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  1. Meet Tomorrow aka goaded by text message into blogging

    I have not been posting much because I don't feel like I have anything coherent or meaningful to say about swimming lately. Usually I feel the need to post, and it just happens to be incoherent.

    The meet tomorrow is at SMU, easily my least favorite pool. The pool is shallow and warm, and there will be precious little shade. But it is a local masters meet and I feel obligated to attend.

    Last year I wisely signed up for all the 50s. This year, I thought I would try swimming events I care about and events I want to care about which will probably result in vomiting and heat stroke. Fun!

    The line up for the meet:
    4 Male 50 M Back 0:35.85 06/26/2010
    8 Male 200 M Free 2:18.00 06/26/2010
    12 Male 100 M Back 1:17.00 06/26/2010
    16 Male 100 M Free 1:02.00 06/26/2010
    24 Male 50 M Free 0:27.49 06/26/2010
    30 Male 1500 M Free 21:57.22 06/27/2010

    The meet runs fast, so even though the events are well spaced, it is likely that I will only have 10 or 15 minutes between some of my events.

    I am not very excited about the 1500.

    Updated June 25th, 2010 at 06:19 PM by qbrain

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  2. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -06/28/10

    by , June 25th, 2010 at 01:32 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    1 X 100 1:45
    4 X 50 1:00
    1 X 200 3:20
    4 X 50 :55
    1 X 300 4:45
    4 X 50 :50

    3 X 100 kick 2:30
    4 X 50 kick 1:15

    4 X 100 free 1:40
    Three times through with a break between rounds.
    Swim each round: 3 moderate #4 @ 100%.

    12 X 50 1:20
    odd; free
    even: stroke
    #4-8-12 are fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    3700M
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  3. Friday, 6/25/10

    by , June 25th, 2010 at 11:55 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCM, Solo

    A taste of distance training

    1 x 400 Swim free
    1 x 200 Kick rev IM
    3 x 50/1:00 ds 3
    (went 44-42-39)
    3 x 50/50 strong
    went (41-42-43)

    Main Set:
    Distance Free
    Swim the following set 2 times:
    1 x 400/30sr
    (#1 6:20, #2 6:25)
    4 x 100/1:40 500 pace
    (kept these between 1:28 and 1:31 both rounds)

    Swim with fins:
    6 x 100/1:40
    (with zoomers, ave 1:30)

    Cool Down
    200 easy free and back

    Total: 3300 meters
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  4. A cup of coffee would kill me....

    So I've not always been the most active and healthy person as I am now, but I've blogged about that before.

    So I'm going to step out in front and say that Good (or at least Dedicated) Computer Programmers live like rockstars. Much in the same sense that we stay up late, get up early, abuse our bodies with massive amounts of energy enhancing drugs, and have no business being classified with "normal" people.

    Working on a high profile project for my company, many of us were putting in between 90-100 hours per week. 6-7 day work weeks were not abnormal and sleep was a luxury not afforded to many of us. The glorious thing about this is we're all salaried.

    During that time, I found I could survive on 4 low carb monsters a day. I wouldn't even need to eat. I did drop a LOT of weight, and I got so used to the constant caffeine buzz I wouldn't even be shaky anymore. I could sleep 2-3 hours, shower and be ready to roll again the minute I got into work.

    I remember one night going home for Christmas, I drank at least 10-12 Red Bulls on my way back from Chicago to Iowa. I was up for 2.5 days straight and then ended up sleeping for about 36 straight hours.

    On New Years Day, I had already quit the monster/red bull rush. I would have the occasional rum and coke, but that was it. Apparently the damage had already been done. I was drinking my rum and coke - watching the parade with my friends and suddenly, my heart started fluttering like crazy. After about a half hour it chilled.

    This continued for about a week, until I finally quit drinking both alcohol and caffeine. I went to see a doctor, and we found out I had suffered from a caffeine poisoning, and was pretty much going to be "allergic" to caffeine for the rest of my life.

    Occasionally - because I obviously am stupid - I like to test the waters and see if I can eat that chocolate bar, or sip on that coffee. As expected it almost never goes well. I usually have to lay down and let my heart rate return back to normal before I can do normal things like walk around.

    So - LFMF (Learn From My Fail) as the internet has so wonderfully put it these days. Caffeine may be a lifesaver some mornings, but it can lead to some seriously miserable nights.
  5. FAST Fri Jun 25th 2010 HURT MY BACK

    by , June 25th, 2010 at 10:04 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    FAST Fri Jun 25th 2010 HURT MY BACK

    weighed 215

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    LCM
    Whitney Coached
    6:30 to 8:00
    Austin UT Swim Center
    swam with tyler, Todd, doug, nate, & larry
    wore b 70 jammer

    WARM UP
    20 min choice
    did 50's on 45 & 50


    MAIN SET LCM

    200 fr fast on 7:00
    went 2:13

    200 bk fast on 7:00
    went 2:21

    10 x 100 fast best ave on 2:30
    started diving them
    1) 64
    2) 65
    3) 64
    4) 65
    5) 66 I WAS STARTING TO FEEL FATIGUED & WHEN i DOVE ON THIS ONE I WRETCHED MY BACK IN THE AIR (NOT SURE WHAT I DID, MAYBE ARCHED MY BACK OR POPPED MY LEGS & JUST STRAINED SOMETHING, IT HURTS & IS STILL TENDER AS I WRITE NOW)
    WHICH ALWAYS MAKES ME NERVOUS,
    I HAD TERRIBLE BACK PAIN PROBLEMS IN COLLEGE STARTING IN LATE SUMMER AFTER MY FRESHMAN YEAR
    WITH MY 20 / 20 HINDSIGHT I SHOULD HAVE JUST PUSHED ALL THESE
    SO I STOPPED DIVING THE NEXT FEW & STOPPED DOLPHIN KICKING, & SLOWED DOWN MY PACE
    6) 69
    7)68
    8) 71
    9) 68
    10) DOVE IT & WENT 61

    MOVE TO DIVING WELL

    ASSIGNED A COUPLE LONG SWIMS
    I JUST SWAM EASY THEN DID

    5 X 100 BR KICK WITH NO BOARD
    WENT 1:20'S

    I PLANNED ON DOING A DOUBLE TODAY BUT I'M WORRIED ABOUT MY BACK
    FOR NOW IT JUST HURTS WHEN I GET IN CERTAIN POSITIONS


    2010 MEETS:

    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4 Meet Info
    Austin, TX
    entered:
    Fri
    8 50 Freestyle,
    Sat
    20 100 Butterfly,
    22 50 backstroke,
    Sun
    28 200 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
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  6. Rehash and mishmash

    by , June 25th, 2010 at 08:07 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    This is a rehash of a set from earlier in the week. I just needed to do some strong fly swimming.

    5x200@3:45 Free
    5x100@1:45 Free kick w/fins
    5x200@4:00 Fly w/fins 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim FAST
    200 Free kick w/fins
    5x100@1:45 Free w/paddles & bouy
    300 Free w/snorkle EASY

    Total 3500 meters
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  7. Double Day 6/24/10

    by , June 24th, 2010 at 07:20 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Had an early swim with masters group today at 5:30.

    Warm Up
    400

    Pre Main
    4 x 200 O: 50 Stroke, 150 FR. E: 150 FR, 50 Stroke.

    Main
    3 x 500 100 Catch up 1:45, 4 x 50 :50, 200 EZ.
    6 x 160 50 Streamline kick on back, 100 FR focus on kick.

    300 Cool.

    The group was faster and they were going before I could complete my sets so I dropped about 300m. I prefer to do less and go out with the group than fall behind and get in the way. I left my fins on for the 6 x 150 which let me SDK out a good distance, and I diligently worked harder with the fins on. We also only did 4 x 150 but it was still good. Late afternoon I had a 4 mile run, and followed with 30 minutes of core work.
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  8. Thursday, 6/24/10

    by , June 24th, 2010 at 07:13 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCM, Solo

    Warm-up
    400 Mixer
    (free/back by 100s)
    6 x 50/1:00 desc by 3
    (1-3 free 44->39, 4-6 back 49->44)
    8 x 25/30
    (1st 25-1st 12 Fast, 2nd 25- 2nd 12 Fast, 3rd 25-Smooth, 4th 25-25 Fast)
    (1-4 free, 5-8 back)

    Kick
    8 x 50 w/5 sec rest
    (1-5 on back in streamline, 6-8 free w/board)

    Stroke Transition
    9 x 150/2:30 or 2:45 desc 3
    Alternate Stroke/Free
    (1-3, and 7-9 free @ 2:30, ave 2:23->2:20; 4-6 back on 2:45 ave 2:35->2:30)

    Cool down
    8 x 50 smooth
    (1-4 free @:55, 5-8 back @1:00)

    Total: 3050 meters
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  9. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout

    by , June 24th, 2010 at 06:09 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    1 X 100 1:45 1:40
    1 X 200 3:30 3:20
    1 X 300 5:15
    Twice through. Round 1 interval left, round 2 right.

    5 X 100 kick 2:30

    4 X 200 free 3:20
    4 X 100 free 2:00
    100's: Start fast and descend to race pace. Rest is plentiful.

    2 X 100 50 stroke/50 free 2:00
    4 X 50 stroke 1:15
    50's: 1 & 3 are fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4300M
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  10. Fridays Workout

    by , June 24th, 2010 at 05:43 PM (Adventures in Swimming)
    I'll be coaching the Sharks SCY

    This is a modified version of one of Onlyfree's workout's.
    I must say He's got a lot of great stuff to choose from.

    WARM UP
    300 CHOICE

    SET 1
    4 x 75 KICK/DRILL/SWIM :10r
    4 x 50 DESCEND on 0:50

    SET 2
    4 x 150 PULL on 2:15 :15-:20 r
    4 X 100 KICK on 2:00 :10-:15 r

    SET 3
    4 x 75 25 EZ - 50 SPRINT on 1:15 :15r
    4 X 75 37 EZ - 38 SPRINT on 1:15
    4 X 75 50 EZ - 25 SPRINT on 1:15

    SET 4
    4 X 75 50 STROKE/25 FREE on 1:15 :10-:15 r
    4 X 50 25 STROKE/25 FREE on : 55 :15-:20 r
    4 X 25 CHOICE on : 30

    YARDAGE: 3300

    I swam this after work today on the intervals listed.
    I had a 1/2 way decent small lunch and I
    ate some pineapple and mandarin oranges before I swam.
    I had lot's of energy.
    On the 150's 1-3) I held 1:55, 4) 1:50
    100 Kick 1-3) 1:45, 4) 1:35
    4x75 back/free 1-4) 1:00
    4x50 back/free 1-2) :37, 3) :40, 4) :33

    I'm a little tired now, but that's ok.
    That just means I tried!!

    Have a Great Day!!!!
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  11. Dodging cars

    by , June 24th, 2010 at 03:32 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Headed out on my 16.2 mile route this morning. Had a little bit of a breeze going out and a tiny one with me coming back. My legs were a little tired from the run yesterday, so did not feel as easy as the ride I took Tuesday. Still, I was pleased that I averaged right at 18 mph (54:01 for the ride).

    The last mile is fairly flat, so I decided to turn it on and did it in about 2:33 which is 24 mph. I think the driver of a car underestimated how fast I was going (that or she plain did not see me) when she came up a side street and cut right in front of me. I was right up next to her in no time. It's times like these that I wouldn't mind having a gun on me so that I could shoot out the back tire of idiots that do such things. Of course that would escalate things as many folks around here probably carry a gun anyway. Funny thing was, it was on a very quiet road with no traffic. I'm talking one car every 30 minutes at most.

    On the busier roads, drivers seem to be more mindful and give me plenty of room when they pass. Well, one thing for sure, you always have to be on the look-out for absent-minded drivers, dogs, etc.

    I always dress in very bright clothing and wear tank tops so that it is clear that I am female. Say what you want to about rednecks, but they have honor. No good redneck is going to run a woman off the road. Yesterday's truck was an exception in passing so close to me. Maybe it was a woman. I can't speak about redneck women. Today, a group of fellows passed me in a truck and waved at me. I smiled and waved back.

    Knock on wood, I hope my theory continues to be right. I have no desire to bike in the grass.

    Updated June 24th, 2010 at 03:38 PM by elise526

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  12. Thu Jun 24th 2010 most challenging LCM practice of the year

    by , June 24th, 2010 at 11:05 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu Jun 24th 2010
    think to day was my furthest & most challenging LCM practice of the year

    weighed 214

    My training plans are
    train hard, this week & next then rest a week
    do doubles
    Fri, Mon, Wed & Fri, while working on losing weigh
    then rest a week, shave & race in the SR Cir Meet in Austin. Then Rest more 2 weeks & swim in the Masters LCM zones

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    LCM
    Whitney Coached
    6:30 to 8:00
    Austin UT Swim Center
    swam with tyler, mike, mike, chris, larry, mark nate, doug, sharon, & chris
    dove in on time
    wore b 70 jammer

    WARM UP
    200 fr
    100 ra
    100 la
    200 fr
    100 k
    100k
    200 fr


    MAIN SET LCM

    2 rounds of
    4 x 50 fr on 40 right into
    4 x 100 fr on 1:20 right into
    4 x 150 fr on 2:00 right into
    4 x 200 fr on 2:40
    small break & a 400 easy between round 1 & 2
    so it's pretty much 2000 with short breaks on a 1:20 LCM interval

    Round 1
    went 2nd behind chris and he stopped at 600 so I lead after that, did some pull-on-the lane-line backstroke
    MADE IT
    50's were 35
    100's were 1:15s
    150's were 1:52ish
    200's were 2:32ish

    Round 2
    moved to first lane beside wall
    this was pull but I have no pulling equip so I just swam
    went 3rd, chris first then tyler
    I lost count in the 150's & was pissing tyler off because I was flipping when I should have been stopping but I MADE the 2nd round

    50 easy

    2010 MEETS:

    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4 Meet Info
    Austin, TX
    entered:
    Fri
    8 50 Freestyle,

    Sat
    20 100 Butterfly,
    22 50 backstroke,

    Sun
    28 200 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
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  13. When She's Underwater Does She Get Wet?

    by , June 24th, 2010 at 10:46 AM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    Or does the water get her instead?

    I made everyone listen to They Might Be Giants this morning. Good stuff.

    Today I just kind of dipped in and did 1,000 plus 5 starts to stay loose before this weekend, and because goodness forbid I take a shower in my own home.

    Leaving for Middlebury, VT at 9am tomorrow to swim the 1500. It's my first go at it! Tim's [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=17025"]forum post [/ame]& responses about strategies for the 1500 have been very timely for me. This morning I did a comfortable 500 on a 1:30 base in our SCY pool, so I think aiming for a 1:35 base in LCM might be just the trick.

    Saturday I've got the 400, the 50 free, the 200 breast and the 100 free, plus the medley relay where I'll either do breast or fly. (Yikes!)
    Sunday is the 50 breast, the 200 free and the 200 IM. By that time, I'll be the only female FISH on deck, so no relay for me, although we might put together a men's team if it looks like we could use the points. I'll do this: I just realized I signed up for no backstroke events, which I suppose is just dandy, as I've been working on it, but it hasn't been working on me.

    Four of us from the team have elected to save hotel fees by booking a campground and roughing it in tents. We did this last year, and it was insanely fun. I get so tired after meets that I sleep like a log, even on an air mattress, and as long as I can avoid mosquitoes, it will be great. Must check to see who's bringing the s'mores.

    Also, I'm totally stoked about Saturday's dinner with Bill Boomer, Rowdy Gaines and 150 other masters swimmers. Looking forward to meeting Swimsuit Addict there, and I think there was another regular blogger going as well. I may or may not have internet access, so have a great weekend, all!

    Just after I hit "post," got this email from my swim buddy, Jonathan:
    How should I swim it?

    Go that way really fast,

    If something gets in your way,

    Turn.

    Updated June 24th, 2010 at 10:49 AM by swimmerb212 (got an email)

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  14. Busy Wednesday

    by , June 24th, 2010 at 07:33 AM (Adventures in Swimming)
    I sleep in. 4 hours of sleep is
    not enough for me to function all day on anymore.
    So I figured I swim after work.
    Well that didn't happen either.
    It was 93 here yesterday, and after
    taking care of the animals and watering the garden I was done.
    Hopefully I'll get a swim in today.
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  15. Was going to go easy today but...

    by , June 24th, 2010 at 07:24 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I intended to do an easy day but as luck would have it I pushed hard.

    10x100@1:50 Free
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 moderate
    10x50@1:00 Breast pull w/paddles & fins
    300 Back kick w/fins
    300 Free kick w/fins & snorkle
    400 Free w/paddles & bouy went 5:52
    200 Free EASY

    Total 3200 meters
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  16. DOUBLE Wednesday Jun 23rd 2010

    by , June 23rd, 2010 at 10:18 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wednesday Jun 23rd 2010

    weighed 215

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    scy
    Bess Coached
    noon to 1:15
    Austin UT Swim Center
    swam with Larry Jon, James & Brent
    dove in around 12:10
    wore b 70 jammer

    WARM UP
    300

    MAIN SET

    4 rounds of
    5 x 100 fr bk on 1:15
    rest 30
    5 x 50 on 1:00 done 25 stroke (IM order) FAST 25 easy
    rest 30

    1st Round made it but was kinda hurting so

    2nd I missed the first 100 from 2nd round while I put on my jammers, felt kinda queasy and light headed like I had low blood sugar so I got out down and sucked down a tangerine power gel which helped me feel better
    sprinted bk

    3rd swam easy
    sprinted br

    4th did 5 x 100 on 1:10 going 2nd behind larry
    did the 25's BR



    2010 MEETS:

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

    Fri
    8 50 Freestyle,

    Sat
    20 100 Butterfly,
    22 50 backstroke,

    Sun
    28 200 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
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  17. 6/23/10 workout

    Missed the morning practice with age groupers because I was up in Cleveland for work. Swam this evening on my own.

    25yard pool

    Warmup:
    500 whatever
    10x50's @ 50 drill/swim

    Main Sets:

    3x600's IM @ 8:30 100 cruise/50 fast for each stroke

    8x75's @ 1:20 25fly kick on back/25 underwater/25 fast fly

    500 pull @ 5:50
    5x100 free @ 1:10
    10x50's free @ 35

    200 warmdown with snorkle

    probably got one more practice for this week then schedule gets crazy with my son. His 5th grade select baseball team is playing in the Ohio State Championship tournement in Columbus on Fri/Sat/Sun. So those 3 days will be crammed with baseball and probably wont be able to get a swim in, but will try if opportunity is there.
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  18. Swim, dreadmill, and a few push-ups

    by , June 23rd, 2010 at 06:42 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Swam this morning at 7 a.m. This may be manageable. Swimming at 5 feels like I'm swimming in my sleep. Anyway, here is the workout I did:

    Warm-up: 100 swim, 100 kick, 100 pull, 100 swim

    6 x 100 pull with paddles and pull buoy on 1:25

    2 x 200 free on 2:50

    4 x 100 free descend on 1:45

    4 x 25 fly with fins on :45

    100 easy

    2000 SCY


    Hit the treadmill around 3 this afternoon and did an easy run as follows:

    Mile 1 - 5.5 mph
    Mile 2 - 6.0 mph
    Miles 3 and 4 - 6.5 mph

    Followed run with 2 sets of 10 push-ups with Bosu ball. Also did 2 sets of hammer curls: 10 x 15.
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  19. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -06/24/10

    by , June 23rd, 2010 at 02:50 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    2 X 100 1:45
    2 X 200 3:30
    2 X 100 kick 2:30
    Twice through

    SCY

    1 X 200 free 3:00
    4 X 50 1:00
    Four times through.
    50's: 1 of each stroke
    200's: Descend 1-4

    1 X 50 easy swim 1:00
    4 X 25 sprint kick :40
    1 X 50 sprint(swim) 1:20
    Three times through

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4000M/Y
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  20. Wednesday, 6/23/10

    by , June 23rd, 2010 at 01:29 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCM, Solo
    More recovery

    Warm-up
    300 choice
    (swam 75 free/75back x 2)
    6 x 50 drill
    4 x 50/1:00 Back, Build
    8 x 25/30 free, #3 & #7 FAST

    Main Set
    Recovery Set about 15 sec rest between each swim and 20-30 rest between each round
    400-300-200-100 (Free @ about 1:37/100 pace)
    300-200-100 (back @ about 1:45/100 pace)
    200-100 free @ about 1:32/100 pace)
    100 (back @ about 1:40)

    Cool Down
    100 ez free


    Total: 3100 meters
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