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  1. I just have one thing to do

    and that is to kick Paul Wolf's ass in the 200 free. Hopefully the massive amount of razor burn now covering my body will aid in that endeavor.

    I will see everyone who will be at Nationals Friday.
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  2. Wednesday, May 19, 2010

    by , May 19th, 2010 at 08:51 PM (Keepin Track 2010)
    Lots of PT today and yesterday to loosen back, hammies, hip flexors, and glutes. I sure hope the loosey goosey pays off. I am not liking the pressure I feel tonight. Try to dissipate it in a sec here.

    Dan feeling better-AWESOME!

    WU 200FR/BA mix
    KICK 100 alt FR?BA
    KICK 100 BR work wide and high heels
    4-6 x 25 BR

    4x50 FR on 1:00 build up rest 1:00
    4x50 on 1:00 BR build up

    easy 50

    8x25 (alt kick 25, easy swim 25)

    chat!

    4x25 sprints (IM order)

    150 WD
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  3. Tuesday, May 18, 2010

    by , May 19th, 2010 at 08:47 PM (Keepin Track 2010)
    Last team workout for the season:

    WU (Coach cut us short to do more as a team).
    200 mix BA/FR
    100 kick
    50 BR

    2x50 Kick work foot speed (1 FR, 1BR)

    4x25 stroke count work long on :40
    4x25 stroke count work faster hold 15-16sec on :30

    2x50 kick foot speed (1FR 1BR)

    2x4x50 FR on :45 hold average

    50 easy

    2x (50 drill on 1:30, 50 BU on 1:30, 2x25 swim hard on :45) 1st set BR 2nd set FL/BA

    relay exchanges (about 8)

    warm down and practice turns (flat walls)

    WD 100
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  4. Not in NYC

    Tuesday morning I did my 1000-yard warmup at the Y right down the street from me. Since it was before 6am, the pool was not at all crowded, but I did get to see a couple of open-water swimmers I hadn’t run across for a while (one of them training for MIMS—her yardage and mine that day were way on opposite ends of the spectrum!)

    Then I headed off to the airport—my flight was super crowded (the one an hour before to ATL had been cancelled) and about an hour late, but that’s par for the course at Laguardia. After landing in ATL, I got my luggage and car and headed off for Alabama.

    The drive from Atlanta to my hometown takes about 4 hours. The first 1.5h is on interstate, and isn’t all that interesting. The last 2+ hours, though, are on a little 2-lane state road that meanders through woods and farmland and down the main streets of a half-dozen small towns. It is a gorgeous drive, and the really amazing thing about it is that not once do I pass by a chain restaurant or store or even gas station—no McDonalds or Gaps or Walmarts in sight, and definitely no Starbucks! Except for the other occasional cars on the road, nothing I see would look out of place in the 1960s or 70s It’s pretty amazing, and makes me feel way far away from New York City very quickly. When I start passing through towns that my basketball team played back high school, I know I’m getting close to home.

    (I don’t think all the little towns I drive through have really been passed over by the modern world. It’s likely that they’re like my hometown, where Main Street is home to older local businesses, and fast food places and Walmart have congregated a bit outside of town. But it’s funny to not even see any billboards or signs for them on the state road.)

    So far my time down here has been very relaxing. Enterprise is beyond mellow. I’m visiting with my mom and aunt, aka “Thelma” and “Louise,” and they are quite a pair.

    Death and burials seem to be a theme this visit. So we’ve discussed T&L’s 20 aunts and uncles (they all have names like Buford or Condy or Mina Lee), and when and how each died (only 1 is still living, and they’re not absolutely certain about him). Today, we visited two different cemeteries in order to refresh various plastic flower arrangements. While there, we also drove verrrrry slowly through the car pathways while discussing who is buried where, what sorts of flowers look best on graves, and whether new graves should be reseeded immediately or allowed to “settle” for a few months first. This whole town is also plastered with campaign signs—for coroner. It seems that is the intriguing race this political season.

    My main swimming-related focus during my time down here is eating healthy—I’m trying to stay away from fried foods and desserts. I finally got out my B70 to show to my aunt, who loves pushing desserts on me, and she reluctantly agreed that maybe cake was not the best thing for someone hoping to fit themselves into such a garment. I was also successful in staying away from the fire ant beds in the cemeteries today, so that’s probably also a plus on the meet prep side.

    I’ll leave tomorrow morning for Atlanta. Looking forward to the meet finally starting!
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  5. Wednesday, May 19

    by , May 19th, 2010 at 02:25 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    700 various

    4 x 25 long evil pullouts w/2 quick strokes

    4 x 25 no breather free

    100 EZ

    Total: 1000

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    Commentary:

    I'm becoming a vacuous airhead. I missed my ART appt thinking it was at 1:30 instead of 1:00. Oh well, more time to pack and try on my suit.

    I've heard the Georgia Tech pool conditions are arctic. So I'm bringing my parka and ugg boots. My USMS fleece jacket has mysteriously disappeared.

    I'm all checked in for my flight, which I hope is on time.

    For those staying near the pool, here is the tech trolly route/schedule:

    http://www.parking.gatech.edu/info/1...lley_route.php

    I will miss my wolfpack member, Jimby. But his twin photo shopped my lovely new profile pic just in time for Nats. For recent blog readers, the pic reflects the outcome of an inane "which superhero are you?" quiz I took years ago (thanks to Stud). The quiz result for me was "The Flash -- fast, athletic and flirtatious." Hence, the use of FAF in my blog title. The AFAP, of course, stands for my penchant for going as fast as possible in workouts. Ande suggested the blog title The FAF AFAP Digest, which I have always used.

    Good luck to everyone at Nats!!!


    Events for Nationals:

    Friday:

    50 breast, 12:15 pm
    100 fly, 2:50 pm
    200 mixed free relay, 3:50 pm
    (leading off w/a split request)

    Saturday:

    200 mixed medley relay, 10:05 am
    50 fly, 11:55 am
    50 back, 3:55 pm

    Sunday:

    100 IM, 11:10 am
    100 back, 1:50 pm


    Real Time results link:

    http://www.usms.org/comp/scnats10/realtime/

    Updated May 19th, 2010 at 04:12 PM by The Fortress

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  6. It's here!

    by , May 19th, 2010 at 12:37 AM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Can't believe I'll be racing in less than 72 hours! Looking forward to seeing friends and swimming in the Georgia Tech pool for the first time.

    Have been so busy tending to end-of-the year stuff with my son that I've not been able to pack or really think about the meet too much. Scary thing is that I'm hoping to get over to Atlanta at some point tomorrow. At least I have my swimsuits, caps, goggles, and towels packed. I'll be breaking in one of my B-70s at the Ga. Tech pool tomorrow just to be sure it fits o.k. Same size as the one I wore at Auburn (26), but just want to be sure it feels o.k.

    Was talking to a fellow masters swimmer in my age-group who currently holds the top time in the 100 free and she agreed with me that the Pro provides much more flexibility in the legs. For this reason, I'm wearing my Pro for the 50 fly. I felt too constricted in the B-70 when I swam it at Auburn. The Pro has 4 swims on it from the one day meet at Athens in June 2009, so it should still be good. Also, it is my good luck suit as I swam a top ten LC time in it.

    Will use my old B-70 from Auburn for the 200 back. I want to make sure I can breathe well! I'll break out the new one for my 100 free and later events.

    Got in a 1,000 yard swim today. I'm actually going to do a little bit more tomorrow when I get to the Tech pool as I will need to loosen up after the drive over there. I was a little tight today, so can tell that I will need to do decent warm-ups each day.
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  7. Nasti Tuesday

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 10:54 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    A strange workout short course meters:

    **400 Freestyle Warm-up swim
    **7 X 200 Freestyle on 3:30
    **300 Kick (I did backstroke swim)
    **13 X 100 Freestyle on 1:45
    **200 Backstroke stretch
    **300 Freestyle (extra measure)
    **I ended up with 3,700 scm

    I did a little extra after practice. I did a 175 every other 200 and a 75 every third 100 since I was getting very little rest on the interval.
    All said I hung in there pretty well.
    I think I'm getting used to extra meterage and extra practice. I'm starting to feel normal again.
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  8. See Pap Sleep!

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 06:26 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    The next appointment at the sleep lab wasn't supposed to happen till June 13th, but I asked them to call me if somebody canceled, and somebody did. So I go back tonight at 8 p.m. for round two.

    A brief recap:

    1. Regular readers of this vlog may recall that from time to time I have complained, well, not complained exactly, more like objectively described without emotion my experience with what sleep doctors call EDS, or excessive daytime sleepiness.
    2. One of our many, many capital fellows in the USMS greater community, Dr. Tom Jaeger of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, wrote in to suggest I take the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (which can be found here: http://www.bami.us/Sleep/SleepScale.html
    3. On the following scale, I was somewhere between very and dangerously:


    • Score of 1-6: you're getting enough sleep
    • Score of 4-8: you tend to be sleepy during the day; this is the average score
    • Score of 9-15: you are very sleepy and should seek medical advice
    • Score of 16 or greater: you are dangerously sleepy and should seek medical advice



    Car crashes--and presumably Honda Metropolitan scooter crashes, as well--are said to be a risk in the untreated sleep apnea patient, especially when the apnea itself is happening at 85 mph.


    Tom at the time suggested going to a sleep lab to find out what was the likeliest culprit. Statistically speaking, sleep apnea is by far the most common cause in the population in general, and middle aged males in particular. However, some of the conventional red flags -- a thick neck, obesity, and very loud snoring -- were not on the Jim check list of attributes, and I tended to discount the likelihood I was an apnea sufferer.

    What I thought was much more likely were any or all of the following:


    1. a drug side effect, particularly my long use of antidepresants
    2. an occult virus -- a slow virus, in my vernacular -- or possibly a tsetse fly bite through which was vectored into my blood stream the trypanosome responsible for sleeping sickness.
    3. Or idiopathic hypersomnolence, AKA, grogginess for which there is no known physical, emotional, or existential cause.

    Time passed.

    The symptoms waxed.

    The symptoms waned.

    The symptoms returned like a Dunan yo-yo strapped forever to my **** you finger.

    Then a new symptom arose: ISH, or isolated systolic hypertension.

    My internal Dr. Gregory House had a field day with this new information. Could the Effexor XR be the cause of my ISH? What about the Provigil I had begun popping to counter my E.D.S.? Could I simply be overtraining? Might there be some sort of gluten allergy lurking in the background?

    But I am not a high-achieving white woman. Surely gluten allergy could be crossed off the list.

    Hovering in the background over all such speculations is the one disorder I Know for certain I do indeed suffer: hypochondriasis of the non-delusional variety.

    Or do I?

    Might there be an alternative, unified, and actual physical illness kind of explanation for why I suffer:


    • morning headaches and sore throats
    • night sweating
    • persistent daytime grogginess
    • neuralgia and myalgia
    • Provigil deficiency
    • and so forth?

    So I checked into the sleep lab and to my amazement was diagnosed with sleep apnea.

    Tonight, I go back in for a second night in the lab, this time to be fitted with a CPAP mask and a second round of testing to see if this reduces the number of apnea events (i.e., where I stop breathing).


    Do Robots Dream of Android Sheep? Naa! Naa!


    Part of me wonders if all of this is actually yet another elaborate scam from yet another scammeister of the Medical Industrial Complex, anxious not only to test and diagnose apnea at no little expense to the system, but to then ladle on with the need of expensive apparatus, the profits from which will line the pockets of yet more medical industrial golf club members hoping for dues money.



    I Googled "picture of a swindler," and this is what it came up with.

    Please keep your fingers crossed that only the best will come of this; that I will not be played yet again for a fool; that persistent daytime grogginess and its innumerable social and cognitive sequellae shall all but disappear from my life in coming weeks; and that a brand new, ebullient, vital, and sleep-restored oxygen hording Jimbo will very soon be taking over this vlog, and bring a new level of interest unfathomable at the present time!



    I Googled "picture of extreme excitement" and this is what the Internet thinks I might look like after CPAP treatment, though I have some doubts, I must admit. Some little, tiny, niggling doubts.
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  9. All Systems Go, Tuesday, May 18

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 05:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    700 various

    3 x (25 EZ speed fly + 25 EZ)

    50 EZ

    2 x (25 fast + 75 EZ)

    3 x (backstroke start + 35 EZ)

    100 EZ

    Total: 1350

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    Commentary:

    I swam in an old B70 today. Honestly, I didn't feel that much different than yesterday. Perhaps a little floatier. Fly still feels strong, always an indicator for me (like Patrick). My backstroke starts were solid. I must stick with 13 SDKs; with a good start, 14 puts me past the 15 meter mark in a B70.

    I had a light massage where I was told I "wasn't tight." Well, duh, I haven't done a thing lately.

    Otherwise, all systems go:

    taper bitchies -- check, although flashpoint isn't as low as other tapers

    taper munchies -- check, no chips in the house thankfully

    taper hypochondriasis -- check, worried about twinges here, there and everywhere

    taper jitters -- check, today is the high point so far

    taper type A -- check, packing (initial pile of stuff below), printing addresses, USMS card, reservations, split request form, worried that my 4th speed suit is too big , checking toenail polish ...


    Patrick's entry from today sums up how I feel: I've done everything I reasonably can to get ready and I'm feeling optimistic and psyched about my events. In fact, this is the most psyched I can ever remember being for a 100 fly as a master. Let's race!

    Updated May 18th, 2010 at 05:23 PM by The Fortress

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  10. Mon May 17 Tue May 18

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 04:20 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon may 17

    in Scottsdale at westin
    swam in spa pool
    25 yds

    AM did around 800 easy

    PM did around 800 easy


    Tue May 18
    in AZ

    AM did 800 easy
    legs feeling better
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  11. SArasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/25/10

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 01:00 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM

    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:15
    2 X 150 2:30
    6 X 50 1:00

    4 X 200 free 3:20
    4 X 50 free descend 1-4 1:00
    4 X 100 kick 2:40
    4 X 50 kick descend 1-4 1:20
    4 X 100 stroke 2:20
    4 X 50 stroke descend 1-4 1:10

    12 X 50 1:20
    Choice
    odd: moderate
    even: fast

    10 X 50
    odd: blocks, sprint 25/25 easy
    even: build to race finish

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4600M
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  12. SArasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/25/10

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 01:00 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM

    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:15
    2 X 150 2:30
    6 X 50 1:00

    4 X 200 free 3:20
    4 X 50 free descend 1-4 1:00
    4 X 100 kick 2:40
    4 X 50 kick descend 1-4 1:20
    4 X 100 stroke 2:20
    4 X 50 stroke descend 1-4 1:10

    12 X 50 1:20
    Choice
    odd: moderate
    even: fast

    10 X 50
    odd: blocks, sprint 25/25 easy
    even: build to race finish

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4600M
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  13. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/24/10

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 12:55 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    1 X 200 3:30
    1 X 250 4:00
    3 X 150 2:30

    1 X 300 4:30 5:15
    1 X 200 3:00 3:30
    1 X 100 1:30 1:45
    Rounds 1 & 3 are free, intervals left.
    Rounds 2 & 4 are IM, intervals right.

    LCM

    4 X 100 kick 2:30
    1 X 100 easy swim

    4 X {4 X 50
    Round 1: 3 moderate/1 fast :50
    Round 2: 2 moderate/2 fast :55
    Round 3: 1 moderate/3 fast 1:00
    Round 4: 4 fast 1:05

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4800 Y/M
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  14. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/21/10

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 12:50 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    1 X 100 1:40 1:30
    1 X 200 3:20 3:00
    1 X 300 5:00 -
    Twice through. Round 1 intervals left, round 2 right.

    1 X 500 free 7:30
    2 X 200 IM 3:30
    2 X 100 kick 2:15
    Twice through

    LCM

    4 X 200 3:15
    8 X 100 4 on 1:40 4 on 1:30

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    5200 Y/M
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  15. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/20/10

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 12:47 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM

    2 X 200 3:30
    1 X 400 6:45
    Twice through

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

    1 X 100 stroke 2:15
    1 X 50 stroke/ fast 1:45
    Four times through.
    100 and 50 should be the same stroke.

    2 X 400 free 6:40
    3 X 300 free 4:40

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4700M
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  16. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/19/10

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 12:44 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    I'll be leaving for Atlanta Nationals early tomorrow morning. I will go ahead and post workouts through May 25th.

    SCY

    WARM UP:
    1 X 400 6:10
    1 X 300 4:30
    1 X 200 3:00
    1 X 100 -

    3 X 100 1:30
    1 X 150 negative split 2:30
    Four times through

    2 X 100 1:30
    1 X 50 fast 1:30
    Four times through

    LCM

    2 X 100 kick 2:30
    2 X 100 stroke 2:15
    Twice through

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4800 Y/M
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  17. Was this a workout or play time

    by , May 18th, 2010 at 08:56 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Had to work from 3am-5:30am so did not get to the pool until almost 6:20am. Jut did 10x100 from a dive the first 4 easy then the rest strong breakout to 15 meters. Worked with Coach Walt on getting my starts corrected.

    Total 1000 meters
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  18. Monday, May 17, 2010

    by , May 17th, 2010 at 10:24 PM (Keepin Track 2010)
    I don't want to talk about how I felt today. Hope that's a sign of something good to come.

    600 Mix WU (400 ba/Fr 100 BA FR kick 100 BR)

    4x50 BR (alt 25 drill, 25 swim)
    4x50 FR (alt 25 drill, 25 swim)

    6x25 BR with flips down dolphin back flutter kick
    4x25 FR with flips ride high and increase tempo

    8x25 BR easy swim perfects

    100 WD

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  19. Monday, May 17

    by , May 17th, 2010 at 09:24 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Had a light massage and followed it up with a 700 yard swim. Would have liked to do a little bit more, but got to the pool late.

    Here is what I did:

    400 Reverse I.M. - one arm on fly

    4 x 50 kick with 10 seconds rest - no board - did dolphin on back, back flutter, flutter kick on side, back flutter

    2 x 50 - rt arm/lt arm fly


    Plan to get just a little bit more in tomorrow as I had wanted to do around 1200 today. Took both days off over the weekend to maximize rest.

    Now it is all about eating right, drinking lots of water, getting good sleep, and getting to the pool to keep the feel.
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  20. Heading out tomorrow

    I got in a little swim at noon today at Asphalt Green. I did about 1600 yards, with a tad of sprint FR and lots of drills. Then I did a few backstroke starts—Coach Craig pulled some major strings with the facility and got an actual touchpad in for us, so I really enjoyed starting on the sticky wall, and was happy to check off the last thing on my prep list before nats.

    Tomorrow I leave for Atlanta. I’m flying in around noon, then driving down to southeast Alabama for a few days to visit my mom and aunt. I’ll drive back up on Thursday, hopefully in time to get in a quick swim in the competition pool. I’ll swim tomorrow morning before I go out to the airport--I'm planning on just doing my meet warmup, then a nice stretch. Wednesday will be an off day, since there is no place to swim in my hometown.

    Good luck to everyone heading to nationals—travel safe, swim fast, and stop by and introduce yourself to me if I haven’t found you first! (I’ll be with the AGUA team—just ask for Janet. We got some team togs today, so the team should be recognizable.)
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