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  1. Week 104 - Wednesday

    by , September 24th, 2014 at 09:24 AM (After a long rest)
    I swam again this morning with the Alexandria Masters team, but unfortunately pulled a muscle in my groin doing breaststroke and had to go really easy due to the pain associated with swimming. I almost got out but decided that free, fly and back did not put any extra stress on the muscle, however no matter what I did I still had some discomfort. The workout today was breaststroke oriented and I felt good right up until I tweaked the muscle. This getting old business sucks! I guess I will have to go easy for a week or so until this injury goes away. In the back of my mind I wish I had started yoga a year ago because I feel like its working some of these little muscles I have tweaked recently. I guess if I were pessemistic(which I am not) I would say that I never had these injuries until I did yoga.

    Warm up
    700 free with snorkel

    Main sets
    6x50 breast kick with pull bouy on back on 1 min
    200 easy free
    4x100 breast on 2 mins
    200 breast fast
    8x25 breast with fly kick
    2x50 breast rest 10 seconds
    2x100 breast rest 10 seconds
    2x200 breast rest 10 seconds
    2x100 breast rest 10 seconds
    2x50 breast rest 10 seconds (I did fly on all of these)

    Warm down
    300 easy free

    Total 3000scy

    I ended up doing a mish mash of things after the 200 breast fast due to the muscle tweak at 150 on this swim. I mainly did fly which seemed to still hurt but I did not feel like I was damaging the muscle. I stopped on the way back to the hotel and picked up ice. I could not believe that a bag of ice was $3.99!! After putting it on the muscle I was glad despite the cost that I did it. Fingers crossed the pain will subside and I can swim the rest of the week(even if its easy swimming).
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  2. Holding the lane

    by , September 24th, 2014 at 07:24 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Walt gave me one of his lanes and of course the kids wanted to take it but they didn't. He verified the pook had him paying for 4 lanes and that is what he got.

    Normally my lane would be tnext to the fast lane because I usually swam on a 1:30 interval, too fast for everyone else but to slow to join the 1:20 group. Always the odd swimmmer out.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    500 free w/paddles & bouy
    2x200@:30RI fly as 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim w/zoomers
    5x100@1:45 free w/snorkle maintain 6 beat kick
    4x25@:30 free burst & cruise
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    200 free EZ

    Total 3200 yards
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  3. Workout 09/23/14: evening

    by , September 23rd, 2014 at 09:37 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Things with the new exchange student are going well. I had a good run on Sunday, about 2.75 miles with a few very large hills. Longest training run this year. Busy days at work, but after 8pm on Thursday I have staycation for ten days, so one last blitz to get some odds and ends taken care of at home. Tonight with Masters:

    3 x (I did 4):
    - 150 swim
    - 50 kick
    - 50 pull

    JBS's Sweedish 1:01 set
    - Start at :10, swim 50 yards, must finish before :60
    - next one leaves on :11, then :12, etc (there is the 1:01). Miss :60, rest one, then do 25's
    - I did kick for first 3, strokes until the one leaving on :22, and failed on the one leaving :30 (not bad based on my current level of fitness), then 50 easy [21 total x 50 = 1050 yds]

    100 recovery kick

    8 x 25 on :40
    - odd = eazy choice, evens = FAST

    150 loosen and out
    (Master/Rec/2400 yds/65 min)
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    Felt good in the water, but stiff. I notice that since I have been running more, my calves are stiff, although they don't cramp with kicking. I'll have to work on flexibility there.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  4. Week 104 - Tuesday

    by , September 23rd, 2014 at 08:03 PM (After a long rest)
    I was on a 6am flight from DFW to Washington DC and as such had to leave the house at 4am so did not get a chance to swim yesterday. Today I swam with the Alexandria Masters. The last time I was here I swam outdoors and I had forgotten how warm the water is at the Lee Rec center. I also recall that Mount Vernon where I will swim tomorrow is even warmer so tomorrow will be even more fun than today. I had an awful nights sleep and was sluggish today. Mix in the hot water and I did not have a great pool day today but as always when I visit Alexandria the team and coaches always makeup for it. I saw old friends and had a good morning despite my personal challenges today.

    Warm up
    400 swim with snorkel
    200 kick
    100 drill

    Main sets
    300 swum 100 build, 100 fast with 6 beat kick, 100 easy
    6x(100 kick on 2mins, 25 fast stroke IM order no free on :30)
    300 swum 100 build, 100 fast with 6 beat kick, 100 easy
    4x(25 on :30, 50 on :50, 75 on 1:15, 100 on 1:40)
    300 swum 100 build, 100 fast with 6 beat kick, 100 easy

    Warm down
    200 easy

    Total 3550scy

    I worked the kick set and was holding 1:25s on the 100s kick. On the 300 free I worked the first and second 100s and the really worked the kick. On the 25,50,75,100 I worked the 50s holding 27-28s and the 100s and held 57-58s also working on negative splitting the 100.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  5. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-09/24/2013

    by , September 23rd, 2014 at 01:00 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    1 X 150 2:30 2:15
    1 X 250 4:00 --
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    12 X 50 free 1:00
    #3-6-9-12 are fast

    4 X 150 kick 3:15

    4 X 100 2:00
    4 X 75 1:30
    4 X 50 1:00
    4 X 25 sprint :45
    Two rounds.
    100's-75's-50's: descend 1-4 to fast
    Choice

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4800Y
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  6. Fly day today

    by , September 23rd, 2014 at 12:52 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Just an easy day of fly drill and such.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    4x50@:10RI fly scull drill w/zoomers
    4x50@:10RI torque drill w/paddles & bouy
    8x25@:45 shooters w/zoomers
    200 fly kick w/zoomers
    4x50@1:00 fly w/zoomers holding 50's
    5x100@1:45 free holding 1:29's
    200 free EZ

    total 2700 yards
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  7. Monday, Sept 22

    by , September 22nd, 2014 at 04:11 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    500 various
    3 x 50 scull w/paddles
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    8 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    5 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 back w/fins @ 100 pace @ :40
    -- 12 lows
    -- 10 kicks and 4 strokes, so not too much arm use
    200 EZ

    10 x 25 flutter kick @ 100 pace @ :45
    -- 17s
    200 EZ

    16 x 50
    odds = swim or kick @ 100 pace @ 1:00
    evens = EZ @ 2:00

    dolphin or flutter kick w/board = 25s
    back kick = 24s
    breast = 28s

    200 EZ

    Total: 3650


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    Just another day at the office ... with perhaps a tiny bit more swimming. I've been dragging a bit lately due to not sleeping the greatest the last week. Might be due for a few days of recovery as well. I head to AZ for my stepfather's memorial service on Thursday. So I'll probably have two days off just to travel back and forth. My next PRP jab is Sept 30.
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  8. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-09/23/2013

    by , September 22nd, 2014 at 01:57 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:00 3:00
    4 X 75 1:15 1:05
    4 X 50 1:00 :50
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 100 kick 2:15
    10 X 50 kick 1:05
    1 x 50 swim --

    4 x 250 IM 4:30
    Round 1:100 fly, 2:100 back, 3:100 breast, 4:100 free

    4 x 50 descend 1:00
    1 x 200 3:00
    Four rounds.
    Descend 200's 1-4, by round.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4850Y
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  9. 2014 Corporate Challenge

    by , September 22nd, 2014 at 12:31 PM (After a long rest)
    Yesterday I swam in the city of Richardson corporate challenge. This is a special event with a great cause. Companies in the DFW area compete and raise money for the special olympics. This meet is special to me also since this was the meet that precipitated my return to swimming two years ago. One could say this event changed my life. Like the two prior corporate challenges I have participated in this one was enormously fun. My company had about 8 participants which is a little low compared to prior years but like the other two years those who participated had great fun. I remember how nervous I was two years ago and how intimidating I found it showing my belly and body that I was not comfortable in front of strangers. Like me once people see that they are just like everyone else and get the first sim out of the way it's no where near as intimidating and everyone on my team said they had a great time.

    In terms of the meet, I swam well and finished first in my two individual events(50 free and 50 back) and our relay which I always find the most fun won coming from behind. The past couple of weeks I have been very stiff and sore and this feeling continued today. I was able to get my normal 1300scy warmup in before the free and had decent warm downs after each of my races. Despite the soreness I had some decent times today.

    Free - 22:83
    Back - 26.42

    I feel like a duck out of water whenever I swim a 50 free. I seem to always mess up one or two aspects of the swim and today I had a decent start but glided into the turn and had a slow turn. Despite my turn I felt strong the whole way. They swim the meet in 10 year age groups which meant I was not with the young guys which I would have preferred. Two of the younger guys who were my speed swam with body suits which I have not seen in a long time. I have struggled for over a year on my back break outs. My under waters have improved a lot but I go slightly too deep and struggle getting up to the surface before I am forced to take my first stroke. Today was no exception and I had this problem on the start and turn and in both cases I took my first strokes while under water which causes an almost immediate stop. If I can fix this issue I really feel like I have some good back races in me this year and beyond.

    I am off to DC with work this week so won't be swimming today but will be swimming with Alexandria masters all week. I have really enjoyed swimming with this group before and know many of there team we'll so it's always nice to see friends and train with another competitive group.

    During the award ceremony I met Karri Kennedy aka FlyStorms and had a great conversation. It's always so wonderful when you know people through dimming and get to see them. karri and I have known each other for about a year through the forums but had never met so it was great to finally put a face and name together. You swam great Karri and offer to come train with us still holds.
  10. Good Meet and a great workout

    by , September 22nd, 2014 at 07:27 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I scratched the 1650 this weekend, the water was too warm and the rain made it miserable. I knew that it was just going to get worse so... That allowed me to focus on the 200 fly where I beat times I haven't done in 5 years same with my 100 fly on sunday. Very good meet overall.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers

    3 times thru
    5x100 free w/paddles & bouy
    Round 1@1:35 went 1:20, 1:20, 1:19, 1:19, 1:19
    Round 2@1:30 went 1:17, 1:16, 1:16, 1:17, 1:17
    Round 3@1:25 went 1:16, 1:16, 1:16, 1:17, 1:16
    200 free kick w/zoomers

    200 free EZ

    Total 3300 yards
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  11. Fri-Sat, Sept 19-20

    by , September 20th, 2014 at 06:04 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Friday Drylands:


    RC/scap/bicep ex
    cable twist w/yoga ball, 25 x 3 x 15 each side
    DB row, 15 x 3 x 15 each side
    leg extensions, 135 x 4 x 8
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 6
    kneeling ab cruch, 130 x 3 x 15
    seated row, 60 x 4 x 8
    back squat, 70 x 4 x 5
    saxon side bends, 12 x 3 x 15

    -- I felt up to doing some very light upper body weights.


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    Saturday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up


    500 various
    4 x 50 single arm fly w/fins
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    10 x 25 burst SDK to 15 m + cruise @ 1:00-
    150 EZ

    10 x 25 SFK @ 100 pace to 15m + cruise @ :45
    150 EZ

    5 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 150 EZ) @ 5:00
    breast = 26
    dolphin kick w/board = 23 high
    flutter kick w/board = 23 high
    breast = 26 high
    flutter kick w/board = 24 flat

    100 EZ

    5 x 100 cruise backstroke kick w/fins @ 1:45
    50 EZ

    Total: 3400


    I did one of my favorite HIT sets today. Hadn't done it in a long time. And I've never broken 24 in a 50 kick, so was happy with that! Now time for a nice evening.
  12. Erratic training, house hunting

    by , September 20th, 2014 at 06:00 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Looking back over the last 8 weeks or so, I can't be too upset at my swimming. With the craziness of the move, the transition into new position, and the search for a new home in the area I've only been able to get in 3-4 times per week for very short swims (1500-2500 SCY range). But over the last couple of years I've gotten used to swimming almost every day going 3-4K pretty regularly, so anything less than that feels like I've completely abandoned my fitness program. Hoping I'll be able to get back into a routine of swimming every day soon!

    I'm used to putting in long hours of work, but when you add a couple of hours with the real estate agent looking at homes every day your free time starts shrinking rapidly. I think the daily "house hunt" is way more exhausting than an hour at the Y. At this point we're so tired of looking that the thing really needs to be "move-in" ready, unfortunately most of the stuff at our price point is flame-thrower ready. My personal favorite was the dated house in a great neighborhood (Hawaiian motif wall-paper!), with a chicken coop in the back yard and a swimming pool that was getting ready to slide off into a ravine. Or the beautifully updated house in a nice neighborhood with the fatal flaw of a four-lane highway and access roads 25 yards from the back porch. Sigh. I think we're getting closer.

    The other thing that is frustrating is that my 3-4 days per week in the pool have been highly erratic, so like last week I managed 4 days straight between Thursday and Sunday... awesome, right? But then I couldn't manage to get back in until this Friday, so whatever progress I made on getting back into shape in those four swims was lost in the four day hiatus that followed!

    Here's what I did yesterday and today:

    Friday, 2200 SCY, 45 mins:

    WU:
    2 x thru
    200 fr
    50 bk

    MS1:
    10 x 100 fr on 2:00

    MS2
    2 x thru
    4 x 50 Bk on 1:00
    50 fr recovery

    CD: 200 EZ swim
    ---
    Saturday, 2200 SCY, 44 mins

    5 x 200 fr on 4:00 (desc. from 3:20 to 3:05)
    4 x 50 fr on 1:00 (:39-:42)
    8 x 25 fr on :30 (:18-:19)
    200 bk on 4:00
    4 x 50 fr on 1:00 (:40ish, counting about 35-36 strokes per 50)
    200 bk on 4:00
    200 EZ recovery
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  13. Week 103 - Saturday

    by , September 20th, 2014 at 05:09 PM (After a long rest)
    I fell asleep pretty early last night despite it being my daughters birthday. This weeks work stress finally caught up and I was out cold by 8pm. I woke feeling pretty good this morning. After my massage on Tuesday I felt good but have been stiff the last couple of days and woke feeling this way this morning. The stiffness did not really ease until today's main set when I finally felt ok for a while. As it turned out I actually had my best practice today in quite sometime.

    Warm up
    800 reverse IM twitch
    100 easy while waiting for everyone else.

    Main sets
    6x(25 stroke fast on :40, 50 fast free on 1min, 100 IM on 1:30)
    8x100 with find on 1:20 descend 1-4 and 5-8
    100 easy
    4x50 on :35
    4x50 back on 1min
    4x50 on :35

    warm down
    100 easy

    total 3550scy

    on the first main set I did the 25s in IM order with no free and went 14,15,17,14,14,17. The 50s free I held 200 pace and was 26 and 27s and the IMs I started out at 1:09 and dropped to 1:04 on the last two. This is the fastest IMs I recall doing in practice and despite not feeling great I was definitely fast. The kick I descended and went 1:05,1:04,1:02,1:00,1:08,1:04,1:02,1:00. The 50s I held 29s on the free and 33s on the back. On the last 50 free I was able to go a :27. I then jumped out of the pool and timed in my daughters inter squad meet. Long morning!!
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    Swim Workouts
  14. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-09/22/2013

    by , September 19th, 2014 at 01:12 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    1 X 300 4:30 4:30
    1 X 150 2:30 2:15
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 500 kick + 100 swim

    2 X (4 X 150 2:45
    #1: 100 fly/50 free
    #2: 100 back/50 free
    #3: 100 breast/50 free
    #4: 150 free

    1 X 300 4:30
    1 X 200 3:00
    1 X 100 1:30
    Two rounds, pull
    Negative split the 300 and 200.
    Swim the 100 fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4700Y
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  15. State of Masters Swimming Address

    by , September 19th, 2014 at 11:41 AM (From the Executive Director: U.S. Masters Swimming's Journey)
    It was my privilege to deliver the State of Masters Swimming address at our annual meeting to the USMS House of Delegates.

    2014 U.S. Masters Swimming Annual Meeting
    Rob Butcher, Executive Director
    September 14, 2014


    It was 46 years ago, yes 46 years, a survey went out to 2,000 swim coaches, asking for suggestions to grow swimming. Ransom Arthur wrote back suggesting ASCA sponsor a committee of swimming for adults. In the social upheaval of that time—with the Vietnam War, and the sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll culture—proposing that adults exercise for physical fitness and well-being was—well, at best, a fringe idea.

    The graveyard of sports that thought they could create a national organization like USMS is overflowing. So the development of the idea that adults should exercise for health and embrace a lifestyle we know as Masters Swimming, and an organization that supports the journey is an incredibly rare success story— so rare that no other country in the world has a self-governed Masters Swimming organization. Not one, and that’s something we can’t and never should take for granted.

    Walking through the four-plus decades of our history, we see the passion and indelible commitments that our founding fathers and generational leaders made to develop Masters Swimming and USMS. The fingerprints of Ransom Arthur, John Spannuth, Bob Beach, Ted Haartz, Dot Donnelly, Mel Goldstein, Tom Boak, Nancy Ridout, Rob Copeland, Jim Miller, and so many others are a permanent and lasting legacy.

    On our wall of leaders are two other Hall of Famers: Paul Hutinger and June Krauser, the “Mother of Masters Swimming.” In our earliest days June and Paul established the framework of the USMS services that have richly benefitted each of us in our swimming journey.

    Before there was the Internet, social media, text messages, and all our other communication channels, there was SwimMaster. SwimMaster was June’s brainchild—and it was a labor of love. SwimMaster was the original glue that attracted and bound many to the adult swimming community. June spent untold hours and energy gathering results from Masters Swimming competitions. She compiled the data, printed copies, and mailed it to members. When the content in SwimMaster began to expand to include educational information such as stroke improvement and workouts, we can begin to appreciate Paul’s contributions.

    The principle of sharing information has been a bedrock value and one that we continue to uphold to fulfill our vision. June and Paul knew this principle and we are deeply indebted to them for their decades of service.

    A lot of us started our swimming journey as age groupers or summer league swimmers. Although our motivations to swim may have changed now that we’re adults, we still hold inside each of us a genuine enthusiasm for this lifestyle we so love. If you didn’t still have that enthusiasm, why else would you get up predawn to go get in some laps? Or high-five a lanemate when you both finish a challenging set? Or hug your coach when he gave you stroke feedback that improved your swimming technique?

    In the past few decades, a new generation of adults has joined in the Masters Swimming journey. Their backgrounds and interests are different than what we former age groupers have experienced. Some are on the journey simply to get in better shape. Some are triathletes who want to improve the swim part of their triathlon. And some are starting at the beginning—just wanting to learn the basic lifesaving skill of swimming. We’re a melting pot of diverse backgrounds and regardless of our motivation, age, or swimming ability, what binds us is the desire to swim.

    As each of us is on our own swimming journey, USMS is also on a journey. And the journey for USMS includes a commitment to our vision to become the premier resource for adult aquatic fitness and make fitness through swimming available for as many adults as possible.

    Surveys have reinforced the need for knowledgeable and motivated coaches. About 10 years ago, our volunteers came up with an idea to host a coach mentor conference. Several of you were the visionaries for this type of education and sharing. The goal of the conference was to provide a platform for our best and most respected coaches to share their knowledge and experience with other Masters Swimming coaches. Seeing the opportunity and benefit championed by our volunteers from that seed idea, USMS made a commitment to provide a professional-grade education program for Masters Swimming coaches, and today we can proudly say that nearly 2,000 Masters coaches have achieved certification.

    We’ve not delegated or outsourced our education responsibilities—we take to heart that it’s up to us to promote the USMS values outlined in our strategic plan. Authoring and teaching our coach certification program has been a partnership between our education team and our Coaches Committee. It’s a massive and sustained commitment to create and manage a program of this scope—a scope that’s growing every day. It’s also a very wise investment. I’m pleased to report, not only do the newly certified coaches tell us we’re living up to that standard, but our program has become the model for other adult sports organizations in the U.S. and across the world.

    With a show of hands, how many delegates have attended a Masters coach certification? That’s wonderful. But let’s not assume that our education programs are only speaking to the choir. We’ve invested significant time and considerable energy to develop partnerships with facilities leaders across the country with a goal of gaining more pool space for Masters Swimming programs. This year we have a record number of registered USMS clubs and workout groups as organizations such as Life Time Fitness, the Kroc Center, Sport & Health, and Debbie’s Swim School have signed on to offer Masters Swimming programs in their facilities. Even Google sees the Masters Swimming value and has registered a USMS club on its campus.

    Our commitment to new and existing Masters Swimming programs includes a two-pronged approach: educate and support the aquatics directors who are sponsoring the programs, and educate and support the coaches who are, day in and day out, impacting our members. As a result, we’re seeing Masters Swimming programs crop up in new facilities across the Country.

    Consider Ovetta Sampson. Ovetta is a triathlon coach and was seeking to expand her coaching business. She took our Masters coach certification program and tapped into the resources offered by our education services unit. Recently Ovetta wrote these words to Education Director Bill Brenner:

    “I just wanted to personally thank you for coming to see the administration officials at the Kroc Center in Chicago. Because of your willingness to explain the USMS program, I really do believe that they decided to house my USMS club. Yesterday at our first practice we had 16 swimmers, all African-American or Latino and all USMS members! We're on our way to allowing more adults to enjoy swimming and triathlon. I just wanted to personally thank you and say ‘keep it up.’”

    Results like Ovetta’s are happening because our treasure of top-tier coaches such as Scott Bay, Cokie Lepinski, Stu Kahn, and others genuinely enjoy teaching other coaches and are willing to travel the country to do it.

    More Masters programs like Ovetta’s are starting and growing because our professional staff—our All Stars of Mel Goldstein and Bill Brenner—have the business skills and gravitas to convince facilities directors that sponsoring a Masters Swimming program benefits the facility and benefits adults in the community.

    To everyone helping with our education outreach, we love your passion and thank you for your service.

    At Convention last year, our Swimming Saves Lives Foundation Board of Trustees charted its new cause and provided grants to 11 programs that would teach adults to learn-to-swim. Tomorrow, Bill Meier, the New England LMSC Chair and a grant recipient, is going to lead an energetic workshop in which he shares how the LMSC administered their grant, recruited and trained volunteers, the impact they were able to make, and what steps your LMSC should take to replicate this type of program. The opportunity to teach adults the basic lifesaving skill of swimming is a natural fit to our vision of making fitness through swimming available for as many adults as possible.

    Many of you saw the media buzz around our “April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month” campaign. The New York Times, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle and 3,000 other media outlets published stories about our adult learn-to-swim cause. What you may not know is why the April Adult Learn-to-Swim month is so incredibly important and how it came to be.

    It’s a wonderful story in which, once again, one of our volunteers planted a seed and the professional staff was able to act. A few weeks after last year’s Convention, Bill Meier phoned me and said, “Rob, listen. This adult learn-to-swim thing is huge. One third of American adults can’t swim the length of a pool and it’s a societal problem. The USMS mission is to encourage adults to swim and we can’t ignore the issue. We have the answer. We’re the only organization that actually has the answer. And here’s the deal: I know we can help a lot of adults by mobilizing our best asset, our volunteers. Imagine the impact we can make on society if we can encourage every USMS member to give the gift of swimming by teaching just a couple of other adults.”

    Bill continued on, “I have an idea, Rob. We need to rally the base and put visibility on the issue. Let’s dedicate a month when all our LMSCs and Masters Swimming programs give back of their time to teach other adults. We need to declare April as Adult Learn-to-Swim Month. April is ideal as that is the time of year when many pools and other bodies of water are opening for spring and summer season. To add legitimacy, let’s write to every governor, Mayor and even the President to proclaim April as Adult Learn-to-Swim Month. If we get some governors on board and show what we are doing, mainstream media will follow the story. It’s too important for them to ignore. I’ve already got a template letter drafted. Can I send it to you?”

    At our staff meeting the next week, I shared my conversation with Bill. I could see the staff’s wheels turning as they listened and immediately grasped how this would support the USMS vision. But I could also sense a feeling of “oh my goodness,” although that’s a decidedly polite way of putting it in mixed company.

    You have to realize, programs in the national office have assigned professional staff that are accountable for performance and results. But the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation has no staff assignment. It was just two years ago the Board of Directors conducted a feasibility study to see if a foundation for USMS was possible, which the study confirmed it was, and then adopted a foundation strategic plan with a cause that would have societal impact.

    We provided 11 grants this year that offered about 1,500 learn-to-swim lessons to adults. And over the past 12 months our existing USMS staff has been developing the foundation infrastructure with such things as grant agreements and an online application with online reporting. We built online giving into membership registration and 3,500 USMS members donated.

    Putting these processes in place is necessary to manage the Foundation so that Swimming Saves Lives fulfills the promise of its name: saving lives in the short term by combatting adult drowning, and saving lives in the long term by giving adults the ability to enjoy the lifelong benefits that swimming offers as part of a healthy lifestyle.

    Our Masters Coach Certification Program and our commitment to our Foundation have revealed the need for an Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructor Certification Program. Although there are many youth-focused learn-to-swim instructor programs and special programs for terrified adults, there isn’t an all-purpose learn-to-swim program for the general adult population. Our education team is in the process of writing this instructor program. We’re adopting the Red Cross Five Basic Water Competencies as the test for instructors and students.

    Our adult learn-to-swim instructor program will begin next year. Stay tuned to usms.org and STREAMLINES for more details and registration.

    We continue to make other investments into programs and services where members have expectations and that support the USMS vision. In our recent new member survey, members said the benefit that would add the most value to USMS membership is more online technique videos. So, we are creating more technique videos to meet this expectation.

    In the same survey, new members raved about the content and quality of SWIMMER magazine and the STREAMLINES eNewsletters. Many stories, features, and, especially, stroke videos, go viral upon publication. And as with our education services team, our communications and publications team doesn’t outsource or delegate responsibility. Our content is conceived, produced, and published in-house.

    The idea of having USMS-created content was started, once again, by volunteers. Prior to 2009, volunteers penned articles for usms.org—a format that’s provided the framework for what has grown into a trusted resource across the world. We used to get excited when a web article hit a thousand views. Now we have articles with 45,000 views, and videos with half a million views.

    New opportunities in social media and digital marketing are ours for the taking as we continue to build our organizational image across new platforms and reach new audiences. This is a continued commitment to our vision of becoming the trusted global resource on adult aquatic fitness.

    Here’s a valuable takeaway and suggestion from members to LMSCs: New members want more stroke clinics. Kudos to the Utah LMSC for responding to this desire by sponsoring a free swim clinic to anyone who joins or renews their membership with USMS prior to January. We hope to see other LMSCs follow suit with similar programs.

    With all this talk about investing in education, learn-to-swim, public relations, online videos and other services it’s natural to ask if we can afford it? Well, you should know this.

    USMS has no debt. We have no lines of credit and we do not owe a single penny to anyone. In the past three years, our reserve has increased by more than $800,000. We have numerous checks and balances to ensure our fiscal strength and stability. With approval from the Board of Directors, we’ll be implementing programs that had been planned for 2016 by using a portion of our reserve.

    There are many reasons USMS is a success story; Good governance; A sound financial model; and a strategic plan where we validate and publish results.

    But it all starts with buy-in to our mission and shared mutual commitment to our vision that is allowing USMS to make a positive difference in the swimming journey of so many adults.

    I trust this weekend will be a time that you hug old friends, make new ones, hopefully find a time to swim, and appreciate the good work you’re all doing for the benefit of so many. The policies you put in place have a very real effect on USMS and our ability to encourage the adult swimming journey.

    Thank you and see you throughout the weekend.

    Updated September 20th, 2014 at 11:53 PM by Editor

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  16. FAST FRIDAY Sep 19th 2014 SCY

    by , September 19th, 2014 at 11:00 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    FAST FRIDAY Sep 19th 2014 SCY

    Whitney Coached
    6:00 to 7:30 dove in at 6:08
    swam with Mike beside Alleycat & Hard Korey
    main pool

    Warm up
    swim for 18 min (i did around 10 min so probably went 600)

    Main Set

    3 rounds of
    10 x 100 best average (try to hold the same pace for all 30 )
    Round 1 on 2:00
    Round 2 on 1:55
    Round 3 on 1:50
    100 easy on 3:00 after each round
    Lead my lane held 1:03's to 1:05's

    Next Meets:

    not sure yet
    maybe woodlands SCM or Long Beach

    Updated September 29th, 2014 at 12:28 PM by ande

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  17. Friday, Sept 19, 2014

    by , September 19th, 2014 at 10:49 AM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    Got in a little late

    450 back/free
    300 pull
    300 kick
    10 x 100, alt IM & free on 1:45 & 1:30 - WITH Zoomers - yes, I needed an emotional boost today
    4 x 50 under/overs
    50 easy
    200 breast/free
    2 x 300 pull with Nike paddles
    300 pull with Agility paddles
    200 breast/free

    Having a super good week - swam 4 times so far, and feeling stronger each day. Life in general going well also. Just have a nice, happy feeling inside
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  18. Week 103 - Friday

    by , September 19th, 2014 at 08:29 AM (After a long rest)
    It is my daughters 11th birthday today so I headed to the pool early and got out early so I could pick her up the iced white chocolate moca she asked for from Starbucks.

    I felt pretty crappy in the water today. I also had a bit of a mixup on the main set. I read Toms email with today's workout in it last night as 3 rounds including 500 of race based 25s. As I was doing the first round everyone started arriving and Tom asked me how I was doing at which time I discovered I was not supposed to have included this in the 3 rounds. I continued with the other parts and then did the 20x25s.

    Warm up
    400 with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    main sets
    should have been
    3x(4x50 overkick on :45, 2x150 IMs no free on 2:30)
    instead i did
    4x50 overkick on :45, 2x150 IMs no free on 2:30
    20x25 free on :30 at 200 race pace(13s)
    2x(4x50 overkick on :45, 2x150 IMs no free on 2:30)
    20x25 free on :30 at 200 race pace(13s)

    warm down
    100 easy

    total 3300scy

    i found the overkick and aims really hard today. I was able to hold the 13s on the 25s pretty comfortably. I need to look at the USRPT docs again because I am pretty sure I can make the 30 he professes with approx 15 seconds rest. I guess if I dropped the time to 12 highs it would be much harder but I am not sure if this would simulate my 200 pace. 50s at 200 pace would be very difficult and perhaps the the point and perhaps the 25s are less affective for 200s than 50s.
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  19. Meet starts tonight

    by , September 19th, 2014 at 07:14 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I'm only coaching tonight but I have the 200 free, 200 fly and 1650 free tomorrow. Needless to say but today is an easy one

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    4x200 IM order 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim w/zoomers
    200 free w/snorkel
    3x100 from block 25 sprint 75 ez free
    300 kick w/zoomers

    2600 meters
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  20. Wed-Thur, Sept 17-18

    by , September 18th, 2014 at 06:37 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Wednesday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    Tried to do a 100 of fast stuff. It wasn't happening, so shifted to recovery mode. 50 EZ

    3 rounds w/fins:
    4 x 100 cruise backstroke kick @ 1:30
    4 x 25 chest press fly @:10 rest
    4 x 25 1 breath free @ :30
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:00

    Total: 3000


    My quads were just burning when I hopped in. I think kick isolation HIT work takes a real toll on the legs. And I haven't really been doing pure recovery workouts regularly.


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    Thursday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:


    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x 25 burst SDK + cruise
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 breast w/fins @ 100 pace @ :40
    -- 14s
    250 EZ

    4 x (broken 100 AFAP kick w/fins + 250 EZ)
    -- 25s on :30
    R1 = dolphin kick w/board (:42)
    R2 = flutter kick w/board (41 high)
    R3 = breast (:51)
    R4 = backstroke kick (41)

    Total: 3200


    I was stuck in a shallower lane today as there were a bunch of college swimmers doing workouts in the deep end. So I didn't do much underwater work. Need to do all my rehab exercise tonight. I've missed a couple days being busy. And this is not the time to shirk!
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