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  1. Feeling Sluggish

    by , January 6th, 2011 at 12:24 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    Looking at today's workout, it should have been challenging - but not hard. Does that make sense? We did 400's, 300's, and 200's all based on a 1:30 per 100 scy pace. I should be able to keep up - it feels like it should be that simple. And, while I did keep pace on the first 400, first 300, and both 200's, I dropped 50 yds on the second 400 and 300. I was just sluggish all morning. While I blame part of it on my cold, I simply couldn't find a rhythm and get in gear until practice was almost over (on the 200's). Frustrating to say the least.

    What do you do when you feel like you should be able to go faster, but can't find the speed? Here's one of my problems: when I think an interval will be challenging (like the 1:30 pace), I don't exactly panic, but I don't swim well - whether it's going out too hard or just spinning my wheels - my times are never fast - and I end up exhausted. On the other hand, when we do intervals that are greater, such as 100's on 1:40, I can swim repeats in 1:22-1:25 without fail - and without thinking about it. I find a rhythm and it feels good. Is that because of greater rest between repeats or just simple relaxation? Even when I try to tell myself to relax on the fast intervals, I still feel like I'm spinning my wheels? Tips?

    Now, I'm just hoping to recover enough to make a manageable showing at tomorrow's kick-fest. I ate my protein and carbs after practice - and stretched a bit - but my legs feel dead right now... kicking with no fins and making the intervals will definitely be a challenge.... Here's hoping for the best.
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  2. Thu Jan 6th, 2010 quite challenging

    by , January 6th, 2011 at 11:59 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu Jan 6th, 2010

    Larry asked me if I wanted to do the hour swim this year, I'm thinking about it, maybe.

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    whitney Coached
    UT Swim Center, main pool
    6:30 to 8:00 dove in 6:35ish
    trained with Todd & Brandon
    beside Richie, Chris, Tyler, Amy Larry, Kelly
    WORE yingfa jammer

    WARM UP
    assigned 200 sw, 100 ra, 200 sw, 100 la, 200 10k 3s

    Main SET:

    1 x 025 on 0:15 right into
    1 x 050 on 0:35 right into
    1 x 075 on 0:50 right into
    1 x 100 on 1:05
    made all (250)

    100 k easy

    2 x 025 on 0:15 right into
    2 x 050 on 0:35 right into
    2 x 075 on 0:50 right into
    2 x 100 on 1:05
    made all (500)
    200 k easy

    3 x 025 on 0:15 right into
    3 x 050 on 0:35 right into
    3 x 075 on 0:50 right into
    3 x 100 on 1:05
    made all (750)

    300 k easy

    4 x 025 on 0:15 (15 sec break)
    4 x 050 on 0:35 (15 sec break)
    4 x 075 on 0:50 (15 sec break)
    4 x 100 on 1:05
    made all (1000) (pretty sure I could have made it without the breaks)

    400 k easy did no board fly,
    100 br k

    4 x 150 on 2:15 done 50 k, 50 3 breaths, 50 fl
    I did fl stroke drill

    100 easy

    did some DPS 25's to find out the fewest number of strokes it took me to get across the pool & my best was 3 without kicking.


    Next meets are:

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


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

    Updated January 6th, 2011 at 01:38 PM by ande

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  3. Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 5:15am

    by , January 6th, 2011 at 11:15 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Warmup:
    400 Free
    100 Kick
    300 Pull
    200 Free

    6 x 150 Free Pull @ 2:00 (held 1:43s)

    4 x 50 Fly @ 1:00 (32/33s)

    100 EZ

    8 x 25 Free FAST @ :40 (held :13's)
    These were actually pretty tough trying to recover fast enough for each one.
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    2400 Yards


    The high school boys team came in during the last 1/2 of my swim this morning, and we moved over to give them 1/2 the pool. Afterwards while I was in the lockerroom getting dressed, I overheard the high school coach talking with the boys team that was there for practice.

    "You guys saw that guy that got out a few minutes ago? He's the one who hold the 500 record over at Eastmont (the other high school). That record was set in the mid 90's and probably won't be broken for a while. That makes him at least 30 years old (I'm actually 33). You know why it won't be broken? Because he worked hard back then, just like he's working hard right now. Do you think he has the time to play around in the pool? No way, he gives 100% every time he is here. And yes, he may be a little cocky, but he deserves it too."
    When I came out they were all swimming, and I told the coach "I heard you talking about me again." He just smiled and said he was trying to motivate them a little (I think he is just fed up with them that no one wants to give a little effort). I don't know if it will work though. The high school kids these days just don't seem to have that desire anymore. Too many other distractions out there in today's world compared to when we were all in school.
  4. Really wanted to sleep in this morning

    by , January 6th, 2011 at 08:47 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I knew I needed to swim regardless of how much I wanted that extra sleep.

    1000 Free as 200swim/pull/swim/kick/swim
    500 Free drills w/fins mix it up by 100
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 fast feel the burn
    10x100 Free w/paddles & bouy #1-4@1:30, #5-7@1:25 #8-9@1:20 #10@1:15 made all but the last one held 1:25 on 1-4, 1:20's on 5-7, then 1:18, 1:19, 1:17
    300 Free w/snorkle
    100 Back easy
    100 Free easy

    Total 3500 yards
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  5. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 6:30pm at Y - 2nd workout

    by , January 5th, 2011 at 11:20 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    This was my second workout of the day. I had to make up for not being able to swim on Monday...at least that's what I told myself. My little ones had swim lessons at the same time, and my mom was able to help out a little bit so I could swim at the same time as them. Normally I'm a good daddy.

    Warmup:
    200 Free
    100 Kick on back
    200 Pull
    200 IM Drill
    6 x 50s - 25 Dolphin Kick on Back/25 Free @ :55

    Main:
    1 x 125 Free @ 1:30 (1:23)
    1 x 100 Free @ 1:30 (1:15 recovery)
    1 x 75 FLY AFAP (as fast as possible) I was a :49 here
    100 EZ
    1 x 125 Free @ 1:30 (1:25)
    1 x 100 Free @ 1:30 (1:15)
    1 x 75 FLY AFAP - I think I had a :52 here...it was hurting a little more.

    At this point I had to start playing dodgeball with other "lap swimmers".
    5 x 100 Free Pull EZ :15 rest

    I convinced the 1 other guy to swim a set of 50's with me so we did:

    10 x 50's odd breast/even free :15 rest from last person. I was getting more like 25/30 rest.

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    2700 Total

    1st double of the year...probably won't be doing any more any time soon. At least I made my GTD log tell me "Congratulations!! You're on track to meet your goal..."
  6. Wednesday Workout

    by , January 5th, 2011 at 09:24 PM (Adventures in Swimming)
    Swam with the Sharks SCY
    Coach Chris on deck

    Warm Up 300 Swim

    1 x 100 HARD

    50 ez

    12 x 50 Kick 1-6 Back/Free, 7-12 Breast/Free :15r

    6 x 150 50 ez/100 fast on 2:15

    500 Free with 1st 25 of each 100 Tarzan Swim

    6 x 50 choice hard :15r

    Warm Down

    The swim felt Great today!!!
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  7. 1-05-11 team practice

    THIS ONE WENT BY QUICKLY. I STILL AM NOT A HUGE FAN OF THE 100 DISTANCE OF ANYTHING. TRIED TO STAY LONG AND KEEP A GOOD PACE THROUGHOUT THE MAIN SET.

    400 SWIM
    100 IM DRILL

    MAIN SET WAS CONTINUOUS

    8X100 FREE [4@1:40,4@1:30]
    8X100 IM [4@1:50,4@1:40]
    8X100 PULL [4@1:30,4@1:25]
    50 EZ

    8X100 FREE W/FINS [4@1:25,4@1:20]
    50 EZ

    450 [3X 50 BK,50 BR KICK,50 FR]

    200 W/D

    4450 SCY

    DITCHED THE PADDLES ON NUMBER SIX OF THE PULL SET. QUADS CRAMPED UP BAD OFF THE WALL ON NUMBER FIVE OF THE FREE WITH FINS. OTHER THAN THAT IT THINK I DID FAIRLY WELL TONIGHT.
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  8. Wed., Jan. 5

    by , January 5th, 2011 at 06:32 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes:

    Class was vastly easier for me today and I felt energized instead of exhausted afterward. Don't know if I'm slowly adjusting to the heat or if it just wasn't as hot today. In any event, I had a very good practice, stretched out my sore muscles, and was a balancing maniac. (I slowly but surely am becoming quite adept at standing head to toe, which was my nemesis for awhile.) In addition to bikram being the best type of yoga for swimming IMO, it also provides an aerobic workout. Your heartrate is elevated throughout the workout, especially the last half, with the effort of holding the poses in the heat and humidity.


    ART, 30 minutes:

    After bikram, I dashed home to shower and then off to ART. I hadn't been since Dec. 3, and I really needed some upper body work. I am now clad with scads of blue KT all over my back and shoulders. I'll wear it the next few days in the water and will, as before, find it utterly un-performance enhancing.


    Commentary:

    I did sleep like a log after that magnesium injection yesterday.

    Had a great day today and it was topped off by my son getting a fantastic thumbs up from the Dartmouth lightweight rowing coach. He basically guaranteed admission if Fort Son will commit to Dartmouth and rowing. I think it's a no brainer, but Fort Son will have to give up his first choice school where he was deferred EA. He has to make a decision very soon, and we may be making a trek up to Hanover. Kinda psyched about the possibility of my son going to my alma mater.



    (Not that Hanover is a joy to visit in the winter.)

    Updated January 5th, 2011 at 08:50 PM by The Fortress

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  9. Double Wed Jan 5th, 2010

    by , January 5th, 2011 at 04:02 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Double Wed Jan 5th, 2010

    since there's only one practice on Fri & I missed so much this AM I decided double today and work on some fast IM stuff


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    BESS Coached
    UT Swim Center, main pool
    noon to 1:15 dove in 12:05ish
    trained with Marcio & Richie
    beside David, James Fike, Jon, Sharon, Larry, Jim, Bob, & Steve
    WORE FS PRO LEGS

    WARM UP
    400 easy

    Main SET:

    assigned 4 x 200 IM desc
    did 200 IM easy, 200 IM easy, skip # 3
    200 IM strong
    went 2:06


    200 fr 75%

    4 x 25 fl fast on 1:00
    moved lanes to race marcio and James
    went 11 on #4


    assigned 4 x 150 IM desc
    did 150 fl/bk/br; 150 fl/bk/br
    skipped #3
    150 fl/bk/br fast
    bess spotted my splits
    went 1:35


    200 fr 75%

    4 x 25 bk fast on 1:00
    went 11 on #4


    assigned 4 x 100 IM desc
    did: swam easy

    200 fr 75%

    4 x 25 br fast on 1:00
    raced marcio & james
    went 15's & 16's, 14 on #4

    skipped 4 x 50 IM desc
    skipped 200 fr 75%
    skipped 4 x 25 fr fast on 1:00
    to rest up for

    200 IM fast
    went 2:04
    dave vandam spotted my splits off the pace clock
    went 2:04 high
    27, 32, 35, 20


    50 easy


    Next meets are:

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


    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Order of Events
    not real thrilled with Sunday's order of events
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  10. Wed Jan 5th, 2010

    by , January 5th, 2011 at 03:52 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Jan 5th, 2010

    Congrats to my Longhorn Teammate Mike Varrozza, awesome swimmer & owner of Waterloo Swim School, I trained in his lane yesterday and he said nothing to me about this article. yesterday he led the fly set so he was the lane leader & a wonderful draft provider for me.

    Longhorn's Mike Varozza Featured as a Lane Leader in Swimming World Magazine -- January 4, 2011
    PHOENIX, Arizona, January 4. MASTERS swimmer Mike Varozza of Longhorn Aquatics is featured in the latest issue of Swimming World Magazine as a Lane Leader.
    Lane Leader is a semi-regular feature that celebrates Masters swimmers within the magazine. These swimmers all have a unique story to tell, and Swimming World is happy to shine the spotlight on these athletes.


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    scy
    Whitney Coached
    UT Swim Center, main pool
    6:30 to 8:00 dove in 7:05ish
    trained with ? & Tenielle
    beside Tyler, Ned, paul & nate
    WORE brief

    WARM UP
    missed it

    Main SET:

    assigned 4 x 200 IM desc
    missed it
    assigned 400 fr 75%
    missed it
    assigned 4 x 25 fl fast on 1:00
    missed it

    dove in

    4 x 150 IM desc

    400 fr 75%

    4 x 25 bk fast on 1:00


    4 x 100 IM desc

    400 fr 75%

    4 x 25 br fast on 1:00


    4 x 50 IM desc

    400 fr 75%

    4 x 25 fr fast on 1:00

    100 easy


    Next meets are:

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


    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Order of Events
    not real thrilled with Sunday's order of events
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  11. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -01/06/10

    by , January 5th, 2011 at 03:42 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 1:50
    1 X 200 3:40
    5 X 100 1:40
    1 X 300 neg split

    1 X 200 kick 5:00
    2 X 100 kick 2:30
    4 X 50 kick 1:15
    1 X 100 easy swim

    2 X 100 @ 100% 4:30
    1 X 100 easy swim

    SCY

    1 X 100 IM 1:50
    2 X 50 stroke 1:10
    4 X 25 stroke fast :50
    1 X 50 easy 1:10
    Three times through. IM'ers: 1 round each fly, back , breast.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00
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  12. Wednesday, 1/5/11

    by , January 5th, 2011 at 11:39 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    Warm up (800)
    1 x 200 Swim
    (free and back)
    2 x 100/1:40 Build
    (free around 1:25 for both)
    4 x 50/1:00 ds (last 12 1/2 kick Fast into wall) (back around 45)
    8 x 25/30 Strong IM

    Main Set:
    Pull: 300 free - 200 back - 100 free: with catch paddles and buoy,
    Kick: 200 flutter w/board and snorkel - 100 on back,w/8 SDK off each wall
    Drill: 100 IM, 1 arm drill for fly, back & free; pull w/dolphin for breast

    Set 2 (800)
    8 x 25/30 - Odds: Fly Evens: Dolphin kick
    (did w/10 sr after kick)
    4 x 50/1:10 - 25 Back - 25 Flutter on back
    (was around 50 on these)
    4 x 100/1:50 Free - 25 swim - 25 drill - 25 kick - 25 swim
    (around 1:35 on these. drill was fist)

    Cool down
    200 Swim

    Total: 2800 yards
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  13. A day for fours

    This morning I swam with the Panama City Beach Masters, with Coach Chuck on deck. It was in the mid-50s at 6am, and we had a good-sized group (about 6-8 swimmers) at the pool. I shared a lane with swim buddy Mark for most of the workout. Here’s how it went:

    Warmup: 600 lcm choice, alt. swim/kick/drill by 100s

    8 x 50 pull @ :55, 4 relaxed + 4 descend

    4 x 200 FR @ 3:15, done as 150 easy/50 fast, 100e/100f, 50e/150f, 200f [3:02, 3:00, 1:54, 1:47]

    4 X 100 K @ 2:30, desc. [2:10, 2:00, 1:55, 1:50. Coach endeared me to my temporary Florida teammates on this set by pointing out that if I was doing kicks on 2:30 without fins, they should be able to do them on 2:20 with fins. Pointed questions about when exactly I was returning to NYC followed.]

    4 x 150 FR/BK/FR @ 2:40, with FR=easy, BK=fast

    4 x 50 K @ 1:10, desc. [1:05, :59, :54, :50]

    4 x 100 FR swim w/ paddles fast @ 3:00 [1:20, 1:18, 1:17, 1:18, last one without paddles]

    800 warmdown

    I wasn’t pleased with my times on those last fast 100s. I wanted to blame the paddles—I’m still getting accustomed to swimming while wearing stuff, and it felt pretty awkward trying to sprint with them—but I was no faster when I took them off for the last one. I am happy with the gains I’ve made in my basic fitness and endurance over the last few months, but worry that the emphasis on longer stuff has caused me to lose some speed. So I’m looking forward to my workouts with the coach here—he tends to do lots of kicking and Salo-sprint style sets, particularly at the Tues/Th scy evening workouts. It will be good to remind my body how to go fast again. I think I have enough of a base at this point that I can intersperse those workouts with some longer ones in the mornings without it being too hard on my body.

    I was also glad to get in my swim and get back home before the rain hit. Here’s a picture of the approaching line of thunderstorms:

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  14. Starting the New Year

    by , January 5th, 2011 at 10:45 AM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    Going into the second year of competing as a Master swimmer, I find myself wanting to change things up a bit and be more accountable to myself for my efforts in - and out of - the pool. With that in mind, I resolve to do the following:

    1. Practice - 5x per week with the team. 1x per week on my own. 1 day per week (Sunday) to rest/recover.

    2. Weights - at least 3x per week.
    3. Sit-ups - every night.
    4. Nutrition - watch what I eat (aka fewer cookies, more fruits/veggies) and make sure I'm getting enough protein to help my muscles recover.
    5. Flossing - every night (or at least until my next dentist appointment is over ). ** Not swimming-related, but a big step for me anyway.

    Today's workout was nasty tough for me - not much yardage (only 3100 scy), but a good deal of sprinting (did a 50 free from a push in :32 - best race time from a dive is low :31) and then a TON of fly. Was proud of myself though because I hung in on the fly as best I could and surprised myself at the end with a solid 50 fly instead of a "cheating" 25 fly/25 free combo as I had done the set before. Hard to climb out of the pool at the end, though. But - hanging in there is going to be my theme for this year. Today was a good day... We'll see how tomorrow goes.
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  15. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 5:00am

    by , January 5th, 2011 at 10:11 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Over the last weekend I decided to pull out my Total Gym workout machine that I've had in storage in my garage for the past 3 years. I've just not had the space available to set it up inside the house until I made my kids start sleeping outside. (just kiddding).
    15 minutes a day on that doing the various different positions can really give you a good workout, to supplement the swimming. I like it because you can really simulate strokes of swimming while using it.

    Warmup:
    200 Free
    100 Kick
    200 Pull
    400 IM Drill
    100 Kick

    4 x 50 Fly @ 1:00
    8 x 25 Fly @ :35
    4 x 50 Back @ :55
    8 x 25 Back @ :30
    4 x 50 Breast @ :55
    8 x 25 Breast @ :30

    3 x 200 Free Pull :30 rest

    100 EZ
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    2900 Total
  16. 1/5/11

    by , January 5th, 2011 at 09:58 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    600 warm up

    3x100 K on 1:30 desc
    2x50 :50 fast

    2x200 on 3:00
    4x50 :50 fast

    2x100 on 1:30
    6X50 :50 fast

    100 easy

    2x100 on 1:30
    6x50 fast

    2x200 on 3:00
    4x50 fast

    3x100 K on 1:30 desc
    2x50 fast

    400 cool down
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  17. Felt good today

    by , January 5th, 2011 at 07:37 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Overall I have to say I felt fairly good today. Only my lower back and ankle where stiff at the start. After the first 300 of warm up felt good all over.

    100,200,400,200,100@:10R Free
    500 Free kick w/fins as 25easy/25mod/25fast
    500 Back kick w/fins fast pace make legs burn
    5x100@1:30 pull w/paddles & bouy as 50Free/50Back held 1:25-1:26
    5x100@1:45 Free to Back #1 4free #2 3free/1back #3 2free/2back #4 1free/3back #5 4back
    held good pace on this #5 was a 1:35
    200,100,100,100@:05 Free EASY

    Total 3500 yards
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  18. Tuesday Jan 4

    by , January 4th, 2011 at 11:37 PM (Keepin Track 2010)
    Got my rear end whooped tonight. clark...you will love the distance side of this one...T

    20min WU
    5x50 FR drills
    200 BA kick with flippers

    S500FR, S2x250 FR, S4x125 FR on training base

    Easy 50

    4x50 kick SPEC with flips
    SPEC set
    S4x150 SPEC (25 drill, 50 Swimx2)

    Easy 50

    4mid pool 50s work turn breakouts

    200 wd
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  19. Back to the real world

    SWIMMING HAS REALLY BEEN SPORADIC FOR ME SO I WAS EXCITED TO GET BACK TO MY NORMAL ROUTINE AFTER THE HOLIDAYS. THE FIRST PRACTICE BACK WITH THE TEAM WAS JUST A LITTLE LONGER THAN I EXPECTED.

    FELT SLOPPY BUT NOT AS BAD AS I THOUGHT I WOULD. MY LANE MATE WAS REALLY GEARED UP FOR THIS ONE. NOT THAT THE REST INTERVALS WERE TOO FAST I JUST GOT WORN OUT TOO QUICKLY AND THE FORM GOT UGLY.

    SIX WEEKS UNTIL SC SCY STATE MEET!


    300 CHOICE
    20X50 @ 60
    5 OF EACH STROKE
    3 DRILL
    2 DPS
    10X50 @45
    DESCEND 1-5,6-10

    400 IM W/20
    2X200 IM W/20
    4X100 IM W/20

    12X25 W/15
    3 OF EACH STROKE

    4X25 ALL OUT SPRINT OFF THE BLOCKS
    EZ SWIM BACK TO BLOCKS

    200 W/D

    3700 SCY
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  20. Welcome to my world of toys

    This morning I was swimming lc solo and decided to use all the toys in my swim bag. Here’s the result:

    1000 warmup (400s, 200k, 200p, 200 rev IM drill/swim by 25)

    Tempo trainer set
    8 x 50 @ 1:10, increasing stroke rate every 2
    2 x (3 x 100 desc. @ 1:45) at slightly-faster-than-comfortable stroke rates
    [I also practices getting my times with my Sportcount chrono finger timer on these—I never reached a point where I wasn’t swimming faster times at higher stroke rates on the 50s]

    Fin set
    2 x 100 kick w/ fins (50 fly on back, 50 back)
    2 x 100 w/ fins (50 fly kick / 50 swim)
    12 x 50 (25 sprint / 25 easy) @ 1:30, 3 of each stroke desc. [kept fins on for FL and BK, took them off for BR and FR]

    100 easy

    Snorkel set
    10 x 100 pull w/ snorkel @ 1:45, trying out all 3 sets of paddles in my swim bag plus bare hands over the course of the set [My favorite paddles are still the tiny strokemaker red ones (size 0.5), which I think are meant for 10yo’s or something. My fingers actually reach over the top of them slightly. It seems odd to wear paddles that are smaller than your hands, but they are a bit wider, and do seem to give a more oomphy feeling to my stroke. I also found out that I like using my snorkel much better if I combine it with pulling—otherwise it seems like it pushes my head up too much and unbalances me.]

    IM set
    5 x 200 IM pacman kick > swim @ :20 rest

    400 warmdown + play

    I was disappointed to find out that this is the last day the kids team will be practicing in the mornings for a while—they start back to school on Thursday, and the coach is giving them a morning off tomorrow to sleep in. In addition to a good music system and extra pace clocks, they also bring a great deal of energy and joy to the pool. If they hadn’t been there this morning I would have been the only swimmer in the water for the last hour+ of my workout. As it was, they were doing their annual 100x100 today, and I was inspired by their efforts. Their coach is always really positive and enthusiastic, and just beams with pride when he talks about what his swimmers have accomplished. It has been really satisfying to see this team growing bigger and faster each year I’m here—this year they had their first senior nats qualifier!

    After lunch I swam a bit in the gulf. The water temp has dropped back down to 57, and the air temp was around there as well. I stayed in for about 35-40 minutes, but didn’t swim terribly far because I kept stopping to look at things. Lots of pelicans were flying overhead and surfing some small waves near me—it’s amazing how they can keep those long wings just an inch or two about the moving water, without ever dipping a tip. There were occasional loud rumbles that had me stopping to look around, but they weren’t rogue waves about to crash into me—I think it was fighter jets flying overhead (I’m near an air force base and often see these), but they were above the clouds cover so I couldn’t spot them. I’m hoping to go in again later this week—with no nights in the 20s forecast, the water temp has a decent shot of staying reasonable.
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