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  1. LCM Zones, Aug. 21-22

    by , August 22nd, 2010 at 04:53 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Quick Summary:

    Had a fantastic time hanging out with my swim friends! Had two good swims and two personal worsts. It pretty much went as expected -- I had no easy speed and felt choppy and ploddish. That's what comes of taking 6 weeks off since SCY Nats and not doing much speed work. Each day, I was grateful that I had only signed up for the 4 50s and not been foolishly ambitious. All my 50s (except breast where I slipped on the start) were about the same: great start, great 25, fading painfully and miserably last 15 meters. My expectations were very much in check, so it was all good. I didn't expect to be near my Indy times, which were the product of great training, great atmospherics and (to some degree) tech suits. And I'll happily take my 50 fly/back times.

    Meet Analysis:

    Saturday:

    50 fly, 31.22

    I had a great reaction, exploded off the blocks, and had a nice clean entry. Came up 1/2 body length ahead on the field. After struggling with starts for the last year, I decided to take Stud's start advice, which just involves a neutral position on the blocks and reaching for the water. I popped up earlier than usual, but that could have been because of the lack of tech suits. I hadn't done a start since Nationals (didn't even bother with one in warm up), so was pleasantly surprised. My stroke felt very bouncy. But I have done zero fast fly since July. My kick was strong, but I just couldn't smooth things out. Faded the last 10 meters though Jimsely said I looked "energetic." The pool was darker and less clean than usual and I had trouble picking up the wall at the end. Still, my previous non-"rubber" Pro time was 31.6. My previous non-Nats B70 time was 30.7. So I didn't feel like this was too bad really. The times ahead of me in the event rankings are one tech suit time and two times from new 45 year old Olympians in my age group.

    50 free, 30.0

    This is my personal worst as a masters. I had another great start, but completely tied up with 15 meters to go, lost my kick and felt choppy. I had hopped to break 30, and was bummed not to. But I don't feel I can expect much more right now. For some reason, when I'm not in good condition, my free really suffers. It's just not my natural stroke. Still, the time shouldn't have been that close to my fly time.

    Sunday:

    The day started off rather rough. I only got 4 hours sleep Saturday night after a bout of insominia. I had planned to get up at 7:15, but got up at 6:00 am instead after sleep proved impossible. I wasn't nervous at all for this meet, so I think my lack of sleep may have been from over caffeination. I had a tummy ache today too, which was either caused GU or the untimely arrival of AF or both.

    50 breast, 41.8

    Another personal worst. The starter held us forever and I wasn't comfortable on the start. I slipped. This is the same thing that happened to me in the 50 evil 2 years ago at this meet in the same lane. After that, I swam somewhat half heartedly and couldn't get my turnover going. I think I was inadequately warmed up possibly, or just a bit out of it. Swimming breaststroke in a kneeskin, moreover, felt like a different stroke. After making strides last year in this stroke, I'm not terribly encouraged to carry on.

    50 back, 33.4:

    I had another great start and came up even with Fall W. Swam well and smoothly for about 35 meters and then lost it again and chopped to the finish in survival mode. Still, given how I felt, I was happy with the time. Aside from Indy, I've swum a 33.4 twice before at Zones, once with a B70 and a slip on the start and once with a full body zipper Pro. My only secret goal for this meet was to be faster in this event than the winning time at Nats, which I did. With the kind of conditioning I had last summer, I'm sure I could break 33 again even with a kneeskin.


    Commentary:

    Even though I wasn't in great shape and my swims were somewhat sketchy, I'm glad I did the meet. It was great fun. And, having now experienced the effects of lack of race pace training and drylands, I'm anxious to get back to training. My team doesn't start training again until Sept. 2, so I'm on my own until then. I feel like my best training in this summer was the 3 weeks after my Baltic trip where I swam 2x a week with my team. I'm not sure my solo routine works as well in LCM. Even for 50s, a huge amount of conditioning is required to swim fast.

    My shoulders feel all mashed up just from the 50s. I think a recovery swim is in order tomorrow.

    My house guests swam extremely well! Jimby swims just as fast without a B70 (despite all that fretting) and Stud posted personal bests.

    Attached is a pic from SwimShark who came to the meet to cheer us on after her foot surgery.

    Updated August 22nd, 2010 at 09:20 PM by The Fortress

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  2. SCY GOAL TIME!

    So SCY season is upon us soon! I'm already starting to plan out my goals and ideas!
    Since I like to break things down logically (being that logic is my job) I'm going to start by labeling my high level goals and then giving slightly more detailed goals that I have within those goals.

    Simple goals:
    1) Get Faster (in Swimming)
    2) Get Stronger
    3) Get Skinnier
    4) Build a giant robot that can take over.... .err never mind. (Remember Mike - this is PUBLIC)

    My physical stats and goals:
    Height: 6'3ish <-- I was 6'2 going into college, grew another inch freshman year
    Weight: 210ish <-- Lightest EVER
    Shoe Size: 15 <-- Sucks to buy shoes
    Waist Line: 34 <-- WOW! I'm so pumped!
    Body Fat (as of 7/22/2010): 17.5% <--- GRRR

    My body fat is a frustrating one. I have a lot of loose skin - so I honestly feel that it probably skewed the results of the 7 point pinch test. Especially when I can't imagine myself still having another 35 pounds of fat on my body. Regardless - I still have to keep working out anyway. Otherwise how can I get stronger? (What just happened?)

    My strength goals:
    I don't do a good job keeping stats (like 1MR) of my lifts. I'm not concerned so much with building up that kind of strength. All of my strength goals are to build my body so I can focus more intensively on swimming. So even though my curl is at 12x70 (35 in each hand) using an underhand grip and my lat pull down is at 12x115 - I honestly just want to see those numbers continue to rise on a biweekly to triweekly basis as I spend my 6 days a week at the gym, focusing on developing my extremities while strengthening my core as much as possible. If I can continue lifting and growing stronger - its only going to help me swim faster! (ANOTHER TRANSITION? What's he doing!?)

    Swimming stats and goals
    Alright - So my only SCY times are in the IL State Meet in April. That was long enough ago - and I've lost 20 pounds since then and have gained a lot of strength. I have a few LCM times - but rather than worrying about converting them. Lets just say I'd better beat them when it comes to SCY. The official times are still there:
    Code:
    50 Free: 32.97
    100 Free 1:18.42
    I have my goal times for the year to reach for.
    Code:
    50 Free: < 30 sec
    100 Free: < 1:10
    50 Back: < 50 sec
    100 Back: < 1:50
    50 Breast: < 55 sec
    100 Breast: < 2:00
    *Note - if I beat those times, then I just want to continue improvement. If I don't - its fine. I'm just looking forward to trying! Lastly for swimming; I want to learn how to do butterfly by next April for the Illinois state meet. I'd like to be able to do the 50 free in fly. We'll see what I can get my coach to teach me!
    Outside of swimming - I'm going to be working up to no less than 5 days a week swimming and if I can - 2 practices per day. We'll see how that lines up with sleep as one can't swim all of those events well if you don't have proper rest and nutrition! (He did it again! That son of a big guy!)

    Rest and Nutrional Goals
    Now - nutritional goals are nothing new for me. Rest goals however totally are. To help me focus better on my swimming and to allow me to swim more often and more effectively - I need to be properly rested and well nourished.
    So to help me rest more - I'm giving up organized recreation outside of swimming for now. As soon as my seasons are over for basketball and both of my softball leagues, I'm going to forgo other offers so I can just primarily focus on my swimming and my workout (lifting and possibly running).
    Nutrionally - I need to focus on making sure I keep a solid grip on the reality of my situation - I have to maintain healthy eating habits. I know from experience now that when I do splurge - I end up feeling kind of sick and tired within a few hours. If I'm going to perform - I need to be on top of my game!
    I also need to make sure I sleep enough. Which is such a tear for me. One the one hand - if I get up early - get to work early and get home early - I get to have the afternoon to accomplish what needs to be done. On the other hand - my masters team meets at 8:30 at night. That means practice goes til 9:30, and I'm awake til 11 minimum. A 5 AM wake up just doesn't happen on that these days. So especially once basketball and softball are done, I'll take some time to really focus on how I'm going to actually implement these ideas.

    Thanks for reading again! Today's post isn't as long - but I still appreciate you reading! So today I'm offering a dinosaur:
  3. usms 2010 LCM zones

    by , July 25th, 2010 at 10:41 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas


    fri

    400 im
    went 5:10.23
    31.4 37.8
    41.7 45.1
    44.4 44.9
    35.8 32.9


    sat

    50 br
    34.6

    50 bk
    29.6

    100 fl
    29.4 33.3
    breathed air on first stroke after turn


    sun

    50 fr
    26.1

    200 im
    2:21.20
    29
    38
    41
    31.8

    50 fl
    27.54


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    swam Wed Jul 21st
    did around 1500

    LCM
    Whitney Coached
    5:30 TO 7:00
    Austin UT Swim Center div well
    swam with tyler, larry, mike, chris, ned
    wore a brief
    dove in at 7:05

    WARM UP
    400
    300
    200
    100

    MAIN SET

    assigned: 4 x 200 fr desc
    did 100 fr, skip, skip,
    100 fr easy speed
    went 1:07

    100 k

    assigned: 4 x 150 fr desc
    did 50, 50, 50
    150 fr done 125 easy speed 25 mod

    100 k

    assigned: 4 x 100
    did 100 easy
    skip, skip,
    100 easy speed went 62

    100 k

    assigned 4 x 50
    did 50 easy 50 easy speed
    went 28

    100 k
  4. My Indy SwimFit review!

    First and foremost - I want to say the Indy SwimFit meet was run very well! I had plenty of rest time, the results were posted extremely fast and the people running the desk were REALLY cool.

    So to get to Indy, I decided to take the Amtrak. Its easy to get to, and its super low stress. This trip I take my friend Tessa. She's a great friend and she promised to video tape my swims.
    We arrive in Indy about 11:30 PM, and walk about 300 yards to the hotel (GREAT PLANNING). After getting ready for bed, I fall asleep until about 4:30 AM. I finally get out of bed right around 5:15 get my stuff together in the dark and start walking around the hotel. Finally around 5:45 I make my way into the restaurant and get my first cup of decaf. Finally after consuming a massive amount of food by about 6:30, I get up and I walk over to the computers for the hotel and start playing around on the forums, facebook and gmail. (See here: [ame=http://forums.usms.org/showpost.php?p=219296&postcount=48]Forum Post[/ame])

    As I'm sitting at the computer - I see a few people walking through the hotel with their own swim bags. I figured I'd just introduce myself and make friends - what a GREAT idea. The person I met was Nadine Day. First off - she knew EVERYONE at the meet, so I got to meet a lot of fantastic swimmers and make a lot of new friends. Secondly - I immediately labeled her as my surrogate coach. She actually did quite a bit to help me learn at the end of the meet and I'll be repeating those drills at pretty much every practice.

    So enough fluff - I swam the 50 Back, 100 Back, 50 Free, 50 Breast and finally 100 Free. I'm coming to the conclusion - if I at least do one race well - its a good meet. :-)

    Before the race - I received a free swim cap. I figured I would try it out! Why not; right? I did a few practice laps and decided I would just keep it on for the rest of the meet. It was a really weird feeling not feeling the water on your head.

    Results

    50 Back
    "I'd like to go at least a 50 in the 50 back this time. I did a 53 last weekend, and I think this time I'm going to be a little better prepared mentally for the race. I've also increased my backstroke during the week and kick to help push myself down the lane."
    BORKED
    My goal in backstroke is always to survive. Although - its also to beat last meet's time. As of July 4th I don't have my official time for the Badger State Games, but I know I swam an equivalent time so I was pretty happy with that even if I didn't swim a 50. At least I'm not getting slower! I remember at the very beginning of the race I was choking on the water as it kept coming up over my face with my left arm. So I relaxed the arms and made sure that my stroke was even and calm and the water stopped flowing over my face. Watching the video - its pretty obvious that I don't know how to start. Something that I just have to learn in practice. As I'm watching though - I'm noticing that I bend my knees when I kick. This will be corrected as I learn the drills that Nadine taught me. I also worked to try and make sure my shoulders came out of the pool when swimming; you can tell when I'm thinking about it and when I'm not because I either do it or don't. Practice will even that out though.

    100 Back
    "I'm hoping I survive. No kidding. It's going to be a long race - and I'll swim it as hard as I can, but we'll have to see. I'm also hoping to have a good flip turn followed by a strong dolphin kick. I'm aiming for the flags off the wall!"
    --No Video--
    The race started the same as the 50 back - with me choking from water from my left arm. I again chilled out and let my arms relax. I swam a much better race. When I flipped turned off the wall, I didn't get any air right before my turn, so I was totally in O2 Debt by the time I came out from under. I also had a very deep flip turn for whatever reason. I came up and was able to breath again. At that point it was just "make it to the wall". I swam a 1:55 - which was great for me especially because I thought I was going to be doing about 2:00+.

    50 Free
    "I'm working on my sprints this week. I'm hoping to be able to make it to the 49 meter mark before I'm totally starting to cash out this time! So that means I need to dolphin off the dive and extend my dive for a little longer than I did last weekend. I swam a 33ish in 50 SCY, and a 39 last week. With some improvements in form that I'm working on I think I can speed things up significantly. My goal is going to remain 35 (as last week)"
    BORKED
    <Sigh> This was a very disappointing race. I should've come up sooner and relied on my on my ability to swim rather than dolphin kick underwater. I wasted a lot of time in that race underwater. (Nadine came up and basically told me she was happy I was working on my underwater - but that was too much). I also didn't finish that race completely exhausted. So I know I didn't give 100% and I know I could've done much better. I ended that race on a 40, which sorely disappointed me. Next time I'll make it. I KNOW I can!

    50 Breast
    "Survive again. It would be nice to finish my 50 Breast in under a minute. Its my weakest stroke mostly because my kick is essentially useless. I'm working on it, I just need time and experience I think. However - specifically - I'm going to make sure that each lunge forward with my arms helps propel my body forward."
    BORKED
    I did manage to complete this race in under a minute! I was super excited about that. I spent this race completely focused on form. That was far more important to me than any time or anything like that. So I made sure to allow time for a little bit of glide before going into the stroke again. Next time however I will probably take a little less time gliding and a little more time swimming. I think its about learning that delicate balance? Coach will tell me eventually. :-)

    100 Free
    "I'd like to see no goggle problems this time, a strong dolphin kick off the wall and pacing it right. Again - with some strong improvements in form that i'm working on - I think I can speed this up significantly by this race. Goal: 1:25"
    BORKED
    Well, I certain did not swim a 1:25. I swam a 1:30. By the time I hit the blocks on this race, I was only focused on making a stand against that awful 50 Free I did before. I remember coming down, feeling pretty strong. My swim into the wall was not really that great (those bulkheads were trippy for me... I will have to swim in that pool more). After coming off the wall - I noted the guy next to me was beatable. So I decided to push it, hard. I started kicking harder and swimming harder. This entire time I was also not taking the time to breath every other stroke or even every three strokes. I limited myself to 4 or 5 strokes per breath thinking "You can breath when you're done...". I pushed myself as hard as I could into the wall with that guy right on my tail. He ended up kicking it in just at the last second and beating me by .05 seconds. I need to work on my finishes apparently :-) That race was a great race for me and I'm very proud of it.

    All in all at this meet I was happy with how it turned out. I met Mary Pohlmann, Nadine Day, and quite a few other people whose names currently escape me. I can't wait til my next meet, regardless of the pool size. I do happen to really like the long course though. I really wish I could train in it. I've also decided after this weekend, I definitely need more swimming in my life. So I'm currently working to find more pools to swim in as well. We'll see how that goes and we'll see if I'm capable of keeping it up! Thanks for all of your encouragement everyone!

    Tonight: Drills at the Lake Bluff Rec! Going to basically just do drills for a couple hours to work on form. Post ideas for drills if you want!

    Updated July 7th, 2010 at 03:46 PM by bzaks1424

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  5. A fun and quick little story:

    So last weekend I swam at the Badger State Games in Appleton Wisconsin. It was my first LCM Meet where I did sprints. You all have seen the times from my previous post Where the @#*& is the @#$8#@$* Wall?!?! So we all know - they weren't really that good.

    So because there was no one else in my age group for any race except the 50 free and my relay won, I was able to achieve 3 gold medals and 1 silver medal for the meet.

    So the other day I get an email saying "results are up from the badger state games!"

    Naturally - I'm excited so I check the link: Results and even as of 9:20 AM on July 2nd, they most certainly are not!

    However I was playing around the website and I see this:
    Did you win a medal at The Badger State Winter or Summer Games?
    If so, you may qualify for the State Games Of America!

    In order to qualify for the State Games of America, participants must have won a gold, silver or bronze medal in a SGA sport in their local State Games in a qualifying year (2009 or 2010 Summer, 2010 or 2011 Winter). The State Games of America will take place in San Diego, August , 2011. For a complete listing of sports and more information visit www.stategames.org.
    So following a few links I found this:
    California State Games/State Games of America

    So August 5th-7th in 2011, I guess I'll be swimming in San Diego! Hopefully by then I'll be a much better swimmer - maybe I'll even be able to give [ame="http://forums.usms.org/member.php?u=18385"]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame] a run for her money in the breast stroke!

    Does anyone know anywhere in Illinois where I can consistently train in LCM?
  6. Meet Prep for the IndySwimFit

    I'm currently stuck in training at work. Its about how to run some monitoring application. Honestly - my efforts are better spent in about 50,000 different places, but I'm stuck here for the rest of the week. I'm going to do some prep for this weekends meet.

    I will be swimming the following races:
    • 50 Back
    • 100 Back
    • 50 Free
    • 50 Breast
    • 100 free


    I also did some reading, and it appears I can sign up for at 1 relay. I know I'm going to be completely cashed by this point, but I'm totally signing up for another relay at this meet. I loved swimming it last weekend. It was fun meeting the new people as I swam it as well!

    Goals
    50 Back
    I'd like to go at least a 50 in the 50 back this time. I did a 53 last weekend, and I think this time I'm going to be a little better prepared mentally for the race. I've also increased my backstroke during the week and kick to help push myself down the lane.
    100 Back
    I'm hoping I survive. No kidding. It's going to be a long race - and I'll swim it as hard as I can, but we'll have to see. I'm also hoping to have a good flip turn followed by a strong dolphin kick. I'm aiming for the flags off the wall!
    50 Free
    I'm working on my sprints this week. I'm hoping to be able to make it to the 49 meter mark before I'm totally starting to cash out this time! So that means I need to dolphin off the dive and extend my dive for a little longer than I did last weekend. I swam a 33ish in 50 SCY, and a 39 last week. With some improvements in form that I'm working on I think I can speed things up significantly. My goal is going to remain 35 (as last week)
    50 Breast
    Survive again. It would be nice to finish my 50 Breast in under a minute. Its my weakest stroke mostly because my kick is essentially useless. I'm working on it, I just need time and experience I think. However - specifically - I'm going to make sure that each lunge forward with my arms helps propel my body forward.
    100 free
    I'd like to see no goggle problems this time, a strong dolphin kick off the wall and pacing it right. Again - with some strong improvements in form that i'm working on - I think I can speed this up significantly by this race. Goal: 1:25

    My goal for every race
    Push through the O2 deprivation. I'll have at LEAST 2-3 minutes to catch my breath after every race - so O2 debt is not going to be a major concern. I can catch my breath later!

    Nutritionally - I'm going to play it a little differently. Last meet I did not come prepared to consume enough fast acting carbs so I felt that my recovery was not nearly as fast as it should have been. So this time - I'm going to prepare again with a healthy balanced breakfast around 6 AM. Warm up around 8 AM, have a banana around 9 AM, and be ready to destroy my old record (hahaha only record) at 9:30-9:45 when the 50 back comes up.

    So I'm ready... going to train on my own tonight, practice tomorrow night, and I get on a train at 2:20 Friday to head to Chicago to catch the 5 PM to Indy from Chicago. I might even lift Friday morning before work. We'll see if I can sleep after practice.
  7. Where the @#*& is the @#$8#@$* Wall?!?!

    Its not often I swear underwater. Usually its caused by an annoyance in my lane or a severe pain in my body. I usually reserve my energy for swimming - its an intelligent thing in my opinion.
    This weekend was almost an exception to that rule. That 50 Free in an LCM pool nearly killed me.... but we'll get to that later because right now its time for the

    POST MEETS POST MORTEM

    The Park Ridge 1500 @ the Oakton Pool in Park Ridge IL
    Results

    The PR 1500 was a fun race for me actually. I had never honestly swam more than 1000 straight in practice and so my first and foremost thought was "I just need to survive the race" I had done a 20x100 in practice this week - and survived rather well. During the race - I found myself pacing it like a 3x500. The first 500 was a warmup, the second 500 I focused on my form and technique, trying to keep a strong kick and keep going. The final 500 was focused solely on build up; I wanted to make each 100 faster than the 100 before it leaving the final 100 for a sprint to the finish with 0% energy left.

    Quick Anecdote: During the race on my first flip turn - I saw the number on the wall - and for some reason I was mesmerized by it, and ended up jamming into the wall on my flip turn. The rest of the meet - I avoided looking at the number so as to prevent that problem.

    Well - I finished my race @ 29.32! A PERSONAL RECORD! Hysterically enough - even with my build up and everything - my teammate Jamie told me that my pace was pretty much RIGHT ON 1:59 for all 15 laps (no more than a second or two deviation). So all of that "build up" I did was really just a correction to keep me from going slower. My final "sprint" was on 1:54. So much for extra energy output.

    I won my age group though! Out of no one else

    Goals for meet:
    • Maintain a consistent pace with no more than a 3-4 second deviation between any two laps.
      DONE AND DONE
    • Keep my *average* split time under 1:50.
      Nope. Going to have to work on that speed thing.
    • Finish the race strong, even with nothing left in my body.
      DONE!
    • Dolphin kick off the wall at least 80% of the time.
      YES! I was very proud of that - I can count only twice off the wall that I didn't dolphin kick and that comes out to 86.67% dolphin off the wall!

    Things to improve for next time:
    • I need to bring my average time down. This 1:59 thing won't do for me. I know I just need to build up in the pool with more swimming. These sorts of things come with time.
    • I need to focus on my sprints at the end of the race. I'm pretty sure that I probably could've pulled more out of the tank had I pushed a little harder earlier. I wasn't really feeling tired until the last 2-300 anyway.


    The Badger State Games @ Erb Park Pool in Appleton Wi
    Results

    In this meet I swam the 50 Free, the 50 Back, the 100 Free and I jumped in in an ad-hoc relay (the 4x100 free relay). It was a fun meet- but being there alone kind of sucked. I did make some fun friends though!

    The 50 Free
    The 50 Free was my first race - and actually the most brutal of the races I did that day. I took my time to warm up. Was pretty relaxed and feeling really good when I got on the blocks. My dive was so-so, I totally forgot to dolphin kick. I was doing really well too until I hit about the 40 meter mark. Then all of a sudden everything started to cut out. I had 0 energy, was totally exhausted and running out of O2. I ended the race on 39 seconds.

    The 50 Back
    I got out of my swim down from the 50 free and I take a peak at the heat sheet. I have 2 minutes until my 50 back! Aye Dios Mio!! So I shake it all off, sip some gatorade and get down to the blocks. Time to rock and roll! I've never started the back stroke nor have I ever finished the back stroke. So it was an experience. I did get in and swim a 50 back "quickly" to get a feel for it. During the entire race I kept focusing on "floppy floppy ankles" and relaxing the arms as long as they were out of the water. I got through that race in 53 seconds.

    The 100 Free
    This was a rough rough race. I got done with my 50 back, discovered I only had 3 heats of 50 back before I had to swim the 100 free! So I got a sip of gatorade and started shaking my body around. Had to knock off that lactic acid build up asap. I got on the blocks and dove in. I must not have tucked my chin right because my goggles came off. DOH! I swam as hard as I could, but I was freaking out a little mentally. I was having a hard time breathing and I knew form was collapsing. I went into the wall and did my push off with my eyes completely closed. I came up and kept swimming as hard as I could, running out of breath because I was still in a mental panic. I hit the wall at 1:39 - I was extremely disappointed in that time. I nearly threw up after this event. My stomach was so tight I could barely breath!

    The Ad-hoc 4x100 Free Relay
    I had about 8 more heats of 100 free after me. So I was able to get a little bit of rest and relaxation before having to dive in again. I was the 2nd swimmer in the relay, and this time - I was going to make sure those goggles were not coming off. I'm partially convinced that I was cutting off circulation to my brain during that race, but I honestly didn't care. I think I swam really really well. I remember looking up at my second split being 40 seconds. If my first split was anything less- that means I did a sub 1:20 on my 100, which for me is AMAZING! I put my relay behind - but fortunately our anchor was pretty fast! He came from behind and won the race! Yay Strangers! Seriously though - Ad-Hoc relays rock the house.

    Goals for meet:
    • Under 35 in the 50 Free (its LCM, a whole new beast for me)
      Nope. I have another chance next weekend though. I think I can shave that time off by more intelligent pacing.
    • Under 1:30 for the 100 Free
      If I'm not freaking out about my goggles - yes I can do this next weekend. This weekend I did not.
    • Under 45 for the 50 Back
      I definitely did NOT get anywhere close to that. I'm also not sure if I can pull it off. We'll have to see!
    • Dolphin kick off the wall for my ONE turn.
      Nope. Did not do it on the relay either. I'm going to focus pretty hard on that one over this week and for the next meet.
    • Dolphin kick after my start for the back.
      I totally did not. I will be focusing on that this week as well during practice.
    • Don't screw up my Back start.
      I'm pretty sure I didn't do it "right" but it wasn't awful. I at least made it to the flags before coming up!

    Things to improve for next time:
    • I need to focus on endurance for those last 10-15 meters. I need to remember that I can breath when I'm done and honestly - O2 deprivation is fine in the short term. I need to have better times next week.
    • I need to remember to dolphin kick off the wall... One of the things I'm realizing in this 50 meter pool - since I don't have my flip turns and pushing off the wall I need to get as far as I can off my dive as possible so I can spend as minimal amount time swimming as possible so I can have the energy to sprint with with my arms and kick like crazy when I'm not able to glide.


    Sorry for the long post. I'm down for any thoughts or suggestions any of you have!

    See all of you (or none of you) next weekend at the Indy Swim Fit at the UofI Pool!!!

    Updated July 7th, 2010 at 03:44 PM by bzaks1424 (Jon: post MORTEM Mike MORTEM)

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  8. Meet Prep!

    So I'm not going to lie, I'm VERY excited for this weekend. Even if I'm a little sick I'm going to go in there and kick some serious rear! I'm not slowing my training for this either. The summer is all about doing everything I physically can. (As you can tell from all of my other posts, I don't leave much time to slow down.

    However - that doesn't mean I won't be taking these meets seriously! I've already established my goals (and have since learned they may be unrealistic in an LCM...) and I've already figured out what I'm going to eat and when to help make sure my body is ready to roll.

    The only problem I may have now is actually sleeping. Its by no means an issue of not being tired, or not even being in my bed. Its a matter of containing the excitement before these meets!

    Normally - I'm usually really chill. I don't usually allow myself to get excited until the precipice of the event. It keeps me from having this exact same problem! The whole night I had visions of swimming and flip turns. I spent a lot of time laying in bed with my eyes closed just trying to let go and I couldn't. I remember when my email click went off on my phone around 1 AM, then a few facebook posts around 2 or 3 AM..... I had already decided around midnight to just shut off my alarm, since I wasn't getting to sleep and just wake up whenever (my job offers me a lot of flexibility).

    I couldn't lay there anymore around 4:30-5:00 AM and ended up just making breakfast and going into work early. So here I sit now, not TERRIBLY exhausted (much less exhausted than I thought I would be) but still tired.

    The only part about this that really drives me wild is that I still have 2 nights of trying to sleep before I even get to the Park Ridge 1500, let alone the Badger State Games! I remember I was like this before the Illinois state meet back in April, but I just had problems sleeping the night before the meet, not the week of the meet!

    I think what triggered it was my performance during practice last night. We did 20x100 and I was supposed to be on 2:15. Well - due to some ankle issues I've had to swap in and out of using the pull buoy. I'm MUCH faster on pull than I am on my standard swim. So I was doing my pulls on 1:30 and my swims on 1:55. I ended up finishing way ahead of time - which was such a COOL experience for me. I was driven enough by it that I managed to pre-make my meals for today, do the dishes, and take out the trash after practice all before 11 PM after practice last night. (I get home around 10:15).

    What gets you excited? What gets you pumped for a meet?
  9. LCM Here I come!

    So I'm going to be swimming in the Park Ridge 1500 on June 26th. It will be my first time ever doing a solid mile. Ever.
    The very next day, I'm going to swimming in the 50 back/50 free/100 free up in Appleton for the Badger State Games.
    Now - I'm not exactly nervous. I've swam 2-3 miles in a single practice before. That's really no big deal.... This time its different though. This time they're in an LCM pool (and I'm used to the SCM pool I practice in right now) and this time they're in front of people who aren't just swimming next to me.
    Now for those of you who've never read this, or really don't know me here's the twenty second background: I have recently discovered "athleticism" in the past 2 years. Before that I was in a lot of activities, but never very athletic or competitive. So this new drive to be good, if not great at something and to not lose, and to push myself to my furthest horizons is very fresh and very powerful in my heart right now.

    So right now I'm going to put out my goals for this meet and talk about how I plan to achieve them.

    My goals for the 1500:
    1) Maintain a consistent pace with no more than a 3-4 second deviation between any two laps.
    2) Keep my *average* split time under 1:50.
    3) Finish the race strong, even with nothing left in my body.
    4) Dolphin kick off the wall at least 80% of the time.

    My goals for the Badger State Games Meet:
    1) Under 35 in the 50 Free (its LCM, a whole new beast for me)
    2) Under 1:30 for the 100 Free
    3) Under 45 for the 50 Back
    4) Dolphin kick off the wall for my ONE turn.
    5) Dolphin kick after my glad for the back.
    6) Don't screw up my Back start.

    So in the 1500:
    I'm going to keep my eye on the clock if possible. I swim about a 2 minute 100 (SCM) in practice when I'm totally fatigued. I've never swam a straight 1500 before. I don't think I've ever done more than 600 straight. In any case, I think coming in really fresh should give me the ability to do at least the first 20 laps around or under 1:50. I'm also going to finish the last lap or two all out. There's no excuse to have anything left in the tank after that.
    Nutritionally - I'm going to make sure I have enough long burning carbs in the body. This is probably going to be (minimum) a 25 minute swim for me. So some complex carbs (shredded wheat) with my usual protein in the morning!

    In the BSG Meet:
    I'm going to push myself pretty much to absolute limit on each race. I want to make sure that I give 100% in all 3 races. By this time, since its the day after the 1500, I should be pretty used to the idea of an LCM pool. I'm planning on showing up an hour early for warm ups and make sure I get *at least* 4-5 laps (preferably about 10) in so I can get a feel for the pool. I have 1 turn in this meet, I do NOT want to screw it up.
    Nutritionally - Since the meet doesn't start until about 1 PM, I'm going to eat a very solid breakfast (I do every day, but I'm going to make sure I have it properly balanced to give my body what it needs). Then I will be snacking on some faster acting carbs with protein right before my first event and between each of my events.

    For Both Meets:
    I'm going to step it up another day and get a 4th practice in per week at another pool as a guest. It will actually be the same pool as the Park Ridge 1500, so I will be getting familiarity with the pool as well as giving myself another opportunity to swim. Besides, mixing up the LCM and the SCM might do me some good!

    So even if I don't win (which - logically speaking I probably won't win anything). I will at the very least have beaten my goals. Which is what this counts for! Some day I may be competitive with the rest of the world, but for now, I'm just going to have to keep racing myself.

    That being said - does anyone have any suggestions for where I could improve further upon my goals? Any ideas for things that will give a novice swimmer a last minute boost?

    Thanks!
  10. Sat May 29th 2010

    by , May 29th, 2010 at 05:09 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sat May 29th, 2010

    showed up at 6:30 - 8:00
    warmed up

    Swam in the

    [ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showthread.php?t=16824"]Eddie Reese Short Course Classic [/ame]

    50 bk
    25.3
    experimented in this race, kicked 15 under & to the flags on the surface, wasn't faster for me

    50 fr
    22.22

    50 SDK
    23.74

    (order on both relays was Tyler Blessing, Mike Varozza, Brad Bailey, Chris Eckerman)

    200 free relay: (the old record was 1:24.05)

    20.93 20.93
    20.61 41.54
    20.92 1:02.46
    20.86 1:23.32


    400 free relay: (the old record was 3:07.75)

    22.39 24.27 46.66
    22.23 23.79 46.02 1:32.68
    22.66 25.10 47.76 2:20.44
    22.01 23.67 45.68 3:06.12

    Updated May 30th, 2010 at 12:30 AM by ande

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  11. 100 back Vid + Mon-Tues, May 24-25

    by , May 25th, 2010 at 02:40 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Monday Workout:

    Big cuddle and chat with Lil Fort after getting home in time to pick her up from school.

    2 hour nap.

    1.5+ hours watching Lost series finale on the DVR with Mini Fort.

    Watched Mr. Fort cook dinner.


    Tuesday Workout:

    Got up early to get Lil Fort off to school and went back to bed.

    Got up too late to go to hot yoga.

    Spent 2.0 hours contemplating whether to run. But decided against it as I'm still feeling like I was hit by a mac truck.


    100 back Video:

    Here's a video of my 100 back from Nats taken by Stud. I was pleased with my underwaters. Not so thrilled with the second turn (where you can see I missed the wall) or my last 5 yards where my arms wouldn't move. But still super thrilled with the time.

    I can't tell from the angle of the video, but I might have overshot the 15 meter mark on the first 25. I think you have to be on the side of the pool to really tell.

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwFZ4FmwjNw"]YouTube- Les 100 BK[/nomedia]


    I've also attached a cool pic of 2 backstroke mermaids. Ahelee gave me plenty of encouragement during the meet while coaching her other swimmers. In fact, I have to thank all my team hottub buddies and others for their words of encouragement throughout the meet. I love my swimmer friends!

    Few other pics too, and 2 taken by my friend Norm at the start and turn of the 50 fly.

    Updated May 25th, 2010 at 06:06 PM by The Fortress

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  12. Day 3 and Nats Recap

    by , May 24th, 2010 at 03:12 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Day 3:

    As planned, I scratched the 100 IM. I've never scratched an event at Nationals before, but with 6 events behind me and some emotional ups and downs, I felt wiped out. I had reserves for one race, but not 2. I was actually ranked higher in the 100 IM than the 100 back, but I felt like I had some unfinished business with my nose clip. A friend suggested getting a 50 split to make up for the semi-fiasco on Saturday, but I just wanted to swim my 100 back. I had done a 1:04 previously this year at the Fall Ball in my B70, but that time didn't count for TT because, I believe, the pool wasn't measured (not entirely sure on that).

    In any event, I arrived at the pool late and carried my nose clip around all day. I planned to swim the 100 back just like I did at NE Champs, and that's exactly what I did: lots of kicking. I got a good start. Someone told me my reaction time was .6+. No problem with slippage on the wall and I didn't stagger my feet.

    The race went as planned: the full 15 meters on the first 25 and at least halfway on the next 3 25s. I was out fast in 29.3 and felt like I had great easy speed. The last 10 yards, however, I was totally gassed and died. I wish I had seen Sue Walsh and Val Jenkins on the other side of the pool because they passed me right then, Sue out-touching me by .1. Perhaps if I had seen them, I could have summoned something extra. But I didn't feel like I left anything in the pool. I finished in 1:01.9, my best time by a second.

    The only glitch in the race was that I missed the wall at the 50 -- was too far away. I compensated by taking a huge dolphin kick from the hips and that allowed me to get back into a good streamline and then return to high cycle kicks. But it probably cost me a few tenths.

    I was very happy to end Nats on a good note and of course to win my cyber gridge with the Geekity one.


    Recap:

    Events:

    50 fly: 27.0, 3rd
    100 fly: 1:01.3, 2nd
    50 back, 28.2, 3rd
    100 back, 1:01.9, 4th
    50 breast, 32.8, woulda been 4th without the DQ

    I felt like I hit my taper well and had great raw speed. Unfortunately, my 50s were marred: fly (horrible start), back (forgot nose clip), and breast (double whammy -- missed heat & DQ). On the upside, the fly was really the only technical miscue. My other starts, walls, and breakouts were pretty good. I was just an incredible dumb ass on the 50 back and feel like I got robbed on the other (though I realize reasonable minds can differ).

    If I could have one race back, it would be the 50 back. Allen Stark watched my race and gave me some good feedback. He said I rocked the underwaters, but lacked the arm speed I showed at Indy. He said I was the shortest one there and needed the most turnover to compensate, but was way too slow. And he was right. I was unglued at the start and was not thinking during the race. I was also worried that I had gone past the 15 on the start. I forgot about tempo and was just finishing the race.

    Everyone seems to think I train mostly for 50s, and I do like my 50s, but I think my 100s were very solid and I was most pleased with them. Very pleased actually. I think my "best" event was actually my 50 breast b/c dropping a second in a month from a previous PB is huge. As I mentioned in my own blog comments from yesterday, I think it is unfortunate more masters haven't worked on developing long pullouts. I think this prejudices me b/c officials (and swimmers) think it can't be done.

    Kinda bummed I didn't get a 100 IM time this season. But I still think I did the right thing by scratching it.

    Stud video'd my 50 and 100 back (I believe), so I hope to see those later. He taped a lot of races between absolutely tearing up the pool himself, which was very nice.


    Meet Details:

    -- Hotel was great.
    -- Trolley was great and so convenient.
    -- Air quality at the pool seemed fine.
    -- The pool was pretty fast, but I wasn't as impressed as Geek, and think Auburn is faster.
    -- I had no trouble myself on the dreaded flat slippery walls, but know that others did.
    -- I was really happy not to be a freestyler at this meet with all the troubles so many people had on the bulkheads.
    -- The meet was well run.
    -- The starts were abysmal, as others have remarked: commands were inconsistent and hard to heard, the beep was very quiet and they couldn't increase the volume, many heats were held too long. I only had the one issue on breaststroke, but I was fairly paranoid after that and tried to listen intently.
    -- The officiating seemed a little inconsistent. Aside from my own issue, I heard a couple other instances where DQ slips weren't properly written, someone wasn't told of their DQ and only found out by looking at the results, and there wasn't always an official by the 15 meter mark. (I wish they'd dump that rule myself.)

    I've mulled over what should be done when someone just can't hear the starting commands. It seems like the officials go out of their way to give the swimmer another chance to swim. But this can backfire too, as one friend I know did a re-swim only to have that swim thrown out on a different technicality after it was OK'd by the deck ref. Perhaps, despite the bitterness of it, you should just be DQ'd and move on with the meet ...

    I still had a fantastic time socializing and seeing old and new friends. And I'll probably be happier with my 50 times later in the week. For the moment, I'm looking forward to a change in training this summer and a short break from all the intensive sprint training. I plan to take my creaky fatigued body to yoga every day this week and, when my energy level improves, hit the pavement for a train wreck run ala Geek. (I'm dead right now from late night celebrating and an early wake up call to get to the airport.) No swimming this week! I think the re-focusing and cross training this summer will help me feel fresh in the fall. I will probably only do one meet here at the end of August.

    Sorry the suits are gone. They were bloody fun! But I can still dolphin kick without them. And I'm looking forward to trying Roque's new Q Swimwear kneeskin!

    And, whilst I was sprinting and socializing in Atlanta, Fort Son's lightweight 8 had a great State Champs and qualified for Nationals this weekend. And my wee little one was selected for the soccer All Star team. Proud mommy!

    Updated May 24th, 2010 at 03:38 PM by The Fortress

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  13. Sun May 23 2010 Nats Day 3

    by , May 23rd, 2010 at 10:28 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sun May 23 2010 Nats Day 3

    did early warm up & felt a sharp pain in my left lat shoulder

    went to the massage tables but they weren't massage tables they were chiropractors in training
    swam in lane 5, Stevenson in 4, tuchler in 6, hughey in 7
    hughey was 21.06 in 50 fr, 46 in 100, 23.19 in 50 fly so I knew he'd be fast

    decided just to work it
    went out in 24.3 right next to stevenson,
    tuchler 24.8
    went 54.3

    saw richie way ahead of me,
    he went 52.1, new smoking NR
    tuchler went 53.8

    went too hard on the front end of my IM shoulda breathed more on fly, gone slightly easier on fly & back then motored BR & free,
    I strategized my 200 & it paid off I had a little more at the finish


    50 fr
    it sucked
    was my worst swim of the meet
    was super inspired to watch 65 yr old rich A
    go 22.10
    but I felt fried & not too psyched and knew Richey was going to be awesome
    i went a very disappointing 22.8
    but I head a great time swimming, hanging out with teamates & seeing friends

    & now as SCY season ends, & LCM season begins, Unless we get the SCY time trial we're hoping for,

    I'm asking myself the same questions

    "What are my swimming goals for 2010 LCM & SCM?"

    &

    "What do I need to do to swim faster?"

    considering taking small a break & hope my shoulder situation improves.

    I really need to lose weight, especially since full body rubber suits are a thing of the past.
  14. Back to Killer Mode, April 27

    by , April 27th, 2010 at 09:07 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    skull crushers, 50 x 2 x 15
    goblet squats, 65 x 2 x 15
    standing lat pulldown, 140 x 2 x 12
    box jumps, 1 x 10
    altitude drops, 1 x 15
    straight arm plank with feet on yoga ball, 2 x 1:00
    wall squats, 2 x 1:00 (too easy, need to do this much longer)
    lateral bunny hops over bench (ouch!), 1 x 1:00
    pole vaulters w/45 lb bar, 45 x 2 x 25
    med ball slams, 2 x 10
    twisting med ball slams, 1 x 15
    dead bugs on bosu, 2 x 25
    good morning darlings on bosu, 2 x 50
    (need to add ankle weights to these)
    russian twists w/25 lb plate, 2 x 25

    15 minutes of various RC exercises, including the ones Mollie showed me at the meet.

    Ate an energy bar and banana and drove to the pool ...


    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    I ripped off & remixed Geek's workout from today. I love the blogs for this reason -- you can steal a workout outright or use the structure and adapt it to your own training needs. This is so very valuable when you're training solo.

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Aerobic Set:

    3 rounds (fly w/fins, back, breast)

    2 x 100 kick
    2 x 100 drill
    2 x 100 pull (except didn't pull fly; did single arm fly again)

    I used about a :20 RI

    Speed Set:

    With fins, 2 rounds of:

    1 x 100 fast kick
    1 x 100 EZ
    1 x 100, done as 50 fast kick + 50 EZ
    1 x 100 pull
    4 x fast 25s @ :45
    1 x 50 EZ

    1st round = flutter w/board. Went :58, :25 and 11s on the fast stuff.
    2nd round = backstroke kick. Went :56, :25 and not sure of times on the 25s.

    The 100s really hurt. I didn't pay attention to intervals on these and took plenty of rest.

    100 EZ

    Total: 3650

    Got out right at 4:00 as the FISH were starting their practice. Kate Zeigler said hi and hopped in my lane.


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

    Commentary:

    I slept in a bit more this am after getting my youngest off to school and felt relatively good at both workouts. I seem to have recovered much more quickly from Zones this year than last year. Last year, I was blasted for days. I think the fewer events and post-meet massage helped.

    Video:

    Here is the youtube link to the GMUP 200 free relay at Zones. I led off and was wearing my Speedo kneeskin. I wore it to get a comparison to my other bodysuit 50 free swims. It was closer than I expected. Jim Thornton narrates. For some reason, he was worried I wouldn't "attack" the race (perhaps because of the reverse placebo effect?). But I would never let relay mates down! The women next to me is a speedy Red Tide swimmer. It looks like she got me coming off the turn when I was too deep. But I was happy with my reaction time on the start. It seemed faster than my open 50 free the next day that was also video'd.

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8DJRKY5jK8"]YouTube- 200 free relay Zones 2010[/nomedia].

    Question:

    Does anyone remember if leadoff splits from free relays at Nats are automatically put into the database? Or do we have to submit a split request? I know this was discussed recently on the forums, but can't remember what was said. I think it's automatic? I have one more shot at the 50 free at Nats. And I need it because there were some crazy fast ladies in my age group at IL States, including a super speedy new 45 year old.


    Relays:

    I got notification today that two of my chick relays are officially AA. And with 2 different teams! One was my Women's 400 medley relay with GMUP. The other was my ABM Women's 200 free relay from Indy. It was an honor to swim with such fast chicks!


    Interesting blurbs:

    Customizing Workouts:

    Strict plans may slow your progress, according to a study in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

    A group of people in a weight-training class were given identical workout lists; half could choose their workouts, while the others were told which to do. After 12 weeks, the group that could choose had greater strength gains compared with the guided group.

    The author says the reason is that they could opt for easier moves when they were tired, saving tougher sessions for when they felt ready. Listen when your body tells you it is due for a slower pace workout. You’ll recover better and get more from your workouts.


    Vitamin D:

    http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/n...src=RSS_PUBLIC


    Another Dryland Study Abstract:

    ABSTRACT
    Zampagni, ML, Casino, D, Benelli, P, Visani, A, Marcacci, M, and De Vito, G.

    "Anthropometric and strength variables to predict freestyle performance times in elite master swimmers. J Strength Cond Res 22: 1298–1307, 2008—The aims of this study were to determine in elite master swimmers of both genders whether, using anthropometric variables and the hand grip strength measure, it was possible to predict freestyle performance time, whether the considered predictors were related similarly to different events (50, 100, 200, 400, 800 m), and whether they were the same in male and female master swimmers. The relationships between performance times and age, body mass, height, arm length, forearm length, forearm muscle volume, and hand grip strength were examined in 135 elite master swimmers. Pearson’s simple correlation coefficients were calculated and then prediction equations were developed. Age, height, and hand grip strength were the best predictors in short-distance events, whereas only age and height were predictors in middle- and long-distance events. The correspond- ing coefficient of determination (R2) of performance times were 0.84 in the 50-m event, 0.73 in the 100-m event, 0.75 in the 200-m event, 0.66 in the 400-m event, and 0.63 in the 800-m event. These regression equations were then cross-validated in a control group of 126 nonelite, age-matched swimmers, obtaining significant and good correlations for all distances (range, r = 0.67 and 0.83; p , 0.01), indicating that predictors are valid in an extended sample of master swimmers. Differences between sexes were not found in 50-m event, but were present in all other events. These models might be useful to determine individual performance times by contributing to improving the individual’s training program and the selection of master swimmers. Coaches could have better accuracy in determining whether an athlete needs a strength training program in order to optimize performance time."

    Updated April 27th, 2010 at 11:19 PM by The Fortress

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  15. Day 2, CZ

    by , April 26th, 2010 at 01:08 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Had a wonderful time watching The Hangover with my wolf pack and got a decent night's sleep. But, unfortunately, I woke up with major GI issues that lasted throughout the meet. I'm not sure what triggered it. I didn't do or eat anything really differently. And I had confirmed that the barbecue sauce at our RH&B post-Sat meal was gluten free. I can only think it was the extra magnesium I took in an effort to ward off calf cramps. This has never happened to me to this degree at a meet, and it was a real drag.

    100 IM

    missed it due to GI issues

    100 breast, 1:15, DQ

    The time was slower than I had secretly hoped, but I think I was dehydrated. I also went way too deep on every pullout and had to float and jerk my head up to get to the surface. This led to a huge dead spot every length. Clearly, I need more practice off the blocks in a tech suit.

    I would have won this event, but, to my chagrin, I was DQ'd. If there had been some reasonable explanation, as in when Chris was DQ'd in his 400 IM, I would have shrugged it off. But this was such a bogus DQ, I was ticked off. The S&T judge, who was also doubling as deck ref, said I took "two complete breaststroke stroke cycles underwater" and wrote "pull, kick, pull, kick." He was dead wrong. I'm not an 8&U and I know better than this. I don't even do that drill in practice. After a few moments of fuming, I went to talk to him. I told him what I do every length --- scull hands slightly out to be sure the judge can see this, dolphin kick, pull down, and kick up. I thought perhaps he had confused this for two stroke cycles since I had unusually long pullouts past the 15 meter mark. No, he insisted I took 2 breaststroke kicks. No way.

    Because I was certain he was wrong, I decided to protest. Unfortunately, since he was also the deck ref, there was no ref on my pool (who would have seen the swim) to protest to. I raised my protest to the meet ref on the men's pool. He wouldn't reverse the call b/c he hadn't seen it and it was a judgment call. Not unexpected. Then I had a convo with Paul Wolf and we went to look at the exact wording on the DQ slip. The language was written as above, no box checked. So the DQ was not, as it should be, "written to the rule." I protested again to the deck ref, who admitted this was true and then to the meet ref. The meet ref agreed to talk to the deck ref at the end of the meet. But he refused to overturn the DQ on this technical basis. I felt better for having tried to reverse the situation though.

    In reality, the 100 breast isn't big deal for me; I was just ticked off on principle.

    100 back, NS:

    Since I wasn't feeling well, I had decided to do a 50 back split and count SDKs. But the meet was moving so fast on the women's side of the pool (a pet peeve of mine about this meet) that I missed this event while lodging various protests and talking to my meet director-coach.

    50 free, 25.6

    I decided to swim this event again, since I had missed backstroke. I was quite tired and and really needed to run to the loo, but swam anyway.

    This was almost exactly the same time I swam in the kneeskin at the end of the day Saturday. But it was nice to log 3 x 50 frees under 26.

    Women's 200 medley relay:

    We finished 2nd in our age group, which was 25+. I swam the fly leg and went 27.3 with a very safe start. I did do it as a no breather. I should have taken one more SDK on the second length as my right arm was stuck underwater a little at the breakout, probably costing me a few tenths. It wasn't that hard to do as a no breather. But it made picking up the walls more difficult.

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

    Summary:

    day 1 = very good
    day 2 = frustrating

    Still, I was having trouble getting excited for this meet with Nats looming, and logged some good times. My legs were still tired with only a week rest and having done hot yoga the Sunday before. I'm looking forward to a week of regular workouts this week. Today, though, I'm thinking the massage I have booked to get the lactic acid out and work over my sore shoulders sounds pretty good. Thankfully, I don't feel nearly as thrashed as last year when I swam more events and think I will be rebound more quickly.

    I have resolved not to use this meet as a taper meet next year. With two pools, and the women's pool running so fast, it is not a good match for me. I'm always frustrated by the lack of sufficient rest. I am thinking about NE SCY Champs. Alternately, if travel is nixed or frowned upon by the fam, I'll just swim the 4 50 and forget my 100s. (I am kind of tickled to have the Zone records in all 4 50s.) In any event, next year I'll be more focused on meters than yards since I'll be FINA 50.

    I'm feeling a little star crossed lately. I'm really hoping I can avoid cramping, goggle issues, the flu, pool closures, lost contacts and GI issues at Nats. But I guess if it happens, I'll be well used to it.

    On a different note, my son's lightweight 8 won their race on the Potomac this weekend. But on the way back, on of the fasteners for the boat broke, it rolled out onto the road and was driven over by 3 cars and ruined. It's covered by insurance, but it takes awhile to get a new boat. I think they're hoping to borrow one, but that could put a crimp in their season. Really bizarre freak accident.

    Updated April 26th, 2010 at 03:12 PM by The Fortress

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  16. CZ, Day 1

    by , April 24th, 2010 at 08:47 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Day 1 of Colonies Zones:

    Everyone staying at the compound did very well! Good compound mojo.

    50 free, split from 100 free, 25.3

    I was very pleased with this time. It's my second best time ever and best time not fully tapered. It was especially good since I had goggle problems again. I was trying the TYR Tracer clear goggles, but I couldn't seem to get them to seal well on my left eye. They leaked and wiped out my left contact. Never had that happen before ... To my horror, I did not have a spare in my bag. So I became a cyclops swimmer.

    I had a very good start and a decent turn. I didn't feel fully warmed up though and tightened up toward the end. Still, very happy with the time! And it is better than my Zone record of 25.5 set a couple years ago. And much faster than I swam in Richmond in February.

    50 breast, 33.72

    I went too deep on the start and had to float to the top on my breakout, jerking my head up. But I did NOT flutter kick to the surface! My left goggle leaked again, but since I was a swimming cyclops, it mattered not. I tossed the goggles and borrowed a pair of speed sockets from a friend. These are the perfect fit for my head, and I understand I can order the in clear. Swimoutlet, here I come.

    As to the time, this is a PB for me, and breaks my Zone record of last year of 34.1. So I was very pleased again. With a better start, I think I can improve further. Chicken of the Sea video'd this for me. Stud won our grudge by busting out a 33.27. (And, take note, Geek, he also went a 1:00.1 in a brief in the 100 free, getting very close to that barrier you said he'd have trouble reaching ...)

    100 fly, 1:02.7 (29/33)

    I didn't scratch and no goggle issues!!! I wasn't looking forward to the race though, but was determined to swim it just for some pre-Nats practice. I didn't feel great. There was some uncertainty on my part as to how many dolphin kicks to take per 25. I hadn't resolved this pre-race. Rob B. told me I was dropping my hips some and bending my knees to much. But my breakouts were fine. The piano, as expected hit big time on the last 10 yards. Still, I was very happy with the time again. It's my 2nd best time ever, and my fastest without a full taper. It broke the Zone record of too.

    200 Free Relay, leadoff 25.7

    My relay mates wanted to scratch the 400 medley relay, and I can't say I minded at all. I was quite tired after the 100 fly. So we geared up for the 200 free relay instead. I lead off (why do I always have to lead off? lol) Before the relay, I changed into a FINA legal Speedo kneeskin to compare 50 free times. I was tired for this 50, but perhaps not sufficiently warmed up for the first one, so I felt like these factors canceled each other out. I had a good start and went a little deep on the turn. Still, I had expected to go a mid 26 with the kneeskin and feeling so tired. I was quite surprised to see the 50s were only .4 apart.

    I'm looking forward to tomorrow, but not sure I'll be able to (or want) to swim 3 100s + a relay.

    Now, off to watch The Hangover with the compound guests.
  17. Sat Mar 27th 2010

    by , March 28th, 2010 at 11:42 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sat Mar 27th 2010

    2010 Dixie Zone Championships
    Fri: 1,650
    Sat: 200 IM, 50 bk, 100 IM
    Sun: 400 IM, 100 bk, 200 bk

    TODAYS MEET

    200 IM 2:02.33
    27 31 25 28

    50 bk
    25.09


    2010 MEETS:


    April 9 -11 The Woodlands, TX Countdown
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    INFO


    May 20 - 23, 2010 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech Aquatic Center COUNTDOWN
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Order of Events

    Updated March 28th, 2010 at 11:54 PM by ande

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  18. Fri Mar 26th 2010 DIXIE ZONES meet day 1

    by , March 26th, 2010 at 08:45 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Fri Mar 26th 2010

    writing you from Orlando,

    SWAM THE 1650 TODAY

    2010 Dixie Zone Championships
    Fri: 1,650
    Sat: 200 IM, 50 bk, 100 IM
    Sun: 400 IM, 100 bk, 200 bk

    MENS NCAA's begin on THU

    TODAYS MEET

    1650 FR

    28.34 59.32
    2:02.51
    3:06.87
    4:11.92
    5:18.15 500

    6:24.02
    7:29.94
    8:35.20
    9:40.08
    10:44.97 1000 PUT IN SPLIT REQUEST

    11:49.95
    12:54.98
    13:59.72
    15:04.59
    16:09.55 1500

    16:42.18 1550
    17:14.94 1600
    17:47.35 1650 (didn't feel like sprinting the last 50)

    ave 1:04.69



    2010 MEETS:

    Fri Mar 26th - Sun Mar 28
    2010 Dixie Zone Championships
    Orlando, Fl


    April 9 -11 The Woodlands, TX Countdown
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    INFO


    May 20 - 23, 2010 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech Aquatic Center COUNTDOWN
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Order of Events

    Updated March 26th, 2010 at 09:48 PM by ande

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  19. Mixed SCM Meet, March 20

    by , March 21st, 2010 at 12:25 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I had a great night's sleep and felt the best I have in a long time in the morning. Felt good in warm up and won the battle of the new non tech suit (almost gave up, but prevailed after 25 minutes or so). It was fairly comical -- there were signs posted everywhere saying "Remember, No Tech Suits!"

    Unfortunately, I had probably my worst pool experience breathing wise ever. After warm up, I was hacking up a storm and wheezing the whole meet. I moved outside mid way through the meet, and this seemed to help some. I was SO glad I was only doing 50s in light of this. I think because of this, though, I was not really tuned in mentally and had some execution issues.

    50 back, 32.5

    I was pretty happy with this time. It was a solid swim. I was fussing with my cap at the beginning of the race though and spaced out on the start. The starter was holding everyone a LONG time. I had a bad reaction and got off slowly, which is uncharacteristic. I then just mindlessly started counting kicks -- as if I was doing a shooter in practice. I got to 14 and thought, holy crap, took another kick and hurried to the surface. Wolfy said I was right on the 15 meter mark and had a good breakout. Mollie said definitely one less kick. My cap was also slowly coming off the second length, which felt weird. In sum, I thought it was a pretty good time considering I had been sick the last 2 weeks and was not wearing a tech suit.

    50 fly, 31.4:

    My stroke felt good. Too bad noting else worked! lol. I dove in and my right goggle lens leaked. I took too many dolphin kicks, was kicking at the surface and had an awful breakout. Speedo saw it in all its glory. Because of my goggles, I couldn't pick up the wall. I think this was perhaps the worst fly turn I've ever done; I kicked in two yards instead of taking another stroke. My teammate said I easily lost .5 on the turn. Had a good second length. If I had had even a mediocre breakout and turn, I think I would have been 30+. So the time isn't too bad considering.

    50 free, 29.2:

    I was feeling the effects of the breathing problems at this point. Had a lackluster swim, took 3-4 breaths instead of my customary 2, and felt like I was flailing and dying at the end. Barb said I looked "tired" on the 2nd length.

    200 Mixed Free Relay, 1:55:

    Swam with William, Barb and Speedo. I led off and completely missed my turn. Ouch! Speedo had a great leg on this relay.


    Saw a lot of great racing at the meet. The 100 IM was fun to watch. Chris needs to get a lesson on the Roddin turn from Mr. Roddin himself. Jeff just smoked everyone on that transition turn. He and Speedo had a great race in the 50 free as well. Speedo needs to realize that he's a sprinter not a distance geek despite all his short rest training!

    Funny meet tidbit. I was in the same heat for 50 back and 50 fly as my friend with the forum moniker Nuthin But 50s. After much trash talk, we did the exact same time in both events. lol

    Went to the Social afterward, which was much fun and gossip filled. I ate a lot of salad and fruit and looked longingly at the pasta.

    The only real downer of the meet was that I got home and found my B70 had been stolen. I remember showering with Barb and struggling out of it and putting it on top of my swim bag. Big mistake in retrospect. I then went off to dry my hair etc. Then there was a huge influx of swimmers and swim moms into the locker room. I packed up thinking I was throwing my towels etc on top of my suit. Got home, no suit. I haven't had a suit stolen before. Really a bummer as I only got to wear it once and was counting on using it for the LC season. I feel like I've spent enough money on suits for awhile. Not inclined to replace it right now.

    Commentary:

    It was a fun meet -- as always! My only criticism is that the starter sucked. We were held a very long time on the blocks. I think I made a mistake by warming up in the diving well (which I love there) and not in the competition pool. I think I would have had better turns if I had done that.

    Summary: Not bad considering, and there's not much one can do about a goggle problem. I think my ability to improve in the sprints, at this point, is severely limited by my inability to do starts at practice. I may just have to start doing 25s diving from the side of the pool. Even if I went to Mason during the week, the pool with blocks is always closed during the 12-2 lap swim. Im going to beg Wolfy for a private coaching session if he can fit it in.

    I find myself wishing that, like Chris, I didn't have a meet until Nationals. After the last month, I'd like to just buckle down and train without interruption. I'm worried Zones will really interfere with this, and cause me to be wiped out the week after. So I'm unsure how to approach Zones and how many events to swim. I can't really skip the meet as my team is hosting! And it is a good opportunity to get block work/speed work. Not sure how to proceed ...

    I actually don't feel too sore today. My throat and chest are a bit ravaged from all the hacking. I'm hoping to go to hot yoga later for a "detox."

    Oh, and just for Geek. I have found my version of the "flaxative." Flax seeds don't phase me, but liquid magnesium does. But at least I avoided the dread calf cramps this meet.

    Updated March 21st, 2010 at 04:16 PM by The Fortress

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  20. Swim Destination - The blogger

    William’s aquatic achievements are largely limited to his teen and preteen years. His swimming career, arguably, peaked at the tender age of fifteen when he completed an open water mile in approximately 24 minutes at the friendly Camp Longhorn confines of Inks Lake in the Texas Hill Country to finish fifth in the boys camp. Prior to this Weismullerian meteoric rise, he demonstrated moments of brilliance. His adept swimming skills manifested themselves prenatally when the highly-motile and flagellate-propelled haploid gamete of his father - John J. Dailey, Jr. - departed ‘home’ with potentially some half-million other brethren in search of the more sedentary lifestyle related to consummation and fertilization. Prenatal development was not unlike any other chordate, time in the womb included pharyngeal gill pouches and postanal tail where seemingly life, or prelife, went swimmingly. To no one’s surprise, he was born to a livebearer under a bad moon rising and the sign of Aquarius - the waterboy. As tot and post-tot, he was highly skilled at dynamic apnea – underwater swimming for distance. The precise motivation for this underwater behavior is not known but might be related to the numerous sirens in his life – a darling mother, three conspiring, but not necessarily wicked, sisters and an endearing domestic. Avie Lee, the endearing domestic, had a cheetah-like lightening quickness in the terrestrial environment. William recognized his webfeet provided a tremendous competitive advantage, and peaceful refugia, in the lakes and sloughs of Louisiana over the fleet-footed, but terra-bound, Ms. Clark. The mere mention of water snakes seemed to tone down Ms. Clark’s enthusiasm for fetching the young tadpole from his niche in freshwater ecosystems.

    William rediscovered the appeal of open water swimming while under contract to the Environmental Protection Agency in Nevada. He just happened to be in Truckee, CA for the annual 2.7 mile Donner Lake Swim in 2004. He has since completed more than 60 open water swims across the continental United States including the one-mile Chesapeake Bay Swim (Maryland), the Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim (California), the Big Shoulders 5K (Illinois), the Wingshadow Horsetooth 10K (Colorado), the Minnetonka 5-mile Challenge (Minnesota), the Low Country Splash (South Carolina), the Long Bridge Swim (Idaho), the Governor’s Island Swim (New York), Chattanooga River Rat 1.2-mile Swim (Tennessee), Capital 2K (Texas) and the Pennock Island 8-mile Challenge (Alaska). Current goals include one century of official open water race events, i.e. one hundred swims, and completion of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York City, New York. He visualizes himself a yellowfin tuna or wahoo while swimming but morphometrics call to mind the lazy mechanics of the North American bullfrog, or a pythonesque drunken newt… he got better. William has been accused once or twice of drinking like a fish - a congenital disorder shared with his brother and likely passed along from both parents.
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