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  1. Wed. Sept. 21

    by , September 21st, 2011 at 04:48 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    600 various
    6 x 50 fly drills
    10 x 25 shooters w/MF, exaggerating up and down motion
    5 x 60 -- dive from side, 12 dolphin kicks @ 100 pace to 15 + fly breakout, cruise back

    Lactate Set:

    4 x 75 best average @ 1:30
    -- did dolphin kick on back w/MF
    -- 13 quick kicks per length, then on top of water
    -- went 39, 39, 38, 39
    -- really hard on 1:30. the lack of O2 and hard effort is a beastly combo
    150 EZ

    3 x 75 best average @ 1:45
    -- IM: fy/back/breast w/fins
    -- went 50, 48, high 47-48
    -- kicked harder on last 2
    150 EZ

    2 x 75 best average @ 1:30
    -- did flutter kick w/board for the sole purpose of being able to breathe
    -- went 44-45, 46-47
    150 EZ

    1 x 75 best average
    -- did fly, went :43
    -- had cramp in right calf
    150 EZ

    Total: 2800


    Ouch. Lactate sets are hard to do on your own too. Maybe all of swimming is hard to do OYO unless it's a quickie sprint workout. Stole this set from Jeff Comming's blog. Not swimming tomorrow after 3 really solid workouts in a row. Meeting up with Jazzy for weights at noon.

    Trying to stay calm ... trying to stay calm. Had the only hair disaster of my life. Went in for zapping of gray + cut as a golden blonde. Came out an entirely different dark color. The only conclusion we could reach was that the bottle was defective or mislabeled. Really not a happy camper at the moment. Going in for some damage control tonight while Lil Fort is at swim practice. Argh!!!
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  2. Groggy workout

    by , September 21st, 2011 at 11:54 AM (Random Nonsense)
    I was very groggy for almost the entire workout. Maybe too much benadryl before bed (3 days in a row).

    Warm up
    - 400 swim
    - 200 kick w/fins
    - 300 swim
    - 6x50 drill/swim on :50
    Main Set
    - 8x
    -- 25 back ez on :30
    -- 50 back build on 1:00
    -- 25 back fast on :30 (was never more than moderate)
    -- 150 free on 2:00 (:46x4,:44,:42,:40*,:38)
    Cool Down
    - 300 ez

    * Slammed the second turn, this woke me up some

    I didn't push the back at all, Josh did IM order and demolished me on every one (even his breast vs my back). The 150s were decent at the end, but given the effort on the back they really should have all be close to 1:40.

    At any time during the workout, I felt like I could have gotten out of the pool, dried off and fallen right back to sleep. Very odd, got plenty of sleep, not sick :shrug:.
  3. Wed Sep 21st, 2011 LCM & SCY

    by , September 21st, 2011 at 10:37 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Sep 21st, 2011 LCM & SCY

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    Whitney Coached
    UT, main pool LCM & Dive Well scy
    5:00 to 6:30 dove in 5:02ish
    wore training jammer
    swam with Todd, Max, and Nate
    beside tyler, Ed, & Mary

    3 x 300 (200, 100)

    Main SET: did 3 rounds LCM
    5 x 100 fr on 2:15
    85 - 90% effort best ave
    held 1:10, 11, 12

    100 easy

    5 x 100 fr on 2:00
    85 - 90% effort best ave
    held 1:10, 11, 12

    100 easy

    5 x 100 fr on 1:45
    85 - 90% effort best ave
    held 1:12 & 13, 1:09 on #5

    switched to scy

    100 easy

    16 x 25 on :30
    3 easy, 1 fast one round each stroke

    5 x 100 fr on 1:45
    85 - 90% effort best ave hold 10 sec better
    held 1:03's & 4's

    100 easy

    200 fr breath control, 3 breaths per length
    did 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 2, 1

    Updated September 21st, 2011 at 11:04 AM by ande

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  4. (New Photo) Well, since 25's are the vogue...

    by , September 21st, 2011 at 09:53 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Seen a lot of 25's on blogs this week. Speedo & Fort to name 2 so I figured I'd do some.

    Warm Up
    600 Free
    5 x 100 Kick 3:15 just moderate kicking.
    100 EZ

    20 x 25 1-5 U/W:35, 6-10 Free 1 breath :30, 11-15 BR K 3:5, 16- 20 RIMO :30
    30 x 50 1:00 1-4 Desc, 5 EZ 6 x through.

    500 FR/FLY by 50

    300 FR

    I added a picture of the bleachers I am doing plyos on in the gym. 10 of these is a good workout.

    Updated September 21st, 2011 at 02:54 PM by SwimStud

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  5. Wednesday Workout

    by , September 21st, 2011 at 09:14 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Heater is finally turned off. Pool temp around 85. No drag suit.

    I was pretty happy with my 800. The last 200 was faster but it wasn't smooth. I had to really gut it out. Remaining workout was kind of light. We changed the 4th round to 75s to pick up the pace some. Still made it with no problems.


    450 Warm up

    6 x 50 - :45
    50 Easy

    800 Timed - Open turns every 200
    2:30, 2:32, 2:28, 2:23 (9:53)
    100 Easy

    4 times through
    * 200 Kick - 5:00
    * 6 x 50 - 1:00 (evens stroke, odds pull, #5 hard)
    * Round 1 - Stroke = Fly; Round 2 - Stroke = Back; Round 3 - Stroke = Breast
    * Round 4 - Stroke = Free; 75s instead of 50s; 2 Pull, 2 swim, 2 Pull

    200 Cool Down

    (4000 Total)
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  6. Fly day today

    by , September 21st, 2011 at 07:27 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I just felt like doing some fly today.

    500 Free every 5th lap kick
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd lap fast
    10x50@1:00 Fly w/fins as 25 underwater recovery drill/25 strong swim
    5x200@3:00 Free w/paddles & bouy desc 1-5 went 2:51, 2:49, 2:44, 2:39, 2:31
    300 Free kick w/board
    4x100@:10R Fly drills w/fins choice

    Total 3200 yards
  7. Tue Sep 20th, 2011 SCY

    by , September 20th, 2011 at 07:31 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue Sep 20th, 2011 SCY

    tomorrows practice starts at 5:00 am

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    Whitney Coached
    UT, main pool scy
    6:30 to 8:00 dove in at 6:32ish
    wore training jammer
    swam with Mike & Kellie
    Beside Tyler, Todd, Jim, Larry, Mary, Korey & James

    4 rounds of 150 fr 50 k 50 dr

    Main SET: scy

    4 rounds of: (diff stroke each round)
    4 x 025 on 20
    3 x 050 on 40
    2 x 075 on 60
    1 x 100 on 80
    200 k
    then rest regroup & begin next round

    400 done 300 fr, 100 IM strong
    300 done 200 fr, 100 IM strong
    200 done 100 fr, 100 IM strong
    100 done 000 fr, 100 IM strong went 65
    Did: the set but skipped 50 fr before each IM except in last round

    4 x 25 fl fast no breath

    25 SDK FAST
    roll start off side
    went 10.8

    Upcoming Meets

    Sat Nov 12 - Sun 13, 2011
    2011 WMST November SCM Classic

    Sat Dec 3rd & Sun Dec 4th
    2011 South Central SCM Regional Invitational
    San Antonio, TX
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  8. Tuesday, Sept. 20

    by , September 20th, 2011 at 06:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    600 various
    6 x 50 fly drills
    8 x 25 shooters w/MF

    My Version of a 100 Fly Set:

    15 x 100, done as:

    5 x 100 broken shooters w/MF
    -- all UW
    -- broken 10 seconds at each 25
    -- 3 @ 2:30, 2 @ 3:00
    -- not easy

    200 EZ

    5 x (100 broken fly w/fins + 100 EZ)
    -- only 6 SDK off walls
    -- broken 10 seconds each 25
    -- easy speed fly a bit slower than 100 pace
    -- no interval, that wasn't the point
    -- baby steps

    200 EZ

    5 x 100 free w/paddles @ 1:30

    200 EZ

    Total: 3700


    Was tired after yesterday's double, but not flattened. Felt good enough to get in some yards geared toward my 100 fly. Considered going to bikram late tonight, but I think I might be "overdoing," so just stretched instead.

    I was very lucky to dodge a lanemate today since I swam during lunch hour. I think the MF discouraged some. One women had the gall to try to ask me about it on one of my precious 10 second breaks. Do they not see I am breathing hard and looking at the clock? I completely ignored her, really had no other choice.

    It has been so long since I last did a real aerobic set (I usually get them in LCM over the summer), that I'm wondering if I have lost my ability to do one ... Though my heart rate was up on everything today. :-)

    Updated September 20th, 2011 at 09:09 PM by The Fortress

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  9. Night swimming!

    This morning I swam at the Y with a friend. I just wanted to do an easy stretch-out swim. Here’s how it went:

    1000 scy warmup

    15 x 50 @ :50, done as sets of three descending:
    1st set = swim
    2nd set = pull
    3rd set = kick (on :55)
    4th set = pull
    5th set = swim
    [Every time I feel like my body is tired and I just want to take it easy the whole workout, when I try going a little faster I perk up and my body starts feeling good. That was definitely the case this morning—these descends were fun and chased the sluggishness away.]

    5x thru:
    350 moderate-fast FR
    100 easy BK/FR by 25s
    (entire 450 on 7:00)

    400 warmdown (SKPS)

    Afterwards I lounged in the sauna, then did a long solo stretching session upstairs. The Y experience is growing on me.

    I am still all abeam from my incredible experience crewing for Dave’s MIMSX2 attempt Sunday evening. It was my first time crewing for an official solo swim, although I had some idea of what was involved with preparing feedings and recording data from the 8 Bridges test swims. As it turned out, this time around I wasn’t on the boat responsible for those tasks; instead, I got to be a support swimmer during a couple of sections of the swim. It was incredibly cool swimming at nighttime in the water around Manhattan—I got to see the city skyline all aglow from the water, and swim under the lit-up GWB, Brooklyn, and Manhattan Bridges. Just when I thought that things could not possibly get any more amazing, we hit the Battery and found lots of glowing phosphorescent critters in the water beneath us. They looked like small green laser lights streaking around in the dark water. So cool!

    I also didn’t find swimming at night a bit scary, it was all fun. It was sometimes challenging to see stuff, like kayakers' gestures, especially in the Harlem—the moon wasn't yet up, plus there was less ambient light from the city up there. (I wondered briefly if SEALS have infrared swim goggles.) I did have a beautiful view of the big Columbia “C” that’s painted on a rockface near Spuyten Duyvil—I had somehow missed seeing it during my MIMS relay swim, but it seemed to glow in the darkness this time around.

    Initially I was worried about how I would deal with being up all night. In normal life I get pretty grumpy if I’m kept up past my bedtime of 9:30 or so, and will lay my head down and fall asleep on any available surface if given half the chance. But the whole experience seemed so incredible—both when I was on the boat and in the water—that I didn’t want to miss any of it. Although there was some room on our boat to stretch out and nap a bit between swims, I just couldn’t—I was full of energy and excitement the whole night, and felt so grateful that I had been included in this big adventure. The night was a good reminder that attempting bold things is glorious and worthwhile, no matter what the outcome. Kudos to Dave, whose heart is as big as his dreams.

    Next up for me:

    oSaturday, September 24: Little Red Lighthouse Swim (10k, down the Hudson from Riverdale to 130th Street)

    oSaturday, October 1: Ederle Swim (Sandy Hook, NJ to Manhattan, 17.5 miles)

    Updated September 20th, 2011 at 03:35 PM by swimsuit addict

  10. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -09/21/11

    by , September 20th, 2011 at 02:00 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 250 4:10 3:45
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    4 X 50 descend 1:00 :50
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick + 100 swim

    1 X 100 moderate 2:00
    2 X 50 fast 1;15
    4 X 25 sprint :45
    Choice. Three rounds, short break between each round.

    1 X 100 kick 2:15
    1 X 50 kick-fast- 1:15
    4 X 25 sprint kick :45
    Two rounds. Break between rounds if needed.

    1 X 100 easy swim

    1 X 500 7:00
    2 X 250 3:30
    5 X 100 1:20

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  11. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -09/21/11

    by , September 20th, 2011 at 01:57 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 250 4:10 3:45
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    4 X 50 descend 1:00 :50
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick + 100 swim

    1 X 100 moderate 2:00
    2 X 50 fast 1;15
    4 X 25 sprint :45
    Choice. Three rounds, short break between each round.

    1 X 100 kick 2:15
    1 X 50 kick-fast- 1:15
    4 X 25 sprint kick :45
    Two rounds. Break between rounds if needed.

    1 X 100 easy swim

    1 X 500 7:00
    2 X 250 3:30
    5 X 100 1:20

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  12. Monday, 09/19/11 & Meet commentary

    by , September 20th, 2011 at 10:00 AM (Chowmi's Blog)
    I swam yesterday instead of today.
    Major adjustments to the proscribed workout!

    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center noon workout
    Billy Glasstetter coached

    300 warm up

    Pull yardage set:
    6 x 150 pull on 2:20
    6 x 100 50 fist drill/50 swim (1:19 to 1:14)

    Easy 50

    Main Set:
    200 on 3:00
    2 x 150 on 2:30?
    3 x 100 on something?
    4 x 50 on 1 min
    200 kick on back with fins 2:43
    2 x 100 kick on back with fins 1:21ish
    3 x 50 fly 37 35 34
    3 x easy 50; 1 strong back 36

    Easy 50

    Kick Set:
    6 x 75 on 1:30
    2 x 75 free kick w/board 1:20
    2 x 75 back kick 1:15
    float around on last 2

    Easy 50

    The End
    I felt much more peppy today, probably because I had an easier Sunday and no vasa doubled up. Today is a rest day, then easy swim on Wed, a modified workout on Thurs, travel day on Fri. MESA HERE I COME!!!!

    I plan on swimming 3 events per day.

    Here's what I entered:

    100 free
    50 free
    100 back

    (200 free for split purposes only)
    100 fly
    50 back
    50 fly

    The theme is 50/100 free, back, fly!

    And nobody really cares except chowsh, but i'll post here just 'cause I like to hear myself type. The USA meet order of events really suck so far.

    10/08-09 I will likely enter 3 events on Sun 100 back/50 free/100 fly.

    10/30 100 fly/100 back and I think i'm in the crappy shallow end this year.

    On my watch list:

    11/13-14 The Woodlands/Shenandoah!
    Depending on whether I care for more top ten times. Otherwise, stay in town for another USA meet.

    11/19 DAMM SCM meet. I may do a really off event or two here. Not sure, but will definately swim something.

    Outside chance
    12/10-11 AZ state meet, though i'm not a big fan of the iffy outdoor weather at that time. Maybe just stay in town for the DAMM fun xmas relay meet.

    I won't go to any masters meets 12/04-05 (Long Beach, San Antonio). There is a strong USA meet locally that I typically swim very well, so not worth traveling.

    I will see how strong my 50 free is; if I feel really good and swim under 24 in time for entires, I might go to the Cheasapeake Pro/Am (12/17). Last year I went 24.28 and placed 10th. You have to be top 8 to make it to the shoot out. I won't go unless I have a really good chance at the shoot out. That would be up to FOUR 50 frees!
  13. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 5:00am

    by , September 20th, 2011 at 09:57 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Went for a more "relaxing" swim this morning. I've been working hard lately so I took a vacation day today. Did a lot more kicking than normal...Eeeewwwwwyyyy

    300 Free
    300 Free Pull

    12 x 50 Free w/ training fins @ :50
    SDK 7-8 kicks to middle off each wall

    20 x 25 Flutter Kick w/ board @ :30

    20 x 25 Dolphin Kick on back w/ training fins @ :30
    #1-10 Streamline, #11-20 Arms at side

    3 times thru (descending rounds):
    1 x 150 Free Pull @ 1:50 (went 1:45, 1:41, 1:37 by rounds)
    1 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:15 (didn't keep track of times here)
    1 x 50 Free Pull @ :55 (to restart at "top")

    100 EZ
    3200 Yards
  14. Tuesday Power Hour

    by , September 20th, 2011 at 09:05 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Dave B was gone today. Roger showed up with the following power hour format. Phil (visitor from California) came back for another day. He will probably be headed back tomorrow morning. Enjoyed having him swim w/ us for a couple days.

    Pool is at its normal warm state (86+). No drag suit.


    400 Warm up

    Interval_Round 1___Round 2___Round 3___Round 4___Round 5
    1:30_____100 Bk____100 K_____100 IM____100 IM____100 Str
    1:30_____100 Fr____100 Fr____100 Fr____100 Fr____100 Fr
    1:35_____100 Br____100 K_____75IM/25K__75IM/25Fl_100 Str
    1:25_____100 Fr____100 Fr____100 Fr____100 Fr____100 Fr
    1:40_____100 Fl____100 K_____50IM/50K__50IM/50Fl_100 Str
    1:20_____100 Fr____100 Fr____100 Fr____100 Fr____100 Fr
    1:45_____100 K_____100 K_____25IM/75K__100Fl_____100 Str
    1:15_____100 Fr____100 Fr____100 Fr____100 Fr____100 Fr

    Round 3 is convert IM to IM Kick (Odds)
    Round 4 is convert IM to fly (Odds).
    Round 5 is descend choice stroke (Odds).
    1:00 Break between rounds (2:00 if someone had to go to the bathroom)

    200 Cool Down

    (4600 Total)
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  15. I'm sore now

    by , September 20th, 2011 at 07:23 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    A great workout today. Focus was on sprints but everything seemed to be alot faster.

    10x100@1:45 Free long & loose held 1:28's
    12x25@:45 Free kick keeping them all at :28 which for me is good my legs were burning
    200 Free kick w/fins easy
    500 Free w/fins catchup drill with hands at the hips not in front focusing on rotation
    10x50@1:00 Free sprint into and out of the walls (15 meters total sprint)
    200 Free pull w/board
    100 Free swim easy
    200 Free choice of drill

    Total 3000 yards
  16. September 19 2011 -

    by , September 20th, 2011 at 01:10 AM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Aquasol - 5:30pm 6:45pm
    Coach Janine -

    Warm 2x100FR, 200IM drill, 100K, 100P (600)
    4 Vertical Kick for 1:00 FR,Fly,FR,Fly
    200 Fly
    200 Back
    200 BR
    200 FR
    200 IM Repeat on 4:00 (1000/1600)
    6x100 P on 1:30 (600/2200)
    20x25 Sprint (500 did 250/2450)
    200 cool
    My hamstrings were threatening a reprisal, but I was able to beat it back with low calorie G2 Non-High Fructose Corn Syrup Gatorade, didn’t want to push it. I signed up for the 38th Annual Sprint Short Course Meters Pentathlon at UC Davis. After 2 years (2008 & 2009) of humiliating dead last finishes in just about all the events (50 Fly, BK,BR, FR & 100IM), I’m hoping on doing what I’m doing in practice at the race, I haven’t wrote out my best sprint times, because I don’t want to stress on self-expectations or jinx it, although I don’t believe in such things, I just know if I waltz in over confident, I won’t give it my best. I haven’t done a meet this year, so I figured I’d start out my new aged group with a bang.
  17. Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 5:00pm (2nd swim for QBrain)

    by , September 19th, 2011 at 10:41 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Got in again tonight, but only had a 1/2 hour before having to go coach the soccer team, so I made the most of it.

    300 Free
    4 x 50 Streamline Kick on back @ 1:00

    Main Set:
    8 x 100 Free @ 1:10
    went 1:02, 1:07, 1:05, 1:06, then held 1:07s till the end
    I felt really comfortable with these once I got settled with a pace, and probably could've kept going for a while. Watch out Q!! The race to 30 is on!!

    100 EZ

    8 rounds:
    25 Fly @ :40 (:15-:16s)
    50 Free @ :40 (:31-:33s)
    2000 Yards in 30 minutes + 3600 Yards from the a.m.

    5600 for the day!
  18. Mon Sep 19th, 2011 SCY

    by , September 19th, 2011 at 10:19 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Sep 19th, 2011 SCY

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    Went ACL Fest Fri & Sat

    Sat. Sep 17th Trained LCM
    didn't blog
    3rd round of main set was:
    400 fr on 5:05 right into
    300 fr on 3:45 right into
    200 fr on 2:30 right into
    100 fr on 1:15 (made em!)

    at the very end of practice I kicked 50 LCM flutter with a board from a push in 35

    Sunday Did not train

    Slept better Sat & Sun night

    Whitney Coached
    UT, main pool scy
    6:00 - 7:30 dove in 6:10ish
    wore training jammer
    swam with Todd, Tyler, Amy, Barndon and Nate
    beside Mike, Jim, & Larry

    assigned 3 x 300, then 100 IM
    did 500 ish?

    Main SET: scy

    9 x 50 fr on :35
    50 easy
    9 x 50 fr on 35
    50 easy

    1000 swim done 100 mod, 100 strong
    went 11:06

    9 x 100 fr on 1:10
    100 easy

    assigned: 1000 with fins 4 sdks off each wall
    did: 250 easy while everybody sat on the wall
    then did 5 repeats of
    50 skip, 50 easy, 100 strong with the group

    5 x 200 on 2:30 relaxed held under 2:20

    UT Men were in this morning
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  19. Workout 9/19/11

    by , September 19th, 2011 at 08:59 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    SCY (6:40p-7:30pm)

    500 wu (200 FR, 200 BK, 100 IM drill)

    2x500's Pull on 7:00
    (Repeat: 50 long and strong FR, 50 Fast FR, 25 Back)

    500 mix up
    (Repeat 50 Kick, 100 IM hard)

    1000 with Paddles
    (Repeat: 50 long and strong FR, 50 FR build, 50 Fast FR, 50 back long and loose)

    300 wd (mix of 2 arm BK, breast, fly drill, and FR)

    With my first 10K swim coming up this Sunday in Rhode Island, I am trying to get some longer sets in. I was never a distance swimmer, and I loose my lap count easily so I do a lot of repeats to help to remember where I am. I was able to keep the 2 500's at 6:35, and my clock on the 1000 was 12:36 (gotta love the extra zoom from the paddles). I threw the kicking in there because I don't like doing it, and figured if I mixed in the IM's I would at least get through them quicker.

    I was able to swim a 5K non stop in the pool last Friday, finishing just over 1hr 24 minutes. That puts me in the realm of possibility to finish the race under 3 hours. The course is essential a "L"-shaped lake loop upside down (does that make sense?) - 1 mile north, 1/2 mile East, then around the buoy to the start for 5K - do it again for 10K.

    I noticed during my swim on Friday that I started to get hungry around 48 minutes. My buddy Bob in the the kayak will have water/Gatorade and food that I can munch on during the swim. I have some goo shots for energy, and was thinking about bananas and some soft granola bars.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for timing and types of nutrition? I am wondering what has worked for you? (I appreciate any help).
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  20. MIMSX2

    Every marathon swimmer knows that each splash is a learning experience… an opportunity to grow wiser and more deeply connected to the bodies of water we immerse ourselves in. A circumnavigation of Manhattan offers three “rivers” to commune with; each with unique characteristics that are affected by its sister “rivers’ , the Long Island sound, the New York Harbor, and countless atmospheric possibilities. Add to this equation the human element, and its easy to see that putting together an event like MIMS is a daunting task, and a multiple circumnavigation…. mind boggling. With months of planning in the bank, the arrival of two tropical storms to the region created a period of increased flow to the Hudson River; knocking aside the predicted ebb and flood schedules for a few weeks. Additionally, much of the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains were released from their heights to begin a journey to the sea in the form of reddish brown silt and mud. The “red cloud” was the cause of the recent cancellation of a favorite NYCSWIM event, the two-mile swim around Governors Island just a week ago. Though visible in satellite images the discoloration was hardly noticeable to a swimmer, and the Harlem River indeed looks quite inviting from a few feet above. Of course, directing a swim event around Manhattan is like going to bat against two Cy Young award winners at the same time, and Morty Berger has an excellent batting average. Even as a few curveballs were hurled at us (in the form of East River closures due to U.N. security protocol), just days before our scheduled splash, he kept the inning alive as we scrambled to come up with a “Plan B”. Of course this meant rescheduling, readjusting, reconfirming, and in a few cases, coming up with last minute substitutions. That this came together at all is a great testimony to the incredible support that the open water community can count on in New York. I am deeply indebted to the kayakers, and boat crews for their reliability and attention to safety details. The kayak schedule involved 5 paddlers working in shifts of 3, and linking up from three different locations.
    Splash time was a little before 6 PM near the footbridge at 103st. Kayakers Gary, Margaret and Brad quickly fell into formation… Gary as point man, Margaret to my left and Brad to my right. I imagined how cool this would be from a bird’s eye view. We had a smaller boat leading, with crew members Janet, Willie and Gilles, and the mother ship stayed mostly behind with Morty, Rondi, John and Sharoz on board. They were responsible for mixing my feeds and getting them to Brad. Rondi was busy keeping stats of the swim as well. It was dark before we made it to the Hudson, The glow of the city at night had little warming effect, especially as the paddlers dropped back one at a time to don more layers to fend off the evening chill; still, the light reflecting off the water continued to build as we approached each bridge then… brief shadow, and light again. Janet was in the water near me, and with the added light, I could see the familiar smile on her face as we crossed under the Broadway Bridge, the Henry Hudson Bridge, and through Spuytin Duyvel (the bridge was open) into the Hudson. The “slightly briney” Harlem gave way to a noticeably fresher taste and colder temperature rather abruptly at the Henry Hudson Bridge. Was this an affirmation that the Hudson was still draining Irene from the Catskills? Perhaps. There was also a noticeable difference in temperature at a depth of about 18 inches…. Fresh cold water sitting on top of warmer brackish? By this time, the tight hamstring that I was babying by not kicking too much was cramping a bit, and to survive I stopped kicking all together. I guess this combined with the decreased buoyant effect of fresher water meant that my legs were dropping and creating some increased drag. I was telling myself that if I could hold out through the night, the sunrise would give me the boost I needed to finish strong, but unlike some other marathon swims I’ve done, you can’t just tough it out around Manhattan. There are deadlines to meet, miss one by too large a margin; and its over. I was falling off pace.
    Hannah was now kayaking on my right, and after Gilles, and Willie each joined me in the water… Gilles for 90 minutes and Willie for 2 hours, Janet was back.
    The temperature seemed to hold steady until we got near the battery where I felt another drop. Little bioluminescent creatures were now greeting us as we disturbed them with nearly every stroke.
    We headed north in the east river. The Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges passed slowly….nothing like the rapid fire succession like during MIMS. Again, I focused on getting to daybreak to evaluate how I was doing, but was informed that we were now about an hour behind schedule, and it was inevitable that the tide would turn against us before lap 2. Teddy never got his chance to paddle for me though I was happy to see him out there, even if we didn’t have a chance to chat.
    There is a lot of data to sort through, and a bit of time to start planning another go around. All in all, it was an incredible night in the water. I am fortunate to have been able to share it with so many good friends.