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  1. A New Regimen

    by , May 26th, 2010 at 12:20 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    I turned 44 today and also got started on my running regimen. While I felt young and in shape this past weekend, the run today definitely reminded me that I am middle-aged.

    Temp was about 75 and humidity 70%. Not bad, but not ideal for getting out to run for the first time in a few weeks. I still had that hit-by-a-truck feeling that Fort described yesterday that also kept me from working out until today. I planned to go slow but not this slow.

    About a mile into the run, a twenty-something gal about a half foot shorter than I ran by me. I'm not even sure I could call it running. She had some funky gait where she barely picked her feet off the ground and it was lopsided. Nonetheless, she got further and further ahead. I wasn't even going to try to keep up. My lower back was tight which reminds me that I need to pull out the foam roller to work on that tendon that goes from your hip to your knee. Should help the back tightness.

    At mile 2, I broke down and had to walk. It was hot, I felt beat up, and plain old tired. After a few minutes of walking, I picked up the pace again and finished the three miles in about 30:54.

    I had thought about going to do the spin class tomorrow morning that all the hardcore triathletes do, but think I'll wait until next week to start. I want to add this class and keep doing it during the swim season because I was disappointed in my leg reserve on my 50 back and 50 free this past weekend. In the past, when I biked or did spin classes, in the pool, it felt like my legs would never let me down.

    Off to drink whatever recovery drink I can find around the house and enjoy the fact I've made it through 44 years of life.
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  2. Wed May 26th, 2010

    by , May 26th, 2010 at 10:12 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed May 26th, 2010

    Might swim in a "Last Hurrah SCY Time Trial" this Saturday.

    Weighed 224 at home this morning

    LCM & SCY
    Austin, UT Swim Center
    Whitney Coached
    swam with Tyler, Mike, Nate, Doug, Chris, & Marcio
    dove in 6:35

    WARM UP LCM
    10 min swim
    10 min swim
    10 min kick

    Main Set SCY (moved to diving well)

    20 x 50 FAST on 1:30
    4 kick 1 swim
    kicks: did SDK, then surface SDK, from a push
    held mostly 31's, couple 32's, few 30's
    FR: held 26, dove

    easy 200


    2010 MEETS:


    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4
    Austin, TX


    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas
    Days till LCM ZONES
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  3. Sore again today but ...

    by , May 26th, 2010 at 07:35 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Do sore shoulders stop me? No... Just plugged thru and did the best I could. Only pushed on kick sets.

    2x500@:15R Free
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 fast
    10x50@:05R Free kick w/snorkle & fins 80% effort
    3x100@2:00 Breast pull w/fins
    200 breast kick
    500 Free Easy

    Total 3000 meters
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  4. By The Way

    by , May 25th, 2010 at 09:44 PM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    Today was the first day that Coach was back from Nationals. We had to swim without music on Monday with the substitute lifeguard who didn't have a key to the room with the MP3 hookup.

    Monday was very quiet.

    Today wasn't much different. I didn't have the chance to create a mix, so we just listened to the full CD of The Red Hot Chili Pepper's "By The Way," which I recently obtained from the library.

    It was mellow.

    There was no workout on the board, so we all did our own thing, which included a lot of chatter. In 90 minutes, I swam a paltry 2,700 yards, which at the very least keeps me on goal for one mile a day, but did not justify the two donuts I ate on the way to work. (I swear I just went there for the )

    I swam the yards in sets of 200's, which I counted by moving my water bottle over one row of tiles on the deck each time I finished the set.

    In the future, I'll use songs from this CD for warm up or warm down, or distance day. When it comes to sprinting music, however, I gotta go with earlier pre-rehab generation Peppers.

    Updated May 25th, 2010 at 09:50 PM by swimmerb212

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  5. Thank Heaven for Little Girls

    by , May 25th, 2010 at 08:50 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    This just in! This just in! This just in!

    A new link to the Ciara Movie, Thank Heavens for Little Ciara's, may actually allow my vlog audience to see this rejuvenating mood-boosting video despite the copyright issues of the owners of the song I used.

    Try clicking this (and let me know if it works for you even if you aren't a facebook member.) Suggestion provided by one Mr. Bill Sherman of Kansas City, Missouri!

    Hats off, Mr. Sherman! Now please all of you try clicking here! http://www.facebook.com/#!/video/vid...v=397876503758




    (Note: if you aren't in the mood for a long romp through my ruminations on moppet daughters, please feel free to skip down to the bottom and look for the words: Click Ciara Movie Link Directly Below!

    If you are in a horrible mood, or even a borderline bad mood, or maybe even an okay mood, or perhaps in a good mood, or even one so ecstatic you can't
    believe it could get any better, regardless of how you are feeling right now, I do guarantee you that watching my movie on Ciara will put you into a better place than you are now.

    Of course, I would be happy if you choose to read my ruminations on moppet daughters, too. Nothing wrong with that!)


    My teammates Bill and Mark are both very lucky guys.

    They are indefatigable swimmers who never whine and, to my knowledge, have never been compared to "that teacher on South Park" the way I have.



    Is this really what I look like? or is it more just a personality type I share with Mr. Garrison?

    But Bill and Mark share something besides swimming god status, and this something is what makes them both beyond just lucky but blessed.

    I refer to their respective adorable little daughters.

    In Bill's case, the daughter is Ciara, who always cheers for her Papa at swimming meets;

    and in Mark's case, the daughters are Caroline (a second grader), Georgia (a Kindergartner), and Lila (not yet in school but Harvard class of 2028).

    When I was enduring a particularly rough patch of psychiatric woe a few years back,
    Ciara was arguably the best antidepressant I could find. I would simply lift her up and apply her like an analgesic tablet to my forehead, and the pain would disappear for a while.

    Remember that product that used to be advertised for headache relief?

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_SwD7RveNE"]YouTube- HEADON! Apply directly to the forehead![/nomedia]

    Watching the commercial for Head On actually caused headaches so intractable that all the homeopathic placebo evocation in the world could not remedy them!

    Ciara application, on the other hand, always worked!

    Recently,
    Ciara drew her father a picture, wandered downstairs and found him, then wordlessly pointed out how she wanted him to play with her.

    Here is her picture, which immediately became one of my favorite artworks of all time!!!! (The movie, Thank Heavens for Little
    Ciara's, which I shall post below, is my attempt to film a recreation of this art work's creation and first unveiling.)



    Bill playing with his daughter
    Ciara in the way that Ciara has instructed him to do.

    After seeing this picture, I thought Bill--alone among guys in the world--had the luckiest situation imaginable. He was the father of the artist/human analgesic tablet,
    Ciara, in whose adorable orbit he could forever bask and benefit! Who else could boast coming close to such a beatific life?

    It turns out that Mark actually has a similarly daughter-rich wonderland, too.

    Yesterday, Mark did not appear at our 7 x 500 swimming practice, presumably because he had just gotten back from Atlanta and was tired. Bill, who wrote the workout, didn't make it either. In fact, I am pretty sure I am the only person who actually swam all 7 of these 500s. But that's off topic.

    Anyhow, I went over to Mark's house after practice to congratulate him on his times and console him about his initial sense of failure in the 100 breaststroke.

    (You can read a great account of Mark's psychic metamorphosis from Ferklempt Meshugina to Mensch in Mark's own inaugural blog,
    You Never Forget Your First Time, here: http://forums.usms.org/blog.php?b=9805).

    The following pictures are what I found adorning Mark's front door. More unbelievably good artwork done by little daughters who love their daddy!



    What swimmer in all God's firmament would not want to come home from Nationals and be greeted by this?





    Note a few details here--the dolphin (a surrogate for father Mark?) on the starting blocks on the left, followed by the same dolphin with his Gold Medal standing sunlit on the podium once the race is done.

    Note, as well, the meet's "score" of Home O vs.
    Visitors 1,000,000 "because of my dad"; and finally, check out the order of finishers:


    1. Cox (Mark's last name) in the No. 1 spot.
    2. Some guy named "Rider" that none of us, including the artist, Caroline, know (she almost put Bill here, but then decided not to because he would beat her dad),
    3. and finally, in 3rd place, that is to say, last place, "Thornton.")

    Okay, enough. I realize this is in danger of becoming a Megila (n.).

    (A friend e-mailed me today and was bantering about in a bit of Yiddish, so I've been trying to improve my vocabulary here. If you need help with this, I recommend a quick perusal of
    http://www.infoplease.com/spot/yiddish1.html for some basics.)

    Okay, if you took my option to skip all of the megila so far, and desire only to watch the movie about
    Ciara, here that is.

    I defy anybody to watch this and not emerge happier than they were before the viewing, no matter how disappointing or gladdening a recent swimming meet may have proved!

    Click Ciara Movie Link Directly Below! (i.e., the words right under these!)


    http://www.facebook.com/#!/video/vid...v=397876503758

    Updated May 26th, 2010 at 11:35 PM by jim thornton (changing movie link to something I hope will work)

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  6. Easy Tuesday

    This morning I swam a workout with TNYA. I was originally planning to do a short easy swim on my own at the Y, but one of my teammates is moving to Cambodia this week, and there was a going-away breakfast for her after practice, so I went and was glad I did. I liked the workout and had good lanemates and was really glad to see folks I hadnít run into in a while. Hereís what we did:

    400 warmup

    8 x 50 w/ extra-long streamlines @ :55

    4 x 50 K @ 1:10, 1 x 100 FR @ 1:20
    3 x 50 K @ 1:05, 2 x 100 FR @ 1:25
    2 x 50 K @ 1:00, 3 x 100 FR @ 1:30
    1 x 50 K @ :55, 4 x 100 FR @ 1:35 [I took this set easy, and did FR/BK halfsies on most of the 100s]

    50 easy

    9 x 150:
    100 FR / 50 FL @ 2:30
    75 FR / 75 BK @ 2:30
    50 FR / 100 BR @ 2:30
    1:00 rest
    100 FR / 50 BK @ 2:35
    75 FR / 75 BR @ 2:35
    50 FR / 100 FL @ 2:35
    1:00 rest
    100 FR / 50 BR @ 2:45
    75 FR / 75 FL @ 2:45
    50 FR / 100 BK @ 2:45 [By the 2nd round of these my body had finally loosened up, and I went faster as the set went on and the rests got bigger, and felt good.]

    25 FR, 50 FR, 100 FR, 50 FR, 25 FR, all on 1:15

    100 warmdown

    Our LMSC has already sent out an email lauding Metro swimmers who went to nats and listing those who placed in the top 10 in their events, and so the coach included that in his announcements, and many people at workout and breakfast asked me about the meet and congratulated me on my swims. That seemed especially gracious, given that I had affiliated with another local team right before the deadline for nationals. (That team sent 30 swimmers, and TNYA ended up with just 2 besides me. But TNYAís big focus meet is Gay Games in Germany this summeróI think thereís around 60 swimmers signed up for that, plus a polo team or two. Itís funny that more people from this team go to travel meets overseas than compete in local competitions.] But then, one thing Iíve always liked about TNYA is that they are not overly competitive with other local teams, and have always supported me in whatever Iím doing even if itís not exactly what the team is focused on at the moment.
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  7. Recovery Day & more reflection..

    by , May 25th, 2010 at 06:17 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well I had to get in and sim a bit. I still feel tired but the swim made me feel loose. I didn't do anything too funky but tried a slightly different BR stroke that I spoke with Steve West about...I'll be meddling with that this year.

    Reflecting on my swims, I felt I was too tired for a solid 200 BR and I ripped out the first 100 at 1:17 that would have been a PB in the 100 BR a year ago. If you watch the video it shows up, I held my stroke together but I just ran out of power. 1:17.x and a 1:28.x makes ugly splitting.

    My 100 I thought I was spinning wheels tried to glide.. I should have just carried on...I coasted in...bummer...but happy to PB.

    100 IM was a hoot I wish it was taped!

    Anyhow here's my simple swim...in 20 yard pool.

    4 x through:
    200 Kick (fins)
    200 Pull (pins n paddles)
    200 Swim #2 was 5 x 40 BR
    Felt good to stretch out again.
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  8. Tue May 25th, 2010

    by , May 25th, 2010 at 04:47 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue May 25th, 2010

    did not swim monday, I travelled back from GA to TX

    ElaineK "Elaine-iaK" was kind enough to video my 200 IM at Nats & here is the footage.
    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECihgAWZiy4"]YouTube- 2010 Masters SCY Nats 200 IM Men 45 to 49 1:58.20 NR[/nomedia]

    I'm thrilled that I stuck with my plan & it worked. I should have made a better plan for my 100 IM, I just went hard, died & got 3rd.

    I'm kinda in training limbo right now.
    We might do a time trial this Friday but I want to get going on the 2010 LCM season

    WEIGHT 228 after practice
    I am going the wrong way with my weight and I need to turn the beat around.
    Had my home birthday dinner last night & totally pigged out.
    I really need to get my weight down under 210,
    especially since the rubber swim girdles are just about GONE

    LCM Austin swim center
    whitney coached
    6:30 - 8:00
    dove in late
    wore B70 jammers
    6:50ish

    missed warm up

    4 x 100 done 25 fl 75 fr on 1:30
    4 x 50 on 1:00

    4 x 100 done 25 bk 75 fr on 1:30
    4 x 50

    4 x 100 done 25 br 75 fr
    4 x 50

    4 x 100 fr
    4 x 50 fr

    assigned 6 x 150 fr
    did 6 x 50 fr easy speed

    8 x 50 k on 1:00

    Updated May 25th, 2010 at 04:57 PM by ande

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  9. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/26/10

    by , May 25th, 2010 at 02:58 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    4 X 100 1:40
    6 X 50 :50
    4 X 100 1:30
    6 X 50 :45

    8 X 50 kick 1:10

    1 X 300 free 4:30
    2 X 150 50 fly/50 back/50 breast 2:45
    4 X 50 stroke(choice) 1:00
    Twice through

    LCM

    2 X 100 moderate 2:00
    4 X 50 fast 1:20
    Twice through with a break

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4400 Y/M
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  10. A recap of the past week, Part 2

    by , May 25th, 2010 at 02:30 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Meet recap, Friday through Saturday

    Friday, 5/21/10

    My only swim was the 200 backstroke.

    Did about 1600 yards warmup

    I went 2:33.81 (previous best was 2:36.92). Splits were 35.67-39.73-39.26-39.15. It was a good swim but hurt a bit that last 50.

    Cool down swim was about 10 minutes did around 500.
    Total for the day: 2300

    Saturday, 5/22/10

    Did about 1600 yards warmup

    100 free - I went 1:00.04 (previous best was :59.23). Splits were 28.71-31.28
    I need to go out faster. Based on my 50 time I should be under 28 on the 1st 50.

    Long cooldown swim, about 400 easy yards

    50 back stroke - I went 32.32. (previous best was :30.58). I totally blew the turn on this and had no push off the wall and therefore no UW dolphin. My plan had been to SDK at least 10 kicks before breakout. I got 1.

    10 minute cooldown about 500 mix of free and back.

    Total: about 2700 yards


    Sunday, 5/2310:

    Warmup: about 1600 yards

    100 back - An awesome race!! went 1:09.36 (previous best was 1:09.48). I negative split this, 34.71-34.65. I think that tells me I should have gone out a little faster, maybe low 33. But still a good swim.

    400 yards cooldown swim

    50 free - Everything went right here! Good start, decent turn and finish. Went 26.32 (previous best was :26.45). Took only 3 breaths on this, 2 on the way down and one coming back.
    Was anxious to get out of there so I didn't do a cooldown swim
    Total for the day: about 2100 yards

    So out of 5 races I had three PB's and and one 2nd best time.

    Updated May 25th, 2010 at 06:59 PM by poolraat

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  11. A recap of the past week, Part 1

    by , May 25th, 2010 at 02:00 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    I haven't posted since my last workout last week before leaving for Atlanta so I will try to catch up now, I hope I can remember it all.

    Here is last Tuesday's workout

    300 swim free and back
    100 kick
    200 IM drill
    200 pull

    swim 8 x 25 on :45: odds build to fast finish; evens with fast breakouts: really work on getting going without over-spinning; do 1-4 free, 5-8 back
    200 easy

    2 x 25 sprint w/25 easy swim back

    swim down 10 minutes nice and easy... float, blow bubbles, whatever

    Total: 1900 yards

    Wednesday, 5/19/10
    Travel day, no workout.

    Thursday, 5/20/10

    15 minutes choice mixing swimming, kicking, pulling, drilling
    (did 150 free, 150 back, 100 kick on back, 200 drill, 100 easy free)

    swim 12 x 25 choice on 45:
    1 fast breakout, 1 build to fast finish, 1 easy
    (because this was in the warmup pool in Atlanta holding to the pace clock was nearly impossible. I just did what I could.)
    50 easy

    swim 3 x 50 back on 1:15 at goal 200 pace
    200 easy

    swim down 10 minutes choice:
    (did about 600 alternating free and back)

    Total: 2000 yards

    Updated May 25th, 2010 at 02:31 PM by poolraat

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  12. 100 back Vid + Mon-Tues, May 24-25

    by , May 25th, 2010 at 01:40 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Monday Workout:

    Big cuddle and chat with Lil Fort after getting home in time to pick her up from school.

    2 hour nap.

    1.5+ hours watching Lost series finale on the DVR with Mini Fort.

    Watched Mr. Fort cook dinner.


    Tuesday Workout:

    Got up early to get Lil Fort off to school and went back to bed.

    Got up too late to go to hot yoga.

    Spent 2.0 hours contemplating whether to run. But decided against it as I'm still feeling like I was hit by a mac truck.


    100 back Video:

    Here's a video of my 100 back from Nats taken by Stud. I was pleased with my underwaters. Not so thrilled with the second turn (where you can see I missed the wall) or my last 5 yards where my arms wouldn't move. But still super thrilled with the time.

    I can't tell from the angle of the video, but I might have overshot the 15 meter mark on the first 25. I think you have to be on the side of the pool to really tell.

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwFZ4FmwjNw"]YouTube- Les 100 BK[/nomedia]


    I've also attached a cool pic of 2 backstroke mermaids. Ahelee gave me plenty of encouragement during the meet while coaching her other swimmers. In fact, I have to thank all my team hottub buddies and others for their words of encouragement throughout the meet. I love my swimmer friends!

    Few other pics too, and 2 taken by my friend Norm at the start and turn of the 50 fly.

    Updated May 25th, 2010 at 05:06 PM by The Fortress

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  13. Cranking it up and sore

    by , May 25th, 2010 at 07:46 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    After not using paddles for so long OUCH!

    5x200@3:30 Free
    500 Free kick w/fins build each 50
    5x100@2:00 Fly as 25 rt arm/25 lt arm/25 skull/25 swim
    10x50@1:00 alt fly kick/back kick w/fins streamline
    10x100@1:40 Free w/paddles & bouy
    200 Free easy

    Total 3700 meters
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  14. Swim mixes - US Nationals version

    by , May 24th, 2010 at 08:06 PM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    As the women's team captain, I got asked to ask if we could have music at practice. Coach said "yes. If you bring it." And for the past 6 months, I've been making mixes for our team to swim to 5 days a week. When my collection started getting old, I started picking up music from the library, and taking requests.
    The following playlist is titled "Get Jonathan pumped for Nationals" and played on the day before he left for Atlanta and swam some incredible races. I hope this too will get you pumped. It inspired me to swim about 1,000 more yards than I usually do.

    Drive, The Cars, The Cars Greatest Hits
    Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Poison, Poison's Greatest Hit
    Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Lowrider, War
    We Will Rock You, Queen, Greatest Hits
    Back in Black, AC/DC, Back in Black
    Hey Ho, Lets Go, The Ramones
    Sabatoge Beastie Boys, Ill Communication
    What I Like About You, The Kinks
    Welcome to the Jungle, Guns N Roses, Appetite for Destruction
    Somebody To Love, Jefferson Airplane, The Worst Of Jefferson Airplane
    No Sleep Till Brooklyn, Beastie Boys, Licenced to Ill
    The Distance, Cake, Fashion Nugget
    California Sun (Cover), The Ramones
    My Sharona, The Knack, Reality Bites
    American Idiot, Green Day, Grammy Nominees 2005
    Last Night, The Strokes, Is This It
    I Want To Break Free, Queen, Greatest Hits
    My Generation, The Who, 20th Century Masters: The Best Of The Who (The Millennium Collection)
    Rock N Roll High School, The Ramones
    I Fought The Law (Cover), Dead Kennedys, Give Me Convenience or Give...
    Sheep Go To Heaven, Cake, Prolonging The Magic
    Cradle Of Love, Billy Idol
    Radio Ga Ga Queen, Live at Wembley 86 (Disc 2)
    You Shook Me All Night Long, AC/DC, Back in Black
    Crazy, Aerosmith, Get A Grip
    Stacy's Mom, Fountains Of Wayne, Welcome Interstate Managers
    I Want To Be Sedated, The Ramones
    Under Pressure, David Bowie & Queen, Changestwobowie
    Another One Bites The Dust, Queen, Greatest Hits
    We Are The Champions, Queen, Greatest Hits

    Updated May 27th, 2010 at 09:49 AM by swimmerb212

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  15. Atlanta aftermath

    I woke up today still feeling both the excitement and exhaustion from nationals. It was definitely a successful meet for me, and I am delighted and relieved to have swum so well. I am still reeling a bit from how much all my races hurt. I donít remember feeling quite so wasted after all my swims at other big meets. One of my teammates said she worried after each of my races that I was horribly disappointed, because she would see my slumped over with my head in my hands right by the ladder, but then I would show up a few minutes later in our team area with a big smile on my facing announcing a big time drop. I did pretty much collapse right by the ladder after all my swims (except 50 BR, after which I felt just normally fatigued). I truly didnít think I could walk away from the pool without a few minutes recovery time. I donít recall ever doing that before.

    I think I still secretly have the fantasy that I can have a terrific breakthrough swim AND have it feel really great. That has happened a few times in my masters careerómy 400 lcm IM at Portland (unfortunately DQed) and my masters PRs in the 200 lcm IM and 200 scy FR come to mind. On all of these I dropped significant time and just felt happy and exuberant, and ready to hop in and swim them again afterwards. But usually, swimming longer races (100s and up) fast just hurts, and I still hard to accept. In Atlanta, they really really hurt. I can blame the 400 IM hurt on bad pacing, but not my 2BK, 2IM, or 100 FR. Even my 50 BK was yucky painful by the end, and it was just a 50!

    I feel like a lot of my taper is just a big pep talk to myself, preparing mentally to endure that level of discomfort. Since I have been swimming masters, I have usually had good tapers for big events, but maybe part of that is just that Iím unwilling to dig quite as deep during my in-season races.

    All this makes me wonderódo other people train and/or race during the season at the same level of discomfort that they feel when swimming their races at big events? I donít do many practice races in workouts, and even when we do an x for time, I secretly always feel like Iím keeping things within a certain comfort level. I have a hard time imagining being willing to endure the same type of pain that I felt during my Atlanta swims on a daily or weekly basis, but maybe Iím just an especially wimpy swimmer. So, a question: If you do a lot of practice races or race-pace training, how does this work for you? And do you feel any less pain in big races if you are put yourself out there more frequently?

    But enough complaining! I was so happy about bettering my swim ratings in 5 events that I updated my graph. Hereís the pre- and post-nationals version (my nats events were 50 BK, 50 BR, 100 FR, 200 IM, 200 BK, and 400 IM):

    Before Atlanta:


    After Atlanta:


    Itís not as pretty a proof that Iím a sprinter as before, when all the lines sloped downwards, but itís cool that I moved all the events I swam in ATL into the into the top portion of the graph.

    One longstanding goal that I wonít achieve this season is finally making a scy top ten list. Iíve been fortunate enough to swim a fair number of SCM and SCM top ten times, but Iíve never cracked the list in yards. Thatís definitely not happening this season eitherómy top rankings in the USMS database are 17th in the 200 BK and 200 IM and 18th in the 50 BR. So that goal will have to wait for another season. I donít think aging up next year will make it any easier, given how tough the 45-49s are.

    Now, on to LCM and OW!
  16. SCY Nationals

    by , May 24th, 2010 at 03:38 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well this was my first visit to Nationals.
    I'd trained consistently and with a bit of focus on a few events for this meet, and it paid off.

    The first challenge was actually handling a solo flight since an anxiety attack back in 2006...I'm not going to tell the story again...it's been told enough.

    A fun and tiring meet with a super drop in the 50 BR and 100 FR to get a personal goal taken care of.

    I don't have anything to complain about in my meet barring the 3rd turn in my 100 FR I had a wall spotting issue and half turtled by breathing to the side...but I threw my head into the flip and was so angry that I kicked furiously coming home and got my goal of under 1:00. It's a huge one for me, and makes me feel I validated myself as as swimmer.

    Met some great folks and had some good laughs and got home with some thoughts and comments:


    1. The warm up pool can be a hostile environment. Quote of the meet: "I'm doing and open turn, bitch!"
    2. Razor burn sucks!
    3. "Hey Julie"
    4. It's not the suit...but they are fun!
    5. To Dana & Michelle "You complete me!"
    6. To improve my 200 BR I need 2 things: An Allen Stark nasal "Breathe-Right" band-aid thingy, and a Jim Clemmons moustsache.
    7. Speedo is truly a gracious person.
    8. Fortress is a tough and resilient competitor....yet a super cheerleader too.
    9. Butt rubbing is good mojo for fast swimming!
    10. All I can hear in my head is the sound of my phone announcing another text message arriving...If I wasn't swimming I was texting.

    I loved the meet and will post vids over the next few days of a few swims. It was good to meet so many folks.

    Updated May 24th, 2010 at 10:10 PM by SwimStud

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  17. Day 3 and Nats Recap

    by , May 24th, 2010 at 02:12 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Day 3:

    As planned, I scratched the 100 IM. I've never scratched an event at Nationals before, but with 6 events behind me and some emotional ups and downs, I felt wiped out. I had reserves for one race, but not 2. I was actually ranked higher in the 100 IM than the 100 back, but I felt like I had some unfinished business with my nose clip. A friend suggested getting a 50 split to make up for the semi-fiasco on Saturday, but I just wanted to swim my 100 back. I had done a 1:04 previously this year at the Fall Ball in my B70, but that time didn't count for TT because, I believe, the pool wasn't measured (not entirely sure on that).

    In any event, I arrived at the pool late and carried my nose clip around all day. I planned to swim the 100 back just like I did at NE Champs, and that's exactly what I did: lots of kicking. I got a good start. Someone told me my reaction time was .6+. No problem with slippage on the wall and I didn't stagger my feet.

    The race went as planned: the full 15 meters on the first 25 and at least halfway on the next 3 25s. I was out fast in 29.3 and felt like I had great easy speed. The last 10 yards, however, I was totally gassed and died. I wish I had seen Sue Walsh and Val Jenkins on the other side of the pool because they passed me right then, Sue out-touching me by .1. Perhaps if I had seen them, I could have summoned something extra. But I didn't feel like I left anything in the pool. I finished in 1:01.9, my best time by a second.

    The only glitch in the race was that I missed the wall at the 50 -- was too far away. I compensated by taking a huge dolphin kick from the hips and that allowed me to get back into a good streamline and then return to high cycle kicks. But it probably cost me a few tenths.

    I was very happy to end Nats on a good note and of course to win my cyber gridge with the Geekity one.


    Recap:

    Events:

    50 fly: 27.0, 3rd
    100 fly: 1:01.3, 2nd
    50 back, 28.2, 3rd
    100 back, 1:01.9, 4th
    50 breast, 32.8, woulda been 4th without the DQ

    I felt like I hit my taper well and had great raw speed. Unfortunately, my 50s were marred: fly (horrible start), back (forgot nose clip), and breast (double whammy -- missed heat & DQ). On the upside, the fly was really the only technical miscue. My other starts, walls, and breakouts were pretty good. I was just an incredible dumb ass on the 50 back and feel like I got robbed on the other (though I realize reasonable minds can differ).

    If I could have one race back, it would be the 50 back. Allen Stark watched my race and gave me some good feedback. He said I rocked the underwaters, but lacked the arm speed I showed at Indy. He said I was the shortest one there and needed the most turnover to compensate, but was way too slow. And he was right. I was unglued at the start and was not thinking during the race. I was also worried that I had gone past the 15 on the start. I forgot about tempo and was just finishing the race.

    Everyone seems to think I train mostly for 50s, and I do like my 50s, but I think my 100s were very solid and I was most pleased with them. Very pleased actually. I think my "best" event was actually my 50 breast b/c dropping a second in a month from a previous PB is huge. As I mentioned in my own blog comments from yesterday, I think it is unfortunate more masters haven't worked on developing long pullouts. I think this prejudices me b/c officials (and swimmers) think it can't be done.

    Kinda bummed I didn't get a 100 IM time this season. But I still think I did the right thing by scratching it.

    Stud video'd my 50 and 100 back (I believe), so I hope to see those later. He taped a lot of races between absolutely tearing up the pool himself, which was very nice.


    Meet Details:

    -- Hotel was great.
    -- Trolley was great and so convenient.
    -- Air quality at the pool seemed fine.
    -- The pool was pretty fast, but I wasn't as impressed as Geek, and think Auburn is faster.
    -- I had no trouble myself on the dreaded flat slippery walls, but know that others did.
    -- I was really happy not to be a freestyler at this meet with all the troubles so many people had on the bulkheads.
    -- The meet was well run.
    -- The starts were abysmal, as others have remarked: commands were inconsistent and hard to heard, the beep was very quiet and they couldn't increase the volume, many heats were held too long. I only had the one issue on breaststroke, but I was fairly paranoid after that and tried to listen intently.
    -- The officiating seemed a little inconsistent. Aside from my own issue, I heard a couple other instances where DQ slips weren't properly written, someone wasn't told of their DQ and only found out by looking at the results, and there wasn't always an official by the 15 meter mark. (I wish they'd dump that rule myself.)

    I've mulled over what should be done when someone just can't hear the starting commands. It seems like the officials go out of their way to give the swimmer another chance to swim. But this can backfire too, as one friend I know did a re-swim only to have that swim thrown out on a different technicality after it was OK'd by the deck ref. Perhaps, despite the bitterness of it, you should just be DQ'd and move on with the meet ...

    I still had a fantastic time socializing and seeing old and new friends. And I'll probably be happier with my 50 times later in the week. For the moment, I'm looking forward to a change in training this summer and a short break from all the intensive sprint training. I plan to take my creaky fatigued body to yoga every day this week and, when my energy level improves, hit the pavement for a train wreck run ala Geek. (I'm dead right now from late night celebrating and an early wake up call to get to the airport.) No swimming this week! I think the re-focusing and cross training this summer will help me feel fresh in the fall. I will probably only do one meet here at the end of August.

    Sorry the suits are gone. They were bloody fun! But I can still dolphin kick without them. And I'm looking forward to trying Roque's new Q Swimwear kneeskin!

    And, whilst I was sprinting and socializing in Atlanta, Fort Son's lightweight 8 had a great State Champs and qualified for Nationals this weekend. And my wee little one was selected for the soccer All Star team. Proud mommy!

    Updated May 24th, 2010 at 02:38 PM by The Fortress

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  18. Home at last

    by , May 24th, 2010 at 12:48 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Nationals was fun seeing old friends, making new ones and just seeing some awesome swims.

    As for mine, nothing to write home about, too busy coaching to really be rested to swim.

    Since I had been trying to avoid the warmup pool I was in real need of a warm down so that was the goal today.

    500 Free
    500 Free kick w/fins every 4th laps fast
    5x100@:15R fly kick w/fins
    10x100@1:45 free w/paddles & bouy
    500 Free kick w/fins easy
    5x100@2:30 Free as 10 kicks then a stroke
    500 free easy and slow

    Total 4000 yards
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  19. Sun May 23 2010 Nats Day 3

    by , May 23rd, 2010 at 09:28 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sun May 23 2010 Nats Day 3

    did early warm up & felt a sharp pain in my left lat shoulder

    went to the massage tables but they weren't massage tables they were chiropractors in training
    swam in lane 5, Stevenson in 4, tuchler in 6, hughey in 7
    hughey was 21.06 in 50 fr, 46 in 100, 23.19 in 50 fly so I knew he'd be fast

    decided just to work it
    went out in 24.3 right next to stevenson,
    tuchler 24.8
    went 54.3

    saw richie way ahead of me,
    he went 52.1, new smoking NR
    tuchler went 53.8

    went too hard on the front end of my IM shoulda breathed more on fly, gone slightly easier on fly & back then motored BR & free,
    I strategized my 200 & it paid off I had a little more at the finish


    50 fr
    it sucked
    was my worst swim of the meet
    was super inspired to watch 65 yr old rich A
    go 22.10
    but I felt fried & not too psyched and knew Richey was going to be awesome
    i went a very disappointing 22.8
    but I head a great time swimming, hanging out with teamates & seeing friends

    & now as SCY season ends, & LCM season begins, Unless we get the SCY time trial we're hoping for,

    I'm asking myself the same questions

    "What are my swimming goals for 2010 LCM & SCM?"

    &

    "What do I need to do to swim faster?"

    considering taking small a break & hope my shoulder situation improves.

    I really need to lose weight, especially since full body rubber suits are a thing of the past.
  20. Final day at Nationals

    by , May 23rd, 2010 at 07:08 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Skipped the 100 back today, but glad I did as it gave me a chance to cheer Fort and my friend Barb on. Also gave me a chance to talk to some more folks.

    Swam 50 free in 26.82 which was .03 slower than what I did at Auburn. I wasn't overly disappointed as this was the last day, but really had hoped to do a low 26. I think I gave everything I had, mentally and physically, on the 200 back and the 50 fly. Not much left in the engine. In the whole big picture of things, I'm pretty happy to be walking away from this meet with a masters best time and two eighth place finishes. Never would have expected the later.

    In the next year, hope to work more on my backstroke and the longer (but not anything over 500) freestyle events. I think the only thing where I am truly a sprinter is perhaps the 50 fly and I even have my doubts there. The age-group coach remarked back in January that I was not a 50 person and more of a 100 if not 200 kind of person. This is probably true, but I'm probably too lazy to train consistently for these types of events.

    In the next couple of weeks, I plan to pick up my running and biking. Probably won't hit the weights for another two months and for at least a month, my swimming will be warm-up speed.

    My weight training helped me tremendously on my 200 back and my 50 fly. I would not even consider racing either event unless I have been weight training. I do think I pushed the envelope on my weight training and was lucky to escape injury. I owe a lot of credit to my weight-lifting friend back home who watched my form, made suggestions on where I should change, and told me when I should cut back or come off the weights.

    It really helped to swim once or twice a week with the kids for the last eight months. The workouts really helped me build up my endurance so I could bring home my 200 back. Also, I think doing a few workouts here and there written up by Coach Ed Nessel was extremely helpful for my speed on my 50 fly.

    My husband, who was not able to come, has been so supportive through my training for Nationals and was great at telling me when I needed to rest. I'm hoping that he will swim with me next year at Auburn for the LC Nationals.

    Updated May 23rd, 2010 at 10:22 PM by elise526

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