Swam friday in the hot Y pool at 87 degrees. Did a nice easy 3000 yards that day then off to work as admin for the 14 & under state championships.
After the weekend out of the pool today was difficult to get back in and moving. Now my difficulty will be to find a pool I can swim in while I am up in Anaheim. Have to swim in the early morning so I can play with the family all day. I am going to try to borrow a stretch cord so in a bind I can swim in the hotel pool at the Best Western Stovall. You can probably figure out where I am going to be playing....
Today was a good day but not great. We had a lot of air quality issues this weekend at the meet and after 8-2:30 on friday I had sneezing fits for about 2 or 3 hours after and my eyes were burning most of the time. Sunday was not as bad and I only sneezed for about a half hour.
500 free kick w/zoomers
400@7 free w/bouy went 6:40
2x200@4 free w/bouy went 3:24, 3:20
4x100@2 free w/bouy went 1:39, 1:40, 1:40, 1:40
8x50@1 free w/bouy held 37's
8x50 from block 15-20m sprint then easy to end
Total 3000 meters
After a couple of rest days... actually it was far from rest--a lot of hiking at the boy's camp--but a break from serious swimming... I was chomping at the bit to get back to training though and arranged to meet Scotty at the Y for a sprint workout at noon today. I was stiff from 6 hours on the road yesterday and from sleeping on the ground Thursday and Friday nights, so it took me a while to warm up and loosen up, but I felt pretty good.
Here's what we did:
400 EZ swim
4 x 100 IM on 2:00
3 x 50 free on 1:00 (felt 80-85%; all in :39)
20 x 25 fly on :45 (:18-:23; managed to hold mostly :21-:22s)
20 x 25 BK on :45 (:19-:22, mostly :20-:21)
20 x 25 br on :45 (:22-:25; mostly :23-:24)
Master's minute (i.e., 5:00 to chew the fat with our pool mates)
20 x 25 fr on :45 (:15?-:18; these were mostly in the :16-:17 range)
400 IM relaxed, 7:15
150 pull EZ
TOTAL: 3500 SCY
The workout was challenging, but fun. Scotty's teenage daughter joined us for most of the workout (skipping the last set of 20 x 25 for an early cool-down), she swam the fly and br sets as freestyle, but her back is getting really good and she kept up with us on that portion. She'll be 18 in the not so distant future, so we're already working on her as a nice addition to Master's swimming. Another swimmer, one of the lifeguards off-duty, joined us for the breast set. It was fun to have four lanes all going on :45, swimming hard. We're building a decent community of swimmers. Pretty soon we might have to start scheduling regular workouts!
I really liked the timing of this meet with my events on both Saturday and Sunday being done by noon. Yesterday after finishing up and doing my blog my mother, father, wife and kids hung out with our friends from Catoosa. We had a great Indian takeout last night and my dad and friend had some beers(I am still not drinking) while I had a Gatorade. Our kids played and watched movies while the adults watched the last two days of the Tour de France. It was great seeing another Englishman doing well on the tour. This completely took my mind off my swimming which I needed. I woke up this morning feeling good and I reset my expectations and focused on racing. Today's swims were
50m free - I went about the same time I swam in Rockwall two weeks ago, 26.5 and had a good start, but my stroke tightened up in the last few strokes. I won my age group and was 3rd in the heat. Everyone went 27.00 or quicker.
200m free - I actually felt strong on this but again no pickup. The time was 2.10.xx and I was 1st in my age group and second in the heat. A young guy under 25 pulled away half way down the last length and I just could not dig deep and stay with him unfortunately.
The drive home was uneventful but long. It's nice to be home and I am looking forward to getting back into a routine next week.
4 x 50 scull
8 x 25 back shooters w/fins @ :40
6 x 50, 25 shooter + 25 EZ
6 x 50 fly drills
4 x (5 x 50 w/fins) @ :50
1 = free w/paddles
2 = dolphin kick on back
3 = free w/paddles
4 = dolphin kick on back
10 x 50 kick w/fins @ :50
4 x 50 breast
Did zilch on Fri & Sat -- too busy and stressed. I think the move has finally hit me; I've been pretty blue. My girls closed out their NVSL careers on Saturday with a bang. We've been doing summer league swim for 12 years; it will definitely be a loss. I did make it to SpringHill rec center for a farewell swim today. Nice sendoff -- an absolute mosh pit. People on deck waiting for lanes were testy.
I entered Teen Fort and I in the Aug 3-4 LCM + SCM meet, https://www.clubassistant.com/club/m...1605&smid=4841. But it says on the PV website that it might get cancelled if more people don't enter. So enter PV folk if you want to swim!
Swam w/ Dave, Dave and Dave. Light showing at the Nat. I think a nearby sprint triathlon bled off most of the Saturday morning regulars. Probably a good thing since Brook had time to notice my left arm overreaches on backstroke. I don't think this is the total solution to my backstroke woes but every little bit helps.
500 Warm up
200 Kick - 4:00 ish
4 x 50 Br - 1:00 (Last one on :38)
200 IM Drill - 3:30
4 x 50 Bk - 1:00 (Last one on :40)
200 IM - 3:00 (made 2:45)
4 x 50 Fly - 1:00 (Last one on :34... and Dave still beat me)
8 x 125 - 1:45 (Most made 1:30, Dave and I raced the last one for a 1:20)
4 x 50 Kick - 1:00
4 x 75 IM - 1:15
4 x 75 IM - 1:20
4 x 50 Kick - 1:00
8 x 25 Bk pull - :30
4 x 50 Kick - 1:00
200 Cool down
Lifted weights for an hour then walked to the pool
500 free WFSP
1 start from block and glide
20 x 25 free on 1:00, strong push, breakout and 1st 6 strokes, then very easy to wall
19 - 21's
Left shoulder aching from, I think, Thursday
Noticed sometimes while kicking real hard my feet collide. Loud enough to hear it while swimming.
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This is it, my final post before the swim. Meghan and Caitlin are in town, the weather remains sunny and calm, and all indications point to a go on 28 July 2013. But we wouldn’t be able to start without the pre-plan being approved.
Last summer, I began typing up a “so you’re going to crew for me” type document to make early morning pre-swim discussions with an unfamiliar captain and crew a little easier. It is two pages and goes over what I want and expect from them on the average swim, and what they should want and expect from me. This document, along with the one-page supplement, makes up the last three pages of this swim’s pre-plan.
Early on in the planning, it became clear that the swim manager would need to have a lot written down to get across the borders and shipping lanes, so I began to draft a swim-specific pre-plan. As July approached, VTS recommended I submit a pre-plan for them to distribute to various agencies, and I was like, “easy, here it is!” They made one set of comments (thorough comments) and included emergency numbers, proper VTS procedure, and asked me to clarify some why’s and how’s. When they passed it on to the Port Angeles USCG station, USCBP, CBSA, and the Canadian Coast Guard, they got unanimous approval on the first try – something I’m told is a feat in itself.
The document is attached for your use, review, and enjoyment. It’s sections are broken up as follows:
definitions; vessel detailsentry into Canadaentry into UScommunicationsemergency numbersVTSCANPASS worksheetsafety goalsafety authoritycrew responsibilitiesgo/no-go decisionsafety planescort craft descriptionswim rules (taken from Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association rules)current overviewdaily route plans with current infogeneral crew infospecific crew info.
The document can be found at my old MIMS2012 website:
Thanks for sharing in the adventure!
I have friends who live in Tulsa which is close to Jenks where the Zone meet is this year. So I took Thursday afternoon off work and drove up to Tulsa. We had a very nice dinner and easy Friday morning with friends before the zone meet. The pool at Jenks is awesome and an unbelievable facility for a high school.despite having ok swims and feeling ok, I just don't have any speed at the moment and I was disappointed with how I performed.
I still have the 50 and 200 to go tomorrow and will hopefully swim better in these.
400m free 4.36.1 - I had a great race with George Villareal and swam neck and neck the whole way but was touched out on the final stroke and placed 2nd.
800m free 9.42.xx - Again a neck and neck race until the final 75 when George Villareal picked it up and I just did not have anything to go with him and again placed 2nd.
100m free 58.2 - a horrible race the whole way despite winning my age group. I just did not get going and felt awful off the turn I felt like I went backwards.
At this point I just wish I felt quicker.
5 x 100 on 5:00 as 50 fast / 50 easy
spl - time for fasts
32 - 49
32 - 43
35 - 39
44 - 34 (93%)
44 - 33 (95%)
1 x 100 as 50 fast / 50 easy with short fins
26-flat for the fast (98%)
Still sore from Wednesday's drylands, must have really worked hard.
My arm-span is 4" greater than my height, yet when I swim fast it feels more natural to drop DPS at the waist-side and spin the arms more. My question is this OK?
LCM@FGCU Aquatic Center
Air temp 78, Water temp 78
Partly sunny, humidity at 71%
800 FR 4(50RA/LA, 100CU, 50SPL-26)
20x50 on 1:00 FR K-fins w/snorkel, *39-36
---200 BR as 2(50K/bk, 50Swim)
2(3x50 FR on 1:30, 1:00 rest) desc 1-3 *33-32-31/33-31-30
---300 BK Swim
10x100 FR on 1:40, 100 as (50RA/LA, 25CU/25Swim) w/fins-paddles *1:06-1:02
---200 Fly as 2(25K/bk, 50 RA/LA, 25 Swim)
400IM-200IM-100IM on 1:00 Rest, 400/200 build by 50, 100 build by 25
---300 EZ FR w/agility paddles-buoy,tube
3x200 FR on 1:00 rest, 200 as 4(25Fast/25EZ) w/agility paddles-snorkel
3x100 FR on 1:00 rest, 100 as 2(25CU/25Fast) w/snorkel
---200 as 4(25BK/25FR)
2(3x200 FR) 200 as 50 Timed of Blocks, 150 FR EZ-DR
*28.34, 29.53, 28.05
*28.13, 28.42, 28.08
2x100 FR SPL-26
4x50 FR SPL-26, Alt/breathing
Thursday was a rest day from both swimming and dryland sessions. I should mention that the FR kicking with fins-snorkel is always a combination of RS or LS with one shoulder/arm extended forward, opposite shoulder up (shark fin), and trailing arm hugging hips. In the 400 IM the Fly was a combination of DR/Swim.
The fast FR 50s in Set 6 were consistent except for #2 when I tried too hard in the second 25, then I settled down mentally and kept the remaining 50s controlled and steady all the way to the finish. The 150 swims in between helped me to rediscover the feel for the water after each fast swim.
Thursday July 18
5 x 100 1:40 descend
5 x 100 pull 1:40
3 x 100 stroke/free 1:50
2 x 100 kick
I hadn't swum long course in awhile and I definitely felt the difference between short course and long course today. The pool wasn't too crowded so I mostly floated at the back of the lane. How I feel varies a lot from day to day so I think that it probably confuses my lane mates. Today, at the start of the 100s (there were actually 5 sets of 5 but I did 15), someone asked me if I wanted to lead. As I was floating on my back at the flags at the time, I just shook my head "no" saying I was quite content where I was.
One thing that happened during the 10 days that I was out was that the yards top ten came out. I don't care to race yards too much so I generally swim at one meet (my team's hosted meet) and swim two events. Before I got sick, I had a goal to get to a 100 top tens so was happy to see that both events squeaked in (8th in the 200 fly and 10th in the 400 IM). Those are #s 82 and 83 if I count relays (72 individuals and 11 relays).
3 X 100 1:50
3 X 150 2:45
4 X 100 1:45
3 X 250 4:15
2 X 100 kick 2:15
8 X 50 kick 1:05
1 X 100 swim -
1 X 100 IM 1:45
1 X 100 stroke 2:00
4 X 50 stroke 1:00 #4 on 2:00
descend 50's 1-4
Three rounds. Round 1 fl, 2 back, 3 breast
WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
Fri July 19th 2013 LCM
Whitney Coached LCM
6:00 - 7:30 dove in around 6:06
swam with Chris & Bess, Beside Jim, Gull, Ned, Marcio
went around 5 or 600
assigned 10 x ?? on 6:00 (choose your distance, 100, 200 or 400)
if you have time swim down before your next one
DID: I did fast 50 FR from a dive
went 28, 27's, & 26's
swam down 50 to 150 after each
2013 Marriott Summer National Championship
Mission Viejo, Calif.
Wed Aug 7 - Sun 11, 2013
Swam w/ Dave. Ok... it was only one spider. But after a tough set of 75s and a hurried 5 seconds to get pull equipment on, the little guy hanging out on my paddle might as well have been a tarantula. After a quick panic, I splashed it off and finished my 200 pull making sure my flip turns were quick and snappy lest the spider attach itself to my foot. After the pull, the spider was nowhere to be seen. Good... let it infest someone else's equipment. After a few 25s, it came swimming back at me underwater! yikes! Somehow I managed to scoop it out of my lane with a paddle and flatten it with a pull buoy. I need a sign for my lane:
600 Warm up
3 Rounds of:
* 6 x 75 - 1:00
* 200 Pull - 2:30 (2:20, 2:18, 2:15)
* 6 x 25 - :30 (2 easy/2 hard, fly/bk/br)
* 1:30 Rest
1000 Pull - 15:00, Open turns @ 100s. Substitute 25 pull with 25 kick if ahead of the 1:30 pace
6 x 50 Kick w/ fins - 1:00 down underwater sdk, back easy
100 Cool down
Updated July 19th, 2013 at 11:00 AM by pmccoy
Tuesday was the awards ceremony from the Starlight Invititational Meet. I ended up being the last one called up, and John said some nice things about me and what I've done for the team over the past year with the kids. He told them all that I'll be leaving from the team at the end of July, but will still have one more race day with them next Friday at the Champs Meet in Pasco, WA. The "final hurrah" of sorts. Everyone gave me a nice applause, and it made me feel good inside.
No swimming after the awards for me...I took a day off
Wednesday I went to the pool, did the practice, but was so beat up and tired from work and swimming to remember what I'd done, plus I didn't write it down last night, but was around 5000 LCM. It was more laid back, kind of going into taper type of swimming.
w/ fins (I used my short fins):
8 x 150 Kick @ 2:30 (50 Fast/50 EZ/50 Fast)
I did 50 Fast SDK on back/50 EZ SDK on back/50 Free Swim EZ, and was still barely making the interval
16 x 50 Free Pull @ 1:15
Odds EZ, Evens FAST
8 x 100 Broken @ 50 for :15 rest - whole thing @ 2:45 - Go FAST
I did the first one Fly, and went fast, not sure of my time, but it felt good. After that I hopped to the back of the lane, and did moderately fast freestyle, but that depended on if I caught up to a backstroker, etc. Not really a whole lot of effort exerted here after #1
8 x 50 @ 2:00 Odds V-sit scull, Evens Front Scull
500 Free Swim EZ cooldown
on a couple of the lengths I showed the kids in my lane how I can complete a 50 meter length on 8 "dolphin dives". They didn't think it was possible, but I showed them.
4900 LC Meters
No practice on Friday, or Saturday this weekend. I'm just going to relax for the weekend, well, besides work duties. Only a few more days of practice next week, then I'll probably shave down for my final races: 200 Fly, 400 Free, and a stupid 50 Free, which may be Fly possibly.
Swim/LCM @ Mason
6 x 100 swim + 50 kick
-- mixed up the swims
400 pull, descend each 50
-- NO! ->->
4 x (25 UW + 25 EZ w/fins)
100 scull w/agility paddles
2 x (3 x 100 w/fins) @ 2:00
1 = 50 free + 50 dolphin kick on right side
2 = 50 back + 50 dolphin kick on left side
3 = 50 breast + 50 dolphin kick on back -- this was by far the fastest of the three, so I guess I suck at kicking on my side
2 x 50 fly drills @ 1:15
200 IM strong
-- I did this cruiser-ish. Too hard and my fly felt like sh*t, so I ceased 200 IMs. I refuse to swim bad fly and I felt like I would get more out of endurance kickingw/fins, so switch to that.
2 x 50 back drills @ 1:15 (we did catch up backstroke pointing at the ceiling -- not easy)
200 IM strong
-- kicked, 2:36
2 x 50 breast drills @ 1:15
200 IM strong
-- kicked, 2:35
2 x 50 free drill (10 right hand sculls, 5 fast strokes, 10 left hand sculls, repeat -- I did not fast strokes, taking recovery)
200 IM strong
-- kicked, 2:30
6 x 50 cat & mouse
1 = mouse
2 = cat
2 = EZ
-- yikes, I wasn't really up to arbitrary explosive sprinting after all that kicking
1 x 50 AFAP off blocks
-- say what? I had been battling calf cramps the whole kick set
-- I did breast with fins, diving off side, to race Chris doing breast with no fins, 30-31
hottub -- many minutes!
Made it to Mason for a LCM practice. I hope I am not completely dead tomorrow afterward. I'll prolly be running on adrenaline anyway as all our stuff gets moved. LCM 200s are hard. I was surprised I could even descend the kicks with the cramp issues. I've not been taking my magnesium very diligently.
As the more astute among have realized by now, there are international borders to be crossed in this swim. In fact, the question I get more often than “Where is that?” (get a map!) or “With a wet suit, right?” (glare…no) is “Do you have to carry your passport?” Yes. Yes I do.
This is a long post, and you can blame Congress for that. Things got way tricky in 2002 as the Department of Homeland Security came onto the scene. Also, having the Canadian Navy sail into my path, megaphone in hand, shouting, “soorry to bother you, but if you could please stop swimming, we’d like to arrest you, if that’s alright,” would get in the way of Goal Number Two. Rule following is key.
At the beginning of April, I took a scouting trip to Port Angeles to look for boats, look for access to the finish locations, and chat up the folks at the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). Fortunately, Port Angeles is a port of entry into the US, so they’ve got a customs house that handles the occasional ferry passengers and cargo ships entering via the local port. Even more fortunately, the port is relatively small, so getting in touch with the Port Director is pretty easy (far easier than it was when I tried calling the Miami port, for example). So, we chatted.
After I got Port Director Dan to believe that I was actually planning something legitimate, we began talking details. Apparently, every commercial vessel (defined as anyone for hire, including my escort boat) is subject to some amazingly complex requirements for entry into the US. This includes things such as the 24-hour Electronic Manifest Rule using the Automated Commercial Environment, and International Carrier Bonds (ICB) for Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers. After much research (look up 67 FR 66318 and 19 CFR 4.7 (b)(3)(i) if you want extra credit), I finally understood the ICB was a major reason I was having difficulty finding a cheap boat option. The ICB is a $50,000 bond to be used in the event any you get any fines from the CBP, which by this stage I was certain we inadvertently would.
Obtaining the bond was priced by one captain as about $1,000, and that was if I went through the commercial launch previously described (total now at $5,000 for that boat), and it was way, way over budget to ask a one man show, such as Captain Charles, to get. I reached out to the swimming community for help on this issue and got nothing. I even called the Port of Miami (the port that covers where those Cuba swimmers would land) to see what they were requiring, and got nothing. At a dead end, I talked some more with Port Director Dan and he agreed to use his power to waive the requirement “just this once.” I suspect he’d waive it again though, if you ask nicely. And if I don’t mess things up for you.
To wrap things up, Dan told me that while technically I was supposed to call into the Port before setting foot on land, he’d send someone out to the beach to meet me. I offered at first to drive over to the Port to check in, but seeing as I could easily do my secret dealings between the beach and Port (they’re called Budgie Smugglers for a reason), he insisted to meet me at the beach. Which is AMAZING! Goal Number One: start the swim. Goal Number Two: picture of me handing my passport to a CBP agent on the beach. Can’t wait!
But we haven’t even gotten o the start of the swim yet. Getting into Canada is easier, luckily. First, the US and Canada have a pretty decent relationship citation needed. Second, Canada has actually managed to use technology to simplify the border clearance prOcess rather than using technology to make a simple thing cumbersome and convoluted. A while back, Canada started a pre-clearance program, CANPASS, which eventually would merge with NEXUS (the joint Canada/US program). Most travelers use the NEXUS program, but some, especially private boat and aircraft passengers, can still use CANPASS, which only involves the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA). With CANPASS, you call ahead en route to check in and the CBSA can decide to meet you for inspection at the port of entry or not, and you’re set to go. Real simple.
Again, I’m looking to avoid calling into Victoria. That’s an exercise that would add about 3 hours to an already very early morning. Luck would have it, a friendly CANPASS agent told me on the phone it should be fine to just head straight to the beach as long as we all had CANPASS since no one would really be touching shore (except me, for all of 8 seconds). So I got my crew all signed up and we’re ready to go.
(Quick shout out to Donna at the CANPASS application office in Surrey, BC. Donna actually called me several times to make sure I was sending in some paperwork I forgot, and to personally give me status updates on the applications. Customer service from a government agency? Only in Canada.)
This was not what I expected to be doing when I envisioned this swim. I was thinking tides, currents, and boat traffic. Not reading the CFR. It appears far less complicated now, sitting here in mid-July, than it appeared in April. I admit I made it harder than it had to be since I’ve been striving for transparency and legality, but I really don’t want to spoil it for everyone else.
If you’re serious about making a trip across, let me know and I’ll get you to the right people. Names and phone numbers and everything.
Swam w/ Dave, Carlile, Roger and Sam. I've been a little under the weather the last few days so a big fly day wasn't appealing. It's what I got though. Now, I've got the sniffles AND my shoulders hurt. Dave cruised through this while Roger and I were happy to get 5 seconds rest on the walls. But Dave isn't much of a kicker so I had my set at the end.
600 Warm up
4 x 100 - 1:25 (1st 25 fly)
4 x 100 - 1:30 (1st 50 fly)
4 x 100 - 1:35 (1st 75 fly)
4 x 100 fly - 1:40
4 x 75 Pull - 1:00 (used paddles + buoy)
4 x 75 Pull - 1:05 (1st 25 fly - dropped paddles)
4 x 75 Pull - 1:10 (1st 50 fly)
4 x 75 fly - 1:15 (dropped buoy)
4 x 75 Kick - 1:15 (all br)
4 x 75 Kick - 1:15 (1st 25 fly kick)
4 x 75 Kick - 1:20 (1st 50 fly kick)
4 x 75 fly kick - 1:25
I'm not a great dolphin kicker so I was really happy to make these intervals. It was close though.
100 Cool down
Swam w/ Dave, Dave, Sam and Carlile. Carlile figured out the correct way to decode the set as it was on the sheet after we were half-way through it. So, it is half one way, half the other:
600 Warm up
100 Kick - 2:00, 100 IM - 1:40, 100 Free - 1:20
25 Fly - :30, 50 Pull - 1:00, 25 Fly - :30
100 Kick - 1:55, 100 IM - 1:35, 100 Free - 1:15
25 Bk- :30, 50 Pull - 1:00, 25 Bk - :30
100 Kick - 1:50, 100 IM - 1:30, 100 Free - 1:10
25 Br - :30, 50 Pull - 1:00, 25 Br - :30
100 Kick - 1:45, 100 IM - 1:25, 100 Free - 1:05 (ouch!)
25 Free - :30, 50 Pull - 1:00, 25 Free - :30
200 Relaxed pull
Made the last free on 1:08. Just wasn't feeling it after the IM. It was a little easier this way:
2 Rounds of:
* 100 - Round 1: IM @ 1:40, Round 2: Free @ 1:20
* 25 Fly - :40, 50 Pull - :40, 25 Fly - :40
* 100 - Round 1: IM @ 1:35, Round 2: Free @ 1:15
* 25 Bk - :40, 50 Pull - :40, 25 Bk - :40
* 100 - Round 1: IM @ 1:30, Round 2: Free @ 1:10
* 25 Br - :40, 50 Pull - :40, 25 Br - :40
* 100 - Round 1: IM @ 1:25, Round 2: Free @ 1:05
* 25 Free - :40, 50 Pull - :40, 25 Free - :40
* 200 Relaxed Pull
Made 1:04 on the last free this time but it helps to have the free/pull/free recovery first.
100 Cool down
3 X 100 1:50
1 X 200 kick 4:45
2 X 200 3:30
2 X 100 kick 2:30
1 X 300 5:00
2 X 100 kick 2:30
8 X 100 2:15
50 stroke/50 swim
15 X 100 pull freestyle
5 on 1:40
5 on 1:35
5 on 1:30
WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy