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  1. Thursday

    by , January 7th, 2010 at 11:41 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)

    SCY, Solo

    2x around
    {200 swim, 200 kick, 200 pull}
    Round 1 free, Round 2 back

    3 x 150 free on 2:20, hold pace/make interval
    (went 2:06-2:09-2:11. took extra :30 sec rest)
    3 x 50 free on 1:00: start pretty fast, but descend to all out by #3
    (went :38-:37-:36. took extra 30 sec rest)
    3 x 150 back on 2:45, hold pace/make interval
    (went 2:22-2:25-2:25. took extra :15 sec rest)
    3 x 50 back on 1:00, start fast and descend to all out
    (went :44-:44-:42)

    50 easy

    3 x 75 pull free on 1:15
    3 x 75 pull back on 1:30


    Total: 2900 yards
  2. Thursday Jan 7th 2010 Mid Distance

    by , January 7th, 2010 at 11:10 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thursday Jan 7th 2010

    Weighed 223 after practice

    You gonna watch the GAME tonight?

    Today at 3:00 UT men & women swim auburn

    Got this message from Whitney Yesterday
    Thursday night practice has been cancelled so all can watch the awesome UT football game that starts at 7 pm.
    However, there WILL BE a noon workout offered instead. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have and for the late notice but go cheer on those HORNS!

    I had my first and I think quite graceful fall into the water this morning at practice. I have been coaching since 1996 and I have never fallen into the water until today. I hope it was a good laugh for all. I have chuckled over it numerous times today.
    I'm in Nashville Sat Jan 9th - Wed Jan 13th
    Made arrangements to train with NAC

    Austin got hit with a cold snap, was 50 this morning, it hit, now it's 34

    Thinking about doing a double today, incase the roads are bad tomorrow


    Whiitney coached
    6:30 - 8:00
    swam with Brandon, Todd, Ned, & a guest
    beside Tyler, Max, & Amy
    arrived on time

    wore Brief

    warm up
    200 fr
    100 right side kick
    150 fr
    100 left side kick
    100 fr
    100 drill
    050 fr
    100 drill

    main set
    4 rounds of challenging interval stuff
    400 fr
    300 fr
    200 fr
    100 fr
    050 easy

    round 1) on 1:10 base
    skipped 50's from 400, 300 & 200

    round 2) on 1:10 base

    round 3) on 1:10 base

    round 4) swam with Todd & Amy
    400 on 4:20 went 4:15,
    300 on 3:30, skipped a 50 from 300 (lost count)
    200 on 2:10, made it
    100 on 1:10

    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 – 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX

    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX
    Count Down 55 Days

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

    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
    Order of Events
    Swim Workouts
  3. Mixing it up alittle

    by , January 7th, 2010 at 07:29 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Today was going to be an easier day but as my drive would have it NO WAY!

    10x100@1:45 Free

    500 kick w/fins every 3rd 25 FAST alternate 100 Free / 100 Fly
    300 Back kick w/fins as drills 100 fashion model, 100 arms perpendicular, 100 partial recovery
    200 Breast kick

    10x50@1:00 Breast pull w/fins get the dolphin motion into the stroke
    5x200@3:15 w/paddles #1 Free, #2 150Free/50Back, #3 100Free/100Back, #4 50 Free/150 back, #5 200 Back made the interval on all even the 200 back in 3:12

    200 Free EASY

    Total 3700 yards
  4. 01-11-10 Folsom

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 11:44 PM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Folsom 05:30-06:20
    2x200 (1.FR, 2. 50FR/50 Stroke)
    2x100K (1.FR, 2. IM K)
    3x150 on 2:15 des.
    1x150 ez
    (only did 9)
    50 cool then out to catch a train.

    A belated Happy New Year to all.
    Today I was able to squeeze in about an hour workout with about 20 minutes to shower, then catch the light rail train to the downtown. It goes fast and the water was perfect.
  5. Wednesday, 1/6/10

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 11:39 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY with Carrie

    300 swim free
    300 kick choice
    (rotated through different kicks)
    300 pull choice
    (150 free w/p&b, 150 back w/buoy only)
    8 x 50 on 1:00 alt. drill/build by 25
    (2x through IM order)

    3x around:
    3 x 50 kick choice w/10 sec. rest
    (#1 on back, 25 dolphin/25 flutter)
    (#2 flutter w/board)
    (#3 breast w/board)
    swim 200 free smooth on 3:30
    (swam these around 2:55)
    swim 6 x 25 faster (but not all out - use your legs a bunch here):
    round 1 on 35, round 2 on 30, round 3 on 25
    (these were all around 17-18)

    swim down 100
    Total: 2900 yards

    45 minute spin class at the gym during lunch break
  6. Chiro, Weights, and the Puppy

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 11:04 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Went to the chiro today and he opined that my problem is in the sacroiliac joint and is not a muscular thing. So, the goal is to open up the joint more, because it has stiffened up again. He did some adjustments that did seem to make things better.

    I opted not to swim today because rotation seems to aggravate it and so does turning of any sort - flips or open. So, thought I would "rest" that area. I've already blown my resolution of swimming 4 days this week, but guess it is better to lay back this week so I can swim 4 times a week in the upcoming weeks.

    I still think stepping over the babygates is the primary culprit. In stepping, I naturally lead with my left leg. This means I put all my weight on my left side and twist, so I can't imagine this has been good for letting things heal up. Starting today, I am bending over and simply unlocking the gate.

    The puppy keeps me busy. She is 4 months old. I've probably burned off the holiday weight gain just keeping up with the puppy. I've attached a picture for all to see.

    Went to the weight room and avoided any twisting motions. Had a pretty good session and was encouraged by the fact that my arms were not overly fatigued after swimming 4900 yards yesterday.

    Here is the workout:

    Bench press: bar x 45, 65, x 5, 3 sets of 100 x 3

    Lat high row: 2 sets of 90 x 5, 3 sets of 140 x 5.

    Bicep curls with barbell: 2 sets of 35 x 8

    Military press: 2 sets of 50 x 8

    Ls in captain's chair: 2 sets of 10
    These are more than leg lifts. You have to support your weight and bring legs straight up and out in an "L" and hold for a second or two. To do this, instead of resting your arms on the armrest on the chair, you stand with your back to the chair, grab the place where you would to do dips, pull your body straight up so that your hips are even with your hands (for me it is just below hips). Your arms should be straight and so should your back. Then, lift your legs up so that you make an "L." Talk about quad and core burn! Much harder than basic leg lifts in the captain's chair! This is basically a movement that male gymnasts do with the rings (except they hold it for much longer). I think Fort would like these.

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  7. 1/06/09--I hope you took your decorations down!

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 10:01 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well I didn't blog yesterday but I did 40 minutes elliptical and 20 mins core work.

    Today I went swimming again...and as I sit here listening to lyrics mentioning something about being "Knocked out by American thighs" I can't help but think of my poor aching gams...I still felt the kick set from Monday yesterday and then the elliptical didn't improve I took to the water with the oomph and grace of a walrus on land.

    So I tortured myself thusly:
    200 Swim felt a bit whacked on this but took the time to work my rotation and hand placement. It nearly caused me to ram the wall with my loaf due to not noticing the turn mark.
    200 Kick
    Did this all free moderate speed not like the hard set on Monday. Felt good, tried to keep a good rhythm and pace while focusing on scooping with my plates and Bromleys.
    200 Pull Stuck the Styrofoam plug between my bacon and eggs and got on with the set.

    6 x 100 FR 1:30 so I managed all of these although finishing rep numbers 2 and 3 left me as a touch and go I got a couple of second after #4 and 5 secs after #5. Only did 6 as this was 1 more than my previous tally on this interval and also it was a 600 block (my pattern for the day).

    200 EZ after a little rest nothing too exciting here just more focus on rotation.

    4 x 50 3 BR/3 FL no interval here just trying to find a nice rhythm.
    4 x 50 FL 1:15 I got through these in an ungraceful fashion (see Walrus on land quip) but I think I have found something in my pull...need to go into EVF I think .

    200 EZ Even less to report on this other than I was truly gearing up for the last set.
    4 times through:
    100 IM 2:00
    100 FR 2:00

    managed this swimming in 1:40 to 1:45 I definitely was tired and drained from previous work outs and the 6 x 100.
    4 x 50 K FL did these with the board sans fins took a few seconds between 50's. Didn't go fast just tried to work the undulation.

    4x 50 EZ
    just loafing off to end.

    Not too bad but a good workout that got me huffing and puffing but I probably wasn't up to a greater ordeal.

    Went to lift afterwards
    Wide Pull ups 8,7,6 on 1:00
    Close Chin ups 6, 5,5
    on 1:00
    Legpress/calf press 3x12 @ 300lb
    Leg Extn 3x12 @ 95lb each rep include a full and terminal extn. e.g.full up, half down, back up, full down.
    Leg Curl 3x12 @ 95lb
    Adduct/Abduct 3x12 @ 110lbs supersetting them back to back no rest
    Chest Press M/C 10, 8, 6 @ 140lb plus 6 more at 80lb
    Ab Machine 3x15@ 45lbs..I go by feel and burn than trying to lift weight so I don't know if that is the correct weight but it's ballpark.
    Pec-dec; 3x15 @ 3 plates (guessing 45ish) again I go for burn and full range of motion than weight here....

    Used Accelerade during swim and lift and then guzzled an Endurox post lifting.

    PS I know it's 2010.
  8. No Watching! Wed., Jan. 6

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 08:43 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    9:00 to 3:00: Caught up on errands today. Didn't work out. I was about due for a rest day anyway, much as I hate them.

    3:15: Dropped 15 year old off at senior swim practice. Didn't watch or hover.

    4:30: Dropped 9 year old off at jazz dance. Didn't watch or hover. Drove home. (Why spoil it when the recital is Sunday?)

    5:15: Fort Son arrived home from winter crew practice. We didn't discuss it. I'm already on notice that erg-ing is an evil and disliked necessity in crew. I did inquire how his ankle was after his run yesterday.

    5:30 Picked up my 9 year old from jazz dance and took her to swim practice. (We don't care about homework apparently on Wednesdays.) Dropped her off and didn't watch or hover. Had to stay for 15 minutes waiting for 15 year old to finish practice. Got lectured by 15 year old for sitting in the bleachers for even this wee bit of time. Drove 3 loud teenagers home and eavesdropped on swim gossip.

    6:45: Ordered pizza for children as I had no time (or inclination particularly with today's driving schedule) to cook for my family. Was slightly bitter about the fact that I couldn't eat any of it.

    7:30: Picked up my 9 year old from swim practice. She announced she was excited about doing back flip turns. Otherwise, no discussion of swimming.

    8:00: Helped 9 year old study for math test. This effort didn't last long. She claimed she knew it all, and I chose to believe her.

    8:30: Made myself an omelet. Took a lactate pill and put cheese in my omelet. Started itching 30 minutes later -- I give up. There will be an attempt to stretch and do RC work tonight after 9 year old goes to bed. I like my new Stick.

    Updated January 7th, 2010 at 08:34 AM by The Fortress

  9. Wednesday Swimming

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 07:38 PM (My Passion)
    Got to pool just before 5 and lead a stretch. Then did:

    5 X 200 (alt free and breast every 200 - free on 3:30 and breast with 30 seconds rest)
    5 X 100 free on 1:30
    10 X 50 free on 1:00. Coach wanted 10 SDKs off of wall, I managed 8 once and 7 the rest of the time. My asthmatic condition makes it difficult to hold my breath that long with not a lot of recovery between sets.
    1 X 200 slow kick cool down

    Cold front is fixin' to blow in tomorrow early, so I covered 11 Sago Palms with sheets when I got home from work today. Right now I am worried that they will blow off despite the rocks I weighed the sheets down with. Kind of looking forward to a little cool (ok cold) weather. It kills the bugs and it is fun to wrap up in sweats.
    Friday practice will happen though they are predicting 19 degrees, however, I will probably stay under my warm covers Saturday morning when they are predicting 21 degrees - I don't have to work and like to stay under the covers once in a while.

    Happy Swimming .
    Swim Workouts
  10. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -01/07/10 -SCY

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 03:56 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)

    WARM UP:
    4 X 150 2:45
    4 X 100 1:45
    8 X 50 1:00
    Descend 50's 1-4/5-8

    4 X 100 kick 2:20
    8 X 50 kick 1:10
    50's: 25 fast/25 easy


    1 X 200 IM-transition swim

    4 X 50 1:05
    1 X 100 easy free 2:00
    Three rounds.
    Round 1: 50's/fly
    Round 2: back
    Round 3: breast

    2 X 100 moderate 1:45
    1 X 50 @100% 1:15
    1 X 100 easy 1:45
    2 X 50 @ 100% 1:15
    Three times through.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts
  11. DOUBLE Wednesday Jan 6th aka baby baby where did my speed go

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 03:54 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wednesday Jan 6th 2010

    weighed 224 after practice

    I'll be in Nashville Sat Jan 9th - Wed Jan 13th
    Made arrangements to train with NAC


    Mary coached
    Noon to 1:15
    swam with Jon, Max, Larry & James Fike
    arrived on time

    went in with the idea to do some lactate stuff today

    this morning was stations,
    vertical kick,
    fast 50 fast 100,
    800 pull,
    800 IM

    but she erased the fast 50 fast 100 from the board for the noon group

    wore legskins

    warm up

    main set
    assigned 800
    did 8 x 50, 12.5 fast SDK 37.5 easy

    100 fr easy speed
    went 56

    200 easy

    100 fr easy speed
    went 54

    100 k
    felt terrible died went 1:07
    legs totally petered out

    200 easy

    50 flutter k
    went 29.7

    100 easy

    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 – 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX

    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX
    Count Down

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

    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
    Order of Events
    Swim Workouts
  12. 1/6: Bike

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 02:58 PM (Random Nonsense)

    60 minutes on the stationary bike.

    Taking a break from the bike this evening.
  13. Maybe I should move to the country and manage a petting zoo

    Yesterday I drove up to Alabama for lunch with my mom and aunt. It’s a pretty drive, past lots of farms, without much traffic—between towns I saw maybe one other car every couple minutes or so. Two of the little towns I pass though on the way to visit my folks are Ebro, famous locally for its dog track, and Vernon, which was featured in the documentary “Vernon, Florida” by Errol Morris . Between towns, I saw lots of little goats and calves, and the farm that a decade ago had emus now seems to be heavily invested in miniature horses. I wanted to bring home some of all of the above, or at least stop and pet them.

    Actually, there used to be a menagerie just a few miles down the road from where I’m staying. It was called Patrones, and had goats and peacocks and bunny rabbits and one truly ginormous hog. You couldn’t pet the animals—they were shy—but for 50 cents you could buy a bag of popcorn to feed them. Admission was free—you could just walk in and wander about. It seemed like something straight out of Flannery O’Connor. I did worry about the pig’s quality of life. As far as I could tell it spent its days lying on its side and being scaled by the goats, who loved standing atop it.

    After my four hours of driving to Alabama and back and a lunch of fried chicken, fried okra, and fried cornbread, I felt like I was beginning to turn into that hog. I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t kidnap any little goats to bring home with me. In any case, I was super ready for a workout. I made it back in time for the masters group’s evening workout at 5:30. Here’s what I did::

    600 scy warmup

    8 x 50 (25 build, 25 easy) @ :55

    8 x 100 kick w/ fins @ 1:45, desc. 1-4 and 5-8 [1:24, 1:20, 1:14, 1:11, 1:30, 1:20, 1:17, 1:12]

    4 x 200 pull @ 3:00 [2:45, 2:45, 2:40, 2:42]

    2 x 400, 1st FR, 2nd IM, build both 400s by 100s

    2 x 50 sprint FR [?, 30.6]

    200 warmdown

    The air temp tonight was about 40 when we got in, and about 35 when we got out (steam rose off everyone’s body when they exited the pool), but the water temp was fine. It was fun swimming in the cold, and really great seeing the pool absolutely filled with swimmers on such a chilly evening. Between the kids team and masters and the visiting college team, all 20 lanes were filled.

    When they first built this pool (about 4 years ago), I couldn’t believe they would really keep it open year round. This is an area without a deep competitive swimming tradition, and during the first winter I often found myself swimming all alone by or with just one other swimmer. Locals thought I was absolutely nuts for swimming outdoors in the winter, even when it was just in the 50s and sunny. So kudos to Panama City Beach for building this great facility and making it successful! All I could think when I saw the pool full of happy swimmers tonight was that Field of Dreams got it right—If you build it, they will come!
  14. Wednesday Jan 6th 2010

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 11:27 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wednesday Jan 6th 2010

    Today I missed seeing Coach Whitney fall in the pool Took wife to airport, missed the 1st hr

    added count downs for 3 meets I plan to swim (below)

    recently did my online 2010 USMS Registration
    Don't have a team?
    Register with Longhorn Masters, TXLA

    Subscribe to this Blog

    I'll be in Nashville Sat Jan 9th - Wed Jan 13th
    Made arrangements to train with NAC

    weights at world gym


    Whitney coached
    6:30 to 8:00
    swam beside todd, mike marcio and ned
    missed Nate who walked out just as I arrived
    arrived at 7:25

    warm up
    missed it
    did around 500 when I finally arrived

    main set
    today's work out was stations
    one of the stations was
    50 FAST for time
    100 FAST for time

    so I put on legskins and did

    50 fly 24.1
    whitney timed

    200 easy rest 5 minutes

    100 fr 51.2
    whitney timed

    50 easy

    thinking about coming back for more
    might do 4 or 5 fast 100's for time

    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 – 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX

    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX
    Count Down

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

    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
    Order of Events
    Swim Workouts
  15. Keepin it long and loose

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 07:40 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    It has been soooooo cold here in the south and today I even forgot to call my son to wake him up. But luckly he woke on his own.

    10x100@2:00 Free 1/2 pull 1/2 kick

    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd fly
    5x100@1:30 Free kick w/fins made it with 5 seconds to spare
    had to change fins due to a cut on my toe

    100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy
    200@3:00 Free w/paddles & bouy
    300@4:30 Free w/paddles & bouy
    400@6:00 Free w/paddles & bouy

    20x25@:40 Fly drills w/fins alternate 6kick/stroke, skull drill
    500 Free easy

    Total 4000 yards
  16. Lower back issues

    by , January 5th, 2010 at 11:56 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Problem in lower back on left side kicked up again so back to chiro tomorrow to "work it out." I may have to figure out what it is that keeps aggravating it. I suppose it could be anything. We just got a new puppy and have babygates all over the house. I almost wonder if all the stepping over the gates is aggravating it.

    I've had problems with this area on and off for 7 years - same side, same place. Part of the reason is stiffness in the sacroiliac region as well as a slight leg length difference ( left leg is slightly longer than right leg).

    Long-axis strokes, especially freestyle really seems to aggravate it, so I may be doing a bunch of one arm fly and kicking in my workouts until this thing goes away. Funny what areas become problem area as we get older. Looks like this one will be something I'll be dealing with for the rest of my life.

    Knock on wood, don't seem to have any shoulder problems. I consider this a blessing given the mega fly yardage in college.
    Every now and then, the knees get a little stiff. My sis (a PA) says that this is slight arthritis and should be expected at my age. Knees aren't sore anymore, so if I don't go back to jumping when I jump rope, I'll at least run.

    My try to zero in on another yoga class. This seems to keep the problem in my lower back from coming up when I have done it.

    Had a good workout today:

    Warm-up: 200 easy swim
    200 kick with fins: alternate 50 back dolphin with 50 free kick on side

    Distance set:

    500 on 7:30
    400 on 6:00
    300 on 4:30
    200 on 3:00
    100 on 1:30

    Sprint set:

    24 x 75 on 1:30

    I did the set as 8 sets of 75 fly, 75 back, and 75 free. On fly, I did the first 25, 3 rt./3 lt.

    100 easy

    3 x 200 kick with fins on 3:00 - 50 fr kick/100 dolphin/50 fr kick

    400 fly drill/swim as follows:
    100 drill
    25 swim
    75 drill
    50 swim
    50 drill
    75 swim (did 3 rt/3 lt/ 3 full
    25 drill

    100 easy

    4900 yards
  17. Back In The Pool

    by , January 5th, 2010 at 11:38 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)

    SCY, Solo
    The city pool opened yesterday after being closed since the 1st week in December. It was nice to swim in a full length pool again.

    400 Reverse IM alt. kick/swim by 25
    200 pull choice
    200 IM drill

    swim 200 free on 3:20
    swim 3x75 fl/bk/br by 25 on 1:30
    swim 200 free on 3:20
    swim 3x75 fr/fl/bk by 25 on 1:30
    swim 200 free on 3:20
    swim 3x75 br/fr/fl by 25 on 1:30
    swim 200 free on 3:20
    swim 3x75 bk/br/fr by 25 on 1:30

    swim the 200s nice and smooth; descend the 75s 1-3; #3 should be a pretty hard effort

    swim 12x25 choice on 30, #3, 5, 8 fast
    Total: 2800 yards
  18. Task Master's Tasks

    by , January 5th, 2010 at 11:33 PM (Meet Director's Path to Tranquility)
    Why are there 300 views of my tee shirt post????

    The second notice to the team was sent out Monday requesting volunteers. As predicted, there was minimal response. Five team members in all responded, and only 3 of 21 timer slots are filled. A sixth person, a friend of someone on the team, volunteered to be the the third timer. Imagine that. The other volunteers want to take the fun jobs at the awards and check-in tables. My next request will also emphasize that spouses and family members are welcome to volunteer, too. (then aunts and uncles, then pets and neighbors . . .)

    The first time swimmer souvenirs were ordered from Oriental Trading today: 2 dozen tropical hibiscus baseball caps to go with the 1 dozen we have left over from prior meets. Two dozen maracas pens were ordered as Coconut Relay awards. Total cost was a whopping $50.

    The ribbon awards were ordered from Hasty Awards. I really like their service and willingness to work with us, and they have always been true to their committments. We paid for a custom graphic setup on the ribbons at the first meet. Since it is on file, orders in subsequent years do not have that surcharge.

    What's interesting is that the number of first place awards has been relatively constant over the years. But, the more swimmers we have at the meet, the more second and especially third place awards we need. During our first meet, we ran out of second place ribbons. We ordered a few more and mailed them out to everyone after the meet, whether requested or not. That mistake (OK it was my bad planning) cut our profits a bit.

    The ribbon awards order cost about $105 this year - 150 first place, 75 second place, and 75 third place ribbons. These supplement those we already have, and also represent a number larger than we expect to use, just to be on the safe side. Last year for 165 swimmers, we had 230 firsts, 128 seconds, and 70 thirds. Of course, not everyone picks up their awards - usually about 75% do.

    Following J-Rod's advice during the first meet, (our unofficial 'LMSC advisor'), we left the date off the ribbons to ensure that we can use the extras in future meets. That was a good decision. Maybe all clubs hosting a meet for the first time should have a LMSC mentor/advisor assigned. He kept us out of trouble on a few other incidents, too.

    20 entries to date.

    Never run out of beer; or ribbons.
  19. The Importance of Being Earnest

    by , January 5th, 2010 at 11:14 PM (Chicken's Nuggets)
    Chicken O'C rides again!!!!

    I was lucky enough to land a spot in the 2010 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (

    This year I'll be raising money for the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (, an organisation that raises awareness and supports research into the disease that took my grandfather's eyesight and, only a few months ago, a great deal of my mother's.

    I won't start begging for donations until about April, but in the meantime my training has begun in earnest. Poor Earnest.

    Not one to suffer alone, I plan to document my entire training process in painfully boring detail on this blog, including sudoku breaks, cups of coffee consumed, and visits to the loo.

    Youtube provided my inspiration tonight, and I'd like to share the motivational interlude I found. This is how three nautical chappies see New York in just one day.

    I hope I can also see New York in just one day on June 12th!!

    [ame=""]YouTube- Gene Kelly Frank Sinatra - "New York, New York"[/ame]
  20. 1/5: I'm a genius

    by , January 5th, 2010 at 09:02 PM (Random Nonsense)
    Yesterday's swim pretty much undid all my rib healing.*

    Here is my new goal, not to swim until all the skin I scrapped off my elbow injuring my rib heals. It would make sense that it takes at least as long for skin to heal as ribs right? I will probably still kick.

    Walked the dogs and road the bike for 40 minutes. I am going to run out of magazines soon.

    * A little overly dramatic. The ribs hurt much worse than they did Monday before swimming, but not much additional movement induced pain, if that makes sense. I think the muscular bruising is still on track, but I jarred loose any of the bone cartilage healing. Of course, I also don't know enough not to swim long enough to get better, so my diagnosis is not worth much.