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  1. MATT Monday Workout

    by , April 18th, 2011 at 08:56 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Played soccer for a couple hours Sunday afternoon. It was lots of fun but I could hardly walk last nght. Slept like a rock. Managed to drag myself out of bed and head off to the pool. I wasn't exactly ready for a 4700 yard workout but the splits weren't too bad this morning. I did best on the third iteration holding between 1:10 and 1:15 on the 100s. I was just plain exhaused by the fourth iteration. Dave M did fly instead of IM... go Dave! Dave B cranked out consistent 1:05-1:10. Roger went fishing.


    400 Warm up

    4 times through
    * 6 times through
    ** 100 Free - 1:20
    ** 25 Stroke - :30
    * 50 Easy - 2:00
    * 2 x 100 IM - 1:30
    * 50 Easy - 3:00

    100 Cool down

    (4700 Total)
    Swim Workouts
  2. Oh yay, it's Monday.

    by , April 18th, 2011 at 08:46 AM (Workout Swimmer)
    600 back/free
    400 pull
    200 kick

    2 x 200 breast/free
    2 x 150 back/free
    2 x 100 breast/free
    2 x 50 free
    100 EZ
    4 x 25 sprint
    100 EZ
    16 x 50 kick on 1:10
    100 EZ
    1200 pull steady state (got out at 600)

    Total 3900 LCM

    Felt crappy today - too much asthma over the weekend - my chest was burning & the last "steady state" was slower & slower until I actually just got out at the 600
  3. Meat & Potatoes workout

    by , April 17th, 2011 at 06:53 PM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    Swam at Bard with The Tall Guy this morning. Another teammate, one who swims in lane 4 with me, joined us as well. TTG called this workout "meat & potatoes" because it follows a basic pattern, not trying to switch up intervals, strokes, and distance. That way you can really get some good swimming in. I adapted it from Tall Pall's thread: [ame=""]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums - View Single Post - Tall Pauls Favorite Workouts and/or Sets[/ame]

    Warm up set 2x the following
    150 @ 2:30 (no breathing out of turns)
    100IM @ 1:45
    6 x 25's kick @ :35
    50 scull
    50 backstroke

    Main set
    6 x 100's @ 1:45
    200IM or stroke recovery @ 4:30
    5 x 100's @ 1:40
    200IM or stroke recovery @ 4:30
    4 x 100's @ 1:35
    200IM or stroke recovery @ 4:30
    3 x 100's @ 1:30
    200IM or stroke recovery @ 4:30
    2 x 100's @ 1:25
    200IM or stroke recovery @ 4:30

    300 kick w/board

    6 x 25's kick no board

    6 x 25's fast w/fins

    200 warm down

    4800 total

    It was good to swim with my lanemate again. I haven't [ame=""]swimeth[/ame] with the team since I started lifeguarding in March, and I miss it lots. There's no team practice this coming week because of spring break, and then I probably have another week of lifeguarding before I can hop back in again in May.

    In other news, I finished reading Born to Run, which was very inspiring. I was going to try out some of the techniques of smooth running this afternoon, but I've had sudden and annoying asthma symptoms since yesterday, which only went away during today's swim. Maybe after work this week if there's a good weather day, I'll give some short runs a try if I can get my lungs to cooperate as well.
  4. Sun Apr 17 weights

    by , April 17th, 2011 at 06:40 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sun Apr 17 weights

    Didn't swim

    Lifted weights at world gym

    Lat press
    6 x 40
    6 x 45
    6 x 50
    6 x 55
    3 x 60
    6 x 55

    Lat pull
    6 x 165
    6 x 195
    6 x 205
    3 x 215

    Bench press
    6X 140
    6 x 190
    4 x 195
    3 x 200

    Leg press
    6 X 230
    6 x 320
    6 x 410
    4 x 450

    getting stronger

    11 M 04/18
    10 T 04/19 L4
    09 W 04/20
    08 T 04/21 L3 last leg weight work out 08
    07 F 04/22 Good Friday
    06 S 04/23 L2
    05 S 04/24 EASTER OFF

    04 M 04/25
    03 T 04/26 L1
    02 W 02 04/27
    01 T 04/28 Travel

    F 04/29 Meet
    S 04/30 Meet
    S 05/01 Meet

    Got an email about next weeks schedule

    All noons, and nights will be normal.

    Monday and Wednesday 6:30 - 8am
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 5:15 - 6:30 am
    Saturday 7:30 - 9am
    Sunday none - Easter Sunday

    Updated April 18th, 2011 at 11:07 AM by ande

    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  5. CZ: No Easy Speed

    by , April 17th, 2011 at 02:40 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    50 free split, 25.9:

    Was a bit sluggish in warm up, as I had been all week. Felt like I was spinning my wheels a bit on this race. At first I was disappointed with my time. However, upon reflection, it's not too bad for several reasons. First, the starter held us forever and I got off the blocks extremely slowly for me. I think this likely cost me a couple tenths. Second, I swam a 25.7 last year in a kneeskin with a good start and I felt more rested then. I also swam a 26.2 in Richmond in a B70 on short rest. Since I have worked so little on free lately, don't think I can expect much more. I really need to do some fast 50 frees before Canadian Nats.

    50 back split on relay, 28.2

    I was held a REALLY long time on the start and got off slowly. Coach said I was perilously close to the 15 meter mark. Both breakouts were not super smooth and my legs felt tired. Jim video'd the race and my turnover slowed down the last 7-8 yards. At first when I touched, I thought my time was 28.8, and was not very happy. Later I saw it was 28.2, and that's pretty good on short rest with the technical issues. I was tired after this race (as I had been all week) and considered scratching the 100 back. I felt like I had no easy speed and therefore knew it would be exceedingly painful. But I decided that would be silly.

    100 back, 1:03.5

    Decided to use the same strategy I used at the Albatross meet, but I was tired from the start. My splits were pretty even: 30.7 and 32.7. But
    my legs were toast and the quads were screaming afterward. The last time I swam the 100 back, in a Jaked at Nats, I went 1:01.9 fully tapered and as the only event I swam that day. So this is probably about right on short rest and as the third event of the day.

    Two other thoughts. First, I realize the I have never swum the 100 back in yards untapered. No wonder -- it's painful when the legs aren't rested. Second, not sure I agree with
    Quick and Speedo about not dying as much on a 100 back. When you spend so much time underwater, I think the oxygen debt and energy cost is greater.

    100 fly on 400 medley relay, 1:04

    Before the relay, I had some concerns about
    making it through this race with shot legs. I was not able to kick as far as usual and had one of my worst pianos ever in the last 10 yards. Honestly, I thought I had gone a 1:08. So I was surprised to see a 1:04. My recollection is that I've swum a 1:04 every year I've done this relay
    at the end of the day.

    50 free lead off on 200 free relay:

    Had only 3-4 minutes rest after the 100 fly. didn't even bother to think about kicking. Got off the blocks faster on this one, but had
    nothing. 26.9. Same time I went last year on this relay with the same lack of rest.



    Whew, survived. . I missed my B70 yesterday -- I think that suit helped when the going gets tough and the legs are dead! I felt less rested for this meet than I did the Warrenton meet. Not sure why. It could be that I trained harder the week before I took a few easy days? Every event felt harder. It is interesting though that my last two relay times were the same as prior years with B70s. If anything, I tend to think that my training is even less suited now to swimming 5 events in a day.

    After the meet, I hurried home to go to the airport with the fam. Because of the weather, we were delayed 3.5 hours and didn't get to our hotel until midnight. I only had about 3 hours sleep. Felt bad for Lil Fort, but she was still game to get up very early for her 5K with Mr. Fort. And she ran great. She chopped off major time, ending in around 26:40 and descended every mile. And she had a huge smile on her face whenever I saw her on the course! Mr. Fort said his hamstring didn't bother him, so that was good. We are back from lunch and expo shopping. Dinner with friends later.

    Hope everyone swam well today! I saw Speedo put in a very nice 200 free after all that pressure.

    Updated April 17th, 2011 at 03:54 PM by The Fortress

  6. Day 3 Starting to get Tired

    by , April 16th, 2011 at 10:33 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Today was an easy day with the 200 Back where I placed 7th with a 2:50.43 and took 11th in the 50 Free with a 29.88.

    Total of 1500 yards today

    Tomorrow will be the most difficult day with the 200 Fly followed by the 100 Free with only 20 minutes between the 2 if even that.
  7. Sat Apr 16th, 2011

    by , April 16th, 2011 at 03:49 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sat Apr 16th, 2011

    13 days til Nats

    my friend juan portillo sent me a copy of the video he shot of my 200 IM at 2010 Nats
    [nomedia=""]YouTube - 2010 Masters SCY Nats 200 IM Men 45 to 49 Sat May 22 2010 Atlanta, GA, Georgia Tech[/nomedia]

    I'm in lane 5,
    Jim Tuchler lane 6,
    Chris Stevenson lane 7

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    Whitney Coached
    UT, LCM main pool
    7:30 - 9:00 dove in at 7:41
    trained with marcio, nate, tyler, brandon, amy,
    wore b70 jammers

    did around 500

    Main SET:

    5 x 100 k on 2:30
    did fly kick with out a board, went
    1:30, 1:26, 1:23, 1:25,

    ASSIGNED: 1000
    DID: 400 or 500 easy then changed into FS II legs

    ASSIGNED: 5 x 100 fr on 2:30
    DID: skipped 1 - 4
    #5 was 100 fr fast
    went 56 high

    ASSIGNED: 1000
    DID: 300 easy

    4 x (25 easy speed, 75 easy, rest 1:00)

    25 SDK went 11.5

    100 easy

    25 fast

    Next meet:

    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Days till
    Fri Apr 29, 2011 400 IM 6th Event, 50 FL
    Sat Apr 30, 2011 100 IM, 50 Br
    Sun May 1, 2011 500 Fr, 200 IM

    Updated April 18th, 2011 at 10:28 AM by ande

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  8. Saturday Workout

    by , April 16th, 2011 at 02:41 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    It rained a lot yesterday. Storms pretty much throughout the day. No swimming. Was nice to get back in the pool this morning.


    400 Free
    300 Pull
    200 Kick
    100 IM

    4 x 100 Kick

    75 IM
    200 Free
    75 IM
    200 Free
    75 IM
    200 Free
    75 IM

    6 times through
    * 50 IM Order
    * 100 Free

    5 x 100 Pull

    7 x 50 IM order

    100 Cool Down

    (4350 Total)
    Swim Workouts
  9. Saturday, 4/16/11

    by , April 16th, 2011 at 12:55 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo
    13 days to go!

    Warm up (1000)
    300 Mixer
    - free and back
    4 x 75/1:30 build
    - 1-2 free, 3-4 back
    4 x 50/1:00 25 Fists - 25 Swim (any stroke)
    - 1-2 free, 3-4 back
    4 x 50/cso 25 scull - 25 Sprint
    - did free-back-fly-free

    Swim Set #1
    - all free except for 2-25's were fly
    1 x 200/3:10 smooth build - 2:45
    2 x 100/1:35 build to strong finish - just under 1:20 on both
    4 x 50/1:00 desc. - went 40->34
    8 x 25/40 fast - around 15-16 on free, 6 & 8 were fly, around 17-18

    Swim Set #2
    5 x 50/1:10 hit backstroke goal pace (37.5)
    - kept these under 38, was seeing 37-39 on clock after finish.

    Was another short set but calves cramped on push off on first one so I skipped the rest of the set and did cool down swim

    Cool down
    400 easy alternating 100 free/100 back

    Total: 2450 yards
  10. The water was delightful

    Today I swam with the Asphalt Green masters team. It was so wonderful to be swimming in a nice cool pool! I could never have imagined a year ago ever reporting that I enjoyed doing a 2000m freestyle set on tight intervals, but after swimming at Riverbank during the week all I could think of today was how great it felt swimming without getting overheated. Here’s what I did:

    900 lcm warmup (400s, 100k, 200p, 200d/s)

    6 x 150 (50 fl kick on side / 100 build bilat breathing) @ 3:00

    100 easy

    20 x 50 @ 1:00, done as “hypoxic golf”—we were instructed to swim these as relaxed as possible, minimizing breathing and counting the total number of breaths for the set [I felt faint and got out for 6 of these—I should learn not to try hypoxic stuff, even half-heartedly.]

    Awards presentation—the swimmer in each lane with the lowest “golf score” from the previous set got a new team swimcap, while the one with the highest score got a gear bag (the reasoning being they needed to work out more!)

    6 x 100, odds FR @ 1:30, evens BK @ 1:45, descend by sets of 2

    8 x 250 FR @ 3:45 [made these! heartrate was 120 immediately after]

    400 warmdown + sculling

    I’m not sure if tomorrow will be a beach day or not—I have my fingers crossed for sunshine.
  11. IM Day With The Team

    A lot of stroke work today. The intervals were not to tough so we could really work our turns and SDKs. I tried to keep a even pace throughout all of the swims.

    Not very many people came to practice this morning and I actually got my own lane which was nice.

    300 Choice

    200 Fly kick
    alternate front/back by 50

    2000 IM Broken
    5 x 100 fly @ 1:45
    4 x 125 back @ 2:15
    2 x 250 breast @ 4:15
    500 fr @ 6:30

    4 x 25 scull choice (no interval)

    1200 IM Broken
    6 x 50 fly @ 60
    4 x 75 bk @ 1:30
    2 x 150 br @ 2:45
    300 fr @ 4:00

    10 x 50 kick/swim by 25 @ 60
    mix up strokes

    200 very EZ


    I love doing IM or stroke workouts. I have a burning desire to swim a 400 IM sometime just to say I did it. My fly is the major problem. Along with technical issues the fly is a big mental problem for me. I had an opportunity to work on it today.
  12. Friday, April 15, 2011 7:30pm

    by , April 15th, 2011 at 11:48 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Beginning my taper for Nationals, officially! I get on the plane in 2 weeks to the day.

    200 Free
    300 Free Pull
    200 IM
    100 Kick

    8 x 50 @ :45 hold 500ish pace

    2 x 100 @ 1:40
    50 Free, 5 sec. 50 Fly (:32s)

    2 x 150 @ 2:20
    100 Free, 5 sec. 50 Fly (:32s)

    1 x 200
    150 Free, 5 sec. 50 Fly (:32)
    I'm trying to make my fly hold strong, even when tired for at the end of the 200 Fly

    4 x 50 @ 1:00
    25 Free, flip, 4 SDKs 25 Fly fast (this part is tough for me to do, I'm not a SDKer)

    1 x 300 Free Pull Fast (went 3:08) I was happy with this. My pullbuoy was slipping close the the 250, so I just dropped it on the flipturn and kicked during the last 50.

    100 EZ
    2500 Yards in 45 minutes

    Updated April 16th, 2011 at 12:46 AM by jaadams1

    Swim Workouts , Daily Practices
  13. Double FAST Fri Apr 15th, 2011

    by , April 15th, 2011 at 03:57 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Double FAST Fri Apr 15th, 2011

    14 days til Nats

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    Tyler Coached
    UT, scy diving well
    noon to 1:15 dove in at 12:10
    trained with James Fike, light turn out
    wore B70 jammer

    swam easy free till 12:15

    Main SET:

    ASSIGNED: 3 rounds of
    100 fast 10 apart
    400 easy
    50 fast in heats


    Round 1:
    didn't do much warm up
    swam easy speed 100
    went 58, 200 swim down,
    wasn't feeling it decided to do 25's on the rest
    25 went 10.7, 200 swim down

    Round 2:
    25 went 10.5, 200 swim down
    25 went 10.2, 200 swim down

    Round 3:
    skipped 100 fast & swim down
    changed into FS2 legs
    25 went 10.2, 200 swim down

    Round 4: 25 went 9.8, 100 swim down
    25 went 10.4, 100 swim down

    25 SDK fast
    tyler timed
    went 10.6

    this is my last double for the SCY season

    time to focus on getting:
    faster in the pool
    stronger in the weigh room
    lighter on the scale
    thinner in the mirror and
    rested in life

    Next meet:

    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Days till
    Fri Apr 29, 2011 400 IM 6th Event, 50 FL
    Sat Apr 30, 2011 100 IM, 50 Br
    Sun May 1, 2011 500 Fr, 200 IM
    Swim Workouts
  14. Friday, April 15

    by , April 15th, 2011 at 02:33 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    1000 easy
    5-6 bursts + cruise
    2 fast free flip turns (hadn't done one since NE Champs)
    100 EZ

    My silicone nose clip fell off today whilst bursting, so I am worried that it is too loose for me.

    ART, 30 minutes:

    I initially had my ART appt set for yesterday. But, in an act of sure love, I surrendered the appointment to Mr. Fort so that he could get his hamstring worked on. This act of love was rewarded when I got a call late in the afternoon that there was a cancellation for today at 11:30. My upper and mid back were somewhat tight as usual without bikram.

    A few interesting conversation notes:

    1. A big pasta dinner the night before is not the way to go for serious endurance sports. You're more likely to bonk. Same concept was in Bicycling Magazine recently:,0.

    2. Elite runners are now experimenting with not icing their injuries -- sort of their own version of prolotherapy. The downside of this is that inflammation can cause a lot of tightening, so my ART doc does not advice it.

    3. Go ahead and skip stretching -- he thinks he'll have more business.

    4. Allergy meds -- he says his elite runners are taking their Claritin D at night. D at night?!


    After another night of "free running sleep," I woke up refreshed and with my usual energy. Mr. Fort, in a returning act of kindness, got up early with Lil Fort to get her off to Girls on the Run while I snoozed. As the article yesterday noted, the "free running sleep" concept -- go to sleep when tired and wake up without an alarm -- does result initially in some excess sleeping. I fell asleep at the outrageously early hour of 11:30 pm and didn't awaken until 8:30 am, with a brief jolt at 6:30 when the high schoolers were noisily readying for school.

    I am now off to make spaghetti & meatballs for the crew dinner and then grill steaks for Jimslie. Unfortunately, I'm going to miss a soccer game and Fort Son and Mini Fort's regatta. Fort Son and the other 3 lightweights were put in their own 4 after complaints. But since they're the team's best rowers, the coach put them in the heavyweight 4. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. There's still a bias against lightweights (not as prestigious) in the HS rowing community. I'm glad he won't have to put up with this BS at Dartmouth, which has a great lightweight team this year.

    It is refreshing to feel completely calm before the meet after my last meet. Ready for lactate Saturday:

    50 free
    200 mixed medley (back)
    50 breast
    100 back
    400 medley relay (fly)
    200 free relay

    Must fill out the split request form:

    Updated April 15th, 2011 at 03:53 PM by The Fortress

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  15. I know that I shall meet my fate

    by , April 15th, 2011 at 02:10 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)

    At approximately 3 a.m. on Thursday night, Jim Thornton awoke from uneasy dreams possibly triggered by Mucinex, Ambien, Nyquil, Zocor, Effexor XR, and three porkchops, to find his manhood sporting a small dried-blood-consistent scab of sudden but completely indeterminable nature that had bloomed in the night on the very center of the far reaches of his manhoood....

    (For the rest of this story, please wade through my swimming-related stuff and resume the saga at the bottom on this short vlog....)


    A quick vlog, primarily pictorial, as I ready myself to make the drive, wizzened, coughing, and tic-riddled, to Colonies Zones where, to paraphrase the great William B. Yeats:

    I know that I shall meet my fate
    Somewhere in chlorine gas below
    Those that I swim against I do not hate,
    Those that I swim for I do not love;
    My country is Sewickley Heights,
    My countrymen Sewickley Height's less affluent,
    No likely end could bring them loss
    Or leave them happier than before.
    Nor law, nor duty bade me swim,
    Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
    A lonely impulse of delight
    Drove to this tumult in the pool;
    I balanced all, brought all to mind,
    The years to come seemed more coughing fits,
    A waste of sputum the years behind
    In balance with this meet, the previous and next meets.

    Speaking of which, since my lofty status in the hierarchy is not going to last much longer, let me print the current Event Rankings for the swims I have done thus far (and, due to illness, extremely unlikely to duplicate at GMU if, in fact, I even survive the chill waters at all):

    USMS Times Reported for Men SCY 100 Free Ages 55-59
    2011 Season (2010-06-01 through 2011-05-31)

    # Name Age Time Club Meet
    1 Mann, Michael T 56 51.99 CMS COMSA Short Course Swimming Championships
    2 Groselle, Jack R 56 52.45 SYSM Peter Cath Memorial Inter-Squad Swim Meet
    3 Trevisan, Paul T 59 52.48 1776 North Carolina Sunbelt Championships
    4 Waterbury, Stuart S 57 53.52 CMS COMSA Short Course Swimming Championships
    5 * Thornton, Jim 58 53.68 SEWY AMYMSA Championship

    USMS Times Reported for Men SCY 200 Free Ages 55-59
    2011 Season (2010-06-01 through 2011-05-31)

    # Name Age Time Club Meet
    1 Abbott, Rick E 55 1:53.14 AKMS Alaska 2011 SCY Championships
    2 * Thornton, Jim 58 1:57.93 SEWY AMYMSA Championship
    3 Colella, Rick 59 1:59.27 PNA 2011 Northwest Zone Short Course Yard Championship
    4 Blatt, Michael J 55 2:00.28 VCM UCLA Bruin Masters SCY Swim Meet
    5 Wood, Larry W 57 2:00.98 TXLA South Central Zone Championships

    USMS Times Reported for Men SCY 500 Free Ages 55-59
    2011 Season (2010-06-01 through 2011-05-31)

    # Name Age Time Club Meet
    1 Mann, Michael T 56 5:11.42 CMS COMSA Short Course Swimming Championships
    2 * Thornton, Jim 58 5:22.45 SEWY AMYMSA Championship
    3 Buckley, Tim P 55 5:26.91 FMT UC-Irvine Masters SCY Swim Meet
    4 Wood, Larry W 57 5:31.98 TXLA South Central Zone Championships
    5 Karas, Paul G 55 5:33.32 MICH Lake Orion Liquid Lightning's 2011 Masters "Kickoff"

    USMS Times Reported for Men SCY 1000 Free Ages 55-59
    2011 Season (2010-06-01 through 2011-05-31)

    # Name Age Time Club Meet
    1 Buckley, Tim P 55 11:16.26 FMT UCLA Bruin Masters SCY Swim Meet
    2 * Thornton, Jim 58 11:18.15 SEWY AMYMSA Championship
    3 Karas, Paul G 55 11:22.21 MICH Lake Orion Liquid Lightning's 2011 Masters "Kickoff"
    4 Wood, Larry W 57 11:26.20 TXLA South Central Zone Championships
    5 Martin, Jack R 59 11:51.97 1776 2011 OCY Unofficial Team Championships

    USMS Times Reported for Men SCY 1650 Free Ages 55-59
    2011 Season (2010-06-01 through 2011-05-31)

    # Name Age Time Club Meet
    1 Karas, Paul G 55 18:46.75 MICH West Bloomfied High School - Winter Meet
    2 Wood, Larry W 57 19:02.08 TXLA South Central Zone Championships
    3 Gudman, Jon 55 20:01.29 OREG Oregon Masters Swimming SCY Association Championships
    4 Thornton, James 58 20:03.90 1776 CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY 15th ANNUAL 1650 Yard SWIM CHALLENGE
    5 Penn, William J 59 20:07.78 PNA Beat the Clock -South Sound Masters Swim Team

    Also, for SCM (which presumably could last a little longer since there aren't too many SCM meets left till fall):

    USMS Times Reported for Men SCM 50 Free Ages 55-59
    2011 Season (2011-01-01 through 2011-12-31)

    # Name Age Time Club Meet
    1 Reider, Pete J 56 27.31 TERR Albatross Open
    2 Thornton, James 59 27.52 1776 Albatross Open
    3 Hoffman, Daniel R 55 29.43 MICH 4th Annual Milford Meltdown Masters Swim Meet
    4 Henry, Robert M 58 30.58 JAM SVY SCM Masters Meet
    5 Morrison, Jeffrey W 56 31.20 PNA Anacortes Short Course Meters Meet

    USMS Times Reported for Men SCM 100 Free Ages 55-59
    2011 Season (2011-01-01 through 2011-12-31)

    # Name Age Time Club Meet
    1 Thornton, James 59 59.15 1776 Albatross Open
    2 Karas, Paul G 56 1:02.84 MICH 4th Annual Milford Meltdown Masters Swim Meet
    3 Mead, Jeffrey D 55 1:03.02 DCAC Albatross Open
    4 Sussex, Steve A 56 1:04.62 PNA Anacortes Short Course Meters Meet
    5 Jarow, Jonathan P 55 1:06.79 ANCM Albatross Open

    USMS Times Reported for Men SCM 200 Free Ages 55-59
    2011 Season (2011-01-01 through 2011-12-31)

    # Name Age Time Club Meet
    1 Thornton, James 59 2:13.04 1776 Albatross Open
    2 Jarow, Jonathan P 55 2:32.64 ANCM Albatross Open
    3 Ryan, James 59 2:37.13 GSM SVY SCM Masters Meet
    4 Walters, Mark C 59 2:44.15 GERM Albatross Open
    5 Levine, Steven M 59 2:52.34 GSM SVY SCM Masters Meet


    1. I am 99 percent sure that my SCY times posted above will count for USMS Top 10 consideration, though my name in the event rankings seems to indicate that USMS has never heard of this "Jim Thornton" fellow who evidently swims in some part of the world where Amish children splash about in their mudholes, inhaling fracking fluids. Time will tell.

    2. Even if my SCY times above do count, they may not make the TT, given how very fast my pig-in-the-python demographic of ex-Mark Spitz-and-Gary-Hall-inspired age group swimmers is. Normally, I never make the TT past the first year or two of "aging up," and I am, at 58 (FINA 59!) woefully long in the tooth for the 55-59 age group.

    3. The only hope I have is that it does seem my times may be slightly less affected by the loss of the B70 body kayak than I had previously thought--and my competitors conceivably might prove more hindered then they hoped by their own loss of boats. During the regular season, I was a good 2 seconds off in the 100; but my time at Clarion is only about 1 second off from my CZ time last year. My 200 at Clarion, however, remains at 4 seconds off last year's kayak-aided 200. However, both my 500 and 1000 were significantly faster. More investigations along these lines in a future vlog (and a tip of the bathing cap to Water Dog who specifically asked me to undertake a mathematical analysis of this.)

    4. The day after our Clarion meet, which was almost 2 weeks ago, I got the worst cold I have had in years, and it has not gotten much, if any, better. Not laying ground work for excuses here, but if I can even finish my events at CZ, I must say that someone should forward this to the Vatican because they might want to send out a team of "miracle investigators" to validate what would surely be the most heroic water-related event since Jesus took his famous walk.

    4. To make things even worse--and now we are returning to the cliff hanger from above--I woke up at 3 a.m. on Thursday with this weird scab on my unit. Because I am not sure what words this vlog will allow me to use sans censorship, I will call this body part what my white-collar-in-the-making former 5th Grade student, Jay R., called a "penious."

    So anyhoo, there was this small but painful scab on the middle of the center part of the meat of the end of my penious that was approximately this big:


    I had no idea how I could have cut myself because I am much too old to have sex anymore, and my sansabelt trousers sport the kind of safety zippers designed to prevent precisely this sort of injury in FINA 59 guys like me.

    I managed to tell myself, "Well, it must just be one of those things. Don't worry about it."

    But a few hours later, as I was having breakfast with my pugs, Lefty and Biscuit, I called my brother to ask his advice. He told me, "You really should get it checked out."

    The idea of having to pay money to a doctor made me scrutinize the scab more closely. With reading glasses, I began fiddling with it.

    To my horror and disgust, it wasn't exactly flat up against the skin. With a wee bit of tugging, I could get its outer edges to elongate a bit and actually pull away from the skin.

    My immediate diagnosis: a skin tag that had somehow turned overnight into melanoma.

    I got stronger reading glasses.

    And that is when I saw the little legs.

    I hope, upon reading this, that your skin is crawling even .000001 percent as much as mine was at that moment!

    Take some anti-seizure medicine with vodka to stop your skin from crawling.

    The good news: I had written about tics before, and knew you don't want to "disturb at tic" by tugging at it too hard, lighting it on fire, screaming obscenities, etc.

    I couldn't find tweezers, but I was able to use my unmanicured fingernails to achieve purchase and lightly but firmly begin to yank!

    With what tenacity that little mote held on to my penious for dear life! If only some human would show even the tiniest portion of attachment to this part of me!

    The penious skin pulled a half inch away from my body before finally, mercifully, the tic on my dick, without a click or a hic, let go of the stick! (Sorry, was channeling Dr. Zeuss there momentarily.)

    I was afraid perhaps I had broken off the thorax and abdomen (if, indeed, tics have both these) and left the head embedded in the other head.

    But thanks to the miracle of the Verizon Thunderbolt 8 megapixil camera, I was able to snap a closeup of my little friend. It seems, to this layman, in tact. Thanks again to the Thunderbolt, I was able to post the picture on Facebook within seconds, where the comely entomologist-swimmer Stephanie Dold quickly identified it as ioxedes scapularis ("A female," she wrote, "you should be flattered!").

    I also emailed the picture to my friend, Dr. Paul Oyler, who warned me to be on the lookout for "a red flat eruption evolving from the center of the bite." (I am hoping that Stephanie might help me monitor for this.)

    The bottom line here: I do need to start the trek soon to the Compound in Vienna, and my short vlog seems to have taken on a slight life of its own.

    But I am either:

    --truly sick (I do believe this is the case--green sputum still erupting from the lungs and nose; tic's former purchase point looking ever-so-slightly bull's eye-like in terms of the rash it has left)


    --I have developed a case of delusional hypochondria, a real and extremely common illness amongst our ranks of masters swimmers, I am sure you will agree. Time, or more precisely, times will tell soon enough.

    By the way, I saved the tic just in case I go on to develop that form of dementia/insanity that has caused hundreds of thousands of Russians to be committed to sanitaria. I do not know if the tic is still alive in the little empty antidepressant pill vial where I have incarcerated him in tissue paper. But if he is alive, I suspect he looks a bit like this, albeit smaller:

  16. Day 2 of Y Nationals - TIRED!

    by , April 15th, 2011 at 01:48 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Began today with the 400IM went a 6:03.53 for 6th place and went a 3:18.? for the 200 Breast should be in 8th in that event.

    Long morning time to kick back for a while and then out to dinner with friends.

    Total 2000 yards today, nothing like yesterday.
  17. FAST Fri Apr 15th, 2011, LCM

    by , April 15th, 2011 at 12:49 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    FAST Fri Apr 15th, 2011, 50 FR

    14 days til Nats

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    Whitney Coached
    UT, LCM main pool
    6:30 - 8:00 dove in at 6:41
    trained with marcio, make, tyler, mike lovato, larry, pat & Nate
    wore FS2 legs

    easy free

    Main SET:

    ASSIGNED: 3 rounds of
    100 fast 10 apart
    400 easy
    50 fast in heats


    Round 1: 1:01, 26.7

    Round 2: 0:59, 25.7,
    skipped parts of swim down

    Round 3: visted with Eddie, skipped 100 fast & swim down to rest for the 50
    50 FR FAST went 24.9

    150 easy

    GOING TO DOUBLE at noon
    will do the 1st round,
    skip 2nd round, & attempt to swim a fast 100 in the 3rd round, then give the 50 a shot with whatever's left

    Next meet:

    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Days till
    Fri Apr 29, 2011 400 IM 6th Event, 50 FL
    Sat Apr 30, 2011 100 IM, 50 Br
    Sun May 1, 2011 500 Fr, 200 IM

    Updated April 15th, 2011 at 03:49 PM by ande

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  18. Nice IM day 4/15/11

    by , April 15th, 2011 at 12:18 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Warm Up
    1 x 600 FR
    4 x 50 Fly it felt awful today
    10 x 50 K 1:30 2 & 4 BR rest FR
    1 x 100 EZ

    1 x 200 FR 3:20
    2 x 100 FR 1:40
    4 x 50 FR :50
    8 x 25 FR :25
    1 x 200 Fin Kick Cruise
    1 x 200 IM 4:00
    2 x 100 IM 2:00
    4 x 50 IMO 1:00
    8 x 25 IMO :30

    500 Kick FR/FL by 25 most on back no fins

    300 EZ
  19. Friday, 4/15/11

    by , April 15th, 2011 at 11:41 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo
    14 days to go!!

    Warm up
    200 Swim - choice
    300 Mixer (kick - drill - scull - pull)
    2 x 100 IM Kick continuous - No boards or Fins
    4 x 50/55 Odd Free - Even Back
    8 x 25/30 25 Fists - 25 regular stroke

    Swim Set #1
    20 x 25
    4/45 - 4th fast from blocks
    3/40 - 3rd fast from blocks
    2/35 - 2nd fast from blocks
    1:00 rest
    1/30 - FAST
    - this was kind of confusing. Blocks kept ending up on the wrong end on the 1st round! 2nd time through I took extra rest between each set to switch ends so that I would be at blocks for the fast one.
    - Didn't get times. but fast ones were close to top speed.

    4 x 100 IM/cso - no boards or fins

    Swim Set #2
    Broken 200 Back - write down goal time
    50 (10sr) - 50 (10sr) - 50 (10sr) - 50
    - Goal time was 3:05 (2:35 swim time)
    - finished at 3:02!

    Warm down/Recovery
    100 easy - 50 kick - 50 drill - 100 easy

    Total: 2500 yards
  20. Thoughts on Tapering

    by , April 15th, 2011 at 11:30 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Here's something my coach sent me this morning about tapering.

    From the COACHES' quarterly - March 1995 on tapering.

    "It's Taper Time!" compiled by Bob Steele, USS Coach Development Director

    -60% decrease in training volume - supercompensation is achieved (individual preference based upon coach - athlete experience)

    - 3- 4 week taper can effectively lead to optimal performance.

    - do 5 x 50/1:00 race pace once a week (Nort Thorton - U of C Berkeley)

    -do broken swims once a week and keep goal time on board for a hype

    -dryland tapering: reduce 4 - 6 weeks out, to maintain a specific power during taper, some coaches switch to a limited number of repetitions with surgical tubing (6 sets of 15 sec)