Solo at Rec (scy)
Decided to swim over in the Animal Lane today to do a modified version of [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?p=258510"]Workout #1 = Broken 1500 Test Set[/ame]. I soon went from feeling like Axl Rose to either Timone or Pumba - take your pick (although my profile is more like Pumba).
100 Free/200 RIM D/K
4 x 75 Indiana IM's (no FR) on 1:20
4 x 50 FR Pull with Buoy on :45
Two times through:
4 x 150 Free on 2:00 (goal time 1:45)
1 x 150 Back on 2:00
1 x "Master minute"
6 x 50 RIMO on :45
1 x 200 IM Kick (no board) on 3:40
5 deep water bobs
1 x 100 IM for time (went 1:10.54)
200 w/d various and out
(3200 yds, 55 min)
I might have to rethink the whole "do a pwb workout after being out of the pool for three days" that I have done the last couple of weeks. My shoulders were acting up and I needed to alter the main set by adding in the Backstrokes, which I did not swim particularly fast (but I did work on at least 4 SDK's off the walls).
- 1st 5: 1:38, :39, :40, :42, 2:00
- 2nd 5: 1:41, :42, :45, :43, 1:54
The good thing was I was went faster than my goal time on all but one, but perhaps if I had started a tad easier I could have done them without the extra rest. I got to #4, thought I need me some backstroke and a break!
The second part of that main set called for 6 x 50 active recovery, but I just attempted to make interval and resorted to some backstroke and fly (25 drill, 25 swim). I pared down the kicking and added a 100 IM (96 to go for the year, Tim!) - I'll do more kicking tomorrow before work.
The [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=20028"]Harvard info[/ame] came out with registrations opening on 1/21 - up 50 swimmers to a limit of 900 this year. They change up the order of events every year, but I was bummed to see Friday's lineup - 100 Fly, 50 Fr, 200 Bk, 100 IM. I was hoping to swim all those events (plus 100/200 FR, 50/100 Bk, 50 Fly, and maybe the 500 FR or 200 IM), but there is no way that I can be ready for the 200 Bk third in the hit parade, or the IM after that! All on the first day!
Oh well, looks like the 200 Fly is out for this spring - but I plan to do the 400IM at Valentines (keeping to my word). It is tough to find the 200 Fly around these parts (I am not complaining because it buys me more time to train for it).
I have also started to take seriously trying to lose some more weight. I am down 10 pounds since this time last year, but would like to get out of the "overweight" section of the bmi. I started using an app for tracking my calories and exercise on my phone, because it really makes me think more about what I am munching on.
Updated January 16th, 2012 at 11:36 PM by rxleakem
Based on this week's High Intensity Training [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=20026"]workout #5[/ame].
2 x [ 200 swim, 200 kick ]
4 x 100 @ 2:00 25 left arm, 25 right arm, 25 scull + flutter, 25 swim
8 x 25 @ :45 underwater dolphin
Main Set #1 (1000 set/ 2400 total)
25 fly drill25 back drill25 breast w/dolphin kick25 free drill50 easy
Main Set #2 (1000 set/ 3500 total)
3 x 100 @ 2:00 DPS free, no breathing in or out of turns
(14-16 strokes/25 1:17, 1:17, 1:16 1:15, 1:15, 1:15)2 x 50 kick @ 1:001 x 100 IM drill @ 2:001 x 100 free, rest :05 @ each 25, 1 breath per 25
* 3500 Total *
I was completely wiped out after yesterday's workout so I did a modified version of Leslie's [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=20026"]recovery[/ame] workout of the week today. I am happy I did, both because I felt much better after the workout and because my times on the (very relaxed) DPS 100s were a surprise and a reminder of how critical technique is. I guess it is also a reminder that I haven't worked with a coach in more than 30 years
Updated January 18th, 2012 at 12:58 PM by eric.carlson
Today’s workout was a belated celebration of Hannah’s birthday. We enjoyed having our own side-by-side LCM lanes at the PCB aquatic center for the following swim:
100 IM piece (50 FL + 50 BK)
100 IM piece (50 BK + 50 BR)
Rounds 1-2 are warmup (drills for stroke if desired)
Rounds 3, 5, 7, and 9 are fast FR, easy ST
Rounds 4 and 8 are easy FR, fast ST
Round 6 is kick
Round 10 is warmdown
It was a fun set, and a good one to have a similarly paced workout buddy to swim with. I managed to complete everything except the kick—I missed 200 of that, for a 4800 lcm workout. We celebrated with a post-swim breakfast at the nearby Waffle House. It was packed at 9:30 this morning—I think we got the last two places at the counter!
This was the first of two belated birthday workouts on my agenda—I’ll do my own soon, once I can manage more than a 50 fly at once.
I was sad to see my NYC friends leave today--my one frustration with being down here where there are so many great places to swim is that I have to import swim buddies to enjoy them with me! But I’m going back to the city soon myself. I’m going to relish these last few days of outdoor swimming before heading back up to real winter.
8 x 50 fly drills
odds = caterpillar @ 1:05
evens = single arm @ :55
10 x 25 shooters on back w/MF @ :35
5 x broken 100 w/MF @ 2:00
-- 4 x 25 shooters on back
-- break at each 25 for :5
10 x 25 360 twirling shooters w/MF @ :35
8 x 50 free w/paddles @ :50
8 x 50 breast w/fins
odds = DPS, focus on head position
evens = long pullouts
8 x 50 free w/paddles @ :50
Had thought about doing a speed workout today. But the pool was crowded (holiday) and I was whooped from yesterday's double. I think heated power vinyassa is harder than bikram. And my shoulders were a bit sore, perhaps from all the down dogs and planks. I actually iced my shoulders last night for the first time in ages.
I'm definitely enjoying my weekend off with only Teen Fort around. Out to dinner with a couple old friends tonight.
1 X 200 3:00 3:00
3 X 100 1:40 1:30
Three rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2&3 right.
6 X 50 kick 1:10
8 X 25 sprint kick :40
1 x 100 swim
2 X 100 2:00
4 X 50 1:15
8 X 25 :40
Two rounds, all choice.
Short break between rounds.
All odd swims are moderate.
All even swims are fast.
1 X 100 fast 2:15
1 X 150 moderate 2:15
100 is choice. 150 should be free.
WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00
Swam w/ Dave and Dave. Challenge set put off until tomorrow when Roger will be with us. Wore drag suit through the first round. Pool temp 85 next to the warm water returns. Probably closer to 84 in the middle.
500 Warm up
2 Times through:
* 100 Kick - 2:00; 100 IM - 1:40; 100 Free - 1:20
* 25 Fly - :40; 50 Pull - :40; 25 Fly - :40
* 100 Kick - 1:55; 100 IM - 1:35; 100 Free - 1:15
* 25 Bk - :40; 50 Pull - :40; 25 Bk - :40
* 100 Kick - 1:50; 100 IM - 1:30; 100 Free - 1:10
* 25 Br - :40; 50 Pull - :40; 25 Br - :40
* 100 Kick - 1:45; 100 IM - 1:25; 100 Free - 1:05
* 25 Fr - :40; 50 Pull - :40; 25 Fr - :40
* 100 Easy
Made 1:08 on the last free w/ drag suit on. Took it off and made 1:06. The hard IM before the 1:05 is a killer.
3 Times through
* 8 x 25 IM Order - :30 Easy/Hard
* 8 x 25 Kick IM Order - :35 Easy/Hard
200 Cool down
Today was another two-swimsuit day. This morning I swam with Janet and Hannah in the gulf—Hannah and I swam ½ mile to the east, then back, all well beyond the first sand bar. The water was 58 degrees, air temp in the low 50s, but the sun was strong and there was little wind. The water was a little cloudy, but it was a delicious green, especially in the shallower parts, and I could see the sandy bottom from time to time. Janet said that a pelican flew right behind us for a while before it lost interest—I never saw it. There was also a flock of diving ducks floating in the water that we swam past as we went in. Afterwards warming up we picnicked on the beach—a great way to celebrate a glorious morning.
This afternoon we went over to the PCB aquatic center for a quick swim. Janet designed the workout, which I liked a lot. I stopped a little early because I was feeling sore in my ribs—sometimes I forget and do my flipturns a little too hard still. Here’s how it went:
800 scy warmup [I did 700]
4 x 100 FR/BK by 25s
4x through, ST = IM order
400 swim, done as 2 x (175 FR + 25 ST)
50 ST kick
50 ST drill
50 ST build
50 ST fast
[I made it though 3.5 of the rounds before warming down.]
4 x 100 something
The pool was great—the air temp had warmed up to the 60s, and there were a few clouds in the sky to keep things interesting. During warmup I spotted a big group of buzzards circling around something west of the pool—there must have been about 20 of them.
RC and ankle exercises
wide grip lat pulldowns, 60 x 3 x 20
overhead squats, 45 x 2 x 10
lower back machine, 120 x 3 x 15
total ab machine, 120 x 1 x 15, 140 x 2 x 8
leg extensions, 110 x 4 x 6
box jumps, 20
knee tuck jumps, 2 x 10
captains chair leg raises, 3 x 20
Power Vinyassa Yoga, 90 Minutes:
I went to Down Dog in Bethesda with a friend today to check out their hot vinyassa flow class. http://downdogyoga.com/. They offer a week free, which was nice; I'll probably go again this week. Like bikram, it's 90 minutes and hot. But 95 degrees hot, not 105-110 degrees hot. Huge difference! I wasn't sure I'd like a flow class, but I did quite a bit. It's drastically different than bikram because you're almost constantly moving and the poses are different. But I still rocked crow pose! Maybe a mix of both is best to keep it interesting for me. I went right after the gym. I'm not sure that was the best idea as I felt like I was lunging my ass off for the first hour. It seemed like great core work. Pretty tired after that double. But it's all good.
Hilarious moment. Last night I was at the movies with a friend (watching Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). My friend ordered junior mints and was asked if he wanted them chilled or room temp. Really?
200 swim, 100 pull, 200 kick
8 x 25 @ :35 kick w/fins - underwater dolphin
8 x 25 @ :35 kick w/fins - odd underwater flutter, even back
Main Set #1 (3400 set/ 4400 total)
10 x 50 on :55 - 25 easy, focus on DPS / 25 strong (36 - 38)
10 x 50 on :45 (35 - 37)
5 x 100 on 1:45 - 50 easy, focus on DPS / 50 strong (1:17 - 1:19)
5 x 100 on 1:25 (1:15 - 1:19)
3 x 200 on 3:05 - 100 easy, focus on DPS / 100 strong (2:38 - 2:40)
3 x 200 on 2:45 (CRAMPS, 2:43, 2:44)
Main Set #2 (500 set/ 4900 total)
10 x 50 breast on 1:00
* 5100 total *
I felt really strong for the first part of the main set, but early in the second set of 100s I started feeling twinges on my calves and feet and got a strong cramp on the last lap of the last 100. I was able to stretch and massage it away so the first three 200s were fine, but both calves and one foot cramped up on the first 200 of the second set so I stopped to deal with it and only swam 100. I had small cramps on the rest of the 200s, but not bad enough that I had to stop.
It is disappointing that I didn't make it through the workout, again, but I guess I am able to make it much farther before the cramps set in.
Updated January 18th, 2012 at 12:59 PM by eric.carlson
Thanks to Kirk Nelson for hooking me up with the Husky Masters team at the Univ. of Washington for a good workout with a great masters team.
NO THANKS to Kirk Nelson for failing to mention that Sunday is "Kick The Visiting Master's Swimmer's @ss Distance Day"!!!
I missed the warmup period since I had a hell of a time trying to find the pool on the UW campus, and luckily I had a cell phone contact to guide me to the pool, even though I was at the wrong pool!! There are two pools there separated by another building between, so I was close, but no cigar!!
Warmup (for me):
100 Free - while the coach was explaining the workout for the team.
Main Set (continuous - which sucked!!)
4 x 225 Free @ Desc. Interval (2:55, 2:50, 2:45, 2:40)
(went 2:35 on first down to 2:28 on fourth one )
This is when I found out the workout was on interval the entire way!! YIKES!!
1 x 300 Free Pull @ 4:15 (3:28)
5 x 200 Free @ 2:35 (went 2:15-2:20)
1 x 300 Free Pull @ 4:15 (3:22)
I was feeling great here, but I was also nearing the end of my "traditional yardage" for a workout, and my body was ready for a crash.
6 x 175 Free @ 2:20 (Did 50 Fly/125 Free) came in around 2:05-2:10s on these, but this was my self imposed finishing move.
1 x 300 Free Pull @ 4:15 (3:45) <-- See I'm toast!
7 x 150 Free @ 2:10
goal of the set was to hit your best ever 200 Free times (from college times, USA, or whatever)
My best time was a 1:41, which is doable for me on repeat 150s, but not today at this point in the set.
I did 2 of the 150s (1:44 & 1:47), and switched to 5 x 100 Kick w/ board @ 2:10
150 EZ and out
I still hurt.
I've also been invited back to swim with the team as long as I'm here with my son at his stay here at Children's Hospital. This was very nice of them. I don't think I'll be able to make another swim with them since I'll more than likely be outta here in the near future. My son is doing well, just have to still monitor his seizures and pray that the medicine does what it's supposed to.
For now...GO PACKERS!!!
GTD is telling me I'm back in the top ten for men 40-44 this morning, thanks to the 6000-yard continuous swim I did yesterday. It was my first 6000 since early November. But, there's always a price to pay! The first 4000 felt pretty good (a little under 72 minutes), but the final 1000 was really rough (I had to mix in 300 yards worth of breaststroke over the course of the last K just to keep moving). Finished the entire swim in 1:51:?0.
The left shoulder started off pretty stiff, but loosened up over the course of the swim. In the last 1000-1500 everything was stiff.
Drank some "Joint Juice" last night and I woke up this morning actually feeling pretty good (tired and tight, but that's to be expected). I'll do a short recovery swim today to try to loosen up.
For now, I'm sitting in a sunny window and enjoying the sunlight for the first time in a few days; ok, we've had snow now, I'm ready for spring.
Someone correct me if I am wrong. I think that was my time. What a shocker!!!
Well, I am sorry to report that it was a jaw dropping I-am-utterly-flabbergasted-I-swam-that-slow-time!
I simply overswam and paid dearly on the back half! This is the issue I have been having with "spinning my wheels" and not setting up and grabbing water. Then you are stuck. Just stuck with that rhythym. I think it was even more magnified because I was so excited at the start. For once, I felt really good and simply tried to hard. I was over 1/2 body length ahead of the girl next to me at the 25, but it was over there. I barely touched her out at the end. Anyway, I was completely frozen at the end!
The SMU coach and Martina said I looked really bad the whole way on all fronts - I struggled and fought the water, was really low, gimpy left arm, and spinning too fast and not holding water, thus totally tight at the end. They suggested I slow it down and i'd go faster.
So, I am going to use this as a big wake up call that my Spinning Out problem hasn't been un-imprinted, and that perhaps more magnified when I get excited and not just a mild problem, which it seems to be at the ho-hum local meets. The next data-point meet will be SCY in 3 weeks, a local USA meet at a decent pool. I am going to work on really slowing down the rhythym, holding the water (and thus not spinning and hopefully not sinking/low in the water), and seeing if that translates to faster speed in the critical back end.
I would not say it was a waste of time, simply very disappointing since I know I am capable of going faster (and recall I went 28.3 and 28.1 in workout when I wasn't trying as hard!!). Two huge techical errors - the spinning wheels and then the simply unacceptable 28.5! So, a good wake up call to work on slowing it down.
Next week: easy swims.
Weeks 2 and 3: start weights/drylands again and back to the 2 per week sprint workouts
Third weekend - another 50 free, SCY.
I got to try a new Speedo full-back suit! They measured me at 24L but I found it too tight to get on, so I got a new 25L and that was the size I would get.
It is much thicker material and feels like polyester. The bottom is about the same to get on; nothing new about that. The middle is not very compressing, not even like the current kneeskin racerbacks. And drumroll.....the strap part! YOu really do need 2 people to get it on. It simply cannot be done by yourself. And you are really scraping your head/hair to get it over. But, once you do, the top part of the suit isn't very tight at all. But it doesn't catch water, either, which you would think it might.
I was skeptical of the color, thinking only a black suit will make you look slender. But surprisingly, I looked as slim in this as the al black kneeskins. The entire bottom/butt area material feels really thick.
In the water: Again, it doesn't catch water. It does seem to have extra compression and "push" in the legs - something that the other kneeskins don't have. They are just thin material. But the turns are REALLY annoying. It's very distracting and hard to turn all that material. I don't feel more or less bouyant overall, and I don't feel any significant benefit from the full back element. There is not much waist/core compression other than below the waist.
Bottom Line: I am glad I did not order this suit. I am not sure I want to buy it. It has nice legs, but they are thick, hard to turn, and feel like scratchy polyester. Without a huge WOW factor for the full back, the entire strap-over-the-head ordeal - i'm not sure it is worth it. I may try to the racerback that came back to Dallas with one of the coaches.......
I saw lots of famous swimmers in person! That was mildly interesting but I was taking notes for chowsh who is wowed by who I stood by, chit chatted with, and the like. But mostly, everyone was either bigger or smaller than they looked like on tv.
or at least, they seemed bigger or smaller based on my preconceptions.
200 swim, 200 kick, 100 drill
5 x 100 @ 2:00 25 left arm, 25 right arm, 25 scull + flutter kick, 25 swim
Kick Set (1000 set/ 2000 total)
9 x 100 @ 1:40, kick w/fins, dolphin, flutter, back by 100
Main Set - broken mile (1750 set/ 3750 total)
2 x 300 @ 4:40 (4:02, 4:01)
2 x 200 @ 3:20 (2:38, 2:37)
3 x 150 @ 2:20 (1:58, 1:57)
2 x 100 @ 1:40 (1:16, CRAMPS)
Wrap-up (750 set / 4500 total)
3 x 50 catch-up drill
3 x 100 smooth free @ 1:45, no breathing in or out of turns
4 x 25 no breather
I was tired all day after yesterday's workout so I thought I would write an easier workout for today - thus the 1:40 interval for the main set. I planned to stretch out and relax, but I felt surprisingly good and Susan was relentless (as always) so it ended up being a fast set for me. I had minor of cramps in my feet and calves from the first 300, but I managed to keep them away until the last 100 when I finally had to stop and massage my calf. Crap.
Updated January 18th, 2012 at 01:00 PM by eric.carlson
I traveled over to Redmond this afternoon to meet up with That Guy for a little workout. All was doing good until the 25 yard point, when we both almost ended each other's career. Apparently we were going to SPLIT THE LANE, but I didn't realize that and went right down the lane behind That Guy. The pool was a little cloudy, and at the last minute I jumped upward and away to miss the "head to head" impact, but we still crashed pretty good. "We usually split the lanes here" was the comment from That Guy. Oops...
(T.G.'s stuff in BLUE)
100 Kick w/ board
200 Free Pull
200 IM Drill
100 Kick w/ board (TG 800 IM K/Dr/Dr/S or something)
8 x 150 100 Free/50 Fly @ 2:15 (went 1:41-1:44s) (TG 8 x 150 Back)
100 EZ (100 EZ)
10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:46-:50s) (TG 10 x 50 Fly)
100 EZ (100 EZ)
10 x 50 Free Pull @ :35 (:31-:34s) last 3 were touch and go
then about :10 rest to join up with T.G. on the last 8 of his 20
8 x 25 Fly @ :30 (20 x 25s Fly)
200 EZ (400+ EZ)
T.G. and I did the same sets (for the most part), with different strokes/swims within each set. Example: 150s he did all backstroke, and yes he ACTUALLY does do the 10+ SDKs off the walls that we all doubted he was doing. Maybe it was all an act for me, I don't know. I just thought it was weird to be on my 3rd or 4th breath of freestyle and look over and he was still SDKing. Tough stuff for sure. 5 bonus points for T.G.
More info on my son:
He had his EEG test done this morning at Children's Hospital here in Seattle, and while asleep in the test had two seizures occur (this was a good thing). These were the first seizures they've ever captured on the EEG out of the 4-5 that he's had done in his lifetime. This gave the child neurologists the chance to finally look at what is happening with my son's brain activity during a seizure, rather than just guessing. They have now pinpointed the location and type of seizures, and can now get the proper medication to control them, and hopefully stop them from happening. This makes us very very happy now. Finally some good news, and something more concrete than just a simple "I don't know", or "maybe". We're still going to have a few more seizures to be expected in the near future until the new meds are able to start working like they should, but at least we're hopefully on the downhill slope of this long and draining battle. We'll still be at Children's Hosp. for a couple more days, monitoring the situation, but at least we know he's in good hands.
Today I swam at the PCB aquatic center with Hannah and Janet. As we drove up we noticed that the pool was set up lcm—hurray, a bonus long course day! (Usually it’s scy all weekend.) We had a short workout planned so that we would have enough energy for a post-workout adventure. Here’s what we did:
800 lcm warmup (400s, 100k, 200p, 100k)
4 x 50 d/s IM order
400 FR swim, last 100 fast
2 x 300 (100 fr + 100 bk + 100 fr)
3 x 200 FR, 6-beat kick on last 50
3 x 100 FR fast @ 3:00 [1:26, 1:22, 1:20]
I split a lane with Hannah, and we paced each other on all the FR parts of the workout, which was fun.
After our pool workout we drove an hour north to Morrison Spring in Ponce de Leon, FL. I had heard about this as a good place to swim, with a constant year-round temp of 68 degrees, so I decided to try it out while my visitors were in town. Besides the spring pool, there is an underwater cave there that attracts scuba divers—there were several dozen there when we arrived, most part of classes. There were no other swimmers. We ate a picnic lunch and lazed around in the sun a bit before trying out the water. It was lovely, cool and quite clear, with lots of fish and vegetation to look at on the bottom, and cypress trees surrounding the swimming area.
Two divers entering the springs
The bottom of the spring is the same white sand as the beaches here--not mucky at all.
You could swim downriver a ways from the springs—Hannah and Janet were braver than me and swam further after I turned back, and they reported some cabbage-like vegetation as the river grew shallower. We explored for about 20-30 minutes in the water before climbing out. On my way back upriver I saw a large turtle swimming below me. It’s definitely a place I want to return to!
Considering I had to move my entire office Friday, today my back was so bad I had to take Ibuprophen and spend time on the tens unit just to be able to swim.
The 100 free I tried to be more agressive and not breath every stroke. I went out great for the first 50 and DIED. The 200 back and 500 free were where I expected them to be.
Total 2400 yards
SCY with swim buddy
Warm up (800)
500 swim choice alt free & back
4 x 75/1:15 ds4
Set #1: (400)
8 x 25/30 "Feel good" strong
8 x 25/1:00 Sprint Odds w/turn, evens fast finish
Set #2 (1400)
1 x 400 w/fins/15sr moderate consistent effort with long streamline dolphin kick off walls
1 x 200 w/bouy - build
4 x 100 swim w/fins Alternated free & back
8 x 50 swim/10sr ds4 build to strong - all free
Set # 3 (300)
5 - 10 min kick (25 dolphin - 25 flutter)
- did 200 w/board and snorkel, then 100 on back
Total: 2900 yards
Large group this morning. I almost slept through my alarm which is odd because I am a morning person.
10 min choice
6 x 75 descend 1-3,4-6
--1-3 went back @ 50
--4-6 went breast @ 60
8 x 75 with buoy r/5
--evens 25 fly/50 back
4 x 500 broken
--200 with bouy r/10
--150 swim build r/10
--100 sprint r/10
--50 EZ r/10 and repeat
15 min. of turn work
3 x 50 off the blocks
--25 sprint/25 cruise
100 w/d and hot tub
I put forth a good effort but wasn't extremely fast. I'll take it. It has been a long week.
Swam at the Huntsville Nat with Dave, Dave, Dave, Bob, Bob, Sally and a couple others. Pool temp ~82. Wore a drag suit over my Nike jammer for most of the workout. Donating blood yesterday had me a little weak today. Had some good swims but I couldn't keep it up through the whole workout like I usually can.
500 Warm up
300 Kick w/ fins
300 Pull (3:20)
500 (100 Fly/100 Free/100 Back/ 100 Free/ 100 Breast)
4 x 100 Kick
4 x 100 - 1:50 (25 Fly/25 Bk x 2)
4 x 50 Free - :50 Fast (32s)
4 x 100 Pull - 1:30 Breate Right down, Left back
200 IM (Dropped drag suit)
4 x 100 - 1:50 (25 Br/25 fr x 2)
4 x 50 IM Order
500 Cool down
Today I finally did the 12 Days of Christmas workout that I wrote in early December. A couple of friends from NYC are visiting me here, and we headed over to the pool midday. It was about 40 degrees when we set out, but clear and very sunny, and the pool felt delightful. Nice to have swim buddies again!
Here’s what I did:
Twelve Days of Christmas Workout
One of my workout partners was swim tourist extraordinaire Hannah, who has started her own blog about her 40-pools-in-2012 project. Today was pool number 4 for her, so she’s off to a good start!
Before our workout we went stopped by one of the local attractions here—the Museum of Man in the Sea. I pass it every time I drive to the pool—it’s a shed surrounded by various bathyspheres and submersibles and subs and such—and I’ve always been curious. It’s mostly a museum about diving technologies.
The exhibits on the early history of diving weren’t that impressive—they were basically dioramas featuring lots of Ken dolls—but once we got to the late nineteenth- and twentieth-century artifacts it got more interesting. There was an impressive array of diving helmets through the ages,
various diving suits and rebreathers, and submarines—lots of submarines! And Sealab!
A lot of the underwater contraptions came via the local Navy Special Systems Center in Panama City. My faves were the tiny submarines and swimmer transport vehicles, although actually being in them didn’t look like much fun. This contraption can put divers under in a pressurized environment before they actually descend—kind of a human pressure cooker:
There was also a cool board of knots:
Being a man in the sea apparently requires lots of knots.
As for our own women-in-the-sea experiences, those will have to wait a day or two. Yesterday afternoon the beach was littered with man-o-wars—many of them no bigger than a fingernail, but some larger ones too. The unusually strong winds the previous couple of days must have blown them inland. I usually wait a day or two until after they disappear from the beach before venturing in again, so a swim in the gulf will have to wait. But there’s still hope for some ow swimming tomorrow—we’re travelling up to check out a spring-fed swimming locale. I’ll report back once we’ve been!