question I've been training at a much higher level than last summer & fall. Part of this is due to being healthy with thyroid issues in the past.

    2. I was pretty rested for this meet. Looking back at my blog, I basically rested 9 days. I backed off a few days earlier than planned when I started feeling overly fatigued from training. Plus, I rested more than I normally would have this week when I felt a cold coming on.

    3. I was very relaxed because this is a low key local in season meet (though the pool is quite fast). Being relaxed with no expectations certainly makes a meet more enjoyable. But sometimes I also think it helps you swim/sprint faster. I also seem to do well/better at meets that don't require travel.

    4. Less is more wrt events. I had signed up for the 50 free. But with only 20 minutes or less after that until 50 fly, I decided to scratch. Jazz Hands was a bit tired on his 50 fly. So I definitely did the right thing.

    5. The Speedo concoction of strong heavily sugared coffee seems to work for me.
    heehee

    6. Good execution. So very rare indeed when things go just right. Since I never practice starts, I was psyched to nail my fly start.

    Updated March 7th, 2012 at 10:25 AM by The Fortress

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  7. Meet 3/3/12: Simon's Rock Countdown to Champs Mini Meet

    by , March 3rd, 2012 at 08:09 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Back from the Mini Meet in Great Barrington, MA, this afternoon. Three more Bennington area swimmers joined me along with close to 50 other swimmers for a great afternoon of racing. Bill Meier and the team down in the Berkshires put on a great meet yet again this year.

    My times:
    200 Fly: 2:23.35
    29.75, 35.03 = 1:04.46
    39.13, 39.44 = 1:18.57
    - My first ever 2fly! Only the 200 free was offered at the meet, so I let everyone around know that I was doing fly. Well, since it is a smaller meet and introducitons were given for all lanes, Bill announced I would be doing it fly - no turning back!
    - I tried to follow advice from TG in [ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=255214&postcount=342"]the Butterfly Lane[/ame] and loafed the first 100 (should have loafed more), and then that piano was waiting for me on the second half! I kept wondering if anyone would notice if I just sneaked in some one arm fly. I will keep experimenting with the DPS fly that Swimasaur employs ...
    - I am really pleased with this time, and happy to check it off my bucket list. Probably won't do it again for a while (I'm thinking once an age group).

    500 Free: 5:27.37
    29.72, 32.98 = 1:02.70
    30.82, 34.91 = 1:05.73
    34.24, 33.44 = 1:07.68
    33.97, 34.30 = 1:08.27
    31.98, 30.98 = 1:02.96
    - I was gunning to get under 5:30 and did it - very pumped. I roughly followed advice from [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showpost.php?p=174607&postcount=2"]pwolf66 in a forum thread[/ame] with a strong first 100 then adding more kick. I really went hard for the last 100 and was excited to see the final time - I will aim to keep more even in the front half and pick it up sooner at the end next time (the second half was 2 seconds slower than the first). This was the first time I have done a 500 free since high school.

    100 Breast 1:19.06
    37.45, 41.61
    - Worked the pullouts to the max, and felt better with the pull end of the stroke to get under 1:20. Jim suggested I keep working to not sweep so wide with my kick, so I'll keep plugging with this, my least favorite stroke with hopes to improve my IM times.

    w/u was 1300, 200 after fly, 100 after 500 = 2400 yards total for the day as I swam to three masters PB's with my new Yingfa suit.
    -------------------

    It was fun to have fellow teammate and forumite GregJS car pool with my family en route to breaking 1 minute in the 100 FR in his first masters meet. Kim and Joelle also made the trip down from the Bennington area - we all ended up doing the 500 FR and counted for each other. It was strange - guys swam before girls as the heats were not mixed. Worked out for the 500 as the girls counted for us then we reciprocated the favor back to them.

    I was also able to meet up with Dan, Craig, and Kyle from the Pittsfield team, as well as the folks from Simon's Rock (including our old teammate Jon, who swam in his first ever masters meet in the 500 free). I also met some of the FISH swimmers from Poughkeepsie, NY, (perhaps swimmerb212 shook my hand?) before stopping at a Mexican restaurant on the way home for supper. Great day! Now to update those rascally times on my sidebar - filling the hole in today!

    Updated March 3rd, 2012 at 08:31 PM by rxleakem

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  8. Harvard Meet - March 2012

    by , January 25th, 2012 at 04:56 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I signed up today for the New England scy Champs at Harvard in March. I entered best masters times for all events (the website suggested these during the registration process, kinda neat), except for the 200 breast. Yes, the 2br - I decided to enter it for the first time ever and just ballparked a time.

    Friday, March 16, 8:00am warmup, 9:00am start
    #10 Men 50 Freestyle Time: :24.37
    #12 Men 200 Backstroke Time: 02:11.88
    #14 Men 100 Individual Medley Entry Time: 01:03.18

    Saturday, March 17, 8:00am warmup, 9:00am start
    #24 Men 50 Butterfly Entry Time: :26.84
    #26 Men 200 Breaststroke Entry Time: 02:55.14
    #32 Men 200 Freestyle Entry Time: 01:57.19
    #34 Men 100 Backstroke Entry Time: :59.45

    Sunday, March 18, 8:00am warmup, 9:00am start
    #42 Men 200 Individual Medley Entry Time: 02:22.47
    #44 Men 50 Backstroke Entry Time: :27.76
    #52 Men 100 Freestyle Entry Time: :52.60

    Last year I swam 6 events, and this year I decided to bump it up to 10. We'll see how the training progresses through the end of winter and see if some time drops are realized in the middle of March!

    I will be mailing in entries for the Valentines and Pace/Maker's mini-meets tomorrow. With these meets, I will replace the 100 and 200 Free with Fly to complete all events for the scy season

    Now, off for a swim ...

    Updated January 26th, 2012 at 10:23 PM by rxleakem

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  9. WCWC Mini Meet 1/22/12

    by , January 22nd, 2012 at 09:48 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Took the short three hour drive to Salem, NH, to swim at a mini meet this afternoon. I said hi to forumite mrubacky and watched him swim a great 500. I also ran into my buddy Jim from the Cape, as well as meeting other folks there for a really nice meet.

    Here are my posted times from the meet:
    - 200 IM (goal: 2:16.72) - went 2:22.04
    -- well off my goal, but I haven't swam this in 20 years and I guess doubling my 100 IM and adding ~10% failed. (At least I beat the high school kid from last week ) Splits were:
    29.17, 1:04.80(35.63), 1:52.74(47.94), 2:22.04(29.30)

    - 50 FR (goal: 24.94) - went 24.25
    - 50 BR (goal: 38.77) - went 38.13
    - 50 FLY (goal: 27.86) - went 27.07
    - 50 BK (goal: 28.46- - went 28.22


    The swims felt good (surprised myself with the fly), and an amazing thing is that the meet was over with in less than one hour! I knew that my conditioning is not the greatest, and I have not done much speed work so the times were in the ballpark of where I would expect my training to be at this time. (Total swimming for the day ~ 1900yds)

    I will be registering for the Harvard meet this week, still figuring out which events to swim. Last year I entered six, and I am thinking of eight or ten this year - depending. One Hour swim before the end of the month as I incorporate more speed work into my routine.

    Updated February 3rd, 2012 at 11:19 AM by rxleakem (Updating swim times from meet)

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  10. Hour Swim

    Did the hour swim tonight: 3150 yds. Felt way, way better than last year. Apart from a couple of foot cramps, I completed the event pain-free, which is a first for me. I put in a lot of prep for this event, including a 2500 last week, and I felt like it really paid off. Now it's time to .
  11. NE Champs, Day 2, Dec. 11

    by , December 12th, 2011 at 11:12 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I had decided to scratch the 200 IM, so was able to grab a bit more sleep and take my time getting to the pool. Good thing because the Starbucks across from my hotel was closed -- what?!?! Got in a decent warm up in the diving well and was ready to go. Tired, but ready to go. (BTW, I have no idea how mid-D or D types do any pace work in the crowded warm up pools at big meets.)

    50 fly, 30.35

    This time was under my WR from last March of 30.5. So I was thrilled! Fly felt good until the last few strokes where my arms really felt the meet fatigue. And it was technically fairly solid. I got off the blocks FAST. I didn't get max distance, but I could tell my reaction time was great and I had a clean entry. Only flaw was not pushing off deep enough on the turn. I had one dolphin kick on the surface as a result. Took one more breath than usual on the last length, but it helped me spot the wall and finish well. I guess all those fast 50 flys for time I've been doing in practice paid off.

    But there was no time to celebrate! I had 20 minutes until my next race. I swam down around 250 and when I emerged, they were already on heat 2 of the women's 100 free ...

    50 free, 28.53 (split in 100 free):

    My body was screaming with lactic acid build up behind the blocks. I really would have liked an hour off to rest and get in the correct mental state of mind for this race. Instead, all I was thinking was "I can't wait until this race is over." I had a decent start, not as fast as in fly. Again, the race was technically pretty solid with the exception that my right arm was caught underwater sightly on the breakout after the turn. I may have taken an extra breath on the second length too; I can't really remember. It also felt like I was dragging my legs. Stud video'd the race for me though, and it didn't look nearly as bad as it felt. Maybe the legs were on autopilot. I was very surprised and happy to see that time on the wall. I was fearful it would be a second slower. And this time is only .3 off my B70 PR. I then caused a minor delay of meet as I took 1:00+ to swim my second 50 of the 100.

    I was beyond happy that I had already logged a 100 back time this year as that was the last event of the meet. And I had no more 100s in me.

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

    Overall, this was a great meet for me even with a slightly shorter taper. Much better than Auburn, I think. But of course SCM is more my natural milieu and my favorite course. As the event rankings stand now, I have the fastest time in all 4 50s (and 2 100s) -- something I never expected!!!


    My elbows don't really feel any worse for wear after a long weekend of sprinting. But they still hurt when I try to lift things, so I will continue to avoid upper body weights for awhile. Probably won't get to the pool today. I have stuff to do with Lil Fort. I'm so proud of her -- she ran her first 8K this weekend and sent me a text saying it was "very fun."

    Results:
    http://www.swimphone.com/mobile/meet....cfm?smid=3514
    http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com...-World-Records

    Updated December 12th, 2011 at 03:29 PM by The Fortress

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  12. Saturday 12/10/11: NEM SCM Champs

    by , December 10th, 2011 at 10:22 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I headed out this morning spot on 6am for the 3 hour drive to Boston, with my daughter as copilot for the meet at BU. Having messaged aztimm and others yesterday, I texted him to sign me in for the 400 FR as this closed at 9:15. Good thing, as I got to the pool about 5 minutes later - thank you very much, Tim!

    I got in an easy warmup, as my goal for this meet was in line with this season - get times by not to duplicating events and see how close those scy -> scm conversion tools are. I did:
    200 FR/200 bk/100 Fly drill, some 50 swim/kicks, two sprints from blocks and another 200 at the end (around 1000m).

    I met up with aztimm before after warmups and thanked him again for checking me in. I think I ran into Fort and Stud after the 400, then slknight dropped in before noon and said hi. I also said hi to mrubacky (missed him at the Riverton meet) along with some of the folks from Maine, Cape Cod, and Pittsfield that I have met at other meets.

    The meet is being run through swimphone here:
    http://www.swimphone.com/mobile/meet....cfm?smid=3514 so you can check out everyone's results. I have linked my results below:

    400m Free: Goal: 4:55.Swam: 4.51.57
    - Felt really good. I tried not to go out too fast and settled into a strong two beat kick with DPS strokes. I was hoping to obtain consistent, even splits but that did not happen so much! I has happy to negative split it, and it was nice that someone counted my laps for me - still not sure what kind soul did that.
    (200y w/d)

    100m IM: Goal: 1:13. Swam: 1.11.62
    - I had a strong underwater with the start, and even stayed under 5 more meters than I planned. In typical fashion, I had a strong first 50, then tanked the breaststroke leg. My buddy Jim from the Cape shouted at me to "stretch" but I still struggled through. Someday I will invest the time to figure that stroke out ...
    (100y w/d, a long couple of hour break, then a quick 100y w/u before...)

    50m Free: Goal: under 27. Swam: 26.88
    - This felt good, but I had a bad turn and didn't stay underwater past the flags on the final lap. Oh well, I am still really happy with this.
    (200y ez)

    200m Back: Goal 2:25. Swam 2:24.82
    - I had a decent start and good underwaters for the first 100. I was definitely searching for the walls at the 25y mark, as I seemed to float forever into the wall. I tried to ramp it up heading into the half way point, but I could not get my turnover turning over. My turns in the second half were lackluster, proving I need more conditioning for this distance. But I am super excited about this time!
    (100y w/d, then out)
    (1750scm, 700 yds total for the day)

    My meet is over for now, as I am back in Vermont and getting ready to hit the hot tub before work tomorrow. Overall I felt very fast and happy I made the trip down today to swim, and watch some other really fast swimmers. My daughter met up with a friend and checked out the school more than our tour this summer allowed.

    Again, it was great to meet more of the forumites and check in with other friends at the meet, especially a great 200 Breast between aztimm and Stud and Susan rocking the 200 Fly. Everyone is helpful in answering my questions about training and competing. I am turning my attention to a "squad meet" this coming Tuesday at my home pool that I will be running - trying to get other swimmers in the area to "catch" the competition bug like me for next year.

    Updated December 11th, 2011 at 11:28 PM by rxleakem

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  13. NE SCM Champs

    by , December 10th, 2011 at 09:18 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Today went very well -- better than I expected! My elbows didn't feel great hoisting bags in and out of airports yesterday and I had another ill-timed affliction that the ladies will understand.

    100 IM: 1:11.99

    This is my second fastest time as a master; my prior best (1:11.5) was in a B70 a couple years ago. Did not have a great start. The starter was very quick and I didn't have my hands together in a streamline entering the water. Had a very good first 50, with 14 SDKs on the backstroke leg (nose clip). Breast leg was OK, but I felt virtually paralyzed on the last 25. Still very pleased with the time. It was only .3 off the NR, and faster than my last time from yards (converted). May give it another go in March.

    I could barely walk to the warm down pool after ...

    100 fly: 1:11.3

    As usual, I had thoughts of scratching. But I tried to comfort myself with the fact that there were walls instead of the virtual open water of long course. I had a much better start, and was very close to the 15 meter mark. I really did try to go very slow on the first 50 -- 32.8. Lol I just don't have a slower gear. Predictably died the last half of the final 25. Still the time was just a bit slower than last year when I swam 100 fly first, and I'll take it. And won't swim it again until next December!

    50 free, NS

    Too tired after the 100 fly and not enough rest. Will do it as a split tomorrow.

    50 breast, 38.22

    So glad I passed on the 50 free because this is a very fast time for me. Last year, I went a 38.9 in SCM and this is 2 seconds faster than I swam at Auburn in long course. I had a very good start and long pull out. I was very tickled to see that this is the fastest time in the event rankings. Just keeping it real, though, a friend told me I had terrible head position and should swim with a whiffle ball. She's right of course, but I'm still stoked by the time!

    -----------------------------------------------------

    Pretty darn happy with this day after an up and down Fall. Tomorrow I just have the 50 fly and 50 free. I'm not going to do a fly split in the 200 IM. I'm opting to conserve energy and hope for a good start in the open 50. My fly felt fast today, so hopefully I can crank out a good one tomorrow. Hoping I can get some sleep, but I had some caffeine this afternoon.

    Had a great time meeting forum friends and seeing other friends!!! That always makes a meet more fun.

    Updated December 11th, 2011 at 12:31 AM by The Fortress

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  14. Riverton Results & Workout 11/18/11

    by , November 18th, 2011 at 01:48 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    My goal to practice every day this week hit a road block last night due to my mental block - I missed Adult Swim time! Mon thru Wed the pm time is 6:15-7:30, and on Thursday it is 5-6:15. I showed up at 6:10 and saw all the swim team kids in the pool and knew I made a mistake.

    Oh well, took it as a sign that a day off was in order ...
    -----------
    11/18 Solo at Rec (scy):

    w/u: 200 FR/200 BK

    2 x 500 swim with Paddles (continuous)
    - 25 DPS/25 fast, 50/50, 75/75, 100/100 FR
    - Repeat with back all all but the 75's

    TWO TIMES Thru:
    - Start on :60
    - 4 x 50 kick on :50 (flutter with board, ok back w/o, dolphin, flutter)
    - Wait until the :45
    - 4 x 100 FR Pull with buoy on 1:20 (dec 1-4)
    - Wait until the :15
    - 4 x 50 swim fast (free/bk/free/bk)

    10 Deep water Bobs

    TWO TIMES Thru:
    - 100 FR swim (50 DPS, 50 fast) on 1:10
    - 50 ez (25 skull, 25 kick on back) on 1:20
    - 50 hard FLY
    - q-break til the top

    200 ez and out
    (3600, 65 minutes)
    -------------
    Felt good today, and wanted to push some yardage. I see that James has adopted the q-break, so I figured I will too (us 200 BK guys need to stick together - haha).

    I went for the long swim to start because I haven't used my paddles in a while and figure my strength needs some work. I made the kicks on the first set with 5 seconds to spare - I have really been working at adding kicking to my workout and going faster with it. I tried to descend the Pulls and did well - 1:14 -> 1:09 both times, thinking about long strong strokes and power through the bottom of the pull. I held :32's on the free and :35's on the back.

    On the second set I was able to come in at 1:04 on both the 100s, ez feeling. The flys were 33, which is good for me.

    Off to help out at my son's school today. My daughter is on a trip to NYC (MET Museum of Art, UN, 9/11 Memorial). Tomorrow I am going to help with a stroke clinic at Master's practice, probably 30 minutes of free and back work. Should be fun.

    Attached are the results from the Riverton meet. I will have to break down the 200 FR, but it looks as crappy as it felt. I did a good job splitting the 100's, but hope to take them out a little faster in the future. Still trying to lay down more yards for the 2Bk at BU ...

    Also, you can see me in the 100m FR at the Riverton Meet here: http://youtu.be/w-RnP2rd40s - I am in lane 2 at the top of the pool. My time of 1.00 converts to a high 53 in yards, and I was 52.6 during the spring, so I am really happy with that time at this point in the year.

    Updated November 18th, 2011 at 06:50 PM by rxleakem

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  15. Riverton Meet (scm) 11/13/11

    by , November 13th, 2011 at 10:37 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I made the trip up to Maine on Saturday to stay with friends and to swim at the 4th Annual Greater Portland Meet. My buddies live ten blocks from the pool, so it was a good reason to head up for a quick weekend.

    An added bonus was a start and turn clinic held an hour before warmups, at no charge. Without having a full-fledged coach with our workout group, it was good to get a refresher on proper techniques, especially with the starts. I was able to work with Doug on the back start, and I think it helped a lot for the swim.

    Clinic (we'll say distance = 200)
    ---
    Warm up:
    200 FR/ 200 BK
    3 x 50 kick (FR, BK, FL)
    4 x 50 swim, last 1/4 fast
    150 ez
    (900 total)

    For the swims ...
    (100 ez swim)

    100 Free: seed 59.95, swam 1:00.43 (29.40, 31.03)
    - Felt ok, but not as strong as the scy meets this spring. I was hoping to get under :60, but that was not to be. I was thinking more about really cranking on the next swim ...

    (3 heats, 100 cool down swim)

    100 Back: seed 1:11.55, swam 1:07.75 (34.80, 32.95)
    - Felt great! I was happy to have worked on the start before the meet, as I think the modest improvement from my usually dreadful one helped. I really worked the underwater sdk, even though I need to keep working it more. I went all out on the third lap and pushed it coming home. I'm interested in the splits, which I will post once I see them - took it out too slow, but I'm still very happy with this.

    (5 heats, 100 ez)

    200 Free: seed 2:15.15, swam 2:18.62 (31.22, 35.43, 36.32, 35.65)
    - I had a feeling this was not going to be good as my heart was still pumping from the back. I felt like I had no air, which is pointing out to me that I need to work more on training for the 200's.

    (100 ez, and a nice break before heading into the sprints)

    50 Back: seed 32.56, swam 31.18
    - Worked the start and underwaters again here. Felt very good.

    (1 heat rest before ...)

    50 Fly: seed 32.65, swam 31.02
    - Tired but the swim was a good one. My turn was slow, but I don't really practice fly much. My lungs were shot so I did not have great skd, but I was happy with the time.

    100 easy warm down, and a four hour drive home.

    -----------------

    I had a great weekend in Maine, "the way life should be." The clinic was a great addition to the meet, and I was able to meet some great folks in the Portland area. It was easy to pick out jbs during warmups when he was describing the insane events he was swimming, and it was good to chat with him during the meet. An added bonus was the water and halloween candy hold-overs that we could munch on during the meet. I was able to get some coaching advice from Mike and Doug too.

    Giving my lackluster week, I was really happy with these times. I have not swum scm since 1992, so I tried to pick seeds at where I wanted to be at this point. Since I am only going to get to two meets this "season," my philosophy is not to repeat any events, get some times, and then see what happens next year. My great experiment for the first "official" year back in the pool.

    I made it home in time to join the family at the local "Empty Bowls" event in town. A $10 donation allows you to pick out a hand made bowl that volunteers make throughout the summer, then fill it up with over 10 varieties of soup donated by local restaurants, with some bread and them cookies for dessert. The proceeds benefit the food pantries and fuel fund in the Bennington area, so a great way to have a meal with friends and strangers plus help out many of those in our area that are struggling to get food or fuel into their homes. Especially after the damage that Irene brought.

    Updated November 18th, 2011 at 07:31 PM by rxleakem (Adding results/splits)

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  16. Wed Nov 2nd, 2011 3K Postal Day

    by , November 2nd, 2011 at 04:27 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Nov 2nd, 2011

    Sun Oct 30 did not train

    Mon Oct 31st Trained at noon with whitney
    COLD 73 or 4 degree water
    cut 50's out of todays sets to turn aerobic sets into easy sprint

    Tue Nov 1st Trained 6:30
    IM day
    changed last 1000 set to
    25 SDK fast on :30
    25 easy on 2:00

    in Orlando this Fri - Wed, will train on my own, hopefully a couple times at typhoon lagoon
    back Thu Nov 10,

    Upcoming Meet

    Sat Dec 3rd & Sun Dec 4th
    2011 South Central SCM Regional Invitational
    San Antonio, TX
    DAYS TILL


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    whitney Coached
    scy
    UT Swim Center: main pool
    7:30 - 9:00
    wore B70 jammer
    trained with Larry Jim

    WARM UP
    500 to 700 easy

    Main SET: scy

    I write I wanna be a sprinter again then I go and do crap like this, I really do want to improve my speed

    3000 Postal Swim
    Tyler counted and timed using his cool Iphone App
    it might be available for the 2012 Hr swim

    Pool: Texas Swim Center, Austin TX
    Swimmer: Ande Rasmussen
    USMS Number: 431D-02XXX
    Start: 2011/11/02 @ 08:01:47 CDT
    Stop: 2011/11/02 @ 08:38:43 CDT

    Distance Laps Splits

    0050 :29.35 00:29.35
    0100 :32.00 01:01.34
    0150 :32.23 01:33.57
    0200 :32.97 02:06.55
    0250 :32.63 02:39.17
    0300 :32.90 03:12.07
    0350 :33.00 03:45.07
    0400 :33.11 04:18.19
    0450 :33.11 04:51.30
    0500 :33.32 05:24.61 05:24.61
    0550 :33.37 05:57.99
    0600 :33.32 06:31.31
    0650 :33.35 07:04.65
    0700 :33.26 07:37.91
    0750 :33.28 08:11.19
    0800 :33.03 08:44.23
    0850 :33.24 09:17.47
    0900 :33.12 09:50.59
    0950 :33.18 10:23.77
    1000 :33.17 10:56.94 05:32.22
    1050 :32.73 11:29.67
    1100 :33.09 12:02.75
    1150 :33.42 12:36.17
    1200 :33.31 13:09.48
    1250 :33.30 13:42.78
    1300 :33.19 14:15.97
    1350 :33.09 14:49.07
    1400 :33.45 15:22.51
    1450 :33.31 15:55.83
    1500 :33.50 16:29.33 05:32.59
    1550 :33.60 17:02.93
    1600 :33.54 17:36.47
    1650 :33.63 18:10.09 OK 1650 not awesome
    1700 :33.79 18:43.89
    1750 :33.63 19:17.52
    1800 :33.38 19:50.90
    1850 :33.97 20:24.86
    1900 :33.82 20:58.69
    1950 :33.56 21:32.24
    2000 :33.90 22:06.14 05:37.81
    2050 :33.85 22:40.00
    2100 :34.04 23:14.04
    2150 :33.77 23:47.80 took 10 sec break
    2200 :44.40 24:32.21
    2250 :33.95 25:06.16
    2300 :33.49 25:39.65
    2350 :34.15 26:13.79
    2400 :34.28 26:48.08
    2450 :33.73 27:21.81
    2500 :34.57 27:56.37 05:50.23
    2550 :33.95 28:30.32
    2600 :33.89 29:04.21
    2650 :34.14 29:38.36
    2700 :34.15 30:12.50
    2750 :33.51 30:46.01
    2800 :34.20 31:20.21
    2850 :33.85 31:54.06
    2900 :33.77 32:27.83
    2950 :34.29 33:02.13
    3000 :33.63 33:35.76 05:39.39

    wasn't sure where I was and flipped at 3000 & did extra 50

    Pool was pretty warm, it was really cold Mon

    didn't wear a cap

    Stayed steady

    didn't tie suit tight enough
    back of my suit filled up on each turn

    breathed last stroke into each turn and 1st 2 strokes off each turn
  17. Sprint Classic Results, Oct. 30

    by , October 30th, 2011 at 08:59 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    50 back, 28.23:

    My only goal for the meet was to break the national record in the 50 back, which was 28.7. Happy to have that in the bag!

    The 28.2 was .1 slower than I swam at this meet last year. I looked back at my comments and see that I swam a near perfect race last year. Today, not so. Flat-ish start (took a few kicks to get up to speed) and two iffy breakouts (confirmed by Speedo & Josh). Definitely felt some racing rust. But this does not bother me unduly because it means I have room for improvement later in the year!

    Because my execution was off, I decided to scratch the 50 fly and swim the 50 back again in my 100 ...


    Second 50 back, 28.4:

    ... but when I found myself behind the blocks I was strangely un-excited for a re-do. Subpar breakouts again and I was only under 14 m + 12 m, a bit short for me. Still, this swim was under the NR too.

    Battle of the True Drop Dead Sprinters:

    Fastest woman and man determined by the aggregate time of the 25s. Using an aggregate is generally advantageous for me because I can hammer out a good 25 back to get a starting edge. After a goodish rest, I actually felt a bit more awake and psyched to race. And I grabbed a nice USMS tech shirt as a prize!

    25 back
    Last year: 13.3
    This year: 13.4

    25 breast:
    Last year, 16.5.
    This year, 15.7.

    Boom! This .8 improvement was due completely to the fact that I had a great start -- fast off the blocks, clean entry and great distance. My breakout wasn't the best as I had to jerk up my head to get to the surface.

    25 fly::

    Last year, 12.6.
    This year 13.0 with a long glidey finish. Decent start.

    25 free:

    Last year: 12.2
    This year: 12.2.
    My usual shallow start.

    Aggregate time:

    Last year: 54.6
    This year: 54.5
    Right on the same time in my dotage.

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

    Thoughts:

    1. Really happy to get the NR right outta the box this season. Mission accomplished and can happily soldier on.

    2. I felt slightly discombobulated and choppy in the water. I'm thinking that's due to being sick for a good bit, and out of the water. I basically was forced to do a short drop taper, which would not have been my choice. I also felt slightly "off" racing mid morning. I always swim better in the afternoon, which is when I practice generally.

    3. Though I did my usual warm up, I didn't have that "firing on all cylinders" feeling for my first race. I'm wondering if I need to do more speed work in warm up when I race in the am? Jazz mentioned he did a 50 @ 90-95% in warm up. Or, more likely, maybe it's just rare to feel that way.

    4. Dropping .8 in the 25 breaststroke by nailing the start really underscored that I am under-performing in my 50 fly and 50 free with subpar forward starts. But the only away to improve starts is by practicing them -- always a thorn in my side.

    Definitely going to yoga tomorrow as I'm sure I'll be sore!

    Speedo posted some fast times. Jazz threw down a fast 50 free as well. I video'd this with my iPhone. Will upload later.

    Updated October 31st, 2011 at 11:36 AM by The Fortress

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  18. New England Masters 10K Championship Results

    by , October 9th, 2011 at 09:08 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Here are the official results from the New England 6+ mile OW Championships last month, my first at this distance. I also received my medal in the mail this week from this really enjoyable race. Also, it looks like proceeds from the race will be able to provide close to $1000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

    Name Time
    10k
    Andrew H. 02:12
    Ryan S. 02:41
    Doug S. 02:42
    Trent T. 02:45
    Michael L. 02:46
    Albert G. 02:46
    Michael S. 02:54
    Chris L. 03:16
    Michael S. 03:20
    Victor Y. 03:32
    Bill E. 04:00
    Lou S. 05:55

    Morgan S. 02:34
    Charlotte B. 02:48
    Elaine H. 03:14
    Paula Y. 03:17

    5k
    Matt G. 01:13
    Kaan D. 01:19
    Thomas N. 01:23
    Josh S. 01:25
    Donald S. 01:29
    Al H. 01:29
    Antoine L. 01:30
    Paul D. 01:34
    Steve S. 01:42
    Joe S. 01:51
    Rich H. 01:51
    Mike G. 01:56
    Jim P. 02:02

    Ellen A. 01:17
    Jill L. 01:17
    Kayle S. 01:17
    Donna N. 01:23
    Stephanie H. 01:25
    Suzanne K. 01:26
    Ali M. 01:33
    Kathy L. 01:36
    Jill L. 01:40
    Christina L. 01:49
    Maura T. 01:50

    Updated October 9th, 2011 at 10:55 PM by rxleakem

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  19. 9/25/11: New England Masters 5/10K Championships

    by , September 25th, 2011 at 09:16 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I completed my first 10K swim today in Coventry, Rhode Island, at the 5th annual Flat River Reservoir Champion's Challenge. There were just over 40 total participants swimming in either the 5K or 10K events, with a mix of folks donning wetsuits or not. I choose not to, and was happy since the water temp was a warm 68 degrees. I posted a picture of the course recently, but essentially we started on the south end of the lake, swam north for 1 mile, then went east for 1/2 mile, round a buoy and back for 5K, with those doing the 10K make 2 laps.

    The race was started shortly after 9am, with all swimmers entering the water together, but the USMS registered swimmers in the 10K race starting 5 seconds later (so that the results can be certified). I was in the later wave, and found that since the field was not large there was no problem getting out from the start and through the pack.

    I found myself near the front after the first mile, and looked back as I did some backstroke to stretch out my shoulders and found that a pack of 4-5 folks were bunched in behind me. No one was really interested to take over the point, so I keep churning. After we made the first right to the short buoy our group broke up a bit and I stopped for some hydration from my kayaker, Bob, who made the trip down from Maine to paddle with me.

    I settled into a grove behind 2-3 folks through the turnaround and for the next mile or so. After another hydration break, I finished the last 1/4 mile of the 5K. All of a sudden a swimmer was headed towards us - I though it was a late starter but Bob confirmed it was the lead guy going for his second lap. I caught up to the group at the starting buoy and was surprised that most of them finished for the 5K, while I turned around for the 10K! haha - I guess it helped to pace with them as my split was 1hr 18min and change.

    My right calf cramped up at the turnaround, so I was slowed down a bit to stretch it out. I tried a blackberry goo shot, which was just plain gross. For the rest of the race my right leg was bothering me, but I decided to get in a cycle of 40 hard stokes followed by 100 long/strong. It worked well back to the 1 mile marker, but my goggles kept fogging up so I was hampered there. I increased my hydration to 20 minute intervals, and decided after the far turnaround to try some food. One fruit cup later, and the way to sweet cherries I knew that was a bad idea! I keep moving and was not able to gain much on a gentleman in front of me, or lose ground from the guy behind.

    The last 1/4 mile was tough; my arms were shot, right leg bothering me, and I was starting to feel nauseous from my failed fielding attempts. Bob was a great encouragement as always, cheering my on to finish as strong as possible. I came in at an official time of 2 hours, 46 minutes, 12 seconds. Not to shabby for my first marathon distance swim. I was spent after the race, and even got sick, but we were treated to a great post-race lunch and a chocolate bar shaped like a swimmer as an award.

    Bob wondered what I thought about during the swim. I employed some counting (forward and backward), but I used much of the time praying for family and friends and also reciting the books of the New Testament in order by book (my son had a test at school this week on these). The end of the swim was tough, but I found that by focusing on these, I was able to block out the pain and exhaustion that I was feeling. It took me about 15 minutes to start thinking clearly again and try something to eat (Bob was kind enough to give me a shoulder rub).

    I will post the final results once they are available, but I was able to average 2.25 mph for the race. Ray Gandy and the folks in RI put on a great swim, where safety was the number one concern. There were four buoys dividing the lake, two jet skiers patrolling as well as some other boats, and every swimmer had a kayaker to keep an extra set of eyes on the water. In addition, we had a great feast set up after the swim and a really energized feeling from all of the racers, family/friends, and volunteers that came together to make this event happen.

    I never swam more than a 500yd as an age-grouper, and after just 2 years back in the water I am trying these longer distances with the hopes of tackling the English Channel in the next 6 years or so. Time will tell on that, but I am very thankful that the Lord has blessed me with the ability to swim, and has surrounded me with a loving family and friends to encourage me, even though sometimes I think I might be crazier than they think I am!
  20. New England 10K in two weeks

    by , September 12th, 2011 at 08:45 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    After a successful 2.4 mile swim at the Peaks to Portland (Maine) in July, in which I swam without a wetsuit in 62-64 degree Atlantic Ocean water in a time of 49:54, I am now looking towards my first 6.2 mile swim on Sunday, 9/25, in Rhode Island.

    Ray, the race coordinator, gave me a call last night and mentioned that 40+ folks are registered for either the 5K or 10K swims. I am going to be able to have my buddy Bob join me as my kayaker for the event, which I am really happy about.

    I have been reading the Open Water forums for helpful hints for this distance. I have had limited training this month due to Hurricane Irene pummeling Vermont. Our town had no main water supply for 7 days, and the Rec center where I train was closed for 2 weeks (one for yearly maintenance, the other since we had no water). Finally the major road traversing the southern border of Vermont, from Bennington to Brattelboro, was reopened this past weekend. Today my wife and I traveled it on my motorcycle - totally different landscape with roads washed out and buildings gone. We were blessed to only have rain and wind at my home, so I thank God for his protection.

    If anyone has additional tips for this long swim please feel free to leave them for me. I was able to get in a 3600yd swim tonight in less than one hour, alternating focus on 8x200 power swims and 9x100 sprints.

    Anyone else planning to swim?

    Updated September 12th, 2011 at 08:51 PM by rxleakem (wanted to add a category to the entry - still trying to figure out how to navigate these blogs. :))

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