Thursday, I started off my trip to Oregon, leaving around 4:00pm, with plans to go to my sister's house in Beaverton. Well, I stopped at a rest area about an hour and a half into the 5+ hour trip, and my little blue '83 Toyota pickup didn't want to restart. I was a bit upset at this point, and stuck in the middle of nowhere for a while. I had basic tools with me, and after working through everything, determined that my battery was dead...very dead. It was the original battery that we put in the truck when my father and I built the thing 6 years ago, so I guess I got my money's worth out of the battery. Well, I did the old "pop the clutch" trick to get the truck started, luckily the rest area had a downhill exit ramp back to the freeway, so it was easy. That was actually my first time doing that for a vehicle, and was happy it worked. I ended up turning the truck around at the next possible "No U-turn" turnaround (reserved for State Patrol) and headed back home for the evening. A little ticked that I wasn't in Oregon tonight, but glad I wasn't stranded. And I got to sleep in my own bed one more night.
Friday morning, I got up, did a little work on my truck, and then ended up leaving town a little before 9:00am. This time I was in my wife's '99 Nissan Sentra, a more reliable and also better MPG car as well. I had to be to the Mt. Hood Pool by 3:00pm for checkin/4:00pm meet start time. It was a 5 hour trip, and I got there with plenty of time. Got to watch the lifeguards changing out the lanelines from SCY to LCM...they were loving life.
All of my seed times for this meet were my season best times in the particular events, except the 50 Fly, which was my time from the 2012 season.
1500 Free - (19:52.77 seed time) - went 19:04.64
1:17.34 (4:58.53) - 400
1:17.85 (5:09.65) (10:08.08) - 800
1:17.35 (5:08.63) - 1200
This turned out to be what I think is my best event of the weekend. I swam it basically solo, lapping everyone in my heat at least once. I wasn't hurting a bit during the swim, and had no idea how fast I was truly going till it was over. My only battle, was with That Guy operating my lap counter. He kept flashing the number 43 repeatedly at me, occasionally giving the correct lap count number. It turns out he was giving the correct number every 3rd 100, which he said was "more than enough".
I had a goal of making a time fast enough to earn the #1 spot in my age group in the USMS rankings, as this year was a "slow year" for my group in a few events. I ended up doing that, by over 25 seconds. We'll just have to see if there's any other late submissions into the database. For now, I'm #1.
800 Free - (seeded 10:04.80) - went 10:07.15
Splits were basically the same as the first 800 of my 1500, only 1 second faster overall. The only thing good I did in this race was beat Kirk Nelson to the 50. I did Fly on the first 50 as well, after that Kirk smoked me. That Guy again counted for me, and I had no clue what he was doing...I think I'll have to fire him from this job in the future.
100 Free - (seeded 1:02.67) - went 1:02.61
29.50 / 33.11
Felt good at the 50, legs died after the breakout of the 2nd length, arms got shorter about 15 meters later. It hurt. Still, a season best time.
200 IM - (seeded 2:37.97) - went 2:36.81
I did not want to swim this race after the 100 Free. I went to the blocks at the last minute, stepped up with no care at all, and dove off. I guess that was the trick, because I actually did good. Another season best. I had no one to race though, as I was in the 2nd to last heat middle lane.
Saturday night night: Can't go to the Portland area without getting burgers from Burgerville!! Only 5 of the original cheeseburgers (love the special sauce) and a large blackberry milkshake. Topped it off later with a 1 liter of cherry coke from the store. My grandparents thought I was nuts eating all of that.
I was still at my grandparent's house at the time warmups began. I wasn't going to do a real warmup today, plus it was a bit chilly out, so I just stayed dry and warm...arriving on deck around 8:40am.
50 Fly - (seeded 29.45) - went 29.66
Not too shabby for my warmup. The guy next to me, a true sprinter, was about a bodylength behind me after the dive and breakout. In a matter of 3-4 strokes, he flew right past me though...how!?!?!??! After that he didn't accelerate any more though, but I had no chance to catch him.
I did cooldown/warmup a 100 or so after this, in preparation for my 200 Free a few heats later.
200 Free - (seeded 2:18.47) - went 2:18.35
Another season best time. At least my splits were consistent, though it just felt slow overall. I was glad the 3 day meet was done though. Masters meets just shouldn't be spread out over this many days IMO.
Sunday going home, I stopped in The Dalles for another round at Burgerville. Same order as the previous night. This is the last chance to eat at Burgerville going eastbound until you circle the globe, so you might as well stop.
My big 5000-yard workout on Friday left me pretty tired, though I have to say that 200 fly doesn't exhaust me as much as it used to now (maybe there's a 500-yard continuous fly in the near future?!). Friday's workout was also the last at the Kenosha YMCA until after the annual maintenance shutdown (Tuesday after Labor Day it re-opens). Scotty and I will head up to the YMCA in Racine County next week for a workout or two, but I'm going to take advantage of the last real week of summer to put in a lot of time in the lake.
Next Saturday I'm planning to head down to DeKalb, IL, and swim the 5K postal with a group that's hosting at an LCM pool there... here's the announcement for anyone in the area who wants to join in:
DeKalb is a little under 2 hours from here, so it will be another early morning, but it will be my last chance to get the 5K in... my usual timers have their weekend schedules filled now and there aren't that many LCM pools within easy driving distance... I suppose I could do it at the Pleasant Prairie rec-plex when they have their pool set up for long course on the weekends, but not being a member it will cost me and my timer a little more than I'd like to pay for another indoor swim.
The lake was wonderful this weekend... water temp was baby-bear "just right" in the high 70s. Lots of sun, really beautiful for a swim. Saturday I did the following:
4 x thru
--400 IM, :10-:20 r
--400 recovery, :30-:45 r
TOTAL: 3600 yards/75 minutes
This was a nice challenge for a recovery swim. It was also a good opportunity to work on really stretching out my fly outside the SCY box. It's right at 50 yards between no wake buoys, and it was taking me about 15 strokes on the way out and 17-19?? on the way back. No wall at the other end, or even shallow area to get the advantage of a dive from standing, made turning around to finish the 100 fly really challenging. Plus there was a nice steady roll of small waves coming to shore from the breeze blowing in. All of this is what I consider good mental toughness training. I wasn't pushing the pace, just trying to be steady.
Today's lake swim was a little later (yesterday I swam at 8AM), at about 11:30 or noon, so I kept it short so as not to burn myself to a crisp (temps are getting up to 90s today! I think for the first time all summer!). Water was very cool and inviting though. Here's what I did:
400 EZ fr
400 EZ fr
4 x 100 (50 fly + 50 fr recovery)
4 x 100 (50 bk + 50 fr recovery)
200 EZ br
TOTAL: 2000 yards/40-45 minutes
Swam w/ Dave, Dave, Dave and Bob Saturday at the Huntsville NAT. Sam headed back to school Friday. We will probably get a couple high school swimmers looking for doubles next week. It has been a decent week. I'm getting used to 5k/day again. Backstroke is improving but still weak. Some of my breaststroke changes are starting to pay off as well. I'm getting my hips forward and hands out faster which is helping me set up a longer glide.
600 Warm up
100 IM/200 IM/300 IM/400 IM, open turns at the end of each IM. If :10 seconds ahead of the 100 pace, substituted free for stroke.
7 rounds of:
* 100 Pull hard - 1:20
* 50 Kick easy - 1:10
1000 Something - can't remember now
5 x 200 - 3:00 Convert free to fly
12 x 50 - 1:00 kick w/ fins
100 Cool down
Saturday workout (SCY)
600 Warm up
3 x 200 - 3:00, stroke down/free back
3 x 200 - 3:00, descend (2:30, 2:25, 2:22)
4 x 100 Kick w/ fins
3 x 50 IM Order - 1:00
1 x 100 Free - 1:30
3 x 50 IM Order - 1:00
3 x 100 Free - 1:30
3 x 50 IM Order - 1:00
5 x 100 Free - 1:30
3 Rounds of:
* 100 IM - 1:45
* 100 Stroke - 1:45 (IM Order by round)
* 200 Free - 3:00
200 Cool down