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  1. Slamming on the brakes!

    by , November 28th, 2011 at 03:00 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    SCM, Baylor Fitness Center
    Billy Glasstetter on deck

    400 warm up

    12 x 50 on 1 min
    odds: kick
    evens: drill

    The rest of workout I swam around everyone in the lane:

    4 x 25
    12.5 fast, 12/5 easy

    easy 50

    4 x 25
    standard variable fast/easy

    easy 100

    The End - 30 minutes total

    Today I did juuuuust the right thing for me. I needed to take it easy rather than more swimming. A bit of speed work, just a wee bit to stay alert. The 25's ended up being about on 1 min each. My left arm/shoulder still felt weak, and at best I was "aware" of it, so I decided no full sprints (except variable #4), lots of rest and hanging around on the wall, then off to the hot tub!
  2. Nov 28, 2011

    by , November 28th, 2011 at 01:53 PM (Canuck Countdown)
    195 days until Day 1 of the FINA World Masters Championships

    Saturday, November 26
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    Competition Pool (50m)

    Don't remember most of the workout, except the main set:

    4 x
    (1 x 200 free,
    2 x 100 free,
    4 x 50 free)

    Rd 1 was :55 pace / 50 (3:40, 1:50, :55)
    Rd 2 was :50 pace / 50 (3:20, 1:40, :50)
    Rd 3 was :45 pace / 50 (3:00, 1:30, :45)
    Rd 4 was :40 pace / 50 (2:40, 1:20, :40)

    I led Rds 1-3, but went 3rd on Rd 4. Made the 200, made the first 100, but dropped to 1:30 on the 2nd 100 and to :45 for the last two 50s.

    Total Distance = 4200 LCM

    Sunday, November 27
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    Competition Pool (50m)

    600 warmup (was supposed to be 800, but dove in late!)

    16 x 50 @ 1:00, starting from centre of pool and working on turns. 4 Fly, 4 back, 4 breast, 4 free.

    3 x 300 @ 5:15 (1 swim, 1 pull, 1 swim with fins)

    6 x 50 @ :50
    2 x 50 Fly @ 1:30 (dive start. 1 build, 1 FAST!)
    1 minute rest
    6 x 50 @ :50
    2 x 50 Back @ 1:30 (dive start. 1 build, 1 FAST!)
    1 minute rest
    6 x 50 @ :50
    2 x 50 Breast @ 1:30 (dive start. 1 build, 1 FAST!)
    1 minute rest
    7 x 50 @ 1:00
    1 x 50 Free FAST! dive start.
    100 EZ

    Total Distance = 4000 LCM

    Comments: I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired! It's been over 2 weeks and although I'm able to go to work and swim, I still have congestion, sore throat and cough - especially at night.

    Updated November 29th, 2011 at 03:18 PM by lewba

  3. Yuck I could move fast at all

    by , November 28th, 2011 at 12:01 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    I ttried to sprint but just could not do it. I have a meet cooming up so this is not good.

    400,300,200,100 free
    500 free kick w/fins
    10x100@1:30 free w/paddles
    6x50 free w/snorkle as 25 kick/ 25 swim
    4x50 from dive sprint 20's

    Total 3000 yards
  4. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -11/29/11

    by , November 28th, 2011 at 12:00 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 300 5:15
    1 X 200 3:30
    1 X 300 4:30
    2 X 100 1:30
    1 X 300 4:30
    4 X 50 :45

    1 X 200 kick + 100 swim

    1 X 50 easy 1:00
    1 X 50 build 1:00
    1 X 75 fast 1:30
    Four rounds, all choice.

    1 X 100 easy

    1 X 200 IM 3:30
    1 X 100 2:15
    Four rounds.
    100's: 1 of
    each IM order.

    1 X 200 free 3:00
    1 X 100 fast 1:45
    Four rounds.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  5. Back to Normal....

    by , November 28th, 2011 at 11:42 AM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    While I really enjoy Thanksgiving, there is something to be said to getting back to "normal" - with practices at the normal time and the kids back to school (and earlier bedtimes).

    Thursday's Thanksgiving practice was a mad dash for lane space. There must have been 55-65 people there because all 10 lanes had at least 5 people - with some lanes as many as 7. It was good practice, but with so much turbulence, my stroke - and therefore my shoulder - got messed up.

    Friday's practice (one of 4 that day) was also really well attended, but I managed to get in a lane with only one other person. Much better turbulence-wise, but my shoulder was aching and I elected to kick some of the free set in order to rest my shoulder.

    Saturday, I did an easy 4400 swim that alternated between kicking and free. I really worked on my stroke mechanics for the free and my shoulder didn't ache as much at the end.

    Sunday was a total day off. Woo-hoo!

    Here's what we did today:
    400 Warm-Up
    8 x 50 Drill / Swim on 1:00
    12 x 50 Kick on 1:10, did as 1>4, 5>8 w fins, 9-12 NO FINS - made them!
    1 x 100 Fist Drill on 2:00
    1 x 100 Free on 1:30
    2 x 100 All Drill on 2:00 (did both catch-up)
    2 x 100 Free on 1:30
    3 x 100 All Drill on 2:00 (did catch-up, fist, catch-up)
    3 x 100 Free on 1:30
    4 x 100 All Drill on 2:00 (catch-up, fist, catch-up, fist)
    1 x 100 Free on 1:30
    100 Cool-Down
    Total Yards - 3200

    I was actually pretty happy on the kick without fins, but I know that I need to do the kick sets sans fins more often. The 1:10 interval today made it an easy decision. So... yay for me!

    As to the rest of it... a pretty easy way to ease into the week. I managed to hold 1:20-1:22s on my 100 Free's without much shoulder ache. Happy with that. Of course, my shoulder is aching now as I sit at my desk.

    Tomorrow's distance day may become more of a kick-fest. I guess only time will tell.....

    Enjoy your swims today!
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  6. 11/28/11

    by , November 28th, 2011 at 10:31 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    600 FR/BK by 50
    10 x 50 K 1:30
    100 EZ
    4 x 150 Stick, Fulcrum, Swim
    4 x 50 FR 3:00 from push best was about :32...sharing lane.
    100 EZ

    5 times through
    100 IM
    100 FR
    both on 150

    1x 200 IM

    500 Fin kick no board

    200 EZ
  7. Mon Nov 28th 2011 SCM meet is 5 days away

    by , November 28th, 2011 at 09:09 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Nov 28th 2011

    Upcoming Meet

    Sat Dec 3rd & Sun Dec 4th
    2011 South Central SCM Regional Invitational
    San Antonio, TX

    Subscribe to Ande's Swimming Blog

    Fri Nov 25
    swam SCY in San Antonio
    did some 75 SDK went 41.6
    25 fl went 10.0
    25 SDK went 9.8

    Sat Nov 26 2011
    did not swim or lift

    Sun Nov 27
    noon workout, arrived 1:00
    did around 800
    Lifted weights at SMAC

    Whitney Coached
    scy UT Swim Center: main pool
    5:00 - 6:30 dove in 5:15ish
    wore B70 jammer
    trained with mike & todd,
    beside keith, larry & Tyler

    Warm up
    missed it

    Main set

    Assigned 4 rounds of
    3 x 100 on 1:10
    3 x 75 on :55
    3 x 50 on 50
    3 x 25 on 20
    Skipped a 50 in the 100's, 75's & 50's

    6 rounds of
    50 with 3 breaths
    25 fast
    25 easy

    5 x 100 on 1:30 desc with 10 breaths
  8. 11.28.11 - Challenge Day 2

    by , November 28th, 2011 at 08:51 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Roger next to Dave and Dave. Wasn't sure I would make it this morning. A stomach bug had me down most of the weekend but I woke up feeling much better... and hungry for a change. Monday is our challenge day. Not so bad this week. 2 x 100 on 1:10. I made 1:05, 1:07. Not sure how I'm going to get past 4 of these but it isn't going to happen if I keep going out on 1:05. Going to have to hold back a bit and try to make the first 3-4 before I get in that 1:07-1:08 groove.


    400 Warm up

    6 x 50 - :45
    1:30 Rest
    2 x 100 - 1:10 (1:05, 1:07)
    50 Easy

    6 Times through
    * 200 IM - 3:00 (2:45 or better, substitute 50 stroke w/ 50 kick)
    * 6 x 25 Stroke - :40
    I ended up w/ 100 stroke/100 kick. If I substituted with anything other than br kick, I couldn't make 2:45. On the last one, I did 50fl/100br kick/50fr and made 2:40.

    4 x 100 IM - 1:45 (0/25/50/75 Kick)
    1:00 Rest
    4 x 100 - 1:45 (25/50/75/100 Kick)
    50 Easy
    100 Timed kick (br - 1:23)

    200 Cool down

    (4200 Total)
  9. Cold Sunday LCM

    by , November 27th, 2011 at 09:56 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    I braved the cold weather for LCM today, on the fence for MLK's LCM meet.

    LCM, SMU outdoor pool, 9AM workout
    Bobby Patten coached
    (but I goofed off half the workout)

    500 warm up

    10 x 50 on 1 min
    37.5 swim/12.5 fast kick
    I worked this set as my main set, really putting effort into the kick!

    Main set:
    4 times through:
    various, blah blah blah
    ==>no. in fact I just stopped listening to the set even before instructions were finished.

    me? Tried out my new TYR Burner fins, which were anythng but burning up the water. These things are tough to kick with! For that reason, I like them way better than my blue & orange speedo fins. And then I spent the other part of the set discussing my training with Bobby.


    I don't think it is a bad thing to swim only 1/2 the workout. As long I get in something that really counts! It would have been a total waste if I goofed off that first set of 50's but I sort of knew i'd be mentally done after about 25 minutes, so time to go for it!

    I really can't stand the sardine packing in LCM. It doesn't bother me in SCM going 5 seconds apart, but it is so distracting and annoying to me that everyone bunch up and draft off each other when there is plenty of space to go 10 seconds apart!

    Today I went to Kohl's and got super sale items for my girls, plus my $15 in Kohl's cash. Goody for me! Then I went to Luke's Locker but everything there seemed to be the same old boring stuff at non-sale prices. Even the sales rack wasn't such a good deal.

    In other totally riveting news, I ordered the complete Schoolhouse Rock DVD and an uglydoll hat for my youngest from amazon. Then I threw in Human Centipede for myself. I guess it's no surprise it got very poor reviews and was marked down to a mere $7.xx. I'm going to make chowsh watch it with me to see how medically accurate it is. If we get too scared or too disgusted, i'll just pop in the Schoolhouse Rocks and we can have a sing-a-long.

    This week i'll just try to stay as loose (lose?) as possible. My left arm is really "tired" and my shoulder joint feels "weak". I think my right arm is getting tired holding up the Soduku book. The higher the level, the longer I have to hold it up 'til I finish it! I'll have to go back down from the 400's to the 100's so I can "taper" my arms, plus get that feeling of totally domination when I whiz through the 100's that I skipped over.

    I think I see more Soduku under the xmas tree!!!!
  10. Sunday, Nov. 27

    by , November 27th, 2011 at 05:36 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Warm up:

    700 various

    16 x 25 shooters w/fins
    8 back, 8 belly

    Main Set:

    40 x 50 w/fins @ 1:00

    8 x 50 single arm fly
    8 x 50 dolphin kick w/board
    8 x 50 breast + 50 EZ
    8 x 50 flutter kick w/board
    8 x 50 free
    -- 4 overkick, 4 easy

    Total: 3150


    Just wanted to do a recovery workout after traveling home yesterday. I'm a bit tired from travel (got in late) and hotel insomnia, so hoping to catch up on sleep this week.

    I don't feel like I lost too much training wise with my jaunt. I did get in 3 speed workouts last week, and probably only missed one aerobic workout on vaca. I'm going to start resting now. I'm not even remotely excited about it. Perhaps only my elbows will be happy.

    I also need to get myself signed up for NE Champs. May do that now! Done: 100 IM, 100 fly, 50 free (maybe), 50 breast, 200 IM (fly split), 50 fly and 100 free. A very rare meet with no backstroke events. I signed up for 100 free (50 split) and 100 breast at the LC meet. If I don't scratch something, which is almost unheard of, I will get in a SCM 50 & 100 of each stroke and the 100 IM -- a masters first for me.

    Updated November 27th, 2011 at 06:05 PM by The Fortress

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  11. Can't get enough of the ocean

    I enjoyed another lovely swim in the ocean today. We had a sunny day, with little wind, and about 8 of us met out at Brighton Beach to take advantage of some late-season time in the ocean. I realized after yesterday’s swim that I had made things harder on myself than need be by fretting about things overmuchly, and I decided that today’s swim would be as calm and fretfree as I could make it. The flat ocean helped me out with its gentle lulling motion. Plus, I remembered how counting my strokes between breaths had soothed me yesterday, and did that from the start, and didn’t sight any more than I needed to on my way out. I swam to the pier and back, then on to the white house and back, and it was all wonderful, and easy swimming, the whole way. The only mildly difficult thing today was the cold. It never got too uncomfortable, but I definitely appreciated the sun on my back as I stroked along, and I was grateful to be back on dry land and warming up once I finished.

    Luckily it was fairly toasty—in the 60s—by the time I got out, and I warmed up quickly in the sun. Two cool things happened when I was in the water today though. I swam through a school of tiny fishes—about fingernail sized, tons of them all around me for about 4 strokes, then no trace of them for the rest of my swim. Also, the last part of my swim was through a swarm of hundreds of gulls. I was swimming about 15m from shore, and I could see them crowding the beach as I breathed to my right. Then I breathed to my left as well, and saw that there were also quite a few floating out on the water to that side, plus more circling above me. I assumed that they had amassed because someone on shore was feeding them, but when I got back my friends on shore told me that a large flock had initially gathered in the water and were feeding on something below the surface. After the birds had been there for a while, the people on shore then started feeding them as well.

    Several times over the past few days other CIBBOWSers have asked me what I’m training for with all the cold water swimming. I’ve been saying I’m not training per se, just doing something I love, but today I thought of a better answer—a December loop! It would be cool to be able to do that, and if the weather manages to hold for another week, that might just be possible!
  12. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 11:00am

    by , November 26th, 2011 at 04:09 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)

    200 Free
    100 Kick w/ board
    200 Free Pull

    Main: (no rest, stay on intervals)

    1 x 200 Free @ 2:40 (went 2:19)
    2 x 175 Free @ 2:20 (went 2:01)
    3 x 150 Free Pull @ 2:00 (went 1:41s)
    4 x 125 Free Kick w/ board @ 2:10 (went 1:58-2:00) I was kickin' hard to make this
    5 x 100 Fly @ 1:30 (went 1:08/1:10/1:12/1:13/1:13) This was the killer.
    6 x 75 Back @ 1:10 (went :57-1:00) actually tried to do 2-3 SDKs each wall
    7 x 50 Breast @ :55 (went :43-:47s)
    8 x 25 Free @ :20 (went :17-:18s)

    10 x 50 Kick w/ board @ :55 made em

    Cooldown set:
    1 x 200 Free Pull @ 2:30
    1 x 150 Free Pull @ 2:00
    1 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:20
    1 x 50 Free Pull @ ???

    4500 Yards

    This wrapped up a good set of Turkey Day weekend workouts for me. Did the 30 x 100s twice, a Turducken, and this "ladder" of sorts.

    My body is sort of getting used to doing more yardage now, not that I'm going to be able to keep it up. But it was a good time. Crappy part is that I have to go back to work on Monday. I wish I could win the lottery, or get a big inheritance!
  13. Turducken - I'm stuffed

    by , November 26th, 2011 at 12:41 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    With Master's group at the Rec (scy)

    Today was Turducken Day, courtesy of swimsuit addict for the group, and we had a total four folks (of eight) give it a shot ...

    Turducken set: A turducken is a turkey that is stuffed with a duck, which in turn has been stuffed with a chicken. I’ve never tasted one, but I feel like I’ve been reading about them as a novelty food item for at least a decade. The latest article I saw about turducken was not about food at all, but about privacy law, and ever since I read it, the word has been rolling around in my head. So I decided I would assemble stroke turduckens by stuffing a 50 of one stroke into the middle of a 100 of another stroke, then sticking the whole thing into a 200 of yet another stroke. I did four rounds of these; on the first, turkey=fly, duck=back, and chicken=breast; the strokes rotate through the IM thereafter. The set looked like this:
    4 x 350 @ :30-:40 rest interval
    1st 350=100 FL/50 BK/50 BR/50 BK/100 FL
    2nd 350=100 BK/50 BR/50 FR/50 BR/100 BK
    3rd 350=100 BR/50 FR/50 FL/50 FR/100 BR
    4th 350=100 FR/50 FL/50 BK/50 FL/100 FR
    On each round I aimed to do the middle 50 at 200 IM pace; the 50 before it as build and the 50 after it as recovery, and the turkey 100s at the front and back at basic aerobic pace.
    After we readjusted our suits, we went on to:
    7 x 100 on 2:00

    I am thankful that this 2100 main set was done - I am used to my shoulders aching after a workout, but not this badly during it! haha The most continuous Fly I have done since HS has been 75 in a set, so this was a test. I thought that the 100's would be the worst, but the 50's on the last (two) did me in. But .... I made them all doing full stroke, so I am very happy with that. Also, my abs were sore!

    I added a 600 w/u before the fun, and since I was one up at the end of the Turduken I went back for seconds, swimming just the last rep for a total of 5 completed. I took some great advice from from SB212 on the breastroke legs:
    Quote Originally Posted by swimmerb212
    Yay! I hope you all enjoy it! Breaststroke isn't that bad, just keep your head looking down and love that glide!
    I kicked the 100's (FR, BK, DK, full breast stroke, FR, BK, DK), and came in around 1:40 each time. I can really notice a difference in my kicking stamina and speed since really incorporating it into my workouts over the last few months.

    Close that with a 250 easy warmdown and I hit 3300 yards in just over 1 hour. Not bad! Off to put up the Christmas tree and get the lights set up outside. All the while enjoying the beautiful day we are having here - over 50 degrees and sun shining! Have a great day everyone.

    Tags: turducken
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  14. 11.26.11 - Saturday workout

    by , November 26th, 2011 at 11:29 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dan, Mary and Bob. Billy showed up late but didn't work out with us. Matt provided the workout which is what is HSA kids are doing for taper. Not feeling great today but it didn't slow me down much. My fly was on for some reason... usually it isn't. Right shoulder started hurting near the end. I think I tweaked it doing backstroke "blasts".


    400 Warm up

    50 Fly/50 Back/50 Br - 2:15
    50 Back/50 Br/50 Fr - 2:15
    50 Br/50 Fr/50 Fly - 2:15
    50 Fr/50 Fly/50 Back - 2:15
    Everyone else did 50 Fr/50 Bk/50 Fr on 2:30(?). Not sure why they increased the interval short since they were ahead of me on after the first one.
    6 x 100 IM - 1:30 Descend 1-3, 4-6 (1:25 -> 1:18)
    8 x 50 Kick - :50 (Br)

    3 times through:
    * 100 Fast - 2:00 (1:05, 1:05, 1:08 - slowed down to protect my shoulder some)
    * 2 x 300 Pull - 4:00 (All on about 3:31-3:33)
    * 8 x 25 - :30 drill down/15M blast back (I did IM order)

    200 Cool down

    (4900 Total)
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  15. A leg day again .... work off all the food

    by , November 26th, 2011 at 11:06 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Time to work of the food but the water was too hot to push too much.

    500 free broken
    500 free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 fast
    10x50 free as 25 kick/25 swim w/snorkle
    500 various free drills
    5x100@1:45 fly w/fins 25 rt arm, 25 lt arm, 25 kick, 25 swim
    500 free kick as 25 high, 25 just at surface, 25 deep kick

    Total 3000 yards
  16. Friday, Nov. 25

    by , November 25th, 2011 at 10:39 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Hit the hotel pool again today. It was cloudy, so fairly empty!

    Warm up/Transition:


    10 x 50
    odds = single arm fly
    evens = breast w/dolphin kick
    50 EZ

    10 x 50
    25 dolphin kick shooter on belly (25 kicks) + 25 EZ
    50 EZ

    Speed Work:

    10 x 40ish burst + ez
    40 EZ

    Pyramid 40 frees:
    9 x 40ish
    3-5-7-9-11-9-7-5-3 strokes fast
    40 EZ

    8 x (25 AFAP + 50 EZ)
    4 breast, 4 free
    50 EZ

    Total: 3100 ish (?)


    Pretty good workout for a hotel pool! I missed my fins though. Not looking forward to returning to the cold weather tomorrow.
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  17. Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 5:00pm (2nd time around...)

    by , November 25th, 2011 at 10:13 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Had two goals in mind with this swim tonight:
    • Get enough done to total 10K for the day (did it)
    • Complete the 30x100s set at all costs (didn't quite make it)
    300 Free
    200 Free Pull
    200 Kick w/ board
    100 Free

    30 x 100 Free @ 1:12.5
    • (made 22 of them - holding from 1:07s gradually increasing till failure at #22)
    • took 1:00 rest, then did:
    • 8 more 100 Free Pull @ 1:10 (holding 1:06-07s)
    200 EZ Kick w/ board

    20 x 25 Odds Fly, Evens Free @ :30

    100 Free EZ
    4600 Yards

    +5400 from the A.M.
    10,000 Yards for the day

    What a big difference 2.5 seconds of rest can make on a set like that today. I'm sure I could've made all 30 on the 1:12.5, had I not done the intensive set earlier this morning...but that's the way it goes. NOT going to go for a 3rd round of it tomorrow.
  18. Black Friday? Beach Friday!!

    Today I went out to Brighton Beach for a special Friday CIBBOWS swim. It was unseasonably warm (50s) for late November, and very sunny, but today there was a strong wind out of the southwest. I got there a few minutes before the 11am meet-up time, and lay on the beach while I waited for the others, listening to the rattle of sand hitting my parka hood.

    There were about a dozen of us out for the day. The water was choppy from the wind, with some whitecaps, and tide was at its low point. When others asked me what my plans were, I said I didn’t know—I’d keep on swimming as long as I was having fun. I did plan to start out swimming into the wind, towards the pier, so that I wouldn’t be surprised by the difficulty of swimming into chop on the way back, and also so that just in case I got too cold and needed to get out and walk/jog back I wouldn’t be heading into the breeze.

    Our tide-and-temperature expert Cara thought the water temp would be about the same as yesterday. (She later confirmed that it had indeed held steady overnight at 50.) I went ahead and got ready and waded in. It took me 20 breaths today in knee-deep water until I dove in and started swimming. The first few breaths in cold wavy water always seem hard on my neck—although I don’t do heads-up freestyle, I think it takes me 20 meters or so until I’m truly whole-hearted about putting my face in. Until then, my neck muscles stay stiff, and it feels like my head gets a little battered by the waves. Once I relax and let the water hold it up things seem much easier.

    The water was a beautiful deep green in the sunlight, and I enjoyed swimming along and seeing the shore go by. It was very choppy though—not the rolling chop that carries you up and down, but the truly choppy chop that can randomly wash over your arms and head and create the illusion that it’s pushing you backwards. Sometimes I hear swimmers talk about having to fight against the chop, but I don’t much like that metaphor—I always like to think I’m looking for ways to work with the water, or at least play in it, even when conditions are difficult. But today the play seemed more of the sort of a cat does with a mouse it’s caught. And I was the mouse!

    Often when I’m swimming by myself it takes about 10-20 minutes for me to feel comfortable in the water—until then, I’m on high alert. I want to sight often, I’m on the lookout for any unusual noises or sights, and am easily spooked by buoys or shadows in the water. Today there was a boat near the jetties that I was worried about—it didn’t seem to be moving, but I kept on looking up to make sure it wasn’t, since I knew it would be difficult for a craft to spot a swimmer in the chop. As I got closer I could see it had a dive flag on it, and was actually inside the jetties, so I assumed it was anchored, and it was. I’ve seen dive boats around there before—my fellow CIBBOWSers told me there are the remains of an old pier that burned down in that spot. But I spent a fair lot of fretting and sighting before I determined that.

    After I passed the boat, I managed to get distracted by a low-flying helicopter, and then a very noisy boat which was in fact quite far away (I do always stop and look t see what’s making noise in the water, to ensure that if it’s a jetski I’m well out of harm’s way). But at the same time I was beginning to really enjoy swimming along—by this point I had gotten to the fanciful part of Coney Island, with the WonderWheel and the rest of the rides off to my right. Their colors were brilliant in the low bright sunlight, and I looked up at the boardwalk and hoped that there were others out enjoying the glorious November day.

    I swam to the last jetty before the pier, and then a bit further before stopping. I paused only to look up at the pier for a moment—just a couple of folks up there, and they didn’t seem to be fishing—then turned around and headed back. Suddenly the swimming became super-easy—the chop was with me, and I felt like it was carrying me along without much effort on my part. I stroked tranquilly along, enjoying the sun on my face and back, and marking my progress by noting the landmarks along the shore.

    As I neared the diveboat on the return trip, though, I started feeling really tired. My arms and body seemed heavy in the water, and looking at the sun when I breathed seemed disorienting. I didn’t feel any colder than I had a few moments before, but I started worrying that I was getting too chilled and that the fatigue and confusion might be symptomatic of that. When I’m OW swimming, I often fear that any unpleasantness I experience is a trend, but it usually turns out to be a passing sensation. I hoped that would be the case here. Still, in case the fatigue got worse, I decided to swim a little closer to shore, which involved making crescents inside the jetties. I also went to a bi-lateral breathing pattern, so I wasn’t looking into the sun on every stroke. I stroked along counting my breaths for a while—1-2-1-2-1-2-3-and so on—and soon I began feeling stronger and happier. Once I got past the last big jetty I was able to remain close to the shore, and I could also see my group up on the sand, so I stopped worrying and just focused on maintaining the breathing pattern. Before I knew it I was back where I started.

    When I was even with the group of swimmers already on shore, I dove down, turned over and looked at the water’s surface from underneath, and contemplated whether I wanted to stop or continue. I decided to keep going, and immediately felt a burst of energy. I picked up my stroke rate and swam to the next jetty, then on to the white building. After spending much of my first mile feeling jumpy, and my second being worried, I finally just felt peaceful and blissy in the water. Sometimes it pays to persevere.

    At the eastern end of the beach I turned around quickly and headed home. I was swimming into that same chop again, but now I felt really strong and relished the challenge. I was also feeling warmer than before, probably because I was working hard—kicking to stabilize myself, keeping my strokes quick and short, and minimizing the amount of time my hands spent above the water recovering (and therefore the chances that they would get stopped short by the waves). I swam hard back and was welcomed up onto the beach by the rest of the swimmers—I was first one in and last one out today.

    I dressed quickly and jogged up and down the beach a few times to keep the shivers at bay. Unlike yesterday, where conditions were perfect, today’s loop was a tough one. But I’m glad I rallied and stayed in—the experience of that last mile made it all worthwhile!

    I was hoping to do a double tomorrow—Asphalt Green pool workout in the morning, then right to the beach. But I’ve swum so much these past two days, and the beach is so enticing, that I might skip the pool workout. These November beach days are precious indeed!

    And oh yeah--CIBBOWS was featured in the Wall Street Journal today! I swim with celebrities!
  19. Workout 11/25/11

    by , November 25th, 2011 at 07:08 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    Long warmup in the hot pool today ...
    200 FR
    200 BK
    100 Fly drill/100 FR
    100 Br/100 FR
    200 Back

    5 x 200's on :xx (trying to to run over or get run over - went when I had some open water)
    - 100 Kick
    - 100 Pull with buoy
    - Did FR/BK/sdk-IM/FR/BK

    500 with paddles (25 DPS/25 Fast, 50/50,75/75,100/100)

    200 various warmdown

    (2700 yds, 55 min)

    I am feeling tired today, and I did not pig out too much yesterday. I got up earlier than planned and put in a 1.6 mile walk with my son, and that did little to energize me before swimming at lunch time.

    I could tell by the parking lot that it would be crowded today, and it was (6 in the water when I started, then it dwindled down to 3). I bet you all can't wait for the New Year crowds that will appear in a month or so, right? The water was very warm today - apparently the heater was not working properly earlier in the week and it was nice and cool for laps Today it was hot, hot, hot, with the heat still pumping out.

    Anyone have a short-hand way of describing the 500 - I have done it a few times and am getting too lazy to keep writing it out. Must be the turkey talking ...
    Swim Workouts
  20. Nov 25, 2011

    by , November 25th, 2011 at 06:40 PM (Canuck Countdown)
    198 days until Day 1 of the FINA World Masters Championships

    I booked my flights to Italy for World Championships today!

    I booked my hotel in Kelowna for Canadian Nationals today!

    Thursday, Nov 24
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    West Warmup Pool (25m)

    2 x 400 IM as fly kick, back drill, breast drill, free swim

    24 x 25 @ :40 from middle of pool, working turns (6 fly; then 6 back; then 6 breast; then 6 free)

    15 x 50 @ 1:00 as (25 fly/25 back, 25 back/25 breast, 25 breast/25 free) x 3, working turns

    12 x 25 @ :45 as (3 drill / 1 swim) x 3

    Main Set (no break between):
    • 4 x 50 Free @ 1:00 holding 200 pace (I went 31, 32, 32, 32)
    • 200 free @ 4:00 negative split (to be swum with effort)
    • 100 kick ALL OUT (I went 1:37)
    • 200 EZ
    We were supposed to repeat the above twice, but Coach Mat decided to drop second time through. Thank goodness! I was feeling sick by then, as I wasn't feeling well even at the beginning of workout, and the IM 50s beat me down!

    Instead, we did a fun Relay:
    • worked out to 6 x 25 for each swimmer @ :30 to 1:00

    100 EZ

    Total Distance = 3100 meters

    Comments: I would have been much happier if each 50 of the broken 200 had been 1 second faster, but I'll take it.

    Updated November 28th, 2011 at 01:54 PM by lewba