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  1. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -02/14/12

    by , February 13th, 2012 at 04:41 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:20 3:00
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    4 X 75 1:20 1:10
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    4 X 100 kick 2:10
    8 X 25-half blast free/half swim :45
    1 X 100 swim

    1 X 200 IM 3:30
    1 X 75 stroke 1:15
    5 X 25 stroke-fast- :45
    Four rounds. 1 minute break between.
    Round 1: fly, 2 back, 3 breast 4 free.

    5 X 300 free 4:00
    #1&2: moderate pace, 3&4: negative split, #5 best effort.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  2. Monday, 02/13/12

    by , February 13th, 2012 at 04:29 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center
    noon workout
    Billy G. coached

    Warm up:
    200 swim
    200 kick
    200 pull
    ==>Not really paying attention and just stopped for no reason. Probably did about 400 total.

    6 x 50 kick on 1:00
    Kick on back; no fins; went strong, range 46 to 49.

    Main set:

    6 x 50 on :50
    100 easy
    3 x 100 on 1:30
    I swam this set and went 2nd. Held 35+ and 1:12/1:13

    4 x 50 on :45
    100 easy
    2 x 100 on 1:25
    I kicked this set with Speeedo B&O fins.

    2 x 50 on :40
    100 easy
    100 fast
    I jumped back up to 2nd and went :35 and 1:05 on the last one. That is my best ever 100 practice time from a push, but I think I will have a lane leader time (1:06 best) and not leading the lane best (1:05 best today). It makes a huge difference even with just one person in front.

    3 x 200's pull
    ==>No. Sat around and talked to Bobby about my training. Then did a bunch of tummy kicks with my snorkel.

    2 x Dives.

    Today was a pretty good day. I was in the mood to see what I could do on something longer. And I stuck to my guns and did a lot of kicking instead of swimming everything. The nice thing now is that I can pretty comfortably hold the swim intervals with my Speedo fins.
  3. Moving in the right direction

    by , February 13th, 2012 at 03:00 PM (Random Nonsense)
    Today's workout seemed good at the time, but in retrospect, I didn't push hard enough.

    Team practice SCY, swam with Marge
    Warm up
    - 300 free
    - 200 kick
    - 300 free
    - 2x100 DPS
    Main Set
    - 300 pull on 4:00 (3:30)
    - 3x100 on 1:20 (1:10s)
    - 300 swim on 4:00 (3:42)
    - 3x100 on 1:20 (1:11s)
    - 300 pull on 4:00 (3:18)
    - 3x100 on 1:20 (1:08s)
    IM Set
    - 8x25s on 40 IM order (did 4xback, fly, back, breast, back)
    Cool down
    - 300 done free/back/free by 100

    Marge beat me on all the stroke. My back might have been slightly faster than her breast.


    My reintroduction to IM workout. Prep for the Walnut Creek camp, which probably has more than just freestyle as part of the program.

    Sunday's workout Solo SCM
    Warm up
    - 600 free
    - 200 kick
    - 200 back
    Sprint set
    - 10x25 on 1:00 (3 on 40 in the middle to make a nice clock for the next set)
    -- sprint 12.5, 12.5 ez
    IM set
    - 30x50 stroke/free by 25, no free IM order 10x through on 1:00
    -- 40s fly and back, 44s breast
    Cool down
    - 250 ez



    My hang on workout

    Saturday's workout Solo SCM
    Warm up
    - 600 free
    - 200 kick
    - 200 back
    Hang on set
    - 1x100 on 2:00 (1:11)
    - 2x100 on 1:50
    - 3x100 on 1:40
    - 4x100 on 1:30
    - 2x100 on 1:20 (supposed to be 5, missed #2)
    - 200 ez
    - 3x100 on 1:20 (finish up the set)
    Cool down
    - 300 ez

    The goal was to not give up too much time as the intervals got tighter and, of course, finish the set. I was doing pretty good until the end of the 1:30s set when I started seeing 1:18s.
  4. 02.13.12 - Monday workout/Auburn Day 2

    by , February 13th, 2012 at 12:53 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam solo this morning. Pool temp ~84. No drag suit. Usually, I have a little taper left to enjoy on Monday morning but today I was mostly just sore. Pushed through a 5K to get back into the groove of things.

    Sunday at Auburn was just as fun as Saturday. I was tired and sore from the previous day but anxious to get started again. Started with the 500 free. Warm-up went well but I probably got warmed up a bit early. Mcountryman was on my left. It was nice to meet her. I eased through the first 200 and then slowly cranked up the pace. Finished strong on a 1:05. Might have been able to go faster with a stronger start but I'm really happy dropping 17 seconds from last year.

    Next up was my favorite... 200 breast. Lanes 1-4 were all 40-44 age group. I was in between Andy who blew me away in the 100 br and Mark whom I'm not worthy to be in the same heat. Andy and Mark took off and left me on the first 100. Looked pretty hopeless. At 150 yards, Andy looked like he might be in some trouble so I picked it up. Finally chased him down on the last 25. Mark was gone but at least I was on the same lap when he finished. Dropped 5 seconds from last year's time.

    100 Free - Why did I enter this event? I really stink at sprinting. Would have been better off easing through a 200 backstroke. I was 1 second faster than 2 years ago. I am very impressed by the way people can race this. Maybe one day, I'll figure it out and be somewhat competitive. For now, I'm humbled by their ability.

    50 Breast - Last event! I was really ready to wrap things up at this point... lots of fun and lots of racing but time to go home. Ulf and Andy, both in my age group were next to me. Based upon seeds, I needed a low 32 to have a chance. Made the low 32 but Ulf and Andy were both way too strong for me again. Great job to both of them demolishing their seed times!

    I did really well in overall points which is more a measure of who is crazy enough to swim 8 events. Nice end to the weekend to win that but I took away far more from the people I met and raced with. It was great meeting people and cheering each other on. Lots of inspirational stories far more interesting than my own. The meet was run great as usual. Everything was prompt, the facilities were top-notch and they made sure we had a great time. Look forward to next year!


    400 Warm up
    200 Free/3 x 100 IM

    3 Times through:
    * 4 x 50 Fly/Free - :45
    * 4 x 50 IM Order - :50
    * 2 x 50 Fly/150 Free/50 Fly (1st time 4:00, 2nd 3:50, 3rd 3:40)
    50 Easy

    8 x 100 Up/Down Kick - 1:40 (:05)

    25 Easy
    4 x 50 Back from dive - 1:00

    225 Cool down

    (4900 Total)
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  5. Monday February 13th...unlucky? maybe not...

    by , February 13th, 2012 at 12:53 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Did this nice workout Fort designed today:
    Warm up:

    500 choice
    9 x 25 shooters w/fins + 25 EZ @ :40/:45
    -- 3 back, 3 belly, 3 360s
    5 x 50 free w/paddles @ 1:00
    6 x 25 overkick free, no breath @ :40/:45
    50 EZ
    This warm up was more demanding than I anticipated...I began to worry about the next section lol

    Speed Sets:
    8 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    -- 4 kick, 4 swim
    50 EZ
    I did numbers 3 through 6 with the parachute...

    6 x broken AFAP 100s @ 10:00:
    #1-2: 50 (from the blocks if you can) @ :20 rest + 2 x 25 with :10 @ 75
    #3-4: 50 @ :30 rest + 2 x 25 with :15 rest @ 75
    #5-6: 50 @ 1:00 rest + 2 x 25 with : 30 rest @ 75
    On the last two I managed my first ever no breath race pace 50's. I am stoked. The first one was an accident. I was sharing the lane (side by side) and I had my send just a few secs after my lanemate turned. I think going fast and passing him made me focus on getting past quick or tricked my mind into a mental state for racing I was off the wall and coming back before I knew where I was. The urge to breathe only kicked in with 5yards to go so I just held on and did it. The second one was easier. Hopefully I can keep to this in my races at meets.

    Total: 3250

    Updated February 13th, 2012 at 03:35 PM by SwimStud

  6. Sunday Double, Feb. 13

    by , February 13th, 2012 at 11:32 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    RC/ankle/scapular/elbow exercises
    kettle ball reverse scoops, 25 x 2 x 15
    total ab machine, 130 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 65 1 x 1 8, 75 x 3 x 8
    box squats, 135 x 1 x 5 , 145 x 2 x 5 -- I just prefer the power squat machine; I don't like all that weight resting on my shoulders
    explosive leg press, 270 x 4 x 12
    altitude drops, 10
    knee tuck jumps, 2 x 10
    lateral bunny hops, 3 x 15
    standing broad jumps, 2 x 10


    I had planned to go to yoga. But Mr. Fort has a running injury (probably from not going slow enough when he's supposed to be going slow ), and our chiro and I persuaded him to try deep water running. A pool is very foreign to him, so I had to drive him there and throw him in. Since it was somewhat less crowded than usual on the weekend, I decided to do a real workout despite just having done weights.

    Warm up:

    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :35
    8 x 25 no breather free w/fins @ :35
    50 EZ

    Main LP Sets:

    24 x 50:

    8 x 50 back shooters w/fins best average @ 1:30
    -- coming right after weights, this was the most unspeakably horrible painful set I've done in recent memory
    -- the combo of O2 deprivation and speed on short rest is tough and I probably started out too fast
    -- 22 flat, 22 flat, 23 low, 23 low 23 high, 23 high, 23 high, 23 high
    200 EZ

    8 x 50 fly w/fins @ 100 pace @ 1:30
    -- went mid to high 26s, a couple 27 flats
    -- this is probably a half second too slow, but a noodler joined my lane after the first 2 and I had do so some single arm strokes and crappy streamlines to avoid collision
    200 EZ

    8 x 50 breast w/fins @ 100 pace
    -- went high 29s-30 flats
    200 EZ

    Total: 2900


    I'm feeling quite righteous having a LT set after weights, so I may just loaf and stretch today. Mondays are typically a light workout day for me anyway since Lil Fort only has a half day of school.

    I really should have put my compression tights on last night, but I was rushing out to a rare dinner and movie.

    Updated February 13th, 2012 at 04:00 PM by The Fortress

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  7. 24 miles behind

    by , February 13th, 2012 at 10:50 AM (Nobody Special)
    * My goal was to get to 365 miles swum by the end of the year. As of now I'm 24 miles behind. I jumped out to a good start - was ahead of the game by a few miles before my shoulder injury set in. Once I'm back up to speed I think I should be able to catch back up and make it to my goal by the end of the year. Funny thing - I thought I wasn't going for enough when I originally made it...

    *Today's 1600 yd work out:

    100 warm up
    3x100 (kickxswimxkickxswim) - 2 m int
    8x25 free w/o fins (40 s int)
    4x50 free w/ fins (1 m int)
    4x50 kick (1 m int)
    2x50 free w/o fins (1 m int)
    2x50 free w/fins (1 m int)
    3x100 (kick/swim/kick/swim) - 2 m int

    * I'm slowly starting to drop the fins from portions of the work out. Will try to do a little more with each workout in the future.
  8. LCM today .... yuck

    by , February 13th, 2012 at 08:31 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Don't get me wrong i like LCM just not on Monday. That mean we have to get out a 6:40 so they can turn the pool to SCY. I would rather have had the extra time than the long lane.

    500 free
    10x(25 shooters +25 EZ)@1:00 w/fins 1-4 belly 5-7 back 8-10 360s
    6x50@1:00 free w/paddles
    6x25@:45 free overkick, 1-2 breaths based on whether a wall or middle pool start

    8x25@1:00 burst +cruise. 1-4 kick 5-8 swim

    2x broken 100 AFAP@10:00. I did 200 EZ after each
    #1 w/fins went 1:16
    #2 w/paddles & fins went 1:14

    That was all i could get done before they turned the pool.

    Total 2400 yards
  9. Into the mystic; 6k today...

    by , February 13th, 2012 at 12:11 AM (Alex's swim journal)
    ... felt pretty good, had good rhythm, things were just clicking. Love it when that happens!

    Like my 6K (6600 SCY) last week, I wanted to do it continuously. But, as it turns out, folks were talkative today at the Kenosha Y. At about 2500, one of our new regular swimmers stopped me to chat about what I might be doing after my swim... it turned into about a 4-minute break, which I wasn't expecting, but, whatever, life intervenes sometimes. BTW, this is what I really had in mind after the swim:

    With the exception of that interruption and a couple of other shorter interruptions, I swam the 6K as I did last week in 1K segments of about 20:00 each (1000 free, 100 breast). Last week I finished in a total time of 123 minutes; today I did it in 124 including the 4-minute break and shorter interruptions, so I was swimming much stronger!

    I'm not swimming my 200 workout tomorrow--will wait for Tuesday--I'll need a recovery day. Last week's long swim was on Saturday, so now I'm a bit off of my routine (whatever that is!). It's all good though... swim today left me feeling pleasantly fatigued (was that a fog horn?):

    "Smell the sea and feel the sky,
    let your soul and spirit fly
    into the mystic
    [...] and magnificently we will float
    into the mystic"

    ...enjoy a little Van Morrison!

    [nomedia=""]Van Morrison - Into The Mystic (Original Version) - YouTube[/nomedia]
  10. Blissy beach swim

    It was the ocean, not the pool, that was calling to me today. A couple of chilly days and nights had dropped the water temp by 5 degrees, down to 59 . . . but that was still plenty warm for a little dip. I waited until noontime, when the sun was out in full force and the air temp had warmed up from the high-20s into the mid-40s. There was a gentle breeze from the west, but the water was flat and sparkly, and the sky impossibly blue.

    I got undressed quickly once I was got down to the sand. A woman walking by warned me the water was cold as I was getting in—you’d think someone immersed up to her knees might know that already, no? I just agreed with her and waded on in, then swam a few strokes, then waded some more to get over the sandbar before setting off for good. (That second wading bit was a little chilly as the wind hit wet skin!)

    The water was absolutely clear, and I watched the play of sunlight and surface ripples as I swam over the white sandy bottom. I didn’t feel at all skittish today, just calm and at peace and a little curious about what I might see as I stroked along. I swam east down to the diagonal staircase at Rosemary Beach, then turned around and headed back—about a mile. I was a little worried that the trip back might be a little more difficult because it was into the wind, but it wasn’t really—both ways seemed fast to me today.

    The only sea life I saw was a couple of tiny jellyfish—they were cylindrical and mostly transparent, with just a little cream coloring around their edges and middle. Both were about the length of my thumb. I hovered over them and watched them pulsate along—it was very beautiful. There was also a tuft of neon green feathery grass seemingly growing out of the sand, but I think that might have been a fishing lure.

    After I finished my swim I floated for a bit, then stood on the sandbar and appreciated the wide expanse of turquoise all around me. I didn’t want to get out, but the hot tub was calling, so I swam in, parka-ed up, and climbed the staircase over the dunes to find some warmer water. I stayed in the hot tub for about 20 minutes, relaxing and enjoying the sun and the warmth.

    I love conditions like today, when the air is very clear and crisp and colder than the water. But I hope this weather pattern doesn’t last too long, if only because morning lap swim at the pool gets cancelled when the weather gets too cold. It’s already been called off for tomorrow, so I’ll have to choose between swimming scy later in the day, or having another beach swim.
  11. Sunday, February 12, 2012 P90X and SCM TTs

    by , February 12th, 2012 at 07:49 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    No swimming today...Sunday, no pools within hours of here that are open today.
    My wife has restarted her P90X workouts since our son has returned from his hospital stays, and she's kickin' @ss with them! I decided I'd jump in on the workout with her today...doing Kenpo X DVD today. Basically it's an all-out cardio workout with punches/kicks in various combos, and keeps you moving. I failed after 30 minutes of it, and she's still going strong. & for her! There's definitely a difference between being in swimming shape, and land based aerobics.


    And might as's my 2011 SCM Preliminary Rankings. This is the most I've had in one "season". I even got one relay TT.

    Men 30-34 SCM (2011)

    Place Event Name Age Club LMSC Time
    6 200 Free James A Adams 34 HMS Inland Northwest 2:07.25
    6 400 Free James A Adams 34 HMS Inland Northwest 4:37.01
    2 800 Free James A Adams 34 HMS Inland Northwest 9:26.12
    2 1500 Free James A Adams 34 HMS Inland Northwest 17:51.26
    8 200 Back James A Adams 34 HMS Inland Northwest 2:29.60
    10 200 Breast James A Adams 34 HMS Inland Northwest 2:50.31
    8 100 Fly James A Adams 34 HMS Inland Northwest 1:03.29
    5 200 Fly James A Adams 34 HMS Inland Northwest 2:20.40
    3 400 IM James A Adams 34 HMS Inland Northwest 5:03.64

    Mixed 200-239 SCM (2011)
    Place Event Club LMSC Swimmers (age) Time
    9 800 Free Relay HMS Inland Northwest 14:01.90
    Wayne R Brown (69)
    Carolyn M Magee (66)
    James A Adams (34)
    Teresa L Wendel (59)
  12. Sunday 2/11/12 and SCM Top Tens

    by , February 12th, 2012 at 07:08 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Today I swam on my own at Baylor Fitness Center, SCM.

    400 warm up

    4 x 50 rotating sides kick with Speedo fins
    4 x 25 360 shooters with TYR burner fins

    16 x 25 burst breakouts with TYR fins
    1st set free
    2nd set fly
    3rd set free
    4th set back

    100 easy

    various dives off blocks and broad jumps from the wall; worked on traditional start (not track start).


    SCM results, not bad if I do say so myself; no big taper meet with just an early season small meet and our local 1 day meet for a cameo 200 fly.

    Short Course Meters (Preliminary Listing)
    3 W40-44 50 Free Michelle H Chow 43 DAMM North Texas 27.74
    4 W40-44 50 Back Michelle H Chow 43 DAMM North Texas 33.82
    3 W40-44 100 Back Michelle H Chow 43 DAMM North Texas 1:11.93
    5 W40-44 50 Fly Michelle H Chow 43 DAMM North Texas 31.58
    3 W40-44 100 Fly Michelle H Chow 43 DAMM North Texas 1:10.30
    5 W40-44 200 Fly Michelle H Chow 43 DAMM North Texas 2:48.08
  13. started off strong then i died...

    by , February 12th, 2012 at 06:40 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    The first event was the 500 free. I was going to do this as a controlled moderate swim. I was in lane 8 and well behind everyone. At the 400 i had caught up with 2 of the swimmers so i sprinted the last 100 and passed them both! Final time was a 6:30.65 a season best.

    Next up the 100 IM. I cranked the fly and the back. Leading from lane 8 but then came breast and i could see the girl next to me move past. I figured everyone else had too but i crank the free and broke 1:20 with a 1:19.84 something i haven't done in years.

    The 100 free was pitiful. Just had no steam left.

    The 100 fly was slow too. All of these events were done in a 3 hour time span.

    I do need to figure out my nutrition at these meets because even with eating bananas and muffins and fruit snacks and gatorade I found i started getting run down on both days.

    Nationals should be easier with no more than 2 per day and only 1 on the first 2 days. Yes i am still doing the 1650 but as a warmup and i put in a slow time.
  14. B-DAY SET

    For the first time ever, I had three others join me for my birthday swim.
    Since we only had the pool for 2 hours, I tried to come up with something that would fill the time slot and be a good challenge.

    I presented Rondi, Ed and Willie a choice of three options:

    A) 188 x 25 Fly on :30 (4700 yards)

    B) 47 x 150 Free on 2:10 (7050 yards)

    C) 47 Rounds of: 75 Free on 1:10; 75 (25 Fl, 25 Bk, 25 Br) on 1:10 (7050 yds)

    Option A was flatly rejected by my pool-mates, but I wanted to get some fly in so we went with Option C.

    Since everyone except for yours truly was skimping on the stroke stuff, I modified the interval to 1:05 for the Free 75's, and 1:15 for the IM 75's. (If you've ever seen my breaststroke, you know that this was a rather important modification)

    I'm thinking maybe 2x 4800 on 60 minutes for next year.....
    (might be solo again)
  15. 02.12.12 - Auburn meet day 1

    by , February 12th, 2012 at 08:01 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Having a blast so far! Met Elaine, Swimosaur and a couple other forum people. Can't say enough about how well run the meet is... and how nice the pool is. I'm blessed with some great teammates that got me completely prepared for this weekend. I'm swimming faster than ever and that is mostly due to support from my teammates and others (including forumites) that cheer me on and inspire me to do better. Thanks to all!

    Saturday was my big yardage day. Started with the 1650. First one for me and I was incredibly nervous. Still wasn't feeling 100% tapered but better than Friday. Warmup went very well and gave me a lot of confidence turning at the bridge. Seems I might be getting past that mental barrier. We'll see if I crash into it on the 500. Ate a Twix bar about 15 minutes before the start. That would revisit me later. Started in Lane 6 inbetween my teammate (lane 7) and a guy with a low 19 for his seed. Next to him was a mid 17 seeded swimmer. Made a mental note NOT to chase him. Having my teammate next to me was awesome. Dave is a consistent swimmer and a pro at getting everything he can out of his 1650s. I knew I'd be fine sticking with him through the race. The race started out just as we were seeded. I fell behind the low 19 swimmer and inched ahead of Dave. The mid 17 guy was gone. He lapped me about halfway through and again near the end. Settled into a comfy pace and enjoyed the swim for a while. First two 500s were just under 6:00. Picked up the pace for the last 500 and just about 1200 yards in, the Twix bar kicked in. It was not giving me the planned energy. Mostly giving me indigestion. By 1400 yards I was ready to throw up. Convinced myself I could keep it down for another 3 minutes... which fortunately I did. Despite the indigestion, I split my last 500 faster. Not sure how because I sure didn't feel it. Finished in the mid 19s! Dave was right behind me to break 20 for the first time. Great start!

    Next up... the 200 fly. Fortunately, there was a long break for the remaining 1650 free swimmers and a warmup session. Despite the rest, I hurt bad. I completely underestimated how much the 1650 would take out of me. Since I was swimming unopposed in my age group, I elected to cruise the 200 fly... which I did for the first 150 yards. Couldn't help myself on the last 50 and let it go a little. It went well though and I didn't die... just hurt a little more. Finished 3 or 4 seconds ahead of my seed time from last year. Very happy about that!

    100 Br - Lots of competition in my age group for this event. Lanes 3, 4, and 5 were all in my age group and seeded within a second of each other. Fun race! I had the highest seed time and figured I had to break that by a good bit to have a chance. Beat my time by 3 seconds but was still crushed by the competition next to me .

    Final event - 200 Free. Was in the second to last heat which meant I didn't have to swim against the sub-2:00 swimmers. Took off and dropped everyone in my heat. Split first 100 at 1:00 and then died badly. Second 100 was around 1:04. Still 7 seconds faster than last year!

    Finished it off with a good medley relay breast stroke leg. I think I was about :33 but haven't seen any official splits yet.

    Got some pizza with the team and went back to the hotel and crashed. Feeling rested this morning. Got the 500, 200 Br, 100 Fr, and 50 Br. After yesterdays yardage, it seems like nothing.

    Updated February 13th, 2012 at 10:26 AM by pmccoy

  16. how did day 1 go......not bad

    by , February 11th, 2012 at 11:41 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    My allergies are trying to get in the way, messing up my judgement of where the surface of the water is. Yet i did well overall.

    My first event was the 50 fly. My breakout was late, i was already on the surface. I had to take one breath just before the wall. Still managed a 33.75, my best was 33.70. That in my book is right on the money.

    My 200 free went really well. This was the best time i have done in the last 2 years 2:26... ? And it felt good for once. This is the race i have never figured out how to do.

    The 50 free was ok 29.68. My best this season is only a 29.58 so that is ok too.

    The 200 fly was a controlled comfortable swim in 2:13...? Only 1 second off my best time this season. I actually had a race at the end with 2 other people. One beat me and the other one i beat.

    Overall with how i was feeling i did well.

    Tomorrow I have the 500 free, 100 free, 100 IM, and 100 Fly. Hopefully i my allergies will stay atleast at the same level and not get worse.
  17. Saturday 1600

    by , February 11th, 2012 at 06:21 PM (Nobody Special)
    * 100 warm up
    3x100 (kick/swim/kick/swim) 2 m int
    8x50 free (1 m int)
    8x50 kick (1 m int)
    3x100 (kick/swim/kick/swim) 2 m int
    100 warm down

    * felt good in the pool. Still wearing fins. Warm ups w/o however.
  18. Saturday, February 11, 2012 11:00am

    by , February 11th, 2012 at 05:44 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Woke up early this morning to get in 5 hours of good ol' OT at work. Always helps out. Plus I had to get the one infeed conveyor fixed that brings 1/2 the plant's production into the palletizing room. It was a chore, but got it done in time so that the timeclock wouldn't take a "lunch" out on me (automatic at 5 hours). Best part with getting it done was that I could get over to the pool for some "relaxation".

    5 x 100 Free @ 1:30
    4 x 100 Free @ 1:25
    3 x 100 Free @ 1:20
    2 x 100 Free @ 1:15
    1 x 100 Free @ under 1:10

    10 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:46-:48s)

    10 x 100 Free Pull @ ~1:20 (held 1:05-1:07s)
    interrupted by a to share a lane that I was already hugging the one side of the lane anyway. I usually do that anyway at the Y, knowing their swimmer's tendancies to want to split lanes.

    10 x 100 IM @ 1:30 (1:15-1:18s)
    During the middle of this, another woman asked if I minded sharing the lane with her. I didn't mind, but she might... I was nice, and did one arm fly as I went by her.

    2:00 rest

    Moved to another lane to do (didn't want to swamp my lanemate):
    1 x 200 IM AFAP (went 2:21) that's worth 2 bananas! Best time in a meet 2:08...not bad.

    100 EZ and out

    4300 Yards

    Much better practice today vs. last night's swim.


    ***I really hate how people at the Y don't know how to share lanes correctly. Why do people feel they are entitled to not circle swimming even though many people keep coming out on deck to swim? I took charge in a way and moved myself and the fastest 2 other people into one lane for a while, and let the others fend for themselves. Better doing that than trying to do 100s with an 80-something female, and a 40ish male swimming twice her speed, yet still less than 1/2 my speed.
    I did plenty of lane hopping today, and everywhere I went it seemed that someone not suited to swimming laps kept wanting to swim with me.

    For the most part things are usually okay, but some days, people just seem to come out of the woodwork and flock to the pool in bunches! Maybe it's the monthly bath time for the...
  19. Update / dad in hospital

    by , February 11th, 2012 at 04:52 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Swam thu & fri
    Did not swim today

    Right now I'm in Plano

    My Dad is in the neuroscience ICU here

    Thursday he & mom were in Denison, TX visiting my sister Elise, who just had surgery, then after dinner in their hotel room he said his arms hurt then he fainted, mom called 911
    He went to Denison hospital then transferred to Plano because they have a neuroscience ICU

    i arrived Fri & I spoke with him for a few minutes, he wasn't real coherent.

    Then docs just did an angiogram, they said he had a brain bleed in his subarachnoid brain layer
    They couldn't find the cause which is great, the doc said odds go way down when there's an aneurysm but he'll be here for a week
    Think they're going to monitor him

    Then he'll need rehab

    Might not be able to drive

    Today he's transferring out of ICU to a regular room.

    Just realized I forgot to enter the hr swim.
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  20. Not open water season in Madison...

    by , February 11th, 2012 at 01:05 AM (Alex's swim journal)
    Well, I've spent the last couple of days in Madison (chaperoning for my oldest, who's doing National Honor Choir) and have managed to get in a couple of swims here--though not open water! This is what Lake Monona looked like this afternoon around 5:30 (click on the thumbnail to enlarge):

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    It's hard to imagine that this was the site of USMS 2.4-mile OW championship last August (my first USMS-sanctioned OW swim!). What a difference 6 months makes! Yesterday there were actually some folks out on the ice; today I think it was too cold.

    Needless to say, I found the YMCA--only a few minutes by car from where I took this photo. Yesterday I swam 2k (2200 SCY), mixing in some speed work: 750 warm-up, 10 x 100 (first 3 reps in under 1:24; then I realized I better back off and hit the rest in 1:30-1:33--wasn't supposed to be a hard day), 150 breast, 300 cool-down w/ EZ free and kick drills (no board). Today, I wanted to swim a little longer, because I might not get in a swim tomorrow, so here's what I did:

    400 free (moderate)
    100 free (easy)
    400 free (moderate)
    100 free (easy)
    100 breast
    1000 free (alternated 100 moderate/100 easy)
    100 breast
    [this first 2K was continuous, no rest, in about 39 minutes]
    10 x 100 on 2:00 (50 ez-moderate/50 moderate-hard)
    100 breast
    200 kick drills
    = 3500 SCY/65 minutes

    I was a little sore from yesterday and the rest of the week, so the first 1000 was tough--once I warmed up I was fine, maybe a little tired.