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  1. Friday June 22nd - PM Weights

    Box squats
    135 lb., 10 sets of 3

    Planks on TRX
    2 x
    * front for 1:00
    * left and right side for :45 each

    Plank row
    2 x 10 @ 40 lb.

    Chest fly
    2 x 10 @ 20 lb.

    Reverse fly
    2 x 10 @ 12 lb.

    Box jumps
    2 sets of 10

    My daughter will be rowing in college next year and, understandably, doesn't want to show up out of shape for the first week of practice. She has asked if we can work out together this summer, and what father could say no to a request like that , so I started going to the gym with her this week. The first few times I mostly kept her company and helped her box squats and pull-ups (newly added to her regime at the suggestion of next year's coach), but today I did some of her exercises with her. I had even more respect for her conditioning after we finished!
  2. Friday June 22nd - Surprising AM Swim

    At home with Susan.

    Warm-up (1200)
    200 swim
    4 X 100 @ 1:45 25 drill + 25 swim
    200 pull
    4 X 100 @ 1:40 gentle descend

    Set I (800 set / 2000 total)
    4 x 100 @ 1:30 dolphin w/fins - 25 fast + 25 easy
    6 x 50 @ 1:05 kick w/o fins 25 fast + 25 easy
    4 x 25 @ :45 underwater SDK w/fins

    Set II (1800 set / 3800 total)
    4 x
    * 300 @ 4:30 descend (went 3:55, 3:50, 3:45, 3:26)
    * 3 x 50 @ 1:00 cruise

    Wrap-up (200 set / 4000 total)
    2 x 50 hypoxic @ :30 rest
    100 easy

    ** 4000 yards **

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

    In yesterday's practice I tried again to work on my arm timing. I found that my catch was much more effective, or felt much stronger anyway, if I delayed the start of my arm pull until my recovery hand passed my head - what I have always done for a catch-up "drill". Soren commented that my stroke looked better in the early part of the workout, but when I stopped after the first "fast" 25 he yelled "you are doing it again" because all thoughts of technique seem to go right out of my head when I try to swim fast. I think this has always been the case, because when I swam in high school my fully-tapered meet times were usually just slightly faster than my best workout times (with the notable exception of one 500 I should write about another time).

    With that in mind, I tried to really concentrate on timing all day today. My legs cramped on the first lap of the first 300 so I grabbed a pull buoy and used if (but no paddles) for the whole set. The first two 300s were relaxed and my times were respectable (eg. I averaged 3:56 the last time I did pwb [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=20657"]3 x 300 @5:00 test set[/ame]), and I was quite pleased with the 1:15 average on the third one. Susan put on her Zuras for the last one so I had to work harder to keep ahead, but I was at first confused and then amazed when I looked at the clock after the third one. 3:26 with a pull buoy is surprising given that my best meet 200 is 1:16, and my fastest 100 in practice is 1:07. I think I will keep working on my technique
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  3. Saturday, June 23 - Long Course

    Swam at Huntsville Natatorium with Peter, Dave, and a few of the Huntsville group (Scott, Sally, Kim). LCM still feels so strange to me - my arms like that turn at 25 yards. I have no idea what pace we were swimming. I would just follow Dave and Peter - and they were nice enough to wait for to come in before they left again.

    100 warm up
    2 times through -
    200 Kick
    4x100 free/back
    200 free pull
    200 free/back
    4x100 free/back
    200 free

    then 1 times through above at 1/2 distance

    4100 meters
    85 minutes
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  4. Workout 06/23/12:

    by , June 23rd, 2012 at 02:07 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/200 BK/200 RIM

    assigned: Did:
    1 x 500 ... 1 x 700 pull with buoy
    5 x 100 ... 5 x 100 IM
    1 x 500 ... 250 kick, 150 swim, 250 pull with buoy
    5 x 100 ... 4 x 100 Quarter's Strong + 1 IM
    1 x 500 ... 1 x 700 pull with buoy

    Added on:
    4 x 75 on 1:00
    - 25 stroke/25 FR Sprint/25 FR DPS
    - Did 2 Fly and 2 BK

    100 loosen and out.
    (Masters/Rec/4050yds/90 min)
    -------------------

    Great to finally get in with the team today. Like many of you, I always put a little extra effort into my swims. Bethany, who is also doing the Kingdom swim (she did it last year) was there, as well as Kevin, Meg, Jill, and Nicole, Tom, and Marie who did their own thing.

    I added some yardage to the long swims so that we could all stay at the same intervals. We had plenty of time to between swims, and the first set of 100's were on 2:00 and the second set were on 2:15 to really work the AFAP quarter. Felt really good in the water today.

    Yesterday the afternoon swim didn't happen, which is fine. I met with my brothers and family for some mini-golfing, and then enjoyed a great massage with Lena. Dinner at Chili's and then dessert with the extended family at Clearbrook Farmsfor strawberry paloza - BYOS (bring your own shortcake). Delicious end of the day!

    Today my aunt is coming in from Boston for lunch, then we have a graduation party and my nephew's first boxing match before Relay for Life tonight. Tomorrow might not be so busy.
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  5. 6/23/12

    Àfter a long physically draining week at work I struggled through the following.

    10 min choice

    10 min kick
    --ez kick, fast kick on whistle

    15 x 50 pull faster than 500 pace
    -- 1-8 @ 55
    -- 9-15 @ 50

    8 x 250 done as
    --200 @ 2:45
    -----100 breathe 1/3
    -----100 breathe 1/5
    --50 @ 1:05 sprint
    -----2 of each stroke

    50 sprint of the blocks

    Hot tub warm down

    About 3900

    We got home about 1 am from a gymnastics meet and my alarm went off at 5 am to head to the pool. I actually did the 200's on the 2:55 instead of the interval given to me. I wimped out. Time to relax on the beach for a few hours with the family before this weeks tourists check into their rentals and hit the beach.
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  6. 06.23.12 - Saturday workout

    by , June 23rd, 2012 at 10:15 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave, Dave and Scott. Various others were in other lanes at the HSV Nat. Set up was long course this morning. Brook was sick and left as soon as Matt showed up to coach the kids. We took what little Brook gave us for a set, doubled it and then halved it.

    LCM

    600 Warm up

    2 Times through:
    * 200 Kick
    * 4 x 100 IM Order down / free back
    * 200 Pull
    * 200 IM
    * 4 x 100 down free / back IM Order
    * 200 Free

    100 Kick
    4 x 50 IM Order
    100 Pull
    100 IM
    4 x 50 Reverse IM Order
    100 Free

    200 Cool down

    (4800m Total)
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  7. Thursday/Friday June 22, 2012 5:30pm

    by , June 23rd, 2012 at 12:01 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Thursday night:

    I decided to dust off the Total Gym workout machine that I have upstairs. Did various different moves on it, focusing mainly on upper body stuff. Only about 15-20 minutes or so, but I don't need to kill myself on the first round. Also did a few rounds of bench presses with my 45 pound bar (made from a shaft and sprockets that have been welded together). Yeah, it's light weight, but when you do 50+ reps at a time, it can get difficult. Try benching the bar 100 times next time you go to the gym one time...see how it goes.

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    Friday swim:

    5 x 100 Free @ 1:30
    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:30
    4 x 100 Free @ 1:25
    4 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:25
    3 x 100 Free @ 1:20
    3 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:20
    2 x 100 Free @ 1:15
    2 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:15
    1 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:10 (did pull since I wasn't going to have enough time to make the transitions on low rest)
    1 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:10

    I was holding roughly 1:10s the whole way through this set. The final 2 100s were a touch n go sendoff. I was just dying at the end of this. I don't do too many 3000 yard continuous sets very often. My body was feeling it just past the 1500 point of the set, but I'm glad I made it.

    100 very EZ


    James' Fly Set (2 rounds of):
    • 75 (25 Fly, 50 Free) @ 1:00
    • 75 (50 Fly, 25 Free) @ 1:10
    • 75 Fly @ 1:20 (:53/:54)
    • 75 Free @ 1:30
    I was hurting after this, but...


    12 x 25
    • Odds Fly @ :20
    • Evens Free @ :30
    Cooldown in the hot showers

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

    4000 Yards


    It did feel good to get in this "larger" amount of yardage tonight. I don't usually go much past 3000, but figured since I'm only getting 3 days a week at best this summer, that every little bit will help.
    Two weeks until I have to swim my dreaded 1500 LCM in the USA meet. UGH!!
  8. Friday, June 21

    by , June 22nd, 2012 at 09:43 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/LCM/Solo @ Rockville:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Main Sets:

    8 x (25 UW + 25 easy kick)
    -- 4 belly, 4 back

    5 x 100 smooth backstroke

    2 x (25 AFAP swim + 25 EZ)
    50 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP dolphin kick + 25 EZ)
    50 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP fly
    3 x 50 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP fly
    3 x 50 EZ

    Total: 2300


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

    Had to swim solo today because I had to travel to Rockville early. Summer swim league events are interfering with my life! And the first A meet of the season is tomorrow am. Poor Teen Fort. Her flight back from rowing camp is delayed 5 hours, and she hasn't touched water in awhile. Lil Fort is all excited.

    Swimming was a bit of a challenge today until the AFAP efforts. There were a plethora of very slow long course breaststrokers. Makes it hard to do backstroke.

    Updated June 22nd, 2012 at 09:55 PM by The Fortress

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  9. Friday, June 22

    Swam the 125's well and the first 2 500's, but couldn't hold pace on the third 500 although 6:50 wasn't that bad several months ago and was faster than my race time of 6:53 15 months ago. 100 backs were pretty good at under 1:30 but struggled on last 3 100 frees. Then went with 50's and 25's and tried to hold pace.

    450 warm up
    4x125 on 1:45 (1:30's)
    3x500 on 8 (6:35, 6:40, 6:50)
    50 Easy
    5x100 Back Pull on 1:40
    5x100 Free Pull on 1:30
    200 Kick
    5x50 Free on :45
    200 Kick
    14x25 on :25

    4500 yards
    80 minutes
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  10. Friday, 6/22/12

    by , June 22nd, 2012 at 05:29 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCM, Solo

    USAS Swim meet this weekend here, Elko's High Altitude Invitational. Since I won't be able to workout, I entered the meet so I could get some time in the water. I am going to do the 100 free on Saturday and on Sunday, the 50 free and 100 back. Today's workout was an abbreviated speed workout.

    Warm up:
    300 swim free & back
    200 kick
    4 x 50/1:10 free, build
    4 x 25/45 fast, free-fly-back-free
    100 easy

    Speed Set:
    3 x
    5 x 25 @ 1:00
    round 1 = free, 6/7/8/9/10 strokes fast + cruise
    round 2 = dolphin kick, 8/9/10/11/12 kicks fast + cruise
    round 3 = Back, 6/7/8/9/10 strokes fast + cruise
    -- 75 EZ between rounds
    -- focus on breakouts

    400 EZ

    Total: 1900 meters
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  11. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -06/25/12

    by , June 22nd, 2012 at 04:46 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    2 X 200 3:45
    2 X 150 2:45
    2 X 100 1:45
    3 X 100-kick- 2:30
    1 X 100 easy swim

    1 X 400
    50 stroke/50 free
    Fins optional

    SCY

    4 X 50 1:20 Choice
    Descend 1-4. #4 @ 100%

    4 X 50 @ 85/90% 1:15
    4 x 50 easy 1:00
    Two rounds, choice.

    4 X 50
    #1&3 from the blocks @ 100%
    #2&4 are easy

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    3100 Y/M
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  12. FAST Fri Jun 22, 2012

    by , June 22nd, 2012 at 02:53 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    FAST Fri Jun 22, 2012

    Thu: skipped AM practice, swam at noon
    assigned: 3 rounds of 4 x 200, 4 x 50
    did 2 rounds of 4 x 2 x 50


    Nats are 2 weeks away
    Entered:
    FRI 4 IM, 50 fr
    SAT 100 fr, 50 bk
    SUN 50 br, 2 IM
    was planning on driving to Omaha, but need to be home Monday morning so I booked a flight

    Whitney Coached
    LCM main pool
    6:00 to 7:30 dove first
    swam with Keith, Tyler,
    Beside Todd, Alex, Mike, Ned & Chris

    Warm Up (LCM)
    1200

    Main Set (LCM)

    8 x 50 on 1:20 400 pace held 33's & 34's

    assigned 500 easy
    did 3 or 4

    4 x 50 on 1:25 200 pace
    did 50 fl, bk, br & fr

    assigned 500 easy
    did 300

    2 x 50 fl 100 pace
    went 29, 31

    assigned 500 easy did 300

    50 FL fast
    went 28

    200 easy swim down


    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    2012 Meets & Events

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


    Sat Aug 11 & 12, 2012
    South Central LCM Zones
    Palo Alto Pool
    San Antonio, TX
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  13. Calm cool pool swim

    I had a nice easy swim with Rondi at the Y this morning. It’s been so hot here in the city, we were both worried that the Riverbank pool, which tends towards balminess in the best of times, would be ickily warm. The Y turned out to be a good choice—the pool was wonderfully cool, and surprisingly empty. We had our own lane for most of our swim/conversation. Here’s what I did:

    1000 scy warmup (400s, 200k, 200p, 200 IM d/s)

    4 x 500 FR with converging 50 BKs:
    · 50 bk / 400 fr / 50 bk
    · 50 fr / 50 bk / 300 fr / 50 bk / 50fr
    · 100 fr / 50 bk / 200 fr / 50 bk / 100 fr
    · 150 fr / 50 bk / 100 fr / 50 bk / 150 fr
    [Since we were just doing 4, the backstrokes never got a chance to actually meet, so maybe the set title is misleading. The backstrokes will just have to wait for another day to meet up and kiss in the middle!]

    200 warmdown + play

    I haven’t been living up to my moniker recently—no fun new suits to post about in a while. I did finally get a new pull buoy, and custom be-ribboned it with festive pink polka dots. I will definitely know which one at the end of the lane is mine! I also have some very shiny new flipflops that make me smile whenever I wear them:



    Happy weekend everyone!
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  14. Workout 06/22/12:

    by , June 22nd, 2012 at 11:12 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    200 FR/100 BK/200 RIM drill
    5 x 100 kick on 1:50

    Build a 200 IM:the IM chasm of doom(tm) scares me
    4 x 50 IMO on :10sr
    3 x 100 on :15sr
    - FL/BK, BK/BR, BR/FR
    2 x 150 on :15sr
    - FL/BK/BR, BK/BR/FR
    1 x 200 IM (went 2:46)

    12 x 25 IMO on :30
    - I haven't done a 25's set since March.

    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/2500yds/50 min)
    -----------------------------

    Well, it has been hotter than a cat on a tin roof around these parts lately - it would be nice if we had a/c in the pharmacy but the swivel fan provides marginal relief, even if the Focalin capsules are a bit sticky. My only true reprieve from the heat is ice cream, so I have decided that it is a good time to find six pounds that I lost over the winter and call it "bulking up for the Kingdom Swim."

    I missed the Tri Train this am, and am kind of sorry I did because a peculiar thing happens when 4-5 are doing a workout in the adult swim time - people get out of the way! During the workout today I switched from circle to splitting the lane three times, just for some folks to swim a 200 then leave. Oh well, not really complaining, just making an observation.

    Found this IM set on a workout card on the Masters' board, and decided to go for it. Depending on traffic in the lane, I shuffled stroke order to prevent collisions. The 25's were fun - did them at about 85% since the water is 85 degrees. I thought it was cooler, but I guess when the air temp is 90+, the water will feel that way.

    I would like to double at lunch today since I have a massage booked for 3:45 with my wife. My brother and family are still out from Washington State, so may not happen. If not, I am going to get in with the Masters group tomorrow morning anyways. I am already at my weekly yardage from last week (14.6k yds), due to that long swim on Monday. The family (including cats) are getting a kick out of my recent foam roller purchase and use ... Now, where did Ben and Jerry go?

    Updated June 22nd, 2012 at 10:49 PM by rxleakem

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  15. 06.22.12 - Friday workout

    by , June 22nd, 2012 at 10:35 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Roger, Dave and Dave. Did our weekly challenge set. I've made 4 x 100 IM on 1:25 now. Wasn't as bad as last week but I still struggled.

    SCY

    450 Warm up

    6 x 50 Stroke - :50
    2:00 Break
    4 x 100 IM - 1:25
    50 Easy

    Modified jbs' set for IM this week. Here's what we did:
    100 IM - 1:30 / 100 Free - 1:30
    100 IM - 1:25 / 100 Free - 1:25
    100 IM - 1:20 / 100 Free - 1:20 (Missed the IM Sendoff - 1:21)
    75 IM (Fly/Bk/Br) - 1:15 / 75 Free - 1:15
    75 IM (Fly/Bk/Br) - 1:10 / 75 Free - 1:10
    75 IM (Fly/Bk/Br) - 1:05 / 75 Free - 1:05
    75 IM (Fly/Bk/Br) - 1:00 / 75 Free - 1:00
    50 Stroke - :55 (bk) / 50 Free - :55
    50 Stroke - :50 (bk) / 50 Free - :50
    50 Stroke - :45 (br) / 50 Free - :45
    50 Stroke - :40 (fly) / 50 Free - :40
    50 Stroke - :35 (bk) / 50 Free - :35 Got into a big time deficit here
    25 Stroke - :30 (bk) / 25 Free - :30
    25 Stroke - :25 (bk) / 25 Free - :25
    25 Stroke - :20 (fly) / 25 Free - :20
    Break

    10 x 100 - 1:30
    * Odds IM
    * Evens Free

    200 Cool down

    (4100 Total)
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  16. talk about falling apart at the end...

    by , June 22nd, 2012 at 09:36 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Over all todays workout went great but the end was the end.

    400 free

    2xthru
    50 kick
    50 as 25 drill +25 swim
    100 IM
    50 EZ

    3x(5x50 w/fins)@1:15 rounds 1&2 1:30 round 3
    Round 1 free 6/7/8/9/10 stroke fast + cruise
    Round 2 dolphin kick 8/9/10/11/12 fast + cruise
    Round 3 fly 6/7/8/9/10 strokes fast + cruise
    50 EZ between rounds
    Was amazed that my flay way actually faster for the whole 50 than my free and I even did fly for the cruise part

    100 EZ

    50 fast free @ 85-90% went :40
    150 EZ

    50 kick AFAP went 1:07 this was good for me
    150 EZ

    50 fly AFAP went :47 but felt like I fell apart at the end
    150 EZ
    100 EZ

    Total 2600 meters

    Massage is today ... YEAH!!!
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  17. Back in the pool for a couple of days

    by , June 21st, 2012 at 11:36 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Yesterday I stopped in at the YMCA again and did a couple of miles (3500 SCY); took about 64 minutes and I was feeling pretty run down the whole time. Today I went back and did a short work out, trying to keep it crisp... I felt slow. Here's what I ended up doing:

    10 x 50 on 1:00 (mostly in :44)
    5 x 100 on 2:00 (mostly in 1:33)
    500 in 8:24
    200 breast
    300 free (1:45/100 pace)
    200 breast


    Tomorrow morning if I have time before work I'll do one last easy swim in the lake, maybe a mile, before heading out to Noblesville.
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  18. Thursday, June 21 2012

    by , June 21st, 2012 at 06:26 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY @Fort Myers Aquatic Center

    Air temp of 88, pool at 80, 100% water clarity.
    Overcast cloudy skies with humidity at 80%


    Warm Up
    1x1000 REV IMO

    *Set 1*
    3x400 IM on 1 min rest, desc 1-3

    *Set 2*
    4x200 IM on :30 rest, desc 1-4

    *Set 3*
    16x25 on :40
    • as 4x24 each stroke IMO

    Results
    • Fly: 15, 15, 14, 14
    • Back: 16, 16, 16, 15
    • Brst: 18, 18, 18, 17
    • Free: 14, 14, 13, 13


    EZ 200 FR

    Comments
    • Have not done any IM swimming for over two weeks, and swimming IM infrequently could lead to almost all freestyle swimmming. From a perspective of enjoying swimming as a fitness and fun activity, I like to swim IM type sets three or more times weekly as possible.
    • My FL-BK-BR strokes felt rusty today, so did not use the clock for the 400 and 200 IMs and only looked up for times on the 25s, which were slower than I would like to see.
    • Starting out, the first two 25s did not feel fast, and transitioned the focus towards swimming smooth and efficient. By doing the IM strokes more often in the next several weeks, I should be able to generate faster tempo and speed.
    • Recently I went through a phase emphasizing 5K OW fitness and speed. So for not having done much recent IM swimming and tempo speed sets, the 25 results today are acceptable.

    Updated June 21st, 2012 at 09:31 PM by fdtotten

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  19. Thursday, June 21

    by , June 21st, 2012 at 05:56 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Gym:

    RC/scapula exercises, 30 min

    Yoga/Foam Roller, 40 min


    Acupuncture/Cupping, 45 min


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

    Nothing much on the agenda today. It is brutally hot here. I can hardly believe Lil Fort has track practice. At least she has a swim team dinner afterward!

    Updated June 22nd, 2012 at 10:40 AM by The Fortress

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  20. I heart my lanemates!

    I had a fun workout with TNYA today. I swam in the middle lane with some good fun lanemates—Hannah, EKB, Aliza, Jack, and Shane—and Brad coached. Here’s what I did:

    800 scy warmup (200s, 200k, 200p, 200 IM d/s)

    Loooooooooong main (only) set
    6 x 100 FRIM (100 IM with fr replacing fly) @ 1:35
    6 x 50, done as 2 x kick @ 1:00, 2 x bk/br @ 1:00, 2 x choice @ :50
    :30 rest
    5 x 100 (25 fly + 75 fr) @ 1:30
    6 x 50 as above
    :30 rest
    4 x 100 FR @ 1:20* [1:15s]
    6 x 50 as above
    Masters minute
    3 x 100 FR @ 1:30, desc.
    8 x 25 choice @ :30
    2 x 100 FR @ 1:25, faster
    4 x 25 choice @ :30 [this was supposed to be 8, but I moved over to the next lane for the final 100, and they were 4 25s ahead of us]
    1 x 100 fast [1:10]
    250 warmdown

    *This set brought controversy and excitement to our lane! During warmup, Brad had asked me if our lane could do 1:20s. “Yep, but they’ll complain!” I warned him. Indeed. A 1:25 interval was negotiated. But our fearless lane leader didn’t get the memo, alas, and went on 1:20 sendoffs, sending some of my lanemates into a tizzy. There were some half-hearted threats to send me and Hannah (not sure why I got included—I was just following!) back over to lane 2 from whence we’d come, but we all ended up friends, and I think we’ll be allowed to stay. The drama of team workouts!

    I’m starting to get my feeds planned and gear together for next Tuesday’s 8 Bridges stage swim—I’ll be going upstate on Monday afternoon and spending the night at a friend’s before the next morning’s early start. We just got an updated schedule for the whole event, and it’s amazing to see all the planning and logistics that go into pulling off this swim series, which requires coordinating tides, swimmers, boats, kayakers, transportation, equipment, etc. Rondi and Dave are amazing planners as well as swimmers!

    I’ve been feeling anxious about the swim. It’s a long stage, and I’m a little nervous that about being able to finish before the tide turns. (I’m definitely the slowest of the four swimming that day—my perfect record of DFL finishes in open-water events this year will undoubtedly remain intact! But then I’ve been/will be fortunate to swim in some pretty amazing company.)

    But finishing or not isn’t really a big issue—last week I told someone who was contemplating a stage that I thought the swim would be a positive experience whether one finished or not, and I still think that’s true. It’s more that I’m worried that I’ll be able to appreciate the swim and find beauty and amazement and joy in the experience. During my last swim event—the grueling three-lakes-in-three-days adventure in Arizona—I was finding the going tough and sludgy, and even a little grim, by day three, despite the beautiful surroundings. For the first time since I started experimenting with longer swims, I found myself just wanting to be done with it and back on dry land. That experience has been haunting me since, and has made me question whether I’m really cut out for marathon swimming after all. In my upcoming swim, I’m hoping to find the inner resources to fully appreciate and glory in the opportunity to swim in such a gorgeous place, surrounded by wonderful people.
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