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Meet / OW event planning and results from USA Swimming events.

  1. Sun Jul 11th 2010 200 IM

    by , July 11th, 2010 at 11:55 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sun Jul 11th 2010

    DAY 3 of Austin Sr Cir
    RESULTS
    entered in 200 IM, 50 br, 50 fl

    Wore B70 NeroTX

    PRELIMS

    200 IM
    29.42
    36.17 1:05.59
    40.54 1:46.13
    32.32 2:18.45
    this was my best time in the 45 - 49 age group
    I went almost 3 seconds faster than I did last year when I wore a FULL BODY SUIT
    my 2009 time was 2:21.24

    In 2004 I went 2:18.08 wearing a Speedo FS 1 full body

    50 BR
    went 34.16

    50 FL
    went 27.50


    FINALS

    50 FL
    went 27.48


    2010 MEETS:

    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas
    Days till LCM ZONES
    Entered Zones yesterday & got my hotel

    Updated July 12th, 2010 at 11:35 AM by ande

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  2. Woodland LCM

    by , July 10th, 2010 at 08:52 PM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    The full name is "Sierra Nevada Swimming Long Course Last Chance Qualifier July 9 - 11, 2010" That is, Last chance for J.O.'s.
    It was my first ever LCM meet and although I had misgivings and doubts, I had a lot of support and adoration from the parents, even the kids were cool, especially when standing on the blocks, they turn to each other and nod or acknowledge. I was surprised when my competitors to my left and right after the 100m Back, each offered a handshake...So the experience was great, excellent sportsmanship and never felt so part of event before.
    Masters meets in contrast tend to be cold and indifferent. But then, that's not to fair to the teams that work hard to put the Masters events on, I am usually alone with no team-mates to engage with.
    The reason I joined USA swimming, besides getting my arm twisted by the coaches, is that the meets are very close to home, the average distant to a Masters meet in Northern California is about 120 miles, one way. Also my coach can now analysis my race and provide feedback. (Even the parents were giving feedback!)
    So all this for just 2 events on the second day of a typical 3 day meet.
    I don't have official times,
    LCM
    50M Free 31
    100m Back 1:33
    My goggles slipped off in the 50m FR, after the dive... they were about halfway off my face and making it hard to breath...All I could see was a blurry black line and only knew to touch when the black line stopped!
    Coach said my first 50 of the 100m was "beautiful" but the wall on the start was really slippery and I ended up just letting go of the bar and pushing off, I also missed the turn, feet just touched the wall and I had to build up speed from nothing, which burned me out before I could finish. Got a lot of experience out of this race.
    Being the only Master at this event was great, as Im sure most of the other Masters from other teams were at Santa Cruz for the Pacific LCM Championship...Wish I could have gone, but Santa Cruz is 3.5 hours away and its too expensive for this poor-boy !
    Aquasol kids did great, but this was more of a normal meet, where it wasn't too important for them as they start taper next week for Junior Olympics
  3. Fri Jul 9th 2010

    by , July 9th, 2010 at 07:22 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Fri Jul 9th 2010

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    scy
    chris Coached
    6:30 TO 8:30
    Austin UT Swim Center diving well
    swam with tyler jon & doug
    beside mike, todd & Marcio plus james fike
    Guest SAM PERRY was in DA house
    dove in around 7:00


    MAIN SET

    swam easy
    the guys were doing
    4 rounds of 3 x 300 followed by 4 x 25
    I did half the 300's & all the 25's
    felt fine

    did between 1500 & 200
    mostly easy some fast

    WENT to BREAKFAST at at Kerby Lane on the Drag with Sam Perry, Tyler, Todd & Doug Dude

    warmed up again for the 50 fr

    haven't really been training for 50's

    wore a B70 Nero TX

    thought I was in Heat 19
    then realized it was heat 10
    hopped up

    Went 25.96
    Hoped to go faster


    It's my fastest time this season in a jammer


    2010 MEETS:

    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4 Meet Info
    Austin, TX
    entered:

    Fri
    50 Freestyle

    Sat
    100 Butterfly
    50 backstroke

    Sun
    200 Individual Medley
    50 breastroke, &
    50 butterfly


    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas
    Days till LCM ZONES
    Entered Zones yesterday & got my hotel
  4. Saturday Mar 6th 2010 Austin Grand Prix Day 3

    by , March 6th, 2010 at 05:46 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Saturday Mar 6th 2010 Austin Grand Prix Day 3

    not feeling real snappy
    I am returning to what works for me
    speed training and racing
    cut out aerobic work and distance
    get stronger
    lose weight
    improve my SDK, flutter kick and breastroke kick

    Austin Grand Prix Day 3
    swam 100 fr (info below)
    rested a bit for it & shaved chest arms & legs
    huge meet, 1200 swimmers, some national team and olympians
    I'm going to photograph tonights session

    RESULTS
    Psych Sheet


    100 fr 50.38
    r:+0.79
    23.80 26.58
    went out too hard




    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    dick nichols
    scy, main pool,
    Whitney coached
    7:00 - 8:30
    tyler, jon, brad, & guest Graham Ginn
    dove in on time
    wore B70 legs
    arrived 15ish minutes late

    warm up:
    missed it

    6 x 150 on 2:00
    started at 1:45

    100 easy

    6 x 100 k on 2:00
    started at 1:45
    did 1:09 - 1:14

    100 easy

    6 x ??? on 1:55
    did 100's

    100 easy

    assigned 10 x 50 on 1:15
    odds 1, 2 or 3 breaths
    even strong
    did skipped the odds
    went medium strong on the evens

    went 22.9 on last one from a dive

    100 easy


    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
  5. Friday Mar 5th 2010 Austin Grand Prix Day 2

    by , March 5th, 2010 at 06:13 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Friday Mar 5th 2010

    Austin Grand Prix Day 2
    swam 400 IM & 100 breastroke (info below)
    rested a bit for it & shaved chest arms & legs
    huge meet, 1200 swimmers, some national team and olympians
    I'm going to photograph tonights session

    RESULTS
    Psych Sheet

    [B]400 IM
    went 4:24.48
    got 114th out of 138
    r:+0.84 (slow)
    27.54
    1:00.00 (32.46)
    1:34.74 (34.74)
    2:08.68 (33.94) 1:08.68
    2:46.39 (37.71)
    3:25.81 (39.42) 1:17.13
    3:56.46 (30.65)
    4:24.48 (28.02) 58.67
    This is my best 400 SCY IM as a master
    real sure I can go faster

    Need to work on my RT seems I'm right in the mid 8/10ths of a sec
    sluggish

    just swam it easy speed breathed
    a lot
    worked the last 50

    100 breast
    went 1:05.53
    r:+0.83
    30.58
    34.95


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    scy, main pool,
    Whitney coached
    5:30 - 6:30
    swam with max, larry, nate, tyler, mike, ned, chris carter (a guest who's daughter is in the meet) james
    wore brief
    dove in on time
    wore B70 full

    warm up:
    15 minutes choice

    50 drop down set 30 x 50
    start at 60 drop interval by 1 sec
    till failure
    made it to 30

    100 easy

    9 x 100 on 1:15
    dove
    swam easy speed
    held 25 & 6

    rest 100

    50 fast
    went 22

    100 easy

    25 SDK
    roll
    Tyler timed
    went 9.9





    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 6th, 2010 at 04:25 PM by ande

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  6. swam finals improved my time 54.

    by , January 19th, 2010 at 12:22 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    swam finals, here's how it went,
    improved my time from prelims

    Event 34 Boys 15 & Over 100 Yard Backstroke

    6 Rasmussen, Ande 46 TXLA-ST
    54.92 26.30 28.62
    SDKs 10 10 8 6

    took it out a half second faster
    SDKs 10 10 8 6 (really hurting that last length)
    jammed right middle finger on finish

    Updated January 19th, 2010 at 02:54 PM by ande

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  7. Mon Jan 18th, 2010 MEET 100 bk

    by , January 18th, 2010 at 03:22 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Jan 18th, 2010


    PRACTICE & Meet

    whitney coached
    scy main pool
    6 - 7:30
    swam with tyler, todd, amy, paul, max larry, Marcio, Nate, mary & Meghan
    dove in 6:10ish

    wore leg skins to take it easy

    warm up
    250

    main set

    50 fast SDK
    went 24

    100 easy

    100 fr fast
    went 52

    200 easy

    200 fr fast
    went 1:56

    400 easy

    assigned 800
    did 8 x 50 with 5 or more SDKs

    assigned 600
    did 6 x 50 with 6 SDKs

    assigned 400
    did 4 x 50 with 6 sdks

    assigned 200
    did 2 x 50 with 6 sdks

    100 easy


    MEET

    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic


    Meet Results


    entered in the 200 fr & 100 bk
    skipped the 200 fr to focus on the 100 bk

    100 bk
    went 55.35
    26.81 28.54
    made finals, didn't scratch, plan to it again tonight

    Updated January 18th, 2010 at 04:40 PM by ande

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  8. Sun Jan 17th, 2010

    by , January 17th, 2010 at 04:28 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sun Jan 17th, 2010

    [ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=203729&postcount=1334"]FINA BANNED full body tech suits for masters [/ame]

    my son dane just competed in the cheer nationals in Orlando

    PRACTICE & Meet

    MEET

    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic

    wore JAMMERS

    Meet Results

    RACED Men's 15 & Over 50 Free
    went 22.48
    got 9th, scratched finals

    I'm pretty pleased

    Tomorrow is:

    200 Free 1:50.70Y (tempted to go for a 100 time)
    100 Back 53.32Y
  9. Breathing is Good! Friday, July 17

    by , July 17th, 2009 at 10:48 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Survived the 100 fly LC today at Jr. Champs! Whew!

    I used the recommended 2 up, 1 down breathing pattern for almost the entire race. Out of force of habit, I had a couple of every others. I think this helped a ton; I felt stronger throughout the race with no disruption of rhythm! I still crashed and burned with 10 yards to go and almost couldn't recover the arms the last couple strokes, but it wasn't nearly as bad as last year. I went 2 seconds faster today unrested than I did last year when I was fully tapered (same suit, same pool). The time board showed 1:12.2, but the time was reported as 1:12.5. Splits were 33.6 and 38.8. Not great, but still vastly better than last year when I split 33/41.

    http://www.pvswim2.org/realtime/2009LC_JuniorChamps/

    Race highlights:

    Had to swim in the final heat in lane 1 due to a couple scratches, which I hate. But I didn't catch any wake.
    Took 11 dophin kicks on the start out to exactly the 14.9 meter mark. Freaked out the poor kid.
    Took a coffee break on the the turn for big air intentionally.
    Floated at least a foot very slowly into the final wall. But I just couldn't bring myself to take another stroke.
    Mini's coaches said I looked very "strong." Mini said my stroke looked "good." (This is more feedback than usual. lol)
    Definitely going to use this breathing pattern again, and will likely try it in SCY. This may actually enable me to kick further in SCY ...

    I'm hoping I can make it out to swim my 100 back tomorrow. I spent about 2 and 1/2 hours in the car today going back and forth to the meet. Out A meet tomorrow AM is in Mt. Vernon, so it will be a bit of a rush unless I go straight to U of Md.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Prelim TT:

    I saw the prelim TT came out. Unfortunately, I also see that both of the 100 backs I swam during the SCY season -- at the September Shootout in Cary NC and at the Auburn Invitational in Alabama were NOT on the list. I'm ticked about this. Both meet entry forms said the times would be submitted, I had received written confirmation from the meet director that my split request form & time were sent to the TT recorder, and the then DZ TT recorder sent me an email (which I believe I reported on my blog) confirming that she would submit the time. Yet both times are AWOL. I have sent emails to Ed Saltzman (DZ TT Recorder) and Mary Beth Windrath), but I doubt there is much that can be done. If not, I won't be attending meets in the Dixie Zone again. I know Cream Puff has had difficulty getting her USA times submitted as well. I'm just not a fan of incompetence. So while I'm very happy with my 100 fly time from today, this was kind of a downer. But I guess I know what I swam.

    Updated July 18th, 2009 at 03:53 PM by The Fortress

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  10. Men 50 Meters FLY Finals Texas Circuit #3 Jun 14th

    by , June 23rd, 2009 at 01:50 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    just found this

    I'm in lane 2
    FAR lane at the top of the screen

    Men 50 Meters Butterfly (final A)
    Texas Circuit #3, Austin
    Lee and Joe Jamail Swim Center
    Austin, TX, US
    Jun 14 2009

    Hill Taylor's 23.10 50 LCM SDK

    Updated July 15th, 2010 at 04:52 PM by ande

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  11. Monday, June 15

    by , June 15th, 2009 at 05:49 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Did almost the same workout I did the Monday before Zones:

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    750 variety swim, kick, drill

    Main sets:

    8 x 25 back shooters, no fins

    50 EZ

    2 x (25 build + 25 EZ)

    50 EZ

    2 x (50 AFAP back w/fins + 100 EZ)
    (went 25ish)

    2 x (25 AFAP free w/fins + 25 EZ)

    50 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP kick w/fins + 25 EZ)

    200 C/D

    Total: 2100

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

    Need to get my entries in for Nats ...

    Nothing good to report otherwise. The plague of contagion from my daughter's middle school has infected her and my house. (Why do kids get strep and flu in June?!) Really busy week ... and I think I'm slightly b*tchy from resting more than usual. I'd like to crawl under a rock for a couple days!! lol

    Edit: Mini Fort has mono. I'm a little paranoid that I'm showing symptoms, and that may account for why I've been fairly fatigued lately. Hope not, as that would really mess up my summer swim plans. I know it's unlikely for adults to get it, but I've never had it before. Fingers crossed.

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

    200 back splits:

    Splits are up. It was my 3rd 50 that really stunk. I guess 1:21 + 1:26 isn't all that bad, considering the start always makes my first 50 fast.

    38.46
    1:21.12 (42.66)
    2:05.27 (44.15)
    2:47.34 (42.07)

    (Still hoping to sneak into TT. I would have been 6th last year. But I bet Indy will be more popular than LCM Nats last summer.)

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

    Food:

    Fell off the wagon again some this weekend, but I was barely home. Clean eating requires a lot of time, ability to get to the grocery store regularly and eating at home. Not bad, I just had to have a couple sandwiches on the run, a muffin, etc.

    Updated June 15th, 2009 at 11:17 PM by The Fortress

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  12. Sunday Jun 14th, 2009 MEET 200 im 50 fly

    by , June 14th, 2009 at 06:01 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sunday Jun 14th, 2009

    partial practice and meet

    Senior Circuit #3
    Fri June 12 - 14, 2009
    Austin, TX

    warmed up around 1200


    SUN

    PRELIMS

    28 200 Individual Medley
    wore rocket science
    went 2:21.24
    30.13 cruised the fly
    37.91 1:08.04 cruised the back
    42.16 1:50.20 worked the breast
    31.04 2:21.24 worked the free
    scratched finals

    swam right next to todd bartee almost caught him, here's his splits
    30.03
    1:08.71 (38.68)
    1:48.53 (39.82)
    2:20.96 (32.43)


    38 050 Butterfly
    went 26.95
    swimming it again tonight
    had a long glide touch


    FINALS

    50 fly
    wore rocket science
    went 26.74
    last year I went 26.03 at this meet
    last year I kept resting after nationals
    focused on strength and speed
    but not this year


    NEXT MEETS

    talking with wife about going to zones or nationals

    USMS South Central Zone Long Course Championship Meet
    Fri July 18 - 19 2009
    Woodlands, TX
    Meet Entry Form

    Friday July 17th Aerosmith is playing with ZZ Top at the
    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion in the Woodlands
    Tickets

    Updated July 15th, 2010 at 04:54 PM by ande

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  13. Survived No Float 200 LC, Sunday, June 14

    by , June 14th, 2009 at 04:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    200 Back LC, 2:47

    Well, I survived my first ever 200 LC. And it was a no float 200 back, as B70s are barred at USA-S meets. I guess I'm glad I did it, but I don't care to repeat the experience! It's just waaaay too far unless I start training 5Ks like Ande. I was sort of testing out the event to see if I could/should swim it at Nats. No, I'll opt to get a 50 back split on my 200 at Indy during the first day's events. I will happily embrace my weenie sprinter nature.

    Anyway, went a 2:47, which was about half a second slower than my converted time from yards. (I don't always believe converted times are accurate for us geezers anyway.) No idea on my splits, as they only post final times. Think they will probably be pretty dodgy. I tried to swim long and easy speed for about 150, but I still had nothing left the last length -- especially judging by the USA swimmer in the adjacent lane who made up almost a body length on the last length to touch with me. But, frankly, I'll still take the time, as I had a hard exhausting day on Saturday (officiating in the heat at a summer league meet, dance recitals, etc.) and had contemplating not swimming at all today.

    And BTW, can these kids learn to do backstroke starts?! I hate being a body length ahead at 15 meters and have them slowly creep up! I also played it safe on the start and took 12 or 13 SDKs, as there was an official sitting in a chair right at the 15 meter mark.

    Probably did about 2000+ meters with the warm up and warm down. I didn't even attempt to warm up in the competition pool, as it's such a mosh pit of kids. I got there early and warmed up in the rec pool.

    Now, off to the summer pool to vegetate!
  14. Fri Jun 12th, 2009 Sen Cir Meet & warm up workout

    by , June 12th, 2009 at 07:19 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Fri Jun 12th, 2009

    SR Cir Meet & Practice
    2009 Texas Senior Circuit Long Course # 3
    wore a new Speedo FS PRO

    FRI

    swimming this meet with Tyler, Todd, & David Guthrie, Jon Smiley hung out with us too. Saw Josh Davis today he was at the swim center working with the swim camp kids
    David and Jon asked me if I'm going to Nats, said Ande and tyler you ought to go Nats so we can do relays. So I brought it up with Beth.

    woke up at 4:15 to take my aunts to the airport
    did part of the team work out at 6:30
    went to whole foods
    came back, hung out, changed into PRO
    did a little warmup in a lane next to Dara Torres


    Tyler swam the 200 FL, told him I'd pay him 10 bucks if he kept his last 3 50's with in 025 of each other, then I changed it to half a second
    he went 31.21, 36.22, 36.87, 36.31 2:20.61
    so I didn't have to pay but he was close

    David G was pissed that USS rules don't allow swimmers to wear blue seventy or aqua zone suits


    04 400 Freestyle
    Starter had us take our marks then stand up twice before he let us start

    dove in SDKed
    swam smooth, 2 beat kicked, breathed every stroke, attempted to keep an even pace, should have gone out even easier, needed to finish stronger, I hoped to go faster
    needed to be tougher

    Wonder what I could have gone with better splitting and a rocket science suit?

    but it's a starting point and maybe an ending point
    47 Rasmussen, Ande 46 TXLA-ST
    4:36.77
    r:+0.93
    30.41
    33.48 1:03.89
    34.53 1:38.42
    35.36 2:13.78 1:09.89
    35.22 2:49.00
    36.03 3:25.03 1:11.25
    36.35 4:01.38
    35.39 4:36.77 1:11.74 2:22.99


    10 050 Freestyle
    36 Rasmussen, Ande 46 TXLA-ST
    25.76
    breathed 3 or 4 times,
    wasn't super psyched
    last year in this same meet I went 24.50

    so the questions are

    Why didn't I swim the 50 as fast as I did last year?

    What can I do to swim faster in the next few months?

    Last year I:
    kept resting after nationals
    focused on strength and speed,
    did very little aerobic training
    was more psyched
    swam the race fresh and
    wore a blue seventy

    This year I:
    did longer harder training after nationals with little strength and speed work,
    swam the race after a 400,
    wore a speedo PRO
    rested 2 days

    think I'm going to scratch the 200 free
    so I can swim the 200 bk fresh

    SAT
    14 200 Freestyle
    18 200 Backstroke
    20 100 Butterfly

    SUN
    28 200 Individual Medley
    38 050 Butterfly

    Whitney told me to take the 200 back out in 1:05 high to 1:06 low

    here's the link to my blog about last years Sr Cir Meet



    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    scy
    6:30 - 8:00
    Whitney Coached
    TSC diving well
    swam with chris, todd, doug, marcio, ned, & larry

    Warm Up LCM
    assigned 1000
    did around 600

    she split the diving well in half
    6 lanes to race in heats
    5 lanes to warm down in


    4 x 50 fast for time in heats, 150 easy
    kept em smooth
    went 27, 25, 25, 23.9


    assigned: 4 x 100 fast from a dive in heats 100 easy
    skipped it

    assigned: 200 fast in heats 100 easy
    skipped it

    NEXT MEETS

    Senior Circuit #3
    Fri June 12 - 14, 2009
    1 Day away
    Austin, TX

    Events Entered:
    FRI
    04 400 Freestyle
    10 050 Freestyle
    SAT
    14 200 Freestyle
    18 200 Backstroke
    20 100 Butterfly
    SUN
    28 200 Individual Medley
    38 050 Butterfly


    USMS South Central Zone Long Course Championship Meet
    Fri July 18 - 19 2009
    Woodlands, TX
    Meet Entry Form

    Friday July 17th Aerosmith is playing with ZZ Top at the
    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion in the Woodlands
    Tickets

    Updated June 12th, 2009 at 10:55 PM by ande

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  15. Austin Grand Prix Day 1

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

    DAY 1 Austin Grand Prix Psych Sheet

    RESULTS
    believe the meet was dual sanctioned

    THU PRELIMS

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

    #08 200 IM
    went 1:58.39
    25.80
    30.38
    34.55
    27.66
    I was hoping to beat 1:58.9

    Event 12 Men 400 Yard Medley Relay
    1 Longhorn Aquatic-ST 'B' 3:28.46
    1) 25.83 53.32 Rasmussen, Ande 45
    2) 27.37 58.45 Bartee, Todd 39
    3) 23.21 49.93 Blessing, Tyler 36
    4) 22.38 46.76 Varozza, Michael 41


    THU FINALS

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


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


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

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

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    Swim Workouts , Masters Swim Meets / Events , USA-S Swim Meets / Events
  16. Meet Day 3 100 FL & 50 BK

    by , January 19th, 2009 at 02:48 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Monday Jan 19th, 2009

    SWAM In the meet today
    Results and comments blogged at
    http://andesswimmingblog.blogspot.com
    short cut: http://TinyURL.com/AndeSwim


    mon
    100 fl
    50 bk

    NEXT MEET: USA Swimming Austin Grand Prix in Austin TX
    March 5 - 7, 2009
    45 days away
    Meet format: Short Course AM, Long Course PM http://www.utexas.edu/longhornaquatics/meets
    Time Standards are up
  17. Practically Naked

    by , January 18th, 2009 at 10:46 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Ventured back to the pool today to swim another 200. The vlogger guessed it -- 200 IM. Naturally, I fully intended and would have preferred to swim it with my B70. Indeed, I brought my 23+ swims B70 to the pool for this very purpose!

    But as fans of Vlad the Vlogger, that evil disseminator of private text messages, already know, I busted a huge hole in the suit. A friend, scyfreestyler, said: "I told you to kick ass, not show ass." Fortunately, for everyone involved, I did NOT pull a Laura Smith, as my wardrobe malfunction occurred in the privacy of the locker room. Right on the heels of having set a PR by shimmying into it in 2 minutes flat ... Perhaps that was a sign ... Spurned, I reached into my bag and, lo and behold, I left the Hineck Pro I wore for yesterday's 200 back on the drying rack ... So I was forced to borrow a dry suit from my daughter: bright pink floral Splish suit.

    Thusly attired, and with 30 years of rust, I rather cautiously approached the blocks for the event. I was spurred on by the sure knowledge that my daughter would never let me live it down if I didn't swim (and would be thrilled to be so much faster than me) and that Stevenson (or others) would haul out the "ninny" word. So I gamely gave it a whirl and finished in a 2:26.35.

    I must confess I completely bonked on the last 50. No gas left at all. I was also coffee breaking on the turns. Don't know what my splits were as I was swimming in a different pool than my daughter. (Her coaches sometimes get my splits.) Still, I was happy with the time, and suspect I would have gone roughly 2 seconds faster if properly clad.


    Thoughts:

    Woke up today and despite a lot of stretching and fluids my calves were still sore from the cramping yesterday. They cramped again right on the start. I think this reduced my enjoyment of the race. I felt like I was SDK-ing like a wee baby. lol Stud says I need to try tonic water.

    I also wish I could say I liked this event like Hulk, but, truly, I did not. That was the most pain I've felt as a masters swimmer since the piano fell on my long course 100 fly this summer. Ack. This event might have been a little ambitious for me, and is definitely not for drop dead sprinters. The 200 back seemed comparatively easier. But, still, I'm glad I broke out of my comfort zone this weekend and tried two new events.

    I took 3 strokes from the flags before flipping on backstroke today. Was very close to the wall. I guess now that I have a ripped B70, I can haul the thing with me to the pool and practice turns in it. (Tank underneath of course.)

    Didn't swim the 100 back today. My seed time hadn't been changed in the system. Wouldn't have gotten enough rest. Reminder never to even think of doing back to back events.

    I really didn't enjoy swimming without a tech suit and have no intention whatsoever of repeating this incident!!!!!! I guess I know not to push B70's 25 swims promise without a back up suit.

    Updated February 10th, 2009 at 11:29 AM by The Fortress

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  18. 30 Year Hiatus Ended! Sat., Jan 17

    by , January 17th, 2009 at 09:56 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Broke out of my drop dead sprinter mold today!

    Swam the 200 back for the first time in 30 years. (Never swam it as a freshman in college because we had a designated backstroker.) I'm glad I did it too, even though it's a decidedly different kind of pain than sprinting -- an insidious creeping all over kind of pain. Couldn't do it on a regular basis though.

    I was secretly hoping to go around 2:26, as that was the cut off for Top Ten last year. Went a 2:22.36 ... very happy with the time. The swim, however, was, er, an adventure. Calves cramped slightly on the start. But mainly I had a hard time negotiating all the turns. Ideally, I need to take 2 and 1/2 strokes from the flags in before flipping. If I take 2, I glide in; if I take 3, I jam the wall. Decided to take 2 today and glided in big time to most of my turns. My streamlines off the wall weren't so great either. Didn't want to SDK much, but overcompensated and broke out too early. Obviously, my inexperience showed. These things never really discourage me, though, they just make me realize I could go faster if I fixed the problems.

    Despite how blastedly tired I felt when the race ended and now, I'm not completely dissuaded from trying it again. (This thought does not apply to the 200 fly, which I still will not try under any known circumstances.)

    Don't know what my splits were as the results aren't posted yet.

    Still trying to decide whether to swim the 100 backstroke right before my secret event tomorrow or just the secret event. Probably just the latter unless I wake up loads of energy. I love cruising into USS meets and only doing an event or two with no pressure for practice.

    I did end up signing up for the 200 backstroke at Auburn, though not the open 100 as it's right before the 50 fly. So I have to decide whether to swim it for a 100 split or just swim it. It would be my last event of the meet. And, by the way, I can't imagine swimming any event within a couple hours of a 200. Those are hard to recover from.

    Updated February 10th, 2009 at 11:29 AM by The Fortress

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