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  1. Monday May 7

    AM swim

    Santa Clara Swim Club Masters - SCY
    Steve coaching

    400 warmup
    2 x
    * 4 x 75 @ 1:25, IMO kick, drill, swim
    * 4 x 75 @ :30 choice

    1 x 400 @ :05 rest, DPS
    2 x 200 @ :10 rest,
    4 x 100 @ :15 rest
    8 x 50 @ :20 rest

    8 x 25 @ :40, kick with fins. even underwater, odd easy

    200 easy

    * 3200 *

    ************************************

    PM Weights

    Inverted rows, bodyweight
    15
    15
    12
    10
    8

    Box squats
    65, 5 sets of 3
    75, 5 sets of 3

    Dumbbell shoulder press
    20 x 10
    20 x 10
    25 x 10

    Updated May 8th, 2012 at 02:32 PM by eric.carlson (forgot the shoulder presses)

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  2. Monday, May 7, 2012 5:00pm (2nd swim)

    by , May 7th, 2012 at 11:00 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I had to get in a real workout after my "sprint and done" workout this morning.

    Warmup:

    300 Free
    200 Free Pull

    Got this main set from Ande's posting earlier today, though I shortened it by 25%:

    12 x 75 @ 1:00 (3 Free, 1 Fly) Flys about :53s
    1:00 rest
    12 x 50 @ :40 (3 Free, 1 Back) Backs about :38s
    1:00 rest
    12 x 25 @ :20 (3 Free, 1 Breast) made the breast "touch n go"

    Nice set

    4 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:15

    300 EZ and out

    ----------------------
    3000 Yards


    4500 Yards for the Day

    -----------------------------

    BONUS: [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE8iSMLObmQ"]5-7-2012 Wenatchee, WA 200 Fly Gridge Race - YouTube[/nomedia]

    I had to post it early...enjoy.
  3. Monday May 7th, 2012 Double Trouble

    by , May 7th, 2012 at 04:54 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Monday May 7th, 2012 Double Trouble
    did around 8800 today

    did not swim Sat or Sun

    Whitney Coached LCM & scy
    6:30 - 8:00 dove in on time
    swam beside Tyler & James Fike

    Warm Up
    400 fr 100 k 400 fr 100 k

    Main Set (LCM)

    8 x 50 on 1:00
    1 4 strokes fast
    2 8 strokes fast
    3 16 strokes fast
    4 32 strokes fast

    moved to diving well & it was hot

    16 x 25 on 20
    3 fr 1 fl

    1:00 rest

    16 x 50 on 40
    3 fr 1 bk

    1:00 rest

    16 x 75 on 60
    3 fr 1 br

    16 x 100 on 1:20
    3 fr 1 IM

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    Double

    Whitney Coached LCM
    noon to 1:15 dove in after warm up
    12:19
    swam with Korey, Ned, & Paul
    beside Jim, Stan & Traci

    Warm Up
    missed it

    Main Set (LCM)

    4 x 50 on 1:00
    1 4 strokes fast
    2 8 strokes fast
    3 16 strokes fast
    4 32 strokes fast



    16 x 50 on 45
    3 fr 1 fl

    1:00 rest

    8 x 100 on 1:30
    3 fr 1 bk

    1:00 rest

    16 x 50 on fr on 45 br on 50
    3 fr 1 br

    8 x 100 on 1:30
    3 fr 1 IM


    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    2012 Meets & Events

    Thu Jul 5 - 8, 2012
    2012 USMS LCM Nationals
    Order of Events
    Qwest Center, Omaha, NE


    Sat Aug 11 & 12, 2012
    South Central LCM Zones
    Palo Alto Pool
    San Antonio, TX
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  4. The other MAC

    I have now had the pleasure of swimming with 2 MAC masters clubs (no relation...)

    Both (NC and AZ) have excellent coaches and an enthusiastic bunch of swimmers who aren't afraid to hit the pool before sunrise. I had the luxury of my very own 50m lane between Kent and AZ Tim.

    This morning there was a suspicious looking character in a hoodie lurking about; I was unarmed.... he told us what to do for the next 75 minutes.

    Thanks for the practice Paul Smith!
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  5. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/08/12

    by , May 7th, 2012 at 02:17 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 1:45 1:40
    2 X 200 3:30 3:20
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 5:00
    6 x 50 kick 1:15
    1 X 100 swim

    1 X 400 6:40
    2 X 200 3:20
    4 X 100 1:40
    8 X 50 :50

    10 X 50 stroke 1:15
    odd: easy even: fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 x 50 easy 1:00

    4500M
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  6. My FLOG is Almost Happy!

    by , May 7th, 2012 at 01:15 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    After having surgery in January and being completely out of the water for most of the year's first quarter (AND completely re-doing my "goal" for the year), my FLOG is almost happy with me again.

    My original goal for the year was 500 miles, which is 125 miles less than last year. However, I didn't anticipate how long I would be completely out of the water and just how long it would take to get back to swimming. (Even now, I am kicking almost half of each practice....) So, I redid my "goal" for the year again and slated it for 250 miles. And, I'm within 0.5 mile of the target pace. Woo-Hoo!

    I know it's really stupid that a computer telling me to pick up the pace bothers me, but it does... which may be why the FLOG is so effective in getting me to the pool on those days I really would rather stay in bed.

    With that being said, I started today's workout with about 1350 meters of freestyle (w/o fins), which is the most I have done of freestyle without a break since January. After that, of course, it was time to kick and give my shoulder a break for the rest of the workout (kind-of). Here's what I did:

    400 Warm-Up (all free w/o fins)
    1 x 450 Free (w/o fins) on 8:30
    8 x 50 Free (w/o fins) on 1:05
    1 x 500 Kick (w/ fins) on 8:30
    4 x 50 Sighting drill Free (w/o fins) on 1:05
    6 x 50 Kick (w/ fins) on 1:05
    1 x 300 Kick (w/o fins) on 8:30
    8 x 50 on 1:05 (odd: one-arm fly w/ fins fast; even: dolphin kick on back fast w/ fins)
    150 Cool-Down
    Total Meters - 3100

    Hope you enjoy your swims today as much as I enjoyed mine!
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  7. Monday, 5/7/12

    by , May 7th, 2012 at 01:14 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    Warm up: (1000)
    300 choice
    - swam back & free
    3 x 100 w/paddles @ 1:45 build each
    - swam free with catch paddles
    5 x 50/1:00 alternate 50 kick - 50 drill
    4 x 25/30 IM strong
    50 easy

    Back (1000)
    20 x 50/1:00, focus on form & consistency
    - was seeing 43-45 on the clock so these were probably 1-2 sec faster than that

    Swim (750)
    30 x 25/40 - did these fly-back-free, swam all strong to fast

    Warm down (150)
    50 swim - 50 kick - 50 swim

    Total: 2900 yards

    ++++++++++++++++
    Evening workout
    (taken from Leslie's HIT Week 19, Workout #1)

    SCM, Solo

    Warm up:
    200 choice (500)
    4 x 25, 1-2 breaths @ :20 RI
    4 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:10

    Kick Set (500)
    4 x 100 kick w/fins @ 2:00
    -- 25 fast, 25 EZ, 25 up tempo, 25 fast
    -- back kick, first 15 meters UW
    100 EZ

    Main Set (500)
    2 x through: Round 1: free, Round 2: back w/fins

    1 = 50 fast @ 1:00/1:10
    2 = 50 smooth @ 1:10/1:20
    3 = 50 AFAP @ 1:00
    4-5 = EZ @ 2:00

    Warm Down
    100 ez

    Total: 1600 meters

    ++++++++++++++++++

    Did a very short swim Saturday. The pool was 74į and I just wasn't couldn't get going. Probably would have been fine for a distance workout but didn't work for sprint intervals.

    Saturday afternoon went on a 21 mile bike ride and rode the course almost a minute faster than my previous best for this ride.

    Sunday rode 34 miles, with 2 good climbs over the summit between Elko and the adjacent valley.

    Updated May 8th, 2012 at 01:49 PM by poolraat

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  8. 10/30, Sunday, May 6

    by , May 7th, 2012 at 11:59 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Dartmouth:

    Only had about 55 minutes to swim. So I tried some ultra short distance training, and it packed a punch.

    Warm up:

    600 various
    12 x 25 shooters w/fins
    4 x 50 fly drills

    Main Set:

    Did all reps with an approx 10/30 second work to rest ratio:

    16 x 25 breast dolphin, no pullout
    -- sprinted to about the 20 yard line and cruised in, rested on the wall until 30 seconds elapsed
    -- started losing DPS the last 4-5
    100 EZ

    8 x 25 dolphin kick w/board & fins
    -- heart rate went up and stayed up right from the start on this set
    50 EZ

    8 x 25 dolphin kick on back w/fins
    -- heart rate still up
    -- only stayed under 4-5 quick kicks and then kicked on back on the surface
    50 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 2200

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Assuming I sprinted to the 20 yard line most efforts, that's still 640 yards of AFAP work in 55 minutes. It was somewhat mentally difficult to keep blasting away on short rest. And the times on my AFAP efforts were likely slower than when I'm doing 25s @ 3:00. This type of training is definitely most easily adapted to kicking where you can breath freely.

    Off to PRP soon. Ouch.

    I can't feel Saturday's weights.

    Updated May 7th, 2012 at 01:16 PM by The Fortress

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  9. Post Nats til now

    by , May 7th, 2012 at 11:58 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    I took some mental time off. I treated myself to bad food and rest...I did about 800 on Tuesday to help get out the creaks but other than that I didn't want to swim. Finally felt recovered at the end of the week and did 3000 LCM on Saturday morning. It was about 78 int he water, 62 in the air ...it was nice to be outside and I did just 6 x 500 on about 10:00. I would have done the 5k but I had to work.

    Today, I'm not in the LC pool yet so I just used Fort's workout for inside the 25Y pool.

    WORKOUT #1: SPEED/SPRINT CONDITIONING

    Warm up:

    600 choice
    200 IM drill
    2 x 50 w/fins @ :15 RI
    -- 25 shooter + 25 scull
    2 x 50 free, 3-4 breaths @ :20 RI

    Main Sets:

    5 x 50 burst + cruise @ 1:00/1:10/1:15
    50 EZ

    6 x 100 kick w/fins @ 1:45/2:00/2:15
    -- 25 fast, 25 EZ, 25 up tempo, 25 fast
    -- if you're doing backstroke kick, the first 15 meters UW.
    I did some FLY, BK and FR
    100 EZ

    2 x through:
    Round 1: free
    Round 2: stroke I did Breast.

    1 = 50 fast @ 1:00/1:10/1:20
    2-3 = 50 smooth @ 1:10/1:20/1:30
    4 = 50 AFAP @ 1:00
    5-6 = EZ @ 2:00
    7 = 50 fast @ 1:00/1:10/1:20
    8-9 = smooth @ 1:10/1:20/1:30
    10 = AFAP
    100 EZ after each round

    Total: 3200
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  10. Monday, May 7, 2012 5:15am 200 Fly FORT Gridge

    by , May 7th, 2012 at 11:52 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I didn't get to swim at all this weekend. We did go to the Classy Chassis parade in town on Friday night, which was pretty cool. It's when all the cool old cars come out to guzzle gas, make noise, spin tires, or just cruise down the main road in fashion. A very cool event. Better than the dumb "Grand Parade" of Apple Blossom weekend in Wenatchee.
    On Sunday I spent time digging ditches, laying irrigation pipes, and refilling the hole to make it look like nothing happened. Definitely good for the body, especially when you have a 200 Fly gridge upcoming.

    Warmup:

    400 Free
    400 Free Pull
    200 Kick w/ board

    Decided at this point, WTH, might as well get this thing over with. I did have my camera packed in the bag already, so I told my lanemate briefly about what I was planning to do, and he said he'd film it for me.

    200 Gridge Fly from a push - went Mystery Time
    I will post the time and video once there is confirmation that Fort has completed her race.

    I will say this is definitely a best time for practice, and it's really not too far away from some of my racing times of recent history, so Ms. Fort...you'd better be bringing your "A" game! No re-dos either. Just like timed finals.
    I was hurting in the legs on the final 50-75 of this race, and the only thing keeping me going was the possibility of beating that MF girl.

    300 cool down and out. I wasn't good for anything else after that. It was good to have put forth that effort of a swim in practice, and I thank Fort for giving me the reason to do so.
    Less than 2 weeks till go time in Canada!

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    1500 Yards
  11. 05.07.12 - Monday workout

    by , May 7th, 2012 at 11:10 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave. Skipped my second Saturday in a row . I was exhaused today from 90 minutes of soccer in the hot sun yesterday. Wasn't too bad though.

    SCY

    400 warm up
    3 x 25 - :30 (Fr/Bk/Fr)
    3 x 25 - :30 (Fr/K/Fr)
    3 x 25 - :25 (Fr/Br/Fr)
    3 x 25 - :25 (Fr/Fl/Fr)
    3 x 50 - :45 Convert Free to Fly
    3 x 50 - :45 Convert Free to Bk
    3 x 50 - :45 Convert Free to Br
    5 x 50 - :45 Convert Free to K to Free
    50 Easy

    7 x 75 - 1:10 Convert Fr to Kick to Fr
    7 x 75 - 1:00 Convert Fr to Stroke to Fr
    50 Easy
    I converted to Breaststroke. Made the 75 Br but was in a lot of trouble after that. Eventually caught back up the interval.

    Set 1: 9 x 100 - 1:45 Convert Kick to Free to Kick
    Set 2: 9 x 100 - 1:20 Convert Free to Stroke to Free
    Intermingle Set 1 and Set 2, Sprint last 100.
    Took a break before the 100 stroke (I did br). That helped a lot. Original intervals for this were 1:30 and 1:15. I don't think I'm where I can make that right now but I was able to handle the modified interval ok.

    200 Cool down

    (4550 total)

    Updated May 7th, 2012 at 01:16 PM by pmccoy

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  12. Monday 5/7/12

    Monday 5/7

    AM only SCY

    400 swim (50 FR/50 stroke)
    400 (50 Dr/50 K)
    400 pull buoy only

    4x75 @ 1:20 kick R/L/fast on back
    4x50 @ :50 build (2 BK/2 BR)
    4x75 @ 1:10 swim R/L/fast
    4x50 @ :45 build (2 FL/2 FR)

    12x100
    3 @ 1:15 D1-3
    3 @ 1:10 D1-3
    6 @ 1:05 hold red HR (1:00, 1:01, 1:00, 1:00, 1:01, 1:01)

    50 EZ double arm BK

    w/ fins:
    3x
    3x100 @ 1:40 (RD1), 1:30 (RD2), 1:20 (RD3) kick FR w/ board cruise
    1x200 @ 3:30 FAST FL kick on back (1:55, 1:57, 1:56)

    250 EZ

    Total: 5200
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  13. where did all the manatees come from

    by , May 7th, 2012 at 08:34 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    This morning I was inundated by a load of manatees in my lane. One who just floats(i can do 5 laps to his 2), one who will just turn even though he has a faster swimmer right behind him and a breaststroker who is almost as slow as the floater.

    The 3 women who usuallly swim together were getting annoyed by the slow pokes. Lucky for me when I started my sprint set the middle Savannah Masters lane cleared out so I just moved.

    Long course with only one lap lane does not work. The aquatic center is going to get some complaints today. Hopefully they will go back to short course until the kids move to the later schedule.

    600 free
    200 IM drill
    2x50@:15RI w/fins as 25 shooter +25 scull
    2x50@:20RI free 3-5 breaths
    5x50@1:00 burst + cruise
    50 EZ
    6x100@2:00 kick w/fins
    100 EZ

    10x50@1:15 free
    #1 fast(42), #2-3 smooth, #4 AFAP(42), #5-6 EZ, #7 fast(40), #8-9 smooth, #10 AFAP(39)
    200EZ

    Total 2700 meters

    Updated May 7th, 2012 at 08:40 AM by Donna

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  14. come fly with me

    by , May 6th, 2012 at 03:16 AM (Bad Ass Blog)
    taken from http://john-badassrides.blogspot.com...y-with-me.html

    As a young man swimming defined my schedule, my goals, my friendships, even my ego. So on 1 April 2012 when I stepped onto a starting block for the first time in over 20 years... I was coming home.

    check out the rest of this article at http://john-badassrides.blogspot.com...y-with-me.html and show your support by clicking on an ad at the end of the article
  15. Can I still get there from here?

    by , May 6th, 2012 at 03:12 AM (Bad Ass Blog)
    taken from http://john-badassrides.blogspot.com...from-here.html

    Today was not exactly what I would call a banner day on the road less traveled. That would be the road to being a superhero (or at least the one toward being forever out of load-pile-land). In fact from where I sat at two I would have said "you can't get there from here."

    if you would like to see more please check out my blog at http://john-badassrides.blogspot.com...from-here.html Don't forget to show your support by clicking on an ad at the end of the entry. thanks!
  16. Come fly with me to Omaha

    by , May 6th, 2012 at 03:08 AM (Bad Ass Blog)
    taken from http://john-badassrides.blogspot.com...-to-omaha.html


    There is nothing that scares me more on this earth than an expanse of water that is 8 feet wide and 50 meters long. I have had some hard-bitten dudes point firearms at me in Guatemala. I have rappelled 100s of feet down into black holes in the ground. I've ridden a mountain bike off of stuff that would give a billy goat vertigo. I am no stranger to dumb-ass nail biter stuff. Having said all that, there is nothing that weakens my knees like standing on the starting blocks at one end of a long course meters pool. I (mostly) don't do the other dumb things anymore... but I still get on those starting blocks. I still feel my stomach turn to water. Nothing is as intimidating (for me) as looking down the length of that 50m. Conversely, there ain't nothing that thrills me more....

    if you want more check out the rest at http://john-badassrides.blogspot.com...-to-omaha.html
    click on an ad to show your support too!
  17. Saturday, May 5

    by , May 5th, 2012 at 11:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Ahhhhhhh. ... The granite of New Hampshire is agreeing with me. It's in the 60s and sunny, some of my favorite weather. Having a fabulous time here. Hanging out with Fort Son, catching up with some friends, even caught a couple lectures -- President Kim (so charismatic!) and one on debunking myths in popular psychology (appealing to a skeptic). But the highlight of the weekend was going out in the launch with the freshman coach and a couple other parents. The frosh boats were racing the women's varsity boats and it was a great birds eye view. (Yes, the first frosh boat won after starting four lengths back.). I'm sunburn.

    Took yesterday off. But managed to get in a workout at the gym today before the launch.

    Drylands:

    RC exercises
    Wide grip lat pulldowns, 60 x 2 x 8; switched to cyber machine, 90 x 2 x 8
    --wide grip is easier on elbows but harder on the shoulders
    Leg extensions, 90 x 4 x 8
    Explosive leg press, 190 x 4 x 12
    Cybex eagle row, 70 x 1 x 8, 90 x 3 x 8
    Reverse preacher barbell curl, 20 x 4 x 8
    Skull crushers, 50 x 4 x 8
    Push press, 40 x 2 x 10
    Single leg squat w/DBs, 35 x 2 x 8 each leg
    Knee tuck jumps, 10
    Captains chair leg raises, 3 x 20


    Ellipse, 20 min

    Foam rolling, 10 min

    -------------------------------------------------

    I honestly haven't thought through a drylands strategy for the summer months. It didn't really seem to hurt my swimming much to have omitted the upper body weights. But I still think my shoulders are happier when I do them though. I'm also not very psyched about long course this year. With the meets so early, there's hardly a traditional season. And I'm busy this month; I don't feel very focused. It's probably too soon after Nats to really feel that way. Plus, I'm still in rehab mode with second round of jabs coming.

    Brunch with Fort Son and a quick swim tomorrow, and it's back home.
  18. Saturday, May 5

    by , May 5th, 2012 at 11:02 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Ahhhhhhh. ... The granite of New Hampshire is agreeing with me. It's in the 60s and sunny, some of my favorite weather. Having a fabulous time here. Hanging out with Fort Son, catching up with some friends, even caught a couple lectures -- President Kim (so charismatic!) and one on debunking myths in popular psychology (appealing to a skeptic). But the highlight of the weekend was going out in the launch with the freshman coach and a couple other parents. The frosh boats were racing the women's varsity boats and it was a great birds eye view. (Yes, the first frosh boat won after starting four lengths back.). I'm sunburn.

    Took yesterday off. But managed to get in a workout at the gym today before the launch.

    Drylands:

    RC exercises
    Wide grip lat pulldowns, 60 x 2 x 8; switched to cyber machine, 90 x 2 x 8
    --wide grip is easier on elbows but harder on the shoulders
    Leg extensions, 90 x 4 x 8
    Explosive leg press, 190 x 4 x 12
    Cybex eagle row, 70 x 1 x 8, 90 x 3 x 8
    Reverse preacher barbell curl, 20 x 4 x 8
    Skull crushers, 50 x 4 x 8
    Push press, 40 x 2 x 10
    Single leg squat w/DBs, 35 x 2 x 8 each leg
    Knee tuck jumps, 10
    Captains chair leg raises, 3 x 20


    Ellipse, 20 min

    Foam rolling, 10 min

    -------------------------------------------------

    I honestly haven't thought through a drylands strategy for the summer months. It didn't really seem to hurt my swimming much to have omitted the upper body weights. But I still think my shoulders are happier when I do them though. I'm also not very psyched about long course this year. With the meets so early, there's hardly a traditional season. And I'm busy this month; I don't feel very focused. It's probably too soon after Nats to really feel that way. Plus, I'm still in rehab mode with second round of jabs coming.

    Brunch with Fort Son and a quick swim tomorrow, and it's back home.
  19. 5 de mayo... milestones

    by , May 5th, 2012 at 08:15 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Looking back over my exercise journal from last year (I was still keeping it in paper then) I find that this very week in 2011 I swam only 8000 yards... not even 5 miles... and it was the highest yardage week of the the year at that point. Summer 2011 was the season I became a "full-time" swimmer after years of 2-3-miles a week, some months, interrupted by long periods with no swimming at all.

    This year Cinco de mayo caps off a 12-mile week, I'm up to 12th on GTD in age group, and I've passed 200-miles for the year. Today's 10K in the pool put me over the 200 mark.

    I was a little slower than last week, but maybe the body hadn't fully recovered from the 11K. Last week I hit the 10k mark in 3:20.00 exactly; today I swam 3:25.00. I could have swum more, and I'm still shooting for that 12K continuous swim in the pool, but I ran out of gatorade* and decided to call it a day, having started an hour later than I did last week. Next week will be a step-back week and then I'll have another crack at that 12K mark the following week. Hopefully that will be my last SCY long swim... for now at least... I'm looking forward to the beaches and the LCM outdoor pools opening for the season.

    Also, I'm excited to see announcements for the 5K/10K postal swims already up... something to look forward to; in addition to the OW 10-miler in MN. I'll need a kayak for that one probably. My 16-year-old son has agreed to kayak, but I need to find a kayak for him to use. The long swims in the pool are teaching me how to space my feedings, but they're also teaching me how critical feedings are going to be in open water to maintain energy out past 5K. For the OW 5K in June I'm not going to worry about it... it's a short enough race that the water station at midpoint and a gel should get me through.

    *Gatorade Bandido was there today for the last couple thousand yards or so; but his family was watching him like a hawk. One of the brothers even came and moved my bottles over to the far side of the lane when they slid into the lane next to me. Nice folks, it was good to see them.
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  20. Saguaro and Canyon Lakes

    This morning I did the second swim in the Arizona S.C.A.R OW swim series. Yesterdayís swim in Saguaro Lake was absolutely gorgeous--a meandering route dotted with sheer canyon rock faces and flowering desert flora. (Chaos covers it in more detail in his blog.) I didnít think much could top that, but today's swim was maybr even more spectacular. Canyon Lake lived up to its name--the walls rose up dramatically on both sides of the lake all along the twisty route from dam to dam. We even saw a big-horn sheep along the way! It has been an amazing couple of days, and I think Iím in love now with the beautiful desert vegetation and stark landscapes. I'm so grateful I got the chance to come out here and participate in these swims, which were organized by local OW stud Kent Nicholas. I also loved getting to meet the local swimmers participating it in these lake swims, some of whom I knew or had heard of from blogs and forums--Patrick, Kurt, Gordon/Starbucks, Shauna, and Meg, plus all the great folks Kent found to kayak and crew for us. Judging by the people I've met in the last couple of days, Arizona just might be the friendliest place on earth!

    As for the swim itself, today was a tough day on the water! The start was a little colder than any of us were anticipating--the boat got a reading of 62 as we were jumping in.*That and the shaded canyon made for a chilly start. There was significant current against us at the beginning and end near the dams. But the swimming itself was simply glorious--I felt much better in the water today than yesterday and was able to find a good rhythm, and soon the intervals between feelings seemed to fly by. Towards the end of the race as we neared the marina there was a significant amount of boat traffic, and I was glad to have Dave and our great kayaker Jason nearby.*(We had been divided into pods for safety during the swim--we were the skyscraper pod.)

    All in all it was a a beautiful adventure on the water. (There are some pictures Iíll post when I get back to my real computer.) There seems to be a robust and growing OW community in Phoenix, and I hope that I'll be able to swim in these lakes again sometime--they are truly amazing!

    Updated May 8th, 2012 at 11:41 AM by swimsuit addict

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