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  1. Meet 12/08-09/2012: NEM SCM Champs

    by , December 9th, 2012 at 09:42 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Just back from another great weekend of racing in Boston at the New England Masters scm championships. I really like the Boston University pool, even though I spent a lot of time in the outside lanes. Ahh, OUTSIDE SMOKE! (there was some inside at the hotel, you'll get there if you keep reading).

    Here is what I entered and how I did (seed times were either PB or "I think I should be able do this time." I'll update splits another night:

    06 100 SCM IM 1:11.62
    went 1:08.31
    (30.11, 38.20)
    - Strong fly and back, felt like I didn't lose ground on the breast, then sprinted home. Felt really good. This one gets a

    08 200 SCM Breast 3:13.31
    went 3:13.68
    (43.84, 49.72[1:33.56], 50.03, 50.09[1:40.12])
    - Gridge #1 of the day - I was one person shy of swimming with AZTimm, and he beat me, as expected
    - Race was good; I had to choose at the 100 if I was going to really start hammering or not, and I really didn't, opting to continue another 50 of "ride the glide." Happy with the time.

    12 200 SCM Back 2:24.82
    went 2:21.68
    (34.19, 35.44[1:09.63], 36.01, 36.04[1:12.05])
    - Super duper psyched with this swim. I put a lot of effort into working the underwaters more and staying in control for the first 100, then hitting the accelerator. My wife taped it - my left hand is doing something funny on entry, so I need to address that. Slipped on the wall at 125, and I probably don't have to remind everyone that this event is perhaps the most painful of all since it is so kick-driven. My quads were screaming the whole rest of the meet, but I loved the pain.

    18 50 SCM Fly 0:31.20
    went 29.49
    - Mimicked Fort (not really duplicated since I don't think she swam it) and blasted the underwaters. Popped up a few meters shy of the yellow line going out, and took 10 SDK's off the wall on the way home. This was a really fast time for me.

    20 200 SCM Free 2:14.30
    went 2:12.98
    (31.01, 35.15[1:06.16], 34.45, 32.37[1:06.82])
    - Another fast swim with a slightly altered strategy from my normal 200. Felt strong on the front half but need to really start grinding it out earlier in the second half.

    Day 1 done (flogged 1350 meters and 1500 yards), and off to dinner with my wife, son, SwimStud, Fortress, and AZTimm at a Mexican place across the street from the pool. Glad the day ended somewhat early as the joint was hopping when we left. Excellent dinner and conversation, although I have to say that chicken chimichangas are off the menu during weekend meets from now on, I don't want to repeat the gut rot anytime soon.

    Got to the hotel shortly (didn't stay at meet hotel, but found another one close to Fenway that had breakfast) after 6pm, so lots of time to relax. Was debating on taking an Ambien to help sleep and I was pretty wiped out so fell asleep by 9:30ish on my own. Good thing, as right before 3am the fire alarm went off. First time in a hotel that this has happened, apparantly due to some people smoking pot a few floors above us. Left most of my stuff in the room (save goggles and suit in case save a reply of Backdraft loomed), and around 3:45 we got the all clear to leave the lobby and go back upstairs. Finally got back to bed closer to 5 and up at 7:30.

    Back at the pool for Day 2, my aunt Pat came down to sit in the sauna on her day off. I see her a few times a year, and just like when we were kids she makes a point to be a cheerleader for us. <3

    30 400 SCM Free 4:45.57
    went 4:43.83
    (31.85, 35.02[1:06.87], 36.05, 36.54[1:12.59,2:19.46],
    36.79, 36.62[1:13.41], 36.50, 34.46[1:10.96,2:24.37])
    - This was gridge number two, the five-way parlay looking for greatest time drop. That Guy, can you get the results posted for us? Q-brain was the winner I believe.
    -Was 8 seconds faster than last year, and I felt in control. I am still weary of inflicting too much pain at this distance, and could have stepped it up a notch around the 225 mark, but didn't. The gridge (as always) really forced me to put a lot of effort into swimming faster than normal, so I am much obliged, gentlemen.
    - I counted for Tim's great swim and he reciprocated the favor - thanks again, Tim.

    34 100 SCM Free 1:00.43
    went 58.22 (lane 10)
    (28.34, 29.88)
    - :fistpump: I wanted to get under 1 minute, and was surprised at a low 58. I went old school splitting on this: 25 strong (87%), 25 build, 25 SPRINT, 25 whatever is left. Worked out well; I don't mind the pain on the 100's.

    38 50 SCM Back 0:31.15
    went 30.64 (lane 10)
    - So I thought that there were 10 heats, but there were actually 8. 7 was in the water and I was still farting around behind the blocks, then the timers shout my name and I to the water. The judge mentioned "worse than the 8 and unders", but I think he was talking about my start.
    - with Fort - I SDK'd 12 going out and came up even closer to the yellow lines than yesterday's fly, slipped on the turn, SDK'd 10 and churned home. I think I won this gridge by two tenths of a second.
    - Apparently in the warmdown lane I "cannonballed" SwimStud, as all of a sudden, in my weakened state, he grabbed my ankle and dunked me. Sorry Rich, but good times in the warmdown pool nonetheless.

    44 200 SCM Fly 2:43.33
    - Saturday night I was strongly trying to persuade myself to swim this wonderful event again, and after the "Cyprus Hill gathering" way past my bedtime I decided to skip it. I swam it a month ago in Maine, and I wanted to focus on my last event. Sorry to let the Butternuts among us down. :TargetShootingPracticeOpen:

    48 100 SCM Back 1:07.75
    went 1:05.76
    (32.83, 32.93)
    - This one gets a
    - Reverted to old school 100 splitting again, and went 32.83, 32.93. Was able to keep my SDK's off the walls as planned (8,6,6,5) and although I jammed the first turn the final time was excellent.
    (Flogged 2150m and 800yds)

    So, nine swims and nine PB's (many multi-second drops), great times with my family as well as swimming friends (including ones not on the forums), first near missed swim and false fire alarm at the hotel, exceeeded max number of images in blog post and needed to edit, and dinner with ice cream from Friendly's on the three hour ride home. Can't wait for next year!

    Updated December 31st, 2012 at 05:02 PM by rxleakem

    Tags: boston, bu scm
    Masters Swim Meets / Events
  2. Sunday, December 9, 2012

    by , December 9th, 2012 at 11:04 AM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@Catalina Isle Community HOA Pool (1 Length/12.5 yards)
    Air temp of 70, pool at 78, 100% water clarity.
    Sunny skies with humidity at 55%

    Warm Up
    200 yards FR

    *Set 1*
    2x500 FR on 1:00 rest
    Steady smooth EVF with still head position
    Each 500 as 4x25 breath control/100 pattern;
    • odd 100s; 2-4-6-1 breath
    • even 100s; 3-5-7-1 breath

    *Set 2*
    4(1x200 Scull, 100 BR Kick, :30 rest)

    *Set 3*
    4 Rounds;
    • 1x100 Dolphin Kick w/board
    • 1x50 SDK under water as(4x12.5 w/:10 rest)
    • 1x150 as 2(12.5 RA, 12.5 LA, 12.5 FLY strong, no breath)

    500 FR quiet warm down with slow motion EVF.

    • Another magnificent SWF morning. FR stroke form, FLY, BR/Dolphin kicking, SDK and sculling.

    Updated December 9th, 2012 at 11:22 AM by fdtotten

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  3. WI masters SCM meet

    by , December 9th, 2012 at 10:53 AM (Alex's swim journal)
    Wow... I'm stiff today. Yesterday we had the only SCM meet of the season for Wisconsin Masters... and it was my first meet ever; a lot of fun. Folks were super supportive and I was shocked at the strong turnout. Even with the strong attendance, though, there were few enough people in my age group that I had a chance to place in each of the events I entered; this is nice considering I'm a late-comer to swimming and my times still look pretty slow! I was pretty happy with my personal results; all freestyle events:

    100M = 3rd 40-44M (1:24.30)
    200M = 2nd " " (3:03.98)
    1500M = 2nd " " (26:53.29)

    I didn't know if I would get into the 1500 until Thursday this week (they had a limit of 12), so I signed up for some of the shorter events just to give it a try. I was happy I did, because I was able to get those starts and pre-race jitters under control by the time I finally got to my goal event. And I'm happy also to know, more or less, what my SCM times look like for the 100 and 200. Initially I was a little disappointed based on my SCY practice times, until someone pointed out there should be about a 10% difference... makes sense. That would put me in the mid to upper 1:10s for 100 SCY and upper 2:40s for 200 SCY, which is where I thought I might be.

    I really didn't know where I was going to be for that 1500, but based on my broken 1650 a few weeks ago (about 26:30) I was going to be happy with anything between 26 and 27 minutes. I felt pretty relaxed the whole time and was able to push it in the last couple hundred. Now I have a time set at that distance, so I can start working to improve!

    My friend Scotty swam the 200 and 1500 free also; he placed 1st in the 1500 for our age group. Since we're in the same age group we probably shouldn't be swimming too many of the same events together b/c we limit our chances at placing, but it was good to be swimming next to him in an event like the 200, where I really had no idea what to expect... helped reduce the anxiety level.

    Actually, I did expect the lactic acid burn in the 200M (it's comparable to the 800M run in track) and probably shouldn't have tried to do it and the 1500 on the same day, but I signed up for it not knowing I was going to get into the 1500. I swam the first 100 of the 200 in 1:25 and then just tried to relax and bring it in hard for the last half... then I made sure to get a long cool down in after that. It would be a couple of hours before the 1500, so I was able to take in the rest of the meet at that point, which was a lot of fun.

    I'll have to stop now, but I could go on and on. Two years ago I couldn't have imagined myself lining up on the blocks getting ready to sprint a 100 in a swim meet... now I wonder why I haven't been doing it all along!