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  1. Grunion Data

    by , December 8th, 2010 at 11:54 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    The Long Beach Grunions just posted the results for this year's SCM meet.

    This, by the way, is what a grunion looks like:



    Moreover, according to Wikipedia:

    Grunion are known for their very unusual [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mating"]mating ritual. At very [/ame][ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tide"]high tides[/ame] the females come up on sandy beaches and dig their tails into the sand to lay their eggs. A male then wraps himself around the female to deposit his sperm. For the next ten days the grunion eggs remain hidden in the sand, but at the next set of high tides the eggs hatch and the young grunion are washed out to sea. *


    In any event, because this is a very well attended yearly meet, which Leslie told me some think of as the unofficial USMS "Nationals" for the SCM venue, and furthermore--and please correct me if I am wrong here!--it is held in the same pool at roughly the same time each year, I thought that comparing this year and last year might provide a bit of data for how much the loss of the body suit impacts aging men's swimming speeds.

    Obviously, my interest here is 100 percent Jimcentric. It is quite possible that elite 20-year-old male swimmers might not be affected all that much by the loss of blubber compacting neoprene. I don't care! I am only interested in how much the loss of these suits is impacting my cohorts, how much the loss of these suits is impacting me, and whether, when the smoke clears, I will be hurt more, less, or the same as most guys in my age bracket.

    A few caveats are in order:I looked only at my age group, i.e., 55-59
    1. I looked only at the men's freestyle events
    2. Some of the top swimmers this year had just "aged up" and I did not try to find out what times they had done the previous year in the 50-54 age group.
    3. Not everyone who swam in 2009 also swam in 2010. In fact, in several events, I found no repeat swimmers at all in the top 5 or 6 places.
    4. I have no idea what kinds of suits those who did swim the same event two years consecutively were actually wearing; I am assuming that most top swimmers took advantage of whatever was legal at the time, but I could be wrong about this.
    5. People do slow down a wee bit from year to year, at least on average. This effect is exaggerated in the post-50 age groups, and it really accelerates in the post-70 age groups. Thus, it is possible that some of the poorer times this year compared to last year could have been from aging, but I doubt this alone explains some of the whopping changes I found.
    6. Also, a lot of people train with a bit of extra intensity the year they know they are aging up, because they figure it's their best shot at making good top 10 times. So the fact that the repeat swimmers were one year deeper into the age group might also have lead to some slackening motivation, though once again, I find it hard to believe this would account for such whopping changes either.

    ABSTRACT:

    In every case I was able to find of guys who swam this year and last year, none did better in jammers than whatever they wore last year; all, in fact, did worse.

    Much worse.

    I had expected to see a second or so per hundred. The smallest deterioration in repeat swimmers was just over 3 seconds per 100. In some of the longer events, the deterioration was as high as 6.5 seconds per 100.

    Again, this is an admittedly very small and select data sample. But if there is even a snifter of validity to it, the bottom line take away message--at least for the likes of me--is that the "new reality" is very likely to cause you significantly slower times than your peak performances in high tech full body rubberized body kayaks like the B70.

    I think a lot of people have been telling themselves that the suits really don't make that much of a difference. This, at least, would indicate that's wishful thinking.

    If you can keep your "jammer" times within a couple seconds per 100 of your "body kayak" times, you may, in fact, be swimming faster than before, despite the depressing digital readout on the scoreboard.

    Anyhow, here is the data:

    50 SCM Freestyle

    2009—Body Suits

    1 Gandee, Brad 55 GMUP-10 26.43
    2 van Boer, Eric 55 RHMS-38 26.54

    3 Wilson, Robert 58 NMMS-42 26.55
    4 Williams, Bruce 56 RICE-25 26.59
    5 Dickson, Dave 56 CMSC 27.32

    6 O'Keeffe, Peter 59 UCLA-33 27.50
    7 Mc Bride, Duncan 55 LAPS-33 27.60

    2010—Jammers

    1 Krauser, Larry 57 Hydropower Maste-35 26.27
    2 Blatt, Michael 55 Ventura County M-33 26.50 7
    3 Djang, Philipp 56 Fort Lauderdale-50 27.03 6
    4 4 Behun, Bill 59 San Diego Swim M-44 27.85 5 5 5 Miller, Chris 57 Las Vegas Master-33 28.05 4

    * (No repeat swimmers in top 5 in this event)
    _______________________________________




    100 SCM Freestyle
    2009—Body Suits


    1 van Boer, Eric 55 RHMS-38 58.74 9 28.14 58.74 (30.60)
    2 Williams, Bruce 56 RICE-25 59.07 7 28.21 59.07 (30.86)
    3 Mench, Lee 57 HSAM-44 59.12 6
    28.91 59.12 (30.21)
    4 Dickson, Dave 56 CMSC 59.51 5 28.28 59.51 (31.23)
    5 Wilson, Robert 58 NMMS-42 59.91 4
    27.98 59.91 (31.93)
    6 Phillips, Rick 55 ROSE-33 1:01.63 3
    29.48 1:01.63 (32.15)


    2010—Jammers
    1 Blatt, Michael 55 Ventura County M-33 58.15 9 27.61 58.15
    2 Krauser, Larry 57 Hydropower Maste-35 58.68 7
    27.81 58.68
    3 Behun, Bill 59 San Diego Swim M-44 1:01.50 6
    29.27 1:01.50
    4 van Boer, Eric 56 Rolling Hills Mu-38 1:01.90 5
    29.31 1:01.90
    5 Adkison, Bill 55 Rolling Hills Mu-38 1:02.77 4
    29.60 1:02.77
    6 Heather, Michael 56 Mission Viejo Ma-33 1:03.09 3
    30.75 1:03.09

    * (One repeat swimmer in top 5 in this event)



    58.74 to a 1:01.90--a 3.16 second difference
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    200 SCM Freestyle
    2009—Body Suits

    1 Wood, Larry 55 TXLA-43 2:08.42
    2 Dickson, Dave 56 CMSC 2:11.13
    3 Townsend, R Scott 56 LVM-33 2:12.34

    4 Penn, William 58 PNA-36 2:33.00

    5 Quinn, John 59 SCAQ-33 2:30.38
    6 Sicard, Federico 59 SDSM-44 2:30.51

    2010—Jammers

    1 Krauser, Larry 57 Hydropower Maste-35 2:09.27
    2 Blatt, Michael 55 Ventura County M-33 2:10.80 3 Heather, Michael 56 Mission Viejo Ma-33 2:22.34
    4 Miller, Chris 57 Las Vegas Master-33 2:42.82
    5 Astudillo, Fabio 58 San Diego Swim M-44 2:49.26

    * (No repeat swimmers in top 5 in this event)
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    400 SCM Freestyle

    2009—Body Suits


    1 Wood, Larry 55 TXLA-43 4:32.85
    2 Dickson, Dave 56 CMSC 4:39.79
    3 Phillips, Rick 55 ROSE-33 4:41.84

    4 Penn, William 58 PNA-36 4:43.16

    5 Leonard, Dan 55 SCAQ-33 4:49.05

    6 Mench, Lee 57 HSAM-44 4:50.


    2010—Jammers

    1 Krauser, Larry 57 Hydropower Maste-35 4:39.87 9 32.13 1:08.41 1:44.18 2:20.07 2:55.87 3:31.21 4:06.57 4:39.87
    2 Phillips, Rick 56 Rose Bowl Master-33 4:58.51

    3 Leonard, Dan 56 Southern Califor-33 5:06.39
    4 Penn, Bill 59 Pacific Northwes-36 5:09.63
    5 Bias, Philip 56 Unattached 5:45.24 4
    39.32 1:22.73 2:07.33 2:51.85 3:35.45 4:19.87 5:03.23 5:45.24

    * (Three repeat swimmers in top 5 in this event)



    4:41.84 to 4:58.51 16+ seconds slower (average 4 sec/100 slower



    4:43.16 to 5:09.63 26+ seconds slower (average 6.5 seconds per 100 slower)



    4:49.05 to 5:06.39 17+ seconds slower (average 4.25 seconds slower)
    _______________________________________
    800 SCM Freestyle
    2009—Body Suits

    1 Townsend, R Scott 56 LVM-33 9:26.04
    2 Wood, Larry 55 TXLA-43 9:33.71

    3 Penn, William 58 PNA-36 9:42.73

    4 Dickson, Dave 56 CMSC 9:45.91

    5 Phillips, Rick 55 ROSE-33 9:51.01


    2010—Jammers

    1 Krauser, Larry 57 9:42.94
    2 Penn, Bill 10:28.29
    3 Bias, Philip 56 Unattached 12:03.27
    4 Ferguson, Howard 12:39.67


    * (One repeat swimmer in top 5 in this event)
    9:42.73 to 10:28.29 45+ seconds or 5.5 seconds slower per 100

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    * Final thought: Who knows? Perhaps male grunions who swim in the waters of Long Beach, California are exhausting themselves in ways that have nothing to do with swimming. Such speculations, of course, are beyond the scope of the present inquiry.
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  2. 1000 miles?

    The year is winding down, and I have 23 days to squeeze in another 70 miles to reach my 2010 goal of 1000 miles. I can't honestly think of a valid reason for setting this goal, but since I have been tracking my swims and watching the miles add up, it seemed like I should have a nice round number to target. Of course now that we are into the dreaded holiday pool closure season, I will have to pay close attention to every single available hour of masters and open rec.

    Last sunday, Martin Turecky organized a 9 hour block of SCY pool time in Ravena, NY for the purpose of doing a 10 mile swim. Nine of us signed up, and all completed the 17,600 yds. I did a few extra and rounded off at 20,000.... a good way to start the week, it gave me a good jump toward what I hope will be a 70,000 yd week. As it stands now: 24.20 miles (=42,600 yards, =38,953 meters).


    With the temperature now in the single digits, the idea of outdoor swimming is faint, but 2011 planning has begun.
    Fellow channel swimmer, CIBBOWS board member, friend and pilot, Dan Boyle took Willie Miller and me for a low altitude recon flight over the Hudson River last thursday, from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge (Catskill to Hudson) down to the Verrazano Bridge. This 120 mile route will hopefully be the course for a seven day staged swim sometime this summer. We are in the early planning stages, but this swim has been on my mind for a few years, and a few other friends are also working on the tide modeling with me. It is going to be a huge undertaking..... I'll keep updates coming as we make progress.


    Thats all I've got for now..........
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  3. Instant Karma

    by , December 8th, 2010 at 09:52 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I am currently 1.6 miles ahead of my 500 mile gtd goal!!! My karma is taking a turn towards the good side!

    Tonight was solo at the Monon Center:

    *500 Free warm-up swim :rest :30
    *500 Free Pull rest :30
    *400 Free Swim rest :30
    *300 Free Pull rest :30
    *200 Free swim rest :20
    *100 free Pull rest :30
    *200 Kick flutter w/fins HARD!

    *5 X 100 free @ 1:45 pace

    *4 X (2x50 / 100 kick / 4 x 25 IMO stroke)
    *EZ 200 IM cooldown

    4,100 scy

    I heard through the "beer lover's grapevine" Costco has Kegarator's so I'm heading there this week-end and will hopefully walk away with a good one.

    The local weather girl is predicting a significant amount of snow this week-end. I say "Bring it on! I'm ready for snow angels!"
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  4. Wed., Dec. 8

    by , December 8th, 2010 at 06:16 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    650 various

    Sets:

    14 x 50
    odds = 25 EZ speed fly or shooter
    evens = EZ

    50 EZ

    2 x (15 burst dolphin + 35 EZ)

    1 x 25 fast free + 75 EZ

    1 x 25 fast breast + 25 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 1750

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Commentary:

    Whoa, really got carried away with all that yardage today. Still didn't feel easy speed, but felt lighter in the water. I definitely have a case of the taper hypers -- got massive errands done today. Got more sleep, but have been waking up at 6:00 am (high schoolers are stirring at this time) and having trouble falling back asleep. This happens sometimes during taper, I guess. Trying desperately not to catch Lil Fort's cold ...

    Big next couple weeks ...

    3 days to NE Champs
    7 days until Fort Son gets probable early decision ding
    12 days until Mini Fort gets her drivers license
    not enough days to get xmas stuff done ...

    Started stocking up/packing for Boston: gus, chews, energy drinks, electrolytes & efuel, extra nose clips, new pair of goggles, 3 tech suits, gluten free bagels ... My 2 Speedo kneeskins have seen a fair number of meets between Mini and me -- 4-5 for her and 3 for me. This means they're likely both pretty stretched out. Still, we plan on using these and my B70 kneeskin (one meet) as long as possible. I'm hoping they can last through NE Champs, high school champs meets, and the Albatross meet. I also have a Q suit that Roque kindly sent me, but it was awfully tight on top for me last time I tried it. May try it again and/or see how Mini likes the fit.

    Has anyone used Endurance Excel? I bought it today by accident; thought I was picking up endurolytes.

    Updated December 8th, 2010 at 09:47 PM by The Fortress

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  5. Kicking at a hotel pool

    by , December 8th, 2010 at 05:54 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Wednesday, 12/8/10

    Took a break from running on the treadmill and braved the short, hot hotel pool for a kicking workout. I was pleasantly surprised that the temp wasn't too hot though warmer than the city pool and the chlorine levels weren't so high as to be intolerable.

    Pool is approx 12.5 meters long.

    5 min warmup kick, was about 200

    6x through
    1 x 125 smooth/10 sr
    2 x 25 build/10sr
    4 x 12.5 sprint/10 sr
    I alternated flutter kicking on belly with the board and on flutter on back.
    took about 1 min rest between rounds

    I swam 100 free and back to cool.

    Total: 1650 meters
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  6. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -12/09/10

    by , December 8th, 2010 at 04:17 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    4 X 75 1:15 1:05
    1 X 300 4:30 -
    Twice through. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 100 easy 2:00
    6 X 25 sprint :40
    Three times.

    50 easy swim

    1 X 200 kick 4:20
    6 X 50 kick 1:05
    odd: moderate even:fast

    1 X 300 free 4:30
    1 X 200 IM 3:30
    1 X 100 stroke 2:15
    Three times through. IM'ers: 100's: fly,back,breast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    5100Y
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  7. Calm morning swim

    I swam at the Riverbank lap swim again this morning. I had one swim buddy, and I did the first long set with her, then the rest of the workout on my own. Here’s how it went:

    1000 lcm warmup

    200 various FR drill

    4 x 500 (400 FR neg. split at good pace + 100 BK) @ :30ish rest

    5 x 200 IM Kick > Swim pacman set

    500 pull

    200 play + warmdown

    I was feeling pretty tired today, and did well to make it through that set of 500s. My lanemate frequently does that set, and I usually find a way to drop a 100 here and there while staying on her interval—I often alternate 500s with either 4 x 100 descends or with 400 IMs, for example. Today she proposed doing the last 100 of each swim backstroke or drill. That made it sound doable for me, so I actually swam them all. They were still 500s, though, and I was feeling it on the last one. I then spent the rest of the workout in a pleasantly blissy and exhausted state.

    I thought I would feel sadder about not having an end-of-SCM-season meet to go to, especially since I’m no longer doing OW swimming. But I’m actually feeling very content just doing a lot of routine training right now, and not having the pressure of prepping for races during this busy time of year. I’ve come to appreciate doing more distance-focused sets this fall--getting to swim them LCM really makes a big difference.
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  8. Wed Dec 8th, 2010 Felt fine, suddenly everything went black

    by , December 8th, 2010 at 12:23 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Dec 8th, 2010

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    just renewed my USMS membership for 2011
    Don't have a masters team?
    Register with Longhorn Masters

    Lifted weights


    scy
    Whitney Coached
    UT Swim Center, main pool & diving well
    6:30 - 8:00 dove in 6:35ish
    trained with Todd, Ritchie, & Kelly
    beside Max, Marcio, Paul, Chris, & Kevin
    WORE yingfa jammer

    WARM UP
    2 rounds of
    100 fr 50 fl 100 fr 50 bk 100 fr 50 br


    Main SET:

    10 x 50 fast done 25 bk, 25 fr
    best ave
    held 30's & 31's

    assigned 500
    did 5 x 50 easy

    10 x 50 K fast
    best ave
    held 32's & 3's
    right in the middle of this set I pushed off the wall then suddenly everything went black

    all the lights in the swim center shut off
    there was a power failure. all the clocks stopped & a few emergency lights came on most swimmers stopped but I kept going on the 50 kick, this has never happened in my 33 years of swimming in the UT swim center. we finished the set with Whitney calling out send offs & times from her watch

    several swimmers got out of practice early

    assigned 500
    did 5 x 50 easy

    we were going to do a tough IM set
    but we had to squeeze down into fewer lanes for UT Divers

    10 x 50 fr best ave
    held 28, 29 & 30

    20 x 25
    odds br
    evens fr with 1 breath

    in the locker room we found out the electricity went off at 7:14

    The swimmers who got out early used the hot water

    Next meets are:

    Fri Apr 1 - Sun 3, 2011
    South Central Zone SCY Championships
    Josh Davis Natatorium, San Antonio, TX


    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Order of Events
    not real thrilled with Sunday's order of events

    Updated December 8th, 2010 at 12:30 PM by ande

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  9. COLD Locker Rooms...

    by , December 8th, 2010 at 08:24 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    It is like they got the air conditioner on in the dead of winter. Our locker room has been so cold these last few weeks and I got tired of complaining. So what did I do.......Brought in a HEATER and Plugged it in while we swam.

    It only made a difference when it was blowing on me since all the system did was continue to aircondition the room.

    500 Free broken
    5x100@1:40 Free
    4x[3x100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy held 1:23's
    ....[1x200@3:00 Free w/paddles & bouy held 2:45's
    500 Free wfins alternate 100 swim/100 kick

    Total 3500 yards
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  10. Wed. Dec. 8, 2010 5:00am practice

    by , December 8th, 2010 at 12:01 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Snow is falling hard here tonight. We're supposed to get 3-4 more inches tonight/tomorrow morning. Hopefully the person with the key to the pool makes it in the morning.

    Here goes:
    300 Free
    200 IM
    100 SDK

    8x125 IM @ 2:00 extra length backstroke (gotta work on the worst stroke too)

    400 Free :20 rest
    300 Free :15 rest
    200 Free :10 rest
    100 Free under 1:00 <--this will be tough

    8x50 Breast @ 1:15 double pullouts each wall

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    3000 yards

    Updated December 9th, 2010 at 01:28 PM by jaadams1

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  11. Busy Busy Busy

    by , December 7th, 2010 at 08:54 PM (Adventures in Swimming)
    I'm swamped at work.
    Still swimming. (4 days last week)
    Still Coaching.
    Just not posting till I get a breather.

    Now go swim!!!
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  12. Tuesday, Dec. 7

    by , December 7th, 2010 at 06:00 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/ Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Sets:

    10 x 25 shooters

    50 EZ

    8 x 50 w/fins
    #1 = 15 meter burst dolphin kick on back + EZ
    #2 = 15 meter burst dolphin kick on belly + EZ
    #3 = 25 fast backstroke kick + 25 EZ
    #4 = 25 EZ speed fly + 25 EZ
    #5 = 25 fast free + 25 EZ
    #6 = 50 EZ
    #7 = 50 working on breast pullouts
    # 8 = EZ

    Total: 1400

    Stretching, 30 minutes

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Commentary:

    No easy speed yet, but I think it's coming. Although it might not be until the weekend! Not too twitchy-b*tchy yet. I think the meet last weekend may have caused a delayed onset. Got more sleep last night, but woke up to the lovely sound of shattered ceramic. Our kitten likes to jump inside everything, even things she can't get out of.

    Now I'm off to finish putting 3000 white lights on my tree.
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  13. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM workout: 12/08/10

    by , December 7th, 2010 at 05:23 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:20 3:00
    4 X 100 1:40 1:30
    4 X 75 1:15 1:05
    Twice through round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 100 easy 2:00
    2 X 100 fast 2:15
    1 X 100 easy 2:00
    2 X 75 fast 1:30
    1 X 100 easy 2:00
    2 X 50 fast 1:15
    1 x 100 easy -
    Choice

    1 X 200 kick 4:20
    8 X 50 kick 4 on 1:10 4 on 1:00

    3 X 300 free 4:15
    4 X 200 free 2:40
    Descend 1-3/1-4

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    5150Y
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  14. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM workout: 12/07/10

    by , December 7th, 2010 at 05:18 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    2 X 150 2:30 2:15
    1 X 200 3:20 -
    Twice through. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 4:20
    4 X 50 kick 1:10
    8 X 25 sprint kick :45
    1 X 50 easy swim

    1 X 50 easy 1:00
    1 X 75 fast 1:30
    1 X 50 easy 1:00
    1 X 75 fast kick 2:00
    All choice. Four times through.

    12 X 125 2:15
    1-4: 50 fly/75 back
    5-8: 50 back/75 breast
    9-12: 50 breast/75 free

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4950Y
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  15. Tue Dec 7th, 2010

    by , December 7th, 2010 at 03:34 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue Dec 7th, 2010

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    just renewed my USMS membership for 2011
    Don't have a masters team?
    Register with Longhorn Masters

    2 races from this weekend:

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7f97flaxDo"]YouTube - Ande Rasmussen 200 im scm sun dec 5th, 2010[/nomedia]

    200+ mens 4 x 50 medley relay [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXouki4g4DY"]YouTube - 2010 200+ mens 4 x 50 medley relay[/nomedia]


    scy
    Bess Coached
    UT Swim Center, diving well & main pool
    6:30 - 8:00 dove in 6:40ish
    crowded lanes
    trained with Mike, Paul, Doug, ned, Chris, & Kevin
    beside Larry & Jim
    WORE yingfa jammer

    WARM UP
    assigned 8 lengths, 7, 6, ... 2, 1
    did 200 ish


    Main SET:

    assigned: 4 x 050 IM
    did: 4 x 50 fr

    assigned 500
    did 5 x 50 easy

    assigned: 4 x 100 IM
    did: 4 x 100 easy


    assigned 500
    did 5 x 50 easy

    skipped 4 x 150 IM

    skipped 500

    skipped 4 x 200 IM

    skipped 500

    200 IM easy speed
    went 2:07
    27 33 37 30


    100 easy


    Next meets are:

    Fri Apr 1 - Sun 3, 2011
    South Central Zone SCY Championships
    Josh Davis Natatorium, San Antonio, TX


    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Order of Events
    not real thrilled with Sunday's order of events

    Updated December 7th, 2010 at 03:46 PM by ande

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  16. West Bend SCM Meet Post Mortem

    I didn't get a pre-meet run down mostly because of time and craziness both at my job and in my life ('tis the season!). Even now - I don't really have much time to type this up - so I'll be brief.

    50 Fly
    I didn't actually want to do this race - my shoulders have been hurting as a result of not building the muscle in my chest and shoulders properly. I've been working them when I can but have been lacking the necessary time. The race wasn't terrible, and I did OKAY. I dropped two seconds off of my seed. So I ended up swimming roughly (I don't have my exact results with me) a 43.
    200 Free
    Started off too fast, but managed to hold on: 2:58 and change. 5 Seconds drop from Indy! Not too shabby!
    50 Back (as part of the 200 Medley Relay)
    I suspect I suck at racing back. I can swim it in practice decently, but my backstroke in races always seems like a torrent of chocking, dolphining too deep and hating myself when its over. I have no idea what my split was - but it was weird as heck watching someone dive over top of me in the relay.
    50 Breast
    I had a fantastic Dive and Pullout. I covered 1/2 of the length of the pool and by the time I hit the wall I was in last place again. <sigh> Some day.
    200 IM
    That race sucked. It was SOOO LONG. I think next time I'll try to swim that fresh. 3:50 and change. It was 20 seconds longer than I planned.
    1500 Free
    Event #6 in 3 short hours. I was cashed out. Swam it in 26 and change. I wish I would've swam it first - I'm pretty sure I would've blown my 25 out of the water from Indy.

    Busy busy busy. Thanks for reading!
  17. Fun morning at the pool

    This morning I swam at Riverbank with a couple of swim buddies. We each did our own thing, but it was still really nice to swim with familiar and supportive people—I felt very relaxed and content throughout the workout. I took the opportunity to get in one big-rest set and lots of playing. Here’s what I did:

    700 lcm warmup

    15 x 100 @ 2:00, done as 5 x (100 ez FR, 50 build FR + 50 fast ST, 100 fast ST), one set of each stroke plus IM finale

    400 IM kick

    200 pull w/ bilateral breathing, working on timing of breath

    300 kick cadence drill (I experimented with changing the kick count on each stroke cycle, going 2/4/6/8/6/4/2)

    200 breaststroke-kick IM
    200 upside-down IM
    50 feet-first scull
    50 feet-first IM

    100 twirly breaststroke
    300 more play + warmdown
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  18. Kick Kick Kick

    by , December 7th, 2010 at 08:37 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Tried to keep things on the easier side today for my shoulders since I pushed fairly hard yesterday. What better to do than KICK

    5x200@3:30 Free
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 moderate
    500 Free kick drills w/fins alt 100 kick on side/100 12 kicks then stroke
    500 Free kick w/fins & snorkle build by 100 good body position
    10x50@1:00 Free w/snorkle good body position and strong kick (normally I drag my legs)
    200 Free easy

    Total 3200 yards
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  19. Tuesday's practice 12-7-10

    by , December 7th, 2010 at 01:13 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I like to make up my practices before I get to the pool, because if not I don't really feel like doing very much. At least if I get it wrote down, I'll probably do it. Tomorrow's gonna be a killer for me.

    300 Free w/up

    Broken Mile 11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 lengths (Odd lengths (11,9,7,etc.) Free) (Evens - Fly)
    20 sec. or so rest between depending on how the arms are feeling
    50 EZ

    16x25s SDK w/ fins @ :40

    2x300 Free pull @ 4:00
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    3000 yards

    That should pretty much fill up my hour I get in the pool. Looks like a good day to skip practice too.

    Updated December 9th, 2010 at 01:28 PM by jaadams1

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  20. Brrrr! Monday

    by , December 6th, 2010 at 10:14 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    Central Indiana is currently enduring a blustery frigid run of winterdom!
    I'm not sure I'm ready for this type of weather; frozen hair makes me depressed

    Today was a crazy busy Monday @ work starting with verbal assault training, teaching, staff meeting, and last but not least Pinnicle training. I didn't make it to the Monon Center till 6:15 p.m. straight after school but ended up doing an enjoyable and stress relieving workout!
    Here's what I did:
    *200 Freestyle swim
    *200 Freestyle Pull
    *200 Flutter Kick
    *200 IM

    **6 X 250 Freestyle on 4:10 interval (odds pull/ evens swim)

    **4 X (100 IM / 100 Stroke Kick / 50 Swim Stroke / 2 X 25 Stroke sprint) IMO

    **6 X 50 freestyle on 1:00-Stretch w/ good form

    3,800 scy

    I just sat down for the 1st time today. I feel my eyelids drooping!
    It's going to be an early night for me!
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