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  1. Retirement Party

    Big swim meet today, meet of the year, the meet that would determine if I quit swimming.*

    I am not a long course person, I pretty much don't care about the season and never have. This year I wanted to focus on the Waikiki Roughwater to keep me motivated to do more than float through the summer. Since the lunacy of swimming 2.4 miles in Hawaii infected my mind, I have been more focused on volume than speed and have had 4 solid workouts on that front leading up to the meet.

    A little background about the meet. This is the fastest meet I have ever been to, and most of the local meets are pretty fast. The 400 free was before the meet and the 400IM and 1500 frees were the last two events. The meet started at 9:00 for the non-400ers and at 10:50 the 400IM started. Every event but 3 was swum, men and women separately, in under an hour and 50 minutes. This meet is very much an LT set and I talked to several people who think of the meet as a pre-meet for Senior Games/Zones/Nationals instead of a place to go to get solid times.

    Enough background, the most interesting statistic from the meet:
    Fluid consumption:
    - 32oz tap water
    - 32oz Gatorade
    - 2L of smart water
    - 1 packet of puresport.

    That is over a gallon in a couple hours and I didn't slosh during the 1500. Low 90s, 58% humidity and sunny. I can't imagine what the meets will be like later in the summer.

    I am done delaying. My times in order
    - 200 free 2:22.62
    - 100 free 1:02.19
    - 050 free 0:27.59
    All of those are within a second of this meet last year. Not thrilled, but not horrible.

    The fate deciding 1500? 21:15ish. After the timer told me 21 I stopped caring, but it is also right around last years time, but last year the 1500 (with the 400IM) while everything else was on Saturday.

    So I guess I will be quitting swimming. On the plus side, I will be taking up speed boating in the summers touring the lakes of the Carolinas. Unlike swimming, I probably won't spend any time learning about driving a boat or lake courtesy, but I will just learn as I go. Maybe try to slalom any buoys, flags or kayaks I see.

    I am going to miss swimming, but I will still stop by the forums to give Jazz advice on lifting, get into arguments about where to grocery shop and make fun of the crazy open water swimmers. Really, the only difference will be that I will stop pestering people about how they train and why they are so much faster than I am even when they don't look fast.

    One last thing. Laura, the editor from Swimmer magazine, has contacted me about doing both side of the lane line on the topic "If you can't live up to the ideals others set for you, should you quit swimming?" Obviously I am taking the "Yes of course" side, but we are having trouble finding people who could take the other side, there are just too many forumites that have never failed to meet the ideals of their peers that they wouldn't make good counter points. If you have ever failed to meet someone else's expectations but maintain the gumption to soldier on and want to call me a dumbass in print, please contact Laura. Or I guess you could comment on my blog...

    * Geek made some comment (in Speedo's blog maybe?) that if I didn't break 19:30 in the 1500 I might as well quit swimming.
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  2. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -06/27/11

    by , June 25th, 2011 at 12:04 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    2 X 200 3:45
    4 X 150 2:45
    1 X 400 6:30
    2 X 100 1:45

    1 X 200 kick 5:00
    8 X 50 kick 1:20
    50's: build 2nd 25 to fast
    1 X 100 easy swim -

    9 X 200 pull
    3 on 3:20
    3 on 3:10
    3 on 3:00

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4300M
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  3. Home at last

    by , June 25th, 2011 at 10:23 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    The lawyer said that with adoptions, once you leave the hospital, things are almost always final even if they aren't "legally" final. It was a relief to drive off even though the birth mother gave every indication that she had no intention of changing her mind.

    The baby went to sleep at 10:00 last night and woke up at 4:00 am this morning as I was getting ready to go to the pool. My wife and I are bewildered... none of our others had ever done that. Gotta be a catch somewere.

    Light turnout at the pool. Swim teams were all gone and I suppose there was a big triathlon somewhere because the lap swimmers were absent as well. We were fortunate that they kept it long course. I managed a 43.5 50 breast stroke at the end of practice from a push of with a drag suit. I'd like to get to 40 before I shave and taper. Here's the rest of the workout:

    LCM

    600 Free
    200 Kick
    200 Pull

    400 back/breast

    9 x 50 3 x (Fly - 3 kick per pull/back/breast)
    3 x 150 Fly Kick on side/free/fly

    4 x 50 Kick
    4 x 50 Pull
    400 Free
    2 x 100 Kick - Easy/Hard
    2 x 100 Pull - Easy/Hard
    400 Free - Negative split
    200 Kick - Negative split
    200 Pull - Negative split
    400 Free - Hard

    200 Kick
    200 Pull

    8 x 50 Drill/Hard stroke

    200 Cool down

    (5700m total)
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  4. Finally a swim

    by , June 24th, 2011 at 05:06 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I ended up taking off Sunday through Thursday this week. I woke up Sunday morning after the 5K ow with a raging sore throat and clogged sinuses. I figured I was allergic to some of the algae and crud in the water and started on Allegra. Well, it didn't help. Every day I felt worse instead of better. I managed to make it through summer school each day but 4 hours of yelling in the loud pool took a toll on my throat and by the time I was done I just wanted to go home, lay around and read so I did.
    I had a decent 3K workout for today but ended up doing a sort-of extended warm-up swim.
    It felt good to be back in but I'm hoping to feel better tomorrow.

    **5 X 200 (Swim/Kick/Pull/4x50/swim)
    **5 X 150 (Swim/Kick/Pull/3x50/Swim)
    **5 X 100 (Swim/Kick/Pull/2x50, Swim)
    **5 X 50 (Swim/Kick/pull/1x50/1x50)
    **200 IM
    **50 Backstroke

    2,750

    I noticed the CHS Senior Swim Group does TRX. They have the cables set up right on-deck. I starting a class at a local gym to learn the system; I should have just gone in early and watched them use it.
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  5. Thurs June 23, 2011

    by , June 24th, 2011 at 02:19 PM (Canuck Countdown)
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    WWU Pool (SCM)

    WARM UP
    300 swim
    300 kick
    300 pull
    300 swim

    Main Set
    Continuous
    2 x
    (200 free @ 2:50,
    2 x 50 back/50 breast @ 1:50
    200 free @ 2:50
    2 x 50 breast/50 free @ 1:50)

    18 x 50 pull GOLF (stroke count + time) @ :50
    score was 28 to 29 strokes + 34 to 36 seconds = 62 to 65 (coach said par was 70!)

    4 x 150 kick with fins (alt dolphin and choice) @ 2:30

    50 ez

    Total Distance = 4350 meters
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  6. FAST Fri Jun 24th, 2011 LCM

    by , June 24th, 2011 at 12:18 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    FAST Fri Jun 24th, 2011 LCM

    Swam Tue, Wed & Thu but didn't blog em

    On the flight home from Seattle, my son Dane read an article in Outside Magazine about
    The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferriss and decided to investigate further, yesterday he showed it to me.
    it makes some amazing claims:
    YOU WILL LEARN (in less than 30 minutes each):
    * How to lose those last 5-10 pounds (or 100+ pounds) with odd combinations of food and safe chemical cocktails.
    * How to prevent fat gain while bingeing (X-mas, holidays, weekends)
    * How to increase fat-loss 300% with a few bags of ice
    * How Tim gained 34 pounds of muscle in 28 days, without steroids, and in four hours of total gym time
    * How to sleep 2 hours per day and feel fully rested
    * How to produce 15-minute female orgasms
    * How to triple testosterone and double sperm count
    * How to go from running 5 kilometers to 50 kilometers in 12 weeks
    * How to reverse “permanent” injuries
    * How to add 150+ pounds to your lifts in 6 months
    * How to pay for a beach vacation with one hospital visit
    I looked at the chapters & read a few pages, it looks interesting & currently ranks #33 on Amazon.
    Anyone out there read it or tried it?
    Got any comments?
    I wonder if it really works?
    The chapter titled: How I Learned to Swim Effortlessly in 10 Days where he shares how he went from a struggling beginner swimmer (who could barely swim 2 lengths in a pool) to improving his technique and being able to complete a 2,500 meter open water swim.
    Hint: he learned TI & provides a nice summary

    Ferriss also wrote
    The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content.
    Anyone read it or got Comments?



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    WEIGHTS
    lifted at san marcos world gym
    5:10 am - 5:25 am

    Whitney Coached
    UT, main pool LCM
    6:00 - 7:30 dove at 6:08
    wore FS PRO jammer
    swam with Mike, Chris, Marcio & Nate
    beside Tyler,
    plus Larry & Jim who have a meet tomorrow in Dallas


    WARM UP
    assigned 500, 400, 300, 200, 100
    did 50's on :50

    Main SET: LCM

    4 rounds of
    100 fr 80% on 2:00
    100 fr 90% on 2:15
    100 fr 100% on 2:30
    50 FAST for time from a dive
    150 easy

    R1 1:11, 1:08, 1:06, 27
    R2 1:11, 1:08, 1:05, 27
    R3 1:11, 1:10, 1:02, FL28
    R4 1:14, 1:10, 1:08, FL 26

    500 choice
    did easy 50's

    After practice I watched UT men work out for a while, their practice is 7:30 - 9:00 or 9:30
    hung around through the first round of their main set which was:

    6 x 100 FAST in heats on 7:30
    They had 5 lanes & there were 5 heats which went off every 90 seconds
    saw some fast work out swims

    Meets

    2011 South Central Zone LCM Championships INFO
    Jul 22 - 24, 2011 in
    Shenandoah (Houston), TX
    will probably enter:
    Fri 400 IM
    Sat 50 FL, 100 FR, 50 bk or 200 IM, & 1 or 2 relays
    Sun 100 FL, 50 BR, 100 BK & 50 FR & 1 or 2 relays

    Updated July 11th, 2013 at 09:19 PM by ande

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  7. Should be going home today

    by , June 24th, 2011 at 11:50 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Thanks for all the congratulations and well wishes. The baby is doing great. Contact with the birth mother and her family has all been very positive. We should be going home this afternoon sometime.

    I'm still getting time to swim in the mornings. Slowly ramping up to 6Km/Day. Doubt I'll go much beyond that. Doubt my body could take it anyway. Here's what we did today:

    200 Free
    100 Back
    200 Free
    100 Breast
    300 Free

    4 x 150 Fly Kick/Free/Fly

    200 Breast
    100 Free
    200 Back
    100 Free
    200 IM

    10 x 50 Kick Easy/Hard

    4 Times through:
    * 50 Fly
    * 100 Back/Breast
    * #1 - 50 Free / #2 - 100 Free / #3 150 Free / #4 200 Free

    4 Times through:
    * #1 - 50 Pull / #2 - 100 Pull / #3 150 Pull / #4 200 Pull
    * 100 Fast

    400 Drill
    400 Free

    200 IM Easy Cool down

    (5800m total)
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  8. Happy Kicking....

    by , June 24th, 2011 at 11:46 AM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    Well, today's workout was a totally fun / totally painful extravaganza - depending on which half of the workout I was on. I love to kick with my fins on - make no secret of that fact. I just love it. (OH! Did I tell you that I realized that kicking without fins on helps you swim faster?! I changed yesterday from a 2-beat to a 6-beat kick for our freestyle set when I knew the interval would be challenging and it really made a difference - who knew? ) Then, after my fun and lovely kicking was over, we went to - ugh - gag - ahem - breaststroke.

    Before you breaststrokers yell at me, you have to understand that my legs just don't want to go however it is they are supposed to go in order to get any sort of propulsion from my kick at all. Needless to say, breaststroke is not my most favorite stroke. But... Mel was on deck. So, I did breaststroke.... kind of..... Here's what we did:

    300 Warm-Up
    6 x 100 Kick on 2:10
    2 sets:
    - 1 x 100 Kick on 2:10
    - 1 x 100 Kick 75 + Free 25 on 2:10
    - 1 x 100 Kick 50 + Free 50 on 2:10
    - 1 x 100 Kick 25 + Free 75 on 2:10
    - 1 x 100 Free FAST w/ Fins on 2:00
    4 x 100 Pull w/ paddles on 1:45
    4 x 100 Breaststroke on 2:30 (1-all breast, 2-4 50 breast/50free)
    400 Cool-Down
    Total Meters - 3200

    I must say, I haven't done this much breaststroke in, well, forever. Literally forever. I did an entire 100 meters straight! Whew! After that, I did a 50 breast/50 free split and was still pretty happy that I kept doing the 50 breast portion. I'm thinking about going to the late morning team practice tomorrow. I think CG will be there, and he has been promising to take a look at my kick and tell me how to fix it. There may be hope for my breaststroke yet... but the jury is still out on that one.

    Plus, I actually wore my paddles for our pull set. I hurt one of my shoulders when I first started swimming and have been leery of paddles for a long time. But, with the better technique I have now, THEY WERE A BLAST! I went really fast (relatively speaking) and I really felt the catch well. I've been cautioned not to do over 200 pull with paddles straight, but these 100s were fine - and I made the 1:45 interval with almost 10 seconds to spare. YAY!

    That was my day in the pool. All in all, it was great. I hope yours is too.

    Happy swimming!
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  9. More workouts, Friday, June 22

    by , June 24th, 2011 at 09:13 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands from last Tuesday:

    leg extensions, 85 x 1 x 10, 100 x 2 x 8, 115 x 1 x 8, 130 x 1 x 7
    seated row, 85 x 23 x 10
    alternating hammers w/20 lb DBs, 2 x 20
    goblet squats, 65 x 2 x 10
    captains chair straight leg raises, 2 x 15


    Friday:

    chest press, 70 x 1 x 10, 85 x 2 x 8
    explosive leg press, 250 x 10, 270 x 2 x 10
    dumbbell row, 40 x 2 x 10 each arm
    captains chair straight leg raise


    Ellipse, 30 minutes

    dumbbell row, 45 x 2 x 8 each arm
    push press w/20 lb DBs, 2 x 10
    bulgarian single legs squat, 40 x 2 x 10 each leg
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 10
    RC exercises

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    Commentary:

    Tough gym to workout in. Some woman almost whacked me with a dumbbell! It thinned out during my second round of drylands (over lunch hour) fortunately.

    After the workout, I went to a lecture on Corsica. Very interesting -- nothing but conquests in its history. I was reminded that Corsica is the birthplace of Napoleon. Tomorrow, we are going to Portofino and Santa Marguerita on the Italian coast (in lieu of a very low ride to Florence). Going to catch some sun with Mini Fort now.
  10. A great day today

    by , June 24th, 2011 at 08:42 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    No elbow pain or back pain! AWESOME! I do have to admit I took two aspirin before bed and two in the morning.

    My swimming was also much better than normal.

    5x100@2:00 Free
    5x100@2:00 Free kick offs (no push off wall)
    5x200@4:00 Fly w/fins as 50 rt arm/50lt arm/50 kick/50 swim went 3:37, 3:28, 3:22, 3:17, 3:06 this was my best times ever on this set
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 FAST
    5x100@1:45 Free w/paddles & bouy
    5x100@2:00 Free easy

    Total 3500 meters

    Update - had a massage at lunch which has really helped loosen things up even more. I hate paying so much but it is well worth it when I need it.

    Updated June 24th, 2011 at 01:56 PM by Donna

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  11. Thursday, June 23, 2011 5:00pm LCM

    by , June 23rd, 2011 at 09:35 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Got out of work a little early, and was able to convince my mom to babysit the kids for an extra hour so I could stretch out in the pool tonight. Its definitely a good stress reliever. Only my 2nd swim of the week, and probably my last till maybe next week.

    At the outdoor city pool, the lap swim is usually SCY going widths across the pool, but today with the lessons they were doing a "safety day", so I was able to convince the guard to let the lap swim by LCM tonight. I was the only one, so he didn't care. No pace clocks, no lane lines, and steady 12 MPH winds from a diagonal. Fun times.

    Nice and simple:

    400 Free

    400 IM backstroke had to throw my head back to "sight" on the black line every 5th cycle or so. If not, I have a tendancy to swim to the right, and would've been funny going across the pool.

    8 x 50 Fly, Free, Fly, Free, Back, Free, Back, Free @ :15 rest

    4 x 100 Free @ :15 rest

    8 x 50 (25 Fly/25 Free) @ :15 rest
    --odds 1st half FAST, 2nd half easy
    --evens 1st half easy, 2nd half FAST

    100 EZ and out in 40 minutes
    ----------------
    2100 LCMeters
  12. Thursday June 16 - Tues June 21, 2011

    by , June 23rd, 2011 at 04:33 PM (Canuck Countdown)
    Tuesday June 21
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    WWU Pool (SCM)

    400 swim
    400 kick
    400 pull
    8 x 50 as 25 free drill / 25 swim @1:10
    40 x 25 pull @ :30 (10 paddle on left hand only, 10 paddle on right hand only, 20 paddles on both hands)

    Main Set
    Continuous
    3 x 25 fly/25 back @ :50
    2 x 50 fly/25 back @ 1:15
    100 IM @ 1:40
    3 x 25 back/25 breast @ :50
    2 x 50 back/25 breast @ 1:15
    100 IM @ 1:40
    3 x 25 breast/25 free @ :50
    2 x 50 breast/25 free @ 1:15
    100 IM @ 1:40

    350 Kick with fins

    Total Distance = 4150 meters

    Sunday June 19
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    Competition Pool (LCM)

    800 warmup
    12 x 100 pull with paddles as 25 stroke (alt fly, free, breast) / 75 free
    16 x 50 (even 50s: underwater SDK to 15 meters + 35 meters FAST; odd 50s: build) @ 1:10
    6 x 200 as 100 swim / 100 kick @ 3:30
    200 cool down

    Total Distance = 4200 meters

    Saturday June 18
    I swam in a summer club meet at Millenium Place, Sherwood Park. Out of approximately 200 swimmers aged 5 and up, only 2 of us were over 20 years of age! I missed my 100 back because the night before was a late one (I was at my wife's staff party), but that also means that I missed the chaos of the early morning warmup. Instead, I got the pool to myself while everyone else took a lunch break. I did a 600 meter warmup, then swam 50 SCM back (32.69), 100 SCM breast (1:17.90), and 50 free (26.69).

    Thursday June 16
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    WWU Pool (SCM)

    I only swam 2000 meters. Don't remember what I did.

    Updated July 20th, 2011 at 01:32 PM by lewba

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  13. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -06/24/11

    by , June 23rd, 2011 at 03:30 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:45
    4 X 100 2:00
    1 X 300 5:15
    4 X 100 1:45

    1 X 200 kick followed by easy 100 swim

    4 X {3 X 100 Rounds 1&3 stroke on 2:15, 2&4 free on 1:45
    #1 swim is moderate
    #2 is a build
    #3 is Fast
    Break between rounds

    3 X 50 1:20
    1 X 100 kick 3:00
    50's: #1 is moderate, 2 is 25 sprint/25 easy, 3 is fast
    Four rounds

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4000M
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  14. Finally! June 21

    by , June 23rd, 2011 at 02:40 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Have had very little internet access. Very little swimming either for that matter. Here's the "workouts" or what I remember of them. My iphone (with note function) just died as I am typing ... will have to edit later. Forgive typos -- typing fast on ipad.

    Sunday:

    Ellipse, 30 minutes

    floor bench press, 50 x 4 x 10 (up 10 lbs)
    rear delt fly, 70 x 1 x 10, 85 x 3 x 8
    back extension machine, 175 x 3 x 15

    Ellipse, 30 minutes

    captains chair straight leg raise, 3 x 15
    goblet squat, 65 x 3 x 10
    tricep extension, 65 x 3 x 8
    something else

    Ellipse, 15 minutes


    Monday:

    4-5 miles of walking in Malta


    Tuesday:

    4-5 miles of walking in Palermo

    30 minutes weights (can't remember)

    20 minutes Ellipse


    Wednesday:

    Maybe 2 miles of walking in Rome. Had tours there to jump lines at the Colliseum and Vatican.

    Swim at Night, 2000 meters

    In a 12.5 meter pool. I could barely do anything other than streamline in a pool so small. I chopped it up into groups of 20 laps. Almost felt tapered, though perhaps anyone would in this pool.


    Thursday:

    Hiked/walked maybe 4 miles, 2 miles at Mt. Vesuvius.

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    Commentary:

    Having a fabulous time! Of course, this is not so surprising since I love to travel so much.

    Started out in the island of Malta, which is almost a giant sandcastle with all the limestone buildings. Malta is the site of the movies The Count of Monte Cristo, Troy, and Gladiator and you can definitely tell! We began with a tour of a fishing village and a boat ride in the Blue Grotto -- spectacular (and the site of the scene in the TCOMC when he discovers the treasure). After sending the kids back, we walked about in the capitol of Malta, Valletta. I can't resist a medieval fortressed city, though the styles of architicture are myriad with all the foreign invasions. We had a lovely late lunch in a typical European cafe in a picturesque setting sampling the local Maltese wine.

    The next day we journeyed to Palermo, Sicily. Mr. Fort and I walked at warp speed touring all the city's sights and the 25,000 churches in Norman, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical styles. Palermo is essentially akin to an Italian Manhattan except with narrower sidewalks and older buildings. Stoplights are few and purely for decoration. Mr. Fort and his running buddy almost got killed trying to run in this city.

    We were in Rome yesterday. Love Rome, and have been there twice before. However, I think I will forevermore avoid it in the summer. I was really really looking forward to the Vatican Museum and Sistene Chapel (which I hadn't seen since it was renovated). But it was the most crowded and claustrophobic scene imaginable. Both wonderful and miserable. And I missed the Laocoon sculpture. (Nerdy art history freak here.) At the end of the day, I asked Lil Fort what she liked better -- the most famous church in the world (St. Peters) or the gelato. Her answer was predictable.

    Today, we were in Naples, but skipped the ancient city in favor of hiking up Mt. Vesuvius and touring Pompeii -- both were amazing! In between, we stopped at a vineyard about 1/3 way up Vesuvius for a wine tasting and a stupendous lunch. Very lovely, and we ordered a case of wine. We finished the day at a local Napoli pizzeria. This was my fav day so far. Even the two 10 year olds enjoyed the day!

    I may head to the gym for a short bit before it closes now. I haven't been able to peruse the blogs. Hope everyone's training is going fabulously! I am not looking forward to sucking my first 2 weeks back.

    Ohhh, I'm getting a seaweed exfoliation and massage tomorrow!

    Cheers everyone!

    Updated June 23rd, 2011 at 02:54 PM by The Fortress

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  15. I have a new son!

    by , June 23rd, 2011 at 01:54 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Yesterday was long but worth it. The birth mother went through 24 hours of labor before having to do a c-section delivery. Hard to complain about lack of sleep... she had it much worse. Baby is healthy and peacefully sleeping while I type.

    Adoption has been a much different experience than with my three biological children. For us (adoptive parents), there is the same excitement with the constant fear of something going wrong as with our biological children. But we also see the sorrow and loss from the family of the mother giving her child away. It is harder to watch than I would have thought despite all the councelling and advice we have received. Overall, I know this is a positive thing for all involved but the next few days will be hard on everyone.

    I did manage to work in enough sleep to get up and swim this morning. Here's what we did:

    200 Free
    100 Drill
    200 Free

    200 IM Drill
    200 Free
    4 x 50 Kick
    200 Free
    200 IM Drill

    200 Kick negative split
    200 Free negative split
    4 x 50 IM Order

    200 Kick negative split
    4 x 50 IM Order
    2 x 100 Free negative split

    200 Pull Breathe Right
    200 Pull Breathe Left
    100 Pull Breathe Right
    100 Pull Breath Left

    2 x 200 Pull alternate breath
    2 x 100 Free alternate breath negative split
    4 x 50 worst stroke

    6 x 50 Choice Drill

    5 x 200 Breast/Free/Breast/Free/Breast

    200 Cool down

    (5600m total)
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  16. Long Course... Seems Like It Gets Longer

    by , June 23rd, 2011 at 11:58 AM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    Arriving at the pool today, we were already switched over from scy to lcm! As a result, practice got started on time and was not interrupted because of lane lines. It was fabulous!

    At the start of practice, my coach moved me from the lane I routinely swim in (with the people who are much faster than me) to a lane with two guys that I didn't know. Turns out, they swim about the same speed as I do. It was a really good combo and we pushed each other well - at least I thought so.... Of course, it seemed like the longer the set went on and the more tired I became, the longer the 50 meters got. I could've sworn it was at least 65 meters across by the 4th round.

    Here's what we did:
    400 Warm-Up
    12 x 50 Free on 1:05, every 3rd fast
    1 x 300 Kick on 6:00
    4 sets:
    - 4 x 100 Free on 1:45
    - 2 x 50 Free on 1:30 (Faster than 50 split in 100s)
    200 Cool-Down
    Total Meters - 3500


    What made me the happiest at practice this morning was that I really pushed myself and did the entire practice as written - WITHOUT PUTTING ON FINS DURING THE FREE SET! In the other lane, I know I would have put on my fins when I got really, really tired. I was barely making the 100 interval by the end of the 4th round, but I pushed through it and finished! My right calf was threatening to cramp up, but I am feeling more and more confident in my abilities to do what's written and just push through. Of course that being said, I'm swapping tomorrow's breaststroke round for back. But... that's another issue entirely. Until then...



    Enjoy your swims today!
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  17. Thursday, 6/23/11

    by , June 23rd, 2011 at 11:53 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCM

    Warm – up (800)
    400 Mixer, did free & back
    4 x 100/1:50 free, build

    Swim Set:
    6 x 100/1:45 ds 3 – 3
    - free, went 1:37-1:32-1:28 both times through
    6 x 25/45 FAST
    - did free, not sure of times on all but the ones I saw clock on were around 17
    4 x 100/1:40 ds
    - free, went 1:35-1:32-1:30-1:25
    4 x 25/50 FAST
    - fly, was around 19-20

    Kick Set
    1 x 600 continuous!
    - with fins, did 300 flutter on belly w/board (5 min)/300 flutter on back (5 min)

    Warm down 50 easy

    Total: 2700 meters
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  18. Four New Jimmy'z Jammerz and CremePuff's Debut

    by , June 23rd, 2011 at 10:01 AM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Jimmy'z Jammerz is proud to announce potential advertising interest from the following Fortune 500 Companies, each of which might well, one can imagine, be hoping to capture the coveted 55-59 male demographic:


    • Burger King
    • Avis Rental Cars
    • Kimberly-Clark
    • Eli Lilly


    Please add these suit cut-outs to your burgeoning collection.


    It really
    does take two hands to handle a Whopper!




    You'll try harder when you're No. 2, too!
    Or in my case, No. 3, but who's counting? (Evidently not USMS, at least not in the 55-59 men's SCY 1000 freestyle!)



    Don't let a colostomy or incontinence keep you from competing!

    As this handsome line of Jimmy'z Senescent Swimmyz shows, swim diapers aren't just for the wee ones anymore!





    Now you can be ready whenever the mood strikes (though hopefully
    not while wearing this handsome skin-tight Jimmyz Jammer in public!)



    SPECIAL BONUS COLLECTIBLE HIS-AND-HERS SUIT BUNDLE
    :


    Hey! What just struck me? Oh, yes! The mood!
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  19. Distance workout

    by , June 23rd, 2011 at 07:45 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    This is the first time in a long time that I have been able to do a distance workout. It was not as fast as I would have liked but I have a few weeks still.

    The elbow was ok thru all of this, only twinges here and there that I could adjust and push thru.

    400 Free
    300 Free w/bouy
    200 Free kick
    100 Free
    15x100@1:45 Free w/paddles & bouy held 1:35's would like to get back down to 1:30's but 1:35 was a good first time back
    200 Free kick w/snorkle
    300 Free kick w/fins
    200 Free w/fins easy

    Total 3200 meters
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  20. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -06/23/11

    by , June 22nd, 2011 at 04:51 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    1 X 400 7:00 6:40
    4 X 100 2:00 1:40
    Two times. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 5:00
    3 X 100 kick-last 25 fast- 2:30
    1 X 100 easy swim

    2 X 400 free 6:15
    2 X 300 4:45
    2 X 200 3:10
    2 x 100 1:30

    OR

    1 X 300 IM 5:30
    1 X 200 IM 3:40
    1 X 100 IM 2:00
    Three rounds

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4400/4200M
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