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  1. 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.
  2. Sunday, February 12, 2012 P90X and SCM TTs

    by , February 12th, 2012 at 06:49 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)
  3. Sunday 2/11/12 and SCM Top Tens

    by , February 12th, 2012 at 06:08 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
  4. started off strong then i died...

    by , February 12th, 2012 at 05:40 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.
  5. 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)
  6. 02.12.12 - Auburn meet day 1

    by , February 12th, 2012 at 07:01 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 09:26 AM by pmccoy

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

    by , February 11th, 2012 at 10:41 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.
  8. Saturday 1600

    by , February 11th, 2012 at 05:21 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.
  9. Saturday, February 11, 2012 11:00am

    by , February 11th, 2012 at 04:44 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...
  10. Update / dad in hospital

    by , February 11th, 2012 at 03:52 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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  11. Not open water season in Madison...

    by , February 11th, 2012 at 12:05 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.
  12. Friday, February 10, 2012 5:30pm

    by , February 10th, 2012 at 10:22 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)

    200 Free
    100 Kick w/ board
    200 Free Pull
    200 IM Drill
    6 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00

    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:20
    I was so sluggish doing these...I knew right here this wasn't going to be a good day...

    TJRPATT gave me this one to do, but I modified it a little since I was feeling like crap:
    His set:
    4 x 100 Free @ 1:15
    4 x 200 Free @ 2:35
    4 x 300 Free @ 3:45
    4 x 50 Fly @ 1:00 (must be :32 or under)
    I did:
    4 x 100 Free @ 1:15 (1:10-1:13)
    1:00 rest
    4 x 150 Free @ 2:00 (1:45-1:49)
    1:00 rest
    4 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00

    100 Free
    2800 Yards


    Other news:
    The Brute Squad results have finally been posted online from the event that was done in Nov-Dec. 2011.

    I ended up being the first place 30-34 male in the event, and haven't yet received my t-shirt in the mail, but soon it'll come...if the mailman get's past the bear's cave and wolves' den up and over the mountains. Our LMSC also won the overall points scoring for the Club competition.
  13. Friday 2/10/12

    by , February 10th, 2012 at 05:49 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Warm up:

    600 choice
    4 x 25 V sit scull
    4 x 25 power kick + cruise
    4 x 25 360 shooters w/fins
    50 EZ

    Main Set:

    4 x 75 DPS free @ :30 RI
    4 x 25 no breath free @ :45
    1 x 25 fast free @ :45
    25 EZ
    1:00 rest

    4 x 75 DPS backstroke @ :30 RI
    4 x 25 DPK shooters w/fins @ :40-:45
    2 x 25 fast back w/fins @ :45
    50 EZ
    1:00 rest

    4 x 75 DPS breast @ :30 RI
    4 x 25 breast, long pullouts @ :40
    3 x 25 fast breast @ :45
    75 EZ
    1:00 rest

    4 x 75 fly w/fins or fly drill @ :30 RI
    4 x 25 easy speed fly @ :45
    4 x 25 fast fly @ :45
    100 EZ

    Total: 3050

    The only modification I made was wearing Fins for the whole Backstroke set. I did enjoy this one...not too keen on fly with fins but I think it helped me when I took them off and tried to go easy fly pace.
  14. Friday, Feb. 10

    by , February 10th, 2012 at 04:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    600 various
    5 x 50 single arm fly @ 1:00
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    6 x 25 over kick free, no breath @ :40ish
    50 EZ

    Speed/LP Sets:

    8 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    -- 4 dolphin kick, 4 swim
    50 EZ

    Then, I did a Rich Abrahams set:

    6 x broken AFAP 100s @ 10:00:

    #1-2: 50 @ :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

    Swim 200 very easy after each effort.

    1 = IM, :50
    2 = IM, :50
    3 = fly, :45 mid
    4 = breast, :55
    5 = fly, :45 flat
    6 = fly, :44 flat

    Total: 3300

    ART, 30 minutes:

    My chiro worked on my elbows and left side shoulder/scapular area. He said the elbows felt better. They feel much better to me as well, though I can tell they're not healed. And it's possible the cortisone shot in the right elbow is disguising some of the underlying tendinopathy. So I still won't lift until after my next doctor's appt. Even then, I'm not sure it's worth re-starting in mid- March with the April champs meets in sight. Maybe just enough to avoid shoulder pain.


    This was the most rest I've ever taken on a set of all out 100s. Even I was a little impatient on the first couple, but thereafter I enjoyed the rest. 350 yards of AFAP fly is quite a bit for me. My legs were pretty fried by the end, and I actually felt the Wednesday night weights right from the start. I'm pretty tired after that effort, and looking forward to my day off tomorrow. And looking forward to not doing rehab exercises today since I went to ART.

    Preliminary SCM TT rankings are out:

    Definitely my best season ever. I was faster than 2010 in every event except 100 fly, despite not having the greatest summer/fall of training and doing zilch aerobic work.

    Place Event Name Age Club LMSC Time
    1 W50-54 50 Free Leslie C Livingston 50 GMUP Potomac Valley 28.53
    1 W50-54 50 Back Leslie C Livingston 50 GMUP Potomac Valley 30.58
    1 W50-54 100 Back Leslie C Livingston 50 GMUP Potomac Valley 1:09.25
    1 W50-54 50 Breast Leslie C Livingston 50 GMUP Potomac Valley 38.22
    1 W50-54 50 Fly Leslie C Livingston 50 GMUP Potomac Valley 30.35
    2 W50-54 100 Fly Leslie C Livingston 50 GMUP Potomac Valley 1:11.30
    1 W50-54 100 IM Leslie C Livingston 50 GMUP Potomac Valley 1:11.99

    GMUP's 200 mixed medley relay was #2 -- not bad for a small team!

    Updated February 10th, 2012 at 08:11 PM by The Fortress

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  15. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -02/13/12

    by , February 10th, 2012 at 03:49 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:20 3:00
    1 X 300 5:00 4:30
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    10 X 100 free 1:50
    #3-6-9 are fast #10 is easy

    1 X 200 kick 4:15
    8 X 50 kick 1:00
    1 X 100 swim -

    6 X 150 2:50
    100 stroke(choice)/50 free

    6 X 200 free
    3 on 2:50
    3 on 2:40
    Descend both groups 1-3

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  16. Another 1600 yd workout

    by , February 10th, 2012 at 03:47 PM (Nobody Special)
    * Still keeping it nice and easy and with fins on keeping all of the power to my legs- here is the workout:

    100 warm up
    6x50 back-kick (1 m int)
    8x50 free (1 m kick)
    8x50 (2 50s back-kick, 1 50 kick/back, 1 50 back) 2 times (1 m int)
    12x25 free (30 s int)
    100 warm down

    * shoulder good
  17. 66 days belated

    This morning I swam once again at the PCB outdoor pool. I decided to attempt my birthday workout from early December—I had been sick then and missed it. Being Dave’s concoction, this workout bore some definite hallmarks of his too-much-is-never-enough approach. Nonetheless, John was kind enough to agree to do it a second time to keep me company. This is what we did:

    800 lcm warmup [The original generously specified a “choice100 to get loose,” but overachiever that I am, I did an extra 700 here.]

    6 x (50 / 100 / 150 / 200 / 250)
    Round 1: 50 FL, 100 fast, 150 FR, 200 BR, 250 BK
    Round 2: 50 BK, 100 easy, 150 fast, 200 FR, 250 BR
    Round 3: 50 BR, 100 FL, 150 easy, 200 fast, 250 FR
    Round 4: 50 FR, 100 BK, 150 FL, 200 easy, 250 fast
    Round 5: 50 fast, 100 BR, 150 BK, 200 FL, 250 easy
    Round 6: 50 easy, 100 FR, 150 BR, 200 BK, 250 FL

    Instructions were to negative split each everything except the fast swims, which were to be even split. I took 5-45 seconds between each swim.

    Since John is significantly faster than me, I worried he was getting too much rest and urged him to do an extra 100 on the fast swims (which would conveniently give me more rest). He only fell for that once.

    One of my local swim buddies, Bill, joined us for most of round four, and paced me nicely for the 250 fast that ended that round. He declined to finish the set with us after that though.

    It was a fun workout, and a gorgeous morning at the pool—we stayed in through a beautiful sunrise and several cycles of sunny and cloudy weather. The sun broke through a final time on the final 250 fly, and it was a heartening sight.

    Afterwards I felt fully a year older—maybe more. To end things I enjoyed a

    300 easy warmdown + play,

    then a well deserved trip to the nearby Waffle House!
  18. Friday, 02/10/12

    by , February 10th, 2012 at 03:15 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    This turned out to be a good swim week after all! 3 group masters workouts!

    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center
    noon workout

    Warm Up:
    300 swim
    200 pull ==> I kicked it instead

    4 x 100 kick on 2:00
    no fins; on back
    descended about 1:42 to 1:36

    Pull Set:
    5 x 150 on ????
    5 x 100; kick on tummy with TYR burner fins, snorkel, no board; hands in front

    Sprint Set:
    5 rounds of 4 x 50's
    1st 20 sprint/easy on 1:00
    2nd 30 sprint/easy on 1:00
    3rd all easy on 1:30
    4th all sprint on 1:30
    32's on all of 'em.
    Not super fast, but I did lead the lane and have to muscle my way past all those meatheads swimming on top of each other like a human centipede......geez, why don't they go 10 apart!!!! I don't know how the lane leader in the next lane put up with that. My lane was awesomely 10 seconds apart.

    Jumped the gun and went to Golden Corral last night. Friday's are just so busy, but there is a trade-off. And I don't think it was worth it. Probably stick to Friday's. The bad: It's crowded. But everything is fresh, and they are really quick to replenish everything. Last night, they NEVER put out the Texas toast that I like. (Super thick bread, super greasy, and crispy. Like putting your teeth in a warm greasy retainer). And Helen NEVER got any cotton candy, which means I never got to mooch off her cotton candy. On Friday's, they make them continuously and we sit strategically with Claire in what I call The Key Man Seat, facing the cotton candy, so as soon as it starts coming out, they are up there in line. My husband would hate it so we have a saying, "What happens at The Golden Corral, stays at the Golden Corral!" Usually because I let them get the cotton candy first.
  19. A comment on travel, training and in practice competition

    by , February 10th, 2012 at 03:04 PM (Random Nonsense)
    I travel a fair bit and early in the year more so. Most of my trips are short and easy to work swimming workouts around, but during my Asia trip I didn't swim and then caught a cold shortly after returning, keeping me out of the water for 2 weeks.

    Training and travel are not a good combo, so next focus meet I need to clear the calendar of travel leading up to the meet.

    Other than missing 2 weeks of training I still averaged my normal yardage for the month of January. That is a nice example of GTD does not translate into performance.

    Today we did our group sprint training day. There were about 5 lanes participating 4 people deep, the 5 fastest swimmers lead, then the next wave is the next fastest, etc, so the people you leave with should be similar in speed for racing purposes. There was a kick set with fins and everyone was using fins except Marge. Marge still lead her lane, and came in 3rd, beating two guys wearing fins. In my eyes, that is ridiculous.

    As for getting beat, Marge has been beating me since I have gotten back in the water and Josh has been demolishing me. Two things happened during my break, I got a lot slower, and they got faster. Marge is an excellent kicker, easily the fastest in the pool with a ton of endurance. Wednesday I learned she was the fastest in the pool at strokes when she beat Josh in 75s IM sans free. I knew she was fast, but that surprised me. Speaking of Josh, Wednesday during a short set of 100s I was holding 1:08s while he must have been 1:03s. That hurt, right in the ego and Marge was right there with me, 5 seconds faster than a month ago.

    I told Fort I wasn't blogging because I was doing boring stuff and swimming slow, but I would blog again when I could keep up again. That didn't really happen, instead we did sprint free today which I have a strong advantage over Marge in ... and Josh didn't show up.

    Hopefully that was enough whining for Geek.

    I have not been actually swimming slow, just slow relative to where I was early January. More training has been spent on endurance in the last few weeks and very little on speed. The lack of endurance is very apparent in my training when I try to go fast, #1 is fast, #2 is not. Without some depth, I see little reason to do LT work or dedicate entire workouts to sprints. Sprints and LT will be added back as the endurance returns.

    Quote Originally Posted by qbrain
    -- Feb SCY meet
    - 50 free: 23.99
    - 100 free: 52.99
    - 200 free: 1:57.99
    -- Zones shave and taper meet
    - 50 free: 23 low
    - 100 free: 50 mid
    - 200 free: 1:54
    The Feb goals might be more realistic for Zones at this point.
  20. 02.10.12 - Last day of taper

    by , February 10th, 2012 at 11:49 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave, Dave and Dave. Pool temp cooler... maybe 84. They took the thermometer away presumable so we wouldn't have specific temperature complaints. No drag suit.

    Headed to Auburn... will probably get in tonight and get used to the pool some but nothing strenuous. Not feeling great at all. I'll be faster than last year in most things but I just don't feel any big gains right now.


    400 Warm up

    2 x 50 Br (focused on removing some slight dolphin kick from my stroke. Most isn't too bad but sometimed my feet are breaking the surface and could easily draw a DQ.)

    8 x 25 - :40 easy/hard (2x fly, 4x br, 2x fr - Hard fly, fr no breath)

    4 x 25 kick - 1:00 hard (fly, fr, br, fr)
    75 Easy

    50 Br from dive (:34)

    Couple practice dives. Made a goggle change... my practice goggles are keeping water out better than my race ones.

    125 cool down

    (1050 total)
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