Now that my SCM season is done and Iíve had a few days to mull things over, Iíve decided that my three highest priorities for the next few months are to (1) do more sprinting in workouts, (2) re-establish some kind of aerobic cross-training routine, and (3) make it a priority to do weights consistently. Injuries had prevented me from doing much weight-bearing exercise or from rowing since early summer. I actually got the ok from my ortho and PT to resume these about 2 weeks ago, but I put off restarting them until after my taper. The trick now is to be disciplined enough to ramp things up gradually, so that I donít injure myself again.
I did lift weights through the fall until I tweaked my arm about 5 weeks ago, so itís just a matter of resuming that routine after the layoff. As for the more sprintingómy 50 times have slowed ever since I stopped playing water polo a few years ago. I donít know if Iím quite ready to take up that sport again, but I can work more of the anaerobic training that polo involves into my swim workouts. Sometimes I get discouraged that team workouts do not involve more real sprinting, but I should instead focus on getting what I need by swimming on my own and by tweaking the group workouts to create opportunities for speed.
With those thoughts in mind, today I went to gym and did arm and leg weights, rowed on the erg machine for 8 minutes, and did a thorough stretch. The rowing was a testólast time I tried it, it didnít hurt as I was doing it, but made my heel sore the next day (my injury was to the sheeting that attaches the Achilles tendon to the bone, and itís the range of motion involved in rowing that can irritate it). So I just did a bit today, and will evaluate how things feel tomorrow.
Then I just had time for a mini swim workout. Hereís what I did:
1000 warmup (400S/200K/200P/200S)
12 x 25 @ :30, odds easy FR, evens sprint FR
That was it! The swimming felt good after the weights.
Good luck to everyone headed off to a meet this weekend! I hope you all amaze and delight yourselves with your performances!
Worked out for the first time since Saturday. Between Christmas preparations and other things, have been quite busy. Also, had a huge final in my class on Tuesday, so spent Sunday and Monday studying for it. Tuesday, after taxing my brain, I just felt like taking it easy. Guess it was all worth it as I just found out I got an "A" in the class. Really happy about this because the prof rarely gives an "A".
Yesterday, swam with my husband at the pool. He has been consistently swimming 3 times a week at about 2,000 -2,500 yards a workout since late August. He plans to swim 50 free at Auburn in February and maybe a relay.
Here is the workout we did:
400 warm-up - mix of easy free, breaststroke
4 x 100 on 2:10 - I did back
4 x 200 drill - I did butterfly drill - 3 rt/3 lt/3 full
6 x 50 all-out free on 3:00 -
Thu Dec 10th 2009
yesterday I edited my long beach post
added links to a few race videos & each event results
TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE
6:30 - 8:00
SCY UT Swim Center
diving well & Main pool
swam with Mike, Erin, Brandon, Amy, Paul, Max, Tyler, & Todd,
dove in around 6:36
5 x 50
5 x 100
assigned 5 x 200
did 5 x (50 fr, rest 50, 100 swim)
assigned 5 x 400
did 5 x (100 fr, skip 50, 100 fr, skip 50, 100 fr)
5 x 50 fr
1) 4 breaths 2) 3, 3) 2, 4) 1, 5) 0 breaths
4 x 25 sdk easy speed on 1:00
January 15 – 18, 2010
2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
March 4 - 6, 2010
Austin Grand Prix
April 9 -11
2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
The Woodlands, TX
May 20 - 23, 2010
2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
Order of Events
Updated December 11th, 2009 at 11:33 AM by ande
This morning I just didn't want to wake up. I was 1/2 asleep while driving and once in the water. Slept during the warm up so I don't really remember much. The first 5 100's of the main set I was just starting to semi wake up on.
Yes sleep swimming can be done and fast!
1000 as 200 swim/pull/swim/kick/swim
15x100 Free w/paddles & bouy as 1-5@1:35, 6-9@1:30, 10-12@1:25, 13-14@1:20, 15@1:15 once again the only one I did not make was on the 1:15
500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd fast
5x100@:10R Free w/snorkle as 25 kick, 25 rt arm, 25 lt arm, 25 swim
Total 3500 sleep swimming yards
My team is truly and deeply into One Hour Swim prep mode. Hereís the scy workout I did with them tonight:
8 x 75 @ 1:10: 2 x (FL/BK/BR, BK/BR/FR, BR/FR/FL, FR/FL/BK)
Monster OHS Pace Set:
6 x 25 easy @ :40
6 x 50 @ :40
6 x 25 easy @ :40
6 x 75 @ 1:00
6 x 25 easy @ :40
5 x 100 @ 1:20
6 x 25 easy @ :40
4 x 150 @ 2:00
6 x 25 easy @ :40
3 x 200 @ 2:40
6 x 25 warmdown @ :40
I had good lanemates who helped me get through it all. Whew!
Tomorrow I think I will swim on my own and do lots of IM and some sprinting!
I woke up to a winter wonderland... 8 inches of fresh snow. I got dressed and then the sad reality hit me when I opened the door; its about 38 degrees and drizzling. I grab a shovel to dig out the car and the "snow" weighs a ton and sticks to the shovel which means it takes a great effort to lift and a greater dynamic flick to try and remove it from the shovel. It took much longer than I planned and therefore missed morning practice. AAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHH!
Though I did get a fair amount of exercise in, it was rather less than satisfying, and the snow is all cruddy and will be ice or slush by morning... no skiing yet for me.
I did book my flight to Hawaii for the TI Open Water Camp in Kona from March 14-20. Clare will be joining me and we are flying in on the 12th with a return booked for the afternoon of the 22nd. I am excited to be co-directing this camp with Terry and as we will be on location of the Ironman swim, hope to have lots of IM qualifiers taking part. As an added little bonus, we are planning to hire a couple of boats to escort interested swimmers across the Maui Channel on the 21st (post-camp). Anyone want more info? PM me or go to www.totalimmersion.net
I have not posted since last Friday. Very busy lately - still swimming, but busy. Saturday I woke up with a Migrain, so I did not swim . Sunday I got to go kayaking with 5 other people. Cold and a little drizzely, but beautiful and fun! I wore my wetsuit, but just to stay warm in case I got wet, which my feet and butt did and part of a leg when I got stuck. One poor guy wearing jeans got dumped. He had to have been cold. Air temp was in the 50's and water temp was probably low 60's if not colder.
Monday I went to practice, it was all free, some kick sets and some pull sets and some straight swimming - swam 2000 yards. (pool water exceptionally cold this day )
Tuesday - 30 minutes on the Elipse as hard as I could go, then weights (abs are still sore from this and legs feeling it) and a good stretch.
Wednesday (today) - this was the practice:
1X100 Free (swim, kick, pull, swim)
1X100 Fly (swim, kick, pull, swim)
1X100 Back (swim, kick, pull, swim)
1X100 Breast (swim, kick, pull, swim)
5X50 sprint (alternate free and back every other 50) on 1:30
5X100 sprint (alternate free, fly EO 50)
5X200 sprint (alternate free, breast EO 200)
Did 4 of the last set and an easy 100 free to cool down. Felt good when finished, pool water was an acceptable temperature
Any comments on not kicking?
I have two meets this weekend. A USAS meet Friday and a USMS meet Saturday.
Here is my plan:
- no more kick set until Sunday
- normal weights (which is light tonight)
- normal training in the water substituting backstroke for kick (about 3k/day)
Friday is the 200 Free. It is at a 50M pool, so hopefully the meet will be at one end of the pool, leaving the other end for warm up. If that is the case, I will get a long easy warm up in, about 1500. If not, I will get in what I can. The 200 free is right after the 12 and Under 50 breast (Friday night all ages swim, the rest of the weekend is broken up). This is good for me, because I want to get in and get it over with.
The goal is JUST to break 2:00, putting me at A meets for the rest of the season.
I want to split 27 high, 3x 29 high. This, in theory, should be cake with my 50 is a 24 low and 100 is a 53 mid, and leaves me with a lot of wiggle room to still break 2:00. Went out 27 low on the previous USAS 200 attempt, and died the last 100.
And I am going to try to kick a steady six beat the first 150, then hammer the legs home.
Saturday is just a fun meet. I will get lots of race pace 50s in, but I don't think we are going to set any records. This meet is pretty much the NATIONAL meet of North Texas relays. Hopefully I get to swim on the 4x25 free relay from the block end.
Should I wear my legskins one last time? I think they are spent.
For a change of pace and to gage SDKs I wore my very old stretched out B70 with a teensy hole to practice today. Got it on in under a minute.
3 x (4 x 25, no fins)
#1 = easy speed hypoxic shooter
#2 = easy
#3 = fast SDK to 15 meters, then cruise
#4 = easy
On #1, I was kicking 16-17 x instead of my usual 20-21 in poly tank.
On # 3, I was 14 SDKs to the 15 meter mark from a push. I'll take 13 on my starts this weekend.
This seems to not bode well for the transition to f'in kneeskins. Or maybe I'm just more rested than usual and therefore have a better DPK and it's not all B70 related. Geek is probably correct that I'll be bitter after I take my beloved suit off for perhaps the last time. I think I've been swimming in it longer than everyone but Ande. I've swum in it every meet I've competed in since June 2008 except for a couple USA meets.
4 x 25
odds = easy speed fly
evens = easy
1 x 50 back AFAP w/fins
Went high 22. Maybe 3/4-1 of a second faster than with poly tank.
2 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)
Couple of dives off the side with Fortina, the nose clip. I may use Fortina in my 100 IM this weekend.
I need to get organized and print off all my meet info and start packing. Eney recommends that I "practice" rice crispie treat ingestion. I had thought I would just cab it around, but I may rent a car. And I seriously need to update my ipod. Any recommendations?
I felt pretty decent in the water today. Perhaps slightly sluggish from the massage yesterday, though it wasn't a deep tissue. Shoulder and knee are still slightly, but not unduly, twitchy. I'm not going to worry much about "feel." I felt wretched before Rutgers last year and swam well. I've certainly rested more than usual. This is definitely the longest I've been away from the gym for a taper (at least since I've become a gym rat).
Q just alerted me to the fact that my rice krispie bars from Whole Food, in fact, have gluten. Malt, an ingredient = gluten. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_there_g..._Rice_Krispies. This is not going to be easy. I'm just going to eat them anyway, whilst cutting back on other gluten products. It would seem like a tiny amount anyway ... I'll buckle down more after the meet. They're too tasty and efficient to pass up.
Updated December 9th, 2009 at 09:15 PM by The Fortress
Wed Dec 9th 2009
here's a video of my 200 IM
thanks to Ahelee
TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE
5:30 - 7:00
SCY UT Swim Center
swam with Tyler, Todd, Nate & mike
2 rounds of 200, 150, 100, 50
4 rounds (one each stroke) of
4 x 25
4 x 50
4 x 75
4 x 100
I skipped some here and there
Since I was feeling better today I decided to do a few and I mean few sprints. I can tell I have more strength in my legs now since I have been trying to do more kicking.
Goal for this year is to break 27 in the 50 Free, 1:00 in the 100 Free and if I don't get cut from the 50 Fly at Nat's I want to go 30 in the fly(6th event).
10x100@1:45 Free #3,6,9 Back
3x[100 Free for time w/fins went 1:00 on all
....[300 Free kick w/fins easy recovery
....[1 minute rest
25,50,75,100,25,50,75,25,50,25@:05Rest Free w/paddles & bouy long and loose
5x100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy
4x50 Starts with breakout to 20yards Fly then finish easy free
Total 3500 yards
Updated December 9th, 2009 at 09:26 AM by Donna
Couldn't get to the pool today. Was stuck at home waiting for a delivery. Then had a massage at 12:30. The rest of the day was taken up with kid activities and decorating the Xmas tree (another allergen, lol). (Speedo, I had Suzie today; she was pretty good, but I think Erica is better.) I apparently have tight calves, pecs and neck. No surprise, as I haven't stretched much this week and swimmers are known for their chronically tight necks.
I did do my RC exercises. The left shoulder is slowly coming around. I do have a little twinge in my right knee that I've had for awhile. Not sure, but I am thinking it is due to some of the Bikram yoga moves (sitting Japanese style and all the locking of the knees). I can't think what else could have triggered it ... I don't think it will effect anything, just noting it.
Q, I had a gluten free bagel with peanut butter today and it wasn't that bad. I think I'll bring some along to the meet along with my rice crispie bars.
As seen in the recent thread on the DF, I am actually considering doing a 200 fly. It seems that pulling is optional. Does anyone have any ideas about the right combination of kicking and swimming that would maximize speed, save the shoulders and be easiest? I might do it at this meet: http://www.pvswim.org/0910meet/10-31-ma.htm All us "13 & Overs" get to swim in the afternoon, so that's pretty sweet for me as the pool is not close.
Results from TYR SCM meet in Chicago:
I think everyone has seen the LB and CZ results. I got bumped a couple spots in the 100 fly by speedsters AJ Block and Lisa Ward. I'm always amazed at people who can take their 100 fly out close to their 50 time and just keep going ... I can't do that at all. Of course, AJ and Lisa, are much more mid-D to D specialists.
Updated December 9th, 2009 at 12:49 AM by The Fortress
I told myself that when the Elko pool closed for December I would rest and take a full week off from training of any kind. It's only been 2 days and I'm already having withdrawal syptoms.
Today I was looking forward to working out with my team and simply doing whatever someone told me to do, without trying to check things off some mental list of pre-meet preparations. My team has gone into one-hour-swim prep mode, so todayís workout included lots of freestyle pacing work.
8 x 100 K/D/K/S (2 of each stroke, IM order) @ 2:00
4 x 100 FR @ 1:35 [Before we began, the coach told us we that we would be using the average of these swims to pace the rest of the workout. I manipulated my finishing glides so that mine averaged 1:20, since thatís my goal OHS pace.]
2 x 200 FR @ 2:50 [The goal was to come in at OHS pace. I did these a bit faster at 2:31 and 2:32. I had to go fast on the first one because the guy in the next lane was racing me; on the second, he completely died, but I felt like I needed to swim the same pace so it wouldnít look like I had been going fast just to race him.]
2 x 400 FR @ 5:30 [5:21, 5:24]
4 x 100 FR/BK @ 1:30 [Coach was going to have me do these FR @ 1:25 while my lanemate did 1:30s, but I suggested that I do FR/BK halfsies on 1:30 so we could stay together. As a bonus I got a break from all the freestyle. I brought these in at 15, 17, 17, 18].
Easy 50 warmdown (I got out early because of an early doctorís appointment today).
At the doctorís I got my H1N1 vaccine (because of my asthmaóIíd gotten a regular flu shot earlier in the season), and with my immune system newly fortified I decided to brave the hordes of tourists and schoolchildren and walk down to Rockefeller Center to see the tree and the department store windows. Iím a sucker for Christmas decorations.
Just had no energy for today and it took too many phone calls to wake up my son so there was no warm down today.
500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 FAST
200 kick w/fins & snorkle alternate 50 free/50 fly
100 Free w/fins sprint for time 1:03 that stunk
200 fly kick w/fins
5x100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy on the easy side
Total 3000 yards
100 fly drills
8 x 25 back shooters
10 x 25
odds = easy speed fly
evens = easy
2 x (4 x 25)
#1 = long evil pullout
#2 = no breather free with overkick
#3 = burst free, fast to 15, then cruise
#4 = front scull
Bit 'O Speed:
1 x 50 back AFAP w/fins, 23.5-24
cramped: why?! I've been resting the damn legs.
4 x (25 AFAP free w/fins + 50 EZ)
Felt OK in the water today, though not so much on my fast 25s free. I'm done looking at the clock till the meet except for maybe one fast 50 tomorrow. As Ande would say, I've been swimming fast in practice, I'll swim fast tomorrow and the next day and I'll trust my taper.
Like Speedo, I'm f'in grrr about the GMUP masters situation. I got yet another email canceling all regular Thursday-Sunday practices again for yet another USA-S meet. "Make ups" -- which cannot possibly be construed as "make ups" as they are of a drastically different nature -- are at either 4:45 or 5:30 am. No one is happy. Many are letting their membership lapse. It's idiotic; they could easily let us come during open lap swim without additional cost to the facility. They are apparently trying to gouge us by insisting we join the facility for an extra $750 per year on top of our monthly masters fee. Uh, no thanks. I understand we are going to approach management in January. I think it's a mistake; it should be dealt with immediately before it becomes a pattern and practice in management's mind. I'm really ticked off. Also haven't had a single chance to practice starts for the meet. Last went off the block at the Sprint Classic. Oh well, I don't need to tire out the legs anyway; I'll just go with JimRude's thought that practicing starts is overrated. Of course, I think, unlike me, he must have a good one.
Here are my thoughts on my upcoming events. I don't really have specific time goals (except I do like PBs, who doesn't?). I'm just going to swim fast and see what appears on the timing board. I've trained to be intense and aggressive; I'll just do that in the meet. I hope I can find a cup of coffee halfway through the meet both days. Jolt gum is not an equivalent (sorry Jimby).
100 IM, seeded 8th
Last year at Rutgers CZ meet, I blew away my previous 100 IM time by over three seconds. This was a breakthrough swim for me. My splits were 32.50/39.30 (1:11.80) -- appalling. Evil was a challenge and I was pretty dead on free. I'd like to improve on my second 50 split this year. I think I can do this because my breaststroke pullouts are faster with the dolphin kick done first. I will breath more on the first length of fly this time as well, and try and nail a big underwater on backstroke. (I remember seeing Ande do this to good effect in Austin.) Bring it home fast on free no matter how much it hurts; I have a ton of rest before 50 back. I'd be very happy with a PB or around the same time.
50 back, seeded 1st:
Last year, I went a 31.7 at the IGLA meet in June 2008. It was my first meet with the B70 and after I began lifting. I hope I can improve on this time. I should be able to, if all goes well, because my SDKs are much better (especially on the second 25) with Fortina. No need to think about this event -- 13-14 SDKs each length. Try to hit the finish hard and not glide in, as I am occasionally wont to do.
50 free, seeded 7th:
I went a 28.5 at Zones last year, which was a PB. I seeded myself at 28.7 b/c I thought that was time from last year. I should be able to equal or better this as I went a 28.5 in LCM this summer. But you never know with a 50 free b/c of the start & turn. I'm not fond of turning on bulkheads, so sometimes go awry there. If I do, I will swim my 100 free for a 50 free split on Sunday. Plan on 2 breaths. Probably 6-7 SDKs each length. Think kick.
50 fly, seeded 3rd:
Last year at Rutgers, I swam a 29.99 in the infamous time trial that didn't count despite being authorized by the meet director and referee. Someone reading my blog made an official complaint about it, which ticked me off incredibly and almost caused me to stop blogging. My official PB is therefore 30.7 from June 2008. I think I'm capable of going faster than 29.99, since I went a 29.7 in LCM this summer. That swim was a huge drop for me though, and might have been my best swim at Nats. I don't think BU is as fast as Indy either. But hopefully I'll be in that range. Everything depends on how you hit the turn and finish in this race. I plan 8-9 SDKs off each wall, perhaps less. 2 breaths. I'll try not to look this time. lol
100 back, seeded 1st:
My PB in this event is from the Albatross Meet last March. I was racing Lisa van Pelt-Diller, and it was a fun race. My time was 1:10.94 with splits of 34.92 and 36.02. Very close together -- basically an even split given my start. At the time, I was trying to implement Jim Thornton's 100 free plan: strong fast first 50, hold or ease up slightly on the 3rd 25 and then barrel into the turn and bring it home. I did have a great last length, but probably should have taken it out faster.
I have a habit of being too conservative on the first 50 of a 100 back. I can honestly say I've never taken it out too fast. I guess the fear of paralysis stops me. However, I have recently heard the following advice: "Take it out fast and die; it's better than taking it out slow and dying" "You can't get back that first 50." "It's a 100, why are you dogging the first 50?" So I can only conclude this is evidence of my wimpy sprinterdom. So I plan to take it out somewhat faster.
As far as SDKs go, I'm going to take Quick's advice and think of it as a 50 swim/50 kick. I think I'll likely be gassed on the last 25, but I'd still like to swim it this way. (Last time, without Fortina, I didn't take as many SDKs, though the ones I did take won the race for me.) I'm thinking either 13-13-13-10 or 13-13-10-13. Thoughts?
Doing this as a split request on a 100 evil. My one and only SCM 50 breast was at NE Champs in 207 where I went a 41.52. Given that I went a 34.1 in yards at Zones in April, I'd like to be in the high 38 range. That might even crack TT. It all depends on my start. I have to avoid going too deep and flutter kicking to the surface. I've been working on this in practice by pulling up on the pulldown instead of straight ahead. I'd like to stay underwater as long as possible each 25, and then muscle my way though the swim. If no one scratches during positive check in, I'll be in an end lane. Yuck at BU.
I seeded myself at 1:20, as I wanted to have the option of going for a 50 free split in this event. And, if I need to, I will. But I've decided that I will probably swim it as a 100 free. I haven't swum the 100 free in SCM since NE Champs in 2007, when I went a very slow 1:06.0. I recall feeling absolutely awful in that race. It was my first race of the day and was definitely a "shake the cobwebs off" swim. I recall Stud saying my arms were moving very slowly. Not desirable, as I am usually known for my fast turnover. If I do swim the 100 free, I'm going to make an effort to take it out somewhat faster than usual. (At Zones, I almost even split this event as a hard warm up.) I figure I can die like a dog on the last event of the meet. I have an end lane for this event as well, unless others don't show. Of course, it is perfectly forseeable that I will be too tired to want to die like a dog.
Updated December 8th, 2009 at 12:56 AM by The Fortress
very well run meet great volunteers saw many friends from around the country
been fighting a cold going into the meet &
it got worse as the meet went on
but really didn't want to make excuses
won each event
broke 4 relay NR's & maybe WRs
Event 3 Men 45-49 200 SC Meter IM
Video of the Race thanks to Ahelee:
I'm in lane 6 LiveSwim.net Video
NR: 2:13.42 Glenn D Mills 06-22-08
WR: 2:10.49 02/15/2009 JPN TAIHEI SAKA
My 2008 time & splits were: 2:14.16 29.10 34.93 38.82 31.31 1:04.03 1:10.13
splits 28.91 33.49 38.25 30.63
improved my time by nearly 3 seconds,
broke the 45 - 49 mens National record but missed WR by 79 100th's
swam it the way I planned it, wore a new b70 & got to swim it fresh
worked SDK but breathed each stroke and barely kicked
worked took 4 or 5 SDKs off each wall
breathed often, set up for a fast bk to breast turn and hit on my left hand which is my better hand, had a good turn
worked it, bob strand said I looked good & called me a closet breastroker
worked it hard, 6 beat kicked, felt really tired
Event 8 Men 160-199 800 SC Meter Freestyle Relay
swam with Todd, Mike Varozza & Tyler
we wanted to break the NR & set the new FINA WR
NR 8:05.09 VENTURA COUNTY Mike Shaffer, Don Smith, Tim Hedrick, Jim Mcconica 12-09-01
We went 7:52.82
tyler lead off in 1:53.31 smokin was 1:55 last year
Mike 2nd 1:57.25
todd 3rd 2:01.34
me 4th 2:00.86 27.99 59.30 1:30.41
wanted to split it well
2 beat kicked 125, 6 beat kicked 75
Event 12 Men 45-49 50 SC Meter Butterfly
WR & NR: 25.82 Paul Smith 12-02-07
Went 25.99 in 2008
entered with a slow time to rest up for relay
starter held us longer than I've ever been held before a start, it surprised me that we weren't asked to to stand up
was disappointed hoped to go faster
13. 400m Freestyle Relay 160 - 199
NR: 3:39.80 GOLD COAST MASTERS Jim W Harper, Jonathan B Olsen, Sean P Frampton, Luis E Comulada 06-22-08
we went 3:32.44 broke NR & hopefully WR
1) 25.93 54.67 (54.67) Rasmussen, Anders M46
2) 1:20.99 (26.32) 1:49.53 (54.86) Bartee, Todd M40
3) 2:14.42 (24.89) 2:41.28 (51.75) Blessing, Tyler M37
4) 3:05.26 (23.98) 3:32.44 (51.16) Varozza, Mike M42
Event 15 Men 45-49 100 SC Meter Backstroke
was tired & not real psyched just wanted to swim a good race and win
1 Rasmussen, Anders 46 TXLA-43
29.25 1:00.56 (31.31)
Event 20 Men 200-239 200 SC Meter Medley Relay
WORLD: W 1:52.43 2/14/2009 CWC MAEBASHI - JPN H SIBUYA, M OTSUKI, S IMAI, F SHIGENO
NATL: N 1:53.92 3/24/2007 N CAROLINA J KLEIN, J BLANK, T LEHMAN, R SCHMIDTZ
went 1:51.39 broke NR & WR
1) 27.46 Rasmussen, Anders M46
2) 57.34 (29.88) Guthrie, David M49
3) 1:26.39 (29.05) Vandam, David M54
4) 1:51.39 (25.00)Stinchcombe, Max M52
solid swim felt psyched
Event 22 Men 45-49 50 SC Meter Freestyle
WORLD: W 23.67 3/28/2009 JANNE VIRTANEN, FIN
NATL: N 24.18 11/15/2008 ANDERS RASMUSSEN
1 Rasmussen, Anders 46 TXLA-43 24.18 24.82 9
2 Adair, Scott 46 SCAQ-33 25.00 25.12 7
3 Jimenez, Carlos 45 RICE-25 25.16 25.17 6
4 Glaser, Geoffrey 45 ARIZ-48 25.49 25.24 5
barely won, not a good time, tired
Event 26 Men 45-49 100 SC Meter Butterfly
WORLD: W 57.17 12/14/2003 PAUL CARTER, USA
NATL: N 57.17 12/14/2003 PAUL CARTER
1 Rasmussen, Anders 46 TXLA-43 59.99 58.03 9
27.03 58.03 (31.00)
2 Helgason, Tryggvi 46 LVM-33 1:01.95 1:00.67 7
28.55 1:00.67 (32.12)
my state of mind before the race was
swim fast enough to win but I dove in and saw I was in the lead so I SDKed and went out smooth & easy, felt good, didn't think I went that fast, hoped to really crank a good 100 back and wanted to save up
Event 29 Men 160-199 400 SC Meter Medley Relay
NATL: N 3:50.93 11/15/2008 LONGHORN A RASMUSSEN, T BARTEE, T BLESSING, M VAROZZA
1 Longhorn Aquatics-43 'A' 3:50.99 3:53.09 18
1) 28.33 59.20 (59.20) Rasmussen, Anders M46
2) 1:29.60 (30.40) 2:05.69 (1:06.49) Bartee, Todd M40
3) 2:31.47 (25.78) 3:01.61 (55.92) Blessing, Tyler M37
4) 3:25.85 (24.24) 3:53.09 (51.48)Varozza, Mike M42
Event 37 Men 45-49 100 SC Meter IM
WORLD: W 1:00.29 1/29/2006 MARCO COLOMBO, ITA
NATL: N 1:00.32 11/16/2008 ANDERS RASMUSSEN
1 Rasmussen, Anders 46 TXLA-43 1:00.32 1:02.30 9
28.37 1:02.30 (33.93
2 Guthrie, David 49 TXLA-43 1:03.23 1:03.00 7
29.92 1:03.00 (33.08)
3 Smiley, Jon 48 TXLA-43 1:07.12 1:04.86 6
30.03 1:04.86 (34.83)
Event 38 Men 160-199 200 SC Meter Freestyle Relay
WORLD: W 1:33.91 3/28/2009 LAHDEN KALEVA - FIN J VIRTANEN, T MATKANIEMI, A AILIO, T RUNDGREN
NATL: N 1:35.44 11/16/2008 LONGHORN T BLESSING, M VAROZZA, A RASMUSSEN, M STINCHCOMBE
1 Longhorn Aquatics-43 'A' 1:35.82 1:36.53 18
1) 24.43 Blessing, Tyler M37
2) 48.75 (24.32) Rasmussen, Anders M46
3) 1:13.47 (24.72) Bartee, Todd M40
4) 1:36.53 (23.06) Varozza, Mike M42
won high point
got to see many friends and some truly out standing swims, tired, don't recommend doing that many swims over 3 days, 2 or 3 a day is way better
BLOG entry about my 2008 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships Results
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[ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=115661&postcount=1788"]Saturday, Dec 1, 2007 blog[/ame]
Updated February 11th, 2010 at 01:11 PM by ande
My husbandís grandmother was not much into sports, but she loved hearing about my swimming and polo playing. She always wanted to know where and when my next swim was, who the competition would be, how many times I week I practiced, who my teammates wereóher attentions to anything sporty I did were really generous and genuine. She would insist that I was surely the next Gertrude Ederle (she was old enough to remember the great Channel swim), and gush at length about how wonderful it was that women today were so active and fit.
Then she would lean back in her chair and smugly deliver her line: ďNow me . . . I was made for love and comfort.Ē
I knew that even Gertrude Ederle couldnít compete with that.
This grandmother is gone, but her stories and sayings stay with me. I find myself pondering the whole love and comfort thing, particularly when things get frustrating and difficult with my swimming. Why put myself through the early-morning wakeups, the weekends sacrificed to meets, the bodily pain of training and racing? Shouldnít love and comfort be enough? Why go looking for more, especially when it involves so much effort and sometimes brings disappointment?
I find these questions especially pressing when I look around at other swimmers and decide that Iím . . . well, probably lazier than most. I donít at all love sets designed to put you at the edge of what you can swim aerobically. At every practice, I see teammates who relish doing 100s on the fastest interval they possibly can. They live for that heart-pounding, working-as-hard-as-possible endorphin high. Not me. Iíll suffer through that sort of thing once or twice a week because it helps me reach swimming goals, but Iím definitely not a workout junkie. And as far as dry-land and cross-training activities goówell, I do sometimes find rowing and running fun, and thereís a satisfaction I get from being strong and fit, but on most days those activities donít seem intrinsically more fun to me than, say, curling up in a lounge chair and reading a good book.
Maybe Iím not actually cut out for this whole modern gung-ho aging athlete thing. Maybe being a couch-potato and eating bonbons is really my true calling.
But then I think about what I would miss if I werenít a swimmer. I love the sensations of swimmingóthe feeling of moving through water, the sparkliness and blueness of pools, even the sound of the wrinkles in my swim cap rippling when I streamline off the walls. I enjoy the social aspects of swimming with a team. And I find the whole process of setting goals, making plans, and watching what Iím capable of doing change because of my efforts really satisfying. Iíve felt immense joy when Iíve swum faster than Iíve ever thought possible. And I still get really excited every time I step up on a starting block, whether at practices or meetsóit makes me feel twelve years old and full of possibilities again.
So I will be backógetting up in the dark for workouts, ticking off laps, racing the pace clock, kicking till my legs feel like theyíll fall off, setting new goals and coming up with new strategies to work towards them. Iíll lift weights, stretch, row until my legs ache, do crunches and jumps, and all that good stuff too. Tomorrow.
Today is reserved for relaxing, for walking in the sunshine, for shopping, for eating dessert, for basking in a meet well swum. Iím not going to even think about hitting the gym or the pool or the running trail.
Today, I am made for love and comfort.
Because city pool is closed.
Soooo.... I shoveled snow instead.
And for the evening workout I get to shovel snow again.
1st big storm of the year and I'm sick of that white crap already.
Updated December 7th, 2009 at 09:38 PM by poolraat
Flet alittle sluggish at first but got some speed as I got thru practice.
10x100@1:45 Free every 3rd IM
10x100@1:30 Free kick w/fins went 1:20, 1:23, 1:21, 1:22, 1:21, 1:22, 1:23, 1:24, 1:23, 1:23
5x200@3:00 Free w/paddles & bouy descend 1-5 went 2:47, 2:44, 2:41, 2:37, 2:36
10x50@:05R Free w/snorkle odds kick evens swim
6x50@:55 odds Free evens Back
200 Free Easy
Total 4000 yards