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  1. 12/22/09 Cardio and Core

    by , December 22nd, 2009 at 05:47 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well
    I did 40 minutes on the elliptical intervals climbing to 155-160bpm this afternoon after a morning of "mall walking" with my mother.

    After the elliptical I did my core work with the yoga ball. The yoga ball routine is becoming a bit easier now.. I'll have to find new ways to increase the pain level. I was a sweaty-Betty in the gym after that cardio but at least I can gorge myself without guilt...

    almost forgot: I ended the workout with some delt and tricep work.

    Home now, fire going...dinner soon and then port...

    Updated December 22nd, 2009 at 06:33 PM by SwimStud

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  2. Watch out for aquappottami

    by , December 22nd, 2009 at 05:15 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    The hotel pool was full of them this morning and they weren't budging an inch to make room for me. Oh well. I still managed a workout as they all finished and left about the time I finished my warmup

    300 swim
    300 kick, alternating 50 free with board, 50 back, no board
    300 pull as 150 free, 150 back buoy only
    6 x 50 alt. drill/build by 25 choice
    2 each free/back then 1 fly & 1 breast

    8 x 75; 1-4 free, 5-8 back

    kick 10 x 25 on 40: on backwith 6-8 SDK off each wall

    100 swim down
    --
    2150


    1 hour yoga class at the gym tonight.

    Yesterday (Monday) I did 30 minutes of spinning at the gym during my lunch hour, then went back after work and ran on the treadmill.

    Run was as follows:
    walk 1/4 mile
    run 2-1/2 miles at 10 min/mi pace
    walk 1/4 mi to cool
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  3. Lost Person Behaviour

    by , December 22nd, 2009 at 01:25 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    It's 12:33 p.m., and I am sitting around at my desk here in wintry Pittsburgh waiting for experts on lost person behaviour to call me back. I spell it with the British "u" because many of these fellows are Canadian, possibly because there are so many places to get lost in Canada. My hypothesis for why: the absence of nocturnal light pollution and similar whatnot to guide one to a mall or other safe haven of human civilization.

    During this period of waiting, it occurred to me that a rare (of late) un-Ambienated vlog might be in order, if for no other reason than to test the ongoing functionality of whatever rational faculties I have left.

    As my fellow devotees of novel hypnotics may know first hand, these drugs can have some heavy duty discombobulating and bamboozling effects. In my case, oftentimes the first things to go are those items to which I have only the weakest tether lines under the best, most rational of circumstances. Propriety, the hope not to offend others for the pure mean-spirited joy this can bring me, self-pity, and finally what in male dogs is sometimes described as "that little red thing"--all these tend to change drastically in me under the influence of zolpidem. The first two (propriety; kindness) run for the hills; the second two (self pity, ribaldry) burst out in ways that are hard to restrain. I have been de-friended on Facebook because of such boorishness and indecency.

    In fact, the only things that reliably restrain self pity, libidinous inappropriateness, jabberwocky, and the like is the phenomenon dubbed by researchers at the Mayo Clinic as a new drug-aided variation on SRED, or sleep related eating disorder. This morning, I went down to the kitchen and found a bottle of Real Lemon lemonade, my favorite beverage, stowed not in the refrigerator where it belonged, but rather in the cupboard beside the cups and glasses.

    I suppose it could have been worse.

    Some of us so-called Ambien Zombies have been known to pour a glass of bleach in the night, the better to chase down the buttered cigarette sandwich we have made for ourselves as a snack.

    I am digressing a bit here.

    VIA, or vlogging under in the influence of ambien, has a good side and some bad sides.

    On the good side, I have now--on at least two separate occasions--discovered vlogs that "I" have written but which I have almost no memory of having written. I can thus read such entries the way I imagine the non-Jim reading audience reads them: with total amusement and the utmost respect for the writer, perhaps even just a smidgen of jealousy for his evident genius! Oh, if only I could write like this "Jim" in his full reverie mode.

    Actually, just joking about that. Reading these amnestically-penned vlogs, in truth, only gives me the chance to do what I really DO imagine my readers often do: Laugh AT me, not WITH me.

    It's nice when a blowhard can laugh AT himself without totally feeling responsible for it. I suppose what I am really doing on such occasions is laughing at my reptilian brain in action. What a peculiar fellow this nutcase is...though I do admire his lack of self-censure.

    The bad sides of Ambien have already been suggested. One additional example: I seem to have made an enemy of the brother of a female swimmer I occasionally correspond with on Facebook. It appears I will not be attending that family's Christmas party this or any other year in the foreseeable future.

    The cure for all this, of course, is simple. Either stop taking Ambien, or take it and immediately go to sleep. The problem is that I have found that taking Ambien and fighting off sleep leaves me in the Tiger Woodsian Ambien haze. Though I have no floosy to enjoy myself with while thusly enfogged, I nevertheless enjoy the tranquility and relaxation and freedom from worry this mood bestows. I enjoy it so much, in fact, that I know it will be a while before I am able to wean myself from it.

    Note: Ambien and its cousins are not benzodiazepines like Valium, though they target one of the brain's many subtypes of benzodiazepine receptors in the GABA system. Sleep researchers maintain there is no evidence that Ambien and the other Z-drugs are anxiolytic, or anxiety relieving. Thus it is entirely possible that my perception of calm is either a placebo response or idiosyncratic. That said, I will add one penultimate wrinkle here for those, like me, who include amongst your various hobbies an interest in amateur psychopharmacology.

    Zolpidem, the generic name for Ambien, has been shown to trigger speech in a certain type of schizophrenic patient who is suffering mutism because of catatonia. It might have helped Al Pacino, for instance, at the end of Scarecrow.

    Perhaps my reaction is simply some variation on a positive Zolpidem Test.

    Now, final wrinkle: though I do believe that this drug is, in some regards, capable of reducing my control over my behavior somewhat, it is clear to me that my decision to keep taking the pill and vlogging and/or otherwise accosting the etherous internet world at large is something of which I am fully culpable. As an expert in the burgeoning field of sleep forensics told me, there is voluntary and involuntary intoxication.

    Taking the pill exactly as directed and then going on a blue streak of mayhem is involuntary intoxication, especially the first time it happens.

    But taking the pill the way I have been lately, knowing the likely consequences, and doing it anyway, qualifies as voluntary intoxication. In fact, one might argue my case is very voluntary intoxication.

    Let me know if I go too far.

    Note: this is NOT a cry for help.

    Now, on another note, after last night's 4100 yards, I asked some of my swimming teammates if they might help me identify my elbow bone. We could not, for the life of us, decide whether the pointy bone is attached to the upper arm bone or one of the lower arm bones.

    So I took a picture with my finger right on the painful jabby bone in the hopes that Drs. Dixon and Jaegermeister, and fellow sufferer Jim Matysek, might better zero in on a diagnosis.

    PS what do you think about my peace symbol within a heart medallion?

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  4. Tuesday Dec 22nd 2009 LCM SNAKES!

    by , December 22nd, 2009 at 11:18 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tuesday Dec 22nd 2009

    RESULTS from the Nov San Antonio SCM meet are up

    Christina took these photos of our team work out at garrison this summer

    yesterday I Sent in my entries for the : ST TXLA New Years Classic in Austin, TX January 15 – 18, 2010

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    WEIGHTS at world gym in San Marcos
    lat press
    pat pull
    bench press
    leg press

    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    LCM (pool was set up long course!)
    Whitney coached
    6:30 - 8:00
    main pool
    swam with Mike, ned, jon, tyler, todd, brandon, Amy & everyone on the team
    dove in on time

    WORE B70 Legs

    warm up
    250 fr 50 bk
    250 fr 50 bk
    300 fl k (went 1:22 on last 100 LCM Kick)
    100 easy

    main set
    SNAKES
    pool set up with 10 lanes,
    swim 1 length in each lane

    500 done 50 fr 50 fl drill

    (we gave up 2 lanes to UT women & switched to 400 SNAKES)

    400 fr (started catching the slower swimmers)

    400 done 50 fr 50 bk

    400 fr

    400 done 50 fr 50 br

    400 fr FAST for time
    WENT 4:44

    had to pass around 10 slower swimmers

    400 do 2 x 200 IM press out & dive after each length

    400 k

    there were 2 more 400's but I had an 8:20 appointment so I sat by Coach Kim Brackin for a bit watching her train 4 swimmers who were still in town


    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 – 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX


    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX


    April 9 -11
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    The Woodlands, TX


    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
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    Updated December 22nd, 2009 at 11:26 AM by ande

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  5. 12/22: Test Set Tuesday

    by , December 22nd, 2009 at 10:00 AM (Random Nonsense)
    Yesterday pretty much sucked as random things going wrong, both at work and at home. My day ended with me figuring out that the warm puddles that I couldn't find the source of probably were a leak in the hot water line in the wall. Merry Christmas to a local plumber!

    Point: I tried to use yesterday as an excuse to skip today. Lazy wife was not hearing it, as she is trying to get lots of working out in preparation of gluttonous feasting Thursday and Friday.

    Warm up:
    - 200 free
    - 100 back
    - 100 kick moderate pace
    - 100 back
    - 100 free
    Main Set:
    - 5x200 on 7:00 went 2:31, 2:32, 2:26*, 2:27, 2:27
    - 5x4x25 swam 4x25 back after each 200
    Warm down:
    - 300 amoeba

    * Pretended to have the tempotrainner on, beep, beep, beep. My turnover must have increased from that. Kinda silly, but I will be saying beep beep beep in my next race.

    Amoeba: This is Speedo's term for what his easy swim after a AFAP 200 is like. I understood amoeba swimming much better now after my test set. It probably doesn't look like swimming.
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  6. equillibirum

    by , December 22nd, 2009 at 09:13 AM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I'm back!
    I spent most of December fighting off a bad sinus, throat, ear, coughing, green phlegm infection sort of thing. I'd think I was getting better and swim an easy workout, then lapse back into feeling worse than ever. I finally went to my Dr. a week and a half ago and got some meds. They worked!
    It really worked out okay since I needed the extra time at work and holiday parties. I just wish I could have felt better.

    Now it's time to start getting ready for the July 17-20th Morse Reservoir 10K National Championships! www.grinswim.org/USMS2010K/ I'll just be swimming to finish but I still think I need to up my yardage and focus on longer intervals.
    I quit my LA Fitness membership; the water is too hot workout the way I want. I am starting to go to Carmel Aquatic Center in the early mornings before work. I can swim there for free and it is one of my top 3 favorite pools!

    Yesterday's CAC Workout Solo:

    *500 drill warm-up (100 catch-up drill/100 6 and roll drill/100 dps drill/100 finger drag drill/100 opposite side only breath)
    *200 Backstroke Swim/200 Backstroke Kick (no fins and it took forever!)
    *15 X 100: Grouped in sets of 3. Each set descends 5 seconds on the interval. 2:00/1:55/1:50/1:45/1:40
    *200 Back/150 Back/100 Back/50 Back
    1:00 per 100 interval
    *Super 500 Swim (Kick only on 25 recovery swim)

    Now I need to go start creating some Holiday Magic!!!!!
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  7. Strong showing today

    by , December 22nd, 2009 at 07:20 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Felt very strong today so took advantage of it.

    5x200@3:45 Free
    500 Free kick w/fins build each 50
    5x100@2:00 Fly kick w/fins on back as 50 easy/50 build
    10x50@1:00 w/fins odds fly, evens breast pull
    felt really good on the fly/breast
    4x200@3:30 Free w/paddles & bouy
    200 Free Easy

    Total 3500 meters
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  8. Short aerobic sets

    by , December 22nd, 2009 at 01:05 AM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Got in on the last 1/3 of the senior kids practice. Some of the kids from college were home, so the coach is trying to get in a good bit of yardage to keep them in shape for their upcoming winter training. Since I got in over 2,000, I'm guessing they got in a 6,000 yard workout today.

    400 yard easy warm-up

    8 x 75 back on 1:10

    50 easy

    4 x 300 free on 4:00 - I used paddles on these as I've been out of the water for a week and needed to get a good feel for the water back.

    50 easy

    10 x 25 free on :25

    100 easy

    2,650

    I'll be back for the workout tomorrow. On Wednesday, I think I'll do a fin/sprint/lots of recovery kind of workout.

    Wish I had made time last week to drive 35 minutes each way to the pool. Being out for a week resulted in me feeling like I have lost the feel of the water. Yuck. Will definitely have to swim on Saturday this week.

    Guess it is time to be sure I'm swimming 4 times a week. SCY meets are just around the corner!
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  9. The Pig who would be Pug and other Solstice Miracles

    by , December 21st, 2009 at 09:08 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    This afternoon, I went into our kitchen to check on the three quadrapedes: lefty, the male pug; biscuit the little female pug; and linus, the guinea pig who is convinced he, too, is a pug, albeit one who prefers vegetative matter to hard to described meat byproducts.

    The twelve legs were all in the kitchen. Left and Biscuit had dog pillows upon which to lay about when the mood for rest strikes then. sometimes, in a rare expression of drive, Lefty will sit in one dog bed and grab the other dog bed in his mouth, and shake it brusquely, as it attempting to snap its spinal cord. these pillows have sheeps hair and do look, like pracice murder scenes, must give them that much.

    The ambien dance has begun, theletters swimnging bosa nova style, swayingagainst one anotherscurvesand indetations and convexities invaginating conccavite, and with squintimng the imeprssion is fmoredd.

    so cure, this camily of mistamtched creasedtusethat iasste markign onwaerds tlike armu ants ofrlleadrfdctter ant.sll i ccnanan;t aaseee what thsi all abot now. the whole jump;ing ni==hmjjjjiiveing stufss. teh ''

    the huger is raising p a a bit..

    so whatis next cucmbers and gargazono with ambine andn dskldsalllk;fjjjajjjjjthekvikiking shiops with speekrs fread o float what is gereek for swine snowt'
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  10. 12/21: PM Weights

    by , December 21st, 2009 at 09:04 PM (Random Nonsense)
    Not sure if it is worthwhile blogging my weights.

    Broomstick twists, 1x20
    Squats
    - Warm up: BWx1x5, 45x1x5, 135x1x5, 205x1x3
    - Working Set: 275x5x5
    Bench
    - Warm up: 45x1x5, 135x1x3
    - Working Set: 180x2x5 180x1x4 failed on 5th rep
    - will repeat 180 next Monday
    Single arm bent over row
    - 50x5x5
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  11. 12/21/09

    by , December 21st, 2009 at 08:00 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well thanks to Neti pot I manage to get the bulk of the runny nose part of a heavy cold done with over the weekend. Hmmm, the tawny port didn't seem to hurt either...yesterday however, I did learn that it takes more than 6 inches of snow cushion to render making a rugby tackle painless...

    Got in today with a little trepidation because of being sick but it went well:
    500 FR w/u done in about 7:20 from the side...I'm getting good at this...

    10 x 50 K sin fins 1:30 held 1:15's on first 5 then adjusted my kick and went 1:10's.

    10 x 50 P paddles and fins, working length (yes, I know) and hand entry versus power pulling.

    10 x 50 K con fins on 1 min for pace getting 10-15 rest.

    4 x 50 EZ working off the leg fatigue...not that I get fatigued.

    8 x 25 BLOCK on 1:00 (FL, BR, FR, FR) x 2

    4 x 50 EZ trying to locate my lungs...

    4 x 50 FLY
    2:00 held around :40 and tried to get the 200 tempo going...no luck yet. It's depressingly amazing how stroke flaws show up when you swim slower!

    4 x 50 I don't take intervals on BK but I think I'd go under :40 in a 50 now...

    4 x 50 EZto finish.

    3200

    Went to lift for 45 mins after this...felt good today.

    Updated December 22nd, 2009 at 02:20 PM by SwimStud

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  12. Short Rest --Eek! Mon., Dec. 21

    by , December 21st, 2009 at 05:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Though I was feeling a bit thrashed from my fairly intense gym workout yesterday, I had planned a short rest kick set and stuck to the plan. Ouch!

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    750 variety

    10 x 25 twirling shooters w/MF

    Main sets:

    Kick set:
    16 x 100 dolphin kick w/MF, done as:

    4 x 100 @ 1:20 w/board
    50 EZ
    4 x 100 @ 1:15 w/board
    50 EZ
    4 x 1:10 @ 1:10, no board, on back (8-9 SDKs per 25)
    50 EZ
    4 x 100 @ 1:05, no board, on back (8-9 SDKs per 25) (made 3 -- :58, 1:02, 1:05, missed last one)
    50 EZ

    Drill sets:

    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = evil, long pullouts
    evens = single arm fly

    50 EZ

    10 x 50 @ 1:05
    odds = slow evil kick working on keeping knees together
    evens = evil pull w/pull buoy

    150 EZ

    Total: 4000

    10 minutes hottub

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

    Commentary:

    This kick set was, er, hard. In the last 4, the lungs were willing, but the legs were protesting. They were pretty sore from the gym and I cramped on the very last one. I'm not used to doing sets like this (well, obviously). The trick is, I think, not to start off too fast on the first one so that you can continue to make the interval?

    I'm doing more dolphin kick with a board than usual b/c I'm still hoping to improve my fly kick and fly kick endurance. The SDK is very specific, I think. On the belly for fly, and on back for back ... I'm definitely slower kicking with a board then swimming underwater. So that 2nd set on the 1:15 wasn't all that easy either.

    I'm hoping to go to my team practice tomorrow for freestyle night. Hoping there won't be any hard kick sets. lol. Might try to squeeze in the P90X plus ab DVD beforehand, if I can find time despite my long to do list.

    It's still a bit of a traffic nightmare here. I had to bribe my son to take my daughter to the mall to shop b/c I couldn't stomach the traffic anymore (wholly apart from my mall avoidance syndrome).

    Gluten Front:

    I am not faring too well on trying to eliminate wheat completely from my diet. I know there is a difference between celiac disease and a gluten allergy, but the symptoms are the same. And the remedy seems the same: complete elimination of the offending substance. I was hoping that an intolerance might mean one could just cut back, but that doesn't seem so ... And, I've eaten quite a few xmas cookies ...

    I know the elimination and re-test is probably the best way to determine this allergy. (Though I did do another test.) I just read that you need to adjust your diet for 6 weeks to completely get the wheat/lactose out of your system. I guess I'm going to have to try this whole heartedly after Xmas. It's incredibly annoying. As I told Q, gluten-free products taste like sawdust.

    Updated December 21st, 2009 at 09:58 PM by The Fortress

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  13. Monday Dec 21th 2009

    by , December 21st, 2009 at 01:27 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Monday Dec 21th 2009

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    RESULTS from the Palo Alto SCM meet are up

    Christina took these photos of our team work out at garrison this summer

    Sent in my entries for this meet today
    January 15 – 18, 2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic in Austin, TX


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Whitney coached
    6:30 - 8:00
    main pool
    swam with Mike & Nate, beside doug ned, tyler, todd, Paul, brandon & Amy
    dove in 6:35ish

    warm up
    800 done 2 rounds of 200 fr, 50 k,

    main set

    10 x 100 fr on 1:25
    4 aerobic
    1 with as few breaths possible
    I did the 2 with 5 breaths, here's how I did each 25
    1) breath before 1st turn,
    2) breath at flags before 2nd turn
    3) breath in middle & just before 3rd turn
    4) breath in middle of pool

    10 x 75 fr on 1:05
    4 aerobic
    1 fast

    10 x 50 k on :40 (a tough interval)
    did 3 flutter with a board then did 7 FL kick on my side

    10 x 25 on 40's no breath

    assigned 10 x 50
    did: 5 x 50 done 25 fl from a dive fast with 10 SDKs, 25 easy, 50 skip, went 11's on the fast fl

    assigned 2 rounds of (1 min vert kick, 25 fast, 1 min vert kick, 25 fast, 200 free easy)
    DID: 2 rounds of
    rest 1:00,
    25 flutter kick with a board, fast no breath, face in water,
    rest 1:00
    25 flutter kick with a board, fast no breath,
    50 easy, 50 easy
    went 13's & 14's on the fast kick

    100 easy


    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 – 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX


    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX


    April 9 -11
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    The Woodlands, TX


    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
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    Updated December 21st, 2009 at 03:51 PM by ande

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  14. Swim parkas are a marvelous invention

    This morning it was in the mid-30s as I was heading to the pool. I wasn’t sure whether it would be open or not—they don’t open in the morning if it’s below 35. But my faith was rewarded—as I was driving up right at 6 I saw steam rolling off the pool as the guards removed the covers (unpleasant work in dark freezing weather—I the pool staff!). Coach Chuck was there and 5 other masters, and the kids team showed up at 6:30. So we had a lively pool even in the cold.

    Here’s the workout I did (scy):

    900 warmup

    8 x 25 build @ :30, odds FR, evens ST

    8 x 100 @ 2:00, done as 75 drill/25 swim, odds FR, evens ST

    3 x 200 Pull @ 3:00

    4 x 50 Kick, desc. @ 1:00

    2 x 300 IM @ 5:00

    4 x 50 Kick desc. @ 1:00

    1 x 400 IM, build by 100s

    200 warmdown

    Right as I was warming down my swimpal Debbie from California showed up—she’s someone I get to swim with every year when we’re both visiting this area. If I had been Chaos I would have stayed and swum another workout with her, but I’m not nearly that tough! Instead we made informal plans to swim together tomorrow morning when there’s no coached workout. I'm looking forward to it!
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  15. 12/21: Team practice

    by , December 21st, 2009 at 09:57 AM (Random Nonsense)
    The Colony scy

    Warm-up
    - 200 free
    - 200 kick w/board no fins
    - 200 free
    Transition
    - 8x50 on :40
    Main Set
    - 400 pull with paddles
    - 6x150 on 2:00
    - 6x100 on 1:15*
    Warm down
    - 200 back

    3100 yards

    * did 1:09-1:12, might have been able to do 8

    Wasted a bunch of time putting in lane lines today. Usually the lane lines are in, but when they are not, one end is connected. Today they were just thrown in, so pulled the lines and then realized that the other end wasn't connected. Quite the cluster.
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  16. Back from vacation and back in the POOL

    by , December 21st, 2009 at 08:30 AM (My Passion)
    This morning - I got up at 4:30 on a day I am off of work and this was the workout:
    200 free
    3 X 100 free/fly/free/fly switching every other 1/2 length
    4 X 100 free/back/free/back switching every other 1/2 length
    3 X 100 free/breast/free/breast switching every other 1/2 length
    10 X 50 free pull on 1:00
    10 X 50 free/kick/free/kick switching every other 1/2 length
    4 X 24 free sprint
    500 free cool down with fins

    Yesterday we got back from a week-long cruise to the Carribean. On the drive down to Galveston, we had a tire blow-out in the fast lane. We got to the side put on the donut and after several tries, found a place open that had the tire we needed in stock (this on a Sunday morning). We got to the port 1 hour after we had planned, then entered from the wrong side of the port and waited in traffic another 1 hour. If we had gone the other way, there would have been no line. The ship was suppossed to leave at 5:30, but we did not board until 5:30 and there were 1 - 200 people behind us.

    By the time everyone was boarded, fog had setteled in. It stayed almost all day on Monday and the cruise line offered people to get off by 11 pm and get a full credit for this cruise and a voucher for a future cruise. We did not take it as we had a friend with us and we all decided to make lemons out of lemon-aid. Over 840 people did get off of the boat. We were able to leave on Tuesday morning, but could not make the Honduras stop. My family had been to Honduras before, so we were ok with that.

    I worked out on Monday, Ice Skated on Tuesday, (skipped working out on Wednesday, but always took the stairs the whole cruise, so I think that is ok). Thursday we biked and kayaked in Costa Maya. We were suppossed to snorkle on Friday in Cozumel, but the water was too rough, so we went to a beach instead. (walked around, not really a workout). Saturday I climbed halfway up the rock wall, roller-bladed, played miniture golf and ping-pong.

    Not my usual work-out week, but lots of fun and a great get away. Now I have to finish my Christmas shopping and get ready to host Christmas dinner.
  17. Back from vacation and back in the POOL

    by , December 21st, 2009 at 08:30 AM (My Passion)
    This morning - I got up at 4:30 on a day I am off of work and this was the workout:
    200 free
    3 X 100 free/fly/free/fly switching every other 1/2 length
    4 X 100 free/back/free/back switching every other 1/2 length
    3 X 100 free/breast/free/breast switching every other 1/2 length
    10 X 50 free pull on 1:00
    10 X 50 free/kick/free/kick switching every other 1/2 length
    4 X 24 free sprint
    500 free cool down with fins

    Yesterday we got back from a week-long cruise to the Carribean. On the drive down to Galveston, we had a tire blow-out in the fast lane. We got to the side put on the donut and after several tries, found a place open that had the tire we needed in stock (this on a Sunday morning). We got to the port 1 hour after we had planned, then entered from the wrong side of the port and waited in traffic another 1 hour. If we had gone the other way, there would have been no line. The ship was suppossed to leave at 5:30, but we did not board until 5:30 and there were 1 - 200 people behind us.

    By the time everyone was boarded, fog had setteled in. It stayed almost all day on Monday and the cruise line offered people to get off by 11 pm and get a full credit for this cruise and a voucher for a future cruise. We did not take it as we had a friend with us and we all decided to make lemons out of lemon-aid. Over 840 people did get off of the boat. We were able to leave on Tuesday morning, but could not make the Honduras stop. My family had been to Honduras before, so we were ok with that.

    I worked out on Monday, Ice Skated on Tuesday, (skipped working out on Wednesday, but always took the stairs the whole cruise, so I think that is ok). Thursday we biked and kayaked in Costa Maya. We were suppossed to snorkle on Friday in Cozumel, but the water was too rough, so we went to a beach instead. (walked around, not really a workout). Saturday I climbed halfway up the rock wall, roller-bladed, played miniture golf and ping-pong.

    Not my usual work-out week, but lots of fun and a great get away. Now I have to finish my Christmas shopping and get ready to host Christmas dinner.
  18. Holiday long course again

    by , December 21st, 2009 at 07:36 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    It's long course but I wanted to train sprints. Something about long course and sprints don't go together for me so this week I am going to work fly.

    500 Free
    500 Free kick w/fins
    500 Free w/paddles & bouy
    500 Fly w/fins went 8:58 did not really push this one until the last 50
    500 Free kick w/fins vary position on these
    5x100@2:00 Free 33.5 easy/33 sprint/33.5 easy was hard to get started on the sprint but after the turn came off with a vengance
    6x50@1:00 Free w/snorkle
    200 Free EASY
    dip in the hot pool

    Total 3500 meters
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  19. Pool was VERY HOT today.

    by , December 21st, 2009 at 12:03 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    12/20/09

    Solo, in hotel pool
    It had to be mid 90's. I couldn't swim nore than a few minutes without getting out to cool off. The workout wasn't very productive.

    4 x 100 swim free
    4 x 75 kick as 75 w/ board, 75 w/o board
    200 pull

    4x around fly:
    {
    50 drill, mix up drills
    4 x 12.5 fast on :30
    focus on timing of breakout kick and stroke
    50 easy free
    }

    kick 2x through:
    {
    75 free, build to fast;
    25 easy choice

    50 fly, build to fast as above
    50 easy choice
    30 sec.
    }

    100 swim down

    Total: 2000 meters

    Went to gym and ran on treadmill
    walk 1/4 mile
    run 2-1/2 miles at 10 min/mi pace
    walk 1/4 mi to cool
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  20. Elbow and swimming

    by , December 20th, 2009 at 09:11 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Can an inflamed elbow make swimming anything other than just unpleasant? Can it make it, for instance, slower and/or less indefatigable? Can it distract from ones mental processing in such a way as to induce tactical mistakes, or induce such a fear of inadvertent dinging on the taut lines that you give the line you fear unreasonable berth, which might only throw you into ensnarement with its parallel mate?

    What can be done with a smallish sharp one in the bottom crook, a pointy little arrowhead of bone, upon which surface area the thought that anything ligamentous might possibly adhere seems laughable, and yet something is adhering, and being subjected to forces that strip the filaments into a horsetail of red pain. Is there anything to be done here. anything at all?

    This is what it looks like.

    So little in life these days gives me any joy whatsoever. But to draw an anatomical depiction of my elbow, in a style that might be mistaken for Rafael's, were it conceivable that Rafael might have had access to Magic Markers, well, just, a mountain of suppositions and ifs and perhaps this or thats: but a break has been earned, don't you think? A small one?

    So, ecce elbow. It's been several months since the damage was done by my racquet during outdoors tennis season. But it lingers and loiters and lallygags and dawdles, impervious to ice; unblunted by naproxen; cajoled at best into some whispered temporary quiet by hypnotics and speedballs of my own concocting.

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