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  1. 7/18/11

    I had a freestyle revelation last night. During warm up my coach and a team mate both noticed that my right arm was pulling almost straight down and not catching much at all. I have been concentrating on my left arm because it enters very close to my head.

    This was the perfect workout for me to try and work out my stroke issues.

    400 choice (bouy and snorkel for me)

    12 x 25 w/10
    3 of each stroke
    2 drill, 1 swim w/strong finish

    3 x 50 + 100 + 25 sprint r/60
    3 x 50 + 100 + 50 sprint r/60
    3 x 50 + 100 + 75 sprint r/60
    3 x 50 + 100 + 100 sprint r/60
    I did the swims at 500 pace

    10 x 50 @ coaches send off
    Start in middle of pool
    12.5 build to wall
    25 underwater kick
    12.5 EZ

    4 x 200 pull ( bouy only for me)
    Breathe 3,5,7,9 by 50

    300 w/d

    3550 scy
  2. Tuesday, 7/19/11

    by , July 19th, 2011 at 05:47 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    No pace clock today, none were working when I went to the pool.

    Warm up (800)
    800 swim
    - alternated free and back by 200's

    Kick Set (400)
    2 x 200
    - did the 1st with board and snorkel, 2nd on my back

    Main Set (1200)
    12 x 100
    - 1-6 free with 8-10 breaths after each
    - 7-12 back with 8-10 breaths after each

    Pull 200 with buoy and freestyler paddles

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total: 2700 meters
  3. Sort of a workout adventure!

    by , July 19th, 2011 at 05:45 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    In May I purchased a 6-pack of lessons with a trainer using TRX. I bought a TRX system last winter but never got around to learning how to use it. For $40.00 I will get 8 instructional sessions + a 3 week membership to this cool old club in da hood of west-side Indy.
    I ventured down today and didn't allow enough time for the trip, it's way further south than I realized. I was 10 minutes late for a 40 minute session. I jumped right in and managed to learn a few thing about the system.
    After the TRX session I figured I'd swim in their pool. Its been so hot here lately and there was no way I wanted to swim at 5 p.m. tonight outdoors at FP. The pool ended up being fairly nice. It was a 6 lane, 25 meter pool that was never more than 5' deep anywhere. The interior and water had a dark greenish cast which turned me off at first. I had to dig around in my bag to find clear goggles so I could see the walls. The water was nice and cold! Once I got going I had a nice little workout! The best part of the pool was the "therapy pool" located on the opposite side in the natatorium. The TP was at least half the size of the workout pool but with 90 degree water for the noodlers! Finally a facility where swimmers and noodlers can co-exsist in happy harmony!
    After my swim I enjoyed the finely appointed locker room! Plenty of showers with huge bottles of quality shampoo, conditioner, and body wash right in the stall! As you enter the locker room you could get as many large, white, and fluffy towels as you wanted! At the end of each grouping of lockers there were super nice counters with blow-dryers, kleenex, large mirrors, and flat-screen tvs's! Oh, I forgot to mention the sauna, whirlpool, and steam room. I took an 8 minute steam. I hadn't been in a steam room since I was 21! I really don't like them that much but I figured I should take advantage of the opportunity.
    As I was leaving I noticed they have a resturant, pro shop, and a spa. I may go for a mani-pedi and massage on Thursday!

    **400 freestyle warm-up
    **12 X 50 Kick @ 1:00 w/zoomers
    **5 minute kick-no fins (200 meters)
    **10 X 25 Stroke (1st 6 strokes hard then finish easy) @ :40
    **50 easy
    **10 X 50 Free @ 1:00 hold best ave.
    **easy 100
    **50 Pull @ :55
    **100 pull @ 1:45
    **150 Pull @ 2:30
    **200 Pull @ 3:15
    **200 Pull @ 3:30
    **150 Pull @ 2:30
    **100 Pull @ 1:45
    **50 Pull @ :55
    **Easy 200 free

    3,300 scm
  4. Basic loosen up swim day

    by , July 19th, 2011 at 04:14 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Here's a noncontroversial blog post - well, maybe good for a big yawn!

    Swam on my own.
    SCM at Baylor Fitness Center

    500 warmup free/back/free/fly/free

    8 x 25 underwaters

    4 x 75 kick/drill/swim free/fly*

    100 easy kick

    4 x 50 pull with strap

    4x 50 swim with fins

    100 easy kick
    100 easy swim

    2x dives, finish the 50

    The End

    Just a miscellaneous easy day. *Lost my motivation after succesfully keeping the water walkers out of my lane.

    My girls did good at All Stars. Just making it was the big deal. Claire got DQ'd in the 100 IM, but it was time - she'd squeeked by either barely legal or not getting caught, so it was a good wake up call.

    Here is the link:

    Decided for sure to go to Sectionals instead of Zones. I'd have to swim really well in prelims to make finals.

    My strategy: JUST RISE TO THE OCCASION! Not a bad strategy, if I do say so myself! I see no reason why I shouldn't occupy a slot in the top 32. It's not about who deserves it, it's who goes out and earns it! You gotta do it in prelims to earn a slot!!!

    Meet info:

    Last year's results:
  5. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -07/20/11

    by , July 19th, 2011 at 03:49 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    National Meet begins two weeks from today!
    Taper/Rest workout

    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:15
    2 X 150 2:45
    2 X 100 2:00

    4 X 150 3:30
    100 kick/50 swim
    Fins optional

    5 X 100 2:15
    Perfect technique swims

    4 X 50
    odd: blocks- 20 sprint, easy in
    even: build to race finish


    3 X 200 Broken @ race pace 6:00
    Broken :10 @ each 50


    3 X 100 Broken @ race pace 6:00
    Broken :10 @ 50

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  6. Distance Tuesday

    by , July 19th, 2011 at 12:17 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    Going into today's set, I was determined to do as much as I could without resorting to my fins. Since I'm really loving the open water thing, I have decided that I need to up my overall endurance and "enjoy" the long swims. That being said, I tried.... I really did. Here's what I ended up with:

    200 Warm-Up
    5 sets:
    - 1 x 400 on 7:00 (did free, pull, kick/free w/ fins by 50, pull as 350, free w/fins)
    - 2 x 100 Free Fast on 2:15 (all no fins - ave ~1:40)
    400 Cool-Down
    Total Meters - 3550

    All in all, I was pretty okay with today's workout. The fast Free's were not as fast as I would have liked and I ended up dropping a 50 in the middle, but at the end of the day... I did better than I expected, especially since my shoulders were ready to fall off at the end. So... here is the start of trying to build up my overall endurance, while not losing too much speed. After all, 2012 LC Nationals is not that far away.....
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  7. Monday Swim

    by , July 19th, 2011 at 11:30 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)

    After doing the 10k yesterday, today's swim was totally about recovery. Didn't even use the pace clock.

    Did a mix of swimming, kicking, pulling and drills. All easy and nothing longer than 100.

    Total: 2000 meters
  8. What if your goggles snapped before OW?

    by , July 19th, 2011 at 11:18 AM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Random thought for the day:

    A fellow swimmer told me that one of our swimmers went to an open water swim. He was earmarked for superstar; could have ("could have, should have, would have") won, maybe.

    His goggles snapped and broke right at the start. There was a staggered start, so he asked another swimmer, who was going in a later heat, and who he did not know, if he could borrow his goggles. The other swimmer said no. (As the story was told to me, the swimmer would have finished in time to give that guy his goggles back).

    So he didn't swim.

    I said nothing at the time, but really wondered about it. What a shame to train and travel and then not even swim.

    Some swimmers blamed the other guy for not giving him a pair of goggles. HUH????? So blame another guy??????????????

    And what about the decision to swim or not? I can see it either way. If your goal was to go and WIN, and you were immediately out of the running, then maybe it's just not worth it to swim. But if you came all that way, then perhaps you'd just run back up to your OWN bag, get your OWN spare goggles, and then start at the back of the pack.

    This is interesting because it highlights the commonness of equipment failure - caps and goggles. Happens periodically, and could easily happen for any race. Your race!
  9. Tue Jul 19th 2011 LCM, ZONES STARTS THIS FRI!

    by , July 19th, 2011 at 10:52 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue Jul 19th 2011 LCM

    weighed 220 after practice today,
    Had dinner with Beth & Max (the gourmet cook) last night & once again ate way too much

    ZONES Taper Started Sat Jul 16
    I'm doing a 6 day taper for Zones
    not sprinting much because I'm swimming 11 events (below)


    2011 South Central Zone LCM Championships

    Fri Jul 22 - Sun 24, 2011 in
    Shenandoah, TX (Near the Woodlands just north of Houston)
    South Central LCM Zones: DAYS AWAY

    Thu Jul 21st leave for Houston

    Fri Jul 22st 4:00 pm meet begins
    400 IM

    Sat Jul 23rd
    400 FR, 50 FL, 100 BR, 200 FL, 200 IM

    Sun Jul 24th
    100 FL, 50 BR, 200 BR, 50 FR, 800 FR
    don't think I've ever done anything as tough before.
    I had an easier lineup then decided to take a crack at records for the
    400 fr, 800 fr, & 200 fl South Central Zone Mens LCM Records I'm 48 and smack dab in the middle of 45 - 49, can't wait till 2013.
    (not sure I can even make a 200 FL, the last time I swam a 200 LCM FL was in 1981 at LCM TAGS, went 2:17 split it 1:00 1:17
    also did a few in practices at UT.
    It is such a challenging race and I am no Dennis Baker.
    My goal is to swim it smart & hold around the same time for my last 3 50's. I also reserve the right to skip a few events.

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    Whitney Coached
    UT, main pool
    6:00 - 7:30 left late dove in around 6:30
    wore FS PRO LEGS
    swam with Jason, Marcio, Tyler, Nate, Sharon, & Mike, beside Larry, Mary, Bess, & Ed

    missed it
    used part of the 10 x 100 on 1:40 set to warm up

    Main SET: SCY

    assigned: 8 x 200 on 3:20
    odds IM strong
    evens FREE pretty
    Did: odds: fr, bk, br, fr
    evens: #2 200 fr, #4 200 fr, #6 100 fr, #8 100 fr

    then switched to the taper work out whitney gave us

    4 x 50 fr on 1:15
    hold 400 pace which was 33's

    200 fr easy

    4 x 50 on 1:30
    hold 200 pace
    did 3 fr & held 31's & 1 br in :40

    100 fr easy

    50 BR long & strong
    went 37

    50 easy

    Updated July 19th, 2011 at 11:21 AM by ande

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  10. Tuesday workout

    by , July 19th, 2011 at 09:46 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Found out today that the daughter of one of the guys I swim with (Roger) made the Olympic Trial cuts in the 100 Backstroke last weekend. Should be exciting to watch her next year. Three more non-taper days left.


    200 Free
    200 Kick
    200 Free

    200 Rev. IM
    200 Kick
    200 IM

    2 x 200 Free
    4 x 100 Free down/Stroke Back
    4 x 100 Kick

    4 x 100 Pull
    4 x 100 Free Neg. Split
    200 Back
    200 Br.

    2 x 50 Kick Fly
    2 x 50 Kick Fly no board
    2 x 50 Fly drill
    2 x 50 Fly

    3 x 50 Fly/50Bk/50Br
    3 x 50 Free Smooth, Build, Sprint

    200 Cool down

    (4800m Total)

    Updated July 19th, 2011 at 01:04 PM by pmccoy

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  11. Dragging again today

    by , July 19th, 2011 at 08:23 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    We I got home last night the yard had still not been mowed so I went out and did it. My son who had been procrastinating comes out and says "I'll do it" I told him I had been waiting over a week for him to do it, "Your Fired"
    I only did a third of it then let him do another third before it got too dark.

    So needles to say I am tired again today.

    1000 free as 200 swim/pull/swim/kick/swim
    12x25@1:00 free kick w/snorkle
    7x100@2:00 free held 1:38's
    8x50 from dive breakouts then easy
    2x100 from dive breakouts

    total2500 meters
  12. Monday, July 18, 2011 5:45pm at the Y

    by , July 18th, 2011 at 10:44 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Last night I did just the Ab Ripper X DVD about 20 minutes before bedtime. It was pretty tough, considering
    1.) I haven't really done any P90X in a while, and
    2.) I'm not swimming as much, and
    3.) I'm about 8 pounds heavier than I was, and
    4.)I'm eating way more fast food due to my work schedule (it's easy and tastes good).

    I didn't really feel any side effects from this ab workout at all during work. I did feel it during the first 50 of my warmup tonight though. Owwww...felt the stretch.

    Solo again at the Y

    200 Free
    100 Kick w/ board
    200 Free Pull
    100 Kick w/ board
    200 IM
    100 Kick w/ board
    100 Free

    Broken 1650 Free Pull 11, 10, 9, ... 1 lengths :10-:15 rest
    **All odd #'d ones breathe only right
    **All even #'d ones breathe only left (much harder for me to do)

    50 EZ
    2700 Yards

    I didn't put too much effort into tonights swim. Just got in to get some yardage/stay in shape/relax from work.
  13. Monday, July 18

    by , July 18th, 2011 at 04:42 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    @ Gym:

    15-20 minutes RC exercises

    30 minutes stretching + foam roller
    -- felt dreadful at first and then better at end
    -- wish I had been smarter and started stretching more the minute I got back from vaca. 100 lashes!

    @ Pool, SCY/Swim/Solo:

    Warm up:

    550 various

    6 x 50 single arm fly/back/free

    8 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = 25 easy free + 25 build
    evens = 25 easy kick + 25 build

    Sprint Sets:

    10 x burst 25s @ whatever
    odds = backstroke start + fast SDK to 15 m
    evens = dive from side + fast SDK to 5 m

    4-5 more backstroke starts
    100 EZ

    1 x 75 AFAP free w/fins from push + 125 EZ
    -- broken at 25 & 50 for :10
    -- went :54 (11, 11, 12)
    1 x 50 AFAP free w/fins from push + 100 EZ
    -- broken at 25 for :10
    -- went :22 (11, 11)
    1 x 25 AFAP free with fins from push + 75 EZ
    -- went low 11

    1 x 75 AFAP breast w/fins + 125 EZ
    -- broken at 25 & 50 for :10
    -- went :43 (14, 14, 15)
    1 x 25 AFAP breast w/fins + 125 EZ
    -- went 14
    -- intended to do a broken 50, but a noodler swam in front of me to get to the ladder just as I was about to go and I had to abort. I watch for them, why are they so oblivious to others?
    -- got out at this point because I was cramping and needed to pick up Lil Fort.
    -- probably should take the foam roller to the calves again tonight.

    Total: 2450



    My shoulder is still somewhat sore. Felt it at the gym when I was doing seated straight arm dips for the RC. But it felt good enough to attempt a few freestyle sprints today. Was happy with the times, but I didn't feel sharp at all. I plan to do a recovery workout tomorrow and hope to meet up with Speedo on Wednesday.

    Will be on my feet officiating during a long summer league meet tonight. I hope it doesn't get thundered out. Lil Fort is looking forward to her first 100 IM of the summer league season.
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  14. Preparing for nationals

    I had a nice swim at the Y this morning with a friend. Hereís what I did:

    1000 scy warmup (400s, 200k, 200p, 200 im drill/swim)

    4 x 50 FR desc. @ 1:00

    2 x 50 BR kick
    2 x 50 BR alt. dolphin kicks with breaststroke kicks [to work on timing]
    4 x 50 strong BR swims @ 1:15, focusing on good timing, gliding and going strong into turns [prep for 200/400 IM breaststroke legs]

    500 FR, prime-numbered lengths kick

    200 warmdown + play

    This summer seems to be going so fast! Thereís now just a little over two weeks until lc nats at AuburnóIíll be leaving Aug. 1 to visit with my family for a few days before driving up. I knew it would be a quick transition from the long ow swims Iíve just done back to trying to be sharp for a pool meet. The next couple of weeks will be an experiment in seeing how quickly my body can adapt from the one thing to the otheróI donít have any experience with tapering from this much of a steady workload (>25K/week), and two weeks is a short taper for me in any case. My events in Auburn will be 800 FR (on Wednesday), 400 IM, 50 BR, and 200 BK (all on Thursday). Depending on how quick the meet goes, itís possible Iíll get in a 100 BR on Friday before heading off to the airportóIím also signed up for the 2IM that day, but from looking at the timeline it seems pretty unlikely Iíll be able to swim that, especially since I donít like cutting things close when traveling.

    Hereís the list of things Iíd like to do over the next two weeks to get myself as prepared as possible for a taper meet:

    Get in a couple of workouts where I do some slightly-above-threshold-pace FR swimming [for my 800 FR and the last leg of my 4IM. Iím not trying to improve my conditioning at this point, just refamiliarize myself with what it feels like to swim FR at a pace that leaves me breathy, so Iím not shocked by that sensation at the meet. I already did one session of this last Saturday. These donít have to be long setsó1000 to 1500m should suffice.]

    Do some sprint breaststroke [maybe 2 or 3 times over the next few weeks, working on distances of 15m to 45m]

    Work on maintaining good rhythm on my breaststroke at a variety of paces [this helps my feel for the sprint BR, and also helps keep the 3rd leg of my IMs as efficient as possible. I have a tendency to get to the power phase of my kick before Iím in enough of a streamline position to take full advantage of itóhesitating a split seconds before initiating the kick makes a world of difference.]

    Do a few uninterrupted 400 IMs long course, at relaxed to moderate pace, to remind myself what it feels like swimming that much fly without walls.

    Do 1-2 ďvirtualĒ 400 IMs, where I do walls and other select portions at race pace and the rest easy FR, while mentally rehearsing my keys for each part of the race

    Do a set of 2-4 hard 200 halfsies (100 FR/ 100 BK) to rehearse and practice my keys for finishing strong on the 200 BK

    Do some starts, forward and backwards, but not too many (maybe 2-3 sessions of 4-6 starts over the next 2 weeks).

    Aside from the above, not get drawn into other sets that work me hard without some clear purposeóI want to spend a lot of time in the water just playing and having fun, and talking to the water about our upcoming swims together!

    Iíll probably get in 6-7 more pool sessions before leaving for nats. I think if Iím focused I can get in all the above while still allowing my body to feel rested and tapered for the meetóit works out to just 3 days of significant aerobic sets, plus some shorter sprinty stuff. If I were a real distance freestyler I would probably add some pace work to the list to prep for my 800, but since I donít have much of a clue what pace Iím aiming for, trying to hit specific numbers on the clock wonít be of much use. Iíll just have to rely on my perceived exertion levels and my guesstimate of what an 800 pace should feel like, and see what sort of a swim that strategy produces. It will all be an adventure!
  15. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -07/19/11

    by , July 18th, 2011 at 03:59 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    Taper/rest workout
    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:15
    5 X 100 2:00
    4 X 50 faster 1:00

    4 X 200 free 3:30
    Fins optional

    8 X 50 kick 1:20
    1 X 100 easy swim

    6 X 100 2:30
    Swim @ 85/90 %
    Swim # 6 is easy

    2 X 50
    from the blocks @ 100%

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  16. Mon Jul 18th 2011 LCM

    by , July 18th, 2011 at 03:58 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Jul 18th 2011 LCM

    weighed 220 after practice today,
    had guests sat & sun & ate way too much

    worked out
    Sat Jul 16
    7:30 - 9:00
    but didn't blog till now
    Main set
    10 x 025 on :20
    10 x 050 on :35 modified
    10 x 075 on :55 modified
    10 x 100 on 1:10 modified

    Sun Jul 17 did not swim or lift
    done with weights till after Zones

    ZONES Taper Started Sat Jul 16
    I'm doing a 6 day taper for Zones
    not sprinting much because I'm swimming 11 events (below)


    2011 South Central Zone LCM Championships INFO
    Fri Jul 22 - Sun 24, 2011 in
    Shenandoah (Houston), TX
    South Central LCM Zones: DAYS AWAY

    Thu Jul 21st leave for Houston

    Fri Jul 22st 4:00 pm meet begins
    400 IM

    Sat Jul 23rd
    400 FR
    50 FL
    100 BR
    200 FL
    200 IM

    Sun Jul 24th
    100 Fl
    50 Br
    200 Br
    50 Fr
    800 FR

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    Whitney Coached
    UT, main pool
    noon - 1:15 dove in 12:03
    wore B70 Racing jammer
    swam with Jim beside JACK

    board said: 4 x 250
    did 50's on 45 & 50
    went 800

    Main SET: SCY

    assigned: 4 x 400 on 1:00 rest
    DID: 3 x 400 on more than 1:00 rest
    #3 dove, swam smooth & strong,
    went 4:46

    100 easy

    4 x 50 k on 2:00
    did 1 & 2 BR k went 44's
    3 easy
    4 dove, 25 easy speed SDK, 25 easy speed fl k on side went 35

    assigned: 3 x 300 on 1:00 rest
    DID: 300 easy went 4:15,
    rested around 5 or 6 minutes
    300 fr strong from a dive
    went 3:26

    200 easy
    played around with breastroke DPS
    did 50 LCM from a push in 5 strokes
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  17. Thurs July 7 - Sunday July 17, 2011

    by , July 18th, 2011 at 03:28 PM (Canuck Countdown)
    Sunday July 17

    Back at the Kinsmen pool bright and early for a few more races.

    50 back on a medley relay - don't know my split.

    100 Back - going for under 1:09.5, but swam 1:10.63. Just barely caught the wall with my toes on the third turn...

    100 Free - going for under 58, but swam 58.39. Another sloppy 3rd turn - just sloppy, though, not a miss.

    Total Distance (including warmup) = 1350 meters

    This afternoon, I watched the 2nd game of the InterCity tournament. My daughter's team beat Calgary, giving them the silver medal. I sunburnt bad enough that I'm planning to wear a bright red shirt to work tomorrow in hopes of making my face look more brown than red!

    Saturday July 16

    Went to my daughter's InterCity Tournament soccer game today. Her team finished 2nd in Edmonton in their tier in regular season play, so that got them into this tournament against the top two teams of the same tier from Calgary. Today, they lost to the same Edmonton team that they lost the regular season to.

    This evening, I swam 1500 free at a summer club meet at the Kinsmen competition pool (25 meter setup). I was hoping to go under 18:30; after all, how hard can it be to hold 1:14s? As it turns out, it's hard - I swam 18:48. But I beat the 19 year old who's strategy was to take it out hard for the first 200 meters (he had taken one look at me - the old man in the next lane - and thought I'd die, figuratively and perhaps literally). At one point early in the race, he was at least a body length ahead. However, by 400 meters I'd caught him and, by the end of the race, I'd lapped him. #1 thing I'm told after every distance race - don't breath into the walls! Apparently, I actually pause before the turn while I'm gulping down that breath!

    I also won the 25 meter flutterboard (kick) event for my age group in 17.38. That was the 2nd fastest time for all age groups; a 12 year old went 15.73! Rule is that both hands must remain on the board at all times - even the finish - except for the start, where one hand is holding the wall.

    Total Distance (including warmup) = 3050 meters

    Thurs July 14

    Still sick yesterday - I didn't go to work - but went today.

    Fred Broadstock Outdoor Pool (SCM)

    Today's workout was tedious (at least for me, maybe because I'm just getting over my cold). A significant part of the workout (2400 meters) was spent doing the following:

    4 x
    (100 kick ("BBQ" - either flutter or dolphin, no board, flip 90 degrees every 25 meters)
    4 x 50 drill
    4 x 50 golf
    100 negative split)

    Total distance = 3200 meters

    Tues July 12
    Fred Broadstock Outdoor Pool (SCM)

    I was too sick with a summer cold to go to work today and to swim, but I went to the pool anyway to help with coaching and because we had an informal club board meeting after workout (at Rose Bowl Pizza! Great Pizza!) to discuss the upcoming regular season (September - May/June). Main topics of discussion were coaching - looks like we might need to hire two coaches; and pool costs / club fees - looks like we're going to have to increase fees and/or cut costs.

    Sun July 10
    Fred Broadstock Outdoor Pool (SCM)

    3300 meters. It was a cool morning (14 degrees C, 57 degrees F) with light, misty rain. In Edmonton, our outdoor pools do not open to the public if the air temp is below 18 degrees C (64 degrees F), but they do open for private bookings. Many of our swimmers didn't know that, so only seven people showed up. I actually found the conditions to be quite pleasant!

    Our new pace clock arrived at my house on Friday evening, so I took it to the pool today.

    Thurs July 7
    Fred Broadstock Outdoor Pool (SCM)

    3600 meters

    Updated July 20th, 2011 at 01:29 PM by lewba

  18. Ahhhhh, so much better!

    by , July 18th, 2011 at 02:21 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I showed up at 10 a.m. at The Carmel Aquatic Center expecting scy. I was thrilled to find the pool set up Lcm.
    The water was a crisp 78 degrees and I had a whole lane to myself the whole time. Oh, did I mention I get to swim there for free since I teach in the school system! Here is the solo workout I did: (Yawn, it's boring, I know)
    **1500 Freestyle Swim (26:30)
    **2 X 200 @ 4:00 interval
    **4 X 100 @ 2:00
    **8 X 50 @ 1:00
    **10 X 50 Flutter Kick @ 1:10
    **2 X 200 Free @ 4:00
    **100 Pull @ :10 rest
    **2 X 50 Free @ 1:00
    **100 Pull @ :10 rest
    **2 X 50 Free Stretch Out

    4,000 LCM

    I get so tired swimming long course. I swim slower too. I'd think I was out of shape except when I swim scy I do normal workouts in my normal pace and feel good. I don't think it's mental; I like the idea of less # laps and turns.
    I think I'm going to go to Carmel for the rest of the week. Forest Park is going to keep getting hotter and hotter. I'll trade lonely solo swims for cool water any day!!
    Unfortunately the Carmel pool shuts down Friday till August 8 for cleaning and maintenance.
    Perhaps the weather will give a break by then!!
  19. IM Day with a Special Fly Focus!

    by , July 18th, 2011 at 12:01 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    After a day completely off, I was looking forward to hitting the water again this morning. The vast majority of my soreness is gone (although my thighs are still a bit tight), so I wanted to enjoy the lack of soreness. Yes, we have another softball doubleheader scheduled for Thursday. Since we're in the season-end tournament, everyone plays two games on Thursday. Then, it's down to win or go home. Hope we do well enough to keep playing, but today is only Monday... Thursday is a long time from now. Today, just enjoying feeling relatively rested and pain-free. Here's what we did:

    400 Warm-Up
    10 x 100 IM (rotating stroke order) on 2:10
    8 x 25 Fly Drill on :40
    4 x 50 Back Dolphin Kick on 1:15
    4 sets (did stroke as fly/back/fly/back):
    - 1 x 100 as 50 Stroke/50 Free on 2:10
    - 1 x 100 as 25 Stroke/50 Free/25 Stroke on 2:10
    - 1 x 100 as 50 Free/50 Stroke on 2:10
    200 Cool-Down
    Total Meters - 3200

    Knowing that tomorrow is distance day and how challenging doing all the stroke would be, I did most of this with fins on. That said, I did do all the stroke as written. Tomorrow's distance day should be interesting, especially as I'm debating whether or not to enter my first open water race and am trying to decide if I should do the 1K or the 2K for this first race, and the 2K or 4K for the second race. I might opt out of the first one (July 30) and just do the second one (end of August) - but the question still remains for that one 2K or 4K. If it's my very first race, it's easy to make the 2K call. Huh... as I said... still debating. Thoughts and/ or suggestions?

    Enjoy your swims today and - if you are anywhere in the Midwest - try to stay cool!
    Swim Workouts
  20. 10k Postal

    by , July 18th, 2011 at 09:42 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    I went to Boise over the weekend to do the postal with a few of my teammates. Had never swam more than half that distance before so it was quite an experience. My plan was to swim it continuous except for a short break every 2000 meters to drink some water and energy gel. I had mixed the gel with my water so I wouldn't waste time trying to suck it out of the little packets it comes in. This worked real well as I was only about 10 sec on each "pit stop". The swim was Sunday morning at the Boise West YMCA.

    Total time for the swim was 3:01:49. I'm pleased with that as it's a first time for attempting this. Not sure if I'll ever do it again but one never knows! The only reason I did it this time is because I wanted to do all 5 postals in a year to get the patch.

    Here are my splits by 1000's:
    1000 - 17:35
    2000 - 34:54 (17:19)
    3000 - 52:44 (17:50)
    4000 - 1:10:42 (17:58)
    5000 - 1:29:02 (18:20)
    6000 - 1:47:35 (18:33)
    7000 - 205:56 (18:21)
    8000 - 2:24:47 (18:51)
    9000 - 2:43:43 (18:56)
    10000 - 3:01:49 (18:06)