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  1. Wedding Day Workout

    by , July 11th, 2010 at 05:03 PM (Adventures in Swimming)
    Actually it's my Daughters Wedding Day.

    Swam with the Sharks (Had to leave early) SCY

    I think we did a 15 min warm up. My mind was elsewhere.

    It was Trivia Day...
    The coach ask a questions, If you collectively come
    up with the answer you draw a set from the hat.
    Wrong Answer = 4 x 50 Fly
    A we don't know = 200 IM

    1st set was 2 x 200 broken :10 @ each 50
    Race Pace... 1 Min between 200's

    4 x 50 fly

    200 IM

    2 x 100 broken :10 @ 50, :05 @ 75
    Race Pace on 2 Min

    500 Pace (Actually Jim answered so he got to pick, the paper said 8x25 he said it said 500 Pace.
    He loves distance set's.

    4 x 50 fly....
    But I had to leave so I warmed down.

    My Baby Girl is Gettin Hitched

    Updated July 11th, 2010 at 05:04 PM by Bo Martin (I can't Spell!!)

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  2. The Oregon Trail

    <-- Love this!

    So I had decided to take a long weekend and travel out to Oregon to visit my friend! We had a white water rafting trip with her church group!

    I arrived Thursday night around 11 PM, woke up in the morning and we went out to the Pacific beach in Lincoln City. It was approximately 70-80 degrees outside and VERY foggy! The water in the ocean yesterday (so I was told) was 53 degrees!!!! I was totally prepared though; I wore my old lycra jammers that were a touch too large and my swim trunks over top. It was so cold that I actually went numb!!! I managed to swim in it for approximately 10 minutes though! I would walk out in the water until it was about up to my chest and then swim up the waves as they came crashing down on me. It was an awesome experience because as the water would be SO cold as it came over my head my whole body would tighten up and I couldn't breath at all! It was so much fun! Then when I would walk back on shore - I would notice that I couldn't feel anything in my legs and would sometimes be stomping into the ground or kicking into the slightly higher ground. (That's how I figured out my legs/feet were so numb!) After I finally got out and dried off, we grabbed a small bite to eat and took a hike up and down the coast. Around 4:30 PM the air and sky finally cleared and we were able to see the cliffs off in the distance.

    Fortunately - I'm already relatively tan from my earlier meets in the year (the P.R. 1500 and the Badger State Games) and I wasn't burnt too bad from the ocean. My friend however, was lit up like Rudolph's nose! Poor girl... we still had to do the White Water Rafting the next day!

    Today (7/10) We went white water rafting. I was up at 5 AM PDT (7 AM CDT, so it wasn't bad for me) and we got in the car and drove 2.5 hours from Salem to Maupin and the Sage Canyon River Co to raft down the class 2/3/4 rapids of the Deschutes River! We had a blast! White water rafting was NOTHING like what I thought it was going to be though. I fully expected to get in the water and have about an hour complete adrenaline and paddling my off until we broke the the other end of the rapids and were just done for the day!
    I was completely wrong. We ended up spending about 90% of our time just floating lackadaisically down the river. Then there was that 10% of the time where our boat was completely flooded, often times we were @ risk of being thrown out and we were trying to paddle amidst the serious waves. Those parts were a complete blast!

    There was one part - where after we rafted through it, we were told to get out of the raft, walk back up stream along the bank and then jump in again and go through this part called "Elevators" - what an awesome time! I did learn something though and I figured I'd share it with the rest of you:
    NEVER EVER WEAR RUNNING SHOES WHEN TRYING TO SWIM!
    It was a fun experience yes. The ride down the rapids was a blast. Then when I was trying to kick and swim my way back to the shore line (the water was some 15-20 ft deep) my shoes would just catch water and pull me with the current. If it weren't for the fact that they're my only shoes that I have here this weekend I probably would've just tossed them. It was VERY annoying!
    So lesson learned! Good times were had by all! Lots of water fights between rafts as well!

    As much fun as it was though. I'm not entirely sure that its something I'm going to go out of my way to do again. I did have a great time, its just not what I was thinking it was. I'm thinking had it been that 1 hour of super intense adrenaline pumping paddling and constant rapids, I'd be all about it. Spending a day on "lazy river meets occasional small waterfall".... meh... I'll save my money and go to a swim meet instead (I could be at the Carbondale IL meet this weekend!)!

    Thanks for reading!
  3. Sat Jul 10th 2010 SR Cir Day 2

    by , July 11th, 2010 at 12:02 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sat Jul 10th 2010

    DAY 2 of Austin Sr Cir
    RESULTS
    entered in 100 fl & 50 bk
    opted to skip 100 fl

    Wore B70 NeroTX

    PRELIMS
    50 bk
    went 29.29
    should have taken another stroke did a long kick glide into the wall
    tied for 3rd decided to swim again in finals

    FINALS

    50 BK
    decided to SDK the whole way no breather
    went 29.21
    really hurt but made it
    got DQed


    warmed up in masters practice this morning

    scy
    chris Coached
    6:30 TO 8:30
    Austin UT Swim Center diving well
    swam with easy with paul
    beside tyler and marcio
    dove in around 6:45

    went around 1500 easy

    2010 MEETS:

    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas
    Days till LCM ZONES
    Entered Zones yesterday & got my hotel
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  4. Woodland LCM

    by , July 10th, 2010 at 07:52 PM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    The full name is "Sierra Nevada Swimming Long Course Last Chance Qualifier July 9 - 11, 2010" That is, Last chance for J.O.'s.
    It was my first ever LCM meet and although I had misgivings and doubts, I had a lot of support and adoration from the parents, even the kids were cool, especially when standing on the blocks, they turn to each other and nod or acknowledge. I was surprised when my competitors to my left and right after the 100m Back, each offered a handshake...So the experience was great, excellent sportsmanship and never felt so part of event before.
    Masters meets in contrast tend to be cold and indifferent. But then, that's not to fair to the teams that work hard to put the Masters events on, I am usually alone with no team-mates to engage with.
    The reason I joined USA swimming, besides getting my arm twisted by the coaches, is that the meets are very close to home, the average distant to a Masters meet in Northern California is about 120 miles, one way. Also my coach can now analysis my race and provide feedback. (Even the parents were giving feedback!)
    So all this for just 2 events on the second day of a typical 3 day meet.
    I don't have official times,
    LCM
    50M Free 31
    100m Back 1:33
    My goggles slipped off in the 50m FR, after the dive... they were about halfway off my face and making it hard to breath...All I could see was a blurry black line and only knew to touch when the black line stopped!
    Coach said my first 50 of the 100m was "beautiful" but the wall on the start was really slippery and I ended up just letting go of the bar and pushing off, I also missed the turn, feet just touched the wall and I had to build up speed from nothing, which burned me out before I could finish. Got a lot of experience out of this race.
    Being the only Master at this event was great, as Im sure most of the other Masters from other teams were at Santa Cruz for the Pacific LCM Championship...Wish I could have gone, but Santa Cruz is 3.5 hours away and its too expensive for this poor-boy !
    Aquasol kids did great, but this was more of a normal meet, where it wasn't too important for them as they start taper next week for Junior Olympics
  5. Saturday, July 10

    by , July 10th, 2010 at 04:36 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    crunches, 2 x 25
    russian twist w/25 lb plate, 2 x 25
    windshield wipers, 2 x 15
    dead bugs on bosu, 2 x 25
    flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 50
    squat pulls on bosu, 35 x 2 x 15
    back extensions w/10 lb plate, 4 x 15
    goblet squats, 55 x 2 x 15
    skull crushers, 40 x 2 x 15
    kneeling ab crunches, 1 x 25 (couldn't tell weight really; forgot 2nd set)
    pole vaulters w/bar, 2 x 25
    twisting med ball slams, 2 x 15
    leg press, 330 x 2 x 10

    ball on wall, 2 x 50
    arm circles, 2 x 50, each direction
    seated straight arm dips, 60 x 2 x 26
    3 position arm extensions, 15 each
    prone scapular scrunches, 1 x 25


    Ellipse:

    30 minutes on ellipse, watching first half of Uru v. Germ game

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


    Commentary:

    Trying to ease back into drylands. I've definitely lost a bit of strength and fitness from the long taper + 2 week viral malaise break + almost another 2 week vaca break. I'm still feeling unmotivated -- probably b/c I don't have a taper meet in sight. Hopefully, switching to TRX will produce some motivation with my predilection for "shiny new things."

    I really wanted to go to hot yoga today after standing in the rain for hours at a summer league meet this am. But the only post noon class was at 4:00. No can do, as I'm headed out to a 6:30 dinner reservation with the fam. I asked the kids to be "agreeable" today for my birthday. So far, my request has been honored.

    I uploaded 4 random pictures of Copenhagen, a fabulous city, and 1 from the beach in Warnemunde, Germany. Naturally, the family beach had topless women. The two 9 year olds on the trip were gawking. lol

    Updated July 10th, 2010 at 04:56 PM by The Fortress

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  6. 7/10/10 workout

    25 yard pool

    Warmup
    500 whatever
    10x50 @ 50 drill/swim
    4x75's @1:20 kick/drill swim
    5x100's @ 1:30 25underwater/75swim

    Main Sets:
    5x200's IM @ 3:00
    10x50'@ @ 45 odds fly, evens free

    2 times thru
    500- 25moderate/25fast,50 mod/50fast,75mod/75fast,100mod/100fast
    ------
    6x50's kick @ 50 fly kick on back no fin

    16x25's @ 30 4fly,4back,4breast,4 free decend the groups of 4

    200 warmdown
    5,400 yards
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  7. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -07/12/10

    by , July 10th, 2010 at 04:10 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM

    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 1:45
    4 X 100 1:40
    8 X 50 kick 1:10
    4 X 50 stroke 1:10

    1 X 300 IM 5:45
    4 X 50 fly 1:15
    1 X 200 IM 3:45
    4 X 50 back 1:15
    1 X 100 IM 2:00
    4 X 50 breast 1:15

    4 X {3 X 50 1:20
    #1 build
    #2 fast
    #3 easy
    Choice. IM'ers should do 1 round of each.

    9 X 100 free
    3 on 1:40
    3 on 1:35
    3 on 1:30

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4200M
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  8. Saturday, 7/10/10

    by , July 10th, 2010 at 01:08 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCM, Solo


    Warm – up
    1 x 300 Smooth
    (did 100 free/100 back/100 free)
    3 x 100/1:45 Build
    (free-ave 1:25-28)

    Kick – Drill – Swim IM
    12 x 100/10sr – IM order
    100 Kick 100 Drill 100 Swim
    Fly> Back> Breast>
    Free> Fly> Back>
    Brst> Free> Fly>
    Back> Brst> Free
    (didn't track times on any of this. used fins for the fly)

    Swim
    6 x 100/2:30
    50 smooth – 50 Strong build
    (did 1-3 free, went 1:25-1:20-1:22; 4-6 back, went 1:35-1:30-1:30)

    Swim (600)
    12 x 50/1:20, 15-20-15-Breakouts & Finishes
    (1-6 free ave 40, 7-12 back ave 45)

    Cool down
    100 easy free

    Total: 3100 meters
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  9. Calm Saturday LCM workout

    The whole world seemed out and about as I cabbed over to workout this morning. That was only notable because it was 5:45 in the morning. This time of year, it’s good light by then. Still, I wonder what those crowds of folks wandering around on the streets were doing at that hour? They didn’t seem like the typical post-bar crowds that I sometimes see on my way to early workouts.

    I swam the 6am AGUA workout. Here’s how it went:

    500 lcm warmup plus bobbing and sinking

    5 x 200, odds FR, evens BK, reducing the stroke count by 2 on each length [On the frees I went 41-40-38-36, 42-38-36-33, and 39-38-36-32; on the backs I went 41-40-38-33 and 40-38-34-29. We were instructed to reduce our stroke count by putting more power into each stroke; I felt like I was relying just as much on kicking more and going into catchup-stroke mode on the lower-stroke-count 50s. The catch-up strokes did help me think about putting more power into my stroke, but the increased kicking just felt like cheating.]

    Technique talk on stroke finish for FR and BK

    10 x 50 starting at :55, increasing interval by :05 (and descending times) on each successive set of 2 [this set got a bit interrupted, since we consolidate into 4 lanes when the kids come in for workout]

    Kicking with fins[and I managed to bring mine today]:
    3x through:
    4 x 50 UDK on stomach as fast and far as possible, then easy flutter on back for rest of length
    200 “gutbuster” kick (dolphin kick on back while holding pull buoy between legs]
    [I got out early, so I’d have some good energy left for the meet tomorrow.]

    When we first got in, the triathlete group was not there, so we had the whole 8-lane pool to ourselves, which made things wonderfully spacious. (The swimming gods must have heard yesterday's plea for lots of lane!) Once the kids arrived, there were only a small group of them (because of a meet), so we still had 5 lanes for the last hour. I braved the fast lane for the last (fin) set, and they ended up going slower than most of the other lanes! I must be a bad influence.
    Tags: blissy, calm, fins
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  10. Fri Jul 9th 2010

    by , July 9th, 2010 at 06:22 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Fri Jul 9th 2010

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    scy
    chris Coached
    6:30 TO 8:30
    Austin UT Swim Center diving well
    swam with tyler jon & doug
    beside mike, todd & Marcio plus james fike
    Guest SAM PERRY was in DA house
    dove in around 7:00


    MAIN SET

    swam easy
    the guys were doing
    4 rounds of 3 x 300 followed by 4 x 25
    I did half the 300's & all the 25's
    felt fine

    did between 1500 & 200
    mostly easy some fast

    WENT to BREAKFAST at at Kerby Lane on the Drag with Sam Perry, Tyler, Todd & Doug Dude

    warmed up again for the 50 fr

    haven't really been training for 50's

    wore a B70 Nero TX

    thought I was in Heat 19
    then realized it was heat 10
    hopped up

    Went 25.96
    Hoped to go faster


    It's my fastest time this season in a jammer


    2010 MEETS:

    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4 Meet Info
    Austin, TX
    entered:

    Fri
    50 Freestyle

    Sat
    100 Butterfly
    50 backstroke

    Sun
    200 Individual Medley
    50 breastroke, &
    50 butterfly


    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas
    Days till LCM ZONES
    Entered Zones yesterday & got my hotel
  11. Friday, July 9

    by , July 9th, 2010 at 05:44 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    8 x 25 shooters
    odds = belly
    evens = back

    Main Set:

    6 x 100 free w/paddles @ 1:30
    4 x 50 flutter kick, no fins @ :50
    50 scull

    4 x 100 fly drill @ 1:40
    4 x 50 double shooter w/MF @ 1:00
    50 scull

    6 x 100 kick-swim (50 flutter kick-50 free) w/paddles @ 1:30
    4 x 50 flutter kick, no fins @ :50
    50 scull

    4 x 100 breast w/MF @ 1:40
    4 x 50 double shooter w/MF @ 1:00
    50 scull

    50 EZ

    Total: 3850

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

    Commentary:

    Still feeling fairly nasty and trying to get feel for the water back. I didn't bother with anything fast today. Right now, it would be futile and counter-productive. I seem to recall after my 2 weeks post-Nats hiatus that it took me 4-5 days before I did any speed work.

    I'm going to have to change my usual early-to-mid afternoon solo swim time. The rec center has been invaded by summer campers and it was a zoo. Only 3 lanes for lap swimming, no backstroke flags and I had to share with 2 different noodlers. Hoping I can shift swimming to post 3:30 pm, but I have to see if that will work with picking Mini Fort up from work and getting her to volleyball camp ... Might not ... Hmm ... I wonder if OakMarr is also a kid zoo? If so, I may need to travel to GMU during lap swim hours.


    Other random thoughts:

    1. How much faster does one go per 100 with paddles than without?

    2. I am enjoying returning to my breakfast smoothies. I was smoothie deprived on vacation.

    3. I didn't gain a lick of weight on vacation with less exercise and more food. Similarly, I didn't lose anything on my detox. This would tend to confirm my "set point" theory of weight. Of course, both instances were limited to 2 weeks.

    4. I still need to sign up for Zones. I will likely stick with the 4 x 50s. I'm rather dreading doing a 50 evil LC sans suit though. Warm up is at 7:30 on Sunday. Yikes, really early for me for a pool 40 minutes from my house ...

    5. My vacation buddies are urging Fort fam to go on another June vacation next year. Very tempting, but that would really mess with my plan to go to Auburn LCM Nats. On the other hand, I seemed to bounce back reasonably quickly after my 2 weeks of viral malaise. But LC is a different animal ...

    6. I need to gear up and start my TRX regimen. But I'm feeling rather unmotivated wrt drylands at the moment.

    7. I am not so fond of this weather. No idea how triathletes and runners can train in it. It is suffocatingly hot and humid. After being outside all the time for 2 weeks, I now don't feel like leaving the house! The only sane place to be is the beach in this weather.

    8. I am officially calling out Geek for welching on his bet. I have seen no video evidence of the promised nekked 200 fly.

    9. Where oh where is Wolf Girl?

    10. I just read in Bicycle magazine that Lance Armstrong is only 5'8". I somehow thought he was taller. No wonder he quit swimming!

    11. Couple pics from Oslo below.


    Article:

    Why keep a training blog:

    http://www.active.com/triathlon/Arti...tm_medium=feed

    Updated July 9th, 2010 at 10:05 PM by The Fortress

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  12. Friday, July 9

    by , July 9th, 2010 at 05:44 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    8 x 25 shooters
    odds = belly
    evens = back

    Main Set:

    6 x 100 free w/paddles @ 1:30
    4 x 50 flutter kick, no fins @ :50
    50 scull

    4 x 100 fly drill @ 1:40
    4 x 50 double shooter w/MF @ 1:00
    50 scull

    6 x 100 kick-swim (50 flutter kick-50 free) w/paddles @ 1:30
    4 x 50 flutter kick, no fins @ :50
    50 scull

    4 x 100 breast w/MF @ 1:40
    4 x 50 double shooter w/MF @ 1:00
    50 scull

    50 EZ

    Total: 3850

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

    Commentary:

    Still feeling fairly nasty and trying to get feel for the water back. I didn't bother with anything fast today. Right now, it would be futile and counter-productive. I seem to recall after my 2 weeks post-Nats hiatus that it took me 4-5 days before I did any speed work.

    I'm going to have to change my usual early-to-mid afternoon solo swim time. The rec center has been invaded by summer campers and it was a zoo. Only 3 lanes for lap swimming, no backstroke flags and I had to share with 2 different noodlers. Hoping I can shift swimming to post 3:30 pm, but I have to see if that will work with picking Mini Fort up from work and getting her to volleyball camp ... Might not ... Hmm ... I wonder if OakMarr is also a kid zoo? If so, I may need to travel to GMU during lap swim hours.

    Other random thoughts:

    1. How much faster does one go per 100 with paddles than without?

    2. I am enjoying returning to my breakfast smoothies. I was smoothie deprived on vacation.

    3. I didn't gain a lick of weight on vacation with less exercise and more food. Similarly, I didn't lose anything on my detox. This would tend to confirm my "set point" theory of weight. Of course, both instances were limited to 2 weeks.

    4. I still need to sign up for Zones. I will likely stick with the 4 x 50s. I'm rather dreading doing a 50 evil LC sans suit though. Warm up is at 7:30 on Sunday. Yikes, really early for me for a pool 40 minutes from my house ...

    5. My vacation buddies are urging Fort fam to go on another June vacation next year. Very tempting, but that would really mess with my plan to go to Auburn LCM Nats. On the other hand, I seemed to bounce back reasonably quickly after my 2 weeks of viral malaise. But LC is a different animal ...

    6. I need to gear up and start my TRX regimen. But I'm feeling rather unmotivated wrt drylands at the moment.

    7. I am not so fond of this weather. No idea how triathletes and runners can train in it. It is suffocatingly hot and humid. After being outside all the time for 2 weeks, I now don't feel like leaving the house! The only sane place to be is the beach in this weather.

    8. I am officially calling out Geek for welching on his bet. I have seen no video evidence of the nekked 200 fly.

    9. Where oh where is Wolf Girl?
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  13. Distance Friday

    by , July 9th, 2010 at 05:09 PM (Adventures in Swimming)
    Swam with the Sharks SCY
    Coach Alex

    400 Swim 50 Free/50 Bk

    8 x 50 @ :50

    4 x 100 IM or Choice on 2:00 (My kind of cycle)

    4 x 500 Negative Split and Descend (That's what I did)
    We took about :60 rest between
    4 x 25 Blastoff's (Work the breakout)

    100 Warm Down

    My Lane got a late start. Most of us did 3 x 500.

    It was kind of like Social Friday instead
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  14. Friday, 7/9/10

    by , July 9th, 2010 at 04:22 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCM, With Carrie

    Warm – up

    300 swim
    (200 free/100 back)
    3 x 100/1:50 Build
    (free, went 1:25 on these)

    Drills
    3 x 100 Free/10sr
    25 L – 25R- 25 Fists – 25 Build
    2 x 75 Back/10sr
    25L – 25R – 25 Build

    Main Set
    20 x 50
    2 x (2/1:15, 2/1:10, 2/1:05, 2/1:00. 2/55)
    (did these all free, kept times between 38-40)

    Kick
    3 x the following set:
    1 x 100 Kick/3:00 AFAP
    (#1-2 free with board, went 1:51,1:54; #3 on back went 1:53)
    2 x 50 kick/15sr Recovery

    Cool down
    100 easy


    Total: 2750 meters
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  15. 7/9/10 in memory of Andrew

    I have been practicing just have not had the time to post it up. This afternoon I swam on my own. Kinda a difficult day today. My teammate,lanemate and friend was killed a year ago in car accident on way home from a summer swim meet. Andrew was just 17, on the National team, a honor student, active in volunteering in community and was just a great young man. His junior year he had times of 21.x, 46.x and 1:41.x in the freestyle. He always looked so effortless when he swam. We were lanemates and he would always harass me when I would have to leave practice early to go take my kids to their activities. He would call me the ole guy. Anyways, Andrews favorite event was the 200free so this practice was for him. He would have been 18 and a senior this year so this one is for you buddy.

    25yard pool
    Warmup
    500 whatever
    10x50 @ 50 drill/swim

    Main Set in memory of Andrew
    6x200 free @ 2:20
    minute rest
    6x200 free @ 2:15
    minute rest
    6x200 free @ 2:10

    Warmdown
    400 free with snorkle

    5,000 yards

    Updated July 9th, 2010 at 05:07 PM by born2fly

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  16. O give me lane, lots of lane, under starry skies above . . .

    This morning I went to early LC workout at Asphalt Green. Here’s what we did:

    400 LCM warmup + bobbing and sinking

    600 reverse-order IM, 100 Swim + 50 Kick of each stroke

    8 x 50 drill: 2 fist, 4 tap drill, 2 dps

    2 ½ times through
    300 IM (50 FL, 100 BK, 50 BR, 100 FR)
    3 x 50 kick (1st round FL, 2nd round BR, 3rd round would have been BK if we’d gotten that far)
    3 x 50 easy FR, decreasing # of breaths by 2 on each successive 50

    100 warmdown

    Sometimes the numbers of swimmers in each lane at these workouts works out strangely. Today, there were 8 or 9 swimmers in each of the 2 fastest lanes, and just 2 or 3 in each of the other 2. By speed I would usually swim in the next-to-fastest lane, but today the range of speeds in that lane made efficient clumping unlikely (if the rest of the swimmers stay on each others’ feet, as they often do, I figure it really doesn’t matter whether I’m sharing a lane with 2 or 12 others, as long as I make sure I’m not in the middle of the clumping).

    So I scooted over to one of the slower lanes and swam the workout there. That was fine for the drills—I’m a pretty slow driller—but on the IMs I was way too fast for the interval. So I compensated by doing double turns at each wall, and doing the vertical-axis strokes as 50 swim/50 kick. If I’d stayed in my original lane, I would have gotten in more yardage, but this way I got in some additional turn and kick work. It’s a trade-off I’m happy to make.

    Sometimes I do wish teammates were less married to their usual lanes (not to mention their particular position within lanes), but it seems like it’s been that way on every masters team I’ve ever swum with. When I coached, one of the least pleasant parts of the job was trying to even out overcrowded lanes—there were always certain people you knew would have their feelings hurt or be in a snit for the rest of workout if you asked them to move down from “their” lane, and who even preferred swimming 7 or 8 in a scy lane to switching. I’m usually happier moving to wherever I can find good space to swim, and luckily in a lcm setup there’s usually somewhere that fits that description. Plus, I get to chat with swimmers I know less well, which is always fun.

    This Sunday I’m headed out to the Wilton Summer Sizzler LCM meet and bbq. I’m signed up for 100 FR, 400 FR, 200 IM, 50 FL, and 50 FR. I’m swimming the 400 free just for the sake of doing all the events (minus the 1500) this summer—I predict that I will negative split it. The other event I don’t even have any predictions for, but I know it will be a fun day—it will be my first pool swim outdoors this season, and the Wilton folks always put on a fabulous event!

    Good luck to everyone doing the Charlottesville swim this weekend! Stay cool and swim fast!
  17. FREEBIRD!

    by , July 9th, 2010 at 01:40 PM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    I only played 8 songs today. They were:

    Free Bird (Live) by Lynard Skynrd
    No Woman, No Cry (Live) by Bob Marley
    November Rain by Guns N' Roses
    Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
    Gloria (Live) by The Doors
    We Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who
    Stairway to Heaven by Led Zepplin
    Layla by Eric Clapton

    Took the whole darn practice to finish the playlist anyway.

    For the entire duration of No Woman, No Cry and part of November Rain (I'd guess that to be about 15 minutes) we took a break from our regular routine of swimming back and forth and back and forth to focus on some vertical kicking. At first I was all, "pshaw, I got this, I can tread water for hours." Then, Coach came over, and made it clear to us newbies that the vertical kicks were to be done in a full-on streamline position, hands above heads.

    That is harder.

    This lane-leading kickboarder could only make it through one of the three 20-second intervals without full-on drowning and resorting to keeping my hands out of the water via the Miss America waving position.

    Then we did some underwater bobs and streamline ups, where I learned about making sure not to propel yourself off the floor of the pool head-first into a lane line. Ouch.
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  18. End of the week YEAH!

    by , July 9th, 2010 at 08:15 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Here comes the weekend.

    1000 Free as 200 spsks
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 fast
    500 Free kick w/fins & snorkle push
    5x200@3:45 as 100 Free/100 Back w/paddles
    500 Free EASY

    Total 3500 meters
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  19. Double swims

    by , July 9th, 2010 at 12:14 AM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Headed to the Y this morning and did a basic feel for the water workout:

    Reverse 400 I.M. (one arm on fly)
    600 kick with fins (200 fly kick on back, 200 back kick, 200 free kick)
    Repeat

    2000 SCY

    This afternoon, did some sprints with fins in open water. Friends were with me. I've discovered a place to swim that is free of boats and is 75 to 80 yards across. Hopefully, I'll be able to access this spot a year from now when I'm preparing for LC Nationals. The closest LC pool is two hours from here. My newly discovered spot is within walking distance.

    Anyway, I warmed up for 15 minutes and then did 2 widths all-out with fins. The water was actually hot, probably too hot to be sprinting in, so I limited it to two. Did a slight cool-down afterwards.

    Estimated yardage 800 yards.
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  20. Catalina countdown

    Catalina countdown
    Posted July 3rd, 2010 at 03:20 PM by chaos
    Its the big July 4th weekend and the word on everyone's lips is "SHARKS". Its perhaps the most common theme of questioning from people not familiar with open water swimming, and I'm not surprised that the NY Post (little more than a right-wingnut tabloid) would feature an article from myfoxny.com that quotes a non-expert saying "But I have no doubt that a great white shark that swims into your comfort zone would surely find a splashing paddle or dangling hand inviting. I also expect that same passing shark would spend little time differentiating between boater, paddler and prey." hmmmm.. some credentials please? were this the case, there would be thousands of shark attacks each year... think about what you're saying!

    article: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/c...SP3c6ve9e5TedL

    on the other side of the country: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2...f-socal-coast/

    yes, the channel islands referred to are those that include Catalina Island.

    I am fortunate to have assembled a very enthusiastic crew that includes 2 kayakers (Beth and Peter), 2 CCSF observers (yet to be named), and 4 friends that will handle everything from filming to feeds to swimming along with me. (Tobey, John, Roz, Ian). In 16 days, we will gather at the 22nd st. landing in San Pedro to load up and board the Outrider http://www.22ndstreet.com/outrider.htm and depart around 9PM toward Catalina.... splash time 12 midnight. This will be my first long swim without Clare acting as my support. I think I have my feed routine worked out to be easily implemented by any willing party but... there will still be something missing. A few days later, Clare will meet me in SF and we will do a celebratory Alcatraz swim together.

    I've done a bit of night swimming, but have never swum through kelp in the dark. In daylight, the experience is somewhat mixed... upon first approaching, its impossible not to gaze down the giant stalks as they disappear into the blue depth and feel like someone turned a great forest upside down, but the weeds can also lay heavily on the surface and contact is a bit scratchy. Kelp encounters are likely to occur near the shore at the start and finish of the swim.... I'm a bit nervous about swimming through "night kelp".

    My friend Jordan came up for a long July 4th swim in Lake Minnewaska. We did 12 x 2k with a minute or two between each to feed. I used my familiar 1st Endurance EFS mix but, as I failed to adjust my liquid intake to the hot summer conditions, wound up a bit dehydrated by the end and suffered with a low grade headache all the next day. Jordan will be heading to dover in a few weeks and has a few more long ones scheduled before he departs to Dover. I am taking this week and next light.... <40k and <30k respectively. Every body of water around here has become uncomfortably warm due to the heat wave.

    12 days to Catalina.........
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