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  1. Feb 09

    by , February 10th, 2009 at 11:56 AM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Today was the second day of "a free trial" that Coach Janine of the Aquasol masters here in El Dorado offered me last week, I was floundering at the El Dorado Hills (totally different town) Sports CLub; as their pool is about 75-77 degrees of bromine, yucky salty water, because I work nights, I needed to get some rest before my w/o. In contrast the YMCA/Union Mine/Aquasol pool is usually in the 80's with mild chorinaltion, the best pool I have been in thus far. Anyways its so cool to have a coached workout, even though Im am self taught swimmer, there are things that only a trained eye can see and a coach can evauate your strenghths and weaknesses and prescribe drills and w/o to help balance out your strokes.
    W 300 FR
    M 200 P / 200 K / 200 Swim
    10 x 50 Pace work on :35 every 1:00
    D BR kicking drill (my kick is all wrong, so its getting fixed)
    D BR drill / BR stroke - dolphin kick
    c/d 200fr

    Although this was a short w/o, it was really stroke specific, and stroke remediation.
    Looks like I will be cancelling the salty cold pool club and returning with the YMCA swimmers in the morning, and if my boss puts me on days by March I can join up with Aquasol.
  2. Swimming in the Oaks

    by , February 10th, 2009 at 11:26 AM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    I have to admit, up until the Summer Olympics of 2008, I was just a casual lap swimmer. My idea of a workout was doing 20 or 40 "laps" (there and back, or 2 lengths) 3 times a week and ride my road bike 14 miles on the alternate days. My fitness and enthusiasm would wax and wane through the years.
    Back in 1977 I was on the high school swim team, Poly High in Sun Valley, CA. Coach Richards said off hand one day, that I wouldn't become much of a swimmer in the future. I remember the varsity guys bragging to me about the L.A. High school city finals and maybe the Olympics, later they would have there dreams handed back to them in a wet paper sack as they didn't fair very well either!
    Although I could swim one lap (there and back, or 2 lengths) under water and easily cross reservoirs, such as Medicine Bow and Lake Oroville, I just didn't have much aspirations to be a swimmer, like those 'Olympians'
    Today, I have been working an average of 4 days in the pool a week, still trying to get under a minute in the 100 FR with room to spare, under 30 in the back, breast and fly. But Im a much different swimmer then last summer. Now, I swim intervals, I do structured workouts, the old "lap swimming" is a thing of the past. In fact someone once asked me, "How many laps do you swim in your workout?" I answered "i dont know, I know I swam 3200 yards, so I had to stop and calculate it.
    Although I have only had 2 coached workouts in the last 7 months and both of those were in L.A., the videos, books and even some of the workouts on this site have totally changed my perspective on swimming.
    I worked Janet Evans "Total Swimming" for 3 months, it brought my 100 FR time from 1:12 to 1:03. Im confident that I will get :55 within the next 2 months, my dryland training has increased and includes Pilates, road bike and some exercises from the "Complete conditioning for Swimmers".
    So I guess Ill try to log my progress here, cause us "Lone Rangers" need all the encuragement we can get...

    Updated February 12th, 2009 at 02:40 AM by EricOrca

  3. lifted & short swim practice

    by , February 10th, 2009 at 11:07 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue Feb 10th 2009


    WEIGHTS (LIFTED 5:30 - 5:55)
    bench 10 x 135 6 x 185 4 x 195
    lat press 8 x 40 8 x 45 8 x 50
    lat pull 8 x 167 6 x 207 5 x 215
    leg press 10 x 180 8 x 270 8 x 320
    Lat Press with bands

    USA Swimming Austin Grand Prix Austin TX
    Thursday March 5 - Saturday March 7, 2009
    23 days away
    Meet format: Short Course AM, Long Course PM
    entered the following events
    #05 100 Butterfly 52.63
    #08 200 IM 2:00.32
    #18 100 Backstroke 54.05
    #24 200 Backstroke 2:21.04
    #26 100 Freestyle 48.85

    2009 South Central Zone USMS Championships
    Friday March 27 - Sun March 29, 2009

    Masters Nationals
    Fri May 8 - 10

    6:30 - 8:00 (got out at 7:25 to make an 8:00 meeting)
    whitney coached
    scy TSC main pool
    swam with tyler amy brandon & ned
    beside larry max nate doug & meg

    warm up
    did around 500

    200 fr on 2:20 went 2:12 right into
    4 x 50 k on :45
    100 easy
    rest 30 - 60 sec

    200 fr on 2:15 went 2:08 right into
    3 x 50 k on :45
    100 easy
    rest 30 - 60 sec

    200 fr on 2:10 went 2:04 right into
    2 x 50 k on :45
    100 easy
    rest 30 - 60 sec

    200 fr on 2:05 went 2:00 right into
    50 k on :45
    100 easy

    assigned: 800
    did: 6 x 50
    odds easy, rest 35,
    evens strong with 8 SDKs rest 35 sec
    went 29, 28, 27

    got out around 7:25
  4. Tuesday 2/10 - Stroke Day

    by , February 10th, 2009 at 08:31 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Felt really strong especially on my backstroke, my strong kick was back today too.

    15x50 @ 1:05 Free alternate by 50 Pull/Kick/Swim
    10x50 @ 1:00 as 25 Br 2kick1pull/25 free
    800 as 50 Free 25 Breast
    10x25 @ :45 Back catchup drill
    8x50 @ 1:00 Back with paddles and board
    8x25 @ :40 Back held between 20-22
    8x25 @ :40 as Fl/Bk, Bk/Br, Br/Fr
    600 Free

    Total 3500 yards
  5. Jimbo Jumbo Gallyumbo

    by , February 10th, 2009 at 12:10 AM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Utterly exhausted.

    Actually worked today. Odd. A foreign experience of late.

    Blood drawn for testosterone and estrogen readings.

    The soy era has begun. Soy milk--2 giant glasses. Cliff Bar, hopefully salmonella-free, but it's possible the local supermarket decided to **** the recall.

    I like being able to use the word **** and not have to worry about it seeming bad. **** **** ****!

    I am semi-documenting my soy experiment and its effect on my swimming, but too tired to post the footage yet.

    What I will post tonight, however, is the practice I did that has left me vibrating with exhaustion and a sense that I am getting old.

    And the leading contender for the Vlog the Inhaler theme song, written and performed by the two wonderful little daughters of my swimming teammate, Mark H.

    I think that you will see their song about me has a lot in common with other songs like "It's a small world after all" and "The song that never ends."

    Catchy. Infectious. And once it gets into you head, you just want to sing it nonstop all day and all night for the rest of your life.

    Which, alas, you might also end up cutting short with a small arms round in the cranium.

    Even this, however, is not enough to stop the sound of the Vlog the Inhaler theme song.



    • 250 tai chi warm up on my own
    • 10 x 100 1:25 official warm up
    • 5 x 100 on 1:20 (1:12's -1:14s for me)
    • 1 x 500 at a better pace than above (6:12 --pathetique)
    • 5 x 100 on 1:15 (1:10s or 1:11s for me)
    • 1 x 500 at a better pace than above (yeah, right. I did a 6:22 and felt as ancient as a 56 year can feel)
    • 2 x 100 on 1:30
    • 1 x 200 fast (2:08, almost threw up; leg cramp the second 100 forcing the right angle ankle kick)
    • 6 x 50 on :40 (almost seized up)
    • 1 x 50 slow on my own to bring total up to 3600
    • steam bath
    • continued to drip sweat for a long long time after I got dressed. the pool water, by the way, was 85.

    And now for the Jimbo Jumbo Gallyumbo song. Note: absolutely no video production values tonight. In fact, after the girls give me the muuaaahhh kiss, or at least Marion does, Carrie is too old to do such things, you can shut it down. The last 30 seconds or so is just me fumbling with the camera trying to turn it off.

    [ame=""]YouTube - The official song of Vlog the Inhaler[/ame]
  6. TIRED!

    by , February 9th, 2009 at 10:17 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    OK I had a long day started in the pool at 10 and I just finished work at's what I got in!

    600 FR/NFR by 100 Did BK, BK, BR
    5 times:
    50 DR 1:00
    50 K 1:30
    100 Swim 2:00
    I did FR, FR, FR, BR,BR

    300 IM Drill, Kick, Swim
    8 x 50 Transition 1:00 I did a couple of 1:10's on the back half though.
    3 times:
    100 IM 2:00
    100 FR 1:45

    200 Swim. Paddles, Snorkel and fins
    4 x 50 no gear.
    The last 400 I spent trying to track down and eliminate an annoying splash sound with my left arm think I'm onto it now though and it's going the way of the Dodo.

    After that I showered and swigged a cup of coffee with 1/3 of a bagel then laid into the weights:
    4 sets Leg press/Calf Press superset
    4 sets Leg Extention
    4 sets Leg Curl
    4 sets Adduction
    4 sets Abduction
    4 sets Bench Press
    4 sets Crunch Machine
    4 sets Pull Down
    4 sets Seated Row
    I popped an extra plate on the stack for nearly all except adduction. Reps went about 12-15. Trying to get the weight so I fail between there now.

    Updated February 13th, 2009 at 08:06 PM by SwimStud

  7. No more wine or whining, it's back to the pool!

    by , February 9th, 2009 at 09:23 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I wasn't sure how my face would hold up with the goggles so I didn't really have a work out in mind. Here's a funny little pattern swim of 500 sets I made up as I went along.

    1) 500 Free-easy warm-up and stretch
    2) 5 X 100 Free on 1:45
    3) 4 X 25 Fly on :45 (sprint rhythm/eo breath)
    4 X 100 Free on 1:50
    4) 6 X 50 (2 each stroke w/ 15 sec rest after each)
    2 X 100 Free on 1:55
    5) 8 X 50 Free on 1 min--Alternate paddles
    1 X 100 IM Fast as Can
    6) 10 X 50 Free on :55
    7) very easy 200 IM cooldown
    3,200 Felt Sublime!
  8. Monday, Feb. 9

    by , February 9th, 2009 at 05:10 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Another staggeringly boring workout:

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    200 kick
    150 fly drills
    2 x 25 build free


    4 x (25 easy speed fly + 25 easy)

    50 EZ

    50 back AFAP

    200 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP free + 75 easy)

    100 EZ

    Total: 1850


    The pain in the ass is still a pain in the ass. Both my daughters have colds and are hacking. I've been congested for a couple days, hope it doesn't escalate. I felt sorry for myself for about 15 minutes last night, but I'm mostly upbeat. Don't feel either crappy or particularly speedy in the water. Just kind of weird and floaty. Don't care, I'm ignoring it all.

    Updated February 10th, 2009 at 11:19 AM by The Fortress

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  9. Monday 2-9-2009 SCY

    by , February 9th, 2009 at 01:56 PM (TJ's Blog of Slow Swimming!)
    11:00 AM to Noon at the Jamerson YMCA (SCY) coached by Priscilla.

    400 free, different breathing pattern every 100
    · 1-4 - Meet stroke drill on 1:05 - I did 1 arm fly
    · 5-7 - Meet stroke swim descend on 1:00 - I still did 1 arm fly, but tried to work a good kick
    · 8-10 - Free descend on :55 - I went :45, :43, :40

    Main Set:
    2x75 free on 1:20
    extra :15 rest
    3x75 free on 1:20
    extra :15 rest
    4x75 free on 1:20
    extra :15 rest
    5x75 free on 1:20
    extra :15 rest
    6x75 free on 1:20
    75 easy free

    5 starts - ˝ length sprint - ez into wall - I did a couple of fly, a couple of free and one of breast

    2500 yards
    Notes: In hindsight, I should have used the 75s to concentrate on form rather than getting a workout. I held between 1:00 and 1:05 on all of them. That's not particularly fast, but I end up trying to keep up with the lane next to me who are doing 100s on 1:20.
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  10. Monday, 2/9/09

    by , February 9th, 2009 at 12:28 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    1 x 400 swim, done as free/back by 100's
    1 x 300 IM drill
    1 x 300 pull breathe 3/5 by 50

    Main Set
    3x around:
    {4x50 on 50 descend 1-4 (back on 55)
    {300 moderate pace (no more than 75-80%) w/20 sec.(free - 4:25, pull - 4:20, back - 5:00
    {4x25 on 30: #1 build, #2 easy, #3 fast, #4 easy
    round 1 free, round 2 pull (no paddles), round 3 back

    Cool down
    1 x 100 easy

  11. Mon Feb 9th 2009

    by , February 9th, 2009 at 11:22 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Feb 9th 2009

    SPEED & STRENGTH TRAINING for Austin Grand Prix

    short cut to Ande's Swimming Blog

    USA Swimming Austin Grand Prix Austin TX
    Thursday March 5 - Saturday March 7, 2009
    24 days away

    Meet format: Short Course AM, Long Course PM
    entered the following events
    #05 100 Butterfly 52.63
    #08 200 IM 2:00.32
    #18 100 Backstroke 54.05
    #24 200 Backstroke 2:21.04
    #26 100 Freestyle 48.85

    2009 South Central Zone USMS Championships
    Friday March 27 - Sun March 29, 2009

    May 7 - 10
    Entered it today

    5:30 - 6:30
    whitney coached
    scy TSC diving well
    swam with jeff, nate, & todd
    beside tyler, doug & ned

    warm up
    assigned 400
    did 250

    5 x 100 fr on 1:20

    4 x 50

    4 x 100 fr on 1:15

    4 x 50

    3 x 100 fr on 1:10

    4 x 50

    2 x 100 fr on 1:05
    went 59

    4 x 50

    100 fr fast on 1:00
    went 54

    assigned 800 k with fins
    did 8 x 50 k

    assigned 500
    did skipped it

    put on old FS PRO LEGS

    50 bk fast
    messed up dive
    went 24.7

    50 easy
  12. Monday 2/9 - Getting back to normal

    by , February 9th, 2009 at 08:28 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I have another meet this coming weekend but this is a kids meet so I probably won't worry too much about this one.

    Felt ok today just kept things nice and loose.

    500 Free EZ
    5x200 @ 3:30 Free with paddles keeping it loose
    600 Free Kick with fins alternate 100 on sides, 100 on back
    400 IM nice and loose
    8x25 @ :45 Kick every 3rd fast went 26 and 27
    10x50 @ 1:10 Free with paddles right arm down, left arm back non working hand at side
    400 Free EZ

    Total 3600 yards
  13. Sunday 2/8 - Day 2 not too bad

    by , February 8th, 2009 at 09:39 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Today went fairly well. Started the morning with my sinuses deciding to start acting up.

    My 500 Free felt slow and sore from yesterday but was not too bad 6:22.53.

    Next up was the 200 Fly which I decided to swim differently. Normally I swim strong and die, sucking water the last 150 yards. This time I took it out slower and actually was able to bring it back stronger than in the past and I didn't hurt until the last 50 when I was pushing. Went 3:15.20 which is off my best by 6 seconds, but I think I will try this again using this strategy. Makes the race actually fun.

    The 100 Back was great went 1:19.63. Talk about negative splitting went out in 39.86 and brought it home in 39.77.

    The 50 Fly was a great swim in 33.91 but the 100 Free was right afterward and I had nothing left went 1:05.38 which is what I expected.

    Overall I would call this one of my best meets in a long time. I have to remind myself that when I do 5 events a day over 2 days the end of the meet is not always the best but it is great just to finish.

    Had a great time visiting with friends and enjoying the hot tub!
  14. TIME FOR CPP Sun Feb 8th 2009

    by , February 8th, 2009 at 07:41 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sun Feb 8th 2009

    I've decided to start doing

    short cut to Ande's Swimming Blog

    USA Swimming Austin Grand Prix Austin TX
    Thursday March 5 - Saturday March 7, 2009
    25 days away
    Meet format: Short Course AM, Long Course PM
    entered the following events
    #05 100 Butterfly 52.63
    #08 200 IM 2:00.32
    #18 100 Backstroke 54.05
    #24 200 Backstroke 2:21.04
    #26 100 Freestyle 48.85

    2009 South Central Zone USMS Championships
    Friday March 27 - Sun March 29, 2009

    noon - 8:00
    chris coached
    scy TSC main pool
    swam with larry jon nate & matt

    warm up
    did around 400

    assigned 3 rounds of
    2 x 200 fr on 2:40
    2 x 100 fr on 1:20
    2 x 050 fr on 0:40
    Rest 1:00
    50 FAST

    did half of round 1 & round 2 then totally skipped round 3
    worked on SDK

    WEIGHTS (LIFTED 4:00 PM - 5:00)
    bench 10 x 135 6 x 185 4 x 195 2 x 200
    lat press 8 x 40 8 x 45 8 x 50 5 x 55
    lat pull 8 x 167 6 x 207 5 x 215 5 x 215
    leg press 10 x 180 8 x 270 8 x 320 6 x 360
  15. Here's a thought for the day

    by , February 8th, 2009 at 06:48 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I am taking one more day off workouts. My nose looks better but my eyes are black and blue.
    Here is a cute quote I saw on the wall in a pool locker room:

    "When the earth floods from global warming,
    swimmers will rule the world"

    Have a great Sunday night cause tomorrow we get up and do it all over again!

  16. Endorphin Withdrawal Continues Unabated, Sunday, Feb. 8

    by , February 8th, 2009 at 03:24 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Taking a rest day today. Plan on swimming M-Th, then taking Friday off. I think I must be going through endorphin withdrawal or something insidious. Despite quite a bit of sleep last night, I feel tired and have a constant and overwhelming urge to nap.

    I was attempting to do a google search on feeling crappy/physiological effects during taper and found this: (As I recall, I swam pretty well at this meet after my first real taper. In fact, it was this meet that convinced me I am better LC swimmer.) At least I'm consistent in my dislike of tapering!

    The day will not be one of complete rest, however, as I have decided (and this is subject to a cowardly changing of the mind or even greater ennui) to try on my new B70 tonight. Last time I tried on a spanking new B70 was in June before the IGLA meet. I actually was convinced I had bought the wrong size suit despite following the sizing chart, and was (purely because of the taper of course) cursing in my hotel room. Several PMs or texts to and from Ande helped solve the problem and after an epic struggle, I did wiggle into the suit.

    And now I have something else to fret about. I'm swimming the first event both days (as I recall). I may have to get out of warm up really early to get the damn suit on. Yeesh.

    Still doing the icing of the ass. Doesn't seem to help.

    Edit: Never mind, the cause of my malaise has been now revealed and it is a really good thing!

    Updated February 10th, 2009 at 11:20 AM by The Fortress

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  17. Ecclesiastes and Threats to Jimby

    by , February 8th, 2009 at 02:56 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Our Bible passage today comes from most of us atheists' third favorite part of the Good Book, that is, after Job and Leviticus. I refer, of course, to Ecclesiastes:

    There Is Nothing New Under The Sun

    (Ecclesiastes 1:9-14 NIV) What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. {10} Is there anything of which one can say, "Look! This is something new"? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. {11} There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow...14} I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

    This morning, while tidying up the flood of dross that somehow manages to accumulate in even the most austere of households, I had a sudden wild hair. (Sorry if the real expression here is "wild hare" or something else. I am not a good speller or accurate recounter of cliches, such as one foul sweep, or is it one fell swoop?)

    It's either this:

    Or this...

    Or maybe something else entirely...

    Regardless of how it's spelled, my whiled hayre sprouted or hopped up after I received an email from Australia, the gist of which is not all that important, so I will reprint it in tiny font below, the better for disregarding:

    Subject: A great online swimming resource

    Hi, I found your details while doing research on swimming websites and wanted to share some information that you and the visitors to your site might find useful.

    The resource is our “Teach Your Kid’s to Swim” website – The site provides a wealth of information for anyone wanting to know more about good swimming techniques and especially those of you with children interested in learning how to swim.

    We even have a YouTube Chanel - which you can subscribe to and be notified whenever a new video is released.

    If you think you, or anyone you know might be interested in our swimming information, we invite you to add a link to our page at: (We have provided sample HTML for your convenience below)*.

    Please let me know if you would like any further information or if there is anything further I can help with. If you do not wish to be contacted by me in the future please e-mail me to let me know.

    Steve Jones
    SiteMost Online Marketing
    uSwim Australia
    *We suggest the following link:
    Link Text: uSwim teaching your kids to swim
    Description: Online swimming lessons for your children
    Sample HTML: <a href=""> uSwim teaching your kids to swim </a> - Online swimming lessons for your children.

    This immediately raised the question: what imaginable kind of research might have lead Steve Jones of Australia to me?

    Epiphany: the Google! He must have tired of chasing skinny-dipping wallabies and old salties out of his swimming hole and Googled something along the lines of "utlimate swimming-related authorities in the United States" and found at the very top of his Google list, "Vlog the Inhaler."

    As indicated already, this Epiphany launched my wild hare to hipperty-hopperty out of its rabbit warren, or possibly my wild hair to painfully uncurl itself from its ingrown and inflamed recess. Either way, I was off to my own computer to ego surf "Vlog the Inhaler" myself to see how famous I am becoming in the ether!

    Be careful for the fame you wish for. This is, alas, what I found--the apparent rantings of a criminal maniac in full-blown terroristic threat mode: 767394656


    Upon further examination, I discovered that this possibly actionable promise of a beat-down was dated last December. Regular Vlog the Inhaler readers will note that my first post was in January, I am pretty sure.

    Thus, with great relief that this apparent madman was targeting ANOTHER Vlog the Inhaler, my anxiety quieted and swimming evangelism took over. I invited the chain-smoking recreant to stop his filthy habit and swim instead.

    I may be an atheist, but that doesn't stop me from being an evangelist for the One True Way, which I think we will all agree is swimming endless laps in an effort to shave a tenth of a second off our 50 yard freestyle times.

    The fact that there may be another, indeed a whole squadron of other, Vlog the Inhalers out there in the Internet world reconfirmed the sagacity of Ecclesiastes yet again. Just as I was bemoaning my inability to come up with anything completely original, I noticed one of the angry Mr. Shane Powers' linked blog "followers." The name of this linked blog: The Phuckery.

    Ecceliastical confirmation No. 2! There is no new Phuckery under the sun!

    At the risk of giving Leslie The Fortress Livingston even more hits, comments, and superior blog statistics, please check out a chain of comments initiated here when I, Jimby, happened to mention in a comment to Leslie that the word **** is automatically detected by special USMS Vice Police software on this site and converted into four harmless little asterisks. This software, I further pointed out, is as good at speling as I am, thus it fine to write fuc fuk fook and fucity fuk fuc fik!

    Final note for today:
    please do not allow the time you have spent tarrying on this post stop you from reading/watching yesterday's post if, indeed, you have not already done to at least a couple times already. In the race for the highest number of comments left on a swimming blog, Leslie seems to have appropriated my strategy of encouraging multiple short comments in lieu of one longish praisefest.


    Don't: Jim, I don't care how many Vlog the Inhalers are out there under the sun. You are the only one that matters to me! I love, love, love you!


    First comment:


    second comment:


    Third comment:


    Fourth comment:


    and so forth, adding considerably to my tally. Thanks!
  18. saturday

    by , February 8th, 2009 at 11:24 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sat Feb 7th 2009

    short cut to Ande's Swimming Blog

    been debating how to prepare for my next MEET
    Time to shift to speed and strength training

    USA Swimming Austin Grand Prix Austin TX
    Thursday March 5 - Saturday March 7, 2009
    26 days away
    Meet format: Short Course AM, Long Course PM
    entered the following events
    #05 100 Butterfly 52.63
    #08 200 IM 2:00.32
    #18 100 Backstroke 54.05
    #24 200 Backstroke 2:21.04
    #26 100 Freestyle 48.85

    2009 South Central Zone USMS Championships
    March 27 to 29, 2009

    7:30 - 9:00
    whitney coached
    scy TSC main pool north end blocks
    swam with todd mike tyler nate & ned

    600 warm up

    Main Set

    assigned 4 x 300 fr
    did 4 some of it

    changed into fs pro legs

    100 fr fast
    dove went pretty fast
    caught todd and shut it down
    went 53

    assigned 4 x 300 fr
    did some of it

    changed into blue seventy

    100 fr fast
    went out way to hard
    had no legs on the last length
    went 49

    easy 200

    rested 15 minutes

    50 fast
    went 21.9
    whitney timed

    50 easy

    25 SKD fast
    roll start
    went 10.0

    25 easy
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  19. Still Whining With Wine

    by , February 8th, 2009 at 12:41 AM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    No swim today. I think I might try to at least kick on Monday. Emma (the pug) and I took a long walk.
    A quiet, restful, and puggalicious day!
    Happy Laps to You!

  20. Saturday 2/7 - A pleasant surprise

    by , February 7th, 2009 at 09:10 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Did not feel particularly fast but the numbers say it all.

    1650 Free - 21:46.37 only 7 seconds off my tapered best
    This race I really expected to be around mid 22 min. not mid 21, did not feel particularly fast at all.
    100 IM - 1:15.69 PB
    50 Free - 28.87 in the ball park of best
    50 Back - 37.99 .1 off my best
    400 IM - 5:58.28 too tired by this time of the day but a very respectable swim for me compared to last year (7 seconds off last years for this meet and 4 events before)

    Hopefully tomorrow will go as well.

    The line up is 500 Free, 200 Fly, 100 Back, 50 Fly and 100 Free. The 100 Free is right after the 50 Fly so I might just use that for warm down.

    The big dilema will be whether I can keep up the training for both sprints and distance or should I just focus on the distance?