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  1. USMS Is for Everyone (September-October 2016)

    by , September 1st, 2016 at 01:00 AM (SWIMMER Editorials)
    Three years ago, I wrote here about how we, as an organization, needed to continue dispelling the myth that “Masters” Swimming means you’ve mastered the sport of swimming before joining USMS. (“The M Word,” May-June 2013). I’ve also written about our efforts to make learn-to-swim classes available to as many adults as possible. (“Milestones,” November-December 2014, “April Is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month,” March-April 2014, and “Fear of Water,” September-October 2011).

    Diverse populations have been a topic, not only diversity in race (“The Swimming Race,” January-February 2010), but also in age (“Age Is a Whole Bunch of Numbers,” March-April 2016) and sexual orientation (“The Inclusive Sport—It’s All Good,” September-October 2010).

    I’ve written about the labels “fitness swimmer” and “competitive swimmer,” and how they don’t often make sense (“Classification,” September-October 2013). Likewise, the differences between triathletes and swimmers, which are often nondifferences (“Triathletes and Swimmers,” July-August 2012.)

    So when I write, “USMS is for everyone,” I’m really not exaggerating.

    This August, our marketing team got creative and tried a few new things to welcome potential members and generate interest in the sport of swimming. First, we lowered the price of membership by $19 for the remainder of 2016 when purchased with a full 2017 membership.

    Next, we created “Try Masters Swimming Day,” and encouraged members to invite friends and family to swim practice on August 15. And we encouraged coaches to invite local lap swimmers to try a workout. Our partner, Colorado Time Systems, is even donating a Pace Clock Pro to each of the five clubs who register the most new swimmers in the month of August.

    But it takes a village.

    At Spring Nationals I had the pleasure of meeting St. Pete (Fla.) Masters swimmer and legendary pitchman Anthony Sullivan of OxiClean fame. I asked him if he would tell his story for SWIMMER readers. He immediately turned my request for an interview around with a request of his own: “Swimming has done so much for me and I want to give back. What can I do for USMS?”

    Well, if you’ve been on our social media channels in the past month, you’ve seen he’s been busy encouraging membership in a way that only he can—with a hilarious and fun infomercial-style video touting Masters Swimming as “The Greatest Workout of Them All.” He’s also sponsored a contest in which a grand-prize winner will receive a one-year USMS membership and some cool (signed!) OxiClean and Masters Swimming swag.

    And we did land that interview; Managing Editor Elaine K. Howley’s profile on Sullivan, “As Seen on TV,” is on page 18.

    Also in this issue (Swimming Life, page 6, by Gretchen Sanders), we meet Mamenasha Tesfaye and Thaddeus Gamory, both lifelong swimmers who are passionate about helping adults—especially people of color—learn to swim. Both are recipients of Swimming Saves Lives Foundation grants. We also meet two of their students: Randa Azab and Martha Paniagua, whose lives have been forever altered by learning to swim.

    Finally, in “Olympians Among Us” (page 36), Katie O’Dair introduces us to a few of the many Olympians who use swimming to stay healthy and continue enjoying the sport they love. Although these swimmers have clearly mastered swimming, their stories, just like all of ours, originate from having taken that first leap into the pool one day long ago.

    So, ask your friends and local lap swimmers: “What are you waiting for? Masters Swimming is for everyone and the water’s fine—come on in.”

    Updated September 1st, 2016 at 11:41 AM by Editor

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  2. 8/31/16 Fast with fins

    300 with snorkle and bouy
    200 IM drill

    3 times through
    200 free w/fins @ 3:00 descend by round
    3 x 100 kick w/fins @ 1:30 best average
    4 x 50 drill/swim @ 1:15 (went IMO)

    mini sets that followed each round above
    1. 8 x 25 tombstone kick @ 40
    2. 8 x 25 fly drill @ 30
    3. 8 x 25 @ 30 15 yards sprint, 10 cruise

    4 x 50 free @ 60 descend to sprint
    400 time trial

    200 w/d
    4000 SCY

    Everything felt great tonight. That doesn't happen very often. With my summer training being pretty much a wash, I guess it's time for a fresh start towards SCM.
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  3. Week 204 - Wednesday

    by , August 31st, 2016 at 10:45 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a good night of sleep but struggled to get out of bed this morning. As a result I was a few minutes late getting to the pool.

    Warm up
    400 left arm free with snorkel
    6x50 left arm finger tip drag drill with high elbow on :50

    main sets
    8x50 kick on :50 getting HR up
    16x50 kick with fins best average on 1min
    200 easy
    10 minutes of vertical kicking done as 1min flutter kick, 1min fly kick
    8x25 left arm out head down kicking on :35
    8x25 right arm out head down kicking on :35
    8x25 underwater no fins on :35

    warm down
    200 easy

    i had a great kick set with the fins and held :25s throughout.
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  4. 8|31|16 25.9 yd pool

    259 fr warmup @ 3:36 259 pace
    311 kick with MF
    3 x 51.8 with MF fast on 2:00 as 25.9 fl / 25.9 fr
    12 x 25.9 on 1:00 - o=br / e=bk (with start)
    9 min of short axis turn practicing - about 18 turns

    My short axis turns are horrible. This is good news because logic dictates my br and fl have room to improve just from working on this
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  5. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 09/01/2016

    by , August 31st, 2016 at 12:21 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    1 X 150 2:45
    3 X 100 1:45
    4 X 50 kick 1:15
    1 X 150 2:30
    3 X 100 1:30
    3 X 100 kick 2:15

    4 X (4 X 100
    Descend each round 1-4
    Rounds 1/3: free on 1:30
    Rounds 2/4: IM 1:45

    1 x 200 3:00
    1 X 150 3:00
    Four rounds
    150's: 75 cruise/75 fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4600Y
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  6. Tuesday, Aug 31

    by , August 30th, 2016 at 06:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/LCM/Solo @ Lebo

    500 various
    4 x (25 scull + 25 free) w/paddles
    10 x 50 burst SDK + cruise
    150 EZ
    16 x 50
    odds = fly w/fins @ 100 pace
    evens = EZ
    150 EZ
    8 x 100 kick
    odds = fastish flutter kick w/fins & board around 1:08-1:10
    evens = EZ backstroke kick
    8 x 50 DPS w/paddles, alt free & back
    100 EZ

    Total: 3600m



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


    It was an absolutely gorgeous day. Not a cloud in the sky and the water temperature was fine, not too warm. It was rather crowded. But I shared a lane with two swimmers from Lebo Masters. That is vastly easier than circling with the noodlier lap swimmers. I managed to make it through 8 x 50 fly. Held 29s on all of them. I was surprised I could do 8 of them, but I took a bit more rest on the last 3-4. I am anxious to get back to Pitt to see friends there after a month of closure. But it's just too nice to pass up two hours in the outdoor pool right now.
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  7. 8|30|16 SCM

    Yesterday:
    Swam about 1200 SCM (did some all-out MF free sprints, and some slow free)
    ran 0.56 miles
    lifted weights
    ran again, 0.56 miles

    Today - SCM:
    9 x (100 flutter kick - odd / 150 MF kick - even) on 3:00
    300 more kicking
    200 drills

    Plan to stretch later, sore and need recovery

    Updated August 31st, 2016 at 04:14 PM by __steve__

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  8. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 08/31/2016

    by , August 30th, 2016 at 01:15 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    2 X 150 2:30 2:15
    1 X 200 3:00 --
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 2:30
    8 X 50 kick 4 on 1:10 4 on 1:00

    12 X 50--choice-- 1:05
    #3-6-9-12 are fast

    1 X 300 free 4:30
    1 X 100 IM 1:45
    1 X 200 free 3:00
    1 X 200 IM 3:30
    1 X 100 free 1:30
    1 X 300 IM --

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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  9. Week 204 - Tuesday

    by , August 30th, 2016 at 10:25 AM (After a long rest)
    My training partner and best swim bud Bill moved to Fort Wayne, Indianna about a month ago and despite missing him I am very happy he and his family now have some work stability. During drylands we face timed Bill and he joined us remotely. It was actually kind of fun him doing the workout with us and us passing the phone around as we did the exercise and chatted to Bill. It's amazing how doing this pushed the pain associated with our crazy abs to background and everyone commented that it was much easier this morning. We had 8 of us including Bill at 5:00am doing crazy abs. The Rockwall contingent met at 4:30am as usual and did a warmup before joining Bill who did a run before he did crazy abs.

    5 mins of general stretching
    15 mins on stationary bike
    2x(3xshoulder band exercises) :30
    5x(5 X abs for :45 seconds, with :15 second transition) 1 minute between rounds.
    2x(elbow band exercises)

    Swimming setup scy
    400 left arm swim with snorkel
    6x50 left hand finger tip drag high elbow drill on :50
    20x50 kick on 1min best average
    300 easy
    12x25 underwater on :40

    I held :39/:40 on the kick which is by far my best average on this set.
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  10. Monday Aug 29

    by , August 30th, 2016 at 10:14 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM/Solo @ Lebo

    600 various
    4 x (25 scull + 25 free w/paddles)
    16 x 50 burst kick + cruise @ 1:10-1:15
    -- 8 dolphin, 8 flutter
    150 EZ
    20 x 50
    odds = @ 100 pace @ 1:00
    evens = EZ @ 2:00
    150 EZ
    2 rounds:
    2 x 50 w/chute & paddles & fins
    1 x 100 EZ
    100 EZ at end of 2 rounds:

    Total: 3400m



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    Happily, the Mt. Lebo pool is still open this week for adult swim despite school having started yesterday. And they've extended the lap swim to 2 hours, which is nice bc I don't feel as crushed to cram in sprint work. The sun is shining this am as well, so I am headed there again. Oh, going 50 meters with a big chute attached is hard!
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  11. Week 204 - Monday

    by , August 30th, 2016 at 10:10 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a good night of sleep on Sunday night.

    Last week was a terrific work week(hard) with some significant business wins. Our business is really starting to see some momentum and it's exciting. All the hard work is paying off; sounds a lot like swimming!

    today was a long aerobic type workout which I choose to do with fins. I find these longer sets very boring just kicking. Somehow keeping up with everyone else and doing it with the group helps.

    Warm up
    400 left arm swim with snorkel
    6x50 left arm finger tip drag with high elbow drill on :50

    main sets
    4x200 streamline back kick with fins on 2:30
    3x300 streamline back kick with fins on 3:45
    2x400 streamline back kick with fins on 5mins
    1x500 streamline back kick with fins on 6:15

    warm down
    200 easy

    i was holding 1:05 pace throughout the kick set with fins. I tried adding one more underwater kick per wall today to make it a little harder aerobically. I felt ok!
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  12. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 08/30/2016

    by , August 29th, 2016 at 01:49 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    1 X 250 4:00 3:45
    1 X 150 2:30 2:15
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    5 X 100 kick 2:15
    1 x 100 swim

    1 x 100 fast 2:00
    1 X 100 easy 2:00
    8 X 25 sprint :40 #8 easy on 1:20
    Two rounds--choice

    1 X 400 6:00 5:20
    4 X 100 1:30 1:20
    Two rounds--pull. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.
    Descend 100's 1-4 both rounds

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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  13. Cleveland Meet, Aug 27

    by , August 29th, 2016 at 10:30 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I drove down to Cleveland on Friday for the End of the Season Summer Spectacular LCM meet. It was a beautiful sunny day and it was nice to have a couple friends from Pitt there too. I went just to swim the 50 free and 50 breast to complete my sprint quartet. Though I have been doing low yardage with the pool open for only an hour, I have done dedicated long course training with a lot of AFAP 25s and 50s for the last 6 out of 7 weeks. I felt better than I did at the Terrapin meet in early July -- like I wasn't completely crashing the last 10 meters. For me, long course training makes a difference.


    50 free, 28.80

    I felt like I had a great start and the race went as well as could be hoped. Took 3 breaths and 13 SDKs on the start with a clean breakout. I was really just hoping to go under the current #1 time of 29.6. So I was thrilled to clear 29. And that swim was only .11 off the WR. Maybe if I had had a fin ...


    50 breast, 38.75

    I did not have such a great start in this race. My back foot slipped slightly on the block and I entered the water much more shallow than usual. Definitely missing the fin on this one. But otherwise, I think this is a very good time for me. I'm really not a long course breaststroker; haven't swum this in 4 years. So I will take it!


    100 back, NS

    There weren't too many heats between the 50 breast and 100 back. But the real deterrent for me was the shallow end. I knew the pool had a shallow end, but I hadn't realized it was 3 feet. I can't do a backstroke turn in 3 feet of water and didn't feel like lane ping pong in the sun. So, invoking masters prerogative, I scratched.


    Overall, it was a very fun low key meet with nice hosts. And I was tickled to achieve my objective of grabbing the #1 times in all four LCM 50s, a first for me. I headed to the Lebo pool on Sunday and did this easy workout:


    500 various
    4 x 25 scull + 25 free
    4 x 50 single arm fly
    16 x 100
    odds = alt free and back w/paddles
    evens = kick
    150 EZ

    Total: 2650 m


    I was told the pool will be open this week from 11-1 for lap swim, despite schools starting. So hoping to get some swims in.

    Updated August 30th, 2016 at 10:33 AM by The Fortress

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  14. 8|28|16 SCY Growler

    50 fr 25.71
    50 fl 28.97
    50 br 33.67
    50 bk 31.58
    100 br 1:19.38
    100 fr 58.37

    Also 2 relays as 50 fr's

    Fun time at meet, had overall decent swims, except the 100 fr and 50 fr.

    Not sure what is going on with them, but I believe at least one 50 was at a decent pace (was done mostly with fly kick), unfortunately it was in a relay and untimed. On the 100 fr my hands caught the water upon the dive and I went so deep my knees just missed the floor lol. I wonder also, if I am hitting the bow wave after the turn like rowdy says all the time.

    I guess I should be happy since all 50 strokes were PB's and the 100 br was a first time swim.

    Updated August 28th, 2016 at 06:48 PM by __steve__

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  15. Week 203 - Saturday

    by , August 28th, 2016 at 10:31 AM (After a long rest)
    Pain at night in my elbow has been a constant the past few months. I go to sleep with my arm in one position and then when I move the arm it wakes me up. It's a sharp pain initially and a dull ache until the arm warms up. Once the arm is moving the pain dramatically subsides so throughout the day it generally feels pretty good. Squeezing my hand really hurts and trying to apply pressure on the catch is also painful.

    Friday night i woke up at around 1am and struggled to go back to sleep until around 3am. Practice was early today due to the special Olympics being hosted at our pool and starting at 8am. We normally swim from 7-8am on Saturday(although I will often get an extra 15minutes by getting in early). Today was a 5:45qm start. Tom asked if people wanted to do some timed swims with pads since the pool was setup for the meet. I never need asking about racing but sometimes others are reluctant.

    Warm up
    400 left arm swim with snorkel
    6x50 left arm finger tip high elbow drag drill with snorkel on 1min
    8x50 kick on :45 getting heart rate up

    2x200 back kick with fins on 10mins with 200 warm down after each 200[1:54.4, 1:53.2]

    3x100 back kick with fins on 5mins with 200 warm down after each 100[:52.8,:53.8,:53.4]

    2x50 left arm only free on 3:30 with 100 warm down after each 50[:30.1 :26.4]

    on the swims with fins I was not allowed to flip turn on the pads so I swam 150 on the 200s and 50 on the 100s in the half lane next to the bulkhead and then went under the lane line on the last turn and finished in the lane with pads. I have done 200s kick with fins before and prior to today my best was a 1:55 so I was pleased with these. The :52.8 was really good but hurt really bad as shown on my next 100 which was a second slower. I dug deep on the last one and was happy to be faster and probably would have been a little quicker but glided in on the finish.

    The 50s were fun! On the first one I was very timid with the start and went easy down the first 25. At the turn I noticed I was a body length or more behind the pack and decided to pick it up and see if I could I catch everyone. It was pretty tight but I finally went ahead inside the flags. On the next 50 I was more aggressive on the start, first 25 and the turn and was very surprised with the time.

    This is was a lot of fun!
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  16. Week 203 - Friday

    by , August 26th, 2016 at 10:22 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a great night of sleep only waking up when the alarm went off. Unfortunately I was tired again and it took me a while to get going.

    The pool was setup scy.

    Warm up
    400 left arm pull with snorkel
    6x50 left arm high elbow finger tip drag drill on :55

    main sets
    500 kick alternating 50 flutter, 50 breast kick
    12x50 kick on 1min descend 1-4,5-8,9-12
    16x25 with fins underwater on :30
    8x75 kick on 1:10
    2x(
    25 flutter kick on :30
    50 fly kick on 1min
    75 breast kick on 1:20
    100 flutter kick on 1:40)
    100 kick afap

    warm down
    100 easy

    Oh this was a lot of kicking. The 500 kick actually went pretty quick. The 50s kick I held :41/:42s. The 25s underwater were really tough despite the fins. I was gasping for air. The 75s kick I held 1:01/1:02s. On the 25,50,75,100 I kicked as active recovery. On the 100 afap I went 1:16.
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  17. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 08/29/2016

    by , August 26th, 2016 at 12:43 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:00 3:00
    2 X 100 1:40 1:30
    4 X 75 1:15 1:05
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 400 kick + 100 swim

    1 X 300 IM 5:15
    1 X 150 2:45
    4 X 25 :40 #4 on 1:40
    Three rounds.
    150's: fl-ba-br by 50
    25's: round 1 fly, 2 back, 3 breast

    10 x 100
    3 on 1:30
    3 on 1:20
    3 on 1:15
    #10 is warm down
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  18. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 08/26/2016

    by , August 25th, 2016 at 12:57 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 1:40
    1 X 200 3:00
    4 X 100 1:30
    1 X 300 negative split

    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    6 X 50 kick 1:10

    1 X 50 moderate 1:00
    1 X 100 fast 2:00
    1 X 50 easy 1:00
    1 X 50 fast 1:30
    Four rounds--choice

    2 X 300 4:30
    2 X 200 3:00
    4 X 100 1:30
    Swim or pull.
    Descend 100's 1-4

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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  19. Week 203 - Thursday

    by , August 25th, 2016 at 12:23 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a good nights sleep last night but was very tired this morning. I struggled getting up but did haul my butt out of bed this morning.

    5x(5 X abs for :45 seconds, with :15 second transition) 1 minute between rounds. I used the 8lb medicine ball again and then did 1min straight on the last round
    2x(3 X shoulder band exercises)
    elbow exercises with bands

    The pool was setup scy

    400 left arm free with snorkel
    6x50 left arm finger tip high elbow drill on :50
    12x50 streamline back kick on 1min
    200 easy

    I cut the swim workout short based on feeling pretty whooped this morning.
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  20. Week 203 - Wednesday

    by , August 24th, 2016 at 10:27 PM (After a long rest)
    I again slept great last night.

    The he pool was setup scy

    warm up
    400 left arm pull with snorkel
    6x50 left arm finger tip drag high elbow drill on :50

    main sets
    4x200 descend 1-4 streamline back kick with fins on 2:30
    8x(100 kick with board on 2mins, 50 kick with board on 1min, 50 kick afap on :40)
    8x(50 streamline back kick with fins afap on 1min, 50 streamline back kick building to afap on 1min)

    warm down
    200 easy

    i was 2:10,2:07,2:05,2:03 on the 200s back kick with fins. On the 100s kick I was holding 1:25/1:26s, on the 50s I held 41s on the easy one and then :35/:36 on the afap one. On the afap 50s with fins I was holding :24s.
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