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  1. Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 5:00am & 5:00pm Kickin' my butt again

    by , October 24th, 2011 at 09:55 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    No rest for the weary here. I used this morning's swim as a recovery from the meet, and then hit the grindstone in the afternoon.
    My body's still trembling (from the p.m. workout)...that means I need to eat something good. Probably will have some [ame=""]Pupusas[/ame] that my mother in law has been making all afternoon. They are a food from El Salvador, basically is an overly stuffed handmade tortilla. The stuffing is has all been previously run through a hand crank meat grinder, and includes pork, pork fat, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, zuchinni and more. Then this mixture has cheese added to it, and is smothered with oil, and then goes inside the tortilla and fried in a pan on the stove. Very tasty stuff, and very NOT GOOD for your body to eat too much of it too often. But it's been about 3 months since I've had some, so I'm going all out tonight!

    A.M. Workout:

    300 Free
    200 Free Pull
    200 Kick w/ training fins
    200 Fly Drill

    700 Free Pull EZ
    300 Kick w/ board EZ
    2000 Yards


    P.M. Butt Kicking:

    This was literally "solo at the Y". I was the only one in the pool, which is very nice. No distractions, no waves from lessons/public swim, beach balls coming into the lanes, etc.

    200 Free
    200 Free Pull
    200 Kick w/ board

    5 x 100 Free @ 1:15 (held 1:07s) these were easy enough, right into:
    5 x 100 Free @ 1:10 (went 1:06, 1:07, 1:07, 1:08, 1:08)
    I was wiped out at this point. Who knows if I could have even done one more?

    100 EZ

    All of these with no rest between groups:
    4 x 125 Free Pull @ 1:35 (held 1:24/1:25)
    3 x 125 Free Pull @ 1:30 (held 1:25/1:26)
    2 x 125 Free Pull @ 1:25 (went 1:22/1:21)
    1 x 125 Free Pull @ under 1:20 (went 1:19)

    50 EZ and out
    3000 Yards

    Very happy with this workout. The lifeguard who was an 18 year old former swim teamer was impressed as well with my final set.
  2. 10/24/11

    After two weeks of 86-88 temps in the pool they finally got it cooled down to 81. Much better! Tonights workout had a lot of rest with some short fast swims mixed in. We need to do more fast swims in practice as much as I may not feel like it after a long day of work.

    Started the day off with some light weights.

    Incline bench hammer machine 3 x 12 @ 140
    Decline cable flys 3 x 12 @ 40
    Leg press machine 3 x 15 @ 230
    Standing calf machine 3 x 12 @ 90
    Inner leg machine 3 x 15 @ 110
    Shoulder dumb bell press 3 x 10 @ 20
    Tri. rope extention 3 x 12 @ 48
    Bi. Rope curl 3 x 12 @ 48
    Lat hammer machine 3 x 15 @ 140

    Done as super sets in groups of three exercises at a time.

    Tonight in the pool.

    10 min. choice

    turn work for about ten min.

    16 x 25 drill (coaches choice)
    4 of each stroke

    4 rounds of the following
    2 x 75 @ 1:45 (fl,ba,br) FAST
    100 @ 1:45 EZ free w/long strokes

    24 x 50
    1-12 @ 55 every 3rd is fast stroke
    --went fly
    13-20 @ 1:05 every other is fast stroke
    --went back
    21-24 @ 1:15 all fast
    --went breast

    200 w/d


    I really worked the fast stuff today. My backstroke felt great and my turns were faster and deeper than I have been lately. This was a fun one with some short swims.
  3. Workout 10/24/11

    by , October 24th, 2011 at 09:30 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    200 FR/200 BK w/u

    5 x 200 pull:
    - Odds FR on 2:40
    - Evens IM on 3:00

    2 times through:
    - 4 x 75 on 1:15 (first time FR, second time BK)
    - 200 kick RIMO on 4:00

    800 Paddle swim
    - 200 Fr, 100 BK (50 DPS/50 Fast)

    150 junk w/d
    (3350 total, 50 minutes)
    Had a busy weekend at work, so I was happy to get into the water tonight. I had the day off, worked on some bills then got in a motorcycle ride before eating supper with the family. Then off to practice ...

    I fell into the 1000 theme tonight. The pulls felt good, and I was able to hold 2:30-3 on the Frees. I needed an extra 5 seconds after the second IM since I am slow.

    For the 75's, I swam the first as DPS and streamline work, then on the next three I went Fast on the 3rd 25, 2nd 25, 1st 25 while trying to keep the streamlines working. For the Backstroke, I was just trying to get enough rest, and ended up getting 10 second at least on each. I have been trying to speed up my arms when they are out of the water, otherwise I am too low in the water and my hips don't roll enough.

    Paddles were used to focus on catch and pull, and I would have made that a 1000 it if was not for the Aqua Zumba class pushing into the pool. I was on my last 50, trying to SDK a 25, and ran into one of the ladies. I apologized even though I didn't really do anything wrong, the group just dashed into the pool after the lifeguard took out the lines. So I am stuck with 3350 instead of 3400 tonight.

    Now for some ice cream as I juice up some more grapes. I can't complain for the bumper crop this year, but my wife is growing impatient with my takeover of the kitchen with canning supplies and the big 6 gallon jug of wine. The fruits of our labors ...
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  4. Monday, 10/24/11

    by , October 24th, 2011 at 06:58 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Recovery Day


    Warm up (1050)
    3 x 100 Free/10sr, With Fins - smooth builds
    - around 1:25 on these
    200 IM Kick
    3 x 50/1:00 ds
    - 45-40-37
    200 Choice Drill
    8 x 25/30 somewhat strong
    - all free around 17

    Main Set (1000)
    With Fins:
    1 x 300 Free/30sr smooth
    - 4:25
    4 x 50 Back/20sr ds
    - 45->40 (no fins)
    Without Fins:
    1 x 300 Free/30sr smooth
    - 4:25
    4 x 50 back/20sr build each
    - ±45

    With Fins Kick (600)
    Repeat two times:
    1 x 200 flutter/30sr smooth w/bd
    4 x 25 dolphin/10sr strong w/o bd on back
    - 2:55-3:00 on 200, around 20 on the 25's

    Scull/Drill/Swim (150)
    2 x 75/10 - 20sr 25 scull - 25 choice of drill - 25 swim of stroke relating to drill and scull

    Total: 2800 yards
  5. Oct 24, 2011

    by , October 24th, 2011 at 06:42 PM (Canuck Countdown)
    231 days until Day 1 of the FINA World Masters Championships

    Saturday, October 22, 2011
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    Competition Pool (LCM)

    Can't remember any of the sets except for the last "test" set:

    5 x 200 Free Descend @ 4:00
    2:42, 2:38, 2:35, 2:32, 2:30

    Total Distance = 4000 meters

    Comments: If you had told me that I'd swim those times at the beginning of workout, I would have laughed because I was so tight and my legs were so tired. But I guess the the 3000 meters before the test set loosened me up sufficiently. And, after workout, I felt so good that I decided to drywall my garage! I bought 10 sheets of 9'x4' drywall, insulation, and poly vapor barrier and spent the afternoon insulating and installing the poly.

    Sunday, October 23, 2011
    Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
    Competition Pool (LCM)

    2 x
    (100 swim,
    100 kick,
    100 pull,
    100 drill)

    3 x (50 kick/50 drill/50 swim) @ 3:00 Freestyle
    3 x (50 kick/50 drill/50 swim) @ 3:00 Fly

    40 x 50 as
    10 x 50 swim @ :60
    2 x (3 x 50 drill, 1 x 50 build, 1 x 50 FAST!) @ :60
    10 x 50 pull @ :70
    10 x 50 Best Average @ 1:30, every 2nd one from a dive, held 31-33s (depending on dive or not)

    200 EZ

    Total Distance = 3900 Meters

    Comments: Finished insulation, vapour barrier and drywall today in the garage. Next on the winterization list: put snow tires on the car!

    Updated November 28th, 2011 at 02:00 PM by lewba

  6. Double Mon Oct 24th, 2011 SCY

    by , October 24th, 2011 at 03:28 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Double Mon Oct 24th, 2011 SCY

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    Whitney Coached
    UT Swim Center: main pool
    Noon - 1:15 dove in 12:04ish wore Jammer
    swam with korey
    beside Larry & Mark

    did around 800

    Main SET: scy

    5 x 200 fr on 2:30 desc
    held 2:15's went 2:08 on last

    400 fr with 4 SDKs off each turn

    5 x 150 k on 2:15 desc
    held 1:56
    #4 skipped a 50, #5 did a 200 k went 2:23

    400 fr

    5 x 150 k on 2:00 desc
    held 1:53's & 4's

    200 fr DPS

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

    Sat Dec 3rd & Sun Dec 4th
    2011 South Central SCM Regional Invitational
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  7. Mon Oct 24th, 2011 SCY

    by , October 24th, 2011 at 03:24 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Oct 24th, 2011 SCY

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    Whitney Coached
    UT Swim Center: main pool moved to well at 6:00
    5:00 am to 6:30 dove in 5:15ish wore Jammer
    swam with todd
    beside nate, tyler, & mike

    assigned 1000
    did around 200

    Main SET: scy

    5 x 200 fr on 2:30 desc
    used it to warm up

    500 fr with 4 SDKs off each turn

    5 x 150 k on 2:15 desc
    held 1:57

    500 fr

    5 x 150 on 2:00 desc
    done 25k 25 fr

    500 fr DPS

    4 x 25 no breath

    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. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -10/25/11

    by , October 24th, 2011 at 01:49 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    2 X 200 3:20 3:00
    4 X 100 1:40 1:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    4 X 100 descend 1-4 #4 @ 100% 2:00
    4 X 50 descend 1-4 #4 @ 100% 1:15
    Short break
    8 X 25 sprint :45
    Easy 50
    *all choice*

    1 X 200 kick 4:15
    3 X 100 kick 2:15

    1 X 200 4:00 3:30 3:00
    1 X 100 2:00 1:45 1:30
    1 X 75 fast 1:30 1:30 -
    Three rounds. Round 1 stroke, 2 IM, 3 free.
    Round 1 intervals left, 2 middle, 3 right.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  9. 6000 Postal

    by , October 24th, 2011 at 01:44 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Was in Boise over the weekend so took advantage of the opportunity to do this swim at the Boise West YMCA. Was a quiet Sunday and a lot of the lanes in the pool were empty. Made for a good swim as the lanes adjacent to mine were not in use much throughout most of my swim.

    I felt pretty good throughout most of the swim and held a fairly consistant pace until the final 1000. Started to have cramping in my calves and that slowed me down 1 or 2 seconds per 100.

    My total time for the swim was 1:28:33 which I was very pleased with. Splits for each 500 as follows:

    500 7:14
    1000 14:34 7:20
    1500 21:50 7:16
    2000 29:06 7:16
    2500 36:29 7:23
    3000 43:48 7:19
    Stopped to drink water and energy gel (about 15 sec)
    3500 51:21 7:33
    4000 58:43 7:22
    4500 1:06:06 7:23
    5000 1:13:39 7:33
    5500 1:21:17 7:38
    6000 1:28:33 7:16

    The competion of this swim meets my goal for the year of doing all 5 Postal Swims this year (for the first time). The swims themselves weren't too bad but the necessity of travelling to Boise in order to do most of these swims makes it a challenge to do them all. But I had decided at the beginning of the year that this was the year that I would do all of them.
  10. Speed Bump, Oct. 24

    by , October 24th, 2011 at 12:30 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    The path to swim meets is never easy ...

    Started feeling sick on Friday night (fever, chills, stuffy, queasy) and was up most of the night. Was at The Couch the rest of the weekend. With Mr. Fort gone on Saturday, it was somewhat tortuous getting through all the kid things. I am at least somewhat ambulatory today, though still really not well at all. I may attempt a short slow swim in the pool just to keep feel, and then back to the couch. I used to fight these things more, but I found complete rest helps me recover more quickly. Not the best timing with the meet this weekend. But hopefully, I will only miss a few practices and at least feel better by the weekend. Just hope I can at least get a few fast 25s in before then.

    Had my interview with Swimming World for the Lane Leader column today. Hope I wasn't too addled. Lane Leader is a semi-regular column featuring masters swimmers. It should come out in the December issue.

    Updated October 24th, 2011 at 12:57 PM by The Fortress

  11. Checking In....

    by , October 24th, 2011 at 11:55 AM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    Last week was crazy, so while I did manage to find time to swim every day, blogging about it was another story. Hopefully things will settle down a bit this week - we'll see.

    Update: The HSE Girls and Boys Cross Country teams are both headed to the Indiana State meet this coming weekend! My freshman daughter went from barely making the JV squad at the beginning of the season to being the 6th runner on their Varsity squad of 7. I am so very proud of her! So... instead of swimming in a SCM meet on Saturday, I'll be cheering at the State meet!

    As for swimming this morning, it was a pretty good day. While I freely admit that I swam most of the Fly stroke today as drill instead of full stroke, I managed to do the entire IM portion of the workout without fins - a huge deal for me! So, I was proud of that. As for the workout, here's what we did:

    400 Warm-Up
    4 x 150 Free on 2:30 as 100 Moderate / 50 Hard
    6 x 100 Reverse IM on 2:00
    6 x 75 IM Order (no free!) on 1:30, #3 and #6 fast
    1 x 200 Pull on 3:30
    6 x 50 Stroke (no free! - did 2 of each) on 1:15, #3 and #6 fast
    1 x 200 Kick on 3:30
    6 x 25 Stroke (no free! - did 2 of each) on :45, #3 and #6 fast
    1 x 200 Pull on 3:30
    400 Kick Cool-Down
    Total Yards - 3500

    That's it in a nutshell. Pretty good workout today. I actually enjoyed it! Tomorrow is distance day... should be interesting.

    Enjoy your swims today!
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  12. Toy day

    This morning I shared a lane at Riverbank with Rondi and Hannah and a couple of other random swimmers. I did my own thing, but was glad to have friends to chat with before and during the workout. The goal today was to continue my work on technique plus do a bit of sprint kicking. My longer term goal this week is to wean myself off the wrist brace as my wrist keeps improving—today I wore it for all but the final 200m, and had no pain. Here’s how it went:

    1000 lcm warmup (400 swim, 200 kick, 200 kick w/ fins, 200 swim w/ fins)

    4x through
    2 x 100 (50 K / 50 Swim)
    2 x 100 swim with snorkel
    [Rounds 1,2, and 4 were with fins, round 3 was sans. On the swims I alternated focusing on high elbows, hand entry position, alternate breathing, and early hand exit, and on the kicks I just gave myself a break from so much concentrating. After owning a snorkel for 10 years I finally getting the hang of using it.]

    8 x 50, done as (9-second UDK shooter with fins + remainder easy kick on back)
    [used my tempo trainer to time the shooters]

    10 x 50 stroke rate experimentation [also with tempo trainer. I did 6 with fins, 4 without. I've never been a fin person but am seeing how people get addicted to them.]

    200 warmdown

    I’ve been working on kicking while I swim—I did a 6-beat kick for about 95 percent of my swimming today. It’s pretty tiring, and I’m taking a lot of rest until my body gets used to it. I didn’t worry about intervals on any of my swims today—for the time being I feel really engaged and energized with the technique work, and so I figure I’ll just focus on that while the excitement is there.

    I have always wondered when taking the train up to Riverbank who it is who rides the subway with me so early in the morning. Last week I got a partial answer—there was a medical emergency, and the conductor asked any medical personnel aboard the train to come to the last car. Immediately there was a rush of eager young folks running down the subway platform, and it clicked—about a sixth of the people on the train were interns and residents, probably heading up to the big hospital that is just a few stops past Riverbank. I confirmed that hypothesis this morning, when I accidentally missed my stop and had to backtrack—a significant number of my fellow riders exited with me at 168th Street, which is near Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. It's nice to know I'm surrounded by so many good samaritans on my morning commute!
  13. Monday - 10/24/2011

    by , October 24th, 2011 at 10:35 AM (Workout Swimmer)
    Have been traveling a LOT - last week went to Orlando, Marianna & Auburn. Back in Marianna today. I am TIRED of being in the car, and grateful to be able to work the kinks out in the pool! Auburn was a swim meet w/my son, who did well, considering the time of year and lack of competition. He entered slowish seed times, and was therefore seeded 9th in everything - and was then miles ahead of everyone, even tho he was (for him) basically taking a bath. Wish I could go his speed when I was sprinting!!

    600 back/free
    600 pull
    600 locomotive kick (1-3, 3-1) w/zoomers
    100 easy
    6 x 150 IM twitch on 2:15
    12 x 50 on :50, 6 free, 6 fly/free & breast/free
    100 easy
    5 x 100 kick on 2:00 (w/zoomers)
    100 easy
    1000 steady state w/zoomers
    100 easy
    Total: 5200

    Kids apparently have no school today, and so were in the water with me until 7am - a nice treat. The high schoolers have HS Districts on Thursday, so I am lucky to be off that day as well, so I can swim with the Lunch Bunch at Meyers at least (Trousdale pool will be closed for the meet). Hoping for warmer weather this week.
    **Gotta go back on the diet. I have slipped again, and am back up to 132lbs. I swore I was going to be 120 lbs by Christmas, but have not been very consistent in watching my food intake. I bet I could do it in three weeks if I would give up rootbeer, Blue Bell ice cream & cookies. . . .
  14. 10.24.11 Monday workout/Sunday anti-stereotypes

    by , October 24th, 2011 at 09:42 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Neighbor A was born in North Carolina, grew up in Georgia/Alabama, married a girl from Alabama and has lived there most of his life. Neighbor B is from Seattle, travelled/worked throughout Europe, met his English wife in Italy and settled in Alabama roughly 5 years ago.

    Question: Which neighbor spent Sunday Afternoon with 150,000 drunk rednecks at a NASCAR event in Talladega and which one spent Sunday Afternoon playing soccer? The answer of course makes no sense. But I thought about how odd it was as I drove to the soccer field. I was pretty sure I had way more fun than my neighbor until he got home later that night. He seemed pretty excited about the whole experience.

    Swam w/ Kent next to Dave and Dave. Water temp at 85. No drag suit.

    Never saturated the mirror pull up/down fly before. Made it comfortably today. We were going to do 6 200's of fly/free/pull but ended up doing 8. Timed pull wasn't too bad for being pretty tired. Mixed a lot of different kick into the up/down kicks. Getting faster... especially w/ my fly kick.


    500 Warm up

    8 x 200 - 3:30 Up/down Kick (:10)
    1:00 Break
    200 Timed kick (Br - 3:05)
    100 Easy

    200 Fr - 3:00
    50 Fl/100 Fr/50 Pull - 3:00
    100 Fly/100 Pull - 3:00
    50 Fl/100 Fr/50 Pull - 3:00
    100 Fly/100 Pull - 3:00
    50 Fl/100 Fr/50 Pull - 3:00
    100 Fly/100 Pull - 3:00
    50 Fl/100 Fr/50 Pull - 3:00
    1:00 Break
    200 Pull (2:15)

    200 Cool Down

    (4400 Total)
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  15. Decent set today, but only just made it

    by , October 24th, 2011 at 07:26 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Have a meet this week. Forgot I am doing backstroke this time so I need to work on it a little bit.

    400, 300, 200, 100@:15R Free
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 fast
    5x200@3:00 w/paddles & bouy as 100 Free/100 Back went 2:58, 2:57, 2:54, 2:55, 2:56
    6x50 from dive as 20 yard sprints alt fly/fr then easy free for the rest of the swim
    200 Free w/snorkle as 50 kick/150 swim EASY

    Total 3000 yards
  16. Back at the beach

    I had two wonderful days of swimming at the beach this weekend. On Saturday I went out to Brighton to meet up with friends. The day was cool and clear, and we arrived at low tide and set up our blankets and beach gear. The water temp had dropped to 58 degrees, but with the sun it felt warm and comfortable. The water is also getting clearer—I could see the bottom underwater for much of my swim, and took a few minutes to dive down to say hi to the crabs burrowed down in the sand. I swam the 5k loop with my friend Cara, then joined others back on the beach for snacks and football and chitterchat. It was a classic fall beach day, and I was happy to get to go back today for more.

    This morning the weather started off overcast, but the sun came out while we were in the water. We had about 20 swimmers out, including 2 that were doing their 6-hour English Channel qualifier swim for next season. The water was again around 58, and the day was lovely. I did the 5k loop again—it doesn’t get old! I still love swimming by all the rides at Coney Island and seeing their bright festive colors. There were a few gentle waves, but the water was mostly flat and easy to swim in. Today I swam with Hannah and Eileen and also on my own for a ways. It was so peaceful and beautiful—for the second day in a row I just didn’t want to get out of the water. But once I did I was still happy, because there were friends to hang out with and fellow swimmers to cheer on as they finished their quali swims. Fun days, and I treasure them all the more because the season will be ending soon.

    I am still dealing with some wrist issues from the Ederle swim, but it is slowly improving. I’ve been working exclusively on technique and kicking during my pool workouts during the week, and have been wearing a wrist brace while I swim to limit the motion in that joint. That seems to work—I had no pain or swelling after my swims this weekend. Things are getting better, and in the meanwhile it’s probably not the worst thing to have motivation to work some form keys that I have known for a while are weaknesses in my swimming. Sometimes it's hard to be patient with how slow I need to swim to do that, especially when I'm out at the beach and feel exhilerated and want to just go-go-go, but so far I'm doing ok with that. The only real bummer with the wrist is that I can’t do backstroke at all yet, and I miss that.

    I’m not sure if I’ll do any meets this fall yet. The one that looks a bit enticing is the November 20 meet out on Long Island. If I get to where I can swim at full strength by the entry deadline I might go to that. There is also a techsuit-legal meet here in the city on December 10 (times don’t count for USMS purposes). But it’s at a pretty slow pool, so I’m not really tempted by that, as the two things seem like they would just cancel each other out, and I was never that big a techsuit fan anyway. If the water at the beach stays swimmable into November, I might just skip scm season altogether.

    In any case, it’s great to have my good energy back and be on the mend and in a planning-what’s-next-this-season mode! I’m looking forward to resuming team workouts over the next few weeks, and reconnecting with my teammates there. I also need to reestablish a weights routine, as that kind of went by the wayside this summer when I was trying to recover from the various long swims I was doing.
  17. Sunday sprint on my own

    by , October 23rd, 2011 at 07:52 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    I swam on my own today, to get in certain things I knew would be difficult with a one-practice-fits-all workout.

    This AM
    "2/3 vasa day"
    a little lite drylands

    Monthly massage at Massage Envy

    Then Baylor Fitness Center, SCM

    400 warm up

    200 kick
    8 x25's sprint kick with fins; various

    200 pull
    8 x 25 pull sprint

    4 x 50 swim emph turn + breakout
    8 x 25 swim
    1-4 sprint
    5-8 sprint with fins

    Easy swim

    The End


    I had my heart set on this sprinty round of 3 today. It has been a long time since pulling and it's fun!

    When I swim by myself, I have better focus because I already know the main set to do. I will likely swim more on my own for the next bit coming up, and try to swim on Tues/Thurs with the team for a general stroke-centric workout.


    Took Saturday off.


    I did manage to swim at noon on Friday, but was quite disgusted with the set and not being able to move anywhere to do my own thing.

    The first kick set was good;
    4 x 100's
    8 x 50 every other all out

    But then the set was

    (twice through)
    4 x 150's on 2:20
    easy 100/fast 50
    easy 50/fast 100
    fast 150

    And here are DAMM's golden rules for fast sets:
    1. Lane leader picks an interval too fast for the lane, and gets out before the end of the set;
    2. 2/3rds of the lane do not belong in the lane and don't make the interval.

    It is ridiculous. I wish the coaches would NOT give these kinds of sets when it is so crowded! You simply can't do more than 50's when a 5 second interval puts the last person going on the +25.

    So the issue I had with this set is that I don't think it will make me faster in my 50 free. While 2:20 is an easy interval, there is not enough rest to get any real speed work. And I just did the full 5 x 100's on 1:30 as my gratuitous garbage yardage of the week the set right before this one, grrr!


    So, after that, I decided that swimming around people wasn't worth the trade-off with the social aspect. I can see everyone on Tues or Thurs.


    This weekend I made apple struedel and sweet potato casserole. Yum!


    I am over my couponing fix. It's just too much work and I fell off the bandwagon while my parents were here. And last, after stocking up on tampons, Baylor now gives tampons and pads for free!!
  18. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 Spokane Meet Results

    by , October 23rd, 2011 at 02:17 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I just got back into town from the meet. What a day! It was an afternoon meet, which is good for the sleep in the morning, but sucks in regard to the 3+ hour drive home at the end of the night. Lucky for me I was just a passenger this time in a carpool.

    Today was the dedication swim day that I had planned for Peony Munger, who by the way, is still swimming here 1650 flys 3 mornings a week. She is still going through here chemotherapy treatments for her pancreatic cancer, and is noticibly weaker as the weeks roll by. She was unable to come to the meet to watch, but was there in spirit.

    I started off the meet with my 1000 Fly in the Free event. Ended up winning the whole thing too, lapping the field multiple times. I notified the people in my heat that I was going to be swimming the entire race fly, just so they wouldn't get surprised or whatever as they looked over at me in the race. Throughout the race I felt great, and at the turns, I could hear the announcer speaking, and this seemed to go on for turn after turn after turn. Well, it turns out that our masters coach had got onto the microphone to explain to the crowd about Peony and what she's done, how she's doing, and the purpose of my 1,000 Fly dedication swim in her honor tonight. They all clapped and cheered for me after the coach finished talking, though I didn't truly hear it.
    In the race, I just held a semi-consistent 2-up, 1 down breathing pattern, with an occasional 3 breath pattern as needed. Most (37) of my turns were one handed turns to allow for a little extra air and rest coming into the walls. Some of the turns around the 650-900 point may have been slow motion to where I could take 2-3 breaths each time, but I held strong, and finished like a champ on the last 100.

    1000 Fly - 12:33.99
    Splits are from my own looking at the clock:
    100 - 1:04
    200 - 2:16
    300 - 3:31
    500 - 6:03
    1000 - 12:33 (6:30 2nd 500, which is approx 1:18s per 100)

    200 Free Relay - swam the anchor leg fast. I was all by myself as the other teams had already finished before I dove in.

    50 Fly - 26.24
    The first length sucked, and bad turn, but had a good SDK and great 2nd 25. Also 2nd fastest 50 Fly I've done.

    400 Free Relay - swam leadoff - 53.80
    Decent, but not very quick. Still feeling the effects of the 1000, also didn't have any competition.

    100 Fly - 58.24 (1/2 second slower than couple weeks ago)
    This one was just ok...2nd 50 was beat by a young stud in lane 1 entered with a NT. (if they really know that they're fast, why not enter a time even like 1:00???)

    200 Medley Relay - swam Fly fast. This was just plain fun. Also was immediately after the 100 Fly. Caught us back up with other teams.

    At this point, I was just exhausted. Sitting on the bench I was told that I looked like a zombie staring into emptiness across the pool. That's the way I felt too! My body was just jello, my muscles sore, ugh!! Guess what's up next??

    200 Fly - 2:10.42 (3 seconds off my time from SCY Nats in Mesa)
    Very good considering the circumstances. I don't know my splits, but I'm going to guess I was out around 1:00 to 1:01 at the 100, so finished very well.

    500 Free - 5:13.14
    27.6 / 30.2 (57.8)
    31.5 / 32.2 (1:03.7)
    32.1 / 31.8 (1:03.9)
    31.8 / 32.0 (1:03.8)
    32.0 / 31.0 (1:03.0)

    This was way beyond better than I thought I was going to do. I wanted to go for it, but wasn't sure how I was going to do it, but somehow my body held on and toughed it out. This was over a second faster than I did at SCY Nats in Mesa, so I'm VERY HAPPY with it. And considering the torture of the day of events I did, WOW!

    I can only guess that the increased workload that I've been doing this year vs. prior years is paying off for me now. I'm able to hang tough when in the past I would've flopped really hard. Overall, I'm just 100% pleased with the outcome of today's meet. It really couldn't have gone much better.

    3 more weeks till I'm going to shave down, and semi-taper for my final SCM meet of my 30-34 career...and my first and only shot to break the LMSC 1500 SCM record, along with bettering my own records in other events. Should be a fun 3 weeks coming up. I'm going to enjoy the day off tomorrow!
  19. Week of 10/16/2011 - 10/22/2011

    by , October 23rd, 2011 at 01:44 AM (An Uber Clydesdale Swimmer's Journey)
    Monday, October 17, 2011
    2650 SCY
    I wasn't feeling very good tonight. The tendinitis in my foot is slowly disappearing, but I still didn't feel 100%. I also got in late thanks to a miscommunication between our coach and myself, so I kept the total yardage on the low side. So this workout is a strictly improvised workout. My kicking work has been neglected lately, so I decided to spend the bulk of the workout doing kicks.
    400 free, easy
    100 breaststroke kick
    100 free
    8 x 25 "15 meter" drill

    Main Set
    2 x {
    200 free pull w/paddles and buoy
    200 breaststroke kick
    200 free, 80% effort
    8 x 50 kick, IM order

    Cool down
    250 free, easy

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    3050 SCY
    My foot is feeling much better today and I was one of the first people to the pool today, so I was able to get in early and get the complete work-out in before 9PM rolled around. In spite of the longer distances, I actually enjoyed the gradually decreasing distances with the sets. The timed sets were very to difficult to make; I ended up just doing my best to get in, wait 5 seconds, and then going off on the next one.
    400 free, easy
    200 Kick, IM order
    6 x 25 "15 meter" drill

    Main Set
    400 free
    300 pull, free
    200 kick
    100 drill
    10 x 50 free (25 fast - 25 easy) on 1:10
    8 x 75 free on 1:25

    Cool down
    200 free, easy

    Friday, October 21, 2011

    3050 SCY
    The 200s in the main set were so much easier to swim, as Nick made the stroke our choice. I did breast/free/breast/free so I would have some variety. I've really been hankering to do some kicking, so the kick set was a welcome work-out.
    400 free, easy
    200 Kick, IM order
    6 x 25 "15 meter" drill

    Main Set
    4 x 200 choice w/ 0:20 rest
    8 x 50 kick @ 1:15 (descend 1-4. 5-8)
    6 x 50 drill @ 1:05
    4 x 50 swim @ 1:00 (descend 1-4)
    4 x 150 @ 2:40 (free/breast/free by 50)

    Cool down
    200 free, easy

    This week I got the chance to get a new member of our team. Luca and I attend the same college, we both have interest in computer programming, and we both swam when we were youngsters. Friday after practice we ended up getting a late dinner and chatting. One of my goals for returning to swimming and now joining a Masters team was to meet new people and make new friends, and so far it's working well. Go The Distance update
    I am currently at 79.06 miles on GTD. My goal is make 100 miles by the end of the year, which I will probably do if I keep up this rate. As long as my class schedule cooperates with the swim schedule, I'd like to make 250 miles my goal in 2012. I didn't start tracking my yards until late May, and we really really increased the daily yardage in August, so in a relatively short period of time I was able to make it to 50 miles and eventually to 100. Next year I will gunning for 250 miles, and maybe even 365 miles if I can.

    This Wednesday my college class didn't meet and lucky for me it was a YHS water polo game day, so I brought my camera out for the game and of course worked my magic with the camera. I love watching this sport! Game photos from Wednesday

    Updated October 24th, 2011 at 03:01 PM by tuna

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    by , October 22nd, 2011 at 10:36 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    sat Oct 22nd, 2011 SCY

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    Whitney Coached
    UT Swim Center: main pool
    5:30 am to 7:00 dove in 5:35ish wore Jammer
    swam with todd
    beside tyler, james

    did around 600

    Main SET: scy

    8 x 100 fr on 1:15 right into
    4 x 200 fr on 2:20 right into
    2 x 400 fr on 4:20 right into
    800 fr under 8:34
    did got in wrong lane
    knew i could make 8 100's
    other lane started at 1:25
    felt kinda tired from this week
    skipped 50s here & there
    whit gave us a break after 400
    but i was fried

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