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  1. 2 x 5K, Back Spasms, Toe Timer Unwisely Ignored

    by , September 9th, 2010 at 11:54 AM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Preliminary ex post facto note: when I began this vlog yesterday, I had no idea how long it would quickly grow. I have decided to embrace this length and convert what others might perceive as longwindedness into the first ever novella-lengthed swimming-related vlog. Please do not be intimidated. Those who read this entire thing can legitimately lay claim to being part of literary history.

    Since the early morning of Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010, my friend, teammate, and doubles partner Bill White and I have been undefeated in any sport by land or sea.

    It may remain this way for the foreseeable future, not because we are unbeatable, but because I am currently unplayable.


    My lower back muscles are as hard and spasmotically cramped as Dupont's new Zodiaq® quartz surface.


    Here is a picture of the human spine:





    Unfortunately, doctors seem to have trouble imaging my spine, possibly because of the intense muscularity of my body:





    In today's vlog, I shall present a brief photo essay on how my back happened to come to its current state of punitive crankiness, followed by a request (as always) for the physicians among my readership to offer their best free advice for a speedy recovery.


    Chapter 1. Out of the Ruins


    The day before our massive, uninterrupted winning streak began, that is to say, on Saturday, September 4th, Bill and I played doubles against our long time rivals, Mark and John. Let me not be accused of mincing words here: we played pathetically.


    We lost, I am pretty sure, three sets in a row, then managed to climb our way up to a 8-8 tie in the fourth set, which we decided to settle via a tie breaker, which we then lost.


    The problem with losing four sets in a row is that no match of any callibration can be added to the "win column" of our ledger.


    The scoring system that has evolved in our tennis matches is this:


    Winner of the very first point of the day:
    Indicator Point Victory. (This may not seem like much, but there have been many a time when this was our only bragging rights whatsover.)

    Winner of the first set of the day:
    Jr. Miss Championship.(a very small but developing change appears inside the tennis shorts of the winners)

    Winner of the best of three sets: Women's Championships. (the change accelerates into something full-fledged, albeit in a pre-pregnancy and baby-delivery condition)

    Winner of the best of five sets: Men's Championships. (clitoris takes on a manly stature; can be painful, I will concede, undergoing this change, especially when the full wound closes completely.)

    Winner of the best of seven sets: Super Men's Championships (the new unit becomes undeniably, even frighteningly, robust --PLUS every cell within the victors develops an extra Y chromosome, common among men incarcerated in certain maximum security Scottish prisons.)

    Somehow, I don't think females keep score in quite such terms. Please correct me if I am wrong, but I think it is a male thing to start out with a tiny vagina and slowly but surely, through hard work and struggle and indefatigability, earn a penis. Again, I could very well be wrong, and I am definitely interested in hearing what any of my legion of female readers have to say about the effect of victory on their nether regions.

    So, digression over now, Bill and I found ourselves devoid of victory at any level of the hierarchy on Saturday. We, of course, both blamed each other for losing.

    I played just as poorly as I always do; Bill, who is usually so magnificent as to defy description, was just a wee bit less so. Hence, I still maintain it was his fault we lost.

    It doesn't matter. We were determined to turn things around.

    As we limped off the court around noon Saturday, my toe was throbbing (more on this soon). I should have listened to it. I didn't.

    Chapter 2: Distance Swimming in Sweater Weather



    At 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, it was 47 degrees in Pittsburgh.



    7:30 a.m. in Monroeville, Jim models his yellow Tyre Po'Boy Swim Parka (or towel as some know it), which he believes goes extremely well with his residual Bell's Palsy facial paralysis. This smiling rictus masks his determination to never lose anything again.



    Bill gets in the pool and readies himself to swim his portion of the 2 x 5K, an event where two people swim 100 LCMs relay style till each has swum 50 of them, for a total of 5,000 + 5,000 meters, or 10,000 meters. Note that Bill is concealing the top of his suit for fear that FINA observers will try to DQ our team.

    Our chief obstacle to victory in the 2 x 5K race is the tag team of Carl Goldman, a magnificent Pittsburgh area distance swimmer, and Peggy Gross, a former Olympic Trial-ian he has recruited as a ringer.



    This is Carl on the bottom and Peggy in the 4 o'clock position in the flowered swim suit.




    In an effort to level the playing field, vis a vis suit coverage, Bill puts on a top to compress his moobs.

    (The effort to bring about parity in mens and women's swimming is taking place in many ways out here in the grass roots hinterlands. As regular readers will recall, I have an ongoing project dedicated to finding precisely the right kind of paste with which to seal pasties to the Jim Thornton Jammers 'n Pasties Swim Suits for Wet Chicks (TM) project. This has, in fact, inspired readers across this great land of ours, where equal opportunity is a birthright, to take these matters into their own hands, often creating highly ingenious solutions. Here, for instance, is our friend, Mr. Bzaks1424's ecoconscious propotype for recycling swimming medals into pasties:

    You'd smile too if your nipples were covered in gold!

    Unwilling to belabor things here, let me simply make short shrift of the 2 x 5K race pictorially:



    Jim patiently awaits Bill's return during one of the many, many 100s we swam that day, in the process, lapping a fine local yeoman and an ex-Trial-ian ringer, who promised--but later renegged on this promise--that we could "deflower" her if we won. (She claimed what she had said is that she would give us her flowery swim suit to wear if we won. As if!) Given how fast Bill was swimming, Jim barely got an average of 1:21.48 to rest before he needed to swim his own 1:21.48 leg.



    Jim glances at the clock for the finishing time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, and 48 seconds. This averages out to 1:21.48 seconds for each of our 100 x 100 LCM swims.

    Carl et ringer finished minutes later.

    RESULT:
    Your time of 1:21.48 in long course meters
    converts to 1:10.32 in short course yards


    Converted to 100 SCY swims, which we will be swimming soon enough, it looks like Bill and I were going at an average pace of 1:10.32. Bill claims, but is probably just being generous, that I swam much faster than he did. I think he most likely swam faster than I did. We are as generous to one another in victory as we are cattily vicious in defeat. Perhaps it has something to do with the changes in the nether regions?






    Bill and Jim do their signature pregnancy bump following yet another victory in their storied career of winning many times and losing many more times. This photo, posted on Facebook by Pittsburgh area phenom Marla Sanchez, precipitated the following amusing exchange of comments:

    In this photo: James Scott Thornton (photos | remove tag), Bill White (photos)

    James Scott Thornton Thank god that black is slimming!

    Bill White That is not where I want slimming though....

    James Scott Thornton my doctor told me i HAD to slim down, down there, or I could actually injure women.

    Bill White apparently you are a fantastic patient!

    James Scott Thornton He gave me one of those carrot/cucumber peeling devices, and I have been steadily sheering off 1/8th " in diameter every night now for months. I am happy to announce that my unit is now no thicker than an enraged hog-nosed snake aroused from slumber on a sunny day. Soon, it will be safe to have sex again with women other than the Octomom.
    a few seconds ago

    *
    Gad Zooks!

    I have just been informed by the software manufacturer that I can only include 10 images per blog entry.

    My quest to write the first Novella-lengthed vlog in history is being thwarted!

    We will have to pick up tomorrow in the middle of Chapter 2.

    Sorry, dear readers, for this unconscionable interruption of the spell under which I cast you.

    Hackneyed as it may be, I have no choice but to employ the cliff-hanger gambit:

    • Will Jim deflower the ex-Trialian, and, if so, will his slenderized manhood imperil her health and/or comfort level?
    • Will he and Bill win in a land sport soon?
    • Will the novella ever end, or just go on and on and on as so many fervently pray?
    • And what about this toe timer he referenced?
    • Will we ever find out what that is all about?


    And so we must bid temporary adieu to the bloated athletes, Bill and Jim.

    Adieu but not so long suckers!

    We'll be back.
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  2. Was going to sleep in but not to be

    by , September 9th, 2010 at 07:25 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Last night's golive went well so I managed to get home at a decent time. Enough to say I would just sleep in an extra 15 minutes then go to practice. So I just did an abreviated workout this morning with some sprints.

    I actually have a kids meet the next 2 weekends.

    5x200@3:30 Free
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 fast
    8x50 from dive alternate fly/free for first 15meters then free for rest good breakouts
    5x100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy descend went 1:25, 1:24, 1:22, 1:18, 1:13
    100 Free easy

    Total 2500 yards
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  3. Sept 8th 2010

    by , September 9th, 2010 at 12:23 AM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Aquasol 5:30 - 7:12 PM
    Coach Janine


    Warm 2x100, 50K
    6x200 Swim/Pull on 3:00
    (break)
    10x50 Dolphin kicks on side on 1:00 fins
    6x50 BR Pull on 1:30
    10x50 Pace 1:00 did one :32, avg :34
    10x50 3 in - 3 out n/b from the middle - on rest do bobs
    100cool


    3300SCY


    The workouts continue, and the next meet is “PENGUIN PLUNGE” HIGH POINT SWIM MEET
    BB + / - SWIM MEET...Ive been doing more 200IM sets, and 75 FR sets. Ive entered the 200IM, 100BK and 100FR, no wimpy 100IM or 50 Fly at USA, unless your 10! But I like the 100IM, and although I'm not the fastest, but not quite the slowest, I miss the little sprints at Masters meets. Training for 200IM is different and unforgiving.
    I recently became (self) aware of a sweet spot in swimming, that place where the connection with the water is just right and doesn't take much effort to go fast, but its just as easy to lose...
    Seems that those who are regularly faster in their workouts must have achieved their feel for the water long ago.
    I felt it only once tonight during Pace, I think it was on my 6th 50, It was like I didn't feel the water rush by, and I wasn't slugging it out, more like a dance, where there was a cooperation with the water, but I didn't really add to it to go faster, I just experienced it. (no I will not say zen).
    To those who are reading this, I have only been swimming regularly for about 3 years and I will be 49 this month, so I'm in the mediocre class. Faster than some, slower than most
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  4. Wed., Sept. 8

    by , September 8th, 2010 at 10:18 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Yoga, 60 minutes:

    No time today for anything but some yoga at home. I plugged in my Rodney Yee power yoga DVD after dinner. [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLZ2WHodLqQ"]YouTube- Power Yoga Total Body Workout[/nomedia]. Hated the music (z-z-z-z-z); I'm just not the meditative type. I prefer the cornball Tony Horton for yoga. Or Lady Gaga even! But I was pretty sore in my upper body from yesterday's killer drylands (pecs, delts, traps especially), so I felt better afterward or at least more flexy.


    MAC Dryland Workout Youtube Clip:

    I watched the MAC dryland workout for the senior team. http://www.floswimming.org/videos/co...-group-workout. It was:

    4 rounds of:

    front squat, 8x
    squat jump, 8x
    TRX body row, 8x

    4 rounds of:

    pull ups, 8x max
    med ball slam downs, 8x
    stability ball push ups, 8x

    sled push for time -- this look pretty cool. Wish my gym had a sled to push.

    In the sprint swim portion, they started the workout with a "cold turkey" 50 swim for time ala Jazz Hands. Nice for kids maybe, not so nice for masters methinks.


    Indy Meet:

    Still thinking of attending the Indy SCM meet over Halloween weekend. (Lil Fort seems to dislike this holiday and has a costume phobia anyway.) I have gotten spousal approval. I just need to decide whether to drive with Jimslie or fly. The drive might make the swim worthless, as I would be too tuckered out. The order of events isn't too bad, although Saturday is a little dicey with 3 50s that day and the 50 back and 100 fly back to back. I would likely opt to swim the 100 fly, although I barely believe I just had that thought.

    https://www.clubassistant.com/club/m...1138&smid=2595


    Articles:

    1. More food for thought on the "less is more"/"more is more" debate: WSJ article on chronic overtraining in endurance athletes. It also notes that many endurance athletes suffer from high levels of performance stress caused by trying to win their masters categories or always PR. I guess it's healthy that I'm not even remotely bothered by my recent personal worsts.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...e+overtraining

    2. An article in the NYT confirming the prevailing thought that static stretching prior to exercise provides no benefit: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/0...ries/?emc=eta1

    Speaking of running, has anyone tried these crazy 5 finger running gloves?

    http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/products/index.cfm


    3. And an article confirming that Soni swims a fast breaststroke b/c she is mimicing fly, the king of all strokes. I felt like I could somewhat swim this way with the super suits, but not without.

    http://www.swimnetwork.com/News/Swim...aststroke.aspx


    Allergies, etc.:

    I'm still struggling with some sleep/hormone/allergy/GI issues. Despite my doctor phobia, I'm going to see a specialist in hormone issues if I can get in off the darn wait list. I'm also getting tested for food allergies next Tuesday. Very few adults really have food allergies I realize (in fact, Jimslie seems to think they're a myth or a product of evolution gone bad). I also know there are many false positives in this testing, so I have some qualms about it. But I feel I need to rule it out, or possibly identify other intolerances. Tests confirm that I am allergic to practically everything else, so why not certain foods? (I did have a bite of lobster ravioli the other night and had an immediate reaction. Jimslie seems to think this could be self induced. I don't know how I could cause myself to have a neck rash though ...)


    Hoping to swim with Speedo tomorrow at lunchtime. What set(s) should we do?

    Updated September 8th, 2010 at 10:33 PM by The Fortress

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  5. Tuesday Sept 7

    by , September 8th, 2010 at 08:41 PM (Keepin Track 2010)
    Today's practice:

    3x200 S-P--mix str swim

    Vert kicking

    3x50 free drills

    main set:
    2x50 Free drill
    1x200 Free swim
    (repeat 4x)

    200 kick w/zoomers

    2x300 IM by 75 cont (12.5 L, 12.5 R, 25 kick, 25 swim

    4x25IM order breakouts/swim

    100 LD

    Total = 2800yds
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  6. 9/8/10 Back to Short Course

    by , September 8th, 2010 at 04:49 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well I don't post much over the summer, as I'm too bsuy enjoying the weather and taking a mental break.
    I had some good times at LC zones with a few surprise drops leaving me new goals. I am close breaking :30 on the LC 50 FR, so I'll be looking for that next season..but I can train to improve my SCY time for now.
    I did LC 50 FL in :34.95...no big whoop for many swimmers but a heck of a drop for me...from somewhere in the low 37/hi 36 range. I am happy.
    Open water I did a half mile swim this past weekend and got 3rd behind some very talented swimmers, and no there was not only 3 of us swimming. I eyed up my closest rival who beat me in the 1. 5mile and got home ahead of him. I also had swam 3 miles earlier in the day so I feel I had a good swim in the half mile--probably one of my best from my POV.

    Anyhow got back to SCY today:
    Warm Up
    600 FR

    Pre Main

    200 P w/Paddles
    200 K on back
    200 EZ

    Main
    10 x 100 1:30 I held them all...just about. I had my drag suit on and I had to work.
    200 EZ
    10 x 50 1:00 desc x 4 5-EZ I couldn't get much under :40
    200 EZ

    Post Main

    4 x 100 2:00 Max SDK from walls EZ swim. I have an eye on doing the 100 Fly again.. I want to see if I am better at it now...lol

    Cool
    Down
    10 x 50 1:00 EZ
    Also lifted weights today and went througha 2 set 75-80% weight routine. It's been a few weeks and I don't want to get all sore and hobbly.
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  7. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -09/09/10

    by , September 8th, 2010 at 01:47 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    1 X 100 1:45
    1 X 150 2:30
    1 X 200 3:00
    1 X 250 3:45
    1 X 200 3:00
    1 X 150 2:15
    1 X 100 fast

    10 X 100 free
    5 on 1:30
    5 on 1:20

    1 X 200 kick 4:15
    2 X 100 kick 2:00
    4 X 50 kick 1:15
    8 X 25 sprint kick :45

    1 X 300 IM 5:15
    4 X 50 1 of each 1:00
    1 X 200 IM 3:30
    4 X 50 1 of each 1:00
    1 X 100 IM 1:45
    4 X 50 1 of each 1:00

    12 X 50 1:05
    Choice.
    odd: easy
    even: fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4950Y
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  8. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -09/09/10

    by , September 8th, 2010 at 01:44 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    1 X 100 1:45
    1 X 150 2:30
    1 X 200 3:00
    1 X 250 3:45
    1 X 200 3:00
    1 X 150 2:15
    1 X 100 fast

    10 X 100 free
    5 on 1:30
    5 on 1:20

    1 X 200 kick 4:15
    2 X 100 kick 2:00
    4 X 50 kick 1:15
    8 X 25 sprint kick :45

    1 X 300 IM 5:15
    4 X 50 1 of each 1:00
    1 X 200 IM 3:30
    4 X 50 1 of each 1:00
    1 X 100 IM 1:45
    4 X 50 1 of each 1:00

    12 X 50 1:05
    Choice.
    odd: easy
    even: fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4950Y
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  9. Wed Sep 8th 2010

    by , September 8th, 2010 at 12:55 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Sep 8th 2010

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    It's flooding down in Texas
    USGS Info
    I live on the San marcos river which is in the Guadalupe River Basin
    Austin is the Colorado River Basin. The hardest rains hit way south and west of where I live but we got around 6 inches.

    Did not swim Sat, Sun, Mon or Tue
    need to start getting consistent again

    weighing around 200

    LCM
    Whitney Coached
    6:30 TO 7:30 am
    Austin Mabel Davis pool
    swam with tenielle sharon todd ned
    dove in on around 6:55ish
    wore brief

    WARM UP
    missed it

    MAIN SET

    3 x 100 fr

    300 IM

    2 x 100 fr

    200 IM

    100 fr
    went 1:07

    100 IM

    10 x 50 on 15 rest
    odds br K
    evens 3 breaths

    Updated September 8th, 2010 at 01:08 PM by ande

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  10. Back to school time

    Today the NYC schools start back up, and the whole city has that back-to-school feel about it. I love this time of year, when there’s a sense of excitement about wearing sweaters soon and getting back to routines and serious work after the summer break. AGUA masters just started workouts again this week after a 2-week pool shutdown, and Craig announced that we’re spending the next month working on technique and pretty swimming and not worrying about the pace clock, so that was happy making. I very much like the 2 workouts I’ve done so far (yesterday noon and this morning), and am looking forward to seeing what’s in store for the rest of the month.

    Here’s this morning’s workout:

    500 scy warmup

    10 x 100 FR, all with strong kick, increasing armspeed from as slow as possible to relatively fast within each set of 4, all on 3rd-person-in interval [This set was originally 12 100s done as 3 sets of 4, but our lane just did it 2.5 times through. The whole pool did an extra 100 at the beginning, because our coach said we did the first one too fast and needed to start the set over.]

    4 x 50 easy choice @ 1:05

    10 x 50 FR hypoxic set, breathing 5 times during 50, resting for 4 breaths at wall [I liked this—it was very calming, and one of the few hypoxic sets that I have found doable. The faster lanes had more challenging breath counts, slower lanes easier ones.]

    4 x 50 easy choice @ 1:05

    Vertical kicking: 3 x (:30 kick with arms crossed, :30 rest, :20 kick with hands cupped over ears, :20 rest, :10 kick in streamline, :10 rest) [The goal was to keep shoulders out of water, not just head. I did the odd sets FR, evens FL kick. Keeping good posture during a vertical streamline was hard—I need to figure out why and work on this.]

    4 x 50 easy choice @ 1:05

    8 x 100 @ 1:30 [I did FR/BK halfsies, but had to get out after 4 to keep an early appt]

    A few notes:

    · I didn’t blog during my vacation, and haven’t done much serious swimming since Colonies LC zones. One thing worth mentioning is the pool I got to swim in during my stay in Victoria, BC, the Saanich Commonwealth Place. It’s a wonderful facility with 2 50-meter pools, one of which is all deep and kept at good workout temps. It also huge waterslide connected to the 10M diving tower and a wave pool--the whole works. Some elite Canadian swimmers including Ryan Cochrane train at this facility (they had newspaper clippings about his recent PanPacs 1500 win on the wall), and although they weren’t having practices during my visit, a few seemed to be working out on their own during lap swim hours--one woman in a lane next to mine was keeping pace with my freestyle while kicking breaststroke with a board.

    · I started my fall open-water swim training this past Sunday with a swim out at Brighton Beach. I’m looking to make the Sunday outings a regular part of the fall, at least until the race out there on November 11.

    · The AG pool has an annual shutdown each year to fix things, but there always seem to be more things broken than fixed once we start back. Yesterday the card reader that lets us into the facility didn’t work, the tile deck to the pool was only half-finished (so everyone had to enter and exit the pool via the bulkhead), there was no cold water in the showers, and the suit spinner was broken. Ugh! This morning the card reader worked, and after some pleading we did get backstroke flags for our workout, so at least things are getting better.

    · On the other hand, my regular gym after a mere 4-day shutdown has replaced nearly everything in its 2 weight rooms. We now have 17.5 pound dumbbells, which I’ve often wished for (the jump from 15 to 20 was pretty steep). But all the new dumbbells and weight plates have some odd rubberized coating on them. You can hold 2 weight plates by the edges and clap them together like cymbals and they hardly make a sound. It’s very strange. The sizes are also a bit different and will take some getting used to.

    That’s it. Happy fall to everyone!
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  11. Still coughing most of the night

    by , September 8th, 2010 at 07:22 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    With very little sleep I am still managing to maintain my normal swim schedule. But tonight I have to work so I may take off tomorrow morning.

    10x100@1:45 Free was holding 1:25's
    500 Free kick w/fins aas 25EZ/25mod/25Fast
    5x200@3:00 as 100 free/100 back w/paddles & bouy went 2:57, 2:55, 2:53, 2:51, 2:50
    5x100@1:30 Free w/fins went 1:28, 1:25, 1:23, 1:21,1:18
    400 Free EZ
    200 Free kick EZ w/fins

    Total 3600 yards
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  12. Drylands, Tuesday, Sept 7

    by , September 7th, 2010 at 07:25 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    Racquet ball court:

    3 x through:

    1. med ball slams:
    25 overhead tricept pass against wall
    25 twisting slams against wall
    25 slams on floor

    2. 1:00 jump rope hops

    3. 1:00 80/20 Sieber squats
    30 second each side, then switch
    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNxCWSv7IyA"]YouTube- P90X 80-20 Sieber Squats for Dancers?[/nomedia]
    (the woman in the P90X video is not getting her ass down far enough though)

    4. 25 push ups

    Move to gym:

    Lochte Triple w/25 lb plate (can't find the 35 lb one; might switch to 45), 2 x 45 (15 bench + 15 bent over row + 15 reverse scoop)
    Straight arm standing lat pull down, 130 x 2 x 10
    russian twist on incline bench w/25 lb plate, 2 x 25
    flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 50
    dead bugs on bosu, 2 x 25
    windshield wipers, 2 x 15
    plyo jacks, 2 x 15
    standing twist with 25 lb plate, 2 x 25
    goblet squat, 70 x 2 x 10


    Tabata squat press with push:
    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkcnqPHcWeI"]YouTube- Faster Swimming dryland routine called Tabata[/nomedia].
    8 rounds of 20 seconds AFAP, 10 seconds rest,
    pure torture, immediate redline

    arm circles
    internal and external rotators

    May try this:

    plyo push up
    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAqSnGWHrxU&feature=related"]YouTube- Mark Gangloff USA 100 meter Olympic Swimmer: Plyo Push Up[/nomedia].

    Need to watch this, MAC sprint drylands (note that they're using TRX):

    http://www.floswimming.org/videos/co...-group-workout

    and this one maybe:

    http://www.floswimming.org/videos/co...weight-workout.

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

    Commentary:

    I meant to do yoga today as well, but spent most of the morning dealing with Mr. Fort's car. There is a huge Tahoe in our driveway now because I refused to wait any further for a different rental car. This thing is bigger than my Durango. Mini loves it b/c she is obsessed with trucks. When Fort Son goes off to college, I'm downsizing to some kind of convertible. Any suggestions?

    Survived the first day of school and the mad crowded dash for high school school supplies at Staples. I got one "I hate school, but X is very cute," one "I have a sh*tload of work on day one," and one "I had a great day." Easy to identify which kid said what.

    Rest of week swim thoughts:

    Wed: maybe a ripoff of a gdanner endurance workout
    Thurs: hopefully swim with Speedo. Workout to be determined.
    Friday: GH Sr. kick workout
    Sat & Sun: with team
    Mon.: off
    Tuesday-Friday: minimal drylands and maybe some workout to get me ready for Savageman.



    Gary Hall Sr. Kick Workout:

    Saw this toy intensive workout on the swim myth #9 busted thread. Looked interesting. Maybe I'll finally get some use out of my dorkel and parachute.

    1) Warm up 200 drill, 200 swim, 200 kick
    2) Kick 5 x 100 with Finis snorkel and Finis alignment kickboard, keeping head down, body in proper alignment. Medium rest....all out.
    3) Kick 5 x 45 seconds on the wall with Finis snorkel....all out, followed by 15 seconds rest. Try to maintain 100% intensity for all 45 seconds. Repeat on 1 minute interval.
    4) Easy 100 swim
    5) Kick 5 x 100 with fins and alignment kick board and snorkel ...all out, medium rest.
    6) Kick 5 x 45 seconds in vertical position with fins with arms in PERFECT streamline position above. Head always above the water. Fast tight kicks. No breaststroke kick allowed. Only flutter. 15 seconds rest between (start on 1 minute)
    7) 100 easy swim
    8) Medicine ball throw. Play catch using 10 lb med ball with someone on the deck kicking with fins with hands above head at all times. Try to reach 30 throws or more (record here is 55 throws). Repeat 3 times with 30 seconds rest.
    9) Kick 5 x 100 with fins, alignment kick board, snorkel and drag parachute. All out with 30 seconds rest.
    10) Easy 100 swim


    Bill Gates on Kids:

    Thumbs up: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?not...8&id=513625075


    Yoga:

    I didn't really realize that yoga is a competitive sport, but it is.

    http://www.usayoga.org/

    Updated September 7th, 2010 at 10:46 PM by The Fortress

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  13. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -09/08/10

    by , September 7th, 2010 at 04:08 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 1:40 1:30
    2 X 200 3:00 3:00
    Twice through. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 4:15
    4 X 50 kick 1:05
    1 X 100 kick 2:00
    4 X 50 kick 1:00

    2 X {4 X 150 2:45
    #1 100 fly/50 free
    #2 100 back/50 free
    #3 100 breast/50 free
    #4 150 free
    Short break between rounds.

    5 X 300 4:00 or 4:30
    Descend 1-5

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    5200Y
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  14. Lack of sleep, allergies, yuck!

    by , September 7th, 2010 at 07:25 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I spent most of the night hacking up a lung due to allergies. Sleep, what is sleep? Decided to do something with no intervals today but I did keep track of my times.

    100 Free
    100 Fly (1:52)
    200 Free
    100 Back (1:37)
    300 Free
    100 Breast (1:55)
    400 Free w/paddles & bouy
    100 IM (1:38)
    500 Free w/fins kick every 3rd lap moderate
    100 IM (1:37)
    400 Free w/paddles & bouy
    100 Breast (1:52)
    300 Free
    100 Back (1:35)
    200 Free
    100 Fly (1:42)
    100 Free

    200 Free ez
    100 free kick

    Total 3600 yards thankfully in a cold pool
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  15. Homage to the Summer of 2010

    by , September 6th, 2010 at 07:46 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    As I sit here at my desk in the waning hours of Labor Day, my back in spasms from the weekend's sporting events (3 hours, 20 minutes of tennis on Saturday; the 2 x 5K swim on Sunday; and 3 hours, 45 minutes of tennis this morning), I think we all look forward to the imminent onrush of "sweater weather"-- three or four months from now -- with a certain bittersweet quality.

    Sure, it will be good to see the late Autumnal temperatures finally dip from the upper 90s to the lower 90s; but climatic clemency notwithstanding, the hazy lazy days of summer just can't be beat by the hazy lazy days of fall, winter, and/or spring in terms of sheer unadulterated lazy haziness.

    To help us all maintain a hold on memories of this summer, my twin brother made a trio of films that nicely sum up the zeitgeist of this magical season.

    John is a wonderful film-maker in the primitive "outsider" self-taught school; a Grandma Moses of an auteur with nothing but his street smarts, a pair of high-rise underwear for support, and a Canon VIXIA HF S200 Flash Memory High Definition Digital Video Camcorder to craft his art.



    My twin brother John looks very Howard Hughes as he models some of the high waisted underwear his wife Nancy purchased for him now that our mother is no longer around to do this important job for us.

    YouTube recently invited filmmakers from around the known universe to submit movie footage for a major feature-film project entitled Life in a Day:
    http://www.google.com/landing/youtube/lifeinaday/ which promises:

    If your video is included in the final film, you'll be credited as a co-director and may be one of 20 contributors selected to attend the film's world premiere at the 2011 Sun Dance Film Festival.

    Anyhow, Johnny boy just got word last week that his footage made the cut for the final 100 hours of stuff being reviewed for inclusion by the project's director. Joking aside, I am truly proud of my twin's accomplishments in the brave new world of ordinary citizen film making!

    Before posting his three summer films, all of which do, indeed, feature water, a little housekeeping digression.

    My wife and I are opening a small restaurant later this month and are trying to decide on which sign to go for. Can you let me know your opinions?

    I should note that the location of the restaurant is the Historic District of a now defunct millennial sect, the Harmonist Society. [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmony_Society[/ame]



    Picture of the original Harmonist Church not too terribly far away from our restaurant.

    The Harmonist aesthetic was plain and no-nonsense, favoring blacks and whites and simplicity in architecture, etc. This tends to favor the black, white, and brick red version of the sign.

    However, the color version is nice, too, and many (if not most viewers) have expressed a preference for it.

    The two versions:



    The sparer version (juxtaposed against the brick color of the outside of the building.)




    The more colorful version. (With further thanks to my brother for his art skills!)

    Okay, at this point, let me present the three films. With the modern attention span being what it is, I know that many people don't particularly like to click on other people's YouTube movies, but I really am confident you will enjoy all three of these films, especially if you A) have ever been to the boardwalk in your life, B) have ever tried to surf, especially at age 5, and C) have ever been warned by your grandmother, as she clutched her rosary, that hurricanes like the one outside your door are deadly, but--god help you!--you found this much more exciting than scary.

    Stay tuned afterward for one final Bonus Film, one of the most blood-boilingly brilliant works of citizen journalism you are likely to see in your life!



    To view the feel-good-boardwalk-summer-2010 movie of the year, click here:
    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOoi2LVvM3o"]YouTube- Kids: A Music Video[/nomedia]
    (Music by MGMT)





    To view 5-year-old surfing prodigy, click here: [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPKN8Dt0t8w"]YouTube- Five Year Old Surfer[/nomedia]
    Music by
    Django Reinhardt




    To view John's charming movie about Hurricane Earl and an Ocean City resident who also lived through the non-dud devastating hurricane of 1944, click here: [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYD0bCToN8k"]YouTube- Earl and Pat, Waiting for the Big One[/nomedia] Music by miscellaneous jazz players.


    Special Bonus Feature!!!

    Finally, if you have any smug, fat-cat, butt-plugged, and insufferably Republican jerk relatives, living the life of King Tut in their starter Mansions on the Hill while railing against welfare and donating money to the Koch brothers, this movie is sure to wipe that insufferable smirk off their coddled, coupon-clipping, detestable faces!

    To view "The Gentry Discount, Ten Years On," please click here: [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O16CKTd_2uM"]YouTube- The "Gentry Discount" 10 Years On[/nomedia]

    Happy Labor Day, fellow Workers of the World!


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  16. The Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout - 09-07-10

    by , September 6th, 2010 at 07:08 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    3 x 100 1:40
    2 x 150 2:30
    4 x 100 1:30
    2 x 150 2:15
    4 x 50 :50 Descend 1-4

    1 x 200 Kick 4:20
    3 x 100 Kick 2:10
    6 x 50 Kick 1:05

    3 x 100 Free 1:30
    4 x 25 Sprint Kick :45
    (3 x through with a break)
    Swim the 100s Moderate/Fast/Moderate

    2 x 100 IM 1:45
    2 x 100 Fly 2:00
    2 x 100 IM 1:45
    2 x 100 Ba 2:00
    2 x 100 IM 1:45
    2 x 100 Br 2:00

    WARM DOWN
    4 x 50 Easy

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  17. Hot water at the Y

    by , September 6th, 2010 at 12:23 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    It was 87 in the pool and much too hot for a quality workout. So I modified the workout to have more rest.

    6x100@1:40 Free
    5x50@1:00 Fly w/fins
    1 minute rest
    5x50@1:00 Fly w/fins
    1 minute rest
    5x50@:1:00 Fly w/fins kick on back
    1 minute rest
    5x50@1:00 Fly w/fins
    1 minute rest
    5x50@1:00 Fly w/fins
    1 minute rest
    5x50@:1:00 Fly w/fins kick on back
    12x25@1:00 Fly w/paddles & fins
    12x25@1:00 Back w/fins
    10x50@1:00 Free
    200 Free

    Total 3400 yards

    I am looking forward to the cool waters at the aquatic center tomorrow. I really feel for the kids who have to swim in the hot water.

    Too bad the Y can't turn the temperature down and save themselves money on the electricity and chemicals they have to use due to the hot water temps. A good compromise would be 84 which is over what is recommended for swimmers but still tolerable.

    For those with arthritis they can always use the hot tub for the hot water.
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  18. Sunday Swim, Sept. 5

    by , September 6th, 2010 at 10:47 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/ Team:

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    400 reverse IM kick
    200 pull
    200 IM drill

    Main Sets:

    8 x 75 IM switch @ 1:15
    #4 & #8 FAST

    50 EZ

    3 x 300 w/fins @ :30 RI
    done 100 stroke, 100 kick, 100 kick
    minimum of 6 SDK each length

    Normally, I'm happy to see a set like this. But yesterday, not so much, as I had done plenty of SDK work in the days before. And 6 SDK with fins did not prove that easy. I did them 100 back + 200 backstroke kick.

    50 EZ

    6 x 75 @ 1:50

    odds = 25 UW dolphin + 25 Nemo drill + 25 fast fly
    evens = 25 UW flutter + 25 tricep drill + 25 fast free

    Plenty of rest on these so that the 25s could be very fast.

    50 EZ

    8 x 50 kick @ 1:05
    25 AFAP dolphin kick + 25 EZ

    Everyone did these on different intervals. Barb and I decided to do them on 1:05 together.

    200 EZ

    Total: 3900

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

    Commentary:

    Loved this more speed and stroke oriented workout after Saturday's aerobic emphasis. I was worried I'd feel gassed, but I hung in there decently. That said, I am really really glad I'm having a day of rest today. Definitely need it. Then back to the gym on Tuesday.
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  19. Saturday, Sept. 4

    by , September 4th, 2010 at 06:44 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I went to my first Saturday team practice in, well, maybe ever. Saturday is typically D day (though now our practices are 1.5 instead of 2 hours) and they used to be early. Instead, I happily cruised in at 10:15 after dropping Mini off at volleyball practice. I feel like I'm getting some endurance back. Just some, but some is better than none as my date with 1.2 miles looms. I have reminded my tri relay mates that I am not in the same shape I was last year.

    Swim/SCY/Team:

    Warm up:

    2 x through

    200 swim
    100 kick
    100 pull
    100 IM drill

    This may also be the first ever time I've done the assigned warm up.

    Main Set:

    3 x through:

    2 x 250 pull @ 3:30
    2 x 150 K/S/K w/fins @ 2:30
    (I did them all kick and had a ton of rest, but I didn't mind because I wanted to descend the 50s well.)
    3 x 50 stroke descend @ 1:00
    (I left my fins on for these)

    On the sets of 50s, I went back (:29, :27, :25), breast (:36, :33, :31) and back (:30, :28, :25 high)

    200 EZ

    Total: 4050

    Extra set: 8 x 100 backstroke kick w/fins @ 1:30

    Since that only took us about 65 minutes, I did an extra set. Same set as yesterday, 8 x 100 backstroke kick. But this time I did it with fins @ 1:30 with 8/7/7/6 SDKs (which is probably fairly equivalent to the 10 SDKs I took yesterday). I cramped a bit, but was really happy I kicked reasonably fast and long after all that aerobic work.

    Went: 1:03, 1:03, 1:03, 1:03, 1:02, 1:02, 1:01, 1:00.

    100 EZ

    Total: 4950/1900 kicking

    15 minutes in hottub


    Drylands:

    20 handstands
    10 cartwheels
    3 walkovers

    15 minutes of stretching

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

    Commentary:

    I felt so much better today when I woke up than yesterday. I felt like I was dragging myself through yesterday's workout. Plus, it was so nice to swim in a deep cool pool. I always swim faster at Mason, it seems, than at our Rec Center pools where the temp hovers at 83-84.

    Mr. Fort got out his bike after I got home, and he's been gone for almost 4 hours ... And since he did the Reston Century ride, he seems to be on their email list. He recommended I do this tomorrow: http://www.restontriathlon.org/tri/. But unlike Geek, I just can't rise at the jimmy jack crack of dawn.

    I'm tentatively planning on going to my team practice tomorrow instead. Sunday is typically my favorite day as it's stroke and sprint oriented. I could use that after today.

    This week's totals:

    swim, 5x, 18,350 yards
    drylands, 4x
    yoga, 1x

    I have full on fall allergy symptoms and I'm hoping it's due to ragweed and such and not my new kitty (with whom I'm unreasonably besotted).

    Updated September 4th, 2010 at 09:01 PM by The Fortress

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  20. Another Saturday with the girls

    by , September 4th, 2010 at 06:11 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    I once again tried to get 3000 yards in before they arrived and the pool was HOT! I would say atleast 85 which is too hot for me but I managed.

    500 Free easy
    500 Free kick w/fins
    10x200@3:00 Free w/paddles & bouy holding around 2:45ish or better last one 2:37

    500 Free broken with the girls then it was time to sink under water and watch their strokes and comment. They made changes and I continued to submerge to look at the results of their changes.

    Not too bad.

    3500 yards
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