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  1. Sun, Jan. 13, 2013 Wenatchee Masters Meet Results

    by , January 13th, 2013 at 08:12 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    So happy to finally have a meet right at home today! Every other meet is so far "out there" that it's nice to be able to swim right at home. Today was nice as well, because I had some very nice competition today from that guy who lives on the west side of the state: That Guy! It's not too far timewise, aside from the mountain passes which can be an adventure at times.

    1650 Free - 18:03.13 (masters best time, new LMSC record)
    I was feeling pretty good about this event beforehand, and I probably took it out a bit faster than I should have. For some reason the splits didn't get recorded on the official computer results in Meet Manager...not sure why, but being the Top Ten Recorder person for the LMSC, I have the hard copies of all the meet paperwork/deck computer timing tapes/etc., so I can actually look up my splits for BLOG purposes.
    For That Guy's info, I will place his splits next to mine, as he also had a very good neck and neck race with me.
    Dist. / James / T.G. / (Differtial me vs. him)
    100 - 59.53 / 1:01.13 (1.60)
    200 - 2:04.81 / 2:06.38 (1.57)
    300 - 3:10.39 / 3:11.39 (1.00)
    400 - 4:16.48 / 4:16.58 (0.10)
    500 - 5:22.92 / 5:22.29 (-0.63) <== "changing of the guard" here
    600 - 6:29.24 / 6:28.12 (-1.12)
    700 - 7:36.08 / 7:34.58 (-1.50)
    800 - 8:43.78 / 8:41.12 (-2.66)
    900 - 9:51.54 / 9:47.61 (-3.93)
    1000 - 10:58.89 / 10:54.89 (-4.00)
    1100 - 12:05.74 / 12:01.86 (-3.88)
    1200 - 13:11.78 / 13:08.91 (-2.87)
    1300 - 14:18.67 / 14:16.19 (-2.48)
    1400 - 15:24.32 / 15:22.89 (-1.43)
    1500 - 16:29.59 / 16:28.57 (-1.02)
    1600 - 17:33.97 / 17:33.97 (0.00) <== Exactly tied here with a 50 to go!
    1650 - 18:03.13 / 18:04.53 (1.40)

    Masters best times for both of us as well! My age group coach John was there taking splits for me, and encouraging me onward through the race. Around the 7/8/900 point of the race, I was hurting bad, and wanting to back off, but knew John would've needed a real good excuse if I did.
    It was good that I had kept relatively close to T.G., because having the rabbit out front can be encouraging when you want it to be. I was very happy with this swim, and I'm sure T.G. was as well, though he went to the gutter after the race for "just in case" reasons. I was very glad to have someone to swim this race with me today, and we pushed each other to just about the max. The rest of my day took a hit on performances, but it's all good.

    100 Free - 54.42
    Pretty much blah, but what do you expect after a killer mile?
    Note: I should probably retire from this event altogether.

    200 Back - 2:20.45

    Sprint Fun - Unsanctioned 25s:

    25 Fly - 11.83 - did it without a breath. (1st overall)
    25 Back - 14.02 - SDKing was good, then was almost to the end (2nd overall)
    25 Breast - 14.40 - I like this one. I had a completely different type of breaststroke on this one (1st overall)
    25 Free - 11.33 - OK I guess (2nd overall)

    These races basically consisted of the fast 25, hit the cooldown lane for a 25 back to the start end (wait for the reseeded chaos) and sprint another 25. Kind of a mini-workout in the middle of the meet.

    Had a final leg on a 400 Free Relay at this point - didn't give much effort and cruised a 1:01

    200 Free - 1:59.17
    This was just hard. Still feeling the effects of the 1650. T.G. was right with me on this one...kicking my butt (meaning that he's tougher than me)

    Swam the final leg on a 200 Free Relay, pretty much a cooldown swim

    500 Free (swam as Fly) - 6:08.08
    T.G. and myself both decided we would be worthless as far as putting together a "good" 500 Free race, so what the heck??

    Updated January 13th, 2013 at 08:30 PM by jaadams1

    Swim Workouts , Daily Practices , Meets
  2. Sunday 1/13/13

    Sunday 1/13

    PM only SCY

    600 swim
    8x100 @ 1:40 k/s/dr/bld 2 each stroke I.M. order

    3x200 @ 3:00 I.M.
    1- k/sw
    2- dr/sw
    3- swim
    4x100 RED HR
    RD1 @ 1:20
    RD2 @ 1:15
    RD3 @ 1:10

    4x50 @ 1:00 3/3/3 drill

    4x25 @ :30 STRK pull w/ buoy
    3x50 @ :50 STRK target 200 pace
    150 @ 2:15 FAST
    2x100 @ 1:45 AE
    Each round was stroke I.M. order, with the 150 always being 50/100 (so RD1 was 50 FL/100 BK, RD2 was 50 BK/100 BR) except for RD4 where the 150 was all FR. The 100s were always FR aerobic.

    18x25 w/ fins
    14 @ :40 kick FL hands at side
    4 @ :35 swim

    250 EZ

    Total: 7700
    Swim Workouts
  3. Oconomowoc YMCA, WI Masters Meet

    by , January 13th, 2013 at 04:16 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    The roads south of Milwaukee were pretty dicey and it was still snowing a bit when I left this morning, but by the time I hit the bypass and headed west the roads cleared nicely. I made it in time to change and take full advantage of the warm-up.

    I'm pretty happy with this meet; I think there were only a couple of others in my age group so I focused on racing the folks around me whose seed times were similar. It was nice to be pushed and I PR'd each of the events I entered; and think I might have even won a few of my heats. Here were my events (seed times) and results:

    50 Back (:50)--:44.89, 1st in age group.
    100 Free (1:20)--1:15.14, 2nd.
    100 IM (1:35)--1:29.77, 2nd.
    500 Free (7:50)--7:38.48, 2nd.
    100 Breast (1:45)--1:37.62, 1st

    Scotty took first in the 100 IM and 500 FR in our age group and had a good meet. He was swimming in the faster heats (usually a heat after me), though we ended up in the same heat of the 500. I felt like my technique on freestyle was all off... the times are faster, but I was all over the place... I'm interested to see what my splits were in the 500; another Kenosha Y swimmer was watching my 100 free and said I was pretty close to even split (about :36 at the 50 mark), I pulled even with and may even have passed the swimmer in the lane next to mine on the final length, his seed time was 1:16... both of us were in the 1:15s, leading the heat. Fun. But I felt like both freestyle events were missed opportunities... my left goggle filled up with water at the start of both, and so that distraction means I wasn't really thinking about form, tempo, etc... yuck. The 500 was a sub 1:32/100 pace, but I feel like it could have been better.

    I had the most fun with the "new" events/strokes: I really enjoyed the backstroke and the 100 IM was fun as well. The dreaded (for me) backstroke may be my new favorite! I wore my OW National Champs lime green cap and the timer for my 100 IM said, "This is an interesting contrast, I wouldn't have expected that cap in this event." She commented afterward that my back was probably my best leg and that my turn-over was really good. I wouldn't have predicted that two weeks ago! In my 50 back I had a good start and nailed the turn.

    I also think it's pretty funny that I was first place in the breast in my age group (and won the heat), when that is clearly my worst stroke and the one I was most worried about going in.

    All and all a fun time
  4. 4 weeks till state meet

    150 swim
    100 IM
    6 x 50 sprint kick @ 1:30
    --hold fastest 50 free swim + 15

    4 x 200 back @ 3:10 neg split
    2 x 100 recovery r/20
    4 x 200 breast @ 3:25 work 3rd 50
    3 x 100 recovery r/20
    4 x 200 IM @ 3:10 steady swim w/strong kick
    4 x 100 recovery r/20
    100 sprint off blocks
    --went breast

    Didn't warm down because I was in a hurry to get home. We need to hit the road to Atlanta for a gymnastics meet. A little stiff after working out and a road trip.
    This was one of my favorite workouts we have done in awhile. Back and the IM's felt great. The set of breaststroke swims was a bit harder for me to hold together.