Today I headed back out to Brighton Beach for my second swim of the weekend with CIBBOWS. I felt better after yesterday’s long swim than I had expected—I just had a little soreness in my lats, and felt pretty energetic and ready to swim. Heading to the beach today required some optimism—Manhattan was drizzly and cold—but I hoped the weather would be better once I got out to Brooklyn. Not much, unfortunately—it was a decidedly raw morning, with overcast skies, a bit of drizzle, and a fairly brisk wind. Still, the water looked inviting, especially since I remembered how lovely it had been swimming in it yesterday.
After chatting a bit with some friends on the beach I stripped down to my suit and headed out into the ocean. Although it was still only in the high 50s, the water felt downright warm compared to the air. It was way wavier than it looked from shore. These weren’t nicely spaced waves, but odd unpredictable ones from all different directions. I headed out towards the white building that marks the eastern end of our 5k loop, and found myself having to stop and sight frequently—sometimes doing a stroke or two of breaststroke--as the waves tossed me all around. It was fun!
Even though I was heading mostly into the waves (and wind), the current was with me, and I arrived quickly at my destination. Once I turned around, though, I wasn’t sure I was making any headway at all in the other direction. I swam for 40 strokes, looked to shore to see if I’d made any progress, wasn’t sure, so tried that again, this time with kicking added. After that round, it was clear I was indeed going forward, so I relaxed a bit. Getting stuck past that end of the course would be inconvenient—it’s where the sandy beach ends, and the next bit is a rocky shoreline. But I also knew that the current is usually less strong in nearer to shore, so I headed in nearer the strand to swim back to my starting point. That seemed to speed things along, although I had to swing out again to get past one big jetty.
Once back, I decided to head in the other direction towards the pier. Even though I was swimming against the current, it was easier and smoother going than on the way out, with the waves and wind mostly traveling in the same direction as me. The water was green and surprisingly clear for being as stirred up as it was, and I occasionally saw some jellies down below the surface. I went to the third big jetty then turned around and headed back.
As soon as I turned around I once again started to get tossed about by the waves. I was swimming with the shore on my left, and breathing on my right, but at one point I saw the Parachute Drop (one of the major Coney Island landmarks) out of the corner of my eye when my head was turned to breathe. That couldn’t be right—I should be looking out at open ocean. I looked again on the next breath, and there it still was. I stopped and looked around, and found that the waves had spun me around, and I had been swimming merrily along out to sea. After that I began sighting a bit more often.
I soon arrived back to the starting point and hopped out and dressed quickly and began warming up. It took a little longer today with no sun, but hot cocoa and running around on the beach tossing the football soon did the trick. One of my friends was out today doing a 6-hour qualifying swim, so there were a number of us who stuck around to provide support and cheer. I got back to swim with him for his fifth hour out in the waves. He stuck it out for the whole 6 hours, which impressed me greatly on a day like today.
It was a fun day, but I was glad to finally get home and wash the sand away. Now I’m showered and sandfree and savoring a glass of wine, and still feeling the waves from my dip today. It’s a very pleasant feeling.
In other OW news, my suit arrived for the around-Manhattan relay I’m swimming in June. My relaymate John designed them for us on the splish website—here’s how it turned out:
It fits me well, and I can’t wait to wear it on the big day!
20 x 25 shooters w/fins
10 back, 10 belly
8 x burst 25s @ 1:00
odds = dive from side and power dolphin kick
evens = back stroke + power kick
-- Had the crappy silicone nose clips in my bag and lost them on every start. My start feels odd lately; I'm not getting into the water cleanly.
8 x (25 fast w/fins + 25 easy) @ 3:00
5 swim, 3 kick
3 x (75 fast kick + 75 easy) @ 4:00
6 x 100 @ 1:45
odds = swim
evens = kick
8 x 25
odds = breast kick
evens = PLD
Had to take yesterday off, but got back in the water today. The water was fairly hot again, , which is not conducive to aerobic work. I'm going to try Oak Marr tomorrow to see if it's any better.
Had a fabulous time in Philly at the Stotesbury Regatta with a glorious day for racing. Definitely made the right decision to go to this event instead of CNs. My kids' high school did exceedingly well and was one of the only public high schools making finals -- rowing is dominated by prep/private schools with a longstanding rowing tradition. In fact, this was the first time in the school history (only 9 years now) that a first varsity boat made grand finals at this race -- the biggest HS race in the nation. Happily, one of those boats was Fort Son's, whose lightweight 4 finished 5th and qualified for Nationals. His boat was beat by two Canadian teams, so they may fare even better at Nationals next weekend. This was exceedingly gratifying to him and our family since he and his boat mates had been stuck in a mediocre heavyweight boat half the year. Mini Fort's lightweight 4 boat did not advance past semis (very young boat), but petitioned to get into Nationals and did. Mr. Fort and I got to stay with friends whose son is also rowing on the lightweight team at Dartmouth next year, and our sons are going to try to room together. All in all a great weekend!
Got there late, so I did a 100 free then:
Locomotive pull 1-1-2-2-3-3-3-3-2-2-1-1 (by 25's) = 600
8 x 100 on 1:40 stroke free - this was murder, gotta say - did fly for a 25, then back for a 25 then 50 free - or back/breast then free
16 x 25 drill/sprint
12 x 50 in groups of 4, descend 1-4
Goal sets: 100 free, followed by 200 easy in the warmdown lane for a total of 5 100's free - my best was a 1:21 (LCM) sorry to say, I got slower & slower - I really tried to finish it, but going out fast made it extremely difficult for me to finish strong.
Total: 4300 LCM
The group was going to do another 400 or something, but I was so demoralized that I just got out. Besides I had things to do other than swim today!!
Had to go to work today, again. At least it was only for 4 1/2 hours and all OT. Plus I fixed a few headaches on the line so Monday will be a piece of cake! Yeah right...
Then headed over to the Y for a splasharound:
200 Kick w/ board
400 Free Pull
8 x 25 with fins
odds underwater SDK @ :30
evens sprint Fly @ :40
2 Times Thru:
2 x 100 Free @ 1:15 (held 1:05/:06s)
1 x 50 Fly Fast @ 1:00 (:32 / :31)
4 x 150 Pull @ 2:00
#1-2 100 Free/50 Back
#3-4 50 Free/100 Back (these were tougher only a few seconds rest)
4 x 50s semi quick pace: One of the normal lap swimmers wanted to race me while he was using fins and I went normal.
I did 2 free and 2 fly. The frees I just went quick enough to stay with him. The flys I had to pretty much sprint to try to win against him. I was 1 for 2 on the fly.
Other good news: My ex finally got picked up after a year and a half of skipping out on her child support court hearing. She's not a good one to make the story short. I just got the paperwork from the court hearing that just finally happened and she got the book thrown at her. $$$$...finally.
Updated May 22nd, 2011 at 11:26 AM by jaadams1
Today I went out to Brighton Beach with the goal of swimming a “super-loop.” Our usual swim out there is a 5k loop, from our starting point out to the “white building” in one direction, then down to the Coney Island pier in the other, then back to the start. The “super-loop” expands that swim by going past the white building down to the end of Manhattan Beach, then down to the pier and back—a total distance of 5 miles. I was excited about this swim, both because it took me past beachfront that I’d never seen before and because it was a longer swim than I’d ever attempted.
All week the forecast had been for stormy and/or rainy weather, but today turned out sunny and warm, with just enough clouds in the sky to make it interesting. There was very little wind—it was a perfect day for swimming and hanging out at the beach. The water had warmed up since last week too. Sweet!
Chaos kindly swam with me and showed me the super-loop course. We had the current with us on the first leg, and really flew to the end of Manhattan Beach. I hardly had a chance to see the houses and the little beachfront park we passed, we went by so fast. But no worries, I had plenty of opportunity to play sea tourist and look at things on the way back—it was pretty slow going with the current against us. I never worried about how much progress we were making though--the water was so clear and beautifully green, it was just a delight to swim along. There were enough gentle waves in both directions to play in and make things interesting.
Soon we passed our starting point and headed to the pier, but not before an encounter with a jet ski who cut in front of us and breached itself on the beach, then swamped us again on its way back out into the ocean. I actually don’t mind the waves they make—they can actually be kind of fun to swim in--but the diesel fumes aren’t much fun, and it can be a bit scary not knowing if they notice you in the water or not. Anyway, having survived that encounter, we made our way to the pier, then turned around and headed in. By this time the current had slowed, so we didn’t get as much help on the way back as I thought we might. I was happy when we finished up, and very pleased to have swum the whole distance. Hurray!
After resting and warming up on the beach, I went back in for a short warm-down swim. I just couldn’t get enough of the water today. It was a glorious day to be at the beach, and I’m going back tomorrow for more.
With my husband out of town, I felt bad having the girls wake up to a potentially empty house, so I elected to lace up the shoes and hop on my elliptical instead. HOLY *#$^*#^! I forgot just how hard of a workout you can get on the elliptical. I managed to do an entire hour, but I did the first 30 minutes as a high-intensity ladder/sprint type of workout and then the next 30 minutes going between the 3 and 4 intensity levels trying to catch my breath.... But, I used to love running and it was great to be back on the elliptical. But... I am so used to not feeling the sweat when I'm swimming.... kind of gross to have it dripping off me and onto my floor.
Anyhoo.... after that, I took a break and waited for the girls to wake up. When that didn't happen in a timely fashion (before 10am), I went out and mowed the lawn. About the time I was finishing, they finally emerged and we made a pizza for lunch. Then, back to the basement for my NFL workout. With the focus on legs today, I was really feeling the jump squats, especially after being on the elliptical this morning.
Even though I wasn't able to swim, still a good day - and a pretty intense workout. More on tap for tomorrow? Probably. My guess is that my traditional Sunday "day of rest" will turn into a "day of elliptical". It's just fun!
If you're headed to the pool, enjoy your swimming for me. If not, just enjoy your weekend!
P.S. I was ahead enough in my FLOG that it's not angry with me yet. That will change tomorrow, but for today....
Again I wimped out of LCM outside. The water was reported to be 66 degrees yesterday and I know it can only warm up so fast. I made myself feel better about my wimpyness by helping with the special olympics kids which practice directly after our indoor practice.
Today there were 5 Nasti's of various levels of ability swimming inside. I decided I would just swim 1 hour straight. I hadn't done this for a long while and with my impending lake 5K mid-June I figured it was a reasonable workout to do with only 1 hour's time. I ended up getting 3,500 short course meters. I did it steady and at a comfortable effort.
I sucked down a chocolate "Muscle Milk" poolside and proceded to wrestle for 75 minutes with a 90 pound alligator named Ben. The first five minutes of his workout he used "big arms" on his freestyle, did a bit of breastroke with flutter kick, and firmly proclaimed he was done. For the next 70 minutes the only words he uttered was "NO" and "YOU"RE HURTING ME!" while I physically man-handled him back and forth across the pool! (I wasn't hurting him)
I think Ben and I both got a pretty good workout! I will say he "hi fived" me after each forced lap and gave me a big bear hug at the end of the practice! I'll do anything these days to get a fantastic hug like that!
I'm still slower that I think I should be but today felt pretty good. I'm definitely fatigues but I've got tomorrow off so maybe I can catch up on some rest. 3 soccer games today. I'll ref at least one and hopefully coach the other two.
350 Warm up
3 x 100 Kick
3 x 100 Free Down/Stroke Back IM order
3 x 100 Pull
3 Times through
* 4 x 50 Kick - :50 (w/ fins)
* 200 IM - 3:15
* 4 x 50 Stroke - :55
* 200 Free - 3:00
*#1 Stroke = Fly, #2 Stroke = Back, #3 Stroke = Breast
400 Pull Easy
9 x 100 - 1:40 Fr/Fl/Fr/Fr/Bk/Fr/Fr/Br/Fr
200 Cool Down
The Apple Capital meet (USA-S) is coming up the first weekend of June, the 3rd - 5th. This is basically the Wenatchee club team hosting all the PNS (Pacific NW) club teams for a beat-down.
The best thing for me is that the pool is less than 2 miles from my house! Yippie!! Finally I don't have to drive forever to do a meet!!
I'm sure there will be a few Masters swimmers in the meet other than me, but they do have coaching responsibilities I'd assume, so may not be swimming too much. Plus, there will be a few college kids home for the summer. I think I'll be busy waving the
Here's my event lineup and entry times:
Male 15 & Over 1500 Free X18:56.33L
Male 15 & Over 100 Free X1:00.82L
Male 15 & Over 50 Fly X29.01L
Male 15 & Over 200 Fly X2:32.36L
Male 15 & Over 200 Breast X2:58.19L
Male 15 & Over 50 Free X27.40L
Male 15 & Over 100 Fly X1:04.48L
Male 15 & Over 200 IM X2:34.25L
Male 15 & Over 200 Free X2:14.77L
Overall, I think my events are good, and I should swim well. The only real worry I have is the 1500 LCM! I've never like the race.
solo swim @ Monon Center with myself:
**3 X 150 Freestyle @ 2:30 interval
**3 X 100 Freestyle @ 1:45
**3 X 50 Freestyle @ :55
**3 X 300 Freestyle @ 5:15 interval
**4 X 125 Freestyle @ 2:15 interval
**6 X 50 Free @ 1:00
Finally a perfect sunny day in Central Indiana! I hope it's like this on Monday!
Swim/LCM/Solo @ GMU:
8 x 50 @ 1:00
odds = swim/drill
evens = build kick
8 x 15-20 burst sprint + 30-35 easy @ 1:15
4 dolphin kick, 2 free, 2 back spin drill
6 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 100 EZ) @ 4:00
50 fly, 28
50 fly, 28 high
50 breast, 34
50 free, 27 high (forgot about legs until halfway through)
50 back, 30
50 dolphin kick w/board, 29 (faded at end or would have been a 28)
5 x 100 @ 2:00
various swim, kick, pull
Managed to sneak out around noon for a swim at GMU. Last LC swim before the pool closes. After being out of the pool for 3 days, it was probably not the best idea to do a sprint set. But I hadn't done one in ages and was determined. Not unexpectedly, my strokes felt choppy and felt like I was spinning my arms. But, then, I haven't done much speed work lately and I think I could use some DPS + gradually add speed work.
Slightly puzzled that my dolphin kick with a board is almost as fast as fly. Maybe my isolated kick is more effective than my stroke kick?
Leaving in a couple hours for the Stotesbury Regatta. Both Fort Son's and Mini Fort's boards advanced to the semi-finals this am. And the weather is supposed to be fabulous!
3 X 100 2:00
2 X 200 3:30
3 X 100 1:50
2 X 300 5:15
1 X 200 kick -
1 X 100 easy swim
4 X 50 25 sprint/25 easy 1:15
1 X 100 fast 2:30
Three times through.
1 X 100 easy swim
10 X 50 kick 1:15
odd: moderate even: fast
1 X 800 swim or pull
descend by 200's
WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00
What I thought was going to be a lack luster day in the pool turn out ok. I found it hard to get started with the sprint but for some reason after I did the turn I came off the wall with a vengence. I would call it more like a sprint 15 than 30 meters.
1000 Free as by 200 swim/pull/swim/kick/swim
500 Free kick w/fins moderate
4x[2x100@2:00 Free sprint from 15 meters into turn and 15 meters out easy for the rest of the 100
....[1x100@3:00 Back easy
300 Free easy w/snorkle
Total 3000 meters
Made it to the Dolce Hotel in Peachtree City now and am relaxing for a bit. Going to get some snacks then rest till the meeting tonight.
Today was "old school" swimming day. However, since my breaststoke kick is ridiculously bad - and I just started swimming not quite two years ago (thus have no "old school" frame of reference ), I altered the workout just a tad. Here's the workout as written:
8 x 50 Kick on 1:10 (no fins; odd: breast, even: dolphin)
1 x 400 Pull on 7:30
4 x 100 IM on 2:00, 1>4 (did w/o fins!)
6 x 150 IM Wish on 3:30 (translates to 50 back, 50 breast, 50 free)
8 x 50 Stroke on 1:10; odd: old-school fly (fly arms w/ breaststroke kick), even: choice
4 x 50 Double Arm Backstroke Cool-Down on 1:10
Total Yards - 3100
Here's where my modifications were:
6 x 150 IM Wish - I did back pull, breast arms w/ fly kick, free. I have been trying to figure out the backstroke arm pull in order to get more propulsion. Thus, the extra time on backstroke today.
8 x 50 Old School Fly - Fly arms with my weak-#&@*@ breaststroke kick? I don't think so... I just did regular old fly on the odds and backstroke on the evens.
4 x 50 Double Arm Back Cool-Down - I just changed this to a normal 400 cool-down and did a mixture of kicking and fly drills.
My total yards - 3300.
Today was a pretty good workout day. It was pretty low-key, but I was still pushing pretty hard on the fly and back. Maybe I also enjoyed it more because I know I won't be swimming tomorrow or Sunday. Huh... I'm hoping the enforced rest will do me good. Family commitments will keep me away from the pool both days - barring some as yet unforeseen event..... My FLOG won't be happy with me come Monday morning , but my girls will be.
Enjoy your swims this weekend!
I actually borrowed a workout from SJ Black and trimmed it down to fit within my short time frame this morning. I only have roughly 45 min. of pool time when I go to the pool in the morning. A great time to work on some little things though.
4 x 250 w/20
12 x 25 w/10
Went IM order
1. count strokes
2. faster & hold stroke count
3. faster & hold stroke count
I had posted earlier that I was planning on getting back into my old dryland routine. Maybe if I put it in writing here I will be more motivated to really stick with it. It worked last summer.
M am. weights (high reps)
pm. team practice
T am. solo pool time
pm. P90 core
W am. weights (high reps)
pm. team practice
T am. P90 yoga
pm. P90 abs
F am. solo pool time
pm. P90 choice (kempo, cardio, or plyo)
S am. team practice
pm. P90 abs
S P90 stretch (my favorite!!)
I have to do it now that I have posted it. Except for practicing with the team I try to workout mostly when the kids are asleep. Either early in the morning or after bed time at night. We will see.
SCY - I could have gone outside this morning but it was still a bit chilly (41) and since today's practice consisted of all out swims off blocks I stayed inside (no blocks outside).
10 – 20 min meet warm up – your choice
300 swim back and free
200 kick - flutter on back
4 x 50 25 drill/25 build to sprint
8 x 25 - mix of strokes and effort
5 – 7 events/7:00: FULL SPEED - OFF BLOCKS
(Choose events, but at least 3 of them have to be different)
Times are approximate since I didn't have a timer and it takes 1-2 sec to focus on clock after finish.
#1: 50 back - 33
100 easy swim
#2: 50 fly - 31
200 easy swim
#3: 50 free - 29
200 easy swim
#4: 50 breast - 42
100 easy swim
#5: 100 back - 1:15
150 easy swim
#6: 100 free - 1:09
150 easy swim
I was toast after this and really felt myself slowing down during the final swim.
200 cool down
Total: 2400 yards
Updated May 20th, 2011 at 12:52 PM by poolraat
Got right to it this morning!
4 x 100 Free @ 1:30 (warmup)
3 x 200 Free @ 2:30 (2:20/2:18/2:15)
2 x 300 Free Pull @ 3:30 (3:20/3:18)
1 x 400 Free @ 4:30 (4:25)
8 x 50 Fly (2 @ 1:00, 2 @ :55, 2 @ :50, 2 @ :45)
3 x 200 (100 IM/100 Free) @ 2:50
4 x 100 Back @ :15 rest (held about 1:15-1:20)
2 more weeks away till my next adventure in LCM competition with the age group kids.
Updated May 20th, 2011 at 01:26 PM by jaadams1
This morning I swam up at Riverbank with a friend. We had originally planned to go out to the beach, but decided on a pool swim instead because of all the recent heavy rain here and the iffy forecast for today. Riverbank pool was hopping today, but we had friendly and courteous lanemates. Our intervals ended up being more determined by where there was room to push off than by the pace clock, though. Here’s what we ended up doing:
1000 lcm warmup (400s, 200k, 200s, 200im d/s)
300 FR done as 50s/50d, playing with kick cadence and arm turnover
FR pyramid: 50-150-250-350-250-150-50
50 easy back
Kicking “half-marathon”: 13.1 x 50 kick [this was done in honor of one of our regular workout mates who is running a half-marathon tomorrow]
45 easy back
3 x 200 pull
6 x 50 stroke
200 broken twirly IM
100 warmdown / more play
Not sure how I made it through practice. I just don't have the energy to keep going. Am I doing too much? I've swum more distance in a week before but probably never at the intensity that we did at the beginning of the week. When you throw in soccer, I'm not really getting any rest. I'm eating horribly and gaining some weight despite the extra exercise. Maybe I'm sick. Or maybe I'm just getting older. I'll definitely try and get some extra rest sunday.
400 Warm up
6 x 100 - 1:30
* 2 x free
* 2 x IM
* 2 x stroke
Fell behind right away on the IM. Couldn't get fly going early today
4 times through
* 75 Pull - 1:00
* 25 Fly - :30 (optional no breath)
* 200 IM - 3:00
* 25 Fly - :30 (optional no breath)
* 75 Pull - 1:00
For some reason, I was fine on the 75s but still struggled with IM. Did a 3:10 on the first IM and then switched fly w/ free for the next 2. Finished with a 3:05.
4 x 200 IM Kick - 4:00
32 x 25 Down easy free - :30/Back hard stroke - :30
100 Cool down
I made it to Nasti's tonight. I've been working late all week; tonight I just said SCREW IT! and took off. I'll have to go in Sat. and Sun. to finish getting things ready for FD and end of semester grades but that's okay!
Tonight's workout was just made up as we went along I think. I felt tired and stress-free at the end so it worked it magic on me!
**400 SCM Freestyle Warm-up
**8 X (50 stroke @ 1:15 / 100 Free @ 2:00)
**4 X 50 Kick @ 1:15 (all flutter on side)
**8 X 75 Free @ 1:20
**3 X 50 Descend (1:00 / 55 / 50)
**150 cool-down easy swim
Good news concerning summer school!!!!!! I get to teach water safety and basic swimming exclusively during freshman summer school!!! This is 800% better than spending 4 hours X 5 days per week for 4 weeks out on the hot, sun-baked synthetic turf football field!
I've always wanted the swim job but the department chairman always did it! I'm thrilled to get the chance!!
Updated May 19th, 2011 at 11:22 PM by Bobinator
(hahahha! I forgot I mentioned the summer school news yesterday. At least it shows I really am quite happy. Sorry to be rep)